Friday, April 17, 2015

Joy to the EARTH

In honor of Earth Day, we're still making holiday cards which utilize re-cycled, re-used and up-cycled elements. Here's what we made this week:

Lorraine says, "I recycled the paper covering a box of Godiva chocolates I was given as a gift. The sparkles are embedded in the paper and have a holographic look. The two-toned gold bow was trimmed away from a Starbuck's gift card holder (another gift). The jeweled ribbon was something I snagged at Dollar Tree."

Stephanie says, "I found a stash of Green Stamp books at a local vintage store that I couldn't resist bringing home ... I shared some with Lauren, but have been hoarding my stash.  I thought Earth Day was the perfect opportunity to use some ... the green & red seemed perfect for a holiday card design.  I also incorporated a piece of corrugated packaging that I had saved for just such an occasion.  I finished with a Spellbinders large poinsettia on a bunch of paper scraps (hence the various shades of red) and a Hero Arts sentiment."

Lauren says, "I've got two recycled elements this time, but I'm not sure how "visible" they are... (certainly not as AWESOMELY so as those fab vintage green stamps!!!) ...I flattened a nice thin chipboard box which previously held band aids, covered it in strips of red patterned washi tapes, and diecut the result to make my funky poinsettia. I used a garage-sale-acquired heart shaped earring in place of brad by sliding it through all the layers and then getting my lovely husband to bend it flat. I've used the sketch and flowery elements of Kirsty's card to play along with the current City Crafter Challenge."

There's still plenty of time for you to join our re-cycling and up-cycling fun, and we surely hope you will!

Friday, April 10, 2015

Let There be Peace on EARTH (day)

If you've played along with us at ♥JINGLE BELLES♥ over the last few years, you already know there are two prompts that never change: at the beginning of October we honor Breast Cancer Awareness Month with "Pink Christmas"; and the end of April we celebrate Earth Day by making holiday cards that feature re-cycled, re-used or up-cycled elements. It's time for the latter, and this year we're thrilled to have a very special lovely guest star along with us, as winner of the Guest Designer spot from our "Lucky Day" giveaway in March. Please meet (and be sure to go visit!) our very talented friend and fellow Belle, Lorraine of Paper Vernissage:

"What fun to be chosen as a guest designer for one of my favorite annual Jingle Belles Challenges. Not only do I get to use up some of the “stuff” I’ve been hoping to repurpose over the years, but I get to make a Christmas card out of it which makes it all the more fun. The very first “art class” I took was during a summer program many moons ago (like in the 60’s before Earth Day was born) and one of the projects that we worked on involved, even at that time, using things that would normally go into the trash in our project. I actually won a prize for my creation (sorry no pics) – a book entitled “Making Something From Nothing”. Seeing how people take everyday trash and turn it into treasure fascinates and inspires me and I can’t wait to see what everyone will reuse and recycle in their creations for this challenge."

Here's what we made this week:

Lorraine says, "My goal was to use as much “rescued” materials as possible on this card and I think I did pretty good. The only recently purchased item is the crocheted lace. The cardstock is a retired color and the printed panel is part of a printed paper bag. The corrugated materials came from packaging and from one of those fast food coffee sleeves and I just swiped them with some gesso. The ribbon was on a Christmas gift and the ornament is an embossed foil covered cardboard tartlet base (you know those cardboard bases that they put cakes and pies on in the bakery, just smaller with that tab). I scrunched up some brass pot scrubber with a gold foil twist tie for the ornament decoration. So it’s got a little bit of sparkle with a rustic feel."

Stephanie says, "These gorgeous metallic opalescent trees were recycled from a Christmas card that I received last year ... they were just too pretty not to have a second-life.  I trimmed the panel from the front of the card, added a wrap of Not Quite Navy ribbon and an SRM Sticker sentiment before attaching to the navy card base with foam tape for dimension using this week's Deconstructed Tall &  Skinny Sketch (flipped on its side).  I was able to trim the back of the card and use the blank space for the inside of the card."

Lauren says, "This intricately cut leafy panel was part of the holiday card sent us at Christmas by my brother-in-law, who freely admits he chooses cards that have interesting bits I might like to re-use... and he's usually right! :) In the original card, that pretty frame surrounded a little poem/sentiment, but I've opted instead for some light-colored vintage sheet music to show off the lacy branches, and a reindeer I diecut from a scrap of wood veneer leftover from a different project. (If you look really closely, you'll see that his legs are not full-length... because the scrap was too small!)"

Now it's your turn: grab those lovely old Christmas cards, hoarded bits of gift wrap, cool magazine pictures, bits of pretty packaging... and re-use them creatively as brand new hand-made holiday masterpieces! Appropriately enough, this link-up ends at 6pm (EST) on Earth Day, April 22nd. Keyword for galleries and Flickr is JB:15:08.

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Sweet Sounds of the Season

With so many gorgeous cards that featured music or were inspired by holiday songs, you made it really hard for us to choose, ♥JINGLE BELLES♥, but here are three that struck just the right note with us:

Proves that there's nothing more festive than singing sheep!
(Bonus points for the awesome sentiment!) :)

Combined a super-sweet Santa with music paper, notes, and the perfect pop of red!

Made two fab musical cards, but this one, with it's subtle sentiment based on a "twisted" holiday song, made us chuckle for a very long time! :)

Many thanks to all who played along! We'll be back at midnight with a brand new prompt and an especially lovely guest star! 

Friday, April 3, 2015

Caroling, Caroling Now We Go

We're still celebrating a little Fa-la-la-la-la at Jingle Belles this week by creating cards that:

  • incorporate music
  • are inspired by a holiday song or
  • include a holiday song title

Here's what we created this week.

Stephanie says, "While my image is a bit more *We Three Kings*, but I thought that *O Holy Night* worked better for the overall card design.  I featured a Penny Black sticker inspired by this week's Muse Challenge."

Lauren says, "This time I backed a rather fragile piece of vintage sheet music with thin cardstock that had been run through my Xyron adhesive machine, then used some ancient chipboard letters (by Basic Grey) as templates to cut out my letters. A few festive rub-ons and a big velvetty poinsettia standing in for the letter "O" complete the look."

Link up your newly made holiday card-- or cards-- that feature our musical theme between now and 6pm (EST) on Wednesday, April 8th. Keyword for galleries and Flickr is JB:15:07.

Friday, March 27, 2015


This week at Jingle Belles we're enjoying a little Fa La La La La ... which means we're making cards (or gift card holders, or whatever else you'll be needing for the holidays) that incorporate music ... that are inspired by a holiday song ... or that include a holiday song title.

Here's what we created

Lauren says, "I couldn't decide which part of the prompt to use, so I did a little bit of all three aspects: OF COURSE I used some of my very favorite darkly patina-ed vintage sheet music; I've incorporated a Basic Grey dimensional "Deck the Halls" sentiment; and thematically, my inspiration comes from the song "The Holly and the Ivy". I've also made a round card, using the current cardabilities sketch (#119)."

Stephanie says, "I started with Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer in my head, so I began with a silver glitter reindeer gift tag as my focal point (with a red pearl for a nose).  Next I added a vintage sheet music background ... and since it was printed in a sienna brown ink, I built my color palette around it using this week's Deconstructed Sketch.  I finished with an SRM Sticker from another Christmas Carol lyric.".

Link up your newly made holiday card-- or cards-- that feature our musical theme between now and 6pm (EST) on Wednesday, April 8th. Keyword for galleries and Flickr is JB:15:07.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

The EMBOSS-ible Dream

Ok, sorry, that's the last embossing pun... for this year, anyway! :) But it's hard not to be a little giddy having cruised through an entire gallery of AMAZING embossed goodness!!! Here are a few cards that made us especially excited:

Used both types of embossing... mixed with plenty of layers and sparkly things... to create her beautiful vintage-themed holiday card.

"JOY" is definitely the right word (and purple + green are definitely the right colors!) for such an amazingly bold and beautiful take on the theme.

dry embossed ornaments
Shows exactly how to *rock* the dry embossing as well as the CAS aesthetic, with a card that is perfect in its simplicity.

And now it's time to see which lovely holiday card-maker is going to have the chance to guest-design with us in April. The fine folks at like #11 so our lucky winner is:


Congratulations! Email us at jinglebellesrock @ hotmail (dot) com so we can arrange all the details.

Meanwhile, please join us in thanking the lovely and talented Steph C for her awesome idea and for coming along with TWO gorgeous and inspiring cards! We'll be back at midnight with a brand new prompt we hope you'll tune in for!

Friday, March 20, 2015

Grandma Got ~EMBOSSED~ By a Reindeer*

Clearly the only relationship that exists between the words "EMBOSS-ible" and "impossible" is in the pun of our title, because the embossing-intensive holiday cards for this prompt have been even more awesome than usual! If you need some extra inspiration, be sure to scroll down and peruse the readers' gallery. Meanwhile, here's what we made this week:

Steph says"I wanted to keep this card simple as well, again, focusing on the embossing. I included both wet and dry for this card too. The Nativity Border die from Taylored Expressions was perfect for this card, and it really looks lovely set against the dark blue background. I wanted to add a bit of "something" to my card, but wasn't sure what. Then I decided to stamp the smallest star from the Verve Star of Wonder set, and then cut it out. For some added "pop", I added some gold Wink of Stella, and called it done. Simple and elegant."

Lauren says"The idea for this one came from our fellow Belle and my fellow Jersey girl, Lorraine, of Paper Vernissage. She saw an emboss/resist card i made for Shopping Our Stash a few weeks ago, and the Crafter's Companion mandala stamp I used reminded her of a snowflake. This week, when i was thinking about what to make, I remembered that, and decided to stretch the idea even further to see what would happen; the gorgeous color palette was inspired by the "Floral Fusion" board at Fusion Card Challenge!"

Stephanie says, "I created my card by inking my Christmas Ornament embossing folder with two coordinating shades of blue ink before embossing to get sort-of-a letter press look.  All I did to finish the card was add an SRM Sticker sentiment and a wrap of purple glitter ribbon ... a very easy embossing technique."

*Please Note: Absolutely no reindeer... (or grandmas!) ...were harmed in the making of these cards! :) :) :)