“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 […]

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!

To receive more complimentary ephemera downloads, as well as technique videos and special promotional offers, sign up to receive our exclusive monthly newsletter, Artisan Avenue.



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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 […]