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Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Festive Holiday Gift Bags!

Vicki's my day to share December inspiration with you. 

Christmas is only 12 days away and it's crunch time for many holiday shoppers.  Finding that special gift isn't always easy and gift cards have become more popular in these busy times.  It takes the guess work out of buying the right size, color, style or taste of the gift recipient.

This month, the Design Team is sharing lots of inspiration on how to package your gifts to make them look pretty and elegant.  I have chosen to alter mini gift bags and boxes that I will be able to use for the gift cards that we are giving this Christmas.'s my mini bag/box inspiration for you.

Gift Card Holders

First up is a mini kraft and gold striped gable box that I embellished with a sprig of holly and a gorgeous green sheer bow.  The background is white paper doily.  I glued the "Merry Christmas" sentiment to a burlap tag.

Next is a white mini bag that I covered with pieces of patterned paper from a new collection I recently purchased.  The colors were perfect with the sheer maroon ribbon in our DT product.

I used some leftover silver ribbon from our November product to create the bow for my final mini bag.  The patterned paper was in my stash from years ago.  I embellished the bag with a dimensional die cut snowflake to pick up the pattern in the paper.

Featured Product
Craft Dee BowZ Bow Making Tool

From my stash
Avery Elle Snowflake, Impression Obsession Peace Die Cuts
Basic Grey, Photoplay Patterned Papers
Wild Orchid Flower
Other: Bags, Box, Doily, Gems, Holly, Ribbon

Thanks for stopping by to share my inspiration!

Don't forget to play along with our December Challenge, "Anything goes and include a HANDMADE bow" for a chance to win 3 single images of your choice from Robin's Fetish.

Thursday, December 1, 2016

December Challenge

Hi Everyone,

Welcome back to our December challenge 
here at Craft Dee BowZ

Last month's challenge was great with all your creative submissions. thanks so much for joining in the fun. 

First let's take a look at our winners for November
Remember - the Winner, Top 3 and HM are based upon their merits

Here's the winning submission
 for the November challenge. 

Sweet Designs by Cheryl(Submission # 25)

Congratulations Cheryl!!!

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 November Challenge!!! 
Remember, 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.

November's TOP 3 WINNERS
(in no particular order)
1. Shona E. (Submission #6)
2.Sparkling Pink (Submission #20)
3. Maryvonne (Submission  #62)
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.
going to none other than:
Bianca's Scrapcards (Submission #71)

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.

And now, a big thanks to our sponsor 
for the December challenge - 

Each Tuesday this month the Craft-Dee BowZ designers will be posting their projects and will be using Robyn's Fetish images. Please mark your calendars and  stop back to be inspired.

Robyn's Fetish Digital Stamps And More is proud to sponsor this challenge.

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

The prize for the December top winner will be
 3 single images of the winners choice.

Robyn's Fetish digital images are available here so take a look and see what cool images they have to offer, and they have a wide selection.

The Craft-Dee BowZ Challenge Theme is Always:

Anything Goes and include a HANDMADE BOW

For those who have no blog but use Splitcoast Stampers or Flicker, 

this months code to use is CDB 40

OK now lets check out the inspiration 

from our great designers 

for our ........

December  Challenge

The designers have made some creative projects for you, hope you enjoyed them.
Now we are looking forward to seeing your projects

Thank you to our fabulour sponsor for this month

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.

Our December challenge closes on December 31 at 8:00 p.m. EDT

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Whimsical Elegance

Vicki here...I'm up on the Craft-Dee BowZ Blog today sharing some holiday inspiration with you.  

This month the Design Team has been working with the colors of red, silver and gold ribbon on our projects. We are also creating ornaments, 3-D or on a card. It's the perfect time to get those decorations ready to enhance your holiday d├ęcor!

It was so much fun playing with these ribbons.  I thought the red and white print was somewhat whimsical, so I wanted to create a project that went along with that fun theme.  And, here is my "whimsical" candle holder!

I found this old wooden spool type candle holder in an antique store a while back.  It's been sitting on a shelf collecting dust, but finally has a purpose.  I trimmed it with holiday patterned paper scraps, added a cute Santa bell and finished it off with a beautiful bow created with my Craft-Dee BowZ tool.

My next project is much more elegant.  I created a rosette ornament to hang on the tree or decorate a package.

I scored two pieces of 3 1/2 " x 12" patterned paper and hot glued them together to form a circle.  Then, I gently flattened it and added four additional layers with dimensional foam tape for the 3-D effect.   The pine branch die cuts, red flowers and white leaves add a perfect festive touch along with the gold doily background, gems and gorgeous bow.

Featured Product
Craft-Dee BowZ Bow Making Tool

There's still time to play along with our November Challenge, "Anything goes and include a HANDMADE bow".  Link your entry to the November Challenge post in the Craft-Dee BowZ Blog.

Thanks for stopping by to share my holiday inspiration! 
Hope to see you here again soon.

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Time to decorate the tree!

I love making Christmas cards. I make them year round and since our weather has finally cooled down below 100 degrees here in Arizona, it's a little easier to be making winter cards. The challenge this month at Craft-Dee BowZ has been ANYTHING GOES AND INCLUDE A HANDMADE BOW for all of you.  The Design Team, however, got a bit more of a specific challenge and we were to use red, gold and silver for our colors and an ornament(s).  So, I dug out my dies and had this set of ornaments by Elizabeth Dies and some new greenery die by Sizzix and the row of trees on the bottom is a die by Marianne Design. The sentiment is by Whimsy.

Perhaps the side angle below will be more helpful. I found it difficult to photograph metallic papers, so maybe you can see that my far right ornament is gold in the below picture. The background paper is white pearl and it's giving off a bit of glare. My apologies for not being a great photographer and for making it difficult to see my red, silver and gold ornaments very clearly. I used chunky white embossing powder on my greenery and trees and 3-D white paint for my falling snowflakes.

I love the way my three bows came out. I used my Craft-Dee BowZ bow tool and whipped out these three double looped bows super quick. By using my bow tool, I also got 3 exactly the same size bows, which was a small detail that mattered to me. Thank you to Donna at Craft-Dee BowZ for the great ribbons!

Do you own a bow tool?  Do you want to own a bow tool?  If you don't have one and order one in the month of November or December, let me know and I'll send you a large number of ribbons as a bonus for getting one! I'm addicted to ribbons and have more than what I can use and happy to share with a new bow tool owner! My e-mail is on the side of my blog, here.

Have you seen Vicki's and Tracey's projects yet? Scroll down to see their projects. Such beautiful creations to encourage you to get your project submitted to Craft-Dee BowZ where the challenge is ANYTHING GOES AND INCLUDE A HANDMADE BOW!

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

A Pretty snowflake

It is Tracey here with my inspiration project for November. The design team had the theme of silver/gold/red and we had to make a 3d ornament . So I thought I would make a snowflake .It has been made using strips of 12x12 paper from the DCWV Elegant holiday paper pad. I made the embellishment for the middle using a Tim Holtz die. The sentiment banner came also from the DCWV paper pad.

I attached some silver organza ribbon so the snowflake could be hung up and the beautiful triple looped bow was made using my Craft-Dee BowZ bow maker. I used creative expression small  dazzler gems to decorate the bow centre and snowflake


I hope you like my project and that you come and join us in the monthly challenge where Anything goes with a handmade bow.
Happy crafting
Tracey x