Fall means Holidays are on their way!

October 16th, 2018 § 0 comments § permalink

Fall is officially here which means the holidays are going to be here in a jiffy.  I love sending smiles across the miles, but with the to-do list being long and time being short, I’m always trying to find ways to maximize efficiencies.  Jazzing up a plain paper sack, with a  personal touch, fits the bill.

 

First up is a little feel-good package I put together for a friend.  I designed an image on my phone, printed it out at Walgreens, and then put it on the front of a Brown Paper Middy Bitty bag along with some stickers.

 

 

 

A friend of mine took a really cool fall picture of the Capitol here in Boise, Idaho and I asked her if I could use it to send happy mail.  She said yes, so I added some words to it and adhered it too to the front of a Brown Paper Middy Bitty bag to easily and affordably send pictures to family across the country.

 

 

 

And lastly, I thought I’d share a quick shot of a gift box I am putting together to ship for Christmas.

To add some crafty in the midst of all the standard wrapping paper, I used various red and gold bags from Whisker Graphics, and tied some off with Divine Twine.

 

 

 

 

This time of year is my favorite!

xo

Michelle

Autumn Treat Bag

October 11th, 2018 § 2 comments § permalink

It’s time once again for another step by step instructional using some awesome Whisker Graphics product! I’m so excited to share with you my version of an Autumn Treat Bag!
Let’s begin!

Here are the supplies that you will need:

Designer Paper or Designer Cardstock (optional solid colors)
Scissors
Liquid Glue
Large Glassine Bag
Twine (coordinate with your papers)
Circle Tag
Embellishments
Tag Toppers and decorations (I used my Silhouette Portrait to cut the Topper)
Embossing Folder
Embossing Machine (I used my Big Shot)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Step 1:
Grab your embossing machine, glassine bag, and folder. Normally, you would take your embossing folder and lay it on your project in a portrait fashion. Not this time! Slide your folder onto the bag in a landscape fashion (bottom of bag), and roll it through your machine. Take it out, slide the folder up onto the bag where there are still blank spaces and roll it through your machine again. Lay this aside.

 

 

 

Step 2:
Grab your toppers. You can buy these pre-made, or follow a YouTube video, Pinterest, or other tutorials on how to make these. As I stated earlier, I made mine using my Silhouette.

 

 

 

Step 3:
Now take your pieces and glue them together. You should have 1 piece that will have a handle to it, as shown in my picture. This will fold over front to back. The other 2 pieces layer on top of the folded piece.

 

 

 

 

Step 4:
Here you see how the 3 pieces are put together.

 

 

 

Step 5 AND Step 6:
Add your goodies into the bag. Now take your completed topper and tape it onto the opened side of your glassine bag. You can choose to fold over the opened top of the bag a few times, or just once. The choice is yours; it also it depends on how much goodies you’re putting in there! 😊

 

 

 

 

 

 

Step 7:
Now take your twine and cut the length you need to go into the hole of the circle tag. Then tie this onto the handle of your bag. And you’re finished! So easy and fun to do! And children and adults both will love opening up a treat bag, any time of the year!

 

 

 

Here is the finished product: (I decided I’d make 2 since they were so quick & easy)

 

Drum roll…..

 

 

Count Your Blessing Card

September 30th, 2018 § 1 comment § permalink

 Whisker Graphics – Count Your Blessing Card

By Nancy Nickel

Products from Whisker Graphics:

Little Bitty Bags – Plain Brown 2.75″ x 4″

Large Colored Tags – Yellow

Divine Twine Bamboo – Solid Red

Here’s how I made it:

I started by taking a Plain Brown Little Bitty Bag,

and running it through the embossing folder.

Then I inked all the edges with Walnut Stain Distress Ink.

Next, I took a Large Yellow Tag.

I wanted the yellow but the brightness of the tag didn’t work well with my papers.

I inked just the top of the tag with the Distress Ink,

as the bottom will be covered.

I created a kraft card base that measured 4″ x 7″,

and covered it with my inked decorative paper.

I inked the journal card and adhered it in place on the yellow tag!

See how well the yellow works now?

Now it’s time to add the Red Bamboo Twine.

I added a double loop through the top of the tag.

Then I wrapped the bag and tied a bow,

before adhering the bag to the card front.

I added the bag slightly askew to add interest.

Fall projects are so much fun to make!

Other Materials Used:

Papers: Carta Bella – Autumn Collection,

Recollections – Kraft;

Ink: Distress Ink – Walnut Stain;

Embossing Folder: Cuttlebug – Pumpkin Harvest.

 

 

 

 

String Art Cards

September 24th, 2018 § 1 comment § permalink

 

 

Hi Bev here today and for this project I am experimenting with string art using Whisker Graphics divine twine.  I used many layers some popped up, die cut sentiment and a great string art design.

 

Start this project I am taping the design to the base cardstock to be sure it fits the card base.

 

 

 

 

I used an awl to pop the holes into the paper.

 

 

 

 

Following the #’s on the design sheet I weaved the twine up and down following the pattern.

 

 

 

 

Here is the finished design.

 

 

 

 

Here is the finished card …. using great twine and monochromatic colours.

 

 

 

 

Here is a bonus project trying yet another string art design on a card.

 

 

 

 

Perfect for your Divine Twine Collection!

September 17th, 2018 § 1 comment § permalink

 

Colleen from Scrappin Granny here today sharing a must have for your craft room.  I just love all my twine I get from Whisker Graphics but had no way to store them so I came up with an idea!

 

I bought a wooden lazy susan and had my husband drill additional holes and cut the dowel rods cut into a size that would hold two balls of twine.  I didn’t have to glue or nail the dowels in they fit perfectly.

 

 

 

You can stack them on top of each other and color code them.  Next time you go to use your twine just cut off the amount you need and you are all set.

 

 

 

I got two of these from the purchase of one lazy susan so I now have lots of room for more twine.  (Can you tell I love my twine from Whisker Graphics.

Thanks for stopping by and stop by and let me know if you give this a try and please check out the store at Whisker Graphics to see all the other wonderful products.

Birthday Happy Mail!

September 9th, 2018 § 2 comments § permalink

 

HI!  It’s Michelle here….

I’ve got some birthday happy mail to send out this month and wanted to crafty up my wrap a little bit by using Bitty Bags from Whisker Graphics!

This first package I kept super simple. Summer colors, and a pretty clean look.

I attached a large colored tag, topped it with some diecut HAPPYs, and then finished it off with a button.

Easy peasy.

 

 

 

I went a little fancier on this next package.

 

 

 

I keep a paper bow template set in my craft drawer and decided to bring it out and use some gift wrap remnant to make a bow to top my package with.

Step 1:

 

 

 

 

Step 2:

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Step 4:

Aren’t paper bows just the best?!

 

….And, (drum roll…) the FINAL !

 

 

 

Here’s a shot of some crafty wrap I did for another birthday.

I used this super rad Casablanca bag, topped it with some tickets, another HAPPY diecut, a gold heart sticker, and a little wooden star.

 

 

 

 

Birthdays.  They are the BEST.

xo

Michelle

 

A blast from the past: Stephanie’s – Halloween Treat Boxes

September 3rd, 2018 § 1 comment § permalink

 

As we move into fall and Halloween is around the corner, we selected a fun project from the past!

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Hi everyone, Steph Ackerman from Live Laugh Scrap here today with some Halloween treat boxes. Whisker Graphics twine adds a nice finishing touch to each treat box.
Starting with a 4″ square panel of cardstock, I scored at 1″ around the panel.  Cutting into the corners, I folded up on the scored lines and adhered them together creating little boxes which form the bottom of each treat box.

 

 

 

 

 

 
I cut Halloween pattern paper 5 1/2″ x 8″ and wrapped each piece around the box.  Using a punch, I punched circles in the top of each treat box.  To create the handles for each treat box, I used Spellbinders dies, adhering them over the punched area.

 

 

 

 

 
I tied Whisker Graphics craft twine – Bright White Solid – to the top of two of the trick or treat boxes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
For the other two, I wrapped the twine around the handles. Trick or Treat from Joy Clair stamps was stamped, punched and matted with a larger circle. I then tied the stamped sentiment to the treat boxes with Whisker Graphics’ craft twine – Wheat Diva

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
Now, simply fill these trick or treat boxes with assorted candies and enjoy.


Thanks for stopping by.

Steph

How to use Bitty Bags in your journals!

August 26th, 2018 § 2 comments § permalink

Hello, everyone! It’s Nancy here today with a new project share! In today’s post I am sharing a number of ways to use Bitty Bags in your journals. Whisker Graphics has an incredible selection of these fabulous bags! I will link to the size only but you need to check out the amazing color selection! I chose bags that kept with my journal color.

I’m filling a journal that I previously decorated for Clear Scraps.  You can find the link HERE.

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On the inside front cover, I adhered a Bigger Bitty Bag – Gold Metallic. I trimmed just a little bit off the top, and punched a half-circle. This is the perfect spot to keep extra large tags that I add as pages. On the right I added a matching Little Bitty Bag – Gold. This is the perfect spot for a Large Gift Tag.

 

Here’s another option for the same Little Bitty Bags.  Turn them sideways on the page, and insert the Large Tags.

Here I’ve used a Middy Biddy Bag – Gold.  With two small folds, it now holds a very large cardstock tag, and one of the Large Colored Tags.

 

I think this bag is my very favorite from all of the bags! :o) This is just a beautiful Middy Bitty Bag adhered to a page. Then I cut a very large kraft tag to fill it.  It fits in beautifully with the color scheme of my album!

 

Moving on to one of my blue pages, I’ve added a Middy Bitty Bag – Glassine. Then I cut a large matching cardstock tag to fill it.  This provides a wonderful opportunity to add some ephemera, or some stamping.

Here’s another idea using the Middy Bitty Bags – Gold. I took two of the gold metallic bags, and adhered them together along three sides,  leaving the one long side open. The holes were punched in the side that was adhered together.  This creates a great pocket page! It holds two big tags in the top bag pockets,  and a couple of tags along the side pocket.

 

This is the other side of it:

For my final idea, I have trimmed and layered two bags on top of each other. I began by trimming a Middy Bitty Bag down to a square, and adhering it to the page. Then I took a coordinating Little Bitty Bag,  trimmed it down, and adhered it on top of the other bag.  I cut a large cardstock tag for the one pocket,  and added a Large Colored Tag to the other.

 

That’s just a few of the ways I’m using these great little gift bags! They’re so much fun! Head on over to Whisker Graphics and check out all the wonderful colors and patterns that are available!

Next time…I’ll show you how I’ll add twine to these pages!

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Thanks for stopping by!  I’ll be back again soon with another project share!

Come visit me at The Nickel Nook!

Fun with some String Art

July 29th, 2018 § 0 comments § permalink

 

OMG I am having great fun using Whisker Graphics twine for a background. It was fun and was perfect with the photo of my youngest Grand Daughter with a shredded blanket that she carried everywhere with her. It was almost as stringy as the background LOL. Whisker Graphics has an amazing collection of twine to choose from.
Supply List:

 

To start this background I inked some colours behind where I proposed to put the strips of many colours and rows of coloured twine.

 

 

 

In these close ups you can see more details. The chippies are inked in a mix of colours to coordinate with the page colours.

 

 

 

I added lots of chippies and in this section I added a flair button accent.

 

 

 

Here is the main section with the photo on the twine background with fabulous tags.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Check out the store for all the available products that will make your crafting so much easier and view the Blog often to be inspired with all the creative inspiration.

 

Thanks for stopping by and hope to see you again soon when I come back with so many more projects using Whisker Graphics products!

 

Thanks!!!

July 24th, 2018 § 1 comment § permalink

 

Hey there!

I am up on the Whisker Graphics Blog today with a thank you gift I created.

I started my project with a red striped Bigger Bitty Bag from the Sample Set

I added a Gold Polka Dot Little Bitty Bag from the Sample Set and tucked a Large White Tag in the bag.

I added a piece of red corrugated paper, some gold thread and placed a Sweet Sticky Label on it. I added a gold “Thanks” sticker to the top along with a flower I made using Divine Twine I tied a piece of added some stitching and enamel stars:

Here’s a side view of the layers:

Lastly, I used some more of the Divine Twine to add a bow to the tag. I added a few scrappy embellishments inside. I closed the bag by folding over the top, punching a hole on each side and wrapping the Divine Twine and tied it with a bow:

I love how this turned out and it will make a great gift for a scrappy friend!

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!

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