Thursday, November 16, 2017

Tag Exchange 2017

Oh it's back.  You have been asking since the summer so of course we wanted to coordinate this again for you and your fellow paper crafters!  Time to get excited for our 5th Annual Christmas Tag Exchange.   Last year we had two groups of incredible entries.  Let's see how many beautiful tags we can get this year!

Have a look at the past participant's creations by clicking the links below.  Honestly, you will be blown away by the designs.
Please consider being apart of this incredibly fun exchange.  Its a calorie free swap with sweet rewards!  And don't let these entries intimidate you.  Show us what you've got.  And just remember...You are good enough.  You are crafty enough.  And doggone it, people are going to like 'em.  (to paraphrase Stuart Smalley). Ha.

Here are the Details:
  • You will make 13 tags of the same design to trade with the other participants (12 will be traded with others and 1 will be kept to display in store)
  • You can use any product you like and the design can be as simple or elaborate as you like
  • Please call the store (519.351.5220) or email me ( to register. You must register by Saturday, DECEMBER 2
  • Your 13 tags are to be dropped off no later than 3PM on Saturday, DECEMBER 9
  • You can pick up your tags during store hours any day between DECEMBER 13-16
  • There is no cost to register or participate other than the cost of your product that you use
  • Those of you who use Paper Pickle product, let me know which product you used (on a little note with your submission) and you will be entered to win a Paper Pickle Prize Pack ($50 value).
So what do you think?  Have I convinced you how fun this can be?  I love seeing the excitement when people drop off their tags to us.  And wow....the excitement when they look through the tags from the swap.  You've got to do this.  You are going to rock it.

More Important Dates to Remember:
  • This Saturday (Nov 18) - It is the third Saturday of the month and so we have a FREE make
  • Christmas Open House - Saturday, Dec. 2 (woot woot!)

Store Hours
Wed-Fri - 10am-5pm
Sat - 10am-3pm

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

25% Off - In-Store SPECIALS

ALL in stock Prima Flowers - 25% OFF
Many, MANY styles to choose from.
Perfect additions to any project!

Thought it would be FUN to have a few in store specials this week.  A girl has got to do her part to help another get her CRAFT ON!   Ha.  Check out these 25% OFF specials.  November 15-18 only.

  • All Prima Flowers - 25% off!

Avery Elle Pockets - 25% OFF
We have two sizes available:
5.5x7.38" OR 6.75x9.38"

Look how organized your stamps and dies could be!

Sticky Dots - 25% OFF
This adhesive is the answer to adhering intricate die cuts!
Demoing in store THIS week!
This is sweater weather.  This IS the time to get your CRAFT ON!


Store Hours
Wed-Fri - 10am-5pm
Sat - 10am-3pm

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Get it On - FREE Make & Take THIS Saturday

Oh how I love this time of the year.  As the air turns a little crisp, I feel my craft room calling my name more and more.  No more lawn to mow or gardens to tend to.  Time to pull out the supplies and make a little something special.

Join us this Saturday from 10am-3pm.  Julia has a great make and take for you.  Of course we will be focusing on a little Christmas fun.  Just TWO more make and takes before Christmas (November 17 & December 16).  Come out and get your craft on!

PS...There are still spots available in our upcoming classes.  Check out the posts below!


Store Hours
Wed-Fri - 10am-5pm
Sat - 10am-3pm

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

November CLASSES!

Elegant Christmas by Debbie

Take a couple hours for yourself and immerse yourself in the spirit of the season.  Debbie's elegant cards are so full of technique and fun! First time stampers don't be afraid.  We like to keep our classes small (12 students max) so the teacher can spend some one on one time with you.  Grab a friend and see what your pretty little hands can do.

You will be working with stencils, stamps, dies, distress inks, sequins glitter and more.  All supplies included.

Dates:  Thursday, November 16 from 6-8pm OR Wednesday, November 29 from 1-3pm
Cost:  $18+hst (includes all card supplies (paper and embellishments) and a sweet treat from Homebaked Kitchen) 
Required Supplies:  scissors, adhesive

Advent Calendar by Laura

This project is incredible!  Make your own advent calendar to use year after year.  Forget those waxy chocolates......!  These 2x2" squares are the perfect size to fill with your own special treats including: candy, coins, stickers, shopkins, special notes and more.  You will have fun getting creative and filling this calendar for your special loved one.

This project measures 17"x10" and is made out of a heavy MDF board and it will stand the test of time.  These beautiful papers will be used to dress the project and there will be many dies and various embellishments available to create a custom design that reflects a style all your own! 

Max 6 people in this class.

Date:  Wednesday, November 22 from 5:30-8:30pm
Cost:  $75+hst
Required Supplies:  scissors, adhesive
Suggested Supplies:  paper trimmer if you have one
***Kits will be available as well for $60+hst***

If you are interested in signing up for either class, please call the store to reserve a spot (519.351.5220) or stop in during store hours.  Both classes are in the store for you to see in person.  I do my best but these photos can never do the projects justice.   

Hope to see you soon!


Store Hours
Wed-Fri - 10am-5pm
Sat - 10am-3pm

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Zonta - Christmas Card Making Extravaganza

The Paper Pickle Card
I had THE best time on the weekend at The Zonta Card Making Extravaganza.  The Paper Pickle has been apart of this fabulous event since the beginning ( 12+years I think).  There is a session in the spring and another in the fall.  You MUST check out the next one.

What do you think of the card I taught (found above)?  I never know what I am going to teach until I get playing around in my craft room.  Let me tell you, it gets a little stressful at times as I always want my card to be loaded with technique, be appealing to the ladies and not too rushed (you see we only have 30 minutes per group to complete).  I was proud at the way it turned out.

They Liked it!
This card was well received by the group!  We worked with oxide inks in peacock feathers, salty ocean and cracked pistachio to blend and create the background.  We then stamped the sheet music in faded jeans oxide ink.  I absolutely love these inks (as if you couldn't tell!).  They blend beautifully and stamp equally as well. 

The Process/Products Used
We then added a couple of great dies:

Spellbinders - Fa La La
Penny Black - Winter Snow Script
Then a few finishing touches including:  glitter, snowflake brad, sequins from Neat & Tangled and a little washi.  I love it!

The Team

Paper Pickle Power!
I couldn't have managed the day without my trusty sidekick, Julia.  Julia is my daughter and she is growing into a confident and beautiful young woman.  She has been apart of The Paper Pickle since she was 3 months old (remember the baby in the playpen at the end of the counter?  YES!  This is the same girl!).  She was the natural pick to help for the event since my sister Kell is busy cuddling with her new baby girl. 

You rocked it, girl!
Do you think she had fun?  I would say so!  This was my girl at the end of the day.  Energy to spare!! 

Christmas HAS Arrived (product anyways!)
Now we are not decorating the store until Remembrance Day has passed but we do have the store jam packed with incredible new product for your Christmas projects.  Here is a little sampling of the some dies that are similar to the one I used above. 

Spellbinders - Building a Snowman

Spellbinders - Deck the Halls

Spellbinders - Sledding
More Samples

Look at these incredible samples I found using the Penny Black and Spellbinders dies.  Wow.  Just wow.  I love seeing how others use the products I used.  It is amazing what can be created if you use your imagination and work with those beautiful hands.....


Store Hours
Wed-Fri - 10am-5pm
Sat - 10am-3pm