Friday, November 27, 2015

Raiding the Refrigerator

For me, the leftovers are almost better than the main holiday meal ... so that is why we're still celebrating Holiday Leftovers at Jingle Belles.

Pull out that box of scraps, leftover die cuts, and orphaned stickers and let them find the perfect holiday home.

Here's what we created with our leftovers this week.

Stephanie says, "My work team all dressed as dominoes for Halloween, which meant I spent a few hours die cutting circles from white adhesive felt.  I had saved the bigger scraps of felt and they have been sitting on my studio table since October.  This prompt was the perfect push to use the adhesive felt to die cut a collection of snowflakes ... two of which are featured on this card.  I also used a stray button and a ribbon scrap for this week's Retro Card Sketch.  I felt so inspired by the leftover theme that I made a second card from the *leftovers* of this design, which you can see on my blog."

Lauren says, "Once again, unintentionally, my card turned out to be composed entirely of scraps... what can I say? I've got A LOT of scraps! In this case, I found a few that were too small to make a whole card, so I used 'em together, kind of like a quilt block. Btw, that is my favorite tip for paper scrap usage: check out blogs and patterns and pinterest boards related to applique and quilting-- because sewing people definitely know a thing or two about how to turn tiny unrelated items into glorious art!!!"

Make sure you link-up your card by 6pm (EST) on Wednesday, December 2nd. Keyword for galleries and Flickr is JB:15:24.  You never know ... there might even be a little *LEFTOVER* prize surprise for someone.

Friday, November 20, 2015

Holiday Leftovers

One of our favorite things about a big Thanksgiving dinner ... are the leftovers (turkey, stuffing and cranberry sauce sandwich anyone?) ... so this week we're celebrating Holiday Leftovers at Jingle Belles.

We're asking you to make a card using paper scraps, offcuts, an image you colored or diecut or fussy-cut but never used, a small piece of ribbon too pretty to toss away, the last sticker in the packet or... whatever "leftover" bits and bobs you have laying around. Of course you can mix in new stuff too. Oh and be sure to tell us what your leftovers are so we can marvel at your cleverness! 

Here are our "leftover" creations:

Stephanie says, "I have a container where I toss all of my *extra* die cut images.  I decided to see if I could make a card using only those *leftovers* as my focal image.  I combined Pretty Pink Posh Stitched Filmstrip in Silver with the outline from Memory Box Tall Taper Candle in a silver flecked navy.  I used this week's Retro Sketch incorporating scraps of paper for the rest of the design and a Tim Holtz Sticker for the sentiment."

Lauren says, "I make a lot of layery, collagey cards and i tend to "dry fit" things together before committing to an actual design. So I tend to wind up with LOADS of stickers cut away from their backing sheet, diecuts that were made in several colors before i decided which i liked, and all the usual bits of paper that were too small to live in my ordinary file-folder-like storage but to big to toss away. On the plus side, this sort of arrangement means that for the card above i was able to use ALL "leftovers" and still have plenty of choice, lol; I also used Sketch Saturday #387 because it's totally awesome!"

Now it's your turn to raid the "leftovers" ... add in what every new things you'd like ... and link up a gorgeous holiday card before 6pm (EST) on Wednesday, December (!!!) 2nd. Keyword for galleries and Flickr is JB:15:24.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Feasting Faves

We can never say no holiday treats... whether they're proffered on a plate, or on a lovely holiday card! Here are a few we found especially irresistible:

Miss Chris totally *ROCKED* the genre of shaker card, accruing beaucoup bonus points for having tiny candy cane gems inside the shaker!!!

How fun is this amazingly textural gingerbread man sweater?! Also, you HAVE TO click through and see the amazing concertina fold of this card... off the charts of cool... ♥ 

On the other hand, there's something to be said for the perfection of a minimalist CAS design, and this card says it most eloquently! (and thus we forgive Helen for making us want a cupcake right now!!!) :) :) :)

Many thanks to everyone who played along, we never get tired of seeing your ♥AMAZING♥ creations. We'll be back at midnight with a brand new prompt that we hope will deliver you more than a scrap of inspiration!

Friday, November 13, 2015

Candy Kisses

We're still celebrating the foods & drinks of the holidays at Jingle Belles this week.  What delicious paper creation will you make?

Here are our second cards:

Stephanie says, "I love collecting vintage Ideals Magazines because they remind me of my Gran ... she always had the seasonal ones on the coffee table, and I would spend hours looking at the pictures and reading the poems.  This poem reminds me of my Grandma who always let me bake & decorate Christmas Cookies with her.  I scanned a page from a vintage ideals holiday magazine & shrunk it to fit my card base.  I added some holly leaves & berries as an accent."

Lauren says, "I have a shocking true holiday confession this week: I don't actually enjoy *eating* Christmas pudding... but there are sooooooo many cute images out there that I can never resist! :) This one is an Echo Park sticker from a couple of years ago that I was unconsciously hoarding, lol; I've paired it with an Elle's Studio journal card and half a doily that was just fortuitously hanging out in my "offcuts" envelope. I've used the very fab current Retro Sketch (#189) to guide my layout."

Remember you have until 6pm EST on Wednesday November 18th to link-up your foody creation!

Friday, November 6, 2015

Bring Us Some Figgy Pudding

This fortnight we're making cards that celebrate holiday foods & drinks: Gingerbread and candy canes... Christmas cookies and cocoa... Sugar plums and figgy pudding... maybe even Who-hash and Roast Beast for you Dr. Seuss fans? Whatever your favorites, we can't wait to see them! Meanwhile, here's what we made this week:

Lauren says, "I built the layout of my card around the awesome Crooked Stamper Sketch Challenge #10 (because, no, Stephanie and I never confer beforehand!!!) and the theme around that super-cute Pebbles' popcorn and cranberry garland sticker. The latter is a fond memory from my childhood, I remember stringing popcorn and cranberries for our tree. I also remember that it took ages to complete; because we kids (and my dad!) would eat most of the popcorn before it could become garland, lol!"

Stephanie says, "I featured two foods that I only consume around the holidays ... peppermint sticks and gingerbread men.  I remember having such fun cutting out & decorating the gingerbread cookies with my Grandma.  I added a fun sentiment from Kelly Purkey (where --of course-- I used pearls to choose all three options) and used a great sketch from The Crooked Stamper (hey, it is so good we both used it)."

We can't wait to see how you will feature your favorite Christmas foods & drinks... (and maybe some of your favorite Christmas memories, as well?) ...this fortnight. Link up here before 6pm (EST) on Wednesday, November 18th. Keyword for galleries and Flickr is JB:15:23.

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Super Sketchy

Wow ... there were so many creative and wonderful interpretations of the sketch layout it was challenging to choose just a few to highlight ... but we did.


turned the wavy layers into perfectly sloped sledding hills.  
Her coloring really brings her daring duo to life 
(I love the bear's snow mask).

used a fabulous combination of papers and colors.
We loved the fabulous holiday wreath as the sketch element.

got creative with text for a clean & simple wavy line design ...
and who can resist a glittery gold jingle bell.

Join us at midnight for another *delicious* holiday card prompt.

Friday, October 30, 2015

Sketching, Sketching We Will Go

Week two of creating using a fun sketch ...'s what we created on our second try:

Stephanie says, "I was thinking about Lauren's cool torn edges as I rifled through my holiday paper stash ... and I found this gorgeous designer paper from Basic Grey's Alpine Frost Collection that already had wavy layers to torn paper build right into the design.  All I had to do was cut to size, add a coordinated 3-D sticker and a tiny sticker sentiment ... and voila.  It almost felt like cheating ... but it's not."

Lauren says, "Apparently, I was still thinking about torn edges, too! :) This time I combined them in lots of layers like snowy hills inspired by the holiday trees on this pretty "Craft and You" paper. The fact that they were positioned perfectly to accommodate both my layery patterned paper tree and Stephanie's beautiful sketch I suppose could also be looked upon as 'almost cheating'... and for the record I'm 100% *FINE* with that, lol! Let's face it, we all have some weeks with loads of lovely crafty play time and some weeks with very little wiggle room, so I'm always happy and grateful to accept a bit of serendipity when it comes my way!"

Remember, you have until 6pm (EST) on Wednesday, November 4th to link-up your design. Keyword for galleries and Flickr is JB:15:22.