Friday 21 December 2018

Take It Make It Challenge: December Winners!

Hello everyone!
We are thrilled to announce the winners of our December challenge!

As you all know, we have two winners to annouce today, so without further ado let me introduce you to our Design Winner:

Entry number 1: Gwendolyn

We loved this gorgeous card by Gwendolyn! Wonderful images and coloured perfectly, we loved it! Gwendolyn will win a Guest Designer slot here on the blog, her very own Winner's Profile, and of course her amazing art will be featured in a two page spread in Craft Stamper magazine! Congratulations Gwendolyn!

We also have the remaining top slots to announce!
The rest of the top three Design Winners are:

Congratulations, it was such a hard choice this month!

We now need to share the random winner of our challenge. This winner will receive the amazing prize on offer....

Congratulations to....

I'm sure you've love the prize Shona :)

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 January challenge will be launchedon the first Friday of the new year, January 4th.
We can't wait to see all the wonderful art you will all be sharing!

All the Craft Stamper team would like to thank all you amazing crafters who have joined in with the challenges this year! We have LOVED looking at all the wonderful designs!
See you all next year!

Thursday 20 December 2018

Take It Make It Challenge: Winner's Profile

Welcome to our Winners Profile, showcasing the Design Winner of last month's Take It Make It challenge!
The very talented winner of the November 2018 challenge is:

Maria Fischer

Maria won the challenge with this amazing card. We loved the bright, bold flower design, the colours just pop right off the page. Stunning!

We asked Maria a few questions 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 still laugh when I think about this. I bought a pad of patterned paper and a circle punch to make invitations 
for my hubby’s birthday. When I googled the paper brand, I found myself (hours later) lost in the internet world 
of stamps and inks and dies – oh my. That was ten years ago. I thought I’d scrapbook for my kids, but that didn’t 
happen. The 12x12 format overwhelmed me. When I discovered cards I found my niche.

Q: What are your favourite kind of stamps, and do you have a favourite stamp company?
A: I love clear stamps. I’m drawn to nature and graphic images and sentiment stamps. A few companies whose 
designs I really enjoy are Flora and Fauna, Essentials by Ellen and STAMPlorations.

Q: Describe your style, are you a 'messy' kind of stamper or do you have more of a clean and simple style?
A: My craft room (which is also my laundry room) is always a mess if that tells you anything. And I’ve learned all 
the tricks for covering up a smudge on a project – sequins, enamel dots, washi ;) As far as card design goes I 
tend more toward clean and simple.

Q: What kind of projects do you like creating the most?
A: Cards are my favorite. I really like to make cards so I can tailor my design to the recipient. I actually manage 
to send quite a few too! I also enjoy making sets of cards or tags as gifts. I’ve dabbled a bit in art journals and 
hope to do more next year.

Q: Apart from stamps, what is the one product you wouldn't be without when you craft?
A: My MISTI takes the pole position, my dispensing syringe for multi matte medium a close second and my 
Tweezer Bee and adhesive eraser vie for third.

We also asked Maria to share some of her favourite stamped creations with us, and tell us why she likes them so much. Here is what she has chosen:

"Artsy - Birthday Girl
I had such fun with the techniques – ink smooshing, emboss resist, random stamping. 
And washi is always good!" -Maria

"Clean - Oops
I love extreme CAS cards and love it when I manage to make a good one. I certainly did not intend this, but 
this punny belated birthday card even gives me a magical unicorn vibe! 
Can you see it?" -Maria

"Somewhere in between – Grateful
While we’re talking unicorns… actually it’s rainbows that I love and I loved designing with rainbow colors 
on this card" - Maria

Congraulations on being our November Design Winner Maria, 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!

Tuesday 18 December 2018

Art Call: Ready Set Stamp

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 April 2019 issue of Craft Stamper. If you've always wanted to see YOUR card in print, now is your chance!

For 2019 we're giving you FIVE colour options to play with! Don't forget, black, white and any metallics are always welcome no matter the colour scheme. 

Colours: Deepest Purple, Violet, Pansy Purple, Lilac, Moonlight Blue

Deadline for submission: 15th January 2019

· 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.  
  • Any stamps used MUST be branded. Please do not use stamps sold without designer/manufacturer information on the original packaging.
  •  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 14 December 2018

Take It Make It December Challenge: Inspiration

Our December 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 :)

The amazing prize on offer this month for the randomly chosen winner is..... (drum roll please..........) 

Our Design team have created some more stunning stamped art for you to look at, we hope it inspires you to enter the challenge!

Winner of the October Challenge: Karen Dunbrook





Amazing inspiration from the DT!
Don't forget this month's challenge is a week shorter than usual as Christmas is fast approaching, so you only have until next Wednesday to enter!
The link up tool to enter the challenge can be found on last Friday's post HERE!

Friday 7 December 2018

Take It Make It Challenge: December

Welcome to the Craft Stamper December Take it Make It Challenge!
TAKE a stamp, then MAKE something amazing!

All our challenges are stamping challenges, with an

Anything Goes!

theme. So, show us how unique you can be and create anything your imagination cares to dream up!
Share your cards, journal pages, layouts, 3D assemblage, planner pages, jewellery items... anything at all! If you have stamped somewhere on your project, then you're good to go!

We have two prizes on offer as always this month. One prize will go to our Design Winner. Our DT will look at all the eligible entries once the challenge has closed, and vote for their favourite 3 projects. The project with the most votes wins! The Design Winner of the challenge will have their project featured in Craft Stamper magazine, along with a profile and a GDT slot here on the blog. What a fab opportunity to get you and your art noticed!
The second winner will win the prize provided by our wonderful sponsor. This prize is chosen at random from all eligible entries of the challenge.

In order to be eligible to win either prize, the project submitted must abide by our challenge guidelines. These guidelines can be found under a tab at the top of the page, or to the right on our sidebar. PLEASE read before submitting, we would hate to have to declare a wonderful project ineligible!

The amazing prize on offer this month for the randomly chosen winner is..... (drum roll please..........) 

The randomly chosen winner of the November challenge will win:
3 stamp sets:Mini Hello, Floral Elements and Dream Big
1 stencil: Feeling Dotty
1 Die set: Floral Elements
All from Altenew!

  We hope the prize has inspired you to enter the challenge! We have some amazing eye candy from our Launch team to inspire you further!

Amy Almeida


Wonderful projects from the DT this week :)
So... fancy playing along? All you need to do is double check all the guidelines, then link up using the linking tool below. This challenge is open for a week less than usual - that pesky thing called Christmas gets in the way! So, don't leave it too late to enter!