Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Merry Christmas

Hi Everyone

 Holy Cow!! It's the 5th Tuesday of the month and this is my last post for this year for Craft-Dee BowZ. Even though Christmas is over I have one last Christmas card to share with you. This card has already 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 length shorter than I usually use so I made a triple loop bow. I felt it needed to be a little fuller so since I had some scraps left over in my scrap bag, I made two single loop bows and layered them one on top of the triple loop bow to obtain a really fluffy bow. And I was able to still 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 tied together.

Time to get out some of those smaller ribbon pieces in your stash,
make a few bows and attach them together to make a nice fluffy bow.

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

The card design I used is very unique, I have no idea as to the name of this design. But, it is easy to make (IMHO) and will stand on its own even though there is no back to it, like on a conventional card.

I love this card design. 

I plan on making another card with lots of pics and dimensions so you can make one yourself.
I think I will use a winter design since we are officially in the winter season.So stay tuned for another card design like this one showing up sometime in January.

I am submitting my card in the following challenges:

As this year winds down and comes to an end, I would like to take a few minutes to wish you all a Happy New Year. I look forward to seeing you in 2016 with more inspiration and fun projects. 

Thursday, December 24, 2015

Peace On Earth

Hi there and welcome back,

I know we are all busy. Hope you have a few minutes to take a breather and enjoy just one more Christmas card. Like you, I am in the midst of other things but I wanted to share this card with you since it's getting to be that time!! You know, time for Santa. Christmas Eve, I will be busy getting last minute things done and then I will be with family and friends celebrating.

Here is a card that I put together using some odds and ends that were laying on my work table.

Hope you are inspired to use what you have just lying around. 
It's amazing what the end result can be.

Stamps:  Stampendous - Snow Swirl, Stampabilities - Peace on Earth (Both stamps are really old)
Paper/Card Stock
: Red CS, Cream CS
Ink: VersaMark
Dies/Punches Used: Martha Stewart punch - Garden Trellis Deep Edge
Gold embossing powder

I am submitting my card in the following challenges:
  • Crafty Gals Corner -   #51 Anything Goes (#23)
  • Crafting By Designs -  Anything Goes (#235)
  • Fresh Brewed Designs  - Anything Goes Christmas (#152)
  • Inspiration Destination - #65 Always Anything Goes (#25)
  • The Crafty Addicts  #5 - Anything Goes/ Celebration (#101)
  • Artistic Stampers - Christmas (#76)
  • Card and Scrap #108 Anything Goes (#167)
  • Card Mania (M, P1, E3) #75 Christmas (#317)
  • Crafts Galore Encore (M,P1,E3) Anything Goes (#180)
  • Natalie and Amy's Challenge #39 Christmas (#173)
  • One Crazy Stamper Christmas/Winter (no digital images allowed) (#55)
  • Paradise of Stamps #32 Christmas (#22)
  • Petal Lu Anything Goes (#24)
  • Pink and Main Challenge (M, P1,SIO) #4 Christmas
  • Sparkles Forum Challenges  #75 Favourite Christmas Colours (#34)
  • The Sisters of Craft Anything Goes (#116)
  • Your Scrapbook Place - Anything Goes (#64)
  • Merry Christmas to you and your family. I will be back next week with another post.

    Wednesday, December 23, 2015

    Anything Goes - New Post at Crafty Creations Challenge

    Hi Everyone,
    I know I have been absent  for a while. I have been busy helping Santa's elves get ready for Christmas. That's why I have not posted for 2 weeks. Oh two weeks, wow that's a long time for me (I am so so sorry). I will be posting more frequently in 2016.

    But I do have this one more project for you to check out before Christmas arrives. My card below is an inspiration piece for  Crafty Creations Challenges,  and they have a new challenge that starts today. The Sponsor for this challenge is our very own Jaime's Etsy Shop, InkyAndScrappy, with a $10 Etsy gift card.

    BTW - Crafty Creations Challenges  last two weeks, so you have plenty of time to get your project done and entered before the challenge ends . And the theme for this challenge is Anything Goes (which is everyone's favorite).

    Let me share my project with you
    This birdie is so cute, hope you've enjoyed the card.

    Stamps:  Digi - Karin Kajsan 
    Paper/Card Stock
    : Red CS, White CS, Green CS, Brown CS
    Ink: None
    Dies/Punches Used: Spellbinders Scalloped Circles sm, Ribbon Tags; Sizzix Tim Holtz Tattered Pinecone, Holy Branch; Memory Box Woodland Branch; Dee's Distinctively Pine Sprigs; MS  Autumn Branch Punch
    Distress Markers, Elizabeth Crafts - Glitter Dots, Merry Christmas words

    I am submitting my card in the following challenges:

  • 2 Crafty Girls -  Anything Goes (#104)
  • Colouring in Scrapland - (December) Christmas (#33)
  • Crafting from the Heart - Always Anything Goes (#63)
  • Love to Scrap -  Anything Goes (#42)
  • Not Just Cards - Always Anything Goes (#256)
  • Stamps & Fun = Creativity -  (Week 2) Christmas Cards (#27)
  • The Paper Girls - (Week 1) Celebrate (#8)
  • Where the HeART is -  (December) Christmas Colours (#57)
  • Come and Get It - Anything goes Christmas (#276)
  • 613 Avenue Create - W - #154 Anything goes (#93)                                                                                       
  • Thanks for stopping by today  
    I would like to wish everyone 

    I will be back Tues Dec 29 for one more project before the new year. 

    Wednesday, December 9, 2015

    Believe - New Challenge at Crafty Creations Challenges

    Hi Everyone,

    Thanks for stopping by today. It's time to share my latest project for Crafty Creations Challenges.

    Challenge #304 with a theme of Happy Holiday, starts today, will run for two weeks and the theme is Happy Holiday. 
    The sponsor for this challenge is A Creative Need.

    Check them out here

    They have a wonderful selection of digital images.

    You know Santa is waiting for his special nite to make his appearance. And while we all await his appearance, I decided to showcase his hat on my card.
     His hat is definitely identifiable with the jolly man

    I chose to add some dimension to the furry brim and the ball on the on this darling image

    Here is a closer view of the hat, Hope you can see that dimension better.

    I used a product called as Snow Marker by Marvy Uchida. This product is applied like a marker. Its goes on in a  milky white color. After applied, heat it with your heat tool, and it will puff right up. Makes great snow or any puffy dimensional accent.

    Stamps: Digital Image - A Creative Need  - Santa Hat and Sleigh Bell
    Paper/Card Stock
    : Red CS, Green CS, White CS
    Ink: India Ink - Black
    Dies/Embossing Folder Used: Sizzix - Flourish Holly and Mistletoe ,  Sizzix Embossing Folder - Dots
    Accessories: D
    imensional foam, Uchida - Snow Marker, May Arts - Holly Ribbon, Washi Tape (Glittery Corners), Distress Markers.

    I am submitting my card in the following challenges:

    Thanks much for stopping by today.

    I will be back soon

    Thursday, December 3, 2015

    Merry Christmas - Craft-Dee BowZ Blog Hop

    Welcome to the December Craft-Dee BowZ Blog Hop

    If you have arrived here from Tracey's blog then you are in the right spot.  If  you would like to be eligible for a 25" reel of ribbon you must stop at each of the design team members blogs and leave a comment. Below is a list of the designers in our blog hop. Just visit each of them and leave a comment and make sure to leave a comment on the Craft-Dee BowZ blog also to put yourself in the running for the ribbon prize.

    Barbara, (You are here)

     I know the designers have presented incredible and oh so creative projects. I am the last designer on the DT rotation for the blog hop so let me share my project with you. I decided to make a card and a decorated gift bag, both of which are coordinated. 

    First - my card.

    Close-up of bow on card

    Next - My Bag Topper

    For the bag topper, I started with a bag topper shape (scalloped oval) and I added a beautiful teal colored silk flower and a floral pick in the same teal color. And of course since this is to adorn a gift bag, a bow was added to add to the festive look.

     Here is my gift bag adorned with the bag topper

    Close-up of the bow on the bag topper

    I made my card panel and the bag topper base using watercolor paper that has Color Burst applied to add the awesome colors. Here is a peek at the piece that I have left over. This will give you an idea of what I used for the card and bag topper base.

    I love the colors that the Color Burst gave me in the watercolor paper. I also used a fern stencil to get that green leafy image.

    All of my bows were made using the Craft-Dee BowZ tool. This tool is the easiest to use tool for all your bow making needs. 

    Stamps:  My Sentiments Exactly - Merriest Christmas - Y495
    Paper/Card Stock
    : Watercolor Paper, Purple CS, Dk Blue CS, Teal CS, White CS, Turquoise CS
    Ink:Memento - Grape Jelly
    Dies/Punches Used:Dies: Accucut - Bag Topper, Spellbinders - Oval ; Martha Stewart - Leaves and Branch punch
    Ribbon, Color Burst, Floral Pick, Silk Flower, Craft-Dee BowZ  tool, sticky backed ribbon (white swirly border), White and Purple sheer ribbons

    I am entering my projects in the following challenges:

  • Artistic Inspirations - Anything Goes with Twist of Christmas
  • Crafting from the Heart - Always Anything Goes
  • Craft Your Passion - Always Anything Goes
  • The Crazy Challenge - Everything Goes
  • Where the HeART is - Anything Goes/Winter Blues
  • A Snowflakes Promise #11 - Anything Goes with a Winter or Christmas Theme 
  • Digi Choosday Challenge - #48 - Traditional Christmas
  • Inky Chicks  #60 - Merry Christmas 
  • Lemon Shortbread  Always Anything Goes 
  • Papertake Weekly Anything Goes
  • Sweet Stamps  December -Anything Goes (Card) / Anything But A Card - Gift Bag
  • Through The Craft Room Door  - Always Anything Goes
  • Crafty Gals Corner -  #48 Anything Goes
  • Creative Moments -  #81 Always Anything Goes 
  • Fresh Brewed Designs - Anything Goes Christmas
  • Inspiration Destination - #62 Always Anything Goes 
  • Whimsy Inspiration  #88 Anything Goes - Holiday
  • Crafting By Designs -   December Anything Goes

  • Thanks for stopping by, and leave comments to put you in the running for the ribbon real. 

    Tuesday, December 1, 2015

    Wishing You The Merriest

    Hi Everyone
    WOW do you believe it, we are now welcoming in December!!!. And next it's Christmas - are you ready? Do you have your cards finished?? no!!??!! Well Craft-Dee BowZ is here to offer inspiration

    Since it's the first of December, there is a new challenge over at Craft-Dee BowZ. And the challenges over at CDB are always Anything Goes with a Handmade Bow. But since we are in the Christmas season, there are a whole host of Christmas projects that the designers are anxious to show off. We hope you will visit the Craft-Dee BowZ blog every Tuesday for some new design team inspiration .....and....we'd love to see your entry this month in the challenge.

    Speaking of projects, let me share mine with you.

    This is a 6"X 6" card and it's one of my favorite sizes for cards.  

    For this card, I layered CS bottom to top - Red CS, Green CS and DP. Next, I used 2 panels of cardboard, one of which I cut with the Holly Frame die. I pulled some of the top layer off the corrugated cardboard panels. Next I painted both  panels with white gesso. After the gesso dried, I used the Rhubarb Stalk Memento ink to cover the raised areas and left the depressed areas white.  

    I adhered these 2 panels over the DP. I cut an oval and stamped the sentiment and inked the edges. I made my bow and attached it to the card. Then I made 3 poinsettias using a white shimmery text weight paper and added Flower Soft to the centers. I attached some of the stars to finish the card.

    Here is a close-up of the bow. 
    I actually made a 4 loop green sheer bow and layered it on top of a triple loop white ribbon bow. 

    I wanted my green bow to pop and layering it on the white ribbon, made it POP. (IMHO)

    Stamps:  My Sentiments Exactly Merriest Christmas Y495
    Paper/Card Stock
    : Green CS, Red CS, White CS, DP, White shimmer Paper (poinsettias)
    Ink: Memento- Rhubarb Stalk
    Dies UsedSpellbinders Ovals S4-116; Wild Rose Studio - Holly Frame and Poinsettia
    Accessories: Cardboard sheet;White Gesso; Flower Soft - Yellow; Craft-Dee BowZ  tool; ribbons dimensional foam

    I am submitting my card in the following challenges:

  • AAA -  #53 Anything Goes (W2 of 2) (#136)
  • Amusing - Anything Goes (#9)
  • Christmas Card Challenges - must be Christmas / Winter – #52 Anything Goes (#67)
  • Glitter n Sparkle -  #165 Include a bow (#28)
  • Lil Patch of Crafty Friends -  #22 Anything Goes   (#233)
  • Penny Black and More – November- Anything Christmas (#260)
  • Pile It On - W #97 Use Red and Green (#28)
  • Quirky Crafts -  #24 Anything Christmas  (#93)
  • We Love 2 Create  - #24 Anything Creative/ Mixed Media Goes (#20)
  • Stamping Sensations - Festive Flowers and Foliage - (#83)

  • Well you have a few weeks to finish your cards. I decided to make most of my cards the same design this year. I will share later this month.

    One last thing..... stop back Thursday nite for the last Craft-Dee BowZ Blog Hop this year. There will be a winner and you could be our winner of a reel of ribbon.

    Thanks for stopping by to see my project

    Wednesday, November 25, 2015


    Hello everyone,
    It's time for a new challenge over at Crafty Creations Challenges. The theme for this challenge is Paris. I know we have all been saddened by the horrific event
     that took place on Friday November 13.

    If you are like me, I truly do not understand the whys of events like this one and I can only hope and pray that this madness ends, sooner vs. later. Let's keep Paris and all the other area's in distress, in our hearts and prayers.

    In honor of our friends in Paris, I put together a 9" X 12" panel that highlights some Parisian items.

    The French flag is blue, white and red, so I decided to incorporate their colors in my piece.

     I have a great Paris themed stamp set that contains all the stamped images I used on the panel. I picked this up a year ago and this is the 1st time I used it. Interesting, I had this all this time, unused, just waiting.

    Let me show you a closer view of some of those smaller stamped images.

    Did you check out that background, I used a map of Paris.
     I also added 3 fleur de lis, using gold CS. 
    The national flower of France is the iris 
    and is represented in the fleur de lis emblem,
     the symbol of the French monarchy.
    The French government today is a republic.

    Stamps:  Paris Stamps - Invoke Arts
    Paper/Card Stock
    : White CS
    Ink: India ink - Black; Memento - Danube Blue, Love Letter
    Dies/Punches Used:  Martha Stewart  punch - fleur de lis
    Accessories: Winsor & Newton -9" X 12" Artist Canvas Board, Cardboard with the top layer pulled off in a few areas, Decoupage, Gesso, K & Co. - adhesive Gems, Ranger Dina Wakley - Heavy Body Acrylic Paint - White, Ruby, Lapis.

    I am submitting my panel project in the following challenges:

  • Crafting from the Heart - Always Anything Goes (#84)
  • Craft Your Passion -  Always Anything Goes (#84)
  • Love to Scrap -   Anything Goes (#165)
  • Not Just Cards -  Always Anything Goes (#429)
  • The Crazy Challenge - Everything Goes (#36)
  • Use Your Stuff -  Lots of Layers (#17)
  • Brown Sugar – No. 173 - Anything Goes ( #217)
  • Crafting-With-Friends - Always Anything Goes (#111)
  • Creative Fingers -   No.99 -   Always Anything Goes  (#135)
  • Daring Cardmakers -  Anything But a Card (#23)
  • Simply Papercraft - #18 - Always Anything Goes (#128)

  • Thanks for stopping in today and I want to wish everyone a safe and Happy Thanksgiving