Love at First Sight: Glimpse Inside Blossoming February Issues + Win Your Favorite

January 31st, 2013

I am finding it very hard not to fall head first into the inspiring project ideas found inside each of the NEW February issues that wound up on my desk yesterday morning.  As I’m happily taking a moment to flip through the pages of exciting new artwork (I really should get back to work!) and read the compelling stories that these fresh spring editions have to offer, I hope you too will click on each of the issues below and enjoy catching a glimpse at the creativity that’s pouring from their pages.  Warning: previewing the articles inside may be habit-forming.

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Artful Blogging Spring '13The spring issue of Artful Blogging is an inviting, must-have resource for new and experienced bloggers alike, a place where you can gather a little insight into the world’s most dynamic online journals and virtual galleries. Get ready to drool over the inspiring pages and whimsical artwork by Jenni Horne, beautiful décor photography by Kate from Salvage Dior, and delicious food photography by Kelly from Eat Yourself Skinny. We hope you’ll enjoy peering into the world of Kate from Kate’s Creative Space and the rest of this issue as much as we do.

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GreenCraft Spring 2013GreenCraft Magazine is back for another installment, and it’s got more sustainable projects than ever! From a journal made from retired vinyl records to a necklace fashioned from pistachio shells, this issue will open up your imagination to the endless materials that are available to you in your quest to create planet-friendly wares. You’ll also find a GreenCraft Walking department showcasing several ways to create upcycled purses and a stunning new purpose for discarded CD cases. Turning trash into treasure never looked so good!

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apron•ology Volume 5The 5th annual issue of Apronology is packed with some of our best aprons yet! Everyone is sure to find a design that inspires them in the pages of this latest issue, whether it’s Alice and Wonderland-themed aprons or fabric patterns that are a throwback to the Wild, Wild, West. There will also be two gorgeous examples of reversible aprons, the perfect dress-up apron for anyone who fancies herself a princess, and charming shop aprons for those girls who feel more comfortable holding a hammer than a pot roast. You won’t want to miss this issue, so be sure to pick one up as soon as you can!

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Where Women Create Spring 2013Make yourself at home with this new issue of Where Women Create. The studio spaces of these extraordinary and talented women will make you feel like you have stepped into an art retreat. Look forward to stepping into the inspiring studios of Annie Fischer, Jenni Bowlin, Dee Harvey, and Dinara Mirtalipova. Ever wonder where the top dogs in the art world create? Join Michaels creative expert Joann Pearson and Stacy Caron, owner of Spellbinders Paper Arts, as they walk you through the places they call home. Filled with organizational tips and beautiful photographs that showcase every painted wall and unique accent, this issue will satisfy every creative craving.

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Altered Couture Spring 2013 Gear up for a fresh start this year with wearable do-it-yourself art! This new issue of Altered Couture showcases the innovative results of the Clothes with Character challenge and features Mary Colmar’s stylish jean vests. Sweetheart dresses are gorgeous to behold, and Kelly Clemens Billadeux shares her unique take on the style. Another spotlight-stealer comes in the form of Wendy Firmin’s babydoll outfits that will impress even the best dressed fashionistas. You’ll be whisked away to a wardrobe filled with creative possibility and designs from Cynthia Anderson, Sue Crager, Bonnie Kohane, and more.

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Art Doll Quarterly Spring 2013The spring issue of Art Doll Quarterly is sure to help your creativity blossom. Master Doll Artist Jack Johnston concludes his series of tutorials by showing you step-by-step how to put your doll together.  We present the results of our Topsy-Turvy Doll Challenge, and you’ll be amazed with all the fun and creative dolls that our readers came up with. Our Doll Artist Profile features the talented Karin Otto-Burfict who says that transforming clay into lifelike figures has been magical for her. This issue is guaranteed to get you out of the winter doldrums!

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Stuffed Spring 2013This issue of Stuffed is bursting with softies and their stories! The Artist Portfolio of Sabina Gibson will prove to you that even the smallest softies can be filled with personality and whimsy. Artist Anne-Claire Regan is back with one of her extraordinary owls, and this time he’s brought along a parrot and an octopus for an oceanic adventure you’ll have to see to believe. This issue also features some of our best crocheted softies yet, and they couldn’t be more different from each other — cute, loveable party animals, and the eerie inhabitants of an otherworldly orphanage.

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Want to win one of these issues? Pick your favorite spread, and let us know why you like it best in the blog comments below! One lucky person will be selected at random to receive their choice of one of these brand-new February issues.

*Free shipping offer applies to U.S. purchases of the following February (Spring ’13) issues only: Altered Couture, Apronology, Art Doll Quarterly, Artful Blogging, GreenCraft, Stuffed, and Where Women Create. Discount code cannot be combined with any other offer and expires 2/28/13.



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I am finding it very hard not to fall head first into the inspiring project ideas found inside each of the NEW February issues that wound up on my desk yesterday morning.  As I’m happily taking a moment to flip through the pages of exciting new artwork (I really should get back to work!) and […]

“Play” Caption Contest & Submit Your Photography Challenge: Two Winners

January 29th, 2013
Life Images Caption ContestPhotograph by E. Scott Shaffer; originally featured in Life Images Spring ‘08

 

“We do not stop playing because we grow old.  We grow old because we stop playing.”
– Anonymous

1)      Caption Contest: What lighthearted response does this photograph evoke? Write a caption for it by commenting below, and we’ll pick one lucky winner at random to receive any issue of their choice!

2)      Photography Challenge: Are you inspired by the above quotation?  If so, submit your photos to blog@stampington.com, and we’ll choose another winner to send their favorite issue to.  Please email low-res images that are less than 3mb.  Limit two photographs per entry.

[This giveaway has ended.]

*Contest open to residents of the U.S. only. Entries accepted until 2/8/13 at 11:59pm.



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Photograph by E. Scott Shaffer; originally featured in Life Images Spring ‘08   “We do not stop playing because we grow old.  We grow old because we stop playing.” – Anonymous 1)      Caption Contest: What lighthearted response does this photograph evoke? Write a caption for it by commenting below, and we’ll pick one lucky winner […]

Valentine Delights by Guest Artist Kristen Robinson

January 21st, 2013

 

Valentine's Delights by Kristen Robinson

Pristine white bags just beckon to be altered with a splash of color and baker’s twine. In no time at all Guest Artist Kristen Robinson shows us how to create these tempting treat bags and the sweetest “Love Note” tags with only a handful of products. We think they’re the perfect indulgences to share with all!

Valentine's Delights by Kristen RobinsonLove Notes – Altered Tags

Materials

Ready to Alter White Bags
Studio Acrylic Paint – Modern Red
Studio Acrylic Paint – Painterly Pink
Scrap of Ledger Paper
Collage Tissue Paper – 7Gypsies
ICE Resin® – 1oz Plunger
Baker’s Twine Mini Spools Spring Fling
Heart Punch
Love Lines – Clearly Impressed Stamps
Washi Tape
Sheet Music
Staz On Ink

Tools

Round Paintbrush
Paint Palette
Scissors
Foam Brush or Sponge
Hole Punch
Non-Stick Craft Sheet
Plastic Cup
Craft Stick
Adhesive

Creating Resin Paper

Lay tissue paper onto either a trash bag or non-stick craft sheet. Mix entire contents of plunger per manufacturer’s instructions. Using a foam brush or a sponge saturate the entire surface of 7Gypsies Collage Tissue Paper. Turn paper over and coat back. Allow to dry over night. Once the resin paper has dried remove from craft sheet and create hearts using a heart punch or scissors.

Remove the string from each tag and replace with baker’s twine. Using a paintbrush and Studio Acrylic Paint create a rectangle in the center of each tag. Allow the paint to dry. Adorn tags with Washi Tape, stamped images and resin paper hearts. Attach these little darlings to gifts, treats and Valentine’s Day treasures.

Valentine's Treat Bags by Kristen RobinsonFull of Love – Treat Bags

Materials

Ready to Alter White Bags
Studio Acrylic Paint – Modern Red
Studio Acrylic Paint – Painterly Pink
Scrap of Ledger Paper
Collage Tissue Paper – 7Gypsies
ICE Resin® – 1oz Plunger
Baker’s Twine Mini Spools Spring Fling
Heart Punch

Tools

Round Paintbrush
Paint Palette
Scissors
Foam Brush or Sponge
Hole Punch
Non Stick Craft Sheet
Plastic Cup
Craft Stick
Adhesive

Creating Resin Paper

Lay tissue paper onto either a trash bag or non-stick craft sheet. Mix entire contents of plunger per manufacturer’s instructions. Using a foam brush or a sponge saturate the entire surface of 7Gypsies Collage Tissue Paper. Turn paper over and coat back. Allow to dry over night. Once the resin paper has dried remove from craft sheet and create hearts using a heart punch or scissors.

Altering the Bags

Using a paintbrush and Studio Acrylic paint create a rectangle in the center of each bag; be sure to set the bags aside to dry. With a round brush draw a heart onto one of the bags and an X&O onto an additional bag. For a bit of variation adhere a scrap of ledger paper to the top of the remaining bag.  To the top of the ledger paper adhere one resin heart.

To complete your bags fold the tops of the bags over (about 1 inch), using a hole punch create two holes in each bag. Place bakers twine through the two holes tying it off in the center. Fill your bags with treats, goodies or notes of love.

We want to give a huge “thank you” to Kristen Robinson for stopping by Somerset Place once more to share these wonderful Valentine’s Day delights!  To view Kristen’s upcoming class schedule and explore more of her artwork and loveliness, visit her blog at: kristenrobinson.typepad.com



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  Pristine white bags just beckon to be altered with a splash of color and baker’s twine. In no time at all Guest Artist Kristen Robinson shows us how to create these tempting treat bags and the sweetest “Love Note” tags with only a handful of products. We think they’re the perfect indulgences to share […]

Aim for Pretty Not Perfection: Printers Tray Project

January 16th, 2013

“Organization isn’t about perfection; it’s about efficiency, reducing stress and clutter, saving time and money and improving your overall quality of life.” ― Christina Scalise

Artist Printers Tray Project

If getting organized is not one of your resolutions for 2013, you’ll certainly be inspired to revise your list by putting this swoon-worthy project on your radar. This simple tray of happiness requires minimal, inexpensive supplies and effort, but commands a wealth of attention upon completion.

Artist Printers Tray Project

Our Shoppe Manager spray painted a printers tray white and used her favorite patterned washi tape to line the insides of the individual boxes. You can use the elegant tray to neatly store your favorite odds ‘n ends or present one to a friend or family member as a fun gift idea.  For this project, our Shoppe Manager chose to organize some puzzle pieces, buttons, heart embellishments, mini clothespins, woodcuts, thumbtacks, spools, and more!

 With numerous items entering and exiting our doors each day, we’re always looking for innovative new ways to de-clutter.  What are some new ways you’re getting organized lately?  Do tell! 

Project and photographs by Vanessa Spencer


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“Organization isn’t about perfection; it’s about efficiency, reducing stress and clutter, saving time and money and improving your overall quality of life.” ― Christina Scalise If getting organized is not one of your resolutions for 2013, you’ll certainly be inspired to revise your list by putting this swoon-worthy project on your radar. This simple tray […]

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 […]