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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.

tea

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.

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My next project is a crackle paint frame.

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.

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

dream
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.

dreams

Thanks,
Michelle

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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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Thanks
Donna

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November Mystery Kit Preview

Hi everyone, my name is Donna Coughlin and I am November’s Guest designer. I am so thrilled and honored to be here this month at Home and Garden Welcome. The kit this month is so fantastic. If you are a fan of distressing and that Tim Holtz feel you will love the kit. I made this mini album about my grandparents and with this kit it was so easy!

Here are step by steps instructions.
This is what I used for the cover.

1.Punch holes in 7 Gypsies book. Glue down using Glossy Accents desired embellishments/title so that it will fit inside the Melissa Frances Frame that what is included in the kit. Fill in the frame with the Crackle Glossy Accents. Ink the frame if desired.


This is a closeup of how it looks when dried.

2. For inside of the book I cut 8 pieces of Coordinations Cardstock 3 ½ by 5 ¾. About Coordinations cardstock, if you never used it, once you do, you will fall it love with it. It thick, sturdy, great for embossing and distressing. Glue 2 pieces together to form a thicker page. I did this for 6 of the pieces, forming 3 pages. The other two pieces glue on inside of front and back cover. Emboss 4 of the pieces using the Sissix Tim Holtz embossing folders that were in the kit.

3.Now the fun part begins. Embellish each page however you want. Since this was going to be about my grandparents I typed up on my computer a little bit about each one and printed it out on Coordinations. Cover chipboard and grungeboard accents with ink, paper, or whatever you want and add glossy accents You can also make flowers from the Coordinations paper.
4.On the third page – Following the instructions on Magic Stamp package use the 7 Gypsies gears to make a stamp. It was really simple and worked fabulously. I then added some of the gears to the page. My tip for using the foam while you a placing the gears on the foam, use your other hand use the blow dryer to keep the foam warm. Also I used a flat cutting board to press down the evenly into the foam. Apply a thin coat of acrylic paint (you could use ink) on the stamp to be used as picture frame. I cannot wait to experiment more these stamps, they are awesome!


Here are my finished pages.

On this page I used the stamp I made above (step 4) and added some of the 7 Gypsies gears to the pages.

Here I made a flower using the coordinations paper, and added a few vintage embellishments I had lying around.


5.Use a chain, metal rings or even ribbon to bind your book together.

I hope you have enjoyed this tutorial, visit Home and Garden Welcome to purchase your November Mystery Kit.  Enter the contest and maybe you could win!

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Oh No, I’m late….

So sorry my faithful followers, I am late with the November Mystery Kit.  Something has happened in the last few weeks and we have been running six ways to sundown.  It’s nice to have lots to stay busy with, but come on.  Why does it all happen at once?
Anyway, I’d like to introduce (a little late) the November Mystery Kit.

As we enter the holiday season we are reminded to be thankful of the times we have with our family and friends, the blessings we’ve been given and are encouraged to seek joy in every part of our lives. Use the contents of the November Mystery Kit from Home and Garden Welcome to create a beautiful piece reflecting the warmth and love represented by this season of giving.

 

I’d also like to show you an amazing creation created by Lori.  I am so impressed with the creativity in the world today.  As I put this kit together I never imagined the colors and accents coming together like this.  Amazing!

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To see all the detailed images and the process behind this canvas visit Lori’s blog.

What will you create?  Order your November Kit today and maybe you could win!

~Happy Crafting!

Nikki

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Book Giveaway

Goodreads Book Giveaway

The Child of Denyes by Nicole Gillette

The Child of Denyes

by Nicole Gillette

Giveaway ends December 01, 2012.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

Enter to win

 

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Branching Out

I wanted to share with you all an all time favorite of mine.   This page I made at a scrapbooking weekend with my Lil’ Sis. Every fall we go away for a long weekend to a local resort for an all-inclusive (okay, not the alcohol….) crop.

This picture of my son was amazing (in my mind). I loved the way he looked so small in contrast to the large stony out croppings around the Horseshoe Falls in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.

As much as I like this picture, It is hard to focus on Erik as he is headed down the path. To remedy that I cut him from the photo, mounted the cut out on a coordinating paper, tied a bit of twine around and placed him back where he belongs.

Next, because of the little boy/big world, growing into a man angle I decided to take I added a photo of my husband and son in the little cave along the path and typed my journaling on a piece of vellum. I liked the way the picture showed through the vellum.

There was an area on the page that needed to be filled, and I didn’t really know how to fill it. I decided to take advantage of the tree that was growing in the foreground. Using acrylic paints I extended it out of the photo on to my background. (I absolutely LOVE it!) For the title, I used my cricut to cut the words out of the trimmed part of my smaller picture. Before I took the paper out of the machine I replaced the blade with a black cricut marker and reset the machine to outline my letters.

Finally, for accents I used heavy cardstock that had been distressed, inked, stamped, sprayed and otherwise dealt with and tied them with more twine to repeat the twine on the picture and added a few metal findings to bring in a more masculine touch.

And after all was said and done this is my final page. I have to say this is one of my all time favorites! Give this technique a try with a photo of your own and I’m sure you will love your results as much as I love mine!

Happy Crafting!

~Nikki

This post can also be found on the Things Crafty blog, where I am a member of the design team.

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Another peak….

Wanting to get another little peak at something from the October Mystery Kit?  Lori has shown me what she created and let me tell you – IT IS AMAZING!

Because I have a very hard time NOT sharing such beautiful things here is a little peak at part of her creation using the contents of the Home and Garden Welcome October Mystery Kit.

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Visit Home and Garden Welcome to purchase your October Mystery Kit and all your other crafting supplies.  Create an amazing piece and maybe YOU could win!

Happy Crafting!

~Nikki

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Intrigued?

Have you been looking at the Home and Garden Welcome Mystery Kits and just not sure if it is for you?  Well, let’s see what Jenny at Craft Test Dummies has to say about the September Mystery Kit.

Here is her creation using the contents of the September Mystery Kit:

Look how versatile the Mystery Kits are.  You have this French Country Flair tissue box created by Jenny, and I created this floral shadowbox layout using the contents in the kit.

 

One of my most favorite things about art is the way we all look at a collection of supplies in such a different way.  I hope you all enjoy this glimpse at what just a few people have made with the September Mystery Kit.  It is not too late to purchase your September Kit, but if you are looking for a chance to WIN visit Home and Garden Welcome and purchase the October Kit today!

Happy Crafting!

~Nikki

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A puzzling adventure

Cleaning out my basement I found a bag of old puzzle pieces left from my days as a Brownie’s leader.  I looked, and looked but I could not really find a great example of art that I wanted to use.

Photograph by Horia Varlan

There are a lot of examples of using puzzle pieces in jewelry, larger puzzle pieces as a canvas for individual canvases and so on but nothing that really ‘seemed to fit’.  (Get it?  A little puzzle joke for you all)

As a result I began to experiment in my art journal.  I started with a blank page and applied a coat of gesso.  Once that was dry I built up my background using acrylic paints.  I only used 4 colors (crimson, titanium white, cerulean blue and yellow ocher) and mixed/blended and played with the colors until I had a background that I was happy with.

Next I put together a small set of puzzle pieces and laid a few spares and painted them with gesso.  Once the gesso was dry I used a solvent ink to stamp some images on the background and used a whitewash to tone the bright black down a little.  Next I drew in black marker a picture on the large group of connected pieces, and a similar yet different picture on one of the other pieces.  I painted the image I drew on the two puzzle pieces using the colors I already had on my pallet, but I added hooker’s green to the mix for the flower stem.  On the spare piece I painted the image in a similar manner, but also in a way that it just wasn’t the same.  Finally I broke a few pieces form the large block of connected pieces and distressed them and painted a completely different design on the last piece I had set out.

Finally I added doodling and accents on my background, used a black marker to write my sentiment in my journal and applied my puzzle pieces.  This is just a first run of this technique, I already have ideas churning in my mind just waiting to get out.

Now that you have a little inspiration it is time to get some supplies!  Visit Home and Garden Welcome to pick up the art and craft supplies needed to complete your own puzzling project!

Happy Crafting!

~Nikki

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Inspiration a little early

For those of you familiar with the Mystery Kit Contest, you are aware that I’ve made a rule that you won’t know what is in the kit until the month ends.  Well, rules are made to be broken!  I’m not going to tell you what is included in the September Mystery Kit, but I will show you what I created!  You still have time to order the kit and create your very own art work and enter the contest for your chance to win.

As a wonderful sneak peak at the September Mystery Kit and an example of something that could be created with this kit.

After creating this beautiful piece I still have TONS of supplies left over!  Purchase your September kit now for your chance to create something wonderful.

Happy Crafting

~Nikki

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