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!!!!!