Saturday, November 01, 2014

Amazing FREE download!

And so another month rolls by! WooHoo! 

I can't believe this is my 6 month issue of the +Fancy Pants Designs digital E-magazine! What a ride it has been....with teething issues in the beginning, we are 6 months down & I can say I am stoked with what it has become. 

We now have a #wespyontheweb article showcasing some of our loyal retailers as well as the BRAND NEW #readersgallery, where I showcase beautiful work from Fancy Pants Designs fans. This month's issue is full of all sorts of crafty ideas, cards, scrapbook layouts, tutorials and much more. 

So I urge you to grab a copy, check it out & let me know what you think!

Here is the LINK:

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Fancy pants Designs & Tombow team up!

Are you getting ready for the Holidays?? What are you talking about woman, you are probably asking right!

Let me give you heart failure...........                

Erm...I'm nasty aren't I? :)

8 weeks friends....8 weeks.....could someone please resuscitate my crafters heart!

Well in light of that jolt...shall we get cracking with some Christmas crafting ideas?
Today I have a few projects + a tutorial to get you in the holiday mood.

Seasons Greetings by Kim Watson 
Supplies- Cardstock: +AmericanCrafts; Patterned papers, Die-cuts, Tags, Vellum paper, Foil Paper, Tickets, Stickers, Mini trees, Sequins, Buttons: +Fancy Pants Designs; Wood Veneer: +Studio Calico; Adhesive: +TombowUSA; Glitter: +Martha Stewart; Metal Die: +TechniqueTuesday; Cutting Machine: +Silhouette America

*Glitter Chevron tutorial
Oh! Deer from +Fancy Pants Designs 

    Adhesives by +TombowUSA 

 STEP #1:
 Using Tombow adhesive tape, create a chevron shape directly onto your base page.

 STEP #2:
 Remove backing tape & sprinkle liberally with fine silver glitter.

 Press glitter well into sticky tape & tap off any loose glitter.

STEP #3:
 Using Tombow foam tabs, I raised die cuts & small items, adding dimension.

STEP #4:
 Using Tombow power tabs, attach your cute little bottle brush tree!

STEP #5:
 Tombow Mono glue rocks my world for all those hard to reach places!

 Now for a cute Snow Owl for your Christmas mantel!

To make this littl' cutie, simply cut +Fancy Pants Designs corrugated cardstock into strips & roll ém up. Create a teent top hat from patterned paper, add little feet & die-cuts...& voila! All done!

Supplies- Cardstock: +AmericanCrafts; Patterned papers, Die-cuts, Corrugated cardstock, Stickers, Buttons: +Fancy Pants Designs; Adhesive: +TombowUSA

We like to Chill by Kim Watson 
 Supplies- Cardstock: +AmericanCrafts; Patterned papers, Die-cuts, Tags, Vellum paper, Foil Paper, Tickets, Stickers, Mini trees, Sequins, Buttons, Flair: +Fancy Pants Designs; Adhesive & Marker+TombowUSA; Ink: +Tattered Angels; Metal Circle Dies: +TechniqueTuesday; Cutting Machine: +Silhouette America

Layered clustered elements with a mixture of textures, raising them with foam squares for dimension & height.

Mix vellum & foil, creating the feeling of a chilly, snow flake filled page. 

Use a large die-cut snowflake with ink splatters & sequins, adding further 'chill-treatment'.

 Ok... now that I have  shocked you...not only with my friendly Christmas reminder, but x3 posts in one. LOL. What can I say, some strong motivation behinds the scenes got me in the mood. (Watch this space).

I love that you stopped by!
Happy Thursday!

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Use those words!

Hi friends, how are you doing on this pretty Tuesday morning? 

I hope you are feeling creative today because I have a super technique to share with you that is both ‘green’ and fun to do. Not only is it a play on words but the titling seconds as journaling and page interest too.

To get my story across I used catch-phrases, hashtag-style, with meanings that relate to having a kid who is a motor-mouth. In other words, I really used my words well.

What you’ll need to re-create this technique:
  • Completed or partially completed Fancy Pants Designs alpha sticker sheet.
  • Talcum powder
  • Black pen
Step #1:
Take your sticker sheet and separate the backing sheet from the sticker sheet. This will leave you with the negative alpha sticker sheet and the left over alpha stickers on the other sheet. Turn the sticky sheet over and rub talcum powder all over it to remove the stickiness.

Step #2:
Using a fine black marker, use the negative letter shapes as templates to draw words onto your base page.

Kim Watson+SoManyWords02+FPblog

Once your hand drawn words are complete add secondary words either above or below them with small, contrast alpha stickers, creating words or phrases that contribute to the page theme.

I didn’t have enough cardstock sticker alphas, so mixed in Fancy Pants chipboard alphas. At the time I was worried that they might not gel with the rest of the page, but was pleasantly surprised with the result. The change in texture, contributes to the idea of staccato, non-stop talking or conversation.

And yes, in case you were wondering… car trips are cause for earplugs in our family. LOL.

I hope you enjoyed this idea… and remember we’d love to see your versions of it. Remember to post your pages on the Fancy Pants Designs Facebook page, Instagram or Pinterest with the hashtag #fancypantsdesigns. We’ll be watching out for standout pages to feature in our September newsletter.

Thanks for joining me today! Happy Tuesday!

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Channelling your scrappy heros!

You have scrappy heros right? I know I have plenty!

Today I wanted to show you how one can successfully lift/ channel someone without a direct copy. For this page I incorporated x2 lifts into one page, with fun results. I used inspiration both from layout, accents placement, color & photo layout ideas.

Many thanks to the very inspirational designers who's pages I used for this demonstration.

Wilna Furstenberg
Yuki Shimada 
 The Things You Do by Kim Watson
You can clearly see evidence of both pages in my final page above. 

Supplies used: +Fancy Pants Designs-Me-ology collection, +Echoparkpaper-Basics patterned papers, +Thermoweb adhesives, +TombowUSA adhesives, +Ranger Ink inks. 

 I used the idea of paint strips like Wilna did & added die cut numbers, with ombre paper underneath for interest. 

Using multiple dies I created a selection of custom made badges as accents on the page. 

All dies from +MFTstamps, check out their on-line store, where you can purchase any of the dies shown below. 

Die-namics LLD Accent It - World Traveler

Die-namics Pinking Edge Circle STAX

Die-namics Happy Hellos

 Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

My Creative Scrapbook + Sept kit

I am honored to be Guest DT for +mycreativescrapbook this month!
Such pretty kits, with a great mix of goodies this month from My Minds Eye: Jubilee collection. 

Enjoy & Live by Kim Watson

 Great Adventure by Kim Watson

Live it Up by Kim Watson

Live Life by Kim Watson

For more information on their lovely kits, check out the website. 
Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, September 05, 2014

I [heart] sketches by #fancypantsdesigns! is almost time again, for us at #fancypantsdesigns to select a winner for the #August sketch #contest as seen in our August newsletter!

Need a little inspiration?

This is the amazing August sketch by the talented Jenny Evans. 

My take on the sketch...interpreted into a 8.5"x11"version!
Hello Cut-file: Fancy Pants Designs can be purchased in the Silhouette online store

Collection used: Me-ology by Fancy Pants DesignsVellum Paper by Fancy Pants Designs+Thermoweb , +Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L, +TombowUSA adhesive and watercolor crayons, Veneer by +Studio Calico, Other: #Homemade Enamel dots. 

So have 5 days to get your entries in. I can't wait to see your awesome work!
Thanks for stopping by!