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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!

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

DTSB CS Card Finished 612

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!



DTSB CS Card Finished 612


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
DTD SYS Finished 612

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.


DTD STS Finished 612


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



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