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

 



 
 
 

Book Exchange Invites Repinned ProjectBook Exchange Invites Project

 

 

 
 

 

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

 

 

 
 

 

Repinned project by Guest Artist Mary Wangerin Art Journal Tutorial by Guest Artist Mary Wangerin

 



 
 
 
 

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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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 […]

Bella Grace Blog Hop: Life’s a Beautiful Adventure

August 7th, 2014

Currently Featured Co-Host:

Our latest unlocked link comes from Olga Sledlecka, who shares how she gathers her creativity from the forest floor. Join her as takes a walk under the harvest moon, and discover all the treasures she finds. Leave her a comment for a chance to win a copy of Bella Grace.

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: Bella grace Blog Hop

Monday September 8thJunelle Jacobsen: I can Smell the Sunshine in this Place

Thursday September 11thMou Saha: Light and Dark

Monday September 15thBecky Stewart: The Best Beauty Secret

Thursday September 18thOlga Sledlecka: Under the Harvest Moon

Monday September 22ndStaci Austin-Ducharme: Link Coming Soon!

Thursday September 25thKelly Rae Roberts: 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: Our latest unlocked link comes from Olga Sledlecka, who shares how she gathers her creativity from the forest floor. Join her as takes a walk under the harvest moon, and discover all the treasures she finds. Leave her a comment for a chance to win a copy of Bella Grace. Be sure […]

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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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 […]

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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Dream Scrapbook Art Page Project by Anna Dabrowska

July 25th, 2014

Anna Dabrowska's Dream Scrapbook Art Page



Is there anything more dreamlike and surreal than a beautifully composed collage? Picking the right pieces of ephemera, the right images, and the right color scheme is a labor of love, that once completed, brings to life a tiny piece of a strange and beautiful world. Nowhere is that better seen than in this stunning scrapbook page created by the extraordinarily talented Anna Dabrowska.

 

Dream Scrapbook Art Page Materials List:

-Prima Marketing Washi and Fabric Tape – Sunrise Sunset by Finnabair
-Prima Marketing Sunrise Sunset by Finnabair – Paper Pad A4
-Prima Marketing Sunrise Sunset by Finnabair – Vintage Trinkets Flowers 6 pack
-Prima Marketing Sunrise Sunset by Finnabair – Vintage Trinkets Roman Numerals
-Ink Spray
-Lace Ribbon
-Also bits and pieces of your favorite ephemera

 

Anna Dabrowska’s Dream Scrapbook Art Page Tutorial:

Step 1 – Anna’s Dream Scrapbook Art Page is a creative layout with multiple layers and textures. She begins with color and adheres lace trimmings to the outer edges of her page. The outer edges of the page are also framed with machine-stitched black thread.

Step 2 – Once her canvas is ready, she overlaps the Sunrise Sunset papers with the Sunrise Sunset fabric tape.

Step 3 – Next she adds metal flowers and numerals, plus other various embellishments like soda can pull tabs, paper clips, and even the slider portion of a vintage zipper.

The beauty of this project is that it cannot be replicated completely, where as Anna’s style can be. This collage will be a reflection of your own imagination based on what objects and colors you decide to showcase.

When creating your own page, add some mixed-media interest just like Anna did with spray inks, stamping with found objects, stitching, and more.  To recreate Anna’s look, we suggest primarily using her Sunrise Sunset line of products by Prima Marketing.

 

About Anna Dabrowska:

Mixed-media artist, scrapbooker and art journaler Anna Dabrowska, also known as Finnabair, is also an experienced traveling teacher and designs products for Prima Marketing, such as the Sunrise Sunset products featured in this layout. You can view more of her work and travels on her blog: tworzysko.blogspot.com.

 

Want to See More of Anna Dabrowska’s Work?

 

Get tips and techniques from Anna herself in the Autumn 2012 issue of Somerset Apprentice.
 
 
 
 


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Learn How to Make Your Own Cling Mount Stamps + Bonus Project

July 21st, 2014

 

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My crafting education continues with a special tutorial on how to create cling mount stamps. Not only are cling mount stamps a more economic option, but they can also save you a lot of space and they’re an eco-friendly choice in regards to total materials used.  Cling mount stamps do not require individual wooden mounts — instead, they can be peeled on and off of a single acrylic block. While no one can deny the appeal of classical wood mounted stamps, being able to afford and store a larger collection of images is pretty darn enticing.

The first instance where I really noticed a clear mount stamp was in this Cottage Garden Journals Project, which also featured Angela Cartwright’s stunning transparencies, and my favorite kraft-colored Moleskine journal. I saw the intricate writing design on the journals and began to investigate where I could find the stamp responsible for the pattern.  The delicate writing ended up being the Da Vinci Text unmounted stamp, and after a quick tutorial I learned how to make and use cling mount stamps for myself.

 

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Products Needed for Creating Cling Mount Stamps:

EZ Mount Sheet 8-1/2 x 11”

Tonic Studios Tim Holtz Kushgrip Snip Scissors

The Notice Unmounted Stamp

Da Vinci Text Unmounted Stamp

Acrylic Blocks

Stamping Ink Pad

Also, don’t forget that you’ll need a canvas upon which to showcase all your lovely stamps. I recommend something from our Cards and Journals Collection, which offers a wide variety of blank canvases that range from stark white to warm kraft-colored surfaces. If you’re looking for a more colorful and dynamic background, you can try out our Artist Paper Packages, which features an assortment of papers with high-quality prints created by talented artists.

 

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How to Mount Your Own Stamps:

First, lay out an EZ Mount sheet on a flat surface. This special foam paper comes with a sticky side that will adhere to your rubber stamp and static cling side that will hold onto your acrylic block. Clean off the smooth side of your rubber stamp in order to prepare it for mounting (we’re using the Da Vinci Text unmounted stamp). Once your stamp is ready, peel back the printed liner of the EZMount Foam sheet and press your rubber stamp onto the exposed adhesive.

After securing a strong bond between your rubber stamp and the sticky side of the EZMount foam sheet, cut your stamp out as close to the image as possible, using Tim Holtz’s Kushgrip Snip Scissors.

 

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When you’re done cutting, peel the liner off the static cling side of the EZMount Foam. Press your completed stamp onto an acrylic block and you’re ready to stamp!

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*Here’s a tip — if the static cling side of your EZMount Foam becomes dusty or dirty, simply wipe it off with a soft, damp cloth, and presto! Your cling mount stamp is ready to be used again.

 

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Peek Into Our Collection Cling Mount and Unmounted Stamps

Cling Mount Stamps Grow your collection of rubber stamps with our economic collection of cling mount stamps. These stamps are rapidly growing in popularity because of all the versatility they offer! Visit us and brows through our impressive assortment of 200+ cling mount & unmounted stamps. Whatever you’re looking for, you’ll find exactly what you need for your mixed-media projects, paper crafting, and art journaling.
 
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Sweet Shadowbox Project by Guest Artist Cat Kerr

July 17th, 2014

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Cat Kerr has a very special way of breathing artistic life into materials, whether it be fabric, metal, or wood. I fell in love with her little “Ladies-in-Waiting,” which were featured on the cover of our last issue of  Somerset Studio Gallery. Her eye for detail and the end product of her creative endeavors is what led me to ask her to join us on the blog as a guest artist. After reaching out, she kindly accepted our invitation to write a blog post and create a unique project with detailed step-by-step directions.

Now, without further ado, please join me in welcoming Cat Kerr to Somerset Place.

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These charming little shadowbox assemblages were inspired by my current feature in Somerset Studio Gallery called “I See You”. The problem however, was that once I started making them…I couldn’t seem to stop. As in the article, these cardboard boxes can be filled with Paper Whimsy Token Alterables, but since then I’ve filled them with all sorts of goodies like family photos, and memorabilia. Today I’m filling them with beautiful vintage images and sweet sparkly wings.

Sweet Shadowbox Material List:

 

Cat Kerr’s Sweet Shadowbox Tutorial

Step 1 – Cut strips of telephone book paper.

Step 2 – Add some glue in desired locations of the cardboard box (or Chipboard Shrine), place your strip and add an additional layer of glue on top of the telephone strip paper and let dry.

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Step 3 – Add gesso to the outside and inside of the box. You want to be able to see the telephone text so when going over the strips of paper, apply a thin coat of gesso and let dry. Add a layer of Nickel Azo Gold. This is a very strong color so I like to water it down, therefore creating a wash. Next add a final color in assorted areas to the inside of the box ( I used a Tiffany blue). Lastly, use the Punchinella Stencil and a stencil brush to add the design in random areas.

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Step 4 – Add some contrast with black rub-on stickers. Also, splatter a watered-down black paint in random locations using an old toothbrush and let dry.

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Step 5 – Cut a piece of colored burlap, crochet trim, and a piece of ivory tulle fabric slightly larger than the box. Add some  glue to the base and stick them to the inside of the box.

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Step 6 –  Punch two small holes on top of the box. Cut an 8” piece of black steel wire. Using round pliers, create a loop on one end and feed it through the inside part of the box. The loop will keep the wire from coming out. Feed the other end of the wire through the other hole. Once through, create another loop on the end

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Step 7 – Cut out desired image and sticker words. I added a bit of Nickel Azo Gold to the stickers and then mounted them on to black cardstock.

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Step 8 – Add Modge Podge to the wings, and cover in glitter, and let dry. I used two layers of glitter.

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Step 9 – Decide on the placement of your image. Next, glue small wood blocks to the inside of the box. This helps to give your image dimension. I used old wood domino pieces.

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Step 10 – Glue the wings, image, and sticker words. Then add scraps of fabric to the bottom as well as assorted findings like book text, flowers, buttons and seed beads.

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Step 11 – Finish off with flat back crystal on her dress.

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More about Cat Kerr:

Cat Kerr's BlogCat Kerr is a Mixed Media Artist/Instructor that lives in Central Florida with her husband and two kids. Her work has been featured in numerous Stampington publications such as Belle Armoire Jewelry, Somerset Studio and Sew Somerset. She currently teaches online and at retreats around the country. To see more of her work, online shops, and teaching schedule, you can visit her at http://www.catkerr.com

 
 
 
 

Can’t Get Your Fill of Mixed-Media Inspiration?

1SOM-GAL1402-Somerset-Studio-Gallery-Summer-2014-600x600Celebrate a 15-year milestone with this fabulous issue of Somerset Studio Gallery. Brimming with inspiration in 200 lush pages, you’ll see Deborah Company’s mosaic house collages, Michelle E. Black’s beach-themed image transfers, and Cat Kerr’s unique “Ladies-in-Waiting” as featured on the cover.
 
 


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Free Article Download: Inspiring Mixed-Media Journal by Donna Downey

July 14th, 2014

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“The whole idea of the Inspiration Journal is that it is a safe place for me to play with new ideas, new media, new thoughts … without having to worry if I’m going to mess it up. I know you know the feeling!”

~ Donna Downey from Somerset Apprentice; Click here to read the full article.

 

We’ve all experienced that feeling — frozen by uncertainty, nervous to draw a line, to press the paint-soaked brush to a crisp, clean page. This sort of hesitation stifles artistic freedom, and it’s for this reason that we must fight against doubt, and silence the critical voice that lives inside us all. Downey’s Inspiration Journal is a lovely exercise that will help you practice stream-of-consciousness creation in a safe and private space.

The Time You Enjoy by Donna Downey
In this free article download, Donna does a wonderful job of breaking down the creative process of this stunning art journal page. Complete with a tools and materials list, this article provides a detailed step-by-step tutorial on recreating the striking muslin flowers that are featured, along with the delicate curled wire detail.

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Click here to download the free article, “The Time You Enjoy,” by Donna Downey that originally appeared in the Spring 2011 issue of Somerset Apprentice.

To learn more about this talented mixed-media artist and pick up some of her special tips and techniques, be sure to visit her blog, Simply Me.

 

Get Even More Mixed-Media Inspiration

1APP-1401-Somerset-Apprentice-Spring-2014-600x600Learn the fundamentals of creating Somerset-style art, one step at a time, with Somerset Apprentice. Successful artists share their favorite tips and techniques, including layered collage, mixed-media, and assemblage art, which are presented through detailed images and clear instructions.

 

 

 

 

We want to hear from you!

Do you have a safe place where you create? Is it on your kitchen table or perhaps in a special art journal? Let us know in the comment section below.

 


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