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To Die For: Fly


Hello Friends!

Today I’m sharing some ideas on the different ways to include die cutting in your layouts. I used a design on an electronic die cutting machine as well as pre-cut Fancy Pants Designs die cut ephemera and letters. This layout, using the Flutter collection, is of my niece, Skylar, taken about a year ago capturing her natural beauty… inside and out!


The main die cut is the leaf design digital die cut from The Cutte Shoppe, cut using an electronic die cut machine using the solid black side of And paper and a second design from a thin sheet of chipboard (suitable to cut with on your digital die cut machine). Adhere the paper die cut to the chipboard die cut. Apply embossing ink onto some of the die cut leaf areas. Place die cut onto a sheet of bond paper or a spare sheet of paper and sprinkle gold embossing powder onto the embossing inked areas. Tap off excess embossing powder and pour excess back into the container. Emboss the design using a heat tool until the embossing powder melts and turns gold. Place the die cut element in the centre of the background paper.


Mat the photo onto black And paper and then onto green side of Caterpillar paper. Adhere photo to the layout (placing adhesive strips to top and bottom edges of the photo). Cut retro design Brag Card and slide under the photo mat on both sides.  Add a decorative tag and a pre-cut gold foil zig zag Ephemera piece to the left edge of the photo.


Add a simple green seam binding ribbon bow to bottom left corner of the photo. Add two decorative pins to complete bow. Add a decorative button to the tag.


Add a scallop gold foil Ephemera piece to the bottom edge of the photo. Adhere the gold foil Ephemera word as well as the appropriate letter from the Alphabet pack, a small butterfly Ephemera and a Flair to complete the embellishment title cluster.

To complete the layout add gold foil Ephemera butterflies finished with self-adhesive gold pearls and sequins.

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

Fancy Pants Designs collections used: FlutterAs You WishVellum


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To Die For: Discover Summer Nights


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!


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.


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.


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.


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


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.


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.


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


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


Fancy Pants Designs collection used: Summer Sun


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Earth Week: Her World


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!

Jen Chesnick- Her World- Fancy Pants Designs

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


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.



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.



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)


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


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!


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!


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!


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.




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!




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!


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!



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