Friday, 23 December 2011

Thursday, 22 December 2011

Teresa Collins Stampmaker on Create & Craft TV - tonight 6pm!!!




We are back on Create & Craft TV tonight at 6pm with a Christmas special offer!
Watch and buy!
Sky 671 | Freeview 36 | Freesat 813
www.createandcraft.tv

Wednesday, 21 December 2011

Beautiful Christmas Card from Christine Illis


this lovely collage card was created by Christine using Stampmaker to make an embossing sheet that she used with gold metal sheet to create this prettycard. Joyeux Noel Christine et Merci !!

Amazing 2012 journal by DT member Julie Jacob

DT member Julie Jacob created this amazing 2012 journal using a Moleskine notebook and the free December monthly downloads for the TC Stampmaker.

(close-up of the cover details)

Instructions:
Trim patterned paper to fit the cover and inside cover of the notebook.  I used October Afternoon - Farmhouse (Sunday Dinner) for the cover, and Teresa Collins - Notations (Music) for the inside cover.  I cut the big glitter label from a sheet of My Mind's Eye - Lost & Found Two (Sunshine Memories Sweet) paper, and then stamped 2012 on it.  Adhere the label.  
On the inside cover, add doilies (cut in half) & month strips.  I stamped some with the December download stamps, and typed some on an old typewriter.  Next sew around the edges of the notebook.  Add embellishments (flowers, Scrabble tile, bling).   Now you have a fun little notebook all ready for your lists, ideas & thoughts for 2012! :)


Friday, 16 December 2011

Create a Calendar by DT member Cheri Piles

Design Team member Cheri Piles created her own custom calendar with stamps she created using the TC Stampmaker.  One the best things about the Stampmaker is that you can customize your stamps to fit your style.



So without further ado here are Cheri's pictures and  instructions.

Old fashioned clipboard calendar using Teresa Collins World Traveler and Stampmaker


Monday, 12 December 2011

Teresa Collins Stampmaker on TV for Christmas!


Wednesday 14th December 9am we are back on TV at Ideal World Shopping TV Channel.
Extra 2012 negatives & exclusive Spring design negatives included in this offer! Buy on wednesday in time for Christmas.
We hope you watch........and buy! Special Refill offer available too.
Find us on:
Sky 644 | Freeview 22 | Virgin 747 | Freesat 812
or www.idealworld.tv

Sunday, 4 December 2011

December Download

We decided to do this months download looking forward to the New Year





This is not the download-please click on link to download or download directly from the TC Stampmaker website.  If you are unable to download pdfs please contact Photocentric and we can email the file to you directly.

 We included the months of the year and a few little symbols to remind you of specific occasions: hat and balloons for birthday, tree for Christmas, star for special occasions, egg for easter, heart for Valentine's or anniversaries and a pumpkin for Halloween.  There are many other holidays and there is no way for us to include every holiday so if you create something else, please share it with us and we can  include it in our blog.  


There are many wonderful calendar planners available but we have included a totally blank one for those who wish to completely customize their own.  I will be sharing a few of my inside pages later this week I created using stamps I made with the TC Stampmaker and some of my own handwriting too.  I did them in both a4 and 8.5 x 11 sizes.

Please remember all downloads are for personal use ONLY.

Saturday, 26 November 2011

Fall Thank You Card

Here's another great card from DT memeber Sesil Cratin to thank whomever cooked your Thanksgiving or fall holiday meal before changing to red and green for Christmas.  Or maybe just as a lovely fall theme thank you card.  She created this using the free November download for the TC Stampmaker.


Thanks for making this great card Sesil!! 

Tuesday, 22 November 2011

Happy Thanksgiving!!

This Thursday is Thanksgiving here in the United States.  For me it is a time to reflect on everything I am thankful for-my family and friends, the people I work with, warm and comfortable home and amazing neighbors, my life, freedom and my country.  

What are you thankful for?


Looking for a last minute hostess gift or need to add a quick update to your Thanksgiving decor?  Then check out this amazing project from DT member Julie Jacob.

Old frame
muslin type fabric
'give thanks' stamp - November free download
Ink - Tsukineko (StazOn - Jet black)
chipboard
buttons
fabric - for flower

To make:
1.  Measure inside of frame opening and cut chipboard piece to fit.
2.  Cover chipboard with 2 layers of fabric...for nicer coverage.
3.  Stamp 'give thanks' onto fabric.
4.  Adhere chipboard piece into frame...I used Quick Grip.
5.  Add flower in center, and buttons on the side.
Flower tutorial found here:  
Happy Thanksgiving!!
from everyone at Photocentric

Tuesday, 8 November 2011

New November Stamp Negatives

This month's free download is a mixture of image-give thanks for Thanksgiving (USA) or could be for thank you or gratitude cards or projects.  Bare trees for winter.  The gear background and naughty and nice for Christmas.  Snow and Snowdrop flowers are more for the UK and Europe as they only grow in some parts of the US.  The ornate frame and sentiments are nice for card fronts as the words fit in the frame.  With so many customers from around the world we are trying to keep them so everyone can use them.  So we hope you enjoy them!!  Here are a few projects I did with them.



Supplies used: Red Dot paper-Canvas Corp,  rhinestones, ink-Tsukineko


These are not the negatives-please click on this link and it should open a pdf for you.  If you are having problems downloading or if you have very high security settings you may need to download the images from the website.

Happy Stampmaking!



Friday, 28 October 2011

More Holiday cards

Design Team member Sesil Cratin recently did these great holiday cards.  She always does amazing cards and I always admire how she puts all the parts together.  I love the red and black together as it adds a twist to the traditional red and green.  The great thing about the TC Stampmaker is that regardless of which winter holiday you celebrate-you can create personalized custom stamped cards to share with friends and loved ones.  So if you are looking for a way to get ahead on those holiday cards make sure you look at the Stampmaker.  And if you haven't taken it out of the box and used-this would be a great time of year to start using it.  I love making stamps almost more than I love using them.




Also, if you are having any problems finding the free downloads on the blog-please go to www.teresacollinsstampmaker.com and look under downloads.  
Also, another tip make sure you save and open the image in any image manipulation program such as Photoshop or Elements or any of the other programs available on the market.

Monday, 24 October 2011

Holiday Cards

Design Team member Cheri Piles focused on using the "Happy Holidays" seal to show you several ways to use it with the accompanying stamps. Think of it as One Stamp two looks ;).  She did an amazing job on this card and tag.  Again I always admire people who can create great cards.  Way to go Cheri!!  Keep up the good work.


She stamped the background with the snowflake stamps and then layered the Happy Holidays seal in the center.

 Here is a *TIP* from Cheri:
To give this card dimension I dabbed my gluestick onto the stamp and stamped again over my inked image then I added prisma glitter which gives the snowflakes a really "frosty" look! BE SURE to wash your stamp right away in warm soapy water to prevent the remaining glue from drying which will ruin your stamp.

This is another GORGEOUS design from Cheri:




We love the Retro colour pink and the fabric flower & pearl.
Happy Holidays!



Thursday, 20 October 2011

Julie's Christmas Book


Julie created this amazing book using the October stamps and the new Christmas Home collection from Teresa Collins Designs.  I love how she mixed the color and b&w photos.  We love the more traditional and neutral colors for Christmas so love this book.  Make sure you check out all the amazing projects on Julie's blog.  Keep up the great work Julie!!
So without further ado- let the book speak for itself:


Christmas Home 8x8 book  by Julie Jacob 
   www.juliejac.typepad.com
Supplies Used:    CH2702 – Christmas Home – Christmas Calendar (back)    CH2704 – Christmas Home – Christmas Snowflakes (both)    CH2701 – Christmas Home – Christmas Chandelier (both)  CH2706 – Christmas Home – Christmas Décor (both)  CH2709 – Christmas Home – Christmas Words (front)  CH2715 – Christmas Home – 12x12 Red Glitter Paper  CH2719 – Christmas Home 6x6 Designer Paper Pad  CH2710 – Christmas Home – Die-Cuts  CH2717 – Christmas Home Rhinestones  CH2713 – Christmas Home Chipboard Elements  CH2720 – Christmas Home – Sticker Sheet  CH2712 – Christmas Home – Decorative Brads  TC Stampmaker stamp; October Downloads – Photocentric  Your Story Book Binding Machine and 8x8 white album cover – Provo Craft  Sticker letters – Basic Grey  Black swirl rhinestones – Recollections  Border Punches – Fiskars EK Success Snowflake Punches – EK Success  Martha Stewart Scalloped Circle Circle Punches – EK Success   Corner Rounder Punch – EK Success     3D foam squares – Thermoweb  Mists – Maya Road (Charcoal and Silver Metallic)  Paint – Making Memories (Cranberry and Spotlight)  Ink – Tsukineko (Versafine – Onxy Black, StazOn – Jet Black), Ranger (Lamp Black)     Stapler – Tim Holtz Tiny Attacher  Red, white and black cardstock  Black ric rack  Sandpaper  Scrap piece of chipboard  Dictionary paper  Xacto knife  Something to score paper with – I used the Martha Stewart scoring board  Christmas photos – various sizes

Sunday, 16 October 2011

Stampmaker on Create & Craft TV - Tuesday 18th of October


We are back on Create & Craft TV selling the AMAZING Teresa Collins Stampmaker this week! As always, there is a bumper offer with the Stampmaker that includes extra sachets & imageblack film.
We have 2 shows on Tuesday 18th one at 8am & the second at 6pm. Last time in July we SOLD OUT in less that 50 minutes! so we have more stock and more shows ready to meet the demand this time around.
If we don't sell out on Tuesday, we have another show at 4pm on Wednesday 19th.
You can find Create & Craft TV on Sky 671, Freeview 36, FreeSat 813 or watch on line at www.createandcraft.tv

Thursday, 6 October 2011

New October Negatives

We know that many of you are card makers and are probably all working on your Christmas and holiday cards so we decided to give you a few options plus included the give thanks ones for Thanksgiving (US holiday) and Poppy for those of you in the UK.


*this is not the negative-please click on link to download-October Negative


Wednesday, 7 September 2011

Custom Cards

Check out these great cards by DT member Sesil Cratin.  I always admire people who can do great cards since all my cards tend to look like they are homemade and not handcrafted.



 


I am always amazed at the beautiful and unique items the DT makes as they are all so totally different even when done with the same stamps and projects.  I appreciate all the time and effort they put into all their projects.  If you have any great projects and would like to share the please feel free to upload them to the TC Stampmaker website.

Saturday, 3 September 2011

New September Negatives

Need some ideas or decorations for that upcoming Halloween or Fall/Harvest party?
We decided to go ahead and add more Halloween, background and text stamps this month.

We said before that the great thing about the TC Stampmaker was that it allows you to customize your projects.  You can totally create all your own theme party decorations for any occasion or for those with unusual names.

I am so excited to share with you the new September Stamp negatives for the Stampmaker.


 *this is not the download-please click on link above to download pdf.

Friday, 2 September 2011

Calling all stores!!

Do you have a store? Our Stampmaker customers need more local outlets where they can buy their stampmaker supplies of polymer packs, ink jet film etc.

Please contact us at info@photocentric.co.uk or sales@photocentricusa.com if you are a store or if you know a store that you would like to carry supplies. Thank you!




Sunday, 21 August 2011

Wood Bangle Bracelets


Believe it or not these were created with a blank wood bangle, some paint, tissue paper and stamps created with the Teresa Collins Stampmaker.  These were similar to the ones we did as Make and Takes for CHA-Summer 2011.  I started making these about 3 or 4 years ago as I wanted to create something similar to stamping on tissue paper and adhering to candles with a heat gun, so it would have the appearance that it was stamped on a colored background.  I tried stamping directly on the bracelets and it worked for the completely flat ones but not so much on the domed ones.



Supplies Needed:
Blank wood bangles-these are from DIY Bangles
Tissue paper-I used tissue paper from an old pattern
Stamps-I used the swirl stamp from the free July download
Ink-I used Smokey Grey Versafine by Tsukineko
Heat gun
Liquid adhesive-I used Mod Podge but you can use gel medium, thinned white glue etc
Optional: glitter glue

Step 1:
Paint inside and outside of a wood bangle with your choice of acrylic craft paint, shimmer sprays or you can even leave it plain.  It doesn't have to be perfect as you just want some of the color to show through the tissue paper.  Let dry.  


Step 2:
Cut a strip of tissue paper-mine was about 2" wide but it really depends on how wide your bracelet is.  Using your favorite inks-stamp your choice of designs on the tissue.  The great thing about using the stamps you have created with the TC Stampmaker is that they can be totally personalized with names, quotes, etc.  

Step 3:
Paint a thin layer of Mod Podge on the outside of the bracelet and adhere the tissue making sure to smooth out the surface.  The great thing about Mod Podge is that is gives you a little room for error in that you can reposition the tissue if you are careful. Then you need to paint another thin layer of adhesive over the tissue paper-don't worry about the edges at this point other than to make sure they are adhered well with no air bubbles.  Let dry.

Step 4:
Once you have let the bracelet dry COMPLETELY-you can finish the edges.  The easiest way to do this is to simply use a piece of sandpaper and sand off the edges.  Make sure you sand toward the center of the bangle-if you sand away from the center you can actually pull off the tissue paper.


I wanted this bracelet to look slightly worn and distressed so I crumpled up the tissue paper before I adhered it to the bangle.  I left this bracelet plain but you can add glitter glue or some bling to your bracelet.  Its totally up to you.


GO CREATE!!

Wednesday, 10 August 2011

Create your own custom jewelry in August

For the rest of this month we are going to focus on creating custom jewelry pieces with the Stampmaker.

First up are these amazing pieces by DT member Cheri Piles.  She uses the actual stamp itself to create these.

  
Here are her directions:

Are you ready to take your Teresa Collins Stampmaker to the next level??? Here's a little something that is a ton of fun and has HUGE impact. Once you make one, you will be making these for all of your friends - or at least be the envy of!! ✿ Although I would love to take credit for this idea it is not my original idea - I had seen it on a blog where they took their images and had them made but when you own your own TC Stampmaker you can make them yourself.

Your going to create your image in the same fashion as you would for stenciling. However, if you are creating a monogram you will have to "flip" your image as I did. You will need to measure your necklace frame - both the opening of the frame and the interior width, which is what the dark square around the monogram is, I'll tell you the importance of that in a bit but the black part of the square is the difference in the opening and the interior part of the frame. This also gives you the dimension of your image or monogram in my case.



When you "cook" your image, instead of cooking it for the three minutes you are accustomed to when you create a stamp you are only going to cook it for two minutes - otherwise your image will not be recessed enough, trust me this took me a minute (or a few image pacs) to figure out...
Trim your edges away just as you normally do. You can tell you have a great image when you peel away that top piece and can see the image real clearly.

 Wash your image just like normal.

 Set your image just like you do for a stamp, for the full two minutes.


Next, you want to trim around the outer part of your square - this will create a "LIP" for your stamp to sit perfectly into the necklace frame. So only trim the outer, NOT the inner part of that square.


You can paint the back any color you want, I was experimenting and added some GENTRY's GLITTER into my paint.


Next you want to paint over your image and wipe away, you will end up doing this in a few layers... This does take time, I found using damp q-tips helps clean it up as you go. I also found that chocolate helps during this process. ✿ It takes practice and a little patience but the results are worth all the effort and by the time you do your third one you'll be a pro at it. I had a little extra time and added some glue and then a layer of Gentry's glitter to this one - I'm totally loving it!!


Next you will want to seal your creation with clear sealer - I think I picked it up at the hardware store for just a few bucks. OK, you should just know this as well, when your experimenting you should let everything dry completely before adding your sealer - some of the glitter went flying when I sprayed the sealer... I still love it so it's all good.

 


 Once dry go ahead and put them in your frame. In real life you can see those flecks really do sparkle...

Next week:  Wooden /Tissue Bangle bracelets from CHA Make and Takes



Thursday, 4 August 2011

New August Stamps

Here are the new August negatives for you to create with.

 *This is not the negative. Please click on the link to download.










Wednesday, 27 July 2011

Amanda's lovely Album project made for our TV debut!

This is a beautiful Travel Journal made by Amanda Jones the UK Designer on Teresa Collins design team. Amanda made this as a project for our Ideal World TV show last week. [We sold out in less than an hour! WOW!] She made the stamps with Stampmaker using designs from the free June download. The photos were taken when Teresa & Gentry visited Paris for Version Scrap.


Am loving that Hot Pink with the almost black & white photos!


I hope it inspires you to create your own Mini Album as a memento for this year's holiday! Wherever you go - enjoy!


Monday, 25 July 2011

Scrappy Soo makes Stamps with Stampmaker!

A great post from Scrappy Soo about the Teresa Collins Stampmaker and how to get started. Soo made a fantastic photo stamp as one of her first projects!


Sunday, 24 July 2011

CHA Summer 2011

Photocentric recently attended the CHA Summer show in Chicago.  Here are a few photos of the booth.  Thank you so much to those of you who stopped by and also those who ordered.   We would like to thank Epiphany Crafts, Shimmerz and Indus Trading(DIY blank wood bangles) for donating products for our make and take bracelets and flowers.


We are also now carrying refill packs of 10 in addition to the packs of 5.  We also have the pink stamp storage album and timers available.

 

Did you know you can make stamps from photos?
At this show we took photos of those who came to the booth and created stamps from their photos.  These were then posted in the rogue's gallery.  Another way to personalize your stamps and projects with the TC Stampmaker.


You can also create great pieces of jewelry with the TC Stampmaker.  Here are some metal clay pieces and also resin pieces.  Since the Stampmaker is a UV light you can create totally custom pieces from start to finish.  You can make and design the stamp, stamp the image, color and then set the resin all with one machine.


You can see some of the projects from our DT-I would like to thank them for all of their hard work and beautiful samples.






Wednesday, 20 July 2011

SOLD OUT on Ideal World's Craft Event!

Wow! Well we sold out in 55 minutes.......an AMAZING response to our fabulous Teresa Collins Stampmaker Kit. New stock arrives next month!

Tuesday, 19 July 2011

Teresa Collins Stampmaker on UK Shopping TV

Hi, we are on UK TV tomorrow Wednesday 20th July with the Teresa Collins Stampmaker! We have 3 x 1 hour slots [unless we sell out!] starting at 9am on Ideal World TV - you can watch live on screen or on line. Then 5pm on Create & Craft TV and again at 8pm on Ideal World.I will be demonstrating just how easy it is to make Stamps, Embosses & Stencils and also showing themused in some projects - including a really gorgeous cushion which is incredibly easy to make. A Stamped fabric rectangle sewn to an existing plain cusion and finished with ribbon and accessories! Great for a present - especially as it can be personalised.

Ideal world TV:
Sky 644 Freeview 22 Virgin 747 Freesat 812
www.idealworld.tv/
Create & Craft TV:
Sky 671 Freeview 36 Freesat 813
www.createandcraft.tv/

Wednesday, 13 July 2011

Great Mini Album


DT member Julie Jacob did this amazing little 4 x 6 mini album.  She used the free July download plus created some of her own stamps to further personalize the book.  Make sure to check out her blog to view the whole album.



Tuesday, 12 July 2011

HSN then CHA

We had a quick trip to Florida for HSN and will be rushing off to the windy city of Chicago for CHA next week.  If you will be at CHA please stop by and see us in booth #1641.  Stay tuned for a sneak peek and see our make and takes later this week.  Hope to see you there.

Tuesday, 21 June 2011

Stampmaker Teacher Certification

This past Friday, we held the first ever Photocentric TC Stampmaker teacher certification class in Phoenix.  It was so nice to finally get to get a taste of summer-if I lived in Phoenix I think I would be sitting out by the pool every day. HAHA!!  

Sally and Charlie explain about our exclusive photopolymer sachet/packets

Monday, 6 June 2011

June Stamps

I know you all just can't wait to get the new June negative stamp download.

Monday, 9 May 2011

New May Stamps

We are so excited to share the new May Stamps with you all.  We decided to do some wedding and graduation type stamps and also some larger background/texture stamps.  So without further ado, here are the new stamps.


Saturday, 7 May 2011

National Scrapbooking Day - First Saturday in May!

What a great sunny day for 2011's National Scrapbooking Day!


After THE Wedding last weekend I thought it would be nice to show some Wedding ideas that you can make with Stampmaker - check out the Wedding card & the Stampmaker stamp for the happy couple!

I hope you are all busy creating something beautiful......please share with us on our blog if you are!



Happy Scrapbooking!!

Saturday, 16 April 2011

New website videos

Hi all, Just posted 2 videos on how to create photo stamps using FREE software called Photofiltre!! Spectacular results! Go to the "Instruction" tab on our website www.teresacollinsstampmaker.com Go Create!
video

Monday, 11 April 2011

Version Scrap Paris 1st, 2nd & 3rd April

Paris in the Springtime.......what a lovely place to have such a wonderful Craft Show. Version Scrap is held in the Parc Floral in Vincennes, literally 5 minutes from the Bastille & Left Bank. Gail and I arrived on Friday afternoon - it was a bit grey & overcast, but Saturday and our first full day at the show was fantastic...sunny and warm. We visited Hélène at Kerglaz where the amazing Christine Illis was demonstrating Stampmaker for the show.

Thursday, 31 March 2011

Custom Patterned Stamps with a Diecut machine?


Did you know that if you have an electronic diecut machine you can use it to create negatives for your stampmaker?  We recently had to create a stamp and a project for the last HSN segment that Teresa did using this method.  At first, we kept having issues with the polymer forming dome shapes where the cardstock was cut away but finally figured out that if we added a piece of transparency in between the polymer and the cardstock negative-it eliminated the dome effect and you ended up with a nice solid polymer stamp image.

Monday, 28 March 2011

Stampmaker at Version Scrap Paris 1st -3rd April




The Stampmaker range is being demonstrated by Christine Illis - our favourite French stampmaker and creator of many lovely and informative tutorials. Check out her blog lescreasdepilou.com

If you are visiting Version Scrap at Vincennes just 10 minutes from Central Paris - come and see just how easy it is to use. Stampmaker is at Kerglaz stand A2 - and is on sale there too.

If you need an excuse to spend a weekend in Paris in the spring sunshine - coming to buy Stampmaker is THE perfect excuse! Just think of the lovely projects you could make with your own stamps, embosses & stencils of photos taken in Paris! Fantastique!

Thursday, 24 March 2011

Cricut Circle Stampede Dallas


Howdy Y'all,
A special thank you to Shannon from Provocraft, Tammy, Angela from Creative Critterz and Teresa Collins for the invite to the Stampede in Dallas last weekend. It was great learning about Cricut and demonstrating how it works in harmony with the Stampmaker.

Thank you also to all the lovely people I met doing the Stampmaker demonstrations and make n takes... of which this picture was one...


You guys ROCK!