Guest Artist Roben-Marie Smith: Collage-tastic Calendar Tag Project

January 9th, 2013

We’re absolutely elated to welcome mixed-media collage artist Roben-Marie Smith to Somerset Place!  Have you been wondering what to do with those old 2012 calendars that seem destined for the trash bin? Follow along with Guest Artist Roben-Marie as she walks you through this delightful upcycled Calendar Tag project idea.

Calendar Tags by Roben-Marie Smith

Materials:

–          Old calendar pages (any year will do as long as you don’t need it anymore!)
–          Assorted Patterned Washi Tapes (Roben-Marie used Red Ticket with Numbers, Foreign Newspaper,  Red Horizontal Line Stripe, and Black Horizontal Line Stripe).
–          Acrylic Paint
–          Stencils
–          Spray Inks
–          Buttons
–          Twine and Ribbon
–          Old Book Pages
–          Computer Generated Quote
–          Scissors and Glue
–          Sewing Machine

 Calendar Tags by Roben-Marie Smith

Instructions:

1)      Using spray ink and stencils, add texture to the base of a tag.  Stitch together a few torn strips from an old book.

2)      Add white acrylic paint to the tag.

Calendar Tags by Roben-Marie Smith

3)      Add washi tape to corners of tag and doodle edges with a black pen.

Calendar Tags by Roben-Marie Smith

4)      Adhere pieces from old calendar pages to front of tag and stitch around the edges.

5)      Add more acrylic paint to coordinate with the pieces from the calendar.

Calendar Tags by Roben-Marie Smith

6)      Glue the stitched book paper piece to the tag, and stitch a heart shape cut from old calendar pages to front.

Calendar Tags by Roben-Marie Smith

7)      Add ribbon, twine and button to the hole in the top of the tag.

8)      If desired, stitch a quote to the back.

Calendar Tags by Roben-Marie Smith

We’d like to give a huge “thank you” to Roben-Marie for sharing this wonderful mixed-media project with our blog readers!  Roben-Marie Smith has also been featured in a number of Stampington titles including (but not limited to!): Art Journaling, Somerset Life, Artful Blogging, Somerset Studio, GreenCraft, Somerset Memories, Somerset Digital Studio, and Somerset Apprentice.

For additional information and to view more of Roben-Marie’s artwork, please stop by her blog (and say hi!) at: robenmarie.com



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We’re absolutely elated to welcome mixed-media collage artist Roben-Marie Smith to Somerset Place!  Have you been wondering what to do with those old 2012 calendars that seem destined for the trash bin? Follow along with Guest Artist Roben-Marie as she walks you through this delightful upcycled Calendar Tag project idea. Materials: –          Old calendar pages […]

I Want to Ride My Bicycle: Free Vintage Ephemera Downloads

January 7th, 2013

Revisit one of our favorite pastimes of riding bicycles with this wonderful set of vintage advertisements and illustrations.
Download Free Bicycle Ephemera
Click here to download these lovely vintage ephemera pieces that highlight childhood adventures and an easy-going lifestyle — you might just be inspired to take your own bike out of the garage, dust if off, and take it for a spin!

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Revisit one of our favorite pastimes of riding bicycles with this wonderful set of vintage advertisements and illustrations. Click here to download these lovely vintage ephemera pieces that highlight childhood adventures and an easy-going lifestyle — you might just be inspired to take your own bike out of the garage, dust if off, and take […]

Glimpse Inside January Issues + Your Chance to Win One

January 3rd, 2013

For a shiny New Year, soak up new projects, new techniques, and make a fresh creative start with the innovative ideas inside these stunning January reads!

We’re sharing a special discount as per usual — just for our blog readers. (Have you subscribed yet? Click here to have our blog promos and projects sent directly to your inbox). After exploring our brand-new selection, take advantage of this FREE SHIPPING discount, which applies to any of our January releases.

Use Promo Code: BLOG0113*

Art Journaling Winter '13The Winter ’13 issue of Art Journaling has something for everyone! If you’re interested in creating pages that beg to be touched, Kelly-Ann Halbert’s use of three-dimensional elements will definitely inspire you. Roc Nicholas shares how to transform gorgeous spreads into a handmade journal that really pops. For artists who struggle with the blank white page, Mary Freeman shows how to create vivid backgrounds with everything from paint to paper to rubber stamps. Last but definitely not least, this issue’s Artist Portfolio will delight every artist, featuring the beautiful journals and artistic journey of Mary Ann Moss.

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Somerset Studio Jan/Feb '13Kick off the New Year with 2013’s most popular and innovative techniques.  Our newest Somerset Studio shows you how to create texture in your artwork, and perform breathtaking photo transfers on wood.  Along with a stunning Artist Profile on superstar Sarah Ahearn Bellemare, we reveal the imaginative results of our Aqua Challenge and share amazing mixed-media art that you can wear. You won’t want to miss unforgettable tips and inspiration from today’s hottest artists – like how to create a haven for your art journals – in this dazzling issue.

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Where Women Create BUSINESS Volume 1Where Women Create BUSINESS is an invaluable guide for every professional – from those just starting out to experienced business women. Through advice columns and in-depth feature articles, Where Women Create BUSINESS offers a multitude of knowledge and inspiration to women with a passion for success. The premiere issue is bursting with expert artisans and entrepreneurs whose extraordinary businesses speak for themselves, including Anna Griffin, Amy Butler, Kelly Rae Roberts, Vicki Brask, Holly Becker, and many more!

 

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Jewelry Affaire Winter '13The first-ever winter issue of Jewelry Affaire is a wonderland of easy-to-make designs. Sometimes the best findings make the best jewelry. Library card catalogues, dice, and shotgun shells are just a few found objects that make the jewelry in this issue so unique – there’s nothing else like it. For a winter that is opulent and productive, pick up this new issue and begin 2013 by creating jewelry you’ll love to wear and share.

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Stampers' Sampler Winter '13Don’t miss the exciting artwork within The Stampers’ Sampler like guest artist Margriet van Schaik’s elegant yet edgy cards. You’ll also find the gorgeous results from our Bottle Template Challenge and Tiny Hearts Challenge that are sure to set your own heart aflutter. The Fabric Fixation challenge results are in as well, and we know they will ignite your creativity with this technique that is one of the hottest trends in rubber stamping right now! Find articles that showcase exciting inking techniques, fresh, new ways to use a neon color palette, and amazing hand-carved stamps in this issue you won’t want to miss.

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Somerset Life Winter '13Make a New Year’s resolution to get artfully organized, and stick to it with the inspired ideas inside Somerset Life – like how to dress up your kitchen with simple tattered dish towels, make decorative shabby chic book bundles, and turn a vintage typewriter into a must-have photo display.  Filled with creative living ideas and tips for transforming everyday moments into unforgettable ones, this issue will inspire even the most novice crafter with its contemporary and romantic photographs and insightful, uplifting articles like “A Story of Two Art Friends.”

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Belle Armoire Winter '13Explore a winter wonderland of fashions inside the most chic issue of Belle Armoire to date! Inside this new edition, you will find the exquisite Designer Collection of Judy R. Clark and three of our most popular challenge results: eco-chic purses; wedding wear; and sentimental symbols.  Straight from New York Fashion Week, designer Katherine Soucie shows off her most recent collection, and we inspire you to create couture clothing from pantyhose. Last, but not least, love to layer this winter with a spotlight on neck cowls and scarves.

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Prims Winter '13Filled with beautiful and traditional handcrafted art, the Winter 2013 issue of Prims features a set of vintage-style dogs by Wendy Meagher, Queen Anne-inspired candy containers by Rachael Kinnison, Karen Brady Hammontree’s classic teddy bears with a French twist, and sweet paper clay dolls by Julie Haymaker Thompson. You will also find artwork by Paula Walton, Robin Seeber, Barb Moore, and Jennifer Lanne, along with many others.

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Want to win one of these issues? Click on your favorite spread, check out that issue’s table of contents, and let us know which artist you’d like to learn from most in the blog comments below! One lucky person will be selected at random to receive their choice of one of these brand-new January issues.

*Free shipping offer applies to U.S. purchases of the following January (Winter ’13) issues only: Art Journaling, Belle Armoire, Jewelry Affaire, Prims, Somerset Life, Somerset Studio, The Stampers’ Sampler, and Where Women Create BUSINESS. Discount code cannot be combined with any other offer and expires 1/31/13.



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For a shiny New Year, soak up new projects, new techniques, and make a fresh creative start with the innovative ideas inside these stunning January reads! We’re sharing a special discount as per usual — just for our blog readers. (Have you subscribed yet? Click here to have our blog promos and projects sent directly […]

Win the Premiere Issue of Where Women Create BUSINESS!

December 31st, 2012

In less than 24 hours, we’ll not only be welcoming 2013, but also the official arrival of Where Women Create BUSINESS!  The highly anticipated premiere issue debuts on newsstands tomorrow and features advice columns and in-depth articles from numerous expert artisans and entrepreneurs, including Anna Griffin, Nancy Soriano, Kelly Rae Roberts, Vicki Brask, Holly Becker, and more.

Where Women Create BUSINESS Volume 1

“As a woman who was born an entrepreneur, what has always mattered most to me is the adventure of having, working for, and living a dream,” says Jo Packham, Editor-in-Chief.  “I love this magazine because I think that this publication can quite literally make a difference in women’s lives.  They need this information, they are hungry for it, and for a very long time there have been few resources to find it easily or guarantee that it is factual and useable.”

We hope you’ll join us at the newsstands tomorrow to pick up your very own copy.  You can also read more about what’s inside the first issue of our brand-new title here. Happy reading, we can’t wait to hear what you think!

Where Women Create BUSINESSShare Your Passion for Success:

Every day brings new challenges, and we’ve all experienced good days and bad.  In the spirit of giving, help inspire fellow creatives and business owners by sharing your experiences.  We want to know: when the going gets tough, what keeps you going?

Leave a comment telling us what your best coping method or business tip for overcoming obstacles is. We will randomly select four people to win a free issue of Where Women Create BUSINESS from those who share!

*Contest is open until 1/7/13 to residents of the U.S. only.



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In less than 24 hours, we’ll not only be welcoming 2013, but also the official arrival of Where Women Create BUSINESS!  The highly anticipated premiere issue debuts on newsstands tomorrow and features advice columns and in-depth articles from numerous expert artisans and entrepreneurs, including Anna Griffin, Nancy Soriano, Kelly Rae Roberts, Vicki Brask, Holly Becker, […]

Ring in the New Year with Artful Resolutions

December 27th, 2012
Artwork by Mou Saha

The impending arrival of 2013 and the beacon of hope and optimism that it represents is something that we’re all ready to embrace.  If you’re personally looking to take control of your creative vision, discover fresh perspectives and explore new art forms, we have you covered. Over the years, our Shoppe Manager has created dozens of inspiring projects designed to make keeping artful resolutions even easier, and we think they are worth a second glance.

Click here to view our Artful Resolutions Collection, and find all the resources you need to get creatively organized, venture into new crafts, and even benefit the environment!


Ready to take a creative leap of faith? Leave a comment below and tell us what YOUR artful resolutions are for 2013! We’ll select two winners at random to receive a 1) 2013 Desk Calendar and 2) 2013 Weekly Planner from Papaya Art to help you tackle and successfully achieve all your goals. Good luck and Happy New Year from all of us at Stampington!

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



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Artwork by Mou Saha The impending arrival of 2013 and the beacon of hope and optimism that it represents is something that we’re all ready to embrace.  If you’re personally looking to take control of your creative vision, discover fresh perspectives and explore new art forms, we have you covered. Over the years, our Shoppe […]