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.

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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.

 



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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 […]

Glimpse Inside Inspiring February Issues + Win Your Fav

February 3rd, 2015

Spring is on the horizon, and while we cannot wait for colorful blooms and cheerful songbirds, the chill of winter and the early sunsets will be sorely missed! There’s nothing quite as wonderful as sitting at your desk with a hot cup of tea, watching the rain or snow outside your window as you undertake your latest sewing project or upcycling endeavor. Let us help you make the most of winter’s last month with our new February issues. Share your adventures with inspiration from Artful Blogging or spruce up your studio with ideas from Where Women Create.

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Undertake something creative and amazing this winter with fresh inspiration straight out of our magazines. Because we love our subscribers so much, we’re offering you an exclusive promotion! Use coupon code BLOG0215 when prompted at checkout to get $5 off any o four new February issues.

 

 

 

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Refresh your wardrobe and jumpstart your creativity with the new project ideas and techniques that are featured in Altered Couture. This new issue features the stunning results of our fabulous little black dress challenge, plus there’s tons of seasonal eye candy and how-toarticles, including altered dresses, shoes, tank tops, sweaters, skirts, and jackets. Don’t miss all of the creative possibilities for upcycling by way of embellishing, beading, piecing, re-sizing, dyeing, painting, and more.

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Art Doll Quarterly - February Issues



This issue’s Doll Artist Portfolio showcases the extraordinarily talented Jacquline Hurlbert, who uses clay as a vehicle for meditation and to investigate the many personalities and attitudes that reside inside all of us.  Follow along with Lillian Alberti as she takes you behind the scenes at ODACA, and Barbara Campbell who offers a recap of the recent NIADA Convention. The results of our Mother/Daughter Doll Challenge are in, plus Tatjana Raum’s mischievous elves are on the loose, along with Katya Guseva’s adorable papier mâché “Plump Cheeks,” and Natasha von Braun’s stunning and intriguing dolls.

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Artful Blogging - February Issues



It’s the perfect time to join the creative and inspiring community of artful bloggers! This issue features a world of breathtaking photographs, heart-changing narratives, and inspiring stories. Uncover Maddie Flanigan’s tips on sewing patterns and writing blog posts, and Katie Cook’s ability to capture out-of-this-world travel photography. We’ll explore Emilie Raffa’s cooking techniques on her blog theclevercarrot.com, while catching a glimpse of farm life alongside Liz Deleo & Will Simpson. You’ll also learn all about Beth Briggs’ fascination for creating fashionable, feminine, and nostalgic illustrations, plus so much more.

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GreenCraft Magazine - February Issues



Spring has sprung, and GreenCraft Magazine is back for another inspiring installment! This issue brings with it some of the most inventive projects to date like using paper rolls to make adorable crown place card holders and ideas for repurposing lost game pieces into unique and beautiful bracelet charms. Don’t throw away your old CDs — instead, turn them into whimsical coasters with just a bit of fabric scraps, old yarn, or lace. Create a new painting canvas with stones collected from a riverbed, plus learn how to make vintage party horns into festive light fixtures, and turn worn books, coming apart at the spine, into fabulous journals.

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Somerset Home - February Issues



Flip through the inspiring pages of Somerset Home to pick up tips and techniques for organizing and refreshing your home. Looking for that perfect rustic cabin-look without the animal cruelty and with a slight contemporary twist? Learn how to make your very own brightly colored deer-head figures. Create a wonderful wall garden to hang as a reminder that the seasons are changing, and find creative ideas for throw pillows, including a water resistant style that is perfect for outdoor seating. Change out your winter table settings, and introduce some sweet, pastel colors for spring, plus get ideas for displaying flowers in a carved birch vase — the perfect romantic touch.

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Stuffed - February Issues



The spring issue of Stuffed is chock-full of eccentric, silly, and spooky softies! Our Artist Portfolio features Carly Gledhill of Corby Tindersticks’ softies mixing soft fabrics with design patterns. Pauline Teng Wan Lin, aka zeropumpkin, brings you her Besties Buddies, including Melinda the black widow and Mustard the zombie farm cat, and Teri Drobnick  presents her TEEsox whimsical pirates. Discover Rebecca Spinelli’s Monster Veggies, Alexis Fritz’s exquisitely detailed Sea Critters, and Tina Giles’ stuffed campfire scene. With creativity bursting at the seams, you won’t be able to put this issue down.

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Where Women Create - February Issues



Have you ever wondered what inspires extraordinary women, how they got started, and where they create? This issue of Where Women Create takes you behind-the-scenes and reveals the personal stories of influential and artistic women like Stephanie Clark of Dalia Press, Regina Easter of Cutting Café, and the talented Tauni Everett of Snap! Join us as we travel with Cathe Holden through a creative wonderland, and see the dramatic and vibrant design style of motivational speaker Lisa Lockwood. Plus don’t miss the feisty artistic space of pin-up photographer Celeste Giuliano, Anne Weil’s knitting nook, and much more.

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Your Chance to Win One of Our February Issues!

We’re giving away brand-new February issues to THREE lucky winners! Simply follow these steps to enter for your chance to win:

1) Click on your favorite spread above.

2) Pin or “Like” that particular issue.

3) If you pinned to Pinterest, share the link in the comments section below. If you “liked” on Facebook, tag us so we can see.

4) If you don’t have Facebook or Pinterest, please comment below and tell us which issue you find most appealing and why.

*Winners are selected at random and will be contacted via email. *$5 off discount applies to purchases of any of the following 2015 February issues only: Altered Couture, Art Doll Quarterly, Artful Blogging, GreenCraft Magazine, Somerset Home, Stuffed, and Where Women Create. Discount code can be used only one time per customer, and expires 2/28/15. Contest is open to U.S. residents and ends 02/28/15 at 11:59pm.

 

Congratulations to Our Glimpse Inside Winners for the Month of January:

Karla Montes de Oca
Julie Tiu
Tabitha Klucking

 

Congratulations to our Hearts of a Different Challenge Winners:

Beth Williams
Jackie Cleveland
Lucie Hale



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Spring is on the horizon, and while we cannot wait for colorful blooms and cheerful songbirds, the chill of winter and the early sunsets will be sorely missed! There’s nothing quite as wonderful as sitting at your desk with a hot cup of tea, watching the rain or snow outside your window as you undertake […]