Friday, September 15, 2017

Christmas Tic-Tac-Toe

Yes, it's that time again, when we bust out the ever popular holiday Tic-Tac-Toe game and invite you to pick a row, a column, or a diagonal; then make a card using those three things and link it up! 

Here's what we made this week:

Lauren says, "I chose the left hand column, "red... glitter... santa". The red is pretty visible, and the Santa element is on that sweet Eyelet Outlet Santa and Snowman washi tape. Admittedly the glitter is a little hard to see, but the Doodlebug snowman and some of the the snowflakes are glittery stickers. I mention this because I know some people do not enjoy having loose glitter in their homes, and these are a great "work around". As are Eyelet Outlet glitter washi tapes and American Crafts "POW" glitter papers; both of which also diecut beautifully!"

Stephanie says, "I usually avoid glitter like the plague, but this week I built my card around it ... I used Bo Bunny Silver Glitter Paste with my ARTplorations Oh My Stars! Stencil on black cardstock for my background.  I went with the left column too with Red & Santa as my other two Tic-Tac-Toe elements (I always find it awesome when Lauren & I use the same inspiration, but get such different results) and threw in some deconstructed Eyelet Outlet Red Swirl gem bling & glittery red wired ribbon as finishing touches."

Of course we cannot wait to see what you will make, so choose any consecutive strip and start creating! Link up here by 6pm (EST) on Wednesday, September 27th. Keyword for galleries and Flickr is JB:17:19.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Musical Masterpieces

So much musical loveliness in the gallery for this prompt ... here are a few we thought were particularly molodic.

created a gorgeous collage on a sheet music base in beautiful holiday tones.

Cornelia of

created a beautiful snow globe scene because
"Santa Claus is Coming to Town".

Jane Willis of

used a perfectly stamped musical background (gotta love that MISTI) 
to frame her modern silhouette Christmas tree.

Thanks so much for going a' caroling with the Jingle Belles ... come back at midnight for a little fun & games.

Friday, September 8, 2017

A Christmas Carol

This week we're continuing to make cards inspired by our favorite Christmas Music (or making cards that incorporate Sheet Music is another option).

Here's how we were inspired this week:

Lauren says, "I went uber-simple this week and used all ready made bits, including this ancient piece of red metallic sheet music patterned paper that I was saving for 'just the right thing' lol. I'm kind of in love with the spare, graphic style of those little square journal cards, and they were absolutely the PERFECT way to interpret this week's fab layout from Sketch Saturday imo!"

Stephanie says, "This card is inspired by one of my favorite Christmas carols that for years I sang for at least one church service during every holiday season.  I love the words and the powerful melody.  Papers are from PhotoPlay's Luke 2nd Collection accented with Silver Star Washi Tape from Eyelet Outlet and a wrap of silver cord."

Friday, September 1, 2017

A Caroling We Will Go

I have always loved Christmas Caroling ... standing in the cold crisp air singing my favorite songs at the top of my lungs ... just soaking-up that Christmas spirit.

So this week we are making cards inspired by any holiday song.  It might be one that evokes childhood memories ... or a more modern tune.  Just let us know which holiday song inspired your design ... OR you can use Sheet Music in your card design (or both for bonus points).

Here is how we were inspired:

Stephanie says, "I started by scanning in a piece of vintage Christmas music from a beginner piano song book.  I actually remember learning to play the carols from this beginner piano book.  I loved being able to play songs where I could sing along.  It also reminded me of how much fun I had playing the bells (xylophone) one year at the city-wide interdenominational Christmas service. I intended to sponge my music with antique linen ink, but somehow managed to grab a sponge that had previously been used with red ink ... I called it a *happy accident* and actually love the end result.  I highlighted my music with Eyelet Outlet golden bell brads & a few poinsettia brads to anchor the corner.  Since I was joining the Krafty Challenge at My Time to Craft, I used a kraft card base and kraft sticker sentiments to finish the design."

Lauren says, "I was inspired by this beautiful greyish/taupe sheet-music-inspired patterned paper from a Crate Paper collection several years ago. I added a diecut ornament, a couple of brads and a matching journal card from My Mind's Eye, and used mats made from patterned paper scraps in coordinating colors. Oh and I couldn't resist glamming up the hangers with some Eyelet Outlet Pearl Strips. I used the current Sketch Saturday layout, though admittedly, I've done a pretty loose interpretation."

So break-out your sheet music OR start humming your favorite holiday tune; then show us your creations. Link-up here by 6pm (EST) on Wednesday, September13th. Keyword for galleries & our JB flickr Gallery is JB:17:18.

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Old-Fashioned Goodness

It's truly inspiring to see so many different ways to create a "Vintage" look for our holiday cards; we always love to see what our Jingle Belles will come up with, and you never disappoint! Here are three cards that made our holiday hearts especially happy:

...had the perfect stamp for this theme and then made it even better with a clever two-layer stamping technique!

...added layers of paper, lace, flowers, diecuts, pearls and... well, let's just say we could stare at this beautiful vintage-style creation for a good long time!

...proves that the vintage look can still be quite pared down and lovely; you just need the perfect retro-style image and just the right papers to finish off a perfectly sweet card!

And now it's time to see who's won that fun Christmas ephemera pack from Lauren's Etsy Shop, Just Enough Stuff! The fine folks at chose number *10* which means that

is our lucky winner!

Please email Lauren at llaurenb (at) so she can get that prize in the mail!

Many thanks to everyone who linked up with us, we loved seeing every single card! We'll be back at Midnight with a brand new prompt we hope will put a song in your Christmas card-making heart! 

Friday, August 25, 2017

Have Yourself a Very Vintage Christmas

We are still celebrating "The Spirits of Christmas Past" by making cards that feature actual vintage ingredients, beautiful vintage-style modern ingredients, or which just evoke the feeling of an old fashioned holiday. Be sure to scroll down to the original post to see the complete details... (including a photo of the fun prize from Lauren's Etsy Shop, Just Enough Stuff!) ...and to link up your own masterpiece! Meanwhile, here's what we made this week:

Stephanie says, "When I was young, a favorite activity was paging through my Gran's collection of Ideals Magazines ... especially the holiday editions.  I found this vintage Ideals Magazine Photo in my collection, so I scanned it and sized it down to 5"x7" to cover my card front.  I thought the Impression Obsession sentiment was the perfect finishing touch ... do you remember making popcorn & paper ring garlands for your holiday tree?"

Lauren says, "Unfortunately neither of my grandmothers collected "Ideals" magazine, but I've made up for lost time since finding my first copy at a book sale about 15 years ago! For this card I've used two different blue-toned snowscape illustrations from two different issues of "Ideals" and framed them up with loads of textural blue, white and sparkly flowers. My layout is inspired by this week's Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge." 

Friday, August 18, 2017

Spirits of Christmas PAST

It's time for a brand new prompt, ♥JINGLE BELLES♥ and this fortnight we are celebrating all things vintage! As you know, we loooooooove vintage paper and ephemera, and in fact Lauren even built her Etsy Shop, Just Enough Stuff, around it! But for this challenge you needn't have actual OLD stuff; you can use vintage-style products or images; we've also put a few digital scans of some favorite items from Lauren's personal collection at the bottom of this post that you are welcome to test drive! But basically, we just want to see holiday cards using whatever conveys an "old fashioned" vibe to you! 

Stephanie says, "I love finding vintage sheet music at estate sales ... especially when it's aged brown & completely falling apart.  I created a background collage using lots of partial pieces of sheet music in various shades of aging and then stamped my image on a vintage receipt book from an Iowa Hardware & Implements store.  I finished with a wrap of twine that I thought worked with the rustic look."

Lauren says, "I'm absolutely in love with this "Small Cabin" die from Impression Obsession, it has exactly the right amount of detail, imo. I've paper pieced it using patterned paper, glitter paper and a bit of vintage sheet music. Then I built a background with a snowy forest illustration from an old Christmas Ideals magazine, more sheet music, some vintage dictionary paper and a bit of lace that I "liberated" from my Mom's sewing room!" 

No cool vintage-themed items to use in your own card? 
Feel free to right-click, save and print one or both of these:

Would you rather have some "real life" vintage goodies for next time? This week we are sponsored by Lauren's Etsy Shop, Just Enough Stuff, and one lucky, randomly-selected cardmaker who links up with us this fortnight will win this Deluxe Christmas Assortment of paper and ephemera:

Don't forget to link your vintage-inspired creations right here, before 6pm (EST) on Wednesday, August 30th. Keyword for galleries and Flickr is JB:17:17.