Counting Down the Days: Incredible Back Issue Sale – Save Up to 90%!

August 5th, 2013

 

Starting on August 13th, with hundreds of our most coveted titles on sale —starting as low as 99¢— our annual Back Issue Sale is the perfect time to discover thousands of new ideas for pennies on the dollar!

 

*Be sure to sign up for Post Script (one of our most exciting e-newsletters) to gain exclusive access into the Back Issue Sale.

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Refresh your mixed-media muse when you pick up any issue of Somerset Studio, filled with endless inspiration on paper crafting and stamping, and tips and techniques from talented artists like Seth Apter and Pam Carriker. Or take a cue from prolific bloggers around the world as they set out to redefine the age of the internet with incredible stories, helpful hints, and stunning photography in Artful Blogging.

No matter if you’re into art journaling, quilting, jewelry making, or home décor, each title is the perfect prompt to inspire your next artistic endeavor. And you can always share the love — these exciting publications serve as excellent stocking stuffers and inspirational gifts all year long.

I’m eagerly counting down the days to snatch up my personal faves, Somerset Apprentice and Artful Blogging! Which title are you most looking forward to adding to your Stampington collection? Comment below!

 

Take a peek inside some of our hand-picked back issues to jump start your artful desires:

Where Women Create Spring 2012

Somerset Life Autumn 2012

Artful Blogging Autumn 2012




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  Starting on August 13th, with hundreds of our most coveted titles on sale —starting as low as 99¢— our annual Back Issue Sale is the perfect time to discover thousands of new ideas for pennies on the dollar!   *Be sure to sign up for Post Script (one of our most exciting e-newsletters) to gain exclusive access into […]

Breeze of New Autumn Issues + Win Your Fave

August 1st, 2013

A gust of enticing ideas flow from the pages of our new Autumn issues, stirring up all my artistic ambitions and creative energy. If you’re ready to invigorate your senses and get whisked away with tons of how-tos, new DIYs, brilliant photography, and special tips from talented women to spur on your evolution as an artist, then you’ve landed in the perfect place!

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

As our way of saying thank you to every one of our blog followers for your comments, ideas, and support, we want to extend an exclusive promo code your way. Receive $5 off any August title of your choice! ($5 off discount code can be used only one time per customer.)

Use Promo Code*: BLOG0813 at checkout

 

Altered Couture

Altered Couture

If you’re dyeing to learn some new ways to revamp your wardrobe, the autumn edition of Altered Couture is just the ticket! From stylish dyeing treatments for jeans, skirts, and leggings to halter dresses that are perfect for layering – top artists Pat Berryhill and Donna Barnitz open up their closets to share one-of-a-kind wearable projects. If you’re up on ombre, you’ll love the results from our Ombre Challenge, filled with fashion tips that won’t fade.

 

 Artful Blogging

Artful Blogging

Delight in the Autumn 2013 issue of Artful Blogging where you’ll find a complete visual collection of incredible captured moments from prolific bloggers like Rosie from Simply Rosie, primitive artist Karen Brady, and Kris Vavra from Junk Chic Cottage.  In addition, talented mixed-media artist and college instructor Jamie Jamison reveals how to spark your blog with social media by offering writing tips to help tackle a blank screen. A complete illustrative celebration from start to finish, this issue is a must-have resource for new and experienced bloggers alike.

 

 GreenCraft

Green Craft

Trust us — you won’t want to miss the first-ever quarterly issue of GreenCraft Magazine! We’ve geared up to accommodate even bigger and better eco-friendly projects that are sure to inspire the creative upcycler in all of you. By expanding our horizons in this issue, we’ve included projects made from a wide variety of unique recycled materials, like an old-cabinet-door-turned-jewelry-holder, a tiny garden made from an Altoid tin, and earrings made from castoff denim jeans. Also included is a project made especially for your favorite four-legged friends, and you won’t believe your eyes when you see what it’s made of! Make sure you pick up this issue of GreenCraft — you won’t find a magazine like this anywhere else.

Pssst…have you entered to win our GreenCraft instagram challenge?

 

Somerset Home

Somerset Home

Home is where the heart is, so why not craft it to your own liking? This issue offers endless ideas to suit your tastes – from Lucy Akin’s seasonal decorative mantels and herb gardens to techniques for altering pillow covers and slips. Kick start your imagination with even more inspiration from artists who demonstrate how to repurpose croquet mallets, transform wire into wall art, and all-around revamp your home. We also reveal a new section featuring upholstered and redecorated furniture that will make you look twice before tossing out an old dresser or a stained chair! Come home with us, and seek awe-inspiring ways to creatively renovate your living space into what you’ve always wanted.

 

Where Women Create

Where Women Create

Some of the most interesting features are blowing your way in the autumn installment of Where Women Create. Best known for her iconic role as Mimi on the hit TV series, “The Drew Carey Show,” now artist and author Kathy Kinney opens up to share her insights and studio. You’ll also take a road trip to Round Top, Texas, to visit the Marburger Farm Antique Show! In addition to welcoming Ben Ashby of FOLK to The Men Who Make It column, we also reveal the inspiring studio spaces of Stephanie Ponder, Donna Kato, Jessica Swift, Lori Holiday, and Carolyn Westbrook.

 

Stuffed

Stuffed

The autumn issue of Stuffed is bursting at the seams with imaginative softies! The incredible hand-illustrated dolls of Valentina Felce bring a whimsical yet artistic edge to our Artist Portfolio. For a more fantastical approach to softies, Anne-Claire Regan’s “Double-Headed Serpent” and Andrea Ockey Parr’s “Wizard Lizards” will transport you to another world. If monsters are your thing, Jeff Riggan’s needle-felted creatures, “Slugmo” and “Squidboy” will get your skin crawling, while Indira Villalobos-Starr’s “Snuggly Ugly Monsters” embody the cute side of scary. With softies from all walks of life and from all corners of the universe, this issue of Stuffed has something for everyone.

 

Art Doll Quarterly

Art Doll Quarterly

Autumn’s just around the bend – which means it’s time for our annual Halloween issue full of witchy women, scary and not-so-scary ghosts, pumpkins, and more. The talented Lynne Perrella takes us on a journey through San Miguel de Allende in Mexico, and we reveal the results of our Santos Cage Doll challenge with inspiring work from our very own readers. Internationally known sculptor and ventriloquist maker Bill Nelson is the subject of our Doll Artist Profile. Bill’s one-of-a-kind figures can be found in the private collections of Demi Moore, Whoopi Goldberg, and David Copperfield!

 

Your Chance to Win!

Want to take home one of these new titles? Simply follow these steps and we’ll chose one lucky winner at random to receive your favorite August issue!

1) Spread the ♥! Click on your favorite spread from above and share it with your friends on Facebook or Pinterest. (This step is optional, but we do appreciate your support.)

2) Click on your favorite spread from above and you’ll be taken to the description page. Peruse through the images and pick one that you like the most. Explain why it caught your eye in the blog comments below!

 

*$5 off discount applies to purchases of any of the following Autumn issues: Altered Couture, Art Doll Quarterly, Artful Blogging, GreenCraft Magazine, Somerset Home, Stuffed, and Where Women Create. Discount code can be used only one time per customer and expires 08/31/13. Contest is open to U.S. residents and ends 08/31/13 at 11:59pm.



Sarah Uncategorized

A gust of enticing ideas flow from the pages of our new Autumn issues, stirring up all my artistic ambitions and creative energy. If you’re ready to invigorate your senses and get whisked away with tons of how-tos, new DIYs, brilliant photography, and special tips from talented women to spur on your evolution as an […]

Summer Butterfly Beach House DIY

July 29th, 2013

Summer Beach House

Imagine if you could escape to a cozy beach house on a tranquil coastline, the only sound coming from the crashing waves and colorful butterflies’ wings fluttering in the soft breeze. With this special Summer Butterfly Beach House Project, your dream is bound to come to life.

Inspired by the summer season and Pam Carriker’s lofty new stamp line, our Shoppe Manager Vanessa Spencer decided to transport the beach to her home by using these fun wood house pieces, a vibrant color palette, and her adventurous imagination.

 

DIY Summer Butterfly Beach House:

 

Materials

Chit Chat Stickers

Decorative Butterfly Canvas Designs

White Acrylic Paint

Wood House Pieces

Acrylic Mount

 

 Instructions

  • Start by painting each of the wood house pieces with white acrylic paint. The house kit comes with a chimney for each roof, but I decided not to use the chimneys in this particular project. Once the white paint has dried, paint the rectangle shape for each house a different bright color of your choice using acrylic paint. If you don’t have the exact color you want, mix up some various colors together for unique colors.
  • Using some of Pam Carriker stamps, an acrylic mount and more acrylic paint I stamped various designs onto the houses and then set them aside to dry. While the paint is drying I cut out some vintage text for each roof and glued the text on.
  •  On each house I attached some pieces of the decorative butterfly canvas designs that I had cut out from the Butterfly Canvas Sheet. Then after gluing those on, I attached an inspiration saying onto each house using stickers from the idea-ology Chit Chat sticker book.

 

 Dyan Reavley's  

Instead of spending hours at the airport and burning through tons of travel miles, in only a few simple steps, you’re now ready to relax in the comfort of your own home and bring the beach to you! Display your mini beach houses somewhere fun – whether on a white wall or perched on top of your coffee table, these colorful creations are bound to brighten up your space.

 

About the Artist: Vanessa Spencer, Stampington & Co. Shoppe Manager

Vanessa Selfie

– Has a slight addiction to all things vintage

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

– Is mommy to two adorable little ones, Izzy and baby Brin

 

Head over to The Studio to view more of Vanessa’s inspirational how-to projects!



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Imagine if you could escape to a cozy beach house on a tranquil coastline, the only sound coming from the crashing waves and colorful butterflies’ wings fluttering in the soft breeze. With this special Summer Butterfly Beach House Project, your dream is bound to come to life. Inspired by the summer season and Pam Carriker’s […]

Upcycled Household Item Instagram Challenge + Win GreenCraft Magazine

July 25th, 2013

We’re overflowing with excitement from all the green-friendly ideas packed inside the pages of the upcoming August issue of GreenCraft magazine. Guest artist Sandy Hadland shows us how to upcycle t-shirts that became too comfy in her closet into a lovely layered scarf, and mixed-media artist Vesna Taneva-Miller makes use of paper bags by recycling them into quirky placemats and unique gift wraps.

If you’ve found your niche in the recycling realm, we want to give you the opportunity to get your green on. Have you created a unique eco-chic project from materials you already have on hand? We want to see what you can create using household items in your possession!

Coffee Filters

Artwork by:  Pam Garrison

Guidelines:

Send us an image (like the one above) of something creative and chic that you’ve repurposed from a household product like discarded coffee filters, an empty laundry detergent carton, or a burnt out light-bulb for a chance to be featured as a spotlighted artist in the month of August on our Instagram!

  • Send high-resolution images at 300 dpi to blog@stampington.com
  • Images chosen to be spotlighted in August on our Instagram page will be notified promptly via email

 

 What’s in it for the winners?

  • Have your artwork featured on Stampington’s Instagram for exposure to almost two thousand followers.
  • Receive the brand-new issue of GreenCraft Autumn 2013 as our way of saying congratulations.
  • Have your artwork shown directly to the editor for a chance to be published in an upcoming issue of GreenCraft.

Deadline for submissions: August 1st, 2013

If you’re curious about what kind of projects we’re looking for, browse these functional ideas from the pages of our recent issues:

Decoupage Bottles

 

Upcycled Napkin Rings

Artwork by:  Melony Miller Bradley

 

 

Paper Towel Roll Wreath

 

 

What’s on the horizon?

Get your watering cans out and get ready to grow even greener. We’ve just received news from our editors about a new section called Green Living sprouting up in future issues of GreenCraft – and we’re sharing the gossip-worthy details with you first! Dedicated to showcase eco-friendly items with a twist, this new section is sure to cultivate your earth-friendly ideas in an even greater way. Instead of focusing on 100% recycled or upcycled items, the Green Living column will spotlight all things that make up a green lifestyle.

Debi Beard's Dumpster Dive

 

For instant inspiration, check out Debi Beard’s Dumpster Diving 101 where she transforms a rickety old chair into a royally reupholstered throne, fit for a queen!

 

 

JohannaPhotography By:
Johanna Love, Stampington & Co. Director of Photography

 



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We’re overflowing with excitement from all the green-friendly ideas packed inside the pages of the upcoming August issue of GreenCraft magazine. Guest artist Sandy Hadland shows us how to upcycle t-shirts that became too comfy in her closet into a lovely layered scarf, and mixed-media artist Vesna Taneva-Miller makes use of paper bags by recycling […]

Congratulations! Short Story Challenge Winners:

July 22nd, 2013

  Hands-Luggage

 Last month we challenged our readers to try their “hand” at writing the most creative short story to accompany one of the above images. Your responses were all so emotionally touching and creative, it was just as much of a challenge for us to narrow down the top two winners – which is why we had to extend another top spot to award three writers their prize:

Congratulations to Amber Walker, Jean Yates, and Sara Torbett!

Please join us as we celebrate their stories:

To accompany the luggage image, Amber Walker writes:

“This image permeated my thoughts as the days in June seem to streak by without conscious knowledge of it.  So as the day unfolded with Dora the Explorer playing in the background for my little girl, I began to write lines that were inspired by the photograph.  Here is the end result:”

 

Threads

by Amber Walker

Closing my eyes

Swirling colors of rainbow form

Necklaces made of candy collide

Treasured beaded bracelet circling the wrist

Swaying pigtails from side to side

Sunlight glittering on daises and dandelions

Whispered songs floating in the breeze

 

One little girl

Packing layered life sketches

Designed through imagination

Held and carried in flowered vintage petals

Encasing dreams in innocent joy

 

Years pass

Time ebbs and flows

Dreams kept packed on seas of change

Innocence slips and hearts break

 

Eyes flutter open

Old dreams tangled with wisdom

Still tangible in foggy light

Suitcase laid open and past floats

Binding the past with the present

Stitches recalled

Knots remembered

Moments sewn together

Weaving one life pattern.

 

 

Clocks and Cars

by Jean Yates

Little guy doesn’t know
clocks have hands;

He lives a digital life.
Pretty nailed  grandmamma
knows about clocks. She once
was a good mom and wife.

Her ring only fits on a big finger now,
Her hands have become frail and thin.
Little guy doesn’t have any idea
as he shows how he makes the wheels spin.

Chubby hands,
Thin hands,
Clock hands
Wind down.

Red nails lose their lustre,
Hands of time have their bounds.

But love trumps
the time gig
As these two will show,
Love is forever,
That’s all we need know.

 

Red To Remember

By Sara Torbett

Red to remember and red to spark strength.

Toy cars to zoom,
two small hands to wonder.

Innocent conversations and questions galore,
“Grandma, who do you wear your red for?”

“I wear it to remember,
when I was young and carefree.
I used to dance in circles and laugh,
want to see?”

Curious eyes wondering how,
Grandma could choose to laugh right now.
Old and nimble, and frail as could be,
could red stand for a joy that was wild and free?

Laughter breaking, squeals of child’s delight.
Red on her nails, love in plain sight.

Red to remember,
the passion inside,
that an old frail body simply can’t hide.

 

Again, congratulations to our top three winners amongst the many compelling submissions. We hope you enjoy your complimentary choice of any Stampington magazine title to take home as our gift to you!

Somerset Studio Spring 2013P.S. Have you seen the newest caption contest? Express what you “stand” for by offering your best caption for this image for your chance to win any choice of our top-seller Somerset Studio!



Sarah Uncategorized

   Last month we challenged our readers to try their “hand” at writing the most creative short story to accompany one of the above images. Your responses were all so emotionally touching and creative, it was just as much of a challenge for us to narrow down the top two winners – which is why […]