Friday, March 15, 2019

Rockin' Robin

This fortnight at Jingle Belles we are celebrating our fine, festive, feathered friends by asking you to make a brand new holiday card and #putabirdonit or, for those who don't speak hashtag (or Portlandia), "put a bird on it" lol!

It could be a sweet Christmas robin, fun penguins at the North Pole, a festive flamingo, or any other avian creature who strikes your fancy.

Here's what we made this week:

Lauren says, "I don't think I've ever made an Xmas card with a charcoal grey background before, but this holiday lights paper from Simple Stories just seemed to set off the little framed collage of words (from Elle's Studio) and my (Doodlebug) critters and birds so well, i couldn't resist!

Stephanie says, "I couldn't resist this cute little penguin and sentiment from Taylored Expressions Quick Critters Winter Stamp & Die combo... and strangely enough, I also used a dark grey background for my card paired with fun little holiday bingo cards and papers from the Say Cheese Collection by Simple Stories."

And just because it's very nearly almost Spring and we're excited about that, there's a little prize for one lucky (random) cardmaker who links up with us this fortnight:

MME "Mistletoe Magic" 6x6 paper pad, Hero Arts "Paint Brush Trees" and
"Most Wonderful Time" wood mounted stamps, Making Memories "Mistletoe" stick pins

Link your bird-based beauties here by 6pm (EST) on Wednesday, March 27th. Keyword for galleries and Flickr is JB:19:06.

Thursday, March 14, 2019

Singing in Harmony

So much to sing about in the "Hark the Herald Angels" gallery, if you haven't seen all the cards we heartily recommend a stroll through that garden of inspiration! Here are a few which we especially loved this time:

...incorporated collaged sheet music in her beautiful topper and lent an elegant touch with lots of glorious golden mats!

...was afraid the "trifecta" of challenges she combined to make this beautiful card might have been one too many; an opinion with which we respectfully --but totally-- disagree!!!

...combined soft but elegant metallic touches with that subtle but awesome embossed sheet music fragment to create a card that is so much more than the sum of its parts!

Many thanks to everyone who played along, we really did love EVERY single card! Meanwhile, we'll be back at midnight with a brand new prompt we hope you won't think is, "for the birds"! :)

Friday, March 8, 2019


We're still singing a happy holiday song and making music-inspired cards and you still have time to join the fun! Here's what we made this week:

Stephanie says, "Fa La La La Latte ... my card features a wood mounted rubber stamp from 1998 ... lattes never lose their charm.  I paired it with sheet music from a Sonatina Music Book (in my piano lesson days, Sonatinas were my favorites).  I finished with a wrap of chocolate twine."

Lauren says, "I found a sheet of absolutely ancient "Love, Elsie" brown and pink sheet music patterned paper from KI Memories and thought it would be weird-but-wonderful with my absolute favorite holiday line from 2018, Prima's "Santa Baby". I stand by that decision! I re-used this Sweet Sunday Sketch from 2015 because i thought the diagonal mat was so clever and distinctive. I fitted a slightly cut down and matted journal card on top of the cool trapezoid shape, embellished with a bit of washi, et voila! A couple of Eyelet Outlet fancy gems and a chipboard sentiment complete this flat(ish) and mail-friendly design."

Scroll down to the post directly below this one to see the Readers' Gallery and link up your own musical masterpieces!

Friday, March 1, 2019

Hark the Herald Angels Sing!

By which we mean, this fortnight we are making cards that incorporate music notes, sheet music or instruments. Because everybody loves holiday music, right? Well, maybe not *everybody* but we sure do! Here are this week's card creations:

Lauren says, "As you can see, I went with the sheet music option, in the form of a diecut heart which holds my adorable Doodlebug Design Xmas stickers. My sentiment is a bonus song title, snipped from a journal card. Lots of traditional bright red and green here, finished off with some white machine stitching accents."

Stephanie's Card

Stephanie says, "I started with some wrapping paper featuring lovely hand-drawn score.  I added a scrap of sheet music paper and some caroling snowman to complete my musical theme.  My sentiment is from Concord & 9th Joyful Noel and was trimmed perfectly with my My Sweet Petunia Cut-Align."

Link your musical masterpieces right here by 6pm (EST) on Wednesday, March 13th. Keyword for galleries and Flickr is JB:19:05.

Thursday, February 28, 2019

Shining Glittery Stars

The gallery was certainly shining (and glittering) this week ... what fantastic holiday cards.

Here are a few of our favorite glittery stars:

really made her card shine with three different metallic elements ... the foil-on-oxide-ink technique is fantastic ... as is backing her fun foam sentiment with silver paper ... and then there are shining stars to tie it all together.

sparked dancing joy with her awesome paper-pieced glittery Santa ...
how do you not smile when you see this cute little guy.

shared a gorgeous background technique using Hero Arts Glimmer Metallic Inks ... and she even snuck a bit more metallic pigment ink on the inside of her card.

Hope you'll join us tomorrow where we'll be right in tune for the next card prompt.

Friday, February 22, 2019

Shine On!

We're still rockin' all things metallic, sparkly and/or glittery, and you still have plenty of time to join the fun. Here's how we got our shine on this week:

Stephanie says, "I went with pure glitter this week ... a glittery card base topped with a glittery snowflake ... and a sparkly gem in the middle.  Sentiment is from Memory Box Typewriter Holiday Elements."

Lauren says, "This week I've gone shabby chic with papers and a journal card (from which i diecut the sentiment circle) from Prima's luscious "Sweet Peppermint" collection. So I have lots of distressed layers with wonky machine stitching, and I've added my sparkly/metallic elements via a golden doily from my stash and snowflakes diecut from scraps of Tonic Studios' awesome specialty paper. I've even worked in a bit of packaging from some older Prima flowers, (it's the green ledger paper layer) to which I've added plain white matte modeling paste, spread through a damask patterned stencil. A few Eyelet Outlet heart pearls top the whole thing off."

Remember, you have until 6pm EST on Wednesday February 27th to link-up your shining creation.

Friday, February 15, 2019

All That Glitters...

ALL THAT GLITTERS gold. or sometimes silver. with the outside possibility of copper, bronze or rose gold! on the other hand, sometimes all that glitters is GLITTER! which is my very roundabout way of telling you that this fortnight at ♥JINGLE BELLES♥ we're all about metallics and/or glitter!

This could be in the form of metal embellies, metallic or tinsel embossing paste or powder, glitter paper, glitter tape, glitter glue, or even metallic paper ... basically, if it's shiny or sparkly, you're good to go!

Here's how we got our shine on this week:

Lauren says, "I've mentioned before how much I love Idea-Ology's Metallic Kraft-Stock paper. I've used silver this time, backed with a little scrap of plain white cardstock, not because the metallic cardstock isn't strong enough, but because I knew I was going to pressure-emboss in the next step and that reindeer has teeny little legs. I framed up the elegant results with a couple of label shapes and added it to a card with torn layers of paper and a little bit of lace, to make a sort of abstract version of a snowy day!" 

Stephanie says, "I went with primarily glittery metals on my card this week with glittery paper and glittery snow on my jar-shaped gift tag, which is tied with a golden cord.  Sentiment is from My Favorite Things Sassy Pants Holiday and sketch is from Fusion Card Challenge (the theme is tea and bouquets ... I'm going with booze and berries instead).

Link your metal masterpieces here by 6pm (EST) on Wednesday, February 27th. Keyword for galleries and Flickr is JB:19:04.

Thursday, February 14, 2019

The Shape of Things to Come

Sooooooo many gorgeous entires in the Shape Up gallery prove that beautiful holiday cards come in ALL shapes and sizes. Here are a few that we thought were especially clever:

...used beautifully simple silhouetted shapes within a distinctive frame for a card that's a STAR by anyone's standards!

...placed this beautifully colored bird on a clever half-moon shaped card, which makes this a LITERAL Rockin' Robin!

...made SEVEN amazing and unique shaped cards that each made us say, "WOW!" but it's hard to beat a card shaped like Santa on a motorcycle, don't you think?!

And of course we're all wondering who won that fun Ink Road stamp set as well, right? The fine folks at have decreed that *10* is the lucky number, which means that *Brenda B. of Brenda's Scraps of Life* is our Lucky Winner! Brenda, please email stephanie at smilystef @ aol (dot) com to claim your prize! (dot) com

We'll be back at midnight with a brand new prompt we hope will get glittering reviews! ♥

Friday, February 8, 2019

In Great Shape

We're still Shaping-Up for the New Year ... creating shaped cards (anything other than squares or rectangles will do).

Here are our shapes for this week:

Lauren says, "Here's another example of choosing a clipart image and re-sizing it to make the perfect customized shaped card. In this case, the mitten is about 6" tall and nearly 4" wide at the thumb. Yes, I raided my treasured hoard of classic Basic Grey papers! I layered up all of my design elements to make the prettiest and most fanciful mitten imaginable, then affixed it to a folded piece of red cardstock and c-a-r-e-f-u-l-l-y cut around the whole thing to make a card that is mitten-shaped but does actually open in a traditional way."

Stephanie says, "I turned one of my wonky Christmas Trees into a stand-alone card.  The tall skinny card attached to the back also works like an easel, so the tree can stand on its own on the recipients mantle or desk.  I used four different green holiday papers from my scrap bin cut into triangles and decorated my tree with lots of clear bling and a gold glitter star."

Remember, there's a prize for one lucky participant this week.  Make sure you upload your cards by 6pm EST on February 13th for a chance to win.

Friday, February 1, 2019

Shaping Up for the New Year

Are you still sticking with your New Year's Resolution to Shape-up for the New Year? We're here to help you by making cards that are **SHAPES** Anything other than a square or rectangle will do. We've said many times that we (Stephanie and Lauren) never confer before making and posting our cards, but sometimes quite hilariously serendipitous coincidences occur. Like both of us randomly choosing the same shape... and practically the same "sketch"... but with very different results!

Stephanie says, "I used some paper I hand-marbled in a local class together with the largest Spellbinders Nestabilities Heirloom ornament die to create my shaped card this week (my husband affectionately dubbed it a Christmas Radish).  I added a glitter paper topper and stripes and finished with a large Simon Says Stamp Alexis snowflake and tiny white rub-on sentiment."

Lauren says, "Here's my secret for making shaped cards without a traditional template: CLIP ART! I do an image search for the shape I want, find a copyright free version that appeals to me, download it, and print it out at the size I need. This particular bauble shape is one I chose several years ago, and the hard copy I had was a bit too small, so I used my second favorite template trick, which is a version of how we all learned how to make symmetrical paper hearts in the third grade: I folded a piece of cardstock in half, placed the too-small bauble along the fold and traced around half of it... but... at a distance of about 3/4" larger than the shape. When I cut it out, I had a 6" bauble shape that was symmetrical and ready to use as a template! Then I went to town with papers from Prima's "Pretty Pale" collection, plus loads of flowers and pearls!"

And we've got a prize for one lucky participant ... this super-fun *Are You Serious Clark?* Stamp Set from Ink Road Stamps.

Link up here by 6pm (EST) on Wednesday, February 13th. Keyword for galleries and Flickr is JB:19:03.

Thursday, January 31, 2019

Santa's Extra Nice List

We had so much fun seeing how each of you created with your new goodies.  Here are a few that made Santa's Extra Nice List.

Created with a gorgeous new falling snow embossing folder ... 
she added ink & holographic embossing powder for extra snowy sparkle.

used some new designer paper to create this adorable snowy scene ...
we loved his fun winter hat & scarf.

discovered a new technique that gave her colored image
a soft ethereal look ... so festive and pretty.

Come back at midnight to see what our next holiday card inspiration will be (PS ... there will be another prize)

Friday, January 25, 2019

Thank You, Santa!

We're still breaking out lots of new things in our stash this week to create some of our first holiday cards of the year.

Lauren says, "I thought this would be a great time to break out the Snowglobe #2 Sizzix Thinlits die set I treated myself to at Paper Anthology right before Xmas. This is definitely a tweezer-intensive die set, and I'm sure that the snowglobe and stand will get more use than the village with its 46 (yes, 46!) separate, tiny, pieces. But... you can't really argue with the results, can you? I used various layers of foam tape to give a more dimensional look to the houses and added in a few perfectly-to-scale Eyelet Outlet Pine Tree and Snowflake Brads. A card with this many bits and pieces is definitely one I'd make only for a few special people, but I do really LOVE how it turned out."

Stephanie says, "Santa brought me these fun Sassy Pants Holiday Sentiments from My Favorite Things (I'm already thinking about who might find this card in their mailbox).  I paired it with pink holiday paper and a Jingle Bell Border from Memory Box cut from silver glitter paper.  I finished with Love from Lizi Pin Stripe Peel-off silver stickers to frame my sentiment ... easy peasy."

You have until Wednesday, January 30, 2019 at 6pm EST to link-up your cards featuring all of your awesome new goodies & gifts. Keyword for galleries and Jingle Belles Flickr Gallery is JB:19:02.

Friday, January 18, 2019

Look What Santa Brought Me

This week we're celebrating all things new, and using them to create some of our first holiday cards of the year.

Specifically, we're asking you to gather up the new crafting goodies you received for the holidays and use them on your holiday card this week. Just in case all you got from Santa was a bag of coal, then break out something from your crafting arsenal that you haven't created with yet.

Stephanie says, "I added My Favorite Things Snowflake Window & Layered Snowflakes Die-Namics to my stash  for Christmas (I am my own Santa Claus ... that way I always get what I want) ... I love how they work together.  I also thought they paired perfectly with another new holiday wrapping paper I added to my stash.  I finished with  a wrap of ribbon and a sticker sentiment."

Lauren says, "In this case I was my own Santa, as well, and treated myself after Xmas to some adorable holiday-themed sticker sheets from Doodlebug Design, and a few papers too. It's the latter I've used here from the "Christmas Town" and "Milk and Cookies" lines. Once again I had an awesome Sketch Saturday to spur me on!"

Now it's your turn to raid Santa's bounty and create your own masterpiece. Link up here by 6pm (EST) on Wednesday, January 30, 2019. Keyword for galleries and Flickr is JB:19:02.

Thursday, January 17, 2019

That's a *WRAP*!

I don't suppose it's a huge surprise that our fellow card-makers also love to save bits of pretty giftwrap and tags to reuse. Which makes it even more fun to marvel at all of the creative and beautiful ways you've found to USE such bounty! Before we show off a few cards that made us especially happy this fortnight, here's a little badge we made for occasions such as this, in addition to the more generic version on the sidebar.

And now here are some cards that especially ROCKED, in our humble opinion:

...used a surplus-to-requirements clear Treat Bag to add an extra-clever shaker element to her fun and festive card!

...shows that you can feature just a tiny bit of leftover giftwrap -in this case a snowman's face- and make it the centerpiece of a CAS masterpiece!

...reminds us that copper giftwrap is every bit as lovely as silver and gold; as well as impressing us with her amazing abilty to perfectly photograph such a shiny, reflective card!

Of course we're all dying to know who won the prize that was on offer this time, right? According to the fine folks at the lucky number is #100 so that means our lucky winner is...

Kathe D!♥

Please send your snail mail address to 
Lauren at llaurenb (at) hotmail (dot) com 
to claim your prize!

We'll be back at Midnight with a brand new prompt... in every sense of those words! :)

Friday, January 11, 2019

More Time Like the Presents

It seems like we aren't the only people who cannot resist saving a piece of pretty giftwrap or a lovely tag from the recycling bin. If you haven't wandered through the readers' gallery yet, we highly recommend the trip. Also you still have plenty of time to link up your own masterpiece! Meanwhile here's what we made this week:

Lauren says, "This week I've used two different wraps: some gorgeous gold embossed paper that was on one of my own gifts, plus the vibrant purple and white pattern, which was actually on a gift my aunt gave to my mother... but I scooped it up to make a card, lol. There was a large and thankfully unwrinkled section, which became the background of my card and then I fussy cut a few of the snowflakes, as well. Luckily I had the current Sketch Saturday, so I knew exactly where all my elements should go!"

Stephanie says, "After my wrapping paper short-fall last week, I hit the after Christmas sales and re-stocked.  I usually gravitate to holiday papers that aren't clearly *holiday* so I can use them for other occasions if necessary ... like this lovely paper with snow and branches and tiny bits of silver glitter.  I used this week's Mojo Monday Sketch and a delicate Snowflake Snippets Die Cut from Spellbinders paired with a new holiday sentiment from My Favorite Things Snow Globe Sentiments (PS Gina K. Designs Connect Glue is da' bomb for attaching delicate die cuts like this one)."

Remember ... you have until  6pm (EST) on Wednesday, January 16th to link up your card (or cards ... make as many as you want)  . Keyword for galleries and Flickr is JB:19:01

Tuesday, January 1, 2019

No Time Like the Presents

Well it's January first, and you know what that means: time to kick off another holiday cardmaking season, Jingle Belles! Probably, to non-crafters, that sounds ridiculous, but anyone who's ever spent the middle of December stressfully mass-producing 50+ cards knows that making one card a week, throughout the year, actually makes quite a bit of sense. And doing so while hanging out with your friends is just WAY more fun! So if you're joining us for the first time: WELCOME; if you're re-joining us, WELCOME BACK. Either way, we're so happy you're here and we hope you'll find inspiration here throughout 2019! As always, we're open to suggestions, ideas for themes and guest designers; drop us a line any time at jinglebellesrock @ hotmail (dot) com!

Meanwhile, let's get cracking with the first prompt of the year: since there's No Time Like the Presents... before you put away your wrapping supplies, pull out some of your favorites (or some of that paper from a present you unwrapped that was just too pretty to toss) and make a card featuring wrapping paper or gift tags. Here's what we made this week:

Stephanie says, "If there were a spectrum of gift-wrapping skills, Lauren would be at a 10 (best ever) and I would be somewhere down near the 1 to 2 part of the scale.  If I participate in a gift exchange, you can almost guaranty the gift I brought will be the one in the gift bag (it will be an adorable gift bag ... probably with a Yeti ... but it will be a bag).  So needless to say, my gift wrap stash is a bit limited.  As I went hunting for something to make my card, I found a few pieces of vintage gift wrap from the Veterans of Foreign Wars that must have been gifted to me by my mother-in-law.  How cute are these little tumbling patriotic snowmen with their stars & stripes ... I added a few glittery snowflake stickers and a few more sticker sentiments ... and just left the snowmen to shine."

Lauren says, "Of course I'm blushing from testimonial, and I *DO* looooooove to wrap presents. Something Stephanie graciously didn't mention is that whereas she is always on time (often early!) with gifts, one of us often ~ahem~ shall we say, "helps to extend" any occasion, by as much as several weeks, since that's when the beautifully wrapped items typically arrive lol. My card features a gorgeous plaid scrap leftover from my own giftwrapping duties. I typically mount thin papers like giftwrap or tissue onto a piece of lightweight cardstock that I've run through my xyron machine to make more sturdy, and that's what I did here. The tartan ribbon is also an offcut from this year's supplies... I went a bit mad for plaid!"

To kickoff the New Year right, we have a fun little prize for one lucky random cardmaker who links up with us this time: 

So now it's your turn to round up those gift wrapping supplies, make a lovely new holiday card, and link it up right here by 6pm (EST) on Wednesday, January 16th*. Keyword for galleries and Flickr is JB:19:01.

*Please note that because we wanted to start the season on New Year's Day, which happens to be a Tuesday, this first challenge has a few extra days to it. After this we will be back to fortnightly Fridays, as in the past! ♥