Friday, 23 January 2015

Take It Make It Challenge: Winner Profile

Welcome to our very first Winners Profile, showcasing the Design Winner of our last Blog Challenge!
The very talented Design Winner of our December 2014 challenge is

 Martina Noder

Martina won the challenge with this stunning project, showing off the theme of 'White Stamping' beautifully:

We asked Martina 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 over 19 years. All started with a little craft shop near my home village. There´s where I first saw rubber stamps. Instantly I was hooked.

Q: What are your favourite kinds of stamps, and do you have a favourite stamp company?
A: I love wood mounted rubber stamps but had to switch to polymer or cling mount stamps since these don´t require not so much storing space.
I have a huge collection of stamps from many manufacturers but Stampers Anonymous, Hero Arts and Waltzing Mouse Stamps are represented the most.

Q: Describe your style, are you a messy kind of stamper or a more ‘clean and simple’ kind of person?
A: CAS is nothing I can do. It always looks so empty ;-) I love detail, layers and various textures - nothing better than trying out some "new" techniques. 

Q:What kind of projects do you like creating the most?
A: Creating Albums out of old package carton or something is my all time favourite! I like to build something out of nothing. 

Q: Apart from stamps, what is the one product you wouldn’t be without when you craft?
A: In fact I would need a piece of paper ;-) Distress Ink walnut stain  

 I just love reading about another crafter and getting to know them a little, don't you?!

We also asked Martina to show us one of her favourite stamped creations,  and share why she likes it so much. This is the gorgeous project she has chosen:

"I created this ATC for a swap and like it a lot how it turned out. The light seems to come from behind the saying ('strength lies in calmness') and the stamping blurred a bit into the background (that´s what I was looking for). I also love the layers of colour, stamping and wording that created depth." -Martina

Congratulations on being our December Design Winner Martina, 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' is still open for a few more days! All the details can be found HERE.
Don't forget about our Blog Hop, that is also open for comments for a little while longer! Details on the blog hop can be found HERE
See you next Friday for the HUGE reveal of all our January Winners! 

Friday, 16 January 2015

Take It Make It January Challenge : Inspiration Blog Hop!

I'm so excited to announce the start of the very first Take It, Make It Blog Hop!

As part of the big 2015 relaunch of the new look challenge, we thought we'd have a bit more fun with a blog hop!
(BTW, have you SEEN the prize for the main challenge this month? It's HUGE!...... have a look here!)

AND.... as if the main prize wasn't enough, we've only gone and rustled up some more for the blog hop!
As you hop, why not leave a comment on the blogs you land on? If you leave a comment, your name will be entered into the draw for this....
How's that for a super fabulous mixed media substrate pack?!
(full details of the pack can be found over on the sidebar!)
The BEST thing is.....we have 12 of these packs to give away, one up for grabs on each and every blog along the hop! 
You can also bag yourself some amazing original artwork too, each blogger has generously given the project they are showcasing on the hop as part of the prize!
When the main challenge ends, we will also be closing the comments on each blog post along the hop. We will then draw 12 names at random.... one from each set of comments on each of the 12 blogs. If your name is chosen from the comments on Elizabeth's blog (for example), you will win a substrate pack AND Elizabeth's artwork, the winner chosen from Shirleys blog will win a substrate pack AND Shirley's artwork and so on and so forth!

                                 So, without any more waffling, here is the blog hop list!

I have been reliably informed (!) that there is some stunning eye candy to look at (and to be won!) along the what are you waiting for?
And then, when you're all finished...don't forget to get your own stamps out and enter the main challenge! All the details for the main challenge can be found HERE.

All 12 winners from the hop, and also the Design Winner and Prize Winner from the main January Challenge will be announced here 9am GMT 30/01/15. 
                                                                 Have fun hopping!

Friday, 9 January 2015

Take It Make It Challenge: All New For 2015!

Welcome to the launch post of the 2015 Take It, Make It Challenge.....
We have lots to tell you!

We are changing things around a our challenge players TWO chances to win each month! One winner will be decided by a random number anyone who enters the challenge has a chance to win the fabulous sponsors prize we will be showcasing! 
Our other winner will be our 'Design Winner', voted for by the blog and magazine DT. This winner will get their project published in Craft Stamper, be a Guest DT member for a challenge, AND get their own winners profile on the blog! The profile will be a wonderful opportunity to share your crafting styles and projects with the world, in a dedicated blog post just for you here on the CS blog!
(To be eligible for either prize you need to make sure your project follows all our guidelines, so please check them out, the guidelines are over on the sidebar!)

Our other HUGE change is that we are going to alternate our themes each month. One month will be a 'Take A Stamp' theme, the next 'Take A Technique' and so on. The 'Take A Technique' months will run in exactly the same way as before, we will look through Craft Stamper magazine and choose a technique for you all to have a go at. The 'Take A Stamp' months will be very exciting.....basically, its Anything Goes! You may enter any project you wish to the challenge...the only rule being you must 'Take A Stamp' and use it somewhere on your piece! So, any STAMPED project at all!

The January Challenge is:
'Take A Stamp'

 So.....get stamping and entering! You will be amazed at the prize on offer for one lucky randomly drawn winner..... Brace Yourself....
 Yes, a very bad picture of a very full box! These are all the stamps in the prize box:
and here is everything else:
Yes, you will win EVERYTHING you see! To give you a better idea, I have written out the full comprehensive list of everything included in the prize box, you'll find that information over on the sidebar!
Phew...are you itching to get the stamps out so you can make something and enter? 
Hang on a minute, we've got some DT eye candy to show you first! 

Winner of the November Challenge: 
WOW! Now that's what I call inspiration!

So...all you have to do now is have a quick read of the guidelines to make sure you're on the right track, get your stamps out and PLAY! Can't wait to see what you all come up with!

Don't forget to check back next Friday, as we'll be starting a very special Blog Hop, with loads more chances to win some fabulous prizes!
 Good Luck!


Thursday, 8 January 2015

Take It, Make It December Challenge: The Winner!

Hello everyone!
Thank you so much to all those who played along with our December challenge -White stamping! The entries were all so different and gave the DT loads of inspiration as we looked through them all!
The standard of the entries was really high this time, but there can only be one winner! That honour goes to.........
Entry number 25:

The white stamping stands out so beautifully against the wonderfully blended background, and we loved the sequin accents!
The winning entry will be published in Craft Stamper Magazine (I hope you kept it somewhere safe!), and the winner will also receive the fabulous prize from our sponsor  
Rubber Dance!

This is your prize....

As well as our worthy winner, we also have the remaining two spots in our Top Three to reveal! In no particular order, they are..... drum roll......
If the Winner could Email me (just click the 'posted by' name at the bottom of the post), then I can pass on all the details about the prize, publication and of course the Guest DT slot! Top Three, please Email me for your winners buttons to display on your blogs!  For anyone else who would like to, please feel free to grab the button below....
 A huge THANK YOU to all those of you that took part in the December challenge!
The BIG news here will be revealed tomorrow....don't forget to check back for the all new 2015 blog challenge...and to get the first glimpse of the MASSIVE prize on offer! 
See you tomorrow!

Tuesday, 30 December 2014

February issue out soon!

It may be the shortest month of the year but we still have a jam packed February issue coming up with a feast full of tasty projects, tutorials and treats! And with Valentine's Day just around the corner, romance is in the air so we've lovingly provided you with tons of inspiring cards to show the one you love just how much you really care...

This month includes:
  • Be inspired by Carol Fox by trying out your own Gelli Art from Gelli on a Plate 
  • Make like Georgina Ford and fill a Printers Tray in Floral Frenzy
  • Follow Chris Dark as she shows you the secrets of achieving that fairy-light photo filtered look in Brilliant Bokeh
  • Helen Chilton shows you how to create a layered canvas using Pebeo mixed media range in Parisian Dreams
  • Monster Love with Lydia Brooke Evans helps you transform your Halloween stamps into Valentines Day ready ones! 
  • Use Mod Podge to resist paint with Joanne Allison in The Big Reveal
  • Jenny Marples brings life to a plain lamp using this month's exclusive subscription gift in Stamp a Lamp
The Craft Stamper February issue will be available from 2nd January in WHSmith's and all good craft stores across the UK. Or if you want to make sure that you never miss a copy you can call out friendly Customer Service team on 01684 588599 and subscribe!

Until next month, happy stamping!

Tuesday, 23 December 2014

Calling out for reader submissions!

Have you recently made a project that you're really proud of? Here at Craft Stamper we are offering you the chance to see your wonderful work in print! 

All you have to do is send us in a photo to and we'll choose one lucky reader to have their project printed in Craft Stamper magazine. If selected you will be required to send your project to us here in Worcester so that we can photograph it in our studio. 

Our last reader submission by Corinne Rollet was this beautifully detailed 'Under the Sea' canvas that was crafted using acrylic paints, masks, stencils and stamps.

If you too have something inspiring that you have made at home using stamps then please don't hesitate to share it with us here at Craft Stamper and get the recognition your fabulous work deserves by getting it printed in your favourite magazine!

Show us what you've got!

Meet the team - Kim Dellow

Hello and welcome to the latest in the regular series introducing some of the designers who contribute regularly to Craft Stamper. Take a wee break from all the Christmas preparations, come on in and meet Kim...

My name is Kim Dellow and I describe myself as an artist – crafter – blogger so I’m covering all my bases! I live in London, UK and I’ve been a Craft Stamper DT member since late 2012, but you might have spotted a couple of my works turning up, on and off, in the magazine before then. 

My arty-crafty story kind of started around 2007 and I’ve dipped my toe in lots of different things from stitchery to model making. Stamping is one of the techniques that I have in my technique tool box and probably my favourite thing about stamping is how flexible a technique it is. 

I think that being creative is in the fibre of my being and I love being able to do it on a regular basis. I adore the constant learning, idea generating and working with my hands that is part of the creative process for me.

Favourite Project #1: Someone Is Watching You. I love the mix of the real and the insubstantial in this ATC with the textural and touchable fabric and the more ethereal stamping of the eyes on the acetate. 

This project is blogged {here}

Q. Do you have a signature style or favourite technique?
A. I don’t really have a favourite technique and I like to try everything. But I do have my comfort zones and when I’m pushed for time, which is often as I am regularly trying to create to deadlines, then I do tend to reach for certain techniques. Things like using stamping to add texture, if I’m colouring I often reach for my pencils and I love clean and simple design.

Favourite Project #2: Inrō-Inspired Altered Dominos. Probably a good example of where inspiration strikes and that is anywhere. These stamping makes were inspired by a museum visit. 
 This project is blogged {here}

Q. Where do you look for inspiration before you start on a project?
A. When I am putting together a Craft Stamper article then it all depends on if I am working around a specific stamp set or if the project is more about a technique or a finished project. My creative process for articles is very deadline and product driven. My own creative process for non-commissioned projects is far more nebulous and the inspiration can come from anywhere. Of course the two processes, deadline creating and no-limits creating, often feed into each other.

Favourite Project #3: Sunshine In A Tin. This is one of my all-time favourite creative themes, making something unexpected like a giant sun in a sardine tin, for example. If there is some repurposing thrown in as well then I’m in creative heaven.

This project is blogged {here}

When I have the time I love to share over at my blog ( where you can also find all the links to the usual social media outlets. I would love to hear about your creative processes so do drop in and say hi.

Thanks for joining us, we hope you've enjoyed meeting Kim and some of the other regulars during 2014. Have a wonderful Christmas and we look forward to introducing you to some more Craft Stamper designers next year!