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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Play Ball

Hi everyone Monica here with a Craft-Dee Bowz post for Tuesday!!.  The task was to create a masculine and for me this definitely is a challenge because I am so used to doing girly-girl post so I hope this card turned out masculine and still pretty lol.  I created a multiple loop bow with the CDB tool by winding several times around the pegs and tying the twine in the center.

To be honest I never thought I would like twine really, but man where has this stuff been I absolutely love it because of its versatility you can use it for literally anything so I am sold on this stuff for sure.  I hope everyone enjoyed my post for today and thanks so much for stopping by!!

Monday, August 18, 2014

Love my guy...

Hello bow makers!  This feels like unchartered territory for me -- I don't get to post much of my own creations since I have this spectacular design team on board.  But, unfortunately, one of our designers had to step down due to unforeseen circumstances.  We will miss you Robin.

So, with that being said, I have taken over the empty slot each month as well as subbing in for the Blog Hops in October and December.  Since our theme this month is masculine (I know!  it can be a challenge creating masculine cards!), I have created this card using lots of fun mediums.  The obvious medium is burlap.  I do so love working with burlap and have it in many colors, but the natural is my favorite.  I've wrapped raffia and bakers twine around the left edge of my burlap canvas.  The burgundy borders were created using silver peel offs which I had to color with a burgundy Copic marker.  Add a few gears, a "love" die and create a background stripe and here we have it!  I made the little bow using the raffia and twine at the same time and created a multiple loop bow which I adhered using a glue dot.

Sorry about the photo quality -- left pic shows border with peel offs and right pic shows bow with raffia and twine.

Using the Craft-Dee BowZ tool is such a time saver and a no-brainer -- two precious commodities!  I hope you enjoy this little project and I welcome any comments that you care to share.  Thanks for dropping by.


Tuesday, August 12, 2014


Vicki here...It's my turn up on the Craft-Dee  BowZ Blog.  Our August theme is masculine using the colors brown, burgundy and a single loop bow.  With a wedding anniversary coming in October, this was perfect timing for me.   So, today I'm sharing a card for the special man in my hero, my friend!

  We will be celebrating 38 years of marriage soon and have been together for 40.  Really?  That was fast!   Using our theme and colors,  I created an anniversary card that will actually be ready in advance!

The card base of craft and brown is 6" x 6".  You know how square I am when it comes to card making! I layered patterned paper in the same color tones and then used burgundy for my accent embellishments. 

A piece of sheer brown ribbon is wrapped around the upper corner of the card.  The bow was created using my fabulous Craft-Dee BowZ Tool.  It helps create bows quickly and with ease.  I seriously love wide, sheer ribbon when making bows.  Next, I hot glued the bow on the corner ribbon and  attached the chain and gear to the center of it.  I added brass number studs to represent 38 years and buttons tied with twine to the centers of a few of the other gears.  The sentiment is stamped and die-cut to look like another gear.  A small brass paper clip is the final touch.

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I hope my card has inspired you to create something for the guy in your life.
Thanks for stopping by!
Don't forget to play along with our August challenge,
"Anything goes and include a handmade bow"!
You could be the winner of a 25 yard spool of ribbon! 

Monday, August 11, 2014

Washi Tape bows using Craft-Dee BowZ!

Hello bow makers!  I have a great surprise for you today.  This video has been  a long time in the making -- mostly because of malfunctioning media (camera, iPhone, and the videographer -- that would be ME!).  Sometimes I just can't win!  Well here it is -- the technique that has everyone's jaw dropping when I demonstrate this at shows.  So grab yourself a cuppa, whip out your Craft-Dee BowZ tool and some Washi Tape and follow along with me!

Sunday, August 10, 2014

August Blog Hop Winner

Hi Everyone,
Welcome back!!!  
I am sorry this post is late.

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

Thanks to everyone who visited and commented on the posts throughout the blog hop. We all  loved hearing from you and we also loved being able to give you some inspiration, ideas, tips, etc. Weren't the masculine cards great!! Hope you got  some great ideas that will ease your angst in making cards for men.

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

Our next blog hop is scheduled for October 9-10

So mark your calendars and save that date and plan on joining us for our next blog hop for 2014

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

Susan Kennedy

Congratulations  Susan!!!

Susan please contact Barbara at the email below by August 16 (one week) to claim your prize.

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.   Vicki will be posting on Tuesday. 

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Craft-Dee BowZ August Blog Hop

Hello Everyone!! Welcome to the August blog hop here at Craft-Dee BowZ!!

This blog hop has a wonderful theme - Masculine. This is one theme we all seem to struggle with. So all the designers have designed their project with a masculine theme in mind. We all hope that you will get inspired with our projects.

Since we have a small design team here at Craft-Dee BowZ, it will be easy and quick to visit all the designer's blogs in the hop.

Just a reminder, please make sure you leave a comment on each designers blog and we ask that you leave a final comment back here as well to be in the running for the prize. Since this will also be your last stop in the hop, 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 9th. Be sure to check back here to see if you've won.

To claim your prize, you must notify us by email, (contact Barbara at ) by Saturday August 16. You will have exactly one week to claim your prize.

Get comfy and grab a drink and lets start off with out first and ever so talented designer, Vicki. Take a few minutes to check out her project, make sure to leave a comment on her blog.

Here is the list of all our talented designers in this months blog hop in case you get lost.
Craft-Dee BowZ (You are here)
(stop back here last to leave one final comment)

From all the designers here at Craft-Dee BowZ, thanks for stopping by.

Have fun everyone

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Just For You

Hi Everyone,

How are you doing today?? Hope you are having a wonderful day.

Today is my post day here at Craft-Dee BowZ. This month the theme for the designers is masculine. Those seem to be difficult cards to come up with for some reason. LOL

The card I made uses a stamp that I love and have had for eons and will probably love it til I die.

Isn't that birdie too cute!!

My bow is just a single loop bow, but to make it somewhat different, after the bow was finished,  I just pulled on one of the loops and that made the bow lopsided, which is exactly the look I wanted. Let me show you a closer view.

The ribbon I used is a very nice, heavier cloth ribbon, like a herringbone ribbon, and is better suited for a single loop bow, perfect for this theme and card. 

You know, Craft-Dee BowZ has the best bow making tool around!! If you don't own one, you may want to check out the videos to see how easy it is to make a bow using the tool and then order one for your very own. You won't regret it!!

Before I forget, I hope you stop back tomorrow evening for the Craft-Dee BowZ bi-monthly blog hop. The blog hop starts at 10:00 p.m. sharp. Stop and comment on all the designers blogs along the way and that will put you in the running for a prize give away of a Craft-Dee BowZ tool of your own.The prize will be awarded on Saturday.

I hope to see you sometime throughout the hop.

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Blog Hop Alert

Hi Everyone

Just a quick reminder and mark your calendars.

Join us and leave comments and you will be eligible to win your very own Craft-Dee BowZ tool. 
The theme for this hop is Masculine so stop in for some great inspiration.
All of the designers here at Craft-Dee BowZ are really looking forward to seeing you at the hop.

Friday, August 1, 2014

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 were fabulous, as always!!
I love to see what all you talented people submit, it's always so amazing. 
Everyone has such creativity.

Since all of the submissions were gorgeous and so creative, 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, this task is difficult each month, with all the talent out there. 
(Yes, I know I say this each month but it really is true.)

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.

Who won the Grand Prize for the July Challenge??  
Well, without further ado the winner is:
Diane H (Submission # 85)
Congratulations to Diane H
You will have until August 8 (that's 1 week) 
to claim your prize

Monthly Prize
One Reel (25 yards) of Ribbon

To arrange for your prize to be sent and to receive a winners badge to display on your blog  please email me at by July 8th
Please put Craft-Dee BowZ Challenge Winner in the subject of your email.

(in no particular order)
1. Peggy R (Submission #133)
2. 3icklesangles(Submission #135)
3. Rora (Submission  #137)
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.

This month we have 
going to none other than:

Kate (Submission #84)
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 CDB16

Here is some inspiration for you for our 

August Challenge 

Vicki Robertson

Barbara Bruder

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 one spool (25 yards) of ribbon
The August challenge closes on August 31 at 8:00 p.m. EST