Friday, 13 July 2018

Take It Make It July Challenge: Inspiration

Our June 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 Faith Journaling: For the Inspired Artist by Stephanie Ackerman, along with 2 sheets of Documented Faith stickers! The book is an amazing resource for all things journaling, with tips and hints on doodling and drawing, and a multitude of inspirational words to use in your work. 
Plenty to inspire every journaler, not just those with an interest in Faith Journaling!

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 May challenge:
Jenny Martin

Cheremane Smith





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

Monday, 9 July 2018

Blog Exclusive: Helen Chilton

The Masterclass feature in the August issue of Craft Stamper magazine was created by the amazing Helen Chilton. Helen showed us 5 wonderful techniques, all featuring game pieces! All kinds of dominoes, triominoes, and the suchlike can be decorated to form stunning miniature pieces of art :)
Helen created so many wonderful items we couldn't fit them all into the magazine!

We're sharing an extra three projects here today.

Domino ATC 

  • Layer up patterned papers onto a black card ATC. 
  • Add tiny text coloured with Paint Over pen. 
  • Add mini domino.

Domino Bag Charm (on left)
  • Paint, stamp and highlight a plastic domino as for Technique 1 (please refer to Craft Stamper magazine, August issue for the specific techniques!).
  • Stick the jewellery bails to the back with Superglue and add beads/ribbon.

Triangular Domino Pendant  
  • Colour, stamp and varnish a triangular domino (a Triomino) as for Technique 5. 
  • Add bails to back and then add chain and beads.

 We love these projects, just so pretty! Thanks so much Helen!
Don't forget , we have a huge bag of game pieces of all kinds to give away to one lucky reader as part of our masterclass feature (as seen below)
Simply log on to and click the Win! tab.


Have a wonderful week everyone!

Saturday, 7 July 2018

Blog Exclusive: Debbie von Grabler-Crozier

The super talented Debbie von Grabler-Crozier shared a wonderful sewing tutorial in the August issue of Craft Stamper magazine:

This super versatile pouch can be used for all manner of things, and the insructions are really easy to follow!
Debbie stamped her fabric before sewing the pouch together, and we thought we would share some more stamping ideas with you today.

Two Shell Variation
Additional materials...
Sweet Dixie stamp set: Sea Creatures
Ranger Archival ink: Coffee
INSTRUCTIONS: This one is the same fabric as I used in the original design, but this time I 
used a couple of stamps and two inks. I have used the Potting Soil ink for the larger shell and
the Coffee ink for the smaller one.
Stamp the larger shells first, leaving room in between for the smaller ones. This linen is 
marvellous for this technique because it has a little colour variation but is actually quite 
smooth. Do pay attention to this when you choose your fabric and also the stamp – the more 
shallow detail the stamp has, the more problematic the impression might be. Test first!

Explore Other Backgrounds

Additional materials...
Art Gallery Fabrics Nature Elements: Natural fabric
INSTRUCTIONS: Sometimes it is nice to use a subtly coloured fabric, like this Natural from 
the Nature Elements collection. Again, it is a nice smooth cotton and the shells printed over 
the top of it in Potting Soil have great detail. Go for a background in the same colour family 
as your ink for a subtle look.

Layered Designs

Additional materials…
Ranger Archival Ink: coffee
Art Gallery Fabrics Pure Elements: White linen
INSTRUCTIONS: Don’t forget plain fabric! This is a solid by Art Gallery Fabrics and I started 
with a row of the fishing nets in Coffee ink. Ink after each impression when working on fabric 
because the fabric will suck the ink right up.

Come back with another coordinating stamp and go right over the top (this time seaweed and 
Potting Soil ink).

Thanks so much Debbie! To find the full sewing instructions, you'll need to get hold of a copy of the August issue of Craft Stamper :) Details of where to buy can be found on the sidebar to the right.

As we mentioned in the magazine, we are also sharing the template for the pouch here today. Simply click the picture, it will open as a PDF document that can then be downloaded for you to use!

Friday, 6 July 2018

Take It Make It Challenge: July

Welcome to the Craft Stamper July 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 Faith Journaling: For the Inspired Artist by Stephanie Ackerman, along with 2 sheets of Documented Faith stickers! The book is an amazing resource for all things journaling, with tips and hints on doodling and drawing, and a multitude of inspirational words to use in your work. 
Plenty to inspire every journaler, not just those with an interest in Faith Journaling!

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!


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.

Tuesday, 3 July 2018

Our Amazing August issue hits the shops on Friday!

The August issue of Craft Stamper magazine hits the shops this Friday, July 6th. Subscribers have been enjoying the issue already :)

Our August issue is jam packed with inspiration, I’m even inspired to use my sewing machine for an actual
sewing project which is unheard of!
Debbie von Grabler Crozier is the talented designer responsible for my new found sewing enthusiasm, her
instructions for creating the stamped fabric pouch are fab! Check out the feature on page 44:

Don’t forget to download your template from our blog when we publish it here on July 7th!
We are welcoming the inspirational Kay Halliwell Sutton to the Craft Stamper Family in this issue. You will all 
know Kay from the TV, demonstrating her amazing art for her company, IndigoBlu. We’re so thrilled to have 
Kay sharing her work with you, and this is only the beginning. We can’t wait!

In this issue we also have a colourful journal cover, Anneke De Clerck style:

 and some fun jewellery designs (and a couple of non wearable art pieces!) in our 3D gallery featuring wooden

 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!

For subscriptions, please go to:

For single print, and back issues :

For digital issues, both subscriptions and single issues:
Have a wonderfully crafty month everyone!

Friday, 29 June 2018

Take It Make It Challenge: June Winners

Hello everyone!
We are so pleased to announce the winners of our June 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 17: Ksenija

We loved this beautiful project by Ksenija! The stunning flower sits pefectly alongside the embossed die cut greeting. So elegant! Ksenija 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 Five (we had a few ties in the voting this month!) are:

Entry Number 47: Emma
 Entry Number 49: Amanda
Entry Number 22: Bonnie 
Entry number 91: Sharon

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:


Uniko is a one stop shop for amazing clear stamps! Wonderful designs, made from a superb quality photpolymer.  The owner and designer, Beverley Brown, is an avid paper crafter and has been a stamp addict for many years. After completing a BA (Hons) in Textiles & Surface Design she decided back in February 2012 to combine her passions and launch her own range of stamps, designer dies & digital paper collections. The result is a shop full of stunning designs! Be sure to check them out!
The prize on offer for the randomly chosen winner this month is this set of three stamps and a fabulous stencil!:

Congratulations to our winner:

Entry Number 90: Gerrina

      Congrats! I think you'll have a wonderful time  playing with your new goodies!

Winners, you need to need to get in touch with me in order to claim your prize!  Please email me at: , and put TIMI Winner in the subject line, then I'll be sure to spot it! 
Top Five Design Winners, also please contact me if you wish to receive a button to display on your blog.

Our July challenge will be launched next Friday, July 6th
We can't wait to see all the wonderful art you will all be sharing!

Friday, 22 June 2018

Blog Exclusive: Charlotte Kristensen

Good Morning!
We have a special treat for you today, a wonderful tutorial from the talented Charlotte Kristensen!
I know all of us at Craft Stamper HQ have a deep fondness for washi tape, and I have a feeling lots of you do too :)
Charloote is very kindly sharing a great technique for creating your own bespoke tape, such a wonderful idea!
Over to Charlotte.........

You might very well have  a roll of masking tape lying about, so try this fun project to make your own
washi tape - you can co-ordinate colours and themes to go exactly with the project you're doing!

Step 1: Cut lengths of masking tape and stick down onto a piece of acetate or non stick paper
(I used the backing sheet from some EZ mount).

Step 2: On a craft sheet, put down the Oxide Distress Inks and mist very lightly - you don't want to
get the masking tape too wet! I used antique linen, peeled paint, faded jeans, frayed burlap and
peacock feathers. Dry between each colour application. You can obviously also just dry sponge inks
onto tape, blending the colours well as you go along.

Step 3: I found the result a little bit too pale, so added some Distress Spray - stormy sky, as well as
mermaid lagoon (not shown - bottle was camera shy!) Leave to dry completely.

Step 4: Once dry, I stamped images all over using Archival Ink Pad Potting Soil.

Step 5: Then a smaller amount of images using Archival Ink Pad Sienna.

Step 6: Next, images in Versafine Blue Lagoon. Now all the background is done.

Step 7: The foreground images are stamped in Versafine Black Onyx. I used a mixture of words and

Step 8: Finally, a bit of doodling using a white gel ink pen.

Step 9: Close up of finished project.

Masking tape is not archival quality, so be careful not to use it with anything that is supposed to last a
very long time!

I used a mix of stamps - this is a great opportunity to use everything you've got, as the background
stamping is simply to provide texture and pattern. Amongst the stamps used are Impression
Obsesssion Seth Apter, Carabelle, PaperArtsy, Viva Las Vegas and AAL & Create.

Thanks so much Charlotte, such a fab tutorial!
Why not check out more of Charlotte's work on her blog: