Friday, October 30, 2020

Holiday CREATURE Feature

When we first started brainstorming ideas for Jingle Belles many years ago, one of the first prompt ideas that came up in our discussion was creatures ... which says a lot about the two of us :)  Remember, create a card that features a *creature*. Your creature might be an animal ... a mouse ... a bird ... a robot ... elves ... snow-persons ... or yes, even a monstah ... just have fun with it.

Here are our creatures for the week:

Lauren says, "When I saw Lawn Fawn's Car Critters stamp set at Paper Anthology, I didn't think you could get any cuter than bears driving a fun vintage car. But then I saw THE REINDEER in the Christmas Add-on set. So yes, I had to have BOTH, and luckily I knew they'd be perfect for this challenge; but fair warning: I suspect you'll be seeing a lot of these guys! I am still the World's Slowest Colorer, but I am enjoying it more and more. Plus it's fun to build an entire landscape using cloud paper, a tree punch and some hill dies!"

Stephanie says, "I couldn't resist this cute Penguin Trio from Impression Obsession.  I stamped them in black and colored their feet, beaks and winter-ware.  I finished with a scattering of sequins and a Joy Die Cut, also from Christmas Stitched Words by Impression Obsession."

And remember, one lucky participant who links up by 6pm EST on Wednesday will get a fun little Creature Feature prize.

Friday, October 23, 2020

Not a CREATURE was Stirring

This week is our annual Creature Feature ... so break out the animals for your holiday cards.

It could be a sweet little sheep, a cuddly puppy, or perhaps a Reindeer … okay, or even a monster or a Yeti if you're in a Halloween mood and want to stretch the theme a bit (which you know we usually do).

Here are our Creature Creations for this week:

Stephanie says, "I couldn't resist creating a background with an entire sheet of Baby Reindeer Stickers from {a vintage girl} & her daughter (you can use my Discount Code SMILYNSTEF to save 15% on your order).  After positioning all the stickers, I decided the little guy on the left in his bright blue scarf was trying to steal the show, so I highlighted him with a red punched circle frame and a tiny little vintage sentiment (Stampin' Up 2008).  I finished by filling in some of the blank space with red foam dot stickers."

Lauren says, "My reindeer is all grown up, and in practical terms, fairly elderly! Tim Holtz's Reindeer Flight is one of the first xmas dies I ever purchased, and is still a big fave with me. This time I've used it on copper metallic specialty cardstock from Paper Anthology, and surrounded the handsome critter with various foliage diecuts on a tag I fashioned from some old sheet music. Background papers are older Authentique; the gems and Pinecone Brad are from Eyelet Outlet. 

And one lucky participant will receive a little Creature Prize: some snowflake stickers and a sweet little Cardinal stamp.

Link your Creature Creations right here by 6pm (EST) on Wednesday, November 4th. Keyword for galleries and Flickr is JB:20:22.

You are invited to the Inlinkz link party!

Click here to enter

Thursday, October 22, 2020

Pretty in Pink!

Thank you so much to everyone who linked up with us for PINK CHRISTMAS, we had an astonishing total of SIXTY-FOUR cards, and with a $2 donation from each of us (Stephanie and Lauren) that means you helped us raise $256.00 for the Breast Cancer Research Foundation! Thank you!!!!!!!!!!

Apart from raising money for an awesome cause, PINK CHRISTMAS is always the occasion for some of the most beautiful and creative cards of our entire Jingle Belles season, and that was definitely the case again this year. If you haven't cruised through the gallery yet, we highly recommend the trip. Meanwhile, here are just a few PINK cards we especially loved: 

Swissie aka Liv

...paired soft pink with vivid Christmas green and touches of white, on her fresh and fabulous card. Plus... we looooove that ice skate!

Dotty Jo of Just a Dotty Pudding 

...made two beautiful pink cards; it was almost impossible to decide which was our favorite... except... this one has an ombre pink sky and cats in sweaters!!! :)

...pretty much had us at PINK sheet music! But then she added in the perfect vellum sentiment and those adorable birds, learning their new song; we couldn't resist!

Many thanks to everyone who played along, we really appreciate it, and we loved seeing EVERY card! We'll be back at Midnight with a brand new prompt which we hope will stir up some fun! 

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. 

You are invited to the Inlinkz link party!

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.