Monday, June 1, 2015

A Spring Dance

It's June already and that means a new challenge at Craft-Dee BowZ!  The challenge for June is:  Anything Goes and Include a Handmade Bow.  I hope you'll pull out your ribbon, seam binding or baker's twine and make a bow to add to your creation and will join us this month!

I used a Martha Stewart Punch set for the shape of my card, the view master die is by Little Darlings and the die around my image is by Cheery Lynn and I used my Cuttlebug with my dies. I used a round punch on my Whimsy sentiment. The paper in the background...well, it wasn't colored so vibrantly so I took my markers and colored the flowers to match my card colors. The lace and cream pleated ribbon is from my stash, as are the pearls.  I recently had someone over and they entered my girl cave and were slightly overwhelmed by the number of punches and flowers I've collected over the years. I'm attempting to use some of them more often and quit hoarding flowers that I think are too pretty to use!

This is an image from La-La Land that I got years ago while taking my Copic class at 7 Kids College Fund with Suzanne Dean.  Thank you, Suzanne, for the lesson you taught us using this image!

I have a tip about shading around your image.  If you're fussy cutting out your image but want to shade behind it, what I did was lightly trace around my fussy cut image and then inked around my pencil line with my finger dauber.  Then I colored her and adhered her to the oval.

The flowers are from Wild Orchid and I Am Roses. The leaf punch and embosser set if by Nellie Snellen. I added a little glitter by Hero Arts on the edges of my flowers using my Zig glue pen. I have to admit to being a die hard fan of 'fine' loose glitter and have all kinds from many companies. I only wished it photographed as nice as it is in person.

This gorgeous bow is made with ribbon provided to me by Donna at Craft-Dee BowZ.  I used my Craft-Dee BowZ tool to make the bow and it came out just perfect. This little bow making tool is fabulous and I'm so happy with the excellent bows I'm now making!

The team at Craft-Dee BowZ has made some awesome creations to inspire you to join the June challenge. As usual, we will have a new post for you each Tuesday along with the blog hop on June 11.  I hope you'll join us this month and don't forget to put a handmade bow on your creation!


This card is entered in the following challenges:
Tuesday Throwdown, FanTastic Tuesday, Clear It Out, 7 Kids College Fund, Penny's Challenges, Aud Sentiments, Crafting With an Attitude, Simply Papercrafts for All Occasions, Sister Act, Penny Black and More, PolkaDoodles, Artistic Inspirations, Inky Chicks, Top Tip Tuesday, Cuttlebugmania, Crazy Challenge, TimbroScrapMania, Pink Gem Challenge, Lacy Sunshine Challenge (tic-tac-toe:  ribbon/diecuts/flowers)


  1. Good morning Gail what a stunning card I love the image and all your embellishments beautiful.
    And your bow and design are wonderful.
    Debs xxx
    {Debs Cards}

  2. This post is full of fab little tips and tricks; I love how you coloured the DP flowers!
    Your card is really beautiful and I'm sure the flowers look much better on here than on your craft room shelf - lol! I do have rather a large stash myself ;-)

    Big hugs, Kat xx

  3. A beautifully colours image and those vibrant blues really draw the eye.

    It's lovely to see you at Penny Black and More challenge, many thanks for joining in.

    B x

  4. Wonderful colouring of the image and a gorgeous bow, lots of fine detailing .Thank you for joining us at Aud Sentiments challenge good luck Ginny ♥

  5. Gorgeous card. Beautiful coloring. Thanks for joining our Tic, Tac, Toe challenge at Lacy Sunshine challenge blog.

    DT Lacy Sunshine

  6. Once again, a most awesome card, Gail -- an excellent bow, luscious lace, pearls, fabulous bouquet with just the right amount of glitz, great coloring on the image, as well as the bg flowers -- I see more and more little details the longer I look at it. This ought to be a winner on more than one of the challenges you've entered !!
    Good luck, m'dear.

  7. Great card its fabulous love and hugs Carole x

  8. Lovely design Gail. great colouring and I love the flowers and the lovely bow.
    hugs JAcee
    Simply Paper Card Design

  9. Gail, this card is so adorable! I wish I could color like you! Love the photo slide die cut. Wherever did you get it?

  10. This is gorgeous I like the image, Thank you for joining in with us this time at Gem of a Challenge, Good Luck
    Kevin xx

  11. Gorgeous card. That lace immediately caught my eye!! Wonderful combination of elements. Thanks for sharing it with us at Tuesday Throwdown Challenge. Good luck.
    Debi TT DT

  12. This is gorgeous! The image is adorable and your design elements are amazing! Thank you for joining us at Tuesday Throwdown.

  13. What a stunning card. Your coloring is beyond beautiful and the details are perfect! (Check out my blog on the 3rd of June....warning you are mentioned!) hugs patty

  14. Gorgeous shaped card- love all the layers....good luck with your entry at Penny's Paper-Crafty Challenge.

  15. Beautiful card. The little ballerina is so sweet. Thanks for playing along with us at Cuttlebug Mania!

  16. Beautiful,card
    Love,y image layout and colouring.
    Thanks for sharing with us at a gem of a challenge
    Hugs Kelly

  17. A lovely creation. Thanks for sharing with us at Penny's Paper-Crafty Challenges.

  18. Oh my, this is stunning. Thank you so much for joining us at Polkadoodles.

    Naz xxx

  19. So cute card with lovely embellishments, which fits at Polka Doodle Challenges. Hugs Agnieszka DT

  20. Gorgeous card. Great layout and use of colors.
    Thanks for joining our Tic Tac Toe challenge at Lacy Sunshine.
    Good luck!

    Lacy Sunshine DT

  21. Lovely card, she's a cutie! Thank you for playing in our challenge at

  22. Such a fabulous card Gail, and a brilliant tip about shading too. thank you for joining us at Top Tip Tuesday!!
    Sarah GDT :0)

  23. A beautiful colour combination Gail. Such a sweet girly card too.
    Thank you for sharing your card with us at Penny Black and More this month and good luck in our prize draw.


  24. Beautiful card! Thanks for joining us at The Crazy Challenges.
    /Pillan, DT


  25. This is so gorgeous I love it
    Thanks for playing with us at TSM

  26. cute card very vibrant too! Thanks for Playing along with us this time at Top Tip Tuesday Challenge, hugs Samantha :0)

  27. Beautiful card, love your colouring

    Thanks for playing along at Cuttlebug Mania this time x