Wednesday, 25 May 2016

Submissions wanted: Ready Set Stamp!

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

Colours: Lime, Light Turquoise, Periwinkle, Deep Purple


  Deadline for submission: 28th June 2016

· Please email your submissions to cs@traplet.com
· 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!

Guidelines:
· Please make cards only for this gallery.
 . Please do not use stamps that are discontinued for this article.
. We do not accept cards ONLY created with digital stamps for this feature. Digital stamps 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.
· 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.
· Cards will be returned at our expense, along with a complimentary copy of the magazine in which your card features. Note this can take approx. three months.
· Please follow both the theme AND the colour scheme when creating your cards. You can add black, white and metallics 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 look forward to seeing all of your beautiful designs!

Friday, 20 May 2016

Take It Make It Blog Challenge: Winners Profile

Hello!
Welcome to our Winners Profile, showcasing the Design Winner of our last Blog Challenge!
The very talented Design Winner of our April 2016 challenge is

Jan McGregor

Jan won the challenge with this amazing tag! We loved the immaculate stamping, the wonderfully shaded colouring of the flowers contrasts so well with the textured appearance of the background!





We asked Jan a few questions all 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 have been a stamper for many years. I started stamping after I found a small selection being sold at a craft fair back in 1987. I bought 3, wasn’t sure what I was going to do with them but I was soon hooked.  I still have them to this day.  As I can’t draw for toffee, stamps now feed my love to colour.

Q: What are your favourite kinds of stamps, and do you have a favourite stamp company?
A: My very favourite kind of stamps are floral, although I do like quirky too.  PaperArtsy JOFY stamps really appeal, but having said that I can’t resist the odd ‘cute’ one.
 
Q: Describe your style, are you a messy kind of stamper or a more ‘clean and simple’ kind of person?
A: Well I seem to have two styles, clean and simple for cards and distress/inky for Tags but in a CAS kind of way!

Q:What kind of projects do you like creating the most?
A: I have always enjoyed making cards, but I love creating tags as to me they are little works of art.

Q: Apart from stamps, what is the one product you wouldn’t be without when you craft?
A: I had to really think about this but the one product I couldn’t be without is very good quality cardstock.  Be it stamping card or coloured cardstock, because without it there would be no creating!

We also asked Jan to show us a couple of her favourite stamped creations,  and share why she likes them so much. Here are the gorgeous projects she has chosen:


"This is a card I made when I was asked by Darcy at PaperArtsy to join them for July 2014 using some of their products. As you can see I used JOFY stamps, again I was out of my comfort zone, as I had to come up with something in my clean and simple style.  I was very proud to be asked to be featured on their blog" - Jan




"This is a picture I created using favourite JOFY stamps.  It’s the first time I did anything as large as this and I stamped and white embossed and then painted with distress inks took me nearly a week to finish but I was so pleased with it and glad I made the effort as it took me out of my ‘small is best’ comfort zone" -Jan


 
Congratulations on being our April Design Winner Jan , and 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!



Our current challenge 'Take A Stamp: Anything Goes is open until the 25th of May, so still time to enter! Don't forget the fabulous prize of the Designs By Georgina stencils and stamps!
  All the details can be found HERE.



 See you back here next Friday, where we will be announcing the winner of the May challenge... Good Luck!

Friday, 13 May 2016

Take It Make It May Challenge: Inspiration

Hello!
Our current Take It Make It challenge is in full swing, with some amazing entries so far!
Just in case you need a little more inspiration, the DT have come up with some more amazing projects to share today :) First though, a bit of a reminder.....

The theme for this month is:
Anything Goes
(as long as you have stamped somewhere!)

 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. Your project can be any colour you want... as long as you've  stamped somewhere, 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.
We are proud to announce our sponsor this month is....
http://www.designsbygeorgina.co.uk/

 Designs by Georgina is run by Craft Stamper design team member Georgina Ford, and as you might expect, is full of amazing stamps, stencils and chipboard! So many wonderful designs, well worth a look!
The prize this month is a fabulous bundle of goodies:
3 stamp sets, and three stencils! The possibilities are endless.. )


As always, we will also have a Design Winner this month.
This winner is chosen by our DT, who all vote for their favourite design from all of the entries. This winner will have their winning project published in Craft Stamper Magazine, (with a 2 page spread of their very own!), they will have a GDT slot for an upcoming challenge, and will also feature in their very own Winners Profile blog post! 



I hope the prizes have given you all an incentive to win...... and how about some eye candy from the DT to give you some beautifully stamped inspiration! 

Guest Designer Willy Duit



Cheremane Smith






 
I hope you are all inspired to join in! The link up can be found in last Fridays blog post, HERE!
Have a lovely weekend!

Friday, 6 May 2016

Take It Make It Challenge: May

Hello!
Welcome to the Craft Stamper May Take It, Make It challenge!
Take the theme or technique, and then Make it your own :)

The theme for this month is:
Anything Goes!
(as long as you have used stamping somewhere on your creation!)

 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. Your project can be any colour you want... as long as you've followed the theme and stamped somewhere, 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.
We are proud to announce our sponsor this month is....

http://www.designsbygeorgina.co.uk/

 Designs by Georgina is run by Craft Stamper design team member Georgina Ford, and as you might expect, is full of amazing stamps, stencils and chipboard! So many wonderful designs, well worth a look!
The prize this month is a fabulous bundle of goodies:


3 stamp sets, and three stencils! The possibilities are endless.. )

As always, we will also have a Design Winner this month.
This winner is chosen by our DT, who all vote for their favourite design from all of the entries. This winner will have their winning project published in Craft Stamper Magazine, (with a 2 page spread of their very own!), they will have a GDT slot for an upcoming challenge, and will also feature in their very own Winners Profile blog post! 



I hope the prizes have given you all an incentive to win...... and how about some eye candy from the DT to give you some beautifully stamped inspiration! 

Cheremane Smith







Wow!
Amazing inspiration from the DT!
Fancy joining in with us this month? You have to be in it to win it, as they say :)
All you need to do is double check you are familiar with all the guidelines, then get linking up using the InLinkz tool below!


  We can't wait to see what you create!

Saturday, 30 April 2016

Giveaway Winner Announcement :)

Good Morning! 
We have a WINNER update for you!
Our huge Leonie Pujol/Sara Davies giveaway has now closed, and a winner has been chosen!
We combined the comments on our Facebook page with those on the blog post here, and chose a comment at random.... 



OLIVIA MARTIN

Congrats Olivia, please get in touch at cs@traplet.com and we will get your goodies sent out!

Keep an eye here and the FB page for more giveaways this week!

Friday, 29 April 2016

Take It Make It Challenge: April Winners!

Hello everyone!
We are so pleased to announce the winners of our April Challenge: Take A Technique: Spring Flowers

As you all know, we have two winners to announce today, so without further ado, let me introduce you to the Design Winner.....




We loved how Jan has coloured the stamp, matching it together perfectly with that wonderfully textured background! 
Jan will win a Guest Designer slot here on the blog, her very own Winners Profile, and of course her amazing art will be featured in it's own 2 page spread in Craft Stamper magazine! Congrats Jan!

We also have the remaining two slots in our Top 3 to announce!
In no particular order, please congratulate:

Wonderful projects ladies!

We now need to share the randomly chosen winner with you all!
This winner will recieve the prize offered by our sponsor this month:



Yes, us :)

The rather large prize going to the randomly chosen winner is this little lot:

 



 Congratulations to our winner:




      Congrats Mac Mable, we hope you have a wonderful time watching the DVDs!

 Winners, you need to need to get in touch with me in order to claim your prize!  Please email me at: cs@traplet.com , 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 May challenge will be launched next Friday, the 6th
We can't wait to see what wonderful art you will all be sharing!

Tuesday, 26 April 2016

Ready Set Stamp: 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 September issue of Craft Stamper. If you've always wanted to see YOUR card in print, now is your chance!! 


       Colours: Burnt Orange, Umber, Golden Yellow, Deep Maroon.




 Deadline for submission: 24th May 2016

· Please email your submissions to cs@traplet.com
· 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!

Guidelines:
· Please make cards only for this gallery.
 . Please do not use stamps that are discontinued for this article.
. We do not accept cards ONLY created with digital stamps for this feature. Digital stamps 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.
· 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.
· Cards will be returned at our expense, along with a complimentary copy of the magazine in which your card features. Note this can take approx. three months.
· Please follow both the theme AND the colour scheme when creating your cards. You can add black, white and metallics 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 look forward to seeing all of your beautiful designs!