Not Until I’ve Had My Morning Coffee…

May 12th, 2016 § 0 comments § permalink


This is truly a work of art…Vicki D. has created a plaque perfect for hanging above the coffee maker to get your morning started off right!


Vicki has a tutorial on her blog for making this plaque @ All I Do Is Stamp


Bitty Bag Spring Wreath

April 16th, 2015 § 2 comments § permalink

The classic front door wreath comes in many styles — floral, fabric, burlap, twine. The list goes on. Now, Team Designer, Betsy Skagen of Paper Calliope, adds her spin to the mix using paper umbrellas! Made from our Polka Dot Middy Bags strung with Divine Twine, she creates a whimsical Springtime wreath in a rainbow of colors. She uses our new Divine Twine Petites. Available in 13 colors, each comes with 20 yards of twine — just enough for smaller projects or when you need just a little of a lot of colors! To make your own wreath, Betsy has made an easy-to-follow tutorial on her blog. Click here to give it a try!

Here’s a close-up!

Supplies Betsy used:
Polka Dot Middy Bitty Bags
Divine Twine Petites
Colored Glitter
Styrofoam ring
Wooden Butterflies
Candy Sticks
Hot Glue Gun

Paper Pumpkin Centerpiece

October 30th, 2014 § 0 comments § permalink

Here’s one last Halloween Project for your party table. Design Team member, Betsy Skagen, has crafted a pumpkin centerpiece out of Horizontal Striped Bitty Bags. Using the same rosette making technique from her 10/9/14 post, she makes alternating layers of orange and black. To see her tutorial visit her blog at Paper Calliope. Happy Halloween to all!


Mother’s Day Gift Card Holder

May 10th, 2014 § 2 comments § permalink

Happy Mother’s Day to all the amazing women out there! Today’s post, created by Guest Designer Megan Hoeppner, shows how she honored her mom this year. Be sure to check out her blog for a step by step tutorial cleverly coordinated with what she refers to as “Life Lessons a la Mom”.

Megan believes, that people love receiving gift cards, but there’s sometimes a negative connotation that giving gift cards is impersonal. Worry, no more. By creating a quick and completely personal gift card holder like this for your Mom, you’ve proven that you’ve definitely put your heart into your gift giving. And Mom will have both a keepsake and a fun shopping spree to enjoy!


Megan used a Kraft Polka Dot Bitty Bag for the envelope adding some bling with sequins and glitter, put the gift card in a gold sprayed white bag …


and attached the bag to the back of the “love you” Large White tag that she thoughtfully stitched in gold and strung with Gold Metallic Divine Twine.


A fun gift-card holder, just right for any mama’s heart of gold!


Happy Mother’s Day to all of the beautiful moms out there! We hope your day shines!

Please visit Megan’s Blog for a supplies list along with the step-by-step tutorial.


Valentine Cards

January 17th, 2013 § 2 comments § permalink

With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, here are a couple witty and whimsical cards to make from our fabulously creative Design Team member Amy Cluck. Have fun with this one — I know I will!

I Like You a Latte” Valentine

* Amy’s “I like you a latte” printable
* 1 Little Bitty Bag
* 6″ or so Divine Twine
* Double-sided tape or glue

“I Chews You” Valentine”

* Amy’s Valentine Printable, printed on cardstock, using a color printer
* 2 Glassine Bags
* 1 yard or so Divine Twine
* a sewing needle with a large enough eye to accommodate your strand of twine
* a handful of small, round candies, like M&Ms or Skittles.
* Optional: 1 Bigger Bitty Bag

Step by step instructions are available on Amy’s Blog.

Cheers ~ Joy

Guest Blogger: Carly Robertson

June 17th, 2011 § 9 comments § permalink

We’re excited to have our first guest blogger, Carly Robertson from Paper In Bloom.  She created fabulous paper garlands using Divine Twine that she recently featured at her twin daughters’ birthday party.  Welcome Carly!
Paper Garland Project by Carly Robertson
This is a super easy and fun paper garland project. First, you’ll need to gather your supplies. You’ll need 3 different sizes of circle punches, pattern paper, coloured bakers twine and glue.
Next, punch out plenty of different sized circle shapes from the pattern paper and sort in groups of small, medium and large.
Then glue two same sized circle punched shapes together with the coloured bakers twine in between them. Repeat until you have the garland length desired.
Lastly, hang your garland and you’re done! How easy is that!

Thank you SO much for the wonderful tutorial, Carly!  Your garlands would add a festive touch to any gathering!

Butterfly Crafty Download

November 30th, 2009 § 6 comments § permalink

Here’s a fun little craft supply for wrapping gifts, making garland, decorating or card making. A sheet full of butterfly outlines. There is a sheet of larger butterflies and a sheet of smaller butterflies. You can print them on text paper, card stock, scrapbook paper, wrapping paper (print on the back), kraft paper, grid paper or whatever you like.


I received something special wrapped in this very pretty map paper. I made copy of it on my scanner/copier because I didn’t want to use up the original. Then I printed the butterfly outline pdf on the back.


Cut out the butterflies with scissors.


I used a glue stick to attach butterflies to the cards and added some Japanese masking tape.


I punched two 1/8″ holes in a butterfly and threaded some divine bakers twine through them to wrap a gift. I like bending the wings slightly so it looks like the butterfly just landed. (Paper from my life time supply.)

Download SMALL Butterfly Outlines HERE.

Download BIG Butterfly Outlines HERE.


Bakers Twine + Paper Scraps = Gift Tags

October 9th, 2009 § 6 comments § permalink

My husband printed some wedding invites a while ago and had some “overs”. They were printed on fabulous feeling, very thick paper and had a fun design on them. I love when something can be upcycled!

Here are the supplies I used.

scrap paper, hole punch, black/white bakers twine, paper punch

scrap paper, hole punch, black/white bakers twine, paper punch

bakers twine and various paper punches

bakers twine and various paper punches

Here's what the press sheet looked like after I had my way with it.

Here's what the press sheet looked like after I had my way with it with the paper punches.

Punched 1/8" holes in the tags and threaded with bakers twine.

Tags after I punched 1/8" holes in the them and threaded with bakers twine.

These tiny guys are my favorite.

These tiny guys are my favorite.

Here are a few of the tags in action.

Tag attached to gift with japanese washi tape.

Tag attached to gift with japanese washi tape.


If you don’t have any one-sided scrap paper (say an image from a magazine) you could always run your scrap through a Xyron sticker maker, stick it on a solid piece of paper and then punch it with your paper punch.

The Lovely Package Exchange – Partner 1

August 28th, 2009 § 0 comments § permalink

Here is what I sent to one of my Lovely Package Exchange partners. Kristin designs stationery also and has an etsy shop.

Handmade fabric envelope. How-To directions gotton here.

Handmade fabric envelope. How-To directions from here.

package-exchange-k1-w-labels1- Tissue paper flower directions here and envelope, turned bag, turned vase directions here.
2- Bakers twine to wrap and play with.
3- Gift tag stickers with her initial.
4- Custom designed grid paper notebook. There are a couple of envelopes attached to inside front cover so Kristen can store snippets of inspiration. The cover reads — Kristen’s  Stupendously Cool, Outrageously Excellent, Extraordinarily Remarkable Thoughts and Ideas.
5- Fabric envelope (see photo #1).
6- Vintage alphabet card from my stash. I sewed a zig-zag border at the top and bottom, then attached some silver thread to hang it by.

package-exchange-label-asst-w-labelSome different labels from my stash. The orange/gold is paper and the red rectangles are petite envelopes. Both from Chinatown in San Francisco.

package-exchange-flowers-w-labelI tucked some folded “blooming” instructions into the vase. The “vase” is decorated with a little bit of japanese masking tape on the front and back. At the top right is what she should end up with after her flowers open.



I haven’t received my goodies, yet. But when I do, I’ll do a show-and-tell.

Tutorials and Lots of Them

July 27th, 2009 § 2 comments § permalink

I love tutorials.  I love the feeling of possibility I experience when I read them. I love thinking about the cute, creative things I could make and own and give. I love the idea of a community of people sharing their knowledge.

If you feel the same way I do about tutorials, here are a couple of sites you might enjoy.

First, Rachel, over at One Pretty Thing ALWAYS has something good going on. I have her blog safely tucked into my Google Reader so I don’t miss anything.

Click on image to visit site.

Click on image to visit site.

This next one I just discovered today and I must say I REALLY like it! As I was exploring the site I discovered it belongs to an etsy seller that I purchased this pin cushion from. Small world!

Click on image to visit site.

Click on image to visit site.

And if you happen to be the type that is more of a tutorial maker than reader, you will find this tutorial on how to create a tutorial interesting.  Click here to check it out.

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