Thursday, July 1, 2010

The Play Date Cafe Challenge PDCC36

This week's colors come courtesy of
Bright and cheerful to be sure!
We think these colors are going to be
a whole bunch of fun for you to play with!

There is lots to share in The Cafe this week, so here is
just a taste to inspire you by this week's color host,
Julie Ranae of Julie's Open Window

"This week, the design team issued sort of an
'insider challenge' to one another to design something
using birdcages, or to be exact,
Tim Holtz's Birdcage Die Cut from Sizzix.
We had a lot of fun as a team seeing what we could come up
with and now we hope YOU will enjoy using this color
combo as much as we did.  You are not required to use
birds, birdcages or any specific theme...we just want to
see what you can do with these fantastic colors!"

Before we introduce you to this week's  
guest designer and sponsor we have some...

Cafe News!
Many of you have come to know a very special
friend and player to The Play Date Cafe,
To date, he is our first and only male player
who each week continues to inspire with his
fab creations all the way from Great Britain.
Well...speaking of fab...
If you scroll down the right sidebar this week, you will see
which were designed by Paul just for 
The Play Date Cafe!

The first thing you will want to do is grab the NEW
'I Play at The Play Date Cafe' badge and display it
proudly on your blog sidebar.
Then if you have been recognized in any of the other
categories, you are welcome to update your badge
with the newest version.  Especially those who have
been 'The Cream in Our Coffee' as THIS BADGE
is brand new JUST FOR YOU!

Now... on to one of YOUR favorites!

We are so happy to have back in The Cafe with us,
Kelly Marie Alvarez of Lawn Fawn Designs!

We are excited to help her celebrate the launch of
her newest collection which will be released on July 8th.
You will be able to catch sneak peeks over on her blog
beginning July 6th.
So the prize for this week is...

Well, it's a mystery because 
It's one of her great new stamp sets!
Totally worth playing for?  You bet ya!

Here is Kelly Marie's inspiration for you this week:

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

Savannah O'Gwynn ~ Savannahland2

Stephanie Kraft ~ HandKrafted by Stephanie

Ruby McGuire ~ Ruby 2 Shoes Design

Lisa Somerville ~ Splendiferous Creations

Suzanne Czosek ~ Suzz's Stamping Spot

Senior Designer 
Sarah Anderson ~ The Art of Moodling

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 #35:
(in alphabetical order)

 Angie B ~ My Scraptastic World
Michele G ~ Studio MSG
Sarah A ~ Crafty Naturally
Tracy M ~ Tracy's Stamping Blog
The Fab can proudly display the
'I Made the Fab 4'
badge on their blogs!

The Cream in our Coffee
( honorable mentions)

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

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

Michelle wins the Stamper's Grab Bag
and can proudly display the 'Cup of the Week' Badge.
Michelle will also be eligible to be a
guest designer here in The Cafe.

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


  1. Oh, I love the new blog look and the new badges are wonderful! Great job Paul!! I'm proud to be able to add one to my blog this week! Yay!! Can't wait to play with the new delicious colors :)

  2. Congrats to all the winners, love the new look of the blog.

  3. WHOO HOO - I'm so excited I won Cup of the Week - I've already got the new badge up on my blog!!

  4. Thank you so much for picking my round easel card as one of your FAB 4! I am truly honoured to be up there with the other winners!

    I have already put the cute badge up on my blog and am rather uncooly jumping for joy LOL!

    Thanks again!

    Sarah x

  5. Congrats to our cream of coffee, Cup of the week and Fab 4! Fantastic entries by everyone this week. Loved visiting everyone's blogs!

  6. Michelle,
    CONGRATS and your card is awesome!
    Paul, love the new badges you designed :)
    To all the winners...great job :)
    and the DT who offers such inspiration each week!

  7. Thanks Paul for the new badges, they're great! This weeks challenge seems to be all about cages ....LOL

    Congrats to Michelle, this is one beautiful card!

  8. wonderful new PDC look. You do an amazing job Julie! Love the new badges and colors-Kudos to Paul :)

  9. Thank you everyone for your kind comments. Thanks also to Julie for her generous spirit and to Lisa for all the hard work and patience extolled in turning my designs into web happy badges. Glad you all like them. Congrats to this week's fab 4, cream in coffees and cup of the week. All truly deserved. Pxx

  10. Congrats to all of this weeks players, we enjoy seeing what you create each week! Thanks again Paul for the wonderful new badges!

  11. Fabulous examples from the Design team.. you girls rock.. and love the new logo's Paul.. you are brilliant!!thanks for picking me this week for Fab 4.. I am so thrilled.. still can't see the link.. but I will be sure to play again this week. Thanks Xx

  12. absolutely gorgeous creations!!! wow!
    fabulous colors this week too!

    would love for you to stop by my new challenge blog -

  13. Great new look!!!! Think I am up to date with the new badges.
    thanks for the great theme and cards!
    And thank you
    INLINX for working for me the ist time!!!!!

  14. Congrats everyone, love the new look and awesome inspiration. ~Diane

  15. Just a quick note to let you know that a link to this post will be placed on CraftCrave today [01 Jul 12:00pm GMT]. Thanks, Maria

  16. Wow, loving the new badges, Paul B.! Ladies your samples are gorgeous. Great color combo, and I have until Tuesday night, Tuesday. I'll remember this week!

  17. LOVE the colors this week - really WISH I was in town to play but I'm not :-(
    LOVE the new badges - Paul, You ROCK!
    LOVE all the cards picked this week - CONGRATS!

  18. oh so sweet of you to give me an honorable mention!!!! this was so much fun!!! thank you

  19. Congrats to all of the winners!! Love the new blog look....awesomeness!! Also what a great challenge and awesome cards by the DT!!

  20. Julie, love your new design and cool new badges. I will play along as soon as Iget some more free time. Been going through a lot with my mom. She just had surgery. :)

  21. AWESOME JOB PAUL!!! The new update is superb!!! Love all the samples, too!

  22. So glad I just found your blog :D I used your colour challenge for a Guest Designer card I made for Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps so the link is to their blog and not mine. In the off chance you need a link to mine (just wishing lol!) you can find me at

  23. wow! amazing creations and the submissions are all so awesome. im still a bit intimidated by challenges but i love seeing what you ladies and gentleman come up with. ;o)