Guest Artist: Clay Heart Tags by Monica Sabolla Gruppo

January 30th, 2012

We are excited to welcome guest artist Monica Sabolla Gruppo to Somerset Place! Today, she teaches us how to create bright handmade clay tags to tie together your gift bags and packaging projects.

 

Materials

White clay

Rolling pin

Chopping board

Cookie cutters

Barbecue skewer

Acrylic paint (red and white)

Heart- shaped rubber stamp

Divine Twine (Cherry)

 

Instructions

1. Manipulate the clay for 5 minutes, and then flatten it with a rolling pin. Add texture to the surface by placing it on a textured plastic chopping board.

2. Cut shapes with cookie cutters. Here I opted for a plain, circular shape.

3. Make a hole in the tags with a barbeque skewer.

4. Allow a couple of days for air drying.

5. When completely dry, paint over tags with two coats of red acrylic paint. Dry with a hairdryer.

6. When the red paint is dry, stamp a heart onto tags with white paint. Dry again.

7. Add a piece of Divine Twine to tie the tags to your gifts.

 

Voilà! Easy peasy, yet eye-catching. You can add one to a peat pot filled with chocolates or a bouquet of flowers, use one to embellish a book wrapped in old maps, or leave it plain, wrapped with Divine Twine. The possibilities are endless!

 

A big “thank you” to Monica for sharing this stunning project idea with us! Monica has been featured in many Stampington & Company publications, including Somerset Home, Prims, GreenCraft, Artful Blogging, Altered Couture, and Somerset Life. Please visit Monica’s blog The White Bench to see more of her beautiful mixed-media projects.

 



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We are excited to welcome guest artist Monica Sabolla Gruppo to Somerset Place! Today, she teaches us how to create bright handmade clay tags to tie together your gift bags and packaging projects.   Materials White clay Rolling pin Chopping board Cookie cutters Barbecue skewer Acrylic paint (red and white) Heart- shaped rubber stamp Divine […]

Pinterest Color Challenge: Chartreuse

January 26th, 2012

Hello, my name is Elysa, and I am addicted to Pinterest. Luckily, my obsession hasn’t warranted any sort of intervention–yet. Pinterest is a virtual pinboard for you to curate, organize, and share photographs that you find beautiful and inspiring. If you aren’t already a Pinner, I’m confident that words like “Repin” and “Boards” will soon make their way into your crafting vocabulary.

We put together a “Cruise in Chartreuse” board (above) to celebrate this beautiful hue featured in our annual color issue of Somerset Studio. Be sure to grab a copy to see all of the chartreuse-inspired artwork in the magazine!

Jump on the Pinterest train, and participate in our new monthly Pinterest Challenge! Curate your own chartreuse-hued Pinterest board with images of accessories, projects, home décor, paint color–anything that has a burst of this lovely lemon-lime color. Be sure to name the board “Cruise in Chartreuse” and include the hashtag #CruiseInChartreuse in each pin’s description so we can easily find your entry.

At the end of the month, we will award a copy of the upcoming Somerset Studio March/April ’12 to the Pinner with the most creative and clever “Cruise In Chartreuse” board! Not on Pinterest yet? Email me at blog@stampington.com to request an invite!

 

 

Best of luck!

 

This contest is open to residents of the U.S. and expires at midnight on February 26, 2012.

 

Edit: Hello Pinners! This contest is now closed. We hope you had a blast pinning pretty chartreuse items to your boards. We will be announcing the winner in a future post, so stay tuned!

 



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Hello, my name is Elysa, and I am addicted to Pinterest. Luckily, my obsession hasn’t warranted any sort of intervention–yet. Pinterest is a virtual pinboard for you to curate, organize, and share photographs that you find beautiful and inspiring. If you aren’t already a Pinner, I’m confident that words like “Repin” and “Boards” will soon […]

Perfectly Grungy Heart Pouches

January 23rd, 2012

Stampington Perfectly Grungy Heart Pouches

Roses are red, violets are blue, these gift bags are sweet, and can be created by you! Whip up these treat bags for a classroom valentines exchange, bring them to brunch for your closest girlfriends, or tuck one into your daughter’s backpack for a sweet Valentine’s surprise.

Just promise you won’t eat all of the treats while assembling these little pieces of eye-candy art!

If you are making them for a group of friends or a classroom full of kiddos, consider inviting a friend over and putting together an assembly line to maximize time.

 

Perfectly Grungy Heart Pouches

 

Materials

Pink Paper Bags

Donna Downey Foam Heart Stamp

Dina Wakley Create With Abandon and Grungy Circles Stamps

Acrylic Paints (in White, Raspberry, and Tidepool)

Teeny Alpha Stickers (in Rose Grunge)

Treats of your preference!

 

Instructions

1) Start by brushing a light layer of white paint onto the front of the bag. No need to make it a perfect square–the shabbier chic, the better.

2) Stamp the foam heart in the center of the bag.  Layer the “Create with Abandon” and “Grungy Circle” stamp designs to create your desired pattern

3) Use Teeny Alpha Stickers to adhere message to bag.

4) Fill pouches with fun treats like pink and white jelly beans, conversation hearts, ring pops, and candy necklaces!

 

We all go weak in the knees for these heartfelt projects, so we put together a special Valentine’s Day Anthology filled with projects, products and inspiration to spark creativity for this romantic day!

 

What is your most cherished Valentine’s Day card or trinket?

 

project and photo by Vanessa Spencer

 



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Roses are red, violets are blue, these gift bags are sweet, and can be created by you! Whip up these treat bags for a classroom valentines exchange, bring them to brunch for your closest girlfriends, or tuck one into your daughter’s backpack for a sweet Valentine’s surprise. Just promise you won’t eat all of the […]

Inspire with Instagram!

January 19th, 2012

 

Stampington is hooked on the newest trend in digital photo-sharing! Instagram is an app available for your iPhone that allows you to follow photo feeds of your friends and fellow creatives.

Even if you don’t have an iPhone, you’ll still be able to see our photos via Twitter.  We’ll be capturing art selections, new arrivals of Shoppe product, and projects in progress for upcoming newsletters, so you can follow our feed for even more bursts of creativity.

To follow our Instagram feed:

1)      On your iPhone, download the Instagram app. Create a username, password, and a profile picture, so people can recognize you.

2)      Go to: Profile > Search Instagram > Names and usernames.

3)      Type in “Stampington” and select Follow—now you’re ready to go!

 

What are your favorite wintery images to photograph? Warm apple crisp fresh out of the oven? Your children curled up with the family dog in front of the fireplace? We’ll compile the most inspirational answers into a must-have list just for our blog readers!

 



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  Stampington is hooked on the newest trend in digital photo-sharing! Instagram is an app available for your iPhone that allows you to follow photo feeds of your friends and fellow creatives. Even if you don’t have an iPhone, you’ll still be able to see our photos via Twitter.  We’ll be capturing art selections, new […]

DIY Daily Journal Calendar by Vanessa Spencer

January 17th, 2012

Imagine if you were able to look back in five years’ time and see what you did on any given day! This project provides an artful way to record memories, whether it’s a big event like a wedding or simply a quiet outing to your favorite park.

Inspired by a calendar journal project that was featured on Design*Sponge, our Shoppe manager decided to use a similar concept, but adapt it by using the 7gypsies library drawer to store her daily journal pages.

 

DIY Daily Journal Calendar

 

Materials

Library Drawer

Clearly Impressed Typewriter Alphabet Stamps

Acrylic Mounts

StazOn Ink Pads (in Jet Black, Pumpkin, and Olive Green)

Elegant Ledger and Wrought Scroll stamps by Christine Adolph

7gypsies Paper Tape

Cavallini Decorative Paper Tape

 

Instructions

Start by creating a journal card for every day of the year. If cutting out the 365 pieces of cardstock and stamping all of the dates onto the pieces seems a bit time-consuming, try creating an assembly line. First stamp all of the months, and then stamp all of the days. This way you can quickly stamp 31 January cards with “JAN,” crank out all 12 months with “01”, and so on.

Now it’s time to alter and embellish the cards! Keep in mind that this is a big project, so consider gradually decorating the cards throughout the year.  I added a few very simple elements using some of my favorite stamps and colorful inks.  On my cards, I used a little bit of white-washed paint to give the stamped images a slightly faded look and finished them off with a bit of decorative tape.

Journal just a little tidbit every day and make it a tradition to do so every year. You’ll enjoy looking through your cards, sharing memories with family and friends, and seeing just how much you’ve accomplished!

 

What would you write down on your journal card for today?

 

—  Vanessa Spencer, Shoppe Manager

 



Sarah How-To Project Tutorials ,

Imagine if you were able to look back in five years’ time and see what you did on any given day! This project provides an artful way to record memories, whether it’s a big event like a wedding or simply a quiet outing to your favorite park. Inspired by a calendar journal project that was […]