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Saturday, 22 November 2014

ThingsCrafted Grand Opening BLOG HOP!

Hello!!

Welcome to the ThingsCrafted Blog Hop!! This hop is chock-a-block FULL of amazing designers, get ready to have your socks blown off!!

You might have come here from the incredibly lovely and talented Jennifer McGuire (having to come after her in a Blog Hop is both nerve-wracking and very exciting!), if you didn't come from Jennifer's blog or would like to go back to the beginning of the hop, please go to the ThingsCrafted blog to start!




A little background on 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. 

I decided to go with a Medium Rectangle stamp because I wanted something that would be close to the width of a card, or at least to take up a large portion of my card.

I perused Pinterest carefully and came up with a couple of images that I really loved;  THIS for the general "sketch" or layout of the stamp and THIS for the style of the flowers. After showing Britta and discussing what I wanted with her, she came up with a final design almost immediately--it's fantastic:


 How cool is that?!

To show you how versatile it is, I made a second card showing how very different it can look.



Something more modern and elegant!

Love a stamp you can get a lot of uses from!

Britta is also offering some pre-designed stamps for those that want to try something new and handmade but don't have a particular need for a custom stamp. 

I got this one: Adventure - and man oh man, I can't wait to use it. 


Here are the direct links to the other pre-designed stamps she's offering...I'll be getting these too.


Aren't they lovely??

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 on 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 Tuesday, November 25th using the code GRAND15OFF as part of the Grand Opening event! The next stop on the ThingsCrafted blog hop is one of my most FAVOURITE people in the whole world, Kelly Marie!.

Britta is such a pleasure to work with, I really hope you'll create something with her! I know I will be again :)

Happy hopping!


184 comments:

Lynn Mercurio said...

Such fun cards and the fonts is adorable. Great job.

Jannette Davis said...

I'm really liking this font. Great cards.

Kari V. said...

Beautiful! This us such a fun idea!

Nancy K said...

Oh my goodness, your custom stamp is awesome as are the beautiful cards you created with it!

Beastybunny said...

Amazing! I love the stamp and it looks gorgeous just stamped as line image but equally fabulous colored in!
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Monika/Buzsy said...

Oh, how pretty. Love that custom designed stamp... and it looks amazing heat embossed on black.

Stacy Breidenbach said...

Love the fonts and great gift idea! Thanks!

TLady said...

WHAT A LOVELY DESIGN!!!!!!!!!!!!!! PERFECTLY DONE TOO!!!!!!!!! ;)

Brithzi said...

It's really nice seeing the different custom stamps and how they are being used. Loved the embossed card.

Debbie Lou said...

Great design that you chose!

Elise C. said...

That is such a cute design!! Adorable cards! :)

Ann Kulseth said...

Great inspiration to showcase these new stamps . . . congrats to Britta!

Jeanie Gregory said...

Love your cards! My favorite is the black one! Your stamp Is my favorite so far! Thank you

Bev Hill said...

Love the stamp design, especially as it was used on your second card. Awesome! Thanks for the chance to win and good luck to Britta.

Beth H. said...

Love these stamps! Great idea to have customized stamps and pre-made ones that are unique!

Diana N. said...

Love the design you picked for your custom made stamp! Thanks for showing it's versatility!

Debra said...

Cute cards. Love the style of script. Nothing else on the market like it.

Dee Ann Matthews said...

Like the designs that you could really use often with awesome lettering!

Barb Ghig said...

Hi Linda ~ I'm so happy to see you're taking part in the hop! I love your custom stamp, and your cards are amazing! Beautiful coloring and such a fun design on the first one, and I love the elegance of the 2nd card!!!
I hope all is well with you ~ Thank you so much for a chance to win :)

bzyPTmom said...

wow--love the stamp that you designed with the split flowers--how creative! I'll definitely have to check out this new company and order some stamps.

Annika-Sofia said...

Those cards are so pretty! I love the happy colors.

Unknown said...

Just love all of these cards!

Sharon Hayes said...

Great stamp creation. This company offers amazing possibilities.

Anso said...

Thanks for a great giveaway!

Amy C. said...

Great stamp designs! I love the first image colored and embossed!

Kaylin Krawczyk said...

The card looked great in both color and embossed. What a wonderful design.

Scrapperdipper said...

I love your stamp, and your cards show just how versatile it is. Thanks for the chance to win such a great prize!

terisplace said...

SHUT up! It's amazeballs!
And so you.
Britta did such a good job!
And I love your cards too!

vickigi said...

Sure like the black/gray card you made. Well done!

Kiwi said...

Wow,I love the cards you've made with your cool customized stamp Linda!

Barb said...

Beautiful stamp and getting in on the design of it is a super idea!

Gwen said...

Love your stamp, especially the second, elegant use of it!

Yukari Y. said...

Love your stamp and both of your cards! Both looks so pretty!

Marianne said...

Great to see the kind of stamps that can be made to order. love the design of this one and your cards as well. The first one is fun and bright, but your second one is plainly awesome!

Linda Rubarski said...

Love Your cards and the saying.

Lenora Clark said...

All of these are amazing stamps!

monica said...

bellissimo

N Patricia Castillo said...

Very cool! And yes, very versatile, too! :)

mariangel said...

beautiful cards.
incredibly talent stamp creator and designer good luck in your new adventure dear thanks for the chance

Suzi said...

My mind is whirling with possibilities now! TFS!

Lynnea Hollendonner said...

That flower stamp is amazing! I love the design!

Linda T said...

You're custom stamp is just beautiful! I just love it. What a great place to have to be able to have you're custom stamps made.

J L said...

I love seeing the custom sentiments through the blog hop. Thanks also for showing the inspiration behind your design. Very cool behind-the-scenes look :)

Judy G said...

How cute! Thanks for introducing me to personalized stamps!

Judith said...

Great layout, love the fonts of your stamp!

Ruby N said...

these are really sweet!

ellyscard creatief said...

These are really beatiful.

Kim Faucher said...

Darling cards! I love your two unique ways to use that amazing stamp!

Suzanne Albanese said...

Great cards! Thanks for the chance to win.

Scrappin4kim(Jennifer) said...

So neat, thanks for the chance to win! jashomemail@gmail.com

Sarah Hysell said...

I'm lovin' the blog hop today! It's a great way to read new blogs!

marylouh said...

Love the bright flowers on the first card. The second looks great uncolored. thanks for the chance to win a personalized stamp
txmlhl@yahoo.com

Iris said...

Beautiful cards. Love the bold colors and the CAS look of the first one.
isoscia at aol dot com

Lucy Schmidt said...

OK, what did I miss? I wasn't aware you could add designs, too. An already brilliant idea from Britta just became more brilliant!!! What a classy stamp. You're right--the black/silver card is definitely elegant.
lucyschmidt1402 (at) gmail (dot) com

Kathy Krug said...

Love the custom stamp you created

Kathy Krug said...

Love the custom stamp and the two completely different looks you achieved with it.

Patt H. said...

Love your stamp design. Both cards are wonderful. I like that you can color or not & have equally amazing results.

Teresa Doyle said...

Your cards are awesome. I also checked out the other stamps she's done. I really like the banner. I see so much potential with that one...

loulou said...

Great cards. This stamp is amazing! I like the way it looks fun or elegant depending on how you used it.

AmiUrAnGeL said...

Never too much stamps.

Elizabeth Campau said...

I love this stamp Linda. Your cards are so awesome:)

Laurie B. said...

your custom stamp is super cute and so versatile

luvhymns said...

Really neat cards and I can't wait to see what else Britta comes up with. Congrats on her new line of design!

Judy said...

Very pretty coloring on the first card. I really like the sentiment for the adventure stamp. Thanks for sharing.

Tracey Mallaghan said...

I like your design, the flowers surrounding the words is a love effect :)

LesLee said...

This is just so cool.. Thanks so much for sharing. I love both cards. Same stamp, two different looks. I love it.

Amante del Papel said...

Beautiful and amazing card, and the stamp is so awesome!

Noneya said...

Love your stamp design and your cards!

kreativekymona.com said...

Hey Linda! I love your cards. The designs for the stamps are amazing. Nicely done.

Sheri said...

What a wonderful way to illustrate how different the stamp can look depending on how you choose to present it. Thank you for sharing!

Patti J said...

Love this, and it's pretty both embossed, and colored! Thanks for sharing!

Becky Sorensen said...

Awesome cards. Great sentiment.

Linda W. (ScrappinBari) said...

Just love your "because you're amazing" stamp, Linda! And you colored it so beautifully on the first card and embossed it so elegantly on the second. Thanks for the chance to win!

Julie Brusman said...

I love your stamp--and two totally different looks. Thank you for sharing your creativity with us.

Pam said...

Such a fun stamp. Great cards!

Grace said...

Love the second card. So elegant

Stephanie Poteet said...

Love those clean and simple cards ~ Great job!

Christy Beans said...

Wow - love that embossed on the black. Beautiful! Great stamps! =)

Cards By Betty said...

What a clever idea we just need something special to fill up a card and these are great and I really like to use a custom stamp on the back of my cards.

AnnieD said...

Both cards are cute, with the second having a wow! factor. Versatile cardmaking!

Sue D. said...

It looks like both of you came up with a great design!

Megan said...

2 totally different looks! So versatile!

sparkling stamper said...

Cool concept!

Mary Gillmarten said...

I like what Megan said -- 2 totally different looks with one stamp, always makes a stamp more valuable!

Kris in Alaska said...

I love the two fonts together on the first stamp!

Cynthia said...

Thanks for sharing all the great sentiment stamps you have on your wish list. And I love your two cards!

funkycrafter said...

both of the cards are fantastic.

Krista said...

So, so cute. I really like the two styles.

Irene Grau said...

I thought it was just the sentiment, until I realized it was the whole image. Wow! That's amazing. Congrats to Britta!

BARBARA SCHMIDT said...

Very versatile sentiment, I can see were it would get lots of use. Love both versions of the card, too!

Robin B. said...

Beautiful cards! I love the vibrant colors on the first one and the elegant look of the second one. Thanks for sharing.

Di W said...

Wow! Both of your cards with the "just amazing" sentiment are beautiful and so different from each other.

Kathy W said...

What a great custom stamp! Love it! I'm a longtime follower of Britta's and wish her well in her new venture.

Cheryl L. said...

Wow...both of those projects are just beautiful!

Debra Luther said...

How unique!

Angie M said...

love the fonts and can't wait to see what you can do with the customized stamps!!

Laura M. said...

Lovely cards & stamps! TFS :)

Rita C Jackson said...

That black and silver card is CLASSY!! The custom stamp added a special touch you don't normally see with handmade cards.

Georgia Peach said...

Love the designs and the fonts are beautiful...Thanks for sharing

cghundley said...

Lovely cards
and great ways
to make them
alike but
different!
Carla from Utah

Lori Mcosh said...

Love the stamps and your cards- the "adventure" stamp makes me want to go on an adventure!!!

Cheryl W. said...

I love the contrast between your first two cards, using the same stamp. So inspirational!

IamUniquelyImperfect said...

I love how the stamp almost seems to change with the way that you used it on those cards. I love the stamp and of course, your cards. Thanks for sharing. Love ya' Patricia B

Sherry W. said...

The possibilities are endless. I am giddy. Design your own stamps?! Whee!

Sherry W. said...

The possibilities are endless. I am giddy. Design your own stamps?! Whee!

Kathy Jo Creps said...

Very nice simple elegant cards!

OracleGaia said...

I love the font in the stamps. Thanks for the opportunity to win one!

Neesey said...

Wow, easy peasey one layer card! Your stamp is adorable a, love the cards too. TFS .

halomom said...

I'll have to check out their site. I need a new stamp for the back of my cards.

Jean Bullock said...

Wow, I am totally impressed by Britta's artistry. Thanks so much for sharing how the stamp was designed. The cards you made with the stamp are wonderful.

clavell said...

I love the "adventure" stamp!

Stephanie Ortiz Contreras said...

adorable cards!!!!!

clavell said...

I love the "adventure" stamp!

Karen Howard said...

Thanks for a chance to win.

C said...

cute stamps with great sentiments!

Stephanie said...

AMAZING!! I love those custom made stamps and especially what you've made out of it!! Thanks so much for sharing!!

Shirley said...

wow! I really like how you showed to different cards with the same stamp...beautiful!

Maureen Chandler said...

Great cards and stamps - thanks so much!

Trish said...

Your two cards are just beautiful with that custom stamp. The images surrounding the sentiment make it very versatile (and beautiful)!

Denise Gutshall said...

Your custom stamp is a wonderful design and so versatile. I do a lot of Thank You Cards and I am always looking for new sentiments -- I do love the Thank You!

Kathy S said...

Sweet sentiment and great cards. TFS

Charlotte C said...

I just love that stamp. TFS, and thanks for a chance to win.

Sharon Lones said...

Can't decide which of your beautiful cards I like best - I guess I'll just have to CASE them both! Thank you!

Christine R. said...

I love the stamps you designed! The possibilities are endless!

Bobbie Lathrop said...

Love it, so many different ways I can think of using. Would be a super addition to anyone's crafting abilities.

Nancy said...

I love the fonts you chose! Adorable!

Jennifer Gayle said...

These are great designs! Thank you for sharing.

Madeline Rains said...

I love your design. Beautiful.

Carol said...

Love the font on those sentiments.

Linda Kay said...

love the stamp you ended up with...my wheels are turning!

Carol Didier said...

Your custom stamp is just gorgeous! I especially love the look just as an "elegant" outline.

heartforhandmade said...

Love the handwriting in the stamps, great touch to a handmade card, love that. Thanks for sharing.

Jeannie Ross said...

Wow, and i was thinking just verbiage. Thanks for cluing me in. love it.

mtscrapgal said...

I love the custom stamp you and Britta designed. This is a great concept for stampers. Thanks for the lovely cards showing versatility of the stamp.

cropmom66 said...

I love the bold colors you used, and also the versatility of this!

Fran said...

I love the idea of a custom stamp! And your design, esp the silver embossed one.

Patty said...

Love the font on the stamps. Everyone is so creative.

diycraftyscraps said...

So so cute! It's such a great thing having stamps with the sentiment you want, it makes it all so unique:) Thank you for the chance to win!!

jan said...

The script font is a winner!

sumo said...

Love the stamp design!

DBMM said...

two different cards but both are beautiful!
The font is absolutely awesome!

roberta pierce said...

Thanks so much for the two different ways to view one stamp, I want to try that Too! Your enthusiasm is contagious!

Tammy J said...

I love the black with the silver. Spot on awesome and the stamp is perfect.

Miriam Prantner said...

What a great design! I really love that second card with the embossing, really elegant!

Sue D said...

Wonderful stamps. I like the different looks you achieved with the first one.
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bbunch said...

Beautiful cards & so different using the same stamp.

Beach Girl 115 said...

Your cards are beautiful and I love the design you created.

September Whisenant said...

I love this! It is so versatile. You can use the border with other words by just not inking the words and vice versa. Very cool and a good bang for you buck.

Sherry Butcher said...

I love your custom stamp, and your cards. Beautiful coloring and fun design on the first one, love the elegance of the 2nd card! TFS.

BMG said...

Gorgeous custom stamp! I would put pigment powder on the black card. Thank You for the chance to win.

Judy Sander said...

Very cool stamp. Wishing this new business tons of success!

Lynne in NI said...

Wow, your personalised stamp is fabulous - I love Britta's handwriting :)

pcm said...

great stamps and i love what you did with them!

Michelle Lupton said...

How special to have your own custom made stamp! Love your cards ;)

Indy said...

Oh, love your two very distinct cards using the same stamp! They are both lovely!

stampinfun71 said...

you are surely right - they are so versatile, love both cards!!!!!

Becky said...

Thanks for sharing your talents!

BunnyD said...

Beautiful stamp you designed. That adventure one is calling to me, too.

Natasha said...

This is so cute!! I love your cards!

Angie Anny said...

Too cute!!!...great idea!!! anganny609@gmail.com

arlsmom aka Lynda said...

love the font on this stamp and how you used it!

TracyM #6773 said...

WOW - the stamp that Britta designed for you is ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS Linda!!!
AND the cards you created with it are SERIOUSLY AWESOME - WONDERFUL to see the totally different look you can get from using the same stamp => THANK YOU for sharing your CREATIVE INSPIRATION!!!
moloneyat {{{at}}} bigpond {{{dot}}} com

3treĆĄnje said...

So much fun! It would be so nice to finally have a custom stamp in my native language! Thank you!
Nena

Karen Louder said...

these are really nice

snetram said...

I love your stamp and the reminder that stamps can look very different depending what you do with them Thanks for sharing.

Denise Bryant said...

very fun stamps! huge congrats to Britta!

Denise Bryant said...

very fun stamps! huge congrats to Britta!

luvstoscrap said...

Love the new stamps and the selection of sizes. Good luck in your new business.

Diana said...

Fun stamps! Love the cards!

Julie Pike said...

Loving everyone's stamps and yours is no exception!

Halina said...

Super stamps....and love this cards...

Milka Gubo said...

Beautiful cards Linda :-D Love them both :-D

Mary-Anne V said...
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Mary-Anne V said...

Wonderful versions of same stamp. jeandonny2000 at hotmail dot com

DazzlingKiwi said...

Love this stamp and shows why one needs a few custom stamps!!!

Kathy Mc said...

Linda, your custom stamp by Britta is perfect. So many times I feel the need to let people know how amazing they are. Love the two ways you used this stamp to make it look totally different. Great job!

Flo said...

Love your cards with that great stamp.

Bethany Lau said...

Cute cards! I love the custom stamp.

Jen said...

This is one of the cutest stamps I have ever seen.i love the flowers. So so beautiful.

Penny L. said...

love this new stamp line by Britta! your black card is fab.

Kathy morgan said...

Love the text and graphic mix!!! How cool! Thanks for sharing

Heather Innusa said...

This one is awesome as well!! Love the cards you made with it! With all of them!

Chio said...

Such beautiful cards and I love the font!

Jean said...

Gorgeous cards!