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Water Country!



It wasn’t long ago that it was still snowing here in my neck of the woods, so I am truly ready for SUMMER!  Using Poolside made me warmer, just by working with it!  Ha!  Anyway, I printed some photos from our trip to Water Country.  A large group of us go every year.  We always have a great time.

I picked the pool tile paper (Let’s Flamingly) as my base.  That is the ONLY 12×12 paper I used.  The rest is with the 6×6 paper pad.


I used a cut file that I backed with the paper pad.  I wanted smaller patterns.  Trick is, these papers all have upright designs.  When piecing together behind a file, you need to make sure that your papers are in the proper direction or you may have upside down flamingos and ducks!  I used a FREE cut file from Paper Issues. This one is called Sunny Days.


Now, have you seen the ephemera in the Poolside collection?  Fab.  Just fab.  |


See?  Fab, right?  I just love them all I bought 2 sets.

Thanks for stopping by today.


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Gorgeous Card Trio by Zsoka




Hello crafty friends,

Zsoka here with you today, sharing a trio of cards I’ve created for Fancy Pants Designs.


I’ve used the wonderful The Bright Side collection on these cards. They are really simple and quick to make! I made three A2 top folding card bases from heavy weight white card stock. Then I adhered  a different A2 size patterned paper to all of these.

For the first one I die cut 2 oval shapes using some Spellbinders dies. At this point I didn’t know yet what sentiment I will add, so when I opened the ephemera pack and found this oval die cut I was overjoyed! I love happy accidents like this! To add a bit of dimension, I added foam sheets between two of the oval layers. To finish it off, I glued some puffy sticker hearts and a die cut bird on the ovals. I used foam tape to attach the bird.



On the next card I cut a piece off the Natural Beauty paper, which has a beautiful flower bouquet on it. I cut it in a way that the bouquet was on the left side of my card. Then I picked out some of the die cut flowers from the ephemera pack as well as some leaves, a frame and a sentiment and played around with the arrangement. I decided to use foam adhesive on the frame and on the flowers. I glue down the leaves first, then the frame, then added in the flowers. To finish off the card I adhered my sentiment, again using foam adhesive, and attached a bow I made of the twin that comes in the tags set.



I really wanted to use these super cute cups on a card because I knew I wasn’t going to use them on a layout. It would have been a shame if they had gone to waste! There’s 3 in the ephemera pack, but once I stacked them on top of each other, they were not tall enough, so I took a 4th one from another ephemera pack. I used foam adhesive to attach these to the card front. One of the cups has The Good Stuff written on it and I thought that would be perfect for my sentiment! I added two die cut pinwheels at the top, just for fun! For finishing touches I used some puffy sticker dots and a chipboard piece.



You really don’t need a lot of supplies to create these cards! I hope I could inspire you in one way or the other!

Thanks for stopping by today! Have a wonderful day!




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The Great Escape


Hello everyone. It’s Anna here with my second project created with Fancy Pants goodies. Spring is almost here and I am so tired of winter and grey colors around me. That’s why I reached for “The bright side” collection with real pleasure. It’s filled with so many vivid colors and having a whole rainbow of them is something I love to do in my projects.
I digged into some older pictures and found this funny duet trying to escape from the playground.
The picture was taken in May 2014 and it was already warm and green everywhere. It has limited color palette as everything, including my daughter’s clothes is green or neutral. I thought it needed something cheerful to compliment the mood of play and fun. That’s why I took almost all pattern papers from 6*6 paper pad and used them to cut title with my Silhouette Cameo. The cut file from Just Nick called “Handcut letters” had this perfect, wonky feel.
With so many patterned papers used to create a title I needed a calmer background. White cardstock splashed with a little bit of yellow, red and green mists was a perfect choice to let the letters shine.
I added some flowers from ephemera pack and chipboard stickers sheet to highlight the spring mood. I scattered them between the letters. It also helped me to fill all the empty spaces that could make a layout look like not finished.
When you use colorful pictures, you have to be careful with adding colors. They should complement the photos, not overwhelm it. In my case, every vivid color will look good with green. Like a spring meadow. I used two pictures and embellished it with few tags and tabs from the tags set.
I finished my page by adding few puffy shape stickers. This is usually my final step with most of the projects.
That’s all for today. If you would like to purchase this pretty “The bright side” collection, check your local stores first!!  You can also check our shop Make a Pretty Life!
Thank you for stopping by and see you soon with another project!!
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Oh so happy!


Hi there,

Zsoka back with you today sharing my newest layout I’ve created for Fancy Pants Designs!

I remembered using a specific cut file about 2 or so years ago but for the life of me I could not find it, I have no idea whose design it was. So I just went ahead and made my own in the Silhouette Studio program – it’s basically just triangle shapes arranged in a circle.


I cut this from one of the patterned papers, then backed the rays with different patterned papers from The Bright Side collection. I also added some machine stitching in the middle of the rays.


I created one cluster in the middle of the page, so it is a very simple design. I felt like otherwise the page would have been too busy. I layered tissue paper, tags, die cuts behind my photo and glued these down. I then added different embellies around and on top of my photo: labels, chipboard stickers, die cuts. For some interest I added a die cut photo frame too and my title also comes from the die cut ephemera pack.



To finish off my page I glued down some colourful puffy sticker dots!


I hope you like this simple idea!

Thanks for stopping by today and I wish you a great day!

See you soon!




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Floral Wreath Beauty!



Hello everyone! It’s Zinia here again and today I’m back to share with you another layout using the beautiful TheBright Side collection.


For this layout I’m making the most out of the beautiful pattern papers that come in the collection to create a wreath design.

I really love how the Bright Side collection has this grid pattern paper with a floral cluster at the bottom (or at the top ;)). It’s the perfect starting point to build a beautiful wreath.


I used some of my favorite floral dies and I cut out different sizes and shapes of flowers as well as leaves to fill in between.

The collection has its own beautiful floral images too so I mixed some of them in my wreath too.



The whole process of putting this page together is extremely easy and fun. I kept adding elements until I was happy with the way it looked and then I started building up the rest of the elements.


I decided to place my photo and journaling in the middle of the wreath to keep them in the spotlight of this layout.

I used a couple chipboard and puffy stickers to add a little bit of dimension and variety to the whole project and then I just called it done!


I really hope you enjoyed this and you got inspired to create something today. Until next time, happy crafting.

(INSERT PHOTO: ZiniaDT_Signage.jpg)


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My Daydream…


Hello everyone. It’s Anna here and I have a very floral layout for you today. I am still staying in spring mood and once again I reached for “The Bright Side” Collection. Flowers and butterflies are one of my favorite embellishments and I can never have enough of them. I am sure I could count more than 100 layouts with floral elements in my albums. For my today’s project I used a cute picture of my daughters taken 4 years ago.
I have plenty of photos of each of them alone but when it comes to pictures of my girls together, there is always an issue with face look or attitude. Usually one of them doesn’t want to pose with sister and the second one is making silly faces. I snap like 100 photos and only a few are usable. When I rediscovered this dreamy photo, I knew I have to scrap it.
I created mixed media background using mermaid marker and aqua pastels by Jane Davenport. I also added some green, shiny paste called “Sour apple” from Shimmerz applying it through the stencil.
Pretty papers from “The bright side” collection called “Happy feet” and “A good stuff” helped me create whimsical flowers. I used a free cut file from Paper Issues called “You & Me poppy flowers”.
I finished my project by adding bits and pieces from ephemera pack, tags set and this gorgeous crochet flower. With background as busy as mine, you really don’t need much of embellishing.
I recorded a process video for you, so you can follow my creative process.
Here is a link to my video:
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Thank you for stopping by. Remember to check your local stores, if you want to purchase this pretty collection. If you have no luck finding it, you can always order it through our retail store at Make a Pretty Life.
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