Thursday, 26 May 2011

Play Date Cafe #83 & Skipping Stones Design

Hi there everyone!  I hope you’re having a good week.

Blogger is having yet more issues so if you’re not able to see the Play Date Cafe post when you click my link below then please bear with us.  We are working behind the scenes to get everything up and running, but it might be a little bit late in posting. 

You don’t need to miss out on all of the fun though because we have a blog hop for you today, you will find all of the links below.  We have lots of exciting things happening (more to be found on the main blog) but it’s also a sad day for us at the Play Date Cafe because our fabulous Sarah is stepping down so that she can pursue other things.  We are REALLY going to miss her, she’s always got some fun ideas and challenges us with her quirky colour palettes, some more challenging than others! Sarah, you know the ones I mean! It just won’t be the same without you Sarah, but the good thing is we will still be in touch.

Today I have an elegant card to share with you that I made for her.  You’ve probably noticed I’ve been trying my hand at CAS lately but I fancied doing something with a few more layers for this challenge.

Our blog hop is in celebration of our Sarah, we are so happy to honour her with this week’s colour splash.  You should have come from Fiona’s blog and your last stop is Julie Ranae.  If you have only just started here you can see the full listing here.

in Alphabetical Order..

Andrea Ewen
Libby Hickson
Colleen Dietrich
Jaclyn Miller
Michele Gross
Jinny Newlin
Savannah O'Gwynn
Tracey Kuzniak
Fiona Shultz
Ruby McGuire (that's me!)
Julie Ranae  

and obviously you need to pop over to see Sarah Anderson!

If you leave a message on each post then you have the chance to win an additional prize.

We were lucky to be sponsored by Skipping Stones Design this week and we got to choose a set of stamps to play with.  I chose the ‘Healing Wings’ set, I just LOVE the stained glass window butterfly in the set.  The only trouble is because I’ve been playing with my Copics I just haven’t been able to stop colouring in the butterflies with different colour schemes.  I’m addicted! I have quite a few now, pink, blue, purple, orange, red lol.  They are just GORGEOUS, I can’t get enough of them, and it’s so therapeutic to just sit and colour them in.  You must grab a set, they are FAB! Thank you SO much Skipping Stones for sponsoring us, I’m having so much fun colouring in your gorgeous stamps!

All of our cards were made this week using Sarah’s favourite challenge, the ‘Color Splash’. This week our splash of colour is green.

Each of the PDCC have chosen their favourite project that Sarah has made.  Mine is this one that she made for our one year anniversary at the Play Date Cafe.  I just love that she used our colours to create little birthday cupcakes!!  That’s our Sarah, queen of mixed media lol

(Looking at this picture is making me feel hungry now!)

I had the pleasure of meeting and getting to know Sarah in real life through a workshop that she was running not far from me.  She is so lovely, full of fun, always smiling, but on top of that she is an inspiration.  Her passion shines through as she speaks about her journaling and painting, she just makes you want to get busy creating canvases and journals and playing with different things to get texture and pattern!

Sarah helped start the Play Date Cafe blog with Julie and I know she will be really missed by us all, but especially by Julie.  She is embarking on a super fun adventure working in a job that involves getting her hands dirty with paints and things, she will be totally in her element!

My card was really simple to make, the time consuming part of it was the colouring, but that was the best bit too!  I used labels 16 for the black central panel, topped off with PTI’s ‘Limitless Layers' in black and white as shown.  I used Cuttlebug ‘Roses’ for the embossed background and a Martha Stewart punch for the border.  To add a bit more interest I distressed the edges of the white panel with Ranger ‘Bundled Sage’ distress ink and assembled it all adding pop dots for dimension.  To finish I stamped ‘Live the life of your dreams’ which I thought was a wonderful sentiment for Sarah.  I added a piece of lace that I coloured with my Copics (G28, G24, G21, G20)and that was it all done!

I also made a slightly different version, not sure which one I like best!

PDCC83 Take 2
What I love about this stamp is that it looks just as beautiful stamped in one colour too, this is what I did for the inside of the above card and I also stamped the front of the envelope so that everything co-ordinated.  (I cut off the sentiment bit of the photo because it was a bit of an afterthought to show you the inside and I’d already written the card for posting lol)

PDCC 83 Inside
For your chance to win pop on over to the Cafe for more information and to link your post.  If you use an online gallery, please use the keyword PDCC83, and remember to use our inspirational colours to be eligible to win this week's prizes!

I do hope you’ll play along with us and pop by to visit Sarah and leave her a sweet farewell message.

Have a fun day.  I’m hoping to get more postings done this week, I’m still trying to get into new routines where my hours have changed, but I’m slowly starting to catch up Smile


  1. Fantastic colouring on that butterfly Ruby! I love it :) Both your cards are pretty - hard to choose a fave...

  2. BOTH are truely BEAITIFUL Ruby!!!

  3. Gorgeous cards Ruby! Wonderful job with the stamps and the colors :)

  4. Beautiful cards Ruby! Your colouring is wonderful in that gorgeous butterfly! Love both cards, but I do like a bit of bling!

  5. Well, I couldn't choose which one I like best, both lovely! Great use of the colour.

  6. Both are gorgeous! Love the butterfly.

  7. Fabulous butterfly image and well-coloured, I must add. The plain green one looked good too. Gorgeous. Gorgeous.

    Anyway, both cards look good but I prefer the second one as it just seems more alive to me, if that makes sense at all.

    Malyn at ThinkInkCreative

  8. Hi Ruby, hope you are keeping well, shame about Sarah leaving but I am sure you will all stay in touch. Love your card, great textural background and gorgeous butterfly. Love them all. Tracy x

  9. Wow, Ruby...your card is so elegant! That butterfly is down right gorgeous and I love how you sponged the embossed background in green...a wonderful color splash indeed! Great work, my dear!

  10. Gorgeous butterfly. Love the colors! ;)

  11. Love all your terrific texture Ruby...and as a confessed coloring addict I can just see so many beautiful butterflies on your work a rainbow of unique colors and designs! Best to all of you as Sarah moves on!
    "Change in all things is sweet." --Aristotle

  12. What a lovely tribute to Sarah, both your beautiful card and your thoughts. She will surely be missed here!

  13. Ruby, your beautiful card made me gasp when I saw it at The Cafe. I LOVE how you colored that butterfly. It is so gorgeous, and I do think that it still qualifies as CAS in a way! Both versions are great, but the top one is my fave.

  14. LOVE the butterfly stamp! Thanks for sharing

  15. I like both! Your stamp is perfect!

  16. That is a great butterfly stamp! And I like the second one---my 2 cents worth! LOL!

  17. Oh Ruby, you made me cry again!! Thanks so much for your wonderful post, and I did smile when I saw that the fairy cakes were your chosen favourite project of mine lol :) BoTH these cards are gorgeous, I love, love,love that butterfly! See you in the art cafe here in Sale in the summer I hope!!! xxxx

  18. That's a fabulously, deliciously gorgeous card, Ruby! Love the colours and the embossing and the butterflies of course! LOVE EVERYTHING!!! xx

  19. both these cards a lovely, especially like all the layers and raised embossing.

  20. OH MY! I remember those cupcakes! They still make my mouth water!!

    I loooooooooooove your card--love that distressed green ink on the white!! And that butterfly is beautiful! LOVE LOVE LOVE what you did with the splash--and you stamped inside the card! LOOOOOOVE that!! I must remember to do that sometime:)

  21. Loving both your cards and your words about Sarah. She really does have an impact on your creativity if you are lucky enough to be able to attend one of her workshops.
    Thanks for sharing your favourite cup cake creation:-)

  22. Oh, my gracious! Those butteflies are AMAZING! LOVE them in green! Yummy! And I'm lovin' all that fabulous embossing, too, girl!

  23. What awesome coloring on that great butterfly!! Such a pretty card. :)

  24. That butterfly is beautiful and I really like the inside too. Great card!

  25. Ruby... hey there cyper friend and co design team member! I wanted to say "hi" and to offer you an award. Stop by my blog and pick it up!
    Take care...
    Your card is just so cute.... love butterflies!!!!

  26. Love the textured bakcground ... and that butterfly is just gorgeous ... love the colouring!!!

  27. Fabulous! Love them both - the butterflies are wonderful!

  28. Wow...what a beautiful butterfly...enjoyed reading other posts on your blog, first time here!!

  29. Fantastic card! The colouring of the butterfly is wonderful and I love the embossed background and the matting of the butterfly. Great use of those spellbinders dies. TFS!

  30. G O R G E O U S card, Ruby!


  31. Both your cards are beautiful, that butterfly is stunning!

  32. Both cards are lovely.....and those cupcakes are looking VERY tasty!!! x


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