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2013 Flip Calendar Print E-mail
Calendar Creativity
Written by Deb Lucero   
Thursday, 02 August 2012 00:00

2013 Flip Calendar

DTD FC Finished



All My Memories customizable flip calendar
SRM’s Numbers stickers #48085
Simple Stories 12x12 Fabulous and Yearography papers
Tim Holtz Word Play alphabet die and Inside Out alphabet die,
Twill, twine and ink to distress

Calendar Base: Cut 9, 12x12 Simple Stories papers as base pages to fill the calendar – cut 3 pages in quarters and 6 pages in half. The half pages needed to be cut down further to fit the page which leaves some nice strips to play with later.  Ink all the edges. Add some pen doodling with a brown pen for a nice addition.  Adhere  all pieces into their appropriate spots. Fill in each calendar month for 2013 with the SRM number stickers. You probably have a handy size 2013 calendar you can refer to on the back of your checkbook register!

Use some of the cute little designs from your remaining 4 Simple Stories 12x12 papers to fussy cut.  The Simple Stories papers all coordinate so well together so it is easy to mix’n match papers from their different collections. Before I knew it, I had a nice pile of odds & ends embellies that I also inked around the edges.

DTD FC Embellishments



Title Page: I played around with the title page to make it eye-catching.  I used the Tim Holtz Word Play die to cut out the year and shadowed it with a darker color to make it pop.

DTD FC Making Title Page

 DTD FC Cover Page Finished

Calendar Months: Black and white photos made it easy to work without worry about conflicting colors with the papers. It really lets the photos have center stage with the contrast. For each month, use the strips and embellishments to create quick, simple pages.  It doesn’t get much easier than that! 


January:  DTD FC January

February:  Piece 3 banner pieces across and connect them with heart punches.  Pop dot a couple for extra dimension.  I used Tim Holtz’s Inside Out alphabet die and discovered this set to be so versatile and unique for lots of lettering options.  Loved it and now it’s a must-have for my own tool box!

DTD FC February

March: March reminds me of kite-flying and I was able to find a kite in the embellishments.  Glue twine over the printed string for added interest.

 DTD FC March

April: This is a fairly simple page; I added twill which I doubled over and put 3 brads through.

 DTD FC April

May: The notebook border punch was used for the red strip along the top.


June: Here are those awesome dies again, this time on the June page.  Love the mix of fonts and also used just the outside part of Tim Holtz Inside Out font.  Glue down some twine for the banner string and add a cute little bow at the end!


July and August:  Super easy -  so let’s just jump to the end result.


DTD FC August

September: The WordPlay die was used again,  but this time each letter was outlined with a white Uniball Signo pen.  Love how it made the title pop!

 DTD FC September

October: That cute little tree that came  from the Simple Stories  paper and just begged for a piece of twine to be tied around it!

 DTD FC October

November: Another quick, easy page.

 DTD FC November

December: Cut “Joy” with Word Play alphabet letters, then outline each letter with a Spica pen.  Love the tiny bit of sparkle it gives off.  Curl up the Christmas tree branches for some cute dimension, too.

 This last page simply showcases how great Simple Stories papers are!

DTD FG December

There you have it! I completed this project with visions of great gifts to give to my favorite people -  I hope you liked the project and are inspired to create one also.

DTD FC Finished


Heirloom Keepsake Box Print E-mail
Techniques & Tutorials
Written by Mary Schoknecht   
Thursday, 26 July 2012 00:00

Heirloom Keepsake Box

and Recipe Box Ideas

DTM KCRM Finished

DTM KCRM Finished Open


 * Kaisercraft -  Recipe box, “Champagne” rhinestone flourishes, “These Days” die-cut shapes and papers
 * Tim Holtz -  Distress stain “Vintage Photo”, clear knob handle and button
 * Graphic 45 -  “Little Darlings” collection papers, stamped metal buttons
 * Bo Bunny papers
 * Little Yellow Bicycle “Swoon” rhinestone and pearl bling
 * 1” circle Epiphany Crafts cutter and epoxy bubbles
 * Memory Makers Eclectic Metal Signs
 * “Glorious Gold” Deco Art Dazzling Metallics paint
 * Ice Stickles “Coffee Ice”Glossy Accents
 * Miscellaneous – small metal rasp, small buttons, ephemera as desired

Distress stain recipe box parts with Tim Holtz Distress Stain “Vintage Photo” as follows - The inside walls, inside lid, bottom and top of the base, backsides and edges of index separators. Stain in approximately ¼ to ½ inch from outer edges of outside walls, outside lid and fronts of index separators. Paint with metallic gold paint all edges except for index separator.


DTM KCRM12 Stain 1

Trace paper to be used for outside of box including area within window holes. From window holes and outside edges of paper lines measure in approximately ¼” to 3/8” with ruler and mark with pencil. Those are the lines on which you use your ruler and Exacto knife to cut.
 Mod Podge the cut papers  onto appropriate box sides using a sponge brush making sure stained edges show. Smooth paper down with your hand and remove excess with sponge brush or paper towel.

DTM KCRM12 Mod Podge 2 

 While Mod Podge is still wet, apply  flat embellishments (images and words). Modge Podge over the flat embellishments. When dry, add a second coat of Mod Podge. While  still wet, add other embellishments  like buttons, epoxy circles, flowers, ribbon, etc.

 The metal embellishments were added later and glued on with Glossy Accents. Remove the shank from the Tim Holtz button with a wire cutter and smooth down with a metal rasp so it lays flat. The Kaiser Craft rhinestone flourish in champagne was a last minute addition.

DTM KCRM12 Ephemera 3

For the inside lid, cut a strip of paper for the middle and Mod Podge it on. When dry, glue on metal embellishment. I achieved an unexpected “old” look on the paper strip as I put it on when the distress ink wasn’t completely dry.

From the Graphic 45 “Little Darlings” image page, cut out appropriate sized pictures for the side windows. Position and scotch tape in place. For the larger front window I used the little boy sleeping from the “Little Darlings” page which had larger images. There are several on this page that would work well.  Over the taped-on images, cut other paper from the collection and use double-sided tape to secure them to give a more  finished look.

On the front of the index dividers, tape dotted paper from the “Little Darlings” group and cut additional images to accent them.

 DTM KCRM12 Dividers 4

Write  in gold marker pen on the tabs of the dividers to indicate  “memorable” events. 
  Glue the box together using Elmer’s “Glue All”. An extra pair of hand comes in handy, too.  
DTM KCRM12 Glue 4.5

Some final finishing touches (not necessary, but really nice additions):  a Tim Holtz clear glass knob for the lid. Take the  screw out of the knob bottom and use Glossy Accents to glue it on. Some Graphic 45 stamped metal buttons with flanges were used for the feet.

  I need to elaborate a bit on the metal buttons for the feet. When I started filing down the metal point on the bottom of the button, the entire flange fell off. (I had intended to cut the metal flange off even with the edge of the buttom. That left the entire metal button hollow inside. I decided to punch out 1” circles on cardstock, fill the centers of the metal buttons with Elmer’s “Glue All” and let that dry. Later I used Glossy Accents to attach the metal “feet” to the bottom .Those little feet raise the box up and say “Hey, look at me!”

Here are a couple more peeks at the embellishments and accents added onto two of the sides of the keepsake box.

DTM KCRM12 Side 5

DTM KCRM12 Second Side 6


But wait .....
there's more!
Here are a couple more ideas featuring the Kaisercraft Recipe Box

DTLK Recipe Box

How about this recipe box created by Lynn,
 another of the Simple Pleasures design team contributors.

 DTLK Recipe Box Dividers
Lynn used The Paper Company "Let's Eat" collection of papers and cardstock stickers on her recipe box creation.

Or, how about this masculine box,
 one of the many lovely Kaisercraft samples on display at the recent tradeshow.

Kaisercraft Recipe Box
Kaisercraft Recipe Box Angled

Stop in to view our projects in person - we have everything you need for these and many other Kaisercraft projects! 
Calendar Craftiness Coming Your Way! Print E-mail
Calendar Creativity
Written by Cathy Smith   

Coming Your Way .....

We are brimming with calendar ideas to share with you. We are creating a calendar corner in the store, and are working on lots of calendar projects to share with you.

We will post them here and on our Facebook page.

In the meantime, here are just a few of the calendar creations we have shared with you in the past.

Desktop Easel Calendar
featuring SRM Mini Calendar Stickers

We'll let you know when the SRM 2013 mini calendars arrive

SRM 2012 Mini Calendar


How about this one -

12x12 or 8x8 Double Frame Wall Calendar
each of the pages had a magnetic disc so the pages won't "flip'n flop" open! 

Cal Frame DT


And we just love this home decor quick,easy calendar.

using a Prima Frame, SRM Mini Calendar Stickers,
Memory Box tag die, twine, a few embellishments and mini clothespins to hang the month tags with ....

SRM Prima Framed Calendar

an instant gift that really is "Suitable for Framing"!

Stay Tuned ..... we can't wait to share all the calendar fun we've got in store for you!

Cheery Lynn Mega Dies Layout & Tutorial Print E-mail
Techniques & Tutorials
Written by Sandi Briggs   
Sunday, 22 July 2012 00:00

Cheery Lynn Celtic Chain Layout

Ideas and “how to” using intricate and unusual dies in your cards and layouts

DTSB CLD Finished 1pg layout

Celtic inspired one page layout using Tim Holtz Alterations Word Play Alphabet

 & Cheery Lynn Designs Reflections Boutique Mega Dies Celtic Chain Mega Doily

Create a beautifully stylized layout with simple to customize frames and lettering.  The detailed frame dies are unique and intricately cut.  The frames are simple to customize and create different sized mats with the dies included in the set.  The alphabet dies are fun and funky and easy to incorporate into any layout or card by layering with coordinating paper and embellishments.


DTSB CLD Supplies 2


·          Dies (Tim Holtz, Alterations, Word Play Alphabet #657837)

·          Dies (Cheery Lynn Designs, Reflections Boutique Mega Dies, Celtic Chain Mega Doily #DL 191)

·          Die Accessory (Big Shot, Intricate Die Metal Adapter Plate #98100)

·          Patterned Paper (The Paper Loft, Scattered Pine Mountain, Noble Fir #SPM103)

·          Patterned Paper (The Paper Loft, Float Tube, Hooked on Fishing #HF103)

·          Patterned Paper (Bo-Bunny, Double Dot, Chiffon Vintage #12CV838)

·          Patterned Paper (Bo-Bunny, Double Dot, Dark Denim Vintage #12DDV876)

·          Ink (Tim Holtz, Distressd Ink, Vintage Photo)

·          Spray Mist (Perfect Pearls Mists, Heirloom Gold)

Other supplies – adhesive, removable tape, various Celtic stamps, foam mounting tape, die cut machine, scoring tool, gold paper, chipboard, tags, fibers, hot glue, paper trimmer

For die cutting this tutorial uses the Sizzix Big Shot, however other die cut machines can be used just check your product for details on cutting.  This project utilizes the Tim Holtz – Alterations/Word Play Alphabet for the lettering and Cheery Lynn Designs - Reflections Boutique Mega Dies, Celtic Chain Mega Doily for the photo frames.

The Tim Holtz die is simple to use in the Sizzix Big Shot.  Unlike the “etched dies”, which are thinner, this is a “steel-rule” die which has a thicker platform and has a cutting blade imbedded in the foam.  Word of caution these types of dies are sharp so be careful when handling and try to hold on the edges. 


DTSB Bigshot Supplies 3

Since this type of die has a thicker platform you will utilize only the two Cutting Plates and not the Multi-Purpose Platform.  The cutting plate order, or “sandwich”, used for this project, starting at the bottom – Cutting Plate, die, paper or chipboard (with desired side down) and Cutting Plate.  While each machine is calibrated differently this die is super easy to use and did not require any “shimming” with either cardstock or chipboard. 

For this die I did secure the paper or chipboard to the die using removable tape so I could run it through twice without the paper or chipboard sliding.  After cutting both the chipboard and patterned paper, adhere the patterned paper to the chipboard letters and ink the edges for a distressed look.

DTSB BigShot Sandwich 4

The Cheery Lynn Designs dies are absolutely beautiful.  Since they are not an entire frame, they look more complicated, but they are super easy to cut and customizable since they are only one side of the die.  This is an “etched” die, so keep this in mind as you prepare your cutting plates.  Also, this is an intricate die, meaning that there are lots of tiny cuts, and in some cases piercings, that the die creates so you will need to utilize the Metal Adapter Plate to get the best results.  The “sandwich” used for this project, starting at the bottom – Multi-Purpose Platform, Cutting Plate, paper, die with cutting edge down, Metal Adapter and Cutting Plate.  While each machine is calibrated differently this die is super easy to use and did not require any “shimming” beyond the Metal Adapter Plate.  Keep in mind that the Metal Adapter Plate will begin to show impressions or slight warping with repeated use, so similar to the cutting plates remember to turn and rotate the Metal Adapter Plate to increase the useful life. 

For the rectangle frame start with a 5.5” x 12” piece of card stock and select the size die for your desired photo.  Using removable tape, adhere the die to the paper with the cutting edge down.  The tape allows you to make several passes through your die cut machine while keeping the paper aligned.  Using the cutting plate order described above run the die through your machine, running back and forth two to three times going as far to each edge without removing the paper and cutting plates each pass.  Remove the tape and die.  Fully clear all of the paper pieces from the die by taping or gently rubbing.

DTSB CLD Die Prep 5

Take your partial die cut and align the die in the other direction, lining up the edge of the cuts.

DTSB CLD Die Alignment 6


To confirm that the die is properly aligned, you can flip the paper over and check to see that the die fits into the first full cut of the other side.  It will slightly “lock” into place when you have it properly aligned.  Using the “sandwich” from the first pass, run the paper and die through your cutting machine again to complete the rectangular frame cut.



DTSB CLD Closeup of CUt 7

For this next frame we are going to adjust slightly to get a more square shape as opposed to the rectangle.  You will not be able to get a perfectly square cut using these dies, but it is a great option and adds flexibility to your die arsenal. 
Using the instructions above cut the first side of your frame.  When you go to align the other side of the frame, move the die over almost to the edge and secure with removable tape.  Similar to cutting the rectangle frame you should be able to turn over the paper and see the die through the previous cuts, and it will slightly lock into place.

DTSB C:D Cutting Frame 8


DTSB CLD Closeup Cut Frame 9

For this project I layered gold paper between each frame and the photo to better highlight both the photo and the intricate detail of the frame.  I also adhere the frames to the page with foam mounting tape to give dimension and shadow.  For the square frame I only placed the foam mounting tape on three sides to create a pocket for journaling tags.

And there you have it -

DTSB CLD 1 Page Layout Fininshed

I hope this tutorial has inspired you to have fun exploring all the possibilities with the Cheery Lynn dies for your card and layout creations!

Featured Card Showcase for June - "Hooray for the Red, White and Blue" Print E-mail
SP Card Club Exchange
Written by Cathy Smith   
Sunday, 08 July 2012 00:00

"Hooray for the Red, White & Blue"
June Featured Card Showcase

Our June Simple Pleasures’ Card Club Exchange was themed “Hooray for the Red, White and Blue” and participants decided for themselves just how they wanted to interpret that theme (which is all part of the fun and creative challenge, too)! 

Here is the Featured Card for June's Monochromatic Card Swap by Jeannette, Cathy's mom - isn't it just so cute!

SPCC FC 612 Outer Card

This hot-diggity-dog card features the following:

Cottage Cutz Dachshund & Clothes Die
Creative Impressions Star Brads
Darcie message stamp
ColorBox Fluid Chalk  Chestnut Brown and Marvy Pad Prussian Blue
Cardstock and background accent papers
Embellishments: May Arts Jute in Red, White and Blue, 3mm Wiggle Eyes, Diamond Stickles, and Mini Flag

Here's a look at the inside of the card, too.  

SPCC FC 612 Inside


But wait, there's more .... we just couldn't let you be inspired by Alan's card contribution for the exchange.

SPCC 612 O Beautiful Card

Amazing, isn't it!! Alan used his embroidery machine to create his "O Beautiful" card. The embroidered hot air balloon and message were framed in the card opening that he created and customized with his eclips machine. Pretty ingenious!


Stop in to see all the June "Hooray for the Red, White and Blue" cards.

We'd love for you to have fun with our card exchanges, too. OUr next exchange is "Winter Wonderland".... hmmm, I am sure there will be a wonderland of great card ideas coming our way with those, too!

To participate in our swaps, make sure to have your 10 cards with 10 recipes (1 for each card, please!) in a Ziploc-type baggie with your name on it to Simple Pleasures before close of business (that’s 6pm) on Saturday, March 17th.

Don’t forget…if you’re mailing, please be sure to send your cards in plenty of time.

(No late submissions will be accepted. We thank you for your consideration!)

Plan ahead or get a jump-start on other exchanges coming up … here are the next few upcoming themes and dates:


Drop Off                        Month & Theme

(no later than 6pm)


      Saturday, July 21          Winter Wonderland

      Saturday, Aug 18        Just "Fur" You

      Saturday, Sept 15       Oh, the Places We Go!

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