It's a beautiful day! A huge assortment of Memory Box dies has just arrived at The Paper Pickle! We definitely have the area's best selection of these amazing and intricate dies. If you were lucky enough to get a Paper Pickle gift card for Mother's Day, now is the time to stop in and have a little fun!
Check out the gorgeous cards Debbie created this past weekend....
The best part about these dies is that they do the work for you to create a professional and beautifully elegant card.
Did your favourite arrive? Have a look!
Hope to see you soon!
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Here is another reason why I absolutely LOVE my new space! Introducing....Craft-Tea Time!
You are cordially invited to The Paper Pickle Company and Dekoko's
very FIRST Craft-Tea Time!
Saturday, May 11, 2013
Drop in anytime between 10am-2pm
to create a cute little project for Mother's Day
and sip on a tea (or delicious drink of your choice)
No need to RSVP!
Participants of all levels and ages welcome!
The project will take about 10-15 minutes to complete and will be fairly simple, yet adorable, to make sure everyone is happy with their projects! I mean this is our first Craft-Tea time so no pressure. We will build each month on what we have learned. What do you think? This is going to be a lot of fun! Besides, now is your chance to try some of Dekoko's custom blend teas or other delicious drinks AND do a much awaited for Make and Take at The Pickle!
A Special Thank You
So this leads me to my next thought....you know how I am always saying that I have THE best customers in the world? Check out this beautiful layout that Jackie Plank made for me, showcasing the article from The Chatham Daily News! What a nice surprise! I love the colours Jackie chose as well as all the dimensional elements including flowers, beads, brads and more. Thank you, Jackie, for making a girl feel so special!
Wow! What a beautiful day in the neighbourhood! I stopped into Dekoko's for my morning coffee and took a quick photo of 4 of the new Kaiser Craft 6x6 pads that are in store now! Collections include: Remember Me, In the Attic, Elegance and Needle & Thread. These pads actually measure 6.5x6.5" and include specialty papers (foil, flocked, etc.) and die cut embellishments. They are $8.99 because of all the beautiful extra goodies. What I love about these pads is that the patterns are reduced just like all the other 6x6 pads from other companies and all the papers and embellishments coordinate to make designing cards or even layouts a snap.
Did you Know?
Did you know that The Paper Pickle has over 50 unique 6x6 paper pads on hand from the leading paper crafting companies including: Simple Stories, Basic Grey, My Mind's Eye, Glitz, American Craft, Crate Paper, Authentique, Jillibean Soup, Echo Park, Doodlebug, Teresa Collins and more. These regular pads are priced at $6.00 (pretty much all except for the Kaisercraft). If you have never worked with these little pads, you need to try them out.
Open today - Thursday 10am-4pm or visit me Saturday 9:30am-3pm!
This time each year I am reminded of how weird I truly am. Maybe "weird" is a strong word. Maybe I should use the word "diverse" or "balanced" based on the photo above. It's funny because I found myself in heaven over the last few weeks. And not because of all the new product we have seen in the store but because of numbers. Numbers and spreadsheets have been filling my head while I completed our tax returns! And I have LOVED every moment of it! Ha. Today was the most amazing left-side brain day as I inputted the final numbers and raced to get the files in on time! Some of you may not know but I am a Certified Management Accountant so the statements above may all make sense now....I know I am sick! Ha.
And now that taxes are complete for another year, it is time to move onto my other love....my right-side love.....PAPER and beautiful creative products! Today too was the ultimately, amazing day for my right-side brain as I stopped by the store to get one final number, only to find a box from my Memory Box supplier! This I knew was THE MASSIVE order I had been waiting for!
Check out how the order filled my kitchen table, errrr receiving station. Many of these are brand spankin' new! We've got bikes, grills, fun drink glasses, houses, flowers, trees, dresses and forms and MORE! Zoom in and see which one is your favourite! PS....the Modern Landscape die that I used on the Zonta card is back in stock...but maybe not for long!
Hope to see you soon!
PS....for all you Peel-Off fans.....In this order, we also received some great new Peel-Off borders (roses, flowers and Christmas designs)!
Well hello there! I don't know about you but last week was one busy week! It was busy in a good way with invitation orders coming together and also a charity event thrown in there too! Here is a little recap of my week....
Zonta Card Making Extravaganza
The Chatham-Kent Zonta group had their Spring Card Making Extravaganza. I ALWAYS look forward to this event. It is a wonderfully organized event for a good cause. It is the perfect day for a paper crafter with an entire day devoted to learning, creating, shopping and most importantly having fun.
I posted the above photo as a little teaser on The Paper Pickle's facebook page Saturday morning showing the papers I had chosen. I loved BOTH sides of the double sided decorative papers that I had chosen and could not decide which side to use so I used BOTH! Participants walked away from the Pickle's booth with TWO cards and some fun little goodies!
Here is a look at the back side with coordinating card stock!
And here is a look at the completed cards!
I worked with the Memory Box die called Modern Landscape ($8.99). The moment I cranked it through my Big Shot, I knew my design HAD to incorporate this simple outline. It is funny because I told the ladies at the event that both Julia and I "fell in love" with this die! Can't you just see me and my 7 year old swooning over paper and paper products in my basement?!?! Ha.
I also used various edge punches, baker's twine (which is NEW to the store $7.50 for 100 yards!), regular twine ($0.08 per yard and comes in many different colours) and fabulous wood veneers by Studio Calico. These just make me so happy and add that perfect little touch to any project.
This is a card that I think you could mass produce and have on hand for any occasion. I could see these cards being used for a "housewarming" card, "Welcome Baby" card, Christmas card, thinking of you card, thank you card etc. The possibilities are endless. Now my card did not have any serious or complicated techniques, but rather I decided to keep with the theme of my week and remind people that cards DO NOT have to be complicated to be effective. Honestly, these cards make me happy....ahhh!
Speaking of NEW Goodies....
So you guys know that I am always on the hunt for new product. I will admit that I am even more obsessed than you when it comes to little embellishments, etc. I have searched high and low for some fun new goodies for you. Have a look at the gorgeous new trinkets....
Buttons - $0.10
Mini Wooden Clothespins - $0.20
Wire Heart Clothes Hanger Paperclips - $0.65 (I wish I had a better picture of these. They are awesome!)
Wood Veneer Tags - $0.50
Various Embellished Pins including: Small pink, red or cream hearts $0.10, large antique crystal $0.20
Baubles - $0.02
Wood Veneer Butterflies - $0.50
All of these items can be purchased individually and are just too fun to pick through...just watch those pins!
I am thrilled with the way the beautiful display has come together and I hope you like all the new goodies! A special thank you to my good friend, Lin for the most perfect tray which she gave me last year. It is the perfect new home for my finds!
Hope to see you this week!
It's funny that I find myself so torn these days. I want to spend time crafting and working on card designs but I have invitation samples due and deadlines to meet. Does work get in the way for you too? Yes, the invitation design process is creative but the majority of my design time is spent on the computer and not "playing" with my various products or pretty embellishments. Don't get me wrong. I absolutely LOVE designing invitations. Maybe that is not exactly right. I absolutely LOVE creating that perfect invitation that reflects a person's style and hopes for the event. And seeing the girl's reaction when I show her the invitation I designed specifically for her...well, it is just the best. Everyone knows the invitation is really a guests "first glimpse" of the party. The style, the theme, the feel are all reflected in that one invitation. And when I get it right, we are both just over the moon! Who knew that a wedding invitation with a fruit image could make someone so happy!?! I will share once the wedding takes place!
Make the Time
So where am I going with this? Well, whether you are designing wedding invitations, creating a card or a page layout, the first step is making the time. I think sometimes we put a lot of pressure on ourselves to create this masterpiece, every time. Even the simplest of projects can make my day and seem like a masterpiece to me.
Have a look at the "Tiny fingers" card above. What do you think? Gorgeous. Yes, I will tell you that I think it is gorgeous. It took me a whole 30 minutes to pull together and the majority of that was hunting for the right embellishments to match my theme which was baby.
So here is how it played out. I had a baby shower to go to and a card was needed. Of course I was designing THAT morning....you all know, that is just how I roll. Pressure brings out the best in me. Actually, having a tight deadline MAKES me make decisions otherwise I "fart around" with the layout and can spend hours on one little project. I don't have the luxury of time and I think many of you are in that same situation but that should be no reason for not starting.
So I knew I only had minimal time to dedicate to the project so decisions had to be made. I had this gorgeous background paper by My Mind's Eye (MME). It was a 12x12 sheet with that gorgeous collage image in one corner. I chose it because of the word "happy" and because it was so soft and girly. I know we could all spent hours going through our stashes of paper but commitments must be made to get the job done!
I then hunted through my stash of chipboard, stickers, etc and came across these adorable little die-cut words from MME. I have had them forever and they just seemed to be meant for this project. I distressed them a little to play up the vintage feel and finished the card with a button and of course, twine! The choice for the matting and card itself came together so nicely as I wanted the card to have a soft feel and so I kept with the soft pinks. I almost always work in layers of three. The gray seemed to be the right choice. Have you heard gray is the new black?
The End Result
So she loved the card. I received more excitement and reaction from the card than I received from the gift. What does that tell you? People appreciate when you take the time to create something special JUST for them. So keep doing it! People really do notice.
PS....Oh. I wanted to let you know that there are still tickets available for the Zonta Cardmaking Extravaganza THIS Saturday (10-4) at St Clair College Thames Campus. Need a little jump start to get the creative juices flowing? This event will do just that! It is the perfect way to spend the day! Get your tickets at Rubies or register online. The Paper Pickle WILL be there! Come and see me and share your creative process!