Tuesday, May 31, 2011


As promised here is the latest and greatest class schedule.  There are some great projects lined up!  Treat yourself to a class and have a little fun!  Kits are also available for those of you who may not be available for the class but would love to learn the various techniques.  Instructions and materials will be provided at a cost of $5 less than the class fee.

Cards by Debbie
Debbie decided to pull out her Tombow markers and designed two fabulous cards!  Tombow markers give such a gorgeous watercolour effect and are so easy to use.  You will also be working with chalk, ribbon punches, distress inks, learning to heat emboss and use the Cuttlebug to cut and emboss.  And if that's not enough to convince you, you will also be learning how to add dimension to your cards by making dimensional flowers and paper piecing with pop dots!  A great class for ALL levels.

Date:  Tuesday, June 7th
Time:  6PM
Cost:  $17
Required Supplies:  Scissors, adhesive
Suggested Supplies (bring if you have):  Favourite watercolour paint brush, Tombow Markers #N15, N95, 850, 969, 990, 055, 133, 373, 452, 565, 636, 725, 815, 847, 850, 933, 969, 990

Cards by Pauline
This is a great class if you are interested in learning how to use copic markers without investing a ton of money.  Trust me, the colours of copics required for this class are ones you will be using over and over again (perfect skin tones).  You will also be learning how to add depth to your shading by using a range of prisma pencil colours.  Edge punches, working with spellbinders dies, paper piecing, ribbon will also be taught.  Again, two beautiful cards perfect for any level of stamper.

Date:  Tuesday, June 21st
Time:  6PM
Cost:  $17
Required Supplies:  adhesive, scissors,
Prismacolor Pencils:  Light cerulean blue, mediterranean blue, pink rose, carmine red, light umber, dark umber, french grey - 30%, 50%, 70%, 90%, clay rose, henna, tuscan red, sand, jasmine, blush pink, pink, crismson red, burnt ochre, chocolate
Copics:  E000, E00, E01, E11

Jacob's Ladder Accordian Album (taught by Kim)
You asked for it!  And here it is.....Krystle designed the most gorgeous little project using Kaiser Krafts accordian frames, Pink Paislee's resist papers and tons of other goodies.  The project measures 3x3 in size and is so cool the way the project cascades to reveal the photos on the back.  This project was designed for Annelyse's baptism, but it could be great as a wedding album or for a trip.

Date:  Saturday June 18th
Time:  1PM
Cost:  $25
Required supplies:  adhesive, scissors, at least two photos measuring 2x2 which will go in the top and bottom frames (needed to complete the project)....the rest of the photos could be added at a later date

Artsy Fartsy Class by Linda
I am not sure what Linda is designing but I know it will be gorgeous.  If you have been following her blog, you will notice that she is going back to her roots and doing more technique cards rather than just colouring.  She has gotten so passionate about mix media and she told me that she is looking to teach a class like that this summer.  You can pre-register for this class and I will be posting class pictures when available.  Take a chance;  I know this will be one amazing class!

Date:  Saturday, July 16th
Time:  1PM
Cost:  $20
Required Supplies:  scissors, adhesive

Monday, May 30, 2011

Relay for Life + Usborne Books = Let's Beat Cancer

I just had an Usborne Book party with my family and a few close friends and we raised $71 for the Relay for Life team called "Hope is Cumming".  An amazingly brave, friendly and very generous woman named Jessica is donating all of her commissions from the party to her Relay for Life team.  Jessica will be walking with her team beginning at 7pm on June 17th and finishing at 7am the next morning.  You may wonder why someone would donate 100% of her pay to this team?  It is because 4 months after giving birth to her beautiful daughter, she found out she had cancer and had to undergo months of chemo.  Today, Jessica looks amazing and is in remission!

The reason I am tell you all this is because I think we have a chance to raise even more money for this great cause!  I am keeping my party open until Friday night.  Anyone interested in ordering, can come into the store and check out the catalogues or go online to see these gorgeous children's books.  Orders can be placed at the store or you can email me at paperpickle@bellnet.ca to help out!  I have a bunch of the Usborne books and they are so well made....my kids LOVE them.  Julia's favourite is "Big Book of Fairy Things to make and Do" and Coulter recommends "Big & Little". 

Monday, May 23, 2011

Retrofest - Save the TAX all WEEK!

Invite to Visit The Pickle
I'm going to let you in on a secret.......Chatham's coolest weekend is almost here.  And if you have ever thought about doing a little road trip to visit us at The Paper Pickle, this is THE weekend to do it!  Trust me.  It is honestly so fun here!  The streets come alive with Retrofest.  Thousands of vintage cars come from all over.  Did you know that Chatham is the car capital of Canada?  Well, it is!  There is a cruise on Friday and then on Saturday cars line the streets of downtown Chatham to show their stuff. 

Now you don't have to be a car enthusiast to enjoy this weekend.  Many of the businesses get in on the excitement with many specials and special menus this weekend.  We are getting in on it too.  This week, save the tax on all in store merchandise!  We are also going to have special FREE make and take THIS Saturday!!!  Also, ballots will be given out all week long for each $25 spent for a chance to win a prize pack worth over $150.  Now aren't you thinking about taking the drive?  I just know you will love this weekend as much as I do!

New Product
So I was starting to think that something was missing in my life and I figured it out.....it was Tim!  Tim Holtz product that is!  I mean we have always been fans and have aways carried the ever popular Distress Inks and powders, but we have been missing out on all the Idea-ology products....but not anymore!  Those who love Tim, will love our selection of products including all the awesome metal embellishments, tiny fastener, various dies, tissue tape and more!  Now if we could only get HIM in our store!  A girl can always dream....

The brand new Bella's are in the store!  Stampingbella's latest May release is now here and they are adorable as ever.  My favourites have to be the Lulu's.  Here is Lulu's Two Pies.  Come in and have a look.  Psstttt.....Another little secret for you bella lovers.....we have a bunch of bellas at crazy prices right now in our sale cart.  Definitely worth coming in to check out. 

Class Schedule
So I think I am going to start doing something different.  I have now posted a listing of dates on the left side of our blog that shows the dates I will be posting the new classes.  There will be a new release ever 6 weeks or so.  That way, you won't miss out on the release date or the amazing classes for that matter!  Mark your calendars....the next class release is May 31st!!

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

CLASSES...still room available

Classes - Sign Up!
Just wanted to let you know that there is still time to sign up for our May classes!  Each class is only $17 and are approximately 1.5-2hours in length.  Click here to see the latest classes!  You can call the store to sign up (519.351.5220).  Great teachers.  Fabulous techniques.  And a lot of fun!

New Product Feature - Unity Stamps
I am excited to tell you that we are now carrying a HUGE selection of Unity Stamps.  We fell in love with this company the moment we saw that at CHA in 2007.  They have always been ahead of the curve in my opinion as they were trying to find ways to make stamps more affordable while keeping the quality at an all time high. 

Kell and I always love to look at the rubber before deciding on whether or not we will carry a particular company's stamps or not.  Unity passed our test with flying colours.  Extra DEEP with amazing designs. 

Cling Mount System
 Unity Stamps come as either cling mount or on a piece of thin wood that can be stamped as is or inserted into one of their blocks.  They are so easy to use.

Basically you peel the white protective backing from the cling cushion.  You will notice that the cushion is NOT sticky but given the nature of the material, it just automatically clings to the acrylic blocks.  The cushion and the deep rubber provides perfect stamping every time!

Mounting Blocks
 Unity Block System
You will notice that their wood mount stamps use a very thin piece of wood (to help the environment and keep the cost down).  They are meant to be inserted into Unity's special acrylic blocks that have a groove to fit them snugly in place while providing a thicker block that your fingers will thank you for especially if you have a bunch of impressions to make!  These stamps can also be used without the block system.

When they introduced the Itty Bitty's I was so thrilled!  You get one image or an image with a sentiment for $6.99!  The stamps are HUGE and a great value in my opinion as they are cling mounts (so no need to purchase EZ Mount sheets or Tack n Peel).  The images range from vintage to cutesy.  Here are a couple of my favourites to the left.

Stop in the store to see our great selection for yourself.  Note:  Debbie is using Unity Stamps in her latest card class.  Why not take a class and see why I GUSH about this company!  Great layouts using great stamps.  What more could a girl want?