Get Cracking On Christmas April Edition

Hey – it’s time to #getcrackingonchristmas

Look at me go, two months in a row creating holiday cards and joining in with Jenn Shurkus and her Get Cracking On Christmas monthly “challenge”. It’s not a contest type challenge, but a personal one! A way to avoid the last minute rush of needing to create a gazillion cards on 1st December!

On the third Thursday of every month, a bunch of us (and we encourage you to join us) share a holiday card created using whatever stamps, dies, products you desire. The aim is to just get cracking (clue is in the name) on getting those cards ticked off your list.

The card I’m sharing today brings together some fabulous products from some of my FAVOURITE companies. You can get it all at Ellen Hutson.com HERE!

I started with a white card base using Neenah Solar White and inked Concord and 9th Seaglass ink around the edge. For the main panel of my card I used some Tithe Gina K Snowflake Stencil and softly inked some Concord and 9th Seaglass ink throughit. I just wanted a faint image for the background. I then added some white embossing paste sprinkled with iridescent glitter. I would have used the Gina K white glitter paste but I’m waiting to get my hands on it!

For the sentiment I used Avery Elle Bright die and stamp set and layered it with vellum. To finish I added a few rhinestones because there’s never enough sparkle, right?

Check out my cards from March 2021 below …


Avery Elle … Peek-a-Boo Flight

Hello, it’s Caryn here today sharing a fun card featuring the cute-as-all-get-out Peek-a-Boo Flight stamps and dies.  I adore the Peek-a-Boo line of stamps – they are so creative and unique – love all the new ideas Heather keeps coming up with!

I created a textured card base for my design by using the Cloud Mat die to create a stencil.  I just cut it from card stock – a great way to get even more bang for your buck when it comes to your supplies!I took some embossing paste and tinted it with an ink refill to create a blue paste then slathered it over the stencil. onto a panel I sprinkled some fine clear glitter over it whilst it was still wet – glitter never shows up well in photos but I promise you, it’s super-sparkly!I also die cut some clouds from vellum to add even more dimension!

Whilst the card panel was drying I stamped and coloured the aeroplane from the Peek-a-Boo flight set and chose the elephant from the Sending Hugs stamp set.  For the sentiment I pulled out one of the older (and incredibly useful) sets, the Speech Bubbles stamps and dies.  
Because I had a wee bit of the paste left I thought I’d create another card to use it up!  I used the same stencil and made a small panel which fitted nicely onto a 4-bar card.  I thought it would be a great back drop for the Some Bunny Loves You stamp set.
I have a reel on my instagram page (@glittermesilly) showing a quick demo of how I created the stencil and cards if you’d like to see it in action!!!

Card 1

Peek-a-Boo  Flight Clear Stamps

Peek-a-Boo  Flight Elle-ments

Cloud Mat Elle-ments

Speech Bubbles Clear Stamps

Speech Bubbles Elle-ments

Card 2

Cloud Mat Elle-ments

Some Bunny Loves You Clear Stamps

Some Bunny Loves You Elle-ments


Avery Elle … Everyday Tags (with cake)

Hey there! I have a new card (and tag) up on the Avery Elle Stamps blog that I created using the Everyday Circle Tags stamps and dies  (Holiday Circle Tags) paired with the A Cake for All Seasons set.  

I created the card by firstly blending some Kitsch Flamingo Distress Oxide ink onto the card base and splattered some Distress Spray over the top along with some stamped hearts from the Everyday Circle tags stamp set.  I put this aside to dry then worked on my cake focal point.

I stamped the cake with the frosting dripping down over top along with the various other “treats” I wanted to decorate my cake with. I then coloured them using Zig Clear Colour Brush markers for a water-coloured effect.  I die cut a circle from white card using the Holiday Circle Tags die and the scalloped mat from vellum.  I adhered them to the front of the card and added some shimmer with a Wink of Stella brush marker.

I finished by stamping the Happy Birthday sentiment onto the card front.

To go along with my card I thought I’d actually create a tag with the tag set!!  I filled a clear gift box with some Percy Pig sweets (if you’re in the UK you’ll know what I’m talking about – YUMMM!) I cut a tag and stamped the same Happy Birthday sentiment I used on the card onto the tag and finished it off with a satin ribbon!

Everyday Circle Tags Stamps

Holiday Circle Tags Elle-ments

A Cake For All Seasons Clear Stamps

A Cake For All Seasons Elle-ments

Distress Oxide Ink – Kitsch Flamingo

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Pinkfresh Studio … Happy Birthday

Hey there! Today I have a card using some of my newest purchases that I recently added to my collection. I have been a big fan of Pinkfresh Studio since the beginning but for some reason didn’t own lot of their products. My mojo has been in a bit of a slump for the last year or so but I have found that lately I have felt much more creative so have added lots of new things to pump those creative juices to the max!

All the fabulous products I’ve used are available from Ellen Hutson.com

This card used the Colour Block Rainbow Die and the FABULOUS Painted Peony Washi Tape and die. These products are a marriage made in heaven, don’t you think?

I started with a white A2 card base and blended some Delicata Gold ink around a mask of the rainbow shape. I wanted it to look like there was a golden “glow” emerging from around the rainbow! I then die cut the rainbow from Tim Holtz watercolour card and used my Karin markers (a Mother’s Day gift) to add soft colour to each of the bands by scribbling onto my Mini Media Mat from Waffle Flower and dragging the watered-down colour to give a subtle gradient.

I cut the rainbow a second time from Bazzil Gold Coins cardstock (my FAVOURITE gold card of all time) and pieced the coloured bands into the outline of the rainbow. I replaced one of the bands with gold too!

Next I adhered the Painted Peony Washi Tape (be still my heart) onto some Neenah Solar White 110lb cardstock and ran it through my Gemini Jnr. I adhered the rainbow and then the smaller floral images along the bottom and into the left corner using liquid glue and foam tape. so that there was some dimension.

Finally I added a spritz of gold spray (I used Heidi Swapp but it appears to be long gone) and then added a Happy Birthday die cut sentiment using the FANTASTIC die set Classic Words ( I will use this SO MUCH).

I LOVE how it cuts the words and the shadow – perfect!

If you’re still here, thanks for visiting!


Avery Elle … Happy Birthday Die

 Caryn here with a rainbow-filled card featuring the Happy Birthday die.  This die is great when you want to create a focal point but allow the background to centre-stage at the same time!  

I started by using Distress oxide inks to create a rainbow background then spritzed it with a little white ink spray.  I then die cut the Happy Birthday die 4 times and stacked them up for a look of dimension.  I added a strip of vellum behind the die cut and added them to the card front.  To finish I added a few enamel dots here and there.

Happy Birthday Elle-ments

White Ink Spray


Get Cracking On Christmas 2021

Hey there! I’m finally getting my mojo back in action and am joining in with my chums to Get Cracking On Christmas. This was something Jenn Shurkus started along with Chari Moss and Libby Hickson a couple of years ago and I thought it was a fab idea! Last year though I was a very poor participant and whist I’ve missed January and February, here I am in March with not one but TWO cards – I’ll be caught up in no time!!

I’ve pulled out some of my favourite Concord and 9th supplies today _ I love these sets so much. There is very little stamping going on other than my plaid background but lots of die-cutting.

For this first card I “dyed” some card stock using the Lime Rickey ink pad from Catherine Pooler then die cut the elements. I did the same with the Pucker Up ink pad so my Cheers would match the plaid!

The Cheers is cut twice from white then once from the Lime Rickey card and once from the Pucker Up card. This gives dimension and the slightly offset pink on top of the green gives a nice offset effect.

The next card is stamped in Melon Ice and the panel adhered to a landscape card base. I die cut a white oval using the Oval Burst die from Avery Elle and die cut the foliage from an olive green cardstock.

I used Rouge from Catherine Pooler to dye some card again and then die cut the Season’s and greetings from it.

Don’t know about you but I’m feeling all festive now!!!

Go check out all the other Christmassy creations by searching #getcrackingonchristmas on Instagram.


Avery Elle … Peek-a-Boo Birthday Tag Toppers

Hey there!  I’m here today with some cute gift tags made using the fabulous Peek-a-Boo Tag Toppers elle-ments

I decided to create a tag for each of the critters as I just couldn’t leave any of them out! I started by creating my tag bases using the Holiday Circle Tags elle-ments (which obviously aren’t just for the holidays!).

Once I die cut all my pieces I got to assembling.  Each one of the toppers is die cut with cut lines showing where to cut and place each part of the critter until you’ve built up the final one.  Aren’t they cute!?I picked some sentiments from the A Head Above stamp set and arched them on a stamping block so they would curve around the edges of the tags. 

For each one wearing a party hat (not the unicorn, a hat would just spoil that beautiful golden horn!) I added some colour using Copics and a puff on the end using Neon Amplify from Tsukineiko which puffs up when you heat it! (If you want to see it in action head to my Instagram  @glittermesilly) to see a reel I did!

I finished off by adding some Midnight Hemp twine and now these guys are ready to PARTAAAY!

Peek-a-Boo Tag Birthday Toppers

Holiday Circle Tag Elle-ments

A Head Above Clear Stamps

Midnight Hemp Twine


Avery Elle … Underwater Friends with video

Hello there.  Caryn here today sharing a couple of cards and a wee video featuring the cute-as-can-be stamp set Underwater Friends.  I love to reach for the Waves die whenever I make a sea themed card – it makes the perfect backdrop!

I ended up making two cards along a similar vein and both used the die cut of the Waves die as a stencil to create a watery ink-blended background.  Before removing the stencil I spritzed with a little white paint to give the illusion of bubbles and set them aside to dry.

Meanwhile I stamped and die cut my images.  I coloured with Copics and then fixed them to my card front.

I added some glittery highlights to the images and finished with a simple sentiment in black

Supplies:Underwater Friends Clear Stamps, Underwater Friends Elle-ments, Waves Elle-ments, New Moon Dye Ink


For My Valentine <3

It’s that time of year when the romance starts to filter in to every corner of our lives. And what shouts Valentine more than a shark that’s just ripped a chunk out of your still-beating heart?

Anyone who knows me, knows my thing for sharks. I LOVE em. There’s never an occasion where it’s inappropriate to make a card with a shark on it! IMHO anyway, lol!

I used the Waves die (my fave) to create a stencil and masked of a central rectangle using the Taylored Expressions rectangle masking stencil.I blended Tumbled Glass and Peacock Feathers distress oxide inks and then used some translucent paste around the edges and added glitter.

I stamped the shark and his Valentine’s gifts then coloured them with Copics and some glossy accents.

To finish I added a heat embossed sentiment and some Essentials By Ellen Crystal Clear Hearts.


Shark Hugs Clear Stamps

Shark Hugs Elle-ments

Waves Elle-ments

Distress Oxide Ink Tumbled Glass

Distress Oxide Ink Peacock Feathers

Essentials By Ellen Crystal Clear Hearts


Avery Elle … A Head Above

Hey there, I’m up on the Avery Elle blog today and I have a slimline card design using the cute A Head Above stamp set.  The critters in this set are so adorable – especially that giraffe – I love him!!!

I created an 8×4 inch card base and cut a separate strip of white card for the front.  I blended 3 purple ins shades to give an ombre effect and then spritzed it with Ranger picket fence spray.I stamped and die cut some of the critter images and the bunting and added a scallop border in black using the Dotted Border Dies.


A Head Above Clear Stamps

A Head Above Elle-ments

Dotted Border Elle-ments