Thursday, May 5, 2011

The Play Date Cafe Challenge PDCC80

What a week!
Beautifully creative entries from each one
of our players which always makes for
a hard decision on the part of our design team, 
who all have a hand in choosing our
'Cup of the Week' & Honorable Mentions.

How about this beautiful color story from The Creative Mint 
chosen by
Here is the lovely creation she put together....

We are super excited to share this next lady with you!

Please welcome this week's Guest Designer...

" Hello, my name is Kim Hughes and I am the face behind Paper Smooches
Think of “Paper Smooches” as using ink to kiss your paper with our clear stamps! 
 You may recognize my name from the stamp collection that I Illustrated for Cornish Heritage Farms in the past. Cornish Heritage Farms closed their doors and I was able to purchase the rights to all of my images. In time, I hope to re-introduce some of my stamp images and sets here at Paper Smooches.
I missed Illustrating and although I could have worked with over a dozen stamp companies that approached me, I felt that it was important for me to share my talent with you personally.
I begin by sketching images and concepts in pencil. I then draw every sentiment and image with a black pen on white paper a zillion times until I get them just the way I like it. Ok, maybe a zillion is an exaggeration, but sometimes it takes me more than 30 tries to get it exactly right. (practice makes perfect) My stamp sets are truly a labor of love and I am thrilled to share my designs with all of you. My images reflect my silly personality and I hope they will bring a smile to your face.

  Paper Smooches stamps are made in the USA, from the highest quality photopolymer. Excellent customer service is very important to me. I am always available via e-mail and phone if you have any questions or concerns.
  I am proud to be an artist. I drew pictures at a very early age, which turned into a love of painting pictures. Over ten years ago, I ventured into the paper crafting and stamping world and have loved every minute of the creative process. I paper craft and/or stamp nearly every single day. I have had over 900 projects published in multiple magazines and idea books and I was a Paper Crafts magazine Go-to Gal and DT Coordinator for Scrapbook & Cards Today magazine. I have worked closely with many magazines, manufactures and scrapbook stores and have learned so much from working with all of them. I designed numerous fonts and sentiments for Paper Crafts magazine, Creating Keepsakes magazine and ScrapNFonts. Paper Smooches stamps are created by a stamper for stampers."

Now look what Kim has brought with her to give our
'Cup of the Week' Winner....

Many of our designers played with their own
Paper Smooches images too!
So here's more inspiration from
The Play Date Cafe Design Team.....

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.
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)

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...

 Therese  ~ Lost in Paper

Therese 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
with your mailing address to receive your prize.


  1. Ooooh so awesome to see my name! This is a honor indeed :)
    Thanks so much!

  2. WOW!!! I just am soooo very excited to win!! I nearly fell off my chair when I saw my card was chosen, there were so many other wonderful entries.
    Thanks to you all for yet another fabulous challenge!

  3. Wow, thanks for the fab 4 spot! And the colours this week are goooorgeous!

  4. Congrats to everyone!! Love the new colors for this weeks challenge and wonderful eye candy from the DT!!

  5. Congrats to all featured - such wonderfully different takes on the colours! Thanks again for a fun challenge!
    And what a yummy new colour combo too!

  6. wow, I am so honored to be mentioned among the fab 4, thank you!! Congrats everyone!

  7. Congrats to all the winners. What a great display of inspiration for this challenge. I loved the colors.

  8. This color theme is my palette!
    I used a pastel I did.
    Fun inspirations!!!

  9. Thanks for sponsoring Kim - we all LOOOOVE your stamps! The DT's samples are lovely. I had fun with this color palette, I just might play again...

  10. SUPER samples, gals! Gosh, SUCH diversity and yet you ALL rocked those colors and darling stamps! WHAT FUN! So happy to finally have chased down some time to play with y'all! Thanks for the UNDILUTED mojo! xoxo!

  11. such a great colour combo, so happy that I was able to play along

  12. Super wonderful inspiration again this week from the DT and also a huge THANK YOU for naming me among your Fab Four last week! What an honor!

  13. Great DT samples! Love the bright colours.

  14. thank for my honorable mention, i'm so happy, thank you to the team.
    sorry but my weeks are very busy and stressed and i can't post often.
    A hug from Palma de Mallorca Island

  15. Great fun playing along this week! Love the colors and the contrast with the white!

  16. YIKES - I just barely got my card in!!!