Friday, June 14, 2019

Jolly Old St. Nick

We're still celebrating Santa Claus, as well as all of the other awesome residents of the North Pole: Mrs. Claus, reindeer, elves, happy polar bears... maybe even a Yeti? Here's what we made this week:

Lauren says, "This week I built a tall card around this beautiful vintage-style Santa on a journal card from Authentique's "Jingle" collection. He didn't need much in the way of embellishment, so I contented myself with a few coordinating patterned paper mats, an ancient chipboard bauble sentiment and some Eyelet Outlet bling!"

Stephanie says, "A Doodle Pop Santa for me this week together with his Doodle Pop Mouse friend.  Love these colors for Christmas ... added a row of bling & sticker sentiment using the layout from Sketch Saturday."

Remember, one lucky participant will get the pack of Christmas goodies mailed their way.  Please come join our holiday fun.

Friday, June 7, 2019

Santa Baby

This time we're celebrating Santa Claus ... St. Nick ... the Jolly old Guy himself ... or you might choose to feature Mrs. Claus, the Elves, Reindeer or even our favorite, a Yeti ... anyone who might be living at the North Pole.

Here are the creatures we featured:

Stephanie says, "I had never paper pieced this cute little Santa Die from the Sizzix Side Order Collection ... it included the tiny embossing folder & the noel word die cut, so I combined them all with some wood grain cardstock."

Lauren says, "There are sooooooo many great versions of Santa Claus out there in the big wide papercrafting world, but for sheer cuteness and adorability, I think it's hard to beat Doodlebug Design. my card is about 90% D-bug products, including most of the papers and all the sweet stickers. I combined the latter in a little rooftop scene, and placed them on a little tag, thanks to this week's awesome sketch (#566) from Sketch Saturday."

One lucky participant for this prompt will receive a fun little prize package - Die-Versions Winter Glob Die Cut; Stitched Felt Embellishments and a Pocketful of Cheer Paper Pumpkin Kit that makes 8 cards.

Link your card(s) featuring your favorite North Pole Resident(s) right here, before 6pm (EST) on Wednesday, June 19th. Keyword for galleries and Flickr is JB:19:12.
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Thursday, June 6, 2019

The Write Stuff

It turns out there is no *bad* way to get texty at the holidays... which made it extra hard for us to just choose a few type-centric cards to feature. We highly recommend a scroll through the readers' gallery to see all the gorgeous cards. Meanwhile here are a couple of faves:

...capitalized on the envelope-like shape of a recent card sketch, by adding text paper, embossing and the sweet stocking to her clever card!

...strategically cut her text paper to make the perfect window for those beautifully glittery trees and super-fun baking paper snow!

...proves that CAS cards can be loaded with texture and interest, by virtue of embossing, tiny gems, and the most elegant sentiment ever!


We'll be back at midnight with a brand new prompt we hope won't have you looking for an Escape Claus! ;)

Friday, May 31, 2019

My Santa Baby Wrote Me a Letter

We're still celebrating the joys of text and typography and you still have time to join in, which we hope you will! Scroll down to the original post to link your word-centric masterpieces. Meanwhile, here's what we made this week:

Lauren says, "I've combined one of my all-time favorite texty patterned papers (from Carta Bella, last year, I believe); a Simple Stories sentiment card and lots of fabulous Eyelet Outlet Pinecone, Poinsettia and Holly Brads. Luckily I had this week's Sketch Saturday blueprint (#565), so i knew *exactly* where everything should go!"

Stephanie says, "This week I had to ink up this new Texty Block Party Christmas Stamp from Uniko ... so many fun Christmas Phrases in my new Catherine Pooler Rouge Ink on Kraft.  I added some texty designer paper to finish the design and a gem on the top of the Santa Gnome's Hat."

Friday, May 24, 2019

Text Me

This fortnigh at Jingle Belles, we're asking you to create a Holiday card that celebrates TEXT. You could use letter stickers, book pages, dictionary pages, texty patterned paper or just create a card where the sentiment is the star of the show ... just make sure you get TEXTY.

Here's what we made this week:

Stephanie says, "I decided to go searching through my vast designer paper collection for text ... and I found it in Shimelle's American Crafts Christmas Magic Collection.  I went searching for one of the characters in the 12 Days of Christmas for my focal image ... but finally decided if the song were written today, surely there would be a Penguin (and his tiny snowman friend).  My inspiration and sketch came from the Fusion Card Challenge and stamps are from Essentials by Ellen Arctic Pals & Ugly Sweater Accessories stamped on the EBE Aline Snowfall Die Cut ."


Lauren says, "I used an old set of oversized chipboard alphas as a template to cut the letters "J-O-Y" out of some Prima "Spring Farmhouse" paper with a little bit of text detail. I added in some florals, lace and a chipboard sentiment, then piled the whole thing on top of some pretty plaid from the "Sweet Peppermint" collection."

And ... drum roll ... the winner of the prize package from our Old Fashioned Christmas Prompt is:

Rose from My Happy Place ... e-mail us your contact info, so we can get your prize on its way.

Link your texty masterpieces here by 6pm (EST) on Wednesday, June 5th. Keyword for galleries and Flickr is JB:19:11.  

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Thursday, May 23, 2019

Vintage Valedictorians

In this season of graduations, we have our very on Vintage Valedictorians ... some of our favorites from the Old-Fashioned Christmas gallery.

combined lots of vintage ephemera and 
finished it off with the perfect snowy, glittery border ... 
vintage perfection.

took us on a vintage sleight ride with 
glittery snow and a gorgeous
Brusho stenciled sky.

brought new life to a fantastic vintage card image ...
we can almost hear the put put put of the car delivering
those gifts.

Make sure you check back at midnight for our next Jingle Belle prompt ... where we might just be getting a bit wordy.

Friday, May 17, 2019

We Wish You a Vintage Christmas

We're still celebrating "An Old Fashioned Christmas" and you still have plenty of time to link up your own vintage --or vintage inspired--  masterpiece! In fact there's even a little prize this fortnight, from Lauren's Etsy Shop, Just Enough Stuff! Here's what we made this week:

Lauren says, "Darn, I wish I didn't have so many EXTRA handmade holiday cards ready to send on December first", said nobody ever!!! Yep, I sort of accidentally wound up with TWO cards this week. One of them is nearly all actual vintage bits and the other is almost entirely new, but vintage-style products. I wonder if you can guess which is which? To find out, click through to my blog, where all shall be revealed!"

Stephanie says, "I piled on a whole lot of vintage goodness on this week's card ... vintage dictionary page, receipt book, three kinds of trading stamps and a few other vintage-like goodies from my stash."

Scroll down to the original post (just below this one) for details on the prize and to access the Linky tool! ♥

Friday, May 10, 2019

An Old-Fashioned Christmas

This week at Jingle Belles we're going back in time ... we're asking you to create a card with a vintage or retro vibe … either by using new products that are vintage-in-style or by incorporating actual vintage items into your design (or heck, really go for it and use both).

Here's how we went vintage this week:

Stephanie says, "I recently returned from California where I was able to attend a Print-makers' Fair.  At one booth, I picked-up a few tiny vintage cards including this vintage boot in a roller skate filled with roses.  I wasn't sure how I would use it ... but I loved it.  I love how it paired perfectly with several designer papers with vintage designs including some numbers, text, flourishes and holly.  Sentiment is once again Bluebird Typed Christmas (apparently my go to sentiment set)."

Lauren says, "My card was inspired by this week's Sketch Saturday (#562) because that funky-cool angle is just so awesome! My vintage bits are actual vintage, from my stash of goodies, and include that lovely Jingle Bells sheet music from an old songbook, the (well-hoarded!) German-Scrap bells; plus a red doily that may have been "liberated" from my mom's dining room, so shhhhh don't tell her lol! I've mixed in some modern patterned paper in semi-muted shades that went well with the bells, and finished off with loads of dimensional flowers and leaves."

Just in case you have ABSOLUTELY NOTHING even vaguely vintage-inspired in your stash, here are a couple of scans from Lauren's personal collection of ephemera for you to use if you'd like:

To further inspire you, we've got a little prize for one (randomly selected) lucky cardmaker who links up with us this fortnight:

 like this one, as well as a $10 credit to select anything else you'd like from Lauren's Etsy Shop, Just Enough Stuff


Link up as many times as you want, between now and 6pm (EST) on Wednesday, May 22. Keyword for galleries and Flickr is JB:19:10.

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Thursday, May 9, 2019

A Very Very Merry Sketchmas!

Many thanks to everyone who played along this fortnight and made such *BEAUTIFUL* versions of Stephanie's sketch! You definitely make it very, very hard to choose just a few cards to feature, and if you haven't had a good long look through the Sketch Gallery yet, we definitely suggest an inspirational stroll! Meanwhile here are a few cards we especially loved this time:

...made two glorious CAS masterpieces, it was extremely hard to choose just one, so you should definitely click through and see the other!

...combined a bunch of amazing ink-centric techniques (you should really go read her blog post!) with some gorgeous vintage style collage elements to make her beautifully artistic card!

...also made two completely wonderful cards using tag shapes she cleverly up-cycled (our favorite technique!) from store-bought cards received last year! 

We'll be back at Midnight with a good old fashioned brand new theme, we hope to see you then! ♥

Friday, May 3, 2019

Oh SKETCH-mas Tree

We're still making cards based on Stephanie's beautiful sketch, which, if you recall, looked a bit like this:

Here's what we made this week:

Stephanie says, "Last week's card recipe worked so well, I followed it again this week with a glittery star tag and tiny typed sentiment from Hello Bluebird Typed Christmas."

Lauren says, "I've done a much looser interpretation of the sketch this week, but i think you can see the "bones", right? Because I finally got my hands on the fabulous Sizzix "Home for the Holidays" die set, with that amazing retro car, so of course I absolutely HAD TO use it. And the shape of the car sort of dictated the shape of my medallion, so I really had to turn it in the other direction on the card. But the great thing about a wonderful sketch is, you can do ANYTHING with it!"

Scroll down to the original post to see all of the amazing cards already in the readers' gallery and link up your own masterpiece!

Friday, April 26, 2019

We Wish You a Merry SKETCH-mas

We're feeling a little bit sketchy at ♥JINGLE BELLES♥ this fortnight, thanks to the super sketch-creation skills of Stephanie, who's made this beautiful roadmap to inspire our cards!

And here are the cards we made this week:

Stephanie says, "I always buy fun tags at the after Christmas sales like this cute Yeti to have for card making.  I paired him with a Taylored Expressions Plaid embossed background and a tiny typed sentiment from Hello Bluebird Typed Christmas."

Lauren says, "I (finally!) used this beautiful (and frankly hoarded) vintage-inspired Santa illustration from October Afternoon for my focal point, then filled out the rest of the sketch elements with a fussy-cut sentiment banner and some miscellaneous red paper scraps. It's super, super simple and yet I love how it turned out!"

Link your sketchtastic creations right here by 6pm (EST) on Wednesday, May 8th. Keyword for galleries and Flickr is JB:19:09.

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Thursday, April 25, 2019

recycle... reuse... and JINGLE!

We loved seeing all of the creative recycling in the gallery the last two weeks ... here are a few that really rocked the recyling.

turned a Twinnings Tea Box into this fabulous holiday card ... her creative layout allowed her to use the entire panel with her sentiment covering-up the text on the box.

turned one of our favorite vintage shopping bag designs into an entire herd of Santa's reindeer ... love the embossed background for a fabulous neutral design.

combined crafting with her granddaughters with recycling some acrylic packaging
for these fabulous holly leaves.

And ... drum roll please ... the winner of our stampy giveaway is:

Beverly of Bev's Creative Path with this golden beauty.  Send us your e-mail address & we'll get your goodies in the mail.

Check back at midnight where we'll be getting Sketchy With It.

Friday, April 19, 2019

Joy to the Earth

We're still celebrating EARTH Day at Jingle Belles by creating cards featuring recycled elements.

Here are our examples of recycling this week:

Lauren says, "I raided the recycling bag back in December, when a beautiful catalog arrived whose cover had birch trees with fairy lights. There was text at the top and bottom, but I knew that the center section that would be exactly the right size for a tall card and that it wouldn't need much embellishing. I added a couple of mats (gold metallic and wood veneer seemed like good choices) and rescued a sheet music star from the big box of diecuts. A couple of dimensional poinsettias and a sentiment sticker later and I called it good!"

Stephanie says, "My card includes multiple recycled elements ... the bokah sky is from a 2018 holiday card; the trees in the background are cut from Studio Calico packaging; and the silver on the car & wheels was recycled from a specialty paper sample book from the local print shop that our marketing team lets me have every year when the new one comes out.  I even pulled the paper for my present and tree out of the trash can by my studio table."

Remember, you have until Wednesday at 6pm EST to upload your recycled creations.

Friday, April 12, 2019

Peace on Earth Day!

If you've played along with us in other years, you'll know that we have a few challenges which are the same theme, at the same time, every year.

For instance, the first challenge of October is always Pink Xmas. And the fortnight which includes Earth Day is always "RE-use, RE-cycle, UP-cycle". That's just the way it is!

Which means... it's time to grab that pretty piece of packaging you saved; or the clear plastic bakery box that could be diecut into shaker card awesomeness; or maybe there's a cereal box in the recycling bin that you could decoupage or paint it to make *free* chipboard embellishments? Don't forget the beautiful store-bought holiday cards we receive each December, or those bits of carefully saved gift wrap... those *totally* count too!

Here are the eco-friendly creations we made this week:

Stephanie says, "I save things all year, so I have a selection of elements to choose from for this challenge ... but unfortunately that stash did not survive the recent flooding of our home due to a frozen pipe.  So instead, I pulled a Kleenex Box out of our Recycle Bin, punched a bunch of Hexagons, and made this holiday card with Hexagon Christmas Stamps from STAMPlorations with inspiration from the If You Give a Crafter a Cookie Challenge."

Lauren says, "In the spirit of full disclosure I will tell you right off: I used two store-bought cards I received this past December, and they did almost all the work for me!!! I had planned to add some diecut trees or reindeer or... something... but honestly nothing I tried out really worked. Eventually, I stumbled across the ancient Doodlebug sentiment sticker, which featured exactly the same shade of purple as the sky behind the trees. So I just added a few skinny wisteria cardstock mats, plus some fun Eyelet Outlet Snowflake Brads and called it a day!"

And keeping with our recycling theme, one lucky participant will receive a selection of lightly used Hero Arts stamps for their Holiday card making stash including:

Christmas Poster Background

Season's Greetings

Chalkboard Happy Holidays

Three Happy Elves

Link your eco-centric creations right here by 6pm (EST) on Wednesday, April 24th. Keyword for galleries and Flickr is JB:19:08.
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Thursday, April 11, 2019

It's a THREE-for-all!

So many clever and beautiful trios in our "We Three Kings" gallery! You guys always make it really, really hard to feature just a few. But here are three that especially tickled our fancy this fortnight:

...fielded a trio of trios: three gorgeous Authentique patterned papers, three stars, three enamel dots... there is not one single thing we don't love about this card!

...went three for three as well! (We love this trend!) Three happy reindeer, three beautiful funky trees and three jewels on top, all on a gorgeously vibrant neon green background!

...has only one trio, but what a fabulous one it is: three of the most handsome snowmen ever, with a bonus in the form of that beautifully watercolored sentiment; so dreamy!


We'll be back at midnight with a brand new prompt which we definitely hope you will treasure and not trash!

Friday, April 5, 2019

Three of a Kind ... working on a Full Christmas House

As you may remember from last week, our current theme is called, "We Three Kings" but actually, we just want to see three of something rather than kings, necessarily. Though of course, three literal kings would definitely qualify. Perhaps wearing adorable holiday sweaters? Because there's a nice big range here, for you to be as creative as you'd like!!! :)

Stephanie says, "This week I went with three Christmas Sweater stickers for my trio ... 
mounted on some coordinating cable-knit paper ... 
can you ever have too many Christmas Sweaters?"

Lauren says, "I had to laugh when I saw the title Stephanie had given this post, because my card has THREE evergreen trees and TWO tiny reindeer, which really IS a 'full house' in poker terms! I raided my stash of pre-diecut scraps for all of the above, which made this a very fast and easy card, leaving me extra time to add loads of machine stitching for more texture!"

Use your TARDIS to jump backwards in time and link up on last week's post... OR... just scroll down to the post directly below this one...

Friday, March 29, 2019

We Three Kings

This fortnight's theme at ♥JINGLE BELLES♥ is a tiny bit tricky, so we hope you'll read this entire paragraph! It's called "We Three Kings" but you don't actually need to include any kings in your card's design. We just want to see *THREE* of... well... something! Three reindeer, maybe? Three beautiful dimensional poinsettias? Three yeti would be cool! Or perhaps even three fancy ornaments... the choice is up to you.

Here's how we used trios this week:

Lauren says, "One of my favorite uses for leftover ColorBurst (because I *always* mix too much when I watercolor, lol!) is diecutting! In this case, on top of my lovely blendy shades of blue, I've used several different types of modeling paste through various stencils to get the raised designs on my baubles. I layered them over sheet music and a coordinating panel of patterned paper, then added Eyelet Outlet Jewel Bling Strips to serve as hangers. Super easy, but satisfyingly creative to make!"

Stephanie's Card

Stephanie says, "My card features a vintage (1981 to be exact) trio of Wildlife Greeting Stamps from the National Wildlife Federation.  The set had lots of small stamps and then a few larger ones, like the one in the center of my triptych.  I finished with a wrap of twine (which reminded me of a bird's nest) and a sticker sentiment"

Link your trio-centric cards here by 6pm (EST) on Wednesday, April 10th. Keyword for galleries and Flickr is JB:19:07.

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