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eBosser and More Die Cutting Deliciousness Print E-mail
Written by Cathy Smith   
Tuesday, 11 September 2012 00:00

Betterr than a two-pound box of chocolates ... Really!

So many great new die cutting tools and goodies have just arrived - A Jillian Vance Design (AJV) stamps and dies .... Spellbinder makes the A Jillian Vance Design dies, so you KNOW how great they are!

AJV Dies

In the upper righthand corner, just below the zipper die, is the pocket die ---- we've got  ideas coming you way with those, to be sure!!

Here are a couple of card samples that were on display at the recent tradeshow that enticed us to order these yummy dies and stamps.
The very, very nice thing about their stamps and dies is they have created lots of great sentiments and components to work with the dies - for a braod range of occasions or "Just Because".

This "Say Cheese" Card incorporates the classic Polaroid die frames as well as camera and message stamps...

 AJV Say Cheese Card     

 And the Wedding Wishes Card uses exquisite label, cross and poinsettia dies and also incorporates a wonderful stamped cross background and sentiments that are perfectly matched in size to the label die at the center of the cross.

AJV Wedding Wishes Card


 We've got lots of ideas coming your way with the new AJV goodies. As a matter of fact, you can hop on over to the blog post in our Tips, Techniques and Tutorials section for the how-to's on Shelby's Gift Card Wallet featuring the AJV Zipper die and coordinating stamps - a truly interactive experience!       


 Lots of new Sizzix arrivals, too, for our die cutting and embossing fun.
Reminder: Our Sizzix dies and Embossing Folders are
Buy One, Get One HALF PRICE
every single day!!

We've got the Bohemia Textured Impressions Embossing Folders
and there are lots of great designs and some fun embossing borders, too.

Siz Bohemia Embossing Folders

And more fun additions from Sizzix are 
"Frames & Fun" by Stephanie Barnard -
 frames and flourish dies with coordinating stamps
packaged together for "No Brainer" creative possibilities! 

 (There are several more, but here is a "taste" for you)

 Siz SB Frames and Fun Dies

There are also 4 new Framelits nesting dies from Sizzix -
great basics to have in your die cutting arsenal.


But that's NOT ALL ....

remember, I said it was BETTER than a two-pound box of chocolates. And as we all know, one of the sweetest things about a two-pound box of chocolates is the VARIETY that surprises us with each chocolate we taste-test!!

So, without further adieu, we are thrilled to let you "taste-test", so to speak, our newest arrival in the die cutting tool family at Simple Pleasures.

The eBosser

eBosser SP Video

What exactly is the eBosser?

It's the new, fully automatic and large format embossing AND die cutting system. It's universally compatible with most cutting dies and embossing folders. It easily cuts or embosses materials up to 8.5 inches wide and 11.7 inches in lenghth, too!

just click on the link we've provided and you'll see Shelby in action with the eBosser in our very first Simple Pleasures You Tube Video Tutorial!!
Shelby takes the ebosser thru some paces with dies from Cheery Lynn, a Sizzix Bigz die, embosses with an embossing folder and more.

NO CALORIES eBosser Taste Test
via our You Tube Video Tutorial on the eBosser
(While you're there, be sure to subscribe so you'll get upcoming You Tube tutorials as they are released)

Not sure you really "need" the eBosser just yet?

No Worries - we have a great new accessory item for you to use with the die cutting system you may already have and use and use and use.
It's the Lifestyle Crafts Genius Ultimate Magnetic Platform System.

And the ABSOLUTELY WONDERFUL THING about this system is that it is a basically universal system.
Use it in you Big Shot, Vagabond, Cuttlebug, Epic or Evolution machine, whichever workhorse machine you have!

QK Genius Ultimate Platform


The kit comes with a  MAGNETIC platform and includes two mats, one for embossing and one for cutting. The cutting mat is new and improved, longer-lasting with less curling. As a bonus, the kit includes a set of 10 nested dies (NOT the circles shown above, but a set of 10 nested labels with a $24.99 value).

Pretty Yummy, Hummmm .......

and No Calories either!

 So that's our update for the week on the exciting NEW die cutting tools and accessories we have received. Now, time to get back to some paper crafting fun. What should I do first, try out those new AJV stamps and dies, or play with the magnetic platform a bit - oh, wait, I can do both at the same time!! Happy Crafting!

Coffee/Tea Gift Card Wallet featuring A Jillian Vance Zipper Die Print E-mail
Techniques & Tutorials
Written by Shelby Thomas   
Saturday, 08 September 2012 00:00








8.5”x8.5” heavy card stock

3 pieces of layering cardstock measuring 3 5/8” w x 8 3/8 h

3 pieces of decorative paper measuring 3 ½” x 8 ¼”

1 piece of layering cardstock 7/8”  x 8 3/8”

1 piece of decorative paper ¾” x 8 ¼ “

24” Maya Road pleated satin ribbon, brads, ink

Removable tape, Glue Dots and Scor-Tape
A Jillian Vance Designs (AJV) Zipper Die and Dynamic Duo dies

AJV stamps - Universal Zipper set, Zipper Icon set, Inspirational Zipper set

Scoreboard of choice, 2  5 3/8”x 5 3/8” cardstock for envelopes

Gift cards, tea or coffee packets



Score heavy cardstock at 3.75” and at 4.75”.  Fold and crease on score lines





 Take one piece of 3 5/8”x8 3/8” layering cardstock and make a mark ½” up from the bottom and ½”  down from the top.


For the top gift card - place top edge of gift card on the top 1/2" mark and center the gift card.

For the bottom gift card - place the bottom edge of gift card on the 1/2" mark and center the gift card.


Adhere the gift cards to the cardstock with Glue Dots.




DTS AJV GCHB Mark Placement



With the decorative paper, make a mark 3” up from the bottom, and 1” down from the top.  Draw a faint pencil mark all the way across the paper.  On the bottom 3” line, line up the top edge of the zipper cut die and adhere to the paper with removable tape.


 Tip:  Since the zipper die is a perforated die, I would recommend putting wax paper between the die cut and the paper so the perforation doesn’t tear while removing the paper from the die cut.  Run the die through your die cutting machine.

Repeat the process for the top portion.

 DTS AJV GCHB Front Markings



Repeat the process for the top portion.


DTS SJV GCHB Top Zipper Marking


Adhere the Decorative Paper (DP) to the layering cardstock.  Place the adhesive on the layering cardstock instead of the back of the DP so you know you aren’t putting the adhesive on the gift cards.  Adhere this panel to the front portion of the wallet after stamping the AJV zipper stamp on the die cut zipper and coordinating stamps to decorate around it - like "Open Here", "Surprise, Surprise" or others from the stamp sets.


Adhere the other panels of cardstock together and then to the inside of the wallet.


I’ve used a score board to create the envelopes and have used the #1 envelope size. 



DTS SJV GCHB ScoreBoard Env


Trim off the top flap of the envelope right below the score line. 



DTS AJV GCHB Trim Env Flap


Use a circle punch to create the notch in the envelope.

Decorate the envelopes prior to adhering them to the inside panel.



DTS AJV GCHB Punch Notch


Adhere the envelopes to the panel in the position which works best for the items you may be placing in them.  I’ve used coffee packets in the bottom envelope and tea bags in the top envelope.

  Finish off the inside of the wallet as you desire. 
AJV stamps and other fun AJV dies were used to decorate the interior of this gift card wallet.

DTS AJV GCHB Dec & Adhere Panels


Turn the wallet over so the front side is face up.  Place the two sided tape across the front and back of the wallet. 

 DTS AJV GCHB Tape Across Center


 Center the ribbon so there will be equal amounts in the front to tie a knot or a bow, and then adhere.



Tie the ribbon, and viola you’ve created a wonderful gift card wallet!

Who will you be creating one of these  gift card goodies for ?!?

DTS AJV GCHB Center Ribbon

We've got more great project ideas comin' your way with the new

A Jillian Vance Design dies and stamps - 

so stay tuned for more crafty creations! 

Scrappin Fun Off the Page with Jenni Bowlin Chalkboard Easels Print E-mail
Written by Cathy Smith   
Thursday, 30 August 2012 00:00
JBE Show Sample

Isn't this lovely? This was one of the wonderful samples at the Jenni Bowlin booth at the tradeshow.

We just had to get these chalkboard easels in the store,
and wait till you see the fun that members of Simple Pleasures ALPHA SCRAPPA BETA Monthly Scrap Club has been having with the easels.

JBE Janice Supplies

The basic supplies for any of these easel projects are simply a Jenni Bowlin Chalkboard easel (yes, it even comes with chalk to use), some Basic Grey magnetic discs (you'll see why in a minute or so) and some pictures and embellishments (we like the Maya Road shaped bottle caps like the flowers shown above).

 JBE Janice Project

 Janice used fibers, anchors and magnets to make her chalkboard easel a photo collage that easily accomodates changing the pictures out in an instant! She journaled in the upper lefthand corner (sorry this photo doesn't show the journaling too well) and in the bottom righthand corner, too. Again, easy peasy to just erase and journal something new when she changes out the photos.

Isn't her use of a photo in the Maya Road in flower "bottle cap" great?

JBE Janice Flower Front

Now here is where Janice gets really crafty ...
look at how she made it so she can also change out the photo in the flower, too.

 JBE Janice Flower

She attached one of those handy-dandy Basic Grey magnets to the back of the photo,
so she is able to change out picture in the flower, too!!!!


How about another fun idea?
Lynne, another of the Alpha Scrappa Beta Scrap Club members,
and also one of our Design Team contributors,
also got crafty with her Chalkboard Easel.

Lynne used the Little Yellow Bicycle "Head of the Class" papers to frame the easel and for the embellishments on her project.

 JBE LYB and Supplies

Lynne also used the chalk to journal on the easel. See the bottle caps at the opposite corners of the photo? Lynne decorated them and also added magnets to the back so that the photo can be changed out from time to time throughout the school year!

 JBE Lynne Finished

What do you think? Are some possibilities popping in your mind for these fun easels?
Here's a final sample to share with you.

It's Anne's "Good Times" easel.

Anne added the hook in the center, from which she hung a photo.
Again, a great touch, and a great way to keep the easel a perpetual focal point for any picture that strikes her fancy!

  JBE Anne Good Times

So, follow Anne's lead ....

Let the "Good Times" begin with an easel project of your own!
Maya Road "Paws"-itively Cute Desktop Calendar Print E-mail
Calendar Creativity
Written by Cathy Smith   
Monday, 27 August 2012 00:00
SPM Cal Cover

Mom made this oh, so, cute desktop calendar that we just had to share with you!

Maya Road acrylic calendar stand
Rosie's Roadshow 2013 mini calendar sticker sheet
We R Memory Keeper Friends Furever 12x12 collection pad
Small pics of your favorite "furry friends"
Fluid Chalk ink pads for distressing
Ribbons and decorative buttons to accent

 RRCB Cal Sheet

Without further adieu,
we'll share all 12 pages of mom's creative calendar for you.

SPM Cal Jan


SPM Cal Feb

Emma and Fritz, very special companions for each other.

SPM Cal Mar

OK, Mom "could" have left the March pic out - but you know how mom's are!!!

SPM Cal Apr

SPM Cal May

Cathy and Dad here, with the two brother pups, Fritz and Schnitz!

Snuggle time ...
 SPM Cal June

 Are you sensing a theme here?

And here we have Schnitz and Katie,
 Mom and Dad's two cuties ... 

SPM Cal July

SPM Cal Aug

SPM Cal Sept


 SPM Cal Oct

 Check out this tongue action by Katie ....

SPM Cal Nov

And what better way to celebrate the holidays than with
a few Santa's "in the picture"

 SPM Cal Dec

I have to say, these calendars are addictive to make, and also to receive! 
I bet you can think of several special people who would love to get a gift like this,
pet pics, random family shots - so many possibilities.

Thanks, Mom, for surprising ME with this calendar.
It is a gift of love that I treasure!
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

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!



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!
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