Sunday, November 30, 2014

Santa Is Coming

 


He will be here very soon!  Now is the time to be making your lists and holiday cards.  Create this fun Santa Suit card using handmade paper for a fun new look.

Start by using the Papermill Pro Kit to create a red and black sheet of paper.  Use the basic instructions to help you with those.  Once they are dry, create a 5" x 7" card base from the red sheet.  Cut a 1 3/4" x 5" strip from the black paper and attach it to the front about 1 3/4" from the bottom of the card.  Stamp your favorite sentiment in black ink.

Now, use the Jolly Santa mold and some cotton linters to mold Santa.  An easy way to get a perfect round circle from any round mold is to use a small glass that fits around the design once the piece has dried and trace around the glass.  Use a pair of scissors to trim the edge where you have traced.  This will give you a clean edge and a good round circle.  Add color to the design by using your favorite colored pencils.  Who doesn't love to color, right?


This holiday season be on Santa's good list and start a new hobby or continue to have fun with an old one.  Today is the last day to use promo code THANKS20 so be sure to get your purchases with this code in before midnight tonight.  It's a great time to get the things you need to start papermaking!

~Peg

From Peg's Crafting Corner


 

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Giving Thanks Cards II

©Michele Emerson-Roberts 2014


The Grummer company and family have always promoted using “stuff” you have on hand that otherwise might just go into the trash; whether it’s using onion skins to make gorgeous paper, using those dried needles from your Christmas tree as inclusions, or just not wasting your resources. I am a firm believer in “waste not want not” and re-purpose whenever I can. Join me in this adventure - I would love to see what you come up with.



 Supplies:
  • Any of the Arnold Grummer™ paper making kits
  • A sunny window
  • Blender, cello sponges and soft towels
  • Personal paper cutter, scissors
  • Scor-Pal™
  • Beacon QuickGrip™ and ZipDry Adhesives, double sided foam tape or foam dots
  • Scraps of golden toned papers (think junk mail, etc.)
  • Dies:  Spellbinders™  - pumpkin, gourds and cornucopia, small frame
          CheeryLynn™ - “Happy Thanksgiving” 
                       Die- Versions™ - Indian Corn    
  • Various Autumn themed embossing folders
  • Spellbinders Grand Calibur™ Machine
  • Scrap of autumn toned junk mail or scraps of autumn toned cereal boxes
  • Scraps of tan chip board (back side of cereal boxes)
  • Kaleidacolor™ Creole Spice and Cappuccino  ink pads
  • ColorBox™ Stylus handle and soft tip
  • “Happy Thanksgiving” stamp to fit the tag die
  • Fall leaf stamp
  • A2 envelopes (or make matching envelopes using the AG envelope template)
  • Autumn toned scrap ribbon
  • Bow-Easy™


Instructions:

  1. Follow the directions found in any of the Arnold Grummer™ paper making kits to create several sheets of golden toned heavy weight paper (think card stock weight.)  
  2. When the sheets of paper are dry, cut the sheets in half (8 ½” x 5 ½”).
  3. Score at 4 ¼” and fold in half to create the card bases.
    (Save one half sheet of the golden toned paper for the stamped saying and small frame.)
  4. Use autumn themed embossing folders to emboss the fronts of all the cards, or randomly stamp leaves onto the fronts of some of the cards with Creole Spice ink.
  5. Stamp “Happy Thanksgiving” onto scrap of golden tones handmade paper (this will be placed inside the die cut frame) with Cappuccino ink.
  6. Die cut and emboss the frame from the golden paper. (Always save your scraps for other projects.)
  7. Die cut and emboss the chip board cornucopia, gourds and pumpkin. Leave these three items in the dies for now.
  8. Die cut the words “Happy Thanksgiving” from the chipboard (back side of the cereal box).
  9. Die cut the Indian corn from autumn toned junk mail or cereal boxes.
  10. While the cornucopia, pumpkin, and gourds are still in the die, use the Stylus™ tip to apply Kaleidacolor ™ Creole Spice ink through the stencil portion of the dies.
  11. Apply bits of color to the frame.
  12. Apply the Creole Spice ink randomly to the die cut words.
  13. Use the BowEasy™ to tie tiny bows with the scrap ribbon.
  14. Attach the bows to the Indian corn with QuickGrip™ adhesive.

Assemble the cards:

Cornucopia” card:

  1. Attach the inked “Happy Thanksgiving” die cut words to the top of the card with ZipDry™ Adhesive.
  2. Attach the cornucopia, pumpkin, and gourds across the bottom of the card with double sided foam tape or dots.

 “Blessings” card:

Attach the die cut Indian corn to the left side of the embossed card.

Frame” card:

1.      Attach to stamped words to the back of the frame with ZipDry™ adhesive.
2.      Attach the frame to the front of the card with small pieces of double sided foam tape.
3.      Attach the Indian corn with double sided foam tape to the left of the frame.


Refer to photos. These completed the 50 Thanksgiving cards I need for next year, since I did several of each design - and ALL were made from “stuff” that someone else would have tossed! Silly people. Smile.










Giving Thanks Cards I

©Michele Emerson-Roberts 2014


I love working ahead, and will often start creating for the next year’s holiday a day or two after this year’s holiday. Take a peek at some of my Thanksgiving cards for 2015.

The Grummer company and family have always promoted using “stuff” you have on hand that otherwise might just go into the trash, whether it is using onion skins to make gorgeous paper, using those dried needles from your Christmas tree as inclusions, or just not wasting your resources. I am a firm believer in “waste not want not” and re-purpose whenever I can.

Join me in this adventure - I would love to see what you come up with. Here are just a few Thanksgiving cards created with “stuff” that someone else would have thought of as “trash”.



Supplies:

  • 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™, Double sided foam tape or foam dots
  • Scraps of rusty brown paper (think junk mail, etc.)
  • Dies:    Spellbinders™ fall leaves, decretive tag
CheeryLynn™ words “Happy Thanksgiving” and pumpkins
Dreamweaver™ oval
  • Autumn themed embossing folder
  • Spellbinders Grand Calibur™ Machine
  • Paper sanding block
  • Scrap of autumn toned paper
  • Scraps of autumn toned magazine pages/ junk mail etc
  • Scraps of glossy white card stock
  • Scrap of golden colored handmade paper (for the decretive tag)
  • Scrap of chip board large enough for the “(Happy Thanksgiving” word dies)
  • Ink pads:   Kaleidacolor™ Creole Spice
                     ColorBox™ dark brown and olive green ink pads
  • ColorBox™ Stylus handle and soft tip
  • Large “Thanksgiving” word stamp (or computer generate it)
  • “Happy Thanksgiving” stamp to fit the tag die
  • A2 envelopes (or make matching envelopes using the AG envelope template) 

Instructions:

  1. Follow the directions found in any of the Arnold Grummer™ paper making kits to create several sheets of rusty brown/burnt orange heavy weight paper.
  2. When the sheets of paper are dry, cut the sheets in half (8 ½” x 5 ½”).
  3. Score at 4 ¼” and fold in half to create the card bases.
  4. Use autumn themed embossing folders to emboss the fronts of all the cards.
  5. Stamp the large “Thanksgiving” word onto the scrap of autumn toned paper with dark brown ink.
  6. Stamp “Happy Thanksgiving” onto the scrap of golden tone handmade paper with the Kaleidacolor™ Creole Spice ink.
  7. Apply Creole Spice inks to scraps of glossy card stock with the Stylus™ tool.
  8. Use the Stylus™ tool to apply the olive  green ink to the scrap of chip board
  9. Die cut the decretive tag from the stamped golden scrap.
  10. Die cut the oval from the stamped autumn toned scrap paper.
  11. Die cut the fall leaves from the inked glossy card stock.
  12. Die cut the pumpkins from the scrap magazine pages/junk mail
  13. Die cut fall leaves from the scrap magazine pages/junk mail
  14. Die cut the words “Happy Thanksgiving” from the inked chip board
    (Always save your scraps for other projects.)
  15. Use the paper sanding block to lightly sand the inked glossy card stock die cut leaves.

Assembling the cards:

Attach the die cut words and the pumpkins with ZipDry™ adhesive. All of the other pieces are attached with small pieces of double sided foam tape or dots.


Refer to photos for ideas. These completed 25 of the 50 Thanksgiving cards I needed. I did several of each design, and ALL were made from “stuff” that someone else would have tossed!

Next up: “Giving Thanks Cards II”



Monday, November 24, 2014

Quick Fall/Thanksgiving envelope by Linda Hess

With the holiday season upon us, A Thanksgiving piece called to me.  My brother is in Montana for the holidays and I want to send him a little treat.  What better way to send it than in a handmade envelope using my Arnold Grummer Papermill Pro!

I pulled out the Large Envelope Template that I have been itching to try and added it to the normal paper set-up. 
I mixed shredded paper with wax paper to create the pulp.  I wanted a bit of color, so I added a little bit of LuminArte' Pure Color in Key Lime. WRRRRRRRRRR...the color was gorgeous!  Honestly it took me a couple of tries to get the pulp poured properly into the template, but once I did the envelope quickly came together.  I began to press out the moisture, but left it quite damp so I could add a design to the face of it.

I found a thanksgiving napkin and thought the design would work well.  Perfect size to stretch from one side to the other without noticeable lines showing.  I tore along the edges of the design and then peeled the 2-ply napkin apart. 
Immediately the design was applied to the face of the envelope.  I continued to press out moisture while sealing the napkin onto the handmade paper. 

Using the enclosed folding guide I was able to easily fold the perfect envelope!  The napkin made the front of the envelope lovely, while the folded bits on the back showcased the beautiful green handmade paper.

 
I know that my brother will be surprised.  Knowing him he will preserve the envelope for its beauty.  See you next time when I tackle Christmas projects :-)
 
November coupon photo

Friday, November 21, 2014

Wallpaper Cards

©Michele Emerson-Roberts 2014


Recently a friend gave me several large boxes of wallpaper samples. I was in the process of sorting the samples when I remembered that I still needed some Thanksgiving cards and had just come across the perfect piece of scrap wall paper! I had enough of the wallpaper border left to also create a great birthday card.



 Supplies:

  • 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, foam tape or foam dots
  • Scraps of white, tan and brown paper (think junk mail, etc.)
  • Dies:    Spellbinders™ acorns
                Dreamweaver™ ovals
                Sizziix™ Tim Holtz leaves and matching embossing folder
                CheeryLynn™ words “Happy Birthday”
  • Spellbinders™ Grand Calibur™ Machine
  • Several pieces of wallpaper border
  • Scrap of autumn toned paper
  • ColorBox™ dark brown ink pad
  • Large “Thanksgiving” word stamp (or computer generate it)
  • A2 envelopes (or make matching envelopes using the AG envelope template)


Instructions:

  1. Follow the directions found in any of the Arnold Grummer™ paper making kits to create several sheets of medium brown heavy weight paper and one sheet of ivory paper.
  2. When the sheets of paper are dry, cut one piece of the medium brown paper in half (8 ½” x 5 ½”).
  3. Score at 4 ¼” and fold in half to create two cards.
  4. Die cut the Happy Birthday and the large oval from the second sheet of medium brown paper. (Save the scraps for another project.)
  5. Die cut the acorns from the scrap of autumn paper.
  6. Stamp the word “Thanksgiving” onto the scrap of autumn paper.
  7. Die cut the stamped piece of autumn toned paper with a smaller oval die.
  8. Die cut three leaves from the ivory paper and emboss with the leaf embossing folder.
  9. Cut the wallpaper border to fit the front of the folded cards.


Assemble the cards:

Attach the wallpaper to the fronts of the cards with Beacon ZipDry™ adhesive.

“Thanksgiving” card:

  1. Attach the large tan oval centered to the front of one of the cards with foam tape or dots.
  2. Layer the stamped oval and foam tape to the tan oval.
  3. Add the acorns to the left side of the stamped saying with foam tape or dots.

“Happy Birthday” card:

  1. Attach the three embossed leaves to the left top of the card with foam tape or dots.
  2. Attach the “Happy Birthday” die cut with ZipDry™ adhesive.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Are You Ready?

The holidays are upon us.  It's hard to believe isn't it?  Many are already shopping while other have yet to start.  Wherever you are at on your gift buying list don't forget one of the important things to finish it all off....wrapping paper and tags!  There's something special about receiving a gift with a handmade tag and they are simple to make using items from Arnold Grummer's Papermaking

Let's get started.  First you will want to make some paper pulp using the basic instructions.  This tag was created using leftover scraps of kraft paper.  Once you have that made, pour the pulp into the tag template which has been placed in the deckle of one of the Papermill Kits.  Remove the piece and finish it off as you would a sheet of paper according to the instructions.  Allow it to dry or use an iron or heat tool to dry it quickly.

Now, make the sheets of paper you will need for your project using the Papermill Kit.  Finish them following them directions, too.  Once they are dry, use your favorite dies to create a focal point for the tag.  In this case, the poinsettia was used as the focal point. 

Stamp a background onto the tag.  Be sure to check out the great stamps from Arnold Grummer's.  Punch the hole and set an eyelet into the opening.  Attach the focal piece and you have a beautiful tag to share on a gift or in a tag swap! 

There's still a lot of work to be done before things are ready for the holidays, but don't miss out on the chance to save some money on all of your papermaking supplies.  Use the coupon code THANKS20 at the checkout to save 20% on your entire purchase.  Papermaking kits, templates, etc. make great gifts for new hobbyists or additions to the long time creative person.  Hurry, though, this great savings ends at the end of the month! 

~Peg

From Peg's Crafting Corner

Monday, November 17, 2014

Surface Embedment Technique

It is always a challenge to come up with something a bit different for the posts I do for the Arnold Grummer Papermaking blog.  It seems that I have this "habit" of never wanting to just make a single sheet of paper or make a single paper casting square.  To me it's always about experimenting or trying something new or at least a new twist on an existing technique.


There are a few different books on "paper making" in my craft library, but the books I refer to the most are "The Complete Guide to Easy Papermaking", "Arnold Grummer's Complete Guide to Paper Casting" and "trash-to-treasure paper making", also by Arnold Grummer.
                                           
It was in "trash-to-treasure papermaking" where I found the idea for "Surface Embedment" and the term "Napkinization", so I decided to give this a try.  This is a process using an artistic paper napkin to transform a simple sheet of paper into something quite different.



The white, second layer of paper must be removed from the napkin, just leaving the patterned design.  Then using a ruler, I tore the napkin into about 1 1/2" strips, to prepare them for embedding.  You begin the same way you would to make a sheet of paper but using a bit more pulp because the surface embedment works best on a thicker sheet.


Process paper for a sheet just like any other. Pour pulp into the papermaking mold.  Lift the mold from the water, immediately place the napkin strips onto the surface of the pulp.  Allow the water to drain as much as possible.  After draining and following the steps to finish the sheet, the end product was a pretty framed sheet to use as a background for a photo in an acrylic frame.  A uniquely, decorative sheet like this would be perfect in any clear acrylic or floating frame.


NOTE: Before drying and ironing the sheet, pull away any of the excess white paper while still soft, from along the edges.  Use a pin, needle or the point of a knife to carefully complete this step.

To place an order for papermaking products, visit the Arnold Grummer website.  Use the savings code - THANKS20 - when ordering for a 20% discount.

Friday, November 14, 2014

Quotes Fan Book

©Michele Emerson-Roberts 2014


I always need “stocking stuffer” kinds of gifts… you know the ones that are really easy to create, don’t cost an arm and a leg to make, and can be made by the dozen, but look like they took a lot of work to make! Once again I turn to my stash of Arnold Grummer’s® products to solve the problem. The books can be used for thoughts, quotes, memories etc.  You can make paper for the covers, use scraps left from other projects, or just scraps of patterned cardstock or paper. Follow along and see how easy it is to create this great
quote book.


Supplies:

  • Any of the Arnold Grummer™ paper making kits
  • A sunny window
  • Blender, cello sponges and soft towels
  • Personal paper cutter, scissors
  • Beacon QuickGrab™ Adhesive, double sided foam tape or dots
  • Scraps of black paper (think junk mail, left over cardstock scrap, etc.)
  • One or more of AG #2718 Mini Fan Book
  • Verbiage stamps and black ink pad or computer generated quotes or sayings
  • Small scrap of chip board and tan/black print papers
  • Dies: CL tiny leaf strip, IO tiny rolled roses, small frame
  • Die cut machine: Spellbinders’ Grand Calibur
  • Punches: 5 petal flower, stamen

Instructions:

  1. Follow the directions found in any of the Arnold Grummer™ paper making kits to create black slurry. Create a sheet of thick black paper.
  2. When the paper is dry, die cut the leaves and the frame.
  3. Die cut the tiny rolled roses from the tan/black print paper.
  4. Punch the 5 petal flower from the tan/black paper.
  5. Punch the stamens from the black paper.
  6. Remove the screw hinge and pages from the book.
  7. Stamp a saying onto the front cover.
  8. Attach the frame to the cover with double sided foam tape or dots.
  9. Stamp the saying onto the pages (or print out verbiage using your computer and printer, then cut and glue to the pages). NOTE: make sure the verbiage is all oriented the same (my book is portrait and has the hinge on the top left). If you are making several of these books, stamp or print all of the sayings at once. (I will often do many different related saying at a time and save them for later “Fan” book projects.)
  10. Reassemble the fan book.
  11. Attach the flower, roses and tiny leaves to the top left corner of the cover of the book.

These little books go together in a jiffy and can be any theme you chose and will be treasured by all who receive them.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

The Seasons Are Changing


The weather has taken a big turn for many of us this past week.  It seems like the leaves were just at their most beautiful as they changed celebrating the new fall season.  This week those leaves are gone replaced for many with snow.  As this happens though, we cannot forget that Thanksgiving is quickly approaching and there are many who will not be able to be with their family, but they don't need to be left out.  Send them a card to let them know that you are thinking of them during this time of year!

This card is made using left over paper scraps.  I save the small pieces that I have punched, die cut from or used in my die cut machine to turn into new paper.  I didn't want a bright white paper for it so I added some brewed tea to the white pulp and then tea died some lace to match.  The new sheets were all made using the Papermill Pro Envelope and Stationary Kit and the basic paper making instructions. I used torn edges on the new paper to make a subtle change to the squared look of the card and punched leaves from the newly created sheets to finish it off. 


Start your holiday crafting and shopping now and save 20% off your entire order on the Arnold Grummer website and use the coupon code THANKS20 and get a 20% discount on your order, but don't delay the sale ends at the end of November.   Be sure to take a look at all of the fun products you can purchase to create your own special paper items.  Since winter is coming quickly it's a great time to stay indoors and make some paper! 

~Peg

From Peg's Crafting Corner

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Card Trio Gift Set

I'm trying to get ahead on my gift giving. Usually it's a mad dash the last couple weeks before Christmas. This year I've vowed to start early so I can enjoy the holidays, too.

With that in mind, I created this trio of greeting cards for gift giving. Each represents a different handmade papermaking technique. When I make my papers I follow these basic instructions.

I used Arnold Grummer's trifold window cards for each of these. For the first card, I dry embossed a piece of handmade paper and inserted it into the window card following the instructions on the package. Handmade paper embosses beautifully!!


The second card features a handmade paper casting using Arnold Grummer's gingko leaf mold.

The third card displays a dried leaf on a background of handmade paper. I dried this coleus leaf using the garden press. The paper has botanical inclusions.

I plan to make several more of these greeting cards sets for gifts for this years holiday season. You can easily get in on the action, too. Use the coupon code THANKS20 and get a 20% discount on your order.

Carole

Monday, November 3, 2014

Simple Casted Ornaments


These little paper casted ornaments are truly easy to create.  Process  five cotton linter squares for each ornament.  The art molds used were: Snowman #707, Bird #712, Three Trees #706, Snowflake. Check out this link for instructions on "how to cast paper".


After casting the designs and before drying the casting completely, I used a straight pin to pull away pulp from the edges to give them a feathered look.

Using balsa wood, because of its light weight and easy of cutting, make four squares that measure 3" x 3".  Sand the edges smooth and sand the four corners to make them round.
Cut squares to the same size from a glitter cardstock.  Use a corner rounder punch on each corner.  Adhere the glitter cardstock to the balsa wood squares with a double sided adhesive, like Therm-o-web PeelnStick. NOTE : Water base glues could warp the balsawood.  Glue the paper casting onto the center of the glittered covered squares using Beacon 3-in-1 glue.  Attach ribbon for hangers.

Visit the Arnold Grummer website to view videos showing the paper making process.  Place an order and use the coupon code THANKS20 for a discount.