Friday 30 August 2019

Take It Make It Challenge: August Winners!

Hello everyone!
We are thrilled to announce the winners of our August 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 87: Ann

We loved this wonderful card by Ann. The bright greens are just wonderful, and we think the monochrome stamped image sets this off perfectly. Ann 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 Ann!

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

Entry number 13: Dot
Entry number 91: Gerrina

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....

Entry number 54: Gwendolyn

I'm sure you've love the prize Gwendolyn

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 September challenge will be launched on the first Friday of September, the 6th.
We can't wait to see all the wonderful art you will all be sharing!

Friday 23 August 2019

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 December 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:Silver Grey, Ice Blue, Deep Burgundy, Pale Navy, Steel Blue

Deadline for submission: 17th September 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 16 August 2019

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 July 2019 challenge is:

Maria Fischer

Maria won the challenge with this beautiful card. We loved the elegant pastel rainbow colour palette, and the sentiment is fabulous!

We asked Maria a few questions about stamping (well, we are Craft Stamper after all!)

Q: Do you think your stamping/mixed media style has changed since you began stamping, and if so, how?
A: My favourite cards to make (when they turn out well!) are CAS. I've definitely gotten better over time. By practice, and also by observing the many talented designers out there. The trick, as we all know, is 'less is more'. It's just getting the right amount of 'less' that's so difficult!

Q: Do you have a 'go-to' technique that you love to use?
A: Heat embossing never ceases to amaze me! I love it most in white, on a snippet of black cardstock for a sentiment. And who doesn't love ink blending?

Q: Do you have a favourite colour combo?
A: I do love me some rainbow colours, paired with lots of white space and a big black sentiment!

Q: Inks or paints? Or both?!
A: Inks!

Q: Can you remember the first stamp you ever bought? And do you still use it?
A: I have a wonderful old Inkadinkado stamp with vines and bird silhouettes. It's my go to for sympathy cards.

We also asked Maria to share a favourite stamped creation with us, and tell us why she likes it so much. Here is what she has chosen:

"This was a fun ink blending project. Something I did a bit differently! I blended over the masks of the silhouettes, and then I removed the masks and added black ink through the original STAMPlorations silhouette stencil" - Maria

Congratulations on being our July 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!

Friday 9 August 2019

Take It Make It August Challenge: Inspiration

Our August Take It Make It challenge is well underway... some stunning entries so far, we can't wait to see what else you lovely lot can dream up!

As ever, we have another wonderful selection of inspiration eye candy from our Design Team to share today..... but first a little reminder...

 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  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..........) 

 So... brace yourself for some amazing art....

STUNNING work :) 
We really hope you've been inspired to enter the challenge! You can find the link up tool on our blog post from last week right HERE! 

Sunday 4 August 2019

Blog Exclusive: Julie Owens

Good Morning!
The super talented designer of the Craft Stamper September covermount stamp is Julie Owens!
She designed this amazing face for all of you to use in your art projects:

Designed specifically without a jawline or hair, this image becomes very versatile! Adding in different face shapes or hair styles will result in multiple looks from the one design, such a great idea.
Julie shares four different projects in the September issue of the magazine, one of which is this vibrant tag:

The tag is one of a series of three, and we're sharing the other two today!
We love them, and hope you do too :)

I know I love playing aroung creating all kinds of weird and wonderful hairstyles for my art projects (and some sensible ones too sometines!), so I can't wait to see what you all come up with!

Thanks so much Julie, the design is wonderful!

Saturday 3 August 2019

Blog Exclusive: Flo Langley for Crafty Individuals

Good Morning!
Have you seen the stunning feature by the Crafty Individuals designers in the September issue of Craft Stamper magazine?
A wonderful selection of Seaside themed projects, all featuring the fabulous Crafty Individuals stamped images!
One of the projects is a gorgeous concertina book created by the talented Flo Langley:

As we are limited by space in the magazine, we weren't able to share the inside pages of the book in the September issue. However, we can rectify that right now!
The book opens to showcase some stunning stamped collage....

How beautiful are they? :)
All stamps Flo has used are designed and made by Crafty Individuals, check them out HERE!

Have a great weekend everyone!

Friday 2 August 2019

Take It Make It Challenge: August

Welcome to the August Take It Make It Challenge!
Take a stamp and Make something amazing!

All our challenges are stamping challenges, 
with an Anything Goes theme.

That means you can create whatever your imaginations dreams up, as long as you have used a hand stamped image on your creation somewhere!
We would love to see cards, art journal pages, tags, ATC's, AT Coins, canvas, 3D projects, layouts, planner pages etc etc. The list is endlesss, basically anything you love to create!
Any themes, any colours and styles, and you may use any kind of products and brands that you wish.

As ever, we have TWO winners each month. Firstly, we have a 'Design Winner'. This winner is chosen by our design team, who vote for their top three favourite projects from all eligible entries. Whichever design gets the most votes is declared the Design Winner.
The Design Winner of the challenge will be featured across a double page spread in Craft Stamper Magazine, and will also receive a Winner's Profile feature on the blog, as well as a Guest Designer slot for a future challenge. This is such a nice way of getting you and your art noticed!

Our second winner is our 'Random Winner', who is chosen at random from ALL eligible entries of the challenge. This winner will receive the Blog Challenge prize, which this month is.....

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! 
 We have had to exclude a few entries recently that have more than one project in a blog post. Remember, we only want to see ONE project, not a set or a group, no matter how similar!

We hope that wonderful prize may tempt you to enter!

Our wonderful Design Team have created some truly wonderful art to inspire us, which we'll be sharing both in this post, and in our Inspiration post next week! Sit down, grab a cuppa and enjoy! 

WOW! Wonderful work from our DT :)
So.... do you fancy having a go? Have a quick check of the guidelines, then link up using the linking tool below. We can't wait to see all your wonderful creations!