Saturday, December 27, 2014

Meet our Design Team

Meet our Wonderful Design Team
The Arnold Grummer's Design Team will be posting 12 projects with full directions each month in hopes to inspire you 

Check out our website too


Terri Sproul - Team leader
blog:  http://www.terrisproul.blogspot.com
youtube channel:  http://www.youtube.com/terrisproul 

Carole Lassak
blog:  http://www.createncraft.com/author/classak/




Sandee Setliff 




Madeline Arendt
blog:  http://www.madelinesthoughts.blogspot.com/

Peg Rounds
Blog:  http://www.pegscraftingcorner.blogspot.com/


Tamiko McCurry 

Ann Strecko Koeman

Friday, December 26, 2014

Snow People

©Michele Emerson-Roberts  2014


Heading “home” for the Christmas holiday? I will make an early trip to visit with family and deliver their presents. With my folks, two sister, their kids and 6 great nieces and nephews….it’s a lot of gifts to make and take! This year for the young ones I decided to create “Snow People” ornaments that they can hang on their Christmas trees each year. I started this tradition as each was welcomed into this world. By the time they set up their own homes they will have a fun collection of ornaments to take with them.

Supplies:

  • Any of the Arnold Grummer paper making kits
  • Microwave, heat gun or a sunny window
  • Blender, small strainer, cello sponges
  • Iron and pressing cloth
  • Westcott™ personal paper cutter and scissors
  • Beacon QuickGrip™ Adhesive
  • Scraps of white paper or cardstock (think junk mail, etc.)
  • Dies: Sizzix™ Tim Holtz Snowman and Impression Obsession™ Christmas tags
  • Christmas themed embossing folders 
  • Cotton Christmas ribbon
  • Thin red twine or crochet thread
  • 1/8” round hole punch
  • Red Gel Pen

Instructions:


  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 white scraps.
  2. Create numerous sheets of thick white handmade paper. (Think card stock weight) Allow the papers to dry. NOTE - if you want the thick white paper to be smooth as I did, iron it using the pressing cloth. Remember: ALWAYS save the scraps to be used in future projects.
  3. Cut the sheets of heavy white paper into pieces that will fit the snowman and tag dies.
  4. Die cut the Christmas tags.
  5. Die cut the snow people and snowflakes.
  6. Emboss the snow people with Christmas themed folders.
  7. Tie an 8” piece of Christmas ribbon around the necks for the snow people.
  8. Attach the snowflake to the knot with Beacon QuickGrip™ adhesive.
  9. Use the 1/8” round hole punch to make a hole at the top of the hat.
  10. Add the red twine as a hanger.
  11. Use the red Gel pen to write the names on the Christmas tags.
  12. Add red twine to the tags and attach to the ribbon around their necks.

Monday, December 22, 2014

Happy Holidays Everyone!

The holidays are here and it is time for me to share one final project for this year with you.  I, also, want to send out holiday wishes to all of you and created this tree for you to enjoy.  The handmade paper is what makes this tree even more beautiful with its fine details.  


Begin by placing the deckle from the Papermill Pro Kit into a tub filled about half way with water. 
 In a blender add torn pieces of cardstock or old mail and 2 cups of water.  Blend this until it is turned into a pulp. 
 Pour the pulp into the deckle making sure that the entire area is covered and then left it out of the water and allow it to drain some. 
 Place the screen support grid and the newly formed sheet of paper into a shallow pan and place the screen over the top.  Use the sponge to remove as much of the water as possible. 


Transfer the sheet between two of the couch sheets and use the press bar to finish removing as much water as possible.  Allow the paper to dry or use an iron on it to dry it quickly.
 
Repeat these steps to create each sheet of paper needed. 
 
The tree and decorations were made by running each piece of newly formed paper through a die cut machine with a tree shaped die by Spellbinders.  The base was finished off by adding a piece of tea dyed lace around it. 
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~Peg

From Peg's Crafting Corner

Friday, December 19, 2014

Christmas Stickers

©Michele Emerson-Roberts  2014


You probably get lots of mail this time of year asking for donations for this or that cause. I sure get my fair share and have to pick and choose who to support. Often the requests come with “free” cards (you already know what I do with some of those) or stickers that I don’t always want to just toss. These 4 cards are another example of what can be done with some of the “stuff” that others think of as junk or trash, in this case Christmas stickers.


Supplies:

  • Any of the Arnold Grummer™ paper making kits
  • Microwave, heat gun or a sunny window
  • Blender, small strainer, cello sponges
  • Iron and pressing cloth
  • Westcott™ personal paper cutter, scissors
  • Scor-Pal
  • Spellbinders™ Grand Calibur 
  •  Grand Calibur
  • Beacon ZipDry™ Adhesive, double sided foam tape or dots
  • Scraps of white and red paper or cardstock (think junk mail, etc.) Remember: ALWAYS save the scraps.
  • Envelopes for a 4 ¼ x 5 ½” cards (or use the AG template to create matching envelopes)
  • Christmas stickers
  • Dies: Spellbinders™ easel frame
  • Christmas themed embossing folders

Instructions:   

  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 white scraps.
  2. Create numerous sheets of thick white handmade paper. (Think card stock weight)
  3. Make red slurry and create several sheets each of thick red paper. (Think card stock weight)
  4. Allow the papers to dry.
    NOTE - If you want the thick white paper to be smooth as I did, iron it using the pressing cloth.
  5. Cut the sheets of heavy white paper in half.
  6. Score and fold to create 4 ¼ x 5 ½” cards.
  7. Emboss the fronts of all the cards with Christmas themed folders.
  8. Die cut the easel frame shape from the thick red paper.
  9. Attach the Christmas stickers to the back of the easel frame with Beacon ZipDry™ adhesive.
  10. Attach the easel frames to the front of the cards with tiny pieces of double sided foam tape of dots.

I work on these and other repurposed Christmas cards all through the year. Just think how many cards you can have ready for next year.



Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Easy Paper Snowflake Photo Background

The hustle and bustle of the holiday season is here.  There is still so much to do before Christmas Day.  My last post for this year had to be fairly easy and quick.

Using ordinary white copy paper and adding some Arnold Grummer Iridescent Flakes to the mix, I made two simple sheets of paper flecked with sparkle.


Follow the basic paper making process that can be viewed at this video link.

A different style acrylic frame with a different style of die-cut snowflakes

Once the paper sheets were completed I used my "go to" tools - Sizzix Big Shot and dies. The simple snowflake die-cuts were then used to add a unique embellishment to a black & white photo in an acrylic frame.

Now shop at the Arnold Grummer website for a last minute Christmas gift for that creative someone in your life or yourself.
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MERRY CHRISTMAS & HAPPY NEW YEAR TO EVERYONE!!!!

Monday, December 15, 2014

Quick and Easy Christmas Cards by Linda Hess

I can hardly believe how quickly the holiday season has come upon us this year.  Perhaps it is because I am working as an art teacher this year...or that I work PT in framing at Michaels.  Either way the holidays seems to have come up much faster than normal.  With that in mind, Christmas cards need to be made and made quickly!

I pulled out my trusty tri-fold cards (http://arnoldgrummer.com/products/cardmaking/trifold-window-cards.html), a terra cotta Nativity mold (http://arnoldgrummer.com/nativity.html)  and my Delight AirDry Clay (http://www.paperclay.com/product.htm). 
I conditioned a bit of the Delight clay by squeezing it in my hands.  I then flattened it into a thin sheet (this can be done by hand or with a roller or with a pasta machine).  The clay sheet was pressed into the Nativity mold (be sure to press clay firmly into the recessed areas). 
I pulled it out and placed it on my work surface, smoothing the edges flat.  Center the image in a tri-fold card opening and press the card against the clay.
Remove the card and let the image dry before proceeding.

Once the Nativity image dried, I colored it using Prismacolor markers.  Seal the clay piece into the tri-fold card using "The Ultimate" tacky glue.  Rubber stamp a holiday saying on the front or on the inside, then highlight it using embossing powder. 
Finish the card using ribbon trim or tassels and possibly some jingle bells! 
Easy peasy crafting and your friends and family will be WOWWED!
A Merry Christmas ** Happy Hanukkah**Happy Kwanzaa
to one and all!!
And God Bless us, Everyone
 
 



Friday, December 12, 2014

Repurposed Christmas Cards

©Michele Emerson-Roberts  2014


December is one of my favorite months of the year. There is a feeling of peace and love starting with the Thanksgiving celebration that sets the mood for the month of December, and the anticipation of the new year.

In keeping with my philosophy of re-purposing items that most people toss, here are just a few of the more than 100 Christmas cards that I will be mailing out soon.



Supplies:
  • Any of the Arnold Grummer™ paper making kits
  • Microwave, heat gun or a sunny window
  • Blender, small strainer, cello sponges
  • Iron and pressing cloth
  • Westcott™ personal paper cutter, scissors
  • Scor-Pal™
  • Beacon Quick Grip™ Adhesive, double sided foam tape or dots
  • Scraps of white, olive green, red, dark red, tan and Christmas green paper or cardstock (think junk mail, etc.--except for the white I am using scraps left from other projects – and remember to always save the scraps)
  • Envelopes for a 4 ¼ x 5 ½” cards (or use the AG template to create matching envelopes), envelope for 5”square card
  • Christmas card sent to me some years ago
  • Dies: Spellbinders™ Ornaments, scalloped ovals and shaped square
          Impression Obsession Pine Branch
         Sizzix Tim Holtz Pinecone
         CheeryLynn™ Fringe
  • Christmas themed embossing folders 
  • Spellbinders Grand Calibur™ Machine
  • Bow Easy™
  • Small amounts of various sheer, velvet and Christmas cotton ribbon

Instructions:   
  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 white scraps. Create numerous sheets of thick white handmade paper. (Think card stock weight) Make the different colored slurries and create a sheet each of green, red, olive green and tan. (Or use scraps left from other projects as I did.) (Think card stock weight) Allow the papers to dry. If you want the thick white paper to be smooth as I did, iron it using the pressing cloth.
  2. Cut most of the sheets of heavy white paper in half, and score and fold to create 4 ¼ x 5 ½” cards and one 5” square card.
  3. Emboss the fronts of all the cards with Christmas themed folders.
  4. Die cut ornament shapes from the fronts of old Christmas cards.
  5. Die cut lots of pine branches from the green paper.
  6. Die cut lots of (fringe) evergreen boughs from the olive green paper.
  7. Die cut pinecones from the tan paper.
  8. Die cut some verbiage from the inside of old Christmas cards using scalloped ovals and shaped square dies.
  9. Die cut a larger dark red shaped square.
  10. Die cut a larger red scalloped oval.
  11. Use the paper cutter to cut a message for the front of some of the cards.
  12. Refer to the photos to assemble the cards.
  13. Attach the pine branches, ornaments, layered shaped squares and oval dies cuts with double sided foam tape or dots.
  14. Attach the evergreen boughs and pinecone with Beacon QuickGrip™ adhesive.
  15. Use the Bow Easy™ to tie bows for the cards out of various ribbons.
  16. Write a personal message inside your hand made cards. 


Thursday, December 11, 2014

Don't Forget the Cookies

As Santa is checking his lists, we need to be making sure our lists are complete, too.  Don't forget that very special treat for Santa...his favorite cookies!  Share the reminder with someone this holiday season with this cute made with love card.  It will bring a smile to anyone's season.  Share it with your own gift of your favorite cookies even.
 
 
This card was created by making 5 sheets of handmade paper using the Papermill Pro Envelope and Stationary Kit and the basic papermaking instructions. There are 2 sheets of white paper, one green sheet, one red sheet and one brown sheet needed.  The brown sheet is for the cookies and to make them look decorated for the holidays some of the Copper Dust was sprinkled into the paper pulp right before the deckle was removed from the water.  All of sheets were allowed to dry completely. 
 
A paper tearing ruler was used on the green sheet to take away the boxed look of the card that was created with all of the straight edges.  This is a fun tool to use with handmade paper as you never get the same torn look twice. 
 

The cookies were created using a 1" punch, but you can also use any punch design you choose.  Think of how great these would look in a star shape or a snowflake shape. 

The jar was made using a matching die and stamp set.  Green Baker's Twine was added to it to decorate it for the holiday season.  The sentiment was also cut using a die and then stamped in black ink. 

It's easy to give your handmade paper a different look by using the tools that you use everyday in your creating. The paper is what makes the design.  Since no sheet is the same, you will get a gorgeous and new look each and every time even if you are creating the same card more than once.  It's all in the paper! 

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Start creating your own new looks with handmade paper.  Use the coupon code:  SNOWY20 to save 20% on your order over on the Arnold Grummer's website.  Treat yourself to some great products with this savings, but don't wait because it expires at the end of the month.

~Peg

From Peg's Crafting Corner

Friday, December 5, 2014

Christmas Tea Light

©Michele Emerson-Roberts 2014


It is never too early to start on Christmas gifts or decorations. I love the battery operated tea lights and use them several places in my home for ambiance. We have a lovely log home in the Arizona White Mts. And I wanted to add some rustic touches to the Christmas decorations. I think you will agree that this project fits that perfectly. 

Supplies:

  • Any of the Arnold Grummer™ paper making kits
  • A sunny window
  • Blender, cello sponges and soft towels
  • Westcott™ Personal paper cutter and scissors
  • Beacon QuickGrip™ Adhesive
  • Scraps of tan paper (think brown paper bag), olive green (think junk mail, etc.)
  • AG #555 Champagne Glass Lampshade template
  • Wooden candle stick or tall wine glass
  • Battery operated tea light
  • Dies:   CheeryLynn™ fringe and Sizzix Tim Holtz pine cone 
  • Large embossing folder 
  • Die cut machine: Spellbinders™ Grand Calibur

Instructions:
  1. Follow the directions found in any of the Arnold Grummer™ paper making kits to make tan slurry.
  2. Use the lampshade template to create one lampshade (this should be fairly thick.)
  3. Make one sheet of thick tan paper.
  4. When the sheet of paper is dry die cut the pine cones.
  5. Make olive green slurry, then make one sheet of olive green paper.
  6. When the paper is dry die cut the fringe (evergreen pieces.)
  7. When the lamp shade is dry emboss it with the embossing folder.
  8. Slightly overlap the edge of the shade and secure with the QuickGrip™ adhesive.
  9. Follow the die directions to assemble the pine cones and the fringe (evergreen pieces.)
  10. Use the Beacon QuickGrip™ adhesive to attach the evergreen pieces evenly around the top and bottom of the lampshade.
  11. Nestle and attach the pine cones evenly in the evergreen.

Turn the tea light on. Place the tea light in the wooden candle stick or inside the tall wine glass. Enjoy.

Think of all the different ways you could create these lampshades. You could change them out with the four seasons or create them to match someone’s d├ęcor -- great gift idea.