Giveaway and Glimpse Inside New March Issues

March 2nd, 2015

From the secret lives of books to how to preserve flowers in tiny glass pendants, there is something for everyone in these must-have March issues. Follow along as we open up their pages to give our Somerset Place readers an exclusive glimpse inside. Don’t forget to enter our giveaway at the bottom of this post for your chance to win.

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Receive $5 off any March title of your choice. Copy and paste coupon code BLOG0315 when prompted at checkout. (Discount code can be used only one time per customer).

 

Bella Grace

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makes its debut as a quarterly publication with this inspiring spring issue. Kim Klassen talks about the beauty of capturing everyday life, and Hannah Marcotti teaches women to embrace their “Wild Woman Edge.” Plus, you won’t want to miss a moving story about a woman’s acceptance of her graying hair and how she manages to find her own silver lining. This issue also takes a look at Kelly Rae Roberts’ possibilitarian project and shares some of our favorite Instagram collections, along with an article on the secret lives of books.

Belle Armoire Jewelry

Belle Armoire Jewelry Spring 2015

If you’re looking to take your jewelry making to the next level, you won’t want to miss the spring issue of Belle Armoire Jewelry. Within its pages, you’ll discover how to use pennies, coins, and buttons in new ways, and see how to preserve tiny flowers in glass pendants. It’s also got necklaces galore – from wood-cuts and rustic mixed-media pieces to a tin-cut necklace and Cat Kerr’s silver winged pendants. This issue’s designer collection is perfect for spring, featuring Nina Bagley’s netted wire, gorgeous trinkets, and beautiful handmade chains. Melinda Barnett shares her pretty pottery shard jewelry set, and there are plenty more intricate jewelry projects to inspire you through the season.

 

Somerset Apprentice

Somerset Apprentice Spring 2015

The spring issue of Somerset Apprentice is bursting with wonderful artwork that is sure to inspire you. Learn the fundamentals of creating Somerset-esque artwork or simply perfect what you already know with easy-to-understand instructions and close-up photos by artists like Linda Trenholm, Ivy Newport, Kathy McCreedy, Laly Mille, Anne Bagby, Cynthia Shaffer, and Lynn Whipple. Join us as these artists share the secrets to creating stunning layered collages, mixed-media masterpieces, and assemblage art. Our From the Pros section includes tips and tricks from artists Sarah Ahearn Bellemare, Lisa McIlvain, Caterina Giglio, Mandy Russell, Renee Stien, and others.

 

Somerset Digital Studio

Somerset Digital Studio Spring 2015

Whether you’re new to the world of digital artwork or are an experienced veteran, the colorful spring issue of Somerset Digital Studio has something for everyone. This publication features the creative artwork of Cheryl Tarrant, Veronica Hassel, Raphaël Vicenzi, Anja De Dobbelaere, Angi Sullins & Silas Toball from Duirwaigh Studios, and many others. With 11 full-feature articles, 8 Spotlight mini-articles, and page after page of Gallery offerings, you’ll be delighted with the diversity of work. From the whimsical to the dramatic, photo manipulation to fabulous blending tricks, and lots of iPhoneography, you’ll find artwork to spark your creativity.

 

Somerset Studio

Somerset Studio March/April 2015

Celebrate the beginning of spring with the leading mixed-media magazine on the market, Somerset Studio. Discover the extraordinary artistic styles of Shelley Rhodes, who combines fabric, paper, and stitching with drawings and prints, in our Artist Profile. Read along as Finnabair takes on texture, Colette Copeland explores a new form of monoprinting, and we’re also going to show you how to fix “ruined” paintings. Learn how to craft journals from discarded packaging material, enjoy a clever mini-book that’s full of cheeky and snarky fun, and stick around as we take an in-depth look at journaling on a small scale.

 

Take Ten

Take Ten Spring 2015

Get into the spirit of spring with the newest issue of Take Ten! Within these pages you will find instructions for over 300 sweet and seasonal cards. Whether you’re looking to make cards that feature contemporary birthday cupcakes or you want to create a more understated thank you card, be sure to pick up your copy for inspiration. Learn to make stand-out party invitations as the warmer months approach or change your stamping routine with artful design layouts by taking pointers from our Design Challenge. And be on the lookout for all the stripy cards in this issue, a result of our Stripe Hype Challenge!

 

Where Women Cook

Where Women Cook Spring 2015

Ever wonder where someone who is constantly in the public eye curls up to indulge in a bit of comfort food? This issue reveals the beautiful kitchens of Sally McKenney from the popular baking website Sally’s Baking Addiction and country music singer Sunny Sweeney. You won’t want to miss out on some juicy insider secrets from Delilah Snell, co-creator of the annual food and craft conference, Craftcation. And to celebrate the beginning of spring, get some tasty cupcake inspiration from Debbie Adler of Sweet Debbie’s Organic Cupcakes. Welcome this wonderful new season with Where Women Cook!

Don’t Forget to Enter our Giveaway!

We’re giving away a brand-new March issue to three lucky winners. Leave us a comment about which issue you find most intriguing for your chance to win.

 

Winners will be randomly selected and contacted via email. Contest is open to U.S. residents only, and ends 03/31/15 at 11:59pm.

 

*$5 off coupon code applies to purchases of any of the following (Summer ’15) issues only: Where Women Cook, Belle Armoire Jewelry, Take Ten, Somerset Studio, Somerset Digital Studio, Somerset Apprentice, Take Ten, or Bella Grace. Discount code can be used only one time per customer and expires 03/31/15.

 


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From the secret lives of books to how to preserve flowers in tiny glass pendants, there is something for everyone in these must-have March issues. Follow along as we open up their pages to give our Somerset Place readers an exclusive glimpse inside. Don’t forget to enter our giveaway at the bottom of this post […]

DIY to Try: Girls Who Read Art Journal Project

February 19th, 2015
Girls Who Read Art Journal ProjectCreating art journal pages is a great way to experiment with new techniques or color combinations without fear of “messing it up.” I have been trying to stretch my creative wings lately when it comes to color and because this palette has always appealed to me, I decided to give it a whirl on an art journal page. I think this project is a great excuse to set aside time to do what you love – something creative – over the weekend.
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Project Instructions:

    1. Spray your pages with a light mist of water, and then add Dylusions Spray Inks. I dabbed the ink with a paper towel roll between layers, and kept adding color until I was satisfied.
    2. Layer stencils onto the pages, using Dylusions White Ink and dabbing away the excess as you go.

      “Due to a happy accident that involved setting down a container on my right page, I was left with a water mark that I ended up really liking because it added even more depth and interest to my page.”

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    1. When you’re happy with your background, you can use a heat tool to dry the pages more quickly. Due to a happy accident that involved setting down a container on my right page, I was left with a water mark that I ended up really liking because it added even more depth and interest to my page.
    2. When the pages are dry to the touch, layer an alphabet stencil onto the right page, and spread a thin layer of texture paste over it with a palette knife. I love using texture paste with stencils because the results are so smooth and crisp.
    3. Next cut out any desired images and text, and glue them onto your pages. Outline the text and images with a black journal pen, and stamp text onto your right page.

Girls Who Read Art Journal Project

Feel free to experiment with you own combination of colors. Put your own spin on your art journal pages by using the text from your favorite quote or an uplifting message that will inspire you to continue to create – even when you’re tired, or life gets crazy, or the kids need to be fed … again.
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An Ode to Tiffany Blue: Inspiration + Project Ideas

February 12th, 2015

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Is there any color more elegant, sophisticated, and charming than Tiffany blue? This vibrant shade of turquoise, green, and blue makes for a stunning color that isn’t just synonymous with expensive jewelry! We decided to flip through the pages of our magazines to find how artists play and create with this fabulous color. The results of our search left us with so many choices that it was difficult to decide on just nine creative ideas to highlight.

Now we want to hear from you, our beloved readers! Pin your favorite image below and tell us why it’s your favorite. Share the link to your pin in the comments below for a chance to win a crafting kit with some of our favorite Tiffany blue supplies.

Scroll to the bottom for your chance to win.

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Lots of Love Earrings

The name says it all! These high-quality, felt earrings by Suzana Jerebic are so darling that you won’t be able to help falling in love with them. Learn more about these creative, little earrings in the winter 2015 issue of Jewelry Affaire.

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Make a Wish

Emmanuele Chauvin ties a warm kraft color with this gorgeous Tiffany blue hue. This art journal is featured in the autumn 2014 issue of Somerset Memories and it showcases some of Emmanuele’s creative paper crafting techniques.

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Ex Voto Necklace: Sterling & Amazonite

This regal necklace, with its complex design and antique finish, shows the most subtle hints of Tiffany blue. Nancy Jamer, the creator of this piece, outlines her techniques and offers some tops in the autumn 2014 issue of Jewelry Affaire.

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French Garden

Shari Frost-Job designed this lovely card and tag, which incorporates beautiful stamp work, a music-note charm, and a bit of torn, music paper. Our favorite part is the way the teal accentuates the actual tag color.

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A Clever Craft Caddy

A simple wooden utensil holder becomes a fabulous craft caddy with just a few coats of paint and a rub-on or two. Tina Schiefer is the genius behind this darling little project! Do you have any breakfast-in-bed trays that could use a little upcycling? See this any many more creative living ideas in the summer 2014 issue of Somerset Life.

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Hot Chocolate Highlights

It may not be the holiday season anymore, but this beautiful hot chocolate display definitely got our Christmas tree trimmed with decorations bought at Tiffany’s! Editor-in-Chief Christen Hammons sure knows how to throw a get-together. Read all the highlights of this creative gathering, and see even more inspiring pictures in the autumn 2014 issue of Mingle.

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Black & White Treasure Tags

You better think twice before throwing away bits of cardboard and scraps of paper! And sure, these beautiful treasure tags feature a black and white design, but what really makes L. Katherine Roberts’ project pop is that beautiful touch of Tiffany blue. Find even more ideas for artful packaging in the winter 2015 issue of Somerset Life.

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Bird Defined

It really is amazing what a touch of subtle blue can do to elevate any art form. Here, Lynne Moncrieff uses a bird stamp, a feather, and a few other embellishments to create a beautiful spring-themed card. But it’s the delicate touches of blue that edge the card that really bring it to life! To see even more of Lynne Moncrieff’s beautiful bird-inspired cards pick up the autumn 2014 issue of The Stampers’ Sampler.

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Simple Jewelry Storage in Tiffany Blue

Jewelry boxes, both small and large, have a tendency of tangling up all of jewelry. This innovative new way to store and display jewelry is the hottest new trend! In this project, Vanessa Spencer shows how to cut a decorative sheet of metal to fit an old, upcycled frame.

 

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Your Chance to Win Your Own Tiffany Blue Mini Collection

We’re giving away a beautiful mini collection of Tiffany blue crafting essentials! For your chance to win simply follow the instructions:

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

*Contest is open to US residents only, and expires on February 28th.

 


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Is there any color more elegant, sophisticated, and charming than Tiffany blue? This vibrant shade of turquoise, green, and blue makes for a stunning color that isn’t just synonymous with expensive jewelry! We decided to flip through the pages of our magazines to find how artists play and create with this fabulous color. The results […]

Editor Spotlight: Cynthia Levens + a Rememberlutions Jar Project

February 9th, 2015

Cynthia Levens from Belle Armoire Jewelry

Personally, I love reading the Letter from the Editor section of all our magazines. It’s always so interesting to see what the editors are up to, and these letters feel like I am touching base with good friends. Of course, I can always just head and say hi to the editors in person, but sometimes we’re all too busy to visit with each other. I particularly enjoy Cynthia Levens’ letters; she’s always so insightful and reading her words really does feel like I am catching up with an old friend. That’s why I jumped at the opportunity to share her letter from the spring 2015 issue of Belle Armoire Jewelry. In this letter, Cynthia shares her past experiences with New Year’s resolutions and her plan for 2015.

But I don’t want to give anymore away, so without further ado, please join me in welcoming the extraordinary editor of Belle Armoire Jewelry, Altered Couture, Belle Armoire, and Where Women Create, Cynthia Levens.

 

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Dear Friends,

I decided not to make a New Year’s resolution for 2015. In previous years when I’ve made resolutions, 90 percent of the time I’d stick to them for a few months and then let them go, giving myself half of a pat on the back. In 2011, my resolutions actually started backfiring. I had stuck to my resolutions, but had such a tight grip on them that I had to force myself to let them go. Ironic, I know. This year I’m doing something different to avoid any end-of-the-year remorse or repercussions.

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I read an article online about making a “rememberlutions jar.” The premise is, you decorate a mason jar with photos, quotes, glitter — whatever — and keep it in your room. Whenever you experience some kind of accomplishment, or even do something fun that’s worth remembering, you write it down on a small slip of paper and place it in the jar. So you met your favorite celebrity? That’s awesome! Put it in the jar. You got a raise at work? Good job, you deserved it! Put it in the jar. You learned to cook a new meal? Fantastic. Share it with some loved ones and then share it with the jar.

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I doubt this is a new concept, and I’m sure some of you have done this before, but it’s new to me and I’m really excited about it. The graphic designer for this magazine, Art Manager Elaine Mello, was so sweet to give me a decorated mason jar for Christmas, which I’ve turned into my own rememberlutions jar. As I’m writing this letter, it’s almost two weeks into January and I’ve already added five slips inside. At the end of the year, I’ll read through my notes, relive 2015, and feel good about myself and my successes, both big and small.

I want to pass the buck to my Belle Armoire Jewelry readers because I am so in love with this idea, and the year is still young. And to all of the talented artists featured in this issue, that’s one slip you can already add! Here’s to wishing you all a happy and healthy 2015 filled with fun, excitement, and success.

Cheers,

Cynthia Levens

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 Spring 2015 Belle Armoire Jewelry

Creating a rememberlutions jar seems like such a simple and creative way to keep track of all the positive changes and experiences that we are gifted with throughout the year. While I am late to the party, I am going to start working on mine today, and hopefully all of our wonderful readers will also be inspired to undertake this project as well. Don’t forget that you can find all the artful essentials you’ll need to personalize your jar at The Shoppe at Somerset.

Please join me in thanking Cynthia for sharing her letter with us. Also, don’t forget to keep an eye out for the Spring 2015 issue of Belle Armoire Jewelry, which comes out on March 1st. Remember that all Somerset Place subscribers get $5 off of new publications with the coupon code found in Glimpse Inside.


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Personally, I love reading the Letter from the Editor section of all our magazines. It’s always so interesting to see what the editors are up to, and these letters feel like I am touching base with good friends. Of course, I can always just head and say hi to the editors in person, but sometimes […]

A Creative Way to Carry Crafting Essentials with Papaya Art + 20% Off

February 5th, 2015

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Do you have an art retreat you’re going to? Maybe it’s a journey for inspiration that will take you out into the wilderness! Or perhaps it’s just a coffee date with a kindred, creative soul. Whatever the case may be, there’s an easy way to keep all of your essential crafting supplies at the ready with Papaya Art’s Hanging Jewelry and Cosmetic Cases!

For a limited time they’re available at a 20% discount, but hurry — this sale ends on 2/21/2015.

 

Papaya Art’s Hanging Jewelry and Cosmetic Case Product Details

Staying organized doesn’t have to be boring, especially when you’re using Papaya Art’s Hanging Jewelry and Cosmetic Cases. This assessor is the perfect tool to keep your art supplies safe and sound, and ready to use, whether you’re traveling cross country or just across the street. The iconic art designs and stunning use of color that’s featured on all Papaya Art products are sure to inspire you no matter where you are.

  • Two Available Designs Sun Speak and Starlet
  • Measures 11 x 22-1/2″
  • Has Three 5  x  11″ Zippered Pockets with Clear Windows
  • Made from Durable Oilcloth Material

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What does our Resident Crafter Have to Say?

I love nothing more than getting organized — whether it’s my office, room, kitchen, or even art supplies — there is just something so therapeutic about the process and the clean, orderly look of the finished outcome.

We started carrying these Papaya Art jewelry cases in The Shoppe at Somerset a few months ago, and I couldn’t wait to get my hands on one. As an artist, I always carrying art supplies with me for when creativity strikes. This case was the perfect size for organizing my on-the-go crafting essentials — from washi tape, to my Moleskine journal, must-have artists’ pens, and even a small stamp set — this fashionable case is a great addition to my organizational supplies.

 

See More from Papaya Art

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

Click here to visit our Papaya Art Collection and discover new, artful finds.

 


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Do you have an art retreat you’re going to? Maybe it’s a journey for inspiration that will take you out into the wilderness! Or perhaps it’s just a coffee date with a kindred, creative soul. Whatever the case may be, there’s an easy way to keep all of your essential crafting supplies at the ready […]

Glimpse Inside Inspiring February Issues + Win Your Fav

February 3rd, 2015

Spring is on the horizon, and while we cannot wait for colorful blooms and cheerful songbirds, the chill of winter and the early sunsets will be sorely missed! There’s nothing quite as wonderful as sitting at your desk with a hot cup of tea, watching the rain or snow outside your window as you undertake your latest sewing project or upcycling endeavor. Let us help you make the most of winter’s last month with our new February issues. Share your adventures with inspiration from Artful Blogging or spruce up your studio with ideas from Where Women Create.

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Undertake something creative and amazing this winter with fresh inspiration straight out of our magazines. Because we love our subscribers so much, we’re offering you an exclusive promotion! Use coupon code BLOG0215 when prompted at checkout to get $5 off any o four new February issues.

 

 

 

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Refresh your wardrobe and jumpstart your creativity with the new project ideas and techniques that are featured in Altered Couture. This new issue features the stunning results of our fabulous little black dress challenge, plus there’s tons of seasonal eye candy and how-toarticles, including altered dresses, shoes, tank tops, sweaters, skirts, and jackets. Don’t miss all of the creative possibilities for upcycling by way of embellishing, beading, piecing, re-sizing, dyeing, painting, and more.

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Art Doll Quarterly - February Issues



This issue’s Doll Artist Portfolio showcases the extraordinarily talented Jacquline Hurlbert, who uses clay as a vehicle for meditation and to investigate the many personalities and attitudes that reside inside all of us.  Follow along with Lillian Alberti as she takes you behind the scenes at ODACA, and Barbara Campbell who offers a recap of the recent NIADA Convention. The results of our Mother/Daughter Doll Challenge are in, plus Tatjana Raum’s mischievous elves are on the loose, along with Katya Guseva’s adorable papier mâché “Plump Cheeks,” and Natasha von Braun’s stunning and intriguing dolls.

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Artful Blogging - February Issues



It’s the perfect time to join the creative and inspiring community of artful bloggers! This issue features a world of breathtaking photographs, heart-changing narratives, and inspiring stories. Uncover Maddie Flanigan’s tips on sewing patterns and writing blog posts, and Katie Cook’s ability to capture out-of-this-world travel photography. We’ll explore Emilie Raffa’s cooking techniques on her blog theclevercarrot.com, while catching a glimpse of farm life alongside Liz Deleo & Will Simpson. You’ll also learn all about Beth Briggs’ fascination for creating fashionable, feminine, and nostalgic illustrations, plus so much more.

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GreenCraft Magazine - February Issues



Spring has sprung, and GreenCraft Magazine is back for another inspiring installment! This issue brings with it some of the most inventive projects to date like using paper rolls to make adorable crown place card holders and ideas for repurposing lost game pieces into unique and beautiful bracelet charms. Don’t throw away your old CDs — instead, turn them into whimsical coasters with just a bit of fabric scraps, old yarn, or lace. Create a new painting canvas with stones collected from a riverbed, plus learn how to make vintage party horns into festive light fixtures, and turn worn books, coming apart at the spine, into fabulous journals.

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Somerset Home - February Issues



Flip through the inspiring pages of Somerset Home to pick up tips and techniques for organizing and refreshing your home. Looking for that perfect rustic cabin-look without the animal cruelty and with a slight contemporary twist? Learn how to make your very own brightly colored deer-head figures. Create a wonderful wall garden to hang as a reminder that the seasons are changing, and find creative ideas for throw pillows, including a water resistant style that is perfect for outdoor seating. Change out your winter table settings, and introduce some sweet, pastel colors for spring, plus get ideas for displaying flowers in a carved birch vase — the perfect romantic touch.

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Stuffed - February Issues



The spring issue of Stuffed is chock-full of eccentric, silly, and spooky softies! Our Artist Portfolio features Carly Gledhill of Corby Tindersticks’ softies mixing soft fabrics with design patterns. Pauline Teng Wan Lin, aka zeropumpkin, brings you her Besties Buddies, including Melinda the black widow and Mustard the zombie farm cat, and Teri Drobnick  presents her TEEsox whimsical pirates. Discover Rebecca Spinelli’s Monster Veggies, Alexis Fritz’s exquisitely detailed Sea Critters, and Tina Giles’ stuffed campfire scene. With creativity bursting at the seams, you won’t be able to put this issue down.

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Where Women Create - February Issues



Have you ever wondered what inspires extraordinary women, how they got started, and where they create? This issue of Where Women Create takes you behind-the-scenes and reveals the personal stories of influential and artistic women like Stephanie Clark of Dalia Press, Regina Easter of Cutting Café, and the talented Tauni Everett of Snap! Join us as we travel with Cathe Holden through a creative wonderland, and see the dramatic and vibrant design style of motivational speaker Lisa Lockwood. Plus don’t miss the feisty artistic space of pin-up photographer Celeste Giuliano, Anne Weil’s knitting nook, and much more.

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Your Chance to Win One of Our February Issues!

We’re giving away brand-new February 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 2015 February issues only: Altered Couture, Art Doll Quarterly, Artful Blogging, GreenCraft Magazine, Somerset Home, Stuffed, and Where Women Create. Discount code can be used only one time per customer, and expires 2/28/15. Contest is open to U.S. residents and ends 02/28/15 at 11:59pm.

 

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

Karla Montes de Oca
Julie Tiu
Tabitha Klucking

 

Congratulations to our Hearts of a Different Challenge Winners:

Beth Williams
Jackie Cleveland
Lucie Hale

 
 


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Spring is on the horizon, and while we cannot wait for colorful blooms and cheerful songbirds, the chill of winter and the early sunsets will be sorely missed! There’s nothing quite as wonderful as sitting at your desk with a hot cup of tea, watching the rain or snow outside your window as you undertake […]

Get Published: Calls and Challenges for March

January 30th, 2015

Have you ever dreamed of sharing your artwork with the world? If your New Year’s resolution was to finally get your artwork seen by the public, then what better avenue to achieve your goal than getting published in one of our publications?! 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.

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.

Look through our Calls and Challenges and submit your work today!

 

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You know the saying, opposites attract? We know it very well at Altered Couture and have seen some beautiful upcycled pieces that showcase juxtaposition. We love where lace meets denim, when girly meets masculine, and everything in-between. For this challenge, use the art of juxtaposition to your advantage. Take two or more dissimilar fabrics, styles, colors, textures, etc., and combine them to look like they were meant for each other.

Deadline: March 15, 2015.

 

~Artwork by Jana Holland

 

Mail in your submissions to the following address:
Stampington & Company
ATTN: Altered Couture
22992 Mill Creek Drive, Suite B
Laguna Hills, CA 92653

 

 

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From Superman to Wonder Woman, Buffy to Lora Croft, Spider-Man to Aquaman, we want to see your superhero art dolls! Your superhero doesn’t have to come from the pages of a comic book or out of Hollywood, though; maybe your superhero is your mom, or a brave firefighter from Ground Zero– there are many ways to interpret your favorite hero or heroine. Thanks to artist Trish Draper for suggesting this challenge theme! Results will be published in our Autumn 2015 issue.

Deadline: March 15, 2015.

 

~Artwork by Kylie Dexter

 

Mail in your submissions to the following address:
Stampington & Company
ATTN: Art Doll Quarterly
22992 Mill Creek, Suite B
Laguna Hills, CA 92653

 

 

 

blgArtful BloggingLet Artful Blogging be your guide as you discover a world filled with visual delights from today’s most inspirational artists, writers, and photographers. In their own words, read how blogging fits into the creative lives of artists and creative souls like yourself. Filled with full-color photography, illustration, mixed-media and assemblage, fabric and vintage artwork — whether or not you have a blog of your own, you will find no richer landscape to spark your own creative fires.

 

~Photograph by Jillian Lukiwski

 

Artful Blogging is a quarterly publication. If you are the creator of a blog or know of one that you think other creative minds would like to know about, please send a letter of interest to the Managing Editor, at artfulblogging@stampington.com.
Deadline for submissions to be received: March 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.

 

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57_1WIL-1402Handcrafted Projects for Christmas, Halloween & Other Holidays
For most art and crafting enthusiasts, holidays are the best reasons to create handcrafted projects … either to keep and treasure in the home, or to give and share with friends and loved ones. But with so many holidays that seem to come around more quickly with the passing of each year, even the most creative minds need project ideas. Christmas cards, gift wrap papers, wreaths, advent calendars, Halloween trick-or-treat pails, papier mâché Valentine hearts, glittery paper hats for the New Year, patriotic paper fans for Independence Day, and Thanksgiving table decorations are just some project ideas that you might consider.

 

~Artwork by Rachel Mcafee

 

 

 

 

 

 

030_HOL0914Somerset Holidays and Celebrations is sure to become a holiday tradition in many homes, where ideas for creative celebrations abound. Please submit your most festive projects for the following categories to be considered for this beautiful 144-page publication.

 

~Artwork by Shirley Hudson

 

Deadline: Every March 15th.

Mail in your submissions to the following address:
Stampington & Company
ATTN: Somerset Holidays & Celebrations
22992 Mill Creek, Suite B
Laguna Hills, CA 92653

 

 

 

 

 

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Somerset Holidays & Celebrations Looking In
This section is all eye candy, featuring pictures from artfully arranged homes. We hope that these vignettes inspire you to organize or style your space in a creative way. Many thanks to the artists and photographers on these pages for inviting us to come in and make ourselves at home.

 ~Artwork by Kris Vavra

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Furniture Transformations
This section features upholstered and redecorated furniture, inspiring you to look twice before tossing out an unwanted or worn item, or even to try your hand at creating the furniture you’ve always wanted to have.

 

~Artwork by Bre Bertolini

 

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

Deadline: March 15th.

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

 

 

 

 

 

stfStuffedBe a part of the fastest growing movement in the crafting word: the softie movement. Published twice a year, Stuffed is 144 pages of fun and whimsical soft dolls, accompanied by technique articles and a large gallery section. Felt monsters, crocheted food, fabric pirates…we’re looking for softies that show the heart and soul of plush art while demonstrating artistic touches.

 

~Artwork by Amnon Lipkin

 

Email images of your submissions to the editor at stuffed@stampington.com.

Deadline: March 15th.

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

 

 

 

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.

 

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Photo Manipulation Tutorial: A Postcard Home by Adryane Driscoll

January 27th, 2015

Adryane Driscoll Photo

Crafting comes in many different shapes and forms. From paint to paper cut-outs, and ink sprays to fabric alterations — for us creative types, there’s an abundance of outlets for self-expression. Relatively new but no less inspiring, is the world of photo manipulations and digital artwork. Scanning and editing has become a new take on cutting and pasting, and we love it! That’s why we’re very proud and happy to introduce today’s guest artist, Adryane Driscoll.

Adryane was featured in the spring 2013 and 2014 issues of Somerset Digital Studio, and she will also be making an appearance in the upcoming spring 2015 issue of the same title. Her artful handling of old, family photographs and memorabilia has also earned her a place in the autumn 2011 and spring 2012 issues of Somerset Memories. Her work is beautifully colored and always very well composed, and today she’s agreed to share with us an exclusive project that showcases some of her tips and techniques. So grab your box of old family photos, fire up PhotoShop, and please join me in giving Adryane Driscoll a warm Somerset Place welcome.

 

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I inherited a box with hundreds of old photos from my grandmother.  I can place some of the faces and guess at others, but most of the people in the photos are unknown to me. I knew about this box of photos before my grandmother died, and I tried to get her to revisit them with me and tell me about them. However, she found the experience to be too painful as many of the people in the photos had disappeared during World War II.

When the photos became mine, my goal was to find a way to organize the images and give stories to the people in them.  So, even though I can’t put names to many of the faces, and I am not sure how I am related to many of the people, I try to find ways to connect with them.  When considering how to do this I often look for something familiar either in a face or the background — a point of reference to create a story that I think fits with the photo. In A Postcard Home, the couple reminded me of how my grandparents looked in their travel photos, and the wonderful postcards they would send while away.

 

A Postcard Home by Adryane Driscoll Project Materials:

All of my images are scanned then manipulated in Adobe Photoshop CS6.

-Anna Aspnes Designs
-ArtPlay Palette for the Record
-ArtPlay Palette Home
-ArtPlay Palette Winter Sunrise
-FotoGlows No. 2
-Cloud Brushes No. 2
-MultiMedia Documents No. 1
-Layered FotoBlendz No. 3
-Decor Stamps No. 1
-GoldPaint No. 3
-GoldPaint No. 4

A Postcard Home by Adryane Driscoll Project Instructions:

Step 1: Choose a Photo
I chose a photo with a nice focal image and a background that is not in focus. The faded background allows for easy blending into the composition I want to create for this couple. When working with old photos, I usually start with a neutral background. This allows me to focus on the image. After I finish with the image, I can stay with the neutral background or build on it.

Adryane Driscoll Tutorial Step 1

Step 2: Decide on a Design Concept
Consider what type of story you want to tell about your photo and how you want to tell it. For A Postcard Home, I decided on a travel story and started with a centered design with movement across the page from left to right. Often, the design changes as I start to play with the image but it’s nice to have a general starting point.

Adryane Driscoll Tutorial Step 2Step 3: Mask the Photo

You can create a custom Layer Mask for your photo or use one that you have in your digital supplies/archives. I chose an image that was divided into two parts — a light area and a dark area. The photo is positioned above the mask layer and then clipped (ALT+CTRL + G on a pc or CMD + G on a Mac, or, with the photo layer selected, go to Layer and choose Create Clipping Mask) to the mask. I repositioned the photo so that it was over the lighter area in the mask. Then, I applied a Layer Mask to the photo layer so that I could erase the tree from the photo with a soft round brush.

Adryane Driscoll Tutorial Step 3

Step 4: Add to the Masked Image to Create Depth
I added multiple layers, using various digital elements, both over and under the masked image to create depth. I wanted to keep the people and the left side of the page lighter than the right side of the page. To do this, I set the blending mode on many of the layers on the right to either Linear Burn or Multiply, while the layers on the left tend to be set to Overlay or Soft Light. I also added some text to the background under the image on a separate layer.

Adryane Driscoll Tutorial Step 4

Step 5: Add Dimension
I don’t work with a lot of elements, but I do like my pages to have some dimension. Here, I added a large frame behind the image. A Layer Mask was added to the frame so that I could blend out parts of the frame. I also added shadows around the image and under the main mask. Next, I added the clouds, birds, and the text from the back of the photo. Whenever I find writing on an old photo, I try to incorporate it into my design. It may be the only information I have about a particular image.

Adryane Driscoll Finished Project

Step 6: Consider the Background
At some point, I consider whether I want to keep the background plain or I want to add to it. Here, I decided to warm up the background and add a little texture. To do this, two digital papers were blended over the original, neutral background. Both of the additional papers were set to Linear Burn.

 

Step 7: Finish
To finish, I added some additional brushstrokes.

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My personal experience with PhotoShop does not extend far beyond cropping, resizing, and enhancing images — all of which are pretty elementary skills. Even so, for me, these techniques were difficult to get a handle on. This step-by-step tutorial removes some of the intimidation that comes with working with Photoshop. I don’t expect that my first project will look anything like Adryane’s, but having her detailed tutorial will make it easier to acquire the skills.

If you’re an avid PhotoShop user we hope this tutorial inspires you to try something new, and if you haven’t taken the plunge into photo manipulations and digital artwork, then we hope the project might make the waters look a little more inviting. Finally, please help me give Adryane Driscoll sincere and heartfelt thanks for sharing her beautiful project with us.

To see more of Adryane’s beautiful artwork, you can visit her gallery at Oscraps.com

 

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Mixed-Media Stencil Techniques by Traci Bautista

January 22nd, 2015

Traci Bautista Collection



As someone who is pretty new to the world of stenciling, I have to admit that I was a bit intimidated by the process. It seems like it’s would be easy for paint or ink to bleed through and ruin the image that’s being created — but that’s just the perfectionist in me talking. After watching this video by Traci Bautista, where she breaks down 6 unique techniques for working with stencils, I was definitely ready to give it a try. What’s helpful about this video is seeing the ease with which Traci works with colors, and how she transitions between using a stencil and then flipping it over and using the excess paint and ink to create a mask. She plays with positive and negative spaces with a lot of freedom, and her particular style has a lot to offer both novice and experienced stencil enthusiasts.

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Techniques Featured in this Video:

Black Gesso Prints - A little black gesso goes a long way when used with Traci’s Floral 2 Stencil. This technique is a fabulous way to showcase the bright and vibrant colors of a background by introducing black outlines.

Dyed Paper Towel Prints - Create beautifully textured prints with generous amounts of acrylic paint, a two-ply paper towel, and a brayer.

Stencil Prints - With this technique, you can create a stunning layered print by stenciling with paint, spraying with ink, and then pressing a fresh piece of paper onto the design. The end result is gorgeous multi-colored print.

White Resist Prints - After creating a colorful stenciled background, Traci uses acrylic paint and a foam brayer to add portions of white. She does this while her first layer of paint is still wet, which allows the colors to mix.

Monoprint Acrylic Skins - Paint over a transparent document protector and then set your stencil down on the wet paint. Once the paint dries, you can remove the stencil and you’ll be left with a beautiful skin that showcases the details of your stencil.

Stamping + Masking with Stencils - Spray a little water over a stencil design to reactive the dried paint, and then press a fresh piece of paper over it to create a ghost print.  You can also paint or spray directly onto a stencil and use another piece of paper to pick up the extra paint that’s on the top of the stencil.

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Thank you Traci for such an amazing video! To pick up even more inspiring tutorials and projects from this talented artist, be sure to stop by our brand-new Artist Collection. Find everything from Traci’s books to her creative stencil designs, and unique stamps.

Traci Bautista is a mixed media artist, designer, teacher, and author of the bestselling book, “Doodles Unleashed,” and her recent release, “Printmaking Unleashed.” Her art has been featured in over 15 art and mixed-media books and 40 craft magazines, including Somerset Studio, Altered Couture, Where Women Create, Art Journaling, Art Quilting Studio, Belle Armoire, and Somerset Digital Studio.

To learn about this extraordinary artist visit her on her blog, Creativity Unleashed.

 

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Love Jars: A Valentine’s Day Project

January 19th, 2015

Love Jards



It’s easy to make a unique and personalized Valentine’s Day gift when you’re inspired, even if you’re short on time. To make these love jars, you just need a bit washi tape and some chalk journal note cards by Prima Marketing. Using chalk or a white pen, you can then write a short and endearing message to your valentine that’s sure to make your special-someone feel extra special. Fill up the spice jars with a yummy treat, and voilà — you’ll have darling set of valentines to give to a dear friend or a beloved partner.

 

Love Jars Project Materials:

-Prima Marketing Every Day Vintage – Chalk Journal Note Cards One
-Washi Tape – Geometric Fins Black
-Washi Tape – Musical Notes
-Washi Tape Solid Black
-Scissors
-Ranger Ink Dina Wakley Media Gel Medium
-Round Black Lid Spice Jars – Set of 3
-Faber-Castell Mix & Match Stamper’s Big Brush Pen White

 

Love Jars



Love Jars Project Tutorial

Step 1 - Start by washing out your spice jars. We noticed there was a little dust in ours, so we cleaned them out — especially since food was going inside.

Step 2 - Once your jars are clean and dry, select two washi tapes to use. We wanted a unique and unexpected color palette, so we used a solid black washi tape with a set of complimentary black-and-white patterned tapes.

Step 3 - The Prime Marketing chalk journal note cards are a little too big for the jars, so we had to cut ours down to fit properly. The note cards are really elaborate, and they have a great vintage feel to them! It’s easy to select a portion and cut out a label without losing too many of the details. Remember to save your scraps of paper, these bits and pieces are great for mixed-media projects.

Step 4 - Next, brush some gel medium along the back of your labels and securely adhere them to your jars. We used a little washi tape to make sure the label was pressed flat against the jar until the gel medium dried. When the label is securely glued to the jar, pull your extra washi tape off gently to avoid ripping the label.

Step 5 - Use chalk or a white pen to write a sweet message on your label. You can personalize each love jar with a name or a special message. If you use chalk, you can easily erase the message and write something new. If you want something permanent, use a white pen.

Step 6 - Fill your love jars with a sweet treat. To pull in the normal Valentine’s Day colors, we decided to use some pink, white, and red M&M’s, but you can use whatever you like and whatever fits.

 

Love Jars



Everything You Need to Create Unique Valentines

Valentine's Day Collection We’ve gathered our favorite love-themed products, including romantic papers, delightful embellishments, and much more, to help you get a jump on all your Valentine’s Day projects. We’ve also selected more than 30 projects from The Studio, including decorations, handmade cards, gift boxes, and even wearable items, so you can share sweet sentiments with everyone you love.

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