Friday, December 8, 2017

Taking Back Our ~SEVENTH~ December

It's hard to believe that we've just wrapped up another ♥JINGLE BELLES♥ season, but here it is December 8th and we've been working towards this all year long, so we've got a pretty good stash of cards built up. 

Whether you joined us once a fortnight, once a month, or just once in a while, we've had a blast seeing your amazing creativity and sharing your enthusiasm. 

Thanks very much for turning our Holiday card-making into something enjoyable and fun all year long! We'll be back again on January 1, 2018 to start this whole shindig over again, and we hope to see you then! Meanwhile we wish you the loveliest of Decembers and the happiest of holidays! 

♥ Merry Christmas! 
Stephanie and Lauren

Of course, we don't rule out making another card or two in the next few weeks, and just in case you need to make a few more, as well, we'll leave this linky open until Christmas Eve so you can upload your cards, get a little inspiration and spur each other on to the finish line! ♥

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Metal Marvels

We loved seeing all of the variations on our metal theme in the gallery.

Here are a few that particularly caught our eye.

Marcia K of 

created an entire collection of marvelous metal designs by using the same die cut but layers different combinations of metallic papers (click through to see more) ... absolutely bling-tastic.

Marty F of

combined gold watercolor, gold embossing, gold flourishes, and even *golded* her silver charms to create her magnificent vintage gold masterpiece.

Stephanie L of

used a new-to-us Inked Stencil Dry Embossing Technique to create a lovely letterpress-like design using metallic ink.  Her big bold metallic sentiment is also the star of the show.

We'll be back tomorrow with our annual round-up post.  We hope that we helped you take back your December one holiday card at a time ... we'll look forward to seeing you in 2018.

Friday, December 1, 2017

Heavy Metal Holiday

We're still loving ALL the metals: gold, silver, copper... whether they are shiny or matte, glittery or plain, stamped, diecut, embossed or in any other way you'd care to use them! You still have plenty of time to share your metallic masterpieces, too, just scroll down to the original post for all the details and the linking tool.

Meanwhile, here's what we made this week:

Lauren says, "I'm quite smitten with Idea-Ology Kraftcore Metallic Cardstock, so I've embossed, sanded and used it as my background panel. (A concept i was 100% happy with, until it came time for photographs; yowza that stuff is SHINY!) I also love my gloriously dramatic Prussian Blue ColorBurst from Ken Oliver Crafts, which I've painted onto watercolor paper and then later added copper accents in the form of embossing paste for the larger ornament and a diecut poinsettia on the smaller one. I've trimmed the baubles with Eyelet Outlet bling strip hangers, a pearl brad, and there's a bit of glitter copper tape peeking out in the background there, too."

Stephanie says, "This week I let my golden metallic designer paper do most of the work.  All I had to add was a glittery gold die cut sentiment & some gold sequins for accents to complete the design ... easy-peasy."

Remember you have until Wednesday, December 6th at 6pm EST to link up your metallic marvels.

Friday, November 24, 2017

Baby it's GOLD (or SILVER or COPPER) Outside

Our final prompt for 2017 at Jingle Belles we're featuring all of those precious metals ... making a card that focuses on metallics - GOLD, SILVER, COPPER or any other Metal you might have in your stash.

Here's how we got our *shine* on this week:

Stephanie says, "My card features an almost-discarded piece of inky paper (see the before picture on my blog) that was transformed with silver glitter paste and a polka dot stencil together with Silver Metallic Shelf Paper that I found at the hardware store (always keep your eyes peeled for potential crafting supplies).  It's so easy to work with, and it really SHINES."

Lauren says, "I've gone for the gold this week; or rather the golds, plural, since there are five different metallics on my card! A fact I was very excited about, until I tried to get a decent photograph. So please excuse the funky angle of my pic, but honestly, life's too short you guys! My card combines glossy metallic patterned paper, storebought glitter cardstock, some awesome Eyelet Outlet Glitter Tape and even a couple of gold on gold giftwraps that I saved from last year's presents; because there's no such thing as too much sparkle on holiday cards, am I right?!"

Link your creations here by Wednesday, December 6th at 6pm (EST). Codeword for galleries and Flickr is JB:17:24.

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Thank You for the Thank Yous!

It seems especially appropriate to be rounding up the glorious holiday thank you cards on the Thursday we Americans celebrate Thanksgiving! Of course one of the things we're most thankful for creatively, is the fact that we get to hang out with (and be inspired by!) our amazing fellow papercrafters all year round AND avoid the dreaded holiday card-making stress in December! Be sure to tune in tomorrow when we announce the last official theme of our 2017 ♥JINGLE BELLES♥ season. Meanwhile, here are a few thank you cards that made us especially grateful:

...created an amazingly lovely, perfectly seasonal thank you that is also a master class in diecutting technique!

...employed the ever-adorable House Mouse and his friend, to teach us all a thing or two about friendship; not to mention stamping and coloring!

...despite being one of the most positive people we know, turns out to be an expert in negative space, as this beautifully graphic CAS card proves!

Many thanks to everyone who played along, we loved seeing every single card! C'mon back at midnight when we'll reveal the last official prompt of 2017; you won't want to miss this one, it's solid gold, we tell ya! ;)

Friday, November 17, 2017

Giving (Holiday) Thanks

We're still working on those holiday thank you cards, while we dream about the upcoming Thanksgiving meal, and feel tremendously grateful to be close to wrapping up another wonderful year of card-making with so many talented friends!

Here's what we made this week:

Lauren says, "I've used the same strategy as last week-- creating a somewhat neutral design with no sentiment added yet, which could be used as an emergency Xmas card before the holiday, if necessary! I make at least a few of these washi tape quilt cards every year (a tutorial for which is in this post from 2011!!!) because they're so easy and fun to make! This time I've used a whole bunch of my favorite red and green Eyelet Outlet tapes, plus paper flowers and bling; but i've kept them fairly flat to be postal-friendly!"

Stephanie says, "This week Lauren and I were discussing ideas for being creative when your mojo has abandoned you.  She suggested I go back through some of my previous projects and re-create one.  I decided instead of go through her posts and look for inspiration.  I only had to go as far as her snowflake cards from last week.  I used monochromatic designer papers, torn edges, and simple winter accents to create cards that could be thank yous ... or last minute holiday cards (why do I never think to tear my edges).  I had to smile when I posted my cards and saw we both used the same color palette this week ... yea for traditional holiday hues (close-ups of each card are on my blog)."

Scroll down to last week's post to link up your own cards!

Friday, November 10, 2017

THANKful for the Holidays

With just two more official prompts left, we're getting close to the end of our ♥JINGLE BELLES♥ year. So this is a great time to take stock of how many cards you've completed, go back and add sentiments inside the cards if you haven't already, make sure they all have envelopes, etc. Being as we're coming up on Thanksgiving here in the US, it's also a good time to think about the cards we're all going to need after the holiday... so this fortnight we're making thank you cards!

Stephanie says, "I spent the day looking for a stamp set I misplaced (never did find it), but I did find a set of glittery holiday tags & some Thank You stickers that I'd forgotten I had ... and they were both perfect for this week's card.  I added a Peppermint Candy brad from Eyelet Outlet and used this week's Sketch Saturday layout.  I created a second tag card on my blog."

Lauren says, "Shocking true confession: There's never been a year in which I didn't need at least one or two extra cards at the very last minute; usually because someone I wasn't expecting kindly sent me a beautiful handmade card! On the other hand, I'm not a cardmaker who always likes to put a sentiment on the outside. By now I think you may have guessed what I am getting at here, right?  The cards you see above are the right tone to be thank you notes. They will almost certainly be thank you notes. But I haven't put a sentiment on the outside or the inside yet... just in case I need a couple more holiday cards at the last minute. It's called "hedging your bets" lol, and you are welcome to join me in this strategy this fortnight!" 

Link your creations here by Wednesday, November 22nd at 6pm (EST). Codeword for galleries and Flickr is JB:17:23.