Free Article Download: Box Ladies by Renee Zarate

September 8th, 2014

Box Ladies by Renee Zarate

Are you up for an artistic challenge? Sometimes stretching your creative muscle is as easy as using similar things in different ways. Take for example the three boxes featured in this free article download. Renee Zarate, a regular contributing artist for Stampington, used Dina Wakley’s cling mount stamps to make a set of creative and edgy party favor boxes. Although the party favors share the same box template and a similar stamp design, each is distinctly different.

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Delight your artistic friends with these mini-masterpieces. Each box showcases different materials such as raffia ribbon, patterned tissue paper, and even some carefully stamped dryer sheets. These different design elements make the boxes unique and interesting, plus they’re a great place to hide little treats or tiny crafting treasures.

Want to learn how to make these crafty party favor boxes for your next artistic gathering?

Click here to download the free article, “Box Ladies,” by Renee Zarate that originally appeared in the Spring 2012 issue of The Stampers’ Sampler.

To learn more about this amazing mixed-media artist visit her blog, Bolton House.

 

The Back Issue Sale

The Stampers' Sampler Spring 2012Currently this magazine, along with many others, is available at a deeply discounted price thanks to our Back Issue Sale. Pick up a copy of this publication for only $1.99!

 

Click here to see more of the Back Issue Sale.
*Sale pricing ends September 30, 2014.

 

 

 

The Bella Grace Blog Hop

The Bella Grace Blog HopSometimes, when inspiration comes calling we simply cannot resist the urge to answer. Junelle Jacobsen, the latest unlocked link in the Bella Grace Blog Hop, writes about her romance with sunlight and how bright, light-filled days can easily steal her away from projects and work. Join her on her blog for a chance to win a copy of Bella Grace.

 

Click here to follow the Bella Grace Blog Hop

 

 



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Are you up for an artistic challenge? Sometimes stretching your creative muscle is as easy as using similar things in different ways. Take for example the three boxes featured in this free article download. Renee Zarate, a regular contributing artist for Stampington, used Dina Wakley’s cling mount stamps to make a set of creative and […]

Natural History Inspired Storage Project

September 4th, 2014

Natural History Inspired Storage Project



Who doesn’t love beautiful and functional storage ideas? Personally, I love jewelry boxes — I love the teeny-tiny drawers, little doorknobs, and the unique colored surfaces of different containers like polished wood, painted porcelain, and oxidized metal. This nature-themed found object multi-box container is made out of paper mache and can be painted any color, so it’s very easy to personalize. It’s an elegant and feminine way to store jewelry, small crafting essentials, and unique found items. Things like shells, rocks, crystals, and even pieces of sea-glass can be artfully stored in these little boxes. This charming set of six boxes will make a lovely décor piece for your dressing room, bathroom, living room, or anywhere else you want to put them.

 

Natural History Inspired Storage Project

Natural History Inspired Storage Project Materials:

White Paint
Green Paint
Paint Brushes
Paper Mache Mini Box Set
7gypsies Rubbing Stickers

 

Natural History Inspired Storage Project Instructions

Step 1 – Start by painting the outside of the box’s frame with a light coat of white acrylic paint. Paint sparingly; you want some of the warm kraft color to be visible. It will give the box a distressed look.

Step 2 – Repeat the same process on the small boxes and lids, but this time use green acrylic paint. To achieve the green hue that is featured in this project, mix a little bit of white paint into the green paint. Set all the pieces aside and let them dry thoroughly.

 

Natural History Inspired Storage Project

Step 3 – We used a variety of 7gypsies rubbings to add words and images directly onto the front of our boxes. However, feel free to use stamps and ink if you want a more personalized message.

Step 4 – Finally fill the boxes with natural-colored excelsior and add your favorite found objects.

 

Natural History Inspired Storage Project

Not only is this a great project to make for yourself, especially if you’re a fan of delicate miniature storage containers, but this also makes a great gift for a friend or family member. Paint the boxes and frame with their favorite colors, add personalized messages, and fill them with thoughtful findings.

What would you store in these darling boxes? We want to know!

 

The Bella Grace Blog Hop

The Bella Grace Blog HopThis week’s unlocked link comes from the talented Mindy Lacefield, who shares with us her thoughts on Bella Grace, a heartfelt poem, and a stunning mixed-media painting. Visit her blog post for a dose of inspiration and a chance to win this beautiful new publication.

Click here to follow the Bella Grace Blog Hop

 

 



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Who doesn’t love beautiful and functional storage ideas? Personally, I love jewelry boxes — I love the teeny-tiny drawers, little doorknobs, and the unique colored surfaces of different containers like polished wood, painted porcelain, and oxidized metal. This nature-themed found object multi-box container is made out of paper mache and can be painted any color, […]

Glimpse Inside September Issues: $5 Off + Chance to Win

September 2nd, 2014

Autumn, in all of its wonderful golden-orange glory, is upon us, and that means taking trips to the pumpkin patch, stocking up on candy for trick-or-treaters, and indulging in fun family gatherings. If you need homemade gift gift ideas or seasonal project inspiration, pick up Somerset Holidays and Celebrations,or discover countless must-try techniques in these new September issues.Find our newest issues at Stampington.com

 

We’re offering an exclusive deal to all of our wonderful blog followers. Use the promo code BLOG0914 and you’ll get $5 off any of our new September publications. Simply copy and paste the coupon code when prompted at checkout.

 

 

Somerset Studio Sept/Oct 2014

Somerset Studio Sep/Oct '14Paper crafting, art stamping, and the lettering arts are elevated to an artistic level in Somerset Studio! Join the celebration of these popular handcrafting styles in the industry’s most trusted and innovative mixed-media magazine, and learn about working with exotic papers, intriguing art stamps, fine calligraphy, and more from fellow artists. This issue shares an exciting Artist Profile on Andrea Matus deMeng, edgy packaging ideas by Kelli May Krenz, and the results of our Masquerade Challenge. Top artists will also reveal lessons in working in lots of layers, how to make the most out of a single color palette, and a fun paper towel batik technique.

 

Somerset Apprentice Autumn 2014

Somerset Apprentice Autumn 2014Our Autumn 2014 issue of Somerset Apprentice is bursting with wonderful works that are sure to inspire you. Featuring art by Laly Mille, Kristen Robinson, Becky Shander, Juliette Crane, and other talented artists, you’ll love being an apprentice to these gifted teachers as they walk you through their projects step-by-step. Learn how to create layered collages and assemblage art with detailed, close-up photographs and clear, concise instructions. Our From the Pros section includes tips and tricks from successful artists like Mary Beth Shaw, Jesse Reno, Kate Crane, Andrea deMeng, Teresa McFayden, and others. Don’t miss this jam-packed issue for a huge dose of creativity!

 

Belle Armoire Jewelry Autumn 2014

Belle Armoire Jewelry Autumn 2014Each 144-page issue is of Belle Armoire Jewelry is overflowing with exciting projects, such as necklaces, bracelets, earrings, and more. Autumn brings with it new fall styles and bold colors, including a gorgeous enameled bangle set, Cat Kerr’s Marie Oliver necklaces, and a stunning coral necklace. Our previous Designer Collection artist Kristin Oppold shares more of her knotted work, and Shari Replogle shares how to make decorative eye pins to inspire your future projects. You don’t want to miss Kathy Thompson’s crazy wire necklaces, or any of the new techniques and tips inside this inspiring autumn issue!

Somerset Digital Studio Autumn 2014

Somerset Digital Studio Autumn 2014Don’t miss this amazing issue showcasing some of your favorite digital artists, as well as new ones. We’re happy to feature the talented Louise Robinson and her Dreamluxe series; Rebecca McMeen, whose amazing work is always spectacular; iPhoneography superstars Nicki Fitz-Gerald, Bob Weil, and Edi Caves; and the awe-inspiring work of Jee Young Lee. This beautiful 144-page, full-color publication highlights the best digitally created artwork around. Each issue contains fascinating and informative feature articles, a breathtaking gallery of reader-submitted digital artwork, a digital dictionary, a photo-editing software comparison chart, and more.

 

Take Ten Autumn 2014

Take Ten Autumn 2014As the days get shorter, there is no better time to get inspired for the prime card-giving season. In addition to our typical array of quick-and-easy stamping projects and colorful card ideas, we will have a designated holiday section — including Halloween, Thanksgiving, Season’s Greetings, and more — that offer tips to make cards that take less time than grabbing your car keys and driving to the bargain mart. Find tips for stamping on kraft cardstock, creating alluring gift tags, applying an ethereal inking effect, and more! Original articles features card themes ranging from chic and sophisticated to quirky critters designed from leftover patterned paper. This year forget about costly gifts, and give a personal and beautiful, handcrafted sentiment straight from the heart.

 Where Women Cook Autumn 2014

Where Women Cook Autumn 2014A shared love of food – whether it’s cooking it, talking about it, or eating it – brings people together. Join us for a culinary adventure within the pages of Where Women Cook. In this issue, we share the beautiful Nashville home of Rose Falcon, wife of country music star Rodney Atkins, and go inside New York Times bestselling author Danielle Walker’s stunning kitchen space. In addition to the breathtaking photography you’ve come to expect from Where Women Create, you’ll also get to peek inside the eclectic home of Brandy Harper, and be inspired with recipes from Gina Weathersby, creator of the online magazine 513 {eats} and author of “The Yummy Supper,” Erin Scott.

 

Somerset Holidays and Celebrations 2014 Volume 8

Somerset Holidays and Celebrations 2014 Volume 8Somerset Holidays & Celebrations Volume 8 has an array of beautiful projects in store for those who like to celebrate by creating art. Lucy Langlois shares her ingenious and stunning technique for making Christmas trees from crown molding; Shirley Hudson appeals to our nostalgic side with vintage-inspired, hand-embroidered ornaments; and Catherine Matthews-Scanlon honors home and the holidays all at once with her Christmas-themed plush houses. If you’re looking to create something a bit spookier, you’ll love Jill McCall’s ephemera-filled Halloween ornaments and Tina Haller’s skeleton-topped bottles. For those who crave something sweet, Connie Fong’s lovely mini-paper-dress garland is perfect for Valentine’s Day.

Somerset Holidays and Celebrations 2014 Volume 8

 

 

Prims Autumn 2014

Prims Autumn 2014

Prims exclusively features art inspired by a bygone era. Inside this exciting issue, you can find Michelle Christman’s needle-felted penguins, each wearing a festive red, green, and white knitted scarf — delightful carolers singing enchanting songs during the holidays. Marie Morgan shares her pumpkins with quirky personalities, and Sharon Stevens shows you how to create a Halloween witch with a pumpkin head dressed in a pretty frock. Rounding out the season are Renee Tousignant’s primitive snowmen and snowwoman and Mandy Fischer’s captivating Halloween dolls.

 

Your Chance to Win One of Our September Issues!

We’re giving away brand-new September 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 September issues only: Somerset Studio, Somerset Apprentice, Somerset Digital Studio, Take Ten, Belle Armoire Jewelry, Somerset Holidays & Celebrations, Where Women Cook, and Prims. Discount code can be used only one time per customer, and expires 09/30/14. Contest is open to U.S. residents and ends 09/30/14 at 11:59pm.

 

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

Shannon Bundschuh, Debbie Hight, and Kim Gaynor

 

The Bella Grace Blog Hop

The Bella Grace Blog HopJoin Becky Shander as she undertakes a journey of personal exploration, which takes her to her biological mother’s homeland, the beautiful Thailand. Visit Becky’s blog for a chance to win a copy of Bella Grace plus a gorgeous collection of brightly-colored antique hand-stitched trim.

 

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Autumn, in all of its wonderful golden-orange glory, is upon us, and that means taking trips to the pumpkin patch, stocking up on candy for trick-or-treaters, and indulging in fun family gatherings. If you need homemade gift gift ideas or seasonal project inspiration, pick up Somerset Holidays and Celebrations,or discover countless must-try techniques in these […]

Get Published: September Calls and Challenges

August 29th, 2014

Becoming a published artist takes hard work, commitment, and at times, a thick skin. There is also nothing like the feeling you get from having your work featured, front-and-center, in a magazine, but only you can decide if it’s worth it.

Our website is updated regularly to reflect submission guidelines as well as any special themes or calls and challenges that are currently being held. With over 30 publications, we’re certain that we have something for every type of crafter! Read on to find all of our upcoming Calls & Challenge deadlines for September or departments that accept ongoing submissions.

Also, don’t forget that we are making submitting work easier than ever by offering the option to email us high quality images of your creations for consideration for many of our titles. Just take a picture of your artwork, email it to the appropriate editor (listed below each title), and if selected, we’ll send you further instructions.

If you’re an up-and-coming artist, you can get your start by being published in one of our publications get recognition for blog or current product lines that you’re linked to, and you’ll also be able to inspire creativity amongst an audience of your peers.

Submit your work today!

 

Altered Couture

110-18_ALT0814~Dress by Michelle Hoffee and shoes by Jen Cushman

A hand-me-down sweater … a raggedy old skirt from the thrift store … a plain T-shirt … using just a few tools coupled with your creativity, all of these items can be repurposed into new, fashionable finds. We invite you to submit your own altered and embellished clothing and accessories to be considered for this exciting publication. Published items include skirts, dresses, pants, tops, jackets, vests, shoes, and accessories. Please submit a “before” photo along with your altered creation to be considered for publication, if available.

 

049_ALT0214Little Black Dress
The staple, the classic, the needed, the envied, the fearless and stylish little black dress — we all either have one or desperately need one. Well here is your chance to either revamp your old one or fill the void in your closet. Create that dress perfect for a night out that suits your personal style. Just make sure that it’s upcycled, and send it our way before the September deadline.
Deadline: September 15, 2014.

 

~Dress by Bunny Henningsen

 

 

 

 

Mail in your submissions to the following address:

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

 

Art Doll Quarterly

098_ADQ0214This full-color, 128-page publication is dedicated to art dolls and sculptural figures made from cloth, polymer clay, Creative Paperclay®, wire armatures, mixed-media, and much more. In each issue, you will find original doll patterns, creative challenges, doll-artist profiles, convention listings and reviews, book & video reviews, and a 35-page gallery of art dolls made by our readers. Come join the fun! Art Doll Quarterly is open to doll artists of all abilities.

 

~Artwork by Taut K. of Bury Me Baubles

 

 

 

 

 

026_ADQ0814Mother & Daughter
Suggested by doll artist Cora Raiford, we hope you’ll join the adventure and try your hand at creating a doll for our Mother & Daughter doll challenge. From celebrity moms and daughters to Marie Curie and her daughter Irene Joliot – Curie to Wynonna and Naomi Judd, the possibilities are far reaching! Draw on mom and daughters from literature, art, or even your own family. We just know we’re going to get some interesting submissions. Make sure to include a few sentences about the inspiration behind your doll, as well as brief instructions. Results will be published in our Spring 2015 issue in plenty of time for Mother’s Day!
Deadline: September 15, 2014.

 

~Artwork by Artwork by Marguerite Surich Noschese

 

 

 

124_ADQ0814Paper Personas
Inspired by Judith Thibaut’s doll “George in Drag” (Spring 2010) and in the spirit of Lynne Perrella’s book Beyond Paper Dolls, we’ve created a new department in Art Doll Quarterly that will feature one fabulous, artistic and beautifully executed paper doll in each issue. We’re looking for expressive paper personas crafted with innovative techniques and art mediums — over-the-top imaginative interpretations of the human form. Send us your thought-provoking and innovative paper personas for publication consideration. Please note “Paper Personas” on your submission.
Deadline: Ongoing.

 

~Artwork by Edan Ruthan Miller

 

 

 

Mail in your submissions to the following address:

Stampington & Company
ATTN: Art Doll Quarterly
22992 Mill Creek, Suite B
Laguna Hills, CA 92653

 

Artful Blogging 007_BLG0814~Photograph by Keri-Anne Pink

Let Artful Blogging be your guide as you discover a world filled with visual delights from today’s most inspirational artists, writers, and photographers. In their own words, read how blogging fits into the creative lives of artists and creative souls like yourself. Filled with full-color photography, illustration, mixed-media and assemblage, fabric and vintage artwork — whether or not you have a blog of your own, you will find no richer landscape to spark your own creative fires.

 

A-Year-To-Inspire-8-Stephanie-DahlsrudArtful Blogging is a Stampington & Company’s quarterly publication. If you are the creator of a blog or know of one that you think other creative minds would like to know about, please send a letter of interest to the Managing Editor, at artfulblogging@stampington.com.
Deadline: September 15, 2014.

 

~Artwork by Stephanie Dahlsrud

 

 

 

 

 

 

Click here to download our guide for submitting photographs. It will also show you how to convert images to the correct size and resolution for this publication.

 

GreenCraft Magazine

Finding creative uses for old items is nothing new to artists, but the spirit of preserving the planet is more important than ever before and GreenCraft Magazine is here to honor and inspire those who find artistic applications for normally discarded resources.

GreenCraft Magazine provides ideas for upcycling trash to treasures by showcasing projects where waste is repurposed into ecologically-chic creations. To support sustainable production, the entire publication is printed on 100% recycled paper.

 

144_GRN0514Green Living
This department is dedicated to showcasing projects that promote a green lifestyle. These items do not have to be made from recycled or repurposed materials, but they do have to be eco-friendly. Reusable fabric towels, homemade household cleaners, and reusable sandwich bags are some examples of what we’re looking for.
Deadline: Ongoing.

 

~Artwork by Esther Benedict

 

 

 

 

013_GRN0514Feature 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: September 15, 2014

 

~Artwork by Jennifer Bomgardner

 

Email images of your submissions to the editor at greencraft@stampington.com. Please use GreenCraft Magazine: Challenge or Department Name as the subject line.

 

Haute Handbag063_HTE1013~Artwork by Deb Shull-Andrews

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.
Deadline: November  15, 2014.

 

PROJ-0891What’s In Your Bag?
Welcome to this new department in Haute Handbags! We all know what we put in our bags: a wallet, a few pens, or maybe a journal or two. We’re asking you to share with us what you carry in your bag on a daily basis. Whether it’s your yarn and crochet hooks, a few pictures of your children, a sketchbook of your latest projects, or even your recent find at a thrift store, we want to see what treasures you hold in your bags. Place your bag and items on a neutral or white background. Take a picture of your arrangement; follow these guidelines for taking and submitting the picture. Please don’t use flash photography. Provide a list of all the items shown in the picture and a brief explanation of the items in your purse.
Deadline: Ongoing.

 

Mail in your submissions to the following address:

Stampington & Company
ATTN: Haute Handbag
22992 Mill Creek, Suite B
Laguna Hills, CA 92653

 

Somerset Apprentice 006__APP0313~Artwork by Pam Carriker

Somerset Apprentice is published semiannually and is currently open to submissions from all our readers who wish to share their art with our audience. Somerset Apprentice provides a basic and thorough understanding of techniques geared toward people who aspire to make Somerset-esque art, but need to learn the fundamentals through easy-to-understand instructions and close-up photos. Somerset Apprentice focuses on the basic how-to’s of amazing artwork.

 

111_APP0314Artful Building Blocks
In each issue of Somerset Apprentice we publish Artful Building Blocks — easy techniques that can be the starting point for a great work of art. If you have a technique that would make a good Artful Building Block we encourage you to submit it for publication consideration. Artful Building Blocks must be fairly simple and straightforward so that those new to mixed-media art can easily do it. ABB’s are shown as a 2-page spread. The first page shows the completed artwork and a brief introduction, and the second page shows the steps needed to create the technique.

 

~Artwork by Meghan Horan

To submit your idea(s) for an Artful Building Block, here are some guidelines:

-Your Artful Building Block technique must be presented in six easy-to-do steps — one of which is Step 1 – “Gather all your supplies” with an image of what is needed to create your project.

-The remaining five should show the other steps taken to complete the technique.

-Copy must be written that includes a brief introduction (2-3 sentences), a tools and materials list, the steps, and 2-4 tips.

-Send image of original artwork shot alone, and then photographs of the 6 steps. (Remember: Step 1 must be “Gather all your supplies”)

-Images need to be shot on a white background in natural light.

-Images must be sent at 300 dpi at 8″ x 10″. Please put them in a zip file or send large images through WeSendIt, DropBox, WeTransfer or similar file sharing program.

-Please include your name and complete mailing address, plus any website or blog information you’d like published.

Deadline for artwork to be received: October 15th 2014.

Click here to download our guide for submitting photographs. It will also show you how to convert images to the correct size and resolution for this publication.

Email images of your submissions to the editor at somersetapprentice@stampington.com. Please use Somerset Apprentice: Challenge or Department Name as the subject line.

 

Somerset Digital Studio
055-97_DIG0314~Artwork by Debbie West and Beth Conklin

Digital artwork is HOT right now, and we’re very excited about this great publication that features all digital designs. Somerset Digital Studio focuses on all things digital — scrapbook pages, ATCs, collages, heritage pieces, iPhoneography, photo manipulations, apps for digital designing — anything that is unique, distinctive, artistic and created digitally. In order to be considered for publication in Somerset Digital Studio, please send via email the following for each submission: a high-res image (300 dpi, at least 10 x 10 inches), a brief paragraph describing the artwork (who’s who in any photos or why you were inspired to create it), instructions on how you created your digital artwork including the specifics as to what tools, programs, etc. you used. To be considered for an article, please include a brief query along with at least 5 images to support your idea. Please include your name, email and mailing address with every submission. Somerset Digital Studio is published semiannually in March and September.
Deadline for artwork to be received: Every October 15th and April 15th.

A Submission Form must be attached to your artwork.  Click here to download this form.

Click here to download our guide for how to submit photographs. It will also show you how to convert images to the correct size and resolution for this publication.

Email images of your submissions to the editor at somersetdigitalstudio@stampington.com. Please use Somerset Digital Studio Submission as the subject line.

 

 

Take Ten

034__TEN0912If you create quick and creative cards in 10 minutes or less, then we definitely want to see your work. Take Ten offers rubber stamp enthusiasts of all levels great ideas for creating lovely cards. If published, your work will be printed in full-color spreads along with detailed instructions. Share your creativity and show us how you make handmade cards for any and all occasions.

 

~Artwork by Laurie Davis

 

 

 

 

 

 

124_TEN0612Stripe Hype
It’s no secret that stripes can drastically change the appearance of an object. Many of us have looked into a mirror in horror at that horizontally-striped T-shirt that makes us look wider or marveled at how tall and slender we look in vertically striped trousers. For this challenge, we at Take Ten ask you to create dimension with stripes. Paint stripes on your cards, add them with washi tape, draw them, use patterned paper, and, of course, stamp them! Remember to keep the card simple and easily recreated in 10 minutes or less, and don’t forget to include stamping. Send us your favorite results by October 15th for possible inclusion in the Take Ten Spring 2015 Issue.
Deadline: October 15, 2014.

 

~Artwork by Sheila Glynn Spears

 

Mail in your submissions to the following address:

Stampington & Company
ATTN: Take Ten
22992 Mill Creek, Suite B
Laguna Hills, CA 92653

 

Somerset Home006_HOM0814~Artwork by Michelle Girard Ferullo

You are cordially invited to submit artwork to be considered for this special publication showcasing handcrafted items to decorate the home. Somerset Home features items from every room in the home – from the bedroom, the kids’ room and the bathroom, to the kitchen and the living room. And don’t forget the backyard and the front porch! We are looking for a variety of items including but not limited to: embellished pillows, wall art, hooked rugs, altered lamp shades, quilts, table top items, aprons, embellished chandeliers, garlands for the mantle, decorations for the front door, slipcovers, and more! Pictures of artfully decorated or lived-in spaces are also most welcome in the highest resolution possible.
Deadline for artwork to be received: Semiannually every September 15th and March 15th.

 

128_HOM0813Furniture Transformations
This section features upholstered and redecorated furniture, inspiring you to look twice before tossing out an unwanted or worn item, or even to try your hand at creating the furniture you’ve always wanted to have.
Deadline for artwork to be received: Semiannually every September 15th and March 15th.

 

~Artwork by Pamela Finch

 

 

 

 

 

Email images of your submissions to the editor at somersethome@stampington.com. Please use Somerset Home Submission: Challenge or Department Name as the subject line.

 

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.

 

The Bella Grace Blog Hop

Need a dose of inspiration before you start submitting work? Don’t miss the latest posts on the Bella Grace Blog Hop! Bella Cirovic shares how she refills her creative well by going on nature walks and Susannah Conaway talks about the thrill that comes with seeing your work published. Also, don’t forget that every blog hop co-host is giving away a copy of Bella Grace, so make sure you visit their blogs, reader their guidelines, and participate.

 

Click here to follow the Bella Grace Blog Hop





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Becoming a published artist takes hard work, commitment, and at times, a thick skin. There is also nothing like the feeling you get from having your work featured, front-and-center, in a magazine, but only you can decide if it’s worth it. Our website is updated regularly to reflect submission guidelines as well as any special […]

55 Things to Be Thankful For by Guest Blogger Madelyn Mulvaney

August 25th, 2014

Maddie Mulvaney - thankful photos



Please join me in welcoming our dear friend and contributing artist, Madelyn Mulvaney to our blog. Maddie has been featured in several installments of Somerset Life, Mingle, and has also been published in the premiere issue of Bella Grace. She is well-known for her enchanting, free-flowing narratives, photography, and unique art. Today she shares with us the things she’s thankful for, in hopes to inspire (or revive) gratitude in your own heart.

~*~

Madelyn Mulvaney’s 55 Things to Be Thankful for

It’s been far too long. Far too long since I made a list of the abundance overflowing in my life ~ and my exaltation, my gratitude for all things I cherish.

So. Here. Now. I. Celebrate.

1. the love  I share with my family and friends and the ways I am daily moved to make a difference in our exquisite world

2. my dogs ~ Roxy, Lucy and my daughter’s puppy Romeo

3.  the dancer’s pose in yoga

4.  dark chocolate joy bars

5.  spice, all spice especially Indian!

6.  fresh homemade pizza dough and the way he makes the toppings sing

7. green, violet, silver, gold

8.  conversations with my kindred friends ~ deepening, opening

#9 seashells and sea glass and driftwood and bones

Madelyn Mulvaney's seashells and sea glass - thankful

10.  love letters (I want to write more)

11.  my always present ~ Pete ~ who has a heart of gold and shows up every second every day for our family/children rain/ sunshine with unconditional love

12.  running water (my bath!)

#13 vegetables (and green juice drinks)

Madelyn Mulvaney's Green vegetables - thankful

14.  my hands ~ to hold my beloveds with ~ for hugging and touching and connecting ~ love makes me hold the world differently, always

15.  meditation (on the couch, on the beach, in the beam of sunlight beneath the Giant Sequoia tree)

16.  my sweater collection (thrifted!)

17.  the mountains and the sea of my beautiful sea to sky Vancouver

18.  wild raspberry bushes

19.  the old and wonderful violet tinted windows of my house

20.  my house (circa 1941)

21. that I am loved  (oh thank you thank you thank you!!!)

22.  that I love (times infinity)

23.  my past and my present ~ and the morning sun

24.  tea

#25 morning coffee

Madelyn Mulvaney's Morning Coffee - thankful

26.  Sunday mornings

27.  bonfires (on the beach! especially!)

28.  sailing with Michael

29.  wine ~ organic, red, full bodied, smooth

30.  autumn

31. elephants (luminous elephants too)

32.  colorful pens and my sketchbooks

33.  my studio

34. snail mail

#35 nests and eggs

Madelyn Mulvaney's Nest and Eggs - thankful

36.  books (reading ‘the power of now’ at present)

37.  my feet

38.  rose quartz

39. wild salmon

40.  this quote …”open the window in the centre of your chest and let the spirits fly in and out.” (Rumi ❤)

41.  teaching!  oh my glorious spirit!  I love teaching!

42.  all the gifts of teaching I have been blessed with ~  students who have taught me the power of an open heart, an open mind

43.  my lovely laugh lines

44.  my bicycle

45.  my voice

46.  my children’s laughter (oh oh oh!!!) ~ all laughter anywhere anytime

47.  all beautiful things that are wild and free

48.  creativity ~ my sweet muse (after a bit of creative block or perhaps the natural ebb vs flow of such things, the spirits are flying in and out and hatchlings murmur in their awakening)

49.  joy

50.  random acts of beauty and love

51.  twinkle lights

52. perfume

53.  my camera

54.  my Kate Spade notebooks in my satchel gifted to me by my daughter Tess

55.  this moment, now (and I love that we are all in this together)

 

Maddie Mulvaney - thankful

x&o

may your day be filled with light,

Maddie @ madelynmulvaney.com

 

 

Thank you Maddie, for sharing all the things you’re grateful for, which in turn, inspires me to find more thankfulness in every moment. If you enjoyed today’s post, look for even more of Maddie’s poetic musings in the premiere issue of Bella Grace.

 

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Please join me in welcoming our dear friend and contributing artist, Madelyn Mulvaney to our blog. Maddie has been featured in several installments of Somerset Life, Mingle, and has also been published in the premiere issue of Bella Grace. She is well-known for her enchanting, free-flowing narratives, photography, and unique art. Today she shares with us the […]