Crème de la Crème of Free Ephemera Downloads

October 20th, 2014

 Free Ephemera

 

Ephemera downloads are as fun to collect as they are to use. That’s why we try to offer them as often as we can here at Somerset Place, but did you know that you can also get them in our Post Script Newsletter? Apart from bringing you great content, exclusive discounts on Stampington publications and products, and free projects, Post Script also offers free ephemera downloads and updates on new additions to our ephemera library on e-Crafting.com.

What better way to encourage your creativity than with stunning vintage images that harken back to older days, or that showcase curious scenarios?

For this grouping of free ephemera, we pulled some of our favorite images out of past Post Script collections, from elaborate designs to the most fashionable members of high society. Download these nine images to your computer and use them whole as the centerpiece for a collage or cut them up for your mixed-media projects — the possibilities are endless.

Click here to view these images at full size and to download yours today. To incorporate even more vintage ephemera and digitally altered pieces into your artwork, visit e-Crafting.com.

Don’t miss anymore free ephemera downloads — click here to sign up for Post Script today!


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    Ephemera downloads are as fun to collect as they are to use. That’s why we try to offer them as often as we can here at Somerset Place, but did you know that you can also get them in our Post Script Newsletter? Apart from bringing you great content, exclusive discounts on Stampington […]

We Conclude the Bella Grace Blog Hop with Five Giveaways of Our Own

October 16th, 2014
The Bella Grace Blog Hop
Photographs by Jillian Lukiwski, Deb Taylor, Susan Tuttle
Becky Stewart, Sylvia Stefanova
Silvia Mulazzani, Deb Taylor, Susan Tuttle


When I started working on the Bella Grace Blog Hop back in July, I had an inkling that it would turn into something very special. From the moment I held Bella Grace and flipped through the articles, I just knew it was something we had to share, the way each individual poured themselves out onto every page. You see, Bella Grace is much more than a magazine — it’s a textural experience with grainy pages – it’s a spiritual awakening loaded with authentic experiences, uplifting stories, workbook prompts, and photographs. Oh, how I love to get lost in the photographs.

That’s a funny way to describe it, I know, but it’s the most accurate description I can come up with.

There are also many things Bella Grace is not: It is not glossy. It is not a sales-pitch that requires the purchase of “stuff” to make your life more fulfilling. It does not present unattainable standards of beauty, creativity, or happiness.

So yes, when I began working on the Bella Grace Blog Hop back in July, I knew it was going to turn into something special.

Thanks to the brilliance, creativity, and hard work of each co-host, the Bella Grace Blog Hop was better than I ever imagined. Our hosts took us on another special journey, much like the book, from gorgeous, bloom-filled meadows to the dark and sincere places in their hearts. We read personal stories and visited places of inspiration. I wish I could sit here and relay every single post — to talk about the wonderful sound of a happy tail thumping against warm bedcovers; and the adventures you’re bound to experience when you go wherever the wind wills; and the smell of sunshine; and the beauty of the harvest moon; but if you missed any of the inspiration, comfort, and magic that was shared, I’m sure you’ll take a moment to go back, and look through all of the beautiful, original posts that are now a part of our Bella Grace adventure.

I would like to offer a sincere thank you on behalf of Stampington & Company to all of our official and unofficial co-hosts. Thank you for sharing your words, your images, and a little bit of your souls with us.

It’s not the end, but the beginning of a beautiful new journey …

Bella Grace Volume 1, Issue 2

Photographs by Alisha Fridland


Bella Grace Volume 1, Issue 2

We are far from done! The humbling, overwhelmingly positive reaction of our readers to this new publication has made us realize that the world needs a bit more magic in the ordinary, and we are happy to oblige. Bella Grace will be released four times a year, beginning in March 2015.

Click here to peek inside Volume 1, Issue 2 – available December 1st.

 

Bella Grace Volume 1

Bella Grace Giveaway: Now it’s our Turn

In order to show our appreciation for our wonderful blog readers and enthusiasm over this amazing new publication, we are giving away 5 copies of Bella Grace.

 

How to Win

Leave us a comment below. Tell us what you thought about the Blog Hop, which post you enjoyed the most, or why you’re looking forward to the next issue of Bella Grace.

Winners will be selected on October 31st and announced in our Glimpse Inside blog post on November 3rd.

 


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Photographs by Jillian Lukiwski, Deb Taylor, Susan Tuttle Becky Stewart, Sylvia Stefanova Silvia Mulazzani, Deb Taylor, Susan Tuttle When I started working on the Bella Grace Blog Hop back in July, I had an inkling that it would turn into something very special. From the moment I held Bella Grace and flipped through the articles, […]

The Mysterious Boo Sisters by Guest Artist theresa mARTin

October 13th, 2014

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Please join me in giving the incredibly talented theresa mARTin a very warm Somerset welcome! Theresa has been featured in Somerset Apprentice and our award winning Digital Inspiration. Her artwork, regardless of the medium, is always stunning and absolutely gorgeous.

Today she joins us with a very special Halloween-themed project that’s both enchanting and a teensy bit creepy. The Boo Sisters are a pair of lovely ladies who are ready to captivate your heart and imagination with their hauntingly beautiful expressions and fabulous outfits. Follow along as Theresa gives step-by-step instructions on how to recreate this frightful duo!

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The Halloween deadline is approaching.  Halloween makes me think about being a kid again, and it’s fun to dream about masquerade balls and mysterious happenings. As a member of the design team for Paperwhimsy, I am fortunate to be able be create art specifically for the holidays.  Halloween is a favorite of mine as it walks the edge of being dark yet still fun.

The Mysterious Boo Sisters are decked out in their fanciest ball gowns made from black velvet leaves and bits and pieces of collage paper. Each wears a cage, from which another secret sister peeks out. Familiar crows sit on their shoulders and their fine rhinestone crowns give them an elegant final touch. With their candy corn lace collars, bat wings, orange and black colors, and black velvet dresses, they are ready for any Halloween party.

They ask: “What will you wear to the Midnight Halloween Masquerade Ball?”

 

Boo Sister Project Material List:

Findings
Rhinestones
Patterned Paper
Collage Sheets
Fabric Findings
Paperwhimsy Alterable Dolls
Adhesive
Scissors

 

Boo Sister Project Tutorial by theresa mARTin:

Step 1 – I started by painting the alterable dolls all black. For this project, I used the Santos Birdcage Dolls. If you want to speed up the painting process, you can spray paint the figures.

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Step 2 – The sister’s dresses were traced from collage sheets and patterned papers. Creating these elaborate gowns was simply a matter of cutting out the desired shapes and arranging them on the dolls.

Step 3 – Once you’re happy with your arrangement, glue the cut-out pieces of paper onto the fiberboard dolls. When all the pieces of your dress collage are in place and secured, place the bird-cage outline over the doll’s body. This helps create even more depth. Also, don’t forget to add the hidden sister within the folds of the gown, peeking out from behind the cage.

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Step 4 – As the Boo Sisters sat on my work table, I brought out a lot of the mixed-media items that I collect. I experimented with different options such as rhinestones, bits of ephemera, and fiberboard embellishments, all in an attempt to find what would fit the sisters the best.

Step 5 – The next step is to create the sister’s gorgeous black ball gowns. I made these gowns by repurposing some vintage millinery leaves, but you can trim nearly any fabric to recreate the look. You can also add ribbon, patches, and buttons.

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Step 6 – As a final touch, I added a few additional rhinestones and created belts and crowns.

These lovely ladies are straightforward and easy to make.

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Halloween definitely doesn’t have to be scary — it can just as easily be dark, elegant, and mysterious. Paperwhimsy’s fiberboard dolls provide the perfect mixed-media canvas to create stunning characters, just like the ones created by theresa mARTin. Make your own set of Boo Sisters, or go in a different direction and try something new. There are so many fun and creative possibilities with this artistic project.

 

Coming Soon…

We’re very happy to announce that we will soon be carrying our very own collection of Paperwhimsy products. After seeing all the stunning work that theresa mARTin has created, we just knew we had to join the fun! So keep a lookout for these lovely fiberboard dolls, which will be arriving soon at The Shoppe at Somerset.

 

Want to See More of theresa mARTin’s Artwork?

1APP-1402-Somerset-Apprentice-Autumn-2014-300x300Our Autumn 2014 issue of Somerset Apprentice is bursting with wonderful works that are sure to inspire you, including a detailed Q&A with theresa mARTin. Read along as she offers advice and talks about her favorite artistic medium.

 

To learn more about this talented artist visit her blog, Theresa Martin: Mixed Media Art.

 

 


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Please join me in giving the incredibly talented theresa mARTin a very warm Somerset welcome! Theresa has been featured in Somerset Apprentice and our award winning Digital Inspiration. Her artwork, regardless of the medium, is always stunning and absolutely gorgeous. Today she joins us with a very special Halloween-themed project that’s both enchanting and a […]

A Delightfully Grim Serendipity Kit

October 9th, 2014

Gray Roses Grim Serendipity Kit



If you haven’t had a chance to kick off your Halloween-themed crafting, don’t worry — there’s still time! We’ve assembled the perfect starter-kit to get you into a trick-or-treat mood. This delightfully grim Serendipity Kit is an oldie but goodie, filled with gloomy gray paper roses, test tubes for all your dangerous concoctions, curious vintage tickets, and so much more!

With this kit, you’ll be able to put an interesting twist on traditional Halloween favors or create unique mixed-media projects. Best of all, for a very limited time, we’re offering it at a 15% discount!

Gray Roses Grim Serendipity Kit



Gray Roses Grim Serendipity Kit

This kit contains the following items:

  • 2 gray paper roses
  • 8 vintage tickets
  • 1 grubby tag with vintage black lace
  • 2 black gift bags
  • 2 small newspaper print pinch bottom bags
  • 2 large newspaper print pinch bottom bags
  • 2 sheets of Halloween images  artists paper
  • 2 sheets of dark patterned artist paper
  • 2 sheets of kraft paper
  • 1 sheet of kraft glassine paper
  • 3 plastic test tubes (with corks)
  • 1 large natural muslin bag
  • 1/2 yard of black seam binding

Gray Roses Grim Serendipity Kit

What Does Our Resident Crafter Have to Say?

I love a good crafting challenge! Hand me a stack of random supplies, and I can make magic happen. With Halloween just around the corner, this Gray Roses Grim Serendipity Kit offers a ton of possibilities. Not only does the kit put a unique twist on traditional Halloween favors, I can also see myself coming up with some great mixed-media projects.

With this kit you can create handmade Halloween cards or party invitations using the assortment of patterned papers. You can also fill the glass tubes with candy or colored fluid and use them as a prop for a spooky Halloween party. The variety of paper bags would be great to use as party favors or to make very special trick-or-treating bags for your favorite munchkins. And even the muslin bag that we use to package the kit can make a great gift bag when you adorn it with black ribbon and a gray rose. This kit includes so many creative finds that there’s lots of room to make tradition projects as well as unique ones.

 

Looking for More Inspiring Bundles?

Serendipity Kit CollectionIf you need even more inspiration, be sure to explore our complete collection of Serendipity Kits. These colorful, all-in-one kits are the perfect muse to spark your next creative adventure.

Click here to explore our collection.

 
 
 
 


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If you haven’t had a chance to kick off your Halloween-themed crafting, don’t worry — there’s still time! We’ve assembled the perfect starter-kit to get you into a trick-or-treat mood. This delightfully grim Serendipity Kit is an oldie but goodie, filled with gloomy gray paper roses, test tubes for all your dangerous concoctions, curious vintage […]

Embossed Black Cat Collage Tutorial

October 7th, 2014

Embossed Black Cat Collage



This Halloween, we invite you to bend the rules by experimenting with non-traditional colors.  While black, orange, and purple are widely recognized as the official colors of this scary holiday, our Embossed Black Cat Project plays with an unexpected shade of light blue and gold glitter. These colors, paired with Tim Holtz’s new stamp collection of Halloween Blueprints, create a stunning collage that’s more mixed-media masterpiece than simple Halloween decoration. This black cat collage includes layers of paper and paint, plus an added touch of embossing and stenciling.

Gather all your supplies — your acrylic paints, embossing ink, and heat tool — we’re giving you a step-by-step tutorial on how to create your own embossed black cat collage!

 

Embossed Black Cat Collage Materials List:

-Matte Gel Medium
-White Gesso
-Hard Rubber 4” Pop In Brayer
-Distress Embossing Powder – Black Soot
-Distress Embossing Ink
-Ranger Ink Heat-It Craft Tool
-Sticky Back Canvas
-Light Blue Acrylic Paint
-Black Acrylic Paint
-Gold Glitter Paint
-Tim Holtz Collection Halloween Blueprint 3
-Tim Holtz Collection – Halloween Layering Stencil
-Cardstock
-Patterned Papers

 

Embossed Black Cat Collage Tutorial:

Step 1 – To start, trim a thin scrap of cardboard and cardstock into a square shape that’s approximately five by five inches. Create a sturdy background by gluing the two surfaces together using matte gel medium.

Step 2 – Next, prime the surface with a layer of white gesso and let it dry. Once the surface is dry, begin to collage the background with a variety of patterned papers. Use matte gel medium to adhere the papers to the surface.

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Step 3 – When your background is complete and the gel medium is dry, add a layer of light blue acrylic paint using a brayer. Make sure you wipe away any excess paint.

Step 4 – Add some interest by applying stripes of gold glitter paint. You can use the edge of an old credit card to get the stripes just right. Also, use your fingers and randomly highlight other areas with the glitter paint.

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Step 5 – Cut out and adhere a scalloped border using some Sticky Back Canvas. Paint the canvas black and add dots with your gold glitter paint.

Step 6 – Let everything dry, and then add another layer of gel medium to seal your surface.

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Step 7 – Stamp a black cat onto your surface with embossing ink. To ensure a clear image, make sure you carefully lift your stamp straight up. Use a damp cloth to wipe away any leftover embossing ink from your stamp.

Step 8 – Sprinkle your cat stamp with black embossing powder; make sure the ink is completely covered. Lift up your card and remove any excess embossing powder. Save the extra powder by pouring it back into its container.

Step 9 – Carefully use a heat gun to set the embossing powder.

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Step 10 – To finish, stencil on some Halloween-themed words with black acrylic paint.

There you have it — a unique and stunning Halloween collage that’s sure to delight everyone in your home. Create your own collage and put it on display or replicate the look on some blank cards and send them out to family and friends. There are lots of creative possibilities with this Black Cat Collage project.

 

The Halloween and Autumn Collection

The Halloween and Autumn CollectionThere’s still time to order some frightful October essentials from our Halloween and Autumn Collection.

 

Click here to browse and start working on your own spooky projects.
 
 
 


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This Halloween, we invite you to bend the rules by experimenting with non-traditional colors.  While black, orange, and purple are widely recognized as the official colors of this scary holiday, our Embossed Black Cat Project plays with an unexpected shade of light blue and gold glitter. These colors, paired with Tim Holtz’s new stamp collection […]

Glimpse Inside Wonderful New October Issues + Win Your Favorite

October 2nd, 2014

It’s time for pumpkin spiced lattes, cinnamon-scented candles, brisk chills and cozy sweaters, along with a canvas of red, orange, and yellow fallen leaves. Fall is officially upon us, and we want to celebrate with a fresh batch of inspiration. Plan the perfect holiday get-together with creative ideas from Mingle, or keep track of all of the special memories you’re bound to experience during the season with the projects from Somerset Memories. Whether you’re in search of unique, homemade gift ideas or want to take a break from the holiday season with mixed-media art projects, these inspiring October issues are sure to be your muse.

 

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We have the very best blog followers in the world, and that’s why we want to offer you an exclusive promotion. Use the coupon code BLOG1014 at checkout to get $5 off any of our new October issues.

 

 

 

Art Journaling Autumn 2014

Art Journaling Autumn 2014

~Artwork by Renee Zarate

In every quarterly issue of Art Journaling, artists open their journals and share creative techniques for expressing their raw emotions. This time around, Robyn P. Thayer experiments with the art of the written word, and Lydia Velarde uses watercolor to capture her memories. If you’re looking for a creative twist on an advent calendar to make for the holidays, take a cue from Jennifer Bomgardner’s advent journal, or take a lesson with Renee Zarate, as she explores the shape of the female face.

 

Haute Handbags Autumn 2014

Haute Handbags Autumn 2014~Artwork by Lorraine Rigby

Need some inspiration for your next bag project? Look no further! In this issue of Haute Handbags, feast your eyes upon pages and pages filled with one-of-a-kind bags, clutches, coin purses, and more! Get a taste of the French countryside with bags from Lilla Le Vine. Repurpose old gears and tires into an accessory like Kayann Aushermann. Have sweaters that you don’t wear anymore or have shrunk? Read Brooke Bock’s tutorial on turning them into the perfect bag for any occasion. Follow along, and get even more inspiration from other artists such as Sicilian Gypsy, Audrey Athey, and Niki Meiners as they provide you with the tools and materials you need to get started!

 Jewelry Affaire Autumn 2014

Jewelry Affaire Autumn 2014~Jewelry by Kris Lanae Binsfield

Our autumn issue is full of fall styles. Read how Sandy Dukeshire combines simple and unique clay components with sari ribbon to create your own collection of necklaces, bracelets, and earrings. For our vintage jewelry collectors, we have Nancy Jamar in our issue who will show you a variety of ways to assemble your own personal collection. Kris Lanae Binsfeld proves that wire-wrapping can be easy for anyone. This issue is filled with many other artists such as Kris Auderer, Deryn Mentock, and Lexi Grenzer, so you don’t want to miss out!

 

Mingle Autumn 2014

Mingle Autumn 2014~Photographs and event by Sara De St. Jean

Don’t miss out on our holiday entertaining issue, covering every occasion from Halloween to New Year’s! From a haunting, Tim Burton themed bash to Audrey Wagner King’s twist on Thanksgiving dinner, Thanksgiving Oyster Roast, you don’t want to miss the creativity behind these unique events. Explore a whimsical white holiday gathering full of glitter and children’s laughter, a Holiday Crafts & Cocktails event featuring gift wrapping and card making, and Mrs. Claus’ Cookie Shop complete with sweets and milk. Stick around for a Tribal Baby Shower by Kelly Musgraves featuring feathers, cacti, and mason jars, and round out the year with a half-past noon New Year’s Day brunch full of reflection, hope, and community.

 

Somerset Life Autumn 2015

Somerset Life Autumn 2015~Photographs and project by Lucy Akins

Somerset Life wants to help you get into the gift-giving spirit with beautiful, creative ideas for adding special handmade touches to your gift wrap, like how to make gorgeous, glittered spoon gift toppers that you can also hang on your Christmas tree. This issue reveals eight ways to use kraft paper, so you can add a charmingly rustic feel to your holiday crafts. Soak up even more holiday inspiration, and learn how to create clever candles carved from pumpkins, craft an easy DIY advent calendar with washi tape, and display a simple, but stunning, Thanksgiving mantelpiece.

 

Somerset Memories Autumn 2014

Somerset Memories Autumn 2014~Artwork by Cat Kerr

Featuring amazing scrapbook pages, stunning journals, mixed-media memory art created from family heirlooms, plus eight free sheets of scrapbook paper, you’ll find plenty of inspiration for preserving your own memories in this new issue. Explore amazing work from Roben-Marie Smith’s Documented Life Project, discover a unique way to present your Instagram photos from Ellen Wilson, and learn how to create darling memory art pins with the help of Cat Kerr. Page after page of artistic scrapbook layouts including digital pages, the Family Album, Michelle Shevfeland’s Digital Workshop column, and much more await you in this wonderful welcome to the autumn season.

 

The Stampers' Sampler Autumn 2015

The Stampers' Sampler Autumn 2015~Artwork by Lynne Moncrieff

To each, holidays mean something different – some of us can’t imagine Christmas without snow, while others might be anticipating flying off to a tropical paradise. The 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. While this issue will incorporate traditional holiday colors and themes, there is also a healthy blend of lively, stimulating shades and artful inking techniques that will get your creative juices flowing.

 

Where Women Create Business Autumn 2014 Where Women Create Business Autumn 2014~Artwork by Tina Givens

Through advice columns and in-depth feature articles, Where Women Create BUSINESS offers a multitude of knowledge and inspiration to women with a passion for success. In this issue, get tangible tips from Priscilla Knoble of Stitch Publications, owner of Global Gardens café and maker of award-winning olive oil, Theo Stephan, and Cold Spring Apothecary founder Stacey Dugliss-Wesselman. If you’re looking to turn your creative passion into a profession, you won’t want to miss insights and inspiration from Becky Higgins, creator of Project Life, Liesl Gibson of Liesl + Co, producer of sewing patterns and fabric, or photographer Eliesa Johnson.

 

Your Chance to Win One of Our October Issues!

We’re giving away brand-new October 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 October issues only: Art Journaling, Haute Handbags, Jewelry Affaire, Mingle, Somerset Life, Somerset Memories, Where Women Create Business, and The Stampers’ Sampler. Discount code can be used only one time per customer, and expires 10/31/14. Contest is open to U.S. residents and ends 10/31/14 at 11:59pm.

 

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

Lou Downing, Kay Wallace, and Laura Strack




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It’s time for pumpkin spiced lattes, cinnamon-scented candles, brisk chills and cozy sweaters, along with a canvas of red, orange, and yellow fallen leaves. Fall is officially upon us, and we want to celebrate with a fresh batch of inspiration. Plan the perfect holiday get-together with creative ideas from Mingle, or keep track of all […]

Get Published: October Calls and Challenges

September 29th, 2014

It’s not easy to become a published artist. It takes hard work, commitment, and at times, a thick skin. But in the end, it’s all worth it because there’s nothing like the feeling you get from seeing your work featured, front-and-center, in a magazine.

To help you on your journey to becoming a published artist, we’re making submitting work easier than ever by offering the option to email us high quality images of your creations for consideration for many of our titles. Just take a picture of your artwork, email it to the appropriate editor (listed below each title), and if selected, we’ll send you further instructions.

Being published in one of our magazines is a great way for up-and-coming artists to get recognition for their artwork, blogs, or current product lines. It’s also a wonderful way to inspire creativity amongst an audience of your peers.

Submit your work today!

 

Upcoming Calls and Challenges

 

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~Artwork by Michelle Hoffee and Elena Todorovska Eftimova

Belle Armoire offers its readers a chance to publish their fashion-forward and original handmade clothing and accessories. We publish all kinds of women’s items across a multitude of styles and techniques, such as knit, crochet, and sewing; dyeing and bleaching; mixed-media adornment on clothing, jewelry, and accessories; hat blocking; fabric, bead, wire, polymer, and metal clay jewelry; and much, much more. We also publish calls and challenges winners and one Designer Collection artist per issue.

Small 1ALT-1401Altered Couture
To appear in the reoccurring Altered Couture department, look through your old or outdated items, and think outside the box to repurpose/upcycle them into more modern items you’d like to wear. Turn an old sweater into a purse, cut up a men’s shirt into chic button-down top, or whatever else you’d like.

 

~Artwork by Tracy Fassett

 

 

 

 

 

 

Deadline: Ongoing.

Mail in your submissions to the following address:

Stampington & Company
ATTN: Belle Armoire
22992 Mill Creek Drive, Suite B
Laguna Hills, CA 92653

Jewelry Affaire

1AFF-1404~Jewelry by Kris Lanae Binsfield and Kris Auderer

For that added touch of glamour without the complexity, Jewelry Affaire is a quarterly publication dedicated to the art of understated, yet extraordinary jewelry. You don’t need to be a master craftsperson to make wearable art that makes a statement. The refashioning of a vintage piece into something new, embellishing a chain, the placing of a pendant, adding beadwork — anything that exemplifies sophisticated chic on an easy to understand level can be submitted.

 

Here are some of our ongoing departments we feature in every issue:

Small 66_1AFF-1404Whimsical Wares - Jewelry that is out of the ordinary and extraordinary

Among Nature - Adornments that are otherworldly

Vintage Jubilee - For loves of heirlooms and findings, celebrate with classics that make time stand still

Artistic Affaire - Innovative to wear and uncomplicated to share

Black Tie Affaire - Dripping with jewels, pearls, and other sumptuous materials, these sophisticated statements pieces can make every day feel like an occasion.

 

~Jewelry by Steven West

 

 

 

57_1AFF-1404Email images of your submissions to the editor at jewelryaffaire@stampington.com. Please use Jewelry Affaire Submission for the subject line.

Deadline: November 15th

If selected, we may ask you to send in your artwork or to provide us with hi-res versions of your photographs.

 

~Jewelry by Lynne Suprock

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mingle

1MIN-1404~Photograph by Izzy Hudgins and Event by Audrey Wagner King on the right and Danielle Mohler on the left

Unique gatherings take center stage with our now quarterly publication, Mingle! From intimate art retreats, to creative, one-of-a-kind celebrations, Mingle provides the inspiration you need to plan extraordinary gatherings with an artistic flair.

 

For this publication, we are looking for stunning photographs and stories from unique gatherings such as the following:

small 1MIN-1404_2Intimate Affaires - Do you get together regularly with close friends for a night in of crafts? Perhaps you have a tradition of going to the park for a knitting circle or a picnic.

Art Retreats - Do you plan art retreats for others to come participate in? Have you attended one that had a profound effect on you?

Handcrafted Weddings - Was your wedding completely crafted by hand? Did it take place somewhere unique?

Birthday Parties & Anniversaries - Did you throw a party for a friend that was simply over the top? Maybe you thought of an interesting theme.

Party Details - Did you take a couple pictures (or maybe just one) of a stunning aspect of an event that you think Mingle readers need to see?

 

~Photograph and event by Carly Rae

 

This is just a sampling of the items we are looking for to publish in each issue of Mingle. Email images of your submissions to the editor at mingle@stampington.com. Please use Mingle Submission: Calls and Challenges or Department Name as the subject line.

Deadline: November 15th.

Click here to download our guide for how to submit photographs. It will also show you how to convert images to the correct size and resolution for this publication. If selected, we will need hi-res versions of your photographs.

Somerset Life

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Who knew that simple paper bags used to pack up school lunches held so much creative potential? They can be stamped on, doodled on, or embellished with washi tape. They are great for wrapping small gifts with and can also be used to house snacks for get-togethers. For our Spring 2015 Issue, we want to see what you can do with the humble paper bag.

 

~Artwork by Cat Kerr

 

 

 

 

 

 


Small 60_1MEM-1401Perfectly Pretty Packaging:

A quick journey through blogs and Pinterest makes it clear that clever packaging ideas are all the rage these days. We loved how Connie Govea Stuart wrapped up one of her submissions, and it made us want to see your different ideas for packaging presents.

 

~Artwork by L. Katherine Roberts

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Email images of your submissions to the editor at somersetlife@stampington.com. Please use Somerset Life Submission: Calls and Challenges or Department Name as the subject line.

Deadline: November 15th

Click here to download our guide for submitting photographs. It will also show you how to convert images to the correct size and resolution for this publication. If selected, we may ask you to send in your artwork or to provide us with hi-res versions of your photographs.

 

Somerset Memories

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Journaling has always been a fabulous way to chronicle your feelings, your everyday musings, and your hopes and dreams. Here at Somerset Memories we think that journaling in an artful way can become a fabulous kind of memory art to cherish for years to come. Perhaps you’ve made pages in your journal that focus on the birth of your daughter, the graduation of your son, your feelings on being chosen for teaching a workshop, or a difficult time you went through. We’re looking for artistically created art journals that are destined to become keepsakes. For information on submitting your artwork, please see the Submission Guidelines, and be sure to note clearly “Somerset Memories Artful Journals” in your submission.

 

~Artwork by Roben-Marie Smith

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1LIF-1402Strings Attached
Louise Nelson’s layout, “Up Up” featured on the cover of our Spring 2012 issue has some wonderful elements that immediately draw your eye to the page. The bright orange thread makes it appear that the little girl is being pulled up into the air by a beautiful butterfly. This got us thinking — what other kinds of things might be at the end of a thread or string? What would you attach? Would you add a pair of scissors and cut the apron strings between you and your college bound son? Would you be dreaming of riches and wealth and attach a string from you to a stack of money? We’re sure you can come up with some novel ideas, and we’d love to see what you can do!

 

~Artwork by Emma Parker

 

 

 

 

 

 Smaller 61_1MEM-1402Think Outside The Book
A collection of memories doesn’t always have to be presented in a book. We absolutely love Caroline Rondel’s “Collections” featured on page 20 of our Spring 2012 issue. Her beautiful presentation of memorabilia and nature finds make this a charming and attractive way to capture her memories. For this challenge we want you to Think Outside the Book. How can you present an assortment of memories in a way that’s different and unique? We’re looking for collections of memories that are compiled “outside the book.” Maybe you can come up with a folder or box, a necklace, or something else distinctive that will wow us!

 

~Artwork by Cat Kerr

 

Small 54_1MEM-1401Gifts From The Heart
Have you created an amazing piece of memory art for your best friend? Or maybe a sweet keepsake for your new niece or a special heritage Christmas ornament for Uncle Max? We’re looking for new ideas and artistic offerings that translate into beautiful memories as handcrafted gifts for friends and family. Please send us your mixed-media special gifts from the heart for publication consideration. For information on submitting your artwork, please see the Submission Guidelines, and be sure to note clearly “Somerset Memories Gifts from the Heart” in your submission.

 

~Artwork by Vanessa Spencer and Dawn Gallop

 

Email images of your submissions to the editor at somersetmemories@stampington.com. Please use Somerset Memories Submission: Calls and Challenges or Department Name as the subject line.

Deadline: November 15th

Click here to download our guide for submitting photographs. It will also show you how to convert images to the correct size and resolution for this publication. If selected, we may ask you to send in your artwork or to provide us with hi-res versions of your photographs.

 

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~Artwork by Cathy Bluteau

A Springtime Celebration
During the long, cold days of winter, we often find ourselves dreaming of the coming spring months. With warmer days and flowers blooming, it’s easy to catch a little spring fever. It’s during those months that we also celebrate a number of holidays, including Easter, Passover, and Mother’s Day.

For our March/April 2015 Issue, we want to see artwork that has been inspired by the beauty of springtime. Art journals, collages, assemblages, greeting cards … we want to see them all!

 

Email images of your submissions to the editor at somersetstudio@stampington.com. Please use Somerset Studio Submission: Calls and Challenges or Department Name as the subject line.

Absolute Deadline: October 15, 2014.

If selected, we may ask you to send in your artwork or to provide us with hi-res versions of your photographs.

 

The Stampers' Sampler
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~Artwork by Judith Naylor, Shari Frost-Job, and Marge McGuire

Celebration Challenge
Who needs an excuse to celebrate? Here at The Stampers’ Sampler, every new day presents a fresh opportunity to commemorate some of life’s most memorable moments! Our annual Celebrations Challenge is back, and we know that the talented readers are bustling with new creative card ideas and stamping techniques to share. Birthdays, graduations, weddings, baby showers, and bridal showers — these are just a few of the special moments to spotlight around your celebration themed cards. We’re always looking for clever twists on traditional festivities, but these days a number of lesser known, more offbeat holidays are gaining momentum, such as Pi Day, May the Fourth Be with You, and Sibling Day, so don’t limit yourself. You can even make up your own celebration! There is always someone or something to celebrate, and we are waiting to see what your imagination comes up with.

Deadline: November 15, 2014.

Mail in your submissions to the following address:

Stampington & Company
ATTN: The Stampers’ Sampler
22992 Mill Creek Drive, Suite B
Laguna Hills, CA 92653

 

Still Have Questions About How to Submit?

If you have any general questions regarding submissions, please feel free to contact Art Management at submissions@stampington.com. If you want to see a full list of our current submission requests, please visit our Calls and Challenges page.

We hope to hear from you soon! Good luck, and keep creating.

 

The Back Issue Sale

Back Issue Sale for BlogNeed inspiration to get started on your submissions? If you want to see what we’ve published in the past, head on over to our Back Issue Sale where you can stock up on select magazines for as low as 99¢. But hurry — the Back Issue Sale ends September 30th!

Click here to shop the Back Issue Sale.

 

 

 

The Bella Grace Blog Hop

The Bella Grace Blog HopThe last official post in the Bella Grace Blog Hop comes from the wonderful Italian blogger, Silvia Mulazzani. In her post, Silvia shares her views about living a simpler and more passionate life. She also explores the idea that beauty is amplified when it is shared with others. Visit her blog for your last chance to win a free copy of Bella Grace.

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It’s not easy to become a published artist. It takes hard work, commitment, and at times, a thick skin. But in the end, it’s all worth it because there’s nothing like the feeling you get from seeing your work featured, front-and-center, in a magazine. To help you on your journey to becoming a published artist, […]

Eight Hair-Raising Halloween Projects

September 25th, 2014

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Alright everyone, fasten your cape and grab your broomsticks, we’re getting ready for the spookiest time of the year with 8 creative Halloween projects! Transform your home into an eerie haunted house with our home décor projects, or plan the perfect monster bash with creative party favor and invitation ideas.

The possibilities are endless when you take some of our ideas and run with them. Let us know which of the following projects you’d like to replicate and which you would change up with some personalized flair. Do you have your own scary projects? Let us know in the comment section below!

 

Eight Hair-Raising Halloween Projects:

Antidote Apothecary Project



1. Antidote Apothecary Project:

These dangerous-looking tubes will make the perfect Halloween party favor. It’s such a simple project, and it’s full of creepy potential. Test tubes are always a great theme for scary parties, but you always have to be cautious and very careful when using glass tubes. Fortunately, the new plastic versions are now available at The Shoppe and they’re safe for food and beverages. All you’ll need for this project are some colorful skull beads and a set of 7gypsies Rubbing Apothecary stickers.

Spooky Silhouette Card Project by Sarah Meehan



2. Spooky Silhouette Cards Project by Sarah Meehan:

Now, if you’re going to have a Halloween party, you simply must have proper bone-chilling invitations. These cards may look simple, but the black silhouette against the orange background sets a dark and mysterious mood. For this project you’ll need to distress the edges of some kraft cards with black ink, then glue on trimmed square pieces of patterned paper and, for your finishing touch, a cut-out bird silhouette from the Birdsong collage sheet. You can also personalize your cards with a stamped-on message

Treat (Not Trick) Bags Project



3. Treat (Not Trick) Bags Project:

Nothing says Halloween like a trick-or-treat paper bag, although I remember using pillowcases in my younger days! These bags are charming and spooky, and they can be used to collect candy or you can stuff them with tissue paper and use them as goodie bags for a party. Start by painting a rough white square onto the front of each black paper bag, then stamp them with your favorite Halloween-themed designs, finish it off with some torn book pages and you’re all done.

Chalkboard Pumpkins Project



4. Chalkboard Pumpkins Project:

My favorite thing about Halloween is getting together with all my family and carving into some freshly picked pumpkins. It’s a complete mess and somehow our pumpkins never turn out exactly how we envisioned them — but it’s still tons of fun. You won’t need to carve into these chalkboard pumpkins, but you will be able to erase your mistakes and rewrite on them over and over again! Simply paint a paper mache pumpkin with two coats of chalkboard paint, and then add your doodles or messages using a chalkboard marker. If you want to add a touch of elegance you can create leaves using washi tape and gold wire.

Wicked Witch Card Set Project



5. Wicked Witch Card Set Project:

Halloween-themed cards are so much fun to make, whether you’re using them as party invitations or just to send your friends some spooktacular greetings! For these cards we used Dina Wakley’s stamp set, All the Gals, and turns them into crafty-looking witches. Making this set of cards is easy, and can be done in 10 minutes or less. Just use patterned paper, some blank cards, torn black tissue, Dina’s stamp set, and whatever interesting touches you want to include.

Halloween Kraft Packages Project



6. Halloween Kraft Packages Project:

The beauty of kraft-colored paper bags is that they make the perfect canvas for almost anything! This set of creative treat packages veers away from the normal orange and purple colors associated with Halloween, and instead focuses on black, white, and a pop of yellow. Although these treat bags look elegant, they’re easy to make. Simply embellish some kraft paper bags with pieces of washi tape, some divine twine, and a pre-cut black bird cage. Once you’re done embellishing the bags, you can fill them up with candies, cookies, or even little crafting essentials.

Embellished Enamel Tags Project



7. Embellished Enamel Tags Project:

These embellished vials are another great party-favor idea. The blank enamel tags by Tim Holtz are perfect for altering, especially with small creepy pictures or personalized messages. We used various images from 7gypsies Numbers Rubbings and added a coat of matte medium to keep them from fading. When you’re done embellishing your tags, just fill the vials up with your favorite candy and secure the tags onto them with black scrapper’s floss. You’ll have to be extra careful with this project because the vials are made of glass, so we don’t recommend you give them to small children.

The Frightful Family Trio Project



8. The Frightful Family Trio Project:

These quirky and goofy characters from the Stampotique collection are absolutely charming. They’re the perfect subjects for an extra creepy home décor project. This set of three paper mache books are carefully altered with paint, stamped tissue paper, and collage sheet cut outs. The best thing about this project is that once you’re done, you can fill the books up with treats. What’s better than a scary Halloween decoration? One that you can use to hide delicious candy!

 

Halloween and Autumn Collection

Halloween and Autumn CollectionIf you’re starting to think about homemade costumes and pumpkin carvings, rest assured that you’re in good company. We’ve curated a collection of colorful papers, hand-dyed tags, and die-cuts featuring vintage Halloween and autumn designs. From ready-to-alter pumpkins and coffins to eerie gothic creatures, there is something for all of your fall crafting needs.

 

Click here to visit our Halloween and Autumn Collection.

 

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Creating a Clear Vision + Sea-Inspired Collage by Guest Artist Kelli May-Krenz

September 22nd, 2014

Sea-Inspired Collage by Kelli May-Krenz



 

This started months ago. I was sitting in a meeting, bouncing around ideas for potential blog posts, when someone brought up that lady. I marveled as my co-worker explained the story of an artist who had visualized her success and then achieved it. It would take a full two months before I was able to introduce myself to that talented lady — Kelli May-Krenz.

Kelli created a vision board, upon which she assured herself that she would one day be published in a Stampington publication. It wasn’t arrogance that led her to create a physical manifestation of her certainty, but faith. She had faith in herself, in the process of her artwork, and in her finished creations. Her work isn’t just well-made and beautiful, she herself is a breath of fresh air. Lighthearted, positive, and full of life, Kelli happily accepted our invitation to stop by Somesret Place as a guest artist. Today she’ll be sharing a little more about her creative process and giving a step-by-step tutorial on how to recreate an exclusive project that she made for us.

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I live my life as a graphic designer, illustrator, and artist. I have a fine art degree from Iowa State University. I create every single day. For me, creating is like breathing. I live in a home that was built in 1846 in a charming little river town called Galena in the great state of Illinois. I live with my husband and Pearl Button, our little Jack Russell Terrier. My business card says, “Artist, Designer, and Lover of Life.” And it couldn’t be more accurate! I do love life and I celebrate mine every single day. I have a unique way of creating. It starts with being able to recognize when I really want something in my life. It can be anything. Once I know what I want, I create a vision board. Seeing dreams and goals written down makes them real for me. You see, I am a very visual person, so for me, being able to see the plan is key to following through. Seeing my dreams looking back at me from a vision board fills me with even more passion, which helps me to act on them and bring them to life.  

Breaking Down Dreams into Goals

 

Vision Board by Kelli May-Krenz

 

Breaking down your dreams into manageable goals is the first step to making them come true. Last year, one of my biggest goals was to be published by Stampington. So I put it all down on a vision board, then I put aside all the self-doubt, and I stopped asking, “Why would they pick my art?” I’ve learned that until you start putting yourself and your art into the world, you’re only ever creating for an audience of one (yourself). So why the heck shouldn’t you try your very best and send your art into the world? What’s the worst that could happen — what’s the best that could happen?

My dream of getting published is what inspired me to create the vision board pictured above. As artists, we have to stay true to ourselves, we have to know what we’re passionate about, and we have to believe in our dreams so we can set the right goals to achieve them. We have to make sure we take time out to give ourselves positive affirmations and we have to make the time to create, create, create! And then, when one of your pieces of art jumps out at you, you have to make sure that you submit it quickly for publishing. If something about that artwork spoke to you, maybe it will speak to others. Get your art seen. Take a chance. It makes all the difference in the world.

Since creating my vision board I have been fortunate enough to be published in Somerset Apprentice, Somerset Memories, and my work was even selected to be on the cover of Art Journaling. I am beyond giddy.

 

Creating a Vision Board for this Blog Project:

Creating a Vision Board by Kelli May-Krenz

When I was asked to create a project for Somerset Place, I started with a vision board. I decided that my project would reflect all the changes that had transpired in this past year. In a nutshell, I’ve had to make two major moves in that time. First, my hubby and I sold our home in Minneapolis, MN and moved everything in it to Sarasota, FL. We did this so I could fulfill a lifetime dream of creating by the ocean and focus on becoming a professional artist by growing my own brand. I have mainly created for big fortune 500 companies, and have worked through a representative for nearly 20 years. I finally decided to take the leap and create a line of cards and paper products so that I could inspire and spread joy.

Finished Vision Board by Kelli May-Krenz

I have found it incredibly healing to create in Florida. I have also found that it is not really where I belong. So yet another dream is happening (yes, I created a vision board for this one too). We are currently in the midst of moving to a small historic town called Galena, IL. This town is rich with history and has tons of charm, plus a huge bonus for me is that it’s a town filled with artists.  I have secretly wanted to move to this town since I was a child, and now it’s finally happening. Now that my priorities are finally right, I am ready to shine. I am so grateful that we are making this happen and this collage is a celebration of this new chapter.

Now, are you ready to make a Sea-Inspired Collage?

 

Sea-Inspired Collage Project Supplies:

-Gold Leaf Sheets (they’re tricky but fun)

-Acrylic Paint

-Paint Brushes

-Pencil 3B

-White and Black Journaling Pen

-Watercolor Paper

-Vintage Book Pages

-Sewing Machine

-Glue Stick

-Ephemera

 

Sea-Inspired Collage Project Tutorial:

Sea-Inspired Collage Step 1 by Kelli May-Krenz

Step 1 – Get your watercolor paper ready. Start by applying bits and pieces of ephemera. These can be cut out or torn into shapes. Adhere them down with your glue stick or sew them on for added texture. I made wave shapes out of mine.

*Tip: I use a dual quality thread in my sewing machine. It shows up better when stitching on heavy papers. Use a color you love. You can match your colors or mix it up and contrast if you want it to pop even more.

Sea-Inspired Collage Step 2 by Kelli May-Krenz

Step 2 – After you have your ephemera down on your paper, make a wash with your acrylic paint and apply it around the edges. Go back and add more bits of ephemera, torn painted paper towels, vintage book pages, and any images you feel need to be added. Keep adding and painting until you feel it looks balanced and you like it. I love layers.

*Tip: I cut out my mermaid from collage sheets of paper and applied bits of gold leaf, and then stitched it onto the watercolor paper. I then added white pen and ink onto her tail and some more gold leaf to the paper.

Sea-Inspired Collage Step 3 by Kelli May-Krenz

Step 3 – Once you have your bits and pieces and your main image down, start playing with lines, doodles, and drawings. Use your white pen or a black journaling pen. You could also use colorful makers.

Sea-Inspired Collage Step 4 by Kelli May-Krenz

Step 4 – Take the top of a brown paper shopping bag, leaving the handle intact so that you can use it to hang your artwork. Adhere your collage onto the paper bag. You can use a glue stick or sew it on. Feel free to add some illustrations to the brown paper bag with your white pen. The contrast between the white ink and the kraft-colored bag is beautiful.

Sea-Inspired Collage Finished by Kelli May-Krenz



Step 6 – Finally, make sure you sign your art! Be proud of everything you create; it is all a part of your journey to becoming the very best you can be. Hope you enjoyed the process! You’re all done.

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Please join me in giving Kelli May-Krenz a big Somerset Place thank you for taking the time to create such a lovely project for us. Reading more about her creative process has been fascinating, and if you want to learn more you can visit Kelli on her blog: Here’s Another Way of Looking at It?

 

Get More Project Tutorials by Kelli May-Krenz

1APP-1402-Somerset-Apprentice-Autumn-2014-300x300Do you want to see more of Kelli May-Krenz’s artwork? Pickup a copy of Somerset Apprentice and get even more tips and techniques from this fabulous artist.

Use the coupon code BLOG0914 to get $5 off this new September Publication. Be sure to hurry, coupon expires 9/30/2014.

 

 

 

The Bella Grace Blog Hop

The Bella Grace Blog HopToday’s unlocked link comes from Staci Austin-Ducharme. This insightful posts is about the correlation between gratitude and death, and it urges us not to wait until tragedy strikes to give thanks for what we have. Visit Staci’s blog and leave her a comment about what you’re grateful for and you might just win a copy of Bella Grace.

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Editor Spotlight: Card Therapy + Unearthing the Artist Within by Devon Warren

September 18th, 2014

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It’s hard to believe that the holiday season is just around the corner. The days already starting to get shorter and my daily drive to work has been taken over by the sight of bright orange pumpkins, which are just starting to peek out from under the pumpkin patches that have been growing for the past month and a half. Soon it’s going to be time for corn mazes, pumpkin carving, and glorious turkey dinners with mashed potatoes and peach cobbler. However, more important than all that (yes, even delicious leftover turkey sandwiches) is the fact that soon it’s going to be time to start sending out greeting cards. Although sentiments of appreciation, birthday wishes, and just-because cards should be sent year round, there’s something wonderful and magical about holiday themed cards. Whether you live right down the street or clear across the country from friends and family, this is the perfect time of the year to send those very special people warm reminders of your love and friendship. Besides, who doesn’t love getting a card in the mail?

Today we’re very fortunate to have the new managing editor of Take Ten, Devon Warren, visiting us here at Somerset Place. As a new editor, Devon has some very interesting insights into the world of publishing as well as a newfound love for the art of card making. If you’ve ever only bought ready-made greeting cards during the holiday seasons, let Devon inspire you into trying something new. All you need are a few stamps, some cardstock, some bits and pieces of ephemera, and a willingness to unleash your imagination.

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Take Ten - September 2014Artwork by: Diana Pisanelli and Kris Lancaster

Stampington & Company offers so many wonderful, varied publications that it’s virtually impossible to pick a favorite.  But as one of the newer editors, I was thrust into the colorful world of cards and rubber stamping. The Stampers’ Sampler is our original and oldest publication (a tradition I’m more than pleased to uphold, as I love tradition!), and it has been such an honor to work on this magazine.

As children, many of us enjoy the art form of stamping. Just go ahead and give a child a stamp and some paint — you will probably regret to tell the tale, but you might also be amazed by what happens. My very first inkpad was the ColorBox Tropical Pigment Stamp Pad by Clearsnap (I still remember!), which was mostly used harmoniously with my collection of Ed Emberley drawing books. A curious and enthusiastic toddler, I claimed Grandma’s dusty organ as my arts and crafts station, and proceeded to stamp all over a mini Merriam-Webster dictionary with a rubber butterfly stamp. This action prompted Grandma to sternly ask, “What are you doing to my book? Do you think that’s nice?” No, it wasn’t nice. But these days I think it’s strangely ironic that I became the editor of a publication all about stamping: a bit of foreshadowing there. Also, I feel that it shows our intuition sometimes can be trusted. I always dreamed that one day I would have a job that I loved and now it’s a reality!

 

Take Ten - September 2014Artwork by: Barb Pladziewicz and Kris Lancaster

Like many people, I lost touch with my creative side and not until very recently did I begin to explore that side of myself again. Often when I edit articles or read emails, I realize that I am not alone when it comes to suppressing one’s creative side. Ella Wilson, for instance, a very talented artist who has been published in both Take Ten and The Stampers’ Sampler many times, shares that she has trouble focusing her energy at times. My sister, a talented artist by her own right, once shared research with me that stated around the time we enter primary school, we stop playing with finger paints, drawing, and coloring because either we realize we’re not good or someone (perhaps a teacher, parent, or “frenemy”) tells us we shouldn’t keep pursuing art since nothing will come of it. Obviously, that simply isn’t true. Taking that creative path is not an easy route: It opens us up to doubt and rejection, but it’s also a path of endless potential. Even bad art can be better than no art at all because it means that the artist is still expressing their passion.

 

Take Ten - September 2014Artwork by: Laurie Davis and Mary Walden

Take Ten was the first publication I worked on from day one when I walked through Stampington’s doors to the day when I inherited it from Andrea Rangno, the former editor. All it takes is 10 minutes a day to find your inner artist, starting with making a homemade birthday or thank you card. Of all the publications we offer, I still feel that Take Ten is one of the most accessible and provides an easy introduction to beginners, whether they’re budding fine artists or those who know they can create but don’t know how to start expressing their passion.

Shortly afterward, I became quite friendly with The Stampers’ Sampler, which in the beginning had my head spinning with its intricate and inspiring techniques. It was a phantasmagoria of stamping splendor! One of the most rewarding parts was the realization that something as simple as greeting cards could indeed be artwork. I always marvel at the way card artists blend inks, layer ephemera, and use the same stamp in completely different ways.

 

Take Ten - September 2014Artwork by: Barb Pladziewicz

As clichéd as it may sound, the only way to truly find your potential as an artist is to put yourself out there — to be open to criticism and put time aside to create art. I’m a major advocate of daily projects and monthly challenges because they motivate you to set aside a small amount of time to be you. And why not spread that inspiration to someone else? That’s the beauty of greeting cards; you don’t need to wait for a special occasion to write a note — you can create a card and send them just because! In fact, the majority of cards published in Take Ten and The Stampers’ Sampler are sent purely for that reason. Or better yet, why not create a beautiful card and write a special note to yourself? You deserve it!

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It’s been an absolute pleasure getting to know the managing editor of Take Ten, Devon Warren, a little better. Being such a fan of Take Ten, The Stampers’ Sampler, GreenCraft Magazine, and Somerset Home, it’s wonderful to have some insight into the editor’s thought process. Please join me in giving Devon heartfelt thanks for stopping by Somerset Place.

 

Use code BLOG0914 to get $5 off Take Ten

Take Ten - September 2014In addition to our typical array of quick, easy, under-ten-minute stamping projects and colorful card ideas, this issue of Take Ten features a designated holiday section — including Halloween, Thanksgiving, Season’s Greetings, and more — that offer tips to make cards that take less time than grabbing your car keys and driving to the bargain mart.

For a limited time you can get $5 off this inspiring publication by using the coupon code BLOG0914 when prompted at checkout. But be sure to hurry because the promotion ends on September 3oth!

 

 

The Bella Grace Blog Hop

The Bella Grace Blog HopOur latest unlocked link comes from Olga Sledlecka, who shares how she gathers her creativity from the forest floor. Join her as takes a walk under the harvest moon, and discover all the treasures she finds. Leave her a comment for a chance to win a copy of Bella Grace.

 

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It’s hard to believe that the holiday season is just around the corner. The days already starting to get shorter and my daily drive to work has been taken over by the sight of bright orange pumpkins, which are just starting to peek out from under the pumpkin patches that have been growing for the […]