Monday, April 28, 2014

Remember Mom

With Mother's Day just a couple weeks away, this special day became the inspiration for my latest project, using handmade paper and some casted elements to create a keepsake for a mother or grandmother or any special lady.

A variety of previously formed sheets of handmade paper were used to construct a mini album.  Three dimensional flowers are die-cut and colored from plain sheets of handmade paper and leaves are caste in a mold used for clay.

The base of the album was die-cut from tan chipboard. NOTE: I used Sizzix Scoreboard XL - Album Photo die, (#657122). The front cover uses a sheet of paper made from a mix of a brown paper lunch bag and white copy paper.  This mixture of paper creates a nice mottled look to the paper.  NOTE: This sheet is also die-cut to match the chipboard cover.  Glue this sheet to the chipboard cover.  Paint the back cover and binding piece with Vintage Photo Distress Paint.  Use Distress Inks to shade the edges of all pieces.  Use a strong double faced tape like "red tape" to put the album together, by attaching the front and back covers to the binding strip.  Create a page anchor by accordion folding a piece of paper 4" tall paper every 1/2".  NOTE: My piece was 4 1/2" wide, this will hold four pages.  Add one inch more for each additional page wanted.  Apply double sided adhesive to both ends of the accordion folded piece.  Adhere the ends flaps of this piece to the front and back covers.

For the insert pages I used other handmade sheets.  The pages are random widths.  I ran these through the Big Shot using the same album die, only trimming away the edge that will be attached to the binding.  The right edge is left with the deckle as formed when making the sheet of paper.  Glue each page onto a binding fold.

Flowers are formed from die-cuts. NOTE: I used Sizzix Bigz - Flowers, 3-D die.  Each flower is lightly inked with Distress Inks.  NOTE: I used Tattered Rose and Festive Berries.  Twist the flowers using tweezers to form and glue with hot glue to hold in place.

Leaves were caste in a Makin's Clay Leaves mold.  Trim away any excess paper and color each leaf with green Distress Inks.  With a small fine brush, paint the stem and veins with a green paint.

Form a bow for the edge binding with ribbon.  Glue the leaves and flowers in place in any pattern on the cover.  Die-cut letters to spell M-O-M and glue onto cover if desired.

Add photos or personal messages onto the pages.

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Saturday, April 26, 2014

Lavender Scented Card - Tutorial

Hello all Debbie here
Today I am going to show you how to make a scented flower card…. my way… ;)

This Card uses totally homemade paper.

You will need:
- Bubbled paper - greyish tones - I used some gloss paper here in the paper making process… let the bubbles settle/pop before undoing the deckle this way the paper ends up with bubble/mottled look on the paper.
- Green gold flecked paper
- Pink paper
- Close to white paper - Mine was treated with 1/4 tsp of Gum - Arabic in the blending process

adheasive, lavender oil, sentiment stamp, scissors, heather flowersoft, stamp pads in light blue, mid blue, purple tones…. green, wire (green) or flowersoft wire (this is covered with paper so its easy to colour), atomiser

1. put several drops of the lavender oil in the atomiser and top with water.

2. spritz the Pink paper with the lavender atomiser and then lightly rub the ink pads all but the green on to it….

3. Cut 3, thick pencil type shapes out of the coloured paper about 1 1/4" wide and 3 1/4"

4. Now dry the paper shapes…. then put glue down one length and roll the paper into small thin tubes slightly wider at one end.
5. when dry cut small slits at an angle either side… don't cut all the way to the opposite side. And slightly twist.

6. Dot these weird shapes with glue and dip in the Heather FlowerSoft.
7. colour the wire green and glue to the flowers
8. tear a 5 1/2" x 2" strip of green gold flecked hand made paper
fold in half and then tear in strips down to the fold…. not all the way through.
9. take your bubbled homemade card stock and fold it in half
This makes the base of your card
10. Tear out a flag shape and stamp your sentiment on the near white Gum Arabic treated paper (I find that Gum Arabic really helps with a good surface for stamping on homemade paper)
Attach all elements to the card and you are done!

Thanks for dropping by and I hope you give this tutorial a go.

Debbie Buckland

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Friday, April 25, 2014

Nature’s Butterfly Card

©Michele Emerson-Roberts  2014

When I need a quick (I am talking 5 minutes) but special card, I grab one of the numerous paper castings that I created ahead of time with using the many AG casting molds. I collect junk mail and scraps of white paper to use in paper making and casting. The colors are grouped together and stored in clear plastic bins. I like to make sheets of paper and/or castings several times a month and will have numerous colors or castings to choose from. 


  • Any of the Arnold Grummer paper making kits
  • Scraps of off-white paper (think junk mail, etc.)
  • Mold: Butterfly from CP Nature Miniatures
  • Microwave, heat gun or a sunny window
  • Blender, small strainer, cello sponges and soft towels, paper cutter, scissors, bone folder, craft knife and cutting surface
  • Lemon scented liquid potpourri
  • Scrap of off-white card stock
  • Golden Yellow card stock 5 ½ x 8 ½” (folded) and envelope
  • Dies:  CheeryLynn tiny leaf flourish
  • Spellbinders Grand Calibur™ Machine
  • Embroidery needle, medium golden yellow  floss
  • Beacon QuickGrab™ and ZipDry™ Adhesive, double sided foam tape or foam dots
  • 18” of 1” sheer golden yellow ribbon
  • 2 8mm clear seed beads


  1. Follow the directions for paper making and casting found in any of the Arnold Grummer paper making kits or books to create slurry.
  2. Add a few drops of the Lemon liquid potpourri to the slurry.
  3. Cast the butterfly from the CP Nature mold.
    (Note: while you have the white slurry, you may want to cast the other three shapes from the mold or any of the other wonderful molds that you may purchase from Arnold Grummer.)
  4. Dry the casting in the microwave, a sunny window or with a heat gun.
  5. When the casting is dry, coat the back of the casting with ZipDry™ adhesive.
  6. After the adhesive is dry, use the needle to poke holes down the body of the butterfly casting.
    (Note: do not place the holes too close together)
  7. Stitch the butterfly body with French Knots, and outline-stitch the wings.
  8. Attach the two 8mm seed beads for antennas.
  9. Die cut two of the tiny leaf flourishes from the scrap of off whit card stock.

Assemble the card:

  1. Cut a 1” slit at the top left of the folded card.
  2. Insert the ribbon and tie a bow.
  3. Attach the tiny leaf flourishes with QuickGrab™ adhesive to the bow.
  4. Use the foam tape or dots to attach the butterfly casting to the right side of the card.
  5. Add a message to the inside of the card.

Note: If you are not hand delivering the card, you may want to mail the card in a box to prevent flattening.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

With Spring Come Mothers Day!

My mother loved hummingbirds! We would give them to her on special occasions. If I found a card with on for Mother's Day, that was the perfect card. Today I have a card made completely with handmade papers using the Arnold Grummer's Papermill Complete Kit. If this is your first time hearing about hand made paper with Arnold Grummer's Papermill Complete Kit, be sure to watch the Basic Paper Making video making paper couldn't be any easier. 

This past weekend was a paper making weekend! 
I usually start with paper from out paper shredder. 

I made papers with Arnold Grmmer's Gold DustArnold Grummer's Iridescent Flakes and specialty pulp.

The purple, pink and green papers were made with scrapes or of color cardstock.

The flowers were made pressed in a silicone mold the Hummingbird and heart were made with cookie cutters in the Arnold Grummer's Papermill. 

Here is my finsihed card. The base is a full pink sheet of paper folded in half.  Layered with a portion of a purple sheet with decorative punched edges. The hummingbird molded with a cookie cutter, flower that was made in a silicone mold and a leaf torn from a sheet of handmade green paper!

Here is a perfect Mother's Day Card!

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Monday, April 21, 2014

Mother's Day Wishes

What mom wouldn't love receiving this special card made from hand made paper?  Add hand made roses to add a touch of elegance to this card.  Make it in mom's favorite color to add another special touch to her day.   Any mom will be thrilled receiving this Mother's Day card made just for her.  
Begin by creating 4 sheets of paper using one of the PaperMill Kits.  The card base was made using a mix on light purple and pink pulp and then once that was poured into the deckle some dark purple pulp was poured in to create darker spots to add some dimension to the paper.  The pulps were made according to the basic instructions and used some tissue tints for coloring.  Another sheet of paper was made by mixing the 2 pulps and would be used for the flowers.
The second sheet of paper was created using the basic instructions and had 1/2 cup of water substituted with 1/2 cup of tea to give the paper a tanned look.  Gold Dust was added to give it more color and a little bling.
The green sheet of paper was made using some left over green card stock and the basic instructions. 
To make the flowers, cut a circle from the purple sheet of paper using a circle punch.  If you don't have a punch or circle die, cut a square of paper large enough for your flower and then use a pair of scissors to round the corners.  The size of flower will depend on the size of circle you use.  
 Free hand a spiral shape onto the circle.  It does not have to be perfect. 
 Cut on the line you just drew starting from the outside and working towards the center. 
 Start rolling the flower from the outside, carefully bending the paper as needed to remove the stiffness.  When you reach the center add a dot of glue from the bottom and attach the last part of the spiral so that the flower looks full. 
Assemble the card and add the flowers.  Add leaves made from the green sheet of paper to finish it off.  These can be cut by hand or if you prefer use a leaf stamp and fussy cut the leaves out.  If you don't want the ink from the stamp showing turn them to face the card base, but by leaving the inked image showing it can add another dimension to the flowers. 
Be sure to create this card for your mom this year to show her how much you love her.  To help get you started, use the code MOM20 to save 20% on your order to get the supplies you need to create this card or any hand made gift for mom this Mother's Day. 
See more of my work at Peg's Crafting Corner

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Flower Art Frame

Hello! Peggy here to show you how I made this flower art frame with some fantastic products from the Arnold Grummer's Website.

List of supplies I used today are: 
  • Blank frame 
  • White Gesso
  • Egg Whites
  • Paint Brush
  • Specialty Paper #9050
  • MicroFleur Flower Press
  • Flowers and Leaves

First thing I did was find some pretty flower specimens to press. This process is so addicting...I can't wait until all the flowers bloom! 
I placed them in my press and microwaved them for 45 seconds on high. Leaves and thin flowers dried faster than stems and thicker flowers. But the whole process took no more than a few minutes to dry All of the flowers and leaves.
Here they are pressed and dried.

This is my blank frame I used two coats of white gesso.
Here is where the egg whites come in.. Yep.. you heard right Egg Whites are used here to preserve the color of the flowers and to glue them down. Mother natures glue! I read this on the internet and I Had to try it!.
Apparently they will keep their color for years! And give them a glossy shine..
I used some specialty paper from an A La Carte package, it has leaves embedded into the paper. I used the backing that came with the frame and placed my paper behind the frame. This way my recipient can easily take the backing off and use it as a regular frame. I then used my egg whites and glued and preserved my pieces.

Here is a close up of a dried egg white wash over the flower. As you can see it keeps its gloss..

I hope you have enjoyed this tutorial and inspired you to try something new!
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Warmly: Peggy Oliver

Friday, April 18, 2014

Peaches and Cream Leaf Box

©Michele Emerson-Roberts  2014

I love the presentation of a gift as much as I love giving the gift! I had purchased a beautiful leaf broach for a dear friend who collects leaf jewelry and wanted to give her a great box to house the gift. Follow along to create a gift box of your own, changing the embellishment to reflect the gift inside.


  • Any of the Arnold Grummer paper making kits
  • Blender, small strainer, cello sponges and soft towels, scissors, bone folder, ruler
  • Beacon ZipDry™ Adhesive
  • Scraps of peach and white paper (think colored junk mail, etc.)
  • Leaf punch (or whatever shape you desire)
  • 12” of 1/4'” peach sheer ribbon
  • Peach liquid potpourri or body splash


  • Follow the direction for paper making found in any of the Arnold Grummer paper making kits or books to create one sheet each of light and medium colored peach paper. Add a few drops of scent to the slurry before pouring each sheet.
  • When the paper is dry create a simple fold over pouch box with a pointed flap from the medium colored peach paper.
  • Cut a triangular shaped flap liner from the light peach paper.
  • Attach the light peach liner to the box flap with ZipDry™ adhesive.
  • Punch (2 each) leaves from both colors of handmade peach paper.
  • Tie a tiny bow at the box flap. Attach the leaves to the ends of the box.
  • Place the gift into the box and watch for the smiles when it is presented.

And note - always save the scraps and extra pieces to use in creating future projects.

Blessings on Mother’s Day Card

©Michele Emerson-Roberts  2014

I am so lucky to still have my mom around. She has been ill for several years but continues to rally each time we think she will be leaving us. She has always loved roses and use to grow many different varieties. This card is created in her honor with the wish and prayer that she will still be with us when Mother’s Day arrives.


  • Any of the Arnold Grummer paper making kits
  • Scraps of white and pale green paper (think junk mail, etc.)
  • Molds: CP Nature Miniatures
  • Microwave, heat gun or a sunny window
  • Blender, small strainer, cello sponges and soft towels, paper cutter, scissors, bone folder
  • Rose scented liquid potpourri
  • White card stock 5 ½ x 8 ½”, and a scrap big enough for verbiage
  • Light pink text weight paper (for layers)
  • Stamp: Blessings (or your choice)
  • ColorBox™ Med. Pink Chalk ink pad
  • Dies: Stamp Doctor Center Step Card, Spellbinders Fancy Tags, CheeryLynn tiny leaf sprigs
  • Rose embossing folder
  • Spellbinders Grand Calibur™ Machine
  • Embroidery needle, light pink variegated floss, light green variegated floss
  • Beacon QuickGrab™ and ZipDry™ Adhesive, double sided foam tape or foam dots
  • Envelope for a 4 ¼ x 5 ½” card


  1. Follow the direction for paper making and casting found in any of the Arnold Grummer paper making kits or books to create a sheet of pale green paper.
  2. When the paper is dry, die cut numerous tiny leaf strips. (Remember to always save the scraps and the left over pieces to use for other projects in the future).
  3. Create white slurry, add a few drops of the Rose liquid potpourri.
  4. Cast the rose from the CP Nature Miniatures mold. (While you have the white slurry… may want to cast the other three shapes from the mold. I often do 10 to 30 casting at a time.)
  5. Dry the casting in the microwave, a sunny window or with a heat gun.
  6. When the casting is dry, coat the back of the casting with ZipDry™ adhesive.
  7. After the adhesive is dry, use the needle to poke holes around the petals of the rose, the stem, and the top and bottom of the leaves on the casting. (Do not place the holes too close together).
  8. Outline stitch around the rose petals with the pink variegated floss. Re-thread the needle with the light green variegated floss and outline stitch the stem and leaves on the casting.
  9. Stamp the verbiage on the white card stock scrap with the medium pink chalk ink.
  10. Die cut the verbiage with the fancy tag die.
  11. Cut the center step card, and use the bone folder to get crisp creases.
  12. Cut the light pink text paper layer pieces 1/8” smaller than the areas of the card. Emboss the light pink layer pieces with the rose folder.

Assemble the card:

  1. Use ZipDry™ adhesive to attach the layer pieces to the front of the step card.
  2. Use the foam tape or dots to attach the rose casting to the center area of the card and to attach the verbiage to the bottom center of the card.
  3. Attach the leaves to the side areas of the card and around the stamped tag shape.
  4. Add a message to the inside of the card and send it to your “mom”.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Creating Shapes with Paper Pulp

Spring finally seems to showing itself here in our area.  Along with signs of the season popping and blossoming here and there, the robin's and other feathered friends are singing and building their nests for more new life.

Many will be celebrating Easter next Sunday.  My little family will be gathering here to celebrate both the holiday and the five Spring birthday's we have within one month.

While working on making seed papers for my last post I also had the idea to make paper pulp and work with casting shapes with other forms that I have within my supplies.  I found an egg shaped mold that was used to make chocolate or sugar shaped eggs.  I had to try to use this mold to form a large egg shape using paper pulp.

I wanted to experiment with the pulp and find a way to make the shape stiffer.  I feel my experiment was succesful.  After making several batches of pulp I strained as much of the water out as possible.I placed the entire  amount into a bowl and added approximately 1/4 cup of Stiffen Stuff by Beacon Adhesive and mixed it into the pulp.  By hand, I began to pat the pulp into the egg mold bringing the pulp up over the top edge slightly and then repeated the process with the other half of the mold.  I used small pieces of sponges to try to remove as much of the moisture from the pulp as possible.  To help the drying process along, I placed the molds into the microwave and set it at short intervals of 40 seconds several times, beginning at 50% power and working to 100% power for 30 seconds.  After this process the shapes were left to dry completely overnight.  Once dry, the shapes were carefully removed from the molds.  To make the shapes stronger, I brushed several light coats of Stiffen Stuff onto the shapes.  NOTE:  I did several coats on the outside of each form, allowing them to completely dry between coats then repeated the same process on the inside.

From one half of the egg shape I created a candy holder.  The outside was painted with white pearl acrylic paint finish and the inside was painted with a yellow glitter paint.  A handle was fashioned from a strip of handmade paper.  NOTE:  To stiffen the handle, Stiffen Stuff was brushed onto the strip following the same process mentioned above.  A length of decorative ribbon was glued to the handle.  Two paper brads are used to attach the handle to the base.  Fill with "grass" and your favorite candy.

The second half was finished to hold a little chick and some paper flowers for a sweet Spring decoration.  This half was painted with white paint and the covered with glue and sprinkled with white glitter to give it the look of sugar coating.   In the bottom of the egg Icut a piece of styrafoam and glued it to the inside.  Folded green rice paper was cut into thing strips to create paper grass.  Paper punched flowers with leaves were created with a piece of wire placed between to flower punch shapes and placed into the foam.

This project will more then likely lead to more experiments with using pulp to form three-dimensional shapes in the future.

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