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Friday, August 30, 2013

"Always In My Heart"

Vicki here...and excited that it's my turn up on the blog as Craft-Dee BowZ August Guest Designer.

The Craft-Dee BowZ Design Team is creating with this sketch and the colors red, yellow and black along with matching ribbons.

This was a true challenge for me as I don't often use the colors red and yellow when crafting.  When I think of red, yellow and black, it brings bold and vibrant to mind.  However, I wanted to tone it down and use a much softer version of the colors.  I also decided to put a twist on the colors using them more as accents to one another rather than having one color as the major focus on my card.

I started with a card base of black cardstock.  For the front of the card, I layered a black and white paisley print vellum over yellow cardstock.  I love how the vellum gives the bright yellow a more subtle, muted tone.

Then I matted the vellum layer with a narrow edge of red cardstock and added a yellow punched border down the right side accented with red jewels.

Using my fabulous Craft-Dee BowZ bow maker tool, I tied a piece of red ribbon into a bow and wrapped the tails around the card and adhered them on the inside.

I added a piece of black and white striped ribbon under the mini "note card" embellishment that I made with my die-cuts.

  The piece of newsprint patterned paper, that I save every little scrap of, was perfect as the sentiment on the card.  The red heart jewel was the final touch!

And, here is my card using the sketch and colors...

"Always In My Heart"

Many thanks to Craft-Dee BowZ and the Design Team for having me as their Guest Designer for the month of August and allowing me to share my creations with you.

 He"artful" Validation of Vicki

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

How Beautiful a day can be

Good Tuesday morning! Amber here with you newest Craft-Dee BowZ card. This month's theme was a sketch we were all given along with some goodies.

Using two different ribbons, I made two different bows, adding tails only to the red bow. Layered the red bow on top of the striped loop bow.

I stuck with a red/white/black theme for my card, scoring the white papers to give it an embossed look. Adding a sentiment and a decorative bottle cap to finish off my card.

Till next time! Get inky!

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Whimsical face

Hello bow makers!  I did put this up on Facebook, but thought I'd share a bit about the class I took today.  We had the pleasure of having Donna-Marie come down from NH to teach us a whimsical face class.  Let me tell you, Donna-Marie is one of the best teachers on the planet.  She was concise, informative, interesting and a down right funny, crazy lady (my kind of gal!).  It was great to learn a new technique and not be on information overload.  She taught us enough technique about features with four pages of overlays, step by step, to see the progression of putting the face together.  Then, if that wasn't enough, she taught us a new way of "photo" transfer that is inexpensive and can be used over and over.

Once we got thru the drawing and transfer part, then we got to color our images.  That's when the fun really began.  I never knew I could mix such bizarre colors together and create such wonderful whimsy.  My project had green hair (yep!) mixed with browns, grays, reds and blues!  Shadowing was the most fun -- the more you add, the better this face got.

Okay, okay, here's my finished project.  No, she's not perfect, but she's not supposed to be and she's mine!

Of course I had to add a bow made from the Craft-Dee BowZ to hang this little pretty.  My focus is off a bit, but I just thought I'd show you another way you can utilize your Craft-Dee BowZ -- for picture hanging!

Here's a picture of some of the other whimsical faces that the other girls did.  We all learned the same technique, but look how different each face is.  Fantastic!

That's Jennifer far left, Mimi, Chris, Donna-Marie, me, Stacy and Kim (owner of Kept Creations).  What a great time we had.  We love you Donna-Marie -- please come back next summer!

I hope you enjoyed this peek into "a day in the life of...".


Tuesday, August 20, 2013

A little Craft-Dee Bowz Thanks!!!

It's my time to post this month on the Craft-Dee Bowz blog and Donna gave us a sketch and a challenge to use black, gold and red. I came up with this Thank You card.

I used the beautiful ribbons that Donna supplied and made two single bows with my Craft-Dee Bowz tool (single loop) and then put them together. The little charm and bottle cap were also supplied by Donna! I used some older Bella Boulevard paper from my stash. I just stamped a "thanks" sentiment on some craft cardstock for the base of the trinkets. I tied it all together with the black cardstock background!

You could use this design for any type of card, and it came together really quickly too!!! The Craft-Dee Bowz tool makes any size bows so easy to do! If you don't have one, you really should try it!! You will love it!!!

Thanks so much for dropping by and please check back again!!!!

Sunday, August 18, 2013

August Blog Hop Winner

Hi Everyone,
Welcome back!!!  
Time to announce the winner of the August Blog Hop here at Craft-Dee BowZ.

However, first, I  would like to extend a huge thank-you to all who visited and commented on the posts throughout the blog hop. 

 Next a big thanks to  the design team on their awesome projects.They really make such fabulous projects don't they!! Our next blog hop is scheduled for October 10 and the theme is  Halloween. Ohhhh spooky!!! 
So save the date and plan on joining us for our next spook-tacular blog hop.

OK, OK!!!! Let me announce who the winner is


Please contact Barbara at the email below by August 24
Please give me your name and mailing address so we can get you Craft-Dee BowZ tool out to you. 

Thanks so much for hopping with us and we look forward to seeing you again at our next hop.

Just a reminder,  stop back for our weekly posts (each Tuesday) hosted by our super talented design team members.  Also this month we have a guest designer, Vicki Robertson, who will be posting here on Friday, August 30.
So stop in to see what she will be sharing.

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Back to School Blog Hop

Hi Everyone,
Welcome to the Craft-Dee BowZ Blog Hop. The blog hop this month, celebrates Back to School. I bet most kids aren't thinking of celebrating that!!! You will be seeing our theme carried out in all of the designers projects throughout the hop. We hope that we are able to inspire you and to give you some ideas for all your upcoming projects. 

Since our Design Team is small,  just 4 designers,  it will be easy and quick for you to visit each and every one of the designers' blogs to view their wonderful creations. We have a special treat for you, we have a guest designer in our blog hop, Vicki Robertson. Her blog is in the hop AND she will be posting here at Craft-Dee BowZ on August 30  as well. Make Vicki feel welcome!!

Just a reminder, please make sure you leave a comment on each designers blog and we ask that you leave a comment here as well to be in the running for the prize. The last stop on the hop will be back here at the Craft-Dee BowZ blog, please let us know your thoughts on the fabulous projects presented by our talented designers. 

One visitor who has left comments on all the designers blogs and here as well, will win their very own Craft-Dee BowZ tool.  The winner will be announced here on this blog on Saturday August 17. Be sure to check back here to see if you've won.

To claim your prize, you must notify us by email. You will have exactly one week to claim your prize, so don’t forget to check back on Saturday,  August 17 to see if you are the winner!

Grab a drink of something and sit back and relax while you visit our talented designers blogs.Let's start over at the very talented Patty's blog  to view her newest project and please make sure to leave a comment.

Here are your blog hostesses 
Craft-Dee BowZ  (to leave one last comment)

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Hello There!

Good morning everyone! Brenda here, with this weeks post. I hope you all are having a great week and everyone is getting settled into the routine of things. Now that school is back in, everything is a little hectic at first, then we get back into the groove of things.

Well anyway, on with this post and what I have created. Donna gave the design team a challenge with a sketch and certain colors to use. The colors are.............Yellow,Red Black Plaid with any bow type.

Recipe for card:

8 1/2  X 5 1/2 card stock folded to make a 5 1/2 X 4 1/4 card base
4 X 5 1/4 black c/s with 5 1/2 side punched with scalloped eyelet
2 3/4 X 5 1/4 striped designer paper stamped with black plaid lines
layered with yellow ribbon on red ribbon attached to edge of black c/s layer
black c/s 3 1/4 X 2 1/4  layered with striped designer paper
attached to front of card then embellishments are are added
Spellbinder-Nest abilities-Labels Seventeen
Martha Stewart Star Burst punch
McGill flower punch
bling, bow and bottle cap flower center

Donna so graciously supplied us with all of the ribbon and the Recollection Bottle Caps.

I hope you have enjoyed checking out this creation as much as I have enjoyed creating it. I you have not purchased a Craft-Deebowz bow maker yet, please do so, it will make a world of difference at creating beautiful bows. I promise!

Thank you so much, for stopping by today. Hugs to all! Brenda

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

It's Back to School Time

Hi Everyone,
It's Barbara with my August post. I can't believe it's August, end of summer and ......... now we hear the dreaded words................. BACK TO SCHOOL.
I remember when I was a kid, back to school, well it wasn't one of my favorite times. LOL Although I got new shoes and new clothes. I loved that.

Well I had a hard time finding stamps that fit the theme this month, and believe me I looked hi and low. LOL

After much searching all of my stamps, I decided to use an image of a little boy and girl. I imagine them going off to school with flowers for their teacher. This stamp reminds me of me and my brother when we were about this age. Since its time for back to school, I also wanted to use a chalk board look so I finally found a stamp of a pile of books and I stamped it on the black card stock. And since I was back to "no school stamps" I used my VersaMark marker to print  "Back to School"  at the bottom of the chalk board.

I thought I'd make one more card and I searched and found some of the cutest stickers with the Back to School theme. Let me share this card with you. 

Now wouldn't this card be great to give to a little one on their first day at school.

School has started already in some of the school districts in my area, so this really is right on time, I guess.

 Love the black and white stripe of that ribbon. I also used a rich red and a beautiful golden yellow ribbon as accents.To make my single loop bow for these cards I used my Craft-Dee BowZ tool. The Craft-Dee BowZ tool is THE tool to use to make your bows. It makes bow making a snap!!! Click here to place your order.Need it shipped internationally??? Go to the side bar and email Donna.

I am so glad you stopped in today. Thursday I am teaching a class at Stampaway, the stamp convention in Cincinnati, Ohio. Donna will be meeting up with me Thursday afternoon as we visit a few stamp stores in the Cincinnati area. And she will be manning her booth Friday night and all day Saturday at  the convention..If you are planning on coming to the Stampaway convention, stop in at the Craft-Dee BowZ booth and say hi to Donna

Well that's it for now. See you soon

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Saturday, August 3, 2013

Announcing the August Guest Designer

Hi Everyone,
Whoo Hoo August is here, and you know what that means. School starts, fall will be here shortly and Halloween and Christmas are not far behind...........Oh my, I just ran thru the end of the year in no time flat!!! And these months click away so fast, don't they??!!.

Well we here at Craft-Dee BowZ have some exciting news!! This month we have a guest designer, Vicki Robertson joining us. Check out her blog, here. Vicki has graciously accepted the guest designer spot this month and will be participating in the upcoming blog hop that will start on Thursday August 15. She will also be posting her very own post on Aug. 30.

Let me share Vicki's bio:

I'm Vicki Robertson and wife of my best friend, mother of two beautiful, married daughters, and grandmother to three amazing grandchildren. We live in the Pocono mountains of Northeast Pennsylvania where I spend the majority of my time crafting.

I have been paper crafting for many years. Cards, scrapbooking, altered art and mixed media are my crafting passions. Using my hands to create gives me a sense of satisfaction and accomplishment while preserving memories for future generations.

I am thrilled to be a guest designer for Craft-Dee Bowz during the month of August. I hope that I can inspire you with my use of the Craft-Dee Bowz tool and ribbon!

Vicki is one very talented lady, so mark your calendar to remember to stop by and check out our upcoming Blog Hop, starting August  15. Vicki will be participating and I am looking forward to seeing her creative project.

That's the latest news for now. I will be back Tuesday with my regular post so stop back in to see what I have in store for you.

Thanks for stopping in today.


Thursday, August 1, 2013

August Challenge

Hi Everyone,

Welcome to the August Challenge here at Craft-Dee BowZ, 

Thank you to everyone who participated in our July Challenge!!! 
The submissions are all fabulous.

Every one of the submissions were so  beautiful and I think everyone is a winner. However I had to pick the top 3 and the grand winner for the month, let me tell you, it was really difficult again this month, with all the talent out there. 
(I know I say this each month and it is true.)

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

Who won the Grand Prize for the July Challenge??  Well, without further ado the winner is:
Rina M (submission#33)
Congratulations to Rina M
You will have until August 15 (that's 2 weeks) to claim your prize 

Monthly Prize
The Craft-Dee BowZ tool

Please contact me at by August 15th to arrange for your prize to be sent and to receive a winners badge to display on your blog.

(in no particular order)
1. Peggy R (Submission # 143)
2.Julie P (Submission #73)
3. Eva's Scraproom (Submission  # 19)
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.
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 August Challenge Theme:

Anything Goes and include a HANDMADE BOW
This months code to use is CDB04

Here is some inspiration for you for our August 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.
Don't forget, the prize is The Craft-Dee BowZ tool.
 I use mine all the time, I know you will love it!!
The August challenge closes on July 31 at 8:00 p.m. ET