A Nifty, Thrifty Washi Holder DIY

November 19th, 2012

washi tape holder tray

Thrifting for organizational holders is the best way to store your endless supply of crafts. Our Shoppe Manager picked up some inexpensive kitchen organizers at a local thrift store, and we knew just the kind of crafting product to sort: washi tape! With the hundreds of new designs that are now in stock–from shiny metallics and vintage lace to geometric patterns and vintage prints–we needed a fun way to display the tapes and have them available at our fingertips. With just a bit of spray paint and adhesive sealant, she turned ho-hum kitchen accessories into stunning desk de-cluttering essentials.

Give organizational surfaces a light sand to ensure that the paint sticks well. Apply spray paint or acrylic paint to surface; two coats might be necessary. When dry, apply a light layer of Collage Pauge to seal in the color and protect the surface. Gather up your odds and ends, fibers and ribbons, patterned and solid tapes, and organize to your heart’s contest!

 Project and photos by Vanessa Spencer



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Thrifting for organizational holders is the best way to store your endless supply of crafts. Our Shoppe Manager picked up some inexpensive kitchen organizers at a local thrift store, and we knew just the kind of crafting product to sort: washi tape! With the hundreds of new designs that are now in stock–from shiny metallics […]

New Publication: Where Women Create BUSINESS Hits Stores January 1st!

November 15th, 2012

We are thrilled to announce the arrival of a new Stampington publication, Where Women Create BUSINESS. Co-published by Stampington and Jo Packham, creative mastermind behind Where Women Create and Where Women Cook, this new magazine will be every artist’s go-to guide for business know-how and guidance. Every feature article will have a tangible and qualified takeaway that professional minded people of all levels can apply to their own businesses, including savvy advice and industry tips from today’s most extraordinary entrepreneurs and artisans.

Editor Amber Demien gives us the inside scoop on what to expect in the premiere issue:

Where Women Create Business

Amy Butler (Amy Butler Design)

Amy Butler shares what it is like running a business with her husband. She also offers tips to the readers in her feature, “Maintaining a Joyful Marriage and Business Partnership.”

Anna Griffin

Anna Griffin (Anna Griffin Inc.)

Anna discusses licensing designs vs. designing for your own company. She also shares her “Four Secrets to Success.”

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Krys Kirkpatrick (Bunnies by the Bay)

Krys divulges her veteran experiences self-manufacturing products in the U.S. and overseas.

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Caroline DeCesare (Design Lab)

Caroline offers insights on how to start a “brick and mortar” retail business. (Design Lab).

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Lavender Hill

Mother-and-daughter team Jackie Heater and Carli Brewer reveal the ins and outs of running a lavender farm.

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Tina Yu (Tona’s)

Tina takes us behind-the-scenes into her independently owned sushi restaurant (Tona’s).

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Jen O’Connor (EarthAngels.com)

Jen discusses how to build a website and sell artwork online.

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Beehive Cheese

Jeanette Ford and Kari Welsh share a wealth of tasteful knowledge about their artisan cheese company.

 

Gooseberry Patch

Vickie Hutchins and Jo Ann Martin write about breaking into the publishing industry by successfully self-publishing their own cookbooks.

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You can also look forward to advice columns from some of the most creative ladies in the art and crafting industry including Kelly Rae Roberts and Beth Nicholls (pictured above), Holly Becker, Nancy Soriano, and many others.

Special Offer:

Pre-order your copy of Where Women Create BUSINESS through November 25th and take $2 off.  You’ll also receive complimentary shipping.

 



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We are thrilled to announce the arrival of a new Stampington publication, Where Women Create BUSINESS. Co-published by Stampington and Jo Packham, creative mastermind behind Where Women Create and Where Women Cook, this new magazine will be every artist’s go-to guide for business know-how and guidance. Every feature article will have a tangible and qualified […]

From the Editor’s Desk: Christen Olivarez on Somerset Studio

November 8th, 2012

Artwork by Paula Bogdan

We are joined today by our wonderful editor-in-chief and director of publishing, Christen Olivarez. She’s here to give you a sneak peek at this month’s issue of Somerset Studio, our flagship publication that is well into its 15th year of production. Somerset Studio features mixed-media artwork from extraordinary, talented artists from around the world. A go-to source for paper crafting instructions for new crafters and professional artists alike, this publication always includes a stellar repertoire of projects, business tips, and creative inspiration.

We’re celebrating this milestone with a peek into the current November/December issue. Take a look at Christen’s favorite features, and help yourself to a good dose of creative therapy below.

It goes without saying that I enjoy putting together each issue of Somerset Studio. Sure, it’s a lot of work to organize art selections, contact all of the contributing artists, have photography handoffs, and proofread, proofread, proofread, but gosh, it’s fun. The November/December 2012 issue, though, was special. It’s very hard to put it in words, so I’ll resort to my go-to method of explaining things: a list.

Artwork by Stephanie Hilvitz
  • Seth Apter’s 5 x 5 Project: I truly feel like this article is like no other we’ve ever published. Perhaps it’s because it was based on a book, “The Pulse of Mixed-Media,” that is like no other. When Seth first contacted me with the idea for the article, I was quick to say “Yes!” to it. I knew Somerset Studio readers would really enjoy having insight into the creative processes of some of their favorite artists.

Artwork by DJ Pettit
  • Artist Portfolio on DJ Pettit: I’ve been a fan of DJ’s work since I began working at Stampington & Company more than five years ago. There is something captivating about her use of color and photography in her work. When I realized we hadn’t profiled her in the magazine yet, I asked Ricë Freeman-Zachery to get in touch with her right away. You’ll be fascinated by her story.

Artwork by Sue Pelletier
  • Playing With Plaster: Have you had the pleasure of chatting with Sue Pelletier? She is as funny as she is kind and talented. The way she incorporates plaster into her work is so imaginative. Her work has such a whimsical feel to it that I can’t help but smile when I see it.
Artwork by Michelle Ward
  • Holiday Projects: I’m just crazy about the holidays. In fact, as I type this, I’m also wondering how soon is too soon to put up my Christmas decorations? In this issue, we share a new take on the traditional advent calendar that will have you saving all of your mini mint tins. When I placed the piece out for art selection, just about everyone in the company walked past it while exclaiming how clever it was. There are also some awesome ideas for ornaments and other décor items inside.

I could go on and on about why I love this particular issue of Somerset Studio, but I think you get the picture. I think it’s one of our most artistically diverse issues, and I’m sure you’ll agree.

Thanks for the recap, Christen! If you’re curious to see more and can’t wait to get your hands on this issue of Somerset Studio, explore more articles and order your copy here.   



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Artwork by Paula Bogdan We are joined today by our wonderful editor-in-chief and director of publishing, Christen Olivarez. She’s here to give you a sneak peek at this month’s issue of Somerset Studio, our flagship publication that is well into its 15th year of production. Somerset Studio features mixed-media artwork from extraordinary, talented artists from […]

Pearls of Wisdom Caption Contest

November 5th, 2012

We were so happy with your responses to our caption challenges that we’ve got another one in store for you! Take a look at this lovely image by Beth Conklin, photographer and digital artist. What does this stunning artwork bring to mind? Comment below, and we’ll choose a winner at random to receive a copy of the newest issue of Artful Blogging!

Photograph by Beth Conklin

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*Contest open to residents of the U.S. only. Entries accepted until 11/15/12 at 11:59pm. Winner announced 11/16/12.Update: the winner is Deena C! We will be in contact with you in regards to your prize. Congratulations!

 



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We were so happy with your responses to our caption challenges that we’ve got another one in store for you! Take a look at this lovely image by Beth Conklin, photographer and digital artist. What does this stunning artwork bring to mind? Comment below, and we’ll choose a winner at random to receive a copy […]

Glimpse Inside New November Issues + A Giveaway!

November 1st, 2012

The winter wind might have snuffed out the last porch pumpkin, but have no fear – there are more reasons to be festive this month inside this new batch of November issues. This selection will allow you to explore a new craft (aren’t those dolls adorable?) or sharpen your existing skills (sew a whole new outfit!). After previewing this month’s selection, take advantage of our FREE SHIPPING discount that we are offering exclusively to our blog readers.

Use Promo Code: BLOG1112*

Step inside the world of renowned painters, crafters, and illustrators in this mesmerizing issue of Where Women Create. Hanging lanterns and strings of light bulbs radiate the colorful space of “possibilitarian” artist Kelly Rae Roberts, who gives us tips on being fearless when it comes to experimenting with art. Polly Leonard, U.K. artist and founder of Selvedge magazine, shares her artful journey and the importance of persevering and working as a team. Explore the unique spaces of Sibella Court of The Society Inc, Anahata Katkin of PAPAYA! Inc., and many other creative ladies in this exquisite issue.

Yee-haw! Pull up your cowboy boots because this issue of Altered Couture will spur you towards creative activity. Royal Peasantry’s leather pouch boots are a vintage DIY that stems from the concept of self-defense. Stand your ground with another shoe-inspired project from Melony Miller Bradley that incorporates stamps and paints. Is the dreary weather keeping you inside? Make sure you’re lounging around in style with a satin creation that is definitely runway-worthy. Whether it’s frills and sequins or zippers and studs that catch your attention, you’ll be making heads turn with the wearable garments featured in this fantastic new issue.

Celebrate inspiring stories and captivating photographs with the winter edition of Artful Blogging. Illustrator Dinara Mirtalipova shares her tips for using social media to enhance your blog presence, and Meredith Crawford tells us how reading a book prompted her to start a knitting business and open her first Etsy shop. Susan Najarian encourages artists who are hesitant to make the blogging leap to just jump in and enjoy experimenting with all artistic aspects of the cathartic blogging process. With gorgeous full-color images and invaluable advice from bloggers including Wit & Whistle’s Amanda Wright and Victoria Hudgins from A Subtle Revelry, this issue is a must-have for every blogger’s collection.

Cards, paper crafts, scrapbooking, journaling, jewelry, and wearable art, all in just one issue? Yes, this is true! In this edition of HandCrafted, we are bringing you the best of Stampington’s favorite crafting ideas. Enjoy a spotlight on stamp artist Wendy Vecchi’s stamping artwork and Renee Zarate’s cards with character. Delicious finds come in the form of simply scrumptious scarves, adorable seat covers covered in pockets and bows, vintage Barbie t-shirts, and ethereal bangles. For the crafter who would like to make a hobby out of a bit of skill and a lot of imagination, this is one publication you won’t want to miss.

‘Tis the season for delightful holiday dolls! Enjoy a parade of characters in this issue of Art Doll Quarterly with masquerade figures from Doreen Kassel and magical Santas that will fill your house with holiday cheer. Check out Pippi Longstocking, Anne of Green Gables, Elizabeth Bennet and more life-like dolls that we received for our Book Doll Character Challenge. Artist Adele Sciortino shares the benefits of joining a professional doll organization, and Jack Johnston is back with a tutorial for making pint-sized shoes and boots. With these talented creators leading the way, you’ll be in great hands as you continue your doll-making journey.

This issue of Somerset Studio is nothing short of an absolute stunner. See how our Somerset artists create unique projects with Dina Wakely’s iconic Script Star stamp, and get valuable business advice from Quinn McDonald. Glimpse into the artful world of Anna Dabrowska-Pekocka and find out how she artfully shares the stories she creates in her mind. Find out the scoop on Seth Apter’s 5×5 Pulse Project — and you can check out his new book too! Every issue of Somerset Studio includes free artists’ papers and clip art pages for your crafting pleasure, so don’t waste time, get crafting today.

Want to win one of these issues? Click on any spread, check out the table of contents, and let us know which feature you’re looking forward to reading! One person will be selected at random to receive their choice of magazine.

*Free shipping offer applies to U.S. purchases of the following November 2012 issues only: Somerset Studio, Artful Blogging, Altered Couture, Art Doll Quarterly, Where Women Create, and Handcrafted. Discount code does not apply to items purchased from The Shoppe at Somerset and expires 11/30/12. Contest is open to U.S. residents and ends 11/15/12 at 11:59pm. Update: Our winner is Sandie Luck! We will be in contact with you in regards to your prize. Congratulations!

 



Sarah Glimpse Inside And Sneak Peeks

The winter wind might have snuffed out the last porch pumpkin, but have no fear – there are more reasons to be festive this month inside this new batch of November issues. This selection will allow you to explore a new craft (aren’t those dolls adorable?) or sharpen your existing skills (sew a whole new […]