Friday, 22 September 2017

Take It Make It Blog 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 August 2017 challenge is

Carola Marwedel



Carola won the challenge with this beautiful card! We loved the fabulous combination of images, alongside the atmospheric background. Wonderful!




We asked Carola 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 9 years ago as a Cute Stamper, then turned to Non-Cute.


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

A: I love all Stampscape stamps and the drops designed by Ryn. I also like stamps from Tim Holtz and the adorable animals from Katzelkraft, Carabelle Studio und Visible Image

 

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

A: Both, getting messy with paint and also CAS.



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

A: Cards as well as ATC’s and Art Journals.



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

A: Different Inks/Paints, i.e. Distress Inks/Oxide, Brusho and Spectrum Noir
Markers. Also the Gelli Plate, Stencils und sometimes the Cameo.



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


"A landscape using stamps by Stampscape and coloured with Distress Inks"- Carola



"On the left card I used a stencil from Ryn, on the right card I used a stencil created with the Silhouette and Brusho on the background. I embossed  the background in white, sprinkled brusho over it and spritzed with water. Then I stamped Drops and text.
Both cards can be found on my blog here: http://caroskreativewelt.blogspot.de/2016/01/brusho-und-embossing.html"- Carola


Congratulations on being our August Design Winner Carola , 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, 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.
  •  
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!