French Linen DIY

May 17th, 2012

Looking for a quick and inexpensive gift idea that has a homemade touch and a bit of French flair? Our Shoppe Manager shares how you can dress up some vintage jars and tins by using a little bit of ribbon and some readymade vintage canvas patches.

Materials
Small Storage Jars
Clear Top 12oz Tins
Canvas Patches
Jute Ribbon – 3/8″ and 1.5″
Scrapper’s Floss – Charcoal, Carnation, Pansy
Mini Glue Dots

Instructions

  1. Choose an assortment of canvas patches and adhere to the outside of the small plastic storage tins. The circle patches fit perfectly on the clear lids of the round tins, and the square and rectangular patches fit nicely on the square bottles.
  2. Wrap the wide jute ribbon around the base of the tins and adhere ribbon using a few glue dots.
  3. Add color-coordinated scrapper’s floss around the bases of the tins. Embellish some of the lids and the base of the bottles with thin jute ribbon.
  4. Tie scrapper’s floss around the bottles for a finishing touch.
  5. Fill the bottles with sweet-smelling bath salts, the tins with tiny trinkets, and voila! You’ve made a lovely set of French-inspired gifts that are easy, affordable, and effortlessly beautiful.

Project and photo by Vanessa Spencer

  

What is your go-to pampering routine? Treat yourself or a friend to homemade goodies like our Ooh-la-la Spa Day Box, DIY Lip Balm Kit, and more projects specially created for The Studio.

 



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Looking for a quick and inexpensive gift idea that has a homemade touch and a bit of French flair? Our Shoppe Manager shares how you can dress up some vintage jars and tins by using a little bit of ribbon and some readymade vintage canvas patches. Materials Small Storage Jars Clear Top 12oz Tins Canvas […]

A Page from Artful Blogging

May 14th, 2012

Artful Blogging is a unique publication that features the most visually stunning blogs from across the internet through beautiful photographs and a patchwork of personal narratives.  Editor Jennifer Taylor strives to capture the essence of each blog and explores how each artist started on his or her blogging adventure. In the Winter ’11 issue, she describes the process of blogging, as “being able to keep track of your creative journey.”  Whether your blog’s focus is photography, writing, art, travel, or something entirely different, the process of documenting your experiences is one of inspiration and growth.


Editor-in-Chief Christen Olivarez reminisces about how her first experiments with art journaling formed her larger passion for blogging. “As a teenager, my best friend and I kept a notebook that we passed back and forth,” she says.  “One of us would write something in it and the other would respond to it, then write something of our own. I loved being able to share my thoughts, hopes, and fears with someone and reading their response. I think that’s why I blog. It’s the same idea, but on a bigger level.”

Sharing and connecting with others is a key part of the blogging process—even if you’re afraid of what others might say. Managing Editor Beth Livesay enjoys having an outlet where she can write daily, but admits it can be intimidating at times.  “Writing will always be my first love,” she says. “Having a blog where I can both write for myself and keep it open to others is a scary thought, but it’s a step in the right direction. Blogging is about sharing my gratitude for fellow artists and bloggers, but it also allows for self expression.  After all, it is my personal writing style that is pinned on the web pages.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A blog is a unique tool you can use to share your personal life in a very public space. If you’re ever feeling intimidated, think about why you started blogging in the first place, and just remember this: blog because you care about what you’re writing. Blog because it’s cathartic for you to mold thoughts into words.  Blog because it’s the people, events, pictures, and experiences you write about that make life challenging and beautiful. If you love what you’re writing, your readers will too.

Want to win a copy of Artful Blogging Summer ’12? Leave a comment telling us what aspect of blogging you love the most, whether it’s writing, photographing, designing, or reading the blogs of your favorite creatives.*

 

Photo credits: Top: Karin Andersson, Artful Blogging Spring ’12; Middle: Glory Albin, Artful Blogging Summer ’12; Bottom: Jennifer Rizzo, Artful Blogging Summer ’12

 

*Contest is open to U.S. residents. Winner will be chosen at random. Deadline for entries is May 31, 2012.

Update: The winner of Artful Blogging Summer ’12 is Lisa Fulmer! Congratulations Lisa, look out for an email from us with the details of your prize.



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Artful Blogging is a unique publication that features the most visually stunning blogs from across the internet through beautiful photographs and a patchwork of personal narratives.  Editor Jennifer Taylor strives to capture the essence of each blog and explores how each artist started on his or her blogging adventure. In the Winter ’11 issue, she […]

Baroque Chain Paper Dolls with Guest Artist Sandra Evertson

May 10th, 2012

Today we welcome Sandra Evertson to Somerset Place as she shares with us a fun paper-cutting technique to create paper people that are all dolled up!

As spring approaches, I like to dress up my studio with lovely garlands of beautiful paper dolls dancing in doorways and window panes. A simple pleasure from a distant childhood memory–just fancied up a bit! No matter how many years have passed, however, it is still an exciting and satisfying moment when you unfurl a little piece of paper you have snipped here and there and unveil a delicate chain of paper people!

Materials
Standard copy paper 8 ½” x 11” (be sure to use heavier weight, bright white copy paper)
Pencil
Small sharp scissors
Exacto knife
Acrylic paints
Toothpick
Dressmaker’s pin
Cotton cloth

Instructions

  1. Fold a single sheet of copy paper in half, width-wise (that would be hamburger-style for you young’ns). Make crisp creases along the center and gently tear the sheet into two halves. Fold the new piece in half, and then in half again one last time.
  2. I used a metal finding shaped like an 18th century court dancer as the inspiration for my ladies. You can either create a pattern or freestyle your design with a pencil onto the folded edge of the paper. Remember to leave at least two spots on your design that will remain attached to create your chain.
  3. Use a pair of very sharp scissors or an exacto knife to cut out any interior spaces.
  4. Unfold to reveal your pretty ladies, all in a row!
  5. Embellish your paper dolls with a tiny wooden toothpick as a “paint brush” dipped in acrylic paints, creating a faux-dotted Swiss design.

Variations on a theme: Create pretty little pinholes by resting your paper dolls on a folded piece of cotton cloth, then pricking out each hole with a long dressmaker’s pin. Add a set of men to accompany your ladies! For an unusual twist, create these paper chain dolls using black paper for a whimsical silhouette effect. Have fun creating, and now let the ball begin!

A big “Thank you!” to Sandra for sharing this fun technique! More of Sandra Evertson’s artwork can be found in Artful Blogging, Handcrafted, Somerset Apprentice, Somerset Home, Somerset Life, and Somerset Studio. To view more of Sandra’s work, please visit her blog http://www.sandraevertson.blogspot.com

Consider yourself a wiz with a pair of sheers? Show us your spectacular paper chain creations by submitting them to blog@stampington.com.



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Today we welcome Sandra Evertson to Somerset Place as she shares with us a fun paper-cutting technique to create paper people that are all dolled up! As spring approaches, I like to dress up my studio with lovely garlands of beautiful paper dolls dancing in doorways and window panes. A simple pleasure from a distant […]

Free Article Download for National Scrapbooking Month!

May 7th, 2012

Grab your paintbrush, and take your scrappin’ to the next level! National Scrapbooking Month celebrates the art of transforming a blank canvas with beautiful papers, photos, embellishments, and thoughtful words. Displaying cherished photos in a scrapbook is a wonderful way to preserve your adventures, milestones, and memories for decades to come. You’ve got the basics down – now challenge yourself and incorporate mixed-media or even digital elements into your next scrapbooking layout.

This free article download has been borrowed from the March/April 2011 issue of Somerset Studio. Caroline Rondel shares how she experiments with watercolor crayons, gesso, tea, fabric, and rub-on designs to create a personal art journal that combines mixed-media materials with scrapbooking techniques. Click here to download this article and see her creative process.

Happy Scrapping! Follow Caroline’s lead and incorporate a variety of materials into your layouts. What’s a new medium that you want to try? Tell us in the comments below.



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Grab your paintbrush, and take your scrappin’ to the next level! National Scrapbooking Month celebrates the art of transforming a blank canvas with beautiful papers, photos, embellishments, and thoughtful words. Displaying cherished photos in a scrapbook is a wonderful way to preserve your adventures, milestones, and memories for decades to come. You’ve got the basics […]

A Glimpse Inside our New May Issues!

May 3rd, 2012

The arrival of the new May magazines sparked an excited chatter throughout the office, sprinkled with “oohs!” and “ahhs!” as we pored over the delectable candy-colored covers of our favorite issues. These magazines are works of art in themselves, featuring more alluring blogs, studios, and projects than ever before. Check out the sample spreads below to see what speaks to your ever-flowing creative visions. To sweeten the deal, we are offering a FREE SHIPPING discount exclusively to our blog readers.

Use Promo Code: BLOG0512*

This May/June ’12 issue marks Somerset Studio‘s 15th year showcasing artistic inspiration from mixed-media artists around the world. Learn how to carve detailed and elaborate designs into linoleum with Michelle Ward, and try your hand at free-form stitching techniques with Renee Rogers. Pam Carriker shares why her handmade block stamps hold a special place in her heart, and cover artist Seth Apter combines two of his passions, art and running, to create collaborative projects.

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Stampington Altered Couture

Braids are all the rage this season, and not just the French kind. Incorporate this fresh, sunny look into your wardrobe with detailed tips and stunning photographs in this issue of Altered Couture. Give an old pair of sneakers a bit of new-school glam and read about a red, white, and blue “re-do” that has the perfect dash of vintage Americana. Promote your sewing skills, learn how to fashion a pencil skirt from a button-down work blouse, and read about confessions of a shoe addict.

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Stampington Art Doll Quarterly

Art Doll Quarterly readers, we’ve got quite the issue in store for you. Plan a hot date with a darling fellow that rides his unicycle at lightning speed, or grab a beer with Lakeside Larry, a laid-back doll that might just resemble your husband – Birkenstocks and all. Learn the ins and outs of starting an art doll blog and go behind the curtain with a puppeteer and costume designer. A gorgeous doll comes to life as a mermaid with paperclay, beads, and an imaginary spirit that is absolutely contagious.

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Stampington Artful Blogging

The Summer issue of Artful Blogging is just the ticket for a relaxing afternoon indulging in stunning photography and captivating personal stories. Read about trips to exotic places that have molded bloggers into the creative people they are today. Rebecca Seal showcases juicy cranberry citrus sauce jars and Hanna Villarrubia shares her spread of chocolate soufflés and pinwheel cookies. Look no further than this issue to view photographs of delectable pastries, colorful lanterns, and whimsical Ferris wheels that will whisk you away to new destinations.

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Stampington Catch Up Issue

Take a ride on a hot air balloon and soar through Volume 16 of Catch Up Issue. Enjoy nearly 400 fresh ideas and techniques that will make your artistic imagination soar. From ribbon embellishments to paper windmills, you’ll find new ways to take your stamped art projects to new heights. This colorful issue only comes out once a year, so catch up on your favorite magazine for 365 days of paper crafting inspiration.

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Stampington Where Women Create

Whether you’re looking for an engaging article about the business of crafting or just want to get lost in photographs to kick-start a decorating project, look no further than this issue of Where Women Create. From sophisticated book nooks to a baby grand piano organizational display, the spaces that we have scoped out will leave you inspired to get your spring cleaning done (including the desk clutter!). Visit the creative studios of Kathy Cano-Murillo, Shelley Kennedy, Cindy Dockins, and many other women whose artistically decorated spaces reflect their creative business and life passions.

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Stampington Prims

Explore Americana dolls and sculptural figures with the Summer ’12 issue of Prims. See how artist Olivia Thomas uses fabric and paper to symbolize how she uses her hand as an art tool. Read about a parade of patriotic characters that wave the American flag with pride and participate in America’s favorite pastime – baseball! Sweet elephants and elegant giraffes round out this darling collection of primitive art dolls that are sure to win a special place in your heart.

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*Free shipping offer applies to U.S. purchases of the following May 2012 issues only: Altered Couture, Art Doll Quarterly, Artful Blogging, Catch Up Issue, Prims, Somerset Studio, and Where Women Create. Discount code cannot be combined with any other offer and expires 5/31/12.



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The arrival of the new May magazines sparked an excited chatter throughout the office, sprinkled with “oohs!” and “ahhs!” as we pored over the delectable candy-colored covers of our favorite issues. These magazines are works of art in themselves, featuring more alluring blogs, studios, and projects than ever before. Check out the sample spreads below […]