Friday, 12 January 2018

Take It Make It January 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....
"Visible Image design exciting and different stamps and stencils! Our sets include arty images and brilliant background elements, and some really inspiring quotes. Our clear photopolymer stamps are very deeply etched, and our stencils are gorgeously thick for creating divine texture!
We are really excited to be exhibiting at Creativation this month.. hope to meet some of you there!"
The prize on offer for our randomly chosen winner is this set of two stamp sheets:
I hope the prize has given you some inspiration to enter!
As I mentioned last week, our 2018 DT will be sharing creations over two weeks worth of blog posts, so I have great pleasure in sharing more art from our new team today!
Enjoy :)

























Wow!

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

Wednesday, 10 January 2018

Art Call: Ready Set Stamp Gallery

Ready Set Stamp: Reader 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 May 2018 issue of Craft Stamper. If you've always wanted to see YOUR card in print, now is your chance!





Colours: Blush Pink, Pale Raspberry, Aloe Green, Mauve

Deadline for submission: 13th February 2018


· 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.
  • Please follow both the theme AND the colour scheme when creating your cards!
  • NEW work only please, we do not accept cards that have been published elsewhere (including online) before submission.  
  •  Stamps used MUST be available to buy currently, either from a UK stockist or a stockist with an international shipping policy that ships to the UK.
  • 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.
  •  Black, white and metallics can be added 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.
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We can't wait to see your fabulous creations!  

Monday, 8 January 2018

Blog Exclusive: Lou Withers

Good Morning!
Did you see the simply stunning ATC book Lou created for the February issue of Craft Stamper magazine? It's gorgeous!


As promised, today we are showing you just how Lou created the six fabulous ATC's that she made to go inside the box!



Over to Lou....

Sometimes being faced with a large white surface can be daunting, so I often turn to tags, postcards or my go to favourite Artist Trading Cards. . These 3.5” x 2.5” mini treasures are perfect to kick start your mojo and get inspired!

Step By Step:

  1. Apply modelling paste through different stencils on parts of the ATCS, then once dry paint them gold. I’ve used lots of washes to create transparency and depth of colour.



  2.  Stamp border designs on areas of the ATCS.



  3. Stamp the girl's heads, then apply a gold wash over them.



     4. Punch the head shapes out, I used a circle shape.

    5. Punch out different shapes and hearts. I’ve used text, music, and red and gold papers. Arrange all the elements on each ATC, thinking of balance and composition, then put all the ATCS together to make sure that they are different.



    6. When happy, glue down with gel medium. I left areas of the spirelli punch free to create movement and interest. Outline the designs in white and black pens.



    7. Tear washi tape and book pages, and collage on areas.



     8. Use the Ecoline ink to colour the hearts and lips and add any gems.




To finish the project: go over all areas that need defining and tidying up with your black and white pens. Add gems and any other embellishments. 



 Wow!
Thanks so much Lou, we love these ATC's. We especially love just how different each is from the others, despite using exactly the same 'ingredients' for them all! Wonderful!

You can find Lou (and also plenty of challenges and ATC swaps!) over on the Junk Journal Junkies and Mindful Art Facebook page here:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/Junkjournaljunkies/

Have a great week everyone!

Saturday, 6 January 2018

Our Fantastic February issue is out now!

Hello!
The Fantastic February Issue of Craft Stamper Magazine is out now!

 



Happy New Year! I hope Santa brought everyone lots of new crafty stash, and more importantly, you’ve had a chance to have a play and get creative over the holidays!

Our February issue is crammed full of inspirational makes, so I hope we have something to share that will kickstart your creativity for 2018! Anna-Karin has created a wonderful project using packaging in this month’s Creative Upcycling feature, so don’t throw out any packaging from your new stash, it may well come in very handy! 




I’m not sure what I was thinking when I asked the designers to have a go at altering some garden tools for the 3D challenge feature this issue. No matter how off the wall my requests may get, the team never fail to amaze me with the stunning art they can dream up, and I have to admit this 3D challenge feature has turned into one of my favourites! Tracy Easson created the stunning trowel that is our cover star this month!



We also have a wonderfully elegant tag from Kath Stewart:



 a truly stunning portrait canvas from Kim Costello:



 and a fabulous Masterclass on Partial Stamping by Riikka Kovasin in this issue!



 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, 5 January 2018

Take It Make It Challenge: January

Welcome to the first Take It Make It Blog Challenge of 2018!

TAKE a stamp, and MAKE something amazing!

All our challenges are stamping challenges with an:
Anything Goes Theme!
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 read and follow the guidelines, your project will NOT be be a winner of any kind if it doesn't follow the guidelines!

Our wonderful sponsor this month is:
"Visible Image design exciting and different stamps and stencils! Our sets include arty images and brilliant background elements, and some really inspiring quotes. Our clear photopolymer stamps are very deeply etched, and our stencils are gorgeously thick for creating divine texture!
We are really excited to be exhibiting at Creativation this month.. hope to meet some of you there!"
The prize on offer for our randomly chosen winner is this set of two stamp sheets:
WOW! Love these! 
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! 

Craft Stamper are thrilled to be introducing our 2018 Blog Challenge Design Team to you this month. We will share art from half of them now in the launch post, and from the other half of the team in our Inspiration post next Friday, so be sure to check back then too :) 



























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!

Friday, 29 December 2017

Take It Make It Challenge: December Winners!

Hello everyone!
We are so pleased to announce the winners of our December 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 69: Cornelia






We loved the quirky birds with their wonderfuuly vibrant blast of colour!  Cornelia 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 10: Jane
Entry Number 75: WuWu


Wonderful projects ladies!

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


Stampin' Unicorn



Stampin' Unicorn is a wonderful new stamp brand, made in the UK and distributed by Polkadoodles! You may have seen their launch show on Hochanda, such a runaway success that many of the products sold out :) We have a wonderful prize of THREE stunning stamp plates and two paper packs for our randomly drawn winner!







Congratulations to our winner:




Entry Number  83: Delphine

      Congrats Delphine, I think you'll have a wonderful time  playing with your new goodies!

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 January challenge will be launched next Friday, January 5th.
We can't wait to see all the wonderful art you will all be sharing!

Friday, 22 December 2017

Wishing You A Merry Christmas!

All the team at Craft Stamper would like to wish all our much valued readers a very Merry Christmas!
May your Holidays be happy, relaxing and above all creative!
We can't wait to see all the amazing creations that will be a result of all those crafty Chrismas presents :)

We would like to share a Christmas card created by talented reader Denise van Deventer today, we love it!




 We Wish You A Merry Christmas
 by Denise van Deventer



MATERIALS LIST

STAMPS: BoBunny – Santa & Friends; BoBunny – Snowflakes; BoBunny – Feeling Festive; Jennifer Ellory – Festive Flourishes
INKS: Ranger - Distress Oxides Iced Spruce; Ranger - Distress Oxides Peacock Feathers; Ranger - Distress Ink Candied Apple; Versafine – Onyx Black
OTHER: Sizzix – Thinlits Green Garden Die; Ultimate Crafts – Liquid Drops Rouge;
Pentart – Structure Paste; BoBunny – Pearlescent Sugar



I created the background with the Iced Spruce Distress Oxide and some water, for a snowy, hazy effect. I then layered white cardstock, edged again with Iced Spruce to create the hills. I then added the trees and also stamped the snowflakes. I added pearlescent drops to create the sparkles on the trees and the centres of the snowflakes.  Lastly, I stamped the reindeer and stamped and fussy-cut the Santa. I used the Pentart Structure paste on the Santa’s beard to give it some fluffy texture.