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

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):

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!

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