Pin to Win Contest: Top 9 Pinterest Picks

February 28th, 2013

Top 9 Pinterest Boards

By the end of the week, your desk and your mind may be cluttered with to-do’s…but you’ve come to the right place if you’re looking to lighten your load. In hopes to transform your day from mundane to magical, our team of professional nit pickers came together to narrow down our 9 most popular Pinboards. Get ready to ignite your crafty passion as we deliver the FUN in that FUNdamental break you so deserve. Let the countdown begin!

Top 9 Pinterest Picks: (From top to bottom, left to right)

1. Jewelry Whether your passion is stringing and making polymer clay beads or incorporating found or natural objects – our jewelry pin board offers dazzling ways to embellish any naked neck. Peruse pictures of lovely arm candy, necklaces, earrings and brooches and take advantage of the how-to projects to make your own!

2. Digital See what the buzz is about- browse the best digitally created artwork around, featuring the captivating craft of artists published in our Somerset Digital Studio magazine.

3. Mixed Media Inspiration– From a heavenly angel fresco painting by artist Kate Thompson to creative art journaling, this awe inspiring board is comprised of colorful canvases, artful techniques, and other ideas to add extra special layers of inspiration to your projects.

4. Cruise in Chartreuse– Make your friends chartreuse with envy! Collect some colorful ways to brighten up your day here.

 *This pin board is no longer active, but if you’re still looking for a splash of colorful inspiration, browse our color collection: click here.

5. Packaging– Get wrapped up in all sorts of pretty by searching our glorious gallery of DIY projects.

6. We <3 Washi– Sometimes sticky situations aren’t so bad. Who knew delectably designed tape could be used in so many different ways?

7. Authentic Living– Guest artist Vanessa Spencer plays dress-up to transform typical jars into vintage treasures by using French-inspired embellishments and tastefully tied ribbon. Turn every day objects into beautiful masterpieces, inspired by Somerset Life magazine.

8. Blog Photography– You might recognize this picture from our previous 10 Shoppe Favorites Under $10 blog post, and now you can track down other tempting templates and free downloads by shuffling through our blog photography pin board.

9. Chalk It Up– Just like these chalkboard tealight candle favors, you can alter your artwork with nothing more than a stick of chalk. For extra awesomeness and free giveaways, you can check back on the blog for contests and challenges like the Chalk It Up Pinterest Contest.

 

*Pin to Win*

[This giveaway has ended.]

Help us reach 99 or more repins on this blog post image and we’ll pick 5 lucky winners to receive the newest issue of GreenCraft Magazine.

Simply click the “pin it” button and comment below to share that you’ve repinned. Good luck!

*Contest is open to residents of the U.S. only.

 

Artwork and Photography Credits:
Vanessa Spencer, Kate Thompson, Anna Aspnes, Debbie ShannonPam Carriker, chalkboard idea submitted by weddingchicks.com


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By the end of the week, your desk and your mind may be cluttered with to-do’s…but you’ve come to the right place if you’re looking to lighten your load. In hopes to transform your day from mundane to magical, our team of professional nit pickers came together to narrow down our 9 most popular Pinboards. […]

From Where I Stand: Caption Contest

February 20th, 2013

 

Perspective Caption Contest

Photograph by Susannah Conway; originally featured in the Winter ’13 issue of Somerset Life.

Option 1:

Think about a time when you were challenged to see something differently simply by changing your viewpoint. Use that memory as inspiration to write up a fitting caption for the image above.

Option 2:

If this photo doesn’t evoke immediate ideas for a caption, we’d like to extend another option. (It’s always good to have a “plan B” right?) If you’re feeling particularly brave, describe the event in which you were challenged to see something from another angle. Lend us your perspective in the comments below while limiting your story to a 100 word max.

We’ll select one lucky winner at random to receive the newest issue of Somerset Life.

[This giveaway has ended.]

Contest is open to U.S. residents until March 1st, 2013.



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  Photograph by Susannah Conway; originally featured in the Winter ’13 issue of Somerset Life. Option 1: Think about a time when you were challenged to see something differently simply by changing your viewpoint. Use that memory as inspiration to write up a fitting caption for the image above. Option 2: If this photo doesn’t […]

Spreading the ♥: Happy Valentine’s Day

February 14th, 2013

“The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched.

They must be felt with the heart.”

~Helen Keller

Somerset in Love

Wishing you lots of love and inspiration this Valentine’s Day!

[This giveaway has ended.] Comment below for your chance to win a copy of Somerset in Love.  We’ll pick five lucky winners on February 28th:

What’s the one crafting tool, book, or magazine you LOVE most?



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“The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart.” ~Helen Keller Wishing you lots of love and inspiration this Valentine’s Day! [This giveaway has ended.] Comment below for your chance to win a copy of Somerset in Love.  We’ll pick five lucky winners […]

Costume Marie: Free Ephemera Downloads

February 11th, 2013

Free Horse Ephemera DownloadJoin these lovely ladies as they spend the day in their best riding attire, galloping and gallivanting with their beautiful horses.  Paired with vintage French text, these cream and gray images can be used solo or as a set to add wonderful vintage elements to your projects.

Click here to download yours today.  To incorporate more vintage ephemera and digitally altered pieces into your artwork, visit e-Crafting.com!

Did you know that we also give away free ephemera downloads in our newsletters? If you’d like to get even more downloadable inspiration, be sure to signup today!



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Join these lovely ladies as they spend the day in their best riding attire, galloping and gallivanting with their beautiful horses.  Paired with vintage French text, these cream and gray images can be used solo or as a set to add wonderful vintage elements to your projects. Click here to download yours today.  To incorporate more […]

Do-It-Yourself: Art Journal Inspiration

February 6th, 2013

Art Journaling with Graffiti Glam StampsWe’ve been long overdue for another art journaling project and the arrival of the Creative Journal by Dyan Reaveley and jumbo beeswax crayons by Faber-Castell to The Shoppe was just what we needed to ignite some inspiration. Both products complemented each other perfectly and when layered with Traci Bautista’s new mixed-media stamps, we were able to create some stunning pages that show off an easy crayon-resist technique.

Instructions:

The Creative Journal by Dyan Reaveley is the perfect palette for art journalers and mixed-media artists. I decided to try creating an art journal page and test out the paper which I found to be of superior quality, along with new Faber-Castell crayons which are delightfully smooth and creamy.

I started by stamping Traci Bautista’s Lily Doodle stamp design across the middle of two of the pages using black StazOn ink. Using a white crayon, I went back and colored in various areas of the flowers. Next, I used the alcohol ink applicator with Distress Inks and lightly rubbed the inks over the flowers. This created a “crayon resist” effect so that the spaces I colored in white crayon stayed white, but the rest of the area soaked up the Distress Inks.

For the rest of the journal page, I added various elements including patterned papers, washi tape, stamping and some extra crayon. On the blue patterned paper, I painted over it with a light coat of gesso and water, and on the polka dot paper, I covered it with strips of white washi tape.

I did some extra doodling around the stamped flowers with the crayons and wrote some quotes inspired by the blue patterned paper. In the bottom right corner, I added a piece of pink patterned paper because it just felt right!

Art Journal Inspiration

Project and photographs by Vanessa Spencer.

Sometimes while staring at a blank journal page, we need a little inspiration.

Here are some journaling prompts to help you move past “square one” and get you journaling in no time. These ideas were originally featured in the Winter 2013 issue of Art Journaling.

  • Write a letter to a non-person: a season, a month, a feeling, etc. Shared by Kathryn Zbrzezny
  • What is the best thing about being you?  Shared by Karen Grunberg
  • Create a page of questions.  Sometimes a page of questions can represent where you life is at the moment. Shared by Marcia Beckett
  • Use a funny or memorable Facebook status update from a friend as a prompt. Shared by Marcia Beckett
  • Write down your thoughts in small, random chunks, in varying directions all over the page. Doodle around the thoughts, connecting them with line work, and later complete the page with color.  Shared by Belinda Fireman
  • “The color of springtime is in the flowers; the color of winter is in the imagination.” – Terri Guillemets

[This giveaway has ended.] Are you feeling inspired to inspire?!  Comment below with your go-to journal prompt for a chance to win the newest issue of Art Journaling!  It can be a quote, a question, or a simple list – anything that sparks your creativity.



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We’ve been long overdue for another art journaling project and the arrival of the Creative Journal by Dyan Reaveley and jumbo beeswax crayons by Faber-Castell to The Shoppe was just what we needed to ignite some inspiration. Both products complemented each other perfectly and when layered with Traci Bautista’s new mixed-media stamps, we were able […]