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:

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!