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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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ABNH 2nd Birthday Blog Hop!

Hey friends! I’m absolutely thrilled to be participating in this awesome celebration of A Blog Named Hero‘s 2nd birthday! You should be arriving here at my blog from Christine Drogt‘s wonderful blog. If you’re just starting the hop now, you can head here for the beginning.

ABNH 2nd Birthday

Here’s the card I made to celebrate this special occasion today:

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I went a CAS (clean and simple) direction with this one, using some of my newest Hero Arts goodies, the Constellation background stamp with Unicorn Pastel Mint ink. I love the soft-but-present texture the pale mint gives to the white cardstock. The Pastel Mint ink does show up a little better in real life and is the perfect light mint color.

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I stamped the bold Happy Birthday sentiment from It’s Your Day stamp set in Navy Mid-Tone Ink, used Wet Cement cardstock as the base and kept the embellishments simple with Tim Holtz Mirrored Stars in a visually pleasing triangle formation. The end result is happy, celebratory, and perfectly gender neutral using this color scheme. Cards for guys are usually so difficult, aren’t they?! Haha.

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!

Constellation background S5922 – Hero Arts
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It’s Your Day Stamp Set – Hero Arts
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Unicorn Pastel Mint Pigment Ink AF280 – Hero Arts
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Early Spring Ink Cubes – Hero Arts
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Navy Mid-Tone Shadow Ink – Hero Arts
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Mirrored Stars Idea-ology – Tim Holtz
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Solar White Cardstock 25 sheets – Neenah
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Solar White Cardstock ream – Neenah
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Glossy Accents – Ranger
(SS|EH)

Thanks so much for stopping by today! The next stop on the hop is my good (and talented!) friend Stephanie Klauk, so hop on over there to continue on this trail of happiness and celebration!

Also, be sure to leave a comment on each stop to increase your chances to WIN one of two prize packages from Hero Arts and Simon Says Stamp!

Love,
Britta

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You Rock, Cath!

Stopping by with a post today for a very special reason. I’m joining in on sharing my appreciation for Cath and everything she’s done with the Moxie Fab blog of the past few years. You should be arriving from Lee Murphy’s blog. You can start from the beginning of this ginormous hop here on the Moxie Fab blog.

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Simply stated, Cath: you rock. There have been so many times over the past few years that I’ve found inspiration from something you’ve posted, discovered a new favorite cardmaker or even gained some new followers myself from being linked to on the blog. Thanks for all the inspiration and happiness you’ve brought onto the internet; I know big, great things are ahead for you!

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About the card: I kept it simple by focusing on the sentiment (from Cole’s ABCs dies from Lawn Fawn) on top of some fab gold metallic paper made by Silhouette (you can even print on it, and it’s adhesive backed, too!). The asterisks are from Amy Tan’s Hello set of embroidery templates; I sewed them in a slightly darker color than the light pool cardstock for a nice tone-on-tone look.

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

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog today and for hopping along with us!

Now, please head over to Michele Kovack’s blog as the next stop on the hop. Have fun!

Love,
Britta

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