Get Ahead for Halloween: Inventive Chalkboard Pumpkin Project

September 13th, 2013

Prepare for a wickedly fun time this Halloween when you try your hand at Vanessa Spencer’s clever chalkboard pumpkin project. With only several supplies and tons of creativity, discover how to recreate your own set to charm your guests and display alongside your traditional décor items this fall season.

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Directions:

1) Paint the paper mache pumpkins with two coats of chalkboard paint and allow to dry.

2) Prime the pumpkin: Rub real chalk on the surface and then wipe off the remaining chalk dust.

3) Pick your favorite colored chalkboard marker, and write Halloween-inspired musings onto the pumpkins. Use your imagination to come up with inventive words like charmed, wicked, and haunted. Markers are best to use because the writing won’t rub off nearly as easily as regular chalk.

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*Hint: To add more textures, you can create festive leaves using washi tape and wire. Just layer the tape onto the wire (overlapping the pieces and layering) and then cut into a leaf shape. Create multiple leaves and then attach them by wrapping the wires around the top of the pumpkins. If you have guests over, you can write their names on the leaves to use as place cards.

 

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Now you’re ready to celebrate this Halloween by stacking these interesting, decorative pieces on your dinner table as a centerpiece, or in a window to surprise visitors.

Discover even more inspiring do-it-yourself projects when you check out The Studio.

 

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Pam Carriker Stamps - step 15*Reminder: Don’t forget to jump on board our first ever blog hop! If you liked this pumpkin paper-mache project, you’ll be floored when you see art journal tutorials by talented artists like:

  • Seth Apter
  • Jen Cushman
  • Dina Wakley
  • Traci Bautista

CLICK HERE to explore how each artist used Pam Carriker’s sublime, new stamp line



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Prepare for a wickedly fun time this Halloween when you try your hand at Vanessa Spencer’s clever chalkboard pumpkin project. With only several supplies and tons of creativity, discover how to recreate your own set to charm your guests and display alongside your traditional décor items this fall season. Directions: 1) Paint the paper mache pumpkins with […]

Trending Now: Top 9 Repinned Pics + Special Pin Giveaway

September 9th, 2013

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With barbeques, baby showers, and picnics well under way this season, we’ve gathered a group of our most repinned pictures and trending projects on Pinterest to inspire your special events and spur on your creative craft as we shift into the autumn season.

Challenge:

From the following images, repin your favorite ones and explain why you chose them in the “comments” section below:

1 Chalk Board Pendants

 

 

2 Pillow Cover Purse Project

 

 

3 Jar of Spools Project

 

 

4 Back to School Teacher Gift Project

 

 

5 Summer Craftin’ from Mingle

 

 

6 Utensils and Napkins Basket Project

 

 

7 Metal Grubby Tags

 

 

8 Monthly Ephemera Drawer Project

 

 

 

9 Get Organized with Where Women Create 2013

 

 

 

Prize:

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To thank you for pinning, we’re picking 3 lucky winners to receive these special blue and coral wearable pins made just for you, by our Shoppe Manager Vanessa Spencer. Each button is unique in design and perfect to add a punch of color to a crafty project or a touch of interest to any ensemble.  (Just remember to comment below and include which projects you pinned and why you chose them!)

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For more “pinspiration” and free DIYs, discover new projects weekly by checking out our Studio Projects page.



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With barbeques, baby showers, and picnics well under way this season, we’ve gathered a group of our most repinned pictures and trending projects on Pinterest to inspire your special events and spur on your creative craft as we shift into the autumn season. Challenge: From the following images, repin your favorite ones and explain why […]

Vintage Number Buckets Inspiration Project

September 5th, 2013

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Our Shoppe Manager, Vanessa Spencer, has come up with a lovely autumn-inspired project that will delight your guests when they visit your home. One of our new and fabulous shoppe items is the Green Vintage Number Buckets Set, and Vanessa uses them in a variety of ways. The vintage buckets are brimming with everything from canvas, Natural Hemp Cord and Natural Kraft Tissue Paper, to delectable Halloween candy guaranteed to delight those with a sweet tooth. If you love seeing fresh flowers in your room, try adding some Baby’s Breath. It offers a crisp touch, while still complementing the hues of green on the buckets. Feel free to swap out baby’s breath with your favorite scented flowers if you’re looking for a more fragrant aroma.

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Instructions:
The Green Vintage Number Buckets have so much potential for home décor, parties and more. We thought we would show you some quick and easy ways to fill these adorable buckets.

1. First for our artsy friends is an “art caddy” filled with essential crafting supplies. We used Kraft-colored paintbrushes, grubby tags, and pencils. This is such an elegant and artistic way to store your supplies.

2. Are you throwing a Halloween party this year? We also have used the buckets for candy storage for our Halloween. The Green and black colors on the buckets mixed with Halloween treats makes for a very cool candy display.

3. Another great idea for the buckets is to simply use them as mini vases. Pour a little water in them and fill them with fresh Baby’s Breath for an elegant windowsill or table display or table centerpiece.

These are just a few of our favorite caddy ideas, but there are plenty more ways they can be used! What will you fill your vintage buckets with?



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Our Shoppe Manager, Vanessa Spencer, has come up with a lovely autumn-inspired project that will delight your guests when they visit your home. One of our new and fabulous shoppe items is the Green Vintage Number Buckets Set, and Vanessa uses them in a variety of ways. The vintage buckets are brimming with everything from […]

Spiced September Issues: $5 Off + Win Your Most Treasured Title

September 3rd, 2013

Every fall I am always excited for the cooler weather, chances to layer coats and indulge in a cup of hot cocoa.  I am even more excited about the September Stampington publications! There is nothing like a good fall issue to curl up with near the fireplace and a cup of tea in hand as you wind down or start your day.  The effervescent photography and gossip-worthy articles will engulf you in their beauty. Get ready to be inspired this autumn season by the amazing craftsmanship flowing from the pages.

Special Discount → $5 off any September title of your choice!

We want to thank our greatest fans and loyal blog subscribers for your comments and support by offering an exclusive promo code to receive $5 off any September title of your choice. ($5 off discount code can be used only one time per customer.)

Use Promo Code*: BLOG0913 at checkout

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If you haven’t already, jump on the digital bandwagon with the autumn 2013 issue of Somerset Digital StudioThis beautiful, full-color publication showcases the best digitally created artwork from talented artists. Each issue contains fascinating and informative feature articles, a breathtaking gallery of reader-submitted digital artwork, a digital dictionary, a photo-editing software comparison chart, and wonderfully written and informative articles by leading digital artists like Traci Bautista, Anahata Katkin, and Jaya Suberg. These will not only teach you the best applications and programs used by professionals, but also teach you the tricks they use on their own artwork.

 

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Fall into the sparkling array of artisan wearable art pieces found in the newest installment of Belle Armoire Jewelry! With a Designer Collection by Nora Rochel and a set of “Artfully Adjustable” necklaces from Staci Louise Smith that you can wear several ways, there is page after page of fashionable inspiration. Who doesn’t love jewelry? Add a handmade touch to your own collection for the perfect birthday or Halloween goody bag stuffer, and make sure you catch the lessons by Kelly Kuhlman on how to forge wire around handmade and vintage books.

 

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The autumn issue of Where Women Cook is filled with delicious foods, beautiful photography and truly touching stories. With everyone from writers to teachers to restaurateurs, the women in this inspiring issue share their advice for good cooking and importance of quality living. Patti Peck tells her story of the numerous peaks and valleys in her restaurant career and dishes on her latest success with Beachwood Café in Hollywood Land. Other feature articles include Susan Curtis and Nicole Ammerman of The Sante Fe School of Cooking; Ba Culbert of Seattle, Washington’s Tilikum Place; Paul Lowe of Sweet Paul Magazine; and Catherine McCord of the Weelicious blog.

 

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Welcome to the Autumn 2013 issue of Prims! A wonderful issue packed with both spooky and fanciful Halloween-inspired artwork, along with whimsical, Christmas-themed creations. Each handcrafted piece not only captures a nostalgic and folk-art feel, but are also deliciously ragged, tattered, and lovable. This issue if filled with beautiful fall colors and dolls that are dressed in the best fall and winter holiday garb. Our newest issue also features a set of vintage-style pull toys by Joanna Bolton and perfectly tattered pumpkins by Mandy Fischer.

 

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The autumn issue of Somerset Apprentice presents work by top mixed-media artists Dina Wakley, Kate Crane, Priscilla Jones, Nancy Lefko, Donna Salazar, and more. This full-color 144-page publication provides a basic and thorough understanding of techniques with easy-to-understand instructions and close-up photos. If you’re like me, you sometimes need help to recreate these beautiful mixed-media pieces. Our From the Pros section offers essential tips and tricks from successful artists like Marah Johnson, Lisa Bowlin, Lindsay Ostrom, Julie Nutting and others with a peek into their creative processes.

 

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Christmas, Halloween, Valentine’s Day, birthdays, and more – there’s always a reason to be festive with Somerset Holidays & Celebrations. If you’re looking to add a little handmade sparkle to your holiday season, look no further. Discover the beauty and the excitement of handcrafted holidays with pages packed with stunning artwork and great ideas – you will be set for the entire year! This gorgeous and sentimental publication is sure to become a part of your holiday traditions and will be your go to guide for amazing handmade gifts and décor.

 

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You asked for it, and we’re giving our readers another look at The Freckled Army in the September/October edition of Somerset Studio. This is going to be one exciting Halloween season! Be sure to check out the sinister results of our Haunted Challenge, an Artist Profile on La Dolce Vita’s Caterina Giglio, an informative look at making Gelli Prints, and a breathtaking encaustic collection by Connie Freedman. Also, The Birth of Ophelia by Auralea Krieger welcomes you into this new issue. In addition to some of the best features we’ve had, Jen Osborn talks about her art journaling process, and Becky Shander shares beautiful artwork inspired by the seaside – the perfect cap to a creative summer.

 

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The holidays are coming up faster than you think – learn affordable ways to surprise your family and friends with delightful ideas from inside this issue! From ghostly ghouls to happy harvests and sweet snowmen, Take Ten has you covered this season. We’ve added, for the first time, nearly 40 quick-and-easy holiday-themed cards to our repertoire, and this issue features one of our most popular design patterns ever — the flag template. Also spotlighted in this editon are a collection of cards featuring retro pin-up girls, sets of thank you cards  that will surely impress the recipient, a card set that puts the “sweet” in home sweet home, and a white pen highlight technique that you won’t be able to resist.

 

*Your Chance to Win!

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Want to win one of these new titles? Simply follow these steps for your chance to receive your favorite September issue! Winner is selected at random.

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

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 September (Autumn ’13) issues: Belle Armoire Jewelry, Holidays and Celebrations, Prims, Somerset Apprentice, Somerset Digital Studio, Somerset Studio, Take Ten and Where Women Cook. Discount code can be used only one time per customer and expires 09/30/13. Contest is open to U.S. and international residents and ends 09/30/13 at 11:59pm.



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Every fall I am always excited for the cooler weather, chances to layer coats and indulge in a cup of hot cocoa.  I am even more excited about the September Stampington publications! There is nothing like a good fall issue to curl up with near the fireplace and a cup of tea in hand as […]

Blog Hop: Mixed-Media with Guest Artist Pam Carriker’s New Stamp Designs

August 29th, 2013

I’ve eagerly been awaiting the arrival of this particular Thursday because today marks the beginning of our first-ever blog hop!

With Pam Carriker’s brand-new stamp line making its debut on our shelves, we wanted to celebrate by hosting a number of mixed-media projects that feature her unique designs. We’ve also invited some of our friends, and very talented artists, to participate: Seth Apter, Traci Bautista, Jen Cushman, Dina Wakley, Mary Beth Shaw, and Stampington’s very own Director of Publishing, Christen Olivarez.

Please join me in welcoming our first spotlighted artist to kick off the “hop,” the oh-so-talented Pam Carriker, as she takes you step-by-step through this eye-catching Stamped Art Page project idea.

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Hello Somerset Place! I’ll have you know, I originally developed and produced this new stamp line for my own workshop and class use. I wanted some fun and cool stamps that would be great for journaling, not just images that would be good for a few stampings and then put away.  Many of the images came directly from my own journals as I noticed doodles and markings making appearances in my work. I hope you’ll find unlimited uses for these images in your work as well!

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1. I began with a sheet of watercolor paper that I actually used to clean off stencils. When I’ve used a stencil I will lay it down on a sheet of hot press watercolor paper and wipe it off with a baby wipe – the result is a background of interesting partial stencil designs. You can also ‘clean’ off your stamps on the paper in the same way. 

 

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2. I ‘imperfectly’ stamped some of the Thoughts of Courage stamp with Staz On ink onto the background. Text peeking through a journal page adds a lot of interest.

 

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3. Next I added some texture with the Punchinella Honeycomb stamp and some chalk inks. This adds a soft touch of texture that blends in with the background.

 

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4. Some design elements were then ‘imperfectly’ stamped with Staz On ink. When you imperfectly stamp an image you are already changing it up in a way that makes it unique to your art. 

(Stamps used: Zig Zag, Sketched Harlequin)

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5. For the focal points of the page spread, I added my Face Map Stencil images by tracing the design with a water-soluble black pencil.

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6. Activating the pencil with a wet brush helps to begin to form the face.

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7. More texture is added to the shaded areas behind the face with the Sketched Background stamp and Staz On ink.

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8. Next I stamped the small sized I Will Soar wings onto a piece of deli wrap (dry wax) paper.

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9. I then cut out and adhered them to the page with Mixed Media Adhesive.

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10. To shade the wings I stamped some chalk ink out onto my palette and picked it up with a brush and painted it onto the wings.

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 11. With the same chalk ink, I stamped the Column of Dots onto the background to help this color move around the page a bit and tie into the wings.

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12. To enhance a shadowy image of the My Heart Stencil that peeked through the background, I stamped the My Heart Lifts image over it.

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13. Using colors from the background, I painted acrylic paint washes around the focal elements to help them pop from the page.

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14. With a White Big Pitt Artist Pen, I added highlights to the face and other elements on the page and brushed them out to blend with a wet brush.

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15. To finish off the page I added some journaling with a black pen, and highlighted selected areas with a white pen to make the letters pop.

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We’d like to give a huge “thank you” to Pam for sharing this wonderful mixed-media project with our blog readers!  Pam Carriker has also been featured in a number of Stampington titles including Art Journaling and Somerset Studio, and offers a number of project tutorials at The Studio. You can explore more of her work in our new Pam Carriker Collection.

For additional information and to view more of Pam Carriker’s artwork, please stop by her blog (and say hi!) at: pamcarriker.com/blog

*STAY TUNED: Every Thursday, a new artist will be posting his/her own project using Pam’s new stamp line (on their blog), and we will include the link here! Come back to discover these new projects and learn how to recreate them yourself:

Thursday Sept 5th: Seth Apter − CLICK HERE!

Thursday Sept 12th: Jen Cushman − CLICK HERE!

Thursday Sept 19th: Mary Beth ShawCLICK HERE!

Thursday Sept 26th: Dina WakleyCLICK HERE!

Thursday Oct 3rd: Traci Bautista ClICK HERE!

Thursday Oct 10th: Christen Olivarez − Link coming soon!

Call to participate: Have you created your own artwork using Pam’s new stamp designs? If so, please post your project in a blog post titled “Blog Hop: Mixed-Media with Guest Artist Pam Carriker’s New Stamp Designs” and link back to this page to jump aboard the blog hop bandwagon. We can’t wait to see what our creative readers come up with!



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I’ve eagerly been awaiting the arrival of this particular Thursday because today marks the beginning of our first-ever blog hop! With Pam Carriker’s brand-new stamp line making its debut on our shelves, we wanted to celebrate by hosting a number of mixed-media projects that feature her unique designs. We’ve also invited some of our friends, […]