April 26, 2017


I'm throwing it back to 2009 with one of my favorite photos of when the littles really were little ;) I remember taking this picture, Gracie was so busy looking at Tucker that I couldn't get her to look at the camera.

I started my layout by splashing some water color paint on my cardstock, and smeared it around with a paper towel. (fancy technique for sure!)  I cut the FREE Cloudy Circle cut file and stitched around some of the clouds with embroidery floss, and then added it to my water colored background.

I layered on those cute clouds, rainbows and stickers, then finished it off with a few enamel dots here and there. All from the brand new Fairy Tales collection by Doodlebug. Don't you just love all the bright colors!!!

Pop on over to the Paper Issues blog, we're spotlighting the Fairy Tales collection today and there's even more fun layouts for you to see!
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April 24, 2017

Enjoy the Simple Things - Queen and Co.

Here's a new layout for Queen and Co. using some of my favorite washi tapes, and a quick, spur of the moment, unposed photo of my girlie, waiting patiently for her daddy at the feed store. She used the boot try on area to kick back and relax, and I was glad I could use my phone to capture the moment.

I wanted my layout to have not only a "girly" feel to it but a "country girl" feel too. I started with wood grain and florals for the papers, then added a strip of Red Star Washi just below my photo, then another strip just above the photo. The stars go perfectly with the star on the rug that advertises the Tony Lama cowboy boots ;)

To finish the layout, I added the Pink Polka Dot Washi Tape to go with her pink cowgirl hat, layering it just over the Red Star Washi. Then I added the horse shoe and die cut star, and layered on the Red Star Button from the Button Bouquet II set.

I think the unposed photos are my favorites.
As always, thanks for stopping by!

April 21, 2017

Delicious and Yummy, and a FREE Cut File!

If you've ever done a road trip that passed through Central CA, you've probably stopped at, or have seen the signs for  Casa de Fruta. It's one of our favorite places to stop for snacks. They say they are the world's largest fruit stand, and it really is huge, but they also have every snack you can think of, and it's a cute place to shop too. Here's my girlie standing by one of their fun displays.

I used Delicious and Yummy, just some of the pieces from the "Ate This" set by Color Cast Designs, the FREE "Slices of Life" cut file from Paper Issues and the "Fresh Picked" collection by Photo Play Paper. (this isn't a brand new collection, but there are a few pieces left in the Paper Issues store).   Sometimes you have just the perfect papers to go with your embellishments, that go with your photos. This was one of those times ;)

As always thanks for stopping by, and remember you can use my code for 20% off your ENTIRE purchase in the Paper Issues store!!

April 20, 2017

Stuck on You!

Back at Christmas time, my girlie celebrated Christmas around the world at her school. Her 2nd grade class presented Christmas in Mexico for the rest of the student body, and also went to other classrooms to see how Christmas is celebrated in other countries. Here she is handing out Mexican sweet bread, and loving that she got to wear the big sombrero.

How about those cute cactus acrylic pieces??? They were perfect for this layout, and looked so good with the FREE cactus cut file!!  I still have more pics from this day, but this picture needed to be on it's own. She really was so excited that she got to wear the big sombrero ;)

As always, thanks for stopping by!!

April 16, 2017

Swag Bag Sunday - Paper Issues

It's Swag Bag Sunday over at Paper Issues! What's a Swag Bag you ask? I guess the best explanation would be, little cellophane bags filled with bits and pieces of the newest products that make putting together a layout or card a breeze!

Take this layout for instance, every piece is from a Swag Bag, except for my 2 background papers. Yep, every single piece! 

I love those big gold sequins!! This one was made from some of my past Swag Bags, pieces from last July and October maybe??  I always keep all the left overs in my stash ;)

Hop on over to the Paper Issues blog for more Swag Bag inspiration. 
I promise you'll be wanting to get in on next month's bag!

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April 11, 2017

Ties and Tiaras - Roll the Dice Challenge

I'm playing along with the Roll the Dice challenge over on the Paper Issues blog today! This month Rachel changed it up a bit and you can now use any amount of photos, and after rolling the dice, the specifics are: use 2 tags and 6 stickers. Sounds like fun!

I followed the 2 tags part, and I did use 6 stickers, but I may have gone a little bit over and somehow ended up at 14 stickers ;)

I love this photo of my husband and my girlie. It was their first father daughter dance, and she was so excited to go with her daddy!

Pop by the Paper Issues blog for even more Roll the Dice inspiration!

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April 8, 2017

In the Navy 1949 - Queen and Co.

Hi Guys! I have a new layout for you today, using some old family photos and some of my favorite Glitter Washi Tapes from Queen and Company. The photos are from 1949, just after my dad enlisted in the Navy. For my embellishments I decided to go with a red, white and blue theme, along with stars, stripes, and that great anchor. 

To start my layout, I cut 4 triangle shapes from white cardstock, then layered on the Blue Stripe Glitter Washi Tape to completely cover the triangles. I added the triangles to my layout, along with 4 more triangle shapes I cut from coordinating patterned paper. Next I adhered some of the Red Star Buttons from the Button Bouquet II set. I like the addition of the stars!

I cut an anchor shape using my die cutting machine, then covered it with rows of Silver Skinny Glitter Tape. After I had the anchor completely covered with the glitter tape, I used my scissors to carefully cut around the anchor. I used a small circle hole punch at the top of the anchor so I could then add the strand of Red and White Twine from the Twine Assortment Pack. I placed the anchor on the left side of my layout, then added tiny drops of glue to adhere the twine around my layout

I love the look of the shiny glitter anchor, the perfect accent to go with these old photos!
As always, thanks for stopping by!

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April 4, 2017

April Take 5 Tuesday Challenge - Paper Issues

The April Take 5 Tuesday Challenge is up over at Paper Issues! I played along too, and chose these 5 prompts from the ideas list: patterned paper, polka dots, 2 or more fonts, a bow and black as my color of choice. You guys all know how much I love scrapping old black and white photos, and I especially like how this one looks with the black background mixed with lots of bright colors!

And, since I like to use scraps, that circle design is a left over piece of paper from another project. This is the backside of the paper that I had cut a circle from. I just cut around it by hand and had my own wonky circle design!

Now head on over to the Paper Issues blog for a whole lot more Take 5 ideas from more of the team. I'd love for you to join in this month and play along, you could win a gift card to the Paper Issues store!!

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