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Stephanie Ackerman Classes at Simple Pleasures Print E-mail
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Written by Cathy Smith   
Wednesday, 01 July 2015 00:00

Stephanie Ackerman Classes 
Simple Pleasures  

August 8 & 9, 2015

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 Stephanie Ackerman, 
 mixed media artist, teacher and designer for Sizzix, Unity Stamps, Purple 
Onion Designs
as well as the Documented Faith Bible Journaling series. Whether it's
 paper, fabric, dough or paint, Stephanie is creatively inspired by her passions and personal 
journey in life. From her faith and family to past experiences and just ordinary everyday
moments, Stephanie is masterful at using her designs to celebrate life's treasures.
and interest to her projects. 

Mark your calendars - save the dates - and register now for class
with this very talented designer and instructor.

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

 Better Together Tag Portfolio
Saturday, August 8, 5:30 - 7:30pm

 SA Better Together

Join Stephanie for this "flippin" fun photo tag portfolio featuring Stephanie's Sizzix 
tag dies. There's room for photos and fun additions with the Tim Holtz Big Chat and
Small Talk word stickers, too. BRING: Trimmer, scissors, double-sided tape and
photos (5 horizontal wallet sized photos and 4 vertical wallet size photos). $45



 Bible Journaling & Lettering 
"Inside and Outside the Margins" 
Saturday, August 8, 8 - 11pm

SA Bible Supplies


 SA Genesis

 So you want to create and journal in your Bible margins, but are hesitant ... 
you're not alone and we'll tackle it together, from putting that pen down on the 
page of your Bible. What if you don't have a Journaling Bible? The rumors are true 
and there seems to be a nationwide shortage of the Journaling Bibles, which is not a 
bad thing, but if you don't have one, you might want to consider a Moleskin Journal/
planner. The pages are similar in weight and color and it takes out some of the anxiety of 
creating in the Bible. Once you practice and gain some confidence, then you can jump 
into the Bible. 

The first half of the workshop, Stephanie will talk about how to start and what to 
start with. Then we'll play with simple lettering, shading, coloring and a little 
stamping. The second half of the workshop we'll experiment with paints, stamps, 
additional lettering and some simple embellishments with patterned paper and 
washi tapes. BRING: Journaling Bible and/or Moleskin Journal Planner (blank or 
lined that pages can be torn out of, pencil, white eraser, assorted washi tapes 
and scraps of patterned paper (or patterned Project Life cards that can be cut up 
for tabs), glue stick, basic watercolors and water brush, Zig Platinum marker, Uniball 
Signo Ultra Micro Black pen and micro black pen. $55



Hope Notes Workshop
Sunday, August 9, 11am - 2pm

 SA Hope Notes


 SA Hope Notes Boxes

Every single one of us needs a reminder that we are loved, that we matter and that
there is hope. Together we'll create little cards that will hold these reminders.
Reminders that will be kept with us and reminders that will be given away. We'll create
two die cut boxes and five cards for each box. Each card can be embellished as you wish with
washi, stamps, stencils and more and the boxes will hold the cards you create. This box
is also the perfect size to hold gift cards, sweets and the popular INSTAX sized instant photos. 
BRING: Signo white pen, Multi Matte Medium/Ranger Glue & Seal, 2-3 foam brushes, 
Black Soot Distress Marker, Craft Mat, assorted Distress Paints and stencils. $55


Bible Journaling & Lettering 
"Inside and Outside the Margins" 
Sunday, August 9, 3 - 6pm 
(See description above)

 SA Bible Supplies

 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.

Tammy Tutterow Special Guest at Simple Pleasures Print E-mail
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Written by Cathy Smith   
Sunday, 31 May 2015 00:00

 Simple Pleasures
is excited to welcome Tammy Tutterow
a weekend of Mixed Media classes 
focusing on Ranger Ink and Tim Holtz products and techniques.
It will be a weekend full of inky and painty hands and fun!

June 25 - 27, 2015

 TTU Pic Heart 

Mark your calendars - save the dates - and register now for class
with this very talented designer and instructor. Tammy Tutterow is
the Media Specialist for Tim Holtz brands and the Social Media Manager
for Ranger Ink. Tammy has also worked with Sizzix, Xyron, BasicGrey and
Pink Paislee. Tammy's projects have been published in several books, 
magazines, product catalogs and featured on television.  

Tammy is a lifelong artist and crafter who grew up in a home full of
arts and craft supplies with very creative parents. She loves all types
of crafts but finds her true crafting passion in papercrafts, ribbonwork 
and fabric crafts, and combines elements of all three of these into 
her projects and creations.


Check out the classes and your calendar,
then give us a call to register.
(719) 528 - 1338 


 Background Basics - 
Ink and Paint Techniques

Thursday, June 25, 5:30 - 8:30pm


 Join Tammy as we create several tags that focus on background
techniques. Each tag will feature ink, paint, stains, mists, embossing,
and texture techniques that you can use again and again in your
papercrafting and mixed media art. We'll combine products from Tim Holtz,
Ranger Ink and Sizzix. $35



Cabinet Card Accordion Book
Friday, June 26, 10am - 2pm


A fun way to scrapbook your favorite mini images - this fun 
vintage style minibook is constructed from scratch using vintage style   
Tim Holtz Cabinet Cards. Perfect for assembling a fun collection of random 
every day life images. Each card doubles as a pocket and photo display. Add lots of
vintage style elements and die cuts for a unique and fun mini complete with embellished
journaling tags. We'll combine products from Tim Holtz, Ranger Ink and Sizzix. $50

Mixed Media Art Canvas
Friday, June 26, 3 - 7pm


 Mixed Media techniques for layering colors and textures on a canvas
that you can display in your home or give as a gift. Learn how to use paint
as a colorant for different surfaces including fabric and metal. You'll also
learn to make flowers from fabric in vintage millinery style. So many ideas and
techniques packed into one project! $55


Fabric Accordion Album
Saturday, June 27, 9:30am-1:30pm 


 Fabric and vintage inspired elements combine to create a unique mini book
that unfolds to reveal lots of spots for photos and journaling. This book combines pages
from many different surfaces, fun embellishments & vintage treasures all wrapped up
in a fabric cover created with Tim Holtz's Eclectic Elements Fabric. We'll combine products from
Tim Holtz, Ranger Ink and Sizzix for this fun and unique mini book. Along with the class you
will receive a pattern and instructions for creating additional covers and books. (The fabric
covers for the class books will be pre-made for you). $50



Background Basics -  
Ink and Paint Techniques

Saturday, June 27, 2:30 - 5:30pm 


 Join Tammy as we create several tags that focus on background
techniques. Each tag will feature ink, paint, stains, mists, embossing,
and texture techniques that you can use again and again in your
papercrafting and mixed media art. We'll combine products from Tim Holtz,
Ranger Ink and Sizzix. $35


 Supplies to bring for Tammy Tutterow's classes:
Ink blending tool with spare foams, favorite brown distress pad, ruler, scissors, craft pick,
Dina Wakley media artist brushes for canvas class attendees, Tiny Attacher, nonstick craft sheet, quick dry clear craft glue (Beacon 3n1, Zip Dry, Helmar 4500D, etc),  
strong adhesive tape (Ranger adhesive strips, wonder tape, scor-tape, etc)

 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.

Karen Burniston Sizzix "Pop'n Cuts" Card Classes Print E-mail
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Written by Cathy Smith   
Thursday, 30 May 2013 00:00


 We are EXCITED to announce that
Karen Burniston, designer of Sizzix Pop'n Cuts dies,

and paper engineer extraordinaire

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will be our guest teaching classes with her dies

Friday and Saturday, Sept 13 - 14.

We are sooooo fortunate to have Karen visit our store
and showcase her wonderful Sizzix dies and share her creative ideas with us!

We had such fun and learned so much from Karen when
she visited our store last year - we just can't wait for her return visit.

Check out the classes below,
then give us a call to register
at (719) 528 - 1338.

Did you know, there's a NEW Pop'n Cuts base die now,
and lots of new Pop'n Cuts inserts and coordinating embossing folders

KB new dies 513

Here's the info as we have it for Karen's special weekend of classes.
Be sure to register just as soon as you can,
as space is extremely limited for this special event. 

These classes are also available as kits,
but must be ordered.

Friday, Sept 13, Classes with Karen

Snippets Pop'n Cuts Cards
Friday, Sept 13, 2pm

(Wish we could tell you more about "Snippets" -
but it's TOP SECRET till the
Summer CHA Tradeshow in July)!

Everyone loves a pup-up card & with Sizzix Pop’n Cuts dies, everyone can make them. These inventive dies by Karen Burniston, a former resident of Colorado Springs, make pop-up cards simple & fun! You’ll get from paper to pup-up in 30 seconds, leaving plenty of time for the fun part – decorating! Pop’n Cuts are magnetic and interchangeable, saving you both money & storage space. Plus, Pop’n Cuts inserts always have at least one perfectly coordinated decorator die or embossing folder for an instant dynamic card. In class you’ll learn how the entire Pop’n Cuts system works by creating FOUR all-purpose cards with BRAND NEW dies being released at CHA-S 2013. Photos of the cards and a specific “what to bring” list will be available in August. Available as a Kit. $30


Journey Pop'n Cuts Cards
Friday, Sept 13, 5:30pm

And here's a peek at the cards for this class!


KB Journey Class

 Learn from the Sizzix Pop’n Cuts designer herself in this class with Karen! You’ll create Four cards in class with a variety of themes, styles and techniques. This class includes a chair “thinking of you” card, a Butterfly “hello” card, a Coffee card, and a robot celebrate/birthday card. This is a great opportunity to “try” before you buy on a lot of the dies from the Journey Pop’n Cuts collection plus have the opportunity to learn from the designer herself! Bring: Scissors, trimmer, mini glue dots, wet & dry adhesives, pop dots, sanding block, distress inks and blending tools as follows: Red for edges of chair & robot label (Karen used Fired Brick), Green to color rug (Shabby Shutters) & Brown for edges of butterflies (Karen used Vintage Photo), tiny attacher stapler if you have, markers pencils or chalks for coloring stamped images (most likely this will be “homework”), Camera or smart phone for taking photos of sample cards … Karen brings a SUITCASE FULL OF SAMPLES! Available as a Kit. $30

Saturday, Sept 14 Classes with Karen

Journey Pop'n Cuts Cards
Saturday, Sept 14, 9:30am
(see Journey class description above)

Snippets Pop'n Cuts Cards
Saturday, Sept 14, 2:30pm
(see Snippets class description above)


 How about a demo featuring several fun Karen Burniston dies? 
 Karen's demo will be
Saturday, Sept 14 12:30pm - 2pm

 KB 3D Tree Make n Take


Class attendees last year LOVED the cards they
created in class with Karen ...
here's a fun photo from one of last years classes!

KB Class Photo

Remember, our Sizzix cutting dies,
including all Karen Burniston's dies,
Buy 1, Get 1 HALF PRICE every single day!!

New Class Schedule and Just a Peek! Print E-mail
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Written by Cathy Smith   
Sunday, 05 February 2012 17:22

That's Right - a NEW schedule of classes at Simple Pleasures - Exciting, to say the least!!

There will be new products featured in all sorts of ways - technique classes, home decor items, jewelry, cards, scrapbook pages. Oh, my!
The new schedule will be avaialable in the store Friday at 5pm, when we host our Open House, complete with the creative instructors who conceived these papercrafting sessions or tweaked previously esisting products and techniques with their own flair. There will be tags, and cards, and calendars, and mini books -and, well, you'l just have to stop in to see all the samples for yourself!

In the meantime, we will give you this little Sneak Peek - it is the Quick Quotes Page of the Month class, appening on Friday, March 2 at 1pm. It's actually the "pages" of the month class, as we will be making 4 pages in all. There is intricately diecut chipboard, charms, gems and even a stamp pad for you to keep after class.

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 Here's what all 4 pages look like - see the cute fold out journaling folio, too?!

QQ 4 Pages Mar 2012

 We can't wait to show you more crafty class announcements ... stop in and be inspired!



A Special Weekend of Memory Box Classes Print E-mail
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Written by Cathy Smith   
Thursday, 12 January 2012 09:45
Join us in welcoming back Angela Finet, Memory Box Design Team member and owner of Angela's Happy Stamper
for a very special weekend of Memory Box classes.

Call to register - space is extremetly limited for these classes!
Save the Date

  Memory Box Card Madness, Friday, Feb 24, 5:30pm: Join Angela to create 5 cards featuring all new stamps and papers from Memory BoxAngela incorporates lots of tips & techniques in this class, so come ready to learn a lot & leave inspired! If you can only take one class this weekend, this is the one not-to-be- missed! Bring: Wet and dry adhesives, bone folder and scissors. $29

Technique Tags Workshop, Sat, Feb 25, 9:30am: Create a series of tags featuring Memory Box stamps & Faber-Castell Gelatos & Big Brush Pens. Each tag features a different technique. Instructions will be provided that you can put on the backs of your tags so you’ll have them as a handy reference. We’ll create resists, backgrounds, direct-to-rubber & so much more! This is a “Don’t Miss” workshop! Bring: Scissors, paper trimmer, wet and dry adhesives. $29

Tag Organizer Journal, Sat, Feb 25, 1pm: Create this unique organizer, featuring a modified longstitch, to hold your Technique Tags & notes on tips & ideas you’ve learned. This soft-cover book is full of pockets, including some created from the Memory Box fabulous pocket dies and is great for all levels of bookbinding experience. This is a great way to keep your ideas organized in a handy book that you’ll reach for again and again!. Bring: Bone folder, ruler, pencil, awl or paper piercer, scissors, X-acto knife, cutting mat, 1/8” red line tape and favorite adhesives. $30

 Glitterama!, Sat, Feb 25, 3:30pm: Have you joined the Elizabeth Crafts glitter craze yet? Whether you’re already a fan or new to the product, you’ll love this class full of new techniques! And if you’re glitter-phobic, this class just might change your mind! Using new Memory Box stamps and dies, join Angela to create 4 cards that sparkle and shine. Bring:  Scissors, paper trimmer, wet and dry adhesives. $30
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 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!


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