Monday, October 18, 2010

Classes - NEW Dates and STORE Updates!

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


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. 

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!


What the heck.....let's have a little sale!  All THICKERS and Kaiser Crafts brads are 25% OFF!  Sale ends Saturday, October 23rd!!


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!

Until next time.....Kim

PS...REMEMBER to call me about classes!

Thursday, October 7, 2010

NEW Classes

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!

NEW Classes
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.

Date:  Tuesday, October 19th
Time:  6PM
Required Supplies:  scissors, adhesive, pencil

Class Cost:  $17
Kit Cost:  $12


 Nature's Playground Canvas Class by Michelle

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
Time:  6PM
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

Time: 6PM
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.

Date:  Wednesday, October 27
Time:  6PM
Cost:  $20
Required Supplies: 

R0000, 00, 20, 22, 27

RV32, 34
E0000, 000, 00, 11, 30, 31, 33, 35, 37, 40, 41
BG11, 72

Prismacolor Pencils
905 aquamarine
cool grey 90
941 light umber
947 dark umber
french grey 20%
french grey 50%
french grey 90%
1084 ginger root

Basic Stamping Class
Please do not think I have forgotten about this very important class.  I am not quite ready though (shame on me!).  Please look for a post next week with details!!!!

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Project - The Little Engine that Could

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!!!! 

Friday, October 1, 2010

WINNER - Wonderful Day Giveaway

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!!