A huge thank you to all of those who sent in photos of their little (and big) heroes! We received so many entries that we decided to pick TWO winners this time around.
Cheryl C. wins for the best action shot.
And Kathleen S. wins for the most exuberant hero!
Check out the other super fantastic photo submissions.
Keep sending us the best shots of your little (or big) superheroes, and you could win Creative Capes gift cards. Submit your photos into our photo contest by tagging @creativecapes on Instagram and/or Facebook or emailing images to email@example.com.
Show Off Your Superhero!
Send us the best shots of your little (or big) superheroes, and you could win Creative Capes gift cards. Submit your photos into our photo contest by tagging @creativecapes on Instagram and/or Facebook or emailing images to firstname.lastname@example.org.
In the mean time, check out these awesome superheroes who have already joined the contest!
I am tickled pink to be included in the Boca Raton Museum of Art's merchandise for their "Beyond the Cape!” art exhibit opening in mid April. An assortment of Creative Capes and accessories will be available in their gift shop during the exhibit starting April 16th. If you're in the area, make sure to stop by to experience the art!
Beyond the Cape! Comics and Contemporary Art focuses on contemporary artists directly influenced by comics. Artists come from the world of comics with a variety of points of view such as Renee Cox who adapts the super hero theme in her work and Joyce Pensato and Enrique Chagoya borrow iconic characters from comics to comment on issues relevant today. Artists known primarily for their work in the world of comics and graphic novels will also be included: R. Crumb, Aline Kominsky-Crumb, Mimi Pond, and Ron Wimberly. There are others who crossover into both worlds such as Richard Pettibon and Anton Kannemeyer; and Kerry James Marshall and Christian Marclay who have made comics in addition to work for which they are better known.
For more information, visit https://www.bocamuseum.org/exhibitions/beyond-cape-comics-and-contemporary-art.
When I start my work week I never know what interesting calls or emails I might encounter. My days are typically filled with sewing, cutting fabric, marketing efforts, accounting, screening robo calls, ordering supplies, responding to customers, posting on social media... you get the picture – the life of an entrepreneur. But I find every week has a special nuance which keeps me on my toes.
In January, Duopress, a book publisher in Baltimore, MD, was promoting their new hardboard book, "Do you know a SUPERHERO?" and came across my website. It was immediately evident that my mission aligned perfectly with their book's theme - we are all superheroes. We did a joint Instagram contest where one participating IG follower would receive a custom superhero set and "Do You Know a SUPERHERO?" book. — Congrats to our winner Toni E.
I love the illustrations by Jesus Escudero and the message of this empowering book and wonder if I should consider offering it on my website. Please chime at the bottom of my blog post if I should add it to my superhero collection of items available to the Creative Capes Community. If you want to contact me privately you can email me directly, Holly@creativecapes.com, or use my contact page to reach me. Looking forward to hearing your thoughts and don't forget to follow Creative Capes on Facebook and IG to learn about future contests.
At Creative Capes, we welcome every new addition to the superhero family. We also LOVE when the whole family gets involved. That's why we're proud to congratulate Aimee B. and family on winning this round of the photo contest! As the grand prize winner, Aimee will get a $50 gift certificate!
A huge thank you to all of those who shared your superhero photos. As a way to show our appreciation, all of our participants will be getting a superhero shield of their choosing! We have just added eight new shield designs so check them out.
Scroll down to see some of the fabulous photo contest submissions from this contest!
Keep Posting! Keep Tagging!
Send in your superhero shots to be included in our next photo contest. One lucky hero wins a 50 dollar Creative Capes' gift certificate. Tag @Creativecapes or email your photos to email@example.com.
Well where might I spend my free weekend last Spring when not off in the Cape Mobile... a craft festival of course! Left my trusty sidekick at home and ventured off to the Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival at the Howard County Fairgrounds in western Maryland. I happened upon a magical booth filled with felted gnomes and other woodland critters.
Going Gnome began quite by accident in 2008 by two sisters, Jennifer and Melissa VanSant. They had been running their bead and scrapbook store since 2005 and frequently spent time needle felting in the shop. They grew up knitting, sewing, crocheting and had a lifelong love of fiber. Jennifer and Melissa's love of gnomes seemed to want to manifest itself in needle felting. How well gnomes and wool go together! People would come into their shop and ask if they could buy our gnomes, could they teach them how to make them, and could they carry felting supplies in the shop.
On a whim Jennifer and Melissa applied to the NY Sheep and Wool festival in Rhinebeck, NY and managed to get a booth! They designed 3 kits, made a whole bunch of gnomes – and sold out what they brought! They were so excited and energized - they moved the shop, dropped the scrapbooking supplies and moved the felting supplies in.
Over the past 10 years Jennifer and Melissa have expanded their line of needle felting kits to 25, they offer 2 limited edition kits each year that change in October, Gnome of the year, and Holiday of the year. Going Gnome attends 15 retail and wholesale shows around the country each year, wholesale our kits to yarn, toy and gift stores, and spend many evenings and weekends teaching.
It has been exciting for them to introduce so many people to needle felting thought these channels. Three years ago they closed the doors of their brick and mortar store to focus exclusively on Going Gnome from their studio. These two talented sisters feel so honored that people have embraced this sweet and sometimes scary world they have created.
Going Gnome is active on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. Find their kits for sale at http://www.goinggnome.com
Deep Run Elementary School PreK classes had a special visitor before their winter break, it wasn’t Santa but close…. it was Creative Capes™. Each December the individual behind Creative Capes, Holly Hagen, searches for a local group of well deserving children who would be thrilled to have their own cape.
Students enrolled in Deep Run’s PreK are off to a great start this year. For most of the students this is their first school experience and many are learning English. They come to school each day ready to learn and to gain skills to be ready for kindergarten. Who more deserving of a personalized cape to transform them into their superhero selves?
Holly Hagen partnered with the PreK team leader, Nicole Epstein, to create a day of empowerment for the students. Books were carefully selected for circle time which reinforced we are all different but that is where our strength lies.
The students drew pictures of their superhero selves and were asked to identify the superhero power they would want to have….kindness, super fast speed, invisibility, healer?
The smiles reached ear to ear as the kids slipped on their capes and masks. The kids transformed one by one and the class room was filled with vivid colors and kids bursting with feelings of pride, joy, self esteem, happiness and self confidence. It was a magical transformation in Deep Run’s PreK classes today thanks to the generosity of Creative Capes.
"The looks of surprise and Awe on their faces when they put that mask over their eyes it is absolutely amazing. The children were truly transformed into their own superhero and I loved hearing them tell me about their superpowers with such confidence. The children couldn’t believe that they could keep them, they kept saying “we get to take them home?” And the conversation that I heard from my children when we took out the capes how they recognized each other‘s initials and were pointing at them saying “that’s your cape, that’s your cape” it was just absolutely amazing. My children were excited, engaged and empowered. Thank you for giving me this opportunity to make them feel special, unique and significant."
- Nicole, Deep Run PreK Teacher
About the artist: Holly Hagen, a local Howard County resident, started sewing personalized superhero capes and accessories to empower children of all ages. She began in 2010 working late every the night after coming home from her 9 to 5 job at a strategic graphic design firm. As her cottage craft business took off she took the leap of faith and turned Creative Capes into her sole work, putting all her time and energy into it. Eight years later, Holly now makes thousands of satin capes a year spending most waking moments at her sewing machine. She and her husband travel up and down the East coast selling their handmade capes at 25 juried craft festivals annually in addition to online presence at creativecapes.com. Holly has devoted her life to help children find their inner hero strengths encouraging them to be proud of who they are and what makes them stand apart as an individual.