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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’.

KrisMakes.com

OnlineOrganizing.com

CraftCritique.com

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

MyCraftChannel.com

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!

~Nikki

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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.

frame2

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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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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Introducing the October Mystery Kit

It is that time again, time to introduce a new October Mystery Craft Kit!  This month I am going to try something a little different.  In addition to giving you the description of the kit’s theme I will also show one of the items that will be included in the kit.  All the rules are still in place, and the chance to WIN is still there.  The clue for October is:

Whether October calls to mind ghouls or gourds, frightful sites or frosty mornings, jack-o-lanterns or juicy apples

this kit will help you create the perfect piece of artwork for these cool fall days.

Included in this kit is a package of Ranger Shrink Plastic to help you create your fall masterpiece.

Of course, there is still time to purchase the September Mystery Kit and create an entry for your chance to WIN! Why not purchase both the September and October kits and get FREE SHIPPING on your order?

And for a special treat, keep an eye out on the Craft Test Dummies site for Jenny’s creation using the September Mystery Kit! Watch next Friday for her post, see what kind of amazing she creates using this kit.

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Busy, busy, busy

Well, it is fact that I have been running like a chicken with his head cut off (and believe me, it really does happen if you have never seen it happen before!).  I have had little time to do any crafting, and even less time for my garden.  Especially since I’ve discovered that deer saliva judiciously applied to your vegetable plants is NOT a fool proof way to increase your harvest.  It does, however, increase the yield of deer excrement that can be found amongst your few remaining leaflets.

While I have been thinly spreading my time between substituting in a kindergarten classroom (much like attempting to herd cats), commitments regarding the school board, catechism class for the kids and soccer practice and games the other design team members have been busily planning a HUGE LAUNCH PARTY over at Things Crafty.

Look for new TV episodes, tutorials, great giveaways, and lots of inspiration and more!

Mark you calendars for this Tuesday’s huge lineup of Tuesday Schmoozeday broadcasts leading up to the launch party scheduled for Friday Sept 21st!  Look for Link Up parties, Mixed Media tutorials, weekly giveaways and more as you find inspiration and support from such an amazing crafting community.

In the meantime, visit my other blog My Creative Chaotic Life to see the progression of my year long art journey.

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Introducing the September Mystery Kit

It is that time once again, time to introduce the Mystery Kit for next month! Visit Home and Garden Welcome to purchase your September craft kit and maybe you could win!

As the calendar changes from August to September the temperatures begin to cool and the trees begin to change. We transition from the hot days of summer to the cooler autumn. Bring together your friends and family and celebrate the comforts of home and the joy of a rustic life.
And there is still time to get your August Mystery Kit and create something wonderful! Visit Home and Garden Welcome to purchase your Mystery Craft Kit for your chance to win!

Happy Crafting!

~Nikki

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Guest Design Team Call

Do you have a passion for creating?  Like to design unique projects that are unpredictable and amazing?  We are looking for three designers to create projects using our Mystery Craft Kit.

How does it work?

You will receive a box of goodies with a retail value up to $100 (if purchased by an actual contestant the cost of the kit is $50).  You must keep the contest of the kit confidential during the month you are the guest designer. You must use all the items in the kit in a prominent way in your final project. (If a pack of paper is included you do not have to use EVERY pattern in the pack.) Write a short tutorial on how you created the project and how you incorporated the items that came in your kit. Return the tutorial with high quality images to Home and Garden Welcome no later than the 15th of the month you are designing for, I am currently looking for designers for October, November and December 2012.

You must post your project on your blog with a link back to both http://www.homeandgardenwelcome.wordpress.com and http://www.homeandgardenwelcome.com.  Details and information for links will be included in information sent to the guest designer.

Who should apply?

I welcome entries for all crafting types, from card makers and scrapbookers to mixed media artists I encourage you to apply. You must have a blog you update regularly (at least 1 time weekly) and be willing to link both the Home and Garden Welcome blog and online store to your blog.

How do I apply?

First, check the Home and Garden Welcome Mystery Craft Contest page for information on the contest as available to paying participants (as a guest designer you are not eligible to participate in the contest).  You can get an idea of what may be in the kit as well as what others have created with the past kits.

After checking out the Mystery Craft Contest page send an email with the following information to ngillette@homeandgardenwelcome.com with  “design team call” as the subject line. Please include images of 3 projects you have completed in the past, trying to keep in mind the types of products you saw on the Mystery Craft Contest page and answer the following questions:

  1. Why do you want to be a guest designer for the Mystery Craft Contest from Home and Garden Welcome?
  2. What design teams do you currently participate in, or have participated in over the past 12 months? (Prior design team participation is NOT necessary for this call.)
  3. What is the address of your Blog?
  4. Please include your first and last name, e-mail address and mailing address and what month you would be most interested in designing. (October, November or December)

~All applications due no later than midnight EST Aug 31st, 2012~

How will the winning designers be notified?

The three people who are selected as guest designers will be notified by September 5th by email.  You will receive information at that time as to what month you will be designing for and when you can expect to receive the mystery kit.

Good Luck!  I am looking forward to seeing all of your fabulous creations!

~Nikki

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July Mystery Kit Creation

July is over, and I have a surprise for you!  I have decided to share MY creation with the July 2012 Mystery Craft Contest Kit.  I haven’t had many takers YET on the mystery kit and I understand.  It is hard to purchase something when you really have no idea what may be in the kit, or what you could create.  Well, now you get an idea of just what may be possible.  This is what came in my surprise box (okay, it wasn’t a surprise to me):

Included is a pack of 12×12 double-sided scrapbooking paper, a spool of blue jute and yellow memory floss, a package of Tim Holtz Fragments and a set of alcohol inks.  Now if you remember, the rules say I have to incorporate EVERY product in the kit into my final project.  I was able to use other supplies in my crafting stash, and that I did.

I have a great love for chipboard.  This easy to work heavy duty paper product makes a perfect base for all sorts of boxes and home decor projects.  If you haven’t yet, check out another of my chipboard creations here.
So I got to cutting, measuring and cutting (I have a hard time with the measure twice, cut once philosophy…), gluing, layering and cutting some more.  Then I punched a few holes, layered corkboard together with chipboard and something you may find unique – Barbecue Skewers!  Yes, I did raid my barbecue supplies for part of this project.  I used the alcohol inks on the acrylic fragments, added embellishments with the floss and jute, added a few more holes, layered a little more paper and finally got out my thread and needle to sew my colored fragments to the lid of my box.  After all was said and done I filled my new creation and sat back to enjoy my handiwork.

Can you tell what it is yet?

I made a charging station for all of my electronic devices.  (Okay, don’t tell my dad but I am not going to be keeping this-at least I don’t plant to now- it will be a Christmas gift for the gadget guru.)  It features a separate charging bay for a USB ‘a’ connector, a USB ‘b’ connector and a Mini USB connector. A compartment is hidden by a small cork board lid allowing you to attach notes, pictures, even inspiring quotes easily and in full sight.  The rim of the box is lined with the yellow memory floss knotted in the corners adding interest and strength to the box.  The front of the box features a cute plaque set off with a frame made from the blue jute. I used the jute to stitch the little fragment labels to the box, allowing quick recognition of just what type of connector you are reaching for.

After completing the project I still have PLENTY of supplies left for an identical charging station, or an entirely different project. In addition to the contents of the mystery kit I used 8″x10″ chipboard sheets (I think 4 sheets?), part of a 12″x12″ cork board sheet, barbecue skewers, 4 diamond brads, rub-on accents and craft glue.

What could you create with this not-so Mystery Craft Kit?  Order the August Mystery Craft Kit from Home and Garden Welcome, create something amazing and maybe YOU could WIN the August contest!

Happy Crafting

~Nikki

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