Thursday 11 March 2010

Play Date Cafe Challenge Blog Hop, Challenge and some REALLY exciting news!!!!! :o)

Hi everyone

I have some REALLY exciting news to share with you today. I recently applied for the design team role over at Play Date Cafe and I am now on their design team!!! I am SOOOOOO excited. I did a little happy wiggle dance when I heard! I've been bursting to tell you all, but we had to wait until the announcements have been made.  One of my New Year resolutions was to get more active with my blogging and start applying for some DT roles.  I never thought it would happen this quickly!  Yay!!

The Play Date Cafe set weekly colour challenges.  Now as you know I do enjoy my sketches, but this is a great way for me (and you) to push your boundaries and start to explore new colour combinations.  I can't wait to start playing!!

Anyway, as the Play Date Cafe begins a new season of designers, they also say goodbye to Julie Campbell, who has been on their design team for the past 4 months.  To celebrate Julie's achievements and the new design team, (yes I know, I'm on it... woohoo!!!) they are having a BLOG HOP!  This is what you can win..

Isn't that a fabby prize?!!!  I am really into these fancy frames at the minute.  So to get started, you need to begin from The Cafe.

If you came here from Stephanie Kraft's blog, then you are in the right place.

There are THREE ways to give you the best chance to win:

1. You must stop at each designer's blog AND leave a comment
(this point is a requirement in order for a chance to win)

There are ONLY 9 in total and all you have to do is click on the name!

2. Become a follower of The Play Date Cafe...easy-peasy!

3. Play along with this week's color challenge. 

All the details on how to play are on the sidebar in The Cafe.

The winner will be chosen by

The deadline is 11:59pm EST on 3/16.  The lucky winner will be announced 3/18 as part of the regular challenge post.

This week's challenge is to create something using this picture as inspiration

I LOVE this picture, not just because of the colours, but because it conjures up 'me' time.  It makes me think of sitting in a relaxing candlelit bath, with a good book and a glass of wine... Mmm, I must do that this weekend (well it is going to be Mother's Day on Sunday, so it's the perfect opportunity!!)

I rarely work with pale colours so this was a good start for me to think in different colours than my normal brights.  Here is what I came up with...

... and here's how I made it

1. Round all corners of the card base
2. Cut a piece of patterned paper, round the corners and adhere to the card base
3. Cut a white flourish using the Sizzix 'Decorative Accent w/flower' cutter, adhere to the green patterned paper
4. Cut  'Flower 1' in black on Accent Blackout setting, using the Cricut 'Storybook' Cartridge
5. Cut 'Flower 1' in lilac Bazzill Bling on standard setting, using the Cricut 'Storybook' Cartridge, adhere to the black background and then pop dot
6. Stamp the sentiment in the bottom right hand corner
7. Add purple and pearl gems to finish

Dies: Sizzix 'Decorative Accent w/flower', Cricut Storybook cartridge
Paper: Lilac Bazzill Bling Cardstock, black cardstock, Prima Marketing - Angelique Collection - 'Angel Kisses'
Stamps: PSX 'Happy Anniversary'
Accessories:  Adhesive gems

I am truly honoured to be working with such a great design team, we all have quite different styles and I'm really looking forward to seeing what everyone comes up with for each challenge.   Thank you to all at Play Date Cafe for the opportunity you have given me in joining the team!

The other members of the DT have some fab creations, don't forget to check them out...

Julie Campbell
Lisa Somerville
Savannah O'Gwynn
Sarah Anderson
Stephanie Kraft
Ruby 2 Shoes (that's me!)
Mona Pendleton
Suzanne Czosek
Julie Ranae

So pop along for the chance to win, and join in the weekly challenge.  You never know you might start using colours you had never even thought of putting together!  Have fun!


  1. Hello:) Great card--love that you gave instructions! Gotta write those down:) Also--gotta get some of those purple peals! LOVE it! TFS:) Have a fabulous day!!!

  2. Ruby...great job on your post, I knew we would get it all worked out ; )

    Welcome to the Play Date Cafe team....we look forward to what you can share and look forward to having fun!

  3. Wonderful Anniversary card, love the medallion you created.

  4. Very cute! I love this Cricut cut from Storybook cart. I have used this one myself. I think that has got to be my favorite cartridge. :)

  5. Congratulations .. your card is so pretty I love those colors..

  6. Fab card really quite classy thanks for sharing Julye

  7. Hello, Ruby!

    I love your card - that flourish is great - I don't have a cricut (yet??!!)

  8. This is beautiful, Ruby! The pearls are a fabulous finishing touch!!

    Looking forward to working with you and getting to know you better!!

  9. wow not surprised you made the team - this card is gorgeous, I love it.

  10. This is so beautiful! Thanks for the instructions!

  11. Love the flourishes, and big Congrats on making the team. Just love it when goals we set are met so quickly.

  12. Fantastic clean design and so elegant! Looking forward to working with you on the design team!

  13. Love how bright and cheerful your blog site is!!! Your card is lovely! So elegant and chic!!

  14. Yet another creative take on the color challenge, unexpected (I always think of flowers with lavenders and green). Nice card!

  15. Oh yea! A Cricuteer! Love your card and a big congrats! Enjoy your "me time" this weekend. xxD

  16. Very pretty. The first thing I noticed is that you incorporated the dark crate into the card as well as the main colors. Makes it pop!

  17. Congrats on the DT appointment, very well deserved!!! Your card is darling, the the focal point of the flowers.

  18. Great job on your new post! Can't wait to see your creations!

  19. What a cool and unique card. I love it.
    Barbara W

  20. Great card and congratulations on being part of the DT. Looking forward to all the inspiration.

  21. Congrats on the PDC DT, Ruby! Wonderful layered card, too!

  22. Your centre flower is amazing. Very cool Ruby, the textures with the layers are absolutely wonderful. Congrat's on you new adventure as a Design Team member. I look forward to seeing more of your art work. Way to go on your Anniversary card!

  23. what a great use of flourishes

  24. What a pretty card- i love the flourishes.

  25. Beautiful card! Love the flourishes and congrats on getting on the team.

  26. Very pretty card! You did a great job with this week's colors - love all the flourishes! So happy you joined along on the PDCC DT :)

  27. Lovin your anniversary card..and the flourishes are so pretty!

  28. Congratulations on making the Design Team. I know it will be a very special and enjoyable time for you. Great card with a very strong design.

  29. What pretty flourishes :) Looking forward to working with you on the pdcc design fellow 'UKer' :)

  30. Love the flower on this one, just perfect. The swirls just finish it off.


  31. Lovely card. I believe I recognize the cut. Contratulations on joining the team.


    Debra -

  32. Loved seeing this card. I haven't used my cricut for anything very detailed yet so this was nice to see.

  33. Love your card Ruby, especially the flower!

    Ramona :-)

  34. Fab card - congrats on making the DT!

  35. I LOVE all of the flourishes!! just lovely!!

  36. Congratulations on your new DT place good luck & enjoy!

    Love Dawn xx

  37. So whimsical and cute! I love it.

  38. Hello, Just popping by on my blog hop journey. I can't wait to get to know you and your blog better. I love your use of bright colors. Your blog is vibrant!

  39. just stopping on the blog hop to see everyone's cards. Very nice

  40. So cute!! :) ty for your sweet comments on my blog too! come by anytime!

  41. Congrats on becoming a new DT member! This is a lovely card. I especially like all the swirls and how you've layered them in your design. As for how i got hold of my PI stamps - I'm very lucky to have a friend who bought them back from America with her, which saved on postage costs :) Pxx

  42. Hi Ruby, congratulations on being picked for the PDC DT and love your fab creations (not just the PDC one!).
    Look forward to seeing more of your work as I love PDCC and always do something when I have enough spare minutes.
    Fliss x

  43. Contrats on becoming a DTM! Love the card and what you've done with the cricut.

  44. Way to go girl!!!! A BIG "Con'Grats" on joining this DT... I'm so excited for you! You I just took a few moments to surf through your posted and when I see this news I just had to do a "Happy Dance" too! :)

    You have amazing talent and a GREAT eye for color... so no wonder you made this fantastic card with that in mind!! TFS and ROCK ON GIRL!!!!


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