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:

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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

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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*

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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

 



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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 […]

Cultivate Your Creative Muse: Tips to Infuse Wonder into your Workspace

March 18th, 2013

Johanna's Office

“I couldn’t spend more than half my life somewhere without loving every inch of my space – it’s very simple.”- Johanna Love, Director of Photography at Stampington & Company

There’s no better place to search for inspiration than within oneself, which is why we’re so excited to feature the inside of our very own Director of Photography, Johanna Love’s office.

From rain boots and tiny tea cups, to vintage books and colorful fabric swatches, Johanna surrounds herself with some of the most unexpected yet interesting snippets of inspiration to help draw out her own creative muse in the work place.

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Inside Johanna’s Office:

  • Rainboots for Inspiration: Johanna reveals, “I grab inspirations from everywhere I can, from crafting books to my sons’ rain boots.” She recommends surrounding yourself with things you love by bringing a bit of home into your workspace. You don’t have to leave your shoes at the door if they hold sentimental value.
  • Carry on with Creativity: Johanna also collects antique luggage to prop for vintage-style artwork. These pieces add an element of old-fashioned whimsy to her office.
  • Floral Appeal: A pot of flowers can give you a lift when combating a stressful work week. They add color, life and a beautiful fragrance. Johanna opts for artificial to add a touch of beauty she can reuse as background props.
  • Texture: White walls can drown out your colorful ideas. Johanna keeps a stack of distressed wooden boards ranging in shades from dark-light to use in backdrops for photos. Repurposed wood boards can also be used to add texture to dull, lifeless walls in any work space.

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Johanna Typewriter

A “Type” of Prop: As the Director of Photography, it comes to no surprise that Johanna’s workspace can pile up with a plethora of props. A vintage thrifted typewriter serves as a the perfect platform for showcasing artwork for Somerset Life. Bring your own props from home to creatively display sentimental photographs, stage a certain scene, or infuse a vintage feel into your office space.

 

Johanna Books

Words of Wisdom: “Some are collector’s items, others are more common, but these books all have interesting worn covers and beautiful text pages inside,” says Johanna. If she’s not using these for a photo shoot, books are always inspiring to open and read during a break.

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Many fellow employees (like me!) have fallen in love with the artful ambiance Johanna has cultivated. Within moments of stepping into her office space, the stresses of work seem to melt away and are replaced by a wonderful eclectic energy.

What interesting or inspiring materials do you surround yourself with at work? Comment below to help fellow creatives find their muse and reduce stress!

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JohannaAbout Johanna:

Favorite Food: Watermelon

Random Fact: She experiences déjà vu on a regular basis.

Favorite Quote: “If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.” – Dalai Lama

 

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“I couldn’t spend more than half my life somewhere without loving every inch of my space – it’s very simple.”- Johanna Love, Director of Photography at Stampington & Company There’s no better place to search for inspiration than within oneself, which is why we’re so excited to feature the inside of our very own Director […]