Showing posts from July, 2015

Handmade Journals

©Michele Emerson-Roberts 2015

I love journals and handmade books. The ones that will fit in your purse or tote are especially nice to have and to create. I had some scraps of wallpaper that was perfect for the covers and the right size too! The two “stick bound” journals are the same size, but orientated differently. I like to use handmade paper for the pages as it makes them even more special. You can make these any size - mine are 4 ¾ x 6”. The covers are made of mat board scrap pieces that I had on hand. The pages are ¼ sheets of handmade paper..
FYI - the stick bound book is one of the easiest books to create in multiples, and they make marvelous gifts! Supplies:
Any of the Arnold Grummer paper making kitsA sunny window, heat gun or microwave ovenBlender, small strainer, cello sponges and soft towelsScraps of off white or cream paper (think junk mail, etc.)Spellbinders Grand Calabur II cutting and embossing machineDies: CherryLyn: Leaves          Fran The…

Country Home Planter

Michele Emerson-Roberts 2015

My wonderful friend GayLynn is truly a “country girl”. Her birthday is coming up and I wanted to make something special for her gift. She has a deep window sill over her sink and it will be the perfect place for this rustic “country home” planter. Follow along and create one for yourself or a gift.

Any of the Arnold Grummer paper making kitsAG CP house moldA sunny window, heat gun or microwave ovenBlender, small strainer, cello sponges and soft towelsScraps of white paper (think junk mail, etc.)Die:  Tiny heart Spellbinders Grand Calabur II cutting and embossing machineWestcott™ paper trimmerTiny heart punchesBeacon QuickGrip™ and ZipDry™ adhesiveTree/bush branches approx: 25 - 30Chip board (I used cereal boxes)Scrapes of heavy weight dark brown handmade paperColorBox Stylus™ handle and white foam tipsBrown water based ink pad4 x 4” florist foam block
Follow the direction for paper making and c…

LOVE to READ with Tamiko

Hey good people!  It's Wednesdayyyy and I am here with a cute litle set of bookmarks.  If you read even a little bit they are worth creating for yourself. or to drop in the mail.. and even to leave a bunch for the members at church or school.

I made this paper with some roses that dried in a bunch hanging in the closet.  Unfortunately, I was a the victim of 10 yr old so I have no step out photos to share this time.  I plan on doing some more papers soon and I hope to have those moments captured for you. I simply added my dried roses to my torn papers in the blender,  Turned that into slurry goodness.  It even tinted my papers. Two of the book marks are from a bundle called Card and Tag MediumTemplate Collection and the hearts are are available from a bundle called Envelope and Stationary Large Template Collection.  
A term I would like to introduce you to today is INCLUSIONS Inclusions are what you call the added particles to any paper pulp mixture.  As you will see in the video …

Square Zig-Zag Book™

Hello, it is me, Ann, from the Arnold Grummer Design Team and the blog at  Today I want to share with you a really fun and easier than it looks project that you can make for yourself or for someone else.  This is also a great project to do in a group setting as the supplies come in a convenient kit to make 12 books!

Here is one that I put together using many different techniques I have acquired while on the AG team.

First I cut strips of handmade paper I  had made using the Arnold Grummer technique (video link).  The strips are slightly longer than the 4 1/2" covers and the widths vary.  I wove the strips of paper and glued them down to one cover with some Elmers clear paper glue.  For the other cover i used equal size squares which I also glued down.

I painted the covers with some acrylic paint in an Antique White.  Once the paint was dry I painted on a coat of Crackling Medium.  After the medium was dry I painted on a coat of White paint.  The…

Last Minute Gift

Have you ever needed a quick, last minute gift? And since you're a creator of beautiful things, you know that the recipient expects something handmade. Recently, I was in this very situation. Here's what I made.

I used Arnold Grummer's 52 Card Fan Deck. The fan deck comes with chipboard covers, pages, and a post to secure the pages.
I decoupaged the outside of the covers with coleus leaves that I dried using Arnold Grummer's Garden Press. By the way, drying leaves and blossoms is so easy with the garden press, and I have lovely dried elements to include in projects even when the snow is flying.
I used USArtQuest's Matte PPA as my decoupage medium, because, unlike other decoupage mediums, when PPA dries it forms a permanent acrylic seal over my project. Other mediums can reconstitute and become tacky or sticky when exposed to humidity or moisture—not PPA.
You can see that as I was adhere the leaves, they extended beyond the edges of the cover. When the PPA dried, I …

Truth Fan Book

©Michele Emerson-Roberts 2014

How fun and easy is this! Here is another from the series of “Fan” books that I created during one session. Each book is different, but made in my signature color scheme of black and tan. Each book is full of quotes related to the title on the cover of the book.

Any of the Arnold Grummer™ paper paper making kitsA sunny windowBlender, cello sponges and soft towelsPersonal paper cutter, scissorsBeacon QuickGrab™ Adhesive, double sided foam tape or dotsScraps of black paper (think junk mail, left over cardstock scrap, etc.) One or more of AG #2718 Mini Fan BookVerbiage stamps and black ink pad or computer generated quotes or sayingsColorBox™ Stylus™ handle and soft tipSmall scrap of chip board Dies: CheeryLynn™ tiny leaf stripDie cut machine: Spellbinders’ Grand Calibur
Follow the directions found in any of the Arnold Grummer™ paper making kits to create black slurry.Create a sheet of thick blac…

Small note cards

Hi everyone, today I made some petite sized note cards using the Arnold Grummer Gift Card and Envelope template, I just love how tiny they are. I am a big fan of miniature but not so much of my big fumbling fingers so I love how they give you a Fold and Score guide to help you bend those creases for perfect folds!
First thing I did was to make my paper ( instructions here ) using the template and then laid out my paper to air dry.
Next, I folded them using the guide and glued the edges of the envelopes together using my Helmar Craft glue. I used some small stamps and my markers to embellish them. 
I'm going to be giving these away at my art show next weekend as small thank you gifts for everyone attending, so each small card is tucked into small Crystal Clear Card Protectorsalong with a pressed flower sticker because we all know, presentation is everything!

A Day at the Shore

©Michele Emerson-Roberts 2015

Looks like summer is really here with temperatures around 90* and rising. Just thinking about a day at the shore brings a smile to my face. Even though I don’t like to actually swim in the ocean, I do love hearing the waves, wading in the surf and sitting under a palm tree in the shade. Follow along to create this fun card!

Any of the Arnold Grummer™ paper making kitsBlender, cello sponges and soft towelsScraps of white, blue and tan paper (think junk mail, etc.) Envelopes to fit cards (or make your own with the AG envelope template)Wescott™ personal paper cutterScor-Pal™ (Love the new 1/8” version)Spellbinders’ Grand Calibur IIDies: Impression Obsession™ #190-C & 78-CSpellbinders™ IN-038 Paradise PalmColorBox Stylust™ and tips or make-up spongeMed. blue, light golden tan & green water-based ink padsThin piece of plastic with a straight edgeBeacon™ ZipDry™ AdhesiveScrap of white card stockDouble …

Collage and Water Colour

Hello, Ann here again with my handmade paper collage today.  I have a nice stash of handmade papers that I made a few weeks back using the Arnold Grummer Paper Making system.  I just love all the colours I got!..  What a fabulous way to turn trash into treasure.  Literally, I up cycled a bunch of junk mail into some great sheets.

For today's project I used four of the sheets of paper I made to make a mixed-media collage.  I used to love cutting out and playing with paper dolls as a child and it seems that I still enjoy that today, but with a twist.  The twist being that I make my own now.  I hope you give this a try for yourself or maybe for a child (r the child in you).  It is fun.

I used a large rubber cling stamp of a doll that I stamped onto three different colours of papers,
Then with some scissors and Matte Medium I cut and assembled my doll.

I used a fourth sheet as the background which I coloured up with some water colours and ink.

To see more of my crafty how to's , …

Sea Shell Treasure Box

©Michele Emerson-Roberts 2015

I have fond memories of playing on the beach as a small child when we lived in Southern California. Life was simpler back then, less stress and worry! I long to go back to those days and be able show our grandkids what life was like back then. I have created a “treasure” box for each of them as a reminder of lazy summer days spent at the beach.
Any of the Arnold Grummer™ paper making kitsAG Cotton Press sea shell moldA sunny window, microwave or heat gunBlender, cello sponges and soft towelsBeacon  QuickGrip™ AdhesiveScraps of white paper (think junk mail, left over cardstock scrap, etc.) Hexagon paper Mache box approx. 4 ½”Silver metallic and medium blue pearl acrylic paintSmall flat paint brush, 1” foam brushSea spongeNumerous sizes of white and blue pearl beadsWired tiny white pearl beads
Follow the directions found in any of the Arnold Grummer™ paper making kits to create white slurry. Ca…

Flower Fairy

Hi everyone, ready to have some fabulous summer fun? Well, grab your Arnold Grummer products and fun is right within your reach! I really had a great time creating this Flower Fairy out of my Sundrops and Sea Foam Flowers. I don't know what the flower is called that I used around her waist, so if you do let me know!

First I began with a Sin City Rubber Stamp, you can use any form that doesn't have too much detail to it and is easily cut out. Keep in mind that some flowers are transparent and you can see the stamped lines through the petals so you want to remove as much of that as you can before assembling the flowers. For the skirt, I cut a piece of yellow cardstock out and glued the petals to it. For the bodice, I took a white Signo pen and marked out the lines.
Because I cut out the arm, so it could lay over the top of her dress and hold a Sea Foam flower in her hand I used some Helmar Liquid Scrap Dots to give it some strength and keep it propped up. I used some ColourArte…