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Thursday, January 13, 2011

My Big Debut!!! Wheeeeeeeeeeeeeee!

Today's the day I've been waiting for - for what has felt like FOREVER - my debut with The Play Date Cafe Challenge!! I am sooooooo happy and excited to be part of this team. Our fearless leader Julie Ranae is crazy organized, and all the team members are so nice and talented and all-around fabulous! But enough of my gushing, let's get to the card:


I wish you could see this card IRL, it has a pretty shimmer to it. I stamped the sand dollar from the new Hero Arts set Fish & Shells repeatedly with different shades of Distress Ink, then spritzed it with Glimmer Mist.


The little seahorse charm - it used to be brass but I wanted silver to match the PDCC colors, so I coated it with Versamark and silver embossing powder and heat set it! Voila! Instant perfect charm. :-)


Here's the beautiful color story Julie created for us to work with this week. The colors immediately made me think seashore, so that's why I pulled out the shells.


Be sure to check out all of my fellow PDCC designers!

Julie Ranae * Sarah Anderson * Savannah O'Gwynn * Ruby 2 Shoes * Andrew Ewen * Fiona Shultz * Jaclyn Miller * Jinny Newlin * Michele Gross * Tracey Kuzniak * Colleen Dietrich

And I hope to see your creation linked up at The Play Date Cafe this week!!


  • Stamps: CL486 Fish & Shells, CG125 Friend Definition, CL497 Find Joy from Hero Arts
  • Paper: Archiver's blue, some awesome woodgrain paper from my stash, watercolor paper
  • Ink: Distress Inks (Vintage Photo, Tea Dye, Antique Linen, Pumice Stone, Broken China, Tumbled Glass), Versamark
  • Accessories: Glimmer Mist (Iridescent Gold), silver EP, seahorse charm, ribbon, American Crafts caramel twine, SU scallop edge punch, machine stitching

34 comments:

  1. LOVE LOVE LOVE this seaside inspired card Libby!!! LOVE how you repeated the stamp image..I never do that! THANKS for the inspiration to try this technique:)

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  2. The wait is finally over! YAY! I am super excited to have you on the team this term and I can't wait to see all the goodness (and dare I say *fun*) that will come from being a part of your 'little addiction'! : )

    Love this card and especially love the close-up photos sharing the details!

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  3. Libby! Its fantastic!! LOVE the soft water colory feel and I can almost feel the soft breeze of the ocean. You captured these colors in such a soft and serene way, truly beautiful!

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  4. Wohooo!!!! Congratulations to your new gig!!! Your card is a stunner - amazing colors and technique!!!!

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  5. Beautiful, classy and gorgeous card!!

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  6. SCRUMPTIOUS!! Love the stitching details and layering!

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  7. such a lovely card Libby! I am loving the little seahorse detail - and how you converted it's finish - and the ribbon he's hanging from!

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  8. Yummy! Congratulations - it's gorgeous!

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  9. Hi Libby,

    This is really pretty! Love the under sea bubbles! They are gorgeous and perfect with the sea horse, love it!

    Hugs, Wendy

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  10. Beautiful soft background! Love the layering of the shells. Lovely card!

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  11. Gorgeous, love the colour combo this week, you have made a stunning debut!

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  12. It is truly fantastic how you made those sea shells so soft and watercolory. I love that you coated the charm with silver embossing powder too - so clever. Great job!

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  13. YAY, Libby! Love what you came up with! These colors are gorgeous! Wish I could play this week, but I'm in the midst of packing and then driving for 2 days, and then unpacking - I can enjoy the online projects, though. Congratulations once again - looking forward to all that you'll create for us!

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  14. Soooo beautiful! Don't ya wish Glimmer Mists photographed better? Grrr! I bet it takes this card to a whole new level. LOVE all your layer stamping!

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  15. A beautiful design and fabulous use of the colors, Libby! I adore glimmer mist as it gives such a wonderful sheen and really adds charm. You've done a wonderful job for your first challenge...doesn't look to me like it was a challenge for you at all! Yay you!

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  16. OH WOW! I love that seahorse! SOOOOOOOOOOOOOO cute and the perfect embellie! What a beautiful card--love your stamping! OH MY! Talented! LOVE LOVE LOVE it:) Welcome to the team--this is a great first post for you! Can't wait to see what else you will be sharing:)

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  17. so very lovely Libby! Wonderful job with the sandollars, you must have stamped off before you stamped on the paper. The seahorse is great touch too!

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  18. ps- congrats on your debut and being part of the Play Date Cafe!

    So did you stamp off first with that distress ink or not? So lovely!

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  19. Congratulations ad best wishes! Your card is so beautiful! I love the colors and the way you put it all together! Good job!

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  20. A lovely card Libby! So delicate and soft, really pretty! It's great having you on the team at last!

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  21. This is just -- sorry gotta say it -- CHARMING! :)

    Love it Libby! HUGS!

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  22. So very pretty! The seahorse is sweet and goes so well with the sand dollars. I can't tell you how much I'm loving these colors!

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  23. LOVE that new Hero Arts stamp set! LOVE the sand dollars and that seahorse charm is so FAB!

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  24. LIbby, I love the softness of these sand dollars, in a kind of 'watery' way. It's like we're looking at them through a shallow bit of sea water. Very pretty!

    I am SO excited to be working with you at the PDCC! What a neat ride this will be. :) (insert hugest grin here)

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  25. This is terrific! Love the distressed look of the paper and your color combo is wonderful!

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  26. Wow...wowwww!!! Just love this card! The soft colors with the stamped background...so pretty! The ribbon and the little charm puts it over the top...LOVE it!!!

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  27. Awesome, Libby. So gorgeous.

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  28. Congrats on your new DT! Your card is gorgeous, love the washed look of the seashells.

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  29. So beautiful!! Love the colors, stitching, and cute charm!!

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  30. This is fantastic! Congrats on the PDCC team! I was playing around with my entry tonight! :D

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  31. Libby, this is wonderful! Great use of the colors! Love the stamped backgroud with text print. Your sewing looks amazing and I even see added texture surrounding the stitched frame. Beautifully detailed!

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