Get Published: September Calls and Challenges

August 29th, 2014

Becoming a published artist takes hard work, commitment, and at times, a thick skin. There is also nothing like the feeling you get from having your work featured, front-and-center, in a magazine, but only you can decide if it’s worth it.

Our website is updated regularly to reflect submission guidelines as well as any special themes or calls and challenges that are currently being held. With over 30 publications, we’re certain that we have something for every type of crafter! Read on to find all of our upcoming Calls & Challenge deadlines for September or departments that accept ongoing submissions.

Also, don’t forget that we are making submitting work easier than ever by offering the option to email us high quality images of your creations for consideration for many of our titles. Just take a picture of your artwork, email it to the appropriate editor (listed below each title), and if selected, we’ll send you further instructions.

If you’re an up-and-coming artist, you can get your start by being published in one of our publications get recognition for blog or current product lines that you’re linked to, and you’ll also be able to inspire creativity amongst an audience of your peers.

Submit your work today!

 

Altered Couture

110-18_ALT0814~Dress by Michelle Hoffee and shoes by Jen Cushman

A hand-me-down sweater … a raggedy old skirt from the thrift store … a plain T-shirt … using just a few tools coupled with your creativity, all of these items can be repurposed into new, fashionable finds. We invite you to submit your own altered and embellished clothing and accessories to be considered for this exciting publication. Published items include skirts, dresses, pants, tops, jackets, vests, shoes, and accessories. Please submit a “before” photo along with your altered creation to be considered for publication, if available.

 

049_ALT0214Little Black Dress
The staple, the classic, the needed, the envied, the fearless and stylish little black dress — we all either have one or desperately need one. Well here is your chance to either revamp your old one or fill the void in your closet. Create that dress perfect for a night out that suits your personal style. Just make sure that it’s upcycled, and send it our way before the September deadline.
Deadline: September 15, 2014.

 

~Dress by Bunny Henningsen

 

 

 

 

Mail in your submissions to the following address:

Stampington & Company
ATTN: Altered Couture
22992 Mill Creek, Suite B
Laguna Hills, CA 92653

 

Art Doll Quarterly

098_ADQ0214This full-color, 128-page publication is dedicated to art dolls and sculptural figures made from cloth, polymer clay, Creative Paperclay®, wire armatures, mixed-media, and much more. In each issue, you will find original doll patterns, creative challenges, doll-artist profiles, convention listings and reviews, book & video reviews, and a 35-page gallery of art dolls made by our readers. Come join the fun! Art Doll Quarterly is open to doll artists of all abilities.

 

~Artwork by Taut K. of Bury Me Baubles

 

 

 

 

 

026_ADQ0814Mother & Daughter
Suggested by doll artist Cora Raiford, we hope you’ll join the adventure and try your hand at creating a doll for our Mother & Daughter doll challenge. From celebrity moms and daughters to Marie Curie and her daughter Irene Joliot – Curie to Wynonna and Naomi Judd, the possibilities are far reaching! Draw on mom and daughters from literature, art, or even your own family. We just know we’re going to get some interesting submissions. Make sure to include a few sentences about the inspiration behind your doll, as well as brief instructions. Results will be published in our Spring 2015 issue in plenty of time for Mother’s Day!
Deadline: September 15, 2014.

 

~Artwork by Artwork by Marguerite Surich Noschese

 

 

 

124_ADQ0814Paper Personas
Inspired by Judith Thibaut’s doll “George in Drag” (Spring 2010) and in the spirit of Lynne Perrella’s book Beyond Paper Dolls, we’ve created a new department in Art Doll Quarterly that will feature one fabulous, artistic and beautifully executed paper doll in each issue. We’re looking for expressive paper personas crafted with innovative techniques and art mediums — over-the-top imaginative interpretations of the human form. Send us your thought-provoking and innovative paper personas for publication consideration. Please note “Paper Personas” on your submission.
Deadline: Ongoing.

 

~Artwork by Edan Ruthan Miller

 

 

 

Mail in your submissions to the following address:

Stampington & Company
ATTN: Art Doll Quarterly
22992 Mill Creek, Suite B
Laguna Hills, CA 92653

 

Artful Blogging 007_BLG0814~Photograph by Keri-Anne Pink

Let Artful Blogging be your guide as you discover a world filled with visual delights from today’s most inspirational artists, writers, and photographers. In their own words, read how blogging fits into the creative lives of artists and creative souls like yourself. Filled with full-color photography, illustration, mixed-media and assemblage, fabric and vintage artwork — whether or not you have a blog of your own, you will find no richer landscape to spark your own creative fires.

 

A-Year-To-Inspire-8-Stephanie-DahlsrudArtful Blogging is a Stampington & Company’s quarterly publication. If you are the creator of a blog or know of one that you think other creative minds would like to know about, please send a letter of interest to the Managing Editor, at artfulblogging@stampington.com.
Deadline: September 15, 2014.

 

~Artwork by Stephanie Dahlsrud

 

 

 

 

 

 

Click here to download our guide for submitting photographs. It will also show you how to convert images to the correct size and resolution for this publication.

 

GreenCraft Magazine

Finding creative uses for old items is nothing new to artists, but the spirit of preserving the planet is more important than ever before and GreenCraft Magazine is here to honor and inspire those who find artistic applications for normally discarded resources.

GreenCraft Magazine provides ideas for upcycling trash to treasures by showcasing projects where waste is repurposed into ecologically-chic creations. To support sustainable production, the entire publication is printed on 100% recycled paper.

 

144_GRN0514Green Living
This department is dedicated to showcasing projects that promote a green lifestyle. These items do not have to be made from recycled or repurposed materials, but they do have to be eco-friendly. Reusable fabric towels, homemade household cleaners, and reusable sandwich bags are some examples of what we’re looking for.
Deadline: Ongoing.

 

~Artwork by Esther Benedict

 

 

 

 

013_GRN0514Feature Articles
Finding creative and cost-effective uses for old items is nothing new to artists, but the spirit of preserving the planet is more important than ever before. That’s why GreenCraft Magazine is here — to honor and inspire those who find artistic applications for normally discarded resources. GreenCraft features articles about repurposing trash to treasure and showcases projects where waste is upcycled into ecologically chic creations. Have you found a use for cardboard rolls left over from paper towels? Have you cut up an old T-shirt and knitted it into a purse? Have you taken a burned-out light bulb and made it into a beautiful flower vase? Have you transformed old board games into notebooks? Then we want to hear from you! Submit your recycled, reused and repurposed items to GreenCraft Magazine today!
Deadline: September 15, 2014

 

~Artwork by Jennifer Bomgardner

 

Email images of your submissions to the editor at greencraft@stampington.com. Please use GreenCraft Magazine: Challenge or Department Name as the subject line.

 

Haute Handbag063_HTE1013~Artwork by Deb Shull-Andrews

How do you carry it? That’s the question Somerset Studio would like to help answer through our new and exciting special publication titled Haute Handbags. Whether we use purses, clutches, totes, portfolios, sacks, bags, or attachés, there are many styles made with an astounding array of materials emerging from all corners of the creative world – all vying to be carried and used with style. You are welcome to construct a bag from scratch, or to purchase one that you embellish and alter with paints, beads, rubber stamps, ribbons, buttons, transparencies, and more. No medium or material is ruled out so use your imagination to make bags of leather, wool, fabric, paper, plastic, wood, glass, or any other materials that you love.
Deadline: November  15, 2014.

 

PROJ-0891What’s In Your Bag?
Welcome to this new department in Haute Handbags! We all know what we put in our bags: a wallet, a few pens, or maybe a journal or two. We’re asking you to share with us what you carry in your bag on a daily basis. Whether it’s your yarn and crochet hooks, a few pictures of your children, a sketchbook of your latest projects, or even your recent find at a thrift store, we want to see what treasures you hold in your bags. Place your bag and items on a neutral or white background. Take a picture of your arrangement; follow these guidelines for taking and submitting the picture. Please don’t use flash photography. Provide a list of all the items shown in the picture and a brief explanation of the items in your purse.
Deadline: Ongoing.

 

Mail in your submissions to the following address:

Stampington & Company
ATTN: Haute Handbag
22992 Mill Creek, Suite B
Laguna Hills, CA 92653

 

Somerset Apprentice 006__APP0313~Artwork by Pam Carriker

Somerset Apprentice is published semiannually and is currently open to submissions from all our readers who wish to share their art with our audience. Somerset Apprentice provides a basic and thorough understanding of techniques geared toward people who aspire to make Somerset-esque art, but need to learn the fundamentals through easy-to-understand instructions and close-up photos. Somerset Apprentice focuses on the basic how-to’s of amazing artwork.

 

111_APP0314Artful Building Blocks
In each issue of Somerset Apprentice we publish Artful Building Blocks — easy techniques that can be the starting point for a great work of art. If you have a technique that would make a good Artful Building Block we encourage you to submit it for publication consideration. Artful Building Blocks must be fairly simple and straightforward so that those new to mixed-media art can easily do it. ABB’s are shown as a 2-page spread. The first page shows the completed artwork and a brief introduction, and the second page shows the steps needed to create the technique.

 

~Artwork by Meghan Horan

To submit your idea(s) for an Artful Building Block, here are some guidelines:

-Your Artful Building Block technique must be presented in six easy-to-do steps — one of which is Step 1 – “Gather all your supplies” with an image of what is needed to create your project.

-The remaining five should show the other steps taken to complete the technique.

-Copy must be written that includes a brief introduction (2-3 sentences), a tools and materials list, the steps, and 2-4 tips.

-Send image of original artwork shot alone, and then photographs of the 6 steps. (Remember: Step 1 must be “Gather all your supplies”)

-Images need to be shot on a white background in natural light.

-Images must be sent at 300 dpi at 8″ x 10″. Please put them in a zip file or send large images through WeSendIt, DropBox, WeTransfer or similar file sharing program.

-Please include your name and complete mailing address, plus any website or blog information you’d like published.

Deadline for artwork to be received: October 15th 2014.

Click here to download our guide for submitting photographs. It will also show you how to convert images to the correct size and resolution for this publication.

Email images of your submissions to the editor at somersetapprentice@stampington.com. Please use Somerset Apprentice: Challenge or Department Name as the subject line.

 

Somerset Digital Studio
055-97_DIG0314~Artwork by Debbie West and Beth Conklin

Digital artwork is HOT right now, and we’re very excited about this great publication that features all digital designs. Somerset Digital Studio focuses on all things digital — scrapbook pages, ATCs, collages, heritage pieces, iPhoneography, photo manipulations, apps for digital designing — anything that is unique, distinctive, artistic and created digitally. In order to be considered for publication in Somerset Digital Studio, please send via email the following for each submission: a high-res image (300 dpi, at least 10 x 10 inches), a brief paragraph describing the artwork (who’s who in any photos or why you were inspired to create it), instructions on how you created your digital artwork including the specifics as to what tools, programs, etc. you used. To be considered for an article, please include a brief query along with at least 5 images to support your idea. Please include your name, email and mailing address with every submission. Somerset Digital Studio is published semiannually in March and September.
Deadline for artwork to be received: Every October 15th and April 15th.

A Submission Form must be attached to your artwork.  Click here to download this form.

Click here to download our guide for how to submit photographs. It will also show you how to convert images to the correct size and resolution for this publication.

Email images of your submissions to the editor at somersetdigitalstudio@stampington.com. Please use Somerset Digital Studio Submission as the subject line.

 

 

Take Ten

034__TEN0912If you create quick and creative cards in 10 minutes or less, then we definitely want to see your work. Take Ten offers rubber stamp enthusiasts of all levels great ideas for creating lovely cards. If published, your work will be printed in full-color spreads along with detailed instructions. Share your creativity and show us how you make handmade cards for any and all occasions.

 

~Artwork by Laurie Davis

 

 

 

 

 

 

124_TEN0612Stripe Hype
It’s no secret that stripes can drastically change the appearance of an object. Many of us have looked into a mirror in horror at that horizontally-striped T-shirt that makes us look wider or marveled at how tall and slender we look in vertically striped trousers. For this challenge, we at Take Ten ask you to create dimension with stripes. Paint stripes on your cards, add them with washi tape, draw them, use patterned paper, and, of course, stamp them! Remember to keep the card simple and easily recreated in 10 minutes or less, and don’t forget to include stamping. Send us your favorite results by October 15th for possible inclusion in the Take Ten Spring 2015 Issue.
Deadline: October 15, 2014.

 

~Artwork by Sheila Glynn Spears

 

Mail in your submissions to the following address:

Stampington & Company
ATTN: Take Ten
22992 Mill Creek, Suite B
Laguna Hills, CA 92653

 

Somerset Home006_HOM0814~Artwork by Michelle Girard Ferullo

You are cordially invited to submit artwork to be considered for this special publication showcasing handcrafted items to decorate the home. Somerset Home features items from every room in the home – from the bedroom, the kids’ room and the bathroom, to the kitchen and the living room. And don’t forget the backyard and the front porch! We are looking for a variety of items including but not limited to: embellished pillows, wall art, hooked rugs, altered lamp shades, quilts, table top items, aprons, embellished chandeliers, garlands for the mantle, decorations for the front door, slipcovers, and more! Pictures of artfully decorated or lived-in spaces are also most welcome in the highest resolution possible.
Deadline for artwork to be received: Semiannually every September 15th and March 15th.

 

128_HOM0813Furniture Transformations
This section features upholstered and redecorated furniture, inspiring you to look twice before tossing out an unwanted or worn item, or even to try your hand at creating the furniture you’ve always wanted to have.
Deadline for artwork to be received: Semiannually every September 15th and March 15th.

 

~Artwork by Pamela Finch

 

 

 

 

 

Email images of your submissions to the editor at somersethome@stampington.com. Please use Somerset Home Submission: Challenge or Department Name as the subject line.

 

Still Have Questions About How To Submit?

If you have any general questions regarding submissions, please feel free to contact Art Management at submissions@stampington.com.

 

The Bella Grace Blog Hop

Need a dose of inspiration before you start submitting work? Don’t miss the latest posts on the Bella Grace Blog Hop! Bella Cirovic shares how she refills her creative well by going on nature walks and Susannah Conaway talks about the thrill that comes with seeing your work published. Also, don’t forget that every blog hop co-host is giving away a copy of Bella Grace, so make sure you visit their blogs, reader their guidelines, and participate.

 

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55 Things to Be Thankful For by Guest Blogger Madelyn Mulvaney

August 25th, 2014

Maddie Mulvaney - thankful photos



Please join me in welcoming our dear friend and contributing artist, Madelyn Mulvaney to our blog. Maddie has been featured in several installments of Somerset Life, Mingle, and has also been published in the premiere issue of Bella Grace. She is well-known for her enchanting, free-flowing narratives, photography, and unique art. Today she shares with us the things she’s thankful for, in hopes to inspire (or revive) gratitude in your own heart.

~*~

Madelyn Mulvaney’s 55 Things to Be Thankful for

It’s been far too long. Far too long since I made a list of the abundance overflowing in my life ~ and my exaltation, my gratitude for all things I cherish.

So. Here. Now. I. Celebrate.

1. the love  I share with my family and friends and the ways I am daily moved to make a difference in our exquisite world

2. my dogs ~ Roxy, Lucy and my daughter’s puppy Romeo

3.  the dancer’s pose in yoga

4.  dark chocolate joy bars

5.  spice, all spice especially Indian!

6.  fresh homemade pizza dough and the way he makes the toppings sing

7. green, violet, silver, gold

8.  conversations with my kindred friends ~ deepening, opening

#9 seashells and sea glass and driftwood and bones

Madelyn Mulvaney's seashells and sea glass - thankful

10.  love letters (I want to write more)

11.  my always present ~ Pete ~ who has a heart of gold and shows up every second every day for our family/children rain/ sunshine with unconditional love

12.  running water (my bath!)

#13 vegetables (and green juice drinks)

Madelyn Mulvaney's Green vegetables - thankful

14.  my hands ~ to hold my beloveds with ~ for hugging and touching and connecting ~ love makes me hold the world differently, always

15.  meditation (on the couch, on the beach, in the beam of sunlight beneath the Giant Sequoia tree)

16.  my sweater collection (thrifted!)

17.  the mountains and the sea of my beautiful sea to sky Vancouver

18.  wild raspberry bushes

19.  the old and wonderful violet tinted windows of my house

20.  my house (circa 1941)

21. that I am loved  (oh thank you thank you thank you!!!)

22.  that I love (times infinity)

23.  my past and my present ~ and the morning sun

24.  tea

#25 morning coffee

Madelyn Mulvaney's Morning Coffee - thankful

26.  Sunday mornings

27.  bonfires (on the beach! especially!)

28.  sailing with Michael

29.  wine ~ organic, red, full bodied, smooth

30.  autumn

31. elephants (luminous elephants too)

32.  colorful pens and my sketchbooks

33.  my studio

34. snail mail

#35 nests and eggs

Madelyn Mulvaney's Nest and Eggs - thankful

36.  books (reading ‘the power of now’ at present)

37.  my feet

38.  rose quartz

39. wild salmon

40.  this quote …”open the window in the centre of your chest and let the spirits fly in and out.” (Rumi ❤)

41.  teaching!  oh my glorious spirit!  I love teaching!

42.  all the gifts of teaching I have been blessed with ~  students who have taught me the power of an open heart, an open mind

43.  my lovely laugh lines

44.  my bicycle

45.  my voice

46.  my children’s laughter (oh oh oh!!!) ~ all laughter anywhere anytime

47.  all beautiful things that are wild and free

48.  creativity ~ my sweet muse (after a bit of creative block or perhaps the natural ebb vs flow of such things, the spirits are flying in and out and hatchlings murmur in their awakening)

49.  joy

50.  random acts of beauty and love

51.  twinkle lights

52. perfume

53.  my camera

54.  my Kate Spade notebooks in my satchel gifted to me by my daughter Tess

55.  this moment, now (and I love that we are all in this together)

 

Maddie Mulvaney - thankful

x&o

may your day be filled with light,

Maddie @ madelynmulvaney.com

 

 

Thank you Maddie, for sharing all the things you’re grateful for, which in turn, inspires me to find more thankfulness in every moment. If you enjoyed today’s post, look for even more of Maddie’s poetic musings in the premiere issue of Bella Grace.

 

What are you grateful for? What fills your soul with gladness? Comment below! Your answer has a chance to be featured in a future issue of Bella Grace.

 

The Bella Grace Blog Hop

 

Bella Grace Blog HopGet your daily dose of inspiration by joining the Bella Grace Blog Hop. Stop by and see our latest unlocked post by Emma Tree’s D. Smith Kaich Jones, who has written a piece about the beauty of sweet nothings. Also, if you’re in need of a dose of visual inspiration, be sure to visit Susan Tuttle and Sylvia Stefanova’s blogs, which are filled with stunning photographs. Don’t forget that every blog hop co-host is also giving away a copy of Bella Grace, so make sure you read their guidelines to participate.

 

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Back to School Inspiration: 15 Projects for Success

August 21st, 2014

Back to School Inspiration



As we bid a fond farewell to the summer, thanking it for all the wonderful adventures, we start to gear up for school and work. While most of us will suffer from a little shell-shock as we return to classrooms and offices, we have just the solution to help you make the transition from summertime fun back to scholastic excellence. This collection of 15 projects is the perfect back to school inspiration for getting you and your little ones into the right mindset for success! Whether you’re trying to keep your bills organized or helping the kiddos not forget any of their homework assignments, we’re sure that one of these projects will tickle your fancy.

 

Back to School Inspiration

Back to School Inspiration - drawer organization



1. Cereal Box Drawer Dividers by Jennifer Jones from the Pages of GreenCraft Magazine

One of the messiest places for any student or crafter has got to be the dreaded junk drawer…that’s the place that starts off neat and pretty, but quickly descends into utter madness. Keep this space organized by using Jennifer’s brilliant upcycling idea. Fit cereal boxes into your drawer, you may need to rearrange them a few times, and then cut them down to size. Finally, cover them with some patterned washi paper and presto! Neat and tidy drawers.

 

Back to school Inspiration - Somerset Home



2. Project Life Organization Idea by Vanessa Spencer from the Pages of Somerset Home

Thread, check. Pattered tape, check. Stickers, check. Flash-cards, check. Keep all your crafting or studying essentials within reach with this unique Project Life organization idea. Simply take a library drawer, decorate it to fit your décor, and fill it with all your most needed tools and supplies.

 

Back to school inspiration - Somerset Life



3. An Experiment in Decoupage by Amber Kemp-Gerstel from the Pages of Somerset Life

“Historically, my attitude toward decoupage has been the same as my attitude toward leopard-print leggings. Everyone else seems to pull it off, but, for me, it just ends up looking like a big mess. Well, imagine my surprise and sense of accomplishment when I successfully tackled decoupage with this fresh, slightly contemporary with a dash of shabby chic, decoupaged lunch box.” ~Amber

Don’t limit yourself by assuming you can’t do something. Try new things, like decoupage, and the results may end up surprising you. This charming little lunchbox can double as the perfect file organizer, so you can take all your important paperwork with you wherever you go.

 

Back to school inspiration - GreenCraft Magazine



4. Recycled Ephemera Art Journal by Jennifer Bomgardner from the Pages of GreenCraft Magazine

This bright and colorful art journal by Jennifer Bomgardner can easily be repurposed as a day planner. By hole-punching your favorite pieces of ephemera, envelopes, and bits of cardstock, you can make a functional little journal that will be perfect for taking notes in class, keeping track of your plans, and of course as a canvas for doodling.

 

Back to school inspiration - Somerset Home



5. File Folder Wall Art by Christine Stephens from the Pages of Somerset Home

Gone are the days of big, bulky, and ugly file cabinets — well maybe not. But this creative organization idea really elevates the humble file folder into stunning and functional wall art. Keep all your most used papers within reach by putting them inside these mixed-media masterpieces and hanging them on your wall. All you need for this project are some kraft colored file folders, a little paint, and some decorative wire hangers.

 

Back to school inspiration - Somerset Life



6. Inspired Office Accessories: Printed Burlap by Melony Miller Bradley from the Pages of Somerset Life

Make a comfortable little home for all your pencils and pens with some canvas fabric, tiny squares of painted burlap, and a few carefully placed buttons. Your pencils will always be in one place, rather than rolling around lost at the bottom of a backpack or purse.

 

Back to school inspiration - GreenCraft Magazine Spring 2011



7. Rescued & Repurposed by Anne Rowe from the Pages of GreenCraft Magazine

I know, from personal experience, that most of us will get a brand new day planner around this time of the year and then promptly abandon it after a week or two. It happened EVERY YEAR when I was in school. This rescued and repurposed day planner is made from spare bits and pieces and sewn together with intricate patterns, giving it an added touch of personality. By making your own day planner, you’ll be a lot more inclined to write in it, while also saving a couple of bucks. You can use ephemera, fabric paper, and a whole range of embellishments to make your very own day planner masterpiece.

 

Back to school inspiration - Artful Blogging Autumn 2013



8. Office Space Photograph by Samantha Schwikkard from the Pages of Artful Blogging

This photograph by Samantha Schwikkard showcases the functionality of clipboards. Gone are the days of carrying them around to use just as a hard surface to write on! Now you can organize all of your current projects by hanging them on the wall. And with our new ready-to-alter clipboards, you can easily paint designs, stamp images, or add washi tape to create very unique home décor pieces as well as organization goodies.

 

Back to school inspiration - GreenCraft Magazine Winter 2010



9. An Unusual Canvas: File Folders by Lisa Guerin from the Pages of GreenCraft Magazine

Manila folders are a great tool to keep yourself organized, but by adding some stamping, stitches, and ephemera, you can create a truly unusual and exceptionally functional tri-fold canvas. This folded file is perfect for holding bills and pieces of scratch paper, or you can make your own set of lovely stationery.

 

Back to school inspiration - Somerset Life Winter 2014



10. Gorgeous Supply Storage by Vanessa Spencer from the Pages of Somerset Life

“As crafters, we want our creative spaces to be functional as well as beautiful. The perfect solution is to find simple, yet attractive containers for all of our supplies.” ~Vanessa

These green vintage number buckets are not only functional but they’ll look great sitting on your desk holding everything from art supplies to school supplies.

 

Back to School Inspiration - Art Journaling



11. Back to Basics by Ginn Magante Barber from the Pages of Art Journaling

While we may not doodle and watercolor the way that Ginn does, there’s definitely something to be said about allowing yourself to draw right on the pages of your day planner. Keep your creative juices flowing by giving yourself permission to doodle whenever the urge strikes you and add an artful twists to your notes. This is a great way to reduce stress during busy spells, while also reminding yourself that all work and no play — isn’t good for anyone.

 

Back to school inspiration - GreenCraft Magazine



12. Change It Up with Cahlkboard by Vanessa Spencer from the Pages of GreenCraft Magazine

Upcycle old picture frames and clipboards by giving them a new vibrant color and using some chalkboard paint. Write reminders and messages all throughout your house, or help your little ones remember where toys, books, and art supplies go by hanging them over strategic locations.

Back to School Inspiration - GreenCraft Magazine spring 2012



13. Tin Can Caddy by Cynthia Shaffer from the Pages of GreenCraft Magazine

If you have a lot of art supplies or you happen to be a teacher, then you’re going to love this project. Use old tin cans to create a sturdy caddy that can hold paint brushes, pencils, scissors, rulers, markers, and so much more. Set this little container of goodies in the middle of a table and watch inspiration take flight! Add artistic touches by wrapping your cans in patterned washi paper, colorful fabric or by painting them.

 

Back to School Inspiration - Home Library Creative Living Idea Project



14. Home Library Creative Living Idea Project

This rustic and chic metal chalkboard display can be used in a variety of creative ways. Hang it up in your kitchen, office, children’s bedrooms, or any bare spot to enliven home décor and to help with organization.

 

Back to School Inspiration GreenCraft Magazine Winter 2010



15. Judging a Book by its Beautiful Cover by Sarah Meehan and Jenny Doh from the Pages of GreenCraft Magazine

This is an oldie, but definitely a goodie! Recycle old paper grocery bags and use them as book covers, and then add a little artistic flair by adding a lovely torn-edge label with a handwritten title. This particular project is great one to do with kids. Just spread out some art supplies like ephemera, tags, and washi tape, and let them decorate their own books.

 

With so much back to school inspiration we’re sure you’ll kick-start the autumn with lots of creative projects. Let us know which project is your favorite or if you have any projects of your own that you’ll be implementing during this time of the year to help stay organized.

 

The Bella Grace Blog Hop

Bella Grace Blog Hop

Get your daily dose of inspiration by joining the Bella Grace Blog Hop. Stop by and see our latest unlocked posts by Christine Mason Miller who shares what her favorite sound is, Hannah Marcotti who penned a beautiful letter to Forgiveness, and Susan Tuttle who shows the beauty of everyday photography. All three bloggers are holding giveaways, so be sure to stop by each blog for more details on how to enter their contests.

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Editor Spotlight: For the Love of Art Dolls & What I’ve Learned from My Readers by Jana Holstein

August 18th, 2014

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Art dolls are such a unique form of artwork. Every creation is full of detail and life, which is why it’s so easy to get wrapped up in each doll’s personality — that’s where Jana Holstein comes in and why her work is so important. Jana is the editor of Art Doll Quarterly, and it’s her expert eye that brings together this fantastic publication. She knows how to read and engage with the personalities of all the wonderful characters that are sent to our office, and more importantly, she knows how to place them within the pages of our magazine so that everyone is happy and comfortable. Today we’re featuring a very special Editor Spotlight on Jana that will give us some insight into her creative mind. This is also happens to be the perfect time to have Jana pay us a visit because our Halloween issue of Art Doll Quarterly — a favorite among doll artists is now officially on newsstands.  

Please join me in welcoming Jana to Somerset Place.

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I’ve never been a real girly-girl. I don’t strut around in the latest fashion, I hate wearing high heels, and I call for a hair appointment when my gray starts showing. Somewhere along the line, I evolved into just being me; not too terribly worried about radiating femininity or being graceful — I’m actually quite a klutz. Don’t get me wrong, I do like an occasional day at the spa, I took ballet when I was young, and I played with dolls when I was a little girl. My first doll was a Chatty Cathy doll that came out in the late ’50s, early ’60s — yes, I am old. And that’s another thing: I don’t really care. I am proud to a baby boomer, pushing 60, and embracing life. I’ve never been one of those women who doesn’t want anyone to know her age.

 

Art Dolls by Marguerite Noschese~Artwork by Marguerite Noschese


But enough about me; let’s get back to the dolls. When I was first approached to take over the managing editor position of Art Doll Quarterly back in 2009, I’ll admit … I was nervous. Art Doll Quarterly was an internationally recognized and highly respected doll magazine. Would I be able to do it justice? I didn’t really know a lot about art dolls, doll making, sculpting, or sewing cloth dolls. But I was certainly willing to learn.

And learn I did. I learned about sculpting clay, how to paint cloth faces, what ball-jointed meant, the importance of costuming, and much more. And I learned it all from the wonderful artists whose work graces the pages of this magazine.

 

Art Dolls by Lorrie Rios~Artwork by Lorrie Rios


And here’s the thing: The longer I manage Art Doll Quarterly, and the more I get to know the amazing artists behind the spectacular dolls, the more I love it. I even tried to make a couple art dolls of my own one time. They more or less turned out to just be shoddily formed lumps of clay, but hey, at least I tried. And it gave me an enormous amount of appreciation for the talent that goes into sculpting.

Along this journey I’ve had the opportunity to personally meet elinor peace bailey, Barbara Willis, Patti Medaris Culea, Norma Prickett, Sheri DeBow, Jennie Bird, Betsy Youngquist, Edgar Shrum, and many others. It’s a thrill for me to meet in person the artists whose work we publish. But even if I haven’t had the chance to meet everyone face to face, I feel like I know so many artists well because of our email correspondence. There’s a special rapport that we share.

 

Art Dolls~Artwork by William Dezek and Colleen Moody


Our Autumn 2014 Issue is just out and I’ve made a whole slew of new friends — Kirsten Stingle, Tanya Marriott, Dixie Redmond, Marguerite Noschese, LeeAnn Kress, William Bezek, Andrei Zavialov and many more. This is our annual Halloween issue and it’s always such a delight to put together. This edition is always hugely popular and one peek between the pages and you’ll know why.

The world of art dolls is truly special. There’s an extraordinary camaraderie among these artists; a community of kinfolk who love and care about each other, enjoy sharing what they learn, and cheer each other on all along the way. I may not be an accomplished doll artist, but I feel like I’m a part of this enchanting group of people and among friends. I couldn’t be more delighted!

 

Art Dolls by LeeAnn Kress~Artwork by LeeAnn Kress


Join me in giving Jana a heartfelt thanks for giving us a little glimpse into her creative world. I think it’s safe to say that we’re all very happy that she’s learned so much about this unique art form, since we all get to benefit from the fruits of her labor in the pages of Art Doll Quarterly.

 

Use code BLOG0814 to get $5 off Art Doll Quarterly

1ART-1404-Art-Doll-Quarterly-Autumn-2014-600x600If you love all things Halloween, then you simply cannot miss the Autumn Issue of Art Doll Quarterly. In this issue, we’re featuring mini Day of the Dead dolls by Sylvia Smiser, a life-sized witch doll by Dustin Poché, and the oddest duos on the block — William Bezek’s Dead Couples.

For a limited time you can get $5 off this inspiring publication by using the coupon code BLOG0814 when prompted at checkout. But be sure to hurry because the promotion ends on August 31st!

 

 

Bella Grace Blog Hop

Bella Grace Blog HopThe Bella Grace Blog Hop is in full swing! Stop by for a dose of inspiration with Kelly Letky who shares a day in the life of an ordinary artist, and our latest contributor, Jillian Lukiwski, who wrote an insightful piece about becoming part of the wind. Both bloggers are also holding giveaways, so be sure to stop by each blog for more details on how to enter their contests.

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  Art dolls are such a unique form of artwork. Every creation is full of detail and life, which is why it’s so easy to get wrapped up in each doll’s personality — that’s where Jana Holstein comes in and why her work is so important. Jana is the editor of Art Doll Quarterly, and […]

Top 9 Repinned Pics and Projects + Special Giveaway

August 14th, 2014

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Did your imagination take a small vacation this summer? As autumn approaches, we want to help get you back into tip-top-crafting-shape! To kick-start your creativity, we’ve put together our most popular repinned pictures and trending projects on Pinterest.

 

Pin-It to Win-It Challenge:

From the following images, repin your favorite ones and explain why you chose them in the comments section below.

 

Making Marks with Dina Wakley Repinned ProjectMaking Marks with Dina Wakley Project by Christen Olivarez

 



 
 
 
 

blog_8-2014_6Repurposed timeworn gems and classic heirlooms by Kris Auderer as seen in the pages of Jewelry Affaire

 

 

 

 

blog_8-2014_8The studio space of Dolly Mamas creator, Joey Heiberg as seen in the pages of Where Women Create

 



 
 
 

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Free Article Stitched Envelopes RepinnedFree Article Download – Delicately Stitched Envelopes

 



 
 
 
 

blog_8-2014_4Wax-Dipped Leaves: A Kraft Paper Experiment by Abby Bastedo as seen in the pages of Somerset Life

 

 

 
 

 

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Repinned project by Guest Artist Michelle WardUpcycled Cardboard Journal with Guest Artist Michelle Ward

 

 

 
 

 

blog_8-2014_7DIY Tire Flower Planters by Roeshel Summerville as seen in the pages of Somerset Life

 



 

 

 

Prize:

What better way to start your creative projects than with a set of darling light blue mini clothespins? Use them as accents for handmade cards, apply them to mixed-media projects for an added touch of interest, or add a magnet to them and use them to pin up teeny-tiny pictures on the fridge. Just remember to comment below and include which projects you pinned and why you chose them.

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Have You Seen Our New Pinterest Board?

We’ve assembled a collection of charming handcrafted projects and beautiful images in our newest Pinterest Board, Handmade Weddings. Learn how to craft a memorable wedding day or event with these DIY ideas for tabletop decorations, invitations, gift packaging, and so much more.

 

 

 

Bella Grace Blog Hop

Don’t miss the She is Three blog post about holding things that bring us comfort, or Cassandra Key’s beautifully penned story about believing in magic. Also, our latest co-host, Kelly Letky has written a wonderful piece that offers insights into being an ordinary artist. Don’t miss our on all the wonderful inspiration and these three chances to win Bella Grace.

 

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Did your imagination take a small vacation this summer? As autumn approaches, we want to help get you back into tip-top-crafting-shape! To kick-start your creativity, we’ve put together our most popular repinned pictures and trending projects on Pinterest.   Pin-It to Win-It Challenge: From the following images, repin your favorite ones and explain why you […]

Gratitude Art Journal Page Project Tutorial

August 11th, 2014

Gratitude Art Journal Page Project



The Dyan Reaveley Journal pages are functional and constructed with quality materials, fit to hold all your artistic musings no matter what medium you create with. Inspired by the colorful book, “Art Doodle Love,” we decided to create a vibrant journal page with multiple layers of bright colors and fun patterns. And as expected, our Dyan Reaveley Journal pages stood up to the task and provided the perfect canvas for all of our mixed-media fun.

 

Materials for the Gratitude Art Journal Page Project:

-Clearly Impressed Acrylic Mounts
-Claudine Hellmuth Clear Stamps – Jumbo Bloom
-Claudine Hellmuth Studio Semi Gloss Acrylic Paint – Sky Blue
-Claudine Hellmuth Studio Semi Gloss Acrylic Paint – Yellow Pastel
-White Acrylic Paint
-Purple Acrylic Paint
-Tsukineko StazOn Solvent Inkpad Jet Black
-Scratch Alphabet Large Clearly Impressed Stamp Set by Julie van Oosten
-Ranger Ink Dylusions Creative Journal by Dyan Reaveley
-Washi Tape – Solid Light Green
-Washi Tape – Stripes Horizontal Blue
-The Crafter’s Workshop Hexagons Stencils
-The Crafter’s Workshop Diamonds Stencils
-The Crafter’s Workshop Well Rounded Stencils
-Liquitex Gesso Clear
-Paint Brushes

 

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Gratitude Art Journal Page Project Tutorial:

Step 1 – Find a flat surface to work on and lay down your journal. Next, stencil the Diamond Stencil design onto the left page with a bright purple paint, and then dab various parts of the two pages with purple and a rich teal paint and let dry. If it appears too bright, you can do a little ‘covering up’ with additional layers.

Step 2 – Glue some torn vintage ledger paper on parts of both pages, then mix some clear gesso with yellow acrylic paint and paint over the ‘brightness’ of the other colors. When dry, the clear gesso mixture with the yellow acrylic paint creates a nice ‘tooth’ for journaling, especially with a pencil.

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Step 3 – Once the gesso and yellow paint wash has dried, add small brushstrokes of white acrylic paint in a few areas.

Step 4 – To add more texture and interest, stencil in a different design. We went with the Hexagon Stencil and the Well Rounded Stencil, using a light blue acrylic paint.

Step 5 – Once dry, use the large Circle Clear Stamp and clearly impressed acrylic mounts to stamp the design along some of the outer edges of the pages with black ink.

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Step 6 – Next, stamp out the word “Gratitude” onto the bottom of the right page using the letters from the Scratch Alphabet Clear Stamp Set.  You can experiment and write out another meaningful word, whatever works with your aesthetics and how you’re feeling.

Step 7 – Use patterned washi tape to tie all the artistic elements together.

Although your page may look like it’s done, the project is far from over! Whether it’s daily, monthly, or just every now and then, journal on your “Gratitude” page to keep track of what you are thankful for. Use crayons, pens, and colored pencils to jot down your thoughts. This art journal page is meant to be dynamic, and it can be molded over time, an ever-changing collage. This is a creative way to remind yourself of your blessings, great and small.

 

Bella Grace Blog Hop

Bella Grace Blog HopThe Blog Hop continues! Today we have Jenna McGuiggan co-hosting and sharing her interpretation of life’s beautiful adventure through Verbal Snapshots. Find out more by visiting the Bella Grace Blog Hop, and learn how you could win your own copy of this magnificent new magazine and Jennifer McGuiggan’s book, “Lanterns: A Gathering of Stories.”

 

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Bella Grace Blog Hop: Life’s a Beautiful Adventure

August 7th, 2014

Currently Featured Co-Host:

This week’s unlocked link comes from the wonderful Becky Shander, who shares with us the stunning images from her trip to Thailand. Visiting the place where her biological mother lives turns into a journey of self-exploration for Becky, which manifests itself in the vivid greenery of Thailand’s majestic countryside. Visit Becky’s blog for a chance to win a free copy of Bella Grace plus a gorgeous collection of brightly-colored antique hand-stitched trim.

Be sure to scroll to the bottom of the page to see even more unlocked links and Bella Grace-inspired posts.


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~Photograph by Whitney Justesen

  “I keep opening my doors and life keeps getting in. It blows in with the autumn winds and sits still with the heat of summer then sneaks silently through the keyhole, dragging moonlight with it, waking me, tapping me on my sleeping shoulders, whispering I should get up, there are stars out there waiting for a waltz, music playing, get up, get up. Sometimes I do. Life understands when I don’t.” ~D. Smith Kaich Jones, from the pages of Bella Grace.  

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~Photographs by: Jovo Jovanovic, Madelyn Mulvaney, Kelly Letky
Madelyn Mulvaney, D. Smith Kaich Jones, Erica Schneider
Johanna Love, Madelyn Mulvaney, Dianne Poinski

 

With a folding, book-jacket cover, Bella Grace — from the get go — showcases breathtaking images with heartfelt quotes that do more than just inspire the imagination, they rouse the heart. Perhaps our most ambitious project to date, we were definitely not kidding when we said we wanted to touch the souls of our readers through beautifully penned stories and striking photography. Join us for a collection of thoughtful musings, personal stories, and simply exquisite images, and then add your own thoughts to the interactive pages of this one-of-a-kind magazine.

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The Bella Grace Blog Hop

We’re so excited about the release of Bella Grace that we’ve invited a number of well-known authentic living artists, writers, photographers, and bloggers to join us for a very special blog hop event that will take place all throughout the month of August. In honor of the first volume of what we know is going to become a beloved publication, we’re asking our friends to share their own Bella Grace-inspired stories, poetry, photographs, and art. Best of all, each and every one of our co-hosts will be giving away a copy of this stunning magazine, which means our lovely readers have even more chances to win their own free issue.

 

STAY TUNED and CHECK BACK REGULARLY:

Nearly every weekday during August, a new contributor will be posting their own blog post (on their own blog), and we will include a link here! Come back to check newly unlocked links and discover these new blog posts for even more chances to win your own free copy of Bella Grace.

 

Friday August 8th Jennifer DeVille Catalano: Wild About Flowers

Monday August 11th Jennifer McGuiggan: Verbal Snapshots

Tuesday August 12thShe is Three: She Held Stones, Flowers, and Shells

Wednesday August 13thCassandra Key: Do You Believe in Magic?

Thursday August 14th Kelly Letky: An Ordinary Artist

Friday August 15thJillian Lukiwski: Anywhere the Wind Will

Tuesday August 19thChristine Mason Miller: Whomp, Whomp, Whomp, and a Bella Grace Give Away

Wednesday August 20thHannah Marcotti: A Letter to Your Forgiveness

Thursday August 21stSusan Tuttle: Bella Grace: Joy of Everyday Photography

Friday August 22ndSylvia Stefanova: Life is an Adventure

Monday August 25th D. Smith Kaich Jones: Sweet Nothings

Tuesday August 26thDeb Taylor: Simple Things

Wednesday August 27thCathryn Mezzo: The Beautiful Game

Thursday August 28thBella Cirovic: Everything Divine, Magic in the Ordinary

Friday August 29thSusannah Conway: For the Love of Paper

Monday September 1stBecky Shander: Green Adventure

Thursday September 4thMindy Lacefield: Link Coming Soon!

Monday September 8thJunelle Jacobsen: Link Coming Soon!

Thursday September 11thMou Saha: Link Coming Soon!

Monday September 15thBecky Stewart: Link Coming Soon!

 

Call to Participate:

Have you read Bella Grace? Were you inspired to take photographs, to write poetry, to paint a picture? Whatever it is we want to see it! Post your project in a blog post titled “Bella Grace Blog Hop” and link back to this page and leave us a comment below to jump aboard the blog hop bandwagon. You might actually end up being added to our Blog Hop Link List! We can’t wait to see how our readers celebrate life’s beautiful adventure!

 

 


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Currently Featured Co-Host: This week’s unlocked link comes from the wonderful Becky Shander, who shares with us the stunning images from her trip to Thailand. Visiting the place where her biological mother lives turns into a journey of self-exploration for Becky, which manifests itself in the vivid greenery of Thailand’s majestic countryside. Visit Becky’s blog […]

Glimpse Inside: Breezy August Issues + Giveaway

August 4th, 2014

There’s still plenty of summer left and that means more time to soak up the sun — and a bit of creativity from our stunning magazines, too! Our August issues are full of bright colors, creative stories, and interesting projects. Undertake a new adventure and blog about it with tips from Artful Blogging or get inspired by the creative spaces featured in Where Women Create. The most exciting news we have to share, however, is the release of Bella Grace. That’s right, it’s finally here! Immerse yourself in a world of thoughtful stories, beautiful photographs, and interactive lists and prompts.

 

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We love our blog followers and we want to show it! Use the promo code BLOG0814 and receive $5 off any of our wonderful August issues. Simply make sure you copy and paste the coupon code when prompted at checkout.

 

 

 

 

Bella Grace Volume 1 - August Issues

Bella Grace Volume 1 - August Issues



With a folding, book-jacket cover, Bella Grace is a new publication devoted to discovering magic in the ordinary. Our aim is to touch the souls of our readers through beautifully penned stories and striking photographs that capture life’s beautiful adventure. In the premiere issue, Alessandra Cave shares the beauty of one-hour photo adventures, SQUAM founder Elizabeth Duvivier teaches readers how to love where they live, no matter where it is, and the author of the popular blog “Emma Tree” talks about the importance and beauty of slowing down in “I Brake for Pretty.” Other inspiring features include Permission Granted, where women from all over the globe talk about what they need permission to do, and we reveal The Lovely List: life’s most simple pleasures. In addition to finding inspiring articles from Liz Lamoreux, Christine Mason Miller, Madelyn Mulvaney, and Susannah Conway, Bella Grace magazine provides an interactive, creative space — where readers can respond to prompts and fill in their own thoughts.  

 
Artful Blogging - August Issues

Artful Blogging - August Issues

Find yourself enamored by the photos and stories of some of the world’s most creative bloggers in this issue of Artful Blogging. Step into the ordinariness of life with Ashley Fielden’s descriptive words and photos, and see how Mikaela Hamilton refines her voice through her camera lens. Peek into Elise Hartmann’s workspace and everyday happenings, or enter into Susan Taggert’s home where you can find lovely vintage treasures that adorn every space.

 

Art Doll Quarterly - August Issue

Art Doll Quarterly - August Issue



This full-color, 128-page publication is dedicated to art dolls and sculptural figures made from cloth, polymer clay, wire armatures, mixed-media, and much more. Our Doll Artist Profile showcases the amazing artistry of Kirsten Stingle, whose ceramic works are hand-built without the use of molds. We also present detailed tutorials on how to make mini Day of the Dead dolls by Sylvia Smiser, and how to paint faces on cloth dolls by Terese Cato. Autumn also brings our annual Halloween issue, and as always, we offer an array of spectacular ghosts, witches, goblins, and other creatures of the night. From Will Bezek’s Dead Couples to Dustin Poché’s life-sized witch, you’ll definitely find it easy to get into the Halloween spirit.  

 
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Where Women Create - August Issues

Whether it’s art, food, music, written works, or choreographed dances, extraordinary women know that the process of creating is every bit as important as what ultimately gets created. The inspiring new autumn issue features the creative spaces of Jessica Robertson from A&E’s TV Reality series, “Duck Dynasty,” Anna Brahms of Fairy Love, and author and founder of Ever Thine Home, Barbara Rainey. You’ll also get to look inside the unique studios of Jill Davis, Dana Carini, Rebecca Justice, and Eric Cortina from Roger’s Gardens.

 

GreenCraft Magazine - August Issues

GreenCraft Magazine - August Issues



Nothing is more satisfying than repurposing old junk into priceless new treasures, and this installment of GreenCraft Magazine is sure to spark an idea or two for that extra rubbish you have lying around. Front and center are Sofia Tryon’s driftwood sailboats that put elegant use to beach vacation souvenirs. Kimberly Allison of Lume di Luna shares tips to find the perfect sweaters for reclaimed crafting projects, including her fashionable sweater moths that are just as stunning to look at, but won’t eat a hole in your clothes! Gardeners will love the articles about seed bomb tags and biodegradable plant holders. Find innovative uses for those rusty garden tools and salvaged plastic bags, and get tips from the Master of “Upcycling” himself, Danny Seo. Other projects for recycled fashion like adorable bags, earrings, and pins, and household goods like kitschy containers will have guests wondering where you bought those fabulous new accessories.

   
Somerset Home - August Issues

Somerset Home - August Issues

Welcome to the 2014 installment of Somerset Home! From banners to vases and repurposed findings to photo-transfer projects, this issue is filled with ideas that you’ll instantly want to grab hold of. Rita Reade repurposes a window to create an adorable French window organizer; Johanna Love channels her inner hippie to create a whimsical dream catcher; and Michelle Girard Ferullo gives new life to her petite water fonts by embellishing it with beads, charms, and images. Create your own one-of-a-kind pouf with the help of Sara Dean and Hannah Caldwell, or just sit back, relax, and enjoy reading this issue!

 

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Stuffed - August Issues



Stuffed celebrates the loveable and huggable creatures known as “softies.” The new autumn edition features a collection of “Mr. Hot Tea” softies by Ana Goodwin including Mr. Smart-Tea and Mrs. Chai Tea Latte, sock Critters created from argyle socks by Randi Taylor, and Wendy Somaru’s stuffed hanging portraits of the gang from “Peter Pan.” Get your creative juices flowing with animal softies that have knitted accents by Judith Macrae of Me & Tex, or simply delight in a group of celestial toys featuring Star, Full Moon, Half Moon, & Crescent Moon by Sara Sacks of Woolies, Artisan Toys.  

 
Altered Couture - August Issues

Altered Couture - August Issues

Altered Couture is a 160-page publication dedicated to altered and embellished clothing and accessories. Inside the fall issue, readers will find Michelle Hoffee’s gorgeous leaf-dying techniques, stylish, upcycled jeans, and the results of our highly anticipated Start with a Slip challenge. Stick around to learn a fun way to update your flannels, see beautifully painted and splattered shoes, and discover how leftover lace can be turned into cool and comfy pants. If you’re searching for inspirational fall fashions, this edition has altered leggings, vests, coats, purses, and more, along with altering tips from well known artists like Nancy Romans, Amy Relf, Brenda Greenfield, Barbara Burkhalter, and Sharon Lee Louk.

 

Your Chance to Win One of Our August Issues!

We’re giving away brand-new August Issues to THREE lucky winners! Simply follow these steps to enter for your chance to win:

1) Click on your favorite spread above.

2) Pin or “Like” that particular issue. 

3) If you pinned to Pinterest, share the link in the comments section below. If you “liked” on Facebook, tag us so we can see. 

4) If you don’t have Facebook or Pinterest, please comment below and tell us which issue you find most appealing and why.

 

*Winners are selected at random and will be contacted via email. *$5 off discount applies to purchases of any of the following 2014 August Issues only: Altered Couture, Art Doll Quarterly, Artful Blogging, GreenCraft Magazine, Stuffed, Where Women Create, Somerset Home, and Bella Grace. Discount code can be used only one time per customer, and expires 08/31/14. Contest is open to U.S. residents and ends 08/31/14 at 11:59pm.

 

Congratulations to Our Glimpse Inside Winners for the Month of July:

Diane Lee, Linda Cain, and Cindy Coven

 


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There’s still plenty of summer left and that means more time to soak up the sun — and a bit of creativity from our stunning magazines, too! Our August issues are full of bright colors, creative stories, and interesting projects. Undertake a new adventure and blog about it with tips from Artful Blogging or get […]

Calls and Challenges for August

August 1st, 2014

Have you ever dreamed of being a published artist? While it may take some persistence, there is nothing like the feeling you get from seeing your artwork front-and-center in a magazine. All you need is a healthy imagination and a willingness to keep trying.

Our website is updated regularly to reflect submission guidelines as well as any special themes or calls and challenges we are currently holding. With over 30 publications, we’re certain that we have something for every type of crafter! Read on to find all of our upcoming Calls & Challenge deadlines for August or departments that accept ongoing submissions.

We’re also making submitting easier than ever by now offering the option to email us high quality images of your work for consideration in many of our titles. Simply take a picture of your artwork, email it to the appropriate editor (listed below for each title), and if selected we’ll send you further instructions on how to send in your work.

As an up-and-coming artist, you can get your start by being published in one of our publications, get recognition for your own blog or current product lines that you’re linked to, and you’ll also be able to inspire creativity amongst an audience of your peers.

Submit: You can be on the road to getting published today!

 

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jrn-0714Artwork By: Kathy McCullen and Soraya Nulliah from  Art Journaling Autumn 2014.

In every quarterly issue of Art Journaling, artists open their journals and share creative techniques for capturing their emotions. From stamping and collage art to painting and sketching, each journal is filled with innovative techniques and inspirational stories. If you have an art journal that you would like to share with our readers, we would love to hear from you.

 

jrn-0714-2Artwork by: Renee Zarate and Robyn P. Thayer from  Art Journaling Autumn 2014.

 

Email images of your submissions to the editor at artjournaling@stampington.com. Please use Art Journaling Submission for the subject line.

Deadline for artwork to be received: August 15th

If selected, we may ask you to send in your artwork or to provide us with hi-res versions of your photographs.

 

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1AFF-1403Jewelry by: Karan Simoni and Liona Ellis from Jewelry Affaire Summer 2014.

For that added touch of glamour without the complexity, Jewelry Affaire is a quarterly publication dedicated to the art of understated, yet extraordinary jewelry. You don’t need to be a master craftsperson to make wearable art that makes a statement. The refashioning of a vintage piece into something new, embellishing a chain, the placing of a pendant, adding beadwork — anything that exemplifies sophisticated chic on an easy to understand level can be submitted.

 

1AFF-1403-2Jewelry by: Heather Thompson and Johanna Love from Jewelry Affaire Summer 2014.

 

Need more inspiration? Here are some of the sections that we feature in every issue of Jewelry Affaire:

  • Whimsical Wares - Jewelry that is out of the ordinary and extraordinary
  • Among Nature - Adornments that are otherworldly
  • Vintage Jubilee - For loves of heirlooms and findings, celebrate with classics that make time stand still
  • Artistic Affaire - Innovative to wear and uncomplicated to share
  • Black Tie Affaire - Dripping with jewels, pearls, and other sumptuous materials, these
    sophisticated statements pieces can make every day feel like an occasion

 

Email images of your submissions to the editor at jewelryaffaire@stampington.com. Please use Jewelry Affaire Submission for the subject line.

Deadline for artwork to be received: August 15th

If selected, we may ask you to send in your artwork or to provide us with hi-res versions of your photographs.

 

minmin-0714-2Photography by: Johanna Love from  Mingle Winter 2014 and Sophie Jacobson from Mingle Autumn 2014.

Unique gatherings take center stage with our now quarterly publication, Mingle! From intimate art retreats, to creative, one-of-a-kind celebrations, Mingle provides the inspiration you need to plan extraordinary gatherings with an artistic flair.

 

min-0714Photograph by: Audrey Wagner King and Kate van Geldern from Mingle Autumn 2014.

For this publication, we are looking for stunning photographs and stories from unique gatherings such as the following:

  • Intimate Affaires - Do you get together regularly with close friends for a night in of crafts? Perhaps you have a tradition of going to the park for a knitting circle or a picnic.
  • Art Retreats - Do you plan art retreats for others to come participate in? Have you attended one that had a profound effect on you?
  • Handcrafted Weddings - Was your wedding completely crafted by hand? Did it take place somewhere unique?
  • Birthday Parties & Anniversaries - Did you throw a party for a friend that was simply over the top? Maybe you thought of an interesting theme.
  • Party Details - Did you take a couple pictures (or maybe just one) of a stunning aspect of an event that you think Mingle readers need to see?

 

Email high-resolution photographs of your unique gathering or party details to the editor at mingle@stampington.com.

Deadline for artwork to be received: August 15th

Click here to download our guide for how to submit photographs for this title. It will also show you how to convert images to the correct size and resolution for this publication.

 

Prims1PRI-1402Artwork by: Karen Brady Hammontree and Maria Mercedes from Prims Spring 2014.

Prims features exclusively handcrafted folk art inspired by a bygone era that will captivate the imagination and enchant with its simple beauty. Artwork by primitive, folk, historic, and early Americana artists explore the traditional beauty of handcrafted art making. Included on the pages are dolls, paintings, mixed-media artwork, along with a mix of teddy bears, animals, and other primitive characters. Stampington & Company’s tri-annual publication is released every January for spring, May for summer, and September for autumn/winter.

 

1PRI-1402-2Artwork by: Laura Obiso and Ami Jones from Prims Spring 2014.

 

Email images of your submissions to the editor at prims@stampington.com.

Deadline for artwork to be received: August 15th

If selected, we may ask you to send in your artwork or to provide us with hi-res versions of your photographs.

 

Somerset Studio

As the leading mixed-media publication, Somerset Studio aims to share the latest tips, tricks, and techniques being used in the art community, as well as share tales of creativity through essays. Each issue has a selected theme that we provide to give artists inspiration for their work, but we also accept submissions that do not follow a selected theme. Our current theme submissions are as follows:

 

036_SOM0714For the Love of Lilac - Light purple, lavender, lilac…call it whatever you want, but we are absolutely wild about this color right now. Lilac is a color that can conjure up images of gorgeous florals, but it can also be used in fashion to make a bold statement. For the January/February 2015 issue of Somerset Studio, we want you to go beyond the flower and show us how you can incorporate the color lilac into your mixed-media artwork. Art journals, collages, assemblages … we’re looking for it all!

Deadline: August 15th

 

Artwork by: Gina Lee Kim from  Somerset Studio Summer 2014.

 

Somerset Studio is also seeking the following types of article submissions on an ongoing basis:

 

 

1SOM-1003-162The Last Page
We conclude each issue with a narrative accompanied by a piece of artwork. Published submissions have included essays on what creativity means, how art has touched lives, and much more. Each essay submission should be approximately 300 words and should also contain a hi-res photo of artwork to accompany it.

Deadline: Ongoing.

 

Artwork and story by: Carmen Torbus from Somerset Studio Spring 2010.

 

 

 

 

 

 

085_SOM0714New Takes on Old Techniques
There are some great mixed-media techniques out there that aren’t being used anymore now that they are older. Somerset Studio is always looking for new takes on older techniques. Have you found a new way to do an image transfer? A new purpose for embossing powder? It’s time to brush off some of those old supplies and get to work!

Deadline: Ongoing.

 

Artwork by: Connie Fong from Somerset Studio Summer 2014.

 

 

Email images of your submissions to the editor at somersetstudio@stampington.com. Please use Somerset Studio Submission: Challenge or Department Name as the subject line.

If selected, we may ask you to send in your artwork or to provide us with hi-res versions of your photographs.

 

The Stampers' Sampler

The Stampers’ Sampler provides over 200 cards and stamped project ideas — complete with detailed shots and step-by-step instructions to provide an added dose of paper crafting inspiration. The artwork contributed by our talented readers is published in full color on gorgeous, glossy paper stock.

 

010_SAM0114Heart of a Different Color - We are feeling the love here at The Stampers’ Sampler, and it has inspired us to issue one of our most exciting Valentine’s Challenges yet! For this challenge, we urge you to venture outside of the traditional Valentine’s colors of red and white, and send us love-themed stamped projects in every color of the rainbow. This is a completely open-ended challenge, and anything goes as long as it includes rubber stamping. We love sets of cards that color coordinate as well, so if you’re on a roll with a particular color, make at least three!

Deadline: August 15th

Artwork by: Tim Holtz from  The Stampers Sampler Winter 2014.

 

The Stampers’ Sampler is also seeking the following types of article submissions on an ongoing basis:

 

blog_3_longA Different Point of View – A single stamp has endless options. Part of the joy of rubber stamping is the number of ways one stamp can be used. Take a stamp that catches your eye, and create several different cards using that image or a portion thereof. Really challenge yourself to view the image in new ways, and push the boundaries of a single stamp.

Deadline: Ongoing.

 

 Artwork by: Corrie Herriman from The Stampers Sampler Summer 2014.

 

033_SAM0714Themeless Artwork – As part of our shift to quarterly and the new and larger size of The Stampers’ Sampler, we would love to make our Feeling Themeless a recurring department! So, create to your heart’s content, free of any restraints, and remember to share the results with us.

Deadline: Ongoing.

 

Artwork by: Lillian Lumachi from The Stampers Sampler Summer 2014.

 

 

 

 

 

106_SAM0114A Call for Articles – We are always looking for new and innovative stamping articles. If you’re interested in submitting an idea for an upcoming issue of The Stampers’ Sampler, we would love to see it. Just send us 5–10 cards that demonstrate the same theme, a new stamping technique, a unique usage of an unexpected or interesting material, or an exciting project. Just make sure it has stamping on it!

Deadline: Ongoing.

 

Artwork by: Deb Dunn fromThe Stampers’ Sampler Spring 2014 issue.

 

 

 

Mail in your submissions to the following address:

Stampington & Company
ATTN: The Stampers’ Sampler
22992 Mill Creek, SUITE B
Laguna Hills, CA 92653

 

 

Take Ten

If you create quick and creative cards in 10 minutes or less, then we definitely want to see your work. Take Ten offers rubber stamp enthusiasts of all levels great ideas for creating lovely cards. If published, your work will be printed in full-color spreads along with detailed instructions. Share your creativity and show us how you make handmade cards for any and all occasions.

 

015_TEN0614Variation on a Theme - We are always looking for artwork made with the Variation on a Theme concept. Create a set of cards that share a theme — a color palette, layout, stamp set, etc. — but use a different stamped image(s) on each. Include as much variation in your cards as possible, while still adhering to the original theme to keep your cards looking great together as a set. Remember to make your cards in the Take Ten style, and keep them quick and easy!

Please note “Take Ten — VOAT” on the envelope.

Deadline: Ongoing.

 

 Artwork by: Georgiann Carlson from Take Ten Summer 2014.

 

106_TEN0614A Different Point of View - How many different looks can you achieve with one stamp? Find your favorite versatile stamp and create several different cards using that image or a portion thereof. Really challenge yourself to view the image in new ways, and push the boundaries of a single stamp. Remember to make your cards in the Take Ten style, and keep them quick and easy.

Please note “Take Ten — DPOV” on the envelope.

Deadline: Ongoing.

 

  Artwork by: Nora Stoffel and Valerie Mock from Take Ten Summer 2014.

 

 

 

070_TEN0614General Cards - We are looking for quick and easy stamped cards for this best-selling magazine. Send us your “ten minutes or less” artwork in any style, theme or color and we’ll send you a free issue if your artwork is published. (Due to the volume of submissions, artwork submitted to Take Ten will not be returned.)

Deadline: Ongoing.

 

Artwork by: Kris Lancaster from Take Ten Summer 2014.

 

 

 

 

 

 

098_TEN0314Quick & Easy Gifts - Here at Take Ten, we are always on the lookout for quick and easy stamping techniques — but that’s not limited to cards! We’d love to see what you can create when you go beyond cards. Pick up your stamps, give yourself 10 minutes, and see what interesting stamped projects you can come up with. From tags and boxes to frames and gift bags, we want to see it all! Send us your best for a chance to be published in an upcoming issue of this quarterly publication.

Deadline: Ongoing.

 

Artwork by: Vanessa Spencer fromTake Ten Spring 2014.

 

 

 

Mail in your submissions to the following address:

Stampington & Company
ATTN: Take Ten
22992 Mill Creek, SUITE B
Laguna Hills, CA 92653

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Somerset Life aims to demonstrate how easy it is to add a touch of beauty to our daily lives, whether it is through a simple craft project, or an inspiring essay that shares how to find the beauty that already exists. Our mission is simple: make the ordinary extraordinary. For those looking to be a part of this bestselling publication, we have a number of ways to do so.

 

The Magic Of: For these challenges, we’d like to see unique ways in which you treat these raw materials and incorporate them into your everyday living. Please refer to the article about The Magic of Tulle in the Spring 2009 issue of Somerset Life for ideas on what we are looking for.

Burlap – One glimpse on Pinterest, and it’s obvious that burlap is one of the biggest trends among crafters. It’s fairly inexpensive and incredibly easy to work with. You can use it on larger home décor projects like table runners, or use just a touch of it in a greeting card. It instantly gives a rustic look to whatever you’re using it for. For our Winter 2015 Issue, we’re looking for the best, most imaginative uses for burlap.

Deadline: August 15, 2014

 

Celebrations of Life: As Oprah Winfrey says, “The more we celebrate life, the more in life there is to celebrate.” To this end, we’d like for you to join us in creating themed parties that everyone can enjoy. Whether your contribution is the invitation, favor, centerpiece, or other decoration, join us as we celebrate life:

Happy Hearts Day – Whether you are single or in a relationship, Valentine’s Day can be an especially fun day to craft for. You can make something creative for your children, share some fun with your closest gal pals, or spend some time with the one you love. For our Winter 2015 Issue, we are looking for quick and easy projects to help celebrate Valentine’s Day. Greeting cards, easy gifts … we can’t wait to see what you come up with!

Deadline: August 15, 2014

 

The Gift of Gift Baskets: We adore giving gift baskets to friends. They’re great because you can give food items, but you can also collect or make a bunch of little goodies to put together into one impactful gift. For our Winter 2014 issue, we want to see the different gift baskets you can come up with.

Deadline: August 15, 2014

 

Email images of your submissions to the editor at somersetlife@stampington.com. Please use Somerset Life Submission: Challenge or Department Name as the subject line.

If selected, we may ask you to send in your artwork or to provide us with hi-res versions of your photographs.

 

Still Have Questions About How To Submit?

If you have any general questions regarding submissions, please feel free to contact Art Management at submissions@stampington.com.

We hope to hear from you soon! Good luck, and keep creating.

 


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7 Creative Map-Inspired Projects

July 28th, 2014

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Summer is the perfect time to travel, and with the rise of hand-dandy GPS devices and smart phone apps, it’s always easy to find where you are and decide where you’re going. Even so, there’s something very special about maps — be it the sweet nostalgia they bring of old family road trips, or more frustrating but humorous memories of having taken a wrong left turn because someone didn’t want to stop and ask for directions. Many maps have our notes scribbled on them, and they show the wear and tear of being messily folded up and stashed back into the glove compartment. They wear their age and carry with them all the charm and mystery of the unexplored. Simply put, maps hold extraordinary images and information which makes them a wonderful material for creative, upcycled projects.

This summer, if you’re taking off on a cross-country vacation or just setting out to explore your city, take a map with you, and jot down thoughts, notes, even affirmations. If you have older maps that are now outdated, don’t throw them out — they’re a beautiful alternative to patterned paper. This post is all about map-inspired projects. With everything from decoupage art and collaged compositions to jewelry making, we’re sure that this list of projects will inspire you to make something beautiful and unique with your maps.

 

A Creative Assortment of Map-Inspired Projects

 

Map-Inspired Projects from GreenCraft Autumn 2011



A Different Place and Time

“The more wear and tear and crease marks a map has, the more interesting it is to me. I consider it a challenge to try and preserve these little pieces of history.” ~Melanie Prior; as appeared in the Autumn 2011 issue of GreenCraft Magazine.

Melanie’s projects are functional and beautiful. From map-covered tin cans that function as whimsical travel-inspired pencil holders to actual map-encased pencils, Melanie picks the most interesting portions of a map to use in her work. Among her unique upcycling projects are her map coasters, which she makes by repurposing not only maps, but also materials like spare marble tiles, old CDs, and leftover pieces of wood.

 

Map-Inspired Projects from GreenCraft Magazine Spring 2013



Paper Squared

Paper crafter and basket weaver Nancy Procter created a stunning paper-weaving technique that allows her to create intricate patterns that are perfect for making boxes, lamp shades, and clutch purses. One of her preferred materials is maps because of the manageability of the paper as well as the intricate designs. You can see all the details of Nancy’s stunning paper weaving technique in the Spring 2013 issue of GreenCraft Magazine.
 

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CD Case Picture Frames

“When I put my eyes on one of the ‘Imagining Green’ calls for artwork in the Autumn 2012 issue of GreenCraft Magazine that challenged readers to find a stylish and functional use for jeweled CD cases, I happily answered the call.” ~Monica Sabolla Gruppo; as appeared in Spring 2013 issue of GreenCraft Magazine.

By taking two completely ordinary things, such as old discarded CD cases and outdated maps, Monica created an extraordinary eco-chic home décor item. These CD case picture frames stand alone and allow you to showcase both an image as well as a map that outlines where the picture was taken. It’s a unique take on memory art as well as a very eco-friendly project.

 

Creative Map-Inspired Projects from GreenCraft Magazine Spring 2012



Charming Travel Keepsake Earrings

This jewelry project by Lorrie Everitt is a creative and beautiful way to carry with you treasured memories of places you’ve visited. All you need are glass tiles, bits of your favorite maps, some Diamond Glaze, and earring hardware. Get the full tutorial in the Spring 2012 issue of GreenCraft Magazine.

 

Creative Map-Inspired Projects from GreenCraft Magazine Spring 2012



A Map for the Road

What better way to commemorate a road trip than by creating a traveling journal out of a road-map atlas? Kristina Roth wanted to journal her way cross country and came up with this imaginative idea in the Spring 2012 issue of GreenCraft Magazine.

 

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Ephemera Pots Projects

This project comes straight out of The Studio. It features three paper mache pots that are altered with paint and decoupaged pieces of torn maps and labels. The end result is a unique display for organizing photographs, recipes, ephemera, and just about anything else you can fit into these pots.

 

Map-Inspired Projects in GreenCraft Magazine Autumn 2010



Push The Envelope

“I also love using items in a different way than what their original purpose was. Thinking outside of the box is important. So using magazines, books, wallpaper, an atlas, maps, etc., to make envelopes or cards, or to use in scrapbooking, seemed a natural progression for me.” ~Dana Horadam; as appeared in the Autumn 2010 issue of GreenCraft Magazine.

Dana’s envelopes come in all shapes and sizes, and they’re made from all sorts of different materials. From book and magazine pages to, of course, our beloved maps. What better way to send greeting cards to people abroad or when traveling than with custom-made envelopes that showcase the places being visited?

 

How Do You Upcycle Maps?

Do you paint over them and bind them into books or do you put them in a frame, hang them up, and let their natural beauty stand out? Maps have very important uses, but they also stimulate the imagination and provide stunning patterned backgrounds for mixed-media projects. We’ve shared a few creative ideas that utilize maps at the heart of projects, but now we want to know how you would use them.

Share your ideas in the comment section below, or better yet send them in as submissions for a chance to be published in GreenCraft Magazine.

Click here to learn more about the submissions process.

 
 


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