Thursday, January 27, 2011

Play Date Cafe 66: Inspired by a Plate Rack

I am so loving the challenge colors this week at The Play Date's Color Splash time!!

Right away, the old Stampin' Up! demo in me saw "Almost Amethyst" as that purplish shade.    

My personal inspiration came from my dining room's plate rack:

The walls are gray, white and purple.  The plate rack is black iron, and holds three Limoge dishes from my great-aunt.  They were given to her by her first husband's grandmother, I believe.  So, these dishes are pretty old.  They are decorated with irises, one of my fave flowers.

My card:

I had no appropriate flower stamps to fit in a 1" circle punch, so I spotted my unused fleur-de-lis.  Fleur-de-lis icons are modeled after iris flowers.  How lucky can I be?!

You need to go see the beautiful things created by my teammates at the Cafe, too:

Senior DT:
Julie Ranae
Sarah Anderson
Savannah O'Gwynn
Ruby 2 Shoes

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

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

This week our sponsor is the fabulous...

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
2. OUR colors are the focus of the card.

We'd love for you to come play!  See you there.
Stamps:  fleur de lis from Classical Icons - TPC Studio, Elements of Style
Paper:  Almost Amethyst, Whisper White, Going Gray, Basic Black
Ink:  Basic Black, Almost Amethyst
Punch:  Modern Garland by Martha Stewart, 1" circle
Other:  Big Shot, circle Nestie and Fancy Tags by Spellbinders, dimensionals


Fiona said...

Lovely card Colleen - love your inspiration and its execution!

Fiona said...

Colleen your card is lovely :) Love your inspiration and how you brought it to your card!

Julie Ranae said...

Such a creative way to come up with your design! Love your 'splash', Colleen!

Kirsty Vittetoe said...

Oh wow, that is a show piece, just like the beautiful plate you displayed on the wall, gorgeous!

Marisa said...

I can see why you were so excited about this card, Colleen! It's amazing!! Just LOVE the punch for the horizontal strip (I just got it an can't wait to use it -- happy, happy, joy, joy!). Your "plates" look great and I love the label you mounted them on. Fabulously done!!

Emily Keaton said...

Oh, this is GORGEOUS, Colleen! I love your inspiration and I love your design. You did an amazing job translating everything into paper and stamps. Using that Spellbinders tag for the plate rack design was genius. A beautiful CAS color splash. Well done!!!

Andrea Ewen said...

Gorgeous, Colleen! Just as beautiful as the inspiration! Good thinking with the fleur-de-lis also, I love when things work out! Fabulous design and downright lovely 'splash'!

Jaclyn Miller said...

What an amazing inspiration - and I love the colors of your room. You have translated that into a card perfectly, it's really pretty!

Tracey said...

Oh Colleen this is PERFECT in everyway!! THanks for the inspiration to look around the hourse :)

Ann Schach said...

Beautiful! I love how you explain the sources of your inspiration.

~Tammy~ said...

You are so crazy talented, and you never cease to amaze me with how you pull your inspiration!!!

Jinny Newlin said...

What a great way to get inspired, Colleen! Those plates are beautiful, and I love the way you carried out the design!

Bumblebee said...

Can't believe how much that fancy tag looks like the plate rack!! A great inspiration!

Benzi said...

Love the challenge this week, Colleen. Awesome colors. You did a fantastic job (love those plates). I really like your dining room colors, too. You've made good use of the Fancy Tags die cut. Thanks for notifying me of the runner up win...actually, I saw it last night. I was really excited.

Deb Hickman said...

Gorgeous card,Collen. I love how you took inspiration from the plate rack,the stamped background is so pretty.

Deb x

Linda Callahan said...

Beautiful inspiration - beautiful result!

Maria said...

Very lovely card! How sweet you got the inspiration from your lovely plates! A very regal and elegant it!!!

Pauline said...

Beautiful card, love how you have taken inspiration from your home decor! Love the punched borders and the patterned paper is so pretty.

Stella said...

My oh my; PDCC is having an amazing designer on its team. I'm smitten; your card is fabulous...I keep staring at this...sigh...
Btw;I love your dining room too :)

Michele Gross said...

LOVE your inspiration! Those limoges dishes are so wonderful! Such a special treasure to have! Your card absolutely did then justice-love it!!

Ruby said...

Very elegant card Colleen! I love how you've used inspiration from something in the home, great idea!

Ann said...

Gorgeous card & a fabby inspiration!

Savannah O'Gwynn said...

LOOOOOOOVE how you were inspired by your plate rack! SO FUN! Finding creativity and inspiration EVERYWHERE! This is such a beautiful card--BEAUTIFUL!

Sarah Anderson said...

Fabulous card design Colleen, and I love your inspiration!

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