9 Dina Wakley-Inspired Projects to Spark Your Creativity

June 26th, 2015

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Dina Wakley’s signature style is full of bright, pops of colors and grungy goodness. With these projects from The Studio, you can capture Dina Wakley’s look, and find inspiration for creating your own grungy canvases, tags, and cards. Each of these tutorials use Dina’s Stampington-exclusive art stamp line, featuring beautiful script, stunning silhouettes, and edgy textures. Read the rest of this entry »


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Dina Wakley’s signature style is full of bright, pops of colors and grungy goodness. With these projects from The Studio, you can capture Dina Wakley’s look, and find inspiration for creating your own grungy canvases, tags, and cards. Each of these tutorials use Dina’s Stampington-exclusive art stamp line, featuring beautiful script, stunning silhouettes, and edgy […]

We Asked the Artists: What is Your Ideal Work Environment?

June 23rd, 2015

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For creative types, a space for working is often the biggest challenge. Creating the ideal environment for work is not always possible. However, there is usually an atmosphere that we work best in. People with a dedicated work space can come and create whenever the mood strikes them, while others have to accommodate families, noise, or other disturbances. I usually have the 10 square feet in the middle of my bedroom floor with which to assemble my supplies and create. Once I begin, I have the added challenge of trying to keep the dog from walking through my wet paint. But I create some of my best work when I’m holding him back with one hand and stamping/painting/drawing with the other. Read the rest of this entry »


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For creative types, a space for working is often the biggest challenge. Creating the ideal environment for work is not always possible. However, there is usually an atmosphere that we work best in. People with a dedicated work space can come and create whenever the mood strikes them, while others have to accommodate families, noise, […]

Get Published: July Calls and Challenges

June 19th, 2015

We are looking for submissions for our Stampington publications. If you are an artist or writer looking to have your work featured in one of our magazines, here are the latest calls and challenges that our magazines are looking for. We encourage you to submit your work again even if you have tried before. The following magazines have upcoming deadlines on July 15th, so this is your chance to see your name in print!

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Art Quilting Studio Quilting and mixed-media techniques come together in stunning works of art in Art Quilting Studio. Each issue features a variety of articles, showcasing quilts that exhibit artistic techniques, unexpected materials, and inspiring stories. Art Quilting Studio also includes a number of recurring departments: Artist Portfolio, Series Showcase, Art Quilt Walking, Quilting the Odd and Unusual, and The Last Page (see details). Whether for a feature article or for a specific department, we welcome quilters of all levels and styles to submit their artwork for consideration.

Deadline: July 15th


~Artwork by Alicia Andry

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We are looking for submissions for our Stampington publications. If you are an artist or writer looking to have your work featured in one of our magazines, here are the latest calls and challenges that our magazines are looking for. We encourage you to submit your work again even if you have tried before. The […]

Happy 4th of July! 6 Americana-inspired Projects

June 16th, 2015

This 4th of July, bring a touch of  red, white, and blue to your celebration. Inspire your patriotic side by making handmade decorations for your backyard BBQ or 4th of July festivities. Get an added dose of good, old-fashioned Americana with these free projects from The Studio.

 

4th of July Projects

Collage Mason Jars 4th of July These collaged Mason jars can be used as a centerpiece at your party, or as containers for your flatware and straws. Place a jar of flags sitting by the entrance so that guests can wave their star spangled banner when the mood strikes.


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This 4th of July, bring a touch of  red, white, and blue to your celebration. Inspire your patriotic side by making handmade decorations for your backyard BBQ or 4th of July festivities. Get an added dose of good, old-fashioned Americana with these free projects from The Studio.   4th of July Projects These collaged Mason jars […]

Stitched Girls with Guest Artist Cynthia Shaffer

June 12th, 2015

Stitched Girls Guest Artist Cynthia Shaffer


 

Today’s project is by Guest Artist Cynthia Shaffer. Please give a warm welcome to her and enjoy her amazing project.

Of all the crafts I have tackled in my lifetime, I always claim that sewing is the #1 thing I do and could probably do with my eyes closed … I kid you not! And, if you have ever tried free motion stitching well, then, you know that it does feel like you are stitching with your eyes closed!  Seriously … and that is exactly why I love free motion stitching! In real life and in real sewing, I tend to be a perfectionist … I want things to look intentional, clean and perfectly placed. In free motion stitching I like the imperfect, the loose and haphazard stitches that are created that somehow, in the end, look perfectly placed!

 

Recently I took a couple months off from just about every freelance opportunity that came my way … I needed to just rest, pamper myself and work on my art. I enrolled in Danielle Donaldson’s Creative Girls online class along with a few other classes and just worked away learning and taking it easy. I was so inspired by Danielle’s class that in no time I whipped out my sewing machine and was free motion stitching these little girls! Read the rest of this entry »


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  Today’s project is by Guest Artist Cynthia Shaffer. Please give a warm welcome to her and enjoy her amazing project. Of all the crafts I have tackled in my lifetime, I always claim that sewing is the #1 thing I do and could probably do with my eyes closed … I kid you not! […]

4 Projects to Get into the Summer Spirit

June 9th, 2015

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Summer is the time to hit the beach, throw a summer BBQ, and enjoy life. It can also be a wonderful opportunity to stretch your creative muscles. Without the pressures of getting the kids to school or trying to be home every night by 8 p.m. to watch your favorite TV show, there’s loads of time to work on your new or neglected summer projects.

Get into the summer spirit with these four creative ideas. Let your hair down, throw on some comfy shorts, and begin an artful adventure that doesn’t have to end when summer does. Read the rest of this entry »


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Summer is the time to hit the beach, throw a summer BBQ, and enjoy life. It can also be a wonderful opportunity to stretch your creative muscles. Without the pressures of getting the kids to school or trying to be home every night by 8 p.m. to watch your favorite TV show, there’s loads of […]

2 Projects by Guest Artist Kristen Robinson — Same Rue Romantique Bezel!

June 5th, 2015

Guest Artist Kristen Robinson Rue Romantique Bezel

Today’s projects are by Guest Artist Kristen Robinson. She demonstrates two very distinct uses for the same Rue Romantique  bezel. These bezels can be used as an embellishment on home decor projects, mixed-media artwork, or art journaling pages. They can also be used in jewelry projects to frame or embellish your pieces. Rue Romantique is a creative collaboration between Kristen Robinson and Susan Lenart Kazmer of ICE Resin.

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Today’s projects are by Guest Artist Kristen Robinson. She demonstrates two very distinct uses for the same Rue Romantique  bezel. These bezels can be used as an embellishment on home decor projects, mixed-media artwork, or art journaling pages. They can also be used in jewelry projects to frame or embellish your pieces. Rue Romantique is […]

Glimpse Inside June Issues and a Magazine Giveaway!

June 2nd, 2015

 

Discount Receive $5 off June titles. Copy and paste coupon code BLOG0615 when prompted at checkout. (Discount code can be used only once per customer).

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If you haven’t yet experienced Bella Grace, this is the moment – right here, right now – to join this incredible, empowering movement. Our latest issue takes you on a soothing, summer drive, shares a moving, sometimes unexpected portrait of sisterhood, and shows you how to lose and find yourself through travel. Emma Tree chases the light; Maddie Mulvaney embraces the messy, and their words, their photography are goose-bump-raising. Must-read features also include: reclaiming and re-living the summers of our childhoods, choosing acceptance in “My Selfie in Words,” “The Forest is my World and this Backpack is my Home,” and seeking simple goodness. Read the rest of this entry »


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  Receive $5 off June titles. Copy and paste coupon code BLOG0615 when prompted at checkout. (Discount code can be used only once per customer). Bella Grace If you haven’t yet experienced Bella Grace, this is the moment – right here, right now – to join this incredible, empowering movement. Our latest issue takes you on a soothing, summer […]

Editor Spotlight: Amber Demien, Where Women Cook, and Comfort Food

May 28th, 2015
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~Lynsey Kramer

Today’s Editor Spotlight is from Amber Demien. She discusses her passion for Where Women Cook and what this publication means to her. The latest issue of Where Women Cook arrives on newsstands June 1st.

 

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Today’s Editor Spotlight is from Amber Demien. She discusses her passion for Where Women Cook and what this publication means to her. The latest issue of Where Women Cook arrives on newsstands June 1st.    

We Asked the Artists: What Motivates You?

May 23rd, 2015

Motivation is a complicated thing. When we are trying to create, sometimes it feels like the muse is trying to break down the door to help us, but other times the muse might not appear at all. Before we throw in the towel and quit, let’s hear from our fellow artists about how they are motivated to work and what they struggle with. We asked the artists:

What motivates you? When you find yourself in an artistic rut, what inspires you to get going again?

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~Artwork by Renee Zarate

“I am generally motivated by something I see in print or online.  If I’m in a rut I will answer a challenge of some sort either online or in a magazine.  There are challenge calls that go out daily online; these can lead to all sorts of new ideas.”

Renee Zarate has been featured in Art Journaling, The Stampers’ Sampler, Somerset Studio, Take Ten, Somerset Studio Gallery, and HandCrafted.

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Motivation is a complicated thing. When we are trying to create, sometimes it feels like the muse is trying to break down the door to help us, but other times the muse might not appear at all. Before we throw in the towel and quit, let’s hear from our fellow artists about how they are […]