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Dina Wakley is Coming to Simple Pleasures! Print E-mail
Classes
Wednesday, 26 July 2017 00:00

Dina Wakley, 
Ranger Ink Signature Designer,
is coming to Simple Pleasures  
September 22 and 23, 2017

 for two days of
Mixed Media workshops.

Registration is now OPEN for Dina's mixed media workshops! 

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Mark your calendars - save the dates - and register now for class
with this very talented designer and instructor.
We hope you will be able to join us for Dina's workshops! 

Give us a call to register.
(719) 528 - 1338   

Multi-Surfaced Journal Exploration All Day Workshop
Friday, September 22, 10:30am - 5:30pm
(includes a 1 hr lunch break midday. Feel free to pack a lunch or
grab takeout from one of the nearby eateries) 

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Dina Wakley's new Media Journal is full of varied, interesting surfaces:
burlap, canvas, kraft and handmade watercolor paper. Come to this class
to play and explore all the surfaces. A Dina Wakley Media Journal is included
in the class price. We'll stamp, stencil, paint, cut, print, tip in, tear and have
a great day of journaling, playing and experimenting. 

 BRING: Basic Tool Kit - Ranger craft sheet, scissors, water container to clean your
brushes, baby wipes, paper towels, paper plate or palette paper to use as a
 palette (or you can just use your craft sheet). Apron and a small notebook and a pen 
if you'd like for taking notes. $150

 

 


Finding Joy in Abstraction Workshop
Saturday, September 23, 9:30am - 12:30pm

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 DW Abstraction 1 

 

Join Dina for an exploration in abstract painting. Abstract painting might 
seem random, but it's based in composition and color theory. The skills 
you learn will be useful whether you later use them for backgrounds or 
stand-alone abstract pieces. We'll work on boards to create interesting 
foundations and looks with our acrylic paints and other mixed media supplies. 
After we've practiced, we'll create a canvas. The end result will be gorgeous 
multi-layered paintings. Bring your journal, too, for practicing and taking 
notes. We'll have lots of messy, artistic fun!

 BRING: Basic Tool Kit - Ranger craft sheet, scissors, water container to clean your 
brushes, baby wipes, paper towels, paper plate or palette paper to use as a palette 
(or you can just use your craft sheet). Apron, a small notebook and pen for taking 
notes, a tub of white gesso, your art journal. $80

 

 

 
Joy of Scribbling and Coloring
Saturday, September 23, 1:30 - 4:30pm

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DW Scribbling 2 

 

 

Who doesn't love to scribble and color?!?
Join Dina as you use her new Dina Wakley Media Scribble Sticks to
make backgrounds and also color images, draw, and make interesting
marks. This class is chock full of scribbley, colorful techniques for all
your mixed media play!

BRING: Basic Tool Kit - Ranger craft sheet, scissors, water container to clean your 
brushes, baby wipes, paper towels, paper plate or palette paper to use as a palette 
(or you can just use your craft sheet). Apron, a small notebook and pen for taking 
notes, your art journal. $75

 

 

Art Journaling Play Series: A Cut Above
Saturday, September 23, 5:30 - 8:30pm

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DW ACA 2 

Dina's "Art Journal Play" workshops are all about exploring and playing 
with art journaling techniques. The goal is to learn techniques, 
experiment, play, and make finished journal pages. We'll be working in 
journals, but the techniques apply to all mixed-media projects (canvases, 
book-making, etc).

Ready to make art that's a cut above. Come to this class where we'll 
explore cuts and folds and pockets as a way to add variety and interest 
to our artwork. We'll work with stamps, stencils, and acrylics to make unique 
journal pages. We'll focus on bold colors and images, as well.

BRING: Basic Tool Kit - Ranger craft sheet, scissors, water container to clean 
your brushes, baby wipes, paper towels, paper plate or palette paper to use as
a palette (or you can just use your craft sheet). Apron, a small notebook and pen
for taking notes, your art journal (Ranger Multi-Surfaced Journal or Dylusions 
journal recommended), craft knife and cutting mat. $75

 

 Please Note: No refunds or store credit for visiting guest instructor classes.
 You are welcome to give your class spot to a friend if unable to attend after registering.

 
Tracy Weinzapfel Workshops June 2 - 3 Print E-mail
Classes
Wednesday, 12 April 2017 00:00


Tracy Weinzapfel is returning to 
Simple Pleasures  

 for two days of
Mixed Media workshops
featuring DecoArt and Totally Tracy Stamps.
It will be a weekend full of techniques and texture  and fun!

June 2 - 3, 2017

Registration is OPEN NOW for Tracy's workshops. 

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 Tracy Weinzapfel
is a Mixed Media artist and host of the internet show Mixed Media Monday.
She works closely with Deco Art, has been published in 
various Arts/Crafts publications. Tracy has designed a line of stamps
"Totally Tracy" and chipboard embellishments


Tracy has a passion for teaching/sharing her love for painting
and encourages everyone to exercise their creative side.
For Tracy, Every day has creative moments and as a
full-time licensed artist, she enjoys creating pieces using all types of mediums.
 

Mark your calendars - save the dates - and register now for class
with this very talented designer and instructor.
We hope you will be able to join us for Tracy
's workshops! 

Give us a call to register.
(719) 528 - 1338 

 

Mixed Media Cards/Tag Workshop 
Friday, June 2, 5:30pm

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  Are you a card maker, stamper, scrapbooker or mixed media fan?
Whichever it may be, this class is for YOU. Be prepared for a fun class
full of techniques you can incorporate on canvas, cards, art journals and more.
 Tracy will be using stencils,  Totally Tracy Stamps and Decoart Media Line. You will
walk away with several fun cards and a tag to send to your friends!
BRING: Craft mat, StazOn or Ranger Archival stamp pad, acrylic blocks,
wet & dry adhesives, trimmer, scissors,apron, your favorite paintbrushes,
 baby wipes and your camera.  $55

 


"Dream" Wood Panel Workshop
Saturday, June 3, 9:30am

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 Tracy Weinzapfel, DecoArt Artist and Education Coordinator,
is here with a class of Mixed Media creativity. 
 This class is full of
techniques you can take use on canvas, art journals, tags, cards
  and MORE!
   You’ll leave class with a fun decor piece to show off all the techniques you learn in class.
  We will create a 3-dimensional 10x12 mixed media wood painting with
(4) 4x4 mini paintings on it.   

     Tracy’s style of teaching is fun & inspirational. She gives steps to inspire
you to get creative & will have some of her artwork on hand
to show different techniques & the products she used to create her
backgrounds.
BRING: Scissors, apron,  favorite paintbrushes, craft mat,
StazOn or Ranger Archival ink pad, acrylic blocks, adhesives, baby wipes
and your camera, too! $60

 

 
Art Journaling Workshop
Saturday, June 3, 1:30 - 6pm

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  We’re taking our creativity to the art journal with our special guest,
Tracy Weinzapfel, Education Coordinator for DecoArt, Inc
. Be ready
to open up your journal
 and create pages using fun and
colorful techniques with Tracy. This is hours of “Let it Go” art journaling
with Tracy for you to take home and incorporate in your art!  Tracy will
be using the
DecoArt Media Line
with you so it is your chance to see what these fun
new products will do. Tracy will also have her art journals there for inspiration and
to share in class.
We’ll work on pages to start your art journal…
be ready to have some fun & lose yourself in the creative world of mixed media
& art journaling.  It may have you re-thinking about things in your
everyday life that can be used in your art journal.
BRING: Your art journal, craft mat, StazOn or Ranger Archival ink pad, scissors,
apron, favorite paintbrushes, baby wipes, heat gun, acrylic blocks.
Feel free to bring a 2nd art journal so you can create in it as your
other pages are drying. Bring your camera, too! $60

 Please Note: No refunds or store credit for visiting guest instructor classes.
You are welcome to give your class spot to a friend if unable to attend after registering.

 
2017 Memory Box Exclusives - ONLY at Simple Pleasures Print E-mail
Memory Box
Written by Cathy Smith   
Monday, 06 February 2017 00:00

 We're Celebrating our 22nd Anniversary
with TWO new exclusive Memory Box die sets
created just for Simple Pleasures. 

MBOE 2017 Both Sets 

 

Wishing You Dies Set
AND
Daisy Collage Die

 

Memory Box
Daisy Collage Die

MBOE 2017 Daisy Die 

 

 Our second Exclusive 2017 Memory Box Set
is our
 Memory Box Wishing You Dies Set 

featuring ten dies,  designed to coordinate with each other to create so many versatile messages.

Wishing You Love
Wishing You Peace
Wishing You Joy
Wishing You a Happy Birthday
Wishing You a Happy Anniversary
Wishing You a Happy Day
Happy Trails 
Happy Day
Happy Birthday
Happy Anniversary

This die set comes packaged with a magnetic sheet for convenient storage 

Wishing You Dies Set (Ten Dies) 

 MBOE 2017 Wishing You

 

 

 This Happy Birthday card, by Shelby Thomas, features the Daisy Collage
and the Wishing You Dies sets.

 MBOE 2017 ST HB Card

 

 

And this elegant Anniversary card by Lynne features both
the Daisy Collage die and the Wishing You dies 

MBOE 2017 Blog Anniv LK 

  

Lynne couldn't resist creating this Daisy card with
our new Daisy Collage die, 
"Wishing You a Happy Birthday".

Love Lynne's added element of creating a pocket with
the Daisy Collage die in this card. 

MBOE 2017 Blog Daisy Card LK 

 

 

 Cards aside, these dies will be great components for scrapbook 
layouts and home decor projects, too, like this one Lynne made. 

Happy Trails DIY Wood Decor 

MBOE 2017 Blog HTrails LK 

 

 

Our new exclusive Memory Box die sets can be used separately or combined
 for endless possibilities!
Stop in to pick up these lovelies to add to your die repertoire.

We are also happy to ship these Memory Box Exclusive Sets to you.
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 we'll be happy to send these exclusive Memory Box sets your way!

The Daisy Collage Die is $22.95 
and the Wishing You Dies Set is $36.95 

We are re-releasing a very limited number of some of our previous Memory Box exclusives.

                                                                                                            
2014 Carnation Stamps/Dies Set $24.95
 
MBOE B Carnation Set 2014 
 
 
 
 
 2014 Phlox Stamps/Dies Set $24.95
                                                                                                         
 MBOE B Phlox Set dies
 
 
 
 
 
                                                                                                                   
 2015 Cherry Blossom Stamps/Dies Set $43.95

Cherry Blossom Set

 
 
 
 
 2015 Sentiments Stamps Set $31.95

Exclusive Sentiments Set

 

 

 

2016 Poppies Stamps/Die Set $33.95 

 MBOE B Poppies with dies

 

 

 

2016 Just Dies Set $35.95 

 MBOE B Just for You Set with Dies

 

 

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

Shipping Charges - US and APO Addresses:
1 - 2 exclusive Memory Box Sets $7.50
3 - 6 exclusive Memory Box Sets $8.50
U.S. Orders begin shipping Tuesday, Feb 28


Shipping Charges - Canada:
1 -  6 exclusive Memory Box sets $24.50

Shipping Charges - International Orders:
1 - 6 exclusive Memory Box sets $33.95
Canadian and International Orders begin shipping Tuesday, March 14


Email us at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for your order total 
and with any other Memory Box products you would like us to ship at the same time
or call us at (719) 528 - 1338 to place your order.

Check out our Blog, Pinterest Boards and Facebook Albums
for project ideas featuring all our Memory Box exclusive sets.

A special Thanks to Dave and the entire Memory Box team for making these exclusive sets possible. 
Thanks, too, to  Lynne and Shelby for making such beautiful samples!

 
Jim Hankins Classes Print E-mail
Classes
Sunday, 21 August 2016 00:00

Jim Hankins, The Gentleman Crafter 
is coming to Simple Pleasures
September 23 - 25

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Full of Southern charm, Jim Hankins is truly a Gentleman Crafter! 
Known for creating intricate 3-D art projects and his use of innovative mixed media techniques.
Jim has designed projects for Graphic 45, Tim Holtz and Dyan Reaveley of Ranger Industries.
 
Jim loves traveling the country, teaching classes online and in person and reaching out to
fellow crafters to share his love of techniques and album construction.


 Mark your calendars - save the dates - and register now for these workshops.
Give us a call to register.
(719) 528 - 1338

 Note on all Guest Instructor Workshops: 
Purchased spots for guest instructor classes are non-refundable.If we have a wait list and 
can fill you spot, we will issue you an In-Store Credit for your registration fee. 
Otherwise, you are welcome to try to find someone to take your spot.


 

 JH NP Luminary

 North Pole Luminary (Santa's House)

This two-story house, home to Mr & Mrs Claus, is loaded with detail, festive
trim and window boxes to adorn. Put tea lights inside and watch the magic
come alive when light appears thru the windows adding a cozy warm glow to your room.
 All chipboard and papers will be cut to fit so no tracing and cutting are required.
 This project will be using the new Graphic 45 St Nicholas collection.

Friday, September 23
9:00am - 4:30pm
$125
Bonus: $10 Graphic 45 Gift Certificate on class day!

 

 

 

 

JH Traveling Valise 

 JH TV Open 

The Traveling Valise

 A fun project to make to store anything!
Originally designed to hold change at the top and watches at the bottom, 
the Valise would be awesome for an assortment of art supplies when you hit the road. 
This project will be using the Graphic 45 CityScapes collection. 

 Friday, September 23
5:30 - 9:30pm
$80
Bonus: $10 Graphic 45 Gift Certificate on class day!

 

 

 

 

 

JH CCS

 Cornelia's Candy Shoppe Luminary

 Cornelia's Candy Shoppe is full of sweet surprises! Cornelia's features a two-story
shop with a flat-railed roof over the door. A really cool round bay window
in the front adds to the sweetness of the festive trim and window boxes to
adorn as you'd like. Place Tea Lights inside and watch the magic come alive
when light appears thru all the windows adding a cozy warm glow to your
room. All chipboard and papers will be cut to  fit so no tracing and cutting are required.
This project will be using the new Graphic 45 St Nicholas collection.
Please Note: If you want to add candy jars to the windows, this will need to be
done when making the piece. Please bring candy sprinkles and the (9) piece
 set of Idea-ology corked vials if you want to add them to your candy shoppe. 

Saturday, September 24
9:00am - 4:30pm 
$125
 Bonus: $10 Graphic 45 Gift Certificate on class day!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 JH CC

Carol's Caddy

A cool, fun and functional caddy project that holds and catches everything
from remote controls, notes, office supplies and on and on ... the ideas are
limitless! This class will be using the Graphic 45 Safari Adventures collection.

Saturday, September 24
5:30 - 8:30pm
$85
 Bonus: $10 Graphic 45 Gift Certificate on class day!


  

 

 

 

 JH BCC

 Bavarian Cuckoo Clock

 Jim's Bavarian Cuckoo Clock is reminiscent of the ones made by the
craftspeople in The Black Forest of Germany. It features a working clock
with pendulum and is modeled after the romantic chalet clocks. This Bavarian Cuckoo Clock
doesn’t actually cuckoo or chime but is a beautiful functional clock to adorn
your walls. The new Graphic 45 St Nicholas collection will be used for this project.
All chipboard AND papers will be cut to fit so no tracing and cutting are needed.
Feel free to bring flat nose pliers if you have.

 Sunday, September 25
Noon - 5pm
$135
Bonus: $10 Graphic 45 Gift Certificate on class day!

 

 

 Basic Supplies to Bring for Classes 
Basic tool kit including craft knife,paper trimmer, scissor, paper piercer, craft mat,
wet & dry adhesives, 1 4 or 3/8in Score-Tape, Glossy Accents, FineLine Bottle applicator
with
white matte craft glue (Jim likes to use PPA, Perfect Paper Adhesive), favorite
adhesive for applying large sheets of patterned paper to chipboard, pencil, pen, sanding
block or emery board, ink blending tool, your choice of Black Soot, Walnut Stain or
darker Distress ink, ink applicator tool, bone folder and Score-Board. Feel free to bring
metallic rubs or quick-drying metallic paints if you'd like.

 

Mark your calendars - save the dates - and register now for these workshops.
Give us a call to register.
(719) 528 - 1338 

Note on all Guest Instructor Workshops: 
Purchased spots for guest instructor classes are non-refundable.If we have a wait list and 
can fill you spot, we will issue you an In-Store Credit for your registration fee. 
Otherwise, you are welcome to try to find someone to take your spot.

 

SPECIAL LODGING RATES 
MCM Elegante, 6450 N. Academy Blvd is providing special room rates 
in conjunction with Jim's workshops for those of you who want to 
"Stay and Play" for more than just a day! Just give them a call at 
(719) 590 - 1111 and tell them "Simple Pleasures Mixed Media" for rates 
that are better than their online room rates.Continental Breakfast included.

 
2016 Memory Box Exclusives - ONLY at Simple Pleasures Print E-mail
Memory Box
Written by Cathy Smith   
Saturday, 13 February 2016 00:00

  

 MBOE B Just for You Poppies Sets 2016

 We're Celebrating our 21st Anniversary
with TWO new exclusive Memory Box sets 
 created just for Simple Pleasures

 Poppies Stamps/Die Set
AND
Just for You Dies Set

Memory Box
Poppies Stamps and Die Set 

features Three Stamps and a Same Size Poppy Die

 MBOE B Poppies with dies 

 The message stamp has a single Poppy Flower mounted on the end of the stamp.

 Here's a card by Shelby Thomas, Memory Box design team member,
featuring our new Poppies Stamps and Die Set.

MBOE B ST Poppies where flowers 

 

 Our second Exclusive 2016 Memory Box Set
is our
 Memory Box Just for You Dies Set 

featuring six messages that can be used
with the Just die.
This die set comes packaged with a magnetic sheet for convenient storage 
with a bonus stamp on the end of each wood mounted sentiment.

 MBOE B Just for You Set with Dies

 

 This card, by Shelby Thomas, features the Poppies Stamps/Die set
and the Just for You dies set.

 MBOE B ST Just Because Card

 

And how about this card by Lynne, 
which would make a great gift card holder!

 MBOE LK Just Because Card dies

 

And this very special layout by Lynne,
"Just Breathe"

 MBOE B LK Just Breathe Layout

 

These sets can be used separately or combined them for endless possibilities!
Stop in to pick up these lovelies to add to your stamp and die repertoire.

We are also happy to ship these Memory Box Exclusive Sets to you.
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 we'll be happy to send these exclusive Memory Box sets your way!

The Poppies Stamps and Die Set is $33.95 
and the Just for You Dies Set is $35.95 

We are re-releasing a very limited number of some of our previous Memory Box exclusives:

                                                                                                            
 2013 Daisy Stamp/Die Set $24.95 
                                             
MBOE B Daisy Set 2013 
 
                                                                                                                               
 
 
2014 Carnation Stamps/Dies Set $24.95
 
MBOE B Carnation Set 2014 
 
 
 
 
 2014 Phlox Stamps/Dies Set $24.95
                                                                                                         
 MBOE B Phlox Set dies
 
 
 
 
 
                                                                                                                   
 2015 Cherry Blossom Stamps/Dies Set $43.95

Cherry Blossom Set

 
 
 
 
 2015 Sentiments Stamps Set $31.95

Exclusive Sentiments Set

 

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

Shipping Charges - US and APO Addresses:
1 - 2 exclusive Memory Box Sets $6.95
3 - 6 exclusive Memory Box Sets $7.95

Shipping Charges - Canada:
1 -  6 exclusive Memory Box sets $24.50

Shipping Charges - International Orders:
1 - 6 exclusive Memory Box sets $33.95
Canadian and International Orders begin shipping Tuesday, March 15


Email us at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for your order total 
and with any other Memory Box products you would like us to ship at the same time
or call us at (719) 528 - 1338 to place your order.

Check out our Blog, Pinterest Boards and Facebook Albums
for project ideas featuring all our Memory Box exclusive sets.

A special Thanks to Dave and the entire Memory Box team for making these exclusive sets possible. 
Thanks, too, to  Lynne and Shelby for making such beautiful samples!

 
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