Showing posts from July, 2014

One Final Look at Christmas in July

It's hard to believe that July is almost over and we are wrapping up sharing our Christmas in July projects.  I have enjoyed sharing the decoration and card earlier this month.  If you missed them be sure to check them out.  Today I am excited to share this elegant holiday card that I hope inspires you to make for your cards this year.

I began by making 2 sheets of handmade paper using one of the Papermill Kits.  The white sheet I used to create a 5" x 7" card base.  I made the blue sheet by adding a couple of sheets of the Tissue Tints to white paper pulp.  I cut that sheet down and then carefully tore the edges to give it a ragged look to add a little different texture and design to the squared edges of the card base.  Then, I adhered some of the gorgeous skeleton leaves to the card and added a piece of ribbon and a bow to finish it off.

This was an easy card to make using the wonderful products from Arnold Grummer's plus it has a touch of elegance added with th…

Oak Leaf Note Pad

©Michele Emerson-Roberts

I am always on the lookout for quick and easy gifts that can be created by the dozens and used for a stocking stuffer or one of those "Ooops, I need something really fast!” encounters. This is one of those projects, and any of the Arnold Grummer paper casting molds will be great for that special occasion. I love creating tons of castings and storing them for future use and it is a great way to use up bits of left over paper pulp too.

Any of the Arnold Grummer paper making kitsMolds: CP Oak LeavesMicrowave, heat gun or a sunny windowBlender, small strainer, cello sponges and soft towels, paper cutter, scissors, bone folder, rulerQuick Grab™ Adhesive, double sided tapeScraps of white paper (think white junk mail, etc.)12 “of ¼ light gray ribbonTwo pieces 3 ¼” square of marbled gray mat board3” Post a Note padColorBox™ Light Gray Ink pad Colorbox Stylus™ tool and white foam tips Instructions:
Follow the direction for paper making and casting …

Creating for the Holidays

The holidays will soon be upon us so July is a good time to start thinking about making the cards you will be needing.  The earlier you start, the more details you can put on a card like this beaded snowflake, but this wouldn't be anything without the gorgeous handmade paper behind it and that's where the fun begins!  There is nothing like the finishing touches of a sheet of paper that you have made yourself.

For this card, you will need to make 2 sheets of paper using the basic papermaking instructions found with the Papermill Kits from Arnold Grummer's.  Also, check out the great instructions found here under the Resources tab.  For the blue piece, add a sheet of the Tissue Tints into the scraps of paper and soak them in water for a little bit.  If you want a deeper blue, add some blue scraps of paper, too.  Add the pieces to the blender and use the colored water for the 2 cups needed to make the pulp.    Allow both newly created sheets of paper to dry on their own or d…

Christmas In July

Is it too soon to give any thoughts to Christmas?  When days are hot and steamy why not!  Actually I have been into a couple of craft stores in the area and "holiday" items are already on display.

It was time to play around and experiment again.  Going through the casting molds and other things items to use as deckles for shapes, I found a Wilton cookie mold and some plaster molds.

 Here is a snowflake casting, using the Wilton cookie mold and cotton linter squares.  I used enough of the squares that would cover the size of the mold and processed them in a blender as suggested for making pulp.  I included  "Iridescent Flakes" into the pulp before making the casting.  Once the snowflake casting was dry, I used some glitter glue to add dimension on some of the raised lines on the casting.  I small hole is punched and a narrow ribbon hanger is added.   Just for a few ideas, the snowflakes would make a nice additon to a Christmas tree or could be used as decorations in…

Mini Mixed Media Shadowbox by Linda Hess

Hello again!  Have you ever needed a crafting "fix" but had no time??  OR wondered what to do with small scraps of handmade paper leftover from projects.  Well read on, as this will give you an answer to both crafting issues :-)

I found an adorable little shadow box frame at Michaels and had to pick it up (wish I had been able to get more!).  I am sure such a small area (4"x4") was created to showcase a small watch or mini work of art.  It created the perfect challenge for my paper & polymer crafting!

scraps of handmade paper created with the Arnold Grummer's Papermill Pro
Mini Textures Casting Mold (
Premo!Sculpey polymer clays in colors of choice (
4"x4" Studio Décor Shadowbox (Michaels Stores)
The Ultimate Glue (
optional: Pearl Ex powder, mini eyelets, heat set crystals, sticky back pearls

1) Remove back of shadowbox.  Trace onto scrap of pap…

Celestial Duo Journals

©Michele Emerson-Roberts2014

What fun it was to create the two tiny journals for my sisters. I think they will be a big hit for their birthdays along with the matching cards. Now to decide who gets "love" and who gets "peace" would have to know them to understand what a dilemma this is.... smile.

Any of the Arnold Grummer paper making kitsBlender, small strainer, cello sponges and soft towels, paper cutter, scissors, bone folder, rulerTan paper scraps, black paper scraps (added the word “paper”)Two small composition booksOne sheet of black 8 ½” paper  (you may have enough left from the previous week’s project)Spray bottle and bleachTan threadDouble sided tape or PVA adhesiveDies:  Memory Box Co. love and peaceSpellbinders Grand Calibur™ MachinePunches: small sun and moon, large, medium and small SpirelliAcrylic Mat Medium, sponge brushDirections:
Create one sheet of tan paper and one sheet of black pape…

Getting Creative with Christmas in July

I was looking through various websites the other day and noticed several that had sections for handmade paper projects so of course I had to go take a look.  As I went through them, I began to notice a familiar theme.  They were all projects where the handmade paper was just a sheet of flat paper.  None of them had any dimension to that special paper that was so lovingly created.  That lead me to do more searching and I found more and more places like this. 

Handmade paper is great for making cards from and using on scrapbook pages, but there's so much more that can be done with it.  My time on the internet was the inspiration for this Christmas in July project.  I used 3 sheets of paper that I had made previously to create this holiday table decoration.  It's perfect for those office party tables or the banquet tables at your favorite craft club meeting and it is really easy to make.

I started by creating the sheets of paper using one of the Papermill Kits following the bas…

Celestial Duo

©Michele Emerson-Roberts2014

My signature colors are black and tan. I love the contrast between these two neutrals. I needed two birthday cards for my sisters who are as different as night and day. It was easy to create these two perfect cards using two of my favorite molds and any of the Arnold Grummer paper making/casting kits and some scraps of paper!

Any of the Arnold Grummer paper making kitsMolds: CP 627 Sundance and CP 626 Moonbeam (available from AG)Microwave, heat gun or a sunny windowBlender, small strainer, cello sponges and soft towels, paper cutter, scissors, bone folder, rulerBeacon Quick Grab™ Adhesive, double sided tapeScraps of tan paper (think colored junk mail, or brown paper bag, etc.)1 sheet of 12 x 12” Kraft 90# card stock (I used World Win)2 sheets of black 8 ½ x 11” paperSpray bottle and bleachEnvelopes 6 x 6”Dies: CheeryLynn Center Step card, Memory Box Co. love and peaceSpellbinders Grand Calibur™ MachinePun…

Butterflies are Free Textured Paper Wall Hanging by Linda Hess

Hello and welcome to my first blog post for the Arnold Grummer's design team.  I am looking forward to the next 6 months as I journey into the world of paper crafting.  For my first project I have decided to start simply with paper and a few scrapbooking materials.  It is very textural in nature and frame worthy (if I do say so myself).  Let's get to it!

2 pieces handmade paper (see how-to link below): one textured, one untextured
Chicken Wire w/ Butterflies Border Chipboard (sccb23)
Caterpillar (SC32-6)
ColorBox Archival Dye ink (coal black)
scrapbook paper
Acrylic paint in colors of choice
Assorted polymer clay butterflies (contact me for info:
The Ultimate glue (
optional: Making Memories metal words

If you are like me you have a bin full of shredded junk mail, paper, and bills.  Put that trash to good use with one of the Arnold Grummer's paper m…

Box Card Using Handmade Papers

I have jumped on the box card bandwagon in a big way!! I love three dimensional projects, and this twist on a greeting card really resonates with me. Box cards look extraordinary, but actually, are quite simple to make. I sized this box card to be appropriate as a gift enclosure card.

I used regular solid colored cardstock for the box card and the insert base. The decorative side and flap panels are handmade papers. After cutting the pieces for the flap panels, I embossed them using a Cuttlebug embossing folder. The flowers were cut with an embossing die.

Adhere the decorative panels to the box card base, then form the box and glue the tab in place. Next, position and adhere the flowers to the box card and the insert base. The insert base is glued to the inner sides of the box midway from the front and back.

Here's my finished box card with decorative panels made from handmade papers.

I've included a PDF file you can download to make your own box card.