Friday, 24 February 2017

Take It Make It Challenge: February Winners!

Hello everyone!
We are so pleased to announce the winners of our February 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 6: Amanda





We loved how the bright vibrant background works so well with the image and text used... we also think Amanda's use of masking is amazing! Amanda 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 3: Nikki
Entry number 57: Carola

Wonderful projects ladies!

We now need to share the randomly chosen winner with you all!
This winner will recieve the prize offered by our sponsor this month:


Seven Hills Crafts


Seven Hills Crafts (you may remember them as Make The Day Special Stamp Store?)
is an amazing online shop stocking  HUGE range of stamps and craft items. They specialise in bringing quality products from the USA to the UK, and as such carry a wide range of brands such as Lawn Fawn, My Favourite Things, Altenew, Paper Smooches, My Minds Eye... the list goes on and on! Visiting the store could result in a serious case of melted credit card syndrome... don't say I didn't warn you :)

The amazing prize this month is a voucher, enabling the randomly chosen winner to go on a bit of a spending spree!





Congratulations to our winner:



Entry Number 24: Hazel

      Congrats Hazel, I think you'll have a wonderful time shopping in the store!

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 March challenge will be launched next Friday, March 3rd.
We can't wait to see all the wonderful art you will all be sharing!

Thursday, 23 February 2017

Art Call: Ready Set Stamp 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 issue of Craft Stamper. If you've always wanted to see YOUR card in print, now is your chance!! 





Colours: Deep Red, Burnt Orange, Eggplant Purple, Golden Yellow

Deadline for submission: 21st March 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.
. 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.
· Please follow both the theme AND the colour scheme when creating your cards. You can add black, white and metallics 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 look forward to seeing all of your beautiful designs!

Friday, 17 February 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 January 2017 challenge is

Lucyna Marynowska (aka Lula)



Lula won the challenge with this amazing project. The colours, the texture, the details... everything is truly stunning!






We asked Lula 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 have been a stamper for 5 years. I got started when I accidentally attended a crafty meeting taking place at my friend's home. I immediately became an addicted stamp- and- paper lover.


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

A: I think my favourite kind of stamps are texture, detail and background stamps . I like quote and sentiment stamps too. Sometimes I also use image stamps. My favourite stamp company is Paper Artsy.

 

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

A: Definitely a messy one. I don't enjoy just colouring stamps. I love all colour, texture, collage – all things mixed media. I have a really good time inking, splashing, misting and spraying my pieces in search of that perfect colour combo and design. It is an awesome adventure!



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

A: I started as a card maker, then I discovered mixed media and now I enjoy making almost anything from tags to art journaling. I love altered art projects and I am always happy to be involved in creative upcycling.



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

A: It is gesso- essential to create backgrounds, texture and to finish off  projects. I use white and black gesso almost in every project.



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






"My first project is an altered sardine can. Have made couple of these. I love doing them! I used my favourite colours here along with some junk from my drawer" -Lula

 
"The second project is a home decor I made recycling old  manual book. The piece includes some fabric, thread and metal pieces. It embellishes my scrap room now" -Lula


Congratulations on being our January Design Winner Lula , 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!



Our current challenge 'Take A Stamp -Anything Goes" is still open for a few more days! Don't forget the wonderful prize of a £25 gift voucher for Seven Hills Crafts!

  All the details can be found HERE.


Friday, 10 February 2017

Take It Make It Challenge: February 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....

 Seven Hills Crafts




The amazing prize this month is a voucher, enabling the randomly chosen winner to go on a bit of a spending spree!

 


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!

Friday, 3 February 2017

Take It Make It Challenge: February

Hello!
Welcome to the Craft Stamper February 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.
PLEASE REMEMBER: We only want to see ONE project in each individual blog post entry!
A set counts as more than one :)
 
We are proud to announce our sponsor this month is....

Seven Hills Crafts


Seven Hills Crafts (you may remember them as Make The Day Special Stamp Store?)
is an amazing online shop stocking  HUGE range of stamps and craft items. They specialise in bringing quality products from the USA to the UK, and as such carry a wide range of brands such as Lawn Fawn, My Favourite Things, Altenew, Paper Smooches, My Minds Eye... the list goes on and on! Visiting the store could result in a serious case of melted credit card syndrome... don't say I didn't warn you :)

The amazing prize this month is a voucher, enabling the randomly chosen winner to go on a bit of a spending spree!

 

****The randomly drawn winner of the January Challenge has not come forward to claim the prize. As the guidelines state, this prize will be reallocated after 10 days without a claim, which means if no one comes forward, we will announce a new winner on Monday 6th Feb. Please check back to see if you were the winner!****

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 January 2017

Our Marvellous March Issue hits the shops on Friday!

The marvellous March issue of Craft Stamper hits the shops this Friday (3rd Feb)
Subscribers will be getting their copies very soon!




We seem to have been overrun with animals in this issue! We have zebras, and a whole herd of elephants!

Anneke De Clerck is sharing the zebra project on page 22. African themed stamps don’t need to be saved for landscaped, sunset style projects at all, why not think totally out of the box and create something wonderfully quirky just as Anneke has done with this project!



The herd of elephants come courtesy of a Cardmaking Paradise template. We gave six designers the template to play with, and what happened? A wonderful herd of very varied projects, just like this VERY sneeky peek from Tracy Easson's Elephant!



We are welcoming two new designers to our Craft Stamper family this issue. Monika Januszewska has created the most amazingly vibrant canvas for us on page 6..




and Dot Leathbridge shows us how to use masking in our work on page 18. Simply stunning projects ladies, and a huge warm welcome from the CS team!



Our stunning free stamp this month has been designed by the very talented Deb Wainwright. Also available in digital format, the retro geometric flower has been showcased to stunning effect by Deb on page 39. 



We are also very honoured indeed to have digital artist Rick St Dennis sharing work in this issue. His absolutely stunning castle image is available as a free digital download for all readers, check out page 38 to see how to get hold of it!



We also have an wonderful upcycled cassette tape by Gio Zara..



 a fantastic introduction to Bible journalling by Sarah Anderson...



and a gallery full of ‘Tempting Textures’ themed cards in this issue! 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!