October 11, 2018

Spider Fest - Queen & Co.

Good morning!
If you can read this then you are Blissfully UNAWARE of what is CREEPING UP behind you!  It could be a spider.  It could be a spider created with Lollies and Epoxy Dots.  If it is, you are lucky!  This Fright Fest Halloween Shaker  from Queen & Co., is so fun and creepy.  
A colorful background makes the black web and its tiny spiders pop off the page!  I used a mixture of toppings to include the ones included in kit.  I used a ruler to create the web that extends directly to my Epoxy Dot spiders.

For my second card, I wanted to create something girly with the web.  Using girl colors, pink and purple Toppings and Pom Poms, it is perfect for the the girl that loves Halloween.

I created my own spiders for this fun card too.  I used Bubbles and Pom Poms with a coordinating colored pen for the legs.  
Go grab the Fright Fest Halloween Kit.  Create your cards with ease, since everything is included in your kit.  Or you could add a few additional items like I did.  

October 10, 2018

From Sketch to Finish Vol 4 - Elle's Studio

Now available!  
From Sketch to Finish Vol 4

I participated in this super inspirational class and would love for you to check it out.  Click on the link at the bottom of the page to head over to the Elle's Studio site.  You will find the class and all of the items that I used in my layouts.  

From Sketch To Finish Vol 4 - digital class
Price: $19.99, (subscriber discount 20% for the first week!)
Simplify your scrapbooking process by starting with a sketch from this new, self-paced class, which will take the guesswork out of the process and will allow to you create layouts you love in no time!
Our seventy-page PDF class starts with 10 different sketches and 10 contributors, each sharing two layouts created from a sketch. You will get to read their tips and see how they interpreted each sketch to fit their unique and beautiful styles. Next, the class features 20 full-page sketches that will have you on your way to creating projects in no time! Then, our class ends with another 20 bonus sketches that were inspired by the final outcome of our contributors projects and you'll be amazed at how differently they turned out! It is a great example of how sketches can inspire you to get creative!
The amazing contributors - Nicole Nowosad, Maggie Massey, Jennifer McMurtrey, Jana Eubank, Victoria Calvin, Nathalie DeSousa, Meghann Andrew, Mary-Ann Maldonado, Rachel O'Neal, and Lorilei Murphy - will show you how you can work with the sketch and adapt it to work with your photos and supplies. Along the way, you’ll also learn tips on how you can customize each sketch to fit your style!
This class comes as a downloadable PDF file. Once you have purchased the class, you will receive a link, via email, to download the class. Please make sure you save the class to your computer.

October 6, 2018

WCMD Blog Hop with Technique Tuesday!

WCMD you ask?
It is World Card Making Day and I am playing along with a fun Blog Hop with Technique Tuesday.

Technique Tuesday will be giving away an incredible stamp set called...
"YOU'RE OWLSOME" to anyone who purchases $30 in product.  
To receive this fun gift, use coupon code: WCMD18.

For the hop toady, I worked with the Happy Thanksgiving Stamp Set 
that will be shipping 10/15/18.

Technique Tuesday is also giving away a gift certificate to a lucky winner that participates in the hop.
So, what you need to do is, stop by each blog on the hop and comment.  
This will enter you in the drawing for a prize!
Comments will be taken from now until October 8th, 2018.
The winner will be announced on the Technique Tuesday Blog on October 10th.

October 4, 2018

Thriller - Paper issues


Have you seen all of the new October challenges over at Paper Issues?  If not, when your done taking a peek at my layout, you need to head over there.  Some really fun ones have been added for this month.  If you know me at all, I love anything Halloween and fall.  So, bring it on!

Today, I played along with the I'm Here for the Boos challenge.  
Share anything Halloween, crying baby, booze (you know you have those photos!) or anything you can think of that would get a BOO!

I used Pretty Little Studio's Goosebumps collection created by Ashley Horton!
Also a FREE cut file from the PI Shop called Web Background and I used only a portion of it.  

Head over to the Paper Issues Store to grab anything you need for
20% off when you use code: Mary-Ann.

October 1, 2018

Holiday Cards - Queen & Co.

Hey there!
Welcome to October!  We wanted to start this month off with a twisted view of Queen & Co.'s,  Window Shaped Shaker Set.  I am here to share two cards that I created with the Window Kit and I really thought outside of the box for these!  Is it Halloween already, or winter? Nope, not yet!  Just wanted to get you inspired to think ahead for your holiday cards.
For my first card, I turned one of the window panes into a tombstone!  It did not take much effort, other than trimming out the panes of glass to have a clear view, and added my own typed sentiment inside two of the windows.  
After I completed my Tombstones, I recut them in black to create a shadow, to make things spookier!  The thread you see is meant to mimic spiderwebs.  
I filled my center tombstone with lots of Toppings.  Some that came with the kit and lots of Pops Toppings.
It was really fun to mix all the colors to create a fun shaker.

For my second card, I went more wintery.  I used just white and red and splattered paint on the entire card to replicate snow.  The placement of Starbursts, which look a lot like Pinwheels, also help convey the snowy theme.  
I thought it would be fun to use vellum for my glass, to get the fogged window look and added white Iridescent Bubble Toppings to replicate snow that has formed between the panes of glass.  If you come from New England, you know exactly what I am talking about!
I hope you will dig out your Windows Shaped Shaker Kit and think about the upcoming holidays or occasions.  They can literally be used for anything!  
Have Fun!

September 26, 2018

Beautiful - Paper Issues

Good morning!
I am here today to share a layout using the Pinspire Me Mood board for September
from Paper Issues.  
I designed the board a few months ago and completely forgot about the color pallet.  
Once I saw it again, I was drawn to the purples in the photos.  Sometimes, I am drawn to the actual activity or item in them,  but this time is was color.  Plus the flowers!  Who doesn't love flowers?

Here is what I came up with using Wild at Heart from Cocoa Vanilla.
I also used one of our newer FREE cut files - Beautiful Ovals.  

All of the Paper Issues challenges are an easy way to get inspired.  
Sometimes you need a little push.
I hope you are having fun playing along.  If you haven't started yet, go to the Paper Issues Friends and Fans page for September and see all the different challenges and in the comments you will see how people are playing along.  Its really fun.  

Head on over to the Paper Issues store and download a few or even all of the FREE cut files.  
While you are there, grab what you need for 20% off with code: Mary-Ann.

September 25, 2018

Zoo - Fancy Pants

There is a new travel collection over on the Fancy Pants sister site, 
Make a Pretty Life called On Our Way.  It is filled with non-traditional colors and I love it. 
 It can be used in so many ways.  I used it for a Zoo layout today.  

We had gone to Fort Worth Texas to see our chums and we took a trip to the zoo one day. 
 Randy and I had been there before when we lived in Oklahoma.  
We wanted Roman to experience how big and beautiful a zoo could be and 
see where we had once ventured without him.  
It is hard to imagine life without this kid or these friends.  

September 14, 2018

Star Power - Queen and Company

Good morning!
Mary-Ann Maldonado here with a fun way to use your shaker die cuts to their fullest potential.  I was assigned the Stars Shaped Shaker Kit over at Queen & Company, and I incorporated it into my title two times! 
You can see below that I used a cut file for my title from Paper Issues.  I used a FREE cut file and cut it 3 times.  Twice as a background and once in black as shown.  There are three stars in the kit and I chose the one that would best fit in the place of the A.  I filled it with random toppings to help coordinate with the colors in my photo.  
I used the smaller star for the O in Power.  You can sere that I used think strips of papers to create a background for my layout.  Then I journaled on white paper strips and stamped a few sentiments on white as well and tucked them in random places. 
I pepped Rubber Bubbles, Buttons, Opals and Rivets for color and embellishment.
Thank you for stopping by today.  Grab your shaker kits and incorporate them onto your next layout.
Mary-Ann Maldonado

September 13, 2018

Adventure - Fancy Pants

Good morning!

It almost seems fitting to have a great big road sign for a road trip, right?  Well I found a FREE cut file from Paper Issues that works perfectly for the On Our Way Collection from Fancy Pants.  It is called Travel Signs.  

I started with the road map paper, cause its my fave!  I then cut out the cut file and layered my ephemera and photos.  Thats it.  With the large road sign, there was not room for much else.  

I wasn't sure where to place my journaling.  So I printed it really small across the white stripe on the cut file.  Perfect place for it and it does not interfere with the flow of the page.  

Thanks for stopping in today.  Get out those travel photos and get them scrapped!  

September 4, 2018

It's a Boy Thing - Paper Issues


A sketch is a great way to get the creative mojo flowing.  
I really need it lately.  

I dug out a photo of 3 of my favorite boys, having fun around a hotel in Philadelphia.  We met their mom to pick them up for a week.  We had the best time.  Wish we could do it again real soon,  I miss them terribly.  

Any-who, I was given a sketch to create a layout over at Paper Issues.  This is what I came up with.  I used Simple Stories Lil Dude from the Paper Issues store.  You can grab what every you need, anytime for 20% off if you use code: Mary-Ann.

September 2, 2018

Let's Go - Fancy Pants


Are you a collector of postcards?  Recently (like several months ago now!) we went to Hershey Park in PA and I collected 2 different ones.  I was thinking that I would use them in the scrapbooking layout that documented the trip.  I did not think that I would cut them and have them be part of my title!  But I love how it looks and you can still can see the advertisement on both of the cards.  I used the On Our Way collection from Fancy Pants and this is only half of the color explosion the collection offers!

Since the title was busy and I had lots of photos, I kept the embellishing to a minimum.  I did use one of the cute frames from the ephemera pack and a few geo tags.  

Instead of my traditional strips of journaling, I contained my information on one of the tickets from the ephemera pack too. 

Simple layout.  But lots of fun.  I included both post cards and I call that a win!

Oh, the cut file is from Paper Issues and it is FREE!  It is called: Let's Go.