Get Cracking on Christmas – November 2021

I can’t believe it’s already November!

If you’re getting tired of the same color schemes and sentiments on all of your Christmas cards, how about some ideas of using products in non-traditional ways to create those final Christmas cards?

I started with a traditional background stamp (this is the Pinecone Background stamp from Simon Says Stamp) but chose a very non-traditional color to stamp it in – find a fun, bright color ink in your stash.

After stamping the background, I trimmed the panel down to 3 3/4″ x 5″ and attached to a white card base.

Now to add a non-traditional sentiment! It doesn’t have to be holiday specific to fit – like this Best Day Ever die (also from Simon Says Stamp). I cut it three times from black cardstock and used liquid glue to attach them for dimension. I then added the shadow layer cut from vellum and attached to my card front.

I finished it off with just a little bit of bling for the holiday sparkle!

Now go raid your stash for some fun non-holiday products to use on those final cards!

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Newton’s Nook Designs Retirement Sale/Get Cracking on Christmas – June 2021

Did you see that Newton’s Nook Designs is having a retiring sale on their website? It’s time to make room for new products so they are retiring select designs! These designs are available at up to 40% off while supplies last so hurry to get your favorites before they’re gone for good! 

All week the NND Design Team will be sharing inspiration using some of their favorite products from our retiring list! Check out what I created today and don’t forget to check the NND Blog each day this week for more fun inspiration!

Today’s card is kind of a two-for-one situation since it’s also time to get cracking on Christmas! With summer knocking on our door here in Ohio, I decided to use these sweet flamingos to create a Christmas card with a little more “tropical” feeling!

No dies necessary for this one! I just stamped the flamingos from Festive Flamingos onto a white panel and colored them in (I used R32, R20 and R00 for their perfect pink color). I then die cut a rectangle from the Frames & Flags Die Set and added snowflakes (these are from Holiday Post) and a sentiment.

For a little interest in my background I added cardstock in red and pink hues cut at an angle to my cardbase.

So simple! These wouldn’t even be to difficult to create in multiples!

Don’t forget to visit the Retiring Products Category at Newton’s Nook Designs to see what is going away and grab your favorites before they are gone for good! And be sure to check out more Christmas Card inspiration with Jenn Shurkus!

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Get Cracking on Christmas – April 2021

Welcome to April’s edition of Get Cracking on Christmas!

How about combining seasons this month and using some spring/pastel colors on a Christmas card?

I started creating the background with the Bokeh Layering Stencil set from Taylored Expressions using pastel colors of Distress Oxide Inks. To add a little “sparkle”, I heat embossed the Star Fall Background stamp with white embossing powder (to make it look like it was fading from both sides I just stamped twice from the center of the card front).

With the background ready, I stamped and die cut a snowman from the Frosty Background Cling & Clear stamp set and coordinating dies along with the “HAPPY” sentiment from the On the Block – Happy stamp and die set. I glued the body directly to the card but the snowman head and happy were attached using foam adhesive for a little bit of dimension. The “holiday” portion of the sentiment is from the On Repeat – Holidays stamp.

I finished the card with a few Bits & Pieces – Snowflakes.

Another one ready for this holiday season! How are your cards coming along so far? If you’re looking for some time and inspiration, be sure to join Jenn on Saturday April 17th at 4p ET on YouTube for this months live!

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Get Cracking on Christmas – March 2021

Welcome back to another edition of Get Cracking on Christmas! I still have green on my mind (it is my favorite color after all) so that was my focus for this months card:

I started by blending my background with a combination of Pine Needles, Lucky Clover, Cracked Pistachio. There is just a touch of Black Soot at the top and Speckled Egg at the bottom too). Once I was sure the background was dry, I heat embossed the sentiment and a few snowflakes from Season to Sparkle by Honey Bee Stamps.

I then added a stitched hillside (you could easily cut your own if you aren’t concerned about the stitching or just blend out to white on your background and not worry about adding the extra layer at all).

This snowman is from one of my favorite snowman sets, Snow Buddies (also by Honey Bee Stamps). This set is currently retiring so if you don’t already have it in your inventory, now is the time to get it! Whenever I purchase a new set with images to color, I always stamp all of them out at least once. That gives me images ready to be colored whenever I have a few extra minutes. I can then just pull from those images when I’m creating a card and focus on the design instead of taking the time to color too!

If you can, be sure to join Jenn this today at 8p ET on YouTube for this months live!

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Get Cracking on Christmas – February 2021

If you’re finding yourself snowed it this week, it’s the perfect time to get cracking on Christmas!!

In honor of our cold temps this week, I decided to use this “Baby It’s Cold Outside” sentiment from the Season to Sparkle stamp set from Honey Bee Stamps. I also added this little bunny (an easy to miss stamp from the Snow Buddies stamp set – also from Honey Bee) – check it out now as it’s currently being retired and is on sale!

If finding time to work on a project like this is your problem, consider joining Jenn for the monthly Facebook Live that she will be hosting to try and help everyone set aside a little bit of creative time to Get Cracking on Christmas ! Check Jenn’s blog for more details.

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Joy to You from Me – Get Cracking on Christmas

Time for another installment of Get Cracking on Christmas! I was a little tight on time this month so I took advantage of some “card parts” I had been playing around with and was so happy with the way they worked together (I guess I have a secret obsession with pink and red for holiday cards!).

And if there’s one thing I love more than pink and red when it comes to holiday decorating, it’s vintage Christmas ornaments!

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Products Used:

Get Cracking on Christmas – January


Super excited to be joining in on the Get Cracking on Christmas fun this year!

I usually create card parts in batches – like lots of inked backgrounds at one time.  And if the background is blue, chances are good I’m going to stick a snowman on it at some point.  Something like this:


These Honey Bee snowmen are some of my favorites!  There’s just something about the expressions on their faces that I love.  Although, really I don’t want it to snow.  But at least he’s happy about it!

Products Used:

Honey Bee Stamps Snow Buddies stamp set and dies

Hello Bluebird Hill and Dale dies