Using flair buttons in your Project Life albums.

Hi Everyone!

Today I am showing a few of the new Flair sets in my etsy shop as well as some ideas for using flair in your Project Life albums.

I had a problem in the past with using flair inside my pocket pages because of the bulk and I really didn’t care for putting mine on the outside of the page protector as it seemed to pop off or come loose over time. Now that I am using my own flair that are flatter profile, I am less worried about bulk and have been using them lots more in my album.

Here is a look at the flatter profile from a side angle.

Flatter profile flair buttons for Project Life

Here are a few ideas using TheCraftyPickle flair!

Sometimes keeping things simple is the best way to go. Although I love adding clusters of little embellishments throughout my album, sometimes keeping a simple design makes a big statement. For this card I used my silhouette to cut out a simple frame. I attached it to a Project Life pre-designed card and then added a flair piece from the everyday set.

Using Flair in your Project Life album


This next one I whipped up in minutes. I took a clip art TV and positioned it on my 3×4 card in Photoshop Elements. I added a flair from the afternoon/Evening set in the center of the TV and now it is ready for a small photo or some journaling.

Using Flair in your Project Life album


Background stamps are wonderful for making your own Project Life cards. For the sunshine card I stamped the background using a Studio Calico background stamp and added on a little yellow face flair (which are free with any purchase for the month of April!)

Using Flair in your Project Life album


This next one uses a basic Becky Higgins grid card and a few scraps of cardstock. I cut out the shapes using some basic paper punches and added a Flair piece from the Crummy day set. To finish it off I splattered a bit of gray and black ink in the bottom corner.

Using Flair in your Project Life album


This next card was made using a digital stamp from Tracy Larsen, some cloud washi tape, and a flair from the May Flair set. Right now there are January though June monthly sets in the shop and they all include one real glitter flair piece! July-December coming soon!


Using Flair in your Project Life album


Same idea for a monthly marker card. Layered with a paper punch and some chalk stenciling in the background.

Using Flair in your Project Life album


This sweet card was made with a silhouette cut, a label punch and a heart flair from the Watercolor Hearts flair set. The elements in this card would be great layered over a photo directly as well.

Using Flair in your Project Life album


Using Flair as a “O” substitute is lots of fun. To make this card I just splattered red ink over white cardstock and added some Heidi Swapp Mistable letters to make the word JOY. The Flair piece is from my Everyday set.

Using Flair in your Project Life album


I LOVE enamel dots and they are so fun to mix with flair. This one uses a piece from the Family set.

Flatter profile flair buttons for Project Life


And this one uses a piece from the Disney set.

Using Flair in your Project Life album


My Teenagers are very much into Minecraft lately. These three pieces come from the Minecraft set. Try making a border with three matching flair either in the center of your card or off to the side of a 4×6 card.


Using Flair in your Project Life album


Finally, a card to celebrate spring. This one was made by stamping some clouds and die cutting a little tree that made a perfect spot to add the Spring flair piece from the May Flair set.

Using Flair in your Project Life album


I hope those examples provided some inspiration of your own to use flair in your albums.

Here is a peek of some new flair sets that have been updated to my Etsy shop. I am also happy to do Custom orders as well, Just drop me an email or send me a custom order request though Etsy.

Flatter profile flair buttons for Project Life

Flatter profile flair buttons for Project Life

Flatter profile flair buttons for Project Life

Flatter profile flair buttons for Project Life

Flatter profile flair buttons for Project Life

Flatter profile flair buttons for Project Life

To see more Crafty Pickle flair sets click HERE to visit my Etsy Shop. Want even more flair inspiration for your Project Life album? The talented girls over at have come up with some beautiful designs using my flair, And if you hurry over before March 31st you can enter to win a Crafty Pickle Flair package.

To celebrate my shop update I would like to give away two sets (any that are in my Etsy store) to two lucky winners. For a chance to win please add your name, location, and tell me what Crafty Pickle flair set is your favorite. Winner will be announced 3/28 Friday afternoon.

Update: Congratulations to Cyndie Hart and Lynne Thomas Rudolph! You both win a CraftyPickle Flair set. Please drop me an email and let me know which set you would like.

Happy Crafting!

The Crafty Pickle


Rainbows make me HAPPY!

Using a nail polish display to organize your ink mist, glitter, and embossing powder. More at

I think Rainbows make most people happy, but they have to make papercrafters ESPECIALLY happy! Which is why I couldn’t wait to show you my organization for my ink mists, Glitter, and embossing powder!

I have played around with organization on these items a few times… nothing really seemed to quite work… and as I was trying out different methods I was accumulating more colors of everything. There is something about a new bottle of Mister Huey that makes me warm and fuzzy inside.

I saw a few ideas around pinterest and organization groups like this one, and i thought spice racks would be just the thing… but I don’t have much wall space in my craft studio so it left me with little options.

Then one day I was browsing Amazon and I found THESE!!!

Using a Nail polish display as storage for ink,glitter, and embossing powder. More at

Nail polish displays!!! You can find them on amazon HERE, but shop around to find the best deal. Just make sure that if you get more then one and you want them to line up even with each other, you purchase from the same company as the measurements on these guys can vary.

I was so excited when I got them in the mail that I started organizing my things right away…. even when I didn’t have my shelves up yet (still waiting on those). My original plan was just to organize my ink mists *if* the rack happened to work….

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well, It worked for me! I was so excited, and admittedly, I just stood there for a little while starring at my pretty inky rainbow, ignoring the rest of my disorganized room that I had been working on. Then a couple of days later i was trying to figure out where to stick some of my other supplies like glitter and embossing powder…. they had been in a drawer and a little cabinet but it wasn’t working very well for me. I thought for sure the embossing jars wouldn’t fit on the nail polish display as they were wider…. but they did!

Using a nail polish display to organize your ink mist, glitter, and embossing powder. More at

The embossing spinner is the same style I used for my sequins station in a previous post. I keep my most used embossing powders here… White, Clear, Black, Silver, Gold… This I had for a while I just moved the location. If you missed the Sequins Station I posted a while back HERE is the link to that post with all the information on what I used.

Using a nail polish display to organize your ink mist, glitter, and embossing powder. More at

I hope you enjoyed my little happy rainbow. If you are looking for even MORE inspiration check out this blog: Life, Scrapbook, Repeat Toni has some awesome ideas she gathered along with her own pretty little rainbow :)

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!

The Crafty Pickle

Flair… oh you beautiful, shiny, buttons of fun……

Hi Friends!

I have been working hard to give my little etsy store a pretty big update. I listed 10 new sets (or in some cases singles), and one of the best things is they are flatter making them perfect for Project Life /Pocket pages! I thought I would show you what was new in the shop today…

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I will be coming out with more monthly sets as the year progresses but I have January though April up now. Each set will have their own special glitter piece like the ones below.

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To visit my etsy store please click HERE.

I also have a few custom orders I am finishing up. If you need any customized buttons drop me an email, I would be more than happy to help.

I am so excited and I hope that you love them as much as I do. I will be blogging soon about ideas to use these little gems in your scrapbook and project life pages soon!


The Crafty Pickle

CTMH Storage solutions: 6×6 paper, Thickers, and Washi Tape.

Hi Everyone,

I know it has been a while since I have blogged. We all got hit with that horrible cold which seemed to consume most of January. Since recouping from that I took on the task of reorganizing and transforming my loft space of my home into my crafty studio. It has taken a few weeks and there is still much more to be done but I am really happy with how things have came out. I hope to be able to do a craft room tour very soon!

Today I wanted to share with you how I am now organizing my 6×6 paper, my washi tape, and how I plan on organizing all of my thickers. I felt that doing a little video would explain better than a few pictures.  Take a look!

I hope you found the video helpful. Hopefully you are inspired to organize your pretty paper things too!

If you missed my previous video on how I organize all of my project life cards by color you can see that video on my previous post here.

If you have any questions please feel free to comment here or send me an email (button on the right hand side of my blog)

If you would like to purchase a CTMH organizer or any Close to my Heart products you can do so on my CTMH website HERE. The link directly to the organizers is HERE.

If you are looking for the free cut file I made specifically for the CTMH cases to help organize your Project Life cards you can find that post HERE.

Thanks for stopping by. Happy organizing!

Crafty New Year’s Resolution’s

Hi Friends!
I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday season. Mine was so busy I hardly had any time to sit down and craft. This week was the first time I had time to create in what seemed like forever.

Have you made any New Years Resolutions? I’ve made a few and one of them is to create more cards. I am usually in such a hurry so when I need to send a card I am usually grabbing something quick at Target. Not only is store bought cards expensive, it doesn’t usually have that personal touch that something handmade has.

The card I made for today uses the Die-namites Winter Sunflower die.

 Winter Sunflower

I knew I wanted to use this pretty die along with Peggie Lee’s January Sketch and Dare challenge.

 Sketch and Dare Challenge
 Sketch and Dare Challenge

I wanted to use the circle design of the sketch but in the negitive rather than layer a circle on top of the card. I used a circle cutter and cut out a circle in a piece of white cardstock. I cut this down to fit the front of my card. Then I cut at an angle though the circle. Setting this piece aside for later I started adding watercolor to my card (*card made out of watercolor paper) with two shades of yellow and then once that was dry, I added a dark shade of green.

While waiting for the watercolor to dry I cut out my sunflower in both yellow and green cardstock. I trimmed the leaves off the yellow die cut and layered on top of the green. for a bit of subtle texture I added some yellow glitter to the flower. I attached this on top of the water colored portion of my card.

Lastly I took the front piece of cardstock that I started with and stamped a simple hello sentiment and splattered a bit of mist in yellow and green on top. I added the piece to the card base using foam squares.

Voila! A handmade card ready to give to someone special!

Will you be creating more in 2014? How about participating in die-namites monthly Sketch and Dare Challenge? It’s a great way to get your creativity flowing and get a chance to win a fabulous prize!

Did you know???
….. Die-Namites is having a Design Team Call!!

Last minute gift ideas with Die-namites dies!

Thank you for joining us for our

Dienamites bloghop

If you have arrived here from Lynne Forsythe’s blog,

you are in the right place. If not head on over to Die~Namites Dies Blog, to begin the hop!

I know it’s a very hectic time of year….. the parties, the shopping, the decorating…. and the last minute gift for Aunt Betty.

We at Die~Namites Dies wanted to share with you a few Last Minute Ideas.

It is always so hard for me to think of what to give teenagers for Christmas. This year filling up their stockings was a little challenging and I was still shopping up until today to finish up everything.

While shopping for stocking gifts I saw so many gift sets that were way overpriced. I thought, “I could put something together for half the cost of those packaged sets”. So I grabbed some nail polish and other nail care items for my daughter and bundled them up in a clear cellophane bag. I attached a pretty tag that I made with two of the new release dies from Die-namites!

The dies I used were the Curly Poinsettias die and the Winter Branch die.

Winter Branch Curly Pointsettas

I layered the winter branch die with some cuts from additional branch dies along the bottom right corner.Then added the Curly Poinsettias on top. I took a clear wink of stella glitter marker and added some glitter accent on the flowers. I finished everything off by adding in some enamel dots and gems. Once everything was finished and dry I added my daughters name using gold glitter foam thickers.

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It’s a good idea to have a few ready made tags like this one on hand. Adding a name is easy and fast and it really makes a quickly put together gift that much more special!

Thank you for joining us for our

Die~Namites Dies, Last Minute Christmas Ideas.

Don’t forget to check out our December Die~Namites Dies Sketch Challenge and Dare sketch challenge

you could be our next randomly chosen WINNER!!!

Now head on over to the Die-namites blog to wrap this blog hop up!!

Happy Holiday Crafting!

The Crafty Pickle

December Daily: Days 1 to 6

Happy Holidays!

I hope all of you are enjoying the season so far and have been keeping up with your December Daily albums or Journals. I wanted to share a little bit of my album today. I have up to day# 5 complete. (warning this post is kind of photo-heavy). For my 2013 December Daily I am using the Merry and Bright Kit from Whimsical Twist. I am also using items I have collected from this year and previous years as well as die cuts from my Silhouette. If you have any questions on products used please let me know.

December Daily 2013 Title page

For my title page I did it in three separate page protector layers.  For the First layer I printed a title using Ali Edwards digital brushes on a transparency and placed that in the page protector

DD Title page 1st Layer |

For the second layer I took a transparency and two silhouette die cuts (out of the silhouette printable gold foil) and adhered them on the transparency back to back. After sliding that into the page protector I sprinkled sequins on either side and sewed the protector closed.

Title page layer #2  |

Title page layer 2  |

For the Third and final layer of the Title page(s) I cut a piece of American Crafts POW glitter paper and slid that in the protector, On top of that was another transparency that I printed on the bottom.

December Daily title page layer 3  |

The next page I kept really simple.

December Daily calender page.  |

Day one:

December Daily Day one  |

December Daily Day One  |

For the card on the bottom left, I stamped in white ink and then I went over the stamped areas with a white chalk pencil to give it a better chalkboard effect.

December Daily Day one  |

Day Two:

December Daily Day 2  |

December Daily Day Two  |

For the middle layer  I used a 6×8 page protector  and sewed the bottom portion shut with sequins, glitter, and heat embossed wood veneer stars (Studio Calico Printshop stars) Then I slipped the two photos back to back on the top.

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This year I decided to incorporate our advent Calender within our December Daily album. You will see these pockets throughout my album. The little circles are special chalkboard paper. I stamped the number in white prima Chalk ink. (the Advent Kit that I used can be found HERE)

December Daily Advent pocket + Tag  |

I printed our advent activities on a piece of shimmer cardstock and then sewed them to the tag that I had cut down to fit the bag. I also did some heat embossing on the tags as well.

Day Three & Four:

December Daily Day 3 and 4  |

Day Three:

December Daily day 3  |

Day Four:

December Daily day 4  |

Day Five:

December Daily Day 5  |

I had a lot of fun working on Day 5. Lots of digital stamping on the photos using files from Ali Edwards @ Designer Digitals, Ali Edwards/Technique Tuesday Stamps, and the Pine Wreath Die from Die-Namites Dies.

December Daily Day 5  |

For the Tree embellishment I used the Pine Wreath die from Die-Namites dies which you can find HERE. I made 12 cuts of the die and one tree base out of the same card stock. I cut off all of the pine branches from the die cut shapes and made a pile. Then I took some clear liquid adhesive and squeezed a bit out on a scrap piece of card stock. I dipped the bottom part of the pine branch in the glue and started layering from the outside of the tree base inward. After everything was completely dry I added some clear and white gems (Michael’s brand and Studio Calico) To see more photos of this embellishment visit the Die-Namites blog HERE.

December Daily day 5  |

December Daily day 5  |

Day Six:

For day 6 I kept things super simple. I took cards that were included in the Merry & Bright Kit and embellished the tree card with some sequins and glitter pen accents. Sticker letters are also from the kit. There are a handful of kits still available and you can find them HERE on sale for $35!

December Daily Day 6  |

December Daily Day 6  |

That wraps up this round of December Daily Pages. I should be back next week to share another handful of pages.

Happy Holiday Crafting!
The Crafty Pickle

Happy December and Welcome home, Cupcake!

Hi Friends,

It’s been crazy around here which has not left me much time for crafting (or blogging) as much as I would like. I am excited for December and all the fun festive things going on this month though, and am hoping to have a bit more time to document and enjoy the season.

Today I wanted to share with you our Elf On The Shelf’s homecoming and first three days of silly elf antics.

When our elf, cupcake, was “discovered” this season she had a little slip of paper with our street address on it tucked in the waistband of her skirt. My then 6-year-old daughter must have slipped it in so that Cupcake could find her way home (too sweet, right?) so Cupcake attached that to a wood skewer like a flag and attached it to the remote control helicopter that is my sons for her grand entrance. When my little girl came home from her dad’s house she was SO excited and spent the rest of the evening talking to her elf and wearing the bell that Cupcake brought back for her. (You can find these at the dollar store or craft stores like Michaels)

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Day Two. I knew that my Daughter had her big dentist appointment this day and I reallllly needed to get rid of the Halloween candy in the house. Well its no fun if mom just throws it out. Our elf eating it all is another story ;)

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Day Three. ok, this was a last-minute thought and I was exhausted so in looking around the kitchen I spied a bunch of fruit I got earlier that day for the kids. Inspired by a conversation between my daughter and Niece about mario kart I thought cupcake fruit-karting sounded like a good idea. It was a HUGE hit around here let me tell you. My 7-year-old woke up my 17-year-old at 3 am to see what Cupcake did! Poor Lexie, She was a good sport though and shared her sister’s excitement.

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For more elf on the shelf ideas follow Taniesa on instagram!

Happy “Elfing”

The Crafty Pickle

Brown Paper Packages Tied Up With String.

Hi there friends!

The holidays are finally here and I have started my Christmas shopping! One of my favorite parts of Christmas is wrapping up the gifts I choose for my friends and family. I try and be creative with my gift giving more than traditional wrapping paper and curly ribbon so that the recipient is even more excited to open their pretty package.

 Elegant Holly

 Today I am using the Elegant Holly die.

This die was the perfect accent for a small gift that I was giving. I cut the die out of Green cardstock and added little red gems for the berries. I attached them using a small glue dot. Then I placed a small bow and tag on top. simple yet unique. How will you use your Die-namite Holiday Dies this season?

Happy Crafting