Thursday, July 25, 2013

Glitter Blog Hop

Welcome to the Glitter Blog Hop hosted by Lorby's World.

These talented crafters believe a little or a lot of glitter can make any project sparkle and today they are going to prove it with their creations. Please visit each participant and leave a little bit of love on their blogs.

Jearise from Lorby's World has a special drawing to go along with today's hop. One lucky winner will win a $10 gift card from Michael's. Just leave a comment on her blog so we know you joined us today. The winner will be announced on Sunday, July 28th so make sure you visit that day to see if you are the lucky winner.

I don’t know about you, but when you I think of glitter I think of girly things, but I had this paper and embellishments from My Minds Eye and of course I just happen to have the MOST ADORABLE grandson in the world so needless to say I threw caution to the wind and used my glitter paper and embellishments with a couple of my favorite photos of my grandson Ezekiel.

These pictures were taken over a year ago.  The one in the upper left he was playing ball and all happy and proud of himself.  The original photo is not the greatest quality but I brought it into Photoshop and turned into Sepia tone and matched it to the paper and you can’t tell it’s blurry!  Technology can be your friend!

The other photo is of Ezekiel and myself taken at my sister’s house.  Can you tell I love my Baby Boy?  That picture is also blurry however, you cannot tell this as much, again, because I brought it into Photoshop and made it sepia tone.

I kept the layout simple because of all the glitter on the paper already.  It’s one of my favorite layouts with my Favorite Baby Boy!  I hope you Enjoy!

Now let’s see what the Most Talented Carla has in store for you!!! 

Thank you for stopping by today and your next stop is Carla ~

Mayra the MaddScrapper

Pin It!

 Blog Hop Line Up

Jearise ~
Edwina ~
Lynne ~
Camille ~
Jamie ~
Mayra ~
Carla ~
Maria ~
Lucy ~
Lori ~
Davinia ~

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

June is Bustin' Out with Flowers Blog Hop

Flowers are in bloom as the warm summer air dances lightly across the yards and fields and this blog hop is all about the flowers. Please join this creative bunch as they show off their creations with flowers.

Jearise from Lorby's World is our hostess and make sure you begin at her site and read carefully because she will have a give away going on with this hop and all the details are on her blog.

Now flower power away...

My inspiration was from a make-n-take I was  teaching this past weekend at the Clear Scraps booth at the Creating Keepsakes Convention in Las Vegas.

Believe it or not, this is actually a dry erase board.

I simply stamped onto the acrylic with StazOn ink.

I added a colored background paper from Little Yellow Bicycle behind the white paper and then added coordinating flowers from the sticker pack.

An orange ribbon from a packet from the impulse aisle finished it off!

Now I only need to add a piece of Velcro to attach a dry erase pen!

Thank you for stopping to smell the flowers and down the path to Lissa Marie.

Mayra the MaddScrapper

Pin It!

Blog Hop Line Up

Jearise -
Camille -
Jamie -
Maria -
Mayra -
Lissa Marie ~
Lynne Kirsch ~
Anita Cannon  ~ 


Sunday, June 9, 2013

Precious One

This is a photo my daughter caught of her husband holding my grandson Ezekiel.

The idea was that Ezekiel would be least one of them was napping! LOL

I fell in love with this photo on sight and KNEW I had to scrap it.

First off I brought the original photo into Photoshop and essentially fiddly-farted with it by desaturating it a bit.

Then off I went in search of just the right paper and decorative touches from my stash.

Once I laid out my elements it still needed "something." I then went in search through my SVG files and found this "Love" frame in my wedding files.

I then went in search of another photo to put inside the frame and desaturated it as well to continue the theme.

I added a little journaling block in peach and the green ribbon for a pop of color.

I’ve also entered this in a the June Two Pic Challenge at

I hope you all enjoy it.

Mayra the MaddScrapper

Pin It!

Monday, May 27, 2013

Decisions, decision, decisions ...

So here I have this Beautifully embossed white piece of paper that I recently bought at Oh Scrap! in Costa Mesa, CA

The little UPC sticker on the back tells me it is handmade paper from Canvas Corp.  I believe it.  The texture of the embossed flowers and linen look background is exquisite.

Now the question is what shall I do with it?  It screams to be something feminine but that is not what I am feeling.  I wonder if my new grandson Gabriel will forgive me 20 years hence if I use this paper as the basis of a layout about him.

I remember holding his not quite 2 year older brother Ezekiel when he was his age and listening to everyone go on about how much he looked his dad, Richard, or how much he looked like his mom, Natashia (my daughter).  All the time I thought, “He doesn’t look like either one of them!  He looks like Ezekiel!”

 However, from the first moment I held him and gazed into Gabriel’s perfect little face all I could see is his mother staring right back me when she was the same age.  I have some expertise on that subject since I was there when she was born!  =D

However, I think I'm going to listen to the beat of my heart on this one.  I'm going to use it as the background on a layout for my new precious grandson Gabriel who so reminds me of his mother when she was tiny enough to hold in my arms like I hold him now.

I’ll post the layout once it is done and you all can tell me what you think…has the MaddScrapper indeed gone off the deep end? 

Mayra the MaddScrapper

Pin It!

Thursday, May 23, 2013

White on White Blog Hop

This month Lorby's World of Hops has challenged their talented crafters by asking them to create something that is white on white with a touch of color. I know you will be as pleasantly surprised to see what they have come up with. There is so much talent here that I know they have risen to the occasion and have some wonderful projects to share.

So please begin at Lorby's World since she is our hostess and has a give away going on with this hop. She has all the details on her blog.

Our guest hostess is Tee and she is offering a give away from The Cutting Cafe who is our sponsor this month. Please visit The Cutting Cafe to see all their beautiful printable and cutting files.

Now let's begin this hop. Here is my project to share.

My intentions were great…I had visions of this beautiful 12 x 12 layout, I had the paper, the ephmera AND THE VISION of what exactly it was going to look like…and then LIFE intervened!!! So needless to say I had to tailor down my vision to more realistic proportions!

I settled on making a card along the lines of my original vision, so I broke out a piece of my handy dandy white card stock and cut it to 5-1/2” x 11” and scored and folded it at 5-1/2”.

I then snagged a piece of white velvet paper I bought at a booth at the Scrapbook Expo that was selling paper by the pound. I knew I would eventually find a project for it! I cut that down to 5” x 5” and adhered it to the front of my card.

I next took a piece of white textured card stock and cut it down to 4” x 4” and ran it through my Big Shot using my Birds and Swirls embossing folder by Cuttlebug.

Never being one to leave well enough alone, I felt that the white velvet paper layer needed “something.”  So I pulled up the corners and chomped the corners with my Crop-a-Dile Corner Chomper, I also chomped the corners of the embossed layer with my Scallop Corner Chomper and then I adhered my embossed layer onto the velvet layer, not centered like the previous layer but offset to the left for added interest.

So now I had the base for my card but it needed more!  I already had these little white butterflies by Heidi Swapp for my original project but I decided they were just the needed touch for this card!  I guess I'm going to need to go get more for my other project!  Oh woe is me!

Recalling that this Blog Hop is White on White with a touch of color, I remembered a friend’s suggestion that I use a bold color (Yes Tee, I was listening to you!), so I took a small but very bright orange flower, attached it to a pretty bow, adhered it to the bottom right corner of the card and added a bling swirl because folks, it ain’t finished until it has some bling!   I added two butterflies to complete my card and called it good! 

And here’s my finished card!  I hope you like it!

I'm always saying that genius come slow to me…but I can deliver in a pressure situation!  From start to finish including writing this post it took me just over an hour to complete this project.  Sometimes you just need to let go and let the creativity flow! 

Come back on Monday, I'll be posting a picture of the very cool paper that I originally planned on using for this hop. Then, if all goes well, next week I'll post the my new project using that paper.

Thank you for stopping by today and now your next blog to visit is Camille.

Mayra the MaddScrapper

Pin It!

Blog Hop Line Up

Jearise -
(Co-Hostess) Tee -
Jamie -
Deborah ~
Edwina -
Lynne ~
Mayra -
Camille -
Miriam -
Janet -

Friday, May 17, 2013

Cruising on a Friday Afternoon

And today’s blog post is brought to you by the need to take advantage of a sale!  =D

Well THAT and finding a gift for both my mom and my sister.  I'm already late for my sister’s birthday (5/4)  and Mother’s Day (5/12), but I'm hoping that I can redeem myself with a very cool mini album.

Anywho, it just so happens that  I live within reasonable driving distance of Pinecone Press/Paper Arts Warehouse AND I signed up for their email alerts.  And what do I find in my inbox on Monday but their email telling me this kit was 30% off!!!  Oh Yeah!!!

Now I have a best friend who is also an Evil Enabler and she suggested we just head on over there and take a peek!  Yup….THAT’s my story and I'm sticking to it! 

Now, if it just sooooo happens that you are going on a cruise or someone you know is going on a cruise, well I found the perfect mini album to memorialize what could be a once in a lifetime trip.  You might just want to saunter over to Pinecone Press and take a look a their Cruise Ship Album kit.

Of course because I am nothing if not insane I didn’t just buy 1… ..I bought 2 kits.   I see some speed scrapping in my future! 

Check out the Pinecone Press Designs’ YouTube video that shows the entire mini album.  

I'm also linking a quick video I shot of what comes in the kit so you can see the contents of  the kit! 

Well…I’m going to get started on these albums….wait…maybe I should finish the layout pages I'm doing for my grandsons!  Yeah…yeah…finish those and then start on this album.

I have lots of fussy cutting to do since I have 2 albums to do and mom is coming over tonight, so hopefully I can do this stealth while we are watching a movie on TV!

Wish me luck! 

Mayra the MaddScrapper

Pin It!

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

At the Pool

No time to write today.

But to help cope with the current record HIGH temperatures here in Southern California ... 

Lets spend some time At the Pool:

Mayra the MaddScrapper

Pin It!

Monday, May 13, 2013

Inspired by Purple

This cute little card is brought to you by PURPLE!  =) 


This little pretty is an "all purpose" card I made from scraps on hand using a technique I learned at one of the booths at ScrapbookExpo.  

The base paper with the leaves is plain white and I stamped all over it randomly two shades of purple and a few touches of olive green for contrast.  

I then ran a tissue across the paper and the ink came right off the enamel design.  Cool huh?  

A scrap of solid purple and a scrap of lavender polka dot mounted on the white card stock framed it quite nicely I think.  

I tore it on a couple of edges just to give it a touch of distressing and I inked the edges of the lavender polka dot paper to tie it all together.  

I added a little button and a piece of twine just because!  =P  

The inside is blank right now waiting for a sentiment …. that is If I can manage to give the card away!  =P

And as always instead of doing what I should be doing here I am looking at images to add to the blog.  I was looking for something clever to inspire us to declutter and organize!  Gawd only knows I need it!  =D  

However, instead I just found something inspirational so I'm sharing that instead.  I think I may have to add it to my walls once I'm done organizing the scrap room and figure out what color paint I'm going to get on the walls!  =)

Oh and I just happen to have a decorative curtain rod I bought but never used AND the curtain rings.  I knew I would have another use for them!!!  

What I Love is the ability to display our layouts outside of a traditional scrapbook and not sitting stuck on a book shelf or unopened on a coffee table!  THAT is a travesty!  We pour our creativity and hearts and souls into our displays with the goal to share them with others, how better to do that than to display them on our walls! 
Mayra the MaddScrapper

Pin It!

Sunday, May 12, 2013

National Hug Your Cat Day

My feline best friend and the subject of this blog hop is none other than Squeaker the Cat and trust me she earns her name!  Squeakie is quite the conversationalist and very vocal about her wants/needs particularly at Bedtime!!!  

 I swear she lays in wait…fakes me out and makes me think she is dead asleep, but the second my head hits the pillow its, “meow, meow, meow, meow, meow, meow, meow, meow, meow meow!!!  “It is now time to pet me and scratch me and Love Me Mom!!!  You’re not tired!”  LOL  

 I mean look at her in the photo….she’s laying on my pillow with that impish look of hers letting me know “I’m waiting for you!”    

You know what is my favorite part of Squeakie?  It’s her “antennas.”  In this picture she was down to 2 only, usually she sports 4!  LOL   They are bright white, tall and just stand out against all her black.  

 She truly is a joy and a ball to have around…I’ll talk to her and she will meow me her replies and we will carry whole conversations! 

As for the layout itself, the paper came from Die Cuts with a View Pet’s Stack and flat flowers from Petaloo if I'm not wrong.  Don’t quote me on the latter, I’ve had them for a while and it is what happens when you shop from your stash!  LOL  

I made myself let go on this layout, I tend to be one of those scrappers that over-analyzes her layout to the “nth” degree.  This time I just cut up paper, put it together, called it good and then realized “Gawd this is Busy!”   
 But then I like busy!  =D 

I hope you enjoy my stop…leave me some Love if you like my layout!  Oh and don’t forget to Hug Your Cat today!!! 

Next stop is Robin!!!   

Mayra the MaddScrapper

Pin It!  

Blog Hop Line Up

Jessi –
Connie –
Robin –
Lynne –
Mayra –
Robin –