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!

Monday, 14 November 2011

New Goodies!

But before that.... now available for pre-order are Sew Somerset, Somerset Studio Gallery & Take Ten - due in 1st Dec & Art Journaling 2012 due in 1st Jan
so, New Goodies in this last week or so are
7 Gypsies Label stickers, collage tapes, hardware & Xmas stamps.
American Crafts Foil Thickers
Crafty Notions double sided A4, gilding flakes, gleam & stellar flash
Hearty Lightweight clay & Karantha Heart Mould
Jenni Bowlin New Bingo months & Vintage Accessory sheet
KaiserCraft MDF Mini Drawers
& 8 new Timeless Clear Stamps
KaiserCraft Rhinestones - Clearance prices
Lynne Perrella Lina Christmas Stamp

MME Lost & Found bits and pieces
Prima North Country & Pixie Glen 8x8 pads, 6x6 Printery Mulberry packs
Sandra Evertson Ballgown stamp
Scrap 365 First Issue
Simple Stories 25 Days of Christmas
Sizzix Alterations Christmassy dies & embossing folders
Stampendous Crushed Glass Glitter
Tims Yummy Winter Distress Inks
Stanislaus cuuuute weeeeny light bulbs
Twiddleybitz Opening Gates - oh my!
Wooden Birdhouses
Woodware Mirror Gold & Silver card
& more!

Tomorrow will see more Sizzix Christmas, 7 Gypsies Dome Bottles, Bottle Cap Xmas images, La Blanche stamps, Marion Emberson stamps & Biscotti Pearfect Pearl mist. Most of them are already listed on the Coming Soon page.

If you already have a copy of
Scrap365, we have allocated a couple of web pages featuring product used by myself & Kim Woods. Check out her Beautiful Glad Tidings project on page 22!

We have plenty of
Workshops up for grabs between now & Christmas plus loads of crop time so you can get on with Tims Tags, Journal projects etc.

Monday, 7 November 2011

Just Sharing!

My stairs!
At the end of September after perusing Pinterest we were inspired & ripped up our stair carpet then sanded & scraped for a good few hours - yuk!
The next day at work I printed out several Beautiful images in reverse from the Fabulous Graphics Fairy Blog, check it out - heaven!
The paper I used was Lesley Rileys Transfer Artist Paper, a tad pricey but so easy to use & so worth it :)

After a lick of varnish here is the effect....

Here is the pic from Pinterest that was the original inspiration
The link doesn't work, so I have no idea who to credit :(

Thanks for looking :)

Thursday, 3 November 2011

Winter Distress Inks!

Wooo Hooo, they're here! 
Snag yourself a set before they're all gone! 

Tuesday, 1 November 2011

UKS Blog Hop!

Hi there Everyone!

If you are participating in the UKS blog hop, you may have come here from PaperMaze. After checking out our project, go to ScrapRevolution to see the next project, and see the thread on UKS to see the full list of links and info on prizes!

Welcome to our Teeny Christmas Project :)

We're making cute mini books with Dominoes, Alcohol Inks & Graphic 45 Christmas Emporium paper.
Would love to have you create with us. 
If you "need" any of the products including the Dominoes we've used,
 you can snag them here (see below for Todays Special Offer!)

So, off we go!

Supply List
Alcohol Inks & Felt Applicator,
Patterned Paper,
Archival ink,
Baby Wipes,
Distress Stain,
Hot Stuff Mat
and a Jingle Bell! 

1. Grab some Alcohol Inks (co-ordinate your colours with the paper) Don't forget you can mix them, we used blue & yellow to create green), a couple of Dominoes and a felt applicator on a hot stuff mat.

2. Apply colours randomly, wipe off before they dry with a baby wipe and keep re-applying until you're happy with the finished result. I dulled mine down quite a lot as my PP has kinda vintage hues ;)

3. Ink up a Stamp with Archival & stamp image on the dry Domino, wipe off with baby wipe and you'll be left with a ghost image (cool!) Then re-apply inked stamp over the ghost. As it's near enough impossible to get the image in the same place, you'll create a shadow making the image pop (don't you love happy accidents lol!)

Repeat on the second Domino

4. Select your PP, I used Graphic 45 Emporium "Special Delivery" which is great as everything I need is on one sheet :)

5. Cut a strip just short of the length of your Domino

6. Decide how may pages you want, then score & fold at a width just short of the width of your Domino. (Measuring "just short" ensure your book will fit neatly inside)

7. Adhere your concertina to the inside of each Domino (normally I'm a life's too short kinda girl, but you could round the corners of the concertina beforehand!)

8. Choose some words from the remaining paper, cut & stick!

9. These cute stamp images were crying out to be used!

10. Ahem - Waste Not Want Not!

11. When you're done decorating you pages, stain some twine in co-ordinating colours

12. Add a couple of words to the front cover (yes, it's the paper strip again coloured with a smidge of Distress Ink) & slather on a good layer of Stickles (well, it is Christmas!) Wrap around your bespoke coloured Twine et Voila!

13. Notice I decided to stamp the edges of the Dominoes right at the end! You could leave them or another cool idea is to cut a length of tissue tape in half and wrap that around as we did in an earlier post with some Halloween Dominoes :)

Many thanks for looking in, please do leave a comment (include your UKS name) then hop on over to the next Blog.
For today only, we're offering a 10% discount on anything in our shop (Please use this code MUKSBLOGHOP) If you're popping in today just mention the UKS Blog Hop to get the same :)

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