My name is Bibi Lindahl and I'm a 50 year old living in a beautiful city by the sea in the south-east of Norway. The star formation below is our fortified town, founded in 1567. I live on the other side, up the river:
I've been stamping since 1992 and made stamps for sale since 1999. I sold my first stamp company in 2005 when I went back to college, but 5 years later I was back at it again - making stamps out of my own nature prints before founding my current stamp company, Rubber Dance, in 2014.
I started this blog because I wanted one where I could join challenges and use any stamp that speaks to me - not just stamps from my own company.
Why would a stamp manufacturer want to use stamps from other companies? Isn't my own stamps good enough? Of course they are and I do use them a lot, but I love stamps from other companies, too! Having been a stamper for decades, I have a huge collection of stamps from other companies just sitting there....which is a shame, isn't it. I don't think of other stamp companies as my competitors; we offer different kinds of stamps and styles, and I don't mind if I promote stamps from my "colleagues".
If you were to ask me what my stamping style is, you'd get a blank stare ... I do not know if I have one. I guess most of my makes through the years have been grungy/artsy, but I'm sure I must have dabbled with any style under the sun. Right now I love bright, happy colours, but sometimes I go back to my previous faves; brown hues and bronze.
My artwork has been published in a number of magazines, and I've written several articles for Scrap & Stamp Arts, Craft Stamper, and Rubber Stamp Madness.
The challenge I try to do every week is that from the CASology challenge blog. Making CAS (clean and simple) cards has been a challenge in the true sense of the word, but I'm getting the hang of it!
BTW, my own stamp company also runs challenges, every 1st of the month. You do not have to use our stamps to join. Read about it here.
I love the stamping community. I have met so many wonderful, talented, friendly and helpful people - online as well as in person. Since you are reading this, I bet you are a wonderful person, too. Hello, gorgeous! ♥
My favourite sound when I’m in my craft room, is that of my dog Ulla snoring. Here she is, wanting to play:
I'm an auntie of two grown-up "kids" and a bonus (aka step) grandmother of three young boys.
My darling live-in boyfriend is a professional computer geek, an interest I most certainly do not share with him. We have other interests in common, though. He's also a crafter and makes things out of wood, such as this kayak:
I have lived in Iceland for two years. What an adventure! I can make myself understood in Icelandic, and also speak five other languages, although my German is rather rusty ... Nowadays I dabble in Dutch and Spanish... we'll see!
My dream is to live in Spain during Norway's cold winter months. Our backyard may be cozy in the winter, but much too cold for me! Our glass cottage works as a combined greenhouse and dining room in the late spring & summer:
If I have a bad day, I put on a playlist with Pink and turn up the volume! Her music gives me a lot of energy and stamina. If that doesn’t help, there is always ice-cream ....
I always wear opaque nail polish. It covers the stain of ink under my finger nails. I do not mind colourful ink stains all over my hands, though.
Our county's coastline is famous for its pink granite:
I have visited these sites many, many times and have also made some of the rock carving images into stamps. Here is a rock carving and runes card by my previous DT member, Kristiina from Finland:
Below are some of my artwork. After you have seen these, leave a comment and describe my style with ONE word! hahaha, now that's a challenge if I ever saw one! ;-)
Thanks for looking this far! ;)