Tuesday, April 29, 2014

The birdhouse

Hi Everyone,
Today is the 5th Tuesday for this month. I usually post here at Craft-Dee BowZ on the 1st Tuesday but that date was April 1 and we post the the new challenge on beginning of the month. So since there were 5 Tuesdays this month, I decided to post on the 5th Tuesday which is today. Whew, did you follow me on that one. LOL

I decided on a darling birdhouse and bird for my card today.

Used my trusty Craft-Dee BowZ tool to make my double loop bow using my gray satin ribbon. I layered that on top of a piece of dotted ribbon that is wound like roses.It's probably hard to see because the bow is layered on top.

Stamps:  Hot Off The Press - Sweet Tweets
Paper/Card Stock
: Green CS,Gray CS Cream CS, White CS
Ink: Black Dye Ink
Dies/Embossing Folders Used:
Ribbon, Craft-Dee BowZ  tool, dimensional foam, Gray Satin Ribbon, Black with White Dots Flowered Ribbon

I am submitting this card in the following challenges:
Next Tuesday I will be back with my regular (1st Tuesday of the month) Craft-Dee Bowz post. Stop back then for more bow inspiration. In the meantime, have you submitted a card to the Craft-Dee BowZ monthly challenge. If not, you still have time.We would love to see your entry.

Thanks for stopping by, see you soon

Saturday, April 26, 2014

The Tea Box

Hi Everyone,
Friday, I trotted off to Circleville, Ohio, outside of Columbus, Ohio, to take two classes from Terri Sproul. Terri is a gifted artist and hosts a free get together on most Tuesday evenings. Terri also has a FB group, All Things Terri Sproul, and it is available to join. Terri shares techniques and info on different products.

Terri  is in town from California, for the next couple of weeks visiting friends, going to a show and teaching classes. The classes I attended were held at the nicest store, Creative Chaos. Loved her store, lots of Graphic 45 and things to go with those fabulous papers and many other great stamps and "stuff". The store owner is Angela Beavers, what a great lady. Had a blast.

The first project I am sharing with you today is my fav, although I really like the 2nd one as well.

This project is a tea box, made using Graphic 45 papers from the Botanical Tea Collection. These papers are fantastic.

I wanted to make this box really sturdy and in doing so my back two corners got wonky, however, I just distressed the box as to make the whole box look really old and well used.Wait til I show you the inside.

The stripes are the backside of the paper I used. This box itself is made with just one 12X12 sheet from Graphic 45. The postage stamps and little cards are from a 2nd sheet in that line. Those are little tea bag covers inside the box. Aren't they cute!!

And the stamp images are so perfect to attach to the end of the tea bag string.

Thank you Terri for a great project, this class was so enjoyable!!

I am submitting this project to the following challenges:

I will be sharing the other project with you Thursday. In the meantime stop back Tuesday for my Craft-Dee BowZ post for April.

Have a great week!!

Friday, April 25, 2014

Just a Note

Hi Everyone,
Ahhhhh it's Friday, the end of the work week. Time to show the 3rd card from my April card class. This card turned out so cute, hope you like it!!

This typewriter just called to me so I had to use it in one of my card classes. I just happened upon some 12X12 scrapbook sheets that looked like they were typed and thought it would be perfect to use with the typewriter. Since the stamp just has the one sheet of typewriter paper in the image, I thought it would look great as if there were other sheets as well. So I made a template and cute two more sheets to look like the same as the sheet in the typewriter. I hand wrote the sentiment "Just a Note", but this stamp set comes with a few sentiments that will fit perfectly on the typewriter paper.I positioned the additional sheets as if they were flying out of the typewriter.

Stamps:  Hero Arts - Typewriter Notes
Paper/Card Stock
: Red CS, White CS
Ink:Black Dye ink, Red dye Ink
Dies Used: None
Accessories: Distress Markers, Sponge Daubers

I am submitting this card in the following challenges:

Thanks for stopping in today and I will be seeing you soon.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Sending You Happy Thoughts

Happy Wednesday Everyone, and welcome back.

I want to show you the 2nd card I presented at my card class last Saturday.

This stamp is from Woodware and it's from their line of bubble stamps. They have about 8 different stamps in that bubble line. They are all really great with the circles in the image. Since I am drawn to circles I just fell in love with these. The flower was colored in and then the color was overlayed with the Wink of Stella to give some shimmer. Sorry it really isn't very visible on the picture. I taught everyone how to make a multi-loop bow for this card using the Craft-Dee BowZ tool and everyone's bows looked great! That tool is so easy to use.

Stamps:  Woodware -  Bubble Bloom - Florence
Paper/Card Stock
: White CS, Gold CS, Yellow CS
Ink: Black Dye ink
Dies Used: Spellbinders Circles sm   
Embossing Folder: Darice - Circles in Circles
Ribbon, Wink of Stella-clear, Distress Markers, Craft-Dee BowZ  tool, dimensional foam, corner rounder.

I am submitting the card in the following challenges:

I will be back Friday with my last card from my April card class.Hope to see you then. Thanks for stopping in today, 

Monday, April 21, 2014

Just Celebrate

Hi Everyone,
Well it was the third Saturday of the month this past Saturday, time for my regular card class,The Card Shop class at Simply Said Rubber Stamps.

Here is the first card I presented:

The bird just reminded me of spring. Couldn't pass that up after the winter we've had. Have you used Wink of Stella yet? Well we used it on some of those circles in the bird, love that embellishment, just adds the right touch of shimmer. Also used some pearls from Fabscraps those are yummy.

Embossed the right half of the front of the card, added some gold leafing, layered a gold panel and some designer paper and tucked in a few greenery sprigs and wella!! a darling celebration card.

Stamps:  Woodware - Bubble Bird
Paper/Card Stock
: Cream CS, Green CS, Yellow CS Gold CS, DP
Ink: black Dye ink
Punches: MS Leaves and Branches
Gold Leafing, dimensional foam, Fabscraps Pearls, Wink of Stella - clear

I am submitting my card in the following challenge:

Thanks bunches for visiting me today. Wednesday I will be back with card #2 from my April card class, hope you can stop back then. Have a  great week.

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Happy Easter

Hi Everyone,
Just posting this to wish you a Happy Easter.

Stop back tomorrow, I will have the 1st of my 3 cards from my Card Shop Class this month.

Have a great day

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Water Coloring the Art Impressions Way

Hi Everyone,
Hope you are having a wonderful week. Here in the Greater Cincinnati area we've had 70 degree temps and 6/10" snow all within a few days time. Spring, please come and stay.

Last Saturday, I offered a a class at Simply Said Rubber Stamps, Water Color the Art Impressions Way. I had 8 in my class and we all had a great time.

I guided the ladies thru this easy technique, making 2 panels using 2 different stamp sets. We used stamps from Series 7 Set 1 on the 1st panel

Here is my class sample

After that panel was completed we moved on to a second panel using Series 7 Set 2

Here  the class sample for the 2nd project panel.

The foliage from set 1 is also used when using set 2. Also to achieve the water color effect, water color paper is a must, card stock will bow.. Also the ink you use to stamp must be a water based dye ink. Waterproof or permanent ink will not let the ink move and soften.We used Distress Inks, Marvy Inks and Adirondack Inks. Tombows are also a great marker to use. And you can use markers or pads just make sure the ink is water based. Alcohol inks, pigment, and Memento inks will not work. There are probably other markers and ink pads that can be added to either list.

This was a fun class and the ladies did a fantastic job on their "water coloring the Art Impressions Way."

If you have never tried this technique, don't hesitate. It is really easy and the end result is really nice.

This weekend is my regular card class at Simply Said Rubber Stamps. I will be sharing those cards with you starting Sunday. 

Spring is coming slowly, but it must be on the back of a turtle. LOL 

Have a great day

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Monthly Club Cards

Hi Everyone,
Hope you had a great weekend. We've had quite a bit of rain here in my area this month and tomorrow it's supposed to be sunny and no rain. That's great news.

Tonight we had our monthly stamp club meeting and I want to share with you the two cards I made. We always have a challenge, where we have to make something with something we receive. The other card is designed around a theme.

Card #1
OK for my challenge card  I was given a sticker. It was about 3"X4" and the image showed a black cat in a bunch of purple flowers with writing at the bottom.

First I embossed the front of the card. Then I cut the bottom of the sticker off into separate the two areas, I mounted the top image onto a piece of CS that I cut from a gorgeous die and used celery green CS. I added a few shaped purple flowers flowers and I added FlowerSoft to the flower centers. Next I added the cut away piece back to the card under the flowers.After that I added some small branches among the flowers just to add more interest and lastly added a bow. I tied the bow onto the card using a thick purple woven ribbon. Bow made using the Craft-Dee BowZ tool.

Stamps:  None
Paper/Card Stock
: Purple CS, Celery Green CS
Ink: None
Dies Used: Ellentina Cutting Dies – Fairytale Rectangle Frame;
Ribbon, Prima Flowers, Craft-Dee BowZ  tool

This card submitted in the following challenges:

Card #2
For the 2nd card we were given a theme of "flowers". I used a group of tulips and mounted it onto a background designed by using dies from My Favorite Things.

I colored the tulips using Spectrum Noir markers.  And again my bow was made using the Craft-Dee BowZ tool.

Stamps:  Inkadinkado - Floral Inspiration
Paper/Card Stock
: Yellow,CS, Orange CS, DP
Ink: Black Dye Ink,  VersaMark
Dies Used: My Favorite Things - Blue Prints #4
Ribbon, Gold Detail Embossing powder,  Spectrum Noir Markers
Craft-Dee BowZ  tool, dimensional foam

Well our club meeting was a blast and we all had a great time.Wish you all could have joined us.

This card submitted in the following challenges:

Cards for next month - theme is showers, and the challenge centers around a little baggie of stickers and a few embellishments. Can't wait to dive into those. You will have to stop back next month to see what I come up with. 

Thanks for stopping in today. Have a great week and see you soon.

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Craft-Dee BowZ April Blog Hop Winner

Hi Everyone,
Welcome back!!!  
Craft-Dee BowZ just announced the winner for the blog hop, so let me share the winner's name with you

It is

Golden Goddess Designs


Please contact Barbara at the email below by February 15 (one week) to claim your prize. 

Alicia  please provide your name and mailing address so your Craft-Dee BowZ tool  can be mailed out to you. 

Thanks to everyone for participating in the Craft-Dee BowZ blog hop and leaving comments.
 I look forward to seeing you again at our next hop.

Just a reminder, stop back at the Craft-Dee BowZ blog for their weekly posts (each Tuesday) hosted by a different super talented design team member each week. 

Have a great weekend!!

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

The Craft-Dee BowZ Blog Hop for April

Hi Everyone

Thanks for stopping by today, if you arrived here from Karen's blog, then you are in the right spot. If not then you may want to start at the Craft-Dee BowZ  blog to be eligible for the prize that will be awarded. Leaving comments along the way on each designers blog will make you eligible for the blog hop prize of a Craft-Dee BowZ tool.

This month our theme is sympathy. We all need these cards once in a while, so, we at Craft-Dee BowZ decided to showcase this theme. A single loop bow, which is less subdued, fits this theme very well.

The Craft-Dee BowZ tool makes perfect bows, single loop as well as multi-loop bows.

Let me share my card with you.

Here is a closer view of my single loop bow.

If you missed any of the designers in the hop here is the list, make sure to leave a comment on each designers blog.

Craft-Dee BowZ (stop back here last to leave one final comment)

Stamps:  Stampers Anonymous -Angel Collage, Sparkle N Sprinkle -Sympathy
Paper/Card Stock
: White Glossy CS, White CS, Cream CS, Gray CS
Ink: Staz-On Black, Black Dye Ink
Dies Used: Spellbinders Ovals sm  
Ribbon,  Distress Markers-Straw, Craft-Dee BowZ  tool, dimensional foam

I am submitting my project in the following challenges:

Thanks so much for hopping along with us today. I hope you have seen cards that will inspire you for that next Sympathy card you will make when you need one. please leave a comment to be eligible for the give away and now your last stop is Craft-Dee BowZ to leave one final comment)

Have a great week!!

Tuesday, April 1, 2014


Welcome back!!!

BLOG HOP ALERT!!! The Craft-Dee BowZ April Blog Hop starts Wednesday nite 10:00 p.m.  EDT over at the Craft-Dee BowZ blog. Click here to go directly to the start of the blog hop

Today is April 1 and (no fooling) it time for the April Challenge over at Craft-Dee BowZ. Here is the card I made for the inspiration.

This card was fun to make and I added embossed clear packaging in a honeycomb shape.

Here is a closer view of that see thru background. I really love using it however it's hard to photograph it.

Let me show you a close up of my bow!!

 Bows like this are so easy to make using the Craft-Dee BowZ tool. 

Easy to use and storage is a breeze, hang from the ribbon. Great to take to a class or a crop.
Click here to order.

Stamps:  Unity - Layers of Love Spring Inspired -March 2014
Paper/Card Stock
: Gray CS, Cream CS, DP (2)
Ink: Black Dye Ink
Dies Used:  Poppystamps- Large Marianna Vine Outline, Sizzix -Daisy Flower
Ribbon,  Darice Embossing Folder - Honeycomb, Distress Markers, Craft-Dee BowZ  tool, dimensional foam, clear packaging piece

Please mark your calendars plan to and join us Wednesday nite for the Craft-Dee BowZ Blog Hop. There will be a give-away.

I am submitting this card in the following challenges:
Thanks for stopping in today,