Friday, May 13, 2022

We Wish You a Colorful Christmas

This week we're still creating cards using the colors from the tray of cookies by Sweet Sugarbelle at The Cake Blog - grey/silver, pink and ivory/white.  You may also be inspired by the images, but make sure you incorporate the three colors in your card.

Here's how we were inspired this week:

Lauren says, "This week, I went through my holiday stash by color, to see how many pink, grey, silver and white items I could find. I started with the puffy Santa and tree stickers, leftover from Prima Marketing's Santa Baby collection of several years back. I added a journal card from the Havana collection, layered some sparkly Tim Holtz snowflake diecuts, Echo Park grey and white snowflake paper and a jeweled snowflake of uncertain origin. It's a little bit lumpy, what with all the gems and multiple layers of foam tape, but I kinda looooove how this funky combination of elements came out."

Stephanie says, "I used greys and pinks to color my Avery Elle Joyeux Narwhal and paired it with silver shimmer cardstock and pink designer paper."

Friday, May 6, 2022

Winter Grays

This time at Jingle Belles, we're asking you to make cards inspired by the color palette of this plate of cookies from Sweet Sugarbelle at The Cake Blog – Pink, Grey (or Silver) and Ivory (or White)

You can also take inspiration from the cookies too, but please make sure you stick with the color palette. 

Here's how we were inspired to use those colors in our cards this week.

Stephanie says, "I used this week's Try Stampin' on Tuesday Sketch together with a grey & white floral designer paper from PinkFresh Studio for the Caffeinated Christmas Challenge.  I added a strip of coffee cup paper and a wooden coffee cup sticker together with a clear snow globe sticker.  I finished with silver sequins and a grey and white twine bow.  The sentiment is from Impression Obsession Christmas Words."

Lauren says, "When I saw the inspiration photo, the first thing I noticed --and wanted to mimic-- was the way some of the cookies were rectangles framing up design elements like the stylized tree. I made some cookie-sized rectangles and use the inset diecutting technique to get a similar effect.The (ancient) snowflake die is from Spellbinders, the tree is Echo Park and the foliage is Sunny Studio. I've changed the proportions of the colors (obviously I love dark pink more than the baker does, lol!) but otherwise stuck faithfully to the palette. A mix of plain and shimmer cardstock, glitter paper, and metallics make the design more interesting and textural, and Eyelet Outlet Pink Pearls look similar to the candy dots used to decorate the cookies."

And how about a little giveaway fun ... one lucky participant will receive Gina K. Designs Christmas Magic Stamp set AND the Coordinating Die Cuts.

Link your cards right here, by 6PM (Eastern) on Wednesday, May 18th. Keyword for galleries and Flickr is JB-21-10.

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Thursday, May 5, 2022

Winter Fun for Everyone!

We loved seeing all of the different ways that our fellow Jingle Belles enjoy Winter Fun. Here are just a few cards that especially caught our eye this time:

...has made a TREE-mendously lovely winter scene, inspired by her happy childhood memories of choosing the family Christmas tree!

...reminds us how much fun it is to build a snowman; ESPECIALLY when it's a snowman who has learned to juggle!!!

...proves that sledding reindeer are Winter Fun by in any standard, especially when the reindeer are THIS CUTE and they're frolicking in such a fabulous snowscape!

Many thanks to everyone who played along. We'll be back at Midnight with a brand new prompt that we hope will provide Sweet Inspiration! 

Friday, April 29, 2022

Skating, Sledding & Skiing ... oh my

We're back celebrating all sorts of Winter Fun activities.  What do you do when the weather gets cold?

Here are our Winter Fun creations.

Lauren says, "As I was sorting through my holiday dies, I came to these gorgeous Tim Holtz Ice Skates from Sizzix and knew exactly what I wanted to make. I'm not particularly sporty, but as a kid I did enjoy skating. The fabulous purple paisley paper and both background layers are from Blue Fern Studio's "Eclectic Charm" collection; the silver metallic skate blades and wordfetti sentiments are Idea-ology; and the Evergreen Branches are Tim Holtz's Holiday Greens Thinlits in both regular and mini size. I finished off with sparkly golden enamel stars are from Eyelet Outlet and embroidery floss skate laces."

Stephanie says, "For this week's card, I went searching through my collection of vintage Ideals Magazines and found this wonderful Sepia illustration depicting all sorts of winter fun from Skating to drinking hot cocoa.  I added lots of Tim Holtz Sticker Sentiments, which to me made it feel sort of like a page out of a Richard Scarry book."

Friday, April 22, 2022

Winter Fun

This fortnight we're making cards that feature ways to have FUN during the winter time. 

You might enjoy skiing, ice skating or sledding … or you might be more about sitting inside watching the snowfall from your favorite chair while drinking hot cocoa and reading a book. Whatever says winter fun for you, include it on your card & tell us why you (or the recipient) enjoy it.

Here's how we had our Winter FUN this week:

Stephanie says, "I've never tried snowboarding, but I do have several people on my Christmas card list who love the sport. This 1997 snowboarder stamp from Stampington & Company is one of the oldest stamps in my stash (so I used the Sketch from the Retro Rubber Challenge for my layout).  I inked him using four ink colors creating a rainbow for the Caffeinated Christmas Challenge with my tiny coffee cup from Hero Arts balanced on the board.  I inked the Memory Box sentiment with the same colors reversing the order."

Lauren says, "Something Lovely Husband Jeff and I especially enjoy in December, is driving around to see all the Christmas lights and decorations. I've tried to encapsulate that in card form, using Lawn Fawn's adorable Car Critters and Christmas Add-On stamps set in a simple patterned paper landscape, with loads of colorful punched trees and a computer-generated sentiment."

Link your wonderful Winter Fun cards right here, by 6pm (EST) on Wednesday, May 4th. keyword for galleries, etc is JB-22-09.

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Thursday, April 21, 2022

Happy Earth Day to All

We never stop being amazed and impressed by our fellow Jingle Belles' clever creativity, and the Earth Day festivities are always an especially great showcase for that! Of course EVERY entry was wonderful, but here are three examples of cards with recycled, upcycled and reused elements that particularly caught our eye: 

...has played along with us since the very beginning of Jingle Belles in 2011, and since she's absolutely awesome at saving and reusing items all year long, of course she ALWAYS rocks this challenge. Her  gorgeous card has five (5!) recycled elements... including a candy wrapper, kraft paper packaging, part of a box, a gift card envelope and some carefully saved ribbon!

...has used --in grand style-- one of our all-time favorite items to upcycle: store bought holiday cards! We all get dozens, and so many are much too lovely to consign to the recycling bin. LeAnne has made these gorgeously glittery snowmen into a brand new card and has even added the perfect details INSIDE to match!

...started with a foil packet from a tea bag, which she embossed and colored with alcohol inks to make her incredibly artistic snowy panel. Oh yeah and the mat is the inside of a junk mail envelope!!!


Many thanks to everyone who played along, we loved seeing every card! 
Stop back after Midnight for a brand new prompt we hope will inspire you!

Friday, April 15, 2022

recycle... reuse... and JINGLE!

 We're still celebrating EARTH DAY with cards that include recycled elements.

You know you've got them ... those things you save because they're just too pretty to go into the recycling bin.  Today is the perfect opportunity to let them shine on a holiday card.

Here's how we recycled this week.

Lauren says, "I don't think I've ever done TWO yeti cards in a row, but that's what happened, so I'm rollin' with it! This week's yetis come from my little hoard of saved wrapping paper; and as it turns out, this is the easiest card I've made all year, because after I backed the paper with cardstock and cut out the framed yetis, I arranged them on some Doodlebug patterned paper, added a mat and a sentiment strip, and called it good!"

Stephanie says, "After making a recycled packaging card last week, I fully intended taking another approach with this week's card ... until I opened my PinkFresh Studio drawer and had another lovely pile of packaging staring back at me.  They have some of the seriously pretty packaging in the industry.  I incorporated two pieces of their packaging and a piece of tissue box together with some PinkFresh Studio papers, chipboard frame & enamel dots.  I love the retro-modern feel."

Friday, April 8, 2022

Let There Be Peace on EARTH (Day)

If you've played along with us at ♥JINGLE BELLES♥ over the last few years, you already know there are two prompts that never change: at the beginning of October we honor Breast Cancer Awareness Month with "Pink Christmas"; and in April we celebrate Earth Day by making holiday cards that feature re-cycled, re-used or up-cycled elements. 

Here's how we up-cycled for our Earth Day cards.

Stephanie says, "My card combines four different pieces of recycled packaging that I saved in my recycle box just for this month's cards.  I added stitch stickers from Pretty Little Studio to tie them altogether.  I finished with vintage holiday die cuts & sentiment stickers from Pretty Little Studio and a row of red bling."

Lauren says, "My friend Betty saw this adorable yeti on a tissue box and was kind enough to think of me and save the box! I covered up the logo using sections of curvy, snowy foreground cut from the side panels of the box. Then, since there are few things sadder than a lonely yeti, I stamped and colored a Lawn Fawn friend for the big guy, as well as an appropriate sentiment. I added a skinny mat of glittery aqua cardstock and then a bigger one of an ancient Studio Calico geometric snowflake patterned paper that serendipitously matches incredibly well (gotta love it when that happens, right?!) and finally, what arctic landscape is complete without some Eyelet Outlet Snowflake Sequins?"

Link your eco-friendly cards right here by 6pm (Eastern) on Wednesday, April 20th. Keyword for galleries and Flickr is JB-22-08.

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Thursday, April 7, 2022

Forever Plaid

It's been a plaid and pretty fortnight here at Jingle Belles! We've loved seeing red plaid and green plaid (not to mention red AND green plaid!) as well as pink plaid, grey plaid, black and white plaid, gingham, hounds tooth... frankly we haven't seen a plaid card we didn't love; but here are just a couple that especially caught our eye this time:

...dressed her adorable gnome friend in gingham and polka dots, then built a coordinating card that shows him off to perfection! 

...used a bright, fresh, tone-on-tone diagonal plaid in vivid green as the background for her beautifully CAS sketch card!

...combined a red plaid and a green plaid on TWO sweet and charming cards which remind us that swapping out plain white cardstock in favor of kraft is a FAB idea when coloring characters!


We'll be back at Midnight with some brand new inspiration; we hope hope you're ready to rock, roll and recycle with us! 

Friday, April 1, 2022

Mad for PLAID

We're still creating with plaids this week ... remember, it can be paper, stamps, ribbon, washi tape, or your own creation ... just use plaid somewhere in your design. Link up at the original Plaid Christmas post, directly below this one.

Lauren says, "This week I broke out my Ken Oliver ColorBurst pigment powders and brushes of various size to paint a fun, slightly wonky plaid design of my very own in shades of pink, red and yellow. Then I traced a set of oversized metallic letters to make a HUGE custom sentiment and layered it over several layers of patterned paper including a super-cool My Mind's Eye plaid from a year or two ago. This may not be the busiest card I've ever made, but it's probably pretty close, lol!"

Stephanie says, "I went with another Lawn Fawn Perfectly Plaid paper, this time using it for the background, Yeti Accessories and even the Christmas Tree with this week's Sketch Saturday Layout ... I do love those Yetis."

Friday, March 25, 2022

We Wish You a Plaid Christmas

This fortnight we're celebrating one of our favorite types of pattern: PLAID! There are lots of great patterned papers in that category, not to mention stamps and stencils for creating one's own. You might incline to tartan ribbon, a buffalo plaid background or argyle accents, just find a plaid you like and incorporate it into your card. 

Here's how we went mad for plaid this week:

Stephanie's Card

Stephanie says, "Lawn Fawn has some of the prettiest plaid papers.  I combined this one from Lawn Fawn Perfectly Plaid with the Lawn Fawn Stitched Poinsettia Dies and a sentiment from Simply Winter Sentiments ... love the contrast of the solid elements with the plaid background."

Lauren says, "I started with a buffalo plaid journaling card from last year's Carta Bella "Christmas Cheer" collection, added a vintage station wagon cut from an old My Mind's Eye design, added some handsome Eyelet Outlet Cardinals, and mounted the whole thing atop an older Authentique plaid set on the diagonal."


Link your mad plaid masterpiece right here, by 6pm (Eastern) on Wednesday, April 6th. keyword for galleries and Flickr is JB-22-07.

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Thursday, March 24, 2022

Sing a Song of Christmas

The only thing we love more at Jingle Belles than actual holiday music, is seeing all of the beautiful cards you've made, inspired by the sounds of the season. Here are just a few that especially made our hearts sing:

...corralled a choir of kittens, added some sweet sheet music and topped it all off with a sentiment you can SING!

...paired the coolest black sheet music patterned paper we've ever seen with an adorable teddy bear who plays  a mean horn!

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...chose the sweetest vintage-inspired image, colored it cleverly and used it as the focal point for a stamped collage including musical notations!


Many thanks to everyone who played (and sang!) along this fortnight, we loved seeing all of your creative ideas. We'll be back at Midnight with a brand new challenge, which we hope you'll be as mad for as we are!

Friday, March 18, 2022

A Caroling We Will Go

We're still creating with something musical on our holiday cards this week ... how do you hope to make your card sing?

Here are our musical creations this week.

Lauren says, "That cool, retro vinyl record is an older diecut from October Afternoon which I came across the other day and knew I wanted to build my card around. When I also found this ancient "circley" patterned paper (so old I have no idea who made it!) I decided to add other circle elements and ended up with the collage of stickers, chipboard and punched patterned paper you see before you."

Stephanie says, "I used a strip of vintage sheet music as the base for a combination 
of holiday stickers and wrap of twine for this week's card."


Scroll down to the original post (directly below this one!) to see the Holiday Melody Readers' Gallery and link your own musical masterpiece!

Friday, March 11, 2022

Holiday Melody

This week's Jingle Belles prompt is to include something musical on your card.  It might be sheet music, carolers,  a musical instrument, or even a tweeting bird... just make sure it's clear how it conveys a holiday melody.

Here are our melodic creations:

Stephanie says, "I pulled out a vintage doily (that is pretty much covered), multiple pieces of vintage sheet music and papers, vintage trading stamps, vintage-like elements, and some Tim Holtz sticker sentiments to create a collage on a kraft card base, which I am titling Santa's Tidings to a Holiday Melody."

Lauren says, "Coincidentally, I also went into vintage collage mode! (No, Stephanie and Lauren never confer ahead of time!) Starting with some lovely patina-ed sheet music, cancelled xmas postage, and a pretty poinsettia illustration from a discarded gardening book. I found the perfect Tim Holtz Idea-Ology sticker sentiment, mounted the whole thing on some very non-vintage non-shed glitter paper and called it a day!"


Link your musical masterpieces right here by 6pm (Eastern) on Wednesday, March 23rd. Keyword for galleries and Flickr is JB-22-06.

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Thursday, March 10, 2022

Show-Stopping Stencils

Clearly we are not the only fans of beautiful holiday stencils, judging from how amazing the cards in the Readers' Gallery are this time. If you haven't cruised through the entire collection, we highly recommend the trip. Meanwhile, here are a few stencil-centric cards that especially caught our fancy:

...used a beautiful set of layering stencils and a lovely non-traditional color palette to make a "JOY" card that really lives up to it's sentiment!

...employed a simple star stencil to make an incredibly elegant backdrop for her lovely (and glittery!) holiday snowscape!

...proved you don't need a specifically holiday-themed stencil; her bubbly background is the perfect home for a pair of utterly adorable narwhals to inhabit!

Many thanks to everyone who played along, we loved seeing all of your creative ideas and beautiful cards! We'll be back at Midnight with a brand new inspiration we hope you'll *TUNE* in for! :) 

Friday, March 4, 2022

Frosty the Stencil

We're still creating holiday cards featuring a stenciled element this week, and you're still invited to join the fun. Link your cards on the original Oh Christmas Stencil post, located directly below this one.

Meanwhile, here's how we stenciled for our second cards:

Lauren says, "This week I unearthed my sadly neglected Hero Arts "Forest Scene" stencil and some Broken China Distress Ink and made a simple but graphic background for my A7 card. I added an oversized blue poinsettia with a sweet piece of Lawn Fawn Flair; and finished off with a couple of skinny mats, a little machine stitching and a few Eyelet Outlet Pearls."

Stephanie says, "This card features one third of the 12" Punchinella Stencil from The Crafters Workshop from a prior Gel Press-apalooza at Lauren's, which was perfect for a slimline card design.  I die cut the Memory Box Frosted Christmas Tree from Memory Box delicate green glitter paper and added decoration with a strip of gold bling.  I used a flower for the top of the tree and sentiment from Memory Box Christmas Tiles."

Friday, February 25, 2022

Oh Christmas Stencil, Oh Christmas Stencil

If you haven't already guessed from the post title, we're asking you to create cards with stencils for the current Jingle Belles prompt. If you don't have any stencils, you use one of your craft punches or dies on a scrap of cardstock (like Lauren did, below) or use an electronic cutting machine to create your own custom stencil.  

Here's how we stenciled this week:

Stephanie says, "I used the three partial stencils from Simon Says Stamp Christmas Foliage to create this background (there's a fourth stencil included in the set that is the entire background design).  I added a wrap of coordinating ribbon to my slimline card & die cut sentiments from Simon Says Stamp Coolest Yulest." 

Lauren says, "I made my own super-easy version of a Bokeh "Stencil" by using my four smallest circle punches (pretty far apart) on a scrap of glossy white cardstock, and applying light shades of Distress Oxide inks through the punched circles onto a darker Oxide background; details on my blog. My layered snowflakes were created with Tim Holtz's Stacked Snowflakes die; sentiments are Elizabeth Craft Designs' "Winter Wishes" word set; and the mats are various offcuts of coordinating cardstock. This design was so easy, I made TWO cards from my funky bokeh background!"

Link your stencil-centric cards right here by 6pm (EST) on Wednesday, March 9th. Keyword for galleries and Flickr is JB-22-05.

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Thursday, February 24, 2022

Photo Inspiration Mojo!

So many fun and clever cards inspired by our beautiful Christmas Stocking photo, if you haven't scrolled through the gallery, we highly recommend doing so, it's definitely worth the trip. Meanwhile, here are a few cards that especially caught our eye:

...created an entire room based around a pretty fireplace, complete with stockings, mantle decor and more. We especially love the fabulously artful, inky background!

...loved the stockings and chose a similar image from which to make not one, but two lovely and appealing cards! 

...was inspired by the colors and designs of one of the stockings, as well as the flowers and greenery, and used those elements to inspire her card!


Many thanks to everyone who participated this fortnight, we loved seeing all of your amazing ideas! We'll be back at midnight with some brand new inspiration, we hope you'll join us again!

Friday, February 18, 2022

The Stockings Were Hung

Another week of Stocking Inspiration for our card making.

Here's how we were inspired for our second cards:

Lauren says, "This week I was inspired by the colors and patterns on the stocking furthest to the right in the photo. I love the combination of pale green, creamsicle orange and bright blue (with little hits of white and pink); as well as the way the simple shapes have been stacked and arranged to create an all-over pattern. I compressed and overlapped the layers to fit my 6" square card, but found that by using some of my favorite border punches and a bunch of (non-holiday) patterned papers, I was able to achieve a similar effect. A Lawn Fawn Journal Card, some Eyelet Outlet Enamel Dots and a bit of machine stitching complete the design.

Stephanie says, "I took my design a bit more literal this week inspired by stocking number five.  
I embossed brick again framed by a blue background inspired by the wall.  
The hand-cut my stocking from Concord & 9th Stardust cardstock and 
decorated it with Eyelet Outlet Swirl Bling and flowers.  
I used ribbon for the hanger
and pom pom fringe for those cool dangling balls.
I finished with a scattering of sticker sentiments."

Remember, you have until 6pm EST on Wednesday February 23rd to link-up your design.