Saturday, November 28, 2015

It's On - Shop the Neighbourhood

Today's the day!  Look for the cheery yellow balloons while out and about today.  These are the store participating in this event that celebrates small business and local shopping.

Our promotion today is TAX FREE shopping on all in store merchandise PLUS for every $50 spent, receive a kaiser craft 6x6 paper pad FREE (many styles to choose from!).  Hey, you guys know I am all about local shopping and think those with the same mindset should be rewarded!!

We are open from 10-4pm today.  Get out.  Shop local.  Have fun!


PS....A BIG thank you to the girls who added their names to the tag swap.  We got the EXACT number needed.  Just a reminder tags are due TODAY and pick up will be during store hours next week (Wednesday-Saturday).

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

TAG SWAP - Last Day to Register

So today is the last day to register for our third annual Christmas tag swap!  Please email me at or call 519-351-5220 to registered.  We have one FULL group and I am in need of 4 people to fill the second group.  Anyone who is interested should sign up because you are going to get 11 beautiful tags created by your peers plus your own.  Now I hope I didn't scare you off with my previous posts and you're worried your tags won't compare.  Guess what?  Your tags WILL be fabulous!  This is not a competition but rather a fun way to share your love of the hobby with others.  PLUS, if you use any Pickle products, you will be entered to win a prize.  Odds are 1:24.  Not bad.  Not bad.....

Anyone on the fence and want to help a girl out?  I will love you forever!


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

Monday, November 23, 2015

Christmas Cards for Evelynn

A couple of friends had shared this image on facebook and I really wanted to pass this along on the blog.  (Note:  You may have to click on the image to see the write up clearly.) This really spoke to me.  I mean is this not what the holidays are all about?  I do not know Evelynn or her family and I can only image what they are going through.  But what a beautiful gesture this could be for you (and for me)!  Making cards is one of my favourite pass times and making a card for a little girl who has had such a trying time seems like the perfect way to spend an evening.  I hope you can find some time this holiday season to make this little girl (and her family) smile.


Friday, November 20, 2015

Shop the Neighbourhood - Nov 28th

I made mention of this event briefly in my last post and I have since had a few questions about it.  Well, this is an amazing event put on by The Yellowpages Group to celebrate small business and promote shopping within your own community.  We participated last year and it was a great day!  The downtown was bustling with activity and it was so nice to see.  Honestly, our community has so many unique businesses and shopping local really DOES make a difference.  

Here is a little video Yellowpages posted to YouTube to explain the event. I do love the adorable baker man but next year I'd love to see a young blonde baker girl!  Ha.   

And here is the link to get you to the promotions offered here in Chatham-Kent:

You will find us on page 2!  And now I think you loyal blog followers should be rewarded.  Mention that you read my Shop the Neighbourhood post and take advantage of the savings NOW.  That's right.  Instead of waiting until November 28, you can save the tax on all in store purchases at The Paper Pickle PLUS spend $50 and receive a Kaisercraft 6x6 pad FREE (Value of $9.99)!  That's 5 extra days to save just because you take the time out for me and my little blog.  You deserve a treat.  I thank you for the 12 of the most rewarding years of my life. I really do feel like we have built our own little community through our love of the hobby.  Keep sharing the joy and the love.  

Enjoy the day!


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

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

2015 Tag Swap

The weather certainly is not prompting us to get moving on our Christmas planning but we all know it is on the way!  Time to get busy shopping, wrapping, and (my favourite) crafting.  Want to get in on a little fun game...paper crafting style?  Consider being a part of our 2015 Tag Swap!  Like a cookie swap but without the calories (Hey.  Forget the cookie swap.  I always leave the cookies up to the sister Jen of Homebaked Kitchen Co.!).  

I encourage crafters of all levels, ages, etc to participate.  We have had moms and daughters enter.  We have had Tim Holtz caliber entries (Seriously.  Like multiples!).  We have had simple yet elegant.  We have had traditional. We have had whimsical.  ALL are welcome including out of towners and Chatham-Kent-ers! 

This is our 3rd Annual (for those of you keeping track) and I must admit that each year, I have been blown away with the submissions....superstars I tell ya!  Have a look at these past blog posts and consider joining us!

Here are the Details:
  • You will make 12 tags of the same design to trade with the other participants
  • You can use any product you like and the design can be as simple or elaborate as you like
  • Please call the store (519.351.5220) or email me ( to register. You must register by Tuesday, NOVEMBER 24
  • Your 12 tags are to be dropped off no later than 3PM on Saturday, NOVEMBER 28
  • You can pick up your tags during store hours any day between DECEMBER 2-5
  • There is no cost to register or participate other than the cost of your product that you use
  • I will add a little twist to the tag swap this year.  Those of you who use Paper Pickle product, let me know which product you used (on a little note with your submission) and you will be entered to win a Paper Pickle Prize Pack ($50 value).
So what do you think?  You in?  Hope so!


PS...A couple dates to keep in mind:

  • Shop the Neighbourhood - Saturday, Nov. 28
  • Christmas Open House - Saturday, Dec. 5

Store Hours
Wed-Fri - 10am-5pm
Sat - 10am-5pm

Friday, November 13, 2015

Ideas....Ideas....Have I got you thinking?

 Many new and beautiful products are being added to The Pickle each week.  Check out this framed chicken wire frame.  It measures 13x15" and includes 6 wooden clothes pins to pin up photos, embellishments, etc.  I ordered these back in the summer and have been SO anxious for them to arrive.  Can't you just see this with one of Heidi Swapp's wood veneer words?  I've see this used as a rustic jewelry board.  Or have a look below at this image I found on Pinterest from an artist's blog (sorry I cannot seem to now find the reference to link).  Just beautiful.....

 As mentioned yesterday, many new dies are in!  Check out these beauties....
Memorybox - Dashing

Memorybox - Glowing Candles

Impression Obsession - Small snowflake Set
Impression Obsession - Hill Town

Impression Obsession - Shepherds

Impression Obsession - Cardinals

Come in and see what other goodies you can find.  There is still lots of time to work on beautiful gifts for loved ones.  After all, isn't that what the season is all about?  I will tell you I have been busy working on my own projects ideas to share!  Hope to reveal a couple next week!


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

Thursday, November 12, 2015


My 2015 Zonta Christmas Card

Remember that fabulous event I told you about a little while ago?  The Zonta Christmas Card Making Extravaganza?  Well Event #1 happened last Saturday, November 7th and guess what?  It was fabulous (no surprise there!).  Many of the usual suspects were there and it was so nice chatting and catching up with the ladies.  Thank you for a wonderful day.

When it comes to creating my card for this event, I put a lot of pressure on myself.  I want to make sure there is enough technique and people will be wowed by my design.  The designs are always my own so a lot of "playing" happens before I get to my finished product.  The challenging part is making sure the card takes no more than 30 minutes as this event rotates people from station to station with 8 projects in total.

I was very happy with the way the card turned out.  I heard many positive comments and the one that stood out for me was "It is VERY Paper Pickle".  Now I will take that as a compliment!  In true Paper Pickle fashion, I created a card that was both elegant AND rustic.  I don't know what it is about this combination, but I feel it is a MUST at Christmastime!

Deer Trio - $15.50
Word Edger - $14.99

The design really began with these two Impression Obsession dies.  I knew I wanted to work with these and then I set out incorporating them into my card.  I must tell you that both dies are IDEAL for an A2 size card (4.25x5.5") and I adore both.  I have also tried the Deer Trio die on a place card and it too is fabulous.  

How To
I cut my shimmer brown card stock to 10" in length (4.25" wide) and scored at to 5.5" (top crease).  That left 4.5" on the front of the card.  This allowed an extra 1" for the cream shimmer word edgers to "hang".  I loved how the cream shimmer popped of the dark background.  

I then worked with various stencils, stamps and ink to create a design on my canvas textured card stock.  This technique is one of my favourites.  I used it a couple of spring sessions ago and HAD to bring it back for the Christmas crowd just in case they hadn't seen it before.

The design was tied together with my signature move....twine and my new favourite embellishment....cheese cloth! Oh and a little star and rhinestone in the top corner completed the creation.  What do you think?  I've got this card at the store if you want to have a look for yourself.

Event #2 - Saturday, November 28
Want to learn how to make this card and 7 others?  Sign up for the event!  You can register by clicking here or visit Rubies on Grand Ave E in Chatham.  All of the projects were wonderful and I know you would have a lot of fun!  Register by Nov. 20 (date extended) and receive Early Bird pricing of $45 which includes all projects and a nice lunch from Maple City Bakery.  There is also shopping at the various booth.  Honestly, make some time for yourself!  You will be all inspired and this creativeness will carry you through the holiday season!

Memory Box and Impression Obsession
A couple of orders arrived today.  I am happy tell you that the IO Deer Trio is in stock but unfortunately we are waiting on the holiday word edgers shown above.  Just let us know if you are interested in this one and we will set it aside for you when it arrives.

FYI....lots of great Christmas dies are back in stock.  Come on in and have a little look.

Christmas Open House - Dec. 5th
Mark your calendars form Saturday December 5th .  Join us 10am-5pm for The Paper Pickle and Homebaked Kitchen's Christmas Open House.  There will be make and takes, samples etc.  More details to follow.


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

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Tidings by Authentique

A beautiful NEW Collection from Authentique

A classic Collection
A beautiful new collection from Authentique has arrived at The Pickle.  The moment I saw this collection, I fell in love. Have a look for yourself and let me know what you think.

Here is the 12x12 collection pack for those who love the collection as much as me (and need it all).  It also comes with of full 12x12 sheet of stickers and two smaller sheets of letter/word stickers.
12x12 Collection Pack with includes stickers
and all 13 papers from the collection

We have also brought in individual sheets of designer papers.  Honestly, the backs are as beautiful as the fronts!

Tidings One - Front
Tidings One - Back
Tidings Three - Front
Tidings Three - Back
Tidings Four - Front
Tidings Four - Back
Tidings Eight - Front
Tidings Eight - Back
Tidings Eleven - Front
Tidings Eleven - Back
Tidings Six - Front
Tidings Six - Back

Tidings Twelve - Front
Tidings Twelve - Back

Tidings Enhancements
Perfect for tags, project life albums, cards, etc.

6x6 paper pads are available

Sweet dreams.  I bet sugar plums will be dancing through your head tonight!


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