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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!


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!


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,


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Giveaway Winners!

I picked some giveaway winners this afternoon, and I wanted to share the excitement with you!


Winner of giveaway package #1 is ZhanTao Yang, #2 is Ann-Sofie Sjostrom and #3 is Kathy Stacy. I’ve emailed the three of you – make sure to check your emails so you can respond!

Thank you all SO MUCH for your support, and I can’t wait to do more giveaways like this in the future. Even though the giveaway is done for now, you can still purchase Misty Crafty Happy here for only $18.

Now that this class is in the books and ready for purchase, I’m already starting to plan out my next LIVE class. I’ve mentioned it in passing over the past few months, but I’ll have an official announcement after I’m done moving into a new apartment over the month of August. A girl can never have too much planning!

Speaking of moving, I’m filming a video of my current workspace setup TODAY to post this next week. It’s been requested a lot, and my small space planning might help others who live with limited space but still can have their own designated area. My new space will have a room all of its own (well, a general office), and so with change comes new ways of looking at storage solutions and space planning. I want to be sure to document this for myself as much as to share with you!

See you tomorrow (Sunday, the 28th) for my first in a series of posts about CHA.


P.S. I got this bracelet in the mail from BaubleBar yesterday, and I’m in love. Check out the store here and you get 15% off your first order. Tip: check out the “Burried Bauble” sales on Mondays and Fridays where a piece of jewelry is only $10. That’s how I scored this awesome bracelet! {Use the invitation code 22637384 when signing up if you’d like to give me referral credit towards more jewelry!}

07-27-13 BaubleBar Bracelet-1

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CHA Create & Connect Days 2 and 3

Hey! I’m back from Vegas. Man, it was a whirlwind of fun and awesomeness. I got to see so many of my best friends, eat some great food, lose some money and gather TONS of inspiration from all of the booths at the show. I’ll be sharing my favorite picks from the show throughout next week, so make sure to stop by and see more of my coverage of that!

CHA coverage by Britta Swiderski at brittaswiderski.com!

Here are my pictures from the show floor on flickr – enjoy them! I’ll be explaining more about them in the coming days, so hold on if you have questions about the new products. I’m putting together my lists of favorites and trends right now and am so excited to gush about them with you!

Also, don’t forget that the Misty Happy Crafty class registration is only available with the special promotion for the next few hours! Sign up now to be entered to win one of these fabulous prize sets. Your odds are SO GOOD of winning more than $50 of product just for signing up!


Thanks for coming with me to Vegas. Now I’m off to edit the vlogs from the trip, go through and pick out my favorites from my stack of catalogs and sleep for like 12 hours tonight. Man, I’m exhausted from all the fun!

Love you all. Seriously, so much.


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