Friday, 5 June 2009

Sketchy sketchy...

...well another week, another penny as the saying goes, this week's challenge has come round sooooo fast the ol' Team Doodle nearly forgot to vote! eeeek!! Lucky for us Kerry was on the ball and reminded us all or we could've seen a major disaster.

Anyway, we did pull our fingers out and by a very complex and extremely fair voting process we have our Top 3 selection! It was a bit of a shame because a couple of you didn't stick to the rules properly and we therefore couldnt include you which we were gutted about because there were some lush designs, but, rules is rules laydeees! (see sidebar to refwesh yourself!)

...oh, by the way, I just have to mench this - the 1,2,3 blinkies are only given to TOP 3 winners - no-one else! And they are emailed so as to avoid any pinch-age, of which I have to say there have been a few!! So those of you who are displaying said blinkies please remove from your bloggeroons and stay with our friendly game pleeeese, there is a general blinkie for you on the website which you are welcome to have and display! I know there are at least 3 or 4 out there and I hope there are no more, I'm sure you haven't done it on purpose as you maybe don't know our rules yet, and I don't want to offend but we want to make sure the right peeps are recognised for their work....we are a very laid back bunch here at Team Doodle but we like to make sure everyone plays fair.
...anyway now I have got that off my bouncy B cups, the receivers of the coveted PD blinkies this week are, (in reverse order of course!)...
in 3rd place....Hope Jacare

and in joint 1st place, Team Doodle couldn't separate them so they share top spot

...Sonia........and........Ava!

Yayyy! congrats to y'all, your creations were fabulous!

These 3 lovelies deserve their awards whole-heartedly for some very spesh entries this week, so please email me at sales@polkadoodles.co.uk and we will send you your rewards toot-sweeet as they say.
Right, back to da business as we say...this week's little sketcheroo just for you (rhymes, get it?). The lovely TD peeps were asked to use the lushalish Polly Polkadoodle this week, although a couple of us were a tad ahead of the game so we haven't all used her although we ARE all lovin' our new luscious little friend, who will be available as a download when the CD is launched in the next couple of weeks. So our challenge to you this week, is to follow the sketch and you must use 3 different papers and at least 1 flower (and please do check the rules!).

Easy peasy lemon squeezy!!

Week 3 Sketch:


Now, Team Doodle have been very busy as usual and I'm know you're going to love this week's ideas...

created by Saskia...Saskia has a very relaxed styleee and we love this torn look here, just delish...
created by Kerry...love how Kerry has curved the little tags around this flower and the little knot bow is very cute...
created by Lou...Lou did a great criss-cross card, love the soft edges on this card and it's great how she hid the insidey bits for a lovely surprise...




created by Enfys... omg I just LOVE this stunning gift - En didn't quite have time to make the little notecards for the inside but quite honestly I wouldn't give a stuff if I receieved this! She is one creative laydee indeed...


created by Kath...and here is someone else who always pulls it out the bag for us. Love this bright criss-cross card. Kath's inspired me to do the inside of my card this week too, it so finishes it off sometimes...

created by Nikky...this started as a criss-cross and then distracted by Big Brother I didnt quite manage it so i turned into a pop-up instead. I cut a slit into the scallop circle and slotted Polly through so she's poking out of the frame. The wooden dragonflies are on a square pop-up made from acetate. Inside the bird house is also a pop-up.


created by Ruth...Notice how Ruth printed Polly onto watercolour paper so she gives a totally different look, love the shading where she's used watercolour pencils...

created by Michelle...a lovely, simplistic card but great colour combo - the cupcake & flower centres are glittered...


created by Maggie...another great criss-cross card, note the little photo-turn keeping it closed on the front, nice touch!


created by Jozza...big quite often IS better and certainly in this case, I love this huge layered flower - very simple but gorgeous, and she's coloured Polly on the inside - note how she's scattered the inside flowers around the edge as a border...


So, another challenge in the bag, so get out your stash and get cracking! Looking forward to seeing yours in the comments below!

Thursday, 4 June 2009

Erm, escuse me, important annoucement here!?...

We have a winner of some sugar-lish candeeee!!

Well it took a while to trawl through all your lovely lovely comments on our first blog post and I used a random generator to select one fabulush winner of our lovely candy....
(random generator = husband on this occasion)

....ta dahhhh....our random lucky winner is Jules!  So pleeese get in touch Jules so I can send you all this delish stash pronto.  And to everyone else who entered, I'm really sorry, but sometimes life just sucks girlies! Nah, seriously, thanks for all your fab comments and links, the DT and moi are really loving our daily snecks at your lovely creations!

(tip: look out for some more candy VERY soon!)  mwahhhh x

Thursday, 28 May 2009

7 busy busy days and we have a winner...

WoW! We would all just like to say a massive thanks to everyone for their mega fab comments on the last sketch, we're all bowled over by the amazing response we've had to the site and how many of you have loved what we're doing - we knew we were onto a winner and you've all proved it, so a HUUUGE thanks to you all. So, our first challenge was last week and you gave us a hard time choosing from the fab entries - there were sooo many it kept us all busy for most of the week. I got blog dizzy at one point, I was flipping around t'interweb like a spider on acid. I've also been told off by DH for spending too much time a la blogger.com instead of work, but he can go twizzle on a sharp stick.
Anyway, Team Doodle has selected our Top 3 winners from the long list of lush creations and comments and it really was very difficult, there is a wealth of talent out there ladies (and men, none of you could be bothered to enter so why should you get a mentch!) We also considered the entries which were a titchy bit late too, seeing as it was the first one ;)


So without further ado, tadaaaahhhh drum roll pleeeeeeese..............

our Top 3 doodlers this week are....

Our No 1 Winner is:
Lou at ...........Loopy Lou

Our No 2 Winner is:
Lynda at........Lynda Loves Crafting

and our No 3 Winner is:
Linda at.........Slice of Life

A massive congrats to the 3 ladies involved who all made fabulous cards, they are now awarded our special, coveted Polka Doodle award blinkies which are only given to challenge winners,
plus they will receive a fab prize too.
(Ladies, please email me at sales@polkadoodles.co.uk for your prizes and blinkies!)

So, if you want to get some spesh blog bling for yourself then you need to get cracking with our next sketch, and here it is (of course you are welcome to use our general blinkie in the sidebar) ...

Now, it amazes me how things are interpreted differently and this week's DT are a great example of that. My loverly girls have excelled this week as I'm sure you'll agree. So, get making and we look forward to seeing your creations. You need to follow the sketch and can use whatever you wish for this one but please link back to the sketch here. Please see the general rules in the sidebar for submissions. To submit your entries please leave a comment under this post with your link to your entry - closing date is Wednesday so come on, get posting!!!

Team Doodle have all been using the Sugar Birdies CD which is still available for pre-order at a super bargain price so make sure you get yours...

Created by Freddie FooFoo...Well I hate to ruin my rep for being a last minute Annie (who?) & in time honoured tradition this was made during BGT as I'm trying to upload the challenge! Every room in our house is seriously like Mr Trebus' house at the mo so it's a case of use what's to hand. So it was just paper from theSugar Birdies CD and a little stash of buttons I came across on the shelf. I don't think I like this card much I have to say, something's missing but time and the inability to sift through a million boxes for an embellie restricted me. I got a bit carried away with the distressing and ink, tore the flower petals and added a few doodles to the papers to show anyone can doodle - this is dead scruffy as you can see! I cut three paper buttons up and concertina'd them into a circle for the centre of the flower, this works really well with patterned paper too. As a quick fix tip for buttons, instead of faffing arbout trying to thread them up, just snip tiny strands of paper and push it through the buttonholes - MUCH quicker & you always have a matching colour.

created by Krista....This is such a cute card, Krista's interpretation of the sketch is cool and she always uses such bright "poppy" colours - the cake is good enough to eat!Created by Michelle...A fab colourful card - sunshine indeed! Like the way Michelle has used her brads and gems here...
Created by Kath...


Created by Maggie...
This is a really pastel-y soft card - love the double scallop and the yummy ricrac, with lots of glitter....
All things pink and delish with this stunning beauty from our Lou - we all loved the layering here on the cupcake that's added a fab effect and real dimension, need to cardlift this idea for the future methinks! Also, note rotation of the little squares, it reminds me of a little dinky noticeboard...


Well, Saskia's pulled this inspired creation out of the bag this week and we all love it...an adorable gift for anyone, so much thought and effort has gone into this and really love how she turned the sketch totally around...she's actually made this with Flower Labels for a budding gardener and the little label is flower seeds - how CUTE!...


Created by Enfys...
She never lets you down, our En! A truly scrumptious card, that cake looks good enough to eat right now. En's used the scallop from the CD templates and cut it in black with a white centre for drama, then glittered the cake icing by running it through her Xyron first. The cherries have been topped with Glossy Accents/Diamond Glaze/Anita's (whichever floats your boat) and they are glistening away tempting me to eat them. Wonder if they smell like Maroschino cherries! Hmm, shaken not stirred please barman!...
Now our Sue is a new blogger and she ain't half bad is she!...apparently she doesn't normally do girly cards but this is a little cracker we think, who doesn't like that pink and black combo?...here she's used the swirly text paper from the CD and has mounted the "HI" alphabet onto some black card for a bit of contrast, with a gem for the dot. Faberooni, Sue...

As always, J thinks out of the box although she's waay too modest and we all love this stunner of a father's day card with her 2 little poppets smiling away. Jo's a fellow doodler like yours truly and we are on a joint mish to get the world doodling on their cards so we demand you have a go! Liking the scallop edged card here too - don't forget if you don't have any nestabilities etc you can always get those scallop edged scissors out that you bought years ago and have never used!


Created by Lakul...
Another scrummy cherry-fest this week, at one point we thought everyone had popped a cherry card out (mwahhahah) ooer... great colours here too using the cherry papers and Stampies from the CD and look at that funky hand stitching, it looks VERY creative! My tip is when doing hand stitching or faux stitching - just don't even TRY to make it straight as it will look wonky when you're done. If you leave it wonky it looks intentional anyway and just looks arty instead. Not that Kerry's stitching is wonky, she did this on purpoise...also note the way she's attached the ribbon to the frame as well, very subtle but a fab detail...


Created by Ruth
And what a little belter she has made for us! Love the bright colours on this card and Ruth's great use of the flowers. The addition of glitter on the wings of the little birdies is a gorgeous finishing touch.
So dear bloggers, these are our creations for this week and Sketch 2 and I think you will agree that Team Doodle outdid itself! I think the girls need to watch it here, looking at these lovelies we might be peaking a bit too soon, we need to keep some ideas in reserve!!! So we hope you're going to join in with this sketch, there are huge possibilities with this one and we can't wait to see what you do with it!

And if you don't want to join in the sketch don't forget to find the post for the blog candy and leave us a comment to be in with a chance of winning some stash.
ttfn doodlers! xx

Wednesday, 27 May 2009

Challenge Numero Uno closed...

...well thanks for all the amazing entries, we have a difficult job to do this week! So don't forget to check back on Friday to see the faberooni winners and get next week's challenge, judging by Team Doodle's entries I've seen so far you are gonna ADORE this one! x

Tuesday, 26 May 2009

Phewee...

...wow, well what a busy week our new blog has seen! We're all over the moon at how much you all seem to be loving the challenge and thanks soooo much for all your fabuloso comments and links, they're all mega! Anyway, we thought we should just drop a reminder that deadline for this week's entries is tomorrow lunchtime and our first Top 3 will be announced on Friday.  So you still have time to get those inky fingers workin' to the bone and get a last minute entry in.   We've added the rules and all the boring stuff down the right hand sidebar if you need it.  And if you thought this week's Team Doodle makes were faberooni, wait till you see Challenge 2!!  Oooo can't wait till Friday, (jiggling my flabby cheeks up and down in my seat!). x

Friday, 22 May 2009

...ta dahhhh!!!!!!!!....

..well today has finally arrived and perhaps a little too quickly for some of us (ie me!) but hello and welcome to the very first of our spanking good challenges my dears!!!...
We all hope the challenges, sketches and cards we post help to inspire you and make you wanna stroke and USE that lovely stash that we all know each and every one of us has sitting in our houses piled high to the rafters!!

And I know you will all agree that the rather fab Team Doodle has done an awesome job for the first challenge (bless their smelly tights they only actually had a couple of days to do these as someone, cough cough, was rather behind in supplying images etc etc) so they've done fantastically well to turn out such fab creations under presh. And I love the way they are all SO different which is exactly why I chose the team I did. I'd also just like to say an enormous thanks again to everyone who entered and wasn't selected, I'm really sorry (keep waking up with night sweats over it) but it was a hard choice to make and please submit again next time my crafty friends.
Right, on with the exciting stuff...
We couldn't let this most auspicious (big word) occasion go uncelebrated so we have some great blog candy to give away to one very lucky winner - so leave us a comment after this post and we will select a random winner on 31st May! This candy includes: KI Memories papers and embellies, inkpads, stamps, glitter galore and loads and loads, can't remember it all now but I reckon there's at least £80 nickers worth. Well worth having.
Ok, ok, challenge time!
Here is the very first polkadoodle doodle! You need to follow the sketch and can use whatever you wish for this one but please link back to the sketch here. To submit your entries please leave a comment with your link to your entry - we will select our Top 3 Entries each Thursday so come on, get posting!!!
The team have all used papers and elements from our brand new Polka Doodles Sugar Birdies range which is available for PRE-ORDER now on either CD-Rom or as Downloads - release date will be 29th May so order now to ensure yours is winging it's way to you pronto.
By the way, don't forget you can also set the team a challenge - any good suggestions posted in the comments will be noted and if we choose one of yours there could be a little preshy thing in the post for you. mmmmm.....stash.......enjoy.........


by Jozza.... clever use of the sketch by turning it upside down here, like the distressed edges and the little stitched rip is a niiice touch...glossy accents on the cupcake icing to make it look scrummy...

by Kirsty Wiseman...fab corner turn on this lovely sugary pink design, love the little charm hanging from the pin, nice touch...

by Saskia...love the use of felt and adore the little scallop turnover corner. The flower has 2 layers to give it depth...


by Sue Ramsay...a really girlie card with lovely colours and the lace adds an extra element to pull it all together. Love the brads and little flowers...


by nikkyfoofoo...used 4 different slices of paper & sanded down all the edges, re-inking them with pink and then black to add extra definition. Double tied ribbon and coloured flower brad with white opaque pen to tie it in.

by Michelle... love the double ribbons and the doodles around the scallop frame, lots of lovely glittery stickles!

by Enfys...gorgeous colour choice and really like the zig zag frames - a nice change from our scallop madness! A very refreshing card - notice the wavy stitching, great if you can't sew straight, so don't try too hard!!

by Maggie...great use of monotone colours showing sometimes less is more! Flower has been edged on the petals.

by Lou...fab use of fabrics and acetate in the aperture, inside mirrors the outer, note the little pin on the message...

by Krista...great colour choice can make a card really cheerful, double layered scallops and love the big embellishments...

by Kerry...a great male birthday card to show men's cards don't always need a theme, the key is in the colour choices...


Pheweee! Well I'm sure you will all agree these are some great ideas and creations, so now you just have to leave us a comment so we can add you to the blog candy draw! ...