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Distress Ink Mini Cards Video Tutorial!

Today I’m over on the Little Tangles challenge blog as their guest for this challenge. I’m so grateful to them for having me! And I have a special treat for you… a video tutorial. That’s right! I got a little over-ambitious last night and decided this would be a good time to make another card video. Ask me when I wake up after my super late-nighter if I still think that was a good idea. I’ll get back to you on that one.

Anyway, the challenge for this week is to create mini cards, and I made four just for good measure. Mini cards are so fun and perfect for making in sets, because even the simplest elements become a big deal when you’re working with a smaller canvas.

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Head over to the Little Tangles blog for more information about the challenge, including information on how to enter yourself so that you might win a Neat & Tangled stamp set of your choice!

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Here’s the video for the set. Enjoy!

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Here are some more looks at the set. See the bottom of this post for a full list of supplies!

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The Distress Inks in Shabby Shutters, Peacock Feathers, Salty Ocean and Shaded Lilac are so wonderful together, and I really love using each ink in multiple layers like this – blending it on with a blending tool, stamping it on with the On the Strip 2 wide stripe and then watching it react with droplets of water for even more depth and texture.

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The Everyday Circles stamp set is also great for mini cards – it’s the perfect size to be the focal point of these little cards without completely consuming them. I loooove these sentiments stamped in the Hero Arts Navy Mid-Tone ink. So yummy.

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Also, I made a video. Did I tell you that? I know. I can’t believe it either. I don’t have any concrete plans for making a ton of videos right away, but I would like to make some more. A few of my favorites need updating, and I have some great ideas for “basics” videos that I think even experienced crafters would like. Now if only these ideas would get out of my head and onto the internet.

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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!

Shabby Shutters Distress Ink – Ranger
SS | EH
Peacock Feathers Distress Ink – Tim Holtz
SS | EH
Salty Ocean Distress Ink – Ranger
SS | EH
Shaded Lilac Distress Ink – Tim Holtz
SS | EH
Ink Blending Tool – Ranger
SS | EH
Ink Blending Tool Foams – Ranger
SS | EH
Non-Stick Craft Sheet – Ranger
SS | EH
Navy Mid-Tone Shadow Ink – Hero Arts
SS | EH
Solar White Cardstock 25 sheets – Neenah
SS | EH
Solar White Cardstock 250 Sheets – Neenah
SS | EH
Mini Scoring Board – Martha Stewart Crafts
SS | EH
Large 7mm Antique Accent Pearls – Hero Arts
SS | EH
Small Accent Pearls – Hero Arts
SS | EH

Thanks so much for stopping by today and to the wonderful Little Tangles crew for having me on their challenge this week! Make sure you head over there and see the creations the design team came up with + leave them some love!

Talk to you again soon, my friends!

Love,
Britta

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Studio Tour!

Well, you know I’m moving in a few days… so it’s now or never when it comes to a tour of my workspace. Even though everything’s not perfectly in order and absolutely beautiful, I thought it would be really great to share different storage solutions that have worked for me in this space. Maybe they’ll work for you for a particular type of item or a particular space problem you have. In this space, I have more square footage than I’m used to but roughly 5 feet of wall space (which is what my old stamp storage depended on). I had to get a little creative with my desk and using the space within my arm span to make my space work for me. That being said, enjoy the video! All things mentioned in the video are listen below in a nice, orderly list.

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Storage solutions:

  • Desk Top: Linnmon table top, black-brown, 78 3/4″ x 23 5/8″ (link)
  • Desk Legs: Vika Kaj legs, adjustable (to max height) (link)
  • Desk Chair: Boss Multifunctional Fabric Drafting Stool (link)
  • Paper Trimmer: Tonic 12 x 12 Guillotine Trimmer (link)
  • Clear and Black Bins throughout room: ITSO Tapered Bins (link)
  • Hanging Stamp Storage from previous space: (link)
  • Desk Work Surface: 24 x 18 Self-Healing Mat by Alvin (link)
  • Desk Work Surface: Large Non-Stick cutting mat by Ranger (link)
  • Blending Tool Craft Spinner: (link)
  • Craft Spinner Extension Kit: (link)
  • Righthand Drawers: Algot Frame, Mesh Baskets and Spinner Wheels (link)
  • In-drawer Organizers: Skubb Boxes in Lilac (link)
  • Ink Storage: 23 x 4 Shallow Picture Ledges from Target (Reviews on the website are terrible; you can buy better ones at Ikea)
  • Stickle Storage idea from Chari Moss: (link)
  • Stacking Bins: Iris Medium Stacking Bins (Purchased from OfficeMax) (link)
  • Corner Rounder/Twine/Spray Ink Storage: Tiered Fruit Basket from Target
  • Lefthand Drawers: Sterilite Medium 5-drawer Rolling Cart 
  • Shelves to Left of Desk: Lerberg Shelf Unit, Dark Grey, 13 3/4″ (link)
  • Distress Ink Blending Foam Storage: No-Stress Distress Inks Lesson 1 (link)
  • Copic Storage: Copic Sketch Empty Marker Cases for 72 Markers (link)
  • Mini Green and Clear Boxes for little bits & pieces: Sterilite Small Clipboxes in Green (link) 
  • Large Shelving Unit: Expedit 32 x 59 Shelving Unit in Black-Brown (link)
  • Wafer Thin Die Storage: Magnetic Storage Folders by Lifestyle Crafts (link)
  • Wire Shelving: 3-Tier Black Wire Shelving by Room Essentials (link)
  • Stamp and other Hobby Storage: ITSO Storage System from Target
  • How I film videos – a telescoping mic stand: Musician’s Gear Tripod Mic Stand with Telescoping Boom Black (link)
  • Plus a camera adapter: On Stage Video Camera/Digital Recorder Adapter (link)

I’m happy to report that my meeting went really well with my career counselor yesterday. I think it’ll be really good for me to have “homework” again and to have an outside source to help guide me through the job market. Thanks for all of your fantastic comments on yesterday’s post. Seriously, I have the best blog friends. It’s reassuring to know that so many of you have gone through (or are going though) similar situations and feelings; things really do work out on the other side.

Okay now seriously, I promise more CHA coverage tomorrow. As you can tell by my list above, this video got a little more *ehem* complicated than I originally anticipated. This seemed like my last good moment to share this space with you. Tomorrow I pick up the keys for our new, bigger place. Yippee!

Thanks for stopping by. I’ll see you tomorrow! Same time, same place. ;)

Love,
Britta

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Presenting Misty Crafty Happy (and some giveaways!)

I’m so excited – the day is finally here! I present to you Misty Crafty Happy:

Misty Crafty Happy: A Self-Paced Class About Misting from Britta Swiderski

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What is Misty Crafty Happy?

This is a self-paced class consisting of an ebook guide and 16 video lessons about misting. Learn about and play with misting like you never have misted before! Whether you’re a beginning crafter or a seasoned pro, this class will show you a new way to look at misting through a fun classroom-like atmosphere with a helpful e-book companion. The class consists of 5 lessons made of three videos each. By the end of the course, we’ll create a tag book full of techniques together and explore basic, intermediate, advanced and mixed media techniques. Each self-paced class download consist of completely class-exclusive content: an e-book (complete with hyperlinks to class supplies and detailed photographs of each project) and access to 16 exclusive videos (including 8+ cards and 20 tags start-to-finish).

Class Benefits

  • 27-page clickable (and printable) ebook to guide you through all the lessons.
  • Exclusive access to all lessons, videos and cards.
  • 16 exclusive videos – 3 for each lesson plus a wrap-up video. That’s over two hours of video!
  • Tag video per lesson; we make an awesome tag booklet to look back on when you need a refresher!
  • Each lesson includes at least 2 exclusive card examples plus an in-depth look at two extra cards in the wrap-up lesson.
  • Lifetime access to all course material.

Registration Information

You’ll get two e-mails from me at the start of this class to finalize your registration.

1. The ebook download link (automatically sent). Then, within 48 hours (but usually much sooner):
2. Permission to the Google Drive folder that contains all of the videos for each lesson.

Then you’ll be all set and ready to go! If you have any questions or feel like you’re missing a piece, please contact me at britta.swiderski@gmail.com or tweet me @brittaswiderski.

The Price

The self-paced class will be available for purchase for $18. This is an incredible deal for all of the content you have access to!

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See you in class. Bring some paper towel and wet wipes – this is going to be amazingly misty. ;)

The Giveaways

Sign up for class now (before July 26th, 2013) and you’re automatically entered to win one of the three amazing prize packages. Winners will be notified via email on Saturday, July 27th. Here’s a look at the fabulous prize packages:

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All prizes being given away are used throughout the class, so you’re sure to get a ton of use out of them! 

A Sneak Peek

I couldn’t leave without sharing one of my favorite cards from the course. This uses a technique I’m calling Dry Versamark + Mist. As you can see here, using Versamark without embossing powder produces this amazing watermark effect. Want to see more with this technique and more than 20 others? Check out the class. ;)

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Here’s a close-up of more of that misty goodness. Have I mentioned that I love misting? I think I have.

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Thanks for joining me today and for all of your excitement. I love you! And now I’m going to sleep for 24 hours and then hop on a plane to Vegas for CHA. Let’s do this!

Love,
Britta

P.S. Class participants! Make sure to tag posts on facebook, instagram or twitter with the hashtag #mistycraftyhappy. This way, it’s easy for me (and you!) to see and be inspired by the work AND I can pull some posts together to blog about them at a future date. Thanks for rocking!

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