Friday, 14 September 2018

Take It Make It September Challenge: Inspiration

Our September 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..........) 

A set of 10 Ecoline Brush Pens

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 July challenge:


Cheremane Smith





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

Wednesday, 12 September 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 January 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: Burgundy, Rich Red, Light Teal, Duck Egg Blue, Silver Grey

Deadline for submission: 16th October 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.  
  •  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!  

Sunday, 9 September 2018

Blog Exclusive: Calico Crafts Designer, Kerstin Peters

In the October issue of Craft Stamper, we featured some truly amazing altered MDF Book Box Journals. Available from Calico Craft Parts, these book boxes were transformed into works of art by the designers. 
One designer, Kerstin Peters, created a wonderful haunted house design. We very sadly only had room to share the cover in the magazine, but the inside is just as stunning! We wanted to share that with you too, so here we are!
Sit back and enjoy!

Kerstin, you did a super amazing job, we love it!
To read the sory behind the creation, and to see all the rest of the book box journals, check out the October issue of Craft Stamper magazine!

To buy a book box all of your own to alter (along with a whole host of other very cool stuff), please visit:

Saturday, 8 September 2018

Blog Exclusive: Uniko

Good Morning!
In the October issue of Craft Stamper, the talented designers from Uniko shared some absolutely stunning stamped art work with us. We're thrilled to be able to share another 2 projects with our blog readers today!
Without further ado, let's all grab a cuppa and take a look!

Autumn Organics

"The collection of projects in the October issue of Craft Stamper, from members of the Uniko design team, 
use clear stamps from the Originally Organics range, including Originally Organic, Originally Organic Additions, 
Organic Wishes & Happy Succulents clear stamps. This range of stamps are perfect all year round for all kinds 
of occasions, but as I designed and released them during Autumn months, they look particularly beautiful in 
Autumnal tones." - Beverley Brown, owner, Uniko

Autumn Wishes Card
By Beverley Brown

My thinking behind this card was childhood memories of late Summer / early Autumn holidaying in France. 
Standing in a field of dandelions and blowing wishes. I chose a netural ombre colour scheme to reflect the 
hazy memories.


Stamps Beverley used...
Uniko Organic Wishes
Uniko Large Background French Script

Other materials...
Uniko Lattice Stencil
Uniko Broken Lines Stencil
Stampin’ Up! Shimmery White Embossing Paste
Brown Re-inker
Altenew Inks: Espresso, Mocha, Rocky Shore & Sand Dunes
Seed Beads from Stash
Watercolour Card
Stampin’ Up! Kraft Card

Watercolour card provides a beautiful soft texture and makes blending inks a breeze. I’ve kept the ink blending 
light to then highlight the broken lines, inked using the darkest shade of brown Altenew Espresso.
The French script is stamped really subtly, by off stamping in Rocky Shore ink. After stamping the dandelions 
in Espresso ink and stitching seed beads randomly, I felt the design needed a little more balance. I mixed some 
brown re inker into a small amount of shimmery embossing paste and embossed partially through the Lattice 
stencil. The piece is foam mounted and layered onto card. I decided to keep the piece sentiment free, as I 
wanted people to view and conjure their own thoughts and feelings from the design.



Wonderful Succulents
By Sarah Gray

Using MDF stands is a great way to create mini pieces of art that are easy to display around your home or give 
as gifts.  They are also small enough to have a play with mixed media techniques when making a start on a 
bigger canvas might feel a bit daunting.  If you don’t like what you have done it is easy to paint back over the 
mdf and start again!

Uniko Happy Succulents Clear Stamp Set
Uniko Bee Happy Clear Stamp Set
Uniko Large Background French Script Clear Stamp
Uniko Spring Botanicals Daffodil Clear Stamp Set
Uniko Lattice Stencil
Ranger Black Archival Ink Pad
Ranger Dylusions Acrylic Paint – Dirty Martini, Fresh Lime, Lemon Zest, Cut Grass, Calypso Teal
MDF artboard stand from Funky Fossil on Folksy
Sharpie White Paint Pen

I wanted to create a painted background with layers to create a base for the succulent stamps from Uniko.  
The Dylusions paints go on to MDF really well and dry quickly. I applied the paints with a brush and my fingers 
to create a streaky effect, and lifted some of the colour through the lattice stencil before the paint had 
completely dried.  This gives a ghosting style effect. I then offset the stencil to apply the teal paint through it to 
create a distressed look. I was able to combine images and sentiments from a number of Uniko’s sets on this 
project which shows how well they mix and match together.  I particularly love the little bees which add a sweet 
detail to lots of projects. Adding highlights with the white paint pen helped the succulent mages to pop against 
the painted background. 


WOW! Thanks so much ladies, a wonderful extention to the fabulous project in the magazine. 
Have a great weekend everyone!

Friday, 7 September 2018

Take It Make It Challenge: September

Welcome to the Craft Stamper September 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..........) 

A set of 10 Ecoline Brush Pens

 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.

Friday, 31 August 2018

Take It Make It Challenge: August Winners!

Hello everyone!
We are thrilled to announce the winners of our August 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 the wonderful blue tones of the colour palette, and the focal point butterfly is just stunning! Amanda 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 Amanda!

We also have the remaining top slots to announce!
The rest of the top three 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 just released Alcohol Lift–Ink pad, with corresponding Re-inker, from Ranger :)

All the Craft Stamper team are very excited, these new products are quite simply amazing, so we hope the winner has a great time experimenting!

Congratulations to....

      Entry number 70: Tracey

I'm sure you've love the prize Tracey :)

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 September challenge will be launched next Friday, September 7th.
We can't wait to see all the wonderful art you will all be sharing!