DIY Parchment Petal Pots

August 20th, 2012

The process of creating something personal with a color palette that matches our décor always leaves a satisfied feeling. This way, the artwork is displayed and enjoyed, rather than tucked away in the back of a closet (we’ve all been there).

Flower embellishments are useful and versatile, so instead of using them on a paper crafting project, our Shoppe Manager, Vanessa, gave them a three-dimensional spin and used them to adorn old branches. We have seen many inspiring images of similar projects on Pinterest and couldn’t wait to give this idea a whirl!

Materials
Tea Tins Tall (set of three)
Eco Green Acrylic Paint (White)
Parchment Petals
Almanac Journaling Notes from Prima Marketing
Seam Binding Ribbon
Branches of various heights

Instructions

  1. Paint the branches with acrylic paint. Spray paint is a good alternative as well.
  2. Use a few ready-to-alter tins (or even old recycled cans) for the vases. Lightly sand the tins and give them a coat of white paint.
  3. Alter the tins using the journaling notes. Attach the notes to the tins with adhesive, and tie a piece of coordinating seam binding ribbon around the center of the tins.
  4. Insert the branches into the tins, stuffing them with white tissue paper to fill the excess spaces.
  5. Use glue dots to secure the parchment petals onto the branches. Display on a desk or a window sill for a bit of shabby chic floral décor.

For more DIY projects to spruce up your living space, please visit The Studio, and check out the brand-new issue of Somerset Home, Volume 7!

Project and photos by Vanessa Spencer



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The process of creating something personal with a color palette that matches our décor always leaves a satisfied feeling. This way, the artwork is displayed and enjoyed, rather than tucked away in the back of a closet (we’ve all been there). Flower embellishments are useful and versatile, so instead of using them on a paper […]

Hot Trend: Layering Tips from Somerset Apprentice Artists

August 16th, 2012

Just like you can layer a tank top underneath a flowing blouse to give your outfit a pop of color, you can layer different materials on top of one another to achieve a blend of hues and textures. From Kraft tissue paper to ink sprays, stencils to gel sticks, there is a variety of tools and media you can use to build an amazing focal point in your mixed-media projects.

Somerset Apprentice is your go-to source for learning about the building blocks of creating art. This publication is ideal for artists of all skill levels; beginners will appreciate easy-to-follow instructions and seasoned artists will enjoy expanding their artistic repertoire with new, innovative techniques.  Each issue boasts detailed snapshots, step-by-step instructions, and tips from professional artists to help guide you in creating one-of-a-kind pieces. Here are a few fun tips from some of our talented artists featured in our current Spring ’12 issue.

 

Good Credit

Layer paint onto the pages and roughly blend with a paintbrush. Use an old credit card to scrape over areas and to move the paint around.

Linda Fazzary

 

Back, Back, Back it Up

To create the background, cut vintage book pages and scanned letters into squares and adhere to the board with matte gel.

Michelle DeFillipo

 

You Tell the Story

Select a phrase or sentence from your vintage book pages that suggests the story, theme, or message behind your composition, and apply with matte medium.

Ivette Newport

 

Just My Type

Using a typewriter, type a title onto a scrap of muslin. Adhere the title over the lower front of the photograph with a light coat of soft gel medium.

Rebecca Sower

 

Observe and Combine

The beauty of abstract art is that you can do whatever appeals to you. I challenge you to look around your workspace and observe what you have laying around and see what kind of things you can combine to make your own piece of art.

Ruth Rae

 

Find Your Medium

I love that [the acrylic paint] dried quickly and is made from plastic and is so durable that you can layer it, sand it, and start over repeatedly! Sometimes I go back into paintings from years ago to freshen them up a bit or completely rework them.

Mati Rose McDonough

Find these artists’ projects and more inside of the Spring ’12 issue of Somerset Apprentice, and get to work on learning a new skill or two! Send us a photo showing off your new trade at blog@stampington.com.

 

Top photo: Priscilla Jones, Autumn ’12 (available September 1st)

Bottom photo: Hanne Matthiesen, Spring ’11

 



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Just like you can layer a tank top underneath a flowing blouse to give your outfit a pop of color, you can layer different materials on top of one another to achieve a blend of hues and textures. From Kraft tissue paper to ink sprays, stencils to gel sticks, there is a variety of tools […]

Style Your Photographs with a Vintage Spool Tutorial

August 9th, 2012

Place your cherished photographs in the spotlight with this simple décor project that features an unlikely use for wooden spools. With a quick wash of paint and romantic decorative tape, you’ll be able to showcase a favorite family photo for your grandmother’s birthday; she’ll beam at the clever use of this classic sewing accessory. Kick it up a notch with personalized handwritten names for an unforgettable baby shower favor, or how about creating place card holders for a backyard wedding? Impress your recipients with this unique spin on a classic tool from our Shoppe Manager, Vanessa.

Materials
Wooden Spools (or alternatively, our White Painted Spools)
Fabric Tape Sets – Greeny
Acrylic Paint – White
Wire
Old photographs

Instructions
Give spools a coat of paint and let dry. Wrap a piece of decorative tape around the center. Take approximately 5″ of black wire and shape two circles close enough to each other to create a small space to insert a photograph. Wrap the middle portion of the wire around your pinky or a thin pencil to create desired coiling. Double up the bottom portion of wire, making it thick enough to push inside of the spool to secure it.

Want another reason to pick up these wooden spools? Vanessa created a tic-tac-toe game board using spools as the game pieces. This project is also a winner, doubling as a fun pastime and a fantastic piece of home décor. Checkmate! For more creative living ideas, pick up a copy of Somerset Life.

Feel the need to express your love of spools through poetry? Compose a poem (see mine below) in the comment section for a chance to win a 5-pack of spools to get you started on this project.*

“Ode to Spools”

Darling wooden spools
All standing in a line
I’ll paint and then distress you
Then wrap you up in twine!

Project and photos by Vanessa Spencer

*This contest is open to residents of the U.S. and expires at midnight on 8/20/2012. Update: Congratulations, Ella! You are the winner of our poetry contest. We will be in touch with you in regards to your prize. Thank you to all who participated!



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Place your cherished photographs in the spotlight with this simple décor project that features an unlikely use for wooden spools. With a quick wash of paint and romantic decorative tape, you’ll be able to showcase a favorite family photo for your grandmother’s birthday; she’ll beam at the clever use of this classic sewing accessory. Kick […]

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.

[This giveaway has ended.]

*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 […]

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 […]