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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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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.

tea

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.

frame

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.

frame2

For my final project I created a bound book that could be used a mini album or as a journal.

dream
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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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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Vintage look

>Hi everyone, I wanted to share with you a layout I made with the November Mystery Kit from Home and Garden Welcome. This kit has such a great vintage feel, but I also wanted to show you that even vintage photos you can use more of a modern look. By combining vintage with colors that are normally not associated with that kind of look, you can still can come up with something that you love! I just love this picture of an unknown relative of mine. Just a tip,  scan and use a copy of the picture, the original I kept because I was afraid the distressing folder would ruin the photo because it was fragile. Todays photo processing is perfect to distress with embossing folders.

For my photo I used the Tim Holtz embossing folder included in the kit, after I embossed it I took some Stayonz black ink and distressed the edges. One thing about distressing is you can never mess up! I also used the other folder to accent the picture which I after embossing I inked that.

I took one of the gears from the kit and in the center I put a piece of leftover paper and filled it in with the Glossy Accents Crackle.

Please visit my blog for more scrapbook fun!
ScrappyDo Blog
Thanks
Donna

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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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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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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.

https://mail-attachment.googleusercontent.com/attachment/u/0/?ui=2&ik=846e1df8c5&view=att&th=13a47022f27249a3&attid=0.4&disp=inline&safe=1&zw&saduie=AG9B_P-vfhxLHG4hNSakyNLT4z6m&sadet=1349964760492&sads=SEbJ_o8T4RRyM7KXE82a1PZxjHA  Absolutely BEAUTIFUL arrangement!  And just think – it is just PART of the finished art piece.

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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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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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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