Friday, January 21, 2022

Christmas Sweets & Treats

This week we're still *staying fit* by creating cards with no calories featuring Christmas Candy, Cookies, Cake and other sweet holiday treats.

Here are our no calorie creations:

Lauren says, "In December, I treated myself to Carta Bella's "Christmas Cheer" collection at Paper Anthology and I especially love the entire page of "Just for You Tags" in the set. For this card, I trimmed five of my favorite food-related tags, mounted them on some coordinating gingham and then a background of older Authentique holiday paper that matches perfectly, and called it a day."

Stephanie says, "This week's card features that classic holiday candy - the candy cane.  I found a pieces of ephemera that coordinated with the scrap of background paper.  The sentiment is from The Ink Blot Shop Mixed Holiday Greetings."

Friday, January 14, 2022

Getting Fit for 2022

Since the New Year often brings resolutions to eat less sugar and get fit, and paper sweets have no calories, we're asking you to add candy, cookies, cake or any other favorite holiday sweet to your cards for the next Jingle Belles prompt.

Here's how we got sweet this week:

Stephanie Says, "I couldn't resist featuring all of those vintage holiday goodies found in the Stamperia Classic Christmas.  I cut out the two circles and sentiment from papers in the collection (sponging ink on the edges) and attached them using the sketch from Fusion Card Challenge.  The paper on the slimline card base reminded me of the vintage cookbooks in my Grandma's kitchen that I would read like novels."

Lauren says, "I've adorned an older Doodlebug gingerbread house sticker with a couple of candy-centric Eyelet Outlet brads and a Pearl Swirl above the chimney. The cool paper-strip background is based on an absolutely ancient, totally brilliant Card Maps sketch that I discovered lurking in my inspiration file."  


Link your sweets and treats right here by 6pm (Eastern) on Wednesday, January 26th. Keyword for galleries and Flickr is JB-22-02.

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Thursday, January 13, 2022

Santa's Bounty

Well it seems that ALL of us Jingle Belles must've been especially good this year, for Santa to have brought us so many cool goodies! Here are a few cards that especially caught our eye:

Deena of A Deena Card 

...made three (you should hop over and see the third one!) fabulous, fun cards with adorable new stamps, foiling dies and starry watercolours!

Elizabeth Stewart of Paper Sweetness

...used an expecially cool new slimline boxcard die set to make an awesome pop up which is as clever as it is beautiful!

Vicky of Crafting Clare's Paper Moments

...stamped and embossed her elegant sentiment right on top of the gorgeous gifted plaid patterned paper, and it's given us a "WHY didn't WE think of that?" sort of moment!


Many thanks to everyone who played along, we're happy to see so many regulars returing, and to make some new friends as well! We hope you'll enjoy the challenges... we KNOW you'll love getting a jump on next December's hectic activity! We'll be back at midnight with a brand new prompt we think is pretty sweet! ♥

Friday, January 7, 2022

Thank You Santa

We're still making cards with those new crafting products that Santa left under the tree.  Remember, you have until Wednesday, January 12th at 6pm EST to link-up your creations, in the post directly below this one.

Here's what new goodies we used this week:

Lauren says, "This week's card is admittedly untraditional (except in Hawaii, lol!) but having received not one but TWO awesome sets of tropical flowers and foliage from Santa Stephanie, I literally could not wait to use them... so I didn't! I cut all of the pieces from Lawn Fawn's Happy Hibiscus and Tropical Leaves out of colorful patterned paper scraps; fashioned an appropriately sentiment from stickers and attached everything to my bold and beautiful A9 card."

Stephanie says, "My card features three new Lawn Fawn products Santa brought for my stash.  The Lawn Fawn Stitched Snowflake Backdrop die was cut into silver metallic cardstock.  Next I used the Giant Let It Snow Die from Green Glitter Cardstock (that I aslo used to frame my snowflake panel).  I finished with one of the cute little bunnies from Lawn Fawn Snow Day.  I finished with a bit of marker coloring and a glittery enamel dot for his bunny tail."

Saturday, January 1, 2022

What Did Santa Bring You?

Hello and Happy New Year! We're so pleased you've stopped by on the first day of our TWELFTH Jingle Belles season! 

Once again, we'll be publishing a new card prompt every other Friday, with examples from both Stephanie and Lauren; then you'll have ten days or so to join in. If, like us, you make one card per week, by December first (or thereabouts) we'll each have nearly fifty unique, handmade cards. No need to make a commitment or participate every single week, just jump in when you can and have fun along with us; but remember the more cards you make now, the less you'll have to do in December!

So let's get started! First up, we KNOW you've got some brand new goodies you're dying to use, so break out those gifties (whether they came from Santa OR you treated yourself in the pre- or post-holiday sales!) and use them to make your first holiday card of 2022! Be sure to mention what you've used, so we can be suitably jealous (and you never know, perhaps enabled to purchase ourselves)!

Here's what we made this week:

Stephanie says, "Santa brought me the Create-in-Quads Mistletoe Stencils from Taylored Expressions.  It is so fun to use one set of stencils and end-up with four coordinated but different cards.  I paired them with different Taylored Expressions Sentiments & even some Eyelet Outlet Holiday Flower Bling."

Lauren says, "Stephanie gave me a beautiful Spellbinders' Woodland Wreath Die Set which I've used to frame up some paper and stickers from Photoplay's Christmas Cheer line, to which I treated myself at Paper Anthology in December. I filled in with an older plaid from Photoplay, some gorgeously realistic Prima Holly Leaves and a scattering of round red Eyelet Outlet Sequins."


Link your "What Santa Brought" cards right here by 6pm (Eastern) on Wednesday, January 12th. Keyword for galleries and Flickr is JB-22-01.

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Thursday, December 30, 2021

A New Look for the New Year

We're getting ready to start our 12th Jingle Belles season at 12:01am, January 1st, 2022. So it seems only right to start the New Year off with a brand new blog header and badges! 

Design by Lauren Bergold, featuring products from Katie Pertiet Designs, including Botanical Christmas 01 Blendable Layers and ArtOptions Blendable Layers 01; free fonts from are Dalmais, Helo Xmas and Bohemian Typewriter; Over the Rainbow Glitter Styles by Studio Flergs are out of print, but there are some nice ones at Sweet Shoppe Designs.

Saturday, December 4, 2021

It's a Wrap!

Hard to believe we've wrapped up another Jingle Belles season already, it seems like 2021 has just flown past! 

Below is Lauren's traditional beginning of December sprawling card pile photo, featuring all the holiday cards she made this year.  

She's looking forward to writing, addressing, and sending them out into the world; then on January 1, 2022 we'll start the whole thing all over again... and we'd love for you to join us!  ((Stephanie got so excited about having her cards done, she mailed them before she remembered to take her annual photograph).


Just to spur you on if you've not quite finished making holiday cards, here's one last link-up. We'll leave it open until December 24th, so you can show off those last few masterpieces and check out what everyone else is making. Wishing you the happiest of Decembers... see you on January 1, 2022!

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