Monday 6 July 2015

Final Challenge Winners

Hi everyone!
It's Dawn here with the final winners post for The Crafting Cafe! *Sad Face*
We had 16 amazing entries in our June, Black & White Challenge!
Thanks you all for playing along, it was an honour to visit your blogs to
check out all your fantastic creations!

As always, I asked Mr Random.Org to help with choosing the winner of our 
Sponsor Prize
The choice of 3 Images & 1 Sentiment from

He gave me #11!  Congratulations Lindsey!

Don't forget to email us: to claim your prize,

Here is your winners badge too!

Winner's badge

Now, on to our Top 3 picks as chosen by the DT
This was a very tough choice to make. I can tell you there was a lot of pushing,
shoving & jumping up & down but we finally manage to agree on
the entries below!


Thank you for your amazing entries ladies! Pleae find your Top 3 badge below!
Top 3 Badge

Thanks to everyone who has played along with us over the past two
 and a half years, it's been a blast!
Thanks to all the sponsors too, the DT had great fun playing with your images.

If you're not already a member of our Crafting Cafe facebook group,
please do pop on over & join us here!
The monthly challenges will continue over there, but will be just for fun!

Now, all that remains is for me to cover everything with dust sheets, make sure the
lights are out & lock all the doors & windows.
Who knows, we may return one day............

Tuesday 30 June 2015

June Challenge

Hi Everyone & welcome to the new challenge at 
The Crafting Cafe
Our theme for this month is

Black & White

We are sponsored this month by the wonderful

Who have kindly provided images for the DT to work with!
Here's a little bit about the company

We are a family owned art rubber stamp company that has been in business since June of 2009.  We are located in the United States in Northeastern, Ohio.  We are proud to say that all of our rubber stamps are made right here in the U.S.A.  We are dedicated to providing crafters around the world with some of the cutest rubber and digital stamp designs.    When Inky Impressions originally opened our doors in 2009, we only offered rubber stamps.  However, after a few years and many requests from our customers, we opted to offer some of our designs in digital format.  All digital stamp images are sent out at 300 DPI.  Opting for digital images allows you more freedom to play with image.  You can resize it, flip it and print it in any color you choose.     As for our rubber stamps, each and every stamp made is “extra deep etched” on quality red rubber for a crisp impression every time!  All Inky Impressions rubber stamps are sold with EZ mount cling and come to you on a laminated 4” by 6” color card.  This color card allows the customer to have a coloring reference when using the image.  Inky Impressions offers many girl and boy characters, however, our main characters are LiLi, Angelica, Nicholas and Christopher.  These characters are cartoon drawings of our children.   I would like to share with you the story of how Inky Impressions was born.  When I first started crafting, I would typically use die cuts and stickers, but eventually started using rubber stamps to create some of my page layouts. I have always loved the cute style!  And as you probably know, finding a cute little girl or little boy stamp back in 2002, consisted of a stick figure rubber stamp that was wood mounted.  It worked for the time being, but after many years, I felt the need to bring exactly what I had envisioned to life…..  This is when we decided to take that leap and go for it!  With much excitement, we had the website built and Inky was born.  I am very proud to say that Inky Impressions was the first rubber stamp company in the world to offer characters with realistic features.  Being a stay at home mommy and wife has allowed me the opportunity and the time to devote to Inky Impressions.  Without the support of my family and friends, my dream of Inky Impressions would not have been possible.  I can’t even begin to express how excited I am to share my dream with you.  We are devoted to you, our customers, so please feel free to share your artwork that is made with our stamps, or to just drop us a line to say hello!BIG HUGS!Nicole
This month will be our last month on the blog, but don't worry, you can still play along with us... We are continuing on our Facebook group.

Thank you so much to all our followers, sponsors and of course all of you for playing along with us.

A massive thank you also goes to all of my design team, past and present.... You have been amazing....
All my team leaders have been fantastic but a special thank you has to go to Dawn. She has been with me from the start and really has been my right hand woman xxx

Pop back over this month to see lots of inspiration posts from the DT.

Happy crafting

Nikki x

Monday 29 June 2015

A furry farewell

This is the last DT post I'll be doing for The Crafting Cafe, and I think I have the honour of being the last to post a DT image on The Crafting Cafe blog too! The image and sentiment are from our sponsors this month, Inky Impressions, and I've sized and printed the images onto my favourite coated card stock and coloured in with ProMarkers before cutting to shape and mounting on an 8x8" card, matting onto black card and embellishing with some Deco ribbon.

To all the friends I've got to know along the way, happy crafting, and enjoy The Crafting Cafe as it moves to its new Facebook home. I'm still going to be crafting away elsewhere, and if you wish to, you can follow me at my blog, or at my Facebook page.



Tuesday 23 June 2015

Black and white

Morning all, Sammy here with some more black and white inspiration for you all.

I used the fab sentiment provided by our sponsor Inky Impressions and layered it onto a card with some lovely black and white paper, ribbon and pearls.

Over to you guys. There's still a week to enter!

Have a great day!


Wednesday 17 June 2015

Black and White - Mags

Mags here to share some inspiration with you for our current Black and White Challenge.  I used an image from our sponsor Inky Impressions for my project.

The papers are from Papermania.  I added lots of pearls and paper roses for bling on this card.  

I hope you like it and are tempted to join in with the challenge.  You still have until the end of the month to enter.

Bye for now

Sunday 14 June 2015

Black & White - Dawn

Hi everyone,
I'm here today with my DT inspiration card for this month's challenge 

Our lovely sponsor this time is

Inky Impressions
I've used one of my own images from the sponsor company,
The sentiment is from them too!
Pop on over to my blog for more details.
Don't forget to check out the rest of the DT inspiration!
Can't wait to see what you create for this one!

Friday 12 June 2015

Black and White, by Amanda

Hi everyone, here's my inspiration project for the June challenge - Black and White. The sponsor this time is Inky Impressions, and I've used their cute "Kitty with Bow" digital stamp. Details of the other things I used can be found on my blog, here.

Happy crafting!