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To Die For: Discover Summer Nights

06/30/15

Hello friends!

Summer is such an amazing time to be outdoors enjoying the beauty of the warm weather and nature. This layout focuses on different methods and uses of die cutting on a layout. I have included elements from the Summer Sun Collection which is full of light and bright colors… just to help make creating a layout a breeze!

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Firstly I selected various embellishment designs from the Summer Sun Collection and then added an element using a metal die and die-cutting machine with the gold foil paper.

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The variety of tags in the tag pack was the inspiration to start embellishing the layout. A cluster of tags formed the foundation and an interesting focal point. Layering different shape and size tags creates interest and dimension. I used only one tag with jute and removed the twine from the other tags. To finish this cluster I added die-cut floral designs from the ephemera pack, a matching floral chipboard button and sequins.

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Pink ribbon was added to a label tag. The tag was raised with foam strips and adhered to the layout. A wood veneer die-cut was added. I used the wood veneer without inking or altering… it was perfect to use as is! I just added a die-cut word ‘discover’ cut using a metal die with the gold foil paper – a perfect match. To finish, a floral chipboard button was added to the tag.

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The photo was adhered on top of a glassine bag. A ‘frame’ was created around the photo using different die-cut edge strips from the insta pack, a happy flair and a simple jute bow.

Remember to share your layouts created with the various Fancy Pants Designs die-cut embellishments and collections on the Fancy Pants Designs Facebook page!

Fancy Pants Designs collections used: Summer SunArtist Edition

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Moms Week: They Are Before and After Me

05/06/15

Hello, everyone! Anna is here today with you to share my project dedicated to Mother’s Day. I think that almost for every person on earth the most important person in their life – it’s Mom. They are always very caring and selfless. And a mother’s love for a long time is an association to something very strong, powerful, able to protect and comfort.

And every girl is a future possible new mother who gives birth to a new life. It’s like an endless chain which is never interrupted.

And my project is devoted to this. Or rather, two people so close that it is difficult to imagine. This is my mother and my daughter. One of them gave me life and I gave a life to the second of them.

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It was a long time I wanted to create something like this. And with such kind of title. “They are before and after me”.

I cut letters for the title from dark grey cardstock with Silhouette Cameo.

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Another die cut element – the word “document” from gold foil paper and a tag and two flowers from the ephemera pack.

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And as the final details – some sequins and an anchor that I tied with a cord, removed from the tag.

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Fancy Pants Designs collection used: Summer Sun

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Earth Week: Her World

04/20/15

What other way to kick off Earth week then with a To Die For layout inspired by my whole world (my daughter).  I know, I know I pulled a fast one and took our Earth Day inspiration to left field!

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I loved the patterned paper with the US print and I decided to roll with it, but in the globe die-cut shape.  I used my Silhouette Cameo to cut my shape.  I then lined the back with pop dots to create some depth under the globe.

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I used the gold foil paper for my large die-cut title.  It runs through my machine like a dream!  Keeping with the globe, travel, around the world thoughts I had in my head I also die cut some airplanes in various sizes to go “around my world”.

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Fancy Pants Designs collection used: Office Suite

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To Die For: USA Cornflake

03/31/15

Good morning Fancy Pants fans.  Mary-Ann here – I am thrilled to be sharing with you today and a little nervous!  I decided I need to scrapbook this Cornflake.  Yes, I said Cornflake.  It is a big thing in our house for my son to collect the largest Cornflake in his bowl to share with my husband.  If my husband is out of town they are staged in a neat pile in the fridge for his return.  In this case, my son found one that looked like the USA. Of course, out came the camera.  When I saw the 3×4 Brag Card of the US and was given the challenge of using electronic die cuts or the beautiful FPD die cuts, I  could not resist!

Let’s take a look.

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You can see from this close up that I incorporated both an electronic die cut and the USA letters from the collection pack.  My electronic die cut can be seen poking out from behind my layers of papers.

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I actually layered the die cut under my paper layers twice.  There wasn’t enough going on with the stripes and polka  dots, I needed to add more! :o)

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I also used the small round compass die cut from the Insta Pack.

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Here is a closer look at the title of my page and my tag that houses my hidden journaling.

I hope you have been inspired to created a layout of something fun for your family and to use the beautiful bold colors that come in the soft palleted collection of Office Suite.

Collection Used:  Office Suite

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Happy Valentine’s Day!

02/14/15

Happy Valentine’s Day to all of you!  Today I’m sharing more of the cute banner that I created this week using lots of crafty items and our Be Loved. Collection!  And, of course, my trusty door that I’ve now designated as the holiday door…it’s kind of like the fireplace mantle, but mobile and super cute!

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I kept the banner super traditional with reds, pinks, whites and some kraft papers and supplies–this way it always works for Valentine’s, but I can add my own pops of color here and there!  Here’s a closer look at the banner hung.  And, actually, it’s two banners!  As I was working away on it, I just kept wanting to add more and more, so it ended up being a little long for the door width, so I cut it in half!

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Here are a few close-ups of the pieces that I created–I couldn’t go without adding some photos of my favorite Valentine’s–I’m a pretty lucky girl with lots of LOVE surrounding me EVERY. SINGLE. DAY.

Blessed!

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I also used my AMAZINGLY awesome Silhouette to cut out some of the custom letters!  I’m totally crushing on this XO, complete with arrow and doily accent–and not to forget the cork arrow–so much fun and texture in this banner!

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And I couldn’t finish off the post without a special shout-out to my best friend, most handsome guy I know, my very own Valentine and true love–Jared!  I love you!

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Sometimes it’s hard to find the time to create, but I’m so much happier when I do!  I hope you’ll find time to create something fun for yourself, your home, or someone else special!

Happy Valentine’s Day from Fancy Pants Designs!

XOXOXO

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Giving Thanks: Bags of Thankfulness

11/26/14

Well hello, Fancies! With Thanksgiving being tomorrow here in the US, it’s definitely the season of thanks and giving and taking pause to celebrate and be grateful for our loved ones.  I know a lot of families do that thing at Thanksgiving where they go around the table and say what they are thankful for.  But I thought this year I would take it a step further with the kids and have them write down things they appreciate and love about each other, and give it to each other on Thanksgiving.

So I created these little thankful pockets – filling up Fancy Pants’ kraft bags with all the fun Brag Cards found in the True Friend collection, and then writing on some of them.

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I die cut the word “thankful” and a little round tag to drop in to my library card pocket.  And used a lot of other die cut ephemera and tags from True Friend.

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I layered a large Brag Card on to my kraft bag, and then topped it with the library card pocket and tucked in lots of fun True Friend bits.

I added dimension to the bag front using a Flair badge, and adding dimensional adhesive to my little squirrel.

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And a second one for my other child.

It’s going to be so great to see them respond to their sibling telling them “you make me happy!” and sharing things that make them smile about the other person.

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That’s it from me – have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Fancy Pants Designs collection used: True Friend

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