Friday, July 12, 2019

Tic-Tac .. TWO?

We're in the second week of our fun holiday Tic-Tac-Toe game and we'd love for you to join us in another round of cards based on this board:


These are the trios we used this week:



Lauren says, "This week I chose the top row, so I had SNOWMAN + GLITTER + STAMPING to work with. I stamped my Pretty Pink Posh Happy Snowman (for a bit of a two-fer!); then grounded him on some fun glitter-bedecked paper from Pebbles. As a bonus, I gave my handsome snowman an Eyelet Outlet Hat Brad and added some Snowflake Brads to the glittery snowflakes printed on the patterned paper."





Stephanie says, "I won the Paper Smooches prize at Junkiefest, which included this fun Snowman Card Die.  I die cut him from white glitter paper to use the Horizontal Row across the top (Snowman, Glitter, Stamping).  The scarf and sentiment piece were a leftover piece of watercolor paper sprayed with Technique Junkies Vivid Volt Shimmering Bliss."

Friday, July 5, 2019

Jingle Belles Tic-Tac-Toe

We're playing a fun game of Tic-Tac-Toe at Jingle Belles ... you just have to create a holiday card using three of the items that are in a row vertically, horizontally or diagonally.



Here is how we *scored* this week:




Stephanie says, "For my Tic-Tac-Toe, I went vertical down the middle for Glitter - Red - Santa.  I love picking-up glittery tags at the after Christmas sales for super-easy holiday cards ... glittery Santa, designer paper, done."



Lauren's Card

Lauren says, "I chose the diagonal which runs from the top right corner to the bottom left:  STAMPING + RED or GREEN + RIBBON. I was lucky enough to receive this beautiful Uniko "Block Party Christmas" stamp for my birthday from A Certain Someone, which I couldn't wait to ink up! Since the stamp is 4 x 5.25" you really don't need much to make a beautiful card, even if you like to make A7's as I have here. I added some Eyelet Outlet holiday brads, because the stamp actually included things like the triangle shaped tree, various sizes of snowflakes, an ornamentholly leaves, etc. I stuck to a traditional palette as inspired by the "red or green" box of the game board and only needed to add a few mats and a ribbon accent to complete my Tic-Tac-Toe choice."

Link your Tic-Tac-Toe masterpieces here by 6pm (EST) on Wednesday, July 17th. Keyword for galleries and Flickr is JB:19:14.


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Thursday, July 4, 2019

Let it Snow, Let it Snow, Let it Snow!

It seems we're not the only folks who feel that the best time for SNOW in the northern hemisphere is the middle of summer. A quick scroll through the gorgeous cards in the SNOW MUCH FUN gallery will confirm this! Here are a few cards we thought were especially cool this time:

snowman and bird in traditional colours

...made two different versions of this adorable card. They are both *BEAUTIFUL* and also a great illustration of how much difference it makes to just change COLORS!


...made this beautiful CAS tag with a super clever FLOATING snowflake that we really really want to CASE as soon as possible!


...made a simple-but-stunning card in non-traditional colors that we just CANNOT stop looking at! (Seriously... that bokeh background...)

As usual, there was not a single card we didn't love, so if you haven't cruised the SNOW Gallery we heartily recommend the trip! We'll be back at Midnight with a brand new prompt we hope you'll be game for... :)

Friday, June 28, 2019

Snow Far, Snow Good!

We're still celebrating the flaky white stuff here at Jingle Belles. There's an argument that the best place for *SNOW* is on holiday greetings, in the middle of summer, where it never impedes driving or requires one to wield a shovel for hours at a time, lol. So let's get right to the cards we made this week:


Stephanie says, "This sweet little snowman tag is the focal point of my card this week.  All I had to add was some navy seam binding and an epoxy dots for the pom pom on his hat."


Lauren says, "I've been fascinated by negative space lately, so this is not the first (or last, lol!) card I've made by punching out some little windows and backing them with... something. In this case it's a sparkly white landscape created with Penny Black's Trees and Hills die, in the aperture created with a circle punch through this gorgeous Solitude paper from Authentique. To embellish I added some fab Eyelet Outlet Snowflake Brads and placed a diecut sentiment on a banner made with pretty grey and white Snowflake Washi Tape... et voila!"

Scroll down to the original post and check out the awesome readers' gallery... where you can also link up your own snow-centric masterpiece!

Friday, June 21, 2019

Snow Much Fun!

As you may have deduced from the title, we're celebrating *SNOW* this fortnight! So break out your snowmen (and women!) snowflakes, snowy landscapes, or anything else that features the frosty white stuff and get creative!

Here's what we made this week:


Lauren says, "This sweet snowman from Prima's "Santa Baby" chipboard has been calling to me since I acquired him last December at my lss, Paper Anthology. Finally I found the *perfect* home for him on this ancient piece of sheet-music inspired patterned paper from October Afternoon. All I needed to finish up were a few mats, a couple of diecuts and some awesome Eyelet Outlet Snowflake Brads!"



Stephanie says, "I love using non-traditional color combinations for my holiday cards ... so I featured MFT Color Challenge with some Berry Pink Snowflakes (stamped altogether using my MISTI).  I finished with the coordinating die cut snowflakes and some Eyelet Outlet Bling."


Link up your own snow-centric masterpiece(s) by 6pm (EST) on Wednesday, July 3rd. Keyword for galleries and Flickr JB:19:13. ♥
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Thursday, June 20, 2019

Santa & Friends Superstars

We loved seeing the gallery filled with all sorts of fun North Pole Friends ... here are a few that particularly caught our eye.




picked the absolutely perfect placement of her up-cycled Santa ... and perfect background paper too ... he just looks so darn Jolly.




chose to feature those other North Pole residents ... the reindeer.  We loved the fun background paper and how she combined all of those great die cut elements.



featured this adorable Santa that she found in some freebie papers together with the perfect die cut banner shape for her sentiment ... so fun.


And drum roll ... the winner of our prize giveaway is ...



Bonnie - send us your mailing address, and we'll get your goodies on their way.  And come back at midnight for a prompt that features some of our favorite white stuff.


Friday, June 14, 2019

Jolly Old St. Nick

We're still celebrating Santa Claus, as well as all of the other awesome residents of the North Pole: Mrs. Claus, reindeer, elves, happy polar bears... maybe even a Yeti? Here's what we made this week:



Lauren says, "This week I built a tall card around this beautiful vintage-style Santa on a journal card from Authentique's "Jingle" collection. He didn't need much in the way of embellishment, so I contented myself with a few coordinating patterned paper mats, an ancient chipboard bauble sentiment and some Eyelet Outlet bling!"



Stephanie says, "A Doodle Pop Santa for me this week together with his Doodle Pop Mouse friend.  Love these colors for Christmas ... added a row of bling & sticker sentiment using the layout from Sketch Saturday."

Remember, one lucky participant will get the pack of Christmas goodies mailed their way.  Please come join our holiday fun.

Friday, June 7, 2019

Santa Baby

This time we're celebrating Santa Claus ... St. Nick ... the Jolly old Guy himself ... or you might choose to feature Mrs. Claus, the Elves, Reindeer or even our favorite, a Yeti ... anyone who might be living at the North Pole.

Here are the creatures we featured:



Stephanie says, "I had never paper pieced this cute little Santa Die from the Sizzix Side Order Collection ... it included the tiny embossing folder & the noel word die cut, so I combined them all with some wood grain cardstock."




Lauren says, "There are sooooooo many great versions of Santa Claus out there in the big wide papercrafting world, but for sheer cuteness and adorability, I think it's hard to beat Doodlebug Design. my card is about 90% D-bug products, including most of the papers and all the sweet stickers. I combined the latter in a little rooftop scene, and placed them on a little tag, thanks to this week's awesome sketch (#566) from Sketch Saturday."


One lucky participant for this prompt will receive a fun little prize package - Die-Versions Winter Glob Die Cut; Stitched Felt Embellishments and a Pocketful of Cheer Paper Pumpkin Kit that makes 8 cards.


Link your card(s) featuring your favorite North Pole Resident(s) right here, before 6pm (EST) on Wednesday, June 19th. Keyword for galleries and Flickr is JB:19:12.
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Thursday, June 6, 2019

The Write Stuff

It turns out there is no *bad* way to get texty at the holidays... which made it extra hard for us to just choose a few type-centric cards to feature. We highly recommend a scroll through the readers' gallery to see all the gorgeous cards. Meanwhile here are a couple of faves:

...capitalized on the envelope-like shape of a recent card sketch, by adding text paper, embossing and the sweet stocking to her clever card!

...strategically cut her text paper to make the perfect window for those beautifully glittery trees and super-fun baking paper snow!

...proves that CAS cards can be loaded with texture and interest, by virtue of embossing, tiny gems, and the most elegant sentiment ever!

♥♥♥

We'll be back at midnight with a brand new prompt we hope won't have you looking for an Escape Claus! ;)

Friday, May 31, 2019

My Santa Baby Wrote Me a Letter

We're still celebrating the joys of text and typography and you still have time to join in, which we hope you will! Scroll down to the original post to link your word-centric masterpieces. Meanwhile, here's what we made this week:




Lauren says, "I've combined one of my all-time favorite texty patterned papers (from Carta Bella, last year, I believe); a Simple Stories sentiment card and lots of fabulous Eyelet Outlet Pinecone, Poinsettia and Holly Brads. Luckily I had this week's Sketch Saturday blueprint (#565), so i knew *exactly* where everything should go!"


Stephanie says, "This week I had to ink up this new Texty Block Party Christmas Stamp from Uniko ... so many fun Christmas Phrases in my new Catherine Pooler Rouge Ink on Kraft.  I added some texty designer paper to finish the design and a gem on the top of the Santa Gnome's Hat."
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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."

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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:



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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.