Showing posts from June, 2015

More Pulp Playing

For some reason, I truly enjoy experimenting with paper pulp.  After seeing some interesting designed papers at an art store, this idea came to me. The results from my playing, I feel, was very satisfactory.  Here are two projects made with this pulp technique.  The paper was used as a background for a simple card.  Another application was a decorative plate.

It began with some mulberry paper and pulp made from 1/4 cup of cotton linter and a half sheet of colored tissue paper.  Process the colored pulp in a blender.  Using the paper making screen, place a sheet of mulberry paper onto the blue screen.  Wet the sheet by running it under water.  Place the mix of pulp into some type of squeeze bottle.   The photo here shows one way to add the pulp to the paper sheet.  It is randomly placed onto the paper by squeezing it on. NOTE: Another way to add designs to the paper is to place a shape of choice (cookie cutters) onto the paper and squeeze the pulp into it.  Carefully lift from the shee…

Hurrah for the Red, White & Blue

©Michele Emerson-Roberts 2015

The Independence Day celebration has become a yearly neighborhood pot luck get together. You know that I love paper casting using the many molds available from the Arnold Grummer website.  I often will cast items ahead of time using up the slurry I made for previous projects. Several months ago when I was using the CP “Nature’s Miniatures” mold from AG, I created a lot of the “star” castings knowing that I would need invitations for the 4th of July celebration. They went together quickly and will be a big hit when they are hand delivered next week.
Any of the Arnold Grummer™ paper making kitsMicrowave , heat tool or a sunny windowCP “Nature’s Miniatures” casting moldBlender, cello sponges and soft towelsBeacon QuickGrip™ Adhesive,Scraps of white (think junk mail, etc.) 5 ½ x 8 ½” red card stock for each cardEnvelopes to fit cards (or make your own with the AG envelope template)Red & Blue star sequins, cle…

ZIG Zaggin' to INSPIRE with Tamiko

Happy Wednesday folks!  Have you ever sat down and felt like you wanted to make something but you had no idea what?  The not knowing what isn't what stops you.  It's you!  Sometimes you really have to play and INSPIRE yourself.  My project today I had no idea what direction I was going, but it didn't stop me from looking at what I had in front of me and creating something gift worthy.  That gift can be to myself , friends and family or even a perfect stranger. Today's project is an accordion or zig zag book to INSPIRE.

I first grabbed a few pieces of handmade papers.  You too can create your own paper you can be proud of here, at the Arnold Grummer site.  On the site you will notice a plethora goodies, some in which I used today (smiles)
Supplies: Any of the Arnold Grummer Paper Mill Kits Square Zig Zag Book Arnold Grummer Heart Template Scissors Helmar Premium Craft Glue Tim Holtz Idea-ology Chit Chat (word sticker book) Donna Salazar Mixed Media Ink pads rubber stamp

Virginia Dogwood Bookmarks by Linda Hess

I do love the Spring and flowers blooming.  This year I decided to capture some of the spring and keep it!  I used my Arnold Grummer's® Garden Press to press flowers from a neighborhood tree.  I am sure I got a few odd looks as I looked for the perfect petals and then plucked them, but the results were wonderful...I would definitely do it all over again! Materials: Arnold Grummer's® Garden Press Mod Podge® handmade paper scraps in colors of choice scrapbook paper in colors of choice rubber stamp alphabet rubber stamp ink corner punch scissors Step 1: Cut a straight edge on the handmade paper.  If you are like me, you have a huge stash of papers that have been created using the Papermill Pro®.  The benefit of keeping scraps is using them for a cool project like this one! 2) Cut a piece of scrapbook paper a little wider than the handmade paper (mine pieces measured about 2" and 2 1/2" each).  Place the handmade paper on top to check placement and measurements.  When y…

Pressed Flowers for a Candle

Hi,  Ann (from here today to share with you my project for the Arnold Grummer Design Team and Blog.  I used the Arnold Grummer flower press to collect and press a variety of flowers growing in containers around my pool.  I love to make things and I love gardening too, so it is so much fun when I get to combine the two.  Here is the completed project:

I started with a plain candle that burns from the inside and a collection of pressed flowers I collected just two weeks earlier.  I was so pleased with how well pressed and preserved my flowers are.  The colours are so deep and vibrant.

By coating the candle with a thick layer of Deco-Page I used this as the base to grab a hold of the flowers.  I gently pressed each flower onto the candle.  I let that set for a few minutes and then I brushed on another layer of the sealer.  Once that layer was dry I applied a third and final coat of Deco-Page to make a tight seal.

The remaining flowers I am saving to use as i…

Creating Handmade Striped Paper

There are many ways that you can create a design in paper.  I have shown you how add a heart into the center of a newly made sheet in my Love Notes tutorial.  I shared how to create an open area for a design in my Say I Love You with Handmade Paper post.  Today I would like to share with you how to make a striped sheet of handmade paper and how easy it is to do.  This Zig Zag book is covered with a piece of striped paper to give it a splash of color.  
Create several colors of paper pulp to make the striped sheet and one addition sheet to cover the back of the book.  You can choose if you want it to be striped or a solid sheet.   Now you will need something to make a barrier in the deckle of your Papermill Pro.  I taped 2 of the templates together to use.  I held the template as I ladled the first color of pulp into the first section.  
Then, I gently ladled some pulp onto the opposite side of the template.  Next, I lifted the template straight upward slowly making sure not to di…

Patriotic Angel Box

©Michele Emerson-Roberts 2015

Here in Southeastern Arizona, summer is upon us! The Independence Day celebration coming up next month is one of my favorite holidays. I love the patriotism, the flags and the feeling of pride in our country. In honor of the holiday I have created a memory box for my neighbor whose husband is deployed. It will be a great place for her to keep the many letters and photos he sends to her. Perhaps it will help ease his being away.
Any of the Arnold Grummer™ paper making kitsCP large Angel moldA sunny window, microwave or heat gunBlender, cello sponges and soft towelsBeacon ZipDry™ and QuickGrab™ AdhesiveScraps of white paper (think junk mail, left over cardstock scrap, etc.) White pearl card stock Dark blue cardstockDies: Spellbinders Grand OvalsDie cut machine: Spellbinders’ Grand Calibur IISpool of Kreinik gold metallic #32 braided cord Bow Easy™, scissors16 Gold stars (brads or sequins)3 flat-backed red jewelsWhit…

The road less traveled journal

Hi everyone, I hope you are having a nice spring, summer is officially around the corner here in the States and what better way to begin your summer than by making a journal to record your garden plants or maybe some hiking trails you discovered? I began with my Arnold Grummer Paper Mill Kitto make my paper with the left over napkin I had when I created my Wabi Sabi Bowl  back in March. The directions to making your own paper can be foundhere

First I liberally applied some Helmar Decoupage & Craft Paste to the outside cover of my journal and lay my paper on top. I made to sure to coat the binding of the journal since that is where the paper will get the most stress from opening and closing it.
The sheet of paper was a little too long so I creased the edge where it overlapped by folding it and then tearing along that creased line. Handmade paper tears very easily giving you a wonderful natural deckled edge.
Next I took a leaf that I made from Terri Sproul's Leaf stamp and cu…


Hello, Ann here today from the blog: AnnMakes at:  For my project as part of the AG Design Team I decided to take my passion for DIY a little bit further this week.  You see not only do I enjoy making handmade paper like the original Arnold Grummer Method (see video here) but I also like to print my own prints!

After going through my stash of handmade papers I pulled three of what I considered the most plainest of my sheets.  I also got my Gelli Plate (Gelatin Mono- Printing Plate) some good quality acrylic paints, a brayer, a stencil and mask set, and my enthusiasm.

I learned that when working with these types of paper it is important to work very quickly.  Another important tip is to let each print dry thoroughly before adding another layer.  I learned the hard way that my handmade paper tends to be fragile when wet.

I limited my palette to three (3) colours and some black for contrast.  I actually made prints on both sides of each paper so I ended up …

Sand and Sea Journal

©Michele Emerson-Roberts 2015

Today’s project is using another of the AG “books a’ la Carte!” kits. We will be going to a neighborhood party with a summer sea theme in a few days. The recipients are recently back home after an ocean cruise, so this new book will be the perfect hostess gift for the photos and memorabilia from their trip.

Any of the Arnold Grummer™ paper making kitsA sunny windowBlender, cello sponges and soft towelsWestcott™ paper trimmer &scissorsScraps of ivory or off white and rusty orange paper (think junk mail, etc.) A tiny amount of dried crushed leaves or old spicesAG #2720 “Books a la carte” kitThin rust colored leather cord for binding (I wanted a different thread than came with the kit)Scor-TapeIvory colored beads with large holesColorBox Chalk™ charcoal black ink padSea themed rubber stamp Alcohol markers: light brown, light blue and yellowIron (if you want the paper to be smooth)

I Tweet You... with Tamiko

Hey folks Tamiko here.. Today I am feeling a little under the weather but I was able to stamp and color an image to create a card. I have been staring at a little wooden birdie on my desk for well over a week and I vowed to also to add him, some kinda way.  The papers I recycled were brown kraft shipping paper.  Here is my card for today.

As with all paper projects you can't do anything unless you start with paper.  First thing I do make sure I have what's  needed by creating my  favorite papers with any of the Arnold Grummer Paper Mill Kits.  The directions can be foundhere.   After my paper was made I stamped the image and painted it using Colour Arte Twinkling H2Os . I fussy cut the image and adhered it to the base of the card with Helmar's Craft & Hobby PVA glue.  I added some lace trim and hand stamped a sentiment on painted paper.. and embellished with a wooden bird.
This card was simple and short and yes I could have used regular papers.. but I like the texture of…

BBF…Butterflies & Best Friends

©Michele Emerson-Roberts 2015

For many years I have been happily watching two neighbor kids grow up. They played together and chased butterflies as little ones and became “best friends” in their teens. I was pleased to see the friendship turn into love and will be attending their wedding this summer. I was delighted when they asked me to create the invitations for their wedding.  I had 100 invitations to make so I chose to go with purchased cardstock instead of making the card bases from handmade paper. I was able to concentrate on creating the peach butterflies and completed the 100 cards in just a few days. Follow along to create your own versions of this card, which would make a lovely birthday, get well, thanks or thinking of you card.

Any of the Arnold Grummer™ paper making kitsA sunny windowBlender, cello sponges and soft towelsScraps of white and peach paper (think junk mail, etc.)Iridescent copper flakes12 x 12” white card stockWestcott™ personal paper cu…

Sympathy card

Hi everyone! I made another pressed flower card today using my Arnold Grummer Garden Press, now that summer is here and flowers are blooming I can see this hobby as addictive as paper making!

Speaking of flowers, I used Sea Lavender flowers in my paper as a surface embedment. You can go here to watch Arnold Grummer himself demonstrate this method in a video. I had to do a little research on what type of flower this was, lol It's called Statice Flowers, common names are Sea foam, sea lavender, limonium, latifolia, marsh rosemary. Grown for both its colorful flowers and its everlasting calyx (the green leaf that encloses the flower bud), statice is also considered an herb, referred to as “sea lavender.”Statice is commonly used in dried flower arrangements as well as fresh bouquets. 
The base of the paper comes from an old phone book directory that I tore up when I got my new one...who uses phone books anymore? Well, I do I guess, now that I am re-cycling paper! I like how the words …