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Friday, November 30, 2018

Christmas already!!

Can it really be December 1?  What happened to this year?!  Welcome to another new challenge at Craft-Dee BowZ where our challenge is ANYTHING GOES AND INCLUDE A HANDMADE BOW.  Our sponsor this month is the fabulous Bugaboo who has so many wonderful images! I used this great image named Winter Trio.

I colored my snowmen with Copics and tree and snowflake die cuts. I bought this tag die cut on-line and have no idea who made it. The stripe along the bottom is actually washi tape, 3 rows of it, put on white paper and then cut and glued to my card.
The ribbon I used was very thin, stiff and iridescent. It was fun to make this bow with so many loops and I couldn't have done it without my bow tool. I glued a clear iridescent snowflake in the middle of my bow.


Our sponsor this month is Bugaboo. The winner of this challenge will receive 4 images of the winner's choice!

Everything That You Ever Wanted to Know About Bugaboo Stamps: As if raising five children in the frozen land of the North was not enough of a challenge, Jodie Mackrell decided to dip her cold little Canadian toes into the world of papercrafting by opening an online store full of her illustrations. That was six years ago. Today Bugaboo Stamps is one of the leading companies in digital images, and we're still growing! From seriously snarky to sugary sweet to sublimely soulful all the way over to the other side of the super sexy spectrum, you're bound to find all that you need and more to create your paper projects. Jodie works very hard to provide New Releases and Freebies every week!
                                                              

I  hope you all have a beautiful December and a wonderful holiday!  I'm looking forward to seeing the pretty Christmas cards entered in our challenge at Craft-Dee BowZ for our ANYTHING GOES AND INCLUDE A HAND MADE BOW challenge!

                                                                   Thanks for stopping by!
                                                     Gail


Monday, November 26, 2018

Santa is coming!

This is my week to post at Craft-Dee BowZ and our challenge is ANYTHING GOES AND INCLUDE A HANDMADE BOW. I chose this awesome stamp and matching die of Santa by Art Impressions for my card. I love Christmas and winter cards. It's my favorite season and for a good reason...it's the coolest time here in Phoenix and we get to wear sweaters!  We don't get snow in Phoenix, but we can drive just 2 hours and head to Flagstaff--just north of us--and snow ski!  But here in the desert, winter time temps can be as high as 85! I'll never forget Christmas of 1988 when it got up to 85 and we were all running around in shorts, tank tops and flip flops!  That might sound good to you but remember that our temps have hit 123 in the summer!
My bow is a triple loop and it's 'wired' ribbon which means there's a thin wire through it. It helped this bow keep this shape, which reminded me of ribbon candy. The red and white reminded me of candy canes. Making this bow was super easy using my bow tool. The red jewel in the middle was the perfect touch to this awesome bow. The die cut word "snow" is slightly hidden but is cut out of red metallic paper, just like the giant snowflake behind my Santa's head. I used white glitter as well as white embossing powder on my card.
Our sponsor this month is Kinda' Cute by Patricia. The prize to our winner is three images from Kinda' Cute.

Have you had a chance to check out the blog each Tuesday this month to see the Team's creations?  I hope you'll join us this month at Craft-Dee BowZ for our ANYTHING GOES AND ADD A HAND MADE BOW challenge!

                                                             Thanks for stopping by!
                                                     Gail

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Christmas Carols

It's a new month and time for a new challenge. Wow, who else feels like the months fly by?!  Our new challenge this month at Craft-Dee BowZ is ANYTHING GOES AND INCLUDE A HANDMADE BOW. Our sponsor this month is Kinda' Cute by Patricia and I used this adorable image named Kids Singing.



I colored my image with Copics and used these great Christmas tags by Lili of the Valley and this awesome musical die cut to accent my image.




My bow is a triple looped bow which was a breeze to make using my bow tool.  This is a great Christmas present for anyone who likes to add bows to their projects!




Our sponsor this month is Kinda' Cute by Patricia. The prize to our winner is three images from Kinda' Cute.



I hope you'll join us this month at Craft-Dee BowZ for our ANYTHING GOES AND ADD A HAND MADE BOW challenge!

                                                             Thanks for stopping by!
                                                     Gail


Monday, October 22, 2018

Happy Halloween!

I'm not one to celebrate Halloween anymore since the kids have all grown up and moved away. But, this little image from Conie Fong was too cute to pass up! It's my week to post at Craft-Dee BowZ and our challenge is ANYTHING GOES AND ADD A HANDMADE BOW.
 I colored my image with Copics and found this awesome paper pack in my stash. I added a die cut of a tree, some black lace, some awesome roses and punched out some leaves from the same paper as the oval die behind my image.
Here's my pretty double looped satin bow and I glued this great witch hat charm in the middle of it. Making bows is so easy with my bow tool. If you make bows for your cards, you really need to get this cute and compact bow tool!
Our sponsor this month is Bugaboo. The winner of this challenge will receive 4 images of the winner's choice!  I hope you've had a chance to look at the creations by Barb, Tracey and Kathy this month and that you've gotten your card posted to our challenge. Our challenge is ANYTHING GOES AND ADD A HAND MADE BOW!
                                                                    Thanks for stopping by!
                                                     Gail

Sunday, September 30, 2018

Holiday Preparation

October...can it be October already! Time is flying by and Christmas is quickly approaching. Time for me to buckle down and get some holiday cards ready!  It's time for a new challenge at Craft-Dee BowZ...and it's ANYTHING GOES AND INLCUDE A HANDMADE BOW. Our sponsor this month is one of my favorite stores, Bugaboo. I chose this image named Elephant Christmas Tree for my card.
I colored my image with Copics and used 3-D white paint and then sprinkled my Hero Arts "Snow" glitter on the wet paint.
I made this beautiful white bow using my bow tool. It's so easy to make a perfect bow with my bow tool and if you like bows, this is the tool for you! After making this pretty bow, I glued this metal brad of a Santa hat in the middle of it.

Our sponsor this month is Bugaboo. The winner of this challenge will receive 4 images of the winner's choice!
Everything That You Ever Wanted to Know About Bugaboo Stamps: As if raising five children in the frozen land of the North was not enough of a challenge, Jodie Mackrell decided to dip her cold little Canadian toes into the world of papercrafting by opening an online store full of her illustrations. That was six years ago. Today Bugaboo Stamps is one of the leading companies in digital images, and we're still growing! From seriously snarky to sugary sweet to sublimely soulful all the way over to the other side of the super sexy spectrum, you're bound to find all that you need and more to create your paper projects. Jodie works very hard to provide New Releases and Freebies every week!


The team has made some adorable cards with Bugaboo images and I hope you'll take a look at them and be inspired! I hope you'll join us this month at Craft-Dee BowZ for our ANYTHING GOES AND INCLUDE A HAND MADE BOW challenge!
 
                                                               Thanks for stopping by!
                                                     Gail

Monday, September 24, 2018

Best Friends

There's a good reason why they say a 'dog is man's best friend'. I've had my share of dogs and I've had one, my beagle Bailey, who really was my best friend. Bailey and I were buds. He's in heaven now but I think of him every day.  I fell in love with this image from Little Miss Muffet and am using it for my post this month at Craft-Dee BowZ where our challenge is ANYTHING GOES AND ADD A HANDMADE BOW.
I colored my image with Copics and had fun using my paw print punch.  My background paper is actually a piece of wrapping paper. I found a roll of wrapping paper at the store a long time ago, used most of it but saved a small piece. It worked out perfect for this background!
And here's my bow, a triple looped bow and my little bow tool gave me the perfect loops and knot in the middle. This is one little tool I can't live without!
Our sponsor this month is the wonderful Beccy's PlaceBeccy's Place will provide the winner of the challenge with their choice of one set of digital stamps. Yes, that's correct, a whole set!!

Have you seen the other wonderful cards made this month by Barb, Kathy and Tracey? With a team of just 4, each Tuesday is a special day at Craft-Dee BowZ. Since this is the last Tuesday of the month, if you have your creation ready to post, you need to do so right away. Remember, our challenge is ANYTHING GOES AND ADD A HANDMADE BOW!
 
                                                                       Thanks for stopping by!
                                                        Gail

Friday, August 31, 2018

Robins, Cardinals, Bluebirds...

Hello everyone and welcome to September!  As is customary, today starts a new challenge at Craft-Dee BowZ where our challenge is ANYTHING GOES AND INCLUDE A HANDMADE BOW.  Our sponsor this month is Beccy's Place and I chose this very pretty image called Baby Robin.  I've started my Christmas cards knowing that my schedule is going to go crazy with the upcoming holidays.



I colored my image with Copics and to keep with the theme of the image, I added some holly and berries


My two double looped bows, one slid within the other, are my finishing touch. This was so easy to do with my bow tool. making the smaller bow first, then making the larger bow and keeping in on my tool and sliding the smaller one in the loop was simple to do! 


Our sponsor this month is Beccy's Place.  The winner receives one set of digital stamps!

The team has made some adorable cards with Beccy's Place images and I hope you'll take a look at them and be inspired! I hope you'll join us this month at Craft-Dee BowZ for our ANYTHING GOES AND INCLUDE A HAND MADE BOW challenge!
 
                                                               Thanks for stopping by!
                                                     Gail



Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Pretty in Peach

I love fairies, butterflies and pretty images and using glitter and embellishments on my cards! Today is my day to post on Craft-Dee BowZ where our challenge this month is ANYTHING GOES AND INCLUDE A HANDMADE BOW. I'm using this fairy image from Tiddly Inks.
I colored my image with Copics and ran across a sunflower charm in my stash that I colored with Copics and glued in her hair. I found some brown fluff in one of my craft drawers and added that to the middle of my colored sunflowers. The pink and white pearl swirl is from a craft show I attended in Mesa, AZ last year.
My bow is a quadruple looped bow and I could never have made this without my bow tool. I looped it twice around and then looped it twice more on the inside of my bow bars and held the two smaller loops while I tied it off. I would have needed at least 3 hands to make this bow but my little bow tool is so helpful and handy. If you like bows on your cards or projects, order this for yourself now!
Our sponsor this month is Bugaboo. The winner of this challenge will receive 4 images of the winner's choice! The team has made some adorable cards this month and I hope you'll take a look at them and be inspired! I hope you'll join us this month at Craft-Dee BowZ for our ANYTHING GOES AND INCLUDE A HAND MADE BOW challenge!
 
                                                               Thanks for stopping by!
                                                     Gail

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Puppy Love

Can it be August already? Another month has flown by and here we are with a new challenge at Craft-Dee BowZ.  Our sponsor is Bugaboo Stamps and our challenge is ANYTHING GOES AND INLCUDE A HANDMADE BOW.  I fell in love with this image named Girl Puppy Love. I colored this dog like my own beagle, Lucy.


I colored my image with Copics and had such fun using my paw punch and dog papers for this card.


My bow is a triple looped bow and using my bow tool make this so easy to do. I was able to tie this bow nice and tight and still keep perfect loops!

Our sponsor this month is Bugaboo. The winner of this challenge will receive 4 images of the winner's choice!
Everything That You Ever Wanted to Know About Bugaboo Stamps: As if raising five children in the frozen land of the North was not enough of a challenge, Jodie Mackrell decided to dip her cold little Canadian toes into the world of papercrafting by opening an online store full of her illustrations. That was six years ago. Today Bugaboo Stamps is one of the leading companies in digital images, and we're still growing! From seriously snarky to sugary sweet to sublimely soulful all the way over to the other side of the super sexy spectrum, you're bound to find all that you need and more to create your paper projects. Jodie works very hard to provide New Releases and Freebies every week!

The team has made some adorable cards with Bugaboo images and I hope you'll take a look at them and be inspired! I hope you'll join us this month at Craft-Dee BowZ for our ANYTHING GOES AND INCLUDE A HAND MADE BOW challenge!
 
                                                               Thanks for stopping by!
                                                     Gail

Monday, July 23, 2018

I love sparkly

I love sparkly things. Rhinestones on cards are one of my favorite embellishments. Today is my day to post on Craft-Dee BowZ where our monthly challenge is ANYTHING GOES AND INCLUDE A HANDMADE BOW.  I'm using a very cute image from Candibean for my card.
I colored my image with Copics and used some light blue chalk for around my image. The pink flower pot and flowers are actually buttons that my best friend, Lillian, sent to me.
Here's my pretty double looped satin bow. Making bows is so easy with my bow tool.  I used to be pretty good at making bows by wrapping the ribbon around my fingers, but after getting my bow tool it's so much faster, easier and I save ribbon since every bow comes out great the first time. If you make bows for your cards, you really need to get this cute and compact bow tool
Our sponsor this month is Kinda' Cute by Patricia. The prize to our winner is three images from Kinda' Cute. I hope you'll join us this month at Craft-Dee BowZ for our ANYTHING GOES AND ADD A HAND MADE BOW challenge!

                                                             Thanks for stopping by!
                                                     Gail

Saturday, June 30, 2018

I love the ocean...

When you think of taking a vacation in the summer time, where do you think of going?  I've always thought of the ocean. Maybe because I love the water and was raised in Connecticut and Long Island Sound could be seen from my bedroom window.

Today starts a new challenge at Craft-Dee BowZ and it's ANYTHING GOES AND INCLUDE A HANDMADE BOW.  Our sponsor this month is Kinda' Cute by Patricia and I chose this adorable image named Mermaid In Rock. 
I colored my scene with Copics and used real seashells from one of our San Diego vacations as embellishments.
My bow was made by sliding a smaller bow inside the knot of the larger bow and then I added a real seashell in the middle to continue my card theme. I used my bow tool and having one bow done and the other still on my tool, made it so easy to combine these two bows!

Our sponsor this month is Kinda' Cute by Patricia. The prize to our winner is three images from Kinda' Cute. 

I hope you'll join us this month at Craft-Dee BowZ for our ANYTHING GOES AND ADD A HAND MADE BOW challenge!

                                                             Thanks for stopping by!
                                                     Gail

Monday, June 25, 2018

Fairy Wishes

Have you ever picked your embellishments before your image for a card you want to make? Or do you color and then go to your stash of supplies?  I usually pick my image, then my paper, color and then pick embellishments. I did things different for this card. I picked my ribbon first, then my paper, then my image.

It's my week to post on Craft-Dee BowZ where the monthly challenge is ANYTHING GOES AND INCLUDE A HANDMADE BOW.  I chose this image from Make It Crafty for my card.
Here's another view so you can see the sparkle and shine of my rhinestones. My rhinestone swirls were just clear and I used my Copic markers to color them and match my ribbon and paper. I just love how they came out!
I colored my image with Copics and added some glitter paper circles around her for additional shine. It's hard to see, but I used clear iridescent glitter for her fairy dust.
My bow is a triple looped bow and I could never have made this without my bow tool. I looped it twice around and then looped it once more on the inside of my bow bars and held the smaller loop while I tied it off. I would have needed at least 3 hands to make this bow but my little bow tool is so helpful and handy. If you like bows on your cards or projects, order this for yourself now!

Our sponsor this month is Bugaboo. The winner of this challenge will receive 4 images of the winner's choice! The team has made some adorable cards this month and I hope you'll take a look at them and be inspired! I hope you'll join us this month at Craft-Dee BowZ for our ANYTHING GOES AND INCLUDE A HAND MADE BOW challenge!
 
                                                               Thanks for stopping by!
                                                     Gail 



Thursday, May 31, 2018

Bunnies bunnies bunnies

As the months fly by, it's already time for a new challenge at Craft-Dee BowZ.  We're sponsored this month by Bugaboo Stamps and our challenge is ANYTHING GOES AND ADD A HANDMADE BOW. I chose this very cute image named Spring Bunnies.

Here's a close-up of this adorable image. I colored this with Copics and added a bit of glitter.
This double looped bow as a breeze to make with my bow tool. This ribbon was a breeze to use and using my bow tool guaranteed me a perfect bow!
Our sponsor this month is Bugaboo. The winner of this challenge will receive 4 images of the winner's choice!

Everything That You Ever Wanted to Know About Bugaboo Stamps: As if raising five children in the frozen land of the North was not enough of a challenge, Jodie Mackrell decided to dip her cold little Canadian toes into the world of papercrafting by opening an online store full of her illustrations. That was six years ago. Today Bugaboo Stamps is one of the leading companies in digital images, and we're still growing! From seriously snarky to sugary sweet to sublimely soulful all the way over to the other side of the super sexy spectrum, you're bound to find all that you need and more to create your paper projects. Jodie works very hard to provide New Releases and Freebies every week!

The team has made some adorable cards with Bugaboo images and I hope you'll take a look at them and be inspired! I hope you'll join us this month at Craft-Dee BowZ for our ANYTHING GOES AND INCLUDE A HAND MADE BOW challenge!
 
                                                               Thanks for stopping by!
                                                     Gail



Monday, May 21, 2018

Spring Helper

It's my Tuesday to post at Craft-Dee BowZ and I got a new die that I just had to use. It made for a rather large sized card, but I had fun making this very girly card!  I used an image from Elisabeth Bell called Honey Little Spring Helper.
I used my new die cuts, pretty flowers, tag, punches and gorgeous ribbon! I love the color theme turquoise and purple, too. I colored my image with my Copics.
I made a triple looped bow and added this pretty button in the center.  I used my bow tool to make this bow and it came out with perfect, uniformed sized loops. Making bows is so easy with my bow tool!
Have you had a chance to follow Craft-Dee BowZ and see the pretty creations from the team members posted each Tuesday?  If you have a chance, please stop by here and take a look! The winner of this month's challenge will receive 3 images e-mailed directly from Patricia of Kinda' Cute. I hope you'll join us for our ANYTHING GOES AND INCLUDE A HANDMADE BOW challenge!

                                                               Thanks for stopping by!
                                                    Gail

Monday, April 30, 2018

Pretty and Sweet Ballerina

Welcome to May and the new challenge at Craft-Dee BowZ which is ANYTHING GOES AND INCLUDE A HANDMADE BOW. Our sponsor this month is Kinda' Cute by Patricia and I used this very sweet image named Ballerina.
I colored my image with Copics and love glitter and couldn't resist giving her beautiful skirt the shimmer and shine.
And, my four looped bow was so simple to make using my bow tool.

The winner of this month's challenge will receive 3 images e-mailed directly from Patricia of Kinda' Cute!

The team has made some adorable cards with Kinda' Cute images and I hope you'll take a look at them and be inspired! I hope you'll join us this month at Craft-Dee BowZ for our ANYTHING GOES AND INCLUDE A HAND MADE BOW challenge!
 
                                                               Thanks for stopping by!
                                                     Gail