Glimpse Inside January Issues + Your Chance to Win One

January 3rd, 2013

For a shiny New Year, soak up new projects, new techniques, and make a fresh creative start with the innovative ideas inside these stunning January reads!

We’re sharing a special discount as per usual — just for our blog readers. (Have you subscribed yet? Click here to have our blog promos and projects sent directly to your inbox). After exploring our brand-new selection, take advantage of this FREE SHIPPING discount, which applies to any of our January releases.

Use Promo Code: BLOG0113*

Art Journaling Winter '13The Winter ’13 issue of Art Journaling has something for everyone! If you’re interested in creating pages that beg to be touched, Kelly-Ann Halbert’s use of three-dimensional elements will definitely inspire you. Roc Nicholas shares how to transform gorgeous spreads into a handmade journal that really pops. For artists who struggle with the blank white page, Mary Freeman shows how to create vivid backgrounds with everything from paint to paper to rubber stamps. Last but definitely not least, this issue’s Artist Portfolio will delight every artist, featuring the beautiful journals and artistic journey of Mary Ann Moss.

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Somerset Studio Jan/Feb '13Kick off the New Year with 2013’s most popular and innovative techniques.  Our newest Somerset Studio shows you how to create texture in your artwork, and perform breathtaking photo transfers on wood.  Along with a stunning Artist Profile on superstar Sarah Ahearn Bellemare, we reveal the imaginative results of our Aqua Challenge and share amazing mixed-media art that you can wear. You won’t want to miss unforgettable tips and inspiration from today’s hottest artists – like how to create a haven for your art journals – in this dazzling issue.

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Where Women Create BUSINESS Volume 1Where Women Create BUSINESS is an invaluable guide for every professional – from those just starting out to experienced business women. Through advice columns and in-depth feature articles, Where Women Create BUSINESS offers a multitude of knowledge and inspiration to women with a passion for success. The premiere issue is bursting with expert artisans and entrepreneurs whose extraordinary businesses speak for themselves, including Anna Griffin, Amy Butler, Kelly Rae Roberts, Vicki Brask, Holly Becker, and many more!

 

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Jewelry Affaire Winter '13The first-ever winter issue of Jewelry Affaire is a wonderland of easy-to-make designs. Sometimes the best findings make the best jewelry. Library card catalogues, dice, and shotgun shells are just a few found objects that make the jewelry in this issue so unique – there’s nothing else like it. For a winter that is opulent and productive, pick up this new issue and begin 2013 by creating jewelry you’ll love to wear and share.

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Stampers' Sampler Winter '13Don’t miss the exciting artwork within The Stampers’ Sampler like guest artist Margriet van Schaik’s elegant yet edgy cards. You’ll also find the gorgeous results from our Bottle Template Challenge and Tiny Hearts Challenge that are sure to set your own heart aflutter. The Fabric Fixation challenge results are in as well, and we know they will ignite your creativity with this technique that is one of the hottest trends in rubber stamping right now! Find articles that showcase exciting inking techniques, fresh, new ways to use a neon color palette, and amazing hand-carved stamps in this issue you won’t want to miss.

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Somerset Life Winter '13Make a New Year’s resolution to get artfully organized, and stick to it with the inspired ideas inside Somerset Life – like how to dress up your kitchen with simple tattered dish towels, make decorative shabby chic book bundles, and turn a vintage typewriter into a must-have photo display.  Filled with creative living ideas and tips for transforming everyday moments into unforgettable ones, this issue will inspire even the most novice crafter with its contemporary and romantic photographs and insightful, uplifting articles like “A Story of Two Art Friends.”

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Belle Armoire Winter '13Explore a winter wonderland of fashions inside the most chic issue of Belle Armoire to date! Inside this new edition, you will find the exquisite Designer Collection of Judy R. Clark and three of our most popular challenge results: eco-chic purses; wedding wear; and sentimental symbols.  Straight from New York Fashion Week, designer Katherine Soucie shows off her most recent collection, and we inspire you to create couture clothing from pantyhose. Last, but not least, love to layer this winter with a spotlight on neck cowls and scarves.

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Prims Winter '13Filled with beautiful and traditional handcrafted art, the Winter 2013 issue of Prims features a set of vintage-style dogs by Wendy Meagher, Queen Anne-inspired candy containers by Rachael Kinnison, Karen Brady Hammontree’s classic teddy bears with a French twist, and sweet paper clay dolls by Julie Haymaker Thompson. You will also find artwork by Paula Walton, Robin Seeber, Barb Moore, and Jennifer Lanne, along with many others.

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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 January issues.

*Free shipping offer applies to U.S. purchases of the following January (Winter ’13) issues only: Art Journaling, Belle Armoire, Jewelry Affaire, Prims, Somerset Life, Somerset Studio, The Stampers’ Sampler, and Where Women Create BUSINESS. Discount code cannot be combined with any other offer and expires 1/31/13.



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For a shiny New Year, soak up new projects, new techniques, and make a fresh creative start with the innovative ideas inside these stunning January reads! We’re sharing a special discount as per usual — just for our blog readers. (Have you subscribed yet? Click here to have our blog promos and projects sent directly […]

Journal Your Year: Free Article Download by Kate Crane

December 21st, 2012
“There aren’t many mistakes in an art journal. How can there be? An art journal is personal, so who is there to judge?”                                                                                                                                
– Kate Crane

Journal Your Year by Kate Crane

We had such an overwhelmingly positive response to Kate Crane’s Guest Artist blog post back in July that we thought it only fitting to bring her back by sharing another one of her inspiring journaling projects with a free article download! This fresh calendar take shows inventive ways to catalog your year and memories in a wonderfully mixed-media fashion.

Click here to download this free article and CREATE every day.

“Journal Your Year” by Kate Crane originally appeared in the November/December ’11 issue of Somerset Studio, on sale for only $6.99.

You may also be interested in: Art JournalingMixed-Media Stamps by Traci Bautista

Is there an artist you’re dying to learn from or hungry for a closer look at their inspiring projects?  Comment below your most sought after artist, and if it’s in our power, we’ll create a dialogue by inviting them to be a guest artist at Somerset Place!



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“There aren’t many mistakes in an art journal. How can there be? An art journal is personal, so who is there to judge?”                                                                                                                                 – Kate Crane We had such an overwhelmingly positive response to Kate Crane’s Guest Artist blog post back in July that we thought it only fitting to bring her back by […]

A Daily Calendar Journaling Project Just For You!

December 17th, 2012

Daily Calendar Journal in 7gypsies Library Drawer

Join our Shoppe Manager Vanessa Spencer as she shows you how to journal just a little tidbit every day and make it a tradition to continue to do so every year by creating this daily calendar project inspired by Design Sponge.

I decided to draw on a unique concept (because it’s simply an amazing idea) that I spotted on the Design Sponge blog, but adapt it by using the 7gypsies library drawer to store my daily journal pages.  Imagine in five years time, if you were able to look back and see what you did on January 10th every year?  This project provides a great way to record memories, whether it’s a big event like a wedding or simply a trip to your favorite park or farmer’s market.

You will need a journal card for every day of the year. Cutting out the 365 pieces of cardstock may take a little while, but it’s certainly worth it! The other step that may take some time is stamping the dates onto all of the cardstock pieces, but this can be split up over time.  I suggest creating a little assembly line by making some piles for the cards and doing all the months at the same time, followed by the days (all the 1’s for each month, then all the 2’s, etc.).  For this project, I used a simple Typewriter Alphabet clearly impressed set for the names and dates with an assortment of colorful StazOn Inks.

Daily Calendar Journal in 7gypsies Library Drawer     Daily Calendar Journal in 7gypsies Library Drawer

You may want to alter the cards and embellish them just a little – or save this part for when the inspiration strikes during your journaling process. There is nothing wrong with gradually doing the cards throughout the year – this definitely does not need to be completed all at once! For my cards, I added a few very simple elements using some of my favorite stamps with colorful inks and a bit of decorative tape.

On certain days, it might also be fun to include a photo of a special event or even a sleepy Saturday afternoon at home.  For more creative journaling ideas and prompts, be sure the pick up the latest issue of Art Journaling, or instantly download sold-out issues for your PC or Mac computer at e-Crafting.com.

How would you journal your year?  Comment below with your unique embellishing ideas for this daily calendar project, or if you’re feeling especially brave, share with us what “one day’s” post would be from your year in 2012.  Journal without reservation, journal without judgment, and journal daily!

Project and photographs by Vanessa Spencer.


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Join our Shoppe Manager Vanessa Spencer as she shows you how to journal just a little tidbit every day and make it a tradition to continue to do so every year by creating this daily calendar project inspired by Design Sponge. I decided to draw on a unique concept (because it’s simply an amazing idea) […]

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.



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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 […]