Friday 28 February 2020

Take It Make It Challenge: February Winners!

Hello everyone!
We are thrilled to announce the winners of our February 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 82: Carole

We loved this wonderful project! That background is just stunning, and the floral imagery sets it off perfectly! Carole 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 79: Julie B

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

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 6th.
We can't wait to see all the wonderful art you will all be sharing!

Thursday 27 February 2020

Stamp Your Art Out: Blossom Prompt #2

We're back today with some more eye candy for you.... some inspirational stamped art work that might inspire you to submit a project for our current art call!


Last week we shared some ideas using floral images, the whole 'blossom' look. This week is no different! How about going big and bold?
This stunning ATC made by Tracy Scott for our October 2018 issue is gorgeous:

So bright and zingy! Another designer renowned for her bright and zingy floral designs is Jo Firth-Young. This absolute stunner from our March 2017 issue is just one example of the kind of art work her stamps can produce!

As well as going big and bold, using floral images to create texture is another way to create wonderful art work. Anneke De Clerck used pink wool to create this statement flower for our May 2017 issue:

Layering up the floral images also creates great texture, as this project by Ruth Mescall from the May 2018 issue shows:

Why not think about creating a floral or blossom themed make that is a little outside of the box? To be precise, not just out of the box but on a bottle! Riikka Kovasin created this trio of blossom adorned bottles for our April 2019 issue:

Of course, flowers are naturally a 3D item, so creating 3D items using a floral theme is an logical step to take! Sarah Anderson showed us how to make this stunning flower decoration in our April 2019 issue:

That AALL & Create Freestyle Flowers set is a very popular one!
As with last week, we're finishing up today with a classically beautiful card created with a blossom theme. Ingrid Vichova created this elegant alcohol inked card for our June 2018 issue. She created gorgeous flowers from vellum, providing a stunning focal point to her work:

We hope you've been inspired by the gorgeous work from our designers! To submit a project for the blossom theme, check out our post last week to see how you go about it!
We can't wait to see what you create!

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 THURSDAY 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