The Perfect Gift: $10 off Gift Subscriptions!

December 18th, 2014

As artists, writers, and photographers, we know how important it is to nourish our creativity. Now that Christmas and the New Year’s are just around the corner, consider giving your friends, family, and even yourself the gift of inspiration with a subscription to a creative Stampington Publication.

Best of all, we’ve sweetened the deal when it comes to buying the perfect present! We’re offering a very special $10 discount, making this a thoughtful and affordable gift for you and yours.

Use coupon code: RSVPGIFT14, when prompted at checkout to save $10 on select RSVP Packages.

All of our gift subscriptions come with a beautifully designed gift announcement card that’s packaged in a hand-stitched mesh bag, so each recipient will have something special to open before the first issue arrives. If you’re running short on time, we also offer beautifully designed printable gift announcement cards, so that all your friends and family have a lovely gift under the Christmas tree.

 

*Discount offer does not apply to Somerset Studio, Art Doll Quarterly, The Stampers’ Sampler, or any other Subscription Package that is already offered at a discounted price. Coupon expires 12/31/2014.

 

Gift Subscriptions that Offer a Creative Outlet for Everyone

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For those who believe in magic in the ordinary…
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Belle Armoire Jewelry Gift Subscription

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Prims Gift Subscription

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Take Ten Gift Subscription

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Where Women Create Gift Subscription

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Where Women Cook Gift Subscription

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Happy holidays, to you and yours!

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 Coming Soon: Guest Artist Post by Vanessa Spencer

photo 2Make sure you stop by Somerset Place this Saturday, December 20th, for a very special post by guest artist Vanessa Spencer.


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As artists, writers, and photographers, we know how important it is to nourish our creativity. Now that Christmas and the New Year’s are just around the corner, consider giving your friends, family, and even yourself the gift of inspiration with a subscription to a creative Stampington Publication. Best of all, we’ve sweetened the deal when […]

Stamped and Stuffed Snowman Ornament by Guest Artist Melony Miller Bradley

December 16th, 2014

Snowman Ornament by Melony Miller Bradley



Nothing says Christmas like a cheerful snowman, and what better way to add a festive touch to your home than by bringing these sweet, little guys in from the cold and right onto your Christmas tree! Today we’re joined by guest artist Melony Miller Bradley, who is going to show us how to make this darling ornament. Melony is a regular contributor to Stampington, and has been featured in Sew Somerset, Altered Couture, and Somerset Life — just to name a few! This talented, mixed-media artist incorporates sewing, stamping, and many other creative techniques into her work, which makes her style unique and easy to admire.

We hope you enjoy this project and that you create many of your own snowmen ornaments.

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I love sewing with text and script fabrics. I have created many projects using fabrics that feature words, both printed and in script. I actually had a lot of trouble locating some plain, white fabric with printed black text in Times New Roman font. So I decided it would be easy to make some digitally. I used the fabric I created to make this stuffed and stamped snowman ornament.

Stamped and Stuffed Snowman Ornament Materials

-Book Pages with Desired Font
-Inkjet Cotton Sheets
-Polyfill Fiber
-Scraps of muslin
-Orange wool felt
-Fusible Webbing
-Tiny Alphabet Stamps
-Black Ink
-Ribbons
-Embellishments
-Black Pebble Beads
-Sewing Machine and Thread
-Needle and Thread
-Fabric Marker
-Scissors
-Fabric glue
-Computer, Scanner, and Printed

 

Stamped and Stuffed Snowman Ornament by Melony Miller Bradley

Step 1 - Select the book pages that you want to use and then scan them onto a computer using a scanner. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions. Once you’re done, print the pages onto inkjet fabric sheet.

Snowman Ornament by Melony Miller Bradley Step 2

Step 2 - Set your fabric sheets down and trace two sets of circles, a small one and a bigger one, and then cut them out.

Step 3 - Next, fuse your webbing to muslin and the orange wool felt. Cut out a small carrot-shaped nose and use a little more webbing to fuse it to the center of one of the smaller circle.

Snowman Ornament by Melony Miller Bradley Step 4

Step 4 - Cut out a 1-1/2 inch square from the muslin and stamp a holiday sentiment onto it using your small alphabet stamps. Glue the square onto the larger circle and use a sewing machine to add some stitching around the edges. You can do the same for the carrot-shaped nose.

Step 5 - To create the eyes, use a needle and thread to sew the black pebble beads onto the snowman’s face.

Snowman Ornament by Melony Miller Bradley Step 6

Step 6 - Sew the circles of the same size together leaving a one inch opening for stuffing. If you want to hang your snowman, sew a folded piece of ribbon at the top of your snowman’s head when you’re stitching the circles together. This will help you hang your ornament onto your Christmas tree.

Snowman Ornament by Melony Miller Bradley Step 7

Step - Stuff circles with polyfill and sew the opening closed.

Step – 8 To create the snowman’s scarf, double about nine inches of ribbon and adhere it onto the stuffed head with a little fabric glue.

Snowman Ornament by Melony Miller Bradley Step 9

Step – 9 Adhere the two stuffed circles together with fabric glue to assemble the snowman ornament.

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Please join me in giving Melony Miller Bradley a heartfelt thanks for providing us with such a unique and fun project. This little guy is the perfect last-minute addition to your holiday décor and a great way to spruce up your Christmas tree. Make one to represent each member of your family, and give them a little extra flair with special embellishments. There’s lots of creative potential with this project! Let us know how you plan to use them in the comments below.

To see more of Melony Miller Bradley work please visit her blog: Mel Designs

 

See More of Melony Miller Bradley’s work in Sew Somerset

1SOM-SEW1501-Sew-Somerset-Winter-2015-300x300Sew Somerset seeks to inspire you this winter with sewn art made from the heart. Featured in this issue are Melony Miller Bradley’s festive holiday pillows, plus other creative projects from well known artists like Caterina Giglio, Donna Dowd, and many others.

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Nothing says Christmas like a cheerful snowman, and what better way to add a festive touch to your home than by bringing these sweet, little guys in from the cold and right onto your Christmas tree! Today we’re joined by guest artist Melony Miller Bradley, who is going to show us how to make this […]

Mini Christmas Tree Place Cards and Ornaments

December 11th, 2014

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If you’re looking for that perfect last-minute touch for your holiday décor and crafting projects, then you’re going to love Melissa Frances Mini Christmas Trees. These charming little trees are ready to go right out of the box, and can easily be used as gift toppers to make your presents extra special. You can also alter them with glitter, mica flakes, and paint, and whatever else you can think of. It won’t be hard to add a touch of holiday magic to your crafts by simply including one of these trees, or better yet — using them as the centerpiece of your next project!
 

Melissa Frances Mini Christmas Trees Details:

- Package includes an assortment of six snow-covered bottle brush pine trees.
- Three of the trees measure 3/4 inches tall (one green, one pink, one white).
- Three of the trees measure 1-1/4 inches tall (one green, one pink, one white).

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What Does Our Resident Crafter Have to Say?

Vintage bottle brush trees are the one Christmas item that never seems to get old or go out of style. When I was approached to share my thoughts about this product I immediately had an idea for a project that I just had to share! I wanted to make something that was functional and decorative, but with a touch of holiday whimsy. I ended up creating these little place card holders for a holiday dinner and a few Christmas tree ornaments, but you could easily use them as party décor too. These darling trees lend themselves to many different types of projects — they’re perfect for Christmas-time crafting.
 

Mini Christmas Tree Card Holders and Ornaments Materials:

- Melissa Frances Mini Christmas Trees

- Mini Wooden Spools

- Cotton Candy Baker’s Twine

- Mica Flakes

- Hat Pins

- Gel Medium

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Mini Christmas Tree Place Card Holders and Ornaments Tutorial:

Step 1 - Adhere vintage text to mini wooden spools with gel medium, and let dry.

Step 2 - Wrap spool with Cotton Candy Baker’s Twine, and tie in a bow or a knot.

Step 3 - Adhere bottle brush tree to wooden spool with gel medium, and let dry.

Step 4 - Computer-generate name tags,  and then print and cut out into a small banner. Wrap the banner around a hat pin and hold in place with glue or tape.

Step 5 - Embellish the base of the trees with mica flakes using gel medium.

Step 6 - Stick the hat pin into the tree for place cards, or attach Baker’s Twine to create an ornament.

 

Holiday Shipping Schedule:

collection_airmail-200x200We want to make sure you get all of your special gifts on time for the holidays. Due to the hustle and bustle of the seasonal rush, postal delays, and external elements outside of our control like poor weather conditions, please order as early as possible to allow extra time for delivery.

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Mixed-Media Holiday Cards by Guest Artist Lynne Moncrieff

December 8th, 2014

Lynne Moncrieff Christmas Cards



It’s beginning to feel a lot like Christmas, and I, for one, couldn’t be happier! I love this magical time of the year — I love the smells, the sights, and the sounds. But by far one of my favourite things about this holiday is all the beautiful and creative Christmas cards that I get. I collect these cards and proudly displayed on my Christmas tree every year. While there are only a few weeks left until Christmas, there is still plenty of times to create your own unique, mixed-media holiday cards for all your friends and family — especially when you have a fun tutorial by a gifted guest artist.

Today we have a special treat. We are very fortunate to be joined by the wonderful Lynne Moncrieff. This talented mixed-media artist has been featured in a number of our magazines including the spring and autumn issue of The Stampers’ Sampler. Please join me in welcoming Lynne to our little creative corner of the internet!

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Whether it be creating cards, tags, altered art, working with fabric, jewellery supplies, or mixed-media, stamping will always make an appearance in my artwork as it is my passion. One of the busiest times of the year for any stamper is the time leading up to these festive celebrations, when we are in the middle of creating cards, tags/gifts, and other goodies to mail to family and friends.

The labels “shabby chic” and “vintage” are commonly used in reference to my work and that’s alright with me, being that those styles are what I am naturally drawn to.  However, I believe every now and then we should step out of our comfort zones.  For me that has entailed playing with stamps I might normally have overlooked and also taking the bold step of working with colour.

When it comes to card making, especially for the holidays, I normally play it safe with my colour choices. But this year I am trying to be a wee bit bolder in my approach. So this project features holiday cards with a brighter colour palette, although — I did manage to sneak in a little bit of lace!

 

Mixed-Media Holiday Cards by Lynne Moncrieff Project Materials:

-Dina Wakley Scribbly Birds (bird)
-Handwritten Quotes (magic)
-Darkroom Door Reindeer (reindeer and stars)
-Stitched Christmas (Christmas and stitches)
-Dots Background Stamp
-Dots Texture Stamp
-Distress Paint: Black Soot, Broken China, Picket Fence, Fired Brick
-Martha Stewart Satin Acrylic Craft Paint: Sea Lavender
-Cosmic Shimmer Iridescent Watercolour Paint: Christmas Red
-Staz-on Jet Black
-Golden White Gesso
-Golden Soft Gel Matt Medium
-Tim Holtz Layering Stencil: Bubble
-Sakura Stardust Pen
-Sharpie Extra Fine Point Poster Paint Marker: White
-Watercolour Paper (Hot Press/Smooth)
-White cardstock/Pre-scored Card Bases
-Scraps of Lace, Muslin, and Fabric
-Washi Tape
-Lace Rose Trim
-Flat Back Pearl Stickers

Tools:

-Heat Gun
-Craft Knife
-Water Mister Bottle
-Acrylic Stamp Block
-Tim Holtz Non-Stick Micro Serrated Scissors 9.5”
-Artist’s Watercolour Brush
-Foam Tulip Craft Brush
-Old Gift/Credit Card
-Artist’s Plastic Palette Knife
-Baby Wipes

 

Mixed-Media Holiday Card Project by Lynne Moncrieff

I would like to share with you a step-by-step tutorial for the Christmas Magic card; then at the end of the tutorial, I will outline some brief instructions for the Reindeer and Christmas Trees cards.

Lynne Moncrieff Christmas Cards - Step 1

Step 1 - Adhere strips of fabric, muslin, lace and washi tape to watercolour paper panel with Gel Medium, and leaving to dry for a few moments.

Lynne Moncrieff Christmas Cards - Step 2

Step 2 - Apply paints with an old gift/credit card. Start with Distress Paint Broken China and Martha Stewart Sea Lavender, followed by Distress Paint Fired Brick.  Add a touch of white gesso if required.

*Remember not to obliterate the patterns of the fabric and washi tape.  If this happens simply wipe off excess paint with a baby wipe. 

Lynne Moncrieff Christmas Cards - Step 3

Step 3 - Highlight the areas of Fired Brick with Christmas Red Iridescent Watercolour. Allow your paint to fully dry before moving on to Step 4.

Lynne Moncrieff Christmas Cards - Step 4

Step 4 - Apply Distress Paint Picket Fence directly onto Dots Texture Stamp and stamp onto the red areas.  Re-apply paint to the stamp if required, and remember to immediately wash stamp thoroughly after stamping with paint.

Lynne Moncrieff Christmas Cards - Step 5

Continue stamping with Picket Fence by applying a light coverage to a section of the Dots Background stamp.  Stamp the top right corner of panel and again remember to immediately was stamp after use

Lynne Moncrieff Christmas Cards - Step 6

Highlight some of the smaller dots with white marker pen.

Lynne Moncrieff Christmas Cards - Step 7

Step 5 - Apply Broken China to watercolour paper and when it is dry stamp a Scribbly Bird with Staz-on.

Lynne Moncrieff Christmas Cards - Step 8

Step 6 - Transform the Scribbly Bird into a festive Red Robin by stencilling Bubbles with Fired Brick onto bird’s tummy. Highlight the tail, wing, and eye with the white marker pen before fussy cutting with detail scissors and craft knife.

Lynne Moncrieff Christmas Cards - Step 9

Step 7 - Create a festive sentiment by mix and matching stamps.  Stamp Christmas (Stitched Trees) then ink up Magic (Handwritten Quotes). Finish by stamping some stars.

Lynne Moncrieff Christmas Cards - Step 10

Adhere bird to panel then highlight bird and sentiment with Stardust pen. Now adhere the completed panel to pre-scored card base.

Lynne Moncrieff Christmas Cards - Step 11

Your card is now complete!

The other two cards I would like to share feature traditional holiday images with a reindeer and Christmas trees.

Lynne Moncrieff - Reindeer Card



Reindeer Card - Create a variation of the previous background.  Stamp Dots Background stamp with Picket Fence and again use paint to stamp the reindeer, Black Soot. Remember to immediately wash stamp after use with paint.

Lynne Moncrieff - Christmas Tree Card



Christmas Trees CardApply Broken China to white card stock before stamping trees. Apply Picket Fence to Dots Texture Stamp, stamping onto each of the trees.  On the two smaller trees highlight the dots with white marker pen. Stamp sentiment on the large tree. Create shimmer highlights on all three trees with Stardust pen

By utilising scraps of fabric and washi tape with a couple of background stamps and paint colours, you can see how easy it is to create these mixed-media backgrounds for any holiday card, and of course — even beyond the holidays!

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While we’re all running a little short on time to send out our Christmas cards, we can still create unique holiday greetings to give to our next door neighbours, or friends and family who live in the same town. What’s better than getting a Christmas card? Getting one hand-delivered by a special loved one.

Thank you so much Lynne for the creative tutorial! To learn more about Lynne Moncrieff and to see more of her beautiful work, please visit her blog: Adorn

 

Want to See More of Lynne Moncrieff’s Stunning Cards?

1SAM-1404-The-Stampers-Sampler-Autumn-2014-600x600The autumn issue of The Stampers’ Sampler offers the most variety and original stamping techniques yet to wrap up 2014. Our Tempting Template Angel Challenge results will be showcased — ranging from Art Deco-esque designs to celestial to contemporary and more! One of our most prolific artists, Lynne Moncrieff, adds a touch of rustic glamour with her Christmas cards and wall hangers, and Guest Artist Sandee Lindmeier takes the stamping art form to the next level with her intricately detailed, hand-painted cards and gift bags.

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Happy Holidays! Glimpse Inside December Issues + Win Your Favorite

December 5th, 2014

It’s the most wonderful time of the year, and we want to celebrate this joyful season with brand-new December publications.  Join us as we welcome back an old favorite, Artists’ Café — a magazine that’s filled with innovative paper crafting and mixed-media projects, and if you need ideas for festive dishes this holiday season, make sure you flip through the pages of Where Women Cook. Also, don’t forget to check out our second installment of Bella Grace, which offers heart-felt narratives, stunning photography, and thought-provoking interactive pages.

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We wish you and your families the very best this holiday season! And because we love our blog followers so much, we want to offer you an exclusive promotion. Use the coupon code BLOG1214 at checkout to get $5 off any of our new December issues.

 

 

 December Issue - Where Women Cook

A shared love of food — whether it’s cooking it, talking about it, or eating it — brings people together. In this enriching issue of Where Women Cook, discover fresh, local flavor from Beth Kirby of the cooking blog Local Milk and taste-test food stylist, chef, and columnist Yvette van Boven’s delicious recipes. If you’re craving something sweet, dive into the stunning and scrumptious creations of author Deb Perelman of Smitten Kitchen and Ileana Saldivia of the award-winning boutique bakery, Sugar Realm.

 

December Issues - Take Ten

Roll into 2015 with the latest issue of Take Ten! In this charming edition, you will find original ideas to replicate greeting cards and handmade gifts in 10 minutes or less. Features include results from our Tag and Design Challenges, and 40+ pages of general cards in every color of the rainbow. Discover inspired articles with unique cards including how to make French stationery, use an ink splattering technique, and find creative ways to use Dina Wakley’s “All The Gals” stamp set. You will also be able to learn how to use the same stamp or theme, and carry it through your greeting card collections flawlessly.

 

December Issue - Someset Studio Gallery

This issue of Somerset Studio Gallery features an array of eye-catching, mixed-media creations. Marlene Plasencia’s talent reaches new heights as she uses mechanical bits and bobs to give her canvas a three-dimensional look. A master of combining delicate embellishments with distressed wood, Amy Willcut shares her latest creation made of vintage ephemera, turquoise gemstones, and silver beads. Ella Wilson takes the Christmas spirit to heart and presents her one-of-a-kind advent calendar; individual vintage photographs mark each day of the countdown, making this calendar quite a nostalgic piece of art. Get ready to revel in many other handcrafted designs including colorful selections by Connie Fong, Katie LaClair, and Carmen Whitehead.

 

December Issues - Sew Somerset

Sew Somerset seeks to inspire you this winter with sewn art made from the heart. Melony Miller Bradley shows us how to embrace the spirit of the season with her festive holiday pillows. Explore the time-honored tradition of sending handwritten notes with adorable waxed envelopes; who wouldn’t love receiving a sweet sentiment in a stitched and embellished parcel?  Caterina Giglio expresses her love of the winter solstice and shares how she used gold leaf to illuminate her mixed-media paper quilts. With pages full of new techniques, materials, and handmade projects, this issue of Sew Somerset is sure to be a beacon of creativity as we head into the most wonderful time of the year.

 

December Issues - Belle Armoire Jewelry

Each 144-page issue is of Belle Armoire Jewelry magazine is overflowing with exciting artisan jewelry projects. This issue features a unique Designer Collection that showcases Tova Lund’s industrial and natural metal jewelry, and we zero in on new techniques and styles, including text jewelry, mixing fabric with stones, working with wood, and finding unlikely uses for polymer clay. Don’t miss an abundance of leaves, flowers, woodland creatures, and more, as we share tips and extravagant pieces from jewelry artist pros like Elizabeth Payne, Stacie Florer, Laura Guenther, Sandy Martin, and Erin Austin.

December Issues - Artists' Cafe

This stirring 144-page magazine is jam-packed with the best paper crafting and mixed-media projects, as collected from past issues of Somerset Studio, Somerset Apprentice, Sew Somerset, Art Journaling, and Somerset Workshop. In our newest issue of Artists’ Café, metal meets collage on the cover of Karen Cole’s handmade art journal, Lisa Engelbrecht combines her talent for lettering with mixed-media collage, and Pam Carriker builds art around a rubber stamp. Don’t miss how Cathy Bueti sets the mood through the use of stencils and paint, and get the tools and inspiration you’ll need to begin your next creative project.

 

December Issues - Bella Grace Volume 2

Unlike anything else, this 160-page book-azine shares thought-provoking narratives that capture life’s beautiful adventure. In our second installment, you can follow along with Emma Tree to gain insights into her inspirational storytelling processes. You will also learn how to start your own daily photography practice. A breath of fresh air, readers share how they welcome simple comforts into their lives, and Editor-in-Chief Christen Hammons disconnects for a weekend and reveals her insights. This issue offers even more journaling space for readers to record their own thoughts and responses, as well as unparalleled inspiration for discovering magic in the ordinary.

 

December Issues - Art Quilting Studio

Art Quilting Studio magazine provides a playful and informative forum where quilt enthusiasts from all walks of life can share techniques, ideas, and inspiration. Our newest issue features the vibrant, texture-filled art quilts of Sue Barton in the Artist Showcase, the edgy mixed-media collage art quilt of Janice Paine Dawes, and Tünde Juhasz’s hand-doodled art quilt that’s covered in hundreds of whimsical lines, shapes, and patterns. You also will not want to miss how Asya Lesly pays tribute to Mother Nature with her 7-foot-long quilt, “One Hot Mama.”

 

Your Chance to Win One of Our December Issues!

We’re giving away brand-new December issues to THREE lucky winners! Simply follow these steps to enter for your chance to win:

1) Click on your favorite spread above.

2) Pin or “Like” that particular issue.

3) If you pinned to Pinterest, share the link in the comments section below. If you “liked” on Facebook, tag us so we can see.

4) If you don’t have Facebook or Pinterest, please comment below and tell us which issue you find most appealing and why.

*Winners are selected at random and will be contacted via email. *$5 off discount applies to purchases of any of the following 2014 December issues only: Art Quilting Studio, Belle Armoire Jewelry, Sew Somerset, Take Ten, Somerset Studio Gallery, Where Women Cook, and Bella Grace. Discount code can be used only one time per customer, and expires 12/31/14. Contest is open to U.S. residents and ends 12/31/14 at 11:59pm.

 

Congratulations to Our Glimpse Inside Winners for the Month of November:

Luz Rubianes, Kelly Paquet, and Judy Hall

 

Congratulations to our Caption Contest with a Twist Winner:

JoRene Byers


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Pin It to Win It: Papaya Art Gift Inspiration

December 1st, 2014

Great Gifts by Papaya

Papaya Art’s wide collection of accessories all radiate a bold, heart-centered imagery and a philosophy all their own: “For the joy of creating and the thrill of sharing.” These highly coveted products feature original artwork by Anahata Katkin and the PAPAYA! design team. They use a special range of paintings, drawings, and mixed-media  artwork to achieve their signature aesthetic, which we absolutely love! From cards and tags to insulated lunch totes and postcard tin sets, Papaya Art products make wonderful gifts for yourself or a crafty friend!

 

Celebrate the Holidays with Us!

In the spirit of giving this holiday season, we decided to hold a very special Pin-it to win it contest. Browse through our assortment of beautiful Papaya Art products and pin your favorite for a chance to win it! To participate simply follow the instructions:

  1. From the images featured below “Pin” your favorite.
  2. Share a link to your newly created pin in the comment section below (get your link by opening your Pin and copying the URL).
  3. Tells us what you love the most about the product you picked!

*Contest is open to US residents only, and expires on December 12th.

 

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1. Papaya Art Luxe Tote

5PA-AC0030-600x600Papaya Art’s colorful Luxe Totes are just right for transporting all of your necessities and adding a little splash of inspiration to the daily grind. Perfect for crafting essentials or sandals and a beach towel, these are definitely no run-of-the-mill shopping bags!



         

2. Papaya Art Accessory Pouch

5PA-APS0012-600x600Perfect for traveling, Papaya Art’s small accessory pouches will help you stay organized on the go. These pouches are great for carrying cosmetics, art supplies, cell phones, credit cards, and life’s daily ephemera, plus they’ll add a dash of inspiration to your day-to-day activities.



 

 

 

3. Papaya Art Twelve Muses 2015 Wall Calendar

5PA-CAL15-001_3-Papaya-Art-Twelve-Muses-2015-Wall-Calendar-600x600Start every season off artfully with beautifully illustrated musings from Papaya. Each calendar month features a gorgeous, new feminine image adorned with glitter embellishments and dreamy details.



     

4. Papaya Art Coin Purse

5PA-CP004-Papaya-Art-Coin-Purse-Golden-Bird-600x600Small but functional, these colorful coin purses are just the right size to store loose change, lip gloss, business cards, and any other going-out essentials.



 

 

5. Papaya Art 2015 Weekly Planner

5PA-CAL15PLN006-Papaya-Art-Answers-2015-Weekly-Planner-600x600Add some creativity to your work or play day with one of Papaya Art’s weekly planners. With a sturdy, hard cover and special features like foil accents, pockets, and elastic closure, these spiral bound planners can easily be removed from their covers, making them convenient to carry in your handbag and tote wherever you go. Each week features a new, beautiful image to inspire your creativity.



       

6. Papaya Art File Folders

5PA-FF016-Papaya-Art-For-Freedom-File-Folders-600x600These decorative file folders will add some artistic character to your studio space, office, or personal desk. File just about anything from letters and bills to ephemera and craft supplies in these artistic folders.



 

 

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Free Article Download: The Art of the Gratitude List

November 26th, 2014

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“14. My hands — to hold my beloveds with — for hugging and touching and connecting — love makes me hold the world differently, always.”

~Madelyn Mulvaney from Bella Grace; Click here to read the full article.

Happy Thanksgiving, from all of us at Stampington & Company, to you and yours!

We never get tired of saying how much we love our blog subscribers. We’re thankful for each and every one of you who visit us here at Somerset Place. To show you our gratitude for sharing your time, opinions, and creativity with us, we want to give you all a very special gift.

Click here to download the free article, “The Art of the Gratitude List” by Madelyn Mulvaney that originally appeared in the premiere issue of Bella Grace. This interactive gratitude list will get you in the perfect mood for Thanksgiving. Simply download the article, print it out, and fill in the blank spaces with your own list of things you’re grateful for.

 


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Recycled ATC Tags Project by Guest Artist Cat Kerr

November 24th, 2014

Cat Kerr Recycled ATC Tags



We’re happy to announce the return of a very talented guest artist. Cat Kerr, who shared with us a darling Shadowbox Project earlier this year, is back to teach us how to make her stunning recycled ATC gift tags. These creative and colorful tags are easy to make, and they’re here just in time for the holidays! Make your own with Cat’s step-by-step instructions, and add a special touch to any gift packaging. These tags are so unique that we’re sure your gift recipients will love them just as much as the present itself, and will keep them for inspiration all year round. Grab your paper scraps, paints, and stamps — and let’s get started.

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Making trades (a small piece of art to giveaway during an art retreat) is a great way to meet new people and get your name out there at the same time.  I recently made some to hand out during the “Art Is You” Art Retreat. My trades were simple Artist Trading Cards (ATC). I had a lot of fun making them, plus they were a great way to network because I stamped my name and website information on the back of each one. When I came home, I had a wonderful assortment of art trades from other creative souls as well as some of my leftover ATC cards. While trying to figure out what to do with my leftover cards, I realized that I would soon be packaging up some holiday gifts, so I decided to turn my Artist Trading Cards into one-of-a-kind gift tags.  

Recycled ATC Tags Project Materials:

-Modge Podge (Adhesive) -Gesso -Pencil -Acrylic Paint -Paint Brushes -Stencil Brushes -Burlap Stencil -Stamps -Ink -Rub-On Words -Hole Punch -Palette Knife -Pens -Gift Box -Ribbon & Trim  

Recycled ATC Tags Project by Cat Kerr:

 

Cat Kerr - ATC Creation

 

Step 1 - Using Modge Podge or another strong adhesive, glue some telephone text onto 2-1/2 x 3-1/2” stencil board, and then cover it in a thin layer of Deco Art Gesso.

Step 2 - Next, cover the card in a watery layer of acrylic paint (I use Deco Art Fluid Paint) and once dry, add some additional colors using a stencil brush and burlap stencil (you can use any stencil you like to add depth and contrast).

Step 3 - When the paint is dry, use a palette knife and some gesso to make lines, and a pencil eraser to add circles.

Step 4 - Wait until your gesso is dry, and then stamp an image onto your card. Add more circles, this time using a thin sharpie. You can also apply some rub-on words and a few small dots using the tip of a pencil for a little added interest.

Step 5 – Lastly, apply color to the edges of the card using a palette knife and some splattered black paint.

Cat Kerr - Gift Tags



Step 6 Using a 2” scalloped punch, cut out your gift tags. You can use any punch you have on hand, just make sure they’re a good size.

Cat Kerr - Hole Punching Gift Tags

Step 7 - Next, punch a 1/8” hole into the tags and add an eyelet. The eyelet will protect the tag from tearing.

Cat Kerr - Applying Resin to Gift Tags

Step 8 - Mix up two equal parts of clear resin with a Popsicle stick and according to the manufacturer’s instructions (I use Amazing Clear Cast). Once your resin is ready, add it to the center of the tag and spread it out to the sides, and then let it cure.

Cat Kerr - Gift Tag Project

 

Step 9 – Once cured, paint some liquid pearls onto the scalloped edges of the tag and add a new word rub-on. When the paint is dry, add another layer of resin.

Cat Kerr - Paperwhimsy Keys

Step 10 - Use matching colors to paint a few Paper Whimsy wooden keys. Finish the keys off with some Inka Gold.

Cat Kerr - Finished Project



Step 11 - Cover a simple brown box with trim, sari ribbon, and your new handmade tags. These sweet treats are ready to give away to that special someone!

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Thank you so much, Cat Kerr, for giving us such a wonderful project tutorial. Who wouldn’t love receiving such a beautifully packaged gift? We hope this post has inspired you all to go out and create your very own gift tags.

Want more creative ideas? Don’t forget to visit Cat Kerr’s blog: In the Light of the Moon

 

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Editor Spotlight: The Beauty of Imperfection by Danielle Mohler

November 20th, 2014

Danielle Mohler - Editor of Artful Blogging

The world of artful blogging is simply amazing. From wildly popular authentic living spaces to digital studios that offer artists a place to showcase their work, there are many different types of creative blogs on the internet. More importantly, in my opinion, there’s a strong sense of community, which helps to nurture and strengthen artists from all walks of life. Today we’re shinning the spotlight on a very special person, Danielle Mohler, the editor of Artful Blogging.

Grab your notes, your camera, and get ready for a little inspiration — please join me in giving Danielle a warm Somerset Place welcome.

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Artful Blogging Winter 2015~Photograph by Kim Klassen

Like many people, my day-to-day life follows a routine that rarely changes. On weekdays, I wake up and stumble to the kitchen to turn on the coffee pot before spending a few moments with my kitty, Holly Golightly, who sure likes to talk in the morning; that is, until her food bowl is replenished. Over the next hour, I get dressed, make lunch, and head off to work. Even at the office, I have a routine: I warm up whatever is left of my coffee and make breakfast while my computer turns on. I am not a morning person, but I sure do love those first few moments at work sipping coffee and catching up with my favorite bloggers. It sets the tone for my day and surrounds me with creative inspiration. In my line of work, this inspiration is crucial.

 

Artful Blogging Winter 2015~Photograph by  Anetta Bosakova and Stephanie Dahlsrud

I have been an editor at Stampington & Company for about two years now, having the opportunity to manage a few of our titles. Each publication is a thrill to work on, but the newest one I manage also warms my heart. My first issue of Artful Blogging hit newsstands at the beginning of this month. As I put together the issue, I was amazed at the bloggers, the stories they shared, and their outstanding photography. Many of them told stories about their blogging journey, their longing for perfection, and their misconstrued concepts about photography.

 

Artful Blogging Winter 2015~Photograph by Jesi Haack

One thing I love about blogging is its vulnerability. My favorite blogs are the ones showcasing the flops, mistakes, and errors along with the successes. They show me the importance of laughing off blunders, instead of getting bent out of shape. After following blogs for a while, I feel as if I know the bloggers. I look forward to new posts and sympathize with them during hard times. It’s a magical experience where you travel with them through their highs and lows all from your own computer. Sometimes this means saying goodbye, when a blogger decides it’s time to take a step back and re-evaluate priorities. It can feel like losing a friend.

 

Artful Blogging Winter 2015~Photograph by Krisha Hinkle

The desire to be flawless spills over into every aspect of life, including blogging. Often, bloggers strive for the best stories and photographs in each blog post to attract more and more followers. This issue of Artful Blogging features inspiring bloggers who have risen above this idea of perfection. I think Krisha Hinkle sums it up just right (p. 80): “These days, I measure the success of my blog by how little time I spend perfecting it.”

 

Artful Blogging Winter 2015~Photograph by Beth McWilliams

So many things in life can’t be controlled no matter how hard we try. Perfection is merely an idea that can never actually be attained because, at the end of the day, we are all human. When I truly consider it, I believe life would be quite boring if everyone was perfect. The quirky details and hairy back stories make for interesting people. Even though I majored in English in college, I still misspell a word every now and then, and that’s OK. Instead of aiming for perfection, I have learned to enjoy imperfections. Nowadays, my goal is to take each day at face value. I can’t wait to see where this new mindset takes me.

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Artful Blogging Winter 2015~Photograph by Courtney Kennedy

Who hasn’t dreamed of starting their very own blog and reaching across time and space to touch the lives of complete strangers? If you’ve considered it, maybe it’s time to start! Thank you to Danielle Mohler for sharing a bit of your insight into the world of authentic and artful blogging.

 

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Stuffed Canvas Dolls by Guest Artist Connie Fong

November 17th, 2014

Stuffed Canvas Dolls by Guest Artist Connie Fong - Display



Art dolls are such a unique way to express creativity, but they can be a little intimidating — especially when you don’t even know what a ball-joint is. That’s what attracted me so much to Connie Fong’s little stuffed dolls. Their assemblage is straight forward and simple enough, while their actual presentation leaves space for trying out and showing off artistic technique. After finding these charming dolls on Connie’s blog, I was very excited to invite her to become a guest artist for Somerset Place. You can only imagine how overjoyed I was when she agreed!


Now, without further ado, please help me welcome the extraordinarily talented Connie Fong to our creative corner of the internet.

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I’ve dabbled in most creative areas including jewelry, art journaling, paper dolls, sewing, scrapbooking, and card making; however, I recently just started making dolls. I always thought painting faces was going to be a challenge, so I never pursued this area until I took a wonderful class with mixed-media artist, Danita. After taking her class, I made several dolls and gained the confidence I needed to pursue further doll making; that’s when I signed up for Mindy Lacefield’s class on Primitive Portraits. I love Mindy’s style and her online classes are great — she takes you step-by-step, gives helpful tips, and she shares what supplies she likes to use. I took her style and added my own touch and turned my drawings into these stuffed dolls.

 

Stuffed Canvas Dolls Material List:

Canvas Fabric or White Duck Cloth Fabric
White Gesso
Multi-Media Paper
Canvas Photo Paper (This paper can be purchased at most office supply stores)
Ink Jet Printer
Watercolors
Paint Brushes
Acrylic Paint
Soft Lead Pencil (9B)
Stabilo Pencil
Blending Stump
Tissue Paper (I used Metro Tissue Paper)
Adhesive (I used Mod Podge)
Sewing Machine
Black Thread
Polyfil
Small Embellishments

 

Stuffed Canvas Dolls Project Tutorial by Connie Fong:

There are two methods I use to create these stuffed dolls. One method is to draw and paint the doll directly onto the canvas fabric and the other is to draw and paint onto some mixed-media paper and then transfer the image onto canvas photo paper using a printer. Personally, I prefer the second method because then you can reuse your original doll image over and over again for different purposes, such as making other stuffed dolls or taking the image and using it on a greeting card or art journal. I’ll take you through the steps for each method.

 

Method One – Drawing/Painting Stuffed Canvas Dolls Directly onto Duck Cloth Fabric or Canvas Fabric

Stuffed Canvas Dolls by Guest Artist Connie Fong - White Gesso

Step 1 – Cut a rectangular piece of duck cloth fabric about 8 inches tall and 5-1/2 inches wide (you can also use Canvas Fabric).

Step 2 – Paint some white gesso over the center portion of the fabric where you will be drawing the doll, and let dry before continuing.

Stuffed Canvas Dolls by Guest Artist Connie Fong - Drawing Doll

Step 3 - Once dry, use a soft lead pencil to draw an oval for the face. Pencil in the eyes, nose and mouth, then draw the neck and body.

Step 4 - Next, watercolor the face. Try to blend the colors and add some shading and depth by making the edges of the face darker and lightening the color towards the center.

Stuffed Canvas Dolls by Guest Artist Connie Fong  - Painting Dress

Step 5 - Use black acrylic paint to fill in the eyes, eye lids, and brows.  Use a very tiny brush and some magenta acrylic paint and color in the lips. Use watercolor to fill in the neck and arms. Don’t forget to create some shading under the neck and on the sides of the arms. Also, paint over the entire dress area, creating shading on the top and sides of the dress. Finally, outline the lower half of the face, neck and arms with the Stabilo pencil to create a darker line. If the line is too bold, you can soften it with a blending stump.

Stuffed Canvas Dolls by Guest Artist Connie Fong - Painting

Step 6 – To paint the hair, use a small bristle paint brush — the stiffer the better. Paint the doll’s hair with acrylic paint using light strokes around the head.

Step 7 - When the paint is dry, cut out a square piece of Metro tissue paper that’s slightly larger than the dress area. Lay the tissue paper on top of the dress area and trace the shape of the dress with a pencil. Cut the tissue paper accordingly and adhere the tissue onto the fabric with Mod Podge or glue ( you can see an example of this in method two).

 

Method Two – Drawing/Painting Stuffed Canvas Doll onto Multi-Media Paper

Stuffed Canvas Dolls by Guest Artist Connie Fong - Painting

Step 1 - Follow the same steps as method one to draw and paint the doll, except this time paint directly onto multi-media paper. Don’t worry, multi-media paper is sturdy enough to hold watercolor and acrylic paint.

Stuffed Canvas Dolls by Guest Artist Connie Fong - Dress

Step 2 - Once you’re done drawing and painting your doll and adding the Metro tissue paper for the dress, you’re ready to copy the image onto canvas photo paper. Insert the canvas photo paper into your inkjet printer as if it was regular paper, following manufacturer’s directions.

Step 3 - Photocopy your original image onto the canvas photo paper.

 

Finishing your Stuffed Canvas Dolls:

Stuffed Canvas Dolls by Guest Artist Connie Fong - Dolls

Step 1 - Once you have your image painted onto fabric, using the method of your choosing, you’re ready to create the stuffed doll.

Stuffed Canvas Dolls by Guest Artist Connie Fong - Sewing

Step 2 - Lay some blank canvas fabric underneath your doll image and sew around the image, creating a pocket and leaving the bottom portion open. I personally like sewing around the image twice using black thread, it adds dimension and a decorative touch.

Stuffed Canvas Dolls by Guest Artist Connie Fong - Stuffing

Step 3 - Trim the excess fabric, leaving approximately a quarter of an inch edge. Stuff the doll with polyfil, and once fully stuffed, sew the bottom of the doll closed.

Step 4 – Finish your doll with embellishments such as buttons, ribbons, flowers, or anything else you want.

Stuffed Canvas Dolls by Guest Artist Connie Fong



I hope you try your hand at making one of these dolls; you’ll be surprised by how easy it is! Also, thank you, Mindy, for providing me inspiration with those primitive portraits.

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Thank you so much, Connie Fong, for the great tutorial. These little stuffed dolls would make great stocking stuffers or even Christmas tree ornaments. You could make one in the likeness of each member of your family, or gift them to creative friends. I think they would be darling on a baby mobile!

We’d love to know how you would use them — let us know in the comment section below.

Don’t forget to visit Connie Fong on her blog: ArtfulPlay

 

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