Ooh-la-la Spa Day Box

February 9th, 2012

Anyone up for a little weekend pampering? As you wrap up your busy week, think about creating an all-in-one homemade spa day kit. All this ready-to-alter treasure box needs is a coat of paint, coordinating scrapbook paper, and fun embellishments. Create this project as a token of appreciation for a friend or as an indulgence for yourself!

 

Materials:

Small Treasure Chest

Acrylic Paint (Peach)

Artistic Medium Finish

7gypsies Seam Binding Ribbon

Prima Botanical Chipboard Embellishments

Clearly Impressed Acrylic Stamps (French Phrases)

Scrapbook paper of your choice

 

Instructions:

  1. Start by painting the edges and insides of the treasure chest with Peach Acrylic Paint.
  2. Choose your favorite vintage paper (we love Basic Grey’s Curio collection!) and cut to size to fit the top, sides, and lining of the box. Glue the paper pieces onto the box with Artist Medium, and allow to dry.
  3. Stamp “ooh la la” onto a chipboard embellishment and attach to the front of the box.
  4. Use seam binding ribbon to bundle up wash cloths, facial exfoliating sponges, perfume, soap, and any other pampering products you desire!
  5. Have you been bitten by the gift giving bug? Visit The Studio for free project ideas, including artful gift and packaging inspiration!

 

Photo and project by Vanessa Spencer


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Anyone up for a little weekend pampering? As you wrap up your busy week, think about creating an all-in-one homemade spa day kit. All this ready-to-alter treasure box needs is a coat of paint, coordinating scrapbook paper, and fun embellishments. Create this project as a token of appreciation for a friend or as an indulgence […]

A Glimpse Inside…

February 6th, 2012

Get ready to fall in love with art all over again, as February’s issues are nothing short of eye candy for the heart and soul. Get a taste of the creative life with these sneak peeks, and receive FREE SHIPPING on any of these brand-new issues with this exclusive offer for our blog readers!

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The Stampers’ Sampler demonstrates how to put a fun twist on your greeting cards by turning them into mixed-media canvases!

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Treat yourself to a dose of eye-candy with this issue of Where Women Create, featuring the creative studios of Joan Schnee from On Paper and Salli Swindell from They Draw and Cook!

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Think green and go GreenCraft! Upcycle your beautiful Mason jars and create wreaths out of everyday materials for all occasions.

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Peer into the online art spaces of artists and see how bloggers like Molly Swanson of Wings and Specs and Danielle Daniel of Her Painted Word showcase their world in Artful Blogging.

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Fire up that kiln! This issue of Art Doll Quarterly teaches you how to create dolls from clay!

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Add a dash of flair to your cooking with these retro aprons in Apronology, Volume 4, including one inspired by Julia Child!

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Revamp your out-of-date garments with the techniques featured in this spring issue of Altered Couture. Pull some tricks out of your altered sleeves, learn how to cover buttons with fabric and embellish blazers with embroidery!

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Get ready to fall in love with art all over again, as February’s issues are nothing short of eye candy for the heart and soul. Get a taste of the creative life with these sneak peeks, and receive FREE SHIPPING on any of these brand-new issues with this exclusive offer for our blog readers! Use […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]