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

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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:

Thanks for looking!

:-) Bibi

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