Friday, July 21, 2017

Here comes SANTA CLAUS

This fortnight we're making cards featuring none other than the main man of Christmas, in any of his many forms: Jolly St. Nick, Pere Noel, Julenissen, Father Christmas ... aka SANTA CLAUS. By the way, if you're looking for additional holiday inspiration this month, there's a special "Christmas in July" feature on the Eyelet Outlet Blog each Saturday afternoon, featuring our amazing fellow EO designers, so be sure to check it out!

Meanwhile, here are our Santa-centric designs:

Lauren says, "I've used the current Atlantic Hearts Sketch. I  was tempted to make all those fab little flags out of washi tape, but instead I decided to make the pennants out of paper scraps and topped them off with a strip of gorgeous Eyelet Outlet Black and White Wide Flowers tape. Since, as the name implies, this tape isn't actually colorful, I added my own tinting with a few alcohol ink markers. Strictly speaking, it's not even a holiday tape, but I liked how it went with the vintage flora on the pretty reproduction vintage postcard I used as a focal image. I topped the design off with a beautiful EO paper flower stack and a large pearl brad."

Stephanie says, "Doodlebug's Here Comes Santa Claus collection is filled with lots of fun little Santas like the one I featured on this week's card.  A few coordinating stickers and an Eyelet Outlet Enamel Dot on the top of his hat, and this one is ready to go ... and mailable (tip 5"x 5" square cards can be mailed in 5" x 7" envelopes with no additional postage charge) ... I had so much fun there's another card on my blog."

Link up here by 6pm (EST) on Wednesday, August 2nd. Keyword for galleries and flickr is JB:17:15.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

True Blue!

So many cool and creative takes on our Fireplace Inspiration photo make it really HARD to narrow down to just a few. But here are three that made us feel anything but blue:
...took inspiration from the beautiful palette and softly falling snow; then constructed a fabulous easel-style card with those elements!

...used an embossing folder and some clever fussy-cutting to make an actual fireplace, then built the room from the inspo pic around it... right down to the adorable pooch! 

...was inspired by, "The wonderful blues, the silhouettes of trees, the touches of green, and the starry sky" and found all of those in a new holiday crafting collection!

Many thanks to everyone who played along, we loved seeing EVERY single card! We'll be back at midnight with a brand new prompt that celebrates a guy we all know and love... ♥

Friday, July 14, 2017

Beautiful Blue Christmas

We're still creating with inspiration from our fabulous Fireplace Photo this week.

Here is what we made for our second round of inspired cards.

Lauren says, "Once again I've chosen to feature that beautiful palette of bold blue and white, with some little pops of green. I've given the birch logs stacked in the fireplace a bit of a flashback to their previous incarnation a forest. The diecut pine tree with the typing on it is a technique that I've done a few variations on over the years, and there's more info on my blog today, as well as a basic tutorial here. My favorite part of this card, however, is the Cerulean ColorBurst sky, sprinkled with a little snow in the form of Eyelet Outlet Snowflake Brads, along with white and blue sticky pearls."

Stephanie says, "This week I started with inspiration from the snowman silhouette on the mantel and continued with inset squares inspired by the shape of the fireplace and lots of fun snowflakes.  I couldn't resist topping that big snowman head with a die cut plaid hat."

Friday, July 7, 2017

Snowflakes Hanging on an Open Fireplace

This week we're bringing you some vibrant Fireplace Inspiration to inspire your design.

Maybe you'll be inspired by the fireplace itself or the vibrant color palette ... or perhaps the white silhouettes against a bright blue background ... or maybe even the firewood or cute little doggie.  Whatever inspires you, we want to see it.

Here's how we interpreted the inspiration:

Stephanie says, "I may have gone a bit overboard with incorporating elements from the design including firewood, the rich color palette, snowflakes, and even a cute little dog (courtesy of Doodlebug's Polar Pals).  Layout is from Try Stampin' - or Not - on Tuesday."

Lauren says, "Meanwhile, my focus is very general, I've basically just used the palette and the sparkly snowflakes! My background was created using ColorBurst pigment powders in Cerulean, Ultramarine and Indigo; I've added snowflakes via stencilled copper embossing paste, with glitter paper punches and diecuts on top. Finally, a few sparkly Eyelet Outlet Jewel Brads and Gems notch up the glam factor!"

Link-up by Wednesday, July 19th at 6pm (EST). Keyword for galleries or our Flickr Gallery is JB:17:14.

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Stars and/or Stripes... Forever!

You guys surely do know how to wave the Christmas card-making flag! We were delighted by every single card that got linked up this fortnight, but here are a few that take a starring role:

...made a bold statement with one single, perfect, dimensional, elegant, graphic red star!

...chose the "stripes" option and kind of blew our minds by making an incredible warm and charming holiday card using only black and white!

...rocked the stars AND stripes, in the most beautifully fresh palette we've seen in quite some time!

We'll be back at midnight with some picture perfect inspiration we hope will have you running for your card-making supplies!♥

Friday, June 30, 2017

Pinstripes & Super Novas

We are still celebrating holiday cards that feature stars or stripes or both and you still have time to join the fun, which we hope you will! Meanwhile, here's what we made this week:

Stephanie says, "Every year I manage to make at least one card and when I'm finished I say *Who on earth am I going to send that one too?* ... I combined some patriotic designer paper (combining both Stars & Stripes) with Lawn Fawn's Winter Unicorn ( for some reason, the lighting made my white iridescent sequins look pink in the photo)"

(I think you'll find, Miss Stephanie, that the answer to your question is *Lauren* lol!!!!!!) :) :) :)

Lauren says, "I made as cute a card as was humanly possible without a unicorn, having discovered a couple of Basic Grey dimensional felt stickers that i *think* may have been brought to this country on The Mayflower, lol. Ok, maybe they are not quite as old as that, but they're pretty old. They're still flippin' adorable though, imo, and thanks to an awesome sketch (PP350) from the Paper Players i knew exactly how to use them!" 

 Scroll down to the original post for complete details and to link up your own masterpiece!

Friday, June 23, 2017


It's time for a brand new theme, and since this fortnight encompasses July 4th, we thought we'd give a nod to the holiday and ask to see cards which feature stars, or stripes, or both! Here's what we made this week:

Stephanie says, "I love these bold green stripes with the texty journaling card.  I added a wrap of regal red ribbon using this week's Sketch Saturday Layout.  I finished with white matte enamel dots & a Santa Hat Brad from Eyelet Outlet."

Lauren says, "I was tempted to go all out "4th of july meets xmas"... (and i still might do that, next week!) ...but what changed my mind was this amazingly lovely new Eyelet Outlet Star Washi that I've been dying to use on a card! Since the watercolory stars on the tape are gorgeous shades of blue and purple, that helped me narrow down my paper choices. I chose two that are not especially Christmassy, but I love how they look together and this is the PERFECT card for my friend Kate, who celebrates the Solstice each December."

Link up here by 6pm (EST) on Wednesday, July 5th. Keyword for galleries and Flickr is JB:17:13. 

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Layers of Love

We loved seeing how you rocked the layers for our All Bundled-Up prompt ... so much holiday fun.

Here are a few layered creations we loved.

rocked the art of vintage layering with perfect distressing, inking and floral elements to complete her layered masterpiece.

repeated the nutcracker theme with her fantastic layered design ... and she rocked the metallic sentiment and big bold mustache.

used the decoupage technique to add her layers (and add fantastic dimension to her sweet winter scene) ... love that paw print frame.

So come back at midnight and see what the wild & wacky Jingle Belles have in store for next week.

Friday, June 16, 2017

Layered Holiday

We're still creating with layers this week at Jingle Belles (3 or more layers to be exact).

Here are this week's *all bundled-up* creations.

Lauren says, "I've been wanting to make a card featuring some adorable Eyelet Outlet Cookie Brads, and when I saw the current Atlantic Hearts sketch (#216), the little circle element just screamed, "plate of cookies!!!" to me. A Jenni Bowlin Holiday Bingo card seemed perfect for the large rectangle in the sketch and a cute journaling card is the perfect size and shape to hold the adorable Doodlebug Santa! (And yes... apparently Santa is making cookies for US this year, lol!)"

Stephanie says, "This week's card collection (click through to my blog to see three more layered creations) is courtesy of Die Cut With a View's Cranberry Christmas.  I love when a collection has everything I need to pull a card together."

So get out your favorite papers and link-up your layers by Wednesday, June 21st at 6pm EST.

Friday, June 9, 2017

All Bundled-Up

We're All Bundled-Up at Jingle Belles this week ... which means, we're making cards with lots of layers (make sure you have at least three).  So pull out your favorite papers (solids, stripes, patterns ... whatever you love) and layer them up.

Stephanie says, "I find one of the easiest ways to make lots of layers work is to use papers from the same collection ... in this case, My Mind's Eye Christmas on Market Street (with a bit of minty vintage Basic Grey thrown in for good measure).  The metallic vellum is a great way to add another layer, but still let the pretty patterns shine through ... six layers for me this week using this week's Sketch Saturday Layout (click through to my blog to see three additional layered creations."

Lauren says, "A familiar look from me --torn layers of paper-- but, this time instead of vintage, I've got ordinary store-bought patterned papers, in neutral tones, so that the colors of my (scanned and slightly scaled down) vintage postcard would really pop. I used the current --and alas, final-- Mojo Monday sketch, though in the end, despite test-driving a number of pretty ingredients for the role of the cool vertical strips, my card wound up feeling finished without them. Meanwhile I'm sure you join me in sending a heartfelt, "farewell and thank you" to Julee Tilman for her 500 amazing sketches over the course of nearly ten years!"

So get out your papers and layer-up with us this week. Link-up by Wednesday, June 21st at 6pm (EST). Keyword for galleries for our Flickr Gallery is JB:17:12

Thursday, June 8, 2017

HOLE-y Moly!

There are some really wonderful things to see when you're looking out of... or into... some beautiful Christmas windows! Here are a few that made us especially happy:

...used a non traditional color palette of orange, brown and olive, to make that adorable teddy bear button stand out beautifully!

...chose an entirely unexpected stamp to feature in her over-sized window card, which makes us wonder, "WHY didn't WE think of that"??!?!

...showed us that you don't need many ingredients at all, as long as they are EXACTLY the right ones!!!

Many thanks to all who played along! We'll return at midnight with a brand new challenge that we hope will make you consider bringing back the layered look! ♥

Friday, June 2, 2017

Chestnuts Roasting on an OPEN Fire

Yep, we're still creating cards with OPEN-ings ...and bad puns. (You're welcome!!!) :) :) :)

Stephanie says, "I took a page form Lauren's playbook this week and used three different sizes of Spellbinder die cuts to create my opening, a frame, and the smallest on the inside of the card.  The cute little Gingerbread Man and sentiment are from Stampin' Up's Cookie Cutter Set with Coordinating Punch."

Lauren says, "This week I've done something I rarely do: used the same ingredients, two cards in a row. But about 15 seconds after I attached the diecut holly leaves adorning the window on last week's card, it ocurred to me that i could have used the holly dies to cut the window in the card! So I did that this time and I think it looks really cool! I popped the music paper layer up on little dots of foam tape, so that there'd be a little space between the top and bottom layers. I also used the darkest green paper I had, for maximum contrast!"

There's still plenty of time for you to wow us with your wonderful windows... scroll down to the original post for all the details!

Friday, May 26, 2017

Oh HOLE-y Night

You know that we can never resist a holiday pun at ♥JINGLE BELLES♥... the more egregious the better, lol! So what could we possibly mean by "Oh HOLE-y Night"?! If you guessed that we're making cards with windows or other apertures cut through them, you are exactly right!

Here's what we made this week:

Lauren says, "I love florals and greenery at any time of year, but maybe most of all at Christmas. Having just acquired Tim Holtz's "Holiday Greens" dies this week, there was no question that my window card was going to involve festive foliage. I used two successive sizes of Nestabilities' "Labels Two" to cut and mat my window, then added a beautiful Petaloo burlap poinsettia as the focal point. Inside the card, there's some vintage sheet music and a wood veneer sentiment to round out the design."

Stephanie says, "I created my three apertures using Pretty Pink Posh Stitched Film Strip Die Cut.  I cut the die in light blue & white, and attached the squares to the inside of my card.  Each square has a fun little 3-D epoxy owl sticker (you can see the inside view on my blog)."

So get out your favorite dies, punches or trusty Xacto knife and create a window card with us this week. Link-up by Wednesday, June 7th at 6pm (EST). Keyword for galleries for our Flickr Gallery is JB:17:11.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Azure All Stars

We loved seeing all of the gorgeous shades of blue in the gallery ... there are a few of our azure all stars:

rocked the deep navy hues ... the white Christmas tree and embossing 
produce such a fabulous winter feel.

featured all sorts of tealy sky blue with the glittery sentiment
among the sparkling snowflakes being the fabulous focal point.

framed her gorgeous navy vintage image with a 
navy-on-navy stamped pine cone frame and
the silver ribbon & stars are the perfect accents.

Remember, join us at midnight for another fabulous holiday card prompt.

Friday, May 19, 2017

Navy Nativity

We're still celebrating a BLUE Christmas this week ... creating cards that predominantly feature shades of blue.

Here are our second cards:

Stephanie says, "I took my color & sketch inspiration from Fusion Card Challenge combining several navy patterned papers together with a pair of bells (or belles in our case) and sentiment from Stampin' Up."

Lauren says, "I have a nice little stash of vintage Christmas "Ideals" magazine. I love that almost every issue has a few pages that are printed in just shades of blue, like a colorful version of greyscale! I've used one here, as you can see, and added a few blue and white florals to add a bit of texture!"

There's still plenty of time to join the fun! Scroll down to the original post for all the details! ♥

Friday, May 12, 2017

Blue Christmas

In case you didn't already figure it out from the title of today's post, we're going BLUE at Jingle Belles ... we're creating holiday cards that predominantly feature the color BLUE ... it can be sky blue, royal blue, cornflower blue, or even azure ... as long as the card features mostly shades of BLUE you're good.

Here are our Blue Christmas creations for this week:

Lauren says, "I chose my blue in the form of my all-time favorite (well-hoarded, lol!) Basic Grey holiday paper, laden with layers of torn vintage book pages and doilies; then added some bold snowflakes diecut from a mash-up of Indigo and Ultramarine ColorBurst, with embossing paste highlights. A little more blue, in the form of inked edges, some wonky stitching, oversized rhinestones, and I was ready to call this one DONE!"

Stephanie says, "I usually prefer the deeper blues, but I went with softer shades for my first card.  I seriously over-bought those gorgeous felt snowflakes from Stampin' Up several years ago, so I'm trying to clear my stash.  I paired them with Lawn Fawn plaid paper, snowflake embossing, an Eyelet Outlet gem and Hero Arts sentiment ... all using this week's Sunday Stamps Sketch."

So go find your favorite blues and create a holiday card with us this week.  Link-up with us by Wednesday, May 24th at 6pm EST.  Keyword for galleries for our Flickr Gallery is JB:17:10

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Nothin' but Love!

Our "True Love" goes out to all of the cards in the "12th Day of Christmas" gallery, every single one was as clever as it was beautiful. It just goes to prove yet again that we have the coolest participants EVER! Here are a few cards that made us especially happy this time:

...made one of the coolest and most creative cards we've seen in a long time! We *LOVE* her totally non-traditional take on "Five Golden Rings" using a beautiful vintage lightbulb stencil and some fun new inks! She even found the PERFECT sentiment!!! We couldn't be more impressed! some rather fab Valentine dies to rock the heart theme, and built her luscious color palette around that adorable reindeer flair. Total slam dunk!

...had only one stamp which fit the theme, a "Partridge in a Pear Tree" but it was much too small. So she paper-pieced an image by hand, inspired by that stamp, using just basic punches and scissors!!! We bow to her cleverness AND her creativity!!! (Bonus points for the subtle heart pattern in the background, as well!)

Many thanks to everyone who played along, we LOVE to see what you will make each time! Please join us in an extra-helping of gratitude to the lovely Lela Meinke who thought up and shared this very clever and inspiring suggestion, we had so much fun playing with this idea!!!

We'll be back at midnight with a brand new prompt we hope will banish any incipient, long-distance, Christmas blues! ♥♥♥

Friday, May 5, 2017

12 Days of Christmas

Thanks to a great suggestion from our lovely friend Lela Meinke, we're still rockin' with the classic holiday tune, "The Twelve Days of Christmas" so here's a reminder of the options:

Create a holiday card for your *TRUE LOVE* 
or for any extra-special person in your life 
Create a holiday card with HEARTS on it 
Create a holiday card that references any aspect of
"The 12 Days of Xmas" that appeals to you

Here's a reminder of that dozen rather distinctive gifts!

 On the twelfth day of Christmas my true love sent to me: 
Twelve Drummers Drumming 
Eleven Pipers Piping 
Ten Lords a Leaping 
Nine Ladies Dancing 
Eight Maids a Milking 
Seven Swans a Swimming 
Six Geese a Laying 
Five Golden Rings 
Four Calling Birds 
Three French Hens 
Two Turtle Doves 
and a Partridge in a Pear Tree

Lauren says, "This week I really DID go with the "easy" option of hearts, lol, thanks to having serendipitously stumbled upon this super-cute Doodlebug holiday paper! (...though I wouldn't rule out the possibility that marching, parade-style, behind Santa's Vespa are, in fact, 12 Drummers Drumming and all the rest of the gang...) I've used this week's Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge to guide my layout."

Stephanie says, "This week's card is a take on *12 Drummers Drumming* with my rock & roll Drum Set design.  I even used a Santa Sticker to create a Christmas skin for my bass drum."

There's still plenty of time to join the fun! Scroll down to the original post for all the details!

Friday, April 28, 2017

My True Love Gave to Me

"On the Twelfth Day of Christmas, my TRUE LOVE gave to me..." is actually the complete title of this fortnight's theme ♥JINGLE BELLES♥ so hang on for a second while we explain it, because there are some cool twists this time. First, let us tell you that the title and idea come from our lovely friend, Lela Meinke (some of you may know her as "Serenity Stamper" on SCS) who always comes up with great ideas! Now let's consider the brief. This fortnight we'd like you to choose any of the following options:

Create a holiday card for your *TRUE LOVE* 
or for any extra-special person in your life 
Create a holiday card with HEARTS on it 
Create a holiday card that references any aspect of
"The 12 Days of Xmas" that appeals to you

Here's a reminder of that dozen rather distinctive gifts!

 On the twelfth day of Christmas my true love sent to me: 
Twelve Drummers Drumming 
Eleven Pipers Piping 
Ten Lords a Leaping 
Nine Ladies Dancing 
Eight Maids a Milking 
Seven Swans a Swimming 
Six Geese a Laying 
Five Golden Rings 
Four Calling Birds 
Three French Hens 
Two Turtle Doves 
and a Partridge in a Pear Tree

Plenty of inspiration there for all of us, right?! Here's what we made this week:

Stephanie says, "When I explained this week's Jingle Belles theme to my husband, he suggested that if I was making a card for him, the Bob & Doug McKenzie version of the Twelve Days of Christmas would be more appropriate for him ... so that is what inspired my card.  Because on the 2nd day of Christmas my true love gave to me ... Two Turtlenecks (and a Beer in a Tree).  Stamps & sentiment are from Essentials by Ellen 'Tis the Season  with MFT Die-Namics Rectangle Peek-a-Boo Window."

Lauren says, "I'd planned to stick with option #2 (hearts!) when, during the recycling challenge, in my box of saved holiday cards, I stumbled upon one that actually had all twelve of the (alas, original and not McKenzie, lol!) items in question. You can't fight serendipity like that, can you?? Since the panel was fairly large and already a bit busy, I only needed a sentiment, a couple of mats and a few Eyelet Outlet Heart Brads to complete the design. I used the current Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge."

And now it's time for you to decide which option you will choose... or maybe... you'll combine more than one?! Link up here by Wednesday, May 10th. Keyword for galleries or Flickr is JB:17:09.

Thursday, April 27, 2017


We loved seeing all of the creative recycling in the gallery this week ... nothing better than making the EARTH a bit better by making art.

Here are a few that caught our eyes this week.

...not only made four cards cleverly using re-cycled Christmas cards and other bits; three actually have the EARTH on them! (Which definitely wasn't a requirement, but we confess to getting a kick out of it!)

...used part of an empty tissue box to diecut this beautiful wreath; bonus points for the fact that this favorite annual challenge was suggested by Kathe in Jingle Belles' very first year for which we thank her!

re-used and re-cycled rejected pieces from other creative ventures to make this adorable little holiday scene. (Plus... we love her gnome Santa Claus!)

Friday, April 21, 2017

Joy to the EARTH (day)

We're still re-using and re-cycling at Jingle Belles to celebrate Earth Day.

Here's what we made this week:

Stephanie says, "I started with the big snowflake recycled from one of last year's Christmas cards we received at the office (all of the Admins save them for me).  Next I went to my recycle drawer and pulled out a paint chip and some vintage discount stickers to finish the design.  It is a rather loose take on this week's Fusion Card Challenge Sketch."

Lauren says, "Once again I've raided my stash of received holiday cards that were too pretty to toss out. The flourishy diecut reindeer came from one card; and would you believe that the green base card WITH the red strip was the front of a different card?As soon as I saw this week's Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge (#208) I knew I was on to something! I've also incorporated an oval of gorgeously patina-ed Norwegian sheet music and the tan strip of paper behind the frame is a scrap from a swatch of wallpaper."

Remember, you have until Wednesday at 6pm EST to join our fun.