Thursday, 23 October 2014

Small Business Spotlight : The Crafty Pickle Flair

Today we are so excited to shine a spotlight on a great small crafty business. Taniesa Vlasak is the owner of The Crafty Pickle Etsy Store, home of amazing flair buttons and more. Yesterday, some of our contributors got to play with flair that Taniesa was kind enough to send, so go check out that post

She is also sponsoring a giveaway for our readers, so if you would like a $10 gift certificate to her store, just comment on this post as well as the coordinating post on her blog. The giveaway will close at midnight on October 31 and a winner will be announced here on November 1st.

Now I'm going to let her tell you a little about herself and then she's going to show off a few projects using the brand new designs she just released in her shop. 

Hi crafty friends!

My name is Taniesa Vlasak (yep pronounced like the Pickle) and I am passionate about all things paper crafting as you can tell by my blog, but I am also passionate about my faith, my family, and cupcakes… mmmm cupcakes!

I am a mom to 5 awesome kids and wife to a pretty amazing Husband…. whom I might refer to as the Techie Pickle, He does all my computer and technical stuff. If you have a computer question, I got your answer guy! I am completely blessed and grateful for every day.

I have been scrapbooking since 1999, I have taught various classes at a few local scrapbook stores in the bay area along my journey. I am hoping for some pretty amazing things in 2013, new opportunities hopefully and meeting new friends!

Right now I am passionate about the project life style of scrapbooking. This has kept me mostly up to date with memory keeping right now and I used to be really bad about journaling/documenting the important things in my families lives. Sometimes you will find I keep my pages very simple and sometimes I like to be a little more artistic, You will also find other various paper crafting projects from me as well as product reviews, tutorials, and organization tips.

I wanted to share two different ideas using some brand new Flair that I just added to The Crafty Pickle Etsy Store. First up is a thank you gift card holder that I made using my silhouette and a flair from the Cozy Fall Set. I adore Autumn and pumpkin spice latte's are my favorite!

Coffee Gift Card

I used some cardstock I had on hand and cut out the card design on my Silhouette using design #

Coffee Gift Card

I die cut a tag from some cardstock scraps I had, added a little bit of decorative trim and attached it with a little clothes pin. I attached the PSL (pumpkin spice latte) button with some tombo xtreme adhesive. You could also use a button from the Starbucks flair set too, I just wanted to go for an autumn feel with this card.
Coffee Gift Card

 The inside has room for the coffee gift card as well as a little room to write a personal message.

Coffee Gift Card
Once it was all finished I slipped the card into a clear envelope and tossed in some of the exclusive autumn mix sequins from The Crafty Pickle Etsy shop for a little added fun touch.

Next up I have a project life card that I am sure anyone can find use for in their album, Mine is usually inspired by one of my teenage boys dodging the camera. For this card I am using the Photo Not Available flair from the Everyday Photo #2 set.

No Photo Available Project life card
To make this card I took a white piece of heavy cardstock that was in my scrap pile and cut out the camera design on my silhouette (Design #41015) The design called for several shades of gray but I only had two shades on hand so I just cut everything out of the white cardstock and colored the pieces with my copic markers (N8, N6, N4, N2, Y15, and Y19) I also used my wink of stella glitter pen and my Stardust gelly roll pen by Sakura 

No Photo Available Project life card

I attached a few sequins (that are always included in my flair packages) and attached the Photo Not Available flair with some Tombo Xtreme adhesive. The base card is a Becky Higgins Project Life grid card.

No Photo Available Project life card

As you can see above my flair has a very low profile making it ideal for page protectors of all types, especially pocket pages. It's about the same dimension as chipboard or thickers.

If you haven't visited The Crafty Pickle Etsy shop recently you might be surprised to find over 30 new flair sets including our new color patterned pop collection and some special limited edition 
sequins mixes.

Happy Crafting!
  The Crafty Pickle

Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Small Business Spotlight: The Crafty Pickle

Do you know the Crafty Pickle, the creative shop with wonderful button flairs?

Taniesa Vlasak is our guest today, for our small business spotlight.
All of her button flair is handmade by her, and she can even do custom orders, take your own designs and make them into buttons, or even change colors on some of her existing designs!

Let's see what our creative team did with them...

Hello Everyone
I created this layout using some amazing flairs that I received from Taniesa Vlasak.  She was kind enough to send these (plus some others that I will use in another layout very soon) fabulous flairs from her Etsy shop - The Crafty Pickle.  My flairs that I used for this layout were all about cameras and sayings around taking pictures so I knew that I wanted to use these pics of my daughter.  All other products used are Lawn Fawn.

I want to thank Taniesa for these awesome flairs for me to use.  You can visit her Etsy Shop The Crafty Pickle and purchase some absolutely awesome Flairs to use on your next project.

Thanks for stopping by and HAPPY SCRAPPIN'!

   Mandy Reedyk

Hey everyone, Cathy here.
Have you ever made an entire layout based on an embellishment?  Well I made two.
This month we are featuring the amazing Crafty Pickle Flair at Etsy.  Taniesa Vlasak has an amazing shop and I absolutely love her unique flair badges.  She sent me some terrific buttons and I picked two that immediately caught my eye and just couldn't help making layouts around.

My second layout is inspired by a design by Ashley Horton:

   Cathy Martin

Thanks to Taniesa and The Crafty Pickle
I hope our creative team inspired you for using your flairs, and if you don't have any, well, now you know where to buy some, don't you?

Sunday, 19 October 2014

Using stamps to match a collection's leftovers

Hello everybody!

Have you ever kept scraps from a collection that you loved, but without using it because you had not enough left? Or have you ever sighed after your unused stamps and inks, without ideas about how to use it on your projects?
Then, these ideas are for you!

I love to match stamps with leftovers, because it helps me to stretch a collection's scraps (I usually only buy a few sheets from a collection) AND it makes me to finally use my inks and stamps...  I should do it more often!

I usually start with a multicolored pattern from the collection, and I look for inks with this color palette. Then, I look for stamps that match well (here, flowers and leaves were a good option)

The easiest way is to use a small stamp several times on a strip, like I did with the dark blue flower on the card below. (I also used watercolor pencils to color it).


Or you can of course stamp a larger piece! On my layout, I chose to stamp on a cream paper with a very subtle pattern (it's almost a solid color). I started by the biggest stamp and finished with the smaller ones to fill the spaces.
I used the september sketch from the free digital magazine CREATE.

Here is a close-up pf my homemade patterned paper:

Finally, I also used my stamps to embellish my layouts: I stamped, colored the white stamps with alcohol markers and fussy cut them...


Wednesday, 15 October 2014

Let's Make A Pinwheel!

One day I was sitting at my computer doing one of my favorite things ~ a Google search of “how to use paper scraps.”  I found a fun pinwheel pattern tutorial and decided to give it a try.  I loved the results and have used several of these for card fronts.  They are so easy to make and you can use your scraps! 

You need 2 squares of plain-colored card stock measuring 2 5/8” x 2 5/8” to use as the foundation for the pinwheel.  Then you’ll need 8 squares of card stock or paper measuring 1 ¼” x 1 ¼”.  The squares can be hand cut or punched.  It’s best to use two different patterned papers for the smaller squares or you could even use a solid color with a pattern as long as it’s a contrasting color from the foundation.  Make sure to look through your scrap bin for those perfect scrap pieces. 

So here are my supplies for three different pinwheels. 

Take your two squares of card stock and overlap the squares diagonally. 

Apply adhesive to just the corner of one of your punched squares and place as shown.  The corner with glue should be on the outside point. 

Using a contrasting pattern, adhere the next piece of paper.  Continue until only one square remains.  Tuck the final square behind the first square to finish your pinwheel.  

That’s it!  See how easy that is?   Finish off the middle with an embellishment of your choice.  I chose a button for two of them because I have so many right now, but you could use a brad, a sticker, a punched circle ~ whatever you think would complete your pinwheel.  On the blue one, I used two different sized punched circles with a pop dot to give it some dimension. 

Here's a birthday card I made using one of the pinwheels:

 To make things even easier, I keep a stack of 2 5/8” x 2 5/8” squares and the 1 ¼” x 1 ¼” squares in a small container to have on hand and ready to go when I feel like making these.  So far I’ve only used them on cards, but I know they would look awesome on the right scrap booking layout, too. 

Thanks for stopping by.  I hope I’ve inspired you to use those scraps!

   Sandi Chromey
     Creative Team Member of SCRAP YOUR SCRAPS 

I didn't know this way to make pinwheels and I decided to try it: it's so easy! It's really great for using scraps...

 And a close-up of the pinwheels:

Thanks for this tutorial, Sandi!


Sunday, 12 October 2014

About inspiration!

Hello everybody!

I recently took a scrapbooking class at Big Picture Classes about inspiration, and I wanted to share my projects with you, and especially why I did them this way.

For my first layout, I was inspired by an Amy Tan's video (which was part of the class). It was not a process video but a video about finding inspiration all around us.

While watching the video, I jot down some notes about random things that inspired me for scrapbooking.

Here is what I noticed in this video and how I used it in my layout:

1 - Sunset color palette: it was the starting point of my inspiration. I looked for photographies that would work well with it in my "to scrap" folder, and I found photographies from my kids at the amusement park last summer: perfect!
Then I looked for the papers, but finally, I chose papers with a different color palette, because I thought they were really perfect for my photos! I don't think I would have matched these papers with these photos without this starting idea.

2 - The pavement, at one moment of the video, makes an interesting corner, and it reminded me this trend when you have a paper at angle on your project, so I decided to use that on my sketch.
(I didn't plan to draw a sketch, but it is finally what happened when I added all the ideas watching the video).

3 - At another moment, Amy enters a restaurant, and the door behind her has a very interesting wrought iron. I added this idea by thinking to stitch a big frame with also diagonales (I finally didn't stitch the diagonales, only the frame, but I did it in a different way than what I used to do, with bigger stitches).

4 - Big circles with texts inside: I used this idea but for my photos. I love circles!

5 - The foot print in the sand: I loved the idea of something sprinkled here and there, and I added sequins on my project.

6 - At the restaurant, there were a row of plates: I wanted to use somewhere on my project a row with something small repeated. I was thinking to small stamps maybe, but I finally used a strip with a repeated arrow stamp. I was glad that I used my so often forgotten stamps!

7 - At one moment, there were palm trees against the light. I loved that! On my layout, this is the grey flowers die cuts...

8 - At another moment in the video, there is a pretty banner, okay, why not a banner for my title?!

9 - I don't remember where I saw the tab, but I know that I was inspired to use one when watching the video.

10 - Finally, I also wanted to use a kraft envelop like Amy's one when she is in the plane.

As you can see, I used all of this to create a sketch for my layout... And while the resulting layout is quite slightly different from what I used to do, it's still really really me and I love that!

For my second layout, I found this picture on Pinterest and I was really inspired both by the color palette and the design of the cover:

So I decided to use golden yellow, turquoise and brown. I also wanted to have things on the very edges, like on the cover: I used a text stamp, scalloped strips and tiny punchies to get this look.

Finally, for my third layout, Kelly Purkey shared a picture of a fashion store that really inspired me: I loved the "shop window" look, and tried to recreate it on my layout with the "boxed" design and the punched edge on the top.
I also loved the textures and the patterns, with all the different fabrics, so I used denim pattern, stickles, stitching, and I added some subtle background stamps (with white and Versamark ink for a tone-on-tone effect).
The color palette also comes from the inspirational picture: denim blue, red-orange, light brown, pink and aqua!

Color palettes and designs are often the most difficult parts for me when I make a project, that's why I often pull my inspiration from what is around me instead of from my mind only... And you, what inspires you?


Hey everyone, Cathy here, and I was inspired by Solange's blog post about inspiration.  For my layout I was inspired by this picture I found on Pinterest.  It was originally found at

When I saw this cute painted heart technique I just knew I could replicate it on a scrapbook page.  For my heart I used a pencil as well, but I used a gold ink pad, because lets face it, gold is definitely a thing right now, and I am all over it!  Here is my inspired by layout.

   Cathy Martin

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