Thursday, November 11, 2010

The Play Date Cafe Challenge PDCC55

It's time for another 'challenge'...literally!
Are you ready to tackle these amazing colors?

Before we get started, we want to
thank you
for the overwhelming interest in our
open spots on our Design Team.
Our Senior Designers now have the task of
pouring over the 118 submissions that came in.
For those of you who did apply, we want you to know
that we hope to have decisions and contacts made
no later than November 30th.  We will let you
know one way or another.....
So hang tight!
Your host for this week's challenge is
Senior Designer, Sarah Anderson

"This architects' office is just around the corner from me so I pass it regularly 
and I've always found the choice of paint colours intriguing.  
Recently it had a fresh coat of paint, and combined with seeing a brightly coloured card 
on a blog I thought 'why not try these colours for our challenge?!'  
When you look at them within a design palette, they are essentially 
two shades of blue and three of red, so, why not give it a go?"

How about yet another new sponsor to The Cafe??!!!

Innovative Stamp Creations offers deeply etched realistic images, 
specializing in nature elements and the faces of women.
They are generously offering this to our 'Cup of the Week'... 

Joining us as our Guest Designer this week is
ISC's owner, Betsy Griffin.

"In 1999 I was work force reduced and could not find 
the ideal part time job  and decided to stay home 
and become a full time mom. 
One day I decided to make invitations for my son’s 1st birthday. 
After a visit to a craft store was said and done, 
I had purchased $100.00 worth of stamps/pads/more!  Not quite sure how to use them, 
I decided to buy a couple of rubber stamp magazines 
and they turned out divine. 
One thing lead to another and it has been a dream come true!
Before ISC, I made card samples for Sonlight Impressions 
and was an Event Coordinator for a local Michaels craft store. 
Most recently, I accepted a part time social worker position 
helping low income families. 
I consider myself a mixed media artist and 
thoroughly enjoy altering anything and everything! 
The smaller the surface the more my creative juices flow."

Not only did ISC generously provide beautiful images
for our own DT to create with,
but they are also offering our followers 
25% off a purchase made by Nov. 14th.
Just use coupon code playdate25 Offer

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

 Lisa Somerville ~ Splendiferous Creations

'Private Blend' Designer 
Andrea Ewen ~ EwenStyle

Suzanne Czosek ~ Suzz's Stamping Spot

Ruby McGuire ~ Ruby 2 Shoes Design

Savannah O'Gwynn ~ Savannahland2

Senior Designer
Julie Ranae ~ Julie's Open Window

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 left

The Fab 4
The Cream in our Coffee

Another great 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!

This Week's Fab 4...
(in alphabetical order)

fab 4 at the play date cafe
The Fab can proudly display the
'I Made the Fab 4'
badge on their blogs!

The Cream in our Coffee...
( honorable mentions in random order )

This group can proudly display the
'Cream in Our Coffee'
badge on their blogs!


The Cup of the Week...

Paul B  ~ The Artsiders

Paul wins the fabby prize from

and can proudly display the 'Cup of the Week' Badge.
Paul will also be eligible to be a
guest designer here in The Cafe.

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



  1. Oh wow, five colours! A challenge indeed! Can't wait to give this combo a whirl :)

  2. I have posted my entry, but I can't make the link work. I'll try later. I'm having server problems. My entry is here:

  3. I liked so many colors! Added just a smidge of 1 more!
    (hope that's o k)
    Varied and pretty examples!

  4. Congratulations to Paul, the FAB4 and the Cream winners!! This week's challenge colours are amazing!

  5. Thanks so much for mentioning my card and congrats to all the others and i Love Paul's layout!!!!

  6. Squeal!! Thanks so much for giving me a place in this week's Fab 4! And congratulations to everyone who rose to the top this week. All of your projects are amazing :)

  7. OMG thank you for the fab 4 award... omg.. so thrilled.. love love your blog and your color combos... hugs.. xoox YOU LADIES made my night! xoxo

  8. Je vous remercie beaucoup!!!!!!
    Ceci est mon deuxième prix,accordée par ce jury d'honneur.J'ai été heureux de prendre part à des activités organisées par vous.Merci..

  9. Delighted to be in the Fab 4, THANKS!! Congrats to everyone! : )

  10. OMG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! OMG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! OMG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! The whole neighbourhood can hear me haha. I am stunned and honoured and happy. Thank you ever so much ladies for picking my humble offering as cup of the week. You've made my day, no week, no YEAR! haha. Really, I'm very touched. It's a fantastic blog and i'm not surprised you had over 100 entries for your DT. I know you put lots of time and effort into it but I tell you what, it's worth it :) Pxxx

  11. My first time having a play date here... I couldn't resist these great colours! Thanks for the challenge!

  12. Thank you guys SO much for picking my card! I'm so excited to be part of the "Cream in Our Coffee!" Congrats to all the winners! You guys are ALL amazing! =D

  13. What a great inspiration pic to play with - LOTS of colors!

  14. Great Inspiration from the DT this week, as the colours are quite a challenge, GREAT!!!!Love a challenge.

  15. Whew! I'm so glad I finally made it this week, especially that I LOVE the inspiration, and the colours! Thanks, girls :)

  16. Loved the colours this week.... what a gorgeous shop front! Thanks for the challenge! YOur inspirations is always wonderful!