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To Die For: Gifts Tags


For a while it seemed like die cuts were going to be a fad and cyclical.  However with the popularity in electronic die cuts, die cuts from dies, and pre-cut die cuts this is one trend that is going to be around for a long, long time.  Die cuts really make a project look more professional and store bought.  Today I am sharing a simple banner created using a few die cuts and the Life Is Beautiful line.

Start by collecting pattern paper that you would like to use for the banner.  I decided on pieces of paper I had already cut through on the 6×6 Life Is Beautiful paper pad. I guess you can say I used scrap pieces of paper. I try to get as much as I can out of each sheet.

Layer each die cut using foam adhesive.

Once finished layering each die cut I grabbed the chipboard alpha to spell out “gifts”.  I strung the banner together using natural twine.

Fancy Pants Designs collection used: Life Is Beautiful


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Beautiful Greetings


Hi everyone! Jess here with a fun card trio featuring Life is Beautiful. This collection has so many fun pieces to add to cards it’s almost hard to pick! I managed to narrow them down to three sentiments, all different, and all lovely.

First, a fun birthday card:

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I based this card around the balloon ephemera and decided to make a subtle party theme for a birthday card. I had to borrow that sweet little cupcake from Millie & June because… cupcake! The understated “yay!” sentiment would make this card great for an adult or teen, too.

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I used foam dots to elevate multiple layers for interest, including the banner at the top.  And the enamel dots reminded me of confetti!

This next card was inspired by the bicycle ephemera:

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I love this little teal bike! I almost hated to cut it but I thought it looked cute riding into the picture with its basket of floating hearts.

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I added the sentiment to a trimmed tag and drifted the trail of hearts right up to it.  I also adore that puffy sticker bow on the bike!

And finally, a card inspired by the cloud, sun, and air balloon ephemera (can you tell I like ephemera??):

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This was a very intuitive card to design.  I started by clustering the balloons, sun, and clouds and the sentiment flowed naturally to the left from there.  I wanted to keep the rest of the design simple because this cluster is fairly large.

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The layers of border punched patterns and gold glitter washi tape reminded me of a sunset!

I hope these cards get you itching to create some beautiful greetings of your own!

Fancy Pants Designs collection used: Life is Beautiful

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Pinteresting: Laugh Love Relax


Good Morning!

It is so much fun to be challenged by different ideas when trying to create for a project.  Today, my assignment topic is Pinteresting.  We are asked to find something on Pinterest that inspires us.  Thinking outside the box and NOT using sketches, color mood boards or other layouts as inspiration.  We try and find something out of the ordinary to get the creative juices flowing.  I was so excited and inspired when I found my inspiration piece.  Let’s take a look.

The colors in the shape of a pie chart on the dark background scream “use me as inspiration”, don’t you think?

Instead of an exact pie chart, I chose to use a Brick Circle Background cut file from JustNick Studios.

Softening my background a bit, I layered white cardstock on top of the floral black paper called Fancy Floral.

You can see that I used different colors and patterns behind my cut file and layered coordinating ephemera, puffy stickers, flair and enamels on top.

It is fun to find inspiration from anywhere.  Advertisements in magazines are another favorite place to find inspiration.

Fancy Pants Designs collection used:  Life is Beautiful


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Family Time


Hey everyone, Amy here to share my latest Fancy Pants Designs layout with you.  I used the Life is Beautiful line to create this layout documenting some fun family time.

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The Life is Beautiful line is still definitely one of my favorites. I love how versatile it is! It has the best colors and patterns ever.  Here are some closeups.

The chipboard alpha with this line is definitely a favorite.

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Adding extras is always easy with all the embellishments that come with each of the collections.

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Thanks for visiting the blog today!

Fancy Pants Designs collection used: Life is Beautiful

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Getting in Shape: Stars



Hello everyone, Nicole here on the blog today to talk all about STARS! Stars are a great basic shape that can jazz up any project! I love using stars on projects of my boys, I love the masculine feel the project instantly takes on once a star or a few are introduced.

I started off my page by grabbing a 6×6 paper pad from the
Good Fellows collection and then die cut a star background from JustNick. This made the design process pretty easy. I just filled in those empty star spaces with various patterns from the Good Fellows paper pad.  I love the repetitive star shape, it adds a lot of fun to the background of the page.

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I was able to add in several simple embellishments that fit into my masculine themed page, from the
Good Fellows collection, one of those great labels from Happy Place, as well as some fun buttons from Wish Season!

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Fancy Pants Designs collections used: 
Happy PlaceWish SeasonGood Fellows


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Getting in shape: Diamonds


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Hi friends… Kim here with an idea using diamond shapes as a feature on a scrapbook page. Using the Life is Beautiful collection meant I had loads of super cute patterned papers to choose from. I solved my ‘having to choose problem’ by using just about all of them, layering them together in diamond shapes and stitching them for added texture.



I love how the ephemera pack included so many little sentiment strips, which I added to each cluster. It made sense to create clusters around the diamond shapes using ephemera, puffy stickers & flair, the white twine tied each cluster to the next, creating fabulous continuity and movement around the layout.


Thank you for stopping by today… I hope you have found this inspiring!

Fancy Pants Designs collection used: Life Is Beautiful



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