Friday, December 31, 2010

More fun from Judi Kauffman

Check out the cards Judi Kauffman has made for Elisabeth Craft Design (click link to see blog post). I think you will recognize some of the stamps she has used ..... ;-)

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Guest designer Judi Kauffman

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Bibi, thank you for inviting me to be a guest designer on your blog.

I love the Nature's Print Shop "Pines Fir Yew" sheet!

Though I usually make holiday cards and tags with a lot of glitz, I decided to conjure up the woods in Norway this time. Hard to believe it has been ten years since my trip to Oslo when we got to meet in person. The sole sparkle comes from gold border Peel-Offs, plus hints of glitter and foil that are part of the chipboard shapes I chose. If someone wants more shine, it would be easy to alter the projects with more border strips or some Glitter Dot Peel-Offs, by adding gold or highlight glitter here and there, or by stamping the pinecones with pigment ink and using gold embossing powder for dimension.

If anyone wants to duplicate the projects as shown, here's what I did -

Pines Fir Yew Cards & Tags
©2010 Judi Kauffman

With stamps from the Pines Fir Yew sheet: Using Bottle ink for branches and Ginger ink for pinecones, randomly stamp an 8.5" x 11" sheet of card stock. Use sponge to smudge Ginger ink at edges and near some of the branches (refer to photo).

For two card fronts, cut a mat and a rectangle from one half of the stamped sheet.

Hand- or die-cut the rest of the stamped sheet into two bookmarks (or long tags) plus rectangles and a square for smaller tags or ATCs.

Cut a piece of dark rust cardstock in half and make two card bases (folded to 4.25" x 5.5" - A2 size). Cut small squares (3") and/or rectangles (2.5" x 5.5") from tan cardstock for tags and/or ATCs. Trim upper corners for tags if desired. Punch .25" hole at top center of each tag.

5. Assemble cards and tags by layering solid color and stamped cardstock. Embellish with narrow Elizabeth Craft Designs gold border Peel-Offs and chipboard shapes.

Tips and Options:
*Use vertical pieces of gold Peel-Off to make chipboard ornaments look as if they are hanging (refer to photo).
*For a vintage look, sand the edges of the chipboard shapes.
*Smudge Bottle and/or Ginger ink at the edges of the finished tags.
*Add narrow ribbon, cord or fiber to the tags (not shown).


Pines Fir Yew rubber stamps - Nature's Print Shop

Gold border Peel-Offs #0377 and #1167 (

Ranger Adirondacks Earthtones inkpads in Ginger and Bottle (

K & Company's Brenda Walton Evergreen collection chipboard Alphabet and ChipBox (

AccuCut die Gift Tag #8 for GrandeMARK machine - long tags (

Beacon ZipDry Paper Glue (

Other -
.25" round hole punch
Brads (for Deck the Halls chipboard piece)
Sponge applicator
Craft knife, ruler, cutting mat
Sanding block (optional)


Thank you, Judi! I think starting off with a stamped sheet of card stock is a great idea. I love making my own backgrounds and decorative paper, and this is a fun and easy way of doing just that.


To see the Pines Fir Yew sheet of stamps, as well as all my other sheets, please visit the webstore

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Cold and warm

In my previous post, there is a birthday card made by my friend Minna. Here are two more cards that she has made, both with stamps from the Nature's Print Shop sheet called Pines Fir Yew. (To see all the sheets, please visit my webstore).

First, a frosty Holiday card.

The snowflake in the background is a mask from Tim Holtz, sponged over with dark blue Distress ink. The stamped fir twigs are white embossed.

Brrrrr, looks like it will be a cold winter this year!
(We have minus 16 Celcius, or 3.2 Farenheit today...)

Both the "God Jul" (Good Yule) stamp Minna used on this card and the one below are from Kreativ Hobby in Norway.

Or how about a warmer Holiday?

The stamped background panel is actually white cardstock that Minna sponged with Distress inks before she stamped the twigs and cones.

Snow added to the twigs with a white gel pen.

Thanks for looking!

Monday, December 6, 2010

Happy Birthday to me!

Check out this beautiful card that my friend Minna Mourier made for my birthday this weekend! All stamps from Nature's Print Shop, the sheet called Pines Fir Yew, except "Happy Birthday" (company unknown).

It looks like a white panel on top of a green one, but Minna used a white cardstock here and masked it with a Post-it note in the middle, then sponged the green frame with Distress ink, then stamped the pine twigs with a darker green. She added snow on the twigs and small snow dots with a white pen.

Both the circle with my name on it and the scalloped circle behind are made with punches. Minna wrote my name with an embossing pen and heat embossed with white embossing powder.

The white base card is "hand stiched" with a purple pen.

Gorgeous, isn't it?

Thank you, Minna!

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Boring bags? Not anymore!

A friend of mine gave me a pile of plain, white paper bags and challenged me to make something out of them. Here's the result:

On the one to the far left, I stamped directly on the bag. For the other two, I first stamped on white card stock which I adhered to the front of the bags with double sided tape. The cardstock makes the bags a lot more sturdy, and on the one to the right I punched a circle and closed it with raffia.

Detail of tag. Yule stamp from Cherry Pie Art Stamps.
All other stamps from Nature's Print Shop, from the sheet of stamps called Pines Fir Yew.

The fir twigs are stamped with Archival Jet Black ink from Ranger and painted with a water brush dipped in Distress ink - Vintage Photo (brown) and Peeled Paint (green). Funny names on those Distress inks, ey? I think my favorite name must be "Dusty Concord", as I cannot help to think of an airplane that needs a good scrubbing ... (the plane is spelled Concorde, with an e, but even so!)

Close up to show the creased lines which I had made with my Scor-it-All board. I sponged lightly over the creased lines with blue Distress ink (Broken China).

God Jul is Norwegian for Merry Christmas (or Good Yule) and can be found on the set of sentiments called Norwegian Christmas. I punched a small hole in the bag and attched the tag with a blue paper string.

Or how about filling this bag with dried mushrooms and give it to someoone who loves cooking? Crushed, dried mushroom is a wonderful spice for brown sauces, for instance. Ah, just thinking about it makes my mouth water!

White bag colored with Distress inks. Mushrooms stamped with Archival Jet Black ink, both from Ranger.

Stamps from two different sheets: Mushrooms Galore and two stamps from Love Those Leaves up in the left corner.

For more information about my stamps, please visit my website

Thanks for looking!

Friday, November 26, 2010

Pre-launch preview for VIPs

I'm taking the plunge. Not only have I decided to manufacture rubber stamps - quite an adventure - I'm becoming a blogger.

Nature's Print Shop is starting with 5 sheets of stamps plus a set of Holiday sentiments in Norwegian, and I plan to release new sheets on a regular basis.

Here's a small picture of my sheets. For more information, please visit the stamp store

The sheets are 7 x 5 inches.
$24 each (USD), plus shipping from my US agent in Florida.

I'm so excited to see what YOU do with the stamps and will devote a section of my web site to projects that are submitted. (The official website will be launched in January).

I would really appreciate your feedback. You can leave a note in the comment field below (public view) or send me an email:

Thanks for looking!


Christmas cards

Here are some cards I made with my new stamps:

White embossed twigs and sentiment (Panduro). Shadows added with water brush and Distress ink (Faded Jeans). Krylon silver pen on the edges of panel and base card.

Twig and cone stamped with Ranger Archival black ink. Colored in with water pen and Distress ink (Vintage Photo and Peeled Paint). Hand drawn ribbon with red pen. Aged edges with sponge and Distress ink (also Vintage Photo).

I first drew a line down the middle of the white panel, to help me get a straight garland. I then stamped the mushrooms here and there with Distress ink Vintage Photo. (I stamped the mushrooms twice on scrap paper first, or they would have been too dark). Paint hats of mushrooms with a water brush dipped in Distress Fired Brick.

I added white dots with a white marker (Sakura Soufflé).
I then masked the mushrooms before stamping the twigs. The twigs are all stamped with Distress Peeled Paint and the lighter ones are second impressions.

Sentiment from Kreativ Hobby. Ribbon from Really Reasonable Ribbon.

And finally, a winter tag.
Mask ground with scrap paper, smudge dark blue sky with Distress Weathered Wood on a sponge. Remove mask, stamp trees with Distress Peeled Paint. Stamp cones with Archival black ink, color in with brown. Add snow on cone and trees with white marker (I used Sakura Soufflé).