The Crafty Pickle’s FIRST Design Team Call!

Be apart of The Crafty Pickle Design Team!


Hi Everyone!

I am excited to announce that I am hosting my first ever design team call for TheCraftyPickle! Design team members will work with TheCraftyPickle Flair buttons, Close to my heart stamps and supplies, and other shop items as they become available.

I am looking for a variety of crafters, Cardmakers, Scrapbookers, Project lifers, Special DIY project makers.

As a design team member you will receive:

  • Free Flair and accessories from my Etsy shop to work with.
  • A discount on all Close To My Heart products, Plus free bonus product as available.
  • Your creative work featured on The Crafty Pickle blog, Etsy example photos, Pinterest, Instagram, Facebook, and other social media.
  • Support and creative connections with our design team in a private facebook group.

What we are expecting of our Designers:

  • Two to three projects per month using Flair and or Current Close To My Heart Products, and to share them on your personal social media (Blog, Pinterest, Facebook, Instagram, etc..
  • An active blog and active presence in other social media such as instagram, facebook, Pinterest, etc…
  • High quality project photography.
  • Participation in Blog hops and group events.
  • Participation in at least one detailed tutorial (text/photos or Video) that will be on The Crafty Pickle blog per month. (this counts as one of your projects)
  • Promote and share The Crafty Pickle products and blog whenever possible using social media.
  • A Three month commitment (starting November) with the option to continue longer if mutually agreed.

This call is open to all crafters, even international.

Sound like fun? Here is what you need to do to apply to be apart of the TCP Design team.

Email the following application to with the subject Design Team Call.

  1. Your name, location, and a short bio of yourself.
  2. Links to your Blog, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, and any other social media sites you actively use. Link any craft type forms you are apart of and would post to as well.
  3. List any past or present design team experience (experience is NOT necessary).
  4. Submit at least three projects showcasing your talents especially in the area of using flair buttons and stamping. Using TCP Flair and CTMH stamps are a plus but definitely not a requirement.
  5. Do you own an electronic die cutting machine?
  6. Attach a photo of yourself that could be used on the blog if chosen for the design team.

I am beyond excited to see your projects and form a fantastic team. Due date for your application is October 17th at 11:59pm PST. Every applicant will be notified by October 24th. Followed by an announcement on The Crafty Pickle blog  the following week.

Thanks for stopping by!

Happy Crafting!

The Crafty Pickle

Join the Close To My Heart Hostess club!

Join a CTMH Hostess club with








The new idea book is here and it’s full of beautiful new stamps and accessories that I know you will all love!

I am going to try something new to celebrate the new product releases. A CTMH hostess club! What is a hostess club? Well, here are the details!

* The hostess club will consist of 6 members committing on spending $25 per month for 6 months. Your orders will go through directly on my CTMH website though a hostess link so that you may order any time within that month.

*Each member will receive the new Close To My Heart catalog/idea book free of charge.

*During the 6 months each member will have a chance to be hostess of the month, allowing them to receive hostess only benefits as well as exclusive product.

Here are two of many new Hostess only stamp sets available:

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*During your hostess month you can also ask people to order online though your party web link for even more hostess credit!

*If your hostess month totals over $300 you will receive an additional gift from me.

*If you decide that at any point in the hostess club, you would like to be a consultant and sign up with me, that month’s order will go toward your first consultant order with CTMH and you earn the commission.

Here are the two new consultant kits!

This is the Scrapbooker’s new consultant kit:

Become a new CTMH Consultant with this NEW Scrapbooker's starter kit!







This is the Cardmaker’s new consultant kit:

Become a new CTMH Consultant with this NEW card makers starter kit!







In addition to all of the above you will have access to my facebook group just for my hostess club where I will share ideas, and where you will be notified of special promotions first!

If this sounds like something you would love to be apart of or you have any additional questions, please send me an email to

Happy Crafting!
The Crafty Pickle



HUGE Etsy Shop update!

Hi Friends!

I just finished with a HUGE Etsy shop update this week. Lots of new flair sets and a couple of fun things like Ponytail holders and bookmarks perfect for project life, scrapbooking, or your organizers/filofaxes!

Here is a peek: Etsy Update!All Button flair is flat so it adds less bulk to your page protectors. Etsy Update!

Flair paper clips! Etsy Update!

Ponytail holders made with ANY of the buttons in the shop! Etsy Update!

Monthly flair sets including this one for July. The flag flair is made with real glitter! Etsy Update!My little girl is obsessed with My Little Pony right now and this is a set I created for her… maybe some of you have little fans out there too. Etsy Update!

My addiction ;)

To see all of the 22 NEW listings check out my Etsy shop HERE.

Happy Crafting!

The Crafty Pickle


Everything you would like to know about CTMH organization?

Questions about CTMH Organizers? Ask and WIN!

Hi Friends,

I am prepping some new blog posts and videos and I would love your input! I have received a lot of questions regarding the Close To My Heart Organizers for all types of supply organization. I know that there are more unanswered questions out there so I was hoping you could leave a comment with any and all questions you have regarding the organizers (Small, Medium, Large, and the My Acrylix cube organizer)

As an incentive for helping me out with this project of mine, I will be randomly drawing three winners from the group of people who leave questions in this post. Winners will receive a Close To My Heart Stamp and a few Flair buttons from my etsy shop as well.

Thanks so much for your questions and input!

Happy Organizing!

The Crafty Pickle

More Embellishment Organization!

Organize your Flair buttons! More

Hi everyone,

It’s been a while but I am back to share an idea of how to organize and store your flair buttons/badges.

I actually struggled with this one and searched for a solution everywhere. At first I had all of mine in a jar but that was a pain to sift though.

I saw ideas of putting them flat in CD cases. Putting them in packaging inside a basket and flipping though them, even putting them in coin page protectors and placing in a binder. All very clever ideas but none of which I thought would work for me.

I knew that they needed to be organized by color. If you have seen my previous posts you know that I organize nearly everything by color. I also knew that I needed something that would have room to add more than my current collection. I didn’t want to have to have multiple cases for one type of embellishment (except washi tape and PL cards, those don’t count ).

While I was at Michaels in the beading section I came across a fantastic sectioned organizer (for bead organization) and it was really reasonable ($5.99) It had more space than a embroidery floss organizer box ($2.99) and I figured it just might work. Here is my little button collection.

Organize your Flair buttons! More

Organize your Flair buttons! More @TheCraftyPickle.comIn addition to organizing by color I have 4 sections dedicated to seasonal buttons. Spring, summer, fall, and winter. There is also multi-colored button sections and spaces for specific themed flair.

Organize your Flair buttons! More

Organize your Flair buttons! More

I think this little case would also be perfect for shaped paperclips, buttons, and wood veneer as well! If you have a larger collection or want a bit more portability I would suggest the Close to my heart small organizer with the foam insert and small craft boxes. I store my wood veneer in those and it works out really well for me.

Thanks for stopping by!

Happy Crafting!

The Crafty Pickle

Now is a GREAT time to join!

Hi Friends!

Just a quick stop in to tell you about a fantastic opportunity going on right now!

Join CTMH with

Join Close To My Heart as an Independent Consultant April 1–30, 2014, and receive your favorite “art-full” Close To My Heart Cricut® collection FREE! Our New Consultant Kit is just $99 and comes packed with nearly triple the retail value in products and supplies to help you succeed. Plus, when you qualify for the Straight To The Top program, you will be refunded the price of your New Consultant Kit. Select your FREE Cricut® collection—retail priced at $99—when you order your New Consultant Kit and watch your new business soar!

Dates: Offer valid April 1–30, 2014.

 Only a week left to start your business with this sweet bonus! Please contact me at or call 209-834-7092 if you have any questions. If you are ready to just jump in you can sign up HERE.

Happy Stampin!

The Crafty Pickle

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