December 4, 2016

December (P)inspire Mood Board - Paper Issues

The December mood board is on the Paper Issues blog, this month there's a mix of bright reds, pretty plaids, trees, black, white and reindeer too!



My eye went right to that plaid wrapping paper. I just love the look of the red and black check together, and it really reminded me of the plaid paper in the Warm & Cozy collection from Pebbles, so I knew I had to use it! I started by printing my photo in black & white, then backed it with that fab paper.



I cut those cool pinecone boughs using my Silhouette Cameo, then layered on the embellishments. I mixed it up on this one, with pieces from We R Memory Keepers, Fancy Pants Design and Crate Paper, pulling in the black and white colors.



To finish my layout,  I added splatters of black paint, a few red sequins, and stamped my date. I can't believe this photo was taken almost 11 years ago.



Be sure to stop by the Paper Issues blog to see more Mood Board inspiration, and if you play along too, you could win a gift card to the Paper Issues store!!

**Be sure to use my code: Mary Ann in the PI store, you'll get 20% off your total order!!**

November 21, 2016

Snow Day - Paper Issues

Round 2 of the newest Issue is up at Paper Issues today! This months theme is "Going Cold Turkey in SnowVember" and some of the suggested ideas are: winter, use snowflakes or show photos, use the new Snow and Cocoa collection. I decided to go with all of those suggestions and came up with this!



Everything is from the new Snow and Cocoa collection by Crate Paper, I really love the pretty pastels mixed with gold. I especially love those sweet little birds, and knew I had to use them somewhere on my layout. Notice they are wearing pink beanies just like my girlie has on in the photo. The perfect embellishment!


Be sure to check out the Paper Issues blog, there's lots more inspiration from the team. And don't forget to use code: Mary Ann while shopping in the Paper Issue store to save 20% off your entire purchase!!
As always thanks for stopping by!

November 15, 2016

Christmas Decor - Fancy Pants Designs

I know, it's not even Thanksgiving yet. But when you make something this cute, you have to put it out on display right then! This was so quick and easy to put together too, using pieces from the new Merry & Bright collection by Fancy Pants Designs, that includes those cute little bottle brush trees and tiny lights from the dollar spot at Target.



By quick and easy, I literally mean 5 minutes. Seriously. By tomorrow I may have a miniature Christmas tree lot sitting on our mantel. Ha!




Ok, so here's how easy it is, I started by wrapping the lights around the tree, tucking the wire in as I went, and finished it with the die cut ephemera star. Since these are battery operated lights, I just let the cord trail out the back side of the tree, and tucked the battery package behind the display. I wrapped the bottom edge of the glass globe with the plaid washi tape, and then using mini glue dots, adhered the Believe acrylic piece to the front of the globe.



Oh, and to give the tree just a bit more height, I sat the tree on the roll of washi tape. Done. Couldn't be any easier or any cuter.

As always, thanks for stopping by!!

November 12, 2016

Hello Fall - Paper Issues Fall Crop

The Fall Crop is happening this weekend over in the Paper Issues {friends & fans} facebook group! There are lots of fun challenges with prizes too!! I'm hosting the "Falling Leaves" challenge, where you must create a "bare" project by leaving at least 2/3 of your project as negative space.


And here's my layout, I kept everything to one side to make sure I had that 2/3 of open space. I used the October Swag Bag from Paper Issues, and only added the gold Thickers to spell out fall, and then the cardstock...that's it! Everything else was included in the Swag Bag, and I still have a whole bunch of pieces left to create even more!! 

Don't you just love those pretty wood veneer leaves!! Such pretty colors, and they look so real!!



The crop goes through Sunday, so stop on by and play along with some of the challenges.
There is also a SPECIAL SALE in the Paper Issues store, use code: CROPSHOP for 30% off your entire order through November 13!!

November 8, 2016

Pawsitively Pets- November Challenge

The November Pawsitively Pets challenge is up on the Paper Issues blog today! This month's challenge is to use 3 or more patterned papers and a splash of mist, ink or paint. I joined in on the fun using an old photo of my grandma in 1919, standing on the front porch with her cat.






I used the Cute Girl collection by Crate Paper, that sweet cat paper and matching pink kitty from the ephemera pack were perfect for this!! I also added in a few pieces of chipboard, and the fun XO design that I cut with my Silhouette Cameo. To finish my layout, I splattered on a bit of mist, just a little hint of yellow here and there.

Now head on over to the Paper Issues blog to see even more Pawsitively Pets inspiration, and then go check out the Paper Issues store where you can use my code: Mary Ann to save 20% off your entire order!!

November 2, 2016

Paper Issues Product Spotlight - Gather

We're spotlighting the Gather collection by Crate Paper on the Paper Issues blog today! This is the 3rd layout I've made with this collection, and I keep falling in love with it over and over again each time I use it!!  For this layout, I went with an old photo of me the year I turned nine and had plans to be to be a musician. Just kidding! For some reason I thought playing both the guitar and piano sounded like fun.




Since the photo is of me sitting at the piano holding my guitar, that cute chipboard piano and guitar were the perfect additions to my layout. I added them to a few other chipboard pieces along with some pieces from the ephemera pack too.

I still remember some of the songs I played way back when, and am glad I have this photo to look back on to remember that special time.

Be sure to stop by the Paper Issues blog to see more projects from the design team using the Gather collection, and don't forget to use code: Mary Ann in the PI store for 20% off your entire order!

November 1, 2016

November Take 5 Tuesday Challenge - Paper Issues!

The new Take 5 Tuesday Challenge that I host is live over on the Paper Issues blog!  As you all know it's my favorite challenge ;)  Here's my layout using the fabulous Gather collection by Crate Paper, along with something shiny, chipboard, a bow, more than 1 photo and bar code strips as my 5 items off of the inspiration and idea list.



Notice behind my photo are the pieces of the manufacturers bar code strips. So many companies use them now to show what design is on the reverse side of the patterned paper, so I always keep them in case I need just a bit of color here and there! It's like a free embellishment!!
After I added my photo on top of the strips, I layered on some of the ephemera pieces, chipboard and that sweet little bow!! I'm really loving the bright blue background :)


Have you played along with the Take 5 Tuesday challenge over at Paper Issues?? Head on over to the blog for more inspiration and information on how you can join in on the fun too, you might even win a gift card to the Paper Issues store!!

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