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Fall Magnetic Picture Frame Fun Print E-mail
Techniques & Tutorials
Written by Cathy Smith   
Tuesday, 21 August 2012 00:00
We're having lots of fun with the new Magnetic Picture Frames that just arrived at the store.
See for yourself how cute, and quick, and fun they are!

 
Lynne created this "spooktacular" Halloween home decor piece
with a black vertical frame. We also have black horizontal frames. Use both frames together for a fun grouping of ghoulish delights!


 
 DTL MPF Rem Hall

 
 The great thing about scrappin' on the magnetic picture frames, is there are few supplies needed, few pictures needed and they are quick to create.

 
Supplies for the Halloween project include

Black Vertical Magnetic Picture Frame
Reminisce Hallowe'en collection goodies
Bella Blvd Sophisticates accent papers
Bottlecaps -  lined with background paper
Kaisercraft Sparklets  - used as accents in the bottle caps
Basic Grey magnets to affix background & pics to the frame under the bottlecaps
Vinyl (die cut for the word "Halloween")

 
 Rem Hall Fall 2012

 
 Rem Hall 2012 CloseUp

 
How about a scrapped Thanksgiving Magnetic Picture Frame?
Lynne used the new Bella Blvd Fall collection in this next creation,
this time choosing to use the more vintage, antiqued Magnetic Picture Frame.

 
DTL MPF Bella Thanks

 
Supplies 
Antique Rust Vertical Magnetic Picture Frame
Bella Blvd Thankful papers
Bottle caps
Basic Grey magnets
Vinyl - die cut for Thanksgiving title and flourishes
Twine accents

 
Bella Blvd Thankful Header

 
Here's a closeup of how Lynne used the bottlecaps with the magnets underneath.  They are great  accents for the "layout" and a way to anchor the photos in place so the pics can be changed out -  functional AND decorative, too!

 
DTL MPF CU Bella Thanks


How about another grouping using these versatile Magnet Picture Frames -
this time, a non-seasonal duo, on display at the store as a grouping ....
and again, the great thing about both of these is that you can switch out the pics whenever you'd like to,
thanks to the decorated bottle caps with magnets to hold the photos in place!

 
DTG MPF V EPA

 DTG MPF H EPA

 
Supplies
Vertical and Horizontal Antique Magnet Picture Frames
Echo Park "This & That" Charming papers, ThC26011, ThC26013 and THC26015
(That's right, just THREE sheets to create the two layouts)!!!

 
 EPA Charming

 
Authentique paper PFF002
Kaisercraft Sparklets
Basic Grey Magnets
Bottle caps

 
Have we peaked your curiosity or given you some ideas to create one of these fun Magnetic Picture Frames of your own?!?

Thanks for stopping in ....
Stay Tuned. More creative ideas coming your way!
 
Rosie's Roadshow Mini Calendar Creativity Print E-mail
Calendar Creativity
Written by Cathy Smith   
Sunday, 12 August 2012 00:00
RRCB Display Board

 
We're so excited with the Rosie's Roadshow stamps that have just arrived!

And, we absolutely love their calendar creativity - they make soooo many cute little stamps that make it a breeze to decorate accents for the mini-calendar holder shown above.

Supplies
Small stamps
Background Papers (Memory Box or Bo Bunny dots work great)
Rosie's Roadshow mini calendar sheet
Rosie's Roadshow acrylic calendar case
Scallop oval punch

RRCB Cal Sheet

This is what the calendar case looks like. It holds all 12 of the decorated mini calendar sheets. Perfect size for in a purse, backback or suit jacket pocket!

 
RRCB Acrylic Calendar Case
RRC MUC Scal Oval Punch
Here's a closeup of the October mini calendar sheet. Rosie's little ghost is so cute!

RRCB Oct CloseUp


 
 And there are mini stamps for every season! Fireworks, Shamrocks, flowers, cornucopia, and many more. Here's a closeup of several mini pages so you can see for yourself just how cute these stamps are

 
 RRCB Top CloseUp

 
Want to see more?!?
Here are some more Rosie's  mini calendar eye-candy!!

RRCB Bottom CloseUp

 
What do YOU think ... aren't they great!!
We've got all these Rosie stamps in stock (and more, too) as well as the Rosie mini calendar sheets and acrylic calendar cases.

Think these will be just like Potato Chips .... can't just have one!!
Gonna wanna make a whole bunch of these little calendar treats-
No Calories, either! 
 
Scrap A Calendar Layout Gift! Print E-mail
Calendar Creativity
Written by Cathy Smith   
Saturday, 11 August 2012 00:00
DTGB Calendar Layout Completed

 
Gretchen, one of our talented design team contributors, created this scrapped calendar sensation with the following goodies:
SRM Calendar Month sticker sheet
SRM 2013 sticker sheet
Echo Park This & That sticker sheet and  paper
Basic Grey mini magnets
Bottle caps, stickles and distress stickles and diamond glaze
Black metal tin sheet to attach page to for displaying




SRM 2013 Mini Standard Calendar Sheet

 
SRM 2013 Sticker Sheet

 
Gretchen cut out each of the 12 calendar months individually, cutting to the inside of the black borders, and mounted them on background papers. Look, she even matted each month's name (January, February, etc) , making for a great variation to the look of each month's calendar.
She embellished with stickles, too, for some pizzaz to the sides of some of the month titles.

 
DTG Cal Sticker Matting

 
Then, mount a photo. The pic Gretchen chose  is "timeless" and can be enjoyed no matter what the month or season! She used the mini banner from the Echo Park paper to tie the photo to the page.

 
DTG Cal LRC Accents

 
Some of the This & That cardstock stickers were applied in the lower righthand corner of the layout and "popped" a bit with the addition of stickles.
Gretchen decorated 4 bottlecaps with the papers, one for each corner of the page and epoxied them for a real embellished touch. By adding the Basic Grey mini magnets to the back of each bottlecap, not only do the bottle caps serve as accents that can be moved wherever you'd like them; they also serve to hold the calendar layout in place on the metal tin sheet for an instant display.

 
DTG Cal Completed


Wouldn't this make a great gift!! 
Thanks, Gretchen, for another inspiring project! 
 
Featured Card Showcase for July- "Winter Wonderland" Print E-mail
SP Card Club Exchange
Written by Cathy Smith   
Wednesday, 08 August 2012 00:00

"Winter Wonderland"
July Featured Card Showcase

Our July card exchange "Winter Wonderland" was the perfect reprieve from the HOT, HOT summer days we have had this summer. And, in some cases, it has been a great way to get a jumpstart on holiday card making ideas!

Here are a few of the cards that were created for this card exchange -

This card, from Michelle features the Memory Box Fredward Bear die and matching stamp and a Cuttlebug embossing folder. Glitter and Liquid Pearls added a spendid touch to her "Beary Sweet" Card. 

SPCC Winter Wonderland Beary Sweet

Glitter, did we mention glitter?! Kathleen's card is a mecca of glitter glam. She die cut the Cheery Lynn candles out of black vinyl, glittered them up, and then colored the glitter with her Copic markers. WOW!!! Bazzill Bling paper was just the perfect accent for her card presentation! 

 

SPCC Winter Wonderland Candles

 

Another of the crafty card creations is this card from Marianne. There was definitely a "bling thing" going on with the "Winter Wonderland" card exchange ..... Marianne also used Bazzill Bling paper. She cut her card design with her Silhouette Cameo machine - love the die cut card edge, don't you?! Add some patterened paper, a stamped "Let it Snow" message and some Crystal Ice stickles and there you have it!
 

SPCC Winter Wonderland Marianne

Stop in to see all the July "Winter Wonderland" cards on display in the store. WARNING: Be prepared for lots of ideas to start popping into your head as you see the card creations!


We'd love for you to have fun with our card exchanges, too. OUr next exchange is "Just "Fur" You".... can't wait to see what everyone comes up with for the August exchange - remember, you can take the topics as literally or loosely as you would like! That's part of the fun of the exchanges!

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, August 18th.

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)

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      Saturday, Aug 18        Just "Fur" You

      Saturday, Sept 15       Oh, the Places We Go!

      Saturday, Oct 20         Exotic Oriental

 Thanks for hopping onto the blog to see the fun cards!

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

2013 Flip Calendar

DTD FC Finished

 

Supplies:

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.

 DTD FC May

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!

DTD FC June

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

DTD FC July

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

 

 
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