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It’s Amy T back with a giftie duo that features Poolside!  While this is summer focused, wouldn’t it make a fun idea for Mother’s Day…especially if you’re gifting a gift card or something on the small side!
hello good life duo by Amy Tsuruta for Fancy Pants Designs
Oh my, those colors are wonderful aren’t they?!  I’ll first chat about the card:
hello good life by Amy Tsuruta for Fancy Pants Designs
One of my favorite papers from Poolside is Summer Lovin’.  That green is spectacular.  I incorporated a tag from The Bright Side Collection.  I layered it with Poolside Ephemera.  I diecut the hello from my stash.The stamped sentiment is also from my stash.
friend by Amy Tsuruta for Fancy Pants Designs
I used the Summer Lovin’ on the diecut pillow box.  It has a Starbucks card popped into it.  I topped the box with a fun tag that also has Poolside Ephemera.
As I type up this post, it is pure Springtime in the Pacific Northwest.  Sadly it will be changing to rain and more rain in a couple days.
This is going to a friend of mine that has a summer time birthday.  Perfect so that she can treat herself to a cool frappuccino!
Thanks for stopping by!  I hope you’ll find some fun ways to gift your friends for summer…no reason, just to celebrate someone you care about!
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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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Card and Bag Set


Creating a card and coordinating tag, has to be a top favorite thing
to create!  The Bright Side Collection, is inspiring me to create! So


FPD has 6×6 paper pads that are sized 50% smaller than the 12×12
pattern paper, which makes the paper pads perfect for cards.  This
card has a white base, then layered with pattern paper, and a few
Ephemera die cuts, and card board stickers.  Each layer was adhered
using foam adhesive.  The foam creates a nice depth.


I have a lot of little bags that I keep in a drawer, and this red bag
matched perfectly to the pattern paper.  I trimmed the 6×6 pattern
paper down to fit the front of the bag.  Then added Ephemera die cuts
to embellish, aging using foam adhesive to get space between layers.
To finish, I tied a bow using polka dotted sheer ribbon.


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Materials Used:
Fancy Pants Designs Bright Side 6×6 paper pad
Fancy Pants Designs Bright Side Ephemera
Fancy Pants Designs Bright Side Chipboard Stickers
Fancy Pants Designs Bright Side Puffy Shape StickersCard and

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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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