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Exciting New Classes and Guests

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May 29-30 Special Guest: Julie Nutting - details in our blog below.


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

KB Logo

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.

QQ Class Ma 2012 Closeup

 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!


Sneak Preview - New Classes Coming Up! Print E-mail
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Written by Cathy Smith   
Sunday, 07 August 2011 09:34

We're putting the finishing touches on our new class schedule, so we thought we would give you a bit of a  Sneak Preview!

Meet Teresa, one of our new instructors.                Teresa Instructor Pic
Teresa is "new" to teaching at Simple Pleasures, but certainly NOT new to creativity, especially with altered projects! Read more about Teresa and all the SP teachers in the "Our Instructors" section of the website.Shown here is a peak from her upcoming Creative Color Wash class, Friday, August 26 at 5:30pm.

Color Wash Class 811

Here are peaks at Teresa's Tim Holtz Configurations Class and Altered Frame Project classes coming up, too.

TH Config Class 2011                            Altered Frame Class 2011               

We hope to see you at our Open House this Friday nite from 5 - 7pm. We'll have the new class schedule and many of the teachers will be on hand with samples of their new classes!

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.


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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