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!

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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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Creating 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 […]

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

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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 accessory 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.

 



Sarah How-To Project Tutorials ,,,,

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 […]