A Glimpse Inside: March Issues!

March 5th, 2012

It’s time to break out the gardening gloves and start planting your creative ideas. Spring for these brand-new issues that are available now! Take a peek at the spreads below, and if you like what you see, receive FREE SHIPPING with this exclusive offer for our blog readers.

Use Promo Code: BLOG0312*

 

This Spring issue of Somerset Apprentice will be your go-to publication for easy-to-follow instructions and close-up photos of fabulous techniques from the creative minds of Rebecca Sower, Ruth Rae, and Cynthia Shaffer. Hone your artistic skills and pick up new ones with gel medium transfer tutorials and DIY stencil instructions. With creative minds like Mindy Lacefield and Jessica Swift providing creative direction, you’ll be well on your way to creating works of art!

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Spring is blossoming all over the pages of this issue of Belle Armoire Jewelry! Teach yourself how to style earthy bracelets from shells and leather scraps and create rings out of silver and wax materials. Enjoy a special Designer Collection by Deryn Mentock that will leave you eager to get out your tools and wear your own creations. The joyful spring season is the perfect time to get your sparkle on!

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The sunny skies of spring are reflected in this issue of Take Ten with more than 300 new card designs that are easy to make and fun to give. Recreate the light springtime color palette of guest artist Michelle Woerner’s delightful cards, and add a burst of yellow to your brunch parties with cute and simple place cards that will have all of your guests swooning! “Take ten” for yourself and enjoy an artistic afternoon!

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Vibrant splashes of turquoise and magenta hues dance along the Venice canals on the cover of this Somerset Studio issue. Discover the jewel-toned hues of Traci Bautista’s artwork as she shares her drawing, painting, and doodling process. Learn how to DIY your own washi tape, see how an artist deconstructs vintage books, and fuel your love of creativity with the beautiful artist papers that are included in this stunning issue.

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You’re in for a treat with this issue of Where Women Cook–the only reason you’ll put it down is to whip something up! This magazine provides a hearty dose of captivating stories about women with a passion for cooking and recipe for success. Take a tour through the Enchanted Candy Store and enjoy recipes for Blue Ribbon Carrot Cake, Vegetarian Wheat Pizza, and Raspberry Tarts, plus many more mouth-watering dishes!

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When the digital and handmade worlds collide, you get a page-turning issue of Somerset Digital Studio, jam-packed with new digitally altered designs and techniques. Be inspired by the “Illuminating Phrases” of Alisa Holland and learn how Amandine Deroo transforms her scrapbook layouts into fantastical masterpieces. Dive into the world of iPhone-ography and capture the spirit of everyday life on the go!

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*Free shipping offer applies to U.S. purchases of the following March 2012 issues only: Belle Armoire Jewelry, Somerset Apprentice, Somerset Digital Studio, Somerset Studio, Take Ten, and Where Women Cook. Discount code cannot be combined with any other offer and expires 3/31/12.

 



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It’s time to break out the gardening gloves and start planting your creative ideas. Spring for these brand-new issues that are available now! Take a peek at the spreads below, and if you like what you see, receive FREE SHIPPING with this exclusive offer for our blog readers. Use Promo Code: BLOG0312*   This Spring […]

A Pinterest Party for National Craft Month!

March 1st, 2012

Stampington is celebrating National Craft Month by throwing a party–a Pinterest Pinning Party! For the month of March, we invite you to pin your crafty projects onto our board titled National Craft Month!

Pinterest is a treasure trove of DIY projects, but it’s so easy to get stuck in a cycle of only pinning and not creating. Be sure to absorb as much inspiration as possible, then channel those ideas into something that you create yourself. Pin your unique handmade projects to our collaborative National Craft Month board and watch the creativity spread. Request access to the pinboard by emailing the link to your own Pinterest account to blog@stampington.com and prepare to pin!

We will be providing daily Pinning Prompts via Twitter (follow us @Stampington) to guide you through the next 31 days of crafting. We hope that by providing our readers with a community where they can share their handmade artwork, they will be able to connect with others who share similar crafting interests and be exposed to new ones as well!

Hop over to Twitter to see Pinning Prompt #1!
Hello, Pinners! To keep the pinning process fair, we are kindly requesting Pinners to limit pins to ONE pin per day. Please use our daily Pinning Prompts over on Twitter (you don’t need an account to play along!) as your guide, and choose your favorite project to pin for that day. We want to give everyone an equal chance to pin and be pinned!

Notice your inbox getting pretty full? To limit the number of Pinterest emails you receive, please go to Settings > Email Settings > Group Pins (OFF). Whew, that’s better!

As always, feel free to send along an email if you have any questions, comments, or concerns.

— Elysa

Stampington and Company reserves the right to moderate the National Craft Month pinboard for the purpose of showcasing a variety of artwork from all pinners.

 

 



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Stampington is celebrating National Craft Month by throwing a party–a Pinterest Pinning Party! For the month of March, we invite you to pin your crafty projects onto our board titled National Craft Month! Pinterest is a treasure trove of DIY projects, but it’s so easy to get stuck in a cycle of only pinning and […]

Top 10: Winter Images to Photograph

February 27th, 2012

In our blog post, “Inspire With Instagram,” we asked our blog readers what you love to photograph during the winter months. These words conjured up such lovely images that we had to get in on the fun as well. Please enjoy this must-have list for bloggers, photographers, and Instagram lovers!

 

Top 10: Winter Images to Photograph

 

  1. Steam rising from a cup of coffee
  2. Hot chocolate with homemade marshmallows
  3. Freshly fallen snow
  4. Warm apple crisp
  5. China tea cup on a vintage table cloth
  6. Children making snow angels
  7. Patio gargoyles covered in snow
  8. Living room decked out in holiday lights
  9. Party guests gathered ’round the piano
  10. Winter berries against a fresh bed of snow

 

Thank you to all who contributed!

Do you have a love of photography and capturing a moment in time? Life Images invites readers to peer through the camera lens of artists who share a passion for photographing everyday experiences.

Each photo in this unique publication is accompanied by the original prose, journaling, and poetry from the artists, allowing you to experience a specific moment in someone else’s life.  This magazine features 144 pages of full-sized images that will inspire you to keep your camera close at hand, whether you are spending the day lounging in your backyard or watching the glistening waves hit the golden sand at the beach.

Click on the following links to glimpse inside Life Images for a sneak peek at more spellbinding photography:

Autumn ’08 | Winter ’08 | Spring ’08 | Summer ’08

 

Challenge: Can you take a blog-worthy photograph with your phone? Tweet us your best wintery  phone photo @Stampington, and be sure to use the hashtag #blogphoto. We’ll re-tweet our favorites!

 

 photo credits, clockwise from top right:  Dancing Snowflakes by Diana Foster; Ice Storm by Stephanie Bishop;
Asheville Morning by Fran Welch; Golden Leaves by Michael Pfaendtner; Berries in the Winter by Deborah L. Carlson

 



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In our blog post, “Inspire With Instagram,” we asked our blog readers what you love to photograph during the winter months. These words conjured up such lovely images that we had to get in on the fun as well. Please enjoy this must-have list for bloggers, photographers, and Instagram lovers!   Top 10: Winter Images […]

A New Twist on Note Cards!

February 23rd, 2012

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Handwritten cards are just the best, don’t you agree? Penning a greeting to your best friend 400 miles away or sending a cheerful note to your mother gives your message a personalized, handmade touch that is often lost in today’s high-tech world. Enjoy this shabby-chic card tutorial, and see how easy it is to turn lined notebook pages into journaling cards for personalized greetings!

 

Materials

Flora Notebook 2

Die Cuts with a View Card Stacks

Clearly Impressed Stamp Set (French Phrases)

Grey & Red Floral Tape

Grey & Pink Dot Tape

7gypsies Gypsy Market Naked Paper Tape

Idea-ology Tissue Tape by Tim Holtz (Sketchbook)

Double-Sided Adhesive Tape

 

Instructions

  1. Tear desired sheet out of Flora Notebook. Cut to size of solid-colored card, leaving a ¼” border around all sides.
  2. Adhere notebook sheet to card with double-sided adhesive tape or glue.
  3. Layer torn strips of decorative tape on card.
  4. Stamp your favorite French phrase onto project.
  5. Write your greeting and send off your card in handmade style!

 

Project and photo by Vanessa Spencer

For more quick and easy card tutorials, be sure to check out the upcoming Take Ten issue, available in March! Here’s another way to create these lovely note cards. Tell us your unique ideas in the comments below.

P.S. Loving the chartreuse-hued cards in the opening image? Enter our Cruise in Chartreuse Pinterest contest!

 



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Handwritten cards are just the best, don’t you agree? Penning a greeting to your best friend 400 miles away or sending a cheerful note to your mother gives your message a personalized, handmade touch that is often lost in today’s high-tech world. Enjoy this shabby-chic card tutorial, and see how easy it is to turn […]

Editor Spotlight: Andrea Rangno

February 21st, 2012

Meet the creative forces behind your favorite Stampington publications with our Editor Spotlight feature!

 

Andrea Rangno, Editor

GreenCraft, The Stampers’ Sampler, Take Ten, Catch Up Issue, Handcrafted

 

What is the most gratifying thing about your job?
Being surrounded by such extraordinary creativity, day in and day out, is what makes this job gratifying for me. I have worked for a number of publishers, covering various industries, but the fact that I now get to work for one that features subjects I’m already so passionate about in my personal life is like a dream come true. I am truly excited to come to work, every single day.

Is there an especially moving story that you have written about?
As an assistant editor I was given the opportunity to work on a number of publications and I would have to say the most moving for me so far has been Apronology (with Managing Editor Beth Livesay) because of the recurring themes of family and the female experience that run throughout that magazine. Apronology is full, of course, of beautiful aprons, but it’s the stories attached to them that make me catch my breath – the women who make those aprons write about their mothers and grandmothers, about their childhoods, and about how this simple garment has informed their lives and their sense of self. I can relate to that in so many ways.

When you’re not writing about other people’s work, what art do you create?
My interests are varied. I love to find creative uses for recycled materials, like glass bottles, paper bags, and paper towel rolls. I recently was given a couple of old windows, discarded after a home remodel. I cleaned up the frames, removed rusty nails, and covered the glass with chalkboard paint. I can’t tell you how many uses I’ve found for those old windows, or how many people ask me where I got them. I also love to sew, though I find very little time for it. Traditionally my biggest sewing period of the year comes around Halloween when I ask my kids what they want to be – it’s amazing what their imaginations come up with! I can be found grumbling during most of October, but come the 31st the looks on my kids’ faces pays me back for my hard work tenfold. I dabble in furniture making (I love tools!), stamping and card making, and knitting as well.

Where do you find the most artistic inspiration?
I find inspiration everywhere. The most common source, of course, is the internet – the Web is teeming with blogs that I can never seem to get enough of, and Pinterest only fuels my addiction! I also love Etsy. I am a major thrift store stalker… it’s very rare for me to walk out of a Goodwill empty-handed!

What is your favorite creative memory?
My creative ambition didn’t really kick in until after my son was born, six years ago. My husband was finishing graduate school and we didn’t have a lot of money. My son was accepted into a great daycare program, a couple times a week, and all of a sudden I found myself with more free time. I would wander around stores and look at the beautiful things for my home that I could never afford. One day it occurred to me that I could learn to make these things, and soon after I signed up for a sewing class. After that I signed up for a furniture making class. Pretty soon I was making the beautiful things I had seen at the store, for a fraction of the price. I’ll never forget how good it felt to complete those first few projects and how empowered it made me feel – with creativity and drive, the sky really is the limit.

What is your idea of the perfect weekend?
I have two young kids, so sleeping in past 6:30 a.m. sounds pretty good! In all seriousness though, I love quiet weekends where I have time to get my house in order, so to speak. We have a couple chickens in our backyard that are largely neglected during the week so I enjoy spending a little time giving them treats, cleaning out their nesting boxes, etc. Pickup soccer games with the neighborhood kids, a quiet dinner with my husband, and maybe a stroll through an antique barn – this would be the perfect weekend for me.

Where do you turn for inspiration when you are in a creative rut?
To music! I actually listen to a lot of music on Pandora when I’m feeling uninspired. Sometimes it takes a couple days, sometimes it takes longer, but I usually come out of a rut with what feels like a million ideas. I also spend a lot of time reading when I’m in a rut. I’ll grab some past issues of Stampington magazines and refill my creative coffers. It’s hard to look through gorgeous magazines like Somerset Life and Artful Blogging and not feel inspired!

What would you like to accomplish a year from now?
A year from now I’d like to be doing what I’m doing now, which is managing beautiful magazines and creating my own art here and there, along the way. Coming up with new challenges and inspiration for the magazines is a high task, and I’m very excited to rise to the challenge.

If you could own any craft product, what would it be?
I’ve actually never owned a die-cut machine! It’s one of those things I keep talking myself out of buying, but I really do need to get one. I love to make cards and scrapbook, and I think having a die-cut machine would really add a whole new level to those interests.

Tell us a bit about GreenCraft.
Well, I’m completely biased, but I think the wreath on the cover is pretty special (mostly because I was the one who made it!) The February issue of GreenCraft is actually filled with some great projects. Cynthia Shaffer’s felted plant pouches are gorgeous and would make a fabulous gift. Crystal Jeffries found a great use for old CDs, which has always been a huge challenge for me. And Amy Relf’s repurposed oversized denim pillows are so perfect for anyone with kids or pets! I’ve already got a stash of old denim jeans going so that I can follow her lead.

 

To find out how Andrea created her gorgeous rosette wreath, be sure to check out GreenCraft Spring ’12, available now. Enjoy free shipping on your issue by using promo code: BLOG0212 at checkout before February 29th, 2012!

 

 



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Meet the creative forces behind your favorite Stampington publications with our Editor Spotlight feature!   Andrea Rangno, Editor GreenCraft, The Stampers’ Sampler, Take Ten, Catch Up Issue, Handcrafted   What is the most gratifying thing about your job? Being surrounded by such extraordinary creativity, day in and day out, is what makes this job gratifying […]