Monday, June 29, 2015

More Pulp Playing

For some reason, I truly enjoy experimenting with paper pulp.  After seeing some interesting designed papers at an art store, this idea came to me. The results from my playing, I feel, was very satisfactory.  Here are two projects made with this pulp technique.  The paper was used as a background for a simple card.  Another application was a decorative plate.

It began with some mulberry paper and pulp made from 1/4 cup of cotton linter and a half sheet of colored tissue paper.  Process the colored pulp in a blender.  Using the paper making screen, place a sheet of mulberry paper onto the blue screen.  Wet the sheet by running it under water.  Place the mix of pulp into some type of squeeze bottle.   The photo here shows one way to add the pulp to the paper sheet.  It is randomly placed onto the paper by squeezing it on.  NOTE: Another way to add designs to the paper is to place a shape of choice (cookie cutters) onto the paper and squeeze the pulp into it.  Carefully lift from the sheet.  Use a toothpick or another instrument to move the pulp into place if necessary.  For another sheet, lines of pulp are placed onto the mulberry paper.

Finish processing the sheets like you would when making handmade paper sheets.

Allow the sheet to air dry.  The sheets can be ironed on a low setting to make them smooth.

To make the decorative plate, apply a sheet to the back of a glass plate.  Using Beacon Fast Finish Decoupage first brush the back of the plate with the liquid.  Place the paper onto the plate with the pulp side down.  Beginning in the center of the plate brush more of the finish over the paper.  Continue adding the finish along the edges till the paper is adhered.  NOTE: Don't brush too hard onto the paper because it can tear.  Allow one coat to dry then apply a second.  Leave to dry well.  Carefully cut away any excess paper around the edge with an X-acto knife than lightly sand the edge if necessary.

Friday, June 26, 2015

Hurrah for the Red, White & Blue

©Michele Emerson-Roberts 2015

The Independence Day celebration has become a yearly neighborhood pot luck get together. You know that I love paper casting using the many molds available from the Arnold Grummer website.  I often will cast items ahead of time using up the slurry I made for previous projects. Several months ago when I was using the CP “Nature’s Miniatures” mold from AG, I created a lot of the “star” castings knowing that I would need invitations for the 4th of July celebration. They went together quickly and will be a big hit when they are hand delivered next week.


  • Any of the Arnold Grummer™ paper making kits
  • Microwave , heat tool or a sunny window
  • CP “Nature’s Miniatures” casting mold
  • Blender, cello sponges and soft towels
  • Beacon QuickGrip™ Adhesive,
  • Scraps of white (think junk mail, etc.)
  • 5 ½ x 8 ½” red card stock for each card
  • Envelopes to fit cards (or make your own with the AG envelope template)
  • Red & Blue star sequins, clear seed beads, beading needle, white thread
  • 18” of ½” sheer dark blue ribbon for each card
  • Wescott™ personal paper cutter
  • Scor-Pal™ (Love the new 1/8version)
  • X-acto knife and cutting pad
  • Spellbinders’ Grand Calibur II
  • TH patriotic embossing folder


  1. Follow the instructions found in any of the Arnold Grummer™ paper making kits to create numerous star castings.  
  2. Dry the casting.
    (Did you know that you can save the slurry? Place it in a strainer and let it dry. Pop the dried slurry out of the strainer and store for future use.)
  3. Attach the tiny star sequins to the castings using the beading needle and clear seed beads.
  4. Score and fold the cards.
  5. Emboss the front of the cards with the patriotic folder.
  6. Cut a small slit in the side of the card wide enough to accommodate the ribbon.
  7. Insert the ribbon into the slit, tie a bow.
  8. Attach the star casting to the front of the card with QuickGrip™ adhesive.
  9. Handwrite the invitation information on the inside of the card, or computer-generate it if you have a lot to create.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

ZIG Zaggin' to INSPIRE with Tamiko

Happy Wednesday folks!  Have you ever sat down and felt like you wanted to make something but you had no idea what?  The not knowing what isn't what stops you.  It's you!  Sometimes you really have to play and INSPIRE yourself.  My project today I had no idea what direction I was going, but it didn't stop me from looking at what I had in front of me and creating something gift worthy.  That gift can be to myself , friends and family or even a perfect stranger. Today's project is an accordion or zig zag book to INSPIRE.

I first grabbed a few pieces of handmade papers.  You too can create your own paper you can be proud of here, at the Arnold Grummer site.  On the site you will notice a plethora goodies, some in which I used today (smiles)

Arnold Grummer Heart Template
Tim Holtz Idea-ology Chit Chat (word sticker book)
Donna Salazar Mixed Media Ink pads
rubber stamp

All I did use some paper from my stash, which is getting low by the way (smiles).  I created that stash by following the simple directions found here.  for creating handmade papers. I grabbed one of my square zig zag books which is also perfect for wallet size picture gifting.  I covered my front and back covers with handmade paper.  I cut them to size and adhered them to one side of the chipboard with Helmar glue.  I also inked the edges,  When I went to adhere my zig zag book to the covers, I realized I had made an oops!  I grabbed the wrong covers! (really chuckles)  I was ok with it, because the inked edges really framed the handmade paper and embellishment I made. So it worked out, even though it was NOT in the plan!  Remember, I had NO PLAN but to be INSPIRED and create.  Then I decided to make a heart shaped layered floral doo-whoppty-doo.  Yep, that's what I am calling it!  After going through my stash and using a handful of hearts I had already made using a template. I cut thin strips and made loopy petals and sandwiched them between the two differently sized hearts and a blob of glue.  I then took a little word from the sticker book, mounted on a scrap and cut to size.  I found the perfect word too, INSPIRE! I added more hearts and some stamped flowers on the pages within. That's leaving plenty of space for journaling or pictures.  Hope you like it, I sure do!

Another thing you can do to get inspired about paper making is to check out some the you tube videos on the Arnold Grummer Channel!  Don't forget to subscribe there and like the face book page here!

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Monday, June 22, 2015

Virginia Dogwood Bookmarks by Linda Hess

I do love the Spring and flowers blooming.  This year I decided to capture some of the spring and keep it!  I used my Arnold Grummer's® Garden Press to press flowers from a neighborhood tree.  I am sure I got a few odd looks as I looked for the perfect petals and then plucked them, but the results were wonderful...I would definitely do it all over again!
Arnold Grummer's® Garden Press
Mod Podge®
handmade paper scraps in colors of choice
scrapbook paper in colors of choice
rubber stamp alphabet
rubber stamp ink
corner punch
Step 1: Cut a straight edge on the handmade paper.  If you are like me, you have a huge stash of papers that have been created using the Papermill Pro®.  The benefit of keeping scraps is using them for a cool project like this one!
2) Cut a piece of scrapbook paper a little wider than the handmade paper (mine pieces measured about 2" and 2 1/2" each).  Place the handmade paper on top to check placement and measurements.  When you are happy with the look, use corner punch to punch top and bottom corner (as shown).  Glue down with the Mod Podge®. 

3) Position dried flowers on top of bookmark.  Cut away excess and place on another location of the bookmark.  Once you are happy with the look, attach flower petals with Mod Podge® on the back and additional smeared on the top to seal the petals down.
4) Final step, rubber stamp letters or write them in with a Sharpie marker.
5) Once dry, a hole can be punched in the top and tassels added (if desired).

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Pressed Flowers for a Candle

Hi,  Ann (from here today to share with you my project for the Arnold Grummer Design Team and Blog.  I used the Arnold Grummer flower press to collect and press a variety of flowers growing in containers around my pool.  I love to make things and I love gardening too, so it is so much fun when I get to combine the two.  Here is the completed project:

I started with a plain candle that burns from the inside and a collection of pressed flowers I collected just two weeks earlier.  I was so pleased with how well pressed and preserved my flowers are.  The colours are so deep and vibrant.

By coating the candle with a thick layer of Deco-Page I used this as the base to grab a hold of the flowers.  I gently pressed each flower onto the candle.  I let that set for a few minutes and then I brushed on another layer of the sealer.  Once that layer was dry I applied a third and final coat of Deco-Page to make a tight seal.

The remaining flowers I am saving to use as inclusions in some handmade paper making project in the near future.

Candle (my stash)
Flowers (my garden)
Arnold Grummer Flower Press ** Discount June code:  HotDis **
Deco-Page sealer and glue from Deco-Arts (*thank you to Deco-Arts)

If you would like to see other similar projects please come over to my blog for some ideas.  While you are there don't forget to subscribe and also link up to follow me on social media.  

Thank you for stopping by.

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Creating Handmade Striped Paper

There are many ways that you can create a design in paper.  I have shown you how add a heart into the center of a newly made sheet in my Love Notes tutorial.  I shared how to create an open area for a design in my Say I Love You with Handmade Paper post.  Today I would like to share with you how to make a striped sheet of handmade paper and how easy it is to do.  This Zig Zag book is covered with a piece of striped paper to give it a splash of color. 

Create several colors of paper pulp to make the striped sheet and one addition sheet to cover the back of the book.  You can choose if you want it to be striped or a solid sheet.  
Now you will need something to make a barrier in the deckle of your Papermill Pro.  I taped 2 of the templates together to use.  I held the template as I ladled the first color of pulp into the first section.  

Then, I gently ladled some pulp onto the opposite side of the template.  Next, I lifted the template straight upward slowly making sure not to disturb the water and placed it behind the second color as shown in the picture.  You will get a little mixing of colors, but it creates a really awesome look. I gently poured the last color into the deckle. 
 This is what the paper looked like at this point while it was still in the tub of water.  Lift the deckle slowly from the water and finish off the sheet according to the basic papermaking instructions.

Now create the second piece of paper that you will need for the book. 
This book I created will hold a special memory for me with this flower.  This rose came from the bush that I have from my grandmother.  I decided to dry it using the Microfleur Press so that I could have one preserved as a special memory.  The fern on the front of the book was also dried using the press.
I hope I've inspired you to try a striped sheet of paper and to add some dried flowers to your next projects.  If you haven't tried your hand at either of these great ideas be sure to head over to the website and purchase your supplies today.  Use the coupon code HOTDIS to save 20% off your entire order through the end of June. 

Happy Papermaking Everyone!


Friday, June 19, 2015

Patriotic Angel Box

©Michele Emerson-Roberts 2015

Here in Southeastern Arizona, summer is upon us! The Independence Day celebration coming up next month is one of my favorite holidays. I love the patriotism, the flags and the feeling of pride in our country. In honor of the holiday I have created a memory box for my neighbor whose husband is deployed. It will be a great place for her to keep the many letters and photos he sends to her. Perhaps it will help ease his being away.


  • Any of the Arnold Grummer™ paper making kits
  • CP large Angel mold
  • A sunny window, microwave or heat gun
  • Blender, cello sponges and soft towels
  • Beacon ZipDry™ and QuickGrab™ Adhesive
  • Scraps of white paper (think junk mail, left over cardstock scrap, etc.)
  • White pearl card stock
  • Dark blue cardstock
  • Dies: Spellbinders Grand Ovals
  • Die cut machine: Spellbinders’ Grand Calibur II
  • Spool of Kreinik gold metallic #32 braided cord
  • Bow Easy™, scissors
  • 16 Gold stars (brads or sequins)
  • 3 flat-backed red jewels
  • White box approx. 9 x 11”.
  • 1/8” round hole punch (if using star brads)


  1. Follow the directions found in any of the Arnold Grummer™ paper making kits to create white slurry.
  2. Cast one large Angel.
  3. When the casting is dry, fussy cut around the edges of the angel.
  4. Die cut the largest oval from the white pearl card stock.
  5. Die cut the dark blue oval using a smaller oval die.
  6. Center, layer and attached the dark blue oval piece to the large white pearl oval piece.
    Note - if using star brads, measure, mark and punch the holes for the legs of the brads.
  7. Insert the brags.
    Note - if using star sequins, attach the sequins evenly around the white pearl oval. 
  8. Attach the layered ovals to the front of the box with Beacon ZipDry™ adhesive.
  9. Attach the angel to the center of the dark blue oval with Beacon Quick Grip™ adhesive.
  10. Attach the gold metallic cord around the edge of both ovals with QuickGrip™ adhesive.
  11. Tie a bow at the top of the smaller oval.
  12. Use the BowEasy to tie a small bow with long tails.
  13. Attach the bow and the 3 red jewels at the Angel’s hands with QuickGrip™ adhesive.
  14. Unravel some of the metallic gold cord for hair.
  15. Attach it to the Angel’s head with QuickGrip™ adhesive.
God bless our troops and the USA! 

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

The road less traveled journal

Hi everyone, I hope you are having a nice spring, summer is officially around the corner here in the States and what better way to begin your summer than by making a journal to record your garden plants or maybe some hiking trails you discovered? I began with  my Arnold Grummer Paper Mill Kit to make my paper with the left over napkin I had when I created my Wabi Sabi Bowl  back in March. The directions to making your own paper can be found here

First I liberally applied some Helmar Decoupage & Craft Paste to the outside cover of my journal and lay my paper on top. I made to sure to coat the binding of the journal since that is where the paper will get the most stress from opening and closing it.

The sheet of paper was a little too long so I creased the edge where it overlapped by folding it and then tearing along that creased line. Handmade paper tears very easily giving you a wonderful natural deckled edge.

Next I took a leaf that I made from Terri Sproul's Leaf stamp and cut it out from a scrap piece of handmade paper. The one aspect of handmade paper that I love is how absorbent they are. I used 3 colors of Faber Castell Gelatos to rub into the leaf. I love how the creamy based pigment sticks just soak into the paper and blend together using my finger, without adding any extra water. I then coated the leaf with Earth Safe Finishes No VOC varnish.

To complete the journal I added some Wild Grapevine twigs around the edges and the sentiment. I love how the vines really play up the look of the handmade paper giving this journal a rustic feel.

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Monday, June 15, 2015


Hello, Ann here today from the blog: AnnMakes at:  For my project as part of the AG Design Team I decided to take my passion for DIY a little bit further this week.  You see not only do I enjoy making handmade paper like the original Arnold Grummer Method (see video here) but I also like to print my own prints!

After going through my stash of handmade papers I pulled three of what I considered the most plainest of my sheets.  I also got my Gelli Plate (Gelatin Mono- Printing Plate) some good quality acrylic paints, a brayer, a stencil and mask set, and my enthusiasm.

I learned that when working with these types of paper it is important to work very quickly.  Another important tip is to let each print dry thoroughly before adding another layer.  I learned the hard way that my handmade paper tends to be fragile when wet.

I limited my palette to three (3) colours and some black for contrast.  I actually made prints on both sides of each paper so I ended up with six different prints.

I apologize for not having a suitable picture of all the printed sheets.  I then chose some elements from two of the prints that appealed to me and I used the third piece as the card base.  I had cut out the feathers and a background from two of the prints.  Using some Tacky glue I assembled this card.

For more information on mono-printing and all my other FREE craft ideas, please go to my blog at:  You can also see other pictures of this project here.

Thank you so much for stopping by today and don't forget to use this months discount code June code:  HotDis) if you wish to make any purchases at the Arnold Grummer store.

Arnold Grummer Paper Making Kit
Paper pulp from recycled junk mail and such from my recycling bin
Linnie Blooms "Feather" Stencil and Mask
Acrylic paints: Light Blue, Bright Orange,Yellow, Black (Michael's)
Geli Print Plate
Aleene's Tacky Glue

Friday, June 12, 2015

Sand and Sea Journal

©Michele Emerson-Roberts 2015

Today’s project is using another of the AG “books a’ la Carte!” kits. We will be going to a neighborhood party with a summer sea theme in a few days. The recipients are recently back home after an ocean cruise, so this new book will be the perfect hostess gift for the photos and memorabilia from their trip.


  • Any of the Arnold Grummer™ paper making kits
  • A sunny window
  • Blender, cello sponges and soft towels
  • Westcott™ paper trimmer &scissors
  • Scraps of ivory or off white and rusty orange paper (think junk mail, etc.)
  • A tiny amount of dried crushed leaves or old spices
  • AG #2720 “Books a la carte” kit
  • Thin rust colored leather cord for binding (I wanted a different thread than came with the kit)
  • Scor-Tape
  • Ivory colored beads with large holes
  • ColorBox Chalk™ charcoal black ink pad
  • Sea themed rubber stamp
  • Alcohol markers: light brown, light blue and yellow
  • Iron (if you want the paper to be smooth) 


  1. Follow the directions found in any of the Arnold Grummer™ paper making kits to create 2 sheets of off white handmade paper. (I added a tiny bit of spices to the slurry to create speckles in the paper.) 
  2. Create 3 sheets of rusty orange paper.
  3. When the papers are dry, iron them to make them smooth.
  4. Adhere the rusty orange paper to the front and back covers with Scor-tape.
  5. Trim off the excess paper.
  6. Assemble the book following the direction in the kit.
  7.  Attach the beads by threading them onto the leather cord. (Refer to the photo for layering and placement.)
  8. Cut a sheet of the off white paper to fit the cover, leaving a border, and attach the paper with Scor-tape.
  9. Cut a piece of rusty orange paper a tiny bit smaller than the off with paper and layer it on top of the off white paper.
  10. Cut a second piece of off white paper leaving a tiny border. Tear this sheet to form 3 pieces (see photo) and layer next.
  11. Stamp the sea scene onto the off white paper with the ColorBox Chalk™ ink.
  12. Use the alcohol markers to color in the beach house and sea,.
  13. Bind the book with the drift wood stick.
Remember to always save the scrapes of handmade paper!

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

I Tweet You... with Tamiko

Hey folks Tamiko here.. Today I am feeling a little under the weather but I was able to stamp and color an image to create a card. I have been staring at a little wooden birdie on my desk for well over a week and I vowed to also to add him, some kinda way.  The papers I recycled were brown kraft shipping paper.  Here is my card for today.

As with all paper projects you can't do anything unless you start with paper.  First thing I do make sure I have what's  needed by creating my  favorite papers with any of the Arnold Grummer Paper Mill Kits.  The directions can be found here.   After my paper was made I stamped the image and painted it using Colour Arte Twinkling H2Os . I fussy cut the image and adhered it to the base of the card with Helmar's Craft & Hobby PVA glue.  I added some lace trim and hand stamped a sentiment on painted paper.. and embellished with a wooden bird.

This card was simple and short and yes I could have used regular papers.. but I like the texture of my handmade papers.  The texture alone will win every time. 

Don't forget if when you are shopping over a the Arnold Grummer Store feel free to use Code SPRING20 to save 20% on your regular priced order through the month of MAY 2015.

Friday, June 5, 2015

BBF…Butterflies & Best Friends

©Michele Emerson-Roberts 2015

For many years I have been happily watching two neighbor kids grow up. They played together and chased butterflies as little ones and became “best friends” in their teens. I was pleased to see the friendship turn into love and will be attending their wedding this summer. I was delighted when they asked me to create the invitations for their wedding.  I had 100 invitations to make so I chose to go with purchased cardstock instead of making the card bases from handmade paper. I was able to concentrate on creating the peach butterflies and completed the 100 cards in just a few days. Follow along to create your own versions of this card, which would make a lovely birthday, get well, thanks or thinking of you card.


  • Any of the Arnold Grummer™ paper making kits
  • A sunny window
  • Blender, cello sponges and soft towels
  • Scraps of white and peach paper (think junk mail, etc.)
  • Iridescent copper flakes
  • 12 x 12” white card stock
  • Westcott™ personal paper cutter, scissors
  • Scor-Pal™ Version 4……1/8”
  • Foam tape or foam dots
  • Dies:  Several sizes of butterflies from CheeryLynn
  • Swirl design embossing folders
  • Spellbinders Grand Calibur II™ die cutting & embossing machine
  • 1/8” round hole punch
  • 12” of ½” sheer peach colored ribbon (for each card)
  • Envelopes to fit cards (I like to use clear envelopes for my cards to share them with my postman)


  1. Follow the directions found in any of the Arnold Grummer™ paper making kits to create peach colored slurry with a tiny bit of iridescent copper flakes added to the slurry.
  2. Create enough sheets of peach heavy weight paper for the amount of butterflies you want to die cut.
  3. Die cut 3 sizes of the butterflies for each card.
  4. Cut the 12 x 12 white card stock 4 ½ x 12”.
  5. Score and fold at 3” and 9” creating a gate fold card.
  6. Emboss the front of the cards with the swirly embossing folder. (a butterfly embossing folder would have been even better!)
  7. Punch a hole at the center on each side of the “gate”.
  8. Insert the printed wedding information inside the card.
  9. Insert the ribbon into the two holes and tie a bow.
  10. Attach the 3 butterflies to the front of the card with foam tape.

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Sympathy card

Hi everyone! I made another pressed flower card today using my Arnold Grummer Garden Press, now that summer is here and flowers are blooming I can see this hobby as addictive as paper making!

Speaking of flowers, I used Sea Lavender flowers in my paper as a surface embedment. You can go here to watch Arnold Grummer himself demonstrate this method in a video. I had to do a little research on what type of flower this was, lol It's called Statice Flowers, common names are Sea foam, sea lavender, limonium, latifolia, marsh rosemary. Grown for both its colorful flowers and its everlasting calyx (the green leaf that encloses the flower bud), statice is also considered an herb, referred to as “sea lavender.”Statice is commonly used in dried flower arrangements as well as fresh bouquets. 

The base of the paper comes from an old phone book directory that I tore up when I got my new one...who uses phone books anymore? Well, I do I guess, now that I am re-cycling paper! I like how the words peep through the paper a bit.

I also paper pieced a bee to add onto the front of the card. It's stamped 3 times, once onto the card itself ( so I don't have to worry about trying to fussy cut the antenna out ) then 2 more times on coordinating handmade paper and then reassemble back on top of the card. 

I did doodle on top of the dried flower, which I really enjoyed doing. I used my micron and Signo white pen to do that. 

Thanks for visiting today!