Sunday, March 1, 2015

Craft-Dee BowZ "Anything goes/include a bow Challenge!

So happy to see the first of March!
 Hopefully, this is the last month of winter weather for all of us in the NE US.  It's certainly been a long, cold one!

And that means, it's time for another awesome Craft-Dee BowZ Challenge.
We want to see your fabulous projects, which leads us to our challenge theme....
"ANYTHING GOES AND INCLUDE A HANDMADE BOW"

We're playing with yellows, greens, and browns this month along with animals of all kinds including  pets and bugs!

I couldn't resist making a zebra themed card with this luscious yellow ribbon.

"I'm simply WILD about you!"

The 6 x6 square card is made of dark gray and layered with yellow cardstock and zebra glitter paper. I embossed a strip of dark grey cardstock using a zebra embossing folder and added yellow ribbon over it.  You have to look closely to see the embossing, which I am very sad about because it looks awesome in real life!  The sentiment is die-cut and matted with the two cardstock colors.  I added some green foliage with additional die-cuts from my stash.  The butterflies are die-cut from patterned paper and have a little glitter glue on them.  I matted a zebra sticker, cut it out, and popped it up along with the sentiment for added dimension. 


The glorious yellow bow was created using my Craft-Dee BowZ Bow Making Tool!  Gheez, I don't know what I would do without it.  It's always within easy reach on my craft desk.  I added a silver silk flower and butterfly to top off the bow.
  
Featured Product
Bazzill Cardstock
Cheery Lynn Mini Butterflies with Angel Wings Die-cuts
Close To My Heart Silk Flower
Marianne Designs Forest Branch
Memory Box Bamboo Shoot Die-cut
Memory Box Cottage Leaf Die-cut
Momenta Sticker Dots
Ranger Glitter Glue
 Recollections Glitter Specialty Paper
Spellbinders Wonky Shapeabilities

We can't wait to see your project!

Link it up at the bottom of the March Challenge post.  It lasts all month, so there's lots of time to play along.  We hope you'll join us.

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

Thanks for stopping by!
 

Dies R Us March Monochromatic Challenge

It's March and time for another fab Dies R Us Challenge
For the first half of March, we challenge you to create something monochromatic.  Choose a favorite color and go with it!  Grab those die-cuts and show us what you can do with them.

Link up your project to the Dies R Us Challenge Blog's Monochromatic Challenge post by midnight, March 14th for the chance to win a $10 Gift Voucher to spend in the Dies R Us Store.

And don't forget, most importantly, as part of our challenge, we want to see your die-cuts too!
 
Visit the Dies R Us Challenge Blog for rules and quidelines.  You can find them in the left side bar.  While you're there, grab our Dies R Us Challenge badge to share on your blog!

I had my mind set on creating a monochromatic card in mocha.  That color seems to be a fixation with me lately.  Here's my inspiration...
 
"Soar"

This card is not the usual square that I prefer, but the rectangular size worked best with the many die-cuts that I used.  Since die-cuts are the focal point, I kept other embellishments to a minimum and let the them do the detail work.  I used clear glitter and ink to enhance the color in different areas. The flower center and heart are buttons from my stash along with the mini coat hanger and stick pins.  A piece of netting and pearls finish the look I was hoping to achieve.  I love all of the dimension and textures on the card!
 

The multiple die-cuts with clear glitter give the card just the right pizzazz.

Featured Product
Memory Box Chloe Butterfly
Memory Box Madera Corner
Memory Box Tall Dress Form
Memory Box Trellis Border
Poppy Stamps Fluffy Feather
Spellbinders Daisy Flower Topper
Spellbinders Delightful Foliage
Spellbinders Lacey Pennants

I hope you are inspired to play along with our Dies R Us Challenge.
Remember to check the guidelines to ensure your entry qualifies for the prize!

Visit the Dies R Us Store and see the great inventory of dies you need!

Thanks for stopping by my blog.


Saturday, February 14, 2015

Cardabilities/Dies R Us Sketch Challenge!

The Design Teams from Cardabilities and Dies R Us are teaming up for the February 14th sketch challenge at Cardabilities.  Dies R Us will be a featured sponsor at Cardabilities throughout 2015.  

Cardabilities, an international sketch challenge blog, features bi-monthly sketch challenges that are typically posted on the 15th and 30th of each month.  February's challenges, however, post on the 14th and 28th.  Find the challenge guidelines HERE on the Cardabilities Blog.   You will need to link up your project to the Cardabilities Challenge Blog's February 15th post by February 27th to be included in the prize draw.

Here is your February 14th sketch challenge...


Find it HERE at Cardabilities.

And, here is my take on the sketch!

"Be Mine"

I loved working with this sketch.  It allowed for a lot of versatility with background choices along with layering for dimension.  Since it is Valentine's Day today, I chose a heart theme for my card. And, being a member of the Dies R Us Challenge Blog Team, I used lots of die-cuts too!

A square cardstock base is layered with three different patterned papers.  The cluster of die-cut shapes, on the misted background, is the main focal point of the card.  I created dimension by using pop dots and layers.  The banner and chevron are die cut from cardstock covered with washi tape.  The others are cut from cardstock or patterned paper and inked.  I used randomly brushed gesso all over the card.  A few mulberry roses and dew drops were the finishing touches.

Cheery Lynn Dies - Fanciful Flourish Right
Memory Box - Ribbon Candy Border
Memory Box - Virtuoso Music
Penny Black Dies - Dots
Spellbinders Donna Salazar Collection - Sprightly Sprockets
Taylored Expressions - Banner Stacklets I
Whiff of Joy - Heart Banner

Thanks for stopping by!  I hope you are inspired to play along at Cardabilities.

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