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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!

 

 

 
Hot Cocoa Holiday Magnetic Frame Print E-mail
Techniques & Tutorials
Written by Deb Lucero   
Monday, 10 December 2012 00:00

Hot Cocoa Holiday Photo Frame

 


We're having lots of fun creating personalized home decor and gifts with
 Magnetic Frames. By attaching the pics with magnet discs that you decorate, these become "perpetual" keepsakes that you can simply
change out the pictures on from year to year!  


 

HCHMF Finished 
           

Supplies

Vertical Rust Magnetic Frame
Impression Obsession dies – , Snowflakes DIE024X, Pine Bough DIE021N, Border Duo DIE017V
Simple Stories “Handmade Holiday” papers – December 25 (2706), Handcrafted (2707), Holiday Flash Cards (2709)
Cardstock – Green, Red and White and Red
Basic Grey Magnetic Snaps
1inch circle punch or Maya Road chipboard buttons
Crop-a-dile
Embellishments - Red Glitter Dots, May Arts Olive and Kraft Jute
Chestnut Roan Chalk Ink
White Galaxy Marker
Die cut machine such as BigShot or eBosser
Other supplies - Adhesives, foam tape, scissors

 Assembly

 Cut 1 yard lengths each of green and kraft jute.  Layer together and cut at 26”.
  This gives you one longer and one shorter piece of each color.
  Run the short length of both colors up the right side of the frame and the longer length up the left frame side.
Keep both raw ends coming out from the back to the front of the bottom holes.
The remaining two ends will meet up at the top right, again coming from the back to the front, to be tied in a bow.

 

 HCHMF String Jute

 

 

To make the buttons for the bottom corners, cut two 1” circles out of chipboard and cut
two 1” circles from Simple Stories “Handcrafted”  red plaid patterned paper. 
Or use Maya Road pre-cut chipboard buttons to cover with the red plaid paper.
Be sure to punch on the outer edge of the  plaid paper since the remaining paper
will be used for the main base piece.  Glue and layer chipboard to red plaid paper. 
Punch 2 button holes per piece with a Crop-a-dile. 
Ink edges with Chestnut Roan Chalk Ink.  Holding a button to the  frame,
run each end through button hole and tie a knot on top.  Repeat for the other side.

 

HCHMF Chpbd Buttons

 

 

 Following the scallop design on the Simple Stories “Handcrafted” paper,
trim around the scallops, slightly smaller than the base of the magnetic picture frame.
Slide your trimmed out paper under the buttons.

 

 HCHMF Trim Base Paper

 

 

 Cut red cardstock 5 ¼” x  6 ½”.  Cut the long side of the cardstock
with Impression Obsession border die DIE017-V.  Cut a thin strip of paper from the
Simple Stories “December 25” paper and adhere to right side. Ink all edges.

 

IOB Border Duo One 17

 

 Die cut two green cardstock pine branches from the
Impression Obsession Pin Bough die.
Accent the die cut branches with a white Galaxy marker to simulate snow. 


HCHMF Accent Boughs


 Die cut snowflakes, 1 of each of the three sizes,
out of white cardstock with theImpression Obsession snowflake dies.
Remove and set aside the tiny center piece from the largest snowflake.
  Glue the largest die cut snowflake to top right hand corner of main base paper
and add a red gem to the snowflake center.

 

HCHMF IOB Dies

 

 

 Turn the medium-sized die cut snowflake into a magnet
with the Basic Grey magnetic discs.
  Lightly apply glue to center of snowflake and adhere to the magnet. 
Add a red gem to the snowflake center.

 

 Cut out the “North Pole Hot Cocoa” flash card from
Simple Stories “Handmade Holiday Flash Cards” sheet.

 

HCHMF SS Flash Cards Sheet

 

 

  Fancy cut around mug.  Ink all edges.  Glue the remaining die cut snowflake
(the smallest of the snowflakes) behind the mug and add the tiny center piece,
previously set aside from the center of the large snowflake, to the bottom of mug.
Accent the center of the small snowflake with a red gem
and sprinkle 2 smaller gems under the title.  Add two magnets to the back.

 

HCHMF Mug CloseUp

 

 

 

 Now position your picture on red cardstock, holding in place with the snowflake
and cup magnet embellishments.  Layer the pine branches with a pop dot to achieve
a bit of dimension.  Tuck  the layered boughs behind the picture.

 Now comes the hard part,

will you keep this lovely keepsake for yourself
or give it as a gift?

Why not do BOTH!!!

 

 

 HCHMF Finished


Next year,   swap out the photo
in your  frame to update it, or send a new photo
to make this a gift that really is timeless!

 

 
Don't Miss Our Sizzlin 9 Hour Tote Bag Savings Extravaganza! Print E-mail
Events
Written by Cathy Smith   
Sunday, 02 December 2012 00:00
We have a Sizzlin' 9 hours of savings for you,
just bring in your Simple Pleasures Tote Bag
this Thursday, December 13, 10am - 7pm
  
That's right, we're hosting our "Fill It Up" Bag Sale
which means for just $20 you can fill your SP Tote Bag
with Clearance merchandise (red-lined in our clearance area)
LIMIT ONE $20 tote bag purchase per household.
SP Tote
Gotta "show" us that your tote bag fits thru your arm and on your shoulder!!
Stop in with your tote for this amazing sale!
***Don't have a SP Tote Bag - NO WORRIES!
We have them available for $12.99 and we have many savings opportunities
throughout the year with our SP Tote Bags!
 
"Joy" Holiday Magnetic Frame Print E-mail
Techniques & Tutorials
Written by Deb Lucero   
Sunday, 02 December 2012 00:00

"Joy" Holiday Magnetic Frame

 


Perpetual,  personalized home decor creations with
 Magnetic Frames. Perfect gift items, too!

 

 JHMF Finished
                         

Supplies

Horizontal Rust Magnetic Frame
Impression Obsession dies –  Pine Bough DIE021N, Border Duo DIE018V
Simple Stories “Handmade Holiday” papers – December 25 (2706),  Holiday Flash Cards (2709)
Kaisercraft Dec 25th Sticker Sheet
Cardstock – Cream, Green and White
Basic Grey Magnetic Snaps
Embellishments - Green Glitter Dots , May Arts Crimson Jute
Chestnut Roan Chalk Ink
Die cut machine such as BigShot or eBosser
Other supplies - Adhesives, foam tape, scissors

 Assembly

 Cut the green check base paper, Simple Stories “December 25”, to 6 ½” x 8 ½” being mindful of the pattern.
 The asterisks in the paper design should border all sides.
 Snip notches between the asterisks on the top and bottom edges.
 Ink edges with Chestnut Roan Chalk Ink.

JHMF Base Paper 2

 

 Using the thin end of a paint brush or a skewer, curl up
 the notched edge by wrapping the paper around it.

 

JHMF Curl Edges 3

 

Cut the stocking tag and the joy card from Simple Stories Holiday Flash Cards.

 

JHMF SS Flash Card Sheet 4

 

Fancy cut “joy” from the Holiday Flash Card sheet,
leaving a slight border around each letter.
  Ink all edges and set aside.

 

JHMF Joy Cut Out 5

 

Make the 2 decorative magnets using the Basic Grey Magnetic snaps.
Attach green glitter dot stickers around the outside edge of magnet.

 Punch 2 stars out of red paper and position on the magnet to expose the glitter dots effectively. Glue in place. Peel off two star designs from Kaisercraft's December 25th Alpha sticker sheet. Apply pop dots and adhere to star.

 

JHMF BG Magnets 6

 

Cut tan cardstock to 6 ¾” x 5”.  For a tone-on-tone effect, cut 2 - 5” border strips
from the same cardstock using the Impression Obsession border die. Ink all edges.
  Apply a thin ribbon of glue only to the straight edge of each border strip.
  Adhere borders to the right and left side of the larger piece.  

 

IOB Border Duo Die 17

 

Now it’s time to work on the smaller off-white mat.
  Cut off-white card stock to 5 ¾” x 5 ¼”.
 Peel off the element sticker from Kaiser Kraft’s December 25th Alpha Sticker sheet.

 

 

JHMF Kaisercrafft Sticker Sheet 7


 

  Lay it sticky side up across the long end of cardstock and trace the outline of the cardstock sticker edge lightly with a pencil.  Trim 1/8” to the outside of the pencil line and erase pencil line.

 

JHMF Trace Outline 8

 

Adhere sticker in the same spot.

 

JHMF Outline Finished 9

 

Ink all edges and slip under peaks of border strips from the larger mat.
Use the decorative magnets made above to hold your picture in place.

 

Apply glue to only the bottom portion of JOY letters (place ‘O’ sideways for a whimsical look)
and adhere to bottom right hand edge of tan mat. 
Your picture will also slip behind the top portion of the letters.

 

JHMF Traced Joy Frame 10

 

 Hang tag from magnetic frame using red jute. 
Apply just a little bit of adhesive in the middle to hold it in place.

 

 JHMF Joy Tag CloseUp

 

 Enjoy! We'd love to see your creations, too! 

 

JHMF Finished


And next year,  you can simply swap out the photo
in your “Joy” frame to update it if you’d like!

 

 
Impression Obsession Mitten Accordion Card Print E-mail
Techniques & Tutorials
Written by Sandi Briggs   
Tuesday, 27 November 2012 00:00

 

  Holiday Cards featuring Fancy Folds
Mitten Accordion Card

This card is the third in our series of three cards using Impression Obsession dies,

 sharing ideas and “how to’s” using fancy folds with the dies for special holiday cards

 

 

IOB MAC Card

 

 This card is a unique twist on an accordion style card creating a card/mini album combination - wonderful for sharing photos or larger journaling areas.  With this simple technique you can also make a single fold A2 size card or add sections to the featured four panel project to fit your needs.  This fun die cut can be used with the included bow tie and snowflake elements or combined with other Impression Obsession dies.  Depending on your paper and embellishments it can be used all winter long!

 

 

 

                           IOB MAC Open Card              IOB MAC Closeup          

                           

Supplies

·  Impression Obsession dies, Mitten #DIE025-ZZ, Border Duo 2 #DIE018-V, Pine Branch #Die021-N, Fancy Tree #DIE031-N, Snowflakes #DIE024-X
·  JustRite Nested Frame Dies #JB08950
·  Spellbinders die, Nestabilities, Labels One #S4-161
·  Penny Black stamp set, Christmas Cheer #30-140
·  Simple Stories paper, Handmade Holidays #2707
·  Bo-Bunny Double Dots paper, Clover Dot #12CD419
·  Bazzill Basics  solid paper, Pomegranate, Parakeet and Ivy
·  Solid Paper, misc  scraps of, natural, craft and white glitter
·  Memento Rich Cocoa stamp pad
· Tim Holtz Vintage Photo Distress Ink
· Stickles Glitter Glue, Christmas Red and Yellow
·  Scor-Pal
·  Die cut machine, such as BigShot or eBosser
*
Other supplies – liquid/dry adhesive, acrylic block, foam mounting tape, embossing folder, 1/8” hole punch, removable tape, brad, photo corners , scissors

 

 

IOB MAC Supplies

 

 Assembly

The Sizzix Big Shot die cutting machine was used in this project, however other die cut machines such as the eBosser can be used. Just check your product for details on cutting.  Impression Obsession dies are easy to use in the Big Shot, using the Multi-Purpose Platform and two Cutting Plates.  The cutting plate order, or “sandwich”, for this project, starting at the bottom – Multi-Purpose Platform, Cutting Plate, paper, die with cutting edge down and Cutting Plate.  Tho each machine is calibrated differently, these dies are super easy to use and did not require any “shimming”.

 

Start with two pieces of solid card stock cut to 5 ½” x 8 ½”,
one each of the Pomegranate and Parakeet. 
Score each at 4 ¼”, making a standard A2 size card.

IOB MAC Score Card 5

 

Using the Impression Obsession Mitten die, line up the edge without the thumb along the fold, so about 1/8” of the die is past the fold.  This prevents the die from cutting the fold and lets you to create a standard A2 size card in the shape of a mitten.

 

IOB MAC Line Up Die 6

 

IOB MAC Closeup Line Up Die 7

 

To make the accordion, paper clip the two cards together (with the back mitten of the Pomegranate and the front mitten of the Parakeet) be sure to align all of the edges.  Use a scoring tool score along the thumb where it meets the hand of the mitten.  Since you are going through two pieces of cardstock, flip it over and score again along the same place. 

 

IOB MAC Create Accordian 8

 

IOB MAC Score Thumb 9

 

 With a bone folder, fold over the thumb section in both directions, so your card will open and close easily.  Using a liquid adhesive like Inkssentials Glossy Accents, or Scotch Quick Dry Adhesive, glue the thumbs together; replace the paper clips while it dries.

 

IOB MAC Glue Thumbs 10

 

Next we’ll cut three pieces of patterned paper, one for the front and two for the inside panels.  For the front of the card use the Impression Obsession Mitten to cut a piece of the Simple Stories, Handmade Holidays.  For this cut you’ll cut the entire Mitten shape.  For the inside pages of the card, cut a piece of the Simple Stories, Handmade Holidays reverse side and BoBunny Clover Dots.  For this cut you’ll place the die about 1/8” past the edge of the paper, allowing the patterned paper to match the inside folded edge of the card.  Ink the edges of all patterned paper using Vintage Photo distress ink. 

Helpful Hints – for patterned paper that has words or other directional patterns, double check that they are going the correct direction before cutting (please don’t ask why I know this).  Also, when using double-sided papers you may need to die cut with the wrong side of the paper up so that your patterned paper lines up correctly to the Mitten.

Once dried, apply the patterned papers, again using a liquid adhesive.  While these are drying you can assemble your embellishments.

 

Cuff on the front of the card -  this is a beautiful element which looks difficult but is super easy.  Using the Impression Obsession Border Duo 2 die, cut the large scalloped lacey edge from a piece of natural card stock.  The Impression Obsession Border Duo dies may be separated so you can use them separately or together.  For this example they are still attached, but it is not necessary.

 

 

IOB MAC Card Cuff 11

 

 

IOB MAC Cut Lg Lacey Scal Edge 12

 

Next add the tiny scalloped border to the bottom edge.  Depending on how large you would like your cuff, place the tiny scalloped border at the bottom of the previously die cut border.  To ensure that the die stays put during die cutting use removable tape to hold the die in place.

 

 

 IOB MAC Placement Add Scall Edge 13

 

 

IOB MAC Cut Sm Scal Edge 14

 

 

Highlight the lace cuff by layering it on a piece of the Pomegranate card stock.
Ink with Vintage Photo distress ink, then adhere to the card front and trim.

 

 

IOB MAC Layer Trim Edge 15

 

The remaining embellishments will depend on whether you want to feature photos, journaling, stamped images  or a combination of these.  In this card,  a combination of fun die cuts and photos were used.

 

IOB MAC Add Embellies 16

 

Use dry/liquid adhesive or foam mounting tape to adhere each die cut and photo, embellish as desired.

 

IOB MAC Card

 

Hope you enjoyed this fun mitten card project, and the previous two cards in our "Holiday Cards featuring Fancy Folds" series of card projects!

More fun card projects will be coming your way in the card-crafting seasons to come!

 
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