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I am a techno/gadget freak. I love almost anything that has to do with computers and software. I have an engineering background, but I haven't worked in that field for over 10 years. I married my wonderful husband in September 2004 and look forward to spending every single day of the rest of my life with him. I love cats and even call myself "Cat".

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Friday, February 18, 2011

A Day For Daisies First Ever BLOG HOP!!!

Hey everyone.  Its the ADFD first ever blog hop.  We're going to send you along an exciting trail to see some great works from the design team.  You have a week to work your way through all the blogs, so take your time and visit (& comment) along the way. :)





Make sure you leave a comment at each stop.  Anyone who leaves a comment at all the participant stops will be entered to win a set of images from the new releases today!  Yay! And they are fantastic as usual.  There are three sets to choose from.  Here's a peek of this week's new images:


Aren't they great!?  Don't forget that today also marks the start of a new challenge on the ADFD  blog - Very Vintage.  This is the card I made with the Vintage Rose Blooming image (available now in the ADFD shop).


Supplies:
Stamps:   Vintage Rose Blooming (A Day For Daisies), Hanging by a Thread set (stitching around edge - Technique Tuesday), How Do I Love Thee digital paper (CatScrapFever Designs)
Papers:  Recollections cardstock, Domtar coated 200# ivory cardstock (base), Matte finish brochure paper (Staples), Wausau Exact Index 110# (main image printed on this)
Tools & Embellishments:  CraftRobo, rhinestone corner sticker (Dollar Store), gold glitter glue (Studio G), homemade glimmer mist (DecoArts paint - Rich Espresso), crotchet ribbon (Dollar Store), ivory satin ribbon (Michaels), white Liquid Pearls, pencil crayons (Martha Stewart), oms, heat gun, black Stazon ink

The card itself is fairly simple in design.   However, the little embellishments are where all the work was.  I made the little roses out of scrap cardstock.  I researched about 50 different ways they were done on different tutorials and you-tube videos.  Once I figured I knew what I needed to do I created a cut file and cut them with my CraftRobo.  I sprayed some of my homemade glimmer mist onto a piece of sponge and sponged the edges of all the flower pieces, let them try, and then assembled the flowers. They really are easy and once I get my craft room cleaned up, I want to do up a little video tutorial to show you how easy they are.  The corner pieces were also cut on my CraftRobo.  (I found the cut file on ukscrappers.com.  They have thousands of free files there if you have a CraftRobo/Wishblade/Silhoulette.  Its a great resource for cutting files.)  Once cut from cream cardstock, I put gold glitter glue all over.  I was impatient and used my heat gun to dry the glitter glue and it made the glitter glue bubble which was kind of a happy mishap because it gave it a really cool texture that you can't see in the picture.  I hand cut the main image out after I coloured it using my Martha Stewart pencil crayons and oms. Again, I could have used my CraftRobo, but I already had the image printed, so I didn't want to reprint it with the cut&print feature on my CR because it uses more paper and I don't like to waste paper - even if it is fairly inexpensive.  The Nestability shapes were cut on my CR and I used my "faux nestability" templates to emboss the edges to make them look even more like the real thing.  I used my How Do I Love Thee valentine paper for the top layer just because it has a nice vintage look to it and it worked well with my colour scheme.  I used the sponge again with my homemade glimmer mist around the edges to give it a little distressed look and some glimmer.  I put small pearls on the scallops using white Liquid Pearls.

TIP:  To get the Liquid Pearls to dome properly without the little "horns", I flicked the backside of the paper gently and that gets rid of those pesky little "horns".

Once the Liquid Pearls was dry, I used pop dots to adhere the image to the centre of the nestability shapes, and pop-dotted the focal piece to the cardfront.

I should mention that I also used the sponge and glimmer mist around the edges of the "stitched" cardstock as well.  I love this colour of homemade glimmer mist - Rich Espresso.   The "stitching" was done with a stamp and black stazon ink.

If you're following along the path of the blog hop, you should have arrived here from the talented Candy's blog.  The next stop on the hop is the amazing Jen's blog.  Don't forget to leave your comments along the way to be entered for the grand prize. :)  If you miss a stop or get lost, you can head back to the ADFD blog and the list of participants for the blog hop will be posted there.

Have fun everyone!

Cat

46 comments:

Christa said...

oww great card , love al the roses hugs christa

Eisbärin said...

Hi Cat, gorgeous card! Love the roses image from Tammy and your 3D roses are beautiful!
Love, Alexandra

Melanie M said...

Very pretty card Cat. The new release is gorgeous. Thank you for the tip about the liquid pearls... it drives me mad when I can't get rid of those pesky 'horns'... of to Jen's blog now :)

Judy said...

Wow Cat, that card took my breath away - how beautiful! I'm off to look back on your blog before I continue the Day for Daisies blog hop. Thanks for sharing your work, and for all the inspiration.
Keep creating!

Ulina /Apricot Bubbles said...

Very vintagy! Great details!

stampinlynn said...

The rose and all that bling wowzers... just awesome tfs

Ann English said...

Positively stunning! I LOVE this!

Daizeefli said...

SO PRETTY! The roses are great! I am looking forward to seeing your tutorial. Nice job!!

Mel said...

Cat, your card is stunning. Love the vintage roses and the glitter and bling.

Whimcees said...

Hello!

Beautiful card - beautiful!

Wishing you a great weekend!

Barbara Diane

Gail said...

Cat this art is sooo pretty..the lace strip is perfect for this..great coloring and sketch..tfs..loves ya

Lawren said...

BEAUTIFUL~!!! Oh so beautiful.

Brenda said...

Absolutely beautiful work. love the roses and the vintage feel of your card!

Lillian Child said...

Your card is so very lovely! And thanks for the tip on the liquid pearls!!

diana said...

Lovely card. Thanks for sharing your creativity. ;-)

Laura said...

Thanks for sharing your card design it certainly has that vintage feel. I also will be back to see your video tutorial on the flowers. Thanks for much for sharing your recipe :)

Moments by Marla said...

Gorgeous! Every element you used to put this card together in right on. I will look forward to watching your video making the flowers.

ileana said...

Beautiful creation, love the pretty colors and bling!

Crafty Missy Mo said...

Your card is lovely, these roses are great and i love that as you are making them from your own papers they will always match the rest of the card excatly. Must have a look on the ukscrappers website for this cutting file. Thanks for sharing.

Wendy Colledge said...

WOW Cat!!! How bloooming beautiful! xx

Tine said...

Hi Cat. ADFD do have some pretty images. Lovely card.
Tine :)

Sabina said...

Hello,
i like the card.
Greets Sabina

Lisa said...

Hi Cat - I'm so in love with your card :) I can't wait for your tutorial AND thank you for the tip when using liquid pearls!

Denimo said...

Oh Cat, what a beautiful card!! So lovely and vintagey!

Mary M. said...

I love all the new images. Wonderful card.

Barbara said...

WOW...what an amazing card. You're right, it is all the special touches that make your card just perfect. I am anxious to view your tutorial on roses...sounds interesting. Thanks for sharing your art with us. XX

sandytoz art said...

Very Nice!!

Ellis said...

Great card Cat, love the colors! =)
Hugs, Elenor

crazyoldsyd said...

So very pretty and ornate. Keep up the good work. Love seeing your talent

Syd Egan
sydegan@hotmail.com

Trina said...

Cat, this is beautiful! I love all the details you added!

Gwen said...

Lovely card and what great tips on your post!!

jkreucher said...

Lovely as can be! such a beautiful rose!
Judy

Phyllis said...

Beautiful card. Love your roses.

Vera W. Yates (Ling) said...

Cat, what a beautiful card! The way you colored the rose is so fabulous!

karen adams said...

love it! evrything about! HUGS!

karen adams

karen adams said...

very vintage!love it!

Charlene said...

Wow...your card is stunning! I love those flowers you made...and the gold corner pieces and rhinestones, the lace, the liquid pearls...it is a veritable feast for the eyes. Thanks for sharing.

Jenn Zeeb said...

Just beautiful, the colors, the image fantastic!!

Tracy said...

This is just stunning! Your handmade roses are wonderful. I love to make my own flowers. The image is colored beautifully and your embellishments are a perfect backdrop for it. Thanks for sharing this is the hop! :-)

Suzie McFloozy said...

Wow what a stunning card made all the more special by the addition of your handmade flowers - are these really the 1st you've made ? - they are beautiful x
I love the look of this digi image it's so versatile x
Thanks for the chance to win such a great prize x
((hugs)) Suzie xoxo

DonnaMundinger said...

OOOH, breathtakingly beautiful! All of your elements are just gorgeous! xxD

Ellis said...

Thanks for stopping by Cat, it was a fun challenge and a nice blog hop! =)
Hugs, Elenor

Tammy Miller said...

Gorgeous card I just love it!

anne said...

beautiful card. love the pearls and gem flower swirls.. very vintage indeed.. -anne-

Ildiko said...

WOW it is gorgeous. I can not belive you done that beauty with liquid pearl, and thx for the tip will try
hugs
Ildiko

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