30 Day Color Challenge: Day 1 (officially)

Hi Crafty Friends!

Yesterday I posted that I was taking TheDailyMarker’s 30 day color challenge to complete 30 handmade project life cards. Well I guess I was a little excited and the official start date is TODAY…. so I will end up doing 31 cards during this challenge.

30 day marker challenge from TheDailyMarker.com

For today’s Project life card I am using two different Close To My Heart stamp sets. The first is the CTMH Stamp of the month : Choose Happy, the second set is Your own kind of wonderful. I was so excited to use the new SOTM that this was a perfect time to break it out. This design would work fantastic on a card as well and you could put pretty much anything in the frames.

choose happyyourownkindofwonderfulHere is the PL card that I created.

PL card using CTMH March SOTM: Choose Happy @Thecraftypickle.com

I stamped the frame with Memento black ink and then masked off the frame leaving the center open to stamp the butterflies. I used Copic markers to color in the large butterfly and then covered with CTMH Liquid Glass. Once everything was dry, I cut out the frame and used foam adhesive to pop it up on top of another framed stamped image on a 3×4 card.

PL card using CTMH March SOTM: Choose Happy @Thecraftypickle.com

Now I have a fun spring filler card for my Project Life album.

Thanks so much for visiting. See you back tomorrow for day #2 of the color challenge!

Happy Crafting!
The Crafty Pickle

Kathy’s 30 Day Color Challenge!

Hi Crafty Friends,

If you haven’t heard, Kathy, From TheDailyMarker.com is starting a 30 day color challenge starting today though April 2nd. I read about her idea and thought this was a great opportunity to do something creative every day for 30 days. I get caught up in a lot of things between family, chores, business stuff, ect… That I forget to do something creative for myself. You can read more about her challenge and see how she is preparing for the 30 days HERE.

I have not only decided to play but to put my own little spin on it. For the next 30 days I plan on making 30 colored Project Life cards to use in my 2015 album. I think this will help me get more practice in with a variety of markers, pencils, and watercolors that I have been neglecting.

I was up late last night so I got an early start on today’s coloring. My newly turned 15-year-old had a sushi lunch for his birthday so I made a project life card that will be perfect for that day.

Coloring Challenge day one @TheCraftyPickle.com

For this first card I used the Paper Smooches stamp set “Calorie Free” and my Copic markers. I even added a little wink of stella glitter to the ginger and used some glossy accents for the plastic grass. To finish it off I did some doodle lines around the card.

It’s simple and didn’t take me any time at all but it felt great to get into the creative mode.

Will you be joining me in taking Kathy’s 30 day color challenge? If so, please link me your projects in the comments this month, I would love to see what you will be creating!

Happy Crafting!

The Crafty Pickle

Worlds Greatest Brother

Hi Crafty Friends!

  Today we have a card for you by our fabulous DT member, Joann! She has a great card using both CTMH product and TCP flair! Take a look.

Hi, thanks for stopping by today! I am sharing with you another masculine card. A quick tip that I found was, pick your color combo out first and you’ll find out that the card will come together quite quickly.

I started off with a dotted stencil and some CTMH Lagoon ink to created a faded corner background. I cut the label using the CTMH Art Philosophy cartridge and stamped the image with a coordinating stamp set Perfect fit- Frames Flair with some CTMH Slate Ink,
I also used the stamp set Perfect fit- Dad Holiday to stamp the “World’s Greatest” on some vellum, finished the card off by cutting a few banner shape pieces, some yellow orange twine and of course some TCP Family Themed Flair!
Hope you enjoyed today’s card and as always thanks for stopping by!!
Supplies used
CTMH Inks:  LagoonSlate
Thank you so much for sharing your creativity with us, Joann. This has to be one of my favorite cards!
Happy Crafting!
The Crafty Pickle

CTMH Lifting Spirits: One Stamp Set. Two Looks.

Hi Crafty Friends!

Today we have something special for you. Design team member, Carrie Bryant, and myself have teamed up to bring you two looks with the CTMH stamp set “Lifting Spirits”.

Here is a photo of the stamp set:

Lifting Spirits by CTMH @thecraftypickle.com

I had a lot of fun creating with this stamp set. It is one of my favorites ever since it showed up as a seasonal set last year. It is now in our annual expressions catalog for $13.95. Not only can you use the sentiments included in the set but there are other sentiments like “Happy Birthday” for example, that would look great in the banner as well.

I wanted to create a one layer card but still show some dimension as well. I chose to use alcohol markers as my main medium and used a bit of ink on the edges.

Here is my finished card

CTMH Lifting Spirits card by Taniesa@TheCraftyPickle.com

I started by stamping out the images and sentiment in Memento Tuxedo Black ink. I colored the clouds, airplane, banner, and background all with alcohol markers. I used the CTMH Touch Twin markers and for extra shading used a few Copic markers as well.

Once everything was dry I took a Wink of Stella clear glitter brush pen and a Sakura Gelly roll clear glitter pen and added glitter accents. I used the Sakura pen where I wanted a high amount of shine (around the lines mostly) and the Wink of Stella as a filler.

CTMH Lifting Spirits card by Taniesa@TheCraftyPickle.com

For the final touch I used CTMH Liquid Glass to cover the body of the airplane to make it all shiny. Once completely dry, I mounted the panel on printed paper and then on a note card. You can kind of see the shiny on the airplane in the photo above.

CTMH Lifting Spirits card by Taniesa@TheCraftyPickle.com

I had a lot of fun making this card. I think this is one of my most favorite CTMH sets so far.

Here is a little peek at Carrie’s card, you will need to visit her blog HERE to see more photos as well as a walk-though on  how she created her card.

CTMH Lifting Spirits by Carrie Bryant for TheCraftyPickle.com

I love the dimensional look she achieved with her card!

I hope you enjoyed our One Stamp Set – Two Looks special feature. Let us know if you would like to see more of these kinds of posts in the future by leaving a comment below. There is some wonderful new stamp sets coming out in April!

Also, don’t forget about our Blog Hop giveaway that closes this Wednesday 2/25. Click HERE to get to the first post in the blog hop.

Have a “Uplifting” week!

Happy Crafting!

The Crafty Pickle

HUGE week long INSTA-SALE craft room destash!

Hi Crafty Friends!

Quick post to let you know that starting today all the way though Friday 2/13 I will be posting items for sale on my instagram sale account @PicklePurge. Make sure you follow to see some awesome deals on new or slightly used things. I need to clear out my crafty space in a bad way.

picklepurge on Instagram

At the bottom of the feed you will find all the details you need to know for the sale but I will copy them here as well:

YAY it’s an Instagram SALE!!!! Ok so here are the details. All prices will be without shipping. Shipping will be calculated at the end of the sale and will ship the most economical way possible. If you’re local (Tracy, CA) you can arrange to pick up your item(s) from me. When invoiced you must pay within 24 hours or you forfeit that item to the next person in line. If you purchase a lot of items from my sale you will receive a bonus discount. Sale starts 2/7 and ends 2/13 (friday) at 6pm PST. In order to claim an item you comment with “me and list your PayPal email address) if you are uncomfortable leaving your PP address you pay direct message me the address but still leave a comment on the item with your name and “direct messaging PP”. I will be posting items from ‪#‎studiocalico‬ kits, ‪#‎projectlife‬ 6×6 paper, 12×12 paper, stamps, ink, markers, tools, and lots more ‪#‎scrapbooking‬ and‪#‎papercrafting‬ things. If you have any general sale questions please comment on this photo. Happy Shopping and don’t forget to repost about the sale to win a prize box of goodies!!!!‪#‎cardmaking‬ ‪#‎instasale‬

Yes, you can repost the first photo that is in the Pickle Purge feed notifying your friends of the sale and you can be entered to win a huge box of awesome papercrafting goodies including stamps, embelishments, paper, and more!

Happy Shopping and have a great weekend!

The Crafty Pickle

Handmade Greetings with Carrie Bryant

Hi Crafty Friends!!!

Today our designer, Carrie Bryant, has some beautiful cards she has created with just one Close To My Heart stamp set. Take a look!!!

Hello! Today I am sharing with you a few Handmade Greeting Cards that I created using my new “Your Own Kind of Wonderful” CTMH Acrylix stamp set  
 As you can see there are six different sayings along with six different sized butterflies.  Making this a great value with twelve different stamps in one set.
I love this set for it’s versatility in creating cards for several different occasions.  I like to make up several cards at one time so I always have a handmade card on hand for any special occasion. After all who want to pay $5.00 or more for a store bought card? Any everyone loves a handmade card better anyway.
 I used some pre-made chalkboard style cards for my base, I then pulled out my watercolors and painted the background for my stamped image.  I really like the bold outline of the butterflies and when I painted the inside with my watercolors they really pop off my cards. CTMH Arcylix stamps are some of the highest quality stamps I have worked with.  They stamp a clean image every time. They peel off the backing and are super adhesive to the stamping block, they also clean up really easy.
 I used the same butterflies on this card. After I painted them in I fussy cut them out and used some 3D pop dots to mount them to my card base.  I then created a watercolor banner that I stamped my sentiment on.  I used some sequins to embellish my cards too.  You can find this pretty Fruity Pebbles sequin mix in TheCraftyPickle Etsy shop. 
This one is my favorite. I just love this sentiment. I plan on giving this one to my daughter for her Graduation this year. 
 
Thanks for stopping by today.
Happy Scrappin’
Carrie

I just love that stamp set and what you did with it too, Carrie. Thank you for sharing with us! What is your favorite Close To My Heart stamp set or product? Leave a comment below to win a Close To My Heart stamp set and goodies out of The Crafty Pickle prize bin. Winner will be chosen Monday,Feb. 2 2015! Good Luck!!! 

Happy Crafting!

TheCraftyPickle.com

You Make Me So HAPPY!

Hi Crafty Friends!

   Today we have the talented, Elodie, back up on the blog with another beautiful mixed media layout. I LOVE her style! Take a look.

Hello friends!

Today I want to show you another layout made with TCP button flair. For this page I used soft colors. I used some die cuts that I made with my die cutting machine, and as always I used stencils with modeling paste and inks.

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Supplies used:

CTMH All the details

Vintage Camera Button Flair 

Everyday button flair

Everyday Photo button #2

Thanks for looking!

Elodie

Thanks so much for sharing with us, Elodie. You definitely have me inspired to pull out my modeling paste and create!

Happy Crafting!
The Crafty Pickle