The Play Date Cafe

Thursday, 22 November 2012

Secret Garden

I have just made this card for my husband's birthday and am entering it into the following challenges:

CWLC 18 Falling For Fall (use fall colours)

Anything Goes 80 Stitching (real or faux)

The floral/stitch background, owl, flowerpot, tag and word stamp are all from a Papermania set called Secret Garden.  I really enjoyed using the stamps which surprised me as I bought them years ago and have only just opened the packet!  I am not a fan of small stamps and thought they would be fiddly to use and possibly not give a clear impression but I am very impressed at how well they have turned out using Versafine and Memento inks.  The papers are Anna Griffin and the brad, twine, flowers, button and feather are all from my stash.  I used glossy accents on the flowerpot rim and owl's front to add a little dimension, plus glitter glue on his eyes. 

Saturday, 17 November 2012

Baby Boy

I enjoyed making this card and had forgotten how many teddy bear themed stamps I have bought over the years.  I seem to recall that this one came from an unmounted sheet I bought years ago at a craft show.  The background was created by randomly stamping stars onto my base card.  The teddy bear image is stamped onto white card and cut with a Spellbinders die, as is the blue mat which I also ran through a dotty embossing folder and lightly sanded.  The sentiment is stamped on a scrap of patterned paper cut along one edge with fancy deckle edged scissors.  I finished the card off with 3 pearls and some gorgeous white silky crush ribbon.  I am entering this card into the following challenges:

Love to Create #41 Fancy Edges
Crafty Cardmakers #79 More than 1 diecut
Raise the Bar #120 Bears
The Pink Elephant #174 Dies
Cute Card Thursday Starry Night

Monday, 12 November 2012

21st Birthday

I am entering this card into two challenges:

Raise The Bar 119 (Birthday)
CWLC 17 (Birthday + number)

The stamped image is colored with Promarkers, the paper is by K & Co, the birthday sentiment was embossed with a very old Cuttlebug folder.

Tuesday, 6 November 2012

Anything Goes

I am entering a card I made today into the following 3 challenges:

The Crafty Pad Challenge #195 Anything Goes
Raise the Bar Challenge 118 Anything Goes
Anything Goes at Anything Goes

I haven't used this stamp for quite some time as it is wood mounted and I have stored all my wood mounted stamps away from the unmounted ones which I tend to use more often.  I love this image and decided to keep to a mainly black and white theme with touches of colour (hair, skin and clothes).  I made the background paper using a randomly stamped swirl and finished the card off with a wire mesh butterfly and 3 pearls.

Saturday, 3 November 2012


Here is my entry for the I Love Promarkers Challenge 141 - Cute.  The cute bird cage stamp has been coloured with Promarkers to coordinate with the colours in the papers I have used.  The card is finished off with gems and matching ribbons.

Sunday, 28 October 2012

Songbird Silhouette

I am entering a card I made today into Joanna Sheen's Silhouette Challenge.  I have used a mix of digital images and rubber stamps to create this large card.  The bird, tree and swirly corners were created in Serif Craft Artist.  The peacock background is by Elusive Images and the stamped words are Paper Artsy and Waltzingmouse Stamps.  The tag/label was cut from white card using a Spellbinders die then inked with blue and lilac inks to match the background.  I added a few tiny gems to finish it off.

Sunday, 21 October 2012


I am entering this card into the following challenges:

Joanna Sheen - Autumn Breeze

No Matter Which No 3 (Halloween theme or colours)

The image and sentiment stamps are by Walzingmouse Stamps.  The tree is stamped in black onto card inked with various shades of yellow and orange and I decided to team it with purple as it reminds me of autumn and Halloween.  To finish I mounted the purple tag shaped card onto a kraft card blank and added embellishments are from my stash.

Sunday, 14 October 2012

Party Girl

This is a not so great photo of a card I made today.  I was supposed to be making at least
6 cards but am feeling under the weather due to a virus so I just managed one in the end.  I am
entering this into the following challenges:

CRAFT Challenge 176, Monochromatic

Paper Crafting Journey, Add some Bling

Divas By Design 56, Anything Goes

I found the backing paper whilst looking through my stash for something else, no idea where
it is from.  The stamp was free with a craft mag and  I used promarkers for shading and a spot of
colour.  I then added a little glitter, a few gem and a pink bow.

Tuesday, 2 October 2012


I am entering this card into 3 challenges:

The Crafty Pad Challenge 190 Floral
Love to Create Challenge 35 Thinking of You
Joanna Sheen - Down in the Garden

The sentiment stamp is by Waltzingmouse Stamps which I stamped onto a fancy label by Spellbinders.  The flowers are scraps of monochrome patterned papers cut using a floral die in the Grand Calibur; the mats are Nestabilities (the white one has been embossed using a Cuttlebug folder).  I finished the card off with a black ribbon, organza and wire butterfly and a few pearls. 

Sunday, 30 September 2012

Wine Pumpkin Moss

Here is my interpretation of the Playdate Cafe Challenge 151 (wine, pumpkin and moss).
I do like this colour combination, it reminds me of autumn.  I stamped my kraft base
card with a pumpkin coloured ink on a text stamp by Walzingmouse Stamps.  I used
the same ink for the thank you sentiment and a wine coloured one for the flower (both
stamps are by Stampin Up).  I finished it off with matching brad to attach the key charm,
pro marker coloured bow and a pearl gem.  The mats are Spellbinders and again the
base one is inked with the pumpkin colour.

Sunday, 16 September 2012

So Sweet

Having been away from crafting and blogging for ages I recently discovered Joanna Sheen's challenge blog and as I have a lot of JS stamps I had to have a go and here is the result.  I love this mother and babe fairy image, definitely so sweet!  The card blank features swirl and flower stamps (not sure which brand) and inks from a Big & Juicy pad.   I think the sentiment stamp is by American Crafts and I finished the card off with a few matching gems and some sari ribbon.  I hope you like it.

Saturday, 28 April 2012

Cut it Out

Long time no blog.....thought it was about time I made some cards and uploaded to my blog.
The year got off to a bad start with the threat of redundancy (again!) but have just started a new
temporary job so all is well.  I am entering this card into the latest Passion for Promarkers Challenge
(Cut it Out) and have used various Spellbinders and Cuttlebug dies in addition to colouring the
stamped image with my Promarkers.  I think the sentiment stamp is by Waltzingmouse Stamps.