May 31, 2013

{Sunny Lazy Day}

Here's a new layout for Pretty Little Studio.
I really like the "Love is Kind" polaroid frames, they have the sweetest photos, and I've used them on both cards and layouts.
The pretty butter yellow frames were the perfect color for my layout, but the pictures inside the frames just didn't work with my photos this time so I cut out the center picture, and was then left with only the frame piece that was exactly perfect to use on my layout!
That's what I call thinking outside the box, or the frame as the case may be ;)

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

May 28, 2013

{Home Sweet Home}

Hi friends, today I have a cute little piece of home decor to share with you!
I used the May scrapbook kit from the Paper Bakery, which included this sweet house cut file, and also used one of the new Paper Bakery stencils from the May mixed media kit along with Heidi Swapp's Gold Lame Colorshine mist. Here's an easy tutorial on how I used the stencil.
First, remember to cover your work surface with newspaper if you are using a mist or spray. Since I only wanted to use part of the stencil, I laid small scraps of paper over the part I didn’t want showing to get an idea of how it would look.
Next, I laid a few more pieces of newspaper over everything that I didn’t want any mist on, and sprayed until it was a nice shiny gold!
I let it dry for just a few minutes, then carefully removed the stencil, rinsed it with water, and patted the stencil dry with a paper towel so it would be ready the next time I wanted to use it.

And here’s a final look at my sunbeam made with the “Glass Shattered” stencil.

As always, thanks for stopping by today!
Mary Ann

May 27, 2013

{Sketch Challenge}

Here's a layout for this weeks sketch challenge on the Pretty Little Studio blog.'s the sketch
As you can see I focused on the 4 squares, but placed them next to my photo, and actually used 2 as rectangles in place of 2 of the squares.
To give the papers a little dimension, I scuffed up the edges with my scissors. I love the texture it gives!
Thanks for stopping by today, I always appreciate the visit!
Mary Ann 

May 26, 2013


Thank you to those that have served.

May 23, 2013


I'm sure this photo will make it onto a layout someday. A regular Thursday morning tradition.
Watching and waving as the street sweeper goes by.

Have an amazing day!
Mary Ann

May 20, 2013


I came across this old photo a few weeks ago, circa 1977. You can tell it's the 70's, I'm wearing a rainbow shirt, carrying a leather purse that had flowers painted on (remember those?) and was growing out my Farrah Fawcett hairstyle.
It's not the best picture, but still a memory of a vacation I want to remember.
I used my Silhoutte for the islands and aloha, along with the May kit from the Paper Bakery. I also added some sequins, my new fave thing to use to a layout ;)

That's it for today, aloha.
Mary Ann

May 17, 2013

{it's finally Friday!]

I have a new layout up on the Pretty Little Studio blog today!
Although I’m pretty sure this wasn’t an owls nest that we found on vacation, the cute owl flash card from the new Nature Walk collection was the perfect embellishment for my layout!
I added a bit of twine as a reminder of the little pieces of string the sweet birds had woven into the nest and a few flair buttons too!

Thanks so much for stopping by today, it's finally Friday and I couldn't be happier!
Mary Ann

May 16, 2013

{While in New York...}

It's been almost 10 years since my last trip to New York. Somehow I never made a layout with pics of one of my favorite little places to shop.
The Ink Pad is one of those stores I could spend hours looking in. It's a paper crafter's paradise.
I used the May kit from the Paper Bakery which includes the cute DIY Shop ephemera pack from Crate Paper.  Could the map and corner store piece be any more perfect! I also used one of the photo overlays as an embellishment. I think they look cool layered in among everything, not just as a photo overlay.

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

May 13, 2013

{Glitz Roadshow & a Sketch}

Here's a new layout I made with the "Glitz Roadshow" kit from the Paper Bakery along with the newest sketch challenge. Don't you just *love* the sweet Maggie Holmes camera paper :)
And here's the sketch I used for my inspiration.
I used the Crate Paper photo overlays to represent the squares behind the photo, then added bits and pieces here and there for some layering.
There is still plenty of time to enter the sketch challenge, I'd love to see what you come up with!

As always, thanks for stopping by!
Mary Ann

May 9, 2013

{I heart U}

Here's a layout I made for the Pretty Little Studio blog for this weeks "Out of the Box" challenge.  This is the image I was given for inspiration:
Right away I noticed how the letters are in alphabetical order, but yet still have a randomly placed look to them. Here's what I came up with for my version:
I copied the look by using my Silhouette machine to cut out each letter, then backed the negative cut with the chevron paper.
I also added a heart to the alphabet, and backed it with coordinating cardstock. A simple frame of two more pieces of cardstock completed the layout. There's a story that goes with the layout, but since I write like a 3rd grade school girl with big loopy letters ;) it would never fit, so I've written it on the back.
Thanks so much for stopping by today!
Mary Ann

May 6, 2013

{cards and a NSD winner!}

I have 2 cards made with the May scrapbook kit from the Paper Bakery to share with you today. First up, I found this idea on Pinterest and thought it was sooo cute!
"you can always count on me to be right here"

I used the number line cut file from the May kit and did a little creative erasing with my Silhouette, changing it into two lines of numbers and replacing the zero with the geotag flair.
And then a card for everyday. Don't you just love the mustache flair!
And now the fun part!  The winner of my National Scrapbook Day drawing is...
Heidi said...
Thanks for sharing your ideas- some great inspiration!
May 4, 2013 at 9:22 PM
Send me an email Heidi at and I'll get your package out to you!

As always, thanks for stopping by
Mary Ann

May 3, 2013

{Happy National Scrapbook Day!!!}

Welcome to the Paper Bakery NSD blog hop! The fun starts at  the Paper Bakery blog, so be sure to start there first. Leave a comment on each blog for the chance to win a fabulous prize from The Bakery Bakery. There is also an NSD sketch challenge! Create any kind of project inspired by this sketch by Saturday May 11 and share it on the Paper Bakery blog sidebar for a chance to win a fab prize.
Here's my take on the sketch using the May kit, Glitz Roadshow.
As you can see, I used 1 photo instead of 3 with 2 clusters of embellishments, and 1 horizontal stripe instead of 3 vertical stripes. I also used part of the number cut file from the May kit.
That's not all though, there's also a FREE cut file on the Paper Bakery blog!
I'm also doing a little giveaway of my own!! All you have to do is leave a comment for a chance to win an awesome prize package I've put together!!
Next up on the hop is Ashley's blog and she has some amazing projects to share!
As always, thanks for stopping by!!
Mary Ann

{and the Winner is...}

Stacia Brandt said...
         So very pretty....
My email address is
April 30, 2013 at 7:13 AM
Thanks Stacia for being a part of the Pretty Little Studio & Love My Tapes blog hop!  Washi tape will be coming you way!'s a new layout made with the April scrapbooking kit from The Paper Bakery.
Don't you just love that paper airplane flair button!!
Thanks for stopping by, and remember tomorrow is National Scrapbook Day, I'll have more fun to share ;)
Mary Ann