Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Landscape Architecture, Part II

Published in Scrap & Stamp Arts, December issue. You will find my article on page 22-24, with step by step instructions of how to create landscapes with ink on paper. The theme is "A blue, blue Christmas".

Just a little sneak peek:

Tree stamp from Arterio in Belgium,
Spruce twig stamp from Nature's Print Shop (my company)

If you cannot find it in the stores, the magazine can be ordered from Scott Publications right here.

Part I of this series was published in July. Here is my blog post with sneak peek cards.

Thank you for stamping by!

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Thursday, August 22, 2013

Save Our Planet

How hard easy can it be?

This is my second of two green challenges. The first one is here: 

Thanks for stamping by!

:-) Bibi

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Green Challenge #1

If nothing ever changed, there'd be no butterflies.

Green is one of my least favorite colors, but I'm a sucker for challenges and took it upon myself to use green this time ... And boy, was the background green before I painted the stamped images! Eww!! (Sorry, no before-photo. I was in shock after an overdose of grrrreeeen and didn't think of shooting one...)

I made the green background using my home-made ink sprays (reinkers mixed with water) on watercolor paper, then added some pieces of torn tissue paper* for texture on the left side of the background, some stenciling with a chessboard pattern and green Silks Acrylic Glaze from LuminArte (lots of shimmer!), and a stencil with lines on the right side (see close-up photo below).*The tissue paper I added for texture was already green in a variety of hues. When I use ink sprays or paint, I always keep a roll of cheap kitchen paper nearby to dab off the wet areas, wipe of my paint brushes, or to clean my table, and I always, always hang the tissue paper up to dry in case I might need it later ... It's just too colorful and pretty to toss! (Yup, even the green one ...)

The calligraphy stamp is from Quietfire Design. The flower stamps are from Stubby Stampers.
The white dots were made with Artline 400XF PaintMarker. I used to wonder how people made their  perfectly white dots, so I thought I'd let you know what I use, now that I have found one that actually works!

Here's a close-up photo of the lines I made, using a stencil on the right side of the background. The ink sprays produce a matte finish, and I like the contrast between matte and the shimmer from Silks Acrylic Glaze. The stamped images are colored in using Twinkling H2O's (also from LuminArte), which is another lovely shimmer paint (watercolors with mica) that comes in a huge selection of vivid, saturated colors. I'm in luuuuv with H2O's!

The flourishes around the edges (rubber stamp from Cherry Pie) are stamped with Twinkling H2O's. I smeared some H2O's on my work table (my favorite palette) and dabbed the stamp into it to pick up the paint. 

The photos do not do the shimmer of the Silks and H2O's justice. They are truly amazing.

Ribbit, ribbit!

OK... so I've used green. Can I go back to purple, turquoise, and earth tones now, please? Actually, it was quite fun to take a small step outside of my comfort zone,  and you may have noticed the headline: Green Challenge #1, so yes, there will be a #2! After all - if nothing ever changed, there'd be no butterflies ... so I might as well make a few changes in the colors I use ... and see what happens.

Which is YOUR least favorite color? I dare you to use it and show me the result! ;-)
(Feel free to leave a link to your masterpiece in the comment field)

Oh, and I made a mistake on one of the flowers .... did you notice? (Mistake as in that I forgot something, but I'm going to leave it that way).

Thanks for stamping by!

(And for the first time in history, I will sign off with my name in ... gasp ... green!)
Green rubber stamps???

Monday, August 5, 2013


WYSIWYG  is an acronym for "What You See Is What You Get". In computing, a WYSIWYG editor is a system in which content (text and graphics) displayed onscreen during editing appears in a form closely corresponding to its appearance when printed or displayed as a finished product, which might be a printed document, web page, or slide presentation (quote Wikipedia).

Often, we humans apply WYSIWYG in meeting with other humans ... A first impression, what is it really? What can a first encounter with someone else really tell us about that person? It can tell us some, yes (she has grey hair and blue eyes, for instance), but how much of WHO that person is can we know? Not much. Yet, we often base our opinion about someone by our first impression. A second or third won't give you the full picture either. In fact, you may have known someone for your entire life and you still cannot see everything ...

What You See IS NOT What You Get .....

BUT ......... Admit it ... Life would be unbearably boring without me.

This page came about after a challenge on a FB group I belong to. The challenge was to grab a background and alter it with layers. As with a human being, there are layers upon layers here, and so much else going on that the original background is hardly visible any more ... I added a few clues about who I am; some humor, some love, text, some of my fave colors ... and yet:

What you see is but the surface. 

And, interestingly enough (I think), if 10 people were to look at this surface (or me), I'd get 10 different opinions about it.  Am I any of those 10 perceptions? Perhaps all, perhaps none... After all, WYSINOTWYG ;-)

And with that, I wish you all a fabulous week! Hurray, it's Monday!! :-D


Saturday, July 13, 2013

Studio Make Over

I nearly fainted the other day when my sister told me that she was going to paint her antique plate rack with glossy purple paint! To me, ruining an antique furniture is as bad as committing sacrilege!! I mean, look at this beauty:

It's quite big; 115 cm wide (45 inches).

The patina is just gorgeous:

Luckily, it wasn't hard to persuade my sister not to paint it. It wasn't even hard to convince her that she should give the plate rack to me! OMG! I have been in love with that piece of furniture ever since she bought it 15 years ago or so. And now it's mine! And it's in my studio!! :-D

I decided to put some of my art journal pages on display, a couple of art journal and lettering books I really like, and some other stuff on the lower shelf.

Stamp by Tom Holtz: every possibility begins with the courage to imagine
Antique ink thingie (what IS that called??): better do it now that wish it done

Once I had this beautiful display shelf in place, another furniture caught my attention - not due to its beauty! I've had this small dresser for some time now, never really liked the look of it, but it's practical (on wheels). It was time to do something about it - in a hurry!

This is what it looked like:

I decoupaged it on the side with some pretty paper:

Then started to paint the top ....  If you know how to refinish furniture, you will probably pull your hair when you see what I did. Yes, I used acrylic craft paint! No, I didn't sand the top first! But I had fun, just look at this! 

End result:

 I could not resist the next step because all of the above felt like working on a giant Gelli Plate. I just HAD to make a print!

Pretty cool!

But I was not really happy with the way my dresser had turned out, so I sponged the edges with brown paint (acrylic craft paint again), then decoupaged the top and the drawer fronts. This is what it looks like now, rolled back under the table where it belongs:

While I was at it, I decided to paint the top of our outdoor table white. THIS time I did it correctly; sanded it down real good first, then used paint that is made to withstand the harsh, Norwegian climate.

I will paint the second stroke today, and once that is dry (some time tomorrow), I will decorate the corners by using an old crochet table cloth as a stencil and spray it with brown paint. Yes, I saw that idea on Pinterest!

Stay tuned for more make over photos :-)

Monday, July 8, 2013

Right Side Art Journaling

For a long time now, I have been in the "What if ...?" mode. Meaning I don't know what I am going to make, I don't have a specific result in mind, I just play with inks and paint, pens and stamps, or whatever lies on my work table at the moment.

Sometimes, wonderful things happen! Other times, they don't. But I always, always have FUN! When I play like this, it truly is the process that matters, the journey - not the destination.

This art journal page "just happened" after two days in a row of What if I ... and what happens when ... and I wonder what would.....

Background made of spray inks, acrylic paint, soft pastels, glitter glue, and Jet Black ink (rubber stamps by Cherry Pie). Face sketched on copy paper, colored with soft pastels, cut out and adhered to the background. And Pam, if you read this, notice the piece of lace from the stash you sent me! :-)

This is what the background looked like before I went coo-koo bananas:

A friend of mine came by, and since she was going out to a fine restaurant the next day, she decided to use gloves. I rarely do, and when my hands are stained like this, it means I've had a GREAT day! :-)

Signing off with a clean hand ... (I better go do something about that ASAP!),

Sunday, July 7, 2013

Published again!

In the current issue of Scrap & Stamp Arts, you can find a 3 pages article by yours truly,
called "Landscape Architecture, Part I"; where I show how I make my landscapes with ink on paper.
Part II of this series will be published in the December issue (out on newsstands in October).

Here are two of my published cards, shown with permission from the editor:

Calligraphy sentiment stamps by Quietfire Design
Flower stamp by Nature's Print Shop

Calligraphy sentiment stamps by Quietfire Design
Florish woman by Cherry Pie Art Stamps

The magazine can be ordered from the publisher, but please ask your local craft storte first - if you have one. We want to support the local stores! :-)

If you want to see more samples, I have a few over at Quietfire Design's blog:

Other articles I've written for Scrap & Stamp Arts:

Grunge Resist, Part I, October 2012

Grunge Resist, Part II, April 2013

Thank you card, September 2008


Thank you for stamping by! :-)

Remember the Flower Stamp Sale - read more here.

Summer Sale, Flower Stamps!

By popular demand, my flower stamps are on sale! Only $19.00 for a full sheet (7 x 5 inches) with lots and lots of flowers to use on your summer cards or art journal.

Regular price is $24, so that's FIVE BUCKS OFF! :-)

Sale good via my Etsy store:

Here are the stamps that are for sale:

* Bold & Beautiful *

* Weed Love *

* Hibiscus *

Happy Summer Stamping!

Friday, May 17, 2013

Hurra for 17. mai!

May 17th is Norway's National Day and also my mom's birthday. I made this card for her in the colors of the Norwegian flag, plus spring green. The black poodle looks like mine and the tan one like my mom's. 

Balloons: My Heart Stamps For YouSentiment: Stampinavia/Kreativ HobbyRibbon from Really Reasonable Ribbon

Both poodle stamps are from RubberHedgehog Rubber Stamps. They have an awesome selection of dog breed stamps (as I mentioned in my previous post), and lots, lots more. Love that company! I'm not affiliated in any way, just a big fan :-)

Gratulerer med dagen to my Norwegian readers! (It means Congratulations with the day, literally translated). I am very grateful for living in a country where we take peace and freedom for granted. I am proud of my country - the best country in the world, according to some rankings:

"For yet another year, Norway tops rankings of global wealth and well-being. In the latest ranking by the London-based Prosperity Index, Norway remains the most prosperous country in the world for the third year straight. Norway also tops the UNDP Human Development Index for 2013 - a score that effectively awards it the title of ‘The world’s best country to live in’ for the fifth year in a row." (Read more here)

Of course there is always room for improvement, won't there always be, but compared to most people on this planet, we Norwegians are extremely lucky. Let us remember that today, and let us never, ever forget the less fortunate. Share your wealth, do something good.

We can all make a change that really matters to someone

Thank you for stopping by!

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Modern Grid Technique

These two cards were inspired by a project by Holly at Quietfire Design's blog, which you can find here (with instructions):
Robyn also made a card using the same technique -  click here to see it.

This is the first card I made. I had first stamped the maple leaf (Nature's Print Shop) with red ink, then added some yellow and green ink with a waterpen. I wanted the leaf to pop out more, so I drew the black outline with a pen. After the card was finished, I adhered three buttons in a tic tac toe fashion :-)

I thought this was such a fun technique, I had to make another one!

The poodle playing in the pile of leaves is a stamp from RubberHedgehog Rubber Stamps, known for their great selection of dog breed stamps (and much more). The calligraphy stamps are from Quietfire DesignThe leaves and the weed stamp (inside the hearts) are all from my own company, Nature's Print Shop

This card turned out so big, I will use it in my dog scrapbook.

If you have been to my blog before, you may know that I have a black standard poodle. I didn't think black would look good on this autumn-ish card, so I colored it brown instead.

Thank you so much for the inspiration, Holly! I will certainly make more cards with this fun technique! :-)

:-) Bibi