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

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

Die-Namites September Sketch and Dare using the Love Heart die & the Wild and Free collection by Glitz Designs.

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 participant
for a $25 Gift Certificate to 
 
Here is this month’s sketch…..
 

 
   Today I’m showing my take on this month’s sketch challenge and dare! Mine is just a little bit different from the sketch but I am sure you will see how it worked for me. I thought out of the box with this one and decided to incorporate the sketch into a project life title card.
 
  The die I decided to use was an obvious choice given the sketch. I went with the Love Heart die.
 

For this particular project I didn’t want the word to show in the project so I overlapped it with the week title by tucking the strip of Glitz patterned paper in the loop of the L. I replaced the flower embellishment with a Glitz designs rhinestone and some enamel dots by My Minds Eye. For the ribbon dare portion I took some black ribbon and silver embroidery floss. I stitched a little arrow onto the ribbon and stapled it to my card using the Tim Holtz Mini Attacher. All of the printed paper used is from the Glitz Designs Wild and Free 6×6 paper pad. 

And here it is incorporated into my project life layout.

Here is the right side.

The bottom right card in the photo above was from the digital glitz collection. I used a Ali Edwards 4×6 outline brush on top and the journaling. It’s hard to see from the photo but the upper right card says Movie Date on top of the Glitz designs heart washi tape.

I think everything came together quite nicely. I was a little stuck with this particular week for a while so using the sketch really helped inspire me to get this layout completed!

I am LOVING the new Glitz Designs Wild and Free collection! It’s so bright and colorful with some fun basic patterns that go with everything. Right now you can get this collection and all sorts of fun papercrafting candy at Whimsical Twist for 25% off through September 30th! Use Code AUTUMN25.

Happy Crafting (and Shopping)!

TheCraftyPickle.com

Back to school: Lunchbox notes with a bit of Die-namite Die cut flair!

Have your children returned to school yet? My little one did yesterday, started the second grade. One of the things she looks forward to the most at lunchtime is seeing what note or treat I have packed in her lunchbox. Today this cute little tag was Tied around some celery sticks and I hope it makes her smile!

Here is a look at the little tag:

The Die-namites die I used was the Die-namites wide vase.

I cut the wide vase die out of white cardstock (120lb) and colored in with bright copics. I then stuck strips of washi tape on white cardstock and glued the washi covered cardstock to the back of different sections in the flower and vase. I attached foam dots to the back to pop the flower up from the washi covered tag.

Then to finish off the tag I added some doodlebug adhesive rhinestones inside the flowers. I stamped a “happy” phrase and added some black lines around the tag and a little message.

Its a really simple use of such a fun die, Try dressing up little notes with a fun Die-namite die cut for whoever you might pack a lunch for!

Happy Crafting!

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