Showing posts from May, 2019

To All the DADS!

Being a Dad is one of the most important jobs a man will ever have. Teaching his kids about love, truth, respect, faith, responsibility, honesty, generosity, duty, integrity, etc. is a huge endeavor. I have been blessed to have those kinds of men in my life. My wonderful husband, my dad (who passed last Nov.) and my son in law are three of those men.
Thanks guys for being who and what you are!

•Any of the Arnold Grummer® paper making kits and paper press •Blender, cello sponges and soft towels •A sunny window •Scraps of white, yellow and brown paper (think junk mail, etc.)  •Scraps of Kraft colored cereal box or card stock  to die cut •Dies:  oCheeryLynnTM  #B439 “Old Barn Board”, #B648 “Fishing Set”, #B246 “Father’s” and         # B236 “Day” oFran the Frantic Stamper™ #09225 “Horizontal Birch Trees” oMarianne Designs™ #CR1289 “Deer” •Crafters Companion™ Gemini Jr.  die cutting and embossing machine •Westcott™ paper trimmer •Scor-Pal™  •Beacon ZipDryTM adhesive •Double sided …

Remembering the Past

I think this may be my favorite new piece of art and will have a place of honor at our Memorial weekend get together with family and friends. It is so soft and looks as if it were an antique that has been handed down through the years.


•Any of the Arnold Grummer® paper making kits and paper press
•Blender, cello sponges and soft towels
•A sunny window
•Scraps of white and medium blue paper (think junk mail, etc.)
•Scraps of white heavy weight handmade paper or card stock to die cut
•Die: Quiet Fire Designs™ # 1198 “Remember”
Crafters Companion™ die cutting and embossing machine
•Clarity™ stencil #STE-PL-00198-77 “America Love”
Beacon ZipDryTM adhesive
•8 x 8” frame with glass and backing
DecoArtTM   Americana White acrylic paint
ClearSnap™ ColorBox™ Dyestress Blendable ink #23106 “Scuba, Stylus handle and white tips


1.Follow the instructions found in any of the Arnold Grummer™ paper making kits to create
        medium blue slurry and make one or more sheets …

Memories of the Fallen Heroes

With Memorial Day just a little more than a week away, I have been thinking of all the brave people who are no longer with us. Our first responders and our military who put their lives on the line to keep us all safe deserve to be remembered every day, but especially on Memorial Day.


•Any of the Arnold Grummer® paper making kits
•American flag heart paper casting mold
•Blender, strainer, cello sponges and soft towels
•A sunny window
•Scraps of white paper (think junk mail, etc.)
•Scraps of white heavy weight handmade paper or card stock to die cut
•Die: Quiet Fire Designs™ #1197
Crafters Companion™ die cutting and embossing machine
Beacon QuickGripTM & ZipDry™ adhesives
•9 x 9” frame and white matt board
•Old tattered American flag


1. Follow the instructions found in any of the Arnold Grummer™ paper making kits to create white
    slurry and cast one or more of the American heart castings. (I always make extras anytime I am
    paper casting or making…smile…

The Tiny Traveling Journal

My husband and I have been discussing our 25th anniversary, which occurs next year. We’ve been to Germany, France, and some of the surrounding countries but have never been to Italy. So, after very little debate (it is, after all, Europe!), we decided to head there. One of the greatest challenges for me when traveling is that I cannot carry my entire workshop with me. It is really hard to decide which art supplies to bring. I know that when I travel to Italy, I will want to carry something with me to create with. I could certainly bring an art journal, but I am thinking about how cumbersome that could be unless the art journal were much smaller. I also have to be truthful to myself about just how much time I really will have to create. Keeping both of those in mind, I decided that I could carry several mini journals—about four or five—and create a memento of my time in Italy. This is how the Tiny Traveling Journal was born! Four or five mini journals would not take up too much space. …

Quick and Easy Card

Things are getting hectic as Spring arrives; graduation parties, spring cleaning, outdoor socials and more! This week I was grateful to have a large stash of hand made papers already on hand to make this quick and easy "Congratulations" Card for a graduate.

AG Papermill Kit
AG Additives
Corner rounding punch, rhinestone flourish, fern rubber stamp,  Green ink (Bottle-Ranger Ink) 3-d Butterfly sticker, markers,
PC to print sentiment

1. Select coordinating papers that work well together.
2. Print the sentiment on your PC, or use a rubber stamped sentiment. Trim to size and round the corner and adhere to the background.
3. Stamp ferns onto green paper, accent with light and dark green markers.  Trim the shape and adhere to the background paper.
4. Affix the flourish and butterfly, accent butterfly sticker to "pop" with paint pens or markers.
5. Mount the card front onto blank card form.

I hope you had a fabulous Mother's Day!
Craft on!


What do you do when you have forgotten not just one but two dear friends anniversaries? The invitation said no gifts (have you noticed the older we get the less “stuff” we want or need…smile). But I really did need to take each couple cards with a personal note inside remembering all the years we have celebrated together. With less than 15 minutes to get two cards done…not a problem…..AG handmade paper to the rescue! So lucky to have scraps of handmade paper left from some other projects!

•Scrap of white medium/heavy weight handmade paper  •Scrap of dark brown medium/heavy weight handmade paper •Two White/brown Toile pattern cards and envelopes •Dies: Quiet Fire Designs™: #1307 “Together” & #1049 “Believe”  •Crafters CompanionTM Gemini Jr™ die cutting and embossing machine •Beacon ZipDryTM adhesive

1.Die cut 2 each of the words “Together” & Believe”.  2.Layer and glue them together. 3.Attach the die cut layered words to the centers of the two cards with Z…

Thank You Cards by Steph

Hi everyone, Steph Ackerman here today with a set of cards using handmade papers created with the Arnold Grummer Papermaking Kit.

Using several sheets of previously made handmade paper, I chose a pink toned paper and a blue toned paper.  These were prefect for creating both feminine and masculine cards.

For the feminine card, I used the pink toned paper.   I inked a background stamp with brown ink and stamped it onto the handmade paper.

I tore the background and adhered it to a cardstock panel.

Stamp a sentiment with black ink on a scrap of the same handmade paper.  Emboss it, then die cut it and lightly ink it.  Mat it with a larger die.

Wrap ribbon around the stamped panel and adhere the panel to card base.  Add the sentiment with foam adhesives for dimension.  Adhere Robin's Nest dew drops about the card making it more feminine.

A masculine version follows using light blue handmade panel with a stencil and blue ink.

The panel was matted with blue cardstock and added to a card.…


Do we ever have enough cards that offer encouragement? I love making them, sending them and receiving them. I will often create 10 – 20 cards at a time. Just knowing that someone is thinking of you is a plus! These two CAS (clean and simple) cards will indeed offer the recipients some uplifting thoughts.


•Any of the Arnold Grummer® paper making kits & paper press
•Blender, cello sponges and soft towels
•A sunny window
•Scraps of white paper (think junk mail, etc.)
•Dark blue cardstock 5 ¼ x 8 ½ & a scrap to die cut, olive cardstock 7 x 10”, envelopes
•Stamps: Impression Obsession E14743 “Take a Moment” & F17076 “Your spark…..”
•Die: Birds…unknown
Tonic Studios™ Tangerine die cutting and embossing machine
•Tonic Studios™ paper trimmer
Beacon ZipDry adhesive
ColorBox™ Dyestress Blendable™ Ink pads: #23106 Scuba, #23107 Pansy, #23102 Salmon,
        #23123 Cabernet, # 23117 Bumble Bee, # 23121 Tomato, #23118 Inchworm, ColorBox Black
         Archival in…

Vintage Notecards

After creating several 3D/mixed media pieces for other Arnold Grummer Papermaking projects, I thought it would be nice to give card making a try. Life recently had been such a rush and too full of requirements on my time that it was nice to be able to slow down and enjoy creating. I have long admired vintage paintings, drawings, marketing products, and schematics. There is something so tender and endearing about reminiscing on the past. For this project, I used the following materials:
Arnold Grummer’s Large Pour Handmold
Arnold Grummer’s Cotton Lintner 
Arnold Grummer’s Petals: Summer Gold
Thin manila paper (two sheets for each handmade paper)
Vintage art from copyright free sites like Pixabay
Large pop dots
Colorbox Fluid Chalk Inkpad in Dark Brown
Scotch Spray Mount Repositionable Adhesive (or similar products)

Making the notecards: 1.Using the large pour handmold, make as many sheets of paper as you need. I made six and was able to make eight notecards about 4 ¼ x 5 ½ inches in size. 2.For f…