October 20, 2016

October is My Very Favorite - Color Cast Designs

The leaves have finally started to change around here, now if the weather would just cooperate too! We are supposed to be in the low 90's this weekend, but I'm just going to ignore it and pretend that Fall has arrived ;)   Even so, October really is my very favorite, and I've documented that with this cute set from Color Cast Designs that combines acrylic and wood veneer.

Be sure to check out all the new releases from Color Cast, there's October, Fall, Thanksgiving and December Daily too!

As always, thanks for stopping by!!

October 19, 2016

Pioneer Days Festival - Fancy Pants Designs

 A few weeks ago Fancy Pants Designs had a contest, and the winner would received some of their newest collections. Well, guess who won?? Yep, me!!! And, the "some of their newest collections" part, let's just say it was pretty much everything from those collections! OMGosh, the box was filled and stuffed as full as it could possibly be with papers and embellishments from Golden Days, Merry & Bright and Joy Parade. It was like Christmas morning ;)

And...here's my first layout, using Golden Days. I love the pretty fall colors, but as you can see it worked for my layout that wasn't at all about fall!

I layered the ephemera pieces along with a tag, then topped it off with the "golden" gold foiled puffy sticker and a cute little bow I cut with my Silhouette.  It all looks so pretty together!

Thank you again, Fancy Pants for the wonderful box fill with amazingness! I love each and every piece!!

October 12, 2016

Paper Issues Spotlight - Posh by Simple Stories

Today on the Paper Issues blog, we are spotlighting the fabulous Posh collection by Simple Stories! I really, really love this collection, lots of pretty colors...including pinks and navy blue, and lots of fun embellishment pieces.

One of my favorite embellishments is the little chipboard rubber stamp piece. As you can see, it was just the right embellishment to use next to the date that was stamped on January 1, 1964, the day my mom and dad brought me home from the hospital.  Notice too the amount of the hospital bill, $242.75, and that was for a 5 day stay!!

And, even though I am soooo not a two page layout person, I'm working on a layout to go with this one. You could almost say it's a double pager ;)

As always, thanks for stopping by and remember to use code: Mary Ann in the Paper Issues store for 20% off your total purchase!!

October 8, 2016

October Sketchy Saturday - Paper Issues

There's a new sketch on the Paper Issues blog today! I started out with that sketch, really I did, but it kind of took on a life of it's own as I started adding papers and embellishments ;)
First up, Amy's fab sketch:

And my layout:

You can see some of the original sketch that I started with, the title at the top, the strips of paper under the photo, the banner piece near the photo, and then that's when I started adding and adding and it ended up looking not so much like the sketch anymore. But, that is one of the cool things about using a sketch, it's just a starting point to get your ideas going!

Have you tried a Sketchy Saturday challenge at Paper Issues??? You should! It's a quick and easy way to complete a layout!!!

As always, thanks for stopping by, and remember to use code: Mary Ann in the Paper Issues store for 20% off your TOTAL order!!!

October 7, 2016

October Pawsitively Pets Challenge - Paper Issues

The October Pawsitively Pets challenge is up on the Paper Issues blog today!   I love this new challenge, and this little cutie may be the reason why. We got our sweet pup when she was just 8 weeks old, and this is a photo I took on her first day home with us. I can't believe how much she has changed in the short time we have had her! She's part dachshund and part wire terrier, so we're not completely sure what she's going to look like, but don't think she will get much larger than she is now. We just know that she has made her place in the family, and will be making her way on to many more scrapbook pages ;)

Part of this month's challenge was to use more than one font, so I cut her name with my Silhouette and then used the "sweet" Thicker to complete the title.

I used the Life is Beautiful collection by Fancy Pants Designs,  I fussy cut the pretty flowers, and then layered them together with some of the cute tags, and that heart flair button. I also pulled out an old punch and used it for the green leaves/branches at the top. I need to remember to use my punches more!!

Well friends, we made it to Friday, woo-hoo!!  Let's get this weekend started!!

**remember to use code: Mary Ann in the Paper Issues store for 20% off your total purchase!!

October 5, 2016

Mustache Day - Paper Issues

Were spotlighting the beautiful "Take Me Away" collection by Pink Paislee over on the Paper Issues blog today! I really like all the pretty florals and pinks in Take Me Away, all of my favorites :)

For my layout, I used bits and pieces from the ephemera pack, then layered on some of the accent Thickers and that arrow wood veneer. I also added in a few mustaches that I cut with my Silhouette. Since this was about my girlies mustache day at school, it had to have mustaches!!

If you're loving the Take Me Away collection too, look for it in the Paper Issues store, and remember to use my code: Mary Ann for 20% off your total purchase!!

As always, thanks for stopping by. Happy Wednesday!

October 4, 2016

October Take 5 Tuesday Challenge - Paper Issues

The October Take 5 Tuesday Challenge is up on the Paper Issues blog today! You all know the Take 5 Challenge is my favorite, and yes I played along too!!  If you are new to Take 5, here's how it works: I give you a list of items to use as inspiration and a starting point for your project. From that list, you pick 5 items to use on your project. You can combine your own ideas too, but to play along you must use at least 5 items from the list. Sound like fun?

For my layout, I used the color green, cardstock, arrows, 2 or more fonts, and splattered on a bit of mist. Remember the layout I shared yesterday? This picture was taken the same day, same place, but I made this one a girly layout with lots of flowers. Such a contrast from the "manly plaids" ;) but perfect to use for my Take 5 layout.

Those cute little banner tags worked great for the two or more fonts category! Everything is from the beautiful Posh collection by Simple Stories, and is one of my faves right now, I just love the navy blue that is scattered throughout the collection!

Have you played along with the Take 5 Tuesday Challenge yet?? You totally should, I'd love to see what you come up with. It's a great way to complete a layout, and you just might win a gift card to the Paper Issues store!!

**Don't forget to use code: Mary Ann in the Paper Issues store for 20% off your entire purchase!!