Thursday, October 28, 2010

It's Time for a Little 'Splish Splash' of Color

Somethin' a little CAS for you!
After a really fun week over at The Play Date Cafe
it's nice to take a little breather.

Running a challenge blog is a big commitment and
I love every minute of it....well, almost every minute.
To give you an idea...
My Wednesdays are reserved mainly for The Cafe.
I spend a good six hours on preparing the post,
which includes transferring and loading all
of the photo files, gathering the votes from our
design team for recognized players and our winners,
I edit, edit, edit....and oh I, edit some more...
everything from sponsor information to
guest designer bios etc, and answering
the last minute questions that come in 
from the team...
Oh...not to mention that when the 'linking system'
for our player entries goes down (like it did an
hour before the deadline last night) those entries
all have to be forwarded to the team as well.

So there are days like today,
when I turn the ringer off of my phone!
But...I love it!

My good friend and partner in crime over at
The Play Date Cafe has chosen this lovely
color splash photo of, what we call here,
Columbines...but when you visit The Cafe
and read about Sarah's choice of color story,
you will see she calls them something quite different.

I have lived with a British man for over 20 years
and have found that even though we both speak
English, they are two very different languages to be sure!
(But I digress.....)

Yes, Clean & Simple.

We are being sponsored by Mark's Finest Papers
this week and they provided the team with a lovely
set of stamps to play with.
I loved using their flourishes around the edges of my
die cuts, this one is from Sizzix.
The sentiment is also lovely with it's ornate lettering.
Even with a bow, this card would be quite appropriate
for a man or a woman.
Don't forget....our Design Team Call
is still open through November 7th.
We have received submissions from pretty much
every corner of the globe...have we received yours?

Many of you have mentioned that you were
going to 'set your nerves aside and apply'.
I am guessing that happens to many people, so don't
let that deter could be one of the next
designers on The World's Greatest Design Team!


Lisa Somerville said...

Lovely BD card, wonderful CAS design. The flourish looks wonderful stamped/stamped off around the die cut!

Paper Punch Scissors! said...

A beautifully tailored CAS card fit for the Queen! I know what CAS is now Julie ;) Can't wait to play this week!

Helen said...

Great card, and thank you for all your hard work on this challenge blog! I hope to play more regularly again, honestly!

Suzanne C said...

Beautiful card. The stripes are quite striking. Love how you used the flourishes with the sentiment in the die cut!

Jan said...

Beautiful CAS card and the color's this week are beauties!

Monique said...

Beautiful Birthday card Julie... I love the die with stamping ..Very pretty:)

Andrea Ewen said...

Wonderful CAS card, Julie! Love the striped background paired with your lovely sentiment panel, with the soft & bold pink flourishes. Sometimes less is more and your's is the MOST!

downrightcrafty said...

Classic elegance such clean lines and so eye catching too
Hugs Kate x

Sarah Anderson said...

Just gorgeous Julie - those stripes look fab with the flourishes. I've heard of columbines but didn't realise that they were these flowers :)

The Stamp Man said...

I'm really really late with my congratulations on your first anniversary Julie.

You've worked really hard to make Play Date so successful, I believe everyone has seen how hard you've worked at it and you SO deserve to be the world's No.1 challenge blog, long may you continue!!

Perhaps you can take a break some time and come over and visit us, please keep working on that thought:) We're just a day trip from Paul's family.

Your take on your current colour theme photo is fab, clean, simple and very elegant.

Keep doing what you're doing!

Jill x

Mona L. Pendleton said...

Simply beautiful Julie! Love the splash of pink :)

Yvonne said...

Beautiful card, Julie!

Michele Gross said...

Gorgeous card! Love the patterned ribbon with the striped background-yum! You know I love's me a good color splash challenge! I've been kicking ideas around all day :) Love those Columbines!! They are our state flower here and they grow everywhere! LOVE them :)

Sharli said...

Julie Ranae - what a pretty card! The colors are neat - I want to play with them, too!

Athena said...

Hi Julie.

This is a very pretty card. I couldn't be that neat if I tried!

Thank you for stopping by and thank for the fun challenges.

Ruby said...

This is so pretty Julie, I love how you've done the label. Thank you for all your hard work you do on PDCC, it's so much fun working with you. I love it! If anyone is thinking of applying they should just do it, it's great fun!! :)

Janna {Papiersalat} said...

the bow is so pretty!


Savannah O'Gwynn said...

I LOOOOOOOOVE how you used those flourishes on the tag---so beautiful! And that pearl--GET OUT! Love love love it! You are super amazing! Love the post about the PDCC too--and your Wednesday! You are the BEST leader!! LOVE the PDCC:) Great job with your card--elegant and full of STYLE!

Connie Paxman said...

Love your card Julie for the PDC...hope I get time to play...
thanks for stopping by my blog.
connie paxman

donna said...

Such a classy card. I love it! Thanks for following my blog. I have been following yours for quite a while. I like your style. I read about what it takes to run a challenge and I am glad you really love it. I figured it was hours and hours. Thank you for doing it because I am really enjoying doing them.

Emily Leiphart said...

I love your inspiration card, Julie! Thanks again for another great challenge!

Maria said...

Wow,the striped paper is fantastic! Gorgeous pink flouishes on the tag...a lovely card!!! Thank you for all the work you do for Play Date Cafe!!! It is such an inspiring site with great challenges...ty ty!!!

Jan said...

Just poppin' in to say hi and I'm thinking of you :)

Paul said...

I adore this card. Especially the stamped flourishes on the tag. Absolutely GORGEOUS!!! Pxx