Free Article Download: Little Book of Encouragement by Mary Walden

January 12th, 2015

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“If you don’t have a lot of time at one stretch to work on creating, this is a good project. You can plan one page at a time, sew them later, and assemble them even later. Using 15 minutes here and there can be time well spent. None of us ever has enough time to create!”

~Mary Walden from the pages of Sew Somerset; Click here to read the full article.

Most of us probably don’t have as much time as we would like, probably even less to just sit and be creative. But that doesn’t mean we don’t try! From painting to stamping, to sewing and gluing, we find ways to express ourselves. And while we may try to clear up a few hours a here and there to pursue our artistic passions, Mary Walden’s project is a great way to keep our creativity going throughout our busy days.

This little book of encouragement is made out of bits and pieces of fabric, scraps of paper, and doilies and lace. It’s held together with some basic sewing techniques, and the book itself get’s assembled with binder rings. Each page can be seen as a mini projects, with all of the steps being broken down into 15 minute intervals. Challenge yourself to make your own little book of encouragements throughout a week or a month, and see what you come up with!

Click here to download the free article, “Little Book of Encouragement,” by Mary Walden that originally appeared in the summer 2011 issue of Sew Somerset.

 

Want Even More Inspiration?

1SOM-SEW1102-Sew-Somerset-Summer-2011-300x300This oldie is definitely a goodie! The summer 2011 issue of Sew Somerset features some uniquely stitched shadowboxes and embroidery hoops by Cindy Steiler. You’ll also find an artful cover idea for your iPad inspired by Ruth Rae, plus cool cuffs by Jen Swift.



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“If you don’t have a lot of time at one stretch to work on creating, this is a good project. You can plan one page at a time, sew them later, and assemble them even later. Using 15 minutes here and there can be time well spent. None of us ever has enough time to […]

Making a Positive Out of a Negative Project: Stamping Project by Christen Hammons

January 8th, 2015

Making a Positive Out of a Negative Project: 3 Cards



You may think the card-giving season is over, but we disagree. There’s always a special occasion to send out a thoughtful, greeting card to a friend or family member, and if there isn’t — then make one up! And don’t forget that now’s the perfect time to send out Thank You cards for all those wonderful gifts and warm wishes that you got over the holidays.

This unique card project by our Editor-in-Chief and Director of Publishing, Christen Hammons, showcases an interesting use of negative space. Even the name of the project is full of inspiration! So grab your cardstock, your stamps, and your favorite inks — and learn how to make a positive out of a negative.

Making a Positive Out of a Negative Project Materials:

Dina Wakley Reversed Grunge Growth Stamp
Christine Adolph’s Collage Cube
Card Stock
Stamping Ink
Pencil
-Self-Inking 7gypsies Circle Stamp

Making a Positive Out of a Negative Project by Christen Hammons

Any avid rubber stamper knows that there are just some stamps you have to have. Sure, you have no idea how you’re going to use them, but they still wind up in your shopping cart. Then they sit on your art table gathering dust.

That’s how it was when I bought this “reverse” stamp by Dina Wakley. All of the other designs from the collection were stamped right away, but there were a couple I didn’t know quite what to do with. After talking with several employees here at Stampington, I realized that both stamps had large areas of negative space. Our President, Kellene Giloff, urged me to find an interesting way to spotlight the negative space.

Making a Positive Out of a Negative Project: Honeycomb design

Step 1 – I typically use stamps for texture, so the larger sections of solid color were throwing me off until I began playing around with the stamps. I started by inking the Reversed Grunge Growth stamp; then I pressed the honeycomb stamp from Christine Adolph’s Collage Cube onto the solid section. To get the desired effect, make sure you keep the honeycomb stamp dry, so that it can pull/dilute the ink that’s already on the solid section of the Reserves Grunge Growth stamp.

Step 2 – To finish, I stamped Reversed Grunge Growth onto cardstock. The honeycomb texture added a nice effect, making it appear as if I added my own collaged layer.

Making a Positive Out of a Negative Project: Different Color Ink

Step 3 – Next, I inked the Reversed Grunge Growth stamp again, but this time I stamped a self-inking 7gypsies circle stamp randomly onto the solid space. This added a different color and an extra touch of depth to my layers. When I stamped Reversed Grunge Growth, the circles appeared in the negative space, creating a nice, textured look.

Making a Positive Out of a Negative Project: Journaling

Step 4 – Finally, I simply used some of the negative space to journal on.

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Please join me in thanking Christen Hammons for providing us with such a fun project. There really are so many unique ways to use stamps and more so when the stamp itself has such interesting elements. However, the most important lesson I took away from these little cards is that no matter how intimidating a new product or project might be, you should always meet challenges with curiosity and positivity! After all, who knows what wonderful new techniques you can learn or even develop on your own?

 

We Want to Hear From You

In art, it’s always fun and challenging to work with negative space. We want to know how you do it. Do you have your own method for adding a bit of interest to stamps that have large negative spaces or do you try to avoid them altogether?

 

Even More Free Projects

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You may think the card-giving season is over, but we disagree. There’s always a special occasion to send out a thoughtful, greeting card to a friend or family member, and if there isn’t — then make one up! And don’t forget that now’s the perfect time to send out Thank You cards for all those […]

Celebrate the New Year with New January Issues + A Chance to Win

January 5th, 2015

Start the New Year right with inspiring new titles! What better time to challenge your creativity than now, especially with a brand-new publications that offer stunning photographs, step-by-step instructions, and insights from top artists. If you’ve always dreamed of starting your own business, then you won’t want to miss out on Where Women Create BUSINESS, which offers creative advice from artistic entrepreneurs. If fashion is your passion, then you’ll love the fresh styles in Belle Armoire. And if you need something with a bit more old-world charm, then you’re sure to love this issue of Prims, which will transport you to a wonderful bygone era with handcrafted folk art.

 

January Issues

This year, we want to inspire you to new creative heights with magazines that will feed your creative soul and rouse your muse. That’s why we’re offering our beloved blog subscribers an exclusive promotion! Use the coupon code BLOG0115 at checkout to get $5 off any of our new January issues.

Somerset Studio

Somerset Studio - January Issues



Start the year off right with stunning new mixed-media inspiration. This issue of the Somerset Studio features an Artist Profile on Louise O’Hara of Drawn to Stitch, plus the gorgeous results of our lilac Color Challenge. Learn how to make new art from discarded book covers, and discover new ways to work with an old favorite — washi tape. Get detailed step-by-step instructions on how to make your very own mixed-media stickers, and elevate your art to a whole new level. You won’t want to miss out on Shelly Broughton’s stunning lilac-inspired landscapes, or a charming handmade book that’s full of tongue-in-cheek humor. Find all this and more in the new winter issue.

 

Belle Armoire

Belle Armoire - January Issues



Get up to speed on the latest winter fashions with the newest edition of Belle Armoire. Our Designer Collection features the popular couture clothing and accessories of Susan Lafica, the talented designer and stylist behind Sicilian Gypsy and Fiori Couture. Colleen Davis shows how to make beautiful sweaters and shawls, and we’re taking a closer look at the quirky lagenlook clothing from Maura Davenport of RitaNoTiara. Don’t miss out on artisan projects like bold and beautiful arrowhead necklaces and rustic macramé sweaters and dresses, plus get an inside look at Vancouver Eco Fashion Week from Katherine Soucie, and so much more.

 

Somerset Life

Somerset Life - January Issues



Make a resolution to infuse creativity into every facet of your life in 2015, and get started on this creative pledge with inspiration from the winter issue of Somerset Life. Learn how to make beautiful statement bracelets in 10 minutes using craft brads, how to dye ribbons, and turn washi tape into decorative stickers. You won’t want to miss L. Katherine Roberts feature about a creative and heartfelt way to preserve a wedding bouquet, or the insightful musings of Emma Tree in our Authentic Living column. We share even more Creative Living Ideas, including clever, easy-to-make boot cuffs and how to brighten someone’s day with a secret message in a bottle.

 

Prims

Prims - January Issues



Travel back in time to a bygone era with the wonderful world of primitive dolls and Americana artwork in Prims. In this issue, you’ll meet Judy Smith’s collection of army-themed bears: four compassionate sisters who care for the wounded and four heroic soldiers who fall in love with the sisters. Also making an appearance is The Backyard Bunch by Cheryl Foster, an adventurous group inspired by her kids and their friends. Ami Jone’s primitive rabbit is working smart, lounging on a rake and sorting his carrots while his friend Sheep watches from the sidelines. You’ll definitely want to see Karen Brady’s Woodland Creatures and Toadstools, The Angels Isabella Portini Garland by Renee Tousignant, and Robin Seeber’s seasonal Hip Hopper Collection of rabbits.

 

Art Journaling

Art Journaling - January Issues



It’s a brand-new year and the perfect time to pick up art journaling — especially when you can get tips and techniques directly from the masters! Discover how Susie LaFond uses her distinct mixed-media style to bring a touch of serenity to her work in this issue’s Artist Profile. Also, learn how Micheline Montgomery incorporates fine art into her journal, and tag along with Gina Lee Kim as she explores the possibilities of watercolor. You won’t want to miss the way Sue Kalicki captures her travels in collage and paint, or how Nancy Baumiller combines digital and traditional journaling to create multi-dimensional pages.

 

Mingle

Mingle - January Issues



Start your year with a gathering that celebrates life, from a vintage-inspired luncheon to a breathtaking farm-to-table dinner party that will have your guests asking for seconds. The winter issue of Mingle is full of creative ideas for getting together. Visit an airplane-themed boy’s birthday celebration that harkens back to the golden-age of air travel and a wonderful tea party, complete with a variety of natural teas and honey. Get an insider’s look into the fabulous art retreats of Idyllworks of Maine, plus join us for a workshop to learn the ins-and-outs of making the perfect cocktail. Plan a fun fashion swap party for close friends, or soak up inspiration for an artsy auction house wedding, full of darling DIY touches.

 

The Stampers’ Sampler

The Stampers' Sampler - January Issues



What expresses love better than a homemade, handwritten card? Celebrate Valentine’s Day with the newest issue of The Stampers’ Sampler! Find the results of our Hearts of a Different Color Challenge, featuring cards that veer away from the typical Valentine’s Day color scheme. Learn how to incorporate mixed-media with your stamped creations, see how artists use the same stamp to create completely different looks, and so much more. Get out your paints, inkpads, and patterned paper scraps, because you will not want to miss this colorful and inspiring issue!

 

Jewelry Affaire

Jewelry Affaire - January Issues



This winter promises pages of artful baubles and inspiring jewelry. Director of education at Vintaj, Jess Italia Lincoln, showcases a beautiful collection of embossed necklaces, bracelets, and earrings. Vintage jewelry lovers will enjoy Inez Dunn’s pastel, beaded necklace reminiscent of 1950s charm. Ever wonder what to do with that mismatched collection of buttons? Cindy Wimmer suggests repurposing them into a one-of-a-kind necklace. Flip through pages that are filled with intriguing creations, including crocheted wire necklaces, bottle cap earrings, statement gemstones, brooches inspired by famous explorers, and more.

 

Where Women Create Business

Where Women Create BUSINESS - January Issues



Whether your business is small, large, or merely a dream that’s waiting to unfold, this issue of Where Women Create BUSINESS has useful guidelines that will help make it a success. Learn how Marsha Giambalvo and Melissa Mohr of Backdoor Harvest, a group of St. Louis urban farmers, grow, maintain, and harvest small crops in local backyards. Gather advice from Stacey Dugliss-Wesselman, of Cold Spring Apothecary, whose business creates medicinally focused and remedy based products fueled by the healing power of botanicals and herbs. We’re also very excited to reveal insights from Lia Griffith of Handcraft Your Life, Becky Nunn of Nunn Design, producer of high-quality jewelry findings, with generational artisans based in the United States, and designer and clothing store owner Andrea Gear of Andrea Gear Designs.

 

Your Chance to Win One of Our January Issues!

[This giveaway has ended.]

We’re giving away brand-new January 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 January issues only: Somerset Studio, Art Journaling, Belle Armoire, Jewelry Affaire, Mingle, Prims, Somerset Life, The Stampers’ Sampler, and Where Women Create BUSINESS. Discount code can be used only one time per customer, and expires 1/31/15. Contest is open to U.S. residents and ends 01/31/15 at 11:59pm.

 

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

Donna Kalinowsky, Christi Conley, Rae Jean Wycoff

 

Congratulations to our Artful Resolution Winner:

Dena Jardin

 



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Start the New Year right with inspiring new titles! What better time to challenge your creativity than now, especially with a brand-new publications that offer stunning photographs, step-by-step instructions, and insights from top artists. If you’ve always dreamed of starting your own business, then you won’t want to miss out on Where Women Create BUSINESS, […]

Insta-Grammys: The 10 Most Popular Instagram Images of 2014

December 30th, 2014

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As we look ahead to the approaching New Year, we can’t help but glance back to all the wonderful and inspiring artwork that we featured on Instagram this past year. So gather around and follow along as we unveil the 10 most popular Instagram images of 2014. Also, don’t forget to follow us on Instagram for even more visual inspiration, tips and techniques from top artists, and exclusive chances to participate in creative contests.

 

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The 10 Most Popular Instagram Images of 2014

Connie Govea Stuart Paper HeartsMixed-media artist Connie Govea Stuart helped us rediscover the romance of handwritten correspondence with these paper hearts and matching envelopes.

From the pages of the summer 2014 issue of Somerset Life.

PumpkinsMarie Morgan’s Goofy Jack’s were quite popular in October.

From the pages of the autumn 2014 issue of Prims.

Hot ChocolateWho wouldn’t want to curl up with one of these beautiful mugs, filled with delicious Mexican hot chocolate? Project and photograph by j29events and Mint and Mirth.

From the pages of the autumn issue of Mingle.

FlowersCatrin Welz-Stein’s gorgeous artwork was a fan-favorite this year!

From the pages of the winter 2014 issue of Artful Blogging.

Drift Wood ShipsEveryone wanted to sail away on one of Sofia Tryon’s charming driftwood ships.

From the pages of the autumn 2014 issue of GreenCraft.

She is lovedWe all agreed that Kathryn Paigen’s uplifting card was amazing, beautiful, and definitely loved on Instagram!

From the pages of the summer 2014 issue of The Stampers’ Sampler.

 

 

 

 

Colorful Sail ShipsSail boats were a reoccurring theme this year. Especially those made with recycled materials, like the rusted nails, metal wire, and vintage maps like Shirley Vauvelle used to create these charming sculptures.

From the pages of November/December 2014 issue of Somerset Studio.

 

 

 

BookCatrin Welz-Stein’s stunning digital artwork made it into our top 10 list, twice! And it’s not hard to see why!

From the pages of the winter 2015 issue of Artful Blogging.

 

 

 

 

PROJ-0870-600x600Guest artist, Juliette Crane, stopped by The Studio and gave us the step-by-step instructions for recreating this dreamy work of art.

Click here to see the full project.

 

 

 

 

Mini Christmas Tree Place Card HoldersEven Somerset Place made it onto the most popular Instagram images with a special project that was featured exclusively [On the Blog].

Click here to see the full project.

We Want to Hear From You!

We saw some recurring themes this year on Instagram — like the sail boats and Catrin’s beautiful digital artwork. We also had some one-of-a-kind fan favorites, like Marie’s Goofy Jacks and Kathryn’s charming, mixed-media card. Now we want to know, out of these 10 images, which is your favorite? Leave us a comment with your top choice!

 





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As we look ahead to the approaching New Year, we can’t help but glance back to all the wonderful and inspiring artwork that we featured on Instagram this past year. So gather around and follow along as we unveil the 10 most popular Instagram images of 2014. Also, don’t forget to follow us on Instagram […]

Wishing You Love, Beauty, and Creativity this Holiday Season

December 25th, 2014

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We Want to Know Your Artful Resolutions for 2015

Have you had a chance to read all of the creative resolutions that some of our favorite artists, writers, and photographers shared with us? Now we want to hear from you! Tell us what you think about these resolutions, and share your own artful resolutions for a chance to win a Papaya Art Weekly Planner.

Click here to learn more!

 

Sneak Peek: The Insta-Grammys of 2014

What did you get for Christmas? If you were gifted with brand-new crafting supplies, or you need a bit of inspiration to reinvigorate you after the holiday season, then join us for a very special blog post. In our last post of the year, we will pay tribute to our 9 most popular Instagram images of 2014. You won’t want to miss out on all the inspiring projects, photographs, and imagery! Join us here at Somerset Place on  Monday, December 29th.

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{Hover over the image to read the inside of the card!}   We Want to Know Your Artful Resolutions for 2015 Have you had a chance to read all of the creative resolutions that some of our favorite artists, writers, and photographers shared with us? Now we want to hear from you! Tell us what […]