Red Stitched Card Project by Guest Artist Ella Wilson

June 26th, 2014

Summer 2014 Sew Somerset



Today we are very fortunate to have the wonderful Ella Wilson with us. Ella has been featured in the pages of our Summer 2014 issue of Sew Somerset, Spring 2014 issue of Somerset Memories, and the Winter 2014 issue of Art Journaling. She has kindly agreed to create an exclusive tutorial for our blog readers, which showcases her unique blend of black-and-white photography and vibrant red thread. Ella captures a nearly palpable raw feeling of human connection in her artwork; it was that strong sense of emotion that made me seek her out as a guest artist after seeing and falling in love with her Simply Red Journal.

After spending some time getting to know Ella and learning more about her creative process, her family, and the significance of the red thread, I knew I just had to share what I discovered. Now that Ella has happily shared her techniques, I am curious to see how some of you would apply her bold stitching and image manipulation to your own art journal projects.

Summer 2014 Sew Somerset



“An invisible red thread connects those destined to meet, regardless of time, place, or circumstances. The thread may stretch or tangle, but never break.”  – Chinese Proverb

This quote, to me, is about love n’ kindness, and how we connect to one another.  Being a military spouse, I have lived in many locations and have been exposed to many cultures.  Moving around so much was difficult sometimes; I didn’t understand the language or the customs of my new neighbors. However, with respect, kindness, and a smile I found my way. I believe the red thread speaks of our humanity, our connection to others, and how we react and cope.

The photos I selected for my project share a sentiment of what makes us human— the joy of riding a bike, the celebration of a wedding, the homecoming of a loved one, the adventure of sightseeing through fresh eyes, or the simple delight of hugging a good friend. Have you ever met someone you instantly felt a connection with? I have, and I always feel as if fate played a hand in it.

If we just remain true to ourselves and follow our passions, then we’ll end up living the life we’re suppose to live. My father died while I was in college and I didn’t follow the career path I had wanted.  Somehow — through all of life’s difficulties, like losing my first child and becoming a Type 1 diabetic — I learned that I had to walk through dark clouds to become the person I was meant to be.

The love we feel for each other and humanity as a whole should never be severed. If it is, we won’t be human anymore. That’s what the red thread symbolizes to me, an unbreakable bond. Sometimes we need to be reminded to find joy, search for the people who understand us and love us no matter what.  It takes time, but as you walk through life’s tangled path, you will learn that it was all worth it.  All the people you meet along the way will help you discover who you are; in turn you will help them, too.  I make my journals and cards to remind others to look for passion, which lives in those precious colorful moments.  Sometimes artists get lost in their world of creating, but we have to live to create and we have to create to live.

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Materials for Ella Wilson’s Red Stitched Cards:

-Blank Cards and Envelopes
-Red Thread or Twine
-Embroidery Needles
-Scissors
-Adhesive
-Toothpicks
-Fabric
-Embellishments
-Ink
-ColorBox Archival Dye-Wicked Black
-Red Wood Bingo Tiles
-Black and White Photographs
-Cardstock
-Red Fine Point Marker

Rubber Stamps:

-Pressed Profile Wood Mounted Stamp by Christine Adolph
-Tim Holtz: Slight Alterations Collection CMS
-Cavallini & Co. Mini Rubber Stamp Set – Mini Lowercase Alphabet

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Ella Wilson’s Red Stitched Card Tutorial:

Step 1 - Take a blank card and stamp the background.  I started with black and when dry — I used red ink.  I made several cards at once.

Step 2 - Now, make copies of the photos on cardstock.  Cut out your images and attach the image to the card, with glue.  Dot the glue onto the corner of the image, smearing some towards middle-with a toothpick, in this case less is definitely better.

Step 3 - Now, stamp floral image between the girls using red ink.   I like the idea of growth as a symbol of their friendship.

Step 4 - While the glue dries, cut out fabric and select embellishments.

Step 5 - Gather wet n’ dry paper towels for the alphabet stamps. You’ll be stamping words onto your patches of fabric. I used words the word Kindred because it also has the word “red” in it. Kindred has two ds and because you’ll be using black and red ink, you’ll want to make sure you clean your stamp between uses.

Step 6 - Set stamped word aside, it’s time to sew!  I poked holes into the designated areas before stitching; it makes things a lot easier.

Step 7 - Use a medium embroidery needle, with 6 strands of thread, knot at both ends.  I connected the taller girl’s third eye to her friend’s hand. Leave a few inches of thread for later.

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Step 8 - Move your thread to the side and glue your piece of fabric onto your card.  Tie a charm onto the portion of the red thread that’s left hanging and make several knots at the end of it. I used a small golden key.

Step 9 – Stitch a little collar design onto one of the images.

Step 10 - Glue on the remaining embellishments, like your Red Wooden Bingo Tiles and let dry.

Step 11 - Use a red maker to highlight the ends of the key E.

There, you’re all done — we are all connected by our humanity.

 

Read About Ella Wilson in the Summer 2014 Issue of Sew Somerset

1SOM-SEW1402-Sew-Somerset-Summer-2014-175x175Thank you so much Ella for providing us with such a wonderful tutorial. To read more about Ella Wilson’s crafting style and mixed-media techniques be sure to pick up a copy of the Summer 2014 issue of Sew Somerset

 

To see more of Ella’s artwork and read more of her inspirational writing, visit her blog at: ellasedge.blogspot.com

 
 


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Get Artfully Organized with this Divided Drawer Deal!

June 23rd, 2014

 Vintage Divided Drawer With Crafting Essentials



Creative, Inspiring, and Available at a Great Price

Beauty and function come together in this vintage-inspired divided drawer. Best of all, for a limited time save $12 because as a blog reader, you get a special 20% off discount!

Perfect for storing all of your small, but vital crafting essentials, this drawer can be used in a variety of creative ways. Use it as an actual drawer and organize all yours lovely bits and pieces of treasure or set it upright on your workstation for better access to the things you’re always reaching for. With 18 individual compartments, you can also use this drawer as an artful display for creative tags, mini sculptures, tiny mixed-media creations, and so much more.

 

Vintage Divided Drawer Details:

Vintage Divided Drawer

-Drawer Measures 20 x 18 x 3″

-Each Compartment is 4-1/4 x 4  x 2-3/4″

-Includes Two Hooks on the Back for Convenient, Wall Mounting

 

What Does Our Resident Crafter Have to Say?

I’m always looking for ways to organize my craft space without sacrificing style, and this divided drawer is a perfect example of just that. I also like to have my supplies in plain view, because when I store things in drawers I tend to forget what I have. Lastly, the compartments on this drawer force me to edit — what fits? If I have enough washi tape to fill this drawer five times over, maybe it’s time for me to trim down my supply  or better yet, relocate them to a larger jar!

This drawer can be hung on the wall, or it can be propped on a cabinet or table. I like it propped because then I can move it around as needed. I use it to store my washi tapes, stamps, twine, ink pads … basically every colorful craft supply you can think of! It has a lot of compartments and is pretty big, so you get a lot of bang for your buck. All in all, this vintage drawer is a unique and chic addition to any craft room and will certainly have your friends asking “Where did you get that….?”

 

Visit Us at The Shoppe For More Organization and Display Items

Home Decor CollectionWant even more ideas for artful displays and creative organization items? Visit us at The Shoppe and explore our wide selection of home décor offerings. Whatever your style is, we’re sure you’ll find something useful and beautiful.

 

If you fell in love with our Vintage Divided Drawer, you can purchase it at a deeply discounted price for a limited time. We’re offering 20% off until the end of June, so be sure to order yours as soon as possible.

 


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Washi Tape Inspiration: Pin For A Chance To Win

June 19th, 2014

Washi Tape Collection

If you’re a seasoned crafter, then chances are you’ve worked with washi tape before. If you’ve just started your creative journey, then believe me, it’s only a matter of time before you’re hooked on these small, sticky crafting essentials. Due to its popularity, functionality, and aesthetic appeal, we decided to investigate and learn more about what makes this particular type of tape so appealing. Plus, we want to offer our beloved readers a chance to win their very own bundle of beautifully patterned washi tapes. Just pin your favorite washi tape design, share the link with us, and you could win! Details to enter the contest will be at the bottom of the post.

 

A Quick Washi Tape Lesson

Available in a wide range of patterns, colors, and designs, washi tape is easy to apply to most projects. Placing a few pieces of bright tape will make a mixed-media project instantly pop, while utilizing tape with a more dramatic design can add a whole new layer of depth to a collage. Best of all, this tape is surprisingly resilient. Washi tape is pretty strong (it’s very similar to masking tape) and depending on its use, it can be very long-lasting.

Washi tape originated in Japan, but because it has become so popular, it is now made all over the world. Washi comes from two Japanese words: wa, which means Japanese, and shi, which means paper — so the literal translation is “Japanese Paper.” It was originally made from the bark of native Japanese trees, such as the gampi tree, the mulberry tree, and the mitsumata shrub, but now is more commonly made from natural fibers like hemp, bamboo, wheat, or rice. As a biodegradable material, it’s a great, eco-friendly alternative to plastic tapes.

 

Colorful and Creative Washi Tape Project Ideas

Washi Tape Art Journal Books Project

The beauty of washi tapes is how easy to use they are. You can add layers and depth to nearly any project with just a strip of washi tape, and with so many colors and pattern options, it’s very easy to personalize something based on your own unique tastes. For those interested in art journaling, you know that the cover is a very important aspect of the project. In this Art Journal Books Project, a few well-placed strips of graffiti washi tape create a textured, color-blocking effect in a matter of seconds. Paired with a layers of white acrylic paint, various shaped pieces of chipboard, and a few stamps, the end result is a creative journal cover that’s sure to keep you inspired.

 

Vintage Washi Tape Box Project

Another inventive way to use washi tape is with this Vintage Washi Tape Box Project. Perfect for holding small treasures, tiny treats, or little crafting essentials, these altered paper mache boxes can be just about anything you want them to be. Depending on the occasion or event, you can select the washi tape of your choice and create stunning party favors that everyone will love.

 Create Your Own Business Cards with Washi Tape

Do you own a business? Are you a freelance crafter — a party planner, a writer, a part-time florist? The business world doesn’t always have to be black and white! Especially if you’re using patterned washi tape. This fun little DIY Business Cards Project will show you how to make beautiful personalized cards that will keep you fresh in the minds of all your current and potential clients. All you need is some card-stock, a few kraft-colored index cards, and a few strips of artfully placed washi tape.

 

Mixed-Media Love Canvases Project

Washi tape is a great accent for a home décor piece; it can be the small element that ties a whole room together. This Mixed-Media Love Canvases Project will give you a step-by-step tutorial on how to create unique and personalized wall art using a bright colors, stamps, and a few strips of patterned washi tape. The best part about this project is that it can easily be altered. Rather than using small canvases you could go with something larger or 3-dimensional and you could create your own color palette to better complement any space in your home, office, or workshop.

 

Pin Your Favorite Washi Tape:

The results are in, these are the Top-Ten most popular washi tapes that we carry. Now we want to know which tape will reign supreme!

We’re giving away a three washi tape bundle to one random winner! For your chance to win simply follow the instructions:

  1. From the images featured below “Pin” your favorite.
  2. Share a link to your newly created pin on the blog comment section below (get your link by opening your pin and copying the URL).
  3. Tell us why that particular washi tape is your favorite.

*Contest is open to US residents only, and expires June 30th, 2014.

Watch Face Washi Tape



  Washi Tape Pearl Rose Pattern

 

Pink Star Washi Tape



  Scrabble Washi Tape

 

Make and Bake Washi Tape



  Foreign Newspaper Washi Tape

 

Bird on a Wire Washi Tape



  Red and White Gingham Washi Tape

 

White and Gold Stripe Washi Tape



  Vintage Alphabet Washi Tape

 

Want to See Even More Washi Tape Options?

Washi Tape CollectionWe hope you’re brimming with new project ideas after reading our post! If you want to jump-start all your creative endeavors, visit us at The Shoppe. We have over 200 beautiful, colorful, and absolutely stunning patterned washi tapes — some available at deeply discounted prices. Explore our collection and find everything you could ever need and want to supplement your mixed-media projects, art journals, and whatever else your imagination can come up with.

 

Click here to visit our washi tape collection.

 
 

Congratulations to Our Washi Tape Winner!

C. C. McQuain

 


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You Are a Miracle Art Journal Project Tutorial

June 16th, 2014

You Are a Miracle Art Journal Project



Ever since I was a child, I’ve kept a journal. They were one of my first creative spaces, totally private and devoid of criticism. Although I wrote down all my hopes and dreams, I also added stickers, drawings, and stamps. When I found a flower I liked, I’d press it between the pages of my journal. I saved movie tickets, flight itineraries, and every other little thing that held special meaning to me. Now I have boxes and boxes of old journals, and I can’t bring myself to let them go because each one shows not only my thoughts, but also my creative ability.

Imagine my delight, years later, when I discovered the world of art journals. It’s made me revisit my old journals and start planning future projects as well. Now that I’ve seen how layering, lettering, and sewing can be incorporated into the pages of journals, there is so much I want to try.

One project that showcases some of these interesting techniques is the You Are a Miracle Art Journal project. The methods used to create this project are easy to replicate and they will add depth and interest to any journal. One particularly interesting aspect of this project is the repurposing of old calendars, which is a great way to upcycle something that would otherwise be thrown out! We used an old Papaya Art Calendar, but if you don’t have one you can get something similar, along with other crafting essentials, at a great discounted price in our warehouse sale. With bright colors, stunning pieces of ephemera, and handwritten affirmations, this project is one you’re going to want to replicate many times over.

 

You Are a Miracle Art Journal Project Close up

Materials for the You Are a Miracle Art Journal Project:

-PanPastels

-Papaya Art Calendar Pages

-Journal

-Sponge

-Patterned Paper

-Kraft Tissue Paper

-Adhesive

-Washi Tape

-Gel Pen

 

Instructions for the You Are a Miracle Art Journal Project:

Step 1 — Start by using various colors from the panpastels set and rubbing them onto the pages of a Moleskine journal using a large sponge. For this project, we used the red and blue panpastels from the Donna Downey No.1 Set.

 

Step 2 — Dig up some old calendar pages (we used a 2012 Papaya Art Calendar) and tear out some of your favorite images. To give your journal a distinct look, tear some of the edges off the images.

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Step 3 — Find some coordinating patterned paper and kraft tissue paper and glue down layers onto the pages of the journal. If you’re using a liquid adhesive, allow ample time for the glue to dry before moving on.

 

Step 4 — Add random strips of various washi tapes as accents. They’ll also add depth to your art journal.

 

Step 5 — Write various words or quotes using a black gel pen, or a gel pen of your choice. To keep with the “miracle” theme, we pasted a cut-out of the word in the journal.

 

You Are a Miracle Art Journal Project Full Page

 

Want to Recreate the You Are a Miracle Art Journal Project?

inventorysale-200x200Many of the items we used to make this wonderful art journal project can be found in our warehouse sale. We add new items monthly so be sure to come back often to get some of your favorite crafting essentials at greatly reduced prices!

 

 

 

 

 


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Step-By-Step Grain Sack Hearts Tutorial with Guest Artist Susan Frick

June 12th, 2014

Artful Blogging Summer 2014 - Grain Sack Hearts



Today on the blog, we are joined by the extraordinary Susan Frick, who has very graciously accepted our invitation to recreate one of her lovely Grain Sack Hearts for Somerset Place. Susan, who has been published in our Summer 2014 issue of Artful Blogging, as well as our Autumn 2013, and Spring 2013 issues of Somerset Life, provides detailed instructions and pictures for this project so that you too can try your hand at recreating these darling little hearts.

I remember the first time I saw Susan’s hearts. I was flipping through our last issue of Artful Blogging, and when I came across Susan’s stunning photographs, I immediately fell in love with the grain sack hearts. There’s something charmingly simple about these little hearts. Maybe it’s the kraft color of the fabric, which makes them look weathered and rustic, or maybe it’s the vintage-inspired stamps that Susan used. Whatever it is, one thing I know for sure is that everything about this project is simply delightful.

I could image stuffing these little hearts with dried lavender or other sweet smelling herbs and hanging them from my bed posts, or even using different stamps to create one-of-a-kind Christmas tree ornaments. My sister in law is about to have her first child and I am already planning to create a unique little baby mobile with hanging grain sack hearts.

What will Susan’s project inspire you to create?

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Finished Grain Sack Heart

These simple grain sack hearts are all about vintage texture. They’re made from worn, soft European grain sacks of days gone by, along with vintage hand towels. The towels have a unique texture as well, with pretty trims and faint patterns. Topping each heart with a loop of twine just adds to the nubby, raw, textured look.

 

Materials for Susan Frick’s Grain Sack Hearts:

Materials for Susan Frick's Grain Sack Heart

- Fabric cuttings from old grain sacks (This is a great way to use up the plain back of a grain sack, or otherwise stained piece. The fabric piece I used had a crease in it which just added interest to the finished heart.)

- Vintage white hand towel (It may be fun to find one with a monogram to use as well.)

- Black stamp ink (Or whatever color you like.)

- Alphabet stamps or any other kind of stamp (I’ve used a key stamp.)

- Twine

- Filling for heart

- Sewing machine, needle, thread

 

Instructions for Susan Frick’s Grain Sack Hearts:

Step 1 of Susan Frick's Grain Sack Heart

Step 1 - Cut two heart-shaped pieces from the grain sack fabric using any heart stencil you’d like. My stencil measures about 6 1/2″ wide by 7″ tall. Also cut a 6 1/2″ by 1 3/4″ strip of fabric from the vintage towel. Carefully stamp the towel strip with a word of your choosing, or other favorite stamp image. Pin the stamped towel strip to the right side of one of your grain sack hearts at the widest points.

 

Step 2 of Susan Frick's Grain Sack Heart

Step 2 - Sew the vintage towel strip to the grain sack heart fabric on each of the long sides, about 1/4″ in.

 

Step 3 of Susan Frick's Grain Sack Heart

Step 3 - Pin the two grain sack heart fabrics right sides together, with 10″ of twine looped in between them. Ensure the ends of the twine loop stick out about 1/2″ at the top center of the heart. Next sew the hearts together, about 3/8″ in all around, leaving about 1 1/2″ opening on one side to be able to stuff the heart. Clip curved edges and any excess towel fabric.

 

Step 4 of Susan Frick's Grain Sack Heart

Step 4 - Turn heart right side out and press. Make sure to press the opening inward to line up with your seam. You’ll notice the raw edges of the vintage towel strip start to fray – that’s the raw look you’re going for!

 

Step 5 of Susan Frick's Grain Sack Heart

Step 5 - Stuff the heart with your desired filling – cotton stuffing or even lavender for a sachet.

 

Finished Grain Sack Heart

Step 6 - Lastly, sew up the opening used to stuff the heart using a whip stitch. You’re finished!

 

Susan Frick's Grain Sack Heart

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Read About Susan Frick in the Summer 2014 Issue of Artful Blogging

Summer 2014 Artful BloggingThank you so much Susan for this tutorial and all the wonderful project ideas. To read more about Susan’s Grain Sack Hearts and to get even more inspiring project ideas, pick up a copy of the Summer 2014 issue of Artful Blogging.

 

 

To see more of Susan’s work visit her blog at: evelynandrose.blogspot.com
 
 

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Today on the blog, we are joined by the extraordinary Susan Frick, who has very graciously accepted our invitation to recreate one of her lovely Grain Sack Hearts for Somerset Place. Susan, who has been published in our Summer 2014 issue of Artful Blogging, as well as our Autumn 2013, and Spring 2013 issues of […]

Working With Wire Forms

June 10th, 2014

Wire Form Collection



Whether you’re well acquainted with wire forms or if you just happened to stumble into the breathtaking and creative world of 3-dimensional assemblage art, we would like to formally introduce our collection. A wire form offers a different type of canvas to showcase your creativity. It’s a challenge that most artists relish because it pushes them out of their comfort zone and allows them to work in new and unique ways. When you’re using wire forms, the creative possibilities are nearly endless.

We have used wire forms in a wide range of projects. We’ve made everything from creative centerpieces for holiday get-togethers to personalized home décor items, and even custom-made gifts for friends and family. Some of our wire forms are the ideal canvas for decoupage. It’s as simple as selecting the type of paper you want to use, picking a strong adhesive, and letting your imagination run wild. Other wire forms provide the perfect backdrop for displaying art, such as artful tags, paper dolls, greeting cards, and much more. You can also incorporate one of our wire forms into a larger work of art, and create something completely new and unexpected.

Have we piqued your interest? Join us and explore our Wire Forms Collection and maybe even pick up some interesting project ideas along the way.

 

12 Inspiring Wire Forms and 4 Colorful Projects

 

Up and Away Hot Air Balloon Wire Form Project

 

Wire Form Hot Air Balloon BasketLet your imagination soar with this Hot Air Balloon Basket. Featured in our Up and Away Project, this wire form can make a charming centerpiece for a child’s birthday party as well as a whimsical home décor accent.

 

 

Learn more about our Wire Form Hot Air Balloon Basket.

 

 

Wire Form Bird HouseIs there anything quite as charming as the sound of birds chirping? Bring all the brightness and beauty of your garden right into your living room with this Wire Form Bird House. Add a little potted plant inside and set it on your coffee table, or put the birdhouse on a stand and let some English Ivy wrap around it to create a spectacular garden centerpiece.

 

 

Learn more about our Wire Form Bird House.

 

 

Wire Form TreePerfect for displaying old black and white photographs, handmade jewelry, and any other beautiful little treasure, this Wire Form Tree will look wonderful wherever you put it. If you’re planning a winter wedding, or you want to make a truly unique centerpiece for the holidays, take a look at this Holiday Favor  Tree Project.

 

 

Learn more about our Wire Form Tree.

 

 

Wire Frame Vintage Buttons and Bottles Project

 

 

Wire Frame Basket with Bottle SetThis set of three glass bottles, all perched inside a wire basket, are just waiting to be filled with anything your imagination can come up with. Create an artful flower display, or use the bottles as storage for buttons, beads, and other tiny crafting essentials.

 

 

Learn more about our Wire Form Basket with Bottle Set.

 

 

Wire Form Eiffel TowerBring Parisian sophistication right into your home with this Wire Form Eiffel Tower. Leave it as is, or add color, paper, and fabric to create a stunning one-of-a-kind accent piece.

 

 

Learn more about our Wire Form Eiffel Tower.

 

 

Wire Form High HeelIf you love shoes then you’ll love this wire figure. Perfect for dressing rooms, shoe closets, and bathrooms, our High Heel Wire Form is just waiting to be personalized to fit your own unique style. Use ribbons, charms, and whatever else you can think of and make your very own shoe design.

 

 

Learn more about our Wire Form High Heel.

 

 

Wrapped Wire Form Pumpkin Project

 

 

Wire Form PumpkinSummer may be just around the corner, but fall will arrive before you know it! Get in the right mood for spooky shenanigans with this flexible, bendable, and foldable Wire Form Pumpkin. Make it a Mixed-Media Pumpkin with spray paint or acrylic paint, add some Halloween-inspired washi tape, and finish it off with a little scrapper’s floss.

 

 

Learn more about our Wire Form Pumpkin.

 

 

Wire Form CorsetAdd a charming touch of femininity to any space with this racy little corset. This corset is the perfect addition to a vanity, and will look great sitting next to your jewelry box and makeup tray. We took this wire form corset and created a romantic little candle holder  that would look lovely in a woman’s bathroom or bedroom.

 

 

Learn more about our Wire Form Corset.

 

 

Wire Form MannaquinnAre you a fashionista? Do you live to alter clothing into unique designs? Relive all the joy of creating one-of-a-kind dresses and come up with brand new pattern designs with this detailed Wire Form Mannequin. We were doubly inspired by this figure so we ended up creating a butterfly-inspired project as well as a spring blossom skirt. What will you come up with?

 

 

Learn more about our Wire Form Mannequin.

 

 

Bundle of Joy Pregnant Dress Wire Form Project

Pregnant Dress Wire FormCelebrate all the wonder and beauty of motherhood with this enchanting Pregnant Dress Wire Form. Add a little ribbon and a few buttons and make a one-of-a-kind centerpiece for a baby shower or create a personalized gift for a mother-to-be.

 

 

Learn more about our Pregnant Dress Wire Form.

 

 

Wire Form Vintage BasketHang this vintage-inspired wire form basket outside and display tiny potted plants, your favorite gardening tools, or some pint-sized garden gnomes. Inside your home, you can use this basket to store mail, photographs, vintage perfume bottles, and much more.

 

 

Learn more about our Wire Form Vintage Basket.

 

 

Wire Form Oval Victorian CageThis Victorian-inspired Oval Bird Cage Wire Form will add a romantic touch to any living room, and will be a definite wow-factor as the centerpiece for a garden or tea-party inspired get-together.  If you want to give it a modern or even spooky touch, take a look at this Black Bird Project.

 

 

Learn more about our Wire Form Bird Cage.

 

 

Do You Want to See Even More Wire Forms?

wire_forms-200x200After reading about wire forms and all the artistic projects that you can undertake, we hope  that you’re thoroughly inspired and ready to start working on your own projects! To see even more of our wire forms, please visit our Wire Forms Collection.

 

If you’re craving even more inspiration, take a look at our other ready-to-alter categories. From paper mache to storage containers, blank cards to journals, our ready-to-alter categories offer all the crafting essentials you’ll need for your next big project.

 

 


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Stamped Summer Tea Tins Project

June 5th, 2014

Stamped Summer Tea Tins Project



Make your kitchen bright and beautiful with this Stamped Summer Tea Tins Project! Not only are these tins incredibly functional for storing all of your favorite summer flavored teas — like pomegranate, citrus, and mint — but they’ll also look fantastic sitting on your counter. Best of all you can customize them to fit any décor design or color palette. Make them for yourself or create them as the perfect summertime gift, or summer gathering party favor.

 

Materials for the Stamped Summer Tea Tins Project:

Stamped Summer Tea Tins Project

Stamped Summer Tea Tins Project Tutorial

1. Start by painting the tea tins white. You can use white gesso or alternatively use white acrylic paint, or even spray paint. However, if you are going to put food or drink products inside your tins, be sure to use something that is non-toxic.

2. Once your tins are painted and dried, you can stamp a colorful design of your choice onto the outside. Some of the Christy Tomlinson stamps are the perfect height for the tea tins. Put the stamp onto a rock-a-block, and then ink the stamp with various StazOn Ink colors. For this project, we used Teal Blue, Blazing Red and Mustard. Once your stamp is properly inked, gently roll the stamp on the outside of the tin (the rock-a-block makes this super easy). Remember to re-ink the stamps carefully between each application.

Stamped Summer Tea Tins Project

3. Apply some of the mustard StazOn Ink to the lids of your tins, and allow them to dry.

4. Stamp the Christy Tomlinson stamp design onto white cardstock (this time using just one ink color), and then punch the design with a circle punch and glue it to the center of the lid.

5. Stamp the word “Tea” onto white cardstock using black StazOn Ink and the Fanciful Outline Lowercase Alphabet with an acrylic mount.

6. Carefully color the letters in with yellow gel pen and then cut the word out in a rectangular shape.

7. On the outside of the tea tins, place a few strips of blue washi tape, and then glue the cut-out word onto the center of the tape.

 

Stamped Summer Tea Tins Project

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Glimpse Inside: Colorful June Issues + Win Your Fave

June 2nd, 2014

Sandy beaches, crystal-clear blue waters, the swaying shade of tall palm trees, and a tall stack of bright and inspiring June issues — that’s our idea of paradise! Enjoy this summer in style, even if you’re not beachside, with a full collection of reading materials that’s jam-packed with creative ideas, thoughtful stories, and gorgeous images. Get yummy recipes for all your summertime gatherings with Where Women Cook, and find beautiful invitation ideas inside our latest issue of Take Ten. If you just want to kick back and relax, try the stunning work that’s featured in our June issue of Somerset Studio Gallery, like Susan Travares’ Lost & Found Art Dolls, Michelle E. Black’s Summertime Image Transfers, and Deborah Company’s Mosaic Collages.

 

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We love our blog followers, and we want to show just how much we appreciate them! That’s why we’re offering an exclusive promo code to receive $5 off any of our wonderful June issues. Simply make sure you copy and paste the coupon code BLOG0614 when prompted at checkout.

 

 

 

Belle Armoire Jewelry

Belle Armoire Jewelry - June Issues

This summer issue is full of summer styles. Sink into a Designer Collection filled with Nina Morrow’s unique jewelry made from driftwood, and indulge in a gorgeous porcelain jewelry set perfect for the season. You’ll be amazed by the colors, symbols, and shapes – like spikes, leaves, geometric shapes, glitzy rhinestones, and more – that line these pages. In addition to being pretty to look at, our features divulge unique techniques that call for trapping wire inside earrings, folded metal, faux netting, pottery, wire wrapping, foldforming, and stamping.

 

Take Ten

Take Ten - June Issues

Grab your sunglasses and ice-cold lemonade and soak in the Summer 2014 issue of Take Ten, filled with refreshing techniques and card designs. In this issue you will learn how to quickly make five cards in five minutes, creatively incorporate book text into card designs, and add moodiness to cards with careful inking. Also featured is a dreamy collection of pastel-hued cards that is sure to leave you starry-eyed. Trust us — you won’t want to miss out on this gorgeous issue!

 

Somerset Studio Gallery

Somerset Studio Gallery - June Issues

We’re thrilled to announce a 15-year milestone for Somerset Studio Gallery – a special publication that features everything you love about Somerset Studio in 200 lush pages. In this issue, explore Deborah Company’s mosaic house collages, Cat Kerr’s unique shadow box collection, and a must-see sewn bird panel by Colette Copeland. Perfect for stepping into the summer season, we also share Michelle E. Black’s beach-themed image transfers on repurposed wood and Coral Lee’s colorful mixed-media envelopes made with gesso, watercolors, paint, and patterned papers. Mixed-media artists of all levels will love the hundreds of creative art samples that line these pages.

 

Sew Somerset

Sew Somerset - June Issues

The summer issue of Sew Somerset is filled with exciting mixed-media designs that incorporate stitches in new and interesting ways. Adorn your outfits with Viv Sliwka’s vintage patchwork bow brooches. Learn new and creative journal stitching techniques from Ellen Wilson, Caterina Giglio, and Roxanne Padgett, as you flip through pages filled with their captivating art, photos, and fun-filled embellishments. Fly away with Colette Copeland’s simply adorable mixed-media kites. These projects and so much more will inspire you to grab a needle and thread and create your own lively creations!

 

 Art Quilting Studio

Art Quilting Studio - June Issues

Kick off the new season with the industry’s most innovative fiber inspiration inside Art Quilting Studio. This issue’s Artist Profile shares Elizabeth Barton’s vibrant landscape and cityscapes, Liz Alessi’s free-motion-stitched mini quilts, and Susie Zolghadri’s mixed-media wall-hanging “Gratitude.” You’ll be quite intrigued by Helen Richard’s “Black Quilts” series that we reveal in our Series Showcase, and do not miss how Laura Glass captures everyday moments so beautifully and realistically with fabric.

 

Where Women Cook

Where Women Cook - June Issues

This June issue is brimming with famous faces and fresh kitchen spaces. Get an intimate look into the home of Korie Robertson of A&E’s TV Reality series “Duck Dynasty,” and dish with news personality Elizabeth Ries. In addition to mouthwatering food and drink recipes, we reveal where Lynsey Kramer of Yonder Way Farms makes her meals and where Candice Pittman of Blue Eyed Daisy bakery has turned her passion into her profession. Last but not least, we’re featuring TV chef Andrew Zimmern in this edition’s “Men We Crave” column.

 

Your Chance to Win One of Our June Issues!

We’re giving away brand-new June 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 June Issues only: Art Quilting Studio, Belle Armoire Jewelry, Sew Somerset, Take Ten, Somerset Studio Gallery, and Where Women Cook. Discount code can be used only one time per customer, and expires 06/30/14. Contest is open to U.S. residents and ends 06/30/14 at 11:59pm.

 

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Upcycled Cardboard Journal with Guest Artist Michelle Ward

May 29th, 2014

We have a very special guest artist today! Please join me in welcoming to our blog the incredibly talented Michelle Ward. A gifted instructor, rubber stamp and stencil designer, and a regular contributor to our publications, Michelle has graciously agreed to give us a personal step-by-step tutorial on how to recreate the stunning Debries Journal that was featured in our May/June 2014 Issue of Somerset Studio.

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An afternoon with a box from Amazon can become a cool journal.  With minimal supplies and no special skills, an ordinary cardboard carton is easily transformed into a unique book following the steps illustrated here.  I love upcycling the non-precious material, as its properties allow for interesting deconstruction experiments that can’t be performed on any other surface.  If you don’t have access to the packaging tape shown, you could adhere tyvek strips cut from a repurposed envelope, or try a similar heavy-duty tape.

 

MKW Cardboard Journal Tutorial 1

 

Materials for Michelle Ward’s Debris Journal:

Cutting Mat
Paint Paint Brush
Utility Knife Black Pen
Metal Edge Ruler
Stencils and Stamps
Cardboard Box Cut Down into 5 x 10” Panels (10 pieces, or size + quantity as desired)
Pre-Gummed Kraft Packaging Tape (I found mine at Staples)

 

Michelle Ward’s Step-by-Step Instructions:

  1. Cut tape into 10” lengths, fold in half with gummed side on the exterior.
  2. With water & brush, wet one half of the folded tape to activate the adhesive.
  3. Place tape onto panel, aligning fold with vertical edge.
  4. Fold over remaining tape, wet with brush, and place a second panel on top.
  5. Before completely dry, be sure the two panels can open flat.
  6. Continue adding panels by applying tape along interior gutters. Check for consistent and even alignment.
  7. Complete binding should resemble a stack of cardboard.
  8. Your cardboard journal is now ready for adding personal content, or better yet – DeConstructing!

 

MKW Cardboard Journal Tutorial 2

 

Michelle Ward’s Step-by-Step Instructions for DeConstructing Your Debris Journal

  1. Using a wood skewer (or an awl), insert into channels of corrugation to separate the kraft lamination.
  2. Tear away portions of the surface for random deconstruction.
  3. Make marks in the surface with pattern tracing wheel or awl. Cut and peel away surface to enhance your markings.
  4. Carefully cut away a portion and re-apply as a collage element.
  5. Further enhance your markings with additions of stencils and black pen.
  6. Apply cut-out as a collage layer. Draw in repeating shapes and enhance with piercing.
  7. Consider other options for creating marks on the surface before you begin applying paint, collage or journaling.

 

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Read About Michelle Ward in the May/June 2014 Issue of Somerset Studio

May/June 2014 Somerset StudioThank you Michelle Ward for the amazing tutorial! To read more about Michelle’s Debris Journals pick up a copy of the May/June 2014 issue of Somerset Studio.
 

To see more of Michelle’s work, and to see where she is teaching, visit her blog at: www.MichelleWard.typepad.com
 
To see her full line of rubber stamps, stencils, and stencil/mask sets,
visit her website: www.GreenPepperPress.com

 

 

Related Products:

Stencil Girl Quatrefoil Stencil by Michelle WardAdvantus Tim Holtz Idea-ology Small FolioRanger Ink Dina Wakley Media Mask - LeavesFaber-Castell - Mix and Match Pitt Artist Pen Set EssentialStencil Girl Maltese Stencil by Michelle Ward

 


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10 Free Projects from our NEW Red and Cream Collection

May 27th, 2014

Red and Cream Collection

Warm, inviting, and classic, the combination of red and cream is a match made in heaven. The warmth and boldness of red hues easily melts into something soft and alluring when accented with a solid cream color. You can find this luxurious blend anywhere from lavish bedrooms in fancy estates to homey kitchens out in the country. This color palette is elegant while also adding a comfortable and welcoming feel to any space, event, or artistic endeavor. That’s why we decided to comb through The Shoppe and pull together our very own Red and Cream Collection!

From flowing ribbons, vibrant washi tape with lovely designs, gorgeous ephemera, and so much more — our collection has it all. You’ll be crafting through all the seasons with this collection, be it with enticing invitations for a spring-themed garden party or one-of-a-kind home décor projects to decorate with in the fall. And to kick start all the artistic projects you are sure to undertake with this inspiring palette, we’ve put together our own collection of projects for this gorgeous color theme:

 

Red and Cream Artfully Arranged Gift Box Project

Red and Cream Artfully Arranged Gift Box ProjectCreate a stunning box filled with beautiful things in this luxurious color palette. Give it to your sister, mother, or best friend and make it extra special by filling it with homemade bath and body supplies!

 

 

 

 

 

With One Stamp (Vintage Children) Project by Lori Brofsky & Clarissa Romano

With One Stamp (Vintage Children) Project by Lori Brofsky & Clarissa Romano Part experiment and part fantastic project, this idea came about from a desire to see how two different artists would use the same stamp. The end result is a powerful set of cards that use the image of small children from the Vintage Clearly Impressed Stamp Set by Julie van Oosten, some acrylic paint, and a few well placed embellishments.

 

 

 

 

Red and Cream Stamped Canvas Portraits Journal Project by Pam Carriker

Red and Cream Stamped Canvas Portraits Journal Project by Pam CarrikerIt’s easy to create a beautiful one-of-a-kind journal with Pam Carriker’s project. With a selection of stunning poetic portrait stamps and some Sticky Back Canvas, you can pay homage to your favorite heroines.

 

 

 

 

 

Party Invitations and Favors Project

Party Invitations and Favors ProjectWant something truly unique for your next party? These little glass containers are perfect for party invitations, favors, and confetti holders! Unique, charming, and simple to put together with a little Divine Twine and tags, these red and cream containers will be a huge hit with your guests.

 

 

 

 

Red and Cream Miniature Banner Project

Red and Cream Miniature Banner ProjectBanners don’t always have to be big to steal the spotlight. A small red and cream banner is the perfect accent for a door, the back of a chair, and just about any other place you can think of! Just use canvas triangles, some miniature clothes pins, and a little hemp cord to make a truly unique decoration.

 

 

 

 

Crafting Carryall Project

Crafting Carryall ProjectAn altered paper mache purse is the perfect holder for a gift, crafting kit, baked goods, or whatever else you can think of! Simply paint the outside of the purse white, find some lovely red and cream adhesive backed fabric or paper — and add whatever other embellishments you like!

 

 

 

 

Red and Cream Love tag Project

Red and Cream Love tag ProjectCreate a dramatic, vintage-inspired love tag with Lynne Perrella’s Artist Paper Kit. This artsy tag is a creative mixed-media project that requires the use of scrappers’ floss, beeswax, stickers, and the construction of a small mini envelope.

 

 

 

 

 

My Love for You Is Beyond Measure Project

My Love for You Is Beyond Measure ProjectWhile an adequate measurement of your love for friends or family is probably impossible, this project is a sentimental play on the concept. Perfect for creating a journal, scrapbook, or photo album, you can recreate this project using chipboard cover kit or a ready to alter journal, some sand-colored acrylic paint, Cherry Divine Twine, and a layer of glaze.

 

 

 

 

Red and Cream Inspiration Board Project

Red and Cream Inspiration Board ProjectAlthough these burlap panels look great by themselves, someone with an artistic eye can see there’s a whole lot of creative potential! With just a little twine and some personalized pushpins, you can create a stunning inspirational board to display pictures, ephemera, craft supplies, notes, and so much more.

 

 

 

 

Milk and Cookies Party favors Project

Milk and Cookies Party favors ProjectMilk and cookies are great but  you can make them even better! Create individualized cookie holders using Where Women Cookie Die Cuts, add a little cream colored paint, and finish it off with some knotted Scrappers Floss for an extra fancy look!

 

 

 

 

 

Explore More of our Red and Cream Collection

Red and Cream CollectionFrom fantastic candy cane colored ribbon along rustic pin boards, to vivid ink that stands out against cream cardstock in artistically stamped designs — this combination is long overdue. The perfect inspiration for mixed-media projects, wearable art, home décor pieces, and so much more, we’re sure you’re going to love the Red and Cream Collection just as much as we do.

 

 

 

Now that you’ve heard from us – we want to hear from you! Tell us what you think of our new collection by commenting below. Do you have any projects ideas using this wonderful color palette? Have we inspired you to start any new projects?

 

 

 

 


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