Glimpse Inside: Breezy August Issues + Giveaway

August 4th, 2014

There’s still plenty of summer left and that means more time to soak up the sun — and a bit of creativity from our stunning magazines, too! Our August issues are full of bright colors, creative stories, and interesting projects. Undertake a new adventure and blog about it with tips from Artful Blogging or get inspired by the creative spaces featured in Where Women Create. The most exciting news we have to share, however, is the release of Bella Grace. That’s right, it’s finally here! Immerse yourself in a world of thoughtful stories, beautiful photographs, and interactive lists and prompts.

 

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We love our blog followers and we want to show it! Use the promo code BLOG0814 and receive $5 off any of our wonderful August issues. Simply make sure you copy and paste the coupon code when prompted at checkout.

 

 

 

 

Bella Grace Volume 1 - August Issues

Bella Grace Volume 1 - August Issues



With a folding, book-jacket cover, Bella Grace is a new publication devoted to discovering magic in the ordinary. Our aim is to touch the souls of our readers through beautifully penned stories and striking photographs that capture life’s beautiful adventure. In the premiere issue, Alessandra Cave shares the beauty of one-hour photo adventures, SQUAM founder Elizabeth Duvivier teaches readers how to love where they live, no matter where it is, and the author of the popular blog “Emma Tree” talks about the importance and beauty of slowing down in “I Brake for Pretty.” Other inspiring features include Permission Granted, where women from all over the globe talk about what they need permission to do, and we reveal The Lovely List: life’s most simple pleasures. In addition to finding inspiring articles from Liz Lamoreux, Christine Mason Miller, Madelyn Mulvaney, and Susannah Conway, Bella Grace magazine provides an interactive, creative space — where readers can respond to prompts and fill in their own thoughts.

Artful Blogging - August Issues

Artful Blogging - August Issues

Find yourself enamored by the photos and stories of some of the world’s most creative bloggers in this issue of Artful Blogging. Step into the ordinariness of life with Ashley Fielden’s descriptive words and photos, and see how Mikaela Hamilton refines her voice through her camera lens. Peek into Elise Hartmann’s workspace and everyday happenings, or enter into Susan Taggert’s home where you can find lovely vintage treasures that adorn every space.

 

Art Doll Quarterly - August Issue

Art Doll Quarterly - August Issue



This full-color, 128-page publication is dedicated to art dolls and sculptural figures made from cloth, polymer clay, wire armatures, mixed-media, and much more. Our Doll Artist Profile showcases the amazing artistry of Kirsten Stingle, whose ceramic works are hand-built without the use of molds. We also present detailed tutorials on how to make mini Day of the Dead dolls by Sylvia Smiser, and how to paint faces on cloth dolls by Terese Cato. Autumn also brings our annual Halloween issue, and as always, we offer an array of spectacular ghosts, witches, goblins, and other creatures of the night. From Will Bezek’s Dead Couples to Dustin Poché’s life-sized witch, you’ll definitely find it easy to get into the Halloween spirit.

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Where Women Create - August Issues

Whether it’s art, food, music, written works, or choreographed dances, extraordinary women know that the process of creating is every bit as important as what ultimately gets created. The inspiring new autumn issue features the creative spaces of Jessica Robertson from A&E’s TV Reality series, “Duck Dynasty,” Anna Brahms of Fairy Love, and author and founder of Ever Thine Home, Barbara Rainey. You’ll also get to look inside the unique studios of Jill Davis, Dana Carini, Rebecca Justice, and Eric Cortina from Roger’s Gardens.

 

GreenCraft Magazine - August Issues

GreenCraft Magazine - August Issues



Nothing is more satisfying than repurposing old junk into priceless new treasures, and this installment of GreenCraft Magazine is sure to spark an idea or two for that extra rubbish you have lying around. Front and center are Sofia Tryon’s driftwood sailboats that put elegant use to beach vacation souvenirs. Kimberly Allison of Lume di Luna shares tips to find the perfect sweaters for reclaimed crafting projects, including her fashionable sweater moths that are just as stunning to look at, but won’t eat a hole in your clothes! Gardeners will love the articles about seed bomb tags and biodegradable plant holders. Find innovative uses for those rusty garden tools and salvaged plastic bags, and get tips from the Master of “Upcycling” himself, Danny Seo. Other projects for recycled fashion like adorable bags, earrings, and pins, and household goods like kitschy containers will have guests wondering where you bought those fabulous new accessories.

Somerset Home - August Issues

Somerset Home - August Issues

Welcome to the 2014 installment of Somerset Home! From banners to vases and repurposed findings to photo-transfer projects, this issue is filled with ideas that you’ll instantly want to grab hold of. Rita Reade repurposes a window to create an adorable French window organizer; Johanna Love channels her inner hippie to create a whimsical dream catcher; and Michelle Girard Ferullo gives new life to her petite water fonts by embellishing it with beads, charms, and images. Create your own one-of-a-kind pouf with the help of Sara Dean and Hannah Caldwell, or just sit back, relax, and enjoy reading this issue!

 

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Stuffed - August Issues



Stuffed celebrates the loveable and huggable creatures known as “softies.” The new autumn edition features a collection of “Mr. Hot Tea” softies by Ana Goodwin including Mr. Smart-Tea and Mrs. Chai Tea Latte, sock Critters created from argyle socks by Randi Taylor, and Wendy Somaru’s stuffed hanging portraits of the gang from “Peter Pan.” Get your creative juices flowing with animal softies that have knitted accents by Judith Macrae of Me & Tex, or simply delight in a group of celestial toys featuring Star, Full Moon, Half Moon, & Crescent Moon by Sara Sacks of Woolies, Artisan Toys.

Altered Couture - August Issues

Altered Couture - August Issues

Altered Couture is a 160-page publication dedicated to altered and embellished clothing and accessories. Inside the fall issue, readers will find Michelle Hoffee’s gorgeous leaf-dying techniques, stylish, upcycled jeans, and the results of our highly anticipated Start with a Slip challenge. Stick around to learn a fun way to update your flannels, see beautifully painted and splattered shoes, and discover how leftover lace can be turned into cool and comfy pants. If you’re searching for inspirational fall fashions, this edition has altered leggings, vests, coats, purses, and more, along with altering tips from well known artists like Nancy Romans, Amy Relf, Brenda Greenfield, Barbara Burkhalter, and Sharon Lee Louk.

 

Your Chance to Win One of Our August Issues!

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We’re giving away brand-new August 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 August Issues only: Altered Couture, Art Doll Quarterly, Artful Blogging, GreenCraft Magazine, Stuffed, Where Women Create, Somerset Home, and Bella Grace. Discount code can be used only one time per customer, and expires 08/31/14. Contest is open to U.S. residents and ends 08/31/14 at 11:59pm.

 

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

Diane Lee, Linda Cain, and Cindy Coven

 



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There’s still plenty of summer left and that means more time to soak up the sun — and a bit of creativity from our stunning magazines, too! Our August issues are full of bright colors, creative stories, and interesting projects. Undertake a new adventure and blog about it with tips from Artful Blogging or get […]

Dream Scrapbook Art Page Project by Anna Dabrowska

July 25th, 2014

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Is there anything more dreamlike and surreal than a beautifully composed collage? Picking the right pieces of ephemera, the right images, and the right color scheme is a labor of love, that once completed, brings to life a tiny piece of a strange and beautiful world. Nowhere is that better seen than in this stunning scrapbook page created by the extraordinarily talented Anna Dabrowska.

 

Dream Scrapbook Art Page Materials List:

-Prima Marketing Washi and Fabric Tape – Sunrise Sunset by Finnabair
-Prima Marketing Sunrise Sunset by Finnabair – Paper Pad A4
-Prima Marketing Sunrise Sunset by Finnabair – Vintage Trinkets Flowers 6 pack
-Prima Marketing Sunrise Sunset by Finnabair – Vintage Trinkets Roman Numerals
-Ink Spray
-Lace Ribbon
-Also bits and pieces of your favorite ephemera

 

Anna Dabrowska’s Dream Scrapbook Art Page Tutorial:

Step 1 – Anna’s Dream Scrapbook Art Page is a creative layout with multiple layers and textures. She begins with color and adheres lace trimmings to the outer edges of her page. The outer edges of the page are also framed with machine-stitched black thread.

Step 2 – Once her canvas is ready, she overlaps the Sunrise Sunset papers with the Sunrise Sunset fabric tape.

Step 3 – Next she adds metal flowers and numerals, plus other various embellishments like soda can pull tabs, paper clips, and even the slider portion of a vintage zipper.

The beauty of this project is that it cannot be replicated completely, where as Anna’s style can be. This collage will be a reflection of your own imagination based on what objects and colors you decide to showcase.

When creating your own page, add some mixed-media interest just like Anna did with spray inks, stamping with found objects, stitching, and more.  To recreate Anna’s look, we suggest primarily using her Sunrise Sunset line of products by Prima Marketing.

 

About Anna Dabrowska:

Mixed-media artist, scrapbooker and art journaler Anna Dabrowska, also known as Finnabair, is also an experienced traveling teacher and designs products for Prima Marketing, such as the Sunrise Sunset products featured in this layout. You can view more of her work and travels on her blog: tworzysko.blogspot.com.

 

Want to See More of Anna Dabrowska’s Work?

 

Get tips and techniques from Anna herself in the Autumn 2012 issue of Somerset Apprentice.



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Is there anything more dreamlike and surreal than a beautifully composed collage? Picking the right pieces of ephemera, the right images, and the right color scheme is a labor of love, that once completed, brings to life a tiny piece of a strange and beautiful world. Nowhere is that better seen than in this stunning […]

Learn How to Make Your Own Cling Mount Stamps + Bonus Project

July 21st, 2014

 

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My crafting education continues with a special tutorial on how to create cling mount stamps. Not only are cling mount stamps a more economic option, but they can also save you a lot of space and they’re an eco-friendly choice in regards to total materials used.  Cling mount stamps do not require individual wooden mounts — instead, they can be peeled on and off of a single acrylic block. While no one can deny the appeal of classical wood mounted stamps, being able to afford and store a larger collection of images is pretty darn enticing.

The first instance where I really noticed a clear mount stamp was in this Cottage Garden Journals Project, which also featured Angela Cartwright’s stunning transparencies, and my favorite kraft-colored Moleskine journal. I saw the intricate writing design on the journals and began to investigate where I could find the stamp responsible for the pattern.  The delicate writing ended up being the Da Vinci Text unmounted stamp, and after a quick tutorial I learned how to make and use cling mount stamps for myself.

 

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Products Needed for Creating Cling Mount Stamps:

EZ Mount Sheet 8-1/2 x 11”

Tonic Studios Tim Holtz Kushgrip Snip Scissors

The Notice Unmounted Stamp

Da Vinci Text Unmounted Stamp

Acrylic Blocks

Stamping Ink Pad

Also, don’t forget that you’ll need a canvas upon which to showcase all your lovely stamps. I recommend something from our Cards and Journals Collection, which offers a wide variety of blank canvases that range from stark white to warm kraft-colored surfaces. If you’re looking for a more colorful and dynamic background, you can try out our Artist Paper Packages, which features an assortment of papers with high-quality prints created by talented artists.

 

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How to Mount Your Own Stamps:

First, lay out an EZ Mount sheet on a flat surface. This special foam paper comes with a sticky side that will adhere to your rubber stamp and static cling side that will hold onto your acrylic block. Clean off the smooth side of your rubber stamp in order to prepare it for mounting (we’re using the Da Vinci Text unmounted stamp). Once your stamp is ready, peel back the printed liner of the EZMount Foam sheet and press your rubber stamp onto the exposed adhesive.

After securing a strong bond between your rubber stamp and the sticky side of the EZMount foam sheet, cut your stamp out as close to the image as possible, using Tim Holtz’s Kushgrip Snip Scissors.

 

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When you’re done cutting, peel the liner off the static cling side of the EZMount Foam. Press your completed stamp onto an acrylic block and you’re ready to stamp!

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*Here’s a tip — if the static cling side of your EZMount Foam becomes dusty or dirty, simply wipe it off with a soft, damp cloth, and presto! Your cling mount stamp is ready to be used again.

 

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Peek Into Our Collection Cling Mount and Unmounted Stamps

Cling Mount Stamps Grow your collection of rubber stamps with our economic collection of cling mount stamps. These stamps are rapidly growing in popularity because of all the versatility they offer! Visit us and brows through our impressive assortment of 200+ cling mount & unmounted stamps. Whatever you’re looking for, you’ll find exactly what you need for your mixed-media projects, paper crafting, and art journaling.

Click here to explore our collection.



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  My crafting education continues with a special tutorial on how to create cling mount stamps. Not only are cling mount stamps a more economic option, but they can also save you a lot of space and they’re an eco-friendly choice in regards to total materials used.  Cling mount stamps do not require individual wooden […]

Sweet Shadowbox Project by Guest Artist Cat Kerr

July 17th, 2014

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Cat Kerr has a very special way of breathing artistic life into materials, whether it be fabric, metal, or wood. I fell in love with her little “Ladies-in-Waiting,” which were featured on the cover of our last issue of  Somerset Studio Gallery. Her eye for detail and the end product of her creative endeavors is what led me to ask her to join us on the blog as a guest artist. After reaching out, she kindly accepted our invitation to write a blog post and create a unique project with detailed step-by-step directions.

Now, without further ado, please join me in welcoming Cat Kerr to Somerset Place.

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These charming little shadowbox assemblages were inspired by my current feature in Somerset Studio Gallery called “I See You”. The problem however, was that once I started making them…I couldn’t seem to stop. As in the article, these cardboard boxes can be filled with Paper Whimsy Token Alterables, but since then I’ve filled them with all sorts of goodies like family photos, and memorabilia. Today I’m filling them with beautiful vintage images and sweet sparkly wings.

Sweet Shadowbox Material List:

 

Cat Kerr’s Sweet Shadowbox Tutorial

Step 1 – Cut strips of telephone book paper.

Step 2 – Add some glue in desired locations of the cardboard box (or Chipboard Shrine), place your strip and add an additional layer of glue on top of the telephone strip paper and let dry.

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Step 3 – Add gesso to the outside and inside of the box. You want to be able to see the telephone text so when going over the strips of paper, apply a thin coat of gesso and let dry. Add a layer of Nickel Azo Gold. This is a very strong color so I like to water it down, therefore creating a wash. Next add a final color in assorted areas to the inside of the box ( I used a Tiffany blue). Lastly, use the Punchinella Stencil and a stencil brush to add the design in random areas.

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Step 4 – Add some contrast with black rub-on stickers. Also, splatter a watered-down black paint in random locations using an old toothbrush and let dry.

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Step 5 – Cut a piece of colored burlap, crochet trim, and a piece of ivory tulle fabric slightly larger than the box. Add some  glue to the base and stick them to the inside of the box.

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Step 6 –  Punch two small holes on top of the box. Cut an 8” piece of black steel wire. Using round pliers, create a loop on one end and feed it through the inside part of the box. The loop will keep the wire from coming out. Feed the other end of the wire through the other hole. Once through, create another loop on the end

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Step 7 – Cut out desired image and sticker words. I added a bit of Nickel Azo Gold to the stickers and then mounted them on to black cardstock.

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Step 8 – Add Modge Podge to the wings, and cover in glitter, and let dry. I used two layers of glitter.

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Step 9 – Decide on the placement of your image. Next, glue small wood blocks to the inside of the box. This helps to give your image dimension. I used old wood domino pieces.

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Step 10 – Glue the wings, image, and sticker words. Then add scraps of fabric to the bottom as well as assorted findings like book text, flowers, buttons and seed beads.

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Step 11 – Finish off with flat back crystal on her dress.

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More about Cat Kerr:

Cat Kerr's BlogCat Kerr is a Mixed Media Artist/Instructor that lives in Central Florida with her husband and two kids. Her work has been featured in numerous Stampington publications such as Belle Armoire Jewelry, Somerset Studio and Sew Somerset. She currently teaches online and at retreats around the country. To see more of her work, online shops, and teaching schedule, you can visit her at http://www.catkerr.com

Can’t Get Your Fill of Mixed-Media Inspiration?

1SOM-GAL1402-Somerset-Studio-Gallery-Summer-2014-600x600Celebrate a 15-year milestone with this fabulous issue of Somerset Studio Gallery. Brimming with inspiration in 200 lush pages, you’ll see Deborah Company’s mosaic house collages, Michelle E. Black’s beach-themed image transfers, and Cat Kerr’s unique “Ladies-in-Waiting” as featured on the cover.



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Cat Kerr has a very special way of breathing artistic life into materials, whether it be fabric, metal, or wood. I fell in love with her little “Ladies-in-Waiting,” which were featured on the cover of our last issue of  Somerset Studio Gallery. Her eye for detail and the end product of her creative endeavors is […]

Free Article Download: Inspiring Mixed-Media Journal by Donna Downey

July 14th, 2014

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“The whole idea of the Inspiration Journal is that it is a safe place for me to play with new ideas, new media, new thoughts … without having to worry if I’m going to mess it up. I know you know the feeling!”

~ Donna Downey from Somerset Apprentice; Click here to read the full article.

 

We’ve all experienced that feeling — frozen by uncertainty, nervous to draw a line, to press the paint-soaked brush to a crisp, clean page. This sort of hesitation stifles artistic freedom, and it’s for this reason that we must fight against doubt, and silence the critical voice that lives inside us all. Downey’s Inspiration Journal is a lovely exercise that will help you practice stream-of-consciousness creation in a safe and private space.

The Time You Enjoy by Donna Downey
In this free article download, Donna does a wonderful job of breaking down the creative process of this stunning art journal page. Complete with a tools and materials list, this article provides a detailed step-by-step tutorial on recreating the striking muslin flowers that are featured, along with the delicate curled wire detail.

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Click here to download the free article, “The Time You Enjoy,” by Donna Downey that originally appeared in the Spring 2011 issue of Somerset Apprentice.

To learn more about this talented mixed-media artist and pick up some of her special tips and techniques, be sure to visit her blog, Simply Me.

 

Get Even More Mixed-Media Inspiration

1APP-1401-Somerset-Apprentice-Spring-2014-600x600Learn the fundamentals of creating Somerset-style art, one step at a time, with Somerset Apprentice. Successful artists share their favorite tips and techniques, including layered collage, mixed-media, and assemblage art, which are presented through detailed images and clear instructions.

 

 

 

 

We want to hear from you!

Do you have a safe place where you create? Is it on your kitchen table or perhaps in a special art journal? Let us know in the comment section below.

 



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  “The whole idea of the Inspiration Journal is that it is a safe place for me to play with new ideas, new media, new thoughts … without having to worry if I’m going to mess it up. I know you know the feeling!” ~ Donna Downey from Somerset Apprentice; Click here to read the […]