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!