Friday, August 27, 2021

Cookies for Santa

This week we have this adorable Christmas Cookie inspiration photo from Missy's Sugar Shop to inspire your designs. You might make a card featuring cookies ... or snow globes ... one of these adorable characters ... or the bold pastel color palette; just make sure you tell us in your post what inspired your design.

Here's how we were inspired this week:

Stephanie says, "I started with snow globe inspiration using the Memory Box Snowmen Snow Globe Die.  I die cut two of the clouds and colored the snowman accessories purple inspired by the colors of the snowman cookie.  I created my background by sponging Catherine Pooler Inks, spraying with water and shimmer spray and then a spritz of Distress Oxide Spray and splatters of white acrylic ink.  I attached it to purple Memory Box Cardstock inspired by the background of the cookie picture.  I finished with a sentiment from Memory Box Typewriter Holiday Elements."

Lauren says, "I adore the bright non-traditional color palette, as well as the adorable critters and characters. I used multiple shades of my go-to Bella Besties Dot and Graph papers (from Paper Anthology) to mimic the snowy background and some older Doodlebug stickers in the starring roles. I also love how much texture the icing gives to the cookies, which I've interpreted in the form of machine stitching and Eyelet Outlet Multi Size Pearl Bling accents."

Link your cards right here by 6pm (EST) on Wednesday, September 8th. Keyword for galleries and Flickr is JB-21-18.

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Thursday, August 26, 2021

Taking (Card) Stock

Clearly a ban on patterned paper holds no fears for our Jingle Belles! There were so many beautiful cards in the Cardstock Christmas gallery, we had a hard time picking just three to feature.

Darlene Pavlick of Dar's Crafty Creations

...made three cards, in three different colorways, featuring this beautiful Holly Baubles stencil. This dramatic black and white version miiiiight be our favorite!

...used a holly branch stamp, a snowy embossing folder and some cardinal stickers to create a minimalist snowscape that's lovely as can be!

...takes stamping, coloring and diecutting to Olympic Medalist levels, with her "Night Before Christmas" tour de force!


Many thanks to all who played along, we loved seeing every single one of your beautiful and clever ideas! We'll be back at Midnight with a brand new prompt we hope will give you Sweet Dreams!

Friday, August 20, 2021

12 Days of Cardstock

The Jingle Belles are still creating with only cardstock this week (designer paper is a no-no). 

Here's what we made with our cardstock colors.

Stephanie say, "I used three colors of Memory Box Green cardstock to create my background and then I embossed it with the Memory Box Pinpoint Snowflake Plate.  On top of that I attached the Memory Box Reindeer Window for their August Challenge to feature a White Focal Point in your design.  I finished with a sentiment form Memory Box Holiday Greenery stamped in two shades of green & a Memory Box Fairy Jewel on the reindeer's nose."

Lauren says, "This week I definitely took the long way round, and I cannot possibly recommend it, unless you're absolutely longing to draw at a time when what you actually need to do is make a holiday card, lol. My wonky snowflakes are doodled in Pitt Artist Pen on watercolor paper, smooshed with Cerulean and Violet ColorBurst, then adorned with Hero Arts Enamel Dots." 

Scroll down to the original Cardstock Christmas post to see the readers' gallery and link up your own masterpiece!

Friday, August 13, 2021

Cardstock Christmas

For the next prompt, we're asking you to step away from the designer patterned 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 used our cardstock this week:

Stephanie says, "When I thought of cardstock ideas, my memories took me back to the first innovative cardstock product I remembered - Core'dinations and the magic of embossing it. I made some card samples for them way way way back in the day, so I knew somewhere I still had quite a stash of their paper.  I chose the blue cardstock and embossed it with the Echo Park Mini Triangles embossing folder that reminded me of tiny Christmas Trees and then got out my nail file and sanded away to reveal the light blue Core'dinations core.  Next I sprayed the cardstock with shimmer spray and splattered with white acrylic ink to bring in a snowy effect.  I die cut my STAMPlorations Sentiment from the same blue cardstock, but the contrast didn't work ... I tried a lighter blue, which didn't seem to work either ... but when I combined the two to create a drop shadow ... Voila!.  After gluing them together, I added some more shimmer spray.  My choice of the blue color palette and clean & simple design was inspired by the Less is More Shades of Blue Challenge."

Lauren says, "Having been craft besties for so many years, Stephanie and I often embark in the same direction without conferring at all, and this is one of those times! I also immediately thought of both Core'dinations and sanding, so I used an ancient snowy e/f on some pale blue cardstock, then sanded it lightly to let the darker blue core show up better. I layered lots of torn cardstock pieces and diecut with one of my oldest xmas tree dies, and added a reindeer diecut from thin wood veneer. Glitter paper snow, Eyelet Outlet Pearl accents and an embossed dotted blue cardstock mat complete my texture-centric design."


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Thursday, August 12, 2021

Red & Green Greatness

We loved seeing the gallery filed with cards made from the traditional holiday hues of Red & Green.  Here are the three that caught our eyes:

combined two holiday classics for these colors - Holly & Berries and the Perfect Plaid.

perfectly combined embossing, die cutting, stamping & designer paper for

this banner-licious design.

Judy V of Created Just 4 U Designs

rocked the gift card holder x 2 with these adorable critters and papers

Join us at midnight for the next paper-centric prompt.

Friday, August 6, 2021

Red & Green Redux

We're still asking you to create cards featuring primarily Red & Green this week.  Link-up your designs by 6pm EST on Wednesday.

Here's what we created for our second cards:

Lauren says, "This week I was so inspired, I made two (admittedly quite similar) cards. I broke out all of my favorite Eyelet Outlet holiday tape styles that were red or green (or both) and lined them up on my graph paper backgrounds. Once all the tapes were affixed, I added little clusters of holiday stickers and diecuts, not to mention a few EO Brads and some Heart Pearls et voila!

Stephanie's Other Card

Stephanie says, "I had fun gel press printing with Florescent Green paint and Dark Green with a new polka dot foam stamp I found at the used craft store.  I took my inspiration from the card sample at the Inspire.Create.Challenge using a favorite vintage Catslife Press sentiment and vintage red & green bird image."