Showing posts from June, 2016

Roses for Ethel

© Michele Emerson-Robert 2016

My elderly friend Ethel makes the most fabulous paper flowers and adds them to her cards. They are kind of tropical/fantasy type flowers in gorgeous colors and are absolutely BEAUTIFUL! I thought she would get a kick out of my card with the roses made from scraps of handmade paper.

·Any of the Arnold Grummer®paper making kits ·Blender, strainer, cello sponges and soft towels ·A sunny window ·Scraps of white paper (think junk mail, etc.) ·Dies: Tonic Studios™ #165E Wild Brier, #172E “Believe/Love”, and SpellbindersTM#S5-086 “Bitty Blossoms” ·SpellbindersTM 5 x 7” embossing folder SEL-007 “Blistered” ·Tonic Studios™Tangerine die cutting and embossing machine ·Tonic Studios™paper trimmer, scissors ·Scor-Pal™

Origami Kimono

©Anne Rita Taylor 2016
I love these Origami Kimonos - I have used them on greeting cards for birthdays, anniversaries, thinking of you plus bookmarks and place cards at dinner parties.
Supplies: Arnold Grummer Paper Making kit Handmade paper 2 inches by 7 inches Bone folder, scissors and ruler 
The handmade paper I used - from a 5 by 7 inch screen - I cut off the lovely deckle edges since the Kimono looks better with straight edges and is enough for two Kimonos. Fold top 1/4 inch and fold over again - this is the start of the all important collar.The middle of the top - where you folded - is 1 inch and fold down from this mid point to make the collar.

3.   Measure 2 1/4 inches from the top and fold back.
4.   Measure 4 3/4 inches from the top and fold back again as in photo.

5. Fold sides up to collar areas, as pictured.
6. Tricky part! Fold top of each side to make a hood as pictured, helps if you put your finger inside the fold.

Tea Bag Folding

Hello again, Donna here. I have been been talking about making different things on cards, layouts and such. I have not touched my Tea Bag Folding in a while and thought I would give it a go again. It is always nice to go back and do something you haven't done in a while. Tea Bag Folding is kind of like Origami.

My husbands birthday is the end of this month, so this card will be for him (hope it doesn't look too girly, LOL)

Supplies needed:
Tea Bag Folding Papers ( I used 1 1/2" x 1 1/2", 10 pieces, for the flower and 2 pieces of 2" x 2" for the butterfly)
Handmade paper- think junk mail and such
Saying or Quote
Helmar Scrap Dots
Craft & Hobby Glue

First step, make your flower using Tea Bag Folding. (As shown in photos above)

After you have made all ten of these, glue them together.
That is called a Kite Fold.

Then I took my handmade paper using Arnold Grummer's Paper Making Pour hand mold (found here) and sewed a border around each piece.…

summer of fun

Welcome papermakers!

Summer is in full swing which means backyard picnics, pool parties and family cook outs! Why not dress up the beverages you bring to the party!

I save all of the hand made paper scraps from my projects. They are perfect for smaller projects such as these tags!

So grab some scraps and dies and let's get started.

These summer theme dies from Taylored Expressions were just perfect for this project!

 The handmade paper cut quickly and easily.

I started by painting backgrounds on watercolor paper.  The sand was created using texture paste and mist.  I created a different summer theme on each tag.I added watercolors to some of the pieces and finished with a quote and twine. This is a fun project which you could even have your children help with! You could make these to celebrate any theme - a birthday, Father's Day, an anniversary or summer as I did.

Add one to each bottle and you are ready to go!


Pour Handmold

Dies - Taylored Expressions -
Sun and Cloud…


© Michele Emerson-Robert 2016

My friend Donna is a cat lover. She takes in strays and keeps them safe from harm. Currently she has 7 four legged friends who share her home. Donna is also loves to knit, crochet and tat. It is a hoot to watch the battle of wills between her and the cats when she wants to create something with fibers and they want to play! Donna’s birthday is coming up and I just had to create this little tatting/crochet thread holder for her.

·Any of the Arnold Grummer®paper making kits ·Blender, strainer, cello sponges and soft towels ·A sunny window ·Scraps of tan/brown paper (think junk mail, etc.) ·Die: Tonic Studios™ #1186E Tangled Mischief die     ·Tonic Studios™Tangerine die cutting and embossing machine ·Tonic Studios™paper trimmer ·Tonic Studios™Craft Tacky glue ·Small balls of crochet or tatting thread, crochet hook or tatting needle or shuttle, small pair of scissors. ·Metal container 5 ½ x 4 x 3” high

Paper pulp painting

Now I will admit that I am not the best when it comes to painting with squeeze bottles, there is a learning curve here and this is my first time doing it it. 
My preferred method if doing it this way, but we need to try new things occasionally to keep us fresh!
However, let me show you the results...I was going to make a bunch of flowers covering the paper, but I would randomly squeeze out too much pulp so the flower kept growing in size. I did manage to get two on one sheet...
How do you like my leaf? Well, actually it's suppose to be a pine tree, and that's what I meant for it to be, now I think it rather looks like some kind of wonky leaf, lol
Now laying  a cookie cutter on the paper and squirting the pulp inside the form is much easier, and they actually look like hearts!
You can check out the man himself Arnold Grummer with some wonderful videos on paper pulp painting. Make sure to subscribe to our channel!

Tide Pool Tags

© Michele Emerson-Robert 2016

Some of my fondest memories are of being at the beach in Baja Mexico with my kids when they were young. We could spend countless hours searching for tiny sea creatures in the tide pools that remained when the tide went out. It always reminded me of the excitement when my sister and I used to do the same thing as kids on the coast of Southern California. These two tags will be perfect to my sister and a dear friend who both have July birthdays.
·Any of the Arnold Grummer®paper making kits ·Blender, strainer, cello sponges and soft towels ·A sunny window ·Scraps of white paper (think junk mail, etc.) ·Scraps of white, lavender, purple and burgundy heavy weight handmade paper or card stock to die cut ·Dies:CheeryLynnTM::# B267 Sea HorseFamily, B 279 Sand Dollar & Star Fish ·Stencils: The Crafters’ Workshop™#TCW357s Mini Cell Theory, andMemory Box Inc.#88557Garden Leafy Branches ·Tonic Studios™Tangerine die cutting and embossing machine ·

Creating a Photo Album

©Anne Rita Taylor 2016

After I received the Make Your Own Book kit from Arnold Grummer I was pleasantly surprised. First of all, I loved the size, 5 1/2 by 10 inches!

It had all the basic pieces, 2 cover boards, 2 pre-drilled end boards, 2 sets of hardware, instructions, but also really heavy weight paper - 35 pages pre-drilled!

I could make the book with duct tape, which was OK for this book-binder, or use paper or cloth. I use a spacer bar when I use boards that need a hinge, makes gluing so much easier. Found these brass spacer bars at Home Depot near the wood aisle.

I found this lovely paper at Paper Source. When I have end boards that are pre-drilled I make sure I pop in an awl so I don’t lose sight of those holes down the road. Of course I used a bone folder to smooth out the paper after gluing the boards.

Pinch the ends to glue the covers over the book boards.