Monday, September 26, 2016

Flower Making With Hand Made Paper

Hello, Donna here with a flower I would like to show you using hand made paper using Arnold Grummer paper making kit. Here is what you will need.

paper (junk mail or any paper you want to get rid of)
small stick (I just found one in the yard)
silk leaves  (or you can make your own)
Arnold Grummer paper making dip handmold

Make your paper according to the directions, you can find all kinds of videos on youtube by Arnold showing how to make paper. Cut out your flower petals and remember, nothing in nature is perfect so don't make them each the same. Then mold them into the shape you want them and add a layer of glue to help them hold their shape.

After you have all your petals formed, let them dry and then glue them together to form the flower.
I also added a bud and glued that to the end of the branch.

Glue your leaves onto the branch making sure they will show when you add the flower.
Once the flower is all dry, you can paint it any color you want your flower to be,  Let that dry and then glue that on top of the leaves. You now have a flower you can use on a coffee table, end table, book shelf or what ever you would like to do with it. Mine is big enough to use as a decoration on a shelf.

Have fun, and I would love to see what you can come up with using Arnold Grummer's supplies.  

Friday, September 23, 2016

Gift Journals

© Michele Emerson-Robert 2016

These purchased small blank journals are perfect for just about everyone on your gift list. The journals are small and fit into a purse or jacket pocket. They are easy to customize either with the recipients initials or different themes. My “guys” (husband, step son, son-in-law and grandson) are all turkey hunters and fishermen, so I had fun creating the journals for them to keep track of where and when they saw turkey tracks or when the “big” fish got away. I also like to add a small calendar inside the front cover.  Remembering Arnolds “Rs” - I will be using cereal box type chip board for all of the die cuts. 

I’ll be back to making or casting paper next week…


·       3 ¾ x 6 ¾” brown journals
·       Scraps of tan chip board (I used cereal boxes) to die cut
·       Dies: CheeryLynn™ #B599 Tom the Turkey, #B245 “Dream Big”, #B645 Fishing set, #B439 Old Barn Board/Gone Fishin’, and #B245 "Dream Big"
·       CheeryLynn“Big Sister” die cutting and embossing machine
·       Beacon ZipDryTM adhesive
·       ColorBox™ water bases ink pads, brown & olive green tones, Stylus™ handle & tip
·       Tonic StudiosTM    #804N Mother of Pearl Nuvo Mousse


1.     Follow the instructions found in any of the Arnold Grummer™ paper making kits to create off-white slurry and create several sheets of medium weight handmade paper.
2.     Repeat this step creating light weight cream colored handmade paper.
3.     Repeat the process creating medium weight light green paper. 
4.     Allow the sheets of papers to dry.
5.     Iron to make them smooth.
6.     Cut the off-white background paper 4 ½ x 6”.
7.     Mist the background piece with water and apply the blue, peach and green inks to the damp paper, creating a soft colored background.
8.     When the paper is dry, stamp “The moment you accept yourself is the moment you become beautiful” on the left side of the background paper.
9.     Die cut one fairy from the scrap of off white cardstock.
10.  Die cut lots of leaves from the light green paper.
11.  Die cut lots of bitty blossoms from the cream handmade paper.
12.  Follow the instructions to create the roses.
13.  Attach the background paper to the card front (slightly to the left.)
14.  Attach the elegant fairy to the lower right of the background with tiny pieces of foam tape.
15.  Attach the leaves and roses to the top and right side of the card above the fairy.

Mail in a small box or padded envelope.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

What's Moo with you?

Hi everyone! I have a simple and easy way to use alcohol inks on your handmade paper to create a one of a kind background!

My paper that I started with was pretty cool with lots of lovely little specks of color in it by creating my paper with the Arnold Grummer Papermill kit. Then ( as accidents do happen ) I spilled some spray ink on my desk and I used my handmade paper to blot it up as I knew it would absorb it quickly. I liked how it looked and as soon as it dried out I went about adding some more fun to it.

I had a stencil that had some leftover alcohol ink on it so I spritzed it with 70% acholol, laid it over my handmade paper and used a brayer to make sure I had a nice even contact.

You can see how the alcohol inks really gave me a nice effect and totally lets the texture of the handmade paper shine through.

To finish up: all I did was stamp and die cut the cow from another scrap of handmade paper, color him in and embellish a little by drawing a flower with my marker ( which really was created to hide a glue one will ever know! ) And lastly I added the stamped sentiment onto a hand cut comic bubble.

So what mixed media techniques have your tried with handmade paper?

Monday, September 19, 2016

Preserving Summer

It is hard to believe that fall is almost upon us! Here in Michigan, it is still quite hot and flowers are still in bloom. I decided to grab some from the garden and preserve them for a card! I did not want to wait for them to dry for several weeks so instead, I got out my Microfleur.

Available at the Arnold Grummer's website - the Microfleur allows you to press and dry flowers with your Microwave! This is fun, quick and easy!

Microfleur MINI (5x5) Gift Set

The Microfleur includes felt and cotton pads which you place your flower on. Secure the sides and microwave for 30 to a minute. Time varies depending on the size and thickness of the flower. 

This Black Eyed Susan took less than a minute

I also made paper using my Pour Handmold

 Medium Pour Handmold Contents
My husband just had a birthday and I was able to snag, save, all of the envelopes from the cards. These make amazing colorful papers! I love this blue! I cut the mason jar out of vellum which allowed the stems to show through.

I cut a piece of this paper and embossed it before assembling my card!

 I am so happy with the way this turned out. I am sure my friend will like it to!

Don't forget to visit the store where you can get the Microfleur and the Pour Handmold. We would love for you to share your projects with us on Facebook.

Friday, September 16, 2016

Autumn Blues

© Michele Emerson-Robert 2016

Each day the temperature gets a tiny bit lower. You can tell that the beginning of fall is just around the corner. Several close friends have birthdays this month and I wanted to make special cards for them. I have always done “fall” colors in creating their cards and wanted to do something different this year but still honor the fall season.

·       Any of the Arnold Grummer® paper making kits
·       Blender, cello sponges and soft towels
·       A sunny window
·       Scraps of white paper (think junk mail, etc.) ™
·       Scrap of white card stock to die cut
·       Scrap of thin plastic to die cut a leaf stencil
·       Scrap of matboard to die cut the leaf shape
·       The PaperCut™ card bases, envelopes
·       Dies: Quiet Fire Designs™ ECD#1158 “Dream”, and Sizzix™ Tim Holtz #660039 Layered Leaf and matching embossing folder
·       SpellbindersTM WIZARD™ die cutting and embossing machine (still the best machine to cut and emboss matboard!!!!)
·       Westcott™ paper trimmer
·       Scor-Pal™
·       Beacon ZipDryTM adhesive, double sided foam tape
·        Ken Oliver Color Burst™ paints
·       Fine mister bottle and water
·       White embossing paste (or light weight spackle)
·       Tonic Studios™ Mother of Pearl Nuvo Mousse™ #804N
·       ColorBox™ Stylus™ handle and white tips
·       Hand cut “Arabesque” stencil
·       Random pattern 5 x 7” embossing folder


1.     Follow the instructions found in any of the Arnold Grummer™ paper making kits to create white slurry, and make one or more sheets of medium weight handmade paper. (I always make extra sheets!) 
2.     Allow the paper to dry.
3.     Cut one piece for each card 3 ¾ x 5 ¾”. (Always save the left over pieces for future projects.)
4.     Water down tiny amounts of the Color Burst™ paints, blues, turquoise, greens, purple (you want very light colors).
5.     Use the Stylus™ handle and tip to apply colors around the edge of each cut sheet of handmade paper. Add a tiny bit of color to the center of one sheet. Mist the paper if needed.
6.     Allow the paper to dry.
7.     Die cut the word “Dream” from the scrap of white cardstock.
8.     Die cut the leaf stencil from the scrap of plastic.
9.     Die cut the leaf from the scrap of matboard.
10.  Apply more intense colors to the matboard leaf die cut.
11.  Allow the matboard leaf to dry.
12.  Emboss the matboard leaf with the embossing folder.
13.  Apply the Mother of Pearl Nuvo Mousse to the edges and veins of the matboard leaf.
14.  Lay the plastic stencil onto the sheet with no color in the center. Apply the watered down CB paints through the leaf stencil with the Stylus handle and tips.
15.  Apply tiny bits of matching CB colors to the die cut word.
16.  Allow the paper and die cut word to dry.
17.  Apply embossing paste (light weight spackle) through the “arabesque” stencil several places on the paper with some color in the center.
18.  Allow the paste to dry.
19.  Score cut and fold the colored cardstock to create 5 x 7” cards.
20.  Emboss the random design onto the card fronts.
21.  Center and attach the background papers to the front of the cards.
22.  Attach the leaf die cut to the middle of the card with tiny pieces of foam tape.
23.  Use adhesive to attach the word “Dream” to the lower portion of the water colored leaf card.

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Altered Key with Tamiko

Hello folks, Tamiko here.  For the last few weeks I have been looking at my stash of keys and I'm going to find a way to use them  or just toss them!!  Of course I found a way to use them! 

How to make a paper cast: 

Torn tissue papers and a few cups of water pulsed in the blender, creates a paper slurry.  I removed even more water by allowing the slurry to be processed through a strainer I found on the Arnold Grummer site.

I've then prepared my mold by brushing it lightly with a release agent like olive oil. After the mold was prepped,  we place pulp in the mold very carefully pressing it deeply into all the crevices of the cast.  I removed more water by pressing sponge against the mold.  You can let the paper dry by placing it in the oven for 8 - 10 minutes on a low temperature or let it air dry, for a few hours. Once the cast is dry, you can decorate as normal.

Thanks for stopping by the blog. I hope that seeing the paper casts inspire you to create some to embellish your projects with too!!!

For more inspiration subscribe  to the blog and the Arnold Grummer YouTube channel!!

Monday, September 12, 2016

Mini Flower Pot

Hello everyone, I hope all enjoyed their weekend. I know I did because I had it off work :).

Today I am showing you a small flower pot I made and put a tiny off spring of a cactus I have that fell off into it. This will be perfect because you don't water cactus like you do normal plants.

I pressed paper pulp into a small pot I had and let it dry. I then coated the outside with a layer of glue to make it stronger. Then made a bow out of a paper strip and added a small gem to it then added cactus potting soil to it and planted my mini cactus. It is so cute and just the right size for propaganding an off shoot.

You will need:
paper, I used junk mail
small planter
strip of paper

Please check out the Arnold Grummer paper making store here for all your hand made paper products you need to get started making your own paper. Have fun!!