Art Journal Inspiration by Guest Artist Heather Jacob

July 31st, 2015

Heather Jacob Guest Artist



Hi everyone. My name is Heather Jacob and I live in Australia I am so excited and grateful to have been invited to share one of my Art Journals with you. I have journaled most of my life and love to look back and read about my memories, words, and feelings. In 1999 my treasured son Mark, age 22, was killed on his motorbike as you may imagine this left a huge hole in my life. I was absolutely consumed by pain and grief … 3 years along my grief journey I discovered scrapbooking and it has changed my life. Read the rest of this entry »


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Hi everyone. My name is Heather Jacob and I live in Australia I am so excited and grateful to have been invited to share one of my Art Journals with you. I have journaled most of my life and love to look back and read about my memories, words, and feelings. In 1999 my treasured […]

Trending: In Love with Lace

July 28th, 2015
Altered Couture In Love with Lace Trending

~Artwork by Nancy Romans, Carolyn Soto, Elaine Howell, Diane Utley-Aguilar, Kimberly Elowe, and Lanni Lantto



What’s this summer’s biggest trend? Hint, everyone from your mom to your great-grandmother has worn it, but none of them have worn it like this. That’s right, lace is the next big trend in summer fashion. There are many different types of lace — crochet, bobbin, cutwork (even macramé can trace its roots back to knotted lace) — and lacy accents are popping up on everything from vests and tops to pants and culottes. Lace is also part of a new dynamic duo with sheer or other lightweight fabrics, taking it outside grandma’s parlor and into the breezy style of warm summer days. Read the rest of this entry »


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What’s this summer’s biggest trend? Hint, everyone from your mom to your great-grandmother has worn it, but none of them have worn it like this. That’s right, lace is the next big trend in summer fashion. There are many different types of lace — crochet, bobbin, cutwork (even macramé can trace its roots back to […]

Get Published: August Calls and Challenges

July 24th, 2015

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Our Stampington publications want your submissions. If you are an artist or writer looking to have your work featured in one of our magazines, here are the latest calls and challenges that our magazines are looking for. We encourage you to submit your work again even if you have tried before. The following magazines have upcoming deadlines on August 15th, so this is your chance to see your name in print and get published! Read the rest of this entry »


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Our Stampington publications want your submissions. If you are an artist or writer looking to have your work featured in one of our magazines, here are the latest calls and challenges that our magazines are looking for. We encourage you to submit your work again even if you have tried before. The following magazines have […]

6 Bezel Projects — Necklaces, and Bookmarks, and Bracelets, Oh My!

July 21st, 2015

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Bezels are one of the most versatile pieces in jewelry making. You can decorate them with anything — patterned paper, photos, and text, or even chalkboard paint and glitter! These projects all use bezels in a unique way. From necklaces to journal wraps to bracelets, they can be used to display your personal style like a mini art canvas for your accessories and wearable art projects. Read the rest of this entry »


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Bezels are one of the most versatile pieces in jewelry making. You can decorate them with anything — patterned paper, photos, and text, or even chalkboard paint and glitter! These projects all use bezels in a unique way. From necklaces to journal wraps to bracelets, they can be used to display your personal style like […]

Metal Stamping Project Inspiration

July 17th, 2015

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Metal stamping projects are the hottest trend in jewelry making right now. Hammering the tags and blanks can be a great way to add a personal touch. Nothing is more satisfying than seeing letters and shapes appear in the metal after a good, solid thud of the hammer. Here is a collection of metal stamping projects that can inspire your own experiments with the technique. Make gift tags, necklaces, keychains, or boot belts with this technique and try the jewelry making method that everyone is talking about.

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Metal stamping projects are the hottest trend in jewelry making right now. Hammering the tags and blanks can be a great way to add a personal touch. Nothing is more satisfying than seeing letters and shapes appear in the metal after a good, solid thud of the hammer. Here is a collection of metal stamping […]

We Asked the Artists: What’s the Best Feedback You’ve Ever Received?

July 14th, 2015

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For all creative types, feedback can be an important formative experience. Most of us remember the best compliments we’ve received for our artistic efforts. My favorite compliment came from my mother and wasn’t even said directly to me. We were at a family reunion when I overheard her telling my aunt what amazing work I had been doing lately. It was a special moment that convinced me to continue creating. However, sometimes harsh criticism can be just as productive. One of my mixed-media pieces got a complete makeover when a friend told me it was “just alright.” Whether it was positive or negative, we asked the artists:

What is the best feedback you have ever received? Has constructive criticism helped you develop personally or improved your artwork? Do you listen to the comments of others? Read the rest of this entry »


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For all creative types, feedback can be an important formative experience. Most of us remember the best compliments we’ve received for our artistic efforts. My favorite compliment came from my mother and wasn’t even said directly to me. We were at a family reunion when I overheard her telling my aunt what amazing work I […]

4 Projects Using Wax Bags and a Giveaway!

July 10th, 2015

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Our unbleached wax bags are a blank canvas for all your artful living projects. Make goodie bags, seed packets, sandwich bags, or gift bags. Punch a decorative border into the edges, tie a bow at the top, or stitch them shut. The possibilities for these bags are endless — decorate them with all the details you love. Read the rest of this entry »


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Our unbleached wax bags are a blank canvas for all your artful living projects. Make goodie bags, seed packets, sandwich bags, or gift bags. Punch a decorative border into the edges, tie a bow at the top, or stitch them shut. The possibilities for these bags are endless — decorate them with all the details […]

The Meaning of Life: A Mixed-Media Art Journal Page by Guest Artist Kate Crane

July 7th, 2015

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Today’s project is by Guest Artist Kate Crane. Please give a warm welcome to her and enjoy her amazing project.

As a fairly prolific and long-term art journaler, I am always looking for new ideas to try out in my journals. However, there are recurring and repeating features that always seem to appear – bright colours, lots and lots of layers, stenciling and stamping!

Recently I have been playing with repeating images. We all like a bit of familiarity and therefore repetition can be soothing and relaxing. It’s also a great way to use a small stamped image on a larger page, an image that would usually get lost on a larger scale page. Read the rest of this entry »


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Today’s project is by Guest Artist Kate Crane. Please give a warm welcome to her and enjoy her amazing project. As a fairly prolific and long-term art journaler, I am always looking for new ideas to try out in my journals. However, there are recurring and repeating features that always seem to appear – bright […]

Glimpse Inside July Issues — Plus, a $5 Discount and Magazine Giveaway!

July 2nd, 2015
glimpse inside July Issues discount code Magazine Giveaway Receive $5 off select July titles. Copy and paste coupon code BLOG0715 when prompted at checkout. (Discount code can be used only once per customer).

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Find inspiration for your paper crafting and fine art endeavors with the July issue of Somerset Studio. Explore a variety of techniques done on repurposed shipping pallets and an art journal that’s rolled up into a scroll. Mixed-media meets function in an article on book cases for an artist, and you’ll want to show off your artistic side with sassy and fun cuffs. This issue’s Artist Profile spotlights Danielle Donaldson, and we also announce the results of our black-and-white challenge. Read the rest of this entry »


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Receive $5 off select July titles. Copy and paste coupon code BLOG0715 when prompted at checkout. (Discount code can be used only once per customer). Somerset Studio Find inspiration for your paper crafting and fine art endeavors with the July issue of Somerset Studio. Explore a variety of techniques done on repurposed shipping pallets and an […]

Calls and Challenges: Introducing The Coloring Studio

June 30th, 2015

The Coloring Studio Calls and ChallengesStampington & Company is excited to announce the launch of The Coloring Studio™, a special publication that will feature sophisticated, edgy, black-and-white line drawings in the Somerset-esque style you’ve come to love. Artistically inspired designs printed on high-quality paper will feature an array of sketches just waiting for your personal palette.

We’re looking for original, black-and-white drawings, free of any shading or gray scale, that include breathtaking landscapes, fun patterns, funky lettering, people, places, botanicals, and other beautiful images. Take a delightful respite from the everyday with The Coloring Studio™.

Send hi-res (300 dpi at 8 x 10″) submissions to thecoloringstudio@stampington.com for publication consideration.
Deadline for Submissions: July 15, 2015

The Coloring Studio™ : Artistic Adventures in Coloring will be released December 2015.

 


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Stampington & Company is excited to announce the launch of The Coloring Studio™, a special publication that will feature sophisticated, edgy, black-and-white line drawings in the Somerset-esque style you’ve come to love. Artistically inspired designs printed on high-quality paper will feature an array of sketches just waiting for your personal palette. We’re looking for original, black-and-white drawings, […]