Friday, March 31, 2023

Oh Tinsel Tree, Oh Tinsel Tree

We're still creating cards inspired by the DIY Tinsel Tree Tutorial at White House Crafts.

Here's how we were inspired this week:

Lauren says, "This week I took inspiration from the color palette (though I've inverted the proportions); from the circle shapes of the baubles, and the different shiny/matte/sparkly surfaces. I've used a fabulous Simon Says Stamp Ring Wreath Die that Stephanie gave me and inset the circles with pink, blue, silver and gold specialty papers ; then I added a large script sentiment and finished off with several colors and sizes of Eyelet Outlet Pearl Brads."

Stephanie says, "I wanted to recreate the feel of the tinsel with paper.  I used fringe scissors from my stash (that I've had forever, and I'm not sure that I've ever actually used them) on silver glitter paper.  I attached the *tinsel* to a Gel Press print from my stash that includes the colors from the tree, including an ethereal silver layer on top.  I added a wrap of one of my favorite ribbons to pull in the pink.  I matted it on a matte gold card base to pull in that color from the image.  I finished with a negative Savvy Stamps sentiment in that same glorious pink."

Friday, March 24, 2023

Tinsel Tree Inspired

This fortnight we've got a Photo Inspiration prompt for you... to make a card inspired by this DIY Tinsel Tree Tutorial at White House Crafts. You can choose any part of the photo that appeals to you: You might choose the trees themselves, the colors, the decorations, or some tinsel ... just make sure you include in your post how the photo inspired your design.

Here's how we were inspired by the design:

Stephanie says, "I started by embossing a Bottle Brush Tree three times with silver embossing powder (using my MISTI to keep them aligned) from Flora & Fauna Bottle Brush Snowglobe Set inspired by both types of trees in the photo.  I die cut the panel using Dare 2B Artzy Double Dot Rectangle Framelits.  Next I found some stars & gems in the colors from the picture & decorated my trees.  I finished with a tiny sentiment from the same set & then framed with one of my GelliArts prints before attaching to a bright pink card base."

Lauren says, "I'm not sure I've ever made such a literal photo inspiration card, but I basically loved everything in the picture! I used Spellbinders' Bottle Brush Tree Die Set to create the tiny trees and My Favorite Things' Happy Holidays Circle Frame to make a home for them. The background plaid is a Simple Stories *Easter* paper, as a matter of fact; the pink is from Lawn Fawn's Knit Picky line. I've added pink glitter pearl accents and scattered some golden Eyelet Outlet Star Sequins about for extra shine. I was so happy with how this came out that I made it into Paper Anthology's March Holiday Jumpstart Card Kit, for which that fun die set is included; you can read more about it on my personal blog."


Link your photo inspiration cards right here by 6pm (Eastern) on Wednesday, April 5th. Keyword for galleries, Flickr, etc, is JB-23-07.

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Thursday, March 23, 2023

Taking (Card) STOCK

Some of us (ahem LAUREN) find creating without patterned paper a challenge, but clearly there are many Jingle Belles who are quite undaunted by such an assignment and the Cardstock Gallery strongly reflects that. If you haven't cruised around to see all the cards, we highly recommend the trip. In the meantime, here are three Cardstock-Centric creations that especially caught our eye this time:

...chose a dramatically elegant black and silver color palette and spiced things up with a little bit of  grunge and a splattering of white ink.

...has gone CAS with touches of traditional red and green; the combination of that perfectly colored snowman with lots of textural white is very sweet indeed!

...absolutely rocked the diecutting with LOTS of subtle shades of green, blue and white making up that supercute trio of holiday gnomes, who appear to be dancing across her card!

Many thanks to all who participated, we genuinely do love seeing EVERY card and never fail to be impressed and inspired by your creativity. We'll be back at Midnight with a brand new prompt that we hope you'll find pretty as a picture!

Friday, March 17, 2023

The Twelve Days of Cardstock.

We're still eschewing commercial patterned/designer paper and celebrating Cardstock Christmas! Remember you can use any or all your favorite tricks (embossing, stamping, sanding, tearing, layering, diecutting, painting, etc, etc) you just need to start with plain cardstock.

Here's how we were inspired this week:

Lauren says, "This week I've used one of my favorite techniques on all the little offcuts of cardstock in my scrapbox: cut them into strips of various size and arrange them in quilt-like patterns. This is quite an addictive process, so I'm not sure I've ever sat down and only made just ONE panel. In this case, I made a red and a green; then pressure embossed them (the green with Spellbinders' Forevergreen; the red features an older Sheena Douglass folder that seems to be OOP) and added a little sanding and Unicorn Ink to emphasize the texture. Large fabric flowers, ancient ribbon and brads, bold cardstock mats and machine stitching complete the design(s)."

Stephanie says, "I too used cardstock scraps for this week's card.  I pulled out the colors of the rainbow (for the Hero Arts #staycraftychallenge Somewhere Over the Rainbow) and cut 1/4 strips, which I attached to my card on the diagonal working my way down from the top.  I had intended to go back and fill in the corners with the smaller scraps, but ended-up liking the contrast of white, so I stopped.  I inked the sentiment from Hero Arts Holiday Borders and Icons with a rainbow inking - I started with the red, stamped that portion, then added orange overlapping slightly and stamped again and continued until I got to the end of the rainbow.  I finished with some green bling since that was the color that ended-up in the center of the sentiment."

Cardstock Christmas continues until 6pm next Wednesday night (3/22/23) so there's plenty of time for you to join the fun! Scroll down to the original post to see the Readers' Gallery and to link your own cardstock creations.

Friday, March 10, 2023

Cardstock Christmas

Today we're asking you to step away from the designer 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 cardstock this week:

Stephanie says, "For my primarily die cut card, I die cut a stitched circle as a backdrop for my PoppyStamps Whittle Friendly Snowman cut from white, black and a watercolor marker colored pink cardstock (I colored his nose orange with a marker).  I used the sketch from the BYSH Cardmakers and swapped the paper strip with the Poppystamps Frozen Flakes Die Cut.  I finished with a sentiment from Memory Box and a few bits of pink bling in the snowflake centers."

Lauren says, "At first glance, you may think I've cheated and used a cloudy patterned paper, but no... it's Avery Elle's Cloud Mat Die, on which I've used the "inset" diecutting technique. I cut the background from a rich colonial blue cardstock, the clouds from bright white and the frame from a pebbly texture of lime green. I used an older Memory Box pine tree with an appropriately deep green cardstock and Tim Holtz's Sizzix "Reindeer Flight" on copper glitter cardstock. The snowflake is Impression Obsession (cut from ivory shimmer cardstock) held on with an Eyelet Outlet Snowflake Brad. The sentiment flag is from around the millenium, I think, so it's exciting to finally use it up!"

This challenge runs until 6pm (EST) on Wednesday, March 22, 2023. Keyword for galleries and Flickr is JB2306.

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Thursday, March 9, 2023

We Can See CLEARLY Now

There were such creative interpretations for the "Midnight CLEAR" Challenge; if you haven't already perused the Readers' Gallery, we highly recommend the trip. In the meantime, here are a few cards we especially loved this time:

...added a very clever twist to her shaker card, the window is part of an adorable faux polaroid with a little winter scene inside!

...layered several clear acetate tags each carrying part of her design; one has the snow and stocking, one with the sweet penguin, and a third with the frosty hills!
(You really need to click over and see the additional photos!

...affixed her clear acetate snowflakes with clear acetate brads; and also scores bonus points for that gloriously inky background!


Many thanks to all who participated, we know that this was a challenging assignment, but you ROCKED it! We'll be back at Midnight with a brand new prompt we think will help you take stock of your supplies! ;)

Friday, March 3, 2023

Do You See What I See?

This week we're still creating with all things transparent ... and we can't wait to see what see-through clear items you incorporate into your holiday card designs.

Here's how we were CLEAR-ly inspired this week:

Lauren says, "Once again, I've de-hoarded an ancient Hambly Transparency, this time as a base for a cluster of vintage postage, stickers and other xmassy odds and ends, which I've attached with various types of "clear" or "invisible" adhesive. I discuss that issue in a little more depth on my personal blog, but generally speaking, as long as you cannot see adhesive from the front, and that which you can see from the back looks neat... I don't worry too much about perfection! I did place a label shaped  piece of patterned paper inside the card, to hold a sentiment and signature."

Stephanie says, "I decided to try a shaker this week.  I chose this pretty little Taylored Expressions Beauty Lies Within 3 Ornament Die (without thinking about the challenge of getting that foam tape curved and hidden behind that thin edge, but I refused to give up).  I filled the shaker with Pinkfresh Studio Champagne Glitter Drops on a beautiful piece of Gina K. Designs Snowflake Paper.  I finished with a few strips of red cardstock for contrast and a Taylored Expressions Simple Strips - Christmas sentiment."

Be sure to visit the original post (directly beneath this one) to see how the other participants have approached the idea of CLEAR elements and to link up your own card designs!