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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



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



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


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



 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!





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)


 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.

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

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
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
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.


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

 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 


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
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


 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.





 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!


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