Friday, October 13, 2017

♥ Pink Christmas... for the Cure! ♥

If you've played along with us in other years, you may already know we always devote the first ♥JINGLE BELLES♥ theme of each October to making pink holiday cards as part of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and that for each card that gets linked up, we each donate two dollars to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. There are really no rules for this challenge other than the fact that each card has to be newly made, it has to have a winter holiday theme and it has to feature PINK prominently. Does your whole card have to be pink? Certainly not. Can you combine other colors with the pink? Of course! Should you have more pink than say two or three baubles on your green tree set against a snowy white background? Well, yeah... that'd be good. :) But other than that, we'll leave it to you to decide how much pink, what shade, and how to employ it!


We're not generally huge on self-promotion around here, but this cause is near and dear to our hearts and we'd love to get GREAT participation, so be sure to tell all your cardmaking friends, and feel free to share the graphic and our link on your blog or social media.

But now let's get right to the cardmaking! Here's what we've made this week:


Stephanie says,"I started with this fun Christmas Kitty Stamp from Technique Junkies and colored his hat & nose with a combination of pink markers.  The sentiment stamp is a favorite from CatsLife Press (which seemed appropriate).  The reminder of the card was made using paper scraps from my stash, including the vertical border that was recycled from a mother's day card."


Lauren says, "I've gone with a bunch of shades of pink, from cerise to salmon to the soft pastel shade my sister calls, "sky blue pink", but I've added in white and cream in lots of lovely torn layers. The flowery chipboard letters are definitely "older stash" but I still really like them and I was pretty psyched that I had enough to make a seasonal sentiment! The rest of the card is older bits of paper, including some of my favorite Basic Grey grungy solids, a bit of washi, a bit of doily and a little machine stitching. In other words: all my favorite things in honor of my favorite challenge!"

You can link up as many ♥PINK♥ holiday cards as you'd like, and yes, you can put pics of more than one design into the same blog post... we will be sure to count the multiples! Link up here by 6pm (EST) on Wednesday, October 25th. Keyword for galleries and Flickr is JB:17:21. ♥


Thursday, October 12, 2017

Mission Emboss-ible

Wow ... the gallery for this week's prompt is amazing ... so many awesome embossing techniques.

It was definitely hard to choose, but here are a few of our favorites.

Barb Housner
of

rocked the emboss resist technique with gorgeous non-traditional holiday hues ... and that seam binding is fantastic.



Julie
of

beautifully combined texture embossing with heat embossing to create this gorgeous night time holiday scene.

Hansi
of

also combined heat embossing with texture embossing to make this snow-filled winter wonderland design ... love how the penguin looks like he's trying to hide off the side of the circle to avoid being pelted by a snowball.

Come back at midnight for one of our favorite prompts of the year.





Tuesday, October 10, 2017

♥It's Almost Time!♥

♥♥♥
(Just sayin'...)
(Meanwhile there's still a day left to Dream the Embossible Dream; 
scroll down to the original post to link up!)

Friday, October 6, 2017

Dream the Embossible Dream

We're still celebrating embossing at Jingle Belles this week.  You can use dry embossing, heat embossing, or even textured or embossed papers ... whatever you can do to add a little texture to your holiday project.  

Here is what we created this week:



Stephanie says, "I stayed with my snowflakes theme, but this week I used heat embossing for my snowflake background & my sentiment.  The embossing really makes the colors pop against the Distress Oxide background"


Lauren says, "I stayed with snowflakes AND with pressure embossing, I actually even used the same Tim Holtz/Sizzix embossing folder as last week. But this time I broke out my ColorBurst pigment powders (Prussian Blue, Ultramarine and a tiny bit of Turquoise, to be exact) and my American Crafts POW glitter paper in gloriously sparkly copper for a funky, grungy, artsy card that was a total blast to make!"

Friday, September 29, 2017

Embossing Around the Christmas Tree

This week we're celebrating the creative art of Embossing ... dry embossing, heat embossing, or even textured or embossed papers ... whatever you can do to add a little texture to your holiday project. 

Here is how we embossed this week:


Stephanie says, "I tried embossing one of my Gelli Prints with a Darice Fancy Snowflakes embossing folder, and the results were pretty much lost in the pattern of the background.  Next I tried applying Lawn Fawn Blue Jay ink direct-to-paper and the embossed texture came to life.  I love the results.  Sentiment is from The Ton Holiday Lyrics and Flower Bling that is new from Eyelet Outlet (I thought the shape echoed the snowflakes in the background)."


Lauren says, "I confess that although I have plenty of beautiful embossing folders, I tend to forget all about them until there is a specific challenge that involves embossing, lol. Luckily, this one gave me a chance to use one of my favorite snowflake folders, on watercolor paper, then dry blend gelato crayons onto the raised snowflake areas. I've also used some beautiful hand-dyed crinkly ribbon that for some reason looks terribly odd and a bit grimey in the photo, but is quite lovely IRL. Meanwhile, my layout is based on the awesome current (#482) Sketch Saturday."


Of course we cannot wait to see what you will make! Link up here by 6pm (EST) on Wednesday, October 11th. Keyword for galleries and Flickr is JB:17:20.

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Tip Top Tic-Tac-Toe

It is always a joy to click through and see each and every link in our ♥JINGLE BELLES♥ galleries, but this fortnight's Tic-Tac-Toe cards were especially creative and wonderful, so we highly recommend scrolling down to the original post for a look-see. Meanwhile, here are a few entries we found especially delightful:

...rocked the middle column of the board (snow/cardstock/blue) in a big big way with an adorable trio of polar bears!

...coincidentally used exactly the same ingredients, to equally wonderful effect, but in a COMPLETELY different way!
  (For the record, that's our very favorite thing about a game like Tic-Tac-Toe!)

...chose the first column (red/glitter/santa) and used each of those to perfection!


Many thanks to everyone who played along and shared their creations! We'll be back at midnight with a brand new prompt that we hope will inspire you... like a boss... :)


Friday, September 22, 2017

Three-In-A-Row

Yes, it's our second week of holiday Tic-Tac-Toe, so you still have plenty of time to play along. Just choose a row, a column or a diagonal from the board and get creative, then scroll down to the original post and link up your masterpiece!


Here's what we made this week:


Stephanie says, "I had plans to use a different three elements this week, but when I found a red-glittered-Santa tag in my stash, I had to do a repeat of the left column ... because when life hands you a trifecta ... you use it.  All I added was some amazing bling strips from Eyelet Outlet to finish my glittery design."



Lauren says, "I chose the top row this week so I got to combine RED (in the form of Alizarin Crimson ColorBurst, deep red cardstock and two-toned ribbon); plus SNOW (in the form of glitter paper diecuts of several sizes); and FLOWERS (that I've stamped in the background, as well as layered in the snowflake stack)!"

Scroll down to the original post to see the glorious readers' gallery and to link up your masterpiece!