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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 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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August Mystery Kit Creation

It is that time again, time to reveal what came in the August Mystery kit.  Remember the clue?

“It’s the dog days of summer. The sun is shining, the mercury is rising                                                                                                                           and small town celebrations are happening all over.”

Well here is what would have surprised you when you opened your package.

This month I had the pleasure of inviting Tiare “ClassyGirl” Smith from iClassygirl.com to play along.  I am thrilled to introduce such an amazing lady to all my friends.  This is her creation using the contents of the August Mystery Kit.

“Freedom” by Tiare Smith

Such an inspiring creation, and she certainly captured the ‘free’ feeling of those lazy late summer days.

Visit her blog and check out the September give-away!  Play along with us all by purchasing the September Mystery Kit from Home and Garden Welcome and you could win a $50 gift certificate from Tiare, enter your creation to the Home and Garden Contest and you will be in the running to win a $50 gift certificate from Home and Garden Welcome!!!  Win both and you could find yourself with $100 of crafting supplies to spark your creativity.

Come along and play with us this month!

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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Latest Project

A while ago a good friend of mine gave me some little metal lunch boxes that I had no idea whatI was going to do with them.  Well, mid-August in Michigan can mean that weather patterns change and we have a few days that get a fall-like feel.  That got me thinking about the next big holiday coming up (one that we really celebrate, that is).  Not Labor Day but Halloween!  Thank you Craft Wars for giving me the inspiration.  Looking at one of the little lunch box and the paints I had out on my desk I decided to make an altered album from the lunch box.

Here is the box before:

And here it is after I got to work on it.  I am not sure as of yet if this will be an art class or not.  Let me know if you would like to have step-by-step lessons on how to create your own.







Tucked inside is a mini album ready to add pictures.


The pages area all made from my perennial favorite – chipboard layered and folded together then decorated with scrapbooking paper and paint.  The cover of the album is a spooky headstone that holds a tag hidden in the back.  The final ‘page’ of the album holds a little surprise for those brave enough to reach the deepest part of your album.  It is an adorable pop-up bat silhouetted against a harvest moon.

I hope this inspires you to create something fun. Shop for all your crafting supplies at Home and Garden Welcome.

Happy Crafting


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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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Wedding Card Box for Mr. & Mrs. Gingles

My cousin’s new wife asked me to make a card box for their wedding and I (reluctantly although don’t tell her!  lol) said I would.  And then she told me the colors……Royal Blue and Shiny Red.  Yep, had to make those work together somehow but not sure what I’d do so I started collecting supplies.

Some of the supplies used to create the card box.

All the supplies used to create this card box and more are available at Home and Garden Welcome.com.  I used the DCWV Latte Paper Stack, Cooredinations black magic cardstock, glimmer mist spray, distress inks, glitter embossing power and many other products I found in my craft kit.

Once I collected the supplies I was going to use I started to fold, glue, decorate and otherwise manipulate the papers.  After some time playing this is what I came up with.

Work in progress

I had the royal blue part but I was thrown adding ‘shiny red’ to the card box.  For starters I added some red ribbon along the edge of the the box lid.  Then I began searching for other ways to incorporate red.  I found a stamp set that had a key and decided to add a stylized key plate to the box.  I used a piece of black cooredinations paper with a red core and stamped an image on the back.  I then embossed the area I stamped on the back.  Once the embossing was done I was left with an image on the front of the paper that had the negative areas of the stamp in relief.  I trimmed the piece out, sanded it to reveal the red core then added a liberal coat of Inkssentials Glossy Accents to add shine.  While drying I embeded a black ‘keyhole’ into my key plate then used brads to attach it at the corners as though they were screws.

The key tag and the key plate

Part of the tassel that acted as a handle to open the box.

Now, what good is a key plate without a key?  I used shrink plastic to stamp a key image and a saying in black staz-on ink.  I then stamped a pattern on the back of the shrink plastic to add a little depth.  After shrinking using my heat gun I added glitter embossing powder to the back to add a subtle shimmer.  Once cooled I used red floss to make a tassel the key was connected to that acted as the handle to open the card box.

Finally I added a monogram accent to the front of the box with the date of their wedding and their initials.  When all was said and done this is what the finished project looked like.  I was happy with the results, and the bride and groom were thrilled as well.

The completed card box.

I hope this project inspires you to try an ‘out of the box’ project next time you feel the urge to create.

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by | June 23, 2012 · 12:15 PM

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