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Getting a little Artsy Fartsy…


Happy Friday, Friends!

Mary-Ann here… something to learn about me…I am well known in the neighborhood as the lady with all the art supplies {probably like many of you}.  You need something done, chances are, I have the tools you need.  Assisting my little neighborhood pal on her 2nd grade art project was so much fun.    I wanted to be sure to document it.  I used the new The Bright Side Collection. For my layout, I wanted to ‘semi’-recreate the picture she completed.  So, I used a FREE cut file from Paper Issues- Sunburst Background, enlarged it to have the sun, overlapping the edge of the corner.  If I had thought in advance, I would have directly added my journaling to the sun rays.  Instead, I cut the strips of journaling and individually placed them on the rays.


You can see the journaling close-up here.


I also used another FREE cut file from Paper Issues called Rings of Life for my flowers.  I wanted to add something delicate with the fun colorful papers in The Bright Side Collection.  Behind my photos, I layered some of the colorful tags in The Bright Side Tag pack and a few more papers for layering!



Oh, and that bow!  It was part of the Pretty Paper Bows from the Millie and June Collection?  It had a package of Paper Bows.  I used the gold one that worked perfectly with the yellow background paper.  I love mixing older with the new.

Thanks for stopping by today.


Products Used:

The Bright Side

Millie & June (bows)

All of these products can also be found on our website Make a Pretty Life! 


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Celebrate with (paper) Cake & a Donut Card!


With celebration in the air, I felt like really spoiling my dear friend! It was her birthday yesterday & I wanted to make an extra effort to make her feel special. I had bought her a necklace & earring set but needed a gift box & card, so set about to create one that was guaranteed to cause a ‘WOW!’ reaction. Now… there are traditional gift boxes…and then there are one-of-a-kind ‘gift boxes’. Today I am going to show you how to make one of the one-of-a-kind variety using the fabulous Joy Parade collection.

I hope you love it as much as my friend did!

Celebrate with (Paper) Cake & a Donut card by Kim Watson


You will need the following:

  • Patterned papers
  • Brag cards
  • Ephemera
  • Puffy Stickers
  • Die cut bow
  • Variety metal dies
  • Box template printed & cut out.
  • Hot glue

Celebrate with (Paper) Cake by Kim Watson


  • Start with your box template, cut it out of plain pink paper. Joy Parade is so versatile having plain papers on the backs.
  • Using the triangle section, cut a separate piece using the sprinkles paper for the top of the cake. (No cake would look right without frosting & sprinkles LOL.)
  • Next attach a darker pink strip of paper to the middle of the cake slice to resemble the jelly layer.
  • Cut x3 squares of different patterned paper & mark out some ‘roll & twist rose’ shapes. Cut them out & secure with hot glue.
  • Cut a paper straw to size & make a paper flame, creating a faux candle.
  • Layer the roses, die-cut doilies, ‘candle’, tag and other little embellishments in a little cluster on top of the cake slice.
  • Fill box with a special gift.

Donut card by Kim Watson



  • Using the cork paper, cut a donut shape. Trace the top half of the shape onto pink patterned paper to resemble frosting. Use a marker to add blue sprinkles, as well as arms, legs & a face.
  • Adhere the party hat ephemera piece.
  • Decorate with puffy stickers and other sentiment pieces to finish.

BONUS Box template:



Download Paper Cake Slice Template Here>>

I love that with a little creativity, this collection can be used to make both sophisticated items like the box & fun, playful items like the card. It is worth grabbing, because each & every item is fabulous!! I can’t wait to see what you create with them. Thanks for stopping by today, see you soon!

Fancy Pants Designs collection used: Joy ParadeMillie & June


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Happy Halloween Rosette Banner


Hello, friends, and Happy Halloween!  My children are past the age of dressing up and trick or treating, but I do still get them a few treats.  I will probably have a glass of wine or cider, sit on my front porch, and pass out candy. It’s so great to see the little children in their costumes.

In keeping with the Tricks & Treats week, I am sharing with you a trick on how to use up your 12×12 paper and turning it into an accordion rosette flower banner!  Plus it is a great trick or way to use up that pattern paper that you may or may not be hoarding. :)


First let’s grab some supplies!  Pick out your color palette. Since it’s autumn I chose a yellow, black, orange and pink color scheme. I scoured through a bunch of different Fancy Pants Designs paper collections and I was able to quickly find paper that coordinated well!!  Then grab a scoring tool, scissors, red line tape, a hot glue gun or Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L Dodz XL, foam tape, string, a circle die or circle punch.


With all of these great supplies I will show you how to make different sized rosette flowers to create this banner.


For this flower, I used 2 sheets of pattern paper.  I trimmed each piece 5×12 inches (so you will have 4 pieces, 2 from each sheet of paper), and scored the paper every 1/2 inch. The paper is then folded top over bottom to create a “v” pattern.  Each sheet is adhered to the next until you have a circle formed.  You will want to push the outside pieces together, so that you have a tiny circle in the middle.  I placed a Dodz XL on each side to hold the accordion flower in place, and then adhered a die cut circle on the side that will face out, and corrugated card stock on the back side.

This will create an 11 inch circle.


Follow the same instruction as above.

Except you will only need 1 sheet of 12×12 inch pattern paper, and you will cut 4 peices that measure 3×12 inches.


Follow the same instructions as above.

Except you will only need 1 sheet of 12×12 pattern paper, and you will cut 3 pieces that measure 4×12 inches, and score each sheet at 1/4 inch.


For the smallest rosette, I used two 2×12 inch pieces of pattern paper, and scored at 1/2 inch.  I then placed flair in the center of those flowers.


This is a project that is a little time consuming, however the end result is so pretty.  I was able to use supplies on hand and create something decorative and festive for my living room!

Fancy Pants Designs collections used: Happy PlaceSummer SunTrue FriendMeologyAttwellFlutterBurlap & BouquetsOffice Suite



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Tricks and Treats: Movement Using Multiple Photos



Twoousfancypantsdesigngoldendays by Evelynpy

Some of you may love to play with only one photo on your layout, either small or a big one. But this time I prefered to use three photos on my layouts and want to make my layout look to have some movement. I know that using more than one photo isn’t easy at all… we can end up with some stiff layouts.  So I want to share how I created my layout which has three photos in A4 layout.  All the photos are connected to each other and I did it in 30 minutes.

Twoousfancypantsdesigngoldendays step1 by Evelynpy

Step 1: Focus on photos that you will use. Place two photos at the top. You can choose which photo to tilt it so it will make movement so your layout looks dynamic. I prefer to do layering with some tags or cards and a paper clip behind the photo.

Twoousfancypantsdesigngoldendays step2 by Evelynpy

Step 2: I chose one photo of the details of the day and I tilt it too. I tilt the photo opposite with the top area and let the other tags and stuff be straight. I clipped the photo using those gold leaves paper clips so it will look like you clipped it on the layout. The layout will look like a pretty board which has a photos and tags and other pretty little details.

Twoousfancypantsdesigngoldendays step3 by Evelynpy
Twoousfancypantsdesigngoldendays step4 by Evelynpy

Step 3: After you are finished arranging the photo and layers you can do some stamping too. I used ‘love’, stamping it at the red label and also some hearts, stamping them around the photo.

Twoousfancypantsdesigngoldendays step5 by Evelynpy

Step 4: To make the photo look even more pretty I used a heart cork sticker and pasted it in the top area of the photo. It can be a small statement to express how you are feeling of the photo it self.

Twoousfancypantsdesigngoldendays step6 by Evelynpy

Step 5: Last, but not least, write down the story behind the photos. This part can connect the top area and the bottom area. Write down the story near the photo… you can cherish the memory through it and make your layout look coordinated and full. Write it down on pattern paper using black pen. Give some under lines so people will be more focused on it.

Twoousfancypantsdesigngoldendays full layout by  Evelynpy
You can scrap lift it and have a nice try!

Fancy Pants Designs collection used: Golden Days


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Tricks and Treats: Watercolor Background


Hey everyone, Amy here to share a “trick or treat” post on the blog.  How many of you adore Christin’s gorgeous backgrounds? I am in awe of the art she creates just as a background to her beautiful pages. However, when I try to recreate a similar background it ends up looking like a mess of brown.  So here’s my trick I use constantly.  First gather the mist colors you would like to use on your project, some water, and a piece of plastic packaging.


I use this two different ways. Sometimes I do one color at a time and more drops than actual mists, like this:


After I add the color to the plastic packaging, I flip it over and press it onto my cardstock.  This results in this kind of background.

drops background
I wanted more of a watercolor style background for my layout, so I chose to actually mist on the plastic and add drops and water.  When I pressed it onto my cardstock I was a bit worried it looked a little too brown.

I needn’t have worried because it was perfect when it dried. When you’re pressing you want to make sure to turn the plastic in different directions so you don’t make such a uniform pattern.  You’ll notice I didn’t do that at first and the middle looks pretty uniform.  I knew my layout design would cover it up so it would work just fine.

mist background wet

spray background

Now just create your layout!  I used the new Joy Parade line for my layout of my oldest’s 17th birthday surprise. He was so surprised!

austin car
Here are some closeups of all the fun bits and pieces in the line.

austin car closeup
austin car closeup 1
asutin car closeup 2
Thanks for visiting the blog, hope you enjoyed my “trick” for creating a mixed media background!

Fancy Pants Designs collections used: Joy Parade

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Cards: Create a beautiful cascading card for Mother’s day.


With Mother’s Day just around the corner, I thought I might get a jump start on my card making with something really special. Have you ever tried to make a cascading card? This is my first time, so thought I’d shoot my process for you to follow & make one for yourself.

Are you ready for some crafty fun??!

Cascading Mother’s day card by Kim Watson


Tell me that any Mom won’t be blown away on Mother’s Day after receiving this fun creation!

Supplies you will need:

  1. A piece of double sided patterned paper
  2. Tags
  3. Ephemera
  4. Journal cards
  5. Puffy Stickers
  6. Flair
  7. Score Board
  8. Trimmer
  9. Punches

Step 1:

Cut x2 pieces of patterned paper 5.5″x 2,5″ x 12″

Step 2:


Score each piece of paper at 2″, 4″, 8″& 10″

Step 3:


Mark the halfway mark & snip to that point at 2″ & 10″on the bottom side one of the pieces and 6″on the top side of each piece. Then the reverse of the 2nd piece of paper. (For more detailed instructions see printable below.)

Step 4:


Slip the pieces together, inserting them at their cut points. Flatten to create card. Voila!!

You have your card base… to decorate!!


Using washi tape from the Atwell collection, create a little hanging banner between x2 wooden  sticks. A fully sticker sentiment from Happy Place Collection, completes the little banner. Using ephemera, die-cuts, Flair, Puffy Stickers, decorate the edges of the card to make it as festive as desired. To raise some of the items, I cut transparent, plastic packaging into strips.


For the front of the card, I used a mixture of a tag, label, fussy cut flower & fussy sticker sentiment.


A tag with message completes the back of the card.


So as you can see, this spectacular card is a riot of color, texture & happiness. I am sure my Mom is going to  love it! I hope you have found it inspiring!!

For more detailed instructions, see here:  KimWatson+CascadeCardInstructionsScreen Shot 2016-04-27 at 2.43.58 PM

Collections used: Happy Place, Attwell 


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