Friday, March 27, 2015

Penny Black LOVE!

Look who brought work home with them tonight....and I couldn't be happier!  Beautiful, BEAUTIFUL stamps from Penny Black are here. Stop in tomorrow to see the fabulous idea board I bought in using many of these items. Open 10am-3pm!

Well, looks like break time is over.  Better get moving. Ha!  

Kim promised, the Prima watercolor pencils are back in stock!

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Events UPDATE! New Product ALERT!

So here is a little secret....when all is quiet on the blog, one SHOULD assume big things are happening at The Pickle.  The next 4 weeks are going to be incredible, but a lot (I mean A LOT) of work.  I hope you will be joining us for the fun.  Check this out.

There is still room in this fabulous class TONIGHT!  March 25 at 5:45pm
Call the store to register - 519.351.5220 - $17
In the last blog post, I listed the various classes coming up between now and April 22.  I am happy to announce that two of the classes have sold out but there is still room in the other three.  Check your schedule and call the store or stop in to register.  Just scroll down to the last post to see details and photos!

  • Fun with Stencils - Wednesday, March 25 @ 1:30pm - SOLD OUT

  • Fun with Stencils - Wednesday, March 25 @ 5:45pm - it is not too late to register.  The technique in this class is awesome and not to be missed
  • Flip Album - Thursday, March 26 - SOLD OUT
    • Please note that any one who has registered, please bring your paper trimmer and 9 photos (4x6 or smaller)
  • Acrylic Paint Fun - Wednesday, April 1 - still room!  
  • Simple Cards and Tags - Wednesday, April 22 - still room!

Scrapfest Kitchener - April 10&11
So this is THE premier paper crafting event of the year and it is a MUST if you have not attended before.  With a lot of work (and I mean A LOT of work), Lisa Sales Furtney and her crew host one awesome show each and every year!  We will be there demoing product, doing make and takes, selling all of my favourite products and having a blast.  I think a day trip is in order!  Make sure to stop by The Paper Pickle booth to say hi!

Here is the link for all the details!

Zonta Cardmaking Extravaganza - April 18
I told you guys this event was going to sell out.....and it has!  The organizers of this event should be very proud of themselves.  With a lot (and I mean A LOT) of hard work, they too have established a sought after event.  The Paper Pickle is thrilled to be teaching a card to you lucky ladies.  See you then!  

Note:  For those of you who were not so lucky, sign up on the waiting list.  Who knows?  Luck may come your way.  This waiting list will also help the organizers decide if this event should be super sized in the future.

New Product Alert
So don't think for one minute that I have been too busy to order the latest and greatest products in for us.  A steady stream of CHA products have been arriving over the last month.  

  • FYI:  The Prima watercolor pencils will be back in stock by the weekend (boy you guys liked those!)
  • Heidi Swapp's Wanderlust collection is set to arrive by the weekend (did you hear that LC??)
  • Rumour has it that we will be seeing Penny Black (PG!?! Yes, finally!) by the weekend as well and Magenta the following week! Whoot.  Whoot!
  • Homebaked Kitchen Company has also been busy ordering.  Check out all of Jen's adorable new merchandise and baking when you stop into the store.  Truly, her items would make the perfect Easter presents!  Or why not surprise a friend with Homebaked Kitchen's french macarons?  Oui.  Oui!  
Better keep moving here.  Lots to do (and I mean....LOTS!)  Ha.  You all know I thrive in this environment. A busy Kim, is a happy Kim....Bye!


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Sat - 10am-3pm

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Classes. Classes. Get your Classes!

Fun with Stencils by Debbie
I LOVE the bright colours!
As promised, here are some classes that I am very proud to present!  Call the store or stop in to reserve a spot!  All projects are in the store for you to have a closer look at.

Fun with Stencils by Debbie
Happy Birthday Card
Let's fall in love with our Distress Inks again! These truly are the best inks for creating this beautiful and fun background! With a Stencil, dauber (or Mini Ink Blending Tool), lots of fun ink colours and a little water, you can play and feel like a kid again while designing cards that with wow your friends.

Hello Card
More stencil fun! But lets use some of our other inks that we all have and love, for example dye and pigment, for another great background. Emboss a sentiment and embellish! Oh what we can achieve with a little paper, ink, stamps, and good friends to play with!

FIRST Date: Wednesday, March 25 @ 1:30-3:30pm
SECOND Date:  Wednesday, March 25 @ 5:45-7:45pm
Cost:  $17 + hst (class fee includes a Homebaked Kitchen cupcake!)
Required Supplies:  scissors, adhesive

Acrylic Paint FUN with Kim

You guys are going to love how fun and easy it is to create really cool backgrounds using Tim's distress daubers.  Both kraft cards are brought to life using these acrylic part?  No messy brushes to clean up!!  We are also working with fun stamps, dies, glitter, coloured pencils, embossing powder, washi tapes and more!  Have a closer look at these cards.  Trust me....they are even nicer in person.  Lots of great technique perfect for all levels of stampers.

Love this Magenta stamp.
SO beautiful for as a birthday or Mother's Day card

Tim Holtz blueprint stamps rock!
I made a similar card for Julia's 9th birthday yesterday!
Date:  Wednesday, April 1st
Time:  5:45-7:45pm
Cost:  $17 + hst (includes a Homebaked Kitchen cupcake!)
Required Supplies: scissors, adhesive
Suggested Supplies:  Bring any coloured pencils you may have

Simple Cards and Tags with Kim
This Kaisercraft paper inspired me!  Great projects for any occasion.
Sometimes it is all about celebrating the small victories in life.  Come to my class and in two hours, you will be reminded of simple ways to dress your cards and you will have 5 cards and two tags to add to your stash!  We will work with various dies, stamping, embossing, washi tape and more.

Date:  Wednesday, April 22
Time:  5:45-7:45pm
Cost:  $20+hst (includes a Homebaked Kitchen cupcake!)
Required Supplies:  scissors and adhesive

Flip Album with Kim

I am really looking forward to finally teaching this class.  We tried to run it on a Friday leading up to Christmas and I think the timing was not ideal.  We are going to do things a little differently this time too.  This is going to be a free style class.  You will get to come into the store and choose 6 of your favourite 12x12 sheets of designer paper to match your photos and theme.  If you can do this during store hours a week before the class that would be great.  That way I can have lots of great embellishments to add to your project.
Fun flip album!
Oh.  Did I mention this is a class using Teresa Collin's 6x6 flip album?  You pull the little tab on the right hand side and the pages "flip" for you!  It is adorable and will make a great gift!  
Date:  Thursday, March 26
Time:  5:45-8PM
Cost:  $25+hst (includes a Homebaked Kitchen cupcake!)
Required Supplies:  Please bring your paper trimmer, scissors and adhesive and 9 photos
Note:  When you come in to pick your papers, please mention your "theme" (ie. vacation, baby, family, etc) so I can pull suitable embellishments, etc.

Grab a friend and come to one of these great classes!  We would love to see you!!


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Wed-Fri - 10am-5pm
Sat - 10am-3pm

Friday, March 6, 2015

Never say Never...Spellbinders - In'spire!

Great card stock envelope for storage
There is a popular saying....never say never.  I once said that I was never going to carry Spellbinders in the store because Michael's carries Spellbinders.  The problem is that they only stock the older dies (which we all have) and not many of the newer designs.  I could not resist these gorgeous dies and HAD to have them.  There is a whole line called Inspire which are image dies versus shapes only.  The packaging is beautiful (see above), the quality is great and the price is right ($12.99 each).  

Be sure to open the envelope to see the true size of the die(s) and to see how many dies you get.  For example the cowboy boots below are actually TWO dies and not joined like the image shows below.

Have a look at a few of the others we just got in:

Funny side note:  I'm typing this post with my 6 year old son on my lap.
He knew the name of  all the other images above
but is struggling to find the name of this item above!
I better teach this boy!

Have a look at a card Becca Feeken designed using the typewriter die above.  Is she not INCREDIBLE?!?

Class Update

So back in 2009, Kell and I spent the better half of one CHA day stalking Paris Hilton.  She was there releasing a new scrapbooking line (full story here).  While we were there, one of her entourage passed me one of these cards and I hate to do it, but guys I'm going to have to use it today....

Debbie and I have been busy trying to create beautiful, original projects for classes but sometimes the creative process can be slow.  I know I promised that I would post classes no later than Saturday but the projects are not quite there and I will be asking for an extension.  I do promise that they will be posted NO LATER than Wednesday, March 11.  If on that day, classes are not posted, I will not pass go.  I will not collect $200 and I will advance to jail and let me tell you that after watching 20/20's special episode on prisons last week, I can tell you that this girl would never last one day there.  So I will stay true to my word.

Keep keeping on...


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Sat - 10am-3pm

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Prima - Watercolor Pencil Love

I mentioned last week that we have been receiving CHA goodness weekly!  When I heard Prima was releasing watercolour pencils, they caught my attention.  With Prima you know the quality will be top notch.  They are also known for their beautiful packaging (and like any girl, I am drawn to pretty packages!).  I must say, this new offering did not disappoint!  They are beautiful from the metal case to the simple purple foil logo on the pencils themselves (why does that make me happy?)

We have not carried watercolour pencils in the store for some time and given how hot the watercolour designs are these days, it was time for something new.  I am excited to work with them!

There are 6 sets priced at $16.95.  They come beautiful metal tin with 12 pencils in various themes including:

  • Scenic Route
  • Soft Neutrals
  • The Basics
  • Spring & Fall
  • Earth Tones
  • Julie Nutting Hair & Skin Tones
Check out Prima's blog for some of the amazing designs using their pencils.  Their artwork is incredible.

Have a look at this video (there are TONS of others on YouTube if you are interested!). Please note I did not bring in their water pen as we carry the Koi fine art water pens which are amazing (and essentially the same product).  We have carried Tim Holtz' water pens in the past and I know many of you have these already.  And hey, if you prefer an old fashion brush with a water cup....go for it!  This works just the just have to do a little more dipping.

Just wanted to give you a heads up that classes are in the works and will be posted no later than Saturday!

Hope you are having a good week!


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Sat - 10am-3pm