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.

You are invited to the Inlinkz link party!

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.
You are invited to the Inlinkz link party!
Click here to enter

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!