Friday, September 23, 2022

Merry Sketch-mas

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:

Stephanie says, "I started with inspiration from the Inkspirational Photo Challenge using kraft, twine, text and some dry wall tape (in place of the lace).  Next I die cut a vintage postcard for the diamond element in the layout.  I used a fun sticker sentiment and finished with red jewels that coordinated with St. Nicholas."

Lauren says, "Lawn Fawn's Critters in the Arctic has been around a while, so I was pleasantly surprised to find that my friend Elisabeth at Paper Anthology was still able to special order it for me! I paper-pieced the critters on the diamond shape in the sketch, where I fashioned abstract layers of sky, snow and water. In my washi stash, I found the perfect grey tape to act as a sentiment. I matted out the design with some silvery Lawn Fawn snowflakes and a bit of stylized graph paper. My diamond got a bit bigger than I planned, so I slightly truncated the sketch, in order to make it fit a 6" square card.

Link your fabulous sketch-inspired masterpiece(s) right here by 6pm (Eastern) on Wednesday, October 5th. Keyword for galleries and Flickr is JB-22-20.

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Thursday, September 22, 2022

Mission: Embossable!

There's seemingly no limit to the beautiful and creative ways to combine embossing with holiday cardmaking, as the Readers' Gallery for My Sweet Embossable You shows very clearly. Here are just a few cards that especially caught our eye this time:

...cleverly (and carefully!) used both white and gold embossing powders on her gorgeous stamped bauble for a two-tone effect we can't stop looking at!

...used just a strip of debossed snowflakes to add the perfect accent to her innovative stamped, colored and layered images!

...made not one but two beautiful cards featuring a fabulous snowy embossing folder and we love the way it adds instant wintery vibes to both designs!

Many thanks to everyone who played along, we loved seeing all of your inspiring cards! We'll be back again at midnight with a brand new prompt that might just seem a tiny bit sketchy... ;)

Friday, September 16, 2022

Embossing Around the Christmas Tree

This week we're still creating cards with Embossing ... it can be texture embossing, heat embossing or both if you're an overachiever.

Here's how we got Embossable this week:

Lauren says, "Since I used an embossing folder last week, I decided to break out my Wendy Vecchi Doodle Christmas set, stamped the poinsettia over an entire background, embossed with Ranger's Vintage Pearl Embossing Powder, and then painted the flowers with Buttercup, Sunflower and Viridian Archival Inks, using a waterbrush filled with rubbing alcohol. I put Sunflower Liquid Pearls in the centers of all the flowers, added a couple of sparkly mats, a bit of White Lace Tape and a suitable diecut sentiment and called it a day."

Stephanie says, "I used a favorite embossing folder technique this week - brayering red ink on the inside of the Time Holtz Texture Fades Holiday Knit #2 embossing folder before embossing it on a piece of ivory water color paper.  I covered 2/3 of my card with the embossed texture for the Let's Squash It!: Cuz 2 out of 3 Ain't Bad Challenge.  The vintage 2002 wood-mounted sentiment from Double D Rubber Stamps is a long time favorite that I usually use on the inside of my cards, but this time stamped it on more watercolor paper to shine front & center.  I finished with a few wraps of natural twine."

Friday, September 9, 2022

My Sweet Embossable You

This week we're asking you to create holiday cards that feature embossed texture, or heat embossing, or both (if you're one of those extra-credit type of crafters).

Here's how we got *embossable* this week:

Stephanie says, "I went with texture embossing this week using the Spellbinders Forevergreen Embossing Folder on Green/Kraft Core'dinations cardstock.  I sanded the embossed texture and then inked the embossed texture with Catherine Pooler Deck the Halls Ink for a bit more contrast.  I attached it with foam tape to a red card base and added two sentiments from Spellbinders Mini Christmas Greetings."

Lauren says, "I also went with texture embossing and, in fact, used my oldest embossing folder, Darice's Snowflake Swirl. Since I didn't want to cover up too much of that lovely design, I broke out my newest die set, Spellbinders' Winter Welcome Sled from Paper Anthology, framed it up with a few appropriately colored mats and finished with a sticker sentiment.


If you choose to accept this Mission: Embossable, link your card(s) up right here, by 6pm (Eastern) on Wednesday, September 21st. Keyword for galleries and Flickr is JB-22-19.

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Thursday, September 8, 2022

Rockin' the Retro!

There are so many ways to interpret a Vintage or Retro vibe and we loved seeing ALL of them this fortnight! Here are a few that especially caught our eye: 

...created her mindblowingly lovely scene on just ONE layer by stenciling a white leaf on grocer's kraft, stamping and coloring a tiny perfect winter cabin, and scattering sequins. 

...found the cutest ever retro reindeer, added stamping, diecuts and embellies and finished the whole thing off with beautiful, classic Basic Grey holiday papers. 
(PS: the back of her card is equally pretty!)

...made two incredibly lovely versions of the same fun sketch, with classic holiday images and EXACTLY the right amount of inking and distressing!
(We LOVE two-fers!!!)


And now we need to find out who'll be snapping up the fun little vintage Christmas assortment and $15 giftcard from Lauren's Etsy Shop, Just Enough Stuff!

The random number generator has selected #6 which means that...
is our lucky winner!
Congrats, Pam!
Please email Lauren at llaurenb @
to claim your prize!


Many thanks to everyone who played along, we enjoyed seeing every single card! We'll be back at Midnight with a brand new prompt that we hope will make a good impression!

Friday, September 2, 2022

An Old-Fashioned Holiday

We're still celebrating cards made with vintage or vintage-style products, or even just themes that have a strong retro vibe. Here's what we made this week:

Lauren says, "This week I've dipped into my stash of actual old stuff: I made a collage of torn sheet music, vintage book pages and Green Stamps; added Simple Stories washi, and framed part of an Authentique journal card with an ancient Tim Holtz Idea-ology Christmas Vignette Boxtop and sticker. I inked and machine-stitched around the edges, then mounted the whole thing on some Authentique brick-patterned paper and an A7 kraft card."

Stephanie says, "I found this monochromatic winter/Christmas scene in a vintage Christmas issue of Ideals Magazine.  I sprayed it with clear sparkle spray (that is absolutely gorgeous but seriously refused to show-up in any angle of photograph).  With the sparkle, the Taylored Expression Simple Strips - Christmas sentiment was all I added to the serene scene."


There's a sweet little prize this fortnight, which comes from Lauren's Etsy Shop, Just Enough Stuff, so if you've been wishing you had some older goodies to play with, you should definitely link up on the original post!

Since it's a week that happened to contain a fifth Monday, you can automatically link up your Jingle Belles card with the Double Trouble Challenge's SomeThing, AnyThing, EveryThing event, since we're on their list of Past Partners!

Friday, August 26, 2022

Walking in a VINTAGE Wonderland

This week we're asking you to create a card that features retro or vintage products, a vintage style, or you can go for extra points and do both.

Here are our Vintage creations for this week:

Stephanie says, "Most of the items in my Vintage mailable collage are Tim Holtz vintage-reproduced items (except for the truly vintage S&H Green Stamps & the Simon Says Stamp sentiments).  I love layering all of those items together for a completely mailable holiday card."

Lauren says, "I've used a fun retro 1950's style journal card from Authentique (one of my fave manufacturers for a vintage vibe; Graphic 45 and Carta Bella are good too!) with coordinating distressed gingham background; plus an ancient paper poinsettia, 7 Gypsies velvet leaves and an MME brad that might have been purchased during the last century. The fun and snarky sentiment are snipped from another journal card; and the ribbon, which is new, from Paper Anthology, was impossible to resist because how often do you get to put red AND green gingham on the same card?!"


One randomly-selected cardmaker who links up with us this time will win a 
and a $15 gift card to choose anything else they'd like 


Link your vintage or retro-inspired card(s) right here by 6pm (Eastern) on Wednesday, September 7th. Keyword for galleries and Flickr is JB-22-18.

You are invited to the Inlinkz link party!

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Thursday, August 25, 2022

Sensational Slimline

What a fun and inspiring challenge this was, and once again we thank our lovely friend Lela Meinke for suggesting the Slimline idea, which spurred us all on to stretch... both literally and metaphorically... our holiday card designs! Here are a few that especially caught our eye:

...mixed lots of fabulously festive foliage with tons of texture, topped with the perfect traditional sentiment for her delightful mini slimline design!

...combined a coffee-loving critter with lots of snowy, inky, wintery goodness, and oriented it all vertically for a slimline version we used to call a Tall Card back in the day!

...created not one but two mini slimline cards (the second is HERE) using many of the same ingredients but to very different effects. Smart crafting AND awesome design!


And now let's find out the winner of our Slimline Prize Pack:

The Random Number Generator has selected #13
which means that
is our lucky winner, Congratulations!

Please email lauren at llaurenb @ with your snail mail info 
and we'll get that out to you ASAP!


Many thanks to everyone who participated, we loved seeing every card and have bookmarked quite a few ideas to try in future! We'll be back at midnight with a brand new prompt that's full of old-fashioned fun!

Friday, August 19, 2022

Slimline Seasons Greetings

We're still celebrating Slimline (and Mini Slimline) card designs at Jingle Belles this week.  Remember, one lucky entrant will win a fun holiday slimline prize package.

Stephanie says, "My mini slimline celebrates all of those times a cat has tried to climb the Christmas Tree and the disaster that ensured (what, you've never had that experience??).  Clearly if the cat had coffee first, he would have been more successful.  My cute cat with coffee is also joining the Caffeinated Christmas Cute Critter Challenge, as well as incorporating the colors for the August Taylored Expressions #TEMakerChallenge."

Lauren said, "This is one of the fastest cards I've made all year, because I totally "cheated" and used a bunch of tags from Photoplay's North Pole Trading Co Cardstock Ephemera collection. Since all the pieces were specifically designed to go together, it saved me a bunch of time finding and coordinating elements! I just added a few Eyelet Outlet Brads (Candy Cane and a Sleigh) plus a few strips of Washi Tape (Vertical Red TreeHeart Tape and Skinny Glitter Gold to be precise) and called it a day."

And remember, one lucky participant gets this fun slimline gift package ... so go get skinny with a slimline or mini slimline holiday card.

Friday, August 12, 2022

Skinny Santa Slimline

We're so lucky to have awesome friends at Jingle Belles. A few weeks ago, when our pal Lela Meinke came across this new-to-us holiday song, "Hey Skinny Santa" by JD McPherson she emailed us the video and the brilliant idea of using it as inspiration to make SLIMLINE (or Mini Slimline) holiday cards this fortnight! So that's what we're going to do. But first, let's meet our lovely guest star:

Hi! My name is Lela Meinke, and I can’t believe it but I’ve been stamping for 32 years! I’m retired from the corporate world now, and I’m living the job of my dreams as a creative coach and SU! Demonstrator. You can find me at I have been a fan of the Jingle Belles challenge for years! I think the idea of creating a card a week to “take back Christmas” is brilliant! I thought of JB again because I was wanting to create a slimline card using this unique Santa Express Suite. I know Lauren and Stephanie always like to tie the challenge back to Christmas songs, so I did a search and found a super-fun Skinny Santa song. I hope you agree that the slimline challenge, and the song, are a fun twist on things. And I can’t wait to see what you come up with. Just like Stephanie and Lauren, I will check ALL of your postings, and I promise to comment and celebrate what is unique about each one. So please do follow along!

Lela says, "The slimline format is perfect for this Santa Express train card. I love fun-folds and I thought, why not take things up a notch. You can find step by step instructions for making this card over on my blog at"

Stephanie say, "I went with a mini slimline design using the Pinkfresh Studio Mini Slimline Frames dies.  I paired them with the wreath and leaves cut from the Pinkfresh Studio Indigo Vines Washi Tape.  I decorated my wreath with red Pinkfresh Studio Crystals and cut my sentiment from a piece of Pinkfresh Studio Christmas Magic Warm Wishes designer paper."

Lauren says, "I have A LOT of washi tape. So I thought I'd make a dent in my older tape supply by making a slimline card panel out of tape. But then I had to decide whether to go with lots of red tapes, or lots of aqua and green tapes? In these situations, I've often found that making a decision can take longer than just doing both... so I just did both. I mounted the finished panels on coordinating cardstock, found a couple of fun Lawn Fawn tags to augment with Eyelet Outlet Brads (Holly and Cardinals, to be precise) did a tiny bit of machine stitching and called it a day. For the record, I still have A LOT of washi tape left, but it's a start..."

One lucky (randomly selected) cardmaker who links up with us this time will win a fun Slimline-Centric prize pack featuring six colorful slimline card blanks and envelopes, a beautiful snowy slimline cling stamp, holiday rub-ons and some Eyelet Outlet Snowflake Bling!

Link your slimline holiday card(s) right here, by 6pm (Eastern) on Wednesday, August 24th. Keyword for galleries and Flickr is JB-22-17.

You are invited to the Inlinkz link party!

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Thursday, August 11, 2022

Blue is the Hue

So many brilliant takes on our "Blue Christmas" theme, it was even harder than usual to only pick three to feature. Take a bow, everyone who played along; and if you haven't spent a little time scrolling through the fabulous Gallery we highly recommend the trip! 

...cleverly combined darling digital products with a beautiful sketch to make this lovely confection of a card! us how to literally think outside the box: her amazing layered holiday tree is three dimensional!

...diecut and then lovingly watercolored each perfect poinsettia layer to make flowers that seem to leap right off the card!

We hope you enjoyed making your Blue Christmas cards as much as we loved seeing them! We'll be back at midnight with a brand new prompt suggested by a lovely friend and fellow Jingle Belle!

Friday, August 5, 2022

Navy Nativity

This week we're still celebrating a BLUE Christmas ... making cards that primarily (at least 75%) feature the color blue.

Here's how we added blue to our designs this week:

Lauren says, "I was so inspired by Stephanie's gel print card from last week, that I decided to get out my own stash of prints and see what I could come up with. I used Tim Holtz/Sizzix Mixed Media Christmas Dies to cut the holly leaf cluster out of the center of the panel, outlined and backed it with white; then added a focal point of stacked fabric poinsettias, secured with an ancient blue bejewelled snowflake brad of unknown origins."

Stephanie's Other Card

Stephanie says, "I used three colors of Blue Distress Oxide Ink (Tumbled Glass, Stormy Sky and the gorgeous new Uncharted Mariner) together with Pumice Stone for the dots using Taylored Expressions Create-in-Quads Snowflake Stencil (you can see the other three cards on my blog).  After ink blending, I sprayed my page with Avery Elle Clear Shimmer Spray for allover Sparkle.  I added a few small pieces of Mariner Blue gems to finish.   It was an unexpected color combination, but I loved how it turned out (and that my cards are totally mailable).  I think the Taylored Expressions Beautiful Baubles Add-On Sentiment gives it a fun Mid-Century Modern feel."

Friday, July 29, 2022

Blue Christmas

This week we're asking you to channel your inner Elvis ...

and break out the BLUEs for this week's holiday card ... make a card that primarily features the color BLUE (at least 75%).

Here's how we got the BLUEs this week:

Stephanie says, "I decided shopping in my gel press drawer was a great way to find lots of blues to combine for this week's card.  I even found a shimmery blue inky piece to add to the mix.  The stamp is Unity Stamp Company Holiday Joy Christmas Tree and the sketch is a great one from Sketch~N~Scrap."

Lauren says, "I stamped the sweet baubles and evergreens from Wendy Vecchi's Doodle Christmas Stamp Set a few times at the top left corner of a splashy Morning Glory Archival Ink background, then used brushmarkers and a sparkly gel pen to color the ornaments. I lightly dabbed more Morning Glory onto the chipboard "LOVE" embellishment from Wendy's new Statements Chippies, and stamped the same color, full strength, randomly all over the word with the sparkles stamp. Finally, I added a strip of bright blue washi and matted on glitter and metallic papers in a coordinating shade of blue.

Link your Beautiful Blue creations right here, by 6pm (Eastern) on Wednsdays, August 10th. Keyword for galleries and Flickr is JB-22-16.

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Thursday, July 28, 2022

Jingle Belles are Blinging!

Every year, Christmas in July gets a little more popular, and we're always so excited to see everyone joining in and getting a jump on their holiday cards. Here are just a few "Blingy" masterpieces which especially caught our eye:

...made FOUR gloriously glittery cards; in gold (seen here) red, silver and gold again; with little touches of black that make the sparkly bits really pop!

...made a red blossom (with sparkly center), a bling flourish and a stamped sentiment add up to CAS perfection!

...made this amazing tree by cleverly stamping green Eiffel Towers and adding red gems in between. There's not a single holiday product on this card, just a boatload of inspiring creativity! 

And now let's see who will be receiving that fun little Bling-centric prize pack? The Random Number Generator has chosen...


which means that 

Karen C of Creative Inspirations by Karen 

is our lucky winner!

Congratulations, Karen, please email Lauren at llaurenb @ 

and we'll get that right out to you!

Many thanks to the ladies of the Double Trouble Challenge, we enjoyed teaming up for this fun Christmas in July event; remember they post a brand new challenge on the first and third Monday of every month and there's a special challenge any time a fifth Monday rolls around ( there might just be one in August...). A special shout out to everyone who played along this time, we loved seeing every single card. We'll be back at midnight with a brand new prompt, and we don't think anyone could possibly feel blue about that... :) 

Friday, July 22, 2022

Bling It On!

Yes, that's right, we're still "Blinging on the Holidays" for our special crafty crossover challenge with the lovely ladies on the Double Trouble Challenge Blog. Which means you can make ONE (new, blingy, holiday) CARD and link it up at both sites... with a chance of a fun little prize at each!

Here's how we were inspired to use bling this week:

Lauren's Other Card

Lauren says, "I'd been trimming up papers from Photoplay's North Pole Trading Co line for a Christmas in July class I'm teaching at Paper Anthology, so I had lots of weirdly sized little strips of pretty paper -including metallic gold and glittery red- and whenever that happens, I tend to want to use them to make backgrounds like this one I did a few years ago. For a focal point I used the round tag (and one of the cut-outs) from Pinkfresh Studio's Classic Tags with Fillable Elements die set to make an ornament from a scrap of older red moire paper. I backed it with Copper Non-Shed Glitter Paper adorned with Eyelet Outlet Pearls, and an oversized red Pearl Brad; dangling from a Champagne Bling Strip hung on my Tim Holtz Holiday Greens Thinlits."

Stephanie says, "Lauren gifted me some of these lovely Penny Black Masterpieces Made Simple.  It was so lovely, all I did was mount it on a white cardstock card base and add some Eyelet Outlet Fancy Wide Bling and a sticker sentiment to complete the snowy scene."

Scroll down to our original "Bling on the Holidays" post to link up your card for a chance to win our wonderful blingy prize package AND don't forget to also link up at the Double Trouble Challenge Blog.

Friday, July 15, 2022

Double Trouble Crossover Challenge! - BLING on the Holidays

This fortnight we Jingle Belles are happy to be partnering with the lovely ladies of the Double Trouble Challenge for exponentially more fun AND a chance at some cool prizes! First, we should mention that our part of this event is called, "Bling On the Holidays" and we'd like to see your brand new holiday cards that include jewels, gems, pearls, sequins, glitter or pretty much anything sparkly! 

For the Double Trouble Challenge, it's "Christmas in July", and basically any holiday card will qualify; so if you make a card to link up with us here at Jingle Belles, we hope you'll also link it with them to be included in their drawing! Then be sure to check back every fortnight or so, because they have a new challenge every other week and it's a great way to find some new challenges and loads of inspiration!

If you're new to us here at Jingle Belles, welcome! We make holiday cards from January through November, and we reveal a brand new prompt every other Friday, with a reminder post in between. We're mostly a "just for fun" challenge blog, but we do include a little prize on special occasions, which this definitely is, so we hope you'll scroll down for that. 

But first... here's how we were inspired to use Bling on our cards:

Stephanie says, "I started my card with sheet of Swirl Bling in Jewel Red from Eyelet Outlet.  Next I chose the pair of ice skates from my holiday ephemera drawer and then paired them both with some collage designer paper and framed the skates with a vintage journaling card.  After I got it all assembled on a 5" x 7" card base, I added two sentiment strips from my ephemera drawer to finish the design and a piece of red bling on the skate bow (I just love those plaid skate cuffs)."

Lauren says, "As you can see, I've also added LOTS of Eyelet Outlet Bling, in the form of an XL Snowflake atop my white poinsettias, and Clear Swirl Bling that I've cut up and rearranged to fit the space better. All this takes place on top of a diecut holly panel (ancient Hero Arts!) that I misted with glimmery blue spray ink; layered over green metallic cardstock and ...though it's hard to see in the photo... a mat of white glitter paper."

Now here's a little prize pack we'll award to one randomly selected holiday cardmaker who links up with us this fortnight; featuring super-cute Pebbles clear stamps, sparkly chipboard snowflakes, colorful stickers and sequins, and of course some BLING!   

Link your Bling-centric creations right here by 6pm (Eastern) on Wednesday, July27th. Then be sure to head over to Double Trouble too!

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