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The 2015 Fancy Pants Design Team!

03/04/15

We are so excited to finally announce our super talented group of designers for 2015! You’ve probably seen a few peeks here and there of work from our new designers and now we are shouting them from the rooftops! Please join us in congratulating our designers, new and old!

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Returning Designers:

Jess Mutty – Coordinator – United States
Anna Kossakovskaya – Russia
Alena Grinchuk – Russia
Glenda Viljoen – South Africa
Kim Watson – South Africa
Vicki Chrisman – United States
Yuki Shimada – Japan

NEW Designers:

Jen Chesnick – United States

Hi my name is Jen Chesnick, I go by Chez too.  Currently I live in the great state of Maryland with my husband Bill, my daughter Parker and my bonus daughter Tori. I sell cheese and crackers by day for Mondelez International and by night I craft, scrapbook, obsess over Pinterest & Facebook. Not only am I a social media addict I watch almost all reality TV it’s quite ridiculous. When I am not cooped up in the house I like to travel, and don’t be shocked but I love to camp. As long as I have wi-fi and a power strip all is well in the world. I started scrapbooking in 2006 after seeing one of my mother’s scrapbooks. I’ve always been a pretty crafty gal. Some of my favorite childhood memories are of making crafts in Girl Scouts and patching together random fabric pieces making clothes. Paper crafting has turned into a full on obsession.

Mary-Ann Maldonado – United States

I am Mary-Ann Maldonado originally from Maine, now residing in Massachusetts.  I have followed my retired Marine around for 21 years, so we have lived in many extraordinary places.  I am a mama to my best friend (Roman), his best friend (Flo the dog) and her best friend (Leroy the cat).  I remember crafting with my mom as a small child.  Making our own holiday décor, personalized cards and macaroni art!   However, I started scrapbooking on my dining room table in 2000 and now I consume the entire house! Scrapbooking pages are my passion but I love mini albums and cards too.  I am a hoarder of many things.  Antiques, paper and embellishments, but my undiagnosed OCD helps keep it all in order.  I have been an educator and designer for several years now and teach locally, run a KOTM and sell on ETSY.

Sherri Funk – Canada

I am a spunky Canadian girl, living on the prairies, married to the sweetest guy around. Together, we have 3 girls ages 11-15, and one very spoiled miniature poodle named Wilson.  I spend my days as an administrative ninja for a cleaning company.  I thoroughly enjoy strong coffee, roller coasters, eating out, and a good movie, at home on a Saturday night.  I yell at the TV when watching football, and hockey, and spend many hours a week shuttling my girls to their numerous dance practices.  My love for scrapping was sparked after the death of my mother 14 years ago. There was so much I didn’t know about her when she died. Because of that, I became determined to leave a fun and creative record of our family’s memories for my own girls. I’m primarily a layout girl, who enjoys keeping up with trends.  I use clean lines, and often incorporate many layers, stitching, and several embellishments on my layouts.  I am thrilled to be joining Fancy Pants Designs and look forward to inspiring you to create fun and lasting memories through crafting.

WELCOME, new designers to our little family!  We can’t wait to have another fantastic year overflowing with creative possibilities!

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PageMaps: Hanging With Wiggum

Today begins two weeks of sharing our work with the March 2015 sketches for the fabulous PageMaps! Keep coming back for all the close ups and details on how we used this month’s sketches to inspire our work.

Hello everyone, Sherri here to share with you my take on a fun, out of ‘my box’ PageMaps sketch.  I always find it a nice challenge to play along with sketches that aren’t necessarily within my proverbial design box.  PageMaps sketches help me to jump out and create in a new and exciting way.

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On our most recent trip to Disney World I was reminded once again how fun it is to take summer photos.  That great light, mixed with the gorgeous, bold colors of Disney make for fantastic scrap worthy photos.  We may not watch The Simpsons in our home, but my girls recognized this character, and all wanted to snap a photo with him.

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I am a sucker for ampersands and loved the size of this one. I dressed it up just a tad by stitching a button to it.  Fancy Pants Designs ephemera packages are filled with so many great elements to layer and tuck, and pop up with a little 3D foam tape.

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The border strips are a great time saver… no need to pull out the punches or scissors and remnants of patterned papers to create your own all the time.  I really appreciate the small black elements mixed into this collection. They really help to ground the bold patterns and colors, making them even easier to to work with when your photo themselves have bold colors and patterns.

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Finally here is the sketch that that I worked with.  You can clearly see the design reflected in my layout even with some minor substitutions.  For those times when you find yourself staring at all your pretty products, just pushing them around the page, not making any headway on actually getting anything stuck down to the page sketches are a great way to jump start your creativity.

Thanks for stopping by today and be sure to pop back tomorrow for another inspiring sketch and layout.

Fancy Pants Designs collection used: Flutter

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New Release: Making Waves!

03/03/15

We’re back with round two of our new Summer collection release!!! This line is going to make your summer scrapbooking THAT. MUCH. MORE. FUN.  We are so excited to share this fabulous, traditional collection with you: a new line we call Making Waves!

Screen Shot 2015-01-12 at 3.34.10 PMThe color pallet is traditional but the design is all new and original with custom designs and lots of fun images!  And, some silver foil… so cool for this line, right?!

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More clean, graphic designs in a super traditional summer/cruise/vacation pallet… we are so THRILLED with this line and know you will be, too!!

Web_products_MW_1Navy flocking on the tags… swoon! Silver waves and silver accenting on the Brag Cards – oh,and more chalkboard prints… totally awesome!!

Web_products_MW_2Well, there you have our TWO NEW SUMMER COLLECTIONS!  We hope you love them… be sure to leave a comment for the chance to win some of these goodies in the coming weeks!  Yay for summer!

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New Release: Summer Sun!

03/02/15

NEW RELEASE: SUMMER SUN!

I’m missing summer about now but it will be here before I know it and I’ll be grinning from ear to ear… and for those of you basking in the sun year-round, these new lines are going to make you smile, too! We’re pretty sure we hit the mark with these lines and, again, we’re introducing TWO summer collections AND they are both amazing!

Screen Shot 2015-01-12 at 3.34.14 PMUp first is our Summer Sun Collection!  It’s full of light and bright colors — with a feminine touch!  Let us know what you think and we’ll be picking a lucky winner to walk away with some of these goodies in the coming weeks!!!

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We love these clean, graphic designs… creatinging is a breeze with this collection!

Web_products_SS_1Just check out the cool gold foils on the paper and brag cards… ooh, I spy some flocking on the tags and wood veneer is back!  So many different mediums to make your projects pop!!

Web_products_SS_2Thanks for joining us today… can’t wait to read what you think in the comments! Stayed tuned tomorrow for our second new summer collection!

 

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Clipboard Photo Display

02/27/15

Hi, Fancy Pants friends! I’m so excited to share a home decor project using the new Flutter collection and the 8×8 clipboard with you.

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I chose the B side of the Change paper for the background of my project. I love those textured papers in the new collection.

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I made this part with the ephemera pack, insta pack, and button mix. You can find three different types of elements -patterned paper, chalk, and gold foil products per pack in the new ephemera pack and insta pack.

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I attached a wooden phrase to the top of the metal. Small snowflakes and stitches on a chalk tag are doodled with a white pen. I added stickers and bakers twine, too.

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Thank you so much for stopping by today!

Fancy Pants Designs collections used: Flutter, Artist Edition

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An Altered Clock

02/25/15

Hi everyone!  I’ve been enjoying creating with the new Fancy Pants collections this past couple of weeks and wanted to share with you one of the projects I just finished. I’ve had this old clock face that I’ve been wanting to alter and I thought the “Flutter” collection would be perfect for this project, so I decided to have a little fun with it.

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I knew, given the size of the clock face, that I wouldn’t be using the 12×12 papers but that was okay because I had so many fun pieces from the ephemera pack to choose from to create with. I adore that little banner!    It was the first piece I picked up and added.

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There were so many pieces I wanted to add but realized there just wasn’t much room on the front of the clock without totally covering the photo.  Then I thought, why not have them coming out of the top?   So I wrapped some pieces of wire around a fat paint brush to give them the “spring” look , added a piece of foam to the inside of the clock to stick the wire into, and added the flowers and saying to the tops with hot glue.

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It’s a project that came together quickly and was super fun to make.  Now I want to make more!  I guess I’d better be on the look out for more clocks… I know where I can find the Fancy Pants goodies!  :)

Fancy Pants Designs collection used: Flutter

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