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Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Happy Bird-Day to You!

It's time for me to share my March card with you at Craft-Dee BowZ where the challenge for the Design Team has been pets, bugs or animals and we've used the colors green, brown and yellow. You don't have to use animals or any special colors in our challenge since our challenge for you is ANYTHING GOES AND INCLUDE A HANDMADE BOW.  I used a pre-colored image from The Paper Shelter for my toucan that is over 2 years old now and I enhanced him a bit with my Copic markers. I cut out three Sizzix Hawaiian leaves, colored them with my markers, used assorted flower punches in oranges and yellows and added teal green glass flat back uncut jewels in the center of each (on the tiny flowers I used teal green paint and made my own centers).

The yellow background paper was made with a fern stamp that I bought in the 1980's from Hero Arts when they sold all individual stamps. I unmounted it from the wood when the foam decayed but will never forget buying this stamp since it was one of my first. I stamped it all over the yellow paper with my Versamark pad and then used yellow pearl embossing powder. The die around my image is by Spellbinders.

My bow is made of yellow satin ribbon and is a double loop with an extra tail tied within the knot. It adds so much to my card and the yellow polka dot button and white embroidery thread finished it off. I used my Craft-Dee BowZ tool for this bow and adding the extra tail within the knot was easy peasy since I didn't have to hold the bow in my hand and try to do it. My little bow maker is so easy to use and saves me so much time!

I'm glad you stopped by to see my card and I hope it inspires you to join the challenge at Craft-Dee BowZ where ANYTHING GOES AND INCLUDE A HANDMADE BOW. I hope you've enjoyed seeing the Design Team's creations this month and you've got a few more days to get your card posted here before the drawing!


Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Lucky to have You...Cute as a bug!

I'm up today on the Craft-Dee BowZ Blog with a wee bit of Irish inspiration on this St. Patrick's Day!

For the month of March, the Design Team is creating with the colors of green, yellow and brown along with animals including bugs and pets.  And since today is St. Patrick's Day, what could be more Irish than shamrocks?  My "Lucky to have You!" card inspiration also includes lucky four leaf clovers and cute little ladybugs, which are also a symbol of luck.

"Lucky to have You!"

The background on this 6"x 6" card was made using a piece of green specialty paper cut into 4 blocks and matted with a black card base.  I placed 4 smaller cut doilies in the center of each block.  A white doily is layered between two patterned paper doilies and placed in the center of the blocks using pop dots for dimension.  I printed the sentiment and used the smallest doily to cut it out.  I tucked in green shamrocks and four leaf clovers edged with gold glitter randomly around the doilies.  The red velvet heart was cut using the shamrock die and added over the green leaf.  The lady bugs added more good luck to the card theme.  I placed the green bow with checked ribbon tails and a few green leaves in the lower right corner.  A  lady bug and "cute as a bug" tag complete this fun card.

"Cute as a bug!"

This lady bug is nesting comfortably on top of the yummy bow created with my Craft-Dee BowZ Bow Making Tool.  It's always nearby in my crafting space!  It makes creating bows so easy. Click on the tab at the top of the Craft-Dee BowZ Blog and order one for yourself.  You'll be so happy you did!

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Thanks for stopping by so I could share my inspiration with you.  Please come back again!

 Don't forget to play along with our Craft-Dee BowZ  March Challenge, "Anything goes and include a handmade bow".

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Pussycat love ....

It is Tracey here with my march post....This month at Craft-Dee Bowz the theme for the DT is "Pet's ,bugs or animals" The colours the DT are featuring are either Green Yellow or Brown
 so here is my project featuring the cutest cats ever...all loved up on a congratulations  card I have made for a sweet couple who have just gotten engaged.I used a digital image from Robins fetishes called Pussycatluv. I have coloured the image with promarkers. The flowers are made using dies from heartfelt creations. I used a banner die from memory box.The papers are free digi papers from summerdriggs designs.The cat charm and buttons are from my stash. The stunning satin ribbon and pretty metallic butterfly were given to the DT  to play with by Barbara and Donna ..I used my Craft-Dee Bowz maker to make the pretty triple bow...The bow making tool is sooo easy to use and enables you to make such striking bows to add to your creations. I topped the bow off with a matching button.


        I hope I have inspired you to enter the Craft-Dee Bowz  Pets/animals/bugs march  challenge
                                                                     Happy crafting
                                                                          Tracey x


Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Welcome to the Jungle

Hi there

Barbara here with the first designer post for the month.

This month here at Craft-Dee Bowz the theme for the Designers is pets animals or bugs. I decided to use a stamp that I have had for years. I love this giraffe. He is so pretty. Don't you just want to pet him. 

That paper behind the giraffe was made using an embossing folder and I then used Distressed Inks to arrive at the colors on the background panel. The brown ripped paper piece is from a scrapbook sheet that I had in my stash. Perfect for this card. 

Let me show a closer view of this bow.


I used my Craft-Dee BowZ tool to make my bow. Easy peasy with that great tool. Your bows can look like this too when you use the CDB tool.

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The Craft-Dee BowZ challenge has started and we'd love to see a submission from you. Click here to check out the March challenge. 

Sunday, March 1, 2015

March Challenge

Hi Everyone,

Here's the winning submission for the February challenge. 

Nana Connie (Submission # 62)

Congratulations to Connie

Please grab the "winners badge" on the sidebar here and 
post it on your blog .

You will have until March 8 (that's 1 week) 
to claim your 25 yards of ribbon.
To arrange for your prize to be sent  
please email me at by March  8th
Please put Craft-Dee BowZ Challenge Winner in the subject of your email.

Thank you to everyone who participated in our February Challenge!!! 

Just to let you all know that the Winner, the Top 3 and any Honorable Mentions are all chosen on their merits, so make sure to get your creative juices flowing and send in your best submissions.

(in no particular order)
1. Cards by America (Submission #45)
2.Ellapu (Submission #110)
3. Claire C (Submission  #35)
Please grab the "top 3 badge" on the sidebar here and 
post it on your blog .

We'd love it if you'd link back to our site here.

This month we have 
going to none other than:

House of Borowski(Submission #41)

Please grab the "Honorable Mention badge" on the 

sidebar here and post it on your blog .
You will always be able to access the current challenge or 
view prior challenges by clicking on the Monthly 
Challenge tab at the top of the page.

The March Challenge Theme:

Anything Goes and include a HANDMADE BOW

This months code to use is CDB23

Here is some inspiration for you for our 

March Challenge





The link to the guidelines for playing are on the top tab.

If you have any questions please email me at
We are looking forward to seeing your creation here.

The March challenge closes on March 31 at 8:00 p.m. EST

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Hello Little Butterfly!

Being that today is the 4th Tuesday in the month, it's my day to post. This month we each made a fancy fold card. I used this adorable image by Di's Digi named Hello Butterfly. For those of you surrounded by snow, I hope my card makes your toes feel warmer.

I don't make many fancy fold cards so this was my attempt. The paper is by Doodlebug, the fence die is by Magnolia; the cloud die is by Die-Namics, and the sentiment die is by Cheery Lynn. The flowers (and I added tiny rhinestones in the middle of each one) and leaves (I painted over each with my Wink of Stella green pen) are miscellaneous punches and the grass die is by Memory Box and was cut 4 times in 4 different green papers. Below is a sideview so you can see my fold and how I 'layered' my fence, grass/flowers and image.

And here's a close up of this adorable Di's Digi image. I colored my image with Copics, but this time I used a different paper and am disappointed with it. My usual paper, Neenah Super Smooth, didn't bleed like this paper did. I really did color within the lines, honest! So, I'm off to purchase more of my Neenah.

And I HAVE to show off my bow. I used my Craft-Dee Bowz tool and couldn't have made a such a pretty bow without it. I added this cute orange enameled metal butterfly with a piece of embroidery thread. I love embroidery thread since it comes in so many different colors and is easy to tie a bow, unlike some of the wax coated threads. I thread embroidery thread in all my buttons, too (on other cards).

Since this is the 4th and last Tuesday of the month and our challenge is monthly, guess need to get your cards posted on the Craft-Dee BowZ challenge blog where the topic is ANYTHING GOES AND INCLUDE A HANDMADE BOW this week by February 28. I hope you'll join in since the prize is a reel of ribbon and who doesn't want a reel a ribbon!


Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Bird house pop box up card

It is Tracey here with my post for February . This month the Craft-Dee Bowz DT are showing our fancy folds projects to you...I have made this cute pop up box card and decorated it to look like a birdhouse..I used an A4  sheet of 300gsm white card for the base as you need a sturdy finished box.I used spotty card cut into panels to cover all the sides and back of the box. The flowers and leaves are made using punches and attached onto the box using acetate in varying heights.The birds are  made using a punch also.I used strips of white card to form the roof of the birdhouse and used a little punched heart in the middle..Of course I used my trusty Craft-DeeBowz bow making tool  to make the gorgeous double looped bow,

                                                             Side view of the pop up box

Close up of the bow and bird

Don't forget, Craft-Dee BowZ has a challenge going on all month.The theme is always "Anything Goes with a Handmade Bow."
Hope to see your project entered.
Happy crafting
Tracey xx