We Conclude the Bella Grace Blog Hop with Five Giveaways of Our Own

October 16th, 2014
The Bella Grace Blog Hop
Photographs by Jillian Lukiwski, Deb Taylor, Susan Tuttle
Becky Stewart, Sylvia Stefanova
Silvia Mulazzani, Deb Taylor, Susan Tuttle


When I started working on the Bella Grace Blog Hop back in July, I had an inkling that it would turn into something very special. From the moment I held Bella Grace and flipped through the articles, I just knew it was something we had to share, the way each individual poured themselves out onto every page. You see, Bella Grace is much more than a magazine — it’s a textural experience with grainy pages – it’s a spiritual awakening loaded with authentic experiences, uplifting stories, workbook prompts, and photographs. Oh, how I love to get lost in the photographs.

That’s a funny way to describe it, I know, but it’s the most accurate description I can come up with.

There are also many things Bella Grace is not: It is not glossy. It is not a sales-pitch that requires the purchase of “stuff” to make your life more fulfilling. It does not present unattainable standards of beauty, creativity, or happiness.

So yes, when I began working on the Bella Grace Blog Hop back in July, I knew it was going to turn into something special.

Thanks to the brilliance, creativity, and hard work of each co-host, the Bella Grace Blog Hop was better than I ever imagined. Our hosts took us on another special journey, much like the book, from gorgeous, bloom-filled meadows to the dark and sincere places in their hearts. We read personal stories and visited places of inspiration. I wish I could sit here and relay every single post — to talk about the wonderful sound of a happy tail thumping against warm bedcovers; and the adventures you’re bound to experience when you go wherever the wind wills; and the smell of sunshine; and the beauty of the harvest moon; but if you missed any of the inspiration, comfort, and magic that was shared, I’m sure you’ll take a moment to go back, and look through all of the beautiful, original posts that are now a part of our Bella Grace adventure.

I would like to offer a sincere thank you on behalf of Stampington & Company to all of our official and unofficial co-hosts. Thank you for sharing your words, your images, and a little bit of your souls with us.

It’s not the end, but the beginning of a beautiful new journey …

Bella Grace Volume 1, Issue 2

Photographs by Alisha Fridland


Bella Grace Volume 1, Issue 2

We are far from done! The humbling, overwhelmingly positive reaction of our readers to this new publication has made us realize that the world needs a bit more magic in the ordinary, and we are happy to oblige. Bella Grace will be released four times a year, beginning in March 2015.

Click here to peek inside Volume 1, Issue 2 – available December 1st.

 

Bella Grace Volume 1

Bella Grace Giveaway: Now it’s our Turn

In order to show our appreciation for our wonderful blog readers and enthusiasm over this amazing new publication, we are giving away 5 copies of Bella Grace.

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How to Win

Leave us a comment below. Tell us what you thought about the Blog Hop, which post you enjoyed the most, or why you’re looking forward to the next issue of Bella Grace.

Congratulations to our Winners:

Tracy Snyder, Peggy Lee, Connie Pedersen, Charlene James, and Nadine Jordan



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Photographs by Jillian Lukiwski, Deb Taylor, Susan Tuttle Becky Stewart, Sylvia Stefanova Silvia Mulazzani, Deb Taylor, Susan Tuttle When I started working on the Bella Grace Blog Hop back in July, I had an inkling that it would turn into something very special. From the moment I held Bella Grace and flipped through the articles, […]

The Mysterious Boo Sisters by Guest Artist theresa mARTin

October 13th, 2014

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Please join me in giving the incredibly talented theresa mARTin a very warm Somerset welcome! Theresa has been featured in Somerset Apprentice and our award winning Digital Inspiration. Her artwork, regardless of the medium, is always stunning and absolutely gorgeous.

Today she joins us with a very special Halloween-themed project that’s both enchanting and a teensy bit creepy. The Boo Sisters are a pair of lovely ladies who are ready to captivate your heart and imagination with their hauntingly beautiful expressions and fabulous outfits. Follow along as Theresa gives step-by-step instructions on how to recreate this frightful duo!

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The Halloween deadline is approaching.  Halloween makes me think about being a kid again, and it’s fun to dream about masquerade balls and mysterious happenings. As a member of the design team for Paperwhimsy, I am fortunate to be able be create art specifically for the holidays.  Halloween is a favorite of mine as it walks the edge of being dark yet still fun.

The Mysterious Boo Sisters are decked out in their fanciest ball gowns made from black velvet leaves and bits and pieces of collage paper. Each wears a cage, from which another secret sister peeks out. Familiar crows sit on their shoulders and their fine rhinestone crowns give them an elegant final touch. With their candy corn lace collars, bat wings, orange and black colors, and black velvet dresses, they are ready for any Halloween party.

They ask: “What will you wear to the Midnight Halloween Masquerade Ball?”

 

Boo Sister Project Material List:

Findings
Rhinestones
Patterned Paper
Collage Sheets
Fabric Findings
Paperwhimsy Alterable Dolls
Adhesive
Scissors

 

Boo Sister Project Tutorial by theresa mARTin:

Step 1 – I started by painting the alterable dolls all black. For this project, I used the  Santos Bird Cage Dolls. For this project, I used the Santos Birdcage Dolls. If you want to speed up the painting process, you can spray paint the figures.

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Step 2 – The sister’s dresses were traced from collage sheets and patterned papers. Creating these elaborate gowns was simply a matter of cutting out the desired shapes and arranging them on the dolls.

Step 3 – Once you’re happy with your arrangement, glue the cut-out pieces of paper onto the fiberboard dolls. When all the pieces of your dress collage are in place and secured, place the bird-cage outline over the doll’s body. This helps create even more depth. Also, don’t forget to add the hidden sister within the folds of the gown, peeking out from behind the cage.

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Step 4 – As the Boo Sisters sat on my work table, I brought out a lot of the mixed-media items that I collect. I experimented with different options such as rhinestones, bits of ephemera, and fiberboard embellishments, all in an attempt to find what would fit the sisters the best.

Step 5 – The next step is to create the sister’s gorgeous black ball gowns. I made these gowns by repurposing some vintage millinery leaves, but you can trim nearly any fabric to recreate the look. You can also add ribbon, patches, and buttons.

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Step 6 – As a final touch, I added a few additional rhinestones and created belts and crowns.

These lovely ladies are straightforward and easy to make.

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Halloween definitely doesn’t have to be scary — it can just as easily be dark, elegant, and mysterious. Paperwhimsy’s fiberboard dolls provide the perfect mixed-media canvas to create stunning characters, just like the ones created by theresa mARTin. Make your own set of Boo Sisters, or go in a different direction and try something new. There are so many fun and creative possibilities with this artistic project.

 

PaperWhimsy is Here!

PaperWhimsyWe’re very proud to announce our first collection of PaperWhimsy products. Currently, we’re carrying a wide range of ready-to-alter pieces. From delightful dolls to stunning frames, these unique finds are waiting to be created anew! Just add patterned paper, vibrant paints, and whatever other embellishments you can think of. We are so in love with these little alterable dolls that you can expect to see many more PaperWhimsy goodies in The Shoppe at Somerset in the upcoming months.

 

 

Want to See More of theresa mARTin’s Artwork?

1APP-1402-Somerset-Apprentice-Autumn-2014-300x300Our Autumn 2014 issue of Somerset Apprentice is bursting with wonderful works that are sure to inspire you, including a detailed Q&A with theresa mARTin. Read along as she offers advice and talks about her favorite artistic medium.

 

To learn more about this talented artist visit her blog, Theresa Martin: Mixed Media Art.

 

 



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Please join me in giving the incredibly talented theresa mARTin a very warm Somerset welcome! Theresa has been featured in Somerset Apprentice and our award winning Digital Inspiration. Her artwork, regardless of the medium, is always stunning and absolutely gorgeous. Today she joins us with a very special Halloween-themed project that’s both enchanting and a […]

A Delightfully Grim Serendipity Kit

October 9th, 2014

Gray Roses Grim Serendipity Kit



If you haven’t had a chance to kick off your Halloween-themed crafting, don’t worry — there’s still time! We’ve assembled the perfect starter-kit to get you into a trick-or-treat mood. This delightfully grim Serendipity Kit is an oldie but goodie, filled with gloomy gray paper roses, test tubes for all your dangerous concoctions, curious vintage tickets, and so much more!

With this kit, you’ll be able to put an interesting twist on traditional Halloween favors or create unique mixed-media projects. Best of all, for a very limited time, we’re offering it at a 15% discount!

Gray Roses Grim Serendipity Kit



Gray Roses Grim Serendipity Kit

This kit contains the following items:

  • 2 gray paper roses
  • 8 vintage tickets
  • 1 grubby tag with vintage black lace
  • 2 black gift bags
  • 2 small newspaper print pinch bottom bags
  • 2 large newspaper print pinch bottom bags
  • 2 sheets of Halloween images  artists paper
  • 2 sheets of dark patterned artist paper
  • 2 sheets of kraft paper
  • 1 sheet of kraft glassine paper
  • 3 plastic test tubes (with corks)
  • 1 large natural muslin bag
  • 1/2 yard of black seam binding

Gray Roses Grim Serendipity Kit

What Does Our Resident Crafter Have to Say?

I love a good crafting challenge! Hand me a stack of random supplies, and I can make magic happen. With Halloween just around the corner, this Gray Roses Grim Serendipity Kit offers a ton of possibilities. Not only does the kit put a unique twist on traditional Halloween favors, I can also see myself coming up with some great mixed-media projects.

With this kit you can create handmade Halloween cards or party invitations using the assortment of patterned papers. You can also fill the glass tubes with candy or colored fluid and use them as a prop for a spooky Halloween party. The variety of paper bags would be great to use as party favors or to make very special trick-or-treating bags for your favorite munchkins. And even the muslin bag that we use to package the kit can make a great gift bag when you adorn it with black ribbon and a gray rose. This kit includes so many creative finds that there’s lots of room to make tradition projects as well as unique ones.

 

Looking for More Inspiring Bundles?

Serendipity Kit CollectionIf you need even more inspiration, be sure to explore our complete collection of Serendipity Kits. These colorful, all-in-one kits are the perfect muse to spark your next creative adventure.

Click here to explore our collection.



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If you haven’t had a chance to kick off your Halloween-themed crafting, don’t worry — there’s still time! We’ve assembled the perfect starter-kit to get you into a trick-or-treat mood. This delightfully grim Serendipity Kit is an oldie but goodie, filled with gloomy gray paper roses, test tubes for all your dangerous concoctions, curious vintage […]

Embossed Black Cat Collage Tutorial

October 7th, 2014

Embossed Black Cat Collage



This Halloween, we invite you to bend the rules by experimenting with non-traditional colors.  While black, orange, and purple are widely recognized as the official colors of this scary holiday, our Embossed Black Cat Project plays with an unexpected shade of light blue and gold glitter. These colors, paired with Tim Holtz’s new stamp collection of Halloween Blueprints, create a stunning collage that’s more mixed-media masterpiece than simple Halloween decoration. This black cat collage includes layers of paper and paint, plus an added touch of embossing and stenciling.

Gather all your supplies — your acrylic paints, embossing ink, and heat tool — we’re giving you a step-by-step tutorial on how to create your own embossed black cat collage!

 

Embossed Black Cat Collage Materials List:

Matte Gel Medium
White Gesso
Hard Rubber 4” Pop In Brayer
Distress Embossing Powder – Black Soot
Distress Embossing Ink
Ranger Ink Heat-It Craft Tool
Sticky Back Canvas
Light Blue Acrylic Paint
Black Acrylic Paint
Gold Glitter Paint
Tim Holtz Collection Halloween Blueprint 3
Tim Holtz Collection – Halloween Layering Stencil
Cardstock
Patterned Papers

 

Embossed Black Cat Collage Tutorial:

Step 1 – To start, trim a thin scrap of cardboard and cardstock into a square shape that’s approximately five by five inches. Create a sturdy background by gluing the two surfaces together using matte gel medium.

Step 2 – Next, prime the surface with a layer of white gesso and let it dry. Once the surface is dry, begin to collage the background with a variety of patterned papers. Use matte gel medium to adhere the papers to the surface.

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Step 3 – When your background is complete and the gel medium is dry, add a layer of light blue acrylic paint using a brayer. Make sure you wipe away any excess paint.

Step 4 – Add some interest by applying stripes of gold glitter paint. You can use the edge of an old credit card to get the stripes just right. Also, use your fingers and randomly highlight other areas with the glitter paint.

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Step 5 – Cut out and adhere a scalloped border using some Sticky Back Canvas. Paint the canvas black and add dots with your gold glitter paint.

Step 6 – Let everything dry, and then add another layer of gel medium to seal your surface.

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Step 7 – Stamp a black cat onto your surface with embossing ink. To ensure a clear image, make sure you carefully lift your stamp straight up. Use a damp cloth to wipe away any leftover embossing ink from your stamp.

Step 8 – Sprinkle your cat stamp with black embossing powder; make sure the ink is completely covered. Lift up your card and remove any excess embossing powder. Save the extra powder by pouring it back into its container.

Step 9 – Carefully use a heat gun to set the embossing powder.

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Step 10 – To finish, stencil on some Halloween-themed words with black acrylic paint.

There you have it — a unique and stunning Halloween collage that’s sure to delight everyone in your home. Create your own collage and put it on display or replicate the look on some blank cards and send them out to family and friends. There are lots of creative possibilities with this Black Cat Collage project.

 

The Halloween and Autumn Collection

The Halloween and Autumn CollectionThere’s still time to order some frightful October essentials from our Halloween and Autumn Collection.

 

Click here to browse and start working on your own spooky projects.



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This Halloween, we invite you to bend the rules by experimenting with non-traditional colors.  While black, orange, and purple are widely recognized as the official colors of this scary holiday, our Embossed Black Cat Project plays with an unexpected shade of light blue and gold glitter. These colors, paired with Tim Holtz’s new stamp collection […]

Glimpse Inside Wonderful New October Issues + Win Your Favorite

October 2nd, 2014

It’s time for pumpkin spiced lattes, cinnamon-scented candles, brisk chills and cozy sweaters, along with a canvas of red, orange, and yellow fallen leaves. Fall is officially upon us, and we want to celebrate with a fresh batch of inspiration. Plan the perfect holiday get-together with creative ideas from Mingle, or keep track of all of the special memories you’re bound to experience during the season with the projects from Somerset Memories. Whether you’re in search of unique, homemade gift ideas or want to take a break from the holiday season with mixed-media art projects, these inspiring October issues are sure to be your muse.

 

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We have the very best blog followers in the world, and that’s why we want to offer you an exclusive promotion. Use the coupon code BLOG1014 at checkout to get $5 off any of our new October issues.

 

 

 

Art Journaling Autumn 2014

Art Journaling Autumn 2014

~Artwork by Renee Zarate

In every quarterly issue of Art Journaling, artists open their journals and share creative techniques for expressing their raw emotions. This time around, Robyn P. Thayer experiments with the art of the written word, and Lydia Velarde uses watercolor to capture her memories. If you’re looking for a creative twist on an advent calendar to make for the holidays, take a cue from Jennifer Bomgardner’s advent journal, or take a lesson with Renee Zarate, as she explores the shape of the female face.

 

Haute Handbags Autumn 2014

Haute Handbags Autumn 2014~Artwork by Lorraine Rigby

Need some inspiration for your next bag project? Look no further! In this issue of Haute Handbags, feast your eyes upon pages and pages filled with one-of-a-kind bags, clutches, coin purses, and more! Get a taste of the French countryside with bags from Lilla Le Vine. Repurpose old gears and tires into an accessory like Kayann Aushermann. Have sweaters that you don’t wear anymore or have shrunk? Read Brooke Bock’s tutorial on turning them into the perfect bag for any occasion. Follow along, and get even more inspiration from other artists such as Sicilian Gypsy, Audrey Athey, and Niki Meiners as they provide you with the tools and materials you need to get started!

 Jewelry Affaire Autumn 2014

Jewelry Affaire Autumn 2014~Jewelry by Kris Lanae Binsfield

Our autumn issue is full of fall styles. Read how Sandy Dukeshire combines simple and unique clay components with sari ribbon to create your own collection of necklaces, bracelets, and earrings. For our vintage jewelry collectors, we have Nancy Jamar in our issue who will show you a variety of ways to assemble your own personal collection. Kris Lanae Binsfeld proves that wire-wrapping can be easy for anyone. This issue is filled with many other artists such as Kris Auderer, Deryn Mentock, and Lexi Grenzer, so you don’t want to miss out!

 

Mingle Autumn 2014

Mingle Autumn 2014~Photographs and event by Sara De St. Jean

Don’t miss out on our holiday entertaining issue, covering every occasion from Halloween to New Year’s! From a haunting, Tim Burton themed bash to Audrey Wagner King’s twist on Thanksgiving dinner, Thanksgiving Oyster Roast, you don’t want to miss the creativity behind these unique events. Explore a whimsical white holiday gathering full of glitter and children’s laughter, a Holiday Crafts & Cocktails event featuring gift wrapping and card making, and Mrs. Claus’ Cookie Shop complete with sweets and milk. Stick around for a Tribal Baby Shower by Kelly Musgraves featuring feathers, cacti, and mason jars, and round out the year with a half-past noon New Year’s Day brunch full of reflection, hope, and community.

 

Somerset Life Autumn 2015

Somerset Life Autumn 2015~Photographs and project by Lucy Akins

Somerset Life wants to help you get into the gift-giving spirit with beautiful, creative ideas for adding special handmade touches to your gift wrap, like how to make gorgeous, glittered spoon gift toppers that you can also hang on your Christmas tree. This issue reveals eight ways to use kraft paper, so you can add a charmingly rustic feel to your holiday crafts. Soak up even more holiday inspiration, and learn how to create clever candles carved from pumpkins, craft an easy DIY advent calendar with washi tape, and display a simple, but stunning, Thanksgiving mantelpiece.

 

Somerset Memories Autumn 2014

Somerset Memories Autumn 2014~Artwork by Cat Kerr

Featuring amazing scrapbook pages, stunning journals, mixed-media memory art created from family heirlooms, plus eight free sheets of scrapbook paper, you’ll find plenty of inspiration for preserving your own memories in this new issue. Explore amazing work from Roben-Marie Smith’s Documented Life Project, discover a unique way to present your Instagram photos from Ellen Wilson, and learn how to create darling memory art pins with the help of Cat Kerr. Page after page of artistic scrapbook layouts including digital pages, the Family Album, Michelle Shevfeland’s Digital Workshop column, and much more await you in this wonderful welcome to the autumn season.

 

The Stampers' Sampler Autumn 2015

The Stampers' Sampler Autumn 2015~Artwork by Lynne Moncrieff

To each, holidays mean something different – some of us can’t imagine Christmas without snow, while others might be anticipating flying off to a tropical paradise. The autumn issue of The Stampers’ Sampler offers the most variety and original stamping techniques yet to wrap up 2014. Our Tempting Template Angel Challenge results will be showcased – ranging from Art Deco-esque designs to celestial to contemporary and more! One of our most prolific artists, Lynne Moncrieff, adds a touch of rustic glamour with her Christmas cards and wall hangers, and Guest Artist Sandee Lindmeier takes the stamping art form to the next level with her intricately detailed, hand-painted cards and gift bags. While this issue will incorporate traditional holiday colors and themes, there is also a healthy blend of lively, stimulating shades and artful inking techniques that will get your creative juices flowing.

 

Where Women Create Business Autumn 2014 Where Women Create Business Autumn 2014~Artwork by Tina Givens

Through advice columns and in-depth feature articles, Where Women Create BUSINESS offers a multitude of knowledge and inspiration to women with a passion for success. In this issue, get tangible tips from Priscilla Knoble of Stitch Publications, owner of Global Gardens café and maker of award-winning olive oil, Theo Stephan, and Cold Spring Apothecary founder Stacey Dugliss-Wesselman. If you’re looking to turn your creative passion into a profession, you won’t want to miss insights and inspiration from Becky Higgins, creator of Project Life, Liesl Gibson of Liesl + Co, producer of sewing patterns and fabric, or photographer Eliesa Johnson.

 

Your Chance to Win One of Our October Issues!

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We’re giving away brand-new October 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 2014 October issues only: Art Journaling, Haute Handbags, Jewelry Affaire, Mingle, Somerset Life, Somerset Memories, Where Women Create Business, and The Stampers’ Sampler. Discount code can be used only one time per customer, and expires 10/31/14. Contest is open to U.S. residents and ends 10/31/14 at 11:59pm.

 

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

Lou Downing, Kay Wallace, and Laura Strack





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It’s time for pumpkin spiced lattes, cinnamon-scented candles, brisk chills and cozy sweaters, along with a canvas of red, orange, and yellow fallen leaves. Fall is officially upon us, and we want to celebrate with a fresh batch of inspiration. Plan the perfect holiday get-together with creative ideas from Mingle, or keep track of all […]