Friday, December 19, 2014

Handmade tree Ornaments #2- Straw diamonds.

Welcome back from my next Christmas ornament tutorial.

As I mentioned the other day...I decided to make all my tree ornaments this year because my color theme & Christmas decor is so totally different from anything else I have done before & wonder of all wonders I actually got myself organised enough to take photos of my creative process.

Here is no. 2: (Scandinavian style)

#2 straw diamonds!

Our tree.....not quite finished yet...but almost there :D

  • Black plastic drinking straws
  • Strong twine or yarn of some kind
  • Embroidery needle
  • Sharp scissors

  • Snip the straws into x9 pieces to your preferred length
  • Using a single piece of yarn, thread x3 pieces of straw & position into a triangle shape
  • Secure at the point where the straws meet
  • Add another x2 straws making x2 triangles
  • Repeat the process until you can make a mini pyramid shape
  • Tie off the yard at the apex leaving long threads loose
  • Using another piece of yard, add triangles to the bottom of the shape creating a diamond
  • Once completed,, tie off yarn securely
  • Knot the loose threads at the apex to create a loop
  • Your diamond is ready to hang

Slip them onto your twig tree adding a sophisticated pop of black.
Remember to visit tomorrow for another tutorial.

So glad you stopped by!

Merry Christmas to you all!

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Handmade tree Ornaments #1- Mini pom-poms.

I love this time of year!

Happy, craft filled days, hand making tree ornaments & gifts. This year I actually took photos of my process for many of the craft projects, wonder of all wonders! Mostly because my color theme & Christmas decor is so totally different from anything else I have done before.

I will be posting tutorials for how I made them over the next week or so, so make sure to stop by my blog for all the details.

#1 mini, yarn pom-poms!

This is our almost completed tree.....follow the journey!

  • Plastic picnic fork
  • Medium weight knitting yarn
  • Embroidery scissors 

  • Thread a loose piece of yarn through the middle of the fork.
  • Wind thread around the middle of the fork until at least an inch thick.
  • Using the loose piece of yarn in the middle, tie securely through the middle.
  • Slip the whole yarn bundle off the fork.
  • Slip the loops either side to release the pile of the pom-pom.
  • Tie a loop at the top for hanging.
Slip them onto your twig tree adding a gorgeous splash of color!
Remember to visit tomorrow for another tutorial.

So glad you stopped by!

Merry Christmas to you all! 

Monday, December 15, 2014

Christmas layout + a FREE cut-file!

Sometimes Christmas scrapping needs to be about the real reason we even celebrate Christmas....Jesus & his selfless gift on eternal life, instead of only the chubby guy in the red suit & the sparkly tree that dominated most of our living rooms around this time of year. 

I designed my page to look like a gift to support my title & journaling theme using three random photos from the week before Christmas. Nothing posed, or ostentatious, no fancy filters or unreal settings. The first one is a 'just woken up on Christmas Day & we're still in our PJ's' kinda pic. The next one is Max with his school class giving out some love & carols at a local old age home . And the next one is a pic of our humble tree & few gifts. Santa wasn't too much of a hero last year, Mom & Dad were- hahaha. 

The Real Gift by Kim Watson

Supplies: Papers & embellishments: +Fancy Pants Designs ; Christmas themed stamps & circle Dies: +Technique Tuesday; Snowflake dies: +echoparkpaper; Bow tie cut file: My own, Electronic die-cut machine: +Silhouette America; Adhesives: +TombowUSA 

(Feel free to use the cut-file for your personal use only!)
Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, December 01, 2014

FREE download + a Christmas e-magazine!

And so another month rolls by! Can you believe it is just over 3 weeks until Christmas? If you still have Christmas cards & gifts to make, I have just the thing for you 

The 7th issue of my +Fancy Pants Designs digital E-magazine is out & ready for download! I am pleased to say this months Nov/ Dec issue is the best so far. With amazing content from +Fancy Pants Designs retail fans, scrapbookers, card makers & paper crafters from all over the world. Inside you will find it is full of all sorts of crafty ideas, cards, cards...(did I mention) CARDS, scrapbook layouts, tutorials, a FREE DOWNLOAD and much more. 

It is an issue you are NOT going to want to miss Fancy Pants Designs free e-publication! 
So I urge you to grab a copy, check it out & let me know what you think!

Here is the LINK:

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Fall Paper Crafting Ideas!

I hope you are having a super week & enjoying some beautiful fall weather where ever you are?

With the richness of fall leaves & trees heavy with color, it goes without saying that it would be the perfect place to go to for crafty inspiration! 

Autumn branches3+FP

This is a fun project I worked on last year for Fancy pants Designs, but never posted it here on my blog. I just love this wall-art...especially all those cute letterpress/ printed leaves using the +Fiskars FUSE, letterpress & die cutting system, and thought you might find it inspiring for your fall decor. 

Autumn Wall-Art by +Kim Watson 

You will need the following supplies:
  •    Happy Go Lucky 6x6 Paper Pad
  •    Happy Go Lucky Ephemera Pack
  •    Leaf & Flower dies
  •    Die-cutting machine (I used the FUSE from my friends at Fiskars)
  •    Ink (if you are letter pressing your shapes)
  •    A dried Twig
  •    Brown & cream twine
  •    Fishing gut
  •    Glue 
  •    Tape

Whilst I was busy making leaves, I made a whole bunch extra, enabling me to create this fall page too :)

FALL by +Kim Watson 

 A mixture of Letterpress & die-cut and ephemera shapes layered together to create a fall leaf border for my enlarged photograph. Fal

So glad you stopped by! Have a super Thursday!

Monday, November 10, 2014

It's the last day!


NOTE: It's that time again! Do you want a chance to win a super #prize & a chance to be the #featureddesigner in November's #newsletter? Then you have until midnight, tonight. Monday 10th November, to get your #sketch entries in. 

Here is a reminder of the #sketch you must use together with some of the newer #fancypantsdesigns products! If you take a look in the October Newsletter, you'll find some amazing sketch support from some our#designers to inspire you.

This is my take on the sketch....I am excited to see what you create!

Be Happy by +Kim Watson 
Supplies: All products from +Fancy Pants Designs (True Friend collection), Mist: +Studio Calico ; Metal Dies: +TechniqueTuesday; Die-cutting machine: +Fiskars FUSE; Electronic machine+Silhouette America ; Adhesives+Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L ; +TombowUSA

Tell me the word 'HAPPY' isn't just adorable in gold foil??? Many thanks to +Technique Tuesday for the die :)

So I encourage you to get your entries in to Fancy pants ASAP. Either post to their Facebook wall or Instagram using the hashtag #fancypantsdesigns. 

Have a super crafty day friends!

Friday, November 07, 2014

Little Fox cut file for FREE!

Hello lovely crafters...

I hope you are having a fabulous Friday wherever you might be?

Today I have a cute FREE cut file to share with you. I made it for the Foxy, fall inspired page call & was ecstatic to have it picked up & published in the Papercrafts & Scrapbooking September 2014 issue magazine.

Supplies: +Fancy Pants Designs & +AmericanCrafts

Happy Wild & Free by Kim Watson

(Posted with prior permission from Papercrafts & Scrapbooking magazine. As seen in the September 2014 issue)

If you are wondering why my photos aren't too crisp, it is because I printed them onto canvas paper for a change. I love the rough, more rustic finish!

This is a close up of the little fox. I used russet cardstock, on top of a white background with a dark chocolate background. The title looks best in a mixture of colors. 

Download the cut-file: HERE

Let me know if you use the cutfile. I'd LOVE to see your work!
Have an awesome weekend! 

Thursday, November 06, 2014

Paper Crafter's Library + Featured Designer

ENABLER ALERT! (for a chance to win)
Head on over to Paper Crafter’s Library today to see a fun, project from me and a feature on Fancy Pants Designs! Paper Crafter’s Library is the most comprehensive library of paper crafting videos on the web and a truly wonderful resource for crafters of all levels. If there is anything you need instruction for, they'll be able to show you how. 
I have a FULL TUTORIAL on their blog, showing you how to make this cute brag book + a FREE cut-file! 

I have more great news! There is a super prize up for grabs too! 

Leave a comment on the Fancy Pants Designs blog AND the Paper Crafter's Library blog letting them know what you love about my project and you'll be entered in to win this Oh, Deer! prize pack!

Saturday, November 01, 2014

Two pages + One sketch.

I love sketches...especially when you stand a chance to win a  fabulous prize :) :)
Call me 'Shallow Hal' if you must har-har!

This is last month's +Fancy Pants Designs sketch contest by Jenny Evans!

These are my two takes, as published in the October Fancy Pants Designs E-magazine.

For this page I used the sketch as is.

Life is a Circus by Kim Watson
Supplies- Cardstock: +AmericanCrafts; Corrugated Cardstock; Patterned papers, Die-cuts, Tags, Tickets, Stickers, Flair, Sequins, Buttons, Cork accents: +Fancy Pants Designs Everyday Circus Collection; Peg & Twine: Maya Road; White Pen: Sakura; Adhesive: +TombowUSA; Cutting Machine: +Silhouette America

 And for this version I flipped the sketch on it's side.

Sweet Treat by Kim Watson
 Supplies- Cardstock: +AmericanCrafts; Patterned papers, Die-cuts, Tags, Tickets, Stickers, Flair, Buttons, Chipboard accents: +Fancy Pants Designs Everyday Circus Collection; Twine: +Close To My HeartAdhesive & Pen: +TombowUSA

I will be posting the latest sketch contest details on Monday, so make sure to pop back to my blog in a few days.

Glad you stopped by!

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: