Monday, 12 December 2011

November swaps are posted

Not as many players for Novembers swap so I guess it was a bit of a challenge.
Still stunning work though and I marvelled at the ways you found to show fireworks in the night sky!
This set of atcs stood out because it was different and totally away from my thinking of the theme that I thought it was amazing!

The set was created by Pam Atkinson and she has added the characters from the bonfire plot and then used colours to represent fire. I also love how she has inked the pictures background but masked the men to keep them white and bold on the atc. Wonderful to see the idea of the original "fireworks" characters on this fab set of atcs.
Well done Pam!
Hope you enjoy the swaps you receive.
the thanks thread has been opened if you want to add your thanks there.

Happy crafting
Janet and The Stamp Man team

Thursday, 1 December 2011

December theme: Evergreens - Firs and Foliage

Hello All
Where on earth has 2011 gone? Passed me by in a flash - here we are on the last atc swap of 2011 - Firs and Foliage
Here is a couple of atcs from the team using one of the Stampmans own stamp sheets which you can find here


I will be picking up Novembers Firework swaps on Saturday so the swap will take place over the weekend.

Have fun playing with firs and foliage and I look forward to seeing your gorgeous atcs.
here is the inlinkz if you would like to share them with everyone

Wednesday, 16 November 2011

Firework swap- more inspiration

Have you made your firework swaps yet? If not, here is a little bit more DT inspiration.

Thursday, 10 November 2011

Another Fireworks ATC

Hi Guys

Sorry I'm so late with my contribution but better late than never an you never know it might jog your memory to make an ATC to swap this month

This a really simple design with just a TH inked background and stars from Apects of Design 05 - Christmas 1  stamped with Duo Embellishing Adhesive 1oz and sprinkled with glitter.

Check out the Embellishing Adhesive on the shop website - it's a brilliant product!

Tara x Michelle

Wednesday, 9 November 2011

Oriental swaps posted

In fact they went yesterday so the first class ones should have arrived today. We were down on swaps this month with only 13 players - but quality was abundant!

Here is the winner made by Tracey Jackson and is a beautiful collaged piece in the traditional red and black oriental combination. Tracey will choose the theme for Februarys swap.
Hope you are busy creating your fireworks atcs for this months swap. Some have arrived already. The mid month post will be along with more inspiration but do scroll down to see some lovely ones from the DT.
Have fun!
Janet and The stamp Man Team xx

Tuesday, 1 November 2011

November ATC swap - Fireworks!

Wow this one required some thought - got the old grey matter working and some long forgotten stash raided. I've already seen some fabulous ideas for this theme from some of our regular players - so inventive and talented - can't wait to see more! Here is a little inspiration from the team xx

Tim Holtz Mini Classics stamps - Distress ink Stormy sky, Black Soot and Dusty Concord - Black Archival ink - Twinkling H2o's - Moon Glow Silver Moon EP
This one was just for fun - Black ATC card from US Artquest Napkin kit - Stickles Gold and Red, Clear Embossing powder, Hero Arts Mini letter clock stamps upper and lower - Black Archival ink and photo.

Janet used
Chipped sapphire distress ink, Tree from Stampers anonymous TH Believe stamp set, Midnight teal embossing powder, sakura pens, perfect medium.

I do hope that has given you some ideas - don't forget the swap instructions are on the side bar. If you would like to share your creations through the Inlinkz then please do add here.
I will be picking up the swaps for October to swap over the weekend so not long to wait for your oriental creations .
Happy Crafting x

Sunday, 16 October 2011

Oriental ATCs- more inspiration.

Soooooo, have you made your oriental ATCs yet? No? Waiting for inspiration to strike? Well, here's some more from our Design Team!

Thursday, 6 October 2011

In my Garden swaps have been posted

Hi all - Lovely as always to see the imagination and thought that have gone into making your atcs - gorgeous gorgeous stamps out there and some wonderful talent playing along.

Our numbers were down this month - only 18 players but with some of you sending 6 atcs for a swap that still means the numbers I am swapping are still high.

As always thanks so much for your little notes and Raks - I love opening the letters as much as I love seeing the swaps. So this months winner is Sue Davies AKA Sue the Iron. Here it is - it was difficult to photograph with the high gloss of UTEE but honestly all the layering blew me away - Utterly gorgeous Sue.

So hope you are ready to play along with our Oriental theme - you may also have noticed November and Decembers themes have been added in too. I look forward to seeing them all .

Have fun creating x

Janet and The Stamp Man team

Saturday, 1 October 2011

October Swap - Oriental

Hello All and welcome to another Stamp Man ATC swap.
this month we would like to see Oriental inspired ATC's.
Thisnk Peace, Tranquility, Beauty...You got it! We cannot wait to see your takes on the subject. Now here is a little bit of inspiration from the group to help get you started.


Thanks for joining us and have a fabulous time!

Thursday, 15 September 2011

In the garden swap- more inspiration

How're you all getting on with your In the garden swaps? Need a bit more inspiration? Well, here you go then!

Wednesday, 7 September 2011

August Ocean swaps are posted

Wow! I loved how creative you were with the Ocean theme some totally stunning atcs that's for sure!
So hard to chose a winner however after a weekend away in Filey and Whitby with lots of childhood memories swirling around my head this one stood out for me - I love the simple stamped look, the gentle shading around the edges but wow the sentiment says it all!

Well done Andrea Heath you are our August winner!
Details in your envelope.

So how many of you played along this month?
well I have posted 21 envelopes today going to Europe, Great Britain and The USA
Such variety and talent that I am privileged to see.
Don't forget you can share your atcs with everyone at The Stamp Man atc swap by adding them to the linky if you have a blog.
have fun with this months theme In The Garden and Lisa will be along mid month to share some more inspiration with you from the DT team x
Happy Crafting

Thursday, 1 September 2011

September atc swap - in the garden

Hello All and welcome to another stamp Man atc swap.
this month we would like to see atcs inspired by your garden.
Now I have to say I dont have a garden - more a back yard but just beyond is some wild land and the railway tracks where little rabbits often play. So here is my atc to get you thinking about your own garden inspiration!

Please check out the swap instructions on the side bar and if you would like to share your creations on the blog then do add your link here with the Inlinkz.
I will be picking up your Ocean atcs on Saturday and swapping over the weekend
happy Crafting!

Monday, 15 August 2011

The Ocean ATC challenge.....more inspiration!

Just a reminder about this month's Ocean ATC challenge from the Stamp Man team.

Here's some more fabulous inspiration from the Design Team!



Saturday, 13 August 2011

July swaps - sorry they are late

Hi All and firstly humongous apologies for the lateness of swapping this month. Its been so busy at the clarke house and I failed to get myself organised sooner. However your swaps were posted this morning so should start arriving from Monday Royal Mail allowing.

So here is Julys winner Kate Perry
It was even more difficult than usual to chose as there were so many utterly gorgeous Vintage atcs - its obviously a theme you all excel at.
Kate used to swap with the Stamp man years ago and has just joined in the swap again. In the end her atc swung my decision mostly because of the fabulous texture with in it. If you look carefully - even the atc itself is textured as well as all the embelishments.
Well done Kate - i have added instructions to your swaps about what to do next.

We had 26 people swapping this time which was fantastic - i do hope you enjoy your miniature works of art when they arrive. huge thanks for all your letters and Raks too - they are always a joy to read/ look at.
Lisa will be along in a few days with a mid month reminder about this months theme which is The Ocean and yet more stunning inspiration from other DT members.

Happy Crafting
Janet and The Stamp Man team x

Monday, 1 August 2011

The Ocean

Hi There and welcome to Augusts Stamp Man swaps. The theme this month is the Ocean.
Lots of gorgeous summery colours used here by the design team!
Swaps to be at The Shop by 31st August - all swap details are here

Some inspiration to get your creativity flowing from the team

Janet used

Brenda used -

Angela used:
Distress Crackle (Rock Candy)
Perfect Pearls (Heirloom Gold)

Thursday, 14 July 2011

Mid month reminder for the Vintage ATC swap

Hi Everyone

Just a reminder that this month's Vintage theme is now about half way through, have you entered the theme yet? Here's a bit more inspiration for you from the Design Team



Jill used:

Mesh ribbon

Thank you!

Sunday, 3 July 2011

ATC winner and trees swap posted

Hi All

Some stunning atcs for the Trees swap and an amazing variety of tree stamps too!
lovely to see some new players joining in. We had 25 in all including 2 players from the USA and one from South Africa!

The swaps have been posted today so I do hope you all enjoy the ones I have chosen for you.

Onto the winners atc

This gorgeous creation is from Jean Straw - the distressed stamping and inking caught my eye and the beautiful saying just clinched it! Jean has been a faithful player for the last year and always produces beautiful stamped atcs - I am sure if you have received her work its very treasured.

So well done Jean - I have popped a note in with your atcs about what to do next x

Please don't forget to change the Stamp man address in your diary as its now unit 11 instead of 10 - see the post below for the full address.

I look forward to receiving your Vintage atcs this month - please ensure they are at the stamp man by the 31st July.

Happy Crafting folks x
Janet and The Stamp Man team x

Friday, 1 July 2011

July ATC Swap - Vintage Theme

Hi All and welcome to Julys Atc swap here at The Stamp Man.
As you can imagine its been all systems go at Stamp Man HQ getting ready for the move next door. Ian has been busy making shelving and display boards whilst Jill and the girls pack pack pack! If you have been lucky enough to visit this last month you will surely have found many bargains to be had.
And its not too late to visit - Given some notice Jill and Ian can meet you at the warehouse so you can have a good old rummage but you must phone ahead as its not going to be manned all the time.
The move does also mean the address has changed and is now
The Stampman, Unit 11, Craven Nursery Park, Snaygill Industrial Estate, Keighley Road, Skipton, North Yorkshire, BD23 2QR,
Not a huge change as its only gone from 10 to 11 but an important one as far as your swaps are concerned. Please make sure you change the address in your records.

So onto this months swap which is Vintage - a fabulous theme which is so adaptable to anyone's stash so i do hope you play along.

June's swap - trees will be sorted and posted this weekend so do stop by and f
ind out who has won and when they are on their way to you - some beauties I promise you!
Over to the DT for some vintage inspiration x

Janet used
Brilliance ink, clear embossing powder
archival coffee, distress tool, cut and dr
y foam

Angela Used
Stamp sheet Butterfly Angels(Sale room)-(


Sue used:
Tim Holtz - Haberdashery
Tim Holtz - Adverts
Distress inks - Old Paper; Walnut Stain

Lisa Sparkle

Lisa used:
Distress ink- Walnut stain
Aspects of design 10- Mens

Sunday, 19 June 2011

June ATC Swap Trees - More Inspiration...

Wow, it's half way through the month again, June is flying by so quickly!!

Just a little reminder, have you joined in with our June ATC swap yet?

The theme for the month of June is trees, please see the main post below where you can find the details and add your cards digitally.

Remember you can either post photos of your work here OR send in 3 ATC's to us on the theme for swapping OR perhaps do both! (Instructions are on the sidebar).

Here's a little more inspiration for you


I used:
Sticker from 7 Gypsies

Angela used:
Tim Holtz Winter stamp set - Tree

Monday, 6 June 2011

May Swaps are ready to post!

Hi All - May's swaps are now ready to find their way to you - utterly gorgeous every single one of them. Now this months winner has been chosen not just for composition but for amazing use of colour. I have actually met this young artist in real life and have to say I think she is one of the most talented crafters I know. So a big round of applause for Belle Weimer!

Belle attended the Lovin' ink craft retreat in March and is also a regular visitor to The Stamp Man shop - always with an eye for a bargain she is extremely creative and is also only 9 years old! She also shares a craft room with her wonderfully talented Mum so has access to all kinds of media which she is very creative at using. Belle returns to the States later this summer so I am really glad she played along with us this time so some of you get to see and own this gorgeous work. So well done Belle. You get to choose a future theme and the atc will be proudly displayed in the shop for all to see!

As always the work you put in was wonderful - we had 26 people playing along this time which is fantastic. I do hope you like the pieces of art I have chosen for you and I have begun a thank you thread for you to leave your appreciation comments on.

Lisa will be back in a week or so to share more DT inspiration with you for our current swap which is trees so looking forward to seeing those very soon.

Take care and happy crafting!

Wednesday, 1 June 2011

June Swap - Trees

Hi All and welcome to another Stamp Man atc swap
This months theme is to use trees on your creations.
Please click here for all the swap instructions and details.

As always the team have come up with some pieces to inspire you

Janet Used

Brenda used

Such beautiful work team thank you.

hope you have fun with trees this month!
If you would like to link to your blog then please add your link here with the inlinkz tool

Monday, 16 May 2011

May Friendship Swap- more inspiration!

Wow, half way through May already!!! Where is the time going.....

So, just in case you haven't got round to making your ATCs for this month's Friendship themed swap, here's a little bit more inspiration!

Lisa used;

Lisa used:


Neil used
Vintage photo, walnut stain aged mahogany Distress inks
Tim Holtz Stamps - mini muse