Friday, May 24, 2019

Text Me

This fortnigh at Jingle Belles, we're asking you to create a Holiday card that celebrates TEXT. You could use letter stickers, book pages, dictionary pages, texty patterned paper or just create a card where the sentiment is the star of the show ... just make sure you get TEXTY.

Here's what we made this week:

Stephanie says, "I decided to go searching through my vast designer paper collection for text ... and I found it in Shimelle's American Crafts Christmas Magic Collection.  I went searching for one of the characters in the 12 Days of Christmas for my focal image ... but finally decided if the song were written today, surely there would be a Penguin (and his tiny snowman friend).  My inspiration and sketch came from the Fusion Card Challenge and stamps are from Essentials by Ellen Arctic Pals & Ugly Sweater Accessories stamped on the EBE Aline Snowfall Die Cut ."


Lauren says, "I used an old set of oversized chipboard alphas as a template to cut the letters "J-O-Y" out of some Prima "Spring Farmhouse" paper with a little bit of text detail. I added in some florals, lace and a chipboard sentiment, then piled the whole thing on top of some pretty plaid from the "Sweet Peppermint" collection."

And ... drum roll ... the winner of the prize package from our Old Fashioned Christmas Prompt is:

Rose from My Happy Place ... e-mail us your contact info, so we can get your prize on its way.

Link your texty masterpieces here by 6pm (EST) on Wednesday, June 5th. Keyword for galleries and Flickr is JB:19:11.  

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Thursday, May 23, 2019

Vintage Valedictorians

In this season of graduations, we have our very on Vintage Valedictorians ... some of our favorites from the Old-Fashioned Christmas gallery.

combined lots of vintage ephemera and 
finished it off with the perfect snowy, glittery border ... 
vintage perfection.

took us on a vintage sleight ride with 
glittery snow and a gorgeous
Brusho stenciled sky.

brought new life to a fantastic vintage card image ...
we can almost hear the put put put of the car delivering
those gifts.

Make sure you check back at midnight for our next Jingle Belle prompt ... where we might just be getting a bit wordy.

Friday, May 17, 2019

We Wish You a Vintage Christmas

We're still celebrating "An Old Fashioned Christmas" and you still have plenty of time to link up your own vintage --or vintage inspired--  masterpiece! In fact there's even a little prize this fortnight, from Lauren's Etsy Shop, Just Enough Stuff! Here's what we made this week:

Lauren says, "Darn, I wish I didn't have so many EXTRA handmade holiday cards ready to send on December first", said nobody ever!!! Yep, I sort of accidentally wound up with TWO cards this week. One of them is nearly all actual vintage bits and the other is almost entirely new, but vintage-style products. I wonder if you can guess which is which? To find out, click through to my blog, where all shall be revealed!"

Stephanie says, "I piled on a whole lot of vintage goodness on this week's card ... vintage dictionary page, receipt book, three kinds of trading stamps and a few other vintage-like goodies from my stash."

Scroll down to the original post (just below this one) for details on the prize and to access the Linky tool! ♥

Friday, May 10, 2019

An Old-Fashioned Christmas

This week at Jingle Belles we're going back in time ... we're asking you to create a card with a vintage or retro vibe … either by using new products that are vintage-in-style or by incorporating actual vintage items into your design (or heck, really go for it and use both).

Here's how we went vintage this week:

Stephanie says, "I recently returned from California where I was able to attend a Print-makers' Fair.  At one booth, I picked-up a few tiny vintage cards including this vintage boot in a roller skate filled with roses.  I wasn't sure how I would use it ... but I loved it.  I love how it paired perfectly with several designer papers with vintage designs including some numbers, text, flourishes and holly.  Sentiment is once again Bluebird Typed Christmas (apparently my go to sentiment set)."

Lauren says, "My card was inspired by this week's Sketch Saturday (#562) because that funky-cool angle is just so awesome! My vintage bits are actual vintage, from my stash of goodies, and include that lovely Jingle Bells sheet music from an old songbook, the (well-hoarded!) German-Scrap bells; plus a red doily that may have been "liberated" from my mom's dining room, so shhhhh don't tell her lol! I've mixed in some modern patterned paper in semi-muted shades that went well with the bells, and finished off with loads of dimensional flowers and leaves."

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, as well as 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 want, between now and 6pm (EST) on Wednesday, May 22. Keyword for galleries and Flickr is JB:19:10.

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Thursday, May 9, 2019

A Very Very Merry Sketchmas!

Many thanks to everyone who played along this fortnight and made such *BEAUTIFUL* versions of Stephanie's sketch! You definitely make it very, very hard to choose just a few cards to feature, and if you haven't had a good long look through the Sketch Gallery yet, we definitely suggest an inspirational stroll! Meanwhile here are a few cards we especially loved this time:

...made two glorious CAS masterpieces, it was extremely hard to choose just one, so you should definitely click through and see the other!

...combined a bunch of amazing ink-centric techniques (you should really go read her blog post!) with some gorgeous vintage style collage elements to make her beautifully artistic card!

...also made two completely wonderful cards using tag shapes she cleverly up-cycled (our favorite technique!) from store-bought cards received last year! 

We'll be back at Midnight with a good old fashioned brand new theme, we hope to see you then! ♥

Friday, May 3, 2019

Oh SKETCH-mas Tree

We're still making cards based on Stephanie's beautiful sketch, which, if you recall, looked a bit like this:

Here's what we made this week:

Stephanie says, "Last week's card recipe worked so well, I followed it again this week with a glittery star tag and tiny typed sentiment from Hello Bluebird Typed Christmas."

Lauren says, "I've done a much looser interpretation of the sketch this week, but i think you can see the "bones", right? Because I finally got my hands on the fabulous Sizzix "Home for the Holidays" die set, with that amazing retro car, so of course I absolutely HAD TO use it. And the shape of the car sort of dictated the shape of my medallion, so I really had to turn it in the other direction on the card. But the great thing about a wonderful sketch is, you can do ANYTHING with it!"

Scroll down to the original post to see all of the amazing cards already in the readers' gallery and link up your own masterpiece!

Friday, April 26, 2019

We Wish You a Merry SKETCH-mas

We're feeling a little bit sketchy at ♥JINGLE BELLES♥ this fortnight, thanks to the super sketch-creation skills of Stephanie, who's made this beautiful roadmap to inspire our cards!

And here are the cards we made this week:

Stephanie says, "I always buy fun tags at the after Christmas sales like this cute Yeti to have for card making.  I paired him with a Taylored Expressions Plaid embossed background and a tiny typed sentiment from Hello Bluebird Typed Christmas."

Lauren says, "I (finally!) used this beautiful (and frankly hoarded) vintage-inspired Santa illustration from October Afternoon for my focal point, then filled out the rest of the sketch elements with a fussy-cut sentiment banner and some miscellaneous red paper scraps. It's super, super simple and yet I love how it turned out!"

Link your sketchtastic creations right here by 6pm (EST) on Wednesday, May 8th. Keyword for galleries and Flickr is JB:19:09.

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Thursday, April 25, 2019

recycle... reuse... and JINGLE!

We loved seeing all of the creative recycling in the gallery the last two weeks ... here are a few that really rocked the recyling.

turned a Twinnings Tea Box into this fabulous holiday card ... her creative layout allowed her to use the entire panel with her sentiment covering-up the text on the box.

turned one of our favorite vintage shopping bag designs into an entire herd of Santa's reindeer ... love the embossed background for a fabulous neutral design.

combined crafting with her granddaughters with recycling some acrylic packaging
for these fabulous holly leaves.

And ... drum roll please ... the winner of our stampy giveaway is:

Beverly of Bev's Creative Path with this golden beauty.  Send us your e-mail address & we'll get your goodies in the mail.

Check back at midnight where we'll be getting Sketchy With It.

Friday, April 19, 2019

Joy to the Earth

We're still celebrating EARTH Day at Jingle Belles by creating cards featuring recycled elements.

Here are our examples of recycling this week:

Lauren says, "I raided the recycling bag back in December, when a beautiful catalog arrived whose cover had birch trees with fairy lights. There was text at the top and bottom, but I knew that the center section that would be exactly the right size for a tall card and that it wouldn't need much embellishing. I added a couple of mats (gold metallic and wood veneer seemed like good choices) and rescued a sheet music star from the big box of diecuts. A couple of dimensional poinsettias and a sentiment sticker later and I called it good!"

Stephanie says, "My card includes multiple recycled elements ... the bokah sky is from a 2018 holiday card; the trees in the background are cut from Studio Calico packaging; and the silver on the car & wheels was recycled from a specialty paper sample book from the local print shop that our marketing team lets me have every year when the new one comes out.  I even pulled the paper for my present and tree out of the trash can by my studio table."

Remember, you have until Wednesday at 6pm EST to upload your recycled creations.

Friday, April 12, 2019

Peace on Earth Day!

If you've played along with us in other years, you'll know that we have a few challenges which are the same theme, at the same time, every year.

For instance, the first challenge of October is always Pink Xmas. And the fortnight which includes Earth Day is always "RE-use, RE-cycle, UP-cycle". That's just the way it is!

Which means... it's time to grab that pretty piece of packaging you saved; or the clear plastic bakery box that could be diecut into shaker card awesomeness; or maybe there's a cereal box in the recycling bin that you could decoupage or paint it to make *free* chipboard embellishments? Don't forget the beautiful store-bought holiday cards we receive each December, or those bits of carefully saved gift wrap... those *totally* count too!

Here are the eco-friendly creations we made this week:

Stephanie says, "I save things all year, so I have a selection of elements to choose from for this challenge ... but unfortunately that stash did not survive the recent flooding of our home due to a frozen pipe.  So instead, I pulled a Kleenex Box out of our Recycle Bin, punched a bunch of Hexagons, and made this holiday card with Hexagon Christmas Stamps from STAMPlorations with inspiration from the If You Give a Crafter a Cookie Challenge."

Lauren says, "In the spirit of full disclosure I will tell you right off: I used two store-bought cards I received this past December, and they did almost all the work for me!!! I had planned to add some diecut trees or reindeer or... something... but honestly nothing I tried out really worked. Eventually, I stumbled across the ancient Doodlebug sentiment sticker, which featured exactly the same shade of purple as the sky behind the trees. So I just added a few skinny wisteria cardstock mats, plus some fun Eyelet Outlet Snowflake Brads and called it a day!"

And keeping with our recycling theme, one lucky participant will receive a selection of lightly used Hero Arts stamps for their Holiday card making stash including:

Christmas Poster Background

Season's Greetings

Chalkboard Happy Holidays

Three Happy Elves

Link your eco-centric creations right here by 6pm (EST) on Wednesday, April 24th. Keyword for galleries and Flickr is JB:19:08.
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Thursday, April 11, 2019

It's a THREE-for-all!

So many clever and beautiful trios in our "We Three Kings" gallery! You guys always make it really, really hard to feature just a few. But here are three that especially tickled our fancy this fortnight:

...fielded a trio of trios: three gorgeous Authentique patterned papers, three stars, three enamel dots... there is not one single thing we don't love about this card!

...went three for three as well! (We love this trend!) Three happy reindeer, three beautiful funky trees and three jewels on top, all on a gorgeously vibrant neon green background!

...has only one trio, but what a fabulous one it is: three of the most handsome snowmen ever, with a bonus in the form of that beautifully watercolored sentiment; so dreamy!


We'll be back at midnight with a brand new prompt which we definitely hope you will treasure and not trash!

Friday, April 5, 2019

Three of a Kind ... working on a Full Christmas House

As you may remember from last week, our current theme is called, "We Three Kings" but actually, we just want to see three of something rather than kings, necessarily. Though of course, three literal kings would definitely qualify. Perhaps wearing adorable holiday sweaters? Because there's a nice big range here, for you to be as creative as you'd like!!! :)

Stephanie says, "This week I went with three Christmas Sweater stickers for my trio ... 
mounted on some coordinating cable-knit paper ... 
can you ever have too many Christmas Sweaters?"

Lauren says, "I had to laugh when I saw the title Stephanie had given this post, because my card has THREE evergreen trees and TWO tiny reindeer, which really IS a 'full house' in poker terms! I raided my stash of pre-diecut scraps for all of the above, which made this a very fast and easy card, leaving me extra time to add loads of machine stitching for more texture!"

Use your TARDIS to jump backwards in time and link up on last week's post... OR... just scroll down to the post directly below this one...

Friday, March 29, 2019

We Three Kings

This fortnight's theme at ♥JINGLE BELLES♥ is a tiny bit tricky, so we hope you'll read this entire paragraph! It's called "We Three Kings" but you don't actually need to include any kings in your card's design. We just want to see *THREE* of... well... something! Three reindeer, maybe? Three beautiful dimensional poinsettias? Three yeti would be cool! Or perhaps even three fancy ornaments... the choice is up to you.

Here's how we used trios this week:

Lauren says, "One of my favorite uses for leftover ColorBurst (because I *always* mix too much when I watercolor, lol!) is diecutting! In this case, on top of my lovely blendy shades of blue, I've used several different types of modeling paste through various stencils to get the raised designs on my baubles. I layered them over sheet music and a coordinating panel of patterned paper, then added Eyelet Outlet Jewel Bling Strips to serve as hangers. Super easy, but satisfyingly creative to make!"

Stephanie's Card

Stephanie says, "My card features a vintage (1981 to be exact) trio of Wildlife Greeting Stamps from the National Wildlife Federation.  The set had lots of small stamps and then a few larger ones, like the one in the center of my triptych.  I finished with a wrap of twine (which reminded me of a bird's nest) and a sticker sentiment"

Link your trio-centric cards here by 6pm (EST) on Wednesday, April 10th. Keyword for galleries and Flickr is JB:19:07.

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Thursday, March 28, 2019

Fabulous Feathered Friends

So many cute little birdies in the gallery this week ... here are a few that were particularly tweety.

created a stinkin' cute wreath of penguins with a perfect one peeking out of the center ... 
so much birdie fun.

how do you not fall in love with a birdie snowman ... and that perfect snowy sky.

not only shared lots of cardinals in her beautiful winter scene ...
but also added another bird to accent her sentiment.

And of course we all want to know who won that fun prize pack, right? According to the fine folks at, the lucky winner is... #8 which means that Elizabeth... aka... ElizStewart of Paper Sweetness gets the goodies! Please email Lauren at llaurenb @ with your snail mail info, to claim your prize!

Make sure you come back at midnight for our next prompt that is *counting* up the ways to celebrate Christmas.

Friday, March 22, 2019

Season's Tweetings

We're still rockin' with the robins, prancin' with the penguins and possibly even attending a flamingo fiesta this fortnight... and you still have until Wednesday evening at 6pm EST to link-up and join the fun, which we hope you will (remember there's a prize this week for one lucky participant)!

Here's how we #putabirdonit this week:

Stephanie says, "This week's card is brought to you by cardstock embellishments on a light grey card base ... doesn't he look perfect perched on the snow globe in his snappy little sock cap ... flurries of fun for sure."

Lauren says, "I've gone very distressed and shabby chic this time, with papers from Prima's "Santa Baby" and "Sweet Peppermint" collections, not to mention that lusciously frosted, dimensional poinsettia! I've added in a washi tape sentiment, a few punched borders and some ancient pinecone stickers that I think look surprisingly good in this context. At the very end, I felt like there was not enough of the darker red from the flower to anchor the design, so I slipped in a burgundy mat before adding lots (and lots!) of machine stitching."

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"! :)