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Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Is it Christmas in May?

If there are "Christmas in July" challenges, why can't I make a Christmas card in May! I love making Christmas/winter cards and when the Design Team at Craft-Dee BowZ was given the challenge of Music to My Ears and we needed to use teal, black and white, I admit to being a little stumped. But as I went through my notebook of stamps in the music category and ran across this stamp by Our Daily Bread, I knew just what image stamp I had that fit this sentiment. This Wild Rose Studio nativity stamp is totally precious to me and I hope you like it, too. Remember the challenge for you is ANYTHING GOES AND INCLUDE A  HAND MADE BOW.
I colored my image with Copics but used chalk around the star and over the sentiment. The musical note die cut is by Memory Box. And to keep the scene as I imagined, I used this wood plank paper to represent the barn where Jesus was born. I added white flocking to the lamb and bunny for texture.
This white organza bow is a triple loop bow made on my Craft-Dee BowZ tool. I truly could never manage this bow without my Craft-Dee BowZ tool as how would you ever hold the loops and pull them to come out as beautiful as this bow! My husband was standing over my shoulder talking to me about other 'stuff' as I made the bow and he paused in awe as I looped this around, tied it off and slid it off the rods. He said, and I'll quote: Wow, that was easy".  This little bow maker is a treasure I will have forever, keep close on hand, and when the day comes I don't need it, I'm passing it down to my daughter. It's one of my least expensive tools, used regularly, never fails me, doesn't need electricity, is portable and can hang by a push pin (how do I know this? Cause it's on a push pin on the wall next to my craft table). And, if anyone out there over thinks their card making and embellishments (like I do), I used this white organza because to me it represents purity.
The Design Team at Craft-Dee BowZ each has a Tuesday to post a project. If you've missed any of the posts, please come on over to the Craft-Dee BowZ challenge blog and scroll down to see each of the projects by the four Design Team members.  As always, our monthly challenge to all entrants is ANYTHING GOES AND INCLUDE A HAND MADE BOW. I hope you'll add a hand made bow to your project and enter our challenge this month!