Monday, November 30, 2015

Thanksgiving is over.....

By now you have cleaned up the turkey, put away the extra folding chairs and eaten all the pie.

What is next on the to do list?? Shop and wrap.

I have a quick and easy gift tag project using a piece of handmade paper. I have a To/From stamp that I do not use nearly enough. So instead of buying more gift tags this year, I am going to make them. You can use different colors of hand made papers and inks to coordinate with your gift wrap.

I just stamped and cut out.

Thank you Ribbon Resource for the White Paper Raffia Ribbon and the Champagne Two Tone Paper Raffia Ribbon.

Supplies from the Arnold Grummer Website  - Medium Pour Hand Mold

I hope you give this project a try!
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Friday, November 27, 2015


©Michele Emerson-Roberts 2015

I practice four “Rs”: Recycle, Restyle, Revamp and Repurpose every chance I can. Making handmade paper the Arnold Grummer way is one of the best ways to do it. Most people throw away a ton of paper every year - not this gal! Look what can be created in a few minutes!

As always, with “gratitude” to Arnold and his family.


  • Any of the Arnold Grummer™ paper making kits
  • A sunny window
  • Blender, strainer, cello sponges and soft towels
  • Scraps of off white, tan & brown paper (think junk mail, etc.)
  • Beacon ZipDryTM Adhesive, double sided foam tape or dots
  • Envelopes to fit cards (or make your own with the AG envelope template)
  • Scor-palTM
  • Scraps of ivory, light & dark olive green handmade paper, junk mail or cardstock
  • 4 x 5” scrap of tissue paper
  • Dies: CheeryLynnTM # B118 Pair of Ferns
  • SpellbindersTM Grand Calibur die cutting machine
  • Stamp: Impression ObsessionTM 14440E
  • ColorBoxTM Chalk Charcoal Ink pad

  1. Follow the instructions found in any of the Arnold Grummer™ paper making kits to create one or more sheets of heavy weight cream colored speckled paper. (Create more sheets if you are going to make numerous cards; one sheet will make 2 cards.)  
  2. When the paper is dry, fold and tear it (you want the deckle edges) to make two pieces 5 ½ x 8 ½”.
  3. Score and fold to create a 4 ¼ x 5 ½” cards.
  4. Die cut one each of the ferns from the ivory, light & dark olive scrap. I used the set that curved right for the card and saved the other set for another project.
  5. Stamp the “gratitude” sentiment on the piece of tissue paper with the Chalk ink.
  6. When the ink is dry attach the stamped tissue paper to the lower right front of the card.
  7. Add tiny pieces of foam tape to the back of the ferns, layer light over dark and attach to the top of the card.
Note: The stamp quote is from Melody Beattie and is one of my favorites. It reads: Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion into clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend.

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Christmas is almost here...

Hello everyone and Happy Thanksgiving, I hope you all are having a wonderful time with family and friends on this great holiday. I can almost smell the turkey cooking now. I love Thanksgiving it is my favorite holiday. Just good food with great people, no hassles of buying gifts or any of that. Just great conversation with the people you love.

Oh by the way, this is Donna.....

Today I have a Christmas  picture I made for my younger brother and his wife. She was born and raised in Germany and my brother met her there when he was stationed in the army. They married over there and the ceremony was beautiful, but boy can those people party!!! Any hoot, the background is made from hand made paper and then painted then I attached a painting I did to the front and wrote Merry Christmas in German on it.

I also used some LOVELY ribbon around the outside that was so thoughtfully given to us by The Ribbon Resource, it is just lovely and fit this picture perfectly. Thank you so much Ribbon Resource and go check them out, they have lovely items to choose from.

Well, I don't want to keep you from your busy day, so I will just show a few pics. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

Monday, November 23, 2015

Happy Birthday

My daughter's birthday is in December so I thought I would make a little gift bag for her.

I started with a sheet of very pretty blue paper I made from a piece of junk mail. Once dry I cut out two stars. Mine are about 5 inches across.

I took a piece of pattern scrapbooking paper to make a bag to hold the gift. Each scored square is 2 inches by 2 inches. I have two flaps that will form the base.

 Fold to make a cube. I used washi tape to secure the side together and the bottom edges.

Secure the handles also using washi tape. 

Glue the stars to side with the handles. 
Add ribbon and a tag. 

Here is a view from above. As you can see, this is the perfect size for a jewelry box or a gift card.

You can stamp and decorate if desired. I also added a tag made from another piece of handmade paper. 


Medium Pour Hand Mold - Arnold Grummer's

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Friday, November 20, 2015

“Hope, Trust, Love”

©Michele Emerson-Roberts 2015

When I saw this Impression Obsession™ stamp and the new dies from the Paper Cut™, I knew they would make the perfect card for a friend who is going through a rough patch in her life.

This card was made from one of the “extra sheets” of handmade paper I always make to keep on hand, but I included the ‘from scratch’ instructions in this project.


  • Any of the Arnold Grummer™ paper making kits
  • A sunny window
  • Blender, strainer, cello sponges and soft towels
  • Scraps of off-white, tan & brown paper (think junk mail, etc.)
  • Graphic45TM “Topography” scrap for card front liner
  • Scraps of black cardstock or heavy weight hand made paper
  • Envelopes to fit cards (or make your own with the AG envelope template)
  • Beacon QuickGripTM Adhesive, double sided foam tape or dots
  • Scor-palTM (Love the new 1/8version)
  • Dies: The Paper Cut™ PCDIE001Tripple Fancy Tag Card making die & PCDIE002 Fancy Tag Layering die set
  • Stamps: Impression ObsessionTM # D1446 “Good things” & JustRite™ small word stamps
  • ColorBoxTM Charcoal ink pad
  • 1/8” round hole punch
  • Approx. 9” Black Rattail cord
  • Scissors, Iron 


  1. Follow the instructions found in any of the Arnold Grummer™ paper making kits to create a sheet of heavy weight cream handmade paper (think cardstock weight). Note - create more sheets if you are going to make numerous cards….. one sheet will make one card.
  2. Iron the paper to make it smooth.
  3. Follow the die package instructions to create the Z fold card.
  4. Fold the extra right side piece under to form the “Z”.
  5. Attach the piece of G45 cardstock inside this fold.
  6. Stamp the sentiment and 3 words onto scrap of handmade paper.
  7. Die cut the layering background pieces with the largest die from black card stock scrap.
  8. Die cut the 3 words.
  9. Layer the sentiment piece onto black card stock.
  10. Punch two holes at the top and tie a knot through the holes with the Rattail cord.
  11. Attach the layered piece to the left side of the card.
  12. Layer the 3 words onto the black backing pieces and attach them to the fancy tag part of the card.
  13. Hand write a note of encouragement inside the card and send it on its way.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Handmade papers

How is the weather in your area? We have had nothing but rain the last few days. But I would rather have that than what my brother is getting in Colorado.

Mean while, I have been making handmade paper with my paper making kit found here Arnold Grummer's Paper making shop. Basically, you just take your junk mail to the blender and whip it good!! LOL I then added some things to my mixture.

This one I blended the paper and then threw in a handfull of leaves from my yard and blended it a little bit then added a couple whole ones. Can you see the leaf at the bottom?

This one I added some dried flowers from my yard and it turned the paper purple but the flower bits stayed pink. I love this one.

This one I just blended colored junk mail and it turned orange.

I also tried one using spices from my cupboard. I used dill seed, it worked great but for some reason the photo would not download......Maybe my camera didn't like it.....I did, LOL

Thanks for stopping by and don't forget, make your own paper for stationary, Christmas card, or any other card or what not you would like to use your handmade paper. It is so much fun and the outcome is different all the time. No two sheets are ever a like.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Paper Clay gift tag

Bring on the holidays, I'm ready, are you?

I'm stepping outside my box today and made a gift tag out of Creative Paper Clay! It was fun and easy to work with too. I was pleasently surprised at how well it accepted the ink too when I stamped my Susan K. Weckesser stamp, from the Garden What Not Collection. After that was done, all I need to add were some ribbons from The Ribbon Resource and a few little rhinestones.

I made a very short video of the process for the Paper Clay creation of the tag, hope you enjoy it and try making one too.

Monday, November 16, 2015

To Paris With Love

Hello, Ann here today with  my small tribute to the people of Paris, France.  A few days ago the world was shocked to see and hear of the sad events that took place there.  My intended project and post was very different, but on Friday evening when I saw on television what was happening in my cousins' homeland I was compelled to make this:

It is a small piece that I will insert into my art journal in the next coming days, but for now it is a small vigil to remind us of the fragility of life.

To make this project I used one sheet of handmade paper I made using the Arnold Grummer Paper Making Method.  The actual pulp comes from some international (Europe) packaging I had in the recycling bin and I thought it befitting the situation.

With a stamp of the Eiffel Tower and inks I stamped the image onto the paper.  I let it dry thoroughly. Then I cut out the image leaving a frame around it which I inked in Black.  Because I already had the Red, White, and blue wash tape I chose to use that as the next layer, to represent the colours of the French Flag.

Using some dimensional adhesive I layered the stamped image frame onto a larger piece of the same paper.  I added some spritz of blue ink.  Finally with my DYMO label maker I made the labels.

Thank you for stopping by.

Handmade paper (my own) made using the Arnold Grummer Paper Making Kit and System
Stamp "Mini Classics CMS 062" Stampers Anonymous Tim Holtz Collection
Pitt Artist Pens "Big Brush" by Faber Castell.  In Black, Deep Scarlet Red, Cobalt Blue, and White.
DYMO Label Maker and Tape

Saturday, November 14, 2015

"Let It Snow" Frame

Truth be told, I'm not a fan of wintertime. But, I do love the beauty that a fresh snowfall creates. When I made this winter decor piece, I was thinking about branches laden with twinkling snow, and how pristine the landscape looks right after a snowfall .

I found the frame at a thrift shop, and it was in sad need of paint. I used a dull gold multi-colored textured spray paint to give the frame a new life.

For the background, I selected a white piece of my handmade paper that had tiny flecks of sparkle in it. (I followed these directions to make my handmade paper.) I used my Zing electronic cutter to cut the lettering out of light chipboard. I used another sheet of handmade paper to cut a duplicate set of lettering. I glued the handmade paper letters to the chipboard letters. The chipboard gave the lettering just the right amount of height to add dimension to the frame.

The stylized snowflake was cut out of double sided adhesive. One side was coated with gold dust mica, and the other side was adhered to the background paper.
Snowflake cut from double sided adhesive
Mica-encrusted snowflake mounted on handmade paper

I used a gold rhinestone to dot the "i."

Close up showing the bling
Finished frame using handmade papers

Friday, November 13, 2015


©Michele Emerson-Roberts 2015

This is the time of year that we so often reflect back on all we have to be grateful for - our country, our families, our friends and neighbors, our four legged friends, our health, our lives  and so much more! I think it would be a better world if we would do this every day. I have so much to be grateful for; I am indeed blessed.

The card looks hard but come together in a short amount of time (I created 12 cards in a couple of hours.)


  • Any of the Arnold Grummer™ paper making kits
  • A sunny window
  • Blender, strainer, cello sponges and soft towels
  • Scraps of off white, tan & brown paper (think junk mail, etc.)
  • Beacon QuickGrip™ Adhesive, double sided foam tape or dots
  • Envelopes to fit cards (or make your own with the AG envelope template)
  • Scor-palTM (Love the new 1/8version)
  • Sharpie® markers (2 shades each, red, green, yellow, purple, orange, brown)
  • Scraps of tan chip board (I used the backside of cereal boxes)
  • Dies: CheeryLynnTM
  •  # B615 (Grateful), # B600  (Thankful Harvest)
  • SpellbindersTM Grand Calibur die cutting machine

  1. Follow the instructions found in any of the Arnold Grummer™ paper making kits to create one or more sheets of heavy weight tan speckled paper. (Create more sheets if you are going to make numerous cards; one sheet will make 2 cards.)  
  2. When the paper is dry, fold and tear it to make two pieces 5 ½ x 8 ½”.
  3. Score and fold to create a 4 ¼ x 5 ½” cards.
  4. Die cut one cornucopia and word for each card from the tan chip board.
  5. Color the word with light green, while it is still wet, color it with dark green.
  6. Color one item at a time (Ex: grapes). Color with the light colored marker first, while it is still wet shade with the darker color, color again with the lighter marker to blend. Repeat these steps on each item. Refer to the sample for color and shading placement. The coloring does take a few minutes but is beautiful when finished.
  7. Attach the word to the top right of the card with the QuickGrip™ adhesive.
  8. Add foam tape to the back of the cornucopia basket rim and then attach it to the bottom left corner of the handmade paper card with QuickGrip™.

          NOTE: I always make extra sheets of paper to have on hand for future projects.

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Happy Veteran's Day ATC and Thanks to The Ribbon Resource

Happy Veteran's Day to all of our service men and women! Not just today, but EVERY DAY, I solute YOU and YOUR FAMILIES for your service and many sacrifices.  I am thankful I live in a land where opportunities and available to me daily and I feel protected from harms way from people/nations that do not necessarily agree with our practices.  ::breaks off into song:: :Proud to be an American::

As for my project today, the images I acquired here, are from Google's  free image gallery.  I first began with creating a sheet of handmade paper with the Arnold Grummer Paper Mill Kit.  More supplies and instructions to create awesome paper can be found on the main site here. I also added some gold dust metallic inclusions that shredded quite well and distributed nicely.  Below is a picture of the paper before I turned it into an artist trading card (ATC).  

I would also like to add that I did lightly coat the ATC with some matte medium to kind of treat the paper to accept the images and any other any additional colors I wanted to add to the paper. I used my Lindy's Stamp Gang Magicals (Autumn Leaves) and a few Neocolor 2s to color.  The colors are intense enough and both require very little water to move color in the small space. Using too much water would weaken the fibers of the newly made papers. I had fun creating these and then placing them in my clear ATC cover found here. I plan to drop them in the mail to a few veterans I am thinking of, whose addresses I have. 


I also want to take a moment to express gratitude on behalf of our design team here at Arnold Grummer for the very generous donation of ribbons and trims from the folks over at the Ribbon Resource.  I am very excited to see more of the up and coming projects, during the holiday season, utilizing our gifts.  The ribbons and trims gifted to us can be seen on a pinterest board I specifically created for them here. You will be able to click on the picture of interest and then again to go to the website for more details. 

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Monday, November 9, 2015

It's Beginning to Look A Lot Like Christmas

Yes my friends - it is beginning to look a lot like Christmas! But, don't worry - today I have a fun craft for you and your family! I am going to tie a craft in with reading a book. 

Do you remember the story of the Gingerbread Man? My children loved this book. 

And, we would often make Gingerbread cookies but today we are going to do something a little different. 

After you read the book, make a brown piece of paper out of recycled brown lunch bags, grocery bags, etc. 
Draw or trace a gingerbread man. I used a cookie cutter.  Cut out two shapes.  
                             Carefully punch holes all around the shape. Begin lacing with White Paper Raffia.

                             Before it is  totally sewn shut, fill with Poly fil, cotton or even tissue paper.
                                    Add trim such a ric rac, a scarf, eyes and buttons.

Now you have a new ornament for your tree! 
You could make these in other shapes and colors as well such as stars, hearts, candy canes, etc. 

And THANK YOU to the Ribbon Resource for the trims I used
I hope this inspires you to gather the family and have some fun!

Friday, November 6, 2015

Elk casting

©Michele Emerson-Roberts 2015

I love this time of year. Things start to slow down and become more peaceful with the cooler weather and the shortening of days. It is never too early to start on the Christmas and other gifts that are needed. This project will be a birthday gift for my favorite brother-in-law.

    • Any of the Arnold Grummer™ paper making kits
    • A sunny window
    • Blender, strainer, cello sponges and soft towels
    • Scraps of beige, tan, ivory paper (think junk mail, etc.)
    • Elk mold (I used the back side of an antique pewter plate)
    • Beacon ZipDryTM Adhesive
    • Matboard with round whole cute into it, and frame with glass (deep enough frame to allow for spacers)


    1.    Follow the directions found in any of the Arnold Grummer™ paper making kits to create light tan slurry. 
    2.    Follow the instructions for paper casting.
    3.    When you have removed all of the water from the mold, allow the casting to dry.
    4.    When the casting is dry, mount it onto the mounting matboard with ZipDry™ adhesive.
    5.    Make sure the glass is clean, place it into the frame.
    6.    Attach the spacers to the glass/frame.
    7.    Place the matboard, the mounting board with the casting attached, and a back board into the frame.

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Using hand made paper as a canvas

Hello all, Donna here with a piece I made from handmade paper.

I made a thick piece of paper and added leaves from my yard to the slurry and then blended that into the pulp. When it dried you could see and feel the leaf stems in the paper. I then thought what can I do with this thick piece of handmade paper. The more I looked at it, the more it looked like a piece of canvas. Hmmmmm

Soooooo, I used it as a canvas and painted on it. you would have to see it in person to know what I mean when it has the texture and look of a plain canvas.

I just followed the rules on how to make handmade paper that you can find here  you can find lots of videos on making your own paper watching his videos.

I use all the junk mail I get in the mail (believe me, I get a LOT lol) I then just used heavy body paints on my "canvas" and then wrote my quote.

Thank you so much for stopping by to take a look.

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Bring on da'snow!

I love snow! 
Now that Halloween is over I can begin my snow mantra...let it snow, let it snow! I live in North Carolina and we don't get much of the white stuff here and when we do it's usually gone in a couple of days so I cherish the little bit that we get. 

I also love making paper casts; I think it's because the molds are re-usable and like stamps, ( Susan K. Weckessers Love Ya Whole Bunches) they just keep on being a viable source for years. I would rather make my own embellishments than to keep buying things. In this day and age of a throw away society it's so much better for the earth to shred and re-cycle papers and to make something new from them!

I used the Three Trees and Frosty molds to create the embellishments for this card. Shredding your own paper and making a paper cast is snow easy, just follow these steps.

A couple of tips:
When coloring anything on handmade paper don't go overboard, it's better to tap the color in rather than stroke the color on, because handmade paper is very porous and the colors bleed out. Also, anytime I have an uneven surface and most likely you will on the backside of your mold, use a self-leveling glue like Helmars Liquid Scrapdots which will fill in any uneven gaps, so your paper cast will fit securely and lay perfectly flat. It's also great at supporting soft paper cast edges like his scarf that otherwise would break off when mailed.

You can also find interesting items to use as a mold around the house. I found that my ceramic coasters made a great snowflake mold, and combined that with the Holly Sprig mold... create this card that is currently in the news stand with the winter edition of the CardMaker Magazine. (p. 54) You can find all the steps in making this easy card there.

I'm off to go make some more paper casts....addicting and snow much fun!

Monday, November 2, 2015

We Remember...

Next week Let's Remember all the men and women who have fought , and fight for our freedom.  This is my very small gesture to show my appreciation.  It is a small mixed media canvas with the Poem In Flander's Field with a paper poppy.

This project is being shared on the Arnold Grummer Paper Making Blog and on my blog at : http//, here.

The instructions :
1.  Using a handmade sheet of red paper (made per the Arnold
Grummer method of paper making).  Make a template of a petal from any paper or cardboard.

2. Trace the petal about seven times, and cut out.

3.  Fold each petal and glue to a small circle like shape that you cut out from some scrap of paper.

4. Create the centre by making two small green hearts.  Overlap and glue them.

5.Make the stamens with a black coloured piece of handmade paper.  Fringe the strip, roll it and glue to the centre of the poppy.

6.Paint a small canvas with acrylic paint, let dry.

7. While waiting for the paint to dry print out a copy of the poem.  Tear the paper and ink it to age the paper.

8.Stamp some poppies with ink onto the painted canvas, let dry.

9.Glue the poppy and poem to the canvas.

I hope that you are inspired to make your own canvas and to remember our veterans.

Thank you for stopping by.

Supplies used:
Handmade paper in red, green , and black
Canvas (my own)
Dye Ink in Tea Dye (Ranger)
Stamps (my own)
Paint in Buttermilk (DecoArt)