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Happiness is Distress Ink + Die Cutting

I made something. A card. With my own hands! This is big news for me this week. I’ve been dreading cleaning my office in order to get to my craft table for about two months now, but I knew it was time to crack down and get to business. Five hours later, I was sitting at my desk playing with all the things I  finally found a place for. Cleaning is one of my biggest inspirations. I find things I forgot I loved or discover things I forgot I bought.

When I saw the Stitched Leaves die set from Lawn Fawn, I knew I couldn’t put it away without making something but didn’t want to make a fall card. So I went as far away from fall colors as I could and went straight for spring: bright, fresh green leaves with touches of yellow, blue and white accents.

Stitched Leaves Lawn Fawn Dies + Distress Ink Spring Wreath Thank You Card by Britta Swiderski

See below for a step-by-step explanation of how to go from white cardstock to these very pretty leaves using Distress Ink. Oh Distress Ink, my love! It’s so amazing what you can do with three colors and a blending tool. I decorated the wreath with the Into the Woods Mixed Sequins from Lawn Fawn (adhered with my fave adhesive for sequins, Multi Matte Medium) along with some adhesive pearls and gems from Hero Arts.

Stitched Leaves Lawn Fawn Dies + Distress Ink Spring Wreath Thank You Card by Britta Swiderski

The sentiment had to stand up to the blinged-out rest of the card without taking focus away from the focal point of the card, so I went with clean and simple black ink on a white banner. The alpha is Milo’s ABCs from Lawn Fawn. This set is the absolute best for making sentiments that are longer without going onto two lines.

Stitched Leaves Lawn Fawn Dies + Distress Ink Spring Wreath Thank You Card by Britta Swiderski

Steps to bring the leaves to life:

  1. Cover a piece of thick, white cardstock (I use Neenah Solar White) with Shabby Shutters Distress Ink using a blending tool.
  2. Die cut a bunch of leaves out of the now-colored paper – I did 10 passes to create 10 of each of the large and small smooth leaves. (Use a Craft Pick to pop the leaves out of the die if they’re being stubborn.)
  3. Separate the leaves into two piles (5 large, 5 small in each pile). One pile is for darker or “base layer” leaves and the other is for lighter or “top layer” leaves.
  4. Use a blending tool to apply Peeled Paint to all the leaves, focusing on the edges and adding more ink to the base layer leaves than the top layer leaves.
  5. Repeat step 4 with Mowed Lawn ink, focusing on the edges.
  6. Adhere the leaves to the card, starting with large base layer leaves, then small base layer leaves, then large top layer leaves and finishing with small top layer leaves. Work constantly to create a circle with each added layer of leaves. Apply leaves with glue dots, thin foam adhesive and thick foam adhesive to extra depth and dimension
  7. Embellish with sequins, rhinestones and pearls to add color and texture.

Supplies used on this project: Click below to see where you can buy 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!

Stitched Leaves Lawn Cuts Dies – Lawn Fawn
Milo’s ABCs clear stamps – Lawn Fawn
Ink Blending Tool – Ranger
Ink Blending Tool Foams – Ranger
Shabby Shutters Distress Ink – Ranger
Peeled Paint Distress Ink- Ranger
Mowed Lawn Distress Ink – Tim Holtz for Ranger
Non-Stick Craft Sheet – Ranger
Big Shot Die Cutting Machine – Sizzix
Tim Holtz Vagabond – Sizzix 
Memento Tuxedo Black Ink – Tsukineko
Solar White Cardstock Ream 250 Sheets – Neenah Paper
Solar White 80 LB Cardstock 25 sheets – Neenah Paper
Smooth Desert Storm Kraft Cardstock Ream – Neenah
Smooth Desert Storm Kraft Cardstock 25 sheets- Neenah Paper
Matte Multi Medium Mini – Ranger
Into the Woods Mixed Sequins – Lawn Fawn
Tim Holtz Craft Pick – Tonic

On a personal note, this past week has been tough. I’m transitioning into my transitional life style of working (very) part time, making to do lists, crossing things off those lists and bringing together my portfolio. My focus is not only on my career path but also my health. Health is a little more of a random series of events for me. I’ve had a really hard time getting my anxiety under control since switching one of my medications around last November, and it’s causing everything to be so much more stressful than it could be.

That being said, I’m still planning on two CHA blog posts: stamping and embellishments/tools. I have the draft posts already in the works and hope to have them up sometime this week.

Thanks so much for stopping by today. It feels good to feel creative again, and I plan on letting this creativity take me wherever it wants to go. :)

Love,
Britta

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Dear Santa on A Blog Named Hero!

My friends! I’m still here, I promise. Something very special finally pursuaded me to get down to business and organize my office and sit down at my desk to make something. FINALLY. It’s been two months since I’ve made a card, and I’m feeling a bit rusty.

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My first Christmas card of the year! It’s a nontraditional color scheme for Christmas, but I really wanted to highlight this awesome World Ornament stamp as the centerpiece of the card. I knew I had to have it because it’s a world stamp that doesn’t, for once, focus on the Americas! I love traveling and I love that this stamp shows a world view that is a little different than what we, in this half of the planet, are used to seeing.

I’m so honored to be participating in the Dear Santa event over on A Blog Named Hero this month. This is my first post for them this month; I’ll have another coming up in a couple weeks. Thanks for having me along for the fun, ABNH! Make sure to check out their awesome blog for daily editions of fun and inspiring projects related to the upcoming holiday season. Check out today’s post here.

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Here’s a better look at that card. I created a nice tone-on-tone background pattern using Lawn Fawn’s Teeny Tiny Backdrops and Soft Sand Shadow Ink on kraft cardstock, then spelled out my sentiment using Lawn Fawn’s newest alphabet, Milo’s ABCs.

11-01-13 ABNH Christmas Card by Britta Swiderski-2

I tied everything together (literally… ha!) with my favorite favorite favorite twine, the Gold Sparkle Lawn Trimmings hemp wrapped around the right side of the card and added as a bow to tie on the ornament. Seriously, I need to buy three back-ups of this twine just in case I ever get a little too twine-happy. Eep!

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 today and continuing to send me so much love via the blog, instagram, twitter and facebook. Big things have been happening in my life, and I’m excited to tell you more about them soon. I’m mostly just very excited to have broken the ice of uninspiration again. Watch out craft desk, here I come!

Love,
Britta

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Happy Anniversary and World Cardmaking Day!

It’s world cardmaking day AND my two year anniversary with Jake, so I couldn’t resist sitting down and making a card for both occasions.

Before I share the card, I want to make sure to let you know that Ellen Hutson is having a sale today to celebrate WCMD – use the code WCMD2013 for 15% off your entire order today until midnight Pacific time. I already took advantage of the sale and can’t wait to share what I picked up. ;)

10-05-13 WCMD Anniversary by Britta Swiderski-1

On this card I played with a few new toys as well as a few old favorites. New things that I’m loving – the Tim Holtz Industrious sticker borders that are covered with a metallic surface and go great with the oh-so-fabulous Archival Inks by Wendy Vecchi. She’s the best and so are the colors I used on this border – Cornflower Blue and Watering Can. Fab!

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I finished up the card with some of my oldie-but-goodies: tiny star veneers adhered with matte multi medium, a piece of gold striped washi tape, and stitching with an Amy Tan template. Lots of layers mean lots of fun. :)

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 atEllen Hutson. I only link to products and shops that I know and love. Thank you for your support!

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Industrious Border Stickers – Tim Holtz for Advantus
Tiny Ink Spots S5637 Background Stamp – Hero Arts
Wet Cement Mid-Tone Shadow Ink – Hero Arts
Watering Can Grey Archival Ink – Wendy Vecchi for Ranger
Cornflower Blue Archival Ink – Wendy Vecchi for Ranger
Gold Shape N Tape Washi Sheets – Lifestyle Crafts
Mini Matte Multi Medium by Ranger
Crop-a-Dile Corner Chomper – We R Memory Keepers

Thanks so much for stopping by today – I hope you’ve had a very happy holiday and take some time to relax this weekend. See you soon!

Love,
Britta

P.S. Here’s a sneak peek of what I have planned for Monday. Filofax lovers, you’re going to love these!

10-05-13 Filofax inserts peek by Britta Swiderski-1

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