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X’s & O’s: Banner in a Bag


Good morning!

February is full of activities here in our home.  We have a birthday and Valentine’s Day all in one week!  My friend has an anniversary this week too.  My project will make the perfect gift for them.

I was excited when the theme for today was X’s and O’s.  I searched my Silhouette library for the perfect X and O. Let’s take a look and I will walk you through my process.

I started this project with the Glassine bag.  My X’s and O’s need to be able to fit inside.  So I made sure to measure the bag first.  Then I layered and layered the front of the bag to resemble a card, but it will actually hold the gift.  

Here you can see the envelope and the banner.  

xoxo - banner
I cut and X and an O on three different papers.  I set my Silhouette to create offset white backgrounds.  I felt that the letters needed to be a little sturdier to be used year after year.  I then punched holes with my punch and thread through string making sure this was long enough to dangle from a mantel or door way.  

I stacked them on top of each other, color side up, and inserted it into the decorated Glassine bag.

Super super easy and perfect for any type of gift.  How cute would this be with BIRTHDAY as the letters hanging on a mantle.  You could this project for almost every occasion.  I hope you have been inspired to create something off of the page.

Fancy Pants Designs collections used: Happy PlaceArtist Edition


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X’s & O’s: Valentine Banner


Hey everyone, Amy here to share a Valentine’s Day banner I created.  I picked up this plain banner at Target and knew it would be perfect once I added some Fancy Pants details to it.  Here’s what I started with:

plain banner
Here’s what it looks like with some fun Fancy Pants bits and pieces added:

full banner 1
Here are some closeups. I added goodies, mostly from the Happy Place collection, but also a few from Wish Season along with some Artist Edition pieces.  

banner closeup 1
banner closeup 2
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Adding some extra details really made a difference in the finished product. I love how it turned out.

Fancy Pants Designs collections used: Happy PlaceWish SeasonArtist Edition


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X’s & O’s: Valentine Tag Frame


Valentine DIY home decor full styling by Evelynpy
I’m in love with calligraphy recently and why not using it when I want to do a DIY Valentine Frame for my hubby. I used those chalkboard tags by Fancy Pants Designs and used a gold Zig brush pen to write down ‘love’ words in each tag. I chose to write down Love, And, Kiss in every tag using the brush pen and before you paste it to the pattern paper you have to wait until the pen is dry, about five minutes.

Valentine DIY home decor detail 1 by Evelynpy
Because this frame is for my hubby I chose masculine colors, like black, but still have a Valentine theme, like red and gold. I choose the black and white stripes pattern paper as my background because it also has love words that match perfectly with my idea. I pasted all of the tags using glue right in the middle of the page.

Valentine DIY home decor detail 2 by Evelynpy
I pasted the tags and used some vintage threads in each. To give masculine looks I stapled the threads. I also did some layering with the last tags and pasted all of it using glue because I didn’t want it to be bulky. I put the paper into the frame and, last but not least, pasted the flair on the glass.

Valentine DIY home decor detail 3 by Evelynpy
You can wrap this frame and give it to someone that you love on Valentine’s Day. Handmade gifts are always the best, especially when you create it using your heart.

Fancy Pants Designs collection used: Happy Place


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X’s&O’s: XO beautiful bliss!


With only a few days left until Valentine’s Day, I thought I’d inspire you to think ahead to the day of love by focusing on your significant other.  For my layout, I thought I’d journal in a way that would one day challenge my children to think about relationships & how special love can be when you find the right partner.

XO beautiful bliss by Kim Watson

@KimWatson for @fancypantsdsgns using the #happyplacecollection #paper #scrapbooking #valentinesday #papercrafts

I pulled my paints out for this page. Painting a oversized XO in the middle, with some pink & yellow texture for interest created a super cool canvas as the starting point for my project. By keeping the page design aligned slightly to the right, I created the perfect space for adding journaling. Notice how the graphic feel of the Happy Place Collection, tones down the mixed media? I love the overall trendy vibe!

@KimWatson for @fancypantsdsgns using the #happyplacecollection #paper #scrapbooking #valentinesday #papercrafts

Labels from the Label Pack clustered together with a sentiment label & some pretty stitching, makes for a super cute cluster in this corner of this page.


@KimWatson for @fancypantsdsgns using the #happyplacecollection #paper #scrapbooking #valentinesday #papercrafts

Try your hand at painting an oversized title for an eye catching focal point. Splashes of yellow paint & Puffy Sticker hearts are a super way to add extra flashes of color.

@KimWatson for @fancypantsdsgns using the #happyplacecollection #paper #scrapbooking #valentinesday #papercrafts

This cluster is a combination of a photo, a Tag, a fussy cut flower & sentiment from a Journal Card, Puffy Sticker title & Flair.

Fancy Pants FREE Bow cutfile image

Did you know Fancy pants has a FREE Bow cut-file for your own personal use? Use this link to download your copy & create your own little mini bow like I used on my page. I hope you have found this inspiring. It was a super fun project to create & has me excited for the 14th February :) 

Remember to stop by the blog each day this week for more all your X’s and O’s inspiration.

Fancy Pants Designs collections used: Happy Place


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X’s & O’s: Valentine Set


Hello Fancy Pants Designs friends! Today I’m so excited to share an idea for a Valentine gift with you.

I created a Valentine’s card, a tag, and gift packages using the
Wish Season collection. The Wish Season is a collection for Christmas. I have decided to use it for Valentine gifts this year. The color scheme of red and pink in this collection also suits creations in the Valentine season. It’s a great opportunity to use your stash of the Christmas collection!

The Puffy Stickers in this collection are my favorite! I chose the Red Puffy Alpha Stickers for my card. I added small puffy hearts stickers to both my card and tag.

Kraft and Glassine bags are perfect for the Valentine gift packages. I found the big red and white buttons in the Buttons Pack. I sewed them on the belt of the patterned paper.

Thank you so much for stopping by!

Fancy Pants Designs collections used:  Wish Season, Kraft and Glassine bags


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X’s & O’s: Too Cute for Words


It’s Monday and just a few days left until Valentine’s Day and today it’s all about love and cuteness. This week is X’s and O’s Week.  I am featuring my six year old sweetheart. This tiny girl always lets me hug her and she is just so sweet and always stands up for her big brother.  I feel I really captured her beauty in this photo and also some of her attitude. This girls also knows exactly what she wants.

Christin Gronnslett - xo
This page is all about mixing linear with mixed media and die cuts.  I am somewhat “allergic” to completely straight things so these lines are not straight on purpose, because I like to get a little rough look when combined with the randomness of the mixed media background.  To round the page up even more I used several cutfiles.

Christin Gronnslett - xo - detail01
To make this background I started with a watercolor paper and added a mix of different mists, Ecoline, acryl aqua and stamps.  I used a watercolor brush to “paint” first with all the different types of media, then I added lots of drops of mist and then some stamps.

Christin Gronnslett - xo - detail02
For the layers around the pictures I love to tuck in small strips of paper and small embellishments, all to avoid straight lines only.  You can also see how the mixed media softens the transition between the photo and the white watercolor paper.

Christin Gronnslett - xo - detail03
I hope to see all your X’s and O’s projects on the Fancy Pants Designs FB page this week.

Fancy Pants Designs collections used: Happy Place, Office Suite


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