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!

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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!

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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!

March 25, 2017

2 New Layouts! - Queen and Co.

Hey friend!! I have two new Queen and Co. layouts to share, both using Foam Fronts and matching dies. I'm still kind of a newbie to the Foam Fronts, but I sure have fallen in love with them, and especially like using them on my layouts!

My first layout documents my daughters 7th birthday, and the My Little Pony party she had that year. 

Since this was a birthday layout, I wanted some sort of birthday embellishment to decorate the page. I used the Lines Foam Front Shaker Kit, and turned that into a birthday present by cutting off two of the "lines" with my scissors, leaving only 5 openings to fill, and giving it more of a square shape. The foam is easy to cut through, so it was quite simple to cut. 
After I had the Foam Front added to my layout, I then filled it with the pretty Purple Sequin Sprinkles. Next, I used the Lines Foam Front Die to cut the purple paper from the Simple Stripes 6x6 Mat Stack, and then used my die cutting machine to cut the matching bow. I also added a name tag to the package, and tied it on with the yellow twine from the Twine Assortment Package. To give it a bit more color and bling, I added some of the pretty Yellow Petite Posies. I love the extra little sparkle!

For my second layout, I used two photos of the beautiful butterflies that visited out yard last summer, along with the Solo Butterfly Foam Front. I love that I was able to use a mixture of the Neutral and Bright Pearlies Toppings to replicate the colors of the butterflies in my photos!

The combination of orange, black and white Pearlies look so good together, so much like the colors of the real butterflies!

I topped the Solo Butterfly Foam Front with the yellow diamond paper from the Pretty Presents 6x6 Mat Stack, and to add just a bit more yellow, I also added the sweet Yellow Pom Flowers and just a few of the Yellow Rivets too.

Have you tried the Foam Fronts and matching dies??  They really are easy to use, and so fun to customize to match your layout or card!
As always, thanks for stopping by!

March 18, 2017

Spring Cleaning Challenge - Paper Issues

The online Spring Crop is still happening at Paper Issues!
Here's a layout for one of today's challenges, the "Spring Cleaning" challenge. For this one, get out some of your older supplies and use them up! I think anyone can jump in and play with this one, don't we all have some supplies in our stash that haven't seen the light of day in a while? What a perfect time to use them up!

For my layout, I used some of the Millie & June collection by Fancy Pants Designs, along with some of the Cute Girl collection by Crate Paper. Neither one is really old, but I don't have much left of either line, so combining them together worked for this back to school layout for my girlie!

Ok, it's day 2 of the crop, time for you to join in and play along!
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March 17, 2017

Around the Bend Challenge - Paper Issues

The online Spring Crop has started at Paper Issues {friends & fans}!! Join in on the fun, there are games and prizes and lots of challenges going on through Sunday!!

Here is my first crop layout, made for the "Around the Bend" challenge, where the challenge is to journal around a photo, around your page, around an embellishment etc. I used my good ol' Silhouette Cameo to journal in a circle.

I used lots of Pink Paislee's Oh My Heart collection, I loved that it had orange in the papers and embellishments to go with my girlie's orange Home Depot vest.

Here is a check list of challenges for the crop, how about playing along too! You have until March 26 to post your finished projects in the crop album.

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

March 14, 2017

Disney Magic! - Queen and Co.

Hi Guys! 
I have two new Queen and Co. layouts to share with you today!

My first layout is of Tucker and Mickey Mouse, and even though he wasn't too sure about Mickey, I still wanted to capture that special moment.

To start my layout, I cut strips of paper from the Around the Park 12x12 Mat Stack, and glued them on to my cardstock. To really give it a Disney feel, I added the gloves from the Magic Shaker set, that I covered in white cardstock, and then added the "magic" word epoxy icon across top of both of them.  

To go along with the stars in the paper, I added the die cut stars, cut with the nested stars dies. I also added a star pop up shaker that I filled with yellow Fimo Fun Stars and yellow tiny bubbles. Two flair buttons and the Magic Castle epoxy that I cut in half, finished my layout.

Continuing on with the Disney theme, here's a layout about taking Tucker to the theater to see the Cars movie.

I again started with strips of paper from the Around the Park 12x12 Mat Stack, and centered my photo between them.
I added the filmstrip shakers from the Say Cheese set, they go so well with the movie theme! I filled the shakers with gray and white Fimo Fun Stars mixed with the pearl color Pearlies.

The cute Fast Pass tickets, and Official License are from the Around the Park Mat Stack too, they made the perfect embellishments! 

To further my movie theme, I layered on the movie reels from the Say Cheese shaker set, and filled them with black Pearlies.
I topped it off with the camera flair button, and finished the layout with the epoxy arrows and dots.

Be sure to check out the Queen and Co. website for even more fun embellishments, and the Queen and Co. blog for more ideas and inspiration!!

As always, thanks for stopping by!

March 8, 2017

Magnolia Jane - Product Spotlight

We're spotlighting Heidi Swapp's new Magnolia Jane collection over at Paper Issues today!! I loved  Magnolia Jane as soon as I saw it, the pretty florals and fun embellishments. Isn't it always about the embellishments. ha!

I hardly ever make layouts about me, I'm always the one behind the camera, not in front of it. But when your hubby grabs the camera and starts taking pictures, you go with it, even if your hair and shirt are still a bit wet from getting caught in the rain after dinner without an umbrella. You only turn 53 once, you might as well enjoy it. Right ;)

As always, thanks for stopping by!

March 7, 2017

Take 5 Tuesday Challenge - Disneyland!

The March Take 5 Tuesday Challenge that I host is up over on the Paper Issues blog. What's Take 5 you ask?  Here's the basics, I give you an idea and inspiration list and from that list you pick 5 items to use on your project. Simple and fun, and you could win a gift certificate to the Paper Issues store!

Here is this month's list...

And here is my layout, using the Chasing Dreams collection by Maggie Holmes. My 5 items from the list are, the colors blue and mint green, stitching, stickers and leaves/flowers.  You might notice that I didn't use any patterned papers at all, just my cardstock base with a bit of blue paint brushed on, then pieces of ephemera, chipboard and alpha letters. It's not very often that I don't use any patterned paper at all, but I was so in love with the ephemera from this collection, once I started pulling out pieces to use, they all layered together so well, I just went with it! How perfect is that map piece and castle book for a Disneyland layout!

Now head on over to the Paper Issues blog for more Take 5 inspiration. And don't forget, while shopping in the Paper Issues store, use code: Mary Ann for 20% off your entire order!!

March 4, 2017

Sketchy Saturday! - Paper Issues

It's Sketchy Saturday over at Paper Issues! I always like the sketch challenges, it's almost like a "free" layout since there is nothing to think about, just grab your paper and glue! You can use the sketch exactly as it is, or make it your own.

Here's my layout using the sketch!

I kind of followed the sketch, using the 3 photos, layers behind the photos, embellishments in front of the photos. What I didn't do is a large title, you could say that was the making it my own part ;)

So now you've seen the sketch, and an idea how to use it. How about giving it a go too??
We'd love to see what you come up with, so be sure to add it to the March Challenge album over in the Paper Issues {friends & fans} Facebook group. You could win a gift card to the Paper Issues store!!!

Remember to use code: Mary Ann when you're shopping in the Paper Issues store for 20% off your entire purchase!!