Saturday, 28 March 2015

Craft Stamper Blog Challenge : DT CALL!

We have had a couple of spots open up on our blog challenge DT, so we are looking for some talented stampers to join us!
Do you fancy it? We're all very's a great team to be part of :)

You need to be able to:

-Commit to making two STAMPED pieces of artwork to a specified theme each month. The DT term is six months, starting with the May 2015 challenge.
-Be able to take a good photo of your work for inclusion on the blog (this doesn't have to be pro standard but it does need to be clear, in crisp focus, and reasonably well lit);
-Subscribe to/be able to purchase/ at least have SEEN Craft Stamper so you know what our magazine is all about!
-Have a reasonably active blog;
-Have an active Facebook account. The DT is run via a closed FB group, so members must be able to access and participate in this group!
-Be prepared to promote your challenge artwork on your own blog, on Facebook and other outlets with which you have involvement;
-Be able to turn your artwork around promptly with relatively short notice (2/3 weeks).

You get to have your art featured on our blog alongside the regular CS DT and we will link your artwork back to your personal blog. We will also include your blog details on our sidebar.

If you want to be part of the Craft Stamper family then please send THREE examples of your best stamped work, along with a link to your blog to:

The DT call will close at midnight GMT on Saturday 11th April (you only have a fortnight, so don't delay!)
Successful applicants will be notified via Email on Sunday 12th April, and be expected to jump right in and start creating for the May challenge.

Good Luck!

Friday, 27 March 2015

Take It Make It Challenge: March Winners!

What a fabulous response to our March 'Take A Stamp' challenge!
You lot are all so talented, we just loved looking through all the entries!
So...on to the important stuff, the winners!
As you will remember, from now on we will have TWO winners from each challenge, the Design Winner and the randomly selected Prize Winner. First up, I am thrilled to announce our Design Winner..

Entry Number 10 -  Karen

Congratulations Karen! So beautiful, those colours are simply stunning! We loved it! Karen will win a Guest Designer slot, a Winners Profile and of course her gorgeous project will be published in Craft Stamper Magazine.

As always, we have the remaining two slots in our Design Top Three to reveal, they are in no particular order)

Congrats ladies! 

Next...the randomly selected Prize Winner! This winner will be the lucky recipient of the prize provided by out wonderful sponsor,

The prize is this fabulous set of paints, and the stunning stamp set:

 The randomly drawn winner is:

Congratulations Jane! I'm very jealous, that prize is amazing!

Now the important bit!
  Winners, you need to need to get in touch with me in order to claim your prize! A link to my email address can be found by clicking my name in the 'posted by' line at the bottom of this blog post. 
Top Three Design Winners, also please contact me if you wish to receive a button to display on your blog.

Please check back next Friday for the launch of our April Challenge, we can't wait to see what you create, the DT are very excited about the theme!

Tuesday, 24 March 2015

Meet the team - Trish Latimer

Welcome to the latest in our regular series throwing the spotlight on some of the designers who create regularly for Craft Stamper. Mixed media with a quirky style and creative approach to all kinds of materials from fabric to wire and paint to book pages - it can only mean that today's spotlight falls on the highly talented and individual Trish Latimer...


This feels weird…. A post about little old me on the blog, rather than me writing a post about someone else! 

Anyway…hello out there! I’m Trish Latimer, and I’m a stamp-a-holic… (and a paint-a-holic as well I think!). My first project for Craft Stamper was in the middle of 2008, and I’ve been a regular ever since. I love sharing techniques, ideas and quirky weird stuff with all the CS readers, so long may it continue.

I blame shopping TV for my stamping addiction! Channel surfing on the sofa whilst at home feeding baby number 1, I stumbled across a stamping demo…was very intrigued and the rest is history! It’s actually quite scary thinking that was nearly 20 years ago, I certainly don’t feel old enough to have a baby about to leave her teens!

Favourite Project #1
I chose this one because the technique involved is really messy! I know if I’ve had a fun playtime creating if I’m so painty I need a shower afterwards!

This project is blogged {here}

Q: Do you have a signature style or favourite technique?
A: My style has evolved over the years into a messy, painty colourful kind of affair, with quirky figures, random quotes and (of course) plenty of stamping thrown in for good measure. I just love creating 3D assemblages, with Art Dolls being a firm favourite right now!

Favourite Project #2
I had to include an Art Doll, this is one of my favourites.

This project is blogged {here}

Q: Where do you look for inspiration before you start on a project?
A: My inspiration comes from all over the place. I think my brain stores up all sorts of ideas and images, then turns them into projects, which are guaranteed to pop into my brain just before I go to sleep! Luckily, the ideas are still there in the morning when I wake up!

Favourite Project #3
I really love exploring my bonkers side, and I think this meditating cat sums this up quite well!
This project is blogged {here}

Looking through all those old projects has me itching to get back into my studio to get the paints and stamps out again….so see you soon!


Thanks to Trish for a glimpse into her stamping world and to you for joining us on the Craft Stamper blog today, hope you've enjoyed "meeting" another designer!

Friday, 20 March 2015

Take It Make It Challenge: Winners Profile

Welcome to our Winners Profile, showcasing the Design Winner of our last Blog Challenge!
The very talented Design Winner of our February 2015 challenge is

 Amanda Southern

Amanda won the challenge with this fabulous project, showcasing her stunning use of colour and eye for detail:

We asked Amanda a few questions all 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’ve been stamping for about 5 years and my obsession with rubber stamps started as my 5 year old niece, at the time, wanted to make a card for her teacher and my mum went and bought a few card making bits and bobs to put something together with her. She showed me the finished card and I thought “I wouldn’t mind doing that” and as they say “the rest is history”……..

Q: What are your favourite kinds of stamps, and do you have a favourite stamp company?
A: I have amassed a fabulous collection of stamps over the last few years, some would say bordering on obsessional!! I just call myself a collector! My collection of stamps I would compare to anybody’s music collection, a little bit of this and a little bit of that. My ultimate favourite stamps company is Stampotique I now have over 150 of their wonderful wooden. My current go to stamps are also Carabelle Studio, Dina Wakley and Vivalasvegas stamps.

Q: Describe your style, are you a messy kind of stamper or a more ‘clean and simple’ kind of person?
A: I’m not really a one style sort of stamper I enjoy producing a variety of styles, sometimes the styles I produce depend on the time I am able to spend in my craftroom. I go from multi layered mixed media projects that can take several days to complete to making a clean & simple card in a short time.

Q:What kind of projects do you like creating the most?
A: My favourite project would be one that I have an idea of what I want to do but by playing around with different mediums I watch it evolve into something I hadn’t originally thought of and of course it will always have some method of stamping within it. 
Q: Apart from stamps, what is the one product you wouldn’t be without when you craft?
A: Any type of paints, I love what you can do with paint to create so many different effects and looks to your project either straight from the pot or tube or mixed with something else.

We also asked Amanda to show us one of her favourite stamped creations,  and share why she likes it so much. This is the gorgeous project she has chosen:

"This is one of my favourites as it features stamps from my favourite stamp company, Stampotique. It is an ATB which I love making as you have all the sides to design. All the pieces I have used on it I collected myself from the beach." -Amanda

Congratulations on being our February Design Winner Amanda, and 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!

Our current challenge 'Take A Stamp' is still open for a few more days! All the details can be found HERE.

See you next Friday for the announcement of our March Winners! 

Friday, 13 March 2015

Take It Make It March Challenge: Inspiration

Our current Take It, Make It challenge is a 'Take A Stamp' challenge, which means a very broad Anything Goes theme. You must use a stamp somewhere on your creations, but apart from that, let your imagination go wild!
 We have had fun looking at the entries so far, you lot are very creative!
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 January Challenge: Hermine Koster

  Elina Stromberg

 Elizabeth Robinson

Jackie Payne 

 Jolande van Oosterhout

 Kymona Tracey

Linda Walmsley

  Nikki Killinger

  Renee Zarate

Shirley Bampton

 Tracy Easson
Trish Latimer  

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 

This months randomly chosen entry will win these two fabulous prizes:

How wonderful is that?!

 The Design Winner, voted for by our DT, will have their project published,  have a guest DT slot for an upcoming challenge, and ALSO gets their very own winners profile here on the why not get stamping, we'd love to see your creation!
All the details can be found HERE....
Have fun!

Friday, 6 March 2015

Take It Make It Challenge : March

Welcome to the launch of our March Challenge!

As you might remember, this year our challenge is alternating between 'Take A Stamp', and 'Take A Technique'....and this month our challenge is 'Take A Stamp'!

March Challenge:
'Anything Goes'
(as long as you have used a stamp on your project somewhere!)

So....lets see how creative you lot are...get your stamps out and share your journal pages, layouts, 3D assemblage or whatever else takes your fancy!

*** Sadly, quite a few entries last month did not follow the guidelines, so they could not be considered for a prize. PLEASE remember to only include just the one project in your blog posts, we just want to see the project you are entering, no others! Full guidelines can be found in the right hand sidebar.***

We have two prizes on offer this month, the first is our sponsor prize.This winner will be chosen randomly from all of the entries in the challenge! The sponsor for March is


 PaperArtsy are a wonderfully innovative company, selling all things altered art! Fresco Finish paints in a huge rainbow of colours, substrates and of course their very wide and varied range of rubber stamps. The prize we have on offer is a set of limited edition paints by Lin Brown, designed especially to complement her hugely successful stamp range!
The prize also includes this fabulous stamp set, designed by PaperArtsy signature designer Darcy:
I have to say, I LOVE the stamps, and those paints!...such fabulous colours. Our randomly drawn prize winner will be a very lucky person!

Our second winner is our Design Winner. This winner is chosen by our DT, who all vote for their favourite design from all of the entries. This winner will have their winning project published in Craft Stamper Magazine, they will have a GDT slot for an upcoming challenge, and will also feature in their very own Winners Profile blog post! 

I hope the prizes have given you all an incentive to win...... and how about some eye candy from the DT to give you some stamping inspiration!

(with a video tutorial for this project on her blog!)

I have to say...there are some STUNNERS there, that's what I call inspiration!

So, want to enter?!
All you need to do is have a quick look through all the essential rules and guidelines (on the right hand sidebar), and then link up using the Linky Tool below. We can't wait to see your creations!