Thursday, February 24, 2011

Fresh & Bright...The Play Date Cafe

I'm not sure if you've been able to tell, but I have
really been diggin' bright colors this week.
I think it's been a long winter and I am just ready
for some color.

It's great timing because this week's color challenge
over at The Play Date Cafe scratches me
right where I itch!!!

Three of our Senior Designers are
responsible for choosing our weekly
color stories and we each have our own
style and color palette that is all our own.
This pure Ruby 2 Shoes!

I decided to go with a distressed, aged look for this card.
One of my very favorite tools in the studio is the
Distrezz-it-All by Zutter.
It saves that cramp you get in your hand with tiny little
distressing tools and can handle a single sheet of
cardstock all the way up to chipboard.

This card is all about layers of designer paper and
embellishments.  The sweet little lucite cherries are by
Mary Englebreit and were the perfect little addition.

Of course I tied it together with a little baker's twine 

We have the talented Maria Gurnsey joining us as
our guest designer this week.
In honor of Maria, I used her 'namesake' 'Gingham Gurnsey'
stamp to create the tag under the 'my friend' sentiment.
Check out that story and learn more about Maria
when you visit The Cafe.

We have the most talented design team
waiting to inspire you, and here they are....

and of course, our sweet guest...
Maria Gurnsey

 So glad you stopped by and I hope you'll 
leave a quick little note to let me know
you were here : )

Today's Project Recipe:
Cardstock: The Paper Company
 Designer Paper: K&Company 'Sweet Nectar' & BoBunny 'Abbey Road'
Stamps: Papertrey Ink 'Friendship Jar & Ippity 'Gurnsey Gingham'
Ink: VersaMagic, Ranger Archival, Tim Holtz Distress Ink
Tools: Spellbinders 'Labels One', Big Shot, sewing machine
Distrezz-it-All, Martha Stewart punch 'Loop Heart'
Embellishments: Baker's Twine by The Twinery in 'Caribbean', 
Pearls by Martha Stewart, Cherry by Mary Engelbreit


Fiona said...

love your distressed look to the colours this week Julie!

Michele Gross said...

Love that gingham!! Such a sweet project! Love all your details :D

Anne Fannie said...

Love the colors, your work is beautiful!

Mona L. Pendleton said...

Cute card Julie! Love the aqua twine bow!

ElizabethR said...

Love your card Julie and as a WI girl I love to see home made jam with a fabric cover on it LOL Elizabeth xxxx

Andrea Ewen said...

Beautiful Julie! What a sweet image with that mason jar and how darling to tie it off with twine! So very creative!

Sherri Thompson said...

Julie, this is such a beautiful card! I love that you changed it up a bit by distressing the bright colors. Looks gorgeous (as usual!) Thanks for sharing. :)

Jaclyn Miller said...

Soooooooooo cute! Love those little cherries and your choice of DP's match the colors so well.

Anonymous said...


Thanks for sharing!
Ciao Bella!

Creative Carmelina

Jinny Newlin said...

LOVE all your distressing, Julie! You, always, create such gorgeous cards with amazing texture! This one is no different! Add to that the sweetness factor, and you've got a winner!

Lindsey said...

Love all these bright cheery patterned papers! What a great card, Julie.

Monique said...

Adorable Julie... Love the distressing and stitching.... Cute Cute!!

Tracey said...

So sweet and a lot of work went into this beauty!!

Maria said...

Oh what a sweet sweet card! Love all the soft colors with great stitching and those little cherries are a fabulous it!!!

Savannah O'Gwynn said...

SUUUUUUUPER cute card--love that stitching around your blue and green! I also love that paper used for the jar! SO FUN! You rocked this challenge:) Hope you are doing well! HUGS!!

Ruby said...

Ooh that little jar looks familiar ;o) Love how you've done the little piece of twine and the pearl on the label, gorgeous card!

peggy gatto said...

fun and fresh!!

María de los Ángeles said...

A gorgeous card Julie, love this little cherries!!

Pauline said...

What a beautiful card, love the jar of marmalade and the cherry charm is lovely - a real made in grandmas kitchen type card!

Benzi said...

What a darling addition with the cherry. Love the gingham and the distressing. Super creation!

Colleen Dietrich said...

A Distressing tool sounds like fun! I use my fingernail. Not so much fun. :( Love the cheery cherries for your farm-fresh card! Prayers going up for you today.