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!



And...don't forget while shopping in the Paper Issues store to use my code: Mary Ann for 20% off your entire purchase!!

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!

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

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!!

**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 2, 2017

The Chick-Fil-A Cow - Scraplift Sunday

It's scraplift Sunday over at Paper Issues, and they're lifting little 'ol me!  How fun is that!
Here's the layout everyone is lifting...


And here's my lift, it's the day my girlie met the Chick-Fil-A cow.  I used way too many manufacturers to list them all, it's a hodgepodge of lots of different brands. I do love that Bella Blvd cow paper though, and their "holy cow" sticker, how perfect is that!


I followed my original layout pretty closely, I used a wood grain paper for the background, layered 3 patterned papers behind my photo, kept most of the embellishments to the left of the photo, and used sequins, stars and flowers.



Now pop on over to the Paper Issues blog to see even more inspiration from the Design Team, I love seeing how they all took my layout and made it their own.

As always, thanks for stopping by!

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

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!
And......don't forget if you do any shopping in the PI store, 
use my code: Mary Ann for 20% off your entire purchase!!


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!


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

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!