Thursday, October 22, 2009

Welcome to The Play Date Cafe Challenge #1


Well...here it is! The Play Date Cafe's very first Challenge! Are you as excited as we are?
Each week, someone from our design team will be your host. What does that mean? It means the color choices and the inspiration behind those colors are chosen personally by that week's host. You never know what story may come with that inspiration,
so be ready for anything.

You may be asking yourself 'what makes this color challenge different?' My answer to you is play along and see what you think. I believe you will find that the color inspirations will be unique, our designers will offer you a variety of projects to draw ideas from and the challenges will be loosely interpreted. Of course, one question remains...WILL THERE BE PRIZES?
YOU BET! We are currently looking for additional sponsors for the challenge, so if you know of a company looking to do so, please let me know. More on that later!
Let's get to the challenge.

Your host for this week is 'yours truly'. Thought I would give the DT a week to get their feet wet. My inspiration from the photo above is pretty obvious. We are certainly in that time of year when we prepare not only for Halloween, but for fall decorating in general.
I hope you will take a good look at the inspiration photo to see just where my color choices came from.
See the 'moon shadow' behind the tree?
What about the few leaves left on that tree?

Here's what we hope you will take from each challenge....are these colors open to interpretation? Yes indeed...so use your creative juices. Our colors are close suggestions. We are not using specific card stock color names nor brands for our challenges, so you can really break out of the box and have some fun. What we do ask is that the colors that are in the challenge BE your focal colors...you can use additional colors,
but let the challenge colors be the focus.
ALL SKILL LEVELS ARE ENCOURAGED TO PLAY!

The first project to inspire you is from me...the rest are from a very talented group of women who are so excited to be a part of The Play Date Cafe Design Team. I hope that you will not only draw ideas from them, but visit their blogs and get to know them!




Each week, one winner will be chosen to win the prize of the week and a badge to display on their blog that says 'I won at The Play Date Cafe'. At the end of a month, we will determine a guest designer from our winners to join us the following month. We will also award honorable mentions.

The prize for this week is $25 worth of stamping and scrapping supplies from a variety of companies. So please follow these rules carefully to enter:

You are welcome to combine challenges, but we do ask that they be used for the first time here and that OUR colors are the focus of the card. Just link the card from your blog to Mr. Linky below...JUST THE LINK FOR THAT CARD OR POST...not your entire blog. Any links with the entire blog will be removed from the entries. If you use an online gallery, you may link the same way and please use the code PDCC01 in that gallery.
If you are not a part of a gallery, we invite you to be a part of The Play Date Cafe Social Network and upload your photos there with a link back.
Deadline for prizes is 12:00pm EST Tuesdays...winner will be announced Thursday at the next challenge.
Have fun!







24 comments:

CelticWoman said...

Whaoooo, and I am usually in bed and very asleep but just had to see, wow. Hugs

*Alison* said...

WOW!!! Everything looks amazing.. WAY TO GO GIRLS.. :) WE ROCK!! GREAT JOB!! wow this is going to be so much fun. HUGS

Mona L. Pendleton said...

Congrats Julie & ALL the DT girls! I am so proud of you getting your challenge up & running! Great samples of inspiration! :)

Moni said...

WAW stunning creations, congrats for new challenge blog! Hugs;moni

Sarah Anderson said...

I was in bed!! And asleep, it's 6am here when you guys hit midnight and I just needed my sleep! But it was great to look at the wonderful designs with my morning cup of tea.
Great job everyone, love, love, love your card Julie, and a big, big hug for all the work you did getting this off the ground xxx

1CardCreator said...

Wow, such awesome talent! I love how I can see all the individual styles you each have. Your artistic personalities are showing through. Great challenge, can't wait to give it a try!

Sue a/k/a MOUSEMOM40 said...

Wow! Such beautiful creations! I can't wait to play along later today!

Julie said...

Good morning, Julie! The DT projects are just fabulous! I'm ready to go! Thanks for such a great new challenge group--this will be fun!

Crayola58 said...

Wonderful creations.... unique and very well designed.
Can't wait to give it a whirl too.
Carole

Crayola58 said...

I am so excited to link my project for this challenge. I hope you all like what I've done with your wonderful challenge.
Carole

becky said...

Congrats, sounds like fun even though Im not really an artist, I can sketch some.I cant wait to see how it goes.

LeAnne said...

This is gorgeous---I'd love to know where that sentiment comes from, I LOVE it! Great take on the inspiration..hope I can play!

Julie Ranae said...

LeAnne...The sentiment is actually a die-cut from Bo-Bunny 'Gift of Love' collection.

Next challenge I will be more descriptive on my posts....getting this inaugural one off the ground kept me hopping!

So glad you came by and do hope you can play with us!

Lisa Lectura Creations said...

Hi Julie! Love the color inspirations! Looking forward to getting to know all the talented artists on your design team. The shared creations here are fabulous! Wonderful challenge and I can't wait to see what I come up with. Thanks so much for sharing your creativity with us!

Hugs,
Lisa :)

eiyiyi said...

I'm so excited to be posting for the first challenge. Sorry about my original post ... let's chalk it up to a senior moment. Fabulous job by the DT!!! Very talented group. eileen

beedeebabee♥ said...

Hi Julie! Love your card! All the girls have created such wonderful projects! A real feast for the eyes! Can't wait to see what everyone else comes up with! Congratulations on a fabulous job with the Cafe!!! Hugs, Paulette ;)

Whippet said...

Fun Challenge! Thank you. Hope my link works:-)

Danielle said...

Very Delicious Samples!!!
Love the fall inspiration colors!!

one question. Do we have to make cards?

Gwen said...

Wow! The DT designs are incredible! This looks like a fun challenge. I really hope I can make time tomorrow to participate.

Congrats on your first challenge!

Smiles!
Gwen

Julie Ranae said...

Danielle....you can create whatever you like for your challenge piece so long as the focus is the colors in the challenge.

CelticWoman said...

Jan, left remarks on your creation, it is grand, thanks for playing. Hugs

Little Moos and My Creative Pink. said...

Thanks for letting me participate..

Nancy Maxwell James said...

what gorgeous gorgeous pieces you have shared! wonderful work! awesome challenge...hope to find some time to play! :)

Tenia Nelson said...

Thanks for the kind words and the invite on my blog!! You ladies are so talented....I love what I see!! I will be back for sure!!

Tenia:)