Friday 7 March 2014

Introducing The New Take It Make It Challenge!

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

The brand new March Challenge!

Yes, we're going monthly as from today! Every month will see a new challenge, which means a new technique to get your teeth into, a new set of prizes to be won, and lots and lots of wonderful eye candy from the DT to look at!

What Can You Win?

For the March challenge,we are delighted to be sponsored by PaperArtsy!

PaperArtsy are a wonderfully innovative company, selling all things altered art! Paints, substrates and of course their very wide and varied range of rubber stamps. The prize we have on offer is a set of limited edition paints  by Jo Firth Young, designed especially to complement her hugely successful stamp range!
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 Limited Edition paint set, 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.
Trish Latimer has a great messy painty project in the April issue, showcasing a quick and easy printing technique using paint and an acrylic block So, we would love to see your creations using  
Monoprinting with an acrylic block! 
Your project can be anything at all, card, layout, 3D item etc, any theme or colour, AS LONG AS YOU HAVE USED THE MONOPRINTING WTH AN ACRYLIC BLOCK TECHNIQUE ON THERE SOMEWHERE! 
Your print can be used as a background, or you could cut it up and use it in a different way! Don't forget, we also MUST have stamping on each entry as well, this is a Craft Stamper challenge after all!

Not only are we launching the monthly challenge today, we are also launching our brand new........
 Take it, Make It Design Team!
Along with the regular Craft Stamper DT, our new teamies have created some fabulous eye candy using the printing 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! 

From the April 2014 issue: Trish Latimer 
                                                                  Elizabeth Robinson

                                                                       Georgina Ford
                                                                      Nikki Killinger
                                                                     Renee Zarate
                                                                    Riikka Kovasin
                                                                   Shirley Bampton
                                                                     Tracy Easson
WOW... now THAT'S what I call Design Team inspiration! 

 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 March 7th 2014 -  midnight Wednesday March 26th 2014
  • Winner to be announced in a blog post here: 9am Friday March 28th 2014
  • All entries must feature the monoprinting with an acrylic block technique.
  • All entries must contain 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 in the relevant box when uploading your entry). When judging many entries, the DT do not have time to 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 fine, as long as each piece is original and fulfills all the entry requirements.
  • Entries can be combined with other blog challenges
  • A link back to the Craft Stamper Blog must be included in your blog post.
  • The April 2014 challenge will be announced here on Friday April 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.


  1. Great work everyone! What a lovely variety of looks from one technique.

  2. Oh my!! What fabulous inspiration from such a talented line up. There is definitely something here for everyone's tastes and the standard is so high. Jenny x

  3. Wow beautiful creations all round
    I follow Tracys blog but wanted to check out all the DT so glad I did lots of inspiration for everyone looking forward to seeing next month's already. I love my craft stamper magazine need my monthly fix lol x

  4. This is such a great technique and every single artist has something different to add for loads of new inspiration! Excellent artistry by everyone!

  5. Woohoo...congrats everyone, great inspiration and ideas! I love the freshness of each piece!!!
    Dot x

  6. WOW!!! Fabulous inspiration here!!! :) Thanks for the new challenge, not sure I will have enough time to have a go on it this time, but great technique anyway! Coco x

  7. Stunning & beautiful work from everyone. Now, if only someone would only give me an extra few days a week, I might find the time to enter.......

  8. Fantastic technique Trish, & wonderful inspiration from the team! I couldn't wait to try this! Got very messy indeed, just my cup of tea! Lol!
    Alison xxx

  9. Ohh fabulous inspiration from the DT :) I shall get messy and join in x

  10. Still time to enter, over a day left, we'd love some last minute entries. The standard this month is amazing, all your work is beautiful.
    Nikki K. x

  11. Had great fun with the first challenge just linked mine better late than never.... looking forward to challenge 2. Great challenge Trish and also fabulous DT inspiration.