Friday, 17 November 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 October 2017 challenge is

Jenny Martin

 From: 
 My Paper Epiphany



Jenny won the challenge with this beautiful card! We loved the wonderfully wintery theme, the fabulous robin and the skill involved in creating a shaker card! Wonderful!




We asked Jenny 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 started stamping about 20 years ago when my Mum wanted me to make some invitations. I only became an avid stamper about 6 years ago, when I attended a Stampin Up class and heard about Splitcoaststampers, which lead me to the world of blogging.


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

A: Like everyone, I have many favourites, but  Penny Black have a very special place my heart! If was only allowed to have stamps from one company - it would be them

 

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

A: I’ve been told by others that my style is CAS, but I also enjoy making layered, vintage and mixed media too and love getting inky!



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

A: Definitely cards. I have made a few Scrapbook layouts, mini albums, mixed media canvas etc, but cardmaking is my first love.



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

A: Impossible to choose! Well inks of course, my go to at the moment are Distress inks and Zig Markers.



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




"This was my first published card" -Jenny



"These are my favourite Penny Black images" -Jenny


Congratulations on being our September Design Winner Jenny, 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!

Monday, 13 November 2017

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 March 2018 issue of Craft Stamper. If you've always wanted to see YOUR card in print, now is your chance!



Colours: Peony Pink, Ruby Red, Fuschia, Baby Pink

Deadline for submission: 12th December 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.
  • 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!  

Friday, 10 November 2017

Take It Make It Challenge: November 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....

RubberDance


RubberDance design, manufacture and sell the most amazing range of unmounted, red rubber stamps! So many awesome designs, simply too many to choose a favourite!

The prize for this month's randomly chosen winner is:

 A STAMP SHEET OF THE WINNER'S CHOICE!

 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! 




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

Sunday, 5 November 2017

Exclusive Blog Extra: Sue Ralph

Hello!
Sue Ralph shared the totally amazing 'Dirty Pour' technique with us in the December issue of Craft Stamper magazine. It's a stunning technique to try, and Sue's tutorial is wonderful! Today we are sharing another Dirty Pour project created by Sue, we just love it!





As each pour you create will be totally unique, its a fabulous way of creating projects with that individual look to them, just amazing!



Thank you so much Sue!

Saturday, 4 November 2017

Exclusive Blog Extra: Kath Stewart

Hello!
Kath Stewart has created the most stunning set of Christmas cards for the December issue of Craft Stamper!
We shared the picture of her amazing Rustic Christmas card in the magazine, and promised to share the step by step tutorial with you today!
Here is a reminder of the gorgeous card:




Rustic Christmas card by Kath Stewart

Stamps Kath used...
Tim Holtz Stampers Anonymous: Watercolor Trees

Other materials...
Tim Holtz stencil: Plaid Layering
Ranger Mini Distress Ink: Shabby Shutters; Peeled Paint; Forest Moss; Candied Apple; Walnut Stain; Antique Linen
Ranger Distress Crayon: Picket Fence
Ranger Distress Marker: Frayed Burlap
Christmas Clippings Stickers
Christmas Quote Chips
Christmas Design Tape
Christmas Typed Tokens
White thread
Ranger Enamel Accents: White
Masking paper
Embossing powder: Clear



Step-by-step....

1 Place the tree stamp onto the card and lightly trace around it with a pencil. Lay the Bauble stamp within the outline and stamp with Candied Apple Distress Oxide ink and heat emboss with clear embossing powder. 



2 Stamp the tree image as before with the Distress Inks.



3 Stamp the garland, stars and pot for the tree with Candied Apple Distress Oxide and heat emboss with clear embossing powder.



4 Apply Distress Oxide Antique Linen through the Plaid Layering Stencil using the blending tool, but this time turn the stencil on the diagonal for a different look.



5 Stamp the stars inked with Peeled Paint Distress ink.



6 Fix the Christmas Clipping Stickers in place and create shadows using the Frayed Burlap Distress Marker, fading them out with the Ranger Detailer Water Brush. Add Christmas Design Tape.



To finish the project: Highlight the words on the Christmas Typed Tokens with the Picket Fence Distress Crayon, decorate one with a thread bow and hang the remainder from the top of the card with thread. Add splatters of Peeled Paint Distress Ink diluted with water to the background and dots of Ranger White Enamel Accents. Ink around the edges with Walnut Stain Distress Ink and matt on to the card blank coloured with Peeled Paint Distress Ink.



Thank you so much Kath, we love it!

 

Friday, 3 November 2017

Take It Make It Challenge: November

Hello!
Welcome to the Craft Stamper November 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.
We've sadly had to disqualify a few entries from the challenge recently, so PLEASE read the guidelines! 
The main things we have to disqualify for are:  
  • Too many entries! A maximum of three entries per person please. (Three entries = three separate blog posts)
  • More than one project in the blog post you are linking to. One project only per linked post please, otherwise, how do we know which we are voting for?
Phew :)
 
We are proud to announce our sponsor this month is....

RubberDance

RubberDance design, manufacture and sell the most amazing range of unmounted, red rubber stamps! So many awesome designs, simply too many to choose a favourite!

The prize for this month's randomly chosen winner is:

 A STAMP SHEET OF THE WINNER'S CHOICE!

I honestly don't know how the winner is going to choose!

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, 30 October 2017

Our Delicious December issue hits the shops on Friday!

The December issue of Craft Stamper magazines will hit the shops this Friday! Subscribers will be receiving their copies very soon, if they haven't landed already!



As you can see, we’re right in the middle of our special Tesco promotion, so we are again offering two different stamp designs on our cover! In the (highly unlikely, we’re being organised!) event that you have received a duplicate stamp to last month, we will be more than happy to swap this for you. Details on how to get you replacement stamp can be found on page 60. Don’t forget, ALL THREE designs offered over the past two months are available for everyone as free digital images, so nobody will miss out on the chance to create with whichever image you like best!

Our December issue is filled to bursting with some sensational seasonal makes. Riikka has crafted some gorgeous whimsical angels, perfect to put on the top of the tree, as well as on your mantlepiece! Have a look on page 14.



The ‘Dirty Pour’ technique is one that has been hitting social media a lot recently, so we thought we would share a tutorial on just how to achieve this amazing effect. Expert Sue Ralph guides us through, it’s definitely one to try! You can find her tutorial on page 34.




We also have a wonderfully layered canvas by Jenny Marples...



Some great ideas for your planners from Paper, Pen, Plan and Jaine Drake..




and some gorgeous hanging decorations in our 3D Challenge gallery in this issue, like this stunner from Lou Withers!



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!