Thursday, 20 February 2020

Stamp Your Art Out: Blossom Prompt #1

Good morning!
We launched the latest Art Call for the Craft Stamper Stamp Your Art Out feature on the blog yesterday..... So here we are today with some inspiration for you, perhaps a bit of eye candy to prompt you to get creating?

The theme this time?


Of course, a blossom is a flower, so let's think all things floral! We can go for a single bloom, Kim Dellow created this fabulous art work for our November issue back in 2017:

There is always the option of multiple flowers, the more the merrier! Tracy Evans created a tumbling fall of blossom for our April 2019 issue:

Blossom can be created from other things too, and used to adorn your stamped art work. This would fit perfectly with our theme! Why not create blooms from tissue, as Anna-Karin Evaldsson did in our February 2017 issue:

Emilia Sieradzan created some AMAZING flowers from foamarian in our October 2017 issue:

Of course, you don't have to make the blossom yourself, there are many ready made flowers out there too. Add these to a piece of stamped art to join in with the theme this month, perhaps these wonderful decorations by Lynne Moncrieff (March 20170 issue) will inspire you?

Then of course there is flower SHAPED art! This will also fit in with our blossom theme! This fabulous piece created using flower shaped frames was created by Sam Read for our July 2017 issue:

I think we should end this first prompt post with a classic... just beautifully coloured, delicate, elegant blossom! This card was created by Anna-Karin Evaldsson for our October 2017 issue:

Well? Have we inspired you?! I think I've inspired myself :)
To submit a piece of stamped art for the Art Call, please hop on over to our post yesterday for all the details!
We'll be back next WEDNESDAY with another Blossom inspired prompt post!

Wednesday, 19 February 2020

Art Call: Stamp Your Art Out

Good Morning!

Today we're launching our latest Art Call:

Stamp Your Art Out!

Readers are invited to submit ANY type of stamped art for this art call, not just cards.
Create something you love with our chosen theme in mind, with no colour restrictions whatsoever!
We will be sharing some prompts for each art call, some eye candy from our Craft Stamper team, plus some ideas on how to get you started off with each theme.This month, check back here TOMORROW for some fabulous BLOSSOM inspired creations!

We are also publishing the themes for the next couple of issues on the Art Call page here (click the tab at the top) Please enter any call that takes your fancy, but PLEASE remember to put the issue and theme in the subject heading of your submission, that way we don't get all confused!

So....What are you waiting for?!
Check out the submission guidelines below, then send us a pic of your submission. We can't wait to see and share your art with the readers of Craft Stamper magazine!

June 2020 issue theme: Blossom
Deadline for submissions: 17th March 2020

· Please email your submissions to:
· Please put 'Stamp Your Art Out' 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 project!

  • Any type of project is welcomed for this gallery. Bear in mind however, that if your project is chosen, you will need to post it to our UK office. Heavy items or very delicate items that might not like our postal system would be best avoided!
  • If submitting Art Journal pages, we prefer loose pages NOT an entire Art Journal to be posted to us, if your submission is chosen.
  • Please follow the theme when creating your project!
  • NEW work only please, we do not accept projects that have been published elsewhere (including online) before submission. 
  • All projects MUST feature stamped art work. 
  • 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 projects using digital imagery exclusively for this feature. Digital imagery is welcome, but  MUST be used in conjunction with rubber/polymer stamping to qualify.
  •  Projects which are selected need to be posted to the Craft Stamper offices in the UK. The projects 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 project is ready.
  • 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 February 2020

Take It Make It February Challenge: Inspiration

Our February 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.

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

Our Guest Designer this month:
Sari Aavamäki 

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!

Friday, 7 February 2020

Take It Make It Challenge: February

Welcome to the January Take It Make It stamping challenge!
Take a stamp and make something amazing!

All our challenges have an 
Anything Goes theme.

That means you can create whatever your imagination 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, ATC's, ATCoins, canvas, 3D projects, layouts, jewellery, planner pages etc etc. The list is endless, create something you love and then share it with us!
Any themes, any styles, any colours. You may use whatever brands and products you wish.

We have TWO winners each month. Firstly, we have our Design Winner. This winner is chosen by our design team, who vote for their top three favourites from all eliglible entries. Whichever design gets the most votes is declared the winner!
The Design Winner of the challenge will be featured across a double page spread in Craft Stamper magazine, will recieve a winner's profile post here on the blog, and will have a Guest Designer slot in an upcoming challenge. Such a nice way to get you and your art noticed!

The second winner is our randomly chosen winner. This winner is selected at random from all eligible entries, and wins the Blog Challenge prize. This month, the prize is.....

Suz Humphreys

LOVE the wonderful array of projects! Thank you Design Team :) 

So.... have a read of the guidelines, create something amazing and upload it so we all can see. Can't wait!

Unfortunately, we're having to exclude more and more entries from the challenge. PLEASE go and look at the full guidelines, but as a brief checklist, these are the important points to remember:
  • Entries MUST have stamping on them, stamping created with a polymer or rubber stamp.
  • Entries MUST only contain ONE project in the post. Not a set, not a group, not variations on a theme. Just ONE project.
  • Entries MUST mention Craft Stamper and link back to THIS POST.
  • Only THREE (separate, NOT in the same post ) entries per person in total please.
We will be sending out gentle reminders from now on, so please read everything in the guidelines before you upload. These can be found under the tab at the top, or on the sidebar to the right. Thank you.

Wednesday, 5 February 2020

Take It Make It Challenge: New DT announcement!

Good Morning!
As some of you will know, we have recently had a design team call for our Craft Stamper Take It Make It blog challenge...
The Craft Stamper team are thrilled to introduce you all to our 4 new DT members.....

Ann Chuang
Deepti Malik
Fiona Randall
Kelly Stallard

We would like everyone to join us in welcoming them to the team!

We had over 50 applications for this DT call, and I can honestly say, hand on heart, that the standard was like nothing I've ever seen before in a DT call. My team can testify to the fact that at one point I actually wished I hadn't made a call in the first place, simply because I knew I was going to have to turn down some exceptionally talented people, many of whom I would call friends. So, for those of you that were not chosen this time, PLEASE do not take it personally :) If we had space for a team of 50+, then I would have gladly accepted everyone, and everyone would have done an amazing job. Every single person that applied is a talented crafter, and I apologise that I couldn't invite all of you to the team. 

Our full team will be debuting with the March challenge, but don't forget to check back in on Friday for the launch of our February challenge, with some brand new Carabelle Studios stash as our prize for the random winner! See you then!

Trish xxx

Friday, 31 January 2020

Take It Make It Challenge: January Winners!

Hello everyone!
We are thrilled to announce the winners of our January 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 72: Autumn

We loved this wonderful project! The layers, the image, the colouring, just perfect! Autumn 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!

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....

Entry number 59: Fiona

I'm sure you've love the prize Fiona! 

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 launched next Friday, February 7th.
We can't wait to see all the wonderful art you will all be sharing!

Thursday, 30 January 2020

Stamp Your Art Out: Water Prompt #2

Good Morning!
We still have a way to go before the deadline for our Stamp Your Art Out Water themed art call (18th February), so we thought we'd bring you some more ideas, inspiration and, of course, wonderful eye candy!

Craft Stamper May 2020 issue Stamp Your Art Out: Water

Last week we talked about ways to interpret the theme literally, what kind of images do you own that are water themed? How about rainy images?
We love this one, Majo Wybranietz used it to wonderful effect in our April 2018 issue:

Then of course there are the myriad of watery ocean images, for example seahorses captured in an under the sea themed piece by Lisa Taggart (March 2018 issue)

It might not be images that are water themed, die cuts work too! The dripping tap on a modern steampunk piece was created by Helen Chilton for our March 2018 issue:

We also talked about how we would love to see creations made USING water. Ink sprays are a good example of this, the depth of colour achieved can be varied by the amount of water used. We love this piece Anna Emelia Howlett created for our June 2018 issue, full of bright vibrant colour:

Watercolour paints are another great way of getting water into your work. Riikka Kovasin shared a fabulous Masterclass on watercolour for our March 2019 issue, this project combines lots of great techniques:

Water can be used with many different kinds of products, including gel pens! Elizabeth Robinson introduced us to the idea of adding water to your gel pen mark making, creating fabulous watercolour effects:

Lastly (but by NO means leastly!), we have an inspirational project by Julie Ann Lee to share. Julie Ann is known for the storytelling in her work, and this is no exception. Her owl and the pussycat themed piece had her character sailing away (for a year and a day, obviously!) over wonderful waves, created using texture paste. Stunning!

So.... we've given you some ideas, I hope, so all you need to do now is get into that craft room and start making! All of the details on how to submit a project to this art call can be found here.

Friday, 24 January 2020

Take It Make It Blog 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 December 2019 challenge is:

Sari Aavamäki

Sari won the challenge with this amazing project. The simple yet stunning colour scheme, the evocative subject and the amazing way the light has been captured ... it's wonderful!

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

Do you think your stamping/mixed media style has changed since you began stamping, and if so, how?

Yes, very much so, I started with Magnolia stamps and design papers, ribbons, bows etc very cute stuff. Nowadays my crafting is more “adult” – maybe because my girls are almost adult, there is no childish stimulation around anymore.
Even though my style is not really CAS, I’m moving in that direction more and more. I also like to make MM pieces and ATCs, which I didn’t make at first.

Do you have a ‘go to’ technique that you love to use?

I love to use different techniques, I think my “go to” things are my Copics and my Inktense pens. Always enjoy colouring with them.

Do you have a favourite colour combo?

Not really, my fav colour is blue but I find myself using lots of colours that do not exist in my wardrobe when I craft, for example pink.

Inks or paints? Or both?!

Inks, paints, pens, pencils, markers, waterbased, alcoholbased
Love them all and use them all, LOL.

Can you remember the first stamp you ever bought…. And do you still use it?

I think it was a dancing Magnolia stamp, and I think I don’t have it anymore in my stash.

We also asked Sari to share favourite stamped creations with us, and to tell us why she likes them so much. Here are the works of art she has chosen:

"A bookmark tag I made for my teenage daughter, who really likes the seagulls (for some reason). Images and sentiments are from a “Create a Smile” stamp set. The ribbon is a re-cycled bracelet.  I laminated the tag with my laminator that I got as my X-mas present. My daughter was very happy with the bookmark and that made me so much more happy with it" - Sari

"This cat card, it is SO CAS it’s totally out of my comfort zone, but I love how it turned out, just a cardbase, black ink and a Katzelkraft stamp, the sentiment is in Finnish and means: for a friend" - Sari

Congratulations on being our December Design Winner Sari, 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!