January 24, 2019

Warm Drinks - Paper Issues

Hey folks!
I'm here with a fun challenge for you from Paper Issues....
However you want to interpret that is ok by them!  Create an entire layout with everything on an angle.  Apply your photos slightly askew or add something diagonally across the page.  
This is certainly a fun challenge, bound to promote creativity!

PI has tons of challenge each month, over on the PIFF Facebook page.  Go check it out.  

For this challenge, I used the Yellow Door collection from Fancy Pants.  The scalloped page screamed fussy cutting.  Even though I normally boycott fussy cutting, I managed to do ok with this! I might of had a little help from a friend who was over!  shhhh

January 23, 2019

Bake - Paper Issues

So, I decided to do a scraplift again!!
This time, Paper Issues chose a layout by Jen McMurtrey to lift on 1/20/19.
This challenge can be found on the Paper Issues PIFF Facebook page if you want to play along.

I have been addicted to the Yellow Door collection from Fancy Pants and have used it again.  I have almost used everything from this collection.  I am definitely running low of papers.  Maybe I'll grab more from the Paper Issues store.  
You can too and get 20% off with code: Mary-Ann.

Here is Jen's original layout!

January 21, 2019

Lovely Day - Paper Issues

Need inspiration?  
A scraplift is where its at.
But, it is very important to give credit where credit is due.  

Every Sunday, Paper Issues chooses a layout from a DT member to lift.  
For January 13th, Kat Benjamin's layout was chosen.  

If you want to play along with this lift, go ahead and add your creation to the 

I used Yellow Door Collection from Fancy Pants for todays layout.  
Head to PI and get it for 20% off with code: Mary-Ann.
Instead of solid papers like Kat
I pieced squares together to replicate an triangle of paper.

Here is Kat's original layout.  

January 20, 2019

Happy - Technique Tuesday

If you are stamp lover, then this is the perfect stamp set for you.
Love is in the Air Stamp Set with the Sending Love Crafting Dies from Technique Tuesday!
Perfect for Valentines Day!  Yes, that lovely holiday is fast approaching and we all need to get busy!  
I actually just bought red lights to put outside to match my clear lights so it looks less Christmasy.  My husband disagrees.  Oh well, maybe he won't get a V-day card!  lol. 

Who says this Love is in the Air Stamp Set needs to be used on a card though!  
Today, I used it on a 12x12 layout.  

I heat embossed the balloon on several different patterned papers, fussy cut around them, added the punched heart to the center and scattered them around my page!

The LOVE die is from the set called Sending Love Crafting Die.

January 12, 2019

SEP - Elle's Studio

Morning Elle’s Fans!!!  
I am super excited to be joining Elle's Studio for the 2019 year!  When I received my first box, I was giddy!!  I knew right away, one of my projects this month had to focus of the black and white 'So Loved Shipping Tags' with support of the colorful January Kit and some large Noteworthy papers.  Maybe I’d even use all of the tags!!!  

I didn’t get as far as using up all the tags, but I sure did give it a good try!  In my mind, I was going to create a clothesline of tags with my long photo strip.  So, I started by creating my tag clumps first and laying them on the page until it looked like my vision.  

I wanted to incorporate some of the wood veneer extras too.  I used SEP from the JAN wood Veneer, the Wood Veneer Hearts and the ‘O’s’ from XO Wood Veneer confetti.  I laced them through the twine, between adding tags, and let them dangle.  I wanted some of the wood to stay in place so I used a touch of glue.

To finish off my layout, I added a touch of journaling to a January Label.   Backing it with an Acetate Heart helped anchor the label and finish off the corner. 

Thanks for stopping by to check out my first project as an ES girl!  

January 11, 2019

January Inspiration and NEW Release - Elle's Studio

Just the other day, I shared my first blog project as a designer with Elle's Studio.  
But yesterday, the 10th of the month, there is a whole lotta stuff going on over there!!!  
Each 10th of the month, they do their monthly reveal.  This is where I will share with you, the new kit of the month and add-ons that they make public.  We also share a couple layouts that we create with the new stuff.  I think it is going to be super fun.  

How about a display of the January new release...

Pretty awesome, right?  
They also have some cool Add-on's that coordinate with the main kit.  

Here are my two designs using the newest product.  Below the main photos are close ups.  Thanks for stopping by today!

WINNER - Season's Giving Blog Hop


Kathy Barrett!  
You are the winner of my Season's Giving giveaway!
It includes Fancy Pants papers and embellishments.  
Email me your address with WINNER in the subject title and I will get this out to you asap!!!


January 9, 2019

Warm Wishes - Paper Issues

Welcome to the first Pinspire Me board of the year over at Paper Issues!  I just loved it!  I 
chose to focus on the light blues, some of the greenery poking out in the snowball photo and whites.  It just turned around from there.  I meshed together, FaLaLaLa, Snow and Cocoa and Merry Days from Crate Paper.  The last 3 years of their Christmas collections.

I also used a FREE cut file called Pines and Needles from the PI Store.  
Go to the January Challenge board on the PIFF Facebook page and check around for ideas, challenges and inspiration. 

Use code: Mary-Ann for 20% off your entire order.  

January 1, 2019

Seasons Giving Blog Hop

I am excited that you have found your way to my blog via the amazing Seasons Givings Blog Hop!  
I hope you will look around!  Paper crafting is a huge part of my life.   2018 have been super generous to me in the crafty perspective.  I feel blessed to be where I am today and to be a part of such an amazing group of people on this hop!

Did you know that every stop along this hop has a GIVEAWAY?
Each one has a different set of criteria for winning so make sure you read each specifically.

Let's take a look at what I am giving away, shall we?
I will be drawing one names from my blog comments.

My giveaway starts TODAY!  It will close on January 6th at 9:00am EST.  
My giveaway includes:
Fancy Pants Bright Side:  Papers, Chipboard, Ephemera and Puffy Stickers.

RULES: Make a comment below to win! That is it!
US residents only, sorry.  

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