Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Jingle Belles Rock #26 - Tagging Along

The Jingle Belles ROCK! They DO! This week's challenge is to make any Christmas card we want to, then make something else inspired by the card. This week the Belles are also teaming up with Order of the Opus Gluei and there be PRIZES!

First, you'll notice it's Tuesday night and I'm just now posting this (deadline is Wed before I get home from work), because I have to leave at the crack of cranky to get to work early tomorrow morning, so tonight was IT, kids. I'd put it off as long as I could.

You see, without rules and instructions and guidelines and sketches and ... I am a lost soul. I have no direction. Well, truth be told, even when I have instructions I can't get a clue, so imagine my suffering this past week. It's been intense.

Tonight I went in search of a sketch to get me started, and I selected one, then forgot about it and selected this one:

This is CPS Card Sketches # 224, and here is what I made:

(Sorry about the glare. Things are getting worse, I know.) I chose to pick through the remaining papers in my Basic Grey jovial pack. At this point, my least-favorite papers remained, so I had to deeply ponder my approach. I decided to use a dark piece of paper, since I would never, ever do that out of the gate.

Then I went in search of an element to use where the sketch has a circle, and I chose my MFT die set (the name escapes me at the moment, and I'm too tired to look it up). I selected three other left-over papers and used them for the die-cut layers. The snowflake is also an MFT die.

Sentiments. Do you know I have very few sentiments that fit in that top layer die? The one I ended up with is from A Muse.

Here's a detail shot (because I could) of all the layers:

Now for the rest of the challenge. When I cut layers out of 6x6 paper, I'm left with a strip of paper 6" by 1 to 2". ... Think about that for a sec ... ... ding ding ding! TAGS! I just folded them in half and called them tags! Lookie:

The handsome strips of paper on the front of each tag were pulled from the other remnants in the pack. I just added a few pearls, punched a hole, tied a string - DONE!

Soooo, have you made your card yet this week? Come on over and play!

Thanks for stopping by!


  1. LOVE! LOVE! LOVE!!! These are all so stinkin' pretty, Leslie! Wowwwweeeee!!! :) Bravo on one gorgeous card and 2 equally brilliant tags. So pretty and JOVIAL! ;) ♥

  2. Too cute. I LOVE that dark paper. I used my sheet first from my little 6x6 pad.

  3. Leslie, these are great...thanks for joining us over at the OG this week...you don't look like you were lost at all!

  4. I love this set. the dark paper is the perfect background perfectly sets off the wonderful layers you have added. I love ever bit of this - so eye catching!

  5. that ♥GORGEOUS♥ black paper with the flowers was your least favorite in the pack??! seriously?! dude, we should totally share supplies!!! :) :) :)

    i love *EVERY SINGLE THING* about these! i looooooooove the dark background (you may have sussed that, above!) i LOVE those mft dies (consider me ENABLED!) i looooooooove the happy holidays sentiment, the buttons, snowflakes, pearls, etc; i ♥LOVE♥ that the tags are made from the off-cuts and are the foldy kind with string like the ones i remember from childhood...

    YEP, you've pretty much ROCKED this in every way it could be rocked! do feel free to take some time off from jingling... til friday... :) :) :)

  6. Nice card and great dp! Nice job on the CPS sketch and thanks for playing along :)

  7. Love this card! That is one of my favorite Christmas papers, I bought a lot of it last year but I think it was 12 x 12 because I couldn't find the 6 x 6 pads. I love how you rounded the edges and those dies are so pretty together. It is hard to find sentiments to fit in some of them, though. I have that problem, too.

  8. Love your post, made me giggle! I think the papers you chose, while not your favorites, have worked beautifully here! I like the vintage look of the paper with the warm richness and details. All the layers are perfect for this design, and create a great card. Your tags made me giggle too - that's okay to fold some paper and half and embellish- that's the beauty of a tag!

    Thanks for participating with us at Opus Gluei on this dual challenge with the JBs - you're correct, there be prizes, lots of large and small to share the love!

  9. The Crack of Cranky ... yeah, I'll be using that sometime later this week ... and I love that dark paper (it's actually one of my favorites from that collection) ... so pretty with the layered bits and bobbles ... I particularly like the hairy texture of the twine ... and those cute little tag-lets are the bomb. Hope your early start was worth it. Thanks for joining us at jingle belles.

  10. Your card and tags are beautiful Basic Grey heaven :-)
    Thank you for joining with Opus Gluei!

  11. I am so loving the dark background paper. It reminds me of a scrap quilt my daughter made when she first learned to sew. Thanks for the memory! Your projects are wonderful.


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