Friday, November 25, 2016

Earth’s Song

© Michele Emerson-Robert 2016


Fall is the beginning of the time of rest for the plants and animals, yes even us humans. Some people think the plants have died….I think they are resting so that they will be ready to bloom again in the spring! This is the time of year that I want to curl up with a good book and a cup of hot tea and just “be”. Below are a few more of the November cards celebrating this quiet time.


Supplies
Instructions:

1.     Follow the instructions found in any of the Arnold Grummer™ paper making kits to create ivory slurry with onion skin inclusions and create one or more sheets of medium weight handmade paper.
2.     Make tan slurry and create one or more sheets of medium weigh handmade paper. (I always make extra sheets!)
3.     Allow the sheets of paper to dry.
4.     Tear, score and fold the ivory handmade paper to create a 4 ¼ x 5 ½” card.
5.     Tear, score and fold a 4 ¼ x 5 ½” card from the tan handmade paper.
6.     Tear a small piece of the tan to stamp on.
7.     Use the Stylus to lightly apply the dark brown Chalk ink to the edges of the tan card and the smaller piece of tan paper.
8.     Stamp the “Be still and listen to the Earth’s song” onto the smaller piece of tan paper and onto a scrap of tissue paper.
9.     Tear a slightly large piece of ivory handmade paper to layer under the stamped tan piece..
10.  Die cut and emboss the Earth from tan handmade paper. While the paper is still in the die, apply dark brown ink through the openings of the die.
11.  Remove the paper from the die and apply the ink around the edge of the Earth.
12.  Die cut one of the largest ferns from a scrap of heavy weight dark brown handmade paper.
13.  Attach the stamped tissue paper to the right bottom of the ivory card with Tonic Craft Tacky glue.
14.  Attach the Earth to the middle left of the ivory card with small pieces of double sided foam tape.
15.  Layer the stamped tan piece onto the ivory piece and attach to the tan card with small pieces of double sided foam tape.
16.  Attach the fern to the right side of the layered pieces.

Monday, November 21, 2016

It's A Girl


For those who may not have heard the news ----- I am going to be a grandmother!!!!

We are just a little bit excited. My daughter is expecting her first in April and it is a girl!

I wanted to share the news and knew the perfect thing to use to make a card. This
Baby Feet Casting Mold was the perfect accent. And I had Tri fold cards with a window to showcase the casting!


Baby's Feet#611  6 Trifold Window Cards: Garden

I started with Cotton Linter Squares and a pink sheet from the Tissue Tints

Cotton Linter Casting Squares: 2 oz packageTissue Tints: Color for Paper and Casts

Once I had my slurry, I pressed it into the mold and removed excess water. I allowed it to air dry.

 


To use the Tri Fold card, mount the casting in the window and secure the inside panel to finish.

Now it is time to decorate the front of the card. Flowers, lace and ribbon were the perfect finishing touches! 



Aren't those baby feet so cute? Did you know there are over 6 pages of casting molds in the store! I am sure there is one that will fit your needs!

If you are also thinking about holiday gifts, then  ArnoldGrummer has the perfect one for those who are difficult to buy for!
12 Months of Paper Calendar
More than a calendar - here's a how-to guide for classic forms and trend projects you can create throughout 2017.
Every month features a complete supply list, step-by-step photos and simple instructions to complete the featured project.
From paper author and designer, Helen Hiebert. 9" x 12" wall calendar, full color and photos throughout.

Thank you for joining me today! Please visit us on Facebook for more inspiration and be sure to share your projects with us! 

Friday, November 18, 2016

Giving Thanks

© Michele Emerson-Robert 2016


Thanksgiving is one of my favorite celebrations. It is that time when most people look back over the past year and give praise to all of the many blessings that we have in our lives. Here are two of the more than 50 cards that I will send out this November. 
Supplies

·       Any of the Arnold Grummer® paper making kits and “Tea Time” mold
·       Blender, strainer, cello sponges and soft towels
·       A sunny window
·       Scraps of white and tan paper (think junk mail, etc.)
·       Scraps of tan/brown heavy weight handmade paper or cardstock to die cut
·       The PaperCut™ Ivory cardstock for the “Cozy” card
·       Envelopes to fit cards or make your own with the AG envelope template
·       Die: Quiet Fire Designs™ ECD #1231 Cozy
·       Tonic Studios™ Tangerine die cutting and embossing machine
·       Westcott™ paper trimmer
·       Scor-Pal™
·       Beacon ZipDryTM and QuickQrip™ adhesives
·       ColorBox® Dark Brown Chalk Ink pad, Stylus handle and tips
·       Impression ObsessionTM stamp: C14335 “There is always something to be thankful for!”
·       Mouse and cob stamp BonTon Stamps
·       Dried onion skins, grasses or herbs
·       Scrap of tissue paper


Instructions:

1.     Follow the instructions found in any of the Arnold Grummer™ paper making kits to create tan slurry and cast one or more of the “Tea Time” castings. 
2.     Allow the casting to dry.
3.     Add more off-white scraps to the slurry and create sheets of medium weight handmade paper with flecks in it. Repeat adding some onion skins or other inclusions. Allow the paper to dry.
4.     Cut, score and fold the ivory cardstock to for a 4 ¼ x 5 ½” card.
5.     Die cut the word “Cozy” from a scrap of dark brown handmade paper.
6.     Use the Stylus to add ink to the high spots of the Tea Time paper casting.
7.     Tear a piece of the handmade paper a tiny bit smaller than the folded card.
8.     Attach the torn piece to the front of the ivory card front with ZipDry™.
9.     Attach the paper casting to the lower middle of the card with the QuickGrip™ adhesive.
10.  Attach the die cut word to the top middle of the card with ZipDry™.
11.  Tear, score and fold the handmade paper for the mouse card.
12.  Stamp the mouse and the saying onto tissue paper.
13.  When the ink is dry, attach the stamped tissue paper to the card. (Refer to photo for placement).
14.  Add your message inside the cards.
15.  Mail the paper cast card in a padded envelope or hand deliver.


Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Open Your Heart

Hi everyone! I must say that there is nothing more relaxing than shredding some paper and making your own recycled paper using the Arnold Grummer Medium Pour Handmold. I love it, I admit it. AND it's just a flat out bonus using the Folding Heart Card Medium Template.  Combine all that goodness with the perfect sentiment ( A Number of Things ) and you have a delightful heartfelt card to send to someone for any occasion.

Look at those delicious deckled edges!

I like to stamp on scraps of handmade paper and then fussy cut them out and use as embellishments too. This little flower looks so pretty layered over this heart shaped doily. ( Journal Doodles with a Heart stamp set )
Finished cards fit in 4" square or standard A2 envelopes.

Inspired to make some paper projects this year? Or maybe looking for the perfect gift for the paper crafter in your life? Then you really need to buy this calendar! And, if they have been a really, really good boy or girl, add the paper pack too in their stocking!
From paper author and designer, Helen Hiebert

40 days until Christmas...just saying you better get started!

Monday, November 14, 2016

Paper Casting


Can you believe it is already two weeks into November?! I can't, where did this year go! Christmas will be here far too soon for me because I am the QUEEN of procrastination LOL

 Weeks ago I made some soap and needed cigar bands to put around them and then thought how nice they would look with something on them. So, I grabbed my paper pulp (I always have some made up) got one of my soap molds, just one of the guest size ones and put paper pulp into them, let them dry and just like that I had a pretty paper shell to put on my soaps.

Here is what you will need to make paper pulp:

Blender
Junk mail or any paper that you are going to throw out
water

If you want to make something from molds, Arnold Grummer paper products has a lot of very nice ones you can get here.

If you are looking to make your own special paper, check out Arnold Grummer's videos on Youtube and you can purchase the handmolds that look like this. Hint, once you start, you will want them all!

It is soooo much fun to make paper and you can find all kinds of different things to do with paper pulp. Use your imagination and see what you can come up with.

Friday, November 11, 2016

Autumn Memories

© Michele Emerson-Robert 2016



This is such a glorious and colorful time of year! Lots of birthdays this month too; so lots of cards to be made! Keeping with the Autumn theme, but wanting to change it up a bit, I pulled out some ‘reactive” paints to use. Wow, what fun they are!

Supplies

·       Any of the Arnold Grummer® paper making kits
·       Blender, cello sponges and soft towels
·       A sunny window
·       Scraps of off white paper (think junk mail, etc.)
·       Dried spice/herb for inclusion in paper
·       Scraps of off white and cinnamon heavy weight handmade paper to die cut
·       The PaperCut™ golden colored cardstock for layer and dark green for one card base
·       Die: Quiet Fire Designs™ ECD 1199 Four Seasons & ECD 1197 Memories
·       SpellbindersTM Grand Calibur™ die cutting and embossing machine
·       Random pattern embossing folder
·       Westcott™ paper trimmer and scissors
·       Scor-Pal™
·       BeaconTM ZipDryTM and QuickGrip™ adhesives, double sided foam tape
·       ColorBox® Stylus handle & tips, rust colored die ink pad
·       “Reactive” paints: Iron, Copper & Verdigris
·       Foam paint brush
·       Plaid® Mod Molds® #24891 Nature
·       Small amount of golden colored air dry polymer clay, Plaid® bee mold
·       Thin twine
·       Clear envelopes for cards


Instructions:

1.     Follow the instructions found in any of the Arnold Grummer™ paper making kits to create off-white slurry. Add a tiny bit of spice or herb to the slurry. Create one or more sheets of heavy weight handmade paper.
2.     Allow the paper to dry.
3.     Fold and tear the paper to create a 4 ¼ x 5 ½ card.
4.     From the other half sheet, hand cut two leaf shapes.
5.     Apply the reactive paints to the leaf shapes.
6.     Allow the leaves to dry.
7.     Apply the second part of the reactive paints to approx. half of each hand cut leaf.
8.     Create the bee with the Plaid® mold and air dry polymer clay. Allow the bee to dry.
9.     Cut a tiny slit in the top left of the handmade paper card.
10.  Inset and tie the twin in a knot.
11.  Die cut the words from scraps of heavy weight cinnamon and off white handmade paper. (Refer to samples.)
12.  Emboss one of the leaves in the random pattern embossing folder.
13.  Cut, score & fold the dark green cardstock to create a 4 ¼ x 5 ½” card. 
14.  Add a bit of rust colored ink around the edge of the golden colored layer piece. Layer onto dark green card.
15.  Attach the painted leaves to the fronts of the cards with small pieces of foam tape.
16.  Attach the die cut words across the leaves with ZipDry adhesive.
17.  Attach the bee with QuickGrip adhesive.


Monday, November 7, 2016

Postcards







I recently learned about Etegami postcards which is a Japanese tradition of simple painting on a rice paper postcard. I loved the idea so decided to try it on handmade paper. I received a box which had this wonderful creamy packing paper. Of course, I turned it into my own paper using  the Pour Handmold



Medium Pour Handmold

Since I am thinking of mailing these cards, I gave each  piece of paper a layer of Mod Podge on  both the front and the back. I wanted to use watercolors even though I was not sure if this would work.



I sketched out simple designs and added the paints. Sometimes it soaked in and others it just pooled on top. I dabbed some off or added more until I was happy with the finished look. I used a black pen to outline and stamped a sentiment. I love the finished look and look forward to sending these out! Once addressed, I will probably seal the cards again to protect them in case they get wet.

I hope you are inspired to make your own paper for cards or postcards!

Looking for the perfect Holiday Gift? How about this Calendar?

More than a calendar - here's a how-to guide for classic forms and trend projects you can create throughout 2017.
Every month features a complete supply list, step-by-step photos and simple instructions to complete the featured project.
From paper author and designer, Helen Hiebert. 9" x 12" wall calendar, full color and photos throughout.

You can find this at ArnoldGrummer.

Please be sure to visit Arnold Grummer on Facebook for more inspiration and be sure to share your projects with us!


Friday, November 4, 2016

Paper Cast Leaves

© Michele Emerson-Robert 2016


Did you know that almost anything that is convex can be used as a casting mold? The leaf castings on the two fall cards are a perfect example. One is cast from a Jello mold, and the other is cast from a drink coaster! They are both beautiful! Look around your home and see what objects you might have to use as casting molds.

  
Supplies:


·       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 heavy weight handmade paper to die cut
·       The PaperCut™ various colored cardstock for card bases, envelopes
·       Die: Quiet Fire Designs™ ECD 1199 Four Seasons
·       Tonic Studios™ Tangerine die cutting and embossing machine
·       Random pattern embossing folder
·       Scor-Pal™
·       Beacon ZipDryTM adhesive, double sided foam tape
·       ColorBox® Stylus handle & tips, dye based inks pads in olives, rust, browns, golden colors


Instructions:

1.     Follow the instructions found in any of the Arnold Grummer™ paper making kits to create white slurry and cast one or more of each of the leaves. 
2.     Allow the casting to dry.
3.     Use the Stylus handle and tip to lightly apply the various ink colors to the leaves. (See photo for placement.)
4.     Apply more ink toward the center of the leaves as shading.  
5.     Apply some ink around the edge of one of the castings.
6.     Die cut the word “Autumn” for each card from the scrap of heavy weight handmade paper.
7.     Cut, score and fold various cardstock to create4 ¼ x 5 ½” cards.
8.     Emboss the card fronts with the random pattern embossing folder.
9.     Attach the leaf castings to the card fronts with double sided foam tape.
10.  Attach the word above the paper casting with the adhesive.
11.   Mail in a padded envelope, or hand deliver.