Free Mingle Article Download + Tips for an Artistic Gathering

October 14th, 2012
 Photography by Deb Hodge

We asked our readers to share their favorite party planning ideas for a successful artistic celebration. Jot down some notes that spark your interest and download this free article from the newest issue of Mingle to get a head-start on party planning. After all, ’tis the season!

Blue Moon Party: Host a party when a blue moon is scheduled to appear in the night sky. Ask your friends to bring over their favorite comfort food ― the food you like to eat when you’re feeling a bit “blue.” You can decorate the room with a blue, white, and silver color palette. Serve blue chips and dips, pears with blue cheese, and finish the evening with a blueberry dessert. – party idea by Ella

Blast from the Past Tea Party: Have guests dress in an outfit from their favorite decade. Ask friends to bring their teapots to the party and brew a variety of teas. Artfully arrange a candy spread, including treats from the 50s, 60s, 70s, 80s, etc., to celebrate each decade. Create your own little table topic cards to take a trip down memory lane and have a blast from the past! – party idea by Jackie

Colorful Crafty Gal Pals’ Night Out: To celebrate a spectrum of hues, this soiree encourages everyone to dress in their favorite color, bring a sweet or savory snack in that color, and prepare one make-and-take project that features that same color. The hostess can provide mineral water and club soda, garnished with sliced fruits and colorful syrups. With this rainbow of crafting ideas, everyone will be inspired. – party idea by Brenda

Swap Party: Each attendee brings a fun, tiny crafting item to swap with the other guests. You can pick up vintage teapots at the flea market, adorn them with ribbon and paper flowers, and pass them out to attendees. Have your guests fill the teapots with their swapped items. It is a great memento for them to take home after the get-together, and can also be a great way to spark creativity after the party has concluded. – party idea by Jennifer

The following Mingle tips caught my eye. Try these out at your next celebration!

Photography by navyblur.co.uk

“The online world is a fantastic source of inspiration and support, but there is nothing quite like meeting face-to-face with people who get you. People who understand how creating makes your heart sing. People who want to stay up for hours talking about the journey of life. People who truly want to see your dreams come true, and will do whatever they can to help make that happen.” – musings by Beth Nicolls (Mingle Autumn ’11)

Photography by Rubyellen Bratcher

“For centerpieces, I used a burlap runner down the middle, and I filled mason jars with big bunches of baby’s breath … And I filled two plates full of candles and lit those up; it gave the party a bit of romance.” – décor tip by Rubyellen Bratcher (Mingle Spring ’12)

“Swoon enables groups of friends to gather and create their projects together, making it a monthly gathering … Gathering Kits are also available, including custom linen bags, party crowns, glistening glass glitter, and personal name tags.” – planning tip by Deb Hodge (see opening photo) (Mingle Autumn ’12)

Photography by Maggie Russo

“As the guests left, they grabbed a bag of “Take a Hike” trail mix for the road. After a night of s’mores, s’mores, and more s’mores, it was the perfect salty snack!” – party tip by Sara De St. Jean (Mingle Autumn ’12)

Photography by Martha Schuster

For more styling ideas for your next handmade celebration and one-of-a-kind reasons to get together with friends, family, and other creative minds, download this free article from the Autumn ’12 issue of Mingle.

 



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 Photography by Deb Hodge We asked our readers to share their favorite party planning ideas for a successful artistic celebration. Jot down some notes that spark your interest and download this free article from the newest issue of Mingle to get a head-start on party planning. After all, ’tis the season! Blue Moon Party: Host […]

Share Your Memories: Seeking Submissions from our Readers!

October 11th, 2012
Artwork by Wendy Kwok

Stampington publishes almost 30 niche, mixed-media titles that are created from artwork submitted by readers and artists who support the handmade movement and want to share their passions with like-minded craft enthusiasts.

From time to time we post Calls and Challenges for our magazines based on what crafting themes the editorial team decides to feature. Right now, Jana Holstein, editor of Somerset Memories, is looking for a variety of projects that showcase your cherished photos.

Deadline for artwork to be received for the following challenges is November 15th.

Think Outside the Book
A collection of memories doesn’t always have to be presented in a book. How can you present a montage of milestones, celebrations, and everyday moments in a way that’s different and unique? We’re looking for collections of memorabilia, photos, and ephemera pieces that are compiled “outside the book.” If you spy a discarded folder or box, or something entirely different, snazz it up to match the style of your items, and send it on in! We are looking forward to discovering your treasures.

Strings Attached
Louise Nelson’s layout, “Up Up,” featured on the cover of our Spring 2012 issue has some wonderful elements that immediately draw your eye to the page. The bright orange thread makes it appear that the little girl is being pulled up into the air by a beautiful butterfly. This got us thinking — what other kinds of things might be found at the end of a piece of string? What would you attach? We’re sure you can thread some novel ideas together!

Gifts from the Heart
Have you created an amazing piece of memory art for your best friend? Or maybe a sweet keepsake for your new niece or special heritage ornaments for your favorite cousins? We’re looking for handcrafted gifts created for friends and family with a unique mixed-media touch. Whether you have a knack for embroidering wall décor pieces or enjoy painting anything and everything in sight, we want to see your artistic talent.

Artful Journals
Journaling has always been a fabulous way to chronicle your feelings, musings, hopes, and dreams. Here at Stampington, we think that hand journaling techniques are a special kind of memory art that can be cherished for years to come. Perhaps you’ve created pages in your journal that focus on the birth of your daughter, the graduation of your son, your feelings on being chosen for teaching a workshop, or a difficult time you experienced. We’re looking for artistically created journals that reflect who YOU are, so start tapping into your inner creativity.

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We ask that you send in a submission form with your artwork for all challenges. Note clearly which challenge you are entering, and please review our guidelines prior to submission.

Here are some beautiful layouts to inspire you to get you in the crafting mood in no time.

Artwork by Julie Winks
Artwork by Caroline Rondel
Artwork by Caroline Rondel

 

Artwork by Caroline Rondel

 

Artwork by Caroline Rondel

 

Artwork by Julie Kirk

 



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Artwork by Wendy Kwok Stampington publishes almost 30 niche, mixed-media titles that are created from artwork submitted by readers and artists who support the handmade movement and want to share their passions with like-minded craft enthusiasts. From time to time we post Calls and Challenges for our magazines based on what crafting themes the editorial […]

Don’t Rain on My Parade Caption Challenge

October 8th, 2012

Don’t tell me not to live, just sit and putter
Life’s candy and the sun’s a ball of butter
Don’t bring around a cloud to rain on my parade!

These Funny Girl lyrics sung by Oscar-winning actress Barbra Streisand were the first words that crossed my mind after seeing this photo from Artful Blogging. I love how Tif Fussell, the photographer, showcases the illumination of rain on a sunny day.

Comment below with YOUR best caption for this photo. The reader with the most creative response will receive an issue of the upcoming Artful Blogging Winter ’13!

Update: Our winner is Sheryl Butler! We will be in contact with you in regards to your prize. Thank you to everyone who participated! Look forward to the next caption challenge this month.

Contest is open to residents of the U.S. Entries will be accepted until 10/30/12 at 11:59 p.m. Winner will be announced 10/31/12.

Photo credit: Tif Fussell, dottie angel



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Don’t tell me not to live, just sit and putter Life’s candy and the sun’s a ball of butter Don’t bring around a cloud to rain on my parade! These Funny Girl lyrics sung by Oscar-winning actress Barbra Streisand were the first words that crossed my mind after seeing this photo from Artful Blogging. I […]

A Classic Twist on DIY Organization

October 5th, 2012

Have you been dreaming of your best Halloween costume EVER since November of last year? Do you have grand plans to carve a family of pumpkins to line your porch steps? For those of you who have Halloween on the mind, we’ve got a treat of a project for you. Our Shoppe Manager, Vanessa, created this darling storage solution that makes the daunting task of organization a little less scary for all of us.  It can also double as fun party décor for your spooky Halloween celebration!

 

Materials

Paper Mache Mini Boxes with Frame

White Acrylic Paint

Halloween Blueprint Stamp

Jet Black StazOn Ink Pad

Clearly Impressed Large Rectangular Acrylic Mount

SMASH Label Maker

Instructions

  1. Coat all surfaces of the frame and storage boxes with white acrylic paint. Let dry. Apply a second coat if needed.
  2. Use StazOn Ink to stamp the images onto the front surfaces of storage boxes.  For best results, make sure to ink the stamps well.
  3. Spell out desired phrases using the SMASH Label Maker. Don’t worry if the letters don’t punch perfectly — that’s what makes the distressed style so unique.
  4. Fill with an assortment of candies you can nibble on when you’re in the mood for a treat!

For more crafting projects that can be completed from start to finish in just one day (don’t you just love that kind?) please visit The Studio.

Project and photo by Vanessa Spencer

 



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Have you been dreaming of your best Halloween costume EVER since November of last year? Do you have grand plans to carve a family of pumpkins to line your porch steps? For those of you who have Halloween on the mind, we’ve got a treat of a project for you. Our Shoppe Manager, Vanessa, created […]

October Issues Have Arrived + Win Your Favorite!

October 1st, 2012

It’s officially fall when your primetime television shows are back and our new October issues have hit the stands! We’ll give you a run-down of our favorite highlights, from collage mermaids to uplifting journals and hopefully leave you wanting to snuggle up with your favorite title and a furry friend. After virtually perusing this month’s selection, take advantage of our FREE SHIPPING discount that we are offering exclusively to our blog readers.

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No, that’s not the sound of baby pigs running rampant around the office. That’s a bunch of very excited squeals at the delectably vibrant, candy-colored cover of the newest issue of Mingle. Flip open to any page and be whisked away to parties that showcase ornate centerpieces, costumes, and an assortment of treats. Step into the dark and musty venue of a murder mystery party, a French Quarter-inspired wedding, or perhaps a Cookie Shine – the Scottish version of the classic tea party. Visit The Makerie, a creative retreat that celebrates handmade and eco-friendly art in Boulder, Colorado (they even created their own adorable photo booth!). Don your party hats and wave those handmade pinwheels because you’ll want to recreate and re-imagine these festive décor and party themes again and again.

This stunning new issue of Art Journaling is a treasure, one to add to your mixed-media magazine collection and return to for years to come. Trish McKinney asks the question, “What Do You Dream About?” and encourages artists to never stop daydreaming. With her encouraging lyric-based art pieces, Naomi Capps sums up a feeling we all express from time to time: overwhelmed. She showcases this expression through paint and text and documents her everyday life in this way. Roc Nicholas takes art journaling off of the blank page and onto a blank coffee cup, and Rene Tibbets tells us why she likes to incorporate digital techniques into her journaling layouts. With over 150 inspirational journal pages to drink in, you’ll be mesmerized by the kind of art you can create as well.

For artists who like to create, sculpt, mold, and paint with their hands, Somerset Workshop presents techniques for getting your hands dirty in the craft room. Mary Beth Shaw provides eye-opening articles that illustrate how she uses paper towels to create textured backgrounds, creates a stylish project with an encaustic medium, and prefers to paint – without paint! Join Mary Beth, as well as other big names in mixed media like Cynthia Shaffer and Sarah Ahearn Bellemare, as they walk you through instructions for infusing upcycled paper towels and a mixture of text and images into your mixed-media projects. With articles titled, “Cheer Up” and “All Together,” there is no doubt that these artists are constantly fostering a positive community environment.

The rich olive and peach hues on the cover of Haute Handbags are enough to make any fashionista swoon. Return to school with a cool wool patch tote bag or a hip denim messenger bag. Give new life to burlap coffee bags and turn them into sturdy totes with feminine embellishments (look at those gorgeous bows!). A mother-daughter pair teams up to create gypsy-inspired bags from upcycled doilies and lace items, and patterns get “all tied up” with a menswear-inspired update. From mini-purses to clutches and felt to leather, these handbag designs are plentiful and the results are exquisite.

Fleur-de-lis and bejeweled insects are just some of the exquisite focal points of the jewelry showcased in this issue of Jewelry Affaire. Laurie Garcia shows us how to alter a cigar box and upcycle it into an organizational jewelry holder. Dazzling pieces that pay homage to the changing seasons are created with metallic leaf embellishments and ornate butterfly brooches. Maggie Dykzeul showcases a refreshing take on layered necklaces with her oriental-inspired pieces. Rebecca Ersfeld shows us a classy way to incorporate velvet into pieces your grandmother would approve of, and Cat Kerr shows us how to make the most of loved and well-worn board games with her altered Jenga Pendants. Between all of these amazing artfully inspired jewelry, there is surely a project that is just up your alley.

The first few pages of Somerset Life are enough to make a vintage lover’s eyes widen with excitement. Christine Stephens walks us through Gilding the Lily, an Orange County-based store that showcases button assortments in mismatched glass jars, raspberry-colored ribbons, glittering home décor, and much more. Susannah Conway shares her thoughts about life and writing in her article, “Stepping Bravely into the Unknown,” accompanied by her breathtaking photos from her blog. Send a bouquet of flowers in the mail by creating pressed petal parcels with poetic text accents. Full of Creative Living Ideas from our readers and artists, including ruffled can decorations and personalized envelopes, this issue will keep you crafting and smiling time and time again.

Polka dots, turquoise stripes, holiday plaid, and snowflake-covered skies are just a few of the many designs included in the winter issue of The Stampers’ Sampler. Packed with hundreds of handmade cards featuring bewitched pumpkins, holiday tags, Mason jar fairies, and collaged mermaids, this issue is crafted with love from our editors, designers, and readers alike. Flip through Wendy Morris’s Lost & Found album and see how she weaves together a story using paper scraps from memorable vacations. Don’t forget that every issue of The Stampers’ Sampler includes a FREE artist paper and template to keep you craftin’ those greetings all year round.

The autumn issue of Somerset Memories provides more than 125 layouts and projects that are positively eye-candy. See how Julie Fei-Fan Balzer uses the Copic Airbrush system to create a misty background effect without any mess at all! Pair it with stencils, and the possibilities for patterns are endless. Tackle the art of the album with Melissa Stinson as she creates a functional way to display photos from her trip to the Washington D.C. Cherry Blossom Festival. Digital scrapbooking expert Michelle Shefveland creates digital quilted art and shares a fun technique – the basic of printing images onto muslin. With tips and tricks from the best of the best in paper crafting, this jam-packed issue is one for the scrapbooks!

Want to win one of these issues? Click on any spread, check out the table of contents, and let us know which feature you’re looking forward to reading! One person will be selected at random to receive their choice of magazine. Winner will be chosen and announced October 19th.

Update: Our winner is comment #75, Tammy! We will be in contact with you in regards to you prize. Thank you to all who entered!

*Free shipping offer applies to U.S. purchases of the following October 2012 issues only: Art Journaling, Haute Handbags, Jewelry Affaire, Mingle, Somerset Life, Somerset Memories, Somerset Workshop, and The Stampers’ Sampler. Discount code does not apply to items purchased from The Shoppe at Somerset and expires 10/31/12. Contest is open to U.S. residents and ends 10/18/12 at 11:59pm.



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It’s officially fall when your primetime television shows are back and our new October issues have hit the stands! We’ll give you a run-down of our favorite highlights, from collage mermaids to uplifting journals and hopefully leave you wanting to snuggle up with your favorite title and a furry friend. After virtually perusing this month’s […]