Friday, 1 August 2014

Take It, Make It Challenge: August!

I am very excited to announce.... *cue drum roll*..

The brand new August Challenge!

We loved all your entries last month featuring the Embossing Powder Resist technique, we were thrilled to see so many! We can't wait to see all the projects featuring this months theme!

What Can You Win?
For the August challenge, we are delighted to be sponsored by Sarah Hurley!
As well as loads of wonderful scrapbooking supplies, stash and digital downloads, Sarah also has an exclusive, very extensive range of wonderful stamps!

The prize for the August challenge is this set of superb designs:

How fab are they? Love them!

PLUS:The Design Team will have a look at all your gorgeous work, and choose their Top Three..... and the overall Winner will get published in Craft Stamper magazine! Yes, the winning entry will appear in the UK's number one stamping magazine!
AND: The Challenge winner will be offered a Guest Designer spot for an upcoming challenge!

So, to recap....Three sets of fabulous Sarah Hurley stamps, Publication AND a Guest DT spot? Sounds good to me!

Now for the Challenge details!  
We want to see how you lovely lot tackle a technique showcased in Craft Stamper magazine.
After all, that's the name of the challenge- Take a technique, and Make it your own!
As we are now in holiday mode, we thought we would give you all a very broad theme for a change. We would like you to look through all your back issues of Craft Stamper from 2014 so far, and choose you favourite technique to share with us!
 So, we would love to see your creations using 
 Any technique, from any 2014 issue of Craft Stamper!
There are nearly 200 techniques to choose from, so good luck with the decision making!
We HAVE to have the name of the technique, the name of the designer that demonstrated it  in the magazine, and which months issue it came from somewhere in your blog post, so make sure you make a note of it! Otherwise, you could be creating something that has nothing to do with Craft Stamper at all, and we can't have that, can we!!!!

Along with some of the regular Craft Stamper DT, the Take It , Make It DT have chosen their favourite techniques from 2014 so far, and created some fabulous eye candy!
If you click on the artists name, it will take you to their blogs, where there may well be loads more pics of these gorgeous creations!

Dot Allan
Using: The stamping with household items technique by Birgit Koopsen, February issue.

 Elizabeth Robinson
Using: The stamping with embossing folders technique by Helen Chilton, March issue. 

Georgina Ford
Using: The bleach blocking technique by Hels Sheridan, July issue.

Kim Costello 
Using: The 1 layer with masking and ink blending technique by Lydia Brooke Evans, June issue.

Linda Walmsley
Using: The bleach blocking technique by Hels Sheridan, July issue. 

Nikki Killinger
Using: The ink splatter technique by Ali Johnson, January issue. 

Renee Zarate
Using: The Embossing powder resist technique by Anna-Karin Evaldsson, August issue.

Riikka Kovasin
Using: The Tape Texture background technique by Magda Polokow, May issue.

 Shirley Bampton
Using: The distress paint marbling technique by Liesbeth Fidder, March issue.

Tracy Easson
Using: The potato printing technique by Helen Chilton, June issue

WOW... now THAT'S what I call Design Team inspiration!  

  Have we inspired YOU to have a play and enter? Yay!!!
All you need to do now is have a read through the boring (but essential!) rules and guidelines, then upload your entry using the Linky tool at the end of the post! Can't wait to see what you create!

Do you love our challenges as much as we do? Feel free to grab the button and display it with pride!
 Guidelines for Craft Stamper Take It, Make It Challenge
  • Entry dates: Friday August 1st 2014 -  midnight Wednesday August 27th 2014
  • Winner to be announced in a blog post here: 9am Friday August 29th 2014
  • All entries must feature a technique from a 2014 issue of Craft Stamper magazine.
  • All entries must state WHICH technique, WHICH issue and WHO wrote the original article in the magazine. Please see DT samples above for the information we require!
  • All entries must contain stamping.
  •  No digi stamps please, unless combined with actual stamping. 
  • Projects can be of any theme, any colour. 
  • Projects can be a card, layout, journal page, art panel, tag, 3D item, anything at all, as long as it follows all guidelines and features that months technique.
  • The winning entry MUST be posted to the magazine for photography before it can be published. Please keep hold of your entry, we cannot publish in the magazine images sent via computer.
  • Entry is via the linking tool at the end of the post. We are very sorry that we can't accept email entries to this challenge. Please provide deep links to your actual project post, not just a link to your blog (to do this, click on the title of the relevant blog entry and copy/paste the URL in the relevant box when uploading your entry). The DT will not go searching your entire blog for the project we want to see!
  • No backlinking.
  • New work only please, not work previously published anywhere else.
  • Entry is welcome from anywhere in the world.
  • Multiple entry is welcomed, as long as each project has a separate blog post, is original, and fulfils all the entry requirements. One project per post please!
  • Entries can be combined with other blog challenges.
  • An obvious link back to the Craft Stamper Blog must be included in your blog post.
  • The September 2014 challenge will be announced here on Friday September 5th 2014, at 9am.
PLEASE consider turning off word verification on your blog. It is very difficult for the DT to comment on as many blogs as we would like to when word verification slows us down!

Competition rules: Competitions/giveaways are open to all (including overseas readers) except employees of Traplet Publications Ltd and their families; regular contributors to any of Traplet Publications’ magazines; employees of our printers; or anyone connected with the prizes offered. By entering the competition you accept that your project may be printed in the magazine. All entries must be received by midnight on the specified closing date. There are no cash alternatives and prizes are non-transferable. We reserve the right to use the winners’ name/work in any Traplet-produced literature including, but not exclusive to, our website and marketing materials. Judges decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.


  1. FABULOUS DT inspiration - you girls rock! Jo x

  2. Great inspiration, however if, like me you have never bought a copy of the magazine BUT after the recent announcement re 365 MIGHT think about buying it, we can't join in :(

    1. Hi Lesley!
      All our challenges take a technique from the magazine to use as the theme for that month. So far we've had seven challenges that focus on a technique from a 2014 issue of Craft Stamper, so if you want to scroll back through the blog there are seven different techniques there to have a go at, even if you have never actually seen the magazine before!! The info you would need re the technique name/issue/ designer is all included in the blog post for that month! Hope this helps! xxxxxxxx

    2. Thank you Trish, thanks for the explanation, that explains it :)

  3. Wow,I think these are the best DT pieces I have ever seen for a challenge,fantastic work :)

    Donna x

  4. Thanks for another super challenge and for the gorgeous DT inspirations - I love getting inky with my stamps and you all encourage us to do that! Karen x

  5. Amazing job done by DT's!!! Just found your blog and impressed by your work with lots of inspirations.

  6. Wow what fabulous inspiration this month. A great challenge

  7. Fabulous inspiration, thanks for the great challenge. xx

  8. Amazing work as always from the design team-great challenge

  9. I really enjoyed all the processes I used to make my entry. Thanks Craft Stamper for all your inspiration.

  10. oh I tried to enter but wasn't able to work out how. And I appear to have mixed up the dates - I am in Australia and we are a day ahead but I got it wrong :(

    Is it possible to submit for feedback? I haven't tried one of these competitions before.