Friday, August 31, 2012

BINGO Free Space

We're still playing Jingle Belles BINGO this week ... have you made a bingo yet?  If not, you still have until Wednesday, September 5th at 6pm EST to join our fun & games.

Here are our BINGO creations for this week:

Lauren's Card

Lauren says, "i chose the bottom row for my 'BINGO', so i pressure embossed snowflakes on my label shape, as well as my die cut tree, and added in some vintage velvet ribbon i scored on a recent thrifting expedition; it was only after i finished the card that i realized i had a double bingo via the middle vertical column, since my letters and label shape have subtle text stamped on them, i've used a large dimensional rose, and of course the tree is still there! :) i was further inspired by the 'summer cottage' theme at the shabby tea room' and by the current retrosketch (#26)."

Stephanie says, "Yes, for anyone who's keeping score, I used the same 
BINGO combination as last week - 
vertical down the center for stamping, flowers & a tree 
(hey if it works for you, I say go for it).  
I stamped Hero Arts Daisy Reverse Pattern multiple times on a 
textured light green cardstock.  Next, I punched lots of hearts 
from the stamped cardstock and arranged them upside down 
(curling the edges around a paint brush handle & 
using glue dots to attach at the top of each heart) 
starting my tree from the bottom and layering upwards.  
I finished with tree trunk from bronze shimmer paper and a 
white glittery star with white pearl *lights* to decorate my tree.
The sentiment is from Hero Arts Joy To All."

Scroll down to the original post for full details and the linking tool!

Friday, August 24, 2012

Holiday B-I-N-G-O

Since we're full of fun & games at Jingle Belles, we decided to create our own Jingle Belles B-I-N-G-O card for this week's prompt.  All you have to do is create a card using all three of the elements from a single row (horizontal, vertical or diagonal ... so you have lots of possibilities).

Here's how we scored a BINGO this week.

Stephanie says, "I went with a vertical bingo right down the center - stamping, tree & flowers.  I die cut my Memory Box Flowering Christmas Tree from shimmery aqua cardstock, adding white pearls to decorate the blooms.  The stamping is Hero Arts Grid Pattern for a tone-on-tone krafty background with a  darker brown stamped sentiment from CatsLife Press."

Lauren's Card

Lauren says, "i chose the diagonal that starts at the top right corner, which got me bling, flowers, and  embossing; the last is difficult to see in the photo, but quite cool in real life: i used one of cuttlebug's thin strip embossing folders to add texture to my pink and white cardstock snowflake border strip! having taken inspiration from shabby tearoom week #128: "shabby patterns", and designed my layout around unscripted sketch #172 this card pretty much made itself! gotta love that, right?!"

So try your luck at Jingle Belles B-I-N-G-O this week ... whatever combination you choose, you're sure to win with a fabulous holiday design.  Remember to link-up your card by 6pm EST on Wednesday, September 5th ... and if you upload to galleries or our Flickr Group, use keyword JB-12-18.

Thursday, August 23, 2012


it's really not fair, ♥JINGLE BELLES♥, that every single one of your cards made to stephanie's beautiful sketch is sooooooo incredibly lovely, creative and amazing! if you want to see our complete list of favorites this week, you really are going to have to scroll down to the link list and visit ALL of cards your fellow belles submitted! in the meantime, here are a few we thought interpreted the sketch in particularly clever ways:

stretched the sketch to fit her fabulous long-and-narrow card design, and then dressed it up in rich hues and bold patterns!

saw the sketch within this beautiful and ornate over-sized rubber stamp, and used dimension, gems, and a bit of sparkle to emphasize the "main" flower!

stamped the sketch components simply but perfectly-- in several colorways-- then added just enough embellishment to enhance her composition!

and now i think we'd all like to know who'll be getting a crafty christmas care package in the mail, so we've consulted the fine folks at and they chose number 26, which means the winner of the lovely blog candy is....


miss carla, please email your address to jinglebellesrock @ hotmail [dot] com so we can get your prize out to you ASAP! 

we'll be back at midnight with a fun new prompt, so do come on back then, won't you?! ♥

Friday, August 17, 2012

here we come a-sketching!

we're having so much fun with stephanie's sketch that we couldn't resist sharing another round of fun cards with you:

Stephanie says, "I broke out my favorite felt snowmen stickers from Basic Grey's Jovial Collection together with some Hero Arts stamps ... those little guys certainly look like they will be sharing some joy when they arrive in the mail."

Lauren's Other Card

Lauren says, "i was inspired by the august color challenge at EAD designs to make my card red, green and yellow; and used quite a few of their small but adorable funky christmas tag stickerz in my card. i thought it might be difficult to work in that bright sunshiney shade, but found that this stripey echo park christmas paper had some, as did the fun faux polaroids from my favorite sheet of dear lizzy neapolitan... and everything else just sort of fell into place!"

be sure to scroll down and save the sketch, see your fellow JINGLE BELLES' amazing cards in the gallery, and read about this week's awesome prize, before linking up your own gorgeous creation! ♥

Friday, August 10, 2012

oh christmas sketch

for this prompt, ♥JINGLE BELLES♥ we're getting sketchy again! we're pleased and proud to announce that stephanie has created her first-ever sketch for our little blog, and since it's really rather fabulous let's get right to it, shall we?!

it's quite a flexible plan, isn't it? you can take it in pretty much ANY direction, and we've done just that with our cards this week:

Stephanie says, "I went shopping in my own neglected studio stash and found this gorgeous floral flocked paper from Little Yellow Bicycle.  While I don't normally think of flowers for a Christmas card, I think the soft subtle grey-on-grey pattern works well as a background element.  I added one of the many dimensional gift tags I picked-up on clearance after the holiday last year & one of my favorite peace quotes to finish the design."

Lauren's Card

Lauren says, "i had put together the most strikingly *MINIMALIST* version of this sketch you can possible imagine-- which lasted for about five minutes-- and then i cracked! (that's nearly twice as long as my previous record, though, lol!).  ok, i know, it's a sort of compulsion, but the world (and my stash!) is just so full of lovely embellishments, it seems a pity not to use as many as possible! plus, this gorgeous sketch can stand up to it brilliantly!"  :)

For a little extra fun, we're throwing in some holiday goodies for one lucky participant (drawn at random from all sketch cards linked-up) ... goodies include a Basic Grey Jovial build your own snowman stamp set, 7Gypsies Christmas Wrap paper tape, some Making Memories Charmed Plaques and some Happy Holidays dimensional stickers.

and now it's time to see what you will do with stephanie's fabulous sketch: dress it up or down, make it classic or non-traditional, embrace "clean and simple" or go for the gold and pile on the goodies! whatever you choose, link it up here before 6pm (EST) on wednesday, august 22nd. keyword for galleries and our flickr group is JB-12-17

Thursday, August 9, 2012

North Pole Medal Winners

We loved seeing all of the characters from the North Pole ... here are a few of our favorites.

transformed a fabulous vintage Santa image
(you can download on her blog)
into this wonderful card design ... we love how she used
Liquid Pearls and Stickles to highlight the holly berries.

rocked the monochromatic color palette with this adorable reindeer.
Check out her blog post for tips on filling in spaces on
solid images & to see the fabulous
gift card holder pocket she created on the
inside of her card.

combined multiple Santa images
with lots of fabulous stamping details.
The post marks remind us of all of those
letters to Santa mailed each year.

Come back at midnight tonight for another fun Jingle Belles prompt ... as we keep taking back Christmas one holiday card at a time.

Friday, August 3, 2012

Inhabitants of the North Pole

We're back at the North Pole this week with our Santa Baby prompt ... creating cards featuring Santa, Mrs. Claus, Elves, Reindeer ... anyone you might find at Santa's North Pole home.

Here are our cards for this week:

Lauren says, "i think by now everyone pretty much knows that i ♥LOVE♥ vintage papercrafting ingredients, whether they be "the real thing" like this santa i clipped from an old christmas card, or new product that's designed with a retro vibe like these jenni bowlin papers. something else i love is a really great sketch--this card was inspired by unscripted sketch #169 and it could not possibly have been easier or more fun to put together!"

Stephanie says, "I went with a whimsical design this week ... 
with a vibrant pink paper-pieced reindeer with touches of silver glitter.  
I added a *magical* EAD Designs rub-on to complete the layout
with Echo Park Holly Jolly Christmas papers."

Remember, you have until 6pm (EST) on Wednesday, August 8th to link-up your Santa Baby creation.