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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.

dreams

Thanks,
Michelle

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Christmas for the Girls

This year I have decided to make as many of the Christmas presents as I can this year.   For some of the girls I have made these journals with a coordinating bracelet.

 

Is there a girl in your life who would love a pretty journal like one of these?  Instructions on how to make your own can be found in the Art Journal Tutorial.

Find the supplies you need to complete your own journal, and all your paper crafting projects at Home and Garden Welcome.

 

In the meantime, Happy Holidays and may you find plenty of moments to craft!

~Nikki

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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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It’s in the bag!

What do you think of when you walk through the scrapbook isles and see all those packs of heavy weight double sided papers?  When I found this paper pack from Graphic 45 I thought FASHION!

The antique houndstooth, botanical harlequin and antiqued look of the papers were perfect for my ‘pleather’ technique. So I set out with some of my favorite papers in the pack and got my pleather on!  Once all my pieces were dry I began some trial and error cutting and piecing and created this charming handbag.

This beautiful handbag fits nicely on your shoulder and would make a fantastic accessory to WOW your girlfriends on your next night out.  Surprisingly durable this bag will definitely carry all your evening necessities.  Roomy enough to hold a wallet, compact and your cell phone you will have everything you need right within reach.

Add the beautiful embellishments and you are sure to fall as deeply in love with this bag as I have.

Act now and this one of a kind piece of art can be seen on your shoulder next time you head out!

~Happy Crafting!

Nikki

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A ‘pleather’ you can love.

Pleather.  That cheap, plasticy leather look-alike that every child of the 80’s should remember.  Your dreams will always be haunted by images like these:


Not to fear.  I will replace these haunting images in your dreams with an entirely different pleather, one you will love to make and love even more to use!

The ‘p’ part of my pleather comes not from plastic but instead from paper!  Yes, you can create a leather-like material with items you probably have already in your craftroom.  If not, what you need to gather is a bit of cardstock (plain or printed work well), some acrylic medium, a brush, an old credit card and/or  brayer and a non-stick work surface.  I use Liquitex, you could use Golden gel medium, or any other artist quality acrylic medium.  The key features to look for in your medium is a semi-self leveling fluid that dries clear and flexible.  I don’t care for Mod Podge for this technique but if you love it, use it.
Begin by selecting your papers.  I have done this with cardstock, mid-weight patterned scrapbooking paper, even book pages!  If you are going to use lighter weight paper you will want to glue together several pieces of paper to get the strength you want.

Lay your paper on your non-stick work surface and apply a generous coat of your medium spreading evenly with your brush.  If you are using light weight papers once you spread the acrylic gel you should lay another sheet of paper in the medium.  Repeat this process for 3-4 layers of paper.  Finish off with another coat of the gel.  At this time you can experiment with different surface finishes.  I found spreading the gel with an old credit card creates a very smooth finish, while using a brayer gives more of a ‘distressed leather’ look.  You could even experiment with other surface techniques to find your favorite.  Let the medium dry completely. (For this project I wanted a little added strength to the ‘wrong side’ of my cardstock so I layered a rice paper sheet on the back of the page, then finished the front of my paper.)

Once your acrylic medium is fully dry turn the paper over and repeat the surface finish on the back side of the page.  Even if you are not using a paper with a pattern on the back coating both the front and the back will add the extra body you need to create the leather feel.

Once your paper is completely dry carefully peel it off your non-stick surface and start creating! This technique is great for adding accents to a masculine scrapbook layout or for your decor and art journal techniques. If you try share some of your creations here with me!

This is a braided ‘pleather’ piece that I will share with you all soon!
Happy Crafting,

~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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