Thursday, June 2, 2011

Play Date Cafe 84

This week's Play Date Cafe colors gave me a bit of a struggle at first:

Individually, I like the colors, but the creative side of my brain just dawdled when it came to combining them.  I searched through my patterned paper stash, but nothing had just the right colors.  I thought about making a Christmas card, but I didn't have the "right" stamps I needed. 

Since our sponsor this week is Mark's Finest Papers, I pulled out my newer sets from them to see what I could do.  The lily pads from Floating Along jumped at me, begging for some Copic coloring (which, by the way, I really need a class in this).

I really didn't know where this was going at first.  I stamped a bunch of images in Pale Plum ink on Pale Plum cardstock.  Then I wound up covering it all with a frame and a punched border, so those stamps aren't even noticeable!

The green piece of punched cardstock was a sample I received from California Paper Goods, whom I used to order my envelopes from.  (they've since reorganized, and now I buy them from Discount Office Items)
It has shimmer to it, but my camera just refused to capture it.

The frame is glittery, from Colorbok, and I've set a piece of Purely Pomegranate cardstock behind it.

Here's another card made with similar ingredients:

On this one, I needed to use a different frame (because the package didn't have duplicates), and I've off-centered my focal point.  My 12 YO thinks this looks terrible, being off in the corner.  However, my 9 YO loves this version because I am using one of her embellishments:  the glittery 5 Petal Flower punch. 

And the 9 YO thinks more people will like this version of my card better, because of her glittery flower. :-)

I'm still not totally enthralled with either of my creations, but I ran out of time to play further. 
I'm anxious to see what YOU will create with our colors, though!

Thanks for joining me today!


Stamps:  Floating Along - Mark's Finest Papers
Paper:  Purely Pomegranate, Pale Plum, white by PTI, green sample from Calif. Paper Goods (probably no longer available)
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black, Pale Plum
Punch:  Modern Garland - Martha Stewart, 5 Petal Punch - SU
Other:  Copic markers, white satin ribbon, dimensionals, green bling from Michael's $1 bin


Fiona said...

both cards are great Colleen :) love the shimmery frame with that beautiful deep pink behind it.

Libby Hickson said...

Such pretty cards Colleen! Love that waterlily image, and you colored it beautifully! And I do love that glittery frame!

Deborah Frings said...

Well I like them both - the waterlily is very pretty. And tell your LO that the glitterly flower is perfect!

Emily Keaton said...

I think you picked the perfect image to go with these colors! And your coloring looks lovely. I'm having fun with that water lily, too. Your daughter's glittery flower looks stunning!! I'll have to try her method sometime--I think it gives fantastic results. I'm always afraid of the mess that glitter will make if I play with it, but if I want her results, I'm just going to have to be bold!!!

~Tammy~ said...

Both cards are beautiful! Your coloring is perfect!!!

Paper Crafts & Scrapbooking Editor said...

Beautiful work, Colleen! You have such mad skills! :)

Jinny Newlin said...

So funny! They're both beautiful, but I do LOVE the second with your daughter's glittery flower! Gotta love a girl that LOVES and knows how to use glitter! How fun for them to have such a creative mom!

Tracey said...

LOVE them both Col!!!

Maria said...

Awwww...too cute...reading your blog regarding input from your girls!:-) If I were to ask my husband and son, they would say...yeah yeah...uh's great. Actually, I love both cards. The flower image is lovely surrounded by the shimmery frame! The second card is is perfect off in the corner with the punched flower added. Great trim added too! Take care and have a great weekend!:-)

Marlena M. said...

I love that you involve your kids. They both turned out lovely. ;)
confession ..I asked my daughter where to place my glitter. ;)

Benzi said...
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Benzi said...

Beautiful that waterlily and the beautiful colors you've ued from Play Date.

Ruby said...

Aren't our kids just the worst critics!! Funnily enough Tinks hates anything off to the side, especially if it's a sentiment that goes off the edge of the card. We should just say, 'umm, who's the designer' in a diva voice lol.

I think you did a gorgeous job, sorry they were a bit challenging at first!

Shirley said...

A really lovely card and I like what you did with the dies for interest too!

peggy gatto said...

Your cards are lovely and so carefully made!!!
Thanks for the heads up about my link, you are right!
Went to fix it, but no luck!

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