Friday, December 2, 2022

Wrapping Up 2022!

It's hard to believe we've come to the end of another Jingle Belles season already; it seems like 2022 has just flown past at record speed, thanks to all of the fun we had seeing your beautiful and creative holiday cards each fortnight!

Below are our traditional beginning-of-December sprawling card pile photos, featuring all the holiday cards we made this year. Now we just have to get started writing, addressing, and sending them out into the world. Then on January 1, 2023 we'll start our 13th year of taking back December one holiday card at a time... and we'd love for you to join us once again! 

Here's one last link-up for the year;  you can use it to share your last-minute holiday cards and, if you have a few minutes, cruise through the other cards to be inspired and maybe leave a comment or two. Many thanks to everyone who helped to make this year our most fun EVER; we'd hope to see you back again at Jingle Belles in 2023! ♥

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Thursday, December 1, 2022

It's a Banner Day

We're thrilled to see all of the lovely cards you've made inspired by various aspects of our very own Jingle Belles 2022 blog banner. Here are just a few that especially caught our eye:

...was inspired by the sweet Santa on the header and the red and green color palette; she designed this beautiful card which also incorporates some botanicals and a tiny bit of sparkle!

...was inspired by the traditional red and green color palette and the beautiful poinsettia on the banner. She's done a gorgeous CAS design using those elements; and made not one, but FIVE cards!

...went "The Full Monty" and used the sketch, the musical background, lots of florals, a perfectly colored Santa and a prominent sentiment. Every single element is not just beautifully done, they add up to so much more than the sum of their parts!


Once again we want to thank EVERYONE who played along this fortnight and throughout the 2022 season. We hope you had as much fun as we did, and that you've either finished your holiday cardmaking duties or at least gotten off to a very good start. We'll be back at Midnight with the official wrap up for the season and of course the traditional yearly photos of our card stashes thus far!

Friday, November 25, 2022

A Blog Header Holiday

This week we're still creating cards inspired by our 2022 Jingle Belles Blog Header/Banner ... remember to tell us how your card was inspired.

This is how we were Banner Inspired this week:

Lauren says, "Once again I've used the traditional red and green color palette of the header. I also incorporated a vintage style Santa (via an Authentique journal card) and some botanical elements, in the form of Eyelet Outlet Poinsettia Washi Tape, plus Simple Stories cardstock stickers. Something that's a bit subtler is the fact that there are several collagey layers going on, which reflect the way I assembled the original artwork using translucent digital elements."

Stephanie says, "This week I started with a Santa trading card that reminded me of the Santa in the banner, as well as a scan of a vintage piece of Jingle Bells sheet music.  I mounted it on red, since the banner is framed in red and added Sizzix Thinlits Poinsettia Pieces Die cut from Green Glitter paper to bring in both the flowers and glitter from the blog design.  I finished with a sticker sentiment and little candy cane sticker to bring in a bit more red & green."


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Friday, November 18, 2022

Banner Holiday

For our final prompt of 2022, we're asking you to make a card inspired by our 2022 Jingle Belles Blog Banner. You can choose as many (or few) elements as you desire: maybe you love the vintage Santa, the traditional red and green color palette, the sparkly letters or the seasonal blooms? Be as literal or tangential as you like, but do make sure you tell us what parts of the banner inspired your card.

Here is where we found inspiration:

Stephanie say, "I started with a Christmas postcard that had flowers that reminded me of the ones Lauren used on the left side of the design (and a green background like she used behind the title).  I found some Poinsettias in my ephemera and added it on the right side.  Next step was to find a vintage Santa and add a bit of glitter (a few strips of green glitter paper).  I finished with trading stamps that reminded me of what is going on behind Santa's head in the banner.  I finished my mounting it all on a piece of vintage sheet music."

Lauren says, "My card was inspired by the positioning of the elements in the header (in card challenge parlance we call it the "sketch") so I concentrated most of my images to the bottom left and top right of the card. I incorporated Santa and some botanical images, but since they are stickers from Doodlebug Design, they have a much different mood than those on the header. I stuck (mostly) with the traditional red and green palette of the blog and I couldn't resist making the background from sheet music. And thanks to a Cut-Plorations die that Stephanie gifted me, I had the PERFECT sentiment!"


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Thursday, November 17, 2022

Ho, Ho, Ho + Ha, Ha, Ha!

So many fun and FUNNY cards in the gallery this fortnight. You guys keep making it hard for us to choose, but that is our favorite "problem" to have! Here are three cards that especially caught our eye this time:

...chose an especially adorable, rather hilarious House Mouse image and colored it with impressive skill!

...did an amazing job of coloring her sweetly chagrined little lady AND used washi tape to make the simplest and most appealing background ever!!!

...used her creativity superpowers to combine a Halloween image with exactly the right accoutrements to make a very funny and totally appealing Christmas card!

Many thanks to everyone who played along, we loved seeing all of your amazing cards! We'll be back at Midnight with the last prompt of the 2022 season, we hope you've had a Banner Year! ♥

Friday, November 11, 2022

Ha Ha Holiday

We're still creating holiday cards that make you smile (or laugh out loud) this week.

Here are our Funny Ho! Ho! creations:

Lauren says, "This week, I knew that I wanted to use up the ugly sweaters on a sheet of older American Crafts paper, so I cut them out and was ready to roll when I realized that I didn't have a good sentiment to go with them. Luckily, I when I messaged Stephanie, she came up with a bunch of goodies that I formatted and printed out. Problem solved AND I have a bunch of "the same but different" cards to send to my nieces at college!"

Stephanie says, "I always love the look on the face of this Technique Junkies Christmas Kitty ... like he just finished knocking over the Christmas Tree ... so to me, it's perfect paired with the Dear Santa sentiment."

Friday, November 4, 2022

Funny Ho! Ho!

This fortnight at Jingle Belles we're asking you to create humorous holiday cards. They can be funny, punny or snarky, but make sure they're something that will induce a smile or a belly laugh.

Here's how we were funny this week:

Stephanie says, "When I think of funny holiday cards, I usually grab my Taylored Expressions Grumplings.  This week's card features an Elf Grumpling who has gone on strike."

Lauren says, "In the process of making my card, I discovered that I have hardly any humorous holiday sentiment stamps. Luckily, I have a computer and plenty of cute fonts, so I was able to re-create a something I saw on a novelty t-shirt in a catalog. The lady is an older Authentique journal card, the typeface is called Mom's Typewriter and was free from; the papers are from the scrap bag. This is one of those cases where thinking up what to do took muuuuuuuuuuuch longer than actually doing it. Am I the only one to whom that happens??!"


Link your Funny, Ho! Ho! card(s) right here, 
by 6pm (Eastern) on Wednesday, November 16th
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