Mother’s May Challenge

May 6th, 2013

 

Mother's Day Challenge

As an artist, you know that wrapping a gift with delicate ribbon can really tie together a look – but an even more essential bond, the eternal tie we share with our mothers, is something that’s really worth talking about – which is why we’ve created this special May Mother’s Day Challenge!

May Mother’s Day Challenge

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Option 1 – Comment on the blog or Facebook:

Do you have a sentimental or thoughtful story to explain why your mom is simply the best, or why being a mother is beyond a blessing? Comment below on our blog or on our Facebook page to share your story!

Option 2 – Post an image on Instagram:

Instagram Mom

Photos by (top to bottom left to right):
Carolyn Robb Where Women Cook, Megan Newsom Artful Blogging, Brooke Blakemore Life Images, Michael Bircker Life Images, Jennifer Casa Create With Me, Carmen Adams Artful Blogging

Whether you’re a mother yourself and relish in the laughter that ensues after you treat your toddler to an over-sized slice of cake, or you’re a child with memories of hand holding and jumping for joy, all of us have a story to share about our relationship with our moms or our experience as a mother. Sometimes stories can be summarized into an ephemeral moment in time. If you can capture a picture that says a thousand words about why your relationship with your mom or children is so unique, we want to see your image! Please post a picture to your Instagram with the hashtag #maymomschallenge and tag us @Stampington.

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We’ll announce our favorite answer or Instagram image this Friday on our Facebook page! The winner will receive the perfect Mother’s Day gift, a brand-new issue of Somerset Life, cherished for its extraordinary artful project ideas and stunning photography!

Somerset Life FBIf you’re still looking for a last minute gift idea that’ll truly knock your mom’s socks off, all the while saving $10, this special Somerset Life gift subscription is the perfect present! With a printable gift subscription announcement, you can simply print up at home and hand to mom on Mother’s Day to show her what she should be expecting in the mail!

 

 



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  As an artist, you know that wrapping a gift with delicate ribbon can really tie together a look – but an even more essential bond, the eternal tie we share with our mothers, is something that’s really worth talking about – which is why we’ve created this special May Mother’s Day Challenge! May Mother’s […]

Bye Bye Showers, Hello May Flowers – Glimpse Inside NEW Issues + Win

May 3rd, 2013

It’s fun to flirt with the summer inspired ideas found in our May magazines and we want to invite all of our fans to join us! We’re celebrating this season by offering a glimpse inside these super new, hot off the press artful issues!

*INCREDIBLE OFFER: It’s that time again to thank our growing group of blog readers by offering a $5 off discount on all of our May releases. Use Promo Code: BLOG0513 at checkout*

  • If you haven’t subscribed yet to receive the inside scoop, simply click here  to have our blog promos and posts delivered directly to your inbox.

Artful Blogging:Artful Blogging

The summer issue of Artful Blogging takes you behind the screen to introduce the fresh, promising faces responsible for some of the most prolific blogs read around the world.  Get a refreshing male perspective on crochet by craft blogger Matt Farci from “According to Matt” and find out what inspires DIY blogger Natalie Pirvey from “Crème de la Craft.”  A feast for the eyes as well as the soul, you’ll be swept away by hundreds of full-color photos, including the beautiful images from bloggers Dianne Poinski and Meghan Newsom.

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Where Women Create:

Where Women Create

If you’re in dire need of inspiration to rejuvenate your crafting nook, the summer issue of Where Women Create is our recommendation to get you big results.  The doors are wide open, and you’re cordially invited to the creative spaces of the most extraordinary women of our time.

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 Somerset Studio:

Somerset Studio

From a beautiful Artist Profile on Pam Carriker to Ruth Rae’s inspirational free-form stitched dress tutorial, the summer issue of Somerset Studio is bursting with eye-candy.  Catch front-row seats to the premiere of spectacular 3-D movie-inspired collages and the reveal of Ranger’s Annual Designer Spotlight Challenge. Trust us when we say that you don’t want to miss the impressive line-up of clever ideas in this dreamy issue, including how to turn pressed petals into a breathtaking book!

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Altered Couture:

Altered Couture

Out with big baggy sweaters and in with new stylish, summer fashions!  From bathing suits to sandals and dresses, we’ve got pages of inspiration to look sizzling all season long.  For a simple way to speak your mind, try Marybeth Lewanski’s technique of adding quotes to her outfits, or step right into fashion with Catherine LaPointe’s tutorial on how to paint patterns on shoes.  You won’t believe how easy it is to create designs and images on different articles of clothing with household bleach, or the other innovative techniques featured in this red hot edition of Altered Couture.

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400 More Ideas:

(formerly Catch Up Issue)

400 More

400 More Ideas, a spinoff of our bestselling Stampers’ Sampler magazine, showcases more than 400 creative stamping ideas found in hundreds of never-before seen cards in every hue!  If you are looking for new and innovative ways to “ink it up,” this summer, our newest installment offers countless ideas for making handmade cards for all occasions.

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Prims:

Prims

The nostalgic, folkloric dolls inside our summer issue of Prims are not only “prim and proper,” but deliciously ragged, tattered, and lovable. Along with Karen Brady Hammontree’s French Fashion Bears, you will also find beautiful and traditional handcrafted pull toys by Lucille Rox and Kathie Ruffner, along with artwork by Paula Walton, Barb Moore, Letty Worley, and Carol Roll that seasoned doll makers and newcomers alike will not want to miss!

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Art Doll Quarterly:

Art Doll Quarterly

Ready or not, here come the sweet results of our Bride Doll Challenge!  You won’t be able to take your eyes off the stunning beauties that parade through the pages of this summer issue of Art Doll Quarterly.  Veteran artist Victoria Rose Martin returns with another step-by-step tutorial …this time on how to create a darling flower girl out of clay that’s absolutely perfect for this time of year!

 

*Your chance to WIN:

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1)  Pick your favorite magazine title from above and click on it to browse through the inside images.

2) Let us know which page within the magazine caught your eye the most and why in the blog comments below!

One lucky person will be selected at random to receive their choice of one of these brand-new May issues. Contest ends on May 31st, 2013.

*Free shipping offer applies to U.S. purchases of the following May (Summer ’13) issues only: Artful Blogging, Where Women Create, Somerset Studio, Altered Couture, 400 More Ideas, Prims, Art Doll Quarterly. Discount code cannot be combined with any other offer and expires 5/31/13.

Glimpse Inside Update: Congratulations Susan Frick on winning last month’s Glimpse Inside Giveaway!

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It’s fun to flirt with the summer inspired ideas found in our May magazines and we want to invite all of our fans to join us! We’re celebrating this season by offering a glimpse inside these super new, hot off the press artful issues! *INCREDIBLE OFFER: It’s that time again to thank our growing group […]

Popular Pin Boards: 6 Most Repinned Spring Inspired Ideas

April 29th, 2013

Top Pinterest Picks

Whether you’re an amateur in the Pinterest world or an avid image investigator with true pinning power, we want to transform your typical gift ideas by featuring these top 6 repinned images from our most popular pin boards. From pretty packaging techniques to bright ideas that can bring your art journaling endeavors to life, it’s no wonder why our followers found these signature 6 pins to be the most inspiring above the rest!

Parisian Presents Project:

An artfuParisian Projectlly wrapped gift is the perfect way to make your presents really stand out this season. Simply wrap your gifts with some plain paper and then add a few elements to dress the gift up. And for an interesting substitute for the typical card, learn how-to add a handwritten note inserted inside a tiny test tube or a mini bottle.

 

Succulent Drawer:

Succulent DrawerEarth Day may have already passed, but it’s never too late to engage in environmental efforts. Go au naturel with this mini library drawer and give your green thumb a chance to shine. This hands-on gardening project is perfect for mother-daughter bonding time this Mother’s Day or as a quick and easy gift idea!\

Read more here.

Junque Tins:

Junque TinsSpring cleaning means downsizing on all things unnecessary to make room for new ideas to emerge. But as artists, sometimes it’s hard to let go of long-time treasured keepsakes, no matter how out of date they may appear. For a win-win, these altered tins are the perfect containers to store your “junque” or crafting supplies in…or both! Get artfully organized in just a few simple steps.

 

Ooh La La Gift Box:

Ooh la laWhether it’s a welcome gift for someone special or a birthday present for your best friend, this box full of beauty will brighten up anyone’s day! By some simple altering and adding some essentials, you too can create a unique gift like this one.

Read more here.

 

Art Journaling Themes and Techniques:

Pam Can you guess what encouraging and enlightening theme Pam Carriker incorporates into her daily journal practice? Find out now by opening up the Artist Portfolio feature found in Art Journaling Spring 2012!

 

 

$10 off the Best Mother’s Day Present Ever:

Somerset LifeWhether you’re a mother yourself or you’re still searching for an extra special gift for the leading lady in your life, this top selling magazine is the perfect present this Mother’s Day!

Added bonus of $10 off: use Promo Code* LOVEMOM13 at checkout

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 Pinterest IconPeruse our pinboards: You’ll be captivated by awesome mixed media design ideas or taken to a whole new level of “woah!” with our artful every day ideas. We’ve curated a collection of fancy jaw-dropping, awe-inspiring, super savvy images showcased on our pinboards.
 
 
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Whether you’re an amateur in the Pinterest world or an avid image investigator with true pinning power, we want to transform your typical gift ideas by featuring these top 6 repinned images from our most popular pin boards. From pretty packaging techniques to bright ideas that can bring your art journaling endeavors to life, it’s […]

“A Field Guide to Now” Author Christina Rosalie Dishes about her Creative Process and Living in the Present

April 19th, 2013

“I begin to wonder what it might be like to trust this life a little more — to see things not as possible wrong turns or missed chances, but choices and progress and possibility.”

Christina Rosalie, Author of “A Field Guide to Now”

 

Cover Field Guide

Life sometimes has a nagging tendency that urges us to be busy, busy, busy and go, go, go, so you can imagine how delighted I was to have the opportunity to slow down, sit back, relax and breathe in this book. As I pored over each page, a sense of great peace settled into my skin. With remarkable ideas on mindfulness and living in the present moment, Rosalie provides the reader a “field guide” to transform the ordinary into something divinely brilliant … and like me, you’ll simply just want to get lost in it!

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It required many long nights and early mornings, excessive coffee consumption, sacrificed moments of motherhood and as she likes to say, the obedience of “just showing up to write,” for Christina Rosalie to piece together the contents of A Field Guide to Now. But even after the arduous hours of hard work, Christina’s joyful disposition and humble outlook are only two of the countless admirable qualities which intrigue me about her. It is with great pleasure to announce that we’ve been given the opportunity for a special peek inside Christina’s whirling world. Today we would like to welcome Christina to our blog as she shares more about the process of writing, the challenges and rewards, and what inspired her to create such a thought provoking read.

Q: Christina, we’re curious, what were you doing before writing “A Field Guide to Now” and what inspired you to start writing it?

Hi there! Thank you so much for having me on your blog. Before writing “A Field Guide To Now,” I was writing, and getting paint on my jeans, teaching my almost-four-year-old son to climb trees, but that’s probably not what you meant, is it? Professionally, I’d been a teacher, and although I loved (and still love) the moment when a kid’s eyes light up understanding and excitement as they figure something out for the first time, I had become disheartened by the bureaucratic hoops and rhetoric of public education.

When I found out I was pregnant with my second son, I knew I didn’t want to go back to teaching as I had been, and that instead I wanted to lean in to the work of writing and creating with all of my energy and focus. That year—when my second son was an infant—is the year I closely documented in “A Field Guide To Now.” I began taking notes then, gathering in a file the inklings that eventually became the first draft for the book.

The economy was faltering then, and everything in my life—my love, my work, my sense of purpose—seemed tenuous. I was struck again and again by how the only real certainty we have, is in the moment we are actively living, and I began to wonder how my life might change if I brought my attention differently and wholeheartedly to the present, instead of rushing on ahead—doing the day to do the day, so to speak.

And “A Field Guide To Now” is the outcome of that exploration. It’s a guidebook for living in the present tense of your life in the midst of uncertainty, and my greatest hope is that it offers readers some guidance for finding within their ordinary moments, the creative resources, energy, and inspiration to live a bold, inspired, and meaningful life.

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Q: During the process of writing your book, what obstacles did you run into and what was the most challenging part of the process?

From the time I first began gathering notes for this book, to the time I actually began writing the manuscript that was published by Skirt!, many things radically changed in my life. I ended up writing the manuscript while attending graduate school full time, with two little boys under foot. And ironically, time was my greatest challenge.

Finding consecutive hours for creating is one of the greatest challenges I think any artist who is also a parent faces, and women historically have gotten the short end of the stick in that regard. It’s inevitably a give-and-take between children and creative work, and there are many days when the hours, no matter how they’re stretched, aren’t long enough. In my case though, I do have a tremendously supportive co-pilot in my husband, and he picked up all the slack in my many hours absent. Still, there were many nights when I’d write until 3AM, having only started after our boys were in bed.

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Illustrations Field Guide

Q:  You describe the postcard images in the book that were inherited from your father to convey the idea of “impermanence.” How did the process of transforming the backgrounds into unique images affect you? Were they sentimental? Was it emotionally difficult to alter them from their ordinary state, or was it freeing?

That’s such an interesting question! I didn’t have much of an emotional attachment to them—oddly. They were collected from a time before I was alive, when my father lived an alternate life to the one I knew. Still, I was intrigued by them—by the fact that he’d bothered to collect them, and by the fact that each one captured a singular moment in time. And I loved that working with them gave me an opportunity to include him in my book in a subtle way.

Making the illustrations themselves was a tremendous task. I don’t think I fully anticipated what was required ahead of time—and I’m glad of that, for if I’d known I might not have attempted it at all.

It’s one thing to create one or two pieces of art, but it’s another thing entirely to create an entire body of work, with each piece illustrating an idea. I loved the challenge of it, particularly because their size constrained what was possible in many ways. When I finished the collection I found myself craving huge canvases and big brush strokes!

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Q: If you had to narrow it down, what would be your favorite part/chapter in writing your field guide, and why?

My favorite chapters are “Give and Take,” and “For The Time Being.” Both deal with the fabric of relationships. The former, is about my relationship with my husband in a particularly turbulent time, and the form is quite experimental. It’s a series of vignettes exploring what showing up in love looks like for real. The latter is about loving and aging and loss. In both, I wanted to reveal more than just the ease of things.

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Field Guide inside

Q: Do you have any regrets or feelings of “I wish I would have done _______ after the book was published?

I wish after I sent the manuscript off to my editor that I’d allowed myself to really pause and revel in the fact that I’d written my first book. I don’t know how I would have done it differently really, because I was in graduate school at the time, and moved almost immediately from writing “A Field Guide To Now” into writing my thesis. Still, I’ve promised myself that with my next book, I’m going to invite all my friends over the day I send the manuscript off and we’ll have lots of good food and plenty of wine and really celebrate!

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Q: What did you learn about yourself during the creation and completion of this book? 

…That risking everything and asking for support is always worth it.

…That starting is the easy part. Showing up the rest of the time is harder. Finishing harder still.

…That I don’t have unlimited energy, and sleep is more valuable than I routinely give it credit for.

…That now that I’ve written a book, I can write a better book!

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Q: Now that you accomplished such a wonderful feat, do you have any desire to start on another book?

Oh of course I do. I’m in the beginning phases of writing two actually. One I’m writing with incredibly talented and insightful thought leader, creative peer and friend. The other is just me. I’m terribly excited about both, but because they’re in the very first phases of development I can’t share any more except to grin widely and block off more chunks of time on my calendar for writing!

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How exciting! We’ll be waiting intently for your ideas on the horizon to reach their final destination; but until then, we’ll be focused on breathing in each moment as if it was our last. Thank you so much for sharing your story and new work with us Christina!

 

Cover Field GuideIf you’re interested in learning more about how to invest your time in the present moment, click here to browse the beautiful pages of Christina Rosalie’s “A Field Guide to Now.”

 

 

Christina RosalieFor daily inspiration and motivation, check out Christina’s blog >>> www.christinarosalie.com

 

We want to know: What’s your secret to living in the moment and breaking out of your day-to-day routine?

 



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“I begin to wonder what it might be like to trust this life a little more — to see things not as possible wrong turns or missed chances, but choices and progress and possibility.” – Christina Rosalie, Author of “A Field Guide to Now”   Life sometimes has a nagging tendency that urges us to […]

Dumpster Diving 101 with Debi Beard

April 15th, 2013

“When I opened my store, I had a very small budget, so I started looking through the trash for things that I could sell.”

Debi Beard, artist, whimsical boutique owner and professional trash transformer

Today we are delighted to feature some fantastic dumpster diving techniques that recycling expert Debi Beard uses to reduce waste and show ♥ to the environment. We’re so thrilled to have her share this Youtube video with us, where she “paints” a picture of how to add personality and flair to an old chair using this secret pink ingredient.

Click below to see how this ingenious idea comes to life.

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Contrary to popular belief, dumpster diving is not just confined to your neighbor’s trash – according to Debi, you’ve got options! On her entertaining YouTube channel, Debi’s videos display tons of tutorials on ingenious ways to transform discarded disappointments into trusty treasures.

Debi Beard Videos

In most recent news of her dumpster diving escapades, Debi has:

  • traversed down the beach to find lonely buoys washed up on shore and turned them into impressive hanging lanterns
  • hunted for atypical treasures at neighborhood yard sales to recycle into brilliant works of art
  • picked up a rickety white picket fence on the side of the road, painted with bold colors, and pieced together its remains into a huge handsome mirror

What would be considered an extreme adventure for an amateur, trash picking in unexpected places perfectly describes a typical day in the life of Debi Beard.

Upcycled Challenge

Upcycled PinterestHave you turned garbage into glitter? Compile your most creative recycling projects into powerful original images and post to your Pinterest board. Comment below with a link to your board for a chance to be featured on our Stampington & Company’s Upcycled Challenge page with artist credit in the post. If you need some inspiration to get started, peruse the pages of our new GreenCraft Magazine.

Deadline: May 15th 2013

We want to know:

Do you have a favorite dumpster diving spot or story you’d like to share? What unique treasures have you recreated from your finds? We look forward to reading your comments below!


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“When I opened my store, I had a very small budget, so I started looking through the trash for things that I could sell.” – Debi Beard, artist, whimsical boutique owner and professional trash transformer Today we are delighted to feature some fantastic dumpster diving techniques that recycling expert Debi Beard uses to reduce waste […]