Friday, September 25, 2015

Hummingbird on Canvas

Hi all, I am so excited to share my 2nd project with all of you.

This one is done on a canvas using paper pulp. I first found junk mail and blended the paper to smithereens then poured the slurry into different containters to add color to them using the ones I knew I would need. I first covered the whole canvas with black slurry, even the sides and let that dry. Then started on my hummingbird as you can see below.
 Here is a close up of the hummingbird. I didn't flatten it because I wanted the texture of the slurry.

After filling in my hummingbird, I sprinkled glitter on top, you can just barely see it, the photo doesn't show it too well.

I then started making the flower that the hummingbird is getting his necter from.

I also added leaves and again did not press on the paper so I could have that texture I was looking for.

Here is a picture of the flowers pretty much completed.
And a close up of it...

I then added some flowers I had on hand from my stash to add to the top left and bottom right corners.

And she is done! I am going to Nebraska for my sister in laws 60 surprise birthday party and I am going to give this to her as a gift. She loves hummingbirds. I had so much fun making this, I wanted to just keep going but knew it would be too crowded if I kept adding lol. I hope she likes it.

Everything you need to make your own slurry from junk mail and make your own paper (which I am working on now) you can get from Arnold Grummer's Paper making shop.

Thanks for stopping by and if you would love to try this and make your own paper, I would love to see it.

The Gift of Autumn Leaves

©Michele Emerson-Roberts 2014


Fall is in the air! It is a perfect time for me to start on the many “Fall” projects I have planned to do. This piece is one of my favorites and will make a perfect gift for a dear friend who loves Fall as much as I do.


  • Any of the Arnold Grummer™ paper making kits
  • A sunny window
  • Blender, cello sponges and soft towels
  • Scraps of beige, tan, ivory paper (think junk mail, etc.)
  • Dried/pressed oak leaves on a stem (I used the AG flower press)
  • Tiny bit of dried spices (I used nutmeg)
  • SpellbindersTM Grand Calibur machine
  • Die: Quiet FireTM/Elizabeth Crafts Designs™  “Believe”
  • Scraps of Kraft colored heavy weight handmade paper or card stock for the die cut word
  • Beacon ZipDry™ Adhesive, double sided foam tape
  • Matt board


  1. Follow the directions found in any of the Arnold Grummer™ paper making kits to create light tan slurry.
  2. Create a sheet of paper, and while the paper is still a bit wet, lay the leaf stem onto the wet paper.
  3. Continue removing the water from the paper. Sprinkle the spice onto the damp paper.
  4. When the paper is dry mount it onto the matt board with ZipDry™ adhesive.
  5. Die cut “Believe”.
  6. Attach the word to the bottom left corner of the handmade paper with tiny pieces of foam tape.

The finished pierce can be framed in a shadowbox-style frame, or displayed on an easel.

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Travel Card with Tamiko

Hey folks!  Happy Wednesday! I noticed I have quite  a few family members and friends traveling this season.  I am in awe of the stories and the pictures they all have to share.  That being said, while on pinterest, I also came across this quote:  The world is a book and those who do not travel, read only one page!  How true it is!  I personally haven't gone anywhere recently, but this is a reminder just how important it is to travel.  It doesn't matter how you get there, be it car, boat, plane or train.   I created a card today based on that quote.

This card is part handmade paper and part paper pulp.  I made paper pulp in a few colors: pink, red and yellow.  Easiest way to create colored paper pulp is to tear papers up in batches of the needed colors. If you are not able to find the colors you need for your projects, you can always use additives to color your slurry. Once your paper is torn into pieces, you can take a loose handful of paper/one torn sheet and add it to 2 1/2 cups of water in a blender for about 30-45 seconds. Make sure you clean your blender cup under some running water between color batches.  To create my boat shaped piece of paper I actually used a large boat cookie cutter, as my deckle.  I took a turkey baster and placed color in the various areas of the deckle.  The simpler the mold, the less perfect your placement needs to be.  Arnold Grummer shows you here how to use deckle to create your own shaped papers.  I also used some scraps from a page I already had and you can watch here, how to make a sheet of paper.

After my boat was created I doodled some lines on it to give it a little detail.  I used the blue-ish -purple paper I had to add waves in my water.  For extra color, for the first time I used some chalks for my background and on the newly made paper.  I was consciously patient and applied the chalk lightly. I wasn't exactly sure I would like it.  Well, I LOVE  IT! Hope you do too!

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Thank you for coming by today and don't forget.. Save a tree, RECYCLE and GO MAKE SOME PAPER!!! ::laughs::  No seriously.. Get a kit and MAKE SOME PAPER!!

Monday, September 21, 2015

Pretty Paper Posies

Hello, Ann here today from the AG Blog Design Team and the blog:  I have more flower power love to share with you today!  Here is my latest project:

To make this I used two sheets and a scrap (I keep the little bits left over)  of some handmade paper I made.  Of course these were made following the Original Arnold Grummer Pour Mould method (link to video).  I like to use my handmade papers just like any store bought paper, and I dare to treat it the same way in the art making process.  For this project I wanted to play with some new tools I got.

1.  I cut strips of paper according to the measurements as suggested by the makers of the "Flower Punch Board" and then I proceeded to punch and score according to that manufacturer's instructions.  It was easy and quick to do.

2,  Once I had the strips prepared I then folded, accordion style, the flowers.  I used some double sided adhesive to keep the petals down.  I stacked aa extra small flower on top of a larger flower and glued.

3.  To make the centre of the flower I used a Paper Punch and made the flower burst shape.  I glued that to the centre too.  (See first picture)

4.  I added a vintage button from my collection and some sparkling glitter glue.

5.  To add some dimension to this "Posie" I inked the edges with some chalk ink.  Now my flower is done and is ready to be used in another project or even as a gift topper instead of a bow!

I hope that you are inspired to make some handmade papers and go play with your scrapbooking tools in new ways.

Handmade paper (mine)
Chalk Ink in "coral"
Aleene's Tacky Glue
Double sided tape  3m
Button (my stash)
We R Memory Keepers "Flower Punch Board"
Fiskars hand punch "Burst"
Glitter Glue in pink (Dollarama)

Thank you for stopping by, and please go over to my blog where I share lots and lots of how to's!

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Autumn Canvas

I find that I have a few favorite paper making accessories that I am repeatedly turning to. This Maple Leaf Casting Mold is one of them. I've used it for jewelry and framed art projects as well as a greeting card embellishment.
Maple Leaf Casting Mold
I followed these basic instructions to make my paper casting. When it was dry, I painted the leaf with a mixture of clear acrylic glaze and mica powders thinned with a bit of water. I painted the veins first, using a coppery mica powder. Then, I painted the entire leaf, even going over the just-painted veins with a blend of green shades.

When that was dry, I painted the entire piece—leaf and background—with a glaze and wheat colored acrylic paint mixture. I just wanted to take the edge off the stark white of the paper casting. The last step before mounting was to ink the edges of the casting with walnut stain distress ink.

I mounted the finished casting onto a wax encaustic. I did this by gently heating the surface until the wax softened, then pressed the casting directly into the wax. Here is the finished piece.


Friday, September 18, 2015


©Michele Emerson-Roberts  2015

I just had to share one more summer card with you. This is another of the motifs from the CP Nature’s Miniatures molds. Remember that I always make extras to have for later projects. A friend who loves sea shells will receive this card for her birthday… would also be wonderful matted and framed. I think I will offer to do that after her birthday as an extra gift.


  • Any of the Arnold Grummer paper making kits
  • CP Nature’s Minitures Sea Shell (or mold of your choice)
  • Scraps of blue and white paper (think junk mail)
  • Blender, sponges & soft towels
  • Microwave, heat gun or sunny window
  • Scor-pal (LOVE the new 1/8” version)
  • Scissors
  • Die: CheeryLynn #B630  “Beautiful”
  • Spellbinders’ Grande Calibur II™ machine
  • Beacon QuickGrip™ and  ZipDry™ adhesive
  • Small eyed needle and metallic variegated embroidery floss
  • Scrap of white handmade paper


  1. Follow the instructions found in any of the AG paper making kits or books to create white slurry and cast one or more sea shell.  Remember that I always make extra castings to use for later projects.
  2. When the sea shell casting is dry, use the brush to apply a coat of ZipDry™ adhesive to the inside back of the casting.
  3. Working from the front of the casting (when the adhesive is dry),  use the needle to poke tiny holes in some or all of the “dots” on the sea shell.
  4. Working from the back of the sea shell create tiny French knots and/or “x” in each of the holes.
  5. Create one sheet of blue handmade paper (think card stock weight). 
  6. When the paper is dry, fold in half and tear to create two 5 ½ x 8 ½” pieces.
  7. Score and fold to create two 4 ¼ x 5 ½” cards. Set one card aside for a future project.
  8. Die cut the word “Beautiful” from the scrap of white handmade paper.

Assemble the card:

  1. Attach the sea shell to the lower portion of the card with QuickGrip™.
  2.  Attach the word with ZipDry™.
  3. Add a quote about the sea or a message inside the card.


Scrapbooking With Home Made Papers

Hooray - you made it to Friday and the end of the week!

Today I want to share with you a quick video showing my first go at paper making! I am happy to report that it is easy and fun! Before I tried this, I read the Trash to Treasure Book from cover to cover! This is a valuable resource and will  be used whenever I get my paper making supplies out.

The supplies you will need are:

Trash to Treasure  Papermaking Book
Any of the Arnold Grummer Paper Making Kits

Recycled paper including junk mail, envelopes, fliers, can labels, etc.
 A blender
If you want to make the paper acid free, you will need to add calcium carbonate.
EK Success Scallop Circle Punch

 It is a tradition for my sisters and I to get a photo with my mom every time we are together. We took this one a few weeks ago and I anted to get it scrapped. Once my paper was dry, I punched out the scallop circles which I like to use for flowers. I did fold and bend them a bit and inked the edges before using them on my layout.

Here is a closer look:

I enjoyed using my own paper to make these embellishments. The nice part is, I can even recycle any scraps into something new!!

Thank you so much for joining me. Please visit the Arnold Gummer website to shop and for project ideas and inspiration.


Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Feeling Squirrelly

nutty; resembling a squirrel looking for nuts

It comes as no surprise to my friends that I would make "squirrel art" since a lot of my pictures I post on Face Book are of my squirrel buddies that come to my back door looking for a handout. They give me so much pleasure and I enjoy watching them so much that they inspired this piece...

Here is one of my regulars, some of them are very tame and rather sweet.

Although sometimes they look rather frantic when I dare to leave the house, and I come back to this...

I made a short video making the wall art using a Chipboard Photo Frame set and the Microfleur Flower Press from Arnold Grummer. I hope you enjoy watching it and please subscribe to the Arnold Grummer Youtube channel for more inspiration!

Life is about creating yourself.

Friday, September 11, 2015

Always Give Her Roses

©Michele Emerson-Roberts  2015

Roses are one of the most beloved flowers in the world. They are not always available to give as a bouquet, but can always be created in any color you want as a paper casting. This little box is perfect for a gift for any occasion. I think it will make a great jewelry container for one of my sisters who loves roses!



  • Any of the Arnold Grummer paper making kits
  • CP Nature’s Miniatures Rose stem (or mold of your choice)
  • Scraps of white paper (think junk mail)
  • Blender, sponges & soft towels
  • Microwave, heat gun or sunny window
  • Scissors, BowEasy™
  • ColorBox™ Stylus  handle & tips, and light pink and light green Chalk ink pads
  • Beacon QuickGrip™ adhesive
  • 3 ¼” round container
  • 9” of pale green ½’ wide organdy ribbon.


  1. Follow the instructions found in any of the AG paper making kits or books to create white slurry.
  2. Create one or more rose stem casting. 
  3. When the rose casting is dry, use the Stylus handle and tip to apply light pink Chalk ink to the rose and the edge of the casting.
  4. Clean the tip, then apply light green chalk ink to the stem and leaves of the casting.
  5. Use the BowEasy™ to tie a tiny box.
  6. Attach the rose casting to the top of the round box and the bow to the lower area of the casting with QuickGrip™ adhesive.

Thursday, September 10, 2015

From Paper Pulp to Jewelry

Here are a couple things I had been working on before I received my goodies from Arnold Grummer Paper Making. I used paper pulp, which I had been playing with for a while now but not being able to make paper, I went for the jewelry making with it. This first piece is a pin I made from molds. I can't show the mold because I packed it up to go out to my new shed I just had build and delivered. I haven't come across it yet to unpack.

I used paper pulp in the mold, painted it when dry, I then put Glossy Accents on it to protect it and make it stronger and then added the pin to the back with a good strong glue.

Here are the earrings I made also.

This one I still had the mold out so you can see what I used. Again I used paper pulp, painted them and then adhered them to each other with a strong glue. This time I used a wood hardener and dipped them a few times, let them dry between dippings and then used a lacquer on them to protect them even more. 

Since, I have received my package and have been playing around making paper. It is soooo much fun. They have a ton of fun items to help make your paper making so easy and fun in their store here

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you enjoy what I made. 

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

My Moon Book with Tamiko

I love to create books and I don't always have a reason or content to put in them (shrugs).  Sometimes I just create to CREATE. Today I created a moon book.  While on a search for moon related quotes, I said, "I may just use this book to record some of my favorite moon inspired quotes." Here is my today's project.

I created my paper first from, using the Arnold Grummer (AG) Papermill Kit. The papers I recycled were old Christmas wrapping paper in red and white. For this batch I almost doubled my normal loose handful of torn paper bits.  To see how to create your own papers with this kit, you can check out Mr. Grummer's how to process, by clicking here. Because this book's paper was rather thick, and not your average sheet of handmade paper, the page itself required actual scissors or a blade to shape.  I decided not to support the book with any type of book board. I was able to score my page, to include a spine with a weak paper cutter blade.

I embellished the book with a small stamp from Rubber Moon by Claudia Rose. I used a quote I saw once on pinterest (smiles), and adhered it and the image with my trusted Helmar's Crafts and Hobby PVA Glue.  Cute, clean and simple.

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Monday, September 7, 2015

Easy to Make Book Marks

Hi, it's Ann here today with a simple project for you.  For those of us who still enjoy reading paper versions of books, we never seem to have too many book marks.  Today I am sharing with you how you can make these Page Corner type Bookmarks to use or give as a small gift.

First, start off with a sheet of handmade paper.  Of course the best way to recycle some junk mail is to use the Arnold Grummer way of making handmade paper with the pour and mould method.  Recycle some more by using a piece of thick paper or cardboard and make yourself a handy little template that you can use over and over again.

You will need a five inch square to begin.  Section off into four equal squares, and section two squares into triangles. (see picture)

Cut out the remaining piece and you have a template to make the bookmark
Place the template over the sheet of handmade paper, trace, and cut.

Using a bone folder or the back of a spoon score and fold the paper. (see picture)

Use a good tacky glue to glue the triangles together, and create a pocket that will slip over the corner of the page in your book.

I took it a step further and collaged a dried flower onto the corner.  In a previous post (here) I explain how I use the "Micro-Fleur" to dry and press some flowers.

It is a good idea to give the bookmark a top coat of sealer to make it more durable.

Once the template has been made it is easy to just make a bunch of these!

Have fun, and thanks for stopping by.  Please, visit my blog for other handy dandy tips and how to's at:

Friday, September 4, 2015


©Michele Emerson-Roberts  2015

As summer is winding down in many places, it is still warm here in Southern Arizona. I have had such fun with the wonderful paper casting molds from AG that I just had to make a new card for a friend who loves everything “fishy”. The castings are quick to create and it just takes a few extra minutes to make extras to use for later projects.


  • Any of the Arnold Grummer paper making kits
  • CP Nature’s Miniatures “Fish” (or mold of your choice)
  • Scraps of blue and white paper (think junk mail)
  • Blender, sponges & soft towels
  • Microwave, heat gun or sunny window
  • Scor-pal (LOVE the new 1/8” version)
  • Scissors
  • Die: CheeryLynn #B616 “Explore”
  • Spellbinders’ Grande Calibur II™ machine
  • Beacon QuickGrip™ and  ZipDry™ adhesive
  • Small eyed needle and variegated embroidery floss, one clear seed bead
  • Scrap of white handmade paper


  1. Follow the instructions found in any of the AG paper making kits or books to create one sheet of blue handmade paper (think card stock weight).  
  2. When the paper is dry, fold in half and tear to create two 5 ½ x 8 ½” pieces.
  3. Score and fold to create two 4 ¼ x 5 ½” cards. Set one card aside for a future project.
  4. Create white slurry and cast one of more fish.  
  5. When the fish casting is dry, use the brush to apply a coat of ZipDry™. adhesive to the inside back of the casting.
  6. When the adhesive is dry, use the needle to poke tiny holes in some or all of the “dots” on the fish.
  7. Working from the back of the fish, create tiny French knots in each of the holes. Attach the seed bead to the eye area with floss or adhesive.
  8. Die cut the word “Explore” from the scrap of white handmade paper.

Assemble the card:

  1. Attach the fish to the lower portion of the card with QuickGrip™.
  2. Attach the word with ZipDry™.
  3. Add a message inside the card. Enjoy!

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Nature wall hanging

I admit it, I do. I love walking through the woods, smelling the pine needles, listening to the birds....
yes, I am a nature lover.

So I knew I wanted to make some nature themed wall art with Fall leaves with the Paper Quilt from Arnold Grummer, but Fall is not getting here fast enough for me so I made this wall hanging from a white Mulberry tree instead. I did cut the squares from the kit down into a rectangle shape just slightly smaller than the sheets of paper that you create by using the medium Dip Handmold, that way the deckled edges would have plenty of room to hang off the edge without the sturdy white chipboard backing showing. Each sheet of handmade Mulberry paper was attached to the chipboard with Helmars Craft & Hobby PVA glue, which is a great glue for adhering delicate paper because it doesn't seep through the paper.

The entire wall hanging (excluding the beads, grommets and the velvet thread) came from a white Mulberry tree. The hanger is a branch that was stripped of it's bark to make the paper. 

The top piece of paper has the most Cotton Linter paper added to it. Although I didn't measure (rarely do that ya know) I would guess its 3 parts Linter paper to a pinch of Mulberry pulp. 

The middle paper piece is, more or less, 2 parts Linter paper and 1 part Mulberry pulp. ( Again, just guessing here ) I also used the Microfleur to press one of the Mulberry tree leaves in the microwave for 30 seconds and then adhered it to the paper with some DecoArt Soft Varnish.

The last leaf of paper is pure Mulberry. I could have chosen to not use the outer bark too, but I like the brown flecks and texture throughout the paper.

I have discovered another paper making friend through Face Book, Stefanie of Oakmother's Handmade Paper, and as luck has it, she actually lives right down the street from me! It's so awesome to have a friend close by who understands the obsession of paper making. She invited me over to make mulberry paper with her and I made a short slide show of how we made the mulberry paper if you are interested. The process is a little more involved but very meditative and relaxing.

Take a quiet walk 
with Mother Nature.
It will nurture your
mind, body, and soul.

by A.D. Williams