15 July 2021

Get Cracking on Christmas 2021 - Christmas in July

Hi Everyone,

Can you believe that it's July already? We're past the half-way point to Christmas, eek! Are you getting ready with us? I hope so! But if not, it's not too late to join in on the fun! :o)

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 made three cards this month - all very alike, but at the same time slightly different. If you know me, you know that I am not one for mass-producing, and I pride myself in making all of my cards one of a kind (unless specifically requested otherwise). Looking at the photos and the cards themselves now, I find it pretty fascinating that all of these started with just a white sheet of watercolour paper... What a transformation!

I won't go into huge amount of detail of how I made these, as there isn't really much into it. The first two were simply a result of me playing with watercolours, or with watered down Distress Inks mixed with Liquid Pixie Dust, to be more precise. The third background was made by using up the remaining ink/paint I had on my glass mat, with different brush strokes, and a slightly drier brush. Add to that some heat embossing, a tiny bit of die-cutting, and a whole lotta mixed bling, and voila!

And, I must say a big thank you to Jenn herself - it was a card that I received from her that inspired me to go with that design! <3 

The shimmer on these is insane, and I love the non-traditional colours, too! It's recently something I have been really enjoying on my Christmas creations. 

Now, for the GIVEAWAY part. 

I am giving away 1 stamp set (with coordinating dies, if applicable) or 1 die set, up to the value of €15, from my Destash Page (@destashbymirella) - so the real value of the item you choose might be 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) is optional

- 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 1st 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 1st, 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, we'll come up with a solution, I'm sure!

Stay safe and crafty,


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

Bling - various from my stash, mostly from my "leftovers" box :o)

Polish sentiment - by Agateria

Simon Says Cling Stamp CENTER CUT SNOWFLAKE sss102237 Make Merry Simon Says Stamps And Dies CHRISTMAS WORD MIX 1 set363cwm Simon Says Clear Stamps CHRISTMAS WORD MIX 1 sss102081 Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad PICKED RASPBERRY Ranger TIM34995 Tim Holtz Distress Mini Ink Pad WILTED VIOLET Ranger TDP47360 Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad PEACOCK FEATHERS Ranger TIM34933 Tim Holtz Distress Mini Ink Pad CRACKED PISTACHIO Ranger TDP46776 Tim Holtz Distress Mini Ink Pad CHIPPED SAPPHIRE Ranger TDP39907 Prima Marketing METALLIC ACCENTS Semi Watercolor Cake 589974 Brutus Monroe GILDED Ultra Fine Embossing Powder BRU2487 Brutus Monroe ALABASTER Ultra Fine Embossing Powder BRU2470 Tsukineko Versamark EMBOSS INK PAD Watermark VM-001 WOW DUAL SPEED HEAT TOOL WZHT-USA Tim Holtz 8.5 X 11 DISTRESS WATERCOLOR CARDSTOCK Ranger TDA53927 Neenah Classic Crest 110 LB SMOOTH SOLAR WHITE Paper Pack 25 Sheets Simon Says Stamp Card Stock 100# FOG Gray FG27 Lawn Fawn RAINBOW Cardstock LF1126 Simon Says Stamp VELLUM SSSVEL12 Inkon3 LIQUID PIXIE DUST Ultra Fine Sparkle 98788 Tim Holtz Tonic GLASS MEDIA MAT 1914e 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 Simon Says Stamp GRID TRANSPARENCY gridtran Tim Holtz Tonic MAXI GUILLOTINE COMFORT PAPER TRIMMER 1980e Sizzix BIG SHOT MACHINE Gray And White 660425 Studio Katia EMBELLISHMENT WAND sk014 Ranger Studio Paint ARTIST BRUSHES Brush BRU40842


  1. Gorgeous trio of cards! I really like the colours you used. I just had a peek at your destash page, and the Honey Bee Foxy dies caught my eye - very cute! - Charlotte/Lady Joyful

  2. Wow, all three of your card backgrounds came out stunning!! I'm also a fan of white embossing; always so pretty. Gorgeous cards all. On your destash page, I love Penny Black's Christmas Critters set - soooooo adorbs!

  3. Beautiful card. Beautiful colors.

  4. Beautiful card. Beautiful colors.

  5. Beautiful card. Beautiful colors.

  6. So pretty! I like the Unicorns and Glitter set by MFT on your destash page!

  7. Mirella, your card looks like it was flash-frozen! I like the glistening, bling and shine your card gives off. The stamping and colors are very crisp and look like it is from the North Pole.

  8. Mirella, your card looks like it was flash-frozen! I like the glistening, bling and shine your card gives off. The stamping and colors are very crisp and look like it is from the North Pole.

  9. Mirella, your card looks like it was flash-frozen! I like the glistening, bling and shine your card gives off. The stamping and colors are very crisp and look like it is from the North Pole.

  10. Oh my goodness! Such wonderful things on your destash page! I love the Spellbinders frame dies because I don't have anything like that in my stash. Too many wonderful things too choose. I love your cards and colors. Thanks for a chance to win!

  11. Beautiful colors and snowflakes! Love your awesome cards!
    In your destash album, the Concord & 9th Rainbow Turnabout stamp looks like fun!

  12. Wow! Your cards are just spectacular and I love the ink blending with heat embossing. I also love a ton of stuff on your destash page but my favorite is probably the Skating bunnies by Pink Fresh Studios. They're so whimsical and fun. Thank you for your generous giveaway and card share.

  13. These cards are all gorgeous and so striking. I love the look of the watercolored backgrounds with the snowflake frame and sentiment in white embossing. Those sequins and sparkles are a lovely touch!
    As for your destash page, I find it hard to choose just one favorite but I'll go with the Lovely Spring stamp and die set


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