October Issues Have Arrived + Win Your Favorite!

October 1st, 2012

It’s officially fall when your primetime television shows are back and our new October issues have hit the stands! We’ll give you a run-down of our favorite highlights, from collage mermaids to uplifting journals and hopefully leave you wanting to snuggle up with your favorite title and a furry friend. After virtually perusing this month’s selection, take advantage of our FREE SHIPPING discount that we are offering exclusively to our blog readers.

Use Promo Code: BLOG1012*

No, that’s not the sound of baby pigs running rampant around the office. That’s a bunch of very excited squeals at the delectably vibrant, candy-colored cover of the newest issue of Mingle. Flip open to any page and be whisked away to parties that showcase ornate centerpieces, costumes, and an assortment of treats. Step into the dark and musty venue of a murder mystery party, a French Quarter-inspired wedding, or perhaps a Cookie Shine – the Scottish version of the classic tea party. Visit The Makerie, a creative retreat that celebrates handmade and eco-friendly art in Boulder, Colorado (they even created their own adorable photo booth!). Don your party hats and wave those handmade pinwheels because you’ll want to recreate and re-imagine these festive décor and party themes again and again.

This stunning new issue of Art Journaling is a treasure, one to add to your mixed-media magazine collection and return to for years to come. Trish McKinney asks the question, “What Do You Dream About?” and encourages artists to never stop daydreaming. With her encouraging lyric-based art pieces, Naomi Capps sums up a feeling we all express from time to time: overwhelmed. She showcases this expression through paint and text and documents her everyday life in this way. Roc Nicholas takes art journaling off of the blank page and onto a blank coffee cup, and Rene Tibbets tells us why she likes to incorporate digital techniques into her journaling layouts. With over 150 inspirational journal pages to drink in, you’ll be mesmerized by the kind of art you can create as well.

For artists who like to create, sculpt, mold, and paint with their hands, Somerset Workshop presents techniques for getting your hands dirty in the craft room. Mary Beth Shaw provides eye-opening articles that illustrate how she uses paper towels to create textured backgrounds, creates a stylish project with an encaustic medium, and prefers to paint – without paint! Join Mary Beth, as well as other big names in mixed media like Cynthia Shaffer and Sarah Ahearn Bellemare, as they walk you through instructions for infusing upcycled paper towels and a mixture of text and images into your mixed-media projects. With articles titled, “Cheer Up” and “All Together,” there is no doubt that these artists are constantly fostering a positive community environment.

The rich olive and peach hues on the cover of Haute Handbags are enough to make any fashionista swoon. Return to school with a cool wool patch tote bag or a hip denim messenger bag. Give new life to burlap coffee bags and turn them into sturdy totes with feminine embellishments (look at those gorgeous bows!). A mother-daughter pair teams up to create gypsy-inspired bags from upcycled doilies and lace items, and patterns get “all tied up” with a menswear-inspired update. From mini-purses to clutches and felt to leather, these handbag designs are plentiful and the results are exquisite.

Fleur-de-lis and bejeweled insects are just some of the exquisite focal points of the jewelry showcased in this issue of Jewelry Affaire. Laurie Garcia shows us how to alter a cigar box and upcycle it into an organizational jewelry holder. Dazzling pieces that pay homage to the changing seasons are created with metallic leaf embellishments and ornate butterfly brooches. Maggie Dykzeul showcases a refreshing take on layered necklaces with her oriental-inspired pieces. Rebecca Ersfeld shows us a classy way to incorporate velvet into pieces your grandmother would approve of, and Cat Kerr shows us how to make the most of loved and well-worn board games with her altered Jenga Pendants. Between all of these amazing artfully inspired jewelry, there is surely a project that is just up your alley.

The first few pages of Somerset Life are enough to make a vintage lover’s eyes widen with excitement. Christine Stephens walks us through Gilding the Lily, an Orange County-based store that showcases button assortments in mismatched glass jars, raspberry-colored ribbons, glittering home décor, and much more. Susannah Conway shares her thoughts about life and writing in her article, “Stepping Bravely into the Unknown,” accompanied by her breathtaking photos from her blog. Send a bouquet of flowers in the mail by creating pressed petal parcels with poetic text accents. Full of Creative Living Ideas from our readers and artists, including ruffled can decorations and personalized envelopes, this issue will keep you crafting and smiling time and time again.

Polka dots, turquoise stripes, holiday plaid, and snowflake-covered skies are just a few of the many designs included in the winter issue of The Stampers’ Sampler. Packed with hundreds of handmade cards featuring bewitched pumpkins, holiday tags, Mason jar fairies, and collaged mermaids, this issue is crafted with love from our editors, designers, and readers alike. Flip through Wendy Morris’s Lost & Found album and see how she weaves together a story using paper scraps from memorable vacations. Don’t forget that every issue of The Stampers’ Sampler includes a FREE artist paper and template to keep you craftin’ those greetings all year round.

The autumn issue of Somerset Memories provides more than 125 layouts and projects that are positively eye-candy. See how Julie Fei-Fan Balzer uses the Copic Airbrush system to create a misty background effect without any mess at all! Pair it with stencils, and the possibilities for patterns are endless. Tackle the art of the album with Melissa Stinson as she creates a functional way to display photos from her trip to the Washington D.C. Cherry Blossom Festival. Digital scrapbooking expert Michelle Shefveland creates digital quilted art and shares a fun technique – the basic of printing images onto muslin. With tips and tricks from the best of the best in paper crafting, this jam-packed issue is one for the scrapbooks!

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. Winner will be chosen and announced October 19th.

Update: Our winner is comment #75, Tammy! We will be in contact with you in regards to you prize. Thank you to all who entered!

*Free shipping offer applies to U.S. purchases of the following October 2012 issues only: Art Journaling, Haute Handbags, Jewelry Affaire, Mingle, Somerset Life, Somerset Memories, Somerset Workshop, and The Stampers’ Sampler. Discount code does not apply to items purchased from The Shoppe at Somerset and expires 10/31/12. Contest is open to U.S. residents and ends 10/18/12 at 11:59pm.



Sarah Glimpse Inside And Sneak Peeks

It’s officially fall when your primetime television shows are back and our new October issues have hit the stands! We’ll give you a run-down of our favorite highlights, from collage mermaids to uplifting journals and hopefully leave you wanting to snuggle up with your favorite title and a furry friend. After virtually perusing this month’s […]

Poetic Portraits with Guest Artist Pam Carriker, Part 2: Lead By Example Painting Tutorial

September 27th, 2012

Welcome to Part 2 of mixed-media artist Pam Carriker’s Poetic Portraits series. Today she will be showcasing a whimsical step-by-step painting tutorial using one of her most popular hand carved stamps, Viola, from her new Poetic Portraits stamp line.

Materials

Canvas of choice

Colored ink pad

Water-soluble pencil (I recommend the Stabilo brand)

Acrylic paint

Gesso

Textured paper

Instructions

Step 1: Stamp your favorite Poetic Portrait image onto your canvas using a color other than black. This is a great way to get you thinking outside of the box a bit! Step 2: Use a water-soluble pencil to outline the body details and to add a bit of shading to the facial features. Step 3: Activate the water-soluble pencil with a wet brush and let dry.

Step 4: Add watered-down acrylic paint to the background, body and face. Step 5: Press a stamp (here I used Kari McKnight Holbrook’s background stamp) into the wet acrylic paint and lift off the paint. Step 6: Use a wash of white acrylic paint to add a layer to the face and to the white areas of the body.

Step 7: Use a black water-soluble Stabilo pencil to outline the body and head; activate with water. Step 8: Add more watered-down white acrylic paint over the top of the white areas, blending with the Stablio pencil where desired.

9.Warm up the image with a wash of yellow acrylic paint.

Step 10: Add text with hand-written or collaged words–or perhaps a combination of the two. Step 11: Use a variety of permanent black pens to add details and doodles to the page.

Step 12: Continue to add color to the image and page with water-soluble pencils, activating them with water.  Note: To help the water-soluble media stick over the acrylic paint, apply mixed-media adhesive or clear gesso over the page and let dry. This will give “tooth” to the page and allow the more delicate media to stick easily.

A big “Thank you!” to Pam for sharing this tutorial with us. If you missed Part 1, you can view it here. Glimpse into Pam’s artful world by visiting her website at pamcarriker.com.



Sarah How-To Project Tutorials ,

Welcome to Part 2 of mixed-media artist Pam Carriker’s Poetic Portraits series. Today she will be showcasing a whimsical step-by-step painting tutorial using one of her most popular hand carved stamps, Viola, from her new Poetic Portraits stamp line. Materials Canvas of choice Colored ink pad Water-soluble pencil (I recommend the Stabilo brand) Acrylic paint […]

Poetic Portraits with Guest Artist Pam Carriker, Part 1: Jumpstart Your Art Journaling

September 24th, 2012

We’re thrilled to welcome Pam Carriker back to Somerset Place with a two-part painting series. Today she will be showcasing vibrant journaling pages created from the stamp plates of her new handcarved Poetic Portraits stamp line.

Sometimes it’s fun to start a page in your journal by using one focal image (such as a stamp) and building the page off of it, letting it create its own story as you go. For these pages I used both my Poetic Portrait stamps and the stamp plate to jumpstart my project.

 

Lady Macbeth

Heart on a String

I’ve found that creating in this way opens my mind up to a more colorful and playful style. I’m grabbing the red paint more frequently and not worrying about being careful and precise. The characters in the stories on these pages emerge as I go along, simply allowing them to become who they are and enjoy the playful process. Adding paint right over the stamped image, and even using pens to change the smile, hair, or other features, allows me to keep creating new characters each time I use the stamps.

Send in the Clown

Stamping has changed a lot in the 25+ years I’ve been doing it. By using mixed-media techniques, the stamped image is no longer the end of the process, but just the beginning! The possibilities are as unlimited as your creative muse.

Ophelia

 

Desdemona and Rosalind

Thanks for sharing this gorgeous layering technique, Pam! Readers, remember to return on Thursday for Part 2 of this Poetic Portrait series. Check out more of Pam’s dreamy artwork by visiting her website at pamcarriker.com.

 



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We’re thrilled to welcome Pam Carriker back to Somerset Place with a two-part painting series. Today she will be showcasing vibrant journaling pages created from the stamp plates of her new handcarved Poetic Portraits stamp line. Sometimes it’s fun to start a page in your journal by using one focal image (such as a stamp) […]

Call for Artwork: Send Us Your DIY Bottle Bargains!

September 20th, 2012
Artwork and photo by Lucy Ancheta

I attended a swap meet recently and was set on scoping out the best home décor bargains. Tall glass bottles, short glass bottles, mason jars, tinted glassware – anything that was semi-transparent and super functional I wanted to line up on my kitchen windowsill in a pretty little row.

And I found them, alright. The seller was asking a whopping $30 for each mason jar. Each! The aqua-tinted ones are harder to come by, so that might have been understandable, but the regular-sized clear jars went for the same asking price.

 

Artwork by Kellene Giloff

I picked my jaw back up from the floor, giving the seller a polite nod and a wistful compliment on his collection, hoping that the finds at the next vendor wouldn’t cost me my coffee budget for the week. You can imagine my glee at finding the same clear mason jars at our local Hobby Lobby store for just $1.50 each. I am now the proud (if slightly obsessed) owner of a set of eight mason jars. So many creative possibilities.

Artwork by Vanessa Spencer

Are you also on the hunt for glass bottles or jars? Perhaps you have them already lined up on a shelf, but waiting for a few spare hours to creatively alter them. If you’re a budget-conscious crafter, consider creating a lovely gift set or complementing your kitchen’s color palette by altering your glassware. Vanessa, our Shoppe Manager, transformed her delicate stemware from ho-hum to super glam with this unique tinting technique (pictured above).

Artwork by Vanessa Spencer

Have you made over your mason jars (see above project here) or bedazzled your bottles? Send us high-res photos of your creations at blog@stampington.com for us to feature in a future blog post or possible publication in Somerset Life or GreenCraft Magazine.



Sarah Artful LivingArtwork Submissions ,

Artwork and photo by Lucy Ancheta I attended a swap meet recently and was set on scoping out the best home décor bargains. Tall glass bottles, short glass bottles, mason jars, tinted glassware – anything that was semi-transparent and super functional I wanted to line up on my kitchen windowsill in a pretty little row. […]

It’s Pinning Time! Chalk It Up Pinterest Contest

September 17th, 2012

Personalization is the secret ingredient to a recipe for a unique and heartfelt gift. We are excited to share a product that allows you to change up your personal sentiments to whatever strikes your fancy at the time. Chalkboard paints, papers, and labels are such fun tools to use if you want to give new life and functionality to everyday items.

Give your mixed-media and wearable art projects an old-school update with the new Chalkboard Paper Stacks by DCWV. These 12 x 12” sheets of paper make nifty jar labels, scrapbook layouts, greeting cards, and organizational boxes. With colors that range from slate blue to brick red, forest green to jet back, these papers pack an understated punch that is perfect for enhancing rustic projects.  Add just a stick of white chalk, and you’re on your way to turning a plain slate into a unique statement.

These darling Chalkboard Pendants were created with the Chalkboard Paper Stacks and a bit of delicate seam binding ribbon. You can achieve a similar look with chalkboard paint from your local craft store.

We’ve curated a Chalk It Up Pinterest board that showcases fantastic chalkboard-based projects that we stumbled upon in the blogosphere. These handmade earrings, message boards, memo pads, and planters are all super chalk-tastic.

Now it’s your turn! Create your own Chalk It Up Pinterest board with images of your favorite online images of projects embellished with chalkboard products–or upload photos of your own handmade goods.

Leave the link to your board in the comment section below. We’ll choose the top three boards that showcase the most creative and innovative uses of chalkboard products. Remember, we always value quality over quantity of pins. The three winning pinners will receive the newest issue of GreenCraft Magazine, and one grand prize winner will also be awarded a Chalkboard Paper Stack pack.

P.S. Have you downloaded the Pinterest app for your smartphone? It’s the newest way to get creative inspiration on-the-go!

Project and photo by Vanessa Spencer

 

* Contest is open to residents of the U.S. Entries will be accepted until 10/31/12.

 

 



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Personalization is the secret ingredient to a recipe for a unique and heartfelt gift. We are excited to share a product that allows you to change up your personal sentiments to whatever strikes your fancy at the time. Chalkboard paints, papers, and labels are such fun tools to use if you want to give new […]