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.