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 […]

Digital Designs Showcase + a Somerset Digital Studio Giveaway

September 13th, 2012

Artwork by Beth Santos-Gugol

Give those pens and pencils a rest and have your computer mouse and tablet at the ready. To continue our adventure into the world of digital designs, I would like to direct your attention to a wonderful showcase of digital masterpieces that combine our love of textures, rub-ons, and paints with the altering potential of computer graphics programs.

Somerset Digital Studio is a treat for digital artists and conventional scrapbookers alike. Jana Holstein, editor of the publication, attributes the title’s success from its origin in our scrapbooking magazine. “Somerset Digital Studio was conceived because our submission collection for the Virtual Gallery department in Somerset Memories was growing by leaps and bounds,” she said. “Traditional scrapbookers were jumping on the bandwagon of digi-scrapping and loving it.”

Featured artists like Traci Bautista and Susan Tuttle take you through their creative process, from capturing the initial snapshot to applying layers, masks, and filters to the photo until their altered vision is achieved.

Artwork by Melanie Ritchie

Digital photo editing allows designers to play with the lighting and levels of photos and introduces you to a world of add-on options. Ephemera embellishments can be found (and purchased) online, allowing you to download images straight to your computer.

If the thought of incorporating digital enhancements into your layouts intruigues you, I encourage you to browse around e-Crafting, Stampington’s own digital ephemera shop. You’ll find downloadable collage sheets, inchie collections, and vintage labels (we love our new Apothecary Set) to add an authentic artistic flair to your mixed-media projects.

Artwork by Anna Aspnes

Jana carefully chooses submissions that will appeal to artists of all digital levels. The features in each issue include detailed instructions, Photoshop screenshots, and corresponding lists of digital materials. “If you’re considering becoming a digital scrapbooker, I encourage you to go for it!” Jana said. “Don’t be intimidated, just give it a try and you’ll quickly fall in love with the ease of artfully creating your memories without the mess of paper and glue.”

No mess? That’s a technique we’re happy to get on board with. Comment below with YOUR favorite digital technique, or a technique you want to try. One randomly selected reader will win the newest hot-off-the-press issue of Somerset Digital Studio Autumn ’12.

View the rest of these star layouts here, and challenge yourself to experiment with new digital techniques. The deadline to submit artwork for the Spring ’13 issue is October 15th.

Update: Our Somerset Digital Studio winner is Comment #9, Amber! We will be in contact with you regarding the details of your prize.

*Contest is open to residents of the U.S. Entries will be accepted until 9/27/12.

 



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Artwork by Beth Santos-Gugol Give those pens and pencils a rest and have your computer mouse and tablet at the ready. To continue our adventure into the world of digital designs, I would like to direct your attention to a wonderful showcase of digital masterpieces that combine our love of textures, rub-ons, and paints with […]

Bonjour! Message in a Bottle DIY + a Giveaway!

September 10th, 2012

When you were still knee-high, did you ever wonder how on earth a message could make its way across the oceans and around the world, nested in a fragile glass bottle and secured only with a piece of cork? Our Shoppe Manager, Vanessa, shows us how we can revisit the imagination of our childhood by creating this vintage bottle project to send to a friend far away or right next door.

Materials
Message in a Bottle Kit
7gypsies Camden Paper Collection
Matte Medium
Hand Dyed Ribbon – Topaz, Smokey Quartz
Cavallini & Co. Paris Stamp Set
Ticket
Excelsior (found at most craft stores)

Instructions

  1. Begin by decorating the box from the Message in a Bottle Kit with patterned paper from the 7gypsies Camden Collection.
  2. Adhere paper to the box with the matte medium. Seal and protect the paper by painting over it with the medium as well.
  3. Remove the bubble wrap from inside the box and stuff with excelsior.
  4. Roll up your letter and tie it with a small piece of Topaz ribbon.
  5. Carefully drop your letter into the bottle.
  6. Stamp the “bonjour” greeting from Cavallini & Co.’s Paris Stamp Set onto a ticket.
  7. Punch a hole in the ticket, and attach it to the neck of the bottle with another piece of ribbon.
  8. Place the bottle inside of the box and close the lid. Wrap a couple layers of the Smokey Quartz ribbon around the outside, and tie it off with a bow.

For more projects that will inspire you to create handmade sentiments for yourself or a loved one, visit The Studio.

To whom would you send a special message in a bottle? Let us know in the comments below, and we’ll send one lucky winner a Message in a Bottle Kit to make it happen!

Project and photo by Vanessa Spencer

Update: The winner of the Message in a Bottle giveaway is Comment #21, Isabelle! We will be in contact with you about the details of your prize. Thank you to ALL who reached out to us and shared your stories. Your bravery and support for your loved ones is admirable, and we wish you the very best.

*Entries are accepted until 11:59 PM on 9/27/12. Winner will be chosen via random number generator. Contest is open to residents of the U.S.

 

 



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When you were still knee-high, did you ever wonder how on earth a message could make its way across the oceans and around the world, nested in a fragile glass bottle and secured only with a piece of cork? Our Shoppe Manager, Vanessa, shows us how we can revisit the imagination of our childhood by […]