Behind-the-Scenes of Somerset Home

August 22nd, 2013

We are joined today by a remarkably talented duo: Stampington’s Director of Photography, Johanna Love, and her mother-in-law Linda Wissler. They’re here to give you a behind-the-scenes look at the stunning photography found in a Stampington staple, Somerset Home.

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Photography and Artist Credit: Johanna Love and Trina Lucido

While browsing through the pages of Somerset Home, it’s nearly impossible not to be mesmerized by the enticing display of lovely décor. When a beautiful artist submission of a ruffled tablecloth by Trina Lucido came through our Stampington doors, we knew our office lighting would not do it justice and capture its rustic, country elegance. Of course Johanna knew of the perfect place to highlight the floor length layers of lace and cream – her mother-in-law Linda’s California Salt Creek Beach cottage.

 

A go-to spot to capture images for many of our beloved Stampington magazines, Linda’s quaint cottage is the perfect place to stage props and set the scene with impeccable lighting, colorful nature, and quintessential countryside ambiance.

 

Rustic Charm

“I’ve also used her houses for every issue of Home in the past four years, as well as other Stampington titles like Somerset LifeApronologyArt Doll Quarterly, and one of the Belle Armoire Jewelry covers,” says Johanna Love with appreciation.

 

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Thank you Linda for opening up your home, and helping Stampington create the perfect atmosphere to showcase our readers’ stunning submissions!

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Are you fresh on the photography scene or perhaps a seasoned pro? We want to know: what are some special spots/props you’d choose to accent home décor pieces like these? Share your vision in the “comments” section below!

 

 HomeHave you seen the newest issue of Somerset Home?

– Techniques for altering pillow covers and slips

– Transform wire into wall art

– Lucy Akin’s seasonal decorative mantels and herb gardens

 

 

 

About Linda Wissler:

Linda Home

– A Southern California native influenced by her eight year stay in Provence, France, Linda’s artwork incorporates alluring French romance.

– Linda began painting at an early age and received a teen scholarship to Art Center in Los Angeles.

– Check out her website to see a gallery of her detailed work.

 



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We are joined today by a remarkably talented duo: Stampington’s Director of Photography, Johanna Love, and her mother-in-law Linda Wissler. They’re here to give you a behind-the-scenes look at the stunning photography found in a Stampington staple, Somerset Home.  *** Photography and Artist Credit: Johanna Love and Trina Lucido While browsing through the pages of Somerset […]

Guest Artist Matt Farci + Colorful Faux Flowers DIY

August 19th, 2013

I’m so excited to welcome Matt Farci, the remarkably talented color enthusiast and incredible crafter, to our blog Somerset Place! Recently published in one of our most aesthetically appealing publications Artful Blogging, Matt’s crocheting techniques are unbelievably gorgeous in style and simple in creation. Today he shares with us a bright fabricated flower project, created specially for Stampington. Please join me in a warm welcome, and indulge in Matt’s easy faux flower tutorial to add a pop of color to your living space without the expense or time it takes to care for freshly picked flora.

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Hi Somerset Place readers! How are you all? I’ve been working on a rather jolly little project and thought I’d come on by and share it with you.

Let me explain how this project started…..

I have a not so secret love for flowers!!! I ADORE THEM!! There is nothing that makes me happier than coming home from work and seeing a beautifully bright jug of fresh flowers shining magic across my apartment.

Having a bunch of fresh flowers is a bit of a treat for me; it lifts my mood and adds a special touch to my home. Having a constant supply of fresh flowers is not only rather lovely, but, lets face it, can be rather expensive! So I decided to work on a quick project and make me some inexpensive crafty flowers for those times when the budget is a little tight, but I still want my fix of color about the apartment.

 

Heres what I came up with, a bright bouquet of crafty flowers to brighten up any home!

 

It was a really simple project and would be perfect for a spare afternoon or evening.

I started this project with a collection of various lengths of dowel:

With a raid of my crafting box I found my supply of acrylic paint. I painted each of the dowel sticks a luscious shade of green. These are going to be the stems to our crafty flowers.

I left my green stems to dry and got to work cutting various shaped leaves out of felt.

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Once I had my collection of leaves all cut out and ready, I began to glue them to my green stems. First I made sure the paint was totally dry and then added a dollop of glue.

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I positioned my leaves onto each stem and made sure that the leaves were firmly attached and let the glue dry.

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I then added some green yarn to the stems to cover up the join of the leaves to the dowel stems. I did this by simply adding another lashing of glue to the stem and winding the yarn around and around until I was satisfied with the join.

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Finally as a finishing touch I decided to add a colorful flower! This time around I created a selection of bright pompoms to act as flowers using my trusty pompom maker:

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A final blob of glue to the top of the stem and I was ready to place the pompom in its final resting place as a beautiful blooming FLOWER!

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Isn’t that pretty!!!

As for the other flowers in my bouquet, they were also just as simple.

The reeds consisted simply of a piece of dowel painted green and then some left over pieces of yarn wrapped around and around untill the shape of the reed was created. How simple is that!!!

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My final flowers were a selection of sunflowers and daisies. These were made by using cut outs of felt and a selection of buttons.

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I started these flowers in the same way as the previous two, a piece of dowel painted green.

I then went on to make the flowers by drawing a petal design onto some felt with the help of my compass.

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Next, I carefully cut out the petal design with a pair of sharp scissors.

 

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Then I selected some of my favorite bright colored buttons and sewed them onto the top of the felt flowers to contrast with the white.

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Last but not least I adhered a big gob of glue from my glue gun to the underside of the flower and then attached to one of the stems. SO SIMPLE!!

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Bright and cheery flowers that keep the happiness shining through my home!

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What an easy way to add color to a blank wall without the need for a watering can or flower food! I’m rather happy with the end result and hope these vibrant faux flowers inspire you to create some of your own crafty versions.

~ Matt xxx

Matt Knitting

  • “Real” job: Professional dancer in the Disney musical, Tarzan
  • Dwellings: A Bristol, England native and relatively new Hamburg, Germany resident 
  • Wesbite: accordingtomatt.blogspot.com



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I’m so excited to welcome Matt Farci, the remarkably talented color enthusiast and incredible crafter, to our blog Somerset Place! Recently published in one of our most aesthetically appealing publications Artful Blogging, Matt’s crocheting techniques are unbelievably gorgeous in style and simple in creation. Today he shares with us a bright fabricated flower project, created […]

Caption Contest: Jump for Joy for a Chance to Win Artful Blogging 2013

August 15th, 2013

Artful Blogging Caption Contest

 

Do you jump for joy to celebrate a victory or are you more inclined to jump in quick reaction to fear? From the new Autumn 2013 issue of Artful Blogging, Rosie from Simply Rosie captures the epic moment of a child leaping to pinnacle height with a single shot in this stunning image.

Let us know, why you think he’s jumping: Did someone scare him or is he jubilant about some news he just received? Comment below with your most creative caption for a chance to win in our giveaway!

 

Giveaway*

[This giveaway has ended.]

1)      Click the “like” button below to share this post.

2)      Comment below with your most creative caption to let us know you shared.

The person with  most spectacular caption will receive a free copy of the 2013 Autumn issue of Artful Blogging to inspire your bright ideas. See if you can reach your creative peak and soar above the rest with the catchiest caption. We can’t wait to read your responses!

*Contest is open to US residents only, and expires September 5th, 2013.



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  Do you jump for joy to celebrate a victory or are you more inclined to jump in quick reaction to fear? From the new Autumn 2013 issue of Artful Blogging, Rosie from Simply Rosie captures the epic moment of a child leaping to pinnacle height with a single shot in this stunning image. Let […]

Trending Themes: Adding a Feminine Touch + Chance to Win a Free Issue

August 12th, 2013

Stampington's whimsical women

Artist Credit (Top to Bottom, Left to Right): 1- Christy Tomlinson, Artful Blogging Autumn 2011; 2- Kathleen Barnes, Art Journaling Summer 2012; 3- Kelly Rae Roberts, Somerset Studio March/April 2011; 4- Caiti Santa Maria, Art Journaling Summer 2012; 5- Patty Van Dorin, Somerset Apprentice Vol. 1, 2009; 6- Christy Tomlinson, Artful Blogging Autumn 2011; 7- Christy Tomlinson, She Found Color; 8- Cathy Nichols, Artful Blogging Summer 2010; 9- Tamara Laporte, Somerset Studio Jan/Feb 2012; 10- Donna Mulholland Art Journaling Winter 2012; 11- Christy Tomlinson, Artful Blogging Autumn 2011; 12- Suzi Blu, Artists’ Café Vol. 5, 2011

 

One of my favorite art journaling motifs is a whimsical silhouetted woman. Rich in decadent color or dainty and sweet in design, it’s impossible not to be mesmerized by each artist’s take on the portrait of a lady. To explore the many imaginative ways women can be represented in art, we’ve compiled a collection of some of our most artistic and treasured  pieces, created with beautiful, independent flair.

 

Blue Whimsical Girl“…in this universe that is flawed and sometimes oh-so-rough, the great thing about the art I make is that it allows me to cast the brightest and most colorful attention to the most deserving innocent creatures of the universe.”

– Suzi Blu, Artist’s Café

 

 

Kathleen Barnes art

Tip: “Allow your materials, such as old books and photographs, to inspire the images you choose to journal. Also, having a theme allows you to collect images and ephemera appropriate to that theme and helps get a page started.”

– Kathleen Barnes Art Journaling

 

 

 

Crowned Whimsical Girl“Creating the layers and the grunge style opens up something inside of me that flies freely and breaks boundaries.”

-Tamara Laporte, Somerset Studio

 

 

 

whimsical girlTip: “A journal is a great visualization tool If there’s something new and brave you want to do – like teaching a class or self-publishing a book – create a journal page announcing it. Then you’ll be motivated to really make it happen!”

-Donna Mulholland, Art Journaling

 

 

 

Christy Tomlinson Girl“I have always loved art in one form or another – whether it was through wood fabric, paint, or jewelry.”

-Christy Tomlinson, Artful Blogging

 

 

 

SOM whimsical girlTip: “If you don’t like a page, don’t give up on it…some of my favorite pages are ones that have been painted and worked over many times. The layers will make it more interesting.”

– Patty Van Dorin, Somerset Apprentice

 

 

 

FREE Magazine Giveaway

[This giveaway has ended.]

If you’re interested in learning how to incorporate the feminine grace from these beauties into your artwork, why not enter to win one of the magazines that they were originally featured in? We will pick 3 random winners to receive your choice of our favorite titles: Artist’s Café 2011, Somerset Studio 2012, or Artful Blogging Autumn 2011.

 

To Enter:

From the grid of images above, pick your favorite painted, mixed-media, or other artful woman and explain why by commenting below!

 

Deadline to enter: Monday, Sept. 9th

*Winners will be contacted via email

 

Quick Reader Poll:

What is your favorite theme to experiment with and incorporate into your artwork? Do tell!

 



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Artist Credit (Top to Bottom, Left to Right): 1- Christy Tomlinson, Artful Blogging Autumn 2011; 2- Kathleen Barnes, Art Journaling Summer 2012; 3- Kelly Rae Roberts, Somerset Studio March/April 2011; 4- Caiti Santa Maria, Art Journaling Summer 2012; 5- Patty Van Dorin, Somerset Apprentice Vol. 1, 2009; 6- Christy Tomlinson, Artful Blogging Autumn 2011; 7- Christy […]

Fiskars New Amplify Shears Collection Giveaway!

August 8th, 2013

As an avid card maker, there’s nothing that urks me more than working with finicky, dull scissors on my projects. It’s like trying to slice an apple with a butterknife – the entire process is exhausting, messy, and never quite yields the desired result. Luckily it’s also completely preventable by choosing the proper utensil.

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It comes as no surprise at how mesmerized I was this morning when I found two gigantic boxes of the new Fiskars Amplify Shears™ collection laying on my desk. Was this some sort of mistake or did the craft fairy visit last night?! I learned that Fiskars had sent several gifts from their new collection to Stampington’s Art Department as a thoughtful gesture for us to try them out.

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I didn’t delay for one moment to take them on a test drive. Each snip felt like I was melting through butter on a perfectly smooth path to creative freedom. As I cut, contoured, and maneuvered my way toward scissor heaven, I was overjoyed at how easy it was to cut through a variety of mediums and materials.

Fiskars Fabric CollectionFiskars Mixed-Media Collection

To thank our loyal blog readers, we’re extending a special Fiskars giveaway in hopes to inspire crafty cutting bliss. One lucky winner will take home the Mixed-Media Collection and the other winner will snatch up the Fabric Collection. (Each collection comes with three different specially designed shears.)

To enter:

If you’re an artist and want nothing more than to add these amazing new cutters to your craft corner:

1)      Share this blog post via Facebook

2)      Comment below with an innovative project idea you’d like to create with your scissors.

3)      Add which set fits you best (fabric or mixed-media shears.)

 Deadline to enter: Thursday, Sept. 5th

*Winners will be contacted via e-mail

If you’re stumped on dreaming up a project using Fiskars scissors, check out our lovely guest blogger’s bright bookmark DIY idea using her Amplify Mixed Media Shears:

 

Emma Jeffrey’s Colorful Bookmark DIY:

“The new Amplify Mixed Media Shears by Fiskars are the perfect tool for tackling thicker materials, allowing you to incorporate them into all your creative projects.”

– Emma Jeffreys, Fiskars Featured Artist

Cutting plywood
To make these colorful, decorative bookmarks, cut a sheet of birch plywood into 6” x 1.5” strips. Though I love the look of unfinished wood, I wanted to add a pop of color so I picked some summery neon washi tapes to add layered stripes along the edges.

Twisting wire

To create the wire words, print out ‘love’ and ‘books’ in your favorite cursive text and use it as a guide to twist a cut length of 20 gauge silver wire into shape. Secure the wire to the back of the bookmark with a piece of washi tape to hold it in place.

Baker's twine
To finish, punch a hole in the top of the bookmarks with a handpunch and create a tassel made from colorful baker’s twine through the hole.

Finished bookmarks

Now you can save your spot in style and add even more incentive to open the pages of your favorite story or Stampington magazine with these cute and quirky bookmarks!



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As an avid card maker, there’s nothing that urks me more than working with finicky, dull scissors on my projects. It’s like trying to slice an apple with a butterknife – the entire process is exhausting, messy, and never quite yields the desired result. Luckily it’s also completely preventable by choosing the proper utensil. It […]