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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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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.

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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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