The Play Date Cafe

Wednesday, 25 June 2008


I am now way behind with cards I need to make after spending last night making a third card for the same person!!!!! This is the final (I hope) card for OH's boss. Originally she was having the large bird card I posted recently but he changed his mind and asked for roses so I made the Victorian rose card but he then asked for something simpler and here it is.

I really need to make a birthday card for my brother in law ASAP and hope history doesn't repeat itself or I will send OH to Asda to BUY a card!

This card is made with Anita's (I think) stamped daisies, HOTP button brads, Cuttlebug embossing folders, Nestabilities scallop circle die and lovely dotty ribbon and ladybug brad from Poppicrafts.

Tuesday, 24 June 2008


I have been tagged (well and truly tagged!) by Chrissie, Sue, Wendi, Beryly and Cynthia, thanks ladies! Actually I don't mind at all:


I can’t actually think of anything memorable from 1998 but I am sure I had far fewer wrinkles and grey hairs than I do now as I would have been 39. It would be nice to turn back the clock to then as my parents were still with us and our lovely dog Suzy. I was in the same job as a full-time secretary, that is probably the only thing which hasn’t changed.


Whatever the day brings at work
Quite a lot of ironing (yuk!)
Online grocery shop
Birthday cards
Box for the card I made last night (that’s the last time I stick large embellishments on a card…hate making boxes!)


Any kind of ice cream, Jordans Frusli bars, Green & Black’s chocolate, bananas


Buy a large house with plenty of land by the sea, open an animal sanctuary and try to build some sort of secure future for our son who has had M.E. for 13 years. I would of course give some to relatives and friends, favourite charities and maybe go on a cruise. I would also have a huge craft room of course.


Greater Manchester and The Wirral.

The people I am tagging in return are:






As I don't like posts without pictures I have added a photo of Paxos which I took a few years ago, wish I was back there!!!!

Monday, 23 June 2008

Victorian Rose Card

I wanted to make at least 2 cards tonight (have so many birthdays in June & July!) and ended up making just one, which took ages as it started off very different to how it has ended up. I kept changing my mind or didn't like elements of previous versions so the only thing that remains from my original idea is the basket of roses from Joanna Sheen's Victorian Companion CD set. I am not even sure I like the final version now so think I will sleep on it! Hopefully tomorrow evening will be more productive, fingers crossed!

Saturday, 21 June 2008

Jayne Netley Mayhew Cat

This is the second card I have made using the new Joanna Sheen Jayne Netley Mayhew CD set and it's a birthday card for a cat loving friend. I thought I would try printing on some matte photo paper which has been sitting around in a drawer for ages as I prefer satin or gloss so not too sure about that aspect of the card but overall I am happy with it as the cat is so cuddly and cute! This is the first time I have used one of the new Cuttlebug border embossing folders and think they are great!

Just A Quick One!

When I spotted this week's Daring Cardmakers Challenge entitled 'Just A Quick One' I had to have a go as I tend to spend hours on one card!!!! This card took me 40 minutes which is very quick for me! This is my first card made with images from Joanna Sheen's Jayne Netley Mayhew CD set which features beatiful wildlife artwork, a wonderful CD which is my favourite Joanna Sheen CD to date. I now have another make an envelope for this very long card!

Thursday, 19 June 2008

Sunshine & Flowers

Here is a card for the first Joanna Sheen Forum Challenge, the theme being 'Sunshine & Flowers.' The limage is a lovely Sugar Nellie Sweet Art Ebony stamp by Elisabeth Bell coloured with Lyra crayons & Sakura pens. The sunflower is from Cuddly Buddly and the bee brad from Poppicrafts. The 'sun' is courtesy of my Cuttlebug and the card blank has been chalked with shimmery green and blue.

Thursday, 12 June 2008

A Change From Cards!

I decided to make a gift bag for a friend's birthday, thinking it would be quick and easy but being in 2 pieces which needed glueing together it took longer than I expected as I am not exactly good at cutting and glueing (so used to using DST on cards). I enjoyed decorating the bag though as that was the easy/fun part. The notebook was fun to do with the Zutter machines and it's now in the bag along with other pressies for a friend.

Dreaded Mens' Card!

I just hate making mens' cards as I know I can't use pink or lilac and pretty ribbons and sparkle! This was supposed to be a quick card as OH asked for it late last night for a work colleague but it ended up taking forever as I got a bit engrossed playing with the images and elements in My Craft Studio!!!! Just hope it's well received!

Tuesday, 10 June 2008

Pink Petticoat Cards

I like Pink Petticoat image stamps but have tended to use a lot of colour on them in the past either by paper piecing or watercolouring so I thought I would try just a hint of colour by using Stickles glitter glue on the images and combining them with colourful card/paper, ribbons and flowers.

Monday, 9 June 2008

First Exploding Box Card!

I have been intending to make an exploding box for over a year and have finally got around to is the result! It was much easier than I expected though having a template would help I am sure, might make one to use in the furture. I thought it was high time I updated my blog too as I have been busy making cards for various card groups, friends and relatives and still quite a few to go!