Life by Design: A New Reality Series Starring Artist Lisa Leonard and Family

October 25th, 2012

We were thrilled to find out that Lisa Leonard, fellow creative and Stampington contributor, is getting her own show, Life by Design (Storehouse Media Group). Inspired by her lifestyle blog, this new unscripted reality series focuses on Lisa’s creative life and the challenges and triumphs she experiences while raising two boys, running an online jewelry business, and being everyone’s favorite inspirational blogger.

Lisa creates hand stamped metal jewelry, home accessories, and wedding décor. From whimsical “Fresh Cut” necklaces and classic “Woven Together” earrings to engraved ampersand paperweights and celebratory cake toppers (my personal favorite), these personalized designs are sophisticated, fun, and can be paired perfectly with casual jeans or an elegant dress – definitely the everywoman’s jewelry line.

Take a peek at the trailer below and get a glimpse into Lisa’s artistic life.

P.S. Do you know what Stampington magazine Lisa is reading at the 2:57 mark in the video? Comment below with your guess. One winner will be chosen at random from the correct answers to win an issue of the featured publication!

Lisa’s fantastic blog was also featured in Somerset Life Winter ’12. Get to know Lisa here and browse her beautiful metal work designs here!

Video via Storehouse Media Group

*Contest is open to residents of the U.S. Entries are accepted until 10/30/12 at 11:59 pm. Winner will be announced 10/31/12.

 

 



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We were thrilled to find out that Lisa Leonard, fellow creative and Stampington contributor, is getting her own show, Life by Design (Storehouse Media Group). Inspired by her lifestyle blog, this new unscripted reality series focuses on Lisa’s creative life and the challenges and triumphs she experiences while raising two boys, running an online jewelry […]

Shabby Chic Organizational Solutions to Brighten Your Office

October 18th, 2012

Take a memo. Gone are the days of plain plastic trays for sorting tape, labels, and your eleven favorite highlighters. Sure, you can stash those coveted Pilot G-2 Gel Rolling Ball Extra Fine Point Black Ink pens in your collegiate coffee mug that sits proudly on your desk, but wouldn’t you rather use that mug to get your daily dose(s) of coffee? Some may argue that their rolls of tape are comfortable swimming in a sea of mismatched adhesive: masking tape, washi tape, scotch tape, duct tape, and…a cassette tape?

Collectors, hoarders, and otherwise disorganized crafters, fret no more. Our talented Shoppe Manager shows us how to use a fun paper mache painting technique and spruce up your work space. We’ll just plant this idea here and see where you take it. Email your potted organizational solutions to blog@stampington.com.

Materials

Paper Mache Pots

Eco-Green Acrylic Paint – Coral

Distress Crackle Paint by Tim Holtz – Picket Fence

London Market Paper Collection

Instructions

  1. Apply acrylic paint to paper mache pots. This paint color will be seen through the top layer of crackle paint. Let dry.
  2. Apply crackle paint to pots. Let dry.
  3. Cut long strips of paper to fit the width of pot rims. Adhere to rim.
  4. Fill with office supplies and crafting goodies. Bonus points if supplies coordinate with pots.
  5. Make a set for your co-workers or family members for the holidays. Doesn’t it feel great to be organized and on top of things?

For more easy ideas to help you revamp your office space or craft room, visit The Studio or flip through the newest issue of Somerset Life (and get free shipping with this blog promo).

Project and photo by Vanessa Spencer

 

 



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Take a memo. Gone are the days of plain plastic trays for sorting tape, labels, and your eleven favorite highlighters. Sure, you can stash those coveted Pilot G-2 Gel Rolling Ball Extra Fine Point Black Ink pens in your collegiate coffee mug that sits proudly on your desk, but wouldn’t you rather use that mug […]

Free Mingle Article Download + Tips for an Artistic Gathering

October 14th, 2012
 Photography by Deb Hodge

We asked our readers to share their favorite party planning ideas for a successful artistic celebration. Jot down some notes that spark your interest and download this free article from the newest issue of Mingle to get a head-start on party planning. After all, ’tis the season!

Blue Moon Party: Host a party when a blue moon is scheduled to appear in the night sky. Ask your friends to bring over their favorite comfort food ― the food you like to eat when you’re feeling a bit “blue.” You can decorate the room with a blue, white, and silver color palette. Serve blue chips and dips, pears with blue cheese, and finish the evening with a blueberry dessert. – party idea by Ella

Blast from the Past Tea Party: Have guests dress in an outfit from their favorite decade. Ask friends to bring their teapots to the party and brew a variety of teas. Artfully arrange a candy spread, including treats from the 50s, 60s, 70s, 80s, etc., to celebrate each decade. Create your own little table topic cards to take a trip down memory lane and have a blast from the past! – party idea by Jackie

Colorful Crafty Gal Pals’ Night Out: To celebrate a spectrum of hues, this soiree encourages everyone to dress in their favorite color, bring a sweet or savory snack in that color, and prepare one make-and-take project that features that same color. The hostess can provide mineral water and club soda, garnished with sliced fruits and colorful syrups. With this rainbow of crafting ideas, everyone will be inspired. – party idea by Brenda

Swap Party: Each attendee brings a fun, tiny crafting item to swap with the other guests. You can pick up vintage teapots at the flea market, adorn them with ribbon and paper flowers, and pass them out to attendees. Have your guests fill the teapots with their swapped items. It is a great memento for them to take home after the get-together, and can also be a great way to spark creativity after the party has concluded. – party idea by Jennifer

The following Mingle tips caught my eye. Try these out at your next celebration!

Photography by navyblur.co.uk

“The online world is a fantastic source of inspiration and support, but there is nothing quite like meeting face-to-face with people who get you. People who understand how creating makes your heart sing. People who want to stay up for hours talking about the journey of life. People who truly want to see your dreams come true, and will do whatever they can to help make that happen.” – musings by Beth Nicolls (Mingle Autumn ’11)

Photography by Rubyellen Bratcher

“For centerpieces, I used a burlap runner down the middle, and I filled mason jars with big bunches of baby’s breath … And I filled two plates full of candles and lit those up; it gave the party a bit of romance.” – décor tip by Rubyellen Bratcher (Mingle Spring ’12)

“Swoon enables groups of friends to gather and create their projects together, making it a monthly gathering … Gathering Kits are also available, including custom linen bags, party crowns, glistening glass glitter, and personal name tags.” – planning tip by Deb Hodge (see opening photo) (Mingle Autumn ’12)

Photography by Maggie Russo

“As the guests left, they grabbed a bag of “Take a Hike” trail mix for the road. After a night of s’mores, s’mores, and more s’mores, it was the perfect salty snack!” – party tip by Sara De St. Jean (Mingle Autumn ’12)

Photography by Martha Schuster

For more styling ideas for your next handmade celebration and one-of-a-kind reasons to get together with friends, family, and other creative minds, download this free article from the Autumn ’12 issue of Mingle.

 



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 Photography by Deb Hodge We asked our readers to share their favorite party planning ideas for a successful artistic celebration. Jot down some notes that spark your interest and download this free article from the newest issue of Mingle to get a head-start on party planning. After all, ’tis the season! Blue Moon Party: Host […]

Share Your Memories: Seeking Submissions from our Readers!

October 11th, 2012
Artwork by Wendy Kwok

Stampington publishes almost 30 niche, mixed-media titles that are created from artwork submitted by readers and artists who support the handmade movement and want to share their passions with like-minded craft enthusiasts.

From time to time we post Calls and Challenges for our magazines based on what crafting themes the editorial team decides to feature. Right now, Jana Holstein, editor of Somerset Memories, is looking for a variety of projects that showcase your cherished photos.

Deadline for artwork to be received for the following challenges is November 15th.

Think Outside the Book
A collection of memories doesn’t always have to be presented in a book. How can you present a montage of milestones, celebrations, and everyday moments in a way that’s different and unique? We’re looking for collections of memorabilia, photos, and ephemera pieces that are compiled “outside the book.” If you spy a discarded folder or box, or something entirely different, snazz it up to match the style of your items, and send it on in! We are looking forward to discovering your treasures.

Strings Attached
Louise Nelson’s layout, “Up Up,” featured on the cover of our Spring 2012 issue has some wonderful elements that immediately draw your eye to the page. The bright orange thread makes it appear that the little girl is being pulled up into the air by a beautiful butterfly. This got us thinking — what other kinds of things might be found at the end of a piece of string? What would you attach? We’re sure you can thread some novel ideas together!

Gifts from the Heart
Have you created an amazing piece of memory art for your best friend? Or maybe a sweet keepsake for your new niece or special heritage ornaments for your favorite cousins? We’re looking for handcrafted gifts created for friends and family with a unique mixed-media touch. Whether you have a knack for embroidering wall décor pieces or enjoy painting anything and everything in sight, we want to see your artistic talent.

Artful Journals
Journaling has always been a fabulous way to chronicle your feelings, musings, hopes, and dreams. Here at Stampington, we think that hand journaling techniques are a special kind of memory art that can be cherished for years to come. Perhaps you’ve created pages in your journal that focus on the birth of your daughter, the graduation of your son, your feelings on being chosen for teaching a workshop, or a difficult time you experienced. We’re looking for artistically created journals that reflect who YOU are, so start tapping into your inner creativity.

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We ask that you send in a submission form with your artwork for all challenges. Note clearly which challenge you are entering, and please review our guidelines prior to submission.

Here are some beautiful layouts to inspire you to get you in the crafting mood in no time.

Artwork by Julie Winks
Artwork by Caroline Rondel
Artwork by Caroline Rondel

 

Artwork by Caroline Rondel

 

Artwork by Caroline Rondel

 

Artwork by Julie Kirk

 



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Artwork by Wendy Kwok Stampington publishes almost 30 niche, mixed-media titles that are created from artwork submitted by readers and artists who support the handmade movement and want to share their passions with like-minded craft enthusiasts. From time to time we post Calls and Challenges for our magazines based on what crafting themes the editorial […]

Don’t Rain on My Parade Caption Challenge

October 8th, 2012

Don’t tell me not to live, just sit and putter
Life’s candy and the sun’s a ball of butter
Don’t bring around a cloud to rain on my parade!

These Funny Girl lyrics sung by Oscar-winning actress Barbra Streisand were the first words that crossed my mind after seeing this photo from Artful Blogging. I love how Tif Fussell, the photographer, showcases the illumination of rain on a sunny day.

Comment below with YOUR best caption for this photo. The reader with the most creative response will receive an issue of the upcoming Artful Blogging Winter ’13!

Update: Our winner is Sheryl Butler! We will be in contact with you in regards to your prize. Thank you to everyone who participated! Look forward to the next caption challenge this month.

Contest is open to residents of the U.S. Entries will be accepted until 10/30/12 at 11:59 p.m. Winner will be announced 10/31/12.

Photo credit: Tif Fussell, dottie angel



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Don’t tell me not to live, just sit and putter Life’s candy and the sun’s a ball of butter Don’t bring around a cloud to rain on my parade! These Funny Girl lyrics sung by Oscar-winning actress Barbra Streisand were the first words that crossed my mind after seeing this photo from Artful Blogging. I […]