Upcycled Household Item Instagram Challenge + Win GreenCraft Magazine

July 25th, 2013

We’re overflowing with excitement from all the green-friendly ideas packed inside the pages of the upcoming August issue of GreenCraft magazine. Guest artist Sandy Hadland shows us how to upcycle t-shirts that became too comfy in her closet into a lovely layered scarf, and mixed-media artist Vesna Taneva-Miller makes use of paper bags by recycling them into quirky placemats and unique gift wraps.

If you’ve found your niche in the recycling realm, we want to give you the opportunity to get your green on. Have you created a unique eco-chic project from materials you already have on hand? We want to see what you can create using household items in your possession!

Coffee Filters

Artwork by:  Pam Garrison

Guidelines:

Send us an image (like the one above) of something creative and chic that you’ve repurposed from a household product like discarded coffee filters, an empty laundry detergent carton, or a burnt out light-bulb for a chance to be featured as a spotlighted artist in the month of August on our Instagram!

  • Send high-resolution images at 300 dpi to blog@stampington.com
  • Images chosen to be spotlighted in August on our Instagram page will be notified promptly via email

 

 What’s in it for the winners?

  • Have your artwork featured on Stampington’s Instagram for exposure to almost two thousand followers.
  • Receive the brand-new issue of GreenCraft Autumn 2013 as our way of saying congratulations.
  • Have your artwork shown directly to the editor for a chance to be published in an upcoming issue of GreenCraft.

Deadline for submissions: August 1st, 2013

If you’re curious about what kind of projects we’re looking for, browse these functional ideas from the pages of our recent issues:

Decoupage Bottles

 

Upcycled Napkin Rings

Artwork by:  Melony Miller Bradley

 

 

Paper Towel Roll Wreath

 

 

What’s on the horizon?

Get your watering cans out and get ready to grow even greener. We’ve just received news from our editors about a new section called Green Living sprouting up in future issues of GreenCraft – and we’re sharing the gossip-worthy details with you first! Dedicated to showcase eco-friendly items with a twist, this new section is sure to cultivate your earth-friendly ideas in an even greater way. Instead of focusing on 100% recycled or upcycled items, the Green Living column will spotlight all things that make up a green lifestyle.

Debi Beard's Dumpster Dive

 

For instant inspiration, check out Debi Beard’s Dumpster Diving 101 where she transforms a rickety old chair into a royally reupholstered throne, fit for a queen!

 

 

JohannaPhotography By:
Johanna Love, Stampington & Co. Director of Photography

 



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We’re overflowing with excitement from all the green-friendly ideas packed inside the pages of the upcoming August issue of GreenCraft magazine. Guest artist Sandy Hadland shows us how to upcycle t-shirts that became too comfy in her closet into a lovely layered scarf, and mixed-media artist Vesna Taneva-Miller makes use of paper bags by recycling […]

Congratulations! Short Story Challenge Winners:

July 22nd, 2013

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 Last month we challenged our readers to try their “hand” at writing the most creative short story to accompany one of the above images. Your responses were all so emotionally touching and creative, it was just as much of a challenge for us to narrow down the top two winners – which is why we had to extend another top spot to award three writers their prize:

Congratulations to Amber Walker, Jean Yates, and Sara Torbett!

Please join us as we celebrate their stories:

To accompany the luggage image, Amber Walker writes:

“This image permeated my thoughts as the days in June seem to streak by without conscious knowledge of it.  So as the day unfolded with Dora the Explorer playing in the background for my little girl, I began to write lines that were inspired by the photograph.  Here is the end result:”

 

Threads

by Amber Walker

Closing my eyes

Swirling colors of rainbow form

Necklaces made of candy collide

Treasured beaded bracelet circling the wrist

Swaying pigtails from side to side

Sunlight glittering on daises and dandelions

Whispered songs floating in the breeze

 

One little girl

Packing layered life sketches

Designed through imagination

Held and carried in flowered vintage petals

Encasing dreams in innocent joy

 

Years pass

Time ebbs and flows

Dreams kept packed on seas of change

Innocence slips and hearts break

 

Eyes flutter open

Old dreams tangled with wisdom

Still tangible in foggy light

Suitcase laid open and past floats

Binding the past with the present

Stitches recalled

Knots remembered

Moments sewn together

Weaving one life pattern.

 

 

Clocks and Cars

by Jean Yates

Little guy doesn’t know
clocks have hands;

He lives a digital life.
Pretty nailed  grandmamma
knows about clocks. She once
was a good mom and wife.

Her ring only fits on a big finger now,
Her hands have become frail and thin.
Little guy doesn’t have any idea
as he shows how he makes the wheels spin.

Chubby hands,
Thin hands,
Clock hands
Wind down.

Red nails lose their lustre,
Hands of time have their bounds.

But love trumps
the time gig
As these two will show,
Love is forever,
That’s all we need know.

 

Red To Remember

By Sara Torbett

Red to remember and red to spark strength.

Toy cars to zoom,
two small hands to wonder.

Innocent conversations and questions galore,
“Grandma, who do you wear your red for?”

“I wear it to remember,
when I was young and carefree.
I used to dance in circles and laugh,
want to see?”

Curious eyes wondering how,
Grandma could choose to laugh right now.
Old and nimble, and frail as could be,
could red stand for a joy that was wild and free?

Laughter breaking, squeals of child’s delight.
Red on her nails, love in plain sight.

Red to remember,
the passion inside,
that an old frail body simply can’t hide.

 

Again, congratulations to our top three winners amongst the many compelling submissions. We hope you enjoy your complimentary choice of any Stampington magazine title to take home as our gift to you!

Somerset Studio Spring 2013P.S. Have you seen the newest caption contest? Express what you “stand” for by offering your best caption for this image for your chance to win any choice of our top-seller Somerset Studio!



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   Last month we challenged our readers to try their “hand” at writing the most creative short story to accompany one of the above images. Your responses were all so emotionally touching and creative, it was just as much of a challenge for us to narrow down the top two winners – which is why […]

Remarkable Couture Collection: Regal Rose Debuts in Belle Armoire

July 18th, 2013

Regal Rose

Photography courtesy of Camilla Felgate

As my eyes fell upon the Regal Rose Collection in the newest Belle Armoire, I immediately found myself straightening my shoulders and elongating my posture to mirror the imperial poses emanating from each page. Not only are the textures and patterns of the couture clothing absolutely stunning, but the deep plum and rich, creamy vanilla hues set the stage for ultimate aesthetic decadence.

 

“I am endlessly enthused by historical fashion, and elements of this are displayed throughout my designs.”

— Regal Rose designer, Gemma-Eve McDonald.

 

Regal Rose CollectionKnown for its exotic gardens and royal architecture, model Erna Gotyár poses amongst vines of floral amethyst in a secret enclave of Norwich, England.

A truly dramatic ensemble, Gemma-Eve’s creative collection commands attention all on its own, so when model Erna Gotyár tried several dresses on for size, a magical thing happened — the collision between beauty and Bohemian style blossom into an indulging visual delight, almost too alluring to peel your eyes away!

 

Regal Rose Photo Shoot

“The Regal Rose collection is so magical. I absolutely love fairy tales, and this nostalgic style brings me back to when I was a little girl. Gemma’s designs are stitched together with such amazing quality — they’re not just dresses, but pure unique art made with love,” says Erna.

 

Belle Armoire 2013
If you’re keen on embracing your inner couture, pick up the new copy of Belle Armoire to satiate your fashion palette, and find the full Regal Rose article inside!

 

Don’t forget to hit the “pin it” and “like” button if you’re as smitten with this couture collection as we are!



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Photography courtesy of Camilla Felgate As my eyes fell upon the Regal Rose Collection in the newest Belle Armoire, I immediately found myself straightening my shoulders and elongating my posture to mirror the imperial poses emanating from each page. Not only are the textures and patterns of the couture clothing absolutely stunning, but the deep […]

Artist Insights: Remarkable New Art Journaling Tips from Teesha Moore

July 15th, 2013

Teesha Moore Art Journal Pages

Artwork courtesy of Teesha Moore

From faded jades and polka dot patterns to fluorescent pinks and swirly circles, Teesha Moore’s delectable art journal pages emit layers and layers of unique flair.  Each one is a distinct creation, brilliantly exceptional in color and design, and could not have been created without a courageous attitude.

One way Teesha remains fearless in her art journaling endeavors is by always experimenting with new ideas. Today she reveals how this secret ingredient adds a “bright” look with lettering in art journaling.

Check out the video:

 

Still yearning for more art journaling ideas? We’ve asked Teesha to share a couple quick tips for extra inspiration to get your creative wheels churning:

On art journal ambiance:

My absolute favorite place to journal is in any place with a lot of natural light.  My home art desk is directly below my skylight, so that’s always a great place, but outside is fabulous as well. My family has gone to great lengths lately to have spaces like this in our yard.  I prefer quieter places as opposed to more public spaces, but since my husband likes to journal in coffee shops, I join him with my headphones and go to town.

Advice to novice and expert art journalists alike:

The best advice I think would be to never get attached to your artwork.  The minute you do, you might freeze and quit exploring the “what ifs,” and it’s that wild abandon that makes journaling so much fun.  I also tell students, “When you feel like your journal page is finished, keep going. The second time you feel that it’s finished, keep going. By the third time, it probably is finished.”  People tend to stop too soon on a page.

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Teesha’s appetite for art journaling is greater than an elephant’s! Her exquisite work has been featured in several Stampington & Co. publications, including one of our personal favorites Art Journaling Spring 2013:

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For even more tricks to create an ingenious art journal, check out the brand-new summer issue of Art Journaling where Roben-Marie Smith shares intimate details of her artistic fancies, learn how to journal with hand-carved stamps, discover a poetic way to infuse more prose into your pages, and more.

 

 

About Teesha Moore

 

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  • She has an amazing husband who supports her and anchors her in unconditional love.
“On our third date, it was like the heavens opened up and the universe told me he was the one.  I won’t ever forget that moment and I’ve never doubted my decision.  I was his first and last girlfriend 32 years ago”
  • She loves reading.
“Picking a favorite book is like picking a favorite child.  They each have their own unique qualities.”

 

Check out her blog to get exclusive access to brand-new journaling workshops scheduled to launch in early August: www.teeshascircus.blogspot.com

 



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Artwork courtesy of Teesha Moore From faded jades and polka dot patterns to fluorescent pinks and swirly circles, Teesha Moore’s delectable art journal pages emit layers and layers of unique flair.  Each one is a distinct creation, brilliantly exceptional in color and design, and could not have been created without a courageous attitude. One way […]

Giveaway: Lineup and Stand for Something Special Caption Contest

July 11th, 2013

Somerset Studio Spring 2013

Artwork by Elissa Brown, Somerset Studio Spring 2013

Whether you’re four foot eight inches with a face full of freckles, or six feet tall with a larger than life outlook on life — in a world full of unique individuals, where do you “stand?”

At a glance, this photo holds an interesting story waiting to be told. Try to come up with the most creative caption to describe this lineup of lovely ladies and the one who “measures up” as the best will be chosen to receive your pick – a free copy of any issue of Somerset Studio!

*Contest is open to residents of the U.S. only and expires Sunday, August 11th.

 

Short Story Submission Update:

It was too difficult to narrow down the wonderful submitted stories to just one winner, so we’ve chosen three! Watch out for the upcoming blog post where we’ll announce the names of the winners, award them their prize, and feature their creative pieces. Could it be you?!

 



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Artwork by Elissa Brown, Somerset Studio Spring 2013 Whether you’re four foot eight inches with a face full of freckles, or six feet tall with a larger than life outlook on life — in a world full of unique individuals, where do you “stand?” At a glance, this photo holds an interesting story waiting to […]