Thursday, 15 November 2018

Art Call: Ready Set Stamp

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

For 2019 we're changing things up slightly, 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: Pale Rose, Thistle, Pale Violet, Periwinkle, Pale Azure

Deadline for submission: 17th December 2018

· Please email your submissions to:
· 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!


  •  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, 9 November 2018

Take It Make It November Challenge: Inspiration

Our November 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..........) 

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 September challenge:

Jane Tyrrell

Cheremane Smith





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

Thursday, 8 November 2018

October Blog Challenge Random Winner Re-draw

Morning everyone,
The winner of the Eileen Hull die did not come forward after out October challenge winners were announced, so as the t&cs stipulate, the prize will now be re-drawn.
The prize:

 The new winner....

Congrats Elly! Please can you contact me at:, and I can arrange for the die to be sent to you!

Saturday, 3 November 2018

Blog Exclusive: Brenda Brown

Good Morning!
In the December issue of Craft Stamper, Brenda Brown shared stunning projects with the readers, gorgeous examples of a faux encaustic technique!

The step by step tutorial in the magazine showed us how to create the faux encaustic layers on the tag, but as you can see, that isn't the whole project! Brenda has very kindly shared a step by step tutorial for the background art board, and also the easel that enables the whole thing to stand up! Over to Brenda..............

If you have seen my mixed media Easel Art Board in this month’s issue of the Craft Stamper I thought you 
might like to see how I made the background for the tag, and the easel to make it stand. I love using easels on 
my small pieces of art work so they can stand on a shelf and be moved around easily.

Easel Board Background 

Remember the edges are the most important part of this, as the middle will be covered by the tag. I used a 
7” x 5” canvas board from The Works, but you should be able to pick them up in some art shops as well. 
Definitely look online for some good deals.

STEP ONE: Add some acrylic colours using a water spritzer and a wet wipe. Start with the sap green at the 
bottom, the cerulean blue at the top and blend them together in the middle using the 2 lightest colours. Keep 
them watery and translucent.

STEP TWO: Use a brayer and layer over some white gesso just hitting the top of the canvas.

STEP THREE: Scrape decoupage randomly over with plastic card, not too thickly and put one side to dry.

STEP FOUR: Take a babywipe and blend the green and blue colours over again and slightly darker, keep 
wiping back and adding more until you are happy with the darker contrast over the light. You will see the 
contrast of the areas with the decoupage resist too.

STEP FIVE: When dry splatter with some vintage mixed red (cadmium red hue, titanium white and burnt 
umber) and almost immediately lightly lay a dry piece of kitchen roll over the top to take out some of the colour.

STEP SIX: Stamp second generation text with watering can archival ink and splatter with white paint.

STEP SEVEN: Distress the edges with sand paper and blend with Ground Espresso distress ink. If you want to 
seal it use a mat spray otherwise the distress ink will move around with a sealer or varnish using a paint brush.

Make your own Easel Back.  
(These dimensions specifically fit the 7x5 inch canvas board)

Here’s the simple easel I made for the back of my Easel Art project this month.
Rymans do packs of A4 card at 480 gms for just a few pounds which is perfect for this project.

STEP ONE: - Cut a piece of strong card 21 x 8 cms.
Score and fold at 13 cms.
Punch a hole through the two layers in the middle of the smaller piece. I used a Japanese Hole Punch.

STEP TWO: - Cut a piece of ribbon about 10 cms long and 
thread it through the holes from front to back and glue it down on the front and back pieces leaving about 2 cms 
in the middle. When that’s dry cover both pieces of glued down ribbon with some masking tape to help secure 
it further.

STEP THREE: - Cut another piece of card 8 x 13 cms and adhere it to the front of the easel (the long side) 
leaving it under something heavy for a little while for the glue to dry thoroughly and promote a strong bond. 
This gives a very sturdy easel to support the board.

STEP FOUR: - If you have a particular colour or pattern back to the canvas board you can add a piece of 
patterned paper (again 8 x 13 cms) to the previous piece.

STEP FIVE: - Now adhere the smaller side to the back of the canvas board so that the easel will lay flat. 
Again leave it under something heavy to dry. It is easier to do this before adding all your embellishments on the 
front of the board.

Thank you so much Brenda!

We have a special giveaway to share on our Facebook page on Monday 5th November, a nice big bundle of 
the paints and modeling paste Brenda used in her article! Don't forget to check it out!

Friday, 2 November 2018

Take It Make It Challenge: November

Welcome to the Craft Stamper November 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..........) 

The randomly chosen winner of the November challenge will win:
2 stamp sets: Wonderland, Peace and Joy
3 stencils: Poinsettia, Nordic Weave, Mini Stripes
All from Kaisercraft!

  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!

Amy Almeida



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.

***STOP PRESS*** Our October winner has yet to claim the prize of the Eileen Hull Journal Die! As stipulated in the t&cs, this will be re-drawn after 10 days if the winner has not come forward. We will reallocate the prize in a blog post here on Thursday 8th November if the winner has still not made contact.

Friday, 26 October 2018

Take It Make It Challenge: October Winners!

Hello everyone!
We are thrilled to announce the winners of our October 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 this gorgeous card by Karen! The stunning deep blues of the backgound go so well with the wonderful snowflakes. We loved it! Karen 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 Karen!

We also have the remaining top slots to announce!
The rest of the top four (we had a tie this month!) 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....

A Sizzix Scoreboards XL die: Wrapped Journal by Eileen Hull

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: , 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 November challenge will be launched next Friday, November 2nd.
We can't wait to see all the wonderful art you will all be sharing!

Friday, 19 October 2018

Take It Make it Challenge: Winner's Profile

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

Jane Tyrrell

Jane won the challenge with this amazing card. We loved the way the atmospheric inked background complements the images perfectly! Completely stunning!

We asked Jane 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 started stamping over 25 years ago after watching a lady heat emboss a spider’s web stamp at a craft fair. I 
was captivated by the “magic” of embossing, bought the products and was hooked. My Mum also took me to 
lots of classes in the early days while my children were at school, on my day off from work. I learnt lots of the 
skills I still use every day. I still have my first wood mounted stamps, they are very treasured and even 
occasionally used.

Q: What are your favourite kind of stamps, and do you have a favourite stamp company?
A: My favourite stamps are quality clear ones as I like to “see” where I plan to stamp on a design. I 
like stamps that are a little bit different but not too quirky. I am still partial to using the odd cute
 one too. I also love using inspirational words on my work. My favourite stamp companies are
 Visible Image, STAMPlorations, Tim Holtz and Lavinia.

Q: Describe your style, are you a 'messy' kind of stamper or do you have more of a clean and simple style?
A: I am very influenced by the changing seasons and Mother Nature so my colour palette and 
designs vary according to the time of year. I use every style from clean and simple to full on, 
messy mixed media. I really enjoy experimenting as I craft and trying new ideas and styles.

Q: What kind of projects do you like creating the most?
A: As I am lucky enough to sell my cards in a local tearoom a lot of my favourite projects are 
cards. However, I enjoy making mixed media scrapbook pages for my real life (as opposed to 
my blog name) “Jane’s Journals”. In my journals I document, in art, special times in my life 
which I call my “moments”. I like to make travel journals after holidays because they hold so 
many treasured memories to look back at. I am also partial to creating seasonal tags. At the
 moment they are for family Halloween treat bags but I also make them at Christmas and 

Q: Apart from stamps, what is the one product you wouldn't be without when you craft?
A: Tim Holtz’ Distress inks...I own every single colour and use them on everything I make.

We also asked Jane 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:

"First up, Number 1 is a make from back in 2015. It’s an art journal “moment” I made featuring
 my little granddaughter on our annual Conker hunt" - Jane

"Number 2 is a recent make using the fun new alcohol ink lift off technique. I gave this card to 
my granddaughter on her first day of school last month. I thought the sentiment was so 
appropriate" - Jane

"Number 3 is a tag I made last autumn, you can see how influenced I am by the colours of the
 season" - Jane
 "Number 4 is a fun card I made using a photo of my brother and me as kids...don’t you just 
love the outfits" - Jane

"And lastly number 5 has to be a Christmas card as I am a real Mrs Christmas and adore 
everything about the season. I even have a countdown app on my phone!" - Jane

Congraulations on being our September Design Winner Jane, 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!