July 15, 2019

Sunshine Cards - Elle's Studio

Morning Elle's fans!

Man, do I love making cards.  Especially with the goodies from the Elle's Studio Kits each month. I make several to mail with my left overs.  But this month, I received making cards as my assignment!  I adore mixing colors and creating layers with different patterns of papers.  

Here are the two cards that I created.  Both from the SAME July kit but completely DIFFERENT!  

Each month, Elle's Studio also offers additional items that are released each month.  

July 4, 2019

Cub Scout Color Guard - Paper Issues!

Hey there!
Today I am playing along with the Pinspire Me July Challenge over on our Paper Issues Friends and Fans page.   Below is the image that is provided, hoping that you are inspired to create!  I was inspired because of the stars, and of course because my assignment was on the 4th of July!

Happy Independence Day friends!
For my layout, I used Bella Blvd Fireworks and Freedom.  
I used it for a Color Guard page of my boy when he was a Cub Scout.  
I also made use of the NEW FREE cut file made by Stacie.  It is available in the PI shop!

Everything you need for crafting can be purchased through the 
PI store for 20% off with code: Mary-Ann.  

Happy Shopping.  

June 15, 2019

Family - Elle's Studio


Today, I am documenting a family fun layout with my dad and his 2 grandsons over on the Elle's Studio Blog.  I used the June 2019 Kit and extras.  
You can check out the kit and other items in the shop by going HERE
I do have an affiliate link, I do appreciate any shopping, large or small.  


June 2, 2019

Nubble - Paper Issues

Hey there! 
I love Scraplift Sunday.  
Mostly because it is so easy to create a layout when most of the work has already been done for you!
This week, we are lifting a layout by Stacie Dietz. 
We would love if you played along.  Go to our PIFF page and see the June challenges.  We have so many different challenges every month. 
I also used Crate Paper Sunny Days.

Here is my take on her layout.  Instead of using a heart cut file, like Stacie, I fussy cut a piece of paper to use.  There are no rules in lifting.  You can change it up anyway that you want.

Here is Stacies layout...


May 29, 2019

Summer Mode - Paper Issues

Morning!  I am playing along with the Won't you be my Neigh-bor Scrapbooking Challenge over at Paper Issues FB Page.  You can play along, by entering a submission that fits under the rules of this category and be entered to win a prize. 'With all the current lines coming out with horses and houses we thought it would be fun to have a challenge themed towards that!! Got a special horse in your life? Just want an excuse to use all those houses...this is the perfect opportunity!'I used Crate Paper's Sunny Days collection.  Not sure why, but I cut a partial circle from the bottom right of the page, but I thought it would be different and a little fun.  Since the challenge was about 'houses' I loosely went off of that as inspiration.  Our house is our happy place and we love when the pool opens for the summer. So, thats my reasoning behind using a pool photo for this challenge.  It is however you like to play along and what inspires you.

May 6, 2019

Chick Flick - Paper Issues

Morning PI friends.

Today is a special kinda challenge.  It is called MOM turned upside down is WOW!  (click on the highlight title to head to PIFF, where you can play along.)
It is celebrating moms.  Because May brings us so many things to celebrate — moms, mom figures, role models and flowers.  Or, you could focus on mom duties, mom stuff, kid stuff, etc. Just play along. If you dare, turn things upside down!

I decided to celebrate my friends.  My mom friends.  
Heading out together for a chick flick.  
Escaping the hum drum at home.

I used a FREE cut file - Floral Window Frame, the April Swag Bag and this fun challenge.  

Head to the Paper Issues Store to grab what you need from the shop and play along with all the new May challenges.

May 2, 2019

Go! - Elle's Studio

I know you see me here, posting about lots of products, lots of different manufactures.  Well, if you listen to me at all, you will listen to this.....

Elle's Studio's Large Jane Alpha stamps are something you need.  
They have changed my life.  
Well, not really my life but definitely my title making.  ha!

Since I received them, I have used them on EVERY layout I have created for Elle's.  
We do have an affiliate link with them and I would love if you checked them out through me.

While you are there, check out all the April products that are truly colorful, fun and amazing.  

April 22, 2019

Blueberries Aren't Blue - Elle's Studio

Hey there!

Ever think to yourself, 'how can that possibly be?'  Well, my mom and I had a recent discussion after getting purple blueberry ice cream.  We both know that blueberries can be blue, but mostly they are purple.  So, we decided they shouldn't be called blueberries.  Maybe purple berries!  Who came up with the work pajamas?  Or scrumptious?  I could go on.  It would take all day and with all the amazing goodies in the April Kit and add-ons, we don't have time for that, do we?!

I knew I wanted to create a play on colors with the blue and purple.  So I made sure to layer both colors every time I used them.  Behind the Large Jane Alphas, around the entire layout as a base and under the Mom Heart Cut file.  

About the Mom Heart cut file... I only wanted to use the heart part of the file. So, I released the compound path and only used the outer part of the heart.  Releasing it from the text on the inside.  I cut the heart 3 times, decreasing in size by 1/4 of an inch each time.  

Along with the blue and purple, I added the beautiful raspberry color that is throughout the April kit.  The Butterfly and Flowers Puffy Stickers had the cutest florals so I had to add them to the date clump at the bottom of my page.  Adding this, lead me to adding the 3x4 floral tag from the April Kit.

I trimmed down the floral tag and tucked it in behind my photo.  Then, I layered with the Days of the Week Phrase sentiments for a little more detail for my story.  Not only does my title depict a story, but I added journaling to the top left corner of the layout to remember the moment for years to come.  

April 16, 2019

M x3 - Paper Issues

Hey there!
 How do you keep in touch with people?   
How has technology bettered (or worsened) your life?   
Let's see those pages documenting all things technology.
Share them over on the PIFF FB page, under Photos, then Albums, then April Challenges then the What's App section.  

I went a little different with this challenge.  My way of getting in the photos, as I am sure it's the same for most of you, is to take selfies.  That is the part of technology that I appreciate, especially as a scrapper or memory keeper.   

I took a selfie of my fam dam at Gillette Stadium this past weekend.  I tried to get the banners in the background but managed to only get windows.  Oh well, we are ALL in it.  All 3 of us.  Hence the title of my layout, M x3!  Three Maldonado's!  Makes sense now, right?  

I used the March Swag Bag, Magically Delicious that you can get in the Paper Issues store.  You can even get Aprils Swag Bag kit now, Spring in Your Step.  Whatever you add to your card, be use to use Mary-Ann at checkout for your code and get 20% off your entire order.