Thursday, May 26, 2011

The Play Date Cafe Challenge PDCC83

Julie Ranae here....
We typically don't personalize our posts and
we usually get right down to business, but this week
we are taking a different approach, so please bear with me.

The color story graphic this week was chosen
for a very special reason....

Nearly 2 years ago, my best friend Sarah Anderson and I
decided that the world was ready for a color challenge
of a different that would encourage
entries of open interpretation & a variety of creative genres...
and The Play Date Cafe was created.
It was a no-brainer for me because with my
card-making background and her love for
mixed media, it was a match made in
paper crafting heaven.
It is with huge mixed emotions from all of
our designers that we say farewell to our
dear friend Sarah as she moves on to a
variety of fabulous creative opportunities in the UK.
Sarah has been asked to be on staff at a fabulous
art cafe (how appropo is that?!) in her hometown
and it's a wonderful new adventure for her.
She has devoted nearly 2 years of her time and talents
to this challenge and now it's time to bless her as she
moves on to this new opportunity.

Sarah's favorite challenges were always our
color splash challenges and it just seemed appropriate
to end her term with one.
The sentiment included is one that I wish to
send Sarah off with as she goes on this
new creative journey....

and now let's hear from Sarah....

'I am truly honoured to have been a part of this project.  
I would like to say a huge thank you to Julie for including me
right from the beginning.  She is such a fantastic DT coordinator,
and the whole team are an extremely talented bunch. 
 I will miss the friendly team support within the cafe design team,
but know that the friendships we've built will continue beyond the cafe.'

In honor of Sarah, we would really like to
encourage all of you to participate in our
Farewell Blog Hop!

leave a comment and you just might win a
prize from The Play Date Cafe Prize Menu.
Just click the link of our first designer below
and you'll be on your way!

Don't forget...
Color splash is black & white
with a splash of GREEN

We are delighted to welcome another brand new sponsor
to The Cafe again this week....

Our Mission statement: To help papercrafters share the gift of laughter.  We have been sharing the gift of laughter one stamp at a time since 2005. Our stamps are manufactured in the United States using the highest quality photopolymer available.  It is formulated to resist yellowing, and gives a crisp clean impression every time.  Visit us at

This week's Cup of the Week will win a
beautiful prize package of
two stamp sets valued at $29..

Our design team had a great deal of fun
and creativity as they created this week's
cards for Sarah using the beautiful
images from our sponsor...

Private Blend Designer

Senior Designer

Senior Designer
Julie Ranae ~ Julie's Open Window

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)

Karen Just Let me Ink
Suzanne ~ The Card Yard
Victoria Lavender ~ Victoria Lavender

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...

Joanne ~ Creative Stamping Ideas

Joanne wins the fabby prize from

and can proudly display the 'Cup of the Week' Badge.
Cup of the Week Winner
please contact Michele at
with your mailing address to receive your prize.


  1. Best of wishes to Sarah, how very exciting for her. What a great color palette, can't wait to play :) Thanks for the fabulous inspiration from the DT!!

  2. I will miss Sarah's part in PDCC but wish her great luck in her new venture. I have always enjoyed the colour splash challenges so hope to play this week.

  3. Love the color splashes too, Sarah! Best of luck to you in you new, exciting endeavor!!! I'm sure your presence will be missed greatly! Hope I can play along this week!

  4. LOVE Skipping Stones Designs! Thank you for sponsoring Heather! Look forward to playing in this challenge later. Best of luck to Sarah. The DT's yummy SSD samples are terrific!

  5. Good luck in your new venture Sarah.
    I have made a card even though I told Julie I didn't have timelol My packing can wait. I made my card this afternoon instead !!!!

  6. Thank you for a super colour combo challenge. Great Dt work. Dbebiexx

  7. Good luck, Sarah! And thanks so much for the shout-out! Happy news for today!

  8. THANK YOU, Sarah, for ALL that you did for the PDCC! LOVE LOVE LOVE that I've gotten to know you through this team and challenge:) Blessings to you on these new adventures:)

  9. Beautiful work ladies! :) Thanks for the shout out - I had fun playing last week. :) And best wishes to you, Sarah, in your new venture. :)

  10. Have fun Sarah in your new job and i'm so glad that you got the perfect place to work. Hope to see you sometime soon as i hear the food is too good to miss. Take Care:-)

  11. Every entry last week was fabulous ... thanks for sharing everyone! All the best to you, Sarah, we will miss you.

  12. Wow thank you so much for picking me as cream in your coffee and congrats to all the others just love playing along here.

  13. I completly forget to wish Sarah all the luck in her new job and she certainly will be missed here but not forgotten and I love that idea of the bloghop I will join in the fun later this day.

  14. Best wishes Sarah.....

    Lovely work from the DT...way to rock the Skipping Stones Design stamps!!

  15. I'm sorry to see Sarah's go, but I wish her all the best with the future endeavours!
    Thanks for the challenge! xxx