Thursday, July 7, 2011

Play Date Cafe 89

With the kids home for summer break, my available craft time has been quite reduced.  I'm grateful for our relaxed days, with a (mostly) unstructured schedule.  I'm grateful that I get to have the kids around me more, to see their beautiful faces and hear some laughter. 

But, being a true crafting addict, I am going into withdrawal since my stamping time is limited.  I know some of you out there can relate.  I know I am not alone!  It doesn't help matters that my children tell me I'm on the computer too much, that they want to see more of me.  Oh, the guilt!

Well, I'd better get this post going before the kids wake up, or I'll be feeling the guilt all over again. 

This week the Play Date Cafe has some soft colors for you:  mint, buttercream and taupe.



Our sponsor, The Craft's Meow, kindly sent each of us on the Design Team a stamp set.  I received Timeless Tags:


Love this set!  It's got oodles of possibilities.
Here are the two cards I made for our challenge:


I stamped a flourish from the set around the edges of my card front, then embossed with Framed Tulips.  I broke into my Prima Botanical paper pad for a soft bit of taupe paper, and layered many things on top of it:  a paint chip -- which looks like the mint color of our color story -- that was punched, some braided trim, pearls, a dragonfly sticker and of course the Timeless Tag stamp.  Oh, and for the first time ever, I SEWED ON MY CARD!  Alas, you can barely see it, but it's there. 



Version Two, using a flower instead of a dragonfly:


Our guest this week is Nicky Hsu, and she's got a soft, lovely card you don't want to miss.  Head over to The Play Date Cafe to see the whole team's cards and link up your crafty creation, too. 

Thanks for joining me!

Colleen

Stamps:  Timeless Tags - Craft's Meow
Paper:  Very Vanilla cardstock - SU; Botanical patterned paper - Prima; paint chip
Ink:  Sahara Sand - SU; Versafine black - Tsukineko
Punch:  Acanthus Leaf - EK Success
Other:  Big Shot, Framed Tulip embossing folder - SU; dragonfly sticker - K & Co.; braided trim; pearls; dimensionals

31 comments:

Fiona said...

So soft and lovely Colleen - I like both versions!

Andrea Ewen said...

I love them both as well, just full of wonderfully vintage accents! The colors are arranged beautifully!

LeAnne said...

Oh I just love everything about this...colors, sewing, frame, embellies, it's a vintage dream-come-true!

Pauline said...

This is gorgeous, so elegant and stylish. I love the embossed frame and the punched border - it it by papertrey? Love the gold loopy trim, just gorgeous.

Vicki Dutcher said...

Such pretty colors! (so makes me think of Andrea :)) - Lovely cards I am drawn to the dragonfly -- just like the difference from flowers!

Linda R. said...

I am just loving your soft tones here. Soooo pretty!!

Linda Callahan said...

The colors are so soft and beautiful - and your cards are gorgeous! What a beautiful vintage look!

Stacy aka Twinshappy on SCS said...

Very soothing and pretty.

~Tammy~ said...

OH my what a beauty!!! So soft and elegant!!!

Noor Nahdi said...

Such a classic card, Colleen!! This one is very suitable for wedding invitations too :)

Emily Keaton said...

These are just beautiful, Colleen! I love your soft and vintage approach to both cards. And I'm so impressed with your punched paint chips! I've often wanted to do something with paint chips on cards, but have never quite gotten there. Oh, and I have that Timeless Tags set, too--and love it, too!! I agree that it has oodles of possibilities. I find myself reaching for it a lot--and I know I'll continue to do so. Great work with this week's pretty colors!!

Savannah O'Gwynn said...

WOW! What a beautiful dragonfly! I love the border punch and that beautiful ribbon--what a great stamp set you received! It's TOTALLY YOU:) LOVE LOVE LOVE this card!

Tracey said...

A real BEAUTY Col!!!! I so NEED this stamp set!!

Benzi said...

Gorgeous card, Colleen. Your paint chip worked beautifully and I can certainly see that stitching. I sent someone a sewing machine once and she never stitched an inch. LOL
Guess who that was?
Your tags are all beautiful and so is your creation with them.

Carol (Gingerbeary8) said...

Wow Colleen these are so elegant. What pretty paper and that dragonfly is positively exquisite. I have to laugh about the paint chip. It seems a couple of years ago for one of theVirtual Stamp Nights over at SCS one of our challenges was with paint chips. I went over to Lowes and pick so many pretty ones. I used them for one challenge-put them away and never found them until last night!!! Go figure. Stunning card my friend!

Donna B. said...

Such a soft and pretty card! Love the sentiment and frame and your embellishments are just perfect!

Ann Schach said...

Stitching, embossing, pearls and a dragonfly...What's not to love with this card! Beautiful!

Leslie Miller said...

These colors are so soft and lovely. What a gorgeous card! I don't have kids at home (except Wally) but I sure do understand about taking advantage of summertime while you can. Enjoy!

Stella said...

Colleen you really have outdone yourself ( again...wow!!!)
So subtle, soft and elegant. I just love love love your take on this weeks'colors. I also thought about these botanical papers to use but I will never ever come up with something as stunning as this. Yes; I love this card :)
Hugs!

Lisa said...

Soft, delicate and just STUNNING!! love everything about it!

Marlena M. said...

Wow, is that trim amazing. I love all the rows of elegance in your cards. ;)

Linda B said...

What a fabulously wonderful card... Love the neutral shades and that bit of blue... and your terrific sentiment... what a great stamp set!

Shirley said...

Colleen, that is breathtaking! How lovely. I wouldn't know where to begin!

Maria said...

Such elegant beauty! Love both of your cards! I so love that braided trim...wow...so divine! So much loveliness on your cards, Colleen...great job!!! Take care and hugs!:-))

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

Love them both! So pretty and elegant! The trim is gorgeous!

MackieMade Paper Creations said...

So beautiful. I love the stamping around the edges. I 'm gonna have to order that tag set!

Jinny Newlin said...

What a gorgeous stamp set, and you've highlighted it so beautifully, Colleen! LOVE all the texture and elgance you've incorporated into your stunning creation!

lynn said...

such a sweet looking card!

Erin (Homemade Cards by Erin) said...

Love the dragonfly, it's got so much texture.

cbuswell said...

Gorgeous, I love the dragonfly!

Monika/Buzsy said...

Lovely cards Colleen. Both version are pretty. The soft colors and the embossing are perfect.

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