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Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Decorating the tree

It's already December 1 and that means a new challenge at Craft-Dee BowZ. The months have flown by again this year and I have a feeling it's not going to go any slower next year. My wish for each of you is a happy and safe holiday season. The challenge for you this month at Craft-Dee BowZ is ANYTHING GOES AND INCLUDE A HANDMADE BOW.


 
I chose to do a very non-traditional card for me...no image to color!  I've had this great ornament die cut for years and die cut  it twice, once in red metallic paper and once in silver metallic paper. Then I pieced the red pieces into the silver outline. You might be able to see it better in the picture below due to glare. My green pine boughs are a die by Sizzix and I love DecoArt Snow-Tex and applied it with my finger and then sprinkled white glitter over it while it was still wet. The background of my paper is an embossing folder that reminded me of a Nordic sweater pattern.
 
 
I love this ornament and the top of it is a double swirl, so one swirl is tucked around the green pine bough.



And now what you've all been waiting for. The bow. This is white satin with white stamped snowflakes all over the front side. With my little bow tool I was able to make this triple looped bow, keeping the patterned side of the ribbon facing forward. I couldn't have done this in my hands and love my little bow tool. Have you gotten one yet and used it?


The Team at Craft-Dee BowZ has some gorgeous creations to share with you today and I know you'll enjoy looking at all 4 of our projects. Remember, we're a small team so it doesn't take a lot of time to take a peek at Craft-Dee BowZ challenge blog and leave each of us a comment! 

This will be my last post before Christmas for Craft-Dee BowZ since my next post is on December 26 and I'll be showing you a gift bag I made and using a beautiful image from Robyn's Fetish who is our sponsor this month! Each gal on the Team has a Tuesday to share a wonderful project to share with you, so please stop by every week to see the latest and greatest. And remember that the challenge for you this month is ANYTHING GOES AND INCLUDE A HANDMADE BOW.

Merry Christmas to all!

Monday, November 21, 2016

Time to decorate the tree!

I love making Christmas cards. I make them year round and since our weather has finally cooled down below 100 degrees here in Arizona, it's a little easier to be making winter cards. The challenge this month at Craft-Dee BowZ has been ANYTHING GOES AND INCLUDE A HANDMADE BOW for all of you.  The Design Team, however, got a bit more of a specific challenge and we were to use red, gold and silver for our colors and an ornament(s).  So, I dug out my dies and had this set of ornaments by Elizabeth Dies and some new greenery die by Sizzix and the row of trees on the bottom is a die by Marianne Design. The sentiment is by Whimsy.

Perhaps the side angle below will be more helpful. I found it difficult to photograph metallic papers, so maybe you can see that my far right ornament is gold in the below picture. The background paper is white pearl and it's giving off a bit of glare. My apologies for not being a great photographer and for making it difficult to see my red, silver and gold ornaments very clearly. I used chunky white embossing powder on my greenery and trees and 3-D white paint for my falling snowflakes.

I love the way my three bows came out. I used my Craft-Dee BowZ bow tool and whipped out these three double looped bows super quick. By using my bow tool, I also got 3 exactly the same size bows, which was a small detail that mattered to me. Thank you to Donna at Craft-Dee BowZ for the great ribbons!


Do you own a bow tool?  Do you want to own a bow tool?  If you don't have one and order one in the month of November or December, let me know and I'll send you a large number of ribbons as a bonus for getting one! I'm addicted to ribbons and have more than what I can use and happy to share with a new bow tool owner! My e-mail is on the side of my blog.


Have you seen Vicki's and Tracey's projects yet? If you're on my blog page, click here to see them.  Such beautiful creations to encourage you to get your project submitted to Craft-Dee BowZ where the challenge is ANYTHING GOES AND INCLUDE A HANDMADE BOW!

Monday, November 14, 2016

No designer paper!

It's the second Monday of the month already, and time for a new challenge at the Cutie Pie Challenge Blog. Our challenge for you this month is NO DESIGNER PAPERS.  I used this adorable image by 2 Cute Ink named Little Reindeer.
I colored my image with Copics and used 3 dimension white paint for the snow under his feet. My background paper is kraft and I made my snowflakes with a stencil and white paste. Here's a close-up of this really cute little reindeer.
Our sponsors this month are:
 2 Cute Ink and the prize is 2 digital images of the winner's choice!
AND
Sweet Stamps and a $10 gift certificate to their store!
http://www.sweetstamps.com/store/c1/Featured_Products.html

The team has made some adorable cards to inspire you this month and we hope you'll join us at The Cutie Pie Challenge for our November challenge of NO DESIGNER PAPERS!
 

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

It's almost here...

Christmas is almost here. It's already November and I've got 3 more paychecks before Christmas. Is that how you look at it, too?!  Time flies at this time of year and I often find myself not enjoying the holidays as much because I've waited too long to get certain tasks done and then feeling rushed at the last minute. On that note I hope you've joined us each month and so now you'll have a minimum of 11 Christmas cards done! If you haven't been making cards all year for Christmas, please consider joining us here at Christmas at Sweet Stampin' for our monthly challenge in 2017!! This month our challenge is ANYTHING GOES WITH CHRISTMAS.


I used an older Magnolia image for my card this month. I had never colored her and had her in my "Magnolia" notebook of stamps. If I remember correctly, my friend Julie in Australia, sent me this stamp years ago as a gift. I have an abundance of stamps that have never been colored up and it's scary to go into the closet and look at the number of notebooks full of stamps. I really need to start making more cards! Notice I'm not saying a word about my library of digitals. Let's focus on coloring rubber stamped images for now.




Here's a close-up of Tilda. I colored her with Copics and used 3-D white paint for the snow. These beautiful papers are from Wild Rose and I loved using the vibrant red and purple. My flowers are from an assortment of places, including Wild Orchid Crafts. I added some 3-D white paint at her feet and sprinkled glitter over it while it was wet.



This month, our sponsor at Christmas at Sweet Stampin' is Marianne Designs.


The team has created some adorable cards for our challenge and you can't get an easier topic than ANYTHING GOES WITH CHRISTMAS for this month. I hope you'll join us!


This card is entered in the following challenges:
Mid-Week Magnolias, Chall 151, Winter
Lovely Haenglar or Sweet Magnolia, Chall 140, Snow/Glitter

Monday, October 31, 2016

Big Hugs

It's November 1...which brings all new monthly challenges!  The challenge at Craft-Dee BowZ is ANYTHING GOES AND ADD A HANDMADE BOW!  For my card today I used a Wild Rose image that reminds me of my daughter, Stephanie. Stephanie recently had spine surgery and recuperated at my house. Each day when she awoke, there was a card and a little 'something' waiting for her so she'd have something to look forward to each morning.  This is one of the cards I made for her. She has a kitty that looks like the one in the card, too, that she brought with her to my house!

Here's a close-up of this very cute image. And yes, Stephanie has red hair.
I took a picture of my flowers and the ivy, too. Stephanie loves ivy and all kinds of plants so I knew she'd like these flowers and greenery.
And here's my bow. I used my handy dandy bow tool and couldn't have done this thin ribbon multi-looped bow without it! I added a tiny dew drop in the middle of it!
The Team at Craft-Dee BowZ consists of 4 gals. Please take a moment to look at their cards/projects and if you have a chance, please leave a little comment for them on the blog site of Craft-Dee BowZ.  We'd love you to join us this month where the challenge is ANYTHING GOES AND ADD A HANDMADE BOW!
                                                                                                                
                                                                                                          Gail

Monday, October 24, 2016

Boo to you!

Hello, it's my Tuesday morning to post on the Craft-Dee BowZ Challenge Blog with my card for this month's inspiration!  The team had the challenge of using lime green, orange and black. I realized, while pulling paper and picking out an image, that I love this color combination! The challenge for YOU is ANYTHING GOES AND ADD A HANDMADE BOW. The team got to use their own images and I used this image named Magical Day by All Dressed Up. Isn't this one cute little witch and the perfect time to make this card with Halloween one week away!




She's colored with Copics and I added glitter to her wings, hair barrette and stars. The black border pumpkin is a punch and I punched the border in black and then orange and then glued the orange pieces into the spaces. Yes, I realized afterwards I could have just lightly glued the black punched border down on solid orange and used my scissors to cut around the top punch. But, it was something I didn't think about until AFTER I finished findings those tiny oranges pieces and getting them in the spaces. Oh, sometimes I just wonder about my patience level...it's so high for stuff like this and then it's zero when I'm driving home from work in traffic.




Okay, everyone go "oooohhhh" and "aaaaahhhhhh" at my bow. I used two different orange ribbons and used my hand dandy Craft-Dee BowZ bow tool to make this double looped, double ribbon bow. If we ever have a bow contest, I'm going to win. Yep, me...with my little bow tool. I adore this bow. I think it might be one of my Top 5 best bows on my blog. I had the perfect ribbons (thank you, Donna, at Craft-Dee BowZ) and with the bow tool, I couldn't go wrong. So, what do you think of this orange bow?!




Being that it's the fourth Tuesday of the month, and if you follow our challenge blog, you know I'm the last to post each month and I like that! The challenge is about to end, you're feeling rushed and want to enter, and then I post my cute little card that inspires you. Right?


Take a look at the gorgeous cards and projects posted before mine this month and I hope you'll pull out an image, die cuts, pretty paper, or whatever...and make yourself a handmade bow for that project since there's a few more days before the challenge closes at Craft-Dee BowZ where the challenge is ANYTHING GOES AND ADD A HANDMADE BOW.


                                                                          Gail


I've entered this card in the following challenges:

Crafty Ribbons, Chall 172, Ribbon or Lace
DRS Designs, Chall 249, Color Chall
Crafting With Friends, Chall 30, AG
The Paper Girls, Chall 114, Halloween
Crafting From The Heart, Chall 133, AG
Scrapper's Delights, Chall 60, AG
Crafty Calendar, Chall Oct, Halloween
Love to Scrap, Chall 88, AG
Little Miss Muffet, Chall 149, AG
Crafting With An Attitude, Chall 20, AG
Crafty Girls Creations, Chall 28, AG
Perfectly Created Chaos, Chall 4, AG
Sasayaki Glitter Challenge, Chall Oct, Autumn/Harvest/Halloween
Really Reasonable Ribbon, Chall 151, Orange You Glad It’s Autumn
Crafty Friends, Chall 43, AG
Simply Create Too, Chall 120, Halloween
My Time To Craft, Chall 32, Autumn or Halloween
Aurora Wings, Chall 38, AG
Melonheadz Friends, Chall All About Pumpkins
Whoopsi Daisy, Chall Die cuts and/or Punches
All Dressed Up, Chall 62, AG
Crafty Sentiments, Chall AG
Create and Makes Chall 5, AG Opt Ribbon/Lace
Digi Choosday Chall 43, AG
Inky Chicks, Chall 74, Too Cute To Spook
Lemon Shortbread, Chall 27, AG
Unicorn Challenge, Chall 14, Pretty Pinks OR Halloween


Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Glitz and Sparkle

There's a new challenge at Christmas at Sweet Stampin'. Now, as some know, I like glitter and sparkle and was a crow in a former life. You all know how crows love shiny things, right? Well, put on your sunglasses cause I really loved the challenge this month of GLITZ AND SPARKLE.


I used teal metallic paper, red metallic paper and gold metallic paper along with teal and white glitter papers. I really loved using all this sparkle and glitter. Oh and I used some white chunky embossing powder for snow. My best friend, Lillian, sent me the white and gold glitter deer and I added additional glitter to their antlers. The only thing not glitter on this card is the background paper.


My picture isn't the best showing my image because of all the glitter and sparkle.  Her hair below looks washed out but is actually a nice golden blonde. You can see it better in the picture below this picture.




I used this awesome image from Time 4 Tea and I used Stickles Glitter named "Candy Cane" that has red and gold mixed together for her dress and the solid teal color Stickles glitter for her scarf. I used white flocking for her ear muffs and trim on the bottom of her dress.




I used red glitter embossing powder on my poinsettia leaves and a white brad holds them together and I added some clear glitter to the brad for sparkle. You can't see them in these small pictures, but I used two tree die cuts, one in metallic teal paper and one in fine glitter teal paper.




This is super fine glitter teal paper for my holly die cut that I glued on white paper and then fussy cut around them so that they had a white border like my poinsettia has.  I added pretty red jewels for the berries.




I used white glitter paper for my mittens and a light teal colored glitter button to hold up my mittens.




A gold bow really sets this glitz and sparkle card off! I used my little bow tool by Craft-Dee BowZ to make this bow as the ribbon is actually all glitter and I couldn't tie this without my bow tool!




The team at Christmas at Sweet Stampin' have made some awesome GLITZ AND SPARKLE Christmas cards for you to enjoy and I hope they inspire you to join us.


                                                                             Gail
I've entered this card in the challenges at:
Vilda Stamps Challenge Blog
Christmas Card Challenges
The Ribbon Girl
Mari Digis
Art by Miran
Crafting From The Heart
Craft Your Passion Challenge
Digi Choosday Craft Challenge
Through The Classroom Door
Happy Little Stampers
Always Playing With Paper








Monday, October 10, 2016

Five of a Kind

There's a new challenge starting at the Cutie Pie Challenge Blog and I'm sure we'll have lots of entries for this easy challenge of FIVE OF A KIND. Your card/projects has to have 5 of the same kind of item on it. Thanks to our sponsor, All Dressed Up, for these adorable images. I used two of the Little Autumn Girls for my card this month.




As you can see, I've used 5 pretty pearls and also 5 ribbon flowers, on my card. I colored my images with Copics.




Our sponsor this month is All Dressed Up and if you haven't visited the digital store, please stop by and visit. There are so many cute images that it's hard to pick just one! The winner's prize is 2 digital images of your choice!


https://www.etsy.com/shop/alldressedupstamps



The Design Team at the Cutie Pie Challenge Blog have made some adorable cards to inspire you and I hope you'll stop by and see them. This is an easy challenge of FIVE OF A KIND and I hope you'll join us.                                                                           

                                                                Gail

Friday, September 30, 2016

Happy Halloween!

It's October 1 and time for a new challenge at Craft-Dee BowZ. As usual, our challenge to you is ANYTHING GOES AND INCLUDE A HAND MADE BOW.  Being that it's the month of Halloween, I decided to color up a cute little Elisabeth Bell Halloween image.



Coloring black is always a challenge for me and I voted to do gray instead. I wanted to see the cute design on her hat and shoes!!  I've colored her with Copics. Thank you to my BFF, Lillian, for the die cut ghosts. She sent me these in a care package and they were perfect on this card! The bats and spider are brads.




This black ribbon made a beautiful triple looped bow and using my bow tool made this a cinch to make. If you haven't used a bow tool yet, you need to try it. Every bow comes out awesome so you save time and ribbon trying to get the 'perfect' bow for your project! I made my stickpin for additional dimension to my card.




The four team members at Craft-Dee BowZ have made some awesome projects to inspire you to join our challenge and to also show off what beautiful bows were made with the bow tool! I hope you'll join us this month for our ANYTHING GOES AND ADD A HAND MADE BOW challenge! 


                                                                                           Hugs,
                                                             Gail

Monday, September 26, 2016

A is for Autumn and Apples!

It's the 4th Tuesday in September and my day to be spotlighted on Craft-Dee BowZ challenge blog. I decided to make a shaker card, something I rarely do. I've stepped out of my comfort zone with this card!  I used this adorable image from Robyn's Fetish named Basket of Apples. Thank you, Donna, from Craft-Dee BowZ for the ribbon and those great red translucent beads that I used in my shaker!




And here's my red satin double looped bow. I've always loved ribbon on my cards and have more ribbon than I can use in my lifetime. And I've made bows for years, but I never made such pretty bows until I got my Craft-Dee BowZ bow maker. This little bow maker guarantees me great bows and I use it for every bow I make now. Whether it's a single looped bow or many loops...this little bow maker makes it easy as pie to create gorgeous bows.



Robyn's Fetish Digital Stamps And More is proud to sponsor this challenge. They are a division of I Did It Creations, and was created and is owned by Robyn Weinrib. Robyn owns a wonderful variety of digital stamps and digital papers, designed to meet the needs of all digital paper crafting addicts for every occasion.

Robyn's Fetish Digital Stamps And More is happy to award 3 digital stamps of the winner's choice to the winner of this challenge!!

I hope you've been watching the Design Team's creations posted each Tuesday at Craft-Dee BowZ challenge blog and if you've missed any of the projects this month, please go here and scroll down. Be ready to be delighted with the projects we each have done using an image from Robyn's Fetish Digital Stamps And More!


                                                                                      Hugs,
                                                         Gail

Monday, September 19, 2016

Happy 5th Birthday Cutie Pie Challenge!

Happy birthday to Cutie Pie Challenge!  It's been 5 years since this challenge blog began and so this month we're celebrating! 
The challenge this month is HAPPY BIRTHDAY! I used this cute image from Crafty Sentiments named Opening Presents.


I colored my image with Copics and added Wink of Stella clear glitter over the package.


And here's my bow made from this awesome houndstooth patterned ribbon.



To mark this special occasion, we have FIVE fantastic sponsors

have a wonderful prize for our DT chosen winner
 
http://disdigidownloads.blogspot.co.uk/
have a $10 online store voucher for a randomly chosen winner


 http://craftysentimentsdesigns.co.uk/
have a prize of three digi stamps for a randomly chosen winner


have a prize of three digi stamps for a randomly chosen winner

http://www.bugaboostamps.com/
 
An extra special prize will be given for an extra special person - could that be you??? All you have to do is leave a comment on the post here at the Cutie Pie Challenge and visit us next Monday (September 19th) and leave another comment on our "A Little Extra Cutie-ness"  Inspiration post to have a chance - it's as easy as that!

The team has made some very cute cards to celebrate this 5th birthday of Cutie Pie Challenge and we hope our cards inspire you to join us this month!

                                                                                        Hugs,
                                                           Gail

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Christmas Die Cuts

I don't know anyone who can't enter this challenge!  Doesn't every card maker have a Christmas/Winter Die Cut?  There are so many out there and I hope you'll join us at Christmas at Sweet Stampin' for our challenge of CHRISTMAS/WINTER DIE CUTS. You can use one or more, but it must be one for Christmas or Winter.


I have a ton of embossing folders and rarely use them. This time, though, I had the perfect die cut to accompany an embossed background.




Our sponsor at Christmas at Sweet Stampin' is Stix 2.  Take a look at this fabulous store!!


http://www.stix2.co.uk/


The Team at Christmas at Sweet Stampin' have created cards to inspire you this month. I hope you'll join us.


                                                                                    Hugs,
                                                       Gail

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Good day, good week, good month, good life!

It's September 1. For many of you it means cooler weather. Not yet for us here in Phoenix, Arizona. But, each month does bring something wonderful to everyone...a new challenge at Craft-Dee BowZ!  I know how much I look forward to new monthly challenges, and I hope others do, too. The challenge this month is what it has been every month:  ANYTHING GOES AND ADD A HANDMADE BOW. 


I've had a goal and over the past 6 weeks to make 14 cards. My daughter, Stephanie, had a cervical disc replaced in her neck on August 23. She lives two hours north of us and wasn't allowed to drive so she's staying with us from August 21 until the doctor says she can drive (we estimate September 6) and she brought her 2 dogs and one cat with her. Each morning, there's a card waiting for Steph to cheer her up, or at least make her smile. Here's one of the cards. I used a Bugaboo image.




Here's a close-up of the image. Stephanie has red hair, brown eyes and the colors of this kitty are the colors of her kitty, Allie. The large scalloped die cut is by Whimsy. Oh, and I colored this with Copics in case you want to know. If you don't really care, just skip this part of the paragraph.




The flowers are from I Am Roses, Wild Orchid Crafts and Live and Love Crafts.




Here's the inside, and I have to share this because I found an awesome rubber stamp to share with you. I know this will make Steph smile!




And always, the best for last (I eat my meals like this too, eating what I don't like first and saving the best for last) is my bow. I used this very pretty ribbon and made a double looped bow using my Craft-Dee BowZ tool. I forgot what it's like to attempt bows like this without my bow tool and don't want to even go back there! The bow tool is so easy to use, economical, and small enough to use a pushpin on a wall to hold it close to my craft station (I know this for a fact). That's a little button of a paw with the shank cut off and glued in the middle. I thought it added a little extra cute to the card.




My teammates at Craft-Dee BowZ make exceptional cards and projects. Me...I'm a card maker and don't do many projects, but you should see what they make! I've tried to hire them to make something neat on my behalf but so far none of them has answered my e-mails so you'll see cards on my blog and that's about it.


Each team member (there are 4 of us) have one Tuesday each every month in which we post a card or project on Craft-Dee BowZ challenge blog. This month we're sponsored by Robyn's Fetish and our weekly posts are "Fall" oriented and we're using red, gingham and royal blue for our colors. So, stop by each Monday for a new creation!


For you, our fabulous Followers and Participants, the challenge is ANYTHING GOES AND ADD A HANDMADE BOW. So get your card(s) ready, posted, and remember that you can enter the challenge as many times as you want!


                                                                                                  Hugs,
                                                                  Gail