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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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Thanks,
Michelle

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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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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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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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Faux Brick Texture

Have you seen all the faux brick in the mixed media art projects and wondered just how that was done?  Well, it is quite simple, and I will show you how you can create a brick wall on any art or craft surface in just an evening.

To begin you need to gather your supplies.  You will need a surface to create your texture (I am using a page in my art journal).  You will also need some molding paste.  I am in love with the Golden Light Molding Paste.  It is super easy to work with, is flexible when dry and will absorb water colors when dry allowing you to blend your colors when painting your surface.
You will also need a pallet knife or other utensil for spreading your paste and creating a semi-smooth surface and either a sharpened pencil, stylus or other tool to carve ‘mortar’ lines in between your bricks.

The molding paste has the texture of a medium bodied frosting.  Spread a layer of paste over your surface where you’d like the brick texture.  A layer of about 1/8″ is perfect.  I feathered the edges of the paste so it would almost fade into the page. Once you have your paste spread across the surface you can begin to tool the surface.

Using a pencil I carved horizontal lines in my molding paste about 3/8″ – 1/2″ apart.  How far apart your lines are all depends on the scale you want in your brick wall.  If you want it to look close have a larger distance between the lines, far away make your lines tighter.  Once you have your horizontal lines carved in begin to carve your vertical separations.  Your vertical lines should be about 2 times the distance as was between your horizontal lines.  All these lines/measurements boil down to one thing – carve a brick pattern into your paste.

When you are carving the paste you will need to keep something close by to collect the extra paste from your stylus (or pencil if you are fancy like me).  Make sure that you add your border lines even between the ‘bricks’ where your paste fades in to your background.

Set your project aside and allow the molding paste to dry completely.  This can be anywhere from 20 minutes to an hour or more depending on how thick your layer of molding paste was.  Once it is dry you can gently rub your hand across the surface to remove any extra globs of paste that may have been left by your carving.

Now comes the really fun part – coloring your wall!

It is up to you how you would like to add color to your faux brick wall.  You can use acrylic paints in reds/browns/greys and make a traditional red brick wall.  Here I used a dark grey to add the mortar in the bricks.

In the piece I made for this tutorial I went for a different look.  I wanted the look of an old whitewashed brick wall.  Using Glimmer Mist sprays in Nougat, Black Magic and Fern I sprayed my surface.  The molding paste is absorbent so the wet spray soaks into the surface of my ‘bricks’, and the colors blended beautifully without much manipulation. You can allow the spray to dry on its own, but I am impatient so I used my heat tool.

After my bricks were dry I needed to add some mortar between my joints.  I could have used a water brush while my glimmer mist was still wet and helped it go find all the nooks and crannies but I wanted a darker look. Using a water brush and an iridescent watercolor paint I painted the mortar joints between my bricks with a deep brown.  Because the molding paste is so absorbent the watercolor paint bleeds into the brick, automatically mixing with the paint that was applied earlier.

And here is the final product, along with some closer views.

Notice the different appearance you get between a colorwash on the molding paste and the acrylic paste.  The molding paste is so absorbent the water colors soak in and bleed quickly.  The acrylic paints don’t soak in as well, they sit more on the surface.  If you want to use products like Glimmer Mist or Perfect Pearls Sprays on the brick wall and DO NOT want the paint to soak in spread a thin layer of gesso, acrylic gel medium or acrylic paint over your molding paste and let it dry.

I hope you have enjoyed this tutorial and will try to create your own textured backgrounds.  If you do, please share them with us all at Home and Garden Welcome!

Happy Crafting!

~Nikki

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Rainy Day Inspiration

So, it was a rainy day in Northern Michigan and I was feeling like creating something.  I just didn’t know what.  After I got out some supplies and started thinking about things I’d like to have but don’t want to buy an idea came to me.  I have nowhere in our travel trailer to keep our coffees, teas and hot cocoa mix that is cute and easily accessible.  Cool! Now I know what I want to make, but what is it going to look like?  Reaching for what sparks imagination like nothing else (the bottle of wine in the pantry) I spied this and knew what I’d make.

No, I am not going to make a loaf of bread.  I am going to make a decorative box along the lines of a bread box to match the interior of our trailer.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Istarted with chipboard.  I knew this was going to have to be pretty sturdy so I planned on doubling up the chipboard for the sides and the top.  I rough sketched an arc on one sheet of chip board and cut it out with a craft knife.  Using the first side piece as a pattern I cut out the second side.  Next I cut  a strip about 1/8″-1/4″ out to create the base of the groove the lid will move in. Then I glued the pieces I cut out onto another sheet of chipboard.  I cut 1/8″ off the  back and bottom of my side pieces so they would fit together better later in the process. Finally I cut a flat edge off the top of each arc so the top to my box would fit nicely.  The last image is not correctly oriented – it shows the top of one side and the bottom of the other.  Make sure when you are gluing your pieces together you have 2 mirror images, NOT exact copies!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I set the sides aside (see what I did there?  Pretty funny, eh?) to dry and began working on the door of my box.

 

 

 

 

 

 

I began with 2 sheets of chipboard, cutting them into 1/2″ strips.  Once the strips were cut I aligned them as perfectly as possible and glued a piece of flexible fabric to the back side.  This held the strips together as I was working on the front of my box.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As this sheet is drying I began to work on the front of my box.  I wanted a toile-ish look to the front of my box but did not have any paper that had what I was looking for so I decided to make it myself.  Starting with a sheet of white cardstock I stamped images on the paper in red and brown ink and embossed them using different shades of red embossing powder.  Next I used an inkssentials blending tool to add Tim Holtz distress inks in scattered straw and brushed corduroy to the background.  I was very pleased with the result.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

After my paper was finished I glued it to the cover of my breadbox (opposite of the side my fabric was glued on) and added stitching detail with dark brown memory floss.  I was very happy with the way things were coming together at this point in time. I had a glass cabinet pull just waiting to be used in a project like this.  I punched a hole in one of the slats and used a small bolt to tighten the cabinet pull in place. (It doesn’t show up in these pictures, look for it later.  It is PRETTY, I promise!)

 

Once my sides and covers were dry I began fitting the pieces together trying to see how the box was going to work.  Noticing that I needed a deeper groove for my door to fit in I cut 1/8″ strips of chipboard from my scraps and glued them along the inside and outside edge of the track I had created earlier.  Then I glued one side of my box to the base and the back.  Once the glue dried I painted the inside of the box with Tim Holtz Distress Crackle paint in Brushed Corduroy.  After all, the inside of the box has to be as pretty as the outside!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The next part was a test in patience.  Aligning the cover in one groove and setting it in the opposite groove while keeping everything square and straight.  I’d advise buying any children in the vicinity some ear plugs so they are not exposed to the outbursts that may occur during this step.

Now that the back and sides are glued securely and the front is nicely seated in its track I made a small shelf/top to add some strength to the box and a little extra storage area.  It also hides the ‘rolling’ features of the door.  I did this by doubling up a few pieces of chipboard and wrapping the shelf in a coordinating paper.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Finally I added some paper to the outside of my box to finish it off.  I also added a leather strap along the middle of the arc.  I did this for a few reasons.  First off, it gave me a place to hang things like coffee scoops or tea balls inside the box.  It also added some strength to the sides of the box, the movement of the lid wanted to push the sides out allowing the lid to pop off its track.

 

 

 

After a few coats of a sealant here is the final project in place.  Perfect, don’t you think!

 

 

 

 

 

All the materials I used in this project, or at least very similar materials, are available from Home and Garden Welcome.  Stop by and find what inspires you. I’d LOVE to see what you can create!

Happy Crafting,

~Nikki

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