Friday, May 27, 2016

Grateful for My Blessings

© Michele Emerson-Robert 2016

Do you ever stop and think how much you have to be grateful for? Think about all the blessings that you have in your life? Ever want to let someone know that you are grateful for them or that they are a blessing to you? Here are two really quick cards made especially for those times… You could also change the “words” to Thank You, Hello, Congrats, or whatever, and all would be beautiful! Remember that I always make extra handmade paper to have on hand when needed so these actually went together in about 10 minutes per card.


·       Any of the Arnold Grummer® paper making kits
·       Blender, strainer, cello sponges and soft towels
·       A sunny window
·       Scraps of white paper (think junk mail, etc.)
·       Burgundy and turquoise card stock for card base and to die cut from THE PAPER CUT™
·       Dies: Tonic Studios™ #183E Verso Art Deco Collectable set, #1197E Toby’s Sill Pet Window set, #185E Patchwork Perfection Everyday Squares, #1198E Harvey’s Ledge Pet Window, CheeryLynnTM B615 “Blessings”, B347 “Grateful”
·       Tonic Studios™ Tangerine die cutting and embossing machine
·       Scor-Pal™
·       Tonic Studios™ Craft Tacky Glue
·       Iron


1.     Follow the instructions found in any of the Arnold Grummer™ paper making kits to create white slurry and create several sheets of heavy weight paper. 
2.     Allow the sheets of handmade paper to dry.
3.     Iron the sheets of handmade paper to make them smooth.
4.     Cut and fold the burgundy and turquoise card stock to create 4 ¼ x 5 ½” cards.
5.     Die cut the word “Blessings” from a scrap of burgundy card stock and the word “Grateful” from a scrap of turquoise card stock.
6.     Die cut one each of the “window frames” from the white handmade paper.
7.     Die cut the PP leafy quilt square toward the top of the Toby’s Sill window frame.
8.     Die cut the square shape from the Verso Art Deco Collectable die set toward the bottom of the Harvey’s Ledge window frame.
9.     Attach the die cut words to the blank spaces of the window frames.
10.  Attach the window frames to the front of the cards.
11.   Add a personal note inside.

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Folded Card Holder

©Anne Rita Taylor 2016

When I wanted to give a few cards (Business Cards or Artist Trading Cards) to someone I wanted them in a nice holder. I made the Folder Card Holder with handmade paper and it added that special touch.

Handmade paper, 8 1/2 wide x 11 inches long
Ruler, bone folder

Artist Trading Cards or Business Cards

Fold the wide side 1 and 1/2 inches on each side.

Turn over, and fold at 2 and 3/4, and 6 and 7/8 inches.

At the 2 and 3/4 fold - fold in diagonally on both sides.

Tuck the end into the diagonals, then fold in half.

Insert your cards - inside, front, and back.

Monday, May 23, 2016

Happiness Card

Good day everyone. This card was made for a friend that I work with. She was having issues with something in her life and was stressing herself out. I told her to relax, everything will work out just fine.....and it did :)

I used my Paper making kit to make my background for the card. If you have never made your own paper, you just have to try it. The texture and feel of it is like no other. Every time I make paper, I think to myself, "what else can I make with this". I love coming up with different ideas (altho this is just a card today).
I added a heart stamp and Happiness text stamp and them added my own handmade flowers to it.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!

Friday, May 20, 2016

Celtic Quilt Square

© Michele Emerson-Robert 2016

This is the second in the series (so far) of the Quilt Squares for my quilter friend. I know she will love them and they will be perfect to hang on her quilt studio wall. Staying with the neutral color palette of medium blue and golden tan harmonizes with the first project (Art Deco Quilt Squares from April 22), 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!



  1. Follow the directions found in any of the Arnold Grummer papermaking kits or books to create golden tan slurry.
  2. Create one or more (I needed three sheets since I was making three matching projects sheets of handmade paper).
  3. Allow the paper to dry.
  4. 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).
  5. Place the box lid on the box bottom creating a closed box.
  6. When the golden tan paper is dry, cut it to the size of the box top.
  7. Use the punch to notch the corners of the paper. Set it aside.
  8. Cut the medium blue paper to 8 ¼” square.
  9. Measure and lightly mark the center of the blue paper. Repeat marking the middle of all 4 side of the paper.
  10. Place 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.
  11. Layer and glue the blue die cut paper into the notched golden tan handmade paper.
  12. Attach the layered paper to the box lid.
  13. 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.

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Adding color to the deckle

Todays' post is about experimenting, having fun and just seeing what you can do!

Prepare several colors of pulp by recycling colored paper in a blender and then putting each color in separate plastic bottles. I blended mine a little extra than normal, but the green kept plugging up the tip so I probably should have blended that one a bit longer. I also should have put it back in the blender, but once I get going it's hard to stop!

There are different ways to add color to your deckle using the squeeze bottles and it's fun to see how they turn out. The fun with this is trying different methods to see what results you can get.

1. First add a sheets worth of re-cycled paper pulp into the deckle of your Arnold Grummer pour hand mold. Using gentle pressure squeeze some of the prepared green pulp and the red pulp into the opposite corners. I love the way they blended and swirled together. Using this technique both the front and the back of the paper looks very similar to each other.
 2. Add a sheets worth of re-cycled paper pulp into the deckle of your pour hand mold. For this one I dropped the different colors of prepared pulp after the sheet was formed, but before it was couched. After I added the colored drops of pulp I then couched the sheet and you can see a big difference here from the front and back of the sheet.
 3. Add a sheets worth of re-cycled paper pulp into the deckle of your pour hand mold .Add the prepared pulp to the deckle as it is draining which will give you an effect between the first 2 techniques. It's a little tougher to do since you are holding the draining mold with one hand while dripping and squirting the pulp with the other hand, but it's doable. You can also have someone hold the mold for you while you add the colored pulp.

I'm still experimenting. 
Stevie Wonder

Monday, May 16, 2016

Wedding Programs

Continuing on with the wedding planning and prep!

Every wedding needs a pretty program. This is the perfect place to show off your hand made papers! This one is  made using a sheet of white paper with glitter in it.

I designed the wedding program in Microsoft Publisher. I was even able to scan in the invitation and use the scroll details from that. Helpful hint - make sure that several people proof read the program before printing! The nice thing about this is you can also make the program any size you want from a single piece to a folded two pager.

There are two ways these can be printed. The first is to run the paper directly through the printer. Or, the second way, is to adhere the paper to a sheet of copy paper using a strip of tape runner. Because of the deckled edge of this piece, I used the second method. Another hint - if  there are smudges of black,  these can easily be erased by using a white eraser and very gentle rubbing.

I wanted to have a deckle edge which I achieved by using a paint brush to run a line of water. After it sat for a few seconds, I gently tore at the edge. I backed my program with a piece of cardstock  in the bride's color palette.

Isn't this pretty? You guests will be amazed at this hand made special keepsake!

Products used:
Medium Pour Handmold Contents
Medium Pour Hand Mold (Arnold Grummer's)
Start saving those envelopes from junk mail and bills and put them to good use!!

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Friday, May 13, 2016

Burgundy Flower Tags

© Michele Emerson-Robert 2016

Spring has sprung! Trees are budding and the flowers are waking up from their winter’s slumber. I love this time of year when things are starting to turn green and the first blooms are opening up. With several friends birthdays this month and my not having proper cards for them….it is the perfect opportunity to use some of the wonderful handmade paper to create a pair of tags. Adding a birthday wish on the back makes them the perfect birthday card!

·       Any of the Arnold Grummer® paper making kits
·       Blender, strainer, cello sponges and soft towels
·       A sunny window
·       Scraps of white paper (think junk mail, etc.)
·       Scraps of white card stock to die cut
·       Dies: CheeryLynnTM DL112 Exotic Butterflies mini, Memory Box Inc. #99081 Florina Corner
·       Tonic Studios™ Tangerine die cutting and embossing machine
·       Tonic Studios™ paper trimmer, scissors, ¼” round hole punch
·       Tonic Studios™ Craft Tacky Glue, double sided foam tape
·       ColorBox™ pinks & burgundies dye ink pads, Stylus™ handle and tip
·       Stamp- A-Mania™ “Heart of a friend”
·       8“ - 10” lengths of various fibers, ribbons and cords in pink and burgundy  
·       Iron
·       Scrap of plastic to protect your work surface when inking the flower die cut (vertical tag)
·       Water mister bottle and water

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 heavy weight handmade paper.
2.     Allow the paper to dry.
3.     Iron the paper to make it smooth.
4.     Cut the tag shapes.
5.     Punch a hole at the top of the tags.
6.     Die cut the Florina Corner and one mini butterfly from white cardstock scrap
7.     Lay the top part of the flower die cut onto one of the tags (horizontal), apply inks with the Stylus tip.
8.     Remove the flower die cut. Allow the tag to dry.
9.     Place the flower die cut onto the scrap plastic and continue applying ink onto the balance of the tag. Set the die cut aside to dry.
10.  Add inks to the vertical tag. Mist with water and let some of the ink run. Allow tag to dry.
11.   Stamp “Heart of a friend” sentiment onto the middle right of the horizontal tag.
12.  Attach the mini butterfly to the lower left of the horizontal tag.
13.  Attach the inked flower corner die cut to the left bottom of the vertical tag.
14.  Attach the dimensional flower with a tiny piece of foam tape.
15.  Insert and tie the fibers into the hole at the top of the tags.
16.  Add a personal message to the back of the tags.

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Paper Casting Fun

©Anne Rita Taylor 2016

While I was making paper, I found there are many uses for paper pulp which results from tearing up paper and putting it in the blender. Unlike paper making, the pulp goes through a strainer to get more water out of it before it is put in the mold.

Handmade paper - 4 1/2 by 3/4 inches
Frame - 6 x 8 inches
Green paper - 5 x 7 inches
Marbled paper piece

So after blending re-cycled paper in the blender during the process of making handmade paper, you have pulp. 
This pulp can go in any mold: a jello mold, or even an ice cube tray.
I happened to have this mold where I could cast a fish.

I sprayed the mold with a little bit of cooking spray - I used Pam very sparingly.
I pressed the pulp into the mold and waited for it to dry overnight.
Luckily it popped out in one piece, although it can take some practice.

I painted the fish with Tombow green and yellow markers. 
I liked that the paper edges had a little natural brownish color.
Maybe it was from the Pam - still experimenting.

I attached the fish to the green paper with a piece of wire after hole punching. 
Then I glued the green paper to the back of the insert of the frame.
Next I glued the marbled paper, then the handmade paper at the bottom.
And set it inside the Gold Frame!

It made a nice little gift for my friend who has a Beach Theme in her guest bedroom!

Monday, May 9, 2016

Traveling Memories Mini Scrapbook

Today I have a mini Traveling Memories Scrapbook to show you.
Here is a photo of the supplies I used to make it...When making handmade paper, think junk mail. I used the Arnold Grummer Papermaking Kit to make my papers. I love it and love the way no two papers turn out the same.


You will need a cereal box or cardboard of some sort. I cut mine to 8" long by 3" wide. I then scored each side at the 3" mark which made a center piece of 1" for the spine. I then reinforced the spine with another piece of cardboard cut just a smidge smaller than 1" and used my Helmar Tacky Craft Glue to glue it in the center.

 I then cut two more pieces 3" by 3 1/2" and glued those to each side to reinforce them. You need a strong glue to glue these in place, that is why I chose Helmars.

Then tear pretty papers into strips, this is where you can use some of your gelli prints or waste paint paper and even magazines. Glue the strips onto the cardboard making sure to mix the papers up so two of the same are not next to each other. Let them dry on their own or use a heat gun to speed up the process. Then turn the book over and glue down the overhanging pieces. I then let this dry overnight.

 I then glued a piece of dictionary page down on the inside, let that set up and while the cover was still tacky, brushed on some Stampin' Glitter by Stampin' Up.....who doesn't like glitter!

Next step is to take your handmade paper and cut it to the size you need to fit your small "scrapbook". I tore mine 6 1/2 by 2 3/4. Fold them in half and make signatures.

 I made five signatures for my book. I then used hair bands to put my signatures in my book but you can use whatever method you like to bind your books. I did it this way so I can easily change them out or add new ones when I want. Notice the top book on the right, I threw in some crumbled roses, can you say yummy?! The one below it has dandelions thrown into the blender with the pulp, Love It!!

Then just use your traveling scrapbook to keep your little souveniers in when you travel, maybe it is only a day trip, keep your ticket stubs, a flower you may want to press, a lucky penny you find, just anything you would like to put into your small book. I did add some extra paper in case you want to jot down notes or something. You could also add dangles to the side and make it real cute.
 I added a title to my book using small letter stamps on a piece of scrap paper and adhering it with Helmar D'ecoupage and craft paste.

Friday, May 6, 2016


©Michele Emerson-Roberts 2016

A dear friend is having some health issues. I wanted to send her a small gift to cheer her up but know she is limited on space. This 4 x 6” mixed media piece will be perfect and will bring a smile to her face.


·       Any of the Arnold Grummer™ paper making kits
·       A sunny window
·       Blender, strainer, cello sponges and soft towels
·       Scraps of white or off white (think junk mail, etc.)
·       Scraps of chip board to die cut (I used cereal boxes)
·       Die: Tonic Studios™ #172E Believe/Love Frames Topper set
·       Embossing folder: Swirl design
·       Tonic Studios™ Tangerine™ die cutting machine
·       Stencil: die cut from Tonic™ Honeycomb Simply Screens #1048E
·       Antiquing ink pads in blue, rusts and light brown
·       ColorBox™ Stylus handle & white tips
·       Tonic Studios™ Nuvo™ Crystal Drops Wedgewood Blue #660N (or match ink color)
·       1 ½ x 3”scrap of mat board
·       Large Bee jewelry finding
·       Amazing™ Mold Putty™
·       Air dry polymer clay: gold color
·       Beacon ZipDryTM and Beacon QuickGripTM adhesive, double sided foam tape     
·       Substrate: 4 x 6” box insert from clear acrylic frame (or make your own)
·       Iron, old credit card


1.     Follow the instructions found in any of the Arnold Grummer™ paper making kits to create a half sheet of light weight handmade paper. 
2.     Allow the paper to dry.
3.     Iron the paper to make it smooth.
4.     Apply the ZipDry™ adhesive to the substrate with the old cc.
5.     Carefully smooth out the handmade paper, covering the top and sides of the box.
6.     Allow adhesive to dry.
7.     Use the Stylus™ and tip to apply various ink colors through the stencil around the edge and front of the box, adding interest to the surface.
8.     Use the Amazing Mold Putty™ to create a mold from the large Bee jewelry finding.
9.     When the mold is dry, create a polymer clay Bee.
10.  Allow the clay to dry.
11.  Die cut 4 each of the word “Believe” from the scraps of chipboard.
12.  Layer and glue the word to create thickness.
13.  Place the piece of mat board inside the embossing folder, run through the machine to emboss the swirl design. (Note: if you first lightly mist the mat board it will emboss deeper.)
14.  Apply the same colors of inks to the embossed mat board.
15.  Attach the mat board to the left side of the front of the box with double sided foam tape.
16.  Attach the clay Bee on an angle to the middle of the mat board with QuickGrip™ adhesive.
17.  Add a blue Crystal Drop “bead’ to the top right of the embossed and inked mat board piece.
18.  Attach the layered saying to the middle right with ZipDry™ adhesive.
19.  Set the finished art piece on a small easel for display.