Published in The Stampers’ Sampler

The Stampers' Sampler

It’s always exciting to have something published and I was extra thrilled to see The Stampers’ Sampler devoted a page in this issue to one of my art girls.

The Stampers' Sampler

Renee Zarate posted a few days ago about being published in the same issue, and about how you need to be persistent for it to happen. So true. Renee also talked about submitting multiple pieces at a time, and about the fact that at times submissions may be held for months or even years.

This art doll was one of four I submitted back in the Spring of 2012 for a torso template challenge. One was published in the Fall 2012 issue and the others were rejected.  Fun to see this one pop up now… two years later!

Julie Fei-Fan Balzer wrote about rejection a few years ago, and I think it was one of the most interesting and honest posts I’ve ever read. I’ve been submitting for several years and while it’s always a pleasure when a submission is published, it’s not the end of the world when it’s rejected.  I look at it like the NY Lottery motto:  You’ve got to be in it, to win it.  If you don’t try, you’ll never know. And if you do, you may start submitting multiple times per year and then build up a Published resume.

So if you’ve been on the fence about putting yourself out there (whether to publish, answer a design team call, start a blog, etc.), I recommend giving it a go.  What’s the worst that can happen?

Thanks for the visit!




Your comments are very much appreciated!


  1. Gigi Black says:

    So darn cute. You have a great creative mind.

  2. Congrats, Marjie!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  3. Here, here on that message Marjie. There’s nothing quite like seeing your work in print and that won’t happen if you don’t try. Huge well deserved congratulations. Jenny x

  4. Marjie…first of all, huge congrats on your being published again! That is a wonderful accomplishment! Your article really spoke to me and I so appreciated your thoughts on being published, rejected and so forth. I also wanted to thank you for taking the time to stop by my blog and leave such a nice comment. Love ya! Candy

  5. Well, isn’t she just the best? Your mind is such a playground, and I love what you create! Thanks for the pep talk…..

  6. Orla Carey says:

    Congrats Marjie – she’s fabulous – love all the detail and the use of the rosettes for her Pom-Poms was genius.
    Happy Days indeed
    Cheers, Orla

  7. My copy has arrived and I was thrilled to see your doll and deservedly so having a page all to herself – those pompoms make me chuckle
    It is an honour to be published beside friends such as yourself and Renee and my other lovely friend Darlene.

  8. Congratulations on being published 🙂

  9. Congratulations Marjie! That’s my good friend Lynne being interviewed too!
    Alison x

  10. Great advice. Beautiful art. Congratulations!

  11. Kudos to you Marjie Kemper!! I have tasted both the thrill of victory and the sting of defeat, and I prefer victory! If the key to being published is submitting one’s work, then the “second key” is patience! Love your cheerleader, though she had to wait for the same moment. Glad you share the journal with my friend Renee!

  12. Congratulations Marjie! Your cheerleader is super! And to have a full page, Sweet!
    Thank you so much for sharing words of wisdom from all 3 wonderfully talented artists! – so very inspiring! “)

  13. Congrats, Marjie! You’re so right about being in it to win it. Love your entry! It’s so fun! Hugs, Sandra

  14. Many congratulations! Your art is wonderful & very deserving of recognition. Your blog post is definitely a message from the Universe for me today, just have to wait & see which way it’s going to go…..

  15. Sherri Scott says:

    I think all your art is fabulous!

  16. Loved your submission! I wanted to say something but didn’t want to spoil the surprise for you. Thanks so much for mentioning me. 🙂 I just received a box full of rejects yesterday and a “thanks but no thanks” letter. It is true you’ve got to submit often and never give up hope. Congrats again on your girl, she is adorable and deserved the whole page!

  17. Congratulations Margie, Fantastic news, absolutely love your art doll.
    🙂 Chris / CS Designs

  18. Woohoo! Way to go Marjie, you rock!!!

  19. Congratulations Marjie, how fantastic that they used it (in the end!). It shows how important it is to persevere. I read Julie’s post and is such great advice, thanks for sharing that. Love the pleated skirt on the doll! Anne xx

  20. Congratulations, Marjie! How funny to see it pop up after all this time – must be a lovely surprise. And what an interesting post. I haven’t done any submissions yet, but had been thinking about it – this is a really timely bit of advice about the thrills and spills – thank you!
    Alison xx

  21. Congrats Marjie. YOu definitely deserve it with all your hard work and training and energy over the last year. Bravo. xox

  22. Congrats on being published again! Funny you sent it in 2 years ago…. Thanks for the reminder about submitting too. I get out of the habit. LOL

  23. First congrats to you, my friend. Second, that’s so interesting about getting published. So true.. if you don’t play then you can’t win. Thank you.

  24. Congrats Marjie! And by the way it’s also a great feeling to get visitors on the blog and old those nice compliments can make the day!

  25. Congratulations, Marjie! I agree, you have to keep submitting and be patient. And, you’re right – it’s always a thrill to see your art work in such a wonderful magazine!

  26. HUGE CONGRATS on the pub!! She is GORGEOUS!!!

  27. Superb Marjie, brilliant news and I am not surprised xx

  28. congrats Marjie that is so cool! you just keep on have made marvelous art..everything should have been published!
    susan s

  29. Congratulations Marjie!