Friday, June 21, 2024

SHAPING-up for the Holidays

Since this prompt finds us half-way to Christmas, we figured it was a good time to start SHAPING-Up for the Holidays.  

What that means is we're making shaped cards … anything other than a square or rectangle will do.  You might try a circle, star, stocking, candy cane ... we can't wait to see your SHAPE of Christmas creativity.

Here's how we SHAPED-up this week:

Stephanie say, "I have no idea how long I've had this never-before-used Jolly Santa Shaped Gift Card Holder die cut set from Crafter's Companion, but it was certainly well past time to give it a go.  Rather than just use cardstock for my Santa, I created my own papers on my GelliArts Press for the face/nose and the red (with a tiny bit of gold paint mixed in) for Santa's outfit.  I added gold metallic paper for Santa's belt.  This will be a fun little way to share some gift card love for the holiday."

Lauren says, "I used the second largest bauble in an older set of older Hero Arts Ornaments Infinity Dies to diecut this charming, vintage-inspired Santa from Prima's Candy Cane Lane collection, then traced and handcut a few additional layers to make a slightly larger and sturdier card. I used Wendy Vecchi's brilliant "hinge" method to add another diecut piece to the back (with a crease scored at 3/4" from the top before affixing) and thus make this into a card that actually opens!* A few Impression Obsession diecut snowflakes, a seambinding bow and a scatter of golden star sequins complete the design."


Link your SHAPED masterpieces right here by 6pm (Eastern) on Wednesday, July 3, 2024. Keyword for galleries etc is JB2413.

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Thursday, June 20, 2024

Three by Three

There are some truly AMAZING cards in our Jingle Belles' We Three Kings Readers' Gallery, so if you haven't taken time to scroll through, we highly recommend the trip. In the meantime, here are three takes on three (or more!) patterned papers that especially caught our eye:

...combined three patterned papers, one diecut tag, one washi tape and enough glittery glimmery snowflakes to make us forget the current "heat bubble" in the Northeast!

...constructed such a clever, quilt-inspired, scrap-using, pattern-combining masterpiece that we've saved it to our inspiration files as a secret weapon for the next time we do a similar challenge!

...linked up several AMAZING multi-patterned makes, all of which you really need to see, but this fun and fabulous holiday sweater design miiiiiiight be our fave!


Many thanks to everyone who played along, we enjoyed seeing every single card! We'll be back at Midnight with a few ideas for getting IN SHAPE for the holidays... don't worry, there's NO diet or exercise involved!!! :)

Friday, June 14, 2024

Three of a Kind

We're still celebrating "We Three Kings" and thus creating cards with at least THREE designer papers this week; here's how we combined our patterns this week:

Lauern says, "This week, I've used five patterned papers, across two cards: two shades of Lawn Fawn's Knit Picky line, plus a piece from Let it Shine; ancient MME Trees; and the Lawn Fawn Yeti are pieced in one of Bella Blvd's fabulous tone-on-tone plaids. The snowflakes are, of course, Eyelet Outlet Brads. I'm awarding myself bonus points for using both the positive and negative parts of the Dare 2B Artzy Stitched Framelits dies, instead of putting the unused pieces in the ever-increasing leftover die cuts pile."

Stephanie says, "I actually combined five different papers from the Echo Park Santa Claus Lane Collection including a mug of hot cocoa for the Caffeinated Christmas Masculine Card Challenge.  I added a little ink around the die cut star paper to give it a bit more contrast and finished with a Hero Arts Holiday Meal sentiment and a few enamel dots using a layout from the Sketch~N~Scrap Challenge."

Remember you have until 6pm EST on Wednesday, June 19th to join the fun. Scroll down to the original post to link your cards!

Friday, June 7, 2024

We THREE Kings

This week at Jingle Belles, we're asking you to dig into your stash of designer papers (we know you have one!) and use at least THREE different patterned papers in your card design (hence the prompt name of We THREE Kings).

It might happen by cutting into your favorite hoarded sheets of paper ... or by digging through your scrap paper pile.  You can combine three different patterns from the same paper collection ... or maybe branch out and choose unrelated prints that you just happen to love. Just be brave, be colorful, and have fun.

Here's how we combined at least THREE patterned papers this week:

Stephanie's Card

Stephanie says, "I chose three designer papers from the Mintay White Christmas collection for my card this week.  With that great holiday scene on one of the papers, all I needed to do to finish the design was at a few bits of bling and a sentiment from Kerri Bradford's Oh What Fun stamp set.

Lauren says, "It's no surprise that I love 49 and Market's Christmas Spectacular 2023 collection, so all four of my papers come from that set. I especially love it with lots of distressed layers and machine stitching, as my card reflects. In addition to four different patterns from the collection, I've got four strips of washi tape (admittedly hard to see... they're wrapped around the decorative band that's mostly hidden by the flower) as well as a sentiment sticker, and an ancient Petaloo velvet flower."

We THREE Kings runs until 6pm (Eastern) on Wednesday evening, June 19th. Keyword for galleries, etc is JB2412.

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Thursday, June 6, 2024

Tic-Tac-Toe Titans

Crafty Tic-Tac-Toe is always one of our favorite events, because those nine boxes seem to hold an infinite amount of inspiration! Here are three takes that especially caught our eye this time:

...selected the top row, which gave her Snowman + Embossing + Ribbon; each of which she's used to great advantage; with bonus points for the fun, fresh purple and white color palette!

...used the center row of Glitter or Bling + Red or Green + Stamping to create a kraft and copper design with loads of texture and interest!

...chose the center column of Embossing + Red or Green (in this case both) + Diecuts and came up with this vibrant, elegant design in traditional holiday colors!

Many thanks to everyone who played along, we loved seeing every single inspiring card. We'll be back at midnight with a brand new prompt that we hope you'll find especially inspiring! 

Friday, May 31, 2024

Saint Nick-Tac-Toe

We're still playing crafty Tic-Tac-Toe this week, so here's another look at the board with all its inspiring possibilities:

And here's how we played the game:

Lauren says, "This week I chose the diagonal that runs from top left to bottom right, which gave me Snowman + Red or Green + Tree(s), mostly because I was gifted Lawn Fawn's "Snowball Fight" stamps and dies, and I couldn't wait to use them. Technically I've got a snow-mouse rather than a SNOWMAN, but I am unrepentant about this minor example of cheating, lol! My GREEN comes in the form of said snowrodent's scarf as well as the TREES which I punched from scraps of LF's Spiffier Speckles. I'd planned on making this into a shaker card, and thus created the raised heart aperture, but in the end I felt like the shaker sequins would've obscured the adorable details of the stamps, so I opted for the slightly simpler design you see here."

Stephanie says, "This week I played vertically straight down the center with Embossing, Green & Die Cuts.  I started by die cutting the Impression Obsession Layered TreeImpression Obsession Layered Tree from Core'dinations Cardstock.  Next I embossed a lighter shade of green cardstock with the Simon Says Stamp Streaming Embossing Folder.  I used the Sketch from The Paper Players and cut the embossed panel in two.  I added a horizontal piece of brown woodgrain embossed cardstock and then used foam tape on every other bough of my tree for some dimension.  I die cut the stitched star from Impression Obsession Patchwork Tree from Gold Glitter Cardstock & decorated my tree with golden ivory gems.  I finished with a sentiment from Impression Obsession Holiday Words."

JB2411: Tree Skirt Tic-Tac-Toe runs until next Wednesday evening, June 5th; scroll down to the original post for the linky tool and Readers' Gallery!

Friday, May 24, 2024

Tree Skirt Tic-Tac-Toe

This fortnight, we're playing a game of Tree Skirt Tic-Tac-Toe, which is kind of like "Beach Blanket Bingo" but... you know... more Christmassy; and with LOTS more embellishments!

We'd love for you to join the fun ... all you have to do is pick a row (horizontal, vertical or diagonal) and a create a lovely new holiday card featuring all three elements in that row. There are loads of possibilities, so let's get started.

Here's how we played the game:

Stephanie says, "I went Vertical down the left side with Snowman, Glitter/Bling and Silver.  I inked-up a much loved woodblock Inkadinkado snowman with two shades of blue ink.  I die cut using stitched Hexagon die cuts using the next two sizes for blue cardstock and Silver Glitter Paper.  I stacked them together and used foam tape to attach them to Lawn Fawn silver foiled snowflake designer paper.  I finished with a scattering of bling and a sentiment from Taylored Expressions Sentiment Strips - Christmas."

Lauren's Card

Lauren says, "I chose the center column and thus had Embossing + Red or Green + Diecuts to work with. I broke out the Big Box of Bits and Bobs and lucked into the grocer's kraft panel (Simon Hurley Evergreens embossed in a combination of Ranger's Lime Tinsel and matte Green Embossing Powders, with a couple of Raspberry Liquid Pearl hearts on top); the glossy mat with the green stamped foliage from Wendy Vecchi's Doodle Holiday set, and all of those diecut Penny Black Layered Poinsettias to which I've added green Eyelet Outlet Snowflake Bling."

JB2411: Tree Skirt Tic-Tac-Toe runs until 6pm (Eastern) on Wednesday evening, June 5th; so put on your thinking cap and start planning what you'll link up with us! 

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