Monday, December 24, 2012

Away in a Manger

Wooly sheep, sturdy manger, radiant child.
Each done with handmade paper.
Merry Christmas to all!

 

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Quick Gift Tags From All Those Paper Scraps!



I've been making a lot of handmade paper over the last few months as an Arnold Grummer Design Team member. I could never bring myself to throw out my leftover handmade paper scraps from all those wonderful projects, so I decided to turn them into gift tags!

Here's what you'll need to make your own lovely gift tags:

  • Scraps from your beautiful handmade paper
  • Scissor with decorative edge - I got mine at Hobby Lobby
  • "To/From" stamp - Hobby Lobby again : )
  • Ink pads
  • Double sided tape
  • Metallic markers, colored gel pens etc.
Grab your decorative edge scissors and trim some of your handmade paper scraps to just a bit bigger than your stamp. Then trim some scraps just a bit bigger than the ones you just cut. I used a scissor that gives the appearance of a deckle edge once the paper is cut.


Ink your stamp.


And stamp your gift tag.


Now use double sided tape, or a glue stick on the back of the gift tag you stamped, and stick it to the bigger paper scrap you cut. 


And just like that, you've got gorgeous gift tags made from handmade paper scraps. 


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The United States, Israel, Canada, Germany, Australia, the United Kingdom, Russia, France, Malaysia, Italy, the Bahamas, the Philippines, Sweden, Egypt, Columbia, the Netherlands, Spain, the Sudan, Turkey, Mexico, Moldova, Denmark, China, Vietnam, Singapore, Thailand, the Czech Republic, the Ukraine, South Africa, India, Taiwan, Panama, Serbia, Latvia, Argentina, United Arab Emirates, Bosnia and Herzegovina, 
New Zealand, Japan, Bangladesh, Brazil, Switzerland, Bulgaria, Saudi Arabia, Lebanon, Chile, 
Romania, Hungary, Portugal, Indonesia, Guernsey, South Korea, Pakistan, Greece, 
Hong Kong, Poland, Slovenia, Lithuania, Ireland, Belgium, Venezuela, Sri Lanka, Macedonia, 
and Trinidad & Tobago!


Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, 
and Many Blessings,
Jana : )

Thursday, December 20, 2012

~Shine A Light~ Arnold Grummer's Design Post






There is nothing more special than pretty lights at Christmastime shining brightly and making everything seem so cozy and inviting! This beautiful little votive candle holder was created by using a very thin piece of white handmade paper using Arnold Grummer's Paper Making Kit. Several months ago I wanted to make some paper that was very thin using only white tissue paper and glitter since I had it in my mind to use them for something during the holidays ,so it worked out great!

~Supplies~
Glass votive holders ( I used one that I had that was already colored orange and wanted to cover it up)
Handmade Paper- very thin
Snowflake punch
Mod Podge
Glitter
Snowflake Paper ( die cut)

1)To begin with, cut the handmade paper to fit around the votive
2)Stamp out the snowflakes design within the paper itself
 3) Secure/seal with mod podge on the outside of the votive holder and then while tacky, glue the small cutout snowflakes onto the paper surrounding the votive and sprinkle some glitter over that.
4) Trim the top outer edge with the snowflake die cut paper to fit and secure with the Mod podge.
Let dry and you now have a beautiful little glowing candle light to place in a special spot or to give as a gift!








 Enjoy and may you all have a Blessed and Joyous Holiday Season!
In Love & Faith
Sherri




Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Skeleton Leaf Ornaments

I am still in full-blown Christmas mode—making cards and decorations. Still need to start the baking!! I love the ethereal look of Arnold Grummer's skeleton leaves, and wanted to use them in some way as a Christmas decoration.

Some of the leaves I left natural. Some I painted with USArtQuest Perfect Pigment Acrylic paints. I worked on a craft mat to paint the leaves. I used a fairly wet brush, and this thinned the paint just enough for good coverage without clogging the delicate structures of the leaves. I only used two drops of paint for five leaves!!
Painted leaves drying on my work table
To form the flower I exposed one side of a Zots Singles 3-D glue dot and arranged the leaves as petals on top and pressed them firmly into the glue dot. Next, I turned the flower over and exposed the second side of the glue dot. Working in a tidy tray, I liberally covered the glue dot with prills, and pressed them firmly into the glue dot. Any prills that didn't adhere to the glue dot were returned to the jar to be used another day. (Prills are a natural, small, round, pearl-like accent.)
Prills ready to be pressed into the glue dot
Easy, peasy!! And a beautiful, handmade decoration. I'm thinking these would make outstanding package toppers or a card embellishment.
Natural skeleton leaves with Heart of Gold prills
Skeleton leaves painted with Tomato Pearl Perfect Pigment and Heart of Gold prills
Skeleton leaves painted with Metallic Silver Perfect Pigment and Midnight at the Oasis prills
I have my favorite. Which one is yours? You can see more of my projects on the Create & Craft blog.







Carole

Saturday, December 15, 2012

What I Wish for You Shadow Box

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Arnold Grummer's casting molds are great for making one of a kind gifts.    Not only can they be used with paper pulp but also with polymer clay.  It's a fun and easy way to create embellishments for your projects.  I used the casting molds and polymer clay to create a special gift with a ton of meaning for a special young girl.  Here is what I did. Items used: Arnold Grummer's Cat With Heart Casting Mold Arnold Grummer's Daisy Casting Mold Arnold Grummer's Irish Claddagh Casting Mold Sculpey III Polymer Clay in Pearl Small Recycled and Painted Tray   DSCN1162   These are the three molds that I used.  Each mold was chosen because of it's symbolic meaning. DSCN1163DSCN1164
 To make the casts I first sprayed the molds with water as a release agent for the polymer clay.  I then push the clay into the mold.  I used my roller to make sure that the back of my cast was was  flat.  Using the roller also helps to spread the clay into the mold assuring I would get the best cast possible. DSCN1165
 This is what one of the casts looked like after I pulled it from the mold.  I trimmed around the casts and baked them according to the directions on the package.
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 After the casts were baked I added detail to them with acrylic paint ad then sealed them with a spray sealer

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 Finally I adhered them to the background.  I included a handwritten note on the back and attached some ribbon to it so that it could be hung. Here's the meaning of the symbols: Claddagh: Family, Friendship, & Loyalty Daisy: Love Siamese Cat: Good Luck I wish all of this and more to all of you as well as the young girl who will receive this gift.  I hope that you enjoy your holidays with your families.  Hold them close and enjoy the precious time you have with them. To all those in Connecticut, my thoughts and prayers are with you.

Monday, December 10, 2012

Christmas Village of (Milk) Cartons

Now that we have covered a milk carton with paper let's slip the paper off and make a house.

I love using both the square bottom section of the carton and the pointy top to make one of these houses. You make these house in three phases. First the walls, then the pointed part of the house above the walls, then the roof.

Start with the walls, doors and windows:
Make enough pulp for at least two 5 X 7 sheets of paper made in the Medium Pour Mold. For basic paper making instructions visit the Arnold Grummer Website. Make the pulp in batches, then combine the batches in a container, that way all the components with be the same color.


Make a template of the house walls, it will take two sheets of 5 X 7 paper to cover a half gallon carton. Make a seperate template for each sheet of handmade paper
Cut out the doors and windows on the template, place it in your frame. Place blocks where the doors and windows will be. REMOVE TEMPLATE, LEAVE THE BLOCKS IN PLACE.




Hold the blocks in place while pouring in the pulp. This may require three hands.



Drain the paper as usual, leaving the blocks in place. Once drained, remove blocks and sponge and couch as ususal.


Wrap the wet sheet around the bottom of the carton.

Now make the pointed section of the wall:

Try to mimic the angles on the top section of the carton.


Using the pulp painting technique, make the triangle shape with some kind of straight edge. I used a ruler, an extra white grid and a section of paint stirrer. Place these on top of a black screen/ white grid set-up. Pour the same color pulp you used for the walls to make the triangle.
Sponge the triangle, then place it on the carton. Overlap the wall a bit and press the triange and wall sections together where they overlap. Repeat on the opposite wall.
Dry in place.

The roof:
When the walls are completly dry, slip a knife between the paper and the carton to gently loosen the house from the carton. Slide the house up the carton until the peak of the triangle section is aligned with the top ridge.


Make the roof with a contrasting color of pulp. Measure the house to see how big a sheet you need for the roof. To make a smaller sheet of paper, use a section of paint stirrer to make a smaller pour mold.

You will want the roof to overhang the house on all four sides.


Place the wet sheet of paper over the top of the carton. Press the edges into the wall and triangle sections of the house. Dry completely.


When the roof is dry, slip the entire house off of the carton. The roof might not stay attachted to the house when you take it off the carton, but you can just set it on top of the walls once it is off the carton.

To make the snowy gingerbread house roof, I added a layer of brown pulp to the white roof.
To get the tile effect, I placed an extra white grid on top of the black screen/white grid set-up used for pulp painting. I poured the pulp into each of the grid squares. Then I placed the wet squares onto the wet white sheet I made for the roof.
 
 
Have fun. I would love to see what kind of house you make!
 

Saturday, December 8, 2012

Post-It Note Book Gifts!



I don't have a stellar memory so Post-it notes are a way of life for me. What I do have, is a love of books. I am a book enthusiast. I enjoy reading books, writing, buying, selling and collecting books, and I love making books. When I came upon a way to make Post-it notes into a little book, I was delighted.

Arnold Grummer, master of all things paper making and paper crafting, offers an inexpensive, fun and easy way to get started making your own sticky note notebooks at http://arnoldgrummer.com

These are great gifts for men or women, super stocking stuffers, teachers, nurses, and office staff everywhere appreciate them. They sell at craft fairs, and online at websites like http://www.etsy.com priced anywhere from $3.00-$20.00+ depending on how fancy and embellished they are. They keep your Post-its safe and warm, travel well, and are refillable (glue stick required).

Here's what you'll need to get started making Post-it Note Books:
  • 2 pieces of light-weight scrapbook paper - not heavy, thick or card stock because it needs to bend easily without buckling or gapping.
  • 3"x3" Post-it notes - 100 note size
  • Glue stick 
  • Scissor
  • Book board or something similar to it for hard cover.
  • Templates
  • Pencil 
Next you trace the book cover template and the book liner template on to the back of the corresponding scrapbook paper, then cut out the book cover and liner.
*Tip - I usually trace a few at a time and cut them all out at once so I can make several books at one time.
Apply glue using a glue stick to the entire surface of one side of one book board and place it glue side down on the blank side of the book cover paper as shown. Now do the same thing to the other square book board. When the two square book boards are in place it will be easier to properly place the glued book board spine in the middle of them. Then gently flip the whole thing over and smooth the surface with your finger to even out the glue.
*Tip - Put some wax paper, or a paper towel under your project to keep glue off your table.

Now apply glue stick to the two long flaps first (one at a time) and fold them over the book boards. Run your fingernail down the length of the edge and smooth over the paper with your finger. Next, do the same thing to the short sides.


You can now apply glue to the entire back of the rectangular paper book liner. Then center it glue side down over the unfinished side of the cover. Glue doesn't set up quickly so you can move it a bit if needed. Then smooth over with your finger. Let the glue dry for a bit then gently score the joint on either side of the spine with your fingernail - paper should NOT gap at the top and bottom when you fold the book cover. Wow, your little book is taking shape! 
You're almost done! All you have to do now is cover the back of the Post-it pad with glue, or double sided tape and center it on your right hand side, close the book and put it under something heavy for a few hours, or overnight till the glue is dry.



Congratulations! You just made a book!

Have lots of fun and let your creativity run wild with this project. Feel free to embellish the cover, pick any and every color and design of scrapbook paper, and involve your kids if you have some hanging around - they love to trace and glue!

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The United States, Israel, Canada, Germany, Australia, the United Kingdom, Russia, France, Malaysia, Italy, the Bahamas, the Philippines, Sweden, Egypt, Columbia, the Netherlands, Spain, the Sudan, Turkey, Mexico, Moldova, Denmark, China, Vietnam, Singapore, Thailand, the Czech Republic, the Ukraine, South Africa, India, Taiwan, Panama, Serbia, Latvia, Argentina, United Arab Emirates, Bosnia and Herzegovina, 
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Many Blessings,

Jana : )