The Play Date Cafe is celebrating its 3rd anniversary, and although I am very new to their little community, I think it is absolutely incredible that they have been around for so long, providing a different challenge once a week without fail, giving attention to so many participants by leaving kind comments in all blogs, putting so much effort, time and creativity for the pleasure of others.

I decided to show my appreciation for these wonderful ladies by making a card celebrating the challenge’s 3rd anniversary. It turned out to be less of a card and more of a modest 15cm x 15 cm mini album as I wanted to fit so many ideas in.

I used the current colour palette on all pages, bearing in mind that I do not have to use the exact colours but rather providing a platform to a variety of hues being one of the Cafe’s motos. I wanted to pay tribute to the wonderful designers that have won one of the three challenges which pinpoint the milestones in the Cafe ¬†history: the very first challenge ever, the 1st anniversary challenge, and the 2nd anniversary (I must emphasize that ALL challenges throughout the 3 years were just as important to sustain the Cafe, but unfortunately couldn’t choose them all… so please do not be offended…) I used the designer’s sketches (here are links to the relevant websites: 2009, 2010, 2011), added pictures to remind us of those three Cafe challenges, chose some of the sentences from the very first post that I thought were still very true in describing the way this challenge is functioning even to this day. I decided I will not use any manufactured patterned paper or cardstock, just a bit of acrylic paint, aquarel paper and my dysfunctional printer. I also used the Spellbinders Pebbles Impresssabilty on the first page.

I really enjoyed making this little gift, I hope you do too, and I wish The Play Date Cafe will be here next year too, and more years to come.

Here is the complete open mini –¬†

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and here are the individual pages –

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