The Editors Reveal a Few of their Favorite Spring Issue Features

by Cynthia Levens

Spring Finds Grid



 

What comes to mind when you think of spring? As editors at Stampington & Company, we think of all the new incoming artwork to publish in our magazines. Spring is often associated with liveliness, energy, and warmth, which is reflected in the quality of artwork we receive around this time of year. Excitement ensues as we open boxes and boxes of fun artisan items. We wanted to pick just a few of our favorite finds from our spring publications to spotlight and share with you. These works of art stood out and really resonated with us; read on to find out why.

Altered Couture Spring Favorites The delicate layers of lace on Diane Utley-Aguilar’s dreamy linen dress are mesmerizing; they perfectly cascade all around the bottom. This linen and lace romance is a match made in heaven, to be worn by a bride on her special day. Find more of Diane’s altered artwork in Altered Couture.



Belle Armoire Jewelry Spring Favorites Perhaps the most remarkable part of this necklace is the handmade focal piece. Lynne Suprock fell in love with a druzy pendant at an art show in Pennsylvania. Mounted in 18-karat gold, and vying for a spot in Lynne’s jewelry stash at home, the piece had a price that was too extravagant. Being the prolific jewelry designer that Lynne is, she re-created the must-have piece with casting resin in her home studio.  It is incomparably unique, and can be found in Belle Armoire Jewelry.



Art Journaling Spring Favorites Jenny Petricek shares the first journal she created after a long break from art due to illness and heartbreak. She shares, “While writing is still an integral part of my practice, I’m amazed at how the artistic acts of collaging and painting have provided me with an even more therapeutic method of dealing with the ups and downs of life.” Read more of Jenny Petricek’s inspiring story in Art Journaling.



GreenCraft Magazine Spring Favorites “These pieces are very simple to make — just a bit of decoupage medium and colored napkins — and you have a seashell that looks like a Ming vase!” says Devon Warren, managing editor of GreenCraft Magazine. Check out the spring issue to see more of Cheryl Miller’s stunning shell art.



Somerset Digital Studio Spring Favorites With the help of Photoshop CS5, Kinga Britschgi created traditional hot air balloons with a twist. Managing editor of Somerset Digital Studio, Jane Holstein, says “I love the fact that magical worlds come to life in digital art.” Venture into this magical digital world with Kinga in the spring issue.



Bella Grace Spring Favorites Kim Klassen’s still life photography is her meditation and daily practice. She uses lighting to her advantage to capture the gorgeous images featured in Bella Grace. As Editor-in-Chief and Director of Photography, Christen Hammons explains: “Good lighting is a crucial component of beautiful photography. With the arrival of spring comes longer days and abundant sunshine, making this season the perfect time to start a daily or weekly photography practice.”



Artful Blogging Spring Favorites Emilie Raffa’s food photography comes from the heart. She had a curiosity for food from a young age, but it only morphed into blogging after the birth of her son. Born with severe colic, for six weeks straight Jake cried. While soothing her son, and scribbling down recipes and ideas when time allowed, Emilie soothed herself by thinking about food. “Then one day he stopped,” Emilie says, “The floodgates opened. I was able to collect my scraps and translate my thoughts through the lens of storytelling.” Find more of her sweet story and savory images in Artful Blogging.



Haute Handbags Spring Favorites This spring, fringe is in! “This suede cross body bag features swingy fringe, a detail that I am loving for spring. The southwestern design elements also make this bag great for everyday wear,” says Natalie Way, managing editor of Haute Handbags. Find this stylish design by Lisa Zinza and how she made it in the spring issue.



Mingle Magazine Spring Favorites How fun is this? Michelle Neff made a blackboard word search game for her guests to play on a vintage artist’s easel. Read all the highlights of this creative gathering, and see even more of Michelle’s party ideas in Mingle.



Art Journaling Spring Favorites Kerry Dahlin decided to use file folders as page dividers to organize her modern art journal, which is clever and striking! As Managing Editor Amber Demien explains, “When making your own journal, you want pages that will stand up to wet media. Not only do file folders fit that criteria, but they can also function as a way to organize your journal.” You can find more of Kerry’s creative techniques in Art Journaling.



Stuffed Magazine Spring Favorites These softies by Carly Gledhill are too adorable. With tiny giggly smiles, stripes, sweet bows, soft stitches, and a spot-on color scheme, this pair made selecting Carly for the Artist Portfolio feature in Stuffed a sure bet. See more of her hip quirky softies in the spring issue.



The Stampers Sampler Spring Favorites Colorful, edgy, contemporary, and downright dynamic! With a card like this, you would have never guessed that Frances Peets was once intimidated by The Stampers’ Sampler. Even though her work was not selected at first, she continued to submit. And look at her now — after sending in a new collection, she earned the Guest Artist spotlight in the spring issue of The Stampers’ Sampler. Managing Editor Devon Warren now feels that Frances’ style is among the strongest published in our stamping magazines.



 

Cynthia Levens is the managing editor of Altered CoutureBelle Armoire JewelryWhere Women Create, and Belle Armoire

 

Leave a Comment for Your Chance to Win Your Favorite Spring Issue!

[This giveaway has ended.]

We’re giving away a spring issue of your choice! Spring Issues include: Altered Couture, Artful Blogging, Art Journaling, Bella Grace, Stuffed, The Stampers’ Sampler, Somerset Digital Studio, GreenCraft Magazine, Haute Handbags, Belle Armoire Jewelry, and Mingle. For your chance to win:

  1. “Pin” your favorite image from those featured above.
  2. Share a link to your newly created pin in the comments section below (get your link by opening your pin and copying the URL).
  3. Tell us why you loved that Spring Find in your comment.

*Contest open to U.S. residents only, and expires on May 7, 2015 at 11:59 p.m.

 

 

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28 Responses to “The Editors Reveal a Few of their Favorite Spring Issue Features”

  1. Judy Hall says:

    http://www.pinterest.com/pin/25614291607438222/

    My eyes immediately went to the stark minimalistic image of the blueberries in the flour. The brilliant blue of the berries contrasted with the snowy whiteness of the flour is somehow innocent but very inviting. It speaks of spring and of comfort. Bright blueberries with flour hold the promise of a delicious comfort food delight, just for spring!

  2. Irma says:

    https://www.pinterest.com/pin/72198400253181592/
    This AJ page caught my eye because of the colours that I love tu use as well.

  3. Carol Mc says:

    I love the Greencraft issue; it’s a must have for me. I paint rocks and collect seashells – two featured articles in the spring issue.
    https://www.pinterest.com/pin/113082640619835567/

  4. Kathy S says:

    The Belle Armoire jewelry issue looks great— particularly Melinda Barnett’s pottery shard jewelry

  5. Ella says:

    I am a Green gal! I went to go find this issue and it had flown off the shelves~ I love outside treasures-how fun to redesign them.

  6. Kris Martinez says:

    https://www.pinterest.com/pin/156500155777899457/

    I love the Greencraft issue – have some shells that are shouting for lovely chinz decoration! Plenty of other great projects in this issue.

  7. Carolyn Williams says:

    The seashells in the Greencraft issue are so very striking. What a fun way to dress up something you found. https://www.pinterest.com/pin/433401164117241390/

  8. Imelda says:

    I love the Mingle issue because it inspired me to create a similar game for my gatherings to make them more interactive!

  9. Barbara Moore says:

    I would love to try out the Green Craft issue. The seashells are awesome and I have many of them. Here’s my Pin link: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/225180050095431080/

  10. Fonda Rush says:

    I pinned the Stamper’s Sampler, because I am always looking for stamping and card ideas. https://www.pinterest.com/pin/178314466472552429/

  11. What a fun variety of inspiration from all the up coming issues. I’ve subscribed to my favorites but interested in Somerset Digital…try to broaden my horizons !!! I love this image, so magical. My link https://www.pinterest.com/sylviah/somerset-inspiration/ Thanks for the fun

  12. Elaine Rentz says:

    http://pinterest.com/pin/91338698668969756/

    I like this for a couple reasons…. I can feature them as an add on item with my seaside pendants AND it gives me something to do with all my shells. I have lots of paper napkins to use too! Your featured images from your GreenCraft magazine issues always inspires me… And is definitely on my wish list! Thank you for always nourishing my creativity!

  13. Su Hall says:

    Oh, wow! I would love this! What a nice edition! I am really interested in Kinga Britschgi’s digital manipulation! But, I adore Adryane Driscoll’s art!

    Thank you so much!

    My Pin – https://www.pinterest.com/pin/227572587397403240/

    Su

  14. Jackie P Neal says:

    https://www.pinterest.com/pin/135178426292084991/
    The Greencraft issue for sure as Spring makes me pull out home and yard pieces to add fresh paint to,to uplift and give new life!

  15. Tabitha Klucking says:

    Pinned it: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/121386152433299475/

    The shells in GreenCraft caught my eye. They seem easy and elegant.

  16. Oh my gosh!! I am blushing……. Thanks for including my necklace in your blogpost. xoxo

  17. Naomi Shelton says:

    I like the styled image from Bella Grace as I like making little vignettes in my home and sometimes photographing them. I am a photographer so I love all the lovely images in Bella Grace, too. The particular image I chose captured my attention with the high key lighting and the ordinary objects in the still life.

    PIN: https:/www.pinterest.com/pin/150659550011283720/

  18. chark says:

    When I clicked thru these, there wasn’t a single mag I didn’t want! I picked the shells, because cool! Never thought of this and love how they look. https://www.pinterest.com/pin/1337074866839299/

    • Sarah says:

      I love the shells too! It makes me wonder if you could decoupage other items from nature– sticks, rocks, etc. The possibilities are endless.

  19. Shannon McCary says:

    The shells were phenomenal, though not sure I could cover up the natural beauty. Ah! Yes, cover the ones that have lost their natural coloring through the wild waves and all. Genius!
    I am picking the Stampers Sampler card, though. It made me HAPPY and I am currently inspired by it to make a colorful card with large flowers on the front.
    https://www.pinterest.com/pin/525443481501191548/

  20. Luz Rubianes says:

    The magazine that I would love to win is Artful Blogging. There was a picture in there that was breathtaking. Thank you for the opportunity.

  21. Jan Gambill says:

    https://www.pinterest.com/pin/289145238552998212/

    i am a native floridian, there aren’t many of us MY age… i have collected shells all over the state and have them in my house in baskets, bowls, printer’s trays even on my Christmas tree! i have loved collage for over half my life and have worked with beautiful paper napkins many times… i cannot wait to put all these things together!!

  22. Emily N. says:

    https://www.pinterest.com/pin/262897696974323465/ I love what can be done with Photoshop and your magazine has some wonderful ideas including these balloons.

  23. Sandie Luck says:

    https://www.pinterest.com/pin/170925748334391752/
    ARTFUL BLOGGING has piqued my interest as I so enjoy baking & creating most anything. What fun to combine the two! This season’s publication has such shared such stories so I’m ready to take a little break from my Springtime gardening to leisurely bask in the warm sunlight and read ARTFUL BLOGGING!
    Joyful Springtime delights and blessings…Sandie

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by Cynthia Levens

Spring Finds Grid



 

What comes to mind when you think of spring? As editors at Stampington & Company, we think of all the new incoming artwork to publish in our magazines. Spring is often associated with liveliness, energy, and warmth, which is reflected in the quality of artwork we receive around this time of year. Excitement ensues as we open boxes and boxes of fun artisan items. We wanted to pick just a few of our favorite finds from our spring publications to spotlight and share with you. These works of art stood out and really resonated with us; read on to find out why.

Altered Couture Spring Favorites The delicate layers of lace on Diane Utley-Aguilar’s dreamy linen dress are mesmerizing; they perfectly cascade all around the bottom. This linen and lace romance is a match made in heaven, to be worn by a bride on her special day. Find more of Diane’s altered artwork in Altered Couture.



Belle Armoire Jewelry Spring Favorites Perhaps the most remarkable part of this necklace is the handmade focal piece. Lynne Suprock fell in love with a druzy pendant at an art show in Pennsylvania. Mounted in 18-karat gold, and vying for a spot in Lynne’s jewelry stash at home, the piece had a price that was too extravagant. Being the prolific jewelry designer that Lynne is, she re-created the must-have piece with casting resin in her home studio.  It is incomparably unique, and can be found in Belle Armoire Jewelry.



Art Journaling Spring Favorites Jenny Petricek shares the first journal she created after a long break from art due to illness and heartbreak. She shares, “While writing is still an integral part of my practice, I’m amazed at how the artistic acts of collaging and painting have provided me with an even more therapeutic method of dealing with the ups and downs of life.” Read more of Jenny Petricek’s inspiring story in Art Journaling.



GreenCraft Magazine Spring Favorites “These pieces are very simple to make — just a bit of decoupage medium and colored napkins — and you have a seashell that looks like a Ming vase!” says Devon Warren, managing editor of GreenCraft Magazine. Check out the spring issue to see more of Cheryl Miller’s stunning shell art.



Somerset Digital Studio Spring Favorites With the help of Photoshop CS5, Kinga Britschgi created traditional hot air balloons with a twist. Managing editor of Somerset Digital Studio, Jane Holstein, says “I love the fact that magical worlds come to life in digital art.” Venture into this magical digital world with Kinga in the spring issue.



Bella Grace Spring Favorites Kim Klassen’s still life photography is her meditation and daily practice. She uses lighting to her advantage to capture the gorgeous images featured in Bella Grace. As Editor-in-Chief and Director of Photography, Christen Hammons explains: “Good lighting is a crucial component of beautiful photography. With the arrival of spring comes longer days and abundant sunshine, making this season the perfect time to start a daily or weekly photography practice.”



Artful Blogging Spring Favorites Emilie Raffa’s food photography comes from the heart. She had a curiosity for food from a young age, but it only morphed into blogging after the birth of her son. Born with severe colic, for six weeks straight Jake cried. While soothing her son, and scribbling down recipes and ideas when time allowed, Emilie soothed herself by thinking about food. “Then one day he stopped,” Emilie says, “The floodgates opened. I was able to collect my scraps and translate my thoughts through the lens of storytelling.” Find more of her sweet story and savory images in Artful Blogging.



Haute Handbags Spring Favorites This spring, fringe is in! “This suede cross body bag features swingy fringe, a detail that I am loving for spring. The southwestern design elements also make this bag great for everyday wear,” says Natalie Way, managing editor of Haute Handbags. Find this stylish design by Lisa Zinza and how she made it in the spring issue.



Mingle Magazine Spring Favorites How fun is this? Michelle Neff made a blackboard word search game for her guests to play on a vintage artist’s easel. Read all the highlights of this creative gathering, and see even more of Michelle’s party ideas in Mingle.



Art Journaling Spring Favorites Kerry Dahlin decided to use file folders as page dividers to organize her modern art journal, which is clever and striking! As Managing Editor Amber Demien explains, “When making your own journal, you want pages that will stand up to wet media. Not only do file folders fit that criteria, but they can also function as a way to organize your journal.” You can find more of Kerry’s creative techniques in Art Journaling.



Stuffed Magazine Spring Favorites These softies by Carly Gledhill are too adorable. With tiny giggly smiles, stripes, sweet bows, soft stitches, and a spot-on color scheme, this pair made selecting Carly for the Artist Portfolio feature in Stuffed a sure bet. See more of her hip quirky softies in the spring issue.



The Stampers Sampler Spring Favorites Colorful, edgy, contemporary, and downright dynamic! With a card like this, you would have never guessed that Frances Peets was once intimidated by The Stampers’ Sampler. Even though her work was not selected at first, she continued to submit. And look at her now — after sending in a new collection, she earned the Guest Artist spotlight in the spring issue of The Stampers’ Sampler. Managing Editor Devon Warren now feels that Frances’ style is among the strongest published in our stamping magazines.



 

Cynthia Levens is the managing editor of Altered CoutureBelle Armoire JewelryWhere Women Create, and Belle Armoire

 

Leave a Comment for Your Chance to Win Your Favorite Spring Issue!

[This giveaway has ended.]

We’re giving away a spring issue of your choice! Spring Issues include: Altered Couture, Artful Blogging, Art Journaling, Bella Grace, Stuffed, The Stampers’ Sampler, Somerset Digital Studio, GreenCraft Magazine, Haute Handbags, Belle Armoire Jewelry, and Mingle. For your chance to win:

  1. “Pin” your favorite image from those featured above.
  2. Share a link to your newly created pin in the comments section below (get your link by opening your pin and copying the URL).
  3. Tell us why you loved that Spring Find in your comment.

*Contest open to U.S. residents only, and expires on May 7, 2015 at 11:59 p.m.

 

 

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