Friday, July 29, 2016

Live the Life

© Michele Emerson-Robert 2016

I love creating these inspirational mixed media pieces. They go together so quickly and are always a huge hit when I give them to a friend who needs some cheering up. I create several at a time, varying the colors and subject a bit. Sheets of thin handmade paper are a must for the base layer. Remember to always make extra to have on hand.


·       Amazing™ Mold Putty
·       Any of the Arnold Grummer® paper making kits
·       Blender, cello sponges and soft towels
·       A sunny window
·       Scraps of white/off white paper (think junk mail, etc.)
·       Scraps of white chip board to die cut (I used white food packaging)
·       Matboard scrap to emboss
·       Wicker embossing folder
·       Tonic Studios™ Nuvo™ Crystal Drops 675N White Seashell
·       Polymer clay: off white/pearl, clay oven
·       Art Nuvo metal jewelry finding
·       Substrate 8 x 10” box insert from an acrylic frame (or make your own)
·       Iron, old credit card (to apply the adhesive)
·       Die: Tonic Studios™ #1049 Simply Screens Moroccan Mosaic, #26 Live the Life
·       Tonic Studios™ Tangerine die cutting and embossing machine
·       Beacon ZipDryTM  and QuickGrip™ adhesive, double sided foam tape
·       Antiquing  ink pads: blue, rust and light brown
·       ColorBox™ Stylus™  Handle and tips


1.     Follow the instructions found in any of the Arnold Grummer™ paper making kits to create white slurry and create one or more sheets of the thin handmade paper.
2.     Allow the paper to dry.
3.     Iron the paper to make it smooth.
4.     Apply ZipDry™ adhesive to the substrate with the old credit card or other type of spreader.
5.     Carefully smooth out the handmade paper, covering the top and sides of the box.
6.     Allow the adhesive to dry.
7.     Place the piece of matboard inside the embossing folder, run through the machine to emboss the wicker design. (If you lightly mist the matboard with water it will have a deeper embossed design.)
8.     Die cut the Moroccan Mosaics “stencils” from food packaging.
9.     Use the Stylus™ and tip to apply various ink colors through the stencil around the edges and top of the box, and the embossed matboard piece adding interest to the surface.
10.  Use the Amazing Mold Putty™ to create a mold of the Art Nuvo face jewelry finding.
11.  When the mold is dry create and bake the polymer clay face.
12.  Die cut the verbiage “Live the Life……” several times from the white food packaging.
13.  Layer and glue the verbiage.
14.  Attach the embossed matboard to the left side front of the box with double sided foam tape.
15.  Attach the Clay face to the center of the matboard.
16.  Add the Seashell Crystal Drop “beads” to the matboard corners.
17.  Attach the layered verbiage to the middle right of the box with ZipDry™ adhesive
18.  Place the finished art piece on a small easel for display.

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Window Zig Zag Book

©Anne Rita Taylor 2016
I wanted to combine handmade paper with a Zig Zag book plus my carved images to make a gift for a friend going through health issues. I wrote some encouraging words alongside the printed images for her.
Arnold Grummer Paper Making
Handmade paper - 5 pieces:
1 x 7 inches, (2) 4 x 5 inches, (2) 2 1/2 x 6 inches 
Arnold Grummer Mini Zig Zag Books
PVA or Mod Podge glue
Bonefolder, scissors, ruler
Carved images or rubber stamps
The Zig Zag book has 6 sides, begin by cutting slits on the 2nd and third side, then the 4th and 5th side, cut into one and 1/8th inches, leaving a half inch on the top and bottom, as pictured:

Fold in where you made the cuts to form your window, as pictured:

Paint the Zig Zag inside the covers and top and bottom with Tim Holtz Distress stain: Peeled Paint. Adhere both 4 x 5 inch paper pieces to each cover.
Glue two pieces of 2 1/2 inch by 6 inches handmade paper together forming a long strip 2 1/2 by 11 1/2 inch piece. Print your rubber stamps in front of the openings, the windows. Glue 1 1/2 inches of each end inside the covers, and fold with the book.
Lastly, to make the band, fold around your closed book the 1 x 7 inch handmade paper and glue the overlapping half inch, not too tight because you want it to slide off.
Your gift is ready to write your heartfelt wishes inside for your recipient to enjoy!

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Flower Power Card and Casting with Tamiko

Hi, Tamiko here.  Posting a quickie way to embellish your cards or any other paper-crafted idea with paper castings.  I found over at Arnold Grummer's site, in a book called Trash to Treasure Papermaking.  I apologize in advance if my photo is in the wrong position on the page, I am working from my cell phone and blogger app. (yikes)

I can't tell you how important it is to either spray or brush some kind of release agent or oil to the molds when you first get them. It allows for a much easier/quicker way to remove casts from the molds, without breaking and/or sticking. Another thing to note when making castings and determining if they are ready to come out, when you air dry, is feeling the mold.  If the mold feels cold and even the slightest moist, it's NOT ready.  Trust ME!  ::scouts honor::  Can't tell you how many times I was in a rush to use the mold again, and it just wasn't time! They were indeed not dry!  Of course you can pop them in the over for 10 minutes or less or even hit them with the heat gun (but you can burn them like cookies too! )  Hey, I am expert at burning cookies, so this I know! ::chuckles::  Did I mention finding appropriate molds for paper casting is made super easy when you shop on the Arnold Grummer site?  There is an abundance or mold casting goodness here for you to shop from! 

Todays casting I made from cotton linters casting squares.  Initially you are to measure the linters you use in you pulp by the size of the mold. Add a few cups of water and blend the 2 in a blender for a minute or so.   You can find more details here.  I lightly coated the dried and removed casts with a little matte medium.  To kind of form a sealant layer over the cast.  I did this to see if the coloring method I chose to use would suck up less product and allow more color to sit on top of the mold.

Check out my finished castings. 


Monday, July 25, 2016

Hoppy Birthday Card

Happy Monday everyone. I know, not everyone likes Mondays because it is the start of another work week (If you work outside the home). Today I made a card for my daughters upcoming birthday, her favorite color is purple but I went with whimsy. She will love it anyway LOL
I first started out gathering junk mail and old receipts that I no longer need to keep and tore them up, added them to water in the blender and blended away. Now when making your own paper, you can use almost any paper you choose you can also use wrapping paper, tissue paper and just any old junk mail that has lots of color on it and you will have paper pulp with color. How cool is that! I tear up old bills and checks and such and use that to make paper, it is a great way to keep thiefs from getting personal info of yours LOL
Any way, after letting the paper dry, I don't always iron my paper, I cut it to the size of a card I wanted to make and worked away. The supplies you will need are:
junk mail
pen (one that won't bleed when it gets wet)
I drew my image on the paper itself but you can use anything you would like
2 brads
2 buttons
pieces of scrapbook paper
white card
glue (I used Helmars Decoupage)
sentiment of your choice
pop dots (I used Helmars Zapdots)
I drew my image and then painted it (I love painting on handmade paper that is not ironed, it has so much texture). I then added a flower using buttons and brads, added my strip of scrapbook paper then typed up my sentiment and glued it onto another piece of scrapbook paper and added that. To adhere it to the cardstock, I used Zapdots. I hope my daughter loves it along with the goodie box I am sending her. It is filled with all kinds of girly girl things that she likes.
Thanks for stopping by and I hope you to will get out your blender and make handmade paper, it is so much fun you will be addicted to it.

You can check out all that Arnold Grummer has to offer here along with videos showing you how to make paper. WARNING,  You will get addicted!!!! Which is always a good thing. 

Friday, July 22, 2016

So Glad………

© Michele Emerson-Robert 2016

My friend Heidi’s birthday was celebrated in style! She is such a dear person and deserves only the best. I am truly blessed to have her as a friend. It is probably good that she lives so far away, as we’d find it easy to lose the day just visiting and creating.


·       Any of the Arnold Grummer® paper making kits
·       Blender, cello sponges and soft towels
·       A sunny window
·       Scraps of light blue and medium green paper (think junk mail, etc.)
·       The PaperCut™ White card stock
·       Dies: Creative Expressions™  CED5420, SpellbindersTM  S5-086 Bitty Blossoms, and CheeryLynnTM  B176 Flourish Leaf Strip
·       SpellbindersTM Grand Calibur™ die cutting and embossing machine
·       Westcott™ paper trimmer
·       Scor-Pal™
·       Beacon ZipDryTM adhesive


1.     Follow the instructions found in any of the Arnold Grummer™ paper making kits to create light blue slurry and create one or more sheets of medium weight light blue paper.
2.     Create one or more sheets of medium weight green paper, and allow the papers to dry.
3.      Die cut one large rose, three small roses and the verbiage “I’m so glad you are my friend” from a piece of the light blue paper.
4.     Assemble the roses.
5.     Create a top fold 5 x 7” white card (wish I had some handmade heavy weight paper for this!)
6.     Center and cut the CE decorative round die on the card front.
7.     Attach a light blue liner to the inside of the card front.
8.     Attach the verbiage to the circle area.
9.     Attach the large rose, two small roses and lots of leaves to the top left of the card.
10.  Attach the small rose and leaves to the bottom right.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

How to add simple charm to your paper making.

I love adding Arnold Grummer's botanicals in the blender. They really hold up well being shredded and don't turn to mush like fresh flowers can do if you aren't careful. You can experiment and run botanicals in the blender for different lengths of time to get varying effects. You can also use botanicals whole like I did with my Botanical Gift Card.

 All my bookmarks were created today using the Medium Template: Tags for cards and pages

1. Put new pulp or paper to be recycled in the blender with water.
 2. Select one or several botanicals to be added to the new sheet ( do not overload the first time) Put half in the blender.
3. Run the blender for 13 seconds
 4. Add the other half of the botanicals in the blender  and run blender for 2 more seconds.
 5. Do the basic hand papermaking steps as Arnold Grummer shows you HERE. 

6. Embellish as little or as much as you want. The botanicals look so charming on their own that you don't need to add anything. This particular one will go in my own private stash of bookmarks since I messed up on the stamping...oops...and oh well...I still like it!
And you can use botanicals from nature using your Microfleur Garden press to use too like I did here on my card that was published in the CardMaker Magazine 2016 Autumn edition. :) My blog post about that can be found HERE.

How do you use botanicals in your paper making?

Monday, July 18, 2016

Pressing Flowers

If you were like me, you thought pressing flowers involved a large book, paper towels and weeks of time!

Not any more! What if I told you that flowers can be pressed in 30 seconds? Well, it is true! Let me introduce you to the Microfleur --
Microfleur MINI (5x5) Gift Set
With this press, flowers can go from your garden to cards and projects in seconds! All you need is this kit and a microwave!

Let me show you how!

I picked a large hydrangea bloom

I opened the press and carefully placed the small flowers on the linen surface. 

Add the top layers and use the clips to close the sandwich

I pressed these in the microwave for 30 seconds.
Carefully remove the flowers. They may be hot and are also fragile. It did not take long before I had a bowlful of flowers for my project!

I had an old frame which I had gotten at a thrift store and this was the perfect item to repurpose - a wonderful philosophy that Mr. Grummer loved. 

I covered the image with a tissue paper, sprayed the doily and began to add my flower petals to the heart. 

A ribbon and trim and I have a lovely present for my sister. She has a garden filled with the most beautiful hydrangeas!

The Mircrofleur (in store here ) made this project fun as well as quick and easy! 

Thank you for joining me and I hope you will visit the store where you will find all you need to make papers and for pressing flowers! Also be sure to visit us on Facebook for more inspiration and ideas! Don't forget to share your projects too! 

Friday, July 15, 2016

Art Deco Quilt Square II

© Michele Emerson-Robert 2016

This is the third in the series of the Quilt Squares for my quilter friend. The neutral color palette of medium blue and golden tan matches with the other projects (Art Deco Quilt Squares from April 22, and the Celtic Quilt Square from May 20). And since I will once again be using some items that would normally be tossed, I am doing my part to follow Arnold’s “R’s”: recycle, restyle, repurpose, revamp, restore, renew while creating beautiful ART!

  • Arnold Grummer® paper making kits
  • Tan &gold scrap paper (think junk mail etc.
  • Large empty frozen Pizza box
  • Sponges, soft towels
  • A sunny window
  • Medium blue text weight paper
  • Die:  Tonic Studios™ #183E Verso Art Deco Collectable Die Set
  • Tonic Studios™ #159 Advantage V Blade paper trimmer
  • Scor-Pal™
  • Tonic Studios™ Tangerine die cutting and embossing machine
  • Pencil, ruler
  • Tonic Craft Tacky™ Glue
  • Punch: Notched corner


  1. Follow the directions found in any of the Arnold Grummer papermaking kits or books to create golden tan slurry. Create one or more (this is the last of the three sheets I made previously). Allow the paper to dry.
  2. Create a 8 ½ x 8 ½ x 8 ½” ½” (deep) box top and bottom (remember to make the bottom of the box an 1/8” smaller than the top). Place the box lid on the box bottom creating a closed box.
  3. When the golden tan paper is dry, cut it to the size of the box top.
  4. Use the punch to notch the corners of the paper. Set it aside.
  5. Cut the medium blue paper to 8 ¼” square.
  6. Measure and lightly mark the center of the blue paper.
  7. Repeat marking the middle of all 4 side of the paper.
  8. You will use the same diamond shaped die as the first quilt square but using the opposite end. Place the opposite end of the die at one of the marked places, tape it so it will not shift when cutting, run it through the machine. Repeat this step 5 more times, lining up the pencil marks each time.
  9. Layer and glue the blue die cut paper into the notched golden tan handmade paper.
  10. Attach the layered paper to the box lid.
  11. When you decide which direction to hang the quilt square (Star of David or regular star quilt block) add a hanger to the back of the box.
  12. Hang the three quilt squares horizontal or vertical.

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Envelope Accordion Book

©Anne Rita Taylor 2016

I wanted to give some suggestions to my friend who was traveling this summer. My envelope accordion book was fun and most appreciated!

Handmade paper - 2 pieces 4 x 5 inches
Ribbon, 18 inches 
PVA or Mod Podge glue, and Scotch tape
Bonefolder, scissors, ruler
Magazines or calendars

Begin by folding the inside of the four accordion pages in half, so now you have eight sides plus the two covers which are not folded.

Making the envelopes: I used flower pictures from Martha Stewart’s Living magazine. I made my template to fit the 3 1/2 inches accordion page. Before gluing up the bottom and sides, it is 4 1/4 inches tall by 5 inches wide.

After you have four envelopes, place glue on half of the front of the envelope and glue each envelope to the half accordion page.

Instead of writing my own travel advice, I used four of the cards from the pack of Travel Tips, available on Amazon HERE.

You can take out your favorites, I decided on cards about safety, communicating, sleep, and being wary. Copy them and place them in the envelopes, making sure they fit and could be taken out easily.

Glue your handmade paper pieces to the covers. Before you glue the covers onto the book be sure to tape the middle of your ribbon to the back.

Add your covers and you have a pretty Bon Voyage gift!