Blog Poll: Spill the Beans for $50 Giveaway

May 23rd, 2013

Whenever my teacher uttered the dreaded word “QUIZ” in class, I remember squirming uncomfortably in my seat, looking for an escape window that unfortunately never appeared. But today on the blog, there’s no need to fear – we’re bringing a brand-new light to test taking by offering a fun pop quiz in order to give you what you want. Whether you’re new to the blogging scene or you’re a seasoned guru, we want your input!

Blog Poll

[This giveaway has ended.]

As our way of saying thank you for your participation and in hopes to inspire your next artful endeavor, we’ll pick 2 winners out of a hat to receive a $50 gift certificate to spend at the Shoppe, home to over 3,000 unique art and crafting materials.

  •  CLICK HERE to take the poll and be entered to win!

  • Deadline: June 1st

  • Comment below with “I took the poll” so we can track your e-mail and contact the 2 winners!

MORE: Thank you all for sharing your ideas! We’ll announce the winners soon, but while we wait I have one more question for all you Somerset Placers that you can answer in the comments below!

Would you be interested if we added more blog posts featuring food recipes and creative studio spaces from our top titles Where Women Cook and Where Women Create? Let me know! Wishing you all a wonderful weekend.

-Bethany, your Somerset Place Blogista



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Whenever my teacher uttered the dreaded word “QUIZ” in class, I remember squirming uncomfortably in my seat, looking for an escape window that unfortunately never appeared. But today on the blog, there’s no need to fear – we’re bringing a brand-new light to test taking by offering a fun pop quiz in order to give […]

Dreamy Damsels: Free Ephemera Download

May 20th, 2013

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Travel back in time with these lovely ladies dressed to the nines. You’ll find a dramatic damsel adorned in a gold embroidered gown captured in a moment of grace and an entertaining starlet, high-kicking the night away in Paris.

Classic color combos and vintage text make it easy to use these images together or separately as a stunning accent in your next art project.

 

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

 

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

*More freebies: Did you know we also give away free ephemera downloads in our newsletters? For printable inspiration that won’t cost you a cent, be sure to signup today!

We want to see your art! If you download this free image and make anything from a mixed-media project to a creative card idea, we want to see the final piece! Please comment below with a link to the image. If you need some inspiration to get started, check out our ephemera challenge post, featuring fellow artists’ unique pieces. Happy creating! ❤



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Travel back in time with these lovely ladies dressed to the nines. You’ll find a dramatic damsel adorned in a gold embroidered gown captured in a moment of grace and an entertaining starlet, high-kicking the night away in Paris. Classic color combos and vintage text make it easy to use these images together or separately […]

Eco-Chic Challenge: Get Published

May 16th, 2013

Debi Beard Videos

Whether you dumpster dive for trash like our dear friend Debi Beard, or you’ve already got an item collecting dust on your shelves that you could put to good use – we want to invite all of you green crafting connoisseurs  to crank up your creativity level with our Eco-Chic Challenge!

Our art team wants to see the most innovative way you can rescue and recreate an object whose fate was destined for the junk yard. We’re always accepting submissions for GreenCraft Magazine; but with this challenge, we’re curious to see what new and inventive ways our artists can come up with in their eco-crafting endeavors, for a chance to win a $25 gift certificate AND get published in an upcoming issue of GreenCraft.

Guidelines:

Option 1 Trash to Treasure:

1)      Use an item you already have in your possession that you’d otherwise throw out (an empty curly fry container, a handful of plastic grocery bags, or an In-N-Out drink holder.)

2)      Transform your trash into something truly innovative/fashionable/chic.

3)      Submit your finished piece to our art department. (Read detailed instructions here.)

*Deadline: June 15th

 

Option 2 Wasteland Rescue:

1)      Use an item that that you’ve recovered from the wasteland (an old skateboard, a rusty bike, old cell phone parts.)

2)      Transform it into something completely new/unique/functional.

3)      Submit your finished piece to our art department. (Read detailed instructions here.)

*Deadline: June 15th

 

Prize:

Our top 3 picks of the most innovative and stylish submissions will each receive a prize of a $25 gift certificate and shout outs on our social media sites!

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To get your creative juices flowing, browse through these previously published garbage to grand transformations and get a better idea of what we’re looking for!

 

Trash to Treasure:

Upcycled Color Catcher Sachets

laundry recycle

DIY Herb Caddy

drink holder

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Wasteland Rescues:

Super chic: A pretty pistachio shell necklace

pistachio shell necklace

 

 

So clever! Children’s toys made from an old skateboard

toy cars

 

GreenCraft

*Reminder: Even if you don’t land in the top prize spot, you’re submission will automatically have a chance at being featured in the upcoming issues of GreenCraft Magazine – so we urge and encourage all of you to submit your projects. :)

 

 

Comment below: To inspire some ingenious ideas, please share what material you think would be the most interesting to see in an eco-chic project. For example, we once had an artist create pretty pendants and fashionable earrings from bike tires!

 

Photo credits:

 



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Whether you dumpster dive for trash like our dear friend Debi Beard, or you’ve already got an item collecting dust on your shelves that you could put to good use – we want to invite all of you green crafting connoisseurs  to crank up your creativity level with our Eco-Chic Challenge! Our art team wants […]

Incredible Wish List Organizer

May 13th, 2013

 

“If you have a goal, write it down. If you do not write it down, you do not have a goal – you have a wish.”

Wish List

Whether a wish or a list, we’ve all got things we need or want to do – like chores, grocery goodies or other fancies, and many times they never see the light of day. With this artful project, our Editor-in-Chief Christen Olivarez shows us a stress-relieving way to de-clutter the lengthy lists that pile up in our minds and get them onto paper where they can be seen.

Wish List grid

Project and photographs by Editor in Chief Christen Olivarez & Director of Photography Johanna Love

For svelte storage and a sophisticated look, Christen uses a cigar box as a container – how clever?! Then, with a few snips, stamps and strips of lovely embellishments, behold: a new book of ideas is ready to write on. To infuse your own flair, you can use different colors or patterns of washi tape or add personal memorabilia – like tickets from your favorite musical or a treasured quote. Now you’ll never let another wish slip your mind with this super simple project!

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For detailed instructions and to view the products used for this project, feel free to stop by our Shoppe and create your own organized wish list.

 

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We want to know: Do you have any other interesting/creative ways of organizing?

Share with us your best tricks of the trade and we’ll pick one random winner to receive a set of the mini journal cards used in this artful project to spark some organized inspiration!

 

 



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  “If you have a goal, write it down. If you do not write it down, you do not have a goal – you have a wish.” Whether a wish or a list, we’ve all got things we need or want to do – like chores, grocery goodies or other fancies, and many times they […]

Up and Away Ephemera Challenge Winners!

May 9th, 2013

Up and Away Contest

Only weeks ago we announced our Up and away Ephemera Challenge as a chance for tree huggers to create digital projects, and other talented artists to try their hand at mixed-media masterpieces using balloon ephemera pieces. We promised to announce the top 2 winners…but there’s been a surprise change in plans! Because of the bounty of beautiful submissions, it proved to be much more difficult than originally imagined to narrow down the winners.

We enlisted in the help of Stampington & Company’s Founder Kellene Giloff to hand-pick the top projects, and we hope you’ll be as pleasantly surprised as we were when you see which stunning entries (in no particular order) took the cake:

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Lisa Mallette’s Hot Air Balloon Album:

Lisa Mallette Hot Air Balloon

In Lisa’s words:

I was particularly intrigued by the ‘Up and Away’ challenge because my dad has been a hot-air balloon pilot for over 40 years, and I immediately thought of making something special for him. The vintage images are especially appropriate, as he is also a ballooning history buff. 

Hot Air Balloon

I decided to make a little album in which my dad can keep photos of his ballooning adventures. After it turned out much nicer than I had originally envisioned, I was inspired to create a matching frame. Both projects were made with the Up & Away Tags and Up & Away Squares digital ephemera.

 

Materials & How-to:

Blank coil-bound mixed-media book

Wooden craft frame

Corrugated cardboard

Self-adhesive cork sheet

Patterned paper

Alcohol inks

Tissue tape

Acrylic paints: French Vanilla, Cape Cod Blue, Mocha Brown, Black

 

The album project started with a blank coil-bound book, which contains corrugated cardboard and chipboard pages, a canvas page, an acrylic page and a long envelope. Lisa painted the cover and inside pages, covered several pages with patterned paper, and embellished them with the balloon images, tissue tape, and torn sheets of self-adhesive cork colored with alcohol inks. The frame consists of corrugated cardboard adhered to a painted wooden craft frame and embellished in a similar fashion.

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Tina Walker’s Quote Canvas & Ephemera Canvas

Quote Ephemera

it was said Quote How-To:

  1. Apply sewing pattern paper to chipboard with matte medium.
  2. Spray with spray gesso.
  3. Stamp with lined stamp.
  4. Type favorite quotes and cut out into sentences.
  5. Ink the edges of quotes.
  6. Cut leaf shape from spare ephemera pieces and adhere to ATC.
  7. Add small piece of deli paper on top of leaf pieces.
  8. Color clear gems with alcohol ink and apply to leaf piece.
  9. Apply distress ink to edges of ATC.

 

Ephemera How-to:

  1. Print ephemera in size to fit ATC.
  2. Apply ephemera to ATC canvas with matte medium.
  3. Spray ATC with spray mist.
  4. Apply crackle paste with stencil.
  5. Apply distress ink with stencil. (on top of and on the edges of ATC)
  6. Splatter with water color paint.
  7. Print same ephemera in smaller size and apply to ATC canvas with foam tape.

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Cathy Ward’s Up and Away Dominos Digital Picture

Le-Balloon

In Cathy’s words:

This collage was created in Photoshop Elements, originally an image the hubby took of me in front of a castle in France. I am actually in the photo – (under the pretty lady) my alter ego is my shadow, you see. The castle was so beautiful it looked like a painted backdrop behind me. I had always wanted to turn it into a collage and when I saw the ephemera balloon pieces, this image came to mind.

How-to:

Cathy digitally cut out the vintage lady from a scanned postcard from her personal collection. She placed the piece directly on top of the background image and added several layers from the Up and Away Dominos sheet. Cathy included the script “Le Ballon” along with the back of a scanned cabinet card to add an element of elegance. Varying patterned layers with different opacity levels ties the entire image together with a whimsical feel.

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What gorgeous creations! Again, congratulations to our winners. We will send an e-mail shortly to coordinate how you will receive your prize. Please contact blog@stampington.com with any further questions.

Did you miss out on the opportunity to participate in this challenge? Not to fret! – You’re welcome to submit your digital projects or mixed media ideas at any time for an opportunity to be published with us! Click here to browse all of our “calls and challenges.”

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Want to win the brand new Somerset Life Spring 2013 magazine?

Check out this week’s Mother’s Day Challenge and enter today!

 

We want to know: What ingenious project have YOU created using ephemera? Comment below with a description or with a link to the picture/post!

 



Sarah Uncategorized

Only weeks ago we announced our Up and away Ephemera Challenge as a chance for tree huggers to create digital projects, and other talented artists to try their hand at mixed-media masterpieces using balloon ephemera pieces. We promised to announce the top 2 winners…but there’s been a surprise change in plans! Because of the bounty […]