Glimpse Inside: Refreshing May Issues + Giveaway

May 1st, 2014

Start your summer right within the bright, colorful, and inspirational pages of our May issues! Get the newest fashion trends with Altered Couture and feed your imagination with the stunning character designs from Art Doll Quarterly and Prims. Also, make sure you freshen up with a wide collection of recipes for homemade bath and body products that come straight out of the pages of our newest publication – Willow and Sage.

 

Discount

We want to show our blog subscribers that we appreciate them! That’s why we’re offering a special promo code to receive $5 off any of our May issues. Just make sure you copy and paste the coupon code BLOG0514 when prompted at checkout.

 

 

Willow and Sage

May Issues - Willow and Sage

Willow and Sage magazine is filled with more than 70 unique recipes, uses, and beautiful packaging ideas for homemade bath and body products, paired alongside stunning, Somerset-style photography. In the premiere issue, you’ll get a creative look inside a military family’s farm, where goats’ milk is molded into artisan soap, and discover how to make homemade mascara and foundation that are free of chemicals. Learn how to create beeswax paper for packaging your handmade goods, make teabags to steep in the bathtub, and craft quick and easy spa gifts to give to all your friends.

Somerset Studio

May Issues - Somerset Studio

Push your creativity to the limits with an array of never-before-seen features inside the May installment of Somerset Studio. Lisa Bebi shows that coloring books aren’t just for kids, and we explore the wonderful, wire world of Tammy Smith. After soaking up an informative Artist Profile on Heather Murray, stick around to see how to use glassine envelopes to tuck away “sweet nothings,” and discover a new technique for creating faux encaustic artwork. Another eye-catcher you won’t want to miss: the texture-rich, “Sassy Girls” inspired by “The Great Gatsby.”

Altered Couture

May Issues - Altered Couture

Add a splash of color to your wardrobe: This issue of Altered Couture unveils a gorgeous tie-dye dress, along with other interesting dyeing techniques. You’ll also learn how to make hemp jewelry, as well as fashion hair bows and hair ties that are simple to recreate with clothing remnants. Last but not least, find an array of fun and flirty summer clothing – perfect for warmer weather – and unique dresses made from men’s ties.

Art Doll Quarterly

May Issues - Art Doll Quarterly

Swim with the mermaids, learn how to create dolls from tools, marvel over amazing mixed-media beadwork dolls, and immerse yourself in the inspiring creations within Art Doll Quarterly. Our Doll Artist Profile features the work of Elizabeth Frank, who creates finely crafted, carved wood dolls from fallen aspen branches and reclaimed materials. Talented artist Betsy Youngquist, in collaboration with sculptor R. Scott Long, creates dolls whose surfaces are encrusted with beads and found materials in a mosaic process, often incorporating fragments of old porcelain dolls. From crochet to cloth, clay to bead-covered, our talented readers pushed their limits and rewarded us with some spectacular dolls to inspire you.

Artful Blogging

May Issues - Artful Blogging

Dive into this summer issue of Artful Blogging! Each of our bloggers shares a wonderful story, a story that instantly captivates us and allows us to step into their world as we are mesmerized by the photos that fill each and every page. Some of the wonderful and talented bloggers in this issue include design connoisseurs Morgan Georgie and Carrie Kiefer of Ampersand Design Studio, whimsical mixed-media artist Micki Wilde of The Secret Hermit, and city girl Leney Breeden of A Girl Name Leney.

GreenCraft Magazine

May Issues - GreenCraft Magazine

Grab your recycling bin, and get ready for our latest installment of GreenCraft Magazine! This issue features some of our most creative ideas yet. Take a trip back to your earliest green crafting days with a dollhouse made entirely of recycled materials — you will surely be inspired to make one as a gift, or spend an afternoon collaborating with your smallest crafters for a project that is as fun as it is worthwhile. Also look forward to a gorgeous eggshell succulent garden made by the talented Megan Robinson, of Le Robin’s Nest. Other exciting projects to keep an eye out for include ideas for reusing old mailer envelopes, rubber stamps made from recycled materials, and a how-to for turning old alarm clocks into special works of art.

Prims

May Issues - Prims

Immerse yourself in a quieter and simpler kind of life by soaking up primitive creations from days gone by. In our summer issue, we share quirky butterflies with human features, stripes, and flowers by Noelle Falvo, along with a lanky cow from Laura Obiso’s “Barnyard Collection,” and a pair of pull toy elephants by Catherine Richards. You will not want to miss eight sunflowers with sticks for stems, or Karen Brady Hammontree’s adorably lifelike robin and bird friends.

Where Women Create

May Issues - Where Women Create

This summer, Where Women Create takes you up close and personal, inside the studios of Joey Hieberg, the creator of the Dolly Mamas, April Cornell, and The Sacred Sewing Room’s Terry Grahl. In this enriching issue, you’ll also get a snapshot of the artistic space of Karen Roberts from Karen Roberts Photography, and see how Karen Way of Sew Many Ways styles her very own creative space.

 

Your Chance to Win One of Our May Issues!

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We’re giving away brand-new May 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 May Issues only: Willow and Sage, Art Doll Quarterly, Artful Blogging, GreenCraft Magazine, Prims, Where Women Create, Altered Couture, and Somerset Studio. Discount code can be used only one time per customer, and expires 05/31/14. Contest is open to U.S. residents and ends 05/31/14 at 11:59pm.

 





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Start your summer right within the bright, colorful, and inspirational pages of our May issues! Get the newest fashion trends with Altered Couture and feed your imagination with the stunning character designs from Art Doll Quarterly and Prims. Also, make sure you freshen up with a wide collection of recipes for homemade bath and body […]

Posta Romana: Free Postage Ephemera Downloads

April 28th, 2014

Free Postage Ephemera

Whether your project is traveling across the globe or just a few short steps into the hands of a friend, these magnificent free postage ephemera images, will add a touch of culture to your work.

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From the Posta Romana collection, these miniature masterpieces feature exquisite paintings by some of the masters, like Gonzales Coques, Frans Snyders, and Tintoretto.

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With soft hues of color and a slight yellowing of age, these images are wonderfully detailed and full of inspiration.

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Add all the beauty, grace, and craftsmanship of Renaissance era artists to your work, and breathe new life into these stunning images.

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Take an individual image, and make it the centerpiece of a project by building a story around it with stamps, embellishments, and even more ephemera, or take these images and cut them up, color them in, and paste them elsewhere to give your work a lovely element of age.

Click here to download these images (at full size), and save them to your computer. Just be sure to hurry because these free postage ephemera downloads will expire 30 days from today.

 

Like Our Free Postage Ephemera? Get Even More Free Downloads!

Did you know that we also give away free ephemera downloads in our e-newsletters? If you’d like to receive more downloadable inspiration, be sure to sign-up today!

 

Explore Our Ephemera Collection

To incorporate even more vintage ephemera and digitally altered pieces into your artwork, please visit e-Crafting.com.

 





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Whether your project is traveling across the globe or just a few short steps into the hands of a friend, these magnificent free postage ephemera images, will add a touch of culture to your work. From the Posta Romana collection, these miniature masterpieces feature exquisite paintings by some of the masters, like Gonzales Coques, Frans […]

All About Mom: Handmade Ideas, Inspiration, and $10 off the Perfect Gift!

April 25th, 2014

 

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Although Mother’s Day isn’t until next month — Sunday May 11th to be exact — special occasions always have a way of sneaking up on us. In fact, we’re pretty certain that even the best of us have probably forgotten this special day and have found ourselves scrambling just to make a quick last minute call. It happens easily enough, especially with how busy and hectic our lives can be, and while it’s better than nothing, it’s still far less than what these wonderful women deserve.

To help you prepare in advance this year, we’re here to help with some early inspiration for lovely and thoughtful Mother’s Day gift ideas. Personally, I know that my mother still has all the little macaroni necklaces and popsicle-stick ornaments I made her as a child, so I thought, why not keep those traditions going this year by giving your mother something that’s handcrafted with lots of love — and perhaps a little more skill!

And just to make sure that you’re in the right state of mind, we asked our Facebook friends to share how their mothers are extraordinary women who shaped them into the people they are today. We are sincerely grateful to everyone who contributed — the responses we got were thoughtful and touching.  We hope you enjoy reading these messages as much as we did!

Creative Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

Pint Sized Pincushions Project for Mother's Day

Think of all the patches that your mother sewed onto your favorite jeans, or the shirts and coats that she salvaged by sewing on wayward buttons, and of course the countless stuffed animals that she rescued when you were a child. This Pint Sized Pincushion project will make a sweet reminder of all the wrongs that your mother has made right. You won’t need much for this project, just a mini bucket, some acrylic paint, decorative tape, and a square of fabric and a ball of poly for the pincushion.

 

“My mom was there for me during my surgeries and cancer treatment. She spent restless nights with me in the hospital, went to every chemo treatment, cooked for me and my kids when I couldn’t and simply was there to comfort me. I couldn’t have made it through that time without her. I love her and appreciate her so much!” 

~Carmen Whitehead, a friend from Facebook

Ooh La La Gift Box Project for Mother's DayLong hours, no benefits, and having to deal with very temperamental customers – motherhood is definitely one of the toughest jobs in the world! This year, help your mother pamper herself with a personalized Ooh La La Gift Box. This particular project is great because you can personalize the container to better reflect your mother’s interests and sense of style. All you’ll need is paint, ephemera, and some lovely bath and body products.

 

 

“I appreciate the time and energy my mom put into allowing me creative freedom even in my childhood. She says I didn’t get my artistic ability from her, but I know better.” 

~Rachel Whetzel, a friend from Facebook

3 Ways to Use Essential Oils Project for Mother's Day

Although you could buy some fancy and expensive bath and body products for your mother’s Ooh La la Gift Box, why not craft some chemical-free homemade goodies instead? This project features 3 ways to use essential oils, an easy DIY linen spray, a wonderful DIY scented room spray, and a super simple recipe for bath salts. You can personalize the scents and products based on your mother’s preferences and give her something unique and thoughtful.

 

 

“My mom taught me all the basics, how to sew and cook, and allowed me to explore my interests and creative adventures. The most important thing she instilled in me is work ethic – and the notion with hard work I could learn and accomplish anything. Because of this I have chased down and conquered my dreams.”

~Susan M. Brown, a friend from Facebook

Chai Rack Bathroom Caddy Project for Mother's Day

For all the times she made sure that you went to bed squeaky clean why not return the favor with an elegant and personalized bathroom caddy? This project features a rustic looking chai rack, which is transformed into a creative organization piece for toiletries or any other bathroom or shelf essentials. All you need for this project is some decorative paper, a strong adhesive, a creative tag, and whatever else you want to use to embellish the glasses and rack.

 

We hope these project ideas will help you come up with a unique and thoughtful gift to give your mother on her special day. However, if you feel like you’re short on time, we’ve got you covered with the perfect, last-minute gift.

 

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This Mother’s Day, give her a creative gift full of inspiration, beautiful photographs, and stimulating stories that will last the whole year through. Gift subscriptions also come with an artful gift card (example pictured at left), so she will have something special to open before it arrives!

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*Coupon code applies to RSVP Packages for Altered Couture, Art Journaling, Artful Blogging, Belle Armoire Jewelry, GreenCraft, Jewelry Affaire, Mingle, Somerset Life, Take Ten, Where Women Cook, Where Women Create, and Where Women Create BUSINESS only. Discount expires 5/12/14.

 

 





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  Although Mother’s Day isn’t until next month — Sunday May 11th to be exact — special occasions always have a way of sneaking up on us. In fact, we’re pretty certain that even the best of us have probably forgotten this special day and have found ourselves scrambling just to make a quick last […]

Celebrate Earth Day with Upcycling Inspiration

April 21st, 2014

Upcycling for Earth Day

Earth Day is upon us, and here at Stampington, we feel that this special day should be spent in celebration of this big, beautiful, planetary rock that we all share. Whether you’re planting a tree, going to an Earth Day event, or making an effort to be a more conscientious crafter, we invite you to join us as we explore ways in which some of our published artists have attempted to craft a greener world.

From mountaintops to ocean floors, vast open plains to thick lush jungles – the Earth fills our bellies and entices our souls by offering an endless wealth of inspiration. While the Earth does not have limitless resources, what it does give us is always multi-dimensional and holds a great capacity to be multi-purposed. We get joy from the process of creating; what’s more,  upcycling challenges us artistically to repurpose discarded materials that are destined for the landfill, to breathe new life into them and transform them into beautiful and functional works of art.

 

Inspirational Words About Upcycling

Upcycled Lace Bag for Earth Day“I have a passion for old and discarded items—linens, jewelry, buttons, clothing, and handbags just to name a few. I see the potential to upcycle or repurpose an item by breathing new life into it.” ~Diane Utley-Aguilar from Haute Handbags

 

 

 

 

Upcycled Advertisement Flowers for Earth Day“Put junk mail, packaging, and advertisements to good use by incorporating them into your journal page. Either use the text to simply add interest to your page, or choose words and phrases that complement the theme of your design.” ~Amber Demien from Art Journaling

Project by Vicki Cotnoir

 

 

 

Upcycle Art Journaling for Earth Day“When I saw the huge mound of unnoticed, unloved, and just plain abandoned paper, I did what any sane artist would have done: I inquired into the paper’s future. The company’s plan to recycle was certainly good enough for me, but I saw a better use.” ~Autumn Hathaway from Art Journaling

 

 

 

 

Upcycled Faucet Handle Bracelets for Earth Day“Sue Elseth loves repurposing jewelry and trinkets. Not only do they bring new and meaningful life to her and others, but they also create the opportunity to teach new generations about the history behind those pieces.” ~Sue Elseth from Jewelry Affaire

Project by Ann Tatum

 

 

 

Upcycled Burlap Bag for Earth Day“What is the point of using recycled materials if you aren’t actually going to use what you make? Creating new from the old has always been a hobby of mine. It’s incredibly satisfying to take something someone else might consider old, worn out, or complete trash, and refashion it into something you are proud to wear.” ~Stephanie Snow from GreenCraft Magazine

 

 

 

 

Upcycled Belt Buckle for Earth Day

 “I adore being able to repurpose something that might have been discarded but can be reborn as something new through creative daydreaming.” ~Brenda Bamford from Jewelry Affaire

 

 

 

 

Upcycled Dryer Sheet Dress for Earth Day “By salvaging the interesting features of a shirt to turn into necklaces, I am preserving the essence of what I loved about the shirt to begin with…” ~Johanna Love from GreenCraft Magazine

Project by Shawn Le Kohler

 

 

 

Upcycled Paper Wreath for Earth Day“Nothing makes my heart beat faster than a tattered piece of beautifully aged paper, mottled with stains and spots, delicate and fragile, soft and dreamy, aching to be reborn.” ~Layla Renzi from Digital Inspiration

Project by Lana Manis

 

 

 

Need more Earth Day inspiration?

In honor of Earth Day, we invite you to share your own upcycling projects or tell us what your plans are for tomorrow. If you happen to be running low on ideas, take a look inside our spring issue of GreenCraft Magazine, which is full of creative and truly unique projects.

 





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Earth Day is upon us, and here at Stampington, we feel that this special day should be spent in celebration of this big, beautiful, planetary rock that we all share. Whether you’re planting a tree, going to an Earth Day event, or making an effort to be a more conscientious crafter, we invite you to […]

Delicately Stitched Envelopes Just in Time for Easter and Mother’s Day

April 18th, 2014

 

Free Article Stitched Envelopes “Over the years, I have collected many and various pieces of vintage papers, tickets, labels, sewing patterns, etc. The muted, soft colors and textures are so pleasing, and I enjoy the history and the stories these little pieces of very worn and torn paper can tell.”

~Mixed-media artist Viv Sliwka; Click here to read the full article.

There is no better way of being transported to the past than with what is fast becoming a relic of what used to be the most common form of communication: the handwritten letter. Holding onto an old envelope with the yellowing of time showing on its edges, its postmark stamp a tell-tale sign of its age, and the stains of all its travels proudly worn upon its surface – it’s very easy to see why Viv Sliwka has decided to use these very particular objects as a canvas for her creativity.

 

Free Article Stitched Envelopes

In this free article download, Viv does a wonderful job of maintaining the integrity of the original envelopes while also introducing her own artistic style. Armed with carefully selected ephemera, subtle touches of fabric, and screen print drawings of her own artwork or photographs, she creates stunning collages that resonate with springtime colors and blooms. Once she’s happy that she’s captured the overall sentiments she was trying to convey, she applies the focal point of her style: sewing machine or hand-stitched details.

Click here to download the free article, “Stitched Envelopes,” by Viv Sliwka that originally appeared in Somerset Holidays & Celebrations Volume 5.  You’ll also find more mixed-media creations by this talented artist, learn about her creative process, and pick up some creative techniques that you may want to apply to a Mother’s Day card or heartfelt letter.

 

Recreate Your Own Stitched Envelopes for Easter or Mother’s Day

Perfect for spring: We think this is the ideal time to attempt and apply some of Viv’s ideas and techniques. Why not try making your own Mother’s Day or last-minute Easter card and embellishing the envelope in an unforgettable way?

 

Also featu1SOM-HOL11-Somerset-Holidays-Celebrations-2011-Volume-5-600x600red in this issue are more than 100 holiday ideas for gift and décor items, such as a spooky Halloween magnet calendar, a very patriotic Uncle Sam hat centerpiece, and ideas for adding spring colors to wood letters. Join artists Catherine Matthews-Scanlon, Becky Shander, Vanessa Valencia, Angela Harris, and many more in this issue of Somerset Holidays & Celebrations.

 

 

 

 

We want to hear from you!

What are your ideas and techniques for creating memorable correspondence? Do you already create stitched envelopes or have we tempted you to try? Let us know in the comment section below!





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  “Over the years, I have collected many and various pieces of vintage papers, tickets, labels, sewing patterns, etc. The muted, soft colors and textures are so pleasing, and I enjoy the history and the stories these little pieces of very worn and torn paper can tell.” ~Mixed-media artist Viv Sliwka; Click here to read […]