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.

Friday, February 24, 2017

Do you SEE what I SEE

We're still celebrating all things CLEAR at Jingle Belles this week.

Here is our second round of creations:

Lauren's Other Card
Lauren says, "One of my favorite tricks for adding custom elements to cards is to print an oversized sentiment on a transparency sheet made for inkjet printers. Sometimes I'll add digital brushes or other elements, to incorporate the sentiment in a frame or collage; sometimes I just print the words on their own. This card is an example of the latter technique: "Joy to the World" is rendered in a font called 'Porcelain' (which was free from and then layered over a pretty scrap of paper and loaded up with florals, festive greens and some pretty Eyelet Outlet pearl embellies. I've used the sketch half of the current Fusion Card Challenge challenge to guide my layout."

Stephanie's Other Card

Stephanie says, "I love the look and texture of embossed acetate.  With this all-over snowflake pattern, it almost made the acetate seem sparkly, so I made it sparkly by mounting on a teal glitter card base.  Another trick with the all-over snowflakes is that it makes it very each to hide tiny glue dots in the centers of the snowflakes to adhere the two layers together.  Doesn't that penguin look like he's having a fabulous time in all that snow?"

Friday, February 17, 2017

It Came Upon a Midnight... CLEAR

It Came Upon a Midnight CLEAR - that means we're using at least one see-through element on our cards.  

It might be glass, a transparency, some vellum, acetate or "ghost" shapes, clear stickers, Lucite buttons, shrink plastic... whatever you like... if you can see through it (& figure out how to attach it!) put it on there and link it up!

Stephanie says, "I started with this *WONDERFUL* acetate sentiment from Amy Tangerine and turned it into a holiday card using Essentials by Ellen Basic Alpha Stamps.  I employed two clever ways to attach my acetate to the paper ... Eyelet Outlet Santa & Friends Washi Tape on the top & bottom and two Poinsettia Brads on the side (therefore no tape or glue dots to show).

Lauren's Card

Lauren says, "I LOVE making cards on a transparency base! That is, I love it right up to the time I have to photograph them... and then I stop loving it, a bit abruptly, lol. But hopefully you can still see what I've done here? I used one of my few precious Hambly holiday transparency sheets. (Thank you, dear Stephanie, for having found those after Hambly went out of business!) I've also followed the current Sketch Saturday layout and had a fun time deciding which elements of the sketch should be placed on the outside of the card (the snowflake/poinsettia stack, plus the Bling Swirl and Glitter Winter Washi from Eyelet Outlet) and which on the inside (a cardstock mat from Kaisercrafts's Silver Bells line)."

So now it's your turn to break out those CLEAR elements and create.  Link up here by 6pm (EST) on Wednesday, March 1st. Keyword for galleries and Flickr is JB:17:04.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Snow Far, Snow Good

Having been blown away by the *BLIZZARD* of creativity our lovely fellow ♥JINGLE BELLES♥ have let loose this fortnight for "Let the Flakes Fall Where They May" we had a really hard time choosing just a few cards to feature; but here are three snow-centric beauties that especially melted our hearts:

...found sparkly snowflake stickers, super-fun snowflake tags and beautiful snowflake ribbon, which all add up to a card that's fabulously flake-y!

...combined a very handsome snow man stamp with a gorgeous paint chip and some super-skinny black mats that make the whole thing pop!

...watercolored and stamped the prettiest snowscape imaginable; no wonder it's inhabited by irresistibly cute critters!

Many thanks to everyone who played along, we LOVE to see what you will make! Please join us in expressing our gratitude to the lovely and talented Leslie Turner for coming up with this great idea in the first place, then coming along with her gorgeously inspiring cards! We'll be back at midnight with a brand new prompt that we hope will see you through the next creative fortnight! ♥

Friday, February 10, 2017

Let it Snow!

We're still celebrating those fabulous flakes, we've still got the lovely Leslie Turner helping us out, and you've still got plenty of time to link up with us in the original post, just below this one... Which we hope you will! Meanwhile, here's what we made this week:

Leslie says, "My mid-challenge project is clean and simple - a technique I love but don't delve into very often. I couldn't resist this time because I had the perfect stamp to match that paper scrap. Yep, the scrap was the bottom part of a 12 x 12 sheet. Love, love, love how this simple card turned out! Please see my blog post at Love To Scrap 2 for more details and photos. C'mon and link-up... we'd love to see what you create!"

Stephanie says, "I pulled out my favorite vintage snowflake stamp from Hero Arts and had some Color Burst resist fun this week.  With the addition of some punched silver glitter snowflakes I used this week's Feeling Sketchy Layout."

Lauren says, "Yes, my card is a quite bit more traditional this week, lol! Mostly thanks to the beautiful vintage postcard which I scanned and re-sized just a bit smaller, before printing out on semi-glossy photo paper. I've used this week's sketch saturday layout as my road map, and employed a gorgeous Eyelet Outlet Cardinal Brad to watch over the snowy scene as a sort of mascot!"

Jump down to the original post and join the fun; you've got until 6pm (EST) on Wednesday, February 15th! ♥♥♥

Friday, February 3, 2017

Let the Flakes Fall Where They May

We've got a brand new prompt at ♥JINGLE BELLES♥ this week, suggested by our lovely guest star, Leslie Turner, who is the owner and hostess of the Love To Scrap Challenge Blog and the Love To Craft Challenge Blog as well as a design team member at House of Cards and Let's Craft and Create! We were thrilled when this very busy lady wrote in and suggested such a cool (sorry, for once the pun was unintentional!) challenge idea, so let's let her say hello and explain this fortnight's theme:

 Hi everyone! I'm Leslie and super stoked to be guesting for Jingle Belles this fortnight. My theme is Let The Flakes Fall Where They May and my challenge to all you Christmas crafters is to create a project that includes snow... snowflakes, snowmen or a snowy landscape! I chose this theme because of very wishful thinking. This winter we've had to run the air conditioning several times here in north Florida! That's not what I'd call winter, lol! 

Here at Jingle Belles, we kind of prefer our snow on holiday cards rather than our local roads, and are just slightly jealous of a "winter" that needs air conditioning; but we're thrilled that Leslie is joining us, and she's made an amazing card, so let's get right to that: 

Leslie says, "My opening project is a twisted gate fold. I am a fancy fold fanatic and when I found this fold on the web, I just HAD to make one! I absolutely love the super easy construction that packs a powerful punch, and using the cool snowflake papers and snowflake sequins was an added bonus! Please see my blog post at Love To Scrap 2 for more details and photos. We can't wait to see what you create!"

Lauren says, "I went with the traditional snow colors of Merlot and Copper. obviously. :) Ok, so, it's not a traditional card in any sense of the word. But i found two funky panels leftover from experiments involving Color Burst pigment powder, stencils, gesso and Dreamweaver's luscious copper embossing paste, and one of my crazier card ideas was born. I even think I already know to whom I will send this card, so I feel especially prepared and "ahead" of the Xmas rush this week!"

Stephanie says, "I started with an embossed piece of acetate that reminded me of the way the ice breaks when you step on a frozen puddle.  After that I layered on the snowflakes ... clear stickers and lots of layered felt snowflakes topped with icy blue Eyelet Outlet Round Jewels."

So now it's your turn to break out those snowman stickers, snowscape stamps and snowflake dies and compose a holiday masterpiece that shows the snows! Link up here by 6pm (EST) on Wednesday, February 15th. Keyword for galleries and Flickr is JB:17:03.

Thursday, February 2, 2017

STUCK on You!

What fun sticker-fabulous creations we had in the gallery for this prompt.  Here are a few of our favorites:

turned ink and vellum into a magical background for her gorgeous snowflake sentiment ...
CAS at its finest.

stole our heart with this row of fun little snowman stickers ... we love the dimension
and how her bold sentiment pops against the pretty striped sky.

took a simple sentiment sticker and made it into the star of the show
with fantastic designer paper and wonderful ribbon.

Friday, January 27, 2017

Stick With Us

We're still getting *stick*y this week with lots of stickers ... search through your stash and see how create you can be with your stickers.  Remember, you have until Wednesday, February 1st at 6pm EST to link-up.

Here's what we made this week.

Lauren says, "I love these adorable Santa and Mrs. Claus stickers from Doodlebug Design, so I was pretty excited to make them the stars of this week's card. I combined them with (mostly older) papers from a bunch of different companies and a print-at-home Jenni Bowlin holiday bingo card, using the awesome current sketch from Sketch Saturday."

Stephanie says, "I picked-up a sheet of cardstock stickers at Hobby Lobby this week in one of my favorite holiday color combinations.  Since I already had the coordinating cardstock, I went ahead and made two more cards you can see at my blog.  I love how stickers can help cards come together so quickly (and they're all mailable without extra postage)."