Thursday, 20 July 2017

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 June 2017 challenge is

Gerrittina van der Ziel



Gerrittina won the challenge with this beautiful card! We loved the elegant colour scheme, the wonderful images and the fabulous hints of texture in the background.






We asked Gerrittina 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: As long as I can remember I have been handlettering; we didn't call it that, though. During my schoolyears all my agendas were full of it. After that I began making cards; at first 3D ones, but then I discovered stamping. That must be about 20 years ago. Later on I discovered the rubber plates. Thanks to Louise from Art Journey, whom I met at a hobby show, I am now hooked.


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

A:  I like all kinds of stamps; animals, flowers, people etc. I like the stamps of a lot of different stamp companies as Art Journey, Katzelkraft, Carabelle studio, Jofy from Paper Artsy, but also Penny Black's flower stamps. These are so nice to colour.

 

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

A: I like all kinds of styles. That's my problem: I can't choose. Sometimes I like to be messy and make colourful backgrounds, but I also like CAS cards; but why choose if you can do it all?



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

A: I am a cardmaker who loves to create a canvas or a booklet every now and then. I also like to make art journal pages.



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

A: Stamping without inks would be difficult of course, but at the moment I love my paints. Inks and paints, you can't make a great background without them as far as I am concerned.



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



"I made a booklet in the Kate Crane style for a friend of mine. It was for her birthday. It's been a lot of work, but so much fun to do. I used the paints from Dylusions, stencils from Dutchdoobadoo, Jofy stamps, Stampotique and Dylusion stamps." - Gerrittina


Congratulations on being our June Design Winner Gerrittina , 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, 14 July 2017

Take It Make it July 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.....


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....

STAMPlorations


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STAMPlorations is a wonderful online store, stocking hundreds own their own brand polymer stamps, not to mention stencils, masks ands steel dies. The designs are so varied, and so very very cool! Lots to suit the tastes of every crafter out there!
The prize on offer for our randomly chosen winner is this set of 3 stamp plates:




 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! 

















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

Saturday, 8 July 2017

Darkroom Door Giveaway!

**GIVEAWAY NOW CLOSED ***
Hello!
In the latest issue of Craft Stamper magazine, we have a wonderfully inspirational feature showcasing some stunning stamps by Darkroom Door. Rachel and her team have created some stunning projects..... here are a few closeups so you can see just what we mean!

By Belinda Spencer:








By Godelieve Tijskens:







By Rachel Greig:







By Teresa Abajo:







Such wonderful work, all showcasing the wide variety of eclectic images from Darkroom Door!
We have a set of SIX stamps from Darkroom Door to give away on our blog today. As you can see, they absolutely encompass the wonderfully varied range of images that Darkroom Door are so famous for:



In order to win this set of six stamps, simply leave us a comment here, on the blog, below this post. We'll choose a winning comment at random next Saturday (July 15th) at noon UK time :)

This giveaway is a BLOG ONLY giveaway, comments left elsewhere will not be considered for the prize.
This giveaway IS open Internationally, we're happy to post out the prize to any part of the world!

GOOD LUCK!

www.darkroomdoor.com

Friday, 7 July 2017

Take It Make It Challenge: July

Hello!
Welcome to the Craft Stamper July Take It, Make It challenge!

This months theme:
An 'Anything Goes' Stamping Challenge!
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.

 
We are proud to announce our sponsor this month is....

STAMPlorations

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STAMPlorations is a wonderful online store, stocking hundreds own their own brand polymer stamps, not to mention stencils, masks ands steel dies. The designs are so varied, and so very very cool! Lots to suit the tastes of every crafter out there!
The prize on offer for our randomly chosen winner is this set of 3 stamp plates:


LOVE those! AND.....
Shery has so very kindly offered an extra offer for you!
For the whole month of July, when  readers/followers of the blog place
an order of at least $15 from the store, they can get 20% off on all
stamps, stencils, and dies using the code: CRAFTSTAMPER

THANK YOU so much Shery!


I hope the prize has 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!
Remember.... we HAVE to see stamping on your project somewhere!


  We can't wait to see what you create!

Monday, 3 July 2017

Ready Set Stamp: Submissions wanted!

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

 
Colours: Burgundy, Burnt Orange, Latte, Chocolate Brown.

Deadline for submission: 7th August 2017


· 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.  
  •  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.
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We can't wait to see your fabulous creations!  

Our Amazing August issue hits the shops this Friday!

The August issue of Craft Stamper hits the shops this Friday (July 7th)
 Subscribers will be getting their copies very soon, if they haven't landed already!



 You may have noticed we have a wonderfully cute cupcake stamp on the cover of this issue! No, we haven’t got our months all mixed up… the cupcake (with everything crossed and the wind blowing in the right direction!) heralds The Return Of The Stamp.
Yes, from this issue onwards we’ll be seeing a wonderful polymer stamp on the cover of EVERY issue. This makes all the team here at CS very happy! :)

We have not one, but TWO Masterclass features to share this month. Not only do we have Anneke sharing some stunning work using Scribble Sticks...



we also have some inspirational ideas on how to use Distress Oxide inks from Anna-Karin...



We know just how much you love your Distress Oxide inks, so if a mini masterclass isn’t enough to inspire you, then how about two amazing projects from Kath Stewart? Kath has showcased two very different styles, both amazing! We think you’ll agree, so why not have a look?




We also have an wonderfully detailed and intricate assemblage project by Monika Januszewska..



 A stunning mini album from new-to-Craft Stamper designer Emma Godfrey, our cover star this issue:



and some fabulous triptychs in our 3D Challenge gallery in this issue, including this stunner from Michelle Webb:



We have an inspirational feature from Claire Newcombe, designer for Imagine Design Create in this issue too....


Unfortunately there is a typo in the email address given for Imagine Design Create in the magazine, the correct address is: www.imaginedesigncreate.co.uk
Please accept our apologies for this mistake.

 
So, lots for you all to experiment with, and don’t forget, I would love to see what you create! Email me, or share on our Facebook page!

So, where can you get your hands on a copy of the magazine?
For subscriptions, please go to: www.craftstamper.com
For single print issues : www.mags-uk.com
For digital issues, both subscriptions and single issues: www.pocketmags.com


Have a wonderfully crafty month everyone!