Showing posts from September, 2016

Beautiful Fairy

© Michele Emerson-Robert 2016

Roses and fairies are two of my favorite things, so combining them on this card was easy to do. This card will be for a niece who is having some “issues” about her looks; she is the “cute” one and thinks her older sister is the “beautiful” one. Perhaps the verbiage will hit home for her.


·Any of the Arnold Grummer®paper making kits ·Blender,  cello sponges and soft towels ·A sunny window ·Scraps of off white, cream and light green paper (think junk mail, etc.) ·Scrap of  off white card stock to die cut the fairy ·The PaperCut™cardstock for card base ·Dies: Couture Creations™ Secret Garden collection Intricutz #C0724281 Elegant Fairy, SpellbindersTMS5-086 Bitty Blossoms, and CheeryLynnTM B176 Flourish Leaf strp ·SpellbindersTM Grand Calibur™ die cutting and embossing machine ·Westcott™ paper trimmer ·Scor-Pal™ ·

Take Care of YOU Note Cards with Tamiko

I am really a fan of these tiny little delicate cards that you can make with templates found over at Arnold Grummer. You can find a lot of the available templates by clicking here!  You can use the templates while making fresh papers or you can use the templates as stencils and cut from handmade papers or papers of any kind.

With today's project, I made the small cards and envelopes using the Cards & Tags Templates attached to the Medium Dip Handmold. I used some old tissue papers I already had and ran them through the blender to create the paper slurry. After sandwiching my deckle, template and screen on my water basin, I poured the slurry into the deckle, shook it a little and lift it from the water basin.  Once the template was removed.  I took a sponge and screen and pressed access water from the new made page and envelope. Let it dry over night and decorated with small embellishment.  Today's embellishment happens to be a lil deli paper and a small stamp I love from

Flower Making With Hand Made Paper

Hello, Donna here with a flower I would like to show you using hand made paper using Arnold Grummer paper making kit. Here is what you will need.

paper (junk mail or any paper you want to get rid of)
small stick (I just found one in the yard)
silk leaves  (or you can make your own)
Arnold Grummer paper making dip handmold

Make your paper according to the directions, you can find all kinds of videos on youtube by Arnold showing how to make paper. Cut out your flower petals and remember, nothing in nature is perfect so don't make them each the same. Then mold them into the shape you want them and add a layer of glue to help them hold their shape.

After you have all your petals formed, let them dry and then glue them together to form the flower.
I also added a bud and glued that to the end of the branch.

Glue your leaves onto the branch making sure they will show when you add the flower.
Once the flower is all dry, you can paint it any color you want your flo…

Gift Journals

© Michele Emerson-Robert 2016

These purchased small blank journals are perfect for just about everyone on your gift list. The journals are small and fit into a purse or jacket pocket. They are easy to customize either with the recipients initials or different themes. My “guys” (husband, step son, son-in-law and grandson) are all turkey hunters and fishermen, so I had fun creating the journals for them to keep track of where and when they saw turkey tracks or when the “big” fish got away. I also like to add a small calendar inside the front cover.  Remembering Arnolds “Rs” - I will be using cereal box type chip board for all of the die cuts. 
I’ll be back to making or casting paper next week…
·3 ¾ x 6 ¾” brown journals ·Scraps of tan chip board (I used cereal boxes) to die cut ·Dies: CheeryLynn™ #B599 Tom the Turkey, #B245 “Dream Big”, #B645 Fishing set, #B439 Old Barn Board/Gone Fishin’, and #B245 "Dream Big" ·CheeryLynn™ “Big Sister” die cutting and embossing mac…

What's Moo with you?

Hi everyone! I have a simple and easy way to use alcohol inks on your handmade paper to create a one of a kind background!
My paper that I started with was pretty cool with lots of lovely little specks of color in it by creating my paper with the Arnold Grummer Papermill kit. Then ( as accidents do happen ) I spilled some spray ink on my desk and I used my handmade paper to blot it up as I knew it would absorb it quickly. I liked how it looked and as soon as it dried out I went about adding some more fun to it.
I had a stencil that had some leftover alcohol ink on it so I spritzed it with 70% acholol, laid it over my handmade paper and used a brayer to make sure I had a nice even contact.
You can see how the alcohol inks really gave me a nice effect and totally lets the texture of the handmade paper shine through.
To finish up: all I did was stamp and die cut the cow from another scrap of handmade paper, color him in and embellish a little by drawing a flower with my marker ( which really…

Preserving Summer

It is hard to believe that fall is almost upon us! Here in Michigan, it is still quite hot and flowers are still in bloom. I decided to grab some from the garden and preserve them for a card! I did not want to wait for them to dry for several weeks so instead, I got out my Microfleur.

Available at the Arnold Grummer's website - the Microfleur allows you to press and dry flowers with your Microwave! This is fun, quick and easy!

The Microfleur includes felt and cotton pads which you place your flower on. Secure the sides and microwave for 30 to a minute. Time varies depending on the size and thickness of the flower. 

This Black Eyed Susan took less than a minute

I also made paper using my Pour Handmold

My husband just had a birthday and I was able to snag, save, all of the envelopes from the cards. These make amazing colorful papers! I love this blue! I cut the mason jar out of vellum which allowed the stems to show through.

I cut a piece of this paper and embossed it before assemb…

Autumn Blues

© Michele Emerson-Robert 2016

Each day the temperature gets a tiny bit lower. You can tell that the beginning of fall is just around the corner. Several close friends have birthdays this month and I wanted to make special cards for them. I have always done “fall” colors in creating their cards and wanted to do something different this year but still honor the fall season.
Supplies ·Any of theArnold Grummer®paper making kits ·Blender, cello sponges and soft towels ·A sunny window ·Scraps of white paper (think junk mail, etc.) ™ ·Scrap of white card stock to die cut ·Scrap of thin plastic to die cut a leaf stencil ·Scrap of matboard to die cut the leaf shape ·The PaperCut™card bases, envelopes ·Dies: Quiet Fire Designs™ ECD#1158 “Dream”, and Sizzix™ Tim Holtz #660039 Layered Leaf and matching embossing folder ·SpellbindersTM WIZARD™ die cutting and embossing machine (still the best machine to cut and emboss matboard!!!!) ·Westcott™ paper trimmer ·Scor-Pal™ ·

Altered Key with Tamiko

Hello folks, Tamiko here.  For the last few weeks I have been looking at my stash of keys and I'm going to find a way to use them  or just toss them!!  Of course I found a way to use them!  How to make a paper cast: 
Torn tissue papers and a few cups of water pulsed in the blender, creates a paper slurry.  I removed even more water by allowing the slurry to be processed through a strainer I found on the Arnold Grummer site.
I've then prepared my mold by brushing it lightly with a release agent like olive oil. After the mold was prepped,  we place pulp in the mold very carefully pressing it deeply into all the crevices of the cast.  I removed more water by pressing sponge against the mold.  You can let the paper dry by placing it in the oven for 8 - 10 minutes on a low temperature or let it air dry, for a few hours. Once the cast is dry, you can decorate as normal.
Thanks for stopping by the blog. I hope that seeing the paper casts inspire you to create some to embellish your pr…

Mini Flower Pot

Hello everyone, I hope all enjoyed their weekend. I know I did because I had it off work :).

Today I am showing you a small flower pot I made and put a tiny off spring of a cactus I have that fell off into it. This will be perfect because you don't water cactus like you do normal plants.

I pressed paper pulp into a small pot I had and let it dry. I then coated the outside with a layer of glue to make it stronger. Then made a bow out of a paper strip and added a small gem to it then added cactus potting soil to it and planted my mini cactus. It is so cute and just the right size for propaganding an off shoot.

You will need:
paper, I used junk mail
small planter
strip of paper

Please check out the Arnold Grummer paper making store here for all your hand made paper products you need to get started making your own paper. Have fun!!

The Bucks Stop Here

© Michele Emerson-Robert 2016

Pretty “girlie” type cards are so easy to create, but I am often challenged to come up with cards for the men in my life. These two cards came together so easily and were quick to complete. I was able to create 6 of each card in about an hour (not counting creating the handmade paper).

·Any of the Arnold Grummer®paper making kits ·Blender, cello sponges and soft towels ·A sunny window ·Scraps of white and tan paper (think junk mail, etc.) ·The PaperCut™#709 Kraft card stock (cards are 5 x 7”) ·Envelopes for cards ·SpellbindersTM Grand Calibur™ die cutting and embossing machine ·Westcott™ paper trimmer ·Scor-Pal™ ·Beacon ZipDryTMadhesive, double sided foam tape ·ColorBox™ dye based ink pads in light greys and tans, Stylus™ handle and white tips