Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween Crafty Friends!

Today, design team member Carrie Bryant is sharing this cute little “Insta” Chipboard album she created for Halloween.

Here is how she did it!

First off, I cut down some unfinished chipboard to 4×4 and covered each page with some cute MME Halloween papers I had in my stash.

I love this cute Spider Web Flair from The Crafty Pickle

Each page is embellished and has room for a small photo or journal spot.

This may be my favorite page, I created a shaker box and fished it off with another adorable TCP flair

On this page I added a 3×4 PL card I created for a Halloween Swap.

This is a really easy way to preserve the memories from your Halloween fun.

This is that back of my album. I used Jump rings to bind my album and added fun ribbons to finish it off.

Thanks so much Carrie, for sharing your adorable project!

Check out more in the Crafty Pickle Etsy Shop for more fun flair!

Have a fun and safe Halloween!
The Crafty Pickle

HUGE Etsy Shop update!

Hi Friends!

I just finished with a HUGE Etsy shop update this week. Lots of new flair sets and a couple of fun things like Ponytail holders and bookmarks perfect for project life, scrapbooking, or your organizers/filofaxes!

Here is a peek:

TheCraftyPickle.com Etsy Update!All Button flair is flat so it adds less bulk to your page protectors.

TheCraftyPickle.com Etsy Update!

Flair paper clips!

TheCraftyPickle.com Etsy Update!

Ponytail holders made with ANY of the buttons in the shop!

TheCraftyPickle.com Etsy Update!

Monthly flair sets including this one for July. The flag flair is made with real glitter!

TheCraftyPickle.com Etsy Update!My little girl is obsessed with My Little Pony right now and this is a set I created for her… maybe some of you have little fans out there too.

TheCraftyPickle.com Etsy Update!

My addiction ūüėČ

To see all of the 22 NEW listings check out my Etsy shop HERE.

Happy Crafting!

The Crafty Pickle


Using flair buttons in your Project Life albums.

Hi Everyone!

Today I am showing a few of the new Flair sets in my etsy shop as well as some ideas for using flair in your Project Life albums.

I had a problem in the past with using flair inside my pocket pages because of the bulk and I really didn’t care for putting mine on the outside of the page protector as it seemed to pop off or come loose over time. Now that I am using my own flair that are flatter profile, I am less worried about bulk and have been using them lots more in my album.

Here is a look at the flatter profile from a side angle.

Flatter profile flair buttons for Project Life @TheCraftyPickle.com

Here are a few ideas using TheCraftyPickle flair!

Sometimes keeping things simple is the best way to go. Although I love adding clusters of little embellishments throughout my album, sometimes keeping a simple design makes a big statement. For this card I used my silhouette to cut out a simple frame. I attached it to a Project Life pre-designed card and then added a flair piece from the everyday set.

Using Flair in your Project Life album @TheCraftyPickle.com


This next one I whipped up in minutes. I took a clip art TV and positioned it on my 3×4 card in Photoshop Elements. I added a flair from the afternoon/Evening set in the center of the TV and now it is ready for a small photo or some journaling.

Using Flair in your Project Life album @TheCraftyPickle.com


Background stamps are wonderful for making your own Project Life cards. For the sunshine card I stamped the background using a Studio Calico background stamp and added on a little yellow face flair (which are free with any purchase for the month of April!)

Using Flair in your Project Life album @TheCraftyPickle.com


This next one uses a basic Becky Higgins grid card and a few scraps of cardstock. I cut out the shapes using some basic paper punches and added a Flair piece from the Crummy day set. To finish it off I splattered a bit of gray and black ink in the bottom corner.

Using Flair in your Project Life album @TheCraftyPickle.com


This next card was made using a digital stamp from Tracy Larsen, some cloud washi tape, and a flair from the May Flair set. Right now there are January though June monthly sets in the shop and they all include one real glitter flair piece! July-December coming soon!


Using Flair in your Project Life album @TheCraftyPickle.com


Same idea for a monthly marker card. Layered with a paper punch and some chalk stenciling in the background.

Using Flair in your Project Life album @TheCraftyPickle.com


This sweet card was made with a silhouette cut, a label punch and a heart flair from the Watercolor Hearts flair set. The elements in this card would be great layered over a photo directly as well.

Using Flair in your Project Life album @TheCraftyPickle.com


Using Flair as a “O” substitute is lots of fun. To make this card I just splattered red ink over white cardstock and added some Heidi Swapp Mistable letters to make the word JOY. The Flair piece is from my Everyday set.

Using Flair in your Project Life album @TheCraftyPickle.com


I LOVE enamel dots and they are so fun to mix with flair. This one uses a piece from the Family set.

Flatter profile flair buttons for Project Life @TheCraftyPickle.com


And this one uses a piece from the Disney set.

Using Flair in your Project Life album @TheCraftyPickle.com


My Teenagers are very much into Minecraft lately. These three pieces come from the Minecraft set. Try making a border with three matching flair either in the center of your card or off to the side of a 4×6 card.


Using Flair in your Project Life album @TheCraftyPickle.com


Finally, a card to celebrate spring. This one was made by stamping some clouds and die cutting a little tree that made a perfect spot to add the Spring flair piece from the May Flair set.

Using Flair in your Project Life album @TheCraftyPickle.com


I hope those examples provided some inspiration of your own to use flair in your albums.

Here is a peek of some new flair sets that have been updated to my Etsy shop. I am also happy to do Custom orders as well, Just drop me an email or send me a custom order request though Etsy.

Flatter profile flair buttons for Project Life @TheCraftyPickle.com

Flatter profile flair buttons for Project Life @TheCraftyPickle.com

Flatter profile flair buttons for Project Life @TheCraftyPickle.com

Flatter profile flair buttons for Project Life @TheCraftyPickle.com

Flatter profile flair buttons for Project Life @TheCraftyPickle.com

Flatter profile flair buttons for Project Life @TheCraftyPickle.com

To see more Crafty Pickle flair sets click HERE to visit my Etsy Shop. Want even more flair inspiration for your Project Life album? The talented girls over at ProjectLifeCardSwap.com have come up with some beautiful designs using my flair, And if you hurry over before March 31st you can enter to win a Crafty Pickle Flair package.

To celebrate my shop update I would like to give away two sets (any that are in my Etsy store) to two lucky winners. For a chance to win please add your name, location, and tell me what Crafty Pickle flair set is your favorite. Winner will be announced 3/28 Friday afternoon.

Update: Congratulations to Cyndie Hart and Lynne Thomas Rudolph! You both win a CraftyPickle Flair set. Please drop me an email and let me know which set you would like.

Happy 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

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 CertiÔ¨Ācate to the Die~Namites Dies

Here is this month‚Äôs 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!

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!

Die-Namites Premier Blog Hop!

Welcome to the ‚ÄúPremiere‚ÄĚ 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 ‚ÄúPremiere‚ÄĚ 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 D√ľcker‚Äôs blog to continue the ‚ÄúPremiere‚ÄĚ Die~Namites Blog Hop!!

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!

Handmade Project Life Giveaway @TheCraftyPickle.comHandmade Project Life Giveaway @TheCraftyPickle.comHandmade Project Life Giveaway @TheCraftyPickle.com

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!