Wednesday, February 23, 2011

The Play Date Cafe Challenge PDCC70


What a super-duper week it's been here in
The Cafe!
We had such a great time meeting so many new
people as you joined in our very first
'Combined Grind Challenge'.
with the girls from CASE Study Challenge.
This fun *twist* didn't throw any of you!
There was some pretty CrAzY creativity on offer!

Before we go any further, we are thrilled to name
the winner of the 'Combined Grind Challenge.
This is the person who followed the requirements 
and entered both challenges to qualify.
This winner wins the amazing 
Ippity prize package valued at $30!

Congratulations to:
Erin T

 Erin, please contact Julie Ranae at 
julieranae@hotmail.com to receive your prize.

Our regular 'Cup of the Week' Winner
will be announced at the end of this post
as usual.


It's time to get back to basics with
another fantastic color challenge for you!

Let's hear from Senior Designer Ruby 2 Shoes 
who is your host for this week...

"I came across this gorgeous photo on
Julie Ebersole's blog and she very kindly said I
could use it for my colour story.
As soon as I saw it, I smiled.
It's just so cheerful and inviting.
I'm sure it's no secret that I love my bright colours,
and this is just fab!
Hope you enjoy using them as much as I did with
my quirky little character!"


This week's guest designer is the super-talented
Maria Gurnsey...


"I started paper crafting as a scrapbooker and 
purposely avoided stamps 
because I didn’t want to fund another hobby.
Who knew paper could get so expensive. 
Eventually I caved and now my craft room is filled with stamps.  
 I love combining scrapbooking and stamping but I spend most 
of my time making cards.   
They are little pieces of art that I love sharing. 
I currently design for {ippity} by Unity stamps 
and Rubbernecker.  I’m also an {ippity} chick and sell the stamps on my{Sales Blog}http://salesbym.blogspot.com   
I’m most proud of the 
Gurnsey Gingham stamp that was named after me.  
 I’m a gingham fanatic…hence the name of my blog 
{Gingham and Polka Dots} http://scrapsbym.blogspot.com
I have been published in Paper Crafts magazine and love the 
friends that I have made online through this hobby.   
Challenge blogs are one of my favorite ways to get my 
mojo flowing and  
The Play Date CafĂ© 
is one of my favorites.
Thank you to all the designers for letting me 
play along this week."



How fun to also have Maria as this week's sponsor!



and how very cool that you have an opportunity
to win her 'namesake' image along with another
amazing set of stamps from Ippity,
a prize package worth $30!!!




Now for some more inspiration from
The Play Date Cafe Design Team.....




Senior Designer


 Private Blend Designer 


Senior Designer


Senior Designer
Please follow THE PLAY DATE CAFE 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.
ALL SKILL LEVELS ARE ENCOURAGED TO PLAY! 
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:
PDCC COLORS BE THE 
FOCUS OF YOUR SUBMISSION
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
and
THE CUP of the WEEK


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)



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!

and

The Cup of the Week...




Anya wins the individual entry prize from


and can proudly display the 'Cup of the Week' Badge.
 
Cup of the Week Winner
please contact Julie Ranae at julieranae@hotmail.com
with your mailing address to receive your prize.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

The Play Date Cafe Challenge PDCC69



What a ridiculously exciting week 
here in The Cafe.

First, we thank all of you for helping
us reach yet another milestone here
as we welcomed our
1000th follower!
We love that this challenge inspires you enough
to share it with others and we thank you!!!

Now.....

We introduce our first  
twist 
of 2011....


We are so happy to have our first 
'Combined Grind' Challenge
with CASE Study Challenge


How does it work?

Well, you already know that here at The Cafe,
we focus strictly on color...

At CASE Study, they focus on the idea of:

Copy
And
Share
Everything  

So for this week, 
we are challenging you to
participate in both challenges!

Focus on COLOR here at The Cafe
and anything you want at CASE Study!

There are some pretty amazing prizes being offered at
both challenges AND a combined challenge prize too!
More about that shortly.

We have something wonderfully creative in common
with our 'Combined Grind' partners....
Andrea Ewen!
She serves on both design teams and offers
weekly inspiration for both challenges!

The CASE Study muse for this month is
Eva Dobilas from For the Love of Life
and her creation above is our color inspiration for this week.

We are really happy to welcome the creator of 
CASE Study Challenge and a regular player here in The Cafe
as our Guest Designer this week.

Iwona Palamountain

"Hello inklings! My name is Iwona Palamountain,
 known to most of you by my nickname Chupa. I have a passion
in all things paper and ink, and strongly believe that life
without a creative outlet of some sort is dull and incomplete.
I'm a proud Pole, living in Australia with my dear husband and the cutest little baby girl.
 I'm an owner of CASE Study blog, and you can also find me
on my personal blog, Random Acts Of Creativity.
I'm very happy to Guest Design this week, for one of my
favouritest places in the blogland :) Thanks for having me!"



Wanna know what you can win if you play here in The Cafe?
We are happy to welcome back one of our favorite stamp companies...


and for our 
'Cup of the Week'
 you will win.....


This terrific set is a $24 value!!!

Visit CASE Study to see what their winner will receive!

Because there is a *twist* in the challenge,
there HAS to be an extra prize, right??!!

If you play in BOTH challenges this week
and of course, meet the requirements for both challenges,
you just might win this....


This generous set is a $30 value!!!

To qualify for the 'Combined Grind' prize package,
you must link to BOTH challenges
and follow the requirements set out by both challenges.
see the PDCC rules below or on our sidebar
visit CASE Study for their rules

So let's get to some more inspiration from
The Play Date Cafe Design Team.....




 Senior Designer
Senior Designer

Private Blend Designer


Please follow THE PLAY DATE CAFE 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.
ALL SKILL LEVELS ARE ENCOURAGED TO PLAY! 
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:
PDCC COLORS BE THE 
FOCUS OF YOUR SUBMISSION
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
and
THE CUP of the WEEK


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)



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!

and

The Cup of the Week...




Lynn wins the fabby prize from
and can proudly display the 'Cup of the Week' Badge.
 
Cup of the Week Winner
please contact Julie Ranae at julieranae@hotmail.com
with your mailing address to receive your prize.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

The Play Date Cafe Challenge PDCC68



It's been a 'beautiful' start to February here in The Cafe!

So many creative entries to our challenge this past week
and we know it's going to be another creative week for sure!

This week marks the beginning of a full schedule of
Guest Designers and Sponsors
and we couldn't be more thrilled about it!
So mark your calendars and don't miss a week!

Your color host this week is

"I am a lover of shabby chic/vintage decor
and I love it in paper crafting as well.
I have a dear friend named Polly Hood who owns
a wonderful business in my city and blog called
She graciously offered to let me pick any
photos from her blog that my heart desired.
So...that brings us to this week's challenge..."


It is our great pleasure to welcome one of the most
respected names in paper crafting to The Cafe...


"I am an avid card maker, scrapbooker and blogger 
(some of you may have visited the site that I co-owned 
called 2 Sketches 4 You). Paper crafting is a fairly new hobby for me which I picked up shortly after my first daughter was born almost 7 years ago. I love finding treasures that I can alter or replicate using paper! It is my little addiction that keeps growing! Part of the fun of creating is having
your work recognized in publications and by my peers. This industry has been so rewarding and I am fortunate to have had my work in both U.S. and International publications, television and on the web. 
I have a lot of exciting things happening in my little crafty world in the coming months so please visit my blog 'NuNu Toolies' for updates or simply to stop by & say hi.
Thanks to The Play Date Cafe for hosting this awesome color challenge.
I hope you have as much fun creating with these beautiful colors as I did :) Hugs."



This week's prize is from our
fabby paper crafting 'grab bag'
for this week's 'Cup of the Week'
provided by .....


It's time for more fabby inspiration from our design team...

Private Blend Designer




Senior Designer


Senior Designer
 Ruby McGuire ~ Ruby 2 Shoes



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.
ALL SKILL LEVELS ARE ENCOURAGED TO PLAY! 
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:
PDCC COLORS BE THE 
FOCUS OF YOUR SUBMISSION
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
and
THE CUP of the WEEK


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)


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 )

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

and

The Cup of the Week...

Amber  ~ The Country Scrapper


 Amber wins the fabby prize from


and can proudly display the 'Cup of the Week' Badge.
 
Cup of the Week Winner
please contact Julie Ranae at julieranae@hotmail.com
with your mailing address to receive your prize.