16 June 2022

Get cracking on Christmas - June 2022

Hi Everyone,

How have you all been? I know that I have been missing in action (again!), but we've had loads on our plates recently, and there is more to come yet! We finally managed to get the house sale and purchase sorted (only took 13 months!), and - all going well, we'll be moving in July. There are tonnes of renovations ahead of us, so probably a 1-2 year long project (before we're at least mostly done), but I sincerely hope that I will manage to find a temporary corner somewhere for my crafting time, and that my mojo is back at some point, too! Truth be told, the house situation has been really stressful, and I just needed a break from pretty much everything for a while, so hopefully now, bit by bit, I'll go back to my old beloved habits! :o)

This year, just like last year, I am joining Jenn Shurkus in her "Get cracking on Christmas" initiative - we will be encouraging each other, and our readers/followers, to create something Christmassy every month. It can be a card, a tag, a decoration... whatever you really want to! It saved me two years in a row now, with having enough cards in my stash for posting out in late November/early December. No stress, no drama - love it!

Do you want to join in? You can read all about it on Jenn's blog here.

Today's card is rather simple, as the long break from crafting has made me quite rusty, but I am still very proud of it, given the circumstances. I used the super cute Mama Elephant stamp set called Gingerbread Cookies, and I already have a few more ideas for this set, so maybe one day I'll manage to use it again, LOL! Where have the times gone when I could craft for hours each week?! 

I coloured the cute images with Copic markers & fussy cut them - thankfully, the shapes are relatively easy, so no major issues there (plus, I actually really love fussy cutting, as you know!). To add a bit of "glam" to the cookies, I made their buttons golden. But I think it would be really fun to use white gel pen, to imitate icing, too.


By the time I was done with my images, however, I was running out of crafty time and so I took a bit of a shortcut for the background - it's actually a washi tape, the whole thing! It adds the whole card a bit of a whimsical feel, which I really love. But a more traditional Christmassy background would absolutely have worked, too!


With just a bit of adhesive and matting, the card came together relatively quickly in the end, and there is a fun surprise inside, too! 

I hope to join in next month again (I have been doing rather poorly with building up my stash this year, I'm actually sending more cards than I'm making - but every little bit helps!), and we all might even have a surprise for you in July - stay tuned and make sure to come back! :0)

Stay safe and crafty,

Mirella


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

Washi tape: Rainbow with splatters by PinkFresh Studio (discontinued)

Metallic Gelly Roll (I used gold): Simon Says Stamp here (sorry, there is no photo!)

Mama Elephant Clear Stamps GINGERBREAD COOKIES "Neenah Classic Crest 80 LB SMOOTH SOLAR WHITE Paper Pack 25 Sheets Neenah Classic Crest 80 LB REAM Smooth Solar White Paper Pack 250 Sheets" Neenah Classic Crest 110 LB SMOOTH SOLAR WHITE Paper Pack 25 Sheets My Favorite Things BLACK LICORICE Hybrid Ink Pad MFT Tsukineko VersaFine ONYX BLACK Ink Pad VF-82 Sakura CLASSIC WHITE Bold Line 10 Gelly Roll Pen 31031 Tombow N15 BLACK Dual Brush Marker 56621 EK Success CUTTER BEE Scissors EKCB01 Ranger .5 Oz. MINI MULTI MEDIUM MATTE Glue INK41511 Quilled Creations PRECISION TIP Empty Applicator Bottle 317 Lawn Fawn STAMP SHAMMY Cleaner LF1045 MISTI PRECISION STAMPER Stamping Tool Kit MISTI MOUSE PAD INSERT 000144 Tim Holtz Tonic MAXI GUILLOTINE COMFORT PAPER TRIMMER 1980e

21 April 2022

Get cracking on Christmas - April 2022

Hi Everyone,

Hope you're all doing well! I have been taking a break from crafting for a while (again! ugh), and I probably won't be back "full time" for a while yet, but hey - I am here today! :o)

This year, just like last year, I am joining Jenn Shurkus in her "Get cracking on Christmas" initiative - we will be encouraging each other, and our readers/followers, to create something Christmassy every month. It can be a card, a tag, a decoration... whatever you really want to! It saved me two years in a row now, with having enough cards in my stash for posting out in late November/early December. No stress, no drama - love it!

Do you want to join in? You can read all about it on Jenn's blog here.

Today's card is a cute winter scene, created with some alcohol inks and goodies by MFT and Mama Elephant. I have only started playing with my alcohol inks in the last few weeks, and I am far from where I would like to be with this medium, but the learning curve is so fun with these! I wish I had more time to play, though, but I know that one day - the time will come! It has to! LOL

Have you tried using alcohol inks yet? 

I sat one evening and created a lot of various backgrounds - and now I am trying to find a way to use them. I thought that the one used for this card was apt for a winter background, with the greens, teals/blues and a touch of yellow. It also happened to go more-less with the current colour challenge over at the MFT blog, which was a nice bonus!

Here's the finished card - what do you think? 




I am considering adding some sequins to it - should I, or do you think I should leave it the way it is? All ideas are welcome!

Stay safe and crafty,

Mirella


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

Stamp set: MFT, Frosty Friends for the image & Christmas Selfies for the sentiment (appears to be discontinued? But can be still purchases from smaller retailers, like Seven Hills Crafts here)

From Scrapbook.com:

Ranger Ink - Tim Holtz - Adirondack Alcohol Ink Cardstock Pack - 4.25 x 5.5Ranger Ink - Tim Holtz - Adirondack Alcohol Ink - Sunshine Yellow 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 - Alcohol Ink - Air Blower Ranger Ink - Tim Holtz - Alcohol Blending Solution - 2 Oz Ranger Ink - Tim Holtz - Alcohol Blending Solution Therm O Web - iCraft - Deco Foil - 6 x 12 Transfer Sheet - Pink Melon - 5 Pack 

From Simon Says Stamp:

Mama Elephant WINTER FOREST Creative Cuts Steel Dies Tim Holtz ALCOHOL INK CARDSTOCK Ranger TAC30027 Tim Holtz Alcohol Ink SUNSHINE YELLOW Ranger TAB25559 Tim Holtz Alcohol Ink MEADOW Ranger TIM22084 Tim Holtz Alcohol Ink STREAM Ranger TIM22206 Tim Holtz Alcohol Ink COBALT Ranger tal70139 Tim Holtz ALCOHOL INK AIR BLOWER Ranger tac69096 Tim Holtz Ranger ALCOHOL BLENDING SOLUTION Ink TIM19800 Tim Holtz Ranger MINI ALCOHOL BLENDING SOLUTION Ink tim50353 Therm O Web PINK MELON Deco Foil Transfer Sheets iCraft 51195 Neenah Classic Crest 110 LB SMOOTH SOLAR WHITE Paper Pack 25 Sheets Tsukineko VersaFine ONYX BLACK Ink Pad VF-82 My Favorite Things BLACK LICORICE Hybrid Ink Pad MFT Sakura CLASSIC WHITE Bold Line 10 Gelly Roll Pen 31031 Sakura BLACK GLAZE GEL PENS Pen 2 Pack 38495 Ranger .5 Oz. MINI MULTI MEDIUM MATTE Glue INK41511 Quilled Creations PRECISION TIP Empty Applicator Bottle 317 Lawn Fawn STAMP SHAMMY Cleaner LF1045 MISTI PRECISION STAMPER Stamping Tool Kit MISTI MOUSE PAD INSERT 000144 Tim Holtz Tonic MAXI GUILLOTINE COMFORT PAPER TRIMMER 1980e Sizzix BIG SHOT MACHINE Gray And White 660425
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