75+ Mother’s Day Gift Ideas with Exclusive Savings Inside!

April 29th, 2015

Mother's Day Gift-Giving Guide

Remember when your mom helped you with a history project until three in the morning? Or when she let you ride your bike by yourself, but then followed in her car for two miles to make sure you didn’t get run over? Remember how many PB& J sandwiches she made you? She’s been there through it all. She’s taken care of you and raised you and made you feel special — now it’s your turn to return the favor. Read the rest of this entry »



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Remember when your mom helped you with a history project until three in the morning? Or when she let you ride your bike by yourself, but then followed in her car for two miles to make sure you didn’t get run over? Remember how many PB& J sandwiches she made you? She’s been there through […]

The Editors Reveal a Few of their Favorite Spring Issue Features

April 24th, 2015

by Cynthia Levens

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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.

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by Cynthia Levens   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 […]

Protect Your Lips for Summer: DIY Lip Balm Recipes

April 21st, 2015

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Do-It-Yourself describes me perfectly. If there’s a way to make it myself — I will. I’ve tried my hand at everything from shower scrubs to laundry detergent, crocheted my own dish scrubbies and even mixed my own dry shampoo. It may be faster to just go to the store, but I’m always in favor of the route that lets me control exactly what goes into my finished project – especially if it’s going to end up on my lips or skin. Making it at home allows you to customize anything to suit your tastes, and that means that your end product is chemical-free or contains your absolute favorite scent. For those people with allergies or sensitivities, they can adapt any recipe to to your specific needs. And don’t forget to take into account the cost.  When I discovered that I could make my own lip balm, instead of spending  $4+ per tube, I was totally on board.

In honor of Willow and Sage’s 1-year anniversary in May,  Somerset Place wanted to offer some ideas for homemade bath and body products to add to your collection. Read the rest of this entry »



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  Do-It-Yourself describes me perfectly. If there’s a way to make it myself — I will. I’ve tried my hand at everything from shower scrubs to laundry detergent, crocheted my own dish scrubbies and even mixed my own dry shampoo. It may be faster to just go to the store, but I’m always in favor […]

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.



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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. Read the rest of this entry »



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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 […]