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Tuesday, December 1, 2020

December has arrived!

Did you feel like December would never get here this year? I know I always look forward to winter and Christmas is my favorite holiday, like so many others! I love making winter cards the very best so I find myself making them on and off all year long. This month at Craft-Dee BowZ our sponsor is The Paper Shelter. I chose this pre-colored image named Little Hazel for my card this month

I used lots of fun dies for this card and I have not one, but two bows on my card! Here's my white organza ribbon bow.

And here's my 1/8" satin ribbon bow that's on my tag. 

Using my bow tool is so easy and my bows come out so nice. I always had issues with my bows and I'd waste ribbon trying to get the one I'd like to use for the project. Not anymore, since this little bow tool guarantees me great bows every time!

Our sponsor, The Paper Shelter, is donating 3 digital images of the winner's choice. That's an awesome prize and you might want to go and check them out now.  There are so many awesome digital images to choose from!


Our challenge here at Craft-Dee BowZ  is ANYTHING GOES and we're looking forward to seeing your projects!  I hope you'll join us this month!

                                                                                  Thanks for stopping by!

                                                                                                --Gail

Tuesday, November 24, 2020

Give thanks

Welcome to my blog and it's my week to post on Craft-Dee BowZ and share a card with you.  When I think of autumn, I think of mums, sunflowers, pumpkins and sweaters. I saw this adorable little image by Elisabeth Bell and thought she'd be perfect for my card this week. 


I colored my image with Copics and used some pretty leaves, sunflowers and pearls for my embellishments. I added a bit of sparkle to the flowers in her hair, too, and had this awesome paper with sunflowers on it that worked out perfectly!

My bow is a triple looped and I used grossgrain ribbon and then glued a button tied with twine in the middle of the knot. This bow was so simple to make, even with all those loops, using my bow tool. It's the perfect little assistant that I keep within arm's reach at my craft table!  


Our sponsor this month is month is Bugaboo stamps who is giving the winner of our challenge four images of the winner's choice!

                                                    

Our Team here at Craft-Dee BowZ have made some awesome projects using Bugaboo stamps, so please visit us and we hope you'll join us this month for our ANYTHING GOES challenge!

                                                                          Thanks for stopping by!
                                                                                      --Gail

Sunday, November 1, 2020

I love making winter cards!

It's November 1 and autumn is moving into winter now.  If you haven't started your Christmas cards yet, now is the time!  We have our monthly challenge at Craft-Dee BowZ which is ANYTHING GOES. 

Our sponsor this month is Bugaboo. The most difficult part this month was picking only one image from the thousands available to use for this challenge! I chose Winter Birds - Snowman for my card. 


I colored my image with Copics and and used some fun dies on my card. I found these pretty metallic flat backed jewels in my Christmas embellishments, too. 


Here's my bow made from red grossgrain ribbon that has a green stitched edge. I added this cute silver snowman charm to my bow.


I can make the most beautiful bows with my bow tool. This double looped gross grain bow was a breeze to make and came out perfect! If you use bows on your projects, you need to give this little bow tool a try. It's simple, hangs by a ribbon at your work station and is compact!


Our sponsor Bugaboo Stamps is awarding the winner of our challenge four images of the winner's choice. I'm sure you're going to find more than four that you love, too!  



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 on-line 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 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!

Our Team here at Craft-Dee BowZ have made some awesome projects using Bugaboo stamps, so please visit us and we hope you'll join us this month for our ANYTHING GOES challenge!

                                                                          Thanks for stopping by!
                                                                                      --Gail


Tuesday, October 27, 2020

To swim free as a mermaid!

Are there days you'd just like to be a mermaid? I love the ocean and I'm a fan of mermaid stamps. If I could wish to come back as something after I die, I think I'd pick a mermaid. This image is from Sherri Baldy and I fell in love with her the minute I saw her. 

It's the fourth Tuesday of the month, so it's my turn to post here for Craft-Dee BowZ.  Each week a different team member gets to post a card or project of their choice. So here I am with my card. 


I colored my image with Copics and used clear glitter on the seashells across the bottom and then colored the glitter with my markers. They still have the glittery look without the mess of using numerous colors of glitter. 


I love my bow tool. I don't think I make many cards anymore that don't have ribbon or lace on them and my little bow tool helps me make the perfect bows. You can see my bow below and how pretty it turned out. It's a great embellishment on this card and I do love embellishments!  I can honestly say that a CAS card is a tremendous challenge for me and I'm more comfortable adding stuff to a card than keeping it clean and simple. 


Here's what my little bow tool looks like...pretty simple to use and it hangs on a nail right next to me!


Our sponsor this month is Gerda Steiner Designs and the winner of this challenge gets to pick two images from this fantastic on-line store.                                                             
You've got two more days to enter our ANYTHING GOES challenge at Craft-Dee BowZ!

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                                                                            --Gail

Thursday, October 1, 2020

Holidays with friends

It's October 1 and time for a new challenge at Craft-Dee BowZ.  Our sponsor this month is Gerda Steiner Designs and I used this image named Reindeer With Bird for my card. This little cardinal and reindeer are enjoying the holiday season together. It's getting to be that time of the year where I realize I need Christmas cards so I've pulled out my Christmas papers, images and embellishments!


I colored my image with Copics and used Ranger Glossy Accents on the ornaments and my reindeer's nose. I used 3-d white paint to make my snowflakes, snow on the trees and on the ground. I added some pretty dark red jewels to the upper corners and a string of ornaments along the bottom of my card.


My bow as made with my bow tool and I made 2 bows and slid the smaller bow inside the knot of the larger bow. You can't tell at all that there are 2 bows here, but the look is so pretty! My bow tool is wonderful to use and I keep it right next to me. It's small, lightweight and easy to use! 


Here's what my bow tool looks like. If you like ribbon bows on your cards and projects, this is the most economical tool you can buy to be guaranteed perfect bows!




The sponsor this month at Craft-Dee BowZ is Gerda Steiner Designs.  The prize is 3 digital stamps of the winner's choice! 

I hope you'll join us this month in our ANYTHING GOES challenge and we look forward to seeing your creations!                                                     

                                                              Thanks for stopping by!

                                                                                 --Gail

Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Stephanie and Tully!

Hello! Today is my day to post a card for Craft-Dee BowZ and I'm using this adorable image from High Hopes called Heidi & Mattie. This card was made for my daughter who has a large dog that is part Irish Wolfhound and the most gentle dog I've ever met. This card is dedicated to Tully Carlo. 

I colored my image with Copics and gave Heidi red hair since my daughter, Stephanie, has red hair. Now, I did a little artistic creativeness with Mattie. Although Tully is very dark, almost black, I decided to use grays instead so the details would show. He is getting older now and has quite a bit of gray in his coat, but not as gray as this. 

Here's a close-up of the image. I added a touch of glitter to the heart on Heidi's overalls and a touch of gold metallic to Mattie's tag.

Using my bow tool, I tied this very pretty lacy bow. I added a dog bone to the center and tied another bow by threading it through the knot on my lacy bow. 

My bow tool is simple to use and it hangs on a hook right on my work table. It makes all sizes of bows and I waste no additional ribbon since every bow comes out perfect! 

The challenge at Craft-Dee BowZ is ANYTHING GOES this month and our sponsor is Cute As A Button.  The prize donated is two black and white images of your choice!

There's one more week to upload your cards for the challenge, and I hope you'll join us!

                                                                   Thanks for stopping by!

                                          --Gail


Tuesday, September 1, 2020

Birthday Cards!

I am always in need of a birthday card and I'm sure most people do. As a card maker, I try to keep some on hand and here's one I'm adding to my 'birthday box'. The image is by Cute As A Button and is named Birthday Wish. The challenge here at Craft-Dee BowZ this month is:  ANYTHING GOES. And, as you probably guessed, our sponsor is Cute As A Button!


I colored my image with Copics and went a little wild with my white pen on the polka dot balloon. Below is my image close-up and she is just the cutest image for a birthday card!


I used a piece of seam binding for my bow and did a double bow using my bow tool. Such a simple little tool that saves me so much time since every bow turns out perfect! I made my stickpins and my tulips and other flowers are from Wild Orchid. 


My bow tool is so simple to use and so affordable. Do you have one of these?


Our sponsor this month is Cute As A Button and the prize is 2 single images of the winner's choice! . These are all hand drawn images and there are so many I'm sure you'll find some to your liking!


I hope you'll join us this month at Craft-Dee BowZ for our ANYTHING GOES challenge!

                                                                                Thanks for stopping by!

                                        --Gail


Tuesday, August 25, 2020

What makes you happy?

Hello and it's time for me to post my inspiration for the week at Craft-Dee BowZ!  Today I chose an image from Sassy Cheryl. There's four of us on the team here at Craft-Dee BowZ and each of us gets a week to be featured. I hope you check back every Tuesday to see the new creations on the CDB Blog!


I colored my image with Copics and added a few polka dots to her dress to match her bow. I added this tiny pearl earring and some Ranger Glossy Accents to her patent leather shoes. I found these flower sequins at a craft store a while back and added just 3 of them as well as 3 pretty pearls. For reference, my card is 6"x 6".



My flowers are all made out of ribbon and the leaves are from Wild Orchid Crafts. The pretty acrylic flower is from my stash.  

                          

My bow is a little different this week. I always make double looped and triple looped bows. But I wanted you to see how perfect the bow tool can make even the simplest of bows, a single loop bow made out of grosgrain ribbon. Size is not an issue with the bow tool and you can make small bows to large bows and single to multi-looped bows. I love adding ribbon and lace to my cards and just a small bow can make such a difference to a creation! Here's what my bow tool looks like. It's affordable and simple to use. 


Our sponsor this month is Bugaboo and the very generous prize is four images of the winner's choice!  Bugaboo has hundreds of images and I am sure you're going to find more than four that you'd like!

There's five more days left in our challenge at Craft-Dee BowZ and I hope you'll join us. Remember that our challenge is ANYTHING GOES!

                                                                             Thanks for stopping by!

                                                 --Gail



Saturday, August 1, 2020

Summertime Sweets!

I love the fruits of summer. From cherries to grapes, from watermelon to peaches...there's no summer fruit I don't love! Lately I've gotten some awesome watermelons and if you eat watermelon,  you understand how some are better than others. It's time for a new challenge at Craft-Dee BowZ and my image is from Bugaboo this month, I chose this KidZ Bella Watermelon Peeker. I thought she was adorable! 


Here's a close-up of my image. There was a image of a ladybug on the watermelon, but I had a small lady bug charm that fit just perfect as you can see! I colored my image with Copics.


And here is my triple loop bow. It came out just perfect using my bow tool. I used this awesome ribbon of pink and green organza which went just perfect with my card colors. I also clipped a watermelon charm in the middle of my bow. These are the little details I love putting on my cards. 


Here's what my bow tool looks like. It's small, easy to use, and can make so many different sizes of bows that you'll always be able to make the size you need and want! I hang mine by a hook right on my work bench so it's never far from me since I use mine all the time! 


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 on-line 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 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 awesome projects using Bugaboo stamps, so please visit Craft-Dee BowZ and we hope you'll join us this month for our ANYTHING GOES challenge. 

                                                                         Thanks for stopping by!

                                          --Gail


Tuesday, July 28, 2020

Christmas in July

I'm one of those people who loves making Christmas cards ALL the time so when I see "Christmas In July" I pull out my Christmas supplies and go for it. Now, that doesn't mean you have to make a Christmas card to be in our challenge this month at Craft-Dee BowZ since our challenge is always ANYTHING GOES, but if you need an excuse to do a winter card, this is it.


For those who are wondering what ornament die I used, I'm sorry but I didn't make note of it. I used my striped embossing folder for the background, tag stamps by Whimsy, branch die by Tim Holtz, Quikcutz rectangle die and pretty flat back mat finished jewels by Queen & Co. 


My bow is made with lightweight seam binding which tied beautifully using my bow tool. I made a double loop bow and it was the perfect embellishment on this pretty pink Christmas card! You can see how perfect this bow turned out and it was on the first try. No more wasting ribbon or seam binding for me trying to get a good looking bow for any project!


This is my little bow tool. It's small, simple to use, reasonably priced and I've saved money by not wasting anymore ribbon trying to get a good looking bow. It comes out great the first time with my bow tool!


Our sponsor this month is The Paper Shelter and the winner receives 3 images of their choice from the extensive collection of images which include black and white images as well as images digitally colored and even background paper! You are sure to find more than 3 that you want, so please visit the site and see the fabulous images for sale.


Our challenge at Craft-Dee BowZ is always ANYTHING GOES. Today is the last day you can enter your project in our challenge and I wish all entrants the best of luck!  

                                                                              Thanks for stopping by!

                                                  --Gail


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Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Butterflies, flowers, lightning bugs (aka fireflies)...it's summer!

It's already July 1 and are you ready for another challenge at Craft-Dee BowZ? Our challenge this month is ANYTHING GOES. Our sponsor this month is The Paper Shelter. I used this beautiful image called Enchanting Butterflies for my card. It's the perfect image for this time of year with summer here and lots of butterflies flying around my house (to the delight of my 1 year old kitten).


I enjoyed making this pretty card since I love lace, ribbon, flowers, jewels, glitter...and I was able to incorporate these in my card. My card is 6x6 for size reference.


I colored my image with Copics and used Stickles on the edges of each butterfly wing. Such a pretty and sweet image and so much fun to color!


And here's a picture of my bow. It's a double loop bow and I used my bow tool to make this perfect bow. I have saved so much money on ribbon using my bow tool and have no wasted ribbon anymore since every bow comes out perfect! Have you used a bow tool yet? They're inexpensive, a tool you'll have forever and I hang mine right on my workbench so it's always within reach.


Our sponsor this month is The Paper Shelter.  The winner of our challenge is awarded their choice of three images! That's a fabulous prize since if you know TPS, you get color images as well as black and white and even background paper with each image!

                                                        http://www.thepapershelter.com/

I hope to see your projects this month in our ANYTHING GOES challenge at Craft-Dee BowZ!

                                                                         Thanks for stopping by!

                                             --Gail