Monday, November 14, 2022

Tag Exchange 2022 - Participate in our Community!


It is that time of the year again...tag exchange time!  Did you think this was the year I would give it up?  Not.  A. Chance.  I'm going to be doing this until I am even MORE old and MORE grey!  I know those of you out there who are smiling and thinking....heck ya...I'm with you girl!

This is my most favourite tradition that was born at The Pickle.  And we have reached a milestone....this is the TENTH year so you've GOT to join in on the fun.


Here are the rules:

  • Make 12 tags of the same design to trade with the other participants.
  • You can use any product you like and the design can be as simple or elaborate as you like.
  • Please email me (thepaperpickle@gmail.com) to register by NOVEMBER 25th
  • Drop off your 12 tags to me at my hubby's office (Hinnegan Law at 75 Thames Street, Chatham) between 9am-5pm DECEMBER 5-9.
  • Pick up your tags at the office (75 Thames Street, Chatham) any day between DECEMBER 12-16 (9am-5pm).
  • There is no cost to register or participate other than the cost of your product that you use.

A Look Back - Tag Exchange Years 1-9
I love looking at the tags designed from years past.  There is SO much creativity and inspiration.  Be prepared to be amazed! 



So what do you think?  Will this be the year?  Will this be the year you celebrate the community we created through our love of paper?  I would absolutely LOVE that.

Kim xo



Saturday, January 1, 2022

Tag Exchange 2021 - Wow is right!

This is a tradition that I hold very close to my heart.  I want to thank the incredible designers for taking the time to share their talents and love of the hobby.  Now sit back and be prepared to be wowed.  The 9th Annual Tag Exchange was such a joy.  

Barbara has created such a fun, whimsical tag/gift card holder.  How creative!  Barbara is the master of colouring.  If you look closely at the little yeti guy, you will see all the beautiful details and texture Barbara created with alcohol markers and a white gel pen.  I also love the white heat embossing in the background.  Anyone would be lucky to receive this tag!  Well done, Barbara.

Absolutely elegant once again, Barb!  This is a tag that was designed with the idea that it could one day be hung on a Christmas tree and is finished on both sides.  What beautiful paper and ribbon choices.  If you look closely, Barb's little tag at the top has been heat embossed in silver with a little "to" and "from" on the back.  Stunning, Barb.

Look at that detail, Debbie!  I am just loving the little deer die and all the wonderful colour choices.  Also look closely at the fine finishing touches including snowflakes with iridescent baubles, felt and pompom on the santa hat, and what is that?  Heat embossing on the "peace" die....I am sensing a trend here.  Heat embossing with always be that technique that got me into this hobby hook, line and sinker!  Pure magic, Debbie!!

Donna has created an elegant, electric tag this year!  The metallic blue cardstock used as the base of the tag is bang on beautiful....and the dimensional poinsettia created with white vellum and a touch of glitter is incredible.  I am not sure how she did this, but if you look closely, you will see a subtle white dusting of snow on the acetate layer.  Awesome finishing touch, Donna.

Jasmine's creations are always over-the-top.  Created with canvas, material, buttons, bells, bottle brush trees and stamps, her attention to detail is an absolute joy to discover.  This creation could hang beautifully on a present but the real gift is when you unravel the vintage spool to uncover the message "Have yourself a merry little Christmas".  This is a wow, Jasmine.

Jody is another designer who appreciates the fancy papers and loves to add stunning metallics and glitter to her creations.  The iridescent paper used for the boarder and "peace" die is awesome.  If you look closely, you will see all the perfect little touches including colourful baubles and a dimensional star.  I really love the colour palette of your tag, Jody!  
  
When artist, JulieArt said she wanted to join the swap, I was very excited to see what her design would look like.  I told Julie that we use the term "tag" quite loosely and that is was ok if she did not use paper.  How adorable is this snowman hand painted on a light bulb?  If you look closely, you will see a subtle glitter that really makes the design pop.  I also really like her choice of ribbon and jingle bell accent!  Thank you for sharing your art with us, Julie.

So this was my tag design for 2021.  You will see many of my signature moves including a mix of elegant and rustic, twine and paper flowers.  I will admit that I am always amazed with the creative process.  This year I went through all my Christmas stamps and came across the stamp by River City Rubberworks.  The saying really spoke to me.  This is where the design began.  Next, I saw the Tim Holtz match boxes and then remembered I had scooped up the perfect sized trees from The Dollar Tree.  The rest of the process was really just finding the perfect accents.  Each little detail brought an incredible sense of joy.  I am very pleased with how these turned out.  

There was a slight change of plans on the night before the tags were to be picked up.  One of the designers could not participate.  Rather than disappoint the others, I whipped up this mixed media tag using goodies on my desk.  I actually thrive under pressure and I felt like I was on a crafty version of The Iron Chef.  I added a little washi tape and acrylic paint to a metal tag, added a dimension wooden snowflake and a clear microbead paste and ribbon.  

Lou, I think you and I would make a great team if this was a group challenge.  Your designs always have that mix of rustic and elegant and I just love this myself too!  Lou has added some gesso to a wooden disk to create the perfect backdrop for her pine branches.  Great paper choices too, by the way.  Metallic, glittered, mirrored and more.  The little festive ribbon and bell is the perfect finishing touch.  Let heaven and nature sing, Lou.

Michelle is a new designer to the Pickle Tag Exchange and we are glad to have her join!  Michelle called her creation Joyful Poinsettia and I have to agree this is the perfect name.  I love the whimsical mix of colours and papers.  And check out all of the great dies used.  I am really enjoying the mix of square and rounded corners.  Little choices like this are so interesting to me.  Well done, Michelle!

Now, I don't know who this little guy is but I just LOVE his spirit.  Look at him prancing through the snow racing to see his loved ones.  Oh, you are just so cute with your festive holly and berry collar too.  Nancy has done a wonderful job creating a tag full of whimsy.  You can't help but smile when you look at her design.  Thank you for making me smile, Nancy!

Thank you to all for sharing your love of the hobby.  I cannot wait to see what inspiration you share in 2022.

Kim xo

Sunday, November 21, 2021

Tag Exchange - 2021 (and finally...a look at the 2020 tags!)


It is the most magically creative time of the year....it is time for the 9th Annual Tag Exchange.  It makes my heart happy to know this tradition has lived on.  Interested in joining this year?  

Here are the rules:
  • Make 12 tags of the same design to trade with the other participants.
  • You can use any product you like and the design can be as simple or elaborate as you like.
  • Please email me (thepaperpickle@gmail.com) to register by NOVEMBER 30th.
  • Drop off your 12 tags to me at my hubby's office (Hinnegan Law at 75 Thames Street, Chatham) between 9am-5pm DECEMBER 6-10.
  • Pick up your tags at the office (75 Thames Street, Chatham) any day between DECEMBER 13-17 (9am-5pm).
  • There is no cost to register or participate other than the cost of your product that you use.

Check out the 2020 Tags:
Last year we had 13 incredible designs which you can now see here.  I feel bad that I did not post these a few weeks following the exchange like I usually do but time escaped me.  It is funny how that could happen.  Damn pandemic messing with my flow and energy.  

So pardon my delay.....I think you will agree, that each of these tags deserves to be celebrated here NOW!


Annie created the coziest winter scene in a real vintage mason jar lid!  I loved the use of flannel as the backdrop along with the frosty accents on the pinecone and evergreen bough.  This tag will be an ornament on my tree for years to come!


I feel bad but my camera did not do a good job capturing the pure elegance of Barb's tag.  This dimensional shaker tag was over the top incredible!  The die was fabulous and all the little details (snowflake confetti, glitter, etc) were set off perfectly against the navy background.  Very nice! 


Debbie's oversized oval tag was a real beauty!  The stamped image was coloured beautifully with copic markers and was set off against a gorgeous decorative paper.  I loved the holiday ribbon and jingle bells. Very elegant and festive!


It is hard to see all the details here but Debbie's watercolour poinsettia tag reminded me of days gone by.  The perimeter of the tag was heat embossed with gold powder to give a gorgeous aged look and the cut out poinsettia reminded me of when my mom did paper tole.  PS...It is quite possible Debbie took those classes WITH my mom!  Lovely!


Donna has always had a knack for putting dies together on her tags to create a beautifully festive scene.  The dimensional snowman and light post are set on top of the most gorgeous glossy silver card stock and I love the subtle dusting of blue ink to create the sky.  This tag is just SO cheery!


Helen has blown me away year after year with her rustic and vintage designs.  They are always perfectly imperfect and "Tim like" (which is the highest of compliments in the paper crafting world).  We lost Helen this year.  Helen loved paper crafting and shared her love with her daughter and granddaughter.  Helen, Kerrie and Brianna were my three generation Pickle girls and I loved watching them in the store and LOVED having them participate year after year in this swap.  Always classy and kind.  I will miss her.


This is another tag that deserves to be hung from the branches of a douglas fir each and every year.  Jasmine has added layer after layer of paper, wire, and technique after technique to a real disk of wood. And that vintage Santa?  All I can say is wow.  


Jody has created a stunning tag!  This die is over the top.  But what I love the most is the pairing of papers.  The gold mirror paper used on the "j" and "y" just POPS against the beautiful burgandy tag base.  And the glitter detailed on the wreath and perimeter is perfection.  


I mean, who doesn't love the lumberjack plaid?  Karrie's tag is rustic and elegant all at the same time (just my style!).  I love how Karrie popped out the glittered tree and the pine needle dies are so perfectly placed.  Very nice!


How can you not smile when looking at this tag?  Kell did an awesome job with this adorable little guy.  I love the designer paper she used for his hat and the pom pom detailing is spot on.  This really is the perfect tag for those young and old.


So I have been completely obsessed with embroidery hoops for a long time.  I scoop them up at every thrift store I find.  The funny thing is that I have never done a craft with them!  I was thrilled when my love of embroidery hoops collided with my love of this stamp.  A Scandinavian masterpiece if I do say so myself.  LOL.   


Oh Lou!  When you brought these tags in, all I wanted to do was string them together and have one awesome party banner!    This tag is awesome.  The stocking has a subtle glitter and just pops against the holiday stripe.  The crystal charm detail is the perfect touch.  


Yes....another gnome!  This guy that Nancy created with plaid material, yarn, ribbon and a wooden nose is SO creative.  I just can't get enough.  This tag speaks for itself.  It says, "Yes.  You want to do the 2021 Tag Exchange!  It will be a blast!" 

But in all honesty, if you have a desire to join, please do!  Everyone is welcome.  Let's keep that Paper Pickle community going strong after all these years.  

Love, Kim xo

PS....Looking for inspiration?  Check out the tags from past years!  I just love walking down memory lane through these posts.


 

Thursday, November 12, 2020

Tag Exchange 2020 - Yes, you need this!


No need to pout because the 8th annual Paper Pickle tag exchange is ON.  Oh, it's ON!  I don't know about you but I have found such calm in my craft room this year.  It has been the place to escape and just lose myself.  Are you looking for a little calm or perhaps a little comforting routine?  Maybe the tag exchange is just what you need.  Please read on...

Tag Exchange 2020
Want to join in on our 8th Annual Tag Exchange?  No store.  No problem.  We did it last year and it was great.  Honestly, we can still have the incredible swap that you have come to love. 

Want to walk back in time and have a look at past creations? INCREDIBLE!  Every year I am blown away by the creativity. ♥
2019 Tag Exchange
2018 Tag Exchange
2017 Tag Exchange
2016 Tag Exchange
2015 Tag Exchange
2014 Tag Exchange
2013 Tag Exchange

Here are the rules:
  • You will make 12 tags of the same design to trade with the other participants 
  • You can use any product you like and the design can be as simple or elaborate as you like
  • Please email me (thepaperpickle@gmail.com) to register. You must register by end of day Wednesday, NOVEMBER 25
  • Your 12 tags are to be dropped off to me at my hubby's office (Hinnegan Law at 75 Thames Street, Chatham) between 9am-5pm DECEMBER 1-4 - PS...the boss says it is no problem ;)
  • You can pick up your tags at the office (75 Thames Street, Chatham) any day between DECEMBER 7-11 (9am-5pm)
  • There is no cost to register or participate other than the cost of your product that you use
I've missed you.  Hope you are keeping well.

♥ Kim

Saturday, March 21, 2020

Julia's Kingdom Assignment - Kits Available for Sale

Hello Everyone.  What an unusual time we are living in right now.  I hope you are keeping well and using your love of the hobby to calm your mind. Paper crafting has always been my stress reliever. I love escaping in the creative process.

So our little stamper is growing up! My daughter Julia asked me if I would help her spread the word about her Grade 8 Kingdom Assignment here on the blog and through social media. I am so proud of Julia's ideas and I am happy to share her project with you. Have a read and let us know if you are interested in helping!

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Hello, I am Julia, a Grade 8 student hoping to make a difference. For the annual Kingdom Assignment project, our teacher gave each student $25 to put toward making a difference in the lives of others. So I decided with everyone’s current situation, for my Kingdom Assignment I will be selling craft kits to help keep people busy and have a little fun. Each kit is $5 and includes a total of 4 projects. There are 4 different kits to choose from and all the money raised will go to ACCESS Open Minds Chatham-Kent.

Kit Details
Each kit includes: step-by-step instructions, various scrapbooking paper, and other needed craft supplies.

How to Order
You can order kits by emailing thepaperpickle@gmail.com

Delivery of Kits
I want you to have fun and keep busy while everyone is self distancing but I also want to keep everyone safe. We have decided to deliver the kits right to your house. Orders will be taken and deliveries will begin on March 27.




Here is a little information about ACCESS Open Minds - I chose Access Open Minds because it supports youth dealing with mental illnesses. This is a very important cause to me because it’s something I know many people could use. People ages 11-25 can go to “the one-stop-shop” to feel safe by talking with professionals. -♥ Julia


Have a look at their beautiful and creative space! More information can be found at: https://accessopenminds.ca/our-site/chatham-kent-on/


Here are the 4 different kits:

Kit #1 - Bright and Cheery (Spinner Cards and Bookmarks) - $5
You will receive enough supplies to make 2 spinner cards (including envelopes) and 2 bookmarks.  There will be detailed instructions and you will have so much fun making these bright and cheery projects!

Kit #2 - Easter Fun (Cards and Gift Tags) - $5
You will receive enough supplies to make 2 bunny cards (including envelopes) and 2 Easter tags.  There will be detailed instructions and you will have so much fun making these projects just in time for Easter!

Kit #3 - The Creative Baker (Cards and Gift Tags) - $5
You will receive supplies to make 2 cards (including envelopes) and 2 gift tags.  There will be detailed instructions and you will have so much fun making these sweet projects!


Kit #4 - Origami Bookmarks - $5
You will receive enough supplies to make 4 origami bookmarks.  There will be detailed instructions and you will have so much fun making these little monster bookmarks!  Here is a photo of the bookmark in action!

Thank you for taking the time to consider supporting my daughter.  She has such a kind heart and she makes me proud everyday.  Please note that we will be assembling kits in a clean environment and will be wearing gloves.  We are doing everything in our power to follow the rules of our leaders.  We want to keep everyone safe.

Take care of yourself.
♥ Kim