A Caption Contest with a Creative Twist!

November 10th, 2014
Caption Contest with a twist - Artful Blogging Summer 2014~Photograph by Tara Morris from the pages of Artful Blogging Summer 2014


 

Caption Contest with a Twist - Artful Blogging Spring 2014~Photograph by Diana Elizabeth from the pages of Artful Blogging Summer 2014


 

Caption Contest with a Twist - Artful Blogging Autumn 2013~Photograph by Tracia Whitmer from the pages of Artful Blogging Winter 2014


Inspiration comes in many shapes and forms — sometimes it’s a found object, sometimes it comes from our animal companions, and sometimes it’s simply the beauty of nature. Whatever the case may be, inspiration has a funny way of rousing different parts of our mind. The right image at the right time can conjure colors, words, sounds, and feelings, all of which can lead to the creation of new art or the appreciation of old masterpieces.

For example, while flipping through the pages of the autumn 2013 issue of Artful Blogging, I saw Tracia Whitmer’s photograph of a lonesome road bathed in sunlight. I immediately thought of “The Road Not Taken” by Robert Frost:

I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere age and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.

What quote, poem, song, or narrative does this photograph remind you of?

 

Quote the Image Caption Contest Giveaway

[This giveaway has ended.]

This caption contest with a twist is a great creative exercise. The three featured images on this post by Tracia Whitmer, Tara Morris, and Diana Elizabeth are extraordinary! They capture nature’s majesty, a child’s curiosity, and the spirit of a true adventurer.

Select one of the three featured images, and find a quote, snippet of a song, a line from a poem, or even a portion of a beloved narrative that somehow resonates with it and then share it in the comment section below.

 

How to enter:

  1. Click the “Pin-it” button for your favorite photograph and share it on Pinterest with your friends.
  2. Leave us a comment on the blog with the most fitting caption that you can think of.

The person with the most “fitting” caption will receive a magazine of their choice (a value of $14.99 or less)!

Contest ends on November 30th, 2014.



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~Photograph by Tara Morris from the pages of Artful Blogging Summer 2014   ~Photograph by Diana Elizabeth from the pages of Artful Blogging Summer 2014   ~Photograph by Tracia Whitmer from the pages of Artful Blogging Winter 2014 Inspiration comes in many shapes and forms — sometimes it’s a found object, sometimes it comes from […]

A Charming and Functional Recipe Journal Project

November 6th, 2014

Family Recipe Journal Cover



There’s nothing quite as charming as an old family recipe book that gets passed down from generation to generation. It’s especially nice to pull that book out now that Thanksgiving is just around the corner. But if you’ve ever had a recipe book, then you know that the pages within this precious family heirloom have a tendency to be dynamic. Recipes change over the years, and each generation adds a little something extra or adjusts things more to their own personal liking. The pages of a recipe book are alive with creativity, love, and delicious secrets!

This project is about starting your own family recipe journal, which is a bit more functional than a book. By using a ring binder you can add or remove pages, use page pockets, and even insert envelopes — pretty much anything that can be hole-punched is fair game. This particular project is beautiful, practical, and perfect for the holidays.

Materials for the Family Recipe Journal Project:

Ringed Binder
Ephemera
7gypsie Printed Postcards
Tag Envelopes
Tim Holtz’s Idea-ology Page Pockets
Ecology Natural Filler Kraft Paper
Grubby Tags
Rub-On Stickers
Pen

Family Recipe Journal Clipping



Family Recipe Journal Project Tutorial

Step 1 – First and foremost, you’ll want to pick a ringed binder — for this project we used one of Tim Holtz Idea-ology designs.

Step 2 – Write your recipes directly onto various pieces of ephemera. We wrote some of our recipes on 7gypsie printed postcards and envelopes. The envelopes are especially handy because you can stuff them with recipes written on tags, cut-outs from magazines, or recipes printed from online sources.

Family Recipe Journal Ephemera



Step 3 – You can also use Tim Holtz’s Idea-ology Page Pockets. The pockets are great for adding handwritten recipe sheets, or those recipes that you find on the back of food packaging like flour, oatmeal boxes, and other similar items. We even wrote some recipes on the Ecology Natural Filler Kraft Paper and Grubby Tags, which added a sweet rustic and worn look to our journal.

Family Recipe Journal Tag

Step 4 – Next, punch holes into all of the ephemera pieces, envelopes, and journal pages that you’re using and bind them together in your binder.

Step 5 – Add some decorative rub-ons to the cover of the album for an elegant, finishing touch.

This is a fun and functional project with a lot of creative potential. It’s a great way to start collecting treasured family recipes as well as a lovely way to commemorate the recipes used during a special occasion like Christmas or Thanksgiving. Make one for yourself and watch the pages multiply with tasty new concoctions, or get one started with a few of your favorite recipes and gift it to a friend or family member.

Want Even More Inspiring Holiday Projects?

Holiday and Special Occasion CollectionThe holiday season is upon us, but there’s still plenty of time to craft some homemade party favors, décor accents, seasonal cards, treat bags, and much more! Explore our entire collection of holiday-themed projects and find over 160 creative ideas to help make this time of year a little extra festive.

 

Click here to visit our Holiday and Special Occasion Collection.



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There’s nothing quite as charming as an old family recipe book that gets passed down from generation to generation. It’s especially nice to pull that book out now that Thanksgiving is just around the corner. But if you’ve ever had a recipe book, then you know that the pages within this precious family heirloom have […]

Glimpse Inside Creative New November Issues + Win Your Fav!

November 4th, 2014

Celebrate a bountiful and creative harvest with brand new Stampington publications. This November we’re hoping to rouse your sleepy muse with the inspiring images in Artful Blogging and the inventive and resourceful upcycled projects in GreenCraft. You definitely won’t want to miss the enchanting creatures in Art Doll Quarterly, or the new homemade, chemical-free bath and body products from the second issue of Willow and Sage. Find the perfect inspiration for unique, handmade gifts or give yourself a well-deserved break with creative project ideas.

Discount

 

We love our blog followers, and that’s why we want to offer you an exclusive promotion. Use the coupon code BLOG1114 at checkout to get $5 off any of our new November issues.

 

 

 

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In this exciting winter issue, Shirley Vauvelle, our Artist Profile, artfully mixes clay and paper, and Linda Trenholm shows off a breathtaking altered board book inspired by the South of France. You’ll also find a creative take on business cards for artists, quirky and clever television-inspired assemblages, and edgy wrapping ideas for all of your holiday gifts. Along with the latest information and innovations in paper crafting and mixed-media, you won’t want to miss a captivating feature on artistic treasures that fit in the palm of your hand.

 

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Altered Couture is a 160-page publication dedicated to altered and embellished clothing and accessories. This issue shares more clothing upcycles from household names like Diane Aguilar, Kimberly Elowe, Shelly West, Nancy Romans, and Lorri Scott; plus tons of upcoming designers new to the pages of Altered Couture. Find the results from our Make It Military challenge, creative, refashioned items that are perfect for winter, and a fabulous steampunk pair of pumps, hand-painted by Miranda Storer. You also will not want to miss stylish and flattering tunic jackets, sweaters, skirts, and dresses, a unique tutorial on how to upcycle your old clothes into yoga bags, or fun accessories to pair with your altered away items.

 

Art Doll Quarterly - November IssuesArt Doll Quarterly - November Issues



Art Doll Quarterly’s winter issue is packed with wonderful seasonal delights, magical inspiration, and great techniques. We reveal the best of the best in our Medieval Doll Challenge with some fabulous dolls including Lady Shallot, Merlin, Henry VIII, Jehanne d’Arc, and King Théoden. Artist Trent Manning is the subject of our Doll Artist Profile, and his work of turning materials that are recycled, salvaged, and repurposed into spectacular art will astound you. Renowned doll artist Terese Cato shares a tutorial on using watercolor pencils on fabric, Adele Sciortino discusses part two of her article on how to photograph your artwork, and award-winning artist Norma Prickett shares a collaborative gourd doll project that is sure to inspire. ’Tis the season — and we’re happy to showcase delightfully charming Santa’s, elves, holiday pixies, snowmen, a biker Santa, and so much more.

 

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Immerse yourself in the breathtaking photos and captivating stories of some of the world’s most creative bloggers in this issue of Artful Blogging. Discover Stephanie Dahlsrud and Annetta Bosakova’s journey to journal every day of 2014 – to photograph and blog about each day on ayeartoinspire.blogspot.ca. We’ll also introduce you to Courtney Kennedy, of alwaysrooney.com, a lover of fashion and handmade and also a DIY genius, and Suzanne Walcher, of privetandholly.blogspot.com, who finds joy in words and in small details. You’ll also delight in entering into Linda Dresselhaus’ creative blog full of vintage finds and upcycyled projects on itsy-bits-and-pieces.blogspot.com.

 

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This holiday season, give the gift that keeps on giving by turning the recycling bin into Santa’s magic sack! The Winter 2014 issue of GreenCraft Magazine is overflowing with inspired, environmentally-safe craft projects that also happen to double as one-of-a-kind gift ideas. Try your hand at making a sweet, repurposed denim market bag that could be stuffed with all kinds of holiday goodies. Find out how to transform broken watches into nautical bracelets to take to the beach with you anywhere. You’ll also learn how to create a unique mouse pad from upcycled materials, ornaments from vintage chandelier crystals, and so much more!

 

Where Women Create - November Issues
Where Women Create - November Issues



Whether it’s art, food, music, written works, or choreographed dances, extraordinary women know that the process of creating is every bit as important as what ultimately gets created. Come indulge in a number of featured artists, articles, and beautiful spaces within the winter issue of Where Women Create.

What’s Inside:

  • The colorful studio of Debi Beard
  • The unique creative spaces of Anna Maria Horner and Maya Donenfeld of Creative Bug
  • Anita Davis of the Esse Purse Museum and the artistic quarters of quilters Judy Murrah and Bari J. Ackerman
  • Features on Amanda Herring, Wendy Addison, and Linda Gardner
  • The Men Who Make It column spotlights Emmy-winning costume designer from NYC, David Zyla

Willow and Sage - November IssuesWillow and Sage - November Issues



Willow and Sage is filled with more than 70 unique recipes, uses, and beautiful packaging ideas for homemade bath and body products, paired alongside stunning, Somerset-style photography. Learn how to ease back pain with just a few ingredients, discover 10 easy hair treatments you can find in your kitchen, and throw a spa day for you and your girlfriends. Make pin-worthy bath and body gifts this holiday, including quick and easy lip balm that is perfect to use as a stocking stuffer. This issue also reveals the best essential oils for women along with easy to make gifts for the man in your life.

 

Your Chance to Win One of Our November Issues!

[This giveaway has ended.]

We’re giving away brand-new November issues to THREE lucky winners! Simply follow these steps to enter for your chance to win:

1) Click on your favorite spread above.

2) Pin or “Like” that particular issue.

3) If you pinned to Pinterest, share the link in the comments section below. If you “liked” on Facebook, tag us so we can see.

4) If you don’t have Facebook or Pinterest, please comment below and tell us which issue you find most appealing and why.

*Winners are selected at random and will be contacted via email. *$5 off discount applies to purchases of any of the following 2014 November issues only: Somerset Studio, Altered Couture, Art Doll Quarterly, Artful Blogging, GreenCraft Magazine, Where Women Create, and Willow and Sage. Discount code can be used only one time per customer, and expires 11/30/14. Contest is open to U.S. residents and ends 11/30/14 at 11:59pm.

 

Congratulations to Our Glimpse Inside Winners for the Month of October:

Susie Donovan, Pat Hauge, and Felicia Aaron

 

Congratulations to our Bella Grace Blog Hop Winners:

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



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Celebrate a bountiful and creative harvest with brand new Stampington publications. This November we’re hoping to rouse your sleepy muse with the inspiring images in Artful Blogging and the inventive and resourceful upcycled projects in GreenCraft. You definitely won’t want to miss the enchanting creatures in Art Doll Quarterly, or the new homemade, chemical-free bath […]

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

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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.

 





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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 […]