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May 6, 2019

Chick Flick - Paper Issues

Morning PI friends.

Today is a special kinda challenge.  It is called MOM turned upside down is WOW!  (click on the highlight title to head to PIFF, where you can play along.)
It is celebrating moms.  Because May brings us so many things to celebrate — moms, mom figures, role models and flowers.  Or, you could focus on mom duties, mom stuff, kid stuff, etc. Just play along. If you dare, turn things upside down!

I decided to celebrate my friends.  My mom friends.  
Heading out together for a chick flick.  
Escaping the hum drum at home.

I used a FREE cut file - Floral Window Frame, the April Swag Bag and this fun challenge.  

Head to the Paper Issues Store to grab what you need from the shop and play along with all the new May challenges.






May 2, 2019

Go! - Elle's Studio

I know you see me here, posting about lots of products, lots of different manufactures.  Well, if you listen to me at all, you will listen to this.....

Elle's Studio's Large Jane Alpha stamps are something you need.  
They have changed my life.  
Well, not really my life but definitely my title making.  ha!

Since I received them, I have used them on EVERY layout I have created for Elle's.  
We do have an affiliate link with them and I would love if you checked them out through me.

While you are there, check out all the April products that are truly colorful, fun and amazing.  






April 22, 2019

Blueberries Aren't Blue - Elle's Studio

Hey there!

Ever think to yourself, 'how can that possibly be?'  Well, my mom and I had a recent discussion after getting purple blueberry ice cream.  We both know that blueberries can be blue, but mostly they are purple.  So, we decided they shouldn't be called blueberries.  Maybe purple berries!  Who came up with the work pajamas?  Or scrumptious?  I could go on.  It would take all day and with all the amazing goodies in the April Kit and add-ons, we don't have time for that, do we?!





I knew I wanted to create a play on colors with the blue and purple.  So I made sure to layer both colors every time I used them.  Behind the Large Jane Alphas, around the entire layout as a base and under the Mom Heart Cut file.  



About the Mom Heart cut file... I only wanted to use the heart part of the file. So, I released the compound path and only used the outer part of the heart.  Releasing it from the text on the inside.  I cut the heart 3 times, decreasing in size by 1/4 of an inch each time.  



Along with the blue and purple, I added the beautiful raspberry color that is throughout the April kit.  The Butterfly and Flowers Puffy Stickers had the cutest florals so I had to add them to the date clump at the bottom of my page.  Adding this, lead me to adding the 3x4 floral tag from the April Kit.



I trimmed down the floral tag and tucked it in behind my photo.  Then, I layered with the Days of the Week Phrase sentiments for a little more detail for my story.  Not only does my title depict a story, but I added journaling to the top left corner of the layout to remember the moment for years to come.  

April 16, 2019

M x3 - Paper Issues

Hey there!
 How do you keep in touch with people?   
How has technology bettered (or worsened) your life?   
Let's see those pages documenting all things technology.
Share them over on the PIFF FB page, under Photos, then Albums, then April Challenges then the What's App section.  

I went a little different with this challenge.  My way of getting in the photos, as I am sure it's the same for most of you, is to take selfies.  That is the part of technology that I appreciate, especially as a scrapper or memory keeper.   

I took a selfie of my fam dam at Gillette Stadium this past weekend.  I tried to get the banners in the background but managed to only get windows.  Oh well, we are ALL in it.  All 3 of us.  Hence the title of my layout, M x3!  Three Maldonado's!  Makes sense now, right?  

I used the March Swag Bag, Magically Delicious that you can get in the Paper Issues store.  You can even get Aprils Swag Bag kit now, Spring in Your Step.  Whatever you add to your card, be use to use Mary-Ann at checkout for your code and get 20% off your entire order.  








April 4, 2019

Good Photo - Paper Issues

Morning friends. 

My project today is based off of an Ad that we found as inspiration for a layout or project.  Hence the name, Ad-spiration!  You can be literal with your take of the ad or you can take something from it that inspires you to create.  

Here it is....


I love the pattern in the umbrella, so I chose a small pattern to use on my layout.  The ad is outside, so I added butterflies and clouds, 'outside!'  I was also drawn to the colors.  So, I used lots of various blues.  You see, you do not have to be literal.  Whatever inspires you is fair game.  So play along with us over on our PIFF FB page for a chance to win a prize each month.  

I used the March Kit - Greener Pastures as the main focus of my project.  Most of the items were from Vicki Boutin's Kaleidoscope collection.  Go check it out in the store and use code: 
Mary-Ann to get 20% off your entire order.  







March 27, 2019

Love This - Paper Issues

Morning all.  
I'm using up my button stash.  It's for a challenge over at Paper Issues called Buttoned Up.  
It is challenging you to use up buttons that you have had forever!  You know you have them.  
I cut my papers, from Doodlebug Dragon Tails, into pie shaped pieces.  Used the rock looking paper to place my buttons on.  The buttons I chose were the same colors as the collection!  

Grab what you need from the Paper Issues Store for 20% off when you use my code: Mary-Ann at checkout.  

So, my boy starts hollering, MOM!  MOM! Of course I came running.  MY EYE, MY EYE!  Not funny at the time but I did make him reenact it so I could take the photos.  Little sucker!






March 26, 2019

Hoppin' Down the Bunny Trail - Elle's Studio

Morning Elle's friends!

I am super excited to share my Elle's Studio layout with you today!  I had so much fun creating this multi-patterned title.  I was at a crop with several other friends who were seriously mad at me!  I kept singing my title, which then got stuck in their heads for the entire day!  I thought it was hilarious!  But seriously, look how fun it is.  Each word, using a different patterned paper from the Spring 6x6 paper pack.  Paired with the larger Chocolate Acrylic boy Bunny, was a bonus for the bottom of my spread!  All from Elle's Studio!




Noteworthy 2, Puffy Alpha Stickers in Teal, Steel Craft Die, Large Jane Alpha Stamps, Springtime 6x6 paper pad, Large Jane # Stamp and Steel Craft Die, Family Fun 6, Live Laugh Love Floral, Spring Puffy, Tiny Everyday Label Stickers


For under my photos, I cut strips of various 12x12 colorful papers that would match the color scheme I was trying to achieve for the layout.  



I added the Tiny Everyday Label Stickers that matched my project.  The phrases just happened to be perfect!  I used foam for a little bit of added dimension.  Layering them over the photos helps bring your eye to that photo.



As much as I love ALL the acrylics in the March release, I really love how this 'guy' stands out against all the pastels and white that I used.  Directly under my title, was the perfect place for him to get cozy!



I know you have seen these amazing Large Jane Alpha Stamps and Dies.  But, have you really seen them?  There are 4 different patterns to stamp in.  Giving you 4 completely different looks.  I used the Large Jane Alphabet Stamp - Outline, helping the letters stand out over just cut patterned paper letters.  

Thanks for stopping by.  Be sure to hit the shop and check out these large alphas.  You are gonna love the different patterns. Don't forget to tag Elle's Studio when you use them.  We definitely want to see you getting your craft on too!


March 25, 2019

Happy Days - Technique Tuesday

Hey peeps.  
Today, I am sharing a layout that is 'loosely' based a a layout over at Paper Issues. It's for the Scraplift challenge.  I did start my layout with the intent of coping the original, but it veered off track pretty quickly.  I used My Mind's Eye that I grabbed from the Paper Issues store.

The real cool part of this layout, is the stamps I used that pair perfectly with this collection.  It is from Technique Tuesday.  Its called Fresh Peonies Stamp Set and I also used the Metal Dies that coordinate.  I ask used the Build a Birdhouse Crafting Dies that I tucked in small houses throughout the layout.
You should go take a look at what is happening over at Technique Tuesday.  They have some really fun things to play with.  


Here is Jen McMurtrey's original layout.






March 15, 2019

Legoland Florida - Elle's Studio

Yup, forgot to share this layout with you too.  
It is also from February.  I used the February Kit and Ad-ons from Elle's Studio.  
But, like I told ya already, most of the February release items are still available.

I used a cut file to create my rainbow and another file to create the clouds.  More colorful photos from Legoland that I absolutely love them!

So, I do have an affiliate link with Elle's Studio.  This gives me a small portion of the proceeds that go through me.  So, when you click on anything from this post that takes you over to Elle's, and make a purchase, I get a small reward! YAY.





March 14, 2019

Charming Trap - Paper Issues

The Sassy Scallops Challenge over at Paper Issues is super fun.

I gotta tell ya, I have used almost every single bit and piece of the Doodlebug Lots o' Luck collection.  I am out of paper, and only have a few ephemera pieces left.  
When I was assigned Sassy Scallops for todays post, I knew the rainbows, from the Bonnie Lass 12x12 sheet, were going to be part of my layout.  I carefully cut them into a scallop pattern, cut it in half and layered them below my photos.  

This was the year we used an oatmeal container to try to catch the leprechaun.  
We missed.  Again.   

Play along over at the PIFF page and you are automatically entered in the drawing for a prize. 
Shop over at the Paper Issues store and use code: Mary-Ann for 20% off.





March 13, 2019

Happy Easter - Elle's Studio

Hey there!
Still playing with the March Kit from Elle's Studio and it is fabulous.  
here is my second layouts from the kit.  Like I said before, I find it easy to do, since everything coordinates in the kit and all the ad-ons for the month match perfectly also.  

They also provide a set of Cut Files, Printables and Print and Cut 
Labels that match the kit each month.    

I focused on the Kit and the March ad-ons for this layout too.   
I LOVE the little acrylic bunnies.  I did not want the shiny side, so I flipped them and used the duller, cloudy side.  I also cut the title from the cut files offered for March.  

Man, my kid knows the rules.  Our house, our rules.  We say 'sit with the bunny', he sits with the bunny.  I just love that I captured him turning and talking to him.  He really is a good sport.  I guess we have done it for so long that he just goes right along with it.  
(He sat with him this year too.  3 years later!)


So, I do have an affiliate link with Elle's Studio.  This gives me a small portion of the proceeds that go through me.  So, when you click on anything from this post that takes you over to Elle's, make a purchase, I get a small reward! YAY.