Friday, January 17, 2020

Look What Santa Brought Me!

This fortnight at we're giving you a chance to show off the fabulous new crafty gifts you acquired over the holidays. Or, if you were somehow (mistakenly, of course!) on the naughty list, you can swap in something you treated yourself to in the January sales; or even just an item you've had for a bit but not yet used. Sound like fun? Yeah, we thought so too!

Here's what we made:

Lauren says, "My friend Gina knew that I *LOVED* 2018's "Jingle" collection from Authentique, and that I'd be super-excited to revisit it; she found a complete set that even had the cardstock stickers and punch-outs! So my plan for this week was basically to use as much of it as possible on one A7 card and I have achieved that goal. I've got an oversized journal card, two punch-outs and one style of patterned paper; which I supplemented with red glitter and shimmer cardstocks, plus a few elderly white gems which sort of suggested snow to me!"

Stephanie's Card

Stephanie says, "Since I am my own Santa, I got exactly what I wanted for Christmas ... like these stamps from new releases at Reverse Confetti.  I just loved the Candy Canes with Holly (colored with Spectrum Noir Markers) from Reverse Confetti Joys of the Season ... and I even took the time to let some red Stickles dry on the Holly Berries (yep, I'm normally a very impatient crafter).  Sentiment is from the limited edition Reverse Confetti Snowflakes.  I found some fun candy cane paper in my stash and finished with a wrap of candy cane twine."

Link up right here by 6pm (EST) on Wednesday, January 29th. Keyword for galleries and Flickr is JB:20:02.

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Thursday, January 16, 2020

Wrap Stars!

We're so happy to see so many Jingle Belles veterans coming back to hang out with us in 2020, and we're also pleased to make some new friends as well. We had a feeling you guys would make AWESOME greetings from leftover bits and bobs and you definitely did not disappoint. Here are a few giftwrap-centric cards which caught our eye this fortnight!

...saved a piece of giftwrap that not only had this fabulous Santa, but also an uber-cute penguin AND a festive reindeer. And *YES* she made all three into cards; so you should probably click the link and see the others!

...rescued this adorable penguin from a gift bag that was headed for the 2019 recycling pile. We're so glad he gets the starring role in a 2020 holiday card!

...saved this beautiful plaid tissue paper and two styles of diecut tags (the second set are presents, you should go and see) to start the year off with FOUR cards already done!

And of course we're all longing to know who will be inking up that fabulously fun Lawn Fawn stamp set, aren't we? The fine folks at say it's
which means that
is our lucky winner!
please send your mailing info to us at 
jinglebellesrock @
so we can send that along ASAP!

Many thanks to everyone who joined the fun, we loved seeing every single one of your creations. We'll be back at midnight with a brand new prompt and we hope you'll be present for the big reveal! ;)

Friday, January 10, 2020

WRAP It Up... I'll Take It!

We're still making holiday cards with leftover bits of giftwrap and tags and you're still invited to join the fun! Scroll down to link up on the original post; also I thiiiiiink there just might've been a fun little prize this fortnight...

Meanwhile, here's what we made this week:

Lauren says, "I made two very similar cards this week. Both feature three types of giftwrap: the snowman was fussy-cut from one pattern; (with a second layer of scarves, hats and carrot noses... since one nice thing about giftwrap is the repeating pattern!) the red snowflakes are a second variety and the white snowflakes are tissue paper which I fused to a piece of Xyron-ed cardstock so it would be sturdy enough to diecut into snowy hills. Sticker sentiments, a little machine stitching and a few Eyelet Outlet Snowflake Brads and Jewels finish off both designs.

Stephanie says, "Since I started card-making, a key element in choose wrapping paper is answering the question ... could I make a card with that (because at our house we pride ourselves in collecting things that have more than one purpose).  When I saw these cute little framed critters, I knew this holiday wrapping paper made the cut.  I mean seriously ... how cute is that fox with the figgy pudding and the reindeer in a sweater.  I added a double wrap of twine and a Gina K. Designs Sentiment to finish the card on a kraft card base." 

Remember, you have until 6pm EST on Wednesday the 15th to link-up your card for a chance to win this week's prize.

Wednesday, January 1, 2020

No Time Like the Presents

So, there is No Time Like the Presents... before you put away your wrapping supplies, pull out some of your favorites (or some of that paper from a present you unwrapped that was just too pretty to recycle) and make a card featuring wrapping paper or gift tags.

Here's what we made:

Stephanie says, "Lauren not only wrapped my gifts in this adorable Yeti wrapping paper ... she also gave me a few sheets she Xyron'd to cardstock, so I could detail cut out all of these adorable picture frames to make a Yeti Family Christmas homage ... since the background of the wrapping paper was red, I used one of my *solid* red/blue Gel Press prints for my card base.  A few sticker sentiments and a pearl for little girl yeti's flower in her hair finish the design."

Lauren says, "My friend Barb sent me a very pretty present wrapped in beautiful matte giftwrap which had these snow-dusted evergreens on it, and the minute I saw it, I started figuring out how to get the paper off without tearing or wrinkling it! There was a pretty big crease at the left edge, which I decided to cover with collagey bits. These include a serendipitous scrap from a French language children's book which says "The Christmas Tree"; some beautifully patina-ed sheet music and some of the amazing 1957 Christmas Seals my mom found at a thrift shop. The red glitter mat is another piece of careful unwrapping."

And to start our 10th year with a bang, there will be a fun little prize for one lucky participant ... the oh-so-adorable Say What Christmas Critters Stamp Set from Lawn Fawn with the set of coordinating dies.

Link your first holiday creations of 2020 here by 6pm (EST) on Wednesday, January 15th. Keyword for galleries or Flickr is JB:20:01.

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Tuesday, December 31, 2019

New Year, New Header

2020 Jingle Belles Header and Badges designed by Lauren Bergold
Digital Credits: Patterned Canvas Papers No 1 and Christmas Market Painted Layers by Katie Pertiet, Designer Digitals; Readymade Borders-Christmas No 2 by Studio DoubleD, Designer Digitals; Art Play Palette "Retro Holiday" by Anna Aspnes, aA Designs; Over the Rainbow Glitter Styles by Flergs; Raffina Free Font from

Friday, December 6, 2019

Taking back our NINTH (9th!!!) December

It's hard to believe that we've wrapped up yet another ♥JINGLE BELLES♥ season, but here it is December 5th. Of course, we've been working towards this all year long, so we've got a nice stash of cards. We're looking forward to spending the rest of December doing all the fun holiday stuff with our friends and family, and we hope you are, too!

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, 2020 to start this whole shindig over again, and hope to see you then. Meanwhile we wish you the loveliest of Decembers and the happiest of holidays! Remember, if you have prompt ideas, we'd love for you to join us as a Lovely Guest Star ... just send us an email  ...we really do love making this a group event.

Meanwhile, here are our favorite photos of the year... the infamous "Card Sprawl" pics!

Stephanie's Christmas Card Stash for 2019

Lauren's Christmas Card Stash for 2019

Of course, we couldn't possibly rule 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! See you January 1st, 2020! ♥

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Thursday, December 5, 2019

Banner Banter!

We loved seeing all of the takes on our Jingle Belles Blog Banner for 2019.

Here are a few that were really Banner-ific:

created a brilliant shaker card with reindeer flying across the sky.

did a gorgeous neutral take on the blog header ... we love all of the wonderful texture and those brilliant antlers.

absolutely rocked the white-on-white design with a brilliant pop of red.

And Drum Roll Please ... the winner of the final prize giveaway of 2019 is ...

send your address to jinglebellesrock at hotmail dot com 

Thanks again to everyone for joining us for another year of Taking Back December ... one holiday card at a time.