Tuesday, May 24, 2011

A New Play Date!

Being the real creature of habit that I am, I tend to stick to my most familiar haunts.  I guess I can be a bit shy at times.  I knew that if I were going to move beyond where I felt most comfy, I'd have to try out a new challenge group.  Truth be told, I wasn't really as game as I'd like to make out, because I just did my best sheep impersonation and followed the lead of a few of my crafty friends and tried out a challenge group that they seemed to be having fun with at the moment.  So, The Play Date Cafe was picked as my next foray into a new challenge group.  I'm kind of excited, but plenty nervous too.  I haven't had time to make any cards over the last week and a bit and seeing that I was instantly smitten by the challenge colors and image, I knew this color challenge could be just what I needed.  I'm a bit rusty, but still, oh so, keen.



Pretty cool inspiration photo, huh?  Just love the vintage warmth and charm captured there.  The stamps used in my card were pretty much all Papertrey Ink's, with the exception of the gigham background stamp and that belongs to Darkroom Door.  Apologies in advance for the less than ideal photograph of my card, but I didn't have it finished until well after sundown and had to rely on my camera's dodgy flash (and my lack of photographic skills more to the point).  Please do forgive the scarcity of crisp focus and complete absence of natural light.  Do know though that a lightbox is sooooo on my wishlist.  Just need to do a bit more research into the best one that's available here in Australia and won't cost me a kidney.  Please let me know if you've got any great ideas.

I digress.  So without further ado (codename for waffling on)... my first ever card made for The Play Date Cafe:

15 comments:

Ruby said...

I am SO glad that you decided to play along with us. Your card is FAB! I really struggle with masculine cards so it's great to get some inspiration. You've done a terrific job, hope you keep playing along with us, we'd love to have you join us for a virtual cuppa! Thanks for playing along with us at the Play Date Cafe this week!

Marlena M. said...

Awesome retro card! I love the shape of the second layer. ;)

Colleen Dietrich said...

Oh, we're so excited that you came to play with us at The Play DAte Cafe! Your card has such a rugged handsomeness to it. Thanks for sharing it with us!

Lisa V. said...

I love this card. It works beautifully with the challenge and has a fantastic masculine look.

Anna said...

This is a fabulous card! I love the vintage feel to it- goes great with the inspiration photo. Thanks for your kind comment!

Becky said...

Loving your card! The Papertrey stamps are perfect with that twine and is that an impression plate in the background? Pefect!

Fiona said...

Woop, woop! A fellow Aussie - love it when I find Aussie's playing along.... Love the angular shapes contrasting with that gorgeous gingham background stamp Jen! Thanks for playing along with us at the Play Date Cafe :)

Amber said...

I likey!!! That background layer is such a great pattern! Great job!

Tracey said...

SO glad you came over to play with us in the Cafe!!! Your card is FABULOUS and I LOVE the use of the geometric shapes in it!! Thanks so much for joining us at The Play Date Cafe :)

Anna (doctorfoodie) said...

What a perfect interpretation! I honestly had to scroll up to see the original photo, to see if I've just accidentally scrolled up instead of down. Your choice of colours and distressing ink is really spot on. I also like how your background stamp (from my hero my dad maybe?) echos the picket fence.

Anne B said...

Fab card, Jen. Love what you did with this challenge, from teh vintage feel to the way the mat layer echoes the ad sense label shape. You go girl!

Stephanie said...

Jen........You nailed the challenge!!! So pretty! So simple! So STYLISH!!! Love it!

Jaclyn Miller said...

Love the retro feel of this card - so fun. Thanks for joining us at The Play Date Cafe this week.

Jenny said...

Hi Jen, fab card love the distressed vintage feel to it, I just adore the 'woodgrain effect' background.
Take a look on Susans blog on how to make your own light tent http://susangoetter.blogspot.com/2011/05/how-i-photograph-my-cards-and-layouts.html
Hope this helps
Jenny :)

Andrea Ewen said...

Wow, Jen...I think you've done a fantastic job with the colors, your design is crisp and clean and I love the distressing that you added! Great papers and awesome twine accent! So glad you joined us at the Play Date Cafe!