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Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Monkeying Around

There's a new challenge at The Paper Shelter Challenge Blog starting today and the topic is MAKE IT DIGITAL. Your projects must contain a digital image. With so many digitals available at The Paper Shelter, it was difficult to chose just one!  My card is made with the image named Monkeys! I used the pre-colored digital image, including the background, and cropped it to fit my oval cut-out on my card. For perspective, my card is 5"x7".


The larger jungle leaf is a Sizzlit diecut and the small green vines are a die by Spellbinders. The yellow flowers were white and I colored them with my Copics and used their stems as tendrils by wrapping them around a wood skewer. I then inked the flowers with a touch of yellow glitter by Art Glitter. The dragonflies are a die by Elizabeth Craft Designs and I colored the brown overlay with my brown Wink of Stella and used brown pearls from Queen & Co. for their heads. The tag sentiments are by Lili of the Valley. The bow is a three loop and I used my Craft-Dee BowZ bow maker which was great since holding all those loops in my fingers and tying it would have been difficult.


I enhanced my digital image by adding Ranger Distressed Pink Glitter to her hat, shirt and socks, along with the bow on the baby monkey. I also added some Ranger Distressed Blue Glitter to her shoulder bag. I added White Flower Soft to the green on the tree and used refill inkers and a cotton swab to multi-color the Flower Soft.
 
The Paper Shelter Challenge Blog Team have had a great time this week picking a favorite digital image to use for this challenge. I think you'll be delighted with the projects made this week to inspire you to join the challenge!  As usual, our wonderful sponsors, The Paper Shelter, have provided us with this awesome prize.
 
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Please stop by the Challenge Blog, take a look at the projects, and then head to The Paper Shelter to buy an image you can use in this challenge to win a $30 voucher! You'll never be disappointed with the images at The Paper Shelter since you can color it yourself, or use the colored image and/or background (like I did), for your card! Hope to see your entries in this MAKE IT DIGITAL challenge!

                                                                              Hugs,
                                                                       Gail

This card is entered in the following challenges:
QKR Stampede, Lil Patch of Crafty Friends, ABC Challenge, Corrosive Challenges, Open-Minded Crafting Challenges, Creative Moments, Love to Scrap, Cut It Up, Whimsy Inspires, Art by Miran

Monday, February 23, 2015

Hello Little Butterfly!

Being that today is the 4th Tuesday in the month, it's my day to post on Craft-Dee BowZ. This month we all shared a fancy fold card. I used this adorable image by Di's Digi named Hello Butterfly. For those of you surrounded by snow, I hope my card makes your toes feel warmer.


I don't make many fancy fold cards so this was my attempt. The paper is by Doodlebug, the fence die is by Magnolia; the cloud die is by Die-Namics, and the sentiment die is by Cheery Lynn. The flowers (and I added tiny rhinestones in the middle of each one) and leaves (I painted over each with my Wink of Stella green pen) are miscellaneous punches and the grass die is by Memory Box and was cut 4 times in 4 different green papers (yes, the grass is very lush!). Below is a side view so you can see my fold and how I layered my card with the fence on top of the flower paper, 4 layers of grass with the flowers and then the back layer was my image.


And here's a close up of this adorable Di's Digi image. I colored my image with Copics, but this time I used a different paper and am disappointed with it. My usual paper, Neenah Super Smooth, didn't bleed like this paper did. I really did color within the lines, honest! So, I'm off to purchase more of my Neenah.


And I HAVE to show off my bow. I used my Craft-Dee BowZ tool and made this very pretty bow with it.  I added this cute orange enameled metal butterfly with a piece of embroidery thread. I love embroidery thread since it comes in so many different colors and is easy to tie a bow, unlike some of the wax coated threads. I thread embroidery thread in all my buttons, too (on other cards).


I don't do many CAS cards and enjoy this type of cardmaking with the many layers and embellishments. I'm not sure why, but I think getting really involved in making a fussy card is what helps de-compress me from work and other things that weigh on my mind.

Since this is the 4th and last Tuesday of the month and our challenge is monthly, guess what...you need to get your cards posted on the Craft-Dee BowZ challenge blog where the topic is ANYTHING GOES AND INCLUDE A HANDMADE BOW this week by February 28.  I hope you'll join in since the prize is a reel of ribbon and who doesn't want a reel a ribbon!

                                                                              Hugs,
                                                                        Gail

This card is entered in the following challenges:
Crafty Gals Corner (tic-tac-toe: rhinestones/flowers/ribbon), 4 Crafty Chicks, Sister Act, Di's Digi Designs, As You Like It, Inspiration Destination, Lacy Sunshine, Crafts Galore Encore, 613 Avenue Create, Come And Get It, Craftyhazelnuts Patterned Paper, Corrosive Challenges, Artistic Inspirations, Party Time Tuesdays, Scrap-Creations (bingo: Flowers/Diecuts/Digi Image), Creative Moments, Crafting for All Seasons, Simply Create Too, Love to Scrap, Open-Minded Crafting Fun, Cuttin' and Stampin', Fussy and Fancy (tic-tac-toe: Charm/Ribbon/Sparkle), Crafty Calendar, Bunny Zoe's, Scrappers Delights, Crafty Boots, Whimsy Inspires, Art by Miran, We Do Doobadoo, My Creative Moments, Cheery Lynn Designs

Friday, February 13, 2015

Happy Valentine's Day to My Valentine!

So, I suppose I can post this card now that it's so close to Valentine's Day and I don't believe my Valentine will ever come and look on my blog and find it. ;)  This is me. Yep, this little image from The Paper Nest Dolls is me. My hair is this color and I wear it long and with bangs..but I usually keep it all pulled back in a ponytail. I tried to make a card that my husband would recognize as me...guess I'll find out on Valentine's Day if my idea worked. 


I loved this paper and thought that using the red and pink would be a great combination. I used my set of nested ovals by Quik Cutz and the embossed and inked diecut on the side is by Marianne. I love the red felt heart border that is on a roll and came from a local craft store. My flowers are a combination from I Am Roses and Wild Orchid Crafts. Oh, the pink metal "MINE" heart in the bouquet is a charm with the ring cut off and it was silver but I wanted it pink so I colored it with my Copics.


I have a hidden Magnolia diecut tag that I embedded a little gold key with ultra thick embossing powder and I added some loose glitter and mica chips for shine within the embossing powder. This is the key to my heart.  Okay, everybody all together now, AWWWWWWWWW.  I used my Cuttlebug for all my die cuts.


This image is colored with Copics and I added some clear Wink of Stella to her bows, collar and striped socks for extra shine. I added Glossy Accents to the string of hearts. The little dots around my image are from my White Pearl Pen. I love fussy and fancy cards because I love embellishments!  If I ever gave my dear husband a CAS card, he'd wondered why I don't love him anymore. 

Happy Valentine's Day, Tim

                                                                           Love,
                                                                           Gail

This card is entered in the following challenges:
Addicted to Stamps, Lacy Sunshine, Crafting From the Heart, Melonheadz Friends, Not Just Cards, Incy Wincy Designs, My Craft Creations, Ooh La-La Creations, Crafty Sentiments, Creative Card Crew, Clear It Out, Papertake Weekly, Scrap-Creations, Tuesday Throwdown, Top Tip Tuesday, The Pink Elephant, Crafting for All Seasons, Crafty Gals Corner, Through The Craft Room Door, CuttlebugMania, Craft Your Passion, Crafty Creations (I chose hearts), Creative Moments, Crafter's Cafe, Pile It On, Penny's Challenges, Inky Impressions, Hanna and Friends, In the Pink, 4 Crafty Chicks, Scrap & Craft, Crafting by Designs, Inspiration Destination, Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge, Brown Sugar, Sister Act, My Creative Moments, Inky Impressions, Little Miss Muffet, Digitally Sweet, As You Like It, Sparkle n Sprinkle, Card Mania, Our Creative Corner (Tic-Tac-Toe, diagonal: embossing powder, stamp, ribbon)Craftyhazelnuts Patterned Paper, The Paper Nest Dolls, Emerald Faeries, V's Sweet Ideas, Digi Choosday, Crafts and Me, Simply Create Too, Abusybee, A Paradise of Stamps

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Hip Hip Hooray!

It's a new week and a new challenge at The Paper Shelter Challenge Blog.  The topic for this week is RECYCLE SOMETHING ON YOUR CREATION and please name what it is for our benefit! I've used this terrific image named Cheerleader that is an image from The Paper Shelter for this birthday card. I made up my own clever (don't burst my bubble, I thought it was clever) birthday sentiment on the computer.


Looking at this card you would never imagine what I have reused and recycled....the purple foil background. It's wrapping paper from a present this past Christmas! It was so pretty that I saved the part that hadn't gotten wrinkled!

I've used my favorite punch on this card and have used it many times in the past! It's a border punch by Martha Stewart and it's called "Doily Lace". I used silver glitter paper, doing both sides of my strip of paper, and then put rows of red rhinestones on top of it. The rhinestones are in rows of 2 so I ended up cutting down the middle of one row to get the 5 rows you see here.  I used a set of round and scalloped punches by Marvy on the sentiment.

I used a Spellbinders die to cut out the red metallic diecut around the image, as well as another one out of white cardstock, and I used an oval diecut on the image itself. My tip on this card is that when I put the red diecut against the purple wrapping paper, I needed something between the two for the color red to pop. So, I die cut another fancy oval Spellbinder die out of white cardstock, cut it across the middle and then slid the upper half of the white paper up a bit under the red die cut and then slid the lower half of white paper down a bit so there's a white shadow border behind the red fancy die. I love the color red and when pairing it up with this purple, it's a combination that really pops. 


My image is colored with Copics and I added Stickles to her pom-poms, the red stripes on her socks, hair scrunchie and cheer outfit. The 3 ribbon flowers below were absolutely perfect to use on this card since they reminded me of pom poms! I can't tell you how many years I've had these 3 ribbon flowers and they've been waiting to be used. I'm sticking to my 2015 resolution about using my beautiful craft items that I keep saving for the perfect project! Did anyone else make a resolution to do the same thing?

Are you someone who reads these posts or someone who flies through them to look at the photos and then leave a comment by choice or by no option? I'd like to award someone a free digital image (your choice) from The Paper Shelter if you read all this and leave a comment below. For me to know you've read the post, however, answer my question in the paragraph above in your comment. I'll pick the winner (on the 18th) only from those comments that answer the question. Sorry TPS DT, but your name won't be entered in this little drawing for obvious reasons.

My bow is made of pure silk and is tied using my Craft-Dee BowZ tool. I can't tell you how easy it is to make bows with this little tool, but I can tell you that I will never again struggle to make beautiful bows. Anyone can use this fabulous tool!


We're sponsored by our favorite digital company, The Paper Shelter, who has offered this fabulous prize. Do you have any idea how many images a $30 voucher can get you? Ten OR MORE!!! It's definitely an awesome prize if you use an image from The Paper Shelter and win!

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There are fabulous inspirational projects made by the talented Design Team for this challenge and you can cruise through them at The Paper Shelter Challenge Blog.  The topic is RECYCLE SOMETHING ON YOUR CREATION and please name what it is for our benefit. I hope you'll join us this week and I love looking at your projects!
 
                                                                                                   Hugs,
                                                                                                   Gail
 
This card is entered in the following challenges:
 
Oh, the cupcake colors that inspired me at Cupcake Inspirations is this one:
  

A Card With Only Words

This card was a great challenge for me...a card that features a sentiment without an image. The challenge at Christmas at Sweet Stampin' beginning February 11 through March 6 is ONLY WORDS. We're looking for cards that have just a sentiment or words on it -- NO images on the card. Here's my card and this will clarify what the challenge is.


I bought this rubber stamp in the mid 1990's and don't know who made it since I unmounted it. It's a large stamp and to put it in perspective, this card is 6"x6". The photo doesn't depict that this card is all gold and cream, including all the papers. I stamped my image with a clear Versamark ink pad and then used Ranger Extra Fine Embossing Powder. I love the embossed look for cards that have large sentiments. I think it's my favorite technique to use on cards like this. I feel like the embossing dresses up the card. The gold paper that I cut with my Cuttlebug with a Spellbinders die is heavier than normal cardstock; the angel patterned paper, polka dot paper, pearls and gold glittered 1/2 pearls are from my stash. The ribbon is metallic and in the center of the bow is an old broach that I cut off the pin backing and glued it on.

The challenge at Christmas at Sweet Stampin' is sponsored by Sweet Pea Stamps this month. The gals on the Design Team have made cards to inspire you and to clarify the challenge, so please stop by and take a look. Our monthly challenge is a fabulous way to build up your Christmas card stock so you're not in a rush at the end of the year. Please join us the second Wednesday of every month for our new challenge!

                                                                                   Hugs,
                                                                                   Gail

This card is entered in the following challenges:
Sister Act, Brown Sugar, Open-Minded Crafting Fun, Addicted to Stamps, Crafting From the Heart, Not Just Cards, Incy Wincy Designs, Pile It On, That Craft Place, Crafts Galore Encore, Craft Your Passion, Craftyhazelnut's Patterned Paper, Craftyhazelnuts Christmas Challenge 2, Creatalicious, Sparkle n Sprinkle, Die Cut Divas, Stamping Sensations, Our Creative Corner (tic-tac-toe diagonal: Embossing powder, Stamp, Ribbon), Crafty Calendar, The Crafting Cafe

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Hopping my way to your heart

 It's already February!  What happened to January?!
It's time for an inspirational Craft-Dee BowZ blog hop!
The blog hop theme this time is "VALENTINE"

If you've arrived here from Vicki's blog, you're headed in the right direction. If not and you'd like to be eligible to win our prize, you might want to start from the beginning. I've listed my teammates below.  Don't forget to leave comments on each blog, as well as a comment on the Craft-Dee BowZ blog as your last stop. For the guidelines and prize information, please go here.
 
Let's get hoppin'
 
Gail (this is me!)
 
Since the hop challenge topic is Valentine, here's my Valentine inspiration. This card is 6"x6" and is my favorite size and fold to work with. I feel like I have enough space on the card front to handle the pretty embellishments that I love!
 
 
The large set of hearts are a die by Marianne Crafts. It's a nested set of 4 and they were a present to me from me for Christmas. The heart die cut border across the card is by Whimsy. I used a dark pink paper for this heart border strip but it looks more red in the photograph. I went over the entire die cut with pink Wink of Stella and it has a pretty shine that you can't see. The corner die cut is by La-La Land and the Love You die cut is by Marianne Designs. My Cuttlebug is the best little die cutting machine I have, and I have numerous machines. The brads in the lower left corner are from a package I received years ago from my best friend, Lillian. If you've read any of my posts, you know my goal for 2015 is to use some of these pretty papers and embellishments that I keep 'saving'. (And that is why you see this gorgeous red metallic paper, beautiful flowers and adorable brads. I do admit to hyperventilating as I open these new packages.)
 
This is an adorable image to color and truthfully, I cannot remember where I bought him. He's a digital image and I've searched my digital files and can't find the company where I purchased him. If you recognize him, please leave the info in a comment below and I'll update this post. Otherwise, this little tyke is homeless. Thanks to Darlene who left me the information in her comment below, this little tyke is no longer homeless. He is a creation by Digi Darla's! And after searching on the computer, I don't think Digi Darla's exists anymore!
 


I love the bouquet of assorted red and pink roses and buds below. The swirls are a die by Memory Box and I cut them out of dark pink and red paint chips so the paper was a little heavier than normal. That's my helpful hint for this week...collect paint chips from Home Depot or Lowe's...or wherever paint is sold. They are heavier than regular paper stock and cut out beautifully! They also have a great finish on them. I really like the color red and pairing it up with the brighter blue overalls is a combination I love. And my red and white bow with the red heart button in the middle came out great for the space I had available. Thanks to my trusty Craft-Dee BowZ tool, I can make any size bow now and even multi-looped ones...this has 3 loops! Now, you gotta admit...is that a sales pitch or what?!

 
Time for you to hop over to Barbara's blog next and remember to leave a comment on each blog, as well as going back to Craft-Dee BowZ Challenge Blog and leaving a comment there, to be in the drawing.
 
If you don't already follow my blog, please considering doing so and I've added a new feature to my blog on the right side where you can sign up for e-mails when I post a new card. I love following my favorite blogs like that and hope you do, too!
 
                                                                                Hugs,
                                                                                Gail
 
This card's entered in these challenges:

Saturday, January 31, 2015

My Little Valentine

I made this card for the Craft-Dee BowZ monthly challenge. I LOVE being on this team. I mean, if there is a team better suited for me, I've yet to see one.  The challenge this month is ANYTHING GOES AND INCLUDE A HANDMADE BOW. I love this little image by A Random Fan. I thought this was the perfect Valentine image due to the heart 'steam' on her hot chocolate, the heart tag on the dog, and the hearts on her blanket, oh and the heart background paper, too.


 I used my Cuttlebug to cut out the circle around my image and also the beautiful Whimsy double scallop doily die that I've had since 2013. I also added a La-La Land diecut in the bottom left corner which reminds me of a butterfly. The sentiment is by Whimsy and I used 2 different circle punches. My paper is by American Crafters. The white ribbon is from Craft-Dee Bowz and the white embroidered lace and the green lace are from my stash. I love the layered look of the ribbons and lace.


You can see the 5 beautiful Prima cut green iridescent jewels nice here. Often photos don't show the true color, the glitter, the shine...but these 5 jewels photographed beautifully and this is how they actually look in person! I've saved these for over 3 years in my stash of supplies. I have such a hard time using beautiful embellishments and papers, and why is that? I mean, who will ever enjoy them if I don't use them? Who follows in my footsteps?

You can also see my flower arrangement and the gorgeous orchid smack dab in the middle of it. My flowers are all from Wild Orchid Crafts and the orchid came to me as a Christmas present. I also have them in purple, but this pink one was perfect to use here. I added a dab of glitter on the petals of each flower for extra shine. I used a Martha Stewart punch for the leaves. The tip I'd like to share about this card is to use a paper you have already used on the card for the leaves. Because the paper you punch for your leaves is the same that you've used on the base of the card, you're not introducing another paper or color, so the eye isn't drawn to the leaves, but only notices them as part of the flower arrangement.

And as for my image...there is a reason the dog is colored the way he is. This is what my new baby beagle, Linus, looks like. He's all caramel and cream color, no black, no brown...he's called a Lemon Beagle. I've posted Linus' picture with my traditional colored beagle, Lucy, up on the right side of my blog. He is an adorable beagle who is currently going through his doggie two's which means we are working on our patience with him and have paper towels and floor/carpet cleaner throughout the 'key' areas, toys scattered throughout the entire house, he likes to play tug with everything and his little teeth leave holes...sigh...but I love him. Darn good thing I do, too, or he'd be tied to the light pole out front with a sign that says FREE.


The three dots in the corner are Pebbles Pink Candy Dots, and again, I love them so I've never used any out of the package! And my bow was made using my Craft-Dee BowZ tool. It is so easy to make perfect bows with this little tool. I made a double bow here and it took all of 30 seconds on the first try. I love bows on my cards and I've always sat and made them by hand. Those days are over since this little bow tool is saving me time and ribbon since I never waste any ribbon 'trying' for a good bow. It comes out great every time. Even the middle of my bow, the knot, is great, but I had this little flower and it matched my corner candy dots so perfect that I couldn't resist gluing it on the center with a tiny piece of ribbon around the knot.

This is a fabulous month to join in the challenge at Craft-Dee Bowz. For one thing, we all make at least one Valentine card for someone, so why not add a bow to it so it meets our challenge of  ANYTHING GOES AND INCLUDE A HANDMADE BOW!  I'd love to see you enter this challenge and wish each of you the best of luck in the drawing!

                                                                        Hugs,
                                                                        Gail  

This card is entered in the following challenges:
Crafty Boots, Not Just Cards, Penny's Challenges, Scrap-Creations (fav embellishment: flowers), Crafting for All Seasons, Top Tip Tuesday (TIP), Tuesday Throwdown, Craft Your Passion, Through The Craft Room Door, Crafty Creations (new and old listed in my post), Love to Scrap, Simon Says Wednesday Challenge, C.R.A.F.T., Scrap & Craft, Inspiration Destination, 4 Crafty Chicks, Brown Sugar (3 diff embellishments: ribbon, flowers, jewels), Reasonable Ribbon, Bunny Zoe's Crafts, Aud Sentiments, Simple Create Too, Fairytale Challenge, Sister Act Card Challenge, We Do Doobadoo, My Creative Moments, Wonderful Wednesdays, Digitally Sweet, A Gem of a Challenge, Di's Digi Designs, Dragonfly Dreams

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

My Fairy Valentine

Today starts a brand new challenge at The Paper Shelter Challenge Blog. The theme of this challenge is LAYERS--at least THREE! For my card I used this adorable new image named Valentina by The Paper Shelter. I knew I was going to color her up the day I saw her. I used my favorite color peach and this design paper had a pretty soft aqua leaf color so I carried that through on my layering.


The background flower paper is so pretty and I found the polka dot paper in my stash. But, I didn't have a third design paper so I took my new heart embossing folder by Nellie Snellen and ran it through my Cuttlebug with white paper.  Then I took a finger dauber and lightly rubbed on top of the raised areas of my embossing folder for a touch of color with some Stampin' Up ink. Then, unfortuantely, photographs don't show it, but I used my Clear Wink of Stella pen and painted the peach tinted hearts. I found the solid white embossed heart background was just too plain! I also used my star and heart stamps on dowels by Stamps by Judith that I purchased years ago and lightly stamped around the hearts. By doing all this, I made my own background paper that matched the printed paper with just enough color to add to the card, but not so much that it was overwhelming to the image. So, my tip for today: if you don't have the patterned paper you need, make it!

The two beautiful ribbon flowers with the beads in the center were a gift from my best friend, Lillian, for Christmas, and the light aqua leaves are from Punch Bunch punch. I attempted to keep this card light and airy by punching the leaves out of soft aqua vellum. The peach wired jewels are from my local lace warehouse and are an item I've been hoarding. Lillian also sent me this adorable punched peach doily and the Deco Dots by Queen & Co. Without Lillian, this card wouldn't look like this. Isn't it nice to receive items as a surprise that are so fabulous that you can't wait to use them?! 

The Love sentiment is a new die for me by Cheery Lynn and I layered it on top of an older Spellbinder die tag. Oh, the image is cut out with a Spellbinder die and then lightly inked with the same peach that I used on the stars and hearts. I used my favorite glue pen, the Quickie by Sakura, and applied Warm Glitter Ritz loose glitter to my angel's wings. I know loose glitter can be messy, and I've tracked it through my house, but I just love the look of this extra fine glitter! My image is colored with Copics.


So, if you've read all this, you know I spent quite a bit of time on this card. It's one of my creations that I'm going to sit and admire before I give it to someone special. You don't have to spend near the time I did to get THREE OR MORE LAYERS to join in the challenge at The Paper Shelter Challenge Blog. We all make cards because we love the art and the process of seeing flat paper, metal dies, glitters in bottles, flowers in clear paint cans (ummm, at my house this is how they're stored), come together and make something we can share with someone. So whether you work on your card for one hour or for five hours, it's the pleasure we derive from doing our art is what matters!

The prize from our sponsor, The Paper Shelter, is below. And note that the prize is darn awesome if you use an image from The Paper Shelter!


I love seeing your cards and look at ALL of them that enter the challenge, not just the ones I comment on. This challenge is an easy one for almost all artists (I acknowledge CAS cardmakers work very hard to make CAS cards...it's a technique I haven't mastered), so please pull out your papers and use what you have (or make your own paper), and let's see what you can do for this fabulous challenge at The Paper Shelter Challenge Blog of THREE OR MORE LAYERS

                                                                         Hugs,
                                                                         Gail

This card is entered in the following challenges:
Dies R Us, Sister Act Card Challenge, Di's Digi Designs, CCC Digi Creations, That Craft Place, Craftyhazelnuts Patterned Paper, 613 Avenue Create (Create your own challenge: Image, Die cut, Embossing, Flowers, Square Card), Countryview Challenges, Digi Stamps 4 Joy (Bingo: heart, free, pearl), Die Cut Divas, Pile It On, My Craft Creations, Not Just Cards, Crazy Challenge, Inky Chicks, Artistic Inspirations, Whoopsi Daisy, Scrapbook Stamp Society, Eureka Stamps, Crafting From The Heart, Top Tip Tuesday, Crafting For All Seasons, Dragonfly Dreams (fav color: peach), Party Time Tuesdays, Craft Your Passion, Love to Scrap, Scrappers Delights (fav color: peach), Crafty Creations, Scrap & Craft, Wags n Whiskers, Suzy Bee's Bloomin' Challenge, Bunny Zoe's Crafts, Sweet 7 Challenge, We Do Doobadoo, Ladybug Crafts

Monday, January 26, 2015

Fairy much love to you!

Well, here's my card for Craft-Dee BowZ and I'll be posting my card on the 4th Tuesday of each month for their monthly challenge. I'm so lucky to have been invited to this team!  And yes, because it is the Craft-Dee BowZ challenge, there will always be ribbon/lace and a bow on my challenge card. The challenge this month is ANYTHING GOES WITH A HANDMADE BOW.

I used an adorable image from Emerald Faeries and colored her with Copics.



I really like working with the colors pink and red and I loved this ribbon sent to me by Craft-Dee BowZ to use this month so this card was an easy challenge for me. The paper is from my new pack from Wild Rose Crafts and I used a Fiskars heart punch on the pink paper and then punched it again with pink glitter paper and I put the hearts in the punched out holes. My tip for today: When you use punches like this, save the hearts, stars or the part that punches out, in a small clear jar so you can re-use as embellishments on cards. The heart and flourish die is by Magnolia is cut out of the same pink glitter paper as the hearts. I've had this Magnolia die for a while and rarely use it. Why???  And that beautiful rose and leaves are from Wild Orchid Crafts, and the rose buds are from I Am Roses, all of which are new purchases! If you have never visited I Am Roses, please click on the link above. I was given these rosebuds as part of a Christmas present and love them so much that just this past Sunday I placed my first order. I LOVE pretty flowers on my cards and they are definitely a favorite of mine! I used the wire from the stems of the flowers and curled them around a bamboo skewer to make them twirly and then glued them in the flower bouquet. The three jewels in the bottom right corner are by Prima and although I've had the pack of cut jewels for a couple of years, this is the first time I opened the pack. My goal this year is to stop feeling like my supplies are too pretty to use and open those packages!



I used Warm Glitter Ritz on her wings and on the floating hearts. I love that glitter..it's so fine and has such a great iridescent glow. I also like it because once you put it on (and I use a glue pen), it stays on. The rubber stamp sentiment "love" is by Impression Obsession and it fit so perfect on this image in the space I had available. Thank you Craft-Dee BowZ for sending this to me! I used brown ink when I stamped it so it maintains the soft feeling of this little image. Oh, I used an old Spellbinder die to cut the 'torn paper' around the image. I don't tear paper well so this Nestabilities set is a good one for me. The hardest part of this card? Putting grass on the bottom of the image so she wasn't 'floating'. I had the hardest time with this and groaned as I put grass over my colored image. She colored up so great for me and then I felt like I was defacing her putting green over my coloring. I know...crazy, huh?
 

I know, for a fact, that this bow came out as great as it did due to the Craft-Dee BowZ tool. There's no doubt in my mind because the center of the bow came out really well. Normally mine center knots don't, so if you look at my cards, I almost always put a button, flower or SOMETHING over the knot in my bow. This one I didn't have to do that. This is the first time my bow came out so great the first time. I didn't make the bow more than once! This is a double bow and the instructions how to make one of these types is here. And that brass charm in the center tied on with embossing thread is by Vintaj. And I can't tell you how happy I am to be on the Craft-Dee Bowz team. Not just because they supplied my lace, the charm, the 'love' stamp, ribbon and other embellishments (not used on this card), but because I have found that the gals are all kind, helpful and fabulous to the one member who doesn't have a lot of computer savvy. Yes, that's me!

So this is my card and my perfect bow. I warned everyone a month ago that I was going to make some fabulous bows, and here's one of them!  I hope you'll join the challenge at Craft-Dee BowZ this month...time is running out! Remember, the challenge is:  ANYTHING GOES WITH A HANDMADE BOW!

                                                                             Hugs,
                                                                              Gail

This card is entered in the following challenges:
Penny's Challenges, Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge, Inspiration Destination, Little Miss Muffet, Aud Sentiments, Sister Act Card Challenge, Natali and Amy's, Mema's Crafts, Di's Digital Designs, Card Mania Challenges, Pile It On, Crafts Galore Encore, Craftyhazelnut's Patterned Paper, Die Cut Divas, Emerald Faeries, Seemacrafts, The Sisters of Craft, Stamping Sensations, CCC Digi CreationsCountryview ChallengesJust Inspirational, Glitter n Sparkle, Come and Get It, Jellypark Challenges, Fresh Brewed Designs, That Craft Place, Fairytale Stamper, Digi Stamps 4 Joy Bingo:  Die/Punch, Free, Fav Thing (Flowers), Whoopsi Daisy, Not Just Cards, Inky Chicks, Eureka Stamps, My Craft Creations, Party Time Tuesdays, Scrap-Creations (fav embellishment: flowers), Crafting for All Seasons, Top Tip Tuesday (my tip is listed in my post), Love to Scrap, Craft Your Passion, Scrap & Craft Inspiration, Reasonable Ribbon, Wags n Whiskers, Crafty Calendar, Kit and Clowder, Bunny Zoe's Crafts, Sweet 7 Challenge, I Am Roses, Ladybug Crafts