Friday, 17 March 2017

Take It Make It Challenge: Winners Profile!

Hello!

Welcome to our Winners Profile, showcasing the Design Winner of our last Blog Challenge!

The very talented Design Winner of our February 2017 challenge is

Amanda Southern



Amanda won the challenge with this amazing project. We thought the colours were just wonderful, and the stamping immaculate. Stunning work!







We asked Amanda a few questions all about stamping (well, we are Craft Stamper after all!)



Q: How long have you been a stamper, and how did you get started?

A: I have been a stamper since I first started crafting in 2008, I got started with my then 5 year old niece wanting to make a card for her teacher and my mum had bought her a little set of rubber stamps and I had to have a go, the rest they say is history…..


Q: What are your favourite kinds of stamps, and do you have a favourite stamp company?

A: I enjoy stamps that are a bit different and I especially love the stamps of Carabelle Studio, Stampotique and more recently Seth Apter

 

Q: Describe your style, are you a messy kind of stamper or a more ‘clean and simple’ kind of person?

A: I love nothing more than getting up to my elbows in paints and inks and any other mediums I can get my hands on. I can end up looking like a piece of modern art myself! I can sometimes want to create something clean and simple with lots of white space however, so it all depends on what mood I’m in or how much time I have.



Q:What kind of projects do you like creating the most?

A: I make all sorts of projects from cards to wall art to 3D art. I do enjoy 3D makes but struggle to find time and can find that I have a project on the go for weeks. I love colour, the bolder the better sometimes, and I also love to get all grungy with paint and textures.



Q: Apart from stamps, what is the one product you wouldn’t be without when you craft?

A: Black Archival ink pad, it is my go to ink pad and stamps brilliantly onto so many different surfaces.



We also asked Amanda to show us a couple of her favourite stamped creations,  and share why she likes them so much. Here are the gorgeous projects she has chosen:






"I love the image of the Carabelle Studio girl she is so fabulous to colour.  I love building up layers by masking and this background is a combination of 2 Carabelle stamps. I love working with bold colours, and this one uses so much colour" - Amanda


"Here is a wall hanging which uses a lot of paint and textures to create a much more grungier effect. I love how you can stamp words to add to your pieces to give it some meaning. I love word stamps!" - Amanda


Congratulations on being our January Design Winner Lula , and it was lovely to learn a little more about you!



Do YOU fancy having a winners profile all about you on the CS blog? 

The profile is part of the prize package for each Design Winner of our challenges. All you need to do is enter a creation into the challenge, then if you are voted Design Winner everyone will be reading all about you before you know it!



Our current challenge 'Take A Stamp -Anything Goes" is still open for a few more days! As March has 5 Fridays, you have a whole extra week to join in this month!
Don't forget the wonderful priz, the stamp set and stencil bundle from DaliArt!

  All the details can be found HERE.

Friday, 10 March 2017

Take It Make It March Challenge: Inspiration

Hello!
Our current Take It Make It challenge is in full swing, with some amazing entries so far!
Just in case you need a little more inspiration, the DT have come up with some more amazing projects to share today :) First though, a bit of a reminder.....


This year, we are pleased to announce that ALL of our challenges will be 'Anything Goes' stamping challenges!
So....Show us how unique you can be, create anything your imagination cares to dream up! Share your cards, journal pages, layouts, 3D assemblage or whatever else takes your fancy. As long as you have stamped somewhere on your project, then you're good to go!

We have two prizes on offer, as always. The first is the Sponsor Prize, and the winner of this will be randomly chosen from all the eligible entries of the challenge. To make sure your project is eligible to win, make sure you have followed our challenge guidelines. These can be found on our sidebar over here ---------->
and also in a tab under the banner at the top.
PLEASE REMEMBER: We only want to see ONE project in each individual blog post entry!
A set counts as more than one :)
 
Our sponsor this month is....

DaliART



www.daliart.co.uk
DaliART is a wonderful shop full of stunning stamps stencils and crafty stash... perhaps you've seen the amazing Dali herself on TV showing you all her products! Dali has a style that merges Eastern influences with Western techniques... and we love it!
The prize this month for our randomly drawn winner is this fabulous stamp set plus stencils:




I hope the prize has given you all an incentive to win...... and how about some MORE amazing eye candy from the DT to give you some beautifully stamped inspiration! 



Please welcome our brand new DT member:

 









Wow!
Amazing inspiration from the DT!
The link up tool to enter the challenge can be found on last Fridays post HERE!

Friday, 3 March 2017

Take It Make It Challenge: March

Hello!
Welcome to the Craft Stamper March Take It, Make It challenge!

This months theme:
An 'Anything Goes' Stamping Challenge!
So....Show us how unique you can be, create anything your imagination cares to dream up! Share your cards, journal pages, layouts, 3D assemblage or whatever else takes your fancy. As long as you have stamped somewhere on your project, then you're good to go!

We have two prizes on offer, as always. The first is the Sponsor Prize, and the winner of this will be randomly chosen from all the eligible entries of the challenge. To make sure your project is eligible to win, make sure you have followed our challenge guidelines. These can be found on our sidebar over here ---------->
and also in a tab under the banner at the top.
PLEASE REMEMBER: We only want to see ONE project in each individual blog post entry!
A set counts as more than one :)
 
We are proud to announce our sponsor this month is....

DaliART


www.daliart.co.uk

DaliART is a wonderful shop full of stunning stamps stencils and crafty stash... perhaps you've seen the amazing Dali herself on TV showing you all her products! Dali has a style that merges Eastern influences with Western techniques... and we love it!
The prize this month for our randomly drawn winner is this fabulous stamp set plus stencils:



I hope the prize has given you all an incentive to win...... and how about some eye candy from the DT to give you some beautifully stamped inspiration! 








Wow!
Amazing inspiration from the DT!

Fancy joining in with us this month? You have to be in it to win it, as they say :)
All you need to do is double check you are familiar with all the guidelines, then get linking up using the InLinkz tool below!
Remember.... we HAVE to see stamping on your project somewhere!


  We can't wait to see what you create!

Monday, 27 February 2017

Our Amazing April Issue is out on Friday!

Morning!
Our Amazing April Issue is out this coming Friday (yes I know it's still February....these things are a little silly sometimes!)
Subscribers will be receiving their copies anytime now :)



Spring is upon us, and we have lots of fabulous inspiration in this issue to bring new life into your mixed media projects!

We have a very Spring-like egg theme going on in our 3D Challenge feature! The Brand Ambassadors from Relics & Artifacts by Sandra Evertson have outdone themselves, with some absolutely stunning art work featuring the Imperial Egg cast resin piece from the range. Check out the gallery on page 54, including this STUNNER from Cat Kerr..



Brenda Brown has created the wonderful assemblage that graces our cover. Another Spring themed work for you to admire, and have a go at creating yourselves. Just gorgeous!



We are welcoming Kath Stewart to the Craft Stamper family this issue.
Kath is renowned for her amazing art, and she has created a wonderful canvas for us this month, see for yourselves on page 6. We are so lucky to have you on board Kath!



Do you create Inchies? Maybe in months past but not any more? We think Inchies should make a comeback! Roc Nicholas shares a fabulous way to store them on page 14, and we launch our own Art Call for Inchies on page 17. We can’t wait to see your creations!




We also have an wonderful floral project by Tracy Scott..



 a inspirational Masterclass from Chris Dark on Alcohol inks..



and a gallery full of ‘April Showers’ themed cards in this issue, including an adorable card by Riikka, here is a sneak peek!



 Lots for you all to experiment with, and don’t forget, I would love to see what you create! Email me, or share on our Facebook page!

So, where can you get your hands on a copy of the magazine?
For subscriptions, please go to: www.craftstamper.com
For single print issues : www.mags-uk.com
For digital issues, both subscriptions and single issues: www.pocketmags.com


Have a wonderfully crafty month everyone!

Friday, 24 February 2017

Take It Make It Challenge: February Winners!

Hello everyone!
We are so pleased to announce the winners of our February Challenge!

As you all know, we have two winners to announce today, so without further ado, let me introduce you to the Design Winner.....

Entry Number 6: Amanda





We loved how the bright vibrant background works so well with the image and text used... we also think Amanda's use of masking is amazing! Amanda will win a Guest Designer slot here on the blog, her very own Winners Profile, and of course her amazing art will be featured in it's own 2 page spread in Craft Stamper magazine! Congrats !

We also have the remaining top slots to announce!

The remaining Top Three are:

Entry number 3: Nikki
Entry number 57: Carola

Wonderful projects ladies!

We now need to share the randomly chosen winner with you all!
This winner will recieve the prize offered by our sponsor this month:


Seven Hills Crafts


Seven Hills Crafts (you may remember them as Make The Day Special Stamp Store?)
is an amazing online shop stocking  HUGE range of stamps and craft items. They specialise in bringing quality products from the USA to the UK, and as such carry a wide range of brands such as Lawn Fawn, My Favourite Things, Altenew, Paper Smooches, My Minds Eye... the list goes on and on! Visiting the store could result in a serious case of melted credit card syndrome... don't say I didn't warn you :)

The amazing prize this month is a voucher, enabling the randomly chosen winner to go on a bit of a spending spree!





Congratulations to our winner:



Entry Number 24: Hazel

      Congrats Hazel, I think you'll have a wonderful time shopping in the store!

Winners, you need to need to get in touch with me in order to claim your prize!  Please email me at: editor.cs@mytimemedia.com , and put TIMI Winner in the subject line, then I'll be sure to spot it! 
Top Three Design Winners, also please contact me if you wish to receive a button to display on your blog.


Our March challenge will be launched next Friday, March 3rd.
We can't wait to see all the wonderful art you will all be sharing!

Thursday, 23 February 2017

Art Call: Ready Set Stamp submissions wanted!

THANK YOU so much for all the fabulous cards submitted for our last art call, it was so hard to choose just a few to publish! We can now announce the next theme.....
We are looking for submissions for our Ready, Set, Stamp feature on the following theme for our July issue of Craft Stamper. If you've always wanted to see YOUR card in print, now is your chance!! 





Colours: Deep Red, Burnt Orange, Eggplant Purple, Golden Yellow

Deadline for submission: 21st March 2017

· Please email your submissions to: editor.cs@mytimemedia.com
· Please put 'Ready Set Stamp' followed by the theme in the subject line
· Please note that due to the number of submissions it's not possible to contact every entrant individually - if you have not heard from us within one week, your submission has not been successful. Please try again with a different card!

Guidelines:
· Please make cards only for this gallery.
. NEW work only please, we do not accept cards that have been published elsewhere (including online) before submission.  
 . Please do not use stamps that are discontinued for this article.
. We do not accept cards ONLY created with digital imagery for this feature. Digital imagery is welcome, but  MUST be used in conjunction with rubber/polymer stamping to qualify.
· Cards which are selected need to be posted to the Craft Stamper offices in the UK. The cards will be returned, along with a complimentary issue of the magazine.
· This call IS open internationally.
· Note that we do choose artwork as it arrives, so please don't wait until the last minute to submit if your cards are ready.
· Please follow both the theme AND the colour scheme when creating your cards. You can add black, white and metallics to any of the schemes. The ideas given are simply that, ideas, and do not have to be followed to the letter!
· Text for this article is required (don't worry - it is short!) and should be entered into the document provided – this will be sent to you if you are selected.


We look forward to seeing all of your beautiful designs!

Friday, 17 February 2017

Take It Make It Challenge: Winners Profile

Hello!

Welcome to our Winners Profile, showcasing the Design Winner of our last Blog Challenge!

The very talented Design Winner of our January 2017 challenge is

Lucyna Marynowska (aka Lula)



Lula won the challenge with this amazing project. The colours, the texture, the details... everything is truly stunning!






We asked Lula a few questions all about stamping (well, we are Craft Stamper after all!)



Q: How long have you been a stamper, and how did you get started?

A: I have been a stamper for 5 years. I got started when I accidentally attended a crafty meeting taking place at my friend's home. I immediately became an addicted stamp- and- paper lover.


Q: What are your favourite kinds of stamps, and do you have a favourite stamp company?

A: I think my favourite kind of stamps are texture, detail and background stamps . I like quote and sentiment stamps too. Sometimes I also use image stamps. My favourite stamp company is Paper Artsy.

 

Q: Describe your style, are you a messy kind of stamper or a more ‘clean and simple’ kind of person?

A: Definitely a messy one. I don't enjoy just colouring stamps. I love all colour, texture, collage – all things mixed media. I have a really good time inking, splashing, misting and spraying my pieces in search of that perfect colour combo and design. It is an awesome adventure!



Q:What kind of projects do you like creating the most?

A: I started as a card maker, then I discovered mixed media and now I enjoy making almost anything from tags to art journaling. I love altered art projects and I am always happy to be involved in creative upcycling.



Q: Apart from stamps, what is the one product you wouldn’t be without when you craft?

A: It is gesso- essential to create backgrounds, texture and to finish off  projects. I use white and black gesso almost in every project.



We also asked Lula to show us a couple of her favourite stamped creations,  and share why she likes them so much. Here are the gorgeous projects she has chosen:






"My first project is an altered sardine can. Have made couple of these. I love doing them! I used my favourite colours here along with some junk from my drawer" -Lula

"The second project is a home decor I made recycling old  manual book. The piece includes some fabric, thread and metal pieces. It embellishes my scrap room now" -Lula


Congratulations on being our January Design Winner Lula , and it was lovely to learn a little more about you!



Do YOU fancy having a winners profile all about you on the CS blog? 

The profile is part of the prize package for each Design Winner of our challenges. All you need to do is enter a creation into the challenge, then if you are voted Design Winner everyone will be reading all about you before you know it!



Our current challenge 'Take A Stamp -Anything Goes" is still open for a few more days! Don't forget the wonderful prize of a £25 gift voucher for Seven Hills Crafts!

  All the details can be found HERE.