Greetings from Seattle! Creative Coffee Gift for the Coffee Lover’s Blog Hop

Hello Coffee (and Papercraft) Lovers!

I am excited to be participating in the Coffee Lovers Blog hop for the first time! Today I am creating a project on behalf of KatScrappiness.com. I was inspired by the Seattle stamp set that was designed by Kelly Purkey for Hero arts as well as a Seattle Starbucks gift card.

I have always been a coffee addict but when I moved to the Seattle area about a year and a half ago I REALLY came to love coffee any time of the day! I thought it would be fun to create a coffee gift card holder but I didn’t want to JUST give a gift card, So I created another little special gift using my Seattle stamp set.

This cute little matchbox was created using the WRMK envelope punch board. I used some Doodlebug printed papers from the Gingham collection and the cream and sugar collection.  I followed the tutorial for the matchbox HERE and then I added a card on top. Sort of an all-in-one gift!

For the inside of the card, I attached the coffee gift card using a glue dot. I cut a white panel for my message using the second smallest rectangle die in the Kat Scrappiness double stitched rectangle dies. I stamped a sentiment and coffee cup icon in a light grey (Hippo) ink from the Lawn Fawn mini ink pad set, Tropical Island. The stamp set I used here is an older set from Kelly Purkey.

I took the same size stitched rectangle die and die cut a piece of watercolor paper. I stamped a little Seattle scene using that Seattle stamp set pictured above. I then added some watercolor using my zig clean color real brush markers and a waterbrush. After it was dry I went over all of the water and space needle with a clear Spectrum Noir glitter brush marker.

For the inside of the matchbox I added some green sequins, real Starbucks coffee beans, some iridescent cellophane wrap, and a cute pair of coffee cup earrings I made using beads, stamps, and shrink plastic! I haven’t played with shrink plastic since I was a kid and I have to tell you, this was so fun and I am sure I will be making more stamped jewelry in the future!

The stamp set that I used today can be found at KatScrappiness.com. In honor of the Coffee Lovers Blog hop, Kat Scrappiness is giving you 15% off your purchase!!! Use code *SPRINGCOFFEE* at checkout. She even has a special section of the store dedicated to awesome coffee and tea papercrafting items!

How about a little blog candy? Simply subscribe to my blog, and follow me on Instagram HERE. Once you have done that please comment below and let me know your following as well as your favorite Coffee or Tea (I am also a Davids Tea fan!). One lucky winner will get a Starbucks gift card (a Seattle Exclusive card) two versafine ink cubes in Onyx black and Olympia Green, two bags of sequins in a sparkly Starbucks Green shade and a semi-transparent white, some sticky back gems, a new clear sparkle brush marker, and an awesome big Thanks stamp with a matching die set! I am ever so thankful for my followers!

Supplies that I have used in my project today are listed below. Affiliate links are used where available, at no cost to you. Thanks!!

Special Delivery | Gift Box Decoration

Hey Crafty Friends,

Lately it has been Birthday season for my daughter’s friends. At this age they are difficult to buy for so we have been going for the tween gift that always seems to win, a gift card to Claire’s.

Giving a gift card to someone older is no biggie, a cute card and voila, instant happiness! For a tween though it just needs a little more something something, Ya know what I mean?

You may have seen this photo I posted on Instagram over the weekend.

Dressing up your gift packaging | Taniesa Vlasak for Honey Bee Stamps

for the project above I used the new Hooray die set and Surprise Box stamp set and dies. I also used some silver glitter Nuvo drops and pink bakers twine.

We had some leftover gift boxes from Valentine’s day that we purchased at Michael’s (they have several colors in the gift wrapping section) so instead of making a handmade card, I decided to do a (semi) handmade gift box, similar to the one I created above.

Dressing up your gift packaging | Taniesa Vlasak for Honey Bee Stamps

In addition to the pink gift box I also grabbed some basket filler shred, and the gift card. (later on we decided to add some candy)

Dressing up your gift packaging | Taniesa Vlasak for Honey Bee Stamps

I grabbed some of my favorite Honey Bee Stamps and dies. Today I will be using Little Pickup stamp set and dies, Surprise box stamp set and dies, Welcome Baby stamp set.

First I chose a selection of patterned papers from Doodlebug. I used this 6×6 paper pad, and I pulled out a selection of colors that I thought would go well together. I die cut several of the traditional shape balloon from the Surprise box die set and then stamped all of the balloons using a shade of ink that matched the pattern paper used.

Dressing up your gift packaging | Taniesa Vlasak for Honey Bee Stamps

After the die cutting and stamping was all finished. I took some finger daubers and added a little of the same ink I stamped with to the edges of the balloon. It’s a simple step but it adds some dimension to your die cuts and a bit of pop to the overall design. I also took a white water-based sharpie marker and added a little shine mark to the balloons.

Dressing up your gift packaging | Taniesa Vlasak for Honey Bee Stamps

Dressing up your gift packaging | Taniesa Vlasak for Honey Bee Stamps

I stamped and cut out the truck and gifts from the Little Pickup stamp and die set and colored them in with my copic markers. I also added a little clear glaze gel pen to the windshield and window.

I arranged all of the balloons on the box, popping some of them on foam tape and a couple I added two layers of foam tape to get a varying amount of heights to the balloons. Using a black glaze gel pen I added the balloon strings. Then I added the truck with the gifts in the back to the box, also with foam tape.

Dressing up your gift packaging | Taniesa Vlasak for Honey Bee Stamps

There is a great sentiment set that coordinates with the little pickup stamp set called Sending You sentiments. I love that set but the words “sending you” were smaller and didn’t seem to fit well for my box. I grabbed the brand new Welcome Baby stamp set because it also includes the words “special delivery” in a great font. I curved the words slightly and I stamped those out with black versamark ink. I sprinkled on some clear embossing powder with glitter and heat set. I cut around both words and glued those to the handle of my box.

Dressing up your gift packaging | Taniesa Vlasak for Honey Bee Stamps

Dressing up your gift packaging | Taniesa Vlasak for Honey Bee Stamps

I think this will be fun for my daughter to gift to her best friend (we are also going to tie a few balloons to the handle before gifting) and I hope that the recipient loves it as much as I loved making it for her.

Dressing up your gift packaging | Taniesa Vlasak for Honey Bee Stamps

Dressing up your gift packaging | Taniesa Vlasak for Honey Bee Stamps

I hope you got a little inspiration for your gift-giving today. Thank you so much for stopping by!

Taniesa Vlasak | TheCraftyPickle.com

Ellen Hutson LLC PIN-SIGHTS Challenge | Hidden Gift Shaker Card

Hi there Crafty Friends!

I hope your weekend is off to a fabulous start! I thought I would kick off my weekend by participating in the Pin-Sights challenge over at Ellen Hutson.com.

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You can find out more by clicking the link HERE (and see some AMAZING project entries!)

The challenge was to take Essentials by Ellen product(s) and pair them with one of your favorite companies products. I have really been enjoying the latest Honey Bee Stamps release and decided to pick something from my Honey Bee stash!

I LOVE the essentials by Ellen stamps, dies, and other papercrafting items so this was a great challenge to hop into and jumpstart my creativity. Today I will be working with the Essentials by Ellen Bohemian Garden stamps and Zipper Panel die.

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I will also be using the Kindness stamp set by Honey bee stamps.

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Today I wanted to mix things up a bit and I thought… “What if I used the zipper panel in the back of the card rather than the front?” This way the recipient could see the gift when they opened the card but take the gift card out when they were ready.

For the front panel I did all my stamping in Versamark ink and heat embossed with Hero Arts white embossing powder. I did ink blending at the top and at the bottom with distress ink (colors listed at the bottom of the post) and mixed some Daniel Smith watercolors to color my floral images. I did add a vellum flag out of Essentials by Ellen 40 lb vellum and heat embossed the same as the card. For the final touch on the panel I added some Sparkling clear sequins with some Ranger Multi Medium Matte.

Hidden Gift Shaker Card | TheCraftyPickle.com

I set the front panel aside and went to work on the rest of the card. I made the shaker pocket from an Essentials by Ellen small stamp storage pocket and Be Creative tape. (I probably would have used my fuse but we are moving and it is packed up in a box at the moment). I printed my message on the same 40 lb vellum from Essentials by Ellen using my laser printer and cut it to fit inside the stamp storage pocket. I added the die cut “Enjoy” which is also apart of the zipper panel die set. Once that was dry, I added the pretty pink posh sequins, Prima beads, and Distress glitter.

Hidden Gift Shaker Card | TheCraftyPickle.com

I reinforced the center part of the zipper panel as Julie Ebersole has shown in her YouTube video (See bottom of post for video) with a piece of Neenah cardstock that I blended some distress ink on. I added be creative tape all around the back panel edges being careful not to cover the zipper stitched marks. I then added my gift card in the middle and placed the finished shaker pocket down on top of the tape. To hide the rough adhesive edges I made a frame from the large stitched rectangle dies from Lawn fawn and adhered that to the top of the shaker pocket.

 

Hidden Gift Shaker Card | TheCraftyPickle.com

I love that you can see the gift card through the vellum but the message still stands out. The shaker adds a fun playful confetti party like feel.

Hidden Gift Shaker Card | TheCraftyPickle.com

Here is the view of the back . I started lifting the bottom up……

Hidden Gift Shaker Card | TheCraftyPickle.com

But then I decided I wanted to show you all how cool it looks when it is opened up all the way!

Hidden Gift Shaker Card | TheCraftyPickle.com

What I love about putting the zipper in the back is that the front stays pretty and intact so you can still display as normal if you like.

Hidden Gift Shaker Card | TheCraftyPickle.com

This card was a lot of fun to make. Let me know in the comments below if you would like to see a video tutorial on how to assemble a gift card like the one shown today.

If you have never seen the zipper panel from Ellen Hutson yet. Check out this how-to video that Julie Ebersole (the designer) made. The die is just genius!

Links to the items I have used are listed below.

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Thank you for stopping by. I hope you found my card project inspiring. I love giving gifts, but making gift packaging pretty is extra special!

Have an extra fun and crafty weekend!

Taniesa Vlasak | TheCraftyPickle.com

Celebrating with Flair

Hi crafty friends! It’s Stephanie here today from Bits & Pieces (& Scraps) to share my latest crafty projects.

I know the holiday season is upon us, but in the midst of all the seasonal chaos, we have a daughter who celebrates a birthday (two weeks before Christmas)! So in preparation for her big day, I made two birthday projects. The first is a birthday layout featuring the new gold foil flair button:

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I adore these foil buttons oh so much!

My next project is a small gift bag:

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I use the hearts flair button here to adorn the fabric rosette and I love the way the gift bag turned out! It’s perfect for holding a gift card, nail polish or any other treasures a 13 year old girl would cherish!!

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Thanks for stopping by today! Make it a crafty one!!

stephanie for ThecraftyPickle.com

Wearable Flair? Yes!!!! Hello FlairTastic Friday!

Happy Friday Everyone!

#FlairTastic Friday

Every Friday though the summer months we will bring you a new idea/concept using flair. Your not going to want to miss these fun posts! These ideas will come from not only our designers but also super neat flairtastic ideas we find from our customers and other talented papercrafters. Make sure that when you share any of your projects on Instagram or Facebook using flair, that you tag it #FlairTasticFriday. You just might see your own photo featured here on our blog!

This week we will be showing you a few ideas taking flair off your pages to actual wearable art!

First up we have an adorable project created by our designer Joann!

Add the perfect touch to headbands @ TheCraftyPickle.com

Joann added some flair from our Cute Bugs set for her adorable little girl. How precious are these? I think they would be great in the center of a bow as well. Totally adorable, Joann!!

Next we have a few ideas that have caught our eye… Take a look!

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These adorable flair ribbons are just too adorable and would make a perfect wearable award or celebration pin. Love this for birthdays, weddings, achievements, and so much more. These were designed by Page Evans.

Jacket flair found on pinterest

If you were an 80’s or early 90’s kid chances are you had a jacket similar to this one. I remember wearing my collection on my varsity jacket in high school. (photo found on pinterest)

Flair button Bracelet band found on Pinterest.

What a great idea of wearing a bunch of pin back buttons of the same theme? We saw this photo on pinterest and fell in love with it!

Kid designed wearable buttons http://thesoutherninstitute.com/2013/03/buttons-book-characters.html/

I love that these are kid designed buttons. You can read more about it HERE. For a smaller option our “Make your own Flair Buttons” would be a similar and fun idea.

 

Last but not least we have a photo share from one of our very own customers!

liz and daughter wearing custom Button necklaces from TheCraftyPickle.com

Customer Liz ordered a custom button necklace with her loved ones names inside our glitter heart flair, we thought her daughter needed one as well. Aren’t these two just adorable!

Not only do we carry necklaces, but these adorable Hair ties as well.

custom hair ties @ TheCraftyPickle.com

 

We can make these hair ties with any flair in the shop or even a custom design.

Keep your eye out for our new wearable interchangeable magnetic jewelry coming to TCP’s shop in just a few weeks!

It must be the kid in me that loves flair so much. I loved wearing it then and I love wearing it now. Adding it to my papercrafting is an added bonus.

How do you wear your flair?

Stop by The Crafty Pickle Etsy Shop if you haven’t been by recently. We will be releasing a few little things between now and our next big release. We will also be having a big TCP Birthday celebration in August with giveaways and a brand new exclusive foil flair!

Dont forget to use the hashtag #FlairTasticFriday to play along with us!

See you for more FlairTastic Ideas next Friday!

Till Then….

Happy Crafting!

thecraftypickle.com

 

Greeting FlairTastic Friday!!!

Happy Friday Everyone!

#FlairTastic Friday

Every Friday though the summer months we will bring you a new idea/concept using flair. Your not going to want to miss these fun posts! These ideas will come from not only our designers but also super neat flairtastic ideas we find from our customers and other talented papercrafters. Make sure that when you share any of your projects on Instagram or Facebook using flair, that you tag it #FlairTasticFriday. You just might see your own photo featured here on our blog!

This week we will be showing you some awesome greeting cards by our wonderful design team!!! Each Design Team member uses flair differently to make a fun greeting card …and with this flair it is nice and flat to fit on any card!!!

Here is Joann’s super fun FlarTastic Greeting Card I love how she used the vellum as an overlay to soften the background paper …so great!!! And how she used the Something Shiny Slightly Cupped Sequin to follow your eye down the card for interest!!! And bunching the twine behind the Orange Pop of Flair …i am so going to steal that idea!!!

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And next we have Carrie

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I am sorry but Carrie makes the prettiest cards I know …they are just so lovely anyone would love to receive a card from her!!! Carrie used Watercolor Butterflies Flair for her fun and whimsical Thank You card!!!

Here is mine Kristin

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I used this fun and fast birthday stamp, Washi tape pack from Close to my Heart     Suprise Single Flair

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How sweet is this card by Treasa with this cute big candle right on the front and the Suprise Single Flair

Next …we have Stephanie’s so sweet circle shaker box card with the red white and blue Star Spangled confetti mix

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How will you use flair on a greeting card?????

Stop by The Crafty Pickle Etsy Shop if you haven’t been by recently. We will be releasing a few little things between now and our next big release. We will also be having a big TCP Birthday celebration this month with giveaways and a brand new exclusive foil flair coming mid July!

Dont forget to use the hashtag #FlairTasticFriday to play along with us!

See you for more FlairTastic Ideas next Friday!

Till Then….

Happy Crafting!

thecraftypickle.com

Remembering Dad

Remembering Dad

This Father’s Day will be particularly hard for me and my family this year. We lost our Dad in February to a traumatic accident.
My Dad was an awesome guy and the life of the party. We know that he wouldn’t want us to be sad on this day, so I decided
we would celebrate him on Father’s Day. Taniesa created some special flair for me so that I could use them to create cards for my
PL album. I have to say when I first saw them , I cried and I couldn’t believe how perfect and how special these were.

First I wanted to create a card using this My Favorite Memory of my Dad flair so I could document that memory of my Dad.

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His grandchildren called him Superman, they seen him as a strong man who could get through anything, so I wanted to create
a card to honor our ” Superman” using a custom flair of a photo of my Dad.

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Lastly I wanted to share a lovely gift that Taniesa sent to me for my family and me to wear on Father’s Day, how special is this ribbon and its something we could wear every Father’s Day!!

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I love how special these custom flair are and how they will help us celebrate and remember my Dad on this Father’s Day.

Taniesa can create custom flair for you no matter the subject, just send her a message in The Crafty Pickle shop and let
her know what you are looking for.

Treasa for ThecraftyPickle.com

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

Creating with Custom flair

Carrie here to share with you some pretty fun projects I created using some custom flair that I ordered from #TheCraftyPickle

  

Custom flair is amazing because you can personalize any crafty project you want to create. 

This is a set I ordered for my Daughter Graduation

I previously shared this Amazing card I created for her, but It’s worth sharing again. She loved that it was personalized just for her.

For my next project I used some of the custom flair to personalize her Senior portrait and Announcement that I displayed at her Graduation Party.   

And lastly,  I will soon be receiving another personalized set to use when documenting my daughters GRAD Night at Disneyland.  I have not gotten this set yet,  but as soon as I do,  I will share with you my new creations. 

This has got to be the cutest set I have received so far!

So Be sure to pop on over to TheCraftyPickle shop and order your own custom flair to personalize any of your upcoming crafty projects.  And Taniesa is now offering a create your own flair option where you can turn your own art work into a one of a kind button embellishment.

Thanks for stopping by today

Happy Scrappin’

Carrie

Valentine’s Day Mason Jars

Hi Crafty Friends!

I can hardly believe it is February already!! Designer, Stephanie, has an adorable little Valentine project to share with you all today. Check it out!!

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Hey y’all! Happy February, already!!
I am thinking about Valentine’s Day, which will be here before we know it! I wanted to do something small for the kids’ teachers, so I thought mason jars filled with candy would be perfect. Who doesn’t love chocolate?!

I bought these jars at the dollar spot at Target then pulled out a bunch of Valentine related embellishments to decorate them.

The flair buttons are from The Crafty Pickle from theWatercolor Hearts set. This set is great for Valentine’s Day & comes with six assorted 1″ buttons.
I filled the jars with a bunch of chocolate kisses, a chocolate heart & candy bar. I think their teachers will enjoy them-I know I would! Now I just need to make a few more before February 14th!!
Take care & keep crafty!
~Stephanie
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What a great idea for a teacher gift (Or anyone on your Valentine list)! Thanks for sharing Stephanie!!
Happy Crafting!
The Crafty Pickle