hello again, dear ♥JINGLE BELLES♥! can you believe that we're already onto the 47th of our 48 card-making weeks?! if you've been with us since the beginning, like stef and myself you're probably starting to look forward to a gloriously stress-free december! if you've only joined us recently, well done-- you're definitely ahead of the game! even if you've only just started to think about holiday cards: don't worry, it's not even thanksgiving yet! whether this is your 47th card or your first, just stop for a moment right now and take a bow! because handmade holidays are a BIG ACHIEVEMENT, whether you make every single card or just a select few for your deearest friends! there is absolutely *NO* wrong way to do this, we assure you!!!
since we are getting closer to both the festive season and our own finale for the year, this seems like a good time to make sure we're including EVERYONE who is special to us... whatever occasion or holiday in which they partake! so this week we're asking you to make a card for your friends or family who don't necessarily celebrate christmas. this could take the form of one of the other winter holidays: hanukkah, kwanzaa, new year and solstice spring to mind; or you could go totally non-denominational with a general winter-themed card. there are lots of ways to go, and we feel confident that you will surprise and delight us with ideas we haven't even imagined yet, because you always, ALWAYS do! ♥
in the meantime here's what we did:
Lauren says, "i realize i tend to be known more for pink-n-sparkly, but i'm a pretty big fan of blue-n-sparkly cards, too... and hanukkah is sort of the ultimate occasion for that! i've celebrated it here with a transparency-base "sideways tall card", some glossy blue starry paper, two different types of silver letters, and a fun, funky menorah that just wants to jump right off the page! bring on the festival of lights!!!"
Stef says, "My go-to theme for the cards I design for my "non-Christmas-celebrating" friends is peace ... a theme I believe everyone can embrace. I usually pair one of my many peace sentiments with snow. For this card I used a favorite John Lennon quote with a pre-made dimensional glitter tag I found in the gift wrapping section at Michael's (cheaper than *official* card embellishments). The layout is the November Sketch for You to Try."
and now it's time to see what you will do with this non-christmassy prompt! remember any other winter holiday is fair game: hanukkah, kwanzaa, the solstice, the new year; OR even a general wintery themed wish of "peace", a "thinking of you" card, or heck a pretty "thank you" note will do. put on your thinking caps and link up your best card creations by 6pm (EST) next wednesday, november 23rd! keyword for galleries and our jingle belles flickr group is JB47.