On the Blog: Winners Revealed + Sneak Peek at Upcoming Posts

June 10th, 2013

First thing’s first, we want to announce our lovely Blog Poll winners Belinda Metelko and Shelby Pizzarro and congratulate them on their prize, a $50 gift certificate to use at The Shoppe! If you’d like a chance to win prizes like these, subscribe to Somerset Place to be the first to learn about upcoming contests and giveaways.

We’d also like to thank each and every one of our participants (over 600 of you!) who took the poll and offered your valuable feedback to help us give you what you want.

What’s Coming Up On the Blog:

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Madelyn Mulvaney Takes the Stage as a Featured Guest Artist*

Many of you asked to see more guest artist features, so you’ll definitely want to check back in July to go behind the scenes on the blog with the oh-so-lovely Maddie Mulvaney, a brilliant photographer and poetic writer who has also been published in Artful Blogging, Somerset Life and Mingle. Learn how her creativity that was once as playful and free as a kite is now living on the edge of finding its roots in something new. Believe us, you won’t want to miss this inspiring post, a creative window into this artist’s “persisting soul.”

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Pam Carriker’s New Lofty Stamps on the Horizon*

Soar to new heights as mixed-media artist Pam Carriker shares a specially made project for our blog readers using her transformative new cling mount stamp line, full of wonderfully textured backgrounds, beautifully illustrated wings, and captivating scripts (now available for pre-order at 10% off!)

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FREE Ephemera Download*

After browsing our publisher’s personal collection of cherished antique photos and rare vintage finds, we’ve excavated a brilliant treasure trove of ephemera. Whether you’re a paper crafter, digital artist, stamper or scrapbooker, check back to find this month’s special freebie.

 

Comment below to let us know which post you’re most looking forward to!

 



Sarah Uncategorized

First thing’s first, we want to announce our lovely Blog Poll winners Belinda Metelko and Shelby Pizzarro and congratulate them on their prize, a $50 gift certificate to use at The Shoppe! If you’d like a chance to win prizes like these, subscribe to Somerset Place to be the first to learn about upcoming contests […]

Short Story Challenge: Try Your Hand to Win

June 6th, 2013

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Photography credit for both images: Andrea C. Jenkins featured in Life Images Spring 2008

What thoughts, feelings, and words do these special captured moments evoke? There’s an epic story yearning to be told and written about each of these photographs; (originally featured in Life Images 2008) the only question is, which one will you choose to try your hand at!?

Short Story Submission Guideline:

Pick one image from above, and compose a short story or poem to bring it to life. Your writing style can be soulful and deep, or witty and fun – the object is to illuminate the image with artistic words that really pack a punch.

Option 1 – Blog Post

Are you a blogger? Use your next post to submit your story.

  • Pick your favorite image from above and feature in your post. Include photo credit: “Photography by Andrea C. Jenkins featured in Life Images 2008″ in the caption. Link the image back to this blog post if possible.
  • Express what the image conveys by writing an eye-catching short story or poem. (500 word maximum)
  • Comment below with the link to your blog post.

Option 2 – Comment Below

  • Express what the image conveys by posting your short story or poem in the comments section below. (500 word maximum)

GIVEAWAY*

The person to write the most creative/interesting story or poem to accompany one of the above photographs will win their choice of any Stampington magazine to spur on their craft.

DEADLINE: June 30th

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To spark some creative juices, browse our hand-picked list of favorite quotes published in Life Images:

 

“All I want in life are the things that make time stop.”

The Things That Make Time Stop

Photography by: Kara Troglin featured in Life Images Summer 2008

 

“When the gypsy is singing, all the other birds are silent.”

Garden Gypsy

Photography by: David A. Bezayiff featured in Life Images Summer 2008

 

“With the excitement of the end of winter and the anticipation of spring, I have to take a deep breath and enjoy all the moments that the day brings.”

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Photography by: Tanya Nozawa & Deborah L. Carlson featured in Life Images Winter 2009

 

We can’t wait to read your stories! :) Don’t forget to comment below.

 



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Photography credit for both images: Andrea C. Jenkins featured in Life Images Spring 2008 What thoughts, feelings, and words do these special captured moments evoke? There’s an epic story yearning to be told and written about each of these photographs; (originally featured in Life Images 2008) the only question is, which one will you choose […]

Hot Off the Press: Glimpse Inside Sizzling June Issues + Win Your Fave

June 3rd, 2013

Beaming with bright ideas, our delightful summer titles will wake up your senses and spur on your creativity! From dazzling mixed-media projects and hundreds of stamped ideas to sea-inspired pendants and funky jewelry fashion, we’re celebrating this season with a wide array of artful ideas for every individual. But we’re warning you – once you open one of these fresh new editions, it’ll be hard to peel your eyes away from its pages! Click on your favorite spread to explore more.

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

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

Use Promo Code*: BLOG0613 at checkout

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Where Women Cook

 

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Spend your lazy days this summer relaxing with this inspirational issue of Where Women Cook. Find out how to spice up your typical Tuesday dinner with mouth-watering recipes from Anette Lynch-Coquito of Coquitos and Marilyn Santulli of American Gra-futti. Also, within these pages you’ll learn ways to transform truffle honey into a sweet treat and uncover the uncanny deliciousness that burrata brings to side dishes. Can you say, yum?!

 

Somerset Studio Gallery

GAL0613The Summer 2013 Somerset Studio Gallery is filled with hundreds of samples of extraordinary artwork presented with exquisite detail. Learn how to craft whimsical paperclay creations with help from Julie Haymaker Thompson, pursue the art of portraiture alongside Pam Carriker, devour a beautifully stitched book by Ruth Rae, and enjoy the results from Somerset Studio’s popular aqua challenge – a surefire way to jumpstart your creativity this season!

Sew Somerset

SEW0613This brand-new Sew Somerset features your favorite mixed-media artists like Linda Trenholm, Kristen Robinson, Ruth Rae, and Colette Copeland, with how-to tips to incorporate stitches onto fabric, paper, and journal projects. Keep on the lookout for French paper abstracts by Caterina Giglio, fun and quirky flashcards by Andrea Ockey Parr, and ingenious Instagram art by Ashley Hacksaw. You’ll be in awe of the inside-out collages by Taryn Reece and a repurposed wedding dress turned book by Lori Oles will leave you eager for more fiber inspiration from this endless issue!

 

Belle Armoire Jewelry

JWL0613If the warm and carefree airs of summer are making you feel especially inspired, pick up the newest Belle Armoire Jewelry for artisan tips and ideas on how to craft colorful accessories to accent your summer wardrobe.  Along with the beautiful and beaded designer collection of Sharona Nissan, we’ve got pages full of fresh and trendy summer styles featuring metal work, beading, knotting, and more. You won’t want to miss Monika Mihic’s painted wooden jewelry or a unique copper pipe necklace from Laurie Prophator – so reserve your copy today!

 

Take Ten

TEN0613Soar into the spirit of summer with the newest issue of Take Ten! With hundreds and hundreds of quick and easy stamped projects, you’ll be sure to find fresh ideas to cultivate your creativity. The clean and cheery style of Guest Artist Rosemary Dennis showcases charming color palettes that pair perfectly together. Also, you’ll want keep an eye out for a splattered ink technique that you’re sure to love and a gorgeous example of how to doodle your own frames with a fine-tipped marker.

Art Quilting Studio

AQS0613The summer issue of Art Quilting Studio is filled with quilts of every shape, size, and style. Prolific fabric artist Chris Roberts-Antieau graces the pages of our Artist Showcase, while the unconventional “Teabag Quilts” of Sophie Truong of Karen Anne Glick adorn the pages of our Series Showcase. If it’s a new technique you’re looking for, the articles run the gamut of everything from Shibori dyeing to quilting with teabags to quilting fabric art journals. This issue of Art Quilting Studio truly has something for everyone.

*Giveaway

Sure, we’re offering $5 off on these oh-so-new summer editions – but we also want to select one lucky reader to win their personal fave!

Here’s how to enter:

1. If you have a Facebook account, share this post with your friends by clicking the “like” button below, or pin it on Pinterest and tag us! (@Stampington)

2. Click on any of the above spreads and you’ll be taken to a close-up view of that magazine.

3. Browse through the images and let us know one thing that really stood out to you and why you enjoy that magazine in particular.  One lucky winner will be selected out of a hat to receive their choice of magazine!

*$5 off discount applies to purchases of any of the following June 2013 issues: Where Women Cook, Somerset Studio Gallery, Sew Somerset, Belle Armoire Jewelry, Take Ten, and Art Quilting Studio. Discount code can be used only one time per customer and expires 06/30/13. Contest is open to U.S. residents and ends 06/30/13 at 11:59pm.



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Beaming with bright ideas, our delightful summer titles will wake up your senses and spur on your creativity! From dazzling mixed-media projects and hundreds of stamped ideas to sea-inspired pendants and funky jewelry fashion, we’re celebrating this season with a wide array of artful ideas for every individual. But we’re warning you – once you […]

Simple 6 Step DIY: Crafty Mixed-Media Envelope Book

May 31st, 2013

When it comes to storing paper pieces like little notes, ephemera, and reusable craft scraps, we’re convinced that a purse would be too cumbersome and a wallet a bit unwieldy, so our very own creative connoisseur [Shoppe Manager Vanessa Spencer] came up with this altered envelope book project  – a perfect pocket for safe-keeping your mini treasures!

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Materials:

EnvelopesWhite Flora Envelope Set

 

 

 

purple twinePurple Plum Twine

 

 

 

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Assorted Handmade Ephemera Pack

 

 

 

time stampsEclectic “Time” Stamps

 

 

 

purple washiPurple Striped Washi Tape

 

 

 

green washiGreen Chevron Washi Tape

 

 

 

6 Simple steps:

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1) Take two flora envelopes at a time, backside up, their flaps facing each other, lined up horizontally. Wrap a piece of green washi tape around the center, front and back, binding them like a book. When you’re finished you should have three sets of 2, like the image above.

 

2) Compile all three sets and layer into a mini book. Bind together by wrapping a piece of Purple Plum Bakers Twine and tying into a bow on the cover.

 

3) Embellish the front of the book with a piece of white mulberry paper from the handmade ephemera pack. Secure it to the envelope with a strip of the green chevron washi tape.

 

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4) Stamp the clock design onto the front. It doesn’t have to be perfect! Faded ink can add a vintage feel.

French text

5) Glue a piece of torn French text or another image from your handmade ephemera pack onto the cover and then add a few small strips of green chevron and purple striped washi for pops of color.

 

Journey

6) Stamp the “Journey” definition onto the right side of the cover to add some interest and remind yourself what this life is all about – the voyage of discovery!

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Voilà! Now you’re ready to open up the pages of these personalized pockets and store snippets of your favorite things!

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For more DIY inspiration like this, check out our growing gamut of Free Projects on our site...and don’t forget to comment on this post with your ideas! What do you want to learn to create? Let us know so we can tell our Shoppe Manager!

 



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When it comes to storing paper pieces like little notes, ephemera, and reusable craft scraps, we’re convinced that a purse would be too cumbersome and a wallet a bit unwieldy, so our very own creative connoisseur [Shoppe Manager Vanessa Spencer] came up with this altered envelope book project  – a perfect pocket for safe-keeping your […]

Guest Artist: Mindy Lacefield’s Art Journaling Magic

May 28th, 2013

We’re absolutely elated to welcome Mindy Lacefield, mixed-media expert and cover artist of the spring 2013 issue Art Journaling, to Somerset Place! 

Have your hours of art journaling been dragging on like an arduous chore rather than valued as precious time to express yourself, or maybe you’ve yet to try your hand at this soul satisfying hobby? No matter where you find yourself on the art journal skill scale, this blog post will deliver the skinny on how to infuse fun and balance into your craft.  Follow along with Guest Artist Mindy Lacefield as she invites you to “see the miracles in the small and minute” with this inspiring video and other insider tips, sure to spur on your creativity!

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Spice up your art journaling routine with these 10 tips from Mindy!

1) Don’t wait to be inspired. Get out your journal every day even if it’s only for 10-15 minutes.

2) Make a bunch of gelli plate prints to serve as libraries of textures. I love the idea of having your own language and textures. This will bring in your own voice and style. I use these prints to collage with and cut out areas that speak to me as I’m working.

3) Start using bleeding art tissue. This stuff is so amazing! Although it can bleed, it does serve as a stunning transparent color layer that’s so unique when painted over with a palette knife.

4) Do some small figure sketches on lined notebook paper and tear them out. You can do several in a 15-20 time span. It looks really neat and child-like and it also helps when deciding about your composition. You can really play and test out the composition with these little sketches before gluing them in your journal.

5) Using black and white creates interesting contrast. Use black paper and paint white gesso over the page, and then do white paper and paint black gesso over the page.

6) Use the top layer of a patterned napkin to create visual interest and transparency and collage it into your journal.

7) Play with neon colors! I love using a bland color next to bright neon for added contrast.

8) Use small touches of glitter glue for fun.

9) Get out into nature and be still. Write what you see. Write how it feels with absence of movement. Absence of sound.

10) Write a special word with your non-dominant hand in pencil or oil pastel. You are channeling your 8 year old self.

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Join us as we “Ask Mindy”

Would you recommend preparing yourself before you art journal or create as you go?

I pretty much create as I go. I love the idea of showing up and not really knowing what I’m going to do. Facing the blank journal can sometimes be daunting so I write in a spiral bound journal through the use of automatic writing to see what comes out. I begin my journaling process by simply just gluing something down or painting a swatch of color and go from there.  Then the moment comes when thinking is no longer happening. I’m only doing. I’m free from worrying about the outcome. I work on several pages or pieces at a time so that there are pages at various stages throughout the process.

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Are there any specific stamps you like to art journal with?

I love Traci and Dina’s stamps because they have such a unique painterly texture. You can stamp them into wet paint or use them with ink and paint around them. I love the idea of a stamp giving the illusion of text and/or lettering without actually writing something. Also, what I love, are that the shapes are very organic and raw. This is exactly what I’m looking for when deciding on a stamp to purchase. Traci and Dina are amazing artists and I consider both of them my mentors. I adore their spirit and their art!

What advice would you give to artists who are working part-time or debating on taking the leap of faith into a full-time investment in their art career?

I say you only have this one life. Go for it!

Having a plan definitely helps and to work part-time while you get your art career off the ground is one thing I do recommend. With the added support of the part-time job, you aren’t left stressed to totally rely on your art to make a living. When you aren’t stressed, you can have the freedom to create from a beautiful place and everything else will fall into place as it should.

Just curious, what is “Tim’s Sally” all about?

Tim’s Sally comes from a love of my favorite movie director Tim Burton. My favorite character is Sally from Burton’s “A Nightmare Before Christmas.” My husband’s name is also Tim and while I was trying to come up with a catchy, easy-to-remember name for my Etsy shop, Tim’s Sally was born. It has kinda stuck with me all these years and I love its simplicity and nod to my two favorite Tims! A funny story…someone was asking me about the name and she thought that is was a catch-phrase like “bees knees.” I couldn’t be more flattered!

 

About Mindy:tims sally button

Random Fact: She believes in magic
She Adores: Dolls from the 70s and 80s (especially strawberry shortcake!)
She Has: An awesome blog site www.timssally.com

 

 

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Sarah Uncategorized

We’re absolutely elated to welcome Mindy Lacefield, mixed-media expert and cover artist of the spring 2013 issue Art Journaling, to Somerset Place!  Have your hours of art journaling been dragging on like an arduous chore rather than valued as precious time to express yourself, or maybe you’ve yet to try your hand at this soul […]