Crafty New Year’s Resolution’s

Hi Friends!
I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday season. Mine was so busy I hardly had any time to sit down and craft. This week was the first time I had time to create in what seemed like forever.

Have you made any New Years Resolutions? I’ve made a few and one of them is to create more cards. I am usually in such a hurry so when I need to send a card I am usually grabbing something quick at Target. Not only is store bought cards expensive, it doesn’t usually have that personal touch that something handmade has.

The card I made for today uses the Die-namites Winter Sunflower die.

 Winter Sunflower

I knew I wanted to use this pretty die along with Peggie Lee’s January Sketch and Dare challenge.

 Sketch and Dare Challenge
 Sketch and Dare Challenge

I wanted to use the circle design of the sketch but in the negitive rather than layer a circle on top of the card. I used a circle cutter and cut out a circle in a piece of white cardstock. I cut this down to fit the front of my card. Then I cut at an angle though the circle. Setting this piece aside for later I started adding watercolor to my card (*card made out of watercolor paper) with two shades of yellow and then once that was dry, I added a dark shade of green.

While waiting for the watercolor to dry I cut out my sunflower in both yellow and green cardstock. I trimmed the leaves off the yellow die cut and layered on top of the green. for a bit of subtle texture I added some yellow glitter to the flower. I attached this on top of the water colored portion of my card.

Lastly I took the front piece of cardstock that I started with and stamped a simple hello sentiment and splattered a bit of mist in yellow and green on top. I added the piece to the card base using foam squares.

Voila! A handmade card ready to give to someone special!

Will you be creating more in 2014? How about participating in die-namites monthly Sketch and Dare Challenge? It’s a great way to get your creativity flowing and get a chance to win a fabulous prize!

Did you know???
….. Die-Namites is having a Design Team Call!!
 
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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

December Daily: Days 1 to 6

Happy Holidays!

I hope all of you are enjoying the season so far and have been keeping up with your December Daily albums or Journals. I wanted to share a little bit of my album today. I have up to day# 5 complete. (warning this post is kind of photo-heavy). For my 2013 December Daily I am using the Merry and Bright Kit from Whimsical Twist. I am also using items I have collected from this year and previous years as well as die cuts from my Silhouette. If you have any questions on products used please let me know.

December Daily 2013 Title page TheCraftyPickle.com

For my title page I did it in three separate page protector layers.  For the First layer I printed a title using Ali Edwards digital brushes on a transparency and placed that in the page protector

DD Title page 1st Layer | TheCraftyPickle.com

For the second layer I took a transparency and two silhouette die cuts (out of the silhouette printable gold foil) and adhered them on the transparency back to back. After sliding that into the page protector I sprinkled sequins on either side and sewed the protector closed.

Title page layer #2  | TheCraftyPickle.com

Title page layer 2  | TheCraftyPickle.com

For the Third and final layer of the Title page(s) I cut a piece of American Crafts POW glitter paper and slid that in the protector, On top of that was another transparency that I printed on the bottom.

December Daily title page layer 3  | TheCraftyPickle.com

The next page I kept really simple.

December Daily calender page.  | TheCraftyPickle.com

Day one:

December Daily Day one  | TheCraftyPickle.com

December Daily Day One  | TheCraftyPickle.com

For the card on the bottom left, I stamped in white ink and then I went over the stamped areas with a white chalk pencil to give it a better chalkboard effect.

December Daily Day one  | TheCraftyPickle.com

Day Two:

December Daily Day 2  | TheCraftyPickle.com

December Daily Day Two  | TheCraftyPickle.com

For the middle layer  I used a 6×8 page protector  and sewed the bottom portion shut with sequins, glitter, and heat embossed wood veneer stars (Studio Calico Printshop stars) Then I slipped the two photos back to back on the top.

Advent Pocket in December Daily Album  | TheCraftyPickle.com

This year I decided to incorporate our advent Calender within our December Daily album. You will see these pockets throughout my album. The little circles are special chalkboard paper. I stamped the number in white prima Chalk ink. (the Advent Kit that I used can be found HERE)

December Daily Advent pocket + Tag  | TheCraftyPickle.com

I printed our advent activities on a piece of shimmer cardstock and then sewed them to the tag that I had cut down to fit the bag. I also did some heat embossing on the tags as well.

Day Three & Four:

December Daily Day 3 and 4  | TheCraftyPickle.com

Day Three:

December Daily day 3  | TheCraftyPickle.com

Day Four:

December Daily day 4  | TheCraftyPickle.com

Day Five:

December Daily Day 5  | TheCraftyPickle.com

I had a lot of fun working on Day 5. Lots of digital stamping on the photos using files from Ali Edwards @ Designer Digitals, Ali Edwards/Technique Tuesday Stamps, and the Pine Wreath Die from Die-Namites Dies.

December Daily Day 5  | TheCraftyPickle.com

For the Tree embellishment I used the Pine Wreath die from Die-Namites dies which you can find HERE. I made 12 cuts of the die and one tree base out of the same card stock. I cut off all of the pine branches from the die cut shapes and made a pile. Then I took some clear liquid adhesive and squeezed a bit out on a scrap piece of card stock. I dipped the bottom part of the pine branch in the glue and started layering from the outside of the tree base inward. After everything was completely dry I added some clear and white gems (Michael’s brand and Studio Calico) To see more photos of this embellishment visit the Die-Namites blog HERE.

December Daily day 5  | TheCraftyPickle.com

December Daily day 5  | TheCraftyPickle.com

Day Six:

For day 6 I kept things super simple. I took cards that were included in the Merry & Bright Kit and embellished the tree card with some sequins and glitter pen accents. Sticker letters are also from the kit. There are a handful of kits still available and you can find them HERE on sale for $35!

December Daily Day 6  | TheCraftyPickle.com

December Daily Day 6  | TheCraftyPickle.com

That wraps up this round of December Daily Pages. I should be back next week to share another handful of pages.

Happy Holiday Crafting!
The Crafty Pickle

Brown Paper Packages Tied Up With String.

Hi there friends!

The holidays are finally here and I have started my Christmas shopping! One of my favorite parts of Christmas is wrapping up the gifts I choose for my friends and family. I try and be creative with my gift giving more than traditional wrapping paper and curly ribbon so that the recipient is even more excited to open their pretty package.

 Elegant Holly

 Today I am using the Elegant Holly die.

This die was the perfect accent for a small gift that I was giving. I cut the die out of Green cardstock and added little red gems for the berries. I attached them using a small glue dot. Then I placed a small bow and tag on top. simple yet unique. How will you use your Die-namite Holiday Dies this season?

Happy Crafting

 

 

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!

 

 

Sneak Peek at my Autumn Album

Hi Friends!

Taniesa here giving you a little sneak peek of my Thankful/Autumn bucket list album. I love fall, it has to be my most favorite season of the year. This year I am working on a mini album to document the fun fall traditions that my family shares as well as the things we are thankful for. I will be sharing more of my album through November both here on the Die-Namites blog, the Whimsical Twist blog and my personal blog.

For the cover I chose to use the Maple Leaf Border die. I thought this would be a perfect accent to the bow that I added to my cover.

For the album I chose a chipboard 6×6 album from American crafts. I covered with some metallic chevron bazzill cardstock that I have been hoarding for a while and then added some pretty autumn ribbon to cover the joined portion of the fabric and the covered chipboard.

I cut each of the leafs out of matte gold paper and then cut each of the leafs apart. after I made the bow I adhered the leafs around the center of the bow and then layered a CraftyPickle 1″ Flair badge to the center of the bow.

I hope you enjoyed the peak at my Autumn album cover. I can’t wait to show you all more soon!

Happy Fall everyone!

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!

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.
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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