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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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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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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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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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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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New Downloadable Art Class

Looking to learn some new techniques using your art supplies?  This downloadable class will teach you how to create a beautiful handmade book with stitched binding and a custom made cloth cover. Learn new techniques using acrylic molding pastes and gels and your collection of crafting templates, and learn to make beautiful embellishments to accent all your art projects.  The techniques you learn in this class can be easily transferred to other crafting projects and make a great starting point for your own exploration of the products and techniques used in this class.

Available for immediate download on Home and Garden Welcome under Handmade Cloth Bound Art Journal Class work at your own pace to create beautiful custom art journals, diaries and scrapbooks for yourself or as thoughtful gifts.

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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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