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.  

Go grab what you need from the store for 20% off with code: Mary-Ann.

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!

August 14, 2019

Goodbye Summer - Elle's Studio

Have you seen the Title Builder Vol 3 Stamp by Elle's StudiosOr the Title Builder Vol 3 Acrylics and Veneers?  They are pretty amazing.  Vol's 1 and 2 are still available in the store.  Vol 3 just released and it has the most amazing possibilities.  

The title possibilities are endless with the Title Builders.  Go to the store and see what set or sets you need.  They do last forever, and clean up easily.  

August 10, 2019

School's Out for Summer - Elle's Studio


Are you aware that every month, new cut files are released?  If your haven't see them yet, you gotta check out the cut files that are released on the 10th of each month.  Elle coordinates fun files with the monthly releases.  Some are pretty fun!  Like the Apple Cut File that was created for August.

Supplies used:  Apple Cut File, August 2019 Kit, Be Yourself Phrase Stickers, Back to School Puffy Stickers, Red Jane Alpha Stickers, Puffy yellow Alphas, Family Fun #4, Noteworty 6x6, Beautiful Day 6x6

I started my layout, knowing I wanted to replicate the apple all about my page.  I opened the file, made it the size I wanted then duplicated it multiple times and moved the apples around the page to my liking. There may be a much easier way, but this works for me.  I backed the leaf section first, the stem and then the apple. 


Sometimes when you use a cut file, there isn't much else you really need.  The file provides so much, all on its own.  I did use 3 different font stickers for my title. Lots of color and different patterns.   

I encourage you to try using a cut file.  Try replicating it multiple times.  Just go check them out and use them on your next project.  


July 22, 2019

#bestfriends - Paper Issues

The Top Chef challenge over at Paper Issues is all about food!
Are you cooking out this summer?  Eating out?
Or is your boy trying to eat a donut off of a string like mine?  
Whatever the food is, we want to see it.  
Share over on our PIFF page to be entered to win a prize!

I used Doodlebug So Much Pun and the Build a Donut FREE cut file

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.