Friday, March 16, 2018

Sing a Song of Christmas

Welcome back for another week of MUSICAL creativity ... break out your favorite musical elements and join the holiday fun.

Here's what we created this week:

Lauren says, "There's nothing to say that sheet music can only be a background on our cards! Here I've built a sentiment with my own diecut Music Alphas from my Etsy shop, Just Enough Stuff, then filled in with ordinary Xmas stash items: adorable, dimensional Doodlebug stickers, super-useful chipboard letters, and maybe the best Christmas plaid paper of all time, courtesy of Photoplay!"

Stephanie says, "This was not the card I initially intended to make for this week's prompt ... but sometimes you fall in love with the cards from the leftovers more than the original creations (you can click through to see the original card and one other leftover design).  I used musical papers, border & elements from Kaiser Kraft Frosted Collection.  I accented with some vintage stamps from the National Wildlife Federation (that I stumbled upon when I was looking for some holiday stickers that are currently lost somewhere in my stash ... so much of my creativity is serendipitous."

Remember, you have until Wednesday, March 14th at 6pm EST to link-up your holiday designs.

Friday, March 9, 2018

Hark the Herald Angels SING

As you might have guessed from the title of this week's prompt - Hark the Herald Angels SING - we're celebrating music this week ... it might be sheet music, music notes, or even musical instruments.

Here are our lyrical creations:

Stephanie says, "I used a few torn pages of vintage sheet music from my stash to create a collage background that I sponged with Evergreen Bough Distress Ink.  I cut my collage into three panels (you can see the other two cards & the collage on my blog).  I added a wrap of twine and three journaling cards as focal images ... and finished with a sticker sentiment."

Lauren says, "Be sure to click over to Stephanie's blog to see the collage and the other two cards! You will NOT be disappointed, I promise!"

Lauren's Card

Lauren says, "You'll notice I made two cards. I've been trying to double up whenever possible this year, so that I'll wind up with a few more than 48 cards come December 1st. When I realized I had exactly twice as much as I needed of this Pebbles sheet music patterned paper, it seemed like a good idea to make two. Since I also have enough tags, stickers, badges and twine to make ALL of this year's cards (and then some, lol!) I had no trouble doubling the fun of this "lots of layers" design!"

And now it's your turn! Link your music-inspired creations here by 6pm (EST) on Wednesday, March 21st. keyword for galleries and Flickr is JB:18:06.

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Little Shapes, Big Style!

Yet another fortnight has flown past, probably because we were so busy LOVING all of the beautiful inchie, twinchie, and everywhere-in-between cards you guys linked up! It is *never* easy to feature only three, but this time it was particularly hard, for which we thank you! ♥

...proved that inchies needn't be square or round, in fact, they should probably ALWAYS be hexagons!

...combined her inchies with a bigger square and a rectangle, to make an even more dynamic grid that we're sort of totally obsessed with!

...made her inchies into a pair of fabulous, quilt-like designs we can't wait to try!

Many thanks to everyone who played along, we loved seeing every one of your beautiful, clever cards! We'll be back at midnight with a brand new prompt we hope you'll love the sound of! :)

Friday, March 2, 2018

Celebrating TINY Tim

We're still creating with LITTLE things this week ... INCHIES or TWINCHIES; they can be square or round or... well, maybe you have a brand new concept on this idea, in which case, bring it on!

Here is our second round of LITTLE creations:

Lauren says, "I had really, truly, intended to make some tiny one-inch collages, this week; or at least cut a larger vintage image image up into one or two inch squares! But then I found an oversized Simple Stories journaling card with all of these adorable tiny one-inch icons, just begging to be made into super-easy, flat, mailable holiday cards. And I mean, it would've been rude to say no, really, don't you think?! I went with an easy grid design and added fussy-cut sentiment banners from a couple of other journaling cards in the same collection."

Stephanie says, "This week I inked-up the tiny Irreverent Elf Messages from Hero Arts to create my Inchies (they're actually 1 3/4" squares with mat).   Small squares are the perfect way to feature tiny stamps (like planner stamps)."

Scroll down to the original post (just below this one) for more inspiration and to link up your own LITTLE masterpieces! ♥

Friday, February 23, 2018

Have Yourself a Merry LITTLE Christmas

This week at Jingle Belles we're going LITTLE ... that means creating cards that feature INCHIES (1") or TWINCHIES (2").

Traditionally, we think of inchies or twinchies as squares, but you can use other shapes, like circles; or perhaps even snowflakes or small embellishments.  You might contain your entire image within the *Inch* ... or perhaps break a single holiday image into smaller shapes ... just get creative and go LITTLE. Need more inspiration? There are soooooo many great ideas on Pinterest!

Here are our LITTLE creations for the week:

Stephanie says, "I found a sheet of these black & white inchie circles hiding in my stash ... I think they were intended to go into bottle caps, but they also work perfectly as the focal image for my card.  I punched the circles and then edged them with a black Sharpie to give a solid border.  The background is text printed on Yupo paper that we used for as a transfer for Gel Press printing in one of my classes at Creativation.  I recycled the texty print by covering it with splashes of alcohol ink."

Lauren says, "I went with twinchies and I basically cheated. I mention this, because if you have any of the fab papers out there with two-inch mini journaling cards on them, you can, too! This particular sheet is from American Crafts, but I also have one by Simple Stories and I know there are others! In this case, the colors and motifs went really well with a bunch of different Eyelet Outlet holiday brads, so I've worked in a Poinsettia, a Candy Cane and a sweet Cardinal. I've used this week's awesome Sketch Saturday for my layout."

So break out those tiny stamps, stickers, and embellishments and show us all of the *little* ways you can get creative with your holiday designs.  Link-up your card by 6pm (EST) on Wednesday, March 7th.  The keyword for galleries and our Flickr Gallery is JB:18:05.   

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Creative Coloring of Christmas

We loved seeing all of the color mediums in the gallery ... and here are a few that particularly caught our eyes.


created fun graphic holiday trees by combining die cuts with Distress Ink *coloring* 
... such a great way to add wonderful pops of color.

Alison C

found the perfect use for a previously discarded water-colored background 
and combined it with perfect coloring with Brushos and Pro Markers ... 
that Polar Bear is such a cutie.


shared beautiful coloring with watercolor pencils ... 
but we particularly loved her doodled frames.

Join us at midnight tomorrow for a fun *LITTLE* prompt to keep our Christmas card making juices flowing.

Friday, February 16, 2018

We Bring You Season's Colorings

We're still breakout out all sorts of coloring mediums at Jingle Belles this week ... so many possibilities.

Here's what we created for our second round of holiday cards.

Marianne says, "This week I decided to get inky. I started by creating a few panels using ink smooshing, both on plain white Neenah and watercolour cardstock. My Neenah panel looked a hot mess, but after some additional ink blending, embossing with a new to me embossing folder and blending some Pentart vanilla stencil paste over the raised embossed pattern (and, unintentionally, the rest of the panel as well), my panel had quite unexpectedly been transformed into something soft and pretty AND shimmery. A die cut sentiment and a heat embossed sentiment strip were all the embellishments it needed."

Lauren says, "Stamping and coloring is not my forte, but... these Lawn Fawn reindeer and Pretty Pink Posh trees are kind of irresistible, aren't they? Luckily, both companies have blogs with lots of examples of GREAT coloring with shading, etc, which really helped me get it right! Once I had all the stamped elements done, all I had to do was build a wintery background using Penny Black dies and various white patterned papers!"

Stephanie says, "Sometimes all you need is a little coloring to bring an image to life ... like the colored pencil highlights I've added to my Technique Junkies Christmas Kitty ... green for the eyes, pink for the nose & red for the Santa hat.  I used the sketch from Sunday Stamps."

Remember, Link your gorgeous "COLORING" masterpieces right here by 6pm (EST) on Wednesday, February 21st. Keyword for galleries and Flickr is JB:18:04. 

Friday, February 9, 2018

A-Coloring* We Will Go

Description:This fortnight we are delighted to have one of our favorite, long-time Jingle Belles-- Marianne of Marianne's Cards 'n Stuff-- designing along with us. She's thought up a brilliant prompt to inspire us all: for "A-Coloring We Will Go" we'd like you to create a holiday card that incorporates any type of coloring medium: markers, pencils, crayons, inks, watercolor, etc; in any way you want, whether that's coloring stamped images, creating fun backgrounds or getting as creative as you'd like!

Before we show off our own cards, let's meet Marianne and bid her welcome!
"Hi everyone, I'm thrilled to be making a guest appearance at the Jingle Belles blog this fortnight. I'm a Dutch native living in Crete, Greece, who loves creating Christmas cards and intends to do more colouring this year. That is why I approached Lauren and Stephanie to ask them if we could go a-coloring together some time. The idea for this fortnight's prompt originated quite a while back, when Lauren and Stephanie were inviting us to come a-caroling. This idea resurfaced when I was thinking of my crafty goals for 2018. So how about it? Will you come a-coloring with us?"
Here's what we made this week:

Marianne says, "I started with this sweet image that I had originally watercoloured using Tombow markers. I used coloured pencils to add a little shading. For my background, I masked off an area, blended some distress inks and finished off with some splatters and a little snow."

Stephanie says, "I did my coloring with a blue Gelato directly on the rubber of this Snowy Scene Stamp from Hero Arts.  I lightly spritzed with water and stamped it on watercolor paper.  I trimmed and added a sentiment from Essentials by Ellen Modern Christmas.  The piece along the bottom was created with another type of abstract *coloring* ... splattering alcohol inks on texty printed Yupo paper.  I also *colored* with a Nuvo Glitter Marker pen by dotting it in the night sky to create glittery silver stars.  Click through to my blog if you want to see a second version using the same techniques."

Lauren says, "I think everyone knows that my favorite coloring medium is watercoloring with ColorBurst Pigment Powders from Ken Oliver Crafts. In this case I've combined some of my favorite blues (Indigo, Turquoise and Cerulean, to be specific) on a piece of watercolor paper and trimmed bauble shapes from the result. After they were completely dry, I used stencils to add plain white modelling paste to the larger ornament, and a glittery embossing paste to the smaller; when that was dry I brushed a little bit of Platinum Mineral Burst on top for a shimmery effect that I haven't quite captured in the photo (but it's really cool IRL!)" 

Link your gorgeous "COLORING" masterpieces right here by 6pm (EST) on Wednesday, February 21st. Keyword for galleries and Flickr is JB:18:04.
An InLinkz Link-up

*or possibly, A-Colouring! ♥

Thursday, February 8, 2018

Word(s) to Your Mama! ♥

We could not be more impressed by the awesome crop of word-centric masterpieces from the "Text Me" prompt. As usual, you guys have made it truly difficult to only feature three!

...proves that you don't need many elements to make a stunningly lovely card, provided they are the absolute perfect ones to use! 
(Which these so totally ARE!)

...combined a fun texty patterned paper with recycled bits from one of last year's holiday cards for a design that's enviromentally friendly AND adorable!
(A girl after our own hearts, here!)

...cleverly used a *VALENTINES* stamp on her amazingly lovely and elegant Christmas card!
(We looooooove stamps that multi-task!)

Many thanks to everyone who played along, we are inspired by EVERY SINGLE CARD that gets linked up! We'll be back at midnight with a lovely guest star and a brand new prompt we hope will color your world for the next two weeks! ♥

Friday, February 2, 2018

Oh Christmas Words

We're still getting *texty* at Jingle Belles this week ... here is what we made with words:

Stephanie says, "I had to recycle this fun texty Santa image into a new holiday card by mounting it on a vintage dictionary page that contains the word Santa (although it ended-up hidden behind the image).  I finished with some Holly gem embellishments for the Holly Jolly Christmas theme."

Lauren says, "Let's talk rub-on transfers for a second: being less of a stamper, I love the idea that you can place a beautifully executed sentiment or image EXACTLY where you want it and it will attach flawlessly with zero effort or mess. Ok, you can theoretically anyway. In actual fact, even when you have new, brand name product, it's possible that some of your rub-ons will transfer perfectly and some will not. So when I opened these elegant golden words, and wound up with "_OFL" instead of "NOEL" I decided to make the best of it and just scatter them. collage-style, all over two corners of some ledger paper and call it a "design decision". It's not the card I thought I was making, but I like it. There are links to a few more examples of this technique on my blog today, too."

There's still plenty of time to join our texty fun, which we hope you will! Scroll down to the original post to see the glorious readers' gallery and link up your own masterpiece!

Friday, January 26, 2018

Text Me

This week we're asking you to create a Holiday Card that celebrates TEXT.

It might mean using letter stickers, book pages, dictionary pages, phone book pages, texty patterned paper or just creating a card where the sentiment is the star of the show … make sure you get TEXTY.

Here's how we incorporated words this week:

Stephanie says, "As often happens, I went searching for one thing in my studio, and got distracted by another discovery ... in this case, it was a piece of lovely texty paper from My Mind's Eye the Merry Days of Christmas ... which then took me on a completely different creative path.  I added a craft tag, a vintage journaling notecard from Prima's Sweet Peppermint Collection and a sticker sentiment to finish the design."

Lauren says, "Ok, so, as you may have noticed, this card is *FLAT*. Like... really flat. Yes, it's got a couple of layers popped up on foam tape; but no flowers, no lace, no big swirly gem flourishes... just a sentiment-centric journal card, a texty background paper and some pretty plaid mats. I kept trying to add more stuff, but it didn't look right. So I'm going with this. They might ask me for ID at the post office when I try to mail it, lol! I used the current Sketch Saturday layout, which is really cool and somewhat explains the minimalism."

Link your gorgeous text-centric masterpieces right here by 6pm (EST) on Wednesday, February 7th. Keyword for galleries and Flickr is JB:18:08.

Thursday, January 25, 2018

Three For Three

We could not be more impressed by the fabulous cards you guys came up with for "We Three Kings". The only "problem" we had was only choosing a trio of them to feature!

...cleverly STACKED her adorable trio of reindeer in a way that makes us think we should make LOTS more tall cards!

...made a card that's awesome in EVERY respect, and has also given us the perfect plan for how to use all the fun flair we've collected but haven't quite known how to use!

...knows a thing or two (or three!) about stamping and coloring adorable bears. Not to mention that AH-MAY-ZING stenciled background! 

Many thanks to everyone who played along, we're inspired by every single card you link up! We'll be back at Midnight with a brand new prompt we hope will help to get the word out... :)

Friday, January 19, 2018

Three of a Kind ... working on a Full Christmas House

We're back creating in trios this week ... cards that feature three of a single design element.

Here are what we made with our *threes* this week:

Lauren says, "My 'three' are pretty obvious this week-- in the form of red flowers so old I'm not entirely positive where they came from. I know they've got Eyelet Outlet Sticky-Back Pearl centers, though. And that they're accenting the scanned and re-sized vintage postcard I used as focal image. And that my layout is based on the awesome current sketch from Sketch Saturday."

Stephanie says, "I liked the paper I used last week so much, I used the rest of the 12x12 sheet to make a second card.  I call this one a triple-triple ... three groups of three ... don't you just love those little snowmen.  all I had to add were a few paper scraps, a sticker sentiment, and a couple of enamel dots to add a little dimension to the balls on top of their winter hats."

Scroll down to the original post to see the already awesome Readers' Gallery and link up your own masterpiece!

Friday, January 12, 2018

We Three Kings

We Three Kings - that means this week we're creating in multiples of THREE

We're asking you to create a card with THREE of one element … three circles, three reindeer, three packages under the tree … you get the picture.

Here are the trios we used to create:

Stephanie says, "I took my inspiration from a Jingle Belles card I made in January 2011.  I die cut three stitched squares using Lawn Fawn Outside In Stitched Square Stackables Dies and then stamped three circle snowflakes (from Simon Says Stamp Circle Sayings Holiday) and used a 7/8" punch for my circles ... I finished with Eyelet Outlet enamel dots in the centers.  My card base is 5" x 12" two-sided vintage Basic Grey paper with scores at 2" and 4" from the edges for an off-set opening.  You can click-through to my blog to see how it opens.  The vintage Santa is recycled from a holiday card with a sticker holiday sentiment."

Lauren says, "My card features three of my favorite Echo Park diecut trees. I'm trying a new way of organizing holiday scraps this year: rather than let loads of tiny pieces of paper accumulate, I've been trying to either toss or diecut any scraps that are too small for anything except tossing or diecutting. I'm hoping that having a little cache of pre-cut items will make "composing" my cards a bit faster; as well as making it possible to sometimes make multiples in weeks where I've got more than one idea. The plan seems to be working so far; in fact there are two more cards with three trees each on my blog today!"

Link up here by 6pm (EST) on Wednesday, January 24th. Keyword for galleries and Jingle Belles Flickr is JB:18:02

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Thank You, Santa!

It seems like all of us ♥JINGLE BELLES♥ must've been especially good last year, because we all got such awesome goodies from Santa! If creativity counts towards making the nice list (and we really believe it should!) it looks like you guys are off to a pretty good start for 2018, as well! Here are a few cards that especially brightened up our chilly January mornings:

...used her brand new, super-cute penguin, tree and sled stamps to create a card that is so utterly adorable, we almost can't stand it... but you know, in a GOOD way!
(Not to mention that it's pretty much a master-class in stamping and masking!)

...not only used her awesome new dinosaur stamp in a super-clever way that totally blows our minds, but she's rockin' a new skill, as well-- just look at that watercolor background!
(PLUS... she found heart-shaped googley eyes which we really really NEED now!)

...has very cool Santa-like daughters who brought her an electronic diecutter for Christmas, and she is already making amazing cards with it!
(We especially love the way she's combined "real life" stamps and supplies with machine cuts!)

And now I know we're all dying to find out who has won that fun little prize package, right? According to the fine folks at we need to congratulate...

Lucky Number 31
which means that 
Christine Dring
is our winner!
Congratulations, Chris!
Please send your snail mail info to us at
jinglebellesrock @ hotmail (dot) com 
so we can get your prize on it's way to you!

Many thanks to everyone who played along with our first prompt of 2018! It's great to see so many old friends again, and also to meet some new folks, as well! We'll be back at midnight with a brand new theme we hope will inspire an idea... or three... ;) 

Friday, January 5, 2018

Santa Was Really *Good* to Us

We're still creating with the goodies that Santa brought us this year ... Be sure to tell us in your post what fun new items you are using, so we can all be suitably envious.

Here's what we created with our gifts this week:

Lauren says, "Here's a shocking true confession: apparently when I put away this awesome Cut-plorations "Jingle All the Way" die after receiving it for Xmas 2016 (!) from Santa Stephanie, it had slid down to the bottom of the flip-thru storage box i use for my holiday dies. And since i couldn't see it, it just ceased to exist. So this is the very first time I'm using it, but definitely NOT the last, in fact I should probably apologize in advance for how many times you'll be seeing this thing in the near future, lol. In addition, I'm showing off are more gorgeous 6x6" papers from a set called, "Quilted Christmas" which also came from Stephanie, my favorite Stampin' Up demonstrator!"

Stephanie says, "I realized as I was looking through my yet-to-be-used new stash, that I had yet to ink one of my Christmas gifts that I got from Santa last Christmas (I know ... embarrassing), so that is the set I used for this card -- Neat & Tangled Scandinavian Prints Christmas Die Cuts for the adhesive glittery felt trees and for the sentiment too.  I filled the sky with snowflakes from Essentials by Ellen Bear Ware 2."

Scroll down to the original post to link up your own creations AND read about the fun prize one lucky cardmaker will receive! ♥

Monday, January 1, 2018

Look What Santa Brought Me

To start 2018 off right, we're celebrating all things new by using new things to create our first holiday card of the year.

Specifically, we're asking you to gather-up the new crafting goodies you received for the holidays and put them to crafty use!  Just in case all you got from Santa was a bag of coal, break-out something from your crafting arsenal that you haven't created with yet. OR... perhaps you'd like to hit those fabulous "After Xmas" sales and treat yourself to a bargain or two?!

Meanwhile, here's what Santa brought us:

Stephanie says, "I've had this Simon Says Stamp Ring Wreath on my wish list for quite some time ... for its first use, I filled the black cardstock die cut with two colors of teal glitter cardstock (if you enlarge, you can see the subtle difference in color) and silver glitter cardstock.  I finished with a Joy sentiment from Simon Says Stamp Big Words-Encouraging Words and a punched black cardstock bow ... this card just screams mid-century modern to me, which is a design period I love."

Lauren says, "My blogging partner and crafty BFF Stephanie (who is also a Stampin' Up representative) gave me a gorgeous double-sided SU collection called, "Quilted Christmas" which I just couldn't wait to use! I'm not sure how both the green stitchy pattern and the glorious red gingham wound up as mats, but I love how they look. Meanwhile, those handsome reindeer and the fun holiday trees are from an American Crafts sticker sheet that came in a big bundle of xmas stickers I bought from one of my favorite daily deal sites... just a little too late to use in the 2017 JB season. I've added in some ancient Love, Elsie music paper and Hambly snowflake stickers to round off this fun winter scene."

And to get your new year off to a great start, we Jingle Belles will be sharing a prize with one lucky (randomly selected) participant of our first prompt of 2018.

You know you want that cute little holiday trio, fun Christmas papers and that tiny holiday tree ... so come join the fun. Link up here by 6pm (EST) on Wednesday, January 10th. Keyword for galleries and Flickr is JB:18:01