Monday, 11 September 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 January 2018 issue of Craft Stamper. If you've always wanted to see YOUR card in print, now is your chance!



Colours: Iced Aqua, Silver Grey, Christmas Red, Aloe Green

Deadline for submission: 9th October 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.  
  •  Please do not use stamps that are discontinued for this article.
  • 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, 8 September 2017

Take It Make It Challenge: September 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....

Uniko



www.uniko.co.uk

Uniko is a one stop shop for amazing clear stamps! Wonderful designs, made from a superb quality photpolymer. 
The owner and designer, Beverley Brown, is an avid paper crafter and has been a stamp addict for many years. After completing a BA (Hons) in Textiles & Surface Design she decided back in February 2012 to combine her passions and launch her own range of stamps, designer dies & digital paper collections. The result is a shop full of stunning designs! Be sure to check them out!

The prize on offer for the randomly chosen winner this month is this set of three stamps:

Block Party Birthday

Decorative Doilies; The Hands Of Time

Flower Power #6



 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!

Saturday, 2 September 2017

Blog Exclusive: Linda Walmsley

Hello!
In the October issue of Craft Stamper magazine, Linda Walmsley has created two stunning cards for our Stamping Contrasts feature. This feature showcases just how versatile a set of stamps can be, in this case the Indigo Skies set by Kaisercraft. Linda excelled herself with this set, and created a stunning box too! We're sharing it here for you exclusively on the blog today :)




Hello Beautiful Trinket Box
By Linda Walmsley

Materials List:
STAMPS: Kaisercraft – Indigo Skies. INKS: Tim Holtz Distress Oxides; VersaFine – Onyx Black; Memento DewDrop; VersaMark. OTHER: Small wooden box; IndigoBlu Gee-Soo-Good! – White; Americana D├ęcor Chalky Finish paint; Prima Art Alchemy paint – Sparks; Metallique; Opal Magic; Imagination Crafts – Structure Paste; Tim Holtz stencil – Floral; WOW! Embossing Powder – Opaque White; Rich Gold; Clear Gloss; glitter glue; sequins.


After receiving the Indigo Skies stamp set, I imagined some of the designs working perfectly as decoration for a trinket box. First, I gave the box a coat of white gesso, and applied paste through a stencil randomly onto the box. Next came a layer of acrylic paint, before using the stamps to add the detail. I then used VersaMark ink to stamp the images and heat embossed the words and decorative border with gold powder, and the butterflies with white.

I then dry brushed over the box with the Prima paints, paying special attention to the stencilled area. The dry brushing adds a touch of colour and shimmer and brings out the detail of the stencil design. To finish, I stamped and embossed the butterfly again onto a piece of white card coloured using the same Prima paints, and then fussy cut and attached onto the box to add dimension.



Thanks Linda! We love this gorgeous box, such a lovely keepsake for special memories!

Don't forget, check out the Win! tab on our website www.craftstamper.com in order to enter all our giveaways. A set of these stunning stamps is up for grabs this month!

Friday, 1 September 2017

Take It Make It Challenge: September

Hello!
Welcome to the Craft Stamper September 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....

Uniko


www.uniko.co.uk

Uniko is a one stop shop for amazing clear stamps! Wonderful designs, made from a superb quality photpolymer. 
The owner and designer, Beverley Brown, is an avid paper crafter and has been a stamp addict for many years. After completing a BA (Hons) in Textiles & Surface Design she decided back in February 2012 to combine her passions and launch her own range of stamps, designer dies & digital paper collections. The result is a shop full of stunning designs! Be sure to check them out!

The prize on offer for the randomly chosen winner this month is this set of three stamps:


Block Party Birthday


Decorative Doilies; The Hands Of Time


Flower Power #6 

LOVE those :)


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!

Tuesday, 29 August 2017

Our Inspirational October issue hits the shops on Friday!

The October 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!



The beginning of September marks the ‘back to school’ period, something every parent either loves or hates (depending upon just how stressful the holidays have been!) I know when my children were small, I used to love having my crafting time back! I hope everyone manages to get some quality crafting in this month.

We have some stunning projects to inspire you in this issue. Tracy Evans has created the most amazing skull project for us, something to experiment with before Halloween next month perhaps? 



We have some truly amazing projects from Cat Kerr this month. Cat has been a long time idol of mine, so I’m thrilled she is sharing her wonderful designs with us!



Lou Withers shares her quirky take on an altered book in this issue. Total genius idea to use a template to shape the pages, it looks amazing as I’m sure you’ll agree!



We also have a Foamiran flower tutorial by (queen of all things Foamiran) Emilia Sieradzan, 





a wonderfully upcycled tea bag project by Ruth Mescall:



 and some fabulous altered birds in our 3D Challenge gallery in this issue, just like this stunning creations from Riikka:



 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, 25 August 2017

Take It Make It Challenge: August Winners!

Hello everyone!
We are so pleased to announce the winners of our August 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 60: Carola




We loved the absolutely stunning background on Carola's card, a perfect colour scheme to go with the amazing stamping!  Carola 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 20: Shilpa
Entry Number 27: Carole


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:

Keep On Crafting



Keep On Crafting is a fabulous bricks and mortar shop in Bury St Edmunds, UK. For those a little too far away, a fully stocked online shop is (almost!) as good as browsing through the hundreds of amazing products in real life! Full of stamps, inks, paints and so much more, Keep On Crafting stock just about everything a mixed media crafter could want. Well worth a visit!

The prize on offer this month for the lucky random winner is this little lot.....


Not a 'little' lot at all! We have 2 stencils, a set of cling mounted stamps and a fabulous clear background stamp up for grabs!



Congratulations to our winner:




Entry Number  88: Karen

      Congrats Karen, 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 September challenge will be launched next Friday, September 1st.
We can't wait to see all the wonderful art you will all be sharing!

Friday, 18 August 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 July 2017 challenge is

Christine Alexander

 From: 
www.itsacarddaysnight.blogspot.co.uk



Christine won the challenge with this beautiful card! We loved the gorgeous vintage look to the floral design, with an ethereal watercolour effect. Wonderful!







We asked Christine 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’ve been stamping and card making for about 12 years. Back in 2005 I went into a stamp store and watched someone heat emboss a card. Wow!  I thought that was so awesome, I just had to try it.


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

A: I have a fairly eclectic collection of stamps but the mixed media backgrounds are probably being my favourites. I’m not sure if I have a favourite stamp company as I keep discovering new ones.

 

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

A: I’m a mostly a messy type of person with a clean up at the end. I love mixed media and now I’m discovering CAS Mixed Media.



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

A: Cards are my favourite but I’m starting to get interested in journaling and brush lettering, luckily there isn’t any extra expense!



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

A: Stencils, I love them, they are so versatile.



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





"Both cards are mixed media. The first is a Penny Black stamp, this is the card where I discovered glass beads in gel medium. The second is my love of Bister (and now all powdered inks) It’s so pretty the way the Bister flows around the bubbles when spritzed with water. I still love both of these mediums and often pull them out to play with" - Christine



Congratulations on being our July Design Winner Christine , 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!