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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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Two days ago I was given some ancient beautiful large wooden buttons that date back to the 50’s. They remind me of an owl with holes looking like big round eyes and marking which make them seem feathery. I thought this week’s Freshly made sketch would match them nicely. I started with a card with a blue background, and made another with very light green. I can’t decide which one I like more.

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The first card –

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Cardstock – Recycled paper 216g

Patterned Paper – Best of K & Company

Ink – stormy sky, spiced marmalade distress markers

Stamp – Stampendous Popular phrases

Embossing Folder – Cuttlebug Swiss Dots

The second card –

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Cardstock – Recollections Precious Metals

Patterned Paper – Best of K & Company

Ink – old paper, forest moss, spiced marmalade distress markers

Stamp – Stampendous Popular phrases

Embossing Folder – Cuttlebug Swiss Dots

I have discovered the world of challenges and am about to become an addict… 

The colours on The Play Date Cafe challenge number 152 made me think of outer space.

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I saw this sweet free digital stamp of a rocket and instantly decided to use it. I must confess I tried sewing the frame, but I am so useless with the sewing machine it came out all crooked and I had to redo it with a white gel pen. 

Cardstock – Recollections Precious Metals and some unknown purple cardstock

Ink – Tim Holtz Dusty Concord distress marker, Sakura white Glaze pen

Font – Pea Amie downloaded from here

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Wow, I must have linked it at the very very last moment. At least I hope I did

I do apologize for the quality of the photographs, they were hastily taken, indoors, without a flash.

Only a few hours ago I have found this adorable website and decided to try and participate as I adore the colour scheme. I was so lucky as today I finally received my very first Spellbinder Impressabilities and was really pleased I could use them.

I made a spinner card using these materials:

Cardstock – Recollections precious metals

Impressabilities – Flower Silhouette

Ink – Tim Holtz barn door ditress ink and stormy sky distress marker

Brads – Eyelet Outlet stitched flower fall, Making Memories harvest

Punch – EK success

Font – Pea Mily Bee downloadable for free here

and some detail:

 

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It is black tie at Dynamic Duos challenge. As soon as I saw the colours I wanted to make a birthday card for my husband’s 50th. We are planning (well, I am planning) a holiday driving across Australia.

I do apologize for the quality of the photographs.

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Paper – Recollections cardstock precious metals
Stamps – Inkadinkado road trip, Stampendous popular phrases, Hero Arts paisley and flowers backgrounds
Ink – Old Paper distress ink and marker
Brads – American Crafts elements neutrals

UPDATE

I was really surprised and thrilled to find out I have won the challenge

I loved the ‘Dynamic Duos’ number 14 Challenge, these colours are so vibrant and for some reason really remind me of Nairobi City Market.

Paper – Recollections white cardstock,  plain white cardstock which was coloured with Bundled Sage and Dried Marigold Tim Holtz distress markers
Embossing Folder – Cuttlebug Floral Fantasy
Stamps – flowers: Think Spring Studio112, sentiment: Beary Fun Fiskars