Wednesday, 17 April 2019

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 August 2019 issue of Craft Stamper. If you've always wanted to see YOUR card in print, now is your chance!

For 2019 we're giving you FIVE colour options to play with!

 Don't forget, black, white and any metallics are always welcome, no matter the colour scheme. For this month, we are also welcoming flesh tones, should you wish to include a mermaid in your work!









Colours: Cobalt Blue, Mid Blue, Turquoise, Sea Green,Seaweed Green

Deadline for submission: 21st May 2019


· 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.  
  • Any stamps used MUST be branded. Please do not use stamps sold without designer/manufacturer information on the original packaging.
  •  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, 12 April 2019

Take It Make It April Challenge: Inspiration

Hello!
Our April Take It Make It challenge is well underway... some stunning entries so far, we can't wait to see what else you lovely lot can dream up!


As ever, we have another wonderful selection of inspiration eye candy from our Design Team to share today..... but first a little reminder...

 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  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..........) 




 So... brace yourself for some amazing art....






 





 




 


STUNNING work :) 
We really hope you've been inspired to enter the challenge! You can find the link up tool on our blog post from last week right HERE! 

Friday, 5 April 2019

Take It Make It Challenge: April

Welcome to the April Take It Make It challenge!
TAKE a stamp and MAKE something amazing!

All our challenges are stamping challenges, with an
ANYTHING GOES theme.

That means, you can create whatever your imagination dreams up, as long as you have used a hand stamped image somewhere on your creation!
We would love to see cards, tags, layouts, 3D art, ATCs and Artist Trading coins, jewellery, planner pages.... anything you love to make. Any themes, any colours, any styles, and you may use any type of products you wish!

As ever, we have TWO winners every single month. Firstly, we have a Design Winner. This winner is chosen by our design team, who vote for their top three from on all the eligible entries. Whichever design wins the most votes is declared the Design Winner! 
The Design Winner of the challenge will be featured across a double page spread in Craft Stamper magazine, and will also receive a GDT slot and Winners Profile blog post here on the blog. This is such a nice way of getting you and your art noticed!

Our second Winner is chosen at random from ALL the eligible entries once the challenge has closed. This winner will receive our Blog Challenge prize, which this month is..............







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!

We hope that wonderful prize may tempt you to enter!

Our wonderful Design Team have created some truly wonderful art to inspire us, which we'll be sharing both in this post, and in our Inspiration post next week! Sit down, grab a cuppa and enjoy!






















WOW! Wonderful work from our DT :)

So.... do you fancy having a go? Have a quick check of the guidelines, then link up using the linking tool below. We can't wait to see all your wonderful creations! 

Friday, 29 March 2019

Take It Make It Challenge: March Winners!

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


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

Entry number 82: Sharon








We loved this wonderful card by Sharon. We loved the ingenious way the flower image has been used, and the gorgeous colours are fabulous! Sharon 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 Sharon!

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

Entry number 1: Ann
Entry number 30: Karen
Entry number 38: Milka



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....







Congratulations to....


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


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 April challenge will be launched on the first Friday of April, the fifth.
We can't wait to see all the wonderful art you will all be sharing!

Friday, 22 March 2019

Blog Exclusive: Carolyn Lakin for IndigoBlu

Good Morning!
In the April 2019 issue of Craft Stamper magazine, the super talented Carolyn Lakin shared a stunning accordian folded book with us. Using a multitude of stamps and products by IndigoBlu, we simply adored it!
As we wanted to showcase the book pages as well as the cover, we sadly didn't have space in the magazine to include the gorgeous card that Carolyn had also created for us. We can fix that right now though, and share it with you all today!



Simple Stitched Flower Card by Carolyn Lakin

INSTRUCTIONS: On a square piece of watercolour card, I added Tiger Lily Translucent paint through the 
IndigoBlu Sea Urchin stencil. Using my Stamp Platform, I stamped the Stitched Flower over the stencilled area. 
I stamped the flower head on a separate piece, painted with Tiger Lily to create a watercolour effect and fussy 
cut. I then placed this in my Stamp Platform so I could over stamp with black VersaFine ink. This was adhered 
to create dimension to the flower head. This was then mat and layered onto orange and then onto a black card 
blank. 



Thanks so much Carolyn!
The paints, stencil and stamps used on this stunning card can all be found in the IndigoBlu shop:  

Wednesday, 20 March 2019

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 July 2019 issue of Craft Stamper. If you've always wanted to see YOUR card in print, now is your chance!

For 2019 we're giving you FIVE colour options to play with!
 Don't forget, black, white and any metallics are always welcome, no matter the colour scheme. 








Colours: Deep Purple, Ruby Red, Fuchsia Pink, Candy Pink, Leaf Green

Deadline for submission: 16th April 2019


· 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.  
  • Any stamps used MUST be branded. Please do not use stamps sold without designer/manufacturer information on the original packaging.
  •  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, 15 March 2019

Craft Stamper Take It Make It Challenge: Winner's 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 February 2019 challenge is:

Epie


Epie won the challenge with this beautiful card. We loved the great use of imagery, and the way the black accents make the blue/green colour scheme sing!









We asked Epie 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 have been stamping for 2 years, and I make other creative things too.
I got started with 3D and CAS projects, then I was invited to be Designer by 52WTC. After this, I was interested in stamping and it was amazing!


Q: What are your favourite kind of stamps, and do you have a favourite stamp company?
A: My favourite kind of stamps are many: Studio Light, Woodware and Penny Black stamps.


Q: Describe your style, are you a 'messy' kind of stamper or do you have more of a clean and simple style?
A: When I am in the mood, every day is different! Mostly am I a 'clean and simple'. It is a sort of therapy for me to be creative, a way of living .


Q: What kind of projects do you like creating the most?
A: I like to create mixed media, nature projects, animals, and cute Vintage Christmas projects.


Q: Apart from stamps, what is the one product you wouldn't be without when you craft?
A: When I am crafting, I like to work with Woodware stamps, they are amazing !!




We also asked Epie 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:




"This is a older project from 2017, with stamped cats and die cuts on the card" - Epie

 



"Also a other project (slider card) I made with Woodware stamps and Memento ink on it" - Epie




Congraulations on being our February Design Winner Epie, 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!