Happy December and Welcome home, Cupcake!

Hi Friends,

It’s been crazy around here which has not left me much time for crafting (or blogging) as much as I would like. I am excited for December and all the fun festive things going on this month though, and am hoping to have a bit more time to document and enjoy the season.

Today I wanted to share with you our Elf On The Shelf’s homecoming and first three days of silly elf antics.

When our elf, cupcake, was “discovered” this season she had a little slip of paper with our street address on it tucked in the waistband of her skirt. My then 6-year-old daughter must have slipped it in so that Cupcake could find her way home (too sweet, right?) so Cupcake attached that to a wood skewer like a flag and attached it to the remote control helicopter that is my sons for her grand entrance. When my little girl came home from her dad’s house she was SO excited and spent the rest of the evening talking to her elf and wearing the bell that Cupcake brought back for her. (You can find these at the dollar store or craft stores like Michaels)

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Day Two. I knew that my Daughter had her big dentist appointment this day and I reallllly needed to get rid of the Halloween candy in the house. Well its no fun if mom just throws it out. Our elf eating it all is another story ūüėČ

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Day Three. ok, this was a last-minute thought and I was exhausted so in looking around the kitchen I spied a bunch of fruit I got earlier that day for the kids. Inspired by a conversation between my daughter and Niece about mario kart I thought cupcake fruit-karting sounded like a good idea. It was a HUGE hit around here let me tell you. My 7-year-old woke up my 17-year-old at 3 am to see what Cupcake did! Poor Lexie, She was a good sport though and shared her sister’s excitement.

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For more elf on the shelf ideas follow Taniesa on instagram!

Happy “Elfing”

The Crafty Pickle

Take a closer look at December Recorded!

Hi Again Pickle Pals!

Today I am showing you a closer peek at the December Recorded kit in the Whimsical Twist shop. It’s a lovely kit designed by the talented Charissa Miller.

December Recorded at Whimsical Twist.com

Charissa really captured all that is classic and trendy at the same time. This kit has a little bit of it all, Glitter, Traditional Red and Greens, wood veneer, star clips, some light blue accents to change it up a bit and the very trendy chalkboard look that I absolutely love! She pulled together product from Websters Pages, Pink Paislee, American Crafts, Theresa Collins, Elle’s studio and more There is also a few little whimsical exclusives to give the kit its unique touch.

December Recorded at Whimsical Twist.com

I just love looking at her kit all spread out pretty in the photo. I can’t wait to see how she puts it all together for her December album.

To see more of Charissa’s amazing Kit or purchase the kit, take a look HERE.

To purchase this kit with the awesome December Days class for only $5 more click HERE.

and of course I have to share the EXCLUSIVE December Recorded flair that is now in the Whimsical Twist shop!

December Recorded Exclusive Flair

How about another giveaway! Leave your name and location in the comment section and be entered to win a set of this exclusive flair! If you have purchased Charissa’s kit then Leave another comment for a bonus entry!

Giveaway ends Thursday night at midnight and winner will be announced on Friday!

Dont forget to check out Studio Calico’s PRINTSHOP which is now shipping at Whimsical Twist!¬†There is also an amazing 30% off sale going on until 11/3 on all Basic Gray and My Minds Eye product! Enter MME30BG at checkout!

Stop by tomorrow for another fun giveaway-day!

Till then, Happy Crafting!

The Crafty Pickle

Check out the Krafty Kringle Kit!!!

Hi Pickle Pals

This week I am featuring all three of the Whimsical Twist December Days kits! It’s going to be a fun week of announcements and giveaways! I Hope that you stick with me this week for all of it!

Now Shipping! December Days kits at Whimsical Twist!

The first kit that I am sharing today is the Krafty Kringle Kit designed by Diana Fisher. Diana created a homespun feel with this kit with a fabulous Kraft base (Including a great 7×10 album) and accents with traditional red, a light blue and some soft greens. She brought in product from Pink Paislee, websters pages, elle’s studio and more! I just love what she has put together and I am sure you will too. This kit is unlike the traditional daily kit in where it is meant to mark the events and celebrations for the entire holiday season. I just love all of the little pockets to keep mementos from the season. Fantastic job Diana, your kit is amazing and I can’t wait to see what Magic you create!

Krafty Kringle @ WhimsicalTwist.com

Krafty Kringle @ WhimsicalTwist.com

To see more photos of Diana’s kit check our her blog HERE

You can purchase this amazing kit HERE.

and for $5 more you can get the kit and the December Days Class HERE (Save $10!)

Krafty Kringle Flair @ WhimsicalTwist.com

How about some pretty, EXCLUSIVE flair designed just with the Krafty Kringle kit in mind? This exclusive set of 6 flat backed button flair will be on sale this week in the Whimsical Twist Shop but you can win a set NOW! Giveaway ends Thursday at midnight so be sure to comment with your name and location. All winners from this weeks giveaways will be announced on Friday!

a Rafflecopter giveaway¬†<———- Click here to enter (lots of chances to win!)

Dont forget about class sign ups too!

Whimsical Twist December Days Class

Hope you all have a fabulous Monday!

The Crafty Pickle

Whimsical WINNER!!!

Happy Friday Pickle Pals!!!

Last week I posted about the Merry and Bright Kit at Whimsical Twist that I designed. I am so excited to share that it is NOW SHIPPING!!! I am so excited to dive into the project with you all. I hope you will follow along the blog for ideas on how to use the kit and more. An even better idea is to join the Whimsical Twist designers in the Whimsical December Days class that is going on now though January! We have so many fun things planned in the class. In addition to the class content we are doing challenges to keep you motivated all season long (and of course MORE prizes). To sign up for the class only click HERE. If you would like to purchase your Merry and Bright kit you can get the class for only $5 more! Total deal! Click HERE for that offer. (video of the kit can be seen HERE)

I also posted a pretty exciting and HUGE giveaway on my blog last week. I am happy to announce that Erica Bass, you are my WINNER!!! Not only are you receiving the super awesomesauce giveaway kit, you will be joining me and the other Designers in the December Days class! YAY!

But, Wait! Theres more!!!

Because I am so excited about the December Days class I am giving a “runner-up” prize to Kim Winter! Kim writes:

“I follow on Instagram & on the blog. I try Dec. daily with journal your Christmas but I never complete an album. Any suggestions for keeping it going?”.

Well Kim, I have a BUNCH of suggestions and I will see you in class to share them all. You will have support to start, continue, and finish your December album with the Whimsical Twist Design Team!

I will be sending you two lovely ladies an email shortly! Or you can drop me an email with your info using the link on the right side of my page.

Stay Tuned! There might be some more fun holiday giveaways coming soon *wink*

Happy Crafting!

The Crafty Pickle

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!

 

 

The BIG December Days Kit “Merry and Bright” Video!

Hi Pickle Pals!!!

I have been so excited to post about my Merry and Bright kit that I created for the Whimsical Twist shop and today is finally the day I get to share it all in detail with you! I really thought that photos would not do the kit justice so I made you all a little (ok, it’s a little over 15 minutes but its worth it) video!

Before we get to the video I wanted to talk a little bit about what I tried to achieve when I put the contents together. Last year was my first year doing December Daily and I loved the project so much that it lead into my commitment to do Project life for the entire year. well this year I am doing both and I wanted a kit that could not only fill my December Daily album but one that I could pull from for my PL album for the month of December. There is a lot packed in this little kit and for the price you really can’t go wrong. The Price of the kit is $50 but for TODAY ONLY they are in the shop for 15% off (the sale ends 10/18 at midnight so make sure you run over to Whimsical Twist and nab yours as there is very limited quantity!) You can also get a discount on the December Days class when you purchase a kit (50% off) for only $10! It’s a super fun class that offers free digital files, inspiration, challenges, and lots more. Going on now, and lasts all the way into January! Even if you are using your own homemade kit you will get so much out of the class.

Now on to the video!

So to recap, the Merry & Bright December Days Kit includes the following contents:

  • Tis the Season 6 x 6 paper pad (Echo Park)
  • Christmas 3 x 4 Sn@p Cards (Simple Stories)
  • Christmas 4 x 6 Sn@p Cards (Simple Stories)
  • 12 x 12 Chalkstalk (Canvas Corp)
  • Hello Santa Banners stamp set (Ali Edwards for Technique Tuesday)
  • White Chalk Ink Edger (Prima Marketing)
  • December Documented Expressions Cardstock Stickers (Simple Stories)
  • December Documented Fundamental Cardstock Stickers (Simple Stories)
  • Magical Banners (Studio Calico)
  • Micro Mono alphabet stickers – white (Basic Grey)
  • Christmas Sprinkles (Doodlebug)
  • Star washi tape (Freckled Fawn)
  • 2 Bow clips (Webster’s Pages)
  • Assortment of sequins (Whimsical Twist)
  • *Bonus Package from Taniesa* while supplies last.

I really hope you love the kit as much as I do. I am excited to share with you what I do with the kit as well as see what YOU do with the kit.

To purchase the kit alone click HERE.

To purchase the kit with the discounted class admission click HERE

What would a reveal this big be without a fun GIVEAWAY to go with it?  Instead of giving away the kit (because its such a deal I know you are all going to rush over to get yours) we thought it would be more fitting to give away the perfect add-on kit to go with your Merry and Bright kit!!! Here is what you will receive if you are the lucky winner;

  • A red faux leather 6×8 album from Simple Stories.
  • A 6×6 December Documented paper pad from Simple Stories.
  • A Technique Tuesday/Ali Edwards 25 moments stamp set.
  • A Whimsical Twist exclusive matching Pickle Flair set (set of 6 that match the Merry and Bright kit)
  • A set of 31 numbered chalkboard Pickle Flair. Perfect for numbering each day in your album. *not shown*
  • a bag of mixed embellishments (Sequins, Wood Veneer, Confetti stars, ribbon, twine, and more) *not shown*
  • A set of three personalized Just-for-you flair. *not shown*
  • And if that wasn’t enough we are giving you free admission to our December Days Class that is going on now until mid January. We will stick by you from start to finish!

Win ME! www.thecraftypickle.com

To enter all you have to do is leave me a comment with your name and location. Want MORE chances to win? When you purchase a Whimsical Twist Merry and Bright Kit come back and leave a separate comment letting me know and you will have an additional entry! Follow Whimsical Twist on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Pinterest? Leave a separate comment with I follow WT on ____ for each one and you can have more chances to win! Share the reveal video on your Facebook or other social media? Leave another comment with the link and get another chance! Follow @Taniesa on Instagram, Yep, another chance to win!!! You can get a total of 10 chances if you complete all of the above, how easy is that!

The giveaway entries will close Friday 10/25/13 at midnight PST and a winner will be announced Monday 10/28/13!

Best of Luck to you all and Happy (Holiday) Crafting!!!

TheCraftyPickle.com

A Little Relish from The Crafty Pickle!

Hi Pickle Pals!

I have a bit of exciting news to share. I recently started adding more to my Etsy store and in that I have my very own handmade button flair! Here is a little peek at a couple of the sets I have been working on. I also have some exclusives that will be in the Whimsical Twist Merry and Bright Kit that I will be sharing with you very soon!

This is one of my favorite sets, I made this set to match with the Persimmon collection from Basic Gray. I love Autumn and I tried to capture that with this set.

Handmade Autumn Flair from TheCraftyPickle.com

Here is another set that I absolutely adore because we so adore our Elf on the Shelf. My seven year old is so excited to have our Elf, Cupcake, come back after thanksgiving!

Elfontheshelf flair

Both of these sets and more are featured in my Etsy shop. Some exclusive sets will also be sold at the Whimsical Twist shop soon!

How do you use Button flair in your papercrafting projects? I would LOVE to see, Link me up!

Happy Crafting!
TheCraftyPickle.com

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