Twine and Bitty Bag Book Marks

July 7th, 2015 § 1 comment § permalink

Summer is here in full swing and a perfect time to lounge in your favorite chaise with a good book. (I admit, I currently have an old grocery list saving the page in the book I’m reading!) WG Designer, Shirley Karnos, has an easy fix for saving your spot. She’s created these stunning bookmarks using cardstock wrapped with Kraft Middy Bitty Bags as her base. The subtle striped and chevron designs peek through without taking away from the beautifully water-colored die-cut flowers and feathers. The tassels are made with Divine Twine from our new Diva Collection, combined with some of our Traditional shades to fit with the color scheme of the bookmark. Make them in your favorite colors and keep a stash on hand for gifts! For step-by-step instructions and a complete list of supplies, please see Shirley’s blog shirley shirley bobirley.

Divine Twine shown here:
Deep Denim Diva Stripe Twine; Lemonwood Diva Stripe Twine; Bluebonnet Diva Stripe Twine; Violet Diva Stripe Twine; Palos Verdes Diva Stripe Twine; Palos Verdes Diva Solid Twine; Orange Divine Twine; Peach Divine Twine; Green Apple Divine Twine; Deep Pink Solid Divine Twine; Cotton Candy Divine Twine; Raspberry Divine Twine

Bitty Bag Book Wrap

March 3rd, 2015 § 1 comment § permalink

We are excited to introduce a new member to the Whisker Graphics Design Team. Shirley Karnos joins Whisker Graphics after doing a brief guest designer stint with us last year. We are looking forward to seeing her creations! Today, she takes a standard composition notebook and converts it into a trendy little journal. These seem to be all the rage lately. They come in different shapes, sizes and designs. Shirley takes a Brown Kraft Bitty Bag to make the base for her book cover. The brown kraft pairs perfectly with any pop of color you add to it. She starts with a pink Colored Tag and embroiders it using Solid Navy Divine Twine to give a title to her book, simply “Take Note”. Assorted washi tape binds the book and various embellishments including a Sweet Sticky add interest and texture. Use it as a diary, travel journal, calendar log or for project  notes or–best of all–give as a gift. Choose from our growing line of Bitty Bags and Divine Twine to give it your own personal flair!


For more on this nifty notebook, please see Shirley’s blog at shirley shirley bo birley.

Colored Tag Book Mark

July 29th, 2014 § 2 comments § permalink

Design Team Member, Heather Pulvirenti, has taken the simple and made it sublime! The base of this book mark is simply a Large Pink Tag. One side beautifully stamped and the other cleverly covered with gray polka dot card stock leaving a peek-a-boo pink eyelet. A handmade tassel ties it all together. (This is certainly a huge, yet simple, step up from the folded gum wrapper that marks the page in the book on my nightstand:) Our Colored Tags come in 8 shades so the bookmarking possibilities are endless!

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Large Colored Tag – Pink
Oyster Divine Twine
Enamel Dots – Gray
Polka Dot Card Stock
Floral Stamp
Versamark ink
Embossing powder

For information on the embossing technique used to make this project and for some gorgeous greeting card ideas, please see Heather’s Blog.

Circus Theme Mini Album

July 18th, 2014 § 1 comment § permalink

Happy Friday! This week’s guest designer, Betsy Skagen, takes advantage of all of our stripes, polka dots and chevron patterns to make a fabulous Mini Circus Album. Using Bitty Bags, Glassine Bags, Divine Twine and Petite Stickys Betsy creates a whimsical booklet chock full of pockets and surprises!




For step by step instructions to make this fun project as well as other cool stuff by Betsy, please visit her blog, Enjoy your weekend!


Bitty Bag Mini Albums

April 18th, 2014 § 2 comments § permalink

Happy Friday! Shirley Carnos is back as this week’s Guest Designer with some beautiful Mini-Albums that are incredibly simple to make. Take a look at the supply list, only three items on each! And… a little secret, the Silver Bitty Bags she uses are now 30% off on our website! Plus, the bitty size makes them great for gift giving or commemorating a special event.

Matchbook Bitty Bag Mini Album

Made Matchbook style, Shirley uses a paisley pattern for a sophisticated look and Silver Polka Dot Little Bitty Bags to create her pages. Then, she inserts the eyelets and there you go, a mini-album. You can use the pages as your scrapbooking canvas and the pockets the bags create to insert photos, ticket stubs or other memorobilia.



Silver Polka Dot Little Bitty Bag – Now 30%Off!
Patterned Paper/Cardstock

Twine-bound Bitty Bag Mini-Album

In this little beauty, Shirley uses the eyelets to bind the album and adds Divine Twine for a splash of color. Again, the pages of the book double as pockets for all your pictures and treasures!



Divine Twine – Aqua, Peach, Raspberry, Oyster, Plum
Silver Chevron Middy Bags – Now 30% Off

For more fresh ideas by Shirley, visit her blog at shirley shirley bo birly. Thanks for sharing, Shirley!

Greeting Card Organizer

January 15th, 2013 § 0 comments § permalink

Here’s a clever idea for staying organized in 2013. The always inspiring, Jan Ely, has created a practical, and dare I say – cute!, greeting card organizer.  She has used Divine Twine to string together a colorful array of Bigger Bitty Bags, one for each month as well as a front and back cover. To ensure you remember what’s in each bag, Jan has affixed a Little Bitty Bag with a Sweet Sticky to the front of each month and enclosed a Colored Tag to list its contents! You can add to the list as you add to the bag. So Smart!


For complete “How to” directions, and other fun ideas, please visit Jan at

Cheers ~ Joy

Ahh… to get away

November 18th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

I don’t know if it’s because Jordan is moving to France for a while and that’s planted a travel bug in my brain or I’ve been working so much and a vacation sounds heavenly. Either way I checked out these two books from the library a couple of weeks ago and found them to be delightful reads. Both are about Americans that move to France either full-time or part-time. One to a city (Paris) the other to the countryside (Brittany). One written by a man the other by a woman. Both books are interesting, well written and fun to read. After reading both books, I’m feeling the pull towards the countryside with trips to Paris now and again. Ahh… to get away.

C'est la Vie by Suzy Gershman

I'll Never Be French by Mark Greenside

Holiday with Matthew Mead

September 25th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

In just about a month Holiday with Matthew Mead could be in your mailbox. That’s if you’ve ordered your copy.

image credit: Matthew Mead

What is Holiday with Matthew Mead you ask? Here’s a description from their website “144 pages of holiday inspiration – featuring well-known and admired designers, bloggers and top-notch stories – and printed on beautiful paper (while not drowning in ads!),  part book/part magazine – a publication that you will keep from year to year and add to your collection of Holiday decorating, crafting and cooking magazines and books.” I think is sounds wonderful!

The only way to obtain a copy is to order one (or more) from their website right HERE.

And for your viewing pleasure, you can watch a snappy promo video right HERE

Good Read ~ Encyclopedia of an Ordinary Life

September 14th, 2010 § 2 comments § permalink

I’m awful at book reviews, yet I feel compelled to share books I thoroughly enjoy. So here goes. Encyclopedia of an Ordinary Life by Amy Krouse Rosenthal is a book that had an impact on me. I started having a running commentary in my head over my daily life activities. It’s a memoir with a twist. It’s set up in encyclopedia format, very structured in alphabetical order with cross references and all, but the content is about Amy’s ordinary life. I adore her writing style; few words giving a full picture generously sprinkled with humor.

Here are a couple of excerpts:

Amy’s got a cool website too with videos and other exceptional goodies like this Money Tree video Amy created. So cool.

The Money Tree by Amy Krouse Rosenthal

A Couple of Good Books

March 31st, 2010 § 4 comments § permalink

I love to read. Fiction, non-fiction, I’m game. I especially love books that share a glimpse into other cultures or the past where I can learn something.  I read Julia Child, My Life in France a couple of weeks ago and loved it.  She writes in a frank and honest voice about the journey of getting her first cookbook published, her time in France and her life after she became famous. I checked it out from the library after being on the wait for a while, but you can buy it here.


The other book I’ve enjoyed recently is The Blue Orchard by Jackson Taylor. The book is based on Taylor’s grandmother and her life in the first sixty years or so of the 20th century. It touches on class, race, gender and womens rights. I found it at the library on the “New” shelf, but something tells me there will be a waiting list for it very soon. You can also buy it here.


If you’ve read or do read either of these books, feel free to leave a comment and let me know your experience.

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