Re-purpose, Reuse, Recycle — Green Projects to Celebrate Earth Day and Comment for a Chance to Win!

April 16th, 2015

Earth Day is fast approaching. On April 22nd, the world celebrates the Earth and rallies for a cleaner, better tomorrow. In honor of Earth Day, we’re sharing some earth-friendly projects that focus on reusing, re-purposing, and recycling. In addition to being good for the Earth, they’re also affordable. You’re using materials that you already have.

Being eco-friendly shouldn’t be difficult — it should be about thinking creatively. How can you get a second use out of your scraps? Can you redecorate it instead of throwing it out? My nightstand has been re-stained, painted over, and stenciled in the 8 years I’ve had it. Its next incarnation is definitely going to have book pages and decoupage involved. These are easy weekend projects that saved my nightstand from the dumpster. When my favorite dress shrunk in the washer, it was shortened and became my favorite blouse. A catastrophic coffee spill became a framed piece of artwork with the simple addition of a little paint. Recycled art isn’t just art for art’s sake… it can be functional too.

These eco-friendly projects are also good for your bottom line. Using materials you already have, and would otherwise have thrown out, saves money. Re-purposing items is also a great way to exercise your creative muscles. It will force you to think outside your current artistic box and introduce you to a whole new set of possibilities.

Here’s a creative challenge for this Earth Day: Save one thing from a landfill and make it a work of art. Find a way to restore its functionality and make it a stylish part of your life again. If you complete this challenge, tell us about your eco-friendly triumph in the comments below.

 

The Earth Book: Project by Audrey Hernandez

Earth Book Celebrate Earth Day This project is all about celebrating Mother Nature. In addition to the Angela Cartwright transparencies, incorporate natural and recycled elements to add an earthy quality. Consider using actual elements from nature, such as pressed flowers or twigs. Or, for those of us who aren’t outdoorsy, incorporate found items such as book page scraps or old ads to brighten the cover of your Earth book.

GreenCrafted Gift Bags Project

Recycled Gift Bag Celebrate Earth Day Create your own unique gift bags from items found around your house—boxes, grocery bags,  or old magazines. This project is made using old cracker boxes covered in brown paper grocery bags. The embellishments are a great way to use scraps of paper leftover from scrapbooking or art journaling. Magazines and book page scraps can also brighten up your bags. Anything around the house is fair game and can add a uniqueness, making these bags one-of-a-kind!

Repurposed Wood Display Project

Repurposed Wood Display Project Celebrate Earth Day Create a display for photos, daily ephemera, or even the grocery list. The board used here used to be a shelf, but you could easily use any scrap piece from around the house. You could do this on the front of a cabinet door, or behind a bedroom door. With the paper decoupaged on the board, this project can be made to fit any style in your house.

Belle Jardinière Painted Pallet Project

Belle Jardiniere Painted Pallet Project Celebrate Earth Day Pallets are everywhere on Pinterest. They are great for scrap wood, repurposed furniture projects, or display pieces. This project paints the boards of the pallet different colors to create a colorful backdrop for the wire-wrapped vases. Fill with fresh flowers or dried branches for a display that can be changed to fit every mood. For even more versatility, replace the test tube vases with mason jars to store buttons, pencils, or other supplies.


Eco Holiday Boards Project

Eco Holiday Boards Project Celebrate Earth Day A simple plank of wood is never just a simple plank of wood. Our resident crafter was given a bunch of wooden pieces from some old planter boxes by a friend. She was able to repurpose them into holiday décor, but this would also be perfect for wall art or incorporating into other pieces of furniture. These planks could frame a bulletin board in the kitchen, or top a bedside table. Hang it on a door and you instantly have a door hanger that will welcome friends and family into your home. And forget Christmas — these pieces can decorate your house all year round with a few minor adjustments. Decorate a side of the plank for each time of year and all you’ll have to do is flip it over for an instant home makeover.

Green Ribbon Storage Project

Green Ribbon Storage Celebrate Earth Day This project is for anyone who’s bought a jarred fruit, canned food, mayonnaise, baby food, peanut butter, or soup. We have all recycled jars before. I get to the end of my coffee mix and wonder what I could do with such a pristine canister. I also have a pile of pens on my desk in desperate need of organizing. This project kills two birds with one stone, figuratively speaking. All it takes is a little scrubbing at the old label and a little bit more imagination. Pretty up these jars with a little bit of ribbon, washi tape, or scraps of paper. Use a button or embellishment to create a focal point and fill your lovely jar. I’m especially excited to re-purpose some tin cans for storing items that I want to keep out of sight.

GreenCraft Magazine Earth Day

Being green doesn’t have to be extreme. You won’t have to ditch your townhouse for a commune any time soon. Being green is about making practical changes to reduce your impact on the environment. Reusing pieces that you normally would have thrown away can be a great way to get another use out of items and make your carbon footprint that much smaller. These projects also offer great ways to use every last scrap. Save bits of paper and ephemera because you never know when you’ll need them for a gift bag or home decor project.

For more sustainable and eco-friendly project ideas, check out the latest issue of GreenCraft Magazine, hitting newsstands May 1. Revamp old T-shirts, create notebooks from recycled materials, and repurpose a burlap rice sack into a stylish apron — all in the latest issue of GreenCraft Magazine.

Comment for a Chance to Win!

Tell us about your best re-purposing project in the comments below and you could win a copy of the May issue of GreenCraft Magazine! Winner will be randomly selected and contacted via email. Contest is open to U.S. residents only, and ends 5/15/15 at 11:59pm PST.


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Earth Day is fast approaching. On April 22nd, the world celebrates the Earth and rallies for a cleaner, better tomorrow. In honor of Earth Day, we’re sharing some earth-friendly projects that focus on reusing, re-purposing, and recycling. In addition to being good for the Earth, they’re also affordable. You’re using materials that you already have. […]

Tips for Getting Published Straight from the Editor’s Mouth

April 10th, 2015

Managing Editor Cynthia Levens sat down with Stampington & Company’s editorial team to discuss the best methods for submitting artwork to our publications, so you can increase your chances of being published. Here, she offers their tips for getting noticed by the panel that reviews incoming submissions, with everything from pitching ideas, to labeling your artwork, to communicating with your editor.

Tips for Getting Published Straight from the Editor's Mouth

~Photo by Jacqueline Miller

How do I get published? What are the secrets to getting published? The 1-2-3 of it is to create eye-catching original artwork; include the properly labeled artwork, return postage, and brief instructions in your mailing package; and get it into our offices before the deadline (The “4-5-6” of it can be found at stampington.com/submissions). As for secrets, well, there really are no secrets; but, we as editors can share with you some valuable tips that you won’t find anywhere else.

 

Artwork

  • Think outside the box! We love creative submissions. Feel free to email your editor to pitch an article idea before submitting to see if you are on the right track.
  • Know the publication. Take a look at the latest issues to get a feel for the style of artwork, what we’re looking for, and what creative ideas you can bring to the table.
  • If you’ve been published more than once, remember to submit art that shows your evolution as an artist or an alternative technique.

Labeling & Paperwork

How to Get Published Mail and Labels

  • Each and every one of your submissions needs to be individually labeled with your name and contact information. A submission with more than one piece may be divided into different articles or even amongst different magazines; organization is key!
  • Carefully wrapped packages with concise instructions go a long way. Your editor will send you information for writing the full article after you’ve been chosen for publication.
  • If your artwork has specific photography needs or props, make sure to let us know.
  • Attaching decorative labels and tags will make your submissions stand out. Even if your artwork is not selected for an article, your artful tags could be chosen for an article of their own.

Before You Submit

  • Snap a quick photo of your work before you mail it in for your records. If you’re a frequent submitter, or you’ve submitted multiple items, it can be easy to forget what you’ve sent in when it comes time to write instructions.
  • Keep an electronic document of the information that you send in with your submission; it will come in handy when writing the article.
  • Make sure you give your project enough time to dry/adhere before mailing it. If this is ever an issue and you feel you are cutting it close to the deadline, email your editor for other options.

Photo Submissions

photo submissions

~Photo by Diana Foster

  • We need your submitted images to be hi-res, 300 dpi, and at least 8″ x 10″.
  • Make sure we can see the details of the project and what makes it unique from the photos.
  • When submitting parties or gatherings (Mingle magazine), go through all of your images and select and send the ones you think fully capture the event’s essence. More than 30 images is too many.
  • A great way to submit images is via a file-sharing website. We suggest Dropbox.com or WeTransfer.com.
  • We’ve created a helpful guide for sizing photos here.

Deadlines

  • Each of our magazines has a different publication schedule and different submission deadlines, which you can find here: http://stampington.com/calls-and-challenges.
  • Mail your submissions so we receive them ahead of the deadline. This greatly helps your editor and art management, and this ensures your artwork will be considered for the first available deadline.

Pitching Ideas/Communicating with Your Editor

Photograph your artwork before submitting

~Artwork by Jill Helwagen

  • When pitching an article idea, always be prepared with visuals. If you approach us with just an idea, we will ask you to come back to us with artwork or visuals to support the article. If you take the time to write us with an idea and provide examples of what the artwork or photography will look like, it’s much easier for us to envision whether or not the idea will work in our magazines.
  • Remember that editors are very busy. We are often juggling several magazines at one time, all in various stages of production. As much as we’d love to answer every email as soon as we receive it, sometimes it might take us a couple of days to get back to you. If you haven’t heard back from us, feel free to send a follow-up email.
  • When contacting editors regarding a submission, always update your subject line and be specific (including an image of the item helps us out a lot!). We want to answer your questions as soon as possible, and this will ensure that.

 

And above all, don’t get discouraged if your art isn’t selected. There are many reasons why something is or isn’t selected. We might have recently published something that looked similar or that used a similar technique. We might have too many pieces in a certain color palette going into one issue. Many of our most frequently published artists will tell you that their first submissions were not selected but they kept at it. Now many of them have books, product lines, and more!

 

Cynthia Levens is the Managing Editor of Altered CoutureBelle Armoire JewelryWhere Women Create, and Belle Armoire

 

To find out what we are looking for currently, read our Calls and Challenges page.

If you’re ready to submit, guidelines can be found here.

For any additional questions, email submissions@stampington.com.


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Managing Editor Cynthia Levens sat down with Stampington & Company’s editorial team to discuss the best methods for submitting artwork to our publications, so you can increase your chances of being published. Here, she offers their tips for getting noticed by the panel that reviews incoming submissions, with everything from pitching ideas, to labeling your […]

Top Pins and Inspiration from our National Craft Month Pinterest Board

April 7th, 2015

Pinterest National Craft Month InspirationNational Craft Month ended March 31st, but we are all still wishing that there were a few more days to celebrate all the inspiring projects that were pinned on our public Pinterest board. Thank you to those who shared their creativity with us and our artistic followers: We had over 774 amazing pins on the board by the end of the month! Everything from mixed-media collages to home décor found its way to the board and I feel completely inspired having so many clever ideas to peruse all in one spot.

Here are some of the most noteworthy pins  from the National Craft Month board. (We also threw in a few staff favorites for even more inspiration):

The Top Pins of #NationalCraftMonth

1. Mixed-Media Pillow by Susan Whittemore

Mixed-Media Pillow by Susan Whittemore Pinterest

Repins: 50

Likes: 15

The pillow is painted with Cheryl Mezzetti’s Perfect Paints and we think this whole pillow is pretty perfect!

 

 2. Jewelry Tree by Kim Gaynor

Jewelry Tree by Kim Gaynor Pinterest

Repins: 41

Likes: 8

Looking for inspiration to get organized? This jewelry tree uses an old porch post, a reclaimed finial, and some old doorknobs to wrangle all your necklaces, keeping them tangle-free.

 

3. Christmas Ornament by Laura Turner

 Christmas Ornament by Laura Turner Pinterest

Repins: 41

Likes: 5

Laura Turner put together this Christmas ornament using an image from The Graphics Fairy. The Victorian graphic got an update with the addition of layers of glitter and snowflakes.

 

Even More Inspiring Pins to Get Your Creative Juices Flowing

Bird Sachet by Four Corners Design Pinterest Four Corners Design created these simple sachets with leftover scraps, squares of French text and a vintage bird printed on vellum. They’d be perfect as goody bags, or to fill with lavender for a fragrance boost in your sock drawer.

Totem Sculpture by SouleArt Pinterest This totem sculpture is made by SouleArt on Etsy. The charming travel theme inspires my wanderlust and makes me want to hop the next train from town. It’s also practical, with a working compass and magnifying glass to help you navigate the maps of a foreign land.

Wire Wrap Necklace by Verite Jewelry Pinterest Verite Jewelry made this piece from Labradorite wrapped in antique bronze wire. It would also be great to incorporate any of your larger pendants, or even a souvenir penny, in this manner.

Junk Drawer by Amy Duncan Pinterest When prompted to pin something using glitter, Amy Duncan got creative and instead pinned a metal basket that sparkles with industrial style. This project inspires me to take a second look at my messy closet. Spring cleaning, anyone?

Girlfriends Collage by VintageLifestyleings Posted by VintageLifestylings, a repurposed bingo card celebrates her girlfriends and makes the perfect birthday gift for her best friend.

flower vase by PattiStudio Pinterest PattiStudio’s bouquet is just right for teacher appreciation or a coworker’s birthday. The pencils are practical but decorative with detachable flowers. You can also embellish plain pencils with washi tape for added panache. Plus, this bouquet will last longer than fresh flowers and is just what you need to jot a note.

I sincerely hope that you’ve enjoyed each piece of inspiration on this year’s National Craft Month Pinterest board. On behalf of Stampington & Company, I would like to extend our appreciation to all who participated in our month-long #NationalCraftMonth challenges.

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Glimpse Inside April Issues — Plus, a Coupon Code and Giveaway!

April 1st, 2015

From art journaling with the royals to farmhouse parties, there is something for everyone in these must-have April 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.

glimpse inside April Issues discount code

Receive $5 off any April title of your choice. Copy and paste coupon code BLOG0415 when prompted at checkout. (Discount code can be used only one time per customer).

 

 

Art Journaling

Art Journaling glimpse inside April

Spring is in full swing! Let nature be your muse and find interesting ways to put pen, chalk, paint, and fabric onto your pages. Gather your thoughts, and delve into the creative journaling techniques inside this must-have issue. Ella Wilson celebrates this refreshing time of the year by creating a nature-inspired journal using peat moss, and Kate Yetter looks to the past for inspiration in her “Vintage Vibes” journal. You also won’t want to miss how collage artist Brigid Gallagher Davies transforms scraps of paper and swipes of paint into stunning works of art.

 

Where Women Create BUSINESS

Where Women Create Business Glimpse Inside April

There’s no time like the present to start your own professional journey, and Where Women Create BUSINESS can help! With advice columns and in-depth feature articles, this issue offers a multitude of knowledge and inspiration for women seeking to start their own business. Learn how Christiane Lemieux, founder and creative director of DwellStudio, got her start by offering everything from home décor and furniture, to baby and kids’ accessories. You’ll also read about Chele Hobbs, owner of Pet Wants, a unique urban feed store serving the pets of Cincinnati, and Lori Smithers, owner of The Timeless Menagerie, a store filled with repurposed treasures and vintage finds. Plus, get inspired by Judy Watkins, creator and producer of the “Remnants of the Past Vintage Show,” and Eileen Hull of Paper Trail, who traverses the country in her vintage camper, teaching craft classes.

 

The Stampers’ Sampler

Stamper's Sampler Glimpse Inside April

This spring The Stampers’ Sampler has so much to celebrate — especially with the return of our annual Celebration Challenge! We want to help you get into a festive mood with cards for all types of celebrations, ranging from Mother’s Day to birthdays, and even Secretary’s Day. Also, you won’t want to miss Frances Peets, our featured guest artist, and her industrious cards! See how rubber stampers outdid themselves by using pretty patterned papers, brightly colored inks, and quirky embellishments with our trendy market bag template. Plus get all the inspiration you need to create mixed-media art journals embellished with rubber stamping.

 

Jewelry Affaire

Jewelry Affaire Glimpse Inside

Our spring issue of Jewelry Affaire is a must-see for jewelry enthusiasts and artists of all skill levels. Explore pages filled with handmade, one-of-a-kind pieces, like Andrea Verrill’s ancient Roman glass earrings and Lisa Miller’s mirrored bib necklace. For many people, spring means wedding season, and those with events on the horizon will enjoy Hollie Michelle’s delicate lariat necklace and earrings from her jewelry shop, Shine Bridal. Phaedra Dahl shares her love of the sea with her masterful wire-wrapped mermaid necklaces. And you won’t want to miss a glamorous collection of jewel-encrusted necklaces, earrings, and rings from our featured artist, Tara Wilson of Lulu Max.

 

Somerset Life

Somerset Life Glimpse Inside April

From simple to sophisticated, Somerset Life is laden with creative ideas for infusing beauty into every facet of your life. This spring, bring the beauty of the season into your home with a mini-pallet decor project, put together charming gift baskets for all your green-thumbed acquaintances, and craft the sweetest travel kits for your artistic and literary friends. We’re also offering a clever idea for packaging jewelry, and ways to turn paper bags into the perfect place for sentimental keepsakes. Also, learn how to turn produce packaging into eye-catching embellishments and to make shabby chic doorknob hangers that are perfect for every occasion.

 

Mingle

Mingle Glimpse Inside April

Our spring issue is chock-full of all types of gatherings and celebrations. Amanda Rydell shows us the ins and outs of her Be Crafty Arizona workshop, inspired by pretty vintage papers and featuring homemade dream catchers. Michelle Neff takes us through her “Farm-to-Table Dinner,” her rustic haven backyard, and good times with great friends. Hilary Freeman invites us to celebrate Chloe Rose’s 8th birthday full of flower crowns and featuring a jumbo macaron cake. There’s much to see, including Amanda Cowley’s “Outdoor Movie Night,” Nicole Gould’s “Super Spa Birthday Party,” Abby Guido’s “Italian Bash,” and Desiree Hartsock and Jenny Keller’s “Summer Sips and Sweets.” Stay tuned for more!

 

Haute Handbags

Haute Handbags Glimpse Inside April

In this spring issue, we bring you handbag designs that span the style spectrum, from shabby chic totes and folk-inspired shoulder bags, to fashion-forward clutches and hand-painted works of art. Minki Kim shows us her charming collection of embroidered linen bags, fit for anyone with a bit of wanderlust.  Abigail Barclay pays special attention to detail on her contemporary bucket bag with hand-stitched embroidery floss. Also, learn how Jamie Bates created her French farmhouse-style bags, complete with traditional ticking fabric and burlap details. Don’t miss out on designs from Debra Smith, Tina Schiefer, Jeanne Oliver, Angela Resendiz, and many other talented artists.

Somerset Memories

Somerset Memories Glimpse Inside April

You’ll find plenty of inspiration within this deluxe 160-page issue of Somerset Memories. Our feature articles include a thoughtful tribute by artist Chris Asbury. Her two dogs sadly passed away within the last year, but her darling, digitally created memory book keeps them close at heart. Lynn Whipple shares her whimsical and fun collages, and a collection of Project Life pages that will motivate you to document your family’s daily adventures. In our Special Book Section, we offer memory books and artful journals that chronicle vacations, children coming of age, friends, babies, and retreats at the beach. Pick up all the tips and techniques you need to make your memories everlasting.

Enter our Giveaway!

We’re giving away a brand-new April issue to three lucky winners. Leave us a comment about which issue you can’t wait to get your hands on for your chance to win.

Winners will be randomly selected and contacted via email. Contest is open to U.S. residents only, and ends 4/30/15 at 11:59pm PST.

*$5 off coupon code applies to purchases of any of the following (Spring ’15) issues only: Art Journaling, Haute Handbags, Jewelry Affaire, Mingle, Somerset Life, The Stampers’ Sampler, Where Women Create BUSINESS, and Somerset Memories. Discount code can be used only one time per customer and expires 4/30/15.


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From art journaling with the royals to farmhouse parties, there is something for everyone in these must-have April 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. Receive […]

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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Bella Grace
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.
Francoise Art Journal Project

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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Creating 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 […]