Friday, October 19, 2018

While Shepherds Watched their Flocks

Description:For this week's Jingle Belles prompt we're asking you to show us your animals! (Flock ... get it?) It could be one of those sweet little sheep or perhaps a reindeer or camel … or maybe a Christmas Yeti is more your speed ... okay we're even allowing Christmas Monsters if you're in a Halloween mood and want to stretch the theme.

Stephanie says, "I found a trio of *vintage* animal stickers in my stash (vintage is a nice way of saying lost and forgotten about) and decided to channel my inner Tenia and make a trio of fun card designs featuring paint splattering, washi tape, twine, foam tape layers, and stitches. You can click-on-over to my blog to see the other two."

Lauren says, "I never can resist Doodlebug stickers, generally, and their reindeer in particular. I was a little shocked to discover that, despite having bought several reindeer-inclusive sticker sheets this year, the little dude above is the LAST? Definitely time to re-order! I've kitted him out with some very majestic Eyelet Outlet Antlers (he'll grow into them!) and given him a beautiful Gina K foiled background in which to strut his stuff. i arranged all the bits and bobs according to the current Atlantic Hearts sketch (#286) which i think you'll agree is pretty inspiring."

Link your critter-centric creations here by 6pm (EST) on Wednesday, October 31st. Keyword for galleries and Flickr is JB:18:22.
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Thursday, October 18, 2018

In the PINK! ♥♥♥

We *ALWAYS* love the kindness and skill that goes into all of your amazing PINK CHRISTMAS creations, and this year is definitely no exception. If you haven't yet treated yourself to a thorough scroll through the gallery, please do, there is soooooooooo much inspiration to be found, we really did have a very hard time featuring just a few cards, which we'll get to in a minute.

But first, we know that everyone is longing to hear how much money you helped us raise for the Breast Cancer Reasearch Foundation! Counting posts with multiple cards... (for which we thank you VERY much indeed!) ...there were a grand total of *69*! We have both pledged $2 per card, which means we multiply 69 x 4 and come up with $276! Thank you so very much to EVERYONE who participated and extra special thanks to those who linked more than once, we are so grateful for your help each year! ♥♥♥

And now just a few shout outs to some of our faves:

...says she wasn't sure about *PINK* penguins at first. Jerri, we had no such doubts, they are AWESOME,! ♥

...was worried that this amazingly lovely creation might not have enough pink in it, but we beg to differ! Granted it's just a splash... but it stands out all the more against the gloriously textural white!

...created this serene but sparkly minimalist masterpiece on which we just cannot stop feasting our eyes!

Once again MANY thanks and a big WOW not just for the number of cards, but the fact that each and every one was exceptionally lovely! We'll be back at midnight with a brand new prompt we hope will appeal to your love of CREATURE comforts?! :)

Friday, October 12, 2018

Deck the Halls... in ♥PINK♥!

We (Stephanie and Lauren) are still making PINK CHRISTMAS cards and donating $2 each to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation for each card that's linked up with us this fortnight. So we'd love for you to not only make some cards, but also spread the word! Thanks very much for your help!

Here's what we made this week:

Lauren says, "I've used a few more bits and bobs from the Sugar Plum collection by My Mind's Eye, including the stripey pink paper and that beautiful badge. I've mixed in some other items-- and some darker pink-- in the form of patterned paper strips, some oversized pink fabric poinsettias, and a small (ancient!) sentiment sticker that was serendipitously exactly right!"

Stephanie says, "I had several border strips leftover from last week's card, so I decided to cover my entire kraft card front with border strips.  I trimmed the Santa and sentiment from another pieces of paper in the Prima Santa Baby Collection and finished with a few strands of pearls."

Scroll down to the original post (directly below this one) for complete details and the linky tool! ♥

Friday, October 5, 2018

♥ Pink Christmas... for the Cure! ♥

If you've played along with us in other years, you may already know that at ♥JINGLE BELLES♥ we always devote the first theme of each October to making pink holiday cards as part of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and that for each card that gets linked up, we (Stephanie and Lauren) each donate two dollars to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. There are really no rules for this challenge other than the fact that each card has to be newly made, it has to have a winter holiday theme and it has to feature PINK prominently. Does your whole card have to be pink? Certainly not. Can you combine other colors with the pink? Of course! Should you have more pink than say two or three baubles on your green tree set against a snowy white background? Well, yeah... that'd be good. :) But other than that, we'll leave it to you to decide how much pink, what shade, and how to employ it!

We're not generally all that big on self-promotion around here, but this cause is near and dear to our hearts and we'd love to get GREAT participation, so be sure to tell all your cardmaking friends, and feel free to share the graphic and our link on your blog or social media.

But now let's get right to the cardmaking! Here's what we've made this week:

Stephanie says, "When I saw the new Santa Baby Collection by Prima at my local Scrapbook Store, I knew I had to have it for at least one of my Jingle Belles Pink cards.  I combined two papers with a journaling notecard and fun puffy stickers."

Lauren says"I also used a collection that I chose specifically with Pink Xmas in mind, but in my case it was "Sugar Plum" of a couple of years ago from My Mind's Eye. I combined patterned paper, a sentiment sticker and some cardstock diecuts together in a sort of landscape, completely with glitter paper snow, obviously!!!"

We'd love to get as MANY cards as possible for this one, so we can raise as much money as possible. So please link early and link often!!! Deadline is 6pm (EST) on Wednesday, October 17th. Keyword for galleries and Flickr is JB:18:21. 

Thursday, October 4, 2018

Put Your (PINK!) Thinking Caps On!

Because at ♥JINGLE BELLES♥ we always devote the first theme of each October to making pink holiday cards as part of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and for each card that gets linked up, we (Stephanie and Lauren) each donate two dollars to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

We'll go live with this challenge at 12am (EST) October 5th and wrap up at 6pm on Wednesday, October 17th. Are there lots of rules? Nope! Other than the fact that each card has to be newly made, have a winter holiday theme, and feature PINK prominently. Can you enter more than once? YES!!! In fact, we'd be thrilled if you'd take it as a personal challenge to cost us as much money as possible for this wonderful cause!

PS: We're not generally all that big on self-promotion around here, but this cause is near and dear to our hearts so we'd consider it a big huge favor if you'd tell all your cardmaking friends, and maybe even share the graphic and our link on your blog or social media. Thanks! ♥♥♥


We loved seeing all of the version of SNOW in the gallery ... so white a pretty for sure.

Here are a few that caught our eye.

used the white space of her card to create an adorable snowy card.  The slight black shadow on the die cut make it pop perfectly off the white background.  CAS Perfection.

shared a *Snowman Selfie* that made us giggle outloud ... love that little guy trying to squeeze into the picture at the back ... and those colors just pop for a fun snowy scene.

created this gorgeous, glittery, layered monochromatic SNOWY tag featuring some of our favorite vintage Basic Grey papers (Fruitcake) ... this girl knows how to rock the bling.

Make sure you come back at midnight for one of our Annual PINK events you won't want to miss.

Friday, September 28, 2018

Dashing Through the SNOW

We're still creating with SNOW this week and we love all of the variations in the gallery.

Here are our SNOWY creations for this week:

Lauren says, "I'm not sure I've ever made a holiday card in shades of burgundy, grey and a tiny bit of holly green, but I have to admit I quite like this one! I started with a Simple Stories snowman journal card, then found some ANCIENT papers that matched it really well. A sticker sentiment, some exceedingly elderly snowflake stickers, skinny white mats and an Eyelet Outlet holly brad complete the design!"

Stephanie says, "I built my card around Lawn Fawn's Stitched Snowflakes cut from Red & Blue Card Stock and Watercolor Paper.  I had fun layering them and added jewels to the centers.  I finished with a Lawn Fawn sentiment from Yeti Set Go! and a little card featuring children sledding in the snow."

Make sure you link your SNOWY card up by Wednesday, October 3rd at 6pm (EST) at the post directly below this one.

Friday, September 21, 2018

Let it SNOW

We're Letting it SNOW at Jingle Belles this fortnight ... creating cards featuring snow … it might be a snowy scene, snowflakes or maybe even a cute little snow-person.

Here are our SNOW-filled creations:

Stephanie says, "When I see the Jingle Belles theme for the week, I usually go shop my stash to see what I have that I might incorporate into my design.  This week, I stopped when I saw this snowflake paper from Shimelle's Christmas Magic Collection (collection is still available digitally).  I paired it with the super-fun stamps from The Ink Road's Happy Holla Days.  The layout is the sketch from Crazy 4 Challenges."

Lauren says, "My card features an adorable My Mind's Eye snowperson, set atop a background made with an awesome set of Winter Wishes word dies from Elizabeth Craft Designs. I cut "Let it Snow" multiple times from scraps of glossy white cardstock backed with "Stick It" adhesive sheets from Ken Oliver Crafts, so all i had to do was peel off the backing and arrange them. I embellished with Eyelet Outlet snowflake brads, heart pearls and washi tape and called it done."

Link your snow-centric creations here by Wednesday, October 3rd at 6pm (EST). Keyword for galleries and Flickr is JB:18:20.

Thursday, September 20, 2018

Peace & Love

Nothing makes us feel more peaceful than gazing at a beautiful gallery of handmade holiday cards. And you guys really pulled out all the stops for "PEACE on Earth"! It's hard to feature only a few, but we think you'll agree that these are pretty impressive choices:

...created an amazing watercolor galaxy background as the night sky, then found the perfect set of adorable stamped creatures to be appropriately awed by it!

...made us realize that from now on we definitely need to add, "or a DOVE!" to our list of elements which perfectly sum up "PEACE" in greeting card form.

Combined diecuts, a CAS asethetic and a limited color palette for a card that offers the peace of perfect simplicity!

Many thanks to every cardmaker who joined us. We LOVE seeing all of your amazing  creations! We'll be back at midnight with a brand new prompt. We hope you won't be too snowed under to join us... ;)

Friday, September 14, 2018

Give PEACE a Chance

We're still creating PEACE-ful cards, and you still have plenty of time to scroll down to the original post and link up your own masterpiece! Meanwhile, here's what we made this week

Lauren says, "Once again I've incorporated the prompt by using a peaceful scene (from a vintage Ideals magazine) and the word peace, via an old Spellbinders die. I've used lots of lovely, elderly bits of leftover Basic Grey holiday papers... which, for the record, is the no-longer-with-us papercrafting brand I miss the most. Sigh." 

Stephanie says, "I started with the PEACE Bingo card and then incorporated lots of bits and bobs from my stash that made me happy and peaceful ... including S&H Green Stamps that always remind me of filling all of those stamp books with my Grandma ... and her taking me shopping with those stamps and buying me my first iron to take to college with me ... thinking about how much she loved me always brings me peace."

Scroll down to the original PEACE post for all the details and the linky tool! ♥

Friday, September 7, 2018

Peace on Earth

Peace is a commodity to be cherished at all times, but never so much as around the holidays! For "Peace on Earth" we'd like to see cards that include the word peace, OR the peace symbol, OR a scene that evokes peace for you. Here's what we made this week:

Stephanie says, "I started with the peace flash card and built my card around that adding stickers and rub-ons and layers on Authentique Holiday papers."

Lauren says, "I scanned and slightly reduced a vintage postcard with a peaceful scene, then trimmed the word "Peace" from a Simple Stories journaling circle in which the overall design didn't fit my vintage vibe at all, but the script worked just fine! I'm still obsessed with Heartfelt Creations' dimensional flower system, so the sweet Poinsettia Clusters are making another appearance; this time in white and gold. I used this week's awesome Sketch Saturday layout though I rotated it ninety degrees counterclockwise."

Link your peace-centric masterpieces here by 6pm (EST) by Wednesday, September 19th. Keyword for galleries and Flickr is JB:18:19.

Thursday, September 6, 2018

The Shape of Things to Come

There were beautiful cards in literally all shapes and sizes in the Shape Up gallery. You guys really make it hard for us to choose only a few to feature!

...created an elegant, vintage-style, mitten shaped card that will surely be framed, or hung on the tree of the lucky recipient!

...not only made the cutest and cleverest round card imaginable, she used a set of non-holiday, watercolor-style landscape stamps to do it!

...used an extra large die, pearlescent cardstock and a whole lot of creativity to paper piece this sweet reindeer card, which not only opens, but actually stands up. Then she called her post, "Getting Ahead for Xmas" which you know went right to our pun-loving hearts!

Many thanks to everyone who played along, we loved seeing all of your clever shapes and fancy folds. We'll be back at midnight with a brand new prompt we hope you'll want a piece of! 

Friday, August 31, 2018

In Great SHAPE

We're still creating with SHAPES this week ... making cards that are any shape other than a square or rectangle.

Here's how we got SHAPELY this week.

Lauren says, "Yes, I've been a bit more ambitious this week! I made a star fold card, using this tutorial from Crafting with Joanie. I also tried out a new set of flower stamps, dies and shaping molds from Heartfelt Creations. They even make realistic stamens, that really take these to the next level, imo. Being a bit of a dimensional flower junkie, I LOVE that I can now easily custom make blossoms exactly the right size, shape and color for each of my projects!" 

Stephanie says, "I hand-drew my coffee cup on some two-sided Authentique Nostalgia papers (love those reindeer in scarves and that yummy texty background) and then drew my lid on the reverse side of the same paper and traced around it with a black sharpie.  The sleeve was traced  from the cup on kraft cardstock and topped with a Spellbinders Be Merry Die Cut.  I attached my top-fold card to the back of my cup ... perfect Christmas card to deliver with a gift card to the local coffee shop."

Make sure you link-up your shaped cards HERE by 6pm (EST) on Wednesday, September 5th. Keyword for galleries and Flickr is JB:18:18. 

Friday, August 24, 2018

SHAPE-Up for the Holidays

This week we're getting in SHAPE for the holidays ... more specifically, we're making cards that are NOT square or rectangular.

Break out your die cuts, templates or just free-hand-it … think round, triangular, heart-shaped, tree shaped, candy cane shaped, snow globe shaped … you get the picture.

Here is how we got in shape today.

Stephanie says, "As I was going on a scavenger hunt through my studio looking for possible shapes, I discovered an unopened container of printed cardstock ephemera from Pebbles Holly Jolly Collection.  The Gingerbread House and Snow Globe were perfect for turning into tiny cards to attach to a gift.  I folded cardstock, traced the shapes leaving the fold slightly below the top, and cut the card to adhere to the back. Next I decorated the images with pearls & bling for the snow globe and enamel candy dots for the gingerbread house."

Lauren says, "With all of those awesome shape choices listed above, and Stephanie's awesome examples to inspire me, you'd think I'd come up with something especially creative, right? Sorry, nope. I've done a round card, like usual, lol! Ok, so, I'm not one of life's natural engineers, thus the fancy folds and super-cool shaped cards I drool over on Pinterest rarely become things I actually make. I do have a pretty fancy idea for next week, though, I promise! In the meantime, please accept this standard 6" round card, built around Authentique's gorgeous, retro-inspired, "Jingle" collection with which I am entirely smitten!" 

Link up here by 6pm (EST) on Wednesday, September 5th. Keyword for galleries and Flickr is JN:18:18.

Thursday, August 23, 2018

Nothing Sketchy Here!

Because every single take on Stephanie's beautiful sketch was totally inspirational! Here are a few that made our eyes especially happy this fortnight:

...used limited tools and ingredients from a Christmas card kit, but was inspired by the sketch to use all of the "bits" in completely different ways, and we are quite smitten with the result!

...chose to repeat the same simple image in all three circles, then took this card to the next level with beautifully vivid, non-traditional colors!

...swapped the circles for diecut snowflakes, each one framing an adorable snowman; what a great way to feature smaller stamps!

Many thanks to everyone who played along, we love seeing every single one of your creations. We'll be back at midnight with a brand new prompt we'll hope will shape up into major inspiration!

Friday, August 17, 2018

Do you SKETCH what I SKETCH?

We're still making holiday cards based on Stephanie's awesome sketch and you're still invited to join us! Here's the sketch:

And here's how we were inspired by the sketch this week:

Lauren says, "This is one of the fastest cards ever, because it's not only 00% faithful to the sketch, I've also used all readymade items to complete my card. There are circle icons that I've punched and matted on slightly larger circles, border stickers as a ground for the focal point, and an ancient (but still awesome, imo) sticker sentiment. Easy peasy, and that's another flat/mailable card added to my stack for December!"

Stephanie say, "My original intention was to my favorite Penny Black Snowman Joy be the three circles in the sketch and have a vertical sentiment from the top ... but he seemed a bit lonely, so I added two penguins from Essentials by Ellen Arctic Pals to join him in the snow and a horizontal sentiment from the left ... so my card is really doing double-sketch-duty."

And now it's your turn to be inspired by this fun sketch. Scroll down to the original post for all the details and to link up your own cards!

Friday, August 10, 2018

Sketching in a Winter Wonderland

We're getting SKETCH-y this week at Jingle Belles ... we think there are lots of possibilities with this fun layout devised by Stephanie:

As always, you can stretch, shrink, expand, contract, flip or rotate this layout to suit your needs, just make sure we can see "the bones" of the sketch! Here's how we were inspired this week:

Stephanie says, "I chose papers from the same collection (Echo Park I Love Christmas).  I sponged ink around the three punched 2 1/2" circles to help cover the white edges (on the red) and tie the designs together.  I finished with a Santa sticker from the same collection, a Christmas rub-on sentiment, and lots of layers to frame the design."

Lauren says, "Amongst the many things I love about this sketch, it's a FAB fab opportunity to use a bunch of smaller stamps or stickers, which I sometimes find challenging. In this case, I've brought out my favorite Doodlebug characters, from their 'Here Comes Santa' line. I swapped hearts for the circles, and I've punched them out of my blue snowflake paper, then layered it over some high-contrast red to create little frames. This left me with a rather long rectangle, so I decided on a 'tall card' design."

And now it's your turn! Link your sketch cards right here by 6pm (EST) on Wednesday, August 22nd. Keyword for galleries or Flickr is JB:18:17

Thursday, August 9, 2018

A BANNER Christmas

We loved seeing all of the fantastic card designs inspired by our Jingle Belles Blog Banner.

Here are a few of our favorites:

made this gorgeous shaker card featuring silver metallic foil snowflakes with lots of 
gorgeous blue and teal sequins (and if you click through
you can see what she made with her leftovers)

created a lovely stenciled & splattered background
for her perfect glittery elements ... love that teal heart.

created a fantastic super-glittery inspired scene ...
love those reindeer frolicking in the snow.

See you at midnight for our next prompt ... it's a sketchy one.

Friday, August 3, 2018

Getting Ahead(er)

We're still making cards inspired by our lovely Jingle Belles Blog Banner this week.

Here is how we were inspired.

Lauren says, "This week I again chose to use the basic color palette of neutrals with pops of lime, silver glitter and teal. I also tried to do a version of the header's very layered background, though instead of digital elements, I used a variety of rub-on transfers, which kind of unintentionally added to the "distressed" vibe of the collage! But there are echos of many of the same shapes, including those shiny scattered gold stars, which miiiiiight be my favorite!"

Stephanie says, "This week I used a larger deer and tree as my focal images and added embossed texture, pearls, texty sentiments and some bling at the top of the tree ... as I created, I just kept thinking WWLD (what would Lauren do)."

Can't wait to see what you create ... link-up your card at the original post by 6pm EST on Wednesday.

Friday, July 27, 2018

Blog Banner Inspired

Every year I look forward to seeing what Lauren will create for our new Blog Banner.  Sometimes I make a few suggestions ... other times I just let her run with her own inspiration.  Regardless, I am always amazed by the end product.

This week we're asking you to create a holiday card inspired by our 2018 Jingle Belles Blog Banner.

Maybe you love silver glitter letters ... or silver snowflakes ... or gold star banners.  Just let us know how the banner inspired your design.

Here's what we created:

Stephanie says, "Can you see all of the pieces of inspiration I took from the banner?? How about color palette, tall skinny holiday trees, a stapled heart, a reindeer (with a teal nose of course), silver glitter die cut letters, scalloped border, typed sentiment ... and a stapled heart.  I love how it all came together."

Lauren says, "I chose to use the banner's color palette of neutrals with pops of lime green and teal blue. But I made the reindeer and tree --who are supporting characters in the header-- the stars of the show! It's hard to tell in the photo, but the snowflakes scattered around the background are actually quite glittery. I used this week's Sketch Saturday layout pretty faithfully, although when I rotated the elements, I accidentally forgot to rotate the strip; but I was definitely inspired by the sketch!"

And now we can't wait for you to show us your cards inspired by our Blog Header ... link them here by 6pm (EST) on Wednesday, August 8th ... keyword for galleries for our Jingle Belles Flickr gallery is JB:18:16.