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Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Untie the Ribbons

Hi Everyone,Thanks for stopping in today.

Barbara here, with a card for you. This month the theme that us designers were given is: Flowers, Butterflies and Doilies (pick 1 or 2). And of course we always include a bow

I decided to use a few of my small handmade flowers.
And since the fall season is upon us now, some our birdie friends are going south for the winter.
 So I thought I would use this darling Hero Arts bird that I have had for a while,.

I added some of my small handmade flowers as an accent to the verse panel.

My bow is a double loop bow made with my Craft-Dee BowZ bow making tool.
The tool makes bow making a breeze.

Easy to use, portable, and the posts are stored inside the tool.
If you are bow challenged then this is the tool for you.

Blog Hop Alert

Stop back Wednesday nite at 10:00 p.m. ET to participate in the CDB blog hop. There are just four designers so it will not take too long to go thru the blog hop. The theme is 
Pretty in Pink (Breast Cancer Awareness)
We probably all know someone who has been touched in some way by this dreadful disease. So please stop by Wednesday nite to hop along.

We are looking forward to seeing you back here Wednesday nite. 
More great inspiration for your cards and other projects!!

Thursday, October 1, 2015

October Challenge

Hi Everyone,

Welcome to October

Lets take a look at our winners for September

Here's the winning submission for the September challenge. 

 Watercolored Bloom (Autumn) (Submission # 81)

Congratulations to Autumn

Please grab the "winners badge" on the sidebar here and 
we'd love it if you'd post it on your blog .

Thank you to everyone who participated in our September 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.

September TOP 3 WINNERS
(in no particular order)
1. Diane H(Submission #20)
2.Astrid M (Submission #57)
3. Something Beautiful by Julie (Submission  #61)
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.

Craft-Dee BowZ has a 
going to none other than:

Jacki D(Submission 129)

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 October Challenge Theme:

Anything Goes and include a HANDMADE BOW

This months code to use is CDB30

Here is some inspiration from the design team for you,

for our ........October Challenge

Click on their names for additional info about their 


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 October challenge closes on October 31 at 8:00 p.m. EDT

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

True Beauty

Hi Everyone
Thanks for dropping by today.

I usually post for Craft-Dee BowZ on the 1st Tuesday of each month, However since September 1 is the day CDB announces the challenge winner and its also the day all us designers post our inspiration projects, I decided to post on another day. Since there are 5 Tuesdays in September, I pushed my post date to the 5th Tuesday of September, and that's today.And that means that tomorrow is the last day in September. I can't believe October will be here in 2 days, Holy Moly!!!

Each month we designers have a theme for our posts and the theme for September was a choice between numbers or steampunk.And since steampunk, is a fun theme, I went with that. Because I knew this theme was coming up, I had been picking up a few things for this theme and setting them aside. So I finally pulled out all  my goodies and put together this 9"X12" panel. I decided on the layout and hot glued things down. I don't want anything falling off. LOL  Here is the end result.

If you notice this time I didn't make a bow. I made a tassel instead. I thought it was a perfect fit for those keys. Tassels were grand  during the Victorian era. Since Steampunk is Victorian-esque, I thought the tassel would be a perfect embellishment for this theme.

Here is a close-up of the tassel and it's right by those keys. I used seam binding instead of ribbon or bakers twine to make my tassel. After I finished making the tassel, I cut the dangly pieces in half because I felt they were too wide.


A tassel made with the Craft-Dee BowZ??  Sure. With that bow maker you can make tassels as well. That tool is so versatile. Donna has a video that walks you thru making a tassel using the CDB tool. Click here to view the video, its just a little over 3 minutes long.

This was a fun project to make and since it's a panel, it will make a nice display in my home.

BackgroundCanvas Panel (9X12)
Paint: Black, Copper, Sea Glass 
Dies Used: Tim Holtz/Sizzix Weathered Clock, Sizzix Keys(Really old and out of production)
Bakers Twine, Craft-Dee BowZ  tool, dimensional foam, BoBunny Layered Chipboard - Penny Emporium, Jolee's Steampunk Gears,7 Gypsies Frame, Tim Holtz DP (tickets), Tim Holtz/Sizzix Embossing Folder - Riveted Metal, Metallic cogs and gears - unknown. Paint

Well I hope you enjoyed my project and if you need to make a tassel, the Craft-Dee BowZ tool is the perfect answer.

Stop back on Oct. 1 for the beginning of next months challenge and new inspiration projects from the designers.

Thursday, September 24, 2015

My post for Simply Create Too

Hello bow makers!  Well lucky me - I had the great fortune to use a Fall theme for my project for Simply Create Too.  I love the colors of Fall and I hope I successfully created them in this project.  Click here to get the deets!


Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Steampunk it is!

It's the fourth Tuesday of the month...and that means it's my turn to post on Craft-Dee BowZ. I love how this team of four each gets our own Tuesday every month to make a project and be featured. It's hard to be the fourth Tuesday of the month, though, as the projects from my fellow design team members have preceded me and they are truly outstanding projects! And here's some fabulous news.  Our team of four have decided to stay together for 2016!

The Design Team had two topics to chose from: Numbers or Steampunk and the colors we used were brown, burgundy and copper.  I chose the theme Steampunk and incorporated all three colors on my card. These are great autumn colors!

I used a pre-colored image from The Paper Shelter but colored over some of the already colored areas so that I could include the color burgundy. I also used digital paper from The Paper Shelter for my background. I love this very girly Steampunk girl! Remember, YOUR challenge for September at Craft-Dee BowZ is ANYTHING GOES AND INCLUDE A HANDMADE BOW.

I used a Spellbinders die for burgundy paper around my image and the "stitched" oval die is by My Favorite Things, the gears are a die by Memory Box and the clock is a die by Marianne. My favorite dies are ovals since most of my images look nice in that shape on my square cards. I colored all my silver screw heads, clock and padlock charms with copper paint.  I used wide double sticky tape behind my brad looking lace and then sprinkled Sahara Glitter Ritz over it so between the areas of the black mesh, you see the glitter. I then colored all the silver tack strip with my copper brown colored Copic pen. The tan meshy ribbon was sent to me by Donna at Craft-Dee BowZ along with the charms; thanks, Donna! After I tied my bow using my Craft-Dee BowZ tool, I tightly wrapped thin copper metallic thread from Stampin' Up around the middle to add more copper on my card.

The Team has created fabulous projects for you this month and I hope you've enjoyed looking at them so far. If you haven't see them, please cruise the Craft-Dee BowZ Challenge Blog and take a look at them. If you haven't made a card or project for the challenge at Craft-Dee BowZ, you still have a week+ to make a creation for our monthly challenge of ANYTHING GOES AND INCLUDE A HANDMADE BOW.


Tuesday, September 15, 2015

A little Steampunk set

It is my turn to show you my project  for the Craft-Dee BowZ challenge blog...The challenge at Craft-Dee BowZ for you this month is as usual:  ANYTHING GOES WITH A HANDMADE BOW.
The theme for the DT this month is  "Steampunk" .I have made this card and gift bag for you using a cute digital image from Stitchy bear BbCakes called steampunk hat .I coloured her with promarkers .The large clock die cut is from Tim Holtz and sizzix.I also used a TH clocks embossing folder.which I have distressed with distress ink.The papers are from Tim Holtz also ...
as are the metal embellishments...I have a bit of a Tim Holtz fest going on here .!!!
The Hessian I used for the back panel and gift bag  and the lovely twine ribbon were sent as part of my monthly MPP. I also  made a cute  draw string gift  bag to match .

The jute/ string  ribbon was turned into a perfect bow using my Craft-Dee BowZ BOW MAKER. This amazing easy to use tool turns out perfect bows every time no matter what size or what type of ribbon or string you use as you can see from the tiny twine bow I made to hang the key from.

Here are close ups of the fab bows...

I hope you like my projects for this month and that they inspire you to enter into  the challenge at Craft-Dee BowZ where ANYTHING GOES WITH A HANDMADE BOW.
Happy Crafting

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Steampunk Inspiration!

Vicki here and it's time for my September Craft-Dee BowZ Design Team post.  This month we are working with one of my favorite themes....Steampunk!  We are also using numbers, and the colors turquoise and brown.  I chose to alter a Maya Road Chipboard Tag Box that has been in my stash for quite a while.  It contains eight altered chipboard tags with inspirational quotes on them.

 Altered Chipboard Tag Box

The front of the box is embellished with a butterfly that I die-cut in triplicate and layered to give it dimension, die-cut gears, metal charms and pearls.  The chipboard word "me" is embossed with distressed Tea Dye and Turquoise Glitter powders.

Left side view.

Right side view.

 Box back view.

I added die-cut gears, metal flowers and butterflies along with pearls on the left, right and back sides of the box.  The burlap and rhinestone trim are wrapped around the top of the bottom box section.

Here's a view of the box with the top section removed.
Inside the box are 8 chipboard tags that I have also altered.

The tags are chained together and fit perfectly inside the box.  Each tag is altered on both sides...the back side of the tag contains an inspirational quote.  This is also where I used the number theme.  Below are several tags that I chose as my favorites.  There were just too many photos to add them all to the post. 

The tags are also numbered on the side with the inspirational quote.  I used lots of die-cuts, flowers, and metal numbers on the tags.  The little turquoise ribbon and twine bows were made with my Craft-Dee BowZ Tool.

 This "BOW"!  I love this striped ribbon that came in our DT product this month.  It couldn't be anything less than perfect since it was made using my awesome Craft-Dee BowZ Bow Making Tool.  It sure makes creating fabulous bows quick and easy! 

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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 September Challenge,  "Anything goes and include a handmade bow".  Visit the "Challenge" tab at the top of the Craft-Dee BowZ Blog to find our current challenge, rules and guidelines!