Friday, August 26, 2016

Imagine

© Michele Emerson-Robert 2016


I love to turn a discard into a useful item but also a piece of art. A friend gave me a number of these boxes and they will be perfect to repurpose and to give as gifts this year. This one will go to a sweet friend and can be used as a “catch all” (you know those tiny odds and ends) in her beautiful black and white bathroom.  I used scraps of heavy weight white handmade paper to die cut the images and word, but in case you need to start from scratch, follow the instructions below.

 

Supplies

·       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.)
·       Dies: Tonic Studios™ #1120E Filigree Flourish, # 26E “Live the life……..”
·       Tonic Studios™ Tangerine die cutting and embossing machine
·       Iron to make the handmade paper smooth
·       Beacon ZipDryTM adhesive
·       Pre made box 6 ½ X 3 x 2” (or make your own)


Instructions:

1.     Follow the instructions found in any of the Arnold Grummer™ paper making kits to create white slurry and create one or more sheets of heavy weight handmade paper.  
2.     Allow the paper to dry.
3.     Iron the paper to make it smooth.
4.     Die cut the word just the word “Imagine”.
5.     Die cut 4 of the flourish.
6.     Trim the ends off of two on the flourish die cuts.
7.     Attach the flourish die cuts along the edges of the top of the box lid.
8.     Trim the word “Imagine” from the rest of the die cut.
9.     Attach the word to the center of the box lid.


NOTES: It would be fun to create a matching gift card or tag.
These boxes could be decorated for any occasion or theme.
You could fill the boxes with mints or small personal items.
Always save the scraps!
Oh dear, I better get busy……smile

Monday, August 22, 2016

Handmade Paper with Stitching Card




Welcome everyone to Monday! When I started making cards, the first type was called Stitching Cards. My mom was making them and I had purchased some patterns for her. I started looking at them and thought "I could do this" and that's how it started. Since then I have started all kinds of different types but I still like to go back and make these.

Here is what you will need:

Handmade paper using your paper making mill
blender
water
cardstock
embroidery thread
pin 
tape
and either glue or double sided tape
Iron

Make your handmade  paper using Arnold Grummer paper making mill (think junk mail) I used the packing paper that came in a box with an order. Better to reuse than throw in the landfill. I then dried the paper using an iron to flatten it and dry it at the same time. 
To make the stitching card, you follow a pattern and punch small holes using a pin. Then use the embroidery floss to "sew" on the card design. I use card stock so that it is sturdy. I then attach the stitching card part onto the hand made paper with double sided sticky tape.
I love the raw edges that you get when you make your own paper, there is just something about it that says "handmade".
If you would like to give it a try, you can go to the Arnold Grummer website located here, just click on it and enjoy all the wonders of making your own designs.

Friday, August 19, 2016

Beautiful Backgrounds

© Michele Emerson-Robert 2016


Some handmade paper, a few ink pads and re-inkers, stamps and stencils and what have you got? Literally hundreds of backgrounds for cards, collage and mixed media pieces! Beware! Creating these backgrounds is addictive!

 

Supplies

·       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.)  
·       The PaperCut™ various colors of cardstock for card bases and envelopes
·       Stencils: Dreamweaver™ LJ901, Arabesques handmade stencil
·       Tonic Studios™ paper trimmer and scissors
·       Scor-Pal™
·       Tonic Studios™ Craft Tacky glue
·       ColorBox™ dye based ink pads in tans & rusts, blues, greens, peach, black, Stylus™ handle and white tips
·       Winter White seam binding
·       Stamps: Stamp-A-Mania™ MH7125-H “Love….”, “Heart Of a Friend” (sorry I have lost the #)
·       Iron

Instructions:

1.     Follow the instructions found in any of the Arnold Grummer™ paper making kits to create white slurry and create several sheets of medium weight handmade paper. 
2.     Allow the paper to dry.
3.     Iron the paper to make it smooth.
4.     Cut a layer piece for each card 3¾ x 5”.
5.     Cut a background piece for each card 3½ x 4 7/8”. (Remember to always save the scraps!)
6.     Use the Stylus™ handle and tips to lightly apply the inks onto the background pieces through the stencils varying the colors.
7.     When the stenciled ink is dry, stamp “Love is the river of Life in the world” to the blue/peach background with black ink and “And the song, from beginning to end, I found in the heart of a friend” on the rusty back ground with dark rust ink.
8.     Attach the seam binding to the back top parts of the cards, tie a bow.
9.     Layer and attach the background piece to the white layer.
10.  Score and fold the card bases from various colors of card stock (match one of the colors of ink).
11.  Attach the layers to the card fronts.
12.  Add your message inside the card.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Embossed

I Love to emboss on handmade paper! I love recycling too and the base paper is made from my huge stash of Netflix mailer covers. The blue paper was made from cardstock scraps. I'm so happy I joined up with the Arnold Grummer family and made recycling paper a part of my life style.

Usually, I am pulling from my stash of handmade paper so I misted the dry paper very slightly before running it through my embossing machine. The details of the embossing folder just come out so sharp and clear, and it...well...it just makes me happy! And don't you just love a deckled edge?


I hand cut my bird and branch since I don't run my handmade paper through my electronic die cutting machine so here is a template if you want it. Please feel free to download it and use it :)

So at least if I am going to miss someone's birthday they are going to feel special getting a card made out of handmade paper!

Friday, August 12, 2016

Fairy Tag Books

© Michele Emerson-Robert 2016


Tales of fairies and wee folk are part of my Irish heritage. As a little girl I used to love to hear about their world and lives. These two little books full of fairy quotes will be for my two youngest great nieces to carry on the tradition.



Supplies

·       Any of the Arnold Grummer® paper making kits
·       AG 52 card fan book 2 ½ x 5 ½” for each fairy tag
·       Blender, cello sponges and soft towels
·       A sunny window
·       Scraps of white paper (think junk mail, etc.)
·       Die: Tonic Studios™ #1002E Rocco Fairy Rhoslyn, #1101E Rocco Fairy Lilly
·       Tonic Studios™ Tangerine die cutting and embossing machine
·       Double sided foam tape
·       Tonic Studios™ Craft Tacky Glue
·       ColorBox™ Dye ink pads & re-inkers in light blue, grey & peach, Stylus™ handle and white tips
·       Fibers and ribbons in grey and peach
·       1/4” round hole punch
·       Stamps: Impression ObsessionC13069 Change, D8548 How beautiful…….
·       Iron, bottle with a fine mist


Instructions:

1.     Follow the instructions found in any of the Arnold Grummer™ paper making kits to create white slurry and create one or more sheets of heavy weight handmade paper. Allow the allow paper to dry.
2.     Iron the paper to make it smooth.
3.     Cut two tag shapes a bit longer than the front of the fan books.
4.     Punch a hole at the top of each tag.
5.     Die cut the two fairies
6.     Use the Stylus™ handle and tip to lightly apply the peach and light blue inks to one of the tags and grey and light blue ink to the second tag. Mist with water if needed.
7.     Lightly apply light blue ink to the edges of Rhoslyn and gray to the edges of Lily.
8.     Allow the fairy die cuts and tags to dry.
9.     Stamp “How beautiful a day can be when love touches it” to the top of the peach/light blue (Rhoslyn) tag with blue ink.
10.  Stamp “Change always comes bearing gifts” to the top of the gray (Lily) tag with gray ink.
11.  Attach the fibers through the hole at the top of the tags.
12.  Attach the fairies to the front of the tags with tiny pieces of foam tape.
13.  Fill the books with stamped “fairy” sayings and quotes.
14.  Cut and attach pieces of handmade paper to fit the back cover of the fan book with glue.
15.  Attach the tags to the fronts of the fan books with glue


Monday, August 8, 2016

Soon to be Thank You cards




Well another Monday which means another week starting. Today I am making cards to send to my sister who is a consultant for a Make-up company. She likes to send Thank You cards to her big clients when they order from her.

I make 5 cards to a set and she is asking for 3 sets right now. I made 2 plain ones because she does have male clients who purchase from her and I made a pink one, yellow one and one with confetti.
(the other two sets will be the same). To make the yellow and pink ones, I just added a little craft paint to the water and let the paper set in it for a few minutes.

I have not stamped on them yet because she is still looking for that "perfect Thank You" stamp she wants me to put on them. (rolling eyes here because I told her I had lots of Thank You stamps)

The supplies I used

Arnold Grummer Paper making mill

Craft paint (any color is fine)

confetti

Iron

After making the sheets, I ironed them flat. She doesn't need envelopes with them because she just writes a little note on the card and sends it with the product. Easy Peasy!!

What kinds of paper would you make with your paper making mill? You can find all the items you need to make your own here, check out all they have to offer including molds that you can make and add to anything. Have fun!







Friday, August 5, 2016

Fairy Hideaway

© Michele Emerson-Robert 2016


One of the neighbor’s little girls is having a 7th birthday party next weekend and she loves anything to do with Fairies! Do you remember how much fun coloring was? The new Double Details die set and stencil “Poppy Hideaway” are perfect for her birthday card!

Supplies

·       Any Arnold Arnold Grummer® paper making kits
·       blender, cello sponges, towels
·       Scraps of white paper (think junk mail)
·       5 x 5” scrap of white paper for card liner
·       Iron (to make the handmade paper smooth)
·       Die: Tonic Studios™ 1141E Double Details Poppy Hideaway
·       Stencil: Tonic Studios™ 1145E Double Details Poppy Hideaway
·       Tonic Studios™ Tangerine die cutting and embossing machine
·       Tonic Studios™ paper trimmer
·       Tonic Studios™ Nuvo Pen Collection: 318N Skin tones, 316N Rosy Pinks, 313N Woodland Greens, 315N Royal Purples, 212N Sunshine Yellows, 320N Depth & Shadows
·       Tonic Studios™ Craft Tacky glue
·       Scor-Pal™


Instructions:

1.     Follow the instruction found in the Arnold Grummer paper making kit or books to create white slurry.
2.     Create one or more sheets of heavy weight handmade paper. Allow the paper to dry.
3.     Cut and score the white heavy weight handmade paper to create a 5 x 5” top fold card.
4.     Center, cut and emboss the inside die on the folded card front.
5.     Place the stencil onto the die cut and embossed card.
6.     Use the lightest shade of green to color in the stems and leaves. Shade with the medium green, blend with the blending pen.
7.     Use the lightest shade of pink to color the flowers. Shade with the medium shade of pink, blend with the blending pen.
8.     Use the lightest shade of purple to color in her dress. Shade with the medium shade of purple. Blend with the blending pen.
9.     Color in her hair and wings with the lightest shade of yellow. Shade with the medium yellow. Blend with the blending pen.
10.  Color her face, arm and hand with the lightest flesh color. Shade with the medium flesh color. Blend with the blending pen.
11.  Apply the blending ink in small areas around the edge of the card, adding light pink and light purple while it is still wet.
12.  Attach the liner with glue.