Friday, January 30, 2015

Shape-Up for the New Year

A common New Year's resolution is to get in shape ... so we're also going to Shape-Up at Jingle Belles by making cards that are shapes other than a square or rectangle.

Here are the shaped cards that we made:

Stephanie says, "My shaped card was made using Spellbinders Nestabilities Heirloom Ornaments (2011).  I positioned the of my folded card base just under the top ornament piece, so the card opens from the top.  Next I aligned my die cut on shimmery silver paper to center the pattern on my ornament.  I added two strips of solid silver shimmer paper. two red gems, a few wraps of silver thread around the top, and finished with an SRM Sticker Sentiment in the middle."

Lauren's Card

Lauren says, "One of my favorite uses for digital images and clip art is as templates for "real life" cards. I printed out the gorgeous snow globe in the "Icy Christmas" kit from Amber Shaw and Studio Flergs and used it to paper-piece the sections; then popped a Tim Holtz diecut reindeer, layered-and-sewn Sizzix tree, and an SRM Winter Sentiment into the resulting snow globe. Like most of my shaped cards, this is basically just a very fancy postcard. Yes, I know, it's easy enough to stick on a hinged back to make a "real" card, but usually I just skip the boring engineering part in favor of extra embellishing time and sign my name on the back... and now you know my little shaped card secret!" :) :) :)

Link up your own gorgeous holiday shaped-card masterpieces here by 6pm (EST) on Wednesday, February 11th. Keyword for galleries and Flickr is JB:15:03.

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Good ♥NEWS♥!

No wonder Santa was so generous to all of you ♥JINGLE BELLES♥ he knew you'd make amazing cards with your crafty new goodies! Here are a few cards which "Bring in the New" especially festively:

Made her fun and funky CAS masterpiece using a new die, a new stamp, and some subtle but masterful stenciling! (Carol also made a second card featuring some uber-cute penguins!)

Totally rocked her new dies with a pair of beautiful, intricate, dimensional holiday greetings! (Be sure to check out her other card, which is in the same post!)

Used a gorgeous set of new-but-vintage-style papers to make a delightful dimensional collage that's both merry and bright!

Many thanks to everyone who played along, we just ♥LOVE♥ seeing your beautiful creations! We'll be back at midnight with a brand new prompt we hope will help get your holiday card stash into good shape! :)

Friday, January 23, 2015

Carol of the NEW

We're still celebrating and showing off our latest and greatest supplies with holiday style, and there's still plenty of time ('til Wednesday evening, January 28th, to be precise!) for you to join us!  Here's what we made this week:

Stephanie says, "I saw this kitty trio image at the Graphics Fairy, and I knew it had to be a Christmas card.  I added my new Paper Smooches Hat Die Cut, new 'Tis the Season stamp by Julie Ebersole, and new Gina K. Designs Red Velvet Cardstock.  I used my Spetrum Noir markers to add a little color to their eyes."

Lauren says, "I love to combine older items with my brand new goodies, so I've got a real mix this time: the Crate Paper glitter snowflake, My Mind's Eye pearl brad, Basic Grey snowflake border sticker, SRM "Fancy Christmas Sentiment", and Best Creations silver glitter paper are all new; the rest of this card is stashy goodness, and the background panel is actually two scraps that are different patterns of the same soft shade of blue; the seam is just under the snowflake border! My favorite part is not a supply, but a new technique I'm loving right now: to sketch some swirls very lightly with a pencil before outlining in white thread with my sewing machine. I used the current sketch at Cardabilities (#115) for my layout."

Friday, January 16, 2015

Bring in the New!

New supplies that is, because we know that all of our fellow Belles were verrrrrrrrrry good last year and thus were showered with lovely goodies for Christmas or Hanukkah! Or possibly, like us, you've helped out Santa by doing a little shopping in the post-holiday sales? Failing that, you could dig down deep into your stash and find something you've had for a bit, but not yet used! Here's what we made this week:

Lauren says, "I'm a huge fan of daily deal sites like Crafty Steals and Peachy Cheap... actually I'm a huge fan of ALL bargain papercrafting goods, full stop, lol! Before the holidays I took advantage of some extra-good savings and treated myself to a few Christmassy supplies including Basic Grey's "Aspen Frost" line (from which my green snowflake paper hails) and Crate Paper's "Sleigh Ride", the source of that lovely journal card sentiment. I took my layout inspiration from the current Retro Sketch (#148) and that was all the help I needed!"

Stephanie says, "I started with a new Tim Holtz Snowflake Die with Coordinating Embossing Folder ... then I added two more new snowflake die cuts from Simon Says Stamp.  I sprayed them with Fireworks Spray to coordinate with my new background paper from Bo Bunny's gorgeous Altitude Collection.  I finished with a snowflake epoxy sticker that wasn't new, but had never been opened (which pretty much equates to *new* in my studio).  I had used the Hero Arts Very Merry Christmas set, but used a sentiment from it that had never seen ink ... with my new Hero Arts Charcoal Ink ... whew, that's a lot of new."

We can't wait to see what you make with your new goodies! Link up here by 6pm (EST) on Wednesday, January 28, 2015. Keyword for galleries or Flickr is JB:15:02.

Thursday, January 15, 2015

It's a Wrap!

We love seeing so many people starting 2015 with Jingle Belles.  Here are a few of our favorites from this week's prompt.


created a fantastic card using multiple bits from wrapping & tags.  Her focal point is a recycled tag from a gift she received.  She framed her tag with two different recycled cords ... and then added a recycled bow.  Finally, her background is also cut from a gift bag she received ... love it all!

reused some fabulous snowflake paper for her holiday card design ... adding the white paint around the edge was a fantastic touch to add to the blustery feel of her design.

just let her fabulous graphic wrapping paper steal the show ... love how she centered her design with the bird in the center ... so bold and fun.

And ... the winner of our surprise goodie package is ...


who made this gorgeous snowflake card.

Kathe, e-mail us your mailing address & we'll get your goodies on their way.

Check back with us after midnight EST when we'll be sharing our next prompt ... to help you keep taking December back, one Christmas card at a time.

Friday, January 9, 2015

Wrap it Up!

We're still using-up those gift tags and bits of wrapping paper for our No Time Like the Presents prompt this week.  So before you put it all away, make a card (or a few cards) to get your 2015 holiday card making off to a running start.

Here's what we created this week:

Lauren's Other Card

Lauren says, "I mentioned last week I had a bit of the "baubles" paper leftover, and as you can see, I wasn't kidding! I didn't buy that particular paper JUST because it had those gorgeous ornaments in a perfect size for fussy-cutting, but it's a nice fringe benefit, right? I used the rather magnificent sketch from the Fusion Anniversary Challenge to guide my layout. The sticker strip sentiment comes from SRM's awesome and most useful holiday collection, a very generous selection of which Stephanie and I were lucky enough to win in one of their Instagram challenges, for which we thank them very much!"

Stephanie says, "My card background is tissue paper that I saved from a Papaya! Arts gift I received over a year ago ... I figured it was time to find it a home on a holiday card.  I adhered the tissue paper to white cardstock using a glue stick (and embracing the wrinkles because I love the linen-like look).  Next I added lots of glittery snowflake stickers, a wrap of Raspberry Fizz Ribbon, and a sticker sentiment ... I love my non-traditional holiday design."

Remember, you have until 6pm (EST) on Wednesday, January 14th to link-up ... and the Keyword for galleries or Flickr is JB:15:01.  

And, because we're crazy like that, we'll throw in a little prize package for one lucky participant to celebrate Jingle Belles 2015.

Thursday, January 1, 2015

No Time Like the Presents

Yes Lauren & Stephanie are back for another year of Jingle Belles mayhem.  The plan is to make at least one card each week between now and the end of November ... so by the time December rolls around, our cards are finished & mailed ... and we can all enjoy the holidays.

So, there is No Time Like the Presents ... before you put away your wrapping supplies, pull out some of your favorites and make a card featuring wrapping paper or gift tags.

Here's what we made:

Stephanie says, "Let's just say my *wrapping* usually leans toward gift bags due to my less than stellar gift wrapping skills ... but when Lauren wraps a gift, it's an artistic masterpiece.  When my Christmas gift from her arrived in the mail, my first thought was - open it carefully so you can re-use that awesome wrapping paper for your first Jingle Belles card ... and so I did.  Aren't those colors amazing.  All I had to add were a trip of chipboard stickers and a trio of sequins."

Lauren says, "Apparently there is a "gift wrapping gene" and I get mine from my mother and her sister, lol! This year the latter used a very cool set of coordinating glittery blue and white tissue paper (from Costco-- who knew?) which I smoothed out and attached to plain white cardstock I'd run through my Xyron machine. I used the current Retro Sketch for my layout, but made my card a standard sized rectangle in hopes of occasionally avoiding the post office's premium on square envelopes in 2015!" (ps: for the record, I still have some of the paper in which I wrapped Stephanie's presents; so there's every chance you might just be seeing that again next week, lol!)

And now it's time for ♥YOU♥ to see what lovely little bits of giftwrap or tags are left under your own tree, in the wrapping box, or maybe even in the recycling bag?! Go grab the prettiest ones and make your first holiday card of 2015, then meet us back here! Link up by 6pm (EST) on Wednesday, January 14th. Keyword for galleries or Flickr is JB:15:01