Friday, April 20, 2018

Peace on EARTH (Day)

It's one of our favorite prompts of the year at Jingle Belles ... when we celebrate EARTH Day (Sunday April 22nd officially) by creating cards using recycled elements.

Maybe you saved your holiday cards from last year planning to up-cycle the images ... or you've saved packaging that you thought would be cool to use ... you know we've all got a stash like that.  Well now is the time to break out your saved stuff and use it.

Here's what we created with our recycled elements.

Stephanie says, "I've saved that cool grid paper (which was the packaging for some Studio Calico journaling cards) in my stash for quite a few years ... and I think it makes a super-cool background for this modern holiday design.  The inspiration and sketch are from Fusion Card Challenges and all the cardstock were scraps I had on my studio table (so that was recycling too).  I did my favorite gem flourish surgery to decorate my tree with clear bling and finished with a coordinating sticker sentiment."

Lauren's Card

Lauren says, "The center panel of this card is an amazingly pretty cardfront from one of the holiday greetings I was sent this year. I confess that using it felt a bit like cheating, but you know... in a GOOD way, lol! Because let's face it, that thing was already so pretty, it didn't need much, did it? It was flat, though, so I added texture in the form of fabric poinsettias in the middle of the printed one (attached with a jingle bell brad); I adorned some of the printed holly berries with sparkly red Eyelet Outlet gems. Then I matted the trimmed-down panel onto a piece of gold glitter paper, and then onto a mat cut from a piece of pretty, slightly glossy, cream-colored Making Memories packaging. Et voila!"

Now it's your turn to pull out your own box of things "too pretty to throw away"; OR raid your recycling bin or waste paper basket for fun bits of packaging and paper! Be as creative as you like, and HAVE FUN! Link up here by 6pm (EST) on Wednesday, May 2nd. Keyword for galleries or Flickr is JB:18:09.

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Optimal Orange

We loved seeing all of the creative ways you interpreted our inspiration photo.

Here are a few that were optimal.

you know we're suckers for punny sentiments ... and little puppy tracks in the snow ... and perfect use of the colors to decorate both the tiny village and cute little doggie ... and did you see those fabulous clouds?

really rocked the white space with the perfect amount of texture from embossing and stitching ... and the orange ties it all together.

created with snowflakes from all three colors with the wonderful pop of color from orange stripes and an orange sentiment ... wonderful combination of elements.

See you back at Midnight for our annual ode to the Earth.

Friday, April 13, 2018

An ORANGE in your Stocking

Did you get fruit in your stocking when you were a kid?  We always got a bit navel orange and an apple (and a glass bottle of Coca Cola, which pretty much filled the stocking).

Today we're still creating cards inspired by this lovely holiday scene.

Here are our inspired designs:

Lauren says, "I mentioned last week, for anyone who's not a fan of the bright orange-- or perhaps just doesn't have much in the way of orange supplies-- there are a couple of ways to go: you can ignore the colors completely, and focus on selected elements like the tree, the fireplace, the presents, etc; OR you can just tone them waaaaaaaaaaay down. My card this week is probably closer, proportionally, to how much bright color is in that room compared with how much white + neutral there is. Once again, there are no "holiday" supplies, except for that awesome Memory Box die, "Marvelous Pine". I've got a bunch of different whites-- including a white-ish woodgrain and some white glitter paper for a bit of sparkle. My pops of vivid color come from washi tape, and I've put the entire panel onto a much softer orange background."

Stephanie says, "I did a riff on Lauren's Washi Tape card for last week's post.  I loved combining all of my orange and green patterns for a fun striped background.  For the big bold white element, I stamped a sentiment from STAMPlorations Miracle of Christmas and finished with a sprinkling of sequins."

Scroll down to the original post to see the readers' gallery, check out the complete challenge details, and link up your own masterpiece!

Friday, April 6, 2018

ORANGE You Glad It's Christmas

This week we're bringing you an Inspiration Photo to inspire your designs.

There's so much here that you might use as inspiration ... Maybe it's the pops of color on white; the fuzzy stockings; the orange pillows; the gorgeous tree ... or even the paint chip ornaments on the tree .... here's how we were inspired:

Stephanie says, "I was drawn to the plaid wrapping paper on the presents under the tree, so that is where I began my design.  While my greens, oranges & yellows are a bit more muted than the hues in the photograph, I still captured the feel.  I added in coordinating patterned orange paper inspired by the pillows and designer paper of wood logs inspired by the coffee tables.  I finished with my very own white tree decorated with clear lights & pearl ornaments (aka Eyelet Outlet Fancy Long Bling) and a sentiment from Reverse Confetti Sentimental Christmas.  The layout is the final Sketch For You to Try from Reverse Confetti as my layout."

Lauren says, "I confess that my first thought when I saw the photo was that I didn't have ANYTHING in my xmas stash with those colors. But then I realized I have loads of non-holiday washi tape in pretty much every shade shown; and loads of fab xmas stuff in white! I decided to make a background with the colors and let my centerpiece be a cluster of white and silver snowflakes. Then I found the cool Crate Paper journal card with nearly the exact same teal as the accent pillow in the foreground-- score! So I scaled back my snowflakes to a slightly smaller size to fit around the journal card, et voila! I also made a second card that mixes a white diecut Christmas tree with the same washi background... I'd love for you to click over and see it!"

Remember, you can use as many-- or as few-- elements from the photo as you'd like! Be creative, think outside the box, and have FUN! Link up here by 6pm (EST) on Wednesday, April 18, 2018. Keyword for galleries and Flickr is JB:18:08.

Thursday, April 5, 2018

Old-Fashioned Perfection

Clearly we are not the only cardmakers who enjoy a vintage vibe at Christmas. Judging by the amazing gallery, everyone was especially inspired this fortnight! Here are a few cards that made us particularly happy:

Sue C of Paper Pleasure
...combined many gorgeous bits and bobs in a beautiful "collagey" style, made even better by the uniquely shaped card base!

Susan B of Cardmaker's Garret
...stamped what might be the Best Sentiment Ever, then let it shine by making it the star of this lovely card!

Barbara of The Knackered Grouse
...posted three of seven (!) cards she made featuring gorgeous vintage Santa illustrations teamed with just the right embellishments!


And now what about that fun prize from Lauren's Etsy Shop,
Just Enough Stuff?

Prize includes a Deluxe Christmas Ephemera Assortment
like this one and  a $10 credit to select anything else
you'd like from Just Enough Stuff 

The fine folks at have selected the magic number of...
which means our Lucky Winner is:

*Janis Lewis*

please email Lauren at
to claim your prize!

Many thanks to everyone who played along this fortnight! We'll be back at midnight with a brand new inspiration we hope will color your holiday cardmaking world in a brand new way! ♥

Friday, March 30, 2018

An Old-Fashioned Holiday

We're still celebrating all things vintage OR vintage-inspired and you still have plenty of time to join us, which we hope you will! Remember that although we (especially Lauren, lol!) tend to embrace the antique, shabby-chic style of "vintage", there are all sorts of eras and styles that would work, including mid-century modern, 1960's psychedelia, 19050's sock-hop chic... pick a timeframe you like and go with it! Scroll down to the original post (just below this one) for all the details, including the fun prize from Lauren's Etsy Shop, Just Enough Stuff!

Meanwhile, here's what we made this week:

Lauren says, "I've had these vintage red doilies in my stash for quite some time, and it was about time I used them. Torn layers are always a fun way to combine a few different papers, especially if you have smallish offcuts of various pages from old Ideals magazines, as I did in this case. The Santa image is a trimmed down postcard that (as you can see) was no longer in good condition, but still too pretty to toss. I backed it with red cardstock to frame it out, and also frankly to reinforce it, because the crease across Santa's face is on the verge of splitting in two. The nice thing about finding rather "distressed" vintage items is that they're much less expensive AND you needn't feel they're "too nice to use" lol!"

Stephanie says, "I had so much fun with my glue-as-I-go collage last week, I made another one.  This time I started with a page from a vintage Pressure Cooker Recipe book.  I added some gum drops and vintage stamps before finishing with a vintage Santa, some champagne gems and a metallic sticker sentiment."

Remember, you have until 6pm (EST) on Wednesday, April 4th to link-up your card.

Friday, March 23, 2018

Spirit of Christmas PAST

Description:This week we're celebrating the look and feel of Christmas long ago by making cards with an old fashioned feel. You might incorporate actual vintage paper or lace, or use any of the many beautiful vintage-inspired papers and embellishments on the market; even a stamp or illustration with an old-fashioned vibe as your focal point will work ... whatever speaks vintage to you!

Here are our vintage holiday creations:

Stephanie says, "I did a *glue as you go* collage with lots of vintage bits and bobs from my stash ... sheet music, Ideals pages, and trading stamps.  I did add a bird punched from a journaling card, a metal wreath, a sentiment sticker & a piece of flair (with vintage looking script on it) before adding a few stamped images from Seth Apter's Post Office collection."

(Lauren says, "I confess I'm secretly *hoping* this card of Stephanie's will be in MY mailbox come December!!!")

Lauren says"I've hit all the categories for sourcing this time: I've got some actual vintage sheet music and lace from my stash, but the doily paper and doily scrap are new, commercially produced papercrafting supplies. The angel image kind of splits the difference: I scanned an actual vintage postcard from my collection, reduced it slightly to fit my not-quite-A7 card, and hit the edges with a bit of Antique Paper ink and a distressing tool."

Just in case you have ABSOLUTELY NOTHING even vaguely vintage-inspired in your stash, here are a couple of scans from Lauren's personal collection of ephemera for you to use if you'd like:

To further inspire you, we've got a little prize for one (randomly selected) lucky cardmaker who links up with us this fortnight:

 like this one and a $10 credit to select anything else you'd like 
from Lauren's Etsy Shop, Just Enough Stuff


Link up as many times as you'd like to, between now and 6pm (EST) on Wednesday, April 4th. Keyword for galleries and Flickr is JB:18:07.

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Singing Your Praises

We're starting to think that we're not the only ones who LOVE to use holiday music as inspiration for our cards. One glance at the gallery proves that every single Jingle Belle was on her A-Game for this one! Here are three cards that especially made us do our happy dance:

...managed to totally rock this theme, despite not having much in the way of musical items in her stash. A great reminder to all of us that the only "product" you need to make a great card is CREATIVITY!!! 

...proved quite conclusively that the combination of diecuts and sheet music is absolutely ALWAYS a really good idea!

...convinced us that you definitely don't need a vintage vibe, a ton of layers, or even any COLOR to sing a beautiful song of Christmas! 


Many thanks to everyone who "sang along" with us this fortnight. We'll be back at midnight with a brand new prompt we hope will provide some good old fashioned inspiration!

Friday, March 16, 2018

Sing a Song of Christmas

Welcome back for another week of MUSICAL creativity ... break out your favorite musical elements and join the holiday fun.

Here's what we created this week:

Lauren says, "There's nothing to say that sheet music can only be a background on our cards! Here I've built a sentiment with my own diecut Music Alphas from my Etsy shop, Just Enough Stuff, then filled in with ordinary Xmas stash items: adorable, dimensional Doodlebug stickers, super-useful chipboard letters, and maybe the best Christmas plaid paper of all time, courtesy of Photoplay!"

Stephanie says, "This was not the card I initially intended to make for this week's prompt ... but sometimes you fall in love with the cards from the leftovers more than the original creations (you can click through to see the original card and one other leftover design).  I used musical papers, border & elements from Kaiser Kraft Frosted Collection.  I accented with some vintage stamps from the National Wildlife Federation (that I stumbled upon when I was looking for some holiday stickers that are currently lost somewhere in my stash ... so much of my creativity is serendipitous."

Remember, you have until Wednesday, March 14th at 6pm EST to link-up your holiday designs.

Friday, March 9, 2018

Hark the Herald Angels SING

As you might have guessed from the title of this week's prompt - Hark the Herald Angels SING - we're celebrating music this week ... it might be sheet music, music notes, or even musical instruments.

Here are our lyrical creations:

Stephanie says, "I used a few torn pages of vintage sheet music from my stash to create a collage background that I sponged with Evergreen Bough Distress Ink.  I cut my collage into three panels (you can see the other two cards & the collage on my blog).  I added a wrap of twine and three journaling cards as focal images ... and finished with a sticker sentiment."

Lauren says, "Be sure to click over to Stephanie's blog to see the collage and the other two cards! You will NOT be disappointed, I promise!"

Lauren's Card

Lauren says, "You'll notice I made two cards. I've been trying to double up whenever possible this year, so that I'll wind up with a few more than 48 cards come December 1st. When I realized I had exactly twice as much as I needed of this Pebbles sheet music patterned paper, it seemed like a good idea to make two. Since I also have enough tags, stickers, badges and twine to make ALL of this year's cards (and then some, lol!) I had no trouble doubling the fun of this "lots of layers" design!"

And now it's your turn! Link your music-inspired creations here by 6pm (EST) on Wednesday, March 21st. keyword for galleries and Flickr is JB:18:06.

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Little Shapes, Big Style!

Yet another fortnight has flown past, probably because we were so busy LOVING all of the beautiful inchie, twinchie, and everywhere-in-between cards you guys linked up! It is *never* easy to feature only three, but this time it was particularly hard, for which we thank you! ♥

...proved that inchies needn't be square or round, in fact, they should probably ALWAYS be hexagons!

...combined her inchies with a bigger square and a rectangle, to make an even more dynamic grid that we're sort of totally obsessed with!

...made her inchies into a pair of fabulous, quilt-like designs we can't wait to try!

Many thanks to everyone who played along, we loved seeing every one of your beautiful, clever cards! We'll be back at midnight with a brand new prompt we hope you'll love the sound of! :)

Friday, March 2, 2018

Celebrating TINY Tim

We're still creating with LITTLE things this week ... INCHIES or TWINCHIES; they can be square or round or... well, maybe you have a brand new concept on this idea, in which case, bring it on!

Here is our second round of LITTLE creations:

Lauren says, "I had really, truly, intended to make some tiny one-inch collages, this week; or at least cut a larger vintage image image up into one or two inch squares! But then I found an oversized Simple Stories journaling card with all of these adorable tiny one-inch icons, just begging to be made into super-easy, flat, mailable holiday cards. And I mean, it would've been rude to say no, really, don't you think?! I went with an easy grid design and added fussy-cut sentiment banners from a couple of other journaling cards in the same collection."

Stephanie says, "This week I inked-up the tiny Irreverent Elf Messages from Hero Arts to create my Inchies (they're actually 1 3/4" squares with mat).   Small squares are the perfect way to feature tiny stamps (like planner stamps)."

Scroll down to the original post (just below this one) for more inspiration and to link up your own LITTLE masterpieces! ♥

Friday, February 23, 2018

Have Yourself a Merry LITTLE Christmas

This week at Jingle Belles we're going LITTLE ... that means creating cards that feature INCHIES (1") or TWINCHIES (2").

Traditionally, we think of inchies or twinchies as squares, but you can use other shapes, like circles; or perhaps even snowflakes or small embellishments.  You might contain your entire image within the *Inch* ... or perhaps break a single holiday image into smaller shapes ... just get creative and go LITTLE. Need more inspiration? There are soooooo many great ideas on Pinterest!

Here are our LITTLE creations for the week:

Stephanie says, "I found a sheet of these black & white inchie circles hiding in my stash ... I think they were intended to go into bottle caps, but they also work perfectly as the focal image for my card.  I punched the circles and then edged them with a black Sharpie to give a solid border.  The background is text printed on Yupo paper that we used for as a transfer for Gel Press printing in one of my classes at Creativation.  I recycled the texty print by covering it with splashes of alcohol ink."

Lauren says, "I went with twinchies and I basically cheated. I mention this, because if you have any of the fab papers out there with two-inch mini journaling cards on them, you can, too! This particular sheet is from American Crafts, but I also have one by Simple Stories and I know there are others! In this case, the colors and motifs went really well with a bunch of different Eyelet Outlet holiday brads, so I've worked in a Poinsettia, a Candy Cane and a sweet Cardinal. I've used this week's awesome Sketch Saturday for my layout."

So break out those tiny stamps, stickers, and embellishments and show us all of the *little* ways you can get creative with your holiday designs.  Link-up your card by 6pm (EST) on Wednesday, March 7th.  The keyword for galleries and our Flickr Gallery is JB:18:05.   

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Creative Coloring of Christmas

We loved seeing all of the color mediums in the gallery ... and here are a few that particularly caught our eyes.


created fun graphic holiday trees by combining die cuts with Distress Ink *coloring* 
... such a great way to add wonderful pops of color.

Alison C

found the perfect use for a previously discarded water-colored background 
and combined it with perfect coloring with Brushos and Pro Markers ... 
that Polar Bear is such a cutie.


shared beautiful coloring with watercolor pencils ... 
but we particularly loved her doodled frames.

Join us at midnight tomorrow for a fun *LITTLE* prompt to keep our Christmas card making juices flowing.

Friday, February 16, 2018

We Bring You Season's Colorings

We're still breakout out all sorts of coloring mediums at Jingle Belles this week ... so many possibilities.

Here's what we created for our second round of holiday cards.

Marianne says, "This week I decided to get inky. I started by creating a few panels using ink smooshing, both on plain white Neenah and watercolour cardstock. My Neenah panel looked a hot mess, but after some additional ink blending, embossing with a new to me embossing folder and blending some Pentart vanilla stencil paste over the raised embossed pattern (and, unintentionally, the rest of the panel as well), my panel had quite unexpectedly been transformed into something soft and pretty AND shimmery. A die cut sentiment and a heat embossed sentiment strip were all the embellishments it needed."

Lauren says, "Stamping and coloring is not my forte, but... these Lawn Fawn reindeer and Pretty Pink Posh trees are kind of irresistible, aren't they? Luckily, both companies have blogs with lots of examples of GREAT coloring with shading, etc, which really helped me get it right! Once I had all the stamped elements done, all I had to do was build a wintery background using Penny Black dies and various white patterned papers!"

Stephanie says, "Sometimes all you need is a little coloring to bring an image to life ... like the colored pencil highlights I've added to my Technique Junkies Christmas Kitty ... green for the eyes, pink for the nose & red for the Santa hat.  I used the sketch from Sunday Stamps."

Remember, Link your gorgeous "COLORING" masterpieces right here by 6pm (EST) on Wednesday, February 21st. Keyword for galleries and Flickr is JB:18:04. 

Friday, February 9, 2018

A-Coloring* We Will Go

Description:This fortnight we are delighted to have one of our favorite, long-time Jingle Belles-- Marianne of Marianne's Cards 'n Stuff-- designing along with us. She's thought up a brilliant prompt to inspire us all: for "A-Coloring We Will Go" we'd like you to create a holiday card that incorporates any type of coloring medium: markers, pencils, crayons, inks, watercolor, etc; in any way you want, whether that's coloring stamped images, creating fun backgrounds or getting as creative as you'd like!

Before we show off our own cards, let's meet Marianne and bid her welcome!
"Hi everyone, I'm thrilled to be making a guest appearance at the Jingle Belles blog this fortnight. I'm a Dutch native living in Crete, Greece, who loves creating Christmas cards and intends to do more colouring this year. That is why I approached Lauren and Stephanie to ask them if we could go a-coloring together some time. The idea for this fortnight's prompt originated quite a while back, when Lauren and Stephanie were inviting us to come a-caroling. This idea resurfaced when I was thinking of my crafty goals for 2018. So how about it? Will you come a-coloring with us?"
Here's what we made this week:

Marianne says, "I started with this sweet image that I had originally watercoloured using Tombow markers. I used coloured pencils to add a little shading. For my background, I masked off an area, blended some distress inks and finished off with some splatters and a little snow."

Stephanie says, "I did my coloring with a blue Gelato directly on the rubber of this Snowy Scene Stamp from Hero Arts.  I lightly spritzed with water and stamped it on watercolor paper.  I trimmed and added a sentiment from Essentials by Ellen Modern Christmas.  The piece along the bottom was created with another type of abstract *coloring* ... splattering alcohol inks on texty printed Yupo paper.  I also *colored* with a Nuvo Glitter Marker pen by dotting it in the night sky to create glittery silver stars.  Click through to my blog if you want to see a second version using the same techniques."

Lauren says, "I think everyone knows that my favorite coloring medium is watercoloring with ColorBurst Pigment Powders from Ken Oliver Crafts. In this case I've combined some of my favorite blues (Indigo, Turquoise and Cerulean, to be specific) on a piece of watercolor paper and trimmed bauble shapes from the result. After they were completely dry, I used stencils to add plain white modelling paste to the larger ornament, and a glittery embossing paste to the smaller; when that was dry I brushed a little bit of Platinum Mineral Burst on top for a shimmery effect that I haven't quite captured in the photo (but it's really cool IRL!)" 

Link your gorgeous "COLORING" masterpieces right here by 6pm (EST) on Wednesday, February 21st. Keyword for galleries and Flickr is JB:18:04.
An InLinkz Link-up

*or possibly, A-Colouring! ♥

Thursday, February 8, 2018

Word(s) to Your Mama! ♥

We could not be more impressed by the awesome crop of word-centric masterpieces from the "Text Me" prompt. As usual, you guys have made it truly difficult to only feature three!

...proves that you don't need many elements to make a stunningly lovely card, provided they are the absolute perfect ones to use! 
(Which these so totally ARE!)

...combined a fun texty patterned paper with recycled bits from one of last year's holiday cards for a design that's enviromentally friendly AND adorable!
(A girl after our own hearts, here!)

...cleverly used a *VALENTINES* stamp on her amazingly lovely and elegant Christmas card!
(We looooooove stamps that multi-task!)

Many thanks to everyone who played along, we are inspired by EVERY SINGLE CARD that gets linked up! We'll be back at midnight with a lovely guest star and a brand new prompt we hope will color your world for the next two weeks! ♥

Friday, February 2, 2018

Oh Christmas Words

We're still getting *texty* at Jingle Belles this week ... here is what we made with words:

Stephanie says, "I had to recycle this fun texty Santa image into a new holiday card by mounting it on a vintage dictionary page that contains the word Santa (although it ended-up hidden behind the image).  I finished with some Holly gem embellishments for the Holly Jolly Christmas theme."

Lauren says, "Let's talk rub-on transfers for a second: being less of a stamper, I love the idea that you can place a beautifully executed sentiment or image EXACTLY where you want it and it will attach flawlessly with zero effort or mess. Ok, you can theoretically anyway. In actual fact, even when you have new, brand name product, it's possible that some of your rub-ons will transfer perfectly and some will not. So when I opened these elegant golden words, and wound up with "_OFL" instead of "NOEL" I decided to make the best of it and just scatter them. collage-style, all over two corners of some ledger paper and call it a "design decision". It's not the card I thought I was making, but I like it. There are links to a few more examples of this technique on my blog today, too."

There's still plenty of time to join our texty fun, which we hope you will! Scroll down to the original post to see the glorious readers' gallery and link up your own masterpiece!