Friday, August 22, 2014

The Hanukkah Song, Verse Two!

We're still having fun creating cards for our friends and relations who celebrate the other winter holidays other than Christmas, and we're even making some general winter-themed cards.

We'd love for you to scroll down to the link up post and join us in that endeavor! 

Meanwhile, here's what we made this week:

Lauren says, "I went hybrid again this week, creating a collage in photoshop that I printed on an inkjet transparency, then adorned with chunky glitter chipboard letters and lots of machine stitching to add texture and interest. You may notice that there really aren't any specifically Hanukkah-themed products here, I've let the colors and the sentiment do the work for me!"

Stephanie says,"My go-to theme for non-Christmas cards to send in December is Peace.  I combined the bold Peace sentiment from SRM Stickers with a gorgeous Penny Black Starry Night Sticker using this week's Retro Sketch."

Friday, August 15, 2014

The Hanukkah Song

Something that's pretty important to us here at ♥JINGLE BELLES♥ is to make sure our card-making festivities include EVERYONE who is special to us, whatever occasion or holiday in which they partake!

So this fortnight we're making cards for our friends who don't necessarily celebrate Christmas. Hanukkah is the most famous of the other winter holidays, and it (plus our favorite Adam Sandler song!) inspired our title, but you could choose Kwanzaa, New Year, Hogmanay or Solstice; or you could go totally non-denominational with a general winter-themed card.

Here's what we made:

Stephanie says, "I went quick, clean & simple for my card by covering a card base with SRM Hanukkah stickers."

Lauren's Card
Lauren says, "I chose a general winter theme, for which i used my own layery digital collage as background. Punched border strips and a small silvery flower accent the large sentiment. For the latter I combined my all-time favorite alphabet stickers (Basic Grey's old-school letters) with some chunky glitter chipboard. A bit of machine stitching adds texture whilst ensuring that everything stays firmly attached! "

Link up your own lovely non-Christmas winter holiday cards by 6pm (EDT) on Wednesday, August 27th. Keyword for galleries and our flickr group is JB:14:17.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Shape Up Super Stars

Thanks so much for getting in *shape* with us at Jingle Belles.

Here are a few of our favorite shaped creations:

created an amazing box card with all sorts of fun snowflakes ... what a treat for the eyes.


paper-pieced an adorable stocking card that even has some subtle patterns on the inside (don't you love the ruler pattern).

repeated her *shape* with her focal image, which really ties the design together ... not to mention her lovely trio of snowflakes and perfectly colored image.

We hope you'll check back at midnight for another fun holiday card prompt.

Friday, August 8, 2014

In Great Shape

We're still Shaping-Up at Jingle Belles by created shaped holiday cards (anything but a square or rectangle will do).

Here's what we created this week:

Lauren's Other Card

Lauren says, "Ok, I realize this isn't as overtly Christmassy as an ornament or a tree, (or a silver bell!) but I love round cards and I don't think I've made one yet this year, so clearly it was time! In my great big file of inspiring photos I found a few round cards that used this sort of three-sector design, and I combined that idea with the kraft, bold flower, and horizontal sentimentof last week's gorgeous inspiration card (#202) on the CASE study challenge blog."

Stephanie says, "I wanted to do another iconic Christmas shape, so I chose a Silver Bell ... I found an on-line bell template which I traced onto glittery silver cardstock (and the card base behind it).  I added some scoring and out-lined the image with permanent black marker.  I finished with a ribbon bow, a die cut poinsettia, and some SRM Stickers."

We hope you're having fun getting-in shape for the holidays.  You have until Wednesday at 6pm EST to share your wonderful creations.

PS - if you're one of those people who likes to enter multiple challenges, Virginia's View is also celebrating Shaped Cards.

Friday, August 1, 2014

Shape Up For the Holidays

I don't know about you, but for me the easiest time to *shape-up* is during beautiful summer weather when I get get outside to walk all over town.  So this week, we're also going to Shape-Up for the Holidays ... which means we're making *shaped cards* ... any shape but a square or rectangle is fair game.

Stephanie says, "As I was searching through my stash for a shape-up idea, I saw this neglected Christmas Tree embossing folder.  I originally tried embossing on patterned metallic paper, but the embossed texture got lost in the pattern ... however when I turned over the image, I realized there was a gorgeous metallic cream on the back, so I used the de-bossed side for my Christmas Tree shaped card.  I hand cut around the tree, and then hand-cut my card base to form a border.  The final step was decorating my tree with multi-colored *lights* and adding a glittery star on top."

Lauren says, "A few years ago, I started sending individual cards to all of our nieces and nephews, both actual and honorary. Since this includes several groups of siblings, it's important that each card be different... but that they're all recognizably equal! This year I decided to make ornaments, in four basic shapes. I used a range of older papers by Basic Grey because I love the way their collections coordinate perfectly, and added a selection of flower and snowflake embellishments attached with decorative brads. My goal was to produce a mailable set that resembled a box of fancy vintage ornaments, and I'm pretty pleased with the results!"

We can't wait to see what creative shapes you create.

Link up your shapely masterpieces before 6pm (EDT) on Wednesday, August 13th. Keyword for galleries and Flickr is JB:14:16.

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Sugar Plum Visions

What an amazingly lovely group of cards inspired by our own blog header this fortnight, ♥JINGLE BELLES♥! If you haven't perused the readers' gallery, we heartily recommend you do so! Meanwhile, here are a few creations we found especially irresistible:

...used a very cool starburst technique learned in a recent cardmaking class to create her wonderful and romantic design!

...combined a few different challenges with ours to produce her elegant CAS design! (Plus... check out that fabulous layered poinsettia!)

...enjoys peace, love and sparkly stuff as much as we do! Her card is not only a beautiful embodiment of that, it also helped to inspire her choice of wedding colors!

Our most hearty thanks to our lovely guest star Marie Bingaman for sharing her terrific suggestion and gorgeously inspiring card! Be sure to stop by her awesome blog and say hello! We'll be back at midnight with a brand new prompt we hope will find you in very good shape! ♥

Friday, July 25, 2014

Visions of Sugar Plums

We're still making cards inspired by our own ♥JINGLE BELLES♥ blog header, and some of us can't help but feel the Sugar Plum Fairy is helping out a bit, too! :)

Here's what we made this week:
Stephanie says, "This week I wanted to capture the lovely white-on-kraft elements in the banner.  I stamped a Holly Flourish on a scrap of krafty designer paper using white pigment ink ... and because I wasn't patient enough for the ink to completely heat set, I used a cloth to wipe the excess ink, which produced such a wonderful soft effect on the background.  I added some holiday sentiments and lots of bling using a layout from Wanna Sketch?"

Lauren says, "Is it just me, or does it almost feel like "cheating" when you find a sketch so fabulous the card practically makes itself? The current sketch (#103) at Cardabilities is most definitely one of those and I've used it pretty faithfully, since that matted label shape was the perfect home for a Tim Holtz diecut reindeerStephanie and I found the gorgeous uber-thin wood veneer at Kate's Paperie in New York City, and my supply is dwindling. I'm pretty sure that means a road trip is called for... who's in?!"

Scroll down to the original post to check out the readers' gallery and link up your own card!