Friday, October 18, 2019

Think PINK!!!

We're still celebrating PINK CHRISTMAS at ♥JINGLE BELLES♥ and you're still invited to play along! Remember, Stephanie and Lauren each donate $2 for every newly made PINK CHRISTMAS card that gets linked up with us this fortnight, so if you're only going to join us once this year, this would be an awesome time to do so!

Here's what we made this week:

Lauren says, "This week I raided my collection of Prima holiday papers, using lots of Santa Baby and a little bit of the Sweet Peppermint collection. But my favorite part of this card is the panel I made which is nothing but pink diecut doilies, overlapping each other. I kind of wish I had not covered it up as much I did, but I know it's there and it makes me happy. I did lots of edge-distressing and loads of machine stitching and called it a day."

Stephanie's Other PINK Card

Stephanie says, "I am always on the lookout for Pink Holiday paper, and on my travels last week, I picked up the fun Holly Jolly Collection from My Mind's Eye.  I wanted to pair it with a Santa, so I used the one from The Ink Road Stamps Happy Holla Days. I paired him with a sentiment from My Favorite Things Sassy Pants Holiday and this week's Sketch Saturday."

Scroll down to the original PINK CHRISTMAS post to see the reader's gallery and link up as many of your own PINK CHRISTMAS cards as you'd like to! ♥

Friday, October 11, 2019

♥ Pink Christmas... for the Cure! ♥

If you've played along with us in other years, you may already know that at ♥JINGLE BELLES♥ we always devote the first theme of each October to making pink holiday cards as part of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and that for each card that gets linked up, we (Stephanie and Lauren) each donate two dollars to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation

There aren't many rules for this challenge other than the fact that each card has to be newly made, it has to have a winter holiday theme, and it has to feature PINK prominently. Does your whole card have to be pink? Certainly not. Can you combine other colors with the pink? Of course! Should you have more pink than say two or three baubles on your green tree set against a snowy white background? Well, yes... that would be good, lol. But other than that, we'll leave it to you to decide how much pink, what shade, and how to employ it!

We're pretty low key about self-promotion around here, but this cause is near and dear to our hearts and we'd love to get GREAT participation, so be sure to tell all your cardmaking friends, and feel free to share the official graphic and our link on your blog or social media.

But now let's get right to the cardmaking! Here's what we've made this week:

Stephanie says, "I started a card inspired by a gorgeous piece of Alexandra Renke designer paper ... then when I started to assemble the card ... I lost the piece of paper ... how does that happen.  I finally gave up looking and used a lovely piece of pink paper from Pinkfresh Studio with my Alexandra Renke Die Cuts and a rub-on sentiment."

Lauren's PINK Card

Lauren says, "I'm not sure I've ever made a pink + white + kraft card before, but I kinda think it might be new favorite color combo! I also really love the fonts on that cute Doodlebug journal card. I added a few stickers from the same collection, then went slightly crazy with skinny white mats to tie all my patterned papers together. Speaking of "ties" i added a double layer of ribbons... one of them is a PINK RIBBON which I especially love in the context of this challenge!"

Link as many PINK CHRISTMAS cards as you'd like by 6pm (EST) on Wednesday, October 23rd. Keyword for galleries and Flickr is JB:19:21

You are invited to the Inlinkz link party!

Thursday, October 10, 2019

Dreidel Dreidel Dreidel

We loved seeing the creating cards for non-Christmas recipients ... here are a few of our favorites:

made this adorable winter scene ... how cute is that tiny deer

featured some fabulous tone-on-tone background stamping with wonderful
silver accents

perfected the ink spray with gorgeous silver glitter

And now the winner of the fun Hanukkah-themed prize pack.
The fine folks at have selected #6 which means that
Bonnie of Stamping with Klass
is our lucky winner!
Congratulations, Bonnie! Please email your details to
Lauren at
to claim your prize!

Come back at midnight for one of our favorite annual color prompts.

Friday, October 4, 2019

The Hanukkah Song - 2nd Verse

We're still celebrating the winter holidays apart from Christmas, and you still have time to join the fun. In other words: you can make a general winter card, you can do New Year, Kwanzaa, Solstice, Hogmanay or Hanukkah, but for this fortnight only, we're not celebrating Christmas!

Stephanie says, "This week I created a Black & Gold Peace card with doves and stars for a general winter theme ... these are also nice to have for Thank You and other needs around the Holiday Season."

Lauren says, "Last week I used my Eyelet Outlet Tear Drop Bling as flames on a stamped menorah, but this week I realized that the eight letters of "HANUKKAH" could actually serve as the candles. It works best (imo) if your letters are all capitals, and close to the same width. I think I prefer the proportions of the larger card, because the scale of the flames and letters matches so well. On that card I used a craft punch which I thought of as being raindrops, but apparently Fiskars calls "Petal by Petal". Hoever ANY jewel, stamp or punch that is a similar shape would work. My papers are Ciao Bella's "Broccato Estense" collection (from my lss, Paper Anthology) are actually a bit spring-ish, when you see them in full, but the beautiful blues seemed perfect for the job. So basically there is not one single item that is specifically Hanukkah or even holiday related... I think I'm a bit proud of that, lol!"

Scroll down to the original post to link your Winter Holiday cards and see the fun little prize that's on offer this fortnight.

Friday, September 27, 2019

The Hanukkah Song

Description:Something that's pretty important to us here at ♥JINGLE BELLES♥ is to make sure our card-making festivities include EVERYONE who is special to us, whatever occasion or holiday in which they partake!

So this fortnight we're making cards for our friends who don't necessarily celebrate Christmas. Hanukkah is perhaps the most famous of the other winter holidays, and it (plus our favorite Adam Sandler song!) inspired our title, but you could choose Kwanzaa, New Year, Hogmanay or Solstice; or you could go totally non-denominational with a general winter-themed card.

Stephanie says, "I started with this peaceful Penny Black Starry Night Stickeroo and built my Hanukkah card around it with a few more sticker sentiments and sticker letters too.  I die cut some metallic silver into an oblong octagon and then die cut some Swirling Stars.  I finished with a wrap of ribbon and a few sprinkled gems."

Lauren says, "I had an awesome new-to-me Hero Arts Happy Hanukkah stamp set to inspire me this week; but truly, I've made plenty of Hanukkah cards through the years which just used blue and silver patterned paper, and candles made from strips of patterned paper or washi tape! My dreamy background layer is watercolor paper, sprinkled with various blue shades of ColorBurst and spritzed; the multicolored layer further back is an alcohol ink experiment that did not come out as i intended, but was too pretty to throw away, lol. By the way, Eyelet Outlet Tear Drop Bling makes outstanding menorah flames... just sayin'...

We've got a fun little prize this time for one lucky, randomly selected, cardmaker who links up with us. It's some Hero Arts woodmount Hanukkah stamps and beautiful Eyelet Outlet Bling in silver, blue and white!

Link up as many brand new, non-Christmas, winter holiday cards as you like by 6pm (EST) on Wednesday, October 9th. Keyword for galleries and Flickr is JB:19:20.
You are invited to the Inlinkz link party!
Click here to enter

Thursday, September 26, 2019

Peace and Love

Many thanks to everyone who gave PEACE a chance this fortnight, it definitely resulted in some incredibly lovely cards! Here are a few that especially caught our fancy this time:

...proves that black and white are anything but boring with her simple and beautiful stamped and masked creation. (We *love* that cool hand drawn frame, as well!)

...created a peaceful holiday scene that is taken to the next level (or possibly the level after that!) by Expert Level coloring!

...has created a sweet, whimsical, quirky card we are entirely smitten with: a Moose driving home for a peaceful Christmas in his purple convertible. We vote YES to that! :) :) :)

We'll be back at midnight with a brand new prompt, for which you'll have more than eight crazy nights to participate! ;) 

Friday, September 20, 2019

Goodwill to Men

We're still singing about PEACE at Jingle Belles this week ... remember, you can use the word, the symbol or just create something that says *PEACE* to you.

Lauren says, "The peaceful scene I've used as a focal point is a beautiful journal card from the "Snow and the City" collection by an Italian paper company called Ciao Bella, which i got at my lss Paper Anthology last December. The background panel- with the birch trees- is actually the cover from a holiday catalog! Apart from that, I added a couple of skinny white mats, a diecut sentiment, part of a doily and three glittery copper snowflakes. Et voila, La Paix!"

Stephanie says, "This prompt was the perfect week to recycle this laser cut forest.  I mounted it with foam tape on a sky blue background and then added my Impression Obsession Die Cut Cardinals and a vintage wood block PEACEful sentiment from A Muse."