Friday, February 1, 2013

Ho Ho H2O!

Hello, ♥JINGLE BELLES♥ and welcome to our very favorite title of the year so far! You might be wondering what we mean by "Ho Ho H20" so we'll cut right to the chase: this time we're asking you to create a holiday card which features icicles, snow, frozen ponds, or any water-related image; OR use water-based products on your project, such as watercolor paints, water-based markers or sprays, etc. This fabulous idea comes to us from one of our favorite fellow belles, Linda, of Snail's Pace, who is our lovely guest star* this fortnight! We're quite sure you've seen many of her gorgeous cards on her blog, in our various galleries (and several "shout out" posts!) but let's get to know her a little bit better!

"Hi, my name is Linda and I LOVE to colour with a paintbrush and usually distress inks, but I also use water based markers, watercolour pencils and twinkling H2Os, which is how I came up with the idea for this prompt. Severe rheumatoid arthritis forced me to give up all of my creative activities so I was happy to discover I could stamp and colour. I’m currently a design team member of the Penny Black and More challenge blog and my local stamp store, Papercraft Cafe. Thank you Lauren and Stephanie for inviting me to play along!"

And now, here are our cards this week:

Linda says, "I try to balance clean and simple with patterned papers and keep the image as the focal point. I coloured this snow woman with both letraset aqua markers and distress inks and added stickles to her hair."

Stephanie says, "I started by clear embossing Hero Arts Sparkling Snowflakes & embossing my black sentiment on watercolor paper. Next I used Derwent Inktense Watercolor Pencils, sprays of water, and my fingers to create my water-washed background.  I embellished with a snowflake punched from a scrap of the water-washed paper."

Lauren's Card

Lauren says, "i had the intention of making something intricate and inky, so i'm not exactly sure how i wound up going soooooooo far in 'another direction', lol! but i adore these funky snowmen and when i stumbled across them in my xmassy stash, they just sort of took over the whole card! this  offbeat style is PERFECT for my friend josh, so i just went with it; since he doesn't celebrate christmas, as such, i kept my design and sentiment more general. by the way, if you don't happen to celebrate christmas, but love to make hanukkah or other "winter holiday" cards, they are always most welcome here at JINGLE BELLES! we ask that you observe whatever the current prompt is, but we do try to make most of our themes as flexible as possible, and we hope that EVERYONE can come along and feel welcome!" 

So how will you "roll" with this one? Will you focus on water-based products, or concentrate on more thematic watery elements, like snow and ice? Or maybe combine the best of both worlds, like Linda did so beautifully? Whatever you choose, we can't wait to see it! Link up between now and 6pm (EST) on Wednesday, February 13th; the keyword for galleries and our Flickr group is JB:13:03

*If ♥YOU♥ have a great idea for a prompt, or if you'd just like to come along some week and make a card with us as our "lovely guest star" we'd love to hear from you! Email us at jinglebellesrock @ hotmail [dot] com!


Anonymous said...

stephanie and lauren, thank you so much for inviting me to play along. i love your cards and i can imagine how much fun you had making them!

Shelley said...

Amazing cards, ladies! This challenge should be easy-peasy. Hope I find a chance participate !

Anonymous said...

Great cards and a fun challenge, I readily admit, my take is a bit obtuse!!


Julia Aston said...

I found a cute little hedgehog stamp skating across the pond for your 'water' challenge!

MaryH said...

HI, just entered a card after being inspired by the awesome Linda at Snails Space. Thanks for the change to play along, and hope I can participate again in another challenge. I'm seeing some lovely cards.

scrappymo! said...

Thanks for the great inspiration girls!