Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Daddy Daughter Dance 2018

Last Friday was the Daddy Daughter Dance and The Paper Pickle was there.  This is a big fundraiser for The Chatham-Kent Children's Safety Village.  The Safety Village is a non-profit who's purpose is to keep children safe through education and awareness.  My children have attended sessions at The Safety Village through their school and I am grateful.  We are very lucky to have them in our community.  And I wanted to give back.

This year, I prepped kits for 150 girls!  All supplies and my time are donated for this event.  The cards are kept very simple as there are girls ranging in age from 2-16.  I thought this line from Doodlebug was very appropriate.  

Now there are two reasons why I initially volunteered to be a part of this event.  First of all, I wanted to see why my daughter and husband look forward to this event each year.  They have been attending since it's inception (at least 4-5 years now) and would never dream of missing it!  I mean it must be pretty special.  Oh and is it ever!  The girls and dads are dressed up.  There is dancing (Shawn from PartyTime DJ is always there spinning the tunes), there is a photo booth by Captured Moments and two strips of photos are given to each - one for dad and one for daughter.  What a beautiful keepsake!  There is a sundae bar. There is pizza. There are flowers.  There are balloons.  It.  Is.  Adorable.

....best of all, you give me love. 

And the best part....and the reason why I offered to do this for a second year.......There is lots and LOTS of LOVE.....  Oh my goodness.  These next few photos are the reason why I run around like a wild woman sweating and helping and gluing and praising and laughing and smiling and.....

Love the curly font, Summer!

Bold and beautiful.

Best use of coloured pens and stamps.

Best in black and white.  Way to go Peyton!

Oh Bry....your love is apparent.
So yeah.  This is why I do it.  My heart was FULL after this event.  Thank you for the re-charge Barb and team at The Chatham-Kent Children's Safety Village.  See you next year!

♥  Kim

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

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Hooray! The 3rd Saturday is HERE!

And what perfect timing it is!  Join us THIS Saturday for a FREE make & take.  We will be creating a VERY special card for DAD.  Just in case you are new here...we do this each month on the 3rd Saturday from 10am-3pm.  Stop in.  Have some fun.  Learn a little.  Work with those beautiful hands.

♥ Kim

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

Daddy Daughter Dance Sneak Peek

Happy Father's Day 

I am thrilled to be apart of THE most adorable event of the year - The Daddy Daughter Dance taking place this Friday at The Bradley Centre.  This is a huge fundraiser for The Chatham-Kent Children's Safety Village (a charity that does such amazing work in our community).  Have a look at the cards the girls will be making for their dads.  We are working with the So Punny line from Doodlebug.  Tickets are nearly sold out but you may time to snag a couple!  Click here for the ticket link.

PS....for those of you who love Doodlebug and their whimsical designs, you will be happy to know that the Sweet Summer collection is now in stock!

Pen to paper.....this is love.
We were also apart of the "Mother Son Date Knight" back in May which was also a fundraiser for The Chatham-Kent Children's Safety Village.  The boys created an emoji spinner card for their mom (remember that one from our make and take back a few months ago?) and they loved it. 

Honestly, I am happy to donate my time and supplies especially when I get to be rewarded with this.  Have a look at the picture above.  This boy who must have been around 9 or 10 must have spend about 30+ minutes putting his card together and then taking the time to write a very special note to his mom.  He truly was putting his whole heart into that card.  I watched him give his card to this mom and he was SO proud.  My heart is full after leaving these events.....this is why I do what I do.  It is amazing what a little ol' fashioned pen to paper can do for the soul.  I am looking forward to this Friday and all the smiles and love I am so lucky to witness.


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

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Card Classes!

I love paper.  It is a fact.  I know this is not breaking news.  But honestly, every time I look at what can be created with basic supplies....paper, ink, stencils.....I fall more and more in love.  I am in awe.  Get ready to fall in love yourself.... 

We are back with a couple of card classes this month that will bring out your inner artist.  We have plans for various classes throughout the summer too. Stay tuned.  And don't be afraid to send me a note with suggestions for classes.  I am always open to ideas.  Also, if there are any paper artists out there who may want to teach at The Pickle, please send me an email.  I would love to see what you have to offer.

Cards by Debbie
These cards are incredible.  Just look at the art Debbie has created using stencils, distress ink, distress oxide inks, stamps and dies.  I am blown away.  They are even more beautiful in person.  Stop in and have a look.

Date:  Thursday, June 14 from 1-3pm
Cost:  $20+hst (includes a sweet treat from Homebaked Kitchen Co.)
Required Supplies:  adhesive

Cards by Hilary
This is going to be an awesome class.  Hilary will show you how just by changing papers, you can create two very different cards.  It's like the internet debate all over again.....Which do you see?  Pink with white laces or blue with grey laces?  I can see both.  I love both.  And as a bonus, create this incredible distressed tag using various stamps, inks, stencils and more.  It's shabby.  It's chic.  It.  Is.  Fun.

Date:  Wednesday, June 20 from 6-8pm OR Thursday, June 21 from 1-3pm
Cost:  $20+hst (includes a sweet treat from Homebaked Kitchen Co.)
Required Supplies:  adhesive

How to Register
  • You can reserve a spot by calling the store (519-351-5220) or stopping in during store hours
  • All classes must be paid for within 48 hours of registration (you can call with a credit card)
  • If you cannot make it to class once payment has been made, it is your responsibility to find a replacement (please call if you are stuck though as we may have people on the waiting list).  
We hope to see you out!  Grab a friend and get creative.  See how happy a little paper can make feel.

♥ Kim

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

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

We are on Instagram!

It's official.  The Paper Pickle is NOW on Instagram.  The above image is a photo of my very first post.  I will admit that my son, who is 9 (going on 19) did not think it was cool that I used the hashtag #myfirstpost.  Ha!  You can find us at thepaperpickleco.  That's us.  Look for many more posts!  PS....you can also follow us on Facebook - The Paper Pickle Company.

Here is a close up of last Saturday's make & take.  We celebrated the royal wedding with a pretty little card perfect for a spring wedding.  It was so fun.  Jules thought it would be nice to dress up for the big day.  We even cut some Soloman's seal from the garden as it reminded us of wedding bells.  It was THE perfect day of magical little details that I will remember forever.
 We used a little washi tape from Alexandra Renke....

And this incredible 12x12 designer paper.  Punch these circles out and craft like a superSTAR.

We've got a little bonus for you.  This Saturday is Retrofest.  That means the downtown will be hopping!  We will have special one day promos PLUS a great make and take!  It's free and it will be fun.  Work with those beautiful hands and see our downtown at ITS BEST!  More details to follow.


Store Hours
Wed-Fri - 10am-5pm
Sat - 10am-4pm

Saturday, May 5, 2018

TODAY is National Scrapbook Day

Today is National Scrapbook Day!  Why not celebrate it by visiting a store that has proudly marched to it's own beat since 2003?!?  For 15 years, The Paper Pickle has remained true to ourself and has never felt the need to copy the competition....and I think you love us for that.  Who knows?  There could be a little special promo or two today.  We like to keep you guessing....and I think you love us for that too.

♥  Kim

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

Thursday, May 3, 2018

Alexandra Renke LOVE

Well it has happened again.  I have completely fallen for another amazing artist.  Alexandra Renke has created some of the most beautiful 12x12 papers and washi tape.  The quality is like none I have ever seen.  

 Artist quality papers with gorgeous weight and texture....
 Unbelievable washi tape that blends almost seamlessly to the paper it is adhered to. 
 And it's not all about the florals.  She designed some of the cutest circus images too!
12x12 sheet of designer paper that is just waiting
 to be punched out to make simple baby/children's cards or layouts

 And don't forget the flamingos!  Hot.  Hot. Hot in the design world!
 And a little palm too?  Yes please!

This was the paper that got me hooked.  Remember my little make and take where we chopped up this 12x12 to create a simple, everyday card?  A little glitter and pretty complimentary paper and you're done!  Score one for the good guys/girls!

And don't think this washi is just for cards and layouts.  Add a little washi tape to a simple kraft for white box rather than wrapping?  An ah-ha moment, right?  Yes!

I adore this new line which has a more masculine feel.  There are a few different styles like this one.  So perfect.

What do you think?  Could you be in love too?  Thank you Alexandra Renke for your beautiful and inspiring work.  You make a quick card maker like me look SO good.

♥ Kim

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

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

NEW - Watercolor Confections & Supplies

Three BEAUTIFUL new pallets of watercolor confections from Prima have arrived at The Pickle.

Essence, Woodlands and Complexions
 Last spring we had local watercolour artist, Christy Obalek in the store teaching beginner watercolour classes (check out her beautiful Etsy shop here).  She taught using these Prima Watercolor Confections.  She loved the quality as well as how nice and compact they were....perfect for the artist on the go who likes to paint out in nature. 

The weather has improved and why not bring your art outdoors?  We have all the supplies you need including the full line of confections...

watercolor pencils....

 watercolor paper...
 water pens for the artist on the go....
and many 12x12 watercolor paintable sheets that are so easy for those who are a little shy painting free hand.  Fun and whimsical images are printed on high quality watercolor paper.  

It's time to unplug a little and get your craft on....

♥ Kim

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

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Classes - Alcohol Inks

 As promised, here are the details about a beautiful and exciting class!

Alcohol Ink Class by Hilary
Alcohol Inks are all the rage right now.  You can find every celebrity card maker out there working with them.  Want to get some hands on lessons in a small class setting?  Join our resident Queen of Technique for this incredible class.  You will create two very different cards using alcohol inks using yupo paper.  Discover the "ghosting" and "dropping" techniques for yourself.  Please note that results will vary as you are the artist and this is your art.  All who like to "play" and would like to learn something new are welcome to join.  

Dates:  Wednesday, April 25th from 1-3pm OR Thursday, April 26th 6-8pm
Cost:  $18+hst
Required Supplies:  Adhesive

To register, please call the store to reserve your spot as seats are limited (519.351.5220).  I encourage you to stop into the store to register as well during store hours.  These cards are gorgeous in person!

Looking for more classes?  
Please let us know the types of classes that interest you.  We would like to get more classes going now that the weather is getting better.


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

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

NEWSLETTER Time - ZONTA Details. NEW Product. 25% off SALE.

Beautiful NEW dies from Elizabeth Crafts
are in stock NOW!
Well hello there.  Long time no chat.  So for those of you who tune in regularly know that when I am not posting it means BIG things are HAPPENING!  Oh yeah.  Truly these last few weeks have been a whirlwind here at The Pickle! 

Zonta LOVE
We had a blast at the Zonta Cardmaking Extravaganza where we taught TWO cards.  Have a look!  A warm thank you to Corrinne from Rubies who taught this elegant card which featured Tim Holtz Glorious Bouquet stamp and oxide inks.  We also used a gorgeous butterfly stamp from Magenta and Tim's new border stamp set.

Elegant card perfect for any occasion

And here is the card that Jules and I lead.  This was an action packed shaker card which featured Memory Box's Mod Square die and some amazing new papers from Crate Paper, oxide inks (can you tell they are my fav?!?) and various other amazing stamps and product that we have in stock.  Both cards are in store now.  Come and have a look...I am proud of these designs.
Shake it....!

Everyone said they loved the cards....what do you think?  What an awesome event once again.  PS....the date has been set for the Christmas Event.....mark your calendars for November 10th!  ♥

NEW Dies!
 A ton of new dies and general product for that matter have been steadily arriving at The Pickle.  Have a look at some of the beauties.....

Basic shapes are back!

Incredible value from Elizabeth Craft

Love the NEW hot air balloon
- check out Pinterest for some incredible designs.

You could do SO much with this basket die

Dashing Circles

Dashing Squares

Dashing Rectangles

Bird Branch Circle Frame from Memory Box

Poppy Stamp - Fine Flamingo

Memory Box - Dragonfly Stems Left Corner

Poppy Stamp - Pierces Borders

Select Spellbinder Dies - 25% OFF
Is it time for a SALE?!?  Well we DO have to make room for these brand new dies.  Do you think you can help find good homes for any of these?  ♥  Just look at these dies are awesome ideas.

These are only a few of the Spellbinders that at 25% off!

Alcohol Ink Card Class
Tomorrow I will be posting details about TWO alcohol ink classes with Hilary!  Join our Queen of Technique and see why people are going crazy for alcohol inks once again!

Free Make & Take - THIS Saturday
Don't forget....it is the third Saturday and that means a FREE make and take at the Pickle!  Make a beautiful Mother's Day card with Jules.  10am-2pm THIS Saturday!  All are welcome.

Hope to see you soon!


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