Wednesday, May 26, 2010

The Play Date Cafe Challenge PDCC31

It's another week and you know what that means...

We can tell by the fabulous number of entries
each week that you are enjoying the challenges
and boy, does that make our design team happy!

Speaking of our design team...
For the next 8 weeks or so, our designers will
be sharing with you a little about their
studios/art space/the places they create.

We also want you to know that 
beginning next week, we have 

a brand new line-up of 
celebrity guest designers
and fabulous sponsors

so you will not want to miss a week!

CAFE NEWS's not so much news but we have a request
we'd like to make.

Would you consider turning off 
word verification on your blog?

Our design team make an effort to visit and comment 
on every single entry, but the word verification 
prompt is making it harder to do each week.
Word verification has been causing many designer's
computers to literally 'lock up' which in turn does 
not allow us to let you know we stopped by.
You can change your blog settings to monitor 
your comments if you are using it to avoid spam.
We sincerely appreciate your consideration!

This week's color host is senior designer, Julie Ranae.
Here's her thoughts behind this week's
color story inspiration...

"I am a magazine fanatic...yes, FANATIC!
When I want to relax, a cup of tea
and a magazine are all I need  : )
I have been a collector of a variety of genres for
many years, including Martha Stewart Living.
My collection of Martha magazines go back nearly
20 years when I was a bookseller at our local
book store and this fabulous new
'home keeping/entertaining' magazine
hit the newsstands.  I was hooked!
That explains why I use a lot of the photos
from for my color stories.
I still find this magazine...


Your host for this week's challenge is
Let's take a peek inside her studio 'Jelly Bean Designs'...

"I love my studio...
but my studio wasn't always so great at the beginning.
I had papers on beds and stamps in the spare bedroom drawers...
things in the garage and at least five of every tool 
because I couldn't find them anywhere. 
About two years ago, my husband made 
one of our bedrooms into my studio.
I just LOVE it! 
I am in my studio about five hours a day.
I am very picky about always having everything 'in it's place'
and I try to keep it clean (there are days when I am messy!). 
My fav part would be my two desks.
One is an L-shaped white desk. It is where I create all my cards.
My other desk was created specifically for my sewing machine. 
My grandma gave me her old vanity drawers
(a gift from my grandpa)
I love this desk because it is sentimental as she loves to sew too!
If you would like to see more of my studio, 
you can check out a YouTube video on my blog!"

Here's what the rest of our designers have done to inspire you.....

Stephanie Kraft ~ HandKrafted by Stephanie

Senior Designer 
Sarah Anderson ~ The Art of Moodling

Ruby McGuire ~ Ruby 2 Shoes Design

Senior Designer
Mona Pendleton ~ Cupcake's Creations

Lisa Somerville ~ Splendiferous Creations

Suzanne Czosek ~ Suzz's Stamping Spot

The prize for this week is a Stamper's Surprise!

Please follow the rules carefully to enter.
Deadline for prizes is 11:59pm EST on Tuesday
The 'Cup of the Week' will be announced during the next challenge.
We want you to enjoy this challenge. 
Interpret the colors the way you see them. 
We do not use specific card stock color names or brands.
Break out of the box and have fun! 
The main requirement is:
When using additional colors, please limit them to neutrals. 
You are welcome to combine challenges, 
but we do ask that:
 1. The PDCC name and/or photo is used
2. OUR colors are the focus of the card.
See complete rules on sidebar at right

The Fab 4
The Cream in our Coffee

Another challenge has come to a close.
A very warm thank you to all who entered.
This challenge is only successful because of YOU
so please, PLEASE play with us again!

 The Play Date Cafe congratulates 
The Fab 4 for Challenge #30:
(in alphabetical order)

 Deborah ~ Cards and Things
Diana ~ Diana Evans Illustration  
Joan ~ JJ Creations
Silke Ledlow ~ My Life

The Fab can proudly display the
'I Made the Fab 4'
badge on their blogs!

The Cream in our Coffee
( make sure you see this talent, too! )

and The Play Date Cafe Cup of the Week...

Elise wins the Designer Paper Grab Bag
compliments The Play Date Cafe.

and can proudly display the 'Play Date Cafe Winner' Badge.

Elise will also be eligible to be a
guest designer here in The Cafe.

Elise, please contact Julie Ranae at
with your mailing address to receive your prize.


  1. oh how wonderful!!! this is so sweet of you...I am so addicted to this fun challenge each week this site!!!

    Thank you so much!!!!

  2. congratulations to those selected!!!
    Another group of varied and lovely, original designs by the team!
    This is one of my favorite places!!!

  3. Congrats to Elise, The Fab 4, and the cream in our coffee!!!! Wonderful entries by everyone! It is so much fun to traverse through all the entries and see such a wonderful variety of projects!

  4. love the colors of this challenge! and LADIES..your projects are gorgeous!
    I so agree with word really slows the comment process down!

  5. Congrats to all the ladies!!! This was an awesome color combo and I had so much using them!!! Thank you for chosing my card in the Fab 4...I'm over the moon excited!!! Hugs ~S~

  6. Congrats to everyone who was mentioned! All of last weeks submissions were just wonderful, we're thrilled to have so many of you play along each week!

  7. Holy Moly - you guys made my DAY, week, month, EVERYTHING! I am SO, beyond honored! THANK YOU for creating such a terrific challenge site and SUCH fabulous inspiration! Multi-congrats to all of the lovely and talented participants ~ what a grand time! Yee HAW!

  8. Just a quick note to let you know that a link to this post will be placed on CraftCrave today [27 May 02:00pm GMT]. Thanks, Maria

  9. Girls, all you samples are gorgeous! Love these colors!

  10. These are just so much fun! I especially appreciate them because they are pretty....I do like pretty! (I turned off verification, too!)