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2013 Memory Box Exclusives - ONLY at Simple Pleasures Print E-mail
Memory Box
Written by Cathy Smith   
Sunday, 10 February 2013 00:00

 New exclusive Memory Box sets created just for Simple Pleasures
to commemorate our 18th Anniversary!!

MBO 2013 Exc Lg Purse

 

Each of these two new exclusive sets comes with a wood mounted rubber stamp
that is complimented by a matching die of the same size.

MBO 2013 Exc Both


No need for fussy cutting, the die will cut your stamped shape effortlessly!

Here is the new Memory Box Daisy stamp and die set.
The Simple Daisy stamp measures 1.25 x 3.75 inches.


     MBO 2013 Daisy Set   

 

 

MBO 2013 Daisy Card

                  


And here is the new Memory Box Rose stamp and die set.
The Simple Rose stamp measures 2 x 3.75 inches.

 

MBO 2013 Rose Set
          

 

MBO 2013 Rose Layout
  

 Here is a close up view of the Rose from the layout.
Lynne curled the rose petals and "gussied up" the rose with some glitter, too!

MBO 2013 Rose Layout CloseUp



Use these sets separately or combine them for many more possibilities!

You can stop in to the store to pick up these lovelies to add to your stamp and die repertoire.

Email us at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or give us a call at 719-528-1338 and and we will be
happy to send these exclusive Memory Box sets your way.

Each set is $24.95

Shipping Charges - US and APO Addresses:

1 - 2 exclusive Memory Box Sets $6.95

3 - 5 exclusive Memory Box Sets $7.95

Note: We can easily add several Memory Box dies to your shipment
for no additional shipping charge.


Shipping Charges - Canada:

1 - 4 exclusive Memory Box sets $19.95
Note: We can easily add several Memory Box dies to your shipment
for no additional shipping charge.

Yes, we do also ship to other International Locations.
Email us at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for a shipping quote.

Check back to our Blog and Facebook Page -
we will definitely be adding samples featuring these new sets!

 

 
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!

 
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