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July 20, 2018

Details..... - Paper Issues

Ever need a little something something to jot things down?  Maybe a vacation journal, car notes, whatever!!  This months Swag Bag from Paper Issues is the perfect bag to create such a book.  

ALL I did was cover the front.  Leaving the inside available for notes.
I still have lots of goods left over to create cards, layouts and more.

Go grab one for only $9.99 then 20% off with my code: Mary-Ann.
You can also sign up for this bag of goodies to come directly to you monthly.  
Go HERE for more deets.  




July 13, 2018

Shaker Cards - Queen and Company

Good morning Q&C fans!
I have two new shaker cards for ya!  I gotta tell you it is really fun to be given a die set and told go to town!  There is so much versatilely to these sets.  No rules, just plain creativity.  I was assigned the Circle Shaped Shaker Set.  The set includes dies and the coordinating Foam Shapes.  9 foam shapes to be exact and 3 different size circle dies.  The Stamp Set that is included has several different themes.  Making playing with this set, super easy and fun. 
I decided to create a card based in the stamp sentiment: Something for the happy couple.  I looked through my older die/stamp stash for something I could make two of, representing the happy couple.  I found this fun Flamingo that came with a palm tree.   
After layering the papers and creating the shaker, I filled it with coordinating Jewel and Pop Toppings, Iridescent Toppings and Pearlies.  Adding a few stationary Metallic Bubbles in gold.

Supplies used:
Heart Throb Kit
Picture Perfect 6x6 pad
Metallic Bubbles - Gold
Circle Shaped Shaker
Toppings: Pops, Iridescent Bubbles, Pearlies and Jewels.
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For my second card, I wanted to incorporate the Sunburst Die with the Circle Shaped Shaker.  I first blended my base paper with a few colors representing the sun.  After cutting out the Sunburst Die, I layered the Circle die on the Sunburst and re-cut with my Big Shot.  Leaving a Circle background, showing the pretty blended colors.  
I filled the Circle with various Confetti Toppings and Iridescent Bubbles.  Tied a yellow Sparkle String bow and that was all!
Supplies used:
Circle Shaped Shaker
Sparkle String - Yellow
Sunburst Die
Toppings: Confetti, Iridescent Bubbles, Tiny Bubbles
Thank you for popping in today.  I hope you are inspired to use other dies along with your newer ones.  It is a fun technique.

Mary-Ann Maldonado

July 5, 2018

Working with Watercolors

Working with Watercolors means just that!  Dig them out or grab your Gelatos, maybe paint if you don't have watercolors.  Ya know, you could even try crayons if you must.  
We just want you to play along with us.  

I don't normally try my hand at watercolor.  So this was a fun challenge for me.  I tried to create blocks of colors with my watercolors, that matched as close as I could get to the striped paper in the background.  I was off with the blue, so I covered that with my photo.  Problem solved!

I used MME (My Mind's Eye) Wander collection.  
It is perfect for documenting my sons Boy Scout trip from last year.  

So, to play along, all you have to do is, create a new project with watercolors.  You can find several watercolored inspired products in the Paper Issues Shop.  You have until August 5th to play along. Your entry must be new and no double dipping! 

Use code: Mary-Ann to get 20% off anything you need from the PI store!





July 4, 2018

Land of the Beautiful - Paper Issues

Happy 4th of July!
I hope you are surround by friends, fun and fireworks today.  

I am playing along with the Stars and Stripes Challenge over on PIFF.  
You can be literal with actual stars and stripes or you can be patriotic in any form.  

My photo is from a quick grocery store trip that lead to the perfect photo op.
If you read my journaling, you will see that we had quite a bit of fun in that spontaneous moment.

The perfect collection was Pebbles, Land that I Love!  
I also loosely based my layout off the Sketch for July.  








July 3, 2018

Splish Slash - Fancy Pants

Remember me saying that I was on a mission to document a fun summer day from last year?  

Well, I am working very hard at it. 
 I have got another layout with what I think is the "photo of the day!"

I used the wicked fun Poolside collection from Fancy Pants to document this photo.  
It has the perfect embellishment to accompany what I had in mind.  


In the photo below, you can see the small shark fins.  I used a small punch and the sheet of paper from the 6x6 paper pad.  The details in the 6x6 are a much smaller scale, which was perfect for collection fins for this layout.






June 25, 2018

Little Dude - Paper Issues

Hey there.
When the new Boys will be Boys Challenge came up over at Paper Issues, did I really have a choice??  lol  I'll take any inspiration there is to craft about my boy.  

I decided to go back in time and create with older photos.  Kinda makes me sad, how fast time has flown and how darling my baby was when he was bitty.  

This is from a day that he was watching TV in his room, holding his favorite thing, Silly Putty.  He worried about getting it everywhere so he just held it there.  FOR-EVER!
My favorite part is the t-shirt.  You'll have to make sure you read it.  

I used Pebbles Night Night, that I purchased from the Paper Issues Store.  
Use code: Mary-Ann to get 20% off anything in the store.  







June 24, 2018

Adopt a Cute Animal - Technique Tuesday

Ok people, it is time to save an animal!  
Are you an animal lover?  Have the best pets in the world?  Live on a farm?  Want to live on a farm?  Just love farm animals?  Then you need to listen up!  
Go to Technique Tuesday NOW!



Technique Tuesday is offering two different freebies from the Animal House collection of stamps.  
1.  Go to the Technique Tuesday website and take a look at all the cute critters.
2.  Choose your favorite stamp set.
3.  Leave the name of your fave Animal House stamp set in the comments section of the BLOG.
 Be sure to leave a comment by June 29th.  The drawing will be held on Sunday July 1st.

Here are a couple of my favorites.






If you’d like to make sure you receive a free stamp set, you can! Everyone who is or becomes a member of the Animal House auto-ship program will automatically receive the “Hay Neighbor”stamp set in their June shipment.
To find out more about the "Hay Neighbor" Freebie, go HERE!


So, go save an animal!  


June 20, 2018

You are Way too Sweet - Technique Tuesday

Good morning!
I have been asked by Technique Tuesday to play with some of their new releases each month.  
They have asked if I could incorporate them into scrapbooking layouts.  
It is a challenge sometimes, but challenges keeps you on your toes, am I right?

For this month, they sent me:



All with matching crafting dies!  I mixed all three and came up with this.....
I also Fancy Pants Poolside for all the papers.

Take a look and head over to Technique Tuesday to see what else they have created new for the month.  You'll be pleasantly surprised!



Instead of your traditional stamping and coloring, I stamped on several different papers and cut them out and layered them.  This gives them detail without all the mess!  
Plus, I avoid coloring if I can:o) Unless it is with crayons of course!

I have found, with 6x6 paper pads, the patterns are often shrunk down and will give you smaller pattern detail for ideas like this.  






June 12, 2018

Graduation and Rainbows - Queen & Co.

Join me on the Queen and Company blog today. 
My assignment was to highlight Metallic Bubbles and Cord.   
There are so many new embellishments in the shop, that you have to see!
Go HERE.


For my first card, I started with the Foam Front Die - Polka Dots.  I filled the circles with Toppings: Bubbles and Metallic to match my Metallic Bubbles that filled some of the holes.
I tiny sliver of yellow washi for pop and blue Cord and a Paper Smooches sentiment for the graduate.



For my second card, I layered rainbow papers and then the new Cord in a rainbow pattern.  I used the heart and love sentiment from the Heart Throb Shaker kit.   I literally only used one piece of paper for this card.  Its the rainbow sheet from the Fruit Basket 6x6 paper Pad




Thank you for stopping by.  Head to the Queen and Company website to see all the new embellishments that are added often.  They are inexpensive and can add so much interest to your next project.  


BEACH - Paper Issues

It is Let's Get Sketchy day over on the Paper Issues Blog.  
I played along with the fun sketch and let the paper do the work.  I used Jillibean Soup Shades of Color Soup, a Punch and the letters from the collection.  Bomb.  Done.  

This was a super fun day with our friends, the Mastro's.  
We built sand castles, the kids covered themselves with dirt, we body surfed.  It was a glorious day.
Oh, and we caught crabs!

Anyway, here is my take on the sketch and I provided the sketch for you to see.  
You can play along too.
You have the entire month!  
Submit your layout or project over on the PIFF page to qualify for a chance to win a prize.  
 Also, grab anything, anytime from the Paper Issues store with code: Mary-Ann and get 20% off EVERYTHING!