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

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

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Krafty Christmas at Sparkles Christmas Challenge

This month we celebrate our Krafty walk to Christmas with a card theme that Caz chose for the Sparkles Christmas Challenge.  Caz picked the theme...."A Krafty Christmas" and it must feature Kraft cardstock.

I started by coloring my snow family - Hero Arts H099 - Snowpeople Border.  I colored this image using a gift from a fellow crafter, actually artist Jodi Martinez.  She is the queen of Instagram @jodiathome, and her FaceBook page is Jodi At Home.  The pens she gifted me are Chameleon and I must say, they are easy to use and fun too.  They come with instruction and a code so you can see videos of the pens in action.  Thank you Jodi, it was nice meeting you in person....finally! Please check out Jodi's work, it is amazing!  Here's a sample of Jodi's work....for more you are going to have to go to her FaceBook page or to instagram using the info above....

Here's more on what I did to make this card.  I made the sky background on my computer using PrintShop and glued this piece to a slightly larger piece of glitter cardstock.    I fussy cut my snow family and glued it only to the bottom of the sky background.

I wrapped a piece of Kraft cardstock in glittery tulle, wrapped a piece of ribbon around the card, and added a metal snowflake.  I then  mounted it to the card base and glued my graphic piece to it.

My Merry Christmas sentiment is Stampabilities.  I mounted the sentiment to another piece of glitter cardstock and I slid it partly behind one of the snow people.  That's pretty much it for the front of the card.

Now, on to the inside:

As always, my inside is a bit of a repeat of the outside.  This stamp is Stampendous - M011 - Christmas Wish.

Note:  most of my stamps are quite old, as I've been collecting them for years.  I always try to list the stamps I use.  I know that many are retired, but I often still find them on line,  I know they are at  times available if you want to take time to look.

I'm sending wishes for a most crafty month.  I hope you will enter your creations with Sparkles Christmas Challenge.  I'll be looking for them!

Until next time, hugs from my world to yours.

Mary Mac
AKA:  GlitterGrammy

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Sun Kissed

This card was so much fun to create, and there are lots of elements that added to the fun.  Many of the elements were fussy cut from the Graphic45 Sun Kissed Collection, as was the base and the cover graphic.  I don't remember the name of the fold, I saw it on YouTube and I didn't save it to my library...I don't know how that happened....

The die cuts were colored with Tim Holtz Oxide Ink prior to cutting and some were then sponged for a bit more detail.

Here are the dies I used:

Frantic Stamper:  FRA-DIE-09506 - Ocean Floor
Marianne - Creatables - LR-0230
Scrapping Cottage - CCE-269-Conch Shell
Tutti - Fishing Net - TUTTI-444
Memory Box - Big Brain Coral - 99733, Seaweed Stalks 99717, Delicate Sea Fan - 99744

All dies were purchased from:  FranticStamper  I don't know if you've ever visited Fran's site, but it is filled with tons of supplies.

I stenciled the envelope using Memory Box Diamond - 88522 after I created the envelope using We R Memory Keepers Envelope punch board.

I was inspired to make this card by the fold, and  knew I wanted to use the Graphic 45 paper.  The rest just seemed to happen...

Here's the inside.....
Off I go.  Celebrating Independence Day AKA: 4th of July.... I need to get the ribs ready for the grill.  

Sending hugs and Happy Crafting...

Mary Mac
AKA:  Glitter Grammy

Sunday, July 1, 2018

Sparkles Christmas Challenge #90

I guess we are now closer to Christmas than many of us would like.  It seemed like yesterday it was New Years Day and now look!  This month the Sparkles Christmas Challenge theme was picked by Jacky.  She picked Christmas Stockings.  I dug deep into my Christmas stamps and found this cute stamp.  It is a PSX stamp from 1995.  # K-1520.  It just dawned on me that this stamp is older than some of those reading my blog....  I must say, I've always loved this stamp and it's time to let it once again touch some ink.  After stamping and coloring the stamp, I fussy cut it and used dimensional squares to adhere it to a piece of white card which was  colored with my Tim Holtz Distress Oxide - iced spruce ink.  I then embossed the card using my 6x6  Sizzix embossing folder.  I think it is named Falling Snow.  It's one I purchased from Stamping Up.  I composed the sentiment on my computer  and ran the colored card through my printer prior to embossing it.  I mounted it onto gold mirror card and then onto craft card.  

The inside uses many of the same items.  I did however add a die from Poppystamps - Frozen Flakes #1033.  I really like this die, it makes a great border and is large enough to make quite a snowy statement.  

I hope you have a chance to play along with this month's Sparkles Christmas Challenge.  I look forward to seeing what you've created.  There are lots of ideas so check them out here.  

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

Mary Mac
AKA:  GlitterGrammy

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 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, 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

Thursday, February 1, 2018

Snow Day Play

Sparkles Christmas Challenge this month is Outdoor Fun.  Thank You Cheryl for this challenge.  I must say, I had to dig back into an old CD to find a graphic that made me happy.  I don't have many stamps reflecting outdoor fun.....The finished card makes me happy.  I don't know if you can see what I did...I fussy cut the children 3 times to add a bit of dimension.  Then I framed the graphic on a piece of red paper matching the base of the card.  I mounted the frame to a gold doily and mounted that onto decorative paper.  Since it was a scrap, I'm not sure the name of that paper.  I used  Tim Holtz dies for the sentiment.

And here's my inside.  As I always try to do, I used the same layout for the inside of my card.  I find it easier to use things I already have at hand.  The inside sentiment is Stampin-Up.  And Joy is Tim Holtz.  From the same set as the sentiment on the front of the card.

Now it's your turn....hop on over to the Sparkles Christmas Challenge and show us a card reflecting outdoor fun.

Thanks for stopping by....I look forward to stopping by your blog to see what you've created.

Until next time,  Hugs from my world to yours.

Mary Mac
AKA:  Glitter Grammy

Monday, January 1, 2018

Happy New Year and a New Sparkles Challenge

Happy New Year....may 2018 be kind to all of us.  

On to the first Sparkles Christmas Challenge of 2018.  This challenge was picked by Jane and she chose White on White, which by the way is one of my favorites.  I think white on white always looks so classy.

My card is 6x6 I used a Stampin Up  embossing folder and also the sentiment is from Stampin Up.  The globe is Tim Holtz.  I have to say I was a bit worried when I bought it thinking maybe all those little pieces would be a pain to get out....but to my surprise, they fell out easily.  I also ran the cut die through the embossing folder to give the continents a bit of texture.  I cut the globe 4 times in white and once in silver.  The silver piece was placed a bit off to give the globe a little sparkle pop.  Will I make a zillion of these?  Probably not, but I plan to use this die often throughout the year.

Now it's your turn......create a card, post it on your blog page and share it with the Sparkles Christmas Challenge.  Lots of inspiration found there and I want to be inspired by you.....

I'm off for now.  See you here in February for a new challenge.  Until next time, Happy Crafting take time to enjoy a part of  each day of 2018.

Mary Mac
AKA:  Glitter Grammy