Saturday, December 28, 2013

Start the New Year Off Right

It's hard to believe another year has gone by and that this will be my last post for 2013.  I know many have been through difficult times this year, my family included, so I'm glad in a way to see this year end, but just because it's ending doesn't mean there's not fun in store for 2014.  I'm looking forward to seeing what the upcoming fun will be.

The start of a new year is the time for resolutions.  Make one of your resolutions be to start a new hobby such as making your own handmade paper.  It's a great way to have fun and create some wonderful handmade items including all of the gifts you will need next year.  You know you'll need one sooner than you want to think about it so now is the time to get started!

This New Year's banner was created using handmade paper.  The "bow" started out to be three bells, but when I dried the paper using an iron I had laid them on top of each other and suddenly my eyes saw a bow and that's how this project took shape.  I used the basic instructions to make the pulp and then poured it into a metal bell shaped cookie cutter and finished it off according to the instructions.  I, also, made a sheet of paper for the bottom using one of the papermaking kits.  I added some metallics and sparkles to the paper pulp since ringing in the new year should have a certain amount of sparkle to it.  See how fun it was and 2014 hasn't even started yet.

Join us as we send off the old year and ring in the new by heading over to the website and get your hobby started.  Be sure to use the coupon code Dec20 on your entire order through the end of the month.  There's still time so hurry!

Happy New Year Everyone! 
                                                              
 

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Christmas Angel from Handmade Paper

Are you still decorating for the holidays? I am—and probably will be until the wee hours on Christmas Eve. (But, then, I guess that would be the very early hours of Christmas Day!!) Anyway, you get what I'm saying: I'm going to be decorating until the last possible moment.

Many of my decorations include handmade paper, and today I'm sharing one of my favorites. It is a 3D angel. She's so easy to make!! I'm sharing the pattern in PDF, MTC (Make-the-Cut), and SVG formats.

Here you can see the angel cut out from a light blue handmade paper. I colored the paper pulp with a pale blue tinting tissue and added botanical inclusions. I following these basic instructions when making the paper, but for this piece I processed longer so the inclusions would be blended into smaller pieces.


Next step was to embellish the cutout. I chose a silver metallic chenille stem for her halo and Dew Drops along the hemline. You could also use glitter glues, rhinestones, or other embellishment of your choice. These angel also make a striking statement left plain.


When I was finished embellishing, I formed a cone from her skirt and secured it by placing a brad in each of the holes along the back seam.


The best to you and your loved ones this holiday season. It's not too late to take advantage of our 20% off sale—just use coupon code Dec20. 
Carole

Friday, December 13, 2013

Designing with Paper!

I love working with paper and am really excited to say that I will be joining the Arnold Grummer's design team in January!  

Making dresses with handmade paper is so much fun. Cut the paper, get it damp and it is easy to work with, almost like delicate fabric.

If you have a dress form to work with it makes it easier to form the wet paper when creating the dress. Before the paper is  wet run a thread about every 1/2 inch through the top of the skirt to help hold the gathers in place. After the paper is wet gently (VERY GENTLY) pull the thread to make the gathers. 
Pictured is the damp paper dress tied with ribbon on the form ready to dry overnight. When making a project like this allow plenty of drying time.  NO cheating... the paper must be totally dry before removing it from the dress form.
The dried pieces are able to free stand.  To make the dress I free cut the a skirt, three parts for the bodice and the sleeves. The size will depend on the dress form you use. After the pieces are dry add lace.

Lace was inserted inside the front of the skirt. Then the first two pieces of the bodice were adhered to the base structure.

The third piece of the bodice was trimmed with lace around the neck, edges and over the cap sleeves. Then it finished off with a brass bow!

Add the sleeves trimmed with lace around the cuffs. The dress is 14 inches from the back of the neck to the bottom of the skirt.

It is amazing how getting paper wet changes when it is worked with. The dress is able to stand on its own. Spritz dress lightly with Glimmer Mist to give it some sparkle!  Note: If you get the paper too wet it will loose the form.

Supplies:
Handmade paper
Lace (spritzed with Glimmer Mist)
Brass Bow
Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist - Crushed Eggshells
Dress form
Needle and Thread

Thank you for joining me today. I look forward to sharing with you in the future!

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Jolly Old Elf Handmade Paper Rosette

I love making rosettes and this time of year I always seem to make as many as I can.  This rosette is extra special because it's made using handmade paper.  The image is one of my favorites that I've had for a while now.  It came from one of the collage sheets from Altered Pages.  I've been in a vintage creating mood lately so chose to make this rosette have a vintage look to it. 

For the rosette, I made 2 sheets of paper using the Papermill Pro Envelope & Stationary Kit.  I used some scraps of white paper that I had been collecting and followed the basic instructions for making paper.  When I added the water according to the directions, I added a 1:1 ratio of water to tea to dye the paper.  I laid the paper flat and allowed it to dry for a day. Here's a little hint, if you don't want to use an iron or heat gun to dry it quickly, you can lay it a little ways away from a heat vent and as the furnace turns on and off it helps to dry the paper.  Be sure to flip it every so often to help it dry on both sides.  Then, press it in a heavy book if necessary to flatten it out. 

Once the papers are dry, cut a circle from one sheet.  For this sized rosette, I cut a 2" circle.  The size will depend on the size of the rosette you will be making.  From the second sheet, cut three 2" strips of paper.  Cut the paper lengthwise and then cut 1" off from the end of each.  This will allow you to end on the down fold after it is scored.   Score the strips at 1" intervals and then fold them using the mountain/valley fold technique.  Every other score line should be folded upward making sure to keep all of the folds even on the top and bottom. Crease the folds well.  Once you have done it with all 3 strips, glue them together to create one long paper strip.  Add glue from the center to the edges of the circle that you cut earlier.  Now, pull the ends together to form a circle and place the rounded shape onto the glue.  The folds naturally want to fan out and take shape, but some of them may need a little more creasing.  You will have to place something on top such as your glue bottle to help hold it until the glue is dry.  While you are waiting for that, you can cut the image you will be using into a circle.  It will be the same sized circle as you used for the bottom of the rosette so in this case, circle I cut was 2".  If you do not want to use an image that's ok.  You can cut another from handmade paper.  Use one of the fabulous molds and some casting squares to create a special piece to place on top of the circle.  Add a little sparkle with the glitters, metallics and micas from Arnold Grummer's.   It's all up to you!  Once it is dry, add glue to the back of your circle and lightly press it on top of the rosette.  Cut 2" pieces (or pieces that are equal to the width of your paper strips) of chenille stems and add a little glue to the ends and slide them into the center of the rosette. 

It's that easy to make these beautiful rosettes.  They can be used as decorations or package toppers.  Create them for different occasions such as birthdays and Valentine's Day, too.  No matter the time of year, there's always a handmade paper rosette that is right for the occasion!

Head on over to the website and pick up what you need to start making them.  Use the promo code Dec20 and get 20% off your entire order!

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Snowflake Christmas Card

There's always a flurry of activities between Thanksgiving and Christmas—shopping, parties, gift wrapping, Christmas cards. But this year I'm ahead of the game, if only on one item on that list—my Christmas cards. I've been thinking about the design for quite a while.

Since this summer, actually. I live in Ohio where we have brisk autumns that move into cold winters. I like to do my handmade paper making outside, so I try to make lots of paper during the spring and summer fair-weather months. I made the papers for this snowflake Christmas card way back in May or June using these basic papermaking instructions.

Since I knew I'd be using these papers for Christmas, I was sure to include plenty of metallics and sparkles along with botanicals. I had the pastel color palette in mind when I selected my tissue tints to color the papers.

I used a variety of Sizzix snowflake dies to cut the individual snowflakes, then layered the four snowflakes on the card base. Last step was to embellish the tips of the snowflakes with Dew Drops from The Robin's Nest.


It not too late for you to make handmade paper for Christmas!! Use the promo Dec20 and get 20% off your entire order!!
You can see more projects on my Create & Craft blog.

Carole

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Taking A Minute

Santa is taking a minute to check his list.  He's looking to see what you've asked for from Arnold Grummer's Papermaking this year.   Have you made your list yet?  Be sure to get it done or you will miss out on the chance to save 20% on your order. 

Santa was made using the cotton linter casting squares that I placed in an old cookie mold that I had. I followed the directions on the squares and pressed them into the mold and then removed it.   After that I let it dry for several days.  After it was completely dry, I used some chalk pastels to add color to him and then finished some of the details using Stickles and Liquid Pearls.  Don't have any molds of your own?  That's ok.  Arnold Grummer's has a huge selection to choose from so be sure to add them to your list. 

While Santa was drying, I used one of the paper making kits and followed the basic paper making instructions to create a sheet of paper.  I had the idea of making a two toned paper which turned out to be really fun.   While I had the white pieces of paper in the blender, I made some tea to create a tea dyed paper. The instructions call for 2 cups of water so I used a 1 to 1 ratio of water to tea to add to the pulp.   That's the brown floor that Santa's chair is sitting on.  Then, I made some green pulp and poured it into the deckle box to be the wall behind Santa.  The sheet of paper was finished off according to the instructions.

I placed the sheet of paper in a frame and stamped "Merry Christmas" onto it. The "Merry Christmas" is from a line of stamps that I created and are sold at Sin City Stamps.  Then, I used some 3-d adhesive to attach Santa.  He will now sit on a table at our house to add to the decorations for the holidays.  There is nothing more fun than having a handmade piece to enjoy during the holiday season.

Now, it's your turn to create some fun decorations. Remember there are only 28 more days until Christmas.  Now is the time to get shopping!  Head over to the website and choose what products you want under the tree this year.  Use the COUPON CODE NOV20 for 20% off your entire order for the month of November. 



Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Handmade Paper Treat Bag and Placecard

I love elegant parties and showers!! And what could spell elegance better than handmade paper.I made the paper following these basic papermaking instructions. This treat bag and place card are from one sheet of 8.5" x 11" paper. I used this pattern for the treat bag, and a 5" x 3.5" piece of the handmade paper, folded in half for a finished size of 2.5" x 3.5".

I printed the place card text on vellum. The finished size of the vellum is 2.75" x 1.5". I glued it to the folded paper with a couple tiny dots of liquid adhesive. After stuffing the treat bag, I tied the top closed with a length of tulle. Now I'm all ready for a party!!


I can think of several ways to use these darling bags at parties and receptions. They could hold mints at every place setting. They could hold grains and bird seed to shower a new bride and groom. What about a take-home gift for shower guests? Maybe a small bundle of empty bags tied with a ribbon for a stocking stuffer? How do you plan to use this sweet treat bag?

You can download the pattern for this treat bag from my Create and Craft blog. It's there in three formats—PDF, SVG, and MTC (Make-the-Cut).

Don't forget to take advantage of Arnold Grummer's November sale!! Just enter the promo code Nov20 for 20% off your entire order.


Carole—Find me on Google

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Molded Handmade Ornaments

It's time to decorate those trees for holidays.  Did you know that the molds from Arnold Grummer's make the perfect handmade ornaments?  I've been having so much fun molding paper recently.  I even have my next project that I will be sharing with you created and just needing the final touches.  I am so excited share the great news, too!  The holiday molds are on sale right now.  Isn't that great?  Just in time for you to start creating your ornaments to decorate the tree or give as gifts.  Who doesn't love receiving something handmade as a gift?  I know I do. 

For this ornament, I used some cotton linters and followed the directions that come with them and had this ornament in just minutes.  Once it was dry, I used some chalk pastels on a dry paint brush to add the color and a ribbon to finish it off.  It's that easy!  Still not sure about it?  Check out these great paper casting instructions.   See.  It really is that easy.

Just think of all the happiness you can bring to others with some handmade ornaments.  Decorate a tree for someone in a nursing home, create them for a small office space or even decorate your craft area.  They make great gift decorations, too. The possibilities are endless!

Now, head on over to the website and start designing your decorations for this year.  You will be so happy you did.  Don't forget to enter the promo code Nov20 for 20% off your entire order.

 
 

Arnold Grummer's November sale!!


Thursday, November 7, 2013

Maple Leaf Paper Casting

I've really enjoyed paper casting using Arnold Grummer's molds. There are basic paper casting directions on the Arnold Grummer's website. These are a few of the favorites I've been using lately.

#711 Gingko Leaf

#717 Maple Leaf


I found the perfect frame for the maple leaf mold at one of my most-frequented thrift stores. I made several different paper castings of the maple leaf, with and without inclusions.
This is the casting that I chose for my frame.

And here it is in the frame. Wasn't I right? Isn't this the perfect frame for this maple leaf paper casting?

You can enjoy making your own handmade paper and papercasting with this month's 20% discount.

Arnold Grummer's November sale!! Just enter the promo code Nov20 for 20% off your entire order.

You can see more projects on my Create & Craft blog.
Carole


Sunday, November 3, 2013

We are looking for a Design Team


Arnold Grummer is looking for a few awesome Mixed Media Artists to showcase Arnold Grummer's papermaking kits and new (!) bookmaking products!! If you LOVE paper crafts and find the idea of making your own papers to use on layouts, cards & projects inspiring, show us what you can do!!

We're looking for talented artists and designers who know how to inspire others to create. For those that also seek opportunities to have their papercraft work prominently featured, Arnold Grummer's Design Team is a great fit!

What’s expected of an Arnold Grummer Design Team Member?
* Ability to create compelling projects that showcase Arnold Grummer products
* Experience taking good photos or scans of projects
* Active interaction with members of Arnold Grummer's facebook and blog as they discover YOUR WONDERFUL DESIGNS!!

What are the responsibilities of an Arnold Grummer Design Team Member?
* The Arnold Grummer Design Team is a 6 month hitch, from Jan 1, 2014 – June 30, 2014. If the holidays put you over the edge, wait till next time!
* Create a minimum of 2 layouts/projects per month. Post them on both your blog and Arnold Grummer’s blog on your assigned dates each month. Date assignments will be given when the team is picked.
* Participate on Arnold Grummer's Facebook - this is a MUST!
* Submit work for publication. Arnold Grummer's will share project submission opportunities from their editorial contacts.
* Take part in one Blog Hop during the 6 months.  Date to be announced.
* Promote Arnold Grummer! Post projects created during your six-month term on other online galleries and blogs. Include working links to Arnold Grummer's blog and to products used on Arnold Grummer's website.

What are the rewards of an Arnold Grummer Design Team member?
* Your bio, picture and link(s) on Arnold Grummer's blog
* Promotion of your work and projects to Arnold Grummer's Newsletter, Facebook and Blog members, a growing international community.
* FREE product (over $200 value) in two shipments: One for the first 3 months and another for the second 3 months
* Shipment 1: Arnold Grummer's Papermaking Kit, papermaking accessories, your choice of 6 Arnold Grummer Casting Molds, paper molding accessories, Arnold Grummer's new book.
* Shipment 2: Selections from Arnold Grummer's Bookmaking, Lampmaking and Papercraft lines.
* New Products released or prior to release during your term as available. Standard confidentiality applies.


Apply today! Here's how:
1) Send your bio, blog address and facebook info to Terri@ultimatescrapbookretreat.com with “DT applications” in the subject line (this way you don’t end up in Junk Mail – I get lots of spam) 

2)  Deadline: Must have bio to Terri Sproul by Dec 10th  (terri@ultimatescrapbookretreat.com).

3) Join our facebook and blog  - this is a MUST and is very important to the success of our team!


4) All entries MUST utilize handmade paper . If you can use paper you've made yourself - great! - but purchased handmade paper is certainly acceptable for Design Team applicants. Work submitted must be recent and can be previously published or displayed on blogs or online galleries.

What to include with your emailed submission –
* Include a project(s) that utilize handmade papers *see #4 above
* We want to know all about you! Send in your bio
* Please describe your style (genre): Scrapbook, rubber stamp, mixed media, vintage, altered art, eco-art, urban, etc.
* Why would you like to be on the Arnold Grummer Design Team?
* Are you frugal, organized, have marketing ideas etc.. please share what strengths you can bring to our team.
* Include the link to your active blog
* Are you active on any Forums or Message Boards? (Please List)
* Give an example of a class or technique you would like to share with
others. If it is one you have done previously please describe or link to it.
* Please list any other manufactures or store/kit DT’s you've been on or are currently on. Do you
have a scrapbook resume, or a link to a gallery,? Please share it with us.


Final decisions will be made the week of Dec 18th. Arnold Grummer’s
Design Team will be announced shortly thereafter!!

Good Luck!!!!!


Arnold Grummer is looking for a few awesome Mixed Media Artists to showcase Arnold Grummer's papermaking kits and new (!) bookmaking products!! If you LOVE paper crafts and find the idea of making your own papers to use on layouts, cards & projects inspiring, show us what you can do!!

We're looking for talented artists and designers who know how to inspire others to create. For those that also seek opportunities to have their papercraft work prominently featured, Arnold Grummer's Design Team is a great fit!

What’s expected of an Arnold Grummer Design Team Member?
* Ability to create compelling projects that showcase Arnold Grummer products
* Experience taking good photos or scans of projects
* Active interaction with members of Arnold Grummer's facebook and blog as they discover YOUR WONDERFUL DESIGNS!!

What are the responsibilities of an Arnold Grummer Design Team Member?
* The Arnold Grummer Design Team is a 6 month hitch, from Jan 1, 2014 – June 31, 2014.
* Create a minimum of 2 layouts/projects per month. Post them on both your blog and Arnold Grummer’s blog on your assigned dates each month. Date assignments will be given when the team is picked.
* Participate on Arnold Grummer's Facebook - this is a MUST!
* Submit work for publication. Arnold Grummer's will share project submission opportunities from their editorial contacts.
* Take part in one Blog Hop during the 6 months.  Date to be announced.
* Promote Arnold Grummer! Post projects created during your six-month term on other online galleries and blogs. Include working links to Arnold Grummer's blog and to products used on Arnold Grummer's website.

What are the rewards of an Arnold Grummer Design Team member?
* Your bio, picture and link(s) on Arnold Grummer's blog
* Promotion of your work and projects to Arnold Grummer's Newsletter, Facebook and Blog members, a growing international community.
* FREE product (over $200 value) in two shipments: One for the first 3 months and another for the second 3 months
* Shipment 1: Arnold Grummer's Papermaking Kit, papermaking accessories, your choice of 6 Arnold Grummer Casting Molds, paper molding accessories, Arnold Grummer's new book.
* Shipment 2: Selections from Arnold Grummer's Bookmaking, Lampmaking and Papercraft lines.
* New Products released or prior to release during your term as available. Standard confidentiality applies.


Apply today! Here's how:
1) Send your bio, blog address and facebook info to Terri@ultimatescrapbookretreat.com with “DT applications” in the subject line (this way you don’t end up in Junk Mail – I get lots of spam) 

2)  Deadline: Must have bio to Terri Sproul by Dec  10th  (terri@ultimatescrapbookretreat.com).
Step by step directions on how to make this project with links to Arnold Grummer’s blog and website. Your submission project can be anything you love to make ... Scrapbook, Cards, Mixed Media, Altered Art, Eco-Art…  just think outside the box and impress me…

3) Join our facebook and blog  - this is a MUST and is very important to the success of our team!


4) All entries MUST utilize handmade paper . If you can use paper you've made yourself - great! - but purchased handmade paper is certainly acceptable for Design Team applicants. Work submitted must be recent and can be previously published or displayed on blogs or online galleries.

What to include with your emailed submission –
* Send project(s) to view:  Step by step directions on how to make this project with links to Arnold Grummer’s blog and website. Your submission project can be anything you love to make ... Scrapbook, Cards, Mixed Media, Altered Art, Eco-Art…  just think outside the box and impress me… See #4 above
* We want to know all about you! Send in your bio
* Please describe your style (genre): Scrapbook, rubber stamp, mixed media, vintage, altered art, eco-art, urban, etc.
* Why would you like to be on the Arnold Grummer Design Team?
* Are you frugal, organized, have marketing ideas etc.. please share what strengths you can bring to our team.
* Include the link to your active blog
* Are you active on any Forums or Message Boards? (Please List)
* Give an example of a class or technique you would like to share with
others. If it is one you have done previously please describe or link to it.
* Please list any other manufactures or store/kit DT’s you've been on or are currently on. Do you
have a scrapbook resume, or a link to a gallery,? Please share it with us.


Final decisions will be made the week of Dec  18th. Arnold Grummer’s
Design Team will be announced shortly thereafter!!

Good Luck!!!!!

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Christmas is Around the Corner

Yes, today is Halloween and you are seeing right.  It's no trick, but rather a treat.  This is a Christmas card.  It's coming quickly and now is the time to start thinking about making all of the cards that you need to send out this year.  I just couldn't manage to do another Halloween project after all of them that I've already done so I started thinking about the next upcoming holidays.  Christmas is my next favorite for several reasons, one of which I will explain later in this post so be sure to read to the end.
 
I created all of the paper for this card using one of the Arnold Grummer Papermill Kits and the basic papermaking instructions.   I used some scraps of green paper that I had left over from other projects to create a half sheet with the Deckle Divider since I didn't need a big sheet of it just to run through my die cut machine.  I did the same for the white paper since I, also, didn't need a lot of it. 

The red sheet which ended up being my card base is my most favorite piece of handmade paper I've made yet.  I used some scraps of red that I had already, but wanted it to be even more red and not the dull red that it had turned out to be at first so I added some of the Tissue Tints to add even more color to it.  After I poured the slurry into the pour mold, I sprinkled a lot of the Opal Sprinkles throughout the mold and then stirred it all with my finger to move it around.  Once I got it all throughout the paper I removed the mold from the water and continued to finish of the sheet of paper according to the instructions.  When it had dried, I was thrilled to see how gorgeous this paper turned out. 

Now here's where it got even more fun for me.  It was time to decorate the card after creating these gorgeous pieces of paper.  Handmade paper already is a special thing in itself and I love doing it.  I added to the specialness of this project by using the stamps that I created and are being sold at Sin City Stamps.  The handmade paper and the hand drawn stamps are a perfect fit with one another.
 
Now, here's the part that you've been waiting for.  I love to give gifts so I am giving away a set of these stamps over on my blog Peg's Crafting Corner.  If you'd like a change to win the set just click the link and read my post about the giveaway, but there's even more fun you can have.  Use the coupon code Nov20 and receive 20% off your order on the Arnold Grummer website in the month of November.  Remember it's still October so the code can be used starting tomorrow, Nov 1st.  You can't go wrong with that!  A chance to win the stamps and to save money on all of your papermaking supplies so you can create some fabulously gorgeous cards this holiday season, too.  It's like Christmas has come already! 
 
Don't forget to take advantage of Arnold Grummer's November sale!! Just enter the promo code Nov20 for 20% off your entire order.



Sunday, October 20, 2013

Journal with Handmade Papers

By: Carole Lassak
Recently, I needed a quick, but impressive, gift. So, I turned to my growing collection of handmade papers. I made this gorgeous journal in just over one hour!! So easy.

This comes as a complete photo album kit from Arnold Grummer's, but I made a few personalizations :)

I'll share the basic assembly instructions, and you can use chipboard and papers to your own dimensions. You will need chipboard, cover paper, liner paper, paper for filler pages, your choice of embellishments.
Note: Just so you don't think that you teleported to another blog, the pictures showing assembly feature different papers than the finished journal.
Chipboard cover and end boards with cover and liner papers.
Completely cover the chipboard pieces with adhesive. I used Elmer's Craft Bond glue stick. Lay the cover and end boards on the reverse side of your cover paper, leaving a 3/16" space between the boards. This allows the finished book to open easily. My cover papers were 1/2" larger on all sides than the cover and end boards plus the 3/16" space.

There are different methods for mitering the corners, but I have success folding the cover paper at an angle at the corner, and gently scoring with my fingernail along each side. Then, I unfold the miter and put just a tiny bit of glue in the corner and re-position the folds. Repeat for each corner.

Add adhesive to the exposed margins of the cover paper, and glue the long sides over the chipboard. Then glue the short sides. Completely cover the reverse side of your liner paper and position over the cover and end boards. My liner was 1/4" smaller on all sides than the cover and end boards plus the 3/16" space.

Here's were those personalizations come in. I used coleus leaves that I dried using Arnold Grummer's Garden Press to embellish the cover along with the flowers, letters, and silk ribbon that were included in the kit.

I used a Crop-a-dile to punch hole in the end board section of the front and back covers and the filler pages. I selected my own handmade papers for filler pages. Here you can see the handmade paper pages.

I'm thrilled with the way this quick gift turned out. Can't wait to give it away!! 

Don't forget to take advantage of Arnold Grummer's October sale!! Just enter the promo code Oct20 for 20% off your entire order.

You can see more projects on my Create & Craft blog.

Carole—Find me on Google

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Celebrate by Candlelight

This easy to make lampshade using products from Arnold Grummer's will add a little shine to any holiday.  A green one would be perfect for a Thanksgiving table.  How about one in each window of your house for Christmas? 

The shade was created using one of the Papermill Kits and the basic paper making method.  Since Halloween is coming up quickly, I chose to use the grey cotton rag & wool pulp which I mixed in with white paper to give it a greyish tone.  Once the pulp made according to the instructions, I poured it into one of the fabulous templates creating each section of shade.  The shade finished  according to the directions for making a piece of paper.  I used one of my favorite dies and die cut machine to cut the pumpkin into each section and then assembled the shade.  The matching ribbon was added to finish off the edges.  I hadn't decided yet, what I would place the shade on so I played it safe and sprayed it with some of the Flame Free for Paper Crafts in case I decided to use the shade on a candle or small lamp.  Since I did spray it, it will allow me to change my bases around as I choose.  The base I'm currently using is a champagne flute with a battery operated tea light.  Small beads or polished rocks can be carefully added to the champagne flute to make it look even more elegant.  If you'd like to use a small lamp, you can add a set of the lamp shade clips to the shade which will allow it to be used on the lamp. 

This has got to be one of my favorite projects so far.  I'm ready to make some more paper and create one for each and every holiday.  How romantic would it be to have a couple for Valentine's Day?  See the possibilities are endless and once you get to making them you will want them to decorate your entire house! 
                                                                 


Get started now and head on over to the Arnold Grummer website and pick out your next project.  Be sure to use the PROMO CODE:  Oct20 to save 20% off on your entire order this month. 

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Embedded Botanicals in Handmade Paper

By: Carole Lassak
Papermaking at my house is a family affair. My husband is a phenomenal gardener, so he provides me with a steady supply of botanicals.
Steve's Deck Garden

My grand-daughter is my Number One papermaking assistant. Papermaking is such a great activity for children of all ages!!

I made the paper for this project using standard pour method papermaking instructions. I poured a slightly-less-than-normal amount of pulp in the deckle, then added a fern frond from one of my husband's plants. I topped this off with a bit more pulp before lifting the deckle. As I pressed the water from the sheet of paper, the fern frond became partially encased in the pulp. You can even see the fern spores on the exposed portion of the frond. I love the deep texture the fern creates as it is encased in the paper.

I found the perfect box to showcase this special handmade paper at our local thrift shop. The smaller frond on the lower right was pressed and dried using Arnold Grummer's Garden Press. It rests on top of the handmade paper.

If I can bear to part with it, this jewelry box will make a great gift!!

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You can see more projects on my Create & Craft blog.
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