Tuesday, November 28, 2017

More Classes, Tax Exchange and Open House!

You were looking for a couple more classes and here they are.  Stop into the store to register or call us (519-351-5220).

Desk Calendar & Pop Up Gift Card Holder by Hilary
You are in for a treat!  Hilary has designed a 4.25x5.5" desk calendar and a pop up gift card holder just in time for the gift giving season.  You will work with dies to make dimensional flowers, use embossing folders, washi tape, stamps and more.  Have a closer look!

Pop Up gift card holder
(measures 4.25x5.5")

Pretty, Pretty Desk Calendar
(Measures 4.25x5.5")

Dates:  Thursday, December 7 from 6-8pm OR Wednesday, December 13 from 1-3pm
Cost:  $22+hst (includes a sweet treat from Homebaked Kitchen)
Required Supplies:  Scissors, adhesive

Elegant Christmas by Debbie
Take a couple hours for yourself and immerse yourself in the spirit of the season. Debbie's elegant cards are so full of technique and fun! First time stampers don't be afraid. We like to keep our classes small (12 students max) so the teacher can spend some one on one time with you. Grab a friend and see what your pretty little hands can do.

You will be working with stencils, stamps, dies, distress inks, sequins glitter and more. All supplies included.

Dates: Wednesday, December 6 from 6-8pm
Cost: $18+hst (includes all card supplies (paper and embellishments) and a sweet treat from Homebaked Kitchen)
Required Supplies: scissors, adhesive

You have a few more days to register for the 2017 Tag Exchange.  We are almost full (two groups again this year).  If you are thinking about it....do it!  Call the store or email me to register.  Deadline is Saturday to register and tags are due December 9 by 3pm.  Pick up will be December 13-16 during store hours.

And speaking of Saturday.....it is our Christmas Open House.  Join us from 10am-5pm for an amazing day.  There will be:
  • Free Make and Take using stamps from a brand new company!
  • Homebaked Kitchen Holiday Reveal
  • New samples in store to help with your holiday projects and wrapping
  • PLUS spend $100 before tax and receive a $25 gift card FREE!
We hope to see you Saturday!

♥ Kim

Store Hours
Wed-Fri - 10am-5pm
Sat - 10am-5pm (Open House DAY!)

Sunday, November 26, 2017

Christmas Open House - December 2nd 10am-5pm

It comes but once a year....We have an incredible Christmas Open House planned for you.  Get ready for sensory overload as you step foot through our door.  We will have new card samples and projects, ideas for gift wrapping and more.  Julia will lead a sweet make and take.  And as we do once a year....

  • Spend $100 before tax and receive a $25 gift card FREE!
The store is jam packed with gorgeous paper goods.  I cannot wait for you to see it all!

And that's not all.  My sister Jen of Homebaked Kitchen will be sampling her holiday offerings.  I hear she has some brand NEW recipes too.  Place your orders and knock one more item off your to do list! She has also brought in some beautiful new linens, mugs, aprons and more.  Jen has such an eye for pretty things.  I think you will agree.

Grab a friend and join us on Saturday, December 2nd from 10am-5pm for a day full of treats and treasures.


Store Hours
Wed-Fri - 10am-5pm
Sat - 10am-5pm (Special Open House Hours!)

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Shop Local Week!

My dream of owning a retail store became a reality when my sister and I took a leap back in 2003.  And thanks to your support, we are still here today.  I value your business.  I value you taking the time to shop local.  Given the fierce competition with online businesses, and the ease that this shopping brings, brick and mortar store need your efforts more than ever this year.  And don't even get me started about the construction throughout our municipality.  This has not helped matters either.  

This holiday season, I urge you to think about how you spend each and every dollar because trust me, it matters.  I know you have heard this before, but each dollar you spend locally supports a local person or family.  They in turn use these dollars to purchase other items within their community therefore supporting another person or family.  It is a snowball of love and support if all are like minded.

Joy of Shopping
Sometimes I wonder if people have lost the joy of shopping....all they want is the big check mark on their never ending to-do list.  I think it is wonderful to wander from shop to shop in search of the perfect gift.  And OH that moment when you find IT!  It is a feeling that brings joy to me thinking of the reaction from your loved one.  And I will tell you it is a truly awesome feeling for me when as the shop owner, I see this reaction from YOU when you spot that perfect gift in MY store.  I am excited because you are excited.  

Think Before you Buy
So the moral of the story is to think before you buy.  There are SO many incredible stores in our community.  If you want them to stay, then you need to take the time to see what they are all about.  Tell your friends when you find "THE cutest store" or spread the word when a friend is looking for something.  Tell them where they can find the item locally.  You guys do a great job at this already but let's create a movement.  Let's help build our community! 

Black Friday?  Who needs it?
Have you noticed the movement throughout this community and throughout this country for that matter?  We are tired of everyone heading to the States for "the deals" on Black Friday.  Truly, "the deals" are here!  Save your time, your gas and your sanity.  There are deals to be had throughout Chatham-Kent.

Shop these AWESOME deals ALL WEEK at The Pickle.

Prima Spiral Planners - Special Price of $15 ♥

Prima "Breathe" Spiral Bound Planner
These planners make the perfect gift for a teacher, babysitter, friend, etc.  Regular $24.99, pick one up this week for only $15!  Check out the video below to see just how nice these planners are.....gorgeous stickers, tabs and you can start it any time you like!

Prima "In the Moment" Spiral Planner
We also brought in a second style of the Prima spiral planners.  This one also has great stickers, tabs and you can start it any month you like.  The video below will show you more.  Regular $24.99, this week NOW only $15.

Kaisercraft Advent Block - 50% OFF ♥
Kaisercraft Advent Block

These Kaisercraft Advent kits are awesome.  Regular $54.99 now 50% OFF!  There is still lots of time to make this for December 1.  I have a DIY advent calendar for each child (and even one for my big kid/hubby) and they look forward to the different treats, toys and notes I fill them with each year.  I have a blast doing it too!

Paper Sippers - 50% OFF ♥

How cute would these be at your Christmas party this year?  We have a dozen colours to choose from.  Regular $9.99, now only $5!

So what do you think?  We got the deals.  We got the selection.  We got spirit.  Yeah.  Yeah. We got spirit.  ♥  Let's do this!  ♥


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

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Tag Exchange 2017

Oh it's back.  You have been asking since the summer so of course we wanted to coordinate this again for you and your fellow paper crafters!  Time to get excited for our 5th Annual Christmas Tag Exchange.   Last year we had two groups of incredible entries.  Let's see how many beautiful tags we can get this year!

Have a look at the past participant's creations by clicking the links below.  Honestly, you will be blown away by the designs.
Please consider being apart of this incredibly fun exchange.  Its a calorie free swap with sweet rewards!  And don't let these entries intimidate you.  Show us what you've got.  And just remember...You are good enough.  You are crafty enough.  And doggone it, people are going to like 'em.  (to paraphrase Stuart Smalley). Ha.

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 to display in store)
  • 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, DECEMBER 2
  • Your 13 tags are to be dropped off no later than 3PM on Saturday, DECEMBER 9
  • You can pick up your tags during store hours any day between DECEMBER 13-16
  • 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).
So what do you think?  Have I convinced you how fun this can be?  I love seeing the excitement when people drop off their tags to us.  And wow....the excitement when they look through the tags from the swap.  You've got to do this.  You are going to rock it.

More Important Dates to Remember:
  • This Saturday (Nov 18) - It is the third Saturday of the month and so we have a FREE make
  • Christmas Open House - Saturday, Dec. 2 (woot woot!)

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

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

25% Off - In-Store SPECIALS

ALL in stock Prima Flowers - 25% OFF
Many, MANY styles to choose from.
Perfect additions to any project!

Thought it would be FUN to have a few in store specials this week.  A girl has got to do her part to help another get her CRAFT ON!   Ha.  Check out these 25% OFF specials.  November 15-18 only.

  • All Prima Flowers - 25% off!

Avery Elle Pockets - 25% OFF
We have two sizes available:
5.5x7.38" OR 6.75x9.38"

Look how organized your stamps and dies could be!

Sticky Dots - 25% OFF
This adhesive is the answer to adhering intricate die cuts!
Demoing in store THIS week!
This is sweater weather.  This IS the time to get your CRAFT ON!


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

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Get it On - FREE Make & Take THIS Saturday

Oh how I love this time of the year.  As the air turns a little crisp, I feel my craft room calling my name more and more.  No more lawn to mow or gardens to tend to.  Time to pull out the supplies and make a little something special.

Join us this Saturday from 10am-3pm.  Julia has a great make and take for you.  Of course we will be focusing on a little Christmas fun.  Just TWO more make and takes before Christmas (November 17 & December 16).  Come out and get your craft on!

PS...There are still spots available in our upcoming classes.  Check out the posts below!


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

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

November CLASSES!

Elegant Christmas by Debbie

Take a couple hours for yourself and immerse yourself in the spirit of the season.  Debbie's elegant cards are so full of technique and fun! First time stampers don't be afraid.  We like to keep our classes small (12 students max) so the teacher can spend some one on one time with you.  Grab a friend and see what your pretty little hands can do.

You will be working with stencils, stamps, dies, distress inks, sequins glitter and more.  All supplies included.

Dates:  Thursday, November 16 from 6-8pm OR Wednesday, November 29 from 1-3pm
Cost:  $18+hst (includes all card supplies (paper and embellishments) and a sweet treat from Homebaked Kitchen) 
Required Supplies:  scissors, adhesive

Advent Calendar by Laura

This project is incredible!  Make your own advent calendar to use year after year.  Forget those waxy chocolates......!  These 2x2" squares are the perfect size to fill with your own special treats including: candy, coins, stickers, shopkins, special notes and more.  You will have fun getting creative and filling this calendar for your special loved one.

This project measures 17"x10" and is made out of a heavy MDF board and it will stand the test of time.  These beautiful papers will be used to dress the project and there will be many dies and various embellishments available to create a custom design that reflects a style all your own! 

Max 6 people in this class.

Date:  Wednesday, November 22 from 5:30-8:30pm
Cost:  $75+hst
Required Supplies:  scissors, adhesive
Suggested Supplies:  paper trimmer if you have one
***Kits will be available as well for $60+hst***

If you are interested in signing up for either class, please call the store to reserve a spot (519.351.5220) or stop in during store hours.  Both classes are in the store for you to see in person.  I do my best but these photos can never do the projects justice.   

Hope to see you soon!


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

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Zonta - Christmas Card Making Extravaganza

The Paper Pickle Card
I had THE best time on the weekend at The Zonta Card Making Extravaganza.  The Paper Pickle has been apart of this fabulous event since the beginning ( 12+years I think).  There is a session in the spring and another in the fall.  You MUST check out the next one.

What do you think of the card I taught (found above)?  I never know what I am going to teach until I get playing around in my craft room.  Let me tell you, it gets a little stressful at times as I always want my card to be loaded with technique, be appealing to the ladies and not too rushed (you see we only have 30 minutes per group to complete).  I was proud at the way it turned out.

They Liked it!
This card was well received by the group!  We worked with oxide inks in peacock feathers, salty ocean and cracked pistachio to blend and create the background.  We then stamped the sheet music in faded jeans oxide ink.  I absolutely love these inks (as if you couldn't tell!).  They blend beautifully and stamp equally as well. 

The Process/Products Used
We then added a couple of great dies:

Spellbinders - Fa La La
Penny Black - Winter Snow Script
Then a few finishing touches including:  glitter, snowflake brad, sequins from Neat & Tangled and a little washi.  I love it!

The Team

Paper Pickle Power!
I couldn't have managed the day without my trusty sidekick, Julia.  Julia is my daughter and she is growing into a confident and beautiful young woman.  She has been apart of The Paper Pickle since she was 3 months old (remember the baby in the playpen at the end of the counter?  YES!  This is the same girl!).  She was the natural pick to help for the event since my sister Kell is busy cuddling with her new baby girl. 

You rocked it, girl!
Do you think she had fun?  I would say so!  This was my girl at the end of the day.  Energy to spare!! 

Christmas HAS Arrived (product anyways!)
Now we are not decorating the store until Remembrance Day has passed but we do have the store jam packed with incredible new product for your Christmas projects.  Here is a little sampling of the some dies that are similar to the one I used above. 

Spellbinders - Building a Snowman

Spellbinders - Deck the Halls

Spellbinders - Sledding
More Samples

Look at these incredible samples I found using the Penny Black and Spellbinders dies.  Wow.  Just wow.  I love seeing how others use the products I used.  It is amazing what can be created if you use your imagination and work with those beautiful hands.....


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