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

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!

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We are sooo HAPPY that you have chosen to join us for the event, September 20-22, 2013
Our theme is…
“It’s beginning to look A LOT LIKE CHRISTMAS!”
As you are hopping along be sure to
leave a little love on each of the Design Team blogs.
Make sure to leave a comment on the Die~Namites Blog for an entry to win the Grand Prize of a
$50 Gift Certificate to Die~Namites Dies along with
5 ~ $10 Gift Certificates.
You will receive additional entries for Liking us on Facebook,
Signing up for Email Notifications.
So Let the HOP Begin!

I have been working on my christmas cards since July, but I am nowhere near finished which was good because I absolutely fell in love with the new holiday release from Die-namites! For today’s card I am using the Pine Wreath die. I love the intricate details of the pine, something I definitely could not achieve with a digital cut or punch.

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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

Let’s GO! Playing with October Afternoon.

Hi Fellow Scrapbookers!
Today I am bringing you a layout featuring some of October afternoon’s Travel girl collection. I Have been going through some old photos as of late and I had always been frozen by the idea of needing to scrapbook chronologically. Because of this I didn’t get much scrapbooking done, especially for my two boys who in this layout were 4 and 5 but now are 13 and 14. I finally gave myself permission to scrapbook photos that spoke to me in that moment. I can always arrange the pages in albums in whatever order they need to be later. If you have that holding you back too, let yourself scrapbook something from yesterday or 5 years ago, whatever story you want to tell today, tell it.

Enough of my pep-talk… I absolutely LOVE the Travel Girl Collection that October Afternoon created. Even with the softer colors I still thought that it would make a great first flight layout for my boys. Here is the finished layout;Lets Go! Layout @thecraftypickle.comthe retro feel of the collection is so fun! I used some American Crafts foam thickers for the “Let’s Go” title and the rest of the embellishments are from the OA Travel Girl collection.

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There are all sorts of fun Travel girl items in the Whimsical Twist shop right now. Click HERE to see all sorts of adorable pieces from the collection! Make sure you also check out all of the wonderful pre-orders that just went up in the shop!

I hope you all enjoyed our first Blog hop and challenge last week. I am excited to announce the winner of the $15 Whimsical Twist Gift Certificate! Congratulations Angi Barr! Please e-mail Whimsical Twist for more details. You can visit Angi’s blog HERE!

We also have several winners from our blog hop that were offered by our design team members. Be sure to check back though the blog hop to see if you are a winner! The winner from TheCraftyPickle.com writes “What a gorgeous layout, I love how you have done the sun! Thank goodness for this blog hop other wise I would have missed great crafty ideas!” Thank you so much Veronicalee1981 for your sweet comment and for joining in on the Whimsical Twist Blog Hop! Please email me your mailing address so I can get your goodies out to you!

That’s all for today! Hope you all have a FABULOUS week!

TheCraftyPickle.com

Whimsical Twist Blog Hop! Water Park FUN!

Welcome to the Whimsical Twist Blog Hop!Welcome to Whimsical Twist’s first challenge! We thought it would be a lot of fun to also have a Blog Hop to celebrate our first challenge! How does that sound?

During the Hop you will be visiting blogs from several of our fabulous design team members. You will find so much inspiration on the way, that your head might explode!

The hop will start at the Whimsical Twist blog and end at Lisa Wilkinson’s blog. If you are just joining in, be sure to go to the Whimsical Twist blog to start. If you get lost along the way, just look at the list below to get you hopping in the right direction.

And you can’t have a Blog Hop without giveaways and this one is no different! In order to be entered into the giveaways, you will need to be sure you leave a comment on each blog on the hop. Whimsical Twist will also be giving away a $15 gift certificate to the shop to one random hopper! We will be announcing the winners of our giveaways on August 12th, so be sure to watch for the announcements.

Without further ado, let’s get this celebration started!

Our first challenge is inspired by summer! The photo below is our inspiration / mood board

Our inspiration board WhimsicalTwist.com

I knew the perfect photos I wanted to work with for this challenge. These are some water park photos I came across a few days ago with my boys, 4 years ago. It’s hard to believe these boys are going to be in 8th grade and a freshman in high school in just a couple of weeks!

Water Park Layout @thecraftypickle.com

I used papers from Elle’s Studio and Simple Stories for this layout. I added in some different washi tapes for the border on the side of the photos to tuck into.

Water Park Layout @TheCraftyPickle.com

Water Park Layout @TheCraftyPickle.com

All of the sticker letters and accent stickers are from Simple Stories as well. I added some Liquid Glass from CTMH for the letters spelling WATER to give it that wet look.

Water Park Layout @TheCraftyPickle.com

Water Park Layout @TheCraftyPickle.com

I misted the top left corner with Mister Huey’s in the color Desert over a mask and then I accented with some of the beautiful sequins you can find in the Whimsical Twist Shop. I also used a mask and some ink to create a bubble confetti background on the bottom using CTMH Lagoon ink and then layered with some of the same beautiful sequins from the shop. The two colors I used are Pineapple and Caribbean. I adore these beautiful sequins so much, I think I may even use them more than my enamel dots! To adhere the Sequins I used the same Liquid Glass that I used on the title letters.

Now for something a little fun! As I said before, you will see giveaways along your hop today. I am giving away a set of project life cards that I made especially for our giveaway! Below is a little peek at some of the cards included. I am also including a little bag of sequins, a sample of all the colors offered in the Whimsical Twist shop! All contained in this little 4×6 case perfect to use as a project life on the go or journaling kit for your purse! Make sure you comment on each of the blogs today in order for a chance to win!

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Thank you so much for visiting my blog! You should have arrived from Ashley Hamm‘s blog and now you are heading to Charissa Miller‘s blog, but if you get lost along the way, here is the hopping order.

Lisa Lahiff 

Alexandra Polyzou  

Sandi Pressley 

Amanda Johnson

Ashley Hamm 

Taniesa Vlasak  (you are here)

Charissa Miller  

Kimmie Rishebarger 

Sharm Nidyanandan 

Laurie Danielle 

Lisa Wilkinson 

Happy Hopping!

TheCraftyPickle.com