Sunday, 4 October 2009

A Thought or Two...

This week I had the thrill of receiving a complementary copy of the latest Stamper's Sampler magazine as I had two cards included in it in the feature on using serviettes/napkins.

These are scans of the magazine cover (isn't a nice cover!) and the two pages that include my cards (and yes I have sliced off the side of one of my cards in the scanning process!). As I LOVE using serviettes in my art, I had intended to send in lots of cards for this issue but I just didn't get myself organised enough and just made these very simple floral ones.

Anyway, getting the magazine in the mail and having the thrill of finding my cards inside made me think about the whole publication thing so I thought I would share my thoughts. When I first "discovered" Somerset Studio many years ago I was relatively new to stamping and I was instantly smitten. I just adored the magazine and chased down all the back issues, including out of print ones. After some time I decided to be brave and submit a couple of cards and when they were published I was just over the moon (major understatement) and so motivated to keep going! So I set myself the target of making something for each issue using the theme for each issue's call for submissions. I did this for several years and I can honestly say that the thrill of getting something published really didn't fade! Nowadays I only submit to Stampington magazines if I have the time and if the theme stimulates some ideas but that early decision to try for publication really did end up giving me a lot more confidence in myself and my art/craft and opened up lots of other doors.

PS My arty mate Annette (up in Darwin) is having an amazing give-away on her blog so pop over if you would like to be in the running for an etched metal house that she has made!

6 comments:

kiwicarole said...

I am very proud of you having your work published! They must get soooo many submissions, so that says a lot about your work!
Carole x

kelsey said...

I can remember when I first started getting the Somerset mags that one of the things I always did was to scan the names and places of the submittee's and I remember seeing "Debbi Baker - Kalgoorlie". I thought to myself, "way to go" from another Sandgroper, and now I even know you!!! lol From one of your long-time fans. ;-)

Sue McGettigan said...

Congratulations Debbi! The thrill of opening the mailbox and finding a Stampington issue inside is wonderful, I actually like the way they don't tell you ahead of time, so when you see the envelope in the mailbox you know you've been published, so fun!

ANNETTE HUSBAND said...

Congrats Deb
You make such gorgeous cards Deb Its no wonder you are accepted and your art is then there for us all to see.Well done...OMG and thanks for the plug LOL
hugs
Annette

Sam Marshall said...

Congratulations- your art is amazing!!

Night Owl Designs said...

Congrats on the new issue of Stampers' Sampler Debbi! And I agree, the thrill never gets old :-)