Saturday, December 1, 2012

The More, The Merrier Christmas

The More COLORS, the Merrier!

For these projects I have used:
White cardstock
Home made ink sprays (reinkers mixed with water in mist bottles)
Flower Rubber Stamps from Nature's Print Shop. ("Weed Love" and "Bold & Beautiful")

Tear a triangle from your cardstock. I used a ruler to get semi-straight edges.

Spray ink on triangle:

Leave to dry:

Then decorate to your heart's desire, using rubber stamping, glitter, bling and ....
- well, the more the merrier, right? :-)

The pink background is dry embossed Shimmer Sheetz,
which I sanded a bit, then I smooshed some black StazOn over it.



I had also sprayed on a few tags, and some of my trees ended up on those:

Some of my triangles didn't turn out well enough to be used as trees, so I rolled them up and made paper beads out of them instead.


20% off on both sets of rubber stamps (Weed Love and Bold & Beautiful).
Good via my Etsy store:

Thanks for stamping by!
:-) Bibi

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Winter Wonderland, C4C162

For the first time ever, I'm joining Crazy 4 Challenges! This week the challenge is to make a card inspired by one of our favorite Christmas carols, and I've chosen Winter Wonderland. 

Detail:  Luquid Pearls on the trees for snow.
The snowman has google eyes.

The trees are small fir twigs (available from Cherry Pie) that come in 3 different sizes.
The snowman is made out of 3 circle punches, very easy! The scarf is cut out from a stripy paper, and by cutting it in waves like this it appears to be moving in the wind.

In the meadow we can build a snowman,
then pretend that he is Parson Brown.
He'll say 'Are You Married?' We'll say 'No man,
but you can do the job while you're in town!'

What a fun challenge this was! I will be sure to play again :-)

Thanks for stamping by.

:-) Bibi

Christmas Card with Swirls

On this card I wanted to use a stamp of a bird that I designed for my previous stamp company, Stampinavia, back in 2000. The "Dompap" can often be seen on Norwegian Christmas cards, and the reason why it's not common in the US, for instance, is that its natural habitat is in Europe and Asia. The male has red feathers on it's chest and belly - perhaps that's why we assosiate it with Christmas. That, and because it loves to eat oat from the sheaves we often put up in our gardens in the winter (it's decorative and feeds birds at the same time). The English word for Dompap is (Common) Bullfinch and Eurasian Bullfinch, it's Latin name is Phyrrula phyrrula.

Other stamps I hve used on this card is Pine Twig and cones from Nature's Print Shop, Floral Swirls from Cherry Pie Art Stamps, and God Jul (Merry Christmas) from Inkywings. The diecut swirls are from Tim Holtz. The Dompap bird stamp from Stampinavia is available at Kreativ Hobby.

Detail: Stamp the same swirls in different colors;
here I've used brown on the white panel and green on the base card.

Thanks for stamping by!

:-) Bibi

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

More Chili

In my previous post I showed you how I used a chili stamps for a santa/gnome hat.
Here is another funny fella' wearing a "chili hat". Is he a fairy, is he an elf? I'm not sure!
I hand drew his eyes, hair and mouth.

The small fairies flying around are actually maple seed capsule stamps. I'm having a lot of fun using stamps for what they're not!

All the stamps I used on this card are available from this shop. I have a whole set of HOT chili stamps, the two large to the left are also sold individually. (The hat is the bold chili, number two from left).

Here's a hot chili postcard with "spice girl" Mona Lisa (Cherry Pie Art Stamps). 

And this is one of my business cards......

Thanks for stamping by!

:-) Bibi

Friday, November 2, 2012

Christmas Chilli

Have you tried to use stamps for something other than what they are? 

Today's Christmas card has an odd looking fella' peeping up from behind the sentiment. His hat is a chili stamp and his full bearded face is a mushroom stamp! I colored his nose with a red marker and added goggle eyes. The fir twigs were stamped with permanent black ink, then colored in by using a waterpen and Distress inks.

Chili, mushroom and fir twig stamps are all available here.

Thanks for stamping by!

:-) Bibi

Thursday, November 1, 2012

New Family Member

Ulrikke is a 5 year old standard poodle, the largest of the poodle breeds (storpuddel in Norwegian, aka kongepuddel). Her official name is Regadog's No Makeover, and her name is so true - Ulrikke needs no make over! :-) She is sweet, gentle and calm, playful, happy, and loves to cuddle.

Ulrikke is a Norwegian Champion, the canine equivalent to Miss Norway.

Ulrikke was soon to settle in as the most natural part of our family. Here she's on the deck with her favorite toy:

Look at those eyes!

Newly groomed and fluffy.

We love going for walks in the forest, sometimes together with cousin Melvin (my sister's Parson Russel Terrier). Here at the ducks' lake. Very exciting!

When I'm in my craft room, Ulrikke keeps me company. I've starting working on Christmas cards, and here is a sample from the lot:

Button ornaments, hand drawn strings.

The stamp I used on the card above is available both as an individual stamp and on a 7'' x 5'' sheet with other needle trees. You can see them all on this website.


Thanks for stamping by!

:-) Bibi

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Published! Grunge Resist, Halloween

It's so much fun to see my work published. Projects and written materials are turned in so many months in advance that it's something of a surprise when the issue arrives. I make a beeline for the pages!

For those of you who don't subscribe to Scrap & Stamp Arts Magazine, here's a peek at two of the projects that appears in my article, Grunge Resist Part I (in the October 2012 issue). 

Full instructions and step by step photos are in the magazine, and as of now back issues are available.  Unfortunately, the photos I provided got mixed up during the publication's layout process but their apology correction appears in the December issue to straighten things out.  "Resists" are lots of fun - a way to get unexpected effects - in this case, eerie and spooky.

This technique can of course be used for other projects than spooky cards, and I have just sent in my Grunge Resist Part II article to the editor of Scrap & Stamp Arts Magazine, an article that will be published in their April issue. That's all I can say right now, so stay tuned! :-)

Cats and Clock stamps by Cherry Pie Art Stamps
Fir Needles by Nature's Print Shop (the fir needles stamp is available as an individual stamp and can also be found on a sheet with other needle tree stamps)
Scrap & Stamp Arts Magazine can be found here.

Thanks for stamping by!

:-) Bibi

Saturday, September 8, 2012

2nd Anniversary SALE!

Happy 2nd Anniversary to Nature's Print Shop!

I can't believe it's been two years since I started making stamps from my hand printed nature images, but the calendar says it is  - so I better believe it :-) 

To celebrate, I'm having a sale in my Etsy shop where I offer ALL the stamp sets (full sheets) at 20 % off! :-D  (Prices in shop reflects the discount)

NEW: I am very happy to announce that some of my stamps now are available as SINGLE stamps, too! Check out my Etsy shop to see which:
(My rubber presser and I have selected stamps that are particularly great for autumn cards + flowers and some HOT pepper stamps!). Please note that the single stamps are not on sale, but they certainly are FOR sale! LOL

The anniversary discount is good throughout the month of September.
Please help me spread the word. Thank you!!

:-) Bibi

Wednesday, July 18, 2012


Inspired by the colors Judi Kauffman used on her cards in my previous post, I made these tags:

And this is how I made them:

1) Spread out a few tags on a craft sheet (to protect your table).

2) Spray with 3-4 colors with your favorite medium. There are so many to choose from today (Ranger, for instance, has Adirondack Color Wash and Dylusions Ink Sprays)

3) I have made my own ink sprays. I bought Adirondack re-inkers and mixed some ink with water in small spray bottles.

4) Don't worry if the tags curl when you spray on them. They will flatten out again as they dry. You can speed up the drying time with a heat gun.

5) We don't want any ink to go to waste, do we? Turn the tags over and wipe up any ink that has landed on your craft sheet.

6) This is what my tags looked like after spraying and wiping (+ drying).

7) Smoosh some dark ink around the edges with a foam applicator (I used Distress Walnut Stain).

8) Ta-da! The tags are now ready to decorate.

9) Again, this is how they turned out. I used sentiment stamps from Ma Vinci and Quietfire. The flower stamps are from my own company, Nature's Print Shop.

Sentiment stamps, left to right:
"A book is like a garden carried in the pocket" by Quietfire Design
"If your work speaks for itself, don't interrupt." by Ma Vinci's Reliquary
"Listen to what your heart is saying" by Quietfire Design
"Without art, we are but monkeys with car keys." by Ma Vinci's Reliqary
(I didn't have any car keys to spare, so I tied some vintage house keys to the tag)

Ma Vinci's Reliquary:
(The art quote stamps I used are on page 74)

Quietfire design:
(Stamps are listed alphabetically and should be easy to find)

And finally, a goof-up. Funny coincidence that I goofed when using THIS particular stamp! ("Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep"). Stamp from Ma Vinci.

Thanks for stamping by!

:-) Bibi

Friday, June 29, 2012

Published Again! (Sneak Peek....)

Judi Kauffman used the Bold & Beautiful stamps from Nature's Print Shop
in some postcards and an ornament featured in her article, MultiPurpose: Katz Americas Coasters (Scrap & Stamp Arts Magazine, September 2012 issue). Here's a peek at two of the postcards Judi shared with us. (The quote stamp is from Quietfire Design, the background texture was done with a Magic Stamp block).

Aren't they gorgeous? I love the color combination!
And the sentiment is so true....

This is what the Bold & Beautiful stamp sheet looks like:

The actual size of the sheet of stamps is 7'' x 5'' (18 x 15 cm)
and can be ordered at Cherry Pie Art Stamps' web store.

The calligraphy sentiment stamp Judi used on the postcards above is available at Quietfire Design (which just happens to be one of my top 3 favorite stamp companies!):

You can read Judi's article in Scrap & Stamp Arts Magazine, September 2012 issue. Ask your local store or order from the publisher (click the link and you'll get directly to the current issue order page).

Thanks for stamping by!

:-) Bibi