Saturday, February 8, 2014

Introducing our newest Design Team Member Mary-Ann Maldonado

Hi Everyone!  Today, I am here to announce that Mary-Ann Maldonado has agreed to join our Design Team! You may remember Mary-Ann did a Guest spot for us in November where she wowed us with her creativity while featuring our Creative Cafe' Kit- Twas the Night!  
We are all so excited to have her as a regular part of our team.  When not here with us, you'll find her on her own blog Lump, Bump, and Clump. 
Enough from me here's Mary-Ann to tell us more about herself and she has a Tutorial and her first card to share all featuring product from our Creative Cafe' Kit -Tea for Two!!
Hi, I’m Mary-Ann Maldonado from Methuen Mass. I was born and raised in a small town in Maine but have lived all over the United States following my retired Marine, Randy. We have a beautiful boy, Roman, a sexy dog, Flo and her chew toy, Milford, our cat. I have been playing with paper since 2000. I am a traveling instructor for The Button Farm and the blog editor for Farmhouse Paper Company. I am lucky to design for Farmhouse paper Company, Eclectic Paperie and A Flair for Buttons. I also teach at my local scrapbooking stores. I enjoy 12x12 creating layouts, cards and making mini albums. I love anything to do with my family, friends and paper. I am OCD organized which helps with my hoarding tendencies! I am pretty excited to be joining The Rubber Cafe' team and hope to inspire you.

Mary-Ann here with you and I must say that I am thrilled to be back with you as a Design Team member! I hope I can inspire you to create and think outside of the box. I have decided to come out of the box, right off the bat, and do something different with my first round of the kit club. To be honest, I have created all of my projects for this month, and I am definitely living on the wild side! You will have to check back later to see what is in store.

For this post, I have taken the Cafe Creations kit of the month and created a project life spread. Those of us who are card makers, tend to carry that over into scrapbooking and Project Life is the perfect transition. It is a little bit different from what you are used to seeing here, I hope you like it.

I first gathered my supplies (which ALWAYS changes). I decided on a PL page protector from Becky Higgins, but you can use any style or type you have on hand depending on how many photos you want to add to your spread. You could also be creative by making your own with an x-acto knife, sewing machine and 12x12 page protector!

I printed and inserted my photos to find out where my blanks would be and what I needed to create.

I cut my favorite paper in the pad into the 3x4 block. Heat embossed "there is no life before coffee" in the center. I used the embossing powder that came with my kit. Have you used this yet? Have you smelled it? I just wish that when you turn the page of my album, the scent would linger! How cool would that be? I then decided to sew a little, which I did on all of my blocks on this layout. I used Dylusions- Melted Chocolate to look like spilled coffee drops. This is not accurate in my world because I have so much milk in my coffee that it is no longer brown!

My next block is a 4x6. I created a tag with the solid cream paper, dug out my vintage typewriter and journaled. Who doesn't have a vintage typewriter? For those modern peeps out there, a word document will work just fine:0)


To color my coffee cup, I turned my chipboard upside down on my ink pad to get an even color throughout. When I added this chipboard to my page, I used glue dots to ensure a good hold.

I just wanted the word "LIFE" on the stamp, so with an brown marker, I colored just what I wanted, huffed on it and stamped it on my desired paper. This created the title for my page. (see above)

You can see that I stamped directly onto my photo.

I heat embossed this stamp saying and laid it across the bottom of my next photo.

I need to point out that coffee ring..... isn't it darling? It is my favorite of the whole bunch! I will be using it and using it over and over again in the future!

I really enjoyed experimenting and doing something different with the kit. If you enjoyed this project, please let me know if you would like to see more Project Life pages in the future.

See you again and again real soon!
Stamps: The Rubber Cafe' - Creative Cafe Kit of the Month -Tea for Two
Paper: The Rubber Cafe' - Creative Cafe  Kit of the Month -Tea for Two
Ink and Paint: Momento Ink Pad - Rich Cocoa   Copic Markers, Dylusions - Melted Chocolate
Adhesives: The Rubber Cafe'- Scrap Happy Glue, Kool Tak Foam Glue dots
Embellishments: Brown coffee scented embossing powder; Chipboard pieces- all found in your kit
Tools/Dies: Fine tip scissors, heat gun, acrylic block;Sewing Machine and my Handsome Kid!


Dawnll said...

Love your use of the stamps on this fun layout...Congrats on joining the design team.

Unknown said...

Congrats Mary-Ann! Love all the fun sentiments and images you used!

Unknown said...

Welcome Mary-Ann!