Friday, August 1, 2014

Let It Snow.....

This month the Sparkle Christmas Challenge is Snowflakes....Thanks go out to Amy for this fun challenge.   And thanks to, to Di's Digi Downloads for sponsoring this month's challenge. 
This month the prize is a $10.00! 
 It wasn't all that long ago and the snows were falling.  In some areas of the country folks were shoveling their way through daily.  Here in California we do get snow, but ours comes, stays long enough to be enjoyed and then it melts away.  Last year we had no snow and very little rain.  We are in a drought now and I think all Californian's are praying for lots of snow and lots of rain.  So, to think about snow in August, is the thought of a Celebration of the Winter  Season!  I do hope Mr. Winter is impressed with my snowflakes and sends us many of his.

My card is 6x6.  The paper is Bo Bunny, My snowflakes were made using Poppystamps, Memory Box and IO dies and  Martha Stewart punches.  The background die is from the new Poppystamps release Big Bubble Background.  The ribbon is from my stash and the sentiment is one of my favorite Stampabilities rubber stamps that I stamped in white ink and heat embossed it using a white pearl embossing powder. 

I hope to see lots of snowflake cards this month.  How about joining in.  It's easy, it's fun, and it's a great way to stay focused on getting those holiday cards completed.  Come see what everyone has been creating.....Here.  Until next time.....

Hugs to all,
Mary Mac
AKA:  Glitter Grammy

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Rudolph Day - July 2014

It's Rudolph Day...well it was on the 25th.  Thankfully this challenge is open until the 31st.  I've had such a busy month and today while finishing up a post for later in August, it dawned on me that my intentions for July's Rudolph Day was quickly slipping away!  So off to my craft room I ran...and yes, I mean ran!

I knew I would need something quick (a word I try not to use as quick usually means takes a long time and nothing goes as planned.  I thought it might be fun to die cut the Memory Box Deer and then emboss it using an embossing folder.  Well, my deer was removed with no antlers, and he was split mid-section.  Making lemonade from lemons, I die cut another deer and carefully reconstructed my embossed deer.  It went together quickly.  I embossed the base, added a ribbon and stamped and cut the sentiment.

Here's the inside.
The inside is pretty much the same, but a little different.  That's how I usually make the insides.  I have everything out so why not finish the card?

Sarn requires two cards....this next card was really simple.
I rubber stamped on glossy photo paper.  I colored direct to stamp.  I used a stamp positioner so I could over stamp it if I needed to.  The inside will be done on my computer.  I will put a typed panel in, as for this card I plan to type a note to the recipient.

I'm going to enter my cards into:  Rudolph Day Challenge, and Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge also  Crafty Hazelnut's Extra Mid-month challenge.  I think my little trees are so cute.  And I've got to say, this card was pretty easy.  I think it will be one I use if I need a card in a hurry. 

Off I go for now.  I wish you all a Happy Rudolph Day and I now am closer to having my cards finished.

Hugs from Northern California,
Mary Mac
AKA:  Glitter Grammy

Friday, July 25, 2014

Mrs. A's Butterfly Challenge and But of Course Di's Snippet Challenge

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Two of my favorite blogs to follow are Pixie's  Crafty Workshop and Mrs. A's Butterfly Challenge.  When I can make one card that fit the criteria for both I am extremely happy!

Today....I am extremely happy!  But before I share that happiness, I want to say thank you to everyone who has been commenting on and joining my blog.  Yesterday a young lady named Jean joined as a follower.  What makes me so pleased is Jean said she wished she could follow me via email.  Thank you Jean for pushing me into trying to figure out how...And guess what, I can't believe how easy it was.  I'm from the generation of don't push buttons you don't know what could happen.  Well, this button made me very happy and my machine did not blow up!  (giggling here).  So again, Thank You Jean!

Now back to the challenge(s)  at hand.  Mrs. A's challenge is to make a card using stripes and dots.  So, this is what I made.  These are all scraps from an album I made using Graphic45 Secret Garden collection.  I just noticed this....even my ribbon has stripes...I used the ribbon to mute the pattern behind it.  My dots are sequins that I've had for quite some time.  I think, though they are light in color, they add dots of sparkle on this card.  Even the little butterfly got into the act.  She too is sporting sequins.  The graphic was a happy accident.  It is actually the reverse side of a piece I'd originally thought about using as my background.  If you click on the photo it will enlarge and you can see the sequins much better.  And I really like the wording on the graphic.  Di's challenge is to use up scraps and even the ribbon was a scrap,

Now, on to the inside....
Snippets again, The butterflies were just from borders that I kept.  Not enough paper to do much more than punch butterflies.  These butterflies were punched using the Martha Stewart punch with the 3 butterflies.  The piece behind the sentiment wasn't big enough of course I realized this after I'd glued it, the left side was a piece of trim I'd saved from another project.  Not perfect gluing, but pretty close.  There is sequins here too.

Valery and Di always give me reason to use bits and pieces.  I have to say, sometimes it's a challenge to use up those snippets and not cut into a full sheet.  I must say I'm also challenged to use patterns that I would not think would work together, but you know what?  I think they do.  In addition to being brought up in the don't touch that generation.  I've also been brought up to not mix patterns.  Hey, if the Queen can do a photo bomb....I can mix patterns!  Love this photo:
Thanks JayDetaylor for being in the right place at the right time and having a camera!

Well, that's it for me today.  I'm going to try to get a card done for Rudolph Day....If that's going to happen, I'd best get my act together.

Hugs from me to you,
Mary Mac
AKA:  Glitter Grammy

The Twinery, Poppystamps and Me

Ha, I thought this would get your attention.....
If you came to me from DoBea Alberts blog page you already know about this FABULOUS HOP....if you started here......Here's the scoop, Poppystamps and The Twinery have joined forces between July 24th and July 26th for a blog hop....I was so excited to be able to participate.  So, here's a card I made for my daughter's birthday.  Blossom stripe is the Twinery twine on the front of the card.  I added seed beads to the twine and the Poppystamps  butterfly dies.  Do you know which ones they are?  Hint...keep reading!  You are going to see the Happy Birthday background die used often.  Boy does it make creating birthday cards easy and very quick.  And what's on the inside?  The Wild Rose Bud die, butterflies and the Leafy Sprig border make this card complete.

Do you want to see another?  This card is the same, but  different....
Lots more twine this time  I used Cantaloupe Stripe twine, even the name is yummy!   See how I punched a tiny hole and brought the twine through it.  This time I put tiny seed beads on the ends.  I used the Delaney and the Chevlot Butterfly and some decorative pins and I love it....and the inside:

 I decided to use letters that fell from the Birthday Background die.  I added the Dianna Border and some Cantaloup twine with a bead in the center of  the twine.   You know waste not want not.   This card was made for my crafting buddy, Cathy.  Happy Birthday Cathy!

OK....grab your coffee....I'm on a roll! Want to see another card? If not.....turn away now.... :-) 
This card I made for my friend Thelma.  For this card I used Honey Dew twine, I think it added lot's of interest to this card.  My Poppystamps dies are:  My newest butterflies....did you see the name above?  If not, let's play, I spy with my little eye!  See it now?  and I used Classic Ribbons, with a sentiment I typed on my computer.  My window is the Grand Madison French Door.  I'm using it as a French window.... :-)  And of course more beads....can never have too many of those you know! 
I kept the inside pretty simple, I wanted to leave room for a little note.  Again I used the Classic Ribbons die and more Honey Dew Twinery Twine.  Yup, and more beads.

My favorite son-in-law's birthday was the perfect time to use twine and my birthday background die. Linn says he's my only son-in-law and therefore he is automatically my favorite.....he'd be my favorite if there were 10 of them... :-)  
I like that this die and the Twinery twine can be used for men or women...Boys or girls....I added a gear to the twine and it's ready to post....well, after I show you the inside....
My daughter is a photographer and I thought adding the film strip die brought a bit of her into the card too.  I think the twine added the perfect touch.  I knotted the ends of the twine.  I like that the Birthday background die can be cut on solid or patterned card stock and it's pretty both ways. 

I have to say twine is a welcomed addition to my card making treasure box. Twine adds one more layer of dimension and interest  and not a lot of bulk.  I hope you'll try twine too, and if you do, send me  a photo and I'll post it.  Be sure to check out The Twinery Shop and the Poppystamps shop  and follow along with today's  DT creations:  

Ira Huberts -                     
Christine Meyer -                                

I may have forgotten to mention one little, well one REALLY big thing....there are prizes.  Yes there are!  Hop on over to The Twinery to see what they are gifting......I can tell you it is the Shimmer pack retailing for $32.00.  WOW! 
 This is what Poppystamps is gifting.  Pretty cool wouldn't you agree?  I have both dies and I LOVE  both of them.....
Don't forget, to have a chance to win, leave a comment on the blog pages listed above.  Remember to also leave comments on the Twinery and the Poppystamps blog pages too.  I love to hop....I am ALWAYS inspired by what I see. I hope you will be too.  If today is the first you've seen of the blog hop, you might just want to check out yesterday's posts on the Twinery and the Poppystamps blog pages. 

I want to thank The Twinery for asking the Poppystamps design team to play along.  I had a great time, and I've been introduced to some really creative gals. Speaking of creative, the next creative stop is Tobi Crawford.  So hop on over and see what Tobi created.

Happy Crafting,
Hugs from me to you,
Mary Mac
AKA:  Glitter Grammy

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

How Do You Store Your Dies? And....WOYWW

It's not quite Thursday, close, but not quite!'s my desktop for WOYWW  If you follow me at all, you know that on Wednesday, we crafters get together and share what our workdesk looks like.  Today mine is kind of boring, but at least it's somewhat organized.  What you see are items I'm hoping to use to make a card for my September class.  Note, I did say "hoping".  I always have great ideas, but my ideas sometimes need major changing.  I will post my card when it is finished.  Then you can see how much I actually used. 

I've been in an organizing mood of late and this week I am working on organizing my dies.  I hate to tell you how many there are.  Lets just say more than some....So, I am organizing them by manufacturer and then by kind, i.e. holiday, animal, flowers, frames, etc.  I started with my Poppystamps and my Memory Box dies.  Next I will be doing Spellbinders and then...probably Die-namics.  Here's what I've done so far.....

I'm putting the dies into plastic sleeves.  The Poppystamps and the Memory Box dies are easy as I've saved the envelopes they came in. My other dies are being stored on magnetic sheets.  I write the name of each die using a white paint pen.  I've been doing this for a long time, Finally I decided to take them from the boxes and put them into binders.  Trust me, the binders are heavy, so I do hope the binders will hold up well.
And this is how I'm labeling the binders. 
Notice one of the Poppystamps binders is a different color.  I always keep the new release in a separate binder.  This makes it easy for me to remember what is new. 

So, I'm on my way to die organization.  I've finished organizing my papers, Maybe next I'll move on to my rubber stamps.  Or maybe I'll take a break and play.  That sounds like a better idea!

So, here's a do you store your dies?  I'd love it if you shared....

Well, if I'm going to get my post on line before the clock strikes 12:00, I'd best hurry. 

Happy Crafting, make sure you check out Julia's blog to see what everyone has been sharing.  I'm off to see what's on everyone's workdesk this week. 

Hugs from Me to You,
Mary Mac
AKA:  Glitter Grammy

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Yet Another Christmas Card

Don't stop me...I'm on a roll.  One card closer to Christmas.  Today I'm featured on the Poppystamps Blog page.  And this is the card I am showcasing.  I hope you'll hop over to find out more about how I created this card, and to see what the finished inside looks like. 

Off I go....I'm sending wishes for a most wonderful day....Happy Crafting from me to you!

Mary Mac
AKA:  Glitter Grammy

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Boo.....Flip Card

I should have been cleaning my craft room, however, I spied with my little eyes Halloween paper.  So, long story short....I made a Halloween card.  Last year,  I created an album for my sister.  I'd forgotten I had these pieces left over.  Aren't left-overs yummy!

This is a flip card and the photo isn't my best, but above is the front side that you will see when you open the envelope and below is the back side....
I'm not having an August class, but rather we are getting together just to work on projects we've started.  I don't make many (or any) Halloween cards, but I just happened on these papers and  I thought I'd make this card. Hey, it was much better than cleaning up my mess.   If you are interested in making a card similar to this one,bring your cardstock and any Halloween papers to the crop..If you need Halloween papers, I'm sure Karen has the perfect fit for this card. 

I'll email you the particulars....oh, BTW:  the finished card folds to fit a 5x5 envelope,  Just incase you want to make an envelope....

Off for now....Happy Almost Halloween!  Oh, the only part not a snippet is the base of the, Di will be getting a visit.  If you have snippets, and I know you do, create something.... and link it to Pixie's Crafty Workshop.  It's a fun way to clean out the snippet file and have something nice to show for your efforts.  Not to mention all the fun folks you'll meet on the playground.  We are quite a group of mischievous ones and some more mischievous than others (I will not mention know who you are!)

Hugs from me to you....see you soon, I hope!
Mary Mac
AKA:  Glitter Grammy