Free Vintage Ephemera – A Dab of Aromatic Elegance

July 5th, 2013

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Excite your senses when you download these classic ephemeral pieces found inside our personal collection of old-fashioned beauty magazines. If you’re like me, you may be inspired to go back in time to find which fragrance is most enticing, but since we’re limited to just a captured moment in time, it’s easy to say each piece is equally alluring. Click here to download your free vintage perfume ephemera now.

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Sarah Uncategorized

Excite your senses when you download these classic ephemeral pieces found inside our personal collection of old-fashioned beauty magazines. If you’re like me, you may be inspired to go back in time to find which fragrance is most enticing, but since we’re limited to just a captured moment in time, it’s easy to say each […]

New Magazine Titles! Glimpse Inside Magical July Issues + Win Your Fave

July 1st, 2013

The perks of working for Stampington are not limited to the wonderful people I work with –  they permeate into plenty of other avenues. For instance, today I was able to forgo my a.m. coffee when I found the new July issues gloriously stacked on my desk. There’s no need for caffeine when I’m flipping through the refreshing pages of exquisite artwork, stunning jewelry spreads, and tales of passion in entrepreneurship – my senses are definitely awakened!

I hope you too will click on each of the July spreads below and catch a glimpse inside the creativity that’s pouring from their pages.

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

We want to thank our growing gamut of lovely blog subscribers for your comments, ideas, and support by offering an exclusive promo code to receive $5 off any July title of your choice. ($5 off discount code can be used only one time per customer.)

Use Promo Code*: BLOG0713 at checkout

 

Belle Armoire

Get ready to dress yourself in style this summer with the new red-hot issue of Belle Armoire. From Gemma-Eve McDonald’s Regal Rose collection inspired by dusky floral accents to Sarah Clemens’ flirty and feminine Designer Collection, full of lush, natural fabrics – this issue is sure to tantalize your inner couture. Discover how to herringbone stitch, make bracelets from birch bark, craft body chains perfect for warm weather fashions, and last but not least, one of our former Designer Collection artists, Sharona Nissan, gives a must-read lesson on color-coordinating beads.

 

Somerset Life

The fresh summer issue of Somerset Life transports readers to a breathtaking dinner party that takes place under the stars! Tucked between this issue’s pages, you’ll also find a new approach to Project Life, clever ways to package presents, and the results to our Pretty Parcels challenge. Queen of living in the moment, you won’t want to miss the seamless and poetic prose of Madelyn Mulvaney who returns to our very own Authentic Living column.

 

WWCB

Start to finish, the insights and tangible tips lining the pages of the new Where Women Create BUSINESS are 100 percent created, lived, and shared by women business owners FOR women business owners. Riding the coattails of its sublimely successful predecessor, the premiere issue – which sold out in only two short months – the second installment is filled with creative women who have turned their passions into their professions: Anahata Katkin, Melody Ross, Tracy Porter, and Jillian Cooke, while columnists Kelly Rae Roberts, Holly Becker, and others return to impart even more valuable business advice.

 

Mingle

What’s more romantic than the idea of campfires and champagne? The newest Mingle goes behind-the-tent for an exclusive look at a truly unique, bohemian event whose host, Madelyn Mulvaney, blogs about her hopes: “I want it to feel like something you stand on tiptoe to reach on the highest branch.” Trust us, her article does not disappoint!  You’ll also find thought-provoking reflections on an attendee’s experience at Squam, a soiree inspired by the lovable Shirley Temple, and a tween’s jewelry-making birthday party led by none other than Lisa Leonard.

 

Art Journaling

What better way to capture those warm summer days than breathing in life’s murmurings on exquisite journal pages? The Summer 2013 issue of Art Journaling is sure to inspire a season full of creativity. The distinctive art journal pages of Roben-Marie Smith grace our Artist Portfolio, and artists Amber Walker, Patty Radish, Lindsay Ostrom, Mou Saha, and many more share their hearts, souls, and best techniques through captivating feature articles. This issue also boasts the second installment of Pam Carriker’s new column, “Art Journaling at the Speed of Life.”

 

Somerset StudioSomerset Studio

Discover the latest innovations in paper crafting and mixed media with the newest issue of Somerset Studio. Learn how to make paper out of milk cartons, and swoon over Ranger’s 2012 Designer Challenge results featuring Tim Holtz, Claudine Hellmuth, and Lisa Pace. After reading an enlightening Artist Profile on Lisa Engelbrecht, enjoy a collaborative art quilt that shares the work of mixed-media “all stars” Lynne Perrella, Anne Bagby, and more!

 

Jewelry Affaire

Summer is finally here, so why not spend some time reading through the latest issue of Jewelry Affaire?! Feast your eyes upon new eye-candy, as you find yourself amused and inspired. From baubles and fabric to mixed-media and resin, entertain yourself with pages filled with extraordinary finds that complement any warm-aired outfit! These extraordinary beauties are awe-inspiring and dazzling , so go ahead and lay out in the sun, sip some iced cold lemonade, and join us for a fantastic read!

 

Stampers' Sampler

The results for our cork and color challenges from the new Stampers’ Sampler are in! You’ll definitely want to see what artists have created with our charming coin purse tempting template, plus Guest Artist Melanie Schulenberg wows with her edgy style. Talented featured artists inspire with a range of techniques, including how to transform ordinary materials you have lying around your house into something truly special. Don’t forget about the free artist paper, numerous articles, and extra pages of cards inside — there are more than ever now that we’ve gone quarterly.

 

Your Chance to Win!

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

1) Pick your favorite spread from above and share it with your friends on Facebook or Pinterest. (This step is optional, but we do appreciate you spreading the love!)

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 July (Summer ’13) issues: Art Journaling, Belle Armoire, Jewelry Affaire, Mingle, Somerset Life, Somerset Studio, The Stampers’ Sampler & Where Women Create Business. Discount code can be used only one time per customer and expires 07/31/13. Contest is open to U.S. residents and ends 07/31/13 at 11:59pm.



Sarah Uncategorized

The perks of working for Stampington are not limited to the wonderful people I work with –  they permeate into plenty of other avenues. For instance, today I was able to forgo my a.m. coffee when I found the new July issues gloriously stacked on my desk. There’s no need for caffeine when I’m flipping […]

Game On! Tic-Tac-Toe Set Tutorial:

June 27th, 2013

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Take your tic-tac-toe game to the next level with this “Think Outside the Box” Project by Shoppe Manager Vanessa Spencer. Perfect to play on a girls-night-in, (preferably accompanied by hors d’oeuvres and drinks) this creative grid of ingenuity is sure to spark some friendly, competitive fun.

How To:

1) To create the set, start by laying the square shadowbox insert onto a piece of decorative paper from the Postale collection. Place the “right” side (the one you want to show) face down. On the “wrong” side, trace the squares. Cut out all squares and glue the “grid” piece of paper onto the wooden layer using Matte Collage Pauge.

2) Choose coordinating papers from the Postale collection and glue one sheet to the inside of the shadowbox and another to the backside using Matte Collage Pauge.

3) Punch out pieces of the Postale paper with a circle punch, and glue them to the pre-painted white spools. To create your Xs and Os, stamp the cross from the Par Avion stamp set on some of the spools and the circle stamp from the Vintage stamp sheet on the rest.

4) To finish off the game pieces, wrap a small piece of Postale decorative paper tape around the middle of each one – and voilà! Your pretty polka-dotted spools are ready to score endless hours of three-in-a-row wins.

 

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To cure your game night “board”em, take a quick trip over to The Studio for endless project ideas.

If this project hit your creative spot, show your love by clicking the “Like” button below – and don’t forget to comment!

 



Sarah Uncategorized

Take your tic-tac-toe game to the next level with this “Think Outside the Box” Project by Shoppe Manager Vanessa Spencer. Perfect to play on a girls-night-in, (preferably accompanied by hors d’oeuvres and drinks) this creative grid of ingenuity is sure to spark some friendly, competitive fun. How To: 1) To create the set, start by laying […]

Tricks to Transform Your Spare Room into a Relaxing Retreat for Baby for Under $300

June 24th, 2013

Join me as we warmly welcome our brilliantly talented Shoppe Manager Vanessa Spencer to Somerset Place. Today she shares intimate secrets on how to transform your spare room into the perfect hideaway for your new bundle of joy.

Baby

In February, my husband Ross and I (after the longest pregnancy ever) welcomed baby Brin. His big sister Izzy is thrilled to finally be a big sister, and Baby Brin was well worth the wait, perfect in every way.

When we found out we were expecting our second child, a flood of overwhelming excitement and emotions poured over us, and of course the crafter in me immediately began pondering ways to decorate our spare room. It’s safe to say that Pinterest and I quickly became close friends as I began gathering tons of inspiration to add to my collection of ideas. And as soon as we found out that we would be having a little boy, I zealously began the process of collecting nursery décor.

 

Nursery

Before we were expecting baby Brin, I had already painted the nursery a deep aqua blue. I wanted our spare room to be a colorful space, and I knew that it would work as a nursery color for either a boy or girl, so I figured when we eventually had another child, the walls would be ready and I could just accent accordingly depending on the baby’s gender.

 

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It was important to me that I decorated on a budget with sustainable and crafty, but unique style. With the exception of just a few things – white IKEA bookshelves, a chevron rug, grey foot pouf skirt hanger and crib sheets (ok a little more than a few) –  a lot of the décor I used was either secondhand or handmade.

 

Luggage

We held onto my daughter’s crisp white crib (for 7 years!) hoping that one day we would be able to use it again. My mother had bought it for Izzy so it was important to use it for our next child. The bare space below the crib served as the perfect spot for a pair of old fashioned luggage cases to make themselves cozy at home. The faded green and yellow hues add a pop of color and vintage flair.

 

Dresser

Instead of using a bulky changing table like we did before with Izzy, we wanted to utilize more of the room’s space, so we opted for a sleek dresser with plenty of room for storage. I found this one that was just the right height to double as a changing station at the Salvation Army for only $40. It isn’t perfect; it has some scratches and will need new handles before long, but beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and I just love the way it looks!

 

Vintage Thrift Chair

I had always thought that the deep aqua walls would look perfect with a mustard yellow accent color, so you can imagine my excitement when I stumbled upon this comfortable rocking chair at a local thrift store. I adore its quirky style. It was a rare golden find – quite literally!

 

Fabric Banner

To add some whimsy and bring out the accent colors in the room, I handcrafted a triangle patterned fabric banner to hang over baby Brin’s changing station. When the sun illuminates the golden swatches, it adds an angelic brightness to the room.

 

Nursery Final

Other handmade touches include: the bird mobile, handmade changing pad cover, the frames behind the crib (which I painted and added fabric to the inside) and a few other painted trinkets. I also restored some white baskets that I saved from my daughter’s nursery and rit-dyed the liners grey to match the other accent pieces.

Now let’s add up the cost of all the main pieces:

  • Crib: Hand-me-down (from our first child)
  • White baskets with liners: Hand-me-down (from our first child)
  • Changing Pad: Free hand-me-down
  • Crib mattress: Free hand-me-down
  • Dresser – Salvation Army $40.
  • Rocking Chair – Salvation Army $50
  • Telephone Table – Goodwill $10
  • Printers Tray – Flea Market $15
  • Hat Rack – Salvation Army $2
  • Wire Garden Baskets – Salvation Army $1
  • Lamp – Garage Sale $2
  • Mini Doll High Chair – Goodwill $5
  • Vintage Baby Scale – St Vincent De Paul $8
  • Trash Can – Flea market $12
  • Chevron Rug – $40
  • Foot Pouf $79 (Major Splurge!)
  • Crib Sheet – $9

Drum roll, please! The grand total came to $273.00. (Which doesn’t include items like paint or fabric for the handmade pieces.)

 

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The fact that baby Brin has yet to sleep in his specially-designed nursery and instead snuggles in Mom and Dad’s room? Priceless.

For more creative how-to projects, peruse these fresh, new ideas just added to The Studio.

*Note – If you’re looking to add a vintage feel in your spare space, but you’re having a hard time pinning down the perfect upholstery color, consider painting your furniture! Check out how to add personality and flair to an old chair with this unique how-to video by upcycle expert Debi Beard.

 

Photography By: Vanessa Spencer



Sarah Uncategorized

Join me as we warmly welcome our brilliantly talented Shoppe Manager Vanessa Spencer to Somerset Place. Today she shares intimate secrets on how to transform your spare room into the perfect hideaway for your new bundle of joy. In February, my husband Ross and I (after the longest pregnancy ever) welcomed baby Brin. His big […]

Free Ephemera Downloads: Vintage Charm

June 20th, 2013

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It’s that time again for your downloadable dose of enchanting ephemera! This month we’ve hand-picked a pair of dainty ladies captured in a moments of innocent beauty. With floral accents painted in cream and gray, these images are sure to add a touch of vintage glamour to your paper crafting, card making, or other artful creations.

Click here to view these images at full size and to download yours today.

 

Looking for more freebies? Sign up now for Stampington’s exclusive newsletters, where you will find even more enticing ephemera downloads for free!

 

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To incorporate more vintage ephemera and digitally altered pieces into your artwork, visit e-Crafting.com!

 



Sarah Uncategorized

It’s that time again for your downloadable dose of enchanting ephemera! This month we’ve hand-picked a pair of dainty ladies captured in a moments of innocent beauty. With floral accents painted in cream and gray, these images are sure to add a touch of vintage glamour to your paper crafting, card making, or other artful […]