Get Published: November Calls and Challenges

October 31st, 2014

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
104_GRA1214_finalDesigned 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.

 

~Quote Maya Angelou and artwork by Jovana Rikalo

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bella Grace

 

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.

 

~Photography by Annetta Bosakova

 

 

 

 

 

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.

 

Email images of your submissions to the editor at bellagrace@stampington.com. Please use Bella Grace Submission for the subject line.

Deadline: November 5th

If selected, we may ask you to send in your artwork or to provide us with hi-res versions of your photographs.

Altered Couture

Altered Couture - Calls and Challenges Modern Marilyn
For this challenge, we want you to create a garment, accessory, or ensemble channeling your favorite famous icon from the past or present. Make something for everyday wear or a special occasion, make it modern, and make sure it’s altered! Who inspired or still inspires you today — Marilyn Monroe, Gwen Stefani, Lorde, Madonna, Grace Jones, Audrey Hepburn, Twiggy, Diana Ross? Let us know, and show us what you can do!

 

~Dress by Paula Sloan

 

Deadline: December 15, 2014.

Mail in your submissions to the following address:

Stampington & Company
ATTN: Altered Couture
22992 Mill Creek Drive, Suite B
Laguna Hills, CA 92653

 

 

 

 

 

 

Art Doll Quarterly
Art Doll Quarterly - Calls and Challenges Black & White
Black and white is a long-time favorite color scheme for artists. We love the simplicity of black and white — the yin and yang, the opposite or contrary forces that are interconnected. Black can represent power, elegance, style, sadness, even evil. White can represent purity, peace, air, cleanliness, or emptiness and fear. For this challenge, we offer you no specific parameters other than to create a doll with the theme of “Black & White.” We’re sure our talented readers will reward us with wonderful submissions! Results will be published in our Summer 2015 issue.

 

~Artwork by Kevin Hill

 

 

 

 

 

Email images of your submissions to the editor at artdollquarterly@stampington.com. Please use Art Doll Quarterly Submission for the subject line.

Deadline: December 15, 2014.

If selected, we may ask you to send in your artwork or to provide us with hi-res versions of your photographs.

Art Journaling
Art Journaling - Calls and ChallengesIn 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.

 

~Artwork by Renee Zarate

 

Email images of your submissions to the editor at artjournaling@stampington.com. Please use Art Journaling Submission for the subject line.

Deadline: November  15, 2014.

If selected, we may ask you to send in your artwork or to provide us with hi-res versions of your photographs.

 

GreenCraft Magazine
GreenCraft Magazine - Calls and Challenges Feature Articles
Finding creative and cost-effective uses for old items is nothing new to artists, but the spirit of preserving the planet is more important than ever before. That’s why GreenCraft Magazine is here — to honor and inspire those who find artistic applications for normally discarded resources. GreenCraft features articles about repurposing trash to treasure and showcases projects where waste is upcycled into ecologically chic creations. Have you found a use for cardboard rolls left over from paper towels? Have you cut up an old T-shirt and knitted it into a purse? Have you taken a burned-out light bulb and made it into a beautiful flower vase? Have you transformed old board games into notebooks? Then we want to hear from you! Submit your recycled, reused and repurposed items to GreenCraft Magazine today!

Deadline: December 15th.

 

~Artwork by Meghan Horan

 

 

 

GreenCraft Magazine Repurposing Vintage
Thrift-store shoppers and junkers everywhere: We challenge you to reuse vintage in a fresh, upcycled manner. Adding paint or embellishments are just a couple examples of ways you can breathe new life into vintage items. Why not stop into your local thrift store or secondhand shop for inspiration?

Deadline: Ongoing.

 

~Artwork by Melinda Barnett

 

 

Email images of your submissions to the editor at greencraft@stampington.com. Please use GreenCraft Magazine Submission for the subject line.

If selected, we may ask you to send in your artwork or to provide us with hi-res versions of your photographs.

 

 

 

Haute Handbags
Haute Handbags - Calls and Challenges 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.

 

~Artwork by Lilla Le Vine

 

 

 

Email images of your submissions to the editor at hautehandbags@stampington.com. Please use Haute Handbags Submission for the subject line.

Deadline: November 15th.

If selected, we may ask you to send in your artwork or to provide us with hi-res versions of your photographs.

 

Still Have Questions About How to Submit?

If you have any general questions regarding submissions, please feel free to contact Art Management at submissions@stampington.com. If you want to see a full list of our current submission requests, please visit our Calls and Challenges page.

We hope to hear from you soon! Good luck, and keep creating.

 





Sarah Art Dolls and SoftiesArt JournalingArtful LivingTextile Arts ,,,,

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 […]

Mini Pallet Organization Board Project

October 27th, 2014

Organization Board Project



Functionality and beauty come together in this lovely organization board. Forget thumb-tacks and neon-colored push-pins, instead you can use some naturally colored clothespins and a few kraft-colored notecards to keep yourself artistically organized through the holiday season.  Best of all, this Mini Pallet Organization Board Project is easy to personalize with different decorative wraps and clothespins, so you can customize it to fit the décor of your kitchen, office, bedroom, or studio. You just need a few items for this project, but the results can be amazing. Make one for yourself, or make a dozen and gift them to all of your favorite disorganized friends.

 

Mini Pallet Organization Board Project Materials:

Collage Pauge Medium Matte
Judikins Diamond Glaze
Decorative Wrap (We used Cavallini & Co. Decorative Wrap – Flora & Fauna Birds 2)
Foam Brushes
Ecology Natural Kraft Index Cards
Wooden Pallet (we used the 14 x 24 inch pallet)
Clothespins
Dark Wood Stain or Brown Acrylic Paint

Organization Board Project

Mini Pallet Organization Board Project Tutorial:

Step 1 – Start by staining your wood pallet with a dark brown wood stain, or alternatively, use brown acrylic paint. Allow to dry overnight.

Step 2 – Carefully cut your decorative wrap into strips that are slightly smaller than the width of the panels on your pallet. The idea is to connect them like a puzzle.

Step 3 – Using collage pauge and a foam brush, generously apply the adhesive to the panels. Do one at a time, starting from the left edge. Once the collage pauge is on the pallet, slowly and firmly press down the strips of paper. Continue this step on each pallet, making sure to match up the designs as you go.

Step 4 – After each strip has been glued down smoothly, paint a thin layer of the collage pauge over each panel.

Step 5 – Paint approximately 8 to 10 clothespins (just on one side) with Tattered Rose Distress paint (or any other color you want) and allow the pins to dry for a few hours.

Step 6 – Once the clothespins have dried, attach them to the pallet using a strong liquid adhesive like Diamond Glaze.

Organization Board Project

That’s it! You’re all done. Use this organization pallet with some coordinating colored paper or Ecology index cards. You can write lists, reminders, or affirmations on the cards and pin them up as reminders or for inspiration. You can also include photographs, cut out images, and just about anything else that can be held by the clothespins.

 

Need More Artful Ways to Get Organized?

Organization Projects Make your hours of creating more enjoyable, and discover innovative storage solutions in this collection of free organizational projects. Browse inventive ideas and easy tutorials that utilize jars, bottles, boxes, and more to functionally hold your favorite artistic tools, all while staying true to your style by displaying odds’n ends artfully.

Click here to browse over 150 free projects.



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Functionality and beauty come together in this lovely organization board. Forget thumb-tacks and neon-colored push-pins, instead you can use some naturally colored clothespins and a few kraft-colored notecards to keep yourself artistically organized through the holiday season.  Best of all, this Mini Pallet Organization Board Project is easy to personalize with different decorative wraps and […]

Sugar, Spice, and Everything Nice: 8 Artful Autumn Projects

October 23rd, 2014

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There’s a lot to love about autumn — the relief from hot summer days, the change of scenery from green to golden-brown, and all the fun activities. This season encompasses my two favorite holidays, Halloween and Thanksgiving. There’s nothing quite as fun as giving candy to little witches and cowboys, or whatever other imaginative creature manages to make its way to my door, and the spirit of Thanksgiving is something that I’ve learned to appreciate a lot more as the years have passed. But by far, one of the best things about this season is all the wonderful projects and home décor ideas.

Autumn doesn’t have to be as over-the-top as winter or as understated as summer. Warm, neutral colors like browns, oranges, and beiges are great for décor, while personalizing the style is as easy as adding a bit of blue, green, or gold. Pumpkins, a staple of the fall season, come in all shapes, sizes, and even colors, plus you can use them in many projects and recipes. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg! There are so many unique and interesting themes that go well with this season; if you need inspiration, just take a look on Pinterest.

In case you haven’t noticed yet, this is my favorite season so I am very happy to offer some ideas for a more authentic and artful autumn. You don’t need much to make the most of this time of year — just a few simple touches can bring in all the warmth of autumn right into your home.

 

Eight Artful Autumn Projects

Artful Autumn Hutch - Somerset Home Volume 9



1. Seasonal Hutch
“As the summer months begin to fade and the cool breezes of fall approach, I often turn to more neutral tones reminiscent of the harvest. Incorporating seasonal pumpkins — in this case, white babyboos— is an easy way to once again change the look of your display.”

~By Lucy Akins from the pages of Somerset Home.

One of my favorite things to decorate with seasonally-themed items is my living room hutch. It’s an often overlooked and underappreciated place, but with just a few special touches, it can bring a whole room together.

Artful Autumn - Artful Blogging Spring 2014



2. Jars of Spice
Spice racks make a wonderful display piece for any kitchen — but if you want to take a more rustic approach, ditch the organizers and display your tasty seasonings in darling little mason jars. You can take this a step further and add a bit of twine and a beautiful Cosmo Cricket Show Topper. Pick rich, vibrantly colored spices and put them out on your counter, or next to your stove. They’ll add warmth and functionality to your kitchen.

~Photograph by Staci Austin-Ducharme from the pages of Artful Blogging.

Artful Autumn Findings - Artful Blogging Spring 2014



3. Find Inspiration Everywhere
“The power of finding beauty in the humblest things makes home happy and life lovely.”

~Louisa May Alcott

Whether you travel cross country to walk along the beach for the first time, or simply take a stroll out to your mailbox — look at the world with a hopeful heart and see the possibility that exists in everything. From broken seashells to the smallest dried leaf, nature has an abundance of beauty, and it’s there available to us all. This is a lot more apparent — in my opinion — during the fall. Collect any bits and pieces that interest you such as leaves, pinecones, stones, or anything else that catches your fancy, and then use them in your projects or display them out on a plate.

~Photograph by Jeanette Neels from the pages of Artful Blogging.

Artful Autumn - Somerset Life Autumn 2014



4. Cinnamon Pumpkin Candles
“What do you do when you can’t control the impulse to buy cute little pumpkins every time you visit the grocery store? … You might be thinking, “Duh, bake a pie!” Nope. Here’s what you do: You make pumpkin candles!”

~Stephanie Gerber

After seeing how easy it is to recreate these little candles, I absolutely agree with Stephanie. Making candles is a great and unexpected way to use your pumpkins, all you need for this is some wax pellets, a double broiler, a handful of wicks, some cinnamon sticks, and a few other materials. You can find the step-by-step instructions in the 2014 autumn issue of Somerset Life.

Artful Autumn - Placemats Project



5. Thankful Harvest Affaire Laminate Placemats Project
This project is simple but incredibly thoughtful. Cut out some kraft paper to use as placemats and then write “I’m Thankful For…” on the top right hand corner. You can embellish these placemats with stamps, stickers, leaf die cuts, or anything else you want. Use these during your Thanksgiving dinner and have your guests write down things that they are grateful for and then share once everyone is done. If you use permanent marker, you can even let your guests take them home as a lovely party favor.

Artful Autumn - Somerset Life Autumn 2014



6. Stovetop Potpourri
Throw a few slices of apples, some fresh orange peel, a couple of cinnamon sticks, and a handful of cloves into a pot of water and then set it to simmer on your stovetop. That’s all you need to create a wonderfully aromatic experience for your friends and family. The smell will fill your home with the sweet-smells and warmth attributed to autumn get-togethers. Just be sure to watch your pot carefully — you don’t want the water to completely evaporate and burn your pot.

~Photograph and project by Haeley Giambalvo from the pages of Somerset Life.

Artful Autumn - Wrapped Pumpkin Muffins Project



7. Harvest Affaire Wrapped Pumpkin Muffins
There’s already something very comforting about freshly baked muffins, but you can go a step further and add a little rustic charm by wrapping each one in some wax paper and a piece of natural hemp cord. This beautifully presented treat is the perfect snack to arrange in a basket and give to a friend along with artfully packaged jams, or you can take them along on a mid afternoon walk.

Artful Autumn - Somerset Life Summer 2014



8. Telling a Story with Timeworn Pieces
Vintage décor items are already quite beautiful and they always exhibit a unique charm, but I think they really come to life during the fall. Maybe it’s because autumn already feels so antique and timeworn, so it works to compliment vintage objects. Twigs, berries, and other autumn foliage are all great options for sprucing up an old vase, while setting a uniquely colored pumpkin next to it can pull it all together. A display like the one featured above doesn’t have to be expensive, but the results can be rather stunning.

~Photograph by Maria Marcusse from the pages of Somerset Life.

 

These eight projects are easy to replicate and will make your autumn feel more artful and definitely more enchanting. Let us know if you’ll be trying out any of these projects or if you have something else in the works!

 

Need More Artful Living Ideas?

The Home Decore Collection Craft your living space to suit your tastes with the unique home décor accents inside this artful collection. From antique wares and display pieces to vintage finds and feminine wearables, you can also find memorable gifts that will surprise and impress on occasion.

Click here to visit our Home Décor Collection.



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There’s a lot to love about autumn — the relief from hot summer days, the change of scenery from green to golden-brown, and all the fun activities. This season encompasses my two favorite holidays, Halloween and Thanksgiving. There’s nothing quite as fun as giving candy to little witches and cowboys, or whatever other imaginative creature […]

Crème de la Crème of Free Ephemera Downloads

October 20th, 2014

 Free Ephemera



 

Ephemera downloads are as fun to collect as they are to use. That’s why we try to offer them as often as we can here at Somerset Place, but did you know that you can also get them in our Post Script Newsletter? Apart from bringing you great content, exclusive discounts on Stampington publications and products, and free projects, Post Script also offers free ephemera downloads and updates on new additions to our ephemera library on e-Crafting.com.

What better way to encourage your creativity than with stunning vintage images that harken back to older days, or that showcase curious scenarios?

For this grouping of free ephemera, we pulled some of our favorite images out of past Post Script collections, from elaborate designs to the most fashionable members of high society. Download these nine images to your computer and use them whole as the centerpiece for a collage or cut them up for your mixed-media projects — the possibilities are endless.

Click here to view these images at full size and to download yours today. To incorporate even more vintage ephemera and digitally altered pieces into your artwork, visit e-Crafting.com.

Don’t miss anymore free ephemera downloads — click here to sign up for Post Script today!
 



Sarah Free DownloadsMixed-Media Art ,,,,,

    Ephemera downloads are as fun to collect as they are to use. That’s why we try to offer them as often as we can here at Somerset Place, but did you know that you can also get them in our Post Script Newsletter? Apart from bringing you great content, exclusive discounts on Stampington […]

We Conclude the Bella Grace Blog Hop with Five Giveaways of Our Own

October 16th, 2014
The Bella Grace Blog Hop
Photographs by Jillian Lukiwski, Deb Taylor, Susan Tuttle
Becky Stewart, Sylvia Stefanova
Silvia Mulazzani, Deb Taylor, Susan Tuttle


When I started working on the Bella Grace Blog Hop back in July, I had an inkling that it would turn into something very special. From the moment I held Bella Grace and flipped through the articles, I just knew it was something we had to share, the way each individual poured themselves out onto every page. You see, Bella Grace is much more than a magazine — it’s a textural experience with grainy pages – it’s a spiritual awakening loaded with authentic experiences, uplifting stories, workbook prompts, and photographs. Oh, how I love to get lost in the photographs.

That’s a funny way to describe it, I know, but it’s the most accurate description I can come up with.

There are also many things Bella Grace is not: It is not glossy. It is not a sales-pitch that requires the purchase of “stuff” to make your life more fulfilling. It does not present unattainable standards of beauty, creativity, or happiness.

So yes, when I began working on the Bella Grace Blog Hop back in July, I knew it was going to turn into something special.

Thanks to the brilliance, creativity, and hard work of each co-host, the Bella Grace Blog Hop was better than I ever imagined. Our hosts took us on another special journey, much like the book, from gorgeous, bloom-filled meadows to the dark and sincere places in their hearts. We read personal stories and visited places of inspiration. I wish I could sit here and relay every single post — to talk about the wonderful sound of a happy tail thumping against warm bedcovers; and the adventures you’re bound to experience when you go wherever the wind wills; and the smell of sunshine; and the beauty of the harvest moon; but if you missed any of the inspiration, comfort, and magic that was shared, I’m sure you’ll take a moment to go back, and look through all of the beautiful, original posts that are now a part of our Bella Grace adventure.

I would like to offer a sincere thank you on behalf of Stampington & Company to all of our official and unofficial co-hosts. Thank you for sharing your words, your images, and a little bit of your souls with us.

It’s not the end, but the beginning of a beautiful new journey …

Bella Grace Volume 1, Issue 2

Photographs by Alisha Fridland


Bella Grace Volume 1, Issue 2

We are far from done! The humbling, overwhelmingly positive reaction of our readers to this new publication has made us realize that the world needs a bit more magic in the ordinary, and we are happy to oblige. Bella Grace will be released four times a year, beginning in March 2015.

Click here to peek inside Volume 1, Issue 2 – available December 1st.

 

Bella Grace Volume 1

Bella Grace Giveaway: Now it’s our Turn

In order to show our appreciation for our wonderful blog readers and enthusiasm over this amazing new publication, we are giving away 5 copies of Bella Grace.

[This giveaway has ended.]

How to Win

Leave us a comment below. Tell us what you thought about the Blog Hop, which post you enjoyed the most, or why you’re looking forward to the next issue of Bella Grace.

Congratulations to our Winners:

Tracy Snyder, Peggy Lee, Connie Pedersen, Charlene James, and Nadine Jordan



Sarah Artful LivingContests and Giveaways ,,,,

Photographs by Jillian Lukiwski, Deb Taylor, Susan Tuttle Becky Stewart, Sylvia Stefanova Silvia Mulazzani, Deb Taylor, Susan Tuttle When I started working on the Bella Grace Blog Hop back in July, I had an inkling that it would turn into something very special. From the moment I held Bella Grace and flipped through the articles, […]