Friday, 27 June 2014

Take It Make It June Challenge: The Winner!

Hello everyone!
Thank you so much to all those who played along with our June challenge - Bleach Blocking! The DT were thrilled at the number of entries, and had a fabulous time looking at all of your stunning work.
The DT were blown away by the standard of the entries, but there can only be one winner! That honour goes to.........
Entry Number 1: Elaine
  Congratulations Elaine!
We loved the beautiful blue tones, and the splatter on the flowers is just gorgeous!
The winning entry will be published in Craft Stamper Magazine (I hope you kept it somewhere safe Elaine!), and the winner will also receive the fabulous prize from our sponsor:

 As well as our worthy winner, we also have the remaining two spots in our Top Three to reveal! In no particular order, they are..... drum roll......
Congratulations ladies!
If the Winner could Email me (just click the 'posted by' name at the bottom of the post), then I can pass on all the details about the prize, publication and of course the Guest DT slot! Top Three, please Email me for your winners buttons to display on your blogs!  For anyone else who would like to, please feel free to grab the button below....

 There is still time to enter our
Would you like to be part of the Craft Stamper Blog Challenge DT?
You have until July 14th to apply, all the details can be found HERE !

 A huge THANK YOU to all those of you that took part in our Bleach Blocking challenge!
Don't forget, Take It, Make It challenges are now monthly! The first Friday of every month will see the start of the next challenge.... so check back here next Friday, 4th July to see which technique is next!

Monday, 16 June 2014

Take It Make It Blog Challenge: DT CALL!


The first term for the Take It Make It design team is nearly over, so we are looking to recruit an equally talented and dedicated team going forward from September!

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 September 2014 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 or be able to purchase 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 to by MONDAY 14TH JULY 2014
Good luck!

Friday, 13 June 2014

Take It, Make It June Challenge: Inspiration!

Our current Take It, Make It challenge is all about Bleach Blocking.... have you got out the distress inks and had a go yet?
The DT have been having loads of fun creating some more projects for you to feast your eyes upon, hopefully they may inspire you to have a go yourself!

Winner of the April Challenge: Ana Kavic
Chrissie Stokes
Dot Allan
 Shirley Bampton
Tracy Easson
 Wow! Now THAT'S what I call inspiration!
Why not have a go, then enter your creation into our challenge?
We have a great prize from our sponsor, Indigo Blu, the chance to be published and a guest DT slot up for why not get out those Distress Inks and start Bleach Blocking!!!
All the details can be found HERE....
Have fun! xx

Friday, 6 June 2014

Take It Make It Challenge- June!

I am very excited to announce.... *cue drum roll*..

The brand new June Challenge!

We loved all your potato stamped entries last month, who knew the humble spud could produce such fabulous stamps! We can't wait to see all the projects featuring this months theme!

What Can You Win?
For the June challenge, we are delighted to be sponsored once again by Indigo Blu!
Indigo Blu are UK suppliers of wonderful rubber stamps, gilding flakes and glues, not to mention a huge selection of crafting goodies!
The prize for the June challenge is this fabulous stamp plate, plus a tube of Kroma Crackle. perfect for adding texture to your art work!

PLUS:The Design Team will have a look at all your gorgeous work, and choose their Top Three..... and the overall Winner will get published in Craft Stamper magazine! Yes, the winning entry will appear in the UK's number one stamping magazine!
AND: The Challenge winner will be offered a Guest Designer spot for an upcoming challenge!

So, to recap....A gorgeous Indigo Blu stamp plate, Kroma Crackle, publication AND a Guest DT spot? Sounds good to me!

Now for the Challenge details!  
We want to see how you lovely lot tackle a technique showcased in Craft Stamper magazine.
Hels Sheridan has a wonderful project in the July issue, showcasing a technique she has invented called Bleach Blocking.
 So, we would love to see your creations using 
 The Bleach Blocking Technique!
Bleach Blocking? This is a wonderfully simple, but oh so effective way to create a background. Simply colour your cardstock with Distress Inks, then remove some of the ink using a clean, damp blending tool. Because you have a rectangular blending tool, the 'bleached out' areas will appear in blocks!

Along with some of the regular Craft Stamper DT, the Take It , Make It DT have created some fabulous eye candy using the bleach blocking technique.
If you click on the artists name, it will take you to their blogs, where there may well be loads more pics of these gorgeous creations!

 Have we inspired YOU to have a play and enter? Yay!!!
All you need to do now is have a read through the boring (but essential!) rules and guidelines, then upload your entry using the Linky tool at the end of the post! Can't wait to see what you create!

Do you love our challenges as much as we do? Feel free to grab the button and display it with pride!
 Guidelines for Craft Stamper Take It, Make It Challenge
  • Entry dates: Friday June 6th 2014 -  midnight Wednesday June 25th 2014
  • Winner to be announced in a blog post here: 9am Friday June 27th 2014
  • All entries must feature the Bleach Blocking background technique.
  • All entries must contain stamping.
  •  No digi stamps please, unless combined with actual stamping. 
  • Projects can be of any theme, any colour. 
  • Projects can be a card, layout, journal page, art panel, tag, 3D item, anything at all, as long as it follows all guidelines and features that months technique.
  • The winning entry MUST be posted to the magazine for photography before it can be published. Please keep hold of your entry, we cannot publish in the magazine images sent via computer.
  • Entry is via the linking tool at the end of the post. We are very sorry that we can't accept email entries to this challenge. Please provide deep links to your actual project post, not just a link to your blog (to do this, click on the title of the relevant blog entry and copy/paste the URL in the relevant box when uploading your entry). The DT will not go searching your entire blog for the project we want to see!
  • No backlinking.
  • New work only please, not work previously published anywhere else.
  • Entry is welcome from anywhere in the world.
  • Multiple entry is welcomed, as long as each project has a separate blog post, is original, and fulfills all the entry requirements. One project per post please!
  • Entries can be combined with other blog challenges.
  • An obvious link back to the Craft Stamper Blog must be included in your blog post.
  • The July 2014 challenge will be announced here on Friday July 4th 2014, at 9am.
PLEASE consider turning off word verification on your blog. It is very difficult for the DT to comment on as many blogs as we would like to when word verification slows us down!

Competition rules: Competitions/giveaways are open to all (including overseas readers) except employees of Traplet Publications Ltd and their families; regular contributors to any of Traplet Publications’ magazines; employees of our printers; or anyone connected with the prizes offered. By entering the competition you accept that your project may be printed in the magazine. All entries must be received by midnight on the specified closing date. There are no cash alternatives and prizes are non-transferable. We reserve the right to use the winners’ name/work in any Traplet-produced literature including, but not exclusive to, our website and marketing materials. Judges decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.

Thursday, 5 June 2014

Taking It A Little Further With Lydia

Howdy there! So it's my fourth month posting as a designer here on the Craft Stamper Magazine Blog, every first Thursday I'll be sharing a card taking an idea from my article that month.

This month I had a one layer card featured in the 'Just One Layer' article, that one was very muted and girly and I wanted to create a more viberant and unisex card using nearly the same technique.

*Firstly mask around a panel in the middle of your card- I have used washi tape around the edge of my card layer.
*I have then stamped leaves from Wplus9's 'Spring Blooms' in two different green chalk inks around the edge of the washi frame, as chalk ink takes a while to dry I then heat set it with my heat tool.
*I then tool a mini bleanding tool and Distress Ink to blend inward starting on the washi tape and blending lightly inward.
*Gently remove the washi tape, keeping it as flat as you can to reduce the chances of ripping your card.
*Add your sentiment- I have used Winnie & Walter's 'The Big, The Bold And You'. 

Here you can see how flat the card is......

If you have created something that was inspired by my article I would totally love to see it... so if you would like to leave a link to your project in the comments section or on my blog Love Lydia Brooke and I'll pop on over and take a look.

Hugs, Lydia xxx