Showing posts from November, 2012

~Its All About the Little Things at ChristmasTime~

Christmas is such a beautiful time of the year and sometimes we forget just how special the" little thing"s really are and how they really can make a difference. I have chosen this simple but elegant project as many of us don't have allot of time to add special touches to our gifts, but how it really makes such a pretty statement!
Handmade Holiday papers using Arnold Grummers Paper Making kits Mod Podge Manila Tags Holiday Stamps Ink Pad Acrylic Paint Glitter

1)I had pre-made holiday handmade papers,  I then cut  them to about 3/4" larger than the tag itself .I ripped mine to give it a more free form edge 2) Stamped the holiday design on my tag 3) I embellished the tag with a small amounts of paint to highlight the greenery and berries on the stamp. 4) I then used a forest green ink pad to apply a more distressed look to the edges of the tag. 4) Using Mod Podge apply the back of the manila tag to the handmade paper rectangle leaving an even border around …

A Walk in the Woods Advent Calendar

With thick, layered handmade papers, you can create a charming and personal advent calender. The images on this calender are all color copies of my own artwork. For your own tiny pictures try reduced color copies of photographs, magazine images, children's artwork, postage stamps, rubber stamps, wrapping paper . . .

I made the calendar by layering three kinds of white paper onto a large blue sheet, made in the large pour mold.

Happy Holidays!

Gilded Mini ZigZag Booklets

Thanksgiving is just past, and I'm moving on to Christmas. I made these two booklets using Arnold Grummer's mini zigzag books to give as greeting cards.

For cover of the booklet on the right, I paired USArtQuest's Duo Adhesive and Arnold Grummer's Gold Dust particles. I daubed a foam wedge in the Duo and pounced it randomly on the surface of the brown handmade paper. The Duo goes on as a white liquid and is effective when it dries clear and tacky. When the Duo was dry, I liberally sprinkled the surface with the Gold Dust particles. Next, I used a textured sponge to remove the excess Gold Dust, leaving a beautiful, randomly gilded cover.
I embellished each cover with snowflakes punched from handmade paper. A rhinestone in the center of each snowflake adds just the right touch of bling.

The inside of the blue snowflake booklet was also done with Duo and Gold Dust, but this time I used the Duo with rubber stamps, using the Duo in place of ink.
 The inside of the gilded co…

Handmade Paper Gift Card Holder

I am half way through my six month commitment with the Arnold Grummer Design Team and I'm loving every minute of it. The products are awesome, the folks at Arnold Grummer are super nice and supportive, and working in a design team has really helped me grow as a creative person. I hope when Arnold Grummer's Papermaking Kits & Supplies are ready to do their next design team call, some of you will consider submitting an application. 

Here are the materials you'll need to make a Handmade Paper Gift Card Holder:

4 sheets of gorgeous 5 1/2 by 8 1/2 inch handmade paperTemplate - I'm using a mitten, but a Christmas stocking, snowman, or Christmas tree would look great too!ScissorGluePencilSharp sewing needleEmbroidery thread Gift cardBegin by tracing the template onto the paper of your choice.

Then cut out the pieces of your gift card holder.

Now place your mittens one on top of the other. I chose to use an awl to pre-punch the holes for sewing because handmade paper is very s…

Happy Thanksgiving Everyone

I want to wish everyone a super Happy Thanksgiving from my family to all of you Arnold Grummer fans.  In a few hours I will be stuffing my face with turkey, homemade pie, and my dad's yummy cornbread dressing!! I can not wait....  For the Arnold Grummer Design Team Hop I made a whole book of papers and covered the front with leaves I picked up walking.  All the paper inside was handmade in my blender with the Arnold Grummer kit, but this is not my project for today.  
I made a layout and used the papers I made to construct some of the flowers.  At first, I was not sure how it would hold up but it worked out perfectly.  For whatever reason the papers take on sprays and inks well.  I made the brown and blue colored flowers with the papers.  So if there are any flower lovers making your paper for your flowers is perfect almost like mulberry paper!! Definitely the way to go.
This is the book I made from a previous post
These are the paper from the book
And here is the layout I made …

Winners From our Blog Hop

WINNERS First off we would love to thank each of you for checking  out our very first blog hop. Our team has a blast and we hope you continue to visit our blog. Now it's time to give away two prizes Rhonda Helm - Winner of Skelolon Leaves     
Mel - Winner of the Flowers
Please email Terri Sproul with Winner in the Regards at to claim your prize
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Handmade Christmas Card

It's never too early to make Christmas Cards.  I love making and sending homemade cards, and it's always a great project to do with the kids. Here is one of my recent creations.
Items Used: Brown Craft Paper Scrap Paper Multicolor Angel Wings Gold Dust Scrapbook Paper  Hole Punch Glitter Glue White Glue Glue Stick Colored Fine Tip Markers 3D Fabric Paint
For the card itself I used a piece of paper I made using brown craft paper, Multicolored Angel Wings, and Gold Dust.  The paper I used for the tree is made from some scrap paper and The Multicolored Angel Wings.  I first attached the tree to the card with a glue stick.  Then I added the decorations made from the scrapbook paper and ribbon using white glue.  I topped the tree with a gold star.  At the bottom I added some presents using scrapbook paper and 3D fabric paint and a tree skirt made from embossed scrapbook paper.  i attached those with the glue stick.

On  the inside I added a handwritten greeting and some presents usin…

BLOG HOP!!!!!!

We are so excited to have our very first Blog HOP! Our Design Team has been working hard to bring you a Holiday Project.

Do you want some BLOG CANDY? we have some for you
all you need to do is leave a comment on all the blogs,
Like our Facebook page  and come back here and tell us which one was your favorite. It's that easy and you are enter to win  Our Design Team is make project just for you to see, so stop by here to check them out.
Here is a complete list of the hop with link all of their blogs

Inside Outside Paper Gift Box

You know I love to cover everything with newly-made paper. Even more fun is the un-covering. Handmade paper holds its shape beautifully. Here I've covered the insides and the outsides of several straight sided containers to make little lidded boxes. Enjoy!

It takes about two small sheets of newly made paper (I use the medium pour mold) to cover one of these boxes. For the round canisters, I used a 28 ounce can, for the square boxes a half-gallon juice carton.

The wetter the paper, the better it will adhere to the container and to other sheets of paper.

For the round canister, start by makig a disc of pulp that will act as the bottom of the "inside" canister. Make the disc by using a second 28 ounce can that has both ends removed. Place the can on the black screen, set on top of the large white plastic pour mold grid, place all of this on a tray. Pour the pulp into the can, remove the can and sponge the pulp disc. Set aside.

Make two sheets of paper using the med…

Handmade Paper Table Setting

It's definitely holiday season, and I'm thinking about all the great family dinners that we'll be having. I wanted to create something special for our Thanksgiving table, and handmade paper is always special. Here's what I created.
I embossed a sheet of paper that I made using Arnold Grummer's Papermaking Kit and the basic directions shown in the top navigation of this blog. I embossed this with a leaves and branches embossing folder. I was amazed how well the handmade paper embossed!! I scored the sheet into thirds to make a pocket. 
Next, I cut the bird and bird cage from other pieces of handmade paper using Sissix Caged Bird die. I assembled these pieces and used a liquid quick drying adhesive to glue them to the pocket.

For the napkin holder, I cut two slits in the bird's body, threaded a piece of ribbon through the slits, and glued the wing on top to hide the slits. I tied the ribbon with a bow on the under side of the napkin.

Can't wait to use these …