Friday, September 27, 2019

The Hanukkah Song

Description:Something that's pretty important to us here at ♥JINGLE BELLES♥ is to make sure our card-making festivities include EVERYONE who is special to us, whatever occasion or holiday in which they partake!

So this fortnight we're making cards for our friends who don't necessarily celebrate Christmas. Hanukkah is perhaps the most famous of the other winter holidays, and it (plus our favorite Adam Sandler song!) inspired our title, but you could choose Kwanzaa, New Year, Hogmanay or Solstice; or you could go totally non-denominational with a general winter-themed card.

Stephanie says, "I started with this peaceful Penny Black Starry Night Stickeroo and built my Hanukkah card around it with a few more sticker sentiments and sticker letters too.  I die cut some metallic silver into an oblong octagon and then die cut some Swirling Stars.  I finished with a wrap of ribbon and a few sprinkled gems."

Lauren says, "I had an awesome new-to-me Hero Arts Happy Hanukkah stamp set to inspire me this week; but truly, I've made plenty of Hanukkah cards through the years which just used blue and silver patterned paper, and candles made from strips of patterned paper or washi tape! My dreamy background layer is watercolor paper, sprinkled with various blue shades of ColorBurst and spritzed; the multicolored layer further back is an alcohol ink experiment that did not come out as i intended, but was too pretty to throw away, lol. By the way, Eyelet Outlet Tear Drop Bling makes outstanding menorah flames... just sayin'...

We've got a fun little prize this time for one lucky, randomly selected, cardmaker who links up with us. It's some Hero Arts woodmount Hanukkah stamps and beautiful Eyelet Outlet Bling in silver, blue and white!

Link up as many brand new, non-Christmas, winter holiday cards as you like by 6pm (EST) on Wednesday, October 9th. Keyword for galleries and Flickr is JB:19:20.
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Thursday, September 26, 2019

Peace and Love

Many thanks to everyone who gave PEACE a chance this fortnight, it definitely resulted in some incredibly lovely cards! Here are a few that especially caught our fancy this time:

...proves that black and white are anything but boring with her simple and beautiful stamped and masked creation. (We *love* that cool hand drawn frame, as well!)

...created a peaceful holiday scene that is taken to the next level (or possibly the level after that!) by Expert Level coloring!

...has created a sweet, whimsical, quirky card we are entirely smitten with: a Moose driving home for a peaceful Christmas in his purple convertible. We vote YES to that! :) :) :)

We'll be back at midnight with a brand new prompt, for which you'll have more than eight crazy nights to participate! ;) 

Friday, September 20, 2019

Goodwill to Men

We're still singing about PEACE at Jingle Belles this week ... remember, you can use the word, the symbol or just create something that says *PEACE* to you.

Lauren says, "The peaceful scene I've used as a focal point is a beautiful journal card from the "Snow and the City" collection by an Italian paper company called Ciao Bella, which i got at my lss Paper Anthology last December. The background panel- with the birch trees- is actually the cover from a holiday catalog! Apart from that, I added a couple of skinny white mats, a diecut sentiment, part of a doily and three glittery copper snowflakes. Et voila, La Paix!"

Stephanie says, "This prompt was the perfect week to recycle this laser cut forest.  I mounted it with foam tape on a sky blue background and then added my Impression Obsession Die Cut Cardinals and a vintage wood block PEACEful sentiment from A Muse."

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.