Thursday, December 15, 2011

Jingle Bells


"Dashing through the snow In a one horse open sleigh
O'er the fields we go Laughing all the way
Bells on bob tails ring Making spirits bright
What fun it is to laugh and sing A sleighing song tonight

Oh, jingle bells, jingle bells Jingle all the way
Oh, what fun it is to ride In a one horse open sleigh
Jingle bells, jingle bells Jingle all the way
Oh, what fun it is to ride In a one horse open sleigh!"


I had a ton of fun creating with the vintage inspired goodies from Graphic 45 and ribbon from May Arts! It brought back memories of my mother's string of jingle bells that were only brought out for one month out of the year to hang on the door leading to the stairs. I have missed the sound of the jingle bells in my home and decided it was time to make my own version.


1. Gather your supplies! I used ~ 2 yards of the lovely red/ivory striped May Arts grosgrain ribbon (RG14) and natural burlap string (SM10), chipboard tags from the Christmas Emporium Collection from Graphic 45, 6 jingle bells, thread and spray paint.
2. Trim a portion of the ribbon, enough to loop around a doorhandle. Fold in half the two edges and stitch each together.
3. Stitch the handle to the length of the ribbon.
4. Adhere the jingle bells to the ribbon at even intervals using strong thread. I spray painted my bells with both black and copper spray paint to give them an aged look.


Once you've finished with the basic steps of the hanger, its time to embellish by tying burlap string bows on each bell and a chipboard tag and button at the top! (Of note: I did loop back the ribbon and adhere it to itself with some strong adhesive. This, along with a weight on the bottom, allowed for stability so the strand does not tangle.)



May Arts Ribbon and Graphic 45 Patterned Paper and Embellishments make for some quick, easy, vintage style clean and simple cards too! Love that combination! I simply selectively trimmed the patterned paper, adhered chipboard tags with ribbon and mounted it all onto a card stock base.


I had the most fun creating with the products, and I hope that you are inspired! Please be sure to leave a comment here for your chance to win some amazing product from both companies, as well as at Graphic 45, May Arts and the following blogs...

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106 comments:

  1. I really like your Christmas cards, very simple, yet beautiful. I think even I could whip up something like this. Thanks for sharing.

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  2. I am sure your boys love those jingle bells! I can hear them ringing them often! And your cards are perfect. Way to highlight the beautiful paper!

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  3. Love your Jingle Bells/Star design, colors fit so well with my Patriotic decor. Terrific cards, love that you get to see some of the great papers.

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  4. Such fun! LOVE the bells and your christmas cards are gorgeous Karen!

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  5. Beautiful cards love how you used the ribbon!
    janiceaeschliman.blogspot.com

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  6. love the ribbon accents.
    Sandra ltb

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  7. GREAT jingle bells and those cards are wonderful!!

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  8. the jingle bells are terrific and all those great cards. can't miss when you have supplies from may arts and graphic 45!
    stamping sue
    http://stampingsueinconnecticut.blogspot.com/

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  9. Cute cards! And the jingle bells would definitely add some happy noise to any home right about now! Thanks for the ideas!

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  10. I absolutely LOVE your jinglebells and your cards are fabulous!

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  11. Beautiful projects. Very clean and classy. Thank you for sharing these :)

    Sara T

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  12. I love the card very pretty. You should send me one for Christmas! Think about it!

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  13. Love the cards and the Jingle Bells are a fab if noisy idea.

    Sheron N

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  14. You have reminded me of the jingle bells I used to hang on our back door and the lovely sound they made when it closed. Thanks for the idea to revive it in great scrapbooking style. Mary Werner

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  15. I love the jingle bells and cards you made.

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  16. Your door hanger is adorable...love it. And your cards are beautiful...so simple yet elegant.

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  17. Thanks for sharing your memories and project! super cute cards!

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  18. Really fabulous projects Karen!

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  19. Love those jingle bells. Definitely puts you in the holiday spirit. Love the old fashioned feel to anything using Graphic 45

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  20. What a great way to incorporate a tag into the card... and who can resist these goodies together? Not me.

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  21. I love the Jingle Bell idea. It is so clever and yet appears easy to create. Your cards are also beautiful. Happy Holidays!

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  22. Quick cards. Just what I need since its getting kind of close to xmas.

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  23. Jingle all the way!!!! They are so much fun!! :) And your cards are wonderful! I love the deep colors on the second one in particular.

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  24. Great projects! Love the simplicity of the cards, and the jingle bell hanger thing is so much fun. Thanks!

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  25. simple and neat cards.. Happy hopping..

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  26. I love the simple cards. They are fabulous.

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  27. Oh this hop is so much fun! I like you beautiful project and cards. Thanks for sharing.

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  28. Loving all the wonderful projects shown

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  29. The ribbon is just beautiful, I love it all.

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  30. Love the bells and really love the cards.

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  31. Your cards are absolutely darling and quite full of your talent...

    Thank you for sharing them with me...

    Karen
    http://www.facebook.com/karen.bahit

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  32. Loved the projects. Thanks for sharing with us. Evelyn V.

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  33. I like your bold yet simple and elegant cards. A ribbon of bells is a great idea for Christmas!

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  34. Jingle bells are awesome, but I have to say that you simple cards are my favorite, really showcasing the lovely paper and ribbon.

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  35. your projects are so pretty....I agree about the bells and missing them for the rest of the year, so several years ago, I placed my silver bells on the entry door and now hear them just about every day.

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  36. These are great! I love the vintage feel!

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  37. Karen, this is so neat & fun!! And your cards are gorgeous!

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  38. Love the bells on the ribbon and your cards are great also.

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  39. Those jingle bells are so festive and just make me smile! The cards are beautiful, too.

    JamieH

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  40. I love your cards..simple and so elegant! Beautiful!

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  41. Love the vintage bells and the quick and simple ideas for cards.TFS

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  42. great project and beautiful cards thanks for sharing
    -jamie
    babyblueangel_30@yahoo.com

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  43. Jingle, jingle. Love the bells and the cards.
    Christmas blessings,
    Peggy Allen

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  44. Great idea for crisp, clean, pretty and fast cards! Thanks.

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  45. Beautiful cards!

    Carol B
    ciaoitalia2007(at)gmail(dot)com

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  46. The bells and the cards...simply wonderful.

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  47. The KISS rule comes in handy when you need a lot of something - like christmas cards! TFS :-)

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  48. Great cards, beautiful papers and really love the jingle bells. patnbobcuddy at gmail dot com

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  49. So cute...love the sound of bells..your cards are quick and easy and fun to do....

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  50. Gorgeous cards. Love those jingle bells too.

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  51. I love the bells! Great cards, too!

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  52. Love the bells Karen. We have some hanging on our front door--when my DH comes home from work and the kids hear the bells, they go running!

    Love how simple your cards are to make yet how stunning they are!!

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  53. Your projects are all wonderful! Glad I stopped by. I'm always looking for great blogs to follow!!

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  54. I love the details you added to the ribbon.

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  55. May Arts has THE best ribbons, don't you agree??

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  56. love the bells and cute tag cards, karen!

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  57. First time here and glad I found it through blog hopping. I also love jingle bells, your project and card are beautiful,thanks so much for the inspiration.

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  58. Karen, what a wonderful way to carryon a tradition ... love your "presentation" . Graphic 45 stirs up many memories of Old with their papers and they give you "warm , cozy " feelings! Your cards are beautiful also, thanks for the inspiration!

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  59. I am sure your boys love those jingle bells! .And your cards are beautiful!!! hugs..xoxo

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  60. Love those aged bells on the pretty candycane striped ribbon. Your cards are all so pretty and festive.
    Thanks for sharing! :)

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  61. love the cards and the star with the red stripe ribbon is gorgeous.

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  62. Super idea for the bells, Karen and your cards are elegant!

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  63. Love those jingle bells on the red and white ribbon! You gals are giving us such great inspiration!

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  64. how did you come up with all those ideas, girl? they are always fun and fresh. thanks for the tutorial and your cards are so pretty and classy. super projects as always!

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  65. i love the vintage look of your cards and the jingle bells are wonderful.

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  66. Thanks for the memories....Love everything you created

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  67. simple and elegant. your designs really highlight the beauty of the paper and ribbon.

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  68. wow these are all amazing...I love those bells and awesome ribbon..great paper by Graphic45

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  69. I love the thought of JIngle Bells for the house, the burlap string is so neat.
    sdenimandlace1@aol.com

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  70. Bells on bob-tails ring - Making spirits bright!!!
    Great project!

    Jeanne Kelly

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  71. Great project! love the star and cards thanks for sharing!

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  72. Thanks for the jingle bells tutorial! What a fun tradition.

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  73. I can just see my 4 year old running around the house with the jingle bells. The cards are beautiful too

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  74. Jingle bells-wonderfully done, love the sound, love the way you colored and attached them. Your cards are simple yet so effective!

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  75. Love the jingle bells and your cards are beautiful!

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  76. all of these are wonderful- I always love your cards- but I am smitten with that jingle bell creation!!! ♥

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  77. Great idea with the jingle bells and the cards are beautiful too.... Hugs x

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  78. gotta love the jingle bells! great projects. thank you for sharing.

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  79. Just beautiful! Reminds me of New England sleigh rides!

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  80. CAS Xmas cards are the way to go sometimes. Love them all!

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  81. WOW..I say WOW again..
    Love the way you make these cards...gorgeous

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  82. Very nice X-mas cards!!!!
    I loved the one with the jungle bells!!!1

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  83. What an fabulous project and gorgeous cards! I adore the vintage, traditional take on the Holidays - so nostalgic!
    Hugs,
    Aimes
    x

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  84. I love the cards and the jingle bell doorhanger. thanks for sharing & Merry Christmas.

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  85. clean and simple cards. Lovely!
    I love this graphic 45 paper.
    Thanks for sharing.

    Marianne

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  86. Great projects...love the door hanger..thx for sharing :)

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  87. So awesome! That striped ribbon and those fabulous bells rock!

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  88. Love those bells! That is definately something I want to try. Your CAS cards are gorgeous. Just love these 2 companies!

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  89. Love them all!
    Crafty Holiday Hugs,
    Pendra
    pendrasplace.blogspot.com

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  90. I like the simple cards. Like tags, I like simple cards. Thanks for the ideas.

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  91. Oh my, your cards are awesome, especially that last green one!!!

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  92. Oh, you need to do vintage more often!

    Those jingle bells are so awesome! Great projects girl! :-)

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