Wednesday, 14 December 2011
Friday, 9 December 2011
Experience in photographing craft items and an interest in arts and crafts are essential - please do not send your CV unless you meet these two criteria. The photographer must also live within easy commuting distance of Traplet Publications offices, located in Malvern, Worcestershire.
If you are interested please send a CV and covering letter stating your experience and suitability for the job to email@example.com. Potentially suitable candidates will be asked to come into the offices for interview and to complete a practical test.
Wednesday, 23 November 2011
So with that in mind, I am asking you, good readers, for your ideas and suggestions. What would you like to see? Is there a new regular feature that would make the magazine complete? Are there any older features you are bored of now? Should we change anything at all or are you happy with the mix?
I await your words of wisdom :).
Bye for now,
Thursday, 6 October 2011
Just a little reminder that there is still time to enter our fantastic Stamper of the Year competition! We are looking for entries from stampers in all styles, whether you make cute cards, mini albums, or weird and wonderful altered creations.
Details can be found on our website :). Remember you can enter via email as well as by post.
Closing date is 21st October and we have an amazing prize fund worth £2000 up for grabs!
Can't wait to see your entry!
Friday, 26 August 2011
Wednesday, 27 July 2011
The colours are strong and vibrant but they can be blotted or spritzed whilst wet to give a much softer and more subtle effect - giving you lots of colour variations in the one bottle.
They are also fab on surfaces like wood - as they are less 'wet' than a lot of sprays you get fantastic colour coverage even without priming.
1 Fantastic spritzed through masks to create a pretty background. The colours will mix if not dried between sprays producing lovely effects. This is the same colours as example 4 but I blotted the colour off to give a more subtle effect.
2 Spritzed onto a mat and dipped repeatedly (think Wrinkle Free Distress) you can create a much more 'grungy' looking background.
3 You can heat emboss them! Tip over the powder while the ink is still wet and just heat to set! Awesome! (Discovered this purely by accident when messing about in my little room of craft).
4 Watercolour with them - spritz onto a mat, mix with water to dilute, and pick up the colour with a paintbrush (apologies for the rubbish colouring, not my forte!). On this card you can again see a stencilled background. This time the colour is not blotted.
5 Finally the background on this card was also created with the sprays but this time they are very watered down to make a soft wash. I spritzed already wet card and then mixed with a paintbrush before drying. Again colour is added by watercolouring with the mists. I coloured the flower heads with a white gel pen.
You can sub via http://www.craftstamper.com/ or by calling 01684 588599.
Friday, 22 July 2011
Regular readers will be familar with Kate's stunning journals and on this DVD she teaches you how she creates her pages from start to finish. Including a guide to materials, details on how she builds backgrounds and layers, and prompts for getting started with your writing, there really is everything you need to know to get started with journaling. Tons of inky messy fun - what could be better!
The double DVD costs £19.95. Copies are available from http://www.craftstamper.com/ or by calling 01684 588599.
Monday, 18 July 2011
Applicants must be passionate about papercrafting and demonstrate sound knowledge of a range of papercraft disciplines. You should also have an excellent command of the English language, good attention to detail and be able to work under pressure and to deadlines.
A reasonable level of IT literacy is essential as the post will involve using Microsoft Office and the Internet. Experience of copy writing and/or proof reading are desirable. It is not essential that the candidate has publishing experience, rather that they have suitable transferable skills.
The appointed candidate will work full time (37 hours per week), based in the Traplet Publications offices in Malvern, Worcestershire.
Please apply by email, enclosing a CV and a covering letter stating your suitability for the post, to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please do not delay in sending your application should you be interested - as this is a re-advertisement we are looking to fill the vacancy as quickly as possible.
Sunday, 17 July 2011
Wednesday, 29 June 2011
The gift I'll be demoing is a set of 6 Cosmic Shimmer Chalk Mists - I have been surprised how much you can do with them whilst prepping my samples! Plus as a special show exclusive you'll get an extra bonus gift worth £6.99 when you subscribe on the day. We'll have stock with us so you can take your gift away with you.
And (because we are so nice) there is an alternative gift too in case you don't like getting inky (but be warned, I may still try to convert you to the mucky side!).
Don't go just yet, because I also need to let you know we have a FREE GOODY BAG worth £20 for our first 10 customers each day spending £10 or more. So make CS stand your first port of call ;).
Hope to see you there.
Tuesday, 21 June 2011
Traplet Publications is seeking an assistant editor to work on Craft Stamper magazine and any of our other papercraft-related publications.
Applicants must be passionate about papercrafting and demonstrate sound knowledge of rubber stamping, as well as other papercraft disciplines such as cardmaking, scrapbooking and altered art. You should also have an excellent command of the English language, good attention to detail and be able to work under pressure and to deadlines.
Ideally the appointed candidate will work full time (37 hours per week), based in our offices in Malvern, Worcestershire. However, for the right candidate we may consider a job-share (18.5 hours) appointment and/or some limited home-working provision.
Salary negotiable depending on skills and experience.
Please apply in writing, enclosing a CV and a covering letter stating your suitability for the post, to email@example.com or Craft Stamper Magazine, Traplet Publications, Traplet House, Pendragon Close, Malvern WR14 1GA.
We are looking to appoint relatively quickly so please don't delay in sending your application to us!
CLOSING DATE: 3RD JULY 2011
Friday, 17 June 2011
The room you saw in the Meet & Greet may not have been an accurate representation of the actual craft space. Helen Chilton was on to me when she said 'all you've done is piled the mess up just outside the photo' and she was right.
So here is a view of the attic as it normally looks after a crafty session (spent all day yesterday prepping my Newbury demo and doing a two page project for the mag). I am very, very bad at tidying up after I finish something... hence the piles of debris to the left and right of the actual workspace...
Anyone else as messy as me??? Go on, fess up. We'd love to see!
Thursday, 2 June 2011
Just putting out a call for our Sept themed gallery feature as I have two spots remaining!
If you'd like to see your work in Craft Stamper then here is your chance!
THEME: OH, THE PLACES YOU'LL GO (cityscapes - think Paris, London, NY, Venice etc).
COLOURS: Warm cream with black and white.
The call closes 13th June so get your skates on!
Please email submissions to firstname.lastname@example.org (NB: actual artwork will be required if you are selected). You can send images of existing creations which have been blogged (we'll ask you to temporarily take them down for publication) but please not anything you have done for a DT position.
Look forward to seeing your creations!
Monday, 9 May 2011
We felt that after many years it was time to say goodbye to our Trade It swap feature and replace it with a feature which we hope will appeal to a larger number of our readers. We are opening up a brand new gallery feature to readers also.
There will now be three different ways in which readers can feature in Craft Stamper:
1 Trade It will be replaced by a new reader-focussed feature which will include:
a) Makes inspired by Craft Stamper.
b) Makes using our free stamps.
c) Reader interviews and blog reviews.
More details are in the June issue at the end of 'Trade It'. To submit work for this feature (inspired by CS or using our cover stamps) email pictures to email@example.com (NB: actual artwork will be required if you are selected). Blog nominations can be sent to the same address.
2 Inspiration Gallery (still to be named!)
This will be an inspiration gallery on a given theme and readers will be invited to partcipate each month. The beauty of this for readers is that very little writing is required, meaning we can also open it up to overseas readers for whom English is not a first language.
First two themes are:
-ANIMAL MAGIC. COLOURS: brown, cream and blue. Closes 13th May.
-OH, THE PLACES YOU'LL GO (cityscapes - think Paris, London, NY, Venice etc). COLOURS: Warm cream with black and white. Closes 13th June.
Email submissions to firstname.lastname@example.org (NB: actual artwork will be required if you are selected).
3 Reader Submissions
We will continue to accept articles from readers to be featured in the magazine in the current format.
We know that some of you will miss the Trade It feature, but magazines have to change and develop else we risk becoming stale and boring. We think the new features will give more readers more opportunity to engage with the magazine and see their work in print. I can't wait to see what you send me!
Until next time,
Friday, 6 May 2011
Lots of lovely things this issue - a faux sampler, an quirky altered bird, some very classy indoor scene cards, a fabby hair colouring tutorial, a clever faux leather technique, Steampunk ATCs, Silkies, faux ivory, salt backgrounds, and ideas for Nesties! Plus more too of course.
Tuesday, 3 May 2011
I just started reading craft stamper and I think the ezine is a great idea! Thanks for the freebie. I've added the link on my blog.
PsyPenguin please email your postal address to me at email@example.com and we'll get your candy in the post!
A huge thank you to everyone who took the time to link up the e-zine on their blog.
Tuesday, 26 April 2011
I know I said I'd draw on 30th April but I am a numpty because that's a Saturday and I won't be here in the office! So candy will be drawn on 3rd May after the bank holiday.
Friday, 1 April 2011
Tuesday, 29 March 2011
Tuesday, 22 March 2011
We have special show offers as always, including a fantastic subs offer. Becky from our sister magazine Beads & Beyond will be demonstrating on the stand (if you have any burning beading questions, she is a veritable fountain of knowledge).
If you do go to the show I hope you have a fantastic time. I can't make this this year unfortunately (due to the in-laws descending) but will be there in spirit!!!
Friday, 18 March 2011
Tuesday, 15 March 2011
And the lucky winners (according to random.org, after deleting duplicate comments) are commenters 22, 26, 13, 16, 3, 7, 24, 11, 10, and 21, who are:
Congrats everyone. Please email me (address in side bar) with your full postal address to claim your prize!
Thursday, 10 March 2011
Tuesday, 1 March 2011
Courtesy of ICHF we have ten pairs of tickets up for grabs for the Hobbycrafts (with Sewing for Pleasure) show at the NEC, Birmingham, 24-27th March 2011.
Thursday, 24 February 2011
First stop of the day was a visit to PaperArtsy, as I’d heard from Mark that new products were afoot. As well as new Hot Picks rubber and matching dies (LOVE the oak leaf dies), there are a few new and interesting product developments from PaperArtsy this year. First off and probably most exciting are the paints – they are beautiful chalk-effect, ultra matt finish which stamps like a dream and they can be used on pretty much anything (even, according to Mark, your radiators if you are that way inclined!). To go alongside these are a crackle medium which you can DRY WITH A HEAT GUN (woop woop – I hate waiting) and a lovely shimmer glaze which you can apply over any colour paint to create a mica-like effect. They have also produced metal sheet which is pre-made into a tape sandwich, developed again with a surface that stamps beautifully. Finally (I think these are totally ace) are the Flexiblocks – ideal for those large stamps that are so hard to stamp perfectly with a solid block. Leandra can explain better than me – check her video here.
I also spent quite some time talking to Sarah at Crafty Notions who also has lots of fabulous new items on offer. Her multi-surface paints are stunning on fabric and the colours are out of this world – so vibrant yet sophisticated. Sarah has new stamp plates, featuring unique designs from her own collections of vintage ephemera – I love the ladies which are shown in the pic here. The new silicone moulds are fabulous with UTEE, gorgeous gilding flakes are available now in big flakes for gilding larger areas, and new colours of Dotties have been added to the range. My must-have however is the range of Gleams – metallic rub-on paste, again in a range of simply gorgeous colours.
Sheena Douglass was demonstrating at the show, showing off her new Paint Fusion concept based on traditional folk art. The finished designs look amazingly professional (gutted I forgot to get a picture) but the techniques are surprisingly easy – in fact I think even a non-artist like me could tackle them. I’m not giving away too much here as I have asked Sheena to do a step-by-step for you for the magazine! Don’t like painting? Check out the stamps anyway as they are really pretty and very versatile with or without the Paint Fusion. Keep an eye on Sheena's Blog for more info.
Crafter’s Companion have become UK distributors for Core’dinations cardstock and there are a couple of fabulous new cardstock stacks to watch out for – the Tim Holtz Distress stack co-ordinates with his inkpads (how awesome is that?) and the Jenni Bowlin and Basic Grey embossed card ranges are stunning when sanded. They are also distributing the e-craft die cutter which looks like a seriously impressive bit of kit, and (so excited about this) TWINKLING H20S! I personally love these paints and have for years – so glad to see them back! Also coming soon are some alcohol-based refillable markers at a price you will not believe!
-New Prima masks, yum (these are out already and I’ve already had a play).
-Stampendous range of really big stamps, mostly florals. These are cling mounted ones, really stunning designs.
-Artemio die cut wooden shapes, including birds, trees and leaves. Not exactly a new idea but beautifully done with elegant designs. Their rustic hanging wooden frames are rather nice too.
-7 Gypsies printed kraft tissue paper; this is just stunning and I NEED it!
-Of the new lines from Tim Holtz, the kraft resist papers are simply gorgeous and if you are an art journaler or scrapbooker the Distress Stains could be for you, as they enable you to ink a very large area very quickly.
Tuesday, 25 January 2011
Unlike other magazines, our reader submissions are treated with the same respect as regular articles, and given a whole page of coverage to themselves. Full details are to be found on our website here.
We prefer to receive submissions by email (firstname.lastname@example.org). We can accept postal submissions but if you are selected you need to be able to supply text electronically.
If you do submit please give us at least two weeks to respond to your message, as we are very busy at the moment following the Christmas break and the disruption to staffing caused by all that snow!
Thursday, 20 January 2011
Wednesday, 5 January 2011
Firstly a very happy new year to all our readers - I wish you a very crafty 2011.
Secondly and unfortunately, there is some news about the February 2011 issue of the magazine. Due to circumstances beyond our control, the magazines have been a little late going out this month. Hopefully, they should be with most subscribers by the on-sale date which is this Friday and if not please don't worry they are on their way to you (please bear in mind postal services are still catching up with the snow backlog in some parts of the country). We know you are used to getting your magazine a little earlier than this - please accept our sincere apologies for the lateness of this issue.