Spring has finally sprung, and we’re celebrating it inside the bright and vibrant pages of our April issues. If your creativity has been hibernating, let the inspirational projects, photographs, and stories featured in this month’s new publications wake it right back up. And I, for one, am doubly excited for the very first volume of Digital Inspiration – an extraordinary new book-azine which showcases stunning digitally altered artwork on newly formatted pages.
Are you a loyal blog subscriber or is this your first time joining us? Regardless, we would like to offer you an exclusive promo code to receive $5 off any of our April issues. Just make sure you copy and paste the discount code BLOG0414 when prompted at the checkout. (Discount code can be used only one time per customer.)
Are you looking for interesting ways to put pen, chalk, paint, and even fabric onto your pages? Gather up your thoughts, and delve into the creative journaling techniques inside this must-have issue! Explore the unique vintage ephemera journal of Patty Radish and Kristin Van Valkenburgh’s mixed-media cardboard book. Travel to Italy and Scotland on the pages of Jenny Walker’s watercolor journal, and revel in an inspiring Artist Portfolio on Julie Fei Fan Balzer, who is recognized for her well-known Art Journal Every Day workshop.
Digital Inspiration - Premiere Issue!
This special book showcases the best of the best in photo manipulations and digitally altered artwork, in an expanded 224-page format. There is truly nothing else like it on the market with its breathtaking images, digital tutorials, and collection of works by groundbreaking artists Rhonna Farrer, Angi Sullins, Aimee Stewart, Traci Bautista, Hollie Haradon, Mario van Middendorf, Nicoletta Ranieri, and more. Expect the most innovative digital techniques in our premiere issue: using polyvore to create art, how to make digital stamps, mixing analog and digital, exploring filters in altered art, and transitioning from physical to digital art journals, just to name a few.
This issue of Haute Handbags covers an array of bags of all kinds, and it’s all about how you carry it. Whether it’s a purse, clutch, or hip bag, our artists bring new meaning to how to carry personal items in a creative way. Learn how Diane Utley-Aguilar repurposes whimsical fabric and lace into her bridal bag collection, and find Karen Pratt’s charming combination of vintage fabric and sewing. Additionally, felting is taken to another level by artists Mary Ann Haak and Elena Bondar.
As you flip through these pages, you’ll find one-of-a-kind treasures that are pleasing to the eye. Take notes from Diane Cook as she shares her tastes for all things vintage and soldered. Chelsea Stevens teaches us how to take rocks and stones and turn them into gorgeous necklaces and earrings, while Jill Rowden, Lisa Hancock, and Diane Utley-Aguilar show us how to repurpose vintage finds. From whimsical baubles to artistically crafted gems, these beautifully adorned wearables are sure to satisfy your jewelry cravings!
Find fresh ideas for celebrating spring inside the newest issue of Mingle. From a quirky summer save the date engagement party to a gentleman’s tea party for little boys, we’ve got a number of creative reasons to get together. Follow along with Tess Smith as she bids adieu to her “roaring 20s” with a Gatsby-themed party, take off into mid-air with an aerial baby shower complete with paper airplane decorations, and last but not least, glimpse inside the intimate orchard gathering of four close friends who set out to celebrate the peach harvest.
From simple to sophisticated, Somerset Life is laden with creative ideas for infusing beauty into every facet of your life. The wire hanger gets a makeover, and you’ll also be able to explore an exquisite, handcrafted tipi crafted from doilies. Get artfully organized with an inspired way to store your tea collection, find clever ideas for one-of-a-kind gift baskets, and make your own gorgeous gift toppers – just in time for Mother’s Day.
This issue is brimming with wonderful memory art that will stir your soul. From Kasia Krzymiñska’s lovely pages that highlight old family photographs to Maїssa Toulet’s simple and unique family trees to Galia Alena’s book created for her daughter’s coming-of-age, there truly is something for everyone. We also feature the talented Roben-Marie Smith’s fun and colorful Project Life pages for a mixed-media take on this new trend, and Seth Apter shows us his memory cards and the unique and artful way he stores and display photographs.
The Stampers’ Sampler - 20-Year Anniversary Issue!
Jump into spring with our annual Celebrations Issue! In this issue we commemorate those moments in life we want to cherish just a little longer, like college graduations, weddings, and new babies. You will also have a chance to sink into some exciting new techniques, such as a unique way to make handmade stamped books and how to incorporate ever-popular washi tape into your cards. We’re revisiting Stamping Deconstructed in this issue by breaking down a seemingly complicated project into manageable steps. And last, but never least, you’ll get a chance to get to know Lynne Moncrieff a little better, with a Guest Artist feature that we can’t wait to show you.
Where Women Create BUSINESS
Where Women Create BUSINESS is now quarterly, and our April 2014 issue is bursting with inspiring stories and words of wisdom. In this issue, Gina Riley shares her experience as founder and head designer of Rebel Designs Accessories, Inc. Cinda Boomershine reveals how she went from interior designer to television personality to creator and designer of Cinda B handbags. Owner of Century Farmhouse, Ann Marie Craig, takes us inside her shop where she sells handcrafted artisan soaps. Patti Hughes shares how her passion for handmade crafts led to her multimillion-dollar business, Natural Life.
Your Chance to Win One of Our April Issues!
We’re giving away one brand-new April title to one lucky winner! Simply follow these steps to enter for your chance to win:
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*Winner is selected at random and will be contacted via email. *$5 off discount applies to purchases of any of the following 2014 April Issues: Art Journaling, Haute Handbags, Jewelry Affaire, Mingle, Somerset Life, Somerset Memories, The Stampers’ Sampler, Where Women Create Business, and Digital Inspiration. Discount code can be used only one time per customer and expires 04/30/14. Contest is open to U.S. residents and ends 04/30/14 at 11:59pm.
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