Friday 30 December 2011

The Stamp Man 3rd Annual Awards!!!

Welcome to our next challenge, we are doing something a little different this fortnight.

For the last 2 years we have held The Stamp Man annual awards and we'd love you to join us this year by proudly presenting your best/favourite project that you feel you have made during the year.

It doesn't have to be something you entered for our challenges, 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.

There will be a random prize draw for the top prize which will be

£30 of Stamp Man Gift Vouchers, and 4 runner up prizes!

For a chance to win a prize you must:

- Display our award blinkie in your sidebar
- Link to a post about our annual awards. Within the post you should then either show your project again or you can place a link to your original project whichever you wish to do.
- Use Inlinkz (below) to link to your post.

The design team show their favourite challenge projects below, and what a great selection there is from the team! If you have the time, do call at their blogs to read more about their projects and perhaps leave them a comment.

On behalf of the team I would like to thank everyone who has taken part in our challenges this year, it has been such a pleasure to see all your creativeness throughout the year and we hope you will join us again in 2012.

Happy New Year!!

Jill and The Stamp Man Design Team

I'll start with my favourite project from April. The challenge theme was Embossing, which has always been my favourite technique, especially ultra thick as I have used as the main embellishment. I've carried this little address book everywhere this year, so it has been very useful too!

Hard to choose just one favourite project but in the end Neil chose his first project !

Angela chose Challenge # 25 Butterflies and Dragonflies. I loved the Butterflies on the Vellum and the mesh stamp is one of my favorites!

Siobhan chose her entry into Challenge 21 Resist Techniques . This is the first time I ever won a challenge!!

Lisa Sparkle has chosen this project from the collage backgrounds challenge. I love getting inky and was thrilled with how this one worked out.

Sue C has chosen a card from the Swirls and Curls challenge. I love Sepia tones and distressing so this just hits the mark for me !

Lisa O chose her project for the Nightime Challenge. I loved how this project came together and the starlight worked perfectly which I was thrilled about.

Brenda has chosen this tag from the Travel theme back in August. I gave this to a friend as part of her 60th birthday present. She loved it and so do I.

Michelle has chosen her night time card which she particularly enjoyed making.

Janet's favourite project was from the atc swap fireworks in November

Vix's was the Crowscape as she did it so many times at Port Sunny in various colours and people kept asking if they could have it so she had to make another one!

Please link your best/favourite project with Inlinkz below

Friday 23 December 2011

Ornament winners!

There may not have been 100's of entries for the ornament challenge but still ended up having a far too long short list!

There were so many worthy winners but winners had to be picked so,

Congratulations to  

 the other top 4 places to go.

No: 8 - Myra
No: 10 - Mommyle
N0: 11 - Bettina
No: 37 - Flo-Louise

Congratulations Blackdragon, please contact me at to claim your prize, and all of you runners up please take a blinkie from the sidebar to display on your blog.

Don't forget you still have time to enter Sue's challenge to try a new technique, it closes next Thursday evening

For our New Year Challenge we will be holding our 3rd Annual Stamp Man Awards for Presenting Your Favourite/Best Craft Project of 2011 we hope you will join in with that as we will be holding a prize draw to select the winners for the Top 5 and there will be 5 great prizes to win (maybe more)!!

You don't have to make anything new for it, so even if you have a busy Christmas/New Year without any crafting time you may still find a little time to join us.   

Start thinking of what you have made this year that has made you proud to be a crafter!!

In the meantime, myself and all the design team thank you for entering our challenges and wish you all a very Happy Christmas and Best Wishes for 2012!!!


Friday 16 December 2011


Fabulous entries for Jill's 'Create an Ornament' challenge, there are definitely some well dressed houses out there ! So, onto the next challenge ! You may (or may not) know that I love using different techniques, so with that in mind I've chosen the challenge of:

'Use a technique you've not used before'

This will give you a chance to make anything you want but you must let us know in your post what the new technique is that you've used. I'm sure we will all learn something fab !

As usual the DT have created some fabulous projects to get you inspired and remember the prize for the winner is £10 to spend in The Stamp Man shop !


Sue used:
Tim Holtz - Tag & Book Plate die
Tim Holtz - Snowflake embossing folder
Tim Holtz - Tissue Tape
Tim Holtz - Autumn Gatherings die
White embossing powder
Ranger - Paint Dabber - Snow Cap
Tim Holtz - Movers & Shapers Mini Reindeer & 25

Lisa O

Lisa used:
Alcohol inks-Stream, Pool, Citrus & Gold Mixative
Aspects Of Design Stamps-Daisy Daydreams


Angela used:
Border Ribbon (the Stamp Man Shop)


Neil used
Aspects of Design 55 Butterfly Garden
Distress Stain - wild honey, frayed burlap and peeled paint
Acrylic paint - red
Glue gun
Kraft Glassine paper
Rub n buff - Autumn gold
Tattered florals die
Black archival ink

Lisa Sparkle

Lisa used:

Siobhan used :
Adirondack Ink pads - Willow, Citrus, Lettuce and Shell Pink
Archival Ink - Jet Black
Stampers Anonymous stamps - CMS110  Stuff to Say
CMS 013  Photo Studio
CMS 091  Haunted Mansion
Spellbindes - Foliage Shapeabilities
All products used are available from the Stamp Man online shop

Saturday 10 December 2011

Using T!m's Tags for inspiration winner

Hi Everyone

I am so sorry this is late, life - or actually I should say work, has really got in the way this week. But without further ado I announce the winners of the T!m's inspiration challenge.

This week the team have chosen .....................................

Winner - No: 9 Sue

and the other top 4 places .................

No: 14 - Asling
No: 7  -  Janet
N0: 6  -  Alison
No: 1  -  Mommyle

This was a very difficult decison with everyone interpreting T!m's tags in magnificent ways and giving some fabulous inspiration.

Sue, congratulations. Please contact Jill at to claim your prize, and all of you take a blinkie from the sidebar to display on your blog.

Don't forget you still have time to make an ornament. This challenge closes on Thursday night.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend.

luv Brenda and the Stamp Man team. xox

Friday 2 December 2011

Create an ornament

Fantastic Tags were entered for Brenda's T!m's Tag challenge, thank you to everyone who entered, I hope it warmed you up for this year's Tim's 12 tags of Christmas!

As we are now in December and Christmas is definitely the theme of the moment I decided that as a lot of people will have finished their cards by now it would be appropriate to make an ornament while all the Christmas crafting materials are still on our craft tables.  It can be an altered item made into an ornament, table decoration or even an ornament shaped card, and it doesn't have to be Christmas themed.

It can be a hectic time of year with all the prep so, whatever you decide to make, take time to enjoy yourself!

The design team have been busy creating again and yet again offer awesome inspiration to help kick start your ideas.

Have fun!!!


Inspiration from Jane Gill - Woodware Designer

Jill used:
Large wooden stamp block
Burgundy card
Pale patterned 12" x 12" background paper


Angela used:

Lisa O

Lisa used:
Tim Holtz Sissix Alterations Dies-Tattered Florals & Elegant Flourishes
Cosmic Shimmer Blue mica powder
Diamond Stickles
Various blue papers from my scrap pile
Assorted Brads


Sue used:
Tim Holtz - Mini Holidays stamp
Tim Holtz dies- Vintage Market; Mini Reindeer & 25; Holly Branch
Nestability - Fleur de Lys
Distress Stains - Forest Moss
Distress Ink - Bundled Sage, Forest Moss, Barn door


Siobhan used :
Tim Holtz - CMS 052 Reindeer Flight stamps
Distress inks - Tumbled Glass, Stormy Sky, Pine Needles
Tim Holtz dies - Reindeer Flight and Paper Rosette


Brenda used
Tim Holtz Distress Inks - Weathered Wood, Stormy Sky and Walnut Stain
Tim Holtz stamps - Mini Holidays 2
White acrylic paint
Crystal Stickles
Pearl pen

Lisa Sparkle

Lisa used:
Tim Holtz die
Script stamp like Tim Holtz' Royal script


Caroline used:
Vintage seam binding - Nu Rust
Bead findings - eye pins and spacer beads
Recycled - beads
Trim - crème
Metal clasp


Michelle Used

Neil used
Aspects of Design 4 Celtic Christmas
Distress inks - Wild Honey and Frayed Burlap
Archival ink - Jet Black
Ultra Thick Embossing Enamel
Chipboard circle

Please click on the Inlinkz button to join in

Friday 25 November 2011

Collage/Collage Background Winner

Wow, That was a really difficult task , There were so many amazing entries for the Collage challenge it was a very close decision! Such a talented bunch you all are.
There must be a winner though, so, drum roll please.....................

Congratulations to #24 Alison Manning as the winner of the Stamp Man voucher.
We loved her colorful and interesting Thank you card.

Please contact Jill at to claim your prize.

Our 4 runners up in numerical order are:

Well done everyone, please grab the blinkie on the sidebar and wear it on your blog with pride!!!

Don't forget you can still join in with our Tim's Tag Technique challenge.
We would love to see you there!

Have a wonderful week!

Friday 18 November 2011

Tim's Tag Techniques

Happy Friday Everyone - the weekend is almost upon us.

Today it is me, Brenda, who is your host for this challenge but first I have to say
the collage entries have been amazing over the last 2 weeks
We are going to have such a difficult job again choosing the winner and top 5.
For this next challenge, I am asking that you choose any of
(so that gives you 48 to decide from) ....
and use his techniques to create your own Christmas project.
You don't have to re-create T!m's tag, in fact you don't have to make a tag at all,
it could be a card, bag or altered item.
Please just tell us which tag you have chosen and the techniques you have used from it.
This really gives you the opportunity to be as creative as you want, but with a T!m seasonal theme.
Now Don''t forget we have a prize of a
£10 gift voucher
for the Stamp Man shop up for grabs.
All the challenge details and rules for entering can be found by clicking the associated tab at the top of the page.
Our super talented design team have been very busy making lots of inspiration for you. You can click on their names to see more info on their wonderful projects.

I chose tag one from Christmas 2007
and used the following -

Tim Holtz Crackle Paint - picket fence, old paper, tattered rose, brushed corduroy, brushed pewter, tarnished brass
Distress Inks - weathered wood, dusty concord, seedless preserves, black soot, tumbled glass, tea dye, pumice stone, chipped sapphire, tattered rose. stormy sky, vintage photo, bundled sage, barn door, antique linen, mustard seed, ripe persimmon
Tim Holtz stamps - mini holidays 2
Plus a number of ribbons and embellishments

Tim's Plaid background with alcholo inks
Siobhan chose the tag from Day 3, 2009 as inspiration and used the following
Glossy cardstock
Alcohol inks - various colours
Stamps from the following Stampers Anonymous sets
CMS094 Winter Sketchbook and
CNS061 Urban Tapestry
Tim Holtz Alteration Delight
Tim Holtz Christmas Muse Tokens, Silver Brads and Washers
Distress Inks - Chipped Sapphire and Tumbled Glass
Jet Black Archival Ink

Sue used: Tim Holtz die - Tattered flowers; Elegant Flourishes Grunge Paper Distress Stains - Fired Brick; Picket Fence Tim Holtz Stamps - Mini Holidays Tim Holtz Ideaology - Type Charm Cuttlebug Embossing Folder - Distressed Stripes

Lisa used:
Cosmic Shimmer Mist-Lime Green

The technique I used is from the 
12 tags of Christmas 2008

Materials I used;
Aspects Of Design - Christmas I (Spruce and Background)
Black kraft card, Manilla Tags #8
Ranger Adirondack Acrylic Paint Dabber - Black and Juniper
Tim Holtz Alterations Bigz Die - Tattered Pinecone (657492)
Tim Holtz Alterations Bigz Die - Reindeer Flight (656923)
Tim Holtz Alterations Movers & Shapers- Joy (656935
Tim Holtz Idea-ology - Swivel Clasps
Ranger Distress Stickles - Diamond
Lindys Stamp Gang Moonglow Embossing Powder - Terra Cotta Plum
Stampendous Clear Embossing Powder
Cosmic Shimmer Ultra Thick - Lapis Black
Seam binding, Snowflake charm, Bling and Metal mini bell


Loosely based on Tim's 2010 tag number 9 
Neil used
Stampers Anonymous Seasonal silhouettes and mini holidays
Alterations Rosette and Carnavale dies
Distress ink - Tumbled glass and peeled paint
Tim Holtz Christmas charms
Glossy accents

Lisa used:

Have fun everyone.