Happy Friday! Let’s get ORGANIZED!

Hi Everyone!
I am on to my next organizing endeavor! this time tackling labels, tags, stickers and other project life supply goodness as well as my Die-namite dies!

Here are some before photos. First is my labels, tags, stickers, etc… that I use primarily for Project Life.

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And here is the drawer I had all of my Dies shoved into.

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What a mess! So I headed to Target (I love Target!) and in the office supply section I found these little gems!

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Now I am focusing on these small ones but there are lots of different size accordion files… you could use different sizes to organize different supplies. These coupon size files came with a little notepad. I took that out to lessen the bulk.

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I created some mini file folders. The first i created using my silhouette…. but I needed to make quite a few, and maybe I was a little lazy, so I just cut the cardstock to size, scored it, folded it, and put a tab on it.

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Then I separated everything into like item piles. A couple of tips to mention. You want to remove any unnecessary excess packaging, this adds extra bulk and sometimes will prevent the item from fitting.

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You also might want to cut down strips of labels to just the label and not the product name or bar code. If you want to retain the info just write on the back with a slick writer.

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For the folders in the sticker, tag, and label files I created one in each to put the items that were loose in, I didn’t want them falling in between the divided sections

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For the die cut file, I made an individual file folder for each die, also when I use the die I cut a couple of extra shapes and put it in with the die, that way if I just want to grab a cut and not pull out my machine i have it right on hand.

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And here is some end result photos. I really am enjoying this system, I love that everything is right at my fingertips. For now I am storing the files in the black box I picked up at target seen in the photo, but as I reorganize my IKEA Raskog, I might transfer them over.

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Get organized with help from TheCraftyPickle.com

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Get organized with help from TheCraftyPickle.com

Get organized with help from TheCraftyPickle.com

I hope this provided you with some organization inspiration. I have a pretty big project I am working on next and I can’t wait to share with you all SOON!

Have a fabulous weekend!

The Crafty Pickle

Die-Namites September Sketch and Dare using the Love Heart die & the Wild and Free collection by Glitz Designs.

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 participant
for a $25 Gift Certificate to 
Here is this month’s sketch…..

   Today I’m showing my take on this month’s sketch challenge and dare! Mine is just a little bit different from the sketch but I am sure you will see how it worked for me. I thought out of the box with this one and decided to incorporate the sketch into a project life title card.
  The die I decided to use was an obvious choice given the sketch. I went with the Love Heart die.

For this particular project I didn’t want the word to show in the project so I overlapped it with the week title by tucking the strip of Glitz patterned paper in the loop of the L. I replaced the flower embellishment with a Glitz designs rhinestone and some enamel dots by My Minds Eye. For the ribbon dare portion I took some black ribbon and silver embroidery floss. I stitched a little arrow onto the ribbon and stapled it to my card using the Tim Holtz Mini Attacher. All of the printed paper used is from the Glitz Designs Wild and Free 6×6 paper pad. 

And here it is incorporated into my project life layout.

Here is the right side.

The bottom right card in the photo above was from the digital glitz collection. I used a Ali Edwards 4×6 outline brush on top and the journaling. It’s hard to see from the photo but the upper right card says Movie Date on top of the Glitz designs heart washi tape.

I think everything came together quite nicely. I was a little stuck with this particular week for a while so using the sketch really helped inspire me to get this layout completed!

I am LOVING the new Glitz Designs Wild and Free collection! It’s so bright and colorful with some fun basic patterns that go with everything. Right now you can get this collection and all sorts of fun papercrafting candy at Whimsical Twist for 25% off through September 30th! Use Code AUTUMN25.

Happy Crafting (and Shopping)!


Monthly Die-namites sketch challenge and dare!

Happy Monday Die-Namite Die Cut fans!
Up on the Die-Namites blog today Lynne is introducing a new monthly feature!
Our 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…..

This months Dare is to use Ribbon in your creation!
 Want to learn more and see how lynne interpreted the sketch into her project? Head over the the Die-Namites blog!
Happy Die-Cutting and creating!!!
The Crafty Pickle

Sketch challenge accepted!

Happy Wednesday everyone!

On Monday you might of seen the sketch Lynne Forsythe posted on the Die-Namites blog. If you haven’t please hop over there and check out the beautiful creations that are already up from Lynne and Peggy!

Here is my take on the sketch. I changed it up just a little to work for me.

Today I am working with one of the latest die releases by Die-namites. The Summer Basket.

I was a little challenged by this die. Not exactly sure how I was going to use it even though I love it and think its beautiful. The detail in it was so pretty that I didn’t want it to get lost in the project. I decided to layer and add color with copics. Here is a couple of shots where I sketched some lines separating the flowers from each other and the basket, and where I cut it out.

Here is when I assembled the background cardstock, the die cut, and the cut-apart floral portion of the die cut.

I cut the background paper in a circle shape and adhered that to a pretty aqua doily. Lynne’s dare was to use fabric in your project. I don’t really have any fabric laying around so I did the next best thing and got some thin yarn and added that around my circle, in a button bow, and the string for the pendant.

The pendant was made using a punch by EK Success. Background paper is from Studio Calico.

I love playing with a sketch when I am lacking my own creative inspiration. Sometimes its just enough to get my creativity flowing. I also love it when it helps me get out of my comfort zone and try new things. Make sure you check back here every 1st Monday of the month for that month’s sketch and dare!

Happy Crafting!


Back to school: Lunchbox notes with a bit of Die-namite Die cut flair!

Have your children returned to school yet? My little one did yesterday, started the second grade. One of the things she looks forward to the most at lunchtime is seeing what note or treat I have packed in her lunchbox. Today this cute little tag was Tied around some celery sticks and I hope it makes her smile!

Here is a look at the little tag:

The Die-namites die I used was the Die-namites wide vase.

I cut the wide vase die out of white cardstock (120lb) and colored in with bright copics. I then stuck strips of washi tape on white cardstock and glued the washi covered cardstock to the back of different sections in the flower and vase. I attached foam dots to the back to pop the flower up from the washi covered tag.

Then to finish off the tag I added some doodlebug adhesive rhinestones inside the flowers. I stamped a “happy” phrase and added some black lines around the tag and a little message.

Its a really simple use of such a fun die, Try dressing up little notes with a fun Die-namite die cut for whoever you might pack a lunch for!

Happy Crafting!


Die-Namites Premier Blog Hop!

Welcome to the “Premiere” Die~Namites Dies Blog Hop.

Die-namites Blog Hop

We are so happy that you have chosen to join us!!!

Our blog hop will be from August 9th ~ August 11th.

Along the way, you will see creations by our Die~Namite Design Team using the LATEST release of Die~Namites Dies.

The Die~Namites Design Team Members will be sharing with you

how they made their pieces through video and picture tutorials.

Each of the Die~Namites Design Team Members

will have a secret word…..on their blogs.

Collect all the words, make sure to leave a little love,

to find the secret phrase this will give you one entry into our prize drawing. You will receive additional entries for Liking us on Facebook Signing up for Email Notifications.

 We will be awarding one Grand Prize of a $50 Gift Certificate to Die~Namites Dies and 5 ~ $10 Gift Certificates to Die~Namites Dies.

So enough about the logistics…. LET THE HOP BEGIN….

If you have arrived here from Lisa Tottle’s blog you are in the right place. If you have just arrived in the midst of our Blog Hop please head to the Die~Namites Blog.

Hope you enjoy the “Premiere” Die~Namites Dies Blog Hop!!!

Today I am sharing a quick Project Life weekly title card tutorial using the Flowering Branch Die as well as showing a few of the NEW Die-namites dies! Be sure you collect my secret word at the bottom of my post and leave a comment, I would also love if you would follow TheCraftyPickle as well so I can share even more Die-namite inspiration with you!

My secret word is:  IN

Thank you so much for stopping by TheCraftyPickle!


Now head on over to Dunja Dücker’s blog to continue the “Premiere” Die~Namites Blog Hop!!

Crafting with Kids: A fun little notebook project!

Hi Die-namite Friends!

This is our last week of summer vacation. Full of school shopping and last minute fun things before we get back to routine. Today was a at home day so my 7 year old daughter wanted to do crafts. We decided to decorate one of her new notebooks. We chose her favorite new Die-namites Die, the Funky Flower die. and some of her favorite colors of cardstock.

she picked out some bright washi tape, sequins, glitter, and thickers. We started with a primary grade notebook that I covered in two coats of gesso. We used a bright green and bright pink for the Funky Flower. I fussy cut the center flower part out of the die cut and layered onto the green flower.We took CTMH Liquid Glass and filled the inside of the flower and then added Tim Holtz new distress glitter in the flower. For the final touch we added three small flat yellow pearls for the flower center.

It is very bright and a little bit loud, but so very Taegan! Why not get your kids involved in dressing up their own school supplies to make them different from anyone elses in their class!

Wishing all of you a fabulous school year ahead!

Thinking of you….. A dry embossed look using die cuts!

Hi Friends!

I missed my Make-A-Card Monday post as I was celebrating my little girls birthday so I thought I would share a card I made for a special person in my life (hoping it brings a little smile to her face)

For this card I mimiced the dry embossing look with some intricate Die-Namites die cuts. The two dies I am using for this card are  the Berry Flower die and the Birds on a Branch die. I am using this teqnique on a card today but this same look would be great on a scrapbook page, altered project or project life card.

Berry Flower die from Die-Namites

Birds on a Branch Die-Namites Die

I love that you can achieve the look of dry embossing with die cuts on cardstock in the same color. I went with white for my card but you could do this easily with any color cardstock. The effect looks better with smooth cardstock rather than textured cardstock. Here is a look at just the background of the card:

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I used a total of 5 die cut shapes to do the entire card front. The key thing is to make sure that the die cuts are adhered down completely. I ran the die cuts through my xyron machine, but working with a glue pen would also work well as long as you are careful not to apply too much glue. Once I had my dies arranged, trimmed and adhered I took a rubber cement eraser and cleaned up any extra adhesive from in between the flower detail. I also took a nail file and lightly sanded the cut parts of the die cuts around the edge of the card to soften the edges and blend them into the card. This technique would also look beautiful as a scrapbook page background.

Thinking of you card @thecraftypickle.com


After the background was done I began working on the sentiment strip. I took a Close To My Heart ink pad in the Lagoon color and stamped some of the ink on a clear acrylic block I use for stamping. I removed a little of the ink at a time with a water brush and beginning at the edges of the white cardstock I added color working my way in towards the center. I love the watercolor look this achieved. I stamped the “Thinking of you” sentiment in the same color ink and then went back in with my water brush to add a little more color in between the letters.

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To complete the card I took the Birds on a Branch die and cut it in the same color cardstock as the border strip. I fussy cut a few of the pieces apart and attached them to the left of the sentiment. I finished by adding some glitter detail on the butterflies using a clear wink of stella glitter pen.

I hope you enjoyed this fun little tip! The intricate designs of the Die-Namites dies are perfect for this look. Experiment with any of the Die-Namites dies for a bit of POP in your next project! Check out more Die-Namite die cut tips and projects on the company blog!

Happy (almost) embossing!




Project Life Week 24: die-cut embellishments

Hi Fellow Project Lifers!

Today I am working backwards a bit and showing you my week 24.  This week I had a bunch of fun playing with some brand new dies from Die-Namites! You have seen in previous posts that I am very fond of my silhouette die cutting machine, but the one thing I find that I have a hard time with is getting really good intricate cuts from the machine. Thats why these dies rock! There is so much detail that brings a little wow to your project life without bulk. To cut my dies I use an Epic 6 by lifestyle crafts, but any manual die cut machine will work.

Here is the full two page spread:

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And one of just the left hand side:

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For my title card I used the Die-Namite’s Scrolly bird design. I originally cut it from a heavy white cardstock and then colored it with a light blue copic marker. I took a piece of cream cardstock and attached various strips of washi tape. I fussy cut the different pieces of washi to fill in the different parts of the bird. It really helped the die cut pop and didn’t add any additional bulk to my pocket. I LOVED the result.

Week 24 @thecraftypickle.comHere is the second page of my layout:

Week 24 @thecraftypickle.comFor the second half of my project life layout I decided to use the center portion of the page as one 4×12 strip just cutting it in 3×4 sections.

Week 24 @thecraftypickle.comI used two different Die-Namites dies for this section. The first was the Floral Corner die. I cut two of these corners out of heavy watercolor paper and then played with some greens and pink watercolors. I put the two together to make a little frame around the title. The watercolors add a little more than just coloring with a marker or cutting from cardstock.

Week 24 @thecraftypickle.comThe second die in the last pocket was the Flowering Tree die. I cut this from heavy white cardstock and colored in with copic markers. I added red enamel dots on the tree to mimic apples. I thought this was fitting being next to Snow White. Cutting off the very edge of the die makes the section of the layout flow a bit better.

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My oldest daughter had a wonderful opportunity present itself, to be a disney princess for a local production company, these photos of her are her trying on the different costumes.

Week 24 @thecraftypickle.com

To check out more about the Die-Namite Dies I have used today and more, please visit the site HERE. A little birdie told me there is some amazing new stuff coming out SOON!

Looking for more project life inspiration? As always, I am linking up with The Mom Creative who shares her album every week and links up with several other talented project lifers.

Project Life Tuesdays @TheMomCreative.com

Have a great week everyone!

Happy Crafting!

I have some pretty exciting news to share!

It’s been a quiet week on my blog but not around my house, we have been busy busy busy! But I do have a very exciting announcement I wanted to share with you all!


I have been asked to join 5 other amazingly talented ladies on the Die-Namites Design Team! I am thrilled and honored to be apart of the team and hope you will help me in congratulating the other ladies that will be wowing you with their talent over the next 6 months. Take a hop to each of their blogs to see some beautiful projects, they really are quite talented!

Taniesa Vlasak – California *USA*  (you are here)

Peggie Lee Baker – New Hampshire *USA*

Susie Moore – Texas *USA*

Lynne Forsythe – New Hampshire *USA*

Lisa Tottle – *Canada*

Dunja Ducker *Germany*

Thank you for sharing in my excitement! I can’t wait to share some very fun DIE-NAMITE projects with you all! You can also visit the Die-Namites Blog HERE.
Happy Crafting!