Birthday Cards

April 9th, 2018 § 5 comments § permalink



Hi everyone, Steph Ackerman here today with two sets of birthday cards.

Divine Twine Collection – Bright White Solid, Red Solid, Natural
Divine Twine Knots – Brown Sugar
Prima Flowers
Imagine – Memento Espresso Truffle Ink, Rhubarb Stalk Ink
Cuttlebug Embossing Folder – Just For Fun Rubber Stamp

I created a set of masculine cards using the Cuttlebug Birthday Embossing Folder and Memento Espresso Truffle Ink








For my first card, I embossed pattern paper, then inked over the embossed portions with Espresso Truffle Ink to highlight the words.













I stamped the sentiment and matted it with cardstock. Then I wrapped Brown Sugar Twine around the sentiment before adding it to the card with foam adhesives.

























For my second card, I first inked the embossing folder with Espresso Truffle Ink then placed the pattern paper in the embossing folder.  After running it through the Cuttlebug, the results are totally different.


I wrapped Bright White Twine vertically around the embossed panel, tying it off at the bottom edge. Then I added the panel to the card with foam adhesives for dimension.













I used the same process to create a set of feminine cards.

Using the Cuttlebug Birthday embossing folder, I embossed pink pattern paper then used Rhubarb Stalk Ink across the embossed words to highlight them.










To finish, I added a sentiment amongst several flowers which I then adhered to the card with a brad. Then I simply wrapped some Natural Twine around the flowers.












For my final card, I first inked the embossing folder with Rhubarb Stalk Ink then placed the pattern paper in the embossing folder. After running it through the Cuttlebug, the results are totally different. I tied Red Solid Twine vertically around the panel, then added the panel to the card with foam adhesives for dimension. I simply finished it with a sentiment.











Now I have birthday cards on hand for when I need them.






Thanks for stopping by.


Pretty in Pinks

April 1st, 2018 § 2 comments § permalink

Colleen here from Scrappin Granny ( sharing a couple of cards using twine from Whisker Graphics.

These cards are fast and easy to make and we all need cards on hand so I hope you will give these a try.

This card is so simple.  First I distressed the edges after adding a pink background and wound twine around the card.  I used the soft and beautiful Divine Twine Bamboo in pink.  (

I then used a sizzix die to cut out the stars and glued them on.  Of course you need a little bling so I added a strip down the side.  The title was cut out using a die and the card is done.

This card took a little longer but was so fun to create.












I started by adding brown cardstock to the front of the card.













Next I used a poppy die by Memory Box and cut out three poppies.  If you put part of the die behind the first poppy cut out, you can make it look more like a bouquet.  Don’t throw away those poppies you will be using them.



































I used the die by Memory Box to cut out the “Happy Easter”.




I used the soft and beautiful Divine Twine Bamboo in pink to wrap around the card just to finish off the card. (

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Easter School Bag!

March 25th, 2018 § 2 comments § permalink





The Easter Bunny will be here this weekend! – are YOU ready?

I put together some fun little packages to send to my niece and nephew in California.

Super easy, and super fun.


I started by die-cutting some baskets. I’ve purged a lot of crafting supplies over the years, but one of the things that I kept was this basket die.  I figured Easter (of course), and baby showers and bridal showers, and May birthdays and Mother’s Day.













And then I added a strip of patterned paper to my basket to add some more interest and tied my basket off with some Divine Twine.













I laid my basket out on top of a large white tag, and topped it with a button.













And then I filled these Notebook-patterned Bitty Bags with all kinds of yummy goodness.











I had some leftover paper from my baskets and punched more little bunnies and added them to my bags as confetti.











All Done!







Happy Easter!




Shabby Chic Easter Bucket

March 18th, 2018 § 2 comments § permalink


Shabby Chic Easter Bucket

Hello once again, fellow crafters! For today’s project, I wanted to work with the Bigger Bitty Bucket. So I thought, with Easter coming soon, that it would make a great gift bucket full of candy for someone special. Let’s get started!

First, you’ll need some supplies. While I realize not everything is pictured (I was excited to get started…), You’ll need:

Liquid and Hot Glue, Twine, Scissors, 12”x12” Designer Paper, Scissors, Trim, Lace, an Embellishment for the top, and a slider or decorative piece for the trim (not pictured). And of course, the Bigger Bitty Bucket. Remove the washer from the twine, unless it already matches your colors. We’ll re-twine that later.






















Step 1: You’ll need to remove the paper from the inside. This will be replaced by your designer paper.













Step 2: Take your 12”x12” paper and trim it to 3”x12”













Step 3: Next slide your paper inside the bucket all the way down, to insure it fits properly.














Step 4: Remove it and tape down 1 edge and replace it into the bucket the same way, this time adhering the 2 ends together. It’s not necessary to tape it to the bucket.













Step 5: Once you have the paper inside, start by placing glue (quick drying) just underneath the handle attachment and start adding your Lace. NOTE: the upper inside of the bucket will be clear. You can choose to cover it too, if you want, but I want my candy to show through at the top).













Glue all the way around













Step 6: If you’re using a slider, slide it onto your trim before gluing it to the lace.










Now add trim.











Step 7: Now take your lid and trace around the bottom part of it (the side that fits into the bucket). Cut your circle out.











Step 8: Add glue to the top inside of the lid and place your circle inside it.











Step 9: Now take your glue and bead it along the top inside edge of the lid to add trim. I’m adding rhinestone trim.













Step 10: Here it is with the rhinestone in place. The piece outside of the trim was just to show you what I added.














Step 11: Now it’s time to re-twine the washer. I found the perfect color for mine. Slip the twine through the washer and tie it to the handle.













Step 12: Now just finish decorating your bucket in whatever embellishments, etc., that you want. I added a pearl/rhinestone to the top of my bucket, and then added a bow to the back to hide the seam.













My Finished Product:



I hope you enjoyed this project! It’s a fun, fast way to make something unique as a gift to someone. And it doesn’t just have to be for Easter, as it can be decorated for any time and theme! Thanks for stopping by!

Blessings, Jeanie Ellis, DT – Whisker Graphics

Easter Treat Bags

March 11th, 2018 § 1 comment § permalink


Hello, friends! It’s Nancy here to share a new project created with products from the Whisker Graphics Shop!

Here’s what we’re making today…some fun Easter treat bags!


I began by gathering the Whisker Graphics products I wanted to use. 

I chose the Horizontal Striped Middy Biddy Bags in Aqua and Green. Then I chose the matching Divine Twine Bamboo in Solid Green, and Aqua &White. Finally, from the shop, I added two Large White TagsFrom my stash, I added some scraps of matching cardstock, and some Easter printables from Gecko Galz (not shown).









Also in my stash, I found some coordinating inks and an Easter stamp. I stamped the “Happy Easter” on each white tag. I stamped it high on the tag because the bottom will be covered.

I threaded several strands of the twine through the hole in the tag, and then tied a twine bow around them.

Finally, for each treat bag, I matted the printable with the matching cardstock. Then I adhered everything in place on the bag front as shown in the photo.

There is room on the tag to add a name or message. These bags are a great size to fill with some yummy goodies, or perhaps a different kind of Easter gift!











Other Materials Used:

Easter Printables: Gecko Galz – Easter Wishes Collage Sheet;

Inks: Distress Ink – Peacock Feathers, Stampin’ Up – Lucky Limeade;

Stamp: Amy R – Easter Blessings. 


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

In the meantime, come visit me at The Nickel Nook! :o)

Friends Card

March 4th, 2018 § 0 comments § permalink


For this “Friends” card I am using lots of die cuts, great chipboard accent along with the amazing tags, twine and stickers from Whisker Graphics. Lots of amazing depth and dimension in layers, dies and matting.



Supply List:

Find the Whisker Graphics supplies @ Whisker Graphics

  • small tags
  • large tags
  • Little Petite Stickers
  • Blue Fern Studio Wanderlust
  • Dies: Memory Box Modern Tile Background 99295
  • Tutti Musical Stave 339
  • Tutti word set Friends 234
  • Other: cardstock, ink


Using my Big Shot Express I have been having a great time cutting lots of dies. And cutting Whisker Graphics tags looks fabulous when matted with a different colour. I just wish I had bought me this a long time ago…. it really is worth it to be electric cut visa hand turning and making it hard work…..treat yourself or add it to your xmas wish list if you don’t have an electric die cut machine.




Next I am foam popping up the chipboard piece for great depth and dimension…. and matted the bottom piece for pop of colour too.













Next I am die cutting sentiment and the tile background out of rusty cardstock.










With these pieces all cut I start the layers with some matted some not. I added the Friends sentiment to the smaller tag and matted the larger die cut tag.















































The tags are assembled and twine tied.













On the lower edge I decide it would be fun to have a pop of different colour and the great Whisker Graphic stickers are perfect.












To add a touch more black I am die cutting the musical accent.












With the full card in my head I start from the bottom and using Beacon 3-in-1 glue I assemble the card in layers.











I love the texture, colours and layers with the perfect chipboard accent.











It is looking great.












Showing you up close details shots for better viewing.






































Thanks for joining me today… always happy to see you here!




Oh, What Beautiful Tags!

February 28th, 2018 § 2 comments § permalink


Hi everyone, Steph Ackerman here with some mixed media tags.  Whisker Graphics tags are strong and sturdy and work extremely well for mixed media projects.

Divine Twine Metallics – Rose Gold
Divine Twine Collection – Bright White Solid
Divine Twine Knots – Icicle
Large Colored Tags – Pink
Small Colored Tags – Pink
Prima Flowers
Imagine Fireworks Spray Inks

Start by spritzing assorted colors of Fireworks Inks on a craft mat. Dab the tags into the inks.












Heat set between each color so the colors stay true. Continue adding colors until you have achieved the patterns/designs you like. Molding paste through a stencil acts as a resist to the inks, giving a fun effect to the tags.











My first tag has stamps, flowers and twine. Bright White Twine was tied to both tags. A sentiment was stamped on the smaller tag and embossed.












I stamped along the side of this tag and embossed with white embossing powder. A canvas flourish was inked, tied with Icicle Twine and added to the tag. Icicle Twine was added to the tag topper.












Hearts were stamped along the bottom of the next tag and colored with Fireworks. Assorted images were stamped on the tags and a sentiment on the smaller tag. Rose Gold Metallic Twine tied both tags together.












These tags would make wonderful accents for gift bags, don’t you think?




Thanks for stopping by.



Love With Avery Tags

February 18th, 2018 § 2 comments § permalink

Colleen from Scrappin Granny here with a project that  is never to late to give to a loved one.  It doesn’t have to be Valentine’s Day to give loved ones gifts.


These Middy Bitty Buckets are just the right size to fit little gifts inside.

I started with a Middy Bitty Bucket




Next I printed out the hearts from a Silhouette die onto the Scalloped Round Tags  I print and then cut out another set of  hearts.I inked around the edge of the scallop tag.


I inked around the edge of the scallop tag.

Next I cut out a doily from a die and adhered that to the back of the tag.  Then I used a gold doily and

cut around the edges and adhered the tag and doily to the gold doily.



Finally I added some ribbon to the back and around the top of the bucket.  To finish it off, I decided not to add it as a tag but used the red twine

to make a bow and added that to the front of the tag.

I them adhered the entire tag to the front of the bucket and added my second heart to the top of the bucket.






Need Last Minute Valentines Ideas?!?

February 11th, 2018 § 2 comments § permalink


Valentine’s Day is this week and I’ve got some fun packaging for your heartfelt gifts.

These Casablanca bags in pink and red make wrapping up stickers for my kids a cinch.  I finished them off with gift tags, Divine Twine and with a little stamp action plus some punched-out hearts that I made out of an old Victoria’s Secret bag.












Anything pink or red goes for Valentine’s Day.  So for larger gifts I used these polka dot Bigger Bitty Bags.














Walmart had these great little gift cards for Valentine’s Day and I love that you can add any amount to it.  Even $1.  These are great gifts for the littles – add a buck or two and they can go pick themselves up a treat.











I had some pretty heart paper that I used to wrap a square gift and topped it off with another handmade gift tag.












So fun.  And so easy!


Have a sweet Valentine’s Day!




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Mixed Media Canvas – A work of Art!

February 4th, 2018 § 2 comments § permalink


Hello, crafters! I’m so glad to be sharing with you another step-by-step tutorial using some of Whisker Graphics products! One of the most fun things for me to make is mixed media projects. Why? Because it’s one of those things where you get an idea of what you want to do, but it may go totally into another direction, as you’ll see. Let’s get started!

Step 1: Supplies

Gesso, Mod Podge, various colors to apply (I used Art Alchemy Acrylic Paint Sparks – Ginger Magic and Fairy Wings, and Art Alchemy Antique Brilliance – Red Amber, Acrylic Metallic Paint (I used DecoArt Peacock Pearl), Scissors, Brush, WG Twine, Various Metal Embellishments, Stamp and Stamp Inks (I also  used StazOn ink, not VersaMark….change of plan already!), 1 WG Middy Bitty Bag (Clear), 1 WG Large Tag, and Hot Glue with Gun.










Step 2: Prep Canvas Surface

Spread Gesso over the entire area with your brush












Step 3…..Or was it? Well, let me tell you, here is where things took a different turn. And boy did it get ugly! I had done all my painting, even stamped the canvas, and things just weren’t working. Got all my pictures taken, etc etc…. But instead of this piece of awesome art developing, it was looking so very bad! However, I didn’t want to discard it. Instead, I just recycled that canvas. I moved forward with a new idea forming in my head!

Step 3: Cut your bag

(Remember…ignore the background! New plan! 😉  )

Cut your bag to make 2 pieces from it.












Step 4 & 5:  Tear into Pieces & Crinkle

At this point, rather than looking at how bad it looked, I decided I’d just go ahead and see what I would end up with. I tore the 2 pieces of bag into several pieces, crinkled them, and then mod podged them onto the canvas.























Step 6:  Gesso Prep

Now re-Gesso your canvas. It still doesn’t look great, does it? But press on!












Step 7 & 8: Grab Your Stencil and Texture Paste

Spread as evenly as possible. You don’t have to use the whole stencil: just stencil wherever you want your design to be (i.e., butterflies)























Step 9:  Adding Your Twine

Now you can add your twine. Just swirl it around in any direction. Place mod podge in the places you want your twine to lay. And then add a little more to the top of the twine for added stability. Now paint on your acrylic paint, once the twine and mod podge are dried. (No picture…oops)























Step 10: Grab Your Metal Embellishments

The first photo shows you what metals I’m using. You can use any you choose. Now place your metals wherever you want them, hot gluing as you go.























Step 11: Adding Color

Start brushing on your various colors. Here I used my Art Alchemy paints and paste (listed above)























Step 12: Tag Preparation for Canvas

Now take your tag, cutting off the top of it to make it even. Add various elements to the tag by stamping it with black ink and a stamp, then take distress inks and spread lightly back and forth, then up and down to add color. I then took the Art Alchemy paint and painted the tag























Step 13: Stamp the Tag

Here’s where you’ll take a desired stamp and stamp on an image onto the colored tag. Be sure to use a non-water based ink, such as StazOn. Then mod podge the back of the tag and add it to the canvas.























Step 14: Adding Hair

I took a dangly earring, cut off the top ear piece, and used that for the mane of her hair.  I then added some twine at the top of her head for “bangs”.


































Step 15: Edge with Twine

Lastly, add twine around the edge of the canvas. Now for the final product!


















Thank you for stopping in! I hope that you’ve been inspired to try one! And remember…if at first you don’t succeed, do what I need. PRESS ON!

Jeanie Ellis, DT





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