Wednesday, October 31, 2012

The Play Date Cafe # 156 - A Friendly Note

                                                                  Cinnamon, Squash, Vanilla, Sage

Hello and welcome to this weeks challenge at The Play Date Cafe! This week we have a beautiful set of colors for you to play with and we have a great sponsor! DRS Designs

There will be an awesome prize to the Cup Of The Week, and the PDCC design team was given DRS Designs stamp to play with!
Sadly, today we are saying goodbye to two of our amazing designers Amy Tsuruta, and Connie Mercer. Wish with them the very best and they will be greatly missed.

 Here is what I created for the challenge:


  I used the adorable stamp "Shell" don The Turtle.  I colored him with Promarkers, and SU chalks. The fabulous wood grain layer was made using my new SU Embossing folder. I LOVE this folder!! Thank you for visiting my blog today and I hope you will play along with us at the PDCC this week!


Happy Halloween!!


    Does this look familiar? Well, the background anyways. I originally created this for the Play Date Cafe a couple of weeks ago, but decided the orange wasn't the right shade of orange. (it was more of a tangerine)  I pulled off the haunted house die cut and added a stamped label, and the rest if history. I still had this photo and thought it was perfect for today. Soooo ...  Happy Halloween my friends!!

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Hop For Hope With Your Next Stamp

Hello! Welcome to the Your Next Stamp Hop for Hope Blog Hop! We are releasing a very special set today in honor of breast cancer awareness month. This set was created by YNS illustrator Fhiona Galloway, who is currently battling breast cancer herself. We are dedicating our hop to this very special lady, along with all of the other amazing women who are fighting this difficult fight. We have several special guests joining us so you won’t want to miss all of the gorgeous creations!

The Fight Like a Girl stamp set retails for $15.00 and Karen is donating $3.00 from each sale towards cancer research. Are you ready to see what I made with this adorable stamp?


Now it’s time to hop on over to Kelli's blog! Thank you so much for joining us for this special hop, and don’t forget that by purchasing this adorable set, you are helping to find a cure for this terrible disease!

Here is the complete Hop List if you need  to start from the beginning!

Suzanne -

Maureen -

Veronica -   <--You are here!

Kelli -

Thanh - guest -

Peggy -

Sparkle - Guest -

Julie -

Amy -

Stephanie - guest -

Jen R -

Kerri -

Wendy -

Spike - guest -

Susan -

Jenny P. -

Karen -


Thursday, October 25, 2012

The Craft's Meow New Release Blog Hop

  Hello and welcome to the official TCM October Release Blog Hop! Today ALL six stamp sets are being revealed and the design team has come together to create a super fun blog hop to show case all of the stamps being released today!


 You should have arrived here from the super talented Sharri Seffens.  I have seen a peek of what the other designers have created for you today and I hope you have loved their projects as much as I have!  Let me tell you about the card I created!


   I used my favorite stamp set from the release "Holiday Foundations". I stamped my border stamps in different colors of pigment ink and created a fun non-traditional color scheme.

  The stamp set "O Christmas Tree" will be the free stamp set w/$50 purchase. Believe me, you WANT this set!

  If you would like a chance to win ALL 6 stamp sets from this release then leave a comment on all of the blogs in the hop and a random winner will be chosen from all of the comments!

     I am the last stop on the hop (gotta love having a last name beginning with a "Z", haha), so your next stop will be The Craft's Meow Blog. Thank you so much for hopping along with us today!

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

The Play Date Cafe # 155 - Eat Chocolate


 Hello friends! Today is a bitter sweet day, we are saying goodbye to a long time DT  member Ruby McGuire. Although I have only been here for a short time, I quickly came to learn what a sweetheart she is, and she will be thoroughly missed. I know she would love it if you left some love on her blog!

  On a bright note we here at The Play Date Cafe are thrilled to welcome the wonderfully talented Terri Anderson  as a guest designer this week representing Technique Tuesday, our challenge sponsor this week!  In addition to donating a fantastic prize to the Cup of The Week, Technique Tuesday also supplied the PDCC design team with stamp sets to use for this challenge! Here is what I created using "Eat Chocolate".


  I have a my freezer I ALWAYS keep a stash of chocolate, usually Ghiradelli, or Dove Chocolate. And pretty much everyday I eat at least 1 piece, ok, sometimes two pieces. lol.  What can I say, I love chocolate! I loved making this super simple card, and the sentiment is close to my heart. I hope you play along with us at the PDCC, and I hope you have a wonderful day!


Papertrey Ink October Blog Hop - Holiday Style

  Hello, the next 24 hours are going to be pretty busy here on the ol' blog,  and I am excited to be sharing lots of fun stuff with ya! First I have two cards that I created for the Papertrey Ink October Blog Hop. The challenge this month was to create cards using the beautiful color combos given to us as inspiration. Here is the first combo that jumped out at me:

        Here is the card I created using these colors!


To create my card I used the PTI sets "Snowflake Medley", and the beautiful sentiment set "Happiest of Holidays".
I cut the frame out using a cutting file from Lettering Delights, and my KNK Zing.

For my second card I used this color combo:

  And here is the card I created using these colors:


I decided to go CAS with my second card. I used the PTI sets "Happy Harlequin", and "Peaceful Pinecone.

Thank you for visiting my blog today and I hope you have a wonderful day!!

The Craft's Meow October New Release Preview Day #3

  Hello and welcome to Day #3 of the TCM October Release Preview! I hope you have enjoyed the peeks you have seen so far. Today, I am here to show you peeks of my favorite stamp sets from this release! First let me show you a card I created using one of the most versatile, trendy, and just flat out fun to use Christmas stamps sets I have ever used....seriously!

      Holiday Foundations


    I decided to go with a clean and simple approach with this card. I stamped the snowflake strip (it is 6" long) and three different shades of ink and then cut them out with my Circles Nestabilities dies. I stamped the sentiment using Slate pigment ink from A Muse Studios. I added a couple of foam glitter snowflakes to add a bit of sparkle!

   My second card features the stamp set "O Christmas Tree"


  I had SO much fun making this card, and decided to use a mono-chromatic theme. I adore the different solid print patterns of the trees! I used pigment ink, and dye ink to stamp my trees. 

    Thank you so much for stopping by my blog and be sure to visit The Craft's Meow Store Blog and leave  a comment for your chance to win both of fabulous stamp sets!


Tuesday, October 23, 2012

The Craft's Meow October Release Preview Day #2

Hi, and welcome to day #2 of our fantastic TCM  October New Release preview! Today I am happy to show you two more stamp sets from the release:

                 Winter Fibi and Lilly


This set is just darling with adorable images and sentiments. I decided to go with a non-traditional color scheme, I hope you like it!

  Next, is the super fun, and one of my favorite from this release!

Christmas Cheer


  I paper pieced the snowman, and added a free hand cut snow drift. This is so easy to do, no dies needed! I added a stitched outline to give it a little extra something.

   Thank you for visiting my blog and be sure to visit the TCM Store Blog and leave a comment for a chance to win both of these sets!


Monday, October 22, 2012

Always Believe

Click HERE if you are looking for my TCM Day 1 preview blog post!


    Hello again! I have been on an orange kick, and although I'm just barely getting in at the last minute, I wanted to play along with the ColorQ Challenge!

  I used the PTI Set "The Sweet Life" to stamp the flowers and leaves. I just love the way Only Orange, and Tangerine Tango make the roses POP! The sentiment is from the Unity Stamp Co set "Empowered Words". I used my ol'faithful Canvas background stamp from Stampin Up to create my subtle background. This week I am also playing along with the CAS-ual Fridays challenge:

                Thank you for visiting my blog and I hop you  have a wonderful day!

The Craft's Meow October Release Preview Day #1

   Today I am very excited to be joining TCM for my very first New Release as a design team member! Today we are introducing two stamp sets, Hearth and Home, and Christmas Angel.


Hearth and Home is a beautfiul set with fun to color images, and elegant sentiments.


    The next set, Christmas Angel, was designed by the amazingly talented Nina B. My picture does not show how sparkly my angel is, but I used gold tinsel to emboss the angel.

If you would like a chance to win both of these stamp sets then head on over to the TCM Blog and leave a comment for your chance to win!

Sunday, October 21, 2012

The Play Date Cafe - One More Try!


 The PDCC colors this week were a BIG challenge for me, so today I was determined to create a card that I loved. I am happy to say that I  succeeded!

   I used two different sets from PTI, Hello Sunshine (sentiment), and Natural Beauties. I used my woodgrain embossing folder from The Paper Studio, and Crumb Cake card stock as my card base. The buttons are from BasicGrey. If you have not created a card for The Play Date Cafe challenge this week, fear not! There is plenty of time to play along, and to help us celebrate our 3 year Anniversary! There are lots of  prizes to be won!


Friday, October 19, 2012

Moxie Fab World Tuesday Trigger - Creativity Takes Courage


 It has been awhile since I played along with the Moxie Fab World Tuesday Trigger, and the picture Cath picked out was calling my name so I had to play along! Here is the trigger:

                                                                              Val de Victorian

I drew inspiration for my card from the color, and shapes of the trigger. And you can't get much more Victorian then a beautiful old quilt.


   I finally got to play with my new quilt dies from Wplus9. They are SO much fun to use, and a lot easier then I was expecting. (hooray!) The patterned paper came from an old DCWV pad that I have been holding onto for a few years. The sentiment, which I love, came from a brand new stamp set from Unity Stamp Co called "Empowered Words". Well, I hope you like my card, and I am glad you stopped by my blog today! I hope you have a wonderful weekend!


Your Next Stamp Fun Friday - Thanks A Latte!


Hello and welcome to Fun Friday with Your Next Stamp! Our theme for the month of October is "Let It Snow", and what better way to weather a cold snowy day then a yummy latte! Today I used the adorable set "Ellie Loves Latte". The patterned paper I used is by LileBee Design. Make sure you stop by the YNS blog to see all of the designers playing along today! I hope you have an awesome weekend, and thank you for visiting my blog today!

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

The Play Date Cafe Challenge # 154 - Happy Halloween

 Welcome to a VERY special week at The Play Date Cafe! We are celebrating our 3 year anniversary and have a super fun 5 day celebration planned for you! We are excited to welcome design team members from the past 3 years to join in the fun. Our color story this week is so pretty...


Here is a spooky card I created using this beautiful color story!


I used Mat Stack 5 collection from Papertrey Ink to stamp the label, and the Halloween sentiment is from the WMS stamp set Midnight Feast. The pretty purple damask card stock is from A Muse Studio.

This week we are also unveiling our new website design, and badges! We would love for you to add this to your sidebar!
 Julie will be visiting random blogs over the next 5 days. If you have the new badge on your blog you will win a super fun prize! Check it out:

Now make sure you stop by The Play Date Cafe each day of our 5 day celebration for new inspiration, more prizes & surprises. We would also love it if you would visit our Facebook page  and follow us on Twitter:    @ThePDCC

                                          We can't wait to see what you create using these beautiful colors!


Sunday, October 14, 2012

The Craft's Meow October Sketch Challenge - Bless Your Heart


  Hello friends! Today is an absolutely beautiful day and that makes me very happy! I have a card to show you that I made using the TCM October Sketch: Check it out!

 To create my card I used two different TCM stamp sets:

    There is still plenty of time to play along, and you don't even have to use TCM stamps to enter! One winner will receive the stamp set of their choice, and a coupon code for 15% off their next order!  I hope you have a great day and thank you for visiting my blog today!