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.