Friday, 9 October 2015

Craft Stamper October Challenge Reminder - Take a technique

Morning everyone,

It's reminder time at Craft Stamper again, in the Take it Make it Challenge.  This month the theme is 'Take a Technique, and comes from the new strapline of the magazine, Ink Stitch Paint Collage Print Paper.  And of course.. stamp!  

So take any of the above techniques (or all of them), include stamping somewhere on your piece, and enter the challenge!

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 October is

Calico Craft Parts

www.calicocraftparts.co.uk



Calico Craft Parts create and stock an incredible array of MDF and greyboard laser cut shapes, soooo many to choose from, and such wonderful quality. From cogs and spiderwebs through to shadow boxes and ATB (Artist Trading Block) kits, there really is something for everyone!

 The prize this month is this wonderful selection of goodies:


We have: 
Top row left to right: 3" plain ATB cube kit, mini cogs style 1, geometric cut out ATC blank.
Middle row left to right: Mini fancy shapes 1 wood plaques, 2" square aperture ATB cube kit, mini crowns style 3.
Bottom row left to right: Fleur De Lis frame ATC blank, Mini butterflies style 3, Fancy cut out frame ATC blank.

Wow! Fabulous prize!
 Our randomly drawn winner will be one 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! 



This is my inspiration piece, a small canvas painted with studio acrylics, in bright pinks, yellow's, blue and white, accented in black.  There is a Tim Holtz rub on on there, Indigoblu sentiment stamps and the little question/exclamation mark, and my favourite stampotique girl.  I've edged the circles in fine liner pen, and drawn the border.  The large circle marks were added with a lid dipped in paint, and I've used an old credit card for the lines.  She is grounded on an old book page, and the flower stamp was from a magazine, stamped three times and cut out.


I had great fun making this, and I love the sentiment - it's very true you know!  

So we hope to see you at the Craft Stamper Blog, we'd love to see your entries to the TIMI challenge.

Good luck and best wishes,

Nikki
xx



Friday, 2 October 2015

Craft Stamper TIMI Challenge October - Take a Technique

Hi everyone,

It's the start of a new challenge over on the Craft Stamper Take it Make it blog.  This is what we need from you, and what you can win.



October Challenge:
'Take A Technique' 
Use one or more of the following processes in your art: 
Ink Stitch Paint Collage Print Paper
(and include stamping 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. Your project can be any theme, any colour you want... as long as you've stamped somewhere, and used one or more of the processes listed above, then you're good to go!


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 October is

Calico Craft Parts

www.calicocraftparts.co.uk



Calico Craft Parts create and stock an incredible array of MDF and greyboard laser cut shapes, soooo many to choose from, and such wonderful quality. From cogs and spiderwebs through to shadow boxes and ATB (Artist Trading Block) kits, there really is something for everyone!

 The prize this month is this wonderful selection of goodies:



We have: 
Top row left to right: 3" plain ATB cube kit, mini cogs style 1, geometric cut out ATC blank.
Middle row left to right: Mini fancy shapes 1 wood plaques, 2" square aperture ATB cube kit, mini crowns style 3.
Bottom row left to right: Fleur De Lis frame ATC blank, Mini butterflies style 3, Fancy cut out frame ATC blank.

Wow! Fabulous prize!
 Our randomly drawn winner will be one 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! As there are ATB cube kits in the prize, the DT thought they would share some ATB projects with everyone! The cubes used are the exact ones featured in the prize bundle.

*** Remember though, you can enter ANY KIND of project for this challenge! ***


So here is my inspiration piece, I absolutely love these ATB's, they glued together perfectly, and covered well.  You can paint them or paper them, ink them or texture them.  It's up to you.  Mine seemed to lend itself to a Christmas theme, although I might be a little early!

Firstly I used Flitterglu to glue my cube together.  It's not just good for flake you know!  As it's very tacky, it grabs well and holds strongly on mdf or ply etc.  Once glued, I covered all the sides in BoBunny papers from my stash, it's the gold and silver collection christmas papers, I loved the spotty but distressed look.  

Over this, I stamped Indigoblu's Limor Webber Ink Splats, in Stazon Spiced Chai, in 2nd gen stamping, and then some 1st gen.  If you are new to stamping, 1st gen (generation) is taking your stamp straight to paper after inking, but 2nd gen is stamping once on scrap, then taking it to your paper, to get a muted result.

I then stamped Indigoblu's brand new Christmas Icons, onto one of the patterned papers, again with stazon.  They were cut out and edged in ink, and layered onto the cube sides.

I used some lovely embellishments in scrabble letter style, for the Merry, and used Stazon's new Studio Glaze,  in Neon Amplify (it's white but heat it and it puffs up like snow!)  This was added to the letters and the edge of my cube, and the cube was distressed all round with Vintage photo distress ink to add to the aged effect.

Some lovely little feet were added, and my ATB was complete.



Hope you like it! 

Join us at Craft Stamper for some awesome inspiration, and remember you can enter any project into the challenge, as long as it fits the theme and has stamping on it somewhere.  It doesn't have to be an ATB, our  inspiration is just to show you what you can do with the fab prizes this month.

Good luck and best wishes,

Nikki
xxx