Get Published: Calls and Challenges for April/May

March 27th, 2015

It’s not easy to become a published artist. It takes hard work, commitment, and at times, a thick skin. But in the end, it’s all worth it because there’s nothing like the feeling you get from seeing your work featured, front-and-center, in a magazine.

Being published in one of our magazines is a great way for up-and-coming artists to get recognition for their artwork, blogs, or current product lines. It’s also a wonderful way to inspire creativity amongst an audience of your peers.

Look through our calls and challenges and submit your work today!

Upcoming Calls and Challenges

Bella Grace

Narratives
We are currently looking for original narratives and poetry that focus on the idea that “life is a beautiful adventure.” Submitted work can be about simple pleasures, life lessons learned, slowing down, embracing your authentic self, and more. Written submissions can include accompanying photography, but we will also pair writers up with photographers if necessary.

Photography
Picture submissions should capture the spirit of Bella Grace. They should depict simple moments, bits of romance, feelings of happiness, etc. Photography can be submitted on its own and will be considered for use with narratives or as the background for some of the quotes featured throughout the book.

Designed Quotes
Throughout each issue of Bella Grace are beautifully designed quotes. Photographers, graphic designers, illustrators, and artists of all types are invited to submit their own designed quotes. They can include photography, typography, hand-lettering, and more.

Email images of your submissions to the editor at bellagrace@stampington.com. Please use Bella Grace Submission for the subject line.

Deadline for Submissions: April 15th for the Autumn 2015 edition

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

Belle Armoire Jewelry

If you’d like to share your inspiration and detailed, how-to instructions for creating beautiful jewelry with readers, we want to hear from you. Belle Armoire Jewelry covers a broad range of mediums, such as polymer clay, metal working, lamp work, wire-wrapping, mixed-media, and much more. Whether you create necklaces, bracelets, earrings, pendants, rings, or other jewelry, we welcome you to submit your artwork to be considered for publication.

Deadline: April 15th

Prims

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.

Deadline: April 15th for the September issue

Somerset Apprentice

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.

Artful 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. To submit your idea(s) for an Artful Building Block, check the complete guidelines here.

Please send submissions to the Editor-in-Chief at Somerset Apprentice at jholstein@stampington.com with “Artful Building Blocks” in the subject line.

Deadline: April 15th

 

Somerset Digital Studio

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. Emailed submissions should be directed to the Editor-in-Chief at somersetdigitalstudio@stampington.com. Please put “Somerset Digital Studio” in the subject line. Somerset Digital Studio is published semiannually in March and September.

Deadline: April 15th

 

Somerset Holidays and Celebrations

Handcrafted Projects for Christmas, Halloween & Other Holidays
For most art and crafting enthusiasts, holidays are the best reasons to create handcrafted projects … either to keep and treasure in the home, or to give and share with friends and loved ones. But with so many holidays that seem to come around more quickly with the passing of each year, even the most creative minds need project ideas. Christmas cards, gift wrap papers, wreaths, advent calendars, Halloween trick-or-treat pails, papier mâché Valentine hearts, glittery paper hats for the New Year, patriotic paper fans for Independence Day, and Thanksgiving table decorations are just some project ideas that you might consider. Somerset Holidays and Celebrations is sure to become a holiday tradition in many homes, where ideas for creative celebrations abound. Please submit your most festive projects for the following categories to be considered for this beautiful 144-page publication.

Deadline: April 15th

 

Somerset Studio

Gothic

Wickedly captivating and with a far-reaching catalogue of classic and modern interpretations, examples of gothic fashion, literature, and film never fail to pique one’s interest — especially during Halloween. Intrigue and romantic nuances categorize this theme and conjure up a frightful phantasmagoria intermixed with strange beauty, for instance traditional literary creatures of the horror/science-fiction genres such as Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde, Dracula, the Necronomicon, and Dorian Gray, and the unusual anti-heroines like Morticia and Wednesday Addams, Theda Bara, and characters from Tim Burton films. Inspiration may come from exploring themes of terror-stricken mystery, facing one’s doppelganger, or delving into the supernatural world.
If unknown forces have you so compelled to create gothic-inspired art, we invite you to submit your pieces for potential inclusion in our September/October 2015 issue. Whether your inspiration comes form the Romantic/Victorian Gothic eras of Mary Shelley, Edgar Allan Poe, and Lord Byron, or contemporary “goth” subgenres, inclusive of dark color palettes, ghostly elegance, and cultural holdovers from the late 1800s, allow your most magnificent creations to be summoned from the other side!

Absolute Deadline: April 15, 2015.

Take Ten

Take Ten is accepting submissions in the following categories:

  • Variation on a Theme
  • A Different Point of View
  • General Cards
  • Simple Article Ideas
  • Quick & Easy Gifts
  • Hello, Dolly
  • Design Challenge

For complete information on each category, click here.

Deadline for all categories: April 15th

 

Art Journaling

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.

Deadline: May 15th

 

Haute Handbags

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: May 15th

 

Jewelry Affaire

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 create 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.

Here are some of our ongoing departments we feature in every issue:

  • 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

If you’re interested in being in our artist for the Feature Article, please email a link or pictures of your jewelry collection.

Deadline: May 15th

 

Mingle

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. 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?

This is just a sampling of the items we are looking for to publish in each issue of Mingle. Submissions and questions can be emailed to the editor atmingle@stampington.com, or saved on a disc and mailed to our physical address. If selected, we will need hi-res versions of your photographs.

Deadline: May 15th

 

For Submission Guidelines, click here.
For our handy photo submission guide, click here.
For any further questions, email submissions@stampington.com.


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Discover 3 Easy Projects with the 7gypsies Mini Library Drawer

March 24th, 2015

7gypsies mini library drawer projectsThe 7gypsies Mini Library Drawer has all the Old World charm of a cozy library’s card catalog. My happiest place is among the books, feeling the paper beneath my fingertips as I follow along the adventures of Huck Finn or Elizabeth Bennet. In the age of ebooks and digital library catalogs, it’s nice to reminisce and recapture a piece of days gone by. However, this library drawer is also a chance to bring the antiquated technology back into daily use. Try these fun projects with your library drawer or post some of your ideas in the comments below.

1. Mini Photo Organizer

mini photo organizer 7gypsies mini library drawer The drawer has four compartments to hold your favorite photo memories, souvenirs, and postcards. Use it to organize the pile of photos in the craft room, or set it out on a coffee table so that visitors can flip through your favorite images. Finish your project with some file tabs for each compartment, bitty bags to store small ephemera, and washi tape to complete the look. The washi tape creates a pattern on the outside of the drawer by alternating different designs. By adding decorative tape to the file tabs, it also creates a unified look to the whole project by tying all the different elements together.

2. Succulent Planter

The library drawer also makes a fabulous planter for easy-to-care-for succulents. It’s as simple as drilling a few holes for drainage, giving it a quick coat of waterproof sealer, and planting your succulents. Try planting various species of cacti and succulents to add different textures and visual interest to your planter. This project is perfect as a centerpiece for dinner parties or holidays, or to add a colorful backdrop to the kitchen sink. It also makes a thoughtful handmade gift, perfect for Mother’s Day. Succulent planter 7gypsies mini library drawer

3. Rewards Drawer Project

PROJ-0087_3-600x600 Last, but not least, the library drawer can be converted into a rewards system for any child. Motivate them to finish their homework, do their chores, or achieve their goals. Divide the drawer’s four compartments into different school subjects, or different tasks. When they’ve earned enough cards, they can redeem them for a fun reward! To recreate the look, stamp an image onto cards that can be placed in each compartment when a task is completed. For a cute and fun style, try the Storybook Village stamp set. For an edgier appearance, try the Unruly Girls Club set. Washi tape on the front of the drawers and each card add special flair to the piece.

 

7gypsies mini library drawer The 7gypsies Mini Library Drawer offers endless creative possibilities for your next project. Use it to organize your craft room, small embellishments, or photos. Fill it with flowers and place on a table runner for an instant centerpiece.  Turn it on its side for a whimsical shadowbox. For coordinating supplies by 7gypsies, click here. Even more inspiration for your projects can be found here.

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The 7gypsies Mini Library Drawer has all the Old World charm of a cozy library’s card catalog. My happiest place is among the books, feeling the paper beneath my fingertips as I follow along the adventures of Huck Finn or Elizabeth Bennet. In the age of ebooks and digital library catalogs, it’s nice to reminisce […]

Adding Layers of Interest: 55+ Stencil Project Ideas

March 17th, 2015

Free Stencil Projects

I’ve only scratched the surface when it comes to using stencils in my artwork. There really are so many interesting ways that they can be incorporated. Paints and spray inks seem to be a match made in heaven when it comes to working with these addictive little artistic templates, but why stop there? Try experimenting with texture paste or embossing powder with stencil designs to add even more texture and dimension.

If you’re looking to gather ideas for adding that “Je ne sais quoi” element to your next project – you’ve come to the right place. We’ve assembled over 55 how-to projects that use stencils in some way, shape, or form. From canvases, gift tags, and art journal pages to cards, mixed-media projects, and even fabric applications, browse this new collection of Stenciled Projects for inspiration and step-by-step tutorials that will help you stretch outside your creative comfort zone.

 

Creative Challenge
Dare to test your artistic limits for #NationalCraftMonth, and try incorporating stencils into your artwork in the following ways:

Embossing Stencil Technique

1) Make Stencil Designs Stand-out with Embossing Powder
Add texture to your next piece by applying an embossing inkpad as if it were a sponge through your desired stencil design. After removing the stencil, sprinkle on embossing powder, and use a heat gun to quickly dry it. Stampington & Company’s Director of Publishing shares this, and a few more stenciling techniques, here.

 

 

Custom iPad Case Project2) Stencil on Fabric:
Personalize a bag to tote around your art supplies or groceries, or customize your own iPad case. Because stencils offer a way to rapidly and consistently produce letters or design patterns, adding them to alternate surfaces like fabric need not be intimidating.  Gift idea: Using an alphabet stencil, create monogrammed burlap bags and matching journals for a creative friend.

 

 

Stenciling with Gesso3) Stencil with Gesso or Texture Paste
Use a palette knife to apply gesso or texture paste to a canvas project, journal page, or gift tag for an elevated, dimensional effect.

 

 

 

 

 

Alphabet Stencils Project4) Stencil Your Favorite Word, Phrase, or Quote onto Something You See Daily

Do you keep a journal on your nightstand, or need something more artistic to hang on that bare, boring wall? Stencil your favorite word, phrase, or quote onto a journal cover, wall canvas, or other similar item for inspiration and to remind yourself, daily, of what is important.

I don’t know about you, but no one has manufactured, or captured, my favorite quote into a stencil, yet. Don’t let this stop you. Try using an alphabet stencil for the first letter of one or more select words, and then handwriting the rest of the letters in your own script. This mini art journal project, which reminds us all to “Slow Down” and “Breathe,” demonstrates this concept.

 

Free Stencil ProjectsStenciled Projects Collection

Want more? Find 55+ free stencil project ideas in our newest collection. Each includes step-by-step tutorials, detailed photographs, and of course, all incorporate stencils in some creative fashion.

Click here to explore the complete collection.


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I’ve only scratched the surface when it comes to using stencils in my artwork. There really are so many interesting ways that they can be incorporated. Paints and spray inks seem to be a match made in heaven when it comes to working with these addictive little artistic templates, but why stop there? Try experimenting […]

You’re Invited to Our National Craft Month Pinning Party!

March 6th, 2015

Pinterest Board

Stampington is celebrating National Craft Month by throwing a party — a Pinterest Pinning Party! For the month of March, we invite you to pin your crafty projects onto our board titled, National Craft Month!

Pinterest is a treasure-trove of DIY projects, but it’s so easy to get stuck in a cycle of only pinning and not creating. Be sure to absorb as much inspiration as possible, and then channel those ideas into something that you create yourself. Pin your unique, handmade projects to our collaborative National Craft Month board and watch the creativity spread. It’s a great way to find inspiration, meet other artists, and get noticed — you can be sure our editors will be peeking at pins in search of publish-worthy artwork.

Request access to the pin board by emailing the link to your own Pinterest account to blog@stampington.com and prepare to pin!

We will be providing Pinning Prompts via Twitter (@Stampington) and Instagram (@stampington) to guide you through the next month of crafting. We hope that by providing our readers with a community where they can share their handmade artwork, they will be able to connect with others who share similar crafting interests and be exposed to new ones as well.

Hop over to Twitter to see Pinning Prompt #1.

Hello, Pinners! To keep the pinning process fair, we are kindly requesting Pinners to limit pins to ONE pin per day. Please use our Pinning Prompts on Twitter and Instagram (you don’t need an account to play along!) as your guide, and choose your favorite project to pin for that day. We want to give everyone an equal chance to pin and be pinned!

Notice your inbox getting pretty full? To limit the number of Pinterest emails you receive, please go to Account Settings > Notifications > Pick Which Groups You Hear About > Change “National Craft Month!” to (NO). Whew, that’s better!

As always, feel free to send along an email if you have any questions, comments, or concerns.

 

Stampington and Company reserves the right to moderate the National Craft Month board for the purpose of showcasing a variety of artwork from all pinners. Content must be appropriate or it may be removed. Stampington & Company reserves the right to end or extend this promotion at any time.

 


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Stampington is celebrating National Craft Month by throwing a party — a Pinterest Pinning Party! For the month of March, we invite you to pin your crafty projects onto our board titled, National Craft Month! Pinterest is a treasure-trove of DIY projects, but it’s so easy to get stuck in a cycle of only pinning and […]

Giveaway and Glimpse Inside New March Issues

March 2nd, 2015

From the secret lives of books to how to preserve flowers in tiny glass pendants, there is something for everyone in these must-have March issues. Follow along as we open up their pages to give our Somerset Place readers an exclusive glimpse inside. Don’t forget to enter our giveaway at the bottom of this post for your chance to win.

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Receive $5 off any March title of your choice. Copy and paste coupon code BLOG0315 when prompted at checkout. (Discount code can be used only one time per customer).

 

Bella Grace

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makes its debut as a quarterly publication with this inspiring spring issue. Kim Klassen talks about the beauty of capturing everyday life, and Hannah Marcotti teaches women to embrace their “Wild Woman Edge.” Plus, you won’t want to miss a moving story about a woman’s acceptance of her graying hair and how she manages to find her own silver lining. This issue also takes a look at Kelly Rae Roberts’ possibilitarian project and shares some of our favorite Instagram collections, along with an article on the secret lives of books.

Belle Armoire Jewelry

Belle Armoire Jewelry Spring 2015

If you’re looking to take your jewelry making to the next level, you won’t want to miss the spring issue of Belle Armoire Jewelry. Within its pages, you’ll discover how to use pennies, coins, and buttons in new ways, and see how to preserve tiny flowers in glass pendants. It’s also got necklaces galore – from wood-cuts and rustic mixed-media pieces to a tin-cut necklace and Cat Kerr’s silver winged pendants. This issue’s designer collection is perfect for spring, featuring Nina Bagley’s netted wire, gorgeous trinkets, and beautiful handmade chains. Melinda Barnett shares her pretty pottery shard jewelry set, and there are plenty more intricate jewelry projects to inspire you through the season.

 

Somerset Apprentice

Somerset Apprentice Spring 2015

The spring issue of Somerset Apprentice is bursting with wonderful artwork that is sure to inspire you. Learn the fundamentals of creating Somerset-esque artwork or simply perfect what you already know with easy-to-understand instructions and close-up photos by artists like Linda Trenholm, Ivy Newport, Kathy McCreedy, Laly Mille, Anne Bagby, Cynthia Shaffer, and Lynn Whipple. Join us as these artists share the secrets to creating stunning layered collages, mixed-media masterpieces, and assemblage art. Our From the Pros section includes tips and tricks from artists Sarah Ahearn Bellemare, Lisa McIlvain, Caterina Giglio, Mandy Russell, Renee Stien, and others.

 

Somerset Digital Studio

Somerset Digital Studio Spring 2015

Whether you’re new to the world of digital artwork or are an experienced veteran, the colorful spring issue of Somerset Digital Studio has something for everyone. This publication features the creative artwork of Cheryl Tarrant, Veronica Hassel, Raphaël Vicenzi, Anja De Dobbelaere, Angi Sullins & Silas Toball from Duirwaigh Studios, and many others. With 11 full-feature articles, 8 Spotlight mini-articles, and page after page of Gallery offerings, you’ll be delighted with the diversity of work. From the whimsical to the dramatic, photo manipulation to fabulous blending tricks, and lots of iPhoneography, you’ll find artwork to spark your creativity.

 

Somerset Studio

Somerset Studio March/April 2015

Celebrate the beginning of spring with the leading mixed-media magazine on the market, Somerset Studio. Discover the extraordinary artistic styles of Shelley Rhodes, who combines fabric, paper, and stitching with drawings and prints, in our Artist Profile. Read along as Finnabair takes on texture, Colette Copeland explores a new form of monoprinting, and we’re also going to show you how to fix “ruined” paintings. Learn how to craft journals from discarded packaging material, enjoy a clever mini-book that’s full of cheeky and snarky fun, and stick around as we take an in-depth look at journaling on a small scale.

 

Take Ten

Take Ten Spring 2015

Get into the spirit of spring with the newest issue of Take Ten! Within these pages you will find instructions for over 300 sweet and seasonal cards. Whether you’re looking to make cards that feature contemporary birthday cupcakes or you want to create a more understated thank you card, be sure to pick up your copy for inspiration. Learn to make stand-out party invitations as the warmer months approach or change your stamping routine with artful design layouts by taking pointers from our Design Challenge. And be on the lookout for all the stripy cards in this issue, a result of our Stripe Hype Challenge!

 

Where Women Cook

Where Women Cook Spring 2015

Ever wonder where someone who is constantly in the public eye curls up to indulge in a bit of comfort food? This issue reveals the beautiful kitchens of Sally McKenney from the popular baking website Sally’s Baking Addiction and country music singer Sunny Sweeney. You won’t want to miss out on some juicy insider secrets from Delilah Snell, co-creator of the annual food and craft conference, Craftcation. And to celebrate the beginning of spring, get some tasty cupcake inspiration from Debbie Adler of Sweet Debbie’s Organic Cupcakes. Welcome this wonderful new season with Where Women Cook!

Don’t Forget to Enter our Giveaway!

We’re giving away a brand-new March issue to three lucky winners. Leave us a comment about which issue you find most intriguing for your chance to win.

 

Winners will be randomly selected and contacted via email. Contest is open to U.S. residents only, and ends 03/31/15 at 11:59pm.

 

*$5 off coupon code applies to purchases of any of the following (Summer ’15) issues only: Where Women Cook, Belle Armoire Jewelry, Take Ten, Somerset Studio, Somerset Digital Studio, Somerset Apprentice, Take Ten, or Bella Grace. Discount code can be used only one time per customer and expires 03/31/15.

 


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From the secret lives of books to how to preserve flowers in tiny glass pendants, there is something for everyone in these must-have March issues. Follow along as we open up their pages to give our Somerset Place readers an exclusive glimpse inside. Don’t forget to enter our giveaway at the bottom of this post […]

DIY to Try: Girls Who Read Art Journal Project

February 19th, 2015
Girls Who Read Art Journal ProjectCreating art journal pages is a great way to experiment with new techniques or color combinations without fear of “messing it up.” I have been trying to stretch my creative wings lately when it comes to color and because this palette has always appealed to me, I decided to give it a whirl on an art journal page. I think this project is a great excuse to set aside time to do what you love – something creative – over the weekend.
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Project Instructions:

    1. Spray your pages with a light mist of water, and then add Dylusions Spray Inks. I dabbed the ink with a paper towel roll between layers, and kept adding color until I was satisfied.
    2. Layer stencils onto the pages, using Dylusions White Ink and dabbing away the excess as you go.

      “Due to a happy accident that involved setting down a container on my right page, I was left with a water mark that I ended up really liking because it added even more depth and interest to my page.”

Girls Who Read Art Journal Project

    1. When you’re happy with your background, you can use a heat tool to dry the pages more quickly. Due to a happy accident that involved setting down a container on my right page, I was left with a water mark that I ended up really liking because it added even more depth and interest to my page.
    2. When the pages are dry to the touch, layer an alphabet stencil onto the right page, and spread a thin layer of texture paste over it with a palette knife. I love using texture paste with stencils because the results are so smooth and crisp.
    3. Next cut out any desired images and text, and glue them onto your pages. Outline the text and images with a black journal pen, and stamp text onto your right page.

Girls Who Read Art Journal Project

Feel free to experiment with you own combination of colors. Put your own spin on your art journal pages by using the text from your favorite quote or an uplifting message that will inspire you to continue to create – even when you’re tired, or life gets crazy, or the kids need to be fed … again.
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Looking for even more art journal inspiration?
Stop by The Studio for 160+ creative projects to get you started and keep you motivated the whole year through.

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An Ode to Tiffany Blue: Inspiration + Project Ideas

February 12th, 2015

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Is there any color more elegant, sophisticated, and charming than Tiffany blue? This vibrant shade of turquoise, green, and blue makes for a stunning color that isn’t just synonymous with expensive jewelry! We decided to flip through the pages of our magazines to find how artists play and create with this fabulous color. The results of our search left us with so many choices that it was difficult to decide on just nine creative ideas to highlight.

Now we want to hear from you, our beloved readers! Pin your favorite image below and tell us why it’s your favorite. Share the link to your pin in the comments below for a chance to win a crafting kit with some of our favorite Tiffany blue supplies.

Scroll to the bottom for your chance to win.

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Lots of Love Earrings

The name says it all! These high-quality, felt earrings by Suzana Jerebic are so darling that you won’t be able to help falling in love with them. Learn more about these creative, little earrings in the winter 2015 issue of Jewelry Affaire.

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Make a Wish

Emmanuele Chauvin ties a warm kraft color with this gorgeous Tiffany blue hue. This art journal is featured in the autumn 2014 issue of Somerset Memories and it showcases some of Emmanuele’s creative paper crafting techniques.

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Ex Voto Necklace: Sterling & Amazonite

This regal necklace, with its complex design and antique finish, shows the most subtle hints of Tiffany blue. Nancy Jamer, the creator of this piece, outlines her techniques and offers some tops in the autumn 2014 issue of Jewelry Affaire.

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French Garden

Shari Frost-Job designed this lovely card and tag, which incorporates beautiful stamp work, a music-note charm, and a bit of torn, music paper. Our favorite part is the way the teal accentuates the actual tag color.

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A Clever Craft Caddy

A simple wooden utensil holder becomes a fabulous craft caddy with just a few coats of paint and a rub-on or two. Tina Schiefer is the genius behind this darling little project! Do you have any breakfast-in-bed trays that could use a little upcycling? See this any many more creative living ideas in the summer 2014 issue of Somerset Life.

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Hot Chocolate Highlights

It may not be the holiday season anymore, but this beautiful hot chocolate display definitely got our Christmas tree trimmed with decorations bought at Tiffany’s! Editor-in-Chief Christen Hammons sure knows how to throw a get-together. Read all the highlights of this creative gathering, and see even more inspiring pictures in the autumn 2014 issue of Mingle.

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Black & White Treasure Tags

You better think twice before throwing away bits of cardboard and scraps of paper! And sure, these beautiful treasure tags feature a black and white design, but what really makes L. Katherine Roberts’ project pop is that beautiful touch of Tiffany blue. Find even more ideas for artful packaging in the winter 2015 issue of Somerset Life.

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Bird Defined

It really is amazing what a touch of subtle blue can do to elevate any art form. Here, Lynne Moncrieff uses a bird stamp, a feather, and a few other embellishments to create a beautiful spring-themed card. But it’s the delicate touches of blue that edge the card that really bring it to life! To see even more of Lynne Moncrieff’s beautiful bird-inspired cards pick up the autumn 2014 issue of The Stampers’ Sampler.

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Simple Jewelry Storage in Tiffany Blue

Jewelry boxes, both small and large, have a tendency of tangling up all of jewelry. This innovative new way to store and display jewelry is the hottest new trend! In this project, Vanessa Spencer shows how to cut a decorative sheet of metal to fit an old, upcycled frame.

 

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Your Chance to Win Your Own Tiffany Blue Mini Collection

We’re giving away a beautiful mini collection of Tiffany blue crafting essentials! For your chance to win simply follow the instructions:

  1. From the images featured above “Pin” your favorite.
  2. Share a link to your newly created pin on the comment section below (get your link by opening your pin and copying the URL).
  3. Tell us why you selected that image.

*Contest is open to US residents only, and expires on February 28th.

 


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Is there any color more elegant, sophisticated, and charming than Tiffany blue? This vibrant shade of turquoise, green, and blue makes for a stunning color that isn’t just synonymous with expensive jewelry! We decided to flip through the pages of our magazines to find how artists play and create with this fabulous color. The results […]

Editor Spotlight: Cynthia Levens + a Rememberlutions Jar Project

February 9th, 2015

Cynthia Levens from Belle Armoire Jewelry

Personally, I love reading the Letter from the Editor section of all our magazines. It’s always so interesting to see what the editors are up to, and these letters feel like I am touching base with good friends. Of course, I can always just head and say hi to the editors in person, but sometimes we’re all too busy to visit with each other. I particularly enjoy Cynthia Levens’ letters; she’s always so insightful and reading her words really does feel like I am catching up with an old friend. That’s why I jumped at the opportunity to share her letter from the spring 2015 issue of Belle Armoire Jewelry. In this letter, Cynthia shares her past experiences with New Year’s resolutions and her plan for 2015.

But I don’t want to give anymore away, so without further ado, please join me in welcoming the extraordinary editor of Belle Armoire Jewelry, Altered Couture, Belle Armoire, and Where Women Create, Cynthia Levens.

 

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Dear Friends,

I decided not to make a New Year’s resolution for 2015. In previous years when I’ve made resolutions, 90 percent of the time I’d stick to them for a few months and then let them go, giving myself half of a pat on the back. In 2011, my resolutions actually started backfiring. I had stuck to my resolutions, but had such a tight grip on them that I had to force myself to let them go. Ironic, I know. This year I’m doing something different to avoid any end-of-the-year remorse or repercussions.

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I read an article online about making a “rememberlutions jar.” The premise is, you decorate a mason jar with photos, quotes, glitter — whatever — and keep it in your room. Whenever you experience some kind of accomplishment, or even do something fun that’s worth remembering, you write it down on a small slip of paper and place it in the jar. So you met your favorite celebrity? That’s awesome! Put it in the jar. You got a raise at work? Good job, you deserved it! Put it in the jar. You learned to cook a new meal? Fantastic. Share it with some loved ones and then share it with the jar.

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I doubt this is a new concept, and I’m sure some of you have done this before, but it’s new to me and I’m really excited about it. The graphic designer for this magazine, Art Manager Elaine Mello, was so sweet to give me a decorated mason jar for Christmas, which I’ve turned into my own rememberlutions jar. As I’m writing this letter, it’s almost two weeks into January and I’ve already added five slips inside. At the end of the year, I’ll read through my notes, relive 2015, and feel good about myself and my successes, both big and small.

I want to pass the buck to my Belle Armoire Jewelry readers because I am so in love with this idea, and the year is still young. And to all of the talented artists featured in this issue, that’s one slip you can already add! Here’s to wishing you all a happy and healthy 2015 filled with fun, excitement, and success.

Cheers,

Cynthia Levens

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 Spring 2015 Belle Armoire Jewelry

Creating a rememberlutions jar seems like such a simple and creative way to keep track of all the positive changes and experiences that we are gifted with throughout the year. While I am late to the party, I am going to start working on mine today, and hopefully all of our wonderful readers will also be inspired to undertake this project as well. Don’t forget that you can find all the artful essentials you’ll need to personalize your jar at The Shoppe at Somerset.

Please join me in thanking Cynthia for sharing her letter with us. Also, don’t forget to keep an eye out for the Spring 2015 issue of Belle Armoire Jewelry, which comes out on March 1st. Remember that all Somerset Place subscribers get $5 off of new publications with the coupon code found in Glimpse Inside.


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Personally, I love reading the Letter from the Editor section of all our magazines. It’s always so interesting to see what the editors are up to, and these letters feel like I am touching base with good friends. Of course, I can always just head and say hi to the editors in person, but sometimes […]

A Creative Way to Carry Crafting Essentials with Papaya Art + 20% Off

February 5th, 2015

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Do you have an art retreat you’re going to? Maybe it’s a journey for inspiration that will take you out into the wilderness! Or perhaps it’s just a coffee date with a kindred, creative soul. Whatever the case may be, there’s an easy way to keep all of your essential crafting supplies at the ready with Papaya Art’s Hanging Jewelry and Cosmetic Cases!

For a limited time they’re available at a 20% discount, but hurry — this sale ends on 2/21/2015.

 

Papaya Art’s Hanging Jewelry and Cosmetic Case Product Details

Staying organized doesn’t have to be boring, especially when you’re using Papaya Art’s Hanging Jewelry and Cosmetic Cases. This assessor is the perfect tool to keep your art supplies safe and sound, and ready to use, whether you’re traveling cross country or just across the street. The iconic art designs and stunning use of color that’s featured on all Papaya Art products are sure to inspire you no matter where you are.

  • Two Available Designs Sun Speak and Starlet
  • Measures 11 x 22-1/2″
  • Has Three 5  x  11″ Zippered Pockets with Clear Windows
  • Made from Durable Oilcloth Material

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What does our Resident Crafter Have to Say?

I love nothing more than getting organized — whether it’s my office, room, kitchen, or even art supplies — there is just something so therapeutic about the process and the clean, orderly look of the finished outcome.

We started carrying these Papaya Art jewelry cases in The Shoppe at Somerset a few months ago, and I couldn’t wait to get my hands on one. As an artist, I always carrying art supplies with me for when creativity strikes. This case was the perfect size for organizing my on-the-go crafting essentials — from washi tape, to my Moleskine journal, must-have artists’ pens, and even a small stamp set — this fashionable case is a great addition to my organizational supplies.

 

See More from Papaya Art

Papaya Art CollectionPapaya Art products radiate bold, heart-centered imagery and a philosophy all their own: “For the joy of creating and the thrill of sharing.” These highly coveted products feature original artwork by Anahata Katkin and the PAPAYA! design team, using a special range of paintings, drawings, and mixed-media styles to achieve their signature aesthetic. From cards and tags to insulated lunch totes and postcard tin sets, Papaya products make wonderful gifts for yourself or a crafty friend.

Click here to visit our Papaya Art Collection and discover new, artful finds.

 


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Do you have an art retreat you’re going to? Maybe it’s a journey for inspiration that will take you out into the wilderness! Or perhaps it’s just a coffee date with a kindred, creative soul. Whatever the case may be, there’s an easy way to keep all of your essential crafting supplies at the ready […]

Glimpse Inside Inspiring February Issues + Win Your Fav

February 3rd, 2015

Spring is on the horizon, and while we cannot wait for colorful blooms and cheerful songbirds, the chill of winter and the early sunsets will be sorely missed! There’s nothing quite as wonderful as sitting at your desk with a hot cup of tea, watching the rain or snow outside your window as you undertake your latest sewing project or upcycling endeavor. Let us help you make the most of winter’s last month with our new February issues. Share your adventures with inspiration from Artful Blogging or spruce up your studio with ideas from Where Women Create.

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Undertake something creative and amazing this winter with fresh inspiration straight out of our magazines. Because we love our subscribers so much, we’re offering you an exclusive promotion! Use coupon code BLOG0215 when prompted at checkout to get $5 off any o four new February issues.

 

 

 

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Refresh your wardrobe and jumpstart your creativity with the new project ideas and techniques that are featured in Altered Couture. This new issue features the stunning results of our fabulous little black dress challenge, plus there’s tons of seasonal eye candy and how-toarticles, including altered dresses, shoes, tank tops, sweaters, skirts, and jackets. Don’t miss all of the creative possibilities for upcycling by way of embellishing, beading, piecing, re-sizing, dyeing, painting, and more.

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Art Doll Quarterly - February Issues



This issue’s Doll Artist Portfolio showcases the extraordinarily talented Jacquline Hurlbert, who uses clay as a vehicle for meditation and to investigate the many personalities and attitudes that reside inside all of us.  Follow along with Lillian Alberti as she takes you behind the scenes at ODACA, and Barbara Campbell who offers a recap of the recent NIADA Convention. The results of our Mother/Daughter Doll Challenge are in, plus Tatjana Raum’s mischievous elves are on the loose, along with Katya Guseva’s adorable papier mâché “Plump Cheeks,” and Natasha von Braun’s stunning and intriguing dolls.

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Artful Blogging - February Issues



It’s the perfect time to join the creative and inspiring community of artful bloggers! This issue features a world of breathtaking photographs, heart-changing narratives, and inspiring stories. Uncover Maddie Flanigan’s tips on sewing patterns and writing blog posts, and Katie Cook’s ability to capture out-of-this-world travel photography. We’ll explore Emilie Raffa’s cooking techniques on her blog theclevercarrot.com, while catching a glimpse of farm life alongside Liz Deleo & Will Simpson. You’ll also learn all about Beth Briggs’ fascination for creating fashionable, feminine, and nostalgic illustrations, plus so much more.

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GreenCraft Magazine - February Issues



Spring has sprung, and GreenCraft Magazine is back for another inspiring installment! This issue brings with it some of the most inventive projects to date like using paper rolls to make adorable crown place card holders and ideas for repurposing lost game pieces into unique and beautiful bracelet charms. Don’t throw away your old CDs — instead, turn them into whimsical coasters with just a bit of fabric scraps, old yarn, or lace. Create a new painting canvas with stones collected from a riverbed, plus learn how to make vintage party horns into festive light fixtures, and turn worn books, coming apart at the spine, into fabulous journals.

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Somerset Home - February Issues



Flip through the inspiring pages of Somerset Home to pick up tips and techniques for organizing and refreshing your home. Looking for that perfect rustic cabin-look without the animal cruelty and with a slight contemporary twist? Learn how to make your very own brightly colored deer-head figures. Create a wonderful wall garden to hang as a reminder that the seasons are changing, and find creative ideas for throw pillows, including a water resistant style that is perfect for outdoor seating. Change out your winter table settings, and introduce some sweet, pastel colors for spring, plus get ideas for displaying flowers in a carved birch vase — the perfect romantic touch.

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Stuffed - February Issues



The spring issue of Stuffed is chock-full of eccentric, silly, and spooky softies! Our Artist Portfolio features Carly Gledhill of Corby Tindersticks’ softies mixing soft fabrics with design patterns. Pauline Teng Wan Lin, aka zeropumpkin, brings you her Besties Buddies, including Melinda the black widow and Mustard the zombie farm cat, and Teri Drobnick  presents her TEEsox whimsical pirates. Discover Rebecca Spinelli’s Monster Veggies, Alexis Fritz’s exquisitely detailed Sea Critters, and Tina Giles’ stuffed campfire scene. With creativity bursting at the seams, you won’t be able to put this issue down.

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Where Women Create - February Issues



Have you ever wondered what inspires extraordinary women, how they got started, and where they create? This issue of Where Women Create takes you behind-the-scenes and reveals the personal stories of influential and artistic women like Stephanie Clark of Dalia Press, Regina Easter of Cutting Café, and the talented Tauni Everett of Snap! Join us as we travel with Cathe Holden through a creative wonderland, and see the dramatic and vibrant design style of motivational speaker Lisa Lockwood. Plus don’t miss the feisty artistic space of pin-up photographer Celeste Giuliano, Anne Weil’s knitting nook, and much more.

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Your Chance to Win One of Our February Issues!

We’re giving away brand-new February 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 2015 February issues only: Altered Couture, Art Doll Quarterly, Artful Blogging, GreenCraft Magazine, Somerset Home, Stuffed, and Where Women Create. Discount code can be used only one time per customer, and expires 2/28/15. Contest is open to U.S. residents and ends 02/28/15 at 11:59pm.

 

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

Karla Montes de Oca
Julie Tiu
Tabitha Klucking

 

Congratulations to our Hearts of a Different Challenge Winners:

Beth Williams
Jackie Cleveland
Lucie Hale

 
 


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Spring is on the horizon, and while we cannot wait for colorful blooms and cheerful songbirds, the chill of winter and the early sunsets will be sorely missed! There’s nothing quite as wonderful as sitting at your desk with a hot cup of tea, watching the rain or snow outside your window as you undertake […]