Free Article Download: A Twist on Traditional Christmas Décor

December 12th, 2013

Free Article Download 'Tis the Season

If you’ve been dreaming of a shabby chic alternative to traditional Christmas decorations, we’ve got just the fix for you. In this free article download, Candyce Martens displays an innovative way to create a holiday tree with reusable household items.

Free Article Download 'Tis the Season

Do you have an unconventional Christmas tradition or unique way of decorating for the holidays? Please share with your fellow creatives by commenting below!

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*Click here to download this free article

*”Tis the Season to Stack, Stack, Stack” by Candyce Martens originally appeared in Somerset Studio Nov/Dec 2011.


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If you’ve been dreaming of a shabby chic alternative to traditional Christmas decorations, we’ve got just the fix for you. In this free article download, Candyce Martens displays an innovative way to create a holiday tree with reusable household items. Do you have an unconventional Christmas tradition or unique way of decorating for the holidays? […]

10 of the Most Creative Holiday Gift Ideas

December 9th, 2013

It wasn’t easy narrowing down our favorite gift ideas this holiday season, but after some friendly debate, we’re excited to unveil ten of our most creative picks, sure to please any recipient:

#1 Somerset Studio Gift Subscription (Includes FREE Bonus Gift)

Subscribe a friend or loved one to this popular Stampington title, save $20 off the cover price, and receive a FREE gift for yourself. You’ll also receive a gift announcement card, wrapped in a hand-stitched mesh bag to personalize and send to the recipient for an extra special touch.

Subscription Somerset Studio

#2 Papaya Art Calendars

Give the gift of artful organization so everyone can start each season with beautifully illustrated calendars from Papaya. Each month features a gorgeous, feminine image adorned with glitter embellishments and dreamy detail, sure to inspire the artist within. Papaya Calendars 2014

#3 Dyan Reaveley Creative Journal

With a cover made from sturdy chipboard, and filled with 64 blank pages, Dyan Reaveley’s Creative Journal beckons artists at every level to cultivate their creative muse. Ideal to experiment using inksacrylic paints, water, and multi-mediums, the possibilities are endless for every type of paper crafter or mixed-media artist. Dyan Reaveley Journal

#4 Magnetic Mixed-Media Calendar

The gorgeous mixed-media calendar, designed by the talented Kelly Rae Roberts, comes with beautiful month and number magnets that’ll last year after year. Hang on your own wall or gift to a friend to encourage artful organization and inspire everyday life. Dream Big Kelly Rae Roberts Calendar

#5 Cavallini Stamp Set

Cavallini’s classic designs are captured in their assortment of gift-worthy wood-mounted stamp tin sets! Each set contains assorted high quality wood mounted stamps based on authentic vintage designs. Cavallini & Co. Rubber Stamp Set

#6 DIY Lip Balm Kit

Create homemade lip balm to prep for prime puckering this holiday season. Click here to find the supplies used in this project and the easy step-by-step tutorial. Lip Balm DIY

#7 Simple and Creative Succulent Garden

An inexpensive gift that’s easy to maintain makes the perfect present to give or to get this holiday season. Follow along with Shoppe Manager Vanessa Spencer to learn how to transform a wooden drawer into an adorable planted garden, fit for a friend or to add to your own wish list. Bloom Where You're Planted

#8 Gourmet Goodie Bags for the Market

Inspired by the traditional elegance from an older generation, these gourmet burlap holiday totes are simply beautiful. Fill with freshly baked goods or gourmet groceries (like a French baguette and organic fruits) the next time you head to the market. Icemilk Tote

#9 Stackable Memories with Wood Blocks

What better way to show your loved ones you care than by capturing your most beloved moments with this unique idea? Stack special memories any way you wish when you learn how to recreate these endearing photo block transfers using images from Instagram. Instagram Image Transfers

#10 Sakura Koi Watercolors

Packaged in a compact travel size kit, Koi watercolors are perfect for the traveling artist or easy to use in the comfort of your own home. With 24 eye-catching colors to choose from, experiment with layers of interesting hues in mixed-media mélanges, art journals, and more.

Sakura Koi Watercolors

 

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Home Decor StampingtonNeed more great gift ideas? Be sure to find something for the crafty person on your list when you browse our collection of beautiful home décor items. Click here for a closer look.

 

 

 

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It wasn’t easy narrowing down our favorite gift ideas this holiday season, but after some friendly debate, we’re excited to unveil ten of our most creative picks, sure to please any recipient: #1 Somerset Studio Gift Subscription (Includes FREE Bonus Gift) Subscribe a friend or loved one to this popular Stampington title, save $20 off the […]

Handmade Holidays by Somerset: New Must-Haves

December 5th, 2013

Handmade by Somerset Banner

Primitive meets polka dot in this new, lovely banner kit, stitched locally at our Laguna Hills studio. It’s the perfect accent for a Christmas party, wedding, birthday, or any other celebration! Attach the banner pieces to seam binding ribbon with a clothespin or by simply sewing the ribbon on.

 

Handmade by Somerset grid

For more handmade treasures, be sure to stop by our Handmade by Somerset shoppe. You’ll find a variety of products like ready-to-alter wooden blocks, specially made fabric ribbons, unique hand sewn burlap bags and much more. You can use in your art projects , display as home décor in their original form, or embellish any way you want for a personal touch.

 

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Add monogram letters, stamp a sentimental design, or hang the burlap banner on your fireplace mantel this holiday season to add an element of rustic comfort.

 

Click here to explore more Handmade by Somerset items.

 

* Due to holiday traffic, please be sure to order your Handmade by Somerset items by December 13th to ensure on-time delivery.  



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Primitive meets polka dot in this new, lovely banner kit, stitched locally at our Laguna Hills studio. It’s the perfect accent for a Christmas party, wedding, birthday, or any other celebration! Attach the banner pieces to seam binding ribbon with a clothespin or by simply sewing the ribbon on.   For more handmade treasures, be […]

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!

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

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*$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 […]