The Play Date Cafe

Sunday, 31 October 2010

Burgundy Colour Splash - PDCC 53

I made this card for the latest Play Date Cafe challenge (black & white with a touch of  burgundy).   The lady is an unmounted red rubber stamp but I have no idea which brand!  The sentiment stamp and frame are both by Waltzingmouse Stamps.  Added extras are black & white staples and 2 daisies and a brad for my splash of burgundy.

Wednesday, 27 October 2010

Art, Heart & Healing

I was blog hopping at the weekend and came across a link to link to a wonderful site called Willowing & Artist Friends, where Tam is running an amazing free 4 week online art workshop.  As I have been thinking about starting an art journal for some time but never seem to do anything about it (other than thinking) the week one project really captured my imagination (create a front facing portrait over a double page journal spread).  So, after much deliberation, should I, could I? etc. I took the plunge and had a go after watching Tam's video tutorial.  I am not as disatisfied with my first attempt as I thought I would be and it has inspired me to keep trying safe in the knowledge that there is no right or wrong way to create art and a portrait does not have to look 'real.'  Unfotunately this was painted (and stamped) onto a piece of watercolour paper with acrylics and shimmer inks as opposed to an art journal, as although I did intend buying one earlier in the week, I've hurt my back and been stuck in the house for a couple of days.  The paints I used have been languishing in a drawer unused for a few years and I'm glad I finally opened them.  

Monday, 25 October 2010

Bird & Blooms

Here is my latest card which I am entering into two challenges, Waltzingmouse Sketch #20 and The Play Date Cafe #52 first year anniversary.    I stamped flowers from Waltzingmouse Stamps Sewing Box Hugs set using Adirondack orange and watermelon inks, and added some extra colour Hot Pink and Apricot Promarkers.  The bird is from the same set stamped in black onto a piece of yellow card (stamped twice to cut out and 3D).  I used various small stamps from the Walzingmouse Stamps Teeny Tree set to decorate the bird using the same pink and orange inks as before and fixed it with foam tape onto a Nestie Label 14 cut from a scrap of pink dotty patterned paper.  I finished the card off with pink and organge organza ribbon and a small tag which I think was free in a craft magazine.  The yellow and orange flowers are by Petaloo.

Wednesday, 20 October 2010

Swan Birthday Card - Three Muses Things with Wings Challenge

I am entering this birthday card into The Three Muses Things with Wings challenge.  It was fun to make though it turned my hands blue...very blue!  The lovely swan is by Clarity Stamps, heat embossed silver and the sentiment uses 3 stamps by Waltzingmouse (from the Text It, Holiday Labels 14 and Teeny Trees sets)The background was created with Adirondack Denim dye ink, a brayer and sponge and the stars are just dots of glue sprinkled with various fine glitters.  I added a large dark blue blow, blue gems and metal charms to finish off this large card.

Sunday, 17 October 2010


I haven't had much time to craft this past week but as I had a couple of cards to make I thought I
would take the opportunity to use the colours in the latest Play Date Cafe challenge (51) as I really like this combination.  The frame and sentiment stamps are by Waltzing Mouse (Holiday labels and Asian Gardens Additions).  The labels co-ordinate perfectly with Spellbinders labels 14 which are the focus of my card.  The beige cardstock is from the Coredinations Gemstones pad and the mint green paper is by My Minds Eye.  The small label and letter J were coloured with Promarkers and I finished the card off with 3 pale blue rhinestons, matching ribbon and a wired organza flower, not a great picture I'm afraid as its a scan.  This is actually a Christening card and I am now wondering if it's too plain!

Sunday, 10 October 2010


This card is for two challenges - Play Date Cafe 50 and Waltzing Mouse Sketch 18.

The centrepiece is a square of white card embossed with the Craft Concept Bloom folder, coloured with shimmer paints and cut out with Nesties (labels 15).  The sentiment stamp is from Waltzing Mouse's Say it with Style set and the flowers on the right were made with one of Inkadinkadoo's lovely clear mini stamps (fancy flower).  I have used various papers here by K and Company, My Minds Eye and Hot off the Press.

Thursday, 7 October 2010

Harriet Card - WMS Freebie - Card Competition

I made this card with Waltzingmouse Stamps' digital freebie for a competition to celebrate world cardmaking day which was last Saturday so I am rather late!  This little lady is called Harriet and I thoroughly enjoyed colouring  her in with Promarkers to add to my Christmas card along with a couple of embellishments and pretty paper and vellum.

Monday, 4 October 2010


This is my card for The Play Date Cafe Sketch Challenge #49 and although I didn't think I would like the colour combination initially I think they go together well and will probably use these shades again.  All the stamps are from Waltzingmouse's Homespun Hugs set and the inks are Memento black and Promarkers.  As far as embellishments are concerned, I was going to stick a couple of buttons on the flower centres but in the end I settled for Ranger Matte Accents and a length of co-ordinating ricrac ribbon.

Sunday, 3 October 2010

Birthday Bulldog

This card is for the Waltzingmouse Sketch Challenge # 17.  The background was made with 2 circular stamps from Waltzingmouse Stamps Teeny Trees set, so they are actually treetops but I thought they would make a nice pattern heat embossed white on red card.  The best wishes stamp is from WMS Asian Gardens Additions set and the bulldog and paw print stamps are by Inkadinkadoo.