We love to start each new Jingle Belles season with a new header and badges; this year there's a larger square, as well, for those of us who love to post on Instagram. 2023 is starting off pink and white and kraft and sparkly! Stay tuned because we'll be back at 12:01am, January 1, 2023 with the very first card prompt of the year!
Saturday, December 31, 2022
Happy (nearly!) New Year
Tuesday, December 27, 2022
Five Favorites of 2022
We thought it would be fun to each do posts that capture our five favorite holiday cards we made in 2022. Here's one favorite from each of us; click through to our blogs using the links below our photos, to see our entire lists.
Stay tuned for the new festive header, debuting later this week; then at 12:01am on January 1, 2023, we'll kick off our THIRTEENTH year of Jingle Belles and we'd love for you to join us!
Friday, December 2, 2022
Wrapping Up 2022!
It's hard to believe we've come to the end of another Jingle Belles season already; it seems like 2022 has just flown past at record speed, thanks to all of the fun we had seeing your beautiful and creative holiday cards each fortnight!
Below are our traditional beginning-of-December sprawling card pile photos, featuring all the holiday cards we made this year. Now we just have to get started writing, addressing, and sending them out into the world. Then on January 1, 2023 we'll start our 13th year of taking back December one holiday card at a time... and we'd love for you to join us once again!
Thursday, December 1, 2022
It's a Banner Day
We're thrilled to see all of the lovely cards you've made inspired by various aspects of our very own Jingle Belles 2022 blog banner. Here are just a few that especially caught our eye:
Friday, November 25, 2022
A Blog Header Holiday
This week we're still creating cards inspired by our 2022 Jingle Belles Blog Header/Banner ... remember to tell us how your card was inspired.
This is how we were Banner Inspired this week:
Friday, November 18, 2022
For our final prompt of 2022, we're asking you to make a card inspired by our 2022 Jingle Belles Blog Banner. You can choose as many (or few) elements as you desire: maybe you love the vintage Santa, the traditional red and green color palette, the sparkly letters or the seasonal blooms? Be as literal or tangential as you like, but do make sure you tell us what parts of the banner inspired your card.
Here is where we found inspiration:
Thursday, November 17, 2022
Ho, Ho, Ho + Ha, Ha, Ha!
So many fun and FUNNY cards in the gallery this fortnight. You guys keep making it hard for us to choose, but that is our favorite "problem" to have! Here are three cards that especially caught our eye this time:
Many thanks to everyone who played along, we loved seeing all of your amazing cards! We'll be back at Midnight with the last prompt of the 2022 season, we hope you've had a Banner Year! ♥
Friday, November 11, 2022
Ha Ha Holiday
We're still creating holiday cards that make you smile (or laugh out loud) this week.
Here are our Funny Ho! Ho! creations:
Friday, November 4, 2022
Funny Ho! Ho!
This fortnight at Jingle Belles we're asking you to create humorous holiday cards. They can be funny, punny or snarky, but make sure they're something that will induce a smile or a belly laugh.
Here's how we were funny this week:
Thursday, November 3, 2022
Cute and Clever Creature Cards
There are SO MANY beautiful critter and creature cards, it's VERY difficult to only choose three! We do hope you'll cruise through all three pages of the Readers' Gallery, because there's even more inspiration to be had than usual... which is really saying something! Meanwhile, here are three cards that especially caught our eye:
Friday, October 28, 2022
Holiday Creature Feature
We're back for week two of, "Not a Creature Was Stirring" - creating cards featuring Creatures (Animals, Yetis or Monsters).
Here are our Creatures:
Remember, one lucky participant will win the Unity Stamp Company Say It Big Holiday Die Set.
You have until 6pm EST on Wednesday, November 2nd to link-up your creation.
Friday, October 21, 2022
Not a Creature Was Stirring
This fortnight at Jingle Belles, we're asking you to Feature a Creature! That of course includes every imaginable animal... like a sweet sheep, a plucky little duck, or perhaps a rowdy reindeer; or yes, even a monster or a Yeti if you're in a Halloween mood and want to stretch the theme!
Here are our Creature Cards for this week:
And for a bit more fun, we're throwing in a prize for one lucky participant ... the Unity Stamp Company Say it Big Holiday Die Cut Set.
Thursday, October 20, 2022
Pretty in Pink!
Many thanks to everyone who played along with our PINK CHRISTMAS challenge, not only were your cards incredible, you've helped us raise $200.00* for the Breast Cancer Research Foundation and we're very happy about that. Round of applause, please, for all the cardmakers! ♥
It's always very difficult to only choose three feature cards for our "Shout Out" posts, but when it comes to PINK CHRISTMAS it's nearly impossible; because EVERY card is pink perfection! Nevertheless, here are a few that caught our eye:
Friday, October 14, 2022
♥ Pink Christmas... for the Cure! ♥
This week we're still creating PINK holiday cards to support breast cancer research ... and for each one linked-up, Lauren & Stephanie will each donate $2.00 per card to Breast Cancer Research Foundation.
Remember, you can link as many times as you'd like, but the majority of each card should be pink; and they do need to be newly made; so please no back-linking to cards made prior to the challenge.
Here's how we went PINK this week:
Friday, October 7, 2022
I'm Dreaming of a PINK Christmas
If you've played along with us in prior 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 each (Stephanie and Lauren) 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!
Thursday, October 6, 2022
There were fewer entries for our Merry Sketch-mas Challenge, but on the plus side, every single one was outstanding! If you haven't scrolled down to see the gallery, we highly recommend the trip. In the meantime, here were a few ideas we found especially inspiring:
Friday, September 30, 2022
SKETCH-ing in a Winter Wonderland
We've got another week of SKETCH-y fun for you this week at Jingle Belles.
Friday, September 23, 2022
We're getting SKETCH-y at Jingle Belles this week with a Sketch that holds lots of possibilities:
It can be clean & simple or all decked out vintage... cardstock or designer paper or stamps (or all of the above). You can flip, rotate, compress or stretch the sketch... just be sure we can see the "bones" of it in your finished card. We can't wait to see what you create!
Here is how we got SKETCH-y: