Friday, 2 December 2016

200th Issue Celebration Giveaway!

Hello!
As you may have seen on our Facebook page, we are celebrating the 200th issue of Craft Stamper magazine by having a HUGE giveaway!
The prize? This little lot..






Over 50 crafty stash items, all to be won by one lucky lucky person!
As its really difficult to see exactly what you're winning from that pic above, we thought we would
separate out the items for you, show you them in a bit more detail. So, the complete prize list is....


* Two dies from the Downton Abbey range, Craftters Companion.
Left to right:  Swags and Tails, Grand Bow.








* Two Sheena Douglass Stamps, from the 'A little bit sketchy' range.
Left to right: Ancient Arches, Ageing Beautifully.





* Three Stamps From the Papermania Urban Collection (stamps not pictured to scale)
Left to right: Chronology Cogs, Vintage Notes Doily, All Aboard Postmark:





* Two Masks from Tando Creative
Left to Right: Sequin Waste, Clock:





*Four paper packs from IndigoBlu. (not pictured to scale)
Top Row: Floral Fantasy Mixed Media Card Stack, Vintage Memories Mixed Media Card Stack
Bottom Row: Floral Vignettes Mixed Media Mini Postcards,  Floral Vignettes Mixed Media Card Stack:





* Four stamps from Crafty Individuals.
Top row: CI 367, CI 407
Bottom Row: CI 404 CI 413:





* Six stamps by Limor Webber for IndigoBlu.
Top Row: Ink Splats, Splattered Heart, Lotus
Bottom Row: Industrial Lamps, Ink Splat Butterfly, Dramatic Eye:





*4 A5 Clear Stamp and Storage Folder sets from Docrafts Creativity.
Top Row: Female Family, Floral Icons
Bottom Row: Paisley Background, Verses:





* 3 clear stamps from Stamposaurus.
Left to right: Greenhouse Sidelong, Caravan, Greenhouse Door:





* Four Girl stamps by Kay Halliwell Sutton for IndigoBlu.
Top Row: Becca, Caitlin
Bottom Row: Lost In Thought, Dianne:





* Four packs of surfaces fom That's Crafty. (not pictured to scale)
Top Row: 4 MDF Coasters, 8 ATC sampler pack
Bottom Row: 15 white/grey board tags, 15 assorted hearts:





* 6 pots of WOW! Embossing Powders.
Top Row: Spring Breeze embossing glitter, Raspberry coulis embossing glitter, Calypso embossing glitter
Bottom Row: Metallic Gold Rich Ultra High Embossing powder, White puff twinkle  embossing glitter, Black Glint embossing glitter:





* Seven bottles of metallic acrylic paint from DoCrafts.
Left to right: Metallic Black,  Metallic classic Gold, Metallic Emerald Green, Metallic Sapphire, Metallic Amethyst, Metallic Rose, Metallic White:





Phew :)
This is a Facebook Giveaway, so check out our page here:
 for details on how to enter!

Good Luck!

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Take It Make It Challenge: December

Hello!
Welcome to the Craft Stamper December Take It, Make It challenge!
Take the theme, and then Make it your own :)

This month is a 'Take A Theme' month, and the theme is:


Snow and Ice
 Create seasonal makes, or use lots of white product! Think gesso, embossing paste, white paint, embossing powders and glitters. Remember to include rubber/polymer stamping on your project somehow, somewhere!


 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 followed the theme and also stamped somewhere, 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 :)
 
We are proud to announce our sponsor this month is....

 Craftbox



Craft Box is a monthly box full of scrapbooking, card making and mixed media supplies. Every box contains 15 unique, individually packaged products. Craft Box was created by a crafter to provide other crafters with a beautiful monthly box they deserve. Products include mulberry flowers, charms, resin pieces, embellishments, papers, canvases and more.
The boxes are simply wonderful, it's just like Christmas every month!

The prize this month is this fabulous Craft Box selection, a wonderful bundle of goodies!

 

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 seasonal, snowy, icy and 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!


  We can't wait to see what you create!

Thursday, 1 December 2016

Throwback Thursday!

It's Thursday... time for a little Throwback! Every Thursday we will be sharing a wonderful project from a past issue of Craft Stamper Magazine.... a full step by step tutorial for you to feast your eyes upon! As a new project for our newer readers, or a reminder for those who have been with us a while... it's sure to inspire!

Our project today is a stunning example of just how effective a monochrome scheme can be... Lydia Brooke Evans showcasing a gorgeous white on Kraft card. This was first published in our January 2015 issue.








Lydia says:

“Kraft and white is such a classic and timeless look. Add to this some white heat-embossed vellum and you have a look that just screams luxury that will work for any occasion and either gender.


Whether it’s for adding layers or simply somewhere to add a sentiment, vellum has returned with a vengeance and I don't think it will be going anywhere soon.

It can be used on all manner of papercrafts and works well for all occasions and genders, it's just so usable. Although there is a caution when working with vellum; you can see adhesive through it. There are adhesives available that say they can be used on vellum that will be invisible once applied, but I just find it simpler to use the adhesive where I will be adding something on top to hide it.

I love the look of tone-on-tone especially white-on-white, and this look is greatly enhanced with white heat-embossing on vellum. Just adding in some natural kraft card gives such an elegant and classy look that could be used for all manner of cards.   

I love to mix and match sentiments by using different fonts or ink colours, and using stamped and die-cut sentiments together is a fun twist on this. Adding Enamel Accents to the die-cut words is a great way to add extra interest and dimension to them but they do take a while to dry so maybe if creating these cards in a hurry you could skip this step to finish your card quickly"

Materials
Stamps Lydia used...  
Paper Smooches: Blossoming Buds

Other materials...
Paper Smooches: Kudos Word Dies
Lawn Fawn: Stitched Scallop Borders
Tsukineko: VersaMark Ink
Crafter’s Companion: Neenah Solar White Card; Neenah Desert Storm
Ranger: White Enamel Accents
Vellum
Anti-static bag
WOW! Bright White Embossing Powder
Heat gun
Washi tape

Step-by-step... Stamping on Vellum  
1 Cut a piece of vellum to size, dust with an anti-static bag and then stamp a repeating pattern with the large floral cluster from the stamp set with VersaMark ink.






2 Add white embossing powder over the stamped images, knock off the powder that has not adhered and then heat with a heat tool.





3 Cut the 'beautiful' word die out of white cardstock. Trace over the word using white Enamel Accents and then leave to dry. 





4 Using the middle sized scalloped border die cut one length of the piece of kraft card that will be the sentiment strip.





5 Using strips of washi tape mask off the edges and centre of the kraft card to leave two thin exposed areas.





6 Add VersaMark to the exposed strips, then add white embossing powder to the ink and heat set. Then remove the washi tape.





7 Take a piece of white card slightly wider than the kraft, cut one edge with the same border die and add the piece of kraft card on top.





8 Once dry add the die cut sentiment to the strip and stamp and heat emboss the 'You're' above it on the sentiment strip.





9 To assemble the card, first add the vellum to the kraft card, then the sentiment strip with foam pads. Snip of the over hanging edges of the strip and then add the piece to the base card.





That bright pop of white is just stunning...   




Thanks Lydia!
We'll have the start of our Christmas Throwback Thursday posts starting next week, don't forget to check back!       

 

Wednesday, 30 November 2016

Exclusive Blog Extra: 'Peace' by Keren Baker

Hello!
In the January issue of Craft Stamper magazine, Keren Baker is sharing a fabulous idea for creating backgrounds, a subtle version of the Josephs Coat technique. Keren shares a full step by step tutorial as part of the magazine feature, and today we are sharing one of the gorgeous cards she created using that technique. We love it!

'Peace' by Keren Baker



Additional materials...
Grafix: Matt Dura-lar
WOW! Embossing powder : White
Coloured sequins

INSTRUCTIONS:
1. Stamp lots of snowflakes onto a piece of Dura-lar and white heat emboss.
2. Stamp some more snowflakes onto a spare piece of film and cut out.
3. Arrange onto the project after folding up the snowflakes to make them more 3D.
4. Die cut letters and a colour to act as a shadow for the letters. Attach together with the darker colour slightly offset. Add to the base card after layering with some red card and patterned paper.

The 3D snowflakes look wonderful:





Thanks Keren!

We have a busy week here on the blog, our regular Throwback Thursday post tomorrow and then the launch of the December challenge on Friday! It's all go here!
Happy Crafting everyone!

Tuesday, 29 November 2016

Exclusive blog content: Angel Plushie by Tracy Easson

Hello!
A start to a busy week here on the blog!
Today we are sharing a fab step by step from Tracy Easson. In our January issue, Tracy shares a fabulous plushie with us. A superb painted face, Tracy style! This extra content just for the blog shows us how to create your own plushie!





Step-by-step… Creating a Simple Mini Art Doll


1 Prepare fabric by soaking in a mixture of cold water and coffee, leave to dry.


2 Ink up stamp with an Archival ink pad and then stamp onto fabric.



 3 Place another piece of fabric behind and machine or hand stitch together, remembering to leave the bottom open. Repeat three times.


4 Use a soft toy filler to stuff, using a pencil to push it into the smallest spaces.



 5 Stitch the bottom closed.



To finish the project: Cut away the excess fabric and used to stamp the sentiment onto. Fix it in place with a few stitches. Complete with a little rusty bell held in place with a safety pin.






We love her Tracy, thank you so much for sharing! 

Don't forget to check back in tomorrow for another EXCLUSIVE blog project from Keren Baker!
Happy Crafting everyone!

Monday, 28 November 2016

Our Inspirational January Issue hits the shops on Friday!

Hello!
Our January issue hits the shops this Friday (2nd December), subscribers will be getting their copies very soon if not already!




The January issue is a very special one... it is the 200th Issue of Craft Stamper!
I am so pleased to reach this amazing milestone! I think I have every single one of those 200 issues stored in my studio, and I know I’m not alone. Thank you all for helping us create the most wonderful stamping and mixed media magazine around… here’s to the next 200!

We are still feeling decidedly wintery in this issue!
Jenny Marples is sharing the most STUNNING canvas on page 18.The colours are gorgeous, you really need to check it out!



For those of you who are fond of your Distress Crayons (who isn’t!), Kim Dellow takes us through five great techniques with them in this month’s Masterclass. I love experimenting with different ways of using my stash; there’s always something new to discover!




Our free images this month are available in both polymer and digital format. Our polymer stamp is a fabulous star shape that can be used all year round! Kitty Frampton has created some amazing cards using it to inspire you...



We also have fabulous digital designs by the very talented Chris Dark:



and Ingrid Vichova, both of whom are sharing makes using them in this issue. Wonderful job, ladies! All information about the digital images can be found on page 38.

We also have an wonderful stamped ceramic vase by Helen Chilton:



 some seriously cute trees in our 3D Challenge like this one created by Magda Polakow:



and an amazing plushie by Tracy Easson in this issue! 



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!

Have a wonderfully crafty month everyone!