Friday, 14 November 2014

Take It, Make It November Challenge: Inspiration!

Our current Take It, Make It challenge is all about
taking a regular, every day stamp, and using it to create a Christmas themed project! We have had fun looking at the entries so far, some fabulous imagination there!
The DT have been having loads of fun creating some more more projects for you to feast your eyes upon, brace yourself, there is rather a lot of eye candy on show!

Winner of the September Challenge: Carol Fagg
Carol has used a heart shaped stamp to create the tree.
Anneke De Clerck
Anneke has used leaf shapes to create her tree
 Elina Stromberg
Elina has used a chevron stamp for her evergreen branches
  Elizabeth Robinson
Elizabeth has used a perfume bottle stamp for the wonderfully quirky penguins!
  Jackie Payne 
Jackie created her own dotty triangle stamp for her ornament
  Jolande van Oosterhout
Jolande has used flower stamps to create her hanging decoration
  Kymona Tracey
Kymona has used a large circle stamp to create her baubles
  Linda Walmsley
Linda has turned a regular bird stamp into a festive robin
 Nikki Killinger
Nikki has used doily stamps on her Christmas card
 Renee Zarate
Renee has used feather stamps (amongst others!) for her gratitude mandala
 Shirley Bampton
Shirley has used lots of border stamps to create the tree
 Tracy Easson 
Tracy has used a scribble border stamp for her tree
Trish Latimer
Trish has used a star shaped stamp to create the layers of her tree
 Zoey Scarpelli
Zoey has used a lightbulb shaped stamp for the warm woolly gloves (or are they baubles?!)

 Wow! Now THAT'S what I call inspiration!
Why not have a go, then enter your creation into our challenge?
We are sponsored this month by The Artistic Stamper
The Prize:

 There is also the chance to be published, AND a guest DT slot up for why not take another look at your stamps and see if you can turn them into something Christmassy?
All the details can be found HERE....
Have fun!

Friday, 7 November 2014


In our December issue (on sale today!) on page 23 (Stamping Contrasts) we have incorrectly labelled the card at the top of the page stating that it was made by Christine Dark when it was actually made by Chrissie Stokes. Our apologies for this error.

Take It, Make It Challenge: November

Welcome to the November Challenge!
We were all very impressed with the entries for the October Challenge, you all really outdid yourselves! Can't wait to see how you tackle the theme for this month!
 In the December issue of Craft Stamper, Georgina Ford has created a georgeous Christmas card. Some of the stamps she has used are not exactly Christmas themed, but she has turned them into some stunning Christmas imagery! This is the theme for the November Challenge....

Use a non Christmas stamp to create a Christmas themed image!
 This may sound complicated, but once you get thinking, I'm sure you will dream up all manner of wonderful creations. To give you a head start, the DT have excelled themselves and come up with some fabulous ideas for you to share!
Before the eye candy though, there is the not-so-small matter of the prizes!
We are delighted to be sponsored this month by The Artistic Stamper
The Artistic Stamper is a shop full to bursting with fabulous stamps, stash and ideas galore!
The prize this month is this set of stamps..

Wonderful design, and so useful for all manner of projects!

PLUS:The Design Team will have a look at all your gorgeous work, and choose their Top Three..... and the overall Winner will get published in Craft Stamper magazine! Yes, the winning entry will appear in the UK's number one stamping magazine! AND: The Challenge winner will be offered a Guest Designer spot for an upcoming challenge!
So, a fab set of stamps, publication AND a guest DT slot? What are you waiting for?!

Oh yes, the eye candy!
If you click on each artists name, it will take you to their blogs where there may well be more pictures and instructions for these gorgeous creations!

From the December issue: Georgina Ford
Georgina has used a cog shaped stamp to create a poinsettia style flower
Chrissie has used a leaf shaped stamp to create a sweet penguin!
Elina Stromberg 
Elina has used circle stamps to create the wreath on her card
  Elizabeth Robinson
Elizabeth has used a wing shaped stamp to create the tree
Georgina Ford
Georgina has used flower stamps to create the Christmas floral design
 Jackie Payne
Jackie has used a circle stamp in her wreath design
Jolande has used a circle stamp to create baubles
Kymona Tracey
Kymona has used a circle stamp to create the tree
 Linda Walmsley
Linda has used a text circle stamp for the baubles on her card
Nikki Killinger
Nikki has used butterfly stamps to create the tree on her project
 Renee Zarate
Renee has used a circle stamp to create the snowman on her card
 Shirley Bampton
Shirley has used a scribble heart shaped stamp to create the tree
Tracy has used a scribbled circle stamp for her robin
Trish has used a flower stamp to create the dress for the Christmas fairy
Zoey has used a geotag and branch stamps for her quirky reindeer

 Flowers, circles, wings, hearts, leaves, branches.....loads of non Christmas stamps used to create some Christmas projects! We really hope that gives you some ideas, and we can't wait to see what else you come up with!

All the Challenge guidelines are now over on the right hand sidebar, please have a quick read before entering, we would hate for your project to be ineligible to win the prize!
 Have fun!

Tuesday, 4 November 2014

December Issue out this Friday!

Are you looking forward to Christmas already? Well if you're looking for some Christmas stamping ideas, then look no further than our December issue, on sale this Friday 7th November!

We've got:
  • Adding warmth and texture to your cards using stitching with Lydia Brooke Evans
  • Creating a wreath for all seasons with Elizabeth Borer 
  • A flurry of snowflake makes in this month's snowy Stamping Contrasts
  • Part 6 of our fantastic Scenic Stamping series with Anna-Karin Evaldsson
  • Using year-round stamps to create original floral Christmas cards with Georgina Ford
  • Create Christmas cards with speed using Helen Chilton's inspiring masterboard tutorial.
All this and much more, plus our adorable seasonal Free Stamp, this month designed for us by Visible Image. Don't forget to check out our Free Stamp Makes feature for inspiring ideas on how to use it! Until then here's a little sneaky peek...

The November issue of Craft Stamper is available in WHSmiths and all good craft stores across the UK from Friday 7th November. If you want to subscribe so you never miss a copy, call our friendly Customer Service team on 01684 588599 to put in your order now.

Until next month, happy stamping!

Friday, 31 October 2014

Take It, Make It October Challenge: The Winner!

Hello everyone!
Thank you so much to all those who played along with our October challenge - Multicoloured Stamping! We were thrilled to see so many gorgeous creations, so much fabulous colour!
The standard of the entries was really high this time, but there can only be one winner! That honour goes to.........
Entry number 6: Maarit
 Congratulations Maarit!
We loved the wonderful autumnal tones, and the perfect placement of the sentiment!
The winning entry will be published in Craft Stamper Magazine (I hope you kept it somewhere safe!), and the winner will also receive the fabulous prize from our sponsor Paperbabe Stamps:
This is your prize....
A difficult decision as to which gorgeous character to choose, I think!
As well as our worthy winner, we also have the remaining two spots in our Top Three to reveal! In no particular order, they are..... drum roll......
If the Winner could Email me (just click the 'posted by' name at the bottom of the post), then I can pass on all the details about the prize, publication and of course the Guest DT slot! Top Three, please Email me for your winners buttons to display on your blogs!  For anyone else who would like to, please feel free to grab the button below....
 A huge THANK YOU to all those of you that took part in the October challenge!
Don't forget, Take It, Make It challenges are now monthly! The first Friday of every month will see the start of the next challenge.... so check back here next Friday, 7th November to see which technique is next!

Tuesday, 28 October 2014

Meet the team - Sara Naumann

Welcome to another installment of our regular spotlight on some of the designers who contribute regularly to Craft Stamper. Today's designer is Sara Naumann, a name that might be familiar from her Eclectica range of stamps for PaperArtsy as well as her regular appearances in papercraft magazines. Here's Sara in her own words...

Hi everyone, I’m Sara! I’m an American stamper currently living in the Polish seaside town of Sopot. I’ve been writing for Craft Stamper for several years now and I’m thrilled because it’s long been one of my favourite magazines.

Designing is my full-time job. In addition to writing for magazines, I also teach online workshops, write books and film crafting DVDs. When I’m not crafting, I’m chasing after my small daughter, who is herself a crafter-in-training and currently has her eye on my stash of embossing powders.

I started stamping ages ago—I think it must be (gasp!) almost 20 years ago. It started with a little elf stamp that I bought to make Christmas gift tags. Soon I had enough stamping supplies to fill a shoebox …and it rapidly grew from there. I remember hurrying home from work each day because I was so looking forward to stamping and colouring. Imagine—that fun and excitement is still with me, even after all these years!

I’ve always been a crafter, since my mother taught me sewing, cross-stitch and more…and I spent most of my childhood drawing and crafting. (I must have made a hundred clothespin dolls!) When I went to high school and university, I stopped making things and got my creative outlet through writing instead. Years later, I learned about rubber stamping while I worked for Hot Off The Press, an American papercrafting company. And just like that, I was back to crafting!

After my family relocated to Europe in 2007, I decided to start my own design business. Now I host a weekly You Tube show, design Eclectica stamps for PaperArtsy and I’ve written a book (20 to Make Washi Tape Cards) and a DVD (Mixed Media Made Easy). It’s a great way to stay in the crafting world while still allowing a flexible schedule living abroad and caring for a preschooler.

Favourtie project #1

Double Heat Embossing Technique:
I love using embossing powders for backgrounds. For so many years, I only used embossing powder to emboss a single stamped image….but lately I’ve realized you can use them to create really amazing backgrounds as well! 

This project is blogged {here}

Do you have a signature style or favourite technique?
I love techniques—nothing gets me happier than digging around testing things out. That said, my general design style is pretty clean and simple.

Favourite project #2

How to Stamp with Embossing Paste:
Of course I love my rubber stamps but bubble wrap and coffee cup java jackets are great for stamping texture as well!

This project is blogged {here}

Where do you look for inspiration before you start on a project?
Most of my projects are for assignments, so I usually have parameters that help focus my inspiration: Either a specific technique, or certain product or colour combination. Limits are actually inspiring for me—I find I have an easier time creating within boundaries than if I have access to all the supplies in the world.

For personal projects that are gifts or cards, I always take inspiration from the recipient’s taste, style and preferences.

Favourite project #3
Eclectica Stamping with Fresco Finish:
Stamp with ink, stamp with paint…this is where I really love to experiment and play with a combination of techniques.

This project is blogged {here}

Thank you for joining me! If you’d like to learn more about any of the projects shown here, the links will take you straight to them. And if you get a chance, please pop by my You Tubechannel for a weekly dose of papercrafting videos! 

Thank you to the Craft Stamper team for inviting me to be a part of the blog today!


Thanks to Sara for sharing some of her stamping story - we hope you enjoyed finding out a bit more about her!

Monday, 27 October 2014

Christmas Issue sneak peek!

Our December issue goes on sale next Friday 7th November and is full of Christmas inspiration! Are you making Christmas cards and gifts already? Here are a few sneak peeks at a few of the beautiful projects we have for you....