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Hooray .... our blog is up and running! Check here often for updates and news about events, arrivals, techniques and more! Stay Tuned!

Sneak Preview - New Classes Coming Up! Print E-mail
Written by Cathy Smith   
Sunday, 07 August 2011 09:34

We're putting the finishing touches on our new class schedule, so we thought we would give you a bit of a  Sneak Preview!

Meet Teresa, one of our new instructors.                Teresa Instructor Pic
Teresa is "new" to teaching at Simple Pleasures, but certainly NOT new to creativity, especially with altered projects! Read more about Teresa and all the SP teachers in the "Our Instructors" section of the website.Shown here is a peak from her upcoming Creative Color Wash class, Friday, August 26 at 5:30pm.

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Here are peaks at Teresa's Tim Holtz Configurations Class and Altered Frame Project classes coming up, too.

TH Config Class 2011                            Altered Frame Class 2011               

We hope to see you at our Open House this Friday nite from 5 - 7pm. We'll have the new class schedule and many of the teachers will be on hand with samples of their new classes!

Summer Trade Show Update Print E-mail
Written by Cathy Smith   
Tuesday, 02 August 2011 08:44

Summer Trade Show Update

It was a whirlwind time at the Craft and Hobby trade show in Chicago. This is where we "go to market" to meet with the manufacturers, designers, and fellow store owners. We have ordered lots and lots of new merchandise that will arrive over the next several months. As a matter of fact, some goodies are already streaming in the door, like the new Sizzix Framelits shown here - 15 different nesting die sets at the wonderful price of $19.99. Yes, you can get our Buy1, Get Second for HALF PRICE Sizzix special on Framelits!

SCHA11 Framelit         

 Arriving soon - exciting stamps with exquisitely intricate dies that coordinate from Heartfelt Creations.                

SCHA11 Hearfelt


Drumroll, please for the new Silhouette Cameo diecutting machine ... the Cameo will have a wider platform making it possible to cut true 12x12 pieces of paper. The  Cameo will be available in October with a MSRP of $299.99. The Cameo will come with 50 free images also features a new racheted blade system which you will simply dial for various blade depths. Yes, the new blades can give you a deeper cut without the need for double cutting. The new blades will be interchangeable with current Silhouette machines, too.

 Silh Cameo

Fabric Inks in a wide range of colors and a fun Advent Calendar project kit are also coming from Silhouette. This advent calendar box is cool - and the kit comes with the download codes for you to download 50 images of mini boxes, lids and containers that you can make to go in all the cubbies in the box ..... watch for our upcoming schedule of classes as Marianne will be hosting a class with the Silhouette Advent Calendar Box.

A new addition at Simple Pleasures will be Belle Blvd papers, stamps and accessories. Coming soon are the complete collections of "Making the Team", "Finally Fall", and "Christmas Wishes". And the "Sophisticates by Stephanie" shown below will be a wonderful addition for mixin' and matchin' lots of our card and layout projects!!

SCHA11 Soph              Stay tuned for another trade show update with pics of some of the goodies soon to arrive at Simple Pleasures!!        



Featured Card Showcase - "Christmas in July" Print E-mail
SP Card Club Exchange
Written by Angela Crandall   
Tuesday, 02 August 2011 00:00

“Christmas in July” – Featured Card Showcase

Hello there, Simple Pleasures readers! Wow. July’s Card Club Exchange marked the annual halfway mark…Christmas is coming, folks! Did you participate in our “Christmas in July” exchange?  If you did, you are off to a great start with your holiday cards!

Speaking of cards…this month’s Featured Card is “Redbirds” designed by Jacque R.!

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This card is simple, sweet (or is that ‘tweet!’) and gets me thinking of the cooler days ahead with that gorgeous red glitter, sheer green American Crafts ribbon and adorable Stamping Bella stamp.

Jacque also used Versafine ink, Zing clear embossing powder, watercolor pencils and even Twinkling H2Os!

You should stop by the store to see Jacque’s card and the rest of the wonderful holiday cards on our Card Club Exchange board. 

Did you know that on the 4th Saturday of the month, the new cards are displayed on the main board behind the registers and the old cards begin their rotation out on the floor to eventually be displayed in albums at Simple Pleasures?  That means, if you missed seeing the cards one month or wanted to get a second (or third or fourth) look at a design, you can!

Just ask to see the Card Club albums and we’ll be happy to assist you!

With the holidays quickly approaching, it’s always nice to receive a reminder that someone is “Thinking of You” by receiving a lovely handmade card. Join us in August using this theme.

(This is great opportunity to build up your stash or to make a few extra cards to donate (please include envelopes when you donate.) I’m sure we all know a few people who could use some cheering up!)

No sign ups, no obligation! Just remember to drop your cards off by the close of business on the 3rd Saturday of the month August 20th to participate! (You can always drop them off early, if it's more convenient for you! Just let us know what month they are for when you drop them off.) If you need a copy of the guidelines, stop by the store and pick them up! (The basic guidelines ensure that everyone gives and receives good quality cards!)

Upcoming themes:

September: “Fall Fun”

October: “Tag-You’re It!”

December: “White Elephant” (This exchange is an opportunity to ‘finish’ a set of cards or to design those cards that you’ve just been itching to make! Guidelines still apply.)

Can't wait to see what inspiration you dish out this August! 

Featured Card Showcase - "Making a Splash!" Print E-mail
SP Card Club Exchange
Written by Angela Crandall   
Sunday, 03 July 2011 00:00

"Making a Splash!" - Featured Card Showcase

This month's theme was a fun one! There were ships, beaches, fish, mermaids...and lots of water! Another round of interesting designs by talented artists. There are plenty of details to see in this group of cards and techniques, too.

Take a look at this month's featured card by Evie B.

Too cute, right?

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Do you recognize the buried bear? That cutie-patootey is from Great Impressions. If you like him, we just might still have a few of these left...

Evie added some great texture using a product that included clear adhesive with the sand. One way you could get a similar result is by using Diamond Glaze and pouring sand over the wet areas.. No sand? How about using some Antique Linen Distress Embossing Powder and using a little ink to give the project a little more dimension? I think you'd get some great results!

Die cut palm trees and Liquid Pearls accented waves really helped this card to shine!

Does this get your creative wheels spinning? Join us for the next round of Simple Pleasures' Card Exchange. July's theme "Christmas in July" is the perfect opportunity to get a head start on those Christmas cards! Remember for every set of 10 (of the same) cards that you make and turn in by the deadline of Saturday, July 16, before 6pm, you will get 9 in return (1 is for the display board.) This is a great way to increase your Christmas Card stash!

Here are some upcoming themes:

August: "Thinking of You"

September: "Fall Fun"

October: "Tag - You're It!" 

The Card Club Social Print E-mail
SP Card Club Exchange
Written by Angela Crandall   
Sunday, 26 June 2011 07:21

Our first Card Club Social was great! We had a wonderful night hanging out with the Card Swap Exchange participants that were able to attend our get together last Wednesday. The evening began with yummy food...cheesecake, wings, crackers and dips, one savory and one sweet, tortilla roll-ups, fruit and more! No one was leaving hungry!

After everyone enjoyed a bit of the culinary goodness, there were games to play and prizes to be won...door prizes for attending, prizes for 'The Tray Game' and 'Guess the Designer' of this year's inaugural Card Swap Exchange and a Show and Tell of this month's "Making a Splash!" cards.

CC Social

We even had a participant cross hundreds of miles, through sun and rain to get to our party...wondering who this devoted attendee was?

Cathy's mom, Jeanette! She wasn't able to actually be with us, but sent a letter and a picture to let us know how much she enjoys the cards and creativity. We made sure she knows how much we appreciate her, too!

Did you miss the fun? It's not too late to join in...stop by the store & pick up a copy of the guidelines. Hope to see you at the next Card Club Social!


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