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

 



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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 […]

A Glimpse Inside…

January 13th, 2012

Kick off your shoes, pull up a chair, and indulge in a sneak peek of the inspiring artwork within our January issues on your well deserved break!

Every month, Somerset Place will provide a special glimpse inside the magazines that are currently on newsstands. If you like what you see, enter this exclusive discount code for our blog followers to receive FREE SHIPPING on any of these brand-new issues.

Offer Code: BLOG0112*

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Somerset Life

Join Melony Bradley as she describes how to stamp and dye your own fabric ribbon, and use adorable wooden spools to keep them neat and tidy.  Don’t miss “Getting Back into My Heart,” an insightful article by Liz Lamoreux that will encourage you to organize your thoughts and get outside to take on the world! The beautiful opening image can be found in this month’s issue of Somerset Life!

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Somerset Studio

Mixed-media artist Carissa Page describes her creative process and reminds us that we all share the ability to create and “own” our own story.  Fall in love with Michelle Maule’s unique combination of illustration and mixed media, and see how your favorite Somerset artists paint every hue of chartreuse into their artwork!

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Belle Armoire

Peek inside the curious process of hat blocking with hat-ista Jenny Pfanenstiel, and discover how you can solder layers of colorful metal into a bracelet and earrings set! Find out how Deborah Nake turned a crafting hobby into a thriving business in Knitting on the Road, a new column profiling outstanding yarn shops!

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Stuffed

Read about Kellie Diguangco’s darling creations, a pair of sisters separated at birth—one fated to be a mermaid in the ocean, the other a human on dry land. Don’t lose your head over Corinne Buchholz’s frighteningly cute zombies or Kelice Penney’s yetis, complete with detachable limbs!

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Art Journaling

Discover how Donna Mulholland combines watercolor and mixed media to record her daily musings, and see how Heather Dutton has been influenced by the digital world of journaling. The inspiring stories and eye-catching artwork in this issue will encourage you to start documenting your own artful story!

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Create With Me

Introduce your children to the exciting world of DIY by helping them create stylish T-shirt stencils for boys and girls alike. Discover the journaling styles of three generations of women, and read about how one woman’s love of creativity sparked the beginning of an amazing art event for girls!

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Prims

The adorable duo, Livy and Hattie, seen here are products of Cheryl Foster, an artist who creates her dolls with special people in mind.  Pick up this issue to see how Ruth Rae incorporates hand-stitched elements into dolls that she fashions after her beloved Raggedy Anne doll!

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I’m going to start off the weekend with my brand-new copy of Somerset Life and a glass of mango iced tea by my side. How will you be getting a little R & R this weekend?

 

*Free shipping offer applies to U.S. purchases of the following January 2012 issues: Art Journaling, Belle Armoire, Create With Me, Prims, Somerset Life, Somerset Studio, and Stuffed only.  Discount code cannot be combined with any other offer and expires 1/31/12.

 



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Kick off your shoes, pull up a chair, and indulge in a sneak peek of the inspiring artwork within our January issues on your well deserved break! Every month, Somerset Place will provide a special glimpse inside the magazines that are currently on newsstands. If you like what you see, enter this exclusive discount code […]

A Dose of Nostalgia: Free Ephemera Download

December 28th, 2011

Jump on the digital train with this vintage ticket download! Use these colorful admission passes to add an aged layer of  rare, authentic scraps from the past to your scrapbook pages, art journals and other mixed-media projects!

Click here to view full sizes of these images and to download yours today.  To incorporate more vintage ephemera and digitally altered pieces into your artwork, visit e-Crafting.com!

To receive even more free downloads and project inspiration, please sign up for our E-Letters!

 

Will you be crafting into the New Year this weekend? Tell us what projects you’re working on!

 



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Jump on the digital train with this vintage ticket download! Use these colorful admission passes to add an aged layer of  rare, authentic scraps from the past to your scrapbook pages, art journals and other mixed-media projects! Click here to view full sizes of these images and to download yours today.  To incorporate more vintage […]