Friday 31 December 2010

Challenge # 13 The Stamp Man, Blog Hop, Challenge, and Award Event for 2010

Thank you to everyone who entered our anything goes tag challenge, so many beautiful tags!  The Top 5 will be announced soon and will be listed on the separate Challenge Winner’s page (under the header).

We are doing something a little different for Challenge # 13.  Last year we held our first awards event, the awards were for proudly presenting your best/favourite crafting project you feel you made during the year.   We are going to hold it again this year but we are linking it with our fortnightly Challenge. 

We would like you to join in the challenge, which is to show us your best/favourite project of 2010.  The award blinkie is just a nice random award for anyone that joins in.  Display your award blinkie on your sidebar with a link back to this blog.

The most important part of this is that we would like you all to have fun and enjoy taking time to look back on your crafting over the last year, so pick something you have made that you are particularly proud of and feel was your best/favourite work of 2010. 

We are also holding a blog hop!  As you go through the blog hop you will see that the ladies on the design team have shared their favourite challenge projects with you too.  Their cards are shown below as usual but visiting their blogs will give more details about their projects, also they will be giving you clues for a chance to win prizes!

For this challenge and the blog hop, prizes will be randomly picked and given to those that have completed the following
  • Join in the actual challenge with your best/favourite project linked with Inlinkz as usual
  • Take your award blinkie with pride and display it on your sidebar with a link back to here.
  • Follow your way around the blog hop in the order you are given along the way, collect all the letters/code you will find on each blog. Write these down then work out the answer when the blog hop is finished.
  • Leave a comment on ALL the blogs you visit in the blog hop 
  • Post our event blinkie onto your blogs or a post about the event with your best/favourite project
  • Email the answer to: by 9pm (GMT) on Thursday 13th January 2011.  Please put blog hop answer as the email title
If you get carried away looking through the work on the blogs you visit and run out of time to complete the hop that day, make a note of where you stop and start again another day.  You have 2 weeks to complete the awards, challenge and the blog hop, so there is no rush to get to the end, enjoy the journey and admire the scenery along the way!

The blog hop will start at the Main Stamp Man blog, where you will also find out about the prizes!!!

After seeing photos of the prizes, leaving a comment and collecting your first letter, you will be asked to come back here.

Your second letter is a P

Your next blog to visit (your 3rd) will be Janet, Clarky J’s Play Space.

Have fun hopping!!

Have a very happy, healthy and prosperous New Year!!!


Stamps used:

Sue used: 

Debbie used
Aspects of design Mens

Michelle Used
Habico Chinese Flower Set 2


Stamps Kay used:

Friday 17 December 2010

Challenge # 12 Anything Goes Tag

Well here we are on challenge #12 already. Where does the time go??? By the time we are doing #13, Christmas will be over and we will all be rushing on to the next thing!! With that in mind, we invite you to make us a tag this time, and YOU can choose the content. If you are still in Christmas mode, then that's fine, but some of us DT members made a bid for freedom (tee hee!!) and struck out into different pathways. So, "Anything Goes". Whatever you choose to do, we hope you really enjoy making it, and that you will come and share it with us by adding your link to the list below. Don't forget to leave a comment, too and let us know how you are liking the challenges each fortnight. We on the DT are thoroughly enjoying visiting your blogs and seeing all your lovely work.
We now have a new page under the main header where you will find the details of the winners of the last challenge.
Merry Christmas to you all and a Happy New Year from me, Frankie, and all the Design Team at
The Stampman.


I decided to mount my tag and make it into a card, as many of you often ask me what to do with tags when they are completed... I think they make beautiful toppers. I used
Aspects of Design floral plate 1
Aspects of Design botanical plate 4
Nonsequitur plate Oriental love letters plate 40
Tim Holtz philosophy tags
Tim Holtz movers and shapers tag and bookplate die

Stamps Kay used:


Jill used
Hero Arts CG197 Old Letter cling stamp
Tim Holtz Alteration Dies - Tattered Floral, Regal Crest, and Elegant Flourishes
Starburst Stains
Black Webbing Spray (only available from the shop)
Moonglow Embossing Powder stamped with TH Stamps - Reindeer Flight, and Hero Arts S5449 Fabulous Flourish


Brenda used:


Sarah used
Hero Arts Big Snowflake [which I notice is on offer so get it while you can!!]
Starburst Stains
Moonglow embossing powder
USArtquest Mica Colour Palette - Metallic
Ranger Acrylic Paint dabber - white
lots of bling!

Friday 3 December 2010

Challenge # 11 - Take ANY 3 colours, Christmas theme

Wow Folks you all love Tim too! Have you begun following his 12 tags of Christmas? He is on day 3 so still not too late to get going Tims blog can be found here and to help you along The Stampman has a fab array of Tim's tools, stamps and other bits and bobs here, here and here.

Janet is hosting our new challenge this time but before she gives you the details I'll butt in with
  the Top 5 of our Anything by T!m challenge

The top prize of £10 of Stamp Man Gift Vouchers goes to...

1 Janet

and then in no particular order

29 Megan K
49 She
48 Laura
15 Julie S

Well done ladies, please take your blinkies from the sidebar!

We are staying with a Christmas theme but this challenge we would like to limit you to 3 colours. Who knows maybe you will be entering your version of Tims tags!

The design team have enjoyed this one too - sometimes its more fun restricting yourself and the 3 colours have certainly brought out the fab creativity amongst the team. Just click on their names to find out more about their project.

Janet Used

Kay used:


Jill used
TH stamps - Reindeer Flight
Distress Inks - Chipped Sapphire and Walnut Stain
TH - Adage Ticket and Hinge Clip
TH - Alterations die - on the edge Snowflakes
Snowflake punch available from the shop
Christmas Wishes greeting from AOD 33 Holly Sprays


Frankie used the holiday stamp set from Tim Holtz, distress inks in pink, blue and purple and a wonderfully curly stamp from Kay's set, Aspect of Design 58, Fancy Flourishes

A really fabulous array of colours and styles thanks so much team.
So do you fancy playing along? If so then just make your Christmas project restricting yourself to 3 colours and when you have done your blog post add it here into the Blue froggy Link.
We are always delighted to see your creations - we hope to inspire you but your creations always inspire us too!
Have Fun
The Stamp Man DT

Tuesday 23 November 2010

Challenge # 10 Anything by Tim, Christmas theme

Hi All

I can't believe the wonderful response we had to the last challenge, I thought I must be the only crafter who hasn't got all their cards done and dusted, but you've proved me beautifully wrong. Beautifully that is with the beautiful entries we had. Over to Jill now to announce the winners...

Thanks Michelle, Michelle is your host for our new challenge and will explain more shortly but for now, later than usual, are the winners of our previous challenge.
It was really hard to select from so many entries and the DT were split between possible winners so I have decided to make them joint winners!!

The top prize of £10 of Stamp Man Gift Vouchers this time goes to 2 ladies
£10 each (I didn't split the prize money, lol!)

96 Tracy and 129 Rachel

Please can you both contact me at to claim your prizes

Yes, I've failed with decisions for the next bit too, so I'm keeping all of the final 4 that I just couldn't whittle down to 3!

79 Lisa M
61 Janet Wilson
10 Janet
212 Vicky

Well done ladies!  Please take your blinkies from the sidebar:)

Thank you for entering and supporting our challenges, incredible work was shared again!

New Design Team members. 
We did mention last time that Brenda would be joining our DT later but she has already joined us!  Joining Brenda as a newbie this time is Sue, you'll see their brilliant contributions below.  Do visit their blogs to get to know more about them.  Our other new teamie Sarah had a nasty car accident this week, although battered and bruised is miraculously OK.  Take time out, rest and take care Sarah x
OK, I'll hand you back to Michelle now


Now we aim to test your steadfastness to the winter theme by asking you to dig out your Tim Holtz tackle and start with the art........

So we are looking for Christmas entries that have any Tim Holtz product in the making of them. Wow does that leave it wide open. I wonder how many crafters don't own any TH?, if not we know the perfect place for you to grab a bargain or two (wink wink!) but I'll bet there are quite a few who do!

If you need a little inspiration to get you on the TH trail here are some fantastic samples from the DT



Michelle Used

and in this one Michelle used


Jill used:

Lisa used:

Frankie used a collage image of the TH stamps and as many of the blue
distress inks as she could!!

Wow!!! hope you're as blown away as I am and that you're inspired to come play at ours!
Looking forward to seeing your entries
x Michelle

Friday 5 November 2010

Challenge # 9 Christmas

Firstly thank you for your fantastic entries to our Cards for Men challenge, there was a really good response.

Over to Jill now for the announcement of the Top 5 for this challenge

Thanks Vix! OK, so who said we don't like making cards for men? Not you lot, that's for sure as there was a very long shortlist again to whittle down to just 5, so here's that final shortlist

The top prize of £10 of Stamp Man Gift Vouchers this time goes to

45 Meggymay

and then in no particular order

99 Angie
65 Annika
86 Neil
18 Rachel X

Well done ladies and gentleman! Please take your blinkies from the sidebar:)

Thank you for entering and supporting our challenges


Now I'll hand you back to Vix...

Our new challenge hosted by me (Vix) is an Anything goes CHRISTMAS. If you haven't started yet now is the time to panic so get stuck into this one and have a look at what the team have created to inspire you. We're joined by our new teamie Sarah of The Art of Moodling fame. Please go and check out her blog, she's awesome! We also have another new teamie who will join us later on and thats Brenda of Bumblebees & Butterflies. You might recognise her name from around blogger as I think just about everyone knows of her!
Our challenge will run for 2 weeks and we accept more than one entry if they are different i.e a card, an ATC, an altered item. Hope you like what we've created so now let us see yours!


Vix used: Aspects of Design 61 - Butterfly Beauties, Starburst Stains - Holiday Wreath, Hero Arts - Fabulous Flourish, Gold Acrylic Dauber, Black Webbing Spray (Only available in the shop)


Debbie used


Stamps Kay used:
Aspects of Design No.32 un-mounted stamp sheet - Flitter Flutter Snowflakes

Lisa used:


Sarah used
Hero Arts CG226 Bauble
Hero Arts S5449 Fabulous Flourish [which truly is FaBuLouS!!]
and says
I have a CAS side to my work, and just AdOrE Hero Arts stamps, so
I so enjoyed making this card. Look out for messy and inky next time though ;)

Jill used:
Tim Holtz stamps, Santa's Wish
Starburst Stains Holiday Wreath set
Distress Inks
Moonglow Embossing Powder Holly Berry Red Gold
Nestie: Classic Scalloped Heart
Heart UTEE embellishment stamped with heart wings stamp from
Aspect of Design 62 Artistic Elements
White Webbing Spray (only available at shop)

Friday 22 October 2010

Challenge # 8 Cards for Men

Thank you to everyone who entered our autumn challenge!!
I'll quickly announce the Top 5 before handing over to Lisa, your host for our next challenge.

The top prize of £10 of Stamp Man gift vouchers this time goes to...

55 Joanna

and in no particular order...

49 Angie
15 Zoechaos
59 Syvia-Anne
62 Lisa (The Purple Place)

Well done ladies!! Please take your blinkies from the sidebar:)

Thank you for entering and supporting our challenges!!!

Jill....Now over to Lisa:)

New Challenge
Woohoo!!!! Challenge 8 already!

So many of our cards and creations have girly themes, so our next challenge is asking you to think of the men in our lives for a change- it's CARDS FOR MEN.

My fabulous teamies have created some superb examples to inspire you all. Please feel free to visit their blogs to see how they produced their beautiful works of art, and show them some love by leaving a comment! Click on the name link above each picture to get to the blogs.

As ever, you have two weeks to get your entries in- leave a link using the blue frog linky thingie at the end of the post, and we'll be round to have a look! If you need a reminder of the rules, please click here.

The challenge will run until 9pm on Thursday 4th November 2010.

Can't wait to see what you talented bunch come up with!!

Lisa :)

Lisa used:

Janet used
Distress inks dried marigold and bundled sage