18 February 2021

Get Cracking on Christmas 2021 - February

Hi Everyone,

Hope you're all doing well! I have had a loooooong break from crafting, much longer that I had originally planned, but I am happy to say that I am slowly getting back into it. I missed making cards so very much, and I am finally becoming my happy self again, spending some evenings in my little crafty corner... I might not be fully up to speed yet, but I'll get there! :o)

Today, I am joining Jenn Shurkus again, with her Get Cracking On Christmas initiative. My personal plan/goal, is to make at least 2 Christmas cards every month, but I currently have only 1 card to share with you. Make sure to come back in a few days, though, as I am planning to add a little something here, once it's finished (hopefully over the weekend). 

This month, it's all about CAS-like designs, with the focus on a section of a background, and one image. I used my Trinity Stamps layered stencils for the backgrounds - they make masking off parts of your project so easy, and I love that I can use them over and over again. I used Distress Oxide Inks and some metallic paints for the night sky background, and I coloured the sweet image by Hello Bluebird with my Copics - going for a very simple, only partial colouring. I felt like I wanted a bit more of a pop of colour, and in the end I also added the little bird to my scene. For the sentiment, I opted for a more general one, rather than a Chrismas-specific one, as I have a lot of friends who don't really celebrate Christmas as such but I still like to be able to send them something, come December.  

I die cut the panel with my recently favourite die by Pink Fresh Studio (get ready, you'll see it used A LOT on my coming projects!), and I adhered it to a wine-red card base.

And voila!




Are you going to crack with us this month? ;o) If so, please do share!


Stay safe and crafty,

Mirella


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


HoneyBee Stamps Bokeh Lights Confetti Mix


From Trinity Stamps Directly:

- Blending Buddy

- A2 Foundations Oval Stencil Set



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21 January 2021

Get cracking on Christmas 2021 - January

 Hello Everyone,

Happy New Year! I hope you had a wonderful Christmas, and that the first few weeks of 2021 have been good to you!

For me personally, 2021 has been pretty crappy so far, I am afraid, but I am hoping that this means that it can only get better! ;0)

As you may remember, I promised myself to make 2-3 Christmas cards each month last year, and - whilst I didn't get the chance to blog about all of them - I did actually manage to keep myself to that promise! It made my pre-Christmas time really relaxing from the card-making & card-sending point of view (I had everything in the post by the end of November!), and so I decided to continue with this process in 2021.

To my delight, the amazing Jenn Shurkus invited me to join her in her initiative called "Get cracking on Christmas", where like-minded Christmas obsessed and highly organised (yeah right) people like Jenn herself and I invite you to that little challenge, of making something Christmassy each month. Every month, on the third Thursday of the month, a bunch of crafters will be sharing their inspiration with you, in the hope that you will join in, and share your makes with us, too! Jenn will even be hosting a FB Live every month, where she'll be talking about how she made her cards, and share other crafty news with you - this will be a great opportunity to mingle, and perhaps even craft at the same time?! 

Pop over to Jenn's blog, to read all the nitty gritty details!

Here are my two cards for this month (you don't need to make two, this is my personal challenge for myself, to attempt 2-3 each month), I hope you like them! 






They were a breeze to make, since that lovely stamp set by Woodware pretty much does all the work for you. I am sorry, I do believe that it's out of stock at most retailers at present, but keep an eye out, I am sure it will be back soon! 

A bit of heat embossing with a touch of an ink dauber, or simply stamping and a tad of coloured pencil, and voila! I also sprayed these with some shimmery sprays (home-made, with the use of Perfect Pearls), but it was hard to capture in the photos - in real life, they sparkle beautifully!

If you are new to my blog - welcome! I would encourage you to say hello over at my Instagram (@handmadebymirella), which is where I mostly post my makes. I have had a hiatus since early December over there, but I am hoping to come back to crafting in February! There's also a destash page (@destashbymirella) which you can check out, if you're after some goodies at reduced prices. I can post worldwide!

Oh, and in case you're curious what I made last year - hop over here


See you again next month!

Stay safe and crafty,

Mirella


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

kraft paper - from my local stationery shop (very thin, but with some tooth - cool for coloured pencils)

golden accents  - peel offs from my stash

Woodware Craft Collection PEACEFUL NIGHT Clear Stamps frs400 Concord & 9th ASSORTED COLOR Cardstock 10836 Neenah Classic Crest 110 LB SMOOTH SOLAR WHITE Paper Pack 25 Sheets  Tsukineko Versamark EMBOSS INK PAD Watermark VM-001 WOW Embossing Powder OPAQUE BRIGHT WHITE SUPER FINE WL01SF WOW DUAL SPEED HEAT TOOL WZHT-USA Tsukineko Memento Ink Pad RICH COCOA ME-800 Faber-Castell POLYCHROMOS COLORED PENCILS 36 Piece Set in Tin 110036 Ranger PERFECT PEARL Powder PPP17714 Stampendous SPRAY BOTTLE SPLATTER gs402 Spritz Spritzer Scrapbook.com - Sponge Dauber Storage Box with 40 Sponge Daubers Included 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 Simon Says Stamp GRID TRANSPARENCY gridtran Tim Holtz Tonic MAXI GUILLOTINE COMFORT PAPER TRIMMER 1980e  3M Scotch PINK ATG ADVANCED TAPE GLIDER .25 Inch Adhesive Glue Gun CAT 085
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