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Sunday, January 31, 2016

Love is a furry friend

Welcome to February!  Already a full month into 2016...who's still writing 2015 on everything?  I confess to doing that a few times!  There's a new challenge at Craft-Dee BowZ and it's ANYTHING GOES AND INCLUDE A HANDMADE BOW. Don't act surprised...it's the same challenge every month!  Bows are our specialty here and so get out your ribbon since a handmade bow is required.

For my card I used this adorable stamped image from Wild Rose that I've had for years now. My goal for 2016 is to use some of these fabulous supplies I have. 

The doily die cut is by Cheery Lynn, the cream colored metal frame with the word 'LOVE' in it is from Stampin' Up and I put tan colored Skittles in the left side corners. I used an "Around the Page" punch set from Martha Stewart for the shape of my card.


I colored my image with Copics and added a touch of glitter to my little image's collar and ruffled sleeves. Those jeweled butterflies are from Queen & Co, but I added the pearl and the twisted wire antennae. And those mauve/purple crystal jewels down in the corner of the image are from Michael's.


My bow is a double loop and I slid an extra piece of ribbon within the knot and then notched all 4 tails. I glued the button in the middle...I love bows with a charm, button, flower...anything in the center. I think it dresses up the bow a bit. This bow was simple to make using my Craft-Dee BowZ tool.  If you don't have a bow maker, you need one and this one is the most economical, easiest and is small enough to hang within your reach while you're crafting. Take a look at the video library and see how easy it is to use! The library has videos on how to make a bow with extra tails and double loops, like I've done. And if you have any doubts, scroll down the list of videos and see our demo of an 8 year old making her first bow. Yes, even an 8 year old can do it!!


Our sponsor this month is Cute As A Button who has donated two digital images of the winner's choice as the prize! Have you seen Francesca beautiful art work?  Take a look here.

https://cute-as-a-button-stamps.myshopify.com/

The Team at Craft-Dee BowZ has created awesome projects to inspire you. Please take a look here and take just a second to leave a comment. We're a small team of 4 and appreciate your kind words which inspire us!  This is a month long challenge at Craft-Dee BowZ and each Tuesday morning a team member will be featured, so stop by each Tuesday to see another creation! 

                                                                                  Hugs,
                                                       Gail

Monday, January 25, 2016

Love is in the air!

Well, it's the last Tuesday in January so that means it's my turn to post on Craft-Dee BowZ.  This month our sponsor is Cute as a Button. Francesca at Cute as a Button is a talented artist and I know you'll love her images, so please go and visit her store!

 
I used this adorable digital image named Share the Love from Cute as a Button for my project this month.
 
 
 I colored my image with Copics and chalked the outside of the oval for a bit of color.  The heart lace around the image is from JoAnn's and was on a spool. The pretty silver heart clip with 'love' written in it is from Live & Love Crafts.  This fabulous shaped card was made with dies from Go Kreate.


Below is my flower arrangement. I used flowers from I Am Roses and Wild Orchid Crafts. The sparkly heart is my own creation. I die cut a heart onto double stick tape stuck on heavy white cardstock and sprinkled Crystal Stars Glitter - Rose on it. Then I covered it all with Glossy Accents and while it was wet I added another sprinkle of Crystal Stars Glitter. When that dried, I added one more layer of Glossy Accents. It's very 3-D, but smooth and you can see depth due to the Glossy Accents.


And my bow was made on my Craft-Dee BowZ tool which is why it looks so nice. This little tool is outstanding, inexpensive, handy to hang by the ribbon and easy to use! This double looped, double ribboned, bow came out so pretty and I hope the photo captures it well for you to see. The red jewel in the center has crinkled foil on the back, making it look sparkly.


The winner of the January Craft-Dee BowZ challenge of ANYTHING GOES AND INCLUDE A HAND MADE BOW will be 2 images of their choice from Cute as a Button. Along with that you'll get our badge to put on your blog. I hope you'll join us this month and your time is running out so get your card posted to the Craft-Dee BowZ challenge blog soon!

                                                                                         Hugs,
                                                             Gail


 

 

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Bows, bows, bows!

It's the second Wednesday of the month and that means a new challenge at Christmas at Sweet Stampin'!  Our first challenge of the year and the challenge is BOWS. Your card MUST have a bow on it. It can be a bow on the image or a handmade bow. I used this adorable image named Rudolph Came to Town by Robyn's Fetish for my card.


I colored my image with Copics and added Glossy Accents to his nose and the berries on the wreath.  And for sparkle there's a dash of glitter on the poinsettias.  I used a wooden snowflake, adding tiny red jewels and my round sentiment is from Whimsy.


Our sponsor this month is Robin's Fetish who is generously offering three digital images of the winner's choice.

I hope you'll stop by Christmas at Sweet Stampin' and see the projects the team has made to inspire you and that you'll consider joining our challenge this month where the topic is BOWS.

                                                                                          Hugs,
                                                             Gail






Monday, January 11, 2016

I Meow You!

It's the second Monday of the month and time for a new challenge at The Cutie Pie Challenge Blog.  This month Challenge 95 is KRAFTY CUTIES (use kraft paper). and remember your card or project must be CUTE!!!  I used this adorable image from our sponsor Robyn's Fetish named Pussy Cat Luv.



I colored my image with Copics and glittered the hearts and her bow with Warm Glitter Ritz. The nesting circles dies are by QuicKutz, the bow with the flying hearts is by Memory Box, The kraft heart in the bottom right is a die by Cheery Lynn and the solid heart in the middle is by Nellie Snellen. I think what really sets this card off are the papers by Three Bugs in a Rug named Frisky.



We're sponsored this month by:

2 digi stamps of the winners choice
 
and
 
 
 
The Design Team has made some fabulous projects to inspire you and I hope you'll join us for our challenge of KRAFTY CUTIES (use kraft paper) at The Cutie Pie Challenge Blog!
 
                                                                                      Hugs,
                                                           Gail



Thursday, December 31, 2015

Winter Fun

Happy New Year!  The new year is here and a new challenge at Craft-Dee BowZ arrived with it. Did you make a New Year's Resolution to buy or use your Craft-Dee BowZ tool and enter our monthly challenges? For today's inspiration, I used this adorable image by Art by Miran.

 
I colored my image with Copics and I used Crackle Accents on the bubbles and snowflakes around her. The glitter on her hat and coat is by Susie Sparkle called Snowfall.  The mittens and hat die cuts are by Joy and I sanded them after embossing them for the design to show up better. I used an embossing folder by Embossalicious for the background and then used my brayer and white ink and went over the raised areas. The tree border at the bottom is by Memory Box. The doily die cut is by Stampin' Up and I added light blue rhinestones by Recollections for sparkle. The little corner die cut is by Whimsy.
 
 
And my triple looped bow was made with my Craft-Dee BowZ tool and I can't tell you how easy it is to make a bow with this little tool!  It's small, and you can hang it wherever you craft by the pretty ribbon that comes on it. It's expensive, too, and will never wear out. It's the perfect tool for making any bows, small to large, single loop to multi-loop!  Thank you, Donna at Craft-Dee BowZ for this beautiful ribbon!
 
 
The challenge at Craft-Dee BowZ is monthly and the challenge is ANYTHING GOES AND INCLUDE A HAND MADE BOW. Our sponsor this month is Cute as a Button and the winner of this challenge will be given two images of their choice from Francesca's store!
 
If you've come from the Craft-Dee BowZ challenge blog, then you've seen the other gorgeous creations by Barbara, Vicki and Tracey already. If you haven't seen them, click on over and take a look. I hope you'll join us for our first challenge of 2016!

                                                                                           Hugs,
                                                            Gail
 

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

A Bucket of Snowballs

I've been invited to be the Guest Designer at Digital Delights today. I'm thrilled to have been invited and was given this adorable image Snowball Sarah from Digital Delights by Louby Loo.

 
I colored my image with Copics and I applied Cool Glitter Ritz on the cuffs, top of her boots, her hat and on her coat wrists.  I applied Glossy Accents to the bucket so it looks more like metal but it's not showing up well in the photographs. The snow falling around my image is White Pearl Pen with Susie sparkle Crystal Rainbow glitter sprinkled over it. The 3 larger snowflakes are buttons by Dress It Up with the backs cut off and I added glitter to them.
 
The mittens are a die by Memory Box and I applied white puffy paint to the cuffs and Stampendous Glitter Embossing Powder to the mittens. The stamp sentiments are by Whimsy and the trees are a die by Magnolia. My bow is seam binding with a clear snowflake button glued in the middle. The frame die around my image is by Die-Namics. 
 
 
I'd like to thank Larelyn, Sr. Designer and Team Coordinator, for her invitation and also thank the team for their support and encouraging comments!
 
                                                                                             Hugs,
                                                               Gail

Monday, December 21, 2015

An Embossed Snowflake

Thanks for stopping by today since it's probably one of the busiest weeks of the year! This is my monthly spotlight post at Craft-Dee BowZ. The team had the challenge of the topic "Christmas" and the colors purple, blue and silver. I chose my favorite color for this post. I think the color is so vibrant and rich looking and it reminds of the robe one of the Three Kings wore in the pictures I've seen.


My card background was made using one of my favorite techniques, the Polished Stone technique. I love purple and mixing purples and dark pink gave me the perfect background for this card. I hand embossed on vellum using a snowflake stencil. Yes, I did it by hand with a small tool and pressed in each hole on the stencil. (I don't think I'd make these cards by the dozen...my hand got really tired!) The round diecut is one from a nesting die set by QuicKutz. I embossed my sentiment with white embossing powder. I don't know who made the stamp since I've removed it from the wood and didn't write the manufacturer on the rubber.


This purple ribbon is just gorgeous and it made a beautiful triple looped bow. This bow was so easy to make with my Craft-Dee BowZ tool. It would never look as good as this if I did it by hand. If you haven't gotten a Craft-Dee BowZ tool yet, make it a present to yourself for Christmas!

I added 3 rhinestones on top of the ribbon for some sparkle. I can never have enough sparkle! I suffered from glitter withdrawal making this card.


Have you seen the cards by Vicki and Tracey posted earlier this month?  So very pretty and worth a click over to take a look at them. Next Tuesday is Barbara's post and you need to stop by the Craft-Dee BowZ Challenge Blog to take a look at it (I've had a preview of the card and you've got to see it!). 

Since I'm the last post before Christmas, I get to wish you a very Merry Christmas from all of us here at Craft-Dee BowZ and we hope you have a chance to enjoy the holiday with family and friends.

                                                                                      Hugs,
                                                        Gail

This card is entered into the following challenges:
Inky Impressions, Crafty Gals Corner, Inspiration Destinations, Brown Sugar, QKR Stampede, MFP Stamps, Sweet Stampin', 613 Avenue Create, Robyn's Fetish, A Snowflake's Promise, Stampavie and More, Crafting Musketeers, Sparkle n Sprinkle, Just Keep on Creating, Inky Chicks, Digi Stamps 4 Joy, Craftyhazelnuts Christmas Challenge 2, As You Like It, 2 Creative Chicks, Crafty Time, Card and Scrap, Christmas Cards All Year Around, Art by Miran, Emerald Faeries, Fresh Brewed Designs, Simply Paper Crafts, Card Mania, Noor Design, The Craft Garden, One Crazy Stamper, Crafty Friends, Scrapbook Blessings, Digi Designs, My Time to Craft, Addicted to Stamps, Li'l Patch of Crafty Friends, The Glory of Christmas, Come and Get It, Great Impressions, Not Just Cards, Karleigh Sue, Sweet Stamps, Our Crafty Corner, MelonHeadz Friends, Crafty Calendar, Love to Scrap, Let's Craft & Create, Unicorn Challenge, Creative Moments, Dragonfly Dreams, Cardz 4 Galz, Craft for the Craic, A Gem of a Challenge, Paradise of Stamps, Happy Little Stampers, Holly Jolly Christmas, Deep Ocean, Crafty Girls Creations, Fussy and Fancy, Dies R Us, Whimsy Inspires, Crafting from the Heart

Sunday, December 13, 2015

Me and my snow buddy

It's that special time again...the second Monday of the month which means there's a new challenge at The Cutie Pie Challenge Blog! Now, you might be thinking: oh no, another Christmas challenge...but it doesn't have to be since the challenge is CUTE BINGO!  I used this adorable image named Angelica With Snowman from Pink Gem Designs. I love making cute cards like this...I love lots of detail and I enjoy experimenting with my supplies. I think my cutest cards are those that are girly or feminine. 


The snowflake border on the left side of the card and the separate layered snowflake are dies by Joy and I put white pearls in the center and then applied Glossy Accents all over the snowflakes to give them some strength and to be a little heavier in weight than the pearlescent Bazzill paper was. I want to mail this card out and needed to be sure it would make it and still look nice when it gets to where it's going.

The mittens are a die by Memory Box and I applied white flocking to the cuffs and Stampendous Glitter Embossing Powder to the mittens. The sentiment tags are by Lili of the Valley and the little metal snowflake hanging from them is from my stash. The poinsettias are from I Am Roses and the pink filler is from Wild Orchid Crafts. I used a leaf punch by Martha Stewart to fill in around the flowers and filler. The silver ribbon is from a spool from JoAnn's.

The die cut around my image is by Sue Wilson. The assortment of pearls and gems I've used are all from Queen & Co. which is my most favorite place to buy shiny and pretty embellishments.


My image is colored with Copics and then I applied Sparkle n Sprinkle Crystal Ice Glitter to the snow and snowman. The glitter on my little girl's coat and earmuffs is Glitter Ritz Cool Glitter. I adore glitter, can you tell?! I know it's hard to see, but can you tell I outlined my image in a gray and then softened it using my blender Copic pen?
 
Below is the Bingo board for you to follow. Remember, your project needs to have 3 across, or down, or diagonally, and you must state what the items are in your post that make CUTE BINGO. And, don't forget that your card as to be CUTE!!!!!
 
I made Bingo on my card with:  Use a Punch/Cute Stamp/Use a Charm. 



We're sponsored this month by:

http://www.pinkgemdesigns.com/catalog/
2 "Single" digi stamps of the winners choice
 
The Design Team has made some fabulous projects to inspire you and I hope you'll join us for our game of CUTE BINGO at The Cutie Pie Challenge Blog!
 
                                                                                      Hugs,
                                                           Gail
               
This card is entered in the following challenges:

Papertake Weekly, Li'l Red Wagon, Crafty Gals Corner, Inspiration Destination, Crafty Girls Creations, Mod Squad, Stars Stampz, As You Like It, Cardz 4 Galz, Digi Designs, Reasonable Ribbon, Simply Paper Crafts, Crafty Catz Weekly Challenge, Creative Craft Cottage, Melonheadz Friends, Creative Card Crew, Crafty Creations, Morgan's Art World, Li'l Patch of Crafty Friends, Creative Fingers, Creative Corner, Crafty Boots, Lemon Shortbread, Inky Chicks, Craftyhazelnuts Christmas Challenge 2, Digi Stamps 4 Joy (3 poinsettias), 2 Creative Chicks, Crafts Galore Encore, Craft Heaven Shop, My Whimsical Little World, Sparkle n Sprinkle, World Wide Open Design Team Challenge, Card Mania, The Sisters of Craft, Scrap & Craft Inspiration, Natalie and Amy's, Crafting by Designs, Digitally Sweet, Craft Rocket, Crafty Time, Crafting with an Attitude, Just Keep on Creating, Noor Design, Fresh Brewed Designs, Crafts and Me Inspiration, Emerald Faeries, Sparkles Christmas Challenge, Scrapbook Blessings, Great Impressions Stamps, Come and Get It, Sweet Stamps, Not Just Cards, Crafty Calendar, Our Crafty Corner, Where the Heart Is, The Paper Nest Dolls, Whoopsie Daisy, Digi Choosday, Unicorn Challenge, Let's Craft & Create, Creative Moments, Dragonfly Dreams, Pattie's Creations, A Gem of a Challenge, Double Click Connections, Colouring in Scrapland, Holly Jolly Christmas, Art by Miran, Cut It Up, Fairytale Challenge, Fussy and Fancy, Jingle Belles, Jo's Scrap Shack, Winter Wonderland, Glitter n Sparkle, Robyn's Fetish, That Craft PlaceInspirational Challenge, 613 Avenue Create (Image/Die cut/ Glossy Accents/ Pearls or bling/ Ribbon)

Monday, December 7, 2015

Father Christmas

There's a new challenge at Christmas at Sweet Stampin' for December and the topic is FATHER CHRISTMAS. The gals at Christmas at Sweet Stampin' have created some awesome cards for this topic so if you need to look at our creations to clarify the topic, please do so. I used an image from Hobby Art Stamps for my card for this challenge of FATHER CHRISTMAS. From the name of my blog, you may have guessed that I love lace. I love girly, or feminine, cards the most and adore adding lots of interesting tidbits of embellishments!


I recently treated myself to a set of Polychromos pencils and I used them to color this image. I used paper by Carta Bella.  The lace and snowball edging across the bottom are from my stash as is the metal snowflake charm. My heart pearl ribbon buckle with the ribbon in the right corner of the card are both from The Ribbon Girl. The die cut around the image is a 'frame' die cut by DieNamics.


After completing the coloring, I sprinkled some Stampendous Shabby White Frantage embossing powder over the image background. The glitter on Father Christmas' coat and hat is Stampendous Snow Glitter applied over Glossy Accents. (I like the 3-D look of the 'fur' on the hat and coat so instead of using glue that would dry flat, I used Glossy Accents which dries raised.)  I used some cream color chalk and shaded around my image. The cream string of pearls tied within my lace bow are from The Ribbon Girl and the lace is from my stash. I added a little cheesecloth behind my image, too.  I'm not sure where I acquired that perfect burgundy heart button in the middle of the lace and pearl bow. Here's my bow.


The Team at Christmas at Sweet Stampin' have made some fabulous creations to inspire you to join in with our last challenge of the year. Please go on over and look at the FATHER CHRISTMAS cards made to inspire you to join us!

Our sponsor this month is Flat Friends who are awarding two digis to the winner. They have such cute images and would be a fabulous Christmas present to yourself if you were to win!

                                                                         Hugs,
                                                Gail

This card is entered in the following challenges:
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge, Stars Stamps, Cards 4 Galz,  Art by Miran, Creative Corner, Crafty Catz, QKR Stampede, 613 Avenue Create, Christmas Card Challenges, Sweet Stampin', DL. Art, Get Creative, Crafting from the Heart, Jo's Scrap Shack, Creatalicious Challenge, A Snowflakes Promise, Deep Ocean Challenge, Artistic Inspirations, Whimsy Inspires, Glitter n Sparkle, Stampavie and More, As You Like It, Crafty Girls Creations, Digi Designs, Reasonable Ribbon, Fairytale Challenge, Simply Paper Crafts, Creative Craft Cottage, Crafting with Dragonflies, Creative Fingers, Inky Chicks, World Wide Open Design Team Challenge, Craftyhazelnuts Christmas Challenge 2, Craft Heaven, Crafting with an Attitude, The Sisters of Craft, Natalie and Amy's, Crafting by Designs, Scrap & Craft Inspiration, Crafty Time, 2 Creative Chicks, Sparkle n Sprinkle, Petal Lu, Crafts Galore, Dragons Lair Designs, Just Keep on Creating, Craft Rocket, Fresh Brewed Designs, One Crazy Stamper, Scrapbook Blessings, Great Impressions, Penny Black and More, Come and Get It, Sweet Stamps, Where the Heart Is, Crafty Calendar, A Vintage Journey, Not Just Cards, Digi Choosday, Our Crafty Corner, Let's Craft & Create, Dragonfly Dreams, Craft for the Craic, 12 Months of Christmas, Pattie's Creations, A Gem of a Challenge, My Sheri Crafts, Coloring in Scrapland, Crafty Boots, Eureka Stamps, MelonHeadz Friends, Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge, The Paper Girls, The Paper Nest Dolls

Thursday, December 3, 2015

Shake shake shake your birdies!

Well, this may be the last blog hop at Craft-Dee BowZ for a bit, but it will surely be one of the best you've seen. First of all, the DT is a total of 4 designers...making it more time manageable to do the hop. I don't know about you, but when I see a list of blogs I need to hop through, I almost always pass up the hop. I just don't have that kind of time. Which is why you really need to do this hop with only 4 projects to look at and leave a comment on each as well as on the Craft-Dee BowZ challenge blog. And, it's easy to leave a comment on a great card or project, which I promise you will see.
 
My card is made with a stamp by Our Daily Bread and the sentiment was included with the cardinals. I also bought the 'matching' dies with the stamp set. I attempted another Clean and Simple card! I love the little scene inside the 'ornament'. I used a plastic shaker from Impression Obsession and filled it with Martha Stewart glitter. I'm a collector of glitter, all kinds, and I've had this MS glitter for years and years when it first arrived in Michael's Craft stores.
 
I took a Stampin' Up Metal library index frame and coated it with Versamark ink and then used embossed it with Sweet Stamps White Fine Detail Embossing Powder. These Stampin' Up metal embellishments came in cute metal cases years ago and I bought the antique gold case and silver case. It's about time I used some of them, and embossing them with white, black or whatever color embossing powder is a great way to incorporate them into my art when just gold or silver won't work! 
 
 

I used a 6x6 embossing folder by Die'Sire, of holly and berries, for my background which fit in my Cuttlebug with no problem! 


And this perfect green triple looped bow was made with my Craft-Dee BowZ tool.  Would you like to make a bow this perfect the first time?  Well, if you've read this post (click on the word 'post') you know what I've offered you. If you haven't read my post, I suggest you go and read it since there's an offer you shouldn't pass up!

 
Since this is a blog hop, you'll want to leave comments at each of the stops.  We've got a small team here at Craft-Dee BowZ, so doing our hop is super easy!  Here are the links to follow:



It's always fun to participate in a blog hop where there's a prize...and the prize here is a 25' spool of ribbon. You'll need to leave a comment on each of the stops above, though, to be included in the drawing.  On December 7 a name will be drawn, so please check back at the Craft-Dee BowZ Challenge Blog to see if you've won!  
 
Thanks for participating in the hop and I hope you like our creations. Good luck in the drawing!

                                                                                      Hugs,
                                                          Gail

This card is entered in the following challenges: