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Exciting Happenings at Simple Pleasures!

 Memory Box Last Chance Sale on retired Memory Box dies and registrations are filling up for Marjie Kemper classes Sept 25 - 27.

 

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18th Anniversary Celebration Print E-mail
Events
Written by Cathy Smith   
Saturday, 09 February 2013 00:00
It's a CELEBRATION!!!

 
18th

 
And you are cordially invited to attend ...

 
as a matter of fact,
YOU are the guests of honor
as we celebrate our 18th year as a stamping
and scrapbooking destination in Colorado Springs!

Thank YOU for your friendships and patronage.
We would not be here were it not for you!

 
In addition to our STOREWIDE SALE during
our anniversary celebration Feb 15 - 17
(YES, we are OPEN on Sunday, Feb 17 for this special event)

be sure to bring your SP Tote Bag
for your VERY BEST SALE PRICES ....
no worries if you don't yet have one of our totes,
they are available for purchase even during the event!

 
SP Tote

We have lots of fun planned including
Door Buster Sales
Door Prizes
Demos
and Make n Takes

 
HERE'S the Schedule of Events

 
  Friday, Feb 15, 4 - 7pm: Memory Box Make n Take Part I with Cathy's Mom
Friday, Feb 15, 4 - 7pm: Make n Take Part II with Shelby featuring eBosser and Copics

 
Saturday, Feb 16, 10am - 5pm: Elizabeth Craft Designs demos with Els van de Burgt
Saturday, Feb 16, Noon - 3pm: eBosser demos with Shelby

 
Sunday, Feb 17, 12:30 - 2:30pm: A different Memory Box make n take with Cathy's Mom
Sunday, Feb 17, 12:30 - 2:30pm: Impression Obsession make n take with Caron

 
Be watching your email inbox for more details coming very soon!
 
Vintage Valentine Card Inspiration Print E-mail
Techniques & Tutorials
Written by Mary Schoknecht   
Saturday, 12 January 2013 00:00

Nostalgic Valentine Cards

 

Take a step back in time with these vintage cards.
 Decorated with Reminsce Valentine papers,
these cards can easily be adapted for many occasions.

 

We'll take you through a couple of cards "close up"

and then share with you several more to really get those creative juices flowing!

 

 

Amore Card

 

 

 DTM Val Amore Card

 


Supplies

Red Card stock, Memory Box red checked paper
Reminisce “Cupid’s Arrow” paper & MY Sweeet Valentine sticker sheet
Elizabeth Craft Design stickers -  white & gold scroll trim and red border trim
Stickles: barn red, mystic green and gold
Brown distress ink pad
Embellishments – Kaisercraft champagne pearl strips, red and white polka dot ribbon,
 red eyelets, Maya Road white heart straight pin, small vacation ad from Tim Holtz paper

 

 Assembly

Cut cardstock 7 x 10inches and score. Tear red & white checkered paper for left side of background. 

Distress card edges and torn edge of red-checked paper with bronw ink.
Punch 1/8" holes and add eyelets, ribbonand straight pin.
Add any Tim Holtz vacation ad or other background image in upper right corner
of the card so it extends off the card edge.

Cut small images from Reminisce Cupids Arrow paper and place over and under a
Reminisce 2x3 sticker image. Mount on card. Border right hand of sticker image and bottom of
cardwith Reminisce flower border images.

Add Elizabeth Craft Designs gold and white stickers as desired and accent with various
Reminisce imagesto enhance the card.
Highlight flower centers with gold stickles.

  How's that for beautiful?
Here's another vintage card -

 

Sweet Cherub Card

DTM Val Card Cherub

 Supplies

Cardstock – Solid red, Soiree Shimmery Gold
Reminisce My Sweet Valentine sticker sheet
Maya Road red pleated trim
Elizabeth Craft Designs red border edging stickers
Embellishments - Pebbles button candy heart dots, red and white checked ribbon, red eyelets,
safety pin, Heart punched from Soiree Shimmery Gold cardstock, Tim Holtz “Idea-ology” word sticker

 

Assembly

 Cut gold cardstock 8 x 5 1/2". Score.

Select a 2x3” Reminisce sticker image  and place on red cardstock background.

Add red pleated trim to left side of red cardstock with double-sided tape,
covering the stitching with cardstock. Add Reminisce sticker to center of the panel.
Mount the panel in center of card and edgewith Elizabeth Craft Designs sticker border.

Cut heart from gold cardstock. Add Tim Holtz word sticker on back of heart.
Attach heart to trim with pin.

Accent top and bottom edges of card with Reminisce border stickers.
Then add Elizabeth Craft red edging sticker border along the Reminsce sticker edges.

Tie a simple bow from red-checked ribbon, attach to center of top border with a glue dot.
Space Pebbles button candy heart dots along right side of card.

 

Now that those creative juices are flowing,         
 here are some more vintage card ideas to inspire you.

All of these cards were all made with the Reminisce "My Sweet Valentine"
collection and the trims and stickers listed above,
with some additional embellishments and a die cut or two.

 

DTM Val Card 3        DTM Val Card 5

 

DTM Val Card 5

 

Wait, there's more!

 DTM Val Card 6        DTM Val Card 8

 

DTM Val Card 7       

 

And who can resist some vintage tags
to really sweeten things up .....

 

 

DTM Val Tags 3

 

DTM Val Tags 1

 

Last, but certainly not least,

 

DTM Val Tags 2

 

Stop in for your supplies so you can
      make some of these vintage cards and tags
           for your special Valentines this year!

 

 

 
"My Sweet Valentine" Wishing Well Print E-mail
Techniques & Tutorials
Written by Mary Schoknecht   
Tuesday, 01 January 2013 00:00

"My Sweet Valentine" Wishing Well

 

So versatile, this lovely wishing well is decorated with Reminsce Valentine papers.
But it could be crafted for any seaon or celebration -
a shower centerpiece (wedding or baby), a special gift ....

 

so many possibilities!

 

 DTM WW Fin

 


Supplies

Kaisercraft Wishing Well Kit 
Reminisce My Sweet Valentine collection
Tim Holtz Aged Mahogany Distress Stain & Victorian Velvet Distress Pad
Maya Road Cream Scalloped Trim & Pink Mini Organza Roses
Petaloo Floral Embellishments, Velvet Hydrangeas - Rose and Cream
Kaisercraft Cranberry Paper Blooms & Mini Paper Blooms, Dusty Pink & Aubergine
Tim Holtz Decorative Tape, any black and white pattern
Elizabeth Craft Designs long red sticker strips
Beautiful Moments Element Stickers
Mod Podge, Glossy Accents, Scotch Quick Dry Adhesive, Twigs (if desired)

 Assembly

 With Tim Holtz Distress stain “Aged Mahogany”, stain both sides of wishing well’s side pieces,
cross-piece, and bottom. Stain one side of wishing well’s front walls, roof pieces and lid ½” from edge.

 DTM WW Sides

 

 

Cut two Reminisce papers 2”x3” for sides, and 2 pieces of 4 5/16” x 3 5/8” for roof.
Decoupage paper on with Mod Podge. Add long red stickers around edges of paper where wanted for borders.

DTM Sides Paper

 


 Tape scalloped edging to roof edge and top with Maya Road roses to cover seam.
On top of roof edge apply any black and white Tim Holtz decorative tape.

 DTM WW Roof

 

 

Make flowers for roof from scalloped edging by sewing more gathers into it to form a circle.Glue to roof with Glossy Accents. Use two cranberry-colored Kaisercraft paper blooms, touching up the edgeswith M scrapbook paint (Manilla) and small brush. Center in flower you sewed. Find some twigs outside and lightly brush with gold metallic paint. Glue under flower.

 Embellish sides of wishing well and top with slot using Petaloo Velvet Hydrangeasin rose and cream colors.  Again use Glossy Accents. You may need to clamp the flowers and leaves in place with clothespins till glue dries.

DTM WW Sides Decorated

 

 

Embellish as desired with other Kaisercraft mini blooms in Aubergine and Dusty Pink.
Assemble using Scotch Quick Dry Adhesive or Elmer’s Glue.

DTM WW Fin CloseUp

 

Happy Crafting!

 
Copic Marker Tutorials Print E-mail
Techniques & Tutorials
Written by Cathy Smith   
Sunday, 30 December 2012 00:00

Simple Pleasures Copic Marker Videos

 We have two great copic marker video tutorials for you,
on our Simple Pleasures You Tube Channel,
with blending techniques that will
help you achieve beautiful results with your Copic coloring.

This Copic tutorial features
Copic Shading with Warm Gray Copic markers
and Penny Black stamps.

 http://youtu.be/Yp-biTUwoqA


DTS Copic Warm Gray Video

 "Subscribe" to our You Tube channel
 to get our new videos as they are released!


 Want to see more?

We have another Copic video to share with you too,
with a Penny Black floral stamp.

 DTS Copic Cool Grays Video

 

http://youtu.be/PFLSSazW3vs

Want more Copic tips and techniques?
We're putting the finishing touches on a
Copic Workshop series of classes --

more info to come!

 
eBosser Updates and Embossing Folders Print E-mail
Products
Written by Cathy Smith   
Friday, 14 December 2012 00:00

 

We are thoroughly enjoying the eBosser die cutting machine -  

What, exactly, is the eBosser?

It's the new, fully automatic and large format embossing
AND
die cutting system that we are thrilled to carry at Simple Pleasures.

It's universally compatible with most cutting dies and embossing folders.
It easily cuts and embosses materials up to 8.5 inches wide and 11.7 inches in length, too.

 Now in stock ...

10 different eBosser 8 1/2 x 11inch embossing folders

In addition to being able to use these folders in the eBosser,
those of you who have the Sizzix BigShot Pro Machine can also
use these embossing folders in your machine.

Here are images of all ten of the new eBosser folders we have.

 

Folder Delicate Dots     Folder Divine Damask

Delicate Dots                             Divine Damask 

 

Folder Dotted Elegance          Folder Gracious Argyle

 Dotted Elegance                Gracious Argyle

 

Folder Magic Celebration     Folder Make a Wish

     Magic Celebration                     Make a Wish   

 

 Folder Perseverance                Folder Regency

     Perseverance                                  Regency

 

Folder Whimsical Wishes          Folder World of Thanks

        Whimsical Wishes                         World of Thanks         

 

Also in stock for the eBosser,

Replacement Cutting Mats

 Embosser Cutting Plates

 

Embossing Mat and Magnetic Shim

Embossing Mat & Magnetic Shim

 

 And, the eBosser itself is in stock!

A recap of the eBosser -

It's the new, fully automatic and large format embossing AND die cutting system.
It's universally compatible with most cutting dies and embossing folders.
It easily cuts or embosses materials up to 8.5 inches wide and 11.7 inches in lenghth, too!

 

 eBosser SP Video

 

just click on the link below to see Shelby in action with the eBosser
in our very first Simple Pleasures You Tube Video Tutorial!!
Shelby takes the ebosser thru some paces with dies from Cheery Lynn, a Sizzix Bigz die,
embosses with an embossing folder and more.

http://youtu.be/ZIvFMaKMXFQ

 

On our second video, Shelby uses the eBosser as she takes you through
tips and techniques for die cutting felt ----

she used Memory Box and Poppystamp dies
and the Sizzix Tim Holtz Pillow Box die.

 Check it out here

http://youtu.be/jgBGcXb9h28

 Die Cutting Felt MBO Dies

 

and Suzanne used her eBosser with the Impression Obsession mitten die here

Die Cutting Felt IOB Mitten

When you visit the videos, be sure to subscribe so you'll receive 
our upcoming You Tube tutorials as they are released.

We LOVE die cutting and are well-stocked with the goodies to meet
all your die cutting needs.

Happy Cutting!

 

 

 
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