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"Clean & Simple" Card featuring NEW Quilt Circles Die Print E-mail
Techniques & Tutorials
Written by Sandi Briggs   
Sunday, 24 June 2012 00:00

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Create a unique card with quick and easy die cuts that look complicated and create wonderful dimension.  This die cut can be used in a “Clean & Simple” styling or with added embellishments for more of a “Shabby Chic” appeal.  Depending on the paper and stamp selection this can also be a great masculine card.

DTSB CS Card Supplies 


DTSB CS Crafty Cutts Dies


·         Dies (Art Gone Wild, Crafty Cutts Dies, Small Quilt Circles #CCD-009)

·         Stamps (PSA Essentials)

·         Patterned Paper; double sided (Fancy Pants, About a Girl, Bella #221)

·         Patterned Paper (Bo-Bunny, Back to Backs, Blush Dot #128D543)

·         Patterned Paper (Little Yellow Bicycle, Generation Z, Yellow Grunge Dot #GN-108)

·         Ink (Tsuknieko, Memento, Tuxedo Black)

·         Dimensional Paint (Viva-Décor, Pearl Pen, Anthracite)Other supplies – card stock, adhesive, acrylic block, foam mounting tape, die cut machine, black pen



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.  Utilizing the Crafty Cutts – Small Quilt Circle die and Fancy Pants, double sided paper for the die image allows the coordinating reverse side of the paper.


The Crafty Cutts dies are easy to use in the Sizzix Big Shot, utilizing the Multi-Purpose Platform and two Cutting Plates.  The cutting plate order, or “sandwich”, used for this project, starting at the bottom – Multi-Purpose Platform, Cutting Plate, paper, die with cutting edge down and Cutting Plate.  While each machine is calibrated differently these dies were super easy to use and did not require any “shimming”.



DTSB CS Big Shot/Die

Once cut stamp an image into the center of the die cut, using the score lines as a guide.


DTSB CS Stamp/Die


For this project I stamped five of the die cuts on the reverse side of the patterned paper utilizing to mostly solid coloring and used four of the die cuts featuring the floral pattern.  Utilizing the score lines fold each edge of the die cut up creating a square image.


DTSB CS Card Folding Shapes


Use foam mounting tape to adhere each die cut to the patterned paper layer, embellish as desired. Enjoy!



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Don't Miss Our Sizzlin 9 Hour Tote Bag Savings Extravaganza! Print E-mail
Written by Cathy Smith   
Sunday, 17 June 2012 00:00
We have a Sizzlin' 9 hours of savings for you,
just bring in your Simple Pleasures Tote Bag
this Wednesday, June 20, 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 day per household.
SP Tote
Gotta "show" us that your tote bag fits thru your arm and on your shoulder!!
Don't "fritter" your day away on Wednesday,
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
with our SP Tote Bags!
"Welcome to our Home" Canvas Project Print E-mail
Techniques & Tutorials
Wednesday, 13 June 2012 00:00
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Supplies: Canvas Stretched on Frame or Board, Paint to prep canvas with
Background Papers, patterned and solid, Vellum and Chipboard
Brick-style embossing folder
Decorative Scissors and Exacto KnifePunches: Butterfly, Flowers, Circle
Silhouette die cut images and words
Embellishments: Ink to distress edges of paper and canvas, brad for doorknob, stickles, small Prima Flowers
Glossy Accents, Mod Podge, Pop Dots and Craft Glue Gun
Fine Point pen for accent work


1. Prep canvas with a neutral color paint to compliment your paper choices.


 2. Sketch out a house using tracing paper to help get the scale correct so it’s proportional with your other elements.


DTD SYS Step 2 Tracing Paper


 3. Break down the various sections of the house so you can paper piece it together later. Ink edges for added dimension. Mount the house base and door to canvas with Mod Podge (MP).


Roof: Use striped paper and deco scissors to imitate shingles. Cut strips; fancy cut bottom edge and layer on top of chipboard triangle. The chipboard gives durability since the design will be spilling off the edge. Trim out the triangle and pop dot under each shingle for dimension.


DTD STS Cuts for Roof



DTD STS Roof Attach



     Chimney: Create chimney on brown cardstock that has been embossed with a brick-style embossing folder . Mat onto black cardstock to make  it stand out. Adhere behind roof pitch. 

Window Frames: Use chipboard for window frames and light blue vellum (or plain vellum that you ink to be light blue) to create the appearance of glass. Mist all the chipboard black , then glue the vellum behind it. Save pieces to mount on house after everything else is MP’d on.



4. Mount words and images (cut with Silhouette) onto canvas with MP. Silhouette designs used: Welcome, Fence, Bottom layered butterflies. “To our Home” cut on Silhouette using computer font.



5. Cut strips of patterned paper to decorate the outside edge of canvas and adhere around the canvas. Apply final layer of MP over entire canvas. Let canvas dry overnight.



6. Add dimensional items  - roof, chimney, flower garden and windows. For the doorknob, cut the prongs off the brad and use Glossy Accents to glue in place.



7. Flowers and Leaves in Garden: Punch large flowers with paper punch and layer multiple times. Curl the edges up before adding each layer. Add small Prima flowers. Layer flowers to create a garden using Glossy Accents and use Stickles to accent the flower.


Leaves: Create leaves with a circle punch by punching the circle a second time to get the shape of leaf desired. Working on an old mouse pad, press the length of an Exacto knife  blade lightly down the middle of leaves to add dimension. Attach leaves as desired. To attach the leaves, dispense a puddle of hot glue onto a scrap and dip leaf tip into it, then quickly slip it between the flowers. Tweezers are helpful!



8. Butterfly Design on Top: Layer punched butterfly on top of butterfly cut from Silhouette. Glue only the center of the butterfly so you can put pop dots between the wings for added dimension. Affix to an area of the sky and dot-dot-dot the butterflies flight trail with a fine tip Sharpie.


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Ta Da! That’s It!  Have fun and enjoy adding your own special touches when you create one yourself!



Featured Card Showcase for May Print E-mail
SP Card Club Exchange
Written by Cathy Smith   
Monday, 11 June 2012 00:00

"Thinking of You" or "In Memory Of" - May Featured Card Showcase

Our card exchange for May is one that was requested by card club participants when we did a shout out for theme requests for this year. "Thinking of You" and "In Memory Of" card ideas are always sought after as they can be more challenging to create when we need them. Thanks to all the May participants!

This month's featured card is designed by a familiar face in our card exchanges, Kathleen, who often creates TWO different sets of cards for the exchanges, as she did for the May exchange also. Here is one of the two cards she created for the exchange.

SPCC May12

Kathleen combine the classic Memory Box Orchard Frame die with the elegant touch of Pearls painted on the tree branches and a stamped sentiment that says it all in this "In Memory Of" card. Some of the other cards contributed in this exchange were "Thinking of You" cards as well as some "In Memory Of" cards. They are all on display at the store for your viewing pleasure!


 The background is inked and blended. One way to achieve this look is to use 'direct to paper' with various dye inks and then use a blending tool with foam and blend the colors together. Add more colors to get the look you want. Try this technique on different papers, too - glossy, regular cardstock, patterned paper, etc.

Our card exchange for June is "Hooray for the Red, White and Blue." It will be so fun to see how the June participants each interpret the theme in their card creations!

Have YOU ever participated in one of our monthly card exchanges? It's a great way to share your ideas with others, sometime be challenged to think "outside the box" and also to receive lots of card ideas from others! You create 10 cards of the same design, with 10 recipes (one for EACH card).

Drop Off 3rd Saturday: June 16

Cards need to be dropped off by the close of business - 6pm. Please don't be late - we simply cannot accept late cards - thank you for your consideration!

The fun of each card exchange is we don't know what you're going to do - we can't wait!

Impression Obsession Dies and Stamps, Too! Print E-mail
Written by Cathy Smith   
Wednesday, 06 June 2012 06:52

We've received a wonderful shipment from Impression Obsession of stamps and dies .... yes, Impression Obsession is now making dies! Jacque and Shelby, two of our talented Design Team contributors, have been creating with the new arrivals, so prepare to be inspired by these cards!


IOB Dont Worry Card

 Shelby used Liquid Pearls as centers of the Maya Rose rosettes on this card - what a great touch!

IOB Dont Worry Closeup


And how about this cute card - great for Copic coloring ...


IOB Watering Can Card

We love die cutting - and stamping, so what could be better than Impression Obsession dies and stamps that quite literally are "made for each other"?


IOB New Home Card Supplies

In many cases, you can choose between rubber cling stamps or wood mounted - which both coordinate with the low profile dies we have come to love! These dies are great to work with. These dies are manufactured by the same company that makes Cheery Lynn dies and Memory Box dies, so there are NO WORRIES about these dies!

Here's a closeup of Shelby's New Home card.
I love the plaid background she used; it is one of Simple Stories "Baby Steps" papers.

IOB New Home Card


And look at what Jacque did with the house die ....
there really is "No Place Like Home"

IOB No Place Like Home

And how about that cute bird, and the bird nest? You guessed it, stamps with matching dies make is so quick and easy to create with.

IOB Bird Nests Card


"Hang in There" is the name of this next pair of birds,
Shelby used on the "We've Moved" card. And there are LOTS of sentiments stamps that will go nicely with this pair also.
There's "Best Friends", "Have a Beautiful Day", "I like Hanging Out with you" and several more.

IOB We've Moved Card


Impression Obsession has always been know for their wonderfully detailed, almost "sketched" images.
We love the Classic Truck stamp Jacque used on these cards, and as usual, they have thought of everything.
There is even a stamp that says "You're a Classic"!

IOB Classic Car Grouping

This is just a taste of the new Impression Obsession arrivals at the store.

We hope you'll stop in to see more of their tantalizing goodies!

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