Friday, September 19, 2014

Jingle Sketch Rock

We're still having fun with Amy Tsuruta's fabulous sketch this week ... we hope you'll join us to make one (or two or three?) holiday cards.



Here's what we created:


Stephanie say, "I will confess I've become a bit obsessed with Pocket Cards (Project Life Cards) for cardmaking ... this one was perfect with a bit of flair and an embossed background."


Lauren says, "If you're thinking this is an incredibly *MINIMAL* card for me, you're not the only one! What can I say? Amy T's gorgeous sketch and beautifully minimal cards have inspired me to pare down... for this week, anyway! Apart from anything else, this lovely Christmas-in-the-City scene from October Afternoon's "Holiday Style" collection was just too cool to cover up; to use as large a piece as possible I made a tall card with just a few little embellies added in."

Friday, September 12, 2014

Sketch-tivus for the Rest of Us

Yes, you've guessed it, we're going sketchy this week... and who better to help us with such an endeavor that than our uber-talented lovely guest star and sketch creator extraordinaire, Amy Tsuruta. Here's the beautiful sketch she's whipped up to inspire us:


Here are the cards we've made this week:



Lauren says, "One way you can tell an AWESOME sketch from a merely good one is that you can make a tall card, a wide card, or even a square card, and have them all be equally fab. I went with wide this week because it just seemed to give my diecut sheet music reindeer and his cluster of frilly embellishments a little more room to breathe!"

Stephanie says, "When I saw the over-layed embellishments in the sketch, I remembered some 3-D ornament gift tags in my stash.  Since they were glittery, I my favorite DCWV glitter papers on the background.  A few snowflake sequins and a tiny holiday sentiment, and this card was complete."


And now it's your turn to make a holiday card using Amy's gorgeous sketch! Link it up right here by 6pm (EST) on Wednesday, September 24th. Keyword for galleries or flickr is JB:14:19.


Thursday, September 11, 2014

Golden Girls!

We were overwhelmed, in a really, really, *GOOD* way, by all of the glitzy gilded goodness you glorious Belles produced this fortnight, so take a bow, every single one of you! Meanwhile here are a few gold medalists whose cards we especially loved:


...used vintage images in a totally fresh and fabulous way, with lots of gold pattern, gold distressing and those awesome gold stick pins!

...paired (to quote her title) "lots and lots of glitter" with a few gold foil letters in a way that made our sparkle-loving hearts swoon!

...went completely monochomatic in a way that makes us wonder why we thought we ever needed any other colors anyway!

Once again we ask you to join us in thanking the lovely Lisa Hausmann for thinking up such a wonderful idea in the first place and then coming along to inspire us with her gorgeous cards! We'll be back at midnight with another lovely guest star who miiiiiiiight just have something a bit sketchy up her creative sleeve! ♥

Friday, September 5, 2014

Gilt Trip

We're still celebrating all things golden, gilded and glittery... won't you join us? Here are the cards we made this week:


Lisa says, "I wanted to really focus on the incredible die-cuts I achieved with my Cameo by backing the wreath and sentiment with simple white. The star-printed vellum - a total favourite too these days - provided subtle detail while allowing that gold to simply shine off the card."

Stephanie says, "I love gold foil paper ... but I hate trying to photograph it.  I stamped my Impression Obsession sentiment in Delicata Gold Glitz ink on ivory cardstock and embossed with gold detail embossing powder.  I embellished with two different kinds of gold sequins and framed it in gold foil paper ... golden, glitzy & mailable."


Lauren says, "I used the very awesome Cardabilities sketch #106 to guide my design"

Friday, August 29, 2014

Baby, It's GOLD Outside!

This fortnight we're pleased and proud to have as our lovely guest star and prompt-setter the very talented Lisa Hausmann of Recklinghausen Musings! Lisa's come up with a gloriously glimmering theme, she wants to see GOLD! But we'll let her tell you herself:

"I love following scrapbook trends and incorporating them into my own style. The rush to use lashings of gold on our layouts totally had my name on it and hardly a page goes by without a little (or a lot of) gold finding its way on there! So it was only a matter of time before I'd be overloading my cards with gold too. I love how luscious and rich it looks and am thrilled to be sharing my love of gold with the Belles this week."

Since we Belles love anything shiny and sparkly, OF COURSE we were happy to oblige, and we hope you will be, too! Here's what we did:

Lisa's Card

Lisa Says, "I brought together as many gold elements as I could find in my stash to see how many shades and textures I could incorporate onto my card. Sequins, a doily, glitter paper, foil card die-cuts as well as gold letters are a beautiful contrast to the simpler background. I just let the gold do all the work. "

Lauren says, "I've got quite a few golden items on my card: the diecut tree is made from doily scraps I've layered with bits of Doodlebug's awesome glitter-encrusted cardstock; the sentiment is one of those super-shiny foil peel-offs; the little velvet flowers have a touch of gold glitter; and finally the background paper in which I've framed the whole thing is a gold filigree print. I've used  Sketchbook Saturday #127 to guide the placement of all my yummy embellishments!"


Stephanie says, "I pretty much went all-out-gold as well ... stamping done with Delicata Golden Glitz Ink ... gold DCWV glitter background paper ... gold sequins ... and snowflakes punched from gold foil paper.   Unfortunately there was no gold ribbon in my stash (seriously, that must be remedied), so I used blue glitter ribbon instead ... layout is from Tuesday Morning Sketches.

So grab your foil papers, your shiniest embossing powder, your golden glitter and sequins or whatever glamorously gilded ingredients make you happy! Link up before 6pm (EST) on Wednesday, September 10th. Keyword for galleries and flickr is JB:14:18.


Thursday, August 28, 2014

Celebrating Winter in Style!

We were spoiled for choice when it came to selecting awesome cards made to this fortnight's non-Christmassy specifications!

...proves that you don't need many elements at all, provided each one is absolutely perfect!

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...combined silver and gold diecuts to make a winter scene that's glamorous  enough to give to ANYONE, but tempting to keep for oneself!

...absolutely ALWAYS does her own whimsically delightful creative thing, and we wouldn't have it any other way!!! :) 

We'll be back at midnight with a brand new prompt from an especially lovely guest star, we hope it will prove to be a gilt-y pleasure! :)

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."