Friday, July 26, 2013

Sleigh Bells ring...

My mind has been buzzing with ideas since I saw the current challenge at Jingle Belles. Are you ready?
It's "Sleigh BELLES Ring.  Isn't that a fabulously fun prompt? It took me all day to narrow my ideas down, before I finally settled on a sleigh bell harness as the focal point on my card. I began by punching six circles from metallic paper. Next I punched two small holes in the center of each circle. I cut away the metallic paper starting at the bottom of each circle, cutting towards the two small circles at a slight angle. To create the strap for the harness, I took a strip of chocolate cardstock, cut it into the shape of a harness then crumpled it up and carefully flattened it.  I highlighted the texture that this created by sliding a brown ink pad over the top of it.  I punched three holes in the narrow end of the harness, added a buckle that I cut from metallic paper and a small gold brad just below it. I adhered the bells with dimensional adhesive and layered the harness over a piece of patterned. Fortunately, among the Christmas words on the patterned paper,  I found "Sleigh Bells ring..." .  I cut this portion off and created a banner and adhered it with dimensional adhesive. I finished by adding red gems. Since the large photo doesn't really show the texture of the gold metallic paper that I used for the bells, I am sharing a close-up of the  belles.

I decided to link this card up with:
Winter Wonderland, since the current challenge there is also BELLS. 
Hazel's Christmas "Anything Goes" challenge 
and the 
Merry Monday "Anything Goes: Christmas in July" 

Supplies: Cardbase: Recollections, Cardstock: Bazzill (red mat), Core'dinations: chocolate, Metallic Paper: Highgloss, Dimensional Adhesive: Elmer's Glue Spots, Patterned Paper ? (open stock, not sure about manufacturer),Gems: Studio G, Ink: Memento, Adhesive: Scotch ATG, Circle Punch: EK Success


  1. Love the sleigh bells harness - such a good idea - thanks for sharing your lovely card for CHNC challenge extra for July - hope to see you again soon. x

  2. oh wow, oh ♥WOW♥! not only do i love everything about this... (the gorgeous colors! the metallic paper! the perfect sentiment!) ...but also... you've made me realize how simple it is to CREATE one's own sleigh bells using simple punches i already have! (which, i say "SIMPLE" but i'd've never, ever, ever, thought it up on my own! true sign of genius that you did!!!) you never fail to amaze me, missus! love, love, loooove the way you think!!! ♥♥♥

    1. Lauren, thank you for your kind praise. You have given me far too much credit. I learned to create the bells by watching a video by Sandi Genovese.

  3. I can almost hear those bells jingling now ... I love when one of these is hung on a store front door ... reminds me of Christmas all year long ... so very glad you joined us at jingle belles.

  4. That's true craft talent to be able to literally make a ringing sleigh bell harness for the challenge, Brenda! I'm impressed!!

  5. What clever sleigh bells, Brenda! Wow! Thanks for sharing them with us at Merry Monday!

  6. thank you for joining us at the Winter Wonderland a gorgeous card and great interpretation of our theme
    Hugs Kate xx