Sunday, January 1, 2017

Two Cards Made for 2017

I am on a roll.  Football games must bring out the best in me.....My first card was posted earlier today.  The sequins filled ornament is my most recent.  I'm always amazed that two cards can be made using the same supplies and they look different.  If you read the previous post you will know the supplies I used.  Here's what is different.  Sequins instead of a glitter ornament and I didn't frame the card with mirror silver.  If you look really close you will see one more difference.  The background on one card is embossed, on the other it is debossed.  I was surprised at the visual difference.  I was also surprised by adding the silver border made the card look smaller.

Off to organize my dies.  So.....if you don't already know, Sparkles Chistmas Challenge would love to see what you can create using the theme lots of glitter.  My sequins card won't count for the challenge, but it was fun to make and I have another card ready for Christmas of 2017.

Again, Happy New Year!  I hope to start sharing more in 2017.

Hugs from my world to yours,
Mary Mac
Glitter Grammy

Happy New Year and My First Christmas Card of 2017

Happy New Year!  I know that Christmas cards are probably the last thing on the mind of most people, but not me.... For several years, I've celebrated the New Year making my first Christmas card for the upcoming season.  My husband watches football, and I pretend I'm watching as I sit at my craft table playing with paper.

Santa brought me this ornament die (Memory Box) and I couldn't wait to give it a try. This month's Sparkles Christmas Challenge was the perfect place.  Pat G. picked the challenge which is:  Lots of Glitter....I die cut the ornament 3 times.  The base was cut in mirror silver.  I used red glitter paper for the Ornament and the Sentiment and of course green glitter paper for the ivy.  I used a Sizzix embossing folder to give the background paper some dimension.  Almost forgot...the sentiment die is from Echo Park, Designer Dies and yes, it cut through the glitter card stock....sometimes glitter can give me a bit of a head ache.

How about playing along with this month's challenge.  And as always there is a prize.  So create your masterpiece, and post it on the Sparkles Christmas Challenge.  You might win....and better than that, everyone who visits will see your spectacular creation!

Do you make New Year's Resolutions?  I used to, but then I didn't keep them so I've decided it's better for me to make goals throughout the year.  My goal is to get my dies and rubber stamps organized and cataloged.  It is honestly quiet an overwhelming project.  I started a few years back and quit before I gave it a good effort.  So......the day after Christmas I decided to begin.  I happily found that I had given it a better effort than I thought,  I had actually die cut several of the dies and now they needed to be put into a master book.....I am now caught up with the ones I'd already cut, but there are many more that need cutting.  I'm lucky because I have an area I can leave this project set up and I am determined to not put it way until I am finished.  There will be no out of sight, out of mind this year.  When I finish the die project, I will share......

I'm off......Again, I send wishes for a Most Happy New Year.  May it be filled with Love, Peace and Health.  Until Next time......

Mary Mac
AKA:  Glitter Grammy

Thursday, December 1, 2016

A Treat Box For Sparkles Christmas Challenge

A very quick post today.  As are most of us, I am crafting away trying to get little exchange gifts made and a bit of decorating done, Christmas cards finished, and shopping done, and on and on....The December Challenge at  Sparkles Christmas Challenge is to make anything but a card.  I was inspired by Jan B and made this little candy box from her inspiration.

I love this paper by Prima and it works perfectly to decorate the boxes inside and out.  I covered the window with a clear bag that I cut  just slightly larger than the window opening.  The opening was cut using a Spellbinder Nestabilities.

This little project is quick and very easy.  Saturday (12/3) there is a Christmas Workshop sponsored by Paradise Scrapbook Boutique and Ever After in Paradise CA.  I'll be assisting anyone wanting to make this little gem.  There are kits available to make lots of sweet projects.  Check out Paradise Scrapbook Boutique on Facebook.  I hope to see my crafty friends for a day of making fantastic holiday gifts.

Here's a close up.....

Every month, there is a gift to be won and all you need to do is enter your creation and you just might be picked....Check out the rules here.  And this is what you could win.....Caz does it again sponsoring and offering this prize.  Who doesn't need more stamps and... I could never have enough gems!

I'm looking forward to seeing what everyone is creating......

Until Next Time.....Happy Crafting, Merry Christmas and I look forward to seeing everyone in the New Year.

As Always, Hugs from me to you,

Mary Mac
AKA:  Glitter Grammy

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Sparkles Christmas Challenge #70

I can not believe how fast the year is going.  I guess when you go on vacation from the end of August through the first week in October, time slips by, in the joy of spending time with family and friends.  I was celebrating Birthday #70..... My kids wore me out, I went to 2 SF Giant/Cubs games.  I was so impressed with the Cubs fans.  They treated me so well, even though I was wearing the SF Giants Jersey my kids had given me.  My Mid-west daughter Amy and my Son Damon took great care of me.  I was so pleased to be able to spend time with both of them and their families.  My niece Paula hosted a family get-together  and it was fun seeing everyone.  My sister, Becky, kidnapped me and we were able to spend time together. That was great fun as we've not had sister time in a long time.  My California son, Dan joined us and we spent time with family, which is always great fun.  Then I went to Colorado to spend time with my friend Dee Dee and she had a week to wear out even teens.  Then home for a day and off to San Francisco to spend a week with my son Dan.  It was wonderful having 3 of my 4 kids together.  My Aussie son Aaron and family were with me in spirit and I was happy to spend some internet time with them.  It was especially nice to be able to FaceTime while my granddaughter Bridget and her horse Smarty were in a competition.  My kids are so spread out, it's wonderful having FaceTime and UpClose time with all of them.

Back to business..... this month, Sparkles Christmas Challenge, is sponsored by Sandra H.  Thanks Sandra for the fun challenge and The great gift from  Buzzcraft Clear Rubber Stamps x2....yup x2.  It's easy to play along.  Create a card using the monthly theme.  This month Holly and Ivy.  Add your creation to the Sparkles Challenge and you just might win.  Want to see what you could win?

Aren't they the sweetest stamps?  I love them.  Get some ivy and holly......

Here's what I did to make my card.  First, I must say, this card was so easy.  I was beginning to feel challenged by the theme, then I went to my new Graphic45 paper and within 5 minutes I had everything cut and ready to put on my card.  I think this was the easiest card I've ever made.  

Here's the inside:

The base of the card is craft paper, the frames are a dark brown card stock and all of the decorative paper came from the 8x8  Graphic45 card stock pad - St. Nicholas collection.  The Merry Christmas is an Impression Obsession die #DIE233-M.

That's it for me this month.  Until next post.  Happy Crafting,

Mary Mac
AKA:  Glitter Grammy

Saturday, October 1, 2016

Show Me A Snowman

Snowmen are my favorite.  For this month's Sparkles Christmas Challenge, Caz chose the theme of Snowmen.  I am loving the white cards and Snowmen fit my recent theme of white.  I'm also loving the shaker cards and what better to guard the snow in a shaker card than a snowman!

My little snowman is a Tutti die.  My snowflakes are Memory Box dies.  I've colored portions of him with my Spectrum Noir pens, and glittered him using glitter pens.  I added sequins, embossed my background added a little stamped sentiment and this card is ready for the mail.

Please check out the Design Team creations and I hope you create a snowman card to enter this month's challenge.  Of course there is always a little blog candy that can be won.  If you want to find out what you could win, head over to the Sparkles Christmas Challenge.

Caz is sponsoring this month's challenge.  Do you want to see what you could win?  What are you waiting for?  Get creating......

This card doesn't have a snowman, well not an assembled one, but it does have lots and lots of snowflakes.  Like I said earlier, I am loving shaker cards, so here's another one.  I call it Noel.  Wonder why?

Until next time,  enjoy Autumn and Happy Crafting.

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

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Angels We Have Heard On High

The leaves will soon be changing and the weather looking on to cooler days and colder nights and before we know it the grass will turn softly white as frost softly tickles the soon to be sleeping blades and the holiday season will soon be upon us.

Every year I promise myself I will have made all my Christmas cards by November 1st, and every year I am scrambling to finish on December 1st.  This year I am feeling will be no different.  That said, my plan is to make several using the same format but with different dies.  I love white based cards that are simple yet lovely.  I think my little angel card is both.

This month, Brenda chose the Sparkles Christmas Challenge.  The challenge is to create a card with an Angel or a Fairy.  My friend Virginia has a beautiful Angel die and she allowed me to borrow her.  Thank you Virginia and thank you Brenda for the inspiring challenge.  Of course, like all are invited to join the challenge and you could win.  Want to know what?  This month  Sandra H is the sponsor of the Sparkles Christmas Challenge.    and this is what you just might win.
You know you can't win if you don't play along!

The little angel card inspired a few more cards.....

And Another.....

And Another.....

The inside off all are the same.  

Some torn paper, a stamp or two, an embossing folder and simple dies and the cards are complete.  I like cards that can be made quickly and these cards were just that.....

The Sparkles Design Team has created gorgeous cards.  I hope you will check out what everyone has made.  I also hope you create a card to share.  

Until next time.....happy crafting.....

Hugs from my world to yours,
Mary Mac
AKA:  Glitter Grammy

Friday, August 19, 2016

Catching Up....well sort of....

Happy Friday to everyone.  I do hope this day brings happiness in your world.  In July I posted a Holiday card on Sparkles Christmas Challenge and I loved how simple the layout was.  I thought how fun it would be to make more, but not just for Christmas.  Here's what I made.

and here is the inside

This card I'm leaving with no sentiment.  Why?  Because I don't want to cover the umbrella. 

You say what you see it now?  And here's the inside....

Here's another blank card.  I wanted to have this on hand so I could add a sentiment when needed.  

I used the same embossing folder on all of the cards.  I was surprised at how embossing the paper changed it.  And another inside.....

I couldn't stop without making another Christmas Card.....

and the inside

I wrote instructions for the card I shared with the Sparkles Christmas Challenge.  If you'd like a pdf file I'd gladly email one to you.  The cut sizes will make it easy for you to use with any papers.  I'm leaving on vacation on Friday, so email me and I'll get one out before then.  Otherwise, I'll be back early September and I'll send copies then.  Here's the card I shared on the Sparkles Christmas Challenge.  

Until next time......

Happy Crafting and Hugs from Me to You.....

Mary Mac
AKA:  Glitter Grammy