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Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Merry Christmas

Hi Everyone

 Barbara here, with the last Tuesday of the month post. And it's the last DT post for this year. Even though Christmas is over I have one last Christmas card to share with you. This card has been given so I won't be revealing any surprises.

 Here is the card, closed


And here is the card opened

My bow was made using the Craft-Dee BowZ bow making tool. I had a few scraps left over so I made a triple and two single loop bows and layered them one on top of the other to obtain a really fluffy bow. This was a great way for me to use up some odd lengths of green ribbon in my stash.

Here is a closer view

Here is another close-up view


All the ribbons I used are the same color however there are two different widths but since these ribbons are all the same color, the bows all meld together and it is very hard to see that there are actually 3 different bows all attached together. 

The Craft-Dee BowZ tool makes bow making a breeze.
If Santa forgot to bring you one, you can order yours here

I hope you got an idea to use some of those smaller ribbon pieces in your stash to still come up with a nice fluffy bow.

Here is some advance info about the new year here at 
Craft-Dee BowZ

In a few days we will all be ringing in the new year.
 And the new year here at Craft-Dee BowZ, will see something new with our challenges

In 2016,  Craft-Dee BowZ will be adding sponsors to our Challenges.
I think the sponsors we have chosen, offer an awesome selection of digital images.
This is new to Craft-Dee BowZ and we think you all will love this opportunity to win a prize.
What this means to all entrants, is no matter where you are from, you have a chance to win a prize if you are the top winner.

So stop back on Jan. 1 to welcome our first sponsor.
We are looking forward to seeing your project entered in our monthly challenges.

Thanks for stopping in today.



Tuesday, December 22, 2015

An Embossed Snowflake

Thanks for stopping by today since it's probably one of the busiest weeks of the year! This is my monthly spotlight post at Craft-Dee BowZ. The team had the challenge of the topic "Christmas" and the colors purple, blue and silver. I chose my favorite color for this post. I think the color is so vibrant and rich looking and it reminds of the robe one of the Three Kings wore in the pictures I've seen.


My card background was made using one of my favorite techniques, the Polished Stone technique. I love purple and mixing purples and dark pink gave me the perfect background for this card. I hand embossed on vellum using a snowflake stencil. Yes, I did it by hand with a small tool and pressed in each hole on the stencil. (I don't think I'd make these cards by the dozen...my hand got really tired!) The round diecut is one from a nesting die set by QuicKutz. I embossed my sentiment with white embossing powder. I don't know who made the stamp since I've removed it from the wood and didn't write the manufacturer on the rubber. 


This purple ribbon is just gorgeous and it made a beautiful triple looped bow. This bow was so easy to make with my Craft-Dee BowZ tool. It would never look as good as this if I did it by hand. If you haven't gotten a Craft-Dee BowZ tool yet, make it a present to yourself for Christmas!

I added 3 rhinestones on top of the ribbon for some sparkle. I can never have enough sparkle! I suffered from glitter withdrawal making this card.


Have you seen the cards by Vicki and Tracey posted earlier this month?  So very pretty and worth a click over to take a look at them. Next Tuesday is Barbara's post and you need to stop by the Craft-Dee BowZ Challenge Blog to take a look at it (I've had a preview of the card and you've got to see it!). 

Since I'm the last post before Christmas, I get to wish you a very Merry Christmas from all of us here at Craft-Dee BowZ and we hope you have a chance to enjoy the holiday with family and friends.

                                                                                      Hugs,
                                                        Gail

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Mittens.....


Hi all
Tracey here with my Monthly post.The theme for the DT this month is Christmas..so I have created this cute card using all my favourite techniques for you
The beautiful large teal flower was sent to me to work with this month so I based my whole colour scheme / design around that adding silver for an accent colour.
I used an 8x8 embossing folder from embossaliscious for the background. The mittens stamp and sentiment stamps are from Chloe designs. I embossed all the details with my heat gun and silver  wow powder. The frame around the mittens is a die from spellbinders. The snowflakes embossing folder that the mittens sit on is by cuttlebug.
The ribbon is from my stash. and I used my Trusty Craft-DeeBowZ Bow making tool .It creates stunning bows time after time with ease....

A close up of my fab bow




I hope you like my project and that you join us in the Craft-Dee BowZ monthly challenge where anything goes with a handmade bow.
I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas  and New Year with your loved ones .
Happy Crafting
Tracey

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Craft-Dee BowZ, "Peace" for all!

Vicki here...I'm up on the Craft-Dee BowZ Blog today to share my holiday inspiration with you.  This month the Design Team has been working with traditional and non-traditional colors on our projects.  I have used turquoise, silver, black and lavender, but I still love the traditional reds, greens and golds at Christmas time.  So, I saved the best for last!

Here's my December inspiration just for you...this is it for 2015!
 
"Peace"

I created this card in my favorite 6 x 6 size with lots of layers and detail along with a matching gift tag.  The die cut ornament design was a great match with the patterned paper.

The fabulous bows were created with the help of my Craft-Dee BowZ Bow Making Tool.  If you don't have it, you need to get one!  Add it to your Santa's list today.
 
Gift Tag

Featured Product
Craft-Dee BowZ Bow Making Tool

From my stash...
Bazzill Cardstock
Diemond Dies Pine Branch
Heidi Swapp Washi Tape
Impression Obsession "Peace" Sentiment
Little Yellow Bicycle Stick Pins
Memory Box Colette Ornament
Memory Box Drop Ornament
Recollections Specialty Paper
Other: Bells, 3-D Sentiment, Floral Picks, Ribbon*, Sequins*
*Denotes DT Product

Thanks for stopping my to see my December inspiration!

Need some yummy ribbon to use with your Craft-Dee BowZ Tool?  Take advantage of Ribbon-Ade!  There are two different options available for purchase... 10 yds. of Sheer Organza or 10 yds. of Sheer Polka Dot.  You can also purchase both at a special price.

Be sure to check out and play along with our December Challenge, "Anything Goes and Include a Handmade Bow".  You could be our challenge winner and receive a Craft-Dee BowZ Badge to display in your blog.
 

Monday, December 7, 2015

December Blog Hop Winner

Hi Everyone,
Welcome back!!!  

Time to announce the winner of the December Blog Hop here at Craft-Dee BowZ.

Thanks to everyone who visited and commented on the posts throughout the blog hop. We are so glad to be able to give you wonderful ideas. We hope you found the designers projects really creative!! And as always, we hope you were able to glean some ideas from the design team.

 Next, I want to thank our talented design team on their fabulous and ever so creative projects.
They always do a fabulous job. We are very lucky to have them here on the Craft-Dee BowZ team.

OK, OK!!!! Let me pull a name out of the tin to find out who the winner is:



Lillian A


Congratulations Lillian on being our winner!


Please contact Barbara at the email below by December 14 (one week) to claim your prize.
Your prize - One 25' reel of yummy ribbon

bbruder@fuse.net

Thanks so much for hopping with us

Just a reminder, stop back for our weekly posts (each Tuesday) hosted by our super talented design team members. Vicki will be posting Tuesday. Please stop in to see her project.

See you soon.

Thursday, December 3, 2015

December Blog Hop

Welcome to the December Blog Hop.


Since its's December, what better theme for our blog hop, than Christmas.


This blog hop has the designers throwing out all the stops on their projects. And of course the projects all contain bows that have been made using the Craft-Dee BowZ tool. And this tool definitely makes bow making a breeze!!

You still have time to order yours and receive it before Christmas.




PRIZES  
What would a blog hop be without a prize.The prize to be awarded from Craft-Dee BowZ is one 25' reel of ribbon.Donna always finds the most beautiful ribbon. Ribbon is a great accent on cards, perfect for gift wrapping and other projects that we all seem to love to do. And the Craft-Dee BowZ tool can help you make spectacular bows. There are plenty of online videos to guide you through the steps to make your bows. And it is really easy!!


To be in the running to win this yummy ribbon prize, all we ask you to do,is to leave a comment on each of the designers blog and to come back here and leave a final comment. Leaving a comment on each designers blog and on this blog will put you in the running. Your name will be placed in a hopper and one name will be pulled on Monday December 7.  You could be our December winner!!

Blog Hop Line-up

Here is the rotation of the designers in this months blog hop:



Craft-Dee BowZ  (you are here)
Craft-Dee BowZ  (to leave your last comment)

OK, lets get started, lets hop over to see the project that Vicki is presenting.
I know you will love what she has done.

Have fun and don't forget to leave comments on all the designers blogs and leave one last comment here as well.

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

December Challenge

Hi Everyone,

Welcome to December

Christmas is right around the corner. 
Are your cards ready?? 

Before we get started with December's inspiration,
 lets take a look at our winners for November


First up is the winning submission for the November challenge. 


Nellies Nest (Submission # 30)

Congratulations to Nellie's Nest (Diane)

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 November 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.

OK
Now it's time for the 

November TOP 3 WINNERS
(in no particular order)
1. Sparkling Pink (Submission #5)
2. Maryvonne (Submission #19)
3. Mimi (Submission  #116)
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 
November HONORABLE MENTION 
going to none other than:

Lisa S. (Submission #99)



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 December Challenge Theme:

Anything Goes and include a HANDMADE BOW

This months code to use is CDB32





Here is some inspiration 

from the CDB design team for you,

for our ........

December Challenge

 Tracey







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

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

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



Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Autumn Chores

It's a new week and my day to spotlight on Craft-Dee BowZ.  The challenge this month at Craft-Dee BowZ is ANYTHING GOES AND INCLUDE A HAND MADE BOW but since the Design Team likes to challenge ourselves further, we also chose to use autumn colors, festive foliage AND burlap for our spotlight posts. I used this rubber stamp from Bildmalarna for my card.



I used a chevron embossing folder by Die-sire and sanded the paper so I have a lighter and darker tone to the chevrons. The yellow sunflowers are from Martha Stewart and I added a touch of glitter on each petal for some shine. A card with no glitter is a day without sunshine. ;) The leaves are from Wild Orchid Crafts. The jewel swirl is from Michael's and my sentiment is by Wild Rose. Your eyes are not deceiving you...yes, I used both blue and turquoise jewels in the corners of my image's paper.



Here's an up-close image of my bows and I used acorn buttons by Dress It Up in the middle of each one. I made some paper using the Polished Stone technique and then used my leaf dies by Taylored Expressions to cut out the larger leaves. The tiny leaves that this little image is raking were made by a tiny punch (brand unknown) from the paper I made. I like this technique since I can pick different areas of the paper and get different colors and patterns. I love this pretty shear ribbon (thank you, Donna at CDB!) and I made two bows and tied them to the burlap ribbon. These bows came out as pretty as they did because I used my Craft-Dee BowZ tool. This tool makes beautiful single loop bows, and to make these double and triple loops...well, this tool is absolutely fabulous. It's small, lightweight and portable, too!


The gals at the Craft-Dee BowZ Challenge Blog have shared their outstanding creations on the blog each Tuesday this month and I hope you've seen them. If not, please take a moment now to cruise them before the next challenge!  And being that I'm the last Tuesday of the month to post my card, you know the challenge will be ending soon so if you have your card ready, please get it posted here. The challenge this month is ANYTHING GOES AND INCLUDE A HAND MADE BOW.
 
Thanks for looking at my card this month and I hope you'll leave me a little message on my blog if you have a moment.
 
                                                                                    Hugs,
                                                      Gail
 

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Tracey's Autumnal Project

Hi all
It is Tracey here.... It  is my turn to post  a project for your inspiration .The Dt are featuring Festive Foliage and burlap this month for you .Autumn is  my favourite time of year  so I really enjoyed making this card using an autumnal colour pallette
I have used a sizzix bird cage die and a stampin up bird punch.I also used papers from Trimcraft first edition Rose pad.The frame around the birdcage is a die from spellbinders.I distressed the paper edges using a Tim Holtz distressing tool.The flowers are from Wild orchid and I used burlap for the leaves which I die cut . The stuning ribbon was given to me as part of my Pack from Donna ,it is such beautiful ribbon to work with and my Trusty Craft-Dee Bowz bow making tool made the bow look amazing in seconds.





I finished it off with a chipboard word FAith which was sent to me by my team mate Gail and added  a cute birdcage charm and some gems..





I hope you like my card and that you join us in the Craft -Dee BowZ November challenge where anything goes with a handmade bow .
Happy crafting
Tracey x

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

"Autumn is a second Spring"

Vicki here...I'm up today with my Craft-Dee BowZ Festive Fall inspiration.  The Design Team had lots of fabulous ribbon to play with this month to coordinate with our fall foliage theme incorporating burlap.
I love Fall...the smell in the air, the warm colors and the mild temperatures.  Mother Nature makes sure we are surrounded by beauty in every direction.  These colors and the amazing ribbon from my DT product inspired my card.  The quote was perfect to pull together the burlap flowers and leaves.

"Autumn"

I created this card with lots of layers and texture.  The upper right corner of the lower portion of the card is folded down to form a pocket, held in place with hot glue and embellished with a gemstone.  I tucked in various leaves and added the quote here.  The leaves are die cut from cardstock and burlap. A burlap flower in my stash worked well with the fall colors and followed the quote theme.


This amazing bow was created using my wonderful Craft-Dee BowZ Bow Making Tool.  It helps make bows quick and easy.  I wanted my bow to look "scrunchy", so I added some dents and indentations here and there. 

Need some yummy ribbon to use with your Craft-Dee BowZ Tool? Take advantage of Ribbon-Ade! There are two different options available for purchase... 10 yds. of Sheer Organza or 10 yds. of Sheer Polka Dot. You can also purchase both at a special price.
Be sure to check out and play along with our November Challenge, "Anything Goes and INCLUDE A HANDMADE BOW". You could be our challenge winner and receive a Craft-Dee BowZ Badge to display in your blog.
Visit my fellow team members for more inspiration...
Thanks for stopping by to see my November Craft-Dee BowZ challenge project!
Visit my blog for more inspiration.
 

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Fluttering from the Autumn Tree

Barbara here,

It's the first Tuesday of November and its time for my Craft-Dee BowZ post.

This month the designers were asked to use burlap in our Festive Fall Foliage. Burlap, hmmmm it just goes with fall doesn't it!! Of course it really can go with so many things.

Well let me show you what I came up with.



This card is a very simple card with burlap and some silk leaves in the glorious fall colors. But the bow, well it kind of took center stage. This ribbon is so beautiful with the vibrant fall colors. and since the ribbon is wired, this bow really maintains its shape.

Let me show you a closer view of the bow.


OK I admit I could not make this bow, without my trusty Craft-Dee BowZ tool. This tool lets me make lush bows with ease. 


This little tool lets me make bows like the one above. Easy peasy!! REALLY!!
And you can use it for your gift packages too. 
It isn't just for cards. 
Click here to order yours!! 

Don't forget Craft-Dee BowZ has a challenge every month and you have plenty of time to make a project and enter it before the month of November is over. 
The theme is always, Anything Goes with a Handmade Bow.
I am going to be looking for your entry.

Thanks for stopping in today. Next Tuesday Vicki will be posting with her project. Stop back and check out what she has designed.

Sunday, November 1, 2015

November Challenge

Hi Everyone,

Welcome to November

Time to take a look at our winners for October


Here's the winning submission for the October challenge. 

 Maryvonne
 (Submission # 35)
Maryvonne

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 October 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.

October TOP 3 WINNERS
(in no particular order)
1. Em(Submission #7)
2.Mimi (Submission #98)
3. Donna Ellis (Submission  #105)
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 
OCTOBER HONORABLE MENTION 
going to none other than:

Autumn (Submission #60)



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 November Challenge Theme:

Anything Goes and include a HANDMADE BOW

This months code to use is CDB31





Here is some inspiration from the design team for you,

for our ........

November Challenge







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

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

The November challenge closes on November 30 at 8:00 p.m. EDT


Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Sweet and Pretty in Pink

Being that it's the 4th Tuesday of the month, it's my turn to post on Craft-Dee BowZ!  The Design Team is working with butterflies, doilies and flowers this month along with the color "pink".  Pink has become synonymous with October and "Breast Cancer Awareness".  I decided to do something a little different than my usual style and I have so many pretty embossing folders and never use them...and it's time to stretch and use some of these craft items I've been collecting.

 
The embossing folder is by Couture Creations and I used pink White Washed paper by Co'ordinations and then sanded the embossed areas for the pink to show through. I used my Ranger Distressing Tool on the edges. The butterfly die is by Memory Box and I coated it with glue and then sprinkled Crystal Snow glitter by Stampendous all over it. The pearls on my card are from assorted packages in my stash. The sentiment is by Lili of the Valley and I used my Stampin' Up punch around it. So that you can put this card in perspective, the size of it is 5.25 X 7.5 inches.

 
My bow is a double loop and I used my Craft-Dee BowZ tool to make it. It was so easy to get the bow straight and the tails out straight using this tool!  I added this pretty button with the back cut off in the middle of my bow. Thank you to Donna at Craft-Dee BowZ for this pretty ribbon!

Have you seen the cards posted each Tuesday by a member of the Design Team?  If you haven't, please stop by here and take a look. And like you, we appreciate a kind word or two if you have time.

Since this is the last Tuesday of the month, you have just a few more days to get your card done and posted to the Craft-Dee BowZ challenge blog for this month's challenge of ANYTHING GOES AND INCLUDE A HAND MADE BOW. And I'd like to remind you that a bow made from a die cut doesn't count as a hand made bow. And, stamped or digital bows on an image's dress or on a basket don't count as a hand made bow, either.
 
                                                                                   Hugs,
                                                           Gail

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Butterflies are Beautiful things


Hi
It is Tracey here with this my post for this month....The Dt have a theme of Butterflies /doilies /flowers to work woth this month so I chose 2 of the 3 ...Butterflies and flowers .I made a pretty aperture card .I used an 8x8  rose embossing folder  from embossalicious instead of backing paper so I could keep the design Clean and simple .The aperture was created using a spellbinders circle die and I used acetate behind it to form a window,The pretty butterfly was made using vellum and a stamp set I have had from the crafty pad for years!!! I stamped and embossed it using versamark and then heat embossed it with white wow powder. I then layered it up and added gems in the centre.The wording is also part of the craftypad stamp set and I just stamped this in pink matching ink.The flowers are from wild orchid and the pretty flourishes are made using dies from cheery lynn.I matted and layered the sentiment and put inside so you can see it through the aperture

The beautiful bow was made using pretty gingham ribbon I had in my Monthly MPP pack...Thank you Donna it is beautiful.I made my triple looped bow using as always my trusty Craft-Dee Bowz bow making tool.It is so easy and quick to produce perfect bows time after time...
here is a close up of my bow

a pic of the card opened up so you can see the aperture



I hope you like my project and that you join us in the Craft-Dee Bowz monthly challenge where anything goes with a handmade bow.....
Happy crafting
Tracey x