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Jim Hankins Workshops Oct 13 - 14 Print E-mail
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Written by Cathy Smith   
Thursday, 31 August 2017 00:00

Jim Hankins, The Gentleman Crafter 
is returning to Simple Pleasures
October 13 - 14, 2017

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Full of Southern charm, Jim Hankins is truly a Gentleman Crafter! 
Known for creating intricate 3-D art projects from chipboard and wood.
 You name it, Jim's probably made it! His design sense and use of 
innovative mixed media techniques always brings something new to the craft.

 Mark your calendars - save the dates -
Registration is now OPEN for Jim's workshops.

Give us a call to register.
(719) 528 - 1338

 Note on all Guest Instructor Workshops: 
Purchased spots for guest instructor classes are non-refundable.If we have a wait list and 
can fill you spot, we will issue you an In-Store Credit for your registration fee. 
Otherwise, you are welcome to try to find someone to take your spot.

 


 The Stacked Books Drawers
Friday, October 13, Noon - 5pm

 

 JH Stacked Books

 

Three classic stacked books with a surprise drawer that
opens from the page sides of the books.
Large Book dimensions 8 1/2 x 2 5/8 x 10 inches
Medium Book 7 1/4 x 2 5/8 x 8 1/2 inches
Small Book 4 7/8 x 2 1/2 x 6 1/4 inches

BRING: Basic Tool Kit containing craft knife, craft mat, 
paper trimmer, scissors, paper piercer, wet and dry 
adhesives, 1/4 or 3/8 inch Scor-Tape, your favorite adhesive 
to apply larger sheets of patterned paper to chipboard, 
pen, pencil, sanding block or Emory board, bone folder, 
ink blending tool, your choice of darker distress pad such as 
brown or black, ink applicator bool, score board, baby wipes,
paper towels. Helpful to bring if you have - metallic rubs or
 paints in Gold. $65


 

 


 The Winter Reindeer (Pair of Two)
AND
FREE BONUS PROJECT - Santa Shrine
Friday, October 13, 6 - 8pm

 

JH The Winter Reindeer

 A pair of winter reindeer in two different poses. Made from
 wood, these easy-to-assemble deer just need a splash of
 holiday color to make them stand out in your holiday decor or rustic
motif. They are adorned with ribbon and finished off with a tiny bell.
Dimensions of each reindeer: Approx 7 3/8 inches base to top of antlers and 
7 inches left to right. 3 1/2 inch base.
BRING:
Craft mat, sanding block, 
foam brushes, baby wipes, paper towels. $36

 

FREE BONUS PROJECT - Santa Shrine
included in your Winter Reindeer class!

JH Santa Shrine Revised

 Thanks, Jim, for this fun FREE BONUS PROJECT as part
of Friday night's Winter Reindeer class! Just bring whatever 
papers, paints and whatever else you'd like to gussy up your 
Santa Shrine with!
Dimensions: 5 - 3/4 x 9 x 1 1/2 inches

 

 

 

 The Obelisk All Day Workshop
Saturday, October 14, 9:30am - 5:30pm

(includes a 1 hr lunch break midday. Feel free to pack a lunch or 
grab takeout from one of the nearby eateries) 

 

JH Obelisk

 

 JH Obelisk Open

 

 Another classical icon, The Obelisk is full of storage in a unique 
container. This project has four assorted sized deep drawers and uses
classic Graphic 45 DCE Olde Curiosity Shoppe papers.
Dimensions: 8 1/2 x 8 1/2 x 16

BRING: Basic Tool Kit containing craft knife, paper trimmer, scissors, 
paper piercer, craft mat, wet and dry adhesives,
1/4 or 3/8 inch ScorTape, your favorite adhesive to apply larger sheets of patterned
 paper to chipboard, pen, pencil, sanding block or Emory board,
ink blending tool, your choice of darker distress pad such as brown or 
black, ink applicator tool, bone folder, score board, baby wipes, paper towels. $105

 

Registration is now OPEN for these workshops.
Give us a call to register.
(719) 528 - 1338 

Note on all Guest Instructor Workshops: 
Purchased spots for guest instructor classes are non-refundable.If we have a wait list and 
can fill you spot, we will issue you an In-Store Credit for your registration fee. 
Otherwise, you are welcome to try to find someone to take your spot.

 

 
Dina Wakley is Coming to Simple Pleasures! Print E-mail
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Written by Cathy Smith   
Wednesday, 26 July 2017 00:00

Dina Wakley, 
Ranger Ink Signature Designer,
is coming to Simple Pleasures  
September 22 and 23, 2017

 for two days of
Mixed Media workshops.

Registration is now OPEN for Dina's mixed media workshops! 

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Mark your calendars - save the dates - and register now for class
with this very talented designer and instructor.
We hope you will be able to join us for Dina's workshops! 

Give us a call to register.
(719) 528 - 1338   

Multi-Surfaced Journal Exploration All Day Workshop
Friday, September 22, 10:30am - 5:30pm
(includes a 1 hr lunch break midday. Feel free to pack a lunch or
grab takeout from one of the nearby eateries) 

DW MSJ 1   

 

DW MSJ 2   DW MSJ 3 


Dina Wakley's new Media Journal is full of varied, interesting surfaces:
burlap, canvas, kraft and handmade watercolor paper. Come to this class
to play and explore all the surfaces. A Dina Wakley Media Journal is included
in the class price. We'll stamp, stencil, paint, cut, print, tip in, tear and have
a great day of journaling, playing and experimenting. 

 BRING: Basic Tool Kit - Ranger craft sheet, scissors, water container to clean your
brushes, baby wipes, paper towels, paper plate or palette paper to use as a
 palette (or you can just use your craft sheet). Apron and a small notebook and a pen 
if you'd like for taking notes. $150

 

 


Finding Joy in Abstraction Workshop
Saturday, September 23, 9:30am - 12:30pm

 DW Abstraction 2

 

 DW Abstraction 1 

 

Join Dina for an exploration in abstract painting. Abstract painting might 
seem random, but it's based in composition and color theory. The skills 
you learn will be useful whether you later use them for backgrounds or 
stand-alone abstract pieces. We'll work on boards to create interesting 
foundations and looks with our acrylic paints and other mixed media supplies. 
After we've practiced, we'll create a canvas. The end result will be gorgeous 
multi-layered paintings. Bring your journal, too, for practicing and taking 
notes. We'll have lots of messy, artistic fun!

 BRING: Basic Tool Kit - Ranger craft sheet, scissors, water container to clean your 
brushes, baby wipes, paper towels, paper plate or palette paper to use as a palette 
(or you can just use your craft sheet). Apron, a small notebook and pen for taking 
notes, a tub of white gesso, your art journal. $80

 

 

 
Joy of Scribbling and Coloring
Saturday, September 23, 1:30 - 4:30pm

DW Scribbling 1

 

DW Scribbling 2 

 

 

Who doesn't love to scribble and color?!?
Join Dina as you use her new Dina Wakley Media Scribble Sticks to
make backgrounds and also color images, draw, and make interesting
marks. This class is chock full of scribbley, colorful techniques for all
your mixed media play!

BRING: Basic Tool Kit - Ranger craft sheet, scissors, water container to clean your 
brushes, baby wipes, paper towels, paper plate or palette paper to use as a palette 
(or you can just use your craft sheet). Apron, a small notebook and pen for taking 
notes, your art journal. $75

 

 

Art Journaling Play Series: A Cut Above
Saturday, September 23, 5:30 - 8:30pm

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DW ACA 2 

Dina's "Art Journal Play" workshops are all about exploring and playing 
with art journaling techniques. The goal is to learn techniques, 
experiment, play, and make finished journal pages. We'll be working in 
journals, but the techniques apply to all mixed-media projects (canvases, 
book-making, etc).

Ready to make art that's a cut above. Come to this class where we'll 
explore cuts and folds and pockets as a way to add variety and interest 
to our artwork. We'll work with stamps, stencils, and acrylics to make unique 
journal pages. We'll focus on bold colors and images, as well.

BRING: Basic Tool Kit - Ranger craft sheet, scissors, water container to clean 
your brushes, baby wipes, paper towels, paper plate or palette paper to use as
a palette (or you can just use your craft sheet). Apron, a small notebook and pen
for taking notes, your art journal (Ranger Multi-Surfaced Journal or Dylusions 
journal recommended), craft knife and cutting mat. $75

 

 Please Note: No refunds or store credit for visiting guest instructor classes.
 You are welcome to give your class spot to a friend if unable to attend after registering.

 
Tracy Weinzapfel Workshops June 2 - 3 Print E-mail
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Written by Cathy Smith   
Wednesday, 12 April 2017 00:00


Tracy Weinzapfel is returning to 
Simple Pleasures  

 for two days of
Mixed Media workshops
featuring DecoArt and Totally Tracy Stamps.
It will be a weekend full of techniques and texture  and fun!

June 2 - 3, 2017

Registration is OPEN NOW for Tracy's workshops. 

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 Tracy Weinzapfel
is a Mixed Media artist and host of the internet show Mixed Media Monday.
She works closely with Deco Art, has been published in 
various Arts/Crafts publications. Tracy has designed a line of stamps
"Totally Tracy" and chipboard embellishments


Tracy has a passion for teaching/sharing her love for painting
and encourages everyone to exercise their creative side.
For Tracy, Every day has creative moments and as a
full-time licensed artist, she enjoys creating pieces using all types of mediums.
 

Mark your calendars - save the dates - and register now for class
with this very talented designer and instructor.
We hope you will be able to join us for Tracy
's workshops! 

Give us a call to register.
(719) 528 - 1338 

 

Mixed Media Cards/Tag Workshop 
Friday, June 2, 5:30pm

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  Are you a card maker, stamper, scrapbooker or mixed media fan?
Whichever it may be, this class is for YOU. Be prepared for a fun class
full of techniques you can incorporate on canvas, cards, art journals and more.
 Tracy will be using stencils,  Totally Tracy Stamps and Decoart Media Line. You will
walk away with several fun cards and a tag to send to your friends!
BRING: Craft mat, StazOn or Ranger Archival stamp pad, acrylic blocks,
wet & dry adhesives, trimmer, scissors,apron, your favorite paintbrushes,
 baby wipes and your camera.  $55

 


"Dream" Wood Panel Workshop
Saturday, June 3, 9:30am

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 Tracy Weinzapfel, DecoArt Artist and Education Coordinator,
is here with a class of Mixed Media creativity. 
 This class is full of
techniques you can take use on canvas, art journals, tags, cards
  and MORE!
   You’ll leave class with a fun decor piece to show off all the techniques you learn in class.
  We will create a 3-dimensional 10x12 mixed media wood painting with
(4) 4x4 mini paintings on it.   

     Tracy’s style of teaching is fun & inspirational. She gives steps to inspire
you to get creative & will have some of her artwork on hand
to show different techniques & the products she used to create her
backgrounds.
BRING: Scissors, apron,  favorite paintbrushes, craft mat,
StazOn or Ranger Archival ink pad, acrylic blocks, adhesives, baby wipes
and your camera, too! $60

 

 
Art Journaling Workshop
Saturday, June 3, 1:30 - 6pm

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  We’re taking our creativity to the art journal with our special guest,
Tracy Weinzapfel, Education Coordinator for DecoArt, Inc
. Be ready
to open up your journal
 and create pages using fun and
colorful techniques with Tracy. This is hours of “Let it Go” art journaling
with Tracy for you to take home and incorporate in your art!  Tracy will
be using the
DecoArt Media Line
with you so it is your chance to see what these fun
new products will do. Tracy will also have her art journals there for inspiration and
to share in class.
We’ll work on pages to start your art journal…
be ready to have some fun & lose yourself in the creative world of mixed media
& art journaling.  It may have you re-thinking about things in your
everyday life that can be used in your art journal.
BRING: Your art journal, craft mat, StazOn or Ranger Archival ink pad, scissors,
apron, favorite paintbrushes, baby wipes, heat gun, acrylic blocks.
Feel free to bring a 2nd art journal so you can create in it as your
other pages are drying. Bring your camera, too! $60

 Please Note: No refunds or store credit for visiting guest instructor classes.
You are welcome to give your class spot to a friend if unable to attend after registering.

 
Jim Hankins Classes Print E-mail
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Written by Cathy Smith   
Sunday, 21 August 2016 00:00

Jim Hankins, The Gentleman Crafter 
is coming to Simple Pleasures
September 23 - 25

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Full of Southern charm, Jim Hankins is truly a Gentleman Crafter! 
Known for creating intricate 3-D art projects and his use of innovative mixed media techniques.
Jim has designed projects for Graphic 45, Tim Holtz and Dyan Reaveley of Ranger Industries.
 
Jim loves traveling the country, teaching classes online and in person and reaching out to
fellow crafters to share his love of techniques and album construction.


 Mark your calendars - save the dates - and register now for these workshops.
Give us a call to register.
(719) 528 - 1338

 Note on all Guest Instructor Workshops: 
Purchased spots for guest instructor classes are non-refundable.If we have a wait list and 
can fill you spot, we will issue you an In-Store Credit for your registration fee. 
Otherwise, you are welcome to try to find someone to take your spot.


 

 JH NP Luminary

 North Pole Luminary (Santa's House)

This two-story house, home to Mr & Mrs Claus, is loaded with detail, festive
trim and window boxes to adorn. Put tea lights inside and watch the magic
come alive when light appears thru the windows adding a cozy warm glow to your room.
 All chipboard and papers will be cut to fit so no tracing and cutting are required.
 This project will be using the new Graphic 45 St Nicholas collection.

Friday, September 23
9:00am - 4:30pm
$125
Bonus: $10 Graphic 45 Gift Certificate on class day!

 

 

 

 

JH Traveling Valise 

 JH TV Open 

The Traveling Valise

 A fun project to make to store anything!
Originally designed to hold change at the top and watches at the bottom, 
the Valise would be awesome for an assortment of art supplies when you hit the road. 
This project will be using the Graphic 45 CityScapes collection. 

 Friday, September 23
5:30 - 9:30pm
$80
Bonus: $10 Graphic 45 Gift Certificate on class day!

 

 

 

 

 

JH CCS

 Cornelia's Candy Shoppe Luminary

 Cornelia's Candy Shoppe is full of sweet surprises! Cornelia's features a two-story
shop with a flat-railed roof over the door. A really cool round bay window
in the front adds to the sweetness of the festive trim and window boxes to
adorn as you'd like. Place Tea Lights inside and watch the magic come alive
when light appears thru all the windows adding a cozy warm glow to your
room. All chipboard and papers will be cut to  fit so no tracing and cutting are required.
This project will be using the new Graphic 45 St Nicholas collection.
Please Note: If you want to add candy jars to the windows, this will need to be
done when making the piece. Please bring candy sprinkles and the (9) piece
 set of Idea-ology corked vials if you want to add them to your candy shoppe. 

Saturday, September 24
9:00am - 4:30pm 
$125
 Bonus: $10 Graphic 45 Gift Certificate on class day!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 JH CC

Carol's Caddy

A cool, fun and functional caddy project that holds and catches everything
from remote controls, notes, office supplies and on and on ... the ideas are
limitless! This class will be using the Graphic 45 Safari Adventures collection.

Saturday, September 24
5:30 - 8:30pm
$85
 Bonus: $10 Graphic 45 Gift Certificate on class day!


  

 

 

 

 JH BCC

 Bavarian Cuckoo Clock

 Jim's Bavarian Cuckoo Clock is reminiscent of the ones made by the
craftspeople in The Black Forest of Germany. It features a working clock
with pendulum and is modeled after the romantic chalet clocks. This Bavarian Cuckoo Clock
doesn’t actually cuckoo or chime but is a beautiful functional clock to adorn
your walls. The new Graphic 45 St Nicholas collection will be used for this project.
All chipboard AND papers will be cut to fit so no tracing and cutting are needed.
Feel free to bring flat nose pliers if you have.

 Sunday, September 25
Noon - 5pm
$135
Bonus: $10 Graphic 45 Gift Certificate on class day!

 

 

 Basic Supplies to Bring for Classes 
Basic tool kit including craft knife,paper trimmer, scissor, paper piercer, craft mat,
wet & dry adhesives, 1 4 or 3/8in Score-Tape, Glossy Accents, FineLine Bottle applicator
with
white matte craft glue (Jim likes to use PPA, Perfect Paper Adhesive), favorite
adhesive for applying large sheets of patterned paper to chipboard, pencil, pen, sanding
block or emery board, ink blending tool, your choice of Black Soot, Walnut Stain or
darker Distress ink, ink applicator tool, bone folder and Score-Board. Feel free to bring
metallic rubs or quick-drying metallic paints if you'd like.

 

Mark your calendars - save the dates - and register now for these workshops.
Give us a call to register.
(719) 528 - 1338 

Note on all Guest Instructor Workshops: 
Purchased spots for guest instructor classes are non-refundable.If we have a wait list and 
can fill you spot, we will issue you an In-Store Credit for your registration fee. 
Otherwise, you are welcome to try to find someone to take your spot.

 

SPECIAL LODGING RATES 
MCM Elegante, 6450 N. Academy Blvd is providing special room rates 
in conjunction with Jim's workshops for those of you who want to 
"Stay and Play" for more than just a day! Just give them a call at 
(719) 590 - 1111 and tell them "Simple Pleasures Mixed Media" for rates 
that are better than their online room rates.Continental Breakfast included.

 
Silhouette Savvy - Making the Most of Your Silhouette Print E-mail
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Written by Angela C.   
Tuesday, 20 September 2011 00:00

So...you bought a Silhouette.

Silh Machine

You’ve taken it out of the box and loaded Silhouette Studio software. You already know that you hook the Silhouette up to your computer (PC or Mac) just like a printer and using Silhouette Studio software you can cut custom lettering using fonts already installed on your computer. You also know that you can download and cut custom designs, too. 

But, do you know how to use the Silhouette, the Studio software and the Print and Cut feature?

Ever find a shape or design that’s almost what you wanted, but somehow it’s not quite right?

Did you know that Silhouette has a line of fabric inks and stencil material that you can cut?

Want to know how to use the Silhouette to design etched glass projects?

There are so many creative possibilities using your Silhouette!

At Simple Pleasures we offer classes to help you learn to make the most of your Silhouette. There are several classes coming up on this schedule that will help educate and walk you through techniques and projects.

We have two knowledgable Silhouette instructors at Simple Pleasures: Becky and Marianne.  (You can read their instructor bios on the instructor page.) You probably have met them while shopping at the store! They both have classes on the current schedule to choose from.

Some of Becky’s upcoming classes include:

September 23 (Friday) @ 5:30pm - Silhouette, Beyond the Basics, What Does THIS Button Do?

 Silh Buttons

In this class you will learn how to utilize the Print and Cut feature and take home a reference booklet to use with Silhouette Studio. Becky will walk you through the steps to modify and personalize your designs and create custom designs using the trace feature, too.

Silh Gift Card Holder

Wouldn't it be wonderful to be able to create unique designs for that special occasion? 

In need of an adorable Advent Calendar? Sign up for Becky’s class:

November 5 (Saturday) @ 10am - How Many Days to Christmas? Silhouette Advent Gingerbread House (Silhouette is NOT required for this class!)

SPC Silh Ging Advent Becky

How adorable is that house with all of the peekaboo windows?!

 

Would you like to get an early start on your gift stash? Marianne has a couple of upcoming classes you’ll love:

November 5 (Saturday) @ 10am - Silhouette Fun Altered Projects

 SPC Silh Alt Projects         SPC Silh Alt Bag

Want to try the Silhouette fabric inks? Play with canvas and try glass etching? In this class you’ll be able to do all that and more!

Silh Fabric Starter Kit

What would a Marianne project be without bling? *wink*  Just imagine...making your own stenciled tees, bags, canvas art... 

 

 

 

 

 

          Silh Fabric Inks

 

November 12 (Saturday) @10am - Silhouette Advent Box Workshop

SPC Advent Box Marianne

Make an amazing 3D advent calendar using a special downloadable design set from Silhouette. Register for this class and when we receive the shipment of kits, you will receive your project box kit - a 3D home decor piece that will house all of your boxes created with your Silhouette. You’ll customize your advent calendar with your choice of papers and embellishments. I could see this set being changed out for every holiday!

Be sure to register for these classes soon - you don’t want to miss out! Stop by the store to see the samples in person and get class details or download the schedule from the website.

 

And, coming soon, the Silhouette Cameo ... with the capability of using 12inch wide papers!!  Suggested retail pricing is $299 for this machine. We are offering introductory pricing on pre-orders of the Cameo for those of you who want it. Pre-order pricing is $269.99. Give us a call if you want to reserve one at this price! Availability is projected to be in October sometime. We'll let you know when it arrives.

 

            Silh Cameo

 
Iris Folding, Dies & Embossing Folders with Linda Knight Print E-mail
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Written by Angela Crandall   
Tuesday, 13 September 2011 08:24

Beautiful, detailed cards, iris folding, Spellbinder dies and Sizzix embossing folders…
do you know this instructor?

Here are a few more hints: she’s a stamper and has been known to use Just Rite stamps and many others to make wonderful all occasion and holiday cards.

It’s Linda Knight! (You can read Linda’s Simple Pleasures bio under the “Our Instructors” link, under Classes.)

Linda has a classic style and usually has one or two oriental themed classes on the schedule, along with an iris folding class or two.

Linda’s upcoming class, Embossed Folder Fun is this Friday evening:

SPC Embossed Folder Fun

Embossed Folder Fun is a great class, if you would like to learn more about using embossing folders and Spellbinder dies to create cards. More than just using the folders for backgrounds, Linda will guide you as you create 4 cards. Don’t forget your adhesives and detail scissors!

 

If Iris Folding is what you want to learn, you don’t want to miss Linda’s Christmas Iris Folding Cards. Shimmering papers, a little bling and lots of color. You’ll learn the technique and complete 3 cards in class.

Here are the dates of some of Linda’s upcoming classes:

 

Sept 16 (Fri) @ 5:30pm  -  Embossed Folder Fun

Oct  08 (Sat) @ 10:00am -  Christmas Iris Folding

Oct 10 (Mon) @ 10:00am – Fun & Fast Techniques Fall Cards

 

There’s more…so be sure to stop by Simple Pleasures to see Linda's samples and pick up the current schedule. You can also download the schedule from our website.

Call or stop by the store to treat yourself to a class with Linda!

 

 
In the Spotlight - Christmas Iris Folding Print E-mail
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Written by Angela Crandall   
Wednesday, 22 June 2011 00:00

Did you know that Iris Folding is a technique that originated in Holland? Yeah, me neither! What I do know is that Linda's Christmas Iris Folding class is Saturday, July 2 and begins at 10:00am.

Foils

A little bit of foil paper, a little bit of bling and glitz and you've got yourself some gorgeous creations!

SPC Christmas Iris 711

Learn how fun and easy it is to make these 3 Iris Folded cards. Why not get a head start on those Christmas cards, too?!

Take a break from your summer and enjoy a class at Simple Pleasures. Stop by and view " The Wall" of samples and pick up a schedule. There's always something in the works...hope to see you soon!

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