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!

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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*

[This giveaway has ended.]

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 […]

Pie∙ography: A Taste of 39 Inspiring Stories

March 14th, 2013

“Savory and hearty, simple and sweet, or messy and gooey, these pages tell women’s stories through more than just words.”

Pieography

Nearly drooling on myself, I skimmed the pages of Pie∙ography, which revealed life’s delicious captured moments of salacious treats. My taste buds salivating, I managed to gain some sense of composure as I began to read the stories behind each pie recipe. Not only do the pictures of pies look lovely, but the hands behind them hold amazing stories. Please join me in a sneak peak of the most ins-PIE-ring recipes that reflect the fascinating lifestyles of several special women.

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As I perused the pages of Pie∙ography, I found Anne Marie Klaske’s charming story and soul-satisfying recipe. Finding a balance between femininity and farm life, Anne dedicates her mouthwatering Chicken Potpie to her traditional roots. Drawing upon her country lifestyle, she uses rustic flavors to infuse her dishes. Everything she cooks is thoughtfully prepared from scratch, without uniformity or perfection.Chicken Pot Pie

 

“When Jo Packham contacted me early last year, to contribute to her book, it was more than just flattering, it was a chance to contribute to a book featuring my life intimately snuggled under pie crust all warm and satisfying to whoever wants to try it.”- Anne Klaske

WWCook Anne Klask

After reading Anne’s story in Pie∙ography, I became enamored with her country charm and the way it reflects in the delicious food she creates. I was eager to indulge in the new March issue of Where Women Cook to learn even more about her farm, food and fashion life.

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Individual Pie

Creative connoisseur and author of Pie∙ography, Jo Packham opens up her new book by sharing two tantalizing pie recipes with a twist on tradition. “Nothing about my life, or my pies, can be considered classical or conventional,” she explains. She approaches her pies the way she approaches people: “exclusively, distinctively and creatively,” which shows why her pies are made fresh in individual servings. Special attention is given to each petite pie to achieve that signature golden flaky crust – I think it would be a challenge to have just one!

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Pecan Pie Recipe

Don’t forget the dessert! Because I’m a fan of all things chocolate, this Dreamy Chocolate Pecan Pie recipe really caught my eye. Golden crust, rich chocolate chips, nutty pecans — how could one resist? Vickie Hutchins and Jo Ann Martin share this tempting treat (a tried and true recipe from their friend Doris) that combines sweet and nutty for one delicious delight.

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Whether you’re dreaming of satisfying your sweet tooth or getting a savory fix, these plethora of pie recipes will be sure to deliver. Hungry for more? Take a bite of life’s most successful recipes and order your brand new copy today at 10% off — it’s as easy as pie! Hurry, this is a one week only sale.

Do you have a creative cook for a friend? We invite you to share this post on their Facebook page! Click the “share” button below.

 

Jo Packham
Author Jo Packham has been a successful entrepreneur and leading innovator in the handmade publishing market for more than 30 years. She currently has partnered with Stampington & Company to produce the best selling magazines: Where Women Create, Where Women Cook , and Where Women Create BUSINESS.

 



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“Savory and hearty, simple and sweet, or messy and gooey, these pages tell women’s stories through more than just words.” Nearly drooling on myself, I skimmed the pages of Pie∙ography, which revealed life’s delicious captured moments of salacious treats. My taste buds salivating, I managed to gain some sense of composure as I began to read the […]

A Case of Sunshine: Function Meets Fashion

March 11th, 2013

Sunshine Case

What a bright idea! Our creative Shoppe Manager shows how to alter the ordinary by transforming plain fabric into a pretty purse. In just a few simple steps, she unzips the secret to achieve ultimate functionality without compromising beauty and style.

 

Materials:

 Flower Case

Directions:

First lay the 12” x 12” fabric page flat on a protected surface. Using either fabric paint (or acrylic will work fine – just try not to get the case wet), and the Marrakech Stencil, gently stencil the design onto the canvas and allow to dry.

Once the paint has dried, stitch a zipper onto the canvas. To do this, fold the canvas in half, and stitch the zipper onto those top edges. Make sure you stick on the correct side so that the seam is correct. Unzip the zipper half way, turn the case inside out and then stitch the two sides up, properly securing the ends of the zippers to ensure that it is sturdy in place.

Spray mist two Blanc Delicious Flowers using the Squeezed Orange on one and Lemon Zest on the other. Using a hot glue gun, glue a brooch pin onto the back of each flower. Using the brooch pin is great because then you can change out the flowers as you like. Now you’re ready to fill your bags with all your favorite things!

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We’d like to know: What’s the most unique design you’ve ever stenciled? Please share your ideas with a link to the image if available.

Bonus: If you’ve ever used a Stampington & Company stenciling product, you can also consider entering those images into our Instagram Contest for a chance to win a free magazine and gift certificate!

Project and photographs by Vanessa Spencer

 



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What a bright idea! Our creative Shoppe Manager shows how to alter the ordinary by transforming plain fabric into a pretty purse. In just a few simple steps, she unzips the secret to achieve ultimate functionality without compromising beauty and style.   Materials: Fabric Page Marrakech Stencils Fabric Flowers Ink Spray   Directions: First lay […]