Saturday, December 31, 2011

Groovy Growth!


I don't believe in New Year's Resolutions. At least not my own from previous years ... Oh, well. Bygones! Here comes a new year with new possibilities! :-)

Instead of a 2012 resolution, I will follow the advice of a dear friend of mine and pick my own Word of the Year.

In case this is a new concept to you, let me explain: a Word of the Year is a word that will give meaning to you throughout the year. A word that you will look for and pay attention to, a word that will talk to you, a word that will lead you closer to where you want to be, how you want to be, and perhaps whom you want to be.

My 2012 Word of the Year is FOCUS.

I tend to believe that I can multi-task, but the truth it that I suck at it! I wish I would focus on one thing at a time instead of wandering off to my next task before I've finished the first one. I can focus - sometimes I'm even quite good at it, but I want to be better at it much more often ...

What I want is my ability to focus to grow stronger. I guess we all have a personal trait we would love to see growing stronger? (I also want my creative muse to grow bigger so I can find her when she hides under the heap of unfolded clothes in my laundry room ....)

To illustrate growth, I made this card with a sentiment stamp made by the very talented calligrapher Suzanne Cannon, owner of Quietfire Design.








(click photo for larger view)




The observant reader may have noticed that I didn't use any of my own stamps on this card. I wanted to illustrate the sentiment (a quote from the Talmud) with grass ..., but I don't have any grass stamps, so I made some out of paper instead.
Note to self: Look through my pile of nature prints and go ahead and make stamps of some of the grass and straw prints I've made.








To make the grass, I cut some scrap copy paper up on my paper trimmer ...

























...... and then I placed my paper grass onto a sheet of watercolor paper and sprayed over it, using a few colors of Ranger's Adirondack re-inkers mixed with water in small spray bottles. Pretty much any paint or ink mixed with water will work, and spraying the paint/ink onto the paper using an old toothbrush is quite fun!














Remove the paper grass and set aside to dry (on top of a dusty laptop is optional ...LOL). You can use a heat gun to spead up the drying process.


















This is what the watercolor paper looked like when I had removed the paper grass. To make the colors more subtle, I took a roll of paper towel and rolled it over the ink.

I adhered the paper grass to the watercolor paper using a glue stick, then added a panel of matching cardstock underneath, and finally added that to the white base card.

Easy peasy!












If you want to see all of Suzanne's calligraphy stamps, here's the Quietfire website. She has lots of nature quotes that are perfect to use with my nature print stamps, which you can find here at my Etsy store.

I wish you all a Happy New Year, and for whichever Word of the Year you may choose for yourself: Let it grow, let it grow, let it grow! *me singing very prettily*


:-) Bibi

Monday, December 5, 2011

SALE ends tuesday!

My 1st anniversary sale was supposed to end yesterday, December 4th, but since I was busy celebrating myself this weekend, and thus had no time to send out a reminder, the sale will be extended for two more days.


Postcard made with stamps from set #7: Just Chillin'
+ Mona Lisa from Cherry Pie.



*** SALE GOOD THROUGH TUESDAY, DEC. 6TH ***

All sets of nature stamps:
Regular price: $24. Now only $19.66

For practical reasons, the sale is good ONLY through my Etsy store,
and i ends TOMORROW, so hurry up!

To see all my stamps and take advantage of this CrRrAzZyY 1st anniversay sale, jump right over to my Etsy store by clicking here.



:-) Bibi


Birthday card made with stamps from set #4: Pines Fir Yew
by Minna Mourier



Dec. 4th was my birthday... You know you aren't supposed to ask a lady her age, but that doesn't mean you can't ask ME! *grins*

If you want to help me celebrate that I've turned 45 (!), you have at least four options:
1) Send me a gift.
2) Send me two gifts.
3) Send me three gifts.
4) You know the drill.
5) ... and so on.
6) Or better yet - place an order and make us BOTH happy! ;-)

Leave a comment below if you need to know where to ship the gifts,
and if you just want to say CONGRATUALTIONS, NATURE'S PRINT SHOP AND BIBI!, that's fine, too. But first, let's go shopping!

Sunday, November 27, 2011

1st Anniversary Sale


I can't believe it's been one year already since I launched my line of stamps here on blogger! Not only that, but I'm turning 45 in a few days! Whoohoo!


To celebrate both these events, I'm offering all my sheets of nature stamps at only $19.66!

Regular price is $24, so you don't want to miss this opportunity to save some bucks and get yourself some unique nature stamps, do ya? :-)


For practical reasons, the sale is good only through my Etsy store.

If you think $19.66 is a funny price, remember that I'm turning 45! (So, what year was I born? C'mon, do the math! LOL)



Regular price: $24. Now only $19.66!
(And I swear I ain't gone completely cuckoo dee doo, I'm just so happy to celebrate my upcoming birthday and Nature's Print Shop's 1st anniversary - of many, many more to come!)



This sale is good from today, November 26th through December 4th (my birthday!)


I want to use the opportunity to thank my devoted fans and customers. I couldn't do this without you all, so THANKS!!


And many thanks from the bottom of my heart to my dear friends Marina Lenzino (my stamp manufacturer) and Judi Kauffman (guest designer and author of several published articles) for all your support and work well done! Love you guys!





Happy Anniversary, Nature's Print Shop!
Go Nature, Go Nature! *me singing*
Happy Birthday, me!
Go Bibi, Go Bibi!
*y'all singing*


To see all my stamps and take advantage of this CrRrAzZyY sale, jump right over to my Etsy store by clicking here.


:-) Bibi

Friday, November 25, 2011

Altered Tin Box

Before the winter sets in for real over here in Norway, let me show you this tin box that I decorated.

This is what it looked like before:














And the final result:


First, I painted the lid with black acrylic paint.

The squares and rectangles are Stampboards (TM), which I painted with alcohol inks from Ranger (my favorite ink manufacturer!) This is a technique that I learned from Marina Lenzino, who also had an article about it in Rubber Stamp Madness, issue #163, Spring 2009.

Usually when I use alcohol inks, I let the ink drip from the bottle's nozzle. The results can be really stunning, and not knowing what the result will be can be quite fascinating. However, there is another way of doing it that gives you more control (although not a 100%).

(click image to enlarge)



What you'll need: Stampboards, alcohol ink, paint brush, embellishments, patience.

1) Cover a piece of Stampboard with the background colors of your choice. I used Yellow and Red.
2) Squirt some ink onto a palette.
3) Pick the ink up with a small paintbrush.
4) Use the brush to add tiny drops of ink here and there. Repeat with different colors. (I used 3 paintbrushes; one for each color)
5) Stamp on top when the ink is dry.

I adhered the finished pieces of Stampboard to the tin box using magnetic tape. That way, the Stampboards are easy to remove - next time I might want to add pieces painted in winter colors, and I can use these Stampboards elsewhere, perhaps as fridge magnets.

The leaves around the box are stamped on alcohol painted glossy paper and cut out.





I also added some tiny Scrabble letters on the side, some bling, a silk flower and a small heart (brass colored with alcohol inks), and finally glued a ribbon around the edge of the lid.




The stitches on the ribbon were white, so I dyed them with alcohol ink, using the same colors I had used on the Stampboards.


Thanks for looking! Now go paint with your alcohol inks in a well ventilated room! (Optional, but highly recommended...)


:-) Bibi

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Toot! Toot!

That's me, tooting my own horn! LOL

I'm featured in the November issue of Scrapbooking.com, in a relatively new series of articles called Meet the Artist:
http://scrapbooking.com/article/76080

How cool is that??? (Very!)


:-) Bibi

Thursday, October 27, 2011

ATCs by Judi Kauffman

Guest designer Judi Kauffman wrote to tell us that the new Weed Love sheet has quickly become one of her favorites. She shared some ATCs with us. All four have embossed lines that were done on the Scor-it Board.





One has white mailing labels smudged with a piece of Magic Stamp (creating a dotted texture).




















This one is made of scraps held together by red staples plus small pieces of lightweight white paper stamped with "a weed is but an unloved flower".



















She stamped with Adirondack Raisin and Jet Black inks (Ranger), and accented the ATCs with orange and aqua colored pencils, and a fluorescent yellow Gelly Roll Moonlight pen (Sakura).














The stamp that says "ORIGINAL" is from Innovative Stamp Creations.





Thank you for sharing your beautiful ATCs with us, Judi!

For anyone interested in these rubber stamps and many, many more, please visit this page.



:-) Bibi

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Summer & Fall, Hand in Hand



I love all the fours seaons, but I have to admit that fall came upon us a little too soon this year. Summer was cold and wet here in Fredrikstad, so I was still waiting for the REAL summer to arrive when one day, the smell of fall was in the air. Oh, no! Not now! It's too soon!!

To make summer linger on for a little bit longer, I have been using my flower stamps on the cards below. I do love fall colors, too, so I decided to make cards combining summer flowers and fall colors. Smart move, huh? :-)


All flowers stamps from my own company, Nature's Print Shop. Text stamp from Cherry Pie.

Focus on the positive, it says. And fall IS beautiful when trees are turning their colors, isn't it?






To see how I made the card above, here are the step by steps.
Or you can fast forward scroll down to the other cards below.



I first embossed an image from the Weed Love stamp set, using clear embossing powder on white cardstock (I use white binding covers from Staples. They have a cool leather structure on one side, and are MUCH cheaper than regular cardstock!)







See how the image pops up when I smoosh some ink over it! I use a spong applicator and Distress inks from Ranger.

Notice how the leather structure shows, even if I stamped on the smooth side of the carstock. I love that effect!









I added 3 different colors, layer by layer. (Distress colors used: Rusty Hinge, Mustard Seed, Walnut Stain).











For the flowers, I used an image from the stamp set I call Bold and Beautiful.

The flowers are stamped with Walnut Stain, which I painted with Rusty Hinge.









I let the flowers dry, and then I sponged over them with Mustard Seed. They will be cut out, so it's OK to paint and sponge outside of the lines...











I adhered the flowers with pop-up tape, then added some glitter in the middle of them.










I used half pearls on the embossed image.















Remember to decorate
the inside as well :-)

















I used the same technique on this card; clear embossed flowers on white cardstock, sponged ink layer by layer.

The text says, "Credi in te stesso (which is Italian), Believe in yourself", and comes from Cherry Pie.






Same technique once more. This time I also spritzed water on the cardstock after I had smooshed it with Distress inks to get the spots.

I twisted the ends of the ribbon and used a bit of glue to make them stay that way.

This is another stamp from the set called Weed Love.

The text says, "Expect Abundance". Yet another stamp from Cherry Pie.






OK, OK, so fall is really here now.... I'm greeting it with this card:



I made the background paper using glossy cardstock and alcohol inks from Ranger. The leaf is stamped with Walnut Distress, which I dried with my heatgun (or it would take forever since Distress inks are made to dry slowly).



Maple stamp from my own company, Nature's Print Shop, the set called Major Maple. Embellished with a fun foam flower with a pearl in the middle and a silk flower underneath. (I'm not letting go of flowers just yet...)




Stickers from Creative Imaginations.













Happy fall, everyone!

:-) Bibi



All the ribbons on the cards above are from Really Reasonable Ribbon, my favorite ribbon store! :-)

To see all the stamps I have used on these card, this is the page to go to (towards the bottom of the page).

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Published again!


Check out Judi Kauffman's ATC Triptych titled "A Dream Come True" on page 18 of the CardMaker Magazine special issue, "CardMaker Presents - 37 Popular Techniques for Card Making" (Fall 2011), available at stores starting September 6. It features Stampbord ATCs from Ampersand Art Supply and rubber stamps from Nature's Print Shop.



(click image to see a bigger version)



I love what Judi Kauffman has made here, and to have my stamps published in a magazine like this really is A Dream Come True!

Image above shown with kind permission from the editor of CardMaker Magazine.




:-) Bibi
www.naturesprintshop.com

New Stamps!


Hi, everyone!


I have just returned from a wonderful week at Madeira, a Portuguese island far south and west from the mainland. Madeira is famous (at least here in Europe) for its tropical climate and abundance of exotic flowers.

Coming home, fully rested (and tanned!) I am happy to introduce my brand new stamps - and how appropriate after being at the Flower Island; my new stamps are two sets with different flowers :-)

You can see them here (towards bottom of page):
http://www.cherrypieartstamps.com/nps/plates.html


These flowers were hand printed in Norway earlier this summer. One is called Bold and Beautiful and the other Weed Love. It's hard to see the text on this one, but it reads, "A weed is but an unloved flower". At Madeira, they had a particularly beautiful "weed" growing alongside the roads in some places: blue and white Agapanthus (African Lily). I didn't have the heart to pick any of them, but I bought some roots at the flower market the next day, so who knows - maybe I can make prints for stamps next summer?

Until then, I hope you will enjoy these!
http://www.cherrypieartstamps.com/nps/plates.html

My stamps are made in America and shipped directly from the manufacturer in Florida. (I get to do the fun part; making the nature prints from which the stamps are made and - TA-DA! - stamping with them!)

Thanks for reading this far, now go look at the stamps!


 :-) Bibi

 

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Published!

I'm so proud! My stamps have made it to a magazine!


As seen in Judi Kauffman's column, Rethink & Reuse, Paper Creations Fall 2011:

For this envelope, Judi combined stamps from Nature's Print Shop with stamps from Stampa Rosa (Sun) and Jim Stephan (Nothing to say). The cirle stickers are from Elizabeth Craft Design (the gold glitter didn't show up on the scan, unfortunately).



Here Judi combined leaves from Naure's Print Shop with stamps from Red Castle, Inc. (X and Envelope art), and Verses Rubber Stamps (HUG).


Click on the envelopes to see larger photos.

I just love these envelopes. They are recycled, which makes them even better! Judi covered a no longer valid return address in the upper left corner, using torn pieces of paper. Isn't that clever?

Incidentally, I have had a pile of window envelopes in my stash for some time, and now I can put them to good use!



Got Hot mail?

For this envelope, I used rubber stamps from the set called Just Chillin'. (I added my company address in Photoshop).




I've had such a ball decorating envelopes with torn paper, stamps and ink. What Judi doesn't mention in the two page spread article (again, I'm so proud!), is how to stop!!




Here's a few more of the envelopes that I made, and there will be more to come. Lots more!!

So, now the question is:
Who wants mail from me? Say I!
(You can send your snail address to: naturesprintshop@gmail.com)







If you want to see Judi Kauffman's article, it can be found in Paper Creations, the fall issue. If you cannot find it locally, here's where to order it online.


Thanks for stopping by, and have a great day!

:-) Bibi


All my nature stamps can be ordered from Cherry Pie Art Stamps.

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Decorated Box

Here's a small gift box that I decorated with polymer clay, cotton lace, buttons, and some paper maple leaves that had stems of metal, which I swirled around a plier.


















The box was kraft colored. I smeared out brown Distress ink here and there, then stamped the sides with some small leaves from my set of stamps #01 Love Those Leaves.

I dyed the cotton lace with coffee first, then added some darker brown using Walnut Stain Distress ink.

On the corner and sides of the box, I added bronze with a pen.

























Before I pressed the maple leaf into the polymer clay, I added brown Distress ink to it (before baking).

It was fun playing with polymer clay again - it had been months, perhaps even a year, since I had it out of its hiding place. I'm not that good at making figurines with it, but stamping into clay is very easy - and really fun, too!

The maple leaf is 3 1/2 inches across (9 cm) and comes from the stamp set called #03 Major Maple.



Thanks for stopping by!

:-) Bibi

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Make your own paper

Below are two cards where I have made my own background paper, using two of the close-up photos I took in the forest last weekend.



How about some reindeer lichen paper?

Embellished with a stamped fir twig and a ribbon from Really Reasonable Ribbon.

Both the reindeer and the twig are colored in with Distress inks on a water pen.

The reindeer stamp is from Magenta.




The fir twig is from Nature's Print Shop rubberstamp set #04 Pines Fir Yew.








Close-up of twigs against the evening sky. A very easy card to make!

I printed the photo out on regular copy paper, stamped a leaf three times directly on the paper, and colored them with color pencils.

Thinging of you stamp from A country welcome.




Leaf stamp from Nature's Print Shop, rubberstamp set #01 Love Those Leaves.



Taking close-up photos is a walk in the park if you have a camera. But if you're a cat, getting close to birds isn't easy at all!



Opel Susanna tries her infamous staring method (if I sit still and stare long enough, chances are one of them burdies will fly right into my mouth).








If you make your own paper out of photos, I would love to hear about it!


:-) Bibi

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

It Doesn't Smell Like Tuna!

This weekend I went for a walk in the forest on a treasure hunt. To me, forest treasures are anything that can be used either for nature printing or for making decorations.

I came home with my backpack full of reindeer lichen, pine and fir cones, as many old, dried twigs my hands could hold, and a camera full of close-up photos.

I spread out all the treasures on my garden table to get an overview before I started making decorations. As I stood there, my cat Opel Susanna came running - apparently wondering what all those new smells were. We live in the city, she's a full-bred city cat, and even if we live in an area with gardens, I think keeping moss OUT of the gardens and lawns is a very common - and highly unpopular - leisure activity among my neighbors....

But we're different. We like to be surrounded by the aroma of moss, my cat and I.


And here she is, Opel the Explorer, scrutinizing one of the decorations I made with lichen and some pansies I had bought.

Opel walked around, checking each and every pot and jar I had decorated with forest treasures and placed on the ground around in the garden. The haircap moss and reindeer lichen seem to hold the most interesting smells to her.

If you were in the midst of a forest right now, how many different smells do you think you could distinguish from one another? Which is your favorite?


No other smells sooth me like those of the wood (salt sea being a good runner up). When I'm in my studio, I like to have the scent of nature around me. Sometimes it's just a bowl of fir cones standing on the table right next to me, other times a dish with moss or a tall vase with needle tree twigs.



Do you remember the smell of needle trees?

This set with needle tree stamps and my other nature stamps can be seen on this page. Come on over and see if you smell the difference between pine and fir! ;-)





Here are some other decorations I made, using reindeer lichen around daffodils and chive.




The zebra is a natural habitant of the Norwegian wood, at least in my forest decorations...

Other "natural habitants" are elephants and angels.









In my next post I will show you what I made with the close-up photos I took, so please check back later this week. And who knows, maybe Opel has gone on more adventures around my garden aka miniature forest?


:-) Bibi



It makes me very happy to hear from my readers! Please leave a comment below.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Lá Fhéile Pádraig Sona Daoibh!


Happy St. Patrick's Day!



For each petal on the shamrock,
this brings a wish your way:
Good health, good luck, and happiness
For today and every day.


According to Irish folklore, St. Patrick used the three-leafed shamrock to explain the Holy Trinity to the Irish people.


To make my own shamrock, I used a leaf from Nature's Print Shop (sheet #01 Love Those Leaves). The stem is from a maple leaf (sheet #03 Major Maple). The flourish stamp is from Cherry Pie.

I printed out an Irish blessing:

May your blessings outnumber the shamrocks that grow, and may trouble avoid you wherever you go.





Heart punch used to make shamrock.

Flourish stamp from Cherry Pie.

Sentiment stamp from Stampin' Up!, May all your wishes come true













And finally, just a little something I made on the computer:



Sláinte is táinte!

:-) Bibi


Hearing from my readers certainly adds to the joy of blogging. Please leave your comment below.

Monday, March 7, 2011

Summertime, and the living is easy ...

Wouldn't it be wonderful if we could just grab a chair - right now - and relax under a blooming hibiscus tree? That's what I did this weekend - and I live in frozen Norway!

Ah, but there is nothing wrong with my imagination, so I went on a mini vacation..... all the way to my stamp room, where I brought out my brand new hibiscus stamps and pretended I was stamping in the shade of a large hibiscus tree ...




I used an ink pad on the petals, and markers on the stem and the stamen, then stamped the flower once on another piece of cardstock (see card below), before I stamped them on this card. That way the stamped images got these subtle colors.





Notice how the colors are more vivid here than on the card above (the stamped images here are the first impressions, the card above are of second impressions).

Birthday stamp from Red Castle, Inc.













On this tag card, I used a much darker ink on the flower petals, just to see if that would work. I think it did!
















And finally a card with bright red flowers. The hibiscus flower comes in a great variety of colors; from white and yellow to orange, pink and red - so go ahead and use the colors you prefer.

Leaf stamps from Nature's Print Shop, #02 Twiggy Leaves.









The hibiscus stamps are from a new set of stamps that I named "Hi, Biscus!" (Isn't that funny? I crack myself up sometimes):

Actual size is 18 x 13 cm (7x5 inches)


These stamps are all made from prints I made of real hibiscus flowers when my sweetheart and I were on vacation in the Canary Islands earlier this winter. A beautiful hibiscus tree was growing right outside our hotel room, and - needles to say, perhaps - I bring my nature printing gear wherever I go! I'm very happy with how these stamps turned out - very detailed and naturalistic, just the way I like them.

If you want to order this set of hibiscus stamps or just have a look at the other rubber stamps I have made, please visit my website: www.naturesprintshop.com




Thanks for looking!

:-) Bibi


Hearing from my readers certainly adds to the joy of blogging. Please leave your fingerprints (aka comment) below.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Is it HOT in here?

I am proud to announce this new set of rubber stamps, so hot I can hardly breathe!




The stamp set measure 7 x 5 inches (18 x 13 cm) and is made of deeply etched, red rubber (how appropriate!)


What do you think, are they HOT or cool?
Both, right?



I can't wait to make a sizzlin' hot card to my sweetheart with these stamps!


Coming out with new stamps is always exciting, and I'm double-excited today because I have another brand new set of stamps for sale as well: www.naturesprintshop.com


Thanks for stopping by!

:-) Bibi



Hearing from my readers certainly adds to the joy of blogging. Please leave your fingerprints (aka comment) below, or send me an e-mail: naturesprintshop@gmail.com