Thursday, July 18, 2019

Hello Again - Notes from after the Camp Fire

Gosh it seems like forever since I last posted and in fact it has been.  On November 8th we lost our home in the Camp Fire in Northern CA.  We have resettled in a small town in North eastern Illinois.  My sister lives here and two of my children are within a little more than an hour away.  My youngest sadly lives much farther from us, but is very good about visiting and staying in touch via FaceTime.  Love the computer for that alone!  Of course my Australian family now can visit the mid-west.

We love our new home and finally have completed all the tasks that were on our to do's now a to done list!  This morning I was reading a post from Ellen Hudson and she talked about customer appreciation day and asked to learn a bit about her customers.  I went there and read many of the comments.  I thought, hey, maybe it's time for me to get active again.  I won't lie, loosing every craft item I've collected and loved was quite a hit to my creative juices.  In the "old world" I touched paper every day.  In my new life I am finding it difficult to begin again.  I've purchased some items, and I've made maybe 4 cards in the past 8 months....I come into my room and I miss my crafting buddies.  Each and every one of them were effected by the awful fire, all but 2 lost their homes.  We, like the embers from the flames were scattered.  Each of us are trying to rebuild and most of them have chosen to give up paper crafting.  I'm ready to say, hey fire, you may have gotten my possessions, but you didn't take my love of paper.  It will be baby steps, and all the dies I used in days gone by are gone, but slowly I am collecting and I promise I'll have a card on line by the end of next week.... now isn't that slow of me.  It won't be fancy, but it will have me touching the craft I love most.

Until next time....Happy Crafting from my world to yours....
Love to all of you....Mary Mac AKA:  Glitter Grammy

Saturday, December 1, 2018

Merry Almost Christmas

In October I saw a card on the Graphic45 Blog, showing the winner of the September project of the month.  The winner was Karien van der  Westhuizen.  I love her card and thought I'd give it a try.  Here is the link if you'd like to see Karien's card. - Graphic45 Blog  on to my version of Karien's card.  I used Graphic45 card stock - Winter Wonderland collection.  The dies I uses are from Impression Obsession DIE100-F, and DIE106-S.  I also used Poppystamps dies 1648, 1967, and 1050.  The sentiment is Penny Black 30508.  The base of my card is craft and I used gold mirror card stock for frames and cutting the dies.

Here is the outside of my card:

This card is being shared on the Sparkles Christmas Challenge.  I hope you have a minute or two to check out what the other members of the design team have created.  And I hope you have time to post your lovely creation.  We all enjoy seeing what you've created.  Have a look here.  

Can you believe our next cards will be posted in 2019?  Wow!  Happy Crafting....see you soon.

Hugs from my world to yours.  And if I don't get back before the holidays - HAPPY HOLIDAYS!
Mary Mac
AKA:  Glitter Grammy

Saturday, November 24, 2018

Our Lives Have Changed....But We Move Forward

This will be a very quick post....I just wanted everyone to know we are ok, but as you can see from the photos our home is gone and with it every personal item.  I am most sad my husband’s paintings did not survive.  I am most sad all the trinkets and handmade items from my kids, grandkids and friends are gone.  I am most sad about loosing every craft item that I have collected for the past 20 years.  I am most happy we survived as many did not.  Not one of my craft friends homes were spared, but all were able to live to share their story.  

I will be absent for the next several months as we will be moving from California to Illinois, to be closer to family.  I am sad to leave my friends, but like the embers of the fire floating to locations far and near, they too will be finding new areas of the state and country to live.  No one ever expects to get up in the morning, have coffee and then run for their lives.  One day I may share a blog post about that day, but for now, we are looking forward not backward.  

Thankfully the internet will allow me to stay in your lives through your beautiful creations.  I look forward to the day I can again share with all of you.  
Love to everyone,  
Glitter Grammy
AKA:  Mary Mac

Thursday, November 1, 2018

Sparkles Christmas Challenge #94 - Embossing Wet or Dry

The year is really flying by and November seem to have accelerated the speed.  I know, there are 24 hours in every day but boy, the items added to our to do list gets longer and longer as we speed toward Christmas.  I do have one more Christmas card made.  Thanks to Debs and her choice of theme for November - Embossing Wet or Dry.  I'd love to see what you create, so how about it... share your creation with Sparkles Christmas Challenge.  

For my card I dry embossed the background with Stampin Up Softly Falling Embossing Folder.  I then die cut Poppystamps Wooded Glen Landscape #2084 and dry embossed it also.  I used 3-D mounting squares and added it to the base of the card.  My next layer is houses from the Stampin Up Village.  I rubber stamped the "To The World" from the Poppystamps clear stamps #CL467 on the bottom of the Village cut. I used 3-D mounting squares to adhere this layer to the base of the card.  I rubber stamped the word "Joy" using the same clear stamp and die cut it using the Joy die that comes with the stamp set.  An easy card to make and I must say...I like it!  

I kept the inside very plain.  I direct stamped to paper my sentiment.  Nothing fancy, I do think it conveys a joyful message.  The stamps I used are from Stampin Up - Snowflake Sentiments.  

I hope you take a minute to add your card to the Sparkles Christmas Challenge.  It's always fun to share what we do with others and it's especially exciting to see what others are making.  

Until next time....and it will be the last Christmas card of 2018....have a super crafty month.  Take deep breathes and enjoy the cool days, hopefully wet ones for we in the west.  The house is beginning to have the scent of baking for Thanksgiving....I'm so looking forward to the holidays spending time with family and friends.  

Again,  Happy Crafting,
Mary Mac
AKA:  Glitter Grammy

Saturday, October 13, 2018

Christmas On My Mind

Happy Saturday everyone.  I'm thinking Christmas lately....I wonder why. Maybe it's the turning of the season....or maybe it's just looking at the calendar.

A bit ago, I was watching Jennifer McGuire make what she called the inside Shadow Box Card.  I'm attaching a link where Jennifer gives directions for this easy to make card base.  Check out the directions here.    If you aren't familiar with Jennifer, she is one of the best.  Her videos are easy to follow.

My card was made using Graphic45 Winter Wonderland card stock.  i used Kraft card stock for the base and gold mirror card stock for the sentiment and to frame the decorative papers.  The sentiment is Penny Black #30-508.  The Merry Christmas is from Poppystamps #1105.  A little fussy cutting and the inside is finished.  The Sentiment tag is removable as you'll see in the next photo.

And now for the outside of my card.  

The same paper line was used for the outside of this card.  My joy die and stamp is Poppystamps #CL467.  This die and stamp set is fast becoming a favorite of mine.  Mostly hidden is a Poppystamps die that at present is on loan, I can not remember its name.  

Well that's it for now.  It's time to clean up my mess so I can start another one!

Heads Up, I'm having a problem commenting on anything blogspot....a problem that is baffling many.  I just want you to know, I am looking at your pages, I just can't tell you how wonderful your creations are.  I hope an answer can be found soon.  

Until next time, Happy Crafting and Hugs from my world to yours.  

Mary Mac
AKA:  GlitterGrammy

Monday, October 1, 2018

Sparkles Christmas Challenge 93 - Christmas Is For Kids

This is my Sparkles Christmas Challenge for this month.  Sybrina chose this theme, which is Christmas Is For Kids.  This is mine.  Santa is always keeping track of the naughty and nice list...I wonder if it is now a spread sheet?  Santa must have an elf or two that is computer savvy.  

This card was fun to create.  I like the base format, which has many names, but the one I learned from  was called an Imperial Card and it probably can be found on Heartfelt Creations.  I cut the base  from 6x12 white card stock.  The decorative paper is Kaiser Craft - Silent Night Collection, which is not new, but hopefully can be found somewhere  on line.  I also used Authentique Christmastime Evergreen.  You barely see this one, as it is only peaking out from under one of the frame layers.  Sadly I don't know the name of the designer paper where I cut the front sentiment.  It was a scrap.  The tree on the outside panel was cut from a Memory Box die.  The tree was not large enough to go from top to bottom, so I cut it, and stretched it .  The sentiment covered it, a nice way to get more from your dies.  The mittens are also Memory Box and cut from Kraft paper, and decorative paper.  The inside sentiment is from Stamping Up and it fit perfectly....that was a happy accident as Bob Ross would say.  

Here's what my card looks like closed.  This card was really fun to make.  I'm not sure which little or big kid will receive this card, or maybe I'll just keep it for one more year and use it as a decoration.'s your turn.  I look forward to seeing your creation.  So get those crafty supplies out and get inky or gluey and share what you've made with all of us at Sparkles Christmas Challenge.  

Until next time....Happy Crafting.
Hugs from my world to yours,
Mary Mac
AKA:  Glitter Grammy

Friday, September 7, 2018

Birthday Card and Alcohol Ink

Happy Birthday finally caught up to the same age as least for awhile,

You know, when you get a new die, you've just got to use it.  This die is My Favorite Things - Die-Namics - MFT-1353.  This die makes a very quick card.  I cut the die on black card  and backed it with a piece of plastic page protector that I had alcohol ink painted.  There are tons of videos on line showing this process on plastic.  One of my favorite alcohol ink artists is Jodi Martinez.  If you look back to my post of August 1st.  you can see links to her instagram and FaceBook pages.

For this card I used Tim Holtz Alcohol Ink re-inkers and Tim Holtz Mixatives. I backed the alcohol ink painting with gold mirror card and it really helps to reflect the colors of the ink.  It's funny, what goes around comes around.  I think I did my first alcohol ink painting 15 years ago.  I'm glad it's making a comeback and there are lots of new ways to paint with the ink. Doing this painting on window plastic or any stiff plastic is very easy.

Jodi uses epoxy for her pieces of art.  Which she is selling on Etsy - Here  Check out her work.  She is making videos of how to, so keep your eyes open for them.  My neighbor, her sister-in-law, took a few classes and for my birthday Jeri gave me this lovely piece of art.  I love it.  Thank you Jeri Cude for gifting me this beautiful piece.

I see a class or two in my future......It will be a fun girls weekend that's for sure.  

So....that's it from me.  I hope you've enjoyed my card and I do hope you check out Jodi's work.  As always, thank you for stopping by.

Happy crafting and I'll see you soon.
Mary Mac
AKA:  Glitter Grammy