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ThingsCrafted Grand Opening Blog Hop!

Hey there! You should be arriving here from Mary Dawn’s blog. If you’re just joining us on the blog hop, you can head over here to the ThingsCrafted blog to start from the beginning!

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If you’ve been wondering where I’ve disappeared to over the past six weeks or so, I hope this helps to clarify things. ;) Not only have I started a new mostly full-time job (and I love it – but more on that later), but I’ve also launched ThingsCrafted, a new business that allows me to do what I love – designing for this awesome community that I’m already so lucky to be a part of. Here’s a little bit more information about ThingsCrafted: 

ThingsCrafted is a place where handmade design and customization come together to create a wonderful company who creates and encourages color, personality and community. ThingsCrafted was founded by Britta Swiderski, a designer with a background in the world of papercrafting and a history of working with awesome graphic design clients. ThingsCrafted provides custom products – starting with stamps – to suit your lifestyle all starting with handwritten designs. They all go from pencil to computer to your doorstep! We love to create stamps and designs for addresses, “made by”s for the projects you send to others, favorite phrases or shapes for project life and planner organization and so much more. 

Today we’re celebrating this new beginning with a blog hop. I’m so excited to introduce this concept to you, and I hope you’ve enjoyed what everyone else put together for this hop. I have some truly amazing friends, and I can’t wait to get even more of them involved as ThingsCrafted grows!

On my blog today, I wanted to show off one of my very favorite hand-designed stamps that is available for purchase in the ThingsCrafted store, Happy Birthday To You. I really wanted the bubble letters of Mille text to shine, so I stuck close to one of my favorite techniques – watercolor pencils and white embossing.

Happy Birthday watercolor by Britta Swiderski - ThingsCrafted Grand Opening Blog Hop

I focused most of the color on the inside of the letters, but I wanted to have a painterly effect with the watercolor, so I scribbled a little outside the lines as well. I then went over everything with a waterbrush, adding more color directly from pencil to brush as needed within the letters. To hold up to this amount of water, I was happy to have my favorite watercolor cardstock as a base. It stands up to a lot of watercolor.

To keep it simple, I embellished it only with some white sequins from Lawn Fawn’s Peace Love Joy sequins assortment and added some small gemstones on top to finish them off.

Happy Birthday watercolor by Britta Swiderski - ThingsCrafted Grand Opening Blog Hop

Here’s a closer look at the embossing and watercolor. Man, I love those bright, vibrant colors!

Supplies used on this project: Click below to see where you can buy the products used on this project. Click on “SS” for the product at Simon Says Stamp and “EH” for the product at Ellen Hutson. I also will link to products from my own store, ThingsCrafted. I only link to products and shops that I know and love. Thank you for your support!

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Thank you for stopping by today. Before you go – make sure to leave a comment on this post and each one along the hop to enter to win a custom stamp! One will be given away at each stop along the hop. We’ll be getting in touch with you via email, so make sure you add your email to your comment! We’ll be drawing winners at the end of Tuesday, the 25th of November, so be sure to leave a comment by then.

There’s also a special treat for everyone in the blog hop – 15% off your order until the end of the day Tuesday, November 25th using the code GRAND15OFF as part of the Grand Opening event! This is the last stop on the blog hop, so please hop back to the beginning at the ThingsCrafted blog if you’d like to see more projects or start the hop over again. Thanks for hopping with us!

See you soon with more love and more craftiness,
Britta

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Distress Ink Dinosaur Tutorial – World Cardmaking Day!

Happy World Cardmaking Day! Today I wanted to be sure and stop by with a tutorial – so I made a card today and have this video for you along with a couple of fun links. :)

Video Tutorial

I had several requests to do something with Lawn Fawn stamps, so I decided to pull out my Critters from the Past + my Distress Inks and make a masculine birthday card.

10-04-14 Distress Ink Dinos Card Video Tutorial by Britta Swiderski

Enjoy the video! This features making your own dinosaur skin with distress ink by using some water techniques to add depth and shine. If you want to see more of my favorite Distress Ink techniques, check out my No-Stress Distress Ink course here.

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Here’s a closer look at the finished card. I love the play of the different heights of the dinosaurs and depths of the elements. I used foam adhesive to adhere the sentiment and the front hill and then foam adhesive to adhere the tops of the stegosaurus and right palm tree (keeping it from popping off the card too much). Side note: I love love love this Let’s Polka paper pad. It’s wonderful.

10-04-14 Distress Ink Dinos Card Video Tutorial by Britta Swiderski

I have to say, I’m really enjoying the cuteness of the Distress Ink minis and highly recommend starting out with them if you haven’t delved into the world of Distress Ink yet (or if you are looking to build up your collection of colors). I mostly can’t resist them because they’re adorable and there are tins to store them in. Tins! To store cute tiny ink pads in! TINS!

10-04-14 Distress Ink Dinos Card Video Tutorial by Britta Swiderski

Here’s a good look at the pearlescent shine from the perfect pearls + water droplets on the distress ink. It’s a subtle effect that really shines in juuuust the right light. This way, you get sparkle without a whole lot of shine. I guess the only problem I have now is what I’m going to do with that adorable brontosaurus. ;)

Supplies used on this project: Click below to see where you can buy the products used on this project. Click on “SS” for the product at Simon Says Stamp and “EH” for the product at Ellen Hutson. I only link to products and shops that I know and love. Thank you for your support!

Critters from the Past – Lawn Fawn
SS | EH
Year One – Lawn Fawn
SS | EH
Mowed Lawn Distress Ink – Ranger
SS | EH
Peacock Feathers Distress Ink – Ranger
SS | EH
Seedless Preserves Distress Ink – Ranger
SS | EH
Gathered Twigs Distress Ink – Ranger
SS | EH
Distress Inks – Ranger
SS | EH
Distress Ink Mini Pads Kit 1 – Ranger
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Distress Ink Mini Pads Kit 2 – Ranger
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Distress Mini Ink Pads Kit 8 – Ranger
SS | EH
Distress Mini Ink Pads Kit 11 – Ranger
SS | EH
Mini Distress Ink Storage Tin – Ranger
SS | EH
Distress Watercolor Paper – Ranger
SS | EH
Let’s Polka 6 x 6 Paper Pad – Lawn Fawn
SS | EH
Solar White Cardstock 25 sheets – Neenah Paper
SS | EH
Solar White Cardstock Ream – Neenah Paper
SS | EH
Memento Tuxedo Black Ink – Tsukineko
SS | EH
Mister Bottle 2 Ounce – Ranger
SS | EH
Non-Stick Craft Sheet – Ranger
SS | EH

Essentials by Ellen

I have been SO EXCITED for this Essentials by Ellen product launch all week and am so glad the day is finally here! Ellen Hutson is releasing a new line of stamps and dies, and I couldn’t be happier. Julie Ebersole’s style is right up my alley, and her designs for Ellen are absolutely scrumptious. I can’t wait to play with everything!

 

A few of my absolute favorites:

Happy, Happy, Happy

I just want to say thank you again for all of your love and support over the past several months. The walk went so well (and I still need to send out thank you emails to all the donors – thank you all SO MUCH!), I’m making huge steps of progress in my career and job search and I’ve even started a band. I’m working incredibly hard on balancing work with life and fun, and every day is a different challenge or puzzle to solve. I’m so grateful to have such a loving support team, a fantastic boyfriend (our three year anniversary is tomorrow!) and creativity that just wont quit even when my body wants to give out.

Jake & Me at a wedding in Milwaukee two weeks ago. It was an amazing weekend!

Jake & Me at a wedding in Milwaukee two weeks ago. It was an amazing weekend!

I have several fun projects to share with you in the coming weeks as I’ve been finishing off my living room to my liking with a huge Cat Tree Wall and a fun Man Cave in My Living Room and have been making something inky every day of this month so far as part of #inktober.

Leia sitting happily in her new Cat Tree - officially claiming one entire corner of her living room as her own.

Leia sitting happily in her new Cat Tree Wall – officially claiming one entire corner of the living room as her own.

Long live this creative streak that has me going right now! Let’s hope it translates into a real, long-term creative job at some point. ;) Whenever you’re ready, life, I’m ready.

Thank you so much for stopping by today. See you again soon!

Love,
Britta

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New Planner Printables in the Shop!

The much-requested dated 2015 weekly and monthly inserts for A5 size are here as well as brand new standard sizes! Here’s a quick rundown of what’s new in the store today. As always, if you have a request for a different size or type of insert, please feel free to leave a comment and I’ll see if I can make it happen!

Planner Printable Insert Size Guide by Britta Swiderski brittaswiderski.com/shop

Here’s a good look at the new sizes with the current Filofax printables. This allows you to see all of them at once and may even help you choose the type of planner that’s right for you. The sizes are as follows:

American Standard:

  • Letter – 8.5″ x 11″ – 7 holes (also fits 3-hole standard punch) this is the only printable with no trimming involved – it has a white border around the outside to allow for printer channels
  • Half-Letter – 5.5″ x 8.25″ – 7 holes (also fits 3-hole punch) this is just a smidgen shorter than half a sheet of letter paper, but it will fit perfectly in all binders of this size
  • Compact – 4.25″ x 6.75″ – 6 holes (two sets of three holes) – best known as the Franklin Covey Compact Size

Filofax Standard:

  • A5 – 5.75″ x 8.25″ – 6 holes (two sets of three holes)
  • Personal – 3.75″ x 6.75″ – 6 holes (two sets of three holes)
  • Compact – 3.25″ x 4.75″ – 6 holes

American Standard Printable Insert Size Comparison by Britta Swiderski - brittaswiderski.com/shop

Here’s a better look at just the American Standard sizes being released today in the Month on Two Pages and Week on Two Pages designs. If you would like to see more of the Filofax-sized designs in these sizes, please comment below and I will add it to the list for the next release down the road!

Filofax Printable Insert Size Comparison by Britta Swiderski - brittaswiderski.com/shop

Just for reference, here’s a full view of the Filofax standard sizes that all types of inserts are available. Now there’s something for every type of planner!

2015 A5 Weekly and Monthly Dated by Britta Swiderski - brittaswiderski.com/shop

Today also means the release of the 2015 Dated Weekly and Monthly pages for the A5 size. Yay! These have been probably the most requested item, and I’m glad to be able to have them ready for you in the shop now!

Thank you so much for stopping by today. I’ve gotten several comments and emails lately from long-time blog readers that are now getting into the fun of decorating planners, and that makes me so happy. I love learning new things with lots of people! It’s awesome. But don’t worry if you’re not into planning; regular stamping and cardmaking videos are still the main part of this blog (and my youtube channel), s stick around for those! See you soon with another video. :)

Love,
Britta

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