Friday, October 16, 2020

♥ Pink Christmas... for the Cure! ♥

We're still dreaming of a PINK Christmas for a Cure.  

Remember, for each card linked-up Lauren and I will both be donating $2 to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation ... a cause near and dear to both our hearts.

Here is how we went PINK this week.

Lauren says, "I've paired a copy of an all-pink illustration from a vintage Ideals Christmas magazine with some well-hoarded stripey pink paper from Basic Grey; added Eyelet Outlet Sequins, an oversized bloom and a sticker sentiment and called it a day. Kind of a funky mix, but I like how it turned out."

Stephanie says, "I actually dreamed about this card ... creating a background with strips of all of the pink cardstock scraps in my stash.  I added a circle, two stickers, some white embellishments and the perfect sentiment from Essentials by Ellen Mondo Holly."

Friday, October 9, 2020

I'm Dreaming of a PINK Christmas

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.

Here is how we went PINK for Christmas this year.

Stephanie says, "I've been saving this gorgeous Pink Christmas Collection from Stamperia for this prompt ... the papers are so pretty, the card almost made itself.  I used the Sketch Saturday layout and some plastic snowflake buttons as embellishments."

Lauren says, "I went almost entirely Prima, because they've done some really awesome PINK holiday collections in the last few years. I do have a big PINK poinsettia liberated from a bit of holiday garland, and it wouldn't be the holidays without some Eyelet Outlet Snowflake Bling! I also used this week's Sketch Saturday #630 to arrange my layout; though I've rotated it ninety degrees counterclockwise."

Link PINK with us until 6pm (EST) on Wednesday, October 21st. Keyword for galleries and Flickr is JB:20:21. 

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Thursday, October 8, 2020

Spectacular Snow

 So much gorgeous snow in the gallery for our SNOW-y prompt ... here are a few that cuaght our eye.

created this adorable scene with a perfect snowy sky ... 
that tumbling snowman made us giggle.

created monochromatic elegance with her 
snow-filled little village.

perfected masking and splattering to create the perfect snowy sky for her Gnomies.

Join us at midnght for one of our favorite color prompts of the year.

Friday, October 2, 2020

Snow Far, Snow Good

We're still "Dashing Through the Snow" at Jingle Belles and you're still invited to join the fun! Here's what I made this week:

Lauren says, "When I'm in a hurry, my favorite cardmaking shortcut is to grab a journaling card! The great ones already have a focal image + sentiment; all I have to do is pick papers and embellies... aka The Fun Part! I've mixed an older MME plaid with an abstract swirly pattern; plus blue snowflake ribbon from the big box store and a snowflake diecut from a ColorBurst experiment. I scattered a few Eyelet Outlet Snowflake Brads, sewed around the edges, and called it good to go."

Stephanie's Other Card

Stephanie says, "This week I added some gorgeous new papers from The Funkie Junkie by a Hungarian company Stamperia ... this gorgeous collection is called Arctic Antarctic.  I love the majesty of the white wolf in his snowy landscape home.  I paired one of the background papers from the collection with one of my tags from my Dina Wakley Focus on Gloss Class, that brought out the greens in the Northern Lights Sky.  I finished with a vintage wood mounted sentiment from A Muse and some blue gems."

Remember you have until 6pm EST on Wednesday to link-up your SNOW-y creations.

Friday, September 25, 2020

Dashing through the SNOW

For our next prompt, we are asking you to create projects that celebrate the white fluffy flakes of SNOW … it might be snowmen, snowflakes or just snowfall, but include some snow on your cards

Here are our SNOW-y creations:

Stephanie says, "I used my new Mini Swirly Snowflake Stamps and my MISTI to create a snowy background.  Then I used this week's Sketch from Crazy 4 Challenges and added some Snowflakes punched from glitter paper and topped with Eyelet Outlet Bling before finishing with a tiny sentiment."

Lauren says, "I broke out my adorable Pretty Pink Posh snowdude and realized what a great match he was for this long hoarded Basic Grey snowman patterned paper. White glitter paper snowy hills and Eyelet Outlet Snowflake Bling complete the festive snowscape, with a diecut sentiment from Elizabeth Craft Designs."


Link your Snowcentric creations right here by 6pm (EDT) on Wednesday, October 7th. 
Keyword for galleries and Flickr is JB:20:20.

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Thursday, September 24, 2020

Metal Medals!

It seems we're not the only cardmakers who like a touch of metallic goodness in our creations. There are so many amazing cards in the gallery, if you haven't taken time to have a bit of a scroll, we highly recommend it. Meanwhile here are three that especially caught our eye:

...incorporated so many amazing little touches of gold that make a big impact: filligree poinsettias, star buttons, gold-flecked ribbon, patterned paper with a subtle golden thread and finally just a touch of Frantage around the diecut oval; brilliant in every sense of the word!

...calls this one her Ornamental Gold Adventure, and her card has both CAS and CASE-d elements. We're just happy to be included in an adventure as lovely and elegant as this!

...says this die is one of her favorites and we can tell why; she definitely knows EXACTLY how to feature it to best advantage!

Many thanks to everyone who linked up, we really do love to see every single card! We'll be back at midnight with a brand new prompt we hope will melt your heart... ♥

Friday, September 18, 2020

Heavy Metal Holiday

We're still making holiday cards featuring GOLD or other metallic elements and you're still invited to join the fun! Here's what we made this week:  

Lauren says, "I planned to make a card that was mostly SILVER this time, and I do have that beautiful shimmery silver snowflake paper from the late great Hambly Screen Prints, plus two silver diecut snowflake layers. But a fair amount of gold got in there too, and I'm fine with that. There's a bunch of Eyelet Outlet Snowflake Brads and Clear Swirl Bling, for extra sparkle; and I knew where to place each element thanks to this week's awesome Sketch Saturday (#627)!"

Stephanie says, "again, without knowing it, Lauren and I chose very similar inspiration this week.  I too used Sketch Saturday #627 ... but my snowflake background is foiled (from our last foil-a-palooza art camp) and a Stampers Anonymous Swirly Snowflake that was embossed with Brutus Monroe Gilded Embossing Powder and topped with Eyelet Outlet snowflake bling.  I finished with gold glitter enamel dots and a puffy gold leaf sticker under my gilded embossed sentiment."

Friday, September 11, 2020

Baby It's GOLD Outside

This week at Jingle Belles, we're asking you to incorporate some GOLD into your card design... (okay we'll stretch it a bit and allow silver, copper & bronze too … just make sure it's metallic) …this can be in the form of ink, metallic paper, embellishments … just make sure it has the Midas touch.

Here's what we made that shines:

Stephanie says, "I started with a gold doily and then found some holiday paper that had metallic gold in one of the swirls.  I put this card together using a sketch from Feeling Sketchy finishing with glittery snowflakes topped with golden embellishments and a sentiment from The Ton Crystal Flurries."

Lauren's Card

Lauren says, "I've gone for the GOLD, as well, though I do have a plan for next week which is quite copper-centric! Meanwhile, I've incorporated two different patterned papers with metallic golden accents: the top layer is from Prima's Christmas in the Country; the sheet music underneath is ancient but perfect in this contest, imo. I've also got some golden layers in my super-stacked Tattered Poinsettia, a die I've owned for over a decade, but I still use constantly."

Link your metallic magic right here by 6pm (Eastern) on Wednesday, September 23rd. Keyword for galleries and Flickr is JB:20:19
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Thursday, September 10, 2020


We had so much fun seeing how our cards inspired your designs.
Here are a few that were particularly fun.

did a fantastic job incorporated Lauren's ribbony background with her adorable snowman family ... the snowflake embellishments were perfection.

rocked Lauren's big bold ornament inspiration ... isn't that background dreamy.

did a fantastic job translating the inspiration from Lauren's big bold blooms ... this looks absolutely lovely in shades of silver.

We'll see you back at midnight for the next *metallic* Jingle Belles prompt.

Friday, September 4, 2020

It Came Upon a Midnight CASE

We're still asking you to CASE (Copy And Selectively Edit) any of the cards that Lauren or Stephanie have made for one of the Jingle Belles prompts (yep, you've got 9 ½ years of cards to choose from).

Be sure to tell us and link to what card inspired you.

Here is how we were inspired by each other.

Inspired by this card of Stephanie's:

Lauren says, "I chose this design of Stephanie's from the Stars and/or Stripes challenge back in July. I was pretty faithful to the original, though instead of using a a fun variety of starry and striped patterns to unify my inchies, I chose to combine papers from Prima's "Christmas in the Country" collection, which has plenty of nice small motifs. Since my squares are just a smidge over an inch AND I matted them as well, I elected to move my sentiment up on top of my grid to keep my card size just under A7. I did scatter some Eyelet Outlet Star Brads and Sequins on top, though, because that's one of my favorite elements in the inspo card."

inspired by this card of Lauren's:

Stephanie says, "I just loved the circle punch wreath that Lauren made for our Merry & Bright inspiration challenge in May 2013.  I used some foreign texty designer paper and all of the circle punches in my stash.  I intended to use several colors, but I found so many cool scraps of paper in my green scrap folder, I went monochromatic.  I also added lots of green bling.  Instead of ribbon & a heart, I used glitter punched snowflakes and a piece of green flair for my sentiment."

Friday, August 28, 2020

CASE a Jingle Belle

Since September 7th will be Labor Day in the US, we've decided to celebrate by giving you a bit of a head start with this week's card design.

We're asking you to CASE (Copy And Selectively Edit) any of the cards that Lauren or Stephanie have made for one of the Jingle Belles prompts (yep, you've got 9 ½ years of cards to choose from).

Be sure to tell us and link to what card inspired you.

Here is how we were inspired by each other:

based on this Inspiration Card by Lauren:

Stephanie says, "Lauren and I both love our Washi ... so I chose her fabulous washi card from our Inspiration Post in April of 2018.  I used teal and red for my criss-cross washi background and replaced her journal card with a stamped Silhouette Song Bird from Unity Stamp Company (which meant I needed to rotate the layout from horizontal to vertical).  I framed my image with punched snowflakes and some bling.  This was so fun and therapeutic to make."

based on this Inspiration Card by Stephanie:

Lauren says, "As soon as we started talking about this challenge, I knew I wanted to make the Yeti card from week two of our critter-themed challenge in October of last year. My only obstacle was that I literally had NONE of the products Stephanie used in her card, lol. Luckily I found Taylored Expressions' adorable "Mythical Grumplings" set at Paper Anthology, which gave me cute the Yeti and most of the sentiment. The rest of the elements were improvised using the closest things I had in my stash: a slightly larger tree die; similar stitched hills, and even a pale green snowflake patterned paper! Since my Yeti stamps were not holiday-themed, I added some holiday lights stickers, but I think they're a pretty good fit."

Link your CASED creations here by 6pm (EDT) on Wednesday, September 9th. Keyword for galleries and Flickr is JB:20:18. 

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Thursday, August 27, 2020

Cardstock Creations

So many creative cards without even a glimmer of patterned paper in sight? That's what we call impressive. Here are a few especially clever takes on this challenging assignment:

...has a card full of adorable holiday sea creatures asking, "Who Needs Snow?"; and when you can stamp and color such a gorgeous scene, we'd ask, "Who needs patterned paper?" either!

...explains the simple but incredibly clever trick she used to make this strikingly colorful inked background; now we've GOT TO try it!
(You really should click through and read how she did it!)

...made a whole family of simple, adorable, diecut critters and then let them be the stars of her perfectly CAS cards. We want to adopt ALL of these guys, but the reindeer miiiiight be our fave!


We'll be back at Midnight with a brand new prompt, and we hope you'll join us just in CASE... :)

Friday, August 21, 2020

The 12 Days of Cardstock

Yes, we're still banning you from Designer Paper for one more week ... break out that rainbow of cardstock colors and share your creations.

Here's what we made:

Lauren says, "I've played strictly by the rules, for once in my life, lol! I stamped a background of Avery Elle Snowflakes on dark blue cardstock and one of the sentiments from the same set, using Hero Arts' awesome Unicorn Ink and my MISTI for extra-good coverage. The rest is torn cardstock and ancient dies. Ok, technically the reindeer was cut from AlteNew's beautiful wood veneer, rather than cardstock, but it's not patterned paper!!! I finished off with some Eyelet Outlet Snowflake Bling and a few loose gems and pearls."

Stephanie says, "I made an ornament with the new Birch Press Ornament Basics Craft Die and two pieces of watercolor paper backgrounds that I had colored with Karin Markers.  The Eyelet Outlet Snowflake Bling is the star of the show.  I used Eyelet Outlet Silver Glitter Washi Tape to frame my sentiment and mounted it all on a piece of colored cardstock that I had brayered with acrylic paints during Art Camp 2019 (which seems like a lifetime ago).  Sentiment is from Memory Box Dashing with Reindeer."

Friday, August 14, 2020

Cardstock Christmas

Today we're asking you to step away from the designer paper. Yes, put it away … none allowed … not even a scrap! Because the next prompt is to create a card using only cardstock. You can tear it, ink it, stamp it, spray it, emboss it … but stick to only cardstock for your holiday card design.

Here's how we created with cardstock:

Stephanie says, "Nothing goes better with cardstock than Die Cuts ... I used three different Memory Box Die Cuts to create my wintry scene (Vintage Sled, Tall Pine & Marvelous Pine). I tore some white cardstock for my wintry landscape and die cut the Tall Pine a second time from green cardstock for the pine boughs on my sled. The sentiment is from Memory Box Dashing with Reindeer."

Lauren's Card

Lauren says, "In the spirit of full disclosure, this card is a pretty direct lift from this sample made for the sweet Winter Narwhal stamp from Lawn Fawn. The star, the pink oxide background, the vellum are all pretty much a CASE. But since I wanted to make a full-size A2 card, I cut a bunch of the star frames and layered them to make a shaker (filled with Eyelet Outlet Snowflake Sequins) and I embossed a pink cardstock background."

Link your Cardstock Creations here by 6pm (EDT) on Wednesday, August 26th. Keyword for galleries and Flickr is JB:20:17.

You are invited to the Inlinkz link party!

Thursday, August 13, 2020

Delicious Leftovers

All of the Holiday Leftovers in our gallery are absolutely fantastic ... here are a few of our favorite dishes:
...used a fabulous scrap of rainbow trim together with making her background from lots of paper scrap strips ... what a Scrap-tastic holiday design.

...had enough leftover diecuts from her last card-making session to make this beauty! We agree that using up those extras is much more fun than tidying them away!

...has a "bits box" in which she keeps all the pretty extras that accumulate when she makes cards; she raided it to brilliant effect to make this beauty!

And now the winner of that beautiful stamp set from Couture Creations:

According to the fine folks at the lucky winner is

#3 Sherri Thacker

Congrats, Sherri!
Please email Lauren at llaurenb @
so we can get that on its way to you!

Many thanks to everyone who played along, we loved seeing all of your creations. We'll be back at Midnight with a brand new prompt we hope will help you Take Stock!

Friday, August 7, 2020

Raiding the Refrigerator

We're still raiding the refrigerator (or your studio table, sticker stash, or wherever else you keep your leftovers) to create our cards this week.

Stephanie's Other Card 

Stephanie says, "I went to my sticker bin for my buffet of leftovers. I love using leftover stickers to fill the entire front of my card. I combined some leftover puffy drink stickers with several texty stickers and a vintage wood block Hero Arts stamp for holiday cheer. I finished with scatterings of leftover bling." 

Lauren says, "This baby is 100% leftovers, but admittedly, by virtue of my storage system, I've stacked the deck. Several years ago, while setting up for a cardmaking gathering with a bunch of non-papercrafters, I made lots of diecuts, pre-trimmed backing panels, and cardbases. My idea was that it would be a sort of Card Buffet. As it turned out, the party didn't take place; but I kept the organizational system and it's really helpful for making fast cards. Like this one!"

Scroll down to the original post to see a pic of the prize that's on offer to one lucky random cardmaker who links up with us this fortnight!

Friday, July 31, 2020

Holiday Leftovers

One of my favorite things about the holiday meal is the leftovers … I always enjoy a little stuffing and cranberry sauce on my ham sandwich. So this week we're celebrating Holiday Leftovers by creating cards using all of those little leftover pieces of paper, alphabet letters, stickers, ribbon … you know those things you have saved because they were just too cute to throw them away … well, we want to see you use them to make some fun leftover holiday cards.

Here's how we used our Holiday Leftovers: 

Lauren says, "I recently designed a holiday-themed "Class in a Kit" for my LSS, Paper Anthology which featured stacked windows of diamond, oval and circle shaped mats. Which means I now have a lifetime supply of diecut circles, ovals and diamonds. Not a bad "problem" to have, lol! I managed to use six of the diamonds to create my distressed argyle pattern, which I topped with a couple of fabric poinsettias and the leftover bits and pieces of Eyelet Outlet Swirl Bling that I had trimmed to fit on various other cards."

Stephanie says, "I included lots of leftover from my Prima Santa Baby Collection (paper scraps and stickers) using this week's Sketch Saturday.  I also added a few other stray sentiment stickers from my stash and even some pink postage stamps to finish the design."

One lucky, randomly chosen, participant will receive the 4"x6" Acrylic Stamp set Be Merry and Classic from Couture Creations.

Link your Leftover Lovelies here by 6pm (EDT) on Wednesday, August 12th. Keyword for galleries and Flickr is JB:20:16

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Thursday, July 30, 2020

Colorful Cards

We loved seeing all the different ways you were inspired to create holiday cards based on that beautiful inspiration photo. Here are a few that especially caught our eye:

...was inspired by the bright colors and bottle brush trees and her amazing CAS masterpiece captures those elements perfectly!

...refers to this beautifully original, quirky and delightful card as "Weird Christmas"; a tag with which we respectfully disagree. We love how many elements she has incorporated from the inspiration picture, as well!

...took two of our favorite items from the photo: the gorgeous tree and the super-fun pom pom garland and combined them in this card that really does sum up all things merry!


Many thanks to everyone who played along, we love seeing so many crafters embrace Christmas in July. We'll be back at midnight with a brand new prompt that we hope will find you with enough holiday spirit "leftover" to join us... :)