Countdown to Christmas: Getting the Hang of a New Advent Calendar

November 15th, 2013

Advent Calendar Stampington

Primitive Hanging Advent Calendar

Vanessa Spencer reveals how to put a spin on tradition by reinventing the age-old advent calendar in this rustic countdown to Christmas project.

 

For an element of surprise, you can fill each day with candy, embellishments, or other little trinkets, to make counting down the days to Christmas extra sweet.

 

*Follow along with us on Instagram starting December 1st as we reveal daily gifts for our blog subscribers!

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Materials Used:

Art Supplies

 

Art Supplies

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About the Artist: Vanessa Spencer, Stampington & Company’s Shoppe Manager

 

Vanessa Spencer

– Has an addiction to finding and creating with vintage materials

– Australia native (and still has the lovely accent to prove it)

– Mommy to two adorable little ones, Izzy and baby Brin



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Primitive Hanging Advent Calendar Vanessa Spencer reveals how to put a spin on tradition by reinventing the age-old advent calendar in this rustic countdown to Christmas project.   For an element of surprise, you can fill each day with candy, embellishments, or other little trinkets, to make counting down the days to Christmas extra sweet.   *Follow […]

Guest Blogger Christen Olivarez: When a Girl Says “I Do”

November 11th, 2013

Please join me in welcoming to our blog, Director of Publishing and savvy creative, Christen Olivarez. Today she offers a glimpse inside an exciting new season of her life filled with wedding planning blisses (and some misses.) From venue choices to guest lists galore, after making a few wrong turns, Christen finds herself at what seems to be a dead end. But with time and a wise word from a friend, she finally finds what she had been searching for all along: the recipe to achieve a simple, authentic gathering amongst loyal friends and loved family.

Christen Olivarez: Wedding Accessories

Photo Credit: Johanna Love

When A Girl Says I Do

A funny thing happens when you get engaged. People come out of the woodwork to share their opinions on what you should do for your wedding. Venues are recommended, caterers are referred — everyone has something to say, and it’s all a bit overwhelming.

Last year, my then-boyfriend and I attended a lot of weddings. By a lot, I mean that virtually everyone within our circle of friends got married. Each wedding was very different, and we found ourselves commenting on what we would like or wouldn’t like, should the big day ever come for us. We were very much in agreement on what we wanted: a small, intimate, backyard celebration.

Flash-forward to this past June, when on a trip to Portland to celebrate our eight-year anniversary, I was proposed to while taking a stroll through the park to escape the sudden downpour of rain. Suddenly I found myself looking up venues, planning a monstrous guest list, and crunching an ever-growing budget. All previous plans of small and intimate were out the window, and my patient fiancé seemed to be on board.

It wasn’t until a month after we booked a venue that I started to have second thoughts. I found myself adding people to our guest lists just to fill the space. More guests meant more food, which meant an even bigger budget. Something didn’t feel right, and I was on the verge of a panic attack.
It was my future mother-in-law who saw the anxiety I was experiencing who simply asked, “Why don’t you just do it at home, the way you always wanted to?” I looked at my fiancé and asked him if he thought we could really do it. He took this opportunity to tell me that he was much happier with the original plan and would prefer to go that route. As I did some quick planning in my head, I instantly felt the panic leave my body. We could do it. Our backyard was big enough. And heck, if I had it at my home, I had complete creative control over everything. I was in.

So I am now in the middle of planning a very small backyard wedding that will take place on Memorial Day Weekend. Our yard isn’t anything special, but it will be. Yes, I’m sure people will still wish we opted for a bigger, more conventional wedding, but what I’ve learned is this: You have to do what is right for you. Sometimes you just have to shut out everyone else and do what sits right with your soul.

 

About the Artist:
Christen Olivarez is the Director of Publishing for Stampington & Company and editor-in-chief of Somerset StudioSomerset LifeMingleHandCrafted, and Artists’ Café.Interests: art, slow food, writing, books, yarn, authentic living

Follow Christen on Her Blog: thedeliberatelife.typepad.com



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Please join me in welcoming to our blog, Director of Publishing and savvy creative, Christen Olivarez. Today she offers a glimpse inside an exciting new season of her life filled with wedding planning blisses (and some misses.) From venue choices to guest lists galore, after making a few wrong turns, Christen finds herself at what seems […]

Free Article Download: Voice of Your Soul

November 7th, 2013

Voice of Your Soul Article Download

“In my experience, the most important and hardest step in creating art is to sit at the table and begin. If you show up at your table every day, inspiration will always join you. Don’t wait. Begin now.” – Karen Grunberg

Discover new techniques to inspire your art journaling aspirations with this free article download by the talented Karen Grunberg. Learn how to overcome procrastination and find inventive ways to express yourself in a bright mixed-media fashion.

Click here to download the free article, “Voice of Your Soul,” originally featured in Art Journaling Winter 2013. This edition is chock full of artistic tutorials like how to create journal pages using 3-D elements and tips on how to transform blank pages into vivid backgrounds with paints and stamps.

You may also be interested in: Somerset Studio │ Mixed-Media Stamps by Pam Carriker

Is there a creative professional you’re absolutely eager to learn from? Comment below and we’ll do our best to spotlight the most requested artist as our next guest here [On the Blog].

With Somerset Place love,

Blog Writer

Comments? Ideas?

Contact me: blog@stampington.com



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“In my experience, the most important and hardest step in creating art is to sit at the table and begin. If you show up at your table every day, inspiration will always join you. Don’t wait. Begin now.” – Karen Grunberg Discover new techniques to inspire your art journaling aspirations with this free article download […]

Guest Artist Tricia Whitmer: How Smartphones and Instagram can Leverage Your Photography

November 4th, 2013

Tricia Lee Photography

Please join me in welcoming to our blog the lovely and talented Tricia Lee Whitmer: brilliant photographer, frozen yogurt fanatic, and guest artist published in Artful Blogging Autumn 2013. Today she shares how Instagram has transformed her photography and gives practical tips to inspire image-capturing moments.

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For years, since I started this photography business, I’ve filled my workload by photographing people and the real emotion that takes place on a day-to-day basis in their lives and relationships.  Although it will always be the heart and soul of my business and what brings me the most joy, I have recently found myself surrendering to the instant gratification of iPhone photography and Instagram.

Instagram has allowed me to connect with so many creative people and experience the magic of their faraway places around the world in a way that is completely different than other social media outlets simply because of their photographs. I have often failed at a 365 Project or even a 52 Project, but using my iPhone has allowed me the opportunity to finally enjoy doing a photo a day and it has even changed my creativity when I am shooting with my DSLR.

But the reason that I am most smitten with Instagram is because I’ve found that since I’ve been using it, I am much more aware of how filled with loveliness my life is. When you start looking for beauty and whimsy and grace to share with others you find them all in abundance. Instagram reminds me to capture, share and be grateful for this amazing life that I get to live!

Although nothing will ever compare to my love for the people that I capture on a regular basis, a little iPhone creativity is a fantastic creative outlet.

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If you too find yourself cheating on your DSLR for that quick glimpse of life, work, or surroundings that you can capture with your Smartphone camera, then we would love to follow along on your adventures on Instagram — please comment below with your Instagram name and use #Stampington in your photos!

Do you have other interesting tips that have helped inspire your photographs? Please share with your fellow creatives by commenting below.

For daily Instagram inspiration, follow along with us here:

Stampington on Instagram



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Please join me in welcoming to our blog the lovely and talented Tricia Lee Whitmer: brilliant photographer, frozen yogurt fanatic, and guest artist published in Artful Blogging Autumn 2013. Today she shares how Instagram has transformed her photography and gives practical tips to inspire image-capturing moments. *** For years, since I started this photography business, I’ve filled […]

Hot Off the Press: New November Issues!

November 1st, 2013

Artful Blogging, GreenCraft Magazine, and Somerset Studio are just a few of my favorite titles that are making their debut this November! Come join me as we reveal a sneak peek inside this month’s iconic Stampington titles, and click here to subscribe to our blog if you want to take advantage of special savings: 

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

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

Use Promo Code*: BLOG1113 at checkout

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Artful Blogging

Artful Blogging November 2013

The winter issue of Artful Blogging takes you behind the screen to introduce the fresh, promising faces responsible for some of the most prolific blogs read around the world. Featured blogs include scrapbooker and photographer Maggie Holmes, mixed-media artist Junelle Jacobsen from Yes and Amen, and Brittany Watson Jepsen from The House that Lars Built. A feast for the eyes as well as the soul, you’ll be swept away by hundreds of full-color photos, including the beautiful images from blogger Kelly Saur, along with much more.

Where Women Create

Where Women Create November 2013

The November issue of Where Women Create brings you a creative and impressive lineup of extraordinary women to finish out another memorable year. Peek inside the beautiful creative spaces of Margaret Wrinkle, author of “Wash,” Nancy Quinn, and Creative Co-Op Vice President Tamra Bryant. Get a firsthand look at the School of Art Fashion, held by Martha Pullen, and the studios of artists Bettina Lancaster and Donna O’Brien.

Somerset Studio

somerset studio November 2013

 

Spend your time indoors this winter with a variety of must-try projects inside the newest Somerset Studio. Learn how to incorporate ice effects into your art journal pages, create mixed-media holiday gift-wrap, and use wax and plaster to make gorgeous handmade books. We’re thrilled to feature paper, collage, and digital artist Debrina Pratt as our Artist Profile, as well as some new takes on typical holiday color palettes. You also won’t want to miss the cozy and charming tea-themed artwork by Becky Shander or whimsical mixed-media necklaces by Cat Kerr, so reserve your copy today.

 Altered Couture

Altered Couture Nov 2013

Not only is our newest issue of Altered Couture full of fresh winter styles like revamped military jackets and Erica Felton’s high-end clutches made from leather jackets, but it’s also packed with spring and summer fashions you can get started on now: dresses, tanks, vests, and more. You’ll also find a gorgeous embellished tank from Krista Raak and the soaring results of our Fly-High Feather Challenge.

HandCrafted

HandCrafted Nov 2013

We’ve revamped the newest issue of HandCrafted to bring you over 250 of our favorite homemade projects for all occasions. Kate Crane shows how to art journal your year, Debi Beard shares an ensemble inspired by Betsey Johnson, and you’ll also discover how to make a clever photo holder with the help of Heather Anderson. For the first time ever, we’re introducing new green-crafting ideas, and this issue’s also chock full of gift ideas that are perfect for holiday crafting, along with a sweet, simple housewarming gift you’ll want to make for all of your friends.

Art Doll Quarterly

Art Doll Quarterly November 2013

Just like Santa’s sack, the winter issue of Art Doll Quarterly is chock full of wonderful things! Beautiful dolls that include charming elves, snowmen, angels, and more, grace our pages to help inspire you for the festive season ahead. We also reveal the winners of our Song Character doll challenge with some fun doll replications of David Bowie, Cher, Dancing Queen, and Puff the Magic Dragon proving how much our readers love a good tune!

*Your Chance to Win!

[This giveaway has ended.]

Want to win one of these new titles? Simply follow these steps for your chance to receive your favorite November issue! Winner is selected at random and will be contacted via email by 11/30/2013.

1) Pick your favorite spread(s) from above and share with your friends on Facebook, Twitter or Pinterest. Make sure you tag us!

2) Click on your favorite spread from above and you’ll be taken to that magazine’s description page. Browse through the images and pick your favorite one and explain why in the comments section below.

*$5 off discount applies to purchases of any of the following November issues: Altered Couture, Art Doll Quarterly, Belle Armoire Jewelry, Sew Somerset, Somerset Studio Gallery, Take Ten, and Where Women Create. Discount code can be used only one time per customer and expires 11/30/13. 



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Artful Blogging, GreenCraft Magazine, and Somerset Studio are just a few of my favorite titles that are making their debut this November! Come join me as we reveal a sneak peek inside this month’s iconic Stampington titles, and click here to subscribe to our blog if you want to take advantage of special savings:  Special Discount → $5 […]