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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

The witching hour..

Hello bow makers!  Isn't this one of the most fun times of the year?  We can tap into that inner child that's always lurking and do crazy, spooky, funny things on Halloween.  I have so many fond memories of Halloweens past when my kids were young.  The fun of concocting costumes for them that THEY wanted.  I certainly had to reach deep to come up with something suitable to keep them happy.  But I wouldn't have traded the experience for the world.

Here's a quick little card that I did using some Authentique background papers.  Add a brew-stirring witch and some embellishments, top it off with a double/multipleloop bow and you are done!  I hope to do a video shortly showing just how easy this bow is to make.  I know, I know, we keep coming up with different ways of creating multiple loop bows!  And we do it all for you!

Enjoy and Happy Haunting!


Friday, October 17, 2014

Halloween Keepsake by Karen

Hi there,

I am Guest Designing today and sharing this little Halloween Keepsake. I thoroughly enjoyed creating this.  It's perfect for this time of year. The base for this project is a wooden frame. I added magnets to the back of the frame to add a little versatility to it. I can enjoy the keepsake as a table top piece or a piece of art on the fridge. I used patterned papers by DCWV. The multi loop bow was created using the Craft-Dee BowZ tool.  I love how simple and easy my bows are as a result of  using the bow tool.

Halloween Keepsake by Karen Jiles Supplies Cardstock: Bazzill; Patterned Paper: DCWV;  Ink: Quick Quotes; Adhesive: Xyron; Tool: Craft-Dee BowZ;  Other: Ribbon, Charms, Spiders, Bling

Thanks so much for visiting today...:)


Thursday, October 16, 2014

Design Team Call

updated 11-8-14   The Design Team Call is now closed. Thanks to all who submitted an application. 

Craft-Dee BowZ
is putting out a Design Team call and we are looking for
 some very creative people.

Crafty-Dee BowZ sells a easy to use bow making tool, it’s the perfect tool to use to make bows from 1” to 4 ½”. Great for bows for cards and gifts and anything else that needs a beautiful bow.

We are looking for talented crafters and artists who LOVE using ribbon and can meet deadlines.   If you are a card maker, scrapbooker, paper crafter, bow artist, altered artist or if you do anything fun and unique with ribbon, please apply.  Our readers are looking for variety, so don't be afraid to show your creative side. 

·        You must commit to a 6 month term from January 1, 2015 through June 30, 2015 with a possible extension for another 6 month term, carrying you thru the end of 2015.
·        Be a versatile crafter who loves to work with bows.
·        You must have an active blog and the ability to take quality pictures and post interesting entries directly to the Craft-Dee BowZ blog.   Our project requirements as follows:
1.      You must use the Craft-Dee BowZ tool in making all bows on your Craft-Dee BowZ projects
2.     You must have a Facebook page and be somewhat familiar with Facebook. The DT communicates in a private group in Facebook and utilizes photo albums and documents that are housed therein.
3.     You will also be required to leave comments for our Monthly Challenge participants.  You will be assigned commenting numbers.
4.     You will be required to participate in and promote special events on your blog such as blog hops which will occur every other month of your 6-month term. 
5.     Themes will be defined for the 6 month term for the Design Team members
6.     From time to time you may be required to work with sponsor material

Three Monthly Projects required:
1.      Monthly project (one) to be posted on the Craft-Dee BowZ blog and your personal blog
2.      Inspiration project (one) for the Monthly Challenge
3.      Blog Hop Project (Craft-Dee BowZ hosts a blog hop on a bi-monthly basis). You will be required to participate in all the bi-monthly blog hops.

Additional info

When using a bow on other projects, we also ask that you promote the Craft-Dee BowZ tool whenever possible on your blog.

You will be allowed full creativity with inks, dies, paper, etc.  The only criteria is to use bow(s) on all your projects!  You can create cards, scrapbook layouts, home decor projects, etc. as long as it features bows created on the Craft-Dee BowZ tool.

You will need the Translator feature engaged on your blog.

·        You will receive compensatory free product of ribbon, trim, bling and other surprises to coincide with your regular monthly theme.

·        You will receive a Craft-Dee BowZ tool to use on all your CDB projects

·        We will link your blog from the Craft-Dee BowZ blog.

·        You will receive a badge to display on your blog stating that you are a Craft-Dee BowZ design team member.

·        You will garner additional followers on your own blogs due to your exposure on the Craft-Dee BowZ blog.

Please submit the following:
1.     A paragraph telling us about yourself and why you want to be a part of the Craft-Dee BowZ team.

2.     Three (3) good quality jpegs of your favorite projects where you've used bows that will show us the type of work you will create for the Craft-Dee BowZ blog.

3.     Your crafting resume 

4.     A link to your blog and galleries

5.     A list of any design teams you are currently on (if any)

6.     Your contact information including your complete name, email and mailing address

The deadline for this Design Team call will be open until November 8th.   New design team members will be notified by November 15th, 2014.

To apply, please send an email to  with the above information.  Be sure and put “Design Team Call” in the Subject line.

For more information about Craft-Dee BowZ, please visit our Craft-Dee BowZ blog.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Vicki's Monster Treats!

Vicki here to share this week's Craft-Dee BowZ inspiration with you.  Our October theme is Halloween using the colors black, purple and slime, I mean lime green along with a multi loop bow.

My project is a throwback idea that I haven't made in quite a while.  We will be spending Halloween with our grandchildren and I wanted to be sure we have lots of fun treats at the house.  M&Ms are a favorite of everyone, so I created this set of Monster Treats by altering a Starbuck Frappuccino 4 pack.  Each of the 4 bottles has a different type/flavor of M&M candies. 

"Monster Treats"

The monster treats include Bat Bites, Crow Corn, Witches Warts and Zombie Zits!

The multi-loop, double bow was made with ease using my Craft-Dee BowZ Tool.

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I hope I've inspired you to play along with our October Halloween Challenge,
You could be the winner of a 25 yard spool of ribbon!

Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, October 11, 2014

October Blog Hop Winner

Hi Everyone,
Welcome back!!!  

Time to announce the winner of the October  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 some inspiration, ideas, tips, etc for Halloween festivities. We hope you found the cards and projects really creative!! Hope you were able to gleen 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.

Our next blog hop is scheduled for December 3 and the theme will be Holiday Cheer

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

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


Congratulations  on being our winner

Please contact Barbara at the email below by October 18 (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 scheduled December 3.

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, October 8, 2014

October Blog Hop

Welcome to the Craft-Dee BowZ Spook-tacular Blog Hop.

Halloween is such a fun time of the year. Spooky things, costumes, candy, parties. With that in mind, all of our designers have made projects with a Halloween theme. If you send Halloween cards or make bags for the tricker-treater in your house, let us inspire you.

Craft-Dee BowZ has a small design team so it won't take you long to visit the team and leave comments. Leaving comments on the blogs of all the team members will make you eligible to win your very own Craft-Dee BowZ tool. The winner will be announced on Sat. Oct. 11.

To claim your prize you must contact us by email ( by Saturday Oct. 18. That will give you a week to claim your prize.

To start us off,  lets take a look at Donna's project.
It sure reminds me of a famous house.
Do you know what house I am referring to???
 Lets see what project she has scared up for you.

Oh that house is really scary.
 Look at that gauze and the bow is made using some sheer organza, a perfect fit for that gauze.

Donna's project was inspired by a trip to Chittenango, NY recently where she got to re-visit the home of Frank L. Baum, the author of the Wizard of Oz (back "in the day" when that was considered a scary movie).  His home and surrounding homes reminded her of this image and she just went with it.   The inked image was mounted onto a piece of corrugated cardboard which was smudged with black ink.   The sentiments were inked, torn  and added to the image.  She then dyed some gauze using purple ink spritzed with water and placed it behind the cardboard (once it was dry).  Next, all the other layers were added then topped with one bow using two different colors of purple and black.  Using scissors, she then cut the ribbon ends into slivers to create a spookier look.

Now it's time to check out Karen's spooky creation 

Here is the list of the designers in case you get lost. 

Donna (Here on this blog)

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

Have fun everyone and don't forget to leave comments.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Spooky Halloween

Hi Everyone,

It's Barbara here. It's the first Tuesday of the month and it's time for my October post. Halloween is such a fun time of the year and it's the theme for our posts all month and for the blog hop that runs Thursday and Friday. The design team has some spook-tacular projects in store for you this month and wait til you check out the bows.They're all yummy!!!

Let me share my card with you.

Halloween wouldn't be Halloween without a pumpkin, bats and spiders.I added an embossed spider web and that spider, he's a great die cut. My pumpkin is also a die cut and I added the funny face to give him some personality.

Take a peek of the close-up of my multi-loop bow. To make this bow I actually made three separate multi-loop bows and stacked and tied them together at the center. 

 Here is a close-up of the bow that I attached to the tag, This bow is a triple loop bow.

Don't forget to stop back Thursday for the start of our blog hop. You're sure to have some spooky fun and if you leave comments on all the designers blogs you will be eligible to win your own Craft-Dee BowZ tool. The winner will be announced Saturday.

Thanks for stopping in today, hope to see you Thursday.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

October Challenge

Hi Everyone,

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

Thank you to everyone who participated in our September Challenge!!!
The submissions were fabulous.
I love to see what all you talented people submit, it's always so amazing. 
Everyone has such creativity.

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 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 September Challenge??  
Well, without further ado the winner is:
Gail L  (Submission # 144)
Congratulations to Gail
You will have until October 11 (that's 1 week from 

the announcement ) 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 October 11th
Please put Craft-Dee BowZ Challenge Winner in the subject of your email.

(in no particular order)
1.Lovely Linda (Submission #57)
2. Sharon Nellies (Submission  #75)

3. Shirley (Submission #102)
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:

Craftin Suzie (Submission 51)
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 October Challenge Theme:

Anything Goes and include a HANDMADE BOW

This months code to use is CDB18

Here is some inspiration for you for our 

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