Monday, July 15, 2013

Christmastime in the City

Posted by Mel Kolstad

City sidewalks, busy sidewalks, dressed in red, white and blue....

OH! Sorry, I forgot - it's Christmas in July!  Well then, let's have those sidewalks dressed in bright red and green, shall we?

That's better!  :)

Here's a project that's fun and easy - and can be tailored to ANY time of the year!  Here's what you'll need:

Handmade papers (I used some of my red and green handmade papers from my stash):

"Cityscape" stamp set - this is from my very own line of stamps, available at!

A variety of glitters and stamp colors - I like the Stickles line of glitter glues and the Color Box "Cat Eye" stamp inks:

Tiny Christmas lights from Jolee's for You (mine are old - now they make stickers, which are probably much easier to work with)!

Okay!  Let's get started!  I made a half-sheet specifically for this project with my Arnold Grummer Medium Pour Handmold, using some black shredded paper:

As you can see, I'm also adding in some lovely Arnold Grummer Iridescent Flakes, which made the night sky light up so nicely!

While the new sheet was drying, I stamped my red and green handmade papers with the "Cityscape" stamp set, and then added the glitters:

As you can see in the finished product, I also stitched one of the buildings with my sewing machine - it's so fun sewing paper!  :D

Now it's time to put it altogether - but first, just one final touch - a teensy weensy little pulp star that I made with some of my "painting pulp" that I had on hand and this tiny little star cutter from Primo!...

Glue on each building one by one on your background (I used masonite board), string the lights on the buildings and glue on the star - VOILA!!  It's a Christmas city scene!

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Mel Kolstad is one of the newest additions to Arnold Grummer Design team, and she's THRILLED to be a part of it!  She is an artist specializing in collage, encaustic and printmaking who makes her home in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin with her photographer husband Brian (he shot some of these photos) and their sassy Pomeranian, Dudley (who has his own Facebook page).  You can find out more about Mel on her website,

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Christmas in July

Christmas in July Fan Decks
By Judi Kauffman

Get a head start on holiday gifts by making a batch of duded-up fan decks. They're easy, fast, and affordable. Make one to tuck in your purse, just right for to-do lists!


Our Fan Deck books:  to purchase Click HERE 

For all projects:
Remove the covers and set aside screw post and inside pages. Use a strong hold double-sided adhesive to adhere materials to the covers. (I chose transparent double-sided adhesive sheet from Elizabeth Craft Designs)
Wrap the outside and line the inside of chipboard covers with two coordinating decorative papers (Snowflake Fan Deck).
Color the edges of the cover pieces with paint or a metallic pen, and decorate only the outer surface of them, leaving the natural color of the chipboard visible on the inside of the covers (Bohemian Flower Fan Deck, Flower and Berry Fan Deck).

Alter the screw head and flat back of the screw post with paint or ink formulated for metal, or add a decorative sticker to the screw head.

Bohemian Flower Fan Deck -
Covers made with Shimmer Sheetz in Fire Opal Gemstones (Elizabeth Craft Designs), embossed with Bohemian Collection folder (Sizzix), colored with StazOn ink in Teal Blue (Tsukineko). When ink is dry, lightly sand the embossed piece. Cut to fit cover. Make a matching back cover, or choose a second embossing folder in a coordinating pattern. Reassemble fan deck.

Flower and Berry Fan Deck -
For front cover, alter Shimmer Sheetz in Turquoise Gemstones (Elizabeth Craft Designs) with Piñata Color alcohol inks in Metallic Gold and Passion Purple (Jacquard Products). Cut to fit cover. Alter a black flower and berry peel-off (ECD #123) with Piñata Color in Metallic gold. Position peel-off on cover, trim as needed. Add a Glitter Dot in Pink (ECD #7018) to each flower. Use altered Shimmer Sheetz without the altered peel-off for the back cover. Reassemble fan deck.

Snowflake Fan Deck -
Wrap and line covers with Eastern Elegance Designer Series paper - gray and white pattern for the exterior; turquoise, white and gray pattern for the interior (Stampin' Up!). Center Glitter Snowflake peel-offs (Elizabeth Craft Designs #7055) on each large motif on the front cover. Trim snowflakes as needed at edges of the cover, taking care not to accidentally cut the  patterned paper. Center a tiny snowflake peel-off on the screw head. Reassemble fan deck.
**Tip: Eastern Elegance was not designed as a Christmas or winter collection, but the motifs, like snowflakes, are six-sided. Don't limit yourself to only seasonal papers when you shop. Any repeat pattern with 1" motifs will work, though six-sided designs are the best option for snowflakes.
**Another option: Use Glitter Stars or other glitter peel-offs instead of snowflakes.

(For Shimmer Sheetz and peel-offs: Elizabeth Craft Designs,

Now it's Time to go and shop - here is a coupon to help you - "JulyPromo"  this is good for 20% off your total order.  

Monday, July 8, 2013

Christmas in July! Let the Decorating Begin!

 Hi everyone! I'm Peg and I am so excited to be a part of the new design team for Arnold Grummer's Papermaking.   As you get to know me over the next several months you will quickly find out that there are 2 times of the year I absolutely love...Halloween and Christmas so I was so thrilled when the design team was asked to think about Christmas in July.  I know it's early for some of you, but for me it's never took early to start creating and decorating for the holidays.
Today I'd like to share with you this cute little door or window hanger using handmade papers to make these fun 3-d trees. 
I used the Papermill PRO Envelope & Stationary kit and followed the directions on how to make the paper.  For the mold, I used a scalloped round plastic cookie cutter I found at one of my local stores and a brass tree cookie cutter that I had for a while and poured the paper pulp carefully into them.  I made 2 of the scalloped pieces, 2 trees with stars and 2 trees without the stars. Once the entire piece was filled in, I added the stars and began to slowly life the mold out of the water. 

I carefully lifted the cookie cutter straight up after removing the hand mold and finished the paper according to the directions in the kit.  

I finished off the edges of the scalloped circles with glitter and scored the 2 trees down the center and glued them on top of the other 2 trees to create the 3-d look. I assembled all of the paper pieces together and then attached them to the ribbon making sure to create a loop at each end of the ribbon.  I tied a separate bow and added it to the top to finish it off.   
This cute little door (or window) hanger gives a whole new meaning to decking the halls this holiday season.  Once you make one, you won't want to stop at that and will want one to hang on every door and window in your house. 

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Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Double Duty Christmas Ornament

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By: Carole Lassak
Yes, you read that right, It did say Christmas. Yes, I know it's July. But, Christmas is my favorite holiday, and I think about it year round. Today I'll show you an  accordion booklet that doubles as an ornament and a gift.

I started with an Arnold Grummer's Mini Zig Zag Book and a sheet of handmade paper that I created using an Arnold Grummer's Papermaking Kit. I followed these standard directions when making my paper.

Here are the steps you can follow to create your own zig zag book:
  1. Ink the edges of the chipboard book covers.
  2. Coat one side of each of the book covers with an aggressive adhesive. I ran my covers through my Xyron.
  3. Decide side of your handmade paper will be the right side.
  4. With the right side of your handmade paper face down, place the adhesive side of the covers on the handmade paper. Firmly brayer to ensure a good bond. 
  5. Using a craft knife, cut out the covers. I love the deckled edges of handmade paper, so I was careful to position the book covers on the paper to take advantage of this feature on the bottom edge of my booklet.You can see the deckled edge of my handmade cover paper on the left side of the following photo.
  6. Ink or paint a ½" margin on all four sides of the inside of the covers. Set aside to dry. 
  7. Decorate the zig zag pages of your booklet. I used a variety of techniques—stenciling, stickers, rubber stamping, heat embossing, embellishing with rhinestones and Stickles. 
  8. Using a tape runner, put adhesive along the edges of the front folded page. Attach to the inside of the front cover. Repeat for the back cover.
  9. Add ornament hanger, ribbon, and cover decoration.

Here are the individual inside pages:
Glitter stenciled onto double faced taped
Stamped; berries highlighted with Stickles

Stamped; heat embossed

Composite scene; stamped; highlighted
with Copic markers and glaze pen

Stamped; embellished with


I love sharing the spirit of the Christmas season, so I have a small tree decorated with ornaments that holiday guests may select as a small remembrance gift. So, this mini zig zag book will start as a tree ornament and end as a gift to a special guest.

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