Friday, 29 May 2015

Take It Make It Challenge: May Winners!

Hello!
Doesn't it feel odd when there are 5 weeks in a month? I keep feeling like I've forgotten to write up a post! But no, back on schedule with the 'last Friday of the month'  Winners announcement!
What a fabulous response to our May 'Take A Stamp' 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 69 - Georgie


 Congratulations Georgie! That canvas is just stunning, a total shabby chic delight! We loved it! Georgie 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, 
WOW! Embossing Powder



The prize is this fabulous set of powders:


And this amazing lace stamp:


 The randomly drawn winner is:


Congratulations Karen! I think you'll have a lot of fun with those powders and the stamp!

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: 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.

Please check back next Friday for the launch of our June Challenge, we can't wait to see what you create!

Sunday, 17 May 2015

Reader Submissions wanted for the October issue!

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!!




Deadline for submission: 23rd June 2015

· 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. 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, 15 May 2015

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 April 2015 challenge is

 Lin Brandyberry

Lin won the challenge with this fabulous card, gorgeous butterflies and wonderful colour!



We asked Lin 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 had been introduced to stamping in the early 2000s, but it never really clicked until about 2005, when I first saw the possibilities of mixing stamping with design papers.  I had previously dabbled in quilting, and playing with pretty papers isn’t too far from playing with pretty fabrics!  Soon afterwards, the Hero Arts Blog began, and it was a great master class for a beginning stamper.  I was off and running!

Q: What are your favourite kinds of stamps, and do you have a favourite stamp company?
A: I’ve always been drawn to floral stamps.   I love Hero Arts, Penny Black, and the new stamp company called Altenew for their wonderful flowers. 

Q: Describe your style, are you a messy kind of stamper or a more ‘clean and simple’ kind of person?
A: I’d say clean and simple, though I also like lots of layers. I still enjoy incorporating pretty design papers into my cards along with my stamping, and the same is true for using embossing folders on a white background behind my stamping.

Q:What kind of projects do you like creating the most?
A: I love making cards the most!  I have tried scrapbooking, but all that space intimidates me!
Q: Apart from stamps, what is the one product you wouldn’t be without when you craft?
A: Only one?  That’s a hard question, but I’d guess I’d have to say distress inks.  They are great for stamping a solid image, but I also use them often to watercolor in an outline stamp.

We also asked Lin 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:


"I love this one because it incorporates so many other elements that we have available to us: embossing folders, die-cut words, pretty design papers, and sequins.  It also shows off my fussy-cutting, which I find relaxing to do" - Lin


"This brings back memories of my quilting.  I always try to add texture to my quilt cards by using an embossing folder over the stamping" - Lin



Congratulations on being our April Design Winner Lin , 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.

See you on the 29th for the announcement of our May Winners! 

Friday, 8 May 2015

Take It Make It May Challenge: Inspiration

Hello!
Our current Take It, Make It challenge is a 'Take A Stamp' challenge, which means it's

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


 We have had fun looking at the entries so far, you lot are very creative!
The DT have been having loads of fun creating some more more stamped projects for you to feast your eyes upon, brace yourself, there is rather a lot of eye candy on show!

Winner of the March Challenge: Karen Dunbrook


Elina Stromberg

 Elizabeth Robinson
Ellie Knol


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

WOW! Embossing Powder

www.wowembossingpowders.co.uk


This months randomly chosen entry will win this set of gorgeous vintage embossing powders:


And also this fabulous stamp:


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 blog....so why not get your stamps out and share your creation?
All the details can be found HERE....
Have fun!

Friday, 1 May 2015

Take It Make It Challenge: May

Hello!
Welcome to the launch of our May Challenge!

As you might remember, this year our challenge is alternating between 'Take A Stamp', and 'Take A Technique'....and this month our challenge is 'Take A Stamp'!
Which means you have total creative freedom, it's a 'make anything as long as there are stamps used' month!

May Challenge:
'Take A Stamp' 
Anything Goes
(but remember you MUST use a stamp somewhere on your project!)

Show us how creative you can be...get your stamps out and share your cards, journal pages, layouts, 3D assemblage or whatever else takes your fancy!

*** Sadly, quite a few entries last month did not follow the guidelines, so they could not be considered for a prize. PLEASE remember to only include just the one project in your blog posts, we just want to see the project you are entering, no others! Full guidelines can be found underneath the banner at the top of the page.***

We have two prizes on offer this month, the first is our sponsor prize.This winner will be chosen randomly from all of the entries in the challenge! The sponsor for May is

WOW! Embossing Powders


WOW Embossing Powders are UK suppliers of a truly massive selection of embossing powders from fine detail through to ultra thick, from metallics to pearlescents and fluorescents! WOW also manufacture a fabulous selection of silicone moulds, perfect for creating 3D embellishments, and some great stamp designs too!

The prize for this months randomly chosen winner is this fabulous gift set of vintage powders:
(don't worry, yours will come with the lids firmly on!)
and also this gorgeous lace design stamp:




That stamp will look amazing embossed... actually, amazing without embossing as well! Our randomly drawn prize winner will be a very lucky person!

Our second winner is our Design Winner. 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!
We have three new DT members debuting today...please show them some love, their first projects are STUNNING! 









                                            Kymona Tracey


WOW! 
I have to say...there are some STUNNERS there, that's what I call inspiration!

So, want to enter?!
All you need to do is have a quick look through all the essential rules and guidelines (on the right hand sidebar and a tab at the top of the page), and then link up using the Linky Tool below. We can't wait to see your creations!



Wednesday, 29 April 2015

Our June issue is out on Friday!

It's that exciting time of the month when our new issue is out! So say hello to our fabulously colourful June issue which goes on sale on the 1st of May! 


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

  • Kay Carley's Summer Skies where she creates gorgeously summery cards with watercolour skies and clever 'die cut and stamp' flowers. 
  • Stamped Stitches by Jenny Marples where she combines sewing and stamping to create a beautiful journal cover. 
  • Stunning Stained Glass by Helen Chilton where she stamps stained glass window cards with colouring, paint effects, collage and lashings of embossing!
  • Letterpress Love, where Lydia Brooke Evans makes beautiful wedding stationary with a deeply embossed letterpress print technique






  • Anna-Karin Evaldsson's Bold and Bright where she shows you how to mix big bold stamps with brighter colours
  • Liesbeth Fidder's Mini Milk Maid where she makes the cutest mini milk carton gift boxes using a die cut shape with stamped decoration
  • Watercolour Wings by Helen Chilton where she shows you how to use your pens to stencil beautiful watercolour backgrounds and ink your stamps
  • Emy Buxton's Sublime Ceramics where she uses Fimo Liquid to create a gorgeous glaze for ceramic beads and pendants
  • Paint My World, where R. Maria Sabina shows you how to get delicate painted strokes perfect for colouring feather images 



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!



Tuesday, 28 April 2015

Meet the team - Jaine Drake

Hello and welcome to the latest in our regular "Meet the Team" series, introducing some of the regular contributers to Craft Stamper. Today's designer is Jaine Drake...

Hello there, I’m Jaine Drake (stands up) and I’m a craftaholic. A day doesn’t go by without me doing something crafty. Whether it’s a bit of cutting and sticking or some sketching doesn’t matter, if I’m not doing something I get itchy fingers and have to relieve it with a bit of stash stroking.

I’ve been living the expat life in Luxembourg, which is a small country squashed between France, Belgium and Germany, for about twenty years now. It’s a small but utterly beautiful country covered with forest with tonnes of fantastic history. Most people tell me they’ve passed through it on their way somewhere else but really it’s totally worth stopping off. I live here with my husband and three grown up girlies in a small village which I’ve tried to make my little piece of England abroad.

I joined the Craft Stamper team at the end of 2011 and my first publication was in February 2012. It was such a big deal and I proudly showed off my pages at every opportunity. I still get a huge buzz when my contributor's copy comes in the letterbox.

Favourite project #1
I’ve started to feel more confident using my own drawings on projects which I’ll show on my blog and this canvas is one of those projects. It shows not only my own drawing but the texture I love and collage which I also like to do.


This project is blogged {here}

I suppose my stamping story goes right back to the 1990s when we lived then in the Middle East. I didn’t work and to pass the time joined a group of crafty ladies sewing and learning cross stitch. One American lady there brought some cards she’d made using stamps, I was amazed at how simple and beautiful they were, just one layer cards, simple stamping and some colouring in but I fell in love. The materials came from the US and were difficult to get hold of and at that time I was still trying out all sorts of other crafts including quilling but once we arrived back in Europe, I was introduced to it again and this time materials were much easier to find. My obsession had started.

Favourite project #2
Even though Christmas has passed, I still wanted to include the cards here. This was the second Christmas I’d been able to mass make cards using my own designs. I’m lucky enough to not only be on the Design Team with Sarah Hurley but also to have my own stamp range with her, something I’m absolutely thrilled about. The cards were simply stamped and water coloured mainly because when mass making cards it’s better to keep things simple but also water colour painting is a favourite way of adding colour for me.


This project is blogged {here}

Q: Do you have a signature style or favourite technique?
A:Over the years I’ve gone through many different styles from shabby chic and vintage to clean and simple testing them out but I always come back to a handful of colours and lots of texture in my work. Mixed media is my passion and I love the freedom it gives me to really go to town and create without restriction. I love colour, vibrancy and using texture paste most of all.

Favourite project #3
In the past I was also on the team of Scrap 365. Mini books have been a firm favourite of mine for many years and a lot of my hand made books have been made with paper bags. This paper bag book was decorated with a background stamp from Sarah Hurley and I’d also hand made my own washi tape.
This project is blogged here

Q: Where do you look for inspiration before you start on a project?
A: I’m a lover of Pinterest and I can easily spend a few hours looking through pretty pictures. It’s a constantly renewing source of inspiration from colour combinations to photo staging. I also have a sketchbook and an inspiration journal where I keep ideas and themes. I find these great places to go if I’m working on a project.

Thank you for reading and I hope you’ll visit me on my blog.


We hope you're enjoying the chance to get to know some of Craft Stamper's contributing designers; thanks for joining us!