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One Nation

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The 9-11-2001 attack on our country was devastating. The way the citizens came together was amazing! The values and hearts of the American people are huge! We believe in helping each other (and the world) get through the “tough times” and the attack was one more “tough time”!
Below is my tribute to those who came together…one more time!


Supplies:
•Any of the Arnold Grummer® paper making kits & paper press •Blender, strainer, cello sponges and soft towels •A sunny window •Scraps of white paper (think junk mail, etc.)  •Statue of Liberty mold (the back of a Stamp-A-Mania stamp) •Scrap of heavy weight handmade paper to die cut •Scrap of heavy weight dark blue handmade paper to die cut the large oval •Red with silver stars handmade paper ( purchased and gifted from a friend) •Red cardstock and envelope
•Dies: SpellbindersTM ovals 2 sizes    CheeryLynnTM # B612 •Stamp: Impression Obsession™ “F14644 “One flag…” •Crafters’ Edge Crossover II™ die cutting and embossing machine •Westcott™ pap…

Never Foget

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As the month of September nears, I reflect back on 9-11-2001 and want to make a special card to send out to friends and family. It seems like yesterday when my Mom called me and said “turn on the TV”. What a shock to see one of the Twin Towers burning as the second tower was hit! I will never forget what transpired.

Supplies:

•Any of the Arnold Grummer® paper making kits & paper press
•Blender, cello sponges & soft towels
•A sunny window
•Scraps of white paper (think junk mail, etc.)
•Scrap of aluminum can (soda can) to die cut
•Scraps of chip board (I used cereal box)
•Black cardstock for card bases
•Envelopes to fit cards
•Embossing folder: random organic design
•Die: “never forget” unknown
•Stamp: “In memory” unknown
Crafter’s Edge Crossover II die cutting & embossing machine
•Westcott™ paper trimmer
•Scor-Pal™
Beacon FabTacTM adhesive
ColorBox™ Archival  Ink pad Wicked Black, Dyestress Ink pads #23109 Graphite and
        #23111 Palomino, #23102 Salmon
•Waterproof wo…

Bless Your Heart Card

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Hi everyone, Steph Ackerman here sharing a new winged card using handmade papers.


Using some premade papers, I selected 3 different colors - pink, purple, and red.


The wings are so delicate and I die cut them from a purple paper.

The hearts were die cut from pink paper.

Using VersaFine Clair Inks and an art dauber, I added color to the images.

A purple panel was also die cut and lightly inked.  It was placed atop white cardstock, then again on lavender and white panels before being added to a purple card.

The pink center panel was also die cut then added to the card with foam adhesives for dimension.  The wings and heart were added on top.


The phrase was stamped and die cut from red paper, then added slightly under the right wing.

Thanks for stopping by.



Magic of the Sea

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As children, my sisters and I spent many happy hours at the beach. We would build sandcastles, search for sea shells big enough to hold to our ears and listen to the sea and watch as tiny crabs scurried back into the water. We were passionate and fascinated by all the creatures in the ocean and truly thought they were from a magical place. The cards will be sent as to my sisters with the hope of invoking childhood memories.



Supplies:

       Any of the Arnold Grummer® paper making kits and aper press
•Blender, cello sponges and soft towels
•A sunny window
•Scraps of white and blue paper (think junk mail, etc.)
•White cardstock, envelopes
•Die: Unknown
•Stamps: Unknown
Crafters’ EdgeTM Crossover II™ die cutting and embossing machine (LOVE this new machine)
•Westcott™ paper trimmer
•Scor-Pal™
Beacon ZipDryTM adhesive
ColorBox Dyestress  darker blue ink color to match color of handmade paper

Instructions:

1.Follow the instructions found in any of the Arnold Grummer™ paper making kits to …

Party Favors!

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Summer-time is social time, parties galore! Goodie Bags are a great way to show off your fancy paper making skills with personalized, decorative goodie bag headers. 
SUPPLIES:  AG Papermaking Kit AG Metallic flakes AG Paper Additive  Ribbon, PC & Printer, Star Punch, golden glitter glue, double sided adhesive, clear bag, treats! INSTRUCTIONS:  1. Prepare sheets of hand made paper according to the Arnold Grummer Papermaking Kit instructions.  2. Create a template in a word processing program, print sentiment. Determine where the fold will be and trim accordingly. 
3. Embellish with ribbon, using double sided sticky tape to adhere and wrap under edges. 4. Punch a star from home made yellow paper, adhere and outline with gold glitter glue.  5. Fill the snack bags.  I used a cellophane bag A-4 card size, but you could use zip-lock baggies or anything that works best for you.  5. Fold the header over the top of the bag, adhere with double sided sticky tape.  I also thought mini brad emb…

Native American Icons

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There are many designs from the Native peoples in the Southwest. It is hard to pick favorites but having a set of clay coasters with some wonderful designs made it easier. You may recognize Kokopelli the flute player, Jack rabbit the clown, Coyote the trickster, and Bear the wise one. The set of 4 cards in a matching box will make a great gift for a male friend or relative.





Supplies:

•Any of the Arnold Grummer® paper making kits
•Blender, strainer, cello sponges and soft towels
•A sunny window
•Scraps of tan paper (think junk mail, etc.)
•Scraps of tan handmade paper to die cut
•Rust red card stock and envelopes
•Dies: Tonic Studios™ #2356e “for you” #2353e “always”, #2354e “Celebrate”, #2352
        “with love”
•Tonic Studios™ Tangerine die cutting and embossing machine
•Tonic Studios™ paper trimmer
•Scor-Pal™
•Tonic Studios™ Craft Tacky
•Prismacolor™ reddish brown pencil
•Paper stump
•Organic patterned embossing folder

Instructions:

1.Follow the instructions found in any of the Arnold…

A Gift For You

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My nephew’s birthday is in a few days and snuck up on me! I was a bit worried about creating a special card and gift wrap for him. FLASH!!! Then I remembered some of the paper castings done during the VETS class that would be perfect for him! I filled the box with fishing lures and hooks. Paper castings are such an easy way to customize the card and gift box for that special person!   



Supplies:

•Any of the Arnold Grummer® paper making kits
•Blender, strainer, cello sponges and soft towels
•A sunny window
•Scraps of tan paper (think junk mail, etc.)
•Swordfish mold (ceramic coaster)
•Scrap of tan (Kraft colored) heavy weight handmade paper to die cut
•Die:  Tonic Studios™  #2356e “for you”
•Tonic Studios™ Tangerine die cutting and embossing machine
•Tonic Studios™ TH® paper trimmer & scissors
•Tonic Studios™ Craft Tacky adhesive
Scor-Pal
•Black gift box
•#40 Kraft colored open weave wired ribbon
•Black cardstock and envelope
•Brownish Prismacolor pencil and paper stump


Instructio…