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DIY December: Merry & Bright Cards


Hello, Fancy Pants Designs friends! Yuki here to share the idea of Christmas cards using the Merry and Bright collection!


I really love everything in the Merry & Bright collection! There are so many fun products in the collection – it was hard to choose some items from them for my project – you are going to love them!


The clear stamps in the 5×7 Stamp Set are all useful. They are perfect for your cards and tags projects. I used the Merry & Bright stamp for the sentiment on my cards.


You can find the wonderful Gold Foil Vellum sheets in the collection. I used the Gold Mini Dot Vellum and Gold Foil Script Vellum on the cards. I added some fun die-cut shapes from the Ephemera with Gold Foil and Acetate Designs pack. I also added the Flairs, too.


I love the gold acetate star and tree from the Ephemera with Gold Foil and Acetate Designs.


The most fun part of the cards is the Bottle Brush Trees! I added the small trees (2” size) on my card. They are so cute!

Thank you for stopping by today!

Fancy Pants Designs collection used:  Merry & Bright


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DIY December: Let the Countdown Begin!


Happy December, Fancy Pants friends! We hope you’ll join us this month for a celebration of all things DIY with our “DIY December” event.  Each day you’ll see off-the-page projects for creating a handmade holiday. We appreciate thoughtful touches, creating with intention, and all the little extra details. Create with us!

Hello friends…Kim here to share an off the page project with you.

Are you excited?! I am so excited!! It is December and only 23 sleeps until Christmas…let the holiday vibes begin. Fa la la la!

To make the countdown to Christmas easier for us super busy, crafty peeps, I created something just for you to enjoy. No elves…no cutesy critters…something a little more sophisticated to dress up your desk or holiday mantel.

Countdown Clipboard by Kim Watson

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This project was a cinch to put together using one of the BRAND NEW DIY clipboards with the removable clips! I adore the different sizes, making them ideal for a variety of crafty endeavors.

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I was going through my Fancy Pants products for this post I stumbled upon on a pack of the Scalloped Chalk Labels from a few years back. It immediately sparked the idea of a countdown clipboard, especially as they are so easily wipeable, allowing the numbers to be chalked afresh each day.

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Washi tape from the Merry & Bright collection & twine allowed me to attach a piece of white chalk to the clip of the clipboard. Attaching it to the clipboard was a must because no matter how careful I was, that chalk insisted on rolling off the table & onto the floor.

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Selecting pretty grey patterned paper, mostly red, green & grey ephemera and puffy stickers from the Merry & Bright collection, I was able to keep the color palette limited and therefore a more sophisticated. A little forest of bottle brush trees with a deer from 2015 Wish Season collection finished off things nicely.

The Countdown Clipboard can been found sitting proud on the corner of my desk, reminding me daily of how much Christmas shopping I still have to do LOL. I am so glad you stopped by! Remember to join us each day for the month of December for more gorgeous off the page projects from our talented design team.

Fancy Pants Design Products used: Merry & Bright collectionWish Season collectionScalloped Chalk Labels






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DIY December: Nontraditional Advent “Wreath”


Happy December, Fancy Pants friends! We hope you’ll join us this month for a celebration of all things DIY with our “DIY December” event.  Each day you’ll see off-the-page projects for creating a handmade holiday. We appreciate thoughtful touches, creating with intention, and all the little extra details. Create with us!

Hi there scrappy peeps, I’m back today with an off the page project!

I am a bit late posting this as first advent was last Sunday already… but maybe you are like me and create an advent wreath just to have a nice piece of decoration to get you into Christmas mood!


I used the wonderful Merry&Bright collection for my project, of course. Turquoise being one of my most favourite colors, I was immediately drawn to those papers in the collection that use this color. I used a tray to set up my wreath in. Well, It was supposed to be a wreath :). But then I found this piece and fell in love with it. I was thinking it would be easy to make it, too. Just collect some small straight branches and paint them white, then wrap jute cord around them and there you have your cool, non-traditional base for your deco piece!


I cut a few poinsettia flowers from the patterned papers. I added pop dots in between each layer to have more dimensional flowers. I used my hot glue gun to adhere the three flowers on top. The rest of my flowers I placed around my base, without adhering.
There’s some gorgeous white-gold vellum in this collection and from these I made rolled flowers. Obviously I used my Cameo to cut these, since I have it, but if you don’t you can still cut these by hand. You just need to cut a spiral form. I’m sure there are templates online. It might take more time, but you will love the results!


I really love acrylic pieces lately so I was very happy to find two in the Merry & Bright collection! I really wanted to use one with this project. Both fit actually, but I preferred the clean white look so I went with the white Believe piece. I adhered this to the cord with glossy accents.
I had some black and white tiny baubles and a lot of small black stars at home, which I scattered all around my tray. I also added some of the flair buttons from this collection!


These amazing candles I found in an online shop in Germany. Apparently they are called onion candles :). I love them! Most probably I won’t light them, so I can use them again.


Some more detail shots:




I hope you like how this turned out as much as I do! I will be back soon with another off the page project! Happy crafting!

Fancy Pants Designs collection used: Merry & Bright


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I Adore That Face


Its the end of November and that means, to me, the end of fall.  Even though we technically have a few weeks left of autumn I move into the winter vibe once December hits New England. So I eked out one more fall toned layout before I bring out the Christmas themes and snow embellishments!

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My colors may be autumnal but I actually primarily used Good Fellows for this boy themed layout.  He’s bundled in his fall weather gear which happened to coordinate with Good Fellows and a touch of navy from Golden Days.  I find Good Fellows is an incredibly versatile collection!

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I even used parts of product packaging here.  I wanted to add some of that light woodgrain behind both main focal areas and backing pieces from Golden Days products were perfect. The triangles bring that woodgrain pattern out towards the white space of the page.

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The main embellishment feature of this page is the large folded area. I simply folded the 12 x 12 corner over to the size I wanted and cut a smaller piece to back it so I didn’t waste an entire sheet. I tucked more patterns behind the fold and layered embellishments on top.

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I didn’t have the correct words for my title among the script puffy word stickers but you can see that I got creative and made my own by cutting the words apart and reconnecting them to make “face”. Sometimes you just have to get comfy with your scissors!

Thanks for joining me today to usher out fall. Tomorrow begins something winter-y and very special here on the blog so stay tuned!

Fancy Pants Designs collections used: Good Fellows, Golden Days

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Noted: A Jar Full of Tags


Hello friends!  With Thanksgiving behind us now, I have nothing but Christmas on my mind. There are always so many things to do to get ready for Christmas and the days seem to fly by, so I like finding ways to make things easy and fun so I can enjoy the holiday season.  Today I’d like to share with you one of the things I’ve done to make my gift wrapping cute and crafty, but quick and handy!

There are so many amazing tags in the Tag Pack in the Merry & Bright collection.  I loved the thought of using them on my gifts this year, and when I took a looked at the Merry & Bright stamp set I was even more excited. There is a TO: and FROM: stamp that is perfect for the backs of these tags and so many really cute stamps to design and accent the tags with.  Many of the tags already have gorgeous designs on them with words in pretty fonts… but it’s always fun to use the other stamps to add a little bit more embellishment.   Below I’ll show you what I did with the tags and stamps and how also created a fun little jar to store them in. The jar helps keep them all together, ready to use and also doubles as cute Christmas decor.

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As you can see, there are a lot of tags in the tag pack. These are just a few. I stamped on the fronts and backs of some and on some only on the backs with the “To:” and “From:”.

This stamp is a keeper! I will be using this for many years.

To and From Tag stamp

There are so many fun things you can do with these adorable stamps from the 5×7 inch stamp set.  You can stamp with plain black ink and it looks great, but I love using gold or silver glitter pens to accent the ink for a little extra sparkle.  You can also use colored ink for stamping, adding pen accents if you want. You can stamp directly on the tag or stamp on a separate (different colored) paper and cut it out to be added to your project. You can stamp and use embossing powder for some dimension or just use some Dimensional Highlights, Diamond Glaze, or Stickles to add some additional accent to your stamped sentiments.

It’s a bit hard to see the sparkle the glitter pens add to the stamped words in the photo but it really looks pretty.

Tag sample set

Now for a fun little jar to hold all my tags for handy use when I need need to do more wrapping…  and add another gift under the tree. 😊

I have been seeing a crafty little video floating around showing how you can take a half a plastic ornament and add it to the top of a jar to make a cute little snow globe looking topper.  The sweet little matching Bottle Brush Trees from Fancy Pants work perfectly under the dome.  The Plaid Washi Tape was so much easier than ribbon to use to cover the metal ring of the jar. It was the perfect width and so easy to use.

Tag Jar

So now I have an adorable little jar of tags just waiting to be used!

Gift tags and jar with chalkboard

Now I’m all set for some serious wrapping, with cute tags for all my packages.

I hope you leave here today with some stamping and creating inspiration. The holiday are the most fun time for crafting! Enjoy!

Fancy Pants Designs collection used : Merry & Bright


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Merry Boxes & Tags


Good morning! I am starting to feel pretty festive as the holidays are just around the corner. I thought I would get a jump start on some wrapping by creating some fun gift boxes and tags using the new Fancy Pants Designs collection – Merry & Bright

I simply used a box die cut shape that I found in the Silhouette store and die cut three boxes from some simple cardstock.  As they were pretty plain, I jazzed them up a little with some border punched cardstock and some corrugated cardstock from the Burlap and Bouquets collection to the center of the punched cardstock strips.

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Next, I wanted to use up a few little bits of scraps I had laying around and so why not make a few simple tags to go with the gifts! I cut a simple tag shape on white cardstock and then chose to embellish each tag separately.


I started by stamping each tag with a sentiment stamp from the Merry & Bright collection clear stamps and then set to using up those scrap pieces. The first tag was simple, I just cut some simple strips down that I had into different sizes and then added them to the tag front to create a tree shape. I added a little machine stitching, some buttons and a small diecut shape and voila! All done.

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Next, I added some of the pretty foiled vellum from the Merry & Bright collection to the front of the white tag and then added a series of pennant shapes from more scraps in my stash and finished it off with a few buttons and Merry & Bright flair badge.

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Last, I hand drew some letters to the backside of my patterned paper and cut the letters JOY out from some gold foil paper and Merry & Bright patterned papers. I added a quick stitched button from Wish Season to the centre of the word Joy on the front of the tag.

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It is really easy to add a little homemade goodness to your holiday gifts with a few bits and pieces from your stash!

Fancy Pants Designs collections used: Wish SeasonMerry & BrightBurlap and Bouquets


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