Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Sparkles Christmas Challenge #62

With temperatures in the 70's here in Northern California, our weather looks more like spring than Christmas.  That said, the theme of this month's Sparkles Christmas Challenge is "Old Fashioned Christmas"  Pink and green are not what I think of for Christmas, but I think it does go well with this digital image. I stamped the sentiment onto the picture, did a bit of layering, added some ribbon and this card is finished.

This month's sponsor is

Check out the fabulous prize on the Sparkles Christmas Challenge blog.  The Sparkles Christmas Challenge is easy to enter and the prizes never disappoint.  For the ins and outs click on the link above.  

Here's what I did on the inside of my card:

Couldn't get any easier than this.  

Off I go for now.  Feeling like a cat in a room full of rocking chairs.....seems like the older I get the slower I get.....Until next time....

Happy Crafting,
Mary Mac
AKA:  Glitter Grammy

Monday, February 1, 2016

February Sparkles Christmas Challenge

This month's Sparkles Christmas Challenge is Winter Landscape.  Thank you Jane for the inspiration.  My landscape is tiny and Santa standing in the snow is a little treasure.  I think both are super cute and I couldn't pass on the chance to use them.   I've seen this split layout over the past few months and I thought I'd give it a go.  It's super easy, but wow's anyone receiving it.  I've made a few this month for birthdays and I also made another Christmas design that I will show later.  Decorative paper, a die or two, graphics, a bit of Stickles and the outside is finished.

The inside was super easy.  I did use Stickles around the outside graphics and decided I liked it, so I also used Stickles on the inside.  A sentiment, some snowflakes and a spot for a little note and this card is finished.

I hope this little card inspired you and I do hope you share what you've created.

This month's sponsor is

Before I go, I've had tons of emails asking me where I've been.  I'm here, and yes, I have been busy creating.  One day soon, I hope to post many of them.  Note I said HOPE!  

Until next time,  Happy crafting and Hugs from me to you!
Mary Mac

Friday, January 1, 2016

Happy New Year

Happy New Year and welcome to the first Sparkles Christmas Challenge of 2016. Thanks Babs for the wonderful Vintage Christmas Tag Challenge.  I hope you find life slowing down a bit and you will be able to play along with this year's challenges.  I'm cheating a bit....I made this box and the Santa tag, which was secured to a ribbon band  for an ornament exchange at Paradise Scrapbook Boutique.

I love making boxes and this Blue Fern paper proved to make a quick vintage box and Santa is the perfect vintage tag.  My finished box is 4x4x1.  I used one sheet of the decorative paper, some Stickles and ribbon and this box and tag is complete.

Crafty Sentiment Designs is our wonderful sponsor this month.  Be sure to check out how to enter Here.

Until next time....Happy Crafting and check out the Design Team creations.  It's 12 months until Christmas, but it's never to early to begin.....I think the fact that we are all rushing around in December is proof of that!

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

Thursday, December 3, 2015

Pup Pictures

It's brag time for me.....my daughter Amy is a professional photographer.  I love the photos she takes at weddings, her food photos for restaurants, her baby photography but I think what I love most is her pet photography.

Having recently lost my boy Baxter, I know how much I cherish my photos.  The above photos are of her little Boxer friend, Olivia.  I think she is ready for Santa.  Amy lives in the Chicago area (just sayin!)and she's taking bookings for Christmas pet photography.  I have friends living in the area and I wanted to make sure they knew Amy would love to come to your home (ask about travel) to get beautiful photos of your fur baby.  For a special offer be sure to mention that Glitter Grammy sent you....or just say....your mom sent me.  

If you want more information?

Want to see more of her art?   You can see more here.

Ok, I'm done bragging.....and now it's on to baking for a cookie exchange.  

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

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

A Sparkly Noel

Well this is it.....It's December already and this will be my last Christmas creation for 2015.  I'm going to tell you I am cheating a bit.  Last year I designed a card for a Gift Workshop at Paradise Scrapbook Boutique.  I loved the fact that I could use left over glitter paper to  cut the letters.  So, this year I saved any piece big enough to use for one of the letters.  I also used scrap to make the solid portion of the ornament.  Well, what's left?  Yup, the silver glitter portion is also a scrap.  And at night while watching TV, I put the pieces together.....good idea?  I thought so.

As luck would have it.  The Sparkles December Challenge just happens to be Die Cuts.  Which is my very favorite.  I love dies and I use them as often as I can.  I'm not an artist, so using dies makes my life easier and often times much faster.  So, now that my card is finished....how about sharing how you create with dies.

Santa isn't the only one to gift.  Sparkles has two sponsors this month:


So, How about heading over to  Sparkles Christmas Challenge and enter your project using dies.  Who knows, you just might be a lucky winner!  

Until next time, Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, Season's Greetings and Happy New Year!  I hope wherever you are you are safe, healthy and surrounded by those who love you.  

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

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Christmas Concert....and more!

Cake always gets my attention.  My friend Marsha and her husband are part of the Paradise Community Chorus.  They are having their annual Christmas concert next weekend.  This post is for my local followers.....if you haven't gotten your tickets you still have time.  There will be some available at the door, but I'd be thinking about getting them early.

So.....every year it's a fantastic concert, but it's also a bake sale fund raiser to support the chorus.  Marsha purchased some commemorative mugs, and I contributed  my favorite  recipe for this single serving cake.  To the mug, we added mix for one cake and instructions for making more.  I love having the mix on hand for those nights when I want a sweet, but can't be trusted to eat only one piece of an entire cake.    

I hope to see you at the concert and if your sweet tooth is calling to you, please think about this easy, yummy cake.

I love their poster......everything you need to know can be found here:

You may be interested in knowing, I won't be singing....and that is important information, especially if you've ever heard me sing!

Until next time,  Happy crafting/baking and Hugs from me to you.

Mary Mac
AKA:  Glitter Grammy

Saturday, November 28, 2015

Yummy Turkey and Wild Rice Soup

The Thanksgiving feast is over, however, with cold weather upon us, what could be better than Turkey Soup.  I posted this photo on FaceBook and I've gotten requests for the recipe.  So.... here it is.

This year I didn't want noodles, I wanted rice, and I didn't want white rice, I wanted wild rice.  So, the inspiration for my soup was wild rice, and what better use of turkey bones than soup.  I've got to tell you, I didn't roast a turkey.  We were invited to spend Thanksgiving with our neighbors, Marsha and Michael.  I did bring mashed potatoes and gravy and a pie.  To make the gravy I purchased turkey wings and cooked them first in the oven (425 degrees for 45 minutes) with carrots, onions and celery.  I then put the wings and vegetables into a large stock pot and simmered them for hours and hours.  I then strained the juices, discarded the vegetables and removed the meat from the bones.  (I couldn't believe how much turkey meat I pulled from those bones.)

Sound like a lot of work?  Not really, but here's the easier way, use left over turkey and either turkey broth or chicken broth.  Below is the easy way....

2/3 cup Wild Rice
2 cups of water.

I cooked the rice according to package directions.  It takes about 55 minutes.  I think there is also an instant wild rice blend if you don't want to invest 55 minutes.  Set the rice aside.

1 TBL butter
1 TBL olive oil
1/2 cup diced onions
1 cup sliced carrots
1/4 cup celery

In a stock pot or large pot, simmer the onions, carrots and celery in the butter and olive oil.  Until the onions are translucent.

4 to 5 cups turkey or chicken stock

Add the stock to the vegetable mixture and simmer until the carrots are nearly fully cooked.  It takes about 20 minutes.

2 cups diced turkey

Add the turkey to the mixture and heat to boiling.

Salt and Pepper - season to taste.

 Add the cooked  wild rice to the pot and bring the mixture to a boil.  If your soup needs more liquid add additional stock.

This soup is very hearty and a great way to use left over chicken or turkey.  I served the soup with a crusty roll.

Enjoy and let me know how you like this soup.

This is as crafty as I am this weekend.

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