Friday, August 24, 2012

bingo belles? surely not...

...there's got to be a much better-- but still quick-- way to say, "we're having a bingo challenge at ♥JINGLE BELLES♥ this fortnight!" or maybe there's not; but either way, we ARE, in fact, having a bingo challenge at jingle belles this fortnight, and we'd looooooove for you to come along and make a card with us. all you need is a little holiday mojo, a few xmassy papers, and this bingo card:

you can choose any row, column, or diagonal, and then you just have to incorporate all three consecutive elements into your card! it's actually quite easy, and totally fun; i had a blast making my own card, want to see it?

 (vintage: seam binding; digital patterned paper: damask tonals by katie pertiet, designer digitals; patterned paper: pink paislee; border sticker and dove chipboard: basic grey; chipboard ornament: k and co; florals: petaloo; bling frame: want2scrap; snowflakes: recollections, jolee's; distress inks: ranger; adhesives: staples brand glue tape runner, 3m foam tape, gluedots, sewing machine)

i used the diagonal that runs from top right to bottom left, thus i needed to work in: bling, flowers, and dry or heat embossing. easy peasy, right? i know you can see the first two pretty easily, and i've used one of cuttlebug's little 1/2" wide strip embossing folders to pop up the snowflakes on that pretty sticker strip across the bottom of the card; the folder actually has little star-shaped flowers, but they look enough like snowflakes to work, and although it's hard to see in the photo, in real life it adds a lot of lovely texture!

once i realized the direction my card was going-- with flowers and rhinestones and embossed pink snowflakes-- it occurred to me that i could probably combine challenges and get in on the current inspiration at the shabby tearoom, for which we're instructed to use the colors of the photo, plus flowers and some damask; since i was VERY thrilled this week to have been chosen as winner of their "for the love of books" challenge* with my "dress of paris" card, of course i was excited to thank them, and play along again ASAP! and just look at the inspo pic, for "shabby patterns" it's SOOOOOOO me, dontcha think?!

something else that's very inspiring is this week's offering from unscripted sketches (#172); which i accidentally flipped upside down whilst making my card; of course the thing about a really GREAT sketch, is that tends to look good in any direction, right?!

speaking of excitement, i was totally honored to have received a shout out there last week for my dear mr. deer card, thank you lovely ladies! one of these days i'm going to actually DO the cool "piggyback" challenge when they have it... but sadly... it's not this time, because the lure of pink + damask was JUST. TOO. STRONG! :)

finally, you know i always love to show off my xmas cards in miss patrice's 52 card pickup linkie; plus, this week at simon says stamp and show, there are NO RULES, so you can enter anything at all you'd like... and i quite like this card, so there!

and now why not c'mon over to ♥JINGLE BELLES♥ and try your luck at the bingo game in which everyone is guaranteed to win... the inspiration for one fabulous holiday card!

*not only did i win some lovely digi-stuffs from my time made easy, that i cannot wait to use; i've also been invited to guest design with the shabby girls in november, and i'm super-excited about that!!! ♥


  1. Absolutely GORGEOUS Christmas card, Lauren! I can't wait to *find* my Christmas stuff and get going for real :)

  2. Congrats on the 'shout out'! Your cards are always so fabulous! Love what you did with this one, simply gorgeous...and so neat that you were able to combine all of those go girl! Yeah!

  3. This is absolutely STUNNING! ! WOW!! LOVE the idea of a bongo card challenge!

  4. That is one AWESOME card Lauren. Love the mix of soft colours and textures and that bling edge looks simply fabulous!

  5. Gorgeous! Love all the details!

  6. Another stunning creation! You have incorporated the "Bingo" elements so beautifully into your card (I admire your straight row of rhinestones - not an easy feat!). Your shout-out last week at Unscripted Sketches was well deserved. Thanks for choosing our sketch again this week to showcase this lovely card :)

  7. Stunning card! Love the frame with the bling on the edges and the dove is cute too! Thank you so much for joining us at Simon Says Stamp and Show. Hugs, Sandra

  8. LOVE your card. Love the sketch you used.. Yep I LOVE everything about it. Are you felling the LOVE yet..


  9. Beautifully done! You've captured the sketch wonderfully and your elements are lovely. Thanks for joining us at TSTR!

  10. This is so elegant! Love those pretty flowers!


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