Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Pretty flowers and Plaid!

Welcome to the July 1 new challenge at Craft-Dee Bowz.  The Design Team has awesome projects for you this month and I hope you'll stop by each Tuesday to see the post by each team member to inspire you and encourage you to join our challenge!  We set our sights on our own goal of not only using a handmade bow on our card, but we set our sights one step higher: to use pastels and/or plaids and NOT make square or rectangle cards this month.  Now remember, you don't have to do anything except USE A HAND MADE BOW on your creation to enter our challenge.  The Team at Craft-Dee BowZ set ourselves an additional challenge that you don't have to follow...but it pulls us out of our comfort zone and we all enjoy the extra team challenge.

I LOVE this plaid paper that I bought years ago and have saved the piece in my stash. I think I may have purchased it for an Easter card, but never used it and am so glad I still had it. It's definitely plaid! I used this pretty flower image from Little Miss Muffet and colored it with Copics.

The shape of my card is made with a die by Quik Cutz. The butterfly is a punch by Martha Stewart and I colored white paper with my pink Copics to match the flowers and added 3 pretty clear pink pearls by Queen & Co. as the body and then glittered the whole butterfly with Stickles. Using Stickles also made the butterfly a little more stiff, avoiding him getting crushed when this card goes in a clear envelope. The clear rhinestone swirls are by Recollections.

Here's a close-up of the flowers.  I used Liquid Pearls paint in the middle then flocking on top of the wet paint to give them texture. I fussy cut the flowers out and glued them on the white diecut which I think is by Marianne. The sentiment is by Stampin' Up and I stamped it on paper colored with my Copics to match the center of the flowers and then glued it to a clear acrylic block by Modge Podge.

This is a bow that I couldn't make with just 2 hands...I used my trusty Craft-Dee Bowz tool and first made the white satin bow and kept the knot loose. Then I made a smaller size bow with the pink ribbon. I slid the white bow back on my bow maker and then slid the pink bow in the knot of the white satin bow and then tightened the white satin bow knot. It's an awesome bow, not too thick in the middle and I added this hand made acrylic button in the middle. The button is shaped like a cup with the holes about 1/4" down inside the center and I used yellow waxed thread to tie the knot inside it. I rarely use buttons and don't put something in the button holes. Thanks, Donna, for the white satin ribbon from a past month and the pink ribbon this month! 

Please take a look at the projects the Team of Craft-Dee BowZ have made to inspire you this month and don't forget that each Tuesday one of us has a project to show you!  Hope you'll join us for our July ANYTHING GOES WITH A HANDMADE BOW.

                                                                                    HugZ, (get it, like BowZ?)

This card is entered in the following challenges:
Creative Corner, Simply Papercraft Challenges, Glitter n Sparkle, Pink Gems, Aloha Fridays, Corrosive Challenges, The Paper Girls, Incy Wincy Designs, Sweet Pea, Die Cuttin Divas, Crafting for All Seasons, Craft Your Passion, Crafty Ribbons, Alphabet Challenge, Scribble and Scrap Crafts, Addicted to Stamps (Bingo: Ribbon/Stamped Image/Bling), Get Creative, Whimsy Inspires, Art by Miran, Crafty Sentiments


  1. Gail, this card is fabulous.Love the liquid pearls on the flower centers.Great use of the plaid paper and I always love your added embellishments, they add so much personality to your projects.Thanks for a great inspiration piece.

  2. Oh, my gosh! What beautiful details. This is exquisite, especially the bow!
    Thanks for joining us at Die Cuttin' Divas this week!


  3. Ah, yes, girly cards are so much more fun than boy cards - hahaha. This card amazes me with all its features -- starting with the shape, then on with the plaid, the double colored ribbon is very cute, the swirls of gems are sweet, your coloring/shading is superb, and love how you textured the flower centers. You certainly have a creative bend with all your little "special" touches. Fabulous, as always, but I'd not expect anything else of you, Gail !!

  4. This is so lovely! I love the background and all the details with your stamped image! Thanks so much for joining Simply Papercraft.

  5. Beautiful! Your coloring is amazing, Gail! I want to color like you when I grow up!

  6. Wonderful creation! Thanks for joining in with the Crafty Ribbons Challenge this time!
    Hugs Lynsey x

  7. Stunning this is so pretty fabulous Love and hugs Carole x

  8. Hi Gail,

    Love this card with it's bright colors and unique shape! Great dimension on the flower center and beautifully colored. Thanks for joining the Aloha Friday Challenge/Kitty Bee Designs.

    Kathi, DT

  9. What a pretty card, I love the texture you added to the flower centres, very sweet xo Have a wonderful day Hugs Julie P

  10. That is beautiful. Thanks for joining us at Die Cuttin' Divas this week.


  11. A beautiful card in lovely cheerful colours. Fab colouring and the bow looks great, I like all the bling too. Thanks for joining the bingo challenge at ATSC. Marlies

  12. A delightful card and gorgeous colours.
    Thank you for joining in with our final Scribble & Scrap challenge and good luck x

  13. wow gorgeous card, love the bow and the digi you coloured pop right off the page.... just perfect! xx Thankyou for joining us over at Get Creative Challenges for our 'include flowers' challenge. Hope to see you again soon Lynda DT xx

  14. This is gorgeous. I love everything about it. Thank you for joining us at Incy Wincy this week. Traci DT xx

  15. Thank you for taking part in our Art by Miran challenge, your card is so delightful and delicate,
    and is a joy to look at .. good luck hugs tracy

  16. I would have never thought of using liquid pearls and flocking together. I would have only done that if I had sneezed. LOL! Your card is lovely and you amaze me with your beautiful color choices.

  17. What a lovely design - great choice of design paper and fab image. Thanx for sharing with us at the Alphabet Challenge.
    Hugz, Jan (DT) xx

  18. Absolutely beautiful - love how you've coloured the flowers and your paper is just perfect too.

    Thanks for joining us at the Alphabet Challenge

    Helen x

  19. This card is really gorgeous :-) Thank you for joining us in CCC.
    Hugs from Therese, Creative Corner DT

  20. Gorgeous.. I like the colour and paper you choose.. the combination is so sweet.. Thank you for taking part at Art by Mi Ran challenge #35.. Hope to see you again in our next challenge.. And good luck at the draw..


  21. This is gorgeous. I love the colors and the wonderful coloring.

  22. Hi, I'm sorry for the incredibly late comment but I have had almost no access to the internet for so long! I wanted to make sure I didn't miss anything so I decided to go back to where I left off, and I'm glad I did - I love this card, the shape is fab!

    Thank you for joining us at the Alphabet Challenge Blog, I do hope you can join us again!