Friday, February 26, 2016

“Love is the River”

© Michele Emerson-Roberts 2016

This wonderful quote stamp from Stamp A Mania is one of my favorites. Pairing it with one of my favorites dies from Tonic (and I have so many favorites) made it so easy to creating a stunning card that will sure to be a hit with the recipient! The card is beautiful in any color you may want to create it. I just happened to have some purple card stock on the table - here we go!


·       Arnold Grummer™ paper making kits
·       A sunny window
·       Blender, small strainer, cello sponges and soft towels
·       Scraps of ivory or white paper (think junk mail, etc.)
·       Dies:  Tonic GoldTM US 178E Petites Acorn Swirl
·       SpellbindersTM Grand Calibur Machine
·       Purple cardstock for card base (card is 4 ¼ x 5 ½” folded)
·       Envelopes to fit card (or make your own with the AG envelope template)
·       Purple card stock scraps for die cutting
·       Tonic GoldTM US Advantage V Blade™ paper trimmer
·       Scor-Pal™
·       Beacon ZipDryTM adhesive, double sided foam tape
·       DecoArtTM Media Fluid Acrylic™ & Misters (shades of purples)
·       Clearsnap™ Purple Chalk ink pad
·       Water mister
·       Sea sponge
·       Stamp: Stamp A Mania MH7125-H
·       Iron if you want the paper smooth


1.     Follow the direction for paper making found in any of the Arnold Grummer paper making kits or books to make slurry from the white/ivory scraps.
2.     Create one or more sheets of medium weight white/ivory handmade paper.
3.     When the sheets of paper are dry, cut them to 4 x 5 ¼”. Save the extra pieces for other projects.
4.     Water down the Fluid Acrylic paints.
5.     Use the sea sponge to dab and swirl the paints onto the handmade paper pieces. (See sample.)
6.     Allow paint to dry.
7.     Die cut three acorn swirls from the purple scraps.
8.     Cut, score and fold the purple card to create a 4 ¼ x 5 ½” card.

Assemble the card:

1.     Attach the painted paper to the card front with ZipDry™ adhesive.
2.     Stamp the saying “Love is the river of Life in the world” onto the right hand side of the layered card.
3.     Attach the swirls die cuts to the left side of the card with tiny pieces of foam tape.

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Handmade Gift Box

©Anne Rita Taylor 2016

I used to buy small gift boxes until I learned how to make them out of paper and card stock.  They are easy to make and the colors can be coordinated with your gift. The gift here is a  heart-shaped glass paperweight.

Arnold Grummer paper making kit
For a 3 inch square box and 1 and 1/2 inches deep:
Paper used for top of box should be 1/4 inch bigger than card used for the bottom:
Top - Hand-made paper, size 8 inches square, follow the link to make paper here.
Bottom - Cover stock, 7 3/4 inches square

Directions are the same for both Top and Bottom paper and cover stock:
• Fold four corners into center.

• While corners are folded, fold into thirds, left and right edges to center, both ways.

• Cut 4 corners diagonally up to the point where the folds meets that you just made when you folded both ways into thirds.

• This is the most important step, so here is another view of the 4 corners diagonally cut.

• Pull out right and left sides and fold in the cut corners that you just made
• It should look like this

• Pull up middle sides, stand top and bottom walls up and over the cut triangle tabs.

The size of this gift box can be used for a small keychain book, beaded necklace, or even a small paperweight less than 3 inches.

Tie a pretty color-coordinated ribbon around the box, hand stamp a butterfly on a tag, finish  with your sentiments.

Monday, February 22, 2016

Handmade Paper Easter Basket

Well Valentines Day has come and gone and I hope you all had a nice day :) Up next is Easter! I can't believe how fast these Holidays come and go. Maybe it is because I work in retail and am always resetting isles for each holiday.....LOL

We all have junk mail and we all have that mail or files that has personal information on it that you don't want to just throw away because who knows who is out there stealing your info, right! You can burn it (we have a no burning law where I live, so not an option), you can always shred it but, it can be pieced back together (don't ask me how I know this :( ) And then......there is the option of pulverizing it into paper pulp and making new paper or whatnot with it.

Today I want to show you what I did with some of those old checks that everyone holds onto, even tho hardly anyone writes checks anymore, and those old income tax papers :) I pulverized them.....LOLOLOLOLOL ( in a wicked, or maybe some may say insane laugh).

First, I took a large bowl and lined the inside with Saran Wrap, then put my paper pulp inside and formed it around the inside of the bowl, not making the top even. I then set it by a heater to dry. Took a few days because it was thick. This is how it looked, as you can see, I started painting it.

This is after the bottom layer was painting in yellow.
 And the photo on the right above is after I painted the top part and inside orange. I then let it set to dry and then sprayed it with Mod Podge Clear Acrylic Sealer

And then used my paper shredder and shredded paper, sprayed it with green ink and put it inside the bowl, TA DA.....instant Easter Basket.

Thank you for stopping by and don't forget the check out Arnold Grummers Paper making products.

Friday, February 19, 2016

Listen to the Whispers…….

©Michele Emerson-Roberts   2016

Valentines’ Day has come and gone but this card isn’t just for that holiday. It would be great as an any day reminder that someone is in your thoughts and is loved. Using some left over red handmade paper and one of the new Tonic dies  made it so easy to create this almost created itself. I made 6 of the cards in less than 1 hour! I know the recipients will enjoy getting them as much as I enjoyed creating them.


·       Any of the Arnold Grummer™ paper making kits
·       A sunny window
·       Blender, strainer, cello sponges and soft towels
·       Scraps of red paper (think junk mail, etc.)
·       Envelopes to fit cards (or make your own with the AG envelope template)
·       Medium gray card stock for cards (1 sheet will make two cards) and scraps to stamp on (or heavy weight gray handmade paper would be even better!)
·       Die: Tonic GoldTM US 185E Patchwork Perfect Everyday Squares
·       SpellbindersTM Grand Calibur die cutting & embossing machine
·       Stamp: Impression Obsession D17012 “Listen…….”
·       ColorBoxTM Chalk ink pad red (to match the red of the paper)
·       Tonic GoldTM US Advantage V Blade trimmer
·       Scor-palTM
·       Iron (if you want the handmade paper to be smooth)
·       Beacon ZipDryTM adhesive
·       Double sided foam tape or dots


1.     Follow the instructions found in any of the Arnold Grummer™ paper making kits to create one or more sheets of heavy weight red paper. Create more sheets if you are going to make numerous cards….. one sheet will make 3 cards. (Remember to always save the” left overs” which can be used for tiny flowers or even put back into the scarps for your next paper making session.)
2.     Cut and score the gray card stock to create 4 1/4 x 5 1/2" cards.
3.     Place the die at an angle on the left side front of the card, run through the machine. (Save the tiny hearts that fall out for another project)
4.     Place the die onto the other areas of the card front, and emboss the design.
5.     Die cut the large heart and some of the tiny hearts from red handmade paper.
6.     Cut the red handmade paper slightly smaller than the card front and attach it to the inside of the card front.
7.     Stamp the saying "Listen to the whispers of your heart....they are telling you a story" with red Chalk ink onto a piece of gray cardstock.
8.     Layer the saying onto a piece of red handmade paper.
9.     Attach the layered saying to the right side of the card.
10.  Glue some of the tiny red hearts various places on the card front.
11.  Write a love note inside of the card and give it to someone you love.

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Advice from a Cardinal

Hi everyone, I hope you are having a wonderful week and hopefully got to enjoy a 3-day weekend. Don't you love just having some extra time to create something with your hands? Something you can hold and look at and say "I made that!" Well, that is how I feel about my little Paper Casted booklet, 'Advice from a Cardinal'.

I had so much fun making this and it all came together rather accidentally because there are times after I make a sheet of paper that I have a handful of pulp left over, so what do I do? I put it in a heart cookie mold and make a paper casting. I've been collecting hearts for quite awhile now. They all tend to be different thicknesses and different colors so I just picked some that were similar to make my booklet with.

One way to tie them all together is to give each one the same treatment. I took some watercolor and painted the edges the same color and then came back and added glue and glitter to give them a yummy sugar cookie appearance. Now my big tip here is that you are working with paper that is called Water-leaf, which means it has no sizing and is very absorbent so each time you add a wet element     ( watercolor, glue etc. ) you need to wait in between these steps and make sure the paper has thoroughly dried or it could easily tear and fall apart.

Also to create uniformity, I printed out the sayings using the same font and added little cut outs from magazines to illustrate each sentiment.

Now if you're asking what came first, the box or the booklet? Then let's say the box did but I was darn fortunate that the hearts fit so perfectly into it! I made a short slide show video of the box and you can watch it if you like.

I just love this little booklet, full of yummy texture, you might notice that the top page of the booklet  has Impatient flowers inclusions in it, and the last page I has buttercup petals. Making your own Garden Paper forms a wonderful bond between recycling paper and mother nature.

Make sure to check out Jean's mixed media wall hanging that she created with her paper casted heart! There are so many things you can create...right at your fingertips!

So be like a Cardinal and stand out from the crowd by making your own handmade paper.

Monday, February 15, 2016


Continuing with the theme of Love this month, I made a mixed media piece and embellished it with a wonderful handmade paper heart.  After I layered the 5 x 12 inch wood panel with gesso and paints, I added stamping and a title. My plaque was then ready for my embellishment!

I made paper pulp which I then squeezed through a strainer to remove most of the water. I used cookie cutters to form different shapes. Using the sponge and wood block (papermaking kit) I carefully removed as much water as possible. I put them in a 250 degree oven for 15 minutes to speed up the drying but you could also let them air dry.  I love these embellishments which can be large or small, and painted and altered to fit any canvas, scrapbook page, card, etc. 

And here is the heart painted red and sprinkled with glass glitter. 

I look forward to using the rest of these on other projects!!

Supplies used:

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Friday, February 12, 2016

“Life is Beautiful…..Believe”

©Michele Emerson-Roberts 2016

Mixed Media” is the “buzz” word in the art world these days. Some people think that means just throw a bunch of stuff onto a substrate and call it done! Sad to say, that is exactly what it looks like too!  You still need to follow the basic elements and principles of design. The Grummer company has always championed making handmade paper using stuff that would have ended up in the trash. They have taught millions of people to make beautiful things adhering to this philosophy. Follow along to create your own piece of art. Mine is a Mother's Day gift for my mom.


·       Any of the Arnold Grummer™ paper making kits
·       A sunny window
·       Blender, strainer, cello sponges and soft towels
·       Scraps of white or off white and tan paper (think junk mail, etc.)
·       Heart: Southern Ridge Trading Co.TM Chipboard “Rope Heart”
·       Scraps of chip board to die cut (I used cereal boxes)
·       Dies: Couture CreationsTM  “life is beautiful” #CO724243, Ultimate Crafts™ Christmas Pageant Border #340842, and Quiet FireTM Designs “Believe”
·       SpellbindersTM Grand Calibur die cutting machine
·       Stencil: The Crafters Workshop #TCW554 BF Collage
·       Antiquing  ink pads in tans, rusts and light browns
·       ColorBoxTM Stylus handle & white tips
·       Beacon ZipDryTM Adhesive, old credit card
·       Double sided foam tape
·       Couture CreationsTM Premium Adhesive Pearls Glamorous Gold #CO724644
·       Substrate: 8 ½ x 10 ¾” box insert from clear acrylic frame (or make your own)
·       Iron


1.     Follow the instructions found in any of the Arnold Grummer™ paper making kits to create several sheets of light weight oatmeal colored speckled paper.  
2.     Before the paper is completely dry very slightly overlap the edges on the long side and press with the iron to join the sheets.
3.     Apply the ZipDry™ adhesive to the substrate (I use old credit cards as a spreader)
4.     Carefully smooth out the handmade paper, covering the top and sides of the box.
5.     Allow adhesive to dry.
6.     Apply inks around the edge of the box with the Stylus.
7.     Use the various ink colors and stencils to add designs and interest to the surface.
8.     Die cut 2 pieces of the lace border, 4 each of the word “Believe” and the words “life is beautiful” from the scraps of chipboard.
9.     Layer and glue the world and saying to create thickness.
10.  Apply a tiny bit of the ink colors to the word, saying and heart.
11.  Attach the lace border to the top of the substrate with ZipDry™ adhesive.
12.  Attach the heart to the lower left side of the box substrate with tiny pieces of foam tape.
13.  Attach the saying to the middle right with ZipDry™ adhesive.
14.  Attach the word to the lower right of the box with double side foam tape.
15.  Place a pearl on each of the round areas of the lace, the dot of the “I” in Believe and the dot of the “I” beautiful.
16.  Place three pearls on the left top side of the Rope Heart and the v and point of the heart. (Don’t you just LOVE this heart from Southern Ridge Trading CO? I can’t wait to create more projects with their wonderful products - all made from clean recycled paper! Arnold would love the company.)

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Valentine Mini Zig Zag Book

©Anne Rita Taylor 2016
Open Valentine Zig Zag Book
I enjoy using accordions for greeting cards and was happy that Arnold Grummer sells Zig Zag books with six sides. When I fold my own accordions I fold eight sides, as I do below with the handmade paper accordion. Then I cut off two sides to use for another greeting card. 

Blender, strainer, sponges, towels
Books are 3 1/2 by 15 inches; Covers are 2 3/4 by 3 3/4 inches
Two pieces of scrapbook paper to decorate covers, 3 1/2 by 4 1/2 inches each
Two photos, 1 inch to 2 inches square
Valentine Stickers
Draw 2 inch heart out of pink paper and cut out
18 inch ribbon 
Double sided tape
PVA glue & 1/2 inch glue brush
Arnold Grummer Standard Paper Press

Closed Valentine Zig Zag Book - 2 3/4 by 3 3/4 inches
  • Follow instructions in the Arnold Grummer paper making kit.
  • Attach handmade paper to form an 18 inch by 3 1/2 inch piece
  • Fold the handmade paper into an accordion by first folding in half, then each half to the center, then the other sides folded up to make eight folds.
  • Cut off the 1st and 2nd sides so now you have 6 sides which will make the tunnel in front of the Zig Zag book. Now you have a 3 1/2 by 11 inch piece of handmade paper.

  • Fold the handmade paper in half, pencil an opening 3/4 inch by 2 inches long; cut along pencil lines, then unfold to check straightness
  • Cut other sides as pictured; I cut diagonally to have a diamond shaped opening for photos
  • Hold each opening of the handmade paper up to the Zig Zag book valley folds to determine where to place photos in the Arnold Grummer Mini Zig Zag Book.
  • Tape or glue the photos into the valley folds; glue the heart into the center valley fold.
  • Use double sided tape on the edge of the mountain folds - as shown - to hold handmade paper book in place. Use sparingly and tape one fold at a time.
  • Finally, use double sided tape on handmade paper ends to stick handmade paper book to mini Zig Zag book.

  •  Use double sided tape in the middle of the ribbon on inside of the back cover to hold in place.
  •  Glue scrapbook paper to covers using PVA glue as shown.
  •  Use PVA glue on back of mini Zig Zag book ends to glue the book to the covers.
OPTIONAL:  Place book in Standard Paper Press overnight

I have owned this Paper Press since 1998! It is a fixture in my studio. I use it to press all my books.