Friday, September 13, 2019

PEACE on Earth

Description:This week at Jingle Belles we're all about PEACE ... we're creating cards that feature the Peace Symbol, the word Peace, or a scene that evokes peace for you.

Here's how we were inspired:

Stephanie says, "My peace symbol stencil was in a book of protest stencils that I recently purchased at a Museum Exhibit of the Velvet Revolution.  I used three colors of Distress Oxide Ink and my magical stenciling brushes.  I added some punched branches and a peace flower before stamping my Wordsworth Square Peace wood block stamp."

Lauren says, "I've been participating in "30 days of gel printing" on Instagram and one of this week's prompts was pigment inks. Since I'd never used pigment inks with my gel plate, I went looking for a video and found this absolute treasure from Birgit Koopsen and became completely hooked. So when I realized I had the PERFECT Avery Elle stamp set and all it needed was an interesting but flat background, I went to town! To finish off I added a couple of mats and a beautiful stacked snowflake held on with an Eyelet Outlet Snowflake Brad."

Link your PEACE-full cards here by 6pm (EST) on Wednesday, September 25th. Keyword for galleries and Flickr is JB:19:19.

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Thursday, September 12, 2019

3 French Hens

We loved seeing the creative ways you created with the 12 Days of Christmas ... here are Three of the shining French Hens of the group.

framed these adorable images ... we love how both 1 & 2 are doing hand crafts, while 3 is all about the wine and bread (my kind of hen).  The background is lovely and the coloring is perfection.

created the perfect little scene for her three french hens ... don't they look like they're having a conversation about what Santa is going to bring them?

colored these two lovely turtle doves ... we loved the texty and snowy background papers.

And the winner of our prize giveaway is 

E-mail SmilynStef at aol dot com and I'll get your goodies in the mail.

We'll see you at midnight where we'll all be saying *Serenity Now*.

Friday, September 6, 2019

My True Love Gave to Me ...

This week we're still making holiday cards that features a numeral (like 25) or that features one of the elements from the song The 12 Days of Christmas, so break out those...

  • Twelve Drummers Drumming
  • Eleven Pipers Piping
  • Ten Lords a Leaping
  • Nine Ladies Dancing
  • Eight Maids a Milking
  • Seven Swans a Swimming
  • Six Geese a Laying
  • Five Golden Rings
  • Four Calling Birds
  • Three French Hens
  • Two Turtle Doves
  • and a Partridge in a Pear Tree

Here is how we were inspired:

Stephanie says, "I had a sheet of these fun Crate Paper December Calendars, so I went with the numbers this week. I added several other elements from the same Crate Paper Collection on top of a coordinating Pink Paint Chip. I finished with some epoxy snowmen & dots, glittery stars, and a sentiment that makes a second reference to December 25th."

Lauren says, "I elected to go with numerals again, in the form of a fun date sticker and a super cute Jenni Bowlin Holiday Bingo Card in digital/printable version. I've owned the kit for yeaaaaaars and still use it constantly; my favorite part is that I can scale and print them to literally any size I need. In addition, I've got some ancient Echo Park patterned paper, various stickers, a couple of borders, twine, round brads... it's all here, in nice flat, mailable form. Gotta love that, right?"

Remember to link your cards up by Wednesday at 6pm EST for a chance to win the fun prize.

Friday, August 30, 2019

12 Days of Christmas

Description:For the next holiday card prompt, we're making a card that features a numeral (like 25) or that features one of the elements from the song The 12 Days of Christmas, so break out those...

  • Twelve Drummers Drumming
  • Eleven Pipers Piping
  • Ten Lords a Leaping
  • Nine Ladies Dancing
  • Eight Maids a Milking
  • Seven Swans a Swimming
  • Six Geese a Laying
  • Five Golden Rings
  • Four Calling Birds
  • Three French Hens
  • Two Turtle Doves
  • and a Partridge in a Pear Tree

Here is how we were inspired this week:

Stephanie says, "I found this vintage illustration of the 12 Days of Christmas in a Christmas Ideals book, so I scanned it and resized the first six days for the front of my card ... I just love those drawings.  All I added was a sticker sentiment and a wrap of neutral ribbon on a teal card base."

Lauren says, "I opted for the "feature numerals" version of the prompt, and I incorporated them via a fun little December calendar journaling card from Simple Stories. The calendar wound up being more covered up than I had imagined because I got very involved in framing up pretty bits of patterned paper with these ancient chipboard circle frames I found buried deeeeeeeeeeeeep in my holiday stash! I really love them, though, so I guess I'm ok with the limited view of the calendar. (Let's face it December always winds up being a bit of a blur anyway, right?)"

And we'll pick one lucky participant to win this fun little holiday giveaway (the stamp set includes the matching dies).

Link any number of amazing "12 Days of Christmas" creations right here by 6pm (EST) on Wednesday, September 11th. Keyword for galleries and Flickr is JB:19:18.

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Thursday, August 29, 2019


So many beautiful tag-centric creations in the gallery this fortnight. As always, you guys made it VERY difficult to only feature a few, but here are three that especially tickled our fancy:

...layered a small circle tag onto a larger rectangle tag with all the trimmings. We are definitely in favor of tags-on-tags!

...made not one, but two, beautiful and intricate tags that tuck into a specially-made pocket card!

...broke the mold of ordinary rectangles and circles with this extraordinary BELL-shaped tag creation!

Many thanks to everyone who participated, we truly enjoy seeing EVERY SINGLE CREATION! We'll be back at midnight with a brand new theme; we hope we can count on seeing you then!

Friday, August 23, 2019

TAGS! (Again!)

We're still making tags OR holiday cards which incorporate tags; and you still have time to join the fun, which we hope you will! Here's how we were inspired to create with tags this week:

Stephanie says, "This week's tag card was so easy, it almost felt like cheating ... so much so that I made several.  Pre-made silver/gold card base; 3-D glitter star tag; and sticker sentiment.  To be honest, you have some people on your card list that won't appreciate a card that takes 2 hours to make ... and these cards are for them."

Lauren says, "I'm usually more of a "cards which incorporate tags" kind of girl; but this year my card stash seems pretty healthy, so I've had fun making tags which will get attached to giftbags in December. Once again, I've made two tags that coordinate, because I have a specific pair of recipients in mind. I think everyone knows I love Doodlebug Design- especially their stickers- and I've used LOTS of them here! One of my favorite ways to use smaller items... like stickers or brads... is to frame and cluster them. Having said that, I have no problem with letting things overlap the edge of the frame, or even the edge of the tag for that matter!"

Scroll down to the original post (just below this one) to see the amazing readers' gallery and link up your own tag-centric creations!

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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Thursday, July 18, 2019

Terrific Trios

The only "problem" with the amazing gallery full of Tic-Tac-Toe cards is that it made it harder than ever to only choose three to feature. Luckily... they didn't have to be in a row, lol! Here are a few we especially loved:

...created a sparkly confection of a card that just makes us pretty sure we need EVERY. SINGLE. PRODUCT she used. (Especially that cool frame which is the perfect place for LOTS of bling!)

...made several beautifully stamped and incredibly colored creations that incorporate exactly the right amount (in our opinion) of embellishment!

...made two beautiful versions of the same adorable snow-folk card; which illustrate REALLY well what a difference it makes just to change colors!

Many thanks to everyone who played along with us this fortnight! We'll be back at Midnight with a brand new prompt we hope you'll think is picture perfect! ♥

Friday, July 12, 2019

Tic-Tac .. TWO?

We're in the second week of our fun holiday Tic-Tac-Toe game and we'd love for you to join us in another round of cards based on this board:

These are the trios we used this week:

Lauren says, "This week I chose the top row, so I had SNOWMAN + GLITTER + STAMPING to work with. I stamped my Pretty Pink Posh Happy Snowman (for a bit of a two-fer!); then grounded him on some fun glitter-bedecked paper from Pebbles. As a bonus, I gave my handsome snowman an Eyelet Outlet Hat Brad and added some Snowflake Brads to the glittery snowflakes printed on the patterned paper."

Stephanie says, "I won the Paper Smooches prize at Junkiefest, which included this fun Snowman Card Die.  I die cut him from white glitter paper to use the Horizontal Row across the top (Snowman, Glitter, Stamping).  The scarf and sentiment piece were a leftover piece of watercolor paper sprayed with Technique Junkies Vivid Volt Shimmering Bliss."

Friday, July 5, 2019

Jingle Belles Tic-Tac-Toe

We're playing a fun game of Tic-Tac-Toe at Jingle Belles ... you just have to create a holiday card using three of the items that are in a row vertically, horizontally or diagonally.

Here is how we *scored* this week:

Stephanie says, "For my Tic-Tac-Toe, I went vertical down the middle for Glitter - Red - Santa.  I love picking-up glittery tags at the after Christmas sales for super-easy holiday cards ... glittery Santa, designer paper, done."

Lauren's Card

Lauren says, "I chose the diagonal which runs from the top right corner to the bottom left:  STAMPING + RED or GREEN + RIBBON. I was lucky enough to receive this beautiful Uniko "Block Party Christmas" stamp for my birthday from A Certain Someone, which I couldn't wait to ink up! Since the stamp is 4 x 5.25" you really don't need much to make a beautiful card, even if you like to make A7's as I have here. I added some Eyelet Outlet holiday brads, because the stamp actually included things like the triangle shaped tree, various sizes of snowflakes, an ornamentholly leaves, etc. I stuck to a traditional palette as inspired by the "red or green" box of the game board and only needed to add a few mats and a ribbon accent to complete my Tic-Tac-Toe choice."

Link your Tic-Tac-Toe masterpieces here by 6pm (EST) on Wednesday, July 17th. Keyword for galleries and Flickr is JB:19:14.

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Thursday, July 4, 2019

Let it Snow, Let it Snow, Let it Snow!

It seems we're not the only folks who feel that the best time for SNOW in the northern hemisphere is the middle of summer. A quick scroll through the gorgeous cards in the SNOW MUCH FUN gallery will confirm this! Here are a few cards we thought were especially cool this time:

snowman and bird in traditional colours

...made two different versions of this adorable card. They are both *BEAUTIFUL* and also a great illustration of how much difference it makes to just change COLORS!

...made this beautiful CAS tag with a super clever FLOATING snowflake that we really really want to CASE as soon as possible!

...made a simple-but-stunning card in non-traditional colors that we just CANNOT stop looking at! (Seriously... that bokeh background...)

As usual, there was not a single card we didn't love, so if you haven't cruised the SNOW Gallery we heartily recommend the trip! We'll be back at Midnight with a brand new prompt we hope you'll be game for... :)

Friday, June 28, 2019

Snow Far, Snow Good!

We're still celebrating the flaky white stuff here at Jingle Belles. There's an argument that the best place for *SNOW* is on holiday greetings, in the middle of summer, where it never impedes driving or requires one to wield a shovel for hours at a time, lol. So let's get right to the cards we made this week:

Stephanie says, "This sweet little snowman tag is the focal point of my card this week.  All I had to add was some navy seam binding and an epoxy dots for the pom pom on his hat."

Lauren says, "I've been fascinated by negative space lately, so this is not the first (or last, lol!) card I've made by punching out some little windows and backing them with... something. In this case it's a sparkly white landscape created with Penny Black's Trees and Hills die, in the aperture created with a circle punch through this gorgeous Solitude paper from Authentique. To embellish I added some fab Eyelet Outlet Snowflake Brads and placed a diecut sentiment on a banner made with pretty grey and white Snowflake Washi Tape... et voila!"

Scroll down to the original post and check out the awesome readers' gallery... where you can also link up your own snow-centric masterpiece!

Friday, June 21, 2019

Snow Much Fun!

As you may have deduced from the title, we're celebrating *SNOW* this fortnight! So break out your snowmen (and women!) snowflakes, snowy landscapes, or anything else that features the frosty white stuff and get creative!

Here's what we made this week:

Lauren says, "This sweet snowman from Prima's "Santa Baby" chipboard has been calling to me since I acquired him last December at my lss, Paper Anthology. Finally I found the *perfect* home for him on this ancient piece of sheet-music inspired patterned paper from October Afternoon. All I needed to finish up were a few mats, a couple of diecuts and some awesome Eyelet Outlet Snowflake Brads!"

Stephanie says, "I love using non-traditional color combinations for my holiday cards ... so I featured MFT Color Challenge with some Berry Pink Snowflakes (stamped altogether using my MISTI).  I finished with the coordinating die cut snowflakes and some Eyelet Outlet Bling."

Link up your own snow-centric masterpiece(s) by 6pm (EST) on Wednesday, July 3rd. Keyword for galleries and Flickr JB:19:13. ♥
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