New August Issues Have Arrived + Win Your Favorite!

August 6th, 2012

Bring your most creative ideas to life with this remarkable selection of brand-new August issues from Stampington & Company. These titles showcase the best in contemporary mixed-media art, from wearable menswear-inspired altered art to a curation of blog-worthy stories told through emotional words and images. You’ll get whisked away to studio spaces of intelligent, creative women and take a tour of the American Greetings headquarters! If these preview spreads have you oohing and ahhing (like we did when we first laid eyes on these beauties), take advantage of our FREE SHIPPING discount that we are offering exclusively to our blog readers.

Use Promo Code: BLOG0812*

Geared towards women who take pride in the creative details that adorn their studios, Where Women Create delights and inspires artistic types all over the world. This issue showcases the multitude of ways you can hang jewelry pieces, organize frequently used tools, and display works-in-progress. Bold chevron patterns adorn an umbrella outside the studio of the Riley Blake Designs studio, and mint green furniture serves as focal points in illustrator Amy Colburn’s creative retreat. Go behind-the-scenes of the American Greetings Ohio-based headquarters, and see how this creative team nurtures its employees in a relaxed and artistic environment.

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Come home to a shabby-chic retreat or a vibrant, colorful getaway with this issue of Somerset Home. We’ll show you how to bring Pinterest to life with pretty pinboards adorned with muslin and lace, and how to customize accessory hangers to display handmade bows, barrettes, and headbands. Sharon Cochran gives us a heaping serving of coffee couture with her burlap handbags and pillows, and Jennifer Swift uses coffee bags to create unique dining décor. From innovative washi wall journaling to everyday storage solutions for the messy (I mean, “artistically organized”) crafter, the projects nested in this issue will quickly make your house a creative home.

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From posed engagement photo shoots to candid family snapshots, moments in time are frozen and wistfully remembered via brilliantly designed blogs across the internet. This issue of Artful Blogging features personal stories from talented artists including Samantha Kira Harding, Jennifer Blair, and Elizabeth Morrow, among others. Mixed-media artist Anna-Maria Wolniak displays her passion for color, type, and cherished moments through her beautifully composed scrapbook layouts showcased on her blog. Through pristine photography and captivating accounts of personal struggles and triumphs, this extraordinary issue will prompt you to explore the artistic blogging community.

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After falling in love with the striking green hues on the cover of this month’s GreenCraft Magazine, venture inside to see the repurposed wonders that our readers have submitted. The key to your heart might just be found in a typewriter; artist Jill Kerns extracts vintage type keys to refashion into jewelry accents. Turn coffee carriers into planters, zippers into pillows, and table linens into a vintage-inspired dress. Menswear gets a wearable re-do into women’s clothing, complete with pleats and a floral accent. This magazine will appeal to crafters of all ages and skill levels with a flair for innovative thought and a passion for upcycled art.

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This issue of Altered Couture is filled with flirty fashions to get you in gear for fall. Personal anecdotes and a full list of tools and materials accompany these nifty, thrifty wearable art projects. From biker chick jackets to tiered lace skirts, the project variety is sure to appeal to all crafty fashionistas. We’ve fallen in love with mixed-media artist Pat Berryhill’s sheer, breezy top that cinches in the back and makes our hearts flutter. Whether you’re looking for a menswear transformation tutorial that’s “all business,” or just want to glam up your old rags, you’ll be well on your way to becoming an altered couture aficionado in no time.

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The autumn issue of Art Doll Quarterly features meticulously made figures crafted with love, care, and unusual materials. Join Sharon Woodward as she uses her background in illustration, graphic design, and ceramic sculpting to create a unique line of shelf-sitter dolls. See how Rex Sanford creates a dandelion-inspired doll with sparkling rhinestones and glazed tiles. Karly Perez’s article, “Silently Whispered Tales of Happiness & Woe,” explores the difference between dolls created for play, and dolls created for companionship. Embrace the impending bewitching season with this issue, filled with frightening yet adorable faces like The Field Herb Witch, Wicked Winifred, and Wednesday Adams.

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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 August 13th.

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*Free shipping offer applies to U.S. purchases of the following August 2012 issues only: Altered Couture, Art Doll Quarterly, Artful Blogging, GreenCraft Magazine, Somerset Home, and Where Women Create. Discount code does not apply to items purchased from The Shoppe at Somerset and expires 8/31/12. Contest is open to U.S. residents and ends 8/12/12 at 11:59pm.

Update: Congratulations, Maria Matter, you are our winner! We will be in contact with you in regards to your prize.

 



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Bring your most creative ideas to life with this remarkable selection of brand-new August issues from Stampington & Company. These titles showcase the best in contemporary mixed-media art, from wearable menswear-inspired altered art to a curation of blog-worthy stories told through emotional words and images. You’ll get whisked away to studio spaces of intelligent, creative […]

Stampington Goes to Renegade Craft Fair 2012!

August 2nd, 2012

The Renegade Craft Fair was in town last weekend, and I had been crossing the days off my calendar in anticipation. Located at the Los Angeles State Historic Park, this was the 4th annual Renegade in LA. The Renegade Craft Fairs showcase the best in handmade goods from artisans who specialize in indie crafts, and they are always free to attend. This was my 3rd time attending a Renegade show in the past two years, and with each show brings new friends and new discoveries in the crafting world.

Renegade does a consistently amazing job of recruiting vendors with unparalleled talents in sewing, jewelry making, painting, screen printing, illustration, and book binding. The artists are more than happy to chat with you about their crafting endeavors. It’s a treat for me to hear the experiences and education that led them to their current artistic hobby, and, in many cases, jobs.  For some, creating is a full-time job; artists make and distribute handmade goods in Etsy shops, physical store locations, and craft shows across the country. With attractions like live music, demonstrations and workshops, and a variety of fun food truck cuisine, Renegade Craft Fairs appeal to attendees of all ages, interests, and talents.

I had the pleasure of meeting Jenny Smith of Teddy Bear Republic (above). Jenny is an extremely talented seamstress, giving each of her softie creations a distinct personality with every stitch. She’s also a published Stampington artist! You can find her adorable, furry friends in the newest issue of Stuffed.  She shared a booth with friend and fellow creative, Mary, the artist behind Mary Lundquist Illustration. Her hand drawn illustrations are printed on mini notebooks, greeting cards, and tote bags (below). I am officially in love with the bespectacled owl–his glasses are bicycle wheels!

I was thrilled to find Pam Garrison’s booth, decked out in color-coordinating paintings and handmade garlands made with colorful carnival tickets. Pam is an extraordinary painter, art journaler, and hand-lettering pro.  Here she is with her lovely assistant, Kate, in front of Pam’s beautifully painted booth backdrop (above). Her hand-lettered note cards, journals, and prints were artful eye-candy, easily recognizable in Pam’s signature colorful style. Pam has been featured in Art Journaling, Somerset Life, and Somerset Studio. Hop over to her blog to check out her handmade items for yourself.

The vintage-inspired garments in the Sew L.A. booth were absolutely stunning. I admired the handmade dresses and blouses and chatted with Christine Haynes (above), pattern designer, sewing teacher, and author of “Chic & Simple Sewing” (Potter Craft, 2009). Visit her website to check out her retro pattern designs and sign up for one of her classes.

Here are more crafty items that caught my attention: top: sunny Mason jar lids and spools of twine from We Love Citrus; left: succulent terrariums from Handmade by Ella; right: repurposed lamps from Flea Market Rx.

I walked away from Renegade with a couple of awesome items (see opening photo): a screen printed shirt with an image of a bicycle from Urban Octopus, cute Kraft envelopes with a string and button closure from Paper Pastries, mini potpourri-filled mason jars from Pure Palette Scents, and screen printed towels from Sara Selepouchin of Girls Can Tell.

When you have a spare moment, I encourage you to check out their online stores. If you attended any of the Renegade Craft Fairs, leave a comment and let me know your thoughts!

To keep your finger on the pulse of the crafting world, visit our events page here. Happy crafting!

 

–Elysa Hill, Marketing Communications Manager

 

 



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The Renegade Craft Fair was in town last weekend, and I had been crossing the days off my calendar in anticipation. Located at the Los Angeles State Historic Park, this was the 4th annual Renegade in LA. The Renegade Craft Fairs showcase the best in handmade goods from artisans who specialize in indie crafts, and […]

Par-Tea On: A Stampington Soiree!

July 30th, 2012

Our advertising and editorial teams laughed, planned, and toasted to creativity over cups of spiced tea and trays of decadent treats. Laura Burns, our fantastic advertising sales manager, gives us the inside scoop on the preparation that went into planning this gathering of artistic minds.

Working at Stampington & Company, it is so easy to be inspired by the creativity that surrounds us. When we marked our calendar for a meeting with the talented editorial team, we knew we wanted to take advantage of this opportunity to show them our artistic side. Elizabeth Komatsu (Advertising Assistant Manager), Melissa Mercer (Advertising Account Executive), Ashleigh Fleury (Advertising and Marketing Assistant) and I challenged ourselves to surprise the editors with some crafty projects of our own and plan a tea party they would never forget!

No artistic party would be complete without a color scheme, so we decided upon turquoise and coral. We browsed Pinterest for décor ideas, creating a mood board in our office. We shopped in local Goodwill and thrift stores and found vintage tea cups, vases, and plates. Next, we raided the Stampington prop room with the blessing of our director of photography, Johanna, and found lovely linens and antique silver teapots to adorn our table. You’d be amazed to see the unique items we have on hand on a daily basis.

We planned a craft night that Friday to create decorations for the party. First, we hit Michaels for supplies: paper, tissue paper, doilies, ribbon, and decorative adhesive tape. We used a Silhouette machine to cut the lettering, teapot, and tea cups out of paper, which we strung on aqua baker’s twine. A Fiskars punch was used to create elegant borders on our banner and placemats, which were adorned with vintage silverware and teapot designs printed from templates found on The Pretty Blog. We made the pompoms using just tissue paper and ribbon. To create a fun display for the selection of teas, we cut out teapot ephemera, framed it with decorative adhesive tape, and attached it to the inside of a vintage wooden box that we borrowed from the prop room. We constructed cardboard separators to fit between the rows of teas and cut out images from each tea box to display the different flavors.

We returned to the office the following week and set up our handmade décor and homemade goodies. Our selection of savory bite-sized tea sandwiches included delicious ingredients: ham and cheese; roasted red pepper, dill, and cream cheese; and cucumber, dill and cream cheese. To appease everyone’s sweet tooth, we baked mini cinnamon buns and mini vanilla cupcakes, topped with cream cheese frosting and rainbow sprinkles. We constructed tasty fruit skewers of pineapple, melon, grapes and strawberries to incorporate a burst of juicy produce. We arranged the spread of delicious treats on plates and platters covered in colored doilies. Add a vase of bright Gerber daisies, cue the elegant music, and we were ready to start the par-tea!

The editors were surprised and delighted to see that a fancy tea party had replaced our ordinary meeting. Collaborating with coworkers and enjoying tasty treats was a wonderful way to start the morning and get our creative juices flowing.

Thanks for sharing, Laura! Pick up a copy of Mingle Spring ’12 for more inspiring party projects, stories, and tips on how to throw your own creative soiree (spoiler alert: look out for more pictures from this tea party in an upcoming issue). Way to go, Ad Team. Par-tea on!

Comment below with your best creative party idea for a chance to win the premiere issue. The editor of Mingle will pick the most innovative one. Best of luck!

Photographs by Johanna Love

 

*Contest is open to U.S. residents only. Deadline for entries is 8/12/12 at 11:59 p.m.

 

Update from Christen Olivarez, Editor-in-Chief and Director of Publishing: My choice is HawaiianLibrarian’s Colorful Crafty Gal Pals’ Night Out! I love the idea of focusing so much on one color. I can only imagine how bright and colorful it could be!

 

Congratulations, HawaiianLibrarian! We will be in contact with you regarding your prize.

 

 



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Our advertising and editorial teams laughed, planned, and toasted to creativity over cups of spiced tea and trays of decadent treats. Laura Burns, our fantastic advertising sales manager, gives us the inside scoop on the preparation that went into planning this gathering of artistic minds. Working at Stampington & Company, it is so easy to […]

An iPhoneography Tutorial with Guest Artist Susan Tuttle

July 26th, 2012

We are thrilled to welcome guest artist Susan Tuttle to Somerset Place today, where she shares a tutorial on editing a portrait taken with her iPhone®. She uses five of her favorite iPhone photography apps to achieve the final result, which is worn, grungy, painterly, and dreamy in style.

Materials (These iPhone apps can be purchased and downloaded at various costs from the Apple iTunes Store):
Camera+
Art of Blur* or BlurFX
Scratch Cam
Noir Photo
Pic Grunger

Instructions (Note: These instructions do not get overly technical in terms of how the tools and functions of each of these photo apps work. Each photography app for the iPhone comes with detailed instructions for use, which are generally very user-friendly.)

1. Camera+: I use the camera available in the app Camera+ to take my iPhone photographs (I especially love the timer feature for taking self-portraits). After you take the photo, it goes into your Camera+ Lightbox (essentially a camera roll), and it is also saved to your device’s built-in camera roll (Photo Library) if you adjust the settings to do so.

  • For this project, I selected my untouched photograph from my Lightbox and went into Editing mode, where I cropped the photo into a square. I like to upload completed works to Instagram (a social network for sharing iPhonegraphy) and they only accept a square format.
  • After cropping, I choose a filter. In this case I chose the black and white filter “Ansel,” which has Ansel Adams-like toning and is a definite go-to filter of mine. Save work to your Photo Library.

2. Art of Blur (Art of Blur is no longer available at the iTunes app store, but BlurFX may be used instead): Open saved altered photo in this app and do the following:

  • Apply a blur to it. You can manipulate blur settings to achieve a subtle or strong motion blur (see figure A of above screenshot).
  • If there are any areas of your photo that you do not wish to have blurred, you can bring them back into focus or adjust the sharpness by selecting the Sharpen mode and brushing over these areas. You can adjust the transparency and size of the brush – I like to reduce the transparency so that there is always a soft, blended edge between the blurred part of the image and the sharp part (see figures B and C of screenshot). Tip: the Zoom Tool is very helpful for achieving accuracy and doing fine detail work. Save work.

3. Scratch Cam: This very cool app allows you to alter the color of your photo and apply scratches, textures, and borders.

  • I decided not to alter the color of the photo, so I turned the color layer off (see figure A of above screenshot).
  • Choose a “Textures and Borders” layer. You can reduce the Opacity of this layer if you wish (see figure B).
  • Apply a “Scratches” layer. Again, you can reduce the Opacity of this layer if you wish (see figure C). Save work.

4. Noir Photo: This app allows you to create a dramatic vignette effect, where you can highlight your subject and either darken or lighten the surrounding area to create the vignette.

  • I chose to highlight the figure of the woman and lighten the surrounding area, thus taking away the surrounding details to draw the observer’s eye into the subject. You can achieve a variety of results by rolling the various dials. Don’t forget to save.

5. Pic Grunger: I often like to use this app to apply a final touch of grunge to my piece, giving it a more dreamy quality. Open work in this app and do the following:

  • Choose an “Effects” filter. I chose “Creased,” as it adds a nice layer of grunge, but did not cover up essential details of the subject (see figure A of screenshot).
  •  Select a texture. I picked “Newsprint” (see figure B). You can adjust the strength of these layers, as I did in this project (see figure C). Save and you’re all done!

A big “Thank you!” to Susan for sharing this fun iPhoneography tutorial with us. Susan is a photographer and digital artist from Maine. She is author of the books Digital Expressions: Creating Digital Art with Adobe Photoshop Elements (North Light Books, April 2010) and Exhibition 36: Mixed-Media Demonstrations and Explorations (North Light Books, November, 2008). Susan teaches online digital art and photo manipulation classes with Photoshop and is excited to announce that her third book, Photo Craft: Creative Mixed Media and Digital Approaches to Transforming Your Photographs (North Light Books), co-authored with Chrysti Hydeck, will be released this fall.

Susan recently wrote an article on iPhoneography that is featured in Somerset Digital Studio Spring ’12, where she talks about enjoying the challenge of continually stretching the range of her artistic voice. You can view more of Susan’s work at www.susantuttlephotography.com.

Preview the gorgeous spreads from the upcoming Autumn ’12 issue of Somerset Digital Studio.

iPhone® is a registered trademark of Apple Inc. Camera + is copyright © by tap tap tap LLC. ScratchCam is copyright © 2011 by Steven Arnold. Noir Photo is copyright © Red Giant Software LLC. Pic Grunger is copyright © by Stephen Spring. *Art of Blur is no longer available at the iTunes app store.

 



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We are thrilled to welcome guest artist Susan Tuttle to Somerset Place today, where she shares a tutorial on editing a portrait taken with her iPhone®. She uses five of her favorite iPhone photography apps to achieve the final result, which is worn, grungy, painterly, and dreamy in style. Materials (These iPhone apps can be […]

A Tempting Contest for Stamping Fans

July 23rd, 2012

We’ve got a tempting contest for you, and we hope you are up for the challenge. Do you have a template design bouncing around in your head that you’re just itching to get on paper? Take your napkin doodles and turn them into published templates!

Over the 15 years that The Stampers’ Sampler has been in publication, we’ve seen templates shaped like pinwheels, dresses, hot air balloons, bird houses, cupcakes, mason jars, and more. Our artistic readers send us the original artwork they create using these templates, and we publish the cream of the crop in our Tempting Template section in each issue of The Stampers’ Sampler.

Now, we would like to see YOUR template ideas! Send your original template drawings to us via snail mail or email your sketch to Editor Andrea Rangno at arangno@stampington.com. If we pick your design, you will receive a free issue of The Stampers’ Sampler! Please submit designs by 7/31/12 for consideration.

Check out our past templates here for inspiration to spark some new ideas. Templates above: Mason Jar, Perfume Bottle, Dress



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We’ve got a tempting contest for you, and we hope you are up for the challenge. Do you have a template design bouncing around in your head that you’re just itching to get on paper? Take your napkin doodles and turn them into published templates! Over the 15 years that The Stampers’ Sampler has been […]