Tuesday, May 28, 2013

What's On My Workdesk? I'll show you!

Well here it is.  My friend Mary Jane made a birthday card for Cathy.  It folded like a little wallet and Mary Jane decorated it beautifully.  Sadly, I don't have a photo of it...darn...Well, I did have enough sense to write down the dimensions so I could try to make one of my own.  Well, what you see is the beginning of that wallet card.  Also, glue and tape and the corner of a container holding glitter.  I think my friend Brenda left it here.  I need to shoot her an email to see if it belongs to her.  I'll post my card when I get finished, but for now...this is all I've got....

My brother Bob had emergency surgery on Friday.  He is doing very well, as a matter of fact so well, he's been released to go back home where he can recover in his own bed.  I thought it might be nice if his favorite sister (at least that's what I keep telling him) made him a card.  Well, here it is.....
I had enough pieces left from another project to make this card from snippets.  When I started putting the card together it looked a bit dull.  I decided to get out the gold leaf pen and brighten up the edges of the green card stock prior to mounting it to brown card stock.  I like it much better now.  The sentiment was stamped in white pigment ink and heat embossed in gold.  I had a little square of green pattern card stock left over and decided to make good use of it.  I've started drop cutting my layers so that I can get more bang from my buck.  I would not have been able to complete this card had I not drop cut the centers out of the layers and covered them with the next layer.  Not that I don't have enough patterned paper to start my own shop, but it's nice to make the best use of each piece.

I was sitting at my computer a few days ago and I saw something moving on a throw rug my husband had thrown over the deck rail.  I grabbed my camera and this is who I found......
Talk about a bad hair day....Later, I was typing and watching the humming birds.  One of them seemed to have put himself in charge of the feeder and he was busy running off the others.  We had a chat about being a bully, which I'm sure he took to heart.  Handsome fella he is.....
This year we have more humming birds than any previous year.  I think they are liking my home made syrup....

Well, I think I shall head over to Julia's blog and then I'll skip over to Di's blog to link my latest card.  If you have a few minutes, why not check out these two blogs.  But beware, I promise you will come away with your mind spinning from all the inspiration you'll find there.

For now...off I go, enjoy your week and Happy Crafting,
Mary Mac
AKA:  Glitter Grammy

Monday, May 27, 2013

Another Snippet Card and this one....it's number 3

This is the third snippet card this week and my snippet box isn't empty yet.  While Brenda and I played  I came up with this card.  It began as an experiment.  I was wondering if I stamped this image in white ink and embossed it in gold, if the image would show up well enough.  Well, I think it did.  I then framed the graphic in gold and mounted it on the base that I'd dry embossed using a Cuttlebug embossing folder.  This was quite the easy make and my third entry for the week.  So, off to the playground I go to add another card to Pixie's Crafty Workshop.  Check out Di's blog and how about playing along.

Lots to do today....a play day with the girls, celebrating Cathy's birthday.  Happy Birthday girl!

See you again soon,
Mary Mac
AKA:  Glitter Grammy

Sunday, May 26, 2013

Pixie's Crafty Workshop Challenge Times Three

I've been a busy little one today.  I'm sharing these two Thank You cards.  They are snippets from Graphic 45 - Secret Garden.  I had great fun making an album with these papers, and also made card kits and now to use up all the snippets....Di gives us a place to play so, check out the other snippet users here....and here's what I made.....
I've got to say these cards were so easy the papers did all the work.  Don't you love Graphic 45?  I know I sure do. 

Well, off to tidy up my craft room, and then it's off to bed for this ole card maker.  I hope you find time to play along with the snippet challenge and this week, because our little Di is going to be off playing, she's offering something special.  I'm not going to let the cat out of the bag, you're going to have to check it out yourself. 

Happy Crafting.....Hugs and see you soon,
Mary Mac
AKA:  Glitter Grammy

Rudolph Day

My incentive for this card is the Rudolph Day Challenge.  This is a great way to get a Christmas card made and have fun doing so.  Check out this challenge over at Stamping For Pleasure.  Sarn hosts this blog and she'd love it if you played along.  You have from the 25th of the month until the last day of the month to get your card made and linked to Stamping For Pleasure. I hope after you check out Sarn's blog, you'll want to play along too. 

Today I was very productive.  Amazing...no?  A friend came to play and I decided to work on things that have been sitting on my desk for way too long.  This card started as a House Mouse stamped image that has been partly colored for over a month.  Today I finished coloring the mouse and wanted to put the image on a 1/4 fold card.  Well guess what, it didn't fit.  It was time to think outside the box and I did. The candy canes on the inside of the card originally were on the left side of the stamped image.  I cut it off and it became part of the inside of the card and I added the sentiment.  Wonder why there are red snowflakes?  Under one of them is a smudge....normally I would have used a butterfly, but how would that look with Christmas?  I fussy cut the image on the front of the card and raised it, framed it and you can guess the rest.  This was a fun card to make and making it with a friend while we laughed and chatted made this craft day all the more fun. 

I'm off to photograph the other cards I made today.  I hope to get them posted shortly.  Until later,  happy crafting and I'll see you soon. 

Mary Mac
AKA:  Glitter Grammy

Saturday, May 25, 2013

A Window Birthday Card

I am really loving these window cards.  This card is for a friend's birthday.  Since we always seem to be watching what we eat, I thought I'd make her a card that is full of sweets, but no calories.  This entire card was made from snippets.  One would think since most of them are white, it would have been quite easy....well guess again.  I had to dig through my snippet box to find enough of the "same" shade of white....who knew!  The brick background is a Tim Holtz Sizzix embossing folder.  I sponged Tim Holtz Distress Ink - Spun Sugar over the bricks for a bit of color.

I don't know the maker of the tiny flower paper, a friend gifted it to me.  I think it is perfect for the inside of the Sweet Shoppe.  The Window, Shutters,Cakes and Cake Stands are all PoppyStamp dies.  The square is Spellbinders.  You can't really see this, but each cake has the top decorated with Flower Soft.  The rubber stamp sentiment is Stampendous,  The Sweet Shoppe is computer generated. 
The glass in the window panes was cut from a clear lid from a yogurt container.  I ended up cutting the window twice so I could sandwich the "glass" between.  The knobs are gems I've had in my stash, as is the butter fly.  The inside sentiment is from Close To My Heart. 
The ink and the embossing powder are both from Imprintz.  Very sparkly it is....I love it!

I hope I've finished this in time to post on Pixie's Crafty Workshop.  If not, I may have to try to shimmy under the gate...tried that once before and got caught....Check out Pixie's Crafty Workshop

OOPS!  I just skipped over to the playground and the gate is locked tight, I tried to shimmy under, but caught my jumper on the corner of the gate...I ran off leaving a bit of jumper behind....I am soooo busted!  I'm going to have to wait for the rattling of the keys and slip in then.

Update:  Ok, here's what I love about blogging.  There is always someone who can help when you are lost in space.  Today I had a problem with Mr. Linky....come to find out Mr. Linky wasn't wrong, this ole bird was confused.  Di sweetly walked me through and taught me the error of my ways.  I am now a graduate of the Linky academy.   Now....keep in mind, tomorrow is a new day and I am sure there will be some cyber adventures that are waiting for me....I am now off to link this page with Mr. Linky!  Thanks Di.....

Until later,  Happy crafting,
Mary Mac AKA:  Glitter Grammy

I won, I won, I won

Look what the nice mailman brought today.  I won these lovely charms and the pretty cords.  And look at the beauty of a card that came with them.  If you don't know already, and if you follow my blog you will....Jules gifted, Di hosted, and I won-did... (LOL!)  Thank you ladies for offering this wonderful prize, I am honored to have won.  Just in case you're new to the playground, check out the post here.
Off I go, I just finished making a birthday card and I want to get it posted before the gates of the playground slam shut. 

See you soon,
Mary Mac
AKA:  Glitter Grammy

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

What's Really On My Workdesk....Really!

Ok....I have to admit.  I was very surprised when I went to my last post to see my desk...and though there was a description of all that was on it....but there was no photo.  Sometimes I think my brain is in my other purse!  So, here's what was on my desk last week.  And that desk looks pretty much the same this week.  I've been working in the family room...why?  I have no idea, maybe it's because I don't want to clean my craft room?  Well, I forgot to take a photo this week, and I've cleaned up my mess, so there will be no current desk photo.  If you want to see the written description of my last week's desk...check it out on my previous blog.

This morning I planned on making a "Quick" card....I know better than to say the "Q" word, because for some reason, when I say quick, it never is.  This card will be posted tomorrow to my friend Thelma.  I can share this as Thelma doesn't have a computer....I try to make her one or two cards a month and this is the second card for May....
I saw a very similar card by Cathy at Cathy's Card Spot.  She gave me this idea and here's what I did.  My newest embossing folder is the one I used on this card.  I love the bricks.  Next time I will try inking them, but remember...I wanted this to be quick.  The window and the flower box are Memory Box dies...two of my newest.  I really like them.  Now here's where not so quick came in.  I decided to build a little room behind the window.  I found a graphic and framed it in an oval for a painting on the wall.  I recently purchased the Memory Box lamp and I wanted to use it .  To add a bit of dimension I ran the shade through an embossing folder.  I like it, but it's not really very noticeable.  Here's where not so quick really came in.  I added plastic to the windows for the glass and then added lace for the curtains.  I liked it, but the lace covered up was was behind the window.  So I decided to tie the curtains back.  Normally an easy task, but not today!  Then I added greenery to the flower box and tried to create some tiny flowers.  This is as tiny as I could make them.  All in all, I like the finished card.

I also made another sympathy card.  I really wish these cards weren't needed, but sadly they are.
This card was a quick card and I have many snippets left from an album I made.   I think I will use this sketch for birthdays and thinking of you.  It might be a good one to have on hand and add the sentiment as needed.  The base is not a snippet, but all the colorful papers are. 
It's been a long day and my bed is calling.  If you have time, head over to Stamping Ground and see what the others have been up to this week.  And be sure to leave a comment so Julia knows you stopped by.

My window card is totally snippet made and most definitely Cathy inspired.  My window and flower box is the large one which didn't leave much room for more than the window and the flower box.  .  I'm off to link to Pixie's Crafty Workshop.  This blog is fun to follow.  The beauty that comes from snippets is amazing.  I have to say, I'm using bits and pieces of other projects that I probably would not have done before meeting Di.  So, check out what everyone's been doing.  And if you have a minute, join us on the playground and take a swing on the swings, or join us in a game of tag.  

Until next time...Hugs and Happy Crafting,
Mary Mac
AKA:  Glitter Grammy

Friday, May 17, 2013

The Dreaded Men's Birthday Card

A friend's partner is having his 65th birthday....If you follow my blog, you already know men's cards are my very least favorite card to make.  While going through my digital files I found this elderly gent.  I don't know where it came from, I do know why I saved it...he is precious.  I don't know if the photo shows this, but there are lots of layers, to the landscaping and to my little man.  The inside of the card will remain unseen, but if you want to know what it says, email me and I'll be happy to share with you.  It's kind of naughty!

The graphic was very small 65kb.  The print was not as crisp as I would have liked, but he was too cute to pass by.  I'm going to share him over at Pixie's Crafty Workshop.  I do hope all the youngsters on the playground take it easy, you know this old gents hips ain't what they used to be!

All the papers are snippets.  The sentiment was computer generated, both inside and out. Glossy Accents was used to create the shine on the sunglasses.  A glitter pen was used to color the necklace, belt buckle, buttons and clips on the shoes. 

Happy Birthday Joel.....Cathy says you have a terrific sense of humor....You do, don't you?  LOL!  I'll find out Monday when Cathy comes to play!

Happy weekend to all....33 Days before we head for Australia.....Yippee!
Hugs from Northern California
Mary Mac
AKA:  Glitter Grammy

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

What's On Your Workdesk?

Good Morning....Another Wednesday?  What happened to the days between?  Before I show you my desk....(if you've been following my blog you'll know what that's about.)  I want to show you a project I finally finished....I have a new great nephew, and I've been working on his mini album for what seems like forever....Not really though.  Most of it was done, and after Avery was born I started collecting photos from Face Book to put into his little album.  So, here it is....
I wasn't sure what to put on the cover, and then I received the birth announcement.  Thanks mom and dad for designing the cover....
These are the photos his mom posted on Face Book....again....thanks mom for posting them.
I knew there were more photos coming and on Mother's Day my daughter Amy went to take family photos.  She sent me a contact list and I picked these photos to finish off the pages.  I'm happy with how the little album turned out.  I'm also happy that I finished it before Avery graduated from high school!  LOL!

Now, on to my desk....well here it is.....
I apologize for the blurry photo.  It looked much better in the camera!  So, what's here?  Not a lot.  The plastic bag is adhesive I was using at the Monday crop.  Almost put where it belongs!  My Ipad is charging.  And the really cool stand for my ipad, that my son bought me for Christmas.  Ink and a stamp I was using on a card.  Cricut tools that I use for everything but my Cricut...cause I don't have one!  The cord is a holder for my scissors.  The idea is, you wear it around your neck so you don't loose your scissors.  Julia....please note....at the present time, I don't know where the scissors is.  Check out Julia's blog to find out why this was noted.  You'll also see many, many desks there, with loads of creative projects.

Off I go for now.  I'm trying to organize my room.  Seems like an on-going task.  My friend Virginia gave me a great idea for storing my Memory Box and Poppy Stamp dies.  Sadly (or not) I am going to have to go purchase another binder as I have too many.  I'll show you when I'm finished.

Have a most wonderful week.  The countdown has begun.  35 days and Dee Dee and I will be headed to Australia and New Zealand.  Lots to do before we leave, but so excited that the trip is coming up so quickly.

Hugs to all, see you next week,
Mary Mac
AKA:  Glitter Grammy

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

WOYWW - Pixie's Crafty Workshop and More

My goodness, the past week just flew by....three days at Paradise Scrapbook Boutique, a Monday crop with the girls and today, my card class....After today, I think I will just sit and enjoy a day of coloring.....

So, here is a thank you card I made last night....Dee Dee and Pete sent me a great cover for my Ipad.  It's one that will be very useful on our trip which is in the not too distant future.  So, here's the card...
The paper line is My Mind's Eye - Indi Collection.  I can not lie....one of the pieces was not a snippet, but the rest was made from bits and pieces left over from an attempt at a card that did not please me.  I like what I did with the button.  I couldn't find black cord and I was tired of looking, so I used a strip of the brown trim paper in the button.  If you've got a snippet card, or if you've got snippets waiting to be turned into a master piece....join in with us and play along with Di and the gang at Pixie's Crafty Workshop.  Check out what can be made with snippets.

Two weeks ago Brenda came to play and she brought me a card made by her friend Amy.  She also brought the pattern and directions to make more.  Amy....thank you for this lovely card.  Maybe I'll give this a go when I return from vacation.  Cute little dress and I love all the fancy gems and the ribbon belt is the perfect touch....

I had a great time at Karen's....these are just a few of the great items I came home with.  Her lace is always the best and this time she out-did herself.....Many of these items were treasures I'd won...Now to get busy and get them made into something....This will be my desk top for today.  As nothing much was going on there.  Julia forgive the stretch of the word "Workdesk"  Check out what the more productive gals and guys were up to this week.  Check out WOYWW here.
Last week, I saw this little fella in the tree outside my living room window..... I think he was taking advantage of the day....a full tummy, a warm day and a great nap.
Maybe he was thinking...Thank God It's Friday......

Well, off I go, lots to do before card class.  Have a crafty week, see you all soon,
Mary aka:  Glitter Grammy

Sunday, May 5, 2013

Day Three

Ah, the end of a perfect weekend.  Thank you Karen and everyone at Paradise Scrapbook Boutique.  What a great time.....

Well, that said...I am beat....Today I finished the album which was one of the treats we could make.  Everyone was given chipboard, instruction  and a coupon to get the paper we wanted to use.  I chose this great Graphic 45 Bird Song paper.  I had several embellishments, so this was a perfect choice.  I really like how the cover turned out.....

The inside was such fun to create and I was able to use so many items I'd been hoarding.....
This was a fun little album to make....

I worked on an album for my niece and her new baby, I can't show that one quite yet as it's not quite finished....and I also spent time working on the many card kits I have been saving for a rainy day.  All in all I had a very creative weekend.  Of course, I did spend lots of time, laughing, snacking, and of course crafting.  I'm looking forward to next year.....

Off to bed I go....tomorrow is another day of crafting with friends.  This life of retirement is oh so hard!  LOL....

Mary  AKA:  Glitter Grammy

Saturday, May 4, 2013

Day Two

I couldn't sleep last night....all the excitement from Day One kept me awake...that and the delicious dessert.....today we came in to more treats and new product and the new lace...Brenda you would go crazy. So here are the early morning photos..

I haven't figured this app out yet, so I can't write under the photos. I'll fill you in later...Di, I'm the one wearing the coral stripe blouse... Notice my two pups, they aren't happy I'm going. But I am!

UPDATE:  I'm adding the captions to the photos.....

Baxter and Sis looked so sad when I was walking out the door.  But they were soooo happy when I came home.  It's wonderful to be greated by such sweethearts. 

This is what greeted me on Saturday morning.  I totally forgot to take a photo of Friday's goodies.  I will show you one of the completed projects tomorrow.....Do you see the box standing behind all the goodies for the shaped album?  That's an old time clock case that will end up being a mini album page.  Farther down the page you'll see what Rachiel did with hers. 

While we were sleeping, Karen put this entire display together with ALL new items.  Thankfully I got their early or I'd not have gotten this photo....Trust me y the end of the day, most of the items found their way into our shopping bags. 

Karen is on the left and Leesa my craft buddy on the rright. 

Ya, that's me.....and Leesa is playing Vanna, pointing to what one lucky person has a chance to win in the drawing. 
Here's the clock I told you about.  Rachiel colored it with alcohol inks, the original color is silver.  I'll try to get a better photo today. 

A few of the shoppers. 

A few of the worker bees....humming away as they create

I'm making a mini album that Karen had on the make-it and take-it table.  I show you it tomorrow. 
Off I go, to get ready for another fun day....
Mary Mac
AKA:  Glitter Grammy

Friday, May 3, 2013

National Scrapbook Weekend!

Friday Night at Paradise Scrapbook Boutique....A Great Success....Karen out did herself. Great food, wonderful prizes, fantastic projects. And this was just Day 1. I can hardly wait for tomorrow.

I only took one photo...too busy playing....

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

WOYWW - 204

Julia's great blog gives us a place to share.  If you've not visited or played along, give this link a look.  It's fun to play along and I've got to tell you I've met some very special and extremely talented people.  Grab your scissors, paper and glue and come along with me.  

Well, here's what I've got for today.  Not a desk, but all my treasures packed and ready to load into my car for National Scrapbook Day (ah....weekend) at Paradise Scrapbook Boutique.  Am I excited?  Well, maybe just a little.  My history at NSD is this:  take tons of projects waiting to be completed, and then this is what happens.  I get to visiting, laughing, seeing what everyone else is doing and then I try to settle down to work on the great projects that Karen has waiting for us....oh ya, and then there is the shopping.  I look at my work space and see lots of unfinished projects, but hey, now it's time to eat Friday dinner.....and then there is more visiting and snacking, and laughing and oh...did I actually finish a project....why yes I did! That was just Friday...and I have Saturday and Sunday yet to play. 

I'll try to post some of the fun.....that is if I can find my Ipad buried in all the projects.  So, enjoy your week.  During the next two days I'll be coloring something I hope.  Mostly because my pens are the only toys I didn't pack.

I'm looking forward to seeing how others are celebrating National Scrapbook Day....Please comment on this blog if you have photos.  I really want to see them.  And if you want to Skype, Facetime, or connect through FaceBook  during your celebration....email me and maybe we can pick a time to do that. 

Until next week.....
Hugs to all and Happy Almost National Scrapbook Day!
Mary Mac AKA:  Glitter Grammy