Saturday, 4 July 2015

Blog Extra: Kim Costello part 2!


Welcome back for the second of the fabulous mixed media template projects by Kim Costello! Our cover star for the August issue, Kim,  has created a line of the most amazing mixed media templates, all designed to help you create the most fabulous faces. On pages 50 and 51 of the issue, Kim shares just exactly how to use the templates, with lots of really helpful step by step pictures. Whilst the 'how to' is really important, we all love a bit of eye candy inspiration as well.... so we are sharing two more projects by Kim here on the blog!

I really love this striking card Kim has created:

 Paper Piecing with Mixed Media Templates

Paperbabe Stamps: Mixed Media template; Long & Fringe; Just Because Stamp set
Basic grey: Spice Market pattern papers
Sizzix: Tim Holtz Alphanumerics
Stampers Anonymous: Dot Fade Stencil THS006
Distress ink: Walnut stain

INSTRUCTIONS: Stamp the face outline onto patterned paper and cut out. Stamp the facial features, as the card shows. Use the hair template numbered one to draw the hair, and then cut out Add definition to the hair with white pen. On an orange piece of patterned paper, add distress ink through dot fade stencil. Die cut the word 'you' from black card and adhere to the top left of the card, then stamp the rest of the sentiment underneath with black ink. Doodle boxes around the stamped words with black and white pens. Ink the edges of the paper piecing and adhere the profile face in position, adding highlights to the lips and eye.


Kim has lots more projects and ideas using the templates over on her blog here:

and you can purchase the mixed media templates from Kim here:

I hope you've enjoyed these bonus projects, look out for more from upcoming issues soon!
Have a lovely day!
Trish xxx

Friday, 3 July 2015

Take It Make It Challenge: July!

Welcome to the launch of our July Challenge!

As you might remember, this year our challenge is alternating between 'Take A Stamp', and 'Take A Technique'....and this month our challenge is 'Take A Stamp'!
So the theme is ....

July Challenge:
'Take A Stamp' 
Anything Goes!
(but remember you MUST use a stamp somewhere on your project!)

Show us how unique you can be...get your stamps out and 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 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 July is

Art Journey

Art Journey create and stock the most fabulous selection of stamps and stash, well worth a visit!

The prize this month is a stupendous selection of stamps... FOUR plates  in all:

How amazing is that? 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!


I have to say...there are some STUNNERS there, that's what I call inspiration!

 Want to enter?!
Then simply link up using the Linky Tool below! 
PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE have a read of our challenge rules before you link up. Any entry that does not comply with all the rules will not be considered for either of the two prizes on offer. All rules can be found by clicking the link at the top of the page, under the banner!

We can't wait to see your creations.....
Good luck!

Thursday, 2 July 2015

Blog Extra: Kim Costello


Our cover star for the August issue is Kim Costello! Kim has created a line of the most amazing mixed media templates, all designed to help you create the most fabulous faces. On pages 50 and 51 of the issue, Kim shares just exactly how to use the templates, with lots of really helpful step by step pictures. Whilst the 'how to' is really important, we all love a bit of eye candy inspiration as well.... so we are sharing two more projects by Kim here on the blog!
 The first is this wonderful journal cover....

                                                           Moleskine Journal Cover

Materials Kim Used...
Paperbabe Stamps: Mixed Media template - Wavy; Just Because Stamp set
Caran D'ache: Neocolor II watersoluble: Vermilion; Orange; Yellow; Pink; Salmon; Raw Umber; Scarlet; Prussian Blue

 INSTRUCTIONS: Follow the instructions on the template to draw the hair, (follow steps three to seven as described by the step by step pictures, in the August issue of Craft Stamper). Scribble the Neocolor crayon, as shown in the face painting steps in the magazine . Using the Umber for shadows and the Pink and Salmon for the skin, blend with a damp brush. Use the Scarlet for the lips and Blue for the eye. Use the Orange for the hair, add the Vermillion to the shadow parts, blend with a damp brush. Stamp the sentiment, stars and freckles in a line, using black ink. Add lines for strings, and as a final touch, add highlights with white Posca pen.

Kim has lots more projects and ideas using the templates over on her blog here:

and you can purchase the mixed media templates from Kim here:

There will be another extra project from Kim here on the blog on SATURDAY (tomorrow is the launch of our July blog challenge!)

So, see you tomorrow with lots of stamping inspiration from our blog challenge DT!
Have a lovely day!
Trish xxx

Tuesday, 30 June 2015

Get your hands on our August issue from this Friday!

Our dreamy August issue goes on sale on Friday 3rd of July, so don't miss out by ordering your copy with free UK p&p from our shop or download your instant copy from pocketmags!

In this month's issue you'll find...

  • Trish Latimer's Shaving Foam Backgrounds where she shows you how to experiment with shaving foam to finish with surprisingly creative results
  • Jenny Marples' Dragonfly Canvas where she explains how to create gorgeously distressed collages
  • Gelli Plate Inking, where Helen Chilton develops beautifully subtle layers of pattern and colour using Gelli Plate printing
  • Brightly Distressed!, where Hels Sheridan encourages you to really go for it and be bright and bold when using colour! 
  • Sue Wherry's Mermaid in a Bottle, where she shows you how to create your very own mystical mermaid in a bottle to capture that faraway land 

  • Christine Dark's Lantern Bunting where she helps you prepare your garden for a gorgeous summer party with brightly coloured oriental lantern bunting
  • Clean Colour, where Joanne Allison teaches you how to create slick and clever designs with the aid of her professional tips
  • Mixed Media Templates, where Kim Costello shows you how to use Mixed Media Templates to produce stunning portrait designs
  • And finally Kay Carley's A Change of Scene where she explains how to use Perfect Partner scenic stamp set and dies by Sheena Douglass to produce beautiful countryside scenes that you wish you could visit!

So with a quick round up of the projects in this month's issue and a little sneak peek at the details we know you'll be running to the shops this Friday to grab your copy! You should be able to find a copy in all good craft stores across the UK or if you want yours instantly then you can download a copy from Pocketmags! If you want to make sure you never miss a copy then you can also call our friendly Customer Service team on 01684 588599 and subscribe! Happy stamping all!

Saturday, 27 June 2015

Kim Costello Bonus Blog Projects!

Hello all the Craft Stamper Subscribers out there!

The official On Sale date for the August issue is July 3rd..... so you will need to check back here just before then to see the wonderful bonus projects by Kim!
There are two... one will go live 9am Thursday 2nd, the other 9am Saturday 4th.....

See you then!

Submissions wanted for our November and December issues!

We are looking for submissions for our Ready, Set, Stamp feature on the following theme for our November or December issues of Craft Stamper. If you've always wanted to see YOUR card in print, now is your chance!!

You may enter cards for both, or just one of the themes mentioned!

· Please email your submissions to
· 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!

· Please make cards only for this gallery.
 . Please do not use stamps that are discontinued for this article. Also please only use stamps that are available to buy in the UK (the exception is stamps from advertisers e.g. Art Journey, De Stempelwinkel).
. We do not accept cards created with digital stamps ONLY for this feature. Digital stamps MUST be used in conjunction with real stamping to qualify.
· Cards which are selected need to be posted to the Craft Stamper offices in the UK.
· 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.
· Cards will be returned at our expense, along with a complimentary copy of the magazine in which your card features. Note this can take approx. three months.
· Please follow both the theme AND the colour scheme when creating your cards. You can add black, white and metallics 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.

. Last day to send cards for the NOVEMBER gallery is: 21st July 2015
. Last day to send cards for the DECEMBER gallery is: 18th August 2015
Entries received after these dates cannot be considered for publication.

We look forward to seeing all of your beautiful designs!

Friday, 26 June 2015

Take It Make It Challenge : June Winners

It's Winners time!
What a fabulous response to our June 'Take A Technique: Texture' challenge!
You lot are all so talented, we just loved looking through all the entries!
So...on to the important stuff, the winners!
As you will remember, from now on we will have TWO winners from each challenge, the Design Winner and the randomly selected Prize Winner. First up, I am thrilled to announce our Design Winner..

Entry Number 68: Samantha

 Congratulations Samantha! That card is lovely, so many textures. We really liked the black chunky glitter on the butterflies! Gorgeous! Samantha will win a Guest Designer slot, a Winners Profile and of course her gorgeous project will be published in Craft Stamper Magazine.

As always, we have the remaining two slots in our Design Top Three to reveal, they are in no particular order :)

Congrats ladies! 

Next...the randomly selected Prize Winner! This winner will be the lucky recipient of the prize provided by out wonderful sponsor, 

Rubber Dance Art Stamps!

The prize is...............

 The randomly drawn winner is:

Congratulations Lydia! I think you'll have a lot of fun choosing your prize!

Now the important bit!
  Winners, you need to need to get in touch with me in order to claim your prize! 
Please email me at: , and put TIMI Winner in the subject line, then I'll be sure to spot it!
Top Three Design Winners, also please contact me if you wish to receive a button to display on your blog.

Please check back next Friday for the launch of our July Challenge!