Create + Win: Up and Away Ephemera Challenge

April 4th, 2013

Up and Away Contest

While browsing our e-crafting.com ephemera collection on my break today, I became instantly enamored with the brand-new editions of beautiful balloon images by Calico Collage. Carried away in a cloud of inspiration, my mind pondered the ways in which artists could use these vintage pieces to “uplift” their next creative project.

*Up and Away Ephemera Contest*

[This giveaway has ended.]

We’d like to extend a $5 off promo code to go towards the ephemera of your choice for this challenge: 0413BLOG

Simply enter the code upon checkout. [Code will expire on 5/1/13]

Option 1 – Mixed-Media Project:

Whether you’re into art journaling, collage creating, or card making, the possibilities are endless when it comes to dreaming up pretty pieces with ephemera elements.

Guidelines:

  • After you’ve ordered your favorite ephemera with the provided promo code, print your piece to use in an interesting and artistic project.
  • When you are finished with your masterpiece, send the following to  blog@stampington.com:

1) A high-res image of your project (300 dpi, no more than 5 MB)

2) A brief paragraph describing how you made the artwork

3) A supplies list of the materials used, including the name of the ephemera piece chosen from e-crafting.com (for example: A Stitch In Time Tags)

4) Include “Up & Away Contest” in the subject line

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Option 2 – Digital Project:

For all the tree huggers in the world, there’s plenty of ways to use ephemera digitally to create eye-catching images and personalized memory art or scrapbook pages.

Guidelines:

  • After you’ve ordered your favorite ephemera with the provided promo code, use it in a unique and digitally created project.
  • When finished, send the following to  blog@stampington.com:

1) A high-res image (300 dpi, no more than 5 MB)

2) A brief paragraph describing the artwork

3) Include the name of the ephemera piece used (for example: A Stitch In Time Tags)

4) Include “Up & Away Contest” in the subject line

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 Prizes:

*Top two winners receive: $25 gift card + shout out on our social media sites

*Eligible selected project entries also have a chance to:

1) Be featured on e-crafting.com with full artist credit to display how ephemera can be used in artwork

2) Be featured in Somerset Digital Studio or Somerset Memories

 *Deadline for both project options:  5/1/13

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To get your creative juices flowing, scroll through these digital projects published in Somerset Digital Studio.

Feel free to include your own artistic flair in your project – do not feel confined to a certain style…we invite you to soar beyond bounds!

 

Somerset Digital Studio Autumn 10

Somerset Digital StudioSomerset Digital Studio

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Happy creating – we can’t wait to receive your submissions!

 



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While browsing our e-crafting.com ephemera collection on my break today, I became instantly enamored with the brand-new editions of beautiful balloon images by Calico Collage. Carried away in a cloud of inspiration, my mind pondered the ways in which artists could use these vintage pieces to “uplift” their next creative project. *Up and Away Ephemera […]

Don’t Be Fooled ‒ Glimpse Inside April Issues and Win

April 1st, 2013

Birds are chirping, buds are blooming and nature is beaming with life. It’s a perfect time for a sneak peek at your favorite magazine to get a glimpse inside this season’s hottest trends and thrilling techniques.

*INCREDIBLE OFFER: It’s that time again to thank our growing group of blog readers by offering a FREE SHIPPING discount on all of our April releases. Use Promo Code: BLOG0413*

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Art Journaling 2013

Celebrate springtime with the April issue of Art Journaling! A variety of inspiring artwork awaits you within this issue. The vivid and edgy creations of Teesha Moore grace the pages of our Artist Portfolio. Also inside: Artist Pat May shares how to transform vintage postcards into an art journal with little more than paint, Karen O’Brien sheds light on the art of portraiture, and Carrie Todd perfects collage on the pages of her journal. With more than 150 art journal pages, you’re sure to find an abundance of inspiration in this issue.

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 Haute Handbags 2013

Delve headfirst into a world of innovative handbags, purses, clutches, totes, and much more in this spring issue of Haute Handbags. From burlap and denim to cowboy boots and beyond, the imaginative use of various fabrics will have you craving the hottest new styles in the DIY world.  Saddle up and hold on tight as we take you on a journey through these chic pages — we promise it’ll be worth the ride.

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 Jewelry Affaire 2013

‘Tis the season to add some flowers, denim, and even fringe to your wardrobes!  Learn exciting new techniques from extraordinary artists like Holly Westler, Brooke Bock, and Michelle Hurtt, and see how they take ordinary everyday items and turn them into stunning wearable pieces of art. From royal pieces and antique heirlooms to leather bits and shotgun shells, this enticing Jewelry Affaire is packed with this season’s latest trends and happenings.

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Mingle 2013

Something old, something new, something borrowed and something…superbly stunning! You won’t want to miss the fabulous wedding ideas inside this issue, inspired by Alice in Wonderland and a gorgeous vintage 1950s themed bridal shower. Step into spring and trust that you’ll be tempted to plan an impromptu soiree with your closest gal pals upon reading about a lovely seaside getaway. Or delve into a delightful crafternoon with artist Anna Corba. This brand new issue of Mingle will be your greatest confidante during party planning season.

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Somerset Life 2013

The final installment of Susannah Conway’s Authentic Living series is just one of many beautiful reasons to pick up this spring issue of Somerset Life.  Dazzle your friends and family with simple, elegant gifts that you can easily make in the kitchen, and learn studio organization tips just in time for spring cleaning.  You won’t be able to wipe the smile off your face when you see the delightful results of our Toilet Paper Roll Challenge.  Also, don’t miss an exciting sneak peek of a hot new store that’s all the rave, Vintiques.

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 Somerset Memories

If you’ve been waiting for just the right inspiration to begin a special memory book of your own, our spring Somerset Memories is just what you’ll need to get started.  Don’t miss this spectacular issue showcasing a gorgeous array of paper crafts, fabric arts, memorabilia and mixed-media art.

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 Stampers' Sampler

Drum roll please! The much-anticipated results of our Dress Template Challenge are in, and we think you’ll agree with us that they do not disappoint! Articles in this Spring ’13 issue of The Stampers’ Sampler run the gamut, from cards showcasing a flawless antiquing technique, to a circus-themed collection that is awe-inspiring, and even a stylish and chic set of table place cards that you’ll want to duplicate for your next special gathering.

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*Win the issue you love most by:

[This giveaway has ended.]

1)  Clicking on your favorite spread and scrolling down to “See What’s Inside.”

2) Let us know which spread really caught your eye and why in the blog comments below!

One lucky person will be selected at random to receive their choice of one of these brand-new spring issues. Contest ends on April 30th, 2013.

*Free shipping offer applies to U.S. purchases of the following April (Spring ’13) issues only: Art Journaling, Haute Handbags, Jewelry Affaire, Mingle, Somerset Life, Somerset Memories, and The Stampers’ Sampler. Discount code cannot be combined with any other offer and expires 4/30/13.

 



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Birds are chirping, buds are blooming and nature is beaming with life. It’s a perfect time for a sneak peek at your favorite magazine to get a glimpse inside this season’s hottest trends and thrilling techniques. *INCREDIBLE OFFER: It’s that time again to thank our growing group of blog readers by offering a FREE SHIPPING […]

A Twist on Traditional Easter Eggs

March 28th, 2013

“A simple craft supply could easily be converted into an artful piece with a few carefully selected additions.” – Michelle Ward

Neat Nest

If you’re “dyeing” to find an elegant alternative to ordinary eggs this Easter without all the hassle, we’ve got just the fix for you. In this FREE article download, Michelle Ward displays a whimsical way of creating irresistibly chic spring décor with pieces already in your possession. Now you can spend more time with family this holiday and less time trying to track down a carton of eggs to color.

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Michelle Ward Eggs

Rather than relying on papier-mâché or ordinary dyeing techniques, you can call on your creative muse to concoct this eco-friendly and eye-catching art piece. For even more artistic advantages, Michelle offers other convenient ways to re-use this project during different holidays and seasons. Display this decorated nest proudly on your Easter table this spring with the exciting option to refurbish later for a festive fall piece.

Do you have an unconventional Easter tradition? Please share with your fellow creatives by commenting below!

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*Nests and Eggs by Michelle Ward originally appeared in Somerset Studio January/February 2012.

*Download this FREE article Nests and Eggs

Michelle Ward Stencils

 

About Michelle Ward:

-Wife and mom of 3.

-Working artist interested in altered books, painting, and stamping.

-Just launched a new Stencil Collection, now available at Stampington.

 



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“A simple craft supply could easily be converted into an artful piece with a few carefully selected additions.” – Michelle Ward If you’re “dyeing” to find an elegant alternative to ordinary eggs this Easter without all the hassle, we’ve got just the fix for you. In this FREE article download, Michelle Ward displays a whimsical […]

Creative Cards in 10 Minutes or Less!

March 25th, 2013
 
To create these particularly pretty cards found in our most recent issue of Take Ten, it will only take you 10 minutes and a ton of enthusiasm.

Creative Cards

Project and photographs by Vanessa Spencer

Our Shoppe Manager knows that a card can add the icing on the cake at birthdays, anniversaries and other special occasions. Which is why she recommends assembling an army of already made personalized cards instead of making a last minute run to the store for your friend/family’s next big event.

To get started, our Shoppe Manager and several other Stampington sidekicks took a pack of plain white cards and added a light aqua background by mixing sky blue and yellow pastel acrylic paint. Then, for more colorful details with a hint of decoupaged imperfection, they tore and glued bright strips of Art Papers and tacked on patterned washi tape for texture. For an extra personal touch, you can add snippets of text to describe the person receiving the card. For example, “she was a creative soul” or “she decided to leap.” You can keep it simple with just a few words, or add more….it’s all in your hands! To create more depth, stamps and red paint tie the final look together.

 

Creative Cards Take Ten

For more detailed instructions and to find all products used for this project, please click here.

Are you a card connoisseur? What are some creative ways you’ve taken your card making from drab to fab? Please share with your comments below!

Take Ten Washi Tape

* Special Offer – Get FREE shipping + a Special Gift:

When you subscribe to the RSVP package of Take Ten, receive free shipping and a gift set of two patterned rolls of Washi tape: Red Geometric Flower and Blue Circle Petal Star.

 



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  To create these particularly pretty cards found in our most recent issue of Take Ten, it will only take you 10 minutes and a ton of enthusiasm. Project and photographs by Vanessa Spencer Our Shoppe Manager knows that a card can add the icing on the cake at birthdays, anniversaries and other special occasions. […]

Caption Contest: When Life Gives You Lemons

March 21st, 2013

Life Gives you Lemons-Caption Contest

Photography by Martha Schuster featured in Somerset Life 2011

Sometimes as artists, life gives us lemons – the bitterness of writer’s block or the tart inability to create. But instead of letting our day go sour, we must find a remedy to bring sweet ideas to life! While skimming the pages of our past issues, I stumbled upon this brilliant photo in our Spring 2011 Somerset Life magazine, effectively quenching my thirst for inspiration.

 

Giveaway*

[This giveaway has ended.]

1)      Click the “like” button below this post to share this post.

2)      Comment below with your most creative caption to let us know you shared.

 

The person with “the most creative” caption will receive a 5 pack of lemon colored washi tape (with designs personally picked by our team) to inspire your bright ideas! See if you can squeeze out some creativity and try to come up with a catchy caption. We can’t wait to read your responses.

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Contest Winner Updates: Congratulations on behalf of Stampington to our lucky March blog giveaway winners!

Caption Contest Winner: Debra Combs

March Glimpse Inside Winner: Heidi Woodruff

5 Pinterest Contest Winners:

  • Donna Jcohn
  • Jennifer Hutchings
  • Kathleen Wilson
  • Melanie Kissell
  • Sandie Luck

 



Sarah Artful LivingArtwork SubmissionsContests and Giveaways ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,

Photography by Martha Schuster featured in Somerset Life 2011 Sometimes as artists, life gives us lemons – the bitterness of writer’s block or the tart inability to create. But instead of letting our day go sour, we must find a remedy to bring sweet ideas to life! While skimming the pages of our past issues, I […]