Thursday, October 22, 2009

Welcome to The Play Date Cafe Challenge #1 it is! The Play Date Cafe's very first Challenge! Are you as excited as we are?
Each week, someone from our design team will be your host. What does that mean? It means the color choices and the inspiration behind those colors are chosen personally by that week's host. You never know what story may come with that inspiration,
so be ready for anything.

You may be asking yourself 'what makes this color challenge different?' My answer to you is play along and see what you think. I believe you will find that the color inspirations will be unique, our designers will offer you a variety of projects to draw ideas from and the challenges will be loosely interpreted. Of course, one question remains... 
We are currently looking for additional sponsors for the challenge, so if you know of a company looking to do so, please let me know. More on that later!
Let's get to the challenge.

Your host for this week is 'yours truly'. Thought I would give the DT a week to get their feet wet. My inspiration from the photo above is pretty obvious. We are certainly in that time of year when we prepare not only for Halloween, but for fall decorating in general.
I hope you will take a good look at the inspiration photo to see just where my color choices came from.
See the 'moon shadow' behind the tree?
What about the few leaves left on that tree?

Here's what we hope you will take from each challenge....are these colors open to interpretation? Yes use your creative juices. Our colors are close suggestions. We are not using specific card stock color names nor brands for our challenges, so you can really break out of the box and have some fun. What we do ask is that the colors that are in the challenge BE your focal can use additional colors,
but let the challenge colors be the focus.

The first project to inspire you is from me...the rest are from a very talented group of women who are so excited to be a part of The Play Date Cafe Design Team. I hope that you will not only draw ideas from them, but visit their blogs and get to know them!

Each week, one winner will be chosen to win the prize of the week and a badge to display on their blog that says 'I won at The Play Date Cafe'. At the end of a month, we will determine a guest designer from our winners to join us the following month. We will also award honorable mentions.

The prize for this week is $25 worth of stamping and scrapping supplies from a variety of companies. So please follow these rules carefully to enter:

You are welcome to combine challenges, but we do ask that they be used for the first time here, you mention in your post that you are playing (better yet, display our color challenge photo) and that OUR colors are the focus of the card. Just link the card from your blog to Mr. Linky below...JUST THE LINK FOR THAT CARD OR POST...not your entire blog. Any links with the entire blog will be removed from the entries. If you use an online gallery, you may link the same way and please use the code PDCC01 in that gallery.
If you are not a part of a gallery, we invite you to be a part of The Play Date Cafe Social Network and upload your photos there with a link back.
Deadline for prizes is 11:59pm EST Tuesdays...winner will be announced Thursday at the next challenge.
Have fun!


  1. All the DT samples are beautiful! Looks like a fun place to play! :) I hope to join in the fun with you girls!

  2. Play date's got its own blog!!! How exciting is this! I seem to be in a permanent state of excitement at the moment LOL.
    Ooooh, just seen some more people have added their contributions so I'm off to check them out :)

  3. Great idea, Julie! Probably smart to separate it from your regular blog--I've started mine--will be back with the finished product soon!

  4. I love the concept! Can't wait to play along. Great DT inspiration...Kris

  5. ooh..This is so nice to have the Play Date Cafe blog.. :) I am off to check out all the new entries..HUGS

  6. oh i wasn't gonna miss this! what fabulous creations!


  7. Lovely entries on here, inspired me to have a go. I found working with these colours was great - I would never have put them together, but they work so well!

  8. Hi Julie - Thanks for your kind comments on my entry. I know I am very lucky to know Sarah! she is a wonderful tutor and a lovely person. I hope I get to meet you too - will you be able to get up to the Manchester area?

  9. Thank you so much to Sarah for the tip about this. Great new challenge and gorgeous DT makes. I just had to enter as my piece of nearly finished altered art is the very colours of the challenge. Fate or what! Gave me just the kick I needed to finish it.
    Fliss xx

  10. Hi! Thanks to Julie, I found your challenge. What a cool blog you've created! I love your challenge this week~great color combo and awesome cards by your DT!I may not have time to join this time, but I definitely will soon. Julie, thanks for visiting my blog and for your kind comments!


  11. This is great Julie! I love this special blog for the Cafe! I'm so happy I got to play along too! You and all the design girls have made such pretty things! Now I have to go hopping around to see all the great things everyone else had entered! Hugs, Paulette

  12. Hi Julie! I just entered my url to Mister. Linky! Can't wait to visit all the participating artists! Great blog for the play date!

    Lisa :)

  13. Hi Ladies, talk about getting in under the wire!
    I so wanted to play along on your very first with an hour or so to go, I listed my card with Mr Linky! lol

    Beautiful samples for this inspiraion, thanks so much!
    Blessings, Maria

  14. Great challenge. I hope I have just managed to join in time. Little confused have uploaded to Play Date Gallery but also trying to link to my blog as well.

  15. A day late & a $ short but here is my entry
    Thanks for the awesome challenge!
    Hugs, Mona