Trending Theme: Birds of a Feather + Enter to Win a Free Issue

September 16th, 2013
Birds of a Feather Theme
Artist Credit (Top to Bottom, Left to Right): 1- Soraya Nullah, Art Journaling Winter 2013; 2- Loretta Rathert, 400 More Ideas 2013; 3- Mindy Lacefield, Somerset Studio May/June 2010; 4- Julie Valentine, Art Journaling Spring 2013; 5- Amy Melious, Somerset Digital Studio Autumn 2013; 6 – Pam Carriker,  Artists’ Café Vol. 6;  7- Wendy Brightbill, Somerset Studio Gallery Winter 2013; 8- Joy Northrop, Stampers’ Sampler February/March 2012; 9- Colette Copeland, Somerset Studio Gallery Winter 2013; 10-  Bridgette Guerzon Mills, Artists’ Café Vol. 6; 11- Pam Carriker, Somerset Apprentice Spring 2013;12- Thespoena McLaughlin, Somerset Studio Gallery Winter 2013

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Since last month’s themed blog post on Whimsical Silhouetted Women was such a hit, I wanted to ensure that this month’s trending theme was just as (if not more) enticing to artists and readers alike! And what’s more to love than this simple yet symbolic staple: the classic image of a bird, which represents freedom and flight –  a reflection of our creative release in art.

We’ve compiled a collection of some of our most treasured paintings, projects, cards, and creations spotlighting different portrayals of our flighty and feathered friends. Enjoy an excerpted quote or artsy tip below, and if you want to read more, click on the image or link for full project details:

 

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“Journals are what you make them. To me, they are precious records of my life that will get passed down to future generations.” – Soraya Nulliah, Art Journaling

 

 

 

Birds of a Feather ThemeTip: Add pearl and ribbon to any card for instant interest and texture.

– 400 More Ideas 

 

 

 

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“For me, painting is a nostalgic descent into my childhood where playtime, dolls, and drawing took me into worlds of limitless creativity and mind wanderings.”

– Mindy Lacefield, Somerset Studio 

 

 

Birds of a Feather Theme“The big trick to my journaling process is that I journal in 5-10 minute spurts at a time…I don’t do any of my pages in one sitting; instead they evolve bit by bit over time.” – Julie Valentine, Art Journaling

 

 

 

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“Life is inspiring. Inspiration calls for expression. Expression, in the form of what we create, holds the power to ripple out indefinitely.”

– Amy Melious, Somerset Digital Studio

 

 

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“I think sometimes the best pages are created when we work intuitively, without over-thinking things.” – Pam Carriker, Artists’ Café

 

 

 

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Mixed-media tip: “Cut out words from a vintage book, stitch onto a piece of muslin, and adhere to your piece with mod podge.”

– Wendy Brightbill, Somerset Studio Gallery

 

 

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Stamp dots and adhere torn colored tissue papers to a card for a bright mixed-media effect. – Stampers’ Sampler

 

 

 

Birds of a Feather Theme“Birds have been constant in my artwork. I’ve drawn them, painted them, stitched them, collaged with them, taken a long break from them, and lately I’ve been taking huge artistic license and dreaming them up.”

– Colette Copeland, Somerset Studio Gallery

 

 

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“The first time I picked up a brush and began painting in encaustics, I felt like I had arrived home. There is a definite seductive lure to working in wax, perhaps because it is so sensory – from the warm smell of the melting wax to the organic textures created in the wax.”

– Bridgette Guerzon Mills, Artists’ Café

 

Birds of a Feather ThemeArt journaling tip: “Use mutiple stamped images layered over each other for an interesting look.” – Pam Carriker, Somerset Apprentice

 

 

 

Birds of a Feather Theme“This flying swallow is meant to represent freedom – freedom to be yourself and to dream. – Thespoena McLaughlin, Somerset Studio Gallery

 

 

 

FREE Magazine Giveaway

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To Enter: From the grid of images above, pick your favorite bird image and explain why by commenting below!

We will pick 3 lucky winners to receive your choice of our favorite titles: Somerset Digital Studio, the digital version of Somerset Studio, or Somerset Studio Gallery.

 Deadline to enter: Monday, Oct. 21st

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Artist Credit (Top to Bottom, Left to Right): 1- Soraya Nullah, Art Journaling Winter 2013; 2- Loretta Rathert, 400 More Ideas 2013; 3- Mindy Lacefield, Somerset Studio May/June 2010; 4- Julie Valentine, Art Journaling Spring 2013; 5- Amy Melious, Somerset Digital Studio Autumn 2013; 6 – Pam Carriker,  Artists’ Café Vol. 6;  7- Wendy Brightbill, […]

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.

 

thumbnail new mini pumpkinsSpecial Sale: Get 10% off brand-new mini paper mache pumpkins for one week only!

 

 

 

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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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.

 

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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 […]