September 2014: Barbie Dopson


How long have you been stamping?
It’s been so long ago but it’s close to 30 years. I bought my first stamp in a stamp store at Pier 39 in San Francisco and I haven’t stopped…I am a stampaholic!

What is your favorite technique?
There are so many but I’d have to say it’s a toss-up between sponging and coloring. I use the Distress Inks for sponging and love the look. As for coloring, I have always loved to color and there are so many different types of markers, pencils and paints available today and each gives a different look so I like to experiment.
What are your favorite colors to work with?
My favorite color is purple and I do use it a lot in card making but it really depends on what I’m stamping. For florals I like to use pink, yellow, purple and red. But I also like black and white and red, black and gold.
What are your favorite Asian stamp images?
There are so many but I’d say geishas, florals, dragonflies and butterflies.
Favorite stamping accessory? (Such as scissors, etc.)
Die cutting machine and dies. Can’t get enough of those dies.
What is the one tool you couldn’t live without?
It would have to be my Genesis Paper Trimmer. It was quite costly and I saved for a long time but I would be lost without it.
Any helpful tips for the group?
Don’t be afraid to try something new or ask for help if you’re struggling with something, that’s what OSA is all about…helping and encouraging each other. Check out the OSA galleries we have so many talented members. If something doesn’t turn out the way you thought it would don’t be discouraged try again after all it’s only paper.    
As a member of OSA, why do you like stamping in the Oriental theme?
I love the beauty of the simplicity of it.
What favorite stamping magazines would you recommend and why do you like them?
I used to buy a number of magazines but I don’t anymore. I do visit a number of blogs and also Pinterest where there are so many wonderful card ideas.
Published in any magazines?  If yes, please list.
One of my cards was published in an issue of Rubberstampmadness when they had a section devoted to Oriental cards. It was our own Annette who had submitted a number of cards from OSA members to the magazine and mine was one of them. (Thank you, Annette!)
Any other hobbies, talents or craft interests?
I love to read, anything to do with paper, ink and dies, and I have a habit of collecting too much stamping stuff.
I have been a member of the Oriental Sketch Design Team for the last year and on the Tutorial Time Design Team since February for Mark’s Finest Papers, a Heinrich Co., one of our OSA Elite Vendors. I feel very blessed to be a part of their team and I am enjoying the experience.
What inspires you to be creative?
The beauty of the world around us.
Art background?
Absolutely none, I have trouble drawing stick people, therefore I stamp.
Any favorite websites you would recommend for inspiration?
There are so many wonderful sites but we have so many fantastic artists right here in our own OSA group, just take a look. As I stated earlier I do enjoy Pinterest but have to be careful that I don’t spend too much time looking because then I lose out on stamping time. I also think You Tube is great because if you’re looking for instruction for a specific project you will definitely find it there.
Do you have a day job when you’re not stamping?
I retired in December of 2004 and haven’t looked back since. I do volunteer at our local hospital.
Tell us about your family and where you live.
My husband Duane and I celebrated our 36th anniversary this year and have lived in Oroville, California, a small northern California town, since 1979. I have 3 sons, 2 step-sons and 2 step-daughters. We have 15 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren which bring great joy to us. Unfortunately they don’t live close to us so we don’t get to see them very often but we do get pictures and talk often so that helps us keep connected.
Thank you for the honor of being selected as OSA September Stamper of the Month.
Project:  Altered Laughing Cow Cheese Box


 Materials Needed:
•Laughing Cow Cheese Box
Stamps – Oriental Joy, Asian Delights, Branch of Blossoms & Lotus Blossoms from Mark’s Finest Papers, a Heinrich Co.
Ink – Memento Tuxedo Black
Copic Markers
Cuttlebug Die Cutting Machine
Spellbinder Circle and Scalloped Circle dies
EK Success 2” Scalloped Circle punch and 1 ¾” Circle punch
Fiskars edge punch
Wink of Stella Clear Glitter Pen
1.  Remove the labels from the top and bottom of the box.
2.   Stamp images with Memento Tuxedo Black ink on cardstock of choice.
3.  Stamp just the butterfly again and cut it out to pop it up with dimensionals.
4.  Using your choice of coloring medium color all the images. I used Copic markers and then added the Wink of Stella Clear Glitter Pen on each of the flowers and the butterfly.
5.  Using the largest standard circle die cut the Circle of Blossoms and Asian delights image.
6.  Cut two of the largest scalloped circles, one for the cover and one for the inside of the bottom of the box. 
7.  Adhere the large stamped die cut circle to one of the scalloped circles and adhere to the top of the box. Cut out the extra butterfly and attach with dimensionals for a 3-D effect.
8.  Stamp the Branch of Blossoms image on the second scalloped circle. Since it is on the pink cardstock I only added the Wink of Stella Clear Glitter pen and did not color the image.
9.  Stamp sentiment on the 1 ¾” circle, adhere to the 2” scallop circle and adhere to the large scalloped circle. Adhere large scalloped circle to the bottom of the box.
10.  Using your choice of a border punch cut the border and adhere to the top of the lid along the edge and along the edge of the bottom of the box.

I hope you’ll give this a try it was fun and it’s a good way to recycle too.

9 Responses to September 2014: Barbie Dopson

  1. Carla vdM says:

    Congratulations Barbie on being SAM of september, enjoy your month of OSA-fame.
    You made a wonderfull project.

  2. Leo says:

    Congratulations Barbie – you are such an asset to OSA .
    What a marvellous family you have. Love the project hugs Leo

  3. Congratulations Barbie! A well deserved honor being named Stamp Art of the Month for September.

    Loved reading your profile and learning more about you! Your project is awesome…can’t wait to try it!

    Enjoy your month in the limelight and once again, Congratulations!

    Sandra Grimes

  4. Chris Baxevanis says:

    Barbie — Congratulations for being named the stamp artist this month!
    You are very talented and I love all your art projects.
    Chris B.

  5. cbsumm says:

    Barbie, congratulations! It is always a joy to read about one of our members nominated for SAM, and your bio is delightful. Thirty years of stamping, no doubt, seems like yesterday. Your cards are always stunning and OSA is fortunate to have you as a member. I look forward to more stunning projects and cards created Barbie style.

  6. Barb I says:

    no one deserves this recognition more than YOU. Congratulations and best wishes for this month about you. Love the recycling project.
    Barb I

  7. Bonnie aka raduse says:

    Congrats Barbie!!!! You so deserve this honor. I love seeing your projects.

  8. Alexis Smith says:

    Hi Barbie – Congratulations on being this month’s SAM! I love your project.

  9. Ruth C says:

    Congratulations Barbie! Your project is beautiful!

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