Friday, December 1, 2017

The Spirit of the Season

Sending Holiday Wishes from the little snow family.  We hope your year was filled with happiness and memories of moments shared with family and friends.  May your Christmas be Merry and Bright.  We wish you and yours a most Happy New Year.

I cheated a bit on this card.  A few months back I colored this little family.  This month's Sparkles Christmas Challenge theme is Snowman/men. Sandra H.  picked this fun theme.    Here's where the cheat comes in....I scanned my colored image, printed it 3 times and cut it using my Scan and Cut (which by the way I love!)  Look how nicely the images cut...


I then hand cut the two snow figures from the left side of one of the images and using pop dots I placed them over the image, making that side 3-D.  I did the same thing with the mom, sister and baby.  

This is the inside of my little card....


This card was fun to make and I must say everything on this card, with the exception of the snow family, are bits and pieces left from other cards I've made this year.

Can you believe the year is coming to an end?  Seems the older I get, the quicker time flies by.  I'm looking forward to 2018 and spending time with you and sharing cards with the other designers on the Sparkles Christmas Challenge blog page.  I hope you find time to play along with us throughout 2018.  Don't forget.....to enter your creation with Sparkles Christmas Challenge.

Until next year....Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and see you soon.
Hugs,
Mary Mac
AKA:  Glitter Grammy


Sunday, November 12, 2017

FaceBook Inspiration

I've been looking for inspiration for a quick Christmas Card and one night I was browsing through Card-Making USA on Facebook and I spotted a card made by Sue Lesar Robinson.  Her card reminded me that I have that Santa Stamp and I got to work making this card.  Since Christmas is right around the corner, I wanted a card that could be made in duplicate, and one that would be pretty, but not break the bank when posting them.  The printed background I downloaded from the internet, Santa and the 25 are rubber stamps.  I layered this to a red frame and mounted it on a piece I'd embossed.  I drop cut the frame with the Santa Stamp, which made it nice to be able to use one piece to do all the frames, inside and out.  Then I set out to make 10 more.  I love it when I can assemble cards quickly....especially at this time of the year.

I kept the inside simple with room to write a bit of a note.


I also made one using craft card stock, but decided that the white one would be easier to duplicate.  




I kept the inside very simple....

And now for the cards that inspired me....



Thank you Sue Lesar Robinson for inspiring me to use this lovely stamp.  Her two creations are beautiful.  

I'm getting ready for my daughter and her husband to arrive.  I'll have an entire week to spend with them.  My son is also coming....a full house for sure.  So......Until next time.....Happy Thanksgiving, no matter where we live, I'm sure we have plenty to be thankful for....

Mary Mac
AKA:  Glitter Grammy




                    


Saturday, November 4, 2017

Happy Birthday... Party In A Card

This action card was fun to create.  My neighbor loves handmade cards and I really enjoy making them for him.  I was pleasantly surprised by how quickly this card came together.  I think it actually took more time thinking about it than it took to create.


and here is what I did to the inside:

I struggle making cards for boys and men.  I think this one works for both.

I used a white base covered in BoBunny Double Dot paper.  I can't tell you who made the candle paper because I was using bits and pieces and sadly the label was removed.  The balloons, candles, pop up for the inside and the spinner are Elizabeth Craft Dies.  The stars are Frantic Stamper and the sentiment is Just Right.

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

Mary Mac
AKA:  Glitter Grammy


Wednesday, November 1, 2017

More Than One Fold

This month's Sparkles Christmas Challenge is "Must Have More Than One Fold".  Thank you Jane for this fun challenge.  Mine has 3 folds and this challenge was a perfect time to use my new StampinUp -  Hearts Come Home bundle.  Lots of sparkle on this card, and by the time I finished....lots of sparkle on me, on my dog, and even on my hubby!  I like it!

This post is probably my shortest.....When it goes live I will be spending time with my BFF, since pre-school, Dee Dee.  She's recovering from hip surgery, and I'm nursing a nasty knee.  We will be in San Francisco letting my son drive two Miss Daisies around town.  Lucky him!  So I'm off to get ready for Dee Dee to arrive.  

Until next time....Happy Crafting....not wanting to strike fear into the hearts of crafters, but the holidays are right around the corner....so get those cards made!

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

Monday, October 2, 2017

It Must Be Autumn

Autumn is in the air.  A cool spell has come and it is welcomed.  Of course here in California Summer tries to hang on and not give in easily to the crisp mornings, and warm days that are again followed by cool and what we hope will be rainy nights.  Autumn, or what I most often refer to this season as Fall, is my favorite season of all.  I'm not a fan of heat and this past summer has been warmer for a longer period of time than any summer I can remember.

The inspiration for this card is leaves.... and there are plenty of them.  I wanted to make a spinner card because leaves spinning toward the ground pretty much describes what is happening now.  The Dragon Fly symbolizes summer trying to hang on.

What papers did I use?  All the patterned papers are from one collection.  And it's an older one, Graphic45 - Botanicabella Collection.  It's from 2009...see I told you it's an older one.

These are the papers I used.  If you look at the leaves, all of them were made from the paper 3rd from the left.  I could have used distress inks to make the blended colors, but why when they are all on this paper.  You just have to move your dies around until you find them.  I used Poppystamp dies for the leaves, Elizabeth Craft for the spinner action, and Spellbinder for the die cut frames around the sentiment, which is from Hampton Arts.  I found this in a dollar bin years ago.

And here is what I've done on the inside.....
I repeated the papers from the same line.  There is room for a nice note.  I only glued the leaf across the bottom and on the right side.  That was the note can be removed easily.  

Originally, I was making this card for a birthday card for a friend.  But....It bothered me that I didn't use a Birthday Sentiment on the front of the card.  Soooo I made another card with a birthday sentiment.  I wanted to use a different spinner, and I chose one that was too big for the piece, so back to the drawing board and I repeated with one I knew would work.  I messed up the front of the card, but was able to save it (thank goodness as  the front piece was the last of the paper and I would have been sad had it not turned out.  I also chose a darker Distress Ink to outline the pieces.  I think this was a good choice.   
  
The inside will have a stamped sentiment and a personal note.  I've not yet decided on the sentiment, so it will be added later.  So it's almost the same as the original inside, with one more leaf added.  
 
So two cards done....two occasions, one kind of paper and I am happy with both.  

This was a fun project.  I was surprised how easy it is to make the spinner card, so I know I'll be making many more of these.  I have 12 Birthday cards to make between now and December 1....I guess I'd best get moving.  

Sending wishes for a wonderful Autumn.  It's so hard to say that now, when so many people are suffering the long time effects of hurricanes and earthquakes.  They are in my thoughts and prayers and also I/we need to remember their physical needs and continue to give what we can to help make their lives just a bit better.  

Not wanting to close on a down note....Enjoy your day wherever you are.  Take a moment to enjoy this day and do something that makes you happy.  Thank You for stopping by.  

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




Sunday, October 1, 2017

Christmas Is For Kids....and the Kids in all of us!

Another month has come and gone and we are edging ever closer to Christmas.  When my kids were little, they started their Christmas Lists around this time.  Of course the list changed daily, but it was always an important part of the Christmas ritual.  As a child I remember how slowly the days ticked by, and with each passing day how excited I'd be thinking about Santa and maybe being able to catch a glimpse of him as he put gifts under the tree.

This month the Sparkles Christmas Challenge theme was chosen by Sybrina.  And she would like to see Kiddie Cards.  I chose this stamp from All Night Media - Hug for Santa.  This stamp was fun to color and gave me much playtime with my pencils.
For the inside I chose stamps from StampinUp the Versatile Christmas Collection.  I'm not sure of the paper collection, as it was part of a traded collection from a friend.  

I hope everyone is settling into the new season and I hope everyone is found healthy.  Before I go, a little wish from my honey and I.....
Until next time, be safe, be healthy, be happy....
Hugs from my world to yours,
Mary Mac
AKA: Glitter Grammy

Friday, September 1, 2017

Warm Wishes

Sparkles Christmas Challenge was picked this month by Caz.  Her challenge is to make a card using Christmas Animals.  I can't think of better animals than the little House Mice.  I haven't been coloring much lately and today I am reminded of how much fun it is to color.  I used a combination of Spectrum Noir and Tim Holtz Distress Inks.  The sentiment was created on my computer.  The paper is from a pad I've had for years and I do not know what company it belongs to.  I used Wink of Stella for a bit of glitter.

I'm trying to use items I've had for some time.  I think I accomplished my goal.  I hope to see something you've created.  You can share it at Sparkles Christmas Challenge.

Here's the colors I used:




See you again soon....it's getting closer to Christmas....I'm one card closer!

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