July 5, 2017

Pool Fun! - July Scrap Soup and a FREE Cut File!

The July Scrap Soup is up over at Paper Issues!! What is Scrap Soup you ask?? Quick and simple, I give you a recipe, and you must use all the ingredients on your project. You can add to the recipe to make it your own, but, you must use everything in the original recipe.  Sound like fun?!?!

Here is this month's recipe:


To start my layout, I used the patterned paper for my background. I added my 6" square photo, 6 embellishments, the alpha letters to spell SPLASH, and the grid design clouds that I fussy cut. I also added the fun waves cut from blue cardstock, using this FREE cut file from the Paper Issues store!
The waves add just the perfect touch to complete my layout!




Have you played along with the Scrap Soup challenge yet??  You totally should.
Head on over to the Paper Issues blog to see even more Scrap Soup inspiration, and then join in on the fun and play along with the challenge too. You could win one of 2 gift certificates to the Paper Issues store!!

As always, thanks for stopping by!

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

July 4, 2017

Besties! - July Take 5 Tuesday

The July Take 5 Tuesday challenge is up over at Paper Issues!  
Take 5 one of my favorite challenges.  
Ya, ya, I know I host the challenge, but it would still be one of my favorites anyway ;) 

Here is this months idea and inspiration list:


And here's my layout using the color pink, cardstock, patterned paper, enamel dots, mist and the new  Girl Squad collection by Pebbles  I love the colors and cute designs in Girl Squad, so perfect for pictures of my own girl and her squad ;)






Now head on over to the PI blog for even more Take 5 inspiration.
I'd love for you to play along with the challenge too, 
you could win a gift card to the Paper Issues store. How awesome would that be!

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


As always, thanks for stopping by!

July 3, 2017

Legoland! - Paper Issues

The new issue is up over at Paper Issues! This months theme is called " Let's Taco 'bout It" and one of the suggested ideas is to use a speech bubble. I thought that sounded fun, and I knew the perfect FREE Speech Bubble cut file to use! And because there is nothing better than a FREE cut file, I used this FREE Adventure cut file too!


It all started with this photo of my boy looking through the Lego shark at Legoland. I wanted to go with a sea/pirate/adventure theme, so I used the papers and ephemera from the Secrets of the Sea boy collection by Bella Blvd. The colors are bright and fun, and have lots of sea creatures and even have that cute ship and pirate too!



I used white cardstock for my background, layered the embellishment pieces next to my photo, and then added the speech bubble.
To make the speech bubble, I first cut the border from red cardstock using my Silhouette die cutting machine, then I used the print option to print my journaling on white cardstock. Next, I used the cut option to cut out the speech bubble, and then glued the two pieces together. Such a quick and easy way to add journaling!



While you're over at Paper Issues grabbing these two cut files, be sure to check out the other FREE cut files too, there's a bunch of them in the store!!

**And, don't forget to use code: Mary Ann in the Paper Issues store
 for 20% off your total purchase  **


As always, thanks for stopping by!

July 2, 2017

The Chick-Fil-A Cow - Scraplift Sunday

It's scraplift Sunday over at Paper Issues, and they're lifting little 'ol me!  How fun is that!
Here's the layout everyone is lifting...


And here's my lift, it's the day my girlie met the Chick-Fil-A cow.  I used way too many manufacturers to list them all, it's a hodgepodge of lots of different brands. I do love that Bella Blvd cow paper though, and their "holy cow" sticker, how perfect is that!


I followed my original layout pretty closely, I used a wood grain paper for the background, layered 3 patterned papers behind my photo, kept most of the embellishments to the left of the photo, and used sequins, stars and flowers.



Now pop on over to the Paper Issues blog to see even more inspiration from the Design Team, I love seeing how they all took my layout and made it their own.

As always, thanks for stopping by!

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

June 22, 2017

Star Wars Birthday!

Hey friends! I'm back again with another layout using the June "Pretty Presents" kit from Queen and Company. My first layout using the June kit was very girly with lots of pink, so for this layout I decided to make a boy layout to show you just how versatile the kit is!




To start my layout, I used the orange and yellow 6x6 pieces from the Pretty Presents paper pad as my photo matting, and added my cardstock title and stars. Next, I used the smallest present die to die cut 4 pieces from cardstock, these will be layered together to make 1 large shaker box present.



To make the large shaker box present, I trimmed off the bow design from each square, then made each individual shaker box, adding the toppings from the kit and black cardstock dots that I punched with a regular office hole punch. I adhered all 4 presents to my layout, making them in to 1 large box. I also added black cardstock bows that I die cut from another present piece.



To finish my layout, I stamped the "just for you" sentiment on to white cardstock, and used the left over center pieces of foam from the shaker presents to give the stamped piece a bit of dimension. 
It's another completed layout, and into the album it goes!

As always, thanks for stopping by!

June 15, 2017

Cute Girl - Add It Up June Challenge!

I'm playing along with the June Add It Up challenge at Paper Issues!  This month the challenge was to have your project add up to a total of 40-60 points. Here's the break down of the points:



And here is my layout with exactly 60 points!!



This is a favorite photo of my girlie with 3 baby goats in her lap and her loving every minute of it! I used a mix of different manufacturers on this one, but they all work together so well. I really like the look of the wood grain, the arrows, the floral, the chevron and the stripes combined.


Be sure to pop on over to the PI blog for more Add it Up projects, and more inspiration!
And......don't forget if you do any shopping in the PI store, 
use my code: Mary Ann for 20% off your entire purchase!!


June 11, 2017

Van de Kamps Bakery - Scraplift Sunday

It's Scraplift Sunday over on the Paper Issues blog, and we're lifting fab layout by Janet!!



For my lift, I also used a black and white photo and my background paper has checks too. I also added a flair button with a bit of string, the title at the bottom that includes the word "happy" and added embellishments to the bottom left and top right just like she did.


This was always a favorite photo of my Meemaw, she wore that Van de Kamps bakery uniform to work for many years. The photo brings back so many memories of going to see her in the bakery at the grocery store. I can almost smell the fresh bread that was always baking!

Be sure to hop on over to the PI blog to see even more Scraplift Sunday layouts!!  
And don't forget, if you're shopping in the PI store, 
be sure to use my code: Mary Ann for 20% off your entire purchase.