Friday 18 September 2015

Take It Make It Challenge; Winners Profile

Welcome to our Winners Profile, showcasing the Design Winner of our last Blog Challenge!
The very talented Design Winner of our August 2015 challenge is

 Kim Makortoff

Kim won the challenge with this beautiful card. We thought the balloons were fabulous, so bright and vibrant! We loved it!

We asked Kim a few questions all 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’ve been stamping for just over 15 years.  I was first introduced to stamping by a friend in University.  I have always been drawn to arts and crafts which is why I was majoring in Fine Arts.  When my friend showed me her cards and how she made them I was instantly hooked!

Q: What are your favourite kinds of stamps, and do you have a favourite stamp company?
A: In terms of actual stamp material I love the clear photopolymer stamps best.  I like being able to see where I’m stamping and they are usually less expensive.  But when talking about actual images, I love sketchy, artsy stamps.  I’m attracted to all kinds of different images, whether it’s floral or cute animals, grunge or clean graphics.  As for a favourite stamp company, there’s no way I could just pick one!  So, I’ll name a few of my top favs instead.  STAMPlorations, Hero Arts, Clearly Besotted and Penny Black.

Q: Describe your style, are you a messy kind of stamper or a more ‘clean and simple’ kind of person?
A: It took me quite a while to discover what my style was.  I would say that I’ve only had a style for about 3 years.  Before, I was all over the place.  Now, I’m definitely clean and simple (although the state of my craft area would disagree!  LOL).  However, I like to challenge myself and I’ll often try something new just for fun.  When I deviate from the CAS style I often like to play around with what I like to call collage stamping.  This is just a layering of stamp images, sponging and/or splattering.

Q:What kind of projects do you like creating the most?
A: While I have made 3 dimensional crafts (ie: jewellery box, shelf) using stamps and have dabbled in scrapbooking, my true passion is for creating cards.  I haven’t given anyone a store-bought card for over 10 years!  My all time favourite cards to make are Christmas cards and I’m one of those crazy people that make them all year round.

Q: Apart from stamps, what is the one product you wouldn’t be without when you craft?
A:  That’s a tough one.  I could say my Fiskars rotary paper cutter because really it’s been invaluable and has lasted for years but more recently I would have to say it’s the Tim Holtz Distress inks.  I have really only started using them in the past year or so and I’m slowly getting a nice collection of colours.  These inks are amazing!  You can simply stamp with them, or spray water on them to get cool blending effects, or use them like watercolours.  I just love them!

We also asked Kim to show us a couple of her favourite stamped creations,  and share why she likes them so much. Here are the gorgeous projects she has chosen:

"I think that this card really epitomizes my CAS style.  It is simple yet effective.  I love to add little bits of embellishments that can make a card special.  It was quite well received too and, to date, it’s the most visited post on my blog" - Kim

"This is a good example of what I mean by collage stamping.  It was one of the first times I dabbled in this style and I loved how it turned out.  There are layers of, at least, four stamps, sponging, splatters and coloring" - Kim

Congratulations on being our August Design Winner Kim , and 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!

Our current challenge 'Take A Stamp" is still open for a little while! All the details can be found HERE.

See you next Friday for the announcement of our September Winners! 


  1. Fab card a well deserved win. Congratulations Kim

  2. Thanks so much, Craft Stamper team! Such a thrill to see this profile here! :-)

  3. she is an amazing the cards.
    Congrats Kim!

  4. Kim is a very talented artist and a lovely person, too! Congrats on the Feature!

  5. Fabulous card, many congratulations on your well deserved win :)

  6. Yay, you go, Kim! Congrats on her well- deserved feature!

  7. Congrats Kim and great to know more about you x

  8. Loving the CAS style Kim. Congratulations.