Friday, 23 March 2018

Blog Exclusive: Sue Ralph

Good Morning!
We are REALLY thrilled to be able to share a special video with you all today :)
As you will know, the talented Sue Ralph is an expert when it comes to acrylic paint pours! Sue has to date shared two tutorials with us in Craft Stamper magazine, with another fabulous project featured in our June 2018 issue, so watch out for that!
Sue has very kindly created a video just for us at Craft Stamper, showing three amazing ways to achieve that perfect paint pour!
So, grab a cuppa and then sit back and enjoy!

Sue shared this fabulous project using the 'dirty cup' technique mentioned on the video with us in our December 2017 issue:

And this stunning project using the 'puddles' technique mentioned in the video in our April 2018 issue:

Of course, we can't show you a full picture of the gorgeous June issue project just yet, but here is a little sneaky peek.........

Isn't that beautiful?

All the Craft Stamper team would like to say a huge THANK YOU to Sue for sharing this video with us, we've learned an awful lot from it, and now we just want to forget about creating a magazine and get paint pouring! We hope you're all as inspired as we are :)

Check out Sue's blog for loads more amazing projects:

Friday, 16 March 2018

Take It Make It challenge: Winners Profile


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

The very talented Design Winner of our February 2018 challenge is

Karen Dunbrook


Karen won the challenge with this fabulous card!We loved the wonderful texture and depth in the background print, such a fabulous example of how a mixed media approach can still be used in CAS creations!

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

Q: Do you think your stamping/mixed media style has changed since you began stamping? And if so, how?
A: I still love the look of Clean and Simple cards but now I like to experiment more with adding colour using simple inking techniques, still keeping my cards more CAS.

Q: Do you have a ‘go to’ technique that you love to use?

A: I have lots of fun techniques I like to use but my go to one has to be the one I show on my blog that I call ‘Acetate Inking’.  It is easily done with a single piece of acetate, inks and a spray of water.


Q: Do you have a favourite colour combo?

A: Anyone who knows me will tell you how much I love to create using blue.  (I actually get teased when my cards have no blues on them!) I like to add greens and purples to the mix of blues.

Q: Inks or paints? Or both?!

A: I love my Distress inks/Oxides and can’t be without them.  Since they blend with water, I find them so easy and fun to create with.

Q: Can you remember the first stamp you ever bought…. And do you still use it?

A: I think one of the first stamp sets I bought was a Stampin' Up! set called Petal Prints.  It is a great flower set and I could get the look of watercolour using it.  I still have it in my stash.

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

"My love of blue and playing with my Distress inks shines through on this card.  I love this Magenta stamp and find it is so easy to create a card using it" -Karen

"This card was inspired by this wonderful thistle stamp from a set by Art Journey.  Love it stamped against that unique background from Serendipity! -Karen

Congratulations on being our February Design Winner Karen, 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!

Thursday, 15 March 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 July 2018 issue of Craft Stamper. If you've always wanted to see YOUR card in print, now is your chance!

Colours: Maroon, Deep Pink, Chocolate, Latte

Deadline for submission: 10th April 2018

· Please email your submissions to:
· 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!


  •  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.
We can't wait to see your fabulous creations!  

Friday, 9 March 2018

Take It Make It Challenge: March Inspiration

Our March challenge is well under way, we love all the entries we've seen so far, and can't wait to see more!
As it's the second Friday of the month, we're back with some more amazing eye candy from our DT, hopefully something will inspire you to enter the challenge!

So... just a little reminder before we show you the projects!

 ALL of our challenges this year are '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 amazing sponsor this month is:

 Craft Stamper designer Donna Gray is also the talented designer behind her own range of stamps for That's Crafty! With a new release taking her up to 18 different sets, there is sure to be a wonderful Donna Gray design that you fall in love with :)
Whilst you're over at That's Crafty checking out Donna's stamps, why not browse the rest of the very wide and varied range of products carried in store... just a warning though, there is so much you could be there for hours!
The prize this month for our randomly selected winner is this set of two brand new releases from Donna:

We hope the prizes on offer have inspired you to take part... and here are some fabulous projects by our Inspiration DT to give you even MORE inspiration!

Cheetarah Cheda

Suz Humphreys


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