Friday, June 24, 2022

Here Comes Santa Claus!

We're still celebrating that Jolly Old Elf himself, so here are our Santa-centric cards this week: 

Lauren says, "This "tall" journal card from Authentique is a couple of years old, but still perfectly adorable AND happens to be exactly the right size for a very fast slimline card. I added a sentiment and some little cardstock circle icons from the same collection and filled in with star enamels and Eyelet Outlet Heart Pearls. A skinny red mat and a soft snowflake base complete my design."

Stephanie says, "My card also started with a journaling card, but mine is from Prima with this great vintage Santa.  The space at the top was perfect for the Taylored Expressions Handlettered Holiday 2.  I cut some texty paper and paired it with candy can striped background.  Finishing touches were some Christmas stickers and enamel dots."

Friday, June 17, 2022

The Man with the Bag

This week at Jingle Belles we're asking you to create holiday cards that feature The Man with the Bag - aka Santa Claus aka Saint Nicholas aka Kris Kringle (we think you get the picture).

We can't wait to see how you feature Santa in your design.  Here's what we made this week:

Stephanie says, "My card is straight-up paper crafting this week using the Sketch from Try Stampin' (or Not) on Tuesday Challenge with Santa filled designer papers and stickers rom Echo Park & Carta Bella.  I added some plaid  and kept my design Masculine to join the Double Trouble Paper Crafting Challenge and of course my Hot Cocoa theme also works for the Masculine Challenge at Caffeinated Christmas Card Challenge."

Lauren says, "My Santa is in Doodlebug sticker form and he's driving his pickup truck full of presents across a quilt-inspired background of patterned paper strips (one of my favorite ways to use up scraps!) which I found lurking in an envelope full of leftover bits. With this many patterns and colors you don't need much embellishment, so I added a little machine stitching and called it good!

And since the prior winner of our Gina K. Designs Christmas Magic Stamps and Coordinating Die Cuts Giveaway declined the prize, we're bringing it back for one lucky participant in the current prompt.

Link your Santa-centric designs right here, by 6pm (Eastern) on Wednesday, June 29th! Keyword for galleries and Flickr is JB-22-13.

You are invited to the Inlinkz link party!

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Thursday, June 16, 2022

Hooray for Ombre!

Creating holiday cards that feature Ombre is a brand new challenge that we've never tried before at Jingle Belles, but OF COURSE you guys knocked it out of the park! We loved seeing all of your cards, but here are a few that especially caught our eye: 

...added ombre with her beautifully blended stenciled trees, via multiple shades of gorgeous green Oxide inks; then added ornaments and stars on top!

...proves that "the blues" can be a wonderfully happy thing, when approached as an ombre background for soft snowfall!

...created dozens of gorgeous ombre diecut stars to make a uniquely fun and festive card for her sweet angel digi to inhabit!


Many thanks to everyone who played along, we loved seeing all of your cards. We'll be back at midnight with a brand new prompt that we hope will make you feel extra jolly!

Friday, June 10, 2022

Ombré 'Oliday

We're still creating cards featuring an Ombré color palette for our current prompt.

Here's how we got colorful this week.

Lauren says, "This week I created my own unique version of ombre by blending six different shades of Distress Oxide Inks through an older Hero Arts Stencil. I originally intended making an absolutely seamless series of tone-into-tone shades of green; but then tweaked the idea slightly and decided to work the overlapping blend to include some of my favorite shades in order of intensity rather than strictly by hue. I used Twisted Citron, Cracked Pistachio, Mowed Lawn, Evergreen Bough, Pine Needles and Rustic Wilderness. And I really like the results!"

Stephanie says, "I created my own Ombré background by painting with Salvaged Patina Distress Oxide Spray on watercolor paper.    I used Salvaged Patina and Peacock Feathers Distress Ink on my die cut Pine Boughs from The Greetery, and then stamped my two-part sentiment from The Greetery Snowflake Soirée in Pinecone Brown and Peacock Feathers."

Friday, June 3, 2022

Ombré Wonderland

This week we're asking you to create holiday cards that feature an Ombré  element or design (moving from light to dark in a single color family).

Here are our Ombré Wonderland designs:

Stephanie says, "I chose an Ombré designer paper from Pinkfresh Studio Office Hours Collection as the starting point my design.  Then I used the Sketch (and circle inspiration from the photo) at Fusion Card Challenge with some embossed white cardstock, a stitched die cur circle, and Pinkfresh Studio Holiday Vibes Epoxy Christmas Badges & Epoxy Dots."

Lauren says, "Despite the fact that we never confer beforehand, my cards are surprisingly similar to Stephanie's!!! However, since I failed to find a ombre-printed patterned paper in my stash, I constructed my own by cutting and overlapping 3/4" strips of cardstock in a whole bunch of shades of red and green. After I had my ombre backgrounds, I added clusters of punched patterned paper circles and holiday stickers. Easy, Peasy!"

Link your Ombre masterpieces right here, by 6pm (Eastern) on Wednesday, June 15th. Keyword for galleries and Flickr is JB-22-12.

You are invited to the Inlinkz link party!

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Thursday, June 2, 2022

Magnificent Masculine Cards!

What a wonderful collection of Masculine-themed holiday cards; if you haven't taken a stroll through the gallery, we highly recommend the trip, there is lots of inspiration to be had. Here are just a few cards that especially caught our eye this time:

...chose the most minimal of elements, but each one is exactly right! Old fashioned skis, the suggestion of mountains, and that fabulous splatter... nothing else is needed!

...not only composed a marvelous masculine landscape, but thanks to her skill at reverse masking, this beauty is one single impressive layer!

...made a lovely layered card in traditional Christmas colors that is very DEER to our hearts!


Many thanks to everyone who participated, we loved seeing every single card! We'll be back at midnight with a brand new prompt that we hope won't make you want to fade away!

Friday, May 27, 2022

Christmas Cards for Men

This week, we continue to make cards for the men and boys in our lives.  Beverly from Bev's Creative Path is back to join us for round two

Here are our Masculine Holiday cards:

Beverly says, "When I think of masculine, I always think of pick-up trucks.  Maybe it was because I wanted to ink up the Gnome Peeking stamp set by Simon Says Stamp.  I stamped the images and colored using alcohol markers.  I used my Scan 'N Cut to trim them.  The sentiment was cut out with a circle punch.  The patterned birch tree paper is from a paper pad by Recollections.  I finished it off with two different washi tapes at the bottom and a baker's twine bow in the upper left corner!  I want to thank Stephanie and Lauren for inviting me to guest design for their fun masculine challenge."

Lauren says, "These are some of the simplest cards ever made, thanks to Graphic 45's Christmas Time collection, which I got at Paper AnthologyI cut out the steampunk-inspired journal cards, gave them all skinny black mats, added Eyelet Outlet HollyStarCompass and Gear Brads and called it a day. Two more cards added to my holiday stash!"

Stephanie says, "I started with a natural handmade paper for my slimline card base and topped it with a green Gel Press printed tag.  I adorned my tag with a 
3-D cookie/candy jar tag, a DYMO-like sticker sentiment 
and topped the tag with a fun Santa Hat."