Thursday, April 17, 2014

NEW Memory Box & Cookies!

An incredible selection of Memory Box dies and stencils are waiting for you!  These are items from their brand new release and I couldn't be more excited.  Have a look at these goodies!!

Homebaked Kitchen Company
We also had another special delivery.  Homebaked Kitchen Company has delivered some yummy cookies for your little bunnies ($5)!  I know I have mentioned this before, but Homebaked Kitchen is my youngest sister Jen's business.  I am so proud of her and her creations.  Have a look at her NEW website (!  It may take a minute for the page to load as the site is filled with beautiful photos that are sure to make your mouth water!  All photography was done by her twin sister, Krystle!  I think they make an incredible team. mouth is watering!!

Closed Good Friday
Just a quick note to advise you that we will be closed tomorrow for Good Friday.  Store will be open on Saturday from 9:30-3.


Store Hours
Thursday - 10am-5pm
Friday - CLOSED for Good Friday
Saturday - 9:30am-3pm

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Scrapfest Excitement and LOVE!

My little gnome says it all...Scrapfest was So (much) FUN!  Honestly, if you have never attended Scrapfest before, you MUST!  Every April you can count on an extremely well run show in Kitchener and this September, you can expect a phenomenal show in Richmond Hill!  Lisa and her dedicated crew know how to host one amazing event with classes, cropping and of course shopping!  That's where we came in.  Have a look at our booth!
 The Paper Pickle LOVES to bring our style where ever we go!  We have never looked like a "typical" scrapbooking store and we never will.  Wire racks are always at a minimum and well loved antiques are in abundance!  I will admit that set up could be much easier on my sisters and our backs if I opted for lighter displays!  Ha.
Krys sampling pickles Friday night!  Yes!
We HAD The Pickle Station's pickles in the booth!  How fitting.
We promise to bring more next year!
 This years booth featured everything that I love!  I don't know how else to explain it but one customer said, "I don't know what it is, but everything in your both just makes me happy".  Ahhh.....not bigger compliment could have been given!  Thank you for "getting" me and and my focus!  I have to admit not everyone gets what is going on in this head of mine!

 This picture is a cool panoramic of the booth.  The event takes place in the Kitchener Memorial Complex.  We had a great size booth and lots of room to showcase our product and antiques.  I loved how our paper lanterns looked in the back drop.

 Each year we feature a product or products but ribbon is always a constant in our both.  Look how beautiful Jen dressed the mannequin with our new ribbon!  I SO want to rock that look!

The Cosmo Cricket Show Toppers were just one of the products we featured this year.  They fit on all wide mouth mason jars and have an adorable little hook on the underside of the lid to hang goodies.  Check out these gift ideas!  Put a little card in the top holder, add a little twine or ribbon and your favourite goodie and you look like a superstar.  People will go nuts and shower you with praise at how creative you are!

More booth shots!

So I could never survive the weekend without the help of my loyal crew.  Thank goodness for sisters....

 and an amazing cousin and aunt!  You guys are really the best!!

 We also had a great make and take table on Saturday.  Debbie showcased our BRAND NEW paper tapes and dies from Little B.  We may in fact be one of the very first stores to carry this line.  I am so thrilled to introduce you to a company I fell in love with at CHA!

And of course, it is always nice to get home and back to reality.  Here is a little note that I found from my 8 year old.  She hid it in my bra drawer.  Clever little thing.  Honestly, I know I have been neglecting you and my family lately but I promise to be more attentive! Life can be challenging at times when you want to take on the world.  I must admit that thanks to great friends and family last week, I was able to not only survive but thrive.  I am SO happy that the booth made YOU happy.  Thanks to all the "Pickle People" who came by to say hello!  And thank you to those we see every year at the event.  I feel like we are family and I enjoy seeing you!  I am one very lucky girl...


Store Hours
Wed-Fri 10am-5pm
Sat 9:30am-3pm

Thursday, April 3, 2014

NEW Card Class!

Cards by Pauline
Hello everyone!

A quick post to let you know about a fabulous card class coming up at The Pickle.  Pauline is back with two beautiful card designs jam packed with technique.  Work with stencils, embossing paste, heat embossing, working with various dies, washi tape and more!  Space is limited so sign up quickly!  I am only accepting reservations via phone (519.351.5220) or in person at the store!  NO emails or notes on facebook please!

Date:  Tuesday, April 15
Time:  6pm
Cost: $15+hst
Required Supplies:  adhesive, scissors
Suggested Supplies (bring if you have):  Ottlight

Other Business

  • Please ignore the mess in Dekoko's space today.  Christy is working to move out large items like freezers and fridges and it is a little messy. This is a big job and we must give her some time to get cleaned up.
  • Scrapfest is just over ONE week away.  If you are free next weekend, you should come.  Details at
  • LOTS of new product is in store!  It may be time for a little visit if you haven't been in in a while.
  • Spellbinder & JustRite items are still 40% off!

Store Hours
Wed-Fri - 10am-5pm
Sat - 9:30am-3pm

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Business as USUAL at The Pickle

I have been bombarded with questions about what will happen to The Paper Pickle now that Dekoko's is closing at the end of this month.  I appreciate your concern but please know that I have NO intention of closing!  I had briefly talked about this at the end of my post yesterday but I think I need to be more clear.

The Paper Pickle is currently in out 11th year of business and I have worked very hard over these years to run a business that I am proud of (and I know you are too).  A year and a half ago I moved the business into unit 1 of 44 Fourth Street and was subletting from Dekoko's.  It has taken me a year and a half to convince you that I am in this for the long haul and you have supported me as I have transitioned into the new location.  I truly appreciate your support!  We have worked together to figure out what product is wanted and needed.  You have spoken and I have listened.  I have recently mentioned that I am pleased to have the store looking so amazing and product level and offering comparable to that of the old store.  Honestly, we have SO much in stock right now and it is all the latest and greatest (fyi...a bunch of new Tim stencils and blending tools have arrived).

I Need YOUR Help...
I am going to need your help though!  I need you to spread the word that The Paper Pickle is NOT closing.  Please tell others that we are STILL located at 44 Fourth Street and have had that address since APRIL 2005!  If you can help with this, I would be so happy.  You don't even understand that even after moving from Unit 3 44 Fourth Street to Unit 1 44 Fourth Street 1.5 years ago, I STILL have people calling to see where I am located and that they had heard I had closed.  I really do not want these changes with Dekoko's to affect my business that I have worked very hard to grow.

Thank you for your continued support and love.  It means everything to me.


Store Hours
Wed-Fri - 10am-5pm
Sat. 9:30am-3pm

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

NEWS & Updates! Check out my lovely Zonta Cards!

Zonta Card #1 - Designed by Kim
and taught by Debbie (who is such an awesome teacher btw!)

So two weeks (since my last post) and so much has happened.  I did not mean to neglect you!  I had my head down ALL last week prepping for the amazing Zonta Cardmaking Extravaganza.    I will however share with you today the cards I designed and taught to the sold out crowd last Saturday!  I am very proud of my creations.
Life is all about the details isn't it?  Card design is too!
I wanted the two cards to be very different with different techniques taught on each.  The card above was ALL about the embellishments!  I worked with beautiful dies from Spellbinders (the large flower), Memory Box (the kraft bamboo piece) and dies from MFT (small tag and word die at top of card).  Decorative paper from Authentique, twine and a small heart pin completed the card.  Don't you just love the colour palette?  By changing the MFT stamps (used for small tag stitching and words) this card could be used for anything from a birthday, to baby shower, etc.

I have often mentioned how these incredible die designs can make you look like a SUPERSTAR with very minimal effort.  Not to say I did not stress over the card design, but with a little thinking and playing, it all came together perfectly!  What do you think?

This card is best appreciated in person.
This is the card was designed first and again, I am very happy with the outcome.  This card was all about TECHNIQUE.  For those of you who like to play, this card is for you.  
A closer look at the details (pay no attention to the smudge at the top).
The Zonta tables get a little busy at times!
Using our new blank stencils (6x6 3 pack for $6.50), I used a Spellbinder square die to cut out a window.  This is where all the "playing" and design happened.  We used various design stencils with ink and a marker spray gun to add colour.  We played until we were happy with the colour and design.  The stencils were then removed and Magenta's brand new clover stamp was stamped twice in Cobalt Archival Ink.  A little crystal glitter was added to the clover stamp and a series of rhinestones finished the card.  Like I said, this card almost needs to be viewed in person to see how great it is (if I do say so myself!).  I told the ladies (and gentleman) that once everything is out, you could easily whip up 6-12 of these cards for any occasion.  Change the stamp and you have a great sympathy card, birthday card, etc.

Which card do you like better?

Change is Inevitable - Goodbye Dekoko's
So after recovering from the Zonta event, I popped my head up early this week only to find out that Dekoko's (my roomie) has decided the time had come to close.  I was very sad.  Christy and I have worked very well together over the past three years and I am going to miss her.  I am also extremely sad that I will no longer be able to enjoy her cappuccinos.....cappuccinos SO good that I often thought of licking out the cup!  Being the classy girl I am, I knew this was wrong but will admit to you today that I may have secretly licked out the cup so each and every drop could be enjoyed.  Yes, they were that good.

So what does that mean to you?
It will be business as usual at The Pickle!  Even though Dekoko's will be gone, there are no plans for me to move.  You will be the first to know, through the blog and facebook, of any future changes.  The only immediate change is that the monthly Craft-Tea Time, which Christy and I created together, will be DONE.  I would like to continue something along the same lines but careful thought will have to go into this.  And with my current work load (Scrapfest and the millions of weddings I am currently working on), I just cannot layout the details just yet.  I guess my only question to you is would you like to see a monthly make and take happen at The Pickle?  If you really want it, we will see how to make it happen!

Other Business

There have been some pretty big orders arriving at the Pickle over the past two weeks.  Those who have been looking for sequins, look no more.  A dozen colours are now in from Doodlebug and a new company, Hazel & Ruby.  They are awesome. The perfect little addition to cards and layouts.

LOVE the packaging Hazel & Ruby have used for their sequins!
There are three tubes per package with 3 different colour combinations to choose from!

Scrapfest is happening in Kitchener, April 11&12.  You can register online and get more information at  This event is amazing!  You really should consider taking the drive to Kitchener!

I will be posting later in the week about a class coming up with our good friend, Pauline!  The cards are great and I am very happy she will be teaching for us again!!

Well, I better get back to things here.  See you soon!


Store Hours
Wed-Fri - 10am-5pm
Sat. - 9:30am-3pm