Thursday, 29 December 2011

Sale Time!

The Whopping 20% Off Sale*
is now online
Time to treat yourself?!

How about a Tim Holtz Cargo Case?
Usually £39.99 - Now only £31.99!

or an adorable Calender Block for the New Year?
Usually £11.49 - Now only £9.19!

A Limited Edition 7 Gypsies Family Life Kit?
Ususally £39.99 - Now only £31.99!

A much coveted set of Tim Holtz Stamps from just £15.99?

Remember, there's Free P&P when you spend over £20 in the UK!

*Workshops & Vouchers not included.

Hope you're having a great Festive Break!

Another last quick reminder: the shop will re-open next Tuesday 3rd January.

Monday, 19 December 2011

Christmas Configured!

Yesterday we hosted a Christmas Configurations workshop taught by Julie.
6 of us had great fun & "just" managed to finish in 6 hours!
Here is mine, I added the feet this morning, I'm delighted (thanks Julie!)

Thanks also to Ann, Carol, Christine & Jennie who came to play!

Onto this morning, Kieran had to join me today & was gutted he missed out on creating yesterday. "Make one then!" I said and off he went. Choosing papers, embellishments etc.
Within hours he had completed this, with only a little help from me with the tissue tape binding. Not bad for a 10 year old eh?
Both are now proudly displayed on our windowsill at home :)

The walnut is a Christmas Dec made by his Grandma - perfect!

Thanks for dropping by!

Saturday, 17 December 2011

"Proper Cards"!!!

We have some fabulous talented ladies who teach & shop here at Pickleberry!
Let me share their cards, then my feeble attempt at what we called "proper cards"
We had some great light-hearted banter last night, inserts or not?!
I so struggle with layering, matting, precision much to Jean & Heathers' amusement!

So first to one of Barbara's cards which she taught here last week with Artemio Baubles Stamps

And my version from last night....
I didn't have the lush Tim Pine stamp Barbara used so substituted with one of Jennie's from the Botanical 2 set, the greeting from MME Lost & Found Christmas Set

Jean made us a Wonderful Card, isn't it gorgeous!
Thank you & for the use of some your pearlesent card ;)

Here's a Stunning one from Heather who used an amazing Dreamweaver stencil,
thanks Heth!

Here's another we received from a lovely customer Anne, thanks Anne it's amazing, I love the embossing! (lol, can you see me in the reflection?!)

So now to one of mine which I had to resist the urge to distress & use copious amounts of foam pads (needs to be flat for posting!)
Thanks to Jennie for the loan (again) of the Sizzix Ornaments die ;)
I double die cut with this Movers & Shapers die set
Ok I lied, there's a teeny bit of Dusty Concord on the hanger thingy!

& now for the grungy distressed card - easy!
Again using the branch from Botanical 2 :)

Thanks again to everyone for sharing, I'm off now to make some more!
Have a great weekend :)

Wednesday, 14 December 2011

A Christmas Card!

Yesterday I hosted a Promarker Coffee Morning, we had good fun & I even managed to complete a card using Tims Alterations Lamp Post die with 2 shades of grey & a yellow Promarker, distress inks, Woodwares Christmas Carol Background Words stamp, Claudines stamp and a simple circle punch as a mask:)
Oh a some Stickles Holly Berries!

Thanks for dropping by!

Tuesday, 13 December 2011

Christmas Wrapped Up!

This year I decided to wrap our presents differently.
I loathe that cheap wrapping paper that tears as soon as you go near it with tape & I didn't fancy spending a fortune on the quality paper when it just gets launched in the recycling.
So I'm delighted that this year I haven't spent a penny, it's amazing what you find you already have to hand when you look isn't it!

The brown wrapping paper I've had for years! Yay, saving number one! To decorate I used strips of Music manuscript given to me by a friend (thanks Barbara!) Then the tissue paper & ribbons on top were salvaged from old gifts, chocolate boxes, cracker decs, bag handles etc. (Yep I'm a hoarder!)

The tags I made at work last week, simple stamping & die cutting.

I love the effect though and don't be surprised if I snag the ribbons back after the recipient has opened their gifts on the day!

Have you made any tags this year? I'd love to see them ;)

Monday, 12 December 2011

Tims Tags 11 & 12!

Alas, today was the last day of Tims 12 Tags of Christmas for 2011.
I've so enjoyed creating, trying new techniques & products, tomorrow it will be back to work as normal (well as normal as I can possibly be!)
Here's my version of Tag 11
I used this cool set of Christmas stamps by Teresa Collins and had lots of fun with the shrink & melt pot!

Finally Tag 12, love love love it!

The Tissue Wrap is divine & you maybe pleased to know we are selling it by the metre so you can try it before splashing out on a full roll!
The bottom of the tag is waiting for just the right kind of tinsel, so will have to root around at home to see if I can snag some :)

Tomorrow I will share with you my handmade Christmas Wrapping :)

Saturday, 10 December 2011

Tims Tag Day 10!

Lovely day today creating Tims tag with Rosemary & in the company of Julie & Olivia :)
Loved the tape transfer, never used tape before, so cool backed onto the foil!
Thanks to Julie for the tinsel & tulle!
As with all the other Tims Tags you can find most of the products used here plus a few alternative items here Look out for a few selected items with 20% Off!

Here's a few sneak peaks of next Mondays workshop by Julie (our Configuration Queen!)

Gorgeous isn't it!
Take care for now :)
Kate x

Friday, 9 December 2011

And more!

I can't deny it, I'm having great fun this year joining in with Tims Tags!
So much so I had a go at one of last years too :)
Today I made 2 versions of Tag 9 with different Artistic Stamper stamped backgrounds. The Regency pattern, like Tims & the Calligraphic 'cos I love this stamp so much!

Find all the associated products we have plus a few alternatives here on our site :)

If you're local & free tomorrow, come along & join me for a FREE Crop Day!

Thursday, 8 December 2011

Tags, tags & more tags!

Loving Tags!!!
Here's more of my versions of Tim Holtz's 12 Tags of Christmas :)
Day 2

Day 5 - meh...

Day 6

Day 7

Day 8


And this morning I made tags for the family presents :)

Don't forget we have most of the products Tim is using on his Tags plus a few alternatives with some special discounts here :)

Happy Christmas Crafting!

Sunday, 4 December 2011

Catching Up!

This morning I stole myself away to the shop (the boys are away!) and was joined by Jennie for a few hours. We set about creating Tims Tags, sharing stash (thanks Jennie!) & having a natter.
A very productive few hours, thoroughly enjoyable :)

Day 1 (my favourite so far!)

Day 2
(Still a work in progress)

Day 3

Day 4

Join us at one of our Catch Up Crops or snag some of the products here
There are random 20% off products too!

Happy Christmas Crafting x

Friday, 2 December 2011

Tims Tags Offers!

Are you following Tim's Tags this year?!
They're a true inspiration I think you'll agree

Each Day we will upload all the products we have plus a few alternatives to the website.
Selected items will have 20% off until Christmas Eve :)

If you're local, why not join us at one of our Catch Up Crops & make tags, cards, journals, whatever you're working on! Of course you are welcome to make use of our dies, stamps & punches!

Tuesday, 29 November 2011

Ho Ho Ho!

Excitement is building here at Pickleberry!
Julie is busy prepping her Christmas Configurations Workshop & I've made a few tree decs :)
Are you joining Tim with his 12 tags of Christmas? We are, and we're hosting a crop this Friday night to have a go, we're also going to use the time to make cards too! Join us if you can (you can book here or call us in the shop)

The Music manuscript bauble was an idea I saw on Pinterest, really easy too (I like that!) Snag some old or cheap baubles, tear up some old music or book paper, adhere to the bauble with Glue n Seal, allow to dry then either spray with mica or smear with Stickles!
The birdhouse was just crying out to be decorated. I used a sheet of Graphic 45 paper which was trimmed to fit, Filled in the gaps with a Black Promarker, Scrappy Glued the edges and dunked into glitter, then stamped greeting onto scrap card & punched out. See, told you it was easy!

Want to make some of your own decs? Join Jennie this Saturday & get inky!

Saturday, 19 November 2011

Busy Pickles!

Thought I'd share what we've been up to over the last couple of weeks & also what's to come!

Earlier this month Barbara taught the masking technique with stamping & the girls created these cuties :)
 The stamps they used were Hero Arts Flower Wood Background, 7 Gypsies Lille & Teresa Collins Noel

Jennie & I visited a local WI and 21 ladies all made their own Christmas Decs!
We have a few mini kits available here!

Marion shared another Fabulous Vintage style Mini Album, so elegant :)

This morning Barbara taught a fabulous concertina folded mini book, lovely!

and this afternoon, Jane, myself, Carol, Meryl & Sandra "finally" finished our Circle Journals Yay!

Coming up we have all sorts of Workshops.
There's Scrapbook Design with Jane on Tuesday morning,
an Amazing Countdown to Christmas piano hinge book next Saturday also with Jane,

Next Monday 28th make a cute Belly Band Petal card with Barbara

and on Tuesday 28th a Brilliantly organised Christmas File Book with Julie

In December we are hosting more workshops and oodles of crops, come along & make those last minute cards, Tims Tags & for anyone participating in Shimelles Journal workshop, we'll provide the tranquility for you to get on with no distractions. Help yourself to our stamps & dies whilst munching on mince pies & slurping a coffee or two!

See you soon!
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