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Fancy Cuts: 1 Design 2 Ways


Hello everyone, Jess here today with a pair of cards showcasing a bit of fussy cutting.  I like to use fussy cutting techniques to create new embellishments from my patterned papers and make new interesting features from the elements already printed on the papers.

You’ll see both my cards today have roughly the same design scheme but they definitely have different looks.

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This first card makes use of a traditional form of fussy cutting.  I found the whimsical flowers embedded in a couple of Brag Cards and loved the sweet look of them.  I clustered them over another Brag Card and a tag and tucked in three fussy cut leaves from patterned paper.  I used foam tape to pop the yellow flower up a bit.

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I also fussy cut the arrow piece from the Attwell 6×6 pad.  It coordinates perfectly with the Happy Place collection!

The second card uses the same Brag Card and tag central design but has a more modern and graphic feel.

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When I am going through my supplies looking for interesting places to fussy cut I like to find smaller bits like the “no limits” rectangle seen here.  Instead of cutting it entirely off the background I cut about 2/3 of the way around it and tucked the round tag behind it.  This really unifies the background with the foreground elements.

No Limits card detail_Jess Mutty_Fancy Pants Designs
I also fussy cut the little triangles out and arranged them both over the central area and off of it to draw the eye down the front of the card.

Fussy cutting doesn’t have to be all about extreme detail and intricate designs! Have fun cutting up your patterned paper and embellishments to make the most of them!

Fancy Pants Designs collections used: Happy Place, Attwell


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Fancy Cuts: Cruise & Explore


Hello Friends!

Today I’m sharing some FANCY fussy cuts… fancy that!  I love fussy cutting elements on the paper to include on a layout or project, particularly flowers. If you cut a variety and only apply adhesive to the centre or use foam squares or pop dots, you achieve dimension and interest on your layout. This is a layout created of the photos from our Alaska cruise earlier this year… Juneau was an amazing port to explore and these tulips were magnificently beautiful.


Create the layout using a full sheet of Mapped Out. Add a strip of Team Meeting and Time Card. Adhere thin blue ric rac trim over the joint. Place photos and then add alphas from the Alphabet Pack, raising them with foam squares. Add applicable State Pieces and adhere a raised ampersand from the Insta Pack and EXPLORE from the Ephemera Pack.


Now that you have the base to work with, fussy cut various flowers from the full size sheet of Lunch Break including leaves and vines. Fussy cut smaller flowers from the matching paper design in the 6×6 Paper Pad. Place and adhere to the layout with a layering effect. Fussy cut flowers from the Ephemera pack (trimming white area from the flowers) and adhere onto paper fussy cut flowers with foam squares. You will notice that the Ephemera flowers are darker than the paper flowers, creating interest and contrast. Add a fussy cut flower cluster on the left edge of the photos, adding a floral Flair to finish the cluster.


Add two decorative pins and a small ribbon bow to complete the floral embellishment cluster. Add smaller fussy cut flowers along the right-hand side of the main photo, tucking a few under the photo and some overlapping onto the photo. This creates interest and leads the eye through the layout.

Remember to share your FANCY layouts created with the various Fancy Pants Designs collections on the Fancy Pants Designs Facebook page!

Fancy Pants Designs collections used: Office Suite


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Fancy Cuts: Pineapple Mini Album + FREE cut file.


With summer in the air & today’s focus being on ‘Fancy Cuts’, I thought you as our loyal fans, might enjoy a FREE cut file & mini book idea.

Using the gorgeous Summer Sun collection, I created this Pineapple shaped mini book, I know you will love!

Pineapple Mini Book by Kim Watson 

@fancypantsdsgns @KimWatson #SVG #cutfile #summercrafting #scrapbooking #minibookTo create the cute pineapple shaped covers, I layered yellow & orange plain papers which can be found on the reverse sides of the Summer Sun patterned papers. I used the aqua papers for the leaves & cut pineapple slices in x2 sizes, layering them together with buttons for the decorative flower. Twine & a few ephemera complete the arrangement, with a title cut from another brag card.

@fancypantsdsgns @KimWatson #SVG #cutfile #summercrafting #scrapbooking #minibook

@fancypantsdsgns @KimWatson #SVG #cutfile #summercrafting #scrapbooking #minibook


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The inside pages are brag cards inserted into a folded paper strip, concertina style. SEE my post here for a FULL TUTORIAL. Just add photos, simple embellishments & journaling.

@fancypantsdsgns @KimWatson #SVG #cutfile #summercrafting #scrapbooking #minibookKimWatson+Pineapple mini+FPD07Here are a few of the inside pages, to give you an idea of how less is more when designing these decorative kinds of mini albums. I still want to add a few journaling strips, but the simple embellishments, definitely keep the focus on the photographs.

@fancypantsdsgns @KimWatson #SVG #cutfile #summercrafting #scrapbooking #minibook

Here is another close up of the cover…and you are all done! This pineapple is sure to be a showstopper on your summer mantel!

As promised, here is the FREE Pineapple Mini Book cut file.

NB: it is for personal use only! Download HERE>>

@fancypantsdsgns @KimWatson #SVG #cutfile #summercrafting #scrapbooking #minibook

Fancy Pants Designs collection used: Summer Sun


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Fancy Cuts: Party Bags


Hello Fancy Pants friends! Today I’d like to share something fun for a Fancy Cuts project with you!


I created these tags with the new Summer Sun collection. I love those bright and happy colors! You can find many die-cut shapes in the collection. I picked some shapes from the Ephemera Pack, Alphabet Pack, Tags, and Insta Pack.


I used my tags on the card and souvenirs for the party. I cut silver stars from Silver Foil Paper with my die cutting machine. Decorative Bags and Confetti are from Burlap & Bouquets Party Kits & Supplies.


I love the combination of the kraft tags and colorful die-cut shapes! The cute Mini Craft Journal is my favorite. I will use those small tags for the bookmarks.


The Alphabet Pack is really useful. Using tags, die-cut shapes from Ephemera Pack and Alphabet Pack you can create tags for treats in a couple of minutes.

Thank you so much for stopping by! Remember to share your inspired projects using Fancy Pants Designs products on our Facebook page!

Fancy Pants Designs collections used: Summer Sun  Silver Foil Paper  Burlap & Bouquets Party Kits & Supplies


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Fancy Cuts: Christmas Cards


Hi, Fancy Pants friends! Alena here today. I begin to prepare for Christmas. Today I want to share with you Christmas cards that I have made from the Oh, Deer! collection. This collection is perfect for winter cards and layouts!


For the first card I cut Christmas toys from patterned paper, and also used items from the Ephemera Pack.

photo3For the second card I cut the poinsettia flowers and lifted them using foam pads.


For the third card I used many layers of paper cuts.


It seems to me that such cards wonderfully complement the main gift. I hope I inspired you to make something beautiful!.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Fancy Pants Designs collections used : Oh, Deer!

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Fancy Cuts: Grateful Cards


Happy Monday, Fancies! We’re kicking off the week with some fancy cuts and sharing ways to stretch your paper and use every little ounce of Fancy Pants goodness.

My birthday was yesterday and, because I have some really spectacular family and friends, I knew I needed to have some fall thank-you cards ready to send out this week.  So here’s a look at what I put together using the True Friend collection (how appropriate!).

I started out by die-cutting “thankful” and “grateful”. Die-cutting and punching are super ways to make use of remnant patterned paper. And then I took this fun triangle design sheet and cut out the triangles with pinking shears.



I matched up all my triangles and words to a piece of paper that would then be my card base and put together these fun cards:

 I like to finish off the insides of my cards too, so I choose a coordinating sheet that handwriting would still be visible on, and sometimes I’ll fancy it up – like fussy-cutting a flower, and stamping a fun little sentiment.


That’s it from me – have a great week!

Fancy Pants Designs collection used: True Friend




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