Free Ephemera Downloads: Vintage Charm

June 20th, 2013

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It’s that time again for your downloadable dose of enchanting ephemera! This month we’ve hand-picked a pair of dainty ladies captured in a moments of innocent beauty. With floral accents painted in cream and gray, these images are sure to add a touch of vintage glamour to your paper crafting, card making, or other artful creations.

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

 

Looking for more freebies? Sign up now for Stampington’s exclusive newsletters, where you will find even more enticing ephemera downloads for free!

 

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

 



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It’s that time again for your downloadable dose of enchanting ephemera! This month we’ve hand-picked a pair of dainty ladies captured in a moments of innocent beauty. With floral accents painted in cream and gray, these images are sure to add a touch of vintage glamour to your paper crafting, card making, or other artful […]

Free Article Download: Find Your Purpose in Business the Soulful Way

June 17th, 2013

 

Photo credit: Tracey Clark

Whether you’re well on your way to business bliss or you’re considering starting your own jewelry, artwork, or fashion line, we’ve got news for you. In this free article download, Kelly Rae Roberts partners with her creative colleague Beth Kempton (formerly Nicholls) to share in-depth ways of turning stale monotony into genuine joy. Empower your creative abilities with specific how-to tips, ideas on making significant profits, and defining the “what vs. why” of business.

“We believe that if you nurture the soul of your business, no matter what you are selling, it too can be extraordinary.” -Kelly Rae Roberts & Beth Kempton

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“The Soulful Way” by Kelly Rae Roberts and Beth Kempton originally appeared in Where Women Create Business Winter 2013.

*Click here to download “The Soulful Way.”

 

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For even more sublime ideas from featured columnist Kelly Rae Roberts, check out the brand-new 2nd edition of Where Women Create Business, available July 1st!

 

 

Whether you’re a beginner or expert, do you have any of your own business-savvy tips that you’d like to offer other artists and entrepreneurs? Comment below to share your wealth of ideas!

 

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About Kelly and Beth:

  • Coke slurpees from 7-Eleven are Kelly’s guilty pleasure.
  • You won’t catch Beth driving a car, but does have a powerboat license!
  • Both Kelly and Beth have collaborated to create “Hello Soul Hello Business,” a trailblazing online business-development experience to guide business savvy individuals to success.
 



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  Photo credit: Tracey Clark Whether you’re well on your way to business bliss or you’re considering starting your own jewelry, artwork, or fashion line, we’ve got news for you. In this free article download, Kelly Rae Roberts partners with her creative colleague Beth Kempton (formerly Nicholls) to share in-depth ways of turning stale monotony […]

Behind-the-Scenes: Local Coto de Caza Photo Shoot

June 13th, 2013

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Photography by Johanna Love – Jewelry by Sharona Nissan

We are joined today by a remarkably talented duo: Stampington’s Director of Photography, Johanna Love, and Assistant Photographer, Jessica Wolfe. They’re here to give you a sneak peek at the stunning Coto de Caza photo shoot found in this month’s Belle Armoire Jewelry.

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When Sharona Nissan’s lavish, intricately fashioned jewelry collection was selected to grace the pages of Belle Armoire Jewelry, the first step was to find the perfect photo shoot location to highlight each piece. Nestled in a quiet corner of sunny Southern California, the charming family-owned farm, Coto de Caza, is just moments away from our Stampington headquarters. Beaming with life, the organic elements found on the farm add a primitive feel to the textured backdrops in the photo shoot. From a ripe harvest of green foliage to vintage heirlooms, saddles, and boots, the scenery feels like a natural home to each western-style jewelry piece.

“Johanna and I decided on my family equestrian ranch, Coto de Caza, because the jewelry seemed very western-inspired to us.  We knew that at my farm there would be plenty of rustic background options – from the railroad ties that we used as steps in the backyard to my mother’s vintage saddle,” says Jessica.

 

belle armoire horseTrue to her name, Whisper the 22 year old Arabian mare has always embodied a calm spirit. Her gorgeous freckled coat served as the perfect background to bring out the spotted design print in this beaded bracelet.

 

 

blog2To accent turquoise and gold pendants, these mustard-colored boots were a gift from Jessica’s family friend, an avid thrifter and collector.

It seemed like she must have had over a hundred of them at one point because they filled every empty spot in her house,” says Jessica.

 

blogA pair of patterned leather boots facing a bed of fresh wildflowers provides a natural-looking nook for this decadent beaded necklace.

 

 

 

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We spy with our eye, our lovely and talented Assistant Photographer Jessica Wolfe, modeling a neck full of multi-colored gems.

 

 

To uncover even more secrets like why celebrities are raving over Sharona Nissan’s exquisite jewelry pieces, how she began her career from not-so-artistic beginnings, and for more eye-catching images, pick up Belle Armoire Jewelry to read the full article.

Are you aspiring to be or already an expert photographer? We want to know: what are some special spots/props you’d choose to accent jewelry pieces like these? Share your vision in the “comments” section below!



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Photography by Johanna Love – Jewelry by Sharona Nissan We are joined today by a remarkably talented duo: Stampington’s Director of Photography, Johanna Love, and Assistant Photographer, Jessica Wolfe. They’re here to give you a sneak peek at the stunning Coto de Caza photo shoot found in this month’s Belle Armoire Jewelry. *** When Sharona […]

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!

 



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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.”

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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 […]