Thursday, December 31, 2015

Bleeding Hearts Card Front

Hello everyone, Christmas is over and the New Year is starting soon. This year went by so fast, I think or maybe I am just that busy, LOL.

For todays post I tried something I have done in the past just not on handmade paper. I wasn't sure how it would turn out, but it worked great. The card fronts are called Stitching Cards and that was the very first thing I started making before getting into all the other crafts I am into now. Here are the basic things you need to begin. If you enlarge the photo, you can see the holes already put into the paper.

 This one may show it better if you enlarge it.
Here is a picture of the flowers done. There is a pattern you have to follow. With the handmade paper, some of the holes (because they are so close together) did rip some, but I made due.
And here is the completed card front. What you do is adhere this to the front of a cardstock to make a card and then you can add any stamped phrase you would like. This is just many of the hundreds of patterns I have purchased. Some are just beautiful but very involved. This one took about 3 hours to complete and that is not including making the paper.
 This turned out so well, I am going to make some more on the handmade paper. I love making my own paper and trying different things to make with it.

Monday, December 28, 2015

It is Over

Whew - you made it through  the holiday week! Now it is time to recoup and if you are like me, you pledge to get started earlier next year. So why not start now!! Grab that leftover wrapping paper, recycled paper and other scraps you have been saving. Time to start on ornaments for next year!!

Make some paper! I used my handmold and made a couple of sheets of paper.




My pieces had flowers in it. For this project I glued them to a piece of cardboard. A cereal or cracker box is the perfect weight and again, you are recycling!!


Cut into squares of different sizes - 1 inch, 1 1/5 inch and 2 inches. You will need about 4 -  6 of each.

Brush the edges with glue and sprinkle with glitter.

  Punch a hole in the center of each using a small hole punch.  I added beads to the bottom of the wire then started threading the squares largest to smallest. I added a star bead to the top.


And here is my finished ornament . It looks just like a little tree!


                                                 
                                                            So sparkly and pretty!


I hope you enjoyed this project! Wishing you all the best in paper making in the New Year!!

Supplies used:

Arnold Grummer Medium Pour Handmold

Friday, December 25, 2015

“Nativity Wreath”

©Michele Emerson-Roberts 2015


This is one of my favorite Christmas wreaths created this year. I have made over a dozen of them to give as gifts. Each one is a bit different shape or size. The recipients will be delighted to display them. They are just a small reminder of what the season is about. 

Supplies:

  • Any of the Arnold Grummer™ paper making kits
  • A sunny window
  • Blender, strainer, cello sponges and soft towels
  • Scraps of white paper (think junk mail, etc.)
  • Cotton Press Nativity casting mold
  • Beacon QuickGripTMAdhesive
  • One 10” rustic twig wreath
  • Several 6-9” twigs
  • Cinnamon sticks
  • Tiny bit of moss
  • Small metallic star
  • Approx. 1 yard of wired star garland
  • Approx. 8 “of wire for a hanger
Instructions:

  1. Follow the instructions found in any of the Arnold Grummer™ paper making kits to create one of the Nativity paper casting.
  2. When the casting is dry attach the star to the peak below the rook and the cinnamon sticks to the roof and base of the Nativity with QuickGrip™ adhesive.
Assemble the wreath:

  1. Wrap the twig wreath with the wired star garland.
  2. Create a hanger with the wire.
  3. Insert and attach the twigs to the bottom center of the wreath to brace the Nativity casting.
  4. Center and attach the nativity paper casting to the bottom of the wreath.
I often spend the whole day making castings, using many of the wonderful casting molds that have been available over the years from the Arnold Grummer Company.




Thursday, December 24, 2015

Hand made flowers on barrettes

Hello everyone! Is everyone ready for Christmas? I always seem to wait til the last minute......LOL

I have been working on making paper flowers with my handmade paper using Arnold Grummers paper making kit.
Today I decided to try them on barrettes that you wear in your hair. If you make your own paper slurry, don't you ever just feel like sticking your hands in a huge bowl of it and playing in it? I do....maybe that's just me.....

OK, back to the barrettes. Here is a pic of them done, I used paper punches to punch out the forms.
 This is a pic of the clips open in the back.

 This one is with them closed.

This is the back side of them with the clip closed.


  Thanks for stopping by and Hope for all of you and your family to have a wonderful and safe Holiday.

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Ornamental Paper Casts with Tamiko

Hey folks! Can you believe Christmas is at the end of the week?  New Years Day is week from that? Where did the year go? ::smiles::  Now I will be the first to tell you this is not what  intended to post, but my project went missing.. I think I wrapped them or lost them.. ::grumble grumble::  Sooo it's never too late for an ornament, well it isn't at my house.  We create ornaments, and buy them all year round and even if I don't use these few for this tree, I will use them for a tree in the future or gift them to another relative that shops year round for ornaments.  Here is my project..

I had a heap of fun creating these paper cast for the ornaments.  I actually created pulp from some old purple and silver metallic wrapping paper. I collected the wrapping paper of my choice, tore into maybe 1 inch by 1 inch pieces and then tossed them in a large Ziploc, till I was ready to use them.   When I was ready to use them I took a small handful and dropped some in 2 cups of water and blended them into a slurry goodness.  This is truly the easiest way to create paper and try making them for the first time.  Once you are ready to invest and take casting to the next level there is all kinds of cotton linters and paper additives you can use to create casts. As a matter of fact, feel free to reference this information here, when you are ready to do some paper casting.  Once I made my paper slurry, I slowly placed it in my Arnold Grummer strainer to release some of the water. I actually use a spoon to push some of the water out while it's in the strainer.  You don't want it to be dry, but you do want it the consistency of a very moist cookie dough.  if you are using some type of plaster casted mold like me, I tend to rub those with a small brush and some oil.  The oils acts as an release agent for the very detailed areas of the mold.  Now while you can use an oven or a heat tool to dry the molds.. I personally tend to do several projects at one time, so its no big deal to let it air dry for me.  Takes a few hours.. Once you make a few of these.. you can become really good at it..  After these were done.. I still used my Twinkling H2Os by ColourArte and a water brush to lightly add more color.

I created the ornament by adhering some music papers to wire I shaped into a circular piece, with some Helmar 450 QuickDry. I then covered the paper in Flower Soft (the fuzzy colorful substance behind the paper casted item). I created a banner and attached that as well. Because I have various shades of purple on this piece I used my Purple Paper Cord from The Ribbon Resource.  Here are a few more closeups.



Thanks so much for stopping by! Wishing to YOU and YOURS.. from ME and MINE.. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!!

Monday, December 21, 2015

Join Our Design Team


Arnold Grummer is looking for a few awesome Mixed Media Artists to showcase Arnold Grummer's papermaking kits and new (!) bookmaking products!! If you LOVE paper crafts and find the idea of making your own papers to use on layouts, cards & projects inspiring, show us what you can do!!

We're looking for talented artists and designers who know how to inspire others to create. For those that also seek opportunities to have their papercraft work prominently featured, Arnold Grummer's Design Team is a great fit!

What’s expected of an Arnold Grummer Design Team Member?
* Ability to create compelling projects that showcase Arnold Grummer products
* Experience taking good photos or scans of projects
* Active interaction with members of Arnold Grummer's facebook and blog as they discover YOUR WONDERFUL DESIGNS!!

What are the responsibilities of an Arnold Grummer Design Team Member?
* The Arnold Grummer Design Team is a 6 month hitch, from Feb 1, 2016 – July 31, 2016.
* Create a minimum of 2 layouts/projects per month. Post them on both your blog and Arnold Grummer’s blog on your assigned dates each month. Date assignments will be given when the team is picked.
* Participate on Arnold Grummer's Facebook - this is a MUST!
* Submit work for publication. Arnold Grummer's will share project submission opportunities from their editorial contacts.
* Take part in one Blog Hop during the 6 months.  Date to be announced.
* Promote Arnold Grummer! Post projects created during your six-month term on other online galleries and blogs. Include working links to Arnold Grummer's blog and to products used on Arnold Grummer's website.

What are the rewards of an Arnold Grummer Design Team member?
* Your bio, picture and link(s) on Arnold Grummer's blog
* Promotion of your work and projects to Arnold Grummer's Newsletter, Facebook and Blog members, a growing international community.
* FREE product in ONE shipments:


Apply today! Here's how:
1) Send your bio, blog address and facebook info to Terri@ultimatescrapbookretreat.com with “DT applications” in the subject line (this way you don’t end up in Junk Mail – I get lots of spam) 

2)  Deadline: Must have bio to Terri Sproul by Jan 15th  (terri@ultimatescrapbookretreat.com).
Step by step directions on how to make this project with links to Arnold Grummer’s blog and website. Your submission project can be anything you love to make ... Scrapbook, Cards, Mixed Media, Altered Art, Eco-Art…  just think outside the box and impress me…

3) Join our facebook and blog  - this is a MUST and is very important to the success of our team!


4) All entries MUST utilize handmade paper . If you can use paper you've made yourself - great! - but purchased handmade paper is certainly acceptable for Design Team applicants. Work submitted must be recent and can be previously published or displayed on blogs or online galleries.

What to include with your emailed submission –
* Send project(s) to view:  Step by step directions on how to make this project with links to Arnold Grummer’s blog and website. Your submission project can be anything you love to make ... Scrapbook, Cards, Mixed Media, Altered Art, Eco-Art…  just think outside the box and impress me… See #4 above
* We want to know all about you! Send in your bio
* Please describe your style (genre): Scrapbook, rubber stamp, mixed media, vintage, altered art, eco-art, urban, etc.
* Why would you like to be on the Arnold Grummer Design Team?
* Are you frugal, organized, have marketing ideas etc.. please share what strengths you can bring to our team.
* Include the link to your active blog
* Are you active on any Forums or Message Boards? (Please List)
* Give an example of a class or technique you would like to share with
others. If it is one you have done previously please describe or link to it.
* Please list any other manufactures or store/kit DT’s you've been on or are currently on. Do you
have a scrapbook resume, or a link to a gallery,? Please share it with us.


Final decisions will be made the week of  Jan 25. Arnold Grummer’s
Design Team will be announced shortly thereafter!!

Good Luck!!!!!

Save the Wrapping!

Hi, it's Ann here today with a quick tip about making your own very special handmade paper.  SAVE those wrapping papers, cards, envelopes, gift bags, etc. that you may be getting during the Holidays.   For those of us who celebrate at this time of year and give or receive gifts we are often left to deal with extra gift wrap and more.  Recycling all these paper goods is better than throwing them away for sure.  However, it is even better to save some of those luscious pieces of gift wrapping and make your own pretty papers!

That's right, last year I saved most of the gift wrapping and extras that came through our house and I even got to save some from our visits to family!  So, by removing all pieces of sticky tapes, and staples I gathered a lot of materials.  I filled a big storage tub with shiny papers, ribbons, cards and so much more.  I still have a lot left in that bin by the way.  The fun came when I started ripping and shredding my stash to create the pulp to make my new creations which I then posted on this blog throughout the year.

#1.  Gather the stash of materials:





#2.  Sort and remove pieces of tape, staples, and anything that cannot be used in the pulp making process without causing damage to your blender.

#3.  Rip, tear, cut, shred the materials.


#4.  Fill about a cup with your shredded papers, and add to one cup of water into a blender reserved for paper making.  Pulp away.  If the pulp is too soupy add some more paper pieces.



#5.  Continue making the paper following the Arnold Grummer Paper Making method.  Click here for link to video.

#6.  Enjoy your new papers.



#7.  Create something.


I hope that you all have a safe and joyous season,  may you have a Happy New Year too!  Remember to recycle and create.  For other ideas and projects please come visit me at my blog:  http://annmakes.blogspot.com.

Thank you for stopping by.


Saturday, December 19, 2015

Pretty in Pink Thank You Card

I've been a very good girl this year, so I'm anticipating lots of goodies from Santa. So, in preparation I've made this Pretty in Pink thank you card using papers that I made following these basic instructions.

Here's how I created this card:
  1. Sponge Vintage Photo and Barn Door distress inks on the front of a blank card.
  2. Cut a piece of old sheet music with deckle-edge scissors about 1/2" shorter and narrower than your card. This piece was already aged, but if you're using a new piece you can give it an aged look by lightly sponging with Vintage Photo distress ink. 
  3. Deckle the edges of your handmade by painting a line of water where you want the edges of the paper to be. Gently pull the paper apart along the water line.
  4. Cut your handmade paper with your selected die. I used the bubbles from Sizzix Tim Holtz Alterations Collection. This is a small die, so I cut it twice.
  5. Emboss your handmade, die cut paper. I used a thank you sentiment.
  6. Mount the handmade paper to the piece of music using liquid adhesive, then mount these to the front of the card.
  7. Embellish as desired. I gathered a length on tulle to make a half rosette, mounted this in place with double sided adhesive tape, and glued a tiny rose in the center.
OK, Santa. Bring it on! I'm ready with your thank you card.


Friday, December 18, 2015

“Saint Nickolas Wreath”

©Michele Emerson-Roberts 2015


I enjoy creating small Christmas wreaths and hang them on my inside doors during the Christmas holidays, and once again I used one of my favorite Arnold Grummer/Cotton Press paper casting molds; Victorian Saint Nickolas. There are so many beautiful paper casting mold to choose from (yep, I have to admit I collect the molds and way too many other things too - smile). Follow along and see how easy it is to create a wreath for yourself or as a special gift.

Supplies:

  • Any of the Arnold Grummer™ paper making kits
  • A sunny window
  • Blender, strainer, cello sponges and soft towels
  • Scraps of white (think junk mail, etc.)
  • Cotton Press Victorian Saint Nickolas casting mold
  • Beacon QuickGripTM Adhesive
  • Double sided foam tape
  • Pastels, Chalks or powered eye shadow in red and brown, applicators
  • DecoArtTM Americana Line Dark Green paint, “Snow” paint &paint brush
  • Several yards of dark green /white dot 1 ¼” ribbon
  • Two 5” evergreen tree cut outs (chip board or wood)
  • One 12” rustic twig wreath
  • Several 6-9” twigs 
Instructions:

  1. Follow the instructions found in any of the Arnold Grummer™ paper making kits to create one of the Saint Nickolas paper casting.
  2. When the castings are dry, lightly color each area with the chalks. (See sample for placement).
  3. Add some dark green paint to the tree part of the casting.
  4. When dry, add some “snow” paint to the tree part of the casting.
  5. Paint the two large evergreen trees.
  6. When they are dry add the “snow” paint to the trees. 
Assemble the wreath:

  1. Weave the ribbon through the twig wreath.
  2. Tie a large 4 loop bow and attach it to the top right of the wreath with QuickGrip™ adhesive.
  3. Center and attach the Saint Nickolas paper casting on the right bottom of the wreath.
  4. Attach the extra twigs to the left side of the wreath to help brace and secure the evergreen trees.
  5. Layer the evergreen trees with foam tape between and attach them to the extra twigs and wreath.
  
Remember that I always make extra casting to have on hand when the mood to create a project strikes me. It is not unusual for me to make 50 to 100 castings at a time.

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

bookmarks and pressed flowers

I am a literary creature, I just love the feel of a book in my hands.
If you are like me then you will want the perfect page-saver for your favorite novels or your much-loved Trash to Treasure book


I had made this simple bookmark out of my mulberry paper that I made this past summer ( you can go here to revisit that post and how I made the paper )...it's functional, but I could embellish it some. Thankfully I used my Arnold Grummer Microfleur press a LOT this past summer so I have lots of pressed flowers and yes, weeds to choose from on a dreary rainy day to use.

So after choosing something, in this case, I think it's a random weed ( but with lots if fun texture ) I took my Helmar Decoupage & Craft Paste and first coated the paper, then laid the stem on top of it. Next I cut a piece of tissue paper the size of the bookmark and pressed it gently over the stem and then coated it again with the Decoupage paste. I left the tissue paper hanging over the edge and just cut it off once it had dried.

I did the same technique but with a little variation on the next one. I noticed when the first one had dried that it was whiter and more opaque than I wanted it to be. So I repeated the process but this time I gently applied a little bit of the decoupage over the stem and then pressed the tissue paper on top. I got a much clearer finish this way, I think the first time there were air pockets between the stem and the tissue paper....here you can see the difference.

For a finishing touch, the bottom of each bookmark has an eyelet set into it with some string and a bead attached.

It's no surprise that I love to make bookmarks and when I pick out a book I also pick out whatever is my current favorite bookmark to use. 
A handmade paper bookmark isn't a plain page marker, it's an accessory!





Monday, December 14, 2015

A Card and More

Struggling with gift ideas for neighbors, teachers, bus drivers, etc.? I might have a solution.

I made two different papers. I added glitter to the first one and the other was made with gold metallic paper. You can see specks of the glitter and pieces of the gold in each paper.
Glitter

Gold

I really love the different textures and colors I got!

I used the glittery paper and the Ribbon Resource Gold Metallic Bow Ribbon for the design of the card. From the gold paper I made a star ornament which can be removed from the card and hung on the tree. The star is adorned with Ribbon Resource Silver Adhesive Floral Design Ribbon and attached to the card using a pop dot. I cut out the title using my die cut machine and painted it gold. This is a perfect way to gift something which is both handmade and helps the earth by recycling. 





Here is the ornament. These could be personalized with names and dates as well

Products used:


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Friday, December 11, 2015

“Victorian Saint Nickolas”

©Michele Emerson-Roberts 2015


I always make extra special Christmas cards for those extra special friends. The Cotton Press Victorian Saint Nickolas mold has been one of my favorites for years and gets used many times during the Christmas holidays. Coloring him is not difficult but looks like it. Using G45 Christmas cardstock for the card base and one of the versatile Tonic dies made the project go together in a jiffy.  I love these kinds of projects and think you will too.

Supplies:

·        Any of the Arnold Grummer™ paper making kits
·        A sunny window
·        Blender, strainer, cello sponges and soft towels
·        Scraps of white (think junk mail, etc.)
·        Cotton Press Victorian Saint Nickolas casting mold
·        Beacon QuickGripTM and Beacon ZipDryTM Adhesive
·        Double sided foam tape
·        Envelopes to fit cards
·        Scor-palTM
·        WestcottTM™ Paper trimmer
·        Die: Tonic GoldTM US #637E (Dragonfly Frame & Insert set.)
·        SpellbindersTM Grand Calibur die cutting machine
·        Graphic45TM Christmas cardstock
·        The Paper Cut™ BS204 Base Green for the frame
·        Pastels, Chalks or powered eye shadow in red, green and brown, applicators
·        Flower Soft™ Ivory or Polar White


Instructions:

1.      Follow the instructions found in any of the Arnold Grummer™ paper making kits to create one or more of the Saint Nickolas paper casting. (Note: I used the upper part of the mold)
2.      When the castings are dry, color each area with the chalks. (See sample for placement)
3.      Apply ZipDry™ adhesive to the fur cuff, rim of hat and ball of hat.
4.      Sprinkle with the Flower Soft™. (I used Ivory) 
5.      Allow it to dry.
6.      Die cut and emboss a frame for each card from the green cardstock.
7.      Create a 4 ¼ x 5 ½” card from the G45 Christmas cardstock.


Assemble the card:

1.      Center and attach the die cut frame to the center of the card with tiny pieces of foam tape.
2.      Center and attach the Saint Nickolas paper casting inside the frame.



Add a hand written message inside the card. Hand deliver or mail in a padded envelope or shallow box.




Thursday, December 10, 2015

Christmas Picture Frame

Is everyone in the Christmas spirit? I have to say, at work they are playing Christmas music allllll day long. It wouldn't be so bad if it didn't sound like "elevator music" LOL

Today, I have a picture frame to show you, I took a wooden frame and ripped up some handmade paper I had made, then glued it down onto the frame using good Helmars glue. I then made a paper flower to add to the corner. Notice the leaf at the bottom left corner? I couldn't help but keep that in tacked and stick it on. That was from the sheet where I added leaves to the slurry. I also used some of the beautiful snowflake ribbon from theThe Ribbon Resource that they so kindly gave us. I just inked them up to make them blue. The Christmas tree is from a napkin.

 And.....when Christmas is over, you can change out the picture to put whatever you would want in it.
This on is an OLD postcard I found at a resale shop. It is from Portugal and is a picture of the first university founded in 1307 (told by the person sending the postcard) It was the only university until 1911. WOW (History lesson for you, LOL)
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Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Gifting Cards and Envelopes with Tamiko

Having a good time creating these small note cards and envies as a gift for a friend.
Sometimes less is MORE, so I decided to keep my decor down to a minimum, so the eye could focus more on the paper itself.


On this project I began with here making three individual sheets of paper. No dyes were used, but i did use various scraps of the shown color to achieve the final look.  The white paper has bits of my painted papers  that you can actually see in the paper.  That's something I will try again!!

I made the papers using the The Complete Papermill Kit. Before the sheets were made I knew I wanted to use my Arnold Grummer Gift Tag Template.  I decided I did not want the appearance of the deckled edge on my papers, so I chose to trace my items for a cleaner edge, I would achieve using my scissors.  After scoring and folding my cards and envies,  my project was done. To embellish it, I used a few stamps from my Creating in Faith by Prima.  I also kept the unused card together with its envelope by using some white paper raffia that can be found here at The Ribbon Resource. ::smiles::  My friend can use the raffia also as the closure for the envelope.

I love the template used to create these cards, I have used in traditional and non traditional ways and hope the recipient of this gift will enjoy them as well. ::smile::

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Monday, December 7, 2015

Handmade Paper Christmas Poinsettia



Hi, Ann here today, with a paper poinsettia that you can make for your Holiday Decorations.  Here it is:



To begin make several sheets of handmade paper in the Arnold Grummer Paper Making Method using the Arno;ld Grummer Paper Making system.  To make these sheets I used recycled wrapping papers, some tinsel, and some envelopes.



To make the petals and centre of the flower a steel metal die was used to speed up the process.





Following the cutting of the flower parts, cut a big circle out of some cardboard.



Add some glue to the circle.  Begin laying the larger petals around the circle.  For the next layer add some more glue and repeat.  The centre is made by layering two different coloured enters over one another.  The stamens are represented with some clear dimensional glue and glass beads.




Finally to use this poinsettia as a tree ornament, glue to the back of a large clothes pin.

I hope that you enjoy recycling papers into beautiful new ornaments too.

Thank you for stopping by, and please take a look at the other projects I have over at my blog:  http://annmakes.blogspot.com or click here.


Supplies:
Koh-I-Noor Tri-Tone Multi colored lead pencils
John Bead Corp Ltd. Gold coloured glass beads
Sakura 3D Crystal Lacquer
Studio Glue Stick
AdTech Hot Glue
Richard Wood Clothes Pin
Papers All Handmade following the Arnold Grummer Paper Making Method
Sizzix #655222 Die Flower Petals & Center