On Love and Inspiration

Welcome back! The one thing that took the longest to come back to me after graduation was inspiration. I was all inspired out. Something that has really helped bring the inspiration back has been browsing instagram, different kinds of blogs and pinterest.  I’ve been especially obsessed with these pieces lately. Maybe they’ll inspire you, too. :)

07-02-13 Pinterest Inspiration by POLaRT    07-02-13 Pinterest Inspiration Silver Letter Bin    07-02-13 Pinterest Inspiration Pave Bracelet

bookcase by POLaRTcircuit silver letter binpavé link bracelet from J.Crew

I think you’ll see that some of my current loves above inspired this card. Plus, I wanted to show off how awesome the giveaway goodies are for today.

07-02-13 Je T'aime Hearts and KP by Britta Swiderski-1

The heart is made up of the largest die cut heart from the Hearts a Plenty die from My Favorite Things, cut out three times. I scored all three of them down the middle and colored them ink-direct to paper with Mid-Tone Shadow Ink in Fresh Peach (the front heart) and Pale Tomato (the back two hearts that create a ton of dimension). Once I adhered the hearts together, I also colored over the front heart with a Wink of Stella Gold Glitter brush pen. The glitter from this pen is so fine, liquid and luxurious.

07-02-13 Je T'aime Hearts and KP by Britta Swiderski-2

Since the heart has so much going on, I made sure to keep the rest of the card simple by stamping a simple banner with the je t’aime from KP’s Instalove stamp set (this set has so many good sentiments!) in Fresh Peach ink. The pretty patterned paper is from the Maggie Holmes + Crate Paper collection with a little bit of Vintage Photo edge inking.


As you know, I’ve been kind of surrounded by Kelly Purkey products lately. From working for KP herself to using KP stamps all over my project life, I’ve been seriously inspired by KP products in general lately. Simon Says just put up some brand new additions to the KP line: shaped paperclips and dies. Oh boy! My absolute must-haves? The shaped paperclips, the ampersand die, days of the week and labels set. Oh those labels! I’m going to use them all over the place.

And here’s the giveaway for today. I have an extra MFT Hearts a Plenty die (I loved it so much I ordered twice by accident – hehe) and two KP stamp sets that Simon Says has given me to give away. Thanks so much, Simon Says Stamp!


How it works: All you have to do each day to enter is answer the question of the day. Of course, you could be fabulous and spread the word to your facebook friends, twitter followers, etc. by sending them to my blog as well. That would be really cool of you! You can leave a comment (just one comment, please – only the first one will count) until the end of July 7th, 2013. I’ll be drawing, notifying and posting the winners sometime on Tuesday, July 9th. All winners will be randomly drawn using a number generator. International entries are welcome. If you’re under 18, please be sure to have the permission to enter from your parent/guardian(s) since you will have to give me your address so I can send you the goodies!

Here’s the question of the day:

What’s inspiring you today? A particular post on pinterest? A specific blog or youtube channel?

My answer: Of course anything gold, organizational or funky, but I’ve been especially enjoying instagram lately. Following hashtags like #projectlife or #kellypurkey or even #filofax is constantly introducing me to more creative people and ideas. I love it!

Thanks so much for stopping by today. See you again tomorrow with another weekly video tutorial. It’s going to go off with a bang!



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127 Responses to On Love and Inspiration

  1. Carolyn Picken

    You inspire me…I want to get out my heart dies and make a card. Thanks, welcome back!

  2. Gorgeous card, I think you may have just inspired me! But lately I’ve been really inspired by Pinterest. Especially the Design and Art categories. And as I was browsing through my “Beautiful Things” board on Pinterest this morning this http://pinterest.com/pin/914862397340714/ pin just kept catching my eye. I’ll have to figure out a way to use those gorgeous copper tones in a card!

  3. Love the woodgrain with the heart! I am inspired by pinterest and several blogs.

  4. What inspired me today was a super cute image in Tumblr that I am going to HAVE to turn into a card using my Lawn Fawn goodness!!

  5. Elaine

    I am loving the Simon Says woodgrain cardstock (both white and kraft). Pairing woodgrain with florals and inspiration from garden pix – perfect blend of rustic and feminine.

  6. Pretty, pretty card, Britta! Hmmm…I am alwaus pinning inspiration, but to choose one particular pin? That would be tough! I would say that with summer finally arriving here in the northeast, I am inspired by anything picnic or bbq-related. Thanks for a chance to win! Oh, and I am a new follower on Bloglovin. :)

  7. sandy

    I just love your blog! I get so much inspiration and wonderful ideas and get so excited to try new things I see from you. I really like the new stamp set with the dogs!

  8. Loly Borda

    I’m inspired mostly by Pinterest and crafty blogs. Your card is fabulous, I love everything with hearts. TFS

  9. conil

    Believe it or not, I received an LL Bean catalog yesterday with backpacks in it.. One of the prints on the pack is very retro and I loved it…I’ll be trying out that print on a card.

  10. Mary-Anne V.

    i love the stitched 3 d heart and the woodgrain on your card. I am always inspired by various card makers esp. Limedoodle and Jennifer McQuire so its always nice to visit their blogs. I also like to check out places like pinterest.

  11. Moid

    Today I am inspired by Avatar the Last Airbender posts on Pinterest and also by crafty blogs.

  12. lauraz

    I am inspired lately by all these cool project life layouts that I have been seeing on the Sutdio Calico member gallery. They are great!

  13. Angie Hall

    I saw a video yesterday of Betsy Veldman embossing on vellum then coloring with inks and markers. Her example was Morning Glories and it was beautiful. I think that technique would look nice on some sympathy cards I need to make. Thanks, Britta.

  14. Ann Marie

    I get most inspired by videos. I’ve subscribed to several channels; yours is great, so is Simon Says, Jennifer McGuire, Kristina Werner etc.

  15. JC

    Pinterest is always a good source for inspiration, but blogs like yours and a few others I’ve been following lately have definitely been a treasure! Thanks for continuing to inspire us.

  16. Great card! I am inspired by lots of blogs and also Pinterest. Pinterest is just full of great ideas!

  17. Lisa Geraty

    I have been inspired a lot lately by Pinterest. I like to type in a random word & see what pops up. All types of magazines can spur a card layout for me too.

  18. Our local Hobby Lobby just got in a ton of Tim Holtz’s products from this past release which has been awesome and inspiring to play with!

  19. Natalie Winterstein

    Ok, not to sound like a crabby patty but nothing is inspiring me today. I know, that sounds terrible. It’s just one of those days. I am cranky and need a nap! Lol. (I sound like I am 80 years old!)

  20. Abbie

    Lately I’m inspired by clothing and accessories I see shopping! Some of the color choices make me immediately make me think “ooohhhh I have to try a card like that!!!”

  21. Anso

    Love your card! The wood background inspires me but also the colours green and aqua plus navy!

  22. I was inspired by Paper Smooches Sparks challenge and just finished my card too :)

  23. Richell

    I found a pin for Design Seed – they post a picture (person, nature, etc) and then separate the colors that the picture contains. I’m LOVING this site!!

  24. Teresa

    Whenever I require a shot of inspiration I like to look at magazines, Pinterest, favourite Facebook pages/ groups, blogs – I think at the moment I am most inspired by colour combinations! Thanks for the giveaway Britta, your card is just gorgeous!!

  25. Megan G

    I have been getting a lot of ideas from youtube videos lately! Love the card! Thanks for the chance to win!

  26. Richard Cline

    I am inspired by recent you tube videos…Thanks for the chances to win something…your awesome.

  27. Kathy Cline

    I am inspired by today’s card that you made. Thanks for sharing goodies with us too.

  28. Dena Cline

    Thanks for todays goodies…I am inspired by a lot of your current works of art. Thanks for sharing with us today.

  29. Tyler C

    I am inspired by you and other youtube channels. You are what helps me to get along! Also blue, circles and

  30. Cynthia J. Miller

    I find alot of inspiration in youtube card videos……..love this card of yours!

  31. Wendy G.

    I like videos the best for inspiration but do follow trends on Instagram and Pinterest, too…

  32. Barb Ghigliotty

    I love the woodgrain background on your CAS design, Britta! Such a beautiful card!

    Today, I’m inspired by visiting all my crafty friends blogs…like yours! Thank you so much for a chance to win…it’s so generous of you!

  33. Today, I was inspired by a table number sign where I had lunch. It gave me an idea to try with my Distress Inks! Great card- I love the gorgeous heart!

  34. VikkiCH

    have a list of 15 card making blogs that I look at frequently for inspiration!

  35. Britta this card is simply gorgeous!!! Rainbows are inspiring me lately! Thanks for the awesome giveaway, and I’m so glad to see you found some inspiration :)

  36. Kate J

    I am definitely warming up to the watercolor trend, and my favorite color palette at the moment is aqua/peach/yellow…

  37. Melissa R.

    Right now, I’m digging Anne-Marie’s mini books for Basic Grey! And just about anything Project Life related. Thanks for the chance to win such great goodies!!

  38. Jen R

    I love that bookcase photo you posted! I’m currently inspired by that :)

  39. Shirl Martin

    I am inspired for sure by the love heart card and the grained paper.

  40. Gorgeous card. I am always inspired by some fellow bloggers including you. I have been flipping thru Paper crafts magazine and am inspired as well.

  41. Melissa maxwell Doherty

    Blogs like yours are great wellsprings of inspiration. So often they cause me to look at what I already have that I haven’t used before. I learn techniques and find ways to move out of my comfort zone.

  42. Janet Mack

    A bottle of body lotion at Bath & Bodyworks. It smelled good too.

  43. Sandra ltb

    no inspiration today =( and I need to complete a card!
    Sandra ltb

  44. elizabeth

    Hello. Your cards and ideas are always an inspiration and help me to get going on making cards. Thank you for always sharing such beautiful cards.

  45. First of all I must say that your card is AMAZING! It has to be one of my favourites I have every seen you create, just stunning. I am definitely inspired by this card today. I get inspiration from blogs and pinterest daily. I haven’t tried Instagram for that I must give it a try.

  46. Your card inspires me today! It’s a great card!

  47. Lots of things inspire me – Pinterest of course, and other blogs – especially challenge ones because to play you have specific guidelines and I enjoy the creative direction :-)

  48. sandy mruk

    What inspires me are blogs. I llok at yours everyday along with LawnFawn, Jennifer MCguire, my stamp store and many others. Keep up good work.

  49. Shaughn

    Hi Britta! This is going to sound silly for my inspiration but it was the color and pattern that my daughter painted her finger nails! I love how she did a gradient type design and since that’s so big right now all over the crafting world, that’s what I decided to make my next card like, I took a picture of her paint job so I have it. I’m loving KP’s new line of dies! Thanks for sharing your inspiration!

  50. Avra

    Just discovered a new-to-me youtube channel and site – Brandy’s Cards – can’t wait to watch more of her videos and try some of her techniques!

  51. Jill orcutt

    My inspiration today was a happy five year old who needed a super hero birthday card made for his Saturday birthday.

  52. Monica F.

    What’s been inspiring me today has been a YouTube channel : pinksofoxy. She is traveling in Thailand & India all summer and their minimalist approach to travel is inspiring me to do the same with some crafting! Check out her adventures so far…so interesting.
    Love the sweet card too!

  53. Terri (blindstamper)

    Viva Decor and PanPastel products…I’ve been stalking YouTube. Plus, I’ve ordered from a couple new-to-me companies (Lil’ Inker, Sweet ‘n Sassy) and I can’t wait to get my goodies.

  54. Suzanne Watanabe

    Hi Britta!
    I’m inspired by the MANY blogs that I follow, including your blog :). Thank you for sharing your BEAUTIFUL Card! Love the hearts!

  55. Art journal inspire me in these times

  56. I love Jennifer MacGuire’s Blog!

  57. kristyscraps

    Today I’m inspired by the thoughts of starting working on Christmas projects (maybe its denial about the heat wave here in Cali!)–so getting inspired from YouTube searches for Christmas ideas.

  58. Gorgeous card. I love that sentiment too. I have not played with any, yes ANY, KP goodies, there’s something wrong with me I’m sure. My Copics and new HA inks have been inspiring me lately. I wish I could color better, I’m always practicing :)

  59. Francie

    I’m working on a challenge to use at least one stamp from every set I own (that’s a lot of stamps!) and it’s inspiring me look at older sets with a fresh eye. Your beautiful card today has also inspired me to combine peachy/red tones with woodgrain. Just beautiful! Thanks for a chance to win.

  60. Brenda H.

    So nice of you and SSS for this giveaway. :)
    I get my daily inspiration via Pinterest!

  61. Kathleen

    My inspiration today is coming from Instragram. I love Pinterest but I can get overwhelmed with it at times. Often, I get inspiration from Target. Their color combinations and overhead graphics are incredible.

  62. Marla H.

    What is inspiring me today is the YT channels I watch and the challenges that the ladies offer because it keeps me challenged and creating. TFS and I am a heart LOVER so I would LOVE to own these dies!!!

  63. Inspiration of late has definitely come from Pinterest!

  64. Holly

    Such a beautiful card. If I am ever short of inspiration a quick (but usually loooong) browse on Pinterest gives me a nice idea boost :)

  65. Joan

    Lately I have been getting inspiration from various YouTube videos. I usually find them by following a blog and watching a video on YouTube, then get interested either in other videos by the same person, or by sites referred by that person. I’ll pick a certain technique that interests me and then watch various videos on the same technique. I have to monitor myself to not “overwatch” and “underdo”.

  66. Pippa67

    What’s inspiring me today? Well I think that must be the weather. It is raining and I’m so ready for the sun. So I’m making very bright cards at the moment to give us a little sunshine.

  67. Mateja

    I just got up today so there is no inspiration yet, but Kristina Werner is always an inspiration to me (she is awesome!) and I just (re)watched your No Stress Distress Inks yesterday and it made me want to go ink some stuff up :D

  68. Laura M

    I’m inspired by some new stamp purchases ;) (mama elephant, hero arts…)
    Your card is beautiful! Thanks for sharing & the giveaway! :)

  69. I am currently inspired by the daily scrapbooking videos on Two Peas.

  70. Dena

    Another darling card. Loving the gold. Pinterest has been inspiring me lately. So many talented and creative artists. Thanks for the chance to win!

  71. Organizing, and decluttering is inspiring me lately. I find something I haven’t seen in a while, and want to use it!

  72. I’m loving Pinterest for inspiration these days! Especially WashiTapesNL for washi tape inspiration! Check it out here: http://pinterest.com/WashiTapesNL/
    And everything in the color mint/teal!
    Thank you so much for the generous giveaway! :-) xx

  73. Love it! Such a fab card. I’m trying to take inspiration from sketches at the moment to improve my designs, so am hopefully going to try a few challenges :)

  74. Rachelle L.

    I would say I am most inspired by watching videos right now. I love getting inspiration from your videos, Kristina Werner, Simon Says Stamp, Jennifer McGuire and Darlene DeVries to name a few. Thanks for the chance to win!

  75. Naomi Rozen

    What inspires me today ???? I have to be complety honest wright ??? My cat he is sleeping and all I can think about wright now is my bed. I am not feeling great lately. But on a normal day it would be video’s and blogs.

  76. Kathy W

    This week, my inspiration is the weather, now that it’s stopped raining every day here in Minnesota. And the afalfa scent from the farm next door. Takes me instantly back to my childhood.
    Thanks for the chance to win that fabulous prize!
    Have a great 4th!

  77. Valerie Gee

    Cute card (of course)! I just ordered a Wink of Stella pen, but it didn’t turn out to be the brush tip pen like I wanted (and like it seems you used) it is a fine tip pen. We’ll have to see how THAT works out.

    Right now, I’m inspired by a handful of my favorite blogs (yours being one of them). My other favorite is Darlene Designs, and I’ve been crushing on her tutorial from last week where she used a two step stamp set from Stampin’ Up. I don’t have anything SU, or anything like her two step stamp set, but I wish I did!

    Thanks for sharing your creativity with us again, and for the chance to win some amazing goodies! XXOO from CO!

  78. Lorraine Harris

    Embossing with gold and water colors; you and all the lovely ppl from Simon says stamp and LAWN FAWN (oh how i love me some Kelly)

  79. Jen McDermott

    LOVE your card. Woodgrain is timeless. Today (and lots of days) I’m inspired by Julie Ebersole’s card for the current Lawnscaping challenge. She’s so inspiring!!

  80. You used a couple of items that I’m loving right now, Wink of Stella pens and the Pale Tomato ink.

    I follow Ardyth on Pinterest and love her Inspiration Board (http://pinterest.com/ardythpr/inspiration/). She always pins the most wonderful color/advertising/art pics. I’m also always inspired by Julie Ebersole’s blog. She makes CAS look so easy.

  81. Brandy

    I constantly look to blogs for inspiration. I constantly check your blog along with Jennifer McGuire’s and Kristina Werner’s. You all are a talented bunch of ladies! Thanks for the chance to win!

  82. Robin Howe

    Went to the San Diego Scrapbook Expo last Saturday and seeing everyone’s enthusiasm inspires me. Love these events.

  83. Danielle Near

    My family would be the thing that inspires me.

  84. Debbie

    Right now I’m really getting inspiration from Faith Abigail Designs. She has a youtube and blog and makes the cutest scrapbook layouts!

  85. Susan Molinari

    Video tutorials like yours inspire me the most. I really enjoyed the summer camp series on the Simon Says Stamp blog.

  86. Kristy B

    I love using Pinterest for my inspiration. So many beautiful pictures and projects to look at, and of course this blog is inspiring me too!

  87. Definitely being inspired by Stars and Stripes today!

  88. Christy

    I get inspired by home decor the most!

  89. Stephanie

    I am inspired by all of you bloggers and youtubers in cyber space. It’s amazing how many über talented artists and crafters share their talent with the world. I follow you, KWerner, Jennifer Maguire, mercytiara, all the girls at two peas and the team at SSS.
    Thanks for this great givaway prize! :)

  90. Geralyn

    Very pretty card today, as usual. I find most of my inspiration from reading blogs. I’m not super creative on my own so I love seeing what other craft people are doing.

  91. Kelly Michels

    Inspiring me today??? Humm so many things, my mind is on overload with all the wonderful, stamps, dies and inks out there… Love pinterest for ideas and youtube for techniques, now if I could just move over to that craft table and put it to paper that would awesome. Love your creations and always feel so inspired. Thanks for having this give-away !!!

  92. Brenda

    I am another person who is thrilled at looking at other people’s work. It’s inspiring and often daunting to see creative talents. Thanks.

  93. Bukky

    Today I’ve been inspired by one of my students work. She used neon purple and pink to create a poster and I’ve been itching to do something with that color combo! If I had some of those neon inks I’d make a birthday card for a girlfriend! But I’m on a budget so I’ll probably just give myself a mani.

  94. This card is fab, love the shimmer on the heart, its just perfect! I am always super inspired by Pinterest and also by blogs like yours that show off products and ideas and how to follow inspiration items when crafting!

  95. Barbara Escalante

    I am inspired by the wonderful designs that you have shown and the techiques sucha s the hearts you have used that help to bring life to the cards you design. What I like is that the instructions you give are simple and easy to follow.

  96. Lauren Harmer

    Hi Britta, that’s a beautiful card :) my inspiration a the moment comes from YouTube and blogs . I am still learning so it is wonderful to get the new ideas and techniques from other clever people

  97. Lori B

    Love finding inspiration on different sketch sights, blogs I follow and of course pinterest. Thanks for sharing Kelly’s new dies-didn’t know about them and they look great!

  98. Shelley

    Summer and all that it brings inspires me. Bright colors, water fun, anything outdoors. Also gt inspiration, maybe too much, from blogs like yours, you tube, and pinterest! So much inspiration that I don’t know where to start!! Lesson – stop watching and get scrapping! Great giveaways – thanks for the chance to win.

  99. Hilde van Rijnsoever

    Awesome giveaway! I get tons 0f inspiration by watching youtube. When I see those videos, I want to buy more stuff and play with it!

  100. lately, I’m inspired a lot my youtube channels, pinterest and facebook groups.


  101. Mary M.

    It’s hard to choose with so much great inspiration out there! I’ve really been enjoying Kristina Werner’s card videos lately. Ever since I subscribed to the SSS monthly card kit I’ve looked forward to seeing what she does with them each month. And I guess getting that great kit every month helps too! =)

  102. Micah

    I love watching your videos for inspiration as well as Jennifer Mcguire’s, and Kristina Werner’s.

  103. Kim T

    I’m recently inspired by all of the different kinds of wafer-thin dies out right now. I keep my Big Shot on my desk because I use it so often. Thanks for the giveaways!

  104. Kelly J

    Kristina Werner’s and your You tube videos.

  105. I am constantly inspired by so many things, the blogs I follow, some videos, and I have started paying attention to the world around me. I even have some layout ideas from magazines that are anything but design magazines.

  106. Sandy Allnock at OWH has been inspiring me lately. I’m trying to simplify things…. Make it clean and simple.

    Thanks for the giveaways, Britta!

  107. Zoli

    Simple, but elegant! :) I have to say, music inspires me these days. I know it’s weird, but it really does, like I just get my crafty mojo back. Have a great day! :)

  108. Love what you did with the heart die and the glitter.
    Today I’m inspired by a challenge: 10 minute Craft Dash , it’s a challenge you have to make a card in max 10minutes with some requirements.

  109. Lynda

    The Graphic 45 blog is inspiring me lately because they’re introducing their new lines. There are 2 that I really like – Mother Goose is a children’s line & Bohemian Bazaar is a bright funky line in an old-timey sort of way.

  110. There is so much that inspires me and it changes daily! Right now blog posts focusing on organization are catching my eye – I am trying to declutter my craft room right now!

  111. I love what you did with the heart on your card!!…very clever!!…and thanks for the awesome giveaway and the chance to win!!

    I get a lot of my inspiration from youtube videos…what a great place to get lots of inspiration!

  112. I’m inspired by Lawn Fawn’s blog. I know you used to intern for them and I love their posts and the videos and pictures of projects. Thanks for all the giveaways.

  113. Susan

    Books. I like to do ATCs that are inspired by the books I’ve read. When I view the ATC it keeps those stories alive. And if others view them & question the story behind the ATC, I’ll be able to recommend a great book.

  114. SandiL

    I’m finding inspiration in the blogs I follow, that’s probably the main one for me, so many great creative minds out there! And I find lots of inspiration in my stamps I love creating scenes so I like to flip through my stamps and see what I can come up with. Also Andrea Gomoll’s fascinating girls, I just signed up for her class and am so excited to start!
    Another amazing card Britta love the dimensional heart so want to try that now…. see right now your my inspiration :)

  115. MartinaN

    Thanks for this opportunity to win. And what a beautiful card! I think this card is a great inspiration for me today. I usually find great inspiration follwoing blogs and pinterest.

  116. Janice U.

    Inspired by the Lawn Fawn channel and any other you tube videos using the Critters in the Dog Park stamp set- love dogs and they make such cute cards! Would love to be able to add these to my collection! Thanks

  117. Nikki

    YouTube! I love watching the SSS channel as well as Jennifer McGuire, Kristina Werner, and obviously you because I am here. :)

  118. Jemima Royall

    Hi Birtta

    I’m trying to focus on finding my own style and so I’m grabbing 5 things from my stash and making it work. Not very easy so I jump on some of my fav blogs and remind myself that they do it so I can too.

    Thanks for the chance to win!

  119. I love your card the wood look and the heart is a great touch.
    What inspires me is seeing sentiments and then thinking of what would go good with it. I know you and Kristen, Jennifer and Susan Lyle inspire me.

  120. Nuria

    Great card, it’s just beautiful! Since I love all things Lawn Fawn, I find great inspiration in their blog and YouTube channel.

    Thanks for the chance to win!

  121. Monica Maier

    It’s a toss up between youtube and pinterest! There are some many creative people and the pretty colora…! :)

  122. maureen


  123. Super cute card!! I’ve been inspired by some of the pretty one-layer cards that I’ve seen on Pinterest and on the various companies’ blogs. Those are so challenging for me — but I love how people are stamping in different colored inks and layering.

  124. Ah inspiration – Can be found in the strangest of places, like my clothes closet! Recently did a card inspired by a blouse I own. LOL! Anyway, I’ve really been inspired lately by all the mixed media projects out there.

  125. Other crafter’s and COLOR

  126. Patterns and designs I saw when I went shopping today:)

  127. SharonP

    Card videos and classes seem to really get my creative juices going. My fav’s are YOU, Kristina, Jennifer and GinaK