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.  

Now....it'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 Ron...you finally caught up to the same age as me....at 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





Saturday, September 1, 2018

Blue and Gold Christmas

I'm sure everyone is thinking about the end of summer, the beginning of the school year and for many of us creating Christmas cards.  So, here is my Sparkles Christmas Challenge card for September.  Pat chose the theme for this challenge the cards need to show blue and gold.

When I sat down to create my card, I was sure this was going to be a quick one for me....boy was I wrong.  My original plan didn't look on paper like it did in my mind.  So into the trash bin went idea #1, which I'd tried cutting 4 times.  The die, a large one just wasn't cooperating.

I decided to move on to idea #2, which is based on what you are seeing now.  What I did realize...I don't have Christmas patterned papers in blue and I thought I had many choices of blue solid papers....guess what, I don't.   At this point I was getting a bit frustrated.

While going through my paper pads, I found a 6x6 pad that is not Christmas, but it is blue.  My card is made from Vintage Romance by Maja Designs.  I love the papers, but they are not Christmas themed.  The patterns are tiny and I think rather quilt like.  I think these four papers worked well for the front of this card.

My snowflake was die cut from a Memory Box Die - Bianca Snowflake #98193.  I first cut the die using a gold mirror card stock, but it was just too shiny.  I cut the design again using a mottled gold card stock.  I liked this cut much better.  I did use the mirror gold to frame the layers of blue card stock.  The sentiment "Let It Snow" is a 1995 Annette Allen Watkins stamp - #C1371.  The center of the snowflake was cut from a piece of scrap blue card stock.

And now on to the inside of the card....
The inside of my card uses two more pieces of the Maja Design paper and I added 1/2 of the mirror snowflake I originally cut to use on the front of the card.  I do like the look.  My sentiment is from Stampabilities - 2008, Warm Your Heart - GR1145.  That's it for my inside and out.  I hope you too will take some time to create a blue and gold card and share it with the Sparkles Christmas Challenge.  


I think my helper was a bit tired today.  She is always at my feet when I create.  

I don't know why I'm sharing this photo, I will name this photo persistence pays off....


I do tend to make a mess when I'm in creative mode.  Thankfully, if I clean up after each creation it's an easy and quick process.....Here's what my desk should look like.  


Well, I guess I'm ready to start my next creation.  Until next time, Happy Crafting, I look forward to seeing your blue and gold creations.  

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








Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Kissed By The Sun

This will be a really short post.  I made my first card using this format and posted it on Monday.  I enjoyed this format so much I've made another and I have an idea for yet another card that I will make before Christmas and share on the Sparkles Christmas Challenge.

This card was made using the Graphic45 Sun Kissed Collection.  Fussy cutting and stickers decorated this card.  I love how summery this card is and the beach is where I'd like to be in all this California heat.

Here's what the outside looks like....

This format is like a party in a card.  I love it!

As promised, this is a short post....time to get  busy cleaning house before it gets too hot.  

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

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

I'm Doing a Case Card....

Today I'm doing a TOTAL case card....
If you recognize this card, you already are a fan of my favorite card designer.  A few years back, Pam and I were on the PoppyStamp design team.  I fell in love with her work then and have been following her ever since.  FYI:  Her beautiful work is a reflection of what a beautiful person she is.  You can find Pam Here.  I hope you take a minute to peek around her page.

I think Pam's card is a slightly larger format.  Mine is 5 1/2  x 4 1/4.  All the dies and stamps are from the new PoppyStamp collection, and if you go to the link above you can see all the great new dies in this collection.  I've had this sticker paper for a long time.  I have no idea where it came from or when, but I do know it is old...really old.  The paper is bluish and in the sun it picks up tons of color.  My trees were cut once on a piece of scrap and used it as a stencil to put a bit of tree color onto the "Joy" frame.  I then cut the trees two more times and loosely glued them to the paper.  I wanted dimension so when I say loosely, I mean it.  I added  gold Stickle to the trees and snow.  I know it looks blue, but trust me it's gold.  I stamped a sentiment, added a bit of bling to the center of the snowflake and the front of this card is finished.

You know me and how I repeat things on the inside....

I used another snowflake and another sentiment from the same stamp set.  The word Joy is part of that set and so is the die to cut it out.  

I REALLY, REALLY want you to check out Pam's blog and I hope you check out the PoppyStamp  blog page. there is much inspiration in both places.  

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


Monday, August 6, 2018

Birthday Wishes

My buddy Virginia brought this format to me.  Sorry the photos don't do justice to this layout.  The outside, opens to a pretty surprise.

I love this paper, it is Mintay by Karola the collection is 7th Heaven.  The papers are from Poland and since I am Polish (and a few other things) I was drawn to this collection.  The flowers and butterflies were fussy cut, the inside die used on the side panels is Tsssatina Border 98302  by Memory Box the sentiment is from Close To My Heart - Card Chatter - Birthday D1475, and the four corner dies are from DieNamics.  I'm sorry I don't know the number.  They are quite old.  

Virginia saw the format for this card on Heartfelt Creations.  I'm sorry I don't have a link to it.  It was called an Imperial Card.  I'm sure there are several by other names.  This base is super easy to cut and the panels are easy to cut they are all rectangles....

Well, that's it for today.  I wanted to share this layout because I love it.  I am working on another using the SunKissed paper from Graphic45.  That just might be my next post.  

Off to clean up one mess and start on another.  

Hugs from my world to yours,
Mary Mac

AKA:  GlitterGrammy