©Michele Emerson-Roberts 2015

I practice four “Rs”: Recycle, Restyle, Revamp and Repurpose every chance I can. Making handmade paper the Arnold Grummer way is one of the best ways to do it. Most people throw away a ton of paper every year - not this gal! Look what can be created in a few minutes!

As always, with “gratitude” to Arnold and his family.


  • Any of the Arnold Grummer™ paper making kits
  • A sunny window
  • Blender, strainer, cello sponges and soft towels
  • Scraps of off white, tan & brown paper (think junk mail, etc.)
  • Beacon ZipDryTM Adhesive, double sided foam tape or dots
  • Envelopes to fit cards (or make your own with the AG envelope template)
  • Scor-palTM
  • Scraps of ivory, light & dark olive green handmade paper, junk mail or cardstock
  • 4 x 5” scrap of tissue paper
  • Dies: CheeryLynnTM # B118 Pair of Ferns
  • SpellbindersTM Grand Calibur die cutting machine
  • Stamp: Impression ObsessionTM 14440E
  • ColorBoxTM Chalk Charcoal Ink pad

  1. Follow the instructions found in any of the Arnold Grummer™ paper making kits to create one or more sheets of heavy weight cream colored speckled paper. (Create more sheets if you are going to make numerous cards; one sheet will make 2 cards.)  
  2. When the paper is dry, fold and tear it (you want the deckle edges) to make two pieces 5 ½ x 8 ½”.
  3. Score and fold to create a 4 ¼ x 5 ½” cards.
  4. Die cut one each of the ferns from the ivory, light & dark olive scrap. I used the set that curved right for the card and saved the other set for another project.
  5. Stamp the “gratitude” sentiment on the piece of tissue paper with the Chalk ink.
  6. When the ink is dry attach the stamped tissue paper to the lower right front of the card.
  7. Add tiny pieces of foam tape to the back of the ferns, layer light over dark and attach to the top of the card.
Note: The stamp quote is from Melody Beattie and is one of my favorites. It reads: Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion into clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend.


  1. Lovely as always, and think what a better place this would be if everyone practiced the 4 R's!

    1. Thanks would indeed be a better place with the 4 r's and a lot of gratitude
      Love and light,

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    1. Greetings,
      Thanks for the kind words both
      Love and light,

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    1. Thanks Donna........the quote has been a favorite of mine for years.......I have so many quotes that I have collected.......I was so happy to find this one as an Impression Obsession stamp.....
      Love and light,

  4. I love this one as I am a big fan of grautitude and this is done so beautifully done.


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