Friday, January 13, 2017

Wrap It Up

As we mentioned last week, this first prompt of the year, "No Time Like the PRESENTS", does run slightly longer than usual: until next Wednesday, January 18th in fact!*  Which means you still have time to scroll down to the original post and link up a holiday card that has the image of gifts on it, OR which incorporates upcycled giftwrap... or both! Meanwhile, here's what we made this week:

Stephanie says, "In case you didn't know, Lauren is the best gift-wrapper on the planet, so I knew she wouldn't let me down with something to use for this prompt.  My gift was wrapped in the silver metallic wrapping paper that I used for my card base (which seemed like an awesome idea until I tried to photograph a completely metallic card).  I added a metallic silver doily, a die cut wreath and a glittery bow.  I finished with an Ellen Hutson sentiment and heart bling from Eyelet Outlet."

Lauren says, "I've got both elements again: the presents-- which are cardstock stickers-- are pretty obvious, but can you see the giftwrap? Let me give you a hint: it's the PENGUIN! He's from the paper that the gifts from my friend Gina came wrapped in, and seriously, before I'd even really properly looked at the gifts, I was already planning to glue the least wrinkly penguins to some plain white cardstock, lol, so I could fussycut them! I've used the sketch half of the current Fusion Challenge for my layout."

*After which we'll be back to our usual fortnightly schedule!

Friday, January 6, 2017

More Presents? Yes, Please!

We're still having fun with "No Time Like the PRESENTS" for which... you may remember... we'd like to see holiday cards that include the image of an actual present... OR that use some upcycled giftwrap in place of (or in addition to) patterned paper. Link up in the original post, directly below this one.

Here's what we made this week:

Lauren says, "Again, I've got both sides of the equation: a sleigh full of gifts, as well as a background of gold polkadotty goodness that was a leftover bit of very verrrrrrrry thin wrapping paper, so i xyroned it onto a bit of scrap cardstock. And that's about it, really; nothing fancy, but with the price of postage on lumpy bumpy oversized cards fresh in my mind, I'm trying to think more about mail-ability this year!"

(Please note that the goal of making flat, mailable cards has been Lauren's primary creative resolution for the last six consecutive years. Realistically, it will last until the beginning of February...)

Stephanie says, "When I buy gift wrap I look for two things ... usable for multiple occasions & pattern that will work on a card ... that's why this metallic blue striped holiday paper was the perfect purchase (I'm sure it will be returning for a few masculine birthdays in the future).  A few pieces of cardstock, a sticker sentiment and a glittery poinsettia sticker finished this week's Mojo Monday Sketch."

The eagle-eyed amongst you may have noticed that this first prompt of the year does run slightly longer than usual: Until January 18th in fact; so that's nearly three weeks, rather than the usual fortnight; after which we'll be back to our usual schedule! Luckily, this means you've got plenty of time to link up. AND... we'll be back to remind you one more time next Friday! Meanwhile, be sure to scroll down and check out the reader's gallery, before you link up your own holiday masterpiece!

Sunday, January 1, 2017

No Time Like the *Presents*

It's January first... time to start making Christmas cards, right ♥JINGLE BELLES♥??! Ok, yes, we realize that might sound like a crazy thing to say, but if you're a papercrafter who spent the beginning of this (or any other!) December stressfully mass-producing holiday cards, then you're aware of the fact that it's a chore which can totally sneak up, and make your spirits anything but bright. OR... you could make one or two cards every fortnight, between now and Thanksgiving, in the company of friends... and TAKE DECEMBER BACK! Since you're reading this post, we suspect --like us-- you'd much prefer the latter scenario. So without further ado, let's get this card-makin' party started!

If you've read the title of this post, you already know that the first official ♥JINGLE BELLES♥ prompt of 2017 is called "No Time Like the PRESENTS" so we'd like to see holiday cards that include the image of an actual present... OR which include some upcycled giftwrap that you've used in place of (or in addition to) patterned paper. Easy, right? Here's what we made:

Stephanie says, "When I received this texty tissue paper wrapped around a gift, I knew immediately it would become some holiday cards.  I used the Faux Silk technique to create my background adding a Stampin' Up Bauble & punched bow."

Lauren says, "I decided to do both parts of the prompt, so my card has a cute little Crate Paper cardstock diecut present AND I've used some pretty pink croc-embossed giftwrap as a backdrop behind my little collage. I've even worked in an unofficial third aspect of the prompt by using one of the beautiful snow flurry transparency sheets by Hunkydory Crafts that were part of Stephanie's Christmas gift to me! Cool, right?!"

Now it's your turn to make your very first holiday masterpiece of the year. Link up here by 6pm (EST) on Wednesday, January 18th... because yes, we're giving a little bit of extra time to this first prompt; but we'll be fortnightly the rest of the year like usual! Keyword for galleries and Flickr is JB:17:01.
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Sunday, December 25, 2016

Wishing you...

...A very happy holiday! We'll be back, bright and early, on New Year's Day to kick off our SEVENTH season of Jingle Belles... hope to see you then! 
Stephanie and Lauren

Friday, December 2, 2016

Taking Back Our ~SIXTH~ December!*

It's hard to believe that we've just wrapped up another ♥JINGLE BELLES♥ season, but it's December 2nd and we've been working towards this all year long, so we've got a pretty good stash of cards built up. Whether you joined us once a fortnight, once a month, or just once in a while, we've had a blast seeing your amazing creativity and sharing your enthusiasm. Thanks very much for turning our card-making "chores" into something enjoyable and fun! We'll be back again on January 1, 2017 to start this whole shindig over again, and we hope to see you then! Meanwhile we wish you the loveliest of Decembers and the happiest of holidays! 

♥ Merry Christmas! 
Stephanie and Lauren

Of course, we don't rule out making another card or two in the next few weeks, and just in case you need to make a few more, as well, we'll leave this linky open until Christmas Eve so you can upload your cards, get a little inspiration and spur each other on to the finish line! ♥

*It was pointed out to me (Lauren) by m'colleague (Stephanie) that when I said this was our FIFTH year of Jingle Belles I was off by a whole entire year. I guess it just proves that TIME really does FLY when you're having fun, right?! (And also that you should never trust me to do math in my head, lol) :)

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Winter Wonderland

Thanks so very much for joining us at Jingle Belles.  We hope you have quite a few holiday cards ready to address and send across the miles.  We've had a blast creating with you all year.

Here are a few of our favorites from the final prompt of 2016:


Her snowy owl decorated glitter tree was just too stinkin' cute 
(click through to see more views)
and you know we're suckers for glittery sparkle.


used such a clever design to find a home for all of those stray
embellishments you have in your stash ...


cleverly incorporated so many lovely elements from
the inspiration photo into her peaceful
and elegant design.

We'll be back tomorrow with our annual round-up post.  We hope that we helped you take back your December one holiday card at a time ... we'll look forward to seeing you in 2017.

Friday, November 25, 2016

The first NOEL

We're still creating cards inspired by our gorgeous Christmas photo this week.

Here is how we were inspired for our second round of cards:

Stephanie says, "I wanted to feature a white Christmas tree this week ... and the design of the rug inspired me to use this gorgeous cable knit embossing for the background.  I used a *home* themed sentiment to complete my design after decorating my tree with silver glitter enamel dots & a square bling for the *star*."

Lauren says, "I had saved a photo of this gorgeous card by Debby Hughes a while ago and when I saw it again the other day, I realized it shared a lot of the things I love about the inpsiration pic: it's got white + kraft colors, plus a sort of rustic vibe with intricate decorations, and a little bit of sparkle on top! Since I don't own either of the Clearly Besotted stamp sets in the sample card, I decided to draw the poinsettias and use an actual doily instead of a stamped one. Eventually, it occurred to me that a doily is really just a very dense white mandala-- my favorite thing to draw, lol-- so I got out a white Gelly Roll pen and had a bash at that as well. The beautiful pearl heart brads and white glitter enamel dots are from Eyelet Outlet "

Remember, link-up your inspired designs in the post directly below this one by 6pm (EST) on Wednesday, November 30th.  The keyword for galleries & Flickr is JB:16:24