Friday, January 27, 2012

a banner holiday

have you already guessed this week's theme ♥JINGLE BELLES♥?! the title, "A BANNER HOLIDAY " ought to give you a hint: yepper, we're making holiday cards inspired by any aspect of our new (for 2012) blog header that appeals to you, whether that's the color scheme, the funky retro styling, or any of the individual elements, such as the glorious glitter or the fun and festive bells... or all of the above!

our header was made in PSE9 by me (lauren!) using paper, brushes and elements from an utterly gorgeous kit called artplay palette: retro holiday, by one of my favorite digital designers, anna aspnes, purchased at o'scraps; the fonts are deftone stylus, bohemian typewriter and impact--all free from; and the divine sparkliness of the lettering is thanks to flergs' over the rainbow glitter layer style from scrapbook graphics, which i learned how to use via this great tutorial!
here are our cards:  

Lauren says, "i may have gone a little crazy with the inspirations this time! i used the color palette, obviously, and the fabulous (though slightly hidden) memory box jingle bell die that miss lorraine gave me for xmas (thank you!); and then i've also got the grungy vibe of the header working with some messy stenciled snowflakes and dots, plus i've got red glitter chipboard (of course, lol!) and i went a bit vintage and collagey with a lot of little fanciful layers, just the same way i did-- digitally-- making the header."

Stef says, "I took my inspiration from the color palette of the banner (although slightly deeper hues) and added some golden glittery Memory Box jingle bells (thanks Lorraine).  Papers are Basic Grey Jovial with sentiment stickerz from EAD Designs Sweet Sweet Christmas and this week's CardPattern's Sketch."

and now it's time to see what ♥YOU♥ will do with "A BANNER HOLIDAY"! remember you can use *any* aspect of the header that inspires you: the colors, the retro style, the various elements, it's all fair game... so feel free to be as literal or as abstract as you like! link up here by 6pm (EST) on wednesday, february 8th. keyword for galleries or our flickr group is JB12-03.

Thursday, January 26, 2012


First, a big THANK YOU to our lovely sketch designer & sponsor for this jingle belles prompt ~ Kirsty Vittetoe & Pixie Dust Paperie.  So many fabulous variations on Kirsty's wonderful sketch ... we love seeing all of the different interpretations.

Here are a few that particularly caught our eye:

combined this adorable felt Rudolph 
with the perfect combination of patterned papers, stitching & pearls.

combined such beautiful colors and lots of rubber stamping
to create great visual interest ... in a very mail-friendly design ...
oh yeah, and did I mention she made six of them ... Woot Woot!

Deena of A Deena Card

used her scraps (can you believe it) to make this peaceful holiday card ...
the variation of color on that textured canvas is stunning &
how do you not love that beautiful row of roses.

And ... drumroll ....

The winner of the fantastic prize from

a $15 Gift Certificate to the Pixie Dust Paperie Store

#35 - Zora

E-mail us, so we can get your goodies on the way.

And if you haven't already, stop by and check out all of the awesome sketch card designs & leave a little jingle belle love ... and check back at midnight for a new prompt to inspire you.

Friday, January 20, 2012

More Snowy Sketching

A reminder of our lovely sketch by Kirsty Vittetoe:

You have until Wednesday, January 25th at 6pm EST to get linked-up

Lauren says, "the starting point for this one was the fabulous santa illustration--which is actually a very reduced scan of a vintage book my friend gina gave me. (i collect copies of "the night before christmas!) then, once again i only needed to follow kirsty's awesome "road map" in choosing and placing my embellishments, so this came together quickly and easily!"

Stephanie's Other Card
Stephanie says, "I continued with my shaker stickers ... It was fun to make two cards that were similar, yet different.  For this one I pulled out the black in Santa's belt with some black twine, black elements in my designer paper & a black rub-on sentiment from EAD Designs."

And remember, the very generous Kirsty is offering a FIFTEEN DOLLAR GIFT CERTIFICATE to the Pixie Dust Paperie Shop to one lucky randomly selected card maker who links up with us this time. You may enter as many times as you'd like, but each card must be a newly made holiday card and use the sketch!

We can't wait to see what you create.

Friday, January 13, 2012

Sketching Through the Snow

We are overjoyed to have the talented Kirsty Vittetoe joining us again at jingle belles with one of her fabulous sketches to inspire us.

Many of you know Kirsty as the creator & lead DT of the awesome City Crafter Challenge Blog ... as well as the owner & Pixie-in-Chief of Pixie Dust Paperie, for which she puts together a wonderful collection of the latest & greatest papercrafting goodies each and every month, and now there's a Pixie Dust Paperie Etsy Shop, too. You can also see all of her amazing creations on her blog... Handmade Little Things.

Kirsty's offering a special deal just for us: There are only a few of these super-fun "Snow Shoe" kits left in the Pixie Shop, but during this prompt (or until they're gone!) jingle belles can scoop them up at half price! Just use this code at checkout: JB-2012-SS

Now here's Kirsty's fabulous sketch to inspire your holiday cards this week:
And here's what we did:

Kirsty says, "I am glad to be able to come up with a sketch for Jingle Belles once again! I have a little sketch book, where I jot down anything that came up to my mind, I look through them when I need one, make changes if I have to, the rest is pretty much ready.  It is really exciting to see every one's interpretation of my sketch!"

Lauren says, "I treated myself to a few new holiday goodies in the after-xmas sales, including a pack of vintage-inspired october afternoon "holiday style miscellany" and these fabulous dimensional poinsettias from irene's garden; and of course when you have *NEW* stuff it's the first thing you want to use, right?!  since kirsty's sketch gave me the perfect "road map" to know where each element should go, this was a super-fast card to make!" 

Stephanie says, "I found this cute little snowman shaker sticker in the after-Christmas-bargain-bin & thought it was a perfect element for this week's sketch.  I used colors from the sticker to inspire my card (this is a great sketch for scraps) & added an EAD Designs rub-on sentiment and wrap of red baker's twine to complete the design."

We hope that we've inspired you to get sketchy with it this week, but if you're still "on the fence" we should mention that the very generous Kirsty is offering a FIFTEEN DOLLAR GIFT CERTIFICATE to the Pixie Dust Paperie Shop to one lucky randomly selected card maker who links up with us this time. You may enter as many times as you'd like, but each card must be newly made and use the sketch!

Remember, you have almost two weeks ... until Wednesday, January 25th at 6pm EST ... to upload your sketch cards ... and use keyword JB12:02 if you upload to our Jingle Belles Flickr Gallery (or any other gallery).

Thursday, January 12, 2012

it's a wrap!

talk about a bunch of folks who really know how to start the year off right, ♥JINGLE BELLES♥! if the marvelous designs we saw during the last two weeks are any indication, it seems that 2012 is going to be your most creative year yet!!! here are a couple of cards we thought interpreted the NO TIME LIKE THE PRESENT(S) prompt in especially clever ways:

upheld her new year's resolution to "mix things up" with a non-traditional card in which a giftwrap background, one die cut, one stamp, and some gorgeous bling combined to knock our socks off!

enhanced the perfect presenty patterned paper with ribbon, florals, bling and ink... that all add up to one elegant masterpiece of a holiday greeting!

created a card in which any ONE of the brilliant elements--clever easel design, ruffly layered tree, or the fabulous 3D presents--would have wowed us; taken all together they're a show-stopper!

now you know that we consider "the prize" for playing along at ♥JINGLE BELLES♥ to be a stress-free december, but every once in a while, we like give away a few goodies, too! sometimes we tell you in advance... sometimes it's a little surprise... like this: 

mme 6x6 paper pad, making memories rub-ons, offray ribbon flowers, recollections stickers... and more!

so which of our lovely cardmakers is going to get these fun holiday-themed products? 
according to the lucky number is...
which means that
♥♥♥LISA V♥♥♥
is our winner!
congratulations, lisa! please email us at jinglebellesrock @ hotmail [dot] com to claim your prize!!!

we love seeing EVERY SINGLE CARD you guys make! each one is clever, beautiful, and inspiring in its own way... much like our lovely belles, eh?! do give yourself the treat of scrolling down and visiting the NO TIME LIKE THE PRESENT(S) gallery. then c'mon back, because we've got another fabulous prompt... and possibly a lovely SPONSOR... (who can say??!) coming up at midnight!!! ♥

Friday, January 6, 2012

MORE time like the presents!

just a reminder that this year we're posting our creative prompts every OTHER friday, so if you'd like to get in on the fun with our current theme, NO TIME LIKE THE PRESENT(S), you still have until next wednesday evening! please scroll down to see the original post, ogle the gorgeous cards made by our lovely guest stars, and link up your own creations!

since stef and i (lauren) need to finish up the year with around fifty cards each, our plan is to make two cards for each prompt. sometimes they'll be variations on the same theme, sometimes they'll each go off in a completely different direction. we won't always post them here in the "off weeks" but sometimes we will, and this is one of those times!  :)

stef says, "This was my first attempt at origami wrapping paper folding. 
The words on the silver paper didn't quite show like I'd hoped, but I still love the 
soft muted effect.  A few punched holly leaves, silver *berries*,
a wrap of silver cord, and an EAD Rub-on Sentiment finish the design."

lauren says, "i almost always have a couple of totally conflicting ideas for any prompt and often my biggest problem deciding which to use... which is one of the reasons i'm excited about getting TWO shots at each one this year! you can see i went in a completely different direction with this card, and in my collage i've included some chipboard presents in addition to MORE giftwrap usage in the form of that beautiful holly leaf background paper. by the way, the silver "jingle bells" were cut using a memory box die that i predict you'll be seeing A LOT OF this year--the lovely miss lorraine gave one to both stef and me for christmas, and we are IN LOVE with them, for obvious reasons!  (thank you, lorraine!!!♥)"

if you have a little free time, why not sit down now and make your own version of a NO TIME LIKE THE PRESENT(S) card?! if you believe you *don't* have time to make holiday cards right now, let me ask you this: will you have MORE or LESS TIME in december??! ...just askin'... (come & play!) :) :) :)