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Introducing Holiday Sale!

Hi fellow crafters!  I would love to introduce you all to the Home and Garden Welcome Holiday Sale!  Finish your shopping without emptying your wallet!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

10% off any order up to $100

25% off any order up to $250

35% off any order over $250

AND….if your order is over $150 before tax and shipping you will get a FREE December Mystery Kit!

Sale starts Monday November 26th and continues until Tuesday December 18th.

Have fun shopping, and Happy Holidays!

~Nikki

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Oh No, I’m late….

So sorry my faithful followers, I am late with the November Mystery Kit.  Something has happened in the last few weeks and we have been running six ways to sundown.  It’s nice to have lots to stay busy with, but come on.  Why does it all happen at once?
Anyway, I’d like to introduce (a little late) the November Mystery Kit.

As we enter the holiday season we are reminded to be thankful of the times we have with our family and friends, the blessings we’ve been given and are encouraged to seek joy in every part of our lives. Use the contents of the November Mystery Kit from Home and Garden Welcome to create a beautiful piece reflecting the warmth and love represented by this season of giving.

 

I’d also like to show you an amazing creation created by Lori.  I am so impressed with the creativity in the world today.  As I put this kit together I never imagined the colors and accents coming together like this.  Amazing!

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To see all the detailed images and the process behind this canvas visit Lori’s blog.

What will you create?  Order your November Kit today and maybe you could win!

~Happy Crafting!

Nikki

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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.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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