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Fancy Cuts: Tiny Trees


Hello Friends!  Today I am going to share a few different ways to stretch your supplies and use your pattern paper in two different ways.  I am going to be fussy cutting Christmas trees.  The first way, I will be stamping a Christmas tree using Fancy Pants Designs stamps and the other I will be cutting Christmas tree images off of the pattern paper.


Using the Christmas tree stamp from the Merry & Bright collection I stamped the image with black ink onto several pieces of pattern paper.


Next, using scissors, I cut the Christmas trees out.  These fussy cuts are now ready to be used on a project.  Be it a card, place setting, or in this case a tag, they are an easy and perfect diy die cut.


Here are the Christmas trees on one of the tags I created.  I used foam tape to give the trees dimension and added glitter glue to make them more festive.


Another way to fussy cut is to cut out an image from pattern paper.  As you can see, this sheet of Festive Firs from the Merry & Bright collection has a ton of different trees on the sheet of paper.  I cut a few of each tree design out using sharp scissors.



In the Merry & Bright Tags pack there is a similar tree (just larger) printed on a tag.  So I decided add the fussy cut trees to the tag.  Again, I adhered them using foam adhesive and added glitter glue to sparkle them up a bit.


There are so many dies, electronic machines, manual machines, pre cut die cuts that can become overwhelming, especially for a beginner crafter.  But going back to the basics, and just using scissors is equally as fun and stretches you supplies for less.

Fancy Pants Designs collection used: Merry & Bright


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Fancy Cuts: Supersize it


Hi friends…Kim here with a new page using beautiful the Golden Days collection. Today I have a challenge for you, have you ever considered supersizing an element on your page for emphasis? Although not fall themed in content…I wanted to capture this memory using fall products, especially given there were so many embellishments in this collection that helped me tell my story. To do this I die-cut a large over sized leaf in woodgrain patterned paper, this became the grounding element on my page design.

It Takes a Village by Kim Watson

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 For the background, I repeated the words: HAPPY FALL DAYS, and die-cut them from vellum. This gave my background sophisticated interest. Next came the ink splatters for a flash of color, on top which I placed my gorgeous over sized leaf. Next I layered a mixture of acetate, foil & paper ephemera, puffy stickers, labels & stitching. By clustering them on the bottom right of the page, helped create an overall asymmetrical page design.

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I love how even though I used plenty of techniques & product, the page still has a minimalist feel, which showcases the photos & journaling perfectly! This is yet another example of how versatile this stunning collection is! A special, everyday moment caught in autumn style!!

Thank you for stopping by!

Fancy Pants Designs Collection used: Golden Days, Vellum


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Fancy Cuts: Love This Moment


Hey everyone! Nicole here again today to wrap up the week with a Fancy Cuts paper. I just love the Fancy Floral paper from the Life is Beautiful collection. The florals are so pretty and so easy to cut out of the paper to use as embellishments!

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I started my page with a diecut from my electronic diecut machine and then decided the flowers were the perfect addition around the leafy design. I trimmed several flowers from the paper, both large and teeny tiny small too!

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I added some foam adhesive to the backside of the smaller flowers in order to make them pop around the leafy circle background. I really love the intermingling color you can get by mixing the color of the flowers in among the background design.

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I finished off my page with a few buttons and epoxy dots from a few different Fancy Pants collections and scattered them around the leafy circle frame on the page.

I hope you are inspired to grab your scissors and “fancy” cut some designs from your patterned papers to use as embellishments too!

Fancy Pants Designs collections used: Life is BeautifulWish SeasonAttwell


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fancy cuts: Hey Girl!


Hello everyone, I am excited to be sharing on the Fancy Pants Design blog again. I kick off this gorgeous week with a Fancy Cuts project! I loved putting this page together…want to know why? When faced with the gorgeous array of patterned papers from the Life if Beautiful collection, I struggled to choose just a few. I however found a solution by not choosing at all…I just used them all LOL! The cut file I selected made feat this possible. Let me show you how.

Hey Girl by Kim Watson



This is the page “Hey Girl”, a fun colorful page that is going in a frame. I love that it perfectly captures her personality at 12 yrs old.


Using white cardstock, I cut the file & filled each gap with patterned paper. For variety, you’ll notice I added some watercolor patterns to the B & W pindot paper, as well as a few plain colors for balance. Machine stitching made sure each little piece stay where it was supposed to :)


The super woodgrain chipboard alphas made a great focal area at the top of the photos drawing one’s eye to the cluster. Layers of patterned paper, tags, ephemera & puffy stickers create dimension & interest.


Don’t you just love the gold foil puffy sentiment from the Millie & June collection? A Flair button, puffy stickers & ephemera, finish things off nicely here.


I used this little tag cluster with a mini bow, ephemera, tag from Attwell & puffy stickers was all I needed to finish off the asymmetrical page design. Thanks so much for stopping by today. I hope you have found my project inspiring! Happy Monday!

Fancy Pants Designs collections used: Life is Beautiful,Millie & JuneAttwell





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Fancy Cuts: Beach Love


Hey everyone, Nicole here to talk about fussy cutting. Truth is, fussy cutting is one of those techniques that don’t often get too much attention on my pages, but you can really stretch your supplies (and paper stash) by fussy cutting out images for your pages!

I was inspired by the floral paper (Fancy Floral) in the new Life is Beautiful collection for my page.

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I started cutting flowers from the top edge of the paper – no flowers were spared. I cut half flowers and even smaller little ones to add in clusters on my page. I added my photo first and then adhered my fussy cut flowers in a row across my page, surrounding my photo.

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I used some foam adhesive to pop some of the flowers up and then tape runner to tuck some of the half flowers slightly under my photo or along the edge of my papers to make them appear to be full flowers.

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I hope you are inspired to get your scissors moving and fussy cut some of that pretty paper in the
Life is Beautiful collection!

Fancy Pants Designs collection used: Life is Beautiful


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Fancy Cuts: Decoupaged Jar


Hello Fancy Pants friends!   I’m always excited to dig into my Fancy Pants goodies and create, but when it’s a brand new collection it’s extra fun!  I couldn’t wait to play with the gorgeous new “Life is Beautiful” collection when I saw it.  I absolutely loved the colors, and my eye was drawn to the floral paper right off the bat.  I decided for this project I’d do I little fancy cutting with those pretty pink and yellow flowers. Of course there are so many great pieces in the ephemera pack I could use also. But I decided for the decoupage project I had in mind, I would cut flowers from the “Fancy Floral” 12×12 sheet.  It’s amazing how far one sheet of paper can go… wow!

I cut the flowers out and used Mod Podge to adhere them to this plain quart jar to make a fun vase for some flowers.

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To add a bit of the aqua color I just used a regular paper punch to punch out some dots and decoupaged them on.   

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I also really like the way the Mod Podge gave the glass that frosted look.

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The pieces of ephemera in the ephemera pack were just way too cute not to use to add as picks in my flowers. It was as easy as painting some wooden dowels white and hot gluing the ephemera to the ends. I love the way all the pieces in the spokes of the bike are even cut out! It looks so great when the light shines through it.

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I decided if I was going to give flowers I’d go ahead and make a card to go with them
😊 (a good excuse for me to keep playing with my new goodies).

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This jar happened to have a glass lid so I will definitely plan to give it to the recipient as well, because as you can see from the photo above it would make a great container to set out.   Oh… say, for storage in your craft room (wink, wink).

This collection is just full of happy colors! After the long winter here in Nebraska it was a joy to create with.

Thanks so much for stopping by today and letting me share with you.

Fancy Pants Designs collection used: Life is Beautiful



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