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!)

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 CARDSTOCK Ranger TAC30027 Tim Holtz ALCOHOL INK AIR BLOWER Ranger tac69096 Tim Holtz Ranger ALCOHOL BLENDING SOLUTION Ink TIM19800 Neenah Classic Crest 110 LB SMOOTH SOLAR WHITE Paper Pack 25 Sheets Tsukineko Versamark EMBOSS INK PAD Watermark VM-001 Brutus Monroe ALABASTER Ultra Fine Embossing Powder BRU2470 WOW DUAL SPEED HEAT TOOL WZHT-USA Tonic HONEY GOLD Mirror Card Satin Cardstock 9487E Simon Says Stamp Card Stock 100# FOG Gray FG27 Studio Katia EMBELLISHMENT WAND sk014 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


  1. Super cute card. I have lots of alcohol ink supplies, but don't use them often enough! I love that SA bird crazy set; I've been eying it for quite a while but haven't bought it yet. So that's the one I'd pick!

  2. Gorgeous card! I love the sentiment and the alcohol ink colors!
    Following both of your pages on IG. I see lots that I like on the destash page. My favorite is the PTI Spruce & Sprigs stamp set!

  3. Thanks so much for the giveaway! Beautiful card! I love the Neat and Tangled beavers. My daughters boyfriend has the last name Beaver. Would be fun to make a card with that set. Good luck with your move and your daughter this summer.

  4. OMG, the tim holtz' birds!!!!!!! Those are so cute, so are the Waffle Flower Xmas stockings!
    Thanks for the chance!

    -- Dalis

  5. Oh, my goodness.....your card is just stunning!! I love those vibrant inks. Wow.
    Browsing your destash page was a lot of fun. Lots of things caught my eye, actually, but here are a few in particular: PB Christmas Critters, LOTV Background Bits, Aggateria Reindeer Die, TH Birds, etc etc.... :)
    Thank you for the chance to win this generous giveaway.
    Merry Christmas in July!
    <3 J

    jwoolbright at gmail dot com

  6. I love the Christmas card - so festive despite using non-traditional colors! Thanks for the chance to win in the giveaway as well, I'm a sucker for the Tim Holz crazy birds!


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