Looking to learn more?

Have you seen those beautiful photo kaleidoscopes and wondered how to create on of your own?  Check out my photo kaleidoscope class on Crafty Link and learn how to create your own beautiful accents for scrapbooks, cards and more.

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Looking to learn something new?


Learn how you can combine toilet paper, paints, pencils and inks to create beautiful mixed media piece.


Watercolor Backround Artcation with Nikki Gilette

Check out the ArtCation classes – an artistic vacation from every day life.

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Store Closing

After some long thought and consideration I have decided to close my store at http://www.homeandgardenwelcome.com.

Thank you for your support. Nikki

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Are you ready for the next hunt?

It is week 2 of 2013.  I hope you all are doing better than we are here at my end of things.  We would up ringing in the New Year with the dreaded stomach bug.  YUCK!  Hopefully this is our one big  bought for the year, and I will soon be able to celebrate my birthday with my family and friends (a bit delayed but still worthy!).

Yep, you heard it, a birthday.  Almost a big one , in 364 days I will be the dreaded 4-0.  To celebrate I am offering YOU ALL a birthday gift!  That is right, a present for YOU in honor of MY birthday.  The first 39 orders before January 13 will receive a FREE GIFT with their purchase.  I promise, it will be something special that will make you smile!  🙂

In the meantime, lets get a start on our next scavenger hunt!  Last week was so much fun, what will we be able to find this week?  Remember, in order to be entered into the monthly drawing you MUST comment on this post with your guess.  Happy hunting!


Lori’s Stamps

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Scavenger Hunt #1

Well my friends, did you all find the clues to the scavenger hunt easy to follow?  If you answered ScrapOnizer organization system you are correct!  As a nod to the organization resolutions many have made use the code SaveOnizer to save 10% on your ScrapOnizer purchase for the rest of the week!

Congratulations to those who have been entered into the drawing, and look forward to the next clue!

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New Year, New Opportunities

For those of you who have been visiting regularly, you have seen the Mystery Kits.  As no one ever ordered a kit to play along I have decided that a 6 month run was a good attempt.  So, in the New Year say ‘Goodbye’ to the Mystery Kit Contest.

Does that mean there will be no contests?  Nope, we’ll try something new, different, exciting, ENERGIZING!  and even more importantly FREE STUFF!!  Who doesn’t like free stuff?  So, here is what I have in mind…….We’ll have a scavenger hunt!  You will find a link posted on this blog that will lead you to another site.  It could be a scrapbook site, it could be a craft site, it could be something on Pinterest, maybe even a gardening site, who knows???  That link will show how an item available from Home and Garden Welcome could be used.  All you have to do is find that product, and come back here and comment with what that item is.  No purchase necessary!!!

We will do this scavenger hunt once weekly.  All those who have correctly found the product/item will be entered into a drawing for a FREE GIFT!  The drawing will be held monthly, and at this time next year everyone who answered correctly will be entered into a GRAND PRIZE drawing!  I don’t yet know what that drawing will be, but I promise you it will be GRAND!  So, with no further ado, I’d like to send you on your first ‘hunt’.




And just in case you don’t know yet, here is one final hint!


All that is left for YOU to do is to comment with your answer!  Don’t over think and have fun!

Only comments posted by midnight January 5th will be entered into the giveaway!

Happy New Year!


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December Mystery Kit

Hello Home and Garden Welcome readers; Michelle Wofford here to share with you some projects from the December mystery kit. Let me just say how excited I was when I opened this box and saw all the goodies I got to play with, many for the first time. All of it was such fun to work with and I now have some new favorite paper craft techniques.
Here is the supply list of goodies included in the mystery kit.

Coordinations Cardstock – Aqueduct
Graffix Vellum – Irridescent
Karen Foster Designs Scrappers Floss – Bone
Tim Holtz Distress Crackle Paint – Vintage Photo
Petaloo Velvet Hydrangeas – Blue
Dress It Up Buttons – Au Jardin Whisper
Melissa Frances Glass Glitter – Tarnished Silver
Tim Holtz Adirondack Alcohol Inks – Country Side
Lazer Cut Elm Tree

My first project is a tea bag holder. I had been wanting to make one of these for a long time and this was the perfect time to go for it.


Here’s a step by step tutorial so you can make your own tea bag holder.
Additional Supplies: Paper Trimmer, Scissors, scoring tool, adhesive, paper piercer, chipboard shape, Alocohol ink applicator, Straw
Step 1 – Trim a piece of cardstock to 6” x 12″. Score at 1” on the long edge, score at 3 1/16”, 5 ¾”, 8 13/16”, 11 1/2″ on the short edge.
Step 2 – With a scoring tool, score 3/4″ above the 1″ score line in the SECOND SEGMENT ONLY (this is the opening for your tea). Pre fold score lines
Step 3 – Use scissors to cut out the 1 ¾” x 2 3/4″ piece from the bottom of the second segment and the ½” x 1″ corner piece. Cut between the remaining 1″ flaps.
Step 4 – Using a strong adhesive adhere the ends together to form your holder. Adhere the bottom flaps.
Step 5 – Trim a 3” x 3 3/8” piece of cardstock and attach the box bottom to the base.
Step 6 – To create the top, trim a piece of cardstock to 4 ¼” x 4 5/8″ and score at 3/4″ on all sides. Cut and taper the corners. Adhere corners with using a strong adhesive.
Step 7 – Paint chipboard shape with distress crackle paint, sprinkle with glass glitter and allow to dry.
Step 8 – Using alcohol in applicator add a few drops of three colors and dab on vellum in a random pattern. Allow to dry.
Step 9 – To create look on lid, drop one drop at a time and blow into the end of a straw onto the alcohol ink. Repeat using the three colors in a random pattern until top is completely covered. Allow to dry.
Step 10 – Trim a piece of vellum treated with alcohol ink to fit behind chipboard cut out. Attach to the inside back of the chipboard piece. Attach flowers to front of chipboard piece and attach to front of box.
Step 11 – Use a paper piercer to puncture two holes in center lid, using a button as your guide. Also, pierce through flower. Cut a length of floss and thread through button, flower and lid to attach to lid.
Step 12 – Add your favorite tea.



My next project is a crackle paint frame.


Additional supplies: Paper trimmer, green pearl accents, brown acrylic paint.
Step 1 – Paint unfinished wood frame with brown acrylic paint. Once dry apply a layer of brown crackle distress paint, and sprinkle with glass glitter. Allow to dry.
Step 2 – Apply alcohol inks to vellum, trim vellum and cardstock to fit in frame cut out. Layer vellum over cardstock and wrap with scrappers floss. Place inside frame.

Step 3 – Attach flowers and leaves to upper left corner and bottom right corner. Add green pearl where needed to flower centers.
Step 4 – Attach buttons to top right corner and bottom left corner.


For my final project I created a bound book that could be used a mini album or as a journal.

Additional Supplies: Cinch binding machine, coordinating color of cardstock, paper trimmer, strong tape adhesive, bind it all 6” x 6” covers, binding wires, Alcohol ink applicator, chipboard alphabet stickers and stickles.

Step 1 – Trim multiple sheets of cardstock to 6” x 6”, however thick you want your album to be. Cover album cover front and back with cardstock.
Step 2 – Apply alcohol in to vellum and trim to 6” x 6”.
Step 3 – Use cinch (or other binding tool) to punch holes in cardstock and covers. (Tip, punch the holes and bind before you begin to embellish). Trim Coil binding to length and thread through punched holes.
Step 4 – Apply strips of strong adhesive (like score tape) and cover with glass glitter.
Step 5 – Apply pink alcohol ink to bone colored scrappers floss and thread through buttons. Attach buttons and flowers alternating above glass glitter.

Step 6 – Using alcohol ink applicator apply to elm tree laser cut out in a random pattern. To achieve the look on the tree use the same technique as you would on a nonporous surface. Wrap floss around trunk and tie in place. Attach flower to center of tree. Attach tree to vellum.

Step 7 – Select chipboard letters and cover with a light layer of stickles in a color coordinating the glass glitter. Attach to vellum.

A big thank you to Home and Garden Welcome for having me as a guest designer this month. I had a blast playing with these products and was challenged as to how to include all the elements together. I hope I’ve inspired you to start playing with your own mystery kit.



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Christmas for the Girls

This year I have decided to make as many of the Christmas presents as I can this year.   For some of the girls I have made these journals with a coordinating bracelet.


Is there a girl in your life who would love a pretty journal like one of these?  Instructions on how to make your own can be found in the Art Journal Tutorial.

Find the supplies you need to complete your own journal, and all your paper crafting projects at Home and Garden Welcome.


In the meantime, Happy Holidays and may you find plenty of moments to craft!


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Introducing Holiday Sale!

Hi fellow crafters!  I would love to introduce you all to the Home and Garden Welcome Holiday Sale!  Finish your shopping without emptying your wallet!









10% off any order up to $100

25% off any order up to $250

35% off any order over $250

AND….if your order is over $150 before tax and shipping you will get a FREE December Mystery Kit!

Sale starts Monday November 26th and continues until Tuesday December 18th.

Have fun shopping, and Happy Holidays!


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Vintage look

>Hi everyone, I wanted to share with you a layout I made with the November Mystery Kit from Home and Garden Welcome. This kit has such a great vintage feel, but I also wanted to show you that even vintage photos you can use more of a modern look. By combining vintage with colors that are normally not associated with that kind of look, you can still can come up with something that you love! I just love this picture of an unknown relative of mine. Just a tip,  scan and use a copy of the picture, the original I kept because I was afraid the distressing folder would ruin the photo because it was fragile. Todays photo processing is perfect to distress with embossing folders.

For my photo I used the Tim Holtz embossing folder included in the kit, after I embossed it I took some Stayonz black ink and distressed the edges. One thing about distressing is you can never mess up! I also used the other folder to accent the picture which I after embossing I inked that.

I took one of the gears from the kit and in the center I put a piece of leftover paper and filled it in with the Glossy Accents Crackle.

Please visit my blog for more scrapbook fun!
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