Thursday, May 26, 2011

Play Date Cafe 83 - Farewell to Sarah

We say goodbye this week to a member of our team - the lovely and oh-so-talented artist,  Sarah Anderson.  Sarah's favorite Play Date Cafe challenges have always been "Color Splashes," so we are honoring her with a very special Splash. 


This week, use black and white with a SPLASH of green.  Just a hint, a smidge, a teeny bit!

Here's my card:


Our sponsor this week is Skipping Stones Designs, and they gifted each of us on the design team with a stamp set of our choice.  I picked this one, called Timeless Textures:


I used the medallion stamp to create the background behind my butterflies.


I don't think the pictures do justice to this card.  I LOVE how it turned out! 

Julie Ranae asked each of us to visit the archives of The Play Date Cafe, and find our favorite project that Sarah made over the past year and a half.  I chose this one:


As I looked through many of our old challenges, I noticed that MOST of Sarah's projects in the first year contained butterflies!  I almost picked another card as my fave, which had pinks and purples, but this won me over with the black and white damask and script backgrounds.

And isn't it funny how I picked Sarah's card that features the same BLACK / WHITE / GREEN Color Splash as we are having right now??  Coincidence, I swear!

PRIZE ALERT!!
In addition to the prize for Cup of the Week, we have a special prize during our Blog Hop this week.  Visit each designer's blog and leave a message on their Play Date Cafe post.  There's a prize this week for one lucky winner who hops along and leaves a little love for each designer!!

Andrea

Libby

Colleen - You Are Here!

Jaclyn

Michele

Jinny

Savannah

Tracey

Fiona

Ruby

Julie

...and Sarah!  Leave her some happy thoughts and wishes.  :)

Our sweet Sarah leaves one Cafe for another.  She is working at The Bean and Brush Cafe in Sale, England.  We wish you all the best, Sarah, in your new endeavors and we will miss you!

Colleen

Stamps:  Timeless Textures by Skipping Stones Designs
Paper:  Basic Black, white by PTI, green patterned paper from SU scrap stash
Ink:  Basic Black
Punch:  deep edge Martha Stewart
Other:  Big Shot, butterfly Embosslit. bling from Queen and Co. and Recollections, dimensionals

46 comments:

Fiona said...

Colleen I love the way you featured those beautiful butterflies - they really pop on that background :)

Tracey said...

PERFECTION!!!! LOVE it Col!!

Holly AKA KopyKat said...

oh good choice, I love your background stamps. This is so pretty

Michele Gross said...

Fabulous job with the images and colors-love your card :)

Pauline said...

Colleen,this is just a gorgeous creation! That damask stamp is amazing, and the looped punched edges are fab! Love all the added bling too, what a wonderful card for Sarah!

Marisa said...

Absolutely LOVE this Colleen!! Greta use of the punch down the sides and the perfect "splash" colour IMHO :) Loving everything about this card (((hugs)))

Barb Cady said...

Brilliant card, love the way you have used the punch, off sets it just right!

shirley said...

Love the side borders and the beautiful butterflies.

ThinkInk Creative said...

Great choice of free stamp set - it's awesome. I thought the background was DSP, not realising till later that it's been stamped. The punched borders also frame everything beautifully.

This is a beautiful card.

cheers,
Malyn at ThinkInkCreative

Andrea Ewen said...

Haha...not only did we pick the same stamp set, but we also picked the same favorite project of Sarah's! We MUST be soul sisters!
I love the way your project turned out, the butterflies are absolutely charming against the damask background. Both lovely and elegant, my dear!

Craft Addicts - Tracy Evans said...

Love the embossed butterflies on your card, they work beautifully with your background. Great piece. Tracy x

Marlena M. said...

Oooohhh, love those butterflies and bling. Very classy. ;)

Sleepy Stamper said...

What a beautiful card. The butterflies are so lovely. And what dainty butterflies too with their delicate embossed wings and bling. Love it!

Debstamps said...

SUCH beautiful texture! [I think it's fun more than one of you chose this particular project on which to base your tributes! Great minds...] Love the contrast in this and the pattern combination. A fitting tribute to be sure, and I wish you all the best as you celebrate your friendship and accomplishments!

Lin said...

Beautiful design and great take on the colors this week, Colleen. I hope you continue the color splash challenges into the future, as they are some of my very favorites!

Linda Callahan said...

This is gorgeous! My favorites are the color splashes as well - and you made one beautiful splash!

margaretart said...

Wonderful card with the black and white anchored with the green dotted and embossed butterflies.
Pretty!

peggy gatto said...

your layers of patterns are fabulous!
I also adore your header photo!!!!
I am a flower lover!

Ruby said...

Another beautiful card Colleen, I love how you've showcased that background stamp and your borders look fab!

I got your card in the mail today, thank you SO much, what a lovely surprise, such a gorgeous card. Did you make your own background paper? xx

Bev J. said...

Beautiful card. Love the stamp set you chose-the background for the butterflies is great. I also like the texture on the butterflies!!

Kim said...

That is turning into my fave stamp set too! Your card is just stunning! So loving the butterflies!

Emily (stampingout on SCS) said...

This is gorgeous, Colleen! I love the green and black together. Thank you so much for my lovely card. It made my day! :)

Hugs!
Emily

Sarah Anderson said...

This is such a stunning, stunning card Colleen! I love the embossed green butterflies sitting so elegantly against the black and white. I do love butterfly images :)

Sandy G said...

Fabulous card. Love what you did with the butterflies.

Savannah O'Gwynn said...

LOOOOOVE that your fav Sarah project included the butterflies and a splash of green!

LOVE LOVE LOVE your card--that background stamp is FAB! I love the butterflies and gems too! OH MY! Just loooooove the elegance of this card! GORGEOUS:)

Jinny Newlin said...

Oh, I'm sure that you're going to get lots of use out of that stamp set! LOVE it! And what you've created is just BEAUTIFUL! Such a gorgeous take on the Color Splash!

Leslie Miller said...

Have mercy, it's gorgeous! I love your choice of stamp sets, too. Sarah is a very talented designer and I thank you for sharing a focus on her.

Ruth said...

Wow! this is beautiful, THe contrasting colours are great! Ruth x

Emily Keaton said...

Colleen, your creation for this color splash is stunning! I just love how you used the punched borders. They frame those lovely butterflies beautifully. How rich, detailed, and lovely!!! Perfect for this challenge. :)

Emily Keaton said...

BTW, my Blogger woes are finally over. Yay! I wasn't able to sign in to Blogger at all for the past two days (no commenting, no access to my Dashboard, no way to edit posts, and certainly no ability to make new posts). That totally stunk. Finally fixed it this morning by deleting my Blogger cookies. Everything's back to normal now!

Elena C said...

Beautiful card. I love butterflies too...

Erin (Homemade Cards by Erin) said...

So stylish!

HildeM - Lykkelig med liten said...

Awesome. I love your card!

Hugs, Hilde

Cindy C. said...

Fabulour card, love those green butterflies!

Benzi said...

Beautiful card, Colleen. I do love those colors and the pretty stamp you used.

Shirley said...

Absolutely stunning! I love your butterflies and all of you design just really makes them shine!!

Tui Nathan said...

Ooh, I soo love this background combined with the beautfiul punched butterflies and oh so glamorous gems .... sets the scene for an absolutely delightful card... love it!!!

Stacey G.- 2 Craf-t-4u said...

This is beautiful Colleen! I love these colors and the elegant design. The butterflies are perfect too!

Chunyuan said...

Love your card and happy blogaversary!

lostinpaper said...

Love your card, your embossed butterflies are gorgeous!

Diane said...

Very pretty and elegant...love those butterflies!

Anna-Karin said...

Lovely card! The background look fantastic and I love the green butterflies.

Gerda Weiland said...

I love those butterflies!

Jayne C said...

Beautiful card....love the butterflies! x

Becky said...

Those butterflies are gorgeous!

Holly said...

This is one of my favorites from the green Play Date. I love how you used the die cut border.

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