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


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.



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


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


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.


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!



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

A simple card for the upcoming holidays

Hi Friends,

Today I have a quick card for you that will take no time at all to make and easy to mass produce for your christmas card list. I am using the Berry Flower Die-namites die for this card. This die on its own has a beautiful spring/summer look to it and I have used it in a previous card project. Today, however, I thought I would take this die and see if I could put a holiday spin on it. Here is the Berry Flower Die:

Berry Flower die from Die-Namites

And here is my finished card:

berry flower Poinsettia  @thecraftypickle.com

What’s Christmas without a little sparkle? I took my red glitter copic pen and added some sparkle to the flower die cuts and the green glitter copic pen around the edge of the white iridescent card. I stacked the three floral die cuts together and secured with a brad and then fanned them out. I put a large glue dot on the back of the cluster and stuck it to a band of green glitter cardstock.

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To finish of the design I added a few ink splatters at the top right corner and at the bottom corners.

berry flower Poinsettia  @thecraftypickle.com

The card probably took less time to make than picking out a store-bought card. I hope this inspires you to hand make some cards this holiday season!