Friday 15 July 2016

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 June 2016 challenge is

Avril Bailey

Avril won the challenge with this amazing card! We loved thewonderful layering effect of the flowers, and we thought the elegant colour scheme was fabulous!

 We asked  Avril 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 have been stamping for about 7 years. It started when a friend asked me to go to a card class, reluctantly I said 'yes'! I didn't think rubber stamping was my thing – how wrong could I be!

Q: What are your favourite kinds of stamps, and do you have a favourite stamp company?

A: I have a wide variety of stamps and I do love Vintage.  I have more Tim Holtz and Artistic Outpost stamps, so I think they must be my favourite!


Q: Describe your style, are you a messy kind of stamper or a more ‘clean and simple’ kind of person?

A: I'm definitely a messy kind of stamper and love messing about with backgrounds and inks.

Q:What kind of projects do you like creating the most?

A: I do tend to veer towards Vintage and Feminine, but I do like to try different styles as it's easy to get into a comfort zone and not explore different possibilities.

Q: Apart from stamps, what is the one product you wouldn’t be without when you craft?

A: If it was only one product I couldn't do without inks, but stencils come a very close second.

We also asked Avril 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 needed a card for a friend who loves red, so the Tim Holtz Runway Girls were perfect for this card.  I stamped and masked the central figure before stamping the other images. The background was made with Brushos and I randomly stamped elements from Tim Holtz's Correspondence set and texture paste through a stencil.  To keep the tones of red, I used the Brushos and the thickener to paint the dresses" - Avril

"I've used  stamps from Artistic Outpost for the image, which I masked before adding the background image with second generation stamping.  Another image was cut apart to fit the film strip.  The background was texture paste and paint.  I love adding flowers to projects and this time I've used the Tiny tattered floral die" - Avril

 Congratulations Avril on being our June Design Winner, 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 : ANYTHING GOES" is open for another 10 days or so! Don't forget the fabulous prize, a big bundle of MDF substrates from Calico Craft Parts.
  All the details can be found HERE.

  As July has 5 weeks, next Friday's post will be a special one, featuring some amazing unseen details from a magazine project! See you then!


  1. Well done Avril x x

    Warm crafty hugs from Shirl x x x

  2. Huge congrats Avril, so well deserved with that beautiful card xxx

  3. Avril, your card is a real stunner, gorgeous colours and fantastic design!

  4. Fabulous to see Avril here - magnificent card which I loved at the time, and great to see it showcased.
    Alison x

  5. One of my all time favourite makes from Avril!! Well done and so well deserved!! Love the other ones too, big congrats!! xxx

  6. Congrats, Avril. You are indeed an inspiration to us all!

  7. congrats on your well deserved win! Stunning cards!

  8. Three fabulous cards, I love them all!! Congrats to you Avril, and it was lovely to read more about you xx