Friday, July 3, 2020

STARS and/or STRIPES Forever

Since tomorrow is Independence Day in the USA, we're asking you to incorporate either stars or stripes into your card design (it needn't be red, white or blue) … just stars or stripes (or both!) in any medium you choose.

Here's how we used our Stars and/or Stripes:

Stephanie says, "I couldn't resist breakout out my Taylored Expressions Starry Background with coordinating Stencil & Cutting Plate.  I used the Starry Cutting Plate on Purple Glitter Cardstock and laid it over the Stamped Image on light purple cardstock that I stenciled with two colors of purple ink.   I finished with a sentiment from Taylored Expression Flip the Snowflake."

Lauren says, "I went with stars AND stripes, but my Simple Stories red-on -red stars are admittedly  quite understated. All of my papers are from 2018 or so, and came from my LSS, Paper Anthology in Kenvil, NJ. The sweet fussy-cut snowman and candycane striped paper are Authentique; the dimensional holly is from Prima Marketing and the sheet music is from my stash of vintage goodies."

Link your starry and or stripey creations right here, by 6pm (EDT) on Wednesday, July 15th. Keyword for galleries and Flickr is JB:20:14.
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Thursday, July 2, 2020

We're In Great Shape!

And the proof is in the amazing readers' gallery of Shaped Cards, located two posts below this one. If you haven't checked it out yet, we highly recommend a scroll through! Meanwhile here are just a few that especially caught our eye:

...created several incredibly creative designs using label-shaped dies 
that make us want to get our Nesties out RIGHT NOW! 

... created this amazing and sparkly tree, then decorated it beautifully!

...has us going round in circles with her elegantly layered (and perfectly colored!) creation!

And now I think we'd all like to know whose home that sweet little prize pack will be going to, right? Well the fine folks at have selected Lucky Number 100 which means that...

Jenni aka Mom2Two
is our lucky winner!
Please send your snailmail info to Lauren 
at llaurenb @ 
so we can get that on its way to you!

Many thanks to everyone who played along, we truly do love seeing every single card! We'll be back at midnight with a brand new prompt we hope will make you starry-eyed! ;)

Friday, June 26, 2020

Shaping Up!

We're still making SHAPED cards --by which we mean anything except the standard rectangle or square-- and you're still invited to join us, which we hope you will!

Here's how we shaped up this week:

Lauren says, "I decided to make a heart shaped card, using my largest heart stencil, which is about 4 x 6". I made a fun scalloped border by punching about a dozen 1 3/8" circles and sandwiching them between the stripey heart and a hidden, heart-shaped, hinged cardbase that's the same size. All of the papers used in this card came from ancient and well-hoarded Basic Grey holiday collections, which I still adore. I'll be sad when I use up my dwindling stash, but I've made it last a good long time!

Stephanie says, "I enlarged a clip art picture of a mitten to card sized and then traced it onto a scrap of red designer paper for my mitten base.  Next I attached the green designer paper to the cuff and trimmed it to fit.  I tied a loop of kraft ribbon where the paper joined, and the attached my mitten to a small card base.  I decorated my mitten with a round holiday sentiment from Catslife Press punched with a 2" circle punch that I attached to a scalloped circle that was punched from the same green designer paper, but sponged with green ink for a slightly darker look (and to cover those little white bits that show when you punch designer paper).  I finished with a tiny red gem in the middle of the snowflake."

Link your shapely masterpieces in the original post, directly below this one (and remember, one lucky participant will win a fun prize)!

Friday, June 19, 2020

Get in Shape for the Holidays

The official start of summer next week seems like the perfect time to "get in shape" but luckily there's no diet or exercise required, we just want you to make a shaped card, by which we mean NOT a square or rectangle. Of course a fancy fold or some clever engineering (like an easel card, slider or pop-up) will also qualify.

Here's how we shaped up this week:

Stephanie says, "I turned two die cut circles and dies from Paper Smooches Snowman Card Dies into this fun Snow Man card.  I added two different sizes of googly eyes, a carrot nose cut from a scrap of orange water colored paper, some flair on the scarf, and my very own hand-cut stove pipe hat decorated with some eyelet outlet bling."

Lauren says, "I went with an ornament-shaped card, based on a homemade template from a year or two ago. It's decorated with quite a varied assorment of goodies: paper from Prima's "Georgia Blues" collection; older Petaloo flowers; velvetty 7 Gypsies leaves and a pearl flourish of uncertain origin. I cut a base from dark blue cardstock to make this unusually shaped card --with its very small hinge-- a little bit sturdier. But I also like how it sort of "outlines" the card!"


For some added extra incentive we've got a little prize for one random cardmaker who links up with us this fortnight. It looks a bit like this... ok, technically, it looks EXACTLY like this, lol:

Link your shapely masterpieces here by 6pm (EDT) on Wednesday, July 1st. Keyword for galleries and Flickr is JB:20:13.
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Thursday, June 18, 2020

Take a BOW!

So much lovely ribbon filled our gallery for this prompt ... here are a few of that we're asking to take a Bow!

used a traditional Holiday color palette and combined a
wide variety of holiday ribbon for her adorable Christmas tree.
The ribbon bow made the perfect topper
and the white embossing for the background
was the perfect subtle pattern.

made two lovely cards with this 
beautiful and intricate set of dies; 
we love everything about them,
but it's the combination of
tulle and twine that takes them to the next level!

rocked a big bold bow with her ribbon,
which was the absolute perfect topper
to her lovely holiday ornament ...
and isn't that background embossing perfection?!


Many thanks to everyone who linked their ribbon creations, we loved seeing ALL of them! We'll be back at midnight with a brand new prompt, we hope you'll be in good shape to join us then!

Friday, June 12, 2020

Ribbons and More Ribbons

We're still making cards that feature ribbons, trimmings and lace at Jingle Belles and you're still invited to "tie one on" with us! Here's what we made this week:

Lauren says, "This isn't the fanciest card I've ever made, but it incorporates a lot of older elements that look quite sweet together; and it's semi-flat, so I'm calling it a win! I chose the colors based on the ancient Daisy D's plaid patterned paper, found a Simple Stories journal card that matched perfectly and added ribbons and trims from an elderly assortment by Doodlebug. My Imaginisce flowers and brad, not to mention the fun Eyelet Outlet Enamel Heart, plus a little bit of machine stitching seemed like pretty good finishing touches."

Stephanie says, "Unique ribbon trims like this Red Truck carrying home the Christmas Tree are perfect for covering a kraft tag.  I just cut strips of ribbon, put adhesive on both sides of the back of the tag, and wrap alternating the position of the trucks.  I used a combination of Coordinating holiday papers including several from BoBunny Merry & Bright and a Gold Thickers Joyous Puffy Christmas Tree Sticker decorated with Eyelet Outlet Bling at the top.  A sticker sentiment finished the design using the Mojo Monday Sketch #538."

Scroll down to the original post to see the beautiful Readers' Gallery and add your ribbon-centric masterpiece to it!

Friday, June 5, 2020

Tie a Holiday Ribbon...

...around the Christmas tree! Because this fortnight we're making cards that incorporate ribbon, trimmings, lace or fibers! 

Here's what we made:

Stephanie says, "In my very earliest card-making days, ribbon was often my only embellishment, so it was fun to revisit the ribbon wrap technique.  I wrapped three different ribbons around my card front and attached them to the inside with clear packing tape.  Then I attached another * inside front* to my card to cover the tape.  I layered on on felt snowflakes and a silver glitter sticker (to coordinate with my silvery hand-painted paper and two silver ribbons) and finished with a sentiment flag from my stash."

Lauren says, "This idea is making me wonder HOW I didn't think of it before? Because I've made similar cards where I've done a lattice pattern with washi tape, but somehow it never occurred to me to use ribbon. I suppose partly because it's hard to attach in strips that lie completely flat? Unless, that is, you have 1/8" wide Sookwang Scor-Tape, so you can basically make your ribbon into stickers, one piece at at time. I didn't need to sew all the way around the edges, because those ribbons were on there; but I did anyway and I like how it looks. A fabric poinsettia and a retired Eyelet Outlet paper flower are all the focal point you need when you have NINE different ribbons... am I right? "

Link your ribbon-bedecked masterpieces right here by 6pm (EDT) on Wednesday, June 17th. Keyword for galleries and Flickr is JB:20:12.
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Thursday, June 4, 2020

Jingle Belle Jewels

We were pretty sure we weren't the only Jingle Belles who believe that Christmas + sparkly things make the perfect card-making combination. The only "problem" with all the beautifully blinged cards you guys linked up, is that it made it really hard to only choose three to feature! But we did our best:

...made a card that is very possibly the best use ever of stickles. Seriously, who knew they could add that much beautiful sparkly impact?! 

...managed to combine silver embossing, mirror card AND sequins and still make a card that doesn't feel over done. Impressive!

...not only made a card that raises glittery fun foam to artful new heights; the story of the card she made just before this one is absolutely hilarious. 

And now I think we'd all like to know who will be taking home that fun and sparkly prize, right? Well the fine folks at Random.Org have selected...

Lucky Number #2
which means that
is our Lucky Winner!
please send your snail mail info to
 lauren at llaurenb @hotmail .com 
to claim your prize.

Many thanks to everyone who played along, we loved seeing every single one of your creations. We'll be back at midnight with a brand new prompt we hope will make you want to "tie one on"!

Friday, May 29, 2020

Jingle Belles are BLING-ing

We're still celebrating everything glittering and sparkly, so break out those stick-on gems and pearls, stickles, tinsel embossing powder, or maybe even actual loose glitter if you're feeling especially brave! Scroll down to link up with us on the original post; where you can also see the Readers' Gallery and a fun little bling-centric prize that one lucky random cardmaker will win!

Meanwhile here's how we got our bling on this week:

Lauren says, "I had an entirely different idea when I sat down, but then I found this ancient bling frame and I changed course so I could use it. My card base is a well-hoarded Hambly Transparency (thank you Stephanie for grabbing them up whenever you come across them!) the sparkly pink tape, flowers and Snowflake Brad are from Eyelet Outlet."

Stephanie says, "This week I combined a double-dose of Glitter with some Chunky Bling for a big dose of sparkle.  I love this off-set die cut technique for an extra-dose of elegance.  Dies and Stamps are from Taylored Expressions."

Friday, May 22, 2020

BLING on the Holidays

You guessed it ... we're creating holiday cards that feature lots of BLING ... that can mean jewels, gems, beads, pearls, glitter, stickles ... pretty much anything sparkly.

Here's how we sparkled this week.

Stephanie says, "This week I combined my Jingle Belles card with the Taylored Expressions TEMakerChallenge (to use Pink, a Circle and Ink Blending).  I used the Taylored Expression Poinsettia & Pine Stencil to Dry Emboss Pink cardstock background and then ink blended to bring out the texture.  Next I stamped & die cut my focal point sentiment from Taylored Expression Handlettered Holiday 2 Sentiment ... and then I bought out the Eyelet Outlet Bling to add some sparkle to say Merry Merry."

Lauren says, "When I think of bling, I generally go right for my Eyelet Outlet goodies too, lol! In this case, I cut apart and re-pieced some Swirl Bling to fit my design. I also made a circle mat from American Crafts' POW Glitter Cardstock for a little more flash. I used this week's Sketch Saturday (#610) as a guide to laying out my card. All of the patterned papers are last year's "Christmas in the Country" collection by Prima Marketing, from my lss, Paper Anthology."

Since there's Eyelet Outlet Bling on both of our cards, it seems like we should also share a bit with you guys! So here's a sparkly little prize that one lucky random cardmaker will win, just by linking up a card (or two... or three...) with us this fortnight:

Link your card(s) here by 6pm (EDT) on Wednesday, June 3rd. Keyword for galleries and Flickr is JB:20: 11.

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Thursday, May 21, 2020

Put a RING on It

We loved how all the Bells in the Gallery were going Ring a Ding Ding ... here were a few of our favorites.

Susan B

shared her cute Christmas Puppy ringing a whole pile of Silver Bells for the Holidays


shared her Disco Dancing Santa who gets us smiling every time ... 
and the cluster of jingle belles reminded us of the spinning disco ball.


shared her lovely holiday wreath
perfectly adorned with two tiny bells

Join us at midnight when we'll be BLING-ing on the next challenge.

Friday, May 15, 2020

Jingle Bell, Jingle Bell, Jingle Bell Rock

We're still ringing those Jingle Bells this week ... creating cards that feature at least one bell.

Here's what we're ringing this week:

Lauren says, "I love that so many paper companies include journal cards in their paper lines and I tend to snap them up, because they're the perfect kickstart to a card design. This one hails from Simple Stories' "Claus and Co" line from a few years ago. I added a little handstitching, a pair of Eyelet Outlet Holly Brads and a scattering of EO Star Sequins (attached with Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive, perfect for the job); then matted and added a few trimmings et voila! An almost instant A7 holiday card that's flat and mailable, but still has enough texture to be interesting!"

Stephanie says, "My Jingle Bell this week is from Reverse Confetti and is framed by an alcohol ink background and greens and golds.  I finished with several holly leaf die cuts from the same Reverse Confetti Joys of the Season Set paired with a sentiment sticker."

Scroll down to the original post to see the beautiful Readers' Gallery and link up your own Bell with the Belles!

Friday, May 8, 2020

Christmas Bells Those Christmas Bells

This week the Jingle Belles are asking you to break out your Jingle Bells ... create a card that features at least one Bell ... it could be a Silver Bell, a Golden Bell, a Tinkling Bell; Church Bells, Sleigh Bells ... any kind of Bell.

Here are what we have ringing this week.

Stephanie says, "I used three dies from Impression Obsession for my card this week.  The All-in-One Frame Oval was die cut from Embossed patina paper.  Then I die cut the Ringing Bells and Peace Typewriter Sentiment from Gold Glitter Paper and attached with foam tape for a clean & simple design."

Lauren says, "This card took an embarrassingly long time to make, considering it consists only of panels of Authentique patterned paper from my lss, Paper Anthology (who, btw, have just added an awesome online storefront!) which you would think would seriously limit how much dithering a person could do; but alas, no. I fell in love with this week's awesome Sketch Saturday (#608) and became obsessed with finding exactly the right image to go in each shape. On the other hand, I'm pleased with the result and there are worse things than wallowing in your collection of beautiful holiday papers, right?"

Link your Beautiful Bell-Bedecked creations here by 6pm (EST) on Wednesday, May 20th. Keyword for galleries and Flickr is JB:20:10.
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Thursday, May 7, 2020

There's NOTHING Sketchy...

...about the awesome cards that were linked up this fortnight based on Stephanie's beautiful sketch. In fact the only "problem" we had was only picking three to feature! (For the record, that is by far our favorite problem, lol!)

...saw the sketch's tag shape as a house and the swirls as smoke from the chimbley on a beautiful card that's making us say, "WHY didn't we think of that?!"

...bravely dug into her stash of treasured patterned paper to make this pair of elegant cards in a beautifully soft pastel color palette!

...proves that neutrals are anything but boring and a bunch of "random scraps" can add up to sooooo much more than the sum of its parts!

And now of course we'd all like to know who will be playing with that fun foliage die set in a few days, right? The fine folks at have selected #19 which means that...

is our lucky winner!
please send your snail mail address to lauren at llaurenb @ 
so we can get that in the mail to you!

Many thanks to everyone who joined our Sketch-centric fun, we truly love seeing every single creation! We'll be back at Midnight with a brand new prompt we think might just ring a bell (or a belle?!) with some of you!

Friday, May 1, 2020

We Wish You a Merry Sketchmas

At Jingle Belles, we're still making cards based on Stephanie's beautiful sketch, and you're still invited to join the fun, which we hope you will!

A reminder that you can swap the shapes, play with the proportions, flip or rotate the sketch, just make sure we can see "the bones" of it! Now here's what we made this week:

Lauren says, "I've had the pack of Pebbles diecuts from which this sweet snowman-in-a-jar came, for more years than I'd like to admit, lol! I think it's the perfect thing for this sketch, though, so I swapped him for the tag shape. I used suitably winter-ish layers of patterned paper, skinny tape and grosgrain ribbon for the horizontal band and added an Eyelet Outlet Pearl Bling Swirl that I cut apart and rebuilt in a shape that fit better on my card. "

Stephanie says, "I love collecting Christmas tags like this gorgeous glittery 3-D one from after Christmas Sales ... and then making them the perfect focal point of my holiday cards.  I paired it with a piece of stunning holiday paper from Dress My Craft Christmas Bells Collection .  I added a Lawn Fawn Die Cut Lacy Border and just like that, this card was done."

Remember, one lucky Sketch-a-licious participant will receive these awesome versatile Laurels dies from Paper Smooches (can't you see how fun it would be die cutting a bunch to make a Christmas Wreath or Tree).

Scroll down to the original post (directly under this one) to see the fantabulous readers' gallery and link up your own sketch-centric creation!

Friday, April 24, 2020

Oh Christmas Sketch, Oh Christmas Sketch

Yep... it's SKETCH-mas time at Jingle Belles, and once again we are lucky enough to have Stephanie doing the honors!

Stay true to the general feel of the sketch, but for example the tag shape can be another shape or embellishment you like; you can rotate, flip or stretch it. Just make sure we can see the "bones" of the sketch!

Here's what we created:

Stephanie says, "I fell in love with this Grinch Stamp set from Gina Marie Designs.  I stamped his hand on the green tag and then paper pieced the ornament and sleeve.  I used a metallic pen for the ornament cap.  I added some Eyelet Outlet Clear Swirl Bling flourishes and finished with some EO Holiday Bling in the tag corner."

Lauren says, "I flipped the sketch horizontally, and chose a mug rather than a tag, but I think I've done a fairly faithful adaptation. Most of my ingredients are Prima, from the Santa Baby collection; plus a bit of non-holiday paper from Pretty Pale. I used tape for the sketch's horizontal band and a Tim Holtz/Sizzix die for those pink flourishy things, which I thought looked a bit like steam rising off the delightful mug of cocoa."

And one lucky participant will get the awesome Laurels Dies from Paper Smooches.

Link your sketch-inspired creations right here by 6pm (EST) Wednesday, May 6th. Keyword for galleries and Flickr is JB:20:09

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Thursday, April 23, 2020

"GREEN" Ribbons!

Ordinarily, Blue Ribbons are the recognition for the very best and most delightful work, but when it comes to Earth Day, it seems like we should color shift a bit!

The recycling theme is always one of our very favorite challenges, with some of the coolest and most creative cards, and this year was no exception. Of course we award a "Green Ribbon" to everyone who participated, but here are just a few that particularly caught our eye:

...made this amazingly beautiful and textured background using recycled tissue paper, cling film and an iron; you really have to go see the process! (HOW had we never even heard of that??!)

...created the most realistic snow EVER, by placing a piece of packing foam behind the diecut windows of her astonishing CAS card. Surely we're not the only ones saying, "WHY didn't I think of that?" right now?

...rescued this beautiful photo of Earth from a worn and torn coffeetable book and of course it's the PERFECT background for Santa's reindeer to fly past isn't it? (Note to self: next year use the Earth in our Earth Day cards!)

Many thanks to everyone who participated, we know we say it every time, but we truly do love seeing EVERY SINGLE CARD! We'll be back with a brand new theme at midnight... though our plans are a bit SKETCHY... :)

Friday, April 17, 2020

Red and GREEN...

...the "GREEN" as in ecologically sound, because we are only five days away from Earth Day 2020, and we're still making holiday cards with a recycled, reused or upcycled element!

Here's what we made this week:

Lauren says, "The inspiration for this card was the two-inch-round metal lid of a hot cocoa mix canister. The other day when I was adding a teaspoon of the cocoa mix to my coffee (a combo I *highly* recommend!) I saw it and thought, "That would make a cool frame!" The rest of the cocoa mix is now in a Tupperware, since the original canister has no lid, because it's HERE, lol. I punched a circle of glittery trees from an old Xmas card, matted it with a slightly larger circle of wood-grain packaging as a mat, and placed them inside the cocoa lid frame. Since it's 1/4" deep, this card will have to be tucked in with a present, or given to the recipient irl, but that's ok with me. In order to make it look like a frame and not a cocoa lid glued to the front of my card, I needed to sort of "build up" the area around it, for which I used dimensional flowers and velvety leaves."

Stephanie says, "I started with a piece of polka dot packaging from Donna Downey for my card base.  Then I recycled a page from a vintage Ideals Christmas Magazine for my focal image adding stripes for two thin mats.  I finished with a Hero Arts Stacking Snowflakes sentiment and some coordinating enamel dots ... love the vintage image in one of my favorite colors (often rather than more expensive colored pictures in the magazines, they would tint the paper on an entire page a single color (like pink in this instance) with both pictures and poems).

Scroll down to the original Peace On Earth Day post to see the amazing readers' gallery and link up your own "GREEN" masterpiece!

Friday, April 10, 2020

Peace on EARTH Day

Those of you who have followed us over the years know that we have a special place in our hearts for EARTH DAY.

So our EARTH DAY prompt each year has been all about RECYCLING ... and we'd like you to create a holiday card that features re-cycled, re-used or up-cycled elements.  You know you've got that stash of things that you saved because they were just too pretty to throw away ... break them out and create with them.

In the past we've used everything from Kleenex Boxes & Soda Cans to Gift Wrap and we *always* have a lot of fun making our own cards and admiring yours!

Here is what we recycled this year.

Stephanie's Card

Stephanie says, "We've been numbering our quarantine days by rolls of toilet paper used at our home, so I thought it would be fun to recycle one of those cardboard toilet paper centers and use it to paint the background of my card on a scrap of kraft cardstock ... and I used advice from my mother-in-law and used a cereal bag as my work surface (so all that painty mess was on the recycled plastic). A Taylored Expressions Big Grumpy seemed like the only reasonable choice for a such a background paired with a Simon Says Stamp Ho Ho Postage Sentiment (because doesn't he just scream cheer).  I finished with a few enamel stickers to complete the sign."

Lauren says, "I'm the kind of person who saves the pop art tissue box or flowery tag off her new jeans, so if a papercrafting product comes in pretty packaging, OF COURSE I'm going to re-use it! In this case, the beautiful backers from Prima flowers (green ledger) and Little Birdie chipboard (small woodgrain) were used as my interior background and tiny deer, respectively. Some old paint chips became funky fab trees and the clear plastic from a salad bar container serves as the window in my shaker card, which I've filled with super-fun new Eyelet Outlet Snowflake Sequins"

Link your Earth-friendly creations right here by 6pm (EST) on Wednesday, April 22nd aka Earth Day! Keyword for galleries and Flickr is JB:20:08.

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