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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

Monday, April 23, 2018

Pixie Dust

Hi, today's it's my turn to post a card on Craft-Dee BowZ since each member of our team gets a 'Tuesday" and guess what...this is my week! I love the images from Lili of the Valley and got this stamp a while back and just now getting a chance to color her.
I colored this sweet fairy with Copics and added my favorite glitter, Warm Glitter Ritz, to her wings. I took some white 3-D paint and made some dots and sprinkled glitter over them, too, since she's sprinkling her fairy dust around!
This is two double looped bows with the smaller one slid inside the know of the larger one. It came out superb and on the first try, too!  My bow tool is one of my most precious card making tools and it guarantees me perfect bows every time. This beautiful sheer ribbon tied perfectly...thank you, Donna, for the beautiful ribbon each month!
Since my card is posted on the last Tuesday of the month and it's April 24, you have just a few more days to add your card to the Craft-Dee BowZ challenge this month!  Our challenge is ANYTHING GOES AND ADD A HANDMADE BOW.  Have you seen my teammates' cards/projects on the previous Tuesdays?  Take a look here and please leave a comment if you have a moment.


                                                                     Thanks for stopping by!
                                                        Gail

Saturday, March 31, 2018

April Showers...

We don't have April showers here in Phoenix, but when I saw this image, it reminded me of that old saying, "April showers bring May flowers". Today starts a new challenge at Craft-Dee BowZ where the topic is ANYTHING GOES AND INCLUDE A HANDMADE BOW. This adorable image is from Bugaboo, our sponsor for this month. The name of it is "Friends Are Your Umbrella".


I colored my image with Copics and I've used a couple of very cute dies to accent my umbrella theme.


And here's my bow, a triple looped bow made from seam binding. This soft ribbon was perfect for a triple loop 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 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, March 26, 2018

Get Well Wishes

It's my Tuesday to post at Craft-Dee BowZ and I needed a get well card for my daughter who had surgery so I made this to cheer her up. I used this adorable image from Whipper Snapper, and really did stamp an image rather than use a digital stamp!  I love to stamp and enjoy the old fashioned red rubber stamps! 
This card was so much fun to make since Stephanie loves girly cards. I pulled out my lace and pearls, my flowers and satin ribbon and this pretty die. Green is her favorite color, so although St. Patrick's Day is over, she got a green get well card. Stephanie has red hair and she has 6 kitties and I colored them to match her kitties in real life.
I made a triple looped satin bow and added pretty pink and white flowers above it.  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!


                                                              Thanks for stopping by!
                                                    Gail



Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Puppy Kitty Chickie Bunny

So you're wondering what Puppy Kitty Chickie Bunny mean, right?  Well, when my daughter (who is now 33) was around 2 years old, we took a drive to Colorado from Phoenix. It was a long ride. She had a toy that had 4 buttons and 4 pop up doors. In order from left to right, there was a puppy, a kitty, a little chick and a bunny. We spent 8 hours with her, in the car, naming them as she pushed the buttons in a row and then would shut the doors and start all over again. And to this day, 31 years later, I will never forget the order of those 4 pop-ups.

Today marks the beginning of a new challenge at Craft-Dee BowZ and our sponsor is Kinda' Cute by Patricia and the team is using the image Bunny Girl. For the first time since joining the team, we all thought to use the same image since it's getting close to Easter and I hope you like how each of us have made a creation with the same image!

I colored my image with Copics and if you're wondering about the cross on this little image's face, it's actually the artists' drawing of the image.
I love how this double looped, double bow came out using my bow tool.  I made two bows, one smaller than the other and slide the small one inside the loop of the larger one. It was so easy to do using my 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



Monday, February 26, 2018

Birthday cards?

Does anyone ever run low on birthday cards?  I've run low on birthday cards AND Christmas cards so for the rest of this year I'm going to focus on those. This month's card for my Tuesday post at Craft-Dee BowZ is a birthday card and I used a stamp from Wild Rose. Aren't these teddy bears from them too cute?! 

Coloring animals is a tough one for me and I think this bear came out 'okay' but I need more practice. I do love the colors of these papers so I kept my image in the same color family. And this little butterfly is a punch from Martha Stewart, as is the border punch on the side.
And my soft yellow seam binding bow is below. This bow was simple to make with my bow tool and I sound like a broken record but...if you don't have a bow tool, you should consider one if you make bows for your cards or projects. This bow tool is simple to use, I store mine on a push pin on the wall next to my work table, and it can make so many different sizes of bows that you will use it for every bow! I made a double looped bow and then added a pretty soft yellow button in the middle.
Since my card is for the last Tuesday of the month and it's February 27, and this month only has 28 days, you've got only one more day to add your card to the Craft-Dee BowZ challenge this month!  Our challenge is ANYTHING GOES AND ADD A HANDMADE BOW.  Have you seen my teammates' cards/projects on the previous Tuesdays?  Take a look here and please leave a comment if you have a moment.


                                                                     Thanks for stopping by!
                                                        Gail

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Valentines, hearts, sweet, love...

It's time to share with you a Valentine card that I made with beautiful lace hearts that I received as part of the Craft-Dee BowZ team. Thank you, Donna! These pink hearts are so pretty and I made this card with them.  I didn't use any stamps on this card! I embossed my background, use assorted heart die cuts and even a die cut of the word "love".

Here's a close-up of the triple looped bow I made with some silk seam binding. My little bow tool is the reason this pink seam binding bow is so pretty. If you don't have a bow tool yet, and you like putting bows on your projects, I urge you to take get one!  All these paper roses are from different stores so I can't give any one store credit. I used my little Ranger Distressing Tool on all my layers for these soft edges. My card is 6" x 6".
Although Valentine's Day is over, the challenge at Craft-Dee BowZ isn't! Please consider joining us where our challenge is ANYTHING GOES AND INCLUDE A HANDMADE BOW.  I hope you've seen each pretty card made by the Team this month and if not, please take a peek here. We each made our "Tuesday" card and a pretty Valentine, too.
                                                               Thanks for stopping by!
                                                     Gail

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Before I forget...Happy Valentine's Day!

I feel like it was just Christmas. It's still winter and Valentine's Day sneaks up on me each year.  At Craft-Dee BowZ, our new challenge is ANYTHING GOES AND INCLUDE A HAND MADE BOW.  I'm using this adorable Bugaboo image named Elephant Love for my card.


I colored my image with Copics and added a touch of glitter to this cute image!
I used lots of cute embellishments but my bow is what's special. This is two double looped bows with the smaller one slid inside the know of the larger one. It came out superb and on the first try, too!  My bow tool is one of my most precious card making tools and it guarantees me perfect bows every 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 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'll join us this month for our ANYTHING GOES AND INCLUDE A HAND MADE BOW challenge!
 
                                                               Thanks for stopping by!
                                                     Gail





Monday, January 22, 2018

Christmas Cardinals

Hi, today's it's my turn to post a card on Craft-Dee BowZ since each member of our team gets a 'Tuesday" and guess what...this is my week!  My husband and I recently bought a house in a small town in Kentucky. We're doing renovations on the Kentucky house while we still live in Phoenix, and that is a challenge!  While in Kentucky over Christmas, in our 3 acre backyard, we saw some beautiful wildlife. One of the birds we saw were cardinals. Seeing them inspired me to use this beautiful image by Stampavie for my card.
I'd like you to see what I saw out my Kentucky kitchen window the day before Christmas.  Just this beautiful bright red spot in this dormant tree (and yes, I'm bribing them with seed bells all around the property).
I colored my image with Copics and used some 3-d white paint and glitter for snow falling.
And I will apologize now for my awful picture below. Some how, some way, I cut off the bottom of my bow when I took the photograph. I am so sorry for this awful picture, but you can at least see my pretty double looped satin bow with the pretty winter brad glued in the middle. 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 Beccy's Place and the winner of this challenge will receive one set of digital stamps! 


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

Monday, December 25, 2017

Happy Holidays!

I hope everyone is having a nice holiday season.  It's my week to post my creation at Craft-Dee BowZ Challenge Blog My card for this post is one made by Bildmalarna, a stamp company that no longer exists. I love the stamps from this company and own a good many of them!


I colored my image with Copics and enjoyed using paint and glitter on the fur of her boots, coat and mittens. I added some extra 'snow' to the trees and ground, too. for the snow on the ground and on the trees.
My bow is very special....I made a 3" red bow and a 2 1/2" red bow and slid the smaller bow into the larger bow knot and got this awesome looking 4 loop bow. I LOVE how it came out and it is even prettier in person than in the photos.  My bow tool is the reason my bows are so pretty on every card. The loops come out even and smooth and with the help of the bow tool, every knot comes out perfect.

Our sponsor this month is Cute As A Button and the prize is 3 single images of the winner's choice!
  https://cuteasabuttonstamps.com/

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. Please take a look at the projects and if you have a moment, we'd love a comment or two!

                                                                 Thanks for stopping by,
                                                   Gail