Friday, October 29, 2021

Holiday Creature Feature

We're still making cards that feature Animals or other fun Creatures this week. Remember you have until 6pm EST on Wednesday to link-up and join the fun.

Here are the creatures we're featuring this week:

Lauren says, "This week I've made a little winter landscape in shaker card form, for my adorable Lawn Fawn Yeti to inhabit. The background is several scraps of miscellaneous snowy patterned papers, and the shaker is full of Eyelet Outlet Snowflake Sequins."

Stephanie says, "This week's creature is Big Grumpy from Taylored Expressions paired with a sentiment from Taylored Expressions Spoiler Alert and a Sentiment Strip.  Grumpy is decked out with a Santa Hat sticker and some glittery holly with an Eyelet Outlet Enamel Heart to let you know which way he leans."

And remember, one lucky participant will win the Cathy Zielske's Chunky Christmas stamp set from Simon Says Stamp.

Friday, October 22, 2021

Not a CREATURE was stirring

We're asking you to break out the animals for this week's holiday card … it could be a sweet little sheep 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 (you know we're notorious stretchers).

Here's what we created this week:

Stephanie says, "You knew I'd be stretching, right? I have these fun Star Wars tags in my stash, so I couldn't resist a little Christmas friendship card (Darth Vader & a Storm Trooper are Creatures in my book).  My layout is a World Card Making Day Sketch from Sketch ~N~ Scrap."

Lauren says, "I've chosen a film reference too, by enacting one of my favorite moments from "Elf"... when Mr. Narwhal bids farewell to Buddy as he sets off on his Quest. I've used Lawn Fawn's adorable Winter Narwhal and Pebbles' Fairly Accurate Map to make that work."


And for some extra-fun we'll randomly choose one lucky participant to win the Chunky Christmas Stamp set by Cathy Zielske from Simon Says Stamp.

Link your creature-featuring cards right here by 6pm Eastern, on Wednesday, November 3rd. Keyword for galleries etc is JB-21-22.

You are invited to the Inlinkz link party!

Click here to enter

Thursday, October 21, 2021

Pretty in Pink!

Wow! The cards for the Pink Christmas challenge are always some of our favorites, but this year you guys have totally taken things to the next level and we could not be more impressed! We'll shout out to a few of those in a minute, but first some important bookkeeping: There were 59 cards linked up (counting the extras that kind folks added into their posts!) and 59 x $4 means that we will be contributing $236 to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation! Thanks very much for helping us, and for doing it so creatively! Meanwhile, here are a few Pink Christmas cards that especially caught our eye:

...created her pretty pink confection that combines everything we love on a card: beautiful papers, sparkly diecuts and satin ribbons! 

...made a beautifully artful background with alcohol inks, and found the sweetest mouse imaginable (with jingle bells!) to be the star of her adorable tag!

...made a sophisticated and elegant nature-themed card with perfect pink accents! 


Many thanks to everyone who played along, we truly loved seeing EVERY card and are thankful for EVERY dollar you helped us raise for the BCRF. We'll be back at Midnight with a brand new prompt that we hope will stir up your creativity!

Friday, October 15, 2021

Think PINK!

It's another week of PINK creations to support Breast Cancer Research. Remember, for every predominantly PINK holiday card you link-up in the post directly below this one, Stephanie & Lauren will each donate $2 to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation (and just a reminder to do those self-exams and get your annual Mammogram).

Here's how we created in PINK this week.

Stephanie says, "The Santa Baby papers from Prima are some of the most lovely holiday papers. I used them (together with one vertical piece from Dress My Craft Christmas Bells).  I used the layout from The Sketchy Challenges to put it all together.  The finishing touches were some pink enamel dots and some gold sticker strips." 

Lauren says, "This week's card was as fast to make as last week's Pink Couch card was slow! After I made a design of seven or eight miscellaneous washi tapes featuring every shade of pink and red in my collection and topped it with pink poinsettias from MME's (older) Sugar Plum collection, all I needed was an anonymous diecut sentiment, a few Eyelet Outlet Glitter Enamel Dots and a bit of machine stitching, et voila!"


Friday, October 8, 2021

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 (yep that's $4 total for each card linked-up)

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. Of course your whole card need not be pink, and you can combine other colors with the pink

Here is how we celebrated went PINK CHRISTMAS this week:

Stephanie says, "I started with a pile of pink designer papers that I assembled using a World Cardmaking Day sketch from Sketch ~N~ Scrap.  When I pulled in the floral holiday paper, I decided it reminded me of the Taylored Expressions In Bloom Background, so I stamped it in pink on my background designer paper.  Then I pulled out the Taylored Expressions Mythical Grumplings and Simple Strips Christmas to finish my design.  My final embellishment was a pink glittery snowflake to complete the sketch design."

Lauren says, "When I saw Lawn Fawn's 'Window Scene, Winter' stamp set at Paper Anthology I let out a little squeak of joy, because as a matter of fact, I own a couch a bit like that one (there's a pic on my blog) which sits directly in front of a large and dramatic window. The real-life couch truly is pink, though the rest of the room is a bit more neutral. And we've never had a plaid tree, but the blue spruce that I cover with my vintage ornament collection each year sits exactly where the tree from LF's 'Joy to All' is in the card. There are Eyelet Outlet Pink Pearls on this tree, and (white) snowflake sequins in the shaker that's behind the window frame, which is diecut using the add-on 'Window Frame' die set."

Link your beautiful PINK CHRISTMAS cards right here, by 6pm (est) on Wednesday, October 20th. Keyword for galleries and flickr is JB-21-21.

You are invited to the Inlinkz link party!

Click here to enter

Thursday, October 7, 2021

SNOW Much Fun!

There was so much SNOW-y goodness in the Jingle Belles gallery.

Here are a few of our favorites featuring the white stuff.

stole our hearts with her plaid reindeer on her unique snowy background.

shared this amazing snowman with these fun sledding mice ... super-cute.

used stamps from three different companies with masking and inking to create this fabulous snowy scene.

Come back at midnight for our annual October cause.

Friday, October 1, 2021

Let is Snow! Let it Snow!

This week we're still asking you create projects that celebrate the white stuff - you know ... SNOW however you like it ... snowballs, snowmen, snowflakes ... you get the picture.

Here's how we played with SNOW this week:

Lauren says, "I made a funky snowy background for my sweet Doodlebug Snowman, using an older Impression Obsession Cover-a-Card stamp and some ancient KI Memories Snowflake Lace Paper on top. I don't think Core'dinations makes that woven-effect cardstock any more (which is a bit of a pity, imo) but I still have a few scraps left and this rich purple/indigo was perfect both for framing my Lawn Fawn sentiment and the snowy panel, as well."

Stephanie says, "I started with the Hero Arts Every Which Way Stencil in two shades of blue Distress Oxide Ink (Speckled Egg & Tumbled Glass). Next I stamped lots of snowflakes from Hero Arts Stacking Snowflakes using Black Ink.  I finished with a snow-filled snow globe from Hero Arts Make Your Own Snow Globe stamped in Tumbled Glass Distress Ink and a sentiment from Stacking Snowflakes."