Thursday, January 20, 2011

Play Date Cafe 65

It's week #2 in my new position at The Play Date Cafe as Private Blend Designer, and I've been having so much fun!  I enjoy visiting our players' blogs to leave love for them, and in the process, I see some very amazing talent out there!  Wow.  And our new Design Team couldn't be nicer.  They are terrific ladies, each with a unique and wonderful personality.

The new challenge at the Cafe is this:

I really had to ponder an idea for this color combination, until I saw this page in my daughter's coloring book:

With inspiration from the gray trench coats and green umbrellas, I thought of my Blooming with Happiness set from Stampin' Up!. 

Isn't the umbrella so sweet?  I matted it on Wild Wasabi and Pumpkin Pie cardstock, and dressed it with a Pumpkin Pie Corduroy Button.  The button is laced with a small bit of gray ribbon from...are you ready....Aeropostale pajama pants.  Those pants, which my 12 YO received for Christmas, had the tags attached with a cute little safety pin and that gray seam binding.  It was just skinny enough to make it through those button holes.

Check out the inspiring pieces by our Design Team, too:

Senior Design Team:
Ruby McGuire 

Design Team:Andrea Ewen
Fiona Shultz
Jaclyn Miller
Jinny Newlin
Libby Hickson
Michele Gross
Tracey Kuzniak

Private Blend Designer:
Colleen Dietrich - that's me! 

Are you ready to play, too? 
Please follow the rules carefully to enter.
Deadline for prizes is 11:59pm EST on Tuesday
The 'Cup of the Week' will be announced during the next challenge.

We want you to enjoy this challenge.
Interpret the colors the way you see them.
We do not use specific card stock color names or brands.

Break out of the box and have fun!
The main requirement is:
When using additional colors, please limit them to neutrals.
You are welcome to combine challenges, but we do ask that:
1. The PDCC name and/or photo is used and
2. OUR colors are the focus of the card.

This week's prize up for grabs is from one of our very favorite sponsors....

I was happy to see some of my crafty friends playing at the Cafe last week, and I hope you'll come play again.  :D
Happy Stamping,
Stamps:  Blooming With Happiness, Teeny Tiny Wishes, Baroque Motifs  (all SU)
Paper:  PTI white, Wild Wasabi, Pumpkin Pie
Ink:  Basic Gray, Stazon Black
Other:  SU markers, dimensionals, Pumpkin Pie Corduroy Button, gray ribbon from pajama pants, Aleene's Tacky Glue, Stampamajig


Fiona said...

Colleen this is a really fun card :) love to see where your inspiration came from!

Michele Gross said...

Oh Colleen! This is pure fun! I LoOoOve that bloomin' umbrella ;) You colored it so cute and I'm just gushing over that corduroy button-fab!!

Marisa said...

This is adorable, Colleen!! Love the colours and how inspiration can come from anywhere :)

Deborah Frings said...

Love this colour combination, and your card is just stunning!

Bumblebee said...

I love this umbrella design, but even though I don't have that stamp I think I might try and mask out an umbrella instead! I have a baby shower coming up, so this would be perfect!

Sarah Anderson said...

Oh I just love it Colleen..the image, the cord button, the background flourish, all so, so gorgeous :) :)

Andrea Ewen said...

What a wonderful inspiration from your daughter's coloring book! I'm guessing that you may be like me and are constantly looking at things and thinking "how can I make that into a card?" It's a sickness...but one that I'm enjoying fully...
Your card is amazing...what a great shower card! The design, colors and details are perfect! ...And way to recycle! Great job, my friend!
--And lunch is definitely ON soon!

Emily Keaton said...

I SPY one of your Clearance Rack corduroy buttons! What a great idea to thread it with gray ribbon, salvaged from clothing packaging, no less. A girl after my own heart!! The new PDCC colors look a bit challenging to me this week, but it looks like you dealt with them effortlessly. What a cute card!! As always, I just LOVE seeing what inspired you. The coloring book was a real surprise this time--but it just goes to show you can find inspiration anywhere. I love it!! Terrific work, Colleen! :) TALK to you soon.

Benzi said...

So you're now using pajamas for your cards?! LOL
That seam binding with the beautiful corduroy button is perfect. Love the pretty umbrella. Now, this does look like a challenge I'll have to think long and hard on. Your card is super, Colleen!

Jinny Newlin said...

Such a sweet card! Love the flourish in the background! Don't you LOVE those corduroy embellishments?!

Ann Schach said...

So cute, Colleen! The colors work perfectly with this stamp. Way to repurpose the flannel!

Ruby said...

Isn't it funny how something that seems so unrelated to what we are working on can trigger a whole new card design! LOVE your card, it's so simple, but yet simply gorgeous!

Joanne Leddy said...

Oh my goodness, you save little scraps and tags too?! I thought I was the only one with pieces of cotton cording and super cool tags from a variety of stores. It's so comforting to know I'm not alone. Fabulous card - love how you've brought the colors together.

sparklygirl-Tina said...

Hi Colleen

Thank you so much for your lovely comments on my blog on my entry in this week's PDCC. So pleased I was brave enough to enter now - thank you. Also just had to say I absolutely loved your card inspiration from the flourish and swirls to the oh so cute flower umbrella gorgeous.

Take care


Noor Nahdi said...

Adorable card!!!
Love the background...

Bonnie said...

Love the Baroque background and the delightful umbrella! What a great picture for inspiration!

Pauline said...

This is simply lovely, a fabulous layout and the mix of colours are perfect, I'm finding these colours tricky, have half a card made for this challenge, but need to sleep on it im stuck!! Will probably give me nightmares lol!

Kirsty Vittetoe said...

That is just fun, I especially love that cute button! so pretty!

Savannah O'Gwynn said...

LOVE LOVE LOVE that you save scraps too! LOVE this huge flourish--and that button and ribbon--OH MY! LOVE IT:) You rock, COL! Great take on this color story:)

~Tammy~ said...

Oh! this is adorable! Love that button with the ribbon!

Jaclyn Miller said...

That umbrella is so cute and I love that you colored it using this week's colors. I adore that corduroy button too!

Zue said...

I love your designs, they are so clean and fresh and beautiful in their simplicity. I wish I could work more on those lines, my work always looks so messy!!
Have a lovely day
Sue xxx

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