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Monday, September 26, 2016

A is for Autumn and Apples!

It's the 4th Tuesday in September and my day to be spotlighted on Craft-Dee BowZ challenge blog. I decided to make a shaker card, something I rarely do. I've stepped out of my comfort zone with this card!  I used this adorable image from Robyn's Fetish named Basket of Apples. Thank you, Donna, from Craft-Dee BowZ for the ribbon and those great red translucent beads that I used in my shaker!




And here's my red satin double looped bow. I've always loved ribbon on my cards and have more ribbon than I can use in my lifetime. And I've made bows for years, but I never made such pretty bows until I got my Craft-Dee BowZ bow maker. This little bow maker guarantees me great bows and I use it for every bow I make now. Whether it's a single looped bow or many loops...this little bow maker makes it easy as pie to create gorgeous bows.



Robyn's Fetish Digital Stamps And More is proud to sponsor this challenge. They are a division of I Did It Creations, and was created and is owned by Robyn Weinrib. Robyn owns a wonderful variety of digital stamps and digital papers, designed to meet the needs of all digital paper crafting addicts for every occasion.

Robyn's Fetish Digital Stamps And More is happy to award 3 digital stamps of the winner's choice to the winner of this challenge!!

I hope you've been watching the Design Team's creations posted each Tuesday at Craft-Dee BowZ challenge blog and if you've missed any of the projects this month, please go here and scroll down. Be ready to be delighted with the projects we each have done using an image from Robyn's Fetish Digital Stamps And More!


                                                                                      Hugs,
                                                         Gail

Monday, September 19, 2016

Happy 5th Birthday Cutie Pie Challenge!

Happy birthday to Cutie Pie Challenge!  It's been 5 years since this challenge blog began and so this month we're celebrating! 
The challenge this month is HAPPY BIRTHDAY! I used this cute image from Crafty Sentiments named Opening Presents.


I colored my image with Copics and added Wink of Stella clear glitter over the package.


And here's my bow made from this awesome houndstooth patterned ribbon.



To mark this special occasion, we have FIVE fantastic sponsors

have a wonderful prize for our DT chosen winner
 
http://disdigidownloads.blogspot.co.uk/
have a $10 online store voucher for a randomly chosen winner


 http://craftysentimentsdesigns.co.uk/
have a prize of three digi stamps for a randomly chosen winner


have a prize of three digi stamps for a randomly chosen winner

http://www.bugaboostamps.com/
 
An extra special prize will be given for an extra special person - could that be you??? All you have to do is leave a comment on the post here at the Cutie Pie Challenge and visit us next Monday (September 19th) and leave another comment on our "A Little Extra Cutie-ness"  Inspiration post to have a chance - it's as easy as that!

The team has made some very cute cards to celebrate this 5th birthday of Cutie Pie Challenge and we hope our cards inspire you to join us this month!

                                                                                        Hugs,
                                                           Gail

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Christmas Die Cuts

I don't know anyone who can't enter this challenge!  Doesn't every card maker have a Christmas/Winter Die Cut?  There are so many out there and I hope you'll join us at Christmas at Sweet Stampin' for our challenge of CHRISTMAS/WINTER DIE CUTS. You can use one or more, but it must be one for Christmas or Winter.


I have a ton of embossing folders and rarely use them. This time, though, I had the perfect die cut to accompany an embossed background.




Our sponsor at Christmas at Sweet Stampin' is Stix 2.  Take a look at this fabulous store!!


http://www.stix2.co.uk/


The Team at Christmas at Sweet Stampin' have created cards to inspire you this month. I hope you'll join us.


                                                                                    Hugs,
                                                       Gail

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Good day, good week, good month, good life!

It's September 1. For many of you it means cooler weather. Not yet for us here in Phoenix, Arizona. But, each month does bring something wonderful to everyone...a new challenge at Craft-Dee BowZ!  I know how much I look forward to new monthly challenges, and I hope others do, too. The challenge this month is what it has been every month:  ANYTHING GOES AND ADD A HANDMADE BOW. 


I've had a goal and over the past 6 weeks to make 14 cards. My daughter, Stephanie, had a cervical disc replaced in her neck on August 23. She lives two hours north of us and wasn't allowed to drive so she's staying with us from August 21 until the doctor says she can drive (we estimate September 6) and she brought her 2 dogs and one cat with her. Each morning, there's a card waiting for Steph to cheer her up, or at least make her smile. Here's one of the cards. I used a Bugaboo image.




Here's a close-up of the image. Stephanie has red hair, brown eyes and the colors of this kitty are the colors of her kitty, Allie. The large scalloped die cut is by Whimsy. Oh, and I colored this with Copics in case you want to know. If you don't really care, just skip this part of the paragraph.




The flowers are from I Am Roses, Wild Orchid Crafts and Live and Love Crafts.




Here's the inside, and I have to share this because I found an awesome rubber stamp to share with you. I know this will make Steph smile!




And always, the best for last (I eat my meals like this too, eating what I don't like first and saving the best for last) is my bow. I used this very pretty ribbon and made a double looped bow using my Craft-Dee BowZ tool. I forgot what it's like to attempt bows like this without my bow tool and don't want to even go back there! The bow tool is so easy to use, economical, and small enough to use a pushpin on a wall to hold it close to my craft station (I know this for a fact). That's a little button of a paw with the shank cut off and glued in the middle. I thought it added a little extra cute to the card.




My teammates at Craft-Dee BowZ make exceptional cards and projects. Me...I'm a card maker and don't do many projects, but you should see what they make! I've tried to hire them to make something neat on my behalf but so far none of them has answered my e-mails so you'll see cards on my blog and that's about it.


Each team member (there are 4 of us) have one Tuesday each every month in which we post a card or project on Craft-Dee BowZ challenge blog. This month we're sponsored by Robyn's Fetish and our weekly posts are "Fall" oriented and we're using red, gingham and royal blue for our colors. So, stop by each Monday for a new creation!


For you, our fabulous Followers and Participants, the challenge is ANYTHING GOES AND ADD A HANDMADE BOW. So get your card(s) ready, posted, and remember that you can enter the challenge as many times as you want!


                                                                                                  Hugs,
                                                                  Gail

Monday, August 22, 2016

Birds of a feather...

It's the fourth Monday of the month, and my turn to post on Craft-Dee BowZ challenge blog! It's so much fun each week to see what my teammates have come up with.  This month the team challenge, not your challenge, was Feathers, Fur or Frog Legs using an image from our sponsor, Robyn's Fetish.  I used this cute image named Birdie's Nest. Your challenge at Craft-Dee BowZ is ANYTHING GOES AND ADD A HANDMADE BOW!

We also had the challenge to use green and brown which wasn't too hard to do with a bird image, but then when I made my bird a sparrow, it was all brown. It was a brown bird sitting in a brown nest sitting on a brown branch and I felt like it was just a little too much brown, so I colored a blue bird that has a peach breast.
I colored my image with Copics and want to thank my best friend, Lillian, for sending me these leaves and swirl die cuts. I didn't have anything that looked like the leaves on the branches but Lillian did. Thanks, Lillian! I lucked out with having a bag of assorted colored feathers and the bird cage is a die by Poppy Stamps.  Here's a close-up of the image.

I colored my entire background with light blue chalk and then added some light blue outline around my image. Color. I love color and just green and brown was a killer for me. I always save my bow picture for last...why?  So that when you finish looking at my pictures, it's the last one you see and the best is always last! That's a brown fuzzy brad that I used in the center of my triple looped bow.
Robyn's Fetish Digital Stamps And More is proud to sponsor this challenge. They are a division of I Did It Creations, and was created and is owned by Robyn Weinrib. Robyn owns a wonderful variety of digital stamps and digital papers, designed to meet the needs of all digital paper crafting addicts for every occasion.

Robyn's Fetish Digital Stamps And More is happy to award 3 digital stamps of the winner's choice to the winner of this challenge!!

I hope you've been watching the Design Team's creations posted each Tuesday at Craft-Dee BowZ challenge blog and if you've missed any of the projects this month, please go here and scroll down. Be ready to be delighted with the projects we each have done using an image from Robyn's Fetish Digital Stamps And More!


                                                                                      Hugs,
                                                         Gail

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

136 More Days...

What's in 136 more days?  CHRISTMAS! Are you working on your Christmas cards yet? You know how fast the time will go as soon as we get to October, right? This is a great reason to start your cards and join the new challenge at Christmas at Sweet Stampin' for our SNOW PEOPLE challenge. To be politically correct, we're calling all snow men and snow ladies, SNOW PEOPLE. I used this super cute snowlady named Bella da Snowlady from Robyn's Fetish for my card.



Snowmen are my favorite winter image and I love them. They're always happy and such fun to color since their clothing can be any colors!  Here's a close-up of this super looking snowman!




Robyn's Fetish Digital Stamps and More is proud to sponsor this challenge. They are a division of I Did It Creations, and was created and is owned by  Robyn Weinrib. Robyn owns a wonderful variety of digital stamps and digital papers, designed to meet the needs of all digital crafting addicts for every occasion.




Robyn's Fetish Digital Stamps And More is happy to award 3 digital stamps of the winner's choice to the winner of this challenge!


The team at Christmas at Sweet Stampin' have created some beautiful cards with the hopes of encouraging you to join our challenge this month. The theme is SNOW PEOPLE, so pull out those snowmen and snowlady images and start your Christmas cards!

Monday, August 8, 2016

Work, Rest or Play

Well, it's that time to announce the new challenge at The Cutie Pie challenge. This month the topic is WORK, REST OR PLAY. Your card needs to reflect one of those and if you're thinking, whaaat???  Please take a look at the cards the Design Team have created here. I used this really cute image of me (well it may not have been drawn to represent me but it reminds me of me...she even has brown eyes, gray hair and eyeglasses like me) by Pink Gem Designs. Her name is Gardening Molly.




I colored her with Copics and the little wood fence is just part of a 12" piece I bought at Hobby Lobby years ago. Here's a close up of the image.




Our sponsor this month is Pink Gem Designs who are offering 2 single digital images to the winner.

I hope you'll take a look at the projects by the Design Team at the Cutie Pie Challenge this month as they are always cute since we are The Cutie Pies! The challenge for you is WORK, REST OR PLAY!


                                                                                    Hugs,
                                                        Gail

Sunday, July 31, 2016

Time flies!

It's a new month...again. As I get older, each month seems to fly by faster than the last. My mother warned me about this when I was a child and I didn't believe her. She said: when you get older you just wait and see how fast time flies by. Now I'm telling my child that and she believes me as much as I believed my mother. Some things never change.


So, with August 1 here and a new challenge of ANYTHING GOES AND ADD A HAND MADE BOW at Craft-Dee BowZ, I'd like to share a card with you. The image is from Scrapberry and was a present from my best friend, Lillian. I fell in love with the Scrapberry stamps because they are so cute. This image is named Bunny Princess.




I colored this with Copics and added some beautiful sequins for sparkle. My flowers are a combination from I Am Roses, The Ribbon Girl and byThita. I added a row of pretty lavender roses to the center of my ribbon behind my image. I'm distraught at how my 'hello friend' sentiment looks "foggy". I'm not sure why this happened since I used the proper glue with the acrylic oval. Here's a close-up of my image.




I always save the best for last, so, here's a picture of my bow. I couldn't have made this without my Craft-Dee BowZ tool!  The ribbon is on the wide side so I folded the edges over when I made the middle knot, and I'm so happy with how it looks. I needed 2 hands to do this bow, so having this little bow tool that sat on my table and took up a tiny amount of space, was awesome. If you have a bow tool, do you use it? I don't make any bows without it since my bows come out perfect every time and I don't waste ribbon or wrinkle it up trying to make a good bow anymore. Ready? Here's the bow!




The Team at Craft-Dee BowZ have made some wonderful creations for you to look at and, we hope, inspire you to add a bow to your project and enter it in our challenge. Each month we have a new challenge and it's always the same for you...ANYTHING GOES AND ADD A HANDMADE BOW. I hope you'll join us this month for our challenge!

Oh, forgot to mention:
Robyn's Fetish Digital Stamps And More is proud to sponsor this challenge. They are a division of I Did It Creations, and was created and is owned by Robyn Weinrib. Robyn owns a wonderful variety of digital stamps and digital papers, designed to meet the needs of all digital paper crafting addicts for every occasion.

Robyn's Fetish Digital Stamps And More is happy to award 3 digital stamps of the winner's choice to the winner of this challenge!!


                                                                                   Hugs,
                                                       Gail






Monday, July 25, 2016

I love the ocean!

It's my week to post a card on the Craft-Dee BowZ challenge blog. As you know, there are 4 of us on the Team and we each have our own Tuesday to post. Our sponsor this month is Cute As A Button and I've used the image named Mermaid Sophia on my card. The challenge for all of you this month is ANYTHING GOES AND INCLUDE A HAND MADE BOW. This card isn't traditional, so please look at the photos below to see how it folds. This card is larger than my usual card, and is almost 8" x 8". The Team's challenge this month was to use a mermaid and the colors teal and/or tan. I was able to incorporate both of those colors in my card.




My seahorse, jelly fish and seaweed are dies by Magnolia. Here's the side view to show you how I made this.



This image was awesome to color using my Copics and I used chalk to do the background.




I used two different colored organza ribbon for my bow and the seashell on top of the knot is a button with the shank cut off. My Craft-Dee BowZ bow tool was a lifesaver for this bow. I was able to make this perfect bow since I didn't have to hold the ribbon in my hands. My bow tool is always close by and I use it on every bow. If you own a bow tool, do you use it?  And if you don't own one, but make bows, what are you waiting for? This is the most economical tool you'll ever own and it won't ever wear out, need new blades or sharpening, it doesn't need electricity, and is simple to use.



Our sponsor is Cute As A Button, whose owner is the talented Francesca. Thank you Francesca, for giving me this beautiful mermaid image to use for my Design Team card this month.

Cute As A Button is offering
2 digital images of the winner's choice!

I hope you'll look at Barbara's, Vicki's and Tracey's creations for the month of July and all you need to do is scroll down on the Craft-Dee BowZ challenge blog to see them. With our Team, it won't take but a few moments to look at each of our creations. We hope you'll join us for our July challenge of ANYTHING GOES AND ADD A HAND MADE BOW.


This card is entered in the following challenges:
The Ribbon Girls July Challenge, Any Image
Challenge-Blog Deutschland Challenge 35, Mermaids
CCC Digi Creations Challenge 53, Release the Glitter
Incy Wincy Designs Something Magical
Dies R Us Challenge 53, Water and/or Beach
The Corrosive Challenge Challenge 7, Animals/Nature
Cute As A Button Challenge 22, AG at beach or sea
Crafting With An Attitude Challenge 17, AG
Get Creative Challenge 44, Lots of Blue
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends Challenge 38, AG
World Wide Open Design Team Challenge Challenge 12, AG

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Pretty in Pink

It's hot where I live. At the time of writing this, it's 110 outside in the Arizona desert. Why do we live here? Well, because I never have to shovel sunshine! I was born and raised in Connecticut and dreaded the winters with the icy snow. Now I dread the summers in Arizona and burning my hand opening my car door! While trying to stay cool, I colored this adorable Elisabeth Bell stamp. The one thing about Elisabeth's stamps and images is that they are always cute, and I like cute!




I love the colors pink and green together, and this paper pack from Wild Rose is awesome! The die cut around my stamped image has been embossed with white ink and then white glitter embossing powder and I used glitter on top of white puffy paint on the trim of my little image's coat and hat. I used a clear acrylic tag by Hodge Podge over my sentiment for additional dimension and the poinsettias are from I Am Roses. The stamens are from The Ribbon Girl. The flat backed white glitter dots are from Michael's and I also used frosted white flat backed pearls. And I love glitter, so I've glittered my snowflake die cut, the snow on the ground and on the tips of my flowers with Cool Glitter Ritz.


Here's a picture of her close-up. I love coloring red hair, too!



Thanks for stopping by and looking at this Christmas card and I hope that you're having a wonderful summer!
                                                                                     Hugs,
                                                         Gail

This card is entered in the following challenges:
Elisabeth Bell's World Challenge Blog A Holiday Creation
The Crafty Addicts Say It With Flowers
Crafty Friends Use Pink/Green/White
ABC Christmas Challenge N is for No Rules
Lemon Shortbread Challenge  Anything Goes
Crafty Sentiments Anything Goes
Digi Choosday For The Girls
Sparkles Christmas Challenge Snowflakes
Aud Sentiments Challenge For a Girl
Crafting With an Attitude Anything Goes
In The Pink All Or Nothing
Stamping Sensations Anything Goes with a Stamp and Ribbon
The Glory of Christmas Challenge Two or More Patterned Papers
Through The Class Room Door Anything Goes

Snow, Mittens, Sleds, Ice, Cold...

What do the words cold, snow, ice, warm clothes, wreaths, Santa, pine trees all remind you of? Winter, of course! And this month at Christmas at Sweet Stampin' our challenge is all of these things...it's an ANYTHING GOES WITH WINTER challenge.

This month we're sponsored by Ppinky Dolls Art. If you haven't seen these cute images, please stop by the link and check them out. There are some awesome images that fit our challenge at the Ppinky Dolls Art store! Thank you, Chrishanthi, for sponsoring us this month!

I used this adorable image named Winter Day for my card.


This is my first attempt at my new Pastel Chalk Pencils. They were great to use and although I need to practice more, I think they might become one of my favorite coloring mediums. I used a tree die by Memory Box, a holly border punch by Martha Stewart, the stitched snow on the bottom is a die by Lawn Fawn, the die cut around my image is by Marianne Design and the words "Holiday Cheer" are a die cut by Paper Smooches. I was generous with my Hero Arts Snow glitter and added a touch of clear glitter on their hats and the roof of the house.




Our sponsor, Ppinky Dolls Art, has generously donated 3 digital images, of the winner's choice, to our challenge this month. Click on any of the colored links to go and visit this store of adorable images!                          

https://www.etsy.com/shop/ppinkydollsart?section_id=13880735&ref=shopsection_leftnav_2

The Team at Christmas at Sweet Stampin' have created some adorable cards with these sweet and cute images this month. I hope you'll go over to the CaSS site and take a look at their projects and will join us this month for our ANYTHING GOES WITH WINTER challenge at Christmas at Sweet Stampin'!
                                                                                             
                                                                                           Hugs,
                                                             Gail







Monday, July 11, 2016

Polka Dots and Pastels!

Good day! It's time for new challenge at Cutie Pie Challenge blog!  This month our challenge is POLKA DOTS AND PASTELS. We're sponsored this month by Little Blue Button and I've used this adorable image named Watering Plants Ivy. And, or other sponsor is Sweet Stamps.


Here's what my little image looks like close up. To get the texture on her hat, after I colored the hat with Copics, I took a piece of fabric, dabbed some Copic Blending Fluid on it and then touched down on her hat.


One of our sponsor this month is this fabulous digital company that you should cruise through her site...Little Blue Button. So many adorable digital images!



and


$10 gift certificate

The team has created some beautiful cards to help inspire you to join us this month for our POLKA DOTS AND PASTELS challenge. I hope you'll take a look at them here, and join us this month!

                                                                                         Hugs,
                                                                                        Gail

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Summer fun

It's July 1 and time for a new challenge at Craft-Dee BowZ where the challenge is ANYTHING GOES AND INCLUDE A HAND MADE BOW. For my card I've used this adorable Elisabeth Bell image. I love the ocean and have been collecting summer dies and have used a Cherry Lynn die of the Sailboat oval around my image, the small sailboat die is by Whimsy, the lighthouse die is by Marianne and the anchor die is by Magnolia. I finally did it...I used some of the paper I've been saving (I don't know what I was saving it for) by Maja.




You can see my little image has gotten a bit too much sun on her back and legs. I colored the image with Copics. The rhinestone sailboat is from Michael's. I inked the edges of my dies and applied a bit of glitter to the edges. It's hard to see in the photos. :(




And as my finale, I'd like to show off my bow. ;)  And without my Craft-Dee BowZ bow maker, I couldn't have created this double looped bow!  The sand dollar in the middle of my bow is a button with the shank cut off and glued on.




The Team at Craft-Dee BowZ have made some gorgeous creations to inspire you this month. And, don't forget that we have a new project posted each Tuesday by a different DT member so please stop back by for that each week!  The challenge to you at Craft-Dee BowZ is ANYTHING GOES AND INCLUDE A HAND MADE BOW. I hope you'll join us this month!


                                                                                   Hugs,
                                                       Gail