Surprise 2nd BEE-day Blog hop (and a swarm of awesome new releases!)

Hap-BEE Friday, Friends!

We have enlisted some very talented designers to help Surprise Melissa (the owner of Honey Bee Stamps) for her 2nd Honey Bee Stamps Birthday. Be sure to hop along for all the fun & prizes!! Each stop on the hop will have a drawing for a FREE stamp set of their choice from the Honey Bee Stamps store. Be sure to comment at each stop to enter all of the drawings. The winners will be announced on the Honey Bee Stamps Blog on May 3rd at Noon PST.

 I have to say this month’s new release is my favorite so far. I sat down to make one card and ended up making a few more. I’m telling ya, my mind was buzzing with ideas for these new products.

My first card is this cute bee hive card which is a shaker card.

I made this card using the new Hive card die and Hive stencil set. I also used two of the bees from Busy Bees and the Bee-You-Tiful sentiment set.

I love that the stencils make shading the hive super easy. I used my distress inks and finger daubers to do the shading. the inside of the shaker has the new layered hexagon die cover plates cut apart, and I used Nuvo Drops to add Honey like accents. I filled the shaker with the special birthday Honey Jar sequins mix and of course that cute little busy bee!

Next card is another hive, but this time I used only the stencils. All 4 of them actually. I used the hive cut out to lay down color, the two shading stencils to give detail, and then when I was all done with that I used the hive cut out piece as a mask and applied the blue distress ink background.

The leaves are from the Busy bees stamp set. I just made a branch with a zig clean color real brush brown marker. The hexagon confetti / sequins is in the spring sequins pack. The cute little bee is from the Build a Bee stamp set.  The bee is actually on a little action wobbler and, with the addition of the google eyes, it makes for a very fun interactive element.

This next card was totally inspired by a pack of acrylic mirrored hexagons I have been hoarding. You could achieve a similar look with mirror cardstock that I used as an accent strip along the side of the card.

I colored my little build a bee with my zig markers and added some hexagons that I cut out using the new stack hexagon dies. I also added those awesome hexagon mirrors. I think the patterned paper along the side added the perfect final touch. I love this sentiment from the Bee You Tiful sentiment set. I think it’s the perfect card to remind someone how bee-you-tiful they are, inside and out.

Okay, now a super quick card that is great for any of our new buzz words

This card was super quick to make! I had a piece of cardstock that was already stamped and embossed using the Zen Bouquet stamp set. I trimmed it down to A-2 size and used the new Hello Buzz word dies to do a fun inlay look. This could work with your favorite patterned paper too.

You can keep it simple and leave it just black and white, Or you could color it in to make the word stand out even more! The main panel was cut using the Honey Bee Stamps Double stitched A-2 dies.

These next cards were so much fun to make. I did one card with Color burst watercolor powers and the other with distress oxide inks.

I couldn’t decide which I liked better so I thought I would show you both!

I used the Stick with me stamp set and the prickly sentiments stamp set for the sentiment. The bee is from the Busy Bee stamp set.  I had one little hexagon outline cut out left over from another project so I stuck it on one of the sentiment strips. I thought it was a fun little touch. Which one do you like better?

Last but not least is my first real attempt at no line coloring. I took the jar from the sweet as honey stamp and die set (which was a part of Honey Bee Stamps very first release, and one of my most used stamp sets!) and I decided to turn it into a mini Terrarium with the help of the new stick with me stamp set.

I colored the cacti, plants, and rocks with my Copic markers and then added a bit more detail with my colored pencils. For the background I used the hexagon stipple plate die. On the little banner, I used a sentiment from the prickly sentiments stamp set.

The jar is layered with 4 pieces of cardstock instead of using foam, (I had scrap paper I needed to use up). The sentiment is popped up with one layer of foam tape. I finished the card off with a bit of twine around the top of the jar. This was probably my most challenging card but I had a lot of fun. I will be practicing those no line coloring skills more often now!

Here is a photo of all the cards created today. Supplies are listed below.

I hope I inspired you with ways to use these awesome new products (and some of your older ones too). Come back soon BEE-cause I will have lots more projects to share!

Don’t forget to leave a comment for your chance to win your choice of stamp set from Honey Bee Stamps!

Next up on the Hop is the kind & talented, Yana Smakula! Buzz on over and see what beautiful creation she has to share with you today.

Here is the lineup for the Hop in case you get lost:

Honey Bee Stamps

Jennifer McGuire

Stephanie Klauck

Amy Rysavy

Lisa Cisneros

Sandy Allnock

Taniesa Vlasak (Thats me!)

Yana Smakula

Nichol Spohr

Supplies used (Affiliate links where available, thank you for your support!)

Decorate for the holiday with your Papercrafting supplies!

Hi Friends!

Happy (almost) Easter! Today I have a fun project for you using supplies you probably have on hand with the exception of one or two items.

When I was a little girl my Gram had these ornaments that were made from sequins and beads. I LOVED them…. How they sparkled and shimmered. It is one of my childhood memories that I treasure. She also had these beautiful eggs she would put out at Easter time that were real eggs that she blew out. She painted and decorated them and they were beautiful (and fragile). So I let that inspire me for the project I will show you today.

The sequins eggs are the perfect holiday project If you happen to be a sequins hoarder like me. I received some brand new Kat Scrappiness spring sequins and thought this would be a perfect way to use up some of them. Here is what you will need…

You will need a styrofoam egg, I couldn’t find the smooth foam, but if you can, get that one! the smoother foam holds up a little better. When grabbing your foam eggs from the store, you will also need to pick up sequins pins (if you do not already have them). You can find them by the sequins in your craft store. Stash items to grab is: sequins, string or embroidery floss (if you want them to hang), and something to work on like a plate or bowl. I used a small salad plate with a lip and a few condiment bowls.

In addition to the foam eggs, I also picked up some paper mache eggs and decorated these with Nuvo mousse and Nuvo glimmer paste. I rubbed the Mousse on the egg with a paper towel and once dry painted a thin layer of the glimmer paste over. Another great way to use your Nuvo Products. You could even make polka dots with your Nuvo drops!

All you need to do is put a pin through your sequins and push it into the foam. If you are using small seed beads in addition to the sequins you will place this on your pin first and then the sequin.

I placed mt sequins in random or in a simple pattern, but really you can do any pattern you wish with these. I went with simple so that I could do this while I watched TV with the family. You can search for more tutorials and videos on YouTube. There is some magnificent ornaments by some very talented people out there. I found this relaxing and fun, and in the end I have a bunch of pretty decorations.

For the smallest sequin egg I decided to use sequins that would be slightly transparent, So I covered the foam egg with some pink nuvo mousse and let dry overnight.

One egg that I completed had colors that blended into the next…

and another egg where I just made the three different sequins colors completely random, although I did have more blue compared to the other two.

This egg below I made so that it could be hung on a branch or an Easter “tree” by just adding some floss before I started pinning the sequins. Just poke the twine or string into the foam and fill the hole with hot glue on Low Temp, or pin it into the egg.

I thought it might be fun to pack up in a small egg carton and gift some of these eggs. This one I got at the Target dollar spot and I decorated it with a bit of Doodlebug Spring paper and some twine. you can also find the egg cartons on Amazon.

Or you could even put eggs in a basket with some chocolates to give as a gift to the host(ess) of Easter brunch or dinner.

Thank you so much for visiting. I hope you were inspired to break out your papercrafting supplies and make them work for your holiday decor too! Supplies are listed below.

Happy Spring!

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Some of Kristin’s Favorites!!!

Happy Tuesday y’all!!!
Kristin is here with some of her favorite pickle products ….I love everything that she makes but some of my fav’s I am going to post today in hoping that the store will be up and running soon!!!!

Flair Flair Flair is always at the top of my list ….it is the Bread & Butter pickles for me …my most favorite!!! You can add a piece of flair to almost any project you are working on!!! She makes them so flat that is hardly added any bulk to your page …and I love that about her flair!!!

IMG_20151103_084159colorMy all time favorite flair is the pop color flair …she has those in jest about every color!!! Love Love Love!!!

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Then the December Daily Flair do not even get me started on how wonderful it was to use in my Elf Book last year!!!

And then the relish on top you can always sprinkle on some sequin to make your project extra special!!!!
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These are two of my favorite things at The Crafty Pickle Store!!!!

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Pumpkin Spice Latte Addict’s Coffee Flair Pocket Letter

Happy Friday Pickle Pals!

I am super psyched to share one of my most recent Pocket Letters with you today!

I will be the first to admit that Pumpkin Spice lattes are actually NOT my cup of tea (or coffee), if you will.  However, I DO adore me some caramel frappoccino’s whenever I get close enough to our local Target with a Starbucks inside.  It’s good for my hips and my wallet that it’s not convenient to go to on a daily basis!Ha!! Ha!!!


The basis for my pocket letter was centered around some clipart that I found through Pinterest and Google–the memes, e-greetings, and pretty doodled coffees paired so well with a DCWV Fall paper stack, some old Target dollar spot felt leaves and pumpkins, some new Target dollar spot gold leaf stickers, and last but not least–my awesome coffee flair pieces, twine, and sequin relish mix from The Crafty Pickle shop!  Check out some of my detail shots below–click them to see them larger.

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I hope you get to enjoy your own cup of coffee today and the beauty of fall before winter sneaks in!  We have flurries on the forecast here in the northeast this weekend.  It’s too early for me to even think about saying that FOUR letter word–haha.  Keep checking back because our shop should be reopening soon!

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Tuesday Planner Love!

Hi Friends & Happy Tuesday!

It’s Lisa here today to share this week’s planner layout. Planners are on trend in the Paper crafting community. The Crafty Pickle’s shop will be opening back up soon. Be sure to check out all of the planner goodies in The Crafty Pickle’s new inventory. It’s a planner’s dream!!


For this layout, I was inspired by the new goodies in The Craft Pickle Shop. I covered all of the lines on the page using The Crafty Pickle’s thin glitter Washi Tape. This defines the boxes and makes it fun!! The Crafty Pickle just introduced the Sticky Pickle Spot Stickers. These are so awesome to accent important appointments or to just decorate with. They come in asterisks, stars, hearts and circles.

Adding any of the Relish Mixes to your planner gives a fun, sparkly and thin embellishment. These come in all colors, I used the Rock Candy Mix and are super easy to attach. I used a dot of Glossy Accents to attach them. Who doesn’t love sequins???!!!

 I used the Project Life Everyday Line paper pad & cardstock stickers to accent my layout. I cut triangles & rectangles to accent the planner boxes which adds some color and texture to the pages.


I also attached a “This Month” planner clip! The Crafty Pickle has come out with personalized clips that are adorable!! I used the planner clip to “bookmark” my week. That makes it super easy to grab my week!

Product List:

Rock Candy Relish Mix

Planner Clip

TCP Washi Rolls 

Project Life – Everyday Edition 6 x6 Paper Pad

 Project Life – Everyday Cardstock Stickers

Miscellaneous Print & Cut Sticker files from Etsy

Glossy Accents

Thanks for stopping by and be sure to check out all the new items as soon as the store opens back up. There are so many things that are perfect for your planner!

Happy Planning!

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Scrapping with Flair!

Hey Crafty friends! It’s Stephanie here today to share my latest layout with you.

I love making scrapbook pages and incorporating flair buttons on my pages always excites me! Here is a look at my page:

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I started with the latest sketch from My Scraps & More. This is a page about my son’s love for his Power Wheels Jeep! I used lots of round elements to mimic the tires of a vehicle.


I adhered the “Documented” flair button onto a cork circle for more depth. I also used some self-adhesive sequins, also from TCP!


Many times flair buttons are thought to be made for PL or planners, but as you can see, they work well on traditional scrapbook pages too!

Thanks for visiting today!

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It’s Almost Time for Pumpkin Spice!

I am sad to see summer come to a close in New York as fall makes its way in, but nevertheless it’s coming…my parents are visiting from North Carolina and we even made a trip to the apple orchard for cider donuts already, and I had to buy fleece pajamas for my 17 month old because our evenings and mornings are getting chilly.  Chilly weather is perfect for warm beverages–especially a hot cup of coffee!  So of course to celebrate Pumpkin Spice season and to play with my new Fuse tool and my new “Treats of Friendship” stamps from Close To My Heart, I had to make a coffee Project Life shaker card!  Here is a link to the shop to order the stamps HERE

I stamped the coffee cup on 3 different patterned papers and cut out the pieces to layer them together for a fun fall to-go cup.  Then I stamped the sentiment “I like you a latte” on my background paper.  I inked just the first part of the sentiment and stamped it, and then inked and stamped the word “latte” into the heart.  Clear stamps are the best for tricks like that!  I created my shaker pocket with my fuse tool and used coppery orange leaf confetti and real coffee grounds inside!  Yum!

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Gold Gold Gold Mini Album!!!

Happy Monday to everyone!!!

I love to make a mini album especially if it is for my two nieces ….we had such a wonderful time at Disneyland and California Adventure in July that I just had to make an album!!!

I just love going there all the people ( cast members) just go out of their way to help you in any way that they can!!!

My method to making a mini album is I slide all the pictures in the protectors, then go back and add the paper, and next I decorate the cover because that sets the tone for the album for me …and last (my favorite)  I add all the wonderful embellishments from The Crafty Pickle!!!

Here is my album cover:

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Here are a few of my pages:

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You have to have a page with all the wonderful Relish Mixes!!!

Please check back when the store opens back up for all these fun Disney embellishments!!!

TheCraftyPickle is taking a short break.

Hi Crafty Friends.

Due to the huge amount of orders we have received we are closing the shop temporarily. We will be opening back up soon. Make sure you hit the notification button to receive an email when we are back open!

Thank you!

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Intro To Pocket Letters GIVEAWAY Featuring EXCLUSIVE TCP Pocket Flair & Goodies!

intropl4Hi Crafty Pickle Pals!  This is my very first post as a new DT member for TCP and I’m super psyched to (maybe) share with you something NEW!  Have you heard of pocket letters?!  It’s a super fun, fairly “new” snail mail craze coined by creator of the concept Janette Lane.  Check out her blog to learn all you need to know about how to get started making and mailing your pocket letters too!  For now, I will give you a brief overview of what’s inside, and how TCP can help you stock up on all the goodies you need to WOW your Pocket Letter recipients!  Comment on this post for a chance to receive this letter and goodies from myself, and Taniesa at TCP shop.  AND If you are visiting me from the Pocket Letter Pals Facebook group you can comment on this post for an additional chance to win this awesome GIVEAWAY! 


Note: You an click on the images to see them larger, and notice some of the fun little details included in my Pocket Letter!  For example, in the bottom left corner I created a fun shaker pocket using some sequins, little envelopes cut from patterned paper, and a piece of frog Happy Mail flair!!

Using a standard 9-Pocket trading card/baseball card protector, hundreds, if not thousands of people are creating their own works of art to mail to people all over the world.  This movement in founded on the principles of friendship and fun, and is meant as a way to establish a connection with a pen pal.  One of the 9 pockets should contain a letter from you to your pal and you can create on-going trades with one (or many) friends, or do “one-time” swaps with multiple pals to simply collect artwork from across the globe.  The letters are often conveniently stored in handsomely decorated 3-ring binders to flip through on days when you need a smile or some of your own crafty inspiration.  Other recipients take a part bits and pieces of the letters to use goodies from the pockets and pieces of the art in their own projects, perhaps to make Project Life filler cards, greeting cards, scrapbook accents etc.  How you use the art and how you store it is unique to you! The lovely part about pocket letters is there is no right or wrong, and people cherish that you give apart of yourself and your time and your thoughtfulness in creating just for them!  intropl1


intropl6That being said, I will be the first to admit that part of the fun of Pocket Letters is that alongside the artwork, usually people share little bits and pieces and trinkets, and treats on the backside of the pockets (or sometimes in front if they are part of their design element).  Some of the most popular “goodies” that people include for their letter recipients are tea bags in fun flavors, washi samples, stickers, sequins, twine, fun sticky notes and page flags, decorative paper clips, flair, diecuts, stamped images, punched shapes and tags, small flat candy and gum etc.

This giveway includes all the fun goodies you need to get started in treating a pal of your own–special Flair from the shop that labels each pocket’s contents, sequin “pickle relish”, fun flair paper clips, washi samples, page flags, and new Sticky Pickle Spot stickers in a fun rainbow of colors and shapes.  I’ve also included some fun stamped images and extra punched shapes!

I hope you will join in the fun and friendship of Pocket Letters and enjoy checking out the shop for cute ways to customize your letters for your pals too!  Please comment with your email address on this post for your chance to win the GIVEAWAY by 8/23/15 9 p.m. EST.  intropl2I will randomly choose a winner to send my letter and goodies to.  And be sure to check back in the coming weeks and months for more of my pocket letters designed with TCP Flair and other fun products!


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TheCraftyPickle is taking a short break.

Hi Crafty Friends.

Due to the huge amount of orders we have received we are closing the shop temporarily. We will be opening back up soon. Make sure you hit the notification button to receive an email when we are back open!

Thank you!