Monday, September 29, 2014

Halloween Treat Box by Linda Hess

Fall is upon us: the leaves outside are changing, the air is getting a bit cooler, sweaters have come out of hiding, and YES Halloween is only a month away!  With 2 children in college, I still send Halloween treats (yes, I am THAT kind of mom).  I am also the kind of mom spinning in my tracks, so to get treats out on time I need to think ahead :-)

With that in mind, I looked through my cabinets for something that could easily be sent through the mail without destruction.  I found a metal Hershey box and decided that it would be perfect to recycle. 

First thing was to create some Halloween orange paper using my Arnold Grummer's Papermill Pro kit.  I mixed a handful of shredded paper with a few squirts of Pinata Ink (Calabaza Orange #JFC1005) and some Creatology Orange glitter (can be found at Michaels's stores) plus 2 cups of water...WHIRRRRRRRR.  Following the directions I poured the mixture into the frame and pressed out most of the water.  I wanted a little more orange in the paper so I dripped some Clearsnap Ink Refill across the page.  As I pressed the water out, the ink dispersed a bit throughout the page.
Once I had a nice thick piece of wet paper to work with I stopped (NOTE: Normally I would press the paper with multiple couch sheets to get out a lot more moisture, but this time I wanted the paper sheet to be damp).

I removed the lid from the box and pressed the paper over the top and around the edges.  Excess paper was torn away and pressed onto areas that were a bit thin or did not quite cover the edges.  Since the paper sheet was still damp, pressing the pulp onto new areas was easy to accomplish.  Once completely covered I put the lid with paper in the oven to quick dry.  I had a few areas where the paper hung over.  I left those to be trimmed away rather than torn off.

While the lid was baking I got to work on an owl.  I used this same resin mold in August for the back to school banner.
I pressed some of the leftover paper pulp firmly into the mold and then removed it.  Odd edges and areas are easily fixed using the end of a paintbrush and your fingers.  Once "cleaned up" I popped the owl into the oven to quick bake (NOTE: I bake at 275 degrees for about 15-20 minutes).

Now for the inside of the box.  I have a stash of leftover handmade papers.  I grabbed a piece of blue sparkly paper and cut it to size.  Tacky glue (I use The Ultimate Glue) attaches the paper to the inside of the box. 
I found a lazercut design at Michael's in the Halloween section and thought it would be a nice addition to the box.  A bit of acrylic paint and some embossing powders make the design POP.  Glued in place it still leaves a bit of room for treats :-)

Now to finish the top.  The owl is detailed with PrismaColor markers.  A stick from the backyard makes the perfect perch.  I created a "Trick or Treat" label on textured paper.  Tearing the edges towards me revealed the solid pumpkin orange underneath, framing the words.  All components are glued down to the top. 
Now all I need are some sweet treats to fill it and I can send it off to college.
Thank you for looking.  I hope you enjoyed this "recycle" project.  Have a Happy Halloween!

Friday, September 26, 2014

Tag…You’re It!

©Michele Emerson-Roberts 2014

I love creating small gift items for special friends and family to include with a handmade paper card. These tag necklaces can be made ahead of time and stashed away for later gift giving.  Since I make dozens of sheets of paper at a time and always have scraps, I will often use leftover handmade papers and simply draw around the template and cut the tag shape with scissors. Great way to use up leftover papers and beads too!


  • Any of the Arnold Grummer™ paper making kits
  • A sunny window
  • Blender, cello sponges and soft towels
  • Arnold Grummer tag template #360
  • Personal paper cutter, scissors
  • Scraps of white or ivory paper, scraps of colored paper (think junk mail, etc.)
  • ColorBox™ Ink pads in various dark colors to match the hand made tags
  • Decretive stamps (patterns for the covers… words would be great for the inside pages)
  • Clear embossing powder
  • Heat tool
  • Standard size round hole punch
  • Four feet of soft metallic cord (for each tag necklace)
  • One large bead, two medium beads and six spacer beads (for each tag necklace)


  1. For each tag necklace, follow the directions found in any of the Arnold Grummer™ paper making kits to create two heavy weight tags for the covers and 6 light weight tags for the pages.  
  2. When the tags are dry, stamp designs onto the covers, and emboss with clear embossing powder and the heat tool.
  3. Stamp the words onto the inside pages (encouraging words for a friend who is going through a rough time are a nice addition.)
  4. Punch the hole at the top of the covers and pages.

Assemble the necklace:

  1. Fold the metallic cord in half, insert the loop into the stacked tags and tread the loose ends through the loop.
  2. Place one spacer bead, the large bead and one spacer bead onto the loose ends of the cord.
  3. Tie a loose overhand knot approx. 8” from the ends of the cords.
  4. Thread one spacer bead, the medium bead and one spacer bead on each end of the cords.
  5. Tie a knot at the end of each cord.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Fall Gift Giving

We often think of fall by the colorful leaves, pumpkins and cooler temperatures, but what about things of fall like weddings or get togethers where a gift is needed ?  We often find ourselves in a busier schedule this time of year and when we are invited to a special event we don't think about a gift or a box to put it in.  This fall box is the perfect addition to that special gift for those occasion. 

This box was created using all handmade paper and dyed lace.  One of the Papermill Kits was used to create 5 sheets of paper.  The paper for leaves were scraps of cardstock that were left from crafting that were placed in a blender and turned into new sheets of paper.  Once they were dry, a fall leaf punch was used to create the leaves.  Scraps of white cardstock were used to create the sheets for the box, but instead of using 2 cups of plain water according to the instructions included in the kit 1/2 cups of warm tea and 1 1/2 cups of water were placed in the blender with the white cardstock to create each sheet of paper.  They were then allowed to dry and a 7 1/2' square was cut from the first sheet.  It was then scored at 2" all the way around and adhered closed.  The second sheet was cut at 5 5/8" squared and scored at 1" all the way around and assembled, as well.  The lace was also tea dyed and glued around the edge of the lid to finish off the box. 

This little handmade paper box makes the perfect gift in itself.  Use it for giving to someone or as a an addition to your fall decorating.  No matter how it's used the fun of making the paper is the best part of it.

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Friday, September 19, 2014

Birthday Greetings

Michele Emerson-Roberts 2014

Recently a friend gave me a bag of old greeting cards that she had been saving. The cards represented many holidays and celebrations themes. I separated the cards by category and filed them away for future use.

I had just finished several sheets of handmade petal paper and remembered that I needed a birthday card for the very friend who had given me the bag of cards. I checked the stash of cards from her and found the perfect one to die cut and use for her BD card! Wonder if she will notice? Smile.


  • Any of the Arnold Grummer™ paper making kits
  • A sunny window
  • Blender, cello sponges and soft towels
  • Personal paper cutter, scissors
  • Scor-Pal™
  • Beacon ZipDry™ Adhesive, and foam tape or foam dots
  • Scraps of white paper, scraps of turquoise paper (think junk mail, etc.)
  • Small dried flower petals
  • An envelope (or make matching envelopes with the AG envelope template)
  • An already used store bought card to die cut
  • Dies: Spellbinders’ Large Scalloped Ovals
  • Spellbinders Grand Calibur™ Machine


  1. Follow the directions found in any of the Arnold Grummer™ paper making kits to create one or more sheets white “petal” paper and one sheet of heavy weight turquoise paper.
  2. When the sheets of paper are dry cut the turquoise paper to 81/2” x 5 ½”.
  3. Score each at 4 ¼” and fold in half to create two turquoise cards (set one aside for a future project).
  4. Fold, crease and tear the white “petal” paper to create a deckled edge piece slightly smaller than 4 ¼  x 5 ½” card. (Note - always save the scraps)
  5. Attach the deckle edged “petal” paper to the front of the folded turquoise card with Beacon ZipDry™ adhesive.
  6. Die cut and emboss the sentiment shape from the front of the old birthday card.
  7. Attach the die cut verbiage to the middle of card with foam tape or dots.
  8. Add a personal message.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Leaf Embedded Background Paper

Playing around once again with paper pulp to create an interesting paper that can be used as a background for a photo or special verse.

A pile of leftover white card stock scraps from another project, were used to make the pulp for the paper.  Because the scraps were from a heavier paper, I used fringe scissors that cut  paper into thin shreds then soaked them in water before placing them into a blender to make pulp.  The pulp, along with some water, was then placed into a squeeze bottle. NOTE: The blended pulp, along with water, can be poured into a bowl and a baster can be used to squeeze the pulp onto the screen.  To form the sheet of paper, use the large dip handmold and place it on a large cookie sheet with a lip.  Squeeze the paper pulp onto the screen - keep layering the pulp onto the screen, covering the entire surface.  NOTE: I didn't worry too much about it being a bit thicker in places. For a background paper I wanted some uneven areas. 

Remove the top wooden deckle frame from the pulp.  Place the gray screen over the pulp and press with sponges to remove some of the water. Before pressing out more of the water, place dried leaves onto the surface in any desired pattern.  NOTE: Use a single layer of leaves (the small fern pieces had to be removed because they would not stay in place). Replace the gray screen or use another paper making screen and press again to embed the leaves into the paper and also removing more water from the sheet.  NOTE: If no extra blue paper making screen is available, use a sheet of waxed paper or parchment paper under the gray screening to press.  Continue to process the sheet of paper just like any other sheet.  Instead of ironing the sheet to dry, place the sheet between layers of cotton fabric and couching sheets and weight it with heavy books till dry.  NOTE:  Check  after several hours and change fabric and sheets if needed to help the drying process.

Use the finished sheet as a background in a floating clip frame for a special photo or stamped or handwritten verse.

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Monday, September 15, 2014

Artist Journal Upgrade by Linda Hess

I recently became the Art Teacher at a local Catholic school.  I am responsible for grades K-8th, each coming once a week.  My background in teaching is with the Elementary grades (K-5) so 6th-8th may be a little challenging.  Thankfully the former art teacher left me a ton of fabulous ideas that I can use as a jumpstart.

One thing that she had for middle schoolers was to cover an art journal in some permanent way (paint, paper, fabric, etc) that reflected a little of their artistic style.  Fabulous jump start to the year!  I gave the assignment to them during the first class and answered any questions that they had..."Can I use Duck Tape?"  "yes"  "Can I wallpaper?"  "yes"  "Can I...???" You get the idea.  I realized that I could not expect them to decorate a journal without doing one myself, so for the first time in my adult life I shall have an art journal of my own. 

With that background, let's decorate a journal!  I encouraged my middle schoolers to get a journal with a spiral on the top or side for durability (I am hoping they will continue to use this even after they leave me...or at least throughout this year without it falling apart!)

spiral bound art journal
Americana Chalkboard paint
scrap handmade papers created with the Papermill Pro kit
The Ultimate glue
ribbon (I used Celebrate It from the $1 bin @ Michaels)
miscellaneous supplies: bling, words, pens, polymer clay, etc

1) Following chalkboard paint directions, paint the cover of your journal.  I began this process with the cover still attached and quickly discovered that I could not paint inside the spirals without a lot of mess. 
Once the first coat was dry I removed the cover easily to complete the painting process without mess.  Once layers were completely dry, I replaced the cover.
With the cover base complete I went to my stash of handmade papers and pulled out a couple of pieces.  I wanted my handmade paper to have a subtle texture, so I pulled out a paper crimper and slowly rolled the paper strip through.  PERFECT!
I decided to keep one rough edge for the top and the bottom.  By cutting the paper strip in half I was able to produce a textured sheet for each edge (top & bottom) of my journal.  I glued them in place. On top of each paper strip I glued a piece of the ribbon.  (NOTE: do not worry about any overhang on the edges at this point.  After drying long ends can be trimmed away easily). 

The cover was looking a little plain for my taste, so I found some metal word stickers, a polymer clay angel, and a paper tag that I made for my last blog post ( 

Nice, but it needed a little I wrote "Art Journal" down the sides with a Pentel Metallic Brush pen and highlighted with a silver Sharpie.  Much better!!

The center is now ready for any chalk doodles I might add and can be changed as desired.  I have enjoyed sharing the beginning of my art teacher journey with you.  Check back for updates as I introduce my classes to the world of paper making this year.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Gone Fishin’ Card

©Michele Emerson-Roberts  2014

I have such wonderful childhood memories of lazy afternoons just sitting and fishing with my dad. Looking back it didn’t seem to matter that I never caught anything, or would not bait my own hook. What a delight it is to take junk mail and scrapes of paper and use them to create something that not only is useful but also helps keep stuff out of the land fill! This card will be a big hit with the all the males in your life, so you might want to make several to have on hand.

  • Any of the Arnold Grummer™ paper making kits
  • AG #552 Large Template: Envelope A2
  • AG #551 Large Template:  Deckle Divider
  • Scraps of white and olive green paper (think junk mail, etc.)
  • Dried evergreen needles
  • AG #163 Opal Sprinkles
  • Tiny amount of Opal shred
  • Mold: Fish soap mold
  • 8mm clear crystal bead
  • A sunny window
  • Blender, small strainer, cello sponges and soft towels, scissors, bone folder
  • ColorBox™ Olive Green Chalk ink pad and Stylus handle & tip
  • Beacon QuickGrab™, double sided foam tape or foam dots

  1. Follow the direction for paper making and casting found in any of the Arnold Grummer paper making kits or books using the deckle divider and envelope templates to create two sheets of pale green paper.
  2. Add a tiny bit of dried evergreen needles for the card sheet.
  3. When the paper is dry you will have two deckle edge cards and one matching envelope (You may want to create a second envelope to use later with the extra card - just a reminder: always save the scraps and the left over pieces to use for other projects in the future).
  4. Create some darker olive slurry, add a few of the Opal Sprinkles, caste the fish. (While you have the slurry, you may want to cast some other items to use for future projects. I often do many casting at a time.)
  5. Since this mold is thin plastic, dry the casting in a sunny window.
  6. When the casting is dry, carefully tear around the shape of the fish close to the body.
  7. Use the ColorBox™ Stylist handle and tip to apply Olive Chalk ink to the raised areas on the fish.

Assemble the card:

  1. Fold the card in half. Follow the folding instructions to create the handmade envelope.
  2. Use the QuickGrab™ adhesive to attach a small amount of Opal shred to the front of the card and to attach the 8mm clear crystal bead to the fish’s eye.
  3. Use the foam tape or dots to attach the fish casting to the center area of the card. 

Caution when mailing: you will probably need to put this one in a box so that it does not get crushed, or better yet, hand carry it and watch his eyes light up when he opens the envelope!

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Time for Fall the Mixed Media Way

It's hard to believe this year is more than half over and fall is not that far away.  I am happy it is, though, as it is my favorite season with winter a close second.  I'm always excited to start creating and decorating for the fall and one of my favorite things to create are pumpkins. 
This year, I took my pumpkin making a step further and turned it into this mixed media project.  What better mixed media is there than handmade paper, wire and things from nature?  These little pumpkins are easy to make and are perfect for decorating. 
Start by making several orange sheets of paper and one or two (it's always nice to have extras on hand) green sheets using one of the Papermill Kits and the basic instructions.  You will need enough orange paper to cut 12- 3" or 4" circles.  Once the paper has dried and you've cut the circles ink the edges and fold each one in half and start attaching them together using a tape runner.  After you have taped them all, fold them so the stack is laying flat and trim off a small portion of the bottom so the pumpkin will sit.  Close the pumpkin up adhering it closed with the tape.  Punch or die cut the leaves and add the stem from a piece of dried tree branch using a glue.  Attach the leaves to it also using the glue.  Twist a couple of pieces of wire and add them to the center of the pumpkin. 
The texture of the handmade paper adds a great look to the pumpkin.  Don't blend the paper as much to leave some of the strips in small chunks so there are bumps in the paper just like you would find on a pumpkin!  Create different colors and hues by adding some of the Tissue Tints to the paper. 
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Friday, September 5, 2014


©Michele Emerson-Roberts 2014

I don’t usually do “cute” but fell in love with this owl from Dream Weaver and knew it would make a great “guy” card. I am also an avid “saying” collector and have pages and pages of saying that resonated with me… someday they will get sorted and put in a book, but that’s a project for another day - smile.


  • Any of the Arnold Grummer™ paper making kits
  • A sunny window
  • Blender, cello sponges and soft towels
  • Personal paper cutter, scissors
  • Scor-Pal™
  • Beacon ZipDry™ Adhesive, and foam tape or foam dots, double sided tape
  • Scraps of tan paper and black paper (think brown paper bag, junk mail, etc.)
  • Two envelopes (or make matching envelopes with the AG envelope template)
  • Black frame shape left over from another project
  • Embossing folder or vegetable net bag or other texture plate
  • Dies: Spellbinders’ “Branching Out” S6-006, Memory Box “Woodland Branch #98187 and Dream Weaver “Nested Owls” DG751
  • Spellbinders Grand Calibur™ Machine
  • “Who do you see……” computer generated verbiage (or your choice of other message)
  • ColorBox Stylus™ Handle and white foam tip, Honey colored Distress™ Ink pad


  1. Follow the directions found in any of the Arnold Grummer™ paper making kits to create one sheet of tan heavy weight paper and one sheet of heavy weight black paper.
  2. When the sheets of paper are dry cut the papers to 81/2” x 5 ½”.
  3. Score one of each color at 4 ¼” and fold in half to create a tan card and a black card.
  4. Cut one of each left over piece to slightly smaller than 4 ¼  x 5 ½” to line the inside  front of the cards. (Always save the scraps)
  5. Computer generate and print the saying. (Note - I will often do many different saying at a time and save them for later projects.)
  6. Die cut the saying.
  7. Die cut the owl shape from the front of each of the two cards (refer to photo for placement). Then die cuts out the “parts” and leaves the outline. Note - the “fall outs” will be used on the opposite cards (black owl on tan card, and tan owl on black card).
  8. Die cut the branch from the black handmade paper scrap.
  9. Emboss the tan owl fall out pieces.
  10. Emboss the front of the tan card. Note - to bring out the texture and design of the embossing on the owl pieces, use the ColorBox™ Stylus™ handle with the white foam tip to lightly apply the Honey ink to the embossed paper.
  11. Tint the die cut saying.
  12. Attach the lining paper (black inside the tan card, tan on the inside of the black card) to the inside of the cards with ZipDry™ adhesive or double sided tape.
  13. Attach the die cut verbiage to the right side of the black card with foam tape or dots.
  14. Attach the embossed tan owl pieces to the left side of the card.
  15. Use tiny pieces of foam tape to attach the black owl (except the feet) pieces to the tan card.
  16. Place the branch at the owls’ feet, and place and attach the feet on top of the branch.
  17. Attach the frame to the front of the tan card.
  18. Add a personal message.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Tag with Handmade Paper Heart

I love making special tags, and what could be more special than a tag enhanced with handmade papers. I made three different papers using basic papermaking techniques. Each used a pink color palette, but with different inclusions.

For the crown I added iridescent flakes to the paper pulp. For the heart, I added silver sprinkles and Angel Wings dried botanicals. I added bird seed to the pulp for the wings. Each paper was unique and complimented the other papers. The heart pieces were cut using the Sizzix Heart Wings die.

I started with a wooden tag from the Antique Tags collection from Beyond the Page which I painted gold with an acrylic paint. While the paint dried, I assembled the heart and embellished the crown with Dew Drops.
Close up of winged heart made from handmade papers
I attached the assembled heart and more Dew Drops to the wooden tag using a quick drying white glue. The addition of ribbons, lettering, and tulle completed the tag.
Finished tag made with handmade papers

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