Hello everyone! Are you ready for the big Ho Ho?!? I hope Santa is good to you this year! And thank you SO much to all of you that dropped off cards and other goodies.....we are so spoiled here at The Paper Pickle!
In case you were wondering, here are our hours over the next couple weeks....
Friday, December 24............10am to 2pm
Saturday, December 25........CLOSED
Sunday, December 26..........CLOSED
Monday, December 27.........CLOSED
Tuesday, December 28.........10am to 5pm
Wednesday, December 29....10am to 5pm
Thursday, December 30........10am to 5pm
Friday, December 31............CLOSED
Regular store hours to resume Tuesday, January 4th.
Well, it has taken a little longer than I would have liked but I am THRILLED to tell you that I have found my Christmas Spirit! I was starting to worry that I was going to have that Bah Humbug look on my face in ALL our family photos this year! SO....it happened last night while I was working on my teacher's gifts. I'm not sure if you remember my little crush from the summer. He is strong, sleek and when he goes 'Choo-choo' I just melt.....yes, my summer crush was Kaiser Craft's Train Tidy. There was something about that little project that just made me happy. I decided that the school needed to have one in both the Toddler and Casa rooms to store things like crayons or pencils, etc. I packed the cars with baked goods and Eve's Chocolate dipped licorice (my fav). I then placed MY CRUSH on a cotton lined cardboard box (thanks to a brilliant idea from my Aunt Di).
The moment I wrapped the whole thing in the white snowflake cello....IT HAPPENED! I literally giggled aloud and was SO pleased with my special gift for the teachers! It made me SO happy. Call me a nerd (don't worry, I do all the time) but I am a paper nerd WITH Christmas spirit! I hope YOU find your Christmas spirit too.....♥
Well hello there! How have you been? It seems like it has been a while since we've chatted! It has been so wild here on Fourth Street over the last two weeks. Construction has really put a damper on things (boo!). I am pleased to tell you that parking is once again available on our road! Also, did you know that the Municipal Lots in downtown Chatham have 3 hour FREE parking at all their metered lots?
OPEN LATE FRIDAYS!
You asked and I actually listened....ha! For the next three Fridays (December 3, 10, 17), enjoy EXTENDED shopping hours. The store will be open from 10am-7:30pm. Pop by after dinner and say hi!
Basic Grey Sizzix Folders
So I have been busy ordering as usual! Here are a few of the new goodies in the store:
The more I work with KaiserCraft products, the more I fall in love. ♥Ah!♥ They have everything from little mini albums to desk calendars to beautiful raw frames. We have completed many of their projects and you can view them in store. All Kaiser Craft project items are made of MDF board and the prices are right (ranging from $5.99 and up...this 13"x13" item is $18.99).
Rather than painting the board with acrylic paint, I thought 'what about inking it with some Distress Inks'? I am SO glad I tried because it almost looks like I was working with a real wood frame. I used Distress Inks in Scattered Straw and Aged Mahogany. They were applied directly but using a sponge dauber would give you a little more control. I then took one of Pink Paislee's clear stamps that had this gorgeous sheet music design and I was like "Whoa baby!". Texturized! LOVE!
I kept with the brown and burgandy theme when choosing my papers and added a few goodies like Tim Holtz' film strips, his gear dies (cut from paper and cork), a little gala glitz , Pink Paislee tags (dyed with the distress inks) and a couple of stamps. I glued the two pieces together with a hot glue gun then took twill to edge the entire frame (which was then distressed as well).
I have to admit that I started this at 10PM the night before our Open House and completed it around midnight! A quick and easy project for a loved one. Aren't you glad I'm helping you with your Christmas list this year?!?!
Ladies....Ladies. Honestly, where did you all come from on Sunday?!? The turnout was truly overwhelming! We saw first time customers, original customers, regulars, kids, grandmas, friends, family....ahhhhh♥! Let me just say that YOU made our day! A sincere and heartfelt thank you, goes out to all of you that took valuable time out of your Sunday to join us. You helped us eat goodies, did make and takes and visited with friends. It is was awesome! I am still smiling.
We couldn't have survived the day without our two AMAZING girls, (Aunt) Debbie and Kelsey! Also, a BIG thank you to Krystle, our sister and in-house photographer! All the photos in the slide show are compliments of this very talented girl! Also, did you happen to pick up some tips from Chatham-Kent's very own Stampingbella designers, Linda and Pauline? These girls helped complete our day! Thank you SO much!
So did you happen to see the new products in the store? In case you didn't make it in or in case there were too many people standing in the way (ha!), I will walk you through some of the new additions that I KNOW you will love.
QuicKutz Fashion Doll Set
This is the product we featured during our make and take, which was fabulous thanks to Kell. She and Krys were very hard at work creating and playing! Check out the samples they did up. The possibilities are endless. The best part is that the accessories and outfits don't use up a lot of paper and it is a great way to make use of all those scraps that you can't bear to part with (yeah, even those little 2x2 pieces....you know the ones! Don't worry, we save them too!) There are two sets and retail for $29.99 each. A must have on any creative fashionista's wish list!
Naughty Betty Napkins
So I know these are not scrapbooking or stamping related but hey, our name is The PAPER Pickle so I figured why not?!? These cocktails napkins are so beautifully designed, cleverly worded and SO perfect for the fab hostesses on your list. Which one is you? I am definitely "LIVING THE MINIVAN DREAM".
Basic Grey - Curio AND Marjolaine Collections
We have had these two lines for the past couple of weeks but I didn't get a chance to mention them here yet so here I go! These are BG's latest lines and they are great. I wasn't sure about Curio at first (the on-line images do not do it justice) but let me say wow! What a great line. Marjolaine is a very playful and great line as well in the nice blues and greens. They are both double sided which is also a plus.
NEW Class Dates
Due to popular demand, we have added additional dates to our card classes. The second date include :
Christmas Cards by Pauline is Tuesday November 30 @ 6PM
Christmas Designs by Debbie is Wednesday December 8th @ 6PM
Please see past post for details!
A couple of people have been in telling me how disappointed they were about not making it in for the Open House and even more disappointed about not being able to take advantage of our gift card promotion. SO we have decided to extend the promotion! For every $100 spent before taxes receive a $25 gift card! This promotion will last from now until next Friday, November 26th!! Happy shopping!
PS...I will be posting a couple of projects I completed for the Open House. Both were Kaiser Craft projects and are wonderful gift ideas.
Can I just tell you how pumped Kell and I are for this year's open house?!?! Honestly, this is THE event of the year for us. I really hope you can clear at least an hour of your day to join us.
We have a few surprises that I know you will just LOVE! Kell is working with a brand new product to the store during her make and take. All you trend setters out there are going to go nuts for her designs!
We also brought in some products that I know will make amazing hostess gifts for all your holiday parties. I don't know of any other store in town that is carrying this line either and I know they will be in high demand. What is it you say? Well you will have to stop by tomorrow and see for yourself. I dare you to!
Highlights of the day include:
♥ For every $100 spent before taxes, receive a $25 gift card
♥ FREE make & takes using new products
♥ Kell's home baked goodies
♥ Demo's by Lindabella and Paulinabella (1-3pm)
♥ Calendars and Cook books for sale with all proceeds going to two great charities
♥ Tickets available for A Night at the Mansion event (proceeds to the women's centre)
♥ Great time to fill out your Christmas Wish Lists
♥ An overall amazing afternoon to mingle and chat it up with fellow papercrafters!
Go on.....Mingle like you mean it! Stop in tomorrow (Sunday November 14th) from 12-4pm!
Sorry to be posting so late in the day but we have been crazy busy at the store preparing for the Christmas Open House this Sunday! Have a look at what the girls have done this month! If you are interested in any of the classes, please call me or stop in to register. Payment must be made within 48 hours of signing up for the class. We have single dates for each class but we will open up additional dates as needed. Please note that the cost for the various classes below include all the supplies for the class. NO additional costs will be charged!
Kits will be available for all the classes below at a cost of $12 each. The kit will come with instructions, photos and supplies to make the various projects in the comfort of your own home. This is a great option if you love the designs but you can't make it to the class.
Christmas Cards by Pauline
Two very different style cards but so much fun! The first is a very elegant card using Penny Black's latest stamp and Distress Inks. You will also be working with liquid pearls, Spellbinders, ribbon and more. The second card will be using various punches and cuttlebug embossing folders.
What a great class for beginners or those looking for loads of technique and ways to use all those scraps! You will be making 4 tags and one Christmas card. As for technique, this class is jam packed....Tombow watercolour stamping, dry embossing, working with Atyou Spica glitter pens, using edge punches, using liquid pearls, using Spellbinders dies and Cuttlebugs Embossing Plus folders.
Michelle has created a great one page layout using Basic Grey's whimsical Max & Whiskers line. This is the perfect layout for pet lovers or for those of you with children. She used distress ink, edge punches, glossy accents, tim holtz bracket die, and more. You will be learning a cool paper folding technique for the flowers and for the strip on the left hand side. Please note: if you would like a different title we can accommodate you! Please let us know at time of booking.
We would LOVE for you to join us THIS Sunday for our most favourite day of the year! It is a great time to get ideas for your Christmas cards and projects for loved ones. We have some special people joining us including our very own Stampingbella Babes, Linda and Pauline, doing demos with copic markers and pencils. We also will also have Tricia Xavier of the Purple Pansy in the store selling 2011 calendars for a great cause - CK Hunks Calendar for Andy's Team, Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy Research and rumour has it, she is bring one of the hunks!
PS....The class schedule will be out tomorrow (Wednesday)!!
I hope you guys had a nice Halloween. We really worked our kids this year and now I think I am regretting it. Normally, we only stop at the grandparents and great grandparent's homes. Well this year, the little cupcake fairy and vampire got to go around Nana's block and man did they make off with a haul. I think I have consumed 20+ mini chocolate bars today alone. Wonder if Coulter noticed? Ha. Yes, I am a bad mother stealing from my own children.
So now I guess it's time to move onto Christmas. And I know many of you have been thinking about it for some time! Some of you even have your cards DONE! Man, that's organized!
For those of you still decided on your card designs this year, I think I have just the paper to inspire you. I have to admit that this is my absolute favourite Christmas paper of 2010. It is called Wintertime by Echo Park. The colours are beautiful....the designs are SO my style....they are double sided.....the weight is wonderful.....and all for $0.99 a sheet. Yup...I'll take one of each please (there are 12 different sheets in case you need to do the math...ha!) And for those of you that love the 6x6 pads....well this company has sized down some of their paper and they have printed 4 different patterns on one 12x12 sheet. Brilliant. There is lots in stock (at the moment) so stop in and check it out for yourself!
NEW Stampingbella Stamps Are Here!
The new Stampingbella Christmas stamps are in! Again, there are some truly gorgeous images perfect for your Christmas cards! Here is a look at what two of the babes have done with the latest images (Pauline used the bunny stamp and Linda used the door stamp)! Did you realize that 2/10 or 20% of the Stampingbella babes reside in Chatham-Kent?!?
Christmas Open House
Have you marked Sunday, November 14th on your calendars? This is our Christmas Open House!! Drop in anytime between 12 and 4 for some dill-ightful treats, sweet make and takes (you will LOVE what Kell has designed!) and of course great deals to sink your teeth into!! More details to follow!
Me in Action...I hate to brag but man our store is SO cute and full of goodness right now!
Hooray! Due to popular demand, we have added additional dates for both Pauline and Debbie's card classes! Give me a shout at the store if you are interested in attending either or both of these classes! Please see post below for details.....
Christmas Cards by Pauline NEW Date: Wednesday, November 3rd @ 6PM
Christmas Cards by Debbie NEW Date: Wednesday, November 10th @ 6PM
CANVAS CLASS....STILL ROOM!
There are still a few spots left in Michelle's gorgeous canvas class for this WEDNESDAY! For those of you that would like to learn how to make dimensional flowers, this is the class for you! This would also make the perfect gift for that hard-to-buy-for person on your Christmas list.
ZONTA CARD MAKING EXTRAVAGANZA
The early bird deadline is quickly approaching. If you register BY October 22 the registration fee is only $42! Kell has designed her card for the event and all I can say is wow! Plus she will have a little surprise for you that day if you haven't seen her in a while! *wink*
NEW PRODUCT ALERT....what else is new!
Honestly, I have been on an ordering rampage over the last few months. While the boss is away, the mice will play (as they say!). Kell has commented on how great the store looks though so I guess I am doing a good job....ha!
So what's new you say?
We've got two 12x12 Christmas paper lines by Echo Park (what a cute new company).
LOTS of new colours of cardstock in both 12x12 and 8.5x11
More Pink Paislee products including the amazing Artisan albums
Beautiful Inkadinkado Christmas stamps in both rubber and polymer
Tim Holtz products including tissue tape, tickets, film strips and ALL of his new Distress Stickles!
More Kaiser Craft mini projects which make great Christmas gifts
Ummm.....I know there is more but my brain is not what it use to be....darn kids!
THIS WEEK'S SPECIAL
What the heck.....let's have a little sale! All THICKERS and Kaiser Crafts brads are 25% OFF! Sale ends Saturday, October 23rd!!
CHRISTMAS OPEN HOUSE
Mark your calendars for our most favourite day of the year....our Christmas Open House!! This year we would love for you to join us on Sunday, November 14th from noon 'til 4PM. We will have Kell's home baked goodies, make and takes, demos, and maybe even a little promo event! The store is just overflowing with creativity and love so you just HAVE to come! It wouldn't be the same without you!
New Product Alert
Before I get into the classes, I just wanted to let all you Pink Paislee fans that the latest lines have arrived!
We have a very nice line up of classes this month. I know I am posting at an odd time of the day (so sorry for the delay!) but please feel free to call the store and leave a message if you are interested in a class 519.351.5220. I will fill the class in order of receiving the messages. Please leave your phone number and I will call you back to confirm and to arrange payment.
Please note, I am posting single dates for each class but we WILL open additional dates as these classes fill.
You can now register to attend the class or purchase the kit! Please specify which you are interested in when calling!
Christmas Cards by Pauline
Ok. Are these amazing or what? On the first card, Pauline will show you how to make a shaped card using Spellbinders dies. You will work with Stampingbella's adorable polar bear stamp and colour with pencils. You will use products like glitter, liquid pearls, ribbon, and more.
The second card would be such an amazing design especially for those of you who make LOTS of Christmas cards. It is so easy yet so elegant & impressive. Again, you will be working with spellbinders dies, glitter, edge punches and more.
Yes, you heard right...we've got a canvas class! And this one would make a gorgeous gift for someone on your Christmas list.
The reason this layout is perfect for a canvas is the amount of dimension Michelle has included (even more than usual!). You will learn to make dimensional flowers using various dies. You will also distress, work with beautiful crocheted ribbon, and more!
Date: Wednesday, October 20th
Required Supplies: scissors, adhesive
Class Cost: $35
Kit Cost: $30
Christmas Cards by Debbie
The colours Debbie chose for her cards this round are spectacular! I fell in love the moment I saw them! Both cards work with Penny Black stamps and Basic Grey papers. You will work with glitter, ribbon, buttons, punches, edge punches, embossing folders, stipple brushes and more. You will also learn to emboss using a heat gun! The fa-la-la-la card card also features a dimensional embellisment that is so cool!
Date: Tuesday, October 26th
Required Supplies: scissors, adhesive
Suggested Supplies: Scor-pal (only if you have one)
Class Cost: $17
Kit Cost: $12
Copic & Pencil Class by Linda
She's back!! I am thrilled to tell you that Linda will be teaching this month. Look for a class from Linda once every 8 weeks or so. So don't miss your chance to pick up some tips from a girl that was born to colour!
This is a technique class and you are responsible for bringing your own copics and Prismacolor pencils. Linda has two fabulous Stampingbella images for this class including Izzy has a cupcake and Lulu's wedding cake. I have stolen an image from Linda's blog (I hope that's ok) to show what amazing results you can achieve when working with both pencils and copics.
This photo is proof of how much of a nerd I am! I am SO proud of this project and I wanted to make sure my photo captured my excitement and just how cool it really is. So I grabbed Coulter's train tracks (it is so different having 'boy' toys in the house) and my camera and headed outdoors on Monday afternoon. Isn't he cute?!?! I wonder where he is going carrying his load of colouring tools?!?!? *Wink!*
So this is Kaiser Craft's Train Tidy. I used Crate's School Spirit line to create this cheery little Choo-choo train! Now you have to understand how obsessed my 2-year old is with trains at this moment and he was my main reason for choosing this project. My plan was to have this done for his birthday (back in August) but I'm so glad that it didn't fit into my schedule until now because the paper wasn't out then! See, maybe a little procrastination is good!
Centre Car - Choo Choo
Have I told you how much I LOVE this paper? I was telling someone the other day that my two favourite lines right now have to be Crate's School Spirit and Restoration. The texture and weight of this paper is just gorgeous. You would think I was working for Crate with the amount of times I have raved about their paper lately!
So you can see that the cargo on this load are my kids colour tools. Actually the kids do not use my copics but I didn't have any of their markers left with lids on them so I had to grab some markers that would look good in the shoot! The size of the containers are just perfect too. The engine has a smaller 'box' and is ideal for crayons. The two remaining cars have ample rooms for loads and loads of markers and pencil crayons.
How to get this look...
There are some basic supplies that I always grab for when I am working on a project like this:
Perfect Paper Adhesive by US Art Quest (Matte) - it isn't tacky or messy and you can use it not only to glue the paper down but you can use it to seal the paper
Tsuki's Squeegee - to help glue the paper down wrinkle free
Acrylic Paint from the Dollar Store - cheap and great to cover the raw MDF board
Ink for distressing (usually brown or black) and a sponge dauber
A chosen Paper Collection (did I mention I used School Spirit by Crate Paper? ha!) - the paper, stickers and die cuts were used from this collection
A raw project....usually from KaiserCraft (the product is so strong but also very easy to manipulate with tools like sandpaper, crop-a-dile, scissors, etc.) and the products are also quite inexpensive which is always a plus! Only $15.99 for this dimensional train!
Other Products I used:
Glossy Accents on tires to add dimension
You will notice that I often grab for Glossy Accents and Crackle Accents to add some dimension to my projects. You will see the Glossy Accents used on the tires and the Crackle Accents used on the star.
I used Impression Obsession's stamp to add some texture to the tires
There are holes pre-punched in each of the pieces to string the
Crackle Accents to the star
elements together if you want. I thought it was best if each piece remained separate just in case Jules wanted the pencils and Coulter wanted the crayons. But, I wanted to give the appearance that the cars were attached to the engine. This is the reason I used the twine on the front and left them a little longer rather than cutting them the exact length of the car. I then stapled the two pieces together and then used Scor-Tape to tack it down.
So what do you think? You will have to stop in and see it for yourself! I will be posting more gift-type projects over the next few weeks so stay tuned!
PS.....The class schedule will be out Thursday!!!!
And the winner is.......Angelwhispers! Please call me at the store to arrange a pick up time. Coulter was the 'official' name picker so you can thank him for your victory!!! Here he is pulling the name from the paper bag! Look at that boy....he is so thrilled every time he is in the store!
Wow! Ladies! Thank you for all the amazing suggestions on ways to make The Pickle a better paper craft store! I value your time and will do my best to listen to your suggestions and make them happen! I can say that I am already taking steps on some of these items including:
I have talked to my teachers and next month you will definitely see a beginners class for cardmaking
I have also mentioned to the teachers that you would like them to step up the techniques included in each class
In November, you will see a themed card class (TBA)
When class dates are announced, we will be listing the price to take a class as well as a price for a kit
I have already ordered some basic punches including snowflakes, flowers and more
Happy Hours WILL return.....just trying to figure out when (most likely after Thanksgiving...I will keep you posted)
I am always willing to demo any product but I am thinking of featuring a product each week so you can come in and try it out. This will begin he week after Thanksgiving
We have extended our hours back to Tuesday-Friday 10am-5:30pm and Saturday 10am-3pm. I have to talk to my girls but I would like to have extended hours one night per week and have the store open until 6 or 6:30 in November and December. I will keep you posted!
I will do my best to make the other suggestions happen! Have a great weekend and look for more great giveaways in the future!!
You ever have one of those days and you can help but think "Life is GOOD!"? Well I'm having one of those days. I was out walking on King Street and everyone was so cheery, the sun was shining.....honestly how could I not be smiling?!? When I got back to the store, my favourite song "Teenage Dream" was on the radio and here I was, rockin' it out drinking my yummy Pumpkin Latte and just enjoying the moment! Ahhhhh....can it get any better?
SOOOOOOO what I was thinking (and I know you are going to like this), today is the day that I am going to do a little giveaway to spread the cheer.....did you just secret say "yesssss"? I have had a couple of you out there mention that this could be fun and I completely agree! A few weeks ago, I won a facebook giveaway by my favourite Canadian body product company called Barefood Venus. They are based in Western Canada and their products are just SOOO amazing! All I had to do is answer one little question and I won! So that is what I am going to do here.
How Can You Win?!?
All you have to do is tell me (via blog post) One way we can make The Paper Pickle better. Answers could include products we are lacking and should order in.....services that you are looking for from your local paper craft store, etc. Please think about this and be honest. As you know, we are always trying to make The Pickle better and make sure it is a store you love as much as we do! I will keep the contest open until next Thursday, September 30. One person will be randomly chosen from the various answers and the winner will be announced on October 1st.
What will you win?!?
You will win a brand NEW collection pack from Basic Grey (valued at $25.99). Did I mention that we got in 5 new collections from Basic Grey just last week? Collections include:
For those of you that prefer the 6x6 pads, we got those in too!
Scrapbook & Cards Magazine is in the House!
Looking for the latest copy of the Scrapbook & Cards Today magazine? We've got it in! Receive this magazine absolutely free with $20 purchase! Limit one per order as we have very limited quantities and would like to spread the cheer as much as possible!!
Can you just feel the love?!? Have a good weekend and make it memorable!
I am SO excited to introduce our first set of classes for the fall. We took a little break through the summer (with our card classes anyways!) and now we are back and ready to teach you lots of new and exciting techniques. Speaking of technique, these projects and classes are full of it! OK....now I must note that these pictures I take of the cards DO NOT do them justice. They look are all amazing in person and I know sometimes they come across a little dark. The one thing you should do is stop by the store to have a look at them in person or trust me when I say you NEED to take these classes!
Here we go....
Elegant Christmas by Debbie
I know what you may be thinking, Christmas already!?!? We honestly see people making Christmas cards through the entire year (even on those 30+ degree days we had this summer!) PLUS, these are the most important cards you will send out to your friends to "show off" a little so it's great to try out a few before you land on the perfect 'one'. These designs and techniques Debbie has incorporated into her cards are so versatile that they could be used for any occasion. NOTE: We will be putting out different Cuttlebug folders and stamps so you can turn these into different themed cards if you choose.
This card class is all about RIBBON! You will be making shabby ribbon flowers and learning a cool ripple technique. You will also be distressing, adding glitter, using Cuttlebug folders and edge punches and much more. Debbie has worked very hard on these cards and I just know she won't mind if you borrow her ideas for your cards this year!
Date: Tuesday, September 21
Required Supplies: scissors, adhesive, long needle
Suggested Supplies: crop-a-dile
Country Charm by Pauline
I am always amazed at the cards Pauline designs. Pauline will be working with the Prisma Pencils and helping you perfect your technique. You will also learn how to use your edge punches to make a VERY cool frame (as seen on the 'it's your day card').....I mean have a look...how did she do that? Take the class and you can amaze all of your friends!
Date: Wednesday, September 29
Required Supplies: Scissors, adhesive, pencil, Prisma Coloured Pencils (Limepeel, Applegreen, Grass Green, Kelp Green, Moss Green, Peacock Green, Artichoke, French Grey 20% & 50%, Beige, Light Umber, Chocolate, Dark Umber, Terra Cotta, Tuscan Red, Scarlet Lake, Carmine Red)
'Oh So Tweet' Scrapbook Page by Michelle
What a fun layout. I really like the layout of this design. You will work with the Tim Holtz dies, various punches, the core'dinations paper, transparencies, thickers, distress inks and more! A great layout class for students of all levels and for any subject!
Just to let you know, we are still continuing with our 'summer hours' until classes start. So this week our hours are Tuesday - Friday 10AM-5PM and Saturday 10AM-3PM.
Beginning the week of September 21st, we will be back to:
Tuesday-Friday 10AM - 5:30PM
Saturday 10AM - 3PM
Thank you for allowing me that little break this summer!
New Product Just In...
Well the four boxes I have been waiting for have JUST arrived. Basic Grey is here!!!! I will be working on checking it in tomorrow and I will have it all out on the floor tomorrow! I am SO excited to dive into this order!!!!