An Air of Romance: Discover What’s Inside the Crisp New October Issues

October 1st, 2013

Some of our most iconic Stampington titles are coming out this month, and I can’t wait to open up the pages to show you a special glimpse inside! With holiday traditions and spiced pumpkin lattes just around the corner, you’ll definitely want to add this repertoire of stunning autumn editions to your list of luxury must-haves this season. Please join me as we delve into the epic artistry and inspiring ideas brimming from the pages of our new enchanting October titles.

Special Discount  $5 off any October title of your choice!

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Mingle

Mingle Autumn 2013

There’s a little bit of everything to satisfy your festive appetite this autumn within the newest issue of Mingle. Flip through page after page of inspiration to find a vintage Disney party, a glamorous camping celebration for a teen, and a rustic and cozy Friendsgiving. You’ll also get an inside look at Sugar & Spice, a fun art retreat with Juliette Crane, Danielle Daniel, and Mindy Lacefield. Poe fans beware: We reveal a romantic, gothic wedding shoot that’s perfect for Halloween, and Audrey Hepburn lovers will be mesmerized by an “Affaire at Tiffany’s.”

 

Somerset Life

Somerset Life Autumn 2013

Let go and feel free as you embark on a soulful journey with the autumn installment of Somerset Life. First destination: Vivienne McMaster’s touching story of Being Your Own Beloved. Then, buckle up for a creative ride as Madelyn Mulvaney takes us along on a road trip that’s guaranteed to inspire. Need a pit stop? There are plenty of handmade project ideas to occupy you while you stretch your legs, such as Halloween décor using washi tape, clever ways to embellish clothespins, and a homespun approach to Christmas. You can put away your map because this must-read issue is one scenic route you’ll want to take again and again.

 

Somerset Memories

Somerset Memories Autumn 2013

Autumn will soon be in the air and this issue of Somerset Memories will warm your heart and ignite your muse as you sit by the fire and delight in the wonderful scrapbook layouts and memory art filling these pages. The popularity of Instagram is front and center in a darling, palm-sized mini book by artist Emmanuelle Chauvin, along with a beautiful and colorful journal by the talented Mou Saha. Artist Connie Freedman will inspire you with an enchanting, handsome canvas made in honor of her grandfather, and author/artist Melody Nuñez shares her collection of short stories in “Altered Existence” along with the cabinet cards that inspired her novella.

 

Art Journaling

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Dive into a world of heartfelt art with the Autumn 2013 issue of Art Journaling. The vibrant and emotional artwork of Traci Bunkers graces the pages of the Artist Portfolio, and you’ll learn how to build a visual vocabulary with Kelly Kilmer. For ideas on documenting those memorable summer vacations, the gorgeous travel journals of Jacqueline Newbold and Chrisanne Robertson are sure to fill you with inspiration. This issue will also help you get a head start on the holidays: Follow Tori Weyer’s lead, and create a Christmas box journal filled with your thoughts and memories of the season.

 

Haute Handbags

Haute Handbags Autumn 2013

Covering a wide variety of techniques, you will be amazed by the bags created by Ruth Rae, Kelly Billeaudeaux, Viv Sliwka, and many more in the new Haute Handbags! Learn how to create your own iPad cozy, and read how you can stitch rug and leather into a yoga bag. From mixed-media and free-form stitched bags to bohemian meets shabby-chic inspired clutches and repurposed plastic bags — this issue is filled with delectable sights from beginning to end.

 

 Jewelry Affaire

Jewelry Affaire Autumn 2013

This issue of Jewelry Affaire is dripping with beautifully adorned accessories created from truly amazing artists. Lori Anderson shares her ever-so-popular Bead Soup Blog Parties, showing some of the winners from the most recent soiree. Introducing a new section: feast your eyes upon our steampunk collection filled with vintage watches, antique gears, watch hands, and cast-offs. Last, but not least, venture through pages overflowing with nature-inspired jewels that range from crocheted flowers to tie-dye rosettes – enough beauty to make you fall in love with this issue.

 

Somerset Workshop

Somerset Workshop Autumn 2013

The Autumn 2013 issue of Somerset Workshop is filled with fabulous techniques by some of the hottest Somerset artists. Indulge in sweet and simple projects by Colette Copeland, colorful and whimsical mixed-media by Junelle Jacobsen, quirky and playful stitched artwork by Taryn Reece, and mixed-media metalwork with Jen Cushman. Each chapter is illustrated from start to finish with simple, stepped-out photographs and clear instructions to help you create exciting projects from the comfort of your own home.

 

The Stampers’ Sampler

Stamper's Sampler Autumn 2013

Kick off the most wonderful time of the year by diving into our special holiday issue of The Stampers’ Sampler! With 25+ pages of Thanksgiving and Christmas-themed inspiration, you are sure to find something that will awaken the spirit and magic of the holiday season in you.  Guest Artist Jen del Muro’s charming and colorful cards take the top spot this issue, and articles include a unique feather-stamping technique, fantasy-themed cards that seamlessly blend stamping and hand-doodling, and an extraordinary, stamped look-book that is sure to knock your socks off.

*Your Chance to Win!

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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 in the blog comments below!

*$5 off discount applies to purchases of any of the following October (Autumn ’13) issues: Art Journaling, Haute Handbags, Jewelry Affaire, Mingle, Somerset Life, Somerset Memories, The Stampers’ Sampler, and Somerset Workshop. Discount code can be used only one time per customer and expires 10/31/13. Contest is open to U.S. residents and ends 10/31/13 at 11:59pm.



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Some of our most iconic Stampington titles are coming out this month, and I can’t wait to open up the pages to show you a special glimpse inside! With holiday traditions and spiced pumpkin lattes just around the corner, you’ll definitely want to add this repertoire of stunning autumn editions to your list of luxury […]

Beachwood Café Reveals Charming Secrets: How to Make it in a Tough Business

September 26th, 2013

“I love working in this amazing neighborhood. It’s like living in a little time bubble.”

Patti Peck of Beachwood Café

Where Women Cook - Patti Peck 

Image Credit: Luis Mota and (me!) Bethany Michaels

What does it take to “make it” in the restaurant industry, and how do you know when you’ve arrived? To find the answer, I set off with my Stampington sidekick Luis Mota to Beachwood Café, a local hot spot featured in the newest Where Women Cook. Not only did we find the answer, but we learned how family, community, and raw, authentic food are the key ingredients that transformed this old mom and pop shop into a treasured local favorite.

Beachwood Cafe Hollywood

Perched in a historic neighborhood underneath the distinguished Hollywood sign, Beachwood Café beckons all walks of life and makes you feel right at home.

Beachwood Cafe Interior

When we opened the doors of the café, we were greeted by none other than the gregarious owner Patti Peck. She sometimes works twelve hour days — a true labor of love — so it’s no surprise to see her behind the counter or mingling with customers at all hours.

 

Humble Beginnings & Building Community:

Patti is a firm believer in embracing and building connections with people. Having grown up in a densely Czech-populated farming community in Iowa, Patti incorporates traditions of the old at Beachwood, while putting a fresh spin on it. For example, she’s invented a pastime called “Pickin’ Kitchen” that’s just as fun as it sounds. It’s an activity  that includes all her employees at Beachwood and the surrounding neighborhood, and embraces the community-building importance of her roots.

Fleur de Loquats Beachwood

“We gather up to fifty people, map out the neighborhood’s fruit trees, and pick for hours, sometimes gathering up to 1500 lbs of citrus! As our way of saying thanks, we make delicious jars of Loquat halves from the collection of fruit and leave it on the neighbor’s doorstep.” — Patti Peck 

She also uses the organic, fresh-picked fruit in many of her seasonal dishes at the café.

Other community-building events that Beachwood Café hosts are the Family Bingo Night and Beer Tasting, a perfect atmosphere for families and friends to connect.

 

What Sets this Community-Driven Business Apart?

  • Patti’s welcoming heart and wonderful sense of humor
  • Local, farm-to-table ingredients
  • Recipes that combine tradition with modern twists
  • History and location – the circa 1933 neighborhood is charming and welcoming
  • The tasteful and fun interior restaurant design – Patti incorporated vintage décor from the adorable antique shop next door
  • The amiable employees and satisfied customers, many of which Patti now considers family

 

The Art of Presentation:

Beachwood Mason Cup

Just like Stampington, Patti thinks that “packaging is everything.” This adorable blue mason jar cup, white Beachwood beverage sleeve, and sip top would look so perfect packaged up to send to one of our blog readers, wouldn’t you agree?

Giveaway:

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To share a taste of Beachwood Café with you, we’re specially wrapping and giving away this cup package to one lucky person, selected at random.

Enter for your chance to have it delivered to your doorstep by describing what most intrigued you about Beachwood Café in the comments section below!

Click here to browse images and read excerpts from Where Women Cook Autumn 2013, the issue that dives deeper into the heart of Beachwood Café.

 

Deadline to enter: Thursday, October 26th (U.S. only) 



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“I love working in this amazing neighborhood. It’s like living in a little time bubble.” – Patti Peck of Beachwood Café   Image Credit: Luis Mota and (me!) Bethany Michaels What does it take to “make it” in the restaurant industry, and how do you know when you’ve arrived? To find the answer, I set […]

Somerset Life Selfie Portrait Challenge

September 23rd, 2013

Somerset Life Selfie Challenge

Image Credit: Kellene Giloff, President and Publisher of Stampington

Self portraits, otherwise known as “selfies” are making a splash and raising the creative bar in the photography industry. Wildly popular on Instagram, Facebook, Flickr, and other social media platforms, our publisher Kellene Giloff (also a talented and artistic photographer) has her own take on this hip trend. Unlike other selfies, Kellene has left much to the imagination in her soft and romantic, faceless image above.

Somerset Life Selfie Challenge:

One of Stampington’s most loved titles, Somerset Life, spotlights artists who find beauty in everyday living through their raw and organic photographs. Our challenge to you is to capture a thoughtfully provoking selfie image without including an actual shot of your face – a photograph that portrays what it means to live authentically.

Guidelines:

  • Be creative! Your photo must include a shot of yourself from the chin down. Feel free to incorporate props like flowers, pearls, ribbon, paint, or other artful embellishments that best represent you.

Prizes:

Qualifying candidates will have a chance to:

  • Be published in an upcoming issue of Somerset Life or Artful Blogging
  • Receive a free gift of their choice of Somerset Life or Artful Blogging
  • Be featured in our Instagram gallery with artist credit

Good luck and have fun with this challenge! We can’t wait to see what you submit.

For more inspiration, browse through Kellene’s stunning photo gallery here.

 

*Please note: Winners will be notified by email. Deadline is Monday, October 28th. 



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Image Credit: Kellene Giloff, President and Publisher of Stampington Self portraits, otherwise known as “selfies” are making a splash and raising the creative bar in the photography industry. Wildly popular on Instagram, Facebook, Flickr, and other social media platforms, our publisher Kellene Giloff (also a talented and artistic photographer) has her own take on this hip […]

Sugary Confessions: Guest Artist Debi Beard Reveals her Tasty Tricks

September 19th, 2013

Please join me in welcoming the brilliantly talented Debi Beard to our blog. An avid upcycler and lover of creating hand-made treasures, Debi is here to share a quick and easy DIY to appeal to your sweet tooth.  Learn how to add a sprinkle of fun to your day with birthday cake dipped soles that look good enough to eat!

Debi Beard Sprinkles

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Hello Somerset Place!

I’ve always had a love for sweets, especially frosting – pink frosting to be exact. I’d rather lick the frosting off three cupcakes than eat just one.

For most of my childhood sugar had to be eaten in secret. One day, I came home from school to find my mom had suddenly become a health fanatic, and had thrown away just about everything in our kitchen even the Catsup because there was sugar on the label! Overnight our family went from eating boxed macaroni and cheese to whole wheat pasta with wheat germ sprinkled on top.

My grandmother, shared my love of goodies, and would slip me a piece of candy when my mom wasn’t looking. Some of my favorite memories are the Sunday afternoons  I spent with her after church, baking sugar cookies with frosting and sprinkles.

I’m an adult now and for reasons that I won’t get into, I’ve become a health extremist just like my mother.

Even though I rarely eat sugar these days, I still love to daydream while gazing at pretty pastel confections on Pinterest.

A few days before my birthday, the inspiration for these birthday cake shoes came to me, in my wild imagination. I’d like to think it’s my grandma sprinkling creativity on me from heaven.

Debi Beard Birthday Cake Shoes

All you need for this project are a pair of ballet flats, polymer clay and puffy paint.

Watch my step-by-step video tutorial below.

Now you’re ready step out in sweet style. Thanks so much for letting me share my project with you! Please comment below if you have any questions.

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Thanks again for joining us today Debi! If you’d like to see more of her crafty tutorials, you can find Debi at http://debisdesigndiary.com

 

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Please join me in welcoming the brilliantly talented Debi Beard to our blog. An avid upcycler and lover of creating hand-made treasures, Debi is here to share a quick and easy DIY to appeal to your sweet tooth.  Learn how to add a sprinkle of fun to your day with birthday cake dipped soles that […]

Trending Theme: Birds of a Feather + Enter to Win a Free Issue

September 16th, 2013
Birds of a Feather Theme
Artist Credit (Top to Bottom, Left to Right): 1- Soraya Nullah, Art Journaling Winter 2013; 2- Loretta Rathert, 400 More Ideas 2013; 3- Mindy Lacefield, Somerset Studio May/June 2010; 4- Julie Valentine, Art Journaling Spring 2013; 5- Amy Melious, Somerset Digital Studio Autumn 2013; 6 – Pam Carriker,  Artists’ Café Vol. 6;  7- Wendy Brightbill, Somerset Studio Gallery Winter 2013; 8- Joy Northrop, Stampers’ Sampler February/March 2012; 9- Colette Copeland, Somerset Studio Gallery Winter 2013; 10-  Bridgette Guerzon Mills, Artists’ Café Vol. 6; 11- Pam Carriker, Somerset Apprentice Spring 2013;12- Thespoena McLaughlin, Somerset Studio Gallery Winter 2013

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Since last month’s themed blog post on Whimsical Silhouetted Women was such a hit, I wanted to ensure that this month’s trending theme was just as (if not more) enticing to artists and readers alike! And what’s more to love than this simple yet symbolic staple: the classic image of a bird, which represents freedom and flight –  a reflection of our creative release in art.

We’ve compiled a collection of some of our most treasured paintings, projects, cards, and creations spotlighting different portrayals of our flighty and feathered friends. Enjoy an excerpted quote or artsy tip below, and if you want to read more, click on the image or link for full project details:

 

Birds of a Feather Theme

“Journals are what you make them. To me, they are precious records of my life that will get passed down to future generations.” – Soraya Nulliah, Art Journaling

 

 

 

Birds of a Feather ThemeTip: Add pearl and ribbon to any card for instant interest and texture.

– 400 More Ideas 

 

 

 

Birds of a Feather Theme

“For me, painting is a nostalgic descent into my childhood where playtime, dolls, and drawing took me into worlds of limitless creativity and mind wanderings.”

– Mindy Lacefield, Somerset Studio 

 

 

Birds of a Feather Theme“The big trick to my journaling process is that I journal in 5-10 minute spurts at a time…I don’t do any of my pages in one sitting; instead they evolve bit by bit over time.” – Julie Valentine, Art Journaling

 

 

 

Birds of a Feather Theme

“Life is inspiring. Inspiration calls for expression. Expression, in the form of what we create, holds the power to ripple out indefinitely.”

– Amy Melious, Somerset Digital Studio

 

 

Birds of a Feather Theme

“I think sometimes the best pages are created when we work intuitively, without over-thinking things.” – Pam Carriker, Artists’ Café

 

 

 

Birds of a Feather Theme

Mixed-media tip: “Cut out words from a vintage book, stitch onto a piece of muslin, and adhere to your piece with mod podge.”

– Wendy Brightbill, Somerset Studio Gallery

 

 

Birds of a Feather Theme

Stamp dots and adhere torn colored tissue papers to a card for a bright mixed-media effect. – Stampers’ Sampler

 

 

 

Birds of a Feather Theme“Birds have been constant in my artwork. I’ve drawn them, painted them, stitched them, collaged with them, taken a long break from them, and lately I’ve been taking huge artistic license and dreaming them up.”

– Colette Copeland, Somerset Studio Gallery

 

 

Birds of a Feather Theme

“The first time I picked up a brush and began painting in encaustics, I felt like I had arrived home. There is a definite seductive lure to working in wax, perhaps because it is so sensory – from the warm smell of the melting wax to the organic textures created in the wax.”

– Bridgette Guerzon Mills, Artists’ Café

 

Birds of a Feather ThemeArt journaling tip: “Use mutiple stamped images layered over each other for an interesting look.” – Pam Carriker, Somerset Apprentice

 

 

 

Birds of a Feather Theme“This flying swallow is meant to represent freedom – freedom to be yourself and to dream. – Thespoena McLaughlin, Somerset Studio Gallery

 

 

 

FREE Magazine Giveaway

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To Enter: From the grid of images above, pick your favorite bird image and explain why by commenting below!

We will pick 3 lucky winners to receive your choice of our favorite titles: Somerset Digital Studio, the digital version of Somerset Studio, or Somerset Studio Gallery.

 Deadline to enter: Monday, Oct. 21st

*Winners will be contacted via e mail



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Artist Credit (Top to Bottom, Left to Right): 1- Soraya Nullah, Art Journaling Winter 2013; 2- Loretta Rathert, 400 More Ideas 2013; 3- Mindy Lacefield, Somerset Studio May/June 2010; 4- Julie Valentine, Art Journaling Spring 2013; 5- Amy Melious, Somerset Digital Studio Autumn 2013; 6 – Pam Carriker,  Artists’ Café Vol. 6;  7- Wendy Brightbill, […]