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Magazine Review and Giveaway: Somerset Studio Magazine

I’m going to say right off the bat I’m a bit biased when it comes to this magazine review because Somerset Studio happens to be my favorite magazine :) I’ve been reading it for many years and when I first started paper crafting I thought how amazing it would be to be published in it, I’m happy to say I’ve now had 3 of my projects published in Somerset Studio and each time it was such a thrill and honor.

Somerset Studio magazine focuses on paper arts and mixed media, in each issue you’ll find articles, inspiration, projects and tutorials that use rubber stamping, collage techniques, painting, sketching, mixed media, digital art, calligraphy and more. With projects for home décor, wall art, jewelry, cards and journals. Some of the very best paper artist write articles for Somerset Studio and readers from all over the word have their projects featured.

magazine review and giveaway: somerset studio

The current Mach/April issue has articles on learning a wood burning technique to mix along with your collages, how to make stunning digital art using vintage photographs, a Gelli plate printing collage, how to recycle a belt into a pendant and many more. Several of the articles and many of the projects feature a fun Circus theme like an amazing bird house turned into a circus cart, painted wall hangings perfect for a child’s room, 3D assemblage boxes, a fabric book and lots more.

Each issue of Somerset Studio also includes printed artist papers that you can tear out and use in your own projects.

I was inspired by the circus theme in this issue and made my collage (shown at the top) by layering cardstock, striped pattern paper, a large rubber stamp on acetate, an image cut from a vintage children’s book and added some embellishment with buttons, crepe paper and a pom pom.

Be sure to look for the latest issue of Somerset Studio at your local craft store, newsstand, book store or order directly from Stampington and Company.

And if you’d like a have a copy of the newest issue we are giving one away! Simply leave a comment here on this post to be entered to win, one entry per person, US residents only please. Giveaway runs from today through March 23rd 2014.



By Heather Holbrook

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62 Comments so far

  1. Diane StarkeyYoung on March 19, 2014 6:30 am

    What fun all of these crafts that you have described in your blog, seem to be! And many of them would be great to make with children! I certainly hope I will win a free copy of your magazine, as being able to enjoy trying a new type of craft, or even craft(s) I currently enjoy, would be a great way to start making Christmas gifts early! Thank you for this opportunity! :)

  2. NickiSlater on March 19, 2014 8:20 am

    I need this issue for the wood burning, belt pendant and circus articles! I would love to win! Thanks for the chance.

  3. Darla on March 19, 2014 8:23 am

    Would love to win a copy of the latest magazine. I have a stack of old ones that I still refer to from time to time.


  4. vicki on March 19, 2014 8:37 am

    I would love to win a copy and learn more about using my gelli plate.

  5. Deb Neerman on March 19, 2014 9:07 am

    LOVE, love, love this magazine … I have a huge stash of back issues of ‘em! Sadly, I inadvertently let my subscription expire and I r-e-a-l-l-y miss receiving it … thanks so much for the chance to win this copy. (And then I’ll renew, lol)!

  6. Rose S. on March 19, 2014 9:19 am

    I would love to win this issue of the Somerset Studio. I really love all forms of paper art and One can never see too much mixed media artwork.

  7. Melody Totten on March 19, 2014 9:21 am

    Would love to receive a Paper Muse!

  8. Robyn Martin on March 19, 2014 9:21 am

    This is a wonderful magazine!
    Always inspiring! I’d love to win one!

  9. Cath T on March 19, 2014 10:02 am

    Sounds like a treasure trove of inspiration.

  10. Cindy Moffitt on March 19, 2014 11:03 am

    My absolute favorite magazine. I am a mixed media and altered artist and get so much inspiration from your magazines and all the wonderful artists featured within. Artistic expression and creating is like breathing for me, it’s something I must do. Thanks sending me on so many artistic ventures over the years. I have learned so much from this publication and am always ready to try something new. Bring on the inspiration!

  11. Mary Rok on March 19, 2014 11:26 am

    Somerset Studio Magazine always has such wonderful articles and projects.

  12. Ginger Benedict on March 19, 2014 12:25 pm

    Somerset has the best magazines for inspiration on a myriad of crafts, sewing, multi media. You can find so many beautiful things to create.

  13. Candy on March 19, 2014 12:46 pm

    I was born crafting with paper and am trying to learn new techniques all the time. But I am in awe of those who have that creative knack. So glad there is a mag that provides an outlet for all that talent. Thank you!

  14. Norma K. Bott on March 19, 2014 2:56 pm

    Love it! Have been re-visiting my old Somerset magazines as is always a learning process. Would be sooooo ever grateful to win a copy!

  15. Muriel on March 19, 2014 4:23 pm

    I would love to win this; if not, I’ll probably have to get it from their site, or just cry. . .

  16. Carah Kristel on March 19, 2014 9:19 pm

    I love Somerset Studio magazine!

  17. DebbieT on March 20, 2014 9:33 am

    Wow – what a treat! I’d love to win – thank you for the opportunity!

  18. Tracey on March 20, 2014 6:33 pm

    Would love to check the this out!

  19. Lorrie Koenig on March 21, 2014 3:24 pm

    Somerset Studio is an awesome magazine. I have been unable to buy one in awhile and would love to win the new issue! Thanks for the wonderful giveaway!

  20. Nancy Dokken on March 22, 2014 8:55 am

    I really like these magazines one of the few remaining I read. It would be nice to win one.

  21. Roxanne larsen on March 22, 2014 9:05 am

    I love this magazine. It always inspires me to craft something!

  22. Anne B on March 22, 2014 9:10 am

    I also love Somerset Studio magazine. Every issue recharges my creativity batteries for my own work and the lessons I create for my students.

  23. Lisa M on March 22, 2014 9:26 am

    Ooh! I would love to win! Somerset has such beautiful and inspiring magazines! Thanks for the chance!

  24. Becca C on March 22, 2014 9:57 am

    ooo Gimme! I mean ah I would love to win ;)

  25. Jenny Holton on March 22, 2014 10:27 am

    I am very interested in this type of media and want to learn more about it. Thanks for the giveaway and the chance to win.

  26. Amy McDonah on March 22, 2014 10:38 am

    I love Somerset Magazine! I would love to win this issue! Somerset Magazine is a great source for unique and new ideas!

  27. Lee on March 22, 2014 11:49 am

    Looks like a magazine full of inspiration! thanks!

  28. Lucinda on March 22, 2014 12:08 pm

    I haven’t read this magazine in years! I’d love to read a new issue.

  29. Donna H on March 22, 2014 1:07 pm

    I always oogle and awe over this magazine at the bookstore. Would LOVE to win a copy. Thanks for the great giveaway!!

  30. Debbie Kay on March 22, 2014 3:03 pm

    I am crazy for this magazine. I am just getting started in learning mixed media art and this magazine has been a tremendous help for me. I had ordered some back issues last year, with my birthday money (the big 6-0). I would love to win this great magazine instead of putting it in my wishlist basket :)

  31. nancy d on March 22, 2014 10:15 pm

    I love this magazine!

  32. Heather Cummings on March 23, 2014 12:27 am

    Love the Magazine! 1st picked it up because of the name – Somerset – reminded me of England. Then I saw everything there was inside. Well, I was like a kid in a candy store and I thought I’d died and gone to Heaven (all at once). Well, all these years later I still feel that way. Keep up the great work and keep inspiring us!

    Oh, and it would be lovely to win an issue. Thanks. :-)

  33. Sharon R on March 23, 2014 6:07 am

    I used yo buy different kinds of craft magazines but since I started getting Stampington magazines I hardly buy any others. Your magazines are great, so up to date on all kinds of crafts. Love them!!!

  34. superstitches on March 23, 2014 8:09 am

    I do enjoy reading this magazine. It’s always full of great ideas and techniques.

  35. Kitty! on March 23, 2014 8:15 am

    I love Stampington magazines….they have so much good stuff!


  36. waggonsWest on March 23, 2014 8:18 am

    A truly beautiful magazine.

  37. Mary Anne Loveless on March 23, 2014 8:22 am

    I’ve always loved this magazine!

  38. Kathy H on March 23, 2014 8:23 am

    Oh goodness, I got backed up on reading my email and just about missed entering! I’d love to drool over the inspiration this mag provides!! Be especially blessed…

  39. Tina S on March 23, 2014 8:31 am

    I love this magazine! We’ve recently moved and I can no longer find it locally. This would be a wonderful treat!

  40. Pam on March 23, 2014 8:36 am

    I would love to win a copy of this magazine.
    Thanks for the chance to win and for having
    such a fun website.

  41. Karen Norris on March 23, 2014 8:51 am

    Such a wonderful magazine with such talented artists and abundant inspiration!

  42. Cynthia on March 23, 2014 9:21 am

    I love this magazine! It’s a bit expensive to subscribe to. Would love to have a copy!

  43. Ann on March 23, 2014 9:43 am

    This magazine looks like pure inspiration! I would love to have it in my home!! Thanks for sharing!

  44. Lori Parker on March 23, 2014 11:03 am

    I would love to have a copy of this magazine. I love the inspiration.

  45. Deborah Smith on March 23, 2014 11:56 am

    Thank you for the chance for the magazine. So many beautiful things in this magazine.

  46. Alice on March 23, 2014 12:00 pm

    Would love to win this magazine…I could really get my creative crafting on!

  47. Kim Reid on March 23, 2014 12:22 pm

    Thanks for the chance to win this great magazine!

  48. Barbara on March 23, 2014 12:29 pm

    I still have the premier issue of Sommerset. It has always been a go to magazine for the latest in cards and crafts. Congratulations on your cover.

  49. Paula Foltz on March 23, 2014 12:32 pm

    I love Sommerset magazine-my subscription just ran out and because of my health and medical bills I cannot afford to renew right now. I hate that I am missing such a great issue on wood burning – I would love to win this issue! Thank you for the chance!

  50. Robyn on March 23, 2014 12:38 pm

    This is a classy Magazine!

  51. Rebecca on March 23, 2014 1:07 pm

    I love the circus card!

  52. kim on March 23, 2014 1:24 pm

    Always looking for some inspiration, this looks fabulous.

  53. Maureen on March 23, 2014 1:30 pm

    I love all of their magazines and I’ve wanted to see an issue of the Somerset one to see if I’d like to subscribe. Thanks for the giveaway!

  54. Linda Fuchs on March 23, 2014 1:55 pm

    Love Somerset Studio with all the projects it is like going into a candy store & having a difficult time choosing a project to read about let alone doing it. I would love to win a copy to add to my collection.

  55. Susan Samuel on March 23, 2014 2:29 pm

    Would love to win this copy. It seems to cover an extensive variety of paper crafts in every issue, and I do so love working with paper.

  56. Jackie Posnansky on March 23, 2014 2:54 pm

    Great magazine! I need some new inspiration!

  57. Donna Reed on March 23, 2014 3:20 pm

    I would love to have it!

  58. Marcie Hixson on March 23, 2014 3:37 pm

    Love this mag…..!

  59. Steph on March 23, 2014 3:47 pm

    I would love to win a copy of Somerset Studio Magazine. Thanks for the chance.

  60. Margaret Scaife on March 23, 2014 5:29 pm

    I love this magazine. I have a few copies that I periodically take out and get inspired by. Would love to win another one! Thanks for giving me the chance.

  61. shai williams on March 23, 2014 6:59 pm

    I have heard raves about this magazine and would love to win a copy.

  62. Karen Nash on March 24, 2014 7:47 am

    I love Somerset Studio! It’s always so loaded with inspiration and techniques. I’d love to see how they blow up the world of woodburning! They always push the envelope with the published ideas and projects. Thanks for the opportunity!

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