Monday, June 19, 2017

Bighorn Sheep: On the way to the blue…

© Michele Emerson-Robert 2017
(note - this project is also published on the blog here)



Looking for a spot for a picnic while driving on Red Hill Road near Alpine, AZ, my photographer friend Gay Lynn Sullivan was delighted to capture on film several Bighorn Sheep. The opportunity to not only see them but be able to photograph them is a life time wish come true. When I viewed the framed photo that she was giving as a Father’s Day gift, I knew the U-Paint® Metal Crafts Bighorn Sheep that I had just finished painting would be the perfect addition!

Materials:
  • U-Paint® Metal Crafts kit #UP_119 Western Wildlife (includes Wolf, Buffalo & Bears)
  • DecoArt® Americana acrylic paints::
         DA164 Light Buttermilk
         DA143 True Ocher
         DA065 Dark Chocolate
         DA067 Lamp Black
         DS17-3 Multi-Purpose Sealer
  • ½” flat synthetic paint brush, small round detail brush
  • Container for water, soft towel/cloth
  • Beacon® adhesive: QuickGrip™, or Power-Tac™, or 527™
  • Matted 8 x 10” Bighorn Sheep photo, 11 x 14” Barn Wood-type frame (all available from Gay Lynn Sullivan at Alpine Area Artisans)

Instructions:
1.     Wash the Bighorn Sheep with hot soapy water.
2.     Dry thoroughly with a soft towel or cloth.
3.     Seal the front and back of the Bighorn Sheep with the DecoArt® Multi-Purpose
Sealer™

Allow the sealer to dry.
4.     Create a lighter shade of tan by mixing Light Buttermilk with True Ocher (it does not have to be a solid color). Base coat the Bighorn Sheep
Allow the paint to dry.
5.     Refer to close up photo for placement. Load the corner of
your flat brush with Dark Chocolate
and apply shading where indicated. (Remember shading goes behind or underneath.)
Allow paint to dry.
Wash brush.
6.     Add highlights with Light Buttermilk where indicated in the close up photo.
7.     Paint the eye with Lamp Black using the small round brush. Allow the paint to dry.
Wash the brush.
8.     Add a tiny dot highlight to the eye with Light Buttermilk.
9.     Attach the painted Bighorn Sheep to the bottom left corner of the frame with Beacon® Adhesive.


Sunday, April 30, 2017

I am delighted to announce that I'm working with U-Paint Metal Crafts Co.!

I am honored to be the U-Paint [Metal] Crafts CREATIVE Team leader and a member of the team! 

U-Paint [Metal] Crafts is an arm of the Frank Morrow Company, and designed expressly for DIY craft persons. All UPMC products are designed and produced in their New England Factory here in the USA.

The UPMC line is the most detailed metal pieces I have ever seen, and I look forward to working with them, and posting the finished projects soon!

The UPMC Design Team is made up of some of the most creative people in the industry:

     Patt Bell/ NY
     Heidi Blankenship/ Minnesota
     Lorrie Greenway McCuller/ Geogia
     Yolie Burk? CA
     Cathy Norton/AZ
     Laura Brewer/AZ
     Michele Emerson-Roberts/AZ

For more info on U-Paint:

U-Paint Crafts, by Frank Morrow
www.upaintcrafts.com

www.facebook.com/metalcraftkits

129 Baker Street
Providence, RI 02905
sales@upaintcrafts.com
(401) 941-3900 | Fax: (401) 941-3810


Friday, January 27, 2017

He Leads me…….

© Michele Emerson-Robert 2016


Wild ferns grow in abundance in the White Mountains of Arizona. Picked and dried, they are wonderful to add to sheets of handmade paper. When I saw the small fern die that was the same as the wild ferns and the stamp from Impression Obsession™, I knew exactly what I wanted to create.





Supplies

·       Any of the Arnold Grummer® paper making kits
·       Arnold Grummer® flower press kit
·       Blender, cello sponges and soft towels
·       A sunny window
·       Scraps of off white and tan paper (think junk mail, etc.)
·       Herbs, onion skins or dried grasses as inclusions
·       Scraps of Kraft card stock or chip board to die cut (I used the back side of a cereal box)
·       Scraps of tissue paper
·       Dies: Tattered Lace™: D667 Paradise Ferns, D466 Butterflies, and Unknown: Cross
·       CheeryLynn™ Big Sister™ die cutting and embossing machine
·       Westcott™ paper trimmer
·       Scor-Pal™
·       Beacon ZipDryTM adhesive, double sided foam tape
·       ColorBox™ dark brown Chalk™ ink pad
·       Impression ObsessionTM stamp: C13489 “He leads me……..”
·       11 x 14” tan matboard, envelope for card, display easel


Instructions:

1.     Dry the ferns in the AG flower press kit
2.     Follow the instructions found in any of the Arnold Grummer™ paper making kits to create off white slurry with inclusions and create a sheet of heavy weight handmade paper with the dried ferns partially embedded into the sheet.
3.     Create more slurry with herbs or grasses and create one or more sheets of handmade paper.. 
4.     Allow the paper to dry..
5.     Die cut 4-5 of the ferns, 1 cross and 1 Monarch butterfly from Kraft cardstock scrap or tan chip board.
6.     Stamp the saying “He leads me beside the still waters…..he restores my soul” onto two pieces of scrap tissue paper.
7.     Tear, score and fold a piece of the handmade paper to create a 4 ¼ x 5 ½” card.
8.     Clip the corners on a 2 ½ x 4 ¾ piece of handmade paper.
9.     Glue one piece of stamped tissue paper to the left side of this piece.
10.  Attach the die cut cross to the right hand side with tiny pieces of foam tape.
11.  Center and attach this piece to the card front with small pieces of foam tape.
12.  Arrange and attach the ferns to the sheet of fern paper as desired.
13.  Attach the stamped tissue paper with ZipDry™ adhesive.
14.  Attach the butterfly with a tiny piece of foam tape.
15.  Attach the fern paper to the matboard with small pieces of foam tape.
16.  Place it on an easel to display.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Angel Bookmark & Card

© Michele Emerson-Robert 2016


“Stocking stuffer” gifts and cards are a snap with small pieces of handmade paper, some chip board and a couple of die cuts. It takes less than 15 minutes to complete these, when you have the components already made a head of time.


Supplies:
 
·       Any of the Arnold Grummer® paper making kits
·       Blender, cello sponges and soft towels
·       A sunny window
·       Scraps of off white paper (think junk mail, etc.)
·       Scraps of white card stock and tan chip board to die cut (I used the inside of a cereal box)
·       The PaperCut™ dark brown cardstock for the card base
·       Scrap of tissue paper
·       Dies: Creative Expressions™/Sue Wilson™ CED3016 2015 Christmas Angel, #CED3059 Illuminated Angel Mini Striplet
·       Tonic Studios™ Tangerine die cutting and embossing machine
·       Tonic Studios™ #804N Mother of Pearl Nuvo Embellishment Mousse
·       Scor-Pal™
·       Quiet Fire Designs™ stamp #5712 “Christmas is the day that holds all time together”.
·       Beacon ZipDryTM adhesive, double sided foam tape
·       Tonic Studios™ Craft Tacky glue
·       ColorBox™ medium brown Chalk™ ink pad, Stylus™ handle and tips
·       ¼” round hole punch
·       9” thin Ivory satin cord 


Instructions:

1.     Follow the instructions found in any of the Arnold Grummer™ paper making kits to create off white slurry and create one or more sheets of medium weight handmade paper. 
2.     Allow the paper to dry.
3.     Cut, score and fold a 4 x 8 1/2” card.
4.     Die cut and emboss the trumpet Angel for the card from the scrap white cardstock.
5.     Cut the Angel for the bookmark from the tan chip board.
6.     Apply the Mother of Pearl Nuvo Mousse to both Angels.
7.     Use the Stylus to lightly apply the brown ink around the edge of the trumpet Angel.
8.     Stamp the saying onto the tissue paper. Tear the edges of the tissue.
9.     Tear a piece of handmade paper a bit smaller than the card.
10.  Tear a piece of handmade paper approx. 3 x 6 ½” for the bookmark.
11.  Punch a hole at the top of the bookmark.
12.  Insert the cord into the hole. Tie the ends of the cord together.
13.  Attach the Angel to the bookmark with ZipDry™ adhesive.
14.  Attach the handmade paper to the front of the card with double sided foam tape.
15.  Attach the trumpet Angel to the right side of the card with double side foam tape.
16.  Attach the stamped tissue paper to the left side of the card.

Friday, January 13, 2017

Winter Peace

© Michele Emerson-Robert 2016


I create paper castings all through the year so that I will have them on hand when I need a quick card or gift. Doing them by the batch saves me a lot of time and mess. Sometimes I add stitching and/or tiny beads like I did on the snowman. Because I had the casting made ahead of time, these two Christmas cards took less than 5 minutes each to put together - less time than it will take me to write the message inside.

 

Supplies

·       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.)
·       AGCP Snowman mold, Acrylic ornament Angel to use as a mold
·       Scraps of white card stock to die cut
·       The PaperCut™ dark blue cardstock for the bases, envelopes to fit cards
·       Dies: Quiet Fire Designs™  ECD #1238 “Peace”, ECD #1199 “Winter” (4 Seasons)
·       SpellbindersTM Grand Calibur™ die cutting and embossing machine
·       Christmas theme embossing folder (snowflakes, holly, etc.)
·       Westcott™ paper trimmer
·       Scor-Pal™
·       Beacon ZipDryTM & QuickGrip™ adhesive
·       ColorBox® medium blue Chalk™ ink pad, Stylus™ handle & tips
·       Dark blue seed beads, orange embroidery floss, needle


Instructions:

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 snowman and angel. 
2.     Allow the casting to dry.
3.     Use the Stylus handle & tip to to lightly apply the dark blue Chalk™ ink to the Angel casting.
4.     Stitch the beads onto the snowman as buttons.
5.     Use the orange floss to stitch the hatband and the carrot nose on the snowman.
6.     Cut, score and fold the dark blue card stock to create 4 ¼ x 5 ½” cards.
7.     Emboss the fronts of the cards with the Christmas embossing folders.
8.     Die cut the words “Peace” & “Winter” from scraps of white cardstock.
9.     Attach the paper castings to the bottom center card front with QuickGrip™ adhesive.
10.  Attach the die cut words centered above the paper castings (Winter for the snowman and Peace for the Angel) with ZipDry™ adhesive.
11.  Write your message inside the card with a white pen.
12.  Mail in a padded envelope or hand deliver.