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03/29/17

Hey everyone!  I LOVE making and sending hand made cards (oh, and receiving them also of course… just in case anyone wants to send me one lol).   I try to have extras made up so when I need one I have some to choose from.  I have always had a little (very plain) box in my studio that I used for cards, but I thought it was about time to spruce it up a bit.  So today I’m going to share with you, three new cards I made with the Life is Beautiful collection and my new “styl’n” box to keep them in.

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The box is hard to see in this photo so I’ll be sharing a photo of it on its own, open and closed, below.

First here are the cards individually.

There are so many beautiful ephemera pieces for layering and adding interest to your cards. I really like adding foam tape or mounting squares to some of the pieces to add dimension. Aren’t these colors just so yummy??

1 Card sunshine and smiles
There are so many pieces to choose from, it’s easy to find something to fit what you have in mind. These pieces certainly make putting a card together fun and easy. I think I am so much more likely to hand make a card if I know it’s not going to be a huge time commitment. With this it’s all together: all the coordinating pieces to create in a snap. I don’t have to feel like I’m dragging out everything in my craft room.

2 card enjoy the ride
I think this one will be great for an upcoming graduation. I seem to feel my card is not finished without two or three Puffy Dot Stickers.  It’s great that they come in different sizes also!

3 card the sky is the limit
The box I was using for cards was just an old cigar box.  It’s just not the traditional size and shape. (I think that’s why I liked it so much).  It’s the perfect size for the A2 cards and envelopes I use.

It was fun and easy to dress up.

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For the inside I used more of the gorgeous papers from this collections and then some of the Puffy Design Stickers and Chipboard Alpha.

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Now I have a cute, dressed up little box to hold my cards that looks pretty cute sitting here on my desk. 😊

This is a great collection to create with.  I hope you leave feeling inspired.

Thanks so much for stopping by.

Fancy Pants Designs collection used: Life is Beautiful

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Sweet Punched Cards

03/20/17

Good morning!

Nicole here to share some fun cards with you using the Sweet Nothings collection! I often forget about some of those tools I have collecting in my scrap space… especially my punches! They seem to be my most neglected tool of late. I grabbed three different punches and decided to use them to make some easy cards with the same basic supplies.

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I started with a pretty border punch and punched the edge of a few papers from the Sweet Nothings 6×6 paper pad. I simply adhered the strips to the top of the card front and added some simple tags to add my sentiment. Pretty simple and came together really quickly.

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Next, I put one of my small circle punches to work – using the same patterned paper from the Sweet Nothings 6×6 paper pad. I punched several pinked circles and layered two together and simply stitched them down to the card front. I added a little foam adhesive behind the top layer of the stitched circle for just a tad dimension and used the Sweet Nothings enamel letters for my sentiment – BAM! Another quick card done!

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My last card didn’t come together quite as easily, but by far it’s my fave! I used my trusty flower punch along with a scallop edge one and layered the punched papers together to make these fun and whimsical flowers. I added some foam adhesive between the layers and, of course, some simple stems stitched down to the front of the card.  I just love how fun and easy this one really is. Te dry emboss/scoring on the background took more time for me to worry about than assembling those fun flowers!

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I really love how you can pull together a few basic supplies and whip out a few quick cards very simply when it all just works!!

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Fancy Pants Designs collection used: Sweet Nothings

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Crafting a Banner

03/10/17

Hey friends!  Today I thought I’d share with you a new banner I made for my studio (aka craft room).  I loved the fun colorful pieces in the Jody Parade collection. So many of them just seem to perfect for an art/craft room banner.

Fancy Pants Banner using Joy Parade 1
Using the Puffy Funky Alphabet Stickers, I could easily add ” Make Stuff”, layered on a pretty tag and some ephemera pieces.

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Again, using the Alphabet stickers and  a fun tag,another banner piece came together.  I had these little colored pencils that I thought would be fun to add.

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There are so many great Brag cards to choose to add to your design that I had a hard time narrowing it down, but I really love this one. I added a paint brush at the bottom and some random Puffy Dots to look like paint drops.

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There are so many fun elements in this collection it makes it so easy to create with.   I started with this cool tag and then added to the banner piece with the Designer Puffy Stickers, ephemera, and flair.

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I’m loving the new fun colors it added to my room and loving how it looks hanging on my Hosier!

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Are you needing a little color in your life? A banner for your craft room using the Joy Parade Collection might just be the easy and fun solution. 😊

Keep Creating!

Fancy Pants Designs collection used: Joy Parade

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Gift Idea: Love Journal

03/03/17

Hi everyone, Kim Watson here with with a cool gift idea to share. I know you are going to love it!

Motivated by my brothers recent engagement & up-and-coming wedding, I decided to make the happy couple a Love Journal, and what better collection to use for this, than the gorgeous Sweet Nothings collection. The thought behind it, was to create a journal for them to capture their own thoughts & memories. I scattered a few photographs throughout it to kickstart their process.

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I visited Sim’s Facebook page & downloaded a selection of photographs from her feed, them printed them out, changing them to black & white for continuity given they are from different events. Hand drawn journal lines add a spot for them to journal about the events shown in the photos. Leaving ‘white’ space allows them room to add anything extra they feel is special enough to add to the album.

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The ephemera with Parisian motifs are perfect for their recent trip to France. Again I added journal lines for personalization. The right hand page has a little prompt to encourage them to add extra photos and memorabilia.

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The thin Puffy Sticker font from the Sweet Nothings collection, is perfect to add appropriate titles throughout the journal.

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The backs of the patterned paper have gorgeous bright colored plain papers…look how striking this spread is?

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More blank pages will allow them to add more photos of their journey, as their wedding day approaches.

Perfect, HAPPY products, for the perfect engagement gift….I cannot wait to get this Love Journal into the mail for them to enjoy. I hope they love it as much as loved putting it together.

Watch my process video below:

Thank you for visiting the Fancy Pants Designs blog today!

Fancy Pants Designs collections used: Sweet Nothings

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Spring Flower Cheer

02/28/17

Hello friends!  Here we are ready to jump into March!  I for one am ready for winter to be over. Winters can seem very long in NE. I’m ready to see some color!

I am ready for some color (besides grey and brown, lol).   This time of year I find ways to add some color in my house to carry me over until things start greening up and flowers start blooming.

It’s quite surprising to me how much it cheers me up, even if it’s something little, sitting on my window ledge in the kitchen. Which is exactly where I plan to set these.

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The colors and patterns from the Sweet Nothings collection are just HAPPY!   There are great Ephemera, Tags, and Puffy Stickers with this collection that you could add also if you like. I chose to keep mine sweet, simple little flowers. The green for the leaves was from the “Life is Beautiful” collection.

They are going to add a little bit of sunshine to my kitchen even on the dreariest of days. 😉

What else can you do to spread a little sunshine and cheer? Well, how about sending a “just because” card to someone to brighten their day?

Wonderful you card
With all the fun pieces in the Ephemera Pack, there’s so much to choose from for making cards.  They make creating cards fun and easy. Now… deciding who to send this too… hmmm

I love sending hand made cards and who doesn’t enjoy getting them in the mail, right?  I’m hoping it will bring a little cheer someones day!

I’m hoping you feel inspired to break out some pretty Fancy Pants papers and add a little color and cheer to your day!

Fancy Pants Designs collections used: Sweet Nothings, Life is Beautiful

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Sticky Note Desk Center

02/22/17

Hello Friends! Today I am sharing a super easy way to store your favorite Fancy Pants Designs Sticky Notes and have a cute note center for a desk.

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I am not one of those moms who have a command center in their home with a calendar and all of that. Brava to moms that dedicated to being super organized.  I have planners, my iPhone, and post-its with lists.

I bought this cute board for $3 in a dollar section around the holidays and I finally put it to use.  I love making lists and using sticky notes on everything so I created a fun way to store them on my desk.

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I put some permanent adhesive on the back on the last sticky notes just to keep them from falling down, then placed them on the board.  I added the black + white washi tape below the notes just to balance out the board, and used a flower die cut from the ephemera kit and adhered it using foam squares. I decided to spell out the word “notes” using the black puffy alphabet stickers and added the banner from the Ephemera package. To embellish the rest of the board I added a few pennants.

This was a lot of fun to create and it’s something that anyone from all levels could re-create!

Fancy Pants Designs collection used: Sweet Nothings

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