March 28, 2017

Best Crew Ever and Whale Watching - Queen & Co.

I hope you will join me on the Queen and Company blog today.  I am sharing two different layouts with their Foam Front Shaker sets.  Although these Foam Fronts were designed for cards, they can be used on Layout's as well.  

I loved the idea of our Whale Watching trip from 2012.  It was our last excursion of the weekend before school started.  I used watercolor paper and some paint to get the whole splashing water effect.    For all the fun items I used, head over to the Q&C blog.  

For my second layout, I used a bunch of leftover Crate Paper to show that you can also use patterned papers with the Foam Fronts.  Here I used the Solo Heart Foam Front.  

We were in Texas when I took this photo of my favorite boys. 
 I love Bub's shirt!  He wasn't grumpy, the sun was in his eyes.  

Thanks for stopping by.  Head to the Q&C blog to see the rest!

March 25, 2017

Corny - Paper Issues

Did you know that ALL of Paper Issues cut files are FREE?
Yup, every single one.  
I used the cut file from the store that was created for the PI Spring Crop. It is called Magic Unicorn.  
The challenge is called Cut The Crop.  you can use any cut from the store or any printable that is there.  

For the paper, I used Bella Blvd Addison.  Also, available in the 
PI Store for 20% off with code: Mary-Ann.

Better Together - Paper Issues

Last summer at a Lobster BBQ, these two got to hang out.  
They are cousins (by owners) and don't get to see each other very often.  They do have a good time.  Ozzy, the handsome boxer, is pretty old but thinks he is a spring chicken when Flo comes around.  

I used My Mind's Eye Hey Mister from the Paper Issues store.  You can grab it for 20% off with code: Mary-Ann.  It would be great for Father's day or any masculine project.  I love the bulldogs throughout the collection.  

March 24, 2017

I Can't Even Stand It - Paper Issues

What do I even need to say?

This photo has to be the best photo in history.  Right?  My girl usually stays clear of the pool.  This is not a common sight.  But my boy in the pool, that is all the time!!

I created this layout for the fun Spring Crop over at Paper Issues.  
It is for the Around The Bend Challenge.  You are supposed to journal around your photo or page,  Instead, I did a title around the port hole!  It kinda fits!!!

I used Bella Blvd Secrets of the Sea collection.  It is available over at Paper Issues for 20% off using code: Mary-Ann.

Besties - Paper Issues

I played along with the Paper Issues Spring Crop this past week.  This is for the Freaky Friday Challenge where you change up papers.  For example, you use boy paper on a girl layout or like I did here, used girl paper on a boy layout.  Its kinda cheating for me since I have a girl dog!!!  Shhhh

See the large white puppy?  That was a stand up calendar from last year.  
I couldn't throw it away, so YOU will be seeing them over and over.  
Or at least until the 12 are used up!

I used Heart Day by Crate Paper that you can grab in the PI store.  
I also used the best flair ever from A Flair for Buttons.  That's where I  got my title from!

If you shop at Paper Issues, used code: Mary-Ann for 20% off.

March 19, 2017

Jumbo Snickers - Paper Issues

Once a month, on a Sunday, Paper Issues does a Swag Bag Challenge, called Swag Bag Sunday.  Well, today is the day.  This month the Swag Bag was filled with sweet treats.  Like, lots of donuts and pinks.  

Right after Christmas, I bought this Snickers bar for Roman for 27 cents.  (Where is the cents symbol?)  Anyway, it took him days to eat.  Like, lots of days.  It was huge.  I have never scene anything like it in my life!  

Here is a look at my layout.  Go to Paper Issues and use code: Mary-Ann for anything that you see.  Get 20% off with it.  You could enter this challenge and win a prize too.  Go to the PIFF page for instructions.  

March 17, 2017

Our Universe - Paper Issues

Playing along with the Paper Issues PIFF March Crop

Play along with my challenge if you dare!! 
 It is an ALL patterned paper challenge.  You can use ephemera and things but NO cardstock. 
 The challenge is called Live Out Loud.
Tag me on Social Media if you play, I can't wait to see.

I used Carta Bella Space Academy. 
 It is available in the PI store for 20% off with code: Mary-Ann.

March 15, 2017

Happy Fifth Grade - Fancy Pants

I scrapped a couple older pictures of my boy on his first day of 5th grade.  
He looks so small here.  I think I will be at the bus stop every year for first day photos. 
 I guess I will  be one of those moms.  
I can't help it.  

Anyway, I used the Joy Parade Collection from Fancy Pants for this celebration.  Celebration for me that is!!  ha.  I have a love/hate relationship with the first day of school.  

So, head over to the Fancy Pants blog to see what this layout is all about. 
Head over to Paper Issues to buy this collection.
Code: Mary-Ann will get you 20% off.  

March 10, 2017

Football and Gray Hair - Simple Stories

Join me on the Simple Stories blog today.  I am sharing a story about embracing my gray hair and I created a shadow box for an older flag football photo pf my son.  
I used Domestic Bliss and the Football Collection Kit.  

March 7, 2017

Brave - A Flair for Buttons

Here is my boy pitching for the first time last season.  His first few pitches were great!  
He has a great arm, just needs help with precision.  This year he is thinking about football.  
Sigh.  I just don't know if I can handle that. 

So, I was low on both Bella Blvd Alex and Crate Paper Cool Kid.  
I combined them both to create this layout.  
I also used four different sets of flair from A Flair for Buttons on this project.  
They all blend together perfectly.  
You can see where you can get this flair over on the A Flair for Buttons blog today!

March 6, 2017

Do Your Thing - Paper Issues

Well, I got my hands dirty with this one.  Maybe some splats on my desk too!  I played along with the Pinspire Me Mood Board Challenge that I created the mood board for over on the Paper Issues PIFF page.  You could enter too.  Just create something that inspires you from the board and upload it HERE.  You may win a prize.

Here is the mood board....

I drew inspiration from the circles, the green and the palms.  
For many hours, this boy was entertained with filling every hole in his helmet with greens from around the yard.  I played along and helped him cut some of the larger leaves.  Then, for many hours more, he entertained himself with shooting Nerf  bullets over the pool at a target.  

Grab this Amy Tangerine collection over at PI for 20% off using code: Mary-Ann

March 2, 2017

Keeping' it Real - Paper Issues

This is my first time participating in the 'Working Title' challenge over at Paper Issues.  
For this month, Amanda Baldwin has us adding bling to our titles.  That could be  glitter, gold, shine, whatever!  I used a new set of stickers that are pearly white and some glitter hearts.  All on a page that shows you my working conditions.  ha!  This girl!  I love her and obviously she loves me.  If I leave room behind me, this is where she is.  Always keeping my back warm.  She is just so darn sweet.  I love doing projects with the two of us, I can use flowers, glitter, pink!  

Here is my layout....

I used Maggie Holmes - Chasing Dreams.  I cut the tags from a piece of paper and lined them up just as they were originally.  Just pushed them closer together and left one out.  

Grab this collection or anything else you want from the Paper Issues store for 20% off any order with code: Mary-Ann.