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Written by Cathy Smith   
Wednesday, 11 February 2015 00:00
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What a Day - Simple Pleasures Weather Adventures! Print E-mail
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Written by Cathy Smith   
Friday, 28 September 2012 09:38

Only in Colorado ......

From a Beautiful Fall Day like this

SP HS Pike Peak Guy 1

(Check out this any many other phenomenal Colorado photos
from "The Pikes Peak Guy" on his Facebook Page)

 to THIS .....

SP HS Storefront

The following photo, from KKTV 11 News, was the view from our parking lot,
at the corner of Library Lane and Montebello.

 SP HS LL Montebello

Yes, Simple Pleasures became the base camp for the KKTV 11 News team
as they reported this major hailstorm
with live shots from our parking lot on their 5:30pm and 6:30pm newscasts.


As it turned out, about a one mile radius (yes, we were at the center of it)
is where all crazy weather took place. 

The view from the front door of the store ...

 SP HS 5

 Our poor trees and shrubbery - all that green on the ground is shredded foliage


 Yes, a river formed outside the back door,

what a picturesque winter photo -

oh, wait ... it's only September,
September 27, to be exact!


There was a mad scramble to locate the snow shovels, as the front door
of the store could not be budged - unable to get in OR out!

Hail had piled up (about 6 inches deep), quite heavy, and we literally could not budge the door ....

so we had to exit the store via the back storeroom, armed with shovels, 
to come around the front and dig the doorway out. 

Thanks, Abbey, for being one of our rescuers when the adventure unfolded began.


So, now for the real fun -

you see, when all that hail was piling up,
there was a bit of an issue with all the water that it brought with it.

It seems the only place the water could escape to was under the hail drift - 
flowing under the door jam  and thru whatever crevaces that presented themselves.



Yes, that IS a snow shovel used to bail water, in addition to mops and buckets.

You see, at this very moment .... the front door was still blockaded
by the hail so we were working the adventure from both sides.

Evie was another of our customers who helped save the day for Simple Pleasures!

 We couldn't help but laugh amidst the adventure ......

Cathy had worn sandals with heels to work, so she was working barefooted -
do you know how cold hail is on your feet, and ice water, too?!?

Here are a few pics "on the lighter side"

SP HS Becky Shoveling

What you can't see in this photo is just how WET Becky was getting from the moisture
pouring over the top of the gutters - those gutters were filled with hail, too! Did we mention, it was COLD?!

SP HS Cathy

OK, here I was trying to show how deep the hail was ..... brrrrr.

When we had gotten most of the water out,
except for the fact that it was still squishing thru our toes, ok, MY toes,
Angie raced home for her Wet Vac to begin the next phase of the adventure.

SP HS Angie

Whew, we're happy to report that the area is almost dry. We're crossing our fingers that the heating system
 located under that section is operational .
We'll wait a bit before "testing" it out rather than adding firework pics in the event of an electrical shorts.

A HUGE Thank You to Angie, Becky, Abby and Evie for being on the emergency squad
 to all the customers shopping at the time who didn't get quite the
level of service and personal attention we like to provide.

At the end of the day, we were cold, wet and tired - so Becky made a Hot Chocolate run!


I'll like EXTRA HOT, Please!

Card Creativity Design Team Style! Print E-mail
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Written by Cathy Smith   
Tuesday, 27 December 2011 16:03

Lynn, Deb and Lisa have done some wonderfully creative cards for us that we want to showcase for you here. These, their latest contributions, feature some of our favorite companies and products --- including Harmonie papers and stamps, Just Rite stamps, Memory Box dies and the Teresa Collins Notations collection pack of papers ......

Notations MBO Two Cards      Aren't they just sooooo elegant?!

Here's a closer look - don't you just love the Memory Box Larue Flourish die as the centepiece of this card - WOW!

Notations Card MBO Larue Closeup      

The Notations paper collection pack has many great 12x12 papers with the classic ivory and black color combination. In addition, there are frame elements you can use, like the circle frame used as a backdrop for the Larue Flourish on the card above. The collection also hosts a great sheet of monogram letters, like the one used as the focal point in this card ..... and what a nice accent the fibers and flowers make along with just a hint of pink as a panel.

Notations Monogram Card  

The card below left features Authentique embellies, and the card on the right includes Just Rite stamps, in addition to the Memory Box die and Harmonie paper.

Notations Card Authentique Embellies           Harmonie Card Just Rite Msg     

And how about these two cards that take the sewing theme to a whole new level ....

Harmonie Sewing Cards 

Enjoy these card ideas --- a special thanks to our Design Team for these card classics!

What's That Sound ......? Print E-mail
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Written by Cathy Smith   
Saturday, 22 October 2011 19:58

Oohs, aahs, wows and such a Buzzzzz ....
What is all this clamour about?!?

So much excitement is in the air at Simple Pleasures. More than "just" the excitement about the beautiful colors of the fall leaves
and the change of seasons in the air.
It's the excitement about the wonderful new arrivals in the store.

The new Silhouette Cameo (our second shipment will be coming soon - so get yours pre-ordered now
 to get in on our $269.99 preorder pricing)!

Silh Cameo
Want to see the new Silhouette Cameo in action?! Marianne will be using the cameo in her upcoming  Silhouette Advent Box workshop on Sat, Nov 12 at 10am. We have a few spots left in the class, so give us a call for a bird's eye opportunity with this machine!

Silh Advent box

Or, how about Becky's Silhouette Advent Gingerbread House class on Sat, Nov 5, at 10am?

Silh Gingerbread Advent Cal

 More wows for the new Memory Box release, 32 dies and 16 stamps in all.
How did you guess? Yes, we HAD to get them all!
We're featuring Memory Box stamps in dies in our upcoming class on Thursday, Nov 3, at 5:30pm.
So check your calendar and give us a call to register.

MBO Oct11

Yes, indeed, these ARE the Fall Seasonal Distress Inks from Tim Holtz - we have a few left, so don't miss the boat on this one! They are limited.
Coming soon, the new Tim Holtz Winter Seasonal Distress Ink 3 pack bundle. If you want to get in the queue for these, give us a call and get a set reserved.
They, too, are a limited release so will be here and gone before you know it.

TH Fall Distress Inks Bundle

And then, there's the Graphic 45 "Christmas Emporium" collection ....

G45 Christmas Emporium Header

So, don't be alarmed by the hummmm, buzzzz, chatterrrrr and clamour -
stop in and be inspired by it!! We'd love to see you!


Gifts Galore and More! Print E-mail
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Written by Angela Crandall   
Sunday, 16 October 2011 00:00

It’s not too late to make Handmade Gifts!

Fall is here! Gorgeous leaves, cooler temperatures and my favorite: planning out holiday food and gifts! Looking for a special, personalized gift for someone on your list this year?

Boy, do we have some great ideas for you! These gift ideas are easy and fun to make. You probably already have some of what you need, and what you don’t have…you know you’ll find it at Simple Pleasures!

Check out these Sports Frames that Lisa crafted! I always seem to have a harder time crafting a gift for the boys in the family – not this year!

These sports motifs are printed on canvas. These were colored with Copic Markers and Distress Inks. Color them in their favorite team colors, add a few embellishments and even some personal items, such as team numbers, tickets…etc. 

            DT LYB Soccer Frame          DT LYB Football Frame

If you’ve been by Simple Pleasures, lately, I’m sure we’ve shown you the Kaisercraft Family Tree that’s on display.

But just in case you haven’t see it:


          DT KaiserCraft Family Tree           DT KC Framily Tree Closeup

It’s fabulous, right?! I love how Lyn used different papers for each generation. It’s those little details that make these gifts so special.

Distress Stains, Gold Acrylic Paint, Vintage Groove charms – all these and more ensure this gift will become a family heirloom. The ovals and their hooks are not attached, so you can easily personalize it.

Don’t want to make this a family tree? How about using it to display your favorite quotes, scriptures, even hang pictures of your favorite travels!

In addition to the Family Tree, we also have Kaisercraft Frames and drawers. Isn’t the frame adorable?

            ST SS Baby Steps Frame      DT SS Baby Steps Closeup

Deb used a base coat of acrylic paint in cream and then inked it pink with the Spun Sugar Distress Stain. Even the flowers edges were kissed with Spun Sugar.  Reminds me of the nursery rhyme “…sugar and spice and everything nice…” So, pick a theme, papers, embellishments, even dies, such as the Memory Box Butterfly Chain and you can have a gift finished and ready to go in an afternoon!

Don’t forget – there are always mini books. These are easy and quick. They can be made from a base of simple cardstock, chipboard or even acrylic!

Did you get a few of the Memory Box Dies? These are wonderful! Easy to use and the die cuts add wonderful dimension and interest to your projects.

Here are couple of mini books that are on display at Simple Pleasures:

    DT LYB MiniBook Cover          DT BBP Father Christmas Album Cover

Need more dimension that one layer of cardstock? Cut the same design, such as the Bianca Snowflake, out several times. Stack and glue them together to create a designer chipboard-like embellishment. Easy Peasy, but oh what a difference a little height can make!

Some other ideas for mini books:

10 Top Favorite ____________ (you fill in the blank.)



All About You

Holiday Recipes

Cars (any hobby!)

Wish Lists

The ABCs of US

If you need ideas or supplies, stop by the store to see the samples and even talk to the Staff – we would love to help you find what you need.

Happy Holiday crafting!

Sizzix Dies - Let Me Count the Ways! Print E-mail
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Written by Angela Crandall   
Sunday, 04 September 2011 00:00
Wow! Have you seen the newest Sizzix dies that have arrived at Simple Pleasures? They take customized jewelry and DIY (Do It Yourself) embellishments to a whole new level… 
Siz Jewelry 1
Each box cover showcases gorgeous jewelry made using the die, even a close up of the piece, so you can see the detail. My favorite part of the box is the picture on the front that shows you the shapes the die actually cuts - so many possibilities! These dies are steel rule dies, so you can use your favorite materials - Grungepaper, chipboard, polyshrink plastic, even Ten Second Studio Colored Metals and more.
These dies cut shapes that are perfectly sized for smaller projects such as card and scrapbook embellishments, as well as jewelry components.
Hmmm…need an idea or two to start?
Siz Jewelry 3
Ovals #3 is a versatile die. Four different sizes of ovals that you could layer brads, bling, ephemera, etc. onto (and, of course, we could stamp it, too!) We could cut a large oval from Grungepaper and the same size oval using Ten Second Studio's Colored Metal. Adhere them together. Let's emboss the metal/Grungepaper oval using a Sizzix embossing folder to give it texture. What's your favorite color metal? Peacock is a pretty turquoise…
Have you seen the Vintage Groove collection? We could use the Tim Holtz drill press to make tiny holes to attach the oval to a Vintage Groove necklace strand using jump rings.
Fabulous, customized elements…easy peasy, right?
Siz Jewelry 2
Then we could repeat the process to make matching earrings or bracelet and even a matching embellishment for the gift card! 
I can't wait to try this - I hope you feel inspired to make a bit of art, too! We'd love to see what YOU make!

A Heartfelt Thanks to our SP Family Print E-mail
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Written by Cathy Smith   
Thursday, 25 August 2011 00:00

Thanks Banner

Over the past few months, we have been sponsoring a card outreach to the tornado-stricken Tuscaloosa, AL area. Your response to our request for card donations was overwhelming. Many of you also donated crafting tools and supplies. We have sent multiple boxes  and have another one ready to ship.

Today we received this banner of "Thanks". It was made by a group of children Michele did crafting projects with at one of the Red Cross shelter centers.  Michele is  our SP "extended family"point of contact there and has facilitated the distribution of the cards and worked with children's crafting outreach there.  Michele lives in Tuscaloose but many of you know her through her participation in our SP Card Club Exchanges

We have the banner hanging proudly at the door. We hope when you see it, it will warm your heart as much as it warms ours. Thanks to each of you who made contributions and thanks to ALL of YOU for supporting our many and various community outreach efforts. You're the Best!

Thanks, Michele, for helping make this outreach idea become a reality. You were KEY to making it all possible, and we are not done yet!

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