Friday, August 16, 2019

Tag! You're It!

We've got a fun little twist this fortnight: we're making holiday tags (or using pre-made holiday tags), with a couple of options. You can make a freestanding tag to use on a gift OR you can incorporate a tag into a holiday card design. Here are our tag-centric creations:

Lauren says, "I chose to make freestanding tags, and made two, because I have a specific pair of friends in mind. Having said that, there have been years that I've made tags which, at some later date, get attached to folded card bases, because I've run short on cards in December, lol. I started with a couple of oversized manilla shipping tags and went a bit crazy with shabby chic embellishments from Prima. My patterned paper is from the "Christmas in the Country" collection, and I've paired it with my two all-time favorite stash items: vintage sheet music and doilies."

Stephanie says, "I don't wrap any presents (Lauren cover your ears), but I do go after-Christmas shopping for all of the fun glittery tags I can get my hands on ... because I love to use them to make easy cards.  This one features a glittery wreath tag with this week's Try Stampin' (or Not) on Tuesday Sketch ... I also threw in a little Retro Rubber from Savvy Stamps."

Link your tags... or cards which include tags... right here by 6pm (EST) on Wednesday, August 28th. Keyword for galleries and Flickr is JB:19:17.

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Thursday, August 15, 2019

True Blue

We're totally in love with all the amazing creations in the "Blue Christmas" gallery. If you have not yet scrolled through, we highly recommend the trip! Meanwhile here are a few cards which have us "singin' the blues" in a very very GOOD way:

...created this sparkly CAS masterpiece with glitter paste and a stencil. We've decided all stars should ALWAYS be teal blue now!!! 
(We also want to try her awesome "embossing powder around the edges" trick, ASAP!) a girl after our own hearts when it comes to LOTS of lovely layers! She's also got a knack for pairing a fun stamp with absolutely the PERFECT sentiment!
(In English, the text translates to "Warm Wishes" lol!)

...paired crisp white diecut images with an amazingly blendy, inky, artful background that makes us want to get out ALL our inks and PLAY for the rest of the day!


Many thanks to everyone who participated, we love seeing ALL of your creations! We'll be back at Midnight with a brand new prompt, we hope you'll tag along... ;)

Friday, August 9, 2019

Navy Nativity

We're still celebrating a BLUE Christmas this week at Jingle Belles ... creating holiday cards that predominantly feature shades of BLUE.

Here's what we made this week:

Lauren says, "I'm utterly smitten with this Hero Arts Poinsettia Ornament die, which I got at Paper Anthology. I cut it from plain watercolor paper and painted the flowers and foliage with ColorBurst in shades of Prussian Blue, Ultramarine and Lime. I layered the finished diecut on top of a scrap of paper adorned with gelato crayons and white modeling paste. I added a large Prima flower to one side, then found the perfect blue patterned paper background with just enough detail. My sentiment is composed of ancient and well-hoarded Basic Grey alphabet stickers, in what I still contend is the best-ever font for cardmaking!"

Stephanie says, "The DCWV Arctic Wishes Matstack is filled with beautiful blue papers including this one feature a trio of adorable snow people.  I used this week's Fab Friday Sketch with a cute little Doodle Pops Snow Buddies Sticker and a sentiment and snowflakes from Essentials by Ellen Snow Buds."

Scroll down to the original "Blue Christmas" post to see the amazing reader's gallery and link up your own rhapsody in BLUE!

Friday, August 2, 2019

Blue Christmas

We're having a Blue Christmas at Jingle Belles ... creating holiday cards that are noticeably and predominantly BLUE ... remember that hue can range from aqua to navy to cerulean ... but we want to see lots of BLUE.

Here's what we created in shades of BLUE this week:

Stephanie says, "I started with three different kinds of blue vintage trading stamps and this week's Sunday Stamps sketch.  I added multiple papers and postage stamps from BoBunny's Whiteout Collection and a sentiment from My Favorite Things Trio of Trees."

Lauren says, "The only time I ever really long for snow is in the middle of a HOT and humid New Jersey summer, lol. I used my Tim Holtz/Sizzix "Stacked Snowflakes" die to cut lots of layers of snowflakes from Prima's Geogia Blues collection. My suitably snowy background paper began as a piece of dark blue Core'dinations cardstock. I started with a fun and flakey embossing folder, sanded the impression to get some color variation, then added extra swirls of machine stitching. Finally, I affixed my fancy layered flakes, and finished off with some Eyelet Outlet Pearl Bling."

Link your beautiful blue creations here by 6pm (EST on Wednesday, August 14th. Keyword for galleries and Flickr is JB:19:16.  
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Thursday, August 1, 2019

Photo Finish

So many lovely cards linked up this fortnight. Many thanks to all who played along with us, we love to see what you make! Here are a few cards we thought interpreted elements of the inspiration photo especially well:

...combined gorgeous wood veneer, lots of luscious gold and fabulous foliage to really sum up everything we loved in the inspo pic!

...made an amazing CAS card that manages to evoke both the color palette and also the "rustic glam" vibe of the decor in the photo!

...worked in many of the wonderful shades and textures of WHITE from the inspiration photo, plus a touch of gold; and the bonus of that utterly adorable reindeer!

And of course we're all longing to know who scored that fun little prize package, too. According to the fine folks at the lucky number is #16 which means our lucky winner is:
please send your snailmail address to lauren (at llaurenb (at) hotmail (dot) com) to claim your prize!

We'll be back at midnight with a brand new prompt we hope won't leave you feeling blue... ♥

Friday, July 26, 2019

Neutrals & Sparkles

We're still taking our inspiration from the rustic-but-glam Christmas scene this week:

Here is how we found our inspiration this week:

Lauren says, "Having gone seriously Maximalist last week, I had intended to pare down this time. (I stress the word INTENDED in that sentence.) I was still very inspired by the incredible tree in the inspiration pic, and wanted to make a bauble-shaped card which was mostly white-on-white, using papers from Prima's Pretty Pale collection, but then adding in some little hits of green. That part did actually happen. The pared-down-ness... not so much, lol. It turns out that when it comes to Prima flowers, the words, "just a few" are meaningless to me. But then Christmas is a good time to go a tiny bit crazy, in a good way, right?!"

Stephanie says, "This week I pulled in a little blue from the blue spruce on the fireplace mantle to complement my neutral tones.  I combined it with a vintage texty piece of designer papers as the base and then lots of ephemera and a piece of a vintage receipt book before finishing with some bronze glitter dots to bring in the sparkle ... all of those layers remind me of the decorations on that gorgeous Christmas tree."

Scroll down to the original post (directly below this one) to link up your own masterpiece and also to see the fun prize one randomly chosen cardmaker will win! ♥

Friday, July 19, 2019

A Rustic Glam Christmas Fireside the vibe we are channeling this fortnight. Or at least, it's one possible interpretation of this beautiful inspiration photo we're using as a jumping off point for our holiday card designs:

But in case you're thinking, "Well that's definitely not my style!" remember it's just an Inspiration Photo! So you can use as much or as little of ANY aspect of the pic. 

Maybe you'll go for a palette of all neutrals? Maybe you'll focus on ALL THE SPARKLE? Maybe you'll just choose one element, like the stockings hanging from the mantel? Or the frosted evergreen garland? Or even something super-specific, like the sweet vintage bike under the tree, or the amazing texture of that sisal rug? It's 100% up to you! 

Stephanie's Card

Stephanie says, "I started with the texture of the rug by covering my card base with DCWV Burlap paper.  Then I used the sketch from Fusion Card Challenge to incorporate my other elements like multiple shades of neutral ivories and browns with a touch of golden ribbon.  I die cut a Gina K. Designs Decorative Tag from a piece of Basic Grey Aspen Bark packaging (which I thought was close to the shape of the mirror on the mantle) and then used a few vintage embellishments that evoked the feel of the room that both include a Christmas Tree and grounded them with a cork sticker.  I attached my entire tag with a piece of vintage sheet music of The Little Drummer Boy.  I finished with an Alexandra Renke die cut clip."

Lauren says, "It's pretty obvious that I focused mainly on the neutral-but-never-boring color palette... specifically the many shades and many textures of WHITE which are in that gorgeous holiday room. My background paper is from Prima's "Pretty Pale" collection and has a bit of a layered, collage style. I couldn't resist adding floral elements and sparkly snowflakes, like the ones included on that amazing tree. My "natural" style tends to be a bit on the --ahem-- maximalist style (lol) so it was no trouble at all for me to add layers and layers of embellishment in the form of stenciling, rub on transfers, and of course plenty of bling!"

We've got an extra added attraction this time, in the form of some fun holiday goodies for one randomly chosen cardmaker who links up with us this time!

Link as many cards as you'd like before 6pm (EST) on Wednesday, July 31st. Keyword for galleries and Flickr is JB:19:15.

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