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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!

"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!
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