Snowy Pocket page with flair

Hi Carrie here.  Today I am sharing with you a pocket page that I created for my dear friend’s Birthday. 

With the last name of Snow and a December birthday I thought this page would be perfect for her. 

I used the Doodlebug designs Frosty Friends collection for this project.

Of course I had to add some CraftyPickle flair  and Pickle relish sequins when embellishing some of the cards. 

The Winter set is perfect for this snowy page.

I pray that you and your family have a happy and warm winter. 

Happy Scrappin’


Christmas Cards with Flair

 Today I am sharing a couple of Christmas cards I have made.  I love to make my own Christmas cards each year for special family and friends.  


I love adding a little “flair” to my cards with some fun buttons from TheCraftyPickle Etsy shop

Rudolf’s nose shines bright with this red bokeh flair.


Red patterned Color pop set


I really like the layers on this card.  The fun Merry & Bright is just the right touch to embellish this card.

How cute is this December set

There are a ton of New products now available in the shop.  Just in time for all your Christmas crafting projects.

This is my favorite from the new release.

Thanks for stopping by today

Happy Scrappin


Fall Fun Scrapbook Layout

Hi, Carrie here to share with you my latest scrapbook layout.  This is my favorite time of the year.  I love to see the leaves turning into beautiful fall colors.  Where I live in Southern California there is not a lot of fall color.  But only 90 minutes away in Bear Bear Mountain the colors change and it really feels like fall.   The weather is cooler and it’s a great place to visit with family and friends.   This month I spent a girls scrapbook weekend in Big Bear.  I was super excited to create a Scrapbook Layout to document all the beauty of Fall and the time spent with great friends.

My favorite CTMH stamp set is “Fallen Leaves”  This is the perfect set for stamping onto patterned paper and fussy cutting out the leaves. I also inked all the edges with Distress Ink.

I added a couple of TCP flairs to embellish my project. These cute little buttons are the perfect touch!

The leaves are falling, it’s time to be Thankful for family and friends. Get out there and document your fall fun adventures.

 Thanks for stopping by today!

Happy Scrappin’ 

Carrie for

Starbucks Gift Card holder

Hi It’s Carrie here!

It’s never too early to start making those handmade Christmas projects.  For me once Halloween is over I become focused on Christmas gift buying and crafting.  I like to have gift cards on hand to give as thank yous and small gifts for teachers and friends.  So in preparation for this I will create cute gift card holders. Then when a gift is needed I am ready to slip in the gift card. 

Starbucks is an easy one, a lot of my friends love to splurge on a Venti coffee any chance they can.  


The coffee cup from the “Treats of Friendship” stamp set by CTMH is perfect for this project .  

 To create my Red cup I stamped the coffee cup several time on white cardstock.  Using my distress ink, I watercolor painted my cups red with a green band.  Then I punched a 1/2″ circle from green pattern paper and used that for my label.  Then I fussy cut the lid and attached it to my cup for dimension. 

I stamped the merry, Merry ( also a CTMH stamp ) for my sentiment.  Adding the red and white twine to finish off my card. 

I attached the Starbucks gift card to the back with some double sided tape.

Perfect for a grab and go gift when needed. 

Happy Scrappin’

Carrie for

Documenting Moments with CTMH

Handmade Greeting cards are fun to create and to give to friends and family.  Close to My Heart has a ton of great stamps for creating cards.

I just purchased this “Documenting Moments” set.  I wanted to use this set for journaling but I also thought this set would make a cute greeting card to send to my daughter in college. 

I used Hero Arts Ombre Ink in Lilac to Grape to stamp my image. 

The perfect ink choice for this card, my daughters favorite color is purple. 

If your an avid card maker like me you should pick up some of the beautiful CTMH stamps available now.  

Thanks for stopping by today

Carrie for

Fallen Leaves foil card by Carrie

I am super excited to share with you today a project I have been dying to try ever since I saw a demo video by the uber talented Tim Holtz.  I will post the link to his video along with a list of products I used at the bottom of this page. 


I really like this NEW “Fallen Leaves” stamp set by CTMH.  The outlines are perfect for this technique.   Follow the link to purchase one for yourself. 

 I stamped the leave images onto craft cardstock then stamped over a few with embossing ink and applied the Sticky embossing powder ( like liquid glue when heated ) 



then I applied the foil sheets in three different metallic colors. These foil colors are really pretty, the photo does not do them justice.


I fussy cut a few extra leaves after they were dry and adhered them to my card with 3D foam squares to add some dimension.

 This is my finished card. I added a cream color photo mat to the Kraft card stock.  I really love this technique and plan on foiling more in the future.

 Thanks for stopping by today.  Be sure to view Tim’s video to see his handy work.   Carrie for

Products used for this project:

CTMH stamp set: Fallen Leaves 

Distress Embossing ink

Distress Inks in Vintage Photo, Rusty Hinge and Wild Honey

Ranger Sticky Embossing Powder

Ranger’s Transfer Foil Sheets : Vintage foils

Tim Holtz Ranger Demo – Sticky Embossing Powder with Foils – CHA 2015

Mixed Media PL cards

Hi Carrie here to share with you today a fun Mixed Media project life card that I created.  These are for a card swap that I am in for September over at You can come check out all the Close to my Heart Products right HERE

I love the look of Mixed media Art projects.  I do not create a lot of MM on a regular basis due to the mess and time involved in creating such cards.  I am really happy with the results of this project and I hope my fellow swappers like them just as much.

I used this beautiful fall paper by Bazzill Basics for this project.  I really like this pad of 6×6 paper because it is double sided so you get lots of options. 

To create the background on my cards I tore strip of paper from several different patterns, I inked all the edges in Ground Espresso Distress ink   and using my Tombow liquid adhesive I glued the pieces, layered on top of each other onto a 4×6″ sheet of Kraft cardstock. 

Once all my edges were sealed to the cardstock I cut the 4×6 in half leaving me with 2 – 3×4 layered cards.  I then edged the cards with Liquid Leaf paint in Renaissance Gold.  I just wanted to add a touch of something special to my cards and this Liquid Leaf was just the ticket.

To created the bird for my card I used a CTMH “Close to My Heart” Hostess exclusive stamp and stamped it onto Kraft cardstock then fussy cut around the image. I fussy cut the wing from a different patterned paper and attached it using a 3D foam square. This added some dimension to my bird. 

 I added a brass paperclip with hanging date tag to complete my card.

If you ever thought about being a hostess for a CTMH online party you should give it a try. Online parties are the best because you do not have to clean your house or make tasty treats. All you need to do is invite all your crafty friends to shop online via your own hostess link and then sit back and rack in the hostess rewards. My last online party resulted in my earning $80 in FREE stamps, ink or paper and two half price items.  Its a fantastic way to build up your CTMH stamp collection with very little effort.  If your interested follow this link  you will see this at the bottom of the page. “Contact me to schedule your own Gathering today. ”  Click it to contact Taniesa to set up your party.

Thanks for stopping by today.  I hope this post inspires you to get a little messy and try something new and to host your own online CTMH gathering.

Carrie for

I love you more than doughnuts!

Hello, Carrie here with a sneak peek at some New items coming soon to TheCraftyPickle shop this Friday. 

Doughnuts are a big thing around our house with the teenagers.  I recently purchased this adorable stamp from CTMH ( Close To My Heart ) Its called “Treats of Friendship”  

 I created this adorable card,  embellishing it with one of the new release flairs.  Notice the sweet sprinkle washi tape? This too will be available as part of the new release.  We are adding a ton of washi and New design flairs to the shop so be sure to pop in on Friday.

 Here is a close up look at my card. I added some glossy accents to my frosting on the doughnut for some dimension and shine.  And of course a few pickle relish sequins to finish off my card.

 See you Friday for the BIG release and Grand Re-Opening of the Pickle Shop

Here is a little sneak photo for you showing the doughnut flair and a few other yummy new flair too!

 Flair Sneak

Carrie for

From Simple to Fabulous… Just add Flair

Happy Hump Day!  Here is a little crafty inspiration to get you through the week. 

  I am part of a group on facebook that creates and swaps handmade Project life style cards and embellishments. You can find us here –   Our own Taniesa is one of the hostess in our group.  She hosts a new swap every month called JAF – Just Add Flair.  For this swap we are to create a 3×4 or 4×6 PL card with a spot for the receiver to add a flair button. 

Here is the card I created for this round of swaps.  The red flower is where the receiver can add their own flair button or embellishment to personalize their card.

So This is my card that I personalized using a custom flair from TheCraftyPickle shop

This is a special flair button that Taniesa sent me as a sample of the beautiful gold foil flairs that will soon be released in several amazing designs in TheCraftyPickle shop around August 14th. You can say you saw it here first. A special Sneak Peek just for you!  These are really beautiful in person.  So be sure to check back and see the entire New release on August 14th. 

Carrie for

Layering with Pattern paper and TCP flair

 I love to layer pretty papers when creating my own project life style cards, I think the layers just make the cards really interesting and not so flat.  I also ink all the edges to make the colors pop.

One of my favorite ways to do this is with a Circle punch, or several,  in a variety of sizes.

 To start I chose to use a pad of 6×6 pattern paper from My Minds Eye Indie Chic collection I punched out several circles in different patterns and sizes.

I also used some layered stickers from the same collection to embellish my cards.  The circle “theme” is also perfect for embellishing with Flair buttons for added interest and personalization. My go to flair is always from TheCraftyPickle.

For this card I layered 3 circles in different patterns and sizes then embellished with this adorable doodle flower flair from TheCraftyPickle shop

This card has a beautiful 3D layered sticker and a Watercolor butterfly flair. Using the layered stickers and flair buttons just add that special touch to make this card pop with interest. 

I created a total of 4 cards for this set. I really like to have a few handmade embellished cards on hand to keep in my stash so I can just grab them when needed to fill in a layout. 

I also added some pretty sequins from the Spring Fling mix available in TheCraftyPickle shop.  They are my favorite  embellishment when I want to add a little bling. 

I hope this post inspires you to create a few handmade card to keep in your crafty stash.

Happy Scrappin’

Carrie for