Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Birds in Spring!

Giving and receiving handmade cards is the best! 
I love it when someone sends me a card they made.  
I love the reaction I get from people when I tell them I made the paper! Then when I tell them most of the paper is made from paper in my shredder they are amazed!  

Here are two BIRD cards, all papers used are handmade using the Arnold Grummer's Papermill Kit
The papers used were made from scarps of leftover papers that were any color of yellow and any color of green.  These are the results I got. On some bits of  Arnold Grummer's Iridescent Flakes and Arnold Grummer's Gold Dust were added.
For the card base fold one sheet of hand made paper in half using the ScorPal.  When using the Arnold Grummer's Papermill Kit your sheets of paper will be approximately 5 1/2 by 4 1/4 inches. Then rip paper for the panel on the card. To do this lightly fold the paper where you want it to rip and dampen it lightly with water so you have control of the paper while ripping. 
I printed some of my AlteredPages.com digital collage sheets on Craft Attitude™ with my inkjet printer. On the ink side of the film apply glue stick and adhere to the panel.
One of the cards has gel medium painted over the picture panel.
Add a bit of ribbon and adhere the panels to the base, you have beautiful cards for any occasion.  

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Monday, May 26, 2014

Red, White & Blue Banner Day's

Banners can be a simple decoration to be used around the house for any occasion. Celebrate the beginning of the summer season on this Memorial Day, with this red, white and blue banner.  It can remain up as a decoration all summer long or all year long as a simple All-American sign.


To make this decoration, I made three sheets of paper for the base of each of the three pennants.  Using sheets of red, blue and white papers, I cut them into thin strips before processing in the blender.  The red and blue strips were pre-soaked.  I created a thicker sheet of each color using the pour method.  NOTE: I started with the white sheet. Use the water in the blender from the red and blue soaked paper shreds. Continued with the red and blue, cleaning all items used and changing water between the colors in the container.


Once the sheets are formed and dried, trim them each to measure 5 1/4" x 8".  I scanned and printed images from a "flag" book to be used on each of the pennants.  NOTE: Any images can be used, such as photos, drawings or other patriotic images.  The images were layered onto glittered card stock in coordinating colors before being attached to the handmade sheets.



Rosettes, in two sizes, were die-cut from vellum.  Discs and stars, as added embellishments are also die-cut from coordinating papers.  NOTE: Any embellishments of your choice can be used to decorate each pennant.

The three pennants are attached with tiny wooden clips onto a thin length of red, white and blue ribbon for hanging.

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Saturday, May 24, 2014

A String of Butterflies

Hi all Debbie here…
My daughter loves butterflies so this project was for her bedroom……
a string of butterflies to hang from her ceiling!





















For this project you will need:
Medium template folding heart card #350 
http://arnoldgrummer.com/medium-template-folding-heart-card.html
This is the wings or your butterflies.
Make the heart shapes while making your paper with Arnold Grummers paper making kits.
Make all different colours and add different things to your papers while doing so. Make two sets of wings per butterfly for a double sided look.


There are heaps of wonderful additives you can use from Arnold Grummer online store.
Botanicals
Metallics
Micas
sparkles







Other items needed:
scissors, String or bakers twine, pen, needle, beads, glue, spare scraps of paper

Now lets get started:
After making and drying all your fancy decorative papers take out the template again, draw on your scraps of paper an oval near the middle and then remove the template and draw the rest of your butterfly body as shown below...


Then cut out all your butterfly bodies. Two per butterfly to make it double sided.



You should end up with a few butterflies

With the needle and beads string them on your string or twine..


Now wrap your string or twine around your fingers a few times loosely… we will make a tassel.

then tie the top end near the beads…...
And cut the loops at the bottom. The beads help weight the string down and the tassel finishes it off.


Now take one butterfly wing and glue the string to the middle of the wings...



with a strip of glue down the middle of the wings only stick on the other set of wings hiding the string.

Then stick the two butterfly bodies to either side and slightly curl the wings away from each other.


Do this all the way up the string until you run out of butterflies to construct….

and you have a hanging butterfly decoration for summer! yippee!














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


Debbie Buckland
artycrafty.wordpress.com



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Friday, May 23, 2014

Embossed Pearl Butterfly Card

©Michele Emerson-Roberts  2014


Some dear friends’ anniversary crept up on me and I had to get a card in the mail right away, and once again Arnold Grummer’s handmade/cast papers come to my rescue! I am so happy that I had a great selection of papers already made. It is such a delight to be able to create papers ahead of time and then just grab a sheet or two when you need a quick but exceptional card! Save that junk mail, it is an endless supply of pulp! Take some time today to make papers and castings for your future projects.



Supplies:

  • Any of the Arnold Grummer paper making kits
  • Scraps of white and grey or black paper (think junk mail, etc.)
  • White or pearl grey text weight paper for message approx. 4 x 5”
  • Clear envelope to fit card
  • 8 ½ x 11” Butterfly rubbing/texture sheet or stencil (kids school supply)
  • A sunny window
  • Blender, small strainer, cello sponges and soft towels, scissors, craft knife and cutting surface
  • Score-Pal
  • Die: Spellbinders™ LF-006 Grand Shapabilities® Wonderful Wings
  • Spellbinders Grand Calibur
  • Beacon ZipDry™ Adhesive, double sided foam tape or foam dots
  • 24” of 1” sheer pearl grey ribbon
  • Small pale grey flat backed pearls
Directions:

  1. Follow the directions for paper making and casting found in any of the Arnold Grummer paper making kits or books to create medium grey slurry.
  2. Create a sheet of medium grey paper.
  3. Add more white scrap to the slurry and create one sheet of light grey plain paper.
  4. Use the rubbing/texture sheet or stencil to create one sheet of cast/textured paper. NOTE - you want a deckled edge on the textured sheet.
  5. Place the sheet in a sunny window to dry, and when the sheet of the cast/textured paper is dry, remove it from the texture sheet.
  6. Die cut and emboss two filigree butterflies from the plain sheet of the light grey paper. (Save the leftovers for another future project.)
  7. Die cut two solid butterflies from the medium grey paper.
Assemble the card:

  1. Measure, score and fold the sheet of textured handmade paper to form a 4 ¼ X 5 ½” portfolio card. (Portrait orientation: Approx. 1 ½” from each side, 4” from the bottom and 3” from the top.)
  2. Add a message on the text weight paper.
  3. Attach it with double sided tape to the inside of the card.
  4. Cut a slit in the middle at the top and bottom folds of the card wide enough to insert the ribbon.
  5. Use the Beacon ZipDry™ adhesive to attach the light grey filigree butterflies to the medium grey solid butterflies.
  6. Use the foam tape or foam dot to attach one butterfly to the message paper and one butterfly to the outside of the portfolio card.
  7. Add the small pale grey flat backed pearls to the body of the outside butterfly.
  8. Tie the ribbon into a bow.
  9. Place the card into the clear envelope for mailing.



Monday, May 19, 2014

Butterfly Card

Besides making the paper, one of my favorite things has become molding the paper.  It another great way to use handmade pieces in your projects.  It's also fun to use all the different molds that Arnold Grummer's carries. 

The card base for this card was created using a sheet of handmade white paper.  I used the basic instructions for making paper and one of the Papermill Kits  for it.  The orange sheet was made for the mat using the same method, but this time a piece of orange Tissue Tints was added for the color.  It was, then, cut down to size to fit the card.  Be sure to save the rest of the sheet for other projects. 

The molded pieces were created using the Garden Bouquet mold and the Mini Assortment Mold and cotton linter.  The Mini Assortment mold has 4 different images so I only used enough of the cotton linter to fill the butterfly section and repeated it to make 3 of them.  I used some decorating chalks to add the colors to each piece.  They were attached to the card using craft glue. 

                                                             

Handmade paper is a great way to get the look and colors you want for your projects.  Add some molded pieces for fun and dimension and you will have a project that's over the top!  Now is the time to have some fun and start a new hobby and to help you when you add the code SPRING20  with your order you will receive 20% off the entire order!  Head on over to the Arnold Grummer website and start a new hobby today!

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Saturday, May 17, 2014

Spring Flower Card


Hi All!  Peggy here, today I would like to show you how I made my 
Spring Flower Card using Arnold Grummer's Paper making kit. 
Making paper is so very rewarding. 
Todays list of supplies are: 

First I made some paper with my AG Kit and placed flowers into my screen before lifting the pulp out of the water. (you can see a video of how to do that here) I used some blue angel wings, but you can find everything you need here as far as botanical additives.
After all that fun! I was ready to dive into making my homemade paper embossed!
I cut my paper to size to fit my card front (card stock) and I placed my paper into an embossing folder and ran it through my embossing machine. What wonderful texture. Now to color my creation. 
I used Gelatos to color my textured paper. I ran my colors over the embossed side of my paper to catch all the lifted areas. 

 I stamped my sentiment right onto the paper and adhered my paper to the cardstock.
This process is so easy. I wanted to show a special someone how grateful I am 
they are in my life and I think she will love it..

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Friday, May 16, 2014

Happy Fathers Day Card

©Michele Emerson-Roberts  2014

I am so lucky to still have my step dad living. We will celebrate another Father’s Day with him this year if the good Lord is willing. He always wanted to go hunting….. “with a camera”. Perhaps this card will bring a smile to his face since he was never able to make the time to go and now health issues keep him from going.



Supplies:

  • Any of the Arnold Grummer paper making kits
  • Microwave, heat gun or a sunny window
  • Blender, small strainer, cello sponges and soft towels, scissors, bone folder
  • Beacon QuickGrab™ and ZipDry adhesives, double sided foam tape or foam dots
  • Scraps of white paper (think colored junk mail, etc.)
  • Mold: CP Ducks in flight
  • One 6 x12” Burgundy 90# card stock folded in half (I used World Win)
  • Envelope for a 6 x 6” card
  • ColorBox™ Chalk Ink pads in Lavender Blue and light brown
  • Stylist handle with white foam tips
  • Approx. 1 yard of variegated golden brown floss
  • Approx. 1 yard of variegated golden brown mesh ribbon
  • Large eyed embroidery needle
  • 6 small oak leaf beads

Directions:

  1. Follow the direction for paper making and casting found in any of the Arnold Grummer paper making kits or books to create the casting with while slurry.

  2. Dry the casting in the microwave, with the heat tool or in a sunny window.

  3. When the casting is dry, coat the back with  ZipDry™ adhesive - allow to dry.

  4. When it is dry use the Stylist tool and foam tips to add a tiny amount of lavender ink to the clouds and brown ink to the ducks to bring out the texture of the casting.

  5. Stitch some French knots with the variegated floss to add dimension to the cat tails.

  6. Use the thin mesh ribbon and long stitches to add tall reeds to the right.

  7. Attach the oak leaves with French knots and floss.

  8. Assemble the card

  9. Attach the casting to the front of the card (fold at the top) with Beacon QuickGrab™ adhesive.


Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Spring Flowers!

In the Pacific Northwest we know Spring has arrived when the rhododendrons are in full bloom. Mine are always bloom by Mother's Day Weekend.
Outdoor gatherings are being planned, what better time to display the bounty of spring.  Use your garden to create beautiful center pieces! 

Rhododendrons and columbines in the garden!



To decorate the bottles I used handmade papers (watch the video on Basic Paper Making HERE). All of my papers are made with papers from my shredder.  The color is added with scrap cardstock. 



To make these decorative bottles, rip strips of handmade paper in a desired width.  Adhere with double sided tape. Wrap twine several times around the bottle and tie a bow.

Use the bottles individually or in a grouping!


ANOTHER IDEA!

Use your handmade papers to create gifts.  Here I recycled an old tin that was filled with tea.  It made a great container to give the gift of tea to a friend of mine.
For the can I cut two pieces of light blue paper the width of the tin (one was not long enough to wrap around the tin).  Adhering the paper with double sided tape, I wrapped the tin overlapping the papers. Then wrap the tin with a contrasting color.  Several wraps with twine and a bow finish the gift!

I have an abundance supply of shredded paper to make my handmade papers!!!  You may one day get a gift from me wrapped in my recycled papers!


Start your paper making adventure!!! Go to Arnold Grummer's website and use the discount code SPRING20 for 20% off an order.