November 22, 2014


People seem to express their gratitude more during this month than any other.  I wanted to express how grateful I was for my family.  My boys mean the world to me.  They make me happy every single day.  Without them, my world would be dull.  

Over at Paper Issues today, they are having a Cut It Out Link Party.  This is where you can link up any creation you made with this months FREE cut file for a chance to win.  Some of the team has been asked to play along.  Easy peasy!  When I saw the "Grateful" cut and the leaves, I knew I wanted in!  I also used the FREE November Printable that is available HERE.

Here is the Cut file used on this layout:


Here is the original 3x4 card printable. 
 I enlarged the NOV card on my Cameo machine and printed as a 8.5 x 11.  

Chickaniddy's Scrumptious line had the perfect colors to match the green in NOV!  
You can purchase it over at the Paper Issues Store with code: Mary-Ann for a 20% discount!

Be grateful.

November 21, 2014

A Flair for Buttons and The Cut Shoppe Blog Hop

have joined together to provide you inspiration and prize opportunities through a blog hop.  
The Cut Shoppe will be offering:  25% off coupon and a $15 gift certificate to the shop!
A Flair for Buttons will be offering:  10% coupon and 4 lucky peeps will get a set of custom flair!


Here is my creation.
I decided to take you on my husbands travels over the last two weeks. 
I am super jealous of his adventure! 

Here is the set of flair:

Here is the cut file that I used:

Here is where you need to head next:

Mary Ann Maldonado   <<< YOU ARE HERE
GO HERE NEXT>>>  Stephanie Strader 

Thanks for stopping by today, don't forget to leave a message for a chance to win!

Supplies:  Felicity Jane Kit of the Month
Studio Calico Sequins & Tag

November 18, 2014

Go Team

Today, I am sharing this super cool layout over at The Cut Shoppe and A Flair for Buttons.  The two go hand in hand with each other for this theme.  A while back, Shelley, from AFB was making custom flair for some people and I asked for the Patriots.  Now, there is every team you could want in the shop.  If she doesn't have it, she will custom make it for you!  Talking about custom made, the "Leaf Love" cut file from The Cut Shoppe made perfect footballs!

The reason for all of this football stuff you ask? Well, I scored two Patriots vs. Bengals tickets for my boys for The October 5th game at 8:30 pm.  Funny story, my one and only Patriots game was back when I was in high school, Pats vs. Bengals!!!  I remember Boomer Esiason was the quarterback for Cincinnati and the crowd was so loud, he kept calling time out.  
Kinda cool that my boy went to his first game versing the same team!

Thanks for stopping by today.  See you again real soon.

Paper and Embellishments: Studio Calico  - The Underground Kit and Picadilly Add-on

November 17, 2014

Pinspire Me Monday - Paper Issues

Occasionally on Mondays over at Paper Issues, they have a fun challenge called Pinspire Me Monday.  It was generated to encourage you to find something that inspires you and create from it.  In this case, they have picked a photo of something that has inspired them.  Some of them team members play along with this and create something too!  Here is the picture of inspiration.

There are so many things you can get from this inspiration piece!  
Here is what I created!

Here are a few close ups.

I decided on circles, inspired by the Christmas ornaments.  I stayed away from Christmas for now and chose the color scheme of orange and green.  I did not want to participate in crooked paper strips, that made my hair on the back of my neck stick up!  I am not the biggest fan of crooked!  Straight please!!  I added bits and pieces of Chickaniddy Crafts - Scrumptious line that you can find HERE in the Paper Issues Store.  I threw in some random, older, fabric covered brads to soften it a bit.  

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I hope you can see where I drew my inspiration.
Fabric - from the ribbon.
Color - from some of the ribbons.
Circles - from the Christmas ornaments.

Thanks for stopping in.