October Issues Have Arrived + Win Your Favorite!

It’s officially fall when your primetime television shows are back and our new October issues have hit the stands! We’ll give you a run-down of our favorite highlights, from collage mermaids to uplifting journals and hopefully leave you wanting to snuggle up with your favorite title and a furry friend. After virtually perusing this month’s selection, take advantage of our FREE SHIPPING discount that we are offering exclusively to our blog readers.

Use Promo Code: BLOG1012*

No, that’s not the sound of baby pigs running rampant around the office. That’s a bunch of very excited squeals at the delectably vibrant, candy-colored cover of the newest issue of Mingle. Flip open to any page and be whisked away to parties that showcase ornate centerpieces, costumes, and an assortment of treats. Step into the dark and musty venue of a murder mystery party, a French Quarter-inspired wedding, or perhaps a Cookie Shine – the Scottish version of the classic tea party. Visit The Makerie, a creative retreat that celebrates handmade and eco-friendly art in Boulder, Colorado (they even created their own adorable photo booth!). Don your party hats and wave those handmade pinwheels because you’ll want to recreate and re-imagine these festive décor and party themes again and again.

This stunning new issue of Art Journaling is a treasure, one to add to your mixed-media magazine collection and return to for years to come. Trish McKinney asks the question, “What Do You Dream About?” and encourages artists to never stop daydreaming. With her encouraging lyric-based art pieces, Naomi Capps sums up a feeling we all express from time to time: overwhelmed. She showcases this expression through paint and text and documents her everyday life in this way. Roc Nicholas takes art journaling off of the blank page and onto a blank coffee cup, and Rene Tibbets tells us why she likes to incorporate digital techniques into her journaling layouts. With over 150 inspirational journal pages to drink in, you’ll be mesmerized by the kind of art you can create as well.

For artists who like to create, sculpt, mold, and paint with their hands, Somerset Workshop presents techniques for getting your hands dirty in the craft room. Mary Beth Shaw provides eye-opening articles that illustrate how she uses paper towels to create textured backgrounds, creates a stylish project with an encaustic medium, and prefers to paint – without paint! Join Mary Beth, as well as other big names in mixed media like Cynthia Shaffer and Sarah Ahearn Bellemare, as they walk you through instructions for infusing upcycled paper towels and a mixture of text and images into your mixed-media projects. With articles titled, “Cheer Up” and “All Together,” there is no doubt that these artists are constantly fostering a positive community environment.

The rich olive and peach hues on the cover of Haute Handbags are enough to make any fashionista swoon. Return to school with a cool wool patch tote bag or a hip denim messenger bag. Give new life to burlap coffee bags and turn them into sturdy totes with feminine embellishments (look at those gorgeous bows!). A mother-daughter pair teams up to create gypsy-inspired bags from upcycled doilies and lace items, and patterns get “all tied up” with a menswear-inspired update. From mini-purses to clutches and felt to leather, these handbag designs are plentiful and the results are exquisite.

Fleur-de-lis and bejeweled insects are just some of the exquisite focal points of the jewelry showcased in this issue of Jewelry Affaire. Laurie Garcia shows us how to alter a cigar box and upcycle it into an organizational jewelry holder. Dazzling pieces that pay homage to the changing seasons are created with metallic leaf embellishments and ornate butterfly brooches. Maggie Dykzeul showcases a refreshing take on layered necklaces with her oriental-inspired pieces. Rebecca Ersfeld shows us a classy way to incorporate velvet into pieces your grandmother would approve of, and Cat Kerr shows us how to make the most of loved and well-worn board games with her altered Jenga Pendants. Between all of these amazing artfully inspired jewelry, there is surely a project that is just up your alley.

The first few pages of Somerset Life are enough to make a vintage lover’s eyes widen with excitement. Christine Stephens walks us through Gilding the Lily, an Orange County-based store that showcases button assortments in mismatched glass jars, raspberry-colored ribbons, glittering home décor, and much more. Susannah Conway shares her thoughts about life and writing in her article, “Stepping Bravely into the Unknown,” accompanied by her breathtaking photos from her blog. Send a bouquet of flowers in the mail by creating pressed petal parcels with poetic text accents. Full of Creative Living Ideas from our readers and artists, including ruffled can decorations and personalized envelopes, this issue will keep you crafting and smiling time and time again.

Polka dots, turquoise stripes, holiday plaid, and snowflake-covered skies are just a few of the many designs included in the winter issue of The Stampers’ Sampler. Packed with hundreds of handmade cards featuring bewitched pumpkins, holiday tags, Mason jar fairies, and collaged mermaids, this issue is crafted with love from our editors, designers, and readers alike. Flip through Wendy Morris’s Lost & Found album and see how she weaves together a story using paper scraps from memorable vacations. Don’t forget that every issue of The Stampers’ Sampler includes a FREE artist paper and template to keep you craftin’ those greetings all year round.

The autumn issue of Somerset Memories provides more than 125 layouts and projects that are positively eye-candy. See how Julie Fei-Fan Balzer uses the Copic Airbrush system to create a misty background effect without any mess at all! Pair it with stencils, and the possibilities for patterns are endless. Tackle the art of the album with Melissa Stinson as she creates a functional way to display photos from her trip to the Washington D.C. Cherry Blossom Festival. Digital scrapbooking expert Michelle Shefveland creates digital quilted art and shares a fun technique – the basic of printing images onto muslin. With tips and tricks from the best of the best in paper crafting, this jam-packed issue is one for the scrapbooks!

Want to win one of these issues? Click on any spread, check out the table of contents, and let us know which feature you’re looking forward to reading! One person will be selected at random to receive their choice of magazine. Winner will be chosen and announced October 19th.

Update: Our winner is comment #75, Tammy! We will be in contact with you in regards to you prize. Thank you to all who entered!

*Free shipping offer applies to U.S. purchases of the following October 2012 issues only: Art Journaling, Haute Handbags, Jewelry Affaire, Mingle, Somerset Life, Somerset Memories, Somerset Workshop, and The Stampers’ Sampler. Discount code does not apply to items purchased from The Shoppe at Somerset and expires 10/31/12. Contest is open to U.S. residents and ends 10/18/12 at 11:59pm.

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82 Responses to “October Issues Have Arrived + Win Your Favorite!”

  1. Carolyn Williams says:

    A Felted Fall looks fabulous in Haute Handbags.

  2. Brittany says:

    I am most likely to read the article in the new Art Journaling magazine. I love this magazine and always looks forward to seeing techniques step by step and finding new artists to follow for inspiration.

  3. Cilenia says:

    OH I’m SO looking forward to the new Art Journaling article Creating Journals for comfort and Inspiration! Can’t wait to get mine!

  4. Ella says:

    These all look so inspiring! As Autumn graces our world and the bare branches of Winter soon approach, Art Journaling speaks to me. Jennifer Bomgardner’s article whispers to me. I would like to work on a nature type journal, to inspire artful gatherings through out the season! What tugs n’ lures my heart to look again~ Thank you for this offer :D

  5. rene says:

    I’ll definitely be purchasing Somerset Workshop, but I’m into jewelry-making right now, so Fly Free from Jewelry Affaire has caught my eye and stolen my heart.

  6. elle says:

    Art Journalling is tempting but Memories might serve for better content on my art pages!

  7. StacySix says:

    So gorgeous! How can I possibly choose? In the end, I think Art Journaling wins with the luscious colors and delicate details on the layouts.

    But Haute Handbags is an incredibly close second!

  8. Painted rocks and canvas stars – the Autumn issue of The Stampers’ Sampler looks amazing!! I’m already a huge fan of Take Ten and this publication looks to be just as inspiring (and addicting) !! Would love to experience an issue up close and personal. Thanks for the chance!

  9. JJ says:

    Vintage Button Cards in Somerset Life. Or anything in Art Journaling.

  10. jenni says:

    i’d love to win a copy of Mingle, Somerset life always sets me on fire creatively and even Somerset Journaling or Workshoop….even The Stamper’s Sampler! you all are getting down and gritty with the loves and passions of so many of us….even to the point where our creativity flows from one issue of a magazine to another. wow.

  11. Velvet says:

    Somerset Workshop looks like my favorite, as always!

  12. Beverly Sager says:

    I often use song lyrics in my journal pages, so I would definitely read Naomi Capps’ article. I can never find this magazine locally – please, please, please pick me!

  13. Beverly Sager says:

    Oops – probably should have mentioned “Art Journaling” LOL

  14. Marilyn Curttright says:

    Oh, I so love the look of Art Journaling, but I haven’t done any of it yet. “Documenting My Life Through Art Journaling” sounds like it is just what I need. Thanks for the opportunity to win a copy.

  15. Nancy Strickland says:

    Art Journaling is pretty wonderful!

  16. Michelle Corbo says:

    I love Mingle Magazine and cherish each issue!

  17. I am looking forward to seeing the Handmade Ornament Exchange article in Mingle!

  18. Can’t wait to read “Fly Free” in Jewelry Affaire!

  19. Sharri Reeves says:

    Definitely Somerset Workshop. Looking at the pages makes my fingers itch, just needing to create.

  20. nancy dempsey says:

    I have always loved Somerset Workshop and the latest edition looks like it won’t disappoint!

  21. I’ve never made an art journal, but when I see such beautiful ones as are pictured in “Art Journaling,” I am so inspired to try it!

  22. Lisa M says:

    I’ve never read “Mingle,” as I’m not a party kinda gal, but the description of the mystery party sounds irresistible!

  23. Pat Langley says:

    I think I would enjoy Somerset Workshop with Mary Beth Shaw and mixed media

  24. Susan Buchanan says:

    I’m anxious to check out “Autumn Leaves” in Haute Handbags. I’m a mixed media artist who just joined a fiber guild and I’m working on several autumn-themed pieces for upcoming fiber guild shows.

  25. laurie bouta says:

    I will buy the workshop issue. Especially for the workshop 1. Interested in encaustic and texture colors.I just bought somerset Life yesterday and enjoying every page! Lots of inspiration

  26. Mikell says:

    The button cards really appeal to me. The journaling also peaked my interest.

  27. Sue Ossenberg says:

    I love all of your mags and would love to have any of them. But I’m really excited by the new issue of Jewelry Affaire which features work with natural elements such as the little stones and the garnet vessel as I work with vessels in my jewelry, too. There are always such good ideas to use as springboards for something which can be made into our own.

  28. Yvette Shoemaker says:

    I love the Art Journaling! What a feast for the eyes and comfort for the soul of someone who believes in sharing one’s soul through journaling!

  29. Libbi says:

    Somerset Workshop looks very interesting!

  30. Jennifer says:

    Oooh…a new Art Journaling!!! Talk about eye candy galore!! I love trying the new techniques and products used in the making of the pages. Fabulous magazine!

  31. Vintage button cards in Somerset Life looks yummy!

  32. Kari says:

    In Art Journaling I am looking forward to reading the article on journaling for comfort and inspiration. Her use of color attracts my attention.

  33. Randi S says:

    Creating Journals for Comfort and Inspiration by Jennifer Baumgardner! (Art Journaling)

  34. Jani Howe says:

    I love Lynne Perella’s work, so I am most likely to be drawn to anything she writes. I’ve just begun journaling myself, it’s really fun to see what others do and how they approach journaling. Even though I’ve just started, i can see already I’m drawn to certain styles!

  35. Art Journaling looks so lovely… I want to read this issue!!

  36. Jackie says:

    The Somerset Life “the art of graditude” is a feature I looking forward to reading!

  37. Wilma Diaz says:

    I can’t wait to read the article A colorful life in your Life magazine! It looks like something that would make me happy.

  38. debby l says:

    Sommerset Workshop’s Paper Towel Turned Art….I’ve never read this magazine and this looks like the perfect start.

  39. Zenetta says:

    I would love to read Christmas Sing in the Stampers Sampler new issue. For some reason I am ready to start my Christmas crafting !

  40. Oh the covers look so beautiful! I am anxious to see SS Workshop – Lynn Whipple. I have admired her style for years!

  41. Mosaic Magpie says:

    Love “Fly Free”! Any Stampington magazine is a treasure!
    Deb

  42. Melanie Butler says:

    I typically do not purchase Mingle magazine but the article “Art from Around the World” has definitely caught my eye. Might be a new magazine I’ll just have to subscribe to!

  43. Renee Zarate says:

    Art Journaling is my new crush! I would love to win it.

  44. Sandra Cotroneo says:

    Somerset Workshop — Welcome Door Bird Hanger

  45. Marcia says:

    I would really love the Workshop one– I want to read the article by Sarah Ahearn!

  46. pattisj says:

    Art Journaling is my favorite. All are so colorful and inspiring.

  47. Tabitha says:

    I LOVE button cards and I can’t wait to read about the bottle brush trees in Somerset Life. LOVE them all!

  48. Julie says:

    So exciting, the Art journaling cause I am just l earning about it and the button cards by Somerset,Love it all

  49. Dee says:

    Love the all but is I have to pick one I’d say Somerset Workshops. I’m ready to get my “hands dirty”!:)

  50. VickiR says:

    How can I choose?? Stammers sample is wonderful; Art Journaling is inspiring; Somerset Life is awesome! Is I must choose I would say the article on art journaling for comfort and inspiration is too intriguing to pass up!

  51. Trisha says:

    So envious of all you Americans who have these lovely magazines at your finger tips and the bits and bobs with which to create your own work. Living in Africa we have to rely on “long distance” inspiration. But though it was difficult,I would choose Somerset Memories with the article on Evidence of a Story.

  52. DeeAnn says:

    I look forward to reading Overwhelmed in this months Art Journaling.

  53. Jan Johnson says:

    I am intrigued by “It Started with One Box” in Somerset Life. I love decorated boxes. The vintage transparency pieces are amazing too!

  54. Lisa says:

    A Felted Fall…in Haute Handbags…of course!

  55. Jeanne Kelly says:

    Haute Handbags looks really great this month – I hope there are instructions for that Fall felted bag!!

  56. Sue SG says:

    I would love to read the Vintage Button Cards article in Somerset Life. Your magazines and articles are wonderful! Thanks for the chance!

  57. PUFF says:

    I am on a limited budget. It is so hard to pick which issues I can afford, so my friends who buy many of the issues will loan me the ones I cannot afford because I usually buy ALL of them. you should see my bookshelves. FULL FULL FULL.
    Love you guys and all your publications.
    OK I guess if I have to choose it will be, hmmmmmm
    Somerset Life because it lets me dream of things I would love to do to my home.

  58. Tisa at Seattle Retro says:

    Life turns grey in Seattle after summer ends & the rain clouds roll in, so the photos for “A Colorful Life” in Somerset Life really caught my eye :) Would love to receive a free copy of it so my grey world can sparkle with some color ideas!

  59. Mary Collier says:

    The felted handbags in Haute Handbags caught my eye, loved the designs.

  60. Nancy D. says:

    Looking forward to the Somerset Memories issue & the Adventures in Art article

  61. Jennifer D. says:

    All Together Now: Text & Image with Paint & Mixed Media looks super interesting and right up my alley! Thanks for the chance to win!

  62. Susie Cross says:

    The article from Mary Beth Shaw looks fabulous!

  63. Jen says:

    The Art Journaling (which I subscribe to – yay) and the Somerset Workshop ones look simply divine.

    It would be great to have some of these competitions open worldwide (to say, Australia) every now and then :)

  64. SewLindaAnn says:

    The Beauty of Color in the Somerset Workshop looks fabulous.

  65. Carol says:

    First of all, you may want to know that the Stamper’s Sampler link brings you to Somerset Life. I love looking at all of the sneak peeks! I’d be happy with any one of the wonderful publications you put out, but this month, Somerset Life has intrigued me…. Especially “A Colorful Life”. Thank you for the monthly opportunities to win!

  66. tina says:

    I love Art Journaling. The article about journaling for comfort looks interesting. I’m very excited about Donna Dugone-Anami’s article as well. I’m a huge fan of her work and the colors of the featured journal are right up my alley. Also looking forward to Patty Radish’s story about Xmas journals as I always intend to make one but have yet to actually do it!

  67. Mary Anne says:

    For me it would have to be Somerset Life – and do I really have to pick just one article? I want to read them all (but most especially about the star ornament exchange).

  68. Dawn says:

    I would love to read about workshop 1 painting article in somerset workshop

  69. Susan says:

    Stampers Sampler – definitely want to see the treat container and Christmas Sing cards!

  70. Cindi says:

    I adore Stamper’s Sampler…
    Many thanks, Cindi

  71. Barbie says:

    Sommerset Vintage Transparencies looks like a great article. Can’t wait to read it.

  72. Patti Sokol says:

    I read so many of your magazines but have never read Somerset Memories. The article by Julie Fei Fen Balzer looks very intriguing to me.

  73. Jeannie Lawson says:

    Jewelry Affaire…. VOGUE CIGAR BOX sounds intriguing!

  74. Dannah says:

    Encaustic, Encaustic, Encaustic. Looking forward to Mary Beth Shaw’s ENCAUTIC piece and hope to discover some new ways to play with color and wax!

  75. Tammy says:

    I’m looking forward to reading Somerset Workshop’s – Building Whimsical Stories Through Collage.

    Thanks for the chance to win!
    Tammy

  76. Judy Harris says:

    I love all of your magazines! They are COLLECTIBLES. I never discard them. Might loan them, but never give them away. My pick would be Somerset Life. I love the button cards! Thanks.

  77. pamela u says:

    I love handbags. Haute Handbags article – No Sew Tote looks very interesting.

  78. Ginny says:

    I love to learn to make new things and Somerset Workshop – Making Whimsical Stories through collage would really appeal to me.

  79. Peggy says:

    My choice would be Somerset Life and “A few of my Favorite things” article.

  80. Debbie Combs says:

    I am most excited about the article titled Evidence Of A Story! I love to see how others share their life experiences and the images they incorporate into their artful expression of life experiences…I also love the idea of printing images on muslin..curious to learn how that is done!

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It’s officially fall when your primetime television shows are back and our new October issues have hit the stands! We’ll give you a run-down of our favorite highlights, from collage mermaids to uplifting journals and hopefully leave you wanting to snuggle up with your favorite title and a furry friend. After virtually perusing this month’s selection, take advantage of our FREE SHIPPING discount that we are offering exclusively to our blog readers.

Use Promo Code: BLOG1012*

No, that’s not the sound of baby pigs running rampant around the office. That’s a bunch of very excited squeals at the delectably vibrant, candy-colored cover of the newest issue of Mingle. Flip open to any page and be whisked away to parties that showcase ornate centerpieces, costumes, and an assortment of treats. Step into the dark and musty venue of a murder mystery party, a French Quarter-inspired wedding, or perhaps a Cookie Shine – the Scottish version of the classic tea party. Visit The Makerie, a creative retreat that celebrates handmade and eco-friendly art in Boulder, Colorado (they even created their own adorable photo booth!). Don your party hats and wave those handmade pinwheels because you’ll want to recreate and re-imagine these festive décor and party themes again and again.

This stunning new issue of Art Journaling is a treasure, one to add to your mixed-media magazine collection and return to for years to come. Trish McKinney asks the question, “What Do You Dream About?” and encourages artists to never stop daydreaming. With her encouraging lyric-based art pieces, Naomi Capps sums up a feeling we all express from time to time: overwhelmed. She showcases this expression through paint and text and documents her everyday life in this way. Roc Nicholas takes art journaling off of the blank page and onto a blank coffee cup, and Rene Tibbets tells us why she likes to incorporate digital techniques into her journaling layouts. With over 150 inspirational journal pages to drink in, you’ll be mesmerized by the kind of art you can create as well.

For artists who like to create, sculpt, mold, and paint with their hands, Somerset Workshop presents techniques for getting your hands dirty in the craft room. Mary Beth Shaw provides eye-opening articles that illustrate how she uses paper towels to create textured backgrounds, creates a stylish project with an encaustic medium, and prefers to paint – without paint! Join Mary Beth, as well as other big names in mixed media like Cynthia Shaffer and Sarah Ahearn Bellemare, as they walk you through instructions for infusing upcycled paper towels and a mixture of text and images into your mixed-media projects. With articles titled, “Cheer Up” and “All Together,” there is no doubt that these artists are constantly fostering a positive community environment.

The rich olive and peach hues on the cover of Haute Handbags are enough to make any fashionista swoon. Return to school with a cool wool patch tote bag or a hip denim messenger bag. Give new life to burlap coffee bags and turn them into sturdy totes with feminine embellishments (look at those gorgeous bows!). A mother-daughter pair teams up to create gypsy-inspired bags from upcycled doilies and lace items, and patterns get “all tied up” with a menswear-inspired update. From mini-purses to clutches and felt to leather, these handbag designs are plentiful and the results are exquisite.

Fleur-de-lis and bejeweled insects are just some of the exquisite focal points of the jewelry showcased in this issue of Jewelry Affaire. Laurie Garcia shows us how to alter a cigar box and upcycle it into an organizational jewelry holder. Dazzling pieces that pay homage to the changing seasons are created with metallic leaf embellishments and ornate butterfly brooches. Maggie Dykzeul showcases a refreshing take on layered necklaces with her oriental-inspired pieces. Rebecca Ersfeld shows us a classy way to incorporate velvet into pieces your grandmother would approve of, and Cat Kerr shows us how to make the most of loved and well-worn board games with her altered Jenga Pendants. Between all of these amazing artfully inspired jewelry, there is surely a project that is just up your alley.

The first few pages of Somerset Life are enough to make a vintage lover’s eyes widen with excitement. Christine Stephens walks us through Gilding the Lily, an Orange County-based store that showcases button assortments in mismatched glass jars, raspberry-colored ribbons, glittering home décor, and much more. Susannah Conway shares her thoughts about life and writing in her article, “Stepping Bravely into the Unknown,” accompanied by her breathtaking photos from her blog. Send a bouquet of flowers in the mail by creating pressed petal parcels with poetic text accents. Full of Creative Living Ideas from our readers and artists, including ruffled can decorations and personalized envelopes, this issue will keep you crafting and smiling time and time again.

Polka dots, turquoise stripes, holiday plaid, and snowflake-covered skies are just a few of the many designs included in the winter issue of The Stampers’ Sampler. Packed with hundreds of handmade cards featuring bewitched pumpkins, holiday tags, Mason jar fairies, and collaged mermaids, this issue is crafted with love from our editors, designers, and readers alike. Flip through Wendy Morris’s Lost & Found album and see how she weaves together a story using paper scraps from memorable vacations. Don’t forget that every issue of The Stampers’ Sampler includes a FREE artist paper and template to keep you craftin’ those greetings all year round.

The autumn issue of Somerset Memories provides more than 125 layouts and projects that are positively eye-candy. See how Julie Fei-Fan Balzer uses the Copic Airbrush system to create a misty background effect without any mess at all! Pair it with stencils, and the possibilities for patterns are endless. Tackle the art of the album with Melissa Stinson as she creates a functional way to display photos from her trip to the Washington D.C. Cherry Blossom Festival. Digital scrapbooking expert Michelle Shefveland creates digital quilted art and shares a fun technique – the basic of printing images onto muslin. With tips and tricks from the best of the best in paper crafting, this jam-packed issue is one for the scrapbooks!

Want to win one of these issues? Click on any spread, check out the table of contents, and let us know which feature you’re looking forward to reading! One person will be selected at random to receive their choice of magazine. Winner will be chosen and announced October 19th.

Update: Our winner is comment #75, Tammy! We will be in contact with you in regards to you prize. Thank you to all who entered!

*Free shipping offer applies to U.S. purchases of the following October 2012 issues only: Art Journaling, Haute Handbags, Jewelry Affaire, Mingle, Somerset Life, Somerset Memories, Somerset Workshop, and The Stampers’ Sampler. Discount code does not apply to items purchased from The Shoppe at Somerset and expires 10/31/12. Contest is open to U.S. residents and ends 10/18/12 at 11:59pm.

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