Friday, May 15, 2020

A Quick Card

I needed a quick card for graduation.  I have nothing that says graduation so I thought I would make a music themed card, especially since Hannah is very musical.  I die cut the piano key border using the Piano Keys Edger by Frantic Stamper and the Elizabeth Craft Notes along with a Cuttlebug embossing folder.  I lined the card with a pale lavender piece of card stock and the card was complete.  I love it when cards come together quickly.  Especially when I needed this one so soon.  

Well, that's it for today.....I hope this post finds everyone well.  

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

Tuesday, May 5, 2020

A Play Day

Yesterday I had every intention to clean my craft room.  Well, I found a scrap of paper that was in my scrap/snippet folder and I had a die I hadn't used yet (actually two dies), well I think you know where this is going......  My sister will be getting this card....cause I'm thinking of her. 

Anyway, long story short, I saw a card on Franticstamper blog and I loved it.  So I went to her store and purchased two dies.  The floral one and the floral border.  Well, I was cleaning my craft room, and I had to stop to make a card.  You know you see something, it wakes you up and you have to play with paper.  This card is almost exactly as I saw it on Fran's site.  It was made by Karen Oliver a talented paper artist who lives in New Zealand.  Usually the cards I make from an inspiration, don't turn out looking anything like the inspiration card.  This one sure did.  So thank you Karen for inspiring me to make this can you come over and help me clean my craft room?  

I used paper I had left from other makes.  I didn't have any yellow or green pieces, so I used snippets of white, die cut the die and used it as a stencil.  Then I colored the stencil using Sharpie pens and die cut the colored pieces to get what you see.    The two dies are from Frantic Stamper Precision Cutting Dies Flower Border and Edger FRA-Die-10782 and Frantic Stamper Precision Die Spring Swag Builder FRA-Die-10780.  The Sentiment die is Creative Expressions Mini Die Thinking of You CEDSS006.  I had to color that too for this I used Distress Ink and colored a piece of white paper and then die cut it.  

Well, guess what, my craft room still isn't clean!  So I guess I should get to it and do it....right?  

I'm going to share this make on Pixie's Crafty Workshop.  

Until next time....thanks for stopping by.  I hope you visit Karen's blog page and if you need dies... I love Frantic Stamper.  

Off I go, Hugs from my world to yours,
Mary Mac
AK:  Glitter Grammy

Monday, April 20, 2020

Staying At Home Playing Cards

We are still under Stay At Home orders.  My husband and I have been playing cards every day.  It's been nice spending time with him and though often times he has a grumpy face, while playing cards he is relaxed, even when he's loosing.  Yesterday he was even laughing....and it looks good on him.

I have a dear friend who is always thinking of others.  She's an award winning baker and I miss her walking across the street to share her newest creation.  I sat down and needed inspiration for a card.  I thought of Jeri and decided that she would be my inspiration...

I'm sure many of you feel the same way, when I make a card for a person, it's like spending time with that person.  Even though Jeri didn't know I was making this card, I'm sure she could feel the love even though we are hundreds of miles apart.

I don't know anything about the paper.  It was a scrap that was gifted to me.  I love red and white cards.  The House Mouse is a 3x3 stamp, that I colored with pencils and fussy cut.  The flower is part of a Graphic45 tag collection.  The sentiment is also part of the same House Mouse stamp set.

Since this card was made with snippets, I'll be posting it on Pixie's Crafty Workshop.

Well someone keeps coming into my craft room wondering when we would start playing cards.  So off I go for now.

I hope you have time to check out Pixie's Crafty Workshop and if you have time to play along... I hope you do.  It's a fun place to be inspired.

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

Sunday, April 12, 2020

Happy Easter

Good morning and Happy Easter.  This Easter will be one to remember that's for sure.   So many of us are suffering the loss of loved ones, at the same time we celebrate our faith, we hold our families closer to our hearts, though we cannot put our arms around them.  I miss my children but am thankful for the internet. I am thankful they are safe and they are doing all they can to stay safe.  

Because of technology we have the ability to see each other face to face and we can share our daily lives with family, friends and neighbors.  I am looking forward to the "Stay at home" order to be lifted, but I am willing to stay put for as long as needed to get a grip on this awful sickness.

This will be short, I am going to take a little walk and celebrate Easter, sunshine and listen to all the birds that are singing their little hearts out.

Until next time.... I hope this Easter Day brings you peace.

Mary Mac
AKA:  Glitter Grammy

Sunday, March 29, 2020

Pixie's Crafty Workshop Challenge #374

Hello to all.  In this time of uncertainty, sometimes it's hard to stay upbeat, I think now is the time of must for all of us.  It's funny, a crafter's dream is to stay home and play all day with our toys.  In reality, it seems I am getting little to no crafting done.  In an effort to organize my supplies and send supplies that have been so generously donated to a friend, I must say there is progress.  I packed a box with 14 pounds (6.35 kilograms) which I will send off to California next week.  The supplies will be shared with my crafting friend, and her neighbor who is a single working mom of two autistic boys.  In this time of home schooling, every mom needs craft supplies to occupy time, while teaching a skill to her children.

My hubby and I have also been playing cards, lots and lots of cards.  For a guy with severe visual impairment, he sure can win at cards.  He requires lots of coaching and I'm his vocal advisor telling him what cards are on the piles.  We play May I, a game my sister taught us, and Spite and Malice a game our family has played for years and years.

Our pup is enjoying this stay at home order, as she is being walked often.  If weather permits we are out in it.  I have news for her today, it's too cold, too wet and way to windy, she will be exercising herself in our yard.  Missy also enjoys the couch time we are sharing.  Lots of naps with mom as we watch too much tv.

I did manage to make a snippet card or two. This one was made from a pad of 6x6 Crate Paper, that was generously gifted to me.  There are so many beautiful patterns.  I chose one that I love, but it just was too busy until I covered it with the beautiful flower die, which was also gifted.  I cut this die and then put it aside because I just couldn't find anything I liked to put with it.  So my snippet is the quarter page die cut, that I placed over the floral piece.  I don't know if you can really see the stripe portion that frames the piece, it is one I use to cut some leaf dies and I used some of those leaves for another card.  When I am cutting card to use to cut small dies, I always cut the card to 4 1/4 x 5 1/2.  Usually that size will give me a piece I can drop cut for use in a border.  I drop cut the outside piece and used it as another snippet.  You can see a bit of more snippet pieces peeking out from the inside of the card.

Everything was glued to a white 65# card.  I use Roxanne Glue-Baste-It glue, which quilters will be familiar with.   I love this glue and one thing I really like, it's washable, so when I use my pants as wipe rags, I can wash the glue out.  Trust me, my pants have seen lots of glue.  The downside, you can't wash your cards, but then I must say, most people don't purposely wash greeting cards....or do they?  I did not add a sentiment as I will add one when I am ready to post my card.  I do like this card and it isn't at all like I originally planned.  I think that's the fun of crafting, my cards usually don't end up as they originally thought they would.

I will be adding this card to Pixie's Crafty Workshop #374.  I hope you hop over to see all the inspiration on her blog page.

I told my hubby that I'd be crafting today and if he was a good boy, later today, I'd give him the opportunity to beat me at cards.  I guess I should get crafting.  I know he's already planning his big wins!

In this time of voluntary or mandatory isolation, if anyone needs a chat, send me an email.  I'm always up to meeting new friends and in this day of quarantine, sometimes it's nice to know we are not alone.  It's so sad that the entire world is sharing our pain.  I do know we will get through this.  Please stay safe, stay diligent.  And we will celebrate soon.

Love to all,
AKA: Mary Mac

Monday, March 9, 2020

Pixie's Crafty Workshop #373 and More

Happy Monday to everyone in the crafting world.  I needed a large number of thank you cards, and I've made several different designs.  This one is the latest.  I must admit I finally found one that I could make quickly and I could use all the 1/4 sheets of card that I seem to accumulate too quickly.  The card base is made from 65# Neenah Bright White card.  It's my go to card and it's a good thing because I made a mistake when ordering.  I thought I was getting one ream of 250 sheets, but actually got four.  Oops!  The background embossing folder was made from one of the snippets that have been accumulating.  I love embossing folders and this is one of my favorites.  I mounted a 4x 41/4 piece to the front of the base that I had stamped with Thank You.  The pansy is a rubber stamp that I colored with PrismaColor  pencils, and I blended them using Gamsol.  I cut out the image and used dimensionals to lift it off the card.  The inside has a 1 inch piece cut from the embossed card.  The two rubber stamps and the embossing folders were gifts.  I am so thankful for them.  This card will make a wonderful Birthday or Thinking of You card.  

I'm going to enter this card in the Pixie's Workshop Challenge.  The snippet is the embossing piece.  

I've been spending some time organizing.  My new craft area is much smaller than my California play room.  My intention was to spread all the dies out on my table and take a photo before putting them into books.  Well, I must have been distracted by a shiny object because after sorting them into categories I began putting them into albums.  Here's a photo of the finished albums.  I still need to label the outside so it's easier to pull them out, but here they are.  

The two buckets have embossing folders and stamp and die sets.  I still need to  organize them a bit better, but I am using what I have right now.  I'll show more later.....

These are all the stamps I received.  I've yet to organize them, a project I hope to do this week.  There are so many especially the clear stamps and I am loving all of them.  I also am sorting to give to another friend who lost everything.  I am amazed that many of the wood mount stamps are stamps that I lost in the fire.  This gives me a nice warm feeling!  

I'm hoping to get a lot of coloring and organizing done over the next two weeks.  It looks like rain has finally come to Illinois to replace the snow and I am thrilled.  Winter was mild this year but it seemed longer than last year.  Maybe because last year I was so busy putting our house in order I lost track of the number of cold days.  But no matter the reason I am welcoming Spring!  

Off I go for now. My oven door is bugging me, it needs a good clean.  I have an aqua clean oven, which I love, but it doesn't seem to do a lot for the glass door.  Off I go to scrub....

I hope your week is wonderful and you find time to craft. 

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

Friday, March 6, 2020

Thank You for the Beautiful Cards

Good morning....first I apologize for taking so long to post about the lovely cards.Seems sometimes life gets in the way of doing things we want to do.  Today I am posting photos of the cards I've received so far, and they are still coming in, so there will be at least one more photo of cards received.

Photos can never express the feeling of love I have received from all of you.  So lets have a look at the love.

Talk about inspiration!  Wow!  What I am most struck by is how creative each of you are and the differences between color, layering, and the layouts that make each card so different and so very special.  Your cards make me feel special and I thank you.  Every card held beautiful words of encouragement and when I feel low, I pick up one of your cards and am reminded to look forward.  So thank you all for that too.  

And finally, a big thank you to these four ladies who sent packets of cards for me to have for sharing and also a lovely little album that has the most beautiful sentiment on the back.  It says, "Don't look back, you aren't going that way....."  

I'm still working on Thank You cards.  I hope that most of you have already received them.  I think I should close....My husband is recovering from pneumonia and today will be the first day he goes out of the house in 2 weeks. He is recovered from the "bug", now it's working on getting his strength back....I think cabin fever has hit both of us.  A little fresh air is in our future.  

Until next time....thank you!  I'm sending love to each of you and am looking forward to getting back to sharing some of what I making.  

Just a Reminder:  I still can't comment on my blog page.  I didn't want to try anything that might have comprimised my ability to send this thank you.  Hopefully in the near future, I will get this figured out.  If not, I may have to start over with a new blog page If I do....I'll for sure let everyone know.  

Love to all,
Mary Mac 
AKA:  Glitter Grammy