Thursday, November 30, 2023

A Banner Celebration

What a fabulous way to celebrate the final challenge of our 2023 season: With an absolutely awesome collection of holiday cards inspired by our very own Jingle Belles Blog header! Here are just a few that particularly caught our eye; though truly, you really need to scroll back to the original post to see them all!

...captured the full-on blog banner aesthetic ...vibrant pink trees, collaged text background, swirls of bling, etc... using/adapting items from her stash for this lovely portrait-oriented card!

...embraced the color palette, the trees, and touches of sparkle, but fitted them into a fabulous modular sketch for a super-clean look!

...used the elements and layout of the banner, but stuck to a more realistic color palette; and made us realize that the original design really SHOULD HAVE had a moose!!!


A big thank you to everyone who participated, we genuinely do love seeing ALL of your amazing creations! We'll be back at midnight with a few final thoughts for the season AND, of course, our personal card pile pics, as tradition demands!

Friday, November 24, 2023

A Blog Header Christmas

We're still making cards this week inspired by our 2023 Jingle Belles Blog Banner, here's a reminder of what it looks like:

Here's how we were inspired this week:

Stephanie says, "This week I focused on the pink holiday trees with white splatter for my inspiration.  I also added in the repeating holiday sentiment & a pearl flourish design with puffy sticker sentiment."

Lauren says, "Having gone as literal as possible last week, this time I wanted to see how far I could go in the other direction, but still have the influence of the banner show clearly. I rotated the rectangle shape to make a "tall card"; I used the layers of music, text and snowflakes for the background; I placed a tree toward the left of the frame; and finally I used the same Stamplorations "Jingle" die on glitter paper as my sentiment."


Scroll down to the original Banner Inspired Holiday post to visit the Readers' Gallery and to link up your own card(s)!

Friday, November 17, 2023

Banner Inspired Holiday

It's hard to believe it's time for our final Jingle Belles prompt of 2023. This fortnight we're asking you to make a card inspired by our fabulous Lauren-designed 2023 Blog Banner. There are so many possibilities for inspiration: the pink + white + tan color palette OR the trees and/or snowflakes OR the glittery letters OR... well, you get the idea! Choose any aspect(s) that appeal to you; just be sure to let us know which elements you're incorporating into your design!

Here's how we were inspired this week:

Stephanie says, "I went with the two tone ink design, white snowflakes, glittery letters and swapped the texty background for a musical pattern.  Paper is Prima's Santa Baby and those glittery letters have literally been on my studio table since I made this card a year ago (so glad they finally have a home). I added white snowflake stickers and some glittery silver Love from Lizi Peel-Offs to finish the design."

Lauren says, "My card is VERY literal, as you can plainly see! I incorporated the basic sketch, colors, glitter and trees into my super-layered design. The background consists of patina-ed vintage sheet music, part of an ancient Hambly snowflake paper, bits of doily, and torn vellum with typed holiday lyrics. The forest of Taylored Expressions' Evergreens are diecut in pink with white "shadows" and the (quite appropriate) sentiment was made with Stamplorations (sadly out of print) Jingle All the Way die."


A reminder that your card does not have to be a literal interpretation of our blog header, it just needs to be inspired by one or more elements therein! Link your creations right here by 6pm (Eastern) on Wednesday, November 29th. Keyword for galleries and Flickr is JB2324.

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Thursday, November 16, 2023

Sweet as Candy

Candy and cakes and cookies, oh my! The Hard Candy Christmas Readers' Gallery is overflowing with beautiful cards that the feature sweets and treats of the holidays! Here are a few that especially caught our eye:

...built a charming and very detailed wreath full of seasonal candies, and her adorable gingerbread man can't wait to sample them!

...stamped a bold and vibrant hard candy background in one of our very favorite holiday color schemes, topped off with a most appropriate sentiment!

...not only had exactly the right House Mouse to star in her clever dimensional design, she's paired him with not one but TWO perfect peppermint patterned papers!


A big THANK YOU to everyone who joined our fun this fortnight. We'll be back at Midnight to reveal 2023's last official Jingle Belles prompt of the season!

Friday, November 10, 2023

Candy Cane Christmas

We're still creating with Candy, Cookies & other holiday treats for our Hard Candy Christmas.

Here's how we got sweet this week:

Lauren says, "This week, I've got candy canes, Christmas cookies, hot cocoa, cupcakes, Christmas pudding and more, thanks to a partial page of older American Crafts mini journal cards I found in my holiday stash. I trimmed them down, popped them onto foam tape and added a couple of patterned paper layers... Pebbles' black text and Dare 2B Artzy's red dots, to be exact. There were too many for just one card, so I split them up and made a pair of A7s; because in mid-November it's literally IMPOSSIBLE to make cards too quickly, am I right?!"

Stephanie says, "I covered silver cardstock with clear candy stickers before cutting with a mini-slimline stitched die cut.  I used a few enamel dots to fill in some open spaces (and cover a tiny embossing machine boo boo) and finished with a Tim Holtz sentiment."

Friday, November 3, 2023

Hard Candy Christmas

This fortnight at Jingle Belles, we're asking you to make holiday cards featuring your favorite Christmas Candy (or cookie or other holiday food).

Here are our yummy cards for this week:

Stephanie says, "I started with the fun Santa from a Christmas journaling card and filled his hands with a Holiday Coffee Cup and a Candy Cane - both brads from Eyelet Outlet.  I used the layout from Try Stampin' on Tuesday and a stamped sentiment from Impress."

Lauren says, "Obviously there are lots of awesome ways to approach this prompt, but seeing as how Doodlebug's Gingerbread Kisses line has just arrived at Paper Anthology, it seemed silly not to let those fabulous papers, journal cards and stickers do most of the work for me. I was having so much fun I made not one but two cards to celebrate!"

Link your yummy holiday treats card(s) right here by 6pm (Eastern) on Wednesday evening, November 15th. Keyword for galleries and Flickr is JB2323.

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Thursday, November 2, 2023

Holiday Creature Feature Extravaganza

WOW, there are soooooooooo many fabulous Creature Feature Creations it was even harder than usual to just pick three, but you know that's out favorite "problem" to have! Since every single card in the Readers' Gallery is outstanding, we're going to get right to our choices because we know you'll want to scroll through and see the rest of them, as well. 

...raises the bar for stamping, masking and coloring to mind-blowing levels with the adorable (and utterly seamless) indoor scene on her "Meowy CAT-mas" card!

...made not one, not two, but FOUR colorful Christmas creature cards from the same kit, and all of them are delightful, but obvs the one with the pink reindeer was always gonna be our fave, right?!

...had already met the challenge when she stamped and colored the adorable fishing gnome and his sweet penguin pal; but then she created an entire holiday tree of absolutely awesome silver metallic diecut "Christmas Fishes" too! 


Many thanks to everyone who played along, we've always thrilled to see new faces AND old friends in the gallery! We'll be back at Midnight with a brand new prompt that we hope you'll think is a sweet card-making treat!