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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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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


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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!


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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!



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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,


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Introducing the August Mystery Kit

It’s the dog days of summer. The sun is shining, the mercury is rising and small town celebrations are happening all over. Create something with this August Mystery Kit and enter it to win! Visit the Mystery Kit Contest page for full contest details. Happy Crafting!

Recommended tools:
Stamp sets and inks
Heat tool

There is still time to enter the July Mystery craft contest, and get a start on your August project, too!  Save on shipping if you order both kits together.

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Are you overwhelmed with ink choices?

Are you overwhelmed at the different assortment of inks available from HomeandGardenWelcome.com? Why would you use alcohol ink over pigment ink? Chalk ink over dye ink? Included is a brief description of the different inks on the market, and where you can use them.

Alcohol Inks- Alcohol inks are relatively new to the market, but they are so much fun to play with! They are only effective on non absorbent surfaces. Things like glass slides, acrylic chips, metallic accents, vellum and glossy paper. Just a note on the paper – photo paper will NOT work well. The film is designed to absorb the inks so you will not be able to manipulate the alcohol ink on the surface of the paper. To use glossy paper you must make sure it has a clay based glossy surface (most your glossy scrapbook papers will) so you get the results you desire.

Watch Tim Holtz demo how to create great backgrounds and new techniques.  Once you are comfortable use them on picture frames, candles, key rings, or anything else that catches your eye!

Dye Inks- Dye inks are available both in traditional stamp pads and liquid reinkers.  They are quick drying vibrant colors most often used for traditional rubber stamping artwork.  Dye inks are water soluble.  This feature can be used to produce great techniques, or could result in utter disappointment if you are unprepared for the running that can occur.  Dye inks can be used as a substitute for watercolor paints when adding detail to an image, either load the brush right from the corner of the ink pad or press the lid into the pad and pick up a little ink from the lid.  Thin with water and paint away!

Chalk Inks – Chalk inks are the drier sibling of dye inks.  They can be little more vibrant and less likely to run or smear as dye inks can.  They don’t work as well as dye inks for watercoloring your stamped images or backgrounds, but they are wonderful tools for distressing your photos or papers.  The pigments in the chalk inks are saturated enough that they will show nicely, even on the mid-tone papers.  They also dry quickly so you don’t have to worry about smudging or having your art work run if you are going to use a water based technique later in your project.

Pigment and Watermark Inks – Pigment and watermark inks are the heavy-lifters of the ink world.  They are heavier bodied inks that show up even on the darkest cardstock and stay wet for a long time making them the perfect medium for embossing, flocking or applying some of the glitter/floral/shimmer products on the market.  Pigment inks can be a little tricky at first.  Because the ink is heavier and it does stay wet for so long you must be very careful not to smear the ink.  When you are stamping your image make sure you have a nice amount of padding (either on the stamp block or under your work surface) and use gentle even pressure so you don’t shift your stamp while making the image.  Additionally – be patient!  These inks take a long time to dry so if you close your card, or stack your pages together before the ink is completely dry you are asking for smudges.  Even with the difficulties inherent to pigment inks they are a definite must for anyone who likes the look of embossed images, resist techniques or wants light colored images on dark card stock.

Hopefully this bit of information is helpful when you are trying to select the perfect medium for your next project.  Use the code 10ink  to get 10% off your next ink purchase at HomeandGardenWelcome.com.   Happy inking!

~  Nikki

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by | June 1, 2012 · 7:16 AM