Bitty Bag of Love

January 28th, 2015 § 2 comments

Guest Designer, Vanessa Spencer, is back this month with a bitty bag o’ love! She chooses our very popular, Gold Horizontal Stripe Middy as her base then free-hand paints her sentiment with black acrylic paint. (If you’re not confident with your paint brush cursive, you could lightly write in pencil and trace over it. We won’t tell!) Fill each bag with the treat of your choice then sew the top shut using a straight stitch and black thread. Or, hand stitch using a wide eyed needle and Solid Black Divine Twine. For a pop of color, tie each package with Solid Pink Divine Twine. Although perfect for Valentine’s Day, these would also work nicely as bridal shower or wedding favors, too!

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Supplies:
Gold Horizontal Stripe Bitty Bags
Solid Deep Pink Divine Twine
Black Acrylic Paint
Black thread/sewing machine

Vanessa is a mixed media artist and crafter. You can find her on her blog at hearthhandmade.

 

 

Valentine Peek-a-Boo Bitty Bag

January 27th, 2015 § 2 comments

Design Team member, Heather Pulvirenti, uses a s technique that is both simple and stylish to show off her Valentine’s present. Using a heart shaped die cut she makes a Peek-a-Boo window in one of our trendy Honeycomb Bitty Bags. A piece of acetate affixed to the inside along with a sheet of gray card stock keeps the gift tucked safely inside and gives the receiver a sneak peek at the contents. The Peppermint Divine Twine is the perfect finishing touch! Of course you could mix up the bag design or twine color to fit the occasion and the recipient. We have more than 50 design/color combinations in the Middy Bag line alone; so have fun and make it you own!

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Supply List:
Gray Honeycomb Middy Bitty Bag
Peppermint Divine Twine
Heart Die Cut
Gray Card Stock
Acetate
Adhesive

Please find more lovely creations by Heather on her blog at Witty Title Here…

Valentine Gift Basket

January 22nd, 2015 § 2 comments

Amy Cluck-McAlister, continues the Valentine’s theme this week with her Hot Cocoa Gift Basket. What a fun idea for those chilly days of February. The mason jar lids are lined with Bitty Bags in red and pink for a festive flair and the adorable tags are strung with Cherry and Cotton Candy Divine Twine. The best part, you can download the tags for free on her blog which is appropriately named Amy is the Party. We also have twine in solid red and solid pink available in the shop that would look great too!

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For the perfect presentation, arrange all the goodies in a basket with paper straws, wooden spoons and scoops. Nothing says love like a homemade and hand packed gift basket!

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Supplies:
Cherry Divine Twine
Raspberry Divine Twine
Bigger Bitty Bags in red and pink
Mason Jars
Hot Cocoa Mix
Marshmallows
Basket
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Remember, the Printable tags can be found on Amy’s blog along with other great party ideas. Check it out Here!

Origami Bitty Bag Hearts

January 20th, 2015 § 3 comments

Today’s Design Team submission is all about Valentine’s Day. The super talented, Dawn Smith, uses Middy Bitty Bags to make soda bottles that double as centerpieces for a simple and fun treat table.  She trimmed and folded the Middy Bitty Bags into origami hearts then attached the hearts to card stock and wrapped them around the bottles. The Middy Bags come in 10 colors and 4 different designs intended to make mixing, matching and creating a breeze.

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Take a look at the full spread – yum!

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Supplies Dawn used:
Chevron Middy Bitty Bags in Aqua and Red
Polka Dot Middy Bitty Bags
Honeycomb Middy Bitty Bags
Horizontal Middy Bitty Bags
Paper Straws
Card Stock
Bottles of soda/juice

For a tutorial on making the origami hearts and other Valentine’s Day ideas, please see Dawn’s blog at Not Just A Mommy.

Birthday Keepsake

January 15th, 2015 § 0 comments

Team Designer Betsy Skagen of Paper Calliope used our Flashcard Calendar to create this fun Gift Card Calendar Book for her son’s birthday. The Brown Kraft Bitty Bags give it a nostalgic, almost vintage look while the colorful, tie-dyed page dividers add a playful pop of color. The pages reflect the many themed birthday parties she has thrown for him over the years. What a fun walk down memory lane!

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Check out these colorful, page dividers! How does she do it?

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For a supply list, directions for making this lovely keepsake and a peek at all the pages, please see Betsy’s Blog. To enjoy 50% off on our Flashcard Calendar, please go to our shop at www.whiskergrpahics.com. Hurry supplies are limited!

“Frozen” Princess Party

January 13th, 2015 § 1 comments

For those with young children, particularly daughters, you have probably seen, or at least heard about, the movie “Frozen”. Design Team member, Rachel McAffee, has outdone herself using this theme for the perfect princess party. She takes our plain White Kraft Little Bitty Bags and embellishes them with mica sprinkled snowflake tags to create food labels for a buffet that would melt Olaf’s heart, again.  (Sorry, movie reference. You’ll have to go see it now!) She makes a stand of each by attaching a lollipop stick and setting it in a fluffy cotton, snow ball base. Clever!

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In keeping with the theme, each princess gets a goody bag full of Snow Dough. Of course, Rachel made her own sparkly play dough, but you could buy it if you’re not up to the task. She packages it in a White Middy bag with a cookie cutter snowflake tied with Aqua Divine Twine. Darling!

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Be sure to go to Rachel’s  blog to the see the party come to life. It is simply amazing!

Supplies she used:
Plain White Kraft Middy Bag
Plain White Kraft Little Bitty Bag
Aqua Divine Twine
spray adhesive
mica
basket shred
cotton balls
labels

Bitty Friendship Wrap

January 8th, 2015 § 4 comments

Design Team member Amy Tsuruta, uses a fun heat embossing technique creating a pretty gift bag that looks professionally made! Our plain Brown Kraft Bags are the perfect blank canvas. Amy uses white embossing powder on her “Friend” stamp.  The Red Tag fastened with Twine adds a pop of color. With Valentine’s Day still weeks away, you may want to tuck this one in your back pocket. Seems like the perfect fit for the occasion!

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SUPPLIES:
Plain Brown Kraft Bags
Large Red Tag
Bright White Divine Twine
Mini clothes pin
Reverse Confetti quick card panel
Wooden heart notion
White Embossing Powder
Super script Stamp by Altenew

For more pics and tips for heat embossing and making this lovely gift bag, please see Amy’s awesome blog at: tsurutadesigns.blogspot.com

Divine Twine Fringe Scarf

January 6th, 2015 § 6 comments

Here’s a little something to keep you warm on those chilly days of winter. Design Team member, Savanah O’Gwynn, uses cozy fleece and Divine Twine to create a lovely scarf. And she promises, it is VERY easy to make! The holes in the fleece are cut about 1/4 of an inch apart and the strands are about 36 inches long. She uses 2 strands of Coral and 1 strand of Metallic Gold for each loop, but feel free to choose any of our 38 colors of twine. Fold the strands in half and loop them through the holes. When all twine is looped and hooked, just trim the edges to the length you like and Voila!

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Supplies:
Divine Twine in Solid Coral and Gold Metallic
Cream colored fleece
Scissors
Cutting mat/ruler
Rotary cutter
Crochet Needle

Please see Savannah’s blog at savannahland2 to get detailed instructions for making this cozy scarf.

New Year’s Kiss wrapped in Bitty Bags!

December 30th, 2014 § 2 comments

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Just in time for your New Year’s party, Kerstie Pederson has a perfect party favor for the big night… Kisses wrapped in Bitty Bags. What an impressive display, yet so easy to make. For a complete tutorial with lots of pictures to follow, please see Kerstie’s Blog. Feel free to mix colors and design options to make your perfect kiss. Your guests will never know you threw it together at the last moment!

Here’s all you need:
Diagonal Striped Bigger Bitty Bag in Black
Metallic Gold Chevron Middy Bag
Gold Metallic Divine Twine
Silver Metallic Divine Twine
Small Colored Tags in White
Ribbon
Cardboard tubes
Glue
Scissors
Hershey Kisses

Make substitutions where needed and have fun with this one!

We at Whisker Graphics HQ wish you and yours a happy, healthy, prosperous and super fun 2015.  Happy New Year!

Flash Card Calendar File (and Sale!)

December 30th, 2014 § 2 comments

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As we usher in the New Year, Guest Designer Vanessa Spencer of Hearth Handmade, has a fabulous idea for capturing the exciting memories you are about to create in 2015.  She uses our vintage Flashcard Calendar (Now 33% Off plus free shipping!), a wooden recipe box and her amazing creativity to make a monthly calendar journal.

She starts by stamping the date and year onto each of twelve kraft colored tabs using an old fashioned monthly roller stamp. Then, for each month, adds the monthly calendar flashcard, a few library cards, plus some plain white tags.

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The rest is up to you! Journal on the library cards and white tags throughout the month, drop in photos that capture the moment, file away ticket stubs or other memorabilia. Such a simple project that will look great on your desk and be a keepsake for years to come!

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Vanessa Spencer is a mixed-media artist and crafter. Please be sure to visit her blog at http://www.hearthhandmade.blogspot.com. Thanks so much for creating for us this month, Vanessa and Happy New Year to all!

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