Wednesday 27 February 2013

New Issue Out Friday!

The April 2013 issue is out on sale this Friday, 1st March.

Our cover project is a lovely altered bird box using Patina Spray, by Carol Fox. Plus get the lowdown on Stampendous Fran-tage, try a fantastically messy dip dying technique and transform seed pods into adorable little scenes. We also have a new feature this month called Just One Layer, which as the name suggests is about popular one layer cards. Enjoy!

Monday 11 February 2013

Hop Winners!

May I have a drum roll purlease..... And the winner of the bumper, mega selection of awesome sponsor prizes (according to random number thingie) is.....

Wait for it....

Carol Gilfoy!
Carol please get in touch with your address so we can post out some lovely things!


For the Spot Prizes the individual bloggers will be drawing winners. This should happen early this week and I will update this post accordingly. Check the blogs to see if you've won!

Stampotique Originals - $30 gift certificate
WINNER: Elaine,

myStampBox – butterfly stamp set

Tando Creative- £20 worth of Tando products of your choice
WINNER = Helen at
PaperArtsy – JOFY stamp set
WINNER: MaisieMoonshine!!

Craft Stamper Create with Paint DVD and painty goodies
WINNER: Karen at

WOW embossing and Scrapbook Adhesives goodies!
WINNER: Ann Jobes

(Spot prize winners please contact the blog owner to claim your goodies!)

Thank you again to all our designers, the sponsors and all the readers who took part. If you didn't win you could always try your hand at our new challenge (see post below).

Friday 8 February 2013

NEW! Take It, Make It Blog Challenge!

Hello everyone!
Welcome to the first Take It, Make It challenge!

You TAKE the specified technique and MAKE something of your own using it!

So now, its over to you...we want to see YOUR art......

What Can You Win?
For our first challenge, we are delighted to be sponsored by Indigo Blu
Creators of fabulous deep etched rubber stamps, Indigo Blu have provided one of the prizes for the challenge.... this beautiful image:

PLUS: The Design Team will have a look at all your gorgeous work, and choose their winner..... who will get published in Craft Stamper magazine! Yep, your winning entry will appear in the UK's number one stamping magazine! We'll have an 'I was a winner' blinkie to grab too!

Now for the Challenge details!
We want to see how you lovely lot tackle a technique showcased in Craft Stamper magazine, and this challenge will concentrate on the Faux Airbrushing technique, demonstrated so beautifully by Joanne Allison on pages 62 and 63 of the March 2013 issue. Don't panic if you haven't got hold of this issue yet, the challenge lasts for nearly TWO whole months, so you have plenty of time to grab a copy, get inspired and enter!

We would love to see your creations using this technique......your project can be anything at all, card, layout, 3D item etc, any theme or colour, AS LONG AS THERE IS FAUX AIRBRUSHING ON THERE SOMEWHERE! Oh, and stamping too, this is a Craft Stamper challenge after all!

To give you a little inspiration, some of the Craft Stamper Design Team have come up with some rather fabulous projects to share... (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 Mr Linky tool at the end of the post! Can't wait to see what you create!

Love Trish xxx

Guidelines for Craft Stamper Take It, Make It Challenge
  • Entry dates: Friday February 8th 2013 -  midnight Friday April 5th 2013
  • Winner to be announced in a blog post here: Monday April 8th 2013 
  • All entries must feature the Faux Airbrushing technique AND stamping. No digi stamps please, unless combined with actual stamping.
  • 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).
  • No backlinking, new work only please.
  • Entry is welcome from anywhere in the world.
  • Multiple entry is fine, as long as each piece is original and fulfills all the entry requirements.
  • Entries can be combined with other blog challenges, as long as a link back to the Craft Stamper challenge is included in your blog post.
  • The second challenge will be announced here on Friday April 12th 2013.
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 7 February 2013

FREE tutorial with Carol Fox

Our last bonus tutorial this week is from the lovely Carol Fox.

Carol is fairly new to the team but she has already settled in nicely. I love how each piece she makes is a journey and tells a story of some kind - she is a very imaginative and thoughtful crafter.

Leave Carol a comment and you could win her art to hang in your craft space - how cool is that?

Make sure you come back tomorrow for the start of Trish's new challenge! It's going to be fun!

Tuesday 5 February 2013

FREE tutorial with Hels - plus candy!

Make your way over to Hels' blog this morning where you can learn how to make this little beauty!

Hels has been working with the magazine for a while now and she is one of our most popular contributors, being a dab hand at teaching fabulous techniques.

Hels has very generous put together a little candy mountain that you can win! Isn't she just lovely?


Monday 4 February 2013

FREE tutorial with Kim Dellow

One of the newest recruits to our team is the amazingly talented Kim Dellow. Kim loves to experiment with products and seems to be able to turn her hand to all sorts of different styles of crafting. Today she has kindly created a free tutorial for all the CS readers over on her blog.


Friday 1 February 2013

Blog Hop!!!!

Spring in your step? Get ready to Hop ‘til you Drop!

Welcome to the Craft Stamper Blog Hop!

What’s the Hop about?
In a blog hop you simply ‘hop’ from one blog to another, following the links until you come full circle back to the host blog (in this case us!). Our theme is Looking Back and we’ve asked our Design Team to create a post based around a crafting memory from 2012 that’s important to them. On each blog you’ll find a new post with insights and inspiration from our talented international team.

Why should I play along?
Each blog post will have loads of stamping inspiration from the talented team behind Craft Stamper magazine – completely FREE! There will be tips, tutorials and inspiring makes to be found all along the hop route.
AND you can win loads of awesome prizes! A big bumper prize will go to one person drawn from the entrants (see below). There are also spot prizes along the way – leave a comment on the host’s blog for a chance to win these.

How to Play:
Visit each of the blogs in turn – each blog contains a link to the next. Collect a letter on each blog, to make a phrase. Email the phrase to by midnight on Friday 8th February 2013 to be in with a chance to win our bumper prize of goodies! We've given you a whole week to enter so there is a plenty of time for everyone to get involved.

Some blogs have bonus Spot Prizes – where you see a spot prize leave a comment for the blog host and a winner for the Spot Prize will be picked from all the comments on that particular blog.
Please leave all the DT members some love if you can – they’ve put in a lot of hard work to put this hop together!

The first stop on your hop is:

Christine Dark
From there simply follow the links all the way around the hop until you get back here! There are 15 stops on the hop.

If you get lost on the way, below is the running order for the whole hop:

Sara Naumann

Finally thanks again to our fantastic sponsors:

ALL these goodies go to the winner of the email prize draw!

Crafty Individuals –Alice Palace stamps

Artistic Stamper – £15 worth of Artistic Stamper stamps of choice plus Kling-On mounting foam 

Darkroom Door – stamp set

A Sprinkle of Imagination – Donna Downey Stamp

Visible Image – two lovely stamps

IndigoBlu – 4x A6 stamps

Merly Impressions - £12 gift voucher

That’s Crafty – Tim Holtz Stamps

The Stamp Attic - selection of stamps, pens and a journal

The Craft Barn – £20 voucher

Artist Trading Post – Lynne Perella stamps

PaperArtsy - gorgeous JOFY stamps

Find these hidden along the hop and leave a comment for your chance to win!
Stampotique Originals - $30 gift certificate
myStampBox – butterfly stamp set
Tando Creative- £20 worth of Tando products of your choice
PaperArtsy – JOFY stamp set

Craft Stamper Create with Paint DVD

WOW embossing and Scrapbook Adhesives goodies!

That's it - have fun!!! And keep an eye out for more events between now and next Friday AND Flash Giveaways on our blog!