Showing posts from July, 2019

Quick Paper Cast Cards

When you need some really quick cards, paper cast designs and some card stock are the answer! I always cast extra pieces to have on hand. These two cards went together in less than 10 minutes because of planning ahead….smile….and having the extra pieces.

•Any of the Arnold Grummer® paper making kits
•Blender, strainer, cello sponges and soft towels
•A sunny window
•Scraps of tan paper (think junk mail, etc.)
•Dark brown card stock cut to 5 ½ x 11” and envelopes
Crafters EdgeTM  Crossover II ™ die cutting and embossing machine (LOVE this new toy!)
Tonic Studios™ paper trimmer
Beacon ZipDryTM adhesive
DecoArtTM   Metallic Luster™ Iced Espresso
•Scraps of thin foam board


1.Follow the instructions found in any of the Arnold Grummer™ paper making kits to create
        tan slurry and cast one or more each of the Dragonfly and flower molds.
2.Allow the casting to dry in the sunny window.
3.While the castings are drying, cut the dark brown cardstock to cr…

Paper Casting with the Vets

We had such fun in the VETS paper casting class taught in June! They were amazed at the many items that can be used to cast paper! Just a few are: candy molds, polymer clay molds, the backs of plates or bowels, metal jewelry findings, rubber stamps. Being Veterans and Vets’ spouses they fell in love with the wonderful military paper casting/polymer clay stamps from Rycraft! Several projects have already been posted this month using those Rycraft paper casting stamps. I wanted you to see a few of the castings using some other Rycraft paper casting stamps and a variety of other items. What fun it will be to create projects this fall using some of these castings!


•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 brown paper bags
Rycraft paper casting stamps: R439 Bumble Bee, R388 Three Gulls, R376 Bison,
        R375 Elk, R527 Feather, R389 Wolf, R249 Hummingb…

"Believe in Yourself" Journal Cover

Hello Crafters!

With my birthday approaching soon, I pondered with thoughtfulness. It's time to start a new journal to hold my muddled thoughts and possibly some doodles. I'm always picking up cheap pre-made journals, so I have a few laying around.  But, for MY journal, the cover art needed to be special. The mesh paper packing material has been waiting a long time for a new life and it finally happened! I love the effect it gave and it was easy to work with. There's a lot going on here, just like inside every crafter's head :o) But the foundation of every great project on this blog is the gorgeous hand-made paper!

AG Paper-making Kit
AG Paper Additive 
AG Cotton Linter
AG Mica
Journal, Brown stamping ink-ColorBox (Truffle), Map rubber stamp (unknown), Chipboard numbers (Maya Road), Metal sentiment (Life's Journey), Metal gear and key (Bead Landing), Metal Pendant (Olive Moon), Nautical charm (unknown), paper packing webbed material, puzzle pieces, Acrylic pai…

Liberty, Liberty, Liberty!

July is one of my favorite months of the year. The summer picnics, lazy days around the swimming pool, family reunions, fireworks and a celebration of our country and all it stand for. I could not resist creating these two framed art pieces using some of the paper castings done several weeks ago during the Veterans paper casting class.  They looked wonderful as part of the table decor along with small American flogs for our Independence day celebration.


•Any of the Arnold Grummer® paper making kits
•Blender, strainer, cello sponges and soft towels
•A sunny window
•AG Cotton Linter or craps of white paper (think junk mail, etc.)
•Scraps of white card stock to die cut (I used white food packaging)
•5 x 6” frames
•Dark blue with silver stars mulberry paper
•Liberty Bell and Statue Of Liberty plastic molds (unknown)
•Dies:  CheeryLynnTM: #B622 “Freedom” & #B352 “Forever”
Crafters Companion Gemini Jr.TM die cutting and embossing machhine
Beacon ZipDryTM adhesive, double side…

A Sticky Note Book - Decorated With Handmade Paper

Hello, everyone! It's Nancy here with a new project share! Today I've decorated a Sticky Note Book with a stamped and embossed piece of handmade paper. 
Here's What I Used:

Materials Used: Arnold Grummer - Sticky Note Books Starter Kit; Small Piece of Handmade Paper; Stampendous - Wisteria Cottage Stamp Set; Stampendous - Embossing Ink; White Embossing Powder; Nuance Powders - Blue, Green; Paper - K & Company; Small Piece of White Cardstock; Offray Ribbon - White.
Here's How I did it:

1. Following the instructions on the kit, I assembled the Sticky Note Book. 

2. Using the embossing ink, I stamped the cottage image onto a 2 1/2" x 2 3/4" piece of handmade paper. I heat embossed it with the white embossing powder.  3. I sprinkled the blue Nuance powder in the sky area, and the green Nuance powder in the grass area. Then I sprayed the piece with water until it looked as I wanted it to. I set it aside to dry.

4. I matted the inked piece with white cardstock. 5. I wrapped a p…

Salute to Our Military

I wanted to create something special to give out on Independence day to the many members of local organizations who so selflessly serve the Veterans in Cochise County. Having just taught a class in paper casting to Veterans/spouses, I had the perfect project. These were so easy to do in large batches (I did over 50). Follow along and see how easy it was!  These could so easily be customized for any occasion, check out all the sayings available from Quietfire and the designs from Rycraft.


•Any of the Arnold Grummer® paper making kits
•Blender, strainer, cello sponges and soft towels
•A sunny window or microwave (for Terra Cotta mold only!)
•AG Cotton Linter or scraps of white paper (think junk mail, etc.)  AG cotton linter
•Arnold Grummer® 3 ½” 52 Card blank booklets
•Dark blue with Silver Stars Mulberry paper ( a friend gave me three colors of this paper
        several years ago and the blue was perfect for these books!)
Rycraft paper casting stamps: #341 American Eagle, #4…

Thinking of You Card bySteph

Hi everyone, Steph Ackerman here today with a new project using handmade papers created with the Arnold Grummer Papermaking Kit

Using  one of the Arnold Grummer's Papermaking Kits, I created an assortment of handmade papers. Once the papers completely dried, I chose one to create with and cut it to 4" x 5 1/4".  I taped the  Bare Trees Meal Stencil from Stampendous on my handmade paper.  Using a pallet knife I  added modeling paste over the stencil.

Carefully removing the tape, I removed the stencil while still wet.  I quickly rinsed off the stencil to remove any trace of the modeling paste.

While still wet, I poured Stampendous Twinkle Glitter across the tree tops and put it aside to dry.

For a touch of color, I spritzed Bamboo Leaves Fireworks! Shimmery Craft Spray along the bottom of the card.

Using a scrap piece of handmade paper, I stamped a sentiment from Stampendous -  Encouraging Words - with VersaFine Pinecone Ink.

The panel was lightly inked and then added to…