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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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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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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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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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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

~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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Welcome to the Team

I am excited to welcome some new artist to the Home and Garden Welcome team.  After some very difficult sorting, resorting and deliberating between my husband, my kiddos and I we have selected the artists who will be guest designers for Home and Garden Welcome.

Each member will be creating a unique project using the contents of the corresponding month’s Mystery Kit.  They have to follow all the same rules as everyone else.  Their creativity and skills are sure to inspire you to create something amazing as well.  Enter the mystery kit contest and you could even win!  How could you go wrong there?

In October we will have the pleasure of welcoming Lori Batronis from Illinois to the contest.  Lori art can be seen on her blog Lori’s Happy Place.  She has worked as an instructor as well as an in-house designer for The Scrapbooking Studio in Bloomington, Il.  Lori brings a unique, mixed media approach to her crafting.

Look for Lori’s creation using the October Mystery Kit in early November.  Until then, here is a sample of her work.

In November we will welcome Donna Coughlin, a crafter from Pennsylvania will share her creation with us.  Donna has three different blogs she maintains, each highlights its own scrapbooking niche.  You can see her work on her Hawthorne Hills blog.  For inspiration from sketches visit her For the Love of Sketches blog, and for all things Disney check out her Disney 2009 scrapbook layouts blog.
Here is a sneak peak at one of her projects.  Look for her November Mystery Kit creation in early December.

Last but not least, December brings us Michelle Wofford.  Michelle comes to us from Oregon.  She is a guest designer with The Craft Warehouse, and enjoys the challenge a mystery presents.  You can see her creations on her blog Memory Garden Designs.

Look for her creation using the December Mystery Craft Kit in early January.  Here is one of her creations, I can’t wait to see what she comes up with in December.

A hearty welcome goes out to these creative, crafty ladies and a HUGE thank you to all who applied as a guest designer.

In the meantime, enter the September Mystery Craft Contest by purchasing your kit from Home and Garden Welcome and maybe YOU could be the winner of FREE CRAFT SUPPLIES!!

Happy Crafting!

~Nikki

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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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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

~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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