November 16, 2018

Fox - Paper Issues

Morning friends!
It is my turn on the Paper Issues blog and I was given a choice of creating a #52 Friday Favorites or using a FREE File Free-for-All.  I decided to use 2 FREE cut files.  
Did you know, when you all PI cut files are free?  Also, when you download a cut file, there are often more images to cut than what is shown on the advertised photo?  Its true.  Download one of these to see.  

I used Echo Park Perfect Autumn that I grabbed from the store.  

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November 10, 2018

Halloween Boys - Paper Issues

Hey there! 
Do you love going to crops?  Ever think about joining an online crop?  Everything you need is with you in your craft room, and you can create and chat all at the same time from the comfort of your pjs!  Win win if you ask me.  This weekend, Paper Issues is having an online crop.  Go to......Paper Issues Friends and Fans, Fall Crop to play along.  There are prizes to be won and lots of inspiration.  I am not even sure how many challenges there are but I know there are a ton. 

I am playing along with the "Playing with Patterns" challenge.  You can use a dress pattern, mix up different pattern papers, or anything with a fun pattern that you find.  

I decided to mix a gazillion patterns on one layout.  I used the October Uma Thurman kit.  I really need to get my Halloween photos documented.  

November 9, 2018

The Amazing A Team - Queen & Co.

Good morning!
Today I am on the Queen and Company blog. 
Ever pull something together that seems completely different but really works?  I feel I did that on this football layout.  The stars are an obvious choice but the color palette is the question.  If you look closely at my photos, they were taken in the fall of 2017.  So, I wanted to focus on the colorful background of the photos and not necessarily the bright blue of the uniforms.  Using the Happy Harvest Fall Paper pad from Queen and Company, and it helped me do just that.  I pieced together 2 - 6 inch strips of paper with the seams falling behind my photos.  This allowed me to have longer papers.
I then filled some of the Stars Shaped Shakers with Pearls Neutral Toppings and Wood Toppings.  
I pieced together a title for my layout with the Word Dies and some old Thickers I had from long ago.
To emphasize the word amazing, I cut scrap white cardstock several times and carefully layered them on top of each other.  I then finished it with a yellow layer on top.  Making it thicker and almost like it has a shadow effect.  
Thanks for stopping in today.  I hope you are inspired to create with our Shaped Shaker kits and word Dies.  
Supplies Used:
Happy Harvest Fall Paper Pad
Stars Shaped Shaker
Wood ToppingsWord Dies
Pops Topping
Pearls Neutral Toppings

November 2, 2018

Turkey Day - Technique Tuesday

Hey there.
I was really excited to be asked by Technique Tuesday to create a layout with the new Happy Thanksgiving Stamp Set and Turkey and Pie Crafting Dies.  Both items are under the New Product Category.  They are darling.  There are so many fall option, and now Christmas options.  You just go see.  Especially if you are a card maker or like to add stamping to your layouts.  Their dies are pretty cute too.

Here is what I created...  In my mind, I was trying to create a plate.  Not quite what I was thinking but I still like the circle ides.  The papers and ephemera are from Carta Bella and I grabbed those from Paper Issues.  Grab anything from PI for 20% off with my code: Mary-Ann.

November 1, 2018

Scream - Paper Issues

Did you know that Paper Issues is now designing a monthly kit?
Kits are so easy.  Everything that coordinates and works well together all in a bag that can be carried to a crop or a friends house.  Easy peasy.  

Here is the monthly kit for October called Uma Thurman.

I needed the scream mask 3x4 so I had to have the kit!  lol.  I loved the rest too but man, Really needed that mask.  Here is what I created.  I played along with the You've got to be Kittin' Me challenge.  There are so many each month.  Go check out Novembers challenges.

October 26, 2018

Open if you Dare - Queen & Co.

Good morning!
Have you seen the Fright Fest Shaker Card Kit from Queen and Co.?  It is filled with the perfect shakers for cards and for layouts alike.  I knew the exact photos I was going to scrap when I received the coffin in the mail.  
The best way to show off the coffin, and the creepy zombie pictures, was to line them up like many zombies rose from the dead!  I changed the center papers that lined the coffins and created one shaker and stamped another.
For an additional creepy effect, I added spider webs with my own eerie spiders.  Made from Halos and Iridescent Bubbles.  I drew legs with a silver glitter pen.  
Easy Peasy.  So, even thought you may have already sent out your Halloween cards, don't forget to leave the Fright Fest Shaker Card Kit on your craft table, so you can document the fun memories you will be making next week.  
Thanks for stopping in.
Mary-Ann Maldonado

October 22, 2018

Science Badge - Paper Issues

October has some fun challenges over at Paper Issues.  
I played along with Scrap Soup.  
All of the challenge for October can be found on the Paper Issues Friends and Fans FB page.  

I used Bella Blvd Pop Quiz for this Chemistry layout.  
My neighbor is a Chemist and we asked him to come over and teach the
 cub scouts how to do a few tricks.  

October 21, 2018

Trick Costume - Paper Issues

Playing along with the "I'm Here for the Boos!
I payed along earlier in the month and wanted to play along again.  
I used Goosebumps by Pretty Little Studio.  

My boy constantly changed his clothes.  
From costume to costume from mask to mask.  
He loved dressing up.  

Play along with us. 
Enter you Halloween protect to thePaper Issues PIFF page.  
Be entered to win a prize.

Use code Mary-Ann to grab what you need from the Paper Issues Store.  

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!