Friday, March 15, 2019

Rockin' Robin

This fortnight at Jingle Belles we are celebrating our fine, festive, feathered friends by asking you to make a brand new holiday card and #putabirdonit or, for those who don't speak hashtag (or Portlandia), "put a bird on it" lol!

It could be a sweet Christmas robin, fun penguins at the North Pole, a festive flamingo, or any other avian creature who strikes your fancy.

Here's what we made this week:

Lauren says, "I don't think I've ever made an Xmas card with a charcoal grey background before, but this holiday lights paper from Simple Stories just seemed to set off the little framed collage of words (from Elle's Studio) and my (Doodlebug) critters and birds so well, i couldn't resist!

Stephanie says, "I couldn't resist this cute little penguin and sentiment from Taylored Expressions Quick Critters Winter Stamp & Die combo... and strangely enough, I also used a dark grey background for my card paired with fun little holiday bingo cards and papers from the Say Cheese Collection by Simple Stories."

And just because it's very nearly almost Spring and we're excited about that, there's a little prize for one lucky (random) cardmaker who links up with us this fortnight:

MME "Mistletoe Magic" 6x6 paper pad, Hero Arts "Paint Brush Trees" and
"Most Wonderful Time" wood mounted stamps, Making Memories "Mistletoe" stick pins

Link your bird-based beauties here by 6pm (EST) on Wednesday, March 27th. Keyword for galleries and Flickr is JB:19:06.

Thursday, March 14, 2019

Singing in Harmony

So much to sing about in the "Hark the Herald Angels" gallery, if you haven't seen all the cards we heartily recommend a stroll through that garden of inspiration! Here are a few which we especially loved this time:

...incorporated collaged sheet music in her beautiful topper and lent an elegant touch with lots of glorious golden mats!

...was afraid the "trifecta" of challenges she combined to make this beautiful card might have been one too many; an opinion with which we respectfully --but totally-- disagree!!!

...combined soft but elegant metallic touches with that subtle but awesome embossed sheet music fragment to create a card that is so much more than the sum of its parts!

Many thanks to everyone who played along, we really did love EVERY single card! Meanwhile, we'll be back at midnight with a brand new prompt we hope you won't think is, "for the birds"! :)

Friday, March 8, 2019


We're still singing a happy holiday song and making music-inspired cards and you still have time to join the fun! Here's what we made this week:

Stephanie says, "Fa La La La Latte ... my card features a wood mounted rubber stamp from 1998 ... lattes never lose their charm.  I paired it with sheet music from a Sonatina Music Book (in my piano lesson days, Sonatinas were my favorites).  I finished with a wrap of chocolate twine."

Lauren says, "I found a sheet of absolutely ancient "Love, Elsie" brown and pink sheet music patterned paper from KI Memories and thought it would be weird-but-wonderful with my absolute favorite holiday line from 2018, Prima's "Santa Baby". I stand by that decision! I re-used this Sweet Sunday Sketch from 2015 because i thought the diagonal mat was so clever and distinctive. I fitted a slightly cut down and matted journal card on top of the cool trapezoid shape, embellished with a bit of washi, et voila! A couple of Eyelet Outlet fancy gems and a chipboard sentiment complete this flat(ish) and mail-friendly design."

Scroll down to the post directly below this one to see the Readers' Gallery and link up your own musical masterpieces!

Friday, March 1, 2019

Hark the Herald Angels Sing!

By which we mean, this fortnight we are making cards that incorporate music notes, sheet music or instruments. Because everybody loves holiday music, right? Well, maybe not *everybody* but we sure do! Here are this week's card creations:

Lauren says, "As you can see, I went with the sheet music option, in the form of a diecut heart which holds my adorable Doodlebug Design Xmas stickers. My sentiment is a bonus song title, snipped from a journal card. Lots of traditional bright red and green here, finished off with some white machine stitching accents."

Stephanie's Card

Stephanie says, "I started with some wrapping paper featuring lovely hand-drawn score.  I added a scrap of sheet music paper and some caroling snowman to complete my musical theme.  My sentiment is from Concord & 9th Joyful Noel and was trimmed perfectly with my My Sweet Petunia Cut-Align."

Link your musical masterpieces right here by 6pm (EST) on Wednesday, March 13th. Keyword for galleries and Flickr is JB:19:05.

Thursday, February 28, 2019

Shining Glittery Stars

The gallery was certainly shining (and glittering) this week ... what fantastic holiday cards.

Here are a few of our favorite glittery stars:

really made her card shine with three different metallic elements ... the foil-on-oxide-ink technique is fantastic ... as is backing her fun foam sentiment with silver paper ... and then there are shining stars to tie it all together.

sparked dancing joy with her awesome paper-pieced glittery Santa ...
how do you not smile when you see this cute little guy.

shared a gorgeous background technique using Hero Arts Glimmer Metallic Inks ... and she even snuck a bit more metallic pigment ink on the inside of her card.

Hope you'll join us tomorrow where we'll be right in tune for the next card prompt.

Friday, February 22, 2019

Shine On!

We're still rockin' all things metallic, sparkly and/or glittery, and you still have plenty of time to join the fun. Here's how we got our shine on this week:

Stephanie says, "I went with pure glitter this week ... a glittery card base topped with a glittery snowflake ... and a sparkly gem in the middle.  Sentiment is from Memory Box Typewriter Holiday Elements."

Lauren says, "This week I've gone shabby chic with papers and a journal card (from which i diecut the sentiment circle) from Prima's luscious "Sweet Peppermint" collection. So I have lots of distressed layers with wonky machine stitching, and I've added my sparkly/metallic elements via a golden doily from my stash and snowflakes diecut from scraps of Tonic Studios' awesome specialty paper. I've even worked in a bit of packaging from some older Prima flowers, (it's the green ledger paper layer) to which I've added plain white matte modeling paste, spread through a damask patterned stencil. A few Eyelet Outlet heart pearls top the whole thing off."

Remember, you have until 6pm EST on Wednesday February 27th to link-up your shining creation.

Friday, February 15, 2019

All That Glitters...

ALL THAT GLITTERS gold. or sometimes silver. with the outside possibility of copper, bronze or rose gold! on the other hand, sometimes all that glitters is GLITTER! which is my very roundabout way of telling you that this fortnight at ♥JINGLE BELLES♥ we're all about metallics and/or glitter!

This could be in the form of metal embellies, metallic or tinsel embossing paste or powder, glitter paper, glitter tape, glitter glue, or even metallic paper ... basically, if it's shiny or sparkly, you're good to go!

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

Lauren says, "I've mentioned before how much I love Idea-Ology's Metallic Kraft-Stock paper. I've used silver this time, backed with a little scrap of plain white cardstock, not because the metallic cardstock isn't strong enough, but because I knew I was going to pressure-emboss in the next step and that reindeer has teeny little legs. I framed up the elegant results with a couple of label shapes and added it to a card with torn layers of paper and a little bit of lace, to make a sort of abstract version of a snowy day!" 

Stephanie says, "I went with primarily glittery metals on my card this week with glittery paper and glittery snow on my jar-shaped gift tag, which is tied with a golden cord.  Sentiment is from My Favorite Things Sassy Pants Holiday and sketch is from Fusion Card Challenge (the theme is tea and bouquets ... I'm going with booze and berries instead).

Link your metal masterpieces here by 6pm (EST) on Wednesday, February 27th. Keyword for galleries and Flickr is JB:19:04.