Debi Beard Guest Artist: Facebook Takeover + Win the New HandCrafted

October 21st, 2013

Debi Beard Facebook Takeover

To celebrate her quirky style and the debut of her feature article in the new HandCrafted magazine, we’re inviting design star and recycle queen Debi Beard to take over our Facebook page for two one-hour sessions for a live Q&A! Mark your calendars for a chance to get inspirational ideas in real time Wednesday, October 23rd at 9a.m. PST (12pm EST) AND 12 p.m. PST (3pm EST).

Ten lucky participants, five from each session, will also be randomly selected to receive a FREE issue of HandCrafted 2013.

 

10 Things You Should Know about Debi Beard:

10) Debi Transforms Trash into Dreamy Treasures

Debi is renowned for her dumpster diving abilities to transform discarded materials into unique keepsakes.

9) Debi is an Actress!

“I started taking acting workshops a few years ago, but up until that point I spent most of my life very afraid of speaking in public or being on camera. The first day of acting class I almost left because I had so much anxiety.”

 8) Debi Ditched Teaching Plans to Pursue Art Dreams

“I originally went to school  to study english literature and planned to become a teacher. Soon after finishing school I realized that this was not the right choice for me and started selling my handmade work full time.”

 7) Art Paid Debi’s Way for School

“When I was in my twenties, I  sold my handmade projects at local craft fairs to pay for books and school supplies. My designs sold quickly and before I knew it I was selling my crafts to hundreds of  retail stores across the country.”

6) Before Social Media there was Face to Face Interaction

“When I first started making handmade items,  social media didn’t exist. There was no Etsy, Blogs, Pinterest, Facebook, or even beautiful art magazines like all the Stampington publications. The only way to market your work was through local events, and literally going door to door, meeting with shop owners, and showing them samples of your work. It’s a very different world now and it’s an exciting time to be creative!”

 5) Unlikely Creativity

“I was the only one in my family who loved to create. The family I grew up with was not interested in art, and it wasn’t until I was in my forties that I discovered where my creativity came from. I recently found my biological father through Facebook — turns out he is an artist  and he has a whacky sense of humor too.”

 4) Somerset Life Plays Role in Reunion with Biological Father

Debi Beard Shop

“There was an article about my vintage shop located in Solana Beach published in Somerset Life that actually led to me finding my long lost biological father.”

Claire Bracato rusty bike

“It’s a long crazy story, but in a nutshell, a photographer named Claire Brocato took a photo  of an old rusty bicycle on display in front of my store and posted it to her Flickr profile.

When Stampington’s publisher Kellene Giloff, saw the rusty bicycle picture on Flickr, she e-mailed Claire to find out where it was taken.  After discovering that it was taken in front of my shop, Kellene enlisted in Claire’s help to capture more images of my store, which was then featured in Stampington’s “Locales of Intrigue” column.

When Claire arrived at my shop for the photography session, she shared how she had reunited with her daughter that she had been forced to give up for adoption. Even though Claire started searching for her daughter with virtually no leads, (as her daughter lived on the other side of the world) she miraculously found her through Facebook. I had spent years searching for my dad and had given up. When Claire told me her story, I realized that social media didn’t exist at the time I was looking, so I decided to try finding my dad via Facebook. I found him within one week! The sheer randomness of it all is a miracle to me. If Claire had never walked by my store, taken the photo of the rusty bicycle, posted it to her Flickr site — if Kellene had not happened to find that picture, and liked it enough to email someone she had never met before, l probably would still not know who my Dad is, not to mention an entire new family.”

 3) Vintage or Bust

“The majority of the supplies in my craft room are vintage. I love to peruse  estate sales and find old sewing boxes and craft supplies from way back when.”

 2) Debi Doesn’t Own a T.V.

“I don’t own a television or watch T.V. (Which is kind of ironic after spending so many years auditioning for television!) The only shows I miss watching are: Project Runway and Inside the Actors Studio. When people make reference to Game of Thrones or  Breaking Bad I have no idea what they’re talking about.”

 1) YouTube Inspiration

I started my YouTube channel because I had auditioned for HGTV design star eight times in a row. I was almost selected three times but  never quite made it on the show. Out of frustration, I created my own one woman DIY show on Youtube. I had no idea how much fun it would be or that so many people would be interested in watching my amateur productions. In the most recent video, I announce my Facebook Takeover on Stampington’s page and offer a DIY and giveaway for a sugar skull T- shirt made with vintage lace:

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Stampington FacebookJoin our creative community on Stampington’s facebook page, share your thoughts with us, and don’t forget to join us for Debi Beard’s live chat coming up in only 2 short days!

 



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To celebrate her quirky style and the debut of her feature article in the new HandCrafted magazine, we’re inviting design star and recycle queen Debi Beard to take over our Facebook page for two one-hour sessions for a live Q&A! Mark your calendars for a chance to get inspirational ideas in real time Wednesday, October 23rd at 9a.m. PST […]

Ephemera Freebie — Vintage Magazine Festive Holiday Fun

October 17th, 2013

Free Holiday Ephemera Calling All Girls

From the pages of the circa 1940’s vintage magazine, Calling All Girls, we found these festive ads that reflect a bit of holiday fun. Incorporate them in your digital art this fall season or add to your paper crafting projects all year round.

Click here to download these images – for free!

For more rare ephemera images, discover our gallery of French text, special antique collage sheets, Renaissance bookmarks and more.



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From the pages of the circa 1940’s vintage magazine, Calling All Girls, we found these festive ads that reflect a bit of holiday fun. Incorporate them in your digital art this fall season or add to your paper crafting projects all year round. Click here to download these images – for free! For more rare […]

Top 9 Innovative Stamped Project Ideas + Save 15% Off!

October 14th, 2013

9 Stamped Projects

Even though National Stamping Month has passed by, we decided to search our collection of Studio Projects to find several unique stamping applications and share our top 9 picks with you!

 

Birds1) Layered Paper Bag Cards Project:

Transform paper bags into mini books by incorporating a few strips of decorative paper, washi tape, and stamping the word “love” using the A-B-Seas Stamp Set. For detailed instructions and materials, click here.

 

 

 

 

Tapes2) Junque Tins Project:

Organize your art materials by storing them in these easy-to-create junque tins. Just a little bit of washi, twine, paper and a stamp goes a long way. Learn how to make your own.

 

 

 

 

Dina Wakley Stamped Project3) Art Canvases with Cling Mount Stamps Project:

Follow along as Guest Artist Dina Wakley brings you more inspiration with these colorful mixed-media canvases using cling mount stamps from her first collection of silhouettes. The colorful shades that Dina uses are a fun mixture of bright acrylic paints, color washes, and inks.

 

 

 

Dina Wakley Stamped Project 24) {Mini Book} Project:

Roben-Marie Smith has done it again! Using sprays, stickers, stencils and stamps, Roben has made this vibrant project look all too easy, and with her help and creativity – it truly is!

 

 

 

 

Wine Cork Stamps5) Wine cork stamps:

We first discovered this innovative and eco-friendly idea on Anja Reitemeyer’s blog. Anja glues small wooden shapes onto used wine corks to create gorgeous and functional stamps. We tried our hand at it, and the results and directions can be seen on pg. 125 in one of our favorite titles, Take Ten.

 

 

 

Message in a Bottle Project6) Message in a Bottle Project:

Capture a simple sentiment in this old-fashioned message in bottle for a creative way to communicate or personalize your message. Store it inside a patterned paper box and wrap with a couple of layers of smoky colored ribbon to seal it for a dramatic effect!

 

 

 

 

Dina Wakley Project 3

7) Art Canvases with Cling Mount Stamps Project:

Dina Wakley uses the “Lonely Girl” stamp from her cling mount designs to create this vibrant work of art. Click here to learn how to recreate this stunning piece as Dina walks you through each step.

 

 

 

 

Believe in Truth8) Believe in the Truth Notebook Project:

Find true love with this mixed-media notebook project. Your creativity will flourish within the pages, an ideal space to fill with poetic musings, journal entries, to do-lists and more!

 

 

 

 

Feather Card Project9) Feather Card Project:

Laura Campbell stuns us with these gorgeous stamped cards, made using real feathers! Learn how she layered the feathers over an inkpad to create this unique look when you turn to pg. 67 in the new Stampers’ Sampler.

 

 

 

Special Discount → $5 off Art Materials

If you’re eager to recreate one of the stamped projects above and would like to stock up on the products used, we want to offer all our blog subscribers a special 15% savings off your entire purchase!

*Use Promo Code: BLOGART13 at checkout

*15% off discount applies to purchases of all products in The Shoppe. Discount code can be used only one time per customer and expires 11/11/13.

With Somerset Place love,

Blog Writer

Comments? Ideas?

Contact me: blog@stampington.com

 



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Even though National Stamping Month has passed by, we decided to search our collection of Studio Projects to find several unique stamping applications and share our top 9 picks with you!   1) Layered Paper Bag Cards Project: Transform paper bags into mini books by incorporating a few strips of decorative paper, washi tape, and stamping […]

3 Simple Steps DIY: Mixed-Media Halloween Party Cards

October 10th, 2013

Put excuses to rest and awaken your creative muse with this easy and fun party card project. Now you can send loved ones personal greetings this holiday season to remind them how much they mean to you in only a few simple steps!

Halloween Party Cards

 

3 Simple Steps DIY:

1) Start by gluing vintage French text or ephemera designs to a stack of plain orange greeting cards.

Halloween Party Cards ephemera

2) Use an assortment of Red Lead tape stamps and washi tape for an interesting texture combination. Our Shoppe Manager Vanessa Spencer likes to create “stacked” washi designs, so she starts in one area by stamping a washi design and then adds various washi tape patterns that pair well.

Halloween Party Cards stacked

3) Add some fun Halloween themed words to a corner of the card using the seasonal Chit Chat sheet by Tim Holtz. You can add even more personal flair by writing your own spooky words and phrases using our artist pens.

Halloween Party Cards chit chat

Now your assortment of Halloween cards are ready to send, as simple as that! Feel free to coordinate with different autumn themed colors to create your own specially designed version.

Looking for more card-making DIY ideas? Click here to browse over 200 tutorials!

 

About the Artist: Vanessa Spencer, Stampington & Co. 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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Put excuses to rest and awaken your creative muse with this easy and fun party card project. Now you can send loved ones personal greetings this holiday season to remind them how much they mean to you in only a few simple steps!   3 Simple Steps DIY: 1) Start by gluing vintage French text […]

It’s Facebook Official: Let’s Be Friends + Get Inspired!

October 7th, 2013

Stampington Facebook

Artwork Credit (top to bottom, left to right):  Ann A. Wolfe, GreenCraft Magazine; Kellene Giloff, Stampington President;  Lynda Berger, Art Journaling; Monica Sabolla Gruppo, Somerset Studio; Renee Rogers, Somerset Life; Suzan Buckner, Art Journaling; Jamie Jamison, Artful Blogging; Jessica Whisman, GreenCraft Magazine; Vivienne McMaster, Somerset Life

 

To tantalize your creative taste buds, we’ve gathered a group of our most inspirational ideas from Facebook and compiled them into a stunning grid, above. Click here to follow us on Facebook where we divulge the details and tell us what you think!

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Be Your Own Beloved

Artwork Credit: Vivienne McMaster, Somerset Life

Your Story Matters

We recently asked our Facebook friends how Stampington has played a part in their artistic journey. We were thrilled to hear all of your creative and heartwarming responses — we just had to share some of our favorite ones!

Angela Grasse says:

“Of course Stampington has played a part in my story. I was delighted when I found my first Somerset Studio magazine many years ago. A new world opened up for me. I have learned a lot from Sew Somerset and your Art Journaling magazine. I have a nice collection of those magazines and will likely keep them forever. I love to let the techniques cross pollinate and flow from one art form to the other. A background painting technique that is used in an art journal often ends up being used on fabric. That fabric gets used in a larger art piece and the scraps get used in a journal. It is all one big happy play ground for me.”

Janet Forrest says:

“In early 2011 I had a crisis. I had sold my creative business in 2006 and it took me awhile to realize that I had shriveled up inside. Once I acknowledged that, a friend suggested I peruse the art section of the bookstore and see if anything spoke to me. I found two things that changed my life – Kelly Rae Roberts “Taking Flight” and a slew of Stampington publications. Across the board, the Stampington “look” is me. Now I am totally addicted, and your influence can be seen in nearly all my projects!”

Tanya Clarke says:

“Stampington magazines and all of the lovely artists featured have been my guides in finding my artistic voice. I feel a sense of belonging and community when I open up one up. To share in the struggles and triumphs that us artists face gives me strength and confidence in myself and my artistic adventure. To know there are like minded individuals out there that get that same a fluttery, happy feeling in their heart when they find an old chandelier or a faded piece of sheet music at a garage sale — thanks for the inspiration and bringing us crazy creators together in such a beautiful way.”

Karen Ricchio Itzenhuiser says:

“Life without art is empty. Many years ago I discovered a magazine that was so inspiring that I took the challenge and started to create. I have subscribed to Somerset Studio ever since that day. My creativity has expanded to many forms of art using several different mediums. Every free minute that I have, you’ll find me working on a piece of art. I love the journey that my art has taken me on and I am now confident enough to call myself an artist. Thank you Stampington for all the inspiration!”

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Stampington FacebookFor more inspirational stories or to share your own, join in on the “Your Story Matters” conversation on our Facebook page or comment below! We would LOVE to hear from you.

 



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Artwork Credit (top to bottom, left to right):  Ann A. Wolfe, GreenCraft Magazine; Kellene Giloff, Stampington President;  Lynda Berger, Art Journaling; Monica Sabolla Gruppo, Somerset Studio; Renee Rogers, Somerset Life; Suzan Buckner, Art Journaling; Jamie Jamison, Artful Blogging; Jessica Whisman, GreenCraft Magazine; Vivienne McMaster, Somerset Life   To tantalize your creative taste buds, we’ve gathered a […]