Monday 26 February 2018

Our Amazing April Issue hits the shops this week!

Our Amazing April issue hits the shops this coming Friday! Subscibers will be receiving their copies any time soon!

It has been brought to our attention that a small number of UK subscribers have mistakenly been sent last months stamp instead of the quirky bird that should have been included. We would like to apologise sincerely for this error, and we are currently investigating to see how it could have happened. I am more than happy to send out a quirky bird stamp to those affected, so if you could contact me with your address on I can arrange this for you. I have a supply of stamps so can personally ensure this gets done. You know what they say, if you want something doing properly, do it yourself! I'm so sorry this has happened.

So.... our cover star this month is the super talented Chris Dark!

Our April issue seems to be full to bursting with projects I just want to have a go at… 
hopefully I’m not the only one!

Long time Craft Stamper team member Magda Polakow has just launched her own line of 
wonderfully quirky rubber stamps. I love them, and think you will too! Check out the fab 
project Magda has made for us on page 40. 

We are welcoming new Craft Stamper family members this month! We love the way Debbie
 von Grabler-Crozier uses inks, and we’re lucky enough this month to have a blending tutorial
 from the lady herself! Have a look on page 6, then have a go yourself! 

Julie Ann Lee is renowned for her amazing assemblage work, and if you have a look on page
 10 you will see why. This absolutely wonderful story book style canvas project simply blew us
 away! Combining amazing texture, along with her signature collaged icons, this piece is 
simply not to be missed.

In this issue, we also have some gorgeous altered matchboxes from Riikka Kovasin:

 Some beautiful cards by Chris Dark:

 and some amazing makes using tiny wooden houses in our 3D challenge gallery, like this 
stunner from Mark Gould:

 Lots for you all to experiment with, and don’t forget, I would love to see what you create! 
Email me, or share on our Facebook page!

So, where can you get your hands on a copy of the magazine?

For subscriptions, please go to:

For single print issues :

For digital issues, both subscriptions and single issues:

Have a wonderfully crafty month everyone!

Friday 23 February 2018

Take It Make It Challenge: February Winners!

Hello everyone!
We are so pleased to announce the winners of our February Challenge!

As you all know, we have two winners to announce today, so without further ado, let me introduce you to the Design Winner.....

Entry Number 49; Karen Dunbrook

We loved this wonderful card from Karen. The fabulous mixed media style layered design, used as the base of a CAS card is just genius!  Karen will win a Guest Designer slot here on the blog, her very own Winners Profile, and of course her amazing art will be featured in it's own 2 page spread in Craft Stamper magazine! Congrats!

We also have the remaining top slots to announce!

The remaining Top Four (we has a tie in the voting this month!) are:

Entry number 1: Sioux
Entry Number 47: Ksenija
Entry Number 71: Lehtipollo

Wonderful projects ladies!

We now need to share the randomly chosen winner with you all!
This winner will receive the prize offered by our sponsor this month:

 Darkroom Door designs, manufactures and distributes quality art rubber stamps and craft supplies suitable for art journals, card making, scrapbooking, mixed media and altered art. We love the fabulous range of stamps and the new stencils are wonderful! 
The prize to be won by our randomly chosen winner this month is this set of two stamp sheets, with matching stencils!

Congratulations to our winner:

Entry Number 68: Susan

      Congrats! I think you'll have a wonderful time  playing with your new goodies!

Winners, you need to need to get in touch with me in order to claim your prize!  Please email me at: , 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 March challenge will be launched next Friday, March 2nd.
We can't wait to see all the wonderful art you will all be sharing!

Friday 16 February 2018

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 January 2018 challenge is:

Cathy Roffey

Cathy won the challenge with this stunning ATC. We loved that stunning crackle! The gorgeous background is topped off with that wonderful blue butterfly image, we were stunned this is the first ever ATC that Cathy had made!

We asked Cathy 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 started stamping in the early 1990’s when my boys were young. I went to a stamp party with my sister and we were hooked! (I thought I’d save money by making my own cards!)

Q: What are your favourite kinds of stamps, and do you have a favourite stamp company?
A: I love butterfly stamps and have lots of them! They will all get used one day, although collecting them has become a bit of an obsession. No favourite company, I love them all!


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

A: My style is clean and simple, although I’m dabbling more in mixed media and messy techniques and using them in CAS cards. Maybe it should be clean and complicated!

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

A: Cards, although I have played around with paper flowers, that’s a lot of fun too.

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

A: My heat gun, use it on nearly every card as I love wet embossing.

We also asked Cathy 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:

“This card is one of my favourites as I love the sentiment and how the butterflies look like they’re fluttering!” - Cathy

“I was pleased with this design as the tissue paper and platinum embossing  made a great mixed media moon on such a CAS card” - Cathy

Congratulations on being our January Design Winner Cathy, 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!

Thursday 15 February 2018

Art Call: Ready Set Stamp gallery

Ready Set Stamp: Reader Submissions Wanted!

THANK YOU so much for all the fabulous cards submitted for our last art call, it was so hard to choose just a few to publish! We can now announce the next theme.....
We are looking for submissions for our Ready, Set, Stamp feature on the following theme for our June 2018 issue of Craft Stamper. If you've always wanted to see YOUR card in print, now is your chance!

Colours: Indigo Purple, Pale Turquoise, Sky Blue, Aqua

Deadline for submission: 13th March 2018

· Please email your submissions to:
· Please put 'Ready Set Stamp' followed by the theme in the subject line
· Please note that due to the number of submissions it's not possible to contact every entrant individually - if you have not heard from us within one week, your submission has not been successful. Please try again with a different card!


  •  Please make cards only for this gallery.
  • Please follow both the theme AND the colour scheme when creating your cards!
  • NEW work only please, we do not accept cards that have been published elsewhere (including online) before submission.  
  •  Stamps used MUST be available to buy currently, either from a UK stockist or a stockist with an international shipping policy that ships to the UK.
  • We do not accept cards ONLY created with digital imagery for this feature. Digital imagery is welcome, but  MUST be used in conjunction with rubber/polymer stamping to qualify.
  •  Cards which are selected need to be posted to the Craft Stamper offices in the UK. The cards will be returned, along with a complimentary issue of the magazine.
  • This call IS open internationally.
  • Note that we do choose artwork as it arrives, so please don't wait until the last minute to submit if your cards are ready.
  •  Black, white and metallics can be added to any of the schemes. The ideas given are simply that, ideas, and do not have to be followed to the letter!
  • Text for this article is required (don't worry - it is short!) and should be entered into the document provided – this will be sent to you if you are selected.
We can't wait to see your fabulous creations!  

Friday 9 February 2018

Take It Make It February challenge: Inspiration

Our February challenge is well under way, we love all the entries we've seen so far, and can't wait to see more!
As it's the second Friday of the month, we're back with some more amazing eye candy from our DT, hopefully something will inspire you to enter the challenge!

So... just a little reminder before we show you the projects!

 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 is the Sponsor Prize, and the winner of this 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 :)

Our amazing sponsor this month is:
 Darkroom Door designs, manufactures and distributes quality art rubber stamps and craft supplies suitable for art journals, card making, scrapbooking, mixed media and altered art. We love the fabulous range of stamps and the new stencils are wonderful! 
The prize to be won by our randomly chosen winner this month is this set of two stamp sheets, with matching stencils!

The possibilites are endless!
 We hope the prizes on offer have inspired you to take part... and here are some fabulous projects by our Inspiration DT to give you even MORE inspiration!


Amazing inspiration from the DT!
The link up tool to enter the challenge can be found on last Fridays post HERE!