Friday, 17 August 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 December 2018 issue of Craft Stamper. If you've always wanted to see YOUR card in print, now is your chance!





Colours: Pale Yellow, Silver Grey, Light Turquoise, Light Aqua

Deadline for submission: 11th September 2018


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

Take It Make It Challenge: Winners Profile

Hello!
Welcome to our Winners Profile, showcasing the Design Winner of last month's Take It Make It challenge!
The very talented winner of the July 2018 challenge is:

stempelfrida
find her here: stempelfrida.blogspot.de


stempelfrida won the challenge with this amazing card. We loved the way the background stenciling pefectly compliments the wondefully coloured image. Just beautiful!




We asked stempelfrida a few questions 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 still remember the first stamp I bought for a special occasion in 2005. It was a firefly. Back then I was of the 
opinion that stamping is kind of monotonous, since you would buy a stamp and then you only had one image 
to play with and how boring would that be! How mistaken I have been! Jessi, a friend of mine, introduced me 
into the world of stamps. I was 'set on fire', and started the real dive into the stamping scene with my first very 
very big purchase of Magenta stamps in the beginning of 2006. Since then, I admit, I am addicted to stamps 
and have collected thousands of them. I keep saying that stamping is like collecting postage stamps, but that 
you can even use your treasures to create great things with them!





Q: What are your favourite kind of stamps, and do you have a favourite stamp company?
A: I wrote about a memory on my blog, which comes to my mind lately when creating cards. When I was a child, 
my Mom drew outlines of fantasy flowers for me so I could colour them. I loved it … and still do! Maybe this 
unconsciously drives one of my stamping passions. My TIMI winner card is a perfect example of what kind of 
stamps I like most. It is fantasy flowers, fantasy mushrooms and animals especially from the forest or water. 
I do love cartoon style stamps a lot especially if they are kind of funny or weird. PaperArtsy offers a lot of 
stamps, which fall into my favourites and the German company Create A Smile has really cool stamps, just to 
mention a few.

Q: Describe your style, are you a 'messy' kind of stamper or do you have more of a clean and simple style?
A: Though I am not that messy kind of a stamper, I try out various things, styles and techniques. My friends say 
they love that there is always something new and surprising, but that they could always spot the special 
'stempelfrida style'. I guess my style comes closer to neat?. While I started with earth tones, I now love to use 
bright and flashy colours on my projects a lot, and try to experiment with colours and different kinds of 
colouring media.

Q: What kind of projects do you like creating the most?
A: That is the easiest question for me: Cards – definitely.

Q: Apart from stamps, what is the one product you wouldn't be without when you craft?
A: I guess most crafters would call on their die cutting machine and yes, that is definitely a tool I use so much, but 
even more I think it is worth paying special attention to something easy and seemingly self-evident: paper! 
Paper for me -and I guess not only for me- is not just there to serve as a medium, but is used in so many 
different ways. I like to make outlines on it, use it as a mask, as a tool to apply crystals or glue very accurately. 
And for me it is also very important to be my perfect stamping base, underneath my project. Paper is a medium 
and a tool for me. We all know how important it is to have the right paper for our projects.

We also asked stempelfrida to share some of her favourite stamped creations with us, and tell us why she likes them so much. Here is what she has chosen:





"In dedication to one of the companies which drove my passion for stamps, I chose this card with a gorgeous 
fox stamp from Magenta. I still remember that I had the idea for the colours one night when falling asleep – 
so glad I remembered it when waking up the next day! The colour medium is acrylic paint and, besides other 
tools, I used a brayer to achieve the special texture" - stempelfrida






"One of the coolest events for stampers is the so called Medina, taking place twice a year in Germany. It brings 
together stampers from all over Germany and some neighbouring countries to spend four days stamping, 
chatting, exchanging ideas, techniques and products and …fooling around! I made this card at the Spring 
Medina of this year with my newly bought stamp from Carabelle studio. It combines Copic markers with acrylic 
paint, stamping with free style drawing. I would like to dedicate it here to the wonderful atmosphere at the 
Medina, full of respect for all kinds of stamping styles. Stamping friends, you rock!" - stempelfrida


Congraulations on being our July Design Winner stempelfrida, 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!

Don't forget – as August has 5 Fridays this year, ther is still PLENTY of time to enter our August challenge! Up for grabs, as well as the Design Winner prize is a rather fabulous Lift Ink pad and Reinker! Good Luck!

Friday, 10 August 2018

Take It Make It August Challenge: Inspiration

Hello!
Our August 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 :)

The amazing prize on offer this month for the randomly chosen winner is..... (drum roll please..........) 
 
A just released Alcohol Lift–Ink pad, with corresponding Re-inker, from Ranger :)

All the Craft Stamper team are very excited, these new products are quite simply amazing, so we hope the winner has a great time experimenting!









Our Design team have created some more stunning stamped art for you to look at, we hope it inspires you to enter the challenge!

Guest Designer, Winner of the June challenge:
Ksenija Rizova





Cheremane Smith





















 






  












 






 





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

Friday, 3 August 2018

Take It Make It Challenge: August

Welcome to the Craft Stamper August Take it Make It Challenge!
TAKE a stamp, then MAKE something amazing!

All our challenges are stamping challenges, with an

Anything Goes!

theme. So, show us how unique you can be and create anything your imagination cares to dream up!
Share your cards, journal pages, layouts, 3D assemblage, planner pages, jewellery items... anything at all! If you have stamped somewhere on your project, then you're good to go!

We have two prizes on offer as always this month. One prize will go to our Design Winner. Our DT will look at all the eligible entries once the challenge has closed, and vote for their favourite 3 projects. The project with the most votes wins! The Design Winner of the challenge will have their project featured in Craft Stamper magazine, along with a profile and a GDT slot here on the blog. What a fab opportunity to get you and your art noticed!
The second winner will win the prize provided by our wonderful sponsor. This prize is chosen at random from all eligible entries of the challenge.

In order to be eligible to win either prize, the project submitted must abide by our challenge guidelines. These guidelines can be found under a tab at the top of the page, or to the right on our sidebar. PLEASE read before submitting, we would hate to have to declare a wonderful project ineligible!

The amazing prize on offer this month for the randomly chosen winner is..... (drum roll please..........) 
A just released Alcohol Lift–Ink pad, with corresponding Re-inker, from Ranger :)

All the Craft Stamper team are very excited, these new products are quite simply amazing, so we hope the winner has a great time experimenting!








We hope the prize has inspired you to enter the challenge! We have some amazing eye candy from our Launch team to inspire you further!












 














































                                                        
WOW!! 
Wonderful projects from the DT this week :)
So... fancy playing along? All you need to do is double check all the guidelines, then link up using the linking tool below.
GOOD LUCK! 


Friday, 27 July 2018

Take It Make It Challenge: July Winners!

Hello everyone!
We are thrilled to announce the winners of our July challenge!

As you all know, we have two winners to annouce today, so without further ado let me introduce you to our Design Winner:



We loved the wonderful bright and vibrant flower, with such a perfect stencilled background! Gorgeous! Nicole will win a Guest Designer slot here on the blog, her very own Winner's Profile, and of course her amazing art will be featured in a two page spread in Craft Stamper magazine! Congratulations Nicole!

We also have the remaining top slots to announce!
The rest of the top four (we had a tie!)  Design Winners are:


Congratulations, it was such a hard choice this month!

We now need to share the random winner of our challenge. This winner will receive the amazing prize on offer....

The inspirational 'Faith Journaling' book by Stephanie Ackerman, along with 2 sheets of stickers!

Congratulations to....







I'm sure you've love the prize Sharon :)


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 Four Design Winners, also please contact me if you wish to receive a button to display on your blog.

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



Friday, 20 July 2018

Take It Make It Challenge: Winners Profile

Hello!
Welcome to our Winners Profile, showcasing the Design Winner of last month's Take It Make It challenge!
The very talented winner of the June 2018 challenge is:

Ksenija Rizova


Ksenija won the challenge with this amazing card. We loved the wonderfully coloured flower, pefectly complimenting the glittered die cut word. Gorgeous!




We asked Ksenija a few questions 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 think it all started in 2010. I have been surfing Internet in search of a cooking recipe and came across some 
hand made cards. I got curious, because I have never heard about such a hobby before. I tried to make my 
own cards, googled for tutorials and searched other card makers’ blogs. My very first cards have never been 
straight, and I was replying that these were hand made. I know now that even hand made cards can have a 
very polished look.

Card making started as a hobby to channel my creativity, but today it means much more to me. I am active on 
different social networks, e.g. Instagram and Facebook, where I am a.k.a. @sweetkobylkin, and co-operated 
with many international challenge blogs and brands. Over the years I have met many talented designers from 
all over the world, some of the ladies I have met in person travelling and made friends with. I am happy that 
years ago I have discovered card making and found a passionate, sharing and supporting community of people.




Q: What are your favourite kind of stamps, and do you have a favourite stamp company?
A: I prefer floral outline stamps, because I enjoy colouring with different media – watercolours, 
alcohol markers and coloured pencils. One of my favourite techniques is die cutting on the 
edge, that is why I am always interested in new stamps with matching steel dies. I never miss
new releases by Simon says Stamp, Altenew, Hero Arts and Avery Elle. Frankly, the list of my
favourite stamp companies is much longer!
I am also keen on cards with cute critters and images. In July I joined two new Design Teams
: Pink And Main, USA manufacturer, and Create A Smile, the German company. Both 
companies produce high quality stamps with very original design.

Q: Describe your style, are you a 'messy' kind of stamper or do you have more of a clean and simple style?
A: Clean and Simple is my main style, for sure. My cards may seem very simple by design, 
but every card starts with a few sketches and careful positioning of all elements. I often use 
the Golden Section rule while making my cards and taking pictures of them. Although I enjoy 
Clean and Simple style cards, I do not like 'empty' cards. In my blog I give tips and hints on 
working with different layouts and techniques to avoid this 'emptiness impression' and still 
keep a card CAS.

Q: What kind of projects do you like creating the most?
A: Most of my cards are one layer or almost one layer projects. Lately I have enjoyed making 
cards with die cutting on the edge or off the edge. Masking is also one of my favourite 
techniques, helping to add depth to a card without adding multiple layers of paper.

Q: Apart from stamps, what is the one product you wouldn't be without when you craft?
A: There are several tools that are always on my crafting table – MISTI Precision Stamping 
Tool, a heat gun, embossing ink and a very fine white embossing powder for heat embossing 
sentiments. But my best discovery this year are Faber-Castell Polychromos coloured pencils.
This is my favourite colouring medium currently. These pencils blend easily, and 
cover the paper surface perfectly. I really enjoy using coloured pencils on non-white card 
stock and have blogged about cards made with black, pink, green and kraft card stock. It is 
amazing how bright a stamped impression looks coloured with pencils.

We also asked Ksenija to share some of her favourite stamped creations with us, and tell us why she likes them so much. Here is what she has chosen:



3 ways to colour using watercolours



On the edge die cutting.



Raised Die Cuts



Using masking in a frame.



Gull Gang card.



Using pencils on coloured card.



Congraulations on being our June Design Winner Ksenija, 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!