Showing posts from September, 2012

Halloween Is in the Air

I made this piece of black paper in the middle of the summer, and have been waiting, ever so patiently, to use it to make a Halloween card. Our hot, hot summer has given way to cooler temps. The crisp nippy nights make me think of Halloween.
Here's what I started with: the handmade paper I made using Arnold Grummer's Papermaking Kit and the embellishments—a tulle bow, a length of black jewelry chain, a couple jump rings, a pumpkin trinket, and three mini vintage tags.
I used my Score-Pal to score the handmade paper so it would fold neatly, and creased it gently with a bone folder. I punched a small hole in the corner of each of the vintage tags and put them on a jump ring along with the jewelry chain. I punched another hole at the top of the card and used the other jump ring to secure the other end of the chain to the card.  I added the other embellishments and the word Halloween to the front of the card. I dusted the edges of the card and the lower edge of the Halloween sent…

Spooky Accordion Mini

Hi everyone I am back again with another Arnold Grummer creation.  I want to share a accordion mini album I made for my niece to handout to her classmates as a Halloween treat.  Anyone with kids this kit is a must have.  It makes mini's so easy my niece cut the papers for me.

The Envelope(s), Please

After some experimenting with the envelope and card templates from Arnold Grummer, I have discovered that I can make envelopes as beautiful and as varied as the cards they hold.

My first discovery was that the A2 template also contains a note card template that works as an envelope liner. Align the newly made (soaking wet) note card with to top edge of the newly made envelope. Sponge in place. Dry the flat envelope in a paper press. Once the envelope is completely dry, fold it and seal the edges using a glue stick. Slide a piece of wax paper inside the envelope and press it again.

Window envelopes You can make a window envelope with any of the templates by placing a block onto the paper making screen, centered onto the envelope face of the template. This might require three hands.

I used a cardboard disk as a block with the petal template.

Mailing Labels

Next I tried using the Artist's Trading Card (ATC) template to make a writing label for the front of an A6 envelope…

Cookie Exchange Accordion Book

The Arnold Grummer 6-Panel Accordion Fold Book is my new favorite paper crafting/book making product! It was easy to make, very sturdy, and it turned out great. I think using an accordion book to house the recipes for a cookie exchange is a perfect match, and it also makes a great gift for family, friends, teachers - just about anyone who likes cookies! 

Here's what you'll need to make your own Cookie Exchange Accordion Book:

Two 8 1/2 by 11 inch sheets of card stockSix cookie recipes (I used index card sized recipes from Taste of Home Holiday Best Loved Cookies & Bars Book)24 inch piece of ribbonDecorative pictures, items for coverScissorGlue stickYou're going to cut two 5 1/4 by 6 1/2 inch cover pages from the card stock.
Apply glue over the entire surface of one of the cover boards contained in the Arnold Grummer 6-Panel Accordion Fold Book Kit, then center it glue side down on one of the covers you cut from the card stock.

Notch the corners of the cover with a scissor …

~Love Inspires Mixed Media~ New DT Post for Arnold Grummer

I totally love creating  handmade paper with Arnold Grummer's kits and products and finding new ways to incorporate that with my artwork! I just love the texture and colors in this 6 x 6 inspirational mixed media canvas I designed !!
~Supplies~ 6 x 6 canvas panel Assortment of handmade papers Assortment of scrap booking papers Mod Podge Vellum quotes Epoxy stickers Small metal frame Paint- I used Lumiere

1) Randomly paste your assorted scrapbook papers to cover the canvas  board.

2) Apply the vellum quotes over the paper where you would like 3) Randomly place and paste torn pieces of handmade papers around the quotes

4) When dried add the epoxy sticker when you would like it and place the metal frame directly over it.

5) I then painted around and slightly over the side edges and dabbed some paint on the canvas board here and there.

Another Great Back to School Gift Idea

Handmade paper is on of the best tools any artist can have in their tool box.  It can be used in so many ways and for so many different applications.
It's still back to school season around here, so I thought up another great gift for the kids going back to school.  It's a soft cover journal.
The only items that I used for this project is the Arnold Grummer's Medium Pour Mold and some scrap paper.  I made a quick how to video of how I made this journal, which you will find below.  Also don't forget to check out the Arnold Grummer Design Team Blog for other great projects.

Who needs a label make when you have a papermill?

Who needs a label maker when you have a Papermill? Just-made paper is wonderfully sticky. That, and the fact that it is so beautiful make it the perfect label material for jars of homemade comfort food. Make a batch of paper pulp, blend it pretty well. If you want to be able to see the writing on the finished label, the pulp should be a uniform, well blended color. But something chunky and multi-colored would look great too. Use a small can--tomato paste size-- with both ends removed as your template. Place the black mesh screen from the Arnold Grummer Papermill kit atop the kit's large white grid. Rest the grid and screen on a tray with a lip, to catch the water. Center the can on the screen and pour the pulp into the can. Wait a few seconds for some of the water to drain. Remove the can. You will have a nice, thick, round and very wet label.
Pick up the black mesh screen -- the label will amazingly stay in place-- center the label over the bumpy writing on the front of a se…

Autumn Leaves Card

I hate to see the end of summer, but our weather here in Ohio is starting to feel like fall. So, I was inspired to create this autumn greeting card. I started with a blank card, handmade paper that I made using the Arnold Grummer Papermaking kit, and an embossing folder.

To get the deckled edge on the handmade paper, use water to paint a line on the paper, and then, gentle pull the paper apart along the water line. I steamed the handmade paper with my iron to make it a bit more flexible before embossing it.

I gathered the leaves from my yard. Do you believe that the trees are already dropping their leaves?? I coated each side of the leaves with Perfect Paper Adhesive from USArtQuest. This will ensure that they remain flexible, and won't crumble. I used tape runner adhesive to adhere the leaves as an embellishment on the card.

Here's my finished card.

Be sure to check out my other projects on my Create & Craft blog.