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