Glimpse Inside: Colorful June Issues + Win Your Fave

June 2nd, 2014

Sandy beaches, crystal-clear blue waters, the swaying shade of tall palm trees, and a tall stack of bright and inspiring June issues — that’s our idea of paradise! Enjoy this summer in style, even if you’re not beachside, with a full collection of reading materials that’s jam-packed with creative ideas, thoughtful stories, and gorgeous images. Get yummy recipes for all your summertime gatherings with Where Women Cook, and find beautiful invitation ideas inside our latest issue of Take Ten. If you just want to kick back and relax, try the stunning work that’s featured in our June issue of Somerset Studio Gallery, like Susan Travares’ Lost & Found Art Dolls, Michelle E. Black’s Summertime Image Transfers, and Deborah Company’s Mosaic Collages.

 

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We love our blog followers, and we want to show just how much we appreciate them! That’s why we’re offering an exclusive promo code to receive $5 off any of our wonderful June issues. Simply make sure you copy and paste the coupon code BLOG0614 when prompted at checkout.

 

 

 

Belle Armoire Jewelry

Belle Armoire Jewelry - June Issues

This summer issue is full of summer styles. Sink into a Designer Collection filled with Nina Morrow’s unique jewelry made from driftwood, and indulge in a gorgeous porcelain jewelry set perfect for the season. You’ll be amazed by the colors, symbols, and shapes – like spikes, leaves, geometric shapes, glitzy rhinestones, and more – that line these pages. In addition to being pretty to look at, our features divulge unique techniques that call for trapping wire inside earrings, folded metal, faux netting, pottery, wire wrapping, foldforming, and stamping.

 

Take Ten

Take Ten - June Issues

Grab your sunglasses and ice-cold lemonade and soak in the Summer 2014 issue of Take Ten, filled with refreshing techniques and card designs. In this issue you will learn how to quickly make five cards in five minutes, creatively incorporate book text into card designs, and add moodiness to cards with careful inking. Also featured is a dreamy collection of pastel-hued cards that is sure to leave you starry-eyed. Trust us — you won’t want to miss out on this gorgeous issue!

 

Somerset Studio Gallery

Somerset Studio Gallery - June Issues

We’re thrilled to announce a 15-year milestone for Somerset Studio Gallery – a special publication that features everything you love about Somerset Studio in 200 lush pages. In this issue, explore Deborah Company’s mosaic house collages, Cat Kerr’s unique shadow box collection, and a must-see sewn bird panel by Colette Copeland. Perfect for stepping into the summer season, we also share Michelle E. Black’s beach-themed image transfers on repurposed wood and Coral Lee’s colorful mixed-media envelopes made with gesso, watercolors, paint, and patterned papers. Mixed-media artists of all levels will love the hundreds of creative art samples that line these pages.

 

Sew Somerset

Sew Somerset - June Issues

The summer issue of Sew Somerset is filled with exciting mixed-media designs that incorporate stitches in new and interesting ways. Adorn your outfits with Viv Sliwka’s vintage patchwork bow brooches. Learn new and creative journal stitching techniques from Ellen Wilson, Caterina Giglio, and Roxanne Padgett, as you flip through pages filled with their captivating art, photos, and fun-filled embellishments. Fly away with Colette Copeland’s simply adorable mixed-media kites. These projects and so much more will inspire you to grab a needle and thread and create your own lively creations!

 

 Art Quilting Studio

Art Quilting Studio - June Issues

Kick off the new season with the industry’s most innovative fiber inspiration inside Art Quilting Studio. This issue’s Artist Profile shares Elizabeth Barton’s vibrant landscape and cityscapes, Liz Alessi’s free-motion-stitched mini quilts, and Susie Zolghadri’s mixed-media wall-hanging “Gratitude.” You’ll be quite intrigued by Helen Richard’s “Black Quilts” series that we reveal in our Series Showcase, and do not miss how Laura Glass captures everyday moments so beautifully and realistically with fabric.

 

Where Women Cook

Where Women Cook - June Issues

This June issue is brimming with famous faces and fresh kitchen spaces. Get an intimate look into the home of Korie Robertson of A&E’s TV Reality series “Duck Dynasty,” and dish with news personality Elizabeth Ries. In addition to mouthwatering food and drink recipes, we reveal where Lynsey Kramer of Yonder Way Farms makes her meals and where Candice Pittman of Blue Eyed Daisy bakery has turned her passion into her profession. Last but not least, we’re featuring TV chef Andrew Zimmern in this edition’s “Men We Crave” column.

 

Your Chance to Win One of Our June Issues!

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We’re giving away brand-new June 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 June Issues only: Art Quilting Studio, Belle Armoire Jewelry, Sew Somerset, Take Ten, Somerset Studio Gallery, and Where Women Cook. Discount code can be used only one time per customer, and expires 06/30/14. Contest is open to U.S. residents and ends 06/30/14 at 11:59pm.

 

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

Karen Schroeder, Jaclyn Reynolds, and Michelle Mathey

 





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Sandy beaches, crystal-clear blue waters, the swaying shade of tall palm trees, and a tall stack of bright and inspiring June issues — that’s our idea of paradise! Enjoy this summer in style, even if you’re not beachside, with a full collection of reading materials that’s jam-packed with creative ideas, thoughtful stories, and gorgeous images. […]

How to Construct and Deconstruct a Cardboard Journal with Guest Artist Michelle Ward

May 29th, 2014

We have a very special guest artist today! Please join me in welcoming to our blog the incredibly talented Michelle Ward. A gifted instructor, rubber stamp and stencil designer, and a regular contributor to our publications, Michelle has graciously agreed to give us a personal step-by-step tutorial on how to recreate the stunning Debris Journal that was featured in our May/June 2014 Issue of Somerset Studio.

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An afternoon with a box from Amazon can become a cool journal.  With minimal supplies and no special skills, an ordinary cardboard carton is easily transformed into a unique book following the steps illustrated here.  I love upcycling the non-precious material, as its properties allow for interesting deconstruction experiments that can’t be performed on any other surface.  If you don’t have access to the packaging tape shown, you could adhere tyvek strips cut from a repurposed envelope, or try a similar heavy-duty tape.

 

MKW Cardboard Journal Tutorial 1

 

Materials for Michelle Ward’s Debris Journal:

Cutting Mat
Paint
Paint Brush
Utility Knife
Black Pen
Metal Edge Ruler
Stamps
Stencils
Cardboard Box Cut Down into 5 x 10” Panels (10 pieces, or size + quantity as desired)
Pre-Gummed Kraft Packaging Tape (I found mine at Staples)

 

Michelle Ward’s Step-by-Step Instructions:

  1. Cut tape into 10” lengths, fold in half with gummed side on the exterior.
  2. With water & brush, wet one half of the folded tape to activate the adhesive.
  3. Place tape onto panel, aligning fold with vertical edge.
  4. Fold over remaining tape, wet with brush, and place a second panel on top.
  5. Before completely dry, be sure the two panels can open flat.
  6. Continue adding panels by applying tape along interior gutters. Check for consistent and even alignment.
  7. Complete binding should resemble a stack of cardboard.
  8. Your cardboard journal is now ready for adding personal content, or better yet – DeConstructing!

 

MKW Cardboard Journal Tutorial 2

 

Michelle Ward’s Step-by-Step Instructions for DeConstructing Your Debris Journal

  1. Using a wood skewer (or an awl), insert into channels of corrugation to separate the kraft lamination.
  2. Tear away portions of the surface for random deconstruction.
  3. Make marks in the surface with pattern tracing wheel or awl. Cut and peel away surface to enhance your markings.
  4. Carefully cut away a portion and re-apply as a collage element.
  5. Further enhance your markings with additions of stencils and black pen.
  6. Apply cut-out as a collage layer. Draw in repeating shapes and enhance with piercing.
  7. Consider other options for creating marks on the surface before you begin applying paint, collage or journaling.

 

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Read About Michelle Ward in the May/June 2014 Issue of Somerset Studio

May/June 2014 Somerset StudioThank you Michelle Ward for the amazing tutorial! To read more about Michelle’s Debris Journals pick up a copy of the May/June 2014 issue of Somerset Studio.

To see more of Michelle’s work, and to see where she is teaching, visit her blog at: www.MichelleWard.typepad.com
 
To see her full line of rubber stamps, stencils, and stencil/mask sets,
visit her website: www.GreenPepperPress.com

 

 

Related Products:

Stencil Girl Quatrefoil Stencil by Michelle WardAdvantus Tim Holtz Idea-ology Small FolioRanger Ink Dina Wakley Media Mask - LeavesFaber-Castell - Mix and Match Pitt Artist Pen Set EssentialStencil Girl Maltese Stencil by Michelle Ward

 



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We have a very special guest artist today! Please join me in welcoming to our blog the incredibly talented Michelle Ward. A gifted instructor, rubber stamp and stencil designer, and a regular contributor to our publications, Michelle has graciously agreed to give us a personal step-by-step tutorial on how to recreate the stunning Debris Journal […]

10 Free Projects from our NEW Red and Cream Collection

May 27th, 2014

Red and Cream Collection

Warm, inviting, and classic, the combination of red and cream is a match made in heaven. The warmth and boldness of red hues easily melts into something soft and alluring when accented with a solid cream color. You can find this luxurious blend anywhere from lavish bedrooms in fancy estates to homey kitchens out in the country. This color palette is elegant while also adding a comfortable and welcoming feel to any space, event, or artistic endeavor. That’s why we decided to comb through The Shoppe and pull together our very own Red and Cream Collection!

From flowing ribbons, vibrant washi tape with lovely designs, gorgeous ephemera, and so much more — our collection has it all. You’ll be crafting through all the seasons with this collection, be it with enticing invitations for a spring-themed garden party or one-of-a-kind home décor projects to decorate with in the fall. And to kick start all the artistic projects you are sure to undertake with this inspiring palette, we’ve put together our own collection of projects for this gorgeous color theme:

 

Red and Cream Artfully Arranged Gift Box Project

Red and Cream Artfully Arranged Gift Box ProjectCreate a stunning box filled with beautiful things in this luxurious color palette. Give it to your sister, mother, or best friend and make it extra special by filling it with homemade bath and body supplies!

 

 

 

 

 

With One Stamp (Vintage Children) Project by Lori Brofsky & Clarissa Romano

With One Stamp (Vintage Children) Project by Lori Brofsky & Clarissa Romano Part experiment and part fantastic project, this idea came about from a desire to see how two different artists would use the same stamp. The end result is a powerful set of cards that use the image of small children from the Vintage Clearly Impressed Stamp Set by Julie van Oosten, some acrylic paint, and a few well placed embellishments.

 

 

 

 

Red and Cream Stamped Canvas Portraits Journal Project by Pam Carriker

Red and Cream Stamped Canvas Portraits Journal Project by Pam CarrikerIt’s easy to create a beautiful one-of-a-kind journal with Pam Carriker’s project. With a selection of stunning poetic portrait stamps and some Sticky Back Canvas, you can pay homage to your favorite heroines.

 

 

 

 

 

Party Invitations and Favors Project

Party Invitations and Favors ProjectWant something truly unique for your next party? These little glass containers are perfect for party invitations, favors, and confetti holders! Unique, charming, and simple to put together with a little Divine Twine and tags, these red and cream containers will be a huge hit with your guests.

 

 

 

 

Red and Cream Miniature Banner Project

Red and Cream Miniature Banner ProjectBanners don’t always have to be big to steal the spotlight. A small red and cream banner is the perfect accent for a door, the back of a chair, and just about any other place you can think of! Just use canvas triangles, some miniature clothes pins, and a little hemp cord to make a truly unique decoration.

 

 

 

 

Crafting Carryall Project

Crafting Carryall ProjectAn altered paper mache purse is the perfect holder for a gift, crafting kit, baked goods, or whatever else you can think of! Simply paint the outside of the purse white, find some lovely red and cream adhesive backed fabric or paper — and add whatever other embellishments you like!

 

 

 

 

Red and Cream Love tag Project

Red and Cream Love tag ProjectCreate a dramatic, vintage-inspired love tag with Lynne Perrella’s Artist Paper Kit. This artsy tag is a creative mixed-media project that requires the use of scrappers’ floss, beeswax, stickers, and the construction of a small mini envelope.

 

 

 

 

 

My Love for You Is Beyond Measure Project

My Love for You Is Beyond Measure ProjectWhile an adequate measurement of your love for friends or family is probably impossible, this project is a sentimental play on the concept. Perfect for creating a journal, scrapbook, or photo album, you can recreate this project using chipboard cover kit or a ready to alter journal, some sand-colored acrylic paint, Cherry Divine Twine, and a layer of glaze.

 

 

 

 

Red and Cream Inspiration Board Project

Red and Cream Inspiration Board ProjectAlthough these burlap panels look great by themselves, someone with an artistic eye can see there’s a whole lot of creative potential! With just a little twine and some personalized pushpins, you can create a stunning inspirational board to display pictures, ephemera, craft supplies, notes, and so much more.

 

 

 

 

Milk and Cookies Party favors Project

Milk and Cookies Party favors ProjectMilk and cookies are great but  you can make them even better! Create individualized cookie holders using Where Women Cookie Die Cuts, add a little cream colored paint, and finish it off with some knotted Scrappers Floss for an extra fancy look!

 

 

 

 

 

Explore More of our Red and Cream Collection

Red and Cream CollectionFrom fantastic candy cane colored ribbon along rustic pin boards, to vivid ink that stands out against cream cardstock in artistically stamped designs — this combination is long overdue. The perfect inspiration for mixed-media projects, wearable art, home décor pieces, and so much more, we’re sure you’re going to love the Red and Cream Collection just as much as we do.

 

 

 

Now that you’ve heard from us – we want to hear from you! Tell us what you think of our new collection by commenting below. Do you have any projects ideas using this wonderful color palette? Have we inspired you to start any new projects?

 

 

 

 



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Warm, inviting, and classic, the combination of red and cream is a match made in heaven. The warmth and boldness of red hues easily melts into something soft and alluring when accented with a solid cream color. You can find this luxurious blend anywhere from lavish bedrooms in fancy estates to homey kitchens out in […]

Digital Inspiration: Pin It to Win It

May 22nd, 2014

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We are proud and honored to have been awarded the 2014 American Inhouse Design Award by Graphic Design USA for the premiere issue of Digital Inspiration.

 

Celebrate This Achievement With Us!

[This giveaway has ended.]

We’re giving away THREE free copies of Digital Inspiration! For your chance to win simply follow the instructions:

  1. From the images featured below “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 that particular image is your favorite.

*Contest is open to US residents only, and expires May 31st, 2014.

 

Pin Your Favorite Digital Inspiration Image

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Digital Inspiration Volume 1By Aimee Stewart

 

 

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Digital Inspiration Volume 1By Dawne Boynton Polis

 

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Read More About Our Premiere Issue

1BDI-1401-Best-of-Digital-600x600With useful guides and inspiring artwork, Digital Inspiration is everything from a workbook to a conversational piece that will look absolutely beautiful sitting on your coffee table. We are so proud of our talented design team, the wonderful artists who feature their work with us, and everyone who contributed to this exiting new venture.

 

 



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We are proud and honored to have been awarded the 2014 American Inhouse Design Award by Graphic Design USA for the premiere issue of Digital Inspiration.   Celebrate This Achievement With Us! [This giveaway has ended.] We’re giving away THREE free copies of Digital Inspiration! For your chance to win simply follow the instructions: From […]

Guest Artist Dina Wakley: “Be Kind to Yourself” Tag

May 19th, 2014

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Join me in welcoming the extraordinarily talented Dina Wakley to Somerset Place. Dina has been featured in Art Journaling, Somerset Apprentice, and Take Ten, just to name a few. Today she has graciously taken the time to walk us through the steps of creating a stunningly beautiful tag in a very special Somerset Place exclusive tutorial.

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I’m excited to show you a stamped tag, made with materials from my new Dina Wakley Media line by Ranger. I have new acrylic paints in all of my favorite colors, gel medium, gesso (white and black), paint brushes, a palette knife, stamps, and stencils. I love using the new line and I can’t wait to see what you do with it!

 “Be Kind to Yourself” Tag Supplies:

“Be Kind to Yourself” Tag Tutorial:

1. Paint the tag with some Sky Blue paint. I always like to use a dry brush when I paint.
Dina Wakley project with Ranger

2. Add some Turquoise paint to the tag.

Dina Wakley Ranger project

3. Tear up a book page and use a palette knife and soft gel medium to glue some pieces to the tag. I like to make a river of paper.

Dina Wakley Ranger project 3
4. Use Night paint and the Birds stencil to stencil a few flying birds onto the tag. Use a dry brush and just a small amount of paint to ensure you won’t get seepage under the stencil. You need just a tiny bit of paint. You can always add more, but it’s hard to take it away once it’s seeped under the stencil.

Dina Wakley Ranger project 4

5. Use Magenta paint and the Affirmations stencil to add some text to the tag. I like to add
stenciling in three areas at a time.

Dina Wakley Ranger project 5
6. Stamp one of the women from the Face in the Crowd stamp set onto a second manila tag
and cut her out.

Dina Wakley Ranger project 6
7. Glue the woman onto the tag, and use a Stabilo All pencil to pencil in her body and add
any other details you want to the figure. I added more ruffles to her collar.

Dina Wakley Ranger project 6

8. Add some color to the woman with Necolor II crayons. I added pink to her cheeks and lips, green to her eyes, brown to her hair, and orange to her dress. Use a damp paintbrush to dissolve some of the crayon and give it a watercolor look.
Dina Wakley Ranger project 8

10. Journal in the woman’s body with a black journaling pen.

Dina Wakley Ranger project 9

11. Stamp a phrase from the stamp set onto the second tag and cut out the phrase. Glue it to the front of your tag.

Dina Wakley Ranger project 10

12. Ink the edges of the tag with the Archival black ink pad.

Dina Wakley Ranger project 11

Thank you so much, Dina, for giving us this creative and colorful tutorial.  If you’re interested in learning more about Dina Wakley or seeing more of her work visit her blog, Pondering.



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Join me in welcoming the extraordinarily talented Dina Wakley to Somerset Place. Dina has been featured in Art Journaling, Somerset Apprentice, and Take Ten, just to name a few. Today she has graciously taken the time to walk us through the steps of creating a stunningly beautiful tag in a very special Somerset Place exclusive […]