Thursday, 2 July 2015

Blog Extra: Kim Costello


Our cover star for the August issue is Kim Costello! Kim has created a line of the most amazing mixed media templates, all designed to help you create the most fabulous faces. On pages 50 and 51 of the issue, Kim shares just exactly how to use the templates, with lots of really helpful step by step pictures. Whilst the 'how to' is really important, we all love a bit of eye candy inspiration as well.... so we are sharing two more projects by Kim here on the blog!
 The first is this wonderful journal cover....

                                                           Moleskine Journal Cover

Materials Kim Used...
Paperbabe Stamps: Mixed Media template - Wavy; Just Because Stamp set
Caran D'ache: Neocolor II watersoluble: Vermilion; Orange; Yellow; Pink; Salmon; Raw Umber; Scarlet; Prussian Blue

 INSTRUCTIONS: Follow the instructions on the template to draw the hair, (follow steps three to seven as described by the step by step pictures, in the August issue of Craft Stamper). Scribble the Neocolor crayon, as shown in the face painting steps in the magazine . Using the Umber for shadows and the Pink and Salmon for the skin, blend with a damp brush. Use the Scarlet for the lips and Blue for the eye. Use the Orange for the hair, add the Vermillion to the shadow parts, blend with a damp brush. Stamp the sentiment, stars and freckles in a line, using black ink. Add lines for strings, and as a final touch, add highlights with white Posca pen.

Kim has lots more projects and ideas using the templates over on her blog here:

and you can purchase the mixed media templates from Kim here:

There will be another extra project from Kim here on the blog on SATURDAY (tomorrow is the launch of our July blog challenge!)

So, see you tomorrow with lots of stamping inspiration from our blog challenge DT!
Have a lovely day!
Trish xxx

Tuesday, 30 June 2015

Get your hands on our August issue from this Friday!

Our dreamy August issue goes on sale on Friday 3rd of July, so don't miss out by ordering your copy with free UK p&p from our shop or download your instant copy from pocketmags!

In this month's issue you'll find...

  • Trish Latimer's Shaving Foam Backgrounds where she shows you how to experiment with shaving foam to finish with surprisingly creative results
  • Jenny Marples' Dragonfly Canvas where she explains how to create gorgeously distressed collages
  • Gelli Plate Inking, where Helen Chilton develops beautifully subtle layers of pattern and colour using Gelli Plate printing
  • Brightly Distressed!, where Hels Sheridan encourages you to really go for it and be bright and bold when using colour! 
  • Sue Wherry's Mermaid in a Bottle, where she shows you how to create your very own mystical mermaid in a bottle to capture that faraway land 

  • Christine Dark's Lantern Bunting where she helps you prepare your garden for a gorgeous summer party with brightly coloured oriental lantern bunting
  • Clean Colour, where Joanne Allison teaches you how to create slick and clever designs with the aid of her professional tips
  • Mixed Media Templates, where Kim Costello shows you how to use Mixed Media Templates to produce stunning portrait designs
  • And finally Kay Carley's A Change of Scene where she explains how to use Perfect Partner scenic stamp set and dies by Sheena Douglass to produce beautiful countryside scenes that you wish you could visit!

So with a quick round up of the projects in this month's issue and a little sneak peek at the details we know you'll be running to the shops this Friday to grab your copy! You should be able to find a copy in all good craft stores across the UK or if you want yours instantly then you can download a copy from Pocketmags! If you want to make sure you never miss a copy then you can also call our friendly Customer Service team on 01684 588599 and subscribe! Happy stamping all!

Saturday, 27 June 2015

Kim Costello Bonus Blog Projects!

Hello all the Craft Stamper Subscribers out there!

The official On Sale date for the August issue is July 3rd..... so you will need to check back here just before then to see the wonderful bonus projects by Kim!
There are two... one will go live 9am Thursday 2nd, the other 9am Saturday 4th.....

See you then!

Submissions wanted for our November issue!

We are looking for submissions for our Ready, Set, Stamp feature on the following theme for our November issue of Craft Stamper. If you've always wanted to see YOUR card in print, now is your chance!!

Deadline for submission: 21st July 2015

· 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 do not use stamps that are discontinued for this article. Also please only use stamps that are available to buy in the UK (the exception is stamps from advertisers e.g. Art Journey, De Stempelwinkel).
. We do not accept cards created with digital stamps ONLY for this feature. Digital stamps MUST be used in conjunction with real 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, 26 June 2015

Take It Make It Challenge : June Winners

It's Winners time!
What a fabulous response to our June 'Take A Technique: Texture' challenge!
You lot are all so talented, we just loved looking through all the entries!
So...on to the important stuff, the winners!
As you will remember, from now on we will have TWO winners from each challenge, the Design Winner and the randomly selected Prize Winner. First up, I am thrilled to announce our Design Winner..

Entry Number 68: Samantha

 Congratulations Samantha! That card is lovely, so many textures. We really liked the black chunky glitter on the butterflies! Gorgeous! Samantha will win a Guest Designer slot, a Winners Profile and of course her gorgeous project will be published in Craft Stamper Magazine.

As always, we have the remaining two slots in our Design Top Three to reveal, they are in no particular order :)

Congrats ladies! 

Next...the randomly selected Prize Winner! This winner will be the lucky recipient of the prize provided by out wonderful sponsor, 

Rubber Dance Art Stamps!

The prize is...............

 The randomly drawn winner is:

Congratulations Lydia! I think you'll have a lot of fun choosing your prize!

Now the important bit!
  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.

Please check back next Friday for the launch of our July Challenge!

Friday, 19 June 2015

Take It Make It Challenge Winners Profile

Welcome to our Winners Profile, showcasing the Design Winner of our last Blog Challenge!
The very talented Design Winner of our May 2015 challenge is

 Georgie Connelly

Georgie won the challenge with this fabulous canvas, we thought the shabby chic, vintage look of this piece was amazing!

We asked Georgie 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’d say I have been using stamps in some form or another for about a year and a half, maybe a tad longer. Started off as trying to use them as focal points, or sentiments. Then progressed into background ‘messy’ stamping. I think that is where I have the most fun and feels more like me!

Q: What are your favourite kinds of stamps, and do you have a favourite stamp company?
A: I love background stamps! You can create amazing patterns and build up depth to a piece, I find this can really be the difference between a project succeeding or not. Everything you create turns out different each time and it’s just so much fun watching the shapes emerge. Favourite makes include, Prima, Tim Holtz, Bo Bunny… the list could go on but they’re top 3 right now. However, I also enjoy quirky stamps like JoFY from PaperArtsy.

Q: Describe your style, are you a messy kind of stamper or a more ‘clean and simple’ kind of person?
A: Messy!! I am definitely a messy stamper, but I do cross over to the clean and simple side from time to time, it’s refreshing to switch it up. But messy is where I feel more relaxed as the outcome, by it’s very nature, doesn’t have to be perfect. So suits me perfectly!

Q:What kind of projects do you like creating the most?
A: Hmmm, this is a tricky question! I think it changes, like favourite colours do, at the moment scrapping photos with messy backgrounds is addictive and following the creativity to see where it leads but I also love art journalling and making mini canvases. With art journalling, it’s just an open zone for experimenting, especially with new products and that is always fun!

Q: Apart from stamps, what is the one product you wouldn’t be without when you craft?
A: After a lot of careful consideration (this is another toughie), there are two, I think it would be Glossy Accents by Ranger and gesso. Granted it’s not very exciting but they are so versatile. Accents, not just for sticking, which it is pretty darn good at, but for creating resists, adding glossy dimension/highlights or filling a gap to give a window effect. I always have one on the go and a back up. Gesso, because it can hide a multitude of sins and completely turn a project around if it’s heading in the wrong direction. Again, this is always close by.

We also asked Georgie 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:

Thankful For Life – Scrapbook

"I guess I’m most proud of one of my latest creations. A layout of my son. This involved a lot of background stamping to build up a moody layer beneath the photo to create depth and interest. I used two of the small stamps by Finnabair (Prima), Doily and Messy, and one from her Tea on the Deck set. I also used the doily one around the edges to to add a little more moodiness and frame the layout" - Georgie 

I Dream In Colour – Scrapbook Layout

"I rarely scrap anything of myself but with this page, because it was ‘only’ me, I let loose completely. I wasn’t held back by trying to make it perfect. I went to messy and beyond… I had so much fun with the colour, taking my inspiration from the Lindy’s Stamp Gang Colour Challenge and just built my background with stamping, stencils, paper layering then splashing around with Lindy’s Sprays and Magicals. I love how it turned out! !- Georgie

Congratulations on being our May Design Winner Georgie , 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 Technique: Texture' is still open for a few more days! All the details can be found HERE.

See you on the 26th for the announcement of our June Winners! 

Friday, 12 June 2015

Take It Make It June Challenge: Inspiration

Our current Take It, Make It challenge is a 'Take A Technique' challenge, this months technique is:

(just remember you must use stamping on your project somewhere!) 

 Texture can mean all sorts of things, from messy pastes and mediums through to embossing folders and stitching. Lots of layers, or a simple use of embossing powder will give that wonderful, textured, 'touchy feely' effect we want to see!
We have had fun looking at the entries so far, and can't wait to see loads more!
The DT have created some more textured and stamped projects for you to feast your eyes upon, brace yourself, there is rather a lot of eye candy on show!

Winner of the April Challenge: Lin Brandyberry

Elina Stromberg

 Elizabeth Robinson

Why not have a go, then enter your creation into our challenge?
We are sponsored this month by 

Rubber Dance Art Stamps

This months randomly chosen entry will win this fabulous prize:

How wonderful is that?!

 The Design Winner, voted for by our DT, will have their project published in a 2 page spread in Craft Stamper Magazine, will have a guest DT slot for an upcoming challenge, and ALSO gets their very own winners profile here on the why not get your stamps out and share your creation?
All the details can be found HERE....
Have fun!