Sunday, 19 April 2015

Reader Submissions wanted!

Hello!
Craft Stamper Magazine has a feature dedicated to YOUR art... so we need to find some fabulous projects to fill it!
We know you lot are very talented, so we think you should share your talents with our readers... 
A few tips to getting your art published:
  • We are a mixed media magazine, with an emphasis on excellent stamping skills . If this sounds like your work, you are on the right lines!
  • We want to convey a bright, vibrant, happy feeling in the magazine. Projects that are dark, grungy or mostly brown  are not our thing!
  • We welcome all kinds of art : Art panels, Journal pages, 3D assemblage, Sculpture, Fabric art, Canvases, Layouts, Tags, Upcycling, Home Decor etc. For this feature however, we will NOT be accepting cards.
So, fancy getting you and your art noticed by the UK's best mixed media magazine?
Why not give it a go, you've nothing to lose!


· Please email your submissions to trish.latimer@traplet.com
· Please put 'Reader Submission' 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 of emailing your submission, you have been unsuccessful with that project. Please try again with another project! 
. There is no deadline involved with this call out, this is an ongoing feature so requires projects for each and every issue.

Guidelines:
· Readers Submissions can be anything at all apart from a card. This feature is NOT for cards.
· Projects which are selected need to be posted to the Craft Stamper offices in the UK.
· This call IS open internationally.
· Note that we do choose artwork as it arrives, so please don't hesitate to submit if your projects are ready.
· Projects will be returned at our expense, along with a complimentary copy of the magazine in which your project features. Note this can take approx. three months or longer, depending upon the issue in which your project is published.
· Text for this article is required and should be entered into the document provided – this will be sent to you if you are selected. Help can be given with this if needed!
. Projects submitted should be new work only, and not previously published or submitted to any other publication.

Good luck!

Friday, 17 April 2015

Take it Make It Challenge: Winners Profile

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

 Karen Dunbrook

Karen won the challenge with this fabulous card, showing off her great eye for colour and superb stamping skills:




We asked Karen 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 have always crafted since I was a child and loved to craft with my children and now my daycare children.  Since I loved making and giving away cards for birthdays it made perfect sense to stamp then I got seriously hooked on stamping years ago when I found Splitcoast Stampers.    Amazing talent and inspiration there.

Q: What are your favourite kinds of stamps, and do you have a favourite stamp company?
A: I guess I would have to stay my favourite kind of stamps are florals.  I especially love the flower silhouettes as I can colour on them with markers, spray with water and stamp.  I can create them in many blended colours. 
I have many favourite stamping companies especially Penny Black, Hero Arts and Rubbernecker.

Q: Describe your style, are you a messy kind of stamper or a more ‘clean and simple’ kind of person?
A: I would have to say that I am a ‘Clean and Simple’ – a CAS stamper who likes to dabble with techniques and try new things without adding all the layers and embellishments.

Q:What kind of projects do you like creating the most?
A: I create cards.  I can create a card, send it and hope it brings some happiness to brighten the recipient’s day.  Also, it is not a long time commitment as I have such a busy life with my little daycare children.
Q: Apart from stamps, what is the one product you wouldn’t be without when you craft?
A: I couldn’t do without my Distress inks.  There are so many things you can do with them other than just stamping.  Since they blend with water, you can watercolour with them, use them to stencil, sponge or just stamp.
There are so many wonderful techniques for different looks using these inks.

We also asked Karen to show us a couple of her favourite stamped creations,  and share why she likes them so much. Here are the gorgeous projects she has chosen:

"This card was made using my newest obsession Bister.  Bisters are a paint medium that you sprinkle on your paper and spray on water.  The bursts of colour you can achieve are wonderful using them." -Karen


"This card was created by using a favourite technique of mine....Embossing Folder Stamping.  You ink the inside of your embossing folder then spray with water and press your paper into the wet ink.  I use Distress inks on mine.  It is such a wonderful way to get more mileage from your folders." -Karen



Congratulations on being our March Design Winner Karen, 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 Technique : Colour' is still open for a few more days! All the details can be found HERE.

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

Monday, 13 April 2015

Brand New TIMI DT Members!

Hello!
There were an awful lot of applications for our recent DT call, so many fabulously talented people out there! We can't thank everyone enough for taking the time to apply.
It took a long time to look at all the beautiful art on show, but in the end we narrowed it down and chose our new DT members!
Please welcome....


Congratulations ladies!
You won't have long to wait before you see the first stunning DT creations by these lovely ladies... the poor things have been thrown straight in at the deep end and will be debuting in our May challenge! 

Pssst....don't forget the April challenge is still open for another week and a bit! Details HERE.

Have a lovely week everyone!

Friday, 10 April 2015

Take It Make It April Challenge: Inspiration

Hello!
Our current Take It, Make It challenge is a 'Take A Technique' challenge, this month the technique (or theme really!) is:

COLOUR
Be as bold, bright and vibrant as you can...no monochrome or dark grungy projects please!
 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 colourful projects for you to feast your eyes upon, brace yourself, there is rather a lot of eye candy on show!

Winner of the February Challenge: Amanda Southern


Elina Stromberg

 Elizabeth Robinson

Jackie Payne 

 Jolande van Oosterhout

 Kymona Tracey


Nikki Killinger


Shirley Bampton

Zoey Scarpelli









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 
IndigoBlu






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




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 blog....so why not get busy with the colour (don't forget to include some stamping!) , we'd love to see your creation!
All the details can be found HERE....
Have fun!

Friday, 3 April 2015

Take It Make It Challenge : April!

Hello!
Welcome to the launch of our April 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 Technique'!
Well, not so much a technique as a theme.... this month we want you to go all out with the colour!

April Challenge:
'Take A Technique: Colour'

Nothing dark, monochrome or grungy please, we want bright, vibrant and cheerful! You don't HAVE to use every single colour of the rainbow all at once...but maybe lots of them?!
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

IndigoBlu

www.indigoblu.com


 IndigoBlu are a UK company, specialising in rubber stamps! Superb quality and wonderful designs, you really need to check out the hundreds of fabulous images on offer. IndigoBlu is also THE place to go for the marvellous Flitterglu and gliding flakes, not to mention the incredible paint range! The prizes for our randomly chosen winner this month are these two exquisite stamps:




I can imagine all sorts of stunning creations made with those beauties, 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 colourful inspiration!


WOW! 
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 a tab at the top of the page), and then link up using the Linky Tool below. We can't wait to see your creations!


Pssst.... before I go....don't forget we have a DT call going on right now! This is your chance to be part of our team...when we launch our next challenge in May you could have a project up there ^ ^^ too! All the details are HERE


Thursday, 2 April 2015

Taking It A Little Further With Lydia

By Lydia Brooke Evans

Hi there and happy Thursday!
Last month in Craft Stamper I shared a card in the Ready Set Stamp section of a shaker card using sequins, I wanted to show today though that other things can be used in the shaker element of the card to get different effects. I love the effect that seed beads give in a shaker card, they give a much more satisfying sound (I think), and as they are a little heavier they all seem to drop and find there own level.... I think that works great to give the effect of liquid in a jar.


I'd love to know and see what else you crafty people would use inside a shaker card!

Thank you so much for stopping by!

Hugs Lydia x   

Tuesday, 31 March 2015

May issue out on Friday!

Our pretty in pink May issue is out on Friday and is not one to be missed! We have lots of gorgeous and inspiring new projects that will be sure to satisfy all of your crafty cravings!  


This month's issue is crammed with...

  • Lally Isted's Calmer Chameleon where she shows you how to blend to perfection with Chameleon pens
  • Fabric Fairy Art Doll where Riikka Kovasin combines sewing and mixed media to bring you an adorable art doll
  • Helen Chilton's A Vintage Display where she uses one stamp to produce a whole host of beautiful butterfly makes
  • Jaine Drake's Glittering Garden-Party Banners where you can learn how to prettify your outdoor space
  • Pearlescent Perfection by Anna-Karin Evaldsson in which she shows you how to create a beautiful tone-on-tone effect using VersaMark and Pearlescent Pan Pastels
  • Splattered Stamping where Jenny Marples enthuses you to attack a blank canvas with a liberal coating of gesso, gold acrylic paint and new splat stamps from IndigoBlu
  • Liesbeth Fidder's Lovely Layering where she combines colourful hot pink and purple layers with vintage style stamps to bring you 'wow' cards
  • Thank Ewe! where Sophy Haes shows you how to stamp some adorable sheep from a new set by The Isobel Craft Collection
  • And Rainy Day by R. Maria Sabina where she uses glue and water to transform a plain scene to bring you a stunning stormy day with die cut imagery.    



So with a quick round up of the projects in this month's issue and a little sneak peek at the details we know you'll be running to the shops this Friday to grab your copy! You should be able to find a copy in all good craft stores across the UK or if you want yours instantly then you can download a copy from PocketmagsIf you want to make sure you never miss a copy then you can also call our friendly Customer Service team on 01684 588599 and subscribe! 

Happy stamping all!