Top 10: Winter Images to Photograph

February 27th, 2012

In our blog post, “Inspire With Instagram,” we asked our blog readers what you love to photograph during the winter months. These words conjured up such lovely images that we had to get in on the fun as well. Please enjoy this must-have list for bloggers, photographers, and Instagram lovers!

 

Top 10: Winter Images to Photograph

 

  1. Steam rising from a cup of coffee
  2. Hot chocolate with homemade marshmallows
  3. Freshly fallen snow
  4. Warm apple crisp
  5. China tea cup on a vintage table cloth
  6. Children making snow angels
  7. Patio gargoyles covered in snow
  8. Living room decked out in holiday lights
  9. Party guests gathered ’round the piano
  10. Winter berries against a fresh bed of snow

 

Thank you to all who contributed!

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Each photo in this unique publication is accompanied by the original prose, journaling, and poetry from the artists, allowing you to experience a specific moment in someone else’s life.  This magazine features 144 pages of full-sized images that will inspire you to keep your camera close at hand, whether you are spending the day lounging in your backyard or watching the glistening waves hit the golden sand at the beach.

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Challenge: Can you take a blog-worthy photograph with your phone? Tweet us your best wintery  phone photo @Stampington, and be sure to use the hashtag #blogphoto. We’ll re-tweet our favorites!

 

 photo credits, clockwise from top right:  Dancing Snowflakes by Diana Foster; Ice Storm by Stephanie Bishop;
Asheville Morning by Fran Welch; Golden Leaves by Michael Pfaendtner; Berries in the Winter by Deborah L. Carlson

 



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In our blog post, “Inspire With Instagram,” we asked our blog readers what you love to photograph during the winter months. These words conjured up such lovely images that we had to get in on the fun as well. Please enjoy this must-have list for bloggers, photographers, and Instagram lovers!   Top 10: Winter Images […]

A New Twist on Note Cards!

February 23rd, 2012

new twist on notecards Stampington

Handwritten cards are just the best, don’t you agree? Penning a greeting to your best friend 400 miles away or sending a cheerful note to your mother gives your message a personalized, handmade touch that is often lost in today’s high-tech world. Enjoy this shabby-chic card tutorial, and see how easy it is to turn lined notebook pages into journaling cards for personalized greetings!

 

Materials

Flora Notebook 2

Die Cuts with a View Card Stacks

Clearly Impressed Stamp Set (French Phrases)

Grey & Red Floral Tape

Grey & Pink Dot Tape

7gypsies Gypsy Market Naked Paper Tape

Idea-ology Tissue Tape by Tim Holtz (Sketchbook)

Double-Sided Adhesive Tape

 

Instructions

  1. Tear desired sheet out of Flora Notebook. Cut to size of solid-colored card, leaving a ¼” border around all sides.
  2. Adhere notebook sheet to card with double-sided adhesive tape or glue.
  3. Layer torn strips of decorative tape on card.
  4. Stamp your favorite French phrase onto project.
  5. Write your greeting and send off your card in handmade style!

 

Project and photo by Vanessa Spencer

For more quick and easy card tutorials, be sure to check out the upcoming Take Ten issue, available in March! Here’s another way to create these lovely note cards. Tell us your unique ideas in the comments below.

P.S. Loving the chartreuse-hued cards in the opening image? Enter our Cruise in Chartreuse Pinterest contest!

 



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Handwritten cards are just the best, don’t you agree? Penning a greeting to your best friend 400 miles away or sending a cheerful note to your mother gives your message a personalized, handmade touch that is often lost in today’s high-tech world. Enjoy this shabby-chic card tutorial, and see how easy it is to turn […]

Editor Spotlight: Andrea Rangno

February 21st, 2012

Meet the creative forces behind your favorite Stampington publications with our Editor Spotlight feature!

 

Andrea Rangno, Editor

GreenCraft, The Stampers’ Sampler, Take Ten, Catch Up Issue, Handcrafted

 

What is the most gratifying thing about your job?
Being surrounded by such extraordinary creativity, day in and day out, is what makes this job gratifying for me. I have worked for a number of publishers, covering various industries, but the fact that I now get to work for one that features subjects I’m already so passionate about in my personal life is like a dream come true. I am truly excited to come to work, every single day.

Is there an especially moving story that you have written about?
As an assistant editor I was given the opportunity to work on a number of publications and I would have to say the most moving for me so far has been Apronology (with Managing Editor Beth Livesay) because of the recurring themes of family and the female experience that run throughout that magazine. Apronology is full, of course, of beautiful aprons, but it’s the stories attached to them that make me catch my breath – the women who make those aprons write about their mothers and grandmothers, about their childhoods, and about how this simple garment has informed their lives and their sense of self. I can relate to that in so many ways.

When you’re not writing about other people’s work, what art do you create?
My interests are varied. I love to find creative uses for recycled materials, like glass bottles, paper bags, and paper towel rolls. I recently was given a couple of old windows, discarded after a home remodel. I cleaned up the frames, removed rusty nails, and covered the glass with chalkboard paint. I can’t tell you how many uses I’ve found for those old windows, or how many people ask me where I got them. I also love to sew, though I find very little time for it. Traditionally my biggest sewing period of the year comes around Halloween when I ask my kids what they want to be – it’s amazing what their imaginations come up with! I can be found grumbling during most of October, but come the 31st the looks on my kids’ faces pays me back for my hard work tenfold. I dabble in furniture making (I love tools!), stamping and card making, and knitting as well.

Where do you find the most artistic inspiration?
I find inspiration everywhere. The most common source, of course, is the internet – the Web is teeming with blogs that I can never seem to get enough of, and Pinterest only fuels my addiction! I also love Etsy. I am a major thrift store stalker… it’s very rare for me to walk out of a Goodwill empty-handed!

What is your favorite creative memory?
My creative ambition didn’t really kick in until after my son was born, six years ago. My husband was finishing graduate school and we didn’t have a lot of money. My son was accepted into a great daycare program, a couple times a week, and all of a sudden I found myself with more free time. I would wander around stores and look at the beautiful things for my home that I could never afford. One day it occurred to me that I could learn to make these things, and soon after I signed up for a sewing class. After that I signed up for a furniture making class. Pretty soon I was making the beautiful things I had seen at the store, for a fraction of the price. I’ll never forget how good it felt to complete those first few projects and how empowered it made me feel – with creativity and drive, the sky really is the limit.

What is your idea of the perfect weekend?
I have two young kids, so sleeping in past 6:30 a.m. sounds pretty good! In all seriousness though, I love quiet weekends where I have time to get my house in order, so to speak. We have a couple chickens in our backyard that are largely neglected during the week so I enjoy spending a little time giving them treats, cleaning out their nesting boxes, etc. Pickup soccer games with the neighborhood kids, a quiet dinner with my husband, and maybe a stroll through an antique barn – this would be the perfect weekend for me.

Where do you turn for inspiration when you are in a creative rut?
To music! I actually listen to a lot of music on Pandora when I’m feeling uninspired. Sometimes it takes a couple days, sometimes it takes longer, but I usually come out of a rut with what feels like a million ideas. I also spend a lot of time reading when I’m in a rut. I’ll grab some past issues of Stampington magazines and refill my creative coffers. It’s hard to look through gorgeous magazines like Somerset Life and Artful Blogging and not feel inspired!

What would you like to accomplish a year from now?
A year from now I’d like to be doing what I’m doing now, which is managing beautiful magazines and creating my own art here and there, along the way. Coming up with new challenges and inspiration for the magazines is a high task, and I’m very excited to rise to the challenge.

If you could own any craft product, what would it be?
I’ve actually never owned a die-cut machine! It’s one of those things I keep talking myself out of buying, but I really do need to get one. I love to make cards and scrapbook, and I think having a die-cut machine would really add a whole new level to those interests.

Tell us a bit about GreenCraft.
Well, I’m completely biased, but I think the wreath on the cover is pretty special (mostly because I was the one who made it!) The February issue of GreenCraft is actually filled with some great projects. Cynthia Shaffer’s felted plant pouches are gorgeous and would make a fabulous gift. Crystal Jeffries found a great use for old CDs, which has always been a huge challenge for me. And Amy Relf’s repurposed oversized denim pillows are so perfect for anyone with kids or pets! I’ve already got a stash of old denim jeans going so that I can follow her lead.

 

To find out how Andrea created her gorgeous rosette wreath, be sure to check out GreenCraft Spring ’12, available now. Enjoy free shipping on your issue by using promo code: BLOG0212 at checkout before February 29th, 2012!

 

 



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Meet the creative forces behind your favorite Stampington publications with our Editor Spotlight feature!   Andrea Rangno, Editor GreenCraft, The Stampers’ Sampler, Take Ten, Catch Up Issue, Handcrafted   What is the most gratifying thing about your job? Being surrounded by such extraordinary creativity, day in and day out, is what makes this job gratifying […]

We Challenge You!

February 16th, 2012

Have you discovered your creative niche and can’t wait to share it with the world? Was one of your resolutions to have a piece of art published in one of our magazines this year?  Make this year be THE year! Below I’ve listed just a few of our upcoming challenges to tempt and inspire you. We know that you have artwork sitting pretty on your shelves, so send it our way for a chance to show up on the pages of one of our upcoming issues!

Altered Couture: Menswear Re-Do
Do you have a magical touch when it comes to altering men’s garments? Whether you take an old coat and turn it into a chic blazer for yourself or alter something for the man in your life, we want to see your creations! We are accepting clothing and accessories tailored for men and boys alike.

Deadline: March 15, 2012

Art Doll Quarterly: Shelf Sitter Challenge

Those cute little dolls with bendable knees are often called shelf sitters. They perch on mantles and shelves, and can be created out of felt, cloth, clay, wood, and more. Create a shelf sitter doll out of your preferred medium–make sure it can sit stably with bended knees!

Deadline: March 15, 2012.

Artful Blogging

Discover a world filled with visual delights from today’s most inspirational artists, writers, and photographers. If you are the creator of a blog or know of one that you think other creative minds would enjoy, send them our way. We are always on the lookout for new talent!

Deadline: March 15th, 2012

GreenCraft

Have you taken a burned-out light bulb and made it into a beautiful flower vase? Have you transformed old board games into notebooks? We want you to upcycle normally discarded items and turn them into ecologically chic creations. Give the environment a hand and submit your recycled, reused and repurposed items.

Deadline: March 15, 2012.

Somerset Home

Calling all home décor mavens! We are looking for a variety of items that would be showcased in a very Somerset home. From the everyday to the glamorous, send in projects including but not limited to: embellished pillows, wall art, altered lamp shades, table top items, aprons, slipcovers, and more! Pictures of artfully decorated or lived-in spaces are welcome as well.

Deadline: March 15, 2012

 

Did you know we also accept submissions to our ongoing challenges all year long? Check out our Calls & Challenges page for more details and our complete submissions guidelines.

 

Is there a challenge that you’ve never seen before that you would like Stampington to showcase in a future issue? Comment below with your suggestions!

 

clockwise from top left: Art Doll Quarterly Autumn ’11, GreenCraft Spring ’10, Altered Couture Spring ’10, Artful Blogging Spring ’11, Somerset Home Vol. 4

 



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Have you discovered your creative niche and can’t wait to share it with the world? Was one of your resolutions to have a piece of art published in one of our magazines this year?  Make this year be THE year! Below I’ve listed just a few of our upcoming challenges to tempt and inspire you. […]

Stampington Attends CHA Winter 2012!

February 13th, 2012

Binder: check. Blinged-out badge: check. List of my top 25 favorite companies to visit, as well as an up-to-the-minute schedule of seminars and notes regarding celebrity crafter appearances: check. CHA, here I come!

The Craft and Hobby Association trade show is the most anticipated conference for companies promoting new products and publications for the growing arts and craft industry. Over the course of the convention, we had the chance to mingle with artists that weve been working closely with for years and also met some new faces.  Traci Bautista was there promoting her new book, Doodles Unleashed and created colorful doodles for attendees on the spot. Somerset Place will be a stop on her book blog tour next month—look for that in the near future! Tim Holtz held demonstrations all week long and showcased his new products from Ranger and Sizzix.  We chatted with Mark Montano, the creative mind behind his new book, The Big-Ass Book of Crafts 2. We also met up with the effervescent Kathy Cano-Murillo, of Crafty Chica fame, at which time I gushed that I was one of her thousands of followers on Twitter. Seeing as the trade show floor was lined with red carpets, I decided that being a little star-struck was acceptable.

It was such a treat to see some of the biggest crafting companies in our industry—My   Mind’s Eye, Prima Marketing, Maya Road—shining in their unique aesthetic.  Display walls were covered, quite literally, from floor to ceiling with product demos and project samples. Between DCWV’s breathtaking glass-beaded forest installation and Graphic 45’s vintage teagarden wonderland, new inspiration radiated from booth to booth.

Our Shoppe Manager, Vanessa, is always on the lookout for new products to add to our online inventory. “Beach Bloomers” was a new company that we discovered, filled with ephemera trinkets and custom-made banners. She was so enthralled with these finds that we will be partnering with them to bring you a new “Vintage Swap-portunity” feature. Stay tuned for more details about this and other CHA discoveries in tomorrow’s Post Script e-letter. You can also look forward to hot new products from Pink Paislee, Tim Holtz, and Glitz Designs arriving soon at The Shoppe!

Seeing the many players in the crafting industry gather in one central place to promote the arts really warmed my heart.  It was inspiring to see how different companies are collaborating (Rhonna Farrer’s new “Follow Your Heart” line with My Mind’s Eye is just plain gorgeous) and constantly looking at new trends in design and technology to expand their brand and customer base. I am so proud to be a part of a community that promotes an appreciation for the arts and fosters a love for the creative life.

— Elysa Hill, Marketing Communications Manager

 

What do you love best about belonging to the creative community? Share your thoughts with us!

 



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Binder: check. Blinged-out badge: check. List of my top 25 favorite companies to visit, as well as an up-to-the-minute schedule of seminars and notes regarding celebrity crafter appearances: check. CHA, here I come! The Craft and Hobby Association trade show is the most anticipated conference for companies promoting new products and publications for the growing […]