Get Cracking on Christmas - with Jenn Shurkus

My good friend Jenn Shurkus ( has been doing the Get Cracking series for several years now. This is the start of year 3! Each month on the third Thursday she will be posting new inspiration and hopefully encourage you to get Cracking on Christmas!

If you want to participate (and there is a prize!) head over here to the link up! Or use the hashtag #getcrackingonchristmas on Instagram to participate.

My cards today feature Doodle Bug papers and elements. Using their products allows me to quickly put together a bunch of adorable cards quickly. During Christmas besides my own personal stash I always get people asking to buy cards last minute. They always love the Doodlebug ones so since we are getting a head start I figured Id get a bunch ready to have on hand.

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Hello Baby - Lawn Fawn

Hello Craft Friends! I got a last minute card made for the Lawn Fawnatics Challege # 70. I loved the watercolor hearts of the inspiration image and decided to make a baby card since I am quickly running out of those!

I used some of Prima's Vintage Pastels watercolor palette to watercolor some distress watercolor paper in various blocks of color. I wanted a soft pastel rainbow and thought these made a perfect baby card. I then die cut the panel using Lawn Fawn's stitched heart stackables. The sentiment is from Lawn Fawn's Hello Baby stamp set.

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Birthday Lion - Pretty Pink Posh

Hello Crafty Friends! Who is always running out of birthday cards?! You betcha. I never can have enough on hand. I was super excited for all the birthday stuff in this release to get my birthday card stash built back up. I used the new Party Friends stamp set & Happy Birthday to You script die along with the older Hibiscus Flowers stamp set.

I built this card from the background up. I picked my distress oxide in colors Ripe Persimmons over Dried Marigold. I started with a base of dried marigold about halfway down the card. Then  I layered over the Ripe Persimmons over the top quarter or so of the panel for that nice ombre effect. I die cut the sentiment four times out of white cardstock and layered them together for nice dimension.

I just adore this little lion and had to give him his very own card. I tried for a jungle feel for this. I think my son will love it. I used the large leaf image from the Hibiscus flower set for the background images. For the lions gift box I tried to match my copic colors to my background colors. This is where having a copic coloring chart (I personally recommend Sandy's Copic Hex Chart) comes in handy. The Ribbon is YR07, YR04 & YR02. The box is YR02 & YR00. I did a bit of color layering by giving the ribon a once over with the YR00 to bring a little bit of the peachy color back. The YR07 is very orange. For the Lion I used E55, E53 & E50 on the face and body and his mane is E29, E27 & E25. Leaves are BG78, BG75 & BG72 as well as G05, G02 &G00.

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Twu Wuv - Avery Elle

Hello Crafty Friends! I am back with another Avery Elle card featuring the cupid set. I of course had to make the traditional card to go with my Galentine's card.  (Which is being featured on today!)

I started with a true red card base and added some black soot distress ink to the edges to create a center highlight which really draws your eye into the images. I used ink instead of oxide so they it would soak into the cardstock and smooth out a bit for a better blend since I wasn't using another color.

The images I kept simple with a bit of copic coloring. Skin - E000, E00, E11 & R20 and YR24 for the freckles! The hair is YR24, YR21 & YR31. A little N2 for shading on the pants and the clouds. The Red on the arrows is R89, R29 & R27. I white heat embossed the sentiment on black cardstock. As a finishing touch I added some little heart sequins.

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Did someone say... - Mama Elephant

Hello Crafty Friends! Im here with a totally fun card featuring Mama Elephants new Zodiac Tiger set. The other day my husband texted me, Tacos? while I was cardmaking. So of course it was on my mind. And this set comes with the most adorable tacos! I made a custom sentiment using Whimsy Alphas & Birthday Messages.

So I knew I was going to color my tigers orange so for the background I wanted something that would make them pop. I chose the opposite color on the color wheel for orange which is blue. Blue also happens to be the color of the year. I used a bit of Faded Lilac which I know is purple but it works so well with Blueprint Sketch which is all around the outer edge of the card. I just wanted a center highlight to draw the eye in. I splattered the panel with some perfect pearls mixed with water for some extra sparkle. 

Of course I went completely overboard coloring a whole mess of tigers! I used all my YR markers. The darker ones are YR02, YR02 & YR00. The lighter ones are just YR02, YR00 and colorless blender. I left white tummies on all of them because I think it adds to the chonk factor. I have so many of the Zodiac sets because I am in love with all the little round characters. Any coloring to enhance that is going to be my go to! Taco shells are done with YG24 & YR21. With various single markers for the fillings. Finally the sentiment is die cut from plain white cardstock which stands out nicely against the dark background. And my go to white heat embossing on black for the little additional sentiment. Did someone say Tacos?! hmm... now I am hungry again.

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Kitten Wishes - Pretty Pink Posh

Hello Crafty Friends! I was just so excited and inspired by the newest little additions to our family that I had to make a card to celebrate. This was another favorite set of mine from Pretty Pink Posh called Cuddly Cats.

For the background I die cut out of a white panel of cardstock three different sizes of circles. This was inspired by a card I received from Christy of Christygetscrafty. I adored her layout so I had to make my own. For the circles themselves I used distress oxide in Twisted Citron, Spiced Marmalade and Peacock Feathers.


The kitties are colored with copic markers. I picked some of my favorite kitten fur patterns. I couldnt narrow down my choices so I picked four. I just think they are the cutest things.

Brown: E44, E43 & E41
Orange: YR24, YR21 & YR30
Greys N10, N8, C5, C3 &C1
Pink: R20

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Monkey Business - Mama Elephant

Hello Crafty Friends! Im here today with a Mama Elephant card featuring Little Monkey Agenda and Swinging Boarders. I mean these were just a perfect match, which I suppose is the point! I also used a sentiment from Birthday Messages.

The background I die cut using Framed Tags die. Once it was die cut I taped it from the back so I could do some seemless ink blending. You can wait of course, but I like the definition it gives doing it first. I started with a layer of cracked Pistachio Distress Oxide in the middle of the panel, then I brought in Lucky Clover and on top of that I added Evergreen Bough. I stamped the background vines in the same Evergreen Bough ink to fill in the top 2/3rds of the panel.

I stamped and die cut several of my favorite monkeys from the Little Monkey Agenda and one more vine border for the focal images. I colored them using copics.

Browns: E47, E44, E43, E53 & E51
Pinks: R20, R11 & R00
Greens: G02, G00 & G000

Lastly I white heat embossed the sentiment on black cardstock and added three green heart enamel shapes to finish it off. I'm pretty happy with how it turned out.

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Thanks Owl Lot - Lawn Fawn

Hello Crafty Friends! I am taking part of the "For the Birds" Lawn Fawnatics challenge this week. This is my second entry. I didnt realize until this challenge just how many Lawn Fawn sets includes birds; a lot!

Another of my favorite Lawn Fawn paper pads was this fall one. I am REALLY hope they bring this one back too! A girl can dream right? The owls come from the So Owlsome stamp set along with the little branch. The Owls are outside of my normal favorite browns, I chose E74, E72 & E70 for the more purple undertone. I liked how it looked with the background paper the best. I thought the apples went with the whole apple tree theme. The sentiment is the Scripty Thanks die cut. And the smaller sentiment comes from the same So Owlesome stamp set that is white heat embossed on black carstock.

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Fly Away with Me - Lawn Fawn

Hello Crafty Friends! I am taking part of the "For the Birds" Lawn Fawnatics challenge this week. I have two cards to share featuring some older much loved sets. I didnt realize until this challenge just how many Lawn Fawn sets includes birds; a lot!

No I didn't get an advanced set of papers, I still had my original paper pad! Its very loved and running super low so I was sooooooo excited to see it being re released coming in the Spring collection. I used the stitched circle stackables for the center panel using some merman carstock. I heat embossed a sentiment from the Hello Sunshine stamp set with Lawn Fawn white embossing powder. The clouds and little birds are also from the same set. I used Y35, Y13 & Y11 copics on the birds. I added some sparkle using the glitter pen to the solid cloud. I simply adore how this turned out.

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Birthday Surprise! - Pretty Pink Posh

Hello Crafty Friends! You know what I never have enough of? Birthday cards! I was really excited to have some birthday specific items featured in this months Pretty Pink Posh release.

I wanted to keep this card ready for anyone so I did a darker teal with orange color scheme. The background is some simple ink blending with distress oxides in Spiced Marmalade and Mustard Seed. I used the new Birthday Frame die and die cut some plain white cardstock to overlay the background. I also white heat embossed a small sentiment.

The Koala and sentiment comes from the Party Friends Stamp set. I copic colored the Koala using W5, W3 & W1. The teal part of the cake is with BG78, BG75 & BG72. The Candles are BG49 & BG45. The yellow/orange accents are Y38, Y35 & Y13. I love how the teal pops against the orange background.

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Be my Galentine? - Avery Elle

Hello Crafty friends! As much as I love Valentines or Love themed cards I was absolutely head over heels for the additional sentiments included in this Cupids set from Avery Elle that was designed by Elena. Perfect for any friend or for a gal pal on Galentine's day!

I found some light pink cardstock in my stash that was just a few shades lighter than my worn lipstick distress ink. This time it is ink, and not oxide. I used a regular foam blending tool and brought the Worn Lipstick in around the edges to create a spotlight effect. I then splattered the whole panel with white paint. I kept it heavy around the edges. 

Cupid, the birds and the little cloud I colored with Copics.  I wanted a little redheaded cupid (because I'm a redhead!) So I used some YR24, YR21 & YR30 for the hair. The skin is E11, E00 & E00 with a few dots of YR24 for freckles above his nose. I added a little R11 for the cheeks and white pen details. The wings are outlined with a touch of N2 and the birds, cloud, cupids undies and arrow are all done with R20, R11 & R00 and a light glaze of RV00 over top to try and match the background a bit more since Rs are more on the peachy side. I white heat embossed the sentiment on some black cardstock. Lastly I added a little silver confetti heart to the cloud.

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Valentine's Day Theme Week - Pretty Pink Posh

Hello Crafty Friends! I have a blog post up on the Pretty Pink Posh blog today to celebrate Valentine's day. All the details for this card can be found there. You can save 15% off this week on all products in the Valentine's Day category here.

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Gimme Kisses - My Favorite Things

Hello Crafty friends! I'm here today with a new MFT card. This is more on the CAS side for me which I have really been enjoying lately. A little spotlight ink blending, a few images, done! The card is great for Valentine's or any time you want to tell your sweetie you love them.

I started with a piece of pale pink cardstock from my stash. I blended on a bit of Worn Lipstick distress oxide first and faded that toward center leaving the highlight in the middle the original cardstock color. Then very lightly in the corners and around the edges I darkened the blend up with some Picked Raspberry oxide. When I use the oxides I prefer the large blender brushes for a nice soft blend. Once the panel was dry I splattered it with some white paint.

I did very minimal copic coloring to these Panda. I adore the whimsical look to the stamping. I added a bit of C2 to add a bit of depth to the white areas and R20 to the cheeks. I also used R20 & R11 on the two hearts. And that's it! The sentiment was white heat embossed on black cardstock and all the images are popped up with some 3m foam tape. Lastly I added a bit of glossy accents to the hearts to finish it off.

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Get Cracking on Christmas - with Jenn Shurkus

My good friend Jenn Shurkus ( has been doing the Get Cracking series for several years now. This is the start of year 3! Each month on the third Thursday she will be posting new inspiration and hopefully encourage you to get Cracking on Christmas!

If you want to participate (and there is a prize!) head over here to the link up! Or use the hashtag #getcrackingonchristmas on Instagram to participate.

My card today features some older Lawn Fawn; Thanks a Latte & Milo's ABCs along with a stitched circle stackable die. I really tried hard to capture that Rae Dunn look on the mugs. Ha! I really hope you like them.

I used a bit of pattern paper that has been hiding in my stash. For the circle I ink blended around the edges with some Tumbled Glass distress oxide. I stamped the mugs with Lawn Fawns River Rock ink which is a copic friendly grey color. I did some shading around the edges of both mugs in C5 & C3 copics. The candy canes are in R29, R27 & R24 and the snowflakes just a hint of B0000.

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Birthday Blog Hop - PPP Turns 6!

Hello Crafty Friends! Its blog hop time! Can you believe Pretty Pink Posh turns 6 this year. Incredible achievement for my friend Paulina.

The background features distress oxide ink blended with a narrow blender brush and then splattered with a bit of water. Colors: Picked Raspberry, Spiced Marmalade, Wild Honey, Cracked Pistachio, Broken China and Wilted Violet. The balloon was diecut out of plain white cardstock and turned into a shaker. I filled the shaker with clear seed beads. They sound great and move really well even if they are a bit of a pain to photograph.

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