Tuesday, December 16, 2014


Hello everyone,

Welcome to Karen, my newest follower.

Oh I am late in getting this post out here on my blog. Sorry!! I am back today with what is my last Craft-Dee BowZ post here for 2014. CDB will have a few more posts left to finish out the year and then will have two new designers starting in January. Make sure to check out the Craft-Dee BowZ blog for the last of this years' posts.

These stair step designs have always fascinated me and they are tricky to cut. So, I recently bought a stair step die from Accucut and decided to use that card design for this, my last Craft-Dee BowZ project for this year.

Let me share this card with you.

I used a typewritten designer paper to mat the front while I used an embossed white card stock to mat the back.

 On the steps I used a cut out of the word JOY using that same designer paper

Here is a close-up of my bow. I made a triple loop bow and positioned it up by the top step, allowing for the card to be closed and mailed.

Stamps:  Sizzix - Holiday Joy (Stamp & Die Set)
Paper/Card Stock
: Green CS, White CS, DP
Ink: Memento - Olive Grove, Peanut Brittle, Rich Cocoa
Dies Used: Sizzix - Holiday Joy(Stamp & Die set), Word Play Alphabet, Accucut - Stair Step Die
Craft-Dee BowZ  tool,  ribbon, embossing folder, dimensional foam, Starform Stickers (used as border on the front panel over the DP)

I am submitting this card to the following challenges:

Thanks for stopping by today. Hope you all have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. I will be back soon,

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Season's Greetings

Hello Everyone

Todays card is monochromatic with a splash of color. And of course it's a Christmas card. LOL. Since this card is cream and white, I used a red backdrop instead of a white background to showcase the detail of the card.

This card design came to be after using some of the dies from MFT DieNamics Blueprints #14. Have you used any of the Blueprints yet?? They're great, you can make your own card design, because you have many options (dies) in each set. I suggest that you cut each of the shapes out of white CS and store them with the dies. Then when you want to design a card, pull the shapes out, move them around and decide on your final design. Then cut the shapes out of the paper you want to actually use on the card.Easy and fun.

Stamps:  Inky Antics - Filled with Joy
Paper/Card Stock
: White CS, Cream CS, Red CS(Under the sentiment)
Ink: Memento - Rhubarb Stalk
Dies Used: My Favorite Things - DieNamics Blueprints 14
Accessories: Pearls, Spectrum Noir markers, Glossy Accents, Snowflake Embossing Folder, Circle Punch, D
imensional Foam

I am submitting this card in the following challenges:
Thanks for stopping in today. Have a great week.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

A Turkey Revisited

Hi Everyone

I want to welcome to my newest follower, Pamellia. Glad to have you joining me.

I wanted to post this right after Thanksgiving but I got busy and I just forgot. So, let's regress to a few weeks ago, Thanksgiving. I hear some laughing. OK OK

I live in the greater Cincinnati area and ever year the Cincinnati Enquirer, our local newspaper, holds a contest, Dress the Turkey. They publish a large line art drawing of a turkey in the newspaper.. The contest says to dress it however we want and submit it. They give a deadline and the winners and others are published on Thanksgiving Day. I love Zentangle® and since there is so much open space on the turkey, I decided to tangle this cutie.

After I tangled this turkey I colored it with Pan Pastels to add to his personality. I loved how this turned out,  and wanted to share this before Thanksgiving was long gone.

Well it time for you (and me) to come back to the present, back to preparing for the upcoming Christmas holiday, you know, the shopping, the decorating, making cards and all the other things we do at this time of the year.

I am submitting this to the following challenges:

Have a great week.

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Fool the Eye Bow

Hi Everyone,
Thanks for stopping back to check out how I achieved this triple loop look while only making a double loop bow. Maybe I should call this look the stairstep loop bow, because the loops look like they are in a stairstep position, one on top of the other.

Well you think you are seeing 3 loops but its a trick. Let me say this will only work with wired ribbon, because you are manipulating the ribbon and the wire holds the ribbon right where you have positioned it.

 I am using a black and silver wired edge ribbon and it's 1 1/2" wide

First, I started out making a double loop bow, like usual. And of course I am using my Craft-Dee BowZ tool.

This is the 1st wrap of ribbon around the pegs.

This is after the 2nd wrap of ribbon.

I have tied the ribbon ends and this forms the knot of the bow.

I've removed the ribbon from the tool  and I have pulled the loops out and now you can see there are 2 loops on either side of the knot.

 Fluff them out somewhat

Now I have positioned the loops one on top of the other. At this moment the loops are the same length and they are stacked.(A double loop bow has 2 loops on either side of the knot)

 Top view, - from the top it just appears to look like an ordinary single loop bow because the loops are actually stacked one on top of the other.

 Here is where the trickery begins.
The top loop is the loop that gets manipulated. See how I have started to dent it in to the center of the loop, down towards the knot, somewhat. Think of it as you are making a pleat. I started that dent about 1/3 of the way up from the knot. If you do the dent in the center of the loop then you will have these two loops being the same size and you won't achieve a stairstep effect.

Make the dent to both of the top loops.

 See how I have brought the ribbon from the top loop in more toward the knot. This defines the fake top loop even more.

 Here is a different view.

 Here is a view from the top after working with both top loops.

 Here is a side view. See how that top loop looks kind of swirly. The top loop is just bent in, in a pleat fashion, to give the illusion of another loop. 
That's all there is to this bow. Its a great bow especially if you don't have enough ribbon to make an actual triple loop bow. I like this look because of the stairstep look.

 I hope the pics help you to see how I designed this bow. This bow does fool the eye, doesn't it.

Thanks for stopping back today. Now it's your turn to make a double loop bow with a stairstep effect.And wouldn't  that bow would look great on a gift.

Have a "bow"tiful day