Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Friday. MAGENTA. Be there!


My heart is just swelling over here!  This is the week I have been waiting for since the summer!  This is the week that we have Nathalie Metavier from MAGENTA coming to teach at The Paper Pickle!!  She and her lovely husband are travelling all the way from the Montreal area to be with us....what a treat!  I am so incredibly grateful that we have been included as one of her stops!

Nathalie is one of the founding members of Magenta Style - in my opinion, Canada's most versatile and creative rubber stamp manufacturers!  They proudly design and distribute beautifully crafted rubber stamps in BOTH French and English.  Check out their amazing offering!  www.magentastyle.com

Here are the details about the class happening THIS Friday!!


Magenta Class #1 - ONE SEAT LEFT!
Christmas is coming and we will help you be prepared! Join Nathalie as she shows you how to create these three beautiful cards jam packed with technique.
Techniques include: using Peel Offs in various ways, adding colour with pencils, working with stencils, stamping on glossy card stock with versamark and more!

Date: Friday, October 24
Time: 1:00-4:00pm
Cost: $47.50+hst
Required supplies: good scissors, adhesive


Magenta Class #2 - FOUR SEATS LEFT!


Aren't these cards pretty? Not only are they gorgeous but they are card designs that can be used for any occasion. PLUS You will be learning techniques that are sure to impress. Techniques include: watercolour with dye based inks on glossy card stock, using stencils, direct to paper techniques, collage, working with coloured pencils and more!

Date: Friday, October 24
Time: 6:00-9:00pm
Cost: $47.50+hst
Required supplies: good scissors, adhesive


Class Perks!!
Anyone who attends these Magenta classes will be in for some special treats! There will be a wonderful assortment of gourmet desserts from none other than Homebaked Kitchen Company! I just placed my order this morning and we will have beautiful cakes, cookies, and brownies!  Beverages will also be provided (both cold and warm). We will be doing a special draws at the end of each class!  Classes are limited to 14 seats so you are sure to get some one on one time with our guest teacher.

Trunk Show
Nathalie and her husband will be bringing a great selection of stamps and other paper crafting products for your shopping pleasure. If you are a big Magenta fan, this is a great time to stop in.  As mentioned, there will be many French stamps too!  

The Trunk Show will START at 1pm and will run until 9pm!! 

Well I can't think of a better way to spend my Friday....can you?  I (secretly) hope that one spot in Friday night's class remains open so I can play too!!!

Just call the store or stop in during store hours to register!!  All levels welcomed!  You know you are in for something special....

Kim

Store Hours
Wed&Thurs - 10am-5:30pm
Fri - 10am-9pm (open late because of Magenta's visit!)
Sat - 10am-3pm

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Memory Box - 25% OFF! THIS WEEK ONLY!


Hey.  What do you think?  Isn't it time for a SALE?  Get in this week and enjoy 25% off all IN-STOCK Memory Box products including dies and stencils!  These are definitely my favourite brand of dies and what a perfect time to scoop them up for future projects.  The selection is great and the time is now (I've always wanted to say that...ha!).

Also, there is still room in the upcoming classes.  Have a look at my post from last week for details.  These classes are not to be missed!  All levels of expertise welcome.

Happy fall!

Kim

Store Hours
Wed-Fri - 10am-5:30pm
Sat - 10am-3pm

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Thankful AND Happy


Now you know why I am always smiling. I have so many reasons to be thankful including you!  Many of you have started out as customers and I now consider us friends. I have watched you grow as artists and have even been a part of your life events!  I am a very thankful and happy girl....

Happy Thanksgiving!
Kim

Store Hours
Wed-Fri - 10am-3pm
Sat - 10am-3pm


Thursday, October 9, 2014

NEW class ALERT!

Time to fill you in on some great classes coming up at The Pickle over the next 4 weeks.  Did you know that classes have just gotten sweeter?   It's all thanks to our new roomie and baker extraordinaire, Jen!  When you sign up for a class with us, you get your choice of cookie or cupcake from Homebaked Kitchen!  I told you that you were going to love this new partnership!

Mixed Media Witchie-poo by Debbie
Mixed Media by Debbie
Have you ever wanted to try your hand at mixed media?  Well this is the class to get your feet wet (and your hands in some paint!).  Debbie will show you how to add dimension to your project using designer scrap booking paper, gesso, paint daubers, rub-ons, wood elements, stamps, stencils and more!  The project measures 8x10.  This project must be seen in person to be truly appreciated!  It is in the store so come and have a look!  

Date:  Tuesday, October 28 (the week of Halloween to get you in the mood!)
Time:  6-8pm
Cost:  $25+hst**
Required Supplies to bring with you to class:  good scissors
Suggested Supplies to bring if you have them:  black mixed media brush pens

**Please note the class fee above does NOT include the black frame.  If you are interested in finishing the project off with the black frame, it may be purchased for an additional cost of $12.50.

Fun Flip Album by Kim

My goofy family
I am really looking forward to teaching this class.  And when I say "teach" I am using the term somewhat loosely.  There will be some teaching going on where I will share some of my tips and tricks for pulling together a great album. But really this is going to be a free style class where there will be some items cut for you (like the basic backgrounds - all using papers from Basic Grey) but there will be tons of others goodies supplied for you to add and design as you may.  You will certainly get your money's worth!

Oh.  Did I mention this is a flip album where we will be working with Teresa Collin's 6x6 albums?  You pull the little tab on the right hand side and the pages "flip" for you!  It is adorable and will make a great gift!  The papers we are using are very versatile and lend themselves well for any photos really not just those taken in fall (or with shot guns!).  Ha!

8 pages to decorate PLUS the covers
and a secret pocket at the back for journalling
Date:  Friday, November 7
Time:  6-9PM
Cost:  $25+hst
Please bring your paper trimmer, scissors and adhesive
All other supplies are included!  Did I mention you get a cupcake or cookie too!?!

The best part about this class is that in 3 hours you will walk out of here
with a completed project ready for the coffee table or for gift giving!

Magenta Classes - with Nathalie Metivier of Magenta!
I mentioned in my post from October 1st that we have a very special guest artist coming from Montreal!  Nathalie from Magenta will be here teaching two incredible classes.  VERY limited seating is still available!  Not to be missed....

Class #1 - ONE SPOT LEFT!
Christmas is coming and we will help you be prepared! Join Nathalie as she shows you how to create these three beautiful cards jam packed with technique.
Techniques include: using Peel Offs in various ways, adding colour with pencils, working with stencils, stamping on glossy card stock with versamark and more!
Date: Friday, October 24
Time: 1:00-4:00pm
Cost: $47.50+hst
Required supplies: good scissors, adhesive

Class #2 - SIX SPOTS LEFT!

Aren't these cards pretty? Not only are they gorgeous but they are card designs that can be used for any occasion. PLUS you will be learning techniques that are sure to impress. Techniques include: watercolour with dye based inks on glossy card stock, using stencils, direct to paper techniques, collage, working with coloured pencils and more!
Date: Friday, October 24
Time: 6:00-9:00pm
Cost: $47.50+hst
Required supplies: good scissors, adhesive
Please call the store or stop in to reserve your spots!  Don't miss this chance to have some fun - pickle style!!

Kim

Store Hours
Wed-Fri - 10am-5:30pm
Sat - 10am-3pm

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Paper - It's My Passion

The Paper Pickle - ALWAYS Original
Anyone who has ever read my blog or has spoken to me in person will know that I get very animated when talking about paper!  Whether it is the latest delivery of designer scrapbooking paper or just chatting about your wedding invitation vision, I get excited!  I am still unsure where my love of paper began.  However, a few moments in my past do stand out and offer proof of this love:  
  1. Receiving my first calligraphy set from my parents for Christmas when I was in grade school.  I created with those pens and was obsessed with the coloured ink.
  2. Spending my "hoeing" money on stickers from Toys R Us (my first job included hoeing weeds from my grandpa's soy bean fields).  I still vividly remember that trip to London and how excited I was!  Puffy, fruit smelling stickers will do that to ya.
  3. Making my very first scrapbook in high school before scrapbooking was even cool (it was a spiral bound notebook with recycled construction paper pages).  I had clippings of my favourite bands including Depeche Mode, comic strips and photos from my ski trip to Quebec.
  4. Going on multiple shopping trips with Kell to The Gift Emporium when they were closing to scoop up stacks of greeting cards.  This was before I discovered stamping.  The designs were so beautiful and I often found myself flipping through the pile just to admire them.
  5. Screaming in the car with Kell and Kyla after picking up the latest Stampin' Up catalogue (pre-Paper Pickle days)...yes, we were literally screaming!  haha...
Now fast forward to me as an adult..... 

All designs are collaborative efforts with your event in mind
On Sunday, I was able to showcase the stationery pieces that I have designed over the years.  If you were at The Portuguese Club and stopped by my booth, you would have heard the passion coming through as I chatted with you!  One thing that I often preach is that being original is key!  You want your day to stand out in your guest's minds.  The way to do that is by having a clear vision and a critical eye with special attention to detail.  To me, it is the little details that make for an extraordinary event!  
A few of my latest designs from 2014 - you challenge me
and make me a better designer
You will always find quirky little elements in my booth
I have often joked with brides that if you are looking for The Paper Pickle booth, look for the booth with burlap rather than satin.  Look for the booth that will give you creative ideas for your day that incorporate my love of paper crafting.  Look for the girl with the booth who takes great pride in being original and who has always remained true to my style.  Hey, I thought burlap was beautiful even before the bridal magazines said it was all the rage.
Stationery sets with expressions of you!
More designs....I love them all.
It is ALL about the details
If you know anyone with a wedding or special event, tell them to come and see me.  I would love to share my passion and create something beautiful for them.  

Homebaked Kitchen Company
Clean, classic booth....that's Jen for you!
Another girl who is very passionate about her creations and designs is my sister, Jen.  She attended the wedding show for the first time and I think she really stood out.  You want to know the secret?  Again, it goes back to remaining true to yourself and offering customers products that you have taken the time to perfect and have put your heart into.  Everything is baked fresh with incredible little details that make you feel special.  You can be confident time and effort was put into every aspect of your order from initial consultation to baking and packaging.
Just beautiful
I wish I had a picture of Jen at her booth.  Her top even matched the booth.  Coincidence?  I think not.  Jen believes every detail matters....that's why we work so well together.  

Homebaked Kitchen Company is the place to got for baking for any special event.  Just have a look at her website.  Trust me when I tell you her product photography will have salivating...thanks to another amazing photographer/sister, Krystle.....but don't get me started on her!  This blog may last forever and I've got to get ready for work!  Ha!

So some takeaways - My summary:
  • always be original in everything you do
  • pay attention to details - they matter!
  • working with businesses that are passionate about their trade will make for a much better experience
  • oh heck, just tell all your friends and neighbours that you love us and that they have to come visit us!
Keep smiling....

Kim

PS....Look for another post tonight or tomorrow about our grand opening!  Seriously, it was a BLAST!
PSS....Room still available in the Magenta classes!

Store Hours
Wed-Fri - 10am-5:30pm
Sat - 10am-3pm