Friday, December 9, 2016

Winter Peace

© Michele Emerson-Robert 2016


I create paper castings all through the year so that I will have them on hand when I need a quick card or gift. Doing them by the batch saves me a lot of time and mess. Sometimes I add stitching and/or tiny beads like I did on the snowman. Because I had the casting made ahead of time, these two Christmas cards took less than 5 minutes each to put together - less time than it will take me to write the message inside.

 

Supplies

·       Any of the Arnold Grummer® paper making kits
·       Blender, strainer, cello sponges and soft towels
·       A sunny window
·       Scraps of white paper (think junk mail, etc.)
·       AGCP Snowman mold, Acrylic ornament Angel to use as a mold
·       Scraps of white card stock to die cut
·       The PaperCut™ dark blue cardstock for the bases, envelopes to fit cards
·       Dies: Quiet Fire Designs™  ECD #1238 “Peace”, ECD #1199 “Winter” (4 Seasons)
·       SpellbindersTM Grand Calibur™ die cutting and embossing machine
·       Christmas theme embossing folder (snowflakes, holly, etc.)
·       Westcott™ paper trimmer
·       Scor-Pal™
·       Beacon ZipDryTM & QuickGrip™ adhesive
·       ColorBox® medium blue Chalk™ ink pad, Stylus™ handle & tips
·       Dark blue seed beads, orange embroidery floss, needle


Instructions:

1.     Follow the instructions found in any of the Arnold Grummer™ paper making kits to create white slurry and cast one or more of the snowman and angel. 
2.     Allow the casting to dry.
3.     Use the Stylus handle & tip to to lightly apply the dark blue Chalk™ ink to the Angel casting.
4.     Stitch the beads onto the snowman as buttons.
5.     Use the orange floss to stitch the hatband and the carrot nose on the snowman.
6.     Cut, score and fold the dark blue card stock to create 4 ¼ x 5 ½” cards.
7.     Emboss the fronts of the cards with the Christmas embossing folders.
8.     Die cut the words “Peace” & “Winter” from scraps of white cardstock.
9.     Attach the paper castings to the bottom center card front with QuickGrip™ adhesive.
10.  Attach the die cut words centered above the paper castings (Winter for the snowman and Peace for the Angel) with ZipDry™ adhesive.
11.  Write your message inside the card with a white pen.
12.  Mail in a padded envelope or hand deliver.


Monday, December 5, 2016

Winter Wishes





It is that time of year to send greetings to family and friends, both near and far. What better way to do that with a card made from handmade paper!!

Grab your bin of recycled paper including junk mail and envelopes and make paper!


I used my Pour Handmold

Medium Pour Handmold
to make white and blue papers. 


The blue paper was my card base. I tore strips of the white paper making snow banks. Ink the edges before adhering. I drew my snowmen and added color using Watercolor Brushes. Some simple sentiments and my cards are done! 



Aren't these cute! Perfect for weather heading to Michigan soon (we had a take of it last weekend). 

I hope you enjoyed my cards. Please be sure to visit the store where you can find all the supplies needed for paper making and also this calendar which makes a wonderful gift! 
12 Months of Paper Calendar

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Friday, December 2, 2016

There Are Angels Among Us

© Michele Emerson-Robert 2016


Yep, I believe in Angels! I believe they watch over us and try to keep us from harm. Sometimes they show up as a friend at a time of need, sometimes as a beloved pet who just loves us for who and what we are. I love to create Angel projects as gifts for those “Angels” who have come into my life. Even though I am giving them as Christmas gifts, I have used non-traditional colors (lavender, pink, blue etc.) so the recipient can use them all through the year.
   
 

Supplies

·       Any of the Arnold Grummer® paper making kits
·       AG CP Victorian Angel mold
·       Blender, strainer, cello sponges and soft towels
·       A sunny window
·       Scraps of white and purple paper (think junk mail, etc.)
·       Small glass Votive holder and votive candle
·       Approx. 16 inches of 1/4 “ lavender satin or Picot edge florist ribbon
·       Tiny lavender Satin Rose
·       Tiny bunches of purple Baby’s Breath
·       Beacon QuickGripTM  adhesive
·       Scor-Pal™


Instructions:

1.     Follow the instructions found in any of the Arnold Grummer™ paper making kits to create white slurry and cast one full Angel and one torso/head Angel. 
2.     Allow the castings to dry.
3.     Create sheets of medium shade lavender and medium weight handmade paper. (Note: you can keep adding more white slurry to this and create lighter and lighter colored sheets.)
4.     Attach the Angel torso to the Votive holder with QuickGrip™ adhesive.
5.     Tie two small satin ribbon bows and attach them and the tiny bundles of purple Baby’s Breath to the sides of the Votive candle holder.
6.     Tear, score and fold the lavender handmade paper to create a 4 ¼ x 5 ½” card.
7.     Attach to Picot edge ribbon to the ribbon area of the angel casting with QuickGrip™ adhesive. Wrap the end of the right side piece of ribbon to the back of the Angel.
8.     Attach the satin rose between the two pieces of ribbon with QuickGrip™ adhesive.
9.     Attach the Angel to the front of the lavender handmade paper card
10.  Display her on a clear easel beside the votive angel.

Friday, November 25, 2016

Earth’s Song

© Michele Emerson-Robert 2016


Fall is the beginning of the time of rest for the plants and animals, yes even us humans. Some people think the plants have died….I think they are resting so that they will be ready to bloom again in the spring! This is the time of year that I want to curl up with a good book and a cup of hot tea and just “be”. Below are a few more of the November cards celebrating this quiet time.


Supplies
Instructions:

1.     Follow the instructions found in any of the Arnold Grummer™ paper making kits to create ivory slurry with onion skin inclusions and create one or more sheets of medium weight handmade paper.
2.     Make tan slurry and create one or more sheets of medium weigh handmade paper. (I always make extra sheets!)
3.     Allow the sheets of paper to dry.
4.     Tear, score and fold the ivory handmade paper to create a 4 ¼ x 5 ½” card.
5.     Tear, score and fold a 4 ¼ x 5 ½” card from the tan handmade paper.
6.     Tear a small piece of the tan to stamp on.
7.     Use the Stylus to lightly apply the dark brown Chalk ink to the edges of the tan card and the smaller piece of tan paper.
8.     Stamp the “Be still and listen to the Earth’s song” onto the smaller piece of tan paper and onto a scrap of tissue paper.
9.     Tear a slightly large piece of ivory handmade paper to layer under the stamped tan piece..
10.  Die cut and emboss the Earth from tan handmade paper. While the paper is still in the die, apply dark brown ink through the openings of the die.
11.  Remove the paper from the die and apply the ink around the edge of the Earth.
12.  Die cut one of the largest ferns from a scrap of heavy weight dark brown handmade paper.
13.  Attach the stamped tissue paper to the right bottom of the ivory card with Tonic Craft Tacky glue.
14.  Attach the Earth to the middle left of the ivory card with small pieces of double sided foam tape.
15.  Layer the stamped tan piece onto the ivory piece and attach to the tan card with small pieces of double sided foam tape.
16.  Attach the fern to the right side of the layered pieces.

Monday, November 21, 2016

It's A Girl


For those who may not have heard the news ----- I am going to be a grandmother!!!!

We are just a little bit excited. My daughter is expecting her first in April and it is a girl!

I wanted to share the news and knew the perfect thing to use to make a card. This
Baby Feet Casting Mold was the perfect accent. And I had Tri fold cards with a window to showcase the casting!


Baby's Feet#611  6 Trifold Window Cards: Garden

I started with Cotton Linter Squares and a pink sheet from the Tissue Tints

Cotton Linter Casting Squares: 2 oz packageTissue Tints: Color for Paper and Casts

Once I had my slurry, I pressed it into the mold and removed excess water. I allowed it to air dry.

 


To use the Tri Fold card, mount the casting in the window and secure the inside panel to finish.

Now it is time to decorate the front of the card. Flowers, lace and ribbon were the perfect finishing touches! 



Aren't those baby feet so cute? Did you know there are over 6 pages of casting molds in the store! I am sure there is one that will fit your needs!

If you are also thinking about holiday gifts, then  ArnoldGrummer has the perfect one for those who are difficult to buy for!
12 Months of Paper Calendar
More than a calendar - here's a how-to guide for classic forms and trend projects you can create throughout 2017.
Every month features a complete supply list, step-by-step photos and simple instructions to complete the featured project.
From paper author and designer, Helen Hiebert. 9" x 12" wall calendar, full color and photos throughout.

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Friday, November 18, 2016

Giving Thanks

© Michele Emerson-Robert 2016


Thanksgiving is one of my favorite celebrations. It is that time when most people look back over the past year and give praise to all of the many blessings that we have in our lives. Here are two of the more than 50 cards that I will send out this November. 
Supplies

·       Any of the Arnold Grummer® paper making kits and “Tea Time” mold
·       Blender, strainer, cello sponges and soft towels
·       A sunny window
·       Scraps of white and tan paper (think junk mail, etc.)
·       Scraps of tan/brown heavy weight handmade paper or cardstock to die cut
·       The PaperCut™ Ivory cardstock for the “Cozy” card
·       Envelopes to fit cards or make your own with the AG envelope template
·       Die: Quiet Fire Designs™ ECD #1231 Cozy
·       Tonic Studios™ Tangerine die cutting and embossing machine
·       Westcott™ paper trimmer
·       Scor-Pal™
·       Beacon ZipDryTM and QuickQrip™ adhesives
·       ColorBox® Dark Brown Chalk Ink pad, Stylus handle and tips
·       Impression ObsessionTM stamp: C14335 “There is always something to be thankful for!”
·       Mouse and cob stamp BonTon Stamps
·       Dried onion skins, grasses or herbs
·       Scrap of tissue paper


Instructions:

1.     Follow the instructions found in any of the Arnold Grummer™ paper making kits to create tan slurry and cast one or more of the “Tea Time” castings. 
2.     Allow the casting to dry.
3.     Add more off-white scraps to the slurry and create sheets of medium weight handmade paper with flecks in it. Repeat adding some onion skins or other inclusions. Allow the paper to dry.
4.     Cut, score and fold the ivory cardstock to for a 4 ¼ x 5 ½” card.
5.     Die cut the word “Cozy” from a scrap of dark brown handmade paper.
6.     Use the Stylus to add ink to the high spots of the Tea Time paper casting.
7.     Tear a piece of the handmade paper a tiny bit smaller than the folded card.
8.     Attach the torn piece to the front of the ivory card front with ZipDry™.
9.     Attach the paper casting to the lower middle of the card with the QuickGrip™ adhesive.
10.  Attach the die cut word to the top middle of the card with ZipDry™.
11.  Tear, score and fold the handmade paper for the mouse card.
12.  Stamp the mouse and the saying onto tissue paper.
13.  When the ink is dry, attach the stamped tissue paper to the card. (Refer to photo for placement).
14.  Add your message inside the cards.
15.  Mail the paper cast card in a padded envelope or hand deliver.


Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Open Your Heart

Hi everyone! I must say that there is nothing more relaxing than shredding some paper and making your own recycled paper using the Arnold Grummer Medium Pour Handmold. I love it, I admit it. AND it's just a flat out bonus using the Folding Heart Card Medium Template.  Combine all that goodness with the perfect sentiment ( A Number of Things ) and you have a delightful heartfelt card to send to someone for any occasion.

Look at those delicious deckled edges!

I like to stamp on scraps of handmade paper and then fussy cut them out and use as embellishments too. This little flower looks so pretty layered over this heart shaped doily. ( Journal Doodles with a Heart stamp set )
Finished cards fit in 4" square or standard A2 envelopes.

Inspired to make some paper projects this year? Or maybe looking for the perfect gift for the paper crafter in your life? Then you really need to buy this calendar! And, if they have been a really, really good boy or girl, add the paper pack too in their stocking!
From paper author and designer, Helen Hiebert

40 days until Christmas...just saying you better get started!