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

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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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Gradient Texture Paste + A Copic Cupcake Video Tutorial

Welcome to another video tutorial day! I know, I can barely contain my excitement either. ;) Today’s card is focusing on two things that I’m in love with right now: adding a ton of texture with the brand new Texture Paste from Ranger (or Embossing Paste from Wendy Vecchi) and layering stamped images. I hope you’re ready for some serious happy!

Gradient Texture Paste and Copic Cupcake Video Tutorial by Britta Swiderski

The main part of this project? Making an awesome gradient background using Texture Paste, Distress Ink (Broken China, Salty Ocean, Chipped Sapphire and Dusty Concord) and this Mini Mod Checkerboard stencil. I also really enjoyed putting the Distress Watercolor Paper to the test – this stuff is awesome! Enjoy the tutorial!

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You can see here how all the layers (and making sure to color them all!) adds so much dimension to the project. Any of the blueprint stamps from Tim Holtz are a dream for this type of project, but I’m particularly in love with the Birthday Blueprints set that I use here. I also augmented the image with a simple “cheers!” stamped in Claire’s ABCs from Lawn Fawn.

Gradient Texture Paste and Copic Cupcake Video Tutorial by Britta Swiderski

I used the following Copic markers for each area of the cupcake image: Frosting – R20 Blush, R21 Sardenya & R22 Light Prawn – Candlestick – Y11 Pale Yellow & Y13 Lemon Yellow – Flame – Y38 Honey, YR16 Apricot & YR68 Orange – Wrapper – Y18 Lightning Yellow, Y19 Naples Yellow & Y35 Maize. Click here for more about my Copic collection.

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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!

Texture Paste – Ranger
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Mini Mod Checkerboard – The Crafters Workshop
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Birthday Blueprint Stamps – Tim Holtz (Ellen)
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Claires ABCs – Lawn Fawn
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Broken China Distress Ink
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Salty Ocean Distress Ink – Ranger
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Chipped Sapphire Distress Ink
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Dusty Concord Distress Ink
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Distress Watercolor Paper – Ranger
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Blocks Stencil Dylusions – Dyan Reaveley
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Non-Stick Craft Sheet – Ranger
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Hero Hues Sea Layering Papers – Hero Arts
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Copic Sketch Markers
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Memento Tuxedo Black Ink – Tsukineko
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Design Ruler – Tim Holtz
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Corner Chomper 1/8″ and 3/8″ – WRMK
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For those of you interested in what the inside of the card said – this is all of Jake’s wisdom to his little sister. The beers we picked out for her as a starter were Sweet Child of Vine by Fulton (IPA), Hefe by Widmer Brothers (Hefeweizen), Amber by Alaskan (Amber/Red Ale), Obsidian Stout by Dechutes (Stout), Purple Haze by Abita (Fruit Beer) and Coffee Bender by Surly (American Brown Ale). And yes, we’re super huge nerds.

Gradient Texture Paste and Copic Cupcake Video Tutorial by Britta Swiderski

A big belated happy birthday goes out to my (honorary) sister, Melissa. I actually had the opportunity to head down to Milwaukee and see her during the beginning part of this week; it had been wayyyy too long since I’d last seen her, and a sister weekend had to happen. Now continues the campaign to convince her to move up to the Twin Cities. ;)

Melissa & Me at Lakefront Brewery (her first visit to a brewery!) on Monday <3

Melissa & Me at Lakefront Brewery (her first visit to a brewery!) on Monday <3

Thanks so much for stopping by today and for the AWESOME response to the new planner printables! You guys rock. :) I hope you’re loving all the videos as much as I am. What should next week’s tutorial be?

Love,
Britta

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