October 16, 2017

At the Pumpkin Patch!

Hey friends! I have a new layout to share using the Halloween Hooplah Kit from Queen and Company. I fell in love with the kit as soon as I opened the package! The dies are so very cute and have such detailed designs, and the fillings for the shaker boxes are the perfect holiday colors. For my layout, I went with a fall theme and I especially like that the kit works for both Halloween and fall projects too!



To start my layout, I made 2 shaker pumpkins using the dies, and filled them with a mix of the orange stars and clear and orange beads, all from the kit. I also used the center foam piece (that I had punched out from the pumpkin shakers) to make another pumpkin and then used the grinning jack o'lantern stamp from the kit to give him his smile! 




To add even more pumpkins, I used the clear acetate piece that covers the shakers boxes as a pattern to trace around, and made three more pumpkins to layer on to have a whole pumpkin patch!
I finished my layout by adding the pretty green gems here and there, and to the hand-cut banner. I love how this turned out, and am happy to have this special day documented.

October 12, 2017

Scrap Soup! - October

The October Scrap Soup challenge is up over at Paper Issues! Each month I give you a recipe to use on your projects, you must use everything in the recipe, but can add more "ingredients" to make it your own.

Here is this month's list:



I started with the FREE Patchwork Pumpkin cut file, and erased all the center pieces leaving only the pumpkin border. I filled it in with my photos, and bits and pieces from the Roctober Kit.
Have you bought your Rocktober kit yet?? It's full of yummy goodness for Halloween and Fall too! It is available here in the PI store.





As always, thanks for stopping by!

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October 3, 2017

Cutest Knight Ever! - Take 5 Tuesday Challenge

The October Take 5 Tuesday Challenge is up over on the Paper Issues blog! I played along too, with a pic of the cutest knight ever.  I can't believe this was 13 years ago!








For my layout, I used the color blue, twine, something gold, enamel dots and stars from the challenge list. I love adding the enamel dots to my layouts, it adds just a little pop of color!

Now head on over to the PI blog for even more inspiration! I'd love for you to play along with Take 5, you could win a gift card to the Paper Issues store!!



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September 20, 2017

You Can Change the World!

Today on the Paper Issues blog, we're spotlighting Rainbows and Unicorns, so what better to use than Shimelle's new Glitter Girl collection!  It's full of unicorns, and lots of twinkles and sparkles!





I love the bright colors in Glitter Girl, and of course the pink. Always the pink!
Pop on over to the PI blog for even more unicorn fun and inspiration!


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September 5, 2017

Wander - Take 5 Tuesday Challenge

The September Take 5 Tuesday Challenge is up on the Paper Issues blog!!
For my 5 items from the challenge idea list, I used the color brown, patterned paper, the date, cardstock and leaves. I also used the Cloudy Background Cut File that is available for FREE in the Paper Issues store!!





Here's this month's Take 5 list, I'd love for you to play along too!!




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September 4, 2017

The Pumpkin Patch- Paper Issues

The September Issue is up at Paper Issues!! This month's theme is "Let's Give Them Pumpkin to Talk About" and some of the suggested ideas are: anything to do with fall, apple picking, fall traditions, the pumpkin patch, a favorite thing about fall, use a fall collection for a non-seasonal page, so many ideas to choose from!

I went with the pumpkin pumpkin patch suggestion, mixing some papers from my stash along with some new favorites.





I cut the 3x4 "u-pick pumpkins" card from one of my patterned papers, perfect for this layout!



Now head on over to the Paper Issues blog for even more ideas from some more of the design team!

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August 23, 2017

In the Backyard - Swag Bag Spotlight

The monthly Swag Bag spotlight is happening over on the Paper Issues blog and I played along too!  After I have made 3 or 4 layouts from each Swag Bag, I mix all the left overs together in one large container that I refer to as my "Swag Bag Stash". This layout was made with pieces from that stash, that could be from last November's Swag Bag or from last month. I love mixing and matching, combining different bits and pieces into one layout.  Don't look to closely though, you may notice my background paper is sideways. Once you have part of it glued down, you just go with it and pretend it was supposed to be that way, right? ha!



I started with the picture of my girlie playing in the backyard, and just started layering!
I especially love the log die cut piece and wood grain stars, so perfect for the photo.  And, like I said before, it's all from my "Swag Bag Stash", that I simply added to my background paper.



Now head on over to the Paper Issues blog for even more Swag Bag inspiration, and remember when shopping in the Paper Issues store,  use my code: Mary Ann for 20% off your entire purchase!!

August 20, 2017

Scraplift Sunday - Explore and Wander

It's Scraplift Sunday over at Paper Issues, and they're scraplifting me!!
Here's my original layout...



And here's my lift using the Creekside collection by 1Canoe2 for American Crafts.  When I grabbed this photo from my stack of printed pics, I didn't even think about it having to do with a tree, I guess I not only scraplifted my layout, I also scraplifted the theme too 😉


I picked different elements from the original to lift, including an arrow, the journaling with an embellishment between the printed words on the left side of the layout and the column of embellishments down the right side of the layout.



Be sure to check out the Paper Issues blog to see even more Scraplift Sunday layouts!

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August 13, 2017

The Fruit Stand - Queen and Company

I have a new layout today using the adorable Fruit Basket Shaker kit from Queen and Company. It's such a cute kit! I love everything that is included, especially the fimo shaker "filling" pieces. There are juicy little watermelons, some of your favorite citrus fruits and even tiny bright red strawberries, it's a whole fruit salad!!

For my layout, I decided to document the quaint little fruit stand in our town. We stop there about once a week for oranges and is such a part of our routine, it's something I'll always want to remember.




I printed my journaling using my computer and then sprinkled and splattered some watercolors  (nothing fancy, I borrowed them from my 8 year old) on to my cardstock. Once the paint was dry, I added my 2 photos. Next I made the sweet little orange wedge shaker and filled it with the tiny orange slices. I tucked in a small cluster of green bakers twine right on top of the leaves to add a bit more texture. The bakers twine is included in the kit too, for this I just separated the green strands from the white strands.




I also die cut the large orange slice, and tucked it just under the edges of my photos. I stamped the sentiment with a matching ink and layered it right on top. To finish my layout, I glued some of the tiny orange fimo slices here and there, I just love the little orange bits!!



As always, thanks for stopping by!

August 8, 2017

Baseball - Take 5 Tuesday August Challenge

The August Take 5 Tuesday Challenge is up over at Paper Issues! This month my 5 items are: turquoise, patterned paper, border, sticker and title along with a photo of my girl at her very first time up at bat, at her very first baseball game. She missed the first few pitches, but I captured some photos to remember this memorable day!







Here's the Take 5 Tuesday Challenge list, I hope you'll play along, you could win a gift certificate to the Paper Issues store!!
Hop on over to the Paper Issues blog for even more Take 5 inspiration!



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August 4, 2017

Sequoia National Park - Scrap Soup August Challenge!

The new August Scrap Soup Challenge is up on the Paper Issues blog!! Here is this month's recipe:


I played along too, using some older photos of a trip to Sequoia National Park. The "Are We There Yet"collection by Carta Bella seems like it was made for these photos with that National Park Service sticker!! I also used the large arrow from the "Are We There Yet" cut file that is available for FREE in the Paper Issues store.



I love how the red enamel dots look like path markers on the patterned paper squares!


Now pop on over to the Paper Issues blog for even more Scrap Soup inspiration. Join in on the challenge and you could win a gift certificate to the Paper Issues store!!

July 25, 2017

Woof - Queen and Company

Here's a new layout I made for Queen and Company, but somehow forgot to share it here on the blog. It features our sweet Dixie Mae!
The photo is from when she was just a little pup at 3 months old. I got her to sit still for just a split second, and even managed to capture her looking at the camera!






I love the dog house "woof" and tiny paw print epoxy icons mixed in with the pretty pink blossoms!
I've taken quite a few photos of the new four-legged member of our family, I need to get them on to layouts and into the album too.

July 5, 2017

Pool Fun! - July Scrap Soup and a FREE Cut File!

The July Scrap Soup is up over at Paper Issues!! What is Scrap Soup you ask?? Quick and simple, I give you a recipe, and you must use all the ingredients on your project. You can add to the recipe to make it your own, but, you must use everything in the original recipe.  Sound like fun?!?!

Here is this month's recipe:


To start my layout, I used the patterned paper for my background. I added my 6" square photo, 6 embellishments, the alpha letters to spell SPLASH, and the grid design clouds that I fussy cut. I also added the fun waves cut from blue cardstock, using this FREE cut file from the Paper Issues store!
The waves add just the perfect touch to complete my layout!




Have you played along with the Scrap Soup challenge yet??  You totally should.
Head on over to the Paper Issues blog to see even more Scrap Soup inspiration, and then join in on the fun and play along with the challenge too. You could win one of 2 gift certificates to the Paper Issues store!!

As always, thanks for stopping by!

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July 4, 2017

Besties! - July Take 5 Tuesday

The July Take 5 Tuesday challenge is up over at Paper Issues!  
Take 5 one of my favorite challenges.  
Ya, ya, I know I host the challenge, but it would still be one of my favorites anyway ;) 

Here is this months idea and inspiration list:


And here's my layout using the color pink, cardstock, patterned paper, enamel dots, mist and the new  Girl Squad collection by Pebbles  I love the colors and cute designs in Girl Squad, so perfect for pictures of my own girl and her squad ;)






Now head on over to the PI blog for even more Take 5 inspiration.
I'd love for you to play along with the challenge too, 
you could win a gift card to the Paper Issues store. How awesome would that be!

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


As always, thanks for stopping by!

July 3, 2017

Legoland! - Paper Issues

The new issue is up over at Paper Issues! This months theme is called " Let's Taco 'bout It" and one of the suggested ideas is to use a speech bubble. I thought that sounded fun, and I knew the perfect FREE Speech Bubble cut file to use! And because there is nothing better than a FREE cut file, I used this FREE Adventure cut file too!


It all started with this photo of my boy looking through the Lego shark at Legoland. I wanted to go with a sea/pirate/adventure theme, so I used the papers and ephemera from the Secrets of the Sea boy collection by Bella Blvd. The colors are bright and fun, and have lots of sea creatures and even have that cute ship and pirate too!



I used white cardstock for my background, layered the embellishment pieces next to my photo, and then added the speech bubble.
To make the speech bubble, I first cut the border from red cardstock using my Silhouette die cutting machine, then I used the print option to print my journaling on white cardstock. Next, I used the cut option to cut out the speech bubble, and then glued the two pieces together. Such a quick and easy way to add journaling!



While you're over at Paper Issues grabbing these two cut files, be sure to check out the other FREE cut files too, there's a bunch of them in the store!!

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As always, thanks for stopping by!