May 30, 2012

{The Early Years}

Today I've got a layout I made with the May kits from The Paper Bakery.
Both kits have such beautiful papers and embellishments that go together perfectly, so this was a lot of fun to mix and match. I even dug out some of my vintage 70's photos ;)  Another layout completed for my childhood years scrapbook.

As always, thanks for stopping by!
xo Mary Ann

May 29, 2012

{DIY Jewelry}

I got my love for jewelry from my Grandma, and just like her, I would choose the eclectic look over diamonds and pearls any day. I love mixing and matching pieces and coming up with new ways to wear them. When a challenge came for the Imaginisce team to create a piece of jewelry, I knew exactly what style of necklace I would make, eclectic and fun!
For this necklace, I started by printing the cameo onto white paper. I punched the cameo out using the large Imaginisce paper punch, then used my i-top and Magnet Daddies to make my own custom charm. I added the cameo charm to the necklace, then added bits and baubles here and there for a one of a kind necklace.
Be sure to stop by the Imaginisce blog this week to see all the other ideas the team has come up with and be entered to win a Magni-top jewelry package!
As always, thanks for stopping by!
xo Mary Ann

May 28, 2012

{Happy Birthday Sarah!]

Today is my friend Sarah's birthday, and all of us on the Paper Bakery design team, (and Sarah's sister too!) decided we wanted to SURPRISE her with a Birthday Blog Hop in honor of her special day!
Here is the sweet little card I made:
I first met Sarah online last year through her fabulous kit club. Since then we've been able to get together for dinner and do a little scrapbook shopping when she was visiting CA earlier this year. Needless to say I had a great time, and now call her my friend.
Now hop on over to Erin's blog to see what surprise she has for Sarah!! Also, we are doing a giveaway of a $10 gift card to the Paper Bakery, so be sure to leave a comment on each and every blog!!  Here's the list of all the blogs in case you get lost ;)   We will draw a winner Wednesday night!
The Paper Bakery Blog
Grace's Blog
Angie's Blog
Amanda's Blog
Mary Ann's Blog ----> that's me!
Erin's Blog
Tegan's Blog
Tina's Blog
The Paper Bakery Blog
Oh, and as an extra surprise, I am doing my own little giveaway here on my blog of these fun embellishments from Little Yellow Bicycle. Remember to leave a comment!

Surprise and Happy Birthday Sarah!
Mary Ann

May 24, 2012

{Teacher Appreciation Week}

Before I show you the cute project I made for Teacher Appreciation Week, I just want to thank all of you for the sweet comments about my Mom-in-law. She had her first round of chemo, and now a week later, the related symptoms are subsiding.  All in all, I think she did pretty good.
It's going to be a long summer for her and my dad-in-law, but she's a fighter and I just know in my heart she's going to be ok. Thanks for your continued thoughts and prayers.

Next up...
It's Teacher Appreciation Week over on the Imaginisce blog, and here's my fun project that I had to share.
I saw something similar to this a few years back, and thought it was such a great idea! It doesn't take much time to create and was perfect for this year especially since my son has a male teacher so it's not too cutesie or feminine.

Be sure to check out the Imaginisce blog for even more great ideas!
xo Mary Ann

May 16, 2012

{My Dear Blog Friends...}

I don't have a scrapbooking project or cute picture to share today, instead I would like to ask all of you for prayers and positive thoughts for my Mom-in-Law that was recently diagnosed with Breast -Cancer. She starts Chemo tomorrow. (Thursday)
She's got a long road ahead and there are still so many unanswered questions about her prognosis.
Thank you,
Mary Ann

May 15, 2012

{Hello Cupcake!}

Today I've got 3 projects to share with you, all made with the super cute and brand new "Hello Cupcake" collection from Imaginisce!

First up, this fun birthday banner
I used the 6x6 paper pad, and cut 3 pieces of paper into a triangle shape and 2 into a banner shape. The die cuts are perfect to add as embellishments, along with some tulle and ribbon.

Next is this layout of Tucker's birthday
I enlarged a photo to be front and center and made my own little banner using patterned paper, cardstock and twine.
Finally, a birthday card that was quick and easy to put together with a few left over scraps, and sticker stackers!
Be sure to stop by the Imaginisce blog for even more inspiration, and a chance to win a "Hello Cupcake" collection pack!!
As always, thanks so much for stopping by. I appreciate each and every one of you and your sweet comments :)
xo Mary Ann

May 14, 2012

{on being a Mom}

Here's a new layout I made this week for Scrapbook Daisies

I did some fussy cutting on the doilies, used foam tape for a little bit of dimension and added my favorite quote. A quick and easy layout, but I love it!

As always, thanks for stopping by!
xo Mary Ann

May 10, 2012

{Imaginisce & Canvas Corp!}

All this week Canvas Corp is teaming up with Imaginisce to bring you some amazing inspiration!. There are great prizes to win at both blogs, so be sure to stop by!
For my project, I made this sweet little shadow box for my Mom. Back in the 40's, Gene Autry was the "singing cowboy movie star" that everyone loved! My Mom still likes to tell the story about the day she and her sister got to meet him and have their picture taken with him. This is such a treasured photo to her, I knew she would love this remembrance of that special day.

To start, I gave the shadowbox a light coat of white paint. After it dried, I sanded it just a bit so some of the original brown color would show through. I cut the burlap square to fit, and hot glued it inside the shadowbox. Next I stitched around both canvas stars with embroidery floss. I then added the red canvas flower, a canvas star, a denim roly rosie and an i-top button covered with burlap. I hot glued the rope and the other canvas star before adding the photo. I finished by adding journaling strips.
Don't forget to check out the Canvas Corp blog and the Imaginisce blog for a chance at the giveaway!
As always, thanks for stopping by!
xo Mary Ann

May 7, 2012

{NSD Winner & a Layout to Share!}

First, thanks to all of you that stopped by on National Scrapbook Day! I loved reading all your comments and emails. Oh, and picked comment #14.  Jen Adkins shoot me an email with your addy and I'll get your washi tape sent off to you!!
And finally, my new layout made with the Note to Self collection from Echo Park.
A little side note on this layout...the pics are from Tucker's school band concert.  A few weeks before the concert, the band teacher asked my hubby if he would like to accompany Tucker on his  last sax solo of the year. It would be the first time for the two of them to ever play together. My hubby and Tucker were so excited the night of the concert. Apparently I was excited, the girl that literally takes thousands of photos a year, sat there and did not take 1 single photo. I got so caught up in the moment of watching them play,  I never even turned my camera on. Yep, seriously. So where you ask did that photo of them playing together come from??  Well, when you totally blow it, you get the crazy idea of taking a picture of your TV while watching the DVD of the concert..  It's not a great photo, but hey it works. At least I got a good one of them standing together after the concert ;)
Oh the life of a scrapbooker.

As always, thanks for stopping by!
xo Mary Ann

May 5, 2012

{Paper Bakery National Scrapbook Day Washi Tape Blog Hop!}

Hi and welcome to the Paper Bakery Washi Tape Blog Hop! Oh, and Happy National Scrapbook Day too!

If you have arrived at my blog first, be sure to go back to the Paper Bakery blog to start. For our blog hop, all of us on the Design Team are showcasing a project using Washi Tape.
What started out as just a few rolls, has now turned into a full on obsession for me ;) wink wink. Now if you are saying, "hey, what the heck is this washi tape anyway?" Here is my layout for a bit of inspiration.
Next on the hop is Angie's blog. Head on over to see what she has to share!
Be sure to comment on each blog for a chance to win a fabulous prize from the Paper Bakery!!! I'm doing my own little giveaway too, become a follower and leave a comment letting me know you did, or that you already are, and I'll draw a name Sunday night for 2 rolls of fabulous washi tape!!!

Here's the blog hop order in case you get lost along the way...
The Paper Bakery Blog
Mary Ann (that's me! You're already here!)
The Paper Bakery Blog

As always, thanks for stopping by!!
xo Mary Ann

May 3, 2012


Today I have a card to share!
I made this using the April add-on kit from the Paper Bakery, and the best part, I even used the cute little brown bag that embellishments in the kit come packaged in!

As always, thanks for stopping by!
xo Mary Ann

May 2, 2012

{GCD Studios - NEW May Issue}

The May issue of The Paper Cut, GCD Studios newest magazine is now available! This month there are amazing ideas for stitching on your projects, water color techniques and even quilting on your paper crafts!

I'm excited to have a layout in the magazine for the water color article.
I used a resist technique by using a white crayon for the number 3, then water colored over it. I fussy cut a few of the flowers from the patterned paper, and even crumpled up the paper towel I had used to clean my paint brush for the 3-d flower. A custom embellishment for my page ;) lol

Visit the GCD Studios blog and leave a comment on THIS POST for a chance to win the Sweet Tooth Collection!!

As always, thanks for stopping by!
xo Mary Ann

May 1, 2012

{Hello My Friends!}

I've got another layout to share today that I made for Scrapbook Daisies.  This one uses the new Fresh Squeezed collection from American Crafts.
This was such a easy and fun layout to make!  I measured where I wanted the openings to be, then used a craft knife to cut them out. I did some machine stitching around each opening, added the large photo and papers to the back, then added more photos and embellishments to the front. I love how it turned out!

This is probably the 10th layout I've made of Gracie at the park, but considering we go to the park at least twice a week while everyone else is at school or work, I guess that's not too bad ;)  She loves playing at the park, and this momma loves watching her play at the park even more.

As always, thanks for stopping by!
xo Mary Ann