Bring on the Polar Bears!

Hi Everyone! 

  Today, design team member Julie has some great inspiration using the adorable Polar Bear Holiday stamp set from Close To My Heart! Take a look!

Hello!
Today had to show a series of CAS-cards that I made ​​for  The Crafty Pickle .
Next will be a lot of pictures and a little bit of English text, which gives me difficulty, still) Happy viewing and winter CAS-inspiration!
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Hello!
Today I want to show you my winter card series with the cutest polar bears!
These stamps are very good and these bears are absolutely gorgeous!
For my first card I used the bear on the sledge. I coloured the scarf with watercolor pencils, stamped the sentiment inside of the card and made a round window to see it. I love the beautiful golden stars – it’s a perfect little accent.
For the second card I made the background using the snowflake stamp from the set. Little tiny snowflake looks great! I also create the snowdrifts and embossed it. I think that the bear wearing hood is my favorite!
 And my third card has silver heat embossing. Snowflakes looks very beautiful, especially in the sunshine. Here, I coloured the bear’s sweaters using Distress Ink and water.
I hope this helps you get in a wintry holiday mood!
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That’s all for today, I hope you enjoyed my card series)
Have a nice day!
-Julie
Thanks Julie. I love those cute little polar bears and your cards are absolutely adorable!
Dont forget our blog hop is still going on now until Friday (tomorrow)! Check out the post HERE to hop along and win some prizes!
Happy Crafting!
The Crafty Pickle

TCP’s First Blog Hop!!!

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Welcome to The Crafty Pickle blog hop!

Today our creative team will be sharing with you ideas on using Flair, Sequins, Close To My Heart stamps, and more.

Make sure you leave a comment on each blog as you hop along for extra chances at winning some fabulous prizes. You have until Friday November 21st to comment and winners will be announced on Monday November 24th!

First Prize: $25 Gift Certificate to The Crafty Pickle etsy shop

Second Prize: $15 Gift Certificate to my Close To My Heart store

Third Prize: $10 Gift Certificate to The Crafty Pickle etsy Shop

Prepare to be inspired by our awesome, creative crafty pickle team!

First up is Alicia!

If you get lost along the way here is the order of the hop.

Alicia 

Carrie 

Catherine 

Elodie

Joann 

Julia 

Kristen 

Monika 

Stephanie 

Treasa 

Then back to The Crafty Pickle blog to leave your final comment!

Happy Hopping!

The Crafty Pickle

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.

Last minute gift idea @ thecraftypickle.com

last minute gift idea : Nail care set @ Thecraftypickle.com

Last minute gift idea @ thecraftypickle.com

Last minute gift idea @ thecraftypickle.com

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

Super fast 5 minute/5 products Christmas Card

Hi Pickle Pals!

5 products and 5 minutes and you have one adorable Christmas card (or make it any kind of celebration card). I was looking to mass produce quite a few cards without using a ton of product and have it go fast. I was inspired by the Die-Namites Beautiful Bow die. After digging through my scrap holiday paper I had the perfect idea. Making a wrapped package look type of card!

All you need is:

  • Cardstock
  • Patterned paper on a smaller scale (6×6 paper pads work perfect for this)
  • Adhesives (pop dot and other fav adhesive)
  • Scissors
  • Beautiful Bow Die-Namites die

I cut a strip of red cardstock, cut out my Beautiful Bow in the same cardstock, and cut a piece of patterned paper slightly smaller than my card base.

I glued a piece of the strip of red cardstock on either corner of the card and trimmed up the edge. Then I added the die cut in the upper right corner with a pop-dot. I also chose to add a little gem in the center of the bow but it looks just as pretty without. Once that is done, simply adhere the card front to the base and its done! Simple yet beautiful. Try some metallic papers for a more elegant look. You could even turn this idea into a lovely filler card for pocket style scrapbooking or your December Daily.

Happy Crafting!

 

 

The BIG December Days Kit “Merry and Bright” Video!

Hi Pickle Pals!!!

I have been so excited to post about my Merry and Bright kit that I created for the Whimsical Twist shop and today is finally the day I get to share it all in detail with you! I really thought that photos would not do the kit justice so I made you all a little (ok, it’s a little over 15 minutes but its worth it) video!

Before we get to the video I wanted to talk a little bit about what I tried to achieve when I put the contents together. Last year was my first year doing December Daily and I loved the project so much that it lead into my commitment to do Project life for the entire year. well this year I am doing both and I wanted a kit that could not only fill my December Daily album but one that I could pull from for my PL album for the month of December. There is a lot packed in this little kit and for the price you really can’t go wrong. The Price of the kit is $50 but for TODAY ONLY they are in the shop for 15% off (the sale ends 10/18 at midnight so make sure you run over to Whimsical Twist and nab yours as there is very limited quantity!) You can also get a discount on the December Days class when you purchase a kit (50% off) for only $10! It’s a super fun class that offers free digital files, inspiration, challenges, and lots more. Going on now, and lasts all the way into January! Even if you are using your own homemade kit you will get so much out of the class.

Now on to the video!

So to recap, the Merry & Bright December Days Kit includes the following contents:

  • Tis the Season 6 x 6 paper pad (Echo Park)
  • Christmas 3 x 4 Sn@p Cards (Simple Stories)
  • Christmas 4 x 6 Sn@p Cards (Simple Stories)
  • 12 x 12 Chalkstalk (Canvas Corp)
  • Hello Santa Banners stamp set (Ali Edwards for Technique Tuesday)
  • White Chalk Ink Edger (Prima Marketing)
  • December Documented Expressions Cardstock Stickers (Simple Stories)
  • December Documented Fundamental Cardstock Stickers (Simple Stories)
  • Magical Banners (Studio Calico)
  • Micro Mono alphabet stickers – white (Basic Grey)
  • Christmas Sprinkles (Doodlebug)
  • Star washi tape (Freckled Fawn)
  • 2 Bow clips (Webster’s Pages)
  • Assortment of sequins (Whimsical Twist)
  • *Bonus Package from Taniesa* while supplies last.

I really hope you love the kit as much as I do. I am excited to share with you what I do with the kit as well as see what YOU do with the kit.

To purchase the kit alone click HERE.

To purchase the kit with the discounted class admission click HERE

What would a reveal this big be without a fun GIVEAWAY to go with it?  Instead of giving away the kit (because its such a deal I know you are all going to rush over to get yours) we thought it would be more fitting to give away the perfect add-on kit to go with your Merry and Bright kit!!! Here is what you will receive if you are the lucky winner;

  • A red faux leather 6×8 album from Simple Stories.
  • A 6×6 December Documented paper pad from Simple Stories.
  • A Technique Tuesday/Ali Edwards 25 moments stamp set.
  • A Whimsical Twist exclusive matching Pickle Flair set (set of 6 that match the Merry and Bright kit)
  • A set of 31 numbered chalkboard Pickle Flair. Perfect for numbering each day in your album. *not shown*
  • a bag of mixed embellishments (Sequins, Wood Veneer, Confetti stars, ribbon, twine, and more) *not shown*
  • A set of three personalized Just-for-you flair. *not shown*
  • And if that wasn’t enough we are giving you free admission to our December Days Class that is going on now until mid January. We will stick by you from start to finish!

Win ME! www.thecraftypickle.com

To enter all you have to do is leave me a comment with your name and location. Want MORE chances to win? When you purchase a Whimsical Twist Merry and Bright Kit come back and leave a separate comment letting me know and you will have an additional entry! Follow Whimsical Twist on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Pinterest? Leave a separate comment with I follow WT on ____ for each one and you can have more chances to win! Share the reveal video on your Facebook or other social media? Leave another comment with the link and get another chance! Follow @Taniesa on Instagram, Yep, another chance to win!!! You can get a total of 10 chances if you complete all of the above, how easy is that!

The giveaway entries will close Friday 10/25/13 at midnight PST and a winner will be announced Monday 10/28/13!

Best of Luck to you all and Happy (Holiday) Crafting!!!

TheCraftyPickle.com

Time for another Die-namites Dies Sketch Challenge and Dare!

Welcome to this months Sketch Challenge and Die~Namites Dare!!!

Every month a new sketch will be introduced….

the sketch can be interpreted as a card, layout or altered piece!

You need to use at least one Die~Namites Die in your creation.

You have until the last day of the month to post your creation on your blog,

with mention of the Die~Namites Die used and a link back to the Die~Namites Dies blog.

Link your blog post, using Inlinkz, to the Die~Namites Die blog.

A random winner will be chosen from eligible participants

for a $25 Gift Certificate to the Die~Namites Dies

Here is this month’s sketch…..

I had the honor of creating this sketch for our challenge and dare this month. For the sketch I decided to use two of the newest Christmas release dies. The Swirly Poinsettia Die and the Elegant Holly Die.

I used these beautiful dies to dress up a small gift bag. Here is my take on my sketch above.

Your dare this month is to use a tag (or more) in your design.

I can’t wait to see what you all do with the sketch! Don’t forget to link up your design on the Die-namites Blog for a chance to win!

Happy Crafting!

Happy National Cardmaking Day!

Hi Pickle Pals!

Are you celebrating National cardmaking day today? I am having fun pulling out kits, stamps, and embellishments I have been meaning to get to for a while now but just haven’t had time. So today is for me. I plan on creating some cards for some special people in my life. I hope you are encouraged to do the same. There is nothing like receiving an actual handmade card to brighten someones day especially in our digital world.

I wanted to do something for all of my readers and friends today so I am having a Close To My Heart sale all this week starting today 10/5/13 until next Sunday 10/13/13. Spend $25 in retail product get 5% off your order, Spend $50 in product get 10% off, Spend $75 in product get 15% off, and spend $100 or more get 20% off your total order!!! In addition to the sale if you spend $50 you can get this adorable stamp of the month for only $5!

CTMH Sale @TheCraftyPickle.com

This sale includes ALL CTMH product not just stamps so if you have been waiting to buy the organizers I have shown now is the perfect time to save some money! To recieve your discount please browse my website HERE and then send me an email to TaniesaVlasak@gmail.com with the subject of CTMH Sale and list your item number and description. List the Paypal email that you would like me to send the invoice to, and make sure to let me know if you want to add on the stamp of the month for $5 additional (For orders $50 or more).

I hope you all have a fun cardmaking day!!

Happy Crafting!

The Crafty Pickle

Fun October contests & Challenges going on now!

Hi there Pickle-Pals!

I thought I would drop a quick little post telling you about two awesome challenges that are going on for the month of October!

First up is the Whimsical Twist Fall Texture challenge ***Runs 9/30 through 10/11*** You could win a gift certificate to the Whimsical Twist shop! Check out the inspirational layouts posted by some of our design team on the blog post HERE.

fall texture challenge at Whimsical Twist

Also, Die-Namites is sponsoring Creative Scrappers Sketch challenges for the month of October! you could win some awesome Die-namites dies of your own! Make sure to check out their site HERE!

Creative scrappers challenges

Lots of fun for the month of October (and there is more to come too!)

Dont forget that the Whimsical Twist December Days class starts TODAY! 3 months of festive fun that you will definitely not want to miss! If you purchase one of the 4 december days kits offered in the shop you can get your class fee reduced to only $10! I am super excited to share the kit I have designed (Merry & Bright) very soon! Stay tuned to my blog, Instagram, and facebook for some sneak peeks! I have some really fab ideas for all you christmas crafters out there!!

December Days class at www.whimsicaltwist.com

Happy October everyone! I am so excited for this Fall season! I hope you are too

Happy Crafting!

The Crafty Pickle

Merry Everything!

Happy Friday crafty friends!

Today I am excited to share with you two of the newest release Die-Namites dies in action! I am using the Beautiful Bow die and the Pine Bough die.

These both are so fun to work with and I can think of lots more projects that I want to use them in but I am still working on making my 2013 christmas cards. Here is the photo of the card I put together using these two fabulous dies.

I used a brown glitter glue for the pine cones as well as sprinkled on some additional gold glitter on some of them. I took two colors of red cardstock for the bow cuts and layered the darker color on the bottom to give a shadow effect. I also used some foam dot adhesive to pop the bow up from the pine bough’s. I love the added dimension of the wood grain cardstock.

I have to say this latest release is by far my favorite. I just love Christmas paper crafting! I hope this inspires you to try some of  the beautiful christmas dies we have in the View the new arrivals! now!

Happy Crafting!

It’s beginning to look a lot like CHRISTMAS!!!

Welcome to our
NEW RELEASE BLOG HOP Die~Namites Dies has just released 32 new Fall and Christmas themed dies!

Dienamites Bloghop september
We are sooo HAPPY that you have chosen to join us for the event, September 20-22, 2013
Our theme is…
“It’s beginning to look A LOT LIKE CHRISTMAS!”
As you are hopping along be sure to
leave a little love on each of the Design Team blogs.
Make sure to leave a comment on the Die~Namites Blog for an entry to win the Grand Prize of a
$50 Gift Certificate to Die~Namites Dies along with
5 ~ $10 Gift Certificates.
You will receive additional entries for Liking us on Facebook,
Signing up for Email Notifications.
So Let the HOP Begin!

I have been working on my christmas cards since July, but I am nowhere near finished which was good because I absolutely fell in love with the new holiday release from Die-namites! For today’s card I am using the Pine Wreath die. I love the intricate details of the pine, something I definitely could not achieve with a digital cut or punch.

Pine Wreath Die

I began by cutting 6 shapes out of two different colors

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I started with the full cut on the bottom and layered pieces of the die that I had cut apart on top filling in the empty spaces to add more fullness to the die. I used a Zig ball point tip glue pen. I chose this adhesive because its not too messy but easy to get into fine lines and not dry too fast.

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After layering all the greenery I made another cut out of red cardstock and cut the birds from the shape.

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I attached them using the same glue on top of the green cut that I started with.

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I glued the wreath to a white card (A2) and rounded the corners of the card. I attached some red gem dots (Recollections from Michaels)  to make the berries around the wreath.

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Then I added some silver polka-dot washi tape around a stamped sentiment on the bottom. It was super simple but I love the results!

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What new release dies are your favorites? Be sure to keep an eye out on the die-namites blog for lots more holiday inspiration!

Now for more Holiday Crafting fun! Hop on over to Dunja Dücker’s blog! If you got lost along the hop the order is:

Lisa Tottle

Taniesa Vlasak  *you are here*

Dunja Dücker

Susie Moore

Peggy Lee Baker

Lynne Forsythe

Die~Namites Dies

Don’t forget to comment along your way to win one of 6 awesome prizes!!!

Happy Crafting!

The Crafty Pickle