Friday, 23 September 2016

Flashback Friday?

Hello!
Welcome to the start of a new series here on the Craft Stamper blog!
Every week, we'll be sharing a project with you all, lots of pictures and a full step by step tutorial too! A project new readers of the magazine may have missed, or for those avid readers, a reminder of a timeless and much admired creation!
Usually, this series will be published every Thursday... Our Throwback Thursday Series.... but this week we're having a Flashback Friday :)
Enough of the talk, lets dive stright in!
This AMAZING project was created by Helen Chilton for our September 2014 issue....




Over to Helen.....
This is an Autumnal project,  I like the sort of muted, shabby effect that is produced using the orange and blue tones. The fact that you're stamping onto tissue and layering it on also gets round the domed shape of the lid. I just pasted the tissue over the metal fixings as well so they blended in.
Tissue paper is quite delicate to work with although by the time you've painted colour on the back and then blocked out in white it does get a bit more robust. However don't worry if it tears - you can always add in a little patch and no-one will notice. 

MATERIALS LIST

Stamps Helen used...
PaperArtsy: Lynne Perrella Collection 027,028,030

Other materials...
StazOn ink: Jet Black
PaperArtsy Fresco Finish acrylic paints: Bora Bora; Tango; Spanish Mulberry; Snowflake
PaperArtsy Satin Glaze
PaperArtsy Stencil 002 (ELB)
Sizzix Framelits die set: Labels Fancy
Stampendous Frantage embossing enamel: Aged Gold
VersaMark inkpad
Wide, soft brush
White gesso

Step-by-step… Box of Delights

   1:  Prep box by painting with gesso and then painting with the Bora Bora and Tango paints. Don't worry about blending them as you're going to cover it with tissue paper.


     2: Paint the inside edges with the same two colours and then dilute these down to wash over the inside flat surfaces for a lighter effect.


    3: Stamp lots of the houses and postage stamp background onto tissue paper with black StazOn and cut out. Start to fit pieces onto the box.


4: Flip over the tissue paper images and add a few touches of blue, orange and Spanish Mulberry pink. Then add a few highlights in white.


 5:  Brush Satin Glaze all over the box lid and start to stick the pieces down. Handle the tissue paper gently as it's fragile.


 6: When covered, give the lid another good coating of Satin Glaze to seal and to brush out any air bubbles. Repeat process with houses on the sides and stamped backgrounds on the inside.


7: Paint some white card with the Tango paint, washed over with some of the blue to tone it down. Stencil with the VersaMark inkpad.


    8: Pour over the Aged Gold powder and heat. Place stencil over again, VersaMark it, add powder and heat again. Cut out for die cuts. Repeat with Bora Bora painted card washed over with Tango.




   9: Stamp the girl collage from 027 onto white card and paint quite loosely. Die cut the frame and emboss several times with the Aged Gold powder.




10: Start arranging the frame with added brads and the die cuts on the lid. When happy, stick down.


     Every time you look at this box of delights you see another wonderful detail! Helen also created a stamped pop up surprise for the inside.....




We hope you've enjoyed out little stroll down memory lane! We'll be back next Thursday with another!

Wednesday, 21 September 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 Febuary issue of Craft Stamper. If you've always wanted to see YOUR card in print, now is your chance!! 



Colours: Peony Purple, Bubblegum Pink, Soft Cream, Mink

Deadline for submission: 23rd October 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.
. NEW work only please, we do not accept cards that have been published elsewhere (including online) before submission.  
 . Please do not use stamps that are discontinued for this article.
. We do not accept cards ONLY created with digital imagery for this feature. Digital imagery is welcome, but  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.
· 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, 16 September 2016

Take It Make It 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 August 2016 challenge is

Loll Thompson

Loll won the challenge with this amazing card! We loved the amazing texture in the stencilled fern, a stunning focal point over the background colour.






We asked Loll 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’ve been making cards since about 2004. A few years before that, I was invited by a friend to attend a Stampin’ Up! Party.  I LOVED looking through their catalogue at all the amazing stamps, inks and variety of supplies.  I was mesmerized.  I bought a couple of stamps at that party and they sat for a while before I tried them out.  Once I did, I was hooked on stamping.  When I retired, I joined Splitcoaststampers on-line stamping community and that’s where I started posting my cards and learning all about different techniques and styles of cards.  And that’s where my love of CAS (clean and simple) was born.  SCS has a weekly CAS challenge and I started playing along.  Within a few months, I joined the CAS design team at SCS … my very first design team.  So exciting! 

From there, I started my blog, Stamping with Loll.  I began joining in lots of different challenges at SCS and also other card challenges and my style of card making evolved into what it is today.  Earlier this year, I started a card challenge along with my dear friend, Bonnie Klass.  CAS Mix Up is a challenge that celebrates the CAS style, while adding in mixed media elements.  It’s been a lot of fun.

Q: What are your favourite kinds of stamps, and do you have a favourite stamp company?
A: I like to work with mostly nature stamps … flowers, leaves, trees.  I enjoy working with stamps from many different companies, but have to say that Penny Black is my favourite stamp manufacturer.
 
Q: Describe your style, are you a messy kind of stamper or a more ‘clean and simple’ kind of person?
A: I am a Clean and Simple girl.  Over the past couple of years I have added more mixed media techniques and products, but maintain a clean and simple style for the majority of my designs.

Q:What kind of projects do you like creating the most?
A: I mostly make cards, with Christmas cards being one of my favourite types to make.  I usually make about 100 Christmas cards every year, mostly unique designs.  I send out 60 to family and friends, and donate the remaining three dozen to charity.

Q: Apart from stamps, what is the one product you wouldn’t be without when you craft?
A: Aside from stamps and ink, I don’t think I would be able to create as many different designs without my Big Shot.  It is such a versatile tool that I use every day.

We also asked Loll 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 card is an emboss resist card I made using Brusho crystals (I do love working with this colouring medium). I stamped the grid image and heat embossed with white.  I sprinkled with Brushos, spritzed with lots of water and then tilted my panel to let the ink flow.  I set it aside to air dry.  I added a die-cut leaf sprig, which I shaped with a stylus and a few sequins for added sparkle" - Loll




"The second card has a mix of several techniques and products.  I do love adding mixed media products to my CAS designs.  This includes two stencils, a leafy one that is sponged with green on one side of the card, along with script stamping over top in the same green ink for a subtle look.  The other side of the card is a quatrefoil stencil with white embossing paste.  The main focal point is two leaves cut from copper sheeting.  I added a few drops of alcohol inks to give the leaves more colour, but also left a lot of the copper showing" - Loll



Congratulations on being our August Design Winner Loll , 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 open until September 28th, so still lots of time to enter! Don't forget the fabulous prize of Visible Image stamps!
  All the details can be found HERE.

 See you back here next Friday, where we will be sharing a fabulous extra bonus project with you all... September has 5 Fridays so we have a week off from Challenge posts :)

Friday, 9 September 2016

Take It Make It September 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:
Take A Stamp:
Anything Goes!
(just remember to add stamping on your project 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....

Visible Image





Visible Image is a UK based stamp company, offering the most wonderful selection of stamps! They offer the most amazing range of images and inspirational quotes, all available in photopolymer of the highest quality. We love the range, and we're sure you will too!

The prize on offer for our randomly selected winner is this set of 3 stamps...




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 eligible 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 Anne Redfern






Cheremane Smith











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

Friday, 2 September 2016

Take It Make It Challenge: September

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

This month is a 'Take A Stamp' month, and so the theme is:

Anything Goes!
(as long as you have stamped 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 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.
PLEASE REMEMBER: We only want to see ONE project in each individual blog post entry!
A set counts as more than one :)
 
We are proud to announce our sponsor this month is....

Visible Image




Visible Image is a UK based stamp company, offering the most wonderful selection of stamps! They offer the most amazing range of images and inspirational quotes, all available in photopolymer of the highest quality. We love the range, and we're sure you will too!

The prize on offer for our randomly selected winner is this set of 3 stamps...

Fabulous, aren't they!
 

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! 






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!