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!!

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