We're still getting SKETCH-y this week (link-up here by 6pm EST on Wednesday) with our wonderful Jingle Belles Layout.
Friday, March 5, 2021
Friday, February 26, 2021
It's Sketch time at Jingle Belles, so we've got a beautiful, flexible layout devised by our very own Stephanie Severin to help you design this week's holiday card.
The circle element can of course be any shape, and you're welcome to rotate, flip, or stretch the design; just make sure we can see the "bones" of the sketch in your card. Here's how we were inspired by the Sketch:
Thursday, February 25, 2021
There are some especially awesome cards for our Text Me Christmas challenge, so you should really scroll down and check those out if you haven't already. Meanwhile here are three that particularly caught our text-loving eye:
Friday, February 19, 2021
We're still celebrating all the fun uses for text on holiday cards: texty patterned paper or book-page backgrounds, oversized sentiments, creative use of letter stickers, or... well, however you would like to interpret this fun prompt!
If you need more ideas, scroll down to the original Text Me Christmas post to check out the fab cards already in the Readers' Gallery. Meanwhile, here's what we made this week:
Friday, February 12, 2021
This week's Jingle Belles theme is TEXT ME – create a holiday card that prominently celebrates text.
That might mean using some letter stickers, dictionary pages, texty patterned paper, or just creating a card where the sentiment is the star. Great creative with your words and make sure you get TEXTY.
Here is how we got TEXT-y this week:
Thursday, February 11, 2021
One of our favorite things about a photo inspiration challenge is how many very different ideas can be suggested by the same picture. Some folks choose the colors and overall vibe; some focus on one or two specific elements within the scene. But in this case, absolutely everybody rocked it!!! Here are a few takes that especially caught our eye this time:
...made two completely different cards that we love equally, so you really need to hop over and see the other one, too. In this one, she captures the amber color as well as the more prominent pinks and greens, the stripes and dots that recur within the photo, and of course that fun reindeer icon.
...did a fantastic job of interpreting the color scheme, the positioning of the elements and of course she beautifully recreated that amazing sparkly tree in miniature form!
...focused on the mantel area, with amazing attention to detail; she's got clustered bottle brush trees against a woodgrain/shiplap background, colorful wordart and even a sweet reindeer in a circular frame!
Many thanks to everyone who joined the fun, we truly love seeing ALL of your cards! We'll be back at midnight with a word or two about the next prompt!
Friday, February 5, 2021
This week we're creating our second cards inspired by the fabulous Boho Christmas from Love the Day. Scroll down to the original post to see the readers' gallery and link up your own take on this fun challenge!
Friday, January 29, 2021
This week's Jingle Belles prompt is filled with inspiration ... we're asking you to create a card inspired by this whimsical BoHo Christmas Scene from Love the Day (you can click through for more pictures of the scene).
Here is how we were inspired:
Thursday, January 28, 2021
So much Inchie & Twinchie fun in this week's gallery ... we love seeing all the ways you can go SMALL.
Here are a few of our favorites:
created four different yet coordinated inchies for this fantastic monochromatic design.
Friday, January 22, 2021
We're still celebrating a merry *LITTLE* Christmas, making cards that feature Inchies or Twinchies. If this prompt has you scratching your head, here's a great article on the PaperArtsy website, with lots of great twists on incorporating you tiny art into cards!
Friday, January 15, 2021
We're celebrating a merry *LITTLE* Christmas this fortnight at Jingle Belles; by making cards that feature Inchies or Twinchies. Traditionally, we think of inchies as artsy one inch squares, but you can use other shapes, like circles, or perhaps even snowflakes or small embellishments. You might contain your entire image within the inch... or perhaps break a single holiday image into a grid of smaller shapes? Feeling stumped? Here are a few ideas from Pinterest to get you started. Just get creative and go LITTLE!
Thursday, January 14, 2021
It's never been an easy job to choose just three cards to feature, and our lovely Jingle Belles have not started 2021 by suddenly making uninteresting cards. Still, as problems go, this is one we absolutely LOVE having! With big thanks to everyone who played along (because we do genuinely love seeing every single card!) and showed off their creations incorporating Something Old and Something New, here are a few that especially tickled our fancy:
Friday, January 8, 2021
Friday, January 1, 2021
The Belles are back for our Eleventh Year of Holiday Mayhem, can you believe we've been doing this for a decade?! We're hoping to see lots of old friends re-joining the fun, and of course we'd love to welcome plenty of new friends, too! Once again we'll be posting a new prompt each fortnight, but there's no obligation to participate every time. We (Stephanie and Lauren) will be making one card per week, which means that by December first we'll each have 48 unique holiday cards! Not quiiiiiite enough to cover our entire lists, but definitely a solid start!
For our First Prompt of 2021 we're asking you to create a holiday card that features BOTH something OLD and something NEW. For example, break out an item (or two) that Santa brought you, or something you acquired in those awesome Black Friday sales... (Alternately you can use NIMBUS items; aka things you've had for a bit, but not used yet) ...and combine your new goodies with something older from your stash. Link up your creations at the bottom of this post. We can't wait to see what you make!
Here are our OLD & NEW creations:
Link your "Old and New" masterpieces here by 6pm (EST) on Wednesday, January 13th. Keyword for galleries and Flickr is JB-21-01. Remember, if you have an idea for a holiday prompt, just e-mail us at email@example.com and you could be a Guest Designer with us in 2021.