Thursday, February 2, 2012

The Play Date Cafe Challenge PDCC117

Welcome back to another challenge in The Cafe.

It's an exciting week here as we begin aNOTHer term
with one of the best design teams you can find in
the challenge world and with that comes announcements
regarding our designers.

We are SUPER excited to welcome...

Alica Thelin

"I’m a born and raised California girl whose been transplanted to little ol’ Herriman, Utah. I’ve been married to my devastatingly handsome husband, Brett, for twenty years. We have three sassy children: Meagan-16, Madeline (Maddie)-14, 
and my baby Alexander (Alex) 12.
In 1999 I became a Stampin’ Up Demonstrator in order to get out of the house, you know, a little grown-up conversation? I adored learning and teaching all about stamping. A few years later I found myself in the position to leave the home and go back to work full time while my husband went back to college. Blessings come in crazy ways you know! Before I knew it I was working full-time as an Event Coordinator at the Stampin’ Up! home office here in Riverton, Utah. My job blossomed into a Concept Artist for that team. Soon the actual Art Department approached me and felt like I’d be a good fit. Greatest job ever. Stamping with new products all day long, everything in their catalog at my fingertips. Fun days! 
Oh, but the criticism was hard to swallow…
Eventually my husband finished school with another two degrees and obtained employment. I LOVED my job, but MISSED my kids. Time to come back home. It was excruciating to leave to say the least, but I still have some great friends that I’ve been able to keep in touch with. Not to mention all the mad stamping skills I was able to develop and take with me.
Over the last three years I’ve been re-learning how I like to create and share projects and experiences on my blog, ScrappyBetties. This is my little corner of the paper-crafting world that I hold dear, where I share my h{art}. It’s a place for kind words, encouragement and a dose of reproducible inspiration. I try to make things, and then let you know where I succeeded and any little tips and tricks I may have learned along the way."

Stacy Rodriguez 
joins The Play Date Cafe team
as a First Term Designer after being a 
Private Blend Designer.
We know how 'in demand' she has become out there in
the creative world and are so blessed that she said YES
to staying on with us for a full term.

We are also very excited to announce that
Colleen Dietrich
will be joining the Senior Group of Designers.  
She organizes all of the creative files for our design team 
and assists with our social media.

Jinny Newlin, Denise January, 
Ruby McGuire, Jaclyn Miller, 
Savannah O'Gwynn & Julie Ranae
are all returning to team members who will continue
to inspire you week after week.

Like we of the

A big welcome to our sponsor...

 Melanie Muenchinger 

Hi, my name is Melanie Muenchinger and I am an illustrator and senior designer for Gina K Designs.  I got my start stamping 9 years ago and started illustrating for Gina K in 2008. To date,  I’ve created almost 50 stamp sets exclusively for Gina K Designs, with sets ranging from clean graphic to realistic nature images, whimsical animals, decorative elements, and am always looking to put a fresh spin on a theme or start a trend. In January of this year, I published my first book A Year of Flowersthrough Annie’s Attic, featuring a year’s worth of floral card designs and step by step stamping tutorials, all based on my bestselling stamp set of timeless and all occasion floral images of the same name! 

My latest series “Stately Flowers”
includes realistic flowers from every state.
I thank God for all the success I’ve had doing something I love and the opportunities I’ve been given to use my gifts.

I’m honored to have been asked to sponsor this week’s The Play Date CafĂ© challenge!  All of your online galleries, blogs and challenges are what keep the inspiration flowing for our stamp sets and I am so blessed and appreciative to have the support of so many working with my images and spreading the news about our product offerings from Gina K Designs! You can check out more of my past work and ongoing projects, tutorials and inspiration for all my stamps and our other fabulous Gina K Designs sets on my blog 
I live in Austin with my husband and two sons and am grateful to be a stay at home mom who gets to draw and play with stamps and paper for a living.

Just look at what this week's winner will get...

Stately Flowers 
(23.95 retail value)


A Year of Flowers
(23.95 retail value)

Now for inspiration from
The Play Date Design Team...

 Alica Thelin
Colleen Dietrich

Denise January

Jaclyn Miller

Jinny Newlin

Julie Ranae

Ruby McGuire

Savannah O'Gwynn

Stacy Rodriguez 

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 requirements are:
When using additional colors, 
they must be limited 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)

Allyson ~ Laughadaisy
Amy C~ Scrapping Mommy
Emily F ~ Pieces by Emily
SentSue ~ Sentimentally Sue

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...

Maureen ~ Buttons & Bling

Maureen wins the generous prize from

and can proudly display the 
'Cup of the Week' Badge
Cup of the Week Winners
please contact Julie Ranae
with your mailing address to receive your prize


  1. Amazing inspiration again!!! Huge congrats to all for their inspiring creations :)

  2. Congrats to everyone for all the beautiful cards.

  3. First of all Hearty congratulations for new awesome designer team. Love the challenge picture and lovely colors theme. Thanks for giving a chance to play with this challenge.

  4. Thanks for the Hon. Mention this week. I don't get to play along as much as I would like, but I always find greta inspiration from the DT

  5. Congrats to the winners. Thanks for this great new challenge, love the colours and the DT work. Teresa xx

  6. Oh, I'm flattered!! Thanks for liking my card :) All the entries were so fabulous! It was a great colour combo...even the moldy cheese!! (which, BTW, I love!!)

  7. Hi, there - lovelies! I FINALLY grabbed a cup-a-play along with wonderful YOU! What GLORIOUS colors! Yeeee HAW! Congrats to all of these FABULOUS winners!

  8. Thanks so much for the honorable mention. I'm so excited...and flattered.

  9. Thank you so much for the shoutout in the Fab 4. I'm honored! Every creation here each week is fabulous and beautiful. Love it here at the Cafe. ;-)

  10. So many so gorgeous creations this week! And a bunch of inspiration for the future projects too! Thanks for all that you do and congratulations for the last week's winners!

    Blessings, Aleksandra

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