Friday, October 25, 2019

Rudolph and Friends

Description:Santa will soon be making his appearance and he has no chance of getting here if not for his trusty reindeer. However, we don't want to leave out their other cousins in the Cervidae family so you can also include deer, moose, elk OR caribou in your design … oh heck, just include any animal on your card (or even a monster if you're so inclined & want to stretch the theme ... yep, that's how we roll).

Here are our featured creatures this week:

Lauren says, "HOW CUTE is this Lawn Fawn Winter Narwhal?! Even if I didn't already love narwhals, this guy would've been enough to start me on the path, lol. To paper-piece, I stamped him on several shades of white patterned paper and once on a fun blue plaid, then let him join some adorable seal, walrus and husky friends on this fun Doodlebug Design paper. A few mats, a stamped sentiment from the narwhal mini-set and a couple of Eyelet Outlet Snowflake Brads and I was good to go."

Stephanie says, "When I saw this week's Sunday Stamps Sketch and this adorable Rudolph ornament sticker in my stash, this card almost made itself. I added snowflake embossing, a sentiment sticker, white doily, and a gold bow to tie in the gold on my sentiment ... and ta da ... Rudolph is the star of the show."

And we have a little prize for one lucky participant ... the gorgeous Penny Black Christmas Sprig Cling stamps.

Link your Creature-centric cards here by 6pm (EST) on Wednesday, November 6th. Keyword for galleries and Flickr is JB:19:22.

You are invited to the Inlinkz link party!

Thursday, October 24, 2019

♥In the Pink♥

PINK CHRISTMAS is always our favorite Jingle Belles theme of the year and you guys definitely did not let us dowm. Not only were there LOTS of cards, each and every one was beautiful, unique and heart-warming. Counting the "extras" by which there were extra cards within a single post our grand total this year was:

64 CARDS!!!

With a donation of $2 for each card from both of us (Lauren and Stephanie) that means we are able to donate to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation a grand total of...


For which we thank all of you, who made it possible!!!


Now let's take a look at a few of the linked up  PINK CHRISTMAS cards which made us especially happy this time:

...showed us that pink can be incorporated literally ANYWHERE on your card: the sentiment, the eyelets, the bear's scarf and even the sky are pink on her fun and festive card!

...combined her beautifully elegant ballerina pink baubles with a sketch that resulted in an utterly dreamy CAS card! 

...proved that pink and black can be just as lovely and feminine as pink and white; and ever so much more dramatic!


Many thanks to everyone who played along, whether you made one card or LOTS we loved seeing them all... and adding them into our total for an awesome cause! We'll be back at midnight with a brand new prompt we hope will be deer to your heart! ;)

Friday, October 18, 2019

Think PINK!!!

We're still celebrating PINK CHRISTMAS at ♥JINGLE BELLES♥ and you're still invited to play along! Remember, Stephanie and Lauren each donate $2 for every newly made PINK CHRISTMAS card that gets linked up with us this fortnight, so if you're only going to join us once this year, this would be an awesome time to do so!

Here's what we made this week:

Lauren says, "This week I raided my collection of Prima holiday papers, using lots of Santa Baby and a little bit of the Sweet Peppermint collection. But my favorite part of this card is the panel I made which is nothing but pink diecut doilies, overlapping each other. I kind of wish I had not covered it up as much I did, but I know it's there and it makes me happy. I did lots of edge-distressing and loads of machine stitching and called it a day."

Stephanie's Other PINK Card

Stephanie says, "I am always on the lookout for Pink Holiday paper, and on my travels last week, I picked up the fun Holly Jolly Collection from My Mind's Eye.  I wanted to pair it with a Santa, so I used the one from The Ink Road Stamps Happy Holla Days. I paired him with a sentiment from My Favorite Things Sassy Pants Holiday and this week's Sketch Saturday."

Scroll down to the original PINK CHRISTMAS post to see the reader's gallery and link up as many of your own PINK CHRISTMAS cards as you'd like to! ♥

Friday, October 11, 2019

♥ Pink Christmas... for the Cure! ♥

If you've played along with us in other years, you may already know that at ♥JINGLE BELLES♥ we always devote the first theme of each October to making pink holiday cards as part of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and that for each card that gets linked up, we (Stephanie and Lauren) each donate two dollars to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation

There aren't many rules for this challenge other than the fact that each card has to be newly made, it has to have a winter holiday theme, and it has to feature PINK prominently. Does your whole card have to be pink? Certainly not. Can you combine other colors with the pink? Of course! Should you have more pink than say two or three baubles on your green tree set against a snowy white background? Well, yes... that would be good, lol. But other than that, we'll leave it to you to decide how much pink, what shade, and how to employ it!

We're pretty low key about self-promotion around here, but this cause is near and dear to our hearts and we'd love to get GREAT participation, so be sure to tell all your cardmaking friends, and feel free to share the official graphic and our link on your blog or social media.

But now let's get right to the cardmaking! Here's what we've made this week:

Stephanie says, "I started a card inspired by a gorgeous piece of Alexandra Renke designer paper ... then when I started to assemble the card ... I lost the piece of paper ... how does that happen.  I finally gave up looking and used a lovely piece of pink paper from Pinkfresh Studio with my Alexandra Renke Die Cuts and a rub-on sentiment."

Lauren's PINK Card

Lauren says, "I'm not sure I've ever made a pink + white + kraft card before, but I kinda think it might be new favorite color combo! I also really love the fonts on that cute Doodlebug journal card. I added a few stickers from the same collection, then went slightly crazy with skinny white mats to tie all my patterned papers together. Speaking of "ties" i added a double layer of ribbons... one of them is a PINK RIBBON which I especially love in the context of this challenge!"

Link as many PINK CHRISTMAS cards as you'd like by 6pm (EST) on Wednesday, October 23rd. Keyword for galleries and Flickr is JB:19:21

You are invited to the Inlinkz link party!

Thursday, October 10, 2019

Dreidel Dreidel Dreidel

We loved seeing the creating cards for non-Christmas recipients ... here are a few of our favorites:

made this adorable winter scene ... how cute is that tiny deer

featured some fabulous tone-on-tone background stamping with wonderful
silver accents

perfected the ink spray with gorgeous silver glitter

And now the winner of the fun Hanukkah-themed prize pack.
The fine folks at have selected #6 which means that
Bonnie of Stamping with Klass
is our lucky winner!
Congratulations, Bonnie! Please email your details to
Lauren at
to claim your prize!

Come back at midnight for one of our favorite annual color prompts.

Friday, October 4, 2019

The Hanukkah Song - 2nd Verse

We're still celebrating the winter holidays apart from Christmas, and you still have time to join the fun. In other words: you can make a general winter card, you can do New Year, Kwanzaa, Solstice, Hogmanay or Hanukkah, but for this fortnight only, we're not celebrating Christmas!

Stephanie says, "This week I created a Black & Gold Peace card with doves and stars for a general winter theme ... these are also nice to have for Thank You and other needs around the Holiday Season."

Lauren says, "Last week I used my Eyelet Outlet Tear Drop Bling as flames on a stamped menorah, but this week I realized that the eight letters of "HANUKKAH" could actually serve as the candles. It works best (imo) if your letters are all capitals, and close to the same width. I think I prefer the proportions of the larger card, because the scale of the flames and letters matches so well. On that card I used a craft punch which I thought of as being raindrops, but apparently Fiskars calls "Petal by Petal". Hoever ANY jewel, stamp or punch that is a similar shape would work. My papers are Ciao Bella's "Broccato Estense" collection (from my lss, Paper Anthology) are actually a bit spring-ish, when you see them in full, but the beautiful blues seemed perfect for the job. So basically there is not one single item that is specifically Hanukkah or even holiday related... I think I'm a bit proud of that, lol!"

Scroll down to the original post to link your Winter Holiday cards and see the fun little prize that's on offer this fortnight.