The Play Date Cafe

Wednesday, 30 July 2008

Wedding Card

I haven't been in the mood for card making lately.....I blame the heat! I have finally got around to making this wedding card, just finished it off. The cute owls are a Pink Petticoat image stamp coloured with Stickles and mounted on a silver mirri scalloped circle embossed with CB swiss dots. There is a mini version on the back of the card (Tapestry cardstock from Joanna Sheen).

I threaded a silver sequin heart and open pearl heart on the silver chain and threaded it through the punched corner. The crystal slider embellishment, white heart organza ribbon and little white flower with the tiny feather and pearl are from The Mullberry Bush.

I made a red vellum envelope for the card and really hope it sticks together as I used mainly vellum tape with a little bit of ultra clear DS where it doesn't show!

Tuesday, 29 July 2008

Wylde Women Awards

I am touched and amazed to have received this new award seven times over the past week and would like to thank the following blogging friends for thinking of me......Chrissie, Edna, Cazz, Sue, Cynthia, Carol and Ann. The rules for this award are as follows:

1. You can give it to one or one hundred or any number in between - it's up to you. Make sure you link to their site in your post.

2. Link back to this blogsite (http:// so Tammy can go visit all these wonderful women, and, remember the Purpose of the Award: To send love and acknowledgment to women who brighten your day, teach you new things and live their lives fully with generosity and joy.

The lovely ladies who gave me this award certainly fit the criteria, they have inspired me and taught me new things (lots of tips, inspiration and even tutorials) and definitely brighten my day with their encouraging comments on my cards, as do all the people whose blogs I have listed on this page.
I have decided to pass this award on to the following ladies who do not appear to have received a Wylde Women award yet:

Jane who has been visiting my blog since the start which I do appreciate. Jane makes lovely unique cards and amazes me with her creative use of the Keepsake boards.

Wendy whose stamping talents know no bounds.

Sandy who creates wonderful altered art masterpieces.

Suzanne a new blogger and also a member of Joanna Sheen's very talented design team. I have admired Suzanne's stunning creations for such a long time after seeing them on Joanna's forum and on Create and Craft. I am so pleased she has started a blog.

Thursday, 24 July 2008

Sweet Nothings Card - Joanna Sheen Forum Challenge

I made this simple birthday card with a cupcake stamp, paper and sticky ribbon from the Papermania Sweet Nothings range. The clear stamps are excellent especially considering the price. The sentiment was made with a HOTP stamp and Glossy Accents. I must go and make the insert now and get this card in the post or it will arrive late! This card is also for the latest card challenge on Joanna Sheen's forum, which was to make a card using a new stamp so I thought it was high time I opened the packet on this set!

Wednesday, 23 July 2008

Cards & Chat Blog Candy

Please visit Janette's blog. It's worth it alone to see her beautiful cards but if you leave a comment on her blog candy birthday post then you may just win a surprise, plus there is a pic of her cute little dog Leo :)

New Award - Blogging Friends Forever

I was really touched to receive this new award from two of my very talented and artistic blogging buddies.....Cynthia and Ann. Thanks so much, it is an honour.

It's almost a year since I started my blog and the reason for doing so was that I wanted to link to my cards for challenges and also because I wanted a record of what I had made. I was thrilled when people started to leave comments on my cards and by clicking the link to their names I discovered so many wonderful crafty blogs to visit.

Here are the rules for this award:

1. Only 5 people allowed.

2. 4 have to be dedicated followers of your blog

3. one has to be someone new or recently new to your blog and live in another part of the world.

4. you must link back to whoever gave you the award.

Quite simple - it is a way of saying thank you to those who take time out for wonderful comments to boost your day.

It has been so difficult to chose 5 people to pass this award on to but I am pleased to nominate:

Wendy - it was Wendy who introduced me to Blogger and explained all about it. She has continued to leave kind comments on my cards. Thanks for the help and inspiration Wendy.

Jane, who was one of the first to leave comments on my cards and she has continued to do so ever since. Thanks Jane, your comments always make my day.

Sandy is another regular visitor to my blog whose posts have encouraged me since I started posting, thanks Sandy!

Andrea has continued to visit my blog and leave comments since I started, thanks, I do appreciate it!

Anesha - last but not least, a new visitor to my blog. Andrea lives in The Netherlands and is a member of the same Sisterhood of Blogging Stampers group as me (Group 20).

Tuesday, 22 July 2008

It's a bug's life new home card

Here is my latest card, a new home card for this week's Tilda & Co challenge. I used my Cuttlebug to make the butterflies then stuck a punched flower on each so I could write on them. The main image of the Magnolia house has been coloured with Stickles glitter glue in black diamond and magenta shades. The dotty paper is by DCWV.

Sunday, 20 July 2008

Blue Monotone Card

Here is my card for Rainbow Lady's challenge 22 to use one rainbow colour and as you can see I chose blue. I am not sure of the make of the daisy stamp (think it may be Anita's) but the image has been coloured with Twinking H20 paints and the centre is a HOTP brad with a square gem.

The centre flower is Prima with a HOTP button brad and the other floral embelishments I have had for ages, also the blue craft wire....I was beginning to think I would never use that! I just added a tiny punched butterfly coloured with blue Stickles glue to the flower on the right, a few gems and a ric rac bow. The card front has been covered with lovely blue Artylicious paper from one of the Graphicus Guild sets and the blue card stock I mounted the flowers on has been stamped with Versafine using a small stamp from the same set as the scribble daisy. The darker blue strip is a piece of blue vellum put through the paper crimper.

Wednesday, 16 July 2008

Midsummer Night's Dream

Tonight I have made 2 cards as my migraine has finally gone.....thank goodness!!!!! I can't post a pic of one of the cards but this one is for Joanna Sheen's forum challenge this week and I used one of Joanna's lovely fairy stamps, stamped onto silver mirri card and embossed with black Sparkle N Sprinkle embossing powder from Joanna's store. The backing paper is DCWV.

Tuesday, 8 July 2008

Rainbow Lady's Challenge 20

I finally found the daisy stamp I wanted to use for Rainbow Lady's favourite flower challenge chosen by Tiina! It's a lovely stamp by Elusive Images which I have stamped and embossed in black onto a piece of card coloured with yellow and blue Versacolor inks. I really wish I hadn't used eyelets now as I have dropped the whole container for the second time in a week. I am dying to see what everyone else has done for this challenge (I never look until I have made my own card) but guess that may have to wait until tomorrow as it's going to take rather a long time to clear up....doesn't rafia make a mess....ooops just noticed I have also knocked my bit box on the floor too so there are hundreds of bits of card and paper as well as eyelets, never mind I did have fun making this card :)

Monday, 7 July 2008

Cute Card Thursday Card

Here is a card I made for the latest Cute Card Thursday Challenge No. 17 'The Great Outdoors.' The Sarah Kay image has been water coloured with Lyra crayons, laminated and matted onto white cardstock which I trimmed with stamp edge scissors. I added a red gingham bow and a scrap of red and cream striped paper.

Sunday, 6 July 2008

Nice Surprise!!!!!

Whilst checking my emails yesterday I spotted the Pink Petticoat newsletter which had a link to the result of Liz's Lots Of Dots competition and I was so happy to see I was one of the finalists. It was a lovely surprise and a thrill as I often enter cardmaking/papercraft competitions but this is the first time I have come close to winning :) so maybe one day, you never know!
The winning entries are fabulous so check them out as well as the other finalists. Here are my 4 entries.....the owls wedding card and bookmark were featured in the finals. I have to say they look much better on the PP site as my photographic skills are non existent!

Friday, 4 July 2008

28th Anniversary Card

Tonight I made this card for our 28th wedding anniversary tomorrow.....took longer than anticipated due to OH coming in and out of the room so I had to do it in spurts! Not sure hubby will like it as he prefers simple and modern and this has a vintage feel, plus I have distressed the brown card and paper with a sanding block. The lovely image by Comotion Rubber Stamps is stamped in Sepia Versafine and coloured with shimmer chalks, the sentiment is Stampin Up and the paper is a torn piece of rose paper (Cupcake I think) inked with Ranger Tattered Rose distress ink.


I would like to thank Ann, Cynthia and Beryl for being kind enough to pass on this award to me and must apologise for not having been able to find the time to pass it on to any fellow bloggers as yet.

Thursday, 3 July 2008

Latest Cards

Finally managed to add these latest cards after a few blogging disasters, i.e. deciding to change my blogger template, losing my list of links to other blogs, adding them all then deciding to change the template yet again and of course the same thing happened AGAIN!!!! What's that saying, if it ain't broke, don't fix it? Wise words indeed, not too keen on the new look but it's staying for now!!!!! I am definitely beginning to wish I had not got up at 5.15 this morning LOL!


I haven't had time to blog lately but when I checked my emails I found I had some unmoderated comments, including one from Rainbowlady inviting me to join The Sisterhood and I was intrigued, thanks Cynthia! It sounds like a great idea so I have (hopefully) just joined group 20. I love stamping but am not particularly adept at it and hope to be encouraged and inspired by everyone's work. Sorry this is short but I need to add everyone to my blog roll so I can go and explore :)