Spring Fling: A Double Dose of Lavender

April 11th, 2013

Lavender Grid

Rich in history and herbal healing powers, lavender’s ultra soothing scent and shade has endured the years as a multifaceted miracle worker. The ambiance of such an enchanting aroma and soporific color can easily lull anyone into a tranquil feeling of “ahhhh.” Making a debut on the pages of our most popular magazines, this svelte flower steps out of its attachment to old-fashioned use to motivate your artful inspiration this spring. As a lover of lavender myself, I’m excited to share some favorite pictures I’ve hand-plucked from several of our most popular issues.

lavender somersetIt’s easy to lead a “Somerset Life” when you’re surrounded by a field of fresh lavender. But for those of us who don’t have that luxury, there’s always the option to swing by the nearest florist and find a bundle of these beauties to add a touch of aromatic elegance to your afternoon picnic.

 

Lavender BunchBeaming as a bouquet of beauty in Artful Blogging Spring 2011, lavender can be picked freshly from a field and photographed with ease to show off its simple elegance. You can print your personal picture to use in your next card making project, and send to friends on a warm spring day just to say hello, or frame and hang as a decorative accent in your home.

Lavender WWB0113A brand new business from the mountains of Eden, Utah, Lavender Hill has emerged as a natural product line, bottling up their field of purple flowers  to satisfy their customer’s culinary cravings. Find their story, and stunning uses of lavender in our latest issue of Where Women Create Business.

 

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FREE ARTICLE DOWNLOAD:

To create homemade gifts from the heart <<Download the FREE article>> from Somerset Life Spring 2011, where you’ll learn how to create a relaxing sugar scrub, perfectly packaged lavender-infused honey and other lovely gift giving ideas.

Quick Reader Poll:

What are some of the ways you’ve used lavender to achieve relaxation in your life? 

 



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Rich in history and herbal healing powers, lavender’s ultra soothing scent and shade has endured the years as a multifaceted miracle worker. The ambiance of such an enchanting aroma and soporific color can easily lull anyone into a tranquil feeling of “ahhhh.” Making a debut on the pages of our most popular magazines, this svelte […]

Mother’s Day Gift Idea: DIY Lip Balm Luxury

April 8th, 2013

Mother's Day DIY Lip Balm

Be kind – don’t do what I did last Mother’s Day and totally underestimate the value of a gorgeous gift by running to a crowded store last minute for chocolate truffles and an ordinary pre-made card. To show your mom how much you care, call on your craftiness and create something different exquisite for her this year with this luxurious lip balm idea!

What you’ll need:

Natural Beeswax Pellets
Small Rectangular Hinged Tins
Fabric Tape Set
Glassine Envelopes
Scrapper’s Spool – Magenta
Melting Pot Project Pan
Vegetable oil
Vanilla or peppermint extract (optional)

What to make:

Our Shoppe Manager Vanessa first chose a natural beeswax and oil combination for the balm in this project, but there are plenty of recipe variations that you can find online if you’re interested in a particular scent or texture.

Mother's Day DIY Lip Balm

To package the balm, Vanessa used some tiny tins and added a bit of chic appeal by embellishing with strips of floral fabric tape. She tied it all together with a magenta ribbon and voila! – a perfectly packaged lip luster was born.

Perfect to prime her lips for a big ol’ kiss on the cheek to show you her thanks, this easy DIY will definitely not disappoint mom. You’ll be brimming from ear to ear knowing how you made her day unique and special with such a thoughtful gift.

For a detailed description on how-to create this special gift, CLICK HERE.


DIY Lip Balm Kit
For even more beautiful do-it-yourself projects, check out our Free Project page, where we’ve assembled the most artful handmade gift ideas, creative packaging and card making inspiration, along with the ultimate gift guide of our staff’s top picks to make Mom’s day extra special this year!

 

 



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Be kind – don’t do what I did last Mother’s Day and totally underestimate the value of a gorgeous gift by running to a crowded store last minute for chocolate truffles and an ordinary pre-made card. To show your mom how much you care, call on your craftiness and create something different exquisite for her […]

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 […]