Saturday, April 1, 2017

Tough times

It's a new month and time for a new challenge at Craft-Dee BowZ. The challenge this month is ANYTHING GOES AND ADD A HANDMADE BOW!  My card this month is watercolored with Peerless Watercolors. I often forget I have this wonderful coloring medium as Copics seem to be my first grab, but I do adore watercolor pictures and thought I'd give it a try. I might have to reconsider my favorite coloring medium since I love the blending I was able to achieve with the watercolors! I used this perfect image by Beccy's Place for my card.
I hope that those of you who look at this post can see what I see and what I attempted to show...that no matter how bleak or dreary it is or how tough times are right now, there is a light shining out there for each of us.

And here's the bow. The ribbon is wrapped around my image outlined in black and I made a triple looped bow. Thank you, Donna at CDB, for providing the ribbons I use each month. This blue ribbon tied absolutely beautifully and is the one and only embellishment on this card. My bow tool is the most wonderful tool I own and I keep it right next to my work table since I use it so often. I can make so many different sizes with ease and every single bow comes out wonderful!
Our sponsor this month is the wonderful Beccy's Place.  The image and sentiment I used come in a set named Splish Splash Set . There are also two other wonderful images and three additional sentiments in this set, too! This set caught my eye because of the options of watercoloring, using watercolor markers, even using my Copic air compressor (if I begin to have Copic withdrawal).
Beccy'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!!

I hope you'll join us this month at Craft-Dee BowZ where ANYTHING GOES AND ADD A HANDMADE BOW!

                                                                             Thanks for stopping by!

This card is entered in the following challenges:
Pammie's Inky Pinkies Challenge 1713, AG
Crafty Sentiments Challenge AG
Crafty Gals Corner Challenge 116, AG
Creative Moments Challenge 114, AG
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge AG
Aud Sentiments Challenge 176, Sentiment (not b’day)
As You Like It Challenge 3/23, Favorite Coloring Medium and Why
Crafty Friends Challenge 54, B is for…Bow, Blue, Black
Word Art Wednesday Challenge 276-277, AG
Crafty Creations Challenge 338, AG
Crafting With Friends Challenge 40, AG
Time Out challenge 80, Inspired By words


  1. Oh Gail I just love this its such a poignant card the colouring is amazing you must use those water colours more A very special card love and hugs Carole x

  2. Beautiful card. I love the sentiment. So true. The background is perfect. So glad you shared over at Aud Sentiments.
    Billie A
    Aud Sentiments
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    Catch the bug
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  3. Hello... it’s so lovely to see you have shared one of your gorgeous cards with us. Thank you for entering your fabulous card into our ‘B is for…’ Challenge. The sentiment you have chosen is so lovely. Good luck in the draw and hope you will come back again soon.
    [Diane Louise, Team Leader for Crafty Friends Challenge Blog]

  4. Very pretty; love the background. Thank you for sharing with us at the PIP Challenges.

  5. What a glorious, atmospheric card!
    Thank you for joining us at Crafty Sentiments! Jane (GDT) xxx

  6. Well your water colouring is amazing and a wonderful scene. Thanks for joining Time Out

  7. Such a dramatic look, Gail ... and wonderful watercolour blending ... the 'light' you created is fabulous! Thanks so much for playing along with us at Time Out! Anita :)

  8. What a beautiful post! Love the image and the message! So happy you shared this with us at PIP Challenges!

  9. So beautiful, your background is stunning

    Thank you for joining us at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge this week.

    Jo x

  10. You've certainly mastered this water coloring technique, Gail, and you really should alternate between water coloring and Copics, so you don't forget or withdraw from either! Your breaking light is like the rainbow after the rain, to remind us there's always hope. Superb creation, as always, and what can I say - a perfect bow to top it off!

  11. very nice. thank you for joining us at Crafty friends challenge.
    Greetings Geesje (DT)

  12. Such a beautiful background you created! The sentiment and image are a perfect choice.

    Thank you for joining us at Crafty Gals Corner for our Anything Goes challenge.

  13. Hi Gail, I really admire this amazing design. The deep moody color, image and sentiment are all so perfect! Hugs, Autumn

  14. Wow this is a really pretty card. Love the colours you used, it is so pretty. Thanks for joining us at the As you like it challenge.