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Tuesday, August 15, 2017

A little mixed media plaque

It is Tracey here with my mid month inspiration project . I thought I would do a sweet little mixed media plaque for a change.
It started life as a basic mdf  heart .I added some pretty papers ,stamped on the paper with grey ink and a lovely Indigoblu script stamp to add interest to the background. I then added further texture by adding texture paste through a butterfly stencil.
I applied white gesso using the dry brush technique to the plaque to give it a white wash effect. The words have been stencilled onto white card using a Phil martin creative expressions stencil and lilac ink. I used grey-board and  the sizzix  Bigz  XL caged bird die for the birdcage which I painted with gesso to match the project.
The flowers  are from wild orchid and they were dipped in glue and then into  glitter  to make them sparkle. The bird has been made using the stampin up bird bunch.
The stunning bow was made using ribbon from my MPP pack and of course my trusty                 Craft-dee Bowz  bow maker which makes stunning bows every time and you can find out how to get one from the sidebar on the left

 That is how I made the plaque ,I hope you like it and that you will join us for this months challenge where Anything goes with a handmade bow...
Happy Crafting
Tracey x

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Emma and Ellie

Hi there, Kathy here and it's my Tuesday to post on the Craft-Dee BowZ Challenge Blog. Have you had a chance to enter into our August challenge.  We have some really amazing creations from all over and there is such great talent from everyone.  

My card was made using this adorable little image called Emma and Ellie from Connie Fong. Isn't she and her elephant just adorable.

After printing her out, I colored her up with my Copic markers.  

The flower is from my Wild Orchid Crafts collection, die is from LRDS (it can be found here), card stock and printed papers are from my stash.  The ribbons, were made using the Craft-Dee BowZ tool.  Have you tried this tool yet? If not what are you waiting for?  It can be found here.  It is so easy to use and makes a perfect bow every time.  I stuck a stick pin that I added beads to through the two bows.  Then I made a loop out of the end and added a tear drop bead as to appear as if it were a charm.  Again things I had in my stash.

I hope you have enjoyed this little card and I really hope I was able to inspire you. Remember to join us for the August Challenge, theme is Anything Goes with an added Handmade Bow.  Can't wait to see what all you have to share with us.



Tuesday, August 1, 2017

August Challenge

Hi Everyone,

Welcome back and it's time for our August challenge 
here at Craft Dee BowZ

Last month's challenge was great with all your creative submissions, thanks so much for joining in the fun. 

Remember, 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.

First let's take a look at our winners for July

Here's the winning submission
 for the July challenge. 

Marlies (Submission # 3)

Congratulations Marlies !!!

Please email Barbara ..... ( for your prize
Please include CDB July Winner  in the subject line
You have 7 days (August 8) to claim your prize
If unclaimed - prize will go to one of the top 3

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

1. Suzi Mac (Submission #11)
2.Emma R (Submission #16)
3. Sparkling Pink(Su bmission  #55)


Vannessa (Submission #2)
Please grab the badges on the sidebar here and 
post them on your blog .
We'd love it if you'd link back to our site here.

Thank you to everyone who participated in our July Challenge!!! 
 To view prior challenges by clicking on the Monthly Challenge
 tab at the top of the page.
A big thanks to our sponsor 

for the August challenge - 

Cute As A Button

The prize for the August top winner will be 
 3 single images of the winner's choice

The Cute As A Button digital images are available here so take a look and see what cool images they have to offer, and they have a wide selection.

The Craft-Dee BowZ Challenge Theme is Always:

Anything Goes and include a HANDMADE BOW

For those who have no blog 
but use Splitcoast Stampers or Flicker, 
this months code to use is CDB 52

OK now lets check out the inspiration 

from our great designers 

for our ........

August Challenge


The designers have made some creative projects for you, 
hope you enjoyed them.
Now we are looking forward to seeing your projects

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.

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

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Happy happy day!

I love making happy cards and for my Tuesday post at Craft-Dee BowZ, I'm using this stamp from Little Miss Muffet named Polka Dot Pals Jane. Put on your sunglasses...this card is definitely orange.

I used orange and red on my card, a combination I never use since I'm not a fan of orange, but I loved this paper and thought I'd give orange a try. Did you see these tulips on my page? They're buttons that I cut off the back of them and glued them on. My best friend, Lillian, sent them to me for Easter...aren't they absolutely perfect with this image?!  The tulips are red although the glow from the orange paper makes them look orange-y. I used my white Sharpie and gave her polka dots on her skirt.

And the best is always bow. I used 2 different orange ribbons and love how the bow came out! I used my bow tool and it made it so easy to do! Thank you, Donna at Craft-Dee BowZ, for this awesome ribbon!

I hope you've been able to visit the Craft-Dee BowZ challenge blog and see each team member's fabulous projects that are posted each Tuesday!  If not, please scroll down!  We'd be delighted if you left a comment, too!

There's a few more days left on our monthly challenge so please get out your ribbon, make a bow, get it on your project and join us at Craft-Dee BowZ for our ANYTHING GOES AND INCLUDE A HAND MADE BOW challenge!
                                                                    Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Happy Independance Day box set

It is Tracey here with my inspiration post for this week.
I thought I would make a lovely Independence Day set of mini cards and envelopes for my project this month.. I really enjoyed making these cards ,envelopes and matching box to hold them in.
The papers I used are from The works  the 12x 12 pad they came from is called Pretty Red Classics.
I used scalloped  oval and classic  oval spellbinders dies . The banners are dies from memory box. The flowers are stamps from Stampin up .
The envelopes are made using the we are memory keepers envelope punch board. The box was handmade from 2 pieces of A4 cardstock and the finished cards measure 4in x 3in so they are quite small  but I love the idea of a little gift box of cards to give your friends .
I used my Craft-Dee BowZ Bow Maker to make the paper bow on top of the box. It is my go to bow maker as it produces perfect single or multi loop bows every time ... with ease ,even with paper ribbon


I hope you like my project and that you will join us in the Craft-Dee BowZ July challenge where Anything goes with a handmade bow
Happy Crafting
Tracey x