Thursday, February 17, 2011

Play Date Cafe 69 - Happy Holidays

This week at the Play Date Cafe we have a 'Combined Grind', where we blend our challenge with that of another challenge blog.  Our blend this week is with CASE Study, and our guest is none other than Iwona Palamountain aka Chupa!  Chupa is everywhere in crafting blogland and I'm sure you've seen her work before.  If you haven't, you must check out her stuff at her blog, "Random Acts of Creativity". 

Hope you don't mind another holiday card, but our challenge colors  just shouted "Christmas" to me this week.

Our inspiration picture and colors:

My holiday version:

I used twill tape as a trunk for my tree, and gave it some 'age' with Walnut Stain Distress Ink.  The boughs are made with Vine Trim Double Edged punch by Martha Stewart, and decorated with stickers from an old Stampin' Up! calendar kit.  I added a bit of glitter for holiday dazzle.  :)

The tree is set in front of a Spellbinders Labels Ten die cut that was distressed with more Walnut ink and very lightly overstamped with Hero Arts Old French Script.  The designer paper is from My Mind's Eye 'Garden Vignettes'.  The largest die from Spellbinders Labels Eight forms the cardbase. 

 The holiday sentiment is from Mark's Finest Papers Seasonal Poinsettias set. 

Even though I have made a holiday card, you'll find plenty of non-Christmas-y projects from our Design Team at the Cafe this week. 

Guest Designer:
Design Team:
Julie Ranae
Sarah Anderson
Ruby 2 Shoes
Savannah O'Gwynn
Andrea Ewen
Fiona Schultz
Jaclyn Miller
Jinny Newlin
Libby Hickson
Michele Gross
Tracey Kuzniak
Private Blend Designer:
Colleen Dietrich - that's me!

 The prize up for grabs this week:  Ippity Stamps!

Are you ready to play?!
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.

Thanks for joining me today!  Hope to see you playing along with us.  :)


Stamps:  Seasonal Poinsettias by Mark's Finest Papers, Hero Arts Old French Script
Paper:  Vintage Cream by PTI, So Saffron, Garden Green, designer paper from My Mind's Eye 'Garden Vignettes'
Ink:  Walnut Stain and Antique Linen Distress inks
Punch:  scalloped border by SU
Other:  sponge, dimensionals, glitter, Big Shot, Spellbinders Labels Eight and Ten, twill by SU


~Tammy~ said...

Oh my you rock the thinking outside the box world! So cool!

Julie Ranae said...

Beautiful work,'s always refreshing to see a holiday card throughout the year. I think it really reflects creativity! Well done : )

Fiona said...

if you keep this up Colleen, you will be so prepared for cards for next Christmas!! - it is beautiful :)

Benzi said...

Such a clever way to make that Christmas tree, Colleen. Love the star addition and that wonderful sentiment piece. Your card is just super!!

Stella said...

This is gorgeous;I love a non traditional christmas card; even if it's made with traditional colors :). It turneed out gorgeous. I love the LO of your card!

Jaclyn Miller said...

Your tree is amazing! It's such a unique take on a christmas tree and I love that you made a christmas card using this week's colors.

Michele Gross said...

Such a beautiful design! Love all the little elements, soooo gorgeous!!

Jinny Newlin said...

Ever so pretty, Colleen! Lovin' your card shape and the way those branches create the perfect, Christmas tree! Way to rock the color story!

Emily Keaton said...

Now *that* is clever, Colleen! What a totally creative Christmas tree. Way to punch!! I love how you incorporated the PDCC colors here, and your CASE is terrific. Those old calendar elements made perfect decorations for your tree!! RYPH!! LOVE this completely. :)

Andrea Ewen said...

As far as I'm concerned, it's never too early to start making Christmas cards!
This card is absolutely lovely, Colleen, what a fabulously creative way to use that vine punch! I am constantly in awe of crafters that are able to think outside the box! YOU are awesome! (And so is your card, :)

Ruby said...

It seems like months ago since Christmas! Love your card, especially how you've done the twill for the trunk, so fun!! I love how you've used your punch, great job!

Deb Hickman said...

I love your punched Xmas tree very creative,fab card. I 've just looked at your last few cards,they are absolutely gorgeous !!! Thanks for sharing.

Deb x

Tracey said...

WOW Colleen!!! SO much beautiful detail in the BEAUTY!!!!

Ann Schach said...

So many fabulous details! A great holiday card!

Savannah O'Gwynn said...

LOVE LOVE LOVE how you made that tree with the branches--so clever! LOVE love love that idea;) YOU ROCK! So talented!

Amy Kolling said...

I love that you chose the shape to use from the inspiration photo! It's never too early to make a Christmas card!

Maria said...

What a fabulous card! So creative with the luvin' it!!! The soft color of yellow in background is lovely! Just a very pretty card, Colleen!

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