Monday, 1 October 2012


We're making some changes to our challenges, we have now moved the challenges to our main blog.

Please join us there for our next challenge...

Friday, 21 September 2012

Alter It Winners

Firstly, apologies for the delay announcing the winners of the alter It challenge, again it was so hard to choose a Top 5 as the standard of your projects was so high.  Everyone that entered should give themselves a serious pat on the back, I wish you could all have won top prize!!!

The winner of the £10 to spend at The Stamp Man is...

Bex's Domino Book is based on Shakespeare and is double-sided and features 2 of his plays.  Do go and visit Bex for more details of her project!!

Bex please can you email me to claim your prize at

The others in top 5 are

Well done to all the winners, please take your blinkies from the sidebar!  Thank you to everyone who entered.  

Future challenges
You are probably wondering why the winners are being announced rather than a new challenge starting, well, we are making some changes to the challenges and I will let you all know about them soon but in the meantime I would like to thank you all for your support so far and hope that you will join us for our future challenges.

The winners of the Summer Sizzler challenge will be announced in due course.

Our next challenge will start on 1st October, so do call back for details 

Friday, 7 September 2012

Summer Sizzlers - Use hot colours!

Our Alter It challenge has now ended, it was lovely to see all of the projects you entered for it!!  Thank you to all that entered, the winners will be announced next week.

At the time of writing we have had a couple of wonderful sunny and warm days in the UK and it is promised to last a little longer.  I guess we have all hoped for an Indian Summer to make up for the poor summer we have had this year so with this in mind we would like to challenge you this fortnight to make cards with hot sizzling summer colours, our final chance to use bright colours as we pass from Summer into Autumn.  

Kimx choose this theme as she likes bright and hot colours and we'd all love to see what you produce with this colour theme.  Our Design Team show inspiration below to get you started with ideas.

As usual we will be picking a Top 5 and the winner will receive a prize of £10 to spend on our website, 

We hope you will join us.

Have fun!!

Jill x


Sue used:
Aspects of Design - Classical Instruments
Distress Inks - Barn Door, Fired Brick, Spiced Marmalade; Ripe Persimmon
Tim Holtz - WordPlay die
Tim Holtz - Mixed Media stamps 
Tim Holtz - Allegro mask


Zoe used
Floral Stamp
Magenta Bee
Coloured Pens
Sticky back Gems
6 x 6 DP


Kimx used

Artemio Clear set - Hedgerow Plants
Stampendous CRP147-R Butterfly Post
Woodware Clear Magic JGCL560 Just to Say
Distress Ink Pads - Mustard Seed, Rusty Hinge, Spiced Marmalade, Barn Door, Crushed Olive
Glossy Cardstock
Versafine - Onyx Black 
Clear Embossing Powder
Glossy Accents


Siobhan used :
Stampendous Stamps
CRR152  Cling Raven Background
CRR131 Cling Crowscape
CRS5031 Cling Jumbo Hollyhock
Distress Inks
Tim Holtz Ideaology Glassine Paper
Woodware Rhinestone Border
Gold embossing powder


Angela Used:

Distress inks
Tim Holtz Stamps - Urban tapestry, Winter sketchbook and Springtime.
Black Archival ink
Clear embossing powder.

Friday, 31 August 2012

Top 5 from Precious metals challenge

Wow again! This was once again a really tough choice to pick the top 5. There were so many favorites, but unfortunately there can be only 5.  So without further ado we finally have it narrowed down. 
And the winner of the £10 voucher is:

And now to the rest of the top 5 

Very well done to all the winners! And a Huge thanks to all who entered. 
They were all fabulous and really gave a tough choice of choosing!
Paula, if you could e-mail your details to Jill at The Stamp Man to receive your voucher.  
Please take your blinkies ladies and display them proudly.

There is still a week left to enter our current challenge "Alter it". You can find it here.

Have a Great week!

Friday, 24 August 2012

Alter It

Our Precious Medals/Metals - Olympics - Gold/Silver/Bronze challenge has now ended, it was great to hear how much you enjoyed that one and we loved what you all made!  It's going to be another hard to judge challenge.

Our next challenge for the coming fortnight is Alter It.

The challenge is for you to alter something making it different from it's original appearance.  Our Design Team have excelled themselves again and offer great inspiration for you to get your ideas flowing.

You can alter a plain box, picture frame, book, bottle, tin, notebook cover, or any other item that inspires you to change it!!

Here is the team's awesome inspiration...


Brenda used -
Dictionary text
Gold mirri board
Sizzix swirly strip die


Kimx used
Wooden picture Frame
Memory Box Swirly Tree
Cheery Lynn Olive Branches
Aluminium Tape
Woodware Clear Magic JGS273 Wheat
Woodware FRS212 Alphabet Background
Hobby Art clear set Friends Sentiments
Alcohol Inks - Denim, Meadow, Stonewash and Pearl
Distress Inkpads - Shabby Shutters, Peeled Paint, Broken China, Faded Jeans
Black Versafine
Clear Embossing Powder
Spritzing Bottle filled with water


Sue used:
Empty Tea Tin
Alcohol inks - Terracotta; Lettuce; Stream
Tim Holtz - Tattered Florals die; Hardware die; Wordplay die
Distress Inks - Spiced Marigold; Rusty Hinge; Shabby Shutters; Ripe Persimmon
Tim Holtz stamps - Mixed Media; Fairytale Frenzy


Caroline used ;
Plain wood - Door hanger, Stampendous Cling - Steampunk Owl
Darkroom Door - French Script, Lost Coast Designs - Spiderwebs
Tim Holtz Alterations Movers and Shapers  - Mini Bat and Skull
Ranger Archival ink - Jet Black and Coffee, 
Lindy's Stamp Gang Moon Shadow Ink - Van Dijk Walnut Sepia
Ranger Alcohol Ink - Eggplant, Glossy paper - White
Uni-Ball Signo - Gold, Guinea feather, Computer printed image, 
Recycled - Handmade natural paper


Siobhan used
Stampendous Stamps :
CRR152 Raven Background
CRR131 Crowscape
CRR133 Castle Gate
Stampers Anonymous stamps
Distress Inks 
Hero Arts Clock Face stamp
Spellbinder Corners
Tim Holtz Ideology :
Philosophy Tags , Watch Face and Spinners
Gold embossing powder

Friday, 17 August 2012

Anything Goes "Celebrations" winners.

Wow! So many wonderful Celebration entries it was so very hard to choose.  So with a bit of help from our DT members we finally have our top 5.
And the winner of the £10 voucher is:

And now to the rest of the top 5 

Very well done to all the winners! And a great big thanks to all who entered. 
They were all fabulous!
Meggymay, if you could e-mail your details to Jill at The Stamp Man to receive your voucher. 

There is still a week left to enter our current challenge "Precious Metals/Medals challenge". You can find it here

Have a Great week!

Friday, 10 August 2012

Precious Medals/Metals - Olympics - Gold/Silver/Bronze

Hello all, Angela here. So have you been watching the Olympics? I always love watching the Gymnastics and swimming. How about you? With the Olympics wrapping up in London we thought this challenge would tie in nicely. Our theme this fortnight is going to be "Precious Metals"  as in Gold, Silver, Bronze etc just like those wonderful medals all the Olympians have been winning. 
Any project as long as it includes some type of metal touch. How easy is that right! 
Now before I head off and bring out some inspiration from the design team we have some exciting news to share. 

We are excited to announce that we have 2 new team members on our design team.  Zoe Sanderson and Tony Robson.  They both have different styles as you will see when you visit their blogs and we are looking forward to working with them both. Please do stop by and give them a big welcome shout. 

And now some inspiration from the team:

Angela used:
Black Archival ink

Brenda used -
Mixed papers for pages and front cover
Bind It All
Sizzix dies - Ornate frame back #3, phrase inspire
Chocolate acrylic paint, inka gold
Cracked embossing folder
A selection of masks


Zoe used

Siobhan used :
Tim Holtz stamps from the following plates :
CMS061  Urban Tapestry
CMS064  Mini Ornates
CMS063  Mini Muse
Hero Arts Stamp S5449  Fabulous Flourish
Tim Holtz Alteration Die - Umbrella Man
Stampendous Pirate Gold embossing powder
Aluminium Tape - from hardware store

Tony used;
Frantage glitters in gold halo and bronze
[own silver glitter]
Stampendous stamp LONDON CRW074-R
Tim Holtz sewing room die, tattered banners strip die and wordplay die
pumice stone distress ink
Ranger sticky backed canvas
sizzix texture plate
promarkers ruby and blue
archival inks vermillion, cobalt and black

Kim used

Hero Arts CG288 Leaf Clusters
Distress inks - Bundled Sage, Stormy Sky and Scattered Straw
Woodware JGCL 560 Just to Say
Woodware Dotty Ribbon
Gold Nailheads
Circular Nestabilities
Embossing Powder - Gold, Silver, Copper and clear
Black Versafine
Fine Black Micon Pen
Background Paper from stash


 Sue used:
Tim Holtz stamps - Odds & Ends; French Marketplace; Haberdashery; Fabulous Flourishes
Tim Holtz die -  Elegant Flourishes
Distress Inks - Picked Raspberry, Worn lipstick, Seedless Preserves
Ranger - Metal foil 
 Embossing Folder - Victoria 
Perfect Pearls Mist - Biscotti

Now it's your turn to link up your "precious Metals" project. We cannot wait to see them.  As always one winner will get a £10 voucher for the Stamp Man online store. 



Friday, 3 August 2012

Anything Goes - Summer Colours

Well I certainly had my work cut out to chose a winner from so many fabulous entries to this challenge!! It was lovely to see so many lovely bright and happy colours. With a bit of help from our DT members, I eventually picked my top 5.
And the winner of the £10 voucher is:

I love resist techniques so this sample caught my eye straight away. I also love the stamp Sylvia used for her stunning card, it worked so well with the Distress Ink resist!!

And now to the rest of the top 5 :

So well done to all the winners!! Thanks to everyone who entered. The standard was very high and as I already said it was not easy trying to narrow it down to just 5.
Sylvia, if you could e-mail your details to Jill at The Stamp Man to receive your voucher. Enjoy!!

There is still a week left to enter our current challenge "Anything Goes - Celebrations". And we have a new challenge for you next Friday.

Friday, 27 July 2012

Anything Goes / Celebrations

Thank for entering our Anything Goes/Summer Colours challenge, the winners will be announced next Friday.

Wow, what a lot of entries, the weather in the UK hasn't proved summery this last fortnight but you certainly managed to work with summery colours!!

We hope you will join us for our new challenge, Anything Goes Celebrations.

Your projects can be for any celebration, a special birthday, anniversary, or a congratulatory card (maybe for all those Olympic medals that will be won in the next fortnight!)

As usual, the top prize winner will have £10 to spend on our website,

We are looking forward to seeing your entries!!

Brenda used -
Tim Holtz - Shabby French stamp set
Sizzix Book cover 2 embossing folder
Downloaded butterfly
Vintage ribbon
Computer generated sentiment
Caran D'Ache aquarelle crayons
Lace, button, burlap


Kimx used - 
Hero Arts - S5601 Newspaper Background
Hero Arts -  F5042 Leaf Flourish
Woodware - JGCL560 Just To Say
TH Distress Ink - Weathered Wood, Black Soot
Floral and leaf Dies


Siobhan used

Aspect of Design Framie 5 Antique Script and Keys
Spellbinder Nestabilities Labels 
Stampendous Music Score Background
StampendousOrnate Border
Hero Arts Fabulous Flourish
Distress Inks
Tim Holts Ideology Letters
Copper Embossing Powder
Gold Embossing Powder 
"Time to Celebrate" - free stamp from Craft Stamper magazine 


Sue used:
Distress inks - Barn Door, Dried Marigold, Fired Brick, Ripe Persimmon, Spiced Marmalade
Darkroom Door stamps - Home Sweet Home 
Tim Holtz - Fabulous Flourishes
Tim Holtz die - Word Play & Tattered Flowers

Lisa Sparkle

Lisa used:
Stampendous Cling- Butterfly post
Watercolour pencils in grey and pink
Silver mirri card
Black ribbon

We look forward to seeing your projects!

Friday, 20 July 2012

Winner announcement for Bling It On Challenge

Thank you to everyone who entered our Bling it on Challenge, it is now time to announce the winners!

I am sure that each fortnight it gets harder for the team to pick the winners and this time it seemed especially hard, you all really excelled yourselves in your projects, in fact, you all always do!!!!

With a long short list from the team, believe me it then became even harder to choose the top 5.

So I sincerely ask that you all give yourselves a pat on the back even if you are not in the 5.

OK, so the winner this time is....

Congratulations Monique, I appreciated your perseverance and experimentation to complete your project!

Please can you email me (Jill) at to claim your prize of £10 to spend on our website.

The others in the top 5 are

8: Wendy P
35: xtqlx
67: Lydia
68: Chris Olsen

Please take and display our binkie on your sidebars!

Again, well done everyone and thank you for entering.

There is still almost a week for you to join in with our next challenge Anything goes/summer colours please scroll down for details

Have a great weekend!!!!

Jill x

Friday, 13 July 2012

Anything Goes/Summer Colours

Welcome everyone to our latest challenge which is "Anything Goes/Summer Colours". I have just seen the fantastic winner of the "Time or Travel" challenge. Well done Trace (InkyPinkyCraft)'s a stunner!! Thanks to you all for entering and sharing your wonderful creations. And I am looking forward to sitting down later to look through the Bling it On entries.

Most of us have had a rather dismal summer so far, very dreich as we say here in Scotland. So I am looking forward to seeing lots of lovely hot summer colours in your entries for this challenge to brighten us up!! You can make anything you like as long as you use summer colours.

I will kick off with a card using one stamp for my focal image and my background.  You have two weeks to enter and remember there is a £10 voucher for the winner!!

Siobhan Used
Spellbinder Parisian Accents Border
Mark Richards Natural Pearls - small and medium

Lisa Sparkle

Lisa used:
Stampendous cling stamp- Garden background
Watercolour pencils
Martha Stewart punch
Papers and bling from stash

Angela used:
Aspects of Design stamps - "On Gossamer Wings"
Tim Holtz Stamps - "Urban Tapestry" & "Winter Sketchbook"
Tim Holtz Distress inks - Salty Ocean, Mowed Lawn, Squeezed Lemonade, Peacock Feathers, Dusty Concord, Picked Rasberry, Ripe Persimmon, Walnut Stain and Brushed Corduroy.
Clear Embossing Powder
Black Archival ink
Dymo Label maker
Baby Wipes


Sue used:
Aspects of Design - Alluring Ladies
Distress Inks - Mowed Lawn; Mustard Seed; Ripe Persimmon
Tim Holtz die - Wordplay
Glossy Accents


Kimx used
Woodware Clear stamps (Will be available soon)
Distress Inks - Rusty Hinge, Seedless Preserve, Faded Jeans 
Hero Arts S5601 Newspaper Background
Clear Embossing Powder
Water Spritzing bottle
Small circle punch

Brenda used -

Memory Box Pastry Labels
Wooden embellishments
Distress Markers

Friday, 6 July 2012

Time or Travel

Good morning, afternoon, or evening, wherever you are in the world!! What a lot of wonderful art we saw this last challenge of Time and Travel... I loved so many of them, and felt inspired by several,  so it was a very difficult decision for us to decide.

So, the Top Prize of £10 to spend at The Stamp Man goes to.....

OOO it's so yummy, isn't it?? Clever use of all her bits and pieces and ink.

Congratulations Trace, please contact Jill to claim your prize

Closely following are the runners up, in no particular order
Tammy - #6
Clare - #10
Silvia / Barnie - #33
H - #40

Please take your blinkies for your sidebars!

Thank you to everyone who entered and we hope that you will enter our current challenge, which is Bring on the Bling, that ends next Thursday, the details are in the post below.

Have a great weekend!

Frankie and the team xx

Friday, 29 June 2012

Bling It On Challenge

Thank you to everyone who entered our Time/Travel themed challenge, your entries are amazing and picking winners will prove a difficult task for the team.

Now that theme has come to a close we welcome you to our new challenge theme that will last for the next 2 weeks... Bling It On!!!

Here's your chance to impress us with your use of sparkly embellishments, so add glitters, jewels, or anything you fancy adding.  Whoever impresses us most will have £10 to spend on our website,

The project can be any theme as long as it features some ***bling***!


Organza Ribbon
Woodware Blending Chalks


Sue used:
Tim Holtz stamps - Fabulous Flourishes; Odds & Ends; French Marketplace
Distress Stains - Victorian Velvet; Picket Fence 
Tim Holtz die - Vintage Marketplace
Stampendous stamp - Rose Corset
Tim Holtz Distress Markers

Lisa Sparkle

Lisa used:
Aspects of design butterfly beauties stamp plate
Distress Inks
Versafine in Onyx Black
Purple raffia and card, flowers and skeleton leaves from stash, green handmade paper
Black gems

Caroline used;
Stampendous cling - Mermaid
Artemio Clear Stamp Set - Distressed Backgrounds
Aspects Of Design - Mesh Effect Background
Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad - Peacock Feathers, Picked Raspberry
Ranger Archival ink - Jet Black
Lindy's Stamp Gang Moon Glow's Glitz Spritz - Royal Lapis Lazuli Fire
Lindy's Stamp Gang Moon Glow's Two-Toned Embossing Powder - Desert Moon Copper Pine
Card stock - Kraft, White
Caran D'Ache Neocolor II Watersoluble wax pastels
Derwent Inktense Watersoluble Ink Pensils
Uni-ball signo pen - white, silver, yellow, gold
Faber-Castell PITT artsit pen - black XS
Spellbinders Nestabilities - Petit Ovals Large & Petit Scalloped Ovals Large
Recycled - Kraft Envelope


Kimx used:
Stampendous clear set SSC1105 - Daisy Stem Trio
Artemio clear set - Manuscript Backgrounds
Hero Arts - F5042 Leaf Flourish
Distress ink pads - Wild Honey, Rusty Hinge and Barn Door
Frantage Aged Ivory Embossing Enamel
Card Candi
Glitter glue
Ribbon, nailheads, pin, button, flowers and stamen from stash.


Angela used:
Tim Holtz Distress inks - Faded Jeans, Dusty Concord, Black Soot, Peeled paint, Forest moss, Walnut stain, Old Paper.
Tim Holtz Stamps - Urban Tapestry, Winter Sketchbook
Marc Richards Bling - Yellow.
Clear embossing powder
Versamark Distress ink

Lisa O

Lisa used
Distress Inks-Bundled Sage, Tumbled Glass, Faded Jeans, Chipped Sapphire 
Stampendous Cling Mermaid
Artemio Swirls Stamps
Glossy Accents
Moonglow Emerald Green Glitz Sprtitz
Cosmic Shimmer Lapis Sapphire Embossing Powder

Please link to your project post rather than your main blog address. If unsure please check our challenge rules.