Wednesday, July 30, 2014

One Final Look at Christmas in July

It's hard to believe that July is almost over and we are wrapping up sharing our Christmas in July projects.  I have enjoyed sharing the decoration and card earlier this month.  If you missed them be sure to check them out.  Today I am excited to share this elegant holiday card that I hope inspires you to make for your cards this year.

I began by making 2 sheets of handmade paper using one of the Papermill Kits.  The white sheet I used to create a 5" x 7" card base.  I made the blue sheet by adding a couple of sheets of the Tissue Tints to white paper pulp.  I cut that sheet down and then carefully tore the edges to give it a ragged look to add a little different texture and design to the squared edges of the card base.  Then, I adhered some of the gorgeous skeleton leaves to the card and added a piece of ribbon and a bow to finish it off.

                                                               

This was an easy card to make using the wonderful products from Arnold Grummer's plus it has a touch of elegance added with the handmade paper and beautiful leaves.  Are you ready to give it a try?  Be sure to use the coupon code SAVE20 for 20% off your entire order, but hurry this code ends on July 31st so head over to the Arnold Grummer website now and get your order in! 

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Friday, July 25, 2014

Oak Leaf Note Pad

©Michele Emerson-Roberts


I am always on the lookout for quick and easy gifts that can be created by the dozens and used for a stocking stuffer or one of those "Ooops, I need something really fast!” encounters. This is one of those projects, and any of the Arnold Grummer paper casting molds will be great for that special occasion. I love creating tons of castings and storing them for future use and it is a great way to use up bits of left over paper pulp too.




Supplies:

  • Any of the Arnold Grummer paper making kits
  • Molds: CP Oak Leaves
  • Microwave, heat gun or a sunny window
  • Blender, small strainer, cello sponges and soft towels, paper cutter, scissors, bone folder, ruler
  • Quick Grab™ Adhesive, double sided tape
  • Scraps of white paper (think white junk mail, etc.)
  • 12 “of ¼ light gray ribbon
  • Two pieces 3 ¼” square of marbled gray mat board
  • 3” Post a Note pad
  • ColorBox™ Light Gray Ink pad
  • Colorbox Stylus™ tool and white foam tips
Instructions:

  1. Follow the direction for paper making and casting found in any of the Arnold Grummer paper making kits or books to create the oak leaves casting with white slurry.
  2. Dry in the microwave, with the heat tool or place in a sunny window.
  3. Use the light gray ink and Stylist tips to add a small amount of color to the casting to show the texture and detail. 
Assemble the Note Pad:

  1. Use the Quick Grab adhesive to attach the ribbon to the inside of both pieces of matt board, leaving enough ribbon to allow for the thickness of the pad.
  2. Use double sided tape to attach the note pad to the backing.
  3. Attach the oak leaves casting to the front of the matt board.
  4. Tie a bow on the side.




Creating for the Holidays

The holidays will soon be upon us so July is a good time to start thinking about making the cards you will be needing.  The earlier you start, the more details you can put on a card like this beaded snowflake, but this wouldn't be anything without the gorgeous handmade paper behind it and that's where the fun begins!  There is nothing like the finishing touches of a sheet of paper that you have made yourself.

For this card, you will need to make 2 sheets of paper using the basic papermaking instructions found with the Papermill Kits from Arnold Grummer's.  Also, check out the great instructions found here under the Resources tab.  For the blue piece, add a sheet of the Tissue Tints into the scraps of paper and soak them in water for a little bit.  If you want a deeper blue, add some blue scraps of paper, too.  Add the pieces to the blender and use the colored water for the 2 cups needed to make the pulp.    Allow both newly created sheets of paper to dry on their own or dry them with a slightly warm iron. 

Create the card base for the card from 1 of the sheets and cut a 4 1/4" square from the second sheet.  Find a snowflake template online and print it.  Use a piercing tool, straight pin or the tip of an ice pick or awl to poke the holes at the beginning and end of each straight line.  Remember if you are using an ice pick or awl use only the very tip of it so the holes don't end up being too large.  Slide a piece of jewelry making wire through one hole to the back of the paper and tape it to the back.  Add the beads to the wire and feed the other end through the hole at the opposite end of the line and tape it.  Continue doing this until the snowflake is finished.  Add adhesive pearls around the center of the piece and another larger stone or as used here an old piece of repurposed jewelry to finish it off. 

Add the paper to the card base and stamp your favorite greeting onto it.  Finish off the edges by adding a little ink around the piece to make give it a more wintery effect. 

                                                            

You now have a start on your cards this year, but don't wait Christmas is only in 153 days more days!  To help you get started, this month you can use the coupon code SAVE20 for 20% off your entire purchase of on the Arnold Grummer's website.  That should give you a great start to your holiday creating, but remember this special code ends at the end of July so don't wait! 

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Monday, July 21, 2014

Christmas In July

Is it too soon to give any thoughts to Christmas?  When days are hot and steamy why not!  Actually I have been into a couple of craft stores in the area and "holiday" items are already on display.

It was time to play around and experiment again.  Going through the casting molds and other things items to use as deckles for shapes, I found a Wilton cookie mold and some plaster molds.


 Here is a snowflake casting, using the Wilton cookie mold and cotton linter squares.  I used enough of the squares that would cover the size of the mold and processed them in a blender as suggested for making pulp.  I included  "Iridescent Flakes" into the pulp before making the casting.  Once the snowflake casting was dry, I used some glitter glue to add dimension on some of the raised lines on the casting.  I small hole is punched and a narrow ribbon hanger is added.   Just for a few ideas, the snowflakes would make a nice additon to a Christmas tree or could be used as decorations in a sway over a doorway or along a mantle edge.  NOTE: I created over 100 of these snowflakes several years ago as a favor at a friends "winter wedding".  I had brushed the raised areas with white glue and sprinkled them with iridescent glitter.  A decorative, silver ornament hanger was attached.  Each was packaged in a cellophane bag along with some artifical snow, with gift tag attached from the bride and groom.



These two package tags were created with recycling thin, kraft colored packing paper pulp.  Process the pulp in a blender and strain.  Press the pulp into molds of choice.  I used two molds that are meant for plaster casting.  Remove as much water with sponges or rags.  Allow the casting to dry. NOTE:  I help the drying process along by placing the  pieces on a microwave safe surface and use 30 secong intervals to dry pieces. Use this method to dry slightly and then leave overnight to dry completely.  

Once the pieces are dry, they can be painted if desired or embellished in any way.  Use a purchased tag or die-cut a tag shape.  Add a strip of torn holiday fabric and glue the casting onto the surface.  Add a ribbon or cord for attaching the tag to a package.

For a 20% savings, use SAVE20 code after visiting the Arnold Grummer website for any purchase this month.

Mini Mixed Media Shadowbox by Linda Hess

Hello again!  Have you ever needed a crafting "fix" but had no time??  OR wondered what to do with small scraps of handmade paper leftover from projects.  Well read on, as this will give you an answer to both crafting issues :-)
 
 
 

I found an adorable little shadow box frame at Michaels and had to pick it up (wish I had been able to get more!).  I am sure such a small area (4"x4") was created to showcase a small watch or mini work of art.  It created the perfect challenge for my paper & polymer crafting!

Materials:
scraps of handmade paper created with the Arnold Grummer's Papermill Pro
Mini Textures Casting Mold (http://arnoldgrummer.com/mini-textures.html)
Premo!Sculpey polymer clays in colors of choice (www.sculpey.com)
4"x4" Studio D├ęcor Shadowbox (Michaels Stores)
The Ultimate Glue (www.crafterspick.com)
optional: Pearl Ex powder, mini eyelets, heat set crystals, sticky back pearls


Procedure:
1) Remove back of shadowbox.  Trace onto scrap of paper.  Cut out and set aside.

2) Condition small amounts (~1/8 block for each color) Premo!Sculpey clays.  Starting with one color, press into texture mold as shown. 
Remove and trim excess clay away. 
Repeat with other colors and textures.

3) Detail textures with your choice of Pearl Ex powders, heat set crystals, eyelets, or a bit of each

Once details are complete, bake polymer clay pieces at 275 degrees for 15-20 minutes.  Let cool before proceeding.
 
4) Retrieve the cut paper.  Use The Ultimate glue (my absolute favorite for everything!) to glue texture tiles to the paper.  Let dry.  Hmmm, needs one more detail.  Sticky back pearls are perfect!  Press firmly into place. 
Insert "art piece" into shadowbox frame and replace backing.  That is all there is to it! 
Paper made with the Papermill Pro (www.arnoldgrummer.com) may become the favorite background for many projects.  Here is another piece of "scrap" that perfectly showcases a polymer clay pin!

Friday, July 18, 2014

Celestial Duo Journals

©Michele Emerson-Roberts  2014

What fun it was to create the two tiny journals for my sisters. I think they will be a big hit for their birthdays along with the matching cards. Now to decide who gets "love" and who gets "peace"....you would have to know them to understand what a dilemma this is.... smile.


Supplies:

  • Any of the Arnold Grummer paper making kits
  • Blender, small strainer, cello sponges and soft towels, paper cutter, scissors, bone folder, ruler
  • Tan paper scraps, black paper scraps (added the word “paper”)
  • Two small composition books
  • One sheet of black 8 ½” paper  (you may have enough left from the previous week’s project)
  • Spray bottle and bleach
  • Tan thread
  • Double sided tape or PVA adhesive
  • Dies:  Memory Box Co. love and peace
  • Spellbinders Grand Calibur™ Machine
  • Punches: small sun and moon, large, medium and small Spirelli
  • Acrylic Mat Medium, sponge brush
Directions:

  1. Create one sheet of tan paper and one sheet of black paper.
  2. When the handmade papers are dry, punch one each of the large, medium and small Spirelli shapes from both tan and black paper.
  3. Die cut the words ‘love and peace’ from tan card stock scrap or handmade paper.
  4. Punch suns and moons from the handmade paper or tan card stock scrap and black paper scrap.
  5. Lay the 8 ½ x 11” black paper onto a protected surface and mist with the spray bottle of bleach. Allow the paper to dry.
  6. Cover the small composition books with the bleached black paper using the double sided tape or the PVA adhesive.
  7. Alternate and layer the Spirelli pieces and wrap with thread.
  8. Glue the sun or moon to the center.
  9. Attach one word and one Spirelli piece to the front of each of the small books.
  10. Paint several coats of Acrylic Mat Medium on the covers of the books, allow it to dry between each coat.

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Getting Creative with Christmas in July

I was looking through various websites the other day and noticed several that had sections for handmade paper projects so of course I had to go take a look.  As I went through them, I began to notice a familiar theme.  They were all projects where the handmade paper was just a sheet of flat paper.  None of them had any dimension to that special paper that was so lovingly created.  That lead me to do more searching and I found more and more places like this. 

Handmade paper is great for making cards from and using on scrapbook pages, but there's so much more that can be done with it.  My time on the internet was the inspiration for this Christmas in July project.  I used 3 sheets of paper that I had made previously to create this holiday table decoration.  It's perfect for those office party tables or the banquet tables at your favorite craft club meeting and it is really easy to make.

I started by creating the sheets of paper using one of the Papermill Kits following the basic instructions for making paper.  For the white sheet that I would be using for the snowflake, I added some of the Opal Sprinkles to give it a shiny affect.

 Once all of the paper was dry, I cut the blue sheet to measure 6 5/8" x 11" and scored it vertically at 2 5/8".  I turned the paper horizontally on my scoring board and scored it at 2 5/8", 5 1/4", 7 7/8" and 10 1/2".  I cut each of the score lines up to the 2 5/8" line that was first scored.  This created the flaps for the box.  For the 10 1/2" score line I cut and removed the bottom half to create a tab to adhere the box closed.  Next, I folded each of the score lines and then used a die and my die cut machine to create the windows.  Then, I folded and adhered the box together. 

I used the plain white sheet of paper I created to make the box lid.  I cut it to be a 4 1/4" square and scored each side at 3 1/2".  After that, I cut 2 of the score lines across from each other up to the next score line which created the tabs.  They had tape added to them and the lid was folded into place.

I used the paper that I had added the Sparkles to and one of my favorite snowflake dies to create 3 pieces for each snowflake.  I left one of each unscored and scored 2 of each of them in half.  I added glue to the centers and attached them to the unscored piece.  For the hanging one, I added a piece of twine in between the pieces and allowed it to dry and added a little glue to some of the points on the one that would become the topper and placed it on the lid. 

Now is the perfect time to start creating the holiday decorations you will need this season.  Remember that those gorgeous sheets of handmade paper can be used to make great three dimensional projects.  Handmade paper isn't going to lie down and take it anymore....make it stand up and enjoy it! 


Planning on starting your holiday projects soon?  Use the coupon code SAVE20 and save 20% off your entire order this month.  It's the perfect time to start your Christmas in July!

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Friday, July 11, 2014

Celestial Duo

©Michele Emerson-Roberts  2014


My signature colors are black and tan. I love the contrast between these two neutrals. I needed two birthday cards for my sisters who are as different as night and day. It was easy to create these two perfect cards using two of my favorite molds and any of the Arnold Grummer paper making/casting kits and some scraps of paper!



Supplies:

  • Any of the Arnold Grummer paper making kits
  • Molds: CP 627 Sundance and CP 626 Moonbeam (available from AG)
  • Microwave, heat gun or a sunny window
  • Blender, small strainer, cello sponges and soft towels, paper cutter, scissors, bone folder, ruler
  • Beacon Quick Grab™ Adhesive, double sided tape
  • Scraps of tan paper (think colored junk mail, or brown paper bag, etc.)
  • 1 sheet of 12 x 12” Kraft 90# card stock (I used World Win)
  • 2 sheets of black 8 ½ x 11” paper
  • Spray bottle and bleach
  • Envelopes 6 x 6”
  • Dies: CheeryLynn Center Step card, Memory Box Co. love and peace
  • Spellbinders Grand Calibur™ Machine
  • Punches: small sun and moon

Directions:

  1. Follow the direction for paper making and casting found in any of the Arnold Grummer paper making kits or books to make slurry from the tan scraps.
  2. Cast one each of the Sundance and Moonbeam molds.
  3. Dry the castings in the microwave, with the heat tool, or place in a sunny window.
  4. Lay the black paper on a protected surface and mist with the spray bottle of bleach. Allow the paper to dry.
  5. Check the grain of the card stock to determine the layout for folding. Cut two of the center step cards from one sheet of the 12 x 12” card stock.
  6. Fold the cards and use the bone folder to get a good crease.
  7. Cut the card layers from the misted black paper. (Save the scrap for another project)
  8. Punch two each suns and moons from tan scrap.

Assemble the cards:

  1. Attach the black paper layers to the center step cards with double sided tape.
  2. Attach the Sundance and Moonbeam castings to the front of the cards with Beacon Quick Grab™ adhesive.
  3. Attach the words to the middle of the bottom section of the card and punched suns and moons to each side of the words.

Now to get busy and create small matching journals for them to tuck into their purses!


Monday, July 7, 2014

Butterflies are Free Textured Paper Wall Hanging by Linda Hess

Hello and welcome to my first blog post for the Arnold Grummer's design team.  I am looking forward to the next 6 months as I journey into the world of paper crafting.  For my first project I have decided to start simply with paper and a few scrapbooking materials.  It is very textural in nature and frame worthy (if I do say so myself).  Let's get to it!

Materials:
2 pieces handmade paper (see how-to link below): one textured, one untextured
Chicken Wire w/ Butterflies Border Chipboard (sccb23)  www.sincitystamps.com
Caterpillar (SC32-6) www.sincitystamps.com
ColorBox Archival Dye ink (coal black)
scrapbook paper
Acrylic paint in colors of choice
Assorted polymer clay butterflies (contact me for info: polymercreations4u@msn.com)
The Ultimate glue (www.crafterspick.com/allpurposeglue.html)
optional: Making Memories metal words

If you are like me you have a bin full of shredded junk mail, paper, and bills.  Put that trash to good use with one of the Arnold Grummer's paper making kits.  when I told my family that I was "making paper" they looked at me like I was crazy!  "Can't you buy it at the store" was heard more than once ;-)  Once they saw what could be made with the shredded mess that used to be thrown away, they were ready to jump in a make it along with me!

Follow directions on either kit to create multiple sheets of paper for crafting.  I would suggest working in an area where the water will not bother anything (I worked in the laundry room).  I am not going to take you through the actual paper making process in this tutorial.  For insight into that process, go to my blog post (http://polymercreations4u.wordpress.com/2014/07/05/arnold-grummers-paper-making/)  I created a couple of different pages in that post which I will use today.  [Please note: I used the Papermill Pro which creates 8 1/2 x11 pieces of handmade paper.  I like the size because you can get multiple uses from one sheet.] 

Procedure:
1) Place untextured piece of paper on work surface.  Cover with butterfly border chipboard, making sure that paper covers openings entirely.  Cut or tear away excess paper (set aside leftover piece for another use).  Remove chipboard.

2) Paint Butterflies chipboard in colors of choice (I used Dazzling Metallics in silver and purple).  Set aside to dry.

3) Glue chipboard butterflies first to cut/torn sheet and then in place on textured sheet.  Rough/natural edges showing is okay!

4) Rubber stamp scrapbook paper with "Caterpillar" saying.  Tear edges towards you to reveal white underneath.  Glue or tape in place.
 
5) Using the leftover green paper, cut 2-3 leaves.  Detail can be added with a Pentel Metallic Brush Pen (www.pentel.com/store/metallic-brush-pen).  Glue leaves in place.

6) If desired, glue metal words in place.  Last touch, glue butterflies in place. 
 
 


I plan to feature this in a shadow box frame float mounted on a larger piece of mat board or scrapbook paper.  I hope you have enjoyed this project.  Amazing how a few simple pieces can create something so lovely, isn't it?  Now go forth and create :-D
 

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Box Card Using Handmade Papers

I have jumped on the box card bandwagon in a big way!! I love three dimensional projects, and this twist on a greeting card really resonates with me. Box cards look extraordinary, but actually, are quite simple to make. I sized this box card to be appropriate as a gift enclosure card.

I used regular solid colored cardstock for the box card and the insert base. The decorative side and flap panels are handmade papers. After cutting the pieces for the flap panels, I embossed them using a Cuttlebug embossing folder. The flowers were cut with an embossing die.


Adhere the decorative panels to the box card base, then form the box and glue the tab in place. Next, position and adhere the flowers to the box card and the insert base. The insert base is glued to the inner sides of the box midway from the front and back.


Here's my finished box card with decorative panels made from handmade papers.


I've included a PDF file you can download to make your own box card.
Carole