Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Working on Christmas Cards and WOYWW 254

Another Wednesday, which means we are one week closer to Christmas....Only 253 days to go...
and of course it means we share our work desks with the world.....
By now I think the world knows all about Ms. Julia and her sharing place.  But if you don't, here's the how to....you take a photo of what your desk looks like on Wednesday and you upload it to your blog page....then you link here.  Easy no?  Well, it's easy yes!  You don't have a blog page?  Hey, they are easy and free, so I suggest you get one so we can all see what it is you do. 

Now, what's on my desk?  A 7-up can.....crafting makes you thirsty!  A friend shared a sheet of Morehead 3-D images.  I'm working my way through one of them.  There are I think 17 pieces to cut and glue.  I'm at like 9 and that may be as far as I go, the pieces are really getting small!  There are tweezers, and scissors and glue.  My Ott light and glass matt and the little blue object on the left of the matt is my newest tool.  I LOVE tools.  I often purchase them and find out they don't work as I had hoped.  Well this one does.  If you like making your own flowers, this is for you.  I found an additional use for mine.  I used it to emboss the tiny pieces of the image above and (as they say on the TV ads....WAIT, THERE'S MORE!)  I dry embossed the large pieces using the dome piece and a mouse pad. 

I don't know if they are available in your world, if not, let me know,  If you are interested, I'd be happy to get you the info and even handle the shipping (for the actual price to ship.  I'd let you know the price)  if you bought it from Karen.  I can't image they would be too expensive to ship. 

Here's what the tool looks like.....and the flower is one I made using it.  I made it from computer paper and I colored the tips with my Spectrum Noir pens.  There are lots of flower dies you can use to make the flowers.  This one was made using a die I already had.  Punched flowers are perfect too. 
Here's a close up of my flower.....
Well, I'm off to put my card together and play with my new tool and if there's time, I might just vacuum.....the living room.....

Have a crafty Wednesday and see you again soon!

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


Thursday, April 10, 2014

Sunny Days

Well, I think Spring is here.  I guess I should hold off until Mother Nature confirms my prediction.  We've gone from snow one day, to 70 degree weather the next.  So, maybe Mother isn't ready to give us warm spring days. 

It's my day to show my creation on the Poppystamps blog page.  This is what I made.  I've had fun playing with the Sunflower dies, the outline and the base.  And butterflies, well nothing more needs to be said about my love of these little beauties. 

A month or so ago, I attended a two day album class hosted by Karen.  The guest designer was Marion Smith of Marion Smith Designs.  She brought a product I've become quite taken with.  It's a gold foil and it comes in a 12x 12 sheet.  After embossing (Cuttlebug Embossing Folder)  the background, I lightly rubbed a white glue (Baste It) over parts and put the foil over it.  Pretty accent I think.  I did the same to the outline of the butterfly.  The sentiment is computer generated.  If you'd like to know the names of the Poppystamps dies, you'll just have to head over to the Poppystamps Blog page. 

Have a most creative day and may your weekend be extra special.  It's baseball season here and I'll be watching my San Francisco Giants play ball.  May the force be with them!  Of course I'll be making cards too! 

Until next time....Hugs from Northern California!
Mary Mac
AKA:  Glitter Grammy

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

WOYWW - 253

Well here it is. 
I've been coloring again and hopefully some will make it to cards.  My goal is to get all my rubber stamp images colored and digitally saved so I can catalog them.  Mind you I attempted this several years ago and I was not very successful.  Now, when I look at the previously colored images, I'm finding I want to color them better, so I color them again.  That's not getting the process done is it? 

My desk has pens and ink and a card I need to address and mail, and mail I need to deal with and colored images and my very favorite coloring tool.  It's called a Stamp-0-Graph.  It was made by Mostly Animals in San Jose CA.  I've had it for years and though I have other stamp postioners, this one is my favorite.  I don't think it is made anymore, though I have seen one that is similar, but I've tried it and I still like mine the best.  So, there you have it.

Well....off I shall be going to have a peek at what the others are sharing.  I keep inviting my friends to join in, I think they must be on the shy side, because I don't see anything they are sharing.  I want you to know, there are some pretty cool people out there in the world of crafting and I've met several through Miss Julia and WOYWW.... so come on.....join in.

Off I go, today I think I shall contemplate the cloud.  I'm going to lay on my back on the playground, look at the sky and try to figure out which one is Icloud and how all my photos find there way there....OHHHHHHHHH !  My life is full!  Anyone want to join me?  Di?  Sarn?  Mrs. A? 

Have a wonderfully crafty day.....

Hugs to all,
Mary Mac
AKA:  Glitter Grammy



Sunday, April 6, 2014

Layers, I've Got Layers!

I love the art on decorative napkins.  I've had several requests to teach this method and I have done so in the past.  When Chris made the request with this beautiful napkin in hand, what could I say.  Ok, I'll show you how.  As of this moment, I've not kept my word.  Honest Chris, I will show you how and soon.  Another friend, Brenda, sent a link to a video of adding glitter to graphics.  After watching the video, I thought....hmmmm I know I could do it easier and quicker.  I did and I shall share in one word...Xyron!  The gold glittery piece behind the graphic was a find at Paradise Scrapbook Boutique.  Yesterday, I made a quick trip down the hill to buy one thing.  I came home with a bag full of newly added yummy finds.  I must say, I was mesmerized by the bling!  I now have it in silver and gold and there were lots of other colors too. 

Ok, a challenge this month on Christmas Stampin' All Year Long is to use layers.  That challenge was my inspiration for this card.  I love layers and if you looked at my card from yesterday's post, I am also trying to create pretty cards that won't break the budget when posting them.  Today's card will thrill the postal workers as it's not going to be mailed using one 1st Class Stamp!  Six layers on the outside and more on the inside....
Thank you Chris, and Brenda for motivating me.  And thanks to Christmas Stampin' All Year Long for giving me that extra little push! 

Happy Crafting, Hugs from a very sunny Northern California! 
Mary Mac
AKA:  Glitter Grammy


It's Christmas Time In My Craft Room....

Today I decided it was time to tidy up my craft room.  I"m normally pretty organized, but this past week I've been working on 8 projects and rather than put one away, when completed, well, you know... I didn't!  Having said that, I was distracted by shiny objects and below is a card I made from snippets that I just happened to stumble on my journey to tidy up.  By the way, my room still needs major tidying, which I will do in the morning!  Well that's the plan!

Here's the outside......
My friend Dee Dee is coming in June, and we will be working on Christmas Cards.  I thought it might be a good idea to have a plan.  We are looking to do some mass creating and we want the cards to be easy to create assembly line method.  We also want a card that will not require extra postage.  Well, I do believe I know of one card we can make.  And here's the inside......
Pretty simple I'd say, but I like it.....I know everyone on the playground is looking toward warm, dry days....I hope Ms. Di will  let me play along with my Winter White and Silver snippet card. 

If you've never shared one of your snippet cards, you really should.  It's fun and it's the best way to create something pretty from something that would just lay forgotten in your snippet box.  Check it out HERE

Off I go for now....Until next time.....Hugs from Northern California
Mary Mac
AKA:  Glitter Grammy

Friday, April 4, 2014

Spring Flowers

I think everyone is about ready for spring.  This is the card I made for the Poppystamps Blog Page.  I love the Wild Rose Bud and though I'm pretty new (really new actually) to using stencils, I like the Memory Box stencil background.  And when I think Spring, I think of my husband outside chasing the lawn mower  and the fresh cut grass die is the perfect spring lawn.  Though you can't see much of it, I had to use the Bailiwick background.  Just enough is showing to show a bit of interest.  I die cut the Wild Rose Bud on white cardstock and colored it using my Spectrum Noir pens.  You can read more about the how on the Poppystamps Blog Page. 

Here's the inside.....
To find out more, pop on over to the Poppystamps blog....  Off to play in my craft room...until later,
have a most creative and fun day.

Do you want to see more of the wonderful Poppystamps dies?  Well you can here.....HERE

Mary Mac
AKA:  Glitter Grammy

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Sparkles Christmas Challenge

It's time for another Sparkles Christmas Challenge and I'm so happy to bring you two Christmas Cards this month.  Pat chose a theme based on a Christmas Carol.  I love snowmen and this trio singing Joy to the World was such fun to create. And here's the inside....
One of my goals this year is to use what I have.  The base of this card is craft stock.  The red and gold metallic paper has been hanging around my craft room for Years.  They are from Hot off the Press - Paper Pizazz - Metallic Gold.  The punched trim is from DCWV Metallic textured stack.  Also paper that's lived in my craft room for many years.  The snowmen are from Uptown Rubber stamps designed by Sandi Gore Evans.  The sentiment on the outside is from Northwoods and on the inside is from Stampendous.  The punches are Martha Stewart.  The ribbon is from my stash and was on one of my Christmas gifts.
Here's my second card.  I had a bit more time  this week and decided the best way to spend it was to make another card.  I used the Sunburst layout using snippets left over from an album project.  The green is suede and I love the texture it adds to this card.  Santa is an embellishment that I honestly can't tell you it's origin.  It's been hanging around my Christmas embellishment box for way too long.  The background on the sentiment is glitter paper I made and the sentiment is from Stampabilities.  I heat embossed the sentiment using JudiKins gold transparent embossing powder..  Sorry the photo doesn't show how pretty the embossed sentiment truly is.  The base is craft paper.  Here's the inside:
The inside was also made from bits and pieces.  The Teddy Bear is a left over embellishment too.  The rubber stamp is from Stampabilities. 
 This month Marianne Design is offering a most generous prize.  You could win two dies or one die and a rubber stamp.   Head over to the Sparkles Christmas Challenge and check out the rules, add your card and have a look at what the design team made this month. 

I'm off for now, I'm thinking I have a little time to create another Christmas card.  Until later,  Happy Crafting and I'll see you soon....

Hugs to all,
Mary Mac
AKA:  Glitter Grammy