Monday, January 28, 2013

Window With A View


This blog post is bittersweet because it completes my six month commitment as a member of the Arnold Grummer Design Team. Back in August of 2012 I started posting two projects a month for Arnold Grummer's Paper Making. The products have been fantastic, and the encouragement from the nice folks at Arnold Grummer's Paper Making, and my fellow design team members, has been a real blessing. I wish them all nothing but the best in everything they do. For all you papercrafter's, I'm sure My Creative Mommy will still be doing paper projects from time to time, amidst the other creative ideas I'll be posting every week : )

This week's project is a Trifold Window Card embellished with beads. I adapted this project from an idea I liked in the ultimate papercraft bible. The creative possibilities are endless for designing your own card.  

Here's what you'll need to make yours:



Thread your needle and slip on your first bead.

Then thread the other end of the embroidery thread through the eye of the needle in the same direction as the end your threaded first.

Your bead should be sitting at the bottom of a loop now.

Push your needle through the card above the top of the window, in the center, from front to back. Not too close to the edge of the window or the paper will break.

Now gently pull the thread taut, and the bead will be flush with the paper.

Begin stringing the beads on the until they match the length of the window.

Once you've reached the bottom of the window, push the needle through the card, in the center, from back to front this time.



From here you can leave a few beads dangling at different lengths, choose a charm to hang from the end, or anything you can think of really. I chose a metal plate stamped with an inspirational message and attached it to the card with embroidery thread using basic sewing skills.

This was an easy, inexpensive project that was fun and turned out great. Who wouldn't love to receive this card? Or you could just give it to yourself : )
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There are about 196 countries in the world, and my goal is to take the whole world on a creative journey one project at a time. So I want to offer many thanks to all my readers in 77 different countries so far... 

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, 
Trinidad & Tobago, Peru, Ghana, Estonia, Dominica, Nepal, Norway, Slovakia, Croatia, Algeria, 
Finland, Mongolia, Myanmar [Burma], Lesotho, and Qatar!


Many Blessings,
Jana : )





Friday, January 25, 2013

It was a AWESOME Ride!

Monica here and I want to say it has been so fun here at Arnold Grummer, but as the term ends a new one shall begin.  With all the changes I know there will be bigger and better things to come her at AG!  This will be my last post but I will always be an AG Fan and still share projects I create using AG products.  This is my best project yet.  I made Tear Bears out of the paper I made.  I grinded up some older paper and used some of the dye from Amazing Mold Putty to give it a stronger color.


It took a couple of tries to really get the thickness I need to brush the paper but finally a masterpiece.  Well  it has been fun, but the craft journey never truly comes to an end!!

Hugs
Monica

Monday, January 21, 2013

I Could Write a Book




. . . and I have!
A whole book out of handmade paper.
Here is my illustrated version of the children's song "This Old Man."
I have always loved that song. That little "knick-knack-paddy-whack"  captures my imagination. What exactly does it sound like and what makes that sound?  In my version "knick-knack paddy whack" has a very definite sound.
This old man, he played four
He played knick-knack out my door
And who is this old man anyway? I made him a not-so-old old muscian.

If you have seen my cards, you know I love to make pictures that tell stories. So even this little rhyme tells a story of the day a girl, her mom and their pup are visited by an old friend, who makes music all over the place, and then rolls home.


He played knick-knack on my hive!

It was great fun to make this book and to make the paper for the illustrations --from the beige band-aide, to the yellow dandilions. I am already humming a tune and collecting paper for my next book.

Please enjoy this preview, and yes, it is for sale!


This Old Man by Illustrated by Susan Carton | Make Your Own Book


This is my final post for Arnold Grummer. It has been great fun to share my love of paper making and to see all the beautiful work the Design Team members have made.

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susanjc

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Valentine's Heart Garland

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One of my favorite things to do is to make garlands to hang from my fireplace.  With Valentine's day coming next month it is time to make a new one.  I figured what better way to do it than with homemade paper.
Item used for this project:
Blue and Pink Angel Wings
8 1/2 x 11 White Printer Paper
Various Craft Paint
Fine tip applicator bottles
Twine
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I made the hearts using the heart card template.  I made 5 cards in total and cut them in half to make the individual hearts.  The one thing I love the most about the project is that I used the same exact products for each card that I made but they all came out different. After I cut the cards I punched two holes in the top of each one.  Then I started decorating them with craft paint using fine tip applicator bottles.
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I didn't want to over decorate the hearts because I wanted the paper to really stand out.
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Then I used twine to string the hearts together and hung them above my fireplace.
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Sadly this will be my last post on the Arnold Grummer's Papermaking Design Team.  I wouldlike to take a moment to thank the people of Arnold Grummer's Papermaking and Terri Sproul for giving me this excellent opportunity to work with this fabulous product line.  Don't for get to check out the Design Team Blog  for other fun and exciting projects.

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Valentine Heart Basket


Just in time for Valentine's Day! 
Make this beautiful handmade paper heart basket for someone you love : )

This was an easy project, here's what you'll need:
Arnold Grummer's PaperMill Complete Kit
Arnold Grummer's PAPERMILL™ Complete Kit
Arnold Grummer's Folding Heart Card Template
Medium Template: Folding Heart Card
Glue
Hole Punch
Flowers
Ribbon, Twine, Vine

If you don't already know how, simply follow the easy directions for making paper at http://arnoldgrummer.com/resources/watch-videos.html using the Folding Heart Card Template.

Once your card is dry, fold card and glue around the side leaving the top open. Punch a hole on each side for your ribbon, fill with pretty little flowers and hang!

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There are about 196 countries in the world, and my goal is to take the whole world on a creative journey one project at a time. So I want to offer many thanks to all my readers in 72 different countries so far... 

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, 
Trinidad & Tobago, Peru, Ghana, Estonia, Dominica, Nepal, Norway, Slovakia, Croatia and Algeria!


Wishing you a happy, healthy New Year,
and Many Blessings,
Jana : )


Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Olives Anyone?

Happy olives dancing in brine! Pulp painting makes it easy. Olives make it fun. Enjoy.


 
 
 
 
 
Wrap a glass jar with a new sheet of handmade paper.

Using a scissor handle as a mold, make the green olives.
Use the black mesh screen placed on top of the white plastic grid from the
Arnold Grummer Medium Pour Mold, pour pulp into mold.
Place the olive onto the wet yellow paper, press in place.
Pour a smal amount of red pulp onto the black mesh/white grid and form it into the pimento.



Lift the pimento off the screen and dab it into place. Repeat until jar is full.



Please enjoy this olive-themed video.






Saturday, January 5, 2013

Recycled Container Inspired by a Hat Box

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Items used for this project:
 A Plastic Container (that once held Christmas candy)
Scrap Paper
Scrapbook Paper
Chipboard Embellishments
Assorted Bling
Acrylic Craft Paint
Homemade Stamp
Instructions:
  1. Wash your container both inside and outside.  Dry thoroughly.
  2. Make your paper pulp and pour into your Pour Mold just the same as you would if you were making a piece of handmade paper.
  3. Squeeze the water out of the pulp.
  4. Now instead of letting it lie flat to dry, start wrapping your container in the wet paper.  I separated my scraps so that I would get different colors and effects for the lid and the base of the container.
  5. As your wrapping your container press the paper down with your sponge.  This helps it get into all of the cracks and crevices and helps it to follow the contours of your container.
  6. When you are done set it aside to dry over night.
  7. Once your container is dry you can begin embellishing.
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I used Scrapbook paper to make some 3D flowers for the top of the container.  Once I stuck those down I decided that it needed more.  So I tucked the chipboard embellishments under and around the flowers and added some bling.
And here you have the finished product.
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Thursday, January 3, 2013

~"Celebrate Confetti" with Arnold Grummer's Handmade Papers~







With the New Year now here I was thinking of a way to combine "Celebration" with using up items that are lying around! It is a 2 fold project as I really needed to use up some accumulated art papers as well! We all know how gorgeous handmade papers are that we  can create with Arnold Grummer's handmade papers and wouldnt want to throw away even the smallest of scraps! So I gathered together some scraps from the  handmade papers I have made and thought it would be fun to create some "celebration confetti"!  These scrap papers even had sparkles and glitter throughout so they would be perfect for enclosing into birthday cards,graduation cards,anniversary cards,whatever occasion it was, they would be fun and festive! And depending on what types of punches you had, the sky would be the limit to the shapes!




~Supplies~
Scraps of handmade papers
Craft punches in assorted shapes


This confetti is quick and easy to make by punching the shapes out of the scrap papers and then you could either use them inside of cards, sprinkle on the buffet or dinner table at a gathering or event, stretch the neck of a balloon and add a small amount of confetti before blowing up, to then be popped at a special occasion ~ there are allot of fun ways to use some beautiful handmade scrap paper and always a reason to CELEBRATE!!

~In Love and Faith~
Sherri



Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Cards with Molded Focal Pieces


For truly unique handmade cards, nothing beats using one of Arnold Grummer's paper casting molds. These molds are so versatile—besides paper pulp, you can mold a variety of clays. For these cards I used Arnold Grummer's magnolia mold, the dragonfly mold, trifold window cards, and Delight™ by PaperClay.

I rolled out a small ball of the paper clay with a rolling pin to about 3/8" thickness and large enough to cover the mold. The molds were dusted with cornstarch so the paper clay would release easily. I pressed the clay into the mold to capture every detail. I gentle removed the casting from the mold, trimmed as desired, and left to dry overnight on a flat surface.
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I tried a different coloring technique on each of these cards. On the magnolia casting I used chalks for the leaves and petals, and added deeper color accents on the petals with Prismacolor markers. The flower center was colored with a Tombow marker.

Close up of Magnolia paper cast

For the dragonfly I coated the body, head, and wing parts with USArtQuest PPA. Then, I dipped a fine brush into gold mica powders and blended with the PPA that was already on the paper clay piece. I did the sparkly gold background by painting the areas with PPA and sprinkling with Mica Gold Dust.

Close up of Dragonfly paper cast
The final step was to prepare the trifold card blanks. For the dragonfly card I stamped a dragonfly image with Versamark creating a tone on tone image. For the magnolia card I stamped a leaf vine with pigment ink and embossed with clear embossing powder. I mounted each casting on a mat and mounted the mat with the casting into the trifold card.

Finished cards using paper casting from Arnold Grummer's paper casting molds
You can see more of my projects on my Create & Craft blog.
Carole