New Stamps + Information About My Class.

Hope your week is going well. Mine is… um… not so much, but I am inspired to create and get my emotions out in ink and paper. It’s helping. Yesterday, I stopped in to my local scrapbooking store, Anchor Paper Express, to drop of my sample board for my upcoming class (see information at the end of this post) and to, of course, pick up a few goodies. Their selection is impressive there- lots of samplings of the latest releases and old favorites, big companies and small companies and even paper by the pound. Yeah, it’s cool there. (And no, they don’t pay me to say that. Promise.) I picked up my first ever Penny Black stamp set, Wonderful Day Hedgy Hedgehog. I was anxious to sit down an play last night, so here’s what I came up with:

I wanted to create a little scene, so I stamped three of the stamps and then colored them all with the same few colors (from my beloved 48 ct Prismacolor colored pencils set). Add a little distressing with Old Paper and Tea Dye Distress Ink + these fabulous patterns from the Basic Grey Sweet Threads 6 by 6 pad, and you have my card. I love how many colors there are on this card!

Supplies: Cardstock – Papertrey Ink (Vintage Cream), Patterned Paper – Basic Grey (Sweet Threads Collection 6 by 6 pad), Stamps – Penny Black (Wonderful Day) and Papertrey Ink (Fillable Frames #10), Ink- Tsukineko (Memento Black) and Ranger (Distress Ink in Tea Dye and Old Paper), Colored Pencils – Prismacolor (48 Count Set), White Pen – Uni-Ball Signo White, Border Punch – Fiskars (Scalloped Sentiment), Corner Rounder – We R Memory Keepers.

Also, I wanted to share a spread from my art journal (I bought my journal from Donna Downey) that I made today. You know I’ve been really open and honest lately, and with my sadness that I’ve shared and hinted at to my online friends, I don’t want you to think that anyone is sick or in trouble around here. It’s all matters of the heart. I’ve been going through a rough time this week, but I know I will be okay. Love is hard, and sometimes you just know when you’re not right for the person you’re dating anymore. I reached this point with my boyfriend of almost a year this week, and it was a mutual thing where we decided that we just weren’t meant to be. Yeah, it’s really hard. And sad. And frustrating. But I know I’ll make it through and that I’ll heal with time. I just wanted to share…

Supplies: Art Journal – Donna Downey, Cardstock – Papertrey Ink (Stamper’s Select White), Patterned Paper – Basic Grey (Sweet Threads collection 6 by 6 pad), Ink- Ranger (JBS Chewing Gum, Distress Ink in Worn Lipstick and Spun Sugar), Pen – Uni-ball Signo.

I’m still coming to terms with everything and taking my time to be sad and not fake happiness. I’ve done that before, and all it does is cause me more confusion. This is right, and everything will be okay. I know. Thank you for all of your kind thoughts, prayers and hugs sent. It means so much.

Okay, enough sad stuff! I wanted to give you the details on the class I’m teaching next month at my local scrapbook store. Here’s the little teaser I made up using pictures of the actual cards we will be making.

If you are in the area and want to attend, here is the class information:

Class title: No-Stress Distress Inks
Date & Time: June 4th, 2011, 1:00-3:00 pm
Description: Join Britta at the University Express Store as she guides you through Ranger Distress Inks from the basics to some more intermediate techniques. Distress Inks aren’t always for a “grungy” look! In this class we will create 5 cards showcasing 5 different techniques using these amazing inks. Whether you’re a Distress Ink fan or are even a little weary of getting inky, this class will have you creating new, exciting cards in no time that’ll make your friends say “Wow! How did you do that?”
Price: $25
How to sign up: Stop in or call the University Anchor Paper Express store at (651)783-5955

I’m also thinking about making the print-outs I give to my students (+a supply list) available online after the class. Would you like that? Let me know!

Thanks for stopping by today. I hope to get some scrapping done tonight for a little bit of creative release. Isn’t our hobby great? I love that I can craft when I’m happy, sad or anything really… and no matter what, I always feel better. :)



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15 Responses to New Stamps + Information About My Class.

  1. Beautiful card! Great coloring. Now for the boys-hugs to you! You’ll get through it and will learn what you need to for this life experience!

  2. So sorry you’re having a rough week and feeling broken-hearted. :o( Huge hugs, my friend. The right guy is still out there, and your paths will cross when the time is right. I truly believe that. I know that doesn’t make things easier now though. I think you’re taking a very healthy approach by allowing yourself to grieve the loss of this relationship though. We love you.

    Your ad info looks great for your class! I hope you get a whole bunch of people to sign up! I would if I were anywhere nearby.

    I am so exicted for Basic Grey’s Sweet Threads! I don’t have it yet, but it’s on my “gotta have it!” list. ;o)

  3. Your class peeks look great! Sure am thinking about you, my friend, hope this sad time passes for you quickly. Love your PB card today, too!

  4. diana

    What a pretty card with some of my favourite BG paper! And the card class peeks look jam-packed with colour & techniques. It would be great to see your p/o’s online!

    Sorry to hear your news. I know writing in a journal does help, so I would imagine that an art journal must do the same. So many papercrafters I know are starting art journals. Do you use your art journal as a creative ‘sketchbook’ to create or try new techniques or do you plan each page as a ‘layout’? I’m sitting on the fence about starting one.

  5. Jmdmoo (Nina)

    Hugs and kisses, Britta!

  6. Cindy

    Sorry for your heartache, BIG hugs to you!!!!!!!!!
    I so enjoy your blog, I’m glad you are finding some solace in creating because you’re mighty good at what you do!!! Love PB Hedgie stamps,
    you made it into a BEE-utiful card!

  7. Linda

    I love your blog and your sweetness. You remind me of when I went away to college. It was the best years of my life even though there were a few heartbreaks along the way…;) Hang in there and keep creating!!!

  8. Firstly, huge hugs coming your way…hang in there sweetie…secondly…your card ROCKS! WOW! fantastic colour combo, colouring and just plain GORGEOUS!…I would so love to take your class, I am sure that you are going to have a hoot! Big hugs once again.

  9. Alice Segura


    I know how painful breakups can be. I also think that they are great at teaching us what we need to be happy. Staying in a relationship just to keep from the pain of breaking up and being alone is not worth the loss of your soul. The soul dies if it is trapped by any means in an unfulfilling relationship. Now you have the opportunity to experience the excitement of finding someone that is looking for what you have to offer. You are so beautiful and talented that a strong man who does not want a clinging vine is searching for you.

    I live in AZ so if you do a supply list and worksheet I would buy it. I am so happy to have found your site. I love your creations and joy.

  10. Super cute card girl..that Basic grey paper rocks!
    p.s. don’t despair about heart-breaks..they come, they hurt a little, they teach you a lot- not only about the other person but more about yourself and they help you grow as a person.
    Think of them as fond memories when you look back at them…
    Sending you loads and loads of hugs across the miles….

  11. Hi Brit,
    I’m so sorry you and Matt have had to get to this point; it’s not a nice thing to go through :(
    Hope you’re okay; I think it’s great you let out your emotions this way and in your crafting – it will help you heal.

    And congrats on the class at your local store! That’s great! Your cards look gorgeous, even just the sneaks :)

  12. Hey Britta! Beautiful card & exciting about your upcoming class. So sorry to hear about you & your guy, but it seems like you’ve thought through it and made the right decision for you, despite how hard it was, which is so brave. I know it totally sucks (been there many times!), but hang in there and take solace in the things you love until you come out on the other side. Big hugs xoxo

  13. Carolyn (Melbourne,Australia)

    Hi Britta, Love the card. Please share your class info as described. I am loving your work and hints.
    A hug from Downunder – hope the weekend is OK for you. xx

  14. Sorry for what you’ve been through this week. I’m sure its been really tough. Good for you for being honest with your heart & not wasting your (or his) time on what you know just wasn’t meant to be. Such courage.

    You’re absolutely right about this creativity being a healing force! It has helped me so much this past year especially. Its so important. Your card is amazing & I love your journal page. I want to do an art journal, but it will involve a lot of (childhood/family) trama & I’m not…brave enough yet. I know I’m not ready. I know I have to get to a certain place to do it. Can’t be busy w/ kids & projects – got to devote the proper time/energy for it. Wow tmi. Great stuff & your class samples look ah-mazing!

  15. Lynsey

    I’m so sorry to hear about your heartache this week. I ended a year long relationship during finals week of my junior year of college. It was hard at the time, but it gave me a summer to bounce back before I started all my new classes with lots of great new guys. It actually took until November be in the right place, literally and emotionally, to meet the next guy worth a second date. We’re still together, four and a half years later, married for nearly two. :)

    I’m so bummed that I can’t make your class — it turns out the church where this wedding is being held is literally two minutes away from the LSS! Unfortunately, the wedding starts at noon and my husband is a groomsman, so I know we’ll have to be there long before noon and at the reception immediately after the ceremony. I may still need to swing into the store while we’re over there, though! :)

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