May 11, 2017

Queen and Co. - Love!

We're spotlighting flowers over at Queen and Co. this month! I love flowers, whether it's in my garden or on my layouts, I love anything floral. Another thing I love is old family photos, so combine those two and I'll end up with a layout that sure to be one of my favorites! 

I started my layout by cutting a design from cardstock using my diecutting machine and this FREE cut file from the Paper Issues store, then backing the large flower sections with the grey floral paper from the 6" x 6" Flirty Florals Mat Stack. I like how the grey floral looks with the old black and white photo.

Next I added my photo, then started layering on the beautiful pink and white Iridescent Flowers. I love how they shimmer! The Iridescent Flowers come with a rhinestone center, but to add a bit more color, I simply removed the rhinestone and added a few of the Yellow Sparklers and Pink Pinwheels to the center of the flowers.

I also added in some White and Pink Pom Flowers. The sweet little Pom Flowers are so cute and fluffy, I really like the dimension they add to my layout without making it too thick.
To finish off my layout, I scattered some of the White Petite Posies here and there for a bit of sparkle, and then added the "love" Acrylic Sentiment Title, on top of the flowers and just barely over the edge of my photo.

Now pop on over to the Queen and Co. blog for more beautiful flower projects
and links to all the pretty flowers!

May 10, 2017

Scrap Soup!

There's a brand new monthly challenge that I am hosting over at Paper Issues! 
It's called Scrap Soup, and I sure hope you will play along!

What is Scrap Soup you ask?
Each month I will give you a "recipe" to follow. You can make the recipe your own by adding more "ingredients" but you must use everything listed in the original recipe.
Here is this month's Scrap Soup recipe...

and here's my layout...

For my layout, I used the new Family & Co. by Fancy Pants Designs, I love the patterned papers in this collection, they are so bright and colorful!!  I followed the recipe, making sure I had all the rectangles, 7 embellishments and 4 words. I added in a few extra embellishments, and if you count the words on my tag, title and patterned paper, I ended up with a lot more than 4 words!

Did you notice the long rectangles can be any width? Yes they can! And for embellishments, it can be something as simple as 7 enamel dots, or 7 buttons, or kick it up a notch by adding 7 die cuts or 7 tags. It's up to you how many ingredients you want to add!

Now head on over to the Paper Issues blog for more Scrap Soup inspiration from some of the Design Team. And, if you check out the Paper Issues store, don't forget to use my code: Mary Ann for 20% off your entire purchase!!

As always, thanks for stopping by!

May 2, 2017

Cool Kid! - Paper Issues Take 5 Challenge

The May Take 5 Tuesday Challenge is up over at Paper Issues!! Here is the idea and inspiration list, I'd love for you to play along with the challenge too :)

For my layout, I pulled the color blue, a sticker, enamel dots, patterned paper and a rainbow as my 5 items from the list.

I've always been one to mix and match, and I did just that for this layout! My papers are by Fancy Pants, the "Cool Kid" title is by Crate Paper, the word happy, rainbow, polka dot sticker and enamel dots are from the brand new Fairy Tales collection by Doodlebug Design, and the enamel stars are by Bella Blvd. That's a lot of mixing and matching, but they all work so well together and were perfect for this layout about my boy's Dr. Seuss pancakes!

Be sure to stop by the Paper Issues blog for even more Take 5 inspiration!

May 1, 2017

Mom-O-Grams - Paper Issues

The new Issue is up over at Paper Issues today! This month's theme is "Mom-0-Grams", some ideas are to use letters in a fun way, add a monogram to your page, share creations about Mother's Day or a layout about mom or grandma. I went with the grandma idea, and made this layout about my Meemaw.

I used my large format printer for this one, printing my journaling directly on the patterned paper and then adding a photo of Meemaw and me together along with a few embellishments. I wrote the journaling looking back on my childhood, and remembering a special time with her. I love old black & white photos, and this is a favorite for sure!

and then there's this...

I'm on for another term with this wonderful group!  We said good-bye to some lovely ladies, and are welcoming some new friends.

Pop on over to the Paper Issues blog for even more Mom-O-Gram inspiration, and don't forget to use code: Mary Ann if you do any shopping in the Paper Issues store, my code will get you 20% off your entire purchase!!!

April 26, 2017


I'm throwing it back to 2009 with one of my favorite photos of when the littles really were little ;) I remember taking this picture, Gracie was so busy looking at Tucker that I couldn't get her to look at the camera.

I started my layout by splashing some water color paint on my cardstock, and smeared it around with a paper towel. (fancy technique for sure!)  I cut the FREE Cloudy Circle cut file and stitched around some of the clouds with embroidery floss, and then added it to my water colored background.

I layered on those cute clouds, rainbows and stickers, then finished it off with a few enamel dots here and there. All from the brand new Fairy Tales collection by Doodlebug. Don't you just love all the bright colors!!!

Pop on over to the Paper Issues blog, we're spotlighting the Fairy Tales collection today and there's even more fun layouts for you to see!
AND....remember if you visit the Paper Issues store, use my code: Mary Ann for 20% off your total purchase

April 24, 2017

Enjoy the Simple Things - Queen and Co.

Here's a new layout for Queen and Co. using some of my favorite washi tapes, and a quick, spur of the moment, unposed photo of my girlie, waiting patiently for her daddy at the feed store. She used the boot try on area to kick back and relax, and I was glad I could use my phone to capture the moment.

I wanted my layout to have not only a "girly" feel to it but a "country girl" feel too. I started with wood grain and florals for the papers, then added a strip of Red Star Washi just below my photo, then another strip just above the photo. The stars go perfectly with the star on the rug that advertises the Tony Lama cowboy boots ;)

To finish the layout, I added the Pink Polka Dot Washi Tape to go with her pink cowgirl hat, layering it just over the Red Star Washi. Then I added the horse shoe and die cut star, and layered on the Red Star Button from the Button Bouquet II set.

I think the unposed photos are my favorites.
As always, thanks for stopping by!

April 21, 2017

Delicious and Yummy, and a FREE Cut File!

If you've ever done a road trip that passed through Central CA, you've probably stopped at, or have seen the signs for  Casa de Fruta. It's one of our favorite places to stop for snacks. They say they are the world's largest fruit stand, and it really is huge, but they also have every snack you can think of, and it's a cute place to shop too. Here's my girlie standing by one of their fun displays.

I used Delicious and Yummy, just some of the pieces from the "Ate This" set by Color Cast Designs, the FREE "Slices of Life" cut file from Paper Issues and the "Fresh Picked" collection by Photo Play Paper. (this isn't a brand new collection, but there are a few pieces left in the Paper Issues store).   Sometimes you have just the perfect papers to go with your embellishments, that go with your photos. This was one of those times ;)

As always thanks for stopping by, and remember you can use my code for 20% off your ENTIRE purchase in the Paper Issues store!!