Friday, July 31, 2020

Holiday Leftovers

One of my favorite things about the holiday meal is the leftovers … I always enjoy a little stuffing and cranberry sauce on my ham sandwich. So this week we're celebrating Holiday Leftovers by creating cards using all of those little leftover pieces of paper, alphabet letters, stickers, ribbon … you know those things you have saved because they were just too cute to throw them away … well, we want to see you use them to make some fun leftover holiday cards.

Here's how we used our Holiday Leftovers: 

Lauren says, "I recently designed a holiday-themed "Class in a Kit" for my LSS, Paper Anthology which featured stacked windows of diamond, oval and circle shaped mats. Which means I now have a lifetime supply of diecut circles, ovals and diamonds. Not a bad "problem" to have, lol! I managed to use six of the diamonds to create my distressed argyle pattern, which I topped with a couple of fabric poinsettias and the leftover bits and pieces of Eyelet Outlet Swirl Bling that I had trimmed to fit on various other cards."

Stephanie says, "I included lots of leftover from my Prima Santa Baby Collection (paper scraps and stickers) using this week's Sketch Saturday.  I also added a few other stray sentiment stickers from my stash and even some pink postage stamps to finish the design."

One lucky, randomly chosen, participant will receive the 4"x6" Acrylic Stamp set Be Merry and Classic from Couture Creations.

Link your Leftover Lovelies here by 6pm (EDT) on Wednesday, August 12th. Keyword for galleries and Flickr is JB:20:16

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Thursday, July 30, 2020

Colorful Cards

We loved seeing all the different ways you were inspired to create holiday cards based on that beautiful inspiration photo. Here are a few that especially caught our eye:

...was inspired by the bright colors and bottle brush trees and her amazing CAS masterpiece captures those elements perfectly!

...refers to this beautifully original, quirky and delightful card as "Weird Christmas"; a tag with which we respectfully disagree. We love how many elements she has incorporated from the inspiration picture, as well!

...took two of our favorite items from the photo: the gorgeous tree and the super-fun pom pom garland and combined them in this card that really does sum up all things merry!


Many thanks to everyone who played along, we love seeing so many crafters embrace Christmas in July. We'll be back at midnight with a brand new prompt that we hope will find you with enough holiday spirit "leftover" to join us... :)

Friday, July 24, 2020

Colorful Christmas Redux

We're still making holiday cards based on the fabulous decor scheme in this photograph and you're still invited to join us. Just choose one or more element(s) you like in the photo and use them in your card! Be sure to point out what inspired you if it isn't obvious.

 Here's how we were inspired this week:

Stephanie says, "I wanted to focus on the multiple Banners in the rainbow of colors with lots of white space.  I used Taylored Expressions Party Pennants Background inked and stamped with my MISTI with different colors.  Sentiment is from Taylored Expressions Spoiler Alert.  I finished with bling on two of the beaded garlands red at the top & purple at the bottom."

Lauren says, "This week, I went less literal, so instead of a card that resembles the photo in any way, I have a card in which I've chosen some of the elements to reinterpret. For example, the banners on the fireplace are represented by this patterned paper's star and circle garland pattern; the sparkly tree decorations get a nod from my glitter foam star shapes; the bottle brush trees and tiny houses are interpreted by pretty cardstock cut outs; and of course there's lots of nice white background!"

Link your cards at the original post, which is directly below this one

Friday, July 17, 2020

Colorful Christmas Inspiration

This week we're bringing you a holiday photograph to inspire your card-making. You can take as many (or as few) elements from the photo as you wish. 

Maybe you love the Christmas tree decorated in white with pops of color; that fun vintage sled or wooden reindeer; maybe you've fallen for the fun banners or rainbow of bottle brush trees? There's so much here to love! Just remember to tell us how the photo inspired your holiday card design.

Here's how we were inspired:

Stephanie says, "My initial inspiration were the bottle brush trees in those wonderful colors.  I stamped the tree from Essentials by Ellen Bear Ware 2 five times in the fun color rainbow.  Then my inspiration for the sentiment came from the JOY on the right side of the fireplace and is from Essentials by Ellen Retro Holiday Greetings.  Finally, my wood grain card base was inspired by the flooring."

Lauren says, "I fell in love with that bright white fireplace, bedecked with small white houses and rainbow colored trees. I had some ancient Studio Calico fabric house stickers with exactly the right vibe; and they were the perfect size to pair with punched trees from every bright shade of glitter paper in my collection (which is LOTS lol!). I even found some non-holiday washi tapes to give the feeling of the bunting beneath the mantel, and also anchor my little village.

Link your photo inspired creations right here by 6pm (EDT) on Wednesday, July 29th. Keyword for galleries and Flickr is JB:20:15.

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Thursday, July 16, 2020

Stars of Stripes!

So pleased to see how many people are jumping in and celebrating Christmas in July, we loved seeing all your starred and striped creations! Here are a few that especially caught our starry eyes:

...not only incorporated stars AND stripes but she's managed to make a holiday card that is entirely red, white and blue but still looks Christmassy! Quite a feat!

Imke Ludwig of My Crafty Place
...made her card completely from scraps and leftovers; and has also made us fall in love with her beautifully elegant copper, black and white color scheme!

Lisa J of Snowy Moose Creations 
...combines traditional holiday hues, a beautifully stamped and colored image AND a trifecta of perfect papers. What more could we possibly want?
(Ok, maybe some cocoa with whipped cream...)


Many thanks to everyone who played along, we loved seeing every single card! We'll be back at midnight with a brand new prompt we hope you'll think is picture perfect! 

Friday, July 10, 2020


We're still creating with STRIPES and/or STARS this week (there are no bonus points for using both, but you know we love it when you do).

Here's what we created:

Lauren says, "This week I went a bit exponential: my star paper is cut into star shapes and the stripes in my striped paper have stripes! Gotta love that, right? I used my nested star dies to cut two layers for each star and matted them off-center for a more casual look. I used the stars to frame up some fun Doodlebug holiday stickers and found an ancient tab to serve as my sentiment. Job done!"

Stephanie says, "I went through my Christmas paper stash with my 1 1/4" square punch and punched out anything I could find with a star or stripe.  Then I created this fun quilted design on a kraft card base.  I added some bling and a few gold glittery foam stars to finish the design.  The sentiment is Memory Box Typewriter Holiday Elements.


Scroll down to the original post to see the Stars and Stripes readers' gallery and link up your own masterpiece!

Friday, July 3, 2020

STARS and/or STRIPES Forever

Since tomorrow is Independence Day in the USA, we're asking you to incorporate either stars or stripes into your card design (it needn't be red, white or blue) … just stars or stripes (or both!) in any medium you choose.

Here's how we used our Stars and/or Stripes:

Stephanie says, "I couldn't resist breakout out my Taylored Expressions Starry Background with coordinating Stencil & Cutting Plate.  I used the Starry Cutting Plate on Purple Glitter Cardstock and laid it over the Stamped Image on light purple cardstock that I stenciled with two colors of purple ink.   I finished with a sentiment from Taylored Expression Flip the Snowflake."

Lauren says, "I went with stars AND stripes, but my Simple Stories red-on -red stars are admittedly  quite understated. All of my papers are from 2018 or so, and came from my LSS, Paper Anthology in Kenvil, NJ. The sweet fussy-cut snowman and candycane striped paper are Authentique; the dimensional holly is from Prima Marketing and the sheet music is from my stash of vintage goodies."

Link your starry and or stripey creations right here, by 6pm (EDT) on Wednesday, July 15th. Keyword for galleries and Flickr is JB:20:14.
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Thursday, July 2, 2020

We're In Great Shape!

And the proof is in the amazing readers' gallery of Shaped Cards, located two posts below this one. If you haven't checked it out yet, we highly recommend a scroll through! Meanwhile here are just a few that especially caught our eye:

...created several incredibly creative designs using label-shaped dies 
that make us want to get our Nesties out RIGHT NOW! 

... created this amazing and sparkly tree, then decorated it beautifully!

...has us going round in circles with her elegantly layered (and perfectly colored!) creation!

And now I think we'd all like to know whose home that sweet little prize pack will be going to, right? Well the fine folks at have selected Lucky Number 100 which means that...

Jenni aka Mom2Two
is our lucky winner!
Please send your snailmail info to Lauren 
at llaurenb @ 
so we can get that on its way to you!

Many thanks to everyone who played along, we truly do love seeing every single card! We'll be back at midnight with a brand new prompt we hope will make you starry-eyed! ;)

Friday, June 26, 2020

Shaping Up!

We're still making SHAPED cards --by which we mean anything except the standard rectangle or square-- and you're still invited to join us, which we hope you will!

Here's how we shaped up this week:

Lauren says, "I decided to make a heart shaped card, using my largest heart stencil, which is about 4 x 6". I made a fun scalloped border by punching about a dozen 1 3/8" circles and sandwiching them between the stripey heart and a hidden, heart-shaped, hinged cardbase that's the same size. All of the papers used in this card came from ancient and well-hoarded Basic Grey holiday collections, which I still adore. I'll be sad when I use up my dwindling stash, but I've made it last a good long time!

Stephanie says, "I enlarged a clip art picture of a mitten to card sized and then traced it onto a scrap of red designer paper for my mitten base.  Next I attached the green designer paper to the cuff and trimmed it to fit.  I tied a loop of kraft ribbon where the paper joined, and the attached my mitten to a small card base.  I decorated my mitten with a round holiday sentiment from Catslife Press punched with a 2" circle punch that I attached to a scalloped circle that was punched from the same green designer paper, but sponged with green ink for a slightly darker look (and to cover those little white bits that show when you punch designer paper).  I finished with a tiny red gem in the middle of the snowflake."

Link your shapely masterpieces in the original post, directly below this one (and remember, one lucky participant will win a fun prize)!

Friday, June 19, 2020

Get in Shape for the Holidays

The official start of summer next week seems like the perfect time to "get in shape" but luckily there's no diet or exercise required, we just want you to make a shaped card, by which we mean NOT a square or rectangle. Of course a fancy fold or some clever engineering (like an easel card, slider or pop-up) will also qualify.

Here's how we shaped up this week:

Stephanie says, "I turned two die cut circles and dies from Paper Smooches Snowman Card Dies into this fun Snow Man card.  I added two different sizes of googly eyes, a carrot nose cut from a scrap of orange water colored paper, some flair on the scarf, and my very own hand-cut stove pipe hat decorated with some eyelet outlet bling."

Lauren says, "I went with an ornament-shaped card, based on a homemade template from a year or two ago. It's decorated with quite a varied assorment of goodies: paper from Prima's "Georgia Blues" collection; older Petaloo flowers; velvetty 7 Gypsies leaves and a pearl flourish of uncertain origin. I cut a base from dark blue cardstock to make this unusually shaped card --with its very small hinge-- a little bit sturdier. But I also like how it sort of "outlines" the card!"


For some added extra incentive we've got a little prize for one random cardmaker who links up with us this fortnight. It looks a bit like this... ok, technically, it looks EXACTLY like this, lol:

Link your shapely masterpieces here by 6pm (EDT) on Wednesday, July 1st. Keyword for galleries and Flickr is JB:20:13.
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Thursday, June 18, 2020

Take a BOW!

So much lovely ribbon filled our gallery for this prompt ... here are a few of that we're asking to take a Bow!

used a traditional Holiday color palette and combined a
wide variety of holiday ribbon for her adorable Christmas tree.
The ribbon bow made the perfect topper
and the white embossing for the background
was the perfect subtle pattern.

made two lovely cards with this 
beautiful and intricate set of dies; 
we love everything about them,
but it's the combination of
tulle and twine that takes them to the next level!

rocked a big bold bow with her ribbon,
which was the absolute perfect topper
to her lovely holiday ornament ...
and isn't that background embossing perfection?!


Many thanks to everyone who linked their ribbon creations, we loved seeing ALL of them! We'll be back at midnight with a brand new prompt, we hope you'll be in good shape to join us then!

Friday, June 12, 2020

Ribbons and More Ribbons

We're still making cards that feature ribbons, trimmings and lace at Jingle Belles and you're still invited to "tie one on" with us! Here's what we made this week:

Lauren says, "This isn't the fanciest card I've ever made, but it incorporates a lot of older elements that look quite sweet together; and it's semi-flat, so I'm calling it a win! I chose the colors based on the ancient Daisy D's plaid patterned paper, found a Simple Stories journal card that matched perfectly and added ribbons and trims from an elderly assortment by Doodlebug. My Imaginisce flowers and brad, not to mention the fun Eyelet Outlet Enamel Heart, plus a little bit of machine stitching seemed like pretty good finishing touches."

Stephanie says, "Unique ribbon trims like this Red Truck carrying home the Christmas Tree are perfect for covering a kraft tag.  I just cut strips of ribbon, put adhesive on both sides of the back of the tag, and wrap alternating the position of the trucks.  I used a combination of Coordinating holiday papers including several from BoBunny Merry & Bright and a Gold Thickers Joyous Puffy Christmas Tree Sticker decorated with Eyelet Outlet Bling at the top.  A sticker sentiment finished the design using the Mojo Monday Sketch #538."

Scroll down to the original post to see the beautiful Readers' Gallery and add your ribbon-centric masterpiece to it!

Friday, June 5, 2020

Tie a Holiday Ribbon...

...around the Christmas tree! Because this fortnight we're making cards that incorporate ribbon, trimmings, lace or fibers! 

Here's what we made:

Stephanie says, "In my very earliest card-making days, ribbon was often my only embellishment, so it was fun to revisit the ribbon wrap technique.  I wrapped three different ribbons around my card front and attached them to the inside with clear packing tape.  Then I attached another * inside front* to my card to cover the tape.  I layered on on felt snowflakes and a silver glitter sticker (to coordinate with my silvery hand-painted paper and two silver ribbons) and finished with a sentiment flag from my stash."

Lauren says, "This idea is making me wonder HOW I didn't think of it before? Because I've made similar cards where I've done a lattice pattern with washi tape, but somehow it never occurred to me to use ribbon. I suppose partly because it's hard to attach in strips that lie completely flat? Unless, that is, you have 1/8" wide Sookwang Scor-Tape, so you can basically make your ribbon into stickers, one piece at at time. I didn't need to sew all the way around the edges, because those ribbons were on there; but I did anyway and I like how it looks. A fabric poinsettia and a retired Eyelet Outlet paper flower are all the focal point you need when you have NINE different ribbons... am I right? "

Link your ribbon-bedecked masterpieces right here by 6pm (EDT) on Wednesday, June 17th. Keyword for galleries and Flickr is JB:20:12.
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Thursday, June 4, 2020

Jingle Belle Jewels

We were pretty sure we weren't the only Jingle Belles who believe that Christmas + sparkly things make the perfect card-making combination. The only "problem" with all the beautifully blinged cards you guys linked up, is that it made it really hard to only choose three to feature! But we did our best:

...made a card that is very possibly the best use ever of stickles. Seriously, who knew they could add that much beautiful sparkly impact?! 

...managed to combine silver embossing, mirror card AND sequins and still make a card that doesn't feel over done. Impressive!

...not only made a card that raises glittery fun foam to artful new heights; the story of the card she made just before this one is absolutely hilarious. 

And now I think we'd all like to know who will be taking home that fun and sparkly prize, right? Well the fine folks at Random.Org have selected...

Lucky Number #2
which means that
is our Lucky Winner!
please send your snail mail info to
 lauren at llaurenb @hotmail .com 
to claim your prize.

Many thanks to everyone who played along, we loved seeing every single one of your creations. We'll be back at midnight with a brand new prompt we hope will make you want to "tie one on"!

Friday, May 29, 2020

Jingle Belles are BLING-ing

We're still celebrating everything glittering and sparkly, so break out those stick-on gems and pearls, stickles, tinsel embossing powder, or maybe even actual loose glitter if you're feeling especially brave! Scroll down to link up with us on the original post; where you can also see the Readers' Gallery and a fun little bling-centric prize that one lucky random cardmaker will win!

Meanwhile here's how we got our bling on this week:

Lauren says, "I had an entirely different idea when I sat down, but then I found this ancient bling frame and I changed course so I could use it. My card base is a well-hoarded Hambly Transparency (thank you Stephanie for grabbing them up whenever you come across them!) the sparkly pink tape, flowers and Snowflake Brad are from Eyelet Outlet."

Stephanie says, "This week I combined a double-dose of Glitter with some Chunky Bling for a big dose of sparkle.  I love this off-set die cut technique for an extra-dose of elegance.  Dies and Stamps are from Taylored Expressions."

Friday, May 22, 2020

BLING on the Holidays

You guessed it ... we're creating holiday cards that feature lots of BLING ... that can mean jewels, gems, beads, pearls, glitter, stickles ... pretty much anything sparkly.

Here's how we sparkled this week.

Stephanie says, "This week I combined my Jingle Belles card with the Taylored Expressions TEMakerChallenge (to use Pink, a Circle and Ink Blending).  I used the Taylored Expression Poinsettia & Pine Stencil to Dry Emboss Pink cardstock background and then ink blended to bring out the texture.  Next I stamped & die cut my focal point sentiment from Taylored Expression Handlettered Holiday 2 Sentiment ... and then I bought out the Eyelet Outlet Bling to add some sparkle to say Merry Merry."

Lauren says, "When I think of bling, I generally go right for my Eyelet Outlet goodies too, lol! In this case, I cut apart and re-pieced some Swirl Bling to fit my design. I also made a circle mat from American Crafts' POW Glitter Cardstock for a little more flash. I used this week's Sketch Saturday (#610) as a guide to laying out my card. All of the patterned papers are last year's "Christmas in the Country" collection by Prima Marketing, from my lss, Paper Anthology."

Since there's Eyelet Outlet Bling on both of our cards, it seems like we should also share a bit with you guys! So here's a sparkly little prize that one lucky random cardmaker will win, just by linking up a card (or two... or three...) with us this fortnight:

Link your card(s) here by 6pm (EDT) on Wednesday, June 3rd. Keyword for galleries and Flickr is JB:20: 11.

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Thursday, May 21, 2020

Put a RING on It

We loved how all the Bells in the Gallery were going Ring a Ding Ding ... here were a few of our favorites.

Susan B

shared her cute Christmas Puppy ringing a whole pile of Silver Bells for the Holidays


shared her Disco Dancing Santa who gets us smiling every time ... 
and the cluster of jingle belles reminded us of the spinning disco ball.


shared her lovely holiday wreath
perfectly adorned with two tiny bells

Join us at midnight when we'll be BLING-ing on the next challenge.

Friday, May 15, 2020

Jingle Bell, Jingle Bell, Jingle Bell Rock

We're still ringing those Jingle Bells this week ... creating cards that feature at least one bell.

Here's what we're ringing this week:

Lauren says, "I love that so many paper companies include journal cards in their paper lines and I tend to snap them up, because they're the perfect kickstart to a card design. This one hails from Simple Stories' "Claus and Co" line from a few years ago. I added a little handstitching, a pair of Eyelet Outlet Holly Brads and a scattering of EO Star Sequins (attached with Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive, perfect for the job); then matted and added a few trimmings et voila! An almost instant A7 holiday card that's flat and mailable, but still has enough texture to be interesting!"

Stephanie says, "My Jingle Bell this week is from Reverse Confetti and is framed by an alcohol ink background and greens and golds.  I finished with several holly leaf die cuts from the same Reverse Confetti Joys of the Season Set paired with a sentiment sticker."

Scroll down to the original post to see the beautiful Readers' Gallery and link up your own Bell with the Belles!

Friday, May 8, 2020

Christmas Bells Those Christmas Bells

This week the Jingle Belles are asking you to break out your Jingle Bells ... create a card that features at least one Bell ... it could be a Silver Bell, a Golden Bell, a Tinkling Bell; Church Bells, Sleigh Bells ... any kind of Bell.

Here are what we have ringing this week.

Stephanie says, "I used three dies from Impression Obsession for my card this week.  The All-in-One Frame Oval was die cut from Embossed patina paper.  Then I die cut the Ringing Bells and Peace Typewriter Sentiment from Gold Glitter Paper and attached with foam tape for a clean & simple design."

Lauren says, "This card took an embarrassingly long time to make, considering it consists only of panels of Authentique patterned paper from my lss, Paper Anthology (who, btw, have just added an awesome online storefront!) which you would think would seriously limit how much dithering a person could do; but alas, no. I fell in love with this week's awesome Sketch Saturday (#608) and became obsessed with finding exactly the right image to go in each shape. On the other hand, I'm pleased with the result and there are worse things than wallowing in your collection of beautiful holiday papers, right?"

Link your Beautiful Bell-Bedecked creations here by 6pm (EST) on Wednesday, May 20th. Keyword for galleries and Flickr is JB:20:10.
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Thursday, May 7, 2020

There's NOTHING Sketchy...

...about the awesome cards that were linked up this fortnight based on Stephanie's beautiful sketch. In fact the only "problem" we had was only picking three to feature! (For the record, that is by far our favorite problem, lol!)

...saw the sketch's tag shape as a house and the swirls as smoke from the chimbley on a beautiful card that's making us say, "WHY didn't we think of that?!"

...bravely dug into her stash of treasured patterned paper to make this pair of elegant cards in a beautifully soft pastel color palette!

...proves that neutrals are anything but boring and a bunch of "random scraps" can add up to sooooo much more than the sum of its parts!

And now of course we'd all like to know who will be playing with that fun foliage die set in a few days, right? The fine folks at have selected #19 which means that...

is our lucky winner!
please send your snail mail address to lauren at llaurenb @ 
so we can get that in the mail to you!

Many thanks to everyone who joined our Sketch-centric fun, we truly love seeing every single creation! We'll be back at Midnight with a brand new prompt we think might just ring a bell (or a belle?!) with some of you!