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.

Thursday, July 26, 2018

Lovely and Layered

We just love the many ways you interpreted the layered theme of "All Bundled Up". As usual, the only difficulty was choosing just three cards to feature!
paper smooches coffee cup copyright linda
... built a beautiful layered cup of cheer on top of her beautiful layered background!

... incorporated a layer of stamping, a layer of patterned paper and a layer of embossed texture, yet she STILL has a beautifully flat and mailable card! Yowza!!!

... cleverly turned three gorgeous layers into SIX gorgeous layers, just by adding those dramatic, skinny black mats!

As always, we thank everyone who played along, and encourage you to scroll down to the original post to see all the amazing cards in the gallery. Meanwhile, we'll be back at midnight with a brand new prompt we hope will lead to a banner day of creativity!

Friday, July 20, 2018

A Bundling We Will Go

We're still making "All Bundled Up" cards... by which we mean cards with three or more layers. Here's what we made this week:

Stephanie's Other Card

Stephanie says, "I took my color queue from this week's Sunday Stamps Tranquil Cottage Color  Challenge by layering gorgeous Graphic45 St. Nicholas Collection Papers.  If you look at the bottom right corner you'll see I have seven layers of paper for a perfectly mailable card ... gotta love it.  The layout is from the Sketch Saturday Challenge and the Believe Sentiment is from Essentials by Ellen Brushstroke Christmas (which I thought paired well with the Santa-theme of the background paper).  I sponged a little Taylored Expressions Pineapple Ink on the punched stars to cover any of the white edges of the paper and add some shading."

Lauren says, "I love layers, generally and torn layers, in particular. In this case I've combined the fronts and backs of two of my favorite papers in the "Silent Night" collection from Craft and You Design and used a round icon from the same set as my focal point. I can rarely resist a bit of vintage sheet music or some old lace... so I didn't even try to leave them out!"

Scroll down to the original post for complete details and to link up your own masterpieces!

Friday, July 13, 2018

All Bundled Up

Ok, hang on a second, we realize that the title, "All Bundled Up" sounds nuts in mid-July, especially if it's 90 degrees and 80% humidity where you live! But bear with us while we explain that what we're actually looking for this fortnight is holiday cards with *LAYERS*... three or more layers, to be specific. That's do-able, right? Here's what we made:

Lauren says, "I suppose by now everyone knows that using lots of layers isn't much of a challenge for me, lol. But in this case I've got four layers of paper and still come out with a flat card, which I'm pretty happy about! In addition, my poinsettia centerpiece has a few layers of it's own: its got patches of red and green ColorBurst, then background pattern stamps, then embossed poinsettia stamps from Ken Oliver Crafts, and finally a rub-on transfer sentiment and a few Eyelet Outlet gem centers!"

Stephanie says, "I couldn't resist using my *bundled-up* Snowman 2 from Paper Smooches (don't you love his matching hat & scarf) together with all of my paper layers from the Very Merry Collection by American Crafts ... holiday cheer for sure.

And now it's your turn to make a layery creation and link it here by 6pm (EST) on Wednesday, July 25th. Keyword for galleries or Flickr is JB:18:15.

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Shining STARS (and STRIPES)

We loved all of the creative uses of stars and stripes in the gallery this week.

Here are a few that caught our eyes.

Huh. So this is a blog.

used a star in her image & her sentiment ... 
and her coloring really brought this adorable little one to life.

Pamela's Craft Spot

featured both twinkly stars in the night time sky 
and a focal star image with her adorable holiday teddy bear.

Scrappy Scatty Jan

featured traditional stars at the top of a beuatifully
water-colored Christmas tree ... she
also incorporated wonderful texture in her design.
Join us at midnight for our next holiday card prompt.

Friday, July 6, 2018

Pinstripes & Super Novas

We're still celebrating with STARS and/or STRIPES for Christmas.

Here's our second round of cards:

Lauren says, "Since June 30th was the 5th Saturday of the month, we could choose ANY sketch from the Sketch Saturday archives. I chose #283 because it had a star already on it (!) AND two great places to put strips of stripey paper. Which I did! I flipped the sketch horizontally to suit the direction that cute My Mind's Eye chipboard station wagon was driving, but otherwise I was quite faithful. Easy, peasy!"

Stephanie says, "I started with my grungy Star Collage Background from Technique Junkies on a scrap of Gel Press paper that Lauren & I created during our annual Art Camp.  I added the Christmas Kitty & Dear Santa Sentiment, also from Technique Junkies (all stamped in Midnight Blue StazOn) and finished with some Enamel Stars.  If you like any of these stamps, there's a 10% discount if you use my code TJ10Stephanie at checkout."

Scroll down to the original post to see the glorious starry, stripey reader's gallery and to link up your own creations!

Friday, June 29, 2018

Stars AND/OR Stripes for Christmas

Next week in the USA we will be celebrating Independence Day, so we're asking you to incorporate either stars or stripes into your card design.

They need not be red, white or blue … just stars or stripes (or both if you're an overachiever).

Stephanie says, "I started with Striped paper and coordinating Star paper using this week's sketch from The Paper Players.  They both coordinated perfectly with my Christmas R2-D2.  I punched a star from a third paper to cover the tag hole in his Christmas Hat.  The finishing touch was a sticker sentiment."

Lauren says, "I've combined lots of different elements for this one. The striped paper and journal card are both older Echo Park papers. The tree paper and the Santa sticker are slightly newer, from Doodlebug. The green scrap and the cardstock star punch-out are both so old, I'm honestly not even sure who made them, lol. But everything came together when I used the current Sketch Saturday to guide my layout."

Link your star-struck and/or stripey masterpieces here by 6pm (EST) on Wednesday, July 11th. Keyword for galleries or Flickr is JB:18:14.

Thursday, June 28, 2018

Wonderful in White!

We have to confess that as committed color-lovers, we sometimes find it challenging to make cards that are mostly white... but looking at the beautiful creations in the "White Christmas" gallery, it seems like we're the only ones who struggle! Here are three cards that made us not miss any of the shades of the rainbow at all

...traded color for sparkle, dimension and beautiful attention to detail --like that awesome scalloped, lacy edge-- in her perfectly CAS creation.

...made three (3!) gloriously all-white layery creations of which it is impossible to choose a favorite, so you need to visit her blog and see the other two, ASAP!

...makes us want to go back and re-make both of our cards from this challenge because: WOODGRAIN!!! ♥

Many thanks to everyone who played along, we love seeing ALL of your creations! We'll be back at midnight with a brand new prompt we hope will put stars in your eyes...

Friday, June 22, 2018

Winter WHITE

We're still creating cards featuring the color (or lack of color) WHITE.

Lauren says, "I've been having fun this week using up scraps of paper to make this fun (easy!) herringbone pattern, so while I was still in that phase, I decided to make a card using all of my white, cream, ecru, magnolia and nearly-grey-but-not-quite scraps! There are some process pics in this blog post, but I'll warn you right now, it's addictive, lol! Meanwhile the combination of snowflakes + flowers never stops looking good to me, so I've added a stack, secured with a fancy Eyelet Outlet pearl brad."

Stephanie says, "I went with Lauren's tip from last week and added texture.  I die cut and embossed my Tim Holtz Layered Holiday Wreath on white textured cardstock.  Then I cut it a second time from gold cardstock and off-set them slightly to create a *shadow*.  I curled the leaves & bow for a bit more texture and added a sticker sentiment & white pearl."

Scroll down to the original White Xmas post to see the gorgeous readers' gallery and link your own masterpiece(s)!

Friday, June 15, 2018

I'm Dreaming of a WHITE Christmas

This week we're asking you to go WHITE ... create a card that predominantly features the color white.  Maybe you'll create with snowmen ... or snowflakes ... or just all of your favorite white papers.  We just want to see the amazing beauty that comes from the absence of colors.

Here's what we created.

Stephanie says, "I won't lie, I was stuck this week.  I finally just grabbed every piece of white designer paper and white embellishment I could find in my stash and laid them all out on my craft table.  Then I went hunting for inspiration in my favorite place ... the talented Lauren who I knew has a particular talent with the color WHITE.  I took my inspiration from her gorgeous card from 2013.  Lots of white banners, felt snowflakes, white doilies, white ribbon and a white sentiment sticker.

Lauren says, "Ok, so, I had really informative things to tell you about my card this week, and now I'm blushing so hard from what Stephanie said, that I can't remember, lol! But I have actually had quite a bit of practice with the white-on-white genre, because I have an aunt whose favorite color is white! My secret tactic when I can't use a range of colors is to compensate with lots (and LOTS) of texture. So my card has torn, inked and layered bits of a white gridded patterned paper (by Photoplay) topped with loads of lovely dimensional florals, a few diecut snowflakes that incorporate colorburst + modelling paste and a nice big chipboard sentiment. And before you ask about envelopes... this is definitely one that will get mailed with a package, or better yet, handed to its recipient in December!"

And now it's your turn to break out all of your white and create a marvelous holiday creation ... and link it here by 6pm (EST) on Wednesday, June 27th. keyword for galleries and Flickr is JB:18:12.

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Ring a Ding Ding

We loved seeing all of the wonderful bells in the gallery ... here are a few that caught our eye.

didn't have any bells in her stash ... so she made her own embellishment using Perler Beads ... how fun is that.

combined blue and green and lots of fun speckled dots for her bell background

combined the perfect sentiment with her fun pair of jingle bells

Remember, we'll be back at midnight with another fun *COLORFUL* prompt to inspire your Christmas card creations.

Friday, June 8, 2018

Put a RING On It

We're still going ring-a-ding-ding with Bells at Jingle Belles ... create a card that features one (or two or three).

Stephanie says, "My card is only Jingling Half Way with my Taylored Expression Grumpling and a single jingle bell.  I embossed the front of the kraft card base with a Plaid Embossing Folder for a bit of texture and added color with Stampin' Up markers."

Lauren says, "Surprise-- I've made another collage-y style card with lots (& lots!) of tiny embellies! I've got a glitter diecut tree, tag and deer all from an older October Afternoon collection; two snowy patterned papers, snowflake stickers, teeny tiny white flowers, plus my all time favorite Memory Box Xmas die for those glorious glittery jingle bells. I finished off with a little vintage trimming and a couple of mats and that's it."

Remember, you have until 6pm (EST) on Wednesday, June 13th to link-up your bell card ... keyword for galleries and Flickr is JB:18:12.

Friday, June 1, 2018

Christmas Bells, Those Christmas Belles!

That's right, it's time again for a brand new prompt and this fortnight we belles are all about BELLS! You can interpret this eponymous challenge any way you'd like, as long as you put a bell on it!

Here's what we made:

Lauren says, "I'started with the chipboard bell, then looked everywhere for a pre-printed sticker or journal card that said "Jingle All the Way". I honestly can't believe I do not own such a thing. But if I do, it managed to entirely elude me. So instead I made do with alphabet letters and some flower stickers. All on top of a piece of ancient Basic Grey patterned paper which had the collage effect and faux polaroid right on it. I added a little stitching for texture and a couple of mats. Easy peasy.

Stephanie says, "I searched my large paper stash and found this lovely Jingle Bells paper and built my card around it.  The focal image is a 3-D Gift Tag and I finished with a sentiment sticker using this week's Paper Players Sketch."

And now it's your turn to help us ring in this new challenge! Link your bell-bedecked cards here by 6pm (EST) on Wednesday, June 13th. keyword for galleries and Flickr is JB:18:12.

Thursday, May 31, 2018

Blue Ribbon Cards!

There were nothing but Big Winners in our Ribbon Gallery this fortnight, if you don't believe us, go and see for yourself! Here are a few that especially caught our eye:

...made two equally awesome cards featuring this beautiful poinsettia digi and that gorgeous gathered ribbon. She even changed the color and saturation of the image to create a soft watermark effect *inside* the cards!

...made the cleverest snowmen EVER by stamping the face, adding ribbon bowties and gem buttons. Pure genius. Why didn't *WE* think of that, eh??!

...brilliantly used the negative space of this sweet tree diecut to frame out a panel bedecked with many lovely holiday ribbon scraps! We are definitely trying this idea!

Many thanks to everyone who played along, we love seeing ALL your cards! We'll be back at midnight with a brand new prompt that we hope you'll think has a nice ring to it... :)

Friday, May 25, 2018

RIBBON Rendezvous

This week we're still creating holiday cards featuring ribbon, lace, seam binding, fibers, ric rac, twine or any other trimmings you have in your stash.

Here's what we made this week.

Lauren says, "For week two I've broken out the uber-cuteness: adorable holiday-print grosgrain ribbon from Doodlebug, loads of miscellaneous stickers and baker's twine that I saved from an actual bakery near my house, who still package things in a white cardboard box tied with the eponymous twine! Because let's face it, although the craft stores have a better selection of colors, their twine hardly ever comes with a side order of cannoli, does it?!"

Stephanie says, "I created a ribbon background by covering cardstock with adhesive and attaching pieces of ribbon from my stash.  It all started with that red & gold ombre seam binding and I built the colors from there.  I hadn't pulled out my Taylored Expressions grumplings yet this year, so his hat & scarf were perfect to color to coordinate with my ribbon background.  I had enough of the background left to make a second card if you want to click through to see it."

I hope we've inspired you to pull out your ribbon stash and create with us ... remember, you need to link-up by Wednesday at 6pm CST to join the fun.

Friday, May 18, 2018

Tie a Holiday RIBBON Around the Christmas Tree

This fortnight we're "tying one on" Jingle Belles! By which we mean we'd like to see ribbon, lace, seam binding, fibers, ric rac, twine or any other trimmings you can think of-- and attach-- to your holiday cards!

Here's what we made:

Stephanie says, "I pulled out a vintage spool of Burlap Ribbon from my ribbon drawer (yes, I have an entire dresser drawer filled with ribbon spools) and attached it using wide double stick tape.  I used the sketch from Paper Craft Crew Challenges with a Penny Black Sticker, a gold sticker sentiment and some punched leaves.  The background was sprayed with Dylusions Post Box Red Spray before attaching all of my elements."

Lauren says, "I've got two different sizes of scalloppy trimming that is meant to be misted or inked to match your project, but in this case I left it plain. I've also layered on some wide printed ribbon and velvet flower trim. My background is a page of pretty snowflakes from a vintage storybook, and the focal point is a beautiful vintage postcard that I scanned, reduced slightly and printed on semi-gloss photo paper."

Link your ribbony creations here by 6pm (EST) on Wednesday, May 30th. Keyword for galleries and Flickr is JB:18:11.