Blog Giveaway: Win a Brand-New Winter Title from Stampington

December 3rd, 2013

It’s the most wonderful time of the year, and we’re celebrating with a special glimpse inside our new December publications.  As snow capped mountains and fuzzy blankets make their debut, our repertoire of stunning winter titles unveil gorgeous photography and artistic inspiration on every page. Please join me as we explore more and learn how you can win your favorite!

Special Discount  $5 off any December title of your choice

We want to offer our blog subscribers an exclusive promo code to receive $5 off any December title of your choice. ($5 off discount code can be used only one time per customer.)

Use Promo Code*: BLOG1213 at checkout

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Sew Somerset

Sew Somerset 2014

This December, we’ve stitched together a variety of vibrant, mixed-media projects in the newest Sew Somerset. From functional pieces like a wire and fabric wreath by Jennifer Swift and Sunny Carvalho’s collaged cuffs, to abstract painted and stitched art by Christina Romeo and Cat Kerr’s mini quilted fanciful dresses, you’ll learn how to incorporate sewn elements into much more than fabric by way of the innovative ideas found within these pages.

Belle Armoire Jewelry

Belle Armoire Jewelry

Explore a memorable Designer Collection by clay artist Melanie West, and indulge in many winter-inspired jewelry creations hidden within the newest issue of Belle Armoire Jewelry. You’ll also uncover detailed tutorials on beading, enameling, and how to make beach pottery necklaces and resin trinkets. Reacquaint yourself with household names like Inez Dun, Kathy Thompson, and Kathy Combs; and join us as we welcome many artists new to the pages of Belle Armoire Jewelry, like Marcie Carroll with her unique Fidget Pendants.

 

Art Quilting Studio

Art Quilting Studio 2014

Cozy up with the winter edition of Art Quilting Studio and the variety of quilted features found in every shape, style, and color. You’ll want to blanket yourself in Lorie McCown’s Artist Portfolio, and revel in our Series Showcase on Jo Morphett’s “Thread Art Silhouettes.” This issue’s got everything covered – from ocean-themed art quilts “painted” with thread and Lindsay Ostrom’s quilted, whimsical wall hanging to Terry Stegmiller’s heartfelt free-motion heart quilts and Cynthia Minoli’s serene depiction of a breathtaking fabric sunset.

 

Take Ten

Take Ten 2014

The December issue of Take Ten is packed with quick and easy stamped artwork that is sure to make you swoon! From the ever-popular “clean and simple” style of card making, to cards that experiment with a combination of paint and rubber stamping, this issue has something for everyone. Find clever ideas for quick and easy gifts, as well as the return of our Masterboard department, which demonstrates a technique for shaving precious time off of your card making adventures. Be sure to pick up this issue of Take Ten, and get your New Year started off right!

 

Somerset Studio Gallery

Gallery 2014

From heartfelt denim hearts by Becky Shander to haunted Halloween canvases by Shannon Bundschuh, this issue of Somerset Studio Gallery has something for every type of creative mind. Cat Kerr shares a fun way to display art cards with her inspirational resin window charmers, and you’ll delight in Donna Salazar’s mixed-media collages that are full of texture. Be sure not to miss Kate Crane’s quirky and colorful art journal and unique, portrait pouches by Ella Wilson by reserving your copy today.

 

Where Women Cook

Where Women Cook 2014

This winter, indulge in good food and feel-good stories with Where Women Cook. Our newest issue takes you inside the home kitchens of Ingrid Hoffman, host of “Simply Delicioso” on The Cooking Channel and New York Times best-selling author Cheryl Najafi. Travel outside of the home to visit the talented Jennifer Hart, owner of The Love Apple in Taos, New Mexico and sisters Marnie and Lydia Clark, specialty shop proprietors of Cheese Cave.

 

Artists’ Café

Artists' Cafe

We’re unveiling brand-new features in the newest installment of Artists’ Café, including the addition of artwork from bestselling publications, Somerset Apprentice, Sew Somerset, Art Journaling, and Somerset Workshop. You won’t want to miss Hanne Matthiesen’s year of stitching project, the bright and brilliantly stitched art journal of Roxanne Padgett, or an up-close look at the portfolios of multiple top mixed-media artists.

 

*Your Chance to Win!

[This giveaway has ended.]

Take home your favorite December title by following these simple steps: 

1) Like or pin this blog post:

2) Click on your favorite spread from above and you’ll be taken to the description page. Peruse through the images or read the description and let us know what you’re most looking forward to reading about by commenting below.

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*Winner is selected at random.
*$5 off discount applies to purchases of any of the following (December  ’13) issues: Art Quilting Studio, Artists’ Café, Belle Armoire Jewelry, Sew Somerset, Somerset Studio Gallery, Take Ten, Where Women Cook. Discount code can be used only one time per customer and expires 12/31/13. Contest is open to U.S. residents and ends 12/31/13 at 11:59pm.


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It’s the most wonderful time of the year, and we’re celebrating with a special glimpse inside our new December publications.  As snow capped mountains and fuzzy blankets make their debut, our repertoire of stunning winter titles unveil gorgeous photography and artistic inspiration on every page. Please join me as we explore more and learn how you […]

6 Free Projects + Happy Thanksgiving from Somerset Place!

November 28th, 2013

Thanksgiving Ideas

Happy Thanksgiving, from all of us at Stampington & Company to you and yours! 

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Thanksgiving how-to project

To thank our blog subscribers for following Somerset Place and to wish you a wonderful holiday, we’d like to offer you 6 Free Projects if you’re looking for last minute ideas to add pretty color palettes and a bit of rustic charm to your Thanksgiving tabletop!

1) Altered Baskets

2) Mini Name Cards

3) Paper Mache Pumpkins

4) Harvest Affaire Laminated Placemats

5) Harvest Affaire Pinecone Place Cards

6) Perfectly Wrapped Pumpkin Muffins

 

6 Things We’re Thankful For…

1) Our loyal blog subscribers who support and encourage us to always offer the most valuable and relevant content that you crave.

2) The amazing owners of Stampington & Company, Kellene and Jonathan Giloff, and our dedicated staff who always strive to make each day better than the last.

3) Another successful year of publishing the stories and artwork of incredibly talented artists from around the globe.

4) The ability to connect with so many creative people and companies through FacebookTwitter, and Pinterest.

5) The swoon-worthy new additions to our Shoppe this week that are perfect for holiday projects.

6) The precious time we will spend with beloved friends and family during the holidays.

 

We want to know: What are you thankful for?

 And again, Happy Thanksgiving!

Blog Writer

*Photography credit: Johanna Love
*Project Credit: Vanessa Spencer


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Happy Thanksgiving, from all of us at Stampington & Company to you and yours!   *** To thank our blog subscribers for following Somerset Place and to wish you a wonderful holiday, we’d like to offer you 6 Free Projects if you’re looking for last minute ideas to add pretty color palettes and a bit of […]

Blog Giveaway: Journey to Win Julie Nutting Designs

November 25th, 2013

Artful Blogging 2014

Whether you have discovered a new sense of freedom as you art journal or you’re still waiting to pick up the paint brush, we want to know what your greatest creative adventure has been thus far or what it will be in 2014.

Comment below and we’ll randomly pick one winner to receive a package of twelve Julie Nutting Chipboard Designs to help you on your next creative adventure.

[This giveaway has ended.]

Julie Nutting blog

Julie Nutting chipboard designs are perfect to use in paper crafting projects, add to your art journal, or adhere in beautiful greeting cards.

 

 Artwork by Mary Wangerin, Artful Blogging 2014
 *Contest open to residents of the U.S. only and expires December 30th, 2013

 



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Whether you have discovered a new sense of freedom as you art journal or you’re still waiting to pick up the paint brush, we want to know what your greatest creative adventure has been thus far or what it will be in 2014. Comment below and we’ll randomly pick one winner to receive a package of […]

10 Ways to Wear New Kelly Rae Roberts Mixed-Media Scarves

November 21st, 2013

We were just as thrilled as our fans to receive a gorgeous shipment of Kelly Rae Roberts scarves in The Shoppe this past week. The Hello Love, Follow Your True North, and Dream Big designs all boast different color palettes and beautiful mixed-media art to cater to every fashionista’s personal style. To get the most mileage out of these pretty accessories, Shoppe Manager Vanessa Spencer explores 10 innovative and easy ways to transform them into wearable art, home décor, and more.

1) Kelly Rae Roberts Mixed-Media Scarf – Boot Adornment

Find your favorite pair of boots, wrap the Kelly Rae Roberts scarf around twice, tie in a bow, and voilà! In just seconds you can add a soft, feminine accent to any outfit.

Kelly Rae Roberts mixed media boot

 

2) Kelly Rae Roberts Mixed-Media Scarf – Hat Accent

Another fun way to wear the Kelly Rae Roberts Hello Love scarf is tied around a plain straw hat. It adds a flowing, delicate touch and will have people turning heads in no time.

Kelly Rae Roberts mixed media hat

 

3) Kelly Rae Roberts Mixed-Media Scarf – Tied on a Handbag

Tote around an artful bag when you tie on the Follow Your True North scarf around one of your straps.

Mixed Media Scarf Handbag

4) Kelly Rae Roberts Mixed-Media Scarf – Pillow Wrap

The art of presentation is key when it comes to home décor. Beautify a bland pillow: Wrap around and tie in a loose bow to make your guests feel more than welcome to kick back and relax.

Mixed-Media Scarf Pillow

5) Kelly Rae Roberts Mixed-Media Scarf  – Picture Perfect

Spotlight your new scarf and add a pop of color to any wall in your home with this easy frame idea. Simply tie one end and place over the top of the frame, drape the lovely mixed-media design behind, stand back, and admire your new wall art.

Scarf Frame Kelly Rae Roberts

 

6) Kelly Rae Roberts Mixed-Media Scarf – Gift Wrap

The perfect thing about tying a present together with a Kelly Rae Roberts scarf? Not only does it add an element of interest to a blank box, but it doubles as part of your gift.

Giftwrap Kelly Rae Scarf

7) Kelly Rae Roberts Mixed-Media Scarf – Table Décor

Turn your table tops into a feast for the eyes when you use the sheer fabric scarf as a runner. It’s never been so easy to set the mood for a romantic dinner for two.

Mixed Media Scarf Table

8) Kelly Rae Roberts Mixed-Media Scarf – Simple Shawl

Whether you’re headed to the market or treating yourself to a night out with the gals, you’ll feel divine when you wrap yourself in color.

Mixed-Media Scarf Shawl

 

9) Kelly Rae Roberts Mixed-Media Scarf – Neckwear

We may be stating the obvious here, but when the weather turns cold, what better way to keep your neck warm than with this stylish statement?

Neckwear Mixed Media Scarf

 

10) Kelly Rae Roberts Mixed-Media Scarf  – Belt Accent

Instead of confining yourself with a notched belt, tie the one-size-fits-all mixed-media scarf around your waist to stand out in a crowd.

Kelly Rae Roberts Mixed Media Belt

Can you think of any other ways to alter the new Kelly Rae Roberts mixed-media scarves? Comment below with your ideas!

If you love Kelly Rae Roberts, discover more of her distinct style and beautiful artwork in the entire Kelly Rae Roberts collection.



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We were just as thrilled as our fans to receive a gorgeous shipment of Kelly Rae Roberts scarves in The Shoppe this past week. The Hello Love, Follow Your True North, and Dream Big designs all boast different color palettes and beautiful mixed-media art to cater to every fashionista’s personal style. To get the most mileage […]

Guest Blogger: Tracy Porter’s Countryside Poetic Wanderlust

November 18th, 2013

Tracy Porter Poetic Wanderlust

Photography Credit: Tracy Porter

Please join me in welcoming to our blog, savvy business woman and beloved wife and mother, Tracy Porter. From home décor to fashion, Tracy is the mastermind behind signature, emotionally engaging designs that capture a spirited blend of modern and soulful whimsy.  Today she offers a glimpse inside what most inspires her creativity in the design process: authentic countryside living with her husband John, and their four rascally boys.

My Poetic Wanderlust

I’ve lived in the country for most of my life, save a few years in Paris, France and another few in Chicago. It seems my heart strings yearn endlessly for the kaleidoscope of inspiration I find that the country lifestyle offers. I see the poetry in simple things around me — the pod of pregnant seeds ready to drop or the brilliant sunrise that startles me each morning as her golden tones create an exuberant burst from the top of the mountains then fall lazily over the dew covered meadows. My spirit feels free, my senses absurdly awakened. Living a life in the countryside is as unexpected as it is breathtaking, but always inspirational.

My husband, John, and I moved our family from the beautiful Wisconsin countryside to the sunny mountains and meadows of California a few years ago. We were craving a warmer climate and more of a year-round outdoor lifestyle. We have found our geographical heart in the charming Santa Ynez Valley.

We work and live on a small, enchanting ranch that overlooks two wondrous mountain ranges. Each morning, I open my studio doors to take in the views and say my hellos to our small flock of hens, goats and alpaca, some of which can be found lingering on my studio deck — they often pop in for a peek around, too!

My days are spent designing a range of delicious goods, from tableware and bedding, to wall art and luggage. All of my designs are soulful, enchanting and kissed with a bit of Bohemian elegance. I am (I will admit) obsessive about creating designs that are literally a feast for the eyes. It is pure joy for me and my true passion. Being as close to nature’s song as possible allows my soul to sing, stirs my emotions and inspires my desire to explore, evolve, and constantly keep my mind and heart open to the newness that each day brings.

Tracy Porter flower garden

One of my favorite things about having a countryside studio in California is that several times a day I meander outside for an eye-full of goodness. I will often take few liberating moments in our wildflower garden to poke around and a wee sit in the pasture to give our menagerie of critters some treats.

I find inspiration comes in many forms but my beloved countryside seems to provide my senses with an utterly delightful and alluring bit of poetic wanderlust that keeps me endlessly addicted to her whimsy and opulence.

 

10 Facts that Explain the “Wander” in Wanderlust:

1. I did not go to college. Instead, four days after I graduated from high school I moved to Paris, France, with a plane ticket I had won in a contest. I stayed for nearly two years.

 

2. I collect words. I have for over twenty years. I find new words all the time. I am constantly looking. I like that word collecting is free and ever inspiring.

 

3. My willingness to embrace change, evolve and believe in myself are a few of the things that I would point to that have lead to my happiness in life.

 

4. I have, on various occasions, failed miserably in my career, but I view it as a gift. It’s for sure the hardest and most humbling thing to go through. I am grateful we live in a country that values entrepreneurs and second chances.

 

5. I love dancing. A good tune can take me away….

 

6. If I were to book a plane ticket in the next fifteen minutes to a fantasy destination, it would be to Istanbul. I definitely need to go there this year.

 

7. When I was eighteen years old, I spent two weeks on a Greek Island. No hotel…just the beach and a backpack.

 

8. I have been married for twenty two years to the loveliest man in the world.

 

9. One of my very favorite words is “enchanting.”  I try everyday to live my life as authentically enchanting as I am able to.

 

10. I don’t accept things that just are the way they are. I like to challenge conventional thinking on most levels, bringing a different perspective and thought-process.

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Thank you so much Tracy for offering a lens into your beautiful, enchanting lifestyle.

To read more about her inspiring journey in turning her passion into a profession, check out Tracy Porter’s feature article in Where Women Create Business Summer 2013.



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Photography Credit: Tracy Porter Please join me in welcoming to our blog, savvy business woman and beloved wife and mother, Tracy Porter. From home décor to fashion, Tracy is the mastermind behind signature, emotionally engaging designs that capture a spirited blend of modern and soulful whimsy.  Today she offers a glimpse inside what most inspires her creativity […]