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!
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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.

June 8, 2017

Third Birthday - Queen and Company!

I have a new layout to share with you today, made with the Pretty Presents June kit from Queen and Company! There are 3 really cute present dies, lots of papers and yummy toppings for your shaker boxes!

For my layout, I die cut three presents from different colors of patterned paper, all from the Pretty Presents Mat Stack that is included in the kit, then made two into shaker boxes using the toppings and foam pieces from the kit. Next came my photo and the title I cut with my Silhouette die cutting machine. 

I also cut extra pieces for the bows and added those to the presents to add even more color and texture. And, no present is complete with out a gift tag, so I even made a tiny tag to add to the present stack!  A few splatters of paint and my layout was complete!

There is more Pretty Presents inspiration on the Queen and Company blog all month long, so be sure and stop by!

June 7, 2017

Scrap Soup - June!

The June Scrap Soup Challenge is up on the Paper Issues blog today! This is one of my new favorite challenges, just follow along with the recipe as you create your project. You can use more "ingredients" than the recipe calls for, but you must use everything in the original recipe. Here is this months list:

My girlie has been taking art classes every Tuesday after school. It's a cute little art studio in our town, and she absolutely loves going! Some days it's painting on a canvas, some days it's drawing on paper bags, you never know what fun things she will bring home! My layout includes pictures of her first "real" painting, this one took about 3 weeks to complete, and was on display at our local art show, and at her school art show too :)
For my layout, I started by cutting circles (more than 5!) with various sized paper punches, making sure to use at least 4 different patterned papers. Next came my two photos, and then the sequins, XO and crown for embellishments. To complete my layout, I added the chipboard title.

Have you played along with the Scrap Soup challenge yet?? You should!!  Head on over to the Paper Issues blog for more inspiration, and then give Scrap Soup a go...I'd love to see what you create!

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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!
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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!!

April 20, 2017

Stuck on You!

Back at Christmas time, my girlie celebrated Christmas around the world at her school. Her 2nd grade class presented Christmas in Mexico for the rest of the student body, and also went to other classrooms to see how Christmas is celebrated in other countries. Here she is handing out Mexican sweet bread, and loving that she got to wear the big sombrero.

How about those cute cactus acrylic pieces??? They were perfect for this layout, and looked so good with the FREE cactus cut file!!  I still have more pics from this day, but this picture needed to be on it's own. She really was so excited that she got to wear the big sombrero ;)

As always, thanks for stopping by!!

April 16, 2017

Swag Bag Sunday - Paper Issues

It's Swag Bag Sunday over at Paper Issues! What's a Swag Bag you ask? I guess the best explanation would be, little cellophane bags filled with bits and pieces of the newest products that make putting together a layout or card a breeze!

Take this layout for instance, every piece is from a Swag Bag, except for my 2 background papers. Yep, every single piece! 

I love those big gold sequins!! This one was made from some of my past Swag Bags, pieces from last July and October maybe??  I always keep all the left overs in my stash ;)

Hop on over to the Paper Issues blog for more Swag Bag inspiration. 
I promise you'll be wanting to get in on next month's bag!

**Don't forget, use code: Mary Ann for 20% off your total purchase 

April 11, 2017

Ties and Tiaras - Roll the Dice Challenge

I'm playing along with the Roll the Dice challenge over on the Paper Issues blog today! This month Rachel changed it up a bit and you can now use any amount of photos, and after rolling the dice, the specifics are: use 2 tags and 6 stickers. Sounds like fun!

I followed the 2 tags part, and I did use 6 stickers, but I may have gone a little bit over and somehow ended up at 14 stickers ;)

I love this photo of my husband and my girlie. It was their first father daughter dance, and she was so excited to go with her daddy!

Pop by the Paper Issues blog for even more Roll the Dice inspiration!

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

April 8, 2017

In the Navy 1949 - Queen and Co.

Hi Guys! I have a new layout for you today, using some old family photos and some of my favorite Glitter Washi Tapes from Queen and Company. The photos are from 1949, just after my dad enlisted in the Navy. For my embellishments I decided to go with a red, white and blue theme, along with stars, stripes, and that great anchor. 

To start my layout, I cut 4 triangle shapes from white cardstock, then layered on the Blue Stripe Glitter Washi Tape to completely cover the triangles. I added the triangles to my layout, along with 4 more triangle shapes I cut from coordinating patterned paper. Next I adhered some of the Red Star Buttons from the Button Bouquet II set. I like the addition of the stars!

I cut an anchor shape using my die cutting machine, then covered it with rows of Silver Skinny Glitter Tape. After I had the anchor completely covered with the glitter tape, I used my scissors to carefully cut around the anchor. I used a small circle hole punch at the top of the anchor so I could then add the strand of Red and White Twine from the Twine Assortment Pack. I placed the anchor on the left side of my layout, then added tiny drops of glue to adhere the twine around my layout

I love the look of the shiny glitter anchor, the perfect accent to go with these old photos!
As always, thanks for stopping by!

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April 4, 2017

April Take 5 Tuesday Challenge - Paper Issues

The April Take 5 Tuesday Challenge is up over at Paper Issues! I played along too, and chose these 5 prompts from the ideas list: patterned paper, polka dots, 2 or more fonts, a bow and black as my color of choice. You guys all know how much I love scrapping old black and white photos, and I especially like how this one looks with the black background mixed with lots of bright colors!

And, since I like to use scraps, that circle design is a left over piece of paper from another project. This is the backside of the paper that I had cut a circle from. I just cut around it by hand and had my own wonky circle design!

Now head on over to the Paper Issues blog for a whole lot more Take 5 ideas from more of the team. I'd love for you to join in this month and play along, you could 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 purchase!