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

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

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 😉

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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

A BeWITCHing Halloween!

Hi Everyone!

Today I am sharing a quick 6×8 layout that I did of my daughter’s Halloween costume for this year and I wanted to give you an idea for making the most of your space when working on a small layout like this.

Here is the full layout;

BeWITCHingLayout A 6x8 BeWITCHing layout!

I used my Silhouette to cut out the circle title accent and cut it out of American Crafts POW glitter paper in silver. I backed that with black cardstock and added some white sticker letters that I colored orange and then put a coat of clear glitter on top with my Wink Of Stella Glitter marker.  I also cut out the spider and the Jack-O-Lantern face out of black POW glitter paper.

BeWITCHing A 6x8 BeWITCHing layout!

Because my photo took up so much space in the small layout I wanted to conceal my journaling tag in a design type element. I took one of the Whimsical Sacks sold in the Whimsical Twist shop and put the Jack-O-Lantern face on the top. These little bags are perfect for tucking away journaling or memorabila especially when you have a small layout like this. These bags also fit perfectly in a 3×4 pocket page protector.

BeWITCHingJournalPocket A 6x8 BeWITCHing layout!

I am absolutely addicted to these little bags and I thought it added a real fun element to the page.  There are a bunch of patterns and colors in the Whimsical Twist shop, Check them out HERE!

Also don’t forget there is a bonus ephemera pack that you will receive if you buy any of the Whimsical December Days kits this week! I have been featuring the kits that are currently on sale and shipping in the shop. Today I am giving away a set of EXCLUSIVE Flair buttons made to match Merry And Bright!!

Merry and Bright Flair

These will of course go with any of the kits but especially Merry and Bright! If you havent seen the Merry and Bright kit, check out my video going through the entire kit.

Make sure to leave your name and location for a chance to win a set of this awesome flat backed button flair.

Also I am giving away a spot in the Whimsical December Days class! You can read more about that HERE. Lots of things to win this week. I will be announcing all my winners Monday morning so be sure to go back and enter each of this weeks giveaways!

Whimsical Twist December Days Class

I hope you all have a Fun, Safe, and BeWITCHing Halloween!

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

Fall Bucket list and Gratitude.Documented.

Happy Autumn Friends!

Taniesa's Bucket List @ WhimsicalTwist.com

I am so excited to share with you today the beginning of my Autumn album! I was first going to do a 6×6 mini bucket list album but I have “Fall”en in love with so many gratitude albums I have seen and the Gratitude.documented concept that Shanna Noel has started that I decided to expand to a 6×8 album. This is my first year doing a mini album for Fall and so far I love it! I am thinking about adding to the same album next year but it will depend on how full this one gets. I decided to use the Simple Stories Faux leather 6×8 album which matches my 12×12 black We R Memory Keepers albums for my project life this year. I wanted to dress it up a bit though so I decided to add a few charms that reminded me of Autumn and family.

Here is a look at the album cover/spine.

Taniesa's Gratitude album @ WhimsicalTwist.com

 

Taniesa's Gratitude album @ WhimsicalTwist.com

 

Taniesa's Gratitude album @ WhimsicalTwist.com

 

Taniesa's Gratitude album @ WhimsicalTwist.com

It was really simple. I just wrapped around some bakers twine and hemp twine where the front cover met the spine of the album and tied on some pretty charms I found while collecting some autumn supplies.  The label for the album is a ticket in Kraft that I cut down to fit. I took white sticker letters and colored them with a copic marker to get the watercolor like effect.

For the first page I took brown woodgrain cardstock and cut out the framed “gratitude” from a cut file I created with my Silhouette software. The second page is shimmery cream cardstock with the adorable Logo from Shanna Noel’s Gratitude.Documented.

Taniesa's Gratitude album @ WhimsicalTwist.com

 

Taniesa's Gratitude album @ WhimsicalTwist.com

Next page shows off my family’s Bucket list for this Fall. I cut the apple basket , apples and title from my Silhouette all out of cream colored cardstock and then colored them all in using my Copic markers. I wrote out the list using a typewriter font and cut them in strips. I sewed those along the left lower side and to finish off the page added a little Whimsical Sequins for a bit of shimmer. (Silhouette Design ID #47269 used for the apple basket and the font for the title is Jenna Sue)

Taniesa's Gratitude album @ WhimsicalTwist.com

Taniesa's Gratitude album @ WhimsicalTwist.com

Taniesa's Gratitude album @ WhimsicalTwist.com

Taniesa's Gratitude album @ WhimsicalTwist.com

I did want to prep a few pages for the busy days I won’t have a lot of time to scrapbook. I am sure I will move things around as I develop my photos. The papers and embellishments I am using throughout my album is the Basic Gray Persimmon collectionthe Family Traditions line from Websters pages, and some embellishments from My Minds Eye. I really love the combination of the oranges and browns mixed in with the navy and baby blues. I am also adding in some Project Life cards, Pre-cut cardstock, Prima wood accentsHey Kid sticker labels from Pink PaisleyWhimsical Twist sequins, and some other items from my stash to add texture and color.

Here are a few of the “put together ahead of time” pages I have done so far.

Taniesa's Gratitude album @ WhimsicalTwist.com

Taniesa's Gratitude album @ WhimsicalTwist.com

Taniesa's Gratitude album @ WhimsicalTwist.com

For this next page I decided to make a partial transparent divider type of page using some sequins and Prima wood disks. I just sewed the two pockets closed. I will add a filler card or photo in the other two spots.

Taniesa's Gratitude album @ WhimsicalTwist.com

Taniesa's Gratitude album @ WhimsicalTwist.com

One of our bucket items is to make our own Halloween costumes this year. My little girl decided to be a traditional witch this year so I set these two pages aside to show off her costume and a photo of her trick-or-treating. I love the little whimsical sacks to hold tags for journaling!

Taniesa's Gratitude album @ WhimsicalTwist.com

Taniesa's Gratitude album @ WhimsicalTwist.com

 

Taniesa's Gratitude album @ WhimsicalTwist.com

Taniesa's Gratitude album @ WhimsicalTwist.com

One of the key things with this project as well as any seasonal Mini album project is to simplify and organize. Some items in my craft space I keep where I always keep them but sometimes it helps me if I pull together the collection of items I might want to use for the project. Looking at all the Autumn product together is very inspiring for me. Some things that I have done to help myself along is pre-cut my cardstock in 4×6 and 3×4 pieces, take my 6×6 papers and put them in a 6×6 clear iris plastic box to flip through quickly, Take a binder clip and clip together like items (sticker letters, enamel dots and gems, labels, sticker embellishments, stamps, etc), and put little items like sequins in the color combo that I will be using and wood veneer in small containers for easy access (bead containers from your local craft store work great for this).

I hope you enjoyed my little preview into my Autumn album. I will be back for this series next month to show you my near completed album!

One little bit of exciting news today is that all Basic Gray and My Minds Eye product is now on sale at 20% off in the Whimsical Twist shop!!! The sale lasts from now until November 3rd . So, if you were wanting to get your hands on some great supplies for your autumn and holiday scrapbooking now is a fantastic time! Enter Code MME20BG at checkout!

All Basic Gray and My Minds Eye now on sale at Whimsical Twist!!!!!

 

Happy Autumn!

The Crafty Pickle