Friday, 20 April 2018

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 March 2018 challenge is:

Sue Blamey


Sue won the challenge with this beautiful card. We loved the wonderful effect Sue managed to achieve with the butterflies, such a gorgeous blast of colour!





We asked Sue 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 was at a craft fair and saw someone demonstrating using a rubber stamp, putting on embossing powder and then heating it. It was revolutionary at the time and got me interested. I have been stamping off and on for about 20 years but have more time since giving up full-time work.


Q: What are your favourite kinds of stamps, and do you have a favourite stamp company?
A: My favourite stamps are flowers. I do love flowers being a keen gardener also. Favourite stamp company? Probably Altenew as their flower stamps are lovely, also Simon Says Stamp and Penny Black stamps.

 

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

A: Definitely 'clean and simple' but I do enjoy experimenting with different media and techniques, for example, alcohol inks, water-colours and incorporating those into CAS cards.



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

A: Cards are my favourite kind of project at the moment as I enjoy making them to join in with card challenges and of course they can be sent to friends and family.
 



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

A: My Sizzix Big Shot as I enjoy incorporating die-cuts in my card-making.



We also asked Sue to show us some of her favourite stamped creations,  and share why she likes them so much. Here are the gorgeous projects she has chosen:






"I chose these three because they reflect my love of flowers and watercolour, with a clean and simple layout" -Sue


Congratulations on being our March Design Winner Sue, 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!

Saturday, 14 April 2018

Ready Set Stamp: Art Call!

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 August 2018 issue of Craft Stamper. If you've always wanted to see YOUR card in print, now is your chance!







Colours: Deep Purple, Bright Aqua, Strawberry Red, Vibrant Yellow

Deadline for submission: 15th May 2018


· Please email your submissions to: editor.cs@mytimemedia.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 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.  
  •  Stamps used MUST be available to buy currently, either from a UK stockist or a stockist with an international shipping policy that ships to the UK.
  • 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.
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We can't wait to see your fabulous creations!  

Friday, 13 April 2018

Take It Make It April Challenge: Inspiration

Hello!
Our April challenge is well under way, we love all the entries we've seen so far, and can't wait to see more!
As it's the second Friday of the month, we're back with some more amazing eye candy from our DT, hopefully something will inspire you to enter the challenge!

So... just a little reminder before we show you the projects!

 ALL of our challenges this year are '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 amazing sponsor this month is:


 

Imagine Design Create is an online shop and also a bricks and mortar store in Devon, UK. The brainchild of owner Kerri Ann Briggs, the store offers a wide variety of crafty stash, from stamps and inks to paints and papers. Everything you could want!
The range of own brand stamps is fabulous, and we have two of these sets on offer as the prize for our randomly drawn winner this month!








We hope the prizes on offer have inspired you to take part... and here are some fabulous projects by our Inspiration DT to give you even MORE inspiration!





Cheetarah Cheda


























Suz Humphreys





Wow!


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