Guess what?

I’m done with classes!!! Hallelujah. Only one final (that doesn’t count if it hurts my grade) left and then it’s sayonara to Spring Semester 2011. Woohooooooo! While I have a million and one things to get done in the next two weeks before I go to vacation in Florida with my family, it’s just nice to have school out of the way for the time being. Now it’s time to work on getting my graphic design portfolio online, applying for internships and start my new video series. I can handle that. :)

Oh, and my internet is finally back up and running at my house. It only took 6 hours of phone calls and tech support and, in the end, ordering a router that can actually handle the stress we put on it (the D-Link DIR-655) and a couple of emotional outbursts from yours truly. No big deal. At least that’s taken care of. Anyways, here’s the card for today:

I recently recieved this stamps from the wonderful Hero Arts for winning one of their challenge contests a few months back, so I needed to sit down and make a card with them. This is inspired by my sweet Aussie friend Joy Taylor. She uses both of these background stamps often, so I drew inspiration from her style and put my own twist on it with some distress ink + water stamping.

Supplies: Cardstock – Papertrey Ink (Aqua Mist, Lavender Moon and Vintage Cream), Stamps – Hero Arts (S5507 Envelope Pattern, CG245 Classic Fabric Design, CL487 Thank You for Being My Friend), Ink – Ranger (Jenni Bowlin Studios Spice Tin, Distress Ink in Tumbled Glass, Broken China, Stormy Sky, Faded Jeans and Chipped Sapphire), Pearls – Queen & Co., Silk Ribbon – May Arts.

I also wanted to say a big, huge, ginormous thank you for all of the wonderful, heartfelt comments and e-mails I received about my last post. I hope that me sharing my personal journey with depression helped someone out there. No one is alone. So many people are affected by depression and suicide, and it’s okay to talk about it. Talking about it is good. The more we talk about it, the more people will understand that it’s something that many people deal with in their lives. Chances are, if you don’t know someone who suffers from an emotional disorder now, you will at some point in your life. That’s why it’s so amazing what our hobby does for people. It gives you someone to talk to (even if it’s just on the internet!), an artistic outlet and a chance to really pour your heart into your work. That’s really why I’m here. Art is my therapy, and I love it. Creating makes my heart happy.

So after a kind of funky week, everything seems to be settling back in to place around here. That means more blog posts and videos for me to share. Yay! I’m off to go enjoy my Friday, do some creating and have a glorious weekend of happiness and celebration of life. National Scrapbooking Day is tomorrow. Woohoo! Hope you’ll be joining in the festivities, too.

Love,

Britta

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13 Responses to Guess what?

  1. Aahhhhhhh. I remember the enormous feeling of relief when my semesters ended! Like you can finally get your head above water! Have fun this summer! I love the card you created with the water! Blues are so pretty like that. I’m glad you are feeling better too. Sometimes just saying something outloud (or typing) makes you feel better. It’s like we are not supposed to hold it in and if we can actually say something then we start to heal. I hope I get to craft for NSD myself! Happy Friday!

  2. Beautiful mix of fresh colors, love the soft and subtle background!!! So excited for you that you are one step closer to graduating! What an awesome feeling that will be! Enjoy your time with family!

  3. Tammie

    Thanks for being open and honest about depression. Crafting is my therapy and I love it!

  4. Oh Brit, how I love you sweet friend…I am down and out once again with the rotten flu and my throat is incredibly sore…BOO! but waking up to seeing this beautiful card has truly made my day and made me smile big, thank you so much for being inspired by me…I am blushing….thank you for talking about depression too I think it helps us all to understand it better…I am an avid one for the more we talk about it the more it is not hidden and just misunderstood…sending massive hugs your way!

  5. Just beautiful! Congrats on finishing up the semester, my friend! HUGS!

  6. Kathleen Watterson

    What a relief for you Britta. Congratulations from ‘Down Under’!!

  7. Oh, I’ve got that stamp, and used it a lot lately, must try the water spritzing idea.

  8. This is a beautiful card! Love the colors

  9. Absolutely stunning … love the color combination.

  10. jill

    great card, great sentiments!

  11. Oh my gosh, Britta, the background on that card is beautiful! TFS =)

  12. Chrissy

    Britta, you are such an inspiration! I found your blog while researching beginning stamping and I fell in love with your work! I love how explain things so simply and even more that you are a young crafter too! You have such a wonderful spirit about you and I love following your journey :) Although, I am reading it backwards – I can’t get enough of your videos and art!

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