Friday, April 15, 2011

Jingle Belles are... *BUZZING*??!

YES! Because this week we're having a "cross-over"! Betty Bee's Buzz is a super-fun paper-crafting blog hosted by Betty Brett and her lovely swarm of Honey Bees!

Their weekly features include Monday Motivational which inspires us with a new idea, technique, or theme; HoneyBee Showcase on Wednesdays in which the design team create projects that fit the theme (& invite us to, as well); and the awesome Buzz, Brag and Bee Happy Friday in which everyone, everywhere is invited to link up a project or post that makes them happy or proud! We're happy and proud to welcome HoneyBee design team member June Houck to share her card today, while Lauren--and her card--will be the featured guest on B3 this coming Monday Motivational.

June Houck is a fun and fabulous scrapper and cardmaker, as well as mom to the cutest twin daughters you have ever seen! Her blog, Simply Elegant Papercrafts, is constantly full of beautiful, clever, C&S design goodness, and if there's a more friendly and supportive blogging friend around, we have yet to meet her.

June says, "Blogging is an outlet for me to share my passion and meet people that share in this obsession. I have made some good friends! I love these ladies as much as the friends I can see in person. My blog friends are a wonderful source of information regarding ideas, the latest trends, where to go for new purchases, and organization of supplies."

On behalf of Betty "Bee" and my HoneyBee sisters, I think you for this opportunity to "cross-pollinate" with the Jingle Belles, Stephanie & Lauren.

Our challenge to you is:

Create a Christmas card to die (cut) for! This week we're featuring *DIECUTS* in our cards. They can be store bought, mechanically made (a la cuttlebug), electronically generated (think cricut or spellbinders), or... if you're feeling ambitious... all of the above?!

Here's what we did:

June's Card

June says, I purchased Flower Soft "Polar White" (her pom pom and fur lined hat and boots) and this MFT "Snow Day" stamp last autumn, but they did not get used at all last winter. You may know that my favorite paper company is BasicGrey (though I am an equal opportunity buyer ... I haven't found a paper company that I have not supported in some way! *sigh*

BasicGrey "Eskimo Kisses" is one of my favorite collections. I like to layer light, dark, light, dark; e.g. my image is light, so I chose the darker BG paper for the oval beneath her, the light paper of the houses and trees, and then the darker pattern of trees. I also wanted my card to be a scene of sorts: the girl and the snowballs, then the houses behind her, and the forest behind the houses. I agonize over these details, so I am a very slow crafter."

My die cuts:

Spellbinders Nestibilities Ovals for the image and pink wcallop frame Cricut "Plantin Schoolbook" cartridge for the two oblong ovals beneath the main image Cricut "Accent Essentials" cartridge for the top-note-style shape dies

Stephanie's Card

Stef says, "I knew I wanted to feature these wonderful felt die cut snowflakes from Stampin' Up. The gorgeous red one coordinated with these lovely papers from Echo Park's Wintertime Collection. I layered on a few more metallic snowflakes and positioned my snowflakes on top of a die cut from Sizzix - Frame Back, Ornate #3. I finished with a winter sentiment from CatsLife Press."

And now it's time to see what you will do, Jingle Belles! Dust off your diecutters, put on your thinking caps, and let's see your best holiday masterpieces! Link them up before 6pm (EST) Wednesday, April 20th. Keyword for SCS or Flickr is JB16. We're see your cards! (Ok, sorry, but you know what we mean!)

Make sure you also remember link up your card at Betty Bee's Buzz on Wednesday, April 20th.


June Houck said...

Oh, Stef! You are enabling me…I love both dies that you used…I thing I'm going to *need* those now :)
Very pretty!

Ros said...

Fabulous cards from June and Stef ... Looking forward to the challenge

Leslie Hanna said...

YAY, JUNE! LOVE your card. And dies .... mmmmm, I have a squillion dies I can't wait to try! Fun fun!

Judy Ford said...

All the cards are so super! Stef I love those SU snowflakes, I'm with June got to have those now too!
Check out on Wednesday at Betty Bee's Buzz and mine will be there!!! and yes Lauren LOTS of glitter!!! I'm hooked there too!!! thanks for enabling me!!!

Misty Olsen said...

Good Morning Stef,

I am a newbie sent from June. I love what your doing. I am unable at the time to enter this challenge but soon I will have a die cutter :o)

Big Hugs,

Rose said...

Fab cards June and Stef :)

Unknown said...

I just discovered your awesome blog, what a fun concept! :) This is my first week playing, but I'll be back for sure. Beautiful inspiration cards!

Carol said...

Love the DT cards. Carol x said...

Beautiful cards!!!!!

Deanne :)

Anonymous said...

Holy moly, those two creations are absolutely wonderful! June, the fact that you agonize over those details too, well I love ya for it because that's also why EYE {I, only emphasized} am a slow crafter. Whew! Such a great job on coloring and "snowing" her!!!

BettyBee said...

Dear Lauren and Stef, It is so exciting bee-ing with you this week, and I just love the cards you and June have created! I will be posting mine on Wednesday... This is so much fun sharing our collective creations! Thanks for the motivation to keep making these Christmas cards all year♥♥♥

Lorraine said...

What a great challenge this is. You've got me thinking outside the box for this. Your cards a beautiful and wonderfully inspiring.

Marie Bingaman said...

Good morning ladies! I finally got my pic taken and the post to have a look at everyone else's cards! :) I LOVE June's card...those little PI girls are just too cute! And Steph, I love your layered snowflakes! :)