Monday, March 28, 2016

Handmade earrings from handmade paper

 It is finally Spring, according to the calendar, but we had snow a few days ago! I have no idea why it does that because the next day it is warm enough to melt it all but living in the Midwest, our weather changes constantly.

Today I have earrings to show you. I used scraps of leftover paper to make them. I use my punches shown below...

 And then glued them together using Helmar's Tacky Craft Glue but not before coloring them using my Pitt Pens, I love making jewelry using different elements besides wire and beads.
To make them strong enough to wear, I spread a layer of Glossy Accents onto them and let that layer dry before adding another.

Thanks for stopping by and don't forget, you too can make your own handmade paper using the Arnold Grummer paper making kit and directions here.

Friday, March 25, 2016


©Michele Emerson-Roberts  2016

Enough already! I’m ready for some warmer weather! The fruit trees are starting to bud, then we have another freeze! This is confusing for the trees and my body… smile. When I remembered this stamp from IO, it expressed what I was thinking. BTW: I’m really having fun with these backgrounds. They almost create themselves.

  • Any of the Arnold Grummer paper making kits
  • A sunny window
  • Blender, small strainer, cello sponges and soft towels
  • Scraps of blue and ivory or white paper (think junk mail, etc.)
  • Die:  Impression Obsession Dragonfly #DIE253-U
  • Spellbinders Grand Calibur™ Die cutting & Embossing Machine
  • Westcott™ paper trimmer & scissors
  • Beacon ZipDryTM adhesive
  • DecoArtTM Media Fluid Acrylic™ & Mister (shades of blue)
  • Sea sponge
  • Stamp: Impression Obsession “Winter/Summer” #D13353
  • ColorBox™ Chalk ink pad blue (to match the handmade paper color)
  • Iron if you want the paper to be smooth
  • ¼” round hole punch
  • Various short pieces of ribbons and fibers

  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 heavy-weight white/ivory handmade paper.
  3. When the sheets of paper are dry, iron them to make them smooth.
  4. Cut them into a tag shapes 6 ¼ x 3 ¼”. Save the extra pieces for other projects.
  5. Water down the Fluid Acrylic paints.
  6. Use the sea sponge to dab and swirl the paints onto the handmade paper pieces. (see sample)
  7. Allow paint to dry.
  8. Repeat the paper making process, creating one or more sheets of medium blue heavy weight handmade paper.
  9. Iron the paper to make it smooth.
  10. Die cut the Dragonfly from a small piece of the medium blue handmade paper. Note: I save the fall out pieces and toss them into the paper making bin for future use.
  11. Stamp the saying “In the depths of winter I finally learned there was in me an invincible summer.” onto the bottom of the tag with blue Chalk ink.
  12. Attach the Dragonfly at an angle to the top of the tag with Beacon ZipDry™ adhesive.
  13. Punch a hole at the top of the tag.
  14. Insert the fibers and ribbons through the hole in the tag.
  15. Place the fibers through the loop and tighten the loop.

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Ribbon Book Binding

©Anne Rita Taylor 2016

We had interesting themes when we swapped handmade books online a few years ago. It was always fun seeing what each person made. The books had content, except when we would have a Blank Book Exchange or a How-To Book Binding.

The How-To Book Binding theme always received the most participation! We included the paper and instructions. I sent the Ribbon Binding - pretty and an easy book to make. It requires only 4 pages with a cover, plus a good amount of ribbon. Especially good for using leftover hand-made paper scraps.

Cover: 5 1/2 by 8 inches, folded in half to 4 inches by 5 1/2 inches
Paper: 4 pages 5 1/2 by 8 inches, also folded in half - I used stationery with roses on the edges
Pretty Hand-made paper: 3 by 4 inches - Paper that I made with flower inclusions
Optional paper for framing the handmade paper on the cover: 2 1/2 by 3 1/2
Ribbon: 4 feet; Double sided tape
Two beads with large holes

• Start by wrapping the ribbon around the outside into the inside middle of the cover. Tie a knot at the top leaving 6 inches of ribbon - where you’ll add a bead

  • Fold in one page wrapping the ribbon around the valley fold of the page. Loop through the ribbon at the bottom
  • Fold in the second page and wrap the ribbon, loop through the ribbon at the top
  • Proceed doing the same for the next two pages and you’ll arrive back at the top.
  • Tie another knot at the top.

 - Knots at top and bottom - 

    • To avoid pages slipping, cover the ribbon binding with frame and hand-made paper.
    • Thread beads to the ribbon. The beads should have large holes to go through the ribbon. Tie a knot at the end of the bead.

    Fun to make, put the book in an Easter Basket! Plus fun to keep for a little diary or journal.

    Monday, March 21, 2016

    Let me Be A Feather

    Good Morning! Welcome to a new week and Spring!!

    Remember the colorful envelopes I made paper from in my last post?

    I had some leftover paper which I decided to use for a canvas. I used a pretty pink piece of paper for the background. I printed the quote directly onto the paper. Yes, it went through my printer just fine. I am okay with the smudge or two that it does have. I Mod Podged the background to a 5 x 7 flat panel canvas. I hand cut leaves from several of the other colors and added a beaded tie. This was glued to the background.

    I find this quote to be inspiring and have this hanging above my desk. Don't you love the way it looks?

    Remember - don't just save those birthday cards! Save the envelopes too!!

    Supplies used:

    Medium Pour Handmold Contents

    Pour Handmold available at Arnold Grummer

    Have you tried getting different color handmade papers? This is one way to achieve that!
    Thank you for visiting the blog today. Don't forget to also visit us on Facebook and be sure to share what you have made!

    Friday, March 18, 2016

    Safe Travels

    ©Michele Emerson-Roberts 2016

    My favorite nephew graduates this May with a double degree Geology and “land management”.  He is following his dad’s and grandpa’s footsteps and going into the oil business. He will be working towards an MBA next! I wanted to make something special for his graduation, and since he’ll be taking a long trip, I think the little travel box will come in handy for him. Following Arnold’s philosophy of “repurpose, restyle, revamp, restore, renew and recycle is such fun!

    • Some ivory heavy weight handmade paper left over pieces
    • Tan chipboard (I used the back side of a cereal box)
    • Black card stock for card base (4 ¼ x 5 ½ folded) scrap for layering, envelope
    • Graphic 45 Topography papers for layering
    • Recycled small rectangle black box (I used an eyeglass frame box)
    • Dies:  The PaperCut™ # PCDIE019 Triple Flag (Card Making set); #PCDIE020 Triple Flag Layering set; Joy Eiffel Tower #6002/0486; CheeryLynn #B360 Steampunk Hot Air Balloons
    • Spellbinders Grand Calibur™ Die cut and embossing machine
    • Westcott™ paper trimmer & scissors
    • Scor-Pal™
    • ColorBox™ Chalk Charcoal ink pad
    • Various small travel word stamps
    • Beacon ZipDryTM adhesive, double sided foam tape
    • Iron if you want the ivory paper smooth

    1. Die cut the Eiffel Tower from the heavy weight ivory handmade paper.
    2. Die cut one each of the hot air balloons from the tan chip board.
    3. Die cut a layering panel from the newsprint cardstock with the Paper Cuts card die.
    4. Die cut layering flag pieces from black and ivory scraps. Layer and attach to the “flags”.
    5. Cut a G45 “numbers” scrap for the right side of the card.
    6. Cut a G45 “City names” piece for the front of the card.
    7. Stamp the travel words onto the ivory flag shapes.
    8. Stamp the words Safe Travels onto a small piece of tan chip board.
    9. Layer the “safe travels” stamped piece onto a black scrap, then a tan scrap.
    10. Cut a piece of tan chipboard to be a bit smaller than the box top.
    11. Cut a piece of black cardstock a bit smaller than the tan piece.

    Assemble the card:
    1. Refer to photo for placement. Use ZipDry™ adhesive to attach the numbers piece to the right side of the card and the precut flagged newsprint piece to the left side of the card front.
    2. Attach the city manes piece to the left side of the card with small pieces of foam tape.
    3. Attach the Eiffel Tower to the lower center of the city names piece with tiny pieces of foam tape.

    Assemble the box:
    1. Layer and attach the tan and black pieces to the box lid.
    2. Slightly overlap and attach the two hot air balloons to the top of the box.
    3. Attach the safe Travels layer piece to the lower right corner of the box lid.                                 

    Wednesday, March 16, 2016

    It's all in the blending

    Paper making never ceases to amaze me, I love all the different textures and looks that you get with handmade paper. Sometimes it's just the way you blend your paper that gives you these wonderful effects. Although the 2 papers on the card might look like they came from different papers they actually started out from the same tissue paper that I re-cycled into newly handmade paper.

    This is some tissue paper that a friend had wrapped up a present for me in.
    ( I was as equally excited about the tissue paper as I was the gift, but let's not tell her that. She might just start giving me tissue paper instead of a present, lol )

    By alternating the speed and the time in your blender you can get different looks from one sheet of paper. The one of the left was blended for a longer time while the one on the right was "pulsed" in the blender. 

    Have you experimented with blending your papers to see what different looks you can get?
    It's a lot of fun and it might just surprise you!

    Monday, March 14, 2016

    Easter Card

    Easter is right around the corner and so is Spring. I am so ready for Spring this year not that we have had a bad winter but I always love Spring.
    Today I have an Easter card I made from handmade paper. When making handmade paper, think junk mail or something you no longer need to keep in your files and blend them up with a blender and water. You can find everything you need to make your own paper here.
    I used an old Easter stamp I have had (can't remember where I got it and it has no manufacturers name on it), then colored it with Faber Castell PITT big brushes.

    Hope everyone has a wonderful Easter with their families and friends.

    Friday, March 11, 2016

    Celtic Bookmarks

    ©Michele Emerson-Roberts 2016

    Wow! It is hard to believe that it is already March! Where did January and February go? Several family members have birthdays later this month so I had better get busy. Lucky for me I already have a stash of handmade paper to grab, but in case you don’t, follow the instructions below. The bookmarks are quick and easy to make, and are always a big hit with the book lovers in my Irish heritage family.

    • Any of the Arnold Grummer paper making kits
    • A sunny window
    • Blender, small strainer, cello sponges and soft towels
    • Scraps of white/ivory and green paper (think junk mail, etc.)
    • Dies:  Tonic #184 Celtic Dreams Collectable Set 
    • Tonic Tangerine™ Die cut and embossing machine
    • Tonic Advantage V blade paper trimmer & scissors
    • Scor-Pal™
    • Tonic Craft Tacky™ adhesive
    • 12” each of Winter White seam binding, olive green Organza ½” ribbon, and fibers for each bookmark
    • ¼” round hole punch
    • Iron if you want the paper smooth

    1. Follow the instructions 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 several pieces 2 x 9” and 3 ¼ x 6 ¼”.
    4. Clip the top corners forming a tag shape. Save the extra pieces for other projects.
    5. Repeat: making slurry from the green scraps and cutting the sizes when the paper is dry.
    6. Die cut the center design on the long bookmarks with the long Celtic die.
    7. Die cut two of the square die shapes from the tag shape.
    8. Die cut the words “with love” from green scrap.

    Assemble the bookmarks:
    1. Layer and attach a piece of the green handmade paper behind the long white bookmark.
    2. Layer and attach a piece of handmade white paper behind the long green bookmark.
    3. Layer and attach a piece of green handmade paper to the back of the tag shape bookmark.
    4. Punch a hole at the top center of all the bookmarks.
    5. Attach the die cut words at an angle at the top of the tag shape being careful to not cover up the hole.
    6. Insert the seam binding, ribbon and fibers through the hole. Insert the tails through the loop and tighten.

    Wednesday, March 9, 2016

    Explosion Birthday Card

    ©Anne Rita Taylor 2016

    The month of March is definitely a birthday month. My sister Margie, my friend EJ, and my niece Jacqueline all have birthdays this month. A fun card to make has Arnold Grummer Skeleton Leaves on the front. Inside I used a fun origami explosion fold, also called the Turkish Map Fold.

    8 1/2 inch square piece of paper
    Folded card - 4 1/4 x 5 1/4 inches
    Celebrate It 360 “Happy Birthday” ribbon from Michaels
    Bone Folder, awl
    PVA glue
    Sizzix Textured Impressions Embossing Folders

    Inside page instructions:
    Fold your 8 1/2 square paper in half - use your bone folder for good creases
    Turn over and fold diagonally each way

    Push it together

    Fold each triangular corner to the center
    Turn over and repeat - should look like this

    Open and fold in the triangular corners - keep using your bone folder for better creases
    When opened should look like this.

    Card instructions:
    Use a Sizzix Textured Impressions Embossing flower folder to emboss the front of the card.  
    Wrap Happy Birthday ribbon around the card, attach with your tiny brad on the front.
    The skeleton leaves will hide your tiny brad. 
    Make a hole with your awl to attach the two skeleton leaves with your leaf brad to the card.

    I attached the explosion paper by using double sided tape on the bottom and glue stick on top.

    I stamped a carved stamp I made. You can see my blog from January 15, 2016 for instructions on carving your own stamps. You can use any Happy Birthday stamp, this stamp was made by Magenta.

    Monday, March 7, 2016

    Don't Throw That Away

    You just had your birthday and your friends and family sent/gave you beautiful cards. Of course, those go in a drawer to be kept but the envelopes? DON"T THROW THEM AWAY!! Look at all of the beautiful colors! Those will be perfect for.....something made with paper!

    My sister's birthday is this month. Given that I made my other sister the Seed Bombs, I thought it only fair that I make this sister something as well. I decided to use those pretty color envelopes and make FORTUNE COOKIES! I thought these would be fun for her to have and open in the coming days.

    I made pulp and set up my Pour Handmold.  I used a biscuit cutter to make the circle shapes. I set it on the base of the mold, poured a layer of pulp in, waited for the water to run out then gently lifted the biscuit cutter to another location  and repeated the process. I proceeded to remove the water from them as I would for a piece of paper. 
    Medium Pour Handmold Contents

    I let the circles dry some but needed them still pliable to make the cookies. I printed a sheet of fortunes that I found online and cut them into strips.

    As you can see my steps in the photos above, I gently folded each cookie in half and placed a fortune in the fold. I dabbed a tiny drop of glue on the outer edge and sealed each cookie.  Then just fold and shape each one into the correct shape. Allow to dry completely. 

    I made about dozen so that should keep her busy for a few days:)

    I was so excited with the pretty colors and am now on the hunt for more envelopes to recycle!
    Do you have a birthday this month? I hope it is happy and don't forget to save those envelopes!!

    Supplies available at - 

    Pour Handmold (the kit includes everything you need)

    Friday, March 4, 2016


    ©Michele Emerson-Roberts 2016

    I am amazed every year when the flowers and trees start to bud and the many varieties of butterflies appear. They dance among the flowers and light sometimes to examine them closely. It is delightful to watch them.


    • Any of the 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:  Tattered Lace™ Butterflies  D466
    • SpellbindersTM Grand Calibur™ Die cut and embossing machine
    •  Red cardstock for card base (card is 4 ¼ x 5 ½” folded)
    •  Envelopes to fit card
    • Blue and red scraps for die cutting
    • Stamp: Crafters’ Companion TXT-ST Word 2-EZ “Words of Wonder 2
    • ColorBox™ Medium blue Chalk ink pad
    • Westcott™ paper trimmer & scissors
    • Scor-Pal™
    • Beacon ZipDryTM adhesive
    • DecoArtTM Media Fluid Acrylic™ & Mister (reds & blues)
    • Sea sponge
    • 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 one red and one blue butterfly from the scraps.
    8.     Score and fold the card.

    Assemble the card:

    1.     Attach the painted paper to the card front with ZipDry™ adhesive.
    2.     Attach the blue butterfly to the top right and the red butterfly to the bottom left of the painted paper.
    3.     Stamp the word “Amaze with the medium blue Chalk ink in the middle left of the painted paper.

    Wednesday, March 2, 2016

    Spring Press sale

    Hi everyone, Sandee here with a sparkly card made with Arnold Grummer's Metallic Dust Set. I just love the rich golden hue that shimmers and shines! And it's really easy to add inclusions like this in a sheet of handmade paper. (How To Make Paper) 

    I also added a fern leaf that I pressed in my Microfleur Flower Press  last summer and look how pretty that green has stayed! I used the top part of the fern to symbolize a tree and then hand stitched a snow bank which morphs into the word love.

    And guess what? You can get your own flower press on SALE...and you know spring is around the corner which means lots of pretty flowers to press and keep, so get yours now!

    Spring Press Sale