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 (thepaperpickle@gmail.com) 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 time......it 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 it.....no 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 (thepaperpickle@gmail.com) 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.