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Handmade Cards with Zsoka


Hi there,

Zsoka here and I’m dropping in to share my latest projects with you!

This time I made a bunch of cards using mainly the Dream Big collection and the Little Things paper from Take Note.

I had just received my package from My Favorite Things with some new stamps and dies, and I really wanted to try some of them. One of the stamp sets is all about YOU, with lots of encouraging sentiments and I thought it goes perfectly with the Dream Big collection, which also has many embellishments with this theme.


First I did all the die cutting. All my panels and card bases are 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 inches. For some of the cards I used patterned paper for the panel, for others white card stock. The letters for YOU are cut with an alphabet die, and to make them look like thickers, I cut 5 of each letter for every card and glued them on top of each other.

I die cut a window on this panel and to add some interest I layered it on another die cut panel, which is a white card stock with big polka dots. I adhered these two layers on top of a white top folding card base. I glued a die cut bow on this card, added a sentiment and some gorgeous floral ephemera pieces from the Dream Big collection.



Next up is a white on white card. I just love how clean this looks, even though I’m all about patterned paper! I actually was going to back this polka dot panel with patterned paper, but then I saw it on top of the white card base and fell in love! I popped up a die cut circle with some foam adhesive and added a bow, a sentiment and a couple of stars from the ephemera and puffy sticker packs.



This next card I wanted to keep white and dry emboss it. I just love the added texture! For the flowers I used an old Dear Lizzy die. Gosh, I love paper flowers. Well any flowers for that matter! I adhered a floral wreath die cut from the ephemera pack on top of my circle window, as well as some flowers and a sentiment from the same pack. Some of these I popped up with foam adhesive to add interest.


Another card similar to one I described above, just with a bit different supplies.


20180113_134930FINALbannerAs I mentioned above I wanted to back the polka dot panel with patterned paper – this is exactly what I did here. The rest is the same as above, with a few different embellishments.



And last but not least, I have a couple of bonus cards which I created with supplies I had left. These are simpler cards, without bow. As a finishing touch, I added some Nuvo glitter drops on these.



And that’s it for today you guys! I hope I could inspire you to create your own handmade cards!

Till next time!


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Vegas with Amy

Vegas with Amy


Hi there Fancy Pants fans, I am here to share a layout I created using the Family & Co. line  My husband and I planned to sneak away for a few nights to Las Vegas over the holidays and although our plans were almost cancelled, we managed to make it an awesome trip. I knew I wanted to remember the story, so it was my focus for this layout.
vegas trip
Fancy Pants Designs collections used: Family & Co.Joy Parade
As soon as I saw this tag, I new it was the perfect line to tell my story.
vegas closeup 1
I snuck in a piece of the cork from Joy Parade and my page was finished.
vegas closeup
Thanks for visiting the blog today!


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Favorite Adventures with Mary-Ann

Favorite Adventures with Mary-Ann



For my post today, I dug out some older photos to document a trip we took with friends to the city.  We are not far from Boston and love to get in there and explore as much as we can.  We still get lost!!

Take Note has a school vibe to it, but I also got a travel vibe.  So, I decided to embrace the travel part of the collection to create todays layout.


When I saw the cork paper, I decided to create a cork board with black cardstock as my frame.  I dangled the photo clumps to represent how I would hang items from a board.


I added my title haphazardly to the map 4×4 Brag Card.  Actually, I used 4×4 Brag Cards as the base to all of my clumps.


I cut papers from the 6×6 paper pad along with tags from the Attwell Collection to create my blocks.


How could I not use the work from the ephemera?  I just trimmed of the words and inserted him so he would peek out from under the photo.

Thanks for stopping by today.

Mary-Ann Maldonado

Attwell Collection – Tags only

Take Note


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Must be Love with Nicole

Must be Love with Nicole


Good morning Fancy Pants fans! Nicole here today to share a project using the Sweet Nothings collection. I love the mix of color in this collection and it was perfect to document a photo of my parents from their 50th anniversary!

must be love full

I started by layering several papers in the collection together and then diecut a large title from my digital die cutter from the fun pink patterned paper in the collection.

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I filled in the title area with puffy stickers, ephemera and some layered die cut flowers from my digital cutting machine again.  I just love those puffy sequin stickers!

must be love cl1

A really easy page to pull together with very minimal supplies! I just love all the color going on in this collection, and it is so perfect for Valentines’ day!

Collection used:

Sweet Nothings


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Valentine | Zsoka Marko

Valentine | Zsoka Marko


Hi there crafty friends,

Today I’m sharing a layout I created for Fancy Pants using their gorgeous Sweet Nothings collection from last year. I think this is still my favorite Valentine’s line, the colors and patterns are just so unique! Which is actually why I’ve always loved Fancy Pants so much!


I chose the black and white striped paper for my background, because I think I haven’t used this one for background before. To add a bit of interest and a little accent, I adhered two different strips of papers at the bottom of the page.

For my title I used a cut file from The Cut Shoppe and I backed the letters with a few different patterned papers. I added foam adhesive to the letters so I have a nice dimension on my layout.


The photo I chose is a really bad quality photo, however my kiddo’s face is priceless (he was still chewing on the last piece of his steak haha) and I love everyday captures like this so I scrapped it anyway. I layered some tissue paper and tucked some tags behind my photo to add a bit of color and texture. I also attached a couple of embellishments at the top, die cuts and a cute heart clip.


I hand stitched around the little heart in the letter A, glued a puffy sticker heart in the middle. Lately I’ve been using eyelets again, so I added one in the middle of the heart and hung the tags from the hole.


I then glued down the photo and the cut file too, side by side, and started decorating the title. For this I used a few die cuts, puffy stickers and tags.


I popped up some of the embellies on the title, to create extra dimension. To finish off my layout, I stamped the date, wrote the journaling and scattered some puffy sticker – and die cut sequins around my page.


So that’s it for today guys! I hope you like my layout and get inspired to get crafty!

Thanks for stopping by today!



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Love You with Mary-Ann

Love You with Mary-Ann



It is February already!!!  Can you  believe it? We celebrate the entire month with Valentines and birthdays.  It is a super fun time of the year in our home.  For this assignment, we were asked to showcase the Sweet Nothings collection.  Super easy for me since I have many loves in my life.  For this layout, I focused on using the 3×4 blocks from the Moments to Love paper.  I tucked them behind my strip of photos so you could see all of the different sentiments.


You can see that I printed my journaling on white cardstock, then trimmed them down to fit between the black and white stripes on the paper.  If I would have thought ahead, I could have printed them out directly on the paper with my typewriter or printer.  But I think it still works.


Hope you are inspired to dig out your Sweet Nothings Collection, or grab it from the Make A Pretty Life store and document a love in your life.

Mary-Ann Maldonado


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