Editor Spotlight: For the Love of Art Dolls & What I’ve Learned from My Readers by Jana Holstein

August 18th, 2014

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Art dolls are such a unique form of artwork. Every creation is full of detail and life, which is why it’s so easy to get wrapped up in each doll’s personality — that’s where Jana Holstein comes in and why her work is so important. Jana is the editor of Art Doll Quarterly, and it’s her expert eye that brings together this fantastic publication. She knows how to read and engage with the personalities of all the wonderful characters that are sent to our office, and more importantly, she knows how to place them within the pages of our magazine so that everyone is happy and comfortable. Today we’re featuring a very special Editor Spotlight on Jana that will give us some insight into her creative mind. This is also happens to be the perfect time to have Jana pay us a visit because our Halloween issue of Art Doll Quarterly — a favorite among doll artists is now officially on newsstands.  

Please join me in welcoming Jana to Somerset Place.

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I’ve never been a real girly-girl. I don’t strut around in the latest fashion, I hate wearing high heels, and I call for a hair appointment when my gray starts showing. Somewhere along the line, I evolved into just being me; not too terribly worried about radiating femininity or being graceful — I’m actually quite a klutz. Don’t get me wrong, I do like an occasional day at the spa, I took ballet when I was young, and I played with dolls when I was a little girl. My first doll was a Chatty Cathy doll that came out in the late ’50s, early ’60s — yes, I am old. And that’s another thing: I don’t really care. I am proud to a baby boomer, pushing 60, and embracing life. I’ve never been one of those women who doesn’t want anyone to know her age.

 

Art Dolls by Marguerite Noschese~Artwork by Marguerite Noschese


But enough about me; let’s get back to the dolls. When I was first approached to take over the managing editor position of Art Doll Quarterly back in 2009, I’ll admit … I was nervous. Art Doll Quarterly was an internationally recognized and highly respected doll magazine. Would I be able to do it justice? I didn’t really know a lot about art dolls, doll making, sculpting, or sewing cloth dolls. But I was certainly willing to learn.

And learn I did. I learned about sculpting clay, how to paint cloth faces, what ball-jointed meant, the importance of costuming, and much more. And I learned it all from the wonderful artists whose work graces the pages of this magazine.

 

Art Dolls by Lorrie Rios~Artwork by Lorrie Rios


And here’s the thing: The longer I manage Art Doll Quarterly, and the more I get to know the amazing artists behind the spectacular dolls, the more I love it. I even tried to make a couple art dolls of my own one time. They more or less turned out to just be shoddily formed lumps of clay, but hey, at least I tried. And it gave me an enormous amount of appreciation for the talent that goes into sculpting.

Along this journey I’ve had the opportunity to personally meet elinor peace bailey, Barbara Willis, Patti Medaris Culea, Norma Prickett, Sheri DeBow, Jennie Bird, Betsy Youngquist, Edgar Shrum, and many others. It’s a thrill for me to meet in person the artists whose work we publish. But even if I haven’t had the chance to meet everyone face to face, I feel like I know so many artists well because of our email correspondence. There’s a special rapport that we share.

 

Art Dolls~Artwork by William Dezek and Colleen Moody


Our Autumn 2014 Issue is just out and I’ve made a whole slew of new friends — Kirsten Stingle, Tanya Marriott, Dixie Redmond, Marguerite Noschese, LeeAnn Kress, William Bezek, Andrei Zavialov and many more. This is our annual Halloween issue and it’s always such a delight to put together. This edition is always hugely popular and one peek between the pages and you’ll know why.

The world of art dolls is truly special. There’s an extraordinary camaraderie among these artists; a community of kinfolk who love and care about each other, enjoy sharing what they learn, and cheer each other on all along the way. I may not be an accomplished doll artist, but I feel like I’m a part of this enchanting group of people and among friends. I couldn’t be more delighted!

 

Art Dolls by LeeAnn Kress~Artwork by LeeAnn Kress


Join me in giving Jana a heartfelt thanks for giving us a little glimpse into her creative world. I think it’s safe to say that we’re all very happy that she’s learned so much about this unique art form, since we all get to benefit from the fruits of her labor in the pages of Art Doll Quarterly.

 

Use code BLOG0814 to get $5 off Art Doll Quarterly

1ART-1404-Art-Doll-Quarterly-Autumn-2014-600x600If you love all things Halloween, then you simply cannot miss the Autumn Issue of Art Doll Quarterly. In this issue, we’re featuring mini Day of the Dead dolls by Sylvia Smiser, a life-sized witch doll by Dustin Poché, and the oddest duos on the block — William Bezek’s Dead Couples.

For a limited time you can get $5 off this inspiring publication by using the coupon code BLOG0814 when prompted at checkout. But be sure to hurry because the promotion ends on August 31st!

 

 

Bella Grace Blog Hop

Bella Grace Blog HopThe Bella Grace Blog Hop is in full swing! Stop by for a dose of inspiration with Kelly Letky who shares a day in the life of an ordinary artist, and our latest contributor, Jillian Lukiwski, who wrote an insightful piece about becoming part of the wind. Both bloggers are also holding giveaways, so be sure to stop by each blog for more details on how to enter their contests.

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  Art dolls are such a unique form of artwork. Every creation is full of detail and life, which is why it’s so easy to get wrapped up in each doll’s personality — that’s where Jana Holstein comes in and why her work is so important. Jana is the editor of Art Doll Quarterly, and […]

Top 9 Repinned Pics and Projects + Special Giveaway

August 14th, 2014

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Did your imagination take a small vacation this summer? As autumn approaches, we want to help get you back into tip-top-crafting-shape! To kick-start your creativity, we’ve put together our most popular repinned pictures and trending projects on Pinterest.

 

Pin-It to Win-It Challenge:

From the following images, repin your favorite ones and explain why you chose them in the comments section below.

 

Making Marks with Dina Wakley Repinned ProjectMaking Marks with Dina Wakley Project by Christen Olivarez

 



blog_8-2014_6Repurposed timeworn gems and classic heirlooms by Kris Auderer as seen in the pages of Jewelry Affaire

 

 

 

 

blog_8-2014_8The studio space of Dolly Mamas creator, Joey Heiberg as seen in the pages of Where Women Create

 



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Free Article Stitched Envelopes RepinnedFree Article Download – Delicately Stitched Envelopes

 



blog_8-2014_4Wax-Dipped Leaves: A Kraft Paper Experiment by Abby Bastedo as seen in the pages of Somerset Life

 

 

 

Repinned project by Guest Artist Mary Wangerin Art Journal Tutorial by Guest Artist Mary Wangerin

 



Repinned project by Guest Artist Michelle WardUpcycled Cardboard Journal with Guest Artist Michelle Ward

 

 

 

blog_8-2014_7DIY Tire Flower Planters by Roeshel Summerville as seen in the pages of Somerset Life

 



 

 

 

Prize:

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What better way to start your creative projects than with a set of darling light blue mini clothespins? Use them as accents for handmade cards, apply them to mixed-media projects for an added touch of interest, or add a magnet to them and use them to pin up teeny-tiny pictures on the fridge. Just remember to comment below and include which projects you pinned and why you chose them.

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Have You Seen Our New Pinterest Board?

We’ve assembled a collection of charming handcrafted projects and beautiful images in our newest Pinterest Board, Handmade Weddings. Learn how to craft a memorable wedding day or event with these DIY ideas for tabletop decorations, invitations, gift packaging, and so much more.

 

 

 

Bella Grace Blog Hop

Don’t miss the She is Three blog post about holding things that bring us comfort, or Cassandra Key’s beautifully penned story about believing in magic. Also, our latest co-host, Kelly Letky has written a wonderful piece that offers insights into being an ordinary artist. Don’t miss our on all the wonderful inspiration and these three chances to win Bella Grace.

 

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Did your imagination take a small vacation this summer? As autumn approaches, we want to help get you back into tip-top-crafting-shape! To kick-start your creativity, we’ve put together our most popular repinned pictures and trending projects on Pinterest.   Pin-It to Win-It Challenge: From the following images, repin your favorite ones and explain why you […]

Gratitude Art Journal Page Project Tutorial

August 11th, 2014

Gratitude Art Journal Page Project



The Dyan Reaveley Journal pages are functional and constructed with quality materials, fit to hold all your artistic musings no matter what medium you create with. Inspired by the colorful book, “Art Doodle Love,” we decided to create a vibrant journal page with multiple layers of bright colors and fun patterns. And as expected, our Dyan Reaveley Journal pages stood up to the task and provided the perfect canvas for all of our mixed-media fun.

 

Materials for the Gratitude Art Journal Page Project:

Clearly Impressed Acrylic Mounts
Claudine Hellmuth Clear Stamps – Jumbo Bloom
Claudine Hellmuth Studio Semi Gloss Acrylic Paint – Sky Blue
Claudine Hellmuth Studio Semi Gloss Acrylic Paint – Yellow Pastel
White Acrylic Paint
Purple Acrylic Paint
Tsukineko StazOn Solvent Inkpad Jet Black
Scratch Alphabet Large Clearly Impressed Stamp Set by Julie van Oosten
Ranger Ink Dylusions Creative Journal by Dyan Reaveley
Washi Tape – Solid Light Green
Washi Tape – Stripes Horizontal Blue
The Crafter’s Workshop Hexagons Stencils
The Crafter’s Workshop Diamonds Stencils
The Crafter’s Workshop Well Rounded Stencils
Liquitex Gesso Clear
Paint Brushes

 

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Gratitude Art Journal Page Project Tutorial:

Step 1 – Find a flat surface to work on and lay down your journal. Next, stencil the Diamond Stencil design onto the left page with a bright purple paint, and then dab various parts of the two pages with purple and a rich teal paint and let dry. If it appears too bright, you can do a little ‘covering up’ with additional layers.

Step 2 – Glue some torn vintage ledger paper on parts of both pages, then mix some clear gesso with yellow acrylic paint and paint over the ‘brightness’ of the other colors. When dry, the clear gesso mixture with the yellow acrylic paint creates a nice ‘tooth’ for journaling, especially with a pencil.

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Step 3 – Once the gesso and yellow paint wash has dried, add small brushstrokes of white acrylic paint in a few areas.

Step 4 – To add more texture and interest, stencil in a different design. We went with the Hexagon Stencil and the Well Rounded Stencil, using a light blue acrylic paint.

Step 5 – Once dry, use the large Circle Clear Stamp and clearly impressed acrylic mounts to stamp the design along some of the outer edges of the pages with black ink.

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Step 6 – Next, stamp out the word “Gratitude” onto the bottom of the right page using the letters from the Scratch Alphabet Clear Stamp Set.  You can experiment and write out another meaningful word, whatever works with your aesthetics and how you’re feeling.

Step 7 – Use patterned washi tape to tie all the artistic elements together.

Although your page may look like it’s done, the project is far from over! Whether it’s daily, monthly, or just every now and then, journal on your “Gratitude” page to keep track of what you are thankful for. Use crayons, pens, and colored pencils to jot down your thoughts. This art journal page is meant to be dynamic, and it can be molded over time, an ever-changing collage. This is a creative way to remind yourself of your blessings, great and small.

 

Bella Grace Blog Hop

Bella Grace Blog HopThe Blog Hop continues! Today we have Jenna McGuiggan co-hosting and sharing her interpretation of life’s beautiful adventure through Verbal Snapshots. Find out more by visiting the Bella Grace Blog Hop, and learn how you could win your own copy of this magnificent new magazine and Jennifer McGuiggan’s book, “Lanterns: A Gathering of Stories.”

 

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The Dyan Reaveley Journal pages are functional and constructed with quality materials, fit to hold all your artistic musings no matter what medium you create with. Inspired by the colorful book, “Art Doodle Love,” we decided to create a vibrant journal page with multiple layers of bright colors and fun patterns. And as expected, our […]

Bella Grace Blog Hop: Life’s a Beautiful Adventure

August 7th, 2014

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~Photograph by Whitney Justesen

“I keep opening my doors and life keeps getting in. It blows in with the autumn winds and sits still with the heat of summer then sneaks silently through the keyhole, dragging moonlight with it, waking me, tapping me on my sleeping shoulders, whispering I should get up, there are stars out there waiting for a waltz, music playing, get up, get up. Sometimes I do. Life understands when I don’t.” ~D. Smith Kaich Jones, from the pages of Bella Grace.

 

Bella Grace Collage

 

~Photographs by: Jovo Jovanovic, Madelyn Mulvaney, Kelly Letky
Madelyn Mulvaney, D. Smith Kaich Jones, Erica Schneider
Johanna Love, Madelyn Mulvaney, Dianne Poinski

 

With a folding, book-jacket cover, Bella Grace — from the get-go — showcases breathtaking images with heartfelt quotes that do more than just inspire the imagination, they rouse the heart. Perhaps our most ambitious project to date, we were definitely not kidding when we said we wanted to touch the souls of our readers through beautifully penned stories and striking photography. Join us for a collection of thoughtful musings, personal stories, and simply exquisite images, and then add your own thoughts to the interactive pages of this one-of-a-kind magazine.

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The Bella Grace Blog Hop

We’re so excited about the release of Bella Grace that we’ve invited a number of well-known authentic living artists, writers, photographers, and bloggers to join us for a very special blog hop event that will take place all throughout the month of August. In honor of the first volume of what we know is going to become a beloved publication, we’re asking our friends to share their own Bella Grace-inspired stories, poetry, photographs, and art. Best of all, each and every one of our co-hosts will be giving away a copy of this stunning magazine, which means our lovely readers have even more chances to win their own free issue.

 

STAY TUNED and CHECK BACK REGULARLY:

Nearly every weekday during August, a new contributor will be posting their own blog post (on their own blog), and we will include a link here! Come back to check newly unlocked links and discover these new blog posts for even more chances to win your own free copy of Bella Grace.

 

Friday August 8th Jennifer DeVille Catalano: Wild About Flowers

Monday August 11th Jennifer McGuiggan: Verbal Snapshots

Tuesday August 12thShe is Three: She Held Stones, Flowers, and Shells

Wednesday August 13thCassandra Key: Do You Believe in Magic?

Thursday August 14th Kelly Letky: An Ordinary Artist

Friday August 15thJillian Lukiwski: Anywhere the Wind Will

Tuesday August 19thChristine Mason Miller: Whomp, Whomp, Whomp, and a Bella Grace Give Away

Wednesday August 20thHannah Marcotti: A Letter to Your Forgiveness

Thursday August 21stSusan Tuttle: Bella Grace: Joy of Everyday Photography

Friday August 22ndSylvia Stefanova: Life is an Adventure

Monday August 25th D. Smith Kaich Jones: Sweet Nothings

Tuesday August 26thDeb Taylor: Simple Things

Wednesday August 27thCathryn Mezzo: The Beautiful Game

Thursday August 28thBella Cirovic: Everything Divine, Magic in the Ordinary

Friday August 29thSusannah Conway: For the Love of Paper

Monday September 1stBecky Shander: Green Adventure

Thursday September 4thMindy Lacefield: Bella grace Blog Hop

Monday September 8thJunelle Jacobsen: I can Smell the Sunshine in this Place

Thursday September 11thMou Saha: Light and Dark

Monday September 15thBecky Stewart: The Best Beauty Secret

Thursday September 18thOlga Sledlecka: Under the Harvest Moon

Monday September 22ndStaci Austin-Ducharme: Grateful for the Extrordinary on an Ordinary Day

Thursday September 25thKelly Rae Roberts: A Couple of REALLY Cool Things I Had to Share

Monday September 29thSilvia Mulazzani: Bella Grace Blog Hop and Giveaway

 

Call to Participate:

Have you read Bella Grace? Were you inspired to take photographs, to write poetry, to paint a picture? Whatever it is we want to see it! Post your project in a blog post titled “Bella Grace Blog Hop” and link back to this page and leave us a comment below to jump aboard the blog hop bandwagon. You might actually end up being added to our Blog Hop Link List! We can’t wait to see how our readers celebrate life’s beautiful adventure!

 

 



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  ~Photograph by Whitney Justesen “I keep opening my doors and life keeps getting in. It blows in with the autumn winds and sits still with the heat of summer then sneaks silently through the keyhole, dragging moonlight with it, waking me, tapping me on my sleeping shoulders, whispering I should get up, there are […]

Glimpse Inside: Breezy August Issues + Giveaway

August 4th, 2014

There’s still plenty of summer left and that means more time to soak up the sun — and a bit of creativity from our stunning magazines, too! Our August issues are full of bright colors, creative stories, and interesting projects. Undertake a new adventure and blog about it with tips from Artful Blogging or get inspired by the creative spaces featured in Where Women Create. The most exciting news we have to share, however, is the release of Bella Grace. That’s right, it’s finally here! Immerse yourself in a world of thoughtful stories, beautiful photographs, and interactive lists and prompts.

 

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We love our blog followers and we want to show it! Use the promo code BLOG0814 and receive $5 off any of our wonderful August issues. Simply make sure you copy and paste the coupon code when prompted at checkout.

 

 

 

 

Bella Grace Volume 1 - August Issues

Bella Grace Volume 1 - August Issues



With a folding, book-jacket cover, Bella Grace is a new publication devoted to discovering magic in the ordinary. Our aim is to touch the souls of our readers through beautifully penned stories and striking photographs that capture life’s beautiful adventure. In the premiere issue, Alessandra Cave shares the beauty of one-hour photo adventures, SQUAM founder Elizabeth Duvivier teaches readers how to love where they live, no matter where it is, and the author of the popular blog “Emma Tree” talks about the importance and beauty of slowing down in “I Brake for Pretty.” Other inspiring features include Permission Granted, where women from all over the globe talk about what they need permission to do, and we reveal The Lovely List: life’s most simple pleasures. In addition to finding inspiring articles from Liz Lamoreux, Christine Mason Miller, Madelyn Mulvaney, and Susannah Conway, Bella Grace magazine provides an interactive, creative space — where readers can respond to prompts and fill in their own thoughts.

Artful Blogging - August Issues

Artful Blogging - August Issues

Find yourself enamored by the photos and stories of some of the world’s most creative bloggers in this issue of Artful Blogging. Step into the ordinariness of life with Ashley Fielden’s descriptive words and photos, and see how Mikaela Hamilton refines her voice through her camera lens. Peek into Elise Hartmann’s workspace and everyday happenings, or enter into Susan Taggert’s home where you can find lovely vintage treasures that adorn every space.

 

Art Doll Quarterly - August Issue

Art Doll Quarterly - August Issue



This full-color, 128-page publication is dedicated to art dolls and sculptural figures made from cloth, polymer clay, wire armatures, mixed-media, and much more. Our Doll Artist Profile showcases the amazing artistry of Kirsten Stingle, whose ceramic works are hand-built without the use of molds. We also present detailed tutorials on how to make mini Day of the Dead dolls by Sylvia Smiser, and how to paint faces on cloth dolls by Terese Cato. Autumn also brings our annual Halloween issue, and as always, we offer an array of spectacular ghosts, witches, goblins, and other creatures of the night. From Will Bezek’s Dead Couples to Dustin Poché’s life-sized witch, you’ll definitely find it easy to get into the Halloween spirit.

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Where Women Create - August 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. The inspiring new autumn issue features the creative spaces of Jessica Robertson from A&E’s TV Reality series, “Duck Dynasty,” Anna Brahms of Fairy Love, and author and founder of Ever Thine Home, Barbara Rainey. You’ll also get to look inside the unique studios of Jill Davis, Dana Carini, Rebecca Justice, and Eric Cortina from Roger’s Gardens.

 

GreenCraft Magazine - August Issues

GreenCraft Magazine - August Issues



Nothing is more satisfying than repurposing old junk into priceless new treasures, and this installment of GreenCraft Magazine is sure to spark an idea or two for that extra rubbish you have lying around. Front and center are Sofia Tryon’s driftwood sailboats that put elegant use to beach vacation souvenirs. Kimberly Allison of Lume di Luna shares tips to find the perfect sweaters for reclaimed crafting projects, including her fashionable sweater moths that are just as stunning to look at, but won’t eat a hole in your clothes! Gardeners will love the articles about seed bomb tags and biodegradable plant holders. Find innovative uses for those rusty garden tools and salvaged plastic bags, and get tips from the Master of “Upcycling” himself, Danny Seo. Other projects for recycled fashion like adorable bags, earrings, and pins, and household goods like kitschy containers will have guests wondering where you bought those fabulous new accessories.

Somerset Home - August Issues

Somerset Home - August Issues

Welcome to the 2014 installment of Somerset Home! From banners to vases and repurposed findings to photo-transfer projects, this issue is filled with ideas that you’ll instantly want to grab hold of. Rita Reade repurposes a window to create an adorable French window organizer; Johanna Love channels her inner hippie to create a whimsical dream catcher; and Michelle Girard Ferullo gives new life to her petite water fonts by embellishing it with beads, charms, and images. Create your own one-of-a-kind pouf with the help of Sara Dean and Hannah Caldwell, or just sit back, relax, and enjoy reading this issue!

 

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Stuffed - August Issues



Stuffed celebrates the loveable and huggable creatures known as “softies.” The new autumn edition features a collection of “Mr. Hot Tea” softies by Ana Goodwin including Mr. Smart-Tea and Mrs. Chai Tea Latte, sock Critters created from argyle socks by Randi Taylor, and Wendy Somaru’s stuffed hanging portraits of the gang from “Peter Pan.” Get your creative juices flowing with animal softies that have knitted accents by Judith Macrae of Me & Tex, or simply delight in a group of celestial toys featuring Star, Full Moon, Half Moon, & Crescent Moon by Sara Sacks of Woolies, Artisan Toys.

Altered Couture - August Issues

Altered Couture - August Issues

Altered Couture is a 160-page publication dedicated to altered and embellished clothing and accessories. Inside the fall issue, readers will find Michelle Hoffee’s gorgeous leaf-dying techniques, stylish, upcycled jeans, and the results of our highly anticipated Start with a Slip challenge. Stick around to learn a fun way to update your flannels, see beautifully painted and splattered shoes, and discover how leftover lace can be turned into cool and comfy pants. If you’re searching for inspirational fall fashions, this edition has altered leggings, vests, coats, purses, and more, along with altering tips from well known artists like Nancy Romans, Amy Relf, Brenda Greenfield, Barbara Burkhalter, and Sharon Lee Louk.

 

Your Chance to Win One of Our August Issues!

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We’re giving away brand-new August 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 August Issues only: Altered Couture, Art Doll Quarterly, Artful Blogging, GreenCraft Magazine, Stuffed, Where Women Create, Somerset Home, and Bella Grace. Discount code can be used only one time per customer, and expires 08/31/14. Contest is open to U.S. residents and ends 08/31/14 at 11:59pm.

 

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

Diane Lee, Linda Cain, and Cindy Coven

 



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There’s still plenty of summer left and that means more time to soak up the sun — and a bit of creativity from our stunning magazines, too! Our August issues are full of bright colors, creative stories, and interesting projects. Undertake a new adventure and blog about it with tips from Artful Blogging or get […]