Friday, 19 July 2019

Take It Make It Challenge: Winner's Profile!

Hello!
Welcome to our Winners Profile, showcasing the Design Winner of last month's Take It Make It challenge!
The very talented winner of the June 2019 challenge is:

Gerrina Poncin


Gerrina won the challenge with this beautiful card. We loved the delicate colour scheme, and the image is wonderful!









We asked Gerrina 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: This summer I have been stamping for 9 years. I started with making photo books when nobody called them scrapbooks! I used stencils and colours and a few word stamps. I was looking for more word/text stamps and found a world with so many beautiful stamps and so many ways to use them at an event and later at classes...that was it... I was hooked!


Q: What are your favourite kind of stamps, and do you have a favourite stamp company?
A: There are a lot of stamps I like, I’m not so much into cute stamps, but love stamps that let you build a scene or that you can use to create your own background. Favourite stamp companies are De Stempelwinkel, Crafty Individuals, Art Journey, Chocolate Baroque, STAMPlorations, Uniko, Crealies and VivaLasVegaStamps.


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 a bit of both; I love clean and simple and I love more messy styles/techniques. Just like my mood is or what a stamp ‘asks’, it varies.  I like to try new techniques and materials and like to mix these with what I already like to do and what materials I already have. Most of all I love to include water; colouring or dripping or splatters with ink, pencils, paint, on paper and canvas and more...


Q: What kind of projects do you like creating the most?
A: At the moment cards and Art Journals. And sometimes an Aquarel or Pastel painting.


Q: Apart from stamps, what is the one product you wouldn't be without when you craft?
A: Ink for stamping and colouring, but stencils are close; I use so many in so many ways!




We also asked Gerrina 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:


It was hard to choose...

But I did, and these are the two that show how different I work;
1: Just an image stamp (Katzelkraft), a stencil (Istencils) and text for a CAS card in black and white.
2: A masked flamingo from Stampotique with a lot of colour, a few stencils, more stamps in the background and some drawing to highlight and shadow.



 



Congraulations on being our June Design Winner Gerrina, 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!

Friday, 12 July 2019

Take It Make It July Challenge: Inspiration

Hello!
Our July Take It Make It challenge is well underway... some stunning entries so far, we can't wait to see what else you lovely lot can dream up!


As ever, we have another wonderful selection of inspiration eye candy from our Design Team to share today..... but first a little reminder...

 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  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..........) 







 So... brace yourself for some amazing art....




























 
STUNNING work :) 
We really hope you've been inspired to enter the challenge! You can find the link up tool on our blog post from last week right HERE! 

Saturday, 6 July 2019

Blog Exclusive: Fran Sherbourne for Little Stamp Store

Hello!
Have to seen the totally jaw dropping stamped wall tile project Fran Sherbourne created for us in the August issue of Craft Stamper? You should, it's amazing :)


Of course, some of us may not fancy this level of kitchen transformation, so today we thought we would share an alternative use for the tile stamp Fran has used to such great effect on her kitchen wall!

Fran also created this fabulous tote bag:


The tile stamp used is the same one that was used on the kitchen wall, and in fact it is the exact same design that we have on offer as a giveaway in the magazine! Check out page 49 to see how you can enter :)

So... how to create the bag? Fran has shown us with a series of step by step photos:

Step One:

Set out your materials. Any fabric paint can be used to stamp on fabric, or just use regular acrylic paint mixed together with a fabric medium.

Step Two:

Brayer the paint across a glass or ceramic tile.

Step Three:

Brayer the paint across the stamp. Make sure you have a nice even coverage, and you don't have too much paint on your stamp. It's always a good idea to practice on scrap fabric first so you get a feel of how much paint to add!

Step Four:

Press the stamp down onto the fabric. Make sure you apply firm even pressure across the whole stamp. This design only requires four stamped impressions so I've done it by eye. You may want to measure out a grid pattern to make sure your images are even and level!

Step Five:

Lift up the stamp directly from the fabric, being careful not to slide it and smudge the wet paint.

Step Six:

Repeat the process and stamp the next image. This stamp is in effect a quarter of the finished tile design, this means the stamp needs to be rotated 90 degrees with each impression. Check to see if the stamp you use needs to be rotated in this way, and again, it's a good idea to practice first to make sure you've got it right before stamping on your finished piece!

Step Seven:

Carry on stamping until the design is finished.

Step Eight:

Remove the stamp and admire your work! Depending on the paint you've used, some designs may need to be heat sealed by ironing to make the finished work permanent. Check out the instructions on your product!




WOW!
We love this idea, and hope you do too!

Check out all the stamps Fran has to offer in her store, Little Stamp Store HERE.

Have a great weekend!

Friday, 5 July 2019

Take It Make It Challenge: July

Welcome to the July Take It Make It Challenge!
Take a stamp and Make something amazing!

All our challenges are stamping challenges, 
with an Anything Goes theme.

That means you can create whatever your imaginations dreams up, as long as you have used a hand stamped image on your creation somewhere!
We would love to see cards, art journal pages, tags, ATC's, AT Coins, canvas, 3D projects, layouts, planner pages etc etc. The list is endlesss, basically anything you love to create!
Any themes, any colours and styles, and you may use any kind of products and brands that you wish.

As ever, we have TWO winners each month. Firstly, we have a 'Design Winner'. This winner is chosen by our design team, who vote for their top three favourite projects from all eligible entries. Whichever design gets the most votes is declared the Design Winner.
The Design Winner of the challenge will be featured across a double page spread in Craft Stamper Magazine, and will also receive a Winner's Profile feature on the blog, as well as a Guest Designer slot for a future challenge. This is such a nice way of getting you and your art noticed!

Our second winner is our 'Random Winner', who is chosen at random from ALL eligible entries of the challenge. This winner will receive the Blog Challenge prize, which this month is.....






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! 
 We have had to exclude a few entries recently that have more than one project in a blog post. Remember, we only want to see ONE project, not a set or a group, no matter how similar!


We hope that wonderful prize may tempt you to enter!


Our wonderful Design Team have created some truly wonderful art to inspire us, which we'll be sharing both in this post, and in our Inspiration post next week! Sit down, grab a cuppa and enjoy! 






















WOW! Wonderful work from our DT :)
So.... do you fancy having a go? Have a quick check of the guidelines, then link up using the linking tool below. We can't wait to see all your wonderful creations! 

Friday, 28 June 2019

Take It Make it Challenge: June Winners!

Hello everyone!
We are thrilled to announce the winners of our June challenge!


As you all know, we have two winners to annouce today, so without further ado let me introduce you to our Design Winner:

Entry number 3: Gerrina





We loved this wonderful card by Gerrina. Wonderful composition, and the touches of colour are gorgeous! Gerrina 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 Gerrina!

We also have the remaining top slots to announce!
The rest of the top three Design Winners are:

Entry number 2: Chris
Entry number 69: Trina




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....







Congratulations to....





I'm sure you've love the prize Jane! 


Winners, you need to need to get in touch with me in order to claim your prize!  Please email me at: editor.cs@mytimemedia.com , 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 July challenge will be launched on the first Friday of July, the 5th.
We can't wait to see all the wonderful art you will all be sharing!

Friday, 21 June 2019

Take It Make It Challenge: Winner's Profile

Hello!
Welcome to our Winners Profile, showcasing the Design Winner of last month's Take It Make It challenge!
The very talented winner of the May 2019 challenge is:

Karen Brown


Karen won the challenge with this beautiful card. We loved the fun and quirky giraffe image, such fabulous colours!







We asked Karen 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 about 2 ½ years ago.  I thought it would be fun to handcraft thank you notes for Christmas so I invited some family members over for an afternoon of cardmaking. My intention was to make a few thank you cards….but I never stopped stamping and creating! 


Q: What are your favourite kind of stamps, and do you have a favourite stamp company?
A: I purchase stamps that speak to me in some way.  I usually see a stamp set and just know I need it for my cardmaking.  I think animal stamps, especially dogs and giraffes, and floral stamps are my favorite.  I have stamps from a wide variety of big and small companies, but I would say my most used stamps come from Hero Arts, Altenew, Create-A-Smile and Sunny Studio


Q: Describe your style, are you a 'messy' kind of stamper or do you have more of a clean and simple style?
A: When I look at a collection of my cards I always feel I do not have a “look” or style of cardmaking.  I do like mixing things up, trying new techniques and using bright bold colors


Q: What kind of projects do you like creating the most?
A: I think I enjoy making scene cards the most.  I like to come up with the idea for a vignette and then bring it to life.


Q: Apart from stamps, what is the one product you wouldn't be without when you craft?
A: My Sweet Petunia Misti. I have the original size and the mini. For most projects, I like to know I can double stamp if I need to.




We also asked Karen 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:



"My husband loves humorous cards with die-cut animals so I wanted to incorporate both into the Valentine I crafted for him.  I came up with the idea of two dogs trying to get together in a florist shop.  I love how one dog is peering out over the window sill as the other dog is using a crate to try and climb inside" - Karen 




 



"My husband and I enjoy “latte time” in our backyard so I came up with the idea of creating a little scene I call Coffee in the Garden.  I think my card captured that idyllic feeling." - Karen




Congraulations on being our May Design Winner Karen, 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!