April 27, 2016

This Rocks - Paper Issues

We're spotlighting the new Totally Rad collection by Cocoa Vanilla studio on the Paper Issues blog today! I remember when I first saw a little sneak peek of Totally Rad, I knew I had to have it! It's such a great boy (big or small..lol) collection with lots of arrows, stars, and large bold titles.

I layered papers under my photo, then used arrows to point out my son, standing against the huge rock formations. He looks so small! I added some splatters of black paint, then topped it off with the Boys Will Be Boys flair button and a few wood buttons too.
Another layout completed and into his album :)

As always, thanks for stopping by, and remember to use code: Mary Ann in the Paper Issues store for 20% off your total purchase!!

April 25, 2016

Save the Drama for Your Mama - Paper Issues

There's a new Issue up over at Paper Issues, and you know I wanted to play along too! This months theme is "Save the Drama for Your Mama", I went with the "add a large dramatic element to your page" part of the challenge, and added a large photo and a large title

I had seen a similar "go see do" cut file, but of course when I wanted to use it, I didn't remember where it was, so I ended up making my own ;) I love how it looks with the beautiful photo of Mount Whitney. That was such a great trip last year, and a perfect way to remember the amazing sunsets we saw each night!

I kept embellishments to a minimum since I had used a large photo and title. I mixed and matched bits and pieces, like the enamel dots from Simple Stories, papers by Pink Paislee, the Heidi Swapp wood veneer arrow that I painted black, and finished it off with that cute camera button by Cocoa Vanilla Studio.

As always, thanks for stopping by, and remember to use code: Mary Ann in the Paper Issues store for 20% off your total purchase!

April 14, 2016


Last month was the online Spring Crop over in the Paper Issues {friends & fans} facebook group. I made lots of fun layouts, but kinda forgot about adding them to the 'ol blog ;)
So here's this one, using an old photo of my mom and her sister on their first day of school in 1942. My grandma had written on the back of the photo "the girls in the dresses they made for the first day of school. I didn't help them but a bit"

I tried some water coloring on this one, and really like how it turned out. After it had dried, I added some machine stitching, a few splatters of black paint, then just started layering bits and pieces! I especially love that Sew Lovely die cut, and thought the bakers twine looked cute wrapped around it :)

As always thanks for stopping by, and don't forget to use code: Mary Ann in the PI store for 20% off your total order!

April 5, 2016

Be Wild and Wonder - Paper Issues

April has arrived, and that means it's time again for the monthly Take 5 Challenge that I host over on the Paper Issues blog!!!  Take 5 is where I give you a list of inspiration items, and from that list you must choose 5 items to use on your project. Sounds like fun, huh!!  For my layout, my 5 inspiration items used are: stripes, stars, a sticker 3 photos and the color turquoise.

I mixed and matched papers and embellishments from Websters Pages new Painted Passport collection, along with Thickers from American Crafts, that cute flair button from Fancy Pants, then added a few splatters of paint and some machine stitching to finish it off.  I love the mix of patterns and colors :)

Be sure to stop by the Paper Issues blog, for even more ideas from the design team. Oh, and I'd love for you to play along with the challenge! You just might win a gift card to the PI store!!

April 2, 2016

These Are The Days

There's a FREE cut file up over on the Paper Issues blog today, a sweet little bunch of flowers!

I used my Silhouette die cutting machine, and did an offset cut on the flowers, cutting just the borders instead of the solid flower design. Next I added a bit of machine stitching here and there, and finished it off with enamel dots added to some of the centers. Have you ever tried an offset cut with your Silhoutte?? I really like how it looks with these flowers, and need to remember to try it more often!

Be sure to stop by the PI blog for the FREE cut file, and don't forget to use code: Mary Ann in the PI store for 20% off your total order!