Happy (inter)National Scrapbook Day!!!

Hi Crafty Friends!!!

Happy (inter)National Scrapbooking Day! I hope you are all getting some crafty time in this weekend. I have a few special announcements for today so make sure you read all the way though!

I have been busy updating our Etsy shop and we have a few new flair sets, some singles, and some awesome sequin mixes. Here is a little peek of what is new.

Graduation 2015 flair set @ TheCraftyPickle.com


Movie Night flair set @ TheCraftyPickle.com


I love you to the moon! Flair @ TheCraftyPickle.com


Exclusive sequin/confetti mix @ TheCraftyPickle.com

Exclusive sequin/confetti mix @ TheCraftyPickle.com


Exclusive sequin/confetti mix @ TheCraftyPickle.com

if you want to see even more NEW stuff click HERE to go to my Etsy shop.

Speaking of the Etsy shop, What is NSD without a sale right? This weekend only, domestic orders over 10.00 ship for free (Use code NSD2015FREESHIP) and international orders over 10.00 can take 3.00 off their order (Use code NSD2015INTSHIP) Also ANY order placed this weekend will have a free 2015 glitter ombre flair button and a special NSD sequin mix included with their order.

In addition to that, any order $35 or more will receive a free flair set (equal or lesser value) Just leave which set you would like in the comments at checkout!

The TCP designers will be posting some fantastic inspiration with our new flair and sequins soon and this next blog hop we thought we would ask one of YOU to be a guest designer with us! Our team will be working with this mini kit below that includes some Close To My Heart products, TCP Flair, and TCP Sequin mixes!

Be our guest designer! TheCraftyPickle.com

Be our guest designer! TheCraftyPickle.com

If chosen to participate you will receive the kit pictured above AND a $15 credit to the store to pick out anything you would like for other personal projects, which will all ship together for free.

Your design will be featured in our blog hop on May 26th! You don’t need to have a blog to participate, but if you do we would love to include your blog in our hop!

To enter the Guest Designer call simply post a link in the comments to a layout or project that you have created by midnight Monday 5/4. Our guest designer will be chosen by our current DT members and announced this Tuesday 5/5.

To purchase the Close to my Heart products like the ones in the kit, visit my CTMH website HERE.

Make sure you check our Instagram and Facebook this weekend for some fun giveaways!

That about covers it for now. I hope you all have a fantastic weekend!

Happy crafting!
The Crafty Pickle


Baby Shower Favor

Baby Shower Favor

Hi Joann here today, thanks for joining me!

Today I am sharing a cute little baby shower favor that I made using the CTMH Artiste Cartridge!

Isn’t this box adorable and wouldn’t it also be great as an Easter Box to fill with treats for kids?!?!  To decorate my box I cut a 1 3/4 circle stamped an image using the CTMH-Holiday Tags stamp set and customized it with the due date using YES Months set for my month and finished it off with some scattered sequins.

Hope you enjoyed and thanks for stopping by!

Supplies Used

A Layout with a bit of Flair!

Hi again Crafty Friends!

 Two posts in one day means it’s a GREAT Friday! Today our designer, Cathy, is showing off one fantastic layout using TCP flair! Check it out!

Hi everyone, it’s Cathy here again with another layout for The Crafty Pickle.  One of my favourite embellishments to use on a layout is flair badges, and since I have so many awesome ones from The Crafty Pickle I figured I’d see how many I could fit on a page!  I mean, what’s better than one flair badge?  Well in this case six flair badges!   Now right now Taniesas’ wonderful shop is on a short break, but when it’s up and running again be sure to check out the awesome collections I used to create my layout!  I also used some stamps from Close To My Heart to round out my design! In order to achieve dimension with my badges I used hot glue for some and foam squares for the others so that I could layer them.  Don’t be afraid to grab some of your stash of badges and pile ’em up high!  The more the merrier!

I think this is one of my favorite’s of yours, Cathy! Thank you so much for sharing! 
Happy Crafting!
The Crafty Pickle

Color CRAZY!!!!

Hi Crafty Friends!

So about a week ago I posted about the 30 day color challenge hosted by TheDailyMarker.com along with my first two projects. I decided to take my own spin on things and make a hand-made-hand-colored project life card for each of the 30 days. Today is day 10 and I am still going strong!

I have been sharing daily on Instagram (check out hashtag #30days30Projectlifecards) but I thought I would show you all my cards so far and a close up of those card’s I haven’t shown on the blog yet.

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For this card I used Distress Ink for watercoloring along with a stamp set from Studio Calico’s Neverland Kits (Lost Boy’s add-on kit) I started by stamping the moon then using masking fluid to keep the moon white while I watercolored the background. I started with tumbled glass in the center and worked my way outward with darker blues and purples. When it was all dry I removed the mask from the moon, Stamped the black text and colored the moon in with Squeezed Lemonaid Distress Ink

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This card was created with a new stamp set I got from Neat and Tangled called “My Heart Sings“. I had been working in my journaling bible this day so this card just seemed like the perfect carry over. Colored with Distress ink and a iridescent water-coloring medium. I love how sparkly this one is… you can’t really see it all on camera but it’s about as sparkly as a Wink of Stella glitter marker. In fact I have a water brush filled with this medium and a bit of water for anything that needs a bit of clear sparkle (ends up being a lot cheaper than purchasing clear Wink of Stella markers over and over)

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TheCraftyPickle.com Close up of Iridescent MediumThis next card was created with this AWESOME stamp set by Paper Smooches called “A Magical Spring“. Isn’t that little Irishman the cutest? This one I colored using my Copic markers and added some gold thickers and gold sequins at the end.

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I knew I wanted to document what we are watching on T.V. lately so this card ended up being perfect. The stamp is from Paper Smooches “Boob Tubes” stamp set. I colored it with some copic marker grey markers and added some silver gel pen accents. Once everything was dry I added Glossy Accents to the screen to make it shiny like glass. The letter stickers are from Studio Calico.

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Today we are on our way to spend time with my sister and niece. My little one is super excited to see Cinderella with her cousin tomorrow and I thought this card would look great when I go to document this fun weekend with this super cousin duo. the stamps of the super hero girls are from Mama Elephant’s “Tiny Heroes” stamp set and the buildings and clouds are from Paper smooches ( sets “super” and “Whimsical“) I colored using my copic markers again and I stamped everything  out using my MISTI stamping tool (I LOVE THAT THING!!!!!)

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This next card was completely and totally inspired by Kristina Werner’s Video on 3/9. I loved the spotlight color idea so I took a stamp set from ABeautifulMess.com with all these cute emoji’s. Stamped them all out and then lightly marked a circle in the center. I colored the circle of emoji’s with colored copics and then everything on the outside of the circle with grey copic markers in three different shades. It took quite a bit of time but it was a lot of fun and I love it!

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I had next to no time to color on Wednesday (busy busy busy with new stuff coming to TheCraftyPickle Etsy shop) so I set aside about 10 minutes and played with this new stamp set from paper smooches called “Luminous Spring” (The unicorn and sun are from the “Spectrum” stamp set) I used Tombow markers and a blender pen for this one. The unicorn got a quick wash of the iridescent watercoloring medium and accents with a gold gel pen. I added a bit of glossy accents to finish it all off.

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Yesterday’s card is a simple background stamp by Penny Black. I heat embossed the background image and then used 17 different colors of distress ink to watercolor the little circles. The label die cut stamp set is from Hero Arts “Clearly Kelly” line and the AM/PM is from the Ali Edwards monthly stamp subscription titled AM/PM.

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Today’s card is simple and I got it done super early because I knew I was going to be very busy today. This is from another Paper Smooches stamp set called ” Hang Up’s“. Quickly colored with some copic markers and then distressed the edges of the card with some Vintage Photo distress ink and a blending tool. The text I printed out from the computer before I did my stamping.

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There ya have it…. the first 10 days of coloring! I knew this would be a fun little challenge but what I didn’t plan for is how much I would learn about what types of coloring mediums I really love to use and some that I am not too fond of. Not only that, but there has been a really great little gathering of people participating in the challenge and encouraging one another with our projects. I just love that!

For more coloring inspiration definitely check out www.TheDailyMarker.com and the Instagram hashtag #TheDailyMarker30Day. Also if you LOVE to include handmade cards in your project life albums, check out ProjectLifeCardSwap.com. Even if you don’t swap, there is a TON of inspiration from these talented swappers!

Thanks for hanging in there with me and my LONG post for today. I hope you have a fantastic weekend!


The Crafty Pickle

A New stamp company on Kickstarter!

Hi Crafty Friends,

Have you heard about Kickstarter before? Kickstarter is the world’s largest funding platform for creative projects. Up until recently I wasn’t aware that they funded papercrafting supplies and projects. I stumbled upon an amazing little stamp start-up company that is going to be PERFECT for project life, so I knew I needed to share with all of you!

Honey Bee Scraps is just the cutest little website. Melissa, the owner, is just as sweet as can Bee ;). She has started her Kickstarter campaign with 4 clear 4×6 stamp sets and let me tell you they are ADORABLE!! Take a peek!

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Aren’t they just the cutest? If you would like to pick up these sets at a great price there is still a few days left in the Kickstarter campaign (ends this Saturday 3/14/15) You can grab yours HERE. You can also visit her website HERE.

I can’t wait for these sets to come out AND I cannot wait to see what Melissa comes up with next!

Speaking of Project life. I have been busy participating in the 30 days of coloring challenge from Thedailymarker.com as well as designing some fun new things for TheCraftyPickle Etsy shop coming VERY soon. I will have a post up to share my handmade project life cards next week but I post them daily on Instagram.

Have a great week!

Happy Crafting,

The Crafty Pickle

Using the CTMH Artiste cartridge

Hi, Joann here. Thanks for stopping by! Today I have a quick and easy thank you card using the CTMH Artiste Cartridge.

I cut several of the diamond image (pg. 49) out of some different colored card stock and clear embossed a few of them using the Honeycomb Flair to add some texture. I randomly placed them to create a fun background for my card. I then cut “Thanks” (pg. 65) for my sentiment, 4 times and stacked them on top of one another to add dimension and placed it on top of  the banner (pg. 35) in which was cut from vellum.

I finished off my card by adding a few adhesive pearls. That’s it, hope you liked it and as always, thanks for stopping by!

Don’t forget to check out TCP Close to My Heart page!

Supplies used:

30 Day Color Challenge: Day 1 (officially)

Hi Crafty Friends!

Yesterday I posted that I was taking TheDailyMarker’s 30 day color challenge to complete 30 handmade project life cards. Well I guess I was a little excited and the official start date is TODAY…. so I will end up doing 31 cards during this challenge.

30 day marker challenge from TheDailyMarker.com

For today’s Project life card I am using two different Close To My Heart stamp sets. The first is the CTMH Stamp of the month : Choose Happy, the second set is Your own kind of wonderful. I was so excited to use the new SOTM that this was a perfect time to break it out. This design would work fantastic on a card as well and you could put pretty much anything in the frames.

choose happyyourownkindofwonderfulHere is the PL card that I created.

PL card using CTMH March SOTM: Choose Happy @Thecraftypickle.com

I stamped the frame with Memento black ink and then masked off the frame leaving the center open to stamp the butterflies. I used Copic markers to color in the large butterfly and then covered with CTMH Liquid Glass. Once everything was dry, I cut out the frame and used foam adhesive to pop it up on top of another framed stamped image on a 3×4 card.

PL card using CTMH March SOTM: Choose Happy @Thecraftypickle.com

Now I have a fun spring filler card for my Project Life album.

Thanks so much for visiting. See you back tomorrow for day #2 of the color challenge!

Happy Crafting!
The Crafty Pickle

Kathy’s 30 Day Color Challenge!

Hi Crafty Friends,

If you haven’t heard, Kathy, From TheDailyMarker.com is starting a 30 day color challenge starting today though April 2nd. I read about her idea and thought this was a great opportunity to do something creative every day for 30 days. I get caught up in a lot of things between family, chores, business stuff, ect… That I forget to do something creative for myself. You can read more about her challenge and see how she is preparing for the 30 days HERE.

I have not only decided to play but to put my own little spin on it. For the next 30 days I plan on making 30 colored Project Life cards to use in my 2015 album. I think this will help me get more practice in with a variety of markers, pencils, and watercolors that I have been neglecting.

I was up late last night so I got an early start on today’s coloring. My newly turned 15-year-old had a sushi lunch for his birthday so I made a project life card that will be perfect for that day.

Coloring Challenge day one @TheCraftyPickle.com

For this first card I used the Paper Smooches stamp set “Calorie Free” and my Copic markers. I even added a little wink of stella glitter to the ginger and used some glossy accents for the plastic grass. To finish it off I did some doodle lines around the card.

It’s simple and didn’t take me any time at all but it felt great to get into the creative mode.

Will you be joining me in taking Kathy’s 30 day color challenge? If so, please link me your projects in the comments this month, I would love to see what you will be creating!

Happy Crafting!

The Crafty Pickle

And the winner is…..

Happy Monday Everyone!

It’s time to announce our blog hop winner! The winner is……

Kimberly Jaster!!!

Congrats, Kimberly! Please email me at tcraftypickle@gmail.com with your mailing address.

Be sure to check our our DT members blogs as some had prizes along the way!

Thanks for playing!

Happy Crafting,

The Crafty Pickle

Worlds Greatest Brother

Hi Crafty Friends!

  Today we have a card for you by our fabulous DT member, Joann! She has a great card using both CTMH product and TCP flair! Take a look.

Hi, thanks for stopping by today! I am sharing with you another masculine card. A quick tip that I found was, pick your color combo out first and you’ll find out that the card will come together quite quickly.

I started off with a dotted stencil and some CTMH Lagoon ink to created a faded corner background. I cut the label using the CTMH Art Philosophy cartridge and stamped the image with a coordinating stamp set Perfect fit- Frames Flair with some CTMH Slate Ink,
I also used the stamp set Perfect fit- Dad Holiday to stamp the “World’s Greatest” on some vellum, finished the card off by cutting a few banner shape pieces, some yellow orange twine and of course some TCP Family Themed Flair!
Hope you enjoyed today’s card and as always thanks for stopping by!!
Supplies used
CTMH Inks:  LagoonSlate
Thank you so much for sharing your creativity with us, Joann. This has to be one of my favorite cards!
Happy Crafting!
The Crafty Pickle