Happy Birthday Somerset Place! Celebrate with a Giveaway & Free Vintage Clip Art on Us.

December 13th, 2012
Top 12 Blog Posts of 2012Featured Artwork and Photograph Credits (top to bottom and left to right): Claire Brocato, Kate Crane, Susan Tuttle, Donna Downey, Beth Conklin, Lauren Eatherly, Linda Bloom, and Vanessa Spencer.

This month we’re celebrating Somerset Place’s one year anniversary!  We can hardly believe it ourselves, but we’re so excited and grateful to our subscribers who have cheered us on from the beginning or embraced us along the way.  Over the past 12 months, we’ve shared new project ideas and introduced fresh spins on the hottest crafting techniques, held exciting giveaways and contests, and also been so privileged to welcome a multitude of talented guest bloggers to our online crafting corner.

As the end of 2012 draws near, we wanted to take a moment to revisit our top 12 most popular blog posts.

Top 12 Blog Posts of 2012:

1.  Free Mingle Article Download + Tips for an Artistic Gathering

2.   Layers of Colour by Guest Artist Kate Crane

3.   An iPhoneography Tutorial with Guest Artist Susan Tuttle

4.   Art Journaling Video with Guest Artist Donna Downey

5.   Pearls of Wisdom Caption Contest

6.   10 Ways with Washi Tape!

7.   National Tie One On Day: Q&A with EllynAnne Geisel

8.   Shabby Chic Organizational Solutions to Brighten Your Office

9.    Distress a Crate with a Vintage Whitewashing Technique!

10.  Garden Grunge Accordion Book Tutorial with Guest Artist Dina Wakley

11.  Digital Designs Showcase + a Somerset Digital Studio Giveaway

12.  Top 10 Holiday Gift Ideas for Creative Minds + Giveaway

Top 12 Blog Posts of 2012

Featured Artwork and Photograph Credits (left to right): Dina Wakley, Melanie Ritchie, and Tawnye Vaughan.

Thank you, loyal readers for sharing in this adventure and your own inspiration with us.

Please enjoy the special treats below as we celebrate!

 20 FREE Vintage Clip Art Images:

Just for being a loyal reader, we would like to present you with a FREE digital ephemera download featuringtwo sheets of classic vintage clip art (20 images!) to play with.  Images come individually and on two collage sheets.

Want to Win a Gift Certificate to The Shoppe?!

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Did your favorite post make the list?  Leave a comment telling us which one inspired, intrigued, or impressed you the most from our past year at Somerset Place for a chance to win one of four $25 gift certificates to use at The Shoppe at Somerset.*

We hope you enjoy these freebies, and thank you again for your continued readership.  We look forward to bringing you even more inspiration in 2013 and beyond!

 



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Featured Artwork and Photograph Credits (top to bottom and left to right): Claire Brocato, Kate Crane, Susan Tuttle, Donna Downey, Beth Conklin, Lauren Eatherly, Linda Bloom, and Vanessa Spencer. This month we’re celebrating Somerset Place’s one year anniversary!  We can hardly believe it ourselves, but we’re so excited and grateful to our subscribers who have […]

Chatty Cathies Caption Contest + Giveaway

December 11th, 2012

Did you hear?

Oh, heaven’s to Betsy!

Well, I do declare.

We’re up to no good.

Do these four finely dressed ladies seem familiar? Perhaps they mirror your close group of friends, or remind you of the lovely ladies in your family? Give this photo a caption and we’ll choose one winner at random to receive the current issue of Artful Blogging!*

Artwork by Abby Bastedo from Artful Blogging Spring 2012

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*Contest is open to residents of the U.S. only.



Sarah Artwork SubmissionsContests and Giveaways

Did you hear? Oh, heaven’s to Betsy! Well, I do declare. We’re up to no good. Do these four finely dressed ladies seem familiar? Perhaps they mirror your close group of friends, or remind you of the lovely ladies in your family? Give this photo a caption and we’ll choose one winner at random to […]

Top 10 Holiday Gift Ideas for Creative Minds + Giveaway

December 6th, 2012

Top 10 Holiday Gift IdeasIt took some time and quite a bit of debate amongst a few of us to decide which of our crafty items were our most sought after gifts this holiday season. After a few games of “Go Fish” and a couple dozen rounds of “Rock, Paper, Scissors” we finally agreed on our favorite gift ideas for 2012.

Drum roll please …

Somerset Life RSVP Package1)      Somerset Life Gift Subscription

  • Subscribe a friend or loved one to this great quarterly magazines and receive a FREE gift at the same time! You’ll also get a gift announcement card, artfully packaged in a hand-stitched mesh bag, that you can personalize sand send to the recipient.

Book of Organization2)      Where Women Create: Book of Organization

  • Once you see how amazing this book is, you might just want to gift one for yourself. With hundreds of photos of “organizational secrets” from some of today’s most notable artists, this backstage pass is hard to pass up!

Faber Castell Gelatos3)      Faber Castell Gelatos – 34 Pack

  • This all-in-one set includes all 28 Gelato colors, water brush, two smudge sticks, and two foam blending tools in a slide-out gift box that doubles as a storage container for use in the studio or for easy on-the-go.

Papaya Art Luxe Totes4)      Dream Luxe Tote Bag

  • Luxe Totes are just right for transporting all of your necessities and adding a little “pretty” to the daily grind. Made of highly durable oil cloth material with sturdy hardware details and hidden magnetic snap closure, structured bottom panel, and colorful interior linings that are wipeable and water resistant, Luxe Totes also have a cell phone compartment that’s big enough to fit an iPhone, a zipper pouch and two additional slip pockets. This is no ordinary shopping bag.

2013 Planners and Calendars5)      2013 Weekly Planners & Calendars

Interior elements to this gorgeous Papaya weekly planner include a six pocket accordion storage folder, slide-out spiral planner, elastic band closure, and extra pages for personal notes. Just the perfect place to stay organized the whole year through!

Graffiti Glam Cling Mount Stamps by Traci Bautista6)      Traci Bautista Stamps: Creative Soul

  • Having to pick a favorite design from Traci Baustista’s new stamp collection was probably the hardest part of this process, but here is our winner! Her textured backgrounds and hand-drawn doodles fit perfectly on a variety of our easy-to-grip acrylic stamp mounts, which you can also be used with any of our Clearly Impressed stamps.

Cavallini & Co. Rubber Stamp Sets7)      Cavallini Rubber Stamp Sets: Paris

  • Packaged in an adorable Parisian tin, this stamp set is ready-to-wrap! Giftable tin includes eleven different French-themed stamps and a black ink pad.

Metal Stacking Tins8)      Metal Stacking Tins: Birds and Flowers

  •  These adorable and reusable stacking tins are great for giving as gifts or using to wrap gifts in. Compact and stackable, there really is no way to go wrong with these!

Insulated Lunch Totes9)      Botanical Study Lunch Bag

  • Papaya Art lunch bags are the perfect gift for your eco-conscious friends at the office or family members at home. Made of sturdy polywoven fabric that can be wiped off easily, a thin insulated material keeps snacks & lunches fresh.

Vintage Reproduction Boxes10)   Vintage Divided Box

  • Ready-to-wrap or use as unique wrapping, these faux vintage boxes add character to any project, whether you’re storing images, your own treasures, or artfully packaging treats to give away as a gift.

 

Did we miss one of your favorites?  Comment below with the gift that’s #1 on your wish list from The Shoppe at Somerset for your chance to win it!

 

 



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It took some time and quite a bit of debate amongst a few of us to decide which of our crafty items were our most sought after gifts this holiday season. After a few games of “Go Fish” and a couple dozen rounds of “Rock, Paper, Scissors” we finally agreed on our favorite gift ideas […]

Glimpse Inside Dreamy December Issues + Win Your Favorite Giveaway!

December 3rd, 2012

While the weather outside is frightful, the inspiration and one-of-a-kind how-to projects bursting from the pages of our brand-new December reads are delightful!

We’re sharing a special discount as usual just for our blog readers. (Have you subscribed yet? Click here to have our blog promos and projects sent directly to your email). After browsing the following selection of perfect for cozying up by the fire reads, take advantage of our FREE SHIPPING discount that’s exclusively offered to our blog readers.

Use Promo Code: BLOG1212*

See what's inside the newest issue!

The Winter 2013 issue of Take Ten is packed with nearly 300 quick and easy stamping ideas that will have you creating gorgeous cards in a flash. Guest artist Shannon Aydukovic shows off a clean and simple style, and you’ll also find a lovely technique for stamping on sea glass, ways to add bits of leftover fabric to your cards, and a collection of eye-catching cards featuring a black, white, and red color palette. Look to our general card section to find plenty of inspiration in every color of the rainbow, and don’t miss our Different Point of View department to see the many creative ways to use one stamp.

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Where Women Cook Winter '13

Feast your eyes on over 100 pages of mouthwatering food and beautiful spaces in the Winter 2013 issue of Where Women Cook. Within this issue you will find the heartwarming stories, inspiring passions, and delicious recipes of Seattle-based chef and author Lisa Dupar; chef, food stylist, and photographer Aran Goyoaga; winery owner Kelly Fleming; and many more. Celebrate the holidays and make your winter a memorable one with family and friends, great food, and Where Women Cook.

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Belle Jewelry Winter '13Build on your jewelry-making skills with this issue of Belle Armoire Jewelry that will introduce you to new artists and beautiful techniques. Go behind the scenes and see Michael Thee’s very intricate metalwork collection, Annie May’s porcupine quill necklaces, and Kristen Dorsey’s handmade pitch pieces. We are excited to introduce several new artists who are new to the pages of Belle Armoire Jewelry! Enjoy creating masterpieces of wearable art with this issue that is sure to dazzle jewelry makers of all skill levels.

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Somerset Gallery Winter '13The Winter 2013 issue of Somerset Studio Gallery is filled with hundreds of samples of extraordinary art pieces presented up close and in detail. Whether your passion is rubber stamping, mixed media, or paper crafting, the newest issue features everything you love about Somerset Studio in 200 lush pages. Don’t miss whimsical bird collages by Colette Copeland, mixed-media art dolls by Danita, a collection of metal assemblages by Beth Dayton, along with many more beautifully photographed handmade creations.

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Sew Somerset Winter '13The Winter 2013 issue of Sew Somerset features cutting-edge paper, fabric, and mixed-media projects transformed by stitches of all shapes and sizes. Be on the lookout for, colorful mixed-media tags by Dina Wakley, a collection of freehand embroidered placemats by Lindsay Ostrom, lavender sachet bags by Glenda Bailey, along with much more. Sewers, paper crafters, and collage artists alike will be in awe of the stunning stitched projects highlighted in our latest edition.

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Artists' Cafe Volume 6Reconnect with admired artists, and celebrate the best moments from more than a decade in print with Artists’ Café. Our winter edition revisits exceptional articles from past issues of Somerset Studio, so you can brush up on favorite lettering, paper crafting, and mixed-media techniques, as we recapture popular must-see projects by top artists Misty Mawn, Becky Shander, Colette Copeland, Linda Trenholm, Bridgette Guerzon Mills, and many more.

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Art Quilting Studio Winter '13Turn chilly winter nights into cozy warm evenings with this upcoming issue of Art Quilting Studio. Celebrate the joy of quilting with Sally Manke’s Confetti Quilts, and learn about the art of Jenny Hearn, our Artist Showcase. This issue features Sandra Meech’s fascinating ice series, as well as art from Ellen Linder, Connie Rose, Katherine Sands, and Mary Hettmansperger. You’ll also find Colette Copeland’s Burlap Assemblages and Ruth Rae’s quilted jewelry in this round-up of innovative takes on the much-adored art of quilting.

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Want to win one of these issues? Click on your favorite spread, check out that issue’s table of contents, and let us know which artist you’d like to learn from most in the blog comments below! One lucky person will be selected at random to receive their choice of one of these brand-new December issues.

*Free shipping offer applies to U.S. purchases of the following December (Winter ’13) issues only: Art Quilting Studio, Artists’ Café, Belle Jewelry, Sew Somerset, Somerset Gallery, Take Ten, and Where Women Cook. Discount code cannot be combined with any other offer and expires 12/31/12.



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While the weather outside is frightful, the inspiration and one-of-a-kind how-to projects bursting from the pages of our brand-new December reads are delightful! We’re sharing a special discount as usual just for our blog readers. (Have you subscribed yet? Click here to have our blog promos and projects sent directly to your email). After browsing […]

Festive Favor DIY for Every Occasion!

November 29th, 2012

Whether you are entertaining this holiday season or in need of treat ideas for friends, family or co-workers, these festive treats are the perfect solution. Bake or purchase your favorite cookies to fill these 4”x4” glassine envelopes. Before you insert the cookies add a decorative holiday label to the envelope and stamp designs or sentiments fit for the celebration. Be sure to use StazOn Ink on the glassine envelopes because the ink will stick better to the slick surface of the envelope. Place the cookies in and tie the package up with Cherry Divine Twine.

For more ways to artfully package favors, visit The Studio.

Project and photo by Vanessa Spencer

 



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Whether you are entertaining this holiday season or in need of treat ideas for friends, family or co-workers, these festive treats are the perfect solution. Bake or purchase your favorite cookies to fill these 4”x4” glassine envelopes. Before you insert the cookies add a decorative holiday label to the envelope and stamp designs or sentiments […]