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

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!!!


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!

Happy National Cardmaking Day!

Hi Pickle Pals!

Are you celebrating National cardmaking day today? I am having fun pulling out kits, stamps, and embellishments I have been meaning to get to for a while now but just haven’t had time. So today is for me. I plan on creating some cards for some special people in my life. I hope you are encouraged to do the same. There is nothing like receiving an actual handmade card to brighten someones day especially in our digital world.

I wanted to do something for all of my readers and friends today so I am having a Close To My Heart sale all this week starting today 10/5/13 until next Sunday 10/13/13. Spend $25 in retail product get 5% off your order, Spend $50 in product get 10% off, Spend $75 in product get 15% off, and spend $100 or more get 20% off your total order!!! In addition to the sale if you spend $50 you can get this adorable stamp of the month for only $5!

CTMH Sale @TheCraftyPickle.com

This sale includes ALL CTMH product not just stamps so if you have been waiting to buy the organizers I have shown now is the perfect time to save some money! To recieve your discount please browse my website HERE and then send me an email to TaniesaVlasak@gmail.com with the subject of CTMH Sale and list your item number and description. List the Paypal email that you would like me to send the invoice to, and make sure to let me know if you want to add on the stamp of the month for $5 additional (For orders $50 or more).

I hope you all have a fun cardmaking day!!

Happy Crafting!

The Crafty Pickle

Project life Re-Organization.

Hi Friends!

I know a number of you have had a lot of questions regarding how I am storing my project life cards. Instead of writing out a long post I made a little video that hopefully will answer some questions and let you see what’s working for me right now.

Here is a little video on how I am organizing my project life and pocket style journaling and filler cards. I am using the medium Close To My Heart organizers which you can see by going to my website HERE <—- that will take you right to the organizers.

The dividers that I had made for my organization were
Blue / Aqua
Black and white
Brown and Kraft
Multi Color brights
Multi Color muted

Journaling prompt
Quote filler
Symbols and shapes
Seasons: winter spring summer fall (holidays are in with the season)
School & Kids life

If you have any questions please post a comment, I am happy to answer anything that I can.

Thanks for watching and I hope this has helped you with a few organization ideas of your own!

If you are wanting to puchase the CTMH cases you can visit my CTMH website at www.thecraftypickle.ctmh.com
******Edited to include a link to the divider cut file I made and used in this organizing video and posted on my blog awhile back: Click here for the dividers. The folders that I used were directly from the silhouette store (Design ID #43761)******

The Crafty Pickle


Happy Friday! Let’s get ORGANIZED!

Hi Everyone!
I am on to my next organizing endeavor! this time tackling labels, tags, stickers and other project life supply goodness as well as my Die-namite dies!

Here are some before photos. First is my labels, tags, stickers, etc… that I use primarily for Project Life.

Get organized with help from TheCraftyPickle.com

And here is the drawer I had all of my Dies shoved into.

Get organized with help from TheCraftyPickle.com

What a mess! So I headed to Target (I love Target!) and in the office supply section I found these little gems!

Get organized with help from TheCraftyPickle.com

Now I am focusing on these small ones but there are lots of different size accordion files… you could use different sizes to organize different supplies. These coupon size files came with a little notepad. I took that out to lessen the bulk.

Get organized with help from TheCraftyPickle.com

I created some mini file folders. The first i created using my silhouette…. but I needed to make quite a few, and maybe I was a little lazy, so I just cut the cardstock to size, scored it, folded it, and put a tab on it.

Get organized with help from TheCraftyPickle.com

Then I separated everything into like item piles. A couple of tips to mention. You want to remove any unnecessary excess packaging, this adds extra bulk and sometimes will prevent the item from fitting.

Get organized with help from TheCraftyPickle.com

You also might want to cut down strips of labels to just the label and not the product name or bar code. If you want to retain the info just write on the back with a slick writer.

Get organized with help from TheCraftyPickle.com

For the folders in the sticker, tag, and label files I created one in each to put the items that were loose in, I didn’t want them falling in between the divided sections

Get organized with help from TheCraftyPickle.com

Get organized with help from TheCraftyPickle.com

For the die cut file, I made an individual file folder for each die, also when I use the die I cut a couple of extra shapes and put it in with the die, that way if I just want to grab a cut and not pull out my machine i have it right on hand.

Get organized with help from TheCraftyPickle.com

Get organized with help from TheCraftyPickle.com

And here is some end result photos. I really am enjoying this system, I love that everything is right at my fingertips. For now I am storing the files in the black box I picked up at target seen in the photo, but as I reorganize my IKEA Raskog, I might transfer them over.

Get organized with help from TheCraftyPickle.com

Get organized with help from TheCraftyPickle.com

Get organized with help from TheCraftyPickle.com

Get organized with help from TheCraftyPickle.com

Get organized with help from TheCraftyPickle.com

I hope this provided you with some organization inspiration. I have a pretty big project I am working on next and I can’t wait to share with you all SOON!

Have a fabulous weekend!

The Crafty Pickle

Creating a Sequin Station for your craft space.

Happy Friday everyone!

Today I am revisiting a previously posted idea a few months ago that I used for small embellishment storage. Ever since I purchased the sequins in the whimsical Twist shop I have been HOOKED on sequins and use them on a lot of my projects. Getting in and out of the little baggies was getting to be a little bit of a pain so I thought back to that organization blog post I had done, You can see that original post HERE. I thought that it would be nice to have one set up just for sequins so that’s just what I did.

Here is what I used. First a K-Cup storage spinner (I got mine at walmart for about $24 but I have also found the same size on Amazon HERE) and a package of Diamond brand mini condiment cups and lids (I got mine at a grocery store in my area, safeway, for about $3)

Little Bits and Sequin Storage @TheCraftyPickle.com

Cups for storage @ thecraftypickle.com

I emptied all of my sequins in each cup keeping the colors separated, depending on your collection you might want to combine certain colors or shades of the same color.

Sequins-Station @ thecraftypickle.com

sequins-station-close-up @ thecraftypickle.com

Super simple and inexpensive. It takes up very little space and makes using them and clean up a breeze because you’re not dumping the sequins out on your table. The added bonus it looks really pretty out and makes me happy when I look at all the fun color!

Suggestion for those that are going out shopping for your kcup holder, I took one of the mini cups with me to make sure it fit well. There are holders out there that are just a bit too small to hold the cup so to be sure, test it out before you buy it.

Don’t forget to stock up on all the great color sequins that is currently in the Whimsical Twist shop and check back for more fun sequins that will be in the shop soon! While your there don’t forget we have an awesome sale on all your Basic Gray favorites too!!

BasicGray sale @ Whimsical Twist!

I hope you enjoyed this organization inspiration!

Have a Whimsical Weekend!

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.

Lets Go @TheCraftyPickle.comLets Go- @TheCraftyPickle.com

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!


Happy New Release Day!

Those of you that haven’t seen the new Close To My Heart products have got to stop whatever you’re doing and go look! So many beautiful new products I can’t even stand it! Here is a sneak peek of some of my favorite new releases from this new idea book/catalog:

This has to be my new favorite alpha stamp set! I love that it is sized to store with my other CTMH sets now too!

CTMH Framework alpha

Check out some of the adorable new sets!

CTMH Happy autumnCTMH CityscapeCTMH all the detailsCheck out one of the new mini stamps CTMH is offering for under $3!

CTMH Heartfelt birthday wish

For all you Cricut lovers out there, here is one of the amazing new cartridge packages!

CTMH artbooking

And a look at CTMH’s take on smash type of journaling/scrapbooking collection “My Crush”

My Crush favorites assortment

Wearable art? Yes, Please!

CTMH wearable art

And you all know how I love my CTMH Organization. Here are the two new small organizer foam inserts! One for daubers and one for the mini ink squares.

ctmh Daubers insertCTMH Ink insert

What would a new release day be without some sort of fun special to get you going! from now until Aug. 15th I am offering 10% off all orders! To receive the discount you must email your order to TaniesaVlasak@gmail.com along with your mailing address and email address you want a PayPal billing to be sent. You can view all the new products HERE or go to http://www.thecraftypickle.ctmh.com.

I hope you enjoy all of the new products as I have!

Happy Crafting!

Project Life Tuesday: Week 20…. wow, seriously!?!? Week 20!!!!!

Hi Project Lifers!

I seriously cannot believe how fast this year is going by! I just completed week 20 and went back flipping through the entire album so far. I was just amazed at how it seemed like I just started my album. It really is a treasure having something simple like Project Life that helps you slow down and really treasure the everyday because otherwise we might miss some pretty important moments and memories in all our busy-ness. Maybe you are new to the Project Life concept. If so I recommend you go HERE to Becky Higgins website, Creator of the Project Life system.

This was a calm at home week for us. The biggest excitement was that my 6-year-old little girl was allowed to have her first sleepover. Our sweet neighbor came over and I got to experience giggly girls who were up wayyyy too late LOL.

Project Life: Week 20 @thecraftypickle.com

This week I largely used a combination of Becky Higgins Blush core kit and Dear Lizzy: Fifth and Frolic. Both matched up perfectly to one another and went along with the overall theme of the week.

Project Life: Week 20 @thecraftypickle.com

The left side focuses mostly on our week. A few random things including a photo of our home that I have been trying to find a spot for in the album. Beings that I didn’t take a lot of photos this particular week it fit perfectly. I fell in love with the Dear Lizzy line and was so pleased that it seemed to be made to match with the Blush core kit.

Project Life: Week 20 @thecraftypickle.com

The little house was fussy-cut out of a 12×12 sheet of the Dear Lizzy paper and the arrows were apart of the tear strip. The background “card” behind the house was another sheet of paper from the same collection. I stamped a sentiment from the Technique Tuesday : AE Studio “Memories of Home” set. It was straight but I curved it on my stamping block to fit on the card insert.

Project Life: Week 20 @thecraftypickle.com

For the title card I used a card from the Blush kit and stamped “week” several times along the bottom in two different ink colors. The lighter seafoam color was just a second stamping of the darker ink without re-inking. The beautiful glitter thickers are also from Dear Lizzy but from the Neapolitan line, Can you tell how much I *LOVE* her designs and colors? The little file tab was stamped and heat embossed with Aqua ZING embossing powder.

Project Life: Week 20 @thecraftypickle.com

A few of the photos this week were edited using the “A Beautiful Mess” app. If you haven’t checked it out its amazing! I definitely recommend purchasing the app and the add-on designs. So much fun! The coffee cup card is from the Studio Calico Project Life monthly kit.

Project Life Week 20 @thecraftypickle.com

The right side was all about the sleepover. Aren’t those seafoam polkadot thickers adorable?

Project Life: Week 20 @thecraftypickle.com

Perfect color and perfect font. I had been hoarding these cuties for a while, So happy I had the perfect opportunity to use them.

Project Life: Week 20 @thecraftypickle.com

Again, some more editing using the “A Beautiful Mess” app and more of the Dear Lizzy paper (same sheet of paper called Bowtie Boulevard.)

Project Life: Week 20 @thecraftypickle.comAnd finally a fun speech bubble to highlight the final words to wrap up my daughters sleepover experience. She was out like a light until lunchtime!

Hopefully you all have a special place in your album to document your home along with all that happens in it. I am grateful for my home where we create meaningful everyday memories, where we come together as a family.

Looking for more project life inspiration? As always, I am linking up with The Mom Creative who shares her album every week and links up with several other talented project lifers.

Project Life Tuesdays @TheMomCreative.com

I hope you all have a wonderful week! Don’t forget to snap photos of those little moments along the way!

Happy Crafting!