Free Ephemera Download: Ladies Lavished in Color

April 7th, 2014

Free Ephemera Blog

From patterned scarves to textured skirts, these lovely ladies are adorned in color and ready to grace the pages of your next paper crafting or digital project. Use on the front of a card to tell a friend “hello” or add to a digital collage for feminine flair – the possibilities are endless when you create with this free vintage ephemera.

Click here to view these images at full size and to download yours today. To incorporate more vintage ephemera and digitally altered pieces into your artwork, visit e-Crafting.com!

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From patterned scarves to textured skirts, these lovely ladies are adorned in color and ready to grace the pages of your next paper crafting or digital project. Use on the front of a card to tell a friend “hello” or add to a digital collage for feminine flair – the possibilities are endless when you […]

Glimpse Inside: Freshly Picked April Issues + Giveaway

April 3rd, 2014

Spring has finally sprung, and we’re celebrating it inside the bright and vibrant pages of our April issues. If your creativity has been hibernating, let the inspirational projects, photographs, and stories featured in this month’s new publications wake it right back up. And I, for one, am doubly excited for the very first volume of Digital Inspiration – an extraordinary new book-azine which showcases stunning digitally altered artwork on newly formatted pages.Discount

Are you a loyal blog subscriber or is this your first time joining us? Regardless, we would like to offer you an exclusive promo code to receive $5 off any of our April issues. Just make sure you copy and paste the discount code BLOG0414 when prompted at the checkout. (Discount code can be used only one time per customer.)

Art Journaling

Art Journaling Spring 2014Are you looking for interesting ways to put pen, chalk, paint, and even fabric onto your pages? Gather up your thoughts, and delve into the creative journaling techniques inside this must-have issue! Explore the unique vintage ephemera journal of Patty Radish and Kristin Van Valkenburgh’s mixed-media cardboard book. Travel to Italy and Scotland on the pages of Jenny Walker’s watercolor journal, and revel in an inspiring Artist Portfolio on Julie Fei Fan Balzer, who is recognized for her well-known Art Journal Every Day workshop.

Digital Inspiration – Premiere Issue!

Digital Inspiration Volume 1This special book showcases the best of the best in photo manipulations and digitally altered artwork, in an expanded 224-page format. There is truly nothing else like it on the market with its breathtaking images, digital tutorials, and collection of works by groundbreaking artists Rhonna Farrer, Angi Sullins, Aimee Stewart, Traci Bautista, Hollie Haradon, Mario van Middendorf, Nicoletta Ranieri, and more. Expect the most innovative digital techniques in our premiere issue: using polyvore to create art, how to make digital stamps, mixing analog and digital, exploring filters in altered art, and transitioning from physical to digital art journals, just to name a few.

Haute Handbags

Haute handbags Spring 2014This issue of Haute Handbags covers an array of bags of all kinds, and it’s all about how you carry it. Whether it’s a purse, clutch, or hip bag, our artists bring new meaning to how to carry personal items in a creative way. Learn how Diane Utley-Aguilar repurposes whimsical fabric and lace into her bridal bag collection, and find Karen Pratt’s charming combination of vintage fabric and sewing. Additionally, felting is taken to another level by artists Mary Ann Haak and Elena Bondar.

Jewelry Affaire

Jewelry Affair Spring 2014As you flip through these pages, you’ll find one-of-a-kind treasures that are pleasing to the eye. Take notes from Diane Cook as she shares her tastes for all things vintage and soldered. Chelsea Stevens teaches us how to take rocks and stones and turn them into gorgeous necklaces and earrings, while Jill Rowden, Lisa Hancock, and Diane Utley-Aguilar show us how to repurpose vintage finds. From whimsical baubles to artistically crafted gems, these beautifully adorned wearables are sure to satisfy your jewelry cravings!

Mingle

Mingle Spring 2014Find fresh ideas for celebrating spring inside the newest issue of Mingle. From a quirky summer save the date engagement party to a gentleman’s tea party for little boys, we’ve got a number of creative reasons to get together. Follow along with Tess Smith as she bids adieu to her “roaring 20s” with a Gatsby-themed party, take off into mid-air with an aerial baby shower complete with paper airplane decorations, and last but not least, glimpse inside the intimate orchard gathering of four close friends who set out to celebrate the peach harvest.

Somerset Life

Somerset Life Spring 2014From simple to sophisticated, Somerset Life is laden with creative ideas for infusing beauty into every facet of your life. The wire hanger gets a makeover, and you’ll also be able to explore an exquisite, handcrafted tipi crafted from doilies. Get artfully organized with an inspired way to store your tea collection, find clever ideas for one-of-a-kind gift baskets, and make your own gorgeous gift toppers – just in time for Mother’s Day.

Somerset Memories

Somerset Memories Spring 2014This issue is brimming with wonderful memory art that will stir your soul. From Kasia Krzymiñska’s lovely pages that highlight old family photographs to Maїssa Toulet’s simple and unique family trees to Galia Alena’s book created for her daughter’s coming-of-age, there truly is something for everyone. We also feature the talented Roben-Marie Smith’s fun and colorful Project Life pages for a mixed-media take on this new trend, and Seth Apter shows us his memory cards and the unique and artful way he stores and display photographs.

The Stampers’ Sampler – 20-Year Anniversary Issue!

The Stampers' Sampler Spring 2014Jump into spring with our annual Celebrations Issue! In this issue we commemorate those moments in life we want to cherish just a little longer, like college graduations, weddings, and new babies. You will also have a chance to sink into some exciting new techniques, such as a unique way to make handmade stamped books and how to incorporate ever-popular washi tape into your cards. We’re revisiting Stamping Deconstructed in this issue by breaking down a seemingly complicated project into manageable steps. And last, but never least, you’ll get a chance to get to know Lynne Moncrieff a little better, with a Guest Artist feature that we can’t wait to show you.

Where Women Create BUSINESS

Where Women Create BUSINESS Spring 2014Where Women Create BUSINESS is now quarterly, and our April 2014 issue is bursting with inspiring stories and words of wisdom. In this issue, Gina Riley shares her experience as founder and head designer of Rebel Designs Accessories, Inc. Cinda Boomershine reveals how she went from interior designer to television personality to creator and designer of Cinda B handbags. Owner of Century Farmhouse, Ann Marie Craig, takes us inside her shop where she sells handcrafted artisan soaps. Patti Hughes shares how her passion for handmade crafts led to her multimillion-dollar business, Natural Life.

Your Chance to Win One of Our April Issues!

[This giveaway has ended.]

We’re giving away one brand-new April title to one lucky winner! 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.

 

*Winner is selected at random and will be contacted via email. *$5 off discount applies to purchases of any of the following 2014 April Issues: Art Journaling, Haute Handbags, Jewelry Affaire, Mingle, Somerset Life, Somerset Memories, The Stampers’ Sampler, Where Women Create Business, and Digital Inspiration. Discount code can be used only one time per customer and expires 04/30/14. Contest is open to U.S. residents and ends 04/30/14 at 11:59pm.

 



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Spring has finally sprung, and we’re celebrating it inside the bright and vibrant pages of our April issues. If your creativity has been hibernating, let the inspirational projects, photographs, and stories featured in this month’s new publications wake it right back up. And I, for one, am doubly excited for the very first volume of […]

Inside Digital Inspiration and an Exclusive Offer

March 31st, 2014

Digital Inspiration Volume 1

This is the beginning of our story …

A story that begins with the image and goes wherever your mind takes it, a different place for each and every person.  ~Jamie Heiden

Stampington & Company is proud to present a brand-new book-azine that will challenge you to push your creativity to the limits. Experience 224 pages of the best of the best photo manipulations and digitally altered artwork on larger than life paper. There is truly nothing else like Digital Inspiration on the market with its eye-catching images, digital tutorials, and collection of works by groundbreaking artists, as collected from past issues of Somerset Digital Studio.

What tales will unfold along the way?

Digital Inspiration Volume 1

Expect the most innovative digital techniques in our premiere issue:

• how to make digital stamp • mixing analog and digital • exploring filters in altered art • transitioning from physical to digital art journals • and many more

Featured Spread: Dawne Boynton Polis

 Exclusive Offer: $5 off Digital Inspiration

Enter coupon code*: BDI0414 at checkout

Click here to see the cover, and enter the breathtaking world of Digital Inspiration!

*Coupon code applies to purchases of Digital Inspiration Volume 1 only, and expires April 30, 2014

Artist Credits (from left to right; top to bottom): Ingrid Pomeroy, Aimee Stewart, theresa mARTin, Jena DellaGrottaglia, Anne Le Toux, Melissa Haggit, Louise Robinson, Aimee Stewart, Angi Sullins, Beth Spencer, Mario Van Middendorf, Jamie Heiden, and Dawne Boynton Polis.



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This is the beginning of our story … A story that begins with the image and goes wherever your mind takes it, a different place for each and every person.  ~Jamie Heiden Stampington & Company is proud to present a brand-new book-azine that will challenge you to push your creativity to the limits. Experience 224 […]

Art Journal Tutorial by Guest Artist Mary Wangerin

March 27th, 2014

Somerset Place is thrilled to welcome guest artist Mary Wangerin, one of Stampington & Company’s very own published artists and author of the inspirational blog, The Turqouise Paintbrush: a guide to treasures + truths. Today, she stops by to share a colorful art journal tutorial with us. We hope you’ll find Mary Wangerin’s advice helpful, as you continue to fine-tune your own creative process. Just remember, “The page is finished when you believe it is.”

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There are SO many different ways to create your very own art journal. I’m here to tell you about one particular method that worked really well for me! This art journal has become my favorite place to spill out creative thoughts, new project ideas, scribble down lyrics to my favorite song, or paint something just for me. Beware: this method is highly addictive!

Mary Wangerin’s DIY Art Journal:

 

Materials Needed

  • Any book/journal/notepad of your choice
  • Gesso
  • Paintbrushes (I love a good assortment!)
  • Colored pencils
  • Magazine clippings
  • Watercolors
  • Crayons
  • Acrylic paint
  • Oil pastels
  • Feathers
  • Ribbon
  • Stencils
  • Whatever your heart desires

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Tutorial

1) Choose your journal.

You don’t need to go out and purchase anything special! If you’re anything like me … you probably have a million blank books lying around – any of them will do!

2) Prime your journal pages with gesso.

This will get them ready for the painted mixed-media goodness you’ll add later. If you don’t have endless hours to spend watching gesso dry, I recommend having something else to work on while you wait.

3) Start adding color to your pages. (Here is where the real fun begins!)

I love using my hands, brayer, and paintbrushes for gorgeous, varied texture.

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4) Use stencils, cut + paste papers, add more paint, sew on some ribbon. Keep adding layers until the background is complete.

5) The page is finished once you believe it is!

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IMG_2502About Mary

Mary Wangerin is a girl who loves cutting, pasting, getting her hands messy with colorful paint, and can’t live without coffee (a girl after my own heart!). Her inspirational work has also graced the pages of Artful Blogging. To view more of Mary Wangerin’s creations, please visit her blog: theturquoisepaintbrush.blogspot.com.



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Somerset Place is thrilled to welcome guest artist Mary Wangerin, one of Stampington & Company’s very own published artists and author of the inspirational blog, The Turqouise Paintbrush: a guide to treasures + truths. Today, she stops by to share a colorful art journal tutorial with us. We hope you’ll find Mary Wangerin’s advice helpful, […]

Free Article Download: Teacup Succulents Project

March 24th, 2014

GreenCraft Tea Succulents

Using repurposed teacups, decorative polka-dot tape, and a few small succulents, Shoppe Manager Vanessa Spencer creates this simple and inexpensive project. Rest them on a windowsill or place outside for an interesting décor piece that’s sure to revive and refresh an otherwise ordinary space.

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Click here to download this free article to learn how to recreate this teacup succulents project, originally featured in GreeenCraft Magazine Autumn 2012.

 

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Also in this issue: Learn how to bring new life to dull surfaces with chalkboard paint, make beautiful jewelry using only your spare change, and punch up your wardrobe with upcycled clothing hangers. You’ll also find inspired uses for old teacups, an assortment of projects made from soda cans, and much more. The sky is truly the limit when it comes to the countless ways artists find to repurpose materials into projects that are just as chic as they are green.

 

You may also be interested in: Somerset Home │ Home Décor Projects

 

Is there a creative professional you’re absolutely eager to learn from? Comment below, and we’ll do our best to spotlight the most requested artist as our next guest here [On the Blog].

 



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Using repurposed teacups, decorative polka-dot tape, and a few small succulents, Shoppe Manager Vanessa Spencer creates this simple and inexpensive project. Rest them on a windowsill or place outside for an interesting décor piece that’s sure to revive and refresh an otherwise ordinary space. Click here to download this free article to learn how to recreate […]