Thursday, November 23, 2017

Thank You for the Thank Yous!

It seems especially appropriate to be rounding up the glorious holiday thank you cards on the Thursday we Americans celebrate Thanksgiving! Of course one of the things we're most thankful for creatively, is the fact that we get to hang out with (and be inspired by!) our amazing fellow papercrafters all year round AND avoid the dreaded holiday card-making stress in December! Be sure to tune in tomorrow when we announce the last official theme of our 2017 ♥JINGLE BELLES♥ season. Meanwhile, here are a few thank you cards that made us especially grateful:


...created an amazingly lovely, perfectly seasonal thank you that is also a master class in diecutting technique!


...employed the ever-adorable House Mouse and his friend, to teach us all a thing or two about friendship; not to mention stamping and coloring!


...despite being one of the most positive people we know, turns out to be an expert in negative space, as this beautifully graphic CAS card proves!

Many thanks to everyone who played along, we loved seeing every single card! C'mon back at midnight when we'll reveal the last official prompt of 2017; you won't want to miss this one, it's solid gold, we tell ya! ;)

Friday, November 17, 2017

Giving (Holiday) Thanks

We're still working on those holiday thank you cards, while we dream about the upcoming Thanksgiving meal, and feel tremendously grateful to be close to wrapping up another wonderful year of card-making with so many talented friends!

Here's what we made this week:


Lauren says, "I've used the same strategy as last week-- creating a somewhat neutral design with no sentiment added yet, which could be used as an emergency Xmas card before the holiday, if necessary! I make at least a few of these washi tape quilt cards every year (a tutorial for which is in this post from 2011!!!) because they're so easy and fun to make! This time I've used a whole bunch of my favorite red and green Eyelet Outlet tapes, plus paper flowers and bling; but i've kept them fairly flat to be postal-friendly!"


Stephanie says, "This week Lauren and I were discussing ideas for being creative when your mojo has abandoned you.  She suggested I go back through some of my previous projects and re-create one.  I decided instead of go through her posts and look for inspiration.  I only had to go as far as her snowflake cards from last week.  I used monochromatic designer papers, torn edges, and simple winter accents to create cards that could be thank yous ... or last minute holiday cards (why do I never think to tear my edges).  I had to smile when I posted my cards and saw we both used the same color palette this week ... yea for traditional holiday hues (close-ups of each card are on my blog)."


Scroll down to last week's post to link up your own cards!

Friday, November 10, 2017

THANKful for the Holidays

With just two more official prompts left, we're getting close to the end of our ♥JINGLE BELLES♥ year. So this is a great time to take stock of how many cards you've completed, go back and add sentiments inside the cards if you haven't already, make sure they all have envelopes, etc. Being as we're coming up on Thanksgiving here in the US, it's also a good time to think about the cards we're all going to need after the holiday... so this fortnight we're making thank you cards!


Stephanie says, "I spent the day looking for a stamp set I misplaced (never did find it), but I did find a set of glittery holiday tags & some Thank You stickers that I'd forgotten I had ... and they were both perfect for this week's card.  I added a Peppermint Candy brad from Eyelet Outlet and used this week's Sketch Saturday layout.  I created a second tag card on my blog."


Lauren says, "Shocking true confession: There's never been a year in which I didn't need at least one or two extra cards at the very last minute; usually because someone I wasn't expecting kindly sent me a beautiful handmade card! On the other hand, I'm not a cardmaker who always likes to put a sentiment on the outside. By now I think you may have guessed what I am getting at here, right?  The cards you see above are the right tone to be thank you notes. They will almost certainly be thank you notes. But I haven't put a sentiment on the outside or the inside yet... just in case I need a couple more holiday cards at the last minute. It's called "hedging your bets" lol, and you are welcome to join me in this strategy this fortnight!" 

Link your creations here by Wednesday, November 22nd at 6pm (EST). Codeword for galleries and Flickr is JB:17:23.

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Creative Creatures

Wowza ... the gallery is filled with fun and fabulous creatures.  It was hard to narrow it down, but here are a few of our favorites.


Tip Top of

shared a fabulous Christmas Unicorn ... see the bit of holly on his tail, the present in his pack, and his adorable Santa Hat ... love the beautiful pinks too.


Carol S of

created this adorable layered holiday tag that features die cuts & stencils ... 
love his scarf & hat.


Maria Rodriguez of

shared her adorable cat duo in glittery paper-pieced hats
singing Christmas Carols loud & proud ... that expression is priceless.


Friday, November 3, 2017

Holiday Creature Feature

We're back for the second week of our annual holiday creature feature ... the gallery is filled with all sorts of awesome animals, creatures & critters.

Here's what we made this week:


Lauren says, "I am somewhat famous for hating to mass-produce, but there is no denying the efficiency of making more than one variation of the same design. And as long as I can change up the details so that each card is a bit different, I don't mind too much, lol. In this case, I used up loads of little scraps, offcuts and leftovers, thanks to the rather brilliant current Sketch Saturday layout!"


Stephanie says, "I had to go with a creature card this week ... rather than my usual Yeti, I am featuring a Star Wars Storm Trooper gift tag (who has sort-of-a-yeti-feel) coincidentally also using this week's Sketch Saturday layout (we didn't plan ahead, but it's sort of like showing-up at a party in the same Christmas sweater).  There's a second creature card at my blog if you want to click through."

Friday, October 27, 2017

Not a CREATURE was stirring

This week at Jingle Belles we're breaking out the ANIMALS.

It could be a sweet little sheep next to the manger, a cardinal in a snowy tree, or perhaps one of Santa's reindeer ... okay, or even a Monster (or a Yeti) if you're in a Halloween mood and want to stretch the theme (and your name is Lauren).

Here are our Creatures for this week.



Stephanie says, "I couldn't wait to break out my Coolest Yulest Stamp set with this adorable reindeer.  I also used a page from a tiny dictionary (with the word reindeer) that I found at a used bookstore on my recent travels.  Rudolph does have a red gem nose, although it's a bit hard to see in the picture."


Lauren says, "My name *IS* Lauren, lol, so YES... of course... I've got MONSTAS! :) :) :) These guys are sporting some pretty fab accessories, too! all of which are Eyelet Outlet brads. I managed to work in quite a few styles, including Santa Hats, Elf Hats, Mittens, Antlers, Holly and a Candy Cane, woohoo!"


We can't wait to see the entire herd & gaggle of creatures and critters in the gallery.

Link up here by 6pm (EST) on Wednesday, November 8th. Keyword for galleries and Jingle Belles Flickr Gallery is JB:17:22. 



Thursday, October 26, 2017

May All Your Christmases Be... ♥PINK♥!

There are lots of reasons we love ♥PINK CHRISTMAS♥ so much. For one thing, we love that every single card you link up helps us raise more money to help find a cure for breast cancer! This year we had 46 amazing cards (and YES, we remembered to count the "extras" from those of you kind enough to put more than one into a post) and since each of us (Lauren and Stephanie) donate $2 per card, that means you've helped us raise $200 (ok, we rounded up a tiny bit) for the Breast Cancer Research Fund! THANK YOU!!! ♥♥♥

Another thing we love about this challenge is that we always see some of the most beautiful cards of the year. And here are three that made us feel especially "in the pink" this time:


...made not one, not two, but  EIGHT of the gorgeous cards in our Pink Christmas gallery, each one of them beautifully stamped, colored and embellished to perfection, for which we thank her very much indeed! We couldn't possibly pick a single favorite, but if you reallllllllllly pushed us, this might be the one! (You definitely need to check out ALL of them on her blog!)
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...did not use the most or the brightest pink of all the cards we saw, but we'd argue that it's the most dramatic use of pink; and it stands out so amazingly well against the grey and white!
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...made SIX of these beautiful CAS cards! You really need to go and see them all, because she used the same very cool mask + ink technique on all of them, but had fun changing up the stamps, the sentiments and even the orientation of the cards! And then she made four of this design. And two of these. We're kind of in awe and we think you will be too, so GO and see them all!!!
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Many thanks to every one who linked up their gorgeous cards, who shared the graphic, and spread the word for ♥PINK CHRISTMAS♥ we appreciate every single one of you! We'll be back at Midnight with a brand new prompt that we hope will not effect your creature comforts in the near future... ;)