A winter card with Kat Scrappiness and Hero Arts!

Hi Friends!

Happy Thursday! Today I have a fun card that can be used for Christmas or any occasion. When I saw this Birch Background die at Kat Scrappiness.com I knew I wanted to create a card with this die taking center stage.

To pair with this fantastic Die I chose the beautiful Hero Arts color layering Deer stamp set. I love that you can layer different ink colors quickly and not have to worry where your shading will go.

Dear Friend Winter card for KatScrappiness.com | Taniesa Vlasak www.thecraftypickle.com

I knew that I wanted the trees to have some dimension to them so I took a piece of adhesive backed foam and a piece of adhesive backed cardstock and I stuck the cardstock on top of the foam. You could always use a product like stick-it to glue the cardstock to the foam, these were just in my supply stash. I find that it is easier to glue foam to a intricate die cut prior to cutting if at all possible. I cut the cardstock covered foam with the Birch Tree Background die in my big shot a couple of times to ensure everything cut though. This will smoosh your foam down a bit but it will puff back up.

Dear Friend Winter card for KatScrappiness.com | Taniesa Vlasak www.thecraftypickle.com

I carefully removed the waste from the die cut leaving just the background. I removed the adhesive backing on the foam and placed this on a piece of heavy weight cardstock that I have blended a bit of Broken China Distress ink on. I kept the ink darker at the top and lighter at the bottom.  After that was glued together, I took  W-01 and a W-03 Copic markers and added some shading to the trees. This added a bit more dimension and texture.

I stamped my deer using three shades of hero arts ink that I had on hand (Soft Sand, Latte, and Brown Bark) and then stamped the final detail stamps in Versafine Onyx black ink. I cut the deer out with the coordinating die set then popped the deer up with the leftover scraps of foam from my trees.

Dear Friend Winter card for KatScrappiness.com | Taniesa Vlasak www.thecraftypickle.com

I took some of my favorite sparkling snow sequins from Kat’s shop and glued them down on the blue panel with some Ranger Multi Medium Matte finish adhesive so that they looked like snow falling. To finish off the card I added a sentiment banner from the same Hero Arts stamp set.

I love the multiple layers on this card and it really came together quickly. I could see so many possibilities with this background die. It’s great for all seasons!

Dear Friend Winter card for KatScrappiness.com | Taniesa Vlasak www.thecraftypickle.com

I hope you enjoyed my card today. I appreciate you stopping by. Please check out the links below for supplies I used today.

Have a wonderful day!

Taniesa Vlasak | TheCraftyPickle.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Lawn Fawn Frosty Fairy Friends Shaker Card for KatScrappiness.com

Hi Crafty Friends!

Today I am guest designing over at the Kat Scrappiness blog and shop and I am super excited to share this fun shaker card!

Adding texture to Christmas tree die cuts | Taniesa Vlasak for KatScrappiness.com

I absolutely love Kat’s exclusive dies. The stitched tree was just perfect to have the Lawn Fawn Frosty Fairies decorate!

Adding texture to Christmas tree die cuts | Taniesa Vlasak for KatScrappiness.com

To make the shaker I used the two largest double stitched rectangle dies in the set. I just nested them together and used a bit of tape to make sure they stayed in place. I die cut my cardstock frame, the acetate, and the foam as well! Came together super quick!

Adding texture to Christmas tree die cuts | Taniesa Vlasak for KatScrappiness.com

I used several shades of blue distress ink for my background and colored the cute little fairies with copic markers. Not a lot of shading was needed because they are small. I went over their wings and other details with a glitter pen after I was done coloring.

Adding texture to Christmas tree die cuts | Taniesa Vlasak for KatScrappiness.com

To get some texture on the absolutely fabulous stitched tree I used the small pine spring in the Frosty Fairy friends set and did some second (and third) generation stamping. You can see more on that in this little quick tip video.

I added my favorite white, blue and clear sequins from Kat’s shop in the shaker, I didn’t add a lot because I didn’t want it to take away from the decorated tree.

Adding texture to Christmas tree die cuts | Taniesa Vlasak for KatScrappiness.com

This card came together in a snap and I just love how it turned out. It is easy enough to mass produce and if you wanted to skip the shaker part it could come together even faster.

Thank you so much for stopping by. I am excited to be guest designing for Kat Scrappiness and I will have more fun projects for you soon! Check out Kat’s store at http://www.katscrappiness.com and for direct links to products used today see the links below.

Have a great day!

Taniesa Vlasak | TheCraftyPickle.com

Honey Hop! Honey Bee Stamps | August NEW release!!!

www.honeybeestamps.com August Honey Hop!

Good Morning Honey Bees! Welcome to our August release Honey Hop!!!

You should have arrived from Melissa’s blog. If you got lost you can always start at the beginning HERE.

All this week we have been showing you little sneaks of our awesome new stamp sets and dies! TOMORROW our new release goes live and to celebrate we are showing you some beautiful projects, TODAY!!!
What’s a Honey Hop without some sweet prizes, right? This time we not only have one awesome prize pack but TWO!! One winner will win our zen florals pack (Zen florals, Zen Bouquet, and each of their matching die sets) and our second winner will win our Alpha prize pack! (Color me alpha stamp set, sentiment alpha stamp set, and color me alpha die set). All you have to do to win is comment here on the Honey Bee Stamps blog and again at each one of our designer’s blogs by Sunday August 28th. Winner will be announced on Monday August 29th at Noon PST.

So Hop along and get ready to BEE inspired!

During our preview days this week I shared two videos. One for each new Alphabet stamp set that Honey Bee Stamps is releasing this friday. I love them both and I am sure you will too.

Brand new Sentiment Alpha!

And the oh so fun Color-Me-Alpha!

and now I have two cards to share! The first one you may of saw this week on social media….

Honey Bee Stamps Aug 2016 release | Taniesa Vlasak

For this card I used the main floral border in the new Zen Florals stamp set. I also used the Smile stamp set and die as well as the Sweet as honey stamp set.

Honey Bee Stamps Aug 2016 release | Taniesa Vlasak

First I used distress ink to blend a light blue background (Tumbled Glass). Then I water colored the floral images. After the watercolor was dry I went over with a clear Spectrum sparkle pen.

Honey Bee Stamps Aug 2016 release | Taniesa Vlasak

I heat embossed a dot pattern on black cardstock and adhered just below the floral border strip. I also embossed the smile die cut and the sentiment that was made up from the smile stamp set as well as the sweet as honey stamp set. Everything was heat embossed using the WOW rich pale gold embossing powder. I popped the smile die cut up on some black adhesive backed foam.

Honey Bee Stamps Aug 2016 release | Taniesa Vlasak | Customize the back of your card with your signature and a stamp from the main stamp set you used on your card!

As an added touch, and something I have been doing a lot lately, is taking a coordinating image from the stamp set that I used for the card and stamping it on top of my custom signature stamp.  I love how this just ties the entire card together and makes it just a little more special.

Honey Bee Stamps Aug 2016 release | Taniesa Vlasak

I also really like to stamp the envelope to match too.

For my next card I decided to shake things up…. well, Literally. I made a fun shaker card with Honey bee stamps new Zen Bouquet set, Zen Florals set, new gems embellishment pack, and I also added in the jar from the sweet as honey stamp and die set.

Honey Bee Stamps Aug 2016 release | Taniesa Vlasak

I stamped out the various flowers from both zen sets into an arrangement on scratch paper first. Once I was happy with the layout I traced around the jar from the sweet as honey die set. I cut some masks for each of the florals using Simon Says Stamp masking paper. Then I stamped my arrangement using Simon Says Stamp intense black ink.

Honey Bee Stamps Aug 2016 release | Taniesa Vlasak

After everything was stamped. I took my Tim Holtz craft knife (best craft knife I have ever owned, I love this thing!) and I cut around the inside of the honey jar and around the overlapping florals and leaves. This leaves the window for my shaker card. I took a piece of craft foam slightly smaller than my card panel and I cut out the Honey jar from the foam in the same place as the card panel. This leaves the opening a bit larger so that my panel covers the foam completely.

Honey Bee Stamps Aug 2016 release | Taniesa Vlasak

Then I began coloring. I used 3 to 4 shades per color family of copics to color in my images. I used warm grays at the bottom of the jar to ground the image. Once I was finished coloring I adhered a piece of acetate to the back of the front panel to act as my window.

Honey Bee Stamps Aug 2016 release | Taniesa Vlasak

Now the fun part …. Wait, it’s all fun, ok ANOTHER fun part…. filling the shaker! If you have seen the sneaks, Honey Bee Stamps came out with these cute little clear gemstones to use in your shakers. I needed shaker bits to look a little bluish like water so I pulled out a tip my dear friend and fellow design team member taught me a year or so ago. You can dye your clear plastic embellishments any color you want with alcohol ink! So I thought why not these cute little gems. I  took two shades of Ranger alcohol ink and a couple of plastic baggies and put some gems in each. I then put two drops of the ink in the bag and smooshed it around…. after they were coated well I poured them out on a paper towel and let them dry. here is a closer look at them….

Honey Bee Stamps Aug 2016 release | Taniesa Vlasak

Of course I need to buy more so I can dye these lil babies in every color of the rainbow!! I added some of these to my shaker window along with some clear sequins and some blue confetti. I covered up the opening in the back with a scrap piece of distress cardstock that I used a bit of ink blending on ( Broken china distress ink ) and that I drew in some stems with a green marker.  I placed the shaker panel on a piece of Doodlebug green polka dot patterned paper and attached the completed panel to a top fold A-2 cardbase.

Create an adorable "shaker vase" using Honey Bee Stamps new Zen florals series and new gems that you can hand dye to match any project! More info at www.thecraftypickle.com

And that pretty much does it for my cards today. Thank you so much for hanging in there with my very long post today. I hope you were inspired.

There is lots more fun to be had. Keep on Honey Hoppin to our awesome Guest Designer’s blog, Deepti Stephens!!
Listed below are the links to the products I have used for these projects as well as postcard projects I have done in the past, and planning on doing. Affiliate links may be used, which means if you make a purchase, I receive a small commission at no additional cost to you. I really appreciate your support toward the costs of running this blog.

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Create your own Handmade Postcards!

Hi there friends!

I know lots of you out there love to make handmade cards. One thing I don’t see too often is handmade postcards. They are super easy to send, and very inexpensive. I had the idea during TheDailyMarker.com’s 30 day coloring challenge to take my daily coloring and put it on a postcard and just send it to make someone smile. Not all my projects made it on a postcard but I did do a few and I really loved the result. Postcards can be something simple as a Hello friend! or a notification to your friends and family that you have moved.

There are some great products for making your own postcards. First product that I LOVE is the Strathmore watercolor postcards. These are preprinted 140 lb cards on watercolor paper making it so easy to color and send your postcard. I got mine at my local craft store with a coupon making them very inexpensive.

Create your own postcards | TheCraftyPickle.com

Here is a fun stamp from Amy Tangerine. This comes from her Better Together collection.

Create your own postcards | TheCraftyPickle.com

A side note about the stamp above. This stamp is Acrylic and not Photopolymer. I recommend using a stamp positioner tool or a misti to make sure you get a good impression.

There are also other great stamps out there that you can use to build your own postcard backing.

Create your own postcards | TheCraftyPickle.com

 

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First up is a simple hello friend postcard made with Mama Elephant brushstroke florals stamps and Sunday Sentiments stamps. I stamped these florals in various shades of distress ink and softened edges with a waterbrush. I also splattered some black ink afterwards. Sentiment was stamped in Simon Says Stamp intense black ink and then I ran the card though a dotted die. This card is a standard A2 card size and not the traditional 4×6 postcard. Postcards can be a range of sizes and does not have to stick to the 4×6 but double-check if you make it larger, that you do not need extra postage.

Create your own postcards | TheCraftyPickle.com

Next we have another Hello postcard, this time with Honey Bee Stamps “Say What” stamp set as well as their “brush stroke alphabet” stamps. I did some spotlight coloring on this one with copic markers. Using grays for the outside and colors for the center circle. After I was done coloring I adhered my postcard back with multi medium matte. If you want the postcard to look seamless make sure to take some ink around the edges.

Create your own postcards | TheCraftyPickle.com

Here we have a thank you postcard that I made for my daughter’s Aunt. Small Talk Stamp set by Mama Elephant with alphabet stamps from Illustrated Faith and Studio Calico. Mostly distress ink blending on this one and zig clean color real brush markers to color in “Aunt”. I also went over the letters with a Spectrum Noir clear sparkle pen once dry.

Create your own postcards | TheCraftyPickle.com

This is a soft thank you postcard using the Not too shabby and kindness stamp sets from Honey Bee Stamps as well as the Kindness die.  I die cut the white panel from Bristol cardstock and sandwiched a piece of Simon Says Stamp Audrey Blue cardstock between that panel and the postcard side. I used my Clarity Stencil Brush to apply Peacock Feathers Distress ink around the postcard. After stamping with Simon Says Stamp intense black ink, I colored the images with Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers.

Create your own postcards | TheCraftyPickle.com

Finally we have a postcard I made for my friends and family announcing our move which is happening this September. This was made with two fabulous stamp sets, “I heart books” and “Moving Sentiments” by Three Room Studio. They were colored using Zig Clean Color real brush markers on Canson bristol cardstock. I printed off custom postcard backs that I created in Photoshop.

Create your own postcards | TheCraftyPickle.com

Create your own postcards | TheCraftyPickle.com

Another great idea is to take your premade postcards and stamp outlined sentiments like this “Thank you”. This is a great idea for kids to personalize a thank you note to family and friends when needed.

Create your own postcards | TheCraftyPickle.com

Create your own postcards | TheCraftyPickle.com

Because I made a postcard in Photoshop for my projects I thought you might enjoy using it too. Click the link below to download your copy. Print out on your favorite cardstock and cut to 4×6. You can color directly on the back or if you do it separately then adhere together with your favorite adhesive.

Download your FREE postcard printable here!

Free postcard printable | TheCraftyPickle.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thank you so much for stopping by. I sure hope you got some postcard creating inspiration today. I would love to see what you create! Please leave me a link to your project via your blog, Instagram, Flickr, or other so I can check it out!

Listed below are the links to the products I have used for these projects as well as postcard projects I have done in the past, and planning on doing. Affiliate links may be used, which means if you make a purchase, I receive a small commission at no additional cost to you. I really appreciate your support toward the costs of running this blog.

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Thank you so much for stopping by today! I will be back this Thursday with the Honey Bee Stamps HONEY HOP celebrating the new release! For now, I am back to packing!

Have a wonderful week!
Taniesa Vlasak | TheCraftyPickle.com

The 30 day coloring challenge (5th edition!)

Hi Friends!

As a lot of you probably know this past 30 days has been The Daily Marker’s 30 day coloring challenge. It was the 5th 30 day coloring challenge that has been hosted by its creator, Kathy, artist and owner of TheDailyMarker.com. The point of this challenge is to get everyone coloring, even if it’s just 5 minutes a day. Coloring can help reduce stress and just exercise your creativity.

Now I have attempted this almost every time and sadly haven’t been able to follow through on the entire 30 days, which is completely okay… Some coloring is better than none right? This time though I was able to manage something nearly every single day of the 30 days and I wanted to pull some of my coloring together in one big post to share. Some projects spanned over a couple of days and some I did in one sitting. I had a lot of fun and even my 10-year-old daughter did some coloring with me too!

Taniesa Vlasak | TheCraftyPickle.com

Taniesa Vlasak | TheCraftyPickle.com

I challenged myself to use several different coloring mediums. I really enjoy them all so it is hard to pick a favorite. Here is a peek at my some of my coloring and projects.

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I hope you enjoyed my 30 day coloring collection. I can’t wait for the next challenge. Be sure to check out Kathy’s Instagram HERE, for news on the next coloring challenge!

Have a COLORFUL day!

Taniesa Vlasak | TheCraftyPickle.com

 

It’s a Star Spangled Week!

Well, Hello there crafty friends!

Hope you all have had a fantastic week. This week I have been playing along with the Red White and Blue week challenge at Honey Bee Stamps. Although I have shared my projects on Instagram, I thought I would round ’em all up for you in one big blog post. I also show a bit on how I achieved some of the looks.

First up was one layer Patriotic Bee Free card.

Red White and Blue Challenge week | Card by Taniesa www.thecraftypickle.com

For this card I used the Sweet As Honey stamp set. I stamped the honeycomb trio in a miscellaneous pattern and used copics in blues, reds, and gray shades. The cute little bee was from the same set and I stamped the sentiment from the Hand Lettered Alphabet. Instead of doing a gray shadow on the letter I used my Sakura Clear Stardust Gel Pen  as well as outlined the letters with light Copic blue markers .

Next is a very simple watercolor one layer card.

Red White and Blue Challenge week | Card by Taniesa www.thecraftypickle.com

 

For this card I took a piece of Distress watercolor paper and layered up some red and blue watercolor. I used the  Daniel Smith Watercolor Essential Set watercolor’s but any kind of watercolors will do just fine. I did 4 different layers letting them air dry fully in between painting each layer. I then stamped the little stars and hearts from the Just Sayin’ stamp set. They didn’t quite show up as bright as I would have liked so after the Hero Arts Unicorn white pigment ink was dry I went over the stars with a Sakura Clear Stardust Gel Pen  and went over the hearts with a Sakura Gelly Roll white gel pen. I stamped the BLESSED sentiment from the Bless your heart stamp set. Once dry, I die cut the panel with Lawn Fawn Large Stitched Rectangle die (Large) and layered with some blue Glitter paper. I placed both on a red card base.

For my next card I decided to do a little rustic americana look.

Red White and Blue Challenge week | Card by Taniesa www.thecraftypickle.com

This card took a bit more time because I did a lot of masking. Here is a few photos of the process…

First I measured out the stripes evenly and then blocked off the blue stars section. I used full adhesive post-its and post-it tape to help me mask off around each of the stripes as I stamped. I used  Red Royal Hero Arts shadow ink for the red stamping and for the white stripes I used Wet Cement Hero Arts shadow ink. The HAPPY stamp is from the Happy Everything stamp set. For the red ink blending I used the Candied Apple distress ink.

Red White and Blue Challenge week | Card by Taniesa www.thecraftypickle.com

Below is a photo of the stripes when I lifted off the masking papers.

Red White and Blue Challenge week | Card by Taniesa www.thecraftypickle.com

Below is the finished flag before distressing. For the blue section I applied Blueprint sketch distress ink and then stamped the “4th” with Hero Arts Indigo Bold ink . The 4 is from the brush grunge alpha set and the “th” is from the Hand lettered numeric set. I added stars from various Honey Bee stamp sets stamped in Hero Arts Unicorn white pigment ink. Some of the stars I went over with my Sakura Gelly Roll white gel pen.

Red White and Blue Challenge week | Card by Taniesa www.thecraftypickle.com

Time for distressing! First I crumpled up the flag and flattened it, then crumpled smashed and smooshed it again. After I flattened it out again it was ready for some staining. Sometimes it pays to hang on to your older crafty things. I had some Walnut ink from years ago that I mixed with some water. I added a few sprays on a piece of acetate  along with some Faber-Castel Gel Medium  to give me a glaze that I could paint on top of the flag.

Red White and Blue Challenge week | Card by Taniesa www.thecraftypickle.com

Once it was fully dry (I left it for about an hour or two while I did other things) I ran it though my American Crafts Heidi Swapp MINC  machine. I used a heat setting of 5. It came out super flat the first time though.

Finally I wrapped around some May Arts Natural twine  and then attached a bow in the center with a glue dot. I adhered the piece to a cream card base. For a finishing touch I stamped some stars from the Country Wreath stamp set on the flap of a kraft envelope. I love adding a matching envelope whenever I can.

Red White and Blue Challenge week | Card by Taniesa www.thecraftypickle.com

That brings me to today’s card and my final card for this week’s Red White and Blue Challenge. This one I think was my favorite out of all of the cards I completed this week.

Red White and Blue Challenge week | Card by Taniesa www.thecraftypickle.com I love a simple one layered card that looks like it has a lot of dimension to it. This card was a lot of fun to create.

First I cut a heart out of a piece of acetate  with a metal die (heart). and then attached it to a piece of hot press watercolor paper. The brand I like to use for ink blending like this is by Fluid. It’s reasonably priced, very smooth, and takes ink blending really well (the pad I used is linked in the supply section at the bottom of this post).

Red White and Blue Challenge week | Card by Taniesa www.thecraftypickle.com

Below are the red and blue inks that I used for this project Blueprint sketch distress inkand Candied Apple distress ink . I applied using little Makeup Blender Sponges. These allowed a smoother application of these colors with the stencil for me. The stamping was done in Hero Arts Indigo Bold ink and  Red Royal Hero Arts shadow ink.

Red White and Blue Challenge week | Card by Taniesa www.thecraftypickle.com

I used the Paint swash from the Brush grunge Alpha set. It is normally at a curve but I straightened it on my Misti Stamp Tool for the stripes (the very bottom little brush stroke stamp is from Color My World stamp set)

Red White and Blue Challenge week | Card by Taniesa www.thecraftypickle.com

After I stamped the stripes I shaded the outside edge with the Candied Apple distress ink. I went over it with a dry Makeup Blender Sponge after applying to soften the line further and remove excess ink.

Red White and Blue Challenge week | Card by Taniesa www.thecraftypickle.com

I did the same process for the blue section. Masking off the red area I shaded using the Blueprint sketch distress ink.

Red White and Blue Challenge week | Card by Taniesa www.thecraftypickle.com

Then for the “stars” I stamped the paint splotch from the Color My World stamp set.

Red White and Blue Challenge week | Card by Taniesa www.thecraftypickle.com

After all the heart was complete. I placed the die cut heart that I saved from die cutting the stencil over the heart and shaded the outside edges with Hickory Smoke distress ink. I let this dry fully on its own for about a half hour. I then applied powder from my EK success powder embossing tool. I stamped the word Blessed from the Bless your heart stamp set with Versafine Onyx Black ink  and then covered the title with some clear sparkle embossing powder and heat set.

Red White and Blue Challenge week | Card by Taniesa www.thecraftypickle.com

I mounted the base on some thin fun foam and then placed that on a royal blue card base with just enough blue to peek out on the sides of the card. I finished everything off by adding some clear iridescent sequins.

Listed below (and within my blog post) are the links to the products I have used for this project. Affiliate links may be used, this means if you make a purchase I receive a small commission at no additional cost to you. I really appreciate your support toward the costs of running this blog.

Honey Bee Stamp sets used:

Sweet As Honey

Hand Lettered Alphabet

Hand Lettered Numeric

Hand lettered Alphabet and Hand Lettered Numeric are also available as a set HERE

Bless Your Heart

Just Sayin’

Country Wreath

Happy Everything

Brush Grunge Alphabet

Color My World

Other products used:

Sakura Gelly Roll white gel pen
Sakura Clear Stardust Gel Pen
Distress watercolor paper
Glitter paper
Copic Grey Markers
Copic blue markers
Daniel Smith Watercolor Essential Set
Lawn Fawn Large Stitched Rectangle die
Red Royal Hero Arts shadow ink
Wet Cement Hero Arts shadow ink
Blueprint sketch distress ink
Hero Arts Indigo Bold ink
Hero Arts Unicorn white pigment ink
full adhesive post-its
post-it tape
Candied Apple distress ink
Walnut ink
Bulk Buy: Faber-Castel (2-Pack) Gel Medium Jar 100ml FC770303
American Crafts Heidi Swapp MINC Foil Applicator with Transfer Folder, Foil & Art Prints, 6″
May Arts Natural twine
kraft envelope
acetate
metal die (heart)
Fluid watercolor paper
Sankuwen 4pcs Flawless Makeup Blender Foundation Puff Multi Shape Sponges
Misti Stamp Tool
Hickory Smoke distress ink
EK success powder embossing tool
Versafine Onyx Black ink
clear sparkle embossing powder
fun foam

I hope you like my little collection of Red White and Blue from this week! Thank you so much for stopping by!

Have a wonderful weekend and a happy and safe Independence Day!

Happy Crafting!

Taniesa Vlasak for Honey Bee Stamps

 

 

 

Turn your art into your own custom flair embellishments!

Hi Crafty Friends!

Today I wanted to share with you something new and exciting in our Etsy shop! Starting today, you now have the option to create your very own flair buttons in two different ways!

Make your own custom flair buttons with your artwork, stamps, washi, photos, and more @ TheCraftyPickle.com

First, you will need to download our TCP Flair template (found HERE) then print the template on your favorite paper. I used Neenah solar white 80 lb cardstock but anything 80 lb or lighter will work.

Make your own custom flair buttons with your artwork, stamps, washi, photos, and more @ TheCraftyPickle.com

Then gather together all the supplies you would like to use to create your flair. You can use different types of coloring mediums, stamps, washi tape, anything smooth and flat will work.

Make your own custom flair buttons with your artwork, stamps, washi, photos, and more @ TheCraftyPickle.com

Now for the FUN part! Doodle and color your heart out! Hand letter some phrases for your project life album.  Customize monograms or personalized buttons for gifts. Create cute page markers and charms for your planners. Use your favorite stamps (even digi stamps if your handy with photoshop) to create a unique embellishment! Little planner stamps work perfect for this project and most stamp sets have small images that are an inch or smaller. Make sure that you keep your artwork in the center circle, the rest will be cut off when making the flair.

Make your own custom flair buttons with your artwork, stamps, washi, photos, and more @ TheCraftyPickle.com

Once you are finished creating your little 1 inch works of art, Cut down the sheet so that it will fit in the envelope you are using. Keeping two or more circles per cut is preferred but not required.

Make your own custom flair buttons with your artwork, stamps, washi, photos, and more @ TheCraftyPickle.com

Go to our Etsy store listing HERE to order the amount and type of buttons you would like. If there is a different amount you are wanting than what is listed in our shop just send a custom order request and we can adjust the totals for you. Once you place your order we will send you the mailing address to send your artwork to.

Make your own custom flair buttons with your artwork, stamps, washi, photos, and more @ TheCraftyPickle.com

Once we receive your artwork we will send you a confirmation email so you know we have it in hand. We will then cut and create your flair for you and then ship it back. Remember that if you are requesting traditional flat backed flair you will get our signature low profile flat flair style making them perfect for projects that you don’t want to add a lot of bulk.

Make your own custom flair buttons with your artwork, stamps, washi, photos, and more @ TheCraftyPickle.com

Usual turn around time is 2-3 business days (sometime sooner) If a rush is needed please check before completing your purchase so we can make sure we can accommodate your request. 

Remember, not only can you create traditional flat backed or pin backed flair buttons, but there is other options as well!

Flair / Button options @thecraftypickle.com

I did mention that there was TWO new listings to create your own custom flair. The next option is super easy. Simply grab your favorite papers, Journaling cards, and scraps. Make sure they are NO SMALLER than 2 inches by 2 inches. Pop those papers in an envelope and once you complete your purchase though our store we will send you the mailing address to send these papers in. You can find this shop listing HERE.

Make your own custom flair buttons with your artwork, stamps, washi, photos, and more @ TheCraftyPickle.com

We will then turn your collection of papers, cards, and/or scraps into your made to match embellishments! This is a great way to get unique flair to match your favorite paper lines and core kits.

What do you think? Sound like fun? Download the template and give it a try, There is no cost until you actually purchase the package you want to order. It is so much fun seeing something you create yourself made into a fun embellishment or accessory.

I hope you are as excited about these new options in the store as we are! Let us know what you think and share with your friends about this fun new option and you could win a $5 gift certificate to our shop! Click on the rafflecopter giveaway for several chances to win (you can enter every day) winner announced on 6/18/15!

a Rafflecopter giveaway  ****Giveaway closed. Congrats to our winner, Tina! I have sent you an email with your Gift Certificate code to the Etsy shop. Thank you to all that entered!****

Happy Crafting!

Taniesa for ThecraftyPickle.com

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

A Thank You card and a Project Life card using Flair

Hi Crafty Friends!

Today I have teamed up with Scrap your Scraps to share some ideas using Flair buttons! I wanted to share two different ideas using some brand new Flair that I just added to The Crafty Pickle Etsy Store.

First up is a thank you gift card holder that I made using my silhouette and a flair from the Cozy Fall Set. I adore Autumn and pumpkin spice latte’s are my favorite!

Coffee Gift Card @TheCraftyPickle.com

I used some cardstock I had on hand and cut out the card design on my Silhouette using design # 29511

Coffee Gift Card @TheCraftyPickle.com

 

I die cut a tag from some cardstock scraps I had, added a little bit of decorative trim and attached it with a little clothes pin. I attached the PSL (pumpkin spice latte) button with some tombo xtreme adhesive. You could also use a button from the Starbucks flair set too, I just wanted to go for an autumn feel with this card.

Coffee Gift Card @TheCraftyPickle.com

 

The inside has room for the coffee gift card as well as a little room to write a personal message.

Coffee Gift Card @TheCraftyPickle.com

 

Once it was all finished I slipped the card into a clear envelope and tossed in some of the exclusive autumn mix sequins from The Crafty Pickle Etsy shop for a little added fun touch.

Next up I have a project life card that I am sure anyone can find use for in their album, Mine is usually inspired by one of my teenage boys dodging the camera. For this card I am using the Photo Not Available flair from the Everyday Photo #2 set

No Photo Available Project life card @TheCraftyPickle.com

 

To make this card I took a white piece of heavy cardstock that was in my scrap pile and cut out the camera design on my silhouette (Design #41015)  The design called for several shades of gray but I only had two shades on hand so I just cut everything out of the white cardstock and colored the pieces with my copic markers (N8, N6, N4, N2, Y15, and Y19) I also used my wink of stella glitter pen and my Stardust gelly roll pen by Sakura

No Photo Available Project life card @TheCraftyPickle.com

 

I attached a few sequins (that are always included in my flair packages) and attached the Photo Not Available flair with some Tombo Xtreme adhesive. The base card is a Becky Higgins Project Life grid card.

No Photo Available Project life card @TheCraftyPickle.com

As you can see above my flair has a very low profile making it ideal for page protectors of all types, especially pocket pages. It’s about the same dimension as chipboard or thickers.

If you haven’t visited The Crafty Pickle Etsy shop recently you might be surprised to find over 30 new flair sets including our new color patterned pop collection and some special limited edition sequins mixes.

Make sure you Stop by the Scrap your Scraps blog for even more flair inspiration, Not to mention a fun giveaway from The Crafty Pickle Etsy Store too!!!

Happy Crafting!

The Crafty Pickle