Insta-Grammys: Our 9 Most Engaging Instagram Images

January 23rd, 2014

Instagram Images Stampington

We’ve gathered our newest, most-loved insta-images for your eyes to feast upon. Follow along as we unveil them one-by-one, here [On the Blog], and be sure to join the fun on Instagram.

 

Vintage TruckDon’t miss this gorgeous Bohemian-themed wedding in the new Mingle.

Photography credit – Celeste Shaw

 

 

 

 

Do Good Work“Creating a life that reflects my dreams…living a life that defines my purpose.”

– Stephanie Ackerman

Photography credit – Stephanie Ackerman Artful Blogging, Summer 2013

 

 

 

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“My heart is with art journaling because of the healing and joy-producing power of the process,” Bebe says.

Artist credit – Bebe Butler Art Journaling Winter 2014

 

 

 

Star Ornament Kelly Rae RobertsIf you’re interested in adding mixed-media artist Kelly Rae Roberts’ distinctive designs, brilliant color palettes, unique textures, and vibrant style into your own artwork – then look no further!

Check out the Kelly Rae Roberts Collection

 

 

 

Flora Bowley Photography“Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep” – Scott Adams

Photography credit – Flora Bowley,  Somerset Life Winter 2014

 

 

Advent CalendarWe’re done counting the days til Christmas, but we’re still thinking up new, artistic ways to create seasonal calendars.

Click here to explore crafty ways to keep track of your days with calendar projects and products.

 

 

 

Gift WrapNeed a little gift-wrapping inspiration? Check out The Studio for free projects like this Graffiti Book Box DIY.

 

 

 

Ophelia ArtMeet this Victorian beauty, Ophelia, fresh from the pages of Somerset Studio.

Artist credit – Auralea Krieger

 

 

 

Tricia Lee WhitmerThe lovely and talented Tricia Lee Whitmer is a brilliant photographer, frozen yogurt fanatic, and guest artist published in Artful Blogging Autumn 2013.

Click here to read her tips on how to leverage Instagram for your photography.

 

 

Comment below: What’s your favorite image and why? What kind of photography would you most like to see on our Instagram page? Any other suggestions, feel free to share!

 

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We’ve gathered our newest, most-loved insta-images for your eyes to feast upon. Follow along as we unveil them one-by-one, here [On the Blog], and be sure to join the fun on Instagram.   Don’t miss this gorgeous Bohemian-themed wedding in the new Mingle. Photography credit – Celeste Shaw         “Creating a life […]

3 Valentine’s Day DIYS You’ll Love

January 20th, 2014

Prepare for the sweetest day of the year with these free love-inspired DIY projects. We’ve narrowed down our viewers’  three favorites to inspire your creativity this Valentine’s Day.

 

#1 Kristen Robinson: Beloved Valentine’s Day Boxes

This lovely packaging idea by Kristen Robinson is perfect for holding sweet treats or even valentine décor!

Click here to learn how to create your own.

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#2 My Love For You Is Beyond Measure by Vanessa Spencer

 

Roses are red, violets are blue, this journal is sweet and can be created by you!

Click here for the step by step tutorial.

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#3 Romance Cards and Mini Banner Project by Vanessa Spencer

Creating romantic cards for your loved one is all too easy with washi tape, a stamp, and a bit of twine.

Hang your mini banner somewhere fun for Valentine’s Day or reuse at another event to dress up the décor.

Click here to learn how to piece together this easy project.

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All these great gift ideas made me a bit nostalgic, thinking about a fun Valentine’s Day in particular that I celebrated years ago. A friend sent me an unexpected card in the mail (like this one) and surprised me with a heartfelt letter about all the reasons why they loved me. With today’s advancements in technology, it was refreshing to receive a handwritten note from a loved one – so simple, yet so thoughtful. Do you have a fond Valentine’s Day memory of your own? Comment below with your story for your chance to win an issue of Somerset in Love.

 

*We will pick 5 lucky winners at random and contact you via email by Friday, January 24th.

 

With Somerset Place Love,

Blog Writer



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Prepare for the sweetest day of the year with these free love-inspired DIY projects. We’ve narrowed down our viewers’  three favorites to inspire your creativity this Valentine’s Day.   #1 Kristen Robinson: Beloved Valentine’s Day Boxes This lovely packaging idea by Kristen Robinson is perfect for holding sweet treats or even valentine décor! Click here to learn how […]

Top Artists Reveal Their Art Journal Must-Haves

January 17th, 2014

Whether you’re new to the art journal scene or a seasoned veteran, we’re excited to reveal today’s must-have materials to work with, chosen by top artists in the industry. Follow along as they divulge their favorite art journal items to work with, insider tips, and tutorials:

Traci Bautista’s Must-Haves:

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Click here to check out the tutorial for this gorgeous art journal page.

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Tim Holtz’s Must-Haves:

Tim Holtz project

Click here to learn how to recreate the Time Canvas piece that Tim Holtz creates using his favorite materials.

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Mindy Lacefield’s Must-Haves:

Mindy Lacefield Card

  • Foam stamps are great for adding layers of pattern, like I did in this art journal page.
  • Stickles serve as a finishing sparkle to my page.
  • Deli paper was introduced to me through artist MaryBeth Shaw. I love to do stream of consciousness writing on the deli paper and tear out words and/or phrase and paste them directly into my journal.

Click here to discover this free art journal DIY.

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Roben-Marie Smith’s Must-Haves:

  • My huge scrap paper box –  I am not sure I could journal without paper from my stash.

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Jen Cushman’s Must-Haves:

Jen Cushman art

  • White sharpie oil based paint marker – It writes over everything. Paint, crayon, watercolor – everything!
  • Pan pastels are gorgeous and highly pigmented, perfect to use for full-bodied color or like watercolors with brush and water.
  • ICE Resin paper – I coat old book pages and paper scraps with ICE Resin that’s left after my bezel pours. These snips of paper are saved and then brought out during art journaling and collage work to add texture and a bit of the unexpected. Resin loves paper and there is something magical about using snippets of this translucent-yet-strong paper in your art.

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Junelle Jacobsen’s Must-Haves:

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  • Homemade art journals – The kind where the old and loved book gets painted with new white gesso and wrinkled with paint and ink.  I love everything about homemade art journaling. It is a transformational wonderment of delights.
  •  Sketchbooks – The simpler the better.

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 Claudine Hellmuth’s Must-Haves:

  • Gel medium – for gluing collage papers and items down. If I was stuck on a desert island I would want gel medium with me!
  • Scissors – I don’t know where I’d be without scissors. My favorite are the tried and true Fiskars with orange handles.
  • Word salad – I like to cut words and phrases out of dictionary pages, old books, ephemera, etc. The text gives me prompts and ideas on what to make a journal page about.
  • PITT pens – these are my most favorite pens for sketching and drawing, they even draw over acrylic paint. 10% off 1 week only!

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Seth Apter’s Must-Haves:

Seth Apter

We’d like to give a huge “thank you” to each artist for sharing their favorite art journaling materials and interesting mixed-media tips with our blog readers! These artists have been featured in a number of Stampington titles including Art Journaling and Somerset Studio.

Please comment below if you have any questions for the artists!

With Somerset Place Love,

Blog Writer



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Whether you’re new to the art journal scene or a seasoned veteran, we’re excited to reveal today’s must-have materials to work with, chosen by top artists in the industry. Follow along as they divulge their favorite art journal items to work with, insider tips, and tutorials: Traci Bautista’s Must-Haves: Speedball soft rubber brayer Sakura waterbrush […]

Ephemera Freebies: Word Lesson

January 13th, 2014

 

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Take a word from the wise, or just make your own using this fabulous, textual ephemera freebie!

Add to your paper projects, wrap around a notebook, or use in your art journal to add an academic touch.

Click here to download these letter and word ephemera pieces.

Click here to browse more beautiful, vintage ephemera.

 



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  Take a word from the wise, or just make your own using this fabulous, textual ephemera freebie! Add to your paper projects, wrap around a notebook, or use in your art journal to add an academic touch. Click here to download these letter and word ephemera pieces. Click here to browse more beautiful, vintage […]

Trend Spotter: Why Country-Chic Living is “In”

January 9th, 2014

Country Chic Living

We’ve never doubted the classiness of farmhouse charm, but it seems as though suddenly the whole world has also hopped on board – from brilliant designers to artful bloggers and reclusive crafters. So what better time than now to spotlight the projects, ideas, and people who put the “chic” in country-chic living?

The Perfect Match: Lavender + Farmhouse Chic

Country-Chic CaddyNothing says “welcome” like a lavishly stocked french caddy, perfect for guests visiting your country abode. With the scent of lavender and pampering bath essentials, it’s impossible not to be absolutely delighted during their stay.

Click here to learn how to style your own french farm caddy filled with dried lavender, crisp white towels, and other luxury items.

 

Homemade Pecan Pie

Homemade Pecan pieGolden crust, rich chocolate chips, nutty pecans — how could one resist? Vickie Hutchins and Jo Ann Martin share this indulgent treat (a tried and true recipe) that combines sweet and nutty for one delicious delight.

For this recipe and more country-infused pie recipes, peruse the pages of Pie∙ography.

 

Country-Chic Packaging

Country Chic JarsDress up some vintage jars and tins or recycle the ones that were destined for the trash. With a bit of twine, jute ribbon, and canvas, your home décor will exude rustic charm in no time.

Click here for the step-by-step project.

 

 

Farmhouse Femininity: Finding a Sense of Self

Country-Chic GlamourEmbracing tradition without skimping on elegance, Anne Marie Klaske finds her freedom on the farm while preserving her own sense of self. Encouraging others to tie on their aprons or grab their gardening gloves, she and carpenter husband Jason restored their 1920’s neglected farmhouse, by turning the lawn into pastures, a large family garden, and three acres of Illinois prairie.

To read more, check out the full article in  Where Women Cook.

 

The Simple Life of Artisan Lylah Ledner

Where Women Create Business - FarmSmack dab in the middle of Scottsdale suburbia, just past the freeways and busy shops, you’ll find a three-acre farm with a goat dairy, garden beds, fruit trees, and a Farmer’s Market nestled in between the day-to-day chaos. Lylah and Michael Ledner, the proprietors of The Simple Farm, are intentional about food, family, and the possibilities of a life unrestricted by the norm. No wonder this lifestyle is so “in” – where do we sign up?

Click here to read the full article in Where Women Create BUSINESS.

 

Countryside Poetic Wanderlust

Tracy Porter Blog PostDo your heart strings yearn endlessly for a kaleidoscope of inspiration that only the country lifestyle can offer? Just like farmer Tracy Porter, if you look closely, you’ll find poetry in simple farm life, like the rich brilliance of ripened fruits or the vibrant sunrise that wakes up the world with her golden tones.

Click here to find more poetic prose from country-chic business woman, Tracy Porter.

 

Dress up a Table with Rustic Charm

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What better way to decorate your home sweet home than with a table runner that offers charming graphics, sweet sentiments, and a little romance? Add the rustic goodness of burlap and vintage lace ruffles, and you’ve got yourself a “right off the farm” tabletop that any country girl would adore.

Click here to read the full article inside Somerset Home.

 

Chic Distressed Cabinets

cabinet“Chippy white paint brings so much interest to a space,” says Kathleen Beyer of Faded Charm. With a love of all things weathered and worn, her home was built only 10 years ago, but bursts with the character of an aged farmhouse.

Read the whole story inside the winter issue of Artful Blogging.

 

 

Layers of Lace Tabletop

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Stitched with layers of cream colored lace, Trina Lucido creates a beautiful ruffled tablecloth to capture sweet, country elegance.

Read the full post here.

 

 

We want to know:

What are some other styles of living or décor that you love to infuse into your home? 

 



Sarah Uncategorized ,,,,,

We’ve never doubted the classiness of farmhouse charm, but it seems as though suddenly the whole world has also hopped on board – from brilliant designers to artful bloggers and reclusive crafters. So what better time than now to spotlight the projects, ideas, and people who put the “chic” in country-chic living? The Perfect Match: […]