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Unique Everyday Cards with Hexagons Print E-mail
Techniques & Tutorials
Written by Sandi Briggs   
Wednesday, 17 April 2013 00:00

  Unique Everyday Cards with Hexagons
"Thinking of You" Card

This card is the first in our series of three cards using Sizzix Hexagon dies,
sharing ideas and "how to's" for unique everyday cards featuring Hexagons.
 

 

DTS TY Finished Card 1

 

 

  

 A handmade card is a special way of let someone know that you care.
  This unique card features the versatility of the Sizzix Hexagon dies,
while taking advantage of their simplicity.  This project utilizes the ¾” sides size,
some fabulous trims and papers and you have a beautiful card to share.


 

 

 

DTS TY Supplies 2

 

                                           

                           

Supplies

 

         Sizzix dies:  ¾” Side Hexagon #658316, Scallop Card #4 Bigz XL #657372
          Memory Box dies: Scalloped Frame #98247, Magic Flourish #98420
         Sizzix Embossing Folder Birds & Blooms Set #657393
        JustRite With Sympathy Set #CR-03570
         Memento Rich Cocoa Ink
         Elizabeth Craft Designs Gold Shimmer Sheetz
         Cosmo Cricket Tea for Two papers, Butter #68079 and Rose Petal Jam #68075
         Bazzill Basics Leapfrog cardstock
         Maya Road Pleated Satin Trim
         Kaisercraft Chocolate Pearls
         Miscellaneous Embellishments – craft and green cardstock scraps 
        
Scor-Pal
         Die Cut Machine such as BigShot or eBosser
     Other supplies – Liquid/dry adhesive, glue gun, scissors

 

Assembly

For die cutting, this tutorial uses the Sizzix Big Shot; however other die cut machines like the eBosser can be used. Just check your product for cutting details.  The Sizzix dies are easy to use in the Sizzix Big Shot, keep in mind you will only need the two Cutting Plates when using these dies.  The cutting plate order, or “sandwich”, used for these dies, starting at the bottom – Cutting Plate, die with cutting edge up, paper and Cutting Plate.  The project also incorporates the Memory Box dies which are easily used in the Big Shot.  With the Multi-Purpose Platform and the two Cutting Plates for these dies,  the cutting plate order, or “sandwich” used for the Memory Box dies, starting at the bottom – Multi-Purpose Platform, Cutting Plate, paper, die with the cutting edge down and Cutting Plate.  While each machine is calibrated differently, both the Sizzix and Memory Box dies are super easy to use and did not require any “shimming”.

       

 

   Start with one piece of Bazzill Basics Leapfrog card stock cut to 4 ¼” x 12”.  Using the Sizzix Bigz XL, Scallop Card #4 die to cut and score your card base.  The final card base is a standard A2 size card that opens along the top with a scalloped bottom edge.    

 

 

 DTS TY Card Base 3

DTS TY HC Score Card 4

 

Using the Sizzix ¾” sides Hexagon dies, cut two to three pieces of each of the patterned papers. Cut two pieces using the Shimmer Sheetz. This is a wonderful material that can be embossed, distressed and stamped.

DTS TY HC Shimmer Sheetz 5

 DTS TY HC Die Cut Shimmer Sheetz 6

 

After cutting the Shimmer Sheetz, emboss using the Blooms folder from the Sizzix, Birds & Blooms Set.  Place your previously die cut hexagon of Shimmer Sheetz into the embossing folder. The embossing folders can be easily used in the Big Shot.  You will need the Multi-Purpose Platform and the two Cutting Plates for these folders.  The cutting plate order, or “sandwich” used for the Sizzix Embossing folders, starting at the bottom is Multi-Purpose Platform Cutting Plate, embossing folder with paper inside and Cutting Plate.

DTS TY HC Emboss Shimmer Sheetz 7

 

Next, let’s do some die cutting with the Memory Box dies.  With the Scalloped Frame die,cut a piece of the Cosmo Cricket, Tea for Two, Rose Petal Jam paper. I used theback side of the paper for the project.  Second, using the Magic Flourish die, cut two pieces of green cardstock, in two colors.  Both of these dies are super versatile and can be utilized inso many different ways on your projects!

 

DTS TY HC MBO Scallop Frame die 9

 

 DTS TY HC MBO Magic Flourish Die 10

 

For the sentiment, this project uses the JustRite Clear Stamps, With Sympathy Set.Using Memento, Rich Cocoa ink, stamp the “Thinking of You” sentiment on a smallpiece of craft cardstock.  Banner or flag cut the left edge for accent, and attach to the card front, wrapping around the ends of the Magic Flourish.

DTS TY HC Stamp Message 11

 


Using the Maya Road, Pleated Satin trim, attach along the right side of the card edge,lining up the edge of the trim with the card base.  Then attach the Scallop Frame die cut, slightly offset on the card base.  Place the Patterned Paper and Shimmer Sheetz hexagons in the desired design and adhere to the Scallop Frame.  Trim the excess, using the card base as a guide. Attach the two Magic Flourish dies, but only attach at the thickest part of the die cut so you can wrap the ends around the sentiment later.

 DTS TY HC Closeup Emb Hex 12b

 

DTS TY HC Closeup Flwr Message

 

  To complete the flower accent shown above, you will need a piece of the Maya Road, Pleated Satin Trim, a small scrap of craft cardstock and a glue gun.  Wrap the Pleated Trim in a coil, starting tightly and then getting looser toward the end.  Place a small bit of hot glue on the stitched edge of the trim and place on the cardstock scrap.  Adjust to the desired look, and trim any excess.  Attach to the card front. 

DTS TY HC Ribbon Flower 12

 

Embellish with Kaisercraft Chocolate pearls along the top edge,
and you are done!

 The Sizzix ¾” side Hexagon die is super versatile, yet simple and easy to use. Don't forget Shimmer Sheetz, wow what a difference a little shimmer can make on a project!

 

DTS TY HC Finished Card 1

Stay tuned for our next
 Hexagon Card in this card series.

 

 
Simple Stories Mini Book Print E-mail
Scrapbooking
Written by Lynne Kramer   
Saturday, 23 March 2013 00:00
DTL SSMB 1

 A fun mini book to commemorate those random photos you love.
Capture those moments in a monthly format like I did in this album
or simply create pages and scrap away! 

Supplies: 

Simple Stories This & That, Odds'n Ends,
Simple Stories Fabulous and Documented Papers
Simple Stories Yearography Journal Inserts
Simple Stories Memoriabilia Pockets
Memory Box dies - Tabbed Pocket, Library Pocket, Fringe Circle,
Lg Meadow Dragonfly and Cornerstone Seal
Tim Holtz Word Play Alphabet die
Cosmo Cricket Garden Variety Buttons
Kaisercraft Mint Rings
Adhesives
 Crop-a-Dile or Big Bite hole punch
Big Shot or eBosserto die cut  letters, numbers and accents
 

These are some of the goodies used in this mini book.
The memorabilia pockets were used as the pages,
hole punched and joined with rings to create the book itself. 

DTL SSMB Supplies 2

 

Lots of great choices with Simple Stories -
so easy because you can mix and match papers from
their various collections in the same project!

 DTL SSMB Papers 3

 

Here's the inside front cover of the book.

DTL SSMB Inside Front Cover 4

 

Pocket Pages are great additions to any mini book,
and an easy way to include any additional photos or mementos.

 DTL SSMB PP 5

 

Now on to some of the pages in this
month by month mini book.

The Tim Holtz Word Play die came in handy
for recording the dates of the photos!

DTL SSMB April 6

 

On this page, the title on the photo
was journaled directly on the picture.
Buttons helped add some color to this page.

DTL SSMB May 7

 

Below, the "98" was used to record the year
of Rem's first ever Rockies Baseball game,
at the early age of one month!

DTL SSMB July 8

 

 Two months were combined on the same page on this page.
The journaling spot created with the Memory Box fringe die
helped separate the photos.

DTL SSMB Oct Nov 10

 

"Enjoy the Simple Things" seemed a perfect sentiment
for this special December photo.

 Who can resist those smiles?!

 

DTL SSMB Dec Enjoy 11

 

 

 

 

 There it is - some very special photos in a fun presentation.

Do you have some of those special photos just waiting to be scrapped?

Try a mini book - you'll be glad you did!


DTL SSMB Grouping 12

 

 

 

   
 
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!

 

 

 
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