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Friday, May 6, 2016

Blog Hop Finale with Whisker Graphics

Welcome to the big finale hop with Whisker Graphics!! I have had so much fun this week creating with bags and tags and twine, I think my mind is going to explode with all the ideas!

If you are just joining up, please feel free to hop on over to the Stampendous blog post for details about our hop. There are prizes and you'll want to know what that's all about, but the short of it is you comment on the blog posts that are on the hop lists each day and that is your eligibility to win the prize package. Details? Stampendous blog posts.

Here is our hop list for today:

7. Laura Drahozal
2. Pam Bray 8. Louise Healy
3. Janelle Stollfus - you're here! 9. Wendy Price
4. Jamie Martin 10. Tenia Nelson
5. Kristine Reynolds 11. Whisker Graphics Blog
6. Lea Fritts

Now for my project. I've been playing with all these fun supplies and I loved the idea of a window in my treat bag, but in reality I wasn't going to do it unless I could make it more production line style so I borrowed from the woodworking hobby and made a papercrafter's jig for a window bag! Here's the idea.

Trim a piece of cardstock to fit snug inside of the bag
and mark at the front top of the bag. Remove the cardstock.

Put a piece of tape on the back of the die cut and position it
where you want the die to cut a window in the bag.

Place the cardstock over the die and align the marks
with the front top of the bag. Press so the tape
will stick to the cardstock.

It will look like this on the back. Take away the bag
and run the cardstock through your die cutting machine.

Remove the die cut shape and save for another project or

Tape the die on all sides so it will be secure.
This is your new bag window jig and the following steps can 

be repeated for as many window bags as needed.

Slide your jig into the paper bag and run 
through the die cutting machine.

Remove the die cut shape and you have a
window that needs a clear cover. 

Go back a step and repeat with more bags!

These bags are food safe, but at this point I've used some
supplies that probably aren't approved, so create a clear window
with whatever thin plastic you have like a zip closure bag
and some double sided tape.

Create a frame with two dies taped together from
the back (non-cutting side) and cut out cardstock
to be glued onto the bag. Repeat until you have 

enough for your window bags.

Glue the frame on, add a little fun stamped image and 
some twine, then it's time to fill the bitty bag!
Oh yes, a pom-pom decoration, too.
There are a lot of tutorials on how to make twine pom-poms, I used the photo here and used 40 - 50 wraps of twine, but find a tutorial you like and do them while watching a tv game or while sitting at your kids soccer practice. (Tip: no matter how many wraps of twine I used there was a gap where the twine is tied around the 40+ wraps sooooo, I put glue in the gap and pressed the twine together. No more gap!)

Slide a paper clip onto one of the tails of the pom-pom and
tie a bow, then it's ready to seal your treat bag.
Thanks for sticking with me! Have a great weekend.

Stamps: Bouquet For You (Stampendous)
Whisker Graphics: Novelty Little Bitty Bag, Divine Twine Diva Crushed Lavender Stripe
Paper: Mixed Media White (Stampendous)
Ink: Memento™ Tuxedo Black ink (Tsukineko), Copic Markers in YG21, YG23, YG25, BV04, BV31, BV34)
Accessories: DCP1005 Fitted Frames B Die Set (Stampendous), plastic food bags, curling ribbon, candy, paper clip, scissors

More of my projects for the hop were the Pop Up Kittie bag and Big Dots card.

Kitty Bitty bag uses Whisker Graphics Little Bitty Bag Metallics Honeycomb and Divine Twine Diva Crushed Lavender Solid, Stampendous Cling Pop Up Kitties and matching dies, Birthday Assortment PCS set, Fitted Frames A Die Set and Pop'cessories Die Set for the bobbler die. Copic markers to color the kitty and base color of fitted frame. sentiment is stamped from Kaleidocolor Fresh Greens ink pad.

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  1. Love your beautiful project. And thanks for a great idea.

  2. ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS treat bag Janelle!!!
    LOVE your BEAUTIFUL purple flowers & twine pom pom and think your window is SO COOL!!! THANK YOU for sharing your "jig" tutorial and CREATIVE INSPIRATION - I can't wait to try it out :)
    Tracy from Australia
    PS - your kitty is SUPER CUTE too!!!

  3. What a fun & fabulous idea! So cute for party favors & so much more. Love it & thanks for the inspiration.

  4. Your treat bag is lovely!! I wasn't quite sure where you were going with it at first but it all came together beautifully! TFS!

  5. Very clever how you made the jig and love the pom poms.
    Sue in Ohio

  6. Thanks for the instructions
    for the bag jig. Neat work
    on your treat bags!
    Carla from Utah

  7. I just love these light, bright colors! Perfect for spring!
    Take care!

  8. Cute project. I love those little pom poms with the twine. Thanks for sharing.

  9. Neat idea to add a window on the bag. Instructions are easy to follow.

  10. Beautiful gift bag with a window! Great project, and I love the flowers! Also a darling kitty on your 2nd project! Sweet bag and card!

  11. the colors are so pretty.
    Love the green and blue poms.
    thanks for the directions for a
    fun bag.

  12. Love your window technique! Turned out so cute!!
    <3 J

    jwoolbright at gmail dot com

  13. WoW! It took a bit to follow, but I'm bookmarking this now that I get it... LOVE your bag window jig...What a cool idea!

  14. Sweet! Thank you for such detailed directions! The twine pompoms are terrific! Thank you!

  15. What a cute bag! Thanks for the tutorial on how to die cut the front of it!

  16. So excellent and so cool, I learned so much from this post - thank you!!


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