April 30, 2013

{Pretty Little Studio & Love My Tapes Blog Hop...there's giveaways!}

Hello and welcome to the Pretty Little Studio and Love My Tapes Blog Hop! We thought it would be fun to combine forces and share with you projects highlighting Pretty Little Studio whimsical goodness paired with the versatility and trendiness of Love My Tapes. Here are my 2 projects to share:
This is the brand new "Nature Walk" collection.  I love the colors, and that sweet feather. The teal washi tapes goes great with this!

Next up, using the same general design but 2 photos instead of 1.
Here I've used the Nature Walk & Sand Castle collections and my fave pink polka dot washi! I also used some of my favorite flair buttons from the Paper Bakery.
And what’s a Blog Hop without giveaways? Be sure to visit all the blogs, including the Pretty Little Studio and Love My Tapes blogs for a chance to win some PLS and LMT goodies! When visiting the Design Team member’s blogs, be sure and leave comments as many of the Design Team members will also be hosting their own Blog Hop giveaways. **I'll be giving away 2 rolls of Love My Tapes Washi!! Leave a comment and please be sure to leave an email address so I can contact you if you win!
The Hop will start on the Pretty Little Studio blog and end on the Love My Tapes blog, so head on over to the Pretty Little Studio blog if you are just joining in. We will announce the winners of the PLS and LMT giveaways on May 3rd, so be sure to be watching for the announcements. If you get lost along the way, just check below where you are to get you hopping in the right direction.

So let’s get hopping!
You should have just arrived here from Lisa's blog.
Pretty Little Studio Blog: http://prettylittlestudio.com/blog/
Aimee Maddern: http://aimeesarmoire.typepad.com/
Annette Allen: http://myclevercreations.blogspot.com/
Annette Witherspoon: http://www.aspoonfullofsugarcrafts.blogspot.com/
Ashley Horton: http://www.ashleyhortondesigns.com/
Candice Elliott: http://truedivinehand.blogspot.com/
Christina Collins: http://dontworry-bescrappy.blogspot.com/
Heather Adams: http://craftyscrapbooker.blogspot.com/
Janice Whiting: http://www.janiceaileen.blogspot.com/
Jenni Calma: http://www.papercardinal.blogspot.com/
Krissy McKee: http://krissyclarkmckee.blogspot.com/
Lisa Spiegel: http://lisaspiegel.typepad.com/my_weblog/
Lisa Wilkinson: http://www.createfor7.blogspot.com/
Mary Ann Jenkins: http://www.maryannjenkins.com/  < that's me!!!
Missy Whidden:
Penny Smith: http://www.pennysmithdesigns.blogspot.com/
Tina Walker: http://adogslife-thirteen.blogspot.com/
 Love My Tapes Blog: http://lovemytapes.blogspot.com/
As always, thanks for stopping by!
Mary Ann

April 29, 2013

{1948 Along the Tule River}

Here's more heritage photos (y'all know how much I love the old black & whites!) on this layout I made for Scrapbook Daisies along with the "Cracklin' Rose" collection from Quick Quotes.
With a bit of creative cutting and folding, I used just 2 pieces of paper for the whole layout!

As always, thanks for stopping by!
Mary Ann

April 27, 2013


Where do you get your inspiration from? Sometimes I find it in something as simple as a scrapbooking magazine. Then there are other times when it is least expected. Here’s the source of my latest inspiration…
Yes it’s a Marshall’s commercial! The color is a bit off since this is a photo I took of my TV, but my source of inspiration still shows.  See the girl on the right with the mint green shirt, white sweater, floral pants with a blue background behind her?? I took that and turned it into this piece of home decor for my friends scrapbook room.
I used my Silhouette to cut the words and camera then added the different pattern papers behind the cut out words. 
But what if you still want the die cut look and don’t have a Silhouette?? Simply print your image or words in a light color directly onto you paper, then use a craft knife to cut them out

As always, thanks for stopping by!
Mary Ann

April 25, 2013

{2 Projects to Share!}

Hi friends, today I have 2 projects to share with you!! First up, a layout for Lily Bee Design. I've been Guest Designing for Lily Bee this month, and have such a great time playing with their fab papers!
With my photo as a starting point, I cut the various oval shapes out of the brown paper to resemble the stone path in the picture, then used the blue chevron stripe paper layered behind it to mimic the water.
I added a few layers behind the photo and the strip of red floral paper to bring out the red in my daughters pants and just to look cute ;) Since this is about feeding the ducks, I also added the red feather that I found at my local craft store. A quick and easy layout, but a great memory recorded!

I also have this fun project for Pretty Little Studio!

This is for the "Out of the Box" Word Challenge and this was our inspiration piece...
I focused on the lettering style, and came up with this cute little piece of home decor for a friend that just had her first baby. Don't you just love that sweet little deer!!

Thanks so much for stopping by today!
Mary Ann

April 24, 2013

{Guest Blogging}

Hi friends! Today I'm Guest Blogging for Christina Collins with this new layout.
I love old black & white photos, and especially love old family photos. I am slowly but surely working through a box of over 500 pictures from my husbands side of the family, dating from the early 1900's. Someday, I hope to have them all scrapbooked. For this layout I used the "Lemonade Stand" kit from the Paper Bakery along with a photo of my dad-in-law as a young boy.
Be sure to drop by Christina's blog and say hello!

As always, thanks for stopping by,
Mary Ann

April 22, 2013

{lucky you}

Here's a layout I made a few weeks ago but forgot to share it here.
(made with the "Lemonade Stand" kit from the Paper Bakery)
It's another layout of Gracie at the park ;) This girl loves going to the park more than any of the other 3 kids did combined! She has the swings mastered, but still wants Mommy to push her "so her toes reach the sky". Fortunately we have 10 parks just in our little city, so we have plenty to visit.
Don't you love the bright blue feather!
Well it's another layout for Gracie's album completed, and even though this isn't the first layout about her at the park, and surely won't be the last, it's another memory recorded.
As always, thanks for stopping by!
Mary Ann

{Bicycle Cowboy}

Here's a new layout for Pretty Little Studio, using just one everyday photo, that doesn't go with anything else. Of course I still want to scrapbook those kind of pictures, especially when it's an old family photo.
I cut the background with my Silhouette, then added the star, a bingo card that I crinkled the edges to make it look a bit worn, and the bicycle riding cowboy. I also added the cute bicycle flair button.  Perfect embellishments for the old b & w pic of my father-in-law at play in 1950.
Do you have any old black & white or heritage photos that are waiting to be scrapped?
As always, thanks for stopping by!
Mary Ann

April 19, 2013

a haPpy card and a tag!

Hi friends! I have 2 things to share that are up on the Paper Bakery blog today. First up this fun card.

Don't you just love the "P" flair button! It's from the I Love Social Media set, and may or may not look like a Pinterest P ;)  I thought it looked so cute to replace part of one of the Dear Lizzy diecut words with a flair button.

I also made this tag set. This could be added to a gift or as an embellishment on a scrapbook layout.
I used another one of the Dear Lizzy diecuts, and also snuck in a little piece of one of the exclusive Paper Bakery printables. Love that little camera!

Thanks for stopping by today, I always appreciate the visit!
Mary Ann

April 18, 2013

{more Lily Bee!}

I'm Guest Designing this month for Lily Bee Designs...woo-hoo!
Here's two layouts that are up on the Lily Bee blog today, using their fab papers. First up, a layout for their theme this week, "outside your window, with vacation pics taken out of a helicopter window.
Don't you just love the wood grain paper with the heart bokeh!
I cut the view master disk with my Silhouette ;)
Next, I used a variety of colors on this layout about Gracie. 
We have a little saying between us that I'm so lucky to be her mommy, and that she is like the gold at the end of a rainbow. Of course I had to use gold letters, and added some sequins too!
Thanks so much for stopping by today, I always appreciate the visit!
Mary Ann

April 16, 2013

{2 more layouts to share!}

I have 2 more layouts to share today! Just like the layouts yesterday, these were made with the Chantilly Paper collection from Close to My Heart.  Thanks again Elizabeth for letting me create with this beautiful paper!
The layouts I shared yesterday focused on the blue, yellow & green papers, today I added in some of the pink papers.. Love these colors too!

As always, thanks so much for stopping by,  I appreciate the visit!
Mary Ann

{2 new layouts!}

I have 2 new layouts to share today, and 2 more for tomorrow! I was recently contacted by my friend Elizabeth to see what fun things I could come up with using the new Chantilly Paper collection from Close to My Heart. (Elizabeth is a great consultant if you're looking for one!)

Here's the first one, using just the beautiful papers and my Silhouette.

I stayed with the blues, greens & yellows from the collection for this layout too, and added a few sequins :)

I used old black & whites for both layouts, (you all know how much I love the old b &w's!) the papers go so well with them.
Be sure to stop back by tomorrow, I'll have 2 more layouts to share!

Mary Ann

April 14, 2013

I'm hoping to have a new project up tomorrow!
I've got 4 great layouts to share, but blogger has it's own opinions of letting me post photos. Keep your fingers crossed that the "for sure fix" will work ;)

Mary Ann

April 11, 2013

{Lily Bee Cards}

Here is one of three fun cards I have up on the Lily Bee blog today!

Lily Bee is focusing on "negative space" this week so I did a little cutting with my Silhouette machine to do a negative cut on the speech bubble.

Next I hand stitched the sweet little heart on to the kraft cardstock, then layered some of my fave Lily Bee papers and did a little machine stitching.
Be sure to check out my other cards over at Lily Bee!
Thanks so much for stopping by,
Mary Ann

April 9, 2013

{my Zoey girl}

My sweet Zoey girl deserves a layout of her own.
Her name cut with my Silhouette and two cute flair buttons from the Paper Bakery were the perfect touches for the dog that was sure she was human.
I miss you my Zoey girl!

Thanks for stopping by today!
Mary Ann

April 8, 2013

{Goldie's Butterflies}

A few months ago a I went for my daily walk. I pretty much have the same path, see the same houses and gardens etc. There is one house that always stands out with it's beautiful flowers. I had never seen anyone outside, but had always wondered who lived there and took such beautiful care of the yard.  That was the day I met Goldie.
After chatting with Goldie for probably half an hour, she invited me into her backyard to see her butterfly garden. Needless to say I was amazed at the gorgeous flowers and the dozens and dozens of butterflies that made her garden their home. Since then I've spent many afternoons with Goldie, rocking in a garden swing as she points out the different types of butterflies, many that I swear I've never seen in our neighborhood before. I've been treated to her homemade scones and stories of her childhood growing up in England during wartime.
I've told her about my love of scrapbooking and have even taken some of my favorite albums over to share with her. I wanted to make a little something for Goldie and the first thing that came to mind was butterflies :)
I cut my background cardstock to fit inside the shadowbox, and added "Welcome" that was cut with my Silhouette. After fussy cutting the cute butterfly paper from Pretty Little Studio, I folded them in half before glueing each one to the cardstock to give it a bit of dimension. 
When I gave this to Goldie she cried.
I've been so blessed by my new friend.
Thanks for stopping by,
Mary Ann

April 4, 2013

{Excited...um Yes!}

I've got some exciting news...
I'm the Guest Designer over at Lily Bee this month! Can I get a woo-hoo!
I *love* Lily Bee, so I am over the moon happy to say the least. Here's one of my first projects to share, made with their 3 newest collections.
I used my Silhouette to die-cut the "landmark" paper, then backed it with the oh-so-cute "marshmellow" paper.
I fussy cut the fun little polaroid frames, added a bit of machine stitching and a few sequins too!

And since it's inspiration week over on the Lily Bee blog, here's where I got the inspiration for my layout from.
These words were originally spoken from Christopher Robin to Winnie the Pooh. Perfect to use on a layout for my daughter ;)

Thanks so much for stopping by today!
Mary Ann
Supplies: Destination Collection (Landmark 12x12 paper - DSP326, Port 12x12 paper - DSP328) Pinwheel Collection (Cherry Blossom 12x12 paper - PWP303) Sweet Shoppe Collection (Marshmellow 12x12 paper - SSP289, Strawberries & Cream 12x12 paper - SSP293) sewing machine, sequins.

April 3, 2013

{Love Always}

Here's a new layout I made for Scrapbook Daisies (my local scrapbook store) using the new "Just Because" collection from Little Yellow Bicycle.
I love the teal, navy and red together! I am soooo not a blue person at all, I'll always pick pink or green (or pretty much any other color first), but I'm loving that so many new collections for spring have navy blue. I can't seem to get enough of it! Definitely something new for me!
I did a little fussy cutting for the flowers, added a few rhinestones for some sparkle ;) and used my Silhouette to cut the title.

Thanks for stopping by today, I appreciate the visit!
Mary Ann

April 2, 2013

{Vacation: Day 5}

Here's the newest sketch for Pretty Little Studio...

and here's my take on it...
I followed the sketch pretty closely, just adding a few extra circles. To add a bit of texture, I hand stitched two of the circles with embroidery thread. I wanted the stitched circles to be the same size as the Birthday Garland Circles, so I actually used one of the Birthday Garland Circles as a template to stitch around!
Another layout complete for our Yellowstone vacation album. Yes, that was the summer of 2010, yes it's almost the summer of 2013, yes I'm a bit behind ;) Oh, and be sure to head over to Pretty Little Studio and give the sketch a try, you could win a $10 coupon to the PLS store!! Use can submit a project with any kind of products!
Thanks for stopping by!
Mary Ann