Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Product Spotlight: Fancy Pants Merry & Bright

Hey everyone, today we're putting the spotlight on the Merry & Bright collection from Fancy Pants.  I am blown away by the work the DT created!  I hope you enjoy it too!

Last year I took these photos of my daughter with that bright red hat and I was so happy when I saw the bright red in this collection.  It's just perfect for my photos!

Amy created this beauty!  I love how she used the vellum to create the tree with the sequins inside!

Heather made this gorgeous card!  I hope she's planning on sending it to me! lol

Mary Ann's LO is just stunning!  I love that stitched circle over the cut file!

Melanie also has a gorgeous LO!  That photo and title are my everything!

Stacie used a free cut file from the store.  Isn't this just adorable!

Make sure to grab some Christmas supplies from the store before they are all gone!  Christmas will be here in no time and you will have all these new photos to scrap!  Get 20% off your order with the code michelle.

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

December Take 5 Tuesday Challenge!

It's Mary Ann here with the new December Take 5 Tuesday Challenge, and a FREE cut file for you! We've got a new inspiration and idea list too, with a little nod to winter. There's blue, white, and even some snowflakes as ideas to use on your projects. If you've never played along with our Take 5 Challenge, be sure to read all the way to the bottom for the details, you could WIN a gift card to the Paper Issues store!!
Alright, here's what you've been waiting for:

For my last Take 5 project of 2016, I went with something completely different than my usual 12x12 layout. This month it's a Countdown to Christmas Calendar, using the Merry & Bright collection by Fancy Pants Designs and I still fit in 5 items from the challenge list too!  I started with the frame, added in the colors white and green, wood grain paper and those little triangles on the banner for my 5! What a fun way to count down the days! You could also use this idea to count down to a birthday, wedding date or any holiday, just by changing the "shape" of your numbers.

To start my calendar, I cut the tree shaped numbers using my Silhouette Cameo and this FREE cut file from the Paper Issues store, then backed them with the green and wood grain papers. Next I made the cute little gift box and added re-positionable adhesive to the back of the box so I am able to move it as I count down the days.

I finished it off by adding the triangle banner, and more bits and pieces from the Merry & Bright ephemera pack, then added it to my 12x12 frame. I love how it looks displayed in our home!

Lisa joined in on the fun too with this pretty little card!  I really like the flair button added to the tag, it gives it such dimension! She used the color white, a snowflake, wood grain, ink and stickers, all from the Fancy Pants Wish Season collection.

Next up is Rachel with this darling layout of her cute boys using the Cool Kid collection from Crate Paper. She uses a mix of white and green, wood veneer, stickers and alpha letters. There is a total of 8 different patterned papers on this one, how cool is that!!

How about this fantastic layout from Stacie using the new Carta Bella Space Academy! Her 5 items are, the colors blue and white, mist/paint, stickers and alpha stickers. I love how she used the center of  the cut file to make a heart, so clever!

Orange Gearle wowed us with this layout of her new grandbaby, using Crate Paper's Gather collection. She fussy cut the rectangles and added in the colors blue and white, mist, stickers and alpha letters. This is such a heartwarming layout, you can feel the happiness!

Here's a sweet card from Melanie using the Make a Wish collection by Cocoa Vanilla Studio. Her inspiration items were the colors blue, white and green, mist, a frame and sticker.  Just remember my birthday is next month, Melanie ;)    

Crate Paper's Cute Girl collection was perfect for this layout by Elodie, notice all the bright and girly colors on this one? I love that she used the color white from the inspiration list, then made it her own! She also added in scallops, ink, stickers and those amazing triangles.

Heather shared her Holiday Magic layout where she uses white and green, wood veneer, stickers and fussy cutting. I love the layers and layers of pretty embellishments on this one!

The Golden Days collection shines in this beautiful layout from Amanda, I always love her layouts with black and white photos! Her 5 items are the color green, woodgrain, alphas, stickers and triangles.

Alex used Crate Paper's Snow and Cocoa line for this beauty along with 4 photos, 4 patterned papers, snowflakes, mist and the color blue. I love all the layered snowflakes!

And last but not least, is this cute layout from Carolyn using scallops, stickers, frame, fussy cut and woodgrain.

Wow, is that some inspiration or what!?!?!?!
I know many of you have already joined in on the Take 5 Challenges, but in case you haven't, here's how it works: I give you a list of items to use as your inspiration and starting point for your project. From that list, pick 5 items to use on your project. You can use more than 5, and combine your own ideas too, but to play along you must use at least 5 items from the list. Also, Take 5 is open to everyone, and is for scrapbookers, card makers, pocket pagers and off the page project makers too! If you are a paper crafter, the challenge is for you!!  You have until midnight January 6th EST to add your project to the Take 5 Challenge album over in our Paper Issues {friends & fans} Facebook group. You could win a gift certificate to the Paper Issues store!!

***Remember to use code: Mary Ann in the Paper Issues store for 20% off your entire order! 
AND free Domestic shipping when you reach $60. Awesome!

Monday, December 5, 2016

New Issue: Remember December Round 1

Welcome to our December issue (the last one of 2016!), Remember December. Our issues take place in our {Friends & Fans} Facebook group, along with all of our other monthly challenges. Each challenge has its own albumThe December challenge album is right here. Please post your issue related projects in the Current Issue album.

The deadline for adding your projects is January 6th for a chance to win a gift certificate to the Paper Issues store.

Before we share what Remember December is all about, let's look at the amazing projects from the design team.

Clockwise from top left: Heather
Note: Clicking on a design team member's name will take you to their blog where you can see their project in more detail.

What is Remember December about? Here are a few ideas to get you started (use one or use them all). Feel free to use any product you'd like. Projects can be new or old and you're welcome to share as many as you'd like.
  • Are you doing a December Daily album? Show us those beautiful pages!
  • Create projects about winter activities, any December holiday, December holiday traditions or share memorial pages.
  • Do you have a favorite holiday recipe? Document it!
  • Use snowflakes as an embellishment.

We're super chatty and love to make new friends, so please stop by and say hi! You'll find us all over the Web:

Sunday, December 4, 2016

December Pinspire Me Mood Board

December is such a beautiful time of year.  
A time to visit with family and spread cheer. 
 There are such fun treats like truffles, hot chocolate, popcorn balls and candy canes.
A sea of white covered pines and amazing textures in the forest.  

If you are inspired by the trees, the fabric snowballs or the combination of various fonts, we hope that you want to play along with our December Pinspire Me Mood Board challenge.  All you need to do is, find something in this board that inspires you, create a project and upload to to our PIFF page HERE.  You may be the lucky winner of a Paper Issues Gift Card. 

Let's take a look at what our spectacular Design Team has created and shared.
Here is my layout.  I used Fancy Pants Merry & Bright Collection. I was inspired by the black, trees on the pillows and the words.

Inspired by the wrapped gifts and sprigs of greenery.

Rachel O'Neal also used Carta Bella Christmas Delivery.  Inspired by the "eat drink & be merry" as well as the overall colors of the board.

Melanie Funke also used Christmas Delivery by Carta Bella.

Stacie Dietz used Pinkfresh Oh Joy.  She was inspired by the tree pillows.

Cassie Box was inspired by all the black and white with a touch of red.

Heather Shank was inspired by the colors and chalk work.

Carolyn Johnson used Christmas Delivery from Carta Bella.  She was inspired by the twigs and the stripes in the straws.

Michelle Gallant drew inspiration from the colors an candy cane stripes.  She also used Carta Bella Christmas Delivery.

Mary Ann Jenkins was in spired  by the plaid wrapping paper and used a mix of collections!

We hope you are inspired to get going on this fun Pinspire Me mood board.  
If this board inspired so many DT members, it surely can inspire you too.  

Be sure to enter your projects HERE in the PI Facebook community.  
There are gift certificates to the Paper Issues shop to be won, and everyone who plays along with our monthly challenges is entered to win!

Remember,  if there is anything you have your eye on in the Paper Issues Store, grab it for 20% off with code: Mary-Ann.  Get free shipping when you reach $60.00.

Saturday, December 3, 2016

Cut It Up Saturday

Hello, PI friends!  We are throwing snowballs at you with this fun,versatile cut file this month!  Check out the awesome inspiration from the design team in using the Cut It Up free cut file for December.

I love how you can use the cut file to layer embellishments on top of the circles or back the openings with papers or photos.  Keep on scrolling down for lots of creative ideas for this cut file!

I used Simple Stories #Whatever mini collection for my take on the December challenge.  I cut out the cut file in black cardstock and added gesso, watercolors, and black India ink to the openings.

Here's one more peek at a close up of the layers.  I shared more of the process today on my blog.

Now, onto the design team projects and they are so incredibly talented!  They rocked this cut file with so many paper collections!

Cassie wows us each time she glues and this is another ahhhhmazing one with her beautiful project using Crate Paper Heart Day!  Believe me you need all the things to this lovely collection as you can see below!  The Heart Day patterned papers are so much fun and that background grid paper is all the heart eyes!

Rachel and her adorable sons stole my heart with this cutest take with layered hearts full of Bella Blvd's Holly Jolly Christmas papers!  I love that she used the Illustrated Faith stamps for her title and the You are Loved stamps on some of the hearts!

Melanie captured this gorgeous snowy tree scene with her camera and partnered it perfectly with Crate Paper's Snow and Cocoa for this stunning white on white use of the cut file!  I love the pops of gold she sprinkled throughout!  Those snow-covered trees have me dreaming of snow!

Michelle brings back the fall season beauty with her use of Fancy Pants Designs Golden Days.  I adore all of the bits of ephemera, feathers, and puffy stickers she was able to add to her circle grid!
Her photos of her daughter are always stunning and these papers just work perfectly with it!

Heather used Merry & Bright by Fancy Pants Designs and I am so loving those circle tags she used to layer!  Wow to all of the ephemera she was able to use along with her two snowy pictures!  It looks so pretty against the patterned paper!

Amanda joined us for her first Cut It Up challenge and we can't wait to see more!  Isn't it fantastic cut out of patterned paper?!  The circle paper number 3 from Pink Paislee Fancy Free works so perfectly in the circle grid! The paint splatters and machine stitching are fab additions to her design!

Carolyn rounds out the team designs with this lovely Crate Paper Snow and Cocoa layout with use of the cut file in bold black cardstock. She snuck in two circle photos behind the cut file to create a diagonal line of photos to doument her cutie's outside snow play! The CP Snow and Cocoa winter critters are so sweet with her pictures---winter beanies for all!

We hope you are inspired and take the time to stop in at the Paper Issues shop to download the free Cut It Up cut file for December and then shop for the best paper collections!

 Play along with this Cut It Up challenge now through January 6th for a chance to win a gift card to the PI shop.  
We can't wait to see what you create!  
Tag us on social media, PI friends, we would love to see what you have made!
 Thanks for stopping by!