February 13, 2017

Queen and Company - Thanks So Much!

I have a card up on the Queen and Company blog today,  it's my first project using February's Heart Throb kit!  This was my first time designing with one of the monthly kits, and I've gotta say I was surprised how much was included in the kit.

After making my card base, I added the sequins with just a tiny bit of glue. When the glue had completely dried, I machine stitched directly on top of the sequins. 

To finish it off, I added the acrylic "thanks", and then the "so much" sticker with a piece of foam tape to give it a bit of dimension.

Here's a pic of the Heart Throb kit,  and as you can see I still have a ton of it left over. I'll have a layout coming up in a few days that uses a die and shaker box from the kit, I'll be sure to share it with you too!

As always, thanks for stopping by!!

February 7, 2017

Take 5 Tuesday Challenge - Field Trip Love

The Take 5 Tuesday Challenge that I host is up on the Paper Issues blog today!  For Take 5, I give you an inspiration and idea list of 15 items, and from that list you pick 5 items to use on your project. Sounds like fun huh??
For my layout, I used the colors red and white, stitching, heart and a banner as my 5 items. My favorite part is the cute blue paper with "moo, cluck, baa and oink" on it, so perfect for a layout about Gracie's field trip to the outdoor museum!

In case you haven't played along with the Take 5 Challenge, here's the inspiration and idea list to get you started. I'd love for you to play along in the Paper Issues {friends & fans} facebook group!

As always, thanks for stopping by!

February 5, 2017

Remember This - Notable Quoteable

I'm playing along with one of the new monthly challenges over at Paper Issues! This one is called Notable Quotable, and the challenge is to make a project based on a quote. You can use the whole quote, part of the quote, a word, the colors, what ever inspires you!

Here is this month's quote:

And here is my layout, using a combination of the words "life" and "love", and papers and embellishments from the Hazelwood collection by American Crafts.

I didn't add a whole lot of embellishments to this one, just a few banner pieces, the stars and the arrow were layered in and around the title, and that's pretty much it! Quick and easy.

OK, so maybe not quick. I made this layout last weekend while I was at a scrapbooking crop, and I think I must have moved the words in the title at least 5 times, but in the end I went back to my first design and I'm happy with how it turned out, I like the sticker words mixed with the Thicker words.

Well, that's it for today! Thanks for stopping by, I always appreciate the visit!

February 2, 2017

I'm So Lucky to Have You - Color Cast Designs

I have a new layout to share today using an old photo from when Tucker was just a little guy and some fun embellishments from Color Cast Designs. It's hard to believe that same kid is 16 now!

I used pieces from the cute "XOXO" set and the "This" arrow set.  I love that both sets have a combination of acrylic and wood veneer pieces to choose from!

XOXO and This arrow

I'm So Lucky to Have You
I also did some fussy cutting of those pretty flowers, cut the gingham heart using my Silhouette, and added a few more embellishments from my stash. 
And there it is, another layout to add to the album!

As always, thanks for stopping by!

January 25, 2017

Shimelle Go Now Go - Paper Issues

We're spotlighting the Go Now Go collection by American Crafts over on the Paper Issues blog today! I've always loved everything that Shimelle comes up in her collections, and Go Now Go is no exception. It's full of great designs, fun colors and works for not only travel but heritage layouts too. Yes even heritage, including this layout of my dad and his Boy Scout troop way back in 1939.

I used lots of pieces from the ephemera pack, layering them all around my photo. I especially like the bronz-ish gold clear acetate pieces!! I finished the layout off with a few splatters of black paint and then some green enamel dots and numbers from my stash.

And it's another completed layout for the family history album!

As always, thanks for stopping by, and don't forget to use code: Mary Ann when visiting the Paper Issues store!!

January 22, 2017

Swag Bag Sunday - Paper Issues!

It's Swag Bag Sunday over on the Paper Issues blog, and I have a layout to share using the December Swag Bag and an old family photo from 1973!

That's my husband at age 4, decorating the Christmas tree with his mom. The pieces in the December swag bag worked so well with the colors in the photos, the deep reds and golds, and then there's that cute die cut tree and wood veneer reindeer!

I painted the reindeer with a quick coat of white paint, then added a tiny dot of red paint to his nose. The only thing I used on my layout that wasn't included in the swag bag was the background paper, and I still have lots of pieces left to use on more layouts or cards.
Have you ever used one of the PI swag bags?? They sure are fun, lots of different bits and pieces that all coordinate so well together. If you would like to try one out, don't forget to use my code: Mary Ann in the PI store for 20% off not only a swag bag, but your entire order!!

January 18, 2017

Crate Paper Heart Day - Paper Issues

Today on the Paper Issue's blog we are spotlighting Crate Paper's new Heart Day collection! Heart Day is full of lots and lots of hearts, and pretty reds and pinks, and I love that it works for not just Valentine's day photos, but every day photos too!

The XOXO paper is my fave in Heart Day, I really like the painted look of the letters and hearts! For my layout, I actually did a little scraplifting, but this time I scraplifted myself.  Yep, I went back to an old layout I made in 2014, and followed the same design that originally came from this sketch by My Creative Sketches. See how I flipped the sketch for this one!

And here's my layout that I lifted.

Have you ever done that? Gone back to an old layout and lifted yourself?? It's a great way to complete a layout, especially when your pile of photos seems to be growing faster than you can get them scrapped. ha!

As always, thanks for stopping by and be sure to check out the Paper Issues blog for even more Heart Day inspiration, and don't forget you can use use code: Mary Ann in the Paper Issues store for 20% off your entire purchase!