Thursday, December 29, 2011

New Year's Cards with Jill Sprott

All this month on the JBS Mercantile blog we've been sharing a variety of holiday cards, and with 2012 just a few days away, it's time to get working on those New Year's greetings!
New year's celebrations, for me, are always a mix of elegance and funkiness, and that is exactly what I was trying to channel when I created these cards.

For the first card, I used a die cut machine to cut out "2012" from a sheet of JBS "Multiplication" patterned paper, and then I misted over the negative space several times, working in the die-cut numbers backed by adhesive dots as a finishing touch.
The second card took a similar approach, using the negative space from die-cut numbers and trimming it into a block.
I placed the block over layered papers, including the B-side from the Christmas Accessory Sheet (which I love), some ledger paper, and a strip of the Bingo card pattern from a piece of "Love This" Coredinations cardstock.  

The third card that I created incorporates a "beaming" chipboard star, placed against a sewn background.  I layered more die-cut letters and red and black letter stickers over the star.
Now I just need to put these in the mail, and hope that they do their job: making it clear that it is going to be a very happy new year indeed!  Have a great one!
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Wednesday, December 28, 2011

1 Winner, 10 Punches, and 3 Christmas Cards

First up, we have a winner in Big Picture Classes's Twelve Workshop giveaway!

Susan M said...
Four calling birds...thanks for the chance to win.
December 20, 2011 7:49 PM

Congratulations Susan! Email me at and I'll get you set up in Stacy Julian's new class. :)

Next, we wanted to let you know that the new Jenni Bowlin for Fiskars punches have arrived in our warehouse! You can look for them in shop on January 1st! Hooray!

And here's a belated Christmas card idea for you from me. I know most of you are moving past the Christas gift giving phase, but imagine how lovely this design would be using "Red/Black Extension IV" for a teacher's gift or "Haven" for an anniversary. To make three cards, you just need one sheet of mini papers and one accessory sheet!

The little pull out tags would be perfect for attaching gift cards, class pictures, and extra little sentiments.
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Tuesday, December 27, 2011

JBS Mercantile January Peeks

Our January offerings will definitely put a smile on your face as evidenced by this delightfully happy layout by Betsy Sammarco.

There are many fun bits that will make your scrappy heart happy as you can see by Jill Sprott's annual "Year in Review" layout.

Also be sure to check out our add-ons! This layout by Doris Sander was made entirely from the January Artisan Add-on.

What we are perhaps most excited about this month is the first edition of our new mini-album kits. This one is by designer Briana Johnson and we're calling it "Paper Kisses" as it is so charming and sweet. Come chat with us about it while we're waiting for it to arrive!
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Thursday, December 22, 2011

Hello December by Keisha Campbell

Today we have a lovely December card featuring Red/Black Extension IV from Keisha Campbell. Thanks for the inspiration Keisha!

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Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Home for Christmas with Leah

Popping in with a quick bit of inspiration on these last few days before the holidays! I'm in rush-around-to-finish-the-million-item-to-do-list mode. I thought I had cut back this year, but apparently not!! HaHa!

It was so easy to mix and match patterns from the various lines to create this classic Christmas palette. If you have a few extra moments next week, this would also add a lovely touch to a page about the holidays as well!

Embossed Cardstock: Poinsettia Posies
Red Damask Paper from the Red and Black Extension Pack
Green Diamond Paper from the Mercantile Exclusive Pack
Small Chipboard Bird
Mini Bingo Cards Christmas
Green Paper from the Mini Diecut Paper Pack
Mini Chalkboard Alpha Sticker in Black
Pearl and Rhinestone Charms - Garnet
Vintage sheet music Paper
Silk Seambinding ribbon
Green and Black cardstock
Rock Candy Stickles from Ranger
Home Accents Cricut Cartridge

Enjoy a wonderful holiday!

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Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Christmas Greetings from Megan Klauer

I hope everyone is enjoying this wonderful time of year! It's only a few days away from the "big day", do you need a last minute idea for a card or tag to stick on all those packages?
I like to start with a simple sketch, so I created this...

It made making my "Christmas Greetings" card pretty quick!

Christmas 2011 Accessory Sheet
Christmas 2011 Mini Pattern Sheet
Chipboard Buttons - Vintage Christmas
Printed Tickets - Frames
Bingo Cards - Calendar Set

I also used the same sketch to create these easy tags that I needed for my boys' teacher gifts...

Christmas 2011 Accessory Sheet
Christmas 2011 Mini Pattern Sheet
Printed Tickets - Christmas

Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays everyone!
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Monday, December 19, 2011

Joy from Ranjini Malhotra

Now that we're getting down to the wire and Christmas is approaching quickly - I thought I'd share an idea for a card that is easy and quick to do! Photo cards are all the rage nowadays and here's a fun way to incorporate the concept of a photo card with the vintage JBS look that we all love! To keep it super simple, I used the JBS Christmas Bingo Placecards. All I had to do was cut my photos down to size and adhere them to the top half, and then I added a diecut and stamp at the bottom (from Papertrey Ink). Then back the whole card with cardstock cut to size to prevent the recipient from folding it down the middle. You could even punch a hole at the top and hang it as a tree ornament. Super simple and quick! Happy Holidays!
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Sunday, December 18, 2011

BPC Twelve Workshop Giveaway!

We're excited to introduce you to a new event from Big Picture Classes! Read through to the bottom and leave a comment to win a spot in the Twelve Workshop taught by Stacy Julian!

There are twelve inches in a foot, twelve people on a jury and twelve colors on the color wheel. Twelve is the symbol of cosmic order and the number of space and time.

Twelve. is also a brand new, Big Picture Class, 12-week 4Expert experience with Stacy Julian! In essence, Twelve. is Stacy’s personal scrapbooking pledge for 2012 and she wants to share it with you.

Join her from January through March for an exercise in authentic storytelling, inspired scrapbooking and creative flow.

Register for Twelve. and look forward to 12 weeks of in-depth instruction, 12 months of personal and artistic expression and dare we say, dozens and dozens of delightful ideas.

Learn more and register HERE.

See Stacy’s promo video on youtube to get a taste of what is in store.

Leave a comment telling us which of the 12 days of Christmas is your favorite! (are you suddenly humming through the lines in your head?). We'll pick a winner this Wednesday, 12/21.
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Friday, December 16, 2011

The December Issue of the Gazette is Here!

Read All About it! Great two page ideas! Journaling gratitude! Masking tips! A video from Jenni! Download your issue of the December Gazette today! It's FREE!

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Thursday, December 15, 2011

Mid-month Vintage Relase This Morning!

Jenni has lots of new vintage finds for you this morning! Check "This Month's Finds" at 10am
CST for a complete listing of the new old items.

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Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Merry Christmas from Becky Novacek

Hi and Merry Christmas! Becky here today sharing a Christmas card using itty bitty pattern paper pieces. I really enjoy using little bits and pieces, so to be able to stretch some of my favorite JBS papers makes me a happy girl!

The JBS Mini-Papers are my go-tos for cards and small projects. I keep all of my Mini-Papers together in a stack and I pull them out over and over when I'm making cards or small embellishments. You could use any combination of patterns and colors that you happen to have. I handcut the strips for the little Christmas tree and then used a small hole punch for my mini-garland. I stitched over the tree trunk several times to give it some substance and then just did a simple messy stitch for the garland.

The pretty oval stamp is a JBS limited edition that I believe is now sold out, but if you were lucky/smart enough to grab one when they were available, here's a great way to use it! If you didn't get this particular stamp, you could easily use the 3x3 Label Stamp or one of the JBS Classic Foam Stamps. I used the JBS Ranger Weather Vane Stamp Pad.
I also used the JBS Cream/Red Ledger paper from the Trendy Paper Pack for the sentiment. And the little star sticker is from the JBS Navy Apothecary sticker set.

I hope you are all enjoying this holiday season and making time to create some holiday pretties!

I used these JBS products:
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Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Home & Wreath Christmas Cards by Briana

With Jenni's new class, "Home for the Holidays," she's got me thinking about houses and decorations! Both of these cards began with wreath shapes, flower shapes actually as I'll explain. I had previously cut several layered flower shapes (nested_flowers_and_frames_set_C00141_21585) with my Silhouette from the November Project Kit that I didn't end up using on a page. I thought those little shapes looked like wreaths so that's where the idea for these cards was born. And how perfect are her little bow embellishments for these? Um . . absolutely perfect! The front of the card measures 4 3/4" wide x 7" high. I used foam dots under the triangular roof directly above the wreath block.

Supplies used for house card:
Christmas 2011 Accessory Sheet
Christmas 2011 Mini Pattern Sheet
Be Our Guest Journaling Cards
Mini Chipboard Pieces - Star
Rhinestone Bow Embellishment - Red
Stamps: Cursive sentiment by Papertrey Ink, Chrismas by Michaels

For my next card I took more of those outlined flower shapes and layered them all together. I didn't try to get them perfectly layered. I wanted to be able to see in between some of the flower points to the layer below. In order to get the right scale for the bow on this card, I tied a little seam binding bow and layered Jenni's rhinestone bow on top. I cut banner shapes from her Inkwell Paper for ribbon tails. Finally I cut the Peace sentiment from the packaging from the large Christmas Card Bingo Set. The phrase "Joy to the World" from the Christmas Mini Pattern Sheet (used on the house card) works in that spot as well or type out any sentiment you like. The front of the card measures 4 1/2" wide x 6 1/8" high.

Supplies used for wreath card:
JBS Coredinations Black Magic Collection
Christmas 2011 Accessory Sheet
Red/Black Extension IV - Inkwell
Rhinestone Bow Embellishment - White

Wishing you a Merry Christmas,
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Monday, December 12, 2011

Holiday greetings by Mindy Miller

Happy Holidays! Today I'm sharing a card idea that's easy to create and replicate. It's also an idea that combines holiday-themed JBS products with other JBS products that you may have in your stash.

I used a kraft paper card base and a mix of circle products. Chipboard buttons, circles punched from patterned paper and cardstock, and a circle label sticker are my foundation pieces. The circles are embellished with doily flowers combined with pearl flowers, as well as a sentiment made from alpha stickers.

Here's a list of products:
Vintage Christmas Chipboard Buttons
Office Chipboard Buttons
Scarlett Wallpaper Coredinations Embossed Cardstock
Christmas 2011 Mini Pattern Sheet
Cream Doily Flowers
Maraschino Pearl Flowers
Red and Black Dotted Label Stickers
Black Mini Chalkboard Alpha Stickers

Enjoy the season!
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Saturday, December 10, 2011

Friday, December 9, 2011

Happy Holidays from Waleska

Happy Holidays! Waleska here! If you're still (it's not too late but you better hurry :)) hoping to make some cards this holiday season here's my advice: keep it simple (but festive!).

I started with a blank card, covered the front with patterned paper, die cut a window, added patterned paper to the back and then embellished it with the rosette + doily. Finally, I added the brad, leaves and labels and that was it. Quick, easy and ready to spread some holiday cheer (I hope!).

Supplies: Christmas 2011 Carol Index, Accessory Sheet, Mini Pattern Sheet, Black Label Stickers, Doily Flowers - Red, Ranger JBS Dye Stamp Pad - Chili Powder
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Thursday, December 8, 2011

Christmas Tag by Dina Wakley

This little Christmas tag could be used as a gift tag, or even as a card. There's just something about tags that I love. They're easy and fun, and you can adapt them to many uses.

I hope this holiday season is happy and full of loving memories for all of you!


Inventory tag (from a previous JBS kit)
Vintage Bingo card (from a previous JBS kit)
Christmas Mini Pattern Sheet (I cut the song titles from this paper)
Christmas 2011 Accessory Sheet (I cut the cute little children from this paper)
Ribbon (from a previous JBS kit)
Delicate Brads
Mini Christmas Bingo Cards (I cut the "Noel" from one of the cards)
Vintage tickets (from a previous kit)
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Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Chat with Jenni TONIGHT!

Tonight at 7pm CST . . . just under a half an hour! Go . . . HERE!

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Christmas Cards by Shimelle

There is still plenty of time to make some Christmas cards - or so I'm telling myself as I haven't made nearly enough yet! But good news: today you can make three cards in a flash, with your JBS stash!

Gather a mix of materials: I used the accessory and mini paper sheets from the Vintage Holidays collection, plus label stickers, buttons, star stickers and doily flowers. (I started with the big bingo cards too but didn't use them in the end.) You'll also need some card blanks.

You may also want some numbers or letters at the end. I just used numbers and mixed and matched various sizes and colours.

Start by selecting one 4x4 mini pattern and one large accent card for each card you will make. I inked all the edges with brown ink.

Arrange the paper and accent card side by side to create a landscape card and adhere to the background. You may want to trim a bit from the sides of the card so it will still fit in the envelope after more bulky layers are added.

Then assemble a group of small embellishments for each card. I cut the Season's Greetings sentiment from a border on the accessory sheet, then added a rectangle and circle label, a doily and a button to start, but this design will work with any collection of small embellishments you have to hand.

All those little things get layered onto a plain tag to dress up the card. I covered each tag with a layer of green tulle netting to soften the look, or you could add ribbon or fabric scraps. Then layer the embellishments, scraps of paper and number stickers until you're happy with the amount of embellishment and adhere the tag to the background when everything is secure.

By the placement of the embellishments, choice of papers and the mix of stickers, each card will look unique, but they all come together quickly by following the same process. For this day on the calendar, I think that's a win!

Have a very merry Christmas!

Love and glitter,

PS: If you're feeling extra-Christmassy (or wish you were!) it's never too late to join me for some Christmas scrapbooking with Journal your Christmas!
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Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Vintage Snowflake Cards

I made a bunch of Snowflake Cards to attach to gifts this season.  They were very easy to put together and a lot of fun to individualize!

The Snowflake shape was created from the Christmas 2011 Mini Pattern cardstock.  Each sheet has 9 patterns on it, so you can make 9 cards from one sheet. The shape was cut from my Cricut using the Winter Lace cartridge.

The snowflake center is made from layering various vintage buttons and Jenni Bowlin chipboard buttons. Each one is unique, just like snowflakes in nature!

The front and back of the cards are attached with a paper hinge cut from the Fabulous Finds cartridge.  A ribbon is laced through the hinge.

I was inspired to make an extra special card by cutting out the snowflake from my favorite piece of pattern on the mini patterned paper sheet and layering a bunch of white vintage buttons for the center.  I may just need to save this one!

Christmas 2011 Mini Pattern Sheet
Chipboard Buttons
vintage buttons

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Monday, December 5, 2011

Jenni Bowlin + Fiskars = Sweetness!

How about a layout from our very own Jenni Bowlin featuring our very own Jenni Bowlin for Fiskars line of punches?! Hot off the press! Keep your eyes peeled! They'll start appearing at a retailer near you just after the holidays! Can you pick a favorite?

The line includes four squeeze punches, 3 lever punches, and 3 border punches.

Jenni Bowlin "Tab" Large Squeeze Punch

Jenni Bowlin "Scalloped Banner" Large Squeeze Punch

Jenni Bowlin "Flight" Large Squeeze Punch

Jenni Bowlin "Blue Ribbon" Large Squeeze Punch

Jenni Bowlin "Grandma's Doily" Medium Lever Punch

Jenni Bowlin "Frame" Medium Lever Punch

Jenni Bowlin "Jenni's Butterfly" Medium Lever Punch

Jenni Bowlin "Jester" Border Punch

Jenni Bowlin "Main Street" Border Punch

Jenni Bowlin "Ticket Please" Border Punch
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