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Friday, June 26, 2015

Today and Always

Hello, everyone!  I’m Olga and I am both thrilled and honored to have been invited by Donna Maligno to be a guest designer for this month at Craft-Dee BowZ. The theme for June being "wedding", I'm excited to share my card project with you.

A little about me…..I started handcrafting cards after taking early retirement almost 8 years ago. It all began when my talented sister-in-law talked me into buying some supplies to get me started. Well, in a very short time I fell in love with this beautiful craft and have been enjoying it ever since. You can view my work on my blog here.

To me, there is something about weddings that calls for elegance. Maybe it’s the gorgeous attire of the bride and her bridal party or the beautifully decorated wedding reception halls. Traditional colors of ivory or white, accents of gold, and pearls and bows immediately come to mind. So, here is the card I created for June’s wedding theme. I do hope you like it.

I started with GKD (Gina K Designs) Pure Luxury Ivory card stock for my base. I cut a layer in ivory using a Sue Wilson’s Spanish Collection – Granada die and outlined the edges with a Sakura Gelly Roll gold pen. This layer was then adhered to my base card. Next, I cut another layer in wedding designer paper using a die from Sue Wilson’s Spanish Collection – Seville set and layered it over the ivory layer.

A Poppy Stamp Claudette Oval Frame die was used to create my frame which was then stamped with a sentiment from GKD Elegant Florals stamp set using Versamark ink. The sentiment was then embossed with gold EP and adhered to my prepared base card using dimensionals.

In my final steps I attached a pearl spray "branch" to my card, created my double loop bow (using my Craft-Dee BowZ bow maker) in ivory satin, attached a lace butterfly and added a pearl to its center. This completed my project.

I hope you enjoyed this post and have been inspired to create a wedding card. You just never know when an invitation may arrive requesting your presence at another beautiful wedding! 

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Beautiful Bride!

If you're following Craft-Dee BowZ you know that there are four Design Team members and we each have our own week to display something we've made for you. The fourth Tuesday of each month is my day to post a card to, hopefully, inspire you to join our challenge. Now the bad news is...when you see my post, that means the end of the month is near and you need to get busy and get your card posted to Craft-Dee BowZ challenge blog if you want to participate in the monthly challenge! 

The challenge this month on Craft-Dee BowZ is ANYTHING GOES WITH A HANDMADE BOW.  Not difficult, right?  Well, we're a bit overachieving, as Design Team members often are, and we challenged ourselves a bit farther and this month we attempted, and succeeded, at making our cards white, cream, silver or gold, with the topic of wedding since June is known as the month for brides. Your card doesn't have a follow a challenge except that it needs to have a HANDMADE BOW.  

When you look at my card below, be ready for one of the prettiest satin bows you've ever seen. This card is 6"x6", so you can see this bow is no's a nice size bow, very soft and because it's satin, it's got a beautiful shine to it. It also tied perfect the first time using my Craft-Dee BowZ tool. If you'd like to see how I made this double looped bow, here's the video.

I used this bride image by Rubbernecker and I stamped it with Versamark on heavy vellum and then embossed it with Sweet Stamps Medieval Metals embossing powder. I thought the soft brushed gold look of this embossing powder was absolutely perfect with my background paper from Wild Rose and the brushed gold solid paper also used. The image has two overlays; one for her hair and one for her bouquet...and I stamped, embossed and then colored on the back of the vellum, cut them out and overlayed them on my image. The cream paper behind the vellum is die cut with the Stitched Rectangle die by Memory Box. The sentiment is by Stampin' Up and that gorgeous lace is from my stash. Below is a close-up photo so you can see the stamp and overlays even better.  Isn't she a beautiful bride?!

You're thinking: is this really Gail's card?  I mean, there's no little girl or little boy image, there's no extra flowers, and where are the pearls and rhinestones?! I tried for 'elegance' with this image. It's not easy to do when you're a bling type of person. This is the closest to CAS I've ever gotten, and CAS people are thinking: this isn't CAS. Right?  But, it is for me and I hope you like it and the bow has knocked your socks off!

Here at Craft-Dee BowZ we will be having a guest designer, Olga Moore. She will be visiting us on Friday, June 26 with a post. Please take a few minutes and visit her blog, here and check out her beautiful creations..  

You've got a few more days to get your card posted to our challenge blog at Craft-Dee BowZ and I hope you'll join us in our July challenge of ANYTHING GOES WITH A HANDMADE BOW!


Tuesday, June 16, 2015

A wedding card

Hi all
It is Tracey here with my post for this month.The Dt are featuring wedding projects this month so i have made this silver and white themed wedding card .I used silver mirri card and white hammered card throughout the design.I also added some silver embossed acetate from Hunkydory over the front to give more detail.The flowers are pre made and are from wild orchid.The cute wedding rings  and flourishes are cut from  memory box dies. The sentiment and rose are embossed with silver wow powder and are a stamp set from visible image.The inside of the card has been decorated toousing the same acetate.The large heart aperture and silver heart frame around it in the centre was created using sizzix dies.The heart shape that swings in the middle has been made using cheery lynn dies.
I used my trusty Craft-Dee BowZ Bow maker to make the delicate organza bow.I use this handy ,portable ,easy to use tool every time i need a bow.
                                                     A close up of the Pretty Bow
                                                                       Inside the card

Here at  Craft-Dee BowZ we will be having a guest designer, Olga Moore. She will be visiting us on Friday June 26 with a post. Please take a few minutes and visit her blog, here and check out her beautiful creations..  
I hope you join in with our monthly challenge .The theme is anything goes with a handmade bow 
Happy Crafting
Tracey x

Monday, June 15, 2015

June Blog Hop Winner

Hi Everyone,
Welcome back!!!  

Time to announce the winner of the June 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 cards 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.

Our next blog hop is scheduled for August 13 @ 10:00 p.m. ET and the theme will be Babies.
That theme will be a great one don't you think!!
Make sure to mark your calendars for that one!!

OK, OK!!!! Let me open the envelope to find out who the winner is:

Sherry Butcher

Congratulations Sherry on being our winner!

Please contact Barbara at the email below by June 22 (one week) to claim your prize.
Your prize - One 25' reel of yummy ribbon

Thanks so much for hopping with us and we look forward to seeing you again
 at our next hop scheduled August 13

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

See you soon.

Friday, June 12, 2015

Simply Create Too

Hello there!  Just thought I'd mention that I belong to a design team Challenge called Simply Create Too and this is my first post using the Craft-Dee BowZ blog to display my projects.

Click here for a description of the tools and techniques I used for this card.

Thursday, June 11, 2015

June Blog Hop

Welcome Everyone!!

It's time for our bi-monthly blog hop. June has traditionally been thought of as the month for weddings so all of the designers are showcasing their projects with that theme in mind. At weddings/receptions you will traditionally see flowers, lace, beautiful colors, gifts, bows, cards and oh so much more.  So for this theme there is a lot to work with to spark the creative muse. And of course we will be showcasing the bow. All of the bows have been made with the Craft-Dee BowZ tool. And that's because it makes bow making easy

What would a blog hop be without a prize.The prize to be awarded from Craft-Dee BowZ is one 25' reel of ribbon. I love ribbon and you probably do too. Ribbon is a great accent on cards,perfect for gift wrapping and other projects that we all seem to love to do.

To be in the running to win this yummy ribbon, all we ask you to do,is to leave a comment on each of the designers blog. If you leave a comment on each designers blog your name will be placed in a hopper and one name will be pulled on Monday June 15. You could be the June winner!!

Blog Hop Line-up

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

Craft-Dee BowZ  (you are here)
Barbara Bruder

So lets get started, lets hop over to see what Vicki will be presenting.
Have fun and don't forget to leave comments.

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Wedding "Congratulations"!

Vicki here...I'm up today on the Craft-Dee BowZ Blog with my June "Wedding" themed inspiration!

Wedding cards are always fun to create and June is the month for wedding events!  We just went to a wedding two weeks ago and have another to attend at the end of June.

 The Design Team is posting fabulous inspiration all month long including the Craft-Dee BowZ Blog Hop coming up on June 11th.  Check back on Thursday and play along with us.

Here's my shiny, shimmery, twirly, swirly inspiration!


I used the Sizzix Lacy Card Front along with the Heartfelt Creations Decorative Oval Window to continue the swirl design throughout the card. The sentiment is stamped and embossed with silver embossing powder.  

In this side view, you can see the shiny, shimmer of the background glitter paper.  I also used it for the Decorative Window mat of the sentiment. 

The sheer ribbon I used for this bow is one of my favorite to work with.  It has a beautiful shimmer and works best with multi loop, fuller bows.  My Craft-Dee BowZ Bow Making Tool helps me create fabulous bows all the time....single loop and multi loop.   I added a wedding bell charm and a few mulberry roses to complete the card.

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Craft-Dee BowZ Bow Making Tool

Thanks for stopping by to share my "wedding" inspiration! 
Hope you'll come back again soon.
Visit my blog too...He"artful" Validation of Vicki

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Always and Forever

Hi Everyone,
Barbara here with my post this month. June usually brings brides and weddings to mind, so this is the theme we are going to be showing all month. What a wonderfully beautiful theme.

Before I share my card let me give you an update on what will be going on here at Craft-Dee BowZ this month.

Along with our talented designers posts this month in their regular time slots, we are also having a blog hop and we are carrying the wedding theme over to the hop as well. The blog hop starts June 11 at 10:00 p.m. and will run thru June 14. We would love for you to join us and when you leave a comment you will be eligible for our blog hop prize. The prize will be awarded on Monday June 15.

Also this month, we will be having a guest designer, Olga Moore. She will be visiting us on Friday June 26 with a post. Please take a few minutes and visit her blog, here and check out her beautiful creations..  Olga is definitely a talented designer, and when you view her blog I'm sure you will agree.

I think you will agree we have a busy month in store for you.

All right, let me share my card design. I started out with something totally different and switched gears, So this is what I decided upon instead.


The Bow 


The designer paper is what steered me to make this card and it also helped me with the colors I chose. Celery green is the color of that swirly heart and I also used a shimmer ivory. Hand crocheted lace and that ivory satin ribbon were the perfect addition. The sentiment I chose, says it all.

Hope you have a great week

Monday, June 1, 2015

June Challenge

Hi Everyone,

Welcome to June 

welcome to Craft-Dee BowZ's June challenge

Here's the winning submission from the May challenge. 

 Kavitha (Submission # 8)

Congratulations to Kavitha

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 May 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.

(in no particular order)
1. Maryvonne C(Submission #24)
2.Tones Scrappermom (Submission #28)
3. Pauline (Submission  #135)
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:

AJ (Submission 18)

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 June Challenge Theme:

Anything Goes and include a HANDMADE BOW

This months code to use is CDB26

Here is some inspiration for you for our 

June 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.

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