20 November 2022

Wonderbly Christmas gift guide + a whopping 25% discount code!

Hi Everyone,

Can you believe that Christmas is just around the corner? For me, the last couple of months have been a blur, between changing jobs, moving homes & a gazillion renovations... I haven't had the opportunity to craft much, sadly, but I am hoping to get back to card-making in 2023! Woohoo, can't wait! 

In the meantime, I thought that I would share some of my recommendations for (mostly!) Christmas-themed personalised books & stories for the big & little Special People in your lives, from the Wonderbly range. 

If you have never heard of the Wonderbly books, you can read more about them on my blog here and here. I can wholeheartedly recommend all of the books in the photo below, as I have had them tested on my own kids (that's not to say, of course, that their other books are not worth your attention - I just haven't had the chance to review them myself... yet):

There's definitely a good bit to choose from on the Wonderbly website for Christmas themed books: there are options for Baby's First Christmas, there is a fun family option where you can personalise the story with kids & parents/carers alike, and there are some other lovely Christmassy options like The Elf Who Saved Christmas, Christmas wishes and the Christmas snowflake story. 

However, if your child already has some of the personalised books in their collection, and you're looking for something a little bit different - my recommendation would be the Bumper Christmas Edition of "Where are you?" (or just the original version of same, if you're not into Christmas-specific books/gifts). This is a book that will keep your child busy & excited for hours, will allow their imagination spread its wings, and will make you - the adult - giggle, too! 

My kiddos already have the standard "Where are you?" version of the book, as well as the "The journey through time" version, and - I kid you not! - they have been keeping their respective copies in their beds for weeks now. Just before they go to sleep, or early in the morning when the rest of the household is still sleeping, they like to open one of the pages and explore. And every now and again we sit together, and I read & explain the more complex parts of the missions to them, keeping them busy during those "boring" afternoons. 

Unsurprisingly, my 4 year old and my 7 year old find the books interesting for different reasons, but I love the fact that even the 4 year old (who cannot read herself yet) finds the book entertaining. The girls love not only the fact that the books are personalised for them, but they also find the artwork really fun, creative and the more they look at the pictures, the more fun stuff they discover. 

The Christmas version will be a present for the girls' cousin, since the Christmas bumper version is pretty much an expanded version of the original "Where are you" book we already own (so this would be the only reason I might not be recommending it for you - if you own the original version already). 

I mentioned something about the books being fun for adults, too, right? Well, not only are many of the picture scenes giggle-worthy, if you read the book in detail - you might find a lot of the information really funny (and I would actually say that some of the info will be more amusing for the adults than for the kids, which I personally found great - it's kind of like "Shrek" or "Frozen 2", where - depending on the age - the audience gets something different from certain scenes). Want an example? Go on the search for "Herb Girls", who just *might* remind you of a certain girl band from your own childhood, LOL. 

And speaking of adults - if you have one of those adults in your life who "has everything" and "is impossible to get gifts for", Wonderbly created an adult version of the "Where are you" series, which I may or may not be acquiring soon...! Just saying! ;o)

ARE YOU READING THIS POST ON OR BEFORE DECEMBER 2ND 2022? If you are - I have great news for you! The following codes will let you save a whopping 25% off your entire order from Wonderbly (+ give you Free Standard Shipping)! Isn't that an amazing offer? But, worry not, if you're reading this post after that day, you can still use these codes and get a quite respectful 15% off. Still not a bad deal, eh? [As always, please let me know in the comments if the codes no longer work - I can hook you up with a new one!] 


Affiliate disclaimer: if you purchase the books via the links in this blog post, or use the above coupon/discount codes, I will - at no additional cost to you - get a small commission from the sale, as I am a Wonderbly Ambassador, but please rest assured that all of my above opinions are honest, and I would not be putting that much effort into writing a long post about something that I don't personally endorse or believe in! 

I have no idea if I will manage to write another blog post before Christmas, so just in case I don't:

 I wish you a wonderful & magical Christmas, 

and here's to 2023 full of fun, love & new adventures! 


30 August 2022

I'm a Name-O-Saurus - review of a Wonderbly personalised story for any dinosaur lover

Hi Everyone,

I am back with a review of yet another fun Wonderbly story that has recently been added to our collection. Please note: I am one of the Wonderbly Ambassadors, and I received the book as part of our collaboration - in order to provide you with an honest review of it. If you are not familiar with the personalised books for children by Wonderbly, please have a read through my blog post here, where I share their pros and cons (in my opinion) as well as mention some of our favourite options from their offer. 

First things first - I have to tell you that we have a big dinosaur lover in our household! Our little 4 year old Hanna is absolutely obsessed with anything dino-related, and she's definitely a proof that stereotypes (e.g. "dinosaurs are only for boys") are frequently wrong. Therefore, when Wonderbly kindly offered to send me the I'm a Name-O-Saurus story, I had no doubts that it would be popular with at least 50% of our offspring. :0) It was a no brainer - I chose for the book to be focused on Hanna, or should I say, our Hanna-O-Saurus. 

We got the hard cover version, which I was very excited about as these present themselves really well on the bookshelves. Hanna was delighted to be the protagonist of our new book, and she got even more excited when she realised that (in the story) she would get to spend some time amongst dinosaurs! There has been a lot of stomping, running, flapping, roaring and dancing in our house over the last few evenings, and the fun story even got Hanna's older sister engaged in dino-shenanigans!

The pictures & colours in I'm a Name-O-Saurus are really fantastic, and we have all been having lots of fun trying out various versions of new dino-names, based on all of our family members. The story has a decent rhythm to it, and I personally have really been enjoying reading it aloud - it's fun to emphasise all the various actions that Hanna & the dinos perform. The dinosaurs in the story are popular enough that both my daughters knew their names straight away & were able to tell them to me just from looking at the pictures, which was a proud moment for them. Finally, I also like how the story teaches kids that whilst they might not have certain skills that some of their friends might have, they too have abilities that they can share & teach to others. 

I really wish the story was available in more languages than English, but I am quite sure that Wonderbly are working on that in the background (fingers crossed). Also, I feel that the protagonist personalisation could do with a few additional options for each gender, e.g. longer/shorter hair, a few additional hairstyles, skin tones, etc. I have a feeling that the dino-themed story will be really popular, and so I secretly hope that the personalisation options will get reviewed & expanded. 

Do you have any dino-lovers in your family/amongst your friends? If so - consider gifting them this fun story, so that they can join in on the exciting adventure with some pterodactyls, triceratops, velociraptors and others. 

If you would like a bit of help with the cost - I have a 15% discount code that can be used towards your entire purchase on the Wonderbly website. Please note that the code is only valid for a certain amount of time & uses, so if you have tried it and it's not working - feel free to contact me either via the comments below or the "contact me" form, and I will do my best to get you a new one! Current code: W2QPWJ2 (as previously stated, I am currently affiliated with the brand, so your purchase using my code will result in me getting a small commission from the sale, but this is absolutely at no additional cost to you!). 

If you are interested in becoming a Wonderbly Ambassador yourself - join our team to complete fun missions via social media & earn rewards (free books and other perks!).  Follow this link, and feel free to reach out to me if you have any queries or issues with signing up: https://api.brandbassador.com/s/1auj78

Have fun amongst the dinosaurs,


21 July 2022

Get Cracking on Christmas 2022 - Christmas in July

Hi Everyone,

I think I write this every month, but somehow time seems to be totally flying - can you believe that it's July already?! 

This July is a special & quite complex one for our little family - it's my birthday month (there was no time for big celebrations, but maybe next year!), but also the month when we finally get to move houses, have many friends and family from abroad visiting, and when my youngest daughter will need a few procedures done in the hospital. Lots of positive excitement, stress, a bit of anxiety... but I am staying positive, and fingers crossed that I'll have nothing but good news for you in August! Keep us in your thoughts and prayers, please. 

In terms of crafting, 2022 has been pretty poor for me so far, due to other things happening in our lives, but I am excited to create a little crafty nook for myself in our new house, and hopefully at least some aspects will become less hectic now... Lots of (probably years of) renovations ahead of us, so let's see how it all pans out! 

If you are unfamiliar with the Get Cracking on Christmas initiative, please check out Jenn Shurkus's blog here

This month, we are celebrating "Christmas in July", and so some of us might have sweet surprises/giveaways for you! Want to know what mine is? Keep reading! 

I have a relatively simple card to share with you today, but I have to say - I am really loving the result, and might make a few more in various colour combos & even backgrounds made with various mediums! 

As you know, I have only recently started playing with alcohol inks (yes, I am totally late to that party!), and - whilst I was practising - I ended up making quite a lot of various backgrounds. One of these got used for today's creation. 

I am generally a fun/cute critter and a punny sentiment kind of gal, but today it's all about the traditional sentiment, bling and... not so 100% traditional colours! In fact, when my daughter saw the finished card, she was first mesmerised by all the bling, but then she asked "Why is there no red colour, mama?"... Well here you go, I am a rule breaker! LOL

This fun sentiment stamp is by Trinity Stamps, and since I love its price point and potential - I I wanted to share it with you early enough in the year, before it sells out closer to Christmas! 

I hope you enjoyed this bling galore! Do you think non-traditional Christmas colours are okay, or are you personally more about the reds, the greens and the gold? I, actually, am a bit of both!


And now, for the GIVEAWAY part (for those of you who participated last year - I am keeping it the same, as everyone seems to really enjoy this idea!)...

I am giving away 1 stamp set (with coordinating dies, if applicable) or 1 die set, up to the value of €15, from my Instagram Destash Page (@destashbymirella) - so the real value of the item you choose might be much higher than that, really, since my destash prices are of course already reduced in comparison to the original prices of the products. There are both new and used stamps/dies there, so it's up to you what you want to choose!


- be my follower on Instagram (@handmadebymirella), following my destash page (@destashbymirella) or this blog is optional but always welcome :o)

- leave me a comment here, letting me know what caught your eye on the destash page (that doesn't mean that this is what you have to choose as your prize if you are the winner - we can agree on that later)

- I will choose the winner on the 6th of August, and announce them here in this blog post. The winner will then have 2 weeks to contact me, via the "Contact me" tab on the blog

- Please note that I cannot guarantee that all of the items currently listed on my destash page will still be available there on and after August 6th, since I might make sales from it in the meantime. But I do hope that you will find something for yourself there either way :o)

- open internationally, if for some reason I am unable to post the prize out, due to Covid 19 restrictions or others, we'll come up with a solution, I'm sure!

Winner [post edited on August 6th]:

Thank you so much for commenting & participating in my giveaway! The random number generator chose comment number 5 as the winner, so Janis - congratulations, and please contact me with your name & address details, as well as the prize you would like me to send your way! :o)

Stay safe and crafty Peeps, and good luck with the giveaway


SUPPLY LIST (please see affiliate disclaimer & essential supplies info here):


Jingle all the way stamp set


Ranger Ink - Tim Holtz - Adirondack Alcohol Ink - Meadow Ranger Ink - Tim Holtz - Adirondack Alcohol Ink - Stream Ranger Ink - Tim Holtz - Alcohol Inks - Cobalt Ranger Ink - Tim Holtz - Adirondack Alcohol Ink Cardstock Pack - 4.25 x 5.5 Ranger Ink - Tim Holtz - Alcohol Ink - Air Blower Ranger Ink - Tim Holtz - Alcohol Blending Solution Ranger Ink - Tim Holtz - Alcohol Blending Solution - 2 Oz Waffle Flower Crafts - Craft Dies - A2 Layers  


Trinity Stamps: Jingle all the way stamp set (sorry, no photo for some reason!)

Waffle Flower A2 Layers dies (sorry, no pic for some reason!)

Studio Katia: Gold sparkle crystals (as above!)

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