Friday, 8 December 2017

Take It Make It Challenge: December 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....

Stampin' Unicorn



Stampin' Unicorn is a wonderful new stamp brand, made in the UK and distributed by Polkadoodles! You may have seen their launch show on Hochanda, such a runaway success that many of the products sold out :) We have a wonderful prize of THREE stunning stamp plates and two paper packs for our randomly drawn winner!





 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!

Monday, 4 December 2017

Craft Stamper Blog Challenge Design Team 2018

Hello!
The whole Craft Stamper team would like to extend such a huge THANK YOU to all those who applied to be part of our Blog Challenge Design Team going forward into 2018.
We were very nearly overwhelmed with the sheer volume of AMAZING art we've looked at over the past couple of weeks, the task of narrowing down the entries was such a difficult one!

However,  we eventually came to a decision, and we are thrilled to announce that the Blog Challenge team for 2018 will be:

Amy Almeida
Cheetarah Cheda 
Donna Gray
Jennalee Anderson
Nikki Acton
Melina Dahl
Preeti Datta
Sarah Gray 
Suz Humphreys


 along with returning members:

Cheremane Smith
Elina Stromberg
Elizabeth Robinson
Ellie Knol
Jolande van Oosterhout
Linda Walmsley
Majo Wybranietz
Mandi Mance
Shirley Bampton

We are so pleased to have a team emcompassing a wide variety of styles, something for everyone to be inspired by!
Our team will alternate on the blog, providing a wealth of eye candy to tempt you to join in with one of the most popular challenges on the internet!

Check out our January challenge, starting on January 5th, for the debut from the team..... although our December challenge is still open for everyone to take part in right now!

Have a lovely week,
Trish and all the Craft Stamper team xxx

Friday, 1 December 2017

Take It Make It Challenge: December

Hello!
Welcome to the Craft Stamper December 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!

Don't forget.... the design winner of this challenge will have their work published in the APRIL issue of Craft Stamper, so we would really like to see lots of  non Christmas/Winter themed projects this time :)

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 read and follow the guidelines, your project will NOT be be a winner of any kind if it doesn't follow the guidelines!
 
We are proud to announce our sponsor this month is....


Stampin' Unicorn


Stampin' Unicorn is a wonderful new stamp brand, made in the UK and distributed by Polkadoodles! You may have seen their launch show on Hochanda, such a runaway success that many of the products sold out :) We have a wonderful prize of THREE stunning stamp plates and two paper packs for our randomly drawn winner!







With the rate these beauties are selling out, we are really lucky to have got hold of this amazing bundle for you!

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, 27 November 2017

The Inspirational January Issue of Craft Stamper Magazine hits the shops this Friday!

The January 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!



Are you organised for Christmas yet? Made all your own cards, or decided nobody appreciates them enough so given in and bought some from the shops? I must admit I’m guilty of the latter, very bah-humbug of me!

Our January issue is crammed full of seasonal makes, so who knows, we may just inspire you to make some last minute cards or gifts!  Emilia has created a stunning winter house for us, I adore the non traditional pink colour scheme! Why not have a go using a white on white palette for that extra snowy look? 



I’m having to pinch myself a little, we have not one but TWO stamping greats sharing projects with us this issue! Both Barbara Gray and Dawn Bibby have done us proud with some stunning creations on pages 28 and 36 respectively. We are thrilled to have Barbara as part of the Craft Stamper family this year, this feature is the start of a wonderful series of Clarity style inspiration! We can’t wait to see the amazing projects she has in store for us, with this gorgeous card being just the first!



Dawn has created two stunning Christmas cards for us, a gorgeously 'non'traditional' colour scheme used to great effect!

 
We also have a wonderfully detailed wall hanging from Emma Godfrey....



 an amazingly textured decoration by Monika Januszewsa- Rosik...



 and some stunning Christmas cards in our RSS gallery in this issue, like this one crerated by Sam Read!



 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, 24 November 2017

Take It Make It Challenge: November Winners

Hello everyone!
We are so pleased to announce the winners of our November 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 64: Preeti





We loved the wonderful layered look Preeti has created, such a fabulous creation with a fabulous colour scheme!  Preeti 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 44: Lys
Entry Number 25: Taru


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:

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!



Congratulations to our winner:




Entry Number  75: Maria

      Congrats Maria, I think you'll have a wonderful time  playing with your new goodies, although I have no idea how you'll choose which stamp sheet to be your prize!

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

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.
  •  
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!