Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Planner Sale

Well?  How was it?  Was Santa good to you?  It was an excellent holiday filled with lots of laughter and love. 

We are open today!  Pop in and enjoy 40% off all Happy Planners and accessories!  Get in on the hottest trend. Such an easy and fun way to document your memories!  They remind me of Smash Books and you all know how I adore that product. 


Store Hours
Wed-Fri 10-5
Sat - 10-1 (New Years Eve)

Saturday, December 24, 2016

Open TODAY 10am-1pm - Holiday Hours

We are open today from 10am-1pm for any last minute needs.

Holiday Hours
Dec 24 - 10am-1pm
Dec 25-27 - CLOSED
Dec 28-30 - 10am-5pm
Dec 31 - 10am-1pm

Regular Store hours to resume January 4.

It has been a wonderful year.  I am so thankful for opening The Paper Pickle 13 years ago with my sister Kelly.  It has lead me to many wonderful people and beautiful friendships.  Merry Christmas to you and yours.  Enjoy every minute of this special time.


Thursday, December 15, 2016

Open Late FRIDAY!

Downtown in the City happens the third Friday of each month. Special activities are planned and the downtown merchants are open late.  I hear there will even be carolersthis month!

We will be open until 8pm Friday for your shopping convenience. We will also have special in store specials including:

• ALL regular priced dies and stamps are BUY 1 GET 1 50% off

This sale will continue SATURDAY!  Don't forget our FREE make and take as well. ️Julia is excited to lead a special christmas project with you. Open 10am-3pm.


Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Open Late Friday + Make & Take Saturday

Open Late THIS Friday
Can you believe this is the third Friday of the month?  That means many of the Downtown merchants will be open until at least 8pm for your shopping convenience.  We will be open 10am-8pm.

Do you still have a few people left to buy for on your shopping list?  This is the perfect time for you to finish up.   I will tell you that I do about 90% of my shopping with small local businesses and it is such a relaxing and fun experience...YES!  Even this close to Christmas.

FREE Make & Take THIS Saturday
Saturday also marks the third Saturday of the month and we will have our final FREE make and take for 2016.  Julia has had so much fun leading these sessions and we would like to continue into 2017.  We have a cute little card planned.  Slow down and catch your breath at The Pickle this Saturday from 10am-3pm.  We would love to see you!


PS...We had such beautiful tag entries for our tag exchange this year.  There are still a few people needing to pick up but once they do, I will be sharing photos with you!!  We have some incredibly talented customers!

Store Hours
Wed-Thurs - 10am-5pm
Fri - 10am-8pm (open late!)
Sat - 10am-3pm

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

It comes but once a year...

Did you hear?  The Paper Pickle's Christmas Open House is THIS Saturday from 10am-5pm.  Join us for:

  • A FREE make and take
  • Beautiful new projects to inspire
  • Amazingly delicious gourmet dessert samples from Homebaked Kitchen Co.
  • Refreshments & Merriment
  • and YOUR favourite....for EVERY $100 you spend before tax on Paper Pickle merchandise, receive a $25 gift card on us!
The store is packed to the brim with the latest in paper crafting supplies.  Tell your friends.  Bring a friend.  Grab a few supplies and show your loved ones what this season is all about.  Work with those beautiful hands and feel like a kid again. ♥


Store Hours
Wed-Fri - 10am-5pm
Sat - 10am-5pm (extended store hours for Open House)

Monday, November 28, 2016

Christmas Open House - THIS Saturday

Join The Paper Pickle and Homebaked Kitchen THIS Saturday from 10am-5pm for our Christmas Open House. We will have:
  • A FREE make and take
  • Fabulous new samples to inspire
  • Incredible samples from Homebaked Kitchen
  • Be the first to place your orders for Homebaked Kitchen's Holiday Boxes
  • Refreshments and Merriment
  • And FINALLY, it comes but once a year....for every $100 spent on Paper Pickle merchandise, receive a $25 gift card on us!
Our Open House is always one of MY favourite events!  We hope to see you Saturday for a little holiday cheer.


Store Hours
Wed-Fri - 10am-5pm
Sat - 10am-5pm (Extended Hours for our Open House)

Saturday, November 19, 2016

FREE Make & Take TODAY

Join us today for a free make and take!  I wasn't sure which I liked better so you get to choose. We also have hot apple cider and snicker doodles to get you in the spirit.  Open until 3pm today!!  Hope to see you. 


Tuesday, November 15, 2016

4th Annual Christmas Tag Exchange

It's that time of the year again.....time to get excited for our 4th Annual ChristmasTag Exchange.  Honestly, I think this swap has built such momentum over the years and it is something that many of you look forward (I know I do!).  Last year we had two groups of incredible entries.  Let's see if we can get even more!  

Have a look at the past participant's creations (all wonderful because they were made by you!):
Please consider being apart of this incredibly fun exchange.  Its a calorie free swap with sweet rewards!

Here are the Details:
  • You will make 13 tags of the same design to trade with the other participants (12 will be traded with others and 1 will be kept for the store) ***This is a slight change in the rules.  I hope you don't mind!
  • 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 Saturday, NOVEMBER 26
  • Your 13 tags are to be dropped off no later than 5PM on Saturday, DECEMBER 3
  • You can pick up your tags during store hours any day between DECEMBER 7-10
  • There is no cost to register or participate other than the cost of your product that you use
  • 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).
You in? Hope so!  I cannot wait to see what you create!

More Important Dates to Remember:
  • This Friday (Nov 18) - Santa Claus Parade and we are open late (until 8pm!)
  • This Saturday (Nov 19) - It is the third Saturday of the month and so we have a FREE make and take PLUS hot apple cider
  • Christmas Open House - Saturday, Dec. 3 (woot woot!)

Store Hours
Wed & Thurs - 10am-5pm
Fri - 10am-8pm (open late for the Santa Claus Parade and Downtown in the City Events)
Sat - 10am-3pm

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Christmas Class & Teasers

 With Zonta under our belts, it's time to get the Christmas classes going.  We will start with an afternoon class with Debbie.  If you are interested in attending, please give the store a call (519.351.5220) or pop in during store hours to register.

Christmas Cards by Debbie
Debbie will be working with Hero Arts Leafy Flourish stamp to show you how to create two gorgeous backgrounds.  This is such a versatile background stamp that can be used year round.  You will also be working with distress inks, dies, glitter and more.

Date:  Wednesday, November 16
Time:  1-3pm
Cost:  $18+hst (includes all supplies and a sweet treat from Homebaked Kitchen)
Required Supplies:  scissors, adhesive

Please note:  we are only offering this as an afternoon class at this point but if you are interested in an evening class, please let us know.  If we see enough interest we will certainly book an evening to accommodate all the working people out there.

Mini Album/Banner Project by Kim
This is just a little sneak peek of the project I am working on.  I hope to have the project finalized this evening and I will post details including date, cost, etc.  This is a 5.5x5.5 tin with a circular mini album/banner inside.  I designed it with the intention of giving this as a gift to my daughter.  I did choose colours so it may be gender neutral.  I'm almost there!

Advent Calendar by Laura
Now THIS is a project!  Laura has wowed me with this one.  It is a 14x14 advent calendar made by Kaiser Craft.  It is one that you will make and pull out year after year for your loved ones.  We are just finalizing the date and I am having a little trouble sourcing the calendar itself but I am remaining positive that we find them.  Details to come.....cross your fingers for me.

A few other "gift" style project classes are in their initial stages and I hope to reveal these soon!


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

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Zonta - What a Rush!

Christmas Tradition by Kim

Last Saturday was the Zonta Christmas Card Extravaganza and it was incredible (as always)!  I was amazed to hear that The Paper Pickle has participated in ALL 17 card making events put on by this wonderful club/charity.  We are the only business to boast of this and I will tell you there is a reason we have been participating each and EVERY is because it is FABULOUS. The organizers have always stepped up to provide the participants with a top notch event.  Everything from great cards lessons at each of the 8 tables, a nice healthy lunch by Maple City Bakery, fun card contests (you should see the entries!), and home baked goodies (the scones are a must try).  

The Product
This is the card that I designed.  I was quite pleased with the outcome.  I like my cards to be elegant and I like my cards to include a product or technique that some may never have tried.  This year I told the ladies that it was my plan to wow them with my "use of dies and glitter ritz".  I will tell you there were quite a few dies including the Tim Holtz Mixed Media 2 die (Sizzix), Jewels 1 border dies (Elizabeth Crafts) and Adler Star (Memory Box).

Sizzix - Mixed Media 2 Die used for the background

Elizabeth Crafts - Jewels 1 - used as an accent at the bottom

Memory Box - Adler Star Trio - used with glitter ritz as an embellishment
And boy, was the Glitter Ritz flying!  I used glitter ritz (which is a microfine glitter) on the Adler Stars (and layered the two largest to create a beautiful poinsettia to match my Magenta Stamp) and also as a border at the bottom portion of my card.  

The Process
Someone asked me how I come up with my designs.  Well I will admit that it is luck.....kind of.  Actually I like to zone in on a few products I would like to use.  This year I HAD to use the Magenta Santa and Little Girl stamp.  It has been an all time favourite of mine and really that is where the design began.  I then went back to look at the cards I had designed in the past.  I had worked on gold cards and pink cards.  We had a brown rustic card last year.  I had never worked with a stark navy and clean white before so this led to the next choice.  Then one of my customers who is "in the know", asked me to bring in the Tim Holtz Mixed Media 2 die and once I saw it, again I KNEW I had to work with it.  The rest all fell into place.  What do you think?  
Penny Black - Yes, Virginia
Now how cool is this?  I was looking through my stash and came across THE most perfect sentiment for the inside of my design.  This is an oldie but a goodie.  Penny Black's "Yes, Virginia" was the icing on the cake for me.  My card was complete.  And can you believe twine!

On Order
I will tell you that the majority of the items I used on my card are now out of stock but all items have been re ordered.  If you are interested in any of these items, we would be happy to take down your name and set it aside once it is here.  Just shoot me an email ( or call the store (519.351.5220).  

I hope you enjoyed my design.  And next time you hear about the Zonta card making day....sign up!  I promise you will have a great day.  Looking forward to lucky #18.


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

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Cocoa and Snow

Only THE cutest line I have seen in my entire life is here. Meet Cocoa and Snow from Crate Paper. Chop up that adorable snowman paper to create superstar cards in minutes. Fun!  Many more items from this collection including individual 12x12 sheets and 6x6 pads. 


Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Halloween Treats ONLY - No Tricks here!

The best part about Halloween being on a Monday is that you have the entire weekend to prep your treat bags!  I know.  I know.  There are many of you organized people out there that have had your treats prepped for weeks.  Well for all you "just-in-time girls" like me, stop into The Pickle to grab your supplies.  These were the little make and takes Jules taught a couple of weeks back.  We sell the kraft bags ($0.30each), twine ($0.10 per yard) and paper ($1.25 per 12x12 sheet) used to make these super cute.  We filled our small kraft bags with 2 dum dum suckers, 5 caramels and a few gummy worms.

Here is another similar design.  All supplies can be found at The Pickle.  And for all of you good girls and boys who stop in this week, make sure to say "Trick or Treat".  We will just HAVE to send you home with one of these bags.  Feel like a kid again....I dare you.

PS...We have Laura's scrapbooking class going on tomorrow (Thursday) night and I will be open late.  Stop in by 8pm for all your crafty needs!


Store Hours
Wed - 10am-5pm
Thurs - 10am-8pm (open late for class)
Fri - 10am-5pm
Sat -10am-3pm

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Suggestions Requested, Win a Free Class & Free Pumpkins

I need your help.  I would really like to get your ideas on the store and specifically classes.  

I found this quote from Bill Gates and I couldn't agree more.  Your feedback over the years has been invaluable.  It has helped me make decisions and has helped make "The Pickle" your store.

I need your help once again.  I would love to hear your ideas about techniques your are looking in the classes, pricing, timing, etc.  Any comments about the store in general are great too!  Don't hold back.  This is YOUR chance to have YOUR say!!

And as a thank you for your insight, I will be offering you a chance to join in on one of our two fabulous scrapbooking classes either:

Fall Fun - Thursday October 27 from 6-8pm

Or Frightful Night - Thursday, November 10 from 6-8pm

Please email your comment to, comment here on the blog or drop them off in person today (Saturday 10-3).  All comments must be received by Wednesday October 26 please.

As an added bonus for anyone who comments today, you will go home with a beautiful pumpkin from my friends from DeGoey's Nursery and Flowers.  Aren't they unique and beautiful?  They still have a wonderful selection of pumpkins and mums at their St Clair Street location AND they are all priced to move!  So stop in!

Clearance Table

While I was at the store last night for Harvestfest, I had some time to add to my clearance area.  I've got some crazy sales going on here!  Beautiful, beautiful product all looking for good homes.  I think you will be pleasantly surprised with the selection.

Enjoy the sunshine.


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

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Harvestfest - THIS Friday - Oct 21

Tomorrow is the 3rd Friday of the month and Downtown in the City is happening....Harvestfest style!  The majority of the downtown businesses will be open until 8pm or later for your shopping convenience.  And yes....we will be participating!  This is a great time to stop in and check out all the new goodies I've been gushing about.

There are many fun events planned including:
  • On the Commons there will be a presentation of the Blenheim Golden Eagles Gymnastics Club; an exhibit by the New Animal Shelter; Autism Ontario C-K; and a demonstration from New Beginnings – sleep out awareness for homeless people.
  • At 5pm, we invite our little ghosts and goblins, princesses and super hero’s to come dressed in a costume and trick or treat at the participating businesses (we will have treats for children in costume!)
  • Then at 6:30 pm Work Force Chatham-Kent is offering a free movie that night, at the Chatham Capitol Theatre - Hotel Transylvania 2 
Hope to see you Friday night!


Store Hours
Wed-Thur - 10am-5pm
Fri - 10am-8pm (for Harvestfest)
Sat - 10am-3pm

Friday, October 14, 2016

It's all SO Beautiful

When I was in the store tonight, I couldn't help but snap a few photos.

 I know I am biased but the store is so incredibly beautiful right now. The new product is unending. The lines are unreal...Fall, Baby, Christmas, Party, Staples. Sigh. 

This proud momma is feeling the love and maybe I should share a little of it. SATURDAY only, enjoy TAX FREE on all Paper Pickle items. No need for a coupon. Just get in here and take it all in.

PS...Julia's FREE make & take is on from 10am-2pm. I think you will find it very sweet. 

Ditch the yard work. Hop in the car and come for a drive. It is a good day to spark a little creativeness. 


Store Hours
Wednesday-Friday - 10am-5pm
SATURDAY - 10am-3pm

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Halloween Make & Take + NEW! NEW! NEW!

The 3rd Saturday of each month, you can count on The Paper Pickle hosting a FREE make and take to say thank you to our customers.  Julia is really looking forward to leading this session because we will focus on Halloween.  It is a cute little project and I bet you will have FUN!

Make and Takes are FREE and run from 10am-2pm the third Saturday of each month.  No pre-registration or experience required.  All levels and ages welcome!!

NEW Shipments In (again!)
Well I don't know what's going on here, but someone MUST have stolen my credit card and has had too much fun ordering in product.  Like its all here.  Like everything.  I'm not even kidding.

One of my favourite new items...Prima's Vintage Lovers Watercolor Pencil set.  They are SO pretty and a great addition to the other collections.  They are ALL new colours so don't worry about any repetition.

Another beauty?  Crate Paper's Metallic Tapes.  Gold, silver AND rose gold?  SO SO pretty.

Come in and see what other beauties you can find.


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

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

NEW Scrapbooking Classes!

The one and only Laura Gilhuly has been busy creating incredible layouts for class.  Did I mention how lucky we are to have such a talented artist designing for our store?  Laura has been featured in Creative Scrapbooker EVERY issue in 2016!  Look out!  This is one hot artist.

Without further ado, here is Laura to describe the classes in her words....

Fall Fun - 12x12 Layout by Laura Gilhuly

Hi everyone and welcome to The Paper Pickle's October Scrapbooking layout class taught by Laura Gilhuly!
Fall is in the air and we are enjoying it with this fall or Thanksgiving themed layout!

In this class you will learn to alter die cuts, distressing techniques and how to alter beautiful resin pieces.  AND you get to work this beautiful line from Authentique!

The dies are from Tim Holtz and that incredible resin piece is from Prima and is so much fun to alter....looks like a great leaf pile to jump in!

Date:  Thursday October 27
Time:  6-8pm
Cost:  $22+HST
Required Supplies:  

  • trimmer
  • scissor
  • tape runner or adhesive of your choice
  • 4x6 vertical photo or TWO 4x3 horizontal photos fall or thanksgiving themed

Suggested Supplies (bring only if you have already):
  • edge distresser
  • stylus for embossing (one with a medium ball is perfect)

****Remember each class includes one sweet, gourmet treat from Homebaked Kitchen Company!***

Frightful Night - 12x12 Layout by Laura Gilhuly

Hi again!  I've got shivers running up and down my spine because I will be teaching this wicked class. So pull up your casket next to the cauldron and I will pour you a cup of witches brew....
We will fiendishly fussy cut, devilishly ink, make some horrific banners, frightfully emboss and alter some gruesome cheesecloth!  
You will work with some gruesomely eerie products including the spooky Mysterious line from Authentique, dreadfully wonderful Tim Holtz skulls and crossbones and his macabre stickles, shockingly fabulous molding paste and Kaisercrafts evilly bootiful black roses
So if these seems like a hair raising good time and you want to scream with delight, sign up for this spine chilling class!

Date:  Thursday, November 10
Time:  6-8pm
Cost:  $22+HST
Required Supplies:
  • Scissors
  • Adhesive
  • Small Paper Trimmer
  • 4x6 vertical photo or TWO 4x3 horizontal Halloween themed photos
****Did you hear each class includes one gourmet sweet treat from Homebaked Kitchen?!?!***

How to Register
So what do you think?  Laura's layouts must be fully appreciated in person.  The detail!  It blows my mind the amount of technique on each page.  Stop into the store to sign up and see these for yourself.  You may also all to register (519-351-5220).  It will be a blast!  Guaranteed.

Make & Take Fun with Julia
I should also mention here that THIS Saturday is the THIRD SATURDAY of the month (yes, already!) and like every third Saturday, Julia will be leading a fun and FREE make and take.  This month she will be featuring a Halloween project.  There is no need to pre-register.  Just drop in during the hours of 10-2 THIS Saturday for a FREE project.  All levels welcome.  We would love to see you!


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

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Ahhhh.....Little You

Maggie Holmes Layout
Some lines are beyond incredible.  When I saw Crate Paper's Little You collection at CHA, I knew it was a must have.  I resisted ordering for a while and then when I was ready to order, it was nearly impossible to get in.  Well FINALLY it is all here now.  Paper, stickers, embellishments....I HAD to order it all.  Those sweet animals?  The gorgeous colours?  Have a look for yourself....
Maggie Holmes Layout
6x6 Paper Pad - Pink

6x6 Paper Pad - Blue

12x12 Designer Papers - Many to choose from

Chipboard Stickers - Pink

Chipboard Stickers - Blue

Embellishments - Blue

Embellishments - Pink



Just one of the many new lines here at The Pickle.  Doesn't this line give you ideas like....It's time to make another that is. *wink*  *wink*

Happy crafting....Kim

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