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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The Right-Brain Business Plan

I have had the (mis?)fortunate opportunity to write a few business plans over the course of the years, some have been praised greatly by people in the business world. When I was asked to review Jennifer Lee’s book “The Right-Brain Business Plan” for the Things Crafty Design Team I was a little skeptical. My previous experience with writing business plans has been far from enjoyable. I was pleasantly surprised by the process created in Jennifer’s book and decided to work through a business plan with the help of the tools provided in “The Right Brain Business Plan” as well as the support provided on the internet.

This book is a fabulous tool for those who are wondering if they should start a business centering on their craft.  It makes you think about who you are, what you want out of starting your own business, identifying your market and all of those other intangible aspects most creative people don’t want to really consider.  And it does so in a way that is fun and engaging.

Visit Home and Garden Welcome today to get your copy of The Right-Brained Business Plan.

Happy Reading!

~Nikki

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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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What would you be most interested in seeing?

Hey everyone, I am just checking out what you would most like to see sold from Home and Garden Welcome.  Below are some examples of the types of products I am considering.  Please choose as many as you would like to see.

Pre-designed page kits or Pre-assembeled page kits

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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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Issuing a Challenge

Issuing a Challenge.  Don’t be left out!!!

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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.

https://mail-attachment.googleusercontent.com/attachment/u/0/?ui=2&ik=846e1df8c5&view=att&th=13a47022f27249a3&attid=0.4&disp=inline&safe=1&zw&saduie=AG9B_P-vfhxLHG4hNSakyNLT4z6m&sadet=1349964760492&sads=SEbJ_o8T4RRyM7KXE82a1PZxjHA  Absolutely BEAUTIFUL arrangement!  And just think – it is just PART of the finished art piece.

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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Issuing a Challenge

It is bound to happen to the best of us.  I’ve hit a creative wall so I need help from all my friends and followers.  And in exchange for your help I have a special gift for a special person.

Who is that special person?  I guess we will just have to play along to find out!  So how do you play?  You ask….Here is how.

Visit Home and Garden Welcome and pick out 3 items from all the amazing crafting and gardening supplies.  Return here and post a comment listing your items and why you choose them.  Once we have 20 people who have commented I will choose one and create something from the items listed in your comment.  Once this item is created the SPECIAL PERSON who gave me the idea will WIN that handmade art piece in addition to a $25 gift certificate to purchase supplies to create your own masterpiece.

Amazing!  Free art and free money!  Invite your friends and family, browse all the wonderful garden, scrapbook and craft supplies available from Home and Garden Welcome and give me some ideas to break through my creative wall.

~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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