Friday, 30 May 2014

Take It Make It Challenge May: The Winner!

Hello everyone!
Thank you so much to all those who played along with our May challenge - DIY stamps: The Potato! We loved how everyone rose to the challenge and created some fabulous carved stamps!
The DT were blown away by the standard of the entries, but there can only be one winner! That honour goes to.........
Entry Number 17: Ruth

 Congratulations Ruth!
We loved the bright and vibrant colours, and that stamp shape is wonderful!
The winning entry will be published in Craft Stamper Magazine (I hope you kept it somewhere safe Ruth!), and the winner will also receive the fabulous pack of Calico Craft Parts from our sponsor:

 As well as our worthy winner, we also have the remaining two spots in our Top Three to reveal! In no particular order, they are..... drum roll......
Congratulations ladies!
If the Winner could Email me (just click the 'posted by' name at the bottom of the post), then I can pass on all the details about the prize, publication and of course the Guest DT slot! Top Three, please Email me for your winners buttons to display on your blogs!  For anyone else who would like to, please feel free to grab the button below....
A huge THANK YOU to all those of you that took part in our Potato Carving challenge!
Don't forget, Take It, Make It challenges are now monthly! The first Friday of every month will see the start of the next challenge.... so check back here next Friday, 6th June to see which technique is next!

Tuesday, 13 May 2014

Little feathered friends.

It’s that nesting time again and whenever I go out into the garden I can hear little cheeping sounds coming from the nest box up in the cherry tree. Maybe the cherry tree isn’t the most sensible place in the world to have put it but usually there are enough cherry’s to go round. 

Anyway, enough of the RSPB talk, it just so happens that with this months Craft Stamper, the free stamp is a very cute Blue Tit by Crafty Individuals so I thought I’d have a look around and see what other feathered friends are out there. 

Crafty Individuals also have other feathered friends in their collection including this bunch (or should that be flock?) of characters very aptly named “ Quirky Birds”. I love Quirky Bird himself, the expression on his face is priceless.  There are some great sayings to go with them too like ‘do it with attitude’ and ‘strut your stuff’ which really make me smile.


I don’t think she’ll mind me mentioning it but our very own Katy Leitch has her own brand spanking new stamp sets out with The ArtisticStamper and as it happens two of the sets feature birds. The sets are called Fly and Lovebirds comprising of beautiful silhouette images, varying sizes of birds and even eggs, make these stamps extremely versatile. I love the birds on a wire, wouldn't that make great home made washi tape?

 As well as stamps I manage to find a couple of stencils by Crafters Workshop, Flying Geese and I had to include Fancy Feathers here,

and this one is by Tando, Bird and Branch

And finally, two sets of super cute stamp sets I just have to mention can be found at Sarah Hurley Designs and are by none other than me (shameful plugging there).

Here's to next time.

Jaine Drake