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

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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.

Fiskars Web

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.

Scissors 5 001

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 […]

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.



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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 […]