Queen & Co Blog — Mary-Ann Maldonado

Sweet Tags!

Sweet Tags! 1

Good morning! 

Mary-Ann Maldonado here with my second Tag Shaped Shaker layout for the month.  Honestly, the possibilities are endless.  Since I have run out of foam for these fun tags (I could create more with the Foam and Acetate Sheets) I wanted to show you that you can create with just the dies.  

I cut and layered random colored tags from all of my paper pads.  I added my title, flowers, punched circles and embellishments.  It came together quite easily.  The papers make it really easy to coordinate with the other products.  

I hope you are inspired to grab some of these fun embellishments and the Tag Shaped Shaker Kit for your next project.  

Mary-Ann Maldonado

Supplies used:

Tag Shaped Shaker Kit
Flirty Floral Paper, Fruit Basket paper, Picture Perfect Paper
Petite Posies: Orange, Pink, Blue, Green and Yellow
Pom Flowers: White, Orange, Yellow, Green
Glitter Flowers: Yellow, White
Iridescent Flowers: Pink, Orange, Green
Donuts: White and Pink
Lollies: Pink, Green, Orange, Yellow
Flower Buttons: Orange, Pink, White

Create arrows with Tags!

Create arrows with Tags! 0

Good morning!
Mary-Ann Maldonado here with my first Tag layout for this month.  I used the Shaped Shaker Tag Kit for my arrows at the bottom of the page.  I filled them with colorful Toppings that matched the shirts in the photos.  

To create the circles on my layout I traced a large bowl 3 times.  I then applied color coordinating embellishments to create the orbit of clusters.


I really had fun with the green, black and white.  There are so many color choices to play with.   I hope you have been inspired to get busy creating.


Supplies Used: 
Delightful Dots 6x6 mat pad
Button Bouquets
Iridescent Bubbles
Iridescent Pearls
Petite Posies
Black Polka Dot Washi
Green Striped Washi
Matte Pearlies Toppings
Pops Toppings White
Tiny Bubbles Toppings
Tags Shaped Shakers

Fruit Salad!

Fruit Salad! 1

Good Morning!

Mary-Ann Maldonado here with you today.  How fun has this Fruit Basket Shaker Kit been all month? I have to tell you that it has been really fun for me.  I couldn't help but create a layout with this crazy Godson of mine and his cooky antics.  

I started my layout with a FREE cut file Wreath from Paper Issues.  
This started my base for layering my fruit.

Here is a close up of the wreath.  I did bring in some random die cuts and punches to use to help embellish the wreath a bit more than the cut file.  The cut file was the perfect starting point to get a round circle.  I also hung the appropriate fruit from the vines that coordinated with the blossom Pom Poms.

I found it a little easier to create the wreath effect with loose fruit.  So I assembled them individually and then layered them and moved them around until I like the positions.

Adding vines and leaves within the fruit helped with the empty spaces and tied the wreath in to the bottom as well.

There is nothing like a good fruit salad, and that is what I provided you with today.  Don't forget, Queen & Company also sells extra shaker refills in the store.  

Mary-Ann Maldonado

Products used: 
Fruit Basket Shaker Kit, Pom Poms: Orange, Red, Green and Yellow, Toppings: Pops, Diamonds and Bubbles.  Random leaf and vine punches, cardstock.

An Apple a Day!

An Apple a Day! 0


Mary-Ann Maldonado here with you today to share a layout I created with the new Fruit Basket Shaker Kit.  It is super darling and you can do so many things with it, as you have probably have already seen!  The Design team is really doing a fantastic job, showcasing different techniques.  

I started my layout with apple picking pictures, the apple die, the apple Fimo's, and twine.  I added my photos and the stamped sentiment before playing around with apple placement.  To stamp without one of the words, all you do is color the stamp (minus the word) with a color pen, huff on the stamp to warm it, and stamp.  

I started with creating my 3-D apples.  I cut several layers of the apple innards, folded them in half and backed the outer edges with apples to created a 3-D look. (See photo below.)   I cut my title and started working on the shaker apple quarters at the bottom. 

The empty space at the bottom needed more apples.  I used the quarter orange to create sections of apples.  I removed the tip red line and the small lines that created the orange segments.  This created a clean apple wedge.

Then the top felt empty!  Ha.  That is where the twine came into play and the small segment pieces from the die.  I created my whimsical banner.  Added a few enamels for color and detail, and that was it!  

I hope you have been inspired to bring your fun Queen kits off of the and onto the page.

Supplies used: Fruit Basket Shaker Kit

Mary-Ann Maldonado


Multiple Shakers - One Layout!

Multiple Shakers - One Layout! 0

Good morning!

Mary-Ann Maldonado here with a fun summery layout using two foam front shaker sets.  I also used almost every color bling I had for this layout too!  You are supposed to when you have a rainbow, right? 

I started by choosing four photos of a pool day and printed them to size.  Then I created the sunburst shaker and applied them both to the center of the layout.    

I collected all the color bling I had to apply at the bottom and top of the page.

It seemed a little empty, so clouds above the sun was the perfect choice!  I used varying colors to help them pop as well.  I couple white Pom added just a little fluffiness. 

So, I actually used three die cuts and two foam shakers.  I think it is fun to mix and match.  You should try it!

Mary-Ann M.

Here are the supplies that I used:

Cloud Pop Up Die, Sunburst Shaker Set, Windows Foam Front Shaker Kit, Picture Perfect 6x6 pad, Simple Stripes 6x6 pad, Flirty Florals 6x6 pad, Delightful Dots 6x6 pad, orange Iridescent Pearls, Green, orange and red Sparklers, blue, purple, yellow, pink, red, green Rivets, blue Pinwheels, turquoise Twinkle Drops, yellow Lollies, white Pom Flowers, Toppings: Tiny Bubbles, Diamonds, Pops, and Bright Pearlies

Ribbon Explosion - Pretty Presents Shaker Kit

Ribbon Explosion - Pretty Presents Shaker Kit 0

Good morning!

Mary-Ann Maldonado here with a fun boy layout!  It just so happens he is wearing an orange shirt for this photo, so I decided play on that color.  (No one was hurt in the capture of this photo!!!  The boy did not connect with the other boys face!!  lol)  

When plotting my attack, I decided to stick with a basic color palette, design and grid-ish layout.  

For the frame around my white cardstock, I cut 1 inch strips of papers, applied them behind leaving a 1/2 inch overhang.  

I unintentionally created a big yellow present in the center of the page.  I used lots of tops cut off of the larger die.  To avoid waste, I placed only the ribbons and a little of the square overlapping the paper.  I cut this several times and then created a ribbon explosion!

Staying with the same color theme, I made a couple presents.  The only thing that was not included in the Pretty Presents Shaker Kit was the red Iridescent Sparkle string around the red present.  

I hope you will play along.  

Mary-Ann Maldonado

Supplies used:  
Pretty Presents Shaker Kit
Sparkle String