September 15, 2019

Lovely - Paper Issues

Hey there!
Mary-Ann Maldonado here today, sharing my take on this weeks Scraplift Sunday over at the Paper Issues blog

If you head over to PIFF, or Paper Issues Friends and Fans Facebook page, you can see all of the fun challenges for the month of September, along with this one, which is my favorite.  

I used lots and lots of PinkFresh Just a Little Lovely for my layout.  I also, flipped the layout on the side and had my half circle dropping from the top.  Instead of triangles to create a circle, I used a FREE cut file called Rustic Wreath.  

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Here is MandaJane's original. 

September 4, 2019

Boston Duck Boats - Paper Issues

Hey friend!
Today I am playing along with the Stamp of Approval Challenge over on the

Dig out your old stamps, dust them off and get to stamping on a card, TN, Layout, whatever!  Don't have any stamps, document your stamp collection or use a postal stamp on your project.  The rules are very loose and entering a new, never before seen project, will qualify you for a chance to win a prize from the Paper Issues Store.

I dug out some new and older stamps from Elle's Studio and Kaisercraft created a background behind a Free Cut file - Star of the Show.  

Then I started layering and layering and really got carried away with the Echo Park Pirate Tales collection.

August 19, 2019

Memories - Paper Issues

I am on the Paper Issues Blog today!

Who doesn't love a good pet challenge- Secret Life of Pets!  
I have no problems at all fulfilling this requirement!
I have a cat and a dog now and have always had pets.  
 My previous kitty, Milford, used to be involved in everything.  But, most cats have minds of their own, right?  I was trying to capture pictures of my boy the morning of second grade.  
There Milford is, front and center.  
I sure do miss this beautiful boy. 

I used the August Swag Bag as my inspiration.  It contains bits and pieces of new product that is coming out, or new to the store.  It had some Pinkfresh
so I used a 12x12 sheet from that collection as my base. 
I also dug back to the June Swag Bag to use the Glitter Nuvo Pen that was included.  

Go over to our PIFF facebook page and enter the August challenges.  It will give you inspiration, get you motivated and you might even win a prize!

At checkout from the Paper Issues store, enter code: Mary-Ann for 20% off your entire order!

August 17, 2019

Good Times - Elle's Studio

Hey Elle's friends!

This is my first time experimenting with the stamps from Elle's Studio.  I loved the grid stamp in the Highlights From Today Stamp Set and wondered how I could incorporate that on a layout?!  I dug out all the color inks I could find that would coordinate nicely with the colorful 4x6 journal block in the August 2019 Kit.  

I trimmed down the 4x6 block to fit nicely around the base of my photo.  I laid this down on my base paper and drew a light pencil line around the frame.  This gave me an idea of where I could stamp, without worrying about getting ink on my photo.  I layered the stamp several times with varying colors.

I used stamps from the Back to School Stamp Set too.  The heart, star, the word Friends and 100% mini circle stamps were helpful in filling in empty space all around my layout.   The I cut the Best Friends Cork Circle from Makes Me Smile Cork Circles, in half and used it towards the top and near the bottom of my layout.  Trying to bring more of that color all around, forcing the eye to move about.

I made finally touches with Acrylic Sunglasses, and puffies from the Back To School puffy stickers.  These items brought in even more color and texture.  I did pull out an old tool, a marker with two different size ends that leaves large or small black circles.  I make lots of smaller dots all over the place.  

I love how it all came together.  Look how fun stamping on a 12x12 layout can be.  Most of the embellishments are from just the stamping!  You should give it a try!