Friday, January 7, 2011

Have Yourself a Merry LITTLE Christmas

So, when Lauren & I were bantering about different holiday card possibilities (yes, bantering with each other is one of our favorite past times), one idea that we thought would be fun was tying some of our card making prompts to holiday song lyrics (because if you're going to make holiday cards all year long, you might as well break out some holiday tunes too).

So this week's Jingle Belle Prompt comes from the song ... Have Yourself a Merry LITTLE Christmas ... which to us inspires making cards that feature Inchies and Twinchies (2" squares) in the design (or perhaps a twinchie-sized gift tag).

I picked up some Inkadinkado Holiday Inchies on sale after the holiday (another perk of making Christmas cards in January), so those are what I featured in my JB02 card design.

Stephanie's Card

Inchies were stamped in Charcoal ink on My Mind's Eye Holly Jolly Snowflake DP, cut out at 1 1/8" to leave a slight border, and then matted on 1 1/4" grey cardstock squares. An 11" x 4 1/4 inch strip of the same DP was scored at 2" on one end and 3 1/2" on the other end to create an off-centered opening. The front was then stamped with Hero Arts Stunning Snowflakes, which were embellished with pearls.

Two inches were adhered on one side of the opening, with the third adhered on the other side.

It's fun to do this fold with two-sided cardstock. The sentiment was stamped on another scrap of snowflake paper and adhered inside.

And now here's Lauren's Card:

lauren's card

i also made inchies, but once i got going i couldn't stop! mine have vintage sheet music backgrounds and are decorated with a combination of hoarded "love, elsie" rub-ons and tiny paperchase stickers. the background of the card is "love, elsie" patterned paper mounted on basic grey "solid" cardstock; embellished with deconstructed silk flowers from michaels, held on by a doodlebug xmas tree brad.

Seriously, doesn't that card just make you want to sing Fa La La La La all day long ... love it!

And now it's time to see what *YOU* will do for CARD TWO:

Have Yourself a Merry *LITTLE* Christmas!

Link your card by 6pm EST on Wednesday, January 12th (use keyword JB02 if you upload to our Flickr Gallery or any other on-line gallery) and then tune in next Friday, January 14th for another prompt!





Remember we're collecting giveaway entries for the entire month of January! Each comment you leave counts as ONE chance in the random draw; each new card you make and link up, counts asTWO additional chances! Complete details HERE!


47 comments:

Alli said...

Oh this one will be fun to play with!
Thank you!

Jay Gee said...

I have only every made one card with Inchies before - definitely going to be a challenge!

~amy~ said...

Wow!! You gals rock!!! Thanks for the wonderful inspiring cards! They are both excellent...now to find my inchies...

Leslie Hanna said...

YAY! Tiny stuff! Wheeeeeeeee!

Sue said...

I'm SO on this! I LOVE "all the small things", so this is right up my alley, and I am now fully aware of the parameters of the challenges, so I'm doing this NOW! You Jingle Belles really DO rock!

Jennifer Rzasa said...

I love the fold of Stephanie's card, and the colors in Lauren's!

Marianne@RuffHaven said...

Yikes ! inchies ! I am so not good with inchies. Twinchies, maybe. This will be a BIG challenge.

Carol's Ink Spot said...

Excellent challenge! This will be fun. Thanks for getting the creative juices flowing!

Rosemary said...

Love the inspiration cards and yes, this is going to be a fun challenge! I have lots of inchie ideas!

Rose said...

Fantastic cards girls :) off to find something that will work for the challenge :) fa la la la la.........lol

Lisa - papergrace said...

INCHIES?! TWINCHIE?! WHYYY!!! Okay. Fine. Be that way. Something I have NEITHER of. Don't know how I'll do this, but I guess I'll just have to stop complainin' and figure it out...RIGHT? :) (Can you hear the hamster in the wheel in my brain just spinnin' away? HAHHA!)

Lora said...

I'm with Lisa on this one - don't have Inchies or Twinchies. But, every once in a while, I can step outside of the box and come up with an idea - and by golly, I think I've got it on this one. I've got the idea in my head - lets see if I can successfully transition it to paper!

trisha too said...

These are all so cute--you all seriously make me want to try to get my cards finished during the year. Maybe stopping by to visit you all will get me to actually give it a go!!

Susan said...

love these cards. I'm going to have to really think about this. I'll end up copying someones :)

SmilynStef said...

Ladies, don't need to have actual inchies or twinchies ... just use your paper cutter our square punches to cut one inch or two inch squares for your design ... we have faith in you :^)

Denise said...

Can't wait to see what everybody comes up with! Great challenge idea!
DeniseB

Miria said...

Great idea! I think I'll give it a go! Thank you for sharing! Miria xx

Alice Wertz said...

fabulous cards, girls. wow!

sweet craf-tea chick said...

ohyes, fabulous creations girls!!! i can't wait to play! what a fun challenge! happy weekend! *hugs* steph :)

emmaincanada said...

I have an idea in my head ( a rare thing indeed!) that I think may work with this theme. Here's hoping!

2amscrapper said...

I love the idea of holiday cards all year long and the first challenge is just what I had planned to do. Your samples are wonderful!

Tracy said...

putting on thinking cap.....

Sue said...

HOORAY! Super fun challenge (thanks so much!) and I'm NOT GOING TO MISS THE DEADLINE THIS WEEK! My card is already made and linked up. Go, me! (I even made the card for last week's prompt, too...) I love both of your samples - so "Steph" and so "Lauren" and so perfect! Off to peruse the blogs that were linked up last week...

Kirsty Vittetoe said...

Wonderful cards, thanks for the FUN!

kathy s said...

these cards are amazing- both so different and so GREAT -hope to play- have to make my own inchies-don't have any.

Nikki said...

Gorgeous Cards for the DT :)

Debra said...

This is a great idea! I finished the cards for my family this year on the morning of Dec 26th! How embarrassing is that??

Lorraine said...

Stephanie, that is a terrific fold. Gonna have to try that myself. Lauren, your colors are so cool. It sure is a Merry and Bright card! Great challenge ladies.

Jeanne said...

Super fun and such great cards!! I did 3 this time so much fun!!

Linda said...

okay--thanks to Sue at Random on Purpose, I found you ladies and am determined to play along--linked up my gift-card holder and hope I stay focused enough to play each week ;-)

Thistleblue said...

My first inchie/twinchie card and i love how it's turned out. Fantastic inspiration from your gorgeous cards.
Have a great week
hugs
Michelle
x

Celeste B. said...

Haven't made an inchie or twinchie before...going to try to remember to do this.

Paige said...

What fun I had before and after following directions! Looking forward to the next challenge already!

Linda said...

Another great challenge - thanks Ladies.

Tracy said...

ok i posted mine :-)

KatheD said...

I finished one card, will try to get the photo posted and linked later this evening, but I love Stephanie's fold with the alternating inchie placement so much that I believe I have to try that, too!

Beverly Gotthardt said...

Hi Stef--looks like you and your friend Lauren have a neat thing going on here. Hope I got my first entry right, I seem to be inchie challenged :-)

Miria said...

Better late than never! Here I am with my card,thanks for this challenge that let me use my inchies stamps at last! :) Miria xx

Carol's Ink Spot said...

Well, I missed the cutoff time to enter this challenge. But at least I completed another two Christmas cards. Here is the entry if you care to look - http://carolsinkspot.blogspot.com/2011/01/jingle-belles-challenge-2.html

lisa said...

BUMMER! I just found you. So cute and awesome idea! I'll have to catch you on Friday!

TesaB said...

Super FUN challenge and wow! Gorgeous DT work!!!

Hazel said...

I am so sorry that by the time I blogged my cards I was too late for the link - but still want you to know that I'm supporting you - my cards are here x

Marianne@RuffHaven said...

I missed this one by a whole week.
But I did it...I overcame my teeny tiny issue with inchies ! Thanks for the push.

lisa said...

YAY! I did it... finally, but it's now posted (along with JB02!) http://lisaslittlerascals.blogspot.com/2011/01/catchin-up-on-jb01-and-jb02-jingle.html

June Houck said...

Steph and Lauren, your inchie cards ROCK!!! I love both of these very very very much.

Jana said...

Inchies! How cool. I love this idea.

Deanna Cosgrove said...

Wow, another one I am sorry I missed. Glad I at least found this blog now (thanks to June!)