Friday, 18 August 2017

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 July 2017 challenge is

Christine Alexander


Christine won the challenge with this beautiful card! We loved the gorgeous vintage look to the floral design, with an ethereal watercolour effect. Wonderful!

We asked Christine 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 stamping and card making for about 12 years. Back in 2005 I went into a stamp store and watched someone heat emboss a card. Wow!  I thought that was so awesome, I just had to try it.

Q: What are your favourite kinds of stamps, and do you have a favourite stamp company?

A: I have a fairly eclectic collection of stamps but the mixed media backgrounds are probably being my favourites. I’m not sure if I have a favourite stamp company as I keep discovering new ones.


Q: Describe your style, are you a messy kind of stamper or a more ‘clean and simple’ kind of person?

A: I’m a mostly a messy type of person with a clean up at the end. I love mixed media and now I’m discovering CAS Mixed Media.

Q:What kind of projects do you like creating the most?

A: Cards are my favourite but I’m starting to get interested in journaling and brush lettering, luckily there isn’t any extra expense!

Q: Apart from stamps, what is the one product you wouldn’t be without when you craft?

A: Stencils, I love them, they are so versatile.

We also asked Christine to show us a favourite stamped creations,  and share why she likes it so much. Here are the gorgeous projects she has chosen:

"Both cards are mixed media. The first is a Penny Black stamp, this is the card where I discovered glass beads in gel medium. The second is my love of Bister (and now all powdered inks) It’s so pretty the way the Bister flows around the bubbles when spritzed with water. I still love both of these mediums and often pull them out to play with" - Christine

Congratulations on being our July Design Winner Christine , 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!

Friday, 11 August 2017

Take It Make It Challenge: August Inspiration

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.....

This year, we are pleased to announce that ALL of our challenges will be '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 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 :)
Our sponsor this month is....

Keep On Crafting

Keep On Crafting is a fabulous bricks and mortar shop in Bury St Edmunds, UK. For those a little too far away, a fully stocked online shop is (almost!) as good as browsing through the hundreds of amazing products in real life! Full of stamps, inks, paints and so much more, Keep On Crafting stock just about everything a mixed media crafter could want. Well worth a visit!

The prize on offer this month for the lucky random winner is this little lot.....

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

Amazing inspiration from the DT!
The link up tool to enter the challenge can be found on last Fridays post HERE!

Tuesday, 8 August 2017

ART CALL! Ready Set Stamp submissions required

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

Colours: Iced Aqua, Spruce, Baby Blue, Silver Grey

Deadline for submission: 11th September 2017

· 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 follow both the theme AND the colour scheme when creating your cards!
  • 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. The cards 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 cards are ready.
  •  Black, white and metallics can be added 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 can't wait to see your fabulous creations!  

Sunday, 6 August 2017

Blog Exclusive: Free Stamp Makes by Marion Emberson

The free polymer stamp on the September issue of Craft Stamper magazine is a striking heart design. Created by the talented Marion Emberson, she shared two inspirational projects using it in the magazine. Today we are sharing two more, and you can see just how useful the ‘stick’ aspect of the stamp design can be!

Believe by Marion Emberson for WOW! Embossing Powder.

For the new home project in the September issue of Craft Stamper, the ‘stick’ part of my stamp design was used as a trunk, to turn the heart into a tree shape. With this project, the ‘stick’ becomes a hanger for the heart decorations!
One of the BEST things about WOW! Embossing Powder and Sparkles is that they are static free, not only that but the jars are too, so when you mix things up a bit ( as in this project) it pays to have the right products, if you use any other jars you will put the static back in the product... and we took ages to get it out !! Plastic spoons will also reintroduce the static, so metal spoons are best used for mixing!

Materials used :
WOW! Embossing Powder - Platinum
WOW! Embossing Powder Ultra Clear Ink Pad
WOW! Embossing Powder Heat Tool
WOW! Embossing Powder - Sparkles - A girls best friend
WOW! Embossing Powder - Empty Jars
Craft Stamper Cover Stamp
Metal Spoon
White card blank
Card Stock Red: White
Sizzix Tim Holtz Christmas Words Die
Sweet Dixie Snowflake Die
Quickie Glue Pen

1: Using the WOW! empty jar, mix one spoonful of WOW! Platinum to one spoonful of WOW! Sparkles A Girls Best Friend, put the lid on and shake. You’ve now just made a gorgeous sparkly embossing powder.

2: Stamp and emboss the hearts on the white card stock, using the mixed powder. Then stamp and emboss the lines (or ‘sticks’!), to make the hearts ‘hang’ ,using the WOW! Platinum.

3: To create the word, use a brayer to pick up ink and brayer it onto scrap card stock.

4: Sprinkle on WOW! Platinum shake off the excess and heat, this will give you a really smooth finish. 

5: Die cut the word from the Platinum embossed card.

6: Adhere the embossed heart panel to red card, and a white card blank as shown.

7: Cut white cardstock to fit the bottom of the card, (leaving room for the red strip where the word will be adhered). Die cut three snowflakes and adhere to this white card. Add a dot of glue to the centre of each snowflake with the glue pen.

8: When the glue is tacky,  add foil in the centre of the snowflakes, sprinkle with the mixed powder and heat set.


Hello Flower by Marion Emberson for WOW! Embossing Powder.

Turning the heart into a flower is a must!  As soon as I created this design I knew it had to be a flower somewhere along the line.
I’ve gone for a more distressed look by letting the paint dry a little more before rubbing off. This means it will have set in place, although you can still get it off with a baby wipe. (don’t rub to hard!) I’ve also been quite rough with my glue pen and not worried too much if I’ve filled it in perfectly, giving the foil a distressed look. The smaller the patterned paper the better for this project.

Materials used :
WOW! Embossing Powder - Clear Gloss Regular
WOW! Embossing Powder - Ultra Clear Ink Pad
WOW! Embossing Powder - Heat Tool
WOW! Embossing Powder - Fab Foil - Gold
Paper Artsy Fresco paint - Snowflake
Craft Stamper Cover Stamp
White card blank measuring 4.5” x 4.5”
Green Bazzill Cardstock
Patterned Paper Momenta
Quickie Glue Pen

1: Ink the stamp with the Ultra Clear ink pad

2: Stamp the heart multiple times on the patterned paper (in a flower shape, using the hearts as petals) Clear emboss.

3: Once cool, paint Snowflake Fresco finish all over the embossed hearts.

4:Rub paint off from embossed images with kitchen roll (see info in the introduction)

5: Fill in a selection of hearts with the Quickie Glue Pen, leave to go tacky.  Be aware, this technique won’t work if the glue is still blue, as this means the glue is still wet!

6: Place the Fab Foil on top of the glued areas, rub and pull off, revealing the foil.

7: Die cut Hello and a circle from green cardstock and adhere, mount card onto green card stock.

THANK YOU so much Marion, both for the fabulous stamp design, and of course for these stunning projects using it. I’m sure we’re all inspired and can’t wait to have a go!

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Saturday, 5 August 2017

Blog Exclusive: Uniko

In the September issue of Craft Stamper, there is a wonderful feature showcasing the talents (and the stamps!) of Uniko Stamp Company!
As a super special exclusive blog feature, we can share EVEN MORE amazing designs today with our readers here on the blog :)
So grab a cuppa, and feast your eyes on some wonderful designs…. (And then pop on over to the Uniko shop so you can buy the stamps and have a go yourself!)

WOW! Project Life Card by Jane Taylor

This Project Life card was created with bright sunny colours with a summer holiday page in mind. It uses a favourite ‘straight from the ink pad’ technique for the background and combines stamping with both hand cut and die cut elements

Stamps I used...
Uniko: Background Builders Round In Circles, Explosion, Explosion Additions

Other materials...
Inks: Ranger distress, black soot; Memento, Ladybug, Dandelion
TCW Stencil, mini tiny circles
Xcut mini dies, arrows
Doodlebug sprinkles, beetle black assortment

The hot and vibrant background colours were achieved by rubbing the card directly with the ink pads. A limited colour palette was used for both the background and stamping with the addition of black. Some of the elements have been placed falling off the edges of the PL card. To define the PL card edges, a blending tool and black distress ink was used. The hand cut WOW and the die cut arrows are raised on pads for dimension. A trio of black enamel dots completes the PL card.

Vellum Wings by Lindsey Bowe

The Make A Wish sentiment from the Cosmos stamp set is one of my favourites - I paired it with a whimsical blue background and a delicate translucent butterfly.

Stamps I used...
Uniko:English Country Garden, Pure Florals, Cosmos, Background Block Halftone

Other materials...
Linen effect cardstock, vellum, Versamark, WOW! Metallic gold sparkle embossing powder, Stampin’ Up! Pool Party and Pacific Point inks, Broken China Distress Ink, Perfect Pearls, Turquoise Brusho, Gansai Tambi Starry colours. Memory Box stitched square layers dies, sequins.

I used linen effect cardstock for texture, and the smooshing technique for my aqua background, throwing plenty of mixed media at it! Water based turquoise and blue inks were randomly added to a large acrylic block and spritzed with a water spray containing white and turquoise perfect Pearls mica powder. I then used the block to ‘stamp’ all over the cardstock until I had a coverage I was happy with. I sprinkled Turquoise Brushos onto the damp cardstock as well. I splattered some silver watercolour paint onto the acrylic block. I inked the background block halftone stamp with a darker blue, then used this ‘kissing technique’ style to stamp onto the silver splattered acrylic block.
The butterfly was stamped and gold embossed onto vellum, then the body glued to the background panel, in order to give the wings a 3D effect.

Spicy Floral Canvas by Sarah Gray

These fabulous floral stamps from Uniko were calling out to be used with spicy, summer colours.  The rich yellows and oranges pull the design together and create a warm tone that makes me think of sunsets and long summer evenings.

Stamps I used...
Uniko: Pure Florals: Gerbera, Pure Florals: Lily and Background Builders: Round in Circles

Other materials...
Clarity Stamps (Lattice Stencil), The Crafter’s Workshop (Tiny Circles Stencil), Ranger Archival Watering Can Grey Ink, Dylusion sprays and paints, Derwent Inktense Pencils, Heidi Swapp Shimmer spray

I sponged the Dylusions paints through the lattice stencil, ensuring that I left the edges of the canvas white as I wanted to focus the colour in the centre of the design.  I overlayed some of the diamonds with grey paint to give some contrast for the florals, and softened the edges of the canvas with some random stamping and stencilling in grey ink.  As the Dylusions paint is quite fluid it is best to use it sparingly to avoid too much bleed through under the stencil (although this can work well for a looser look) The floral images from Uniko are a good size and, grouped together, they provide a striking focal point.

The Beauty of Pop Art by Beverley Brown

This card was inspired by my love of pop Art and butterflies. The Pop Art trend is already making  a reappearance within the papercraft industry, especially the halftone pattern. This, along with simple geometrics, tropical colours and pretty butterflies creates a fun design which really ‘pops’ !

Stamps I used:
Uniko: Originally Organics and Background Builders, Round in Circles, English Country Garden butterflies and Background Blocks Halftone.

Other Materials:
Distress Inks: Picked Raspberry, Peacock Feathers.
Altenew ink:  Industrial Diamond, Buttercream, Warm Sunshine.
Memento Ink; Tuxedo Black
Gansai Tambi Starry colours
Sizzix circle die
MFT Curved Stitched Border die

Using my Clarity stencil brushes I applied Picked Raspberry and Peacock Feathers Distress Ink to white cardstock. I then stamped the butterfly onto the coloured background and cut out. I flicked white gold paint onto the butterfly and set aside to dry. I cut a circle using a die, and stamped through the hole using the Halftone stamp and yellow ink. I used two colours of yellow, with the darker of the two at the top where the pattern is solid, and the lighter shade to the lower section. This helps add emphasis to the pattern. The linear circle geometric design from Background Builders: Round in Circles was selectively inked and stamped onto the card to frame the sentiment and balance the design. Before adhering the butterfly, I die cut a stitched curve to the upper right corner, and created a curve on the bottom left corner using a corner punch.

Gerbera Heart by Sarah Gray

I wanted to create a simple piece of home d├ęcor to complement the framed gerbera (that appeared in the magazine),  so that I can enjoy this sunny yellow bloom all year round.  The distressed heart adds a shabby chic touch to the project.

Stamps I used...
Uniko: Pure Florals: Gerbera, Originally Organic

Other materials...
Deco Art acrylic paints, Black Versafine ink and clear embossing powder

I distressed the MDF heart by painting it black, adding streaks of candle wax and painting over the top in white.  The wax creates a resist and reveals the base coat when sanded back.  The gerbera is heat embossed to create a slightly raised edge which makes it easier to paint.  I used Deco Arts acrylics which worked well as they are quite thick but plan to experiment with different acrylics and media to see the effects that they create.

Rainbow Heroes by Sarah Platt

When creating my cards, I subconsciously veer towards vibrant colours and in particular rainbows. I’m always inspired by Laura Bassen’s vibrant creations. 

Stamps I used…
Uniko: Explosion & Explosion Additions

Other materials... Ranger Distress Inks, Versafine Onyx Black ink, Hero Arts Clear Embossing Powder, Watercolour cardstock

To create this loose watercolour effect, you need to start by adding plenty of water to a piece of watercolour cardstock. Distress inks are a perfect medium for all sorts of techniques including water colouring and with this card I added layers of ink to the water and let the water do most of the blending work, drying, with a heat gun, between each layer. Once the base was completely dry the images, from the Uniko sets, were stamped in Versafine Onyx Black ink then quickly heat embossed while the ink was still wet. To finish a fuzzy cut explosion shape from the set was popped up on 3d foam for interest and dimension.

Wow! Such gorgeous, inspirational projects!
THANK YOU so much Bev and all the team at Uniko for creating some amazing projects for us.
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