Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Fussy Cutting Fun

My buddy Cathy had a birthday this month and this is the card I made for her.  I love this paper collection.  It is Mintay Birdsong.  The paper comes from Poland, and since I am Polish, this line makes me more proud.  I did some fussy cutting and layering on this card.  For me, fussy cutting is relaxing and something I can take along with me when I travel.  Fussy cutting keeps me connected to card making when I can't be in my studio playing.

As I said, the paper line is Birdsong, by Mintay.  The sentiment is from JustRite.  It is probably my favorite Birthday sentiment.  I cut Cathy's name from gold mirror stock using my ScanNCut.  Love that machine. Easy and I think a pretty card.

I most often repeat the same papers on the inside of my card and this one was no exception.  I did more fussy cutting, typed the sentiment and again cut her name using  the ScanNCut.  

That's it....a little cutting and this card is  complete. 

Until next time....happy crafting.  Now that summer is here enjoy the sunshine and I hope the heat index is kind to your part of the world.  

Mary Mac
AKA:  Glitter Grammy

Friday, June 1, 2018

Sparkles Christmas Challenge #89 - Santa

The Sparkles Christmas Challenge this month is Santa....and guess who chose this theme?  It was me.  I've had this Santa graphic for a long time. It is on one of the first graphic cd's I purchased and I've used it on tags, but never on a card.  This card is a quick and easy one....I did a few things I've not done in quite some time.  First I printed the graphic on photo paper.  I normally use matt paper, but this time I wanted him to pop....so glossy accomplished that goal.  Then I embossed the card stock and I liked how it looked, but it needed something just a bit more.  So I used metallic rub ons.  I've had them forever, so I can't really say what kind they are.  I like the look. The embossing folder is Cuttlebug - Holly Ribbons and the sentiment is PoppyStamp - Merry Christmas.  I layered gold behind the embossed and the graphic piece.  This card is a quarter fold 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 inch.  It may require extra postage because of the layers.  I guess that depends on where you are mailing from.

I hope you find time to play along with this challenge.  It's a great way to get one more Christmas card finished and be inspired by those who are posting their creations.

Well, that's it for me....My hubby and I are painting the family room / den and I best get back at it.  I am absolutely amazed that 2 months ago I could barely walk.  I had knee surgery (meniscus repair) and I am up and down ladders and going full steam.  Because of this, we are also painting our studio/craft room/classroom and replacing the flooring.  As you can imagine, my house is in total disaray and finding anything is a test of patience.   We hope to be up to playing again by July 1st.  I can't wait, it seems it's been ages since my friends and I have come to crop.

Until next time....I hope you find time to create.  Hugs from my world to yours.

Mary Mac
AKA:  Glitter Grammy

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Sparkles Christmas Challenge #88

This card is a quick make and I made it from lots of bits left over from other projects.  If you read my post from the 28th you already know why I needed another card and quickly.  This card is for the Sparkles Christmas Challenge and the theme was chosen by Lynne and it is you must have a Reindeer.

I used Graphic 45 papers and a Poppystamps sentiment.  The frames were also cut using a Poppystamps die - Double Stitched Rectangle.  I found some gold and while bits to cut frames to embellish the frames I'd already cut.  I am loving my newest frame dies.  And the thin pieces fit perfectly.

I hope you find time to enter the Sparkles Christmas Challenge.  I look forward to seeing what you've created.

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

Friday, April 27, 2018

Impossible Cards - I am loving making them.

Impossible cards are everywhere.  It is almost impossible to look at blogs you are following without seeing one.  I decided I needed to join the fun and let me tell you, this card has everything I require.  I need something different....something with space to add embellishments and something that won't break the bank when mailing.  This is it!  This card is 4 1/4 x 6.  I saw Jan B make one on YouTube, so I thought I'd give it a go.  And I love it.

Here's the back and there is plenty of room to write a note.  Soooooo on to telling a bit of a story on myself.

I am on the Design Team for Sparkles Christmas Challenge and this month I've been recovering from a knee repair and haven't been doing much crafting.  That said, I am feeling better and decided that it might be nice to make a Christmas card with this month's challenge.  So..... I put together another Impossible Card, this time using a 5x7 base that I had seen on Mixed Up Craft on YouTube.  Being so late in the month I thought, if I don't finish this card today I will be too late to post it.  So this is what I created....
I wanted to use my newest set of frame dies (PoppyStamp Double Stitch Square Frame) which makes making shaker cards so easy.  I added a digital die bear and several other dies mostly by Memory Box.  I was impressed with how quickly this card came together and I was equally proud of being able to complete a card for this month's challenge even though I'd asked to be excused for one month.  

Now to make the long story short, I checked my notes for  the theme of this month  and guess what....It isn't bears.  So, I am posting another impossible card, but not for the Sparkles Christmas Challenge.  I must say, I do like this Christmas card.
Here's the back side with it's sentiment and with a place to add my own greeting.  I now have another sweet little card to add to my Christmas stash, but sadly not one for the Sparkles Christmas Challenge.  

I did learn something that might be a good technique.  This larger card was a bit floppy.  It just wasn't standing up so I added a hinge to both sides and the problem was fixed.  And it's hardly noticeable.  If you are using card stock that is of a lighter weight, or if you are adding embellishments that are a bit heavy you may want to think about adding a hinge or two.  For this card I made mine 1 1/2 inches long and 1 inch wide.  I folded the 1 inch side in half to measure 1/2 inch and glued the hinge to the moving part.  

Well that's it for now.  I'm hoping to get a card made for the Sparkles Christmas Challenge.  If I don't, I do hope you will check out what everyone has created.  So please have a look on May 1st.  
Until later, hugs and happy crafting.

Mary Mac
AKA:  Glitter Grammy

Sunday, April 1, 2018

Sparkles Christmas Challenge Feature A Creature

I know everyone must be thinking Easter.....and so am I, but....Christmas is also in my thoughts and this month the Sparkles Christmas Challenge is Feature a Creature.  Thank you Helen for this fun challenge.  My little creature is this cute little deer graphic from Splash of Color #30691 Greetings * Decked out Collection.  It is an older piece pulled from my stash.  I couldn't tell you what year.  My die cut border is a retired Poppystamps die, which I really really love.  It is called Zig Zag Knit #949.  I layered all on a cranberry colored card stock and layered it onto white.

This was an easy quarter fold card to make....and I really do like it.  I love the combination of red and white.  Sadly, because of the layers, it will require extra postage, which is pretty normal for handmade cards...right?

I'm working on a Christmas Album, which with any luck at all might actually be done by Christmas... So I guess I should get back to it.

Have a wonderful Easter and a creative April.  Sending wishes for health, happiness and love....

Mary Mac
AKA:  Glitter Grammy

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Happy Spring

Today I'm playing with paper and celebrating Spring.  I like fussy cutting and this card is most certainly a fussy cut creation.  I used the Graphics45 Season's Collection.  I made this card for my sister, Becky.  Winters in the mid-west can be harsh and Spring is a season everyone looks forward to.  She looks forward to getting outside and playing in the yard.  I thought of her as I planted my paper garden.

I'm looking forward to making tons of card for all the seasons with my 12x12 paper pack.  To make my card, I cut pieces from these papers.....

The piece I used from this page should be pretty easy to find...The framing piece might be a bit more difficult...Just think pieces and parts....Do you see it?

My bird graphic should fly right out at you.....did it?  And Bless This Nest....How ever did it get below the nest?

And then I added bits and pieces from this page and did a bit more fussy cutting from the two previous pages and I think my card is finished and almost ready to mail.  

I just needed to finish the inside..... Nothing fancy,  and room to write a note.  Of course I had to add a die....this one is from Memory Box, it's an older one, but much loved.  It is the Valencia Border and it is from 2012

For my local followers....if you want lovely spring and March papers and embellishments....check out Paradise Scrapbook Boutique which is located inside Ever After on the Skyway....

Until Next time....Happy Crafting and Happy Spring!
Hugs from me to you,
Mary Mac
AKA:  Glitter Grammy

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Sparkles Challenge #86 - Twinkle Twinkle Little Star

It's March....can you believe it?  I surely can't.  This month's Sparkles Christmas Challenge is from Joan.  The theme is:  Twinkle Twinkle Little Star.  I received this die from "Santa" and how perfect is it.... It's Tim Holtz as is the sentiment, which is also a Christmas gift.  I like the dimension on the star and what makes it easy....there are little hidden tabs that allow for easy gluing.  I die cut the star from light weight stock scored and folded and glued it to a piece of sparkly blue which I cut using the largest star in the die set.  I cut the sentiment from the same blue sparkly foil that I glued to card stock before cutting.  The embossing folder is from Stampin Up.  Pretty easy wouldn't you say?

Gosh....this post is so short....I have so much going on this week that I feel like a brisk March wind is pushing me from one project to another....so, until next time.  Happy crafting and remember to post your creations Here....  I will be checking to see what you've created.

Until next time....

Mary Mac
AKA:  Glitter Grammy