Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Hip hip hurray!! The pub is here!

Just had to share : my first published card is now on the newsstands! CardMaker March 2009, (pg. 86, my new lucky number, hee hee!!) I love that my first published card just so happens to use my very first stamp set "Just So Hippy" (as well as "Hip Hop Accessories"), how appropriate! (That was not intentional, I submitted several others that first time, so it could have been any of one of my first several sets!) I actually spotted the magazine at Barnes & Noble a few weeks ago, but was waiting to get my issue in the mail so I could share a pic with you! (A few of you actually already saw it, and emailed me congrats, thanks ladies!) ;) Obviously I knew what the card was going to look like, but it was such a fun surprise to see how beautifully they photographed and staged it, I heart that daisy!! What a thrill!

So, I was going to put my extra copy that they send up for grabs here on the blog, BUT, I decided in the end I really needed to give this first one to "Mom", my first supporter! You understand, right? ;) But the next one (July 2009), I will, okay?? (That one has FIVE of my cards in it, squeal, can't wait, can't wait!)


The main reasons I *think* this one got accepted:

clean design, easy for any stamper to recreate, FIT the call (baby theme), some tradtional & non-traditonal baby card elements (hippos?), with a bit o' humor thrown in! ;)


The month I submitted this last summer, was my first time to try getting published, but as I said earlier I sent in several other cards that time too that did not get accepted. Carolyn wrote a post about r*e*j*e*c*t*i*o*n the other day, well, i know something abot that, too! I've definitely had more rejected than accepted! Out of curiosity I just went and counted all my submissions: about 1 in 4 has gotten published. As you know, I make a lot of cards, more than one a day last year! I don't submit everything I make ( less than 1/10th of what I created ), but try to figure out which ones I think have the best chances. (Lots of my personal favorites have been passed over! and I'm fine with that, it doesn't make me like the designs any less) Fortunately, with Cardmaker you can just email a picture, so it doesn't hurt to try submitting several, if it's not accepted (I prefer that term to "rejected!") you still have that card you love to do with what you like!! so GO FOR IT! Everyone will experience some rejection, but it's worth it (seeing your card in print is great, the money's not bad either, a very nice supplement to your crafting fund! I treated myself to a ton of Copics) ;)

Anyone out there have published cards coming out using my stamps? (I know Carolyn does!) Please let me know! I appreciate your support and the heads up! :)

Oh, I'd also love to know: any of you subscribe to Cardmaker? Any other pubs you like/had success with/ recommend I try submitting to? Thanks for reading and sharing my good news, please share if you have some of your own! Have a blessed day!

PS Did anyone notice the typo in the photo? how appropriate for ME, LOL! (the world's worst typist) That's cool, I've definitely seen it butchered worse! ;) BTW it's pronounced Men - chinger (rhyming with "ringer") just in case you were wondering! :)


PPS NOW, there are BIG THINGS going on over at Gina's today! HUGE! (I KNOW what's in the box!! do you?? and it's just the beginning! Go look!)

44 comments:

Mary said...

Congratulations Melanie.Having your card published is such a huge deal. I love your card and I love the way that Carmaker displayed it.

Mary

Mary said...

Oops Sorry. You asked a question and I did not answer it. I think you ought to submit your cards to Paper Crafts and to Cards. :)

Mary

scrappintlc said...

Congrats GF, way to go. I also think you should submit to Paper Crafts and for their Card Creations and Stamp It Cards issues. :) Good Luck. I hope to be you one day when I grow up. :)

Viv said...

A thoroughly well deserved result Melanie. Congratulations.
Viv xx

Jessica said...

How exciting!!! Congratulations :)

I think one day I'd like to try to submit for publishing, but I'm definitely not ready yet. So can I just live vicariously through you for now? ;)

Lee (LuvLee on SCS) said...

Wow!!!!! CONGRATS!!!!! I totally have to renew my subscription!! Someday I'll be brave enough.....but man if you and Cammie can be rejected I think I have no chance!!!

Chris said...

Congratulations Melanie it must be fab to be published. We don't get Cardmaker over here which is a shame as it looks good and your work is far better than anything I have seen in the UK magazines which are really no more than big adverts for peel-offs and paper! Have you tried the Stampington mags?

Ananya Gupta said...

congrats Melanie. I don't subscribe to any mags so can't help u with that. :(

Anonymous said...

Congratulations, what a great card, love it. I will have to look for the magazine. Have a great day. Hugs n' Stuff, Lynne

Anonymous said...

Congratulations!! I am truly excited for you!!! Keep up the wonderful creations!! ~Amy S.~

Darlene L said...

Way to go Melanie. Your card is great and I just love those cards. This card is great eye candy for any publication.

mspiggy7 said...

Congrats, Mel. Love your card & look forward to seeing your other ones in print later. I'm still waiting to see one of mine in print. Maybe 2009 will be the year.

Amy Johnson said...

Congratulations Melanie! You deserve it! Your work is always so creative!

wendyp said...

Yay!!! Congratulations Melanie!!!

jules p said...

congrats on the pub. you deserve it.

StampinCathy said...

Congrats Mel! This card is just adorable. How sweet to give the extra copy to your MOM and even your that special message to her. She must be super proud of you.

Stampin' Pam said...

Hip Hippo Hooray for you Melanie! I can only IMAGINE what it feels like to be published. I've never subscribed to any card mags cause I get so much inspiration from all the blogs and SCS but I do sneak a peak at them when I'm at the store. :-)
Right now I'm content to have someone looking at my new blog - that's all the publication I need for now LOL. BUT someday yes - I'll submit some ideas as well.

CONGRATS lovely lady - you deserve it!

lisa808 said...

Congratulations!

seamom said...

Congratulations! I suspect you are totally correct re why they chose your card. It is sooo cute!
Mid 2008 I submitted 6 cards to Take Ten magazine. Much to my surprise and joy, they chose 2 of them for publication! It was so exciting! Since I have discovered blogs and the challenges some of my favorites feature, my desire to share is neatly fulfilled.....

Norine said...

Congrats yes you should submit the card
Hugs
Norine

Shannon said...

A little birdie told me about this and I managed to pick up a copy the other day. Congrats!!!!! It's agreat card.

Rose Ann said...

Congratulations, Melanie!! You go, girl!!

Cindy said...

Have you tried Rubber Stamp Madness? The only card I ever submitted was accapted by them, although it took a few years!
Cindy

Justine said...

Congratulations and thank you for touching on this subject. I'm sure I am not the only person out there that feels horrible and thinks that maybe I stink and just don't know it.
Hugs girl

Anita said...

Congrats!

Brenda said...

Congratulations!!! That is awesome, and your card it the cutest.

Mary Sue said...

Congratulations Melanie. I will have to check out the magazine at our local book store. I enjoy reading your blog daily.

ALLY said...

Congrats Mel! The moment I saw it, it was like... I know her!!! Love the card!

Tracey said...

Yahoo for getting pubbed! Your cards are fantastic! You deserve it Melanie!!

Mindy said...

Congratulations again! Can't wait to see the July issue! Girl, submit to them ALL!

Roxie said...

Congrats!!!!!!
My favorite magazine is Paper Crafts. I also get Cards sometime, this month the budget doesn't allow it.

GramaCat said...

Congrats Melanie, it's no surprize that the Editors realized what a Talent you have ! I love your work, and your Blog, you deserve even larger recognition ! Keep up your inspiring work...this novice hangs on your everyword !
Gramacat

Lisa Graves said...

Congratulations!!!

Carolyn King said...

just wanted to say.....
WWWWWWWWWWWOHOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!
Can you HEAR me! Congrats girl! What a hip card!

Anthonette said...

A big congrats, Melanie! I'm very happy for you. I love seeing familiar names in paper crafting type mags.

Sharon said...

Congratulations Melanie for getting published. I subscribe to Cardmaker so will look for your cards in March issue.
Sharon

harrahx2 said...

Congratulations and what a cute card. I have both sets and I just love them!

catdidit said...

Such an awesome card Mel, Congrats to you!!! I'm like Lee, I am stunned you would have ANY rejected!!

Adela said...

CONGRATS!!! Melanie, you so deserve it!!!

Casmiles said...

WAY BIGGGG Congratulations to you. This is so exciting. And that card is absolutely PRECIOUS. I love it. No wonder they picked it!!!

Trena in Naperville said...

Congratulations Melanie!! How exciting! It is an adorable card!

Take care and STAY POSITIVE!

debb said...

Congrats on being published- How very exciting for you! The card is adorable! Can't wait to see the others...debb

Sharon Harnist said...

Your pubbed card is adorable, Mel -- I noticed it, since I'm in that issue for the first time, too (wink)! Congrats!

Toni K said...

Awesome! Congrats! You deserve it.