Friday, May 26, 2017

Oh HOLE-y Night

You know that we can never resist a holiday pun at ♥JINGLE BELLES♥... the more egregious the better, lol! So what could we possibly mean by "Oh HOLE-y Night"?! If you guessed that we're making cards with windows or other apertures cut through them, you are exactly right!

Here's what we made this week:

Lauren says, "I love florals and greenery at any time of year, but maybe most of all at Christmas. Having just acquired Tim Holtz's "Holiday Greens" dies this week, there was no question that my window card was going to involve festive foliage. I used two successive sizes of Nestabilities' "Labels Two" to cut and mat my window, then added a beautiful Petaloo burlap poinsettia as the focal point. Inside the card, there's some vintage sheet music and a wood veneer sentiment to round out the design."

Stephanie says, "I created my three apertures using Pretty Pink Posh Stitched Film Strip Die Cut.  I cut the die in light blue & white, and attached the squares to the inside of my card.  Each square has a fun little 3-D epoxy owl sticker (you can see the inside view on my blog)."

So get out your favorite dies, punches or trusty Xacto knife and create a window card with us this week. Link-up by Wednesday, June 7th at 6pm (EST). Keyword for galleries for our Flickr Gallery is JB:17:11.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Azure All Stars

We loved seeing all of the gorgeous shades of blue in the gallery ... there are a few of our azure all stars:

rocked the deep navy hues ... the white Christmas tree and embossing 
produce such a fabulous winter feel.

featured all sorts of tealy sky blue with the glittery sentiment
among the sparkling snowflakes being the fabulous focal point.

framed her gorgeous navy vintage image with a 
navy-on-navy stamped pine cone frame and
the silver ribbon & stars are the perfect accents.

Remember, join us at midnight for another fabulous holiday card prompt.

Friday, May 19, 2017

Navy Nativity

We're still celebrating a BLUE Christmas this week ... creating cards that predominantly feature shades of blue.

Here are our second cards:

Stephanie says, "I took my color & sketch inspiration from Fusion Card Challenge combining several navy patterned papers together with a pair of bells (or belles in our case) and sentiment from Stampin' Up."

Lauren says, "I have a nice little stash of vintage Christmas "Ideals" magazine. I love that almost every issue has a few pages that are printed in just shades of blue, like a colorful version of greyscale! I've used one here, as you can see, and added a few blue and white florals to add a bit of texture!"

There's still plenty of time to join the fun! Scroll down to the original post for all the details! ♥

Friday, May 12, 2017

Blue Christmas

In case you didn't already figure it out from the title of today's post, we're going BLUE at Jingle Belles ... we're creating holiday cards that predominantly feature the color BLUE ... it can be sky blue, royal blue, cornflower blue, or even azure ... as long as the card features mostly shades of BLUE you're good.

Here are our Blue Christmas creations for this week:

Lauren says, "I chose my blue in the form of my all-time favorite (well-hoarded, lol!) Basic Grey holiday paper, laden with layers of torn vintage book pages and doilies; then added some bold snowflakes diecut from a mash-up of Indigo and Ultramarine ColorBurst, with embossing paste highlights. A little more blue, in the form of inked edges, some wonky stitching, oversized rhinestones, and I was ready to call this one DONE!"

Stephanie says, "I usually prefer the deeper blues, but I went with softer shades for my first card.  I seriously over-bought those gorgeous felt snowflakes from Stampin' Up several years ago, so I'm trying to clear my stash.  I paired them with Lawn Fawn plaid paper, snowflake embossing, an Eyelet Outlet gem and Hero Arts sentiment ... all using this week's Sunday Stamps Sketch."

So go find your favorite blues and create a holiday card with us this week.  Link-up with us by Wednesday, May 24th at 6pm EST.  Keyword for galleries for our Flickr Gallery is JB:17:10

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Nothin' but Love!

Our "True Love" goes out to all of the cards in the "12th Day of Christmas" gallery, every single one was as clever as it was beautiful. It just goes to prove yet again that we have the coolest participants EVER! Here are a few cards that made us especially happy this time:

...made one of the coolest and most creative cards we've seen in a long time! We *LOVE* her totally non-traditional take on "Five Golden Rings" using a beautiful vintage lightbulb stencil and some fun new inks! She even found the PERFECT sentiment!!! We couldn't be more impressed! some rather fab Valentine dies to rock the heart theme, and built her luscious color palette around that adorable reindeer flair. Total slam dunk!

...had only one stamp which fit the theme, a "Partridge in a Pear Tree" but it was much too small. So she paper-pieced an image by hand, inspired by that stamp, using just basic punches and scissors!!! We bow to her cleverness AND her creativity!!! (Bonus points for the subtle heart pattern in the background, as well!)

Many thanks to everyone who played along, we LOVE to see what you will make each time! Please join us in an extra-helping of gratitude to the lovely Lela Meinke who thought up and shared this very clever and inspiring suggestion, we had so much fun playing with this idea!!!

We'll be back at midnight with a brand new prompt we hope will banish any incipient, long-distance, Christmas blues! ♥♥♥

Friday, May 5, 2017

12 Days of Christmas

Thanks to a great suggestion from our lovely friend Lela Meinke, we're still rockin' with the classic holiday tune, "The Twelve Days of Christmas" so here's a reminder of the options:

Create a holiday card for your *TRUE LOVE* 
or for any extra-special person in your life 
Create a holiday card with HEARTS on it 
Create a holiday card that references any aspect of
"The 12 Days of Xmas" that appeals to you

Here's a reminder of that dozen rather distinctive gifts!

 On the twelfth day of Christmas my true love sent to me: 
Twelve Drummers Drumming 
Eleven Pipers Piping 
Ten Lords a Leaping 
Nine Ladies Dancing 
Eight Maids a Milking 
Seven Swans a Swimming 
Six Geese a Laying 
Five Golden Rings 
Four Calling Birds 
Three French Hens 
Two Turtle Doves 
and a Partridge in a Pear Tree

Lauren says, "This week I really DID go with the "easy" option of hearts, lol, thanks to having serendipitously stumbled upon this super-cute Doodlebug holiday paper! (...though I wouldn't rule out the possibility that marching, parade-style, behind Santa's Vespa are, in fact, 12 Drummers Drumming and all the rest of the gang...) I've used this week's Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge to guide my layout."

Stephanie says, "This week's card is a take on *12 Drummers Drumming* with my rock & roll Drum Set design.  I even used a Santa Sticker to create a Christmas skin for my bass drum."

There's still plenty of time to join the fun! Scroll down to the original post for all the details!

Friday, April 28, 2017

My True Love Gave to Me

"On the Twelfth Day of Christmas, my TRUE LOVE gave to me..." is actually the complete title of this fortnight's theme ♥JINGLE BELLES♥ so hang on for a second while we explain it, because there are some cool twists this time. First, let us tell you that the title and idea come from our lovely friend, Lela Meinke (some of you may know her as "Serenity Stamper" on SCS) who always comes up with great ideas! Now let's consider the brief. This fortnight we'd like you to choose any of the following options:

Create a holiday card for your *TRUE LOVE* 
or for any extra-special person in your life 
Create a holiday card with HEARTS on it 
Create a holiday card that references any aspect of
"The 12 Days of Xmas" that appeals to you

Here's a reminder of that dozen rather distinctive gifts!

 On the twelfth day of Christmas my true love sent to me: 
Twelve Drummers Drumming 
Eleven Pipers Piping 
Ten Lords a Leaping 
Nine Ladies Dancing 
Eight Maids a Milking 
Seven Swans a Swimming 
Six Geese a Laying 
Five Golden Rings 
Four Calling Birds 
Three French Hens 
Two Turtle Doves 
and a Partridge in a Pear Tree

Plenty of inspiration there for all of us, right?! Here's what we made this week:

Stephanie says, "When I explained this week's Jingle Belles theme to my husband, he suggested that if I was making a card for him, the Bob & Doug McKenzie version of the Twelve Days of Christmas would be more appropriate for him ... so that is what inspired my card.  Because on the 2nd day of Christmas my true love gave to me ... Two Turtlenecks (and a Beer in a Tree).  Stamps & sentiment are from Essentials by Ellen 'Tis the Season  with MFT Die-Namics Rectangle Peek-a-Boo Window."

Lauren says, "I'd planned to stick with option #2 (hearts!) when, during the recycling challenge, in my box of saved holiday cards, I stumbled upon one that actually had all twelve of the (alas, original and not McKenzie, lol!) items in question. You can't fight serendipity like that, can you?? Since the panel was fairly large and already a bit busy, I only needed a sentiment, a couple of mats and a few Eyelet Outlet Heart Brads to complete the design. I used the current Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge."

And now it's time for you to decide which option you will choose... or maybe... you'll combine more than one?! Link up here by Wednesday, May 10th. Keyword for galleries or Flickr is JB:17:09.

Thursday, April 27, 2017


We loved seeing all of the creative recycling in the gallery this week ... nothing better than making the EARTH a bit better by making art.

Here are a few that caught our eyes this week.

...not only made four cards cleverly using re-cycled Christmas cards and other bits; three actually have the EARTH on them! (Which definitely wasn't a requirement, but we confess to getting a kick out of it!)

...used part of an empty tissue box to diecut this beautiful wreath; bonus points for the fact that this favorite annual challenge was suggested by Kathe in Jingle Belles' very first year for which we thank her!

re-used and re-cycled rejected pieces from other creative ventures to make this adorable little holiday scene. (Plus... we love her gnome Santa Claus!)

Friday, April 21, 2017

Joy to the EARTH (day)

We're still re-using and re-cycling at Jingle Belles to celebrate Earth Day.

Here's what we made this week:

Stephanie says, "I started with the big snowflake recycled from one of last year's Christmas cards we received at the office (all of the Admins save them for me).  Next I went to my recycle drawer and pulled out a paint chip and some vintage discount stickers to finish the design.  It is a rather loose take on this week's Fusion Card Challenge Sketch."

Lauren says, "Once again I've raided my stash of received holiday cards that were too pretty to toss out. The flourishy diecut reindeer came from one card; and would you believe that the green base card WITH the red strip was the front of a different card?As soon as I saw this week's Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge (#208) I knew I was on to something! I've also incorporated an oval of gorgeously patina-ed Norwegian sheet music and the tan strip of paper behind the frame is a scrap from a swatch of wallpaper."

Remember, you have until Wednesday at 6pm EST to join our fun.

Friday, April 14, 2017

Peace on EARTH (day)

One of our favorite prompts each year is the one that falls right around Earth Day, when we challenge ourselves (and our friends) to make holiday cards that re-use, re-purpose, re-cycle or up-cycle at least one element!

In previous years, this has led not to just some of the most creative ideas we've seen, but also some of the most beautiful cards. We've seen backgrounds made from giftwrap that was just too pretty to throw away; sketches using shapes punched from lovely store-bought cards received on previous holidays; clear plastic packaging converted to a window for a shaker card; And even empty soda cans turned into cool metal diecuts!

Of course, we're quite sure you have plenty of amazing ideas we haven't even thought of; because you always do! Meanwhile, here's what we made this week:

Stephanie says, "I love recycling vintage cards into new cards ... the vibrant retro colors of this one were so fun, all I did was attach it to a lime green card base, add some dimension with Mercury Nuvo Dots, and finish with a sticker sentiment."

Lauren says, "Since nearly EVERYTHING on my card used to be something else, it might quicker for me to tell you what the new elements are: the tiny blue and white doilies that are matting the focal image and part of an Eyelet Outlet pearl bling flourish. Yep, that's it. :) As for the rest? The cottage image was punched from one of the (store bought) holiday cards we received in a previous year; the lace was a scrap from my mother's sewing room; the papers with images have come from several old xmas "Ideals" magazines; the (cool, blue!) text paper came from an old falling-apart book I rescued; and the sheet music is... well, it's sheet music, lol. The sketch, however, is also brand new, it's from Sketch Saturday."

Remember, you needn't make a card that's nearly all recycled bits and bobs OR which contains anything at all vintage; just one re-used, re-purposed, re-cycled or up-cycled element will do! Be sure to tell us what it is, though, if it's not super obvious! Link up here by 6pm (EST) on Wednesday, April 26th. Keyword for galleries and Flickr is JB:17:08.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Sweet and Sketchy

There were nothing but gorgeous versions of Stephanie's sketch in the gallery, which makes it very hard to only feature a few cards. Which, coincidentally, is our FAVORITE problem to have, lol!

...used our all-time favorite color palette (ALL of them!!!) to create this amazing holiday rainbow!

...whipped up a mixed media snow storm that makes us wish our computer monitors had a literal touch screen!

 ...gave us a masterpiece of minimalism as well as an incredible use of negative space by diecutting the circle elements out of the sketch!

Meanwhile, I think we're all dying to know whose house Stephanie will be sending that cool retired Stampin' Up set, right? Well, according to the winner is:

Lucky Number 5
which means
is also our lucky prize winner!
(because it truly IS a *random* draw!!!)
Christine, please email llaurenb @ to claim your prize!

We'll be back at midnight with a brand new prompt that we hope will make you want to move heaven and Earth to play along!!! :)

Friday, April 7, 2017

O' SKETCH-mas Tree

One of the best things about being a fortnightly challenge is that we get to do *TWO* versions of everything... which is something I (Lauren) especially love when Stephanie has drawn us a gorgeous sketch like this one:

Here's what we made this week:

Lauren says, "I've said it a million times, but I'll probably just KEEP ON saying it: I loooooooove Doodlebug Designs, especially their Christmas lines! Nearly all the stickers on this card are from them, plus I've got a few festive paper scraps and a couple of adorable Eyelet Outlet Holiday Brads. What else do you need, right?!"

Stephanie says, "When I finished creating the sketch, I knew I wanted to try a card using snowflakes.  This card features a combination of four colors of felt & glitter snowflakes as well as bling from Eyelet Outlet ... sentiment is a favorite from CatsLife Press."

There's still plenty of time to link up your own gorgeous sketch card, scroll down to the original post for full details!

Friday, March 31, 2017


This fortnight we have an extra-fab challenge, thanks to our resident Sketch Mistress, Stephanie, who has whipped up an especially lovely sketch to inspire us:

Feel free to rotate or flip the sketch, use different shapes, play with the proportions or otherwise make it your own; as long as we can see "the bones".

Here are our sketch cards:

Stephanie's Card

Stephanie says, "I created my sketch card using a sheet of puffy snowman stickers on a teal glitter background ... so much fun."

Lauren's Card

Lauren says, "Clearly I'm still a little bit stuck on the Bling theme from last fortnight, so there's a lot of sparkly white, silver and gold on my card! I've compressed the sketch a bit to fit my square card, so I've staggered a few of the shapes horizontally, but otherwise, I've done a pretty straightforward version of the sketch... Well heck, that's the best thing about a great sketch, it saves you time and energy, right?!"

Stephanie, who is a Stampin' Up demonstrator (e-mail her if you'd like to place an order), also has a fun little present for one lucky, randomly drawn cardmaker who links up with us this week. It's a brand new --but retired-- Stampin' Up set of sentiments - SUITE SEASONS - that can be used for a variety of occasions, including Christmas:

To be eligible to win, just link up one or more sketch cards right here, before 6pm (EST) on Wednesday,  April 12th. Keyword for galleries or Flickr is JB:17:07.

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Shining Stars

We loved all the bling and sparkle in the gallery ... here are a few of the shining stars.


created this fun North Pole Shaker which paired perfectly with her holiday holiday elf ... such shimmery fun.


showed how a single gorgeous gem can become the focal point of a lovely wintry design.

Deborah Frings

used a coat of clear glitter pen combined with gorgeous coloring to really make her holiday card sparkle.

Friday, March 24, 2017

Keep Blingin' It!

Here are this week's sparkly creations:

Lauren says, "I confess that I really liked my card last week, but anytime I make something that pared down, it generally freaks me out a tiny bit, and I have to make something EXTRA lumpy, bumpy and embellished the next time, lol. So that's what I did. Luckily I had the current Sketch (#455) Saturday layout to inspire my choices, some fab My Mind's Eye glitter-adorned paper and a fabulous Eyelet Outlet Pearl Bling Flourish."

Stephanie says, "I took my inspiration this week from Inspired by All the Little Things for a non-traditional holiday design.  I thought the dark purples with the golden glitter looked rather regal.  I inked my DCWV designer paper with several Distress Inks for more shading around the edges and finished with a purple gem flourish."

Remember, you have until March 29th to Link-Up and join the fun.

Friday, March 17, 2017

BLING! on the Holidays

This week we're going to sparkle & shine ... we're making cards which incorporate jewels, gems, beads, studs, pearls, glitter, stickles or *ANYTHING* sparkly!

Here are our BLING-a-licious creations.

Stephanie's Card

Stephanie says, "I started by die cutting my Christmas Tree from Glitzy Glitter Paper from DCWV.  Next I used Eyelet Outlet Bling Swirls to add lots of decorative sparkle.  I finished with a big bling square for the star and some sticker sentiments.  The stitched frame is from STAMPlorations and I covered my card base with the same fabulous glitter paper."

Lauren says, "I realize this card is quite restrained for me--because of course my first instinct was to pile on jewelled flourishes and glitter diecuts and really go crazy! But then I found this little scrap of ancient Prima paper with the dangly beads and snowflakes on it, and I thought how cool it would be to bling it up. And despite my efforts to add lots and lots; it turned out that the design was prettiest and most dramatic when I picked out just a few of the baubles, with some small faceted Tim Holtz stars and tiny clear gems. Go figure! Could it be that I'm learning restraint in my middle aged years...? Naaaaaaaah! Don't worry, I'm bound to more than make up for such understatement next week!"

So now it's your turn to break out the BLING and create. Link up here by 6pm (EST) on Wednesday, March 29th. Keyword for galleries and Flickr is JB:17:06.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Garden of Delights

Well, it seems as if we are not the only ones who enjoy festive foliage! Judging from the amazing gallery for "The Holly and the Ivy" green and growing things appeal to nearly all of our fellow ♥Jingle Belles♥. Here are a few cards that planted the seeds of inspiration this time:

Mel's Card Corner | Sweet Treats
...shows us that even a tiny accent of green makes any card even fresher and more inviting; especially when colored by an expert!

...proves that festive foliage needn't be *green* (and really OUGHT to be sparkly) with her beautiful white-on-white bauble creation!

...reminds us how much we love diecuts (especially the gorgeously realistic kind!) and how much elegance embossing folders add to an already lovely design! 

Many thanks to every single cardmaker who joined in our festive foliage fun, you never cease to inspire us! We'll be back at midnight with a brand new prompt we hope will make your creativity sparkle and shine!

Friday, March 10, 2017

Festive Foliage

As we mentioned last week, "The Holly and the Ivy" have lots of other holiday foliage friends, such as the evergreen, the mistletoe and even the poinsettia! Any or *ALL* of those will work really well for our current greenery-related brief and coincidentally, a few of them are on our cards this week... what are the odds, eh??! :)

Lauren says, "This card employs my favorite trick for fast cardmaking: I've combined all ready-made items, from the pine garland journal card, to the cardstock mistletoe sticker, to the uber-fab plaid paper; then added in lots of perfectly themed Eyelet Outlet holiday embellishments, like Wide Pine Washi, Holly Brads and Tiny Pearls that look EXACTLY like mistletoe berries, don't you think?!"

Stephanie says, "I had fun creating a holiday wreath with all sort of green paper scraps, three different leaf/branch punches, and Eyelet Outlet Poinsettia Brads for the accent.  The sentiment is an SRM Sticker.  I went a little crazy punching our my leaves/branches, so there's a second wreath card on my blog."

Scroll down to the original post (directly below this one!) for full details and to link your own masterpiece! ♥

Friday, March 3, 2017

The Holly and the Ivy

You may have guessed from the title that we're celebrating holiday foliage this fortnight. So in addition to --or perhaps instead of?-- the eponymous holly and ivy, it's time to break out the evergreen and mistletoe. Oh and by the way, did you know that poinsettias, which totally look like flowers, are actually composed entirely of leaves, no matter what their color?

For that matter, you needn't build your card exclusively around foliage, just include a bit of Christmas greenery somewhere in your design. Of course, if you want to build your card entirely around foliage and flowers, we won't stop you, lol! (Because, coincidentally, that's what we both did!)

Stephanie says, "I chose to cover my card with foliage ... Mondo Poinsettias and leaves to be exact.  I used two shades of red for variation and filled the centers with champagne bling for a bit of texture and sparkle.  Sentiment is from Essentials by Ellen Merry & Bright and layout is this week's Sketch from The Paper Players."

Lauren says, "Everyone knows I love florals and foliage so it's probably not a huge surprise that I was able to easily compose an entire lumpy bumpy card from holly, ivy, poinsettias, pine cones, red berry sprigs and a few other flowers, all in a traditionally Christmassy red and green palette. My favorite part, though, is the background of birch bark patterned paper (by Basic Grey) with an accent of Eyelet Outlet Pine Tree washi tape. Of course it also helped that I found the *PERFECT* sketch-- #201 from Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge."

And now it's time for you to break out your own favorite holiday foliage-related goodies, whether it be in the form of stamps, patterned paper, tape or... whatever! Make a card and link it here by 6pm (EST) on Wednesday, March 15th. Keyword for galleries, etc, is JB:17:05.

Thursday, March 2, 2017

CLEAR-ly Fabulous

We loved seeing all of your CLEAR-ly fabulous creations ... here are a few that caught our eyes:

Lisa J

shopped her stash and found this gorgeous clear acetate and velvet flourished paper and turned into and absolutely elegant holiday card design ... love the pierced die cut and scalloped frame too.


used acetate and a sketch challenge to create this fantastic shaker card design ... love the Santa Belt and fun twine frame.

Wendi R

rocked the Staz-on ink with a torn strip of vellum to create a fantastic holiday card design ... the snowflake embellished with holly leaves is so fun.

We'll look forward to seeing you at midnight tonight for another fun prompt to inspire you.