Monday, September 1, 2014

Dies R Us September "Back to School" Challenge!

It's time for a new challenge on the Dies R Us Challenge Blog!  The kids are already back in school or headed that way shortly.  So, for the first two weeks of September, our challenge theme is "Back to School".   We want to see your creations inspired by our Design Team and linked to the "Back to School" Challenge post.  You can find the challenge guidelines at the bottom of each challenge post.  Don't forget...we want to see die-cuts on your projects!

My project is for the teacher.  No sense waiting to get on the good side of the person in charge...give her/him a gift they can use all year long!

Here's my "Back to School" inspiration for you....


Desk Top Pencil/Tool Holder


I altered this plastic popcorn box that I purchased from the dollar aisle at a local department store.  It's easy to trace a pattern, cover, and embellish these containers.  They have so many uses and I have a stash of them in my craft cupboard.





I love embellishing projects of any kind with die-cuts.  Visit the Dies R Us Store for a great selection of your favorite die-cuts and more!


I do hope my project has inspired you to try altering one of these popcorn boxes.  They are so easy and make great gifts!

Please join us on the Dies R Us Challenge Blog for our "Back To School" Challenge from September 1st through September 15th.  You could be the next winner of a $10 voucher to spend in the Dies R Us store.  Again, you can find the challenge guidelines at the bottom of each challenge post.

Thanks for stopping by! 

Craft-Dee BowZ September Challenge!

It's time for Craft-Dee BowZ's September Challenge...
"Anything goes and include a handmade bow"!

For September's inspiration, I created this card for a special anniversary that is just around the corner.

"Bon Anniversaire mon ami"

The base is four layers of cardstock with the top layer embossed using a favorite embossing folder, the Fleur de Lis.  The central focal point along with the sentiment tag were cut from cardstock using metal die-cuts.  I continued the Fleur de Lis pattern here also. The Eiffel Tower die-cut was perfect with this design. The card is embellished with pearls, stick pins, and a luscious bow made with my Craft-Dee BowZ bow making tool.  I love this tool!  It helps me create beautiful bows with ease every time I use it. 

Featured Product
Craft-Dee BowZ Bow Making Tool

We can't wait to see your project!

Link it up at the bottom of the September challenge post.  It lasts all month long, so there's lots of time to play along.  You could be the next winner of a 25 yard spool of yummy ribbon!

Check the challenge guidelines located in the  Craft-Dee BowZ Blog.  

Thanks for stopping by!  Hope to see you again soon...

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Craft-Dee BowZ "All About the Guys!"

 It's my turn up on the Craft-Dee  BowZ Blog.  Our August theme is masculine using the colors brown, burgundy and a single loop bow.  With a wedding anniversary coming in October, this was perfect timing for me.   So, I'm sharing a card for the special man in my life...my hero, my friend!

  We will be celebrating 38 years of marriage soon and have been together for 40.  Really?  That was fast!   Using our masculine theme and colors,  I created an anniversary card that will actually be ready in advance!
"MY HERO...MY FRIEND"

The card base of craft and brown is 6" x 6".  You know how square I am when it comes to card making! I layered patterned paper in the same color tones and then used burgundy for my accent embellishments.

A piece of sheer brown ribbon is wrapped around the upper corner of the card.  The bow was created using my fabulous Craft-Dee BowZ Tool.  It helps create bows quickly and with ease.  I seriously love wide, sheer ribbon when making bows.  Next, I hot glued the bow on the corner ribbon and  attached the chain and gear to the center of it.  I added brass number studs to represent 38 years and buttons tied with twine to the centers of a few of the other gears.  The sentiment is stamped and die-cut to look like another gear.  A small brass paper clip is the final touch.

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Craft-Dee BowZ Bow Maker Tool

From my stash...
Bazzill Cardstock
Close To My Heart, Every Day Life Acrylic Stamp
Doodle Bug Buttons
Memory Box Gear Assembly Die-cut
Recollections Chain, Metal Gears and Patterned Paper
Spellbinder Classic Circle, Small Nestabilities
Spellbinder Pinking Circles, Large Nestabilities
Stampin Up Ink, Chocolate Chip
Tim Holtz Paper Clip

Other: Metal number tabs, ribbon, twine

I hope I have inspired you to create something for the guy in your life.
Thanks for stopping by!

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