Thursday, 2 July 2009

Another week - Another challenge.......

It's Enfys here this week - the team decided to let Nikky off the hook since she has been busy signing autographs, being interviewed for Hello and OK magazines, and being mobbed in the street. Did you see her live show? Wasn't she a breath of fresh air? We are so proud of her here at the Polkadoodley headquarters. Well done Nikky. If you missed it, they are repeating the show a few times over the weekend, so check Create and Craft online to get the times

Thanks to you all who took part in last week's challenge, we had a hard time as usual deciding the winners, but here they are:

in third place -

Lynda

and in joint first place

Katesacraftybugger

and

Bohemian Gypsy

Well done to you all. Email Nikky and she will be in touch

So on to this week. The team all used the cherry papers/elements from the Sugar Birdie CD, and had to make a card with a hidden element. So this is what we challenge you to do this week

Make a card/project with any fruit on it, and have a hidden element somewhere on your project

So here is your peek at what the DT came up with...


Here's Lou's card for this week, isn't it just cherry-licious? I love the way she photographed it outside on grass as well, makes it look so fresh


this photo shows how the little hidden element pulls out.......



and here it is, the sweetest little tag, it's really dimensional too, Lou used three layers of popdots on this



TipTop (Ruth) got the inspiration for her card from a one arm bandit, how clever is that?


The cherries swing back to reveal the jackpot.............


.................this ultra-yummy cupcake

well, you could just eat it couldn't you? She distressed the edges of her circles using a dried up black ink pad that had just enough juice left in to do the job. Looks great.....




Here's Kath, who in her usual fabulous way, has produced a fun, simple and stylish card that's totally 0n-trend. Don't you love the bold lettering? The sweet little velvet ribbon unties to reveal...........
the sweetest of messages!


Here's Kerry's lovely offering this week. She made an extra card attached to the front, and cunningly matched it into the background, using a clear acetate photo anchor and a cherry red brad to hold it in place........



and on the inside, here's Polly - lots of clever features in this card


Just look at this tin that Saskia made, full of cherry decorated coasters, Wouldn't this be a great pressie to take with you instead of a bottle of wine and flowers to thank a hostess - well, okay then, you can take the vino, just leave the flowers behind and take the gorgeous little tin

Two treats from Saskia this week, look at all the detail on her beautifully crafted card. Don't the cherries look yummy in the middle of that huge flower? Her hidden element is a 'card within a card', so a lovely surprise for the lucky person who receives this one


Here's mine. I cut a cherry shaped card using my Cricut machine and the Hello Kitty cartridge, and added diamond glaze to the cherries to make them nice and glossy, then popped a little ladybird tag on. Oddly enough, the card does stand quite nicely on it's own little rounded bottom..

I lined the back of the card with Sugar Birdies cherry paper in case Nikky told me off for not using enough polkadoodly goodies...........

and my hidden element - I cut two extra cherries and hinged them with a brad so that they swing open to reveal the birthday message

So that's it for this week, I am totally exhausted and off to M & S for a kilo bag of those huge sweet cherries they sell at huge prices - hey, I deserve it. So I'll leave you to do your fruity cards, and I am making a personal plea to you all to enter this week, otherwise everyone will think it's me being a rubbish blog cheerleader. You have until midday on Wednesday (7.00 am EST if you are in the USA) Team doodle will see you all later in the week when we come by to admire your work.

Have fun! xx

Friday, 26 June 2009

Well hello peepy peeps, another week has flown by, where does the time go these days or is it just my age, I'm sounding like my mother...hmmph, perish that thought!...

Right, firstly before I forget, our Ideal World/Create and Craft Show has been brought forward a day and is actually now Wed 1st July at 12, there has been mucho confusion but I
suppose that's the norm in the world of TV. So, if you would like a really good belly laugh tune in to see me struggling to string a sentence together and my hands shaking like a jellyfish on a diving board - and you better make sure you have plenty of Tena to hand and a tissue to
dry those tear-y little eyes as I can almost guarantee there will be Tena moments aplenty!! :D And on a more serious note if you want to see a really good selection of what's on the CD make sure you tune in.

Anyway, a very very busy week for me as I'm busy prepping for the show and flapping about like a pac-a-mac in t'wind and I haven't had chance to make a card this week, although I promise to try and make one next week! But who needs me when we have the awesome Team Doodle on call to haul me out of the proverbial poop...(oh I just have to share, I'm sure all you handbag freaks won't mind - whilst writing this I'm watching Lulu Guiness on QVC and I have just fallen in love with this bag (pic doesnt do this justice it has an awesome handle which just sits around your wrist like a bracelet). Not that I didn't choke at the price!

So,onto business! So last week saw lots of lovely entries for the fab flowery ovaly card and you all took the sketch and made it your own with some great great cards as always, so I think you can all give yourselves a pat on the back! pat, pat, pat...

Every week it seems to get harder and harder to choose the winners and I really struggled this week - we have a very democratic voting process at Team Doodle...firstly, we all select our fave 3 and then those are then shortlisted to a top 5 or 6 which are then re-voted on again.
Personally I think this is a really fair system as we all have very different tastes and choices each week, so it really is the majority vote in the end and extremely fair.

So this week's lucky winners are.... ALL of you!! Yes, I promised you all a freebie last week if you entered so please email me at sales@polkadoodles with a link to your blog so I know it' s you and I will send you a wee freebie.

However, we do need a Top 3 and this week's lucky ladeees (where are the men's entries?)
are....

in 3rd place.....Scrappy Max
in joint 1st place....Kris L and Kazzy

This was a REALLY close call and barely a vote between the 3, so congrats to all 3 of you, weloved your creations! As it's our 5th birthday Scrappy Max will get a download and Kris L and Kazzy will both get something extra spesh, so make sure you email me girls please at
sales@polkadoodles.co.uk.

And I also have decided this week to give a special mench to this lovely lady Brandy - bless her cotton socks it's her first ever blog post and her first ever challenge entry this week so I think she deserves a mention and she had such a lovely smiley photo on her blog I felt like giving her a squeezey hug!...(it's ok Brandy I ain't gonna stalk you hun!!) LOL!

Right, well this week we're having a little changeroo. As I'm the wicked witch of craft I didn't let the Doodlers use a sketch this week but I'm nicer to you guys so you can either use the
sketch or do your own layout, but you MUST use a landscape card (ie the fold is on the top and it is a rectangle). The rules are that you have to colour an image yourself - this can either be a stamped image or a topper, any image, andyou can use whatever you like to colour but you cannot use fabric ribbons, you must use a paper ribbon instead...have fun, I'm looking forward to what you do with this one!...
So the ol' Team Doodlers never fail to impress and I was a bit mean making them do their own thing this week. They had to follow the same rules but with no sketch and I made them use Polly Polkadoodle - and this is what they did...

created by Michelle...Michelle has coloured Polly with her Sakura Stardust so she is all glittery and lush - great idea to use the paper weaving technique here, she's cut down 2 of the backing papers to make the strips, verry nice. Also, note how a lot of us on the design team overlap the edges of the cards with the embellies - this really lifts the card to another level I think and it's a grrreat tip...
created by Maggie...lovely use of paper ribbons here, I love the pleated look and love this as a frame. Maggie has coloured 2 images of Polly and has made one into a spinner in the aperture - love the way she's made the aperture a scallop too, very inventive...

created by Krista...Krista is Queen of fresh and funky I think, and I love this girlie girlie card and the colours she's used on Polly it's so bright and cheerful...buttons make such cute centres to flowers don't they...
created by Enfys... another fab creation, love love love the flowers here...
"I coloured Polly with copics and cut the strips out of the stitched paper and concertina'd small strips up to make a funky pleated flower."

created by Sue... simple but adorable...
" A landscape card, depicting Polly (coloured in with Adirondack inks and water colour pencils), one blue paper ribbon, two tiny pink buttons, a layered flower with a centre gem."


created by Lou...
"My Polly has gone "brunette" for this weeks challenge! She has been coloured with Promarkers & the flowers have been coloured with Sakura glaze pens. The ribbon is hiding a wee bit but it is definitely there and I used one of the circle sentiments with a button in the middle, decorated with wire. The inside of the card has also been decorated to match the front."
Lou has also used 3 of the fab Stackies flowers layered up to give a really fresh colourful look, and I love the way she's partly hidden it behind the main image, a great idea when you use a big flower and don't have much room on the card....created by Kerry...Kerry is Queen of the beads and I think it's developing into her trademark!...
"Colouring - what a nightmare. I've lost count of how many Pollys went in the bin but I eventually ended up with one I was happy with. Loved the colour of the card so kept it quite plain. Made the ribbon, folded it to rough it up, then threaded flowers onto it. I wanted to use little buttons for her braces, but it made her look like she had a big pair of boobs. Not sure the flowers don't do the same :) "...

created by Ruth...
Ruth is very creative and always thinks outside the card, so to speak! Love what she's done here with the ribbons and she's tied in one of the Lulu Ladybug sentiments too...
"It's landscape, Polly has been coloured and glittered (and Stackies flower too!) and I've used paper ribbon. Sorry about the wonky photo - must try harder!!"



created by Saskia...she always manages to twist the idea and come up with something great - love the combo of the name on here, looks fab...
"So, this is my take on the 'landscape card. I coloured Polly with Derwent-pencils and glitterpens. I made the card for my godchild who will be 11 on 15th July.

So, that's it Folks! So get your doodlie hats on and your colouring pens out, we all like our crayons, and get to work! Remember to stick to the rules now! ;D
ttfn xxxx

Friday, 19 June 2009

...come in please, No. 5!...

Well my lovely doodlers, the weather is (kinda) good and light nights mean we get more done on an evening. Or not, if like me you are already addicted to Big Bro and the arguments which are now starting! Now, before I forget, I must leave a titchie reminder to tune into Create and Craft/Ideal World on 2nd July at noon for a lickle show with yours truly. And I promise
NOT to say lickle (lol!). Although I can't promise not to quiver and shake in my boots for the first airing of my grinning mug splattered on the screen! So if you've been wondering what the fuss is all about for the Sugar Birdies CD, it will be officially launched on C&C on the 2nd July. Plus there will be some other goodies on the show too, and hopefully some cool demo's if my hands are steady enough! Of course all my nails have broked this week, tut. So please feel free to tune in and mock as much as you like, but please don't call in and abuse me!!! LOL!

Anyways, another craft-fest of a week and a sketchie which was a li-i-ttle bit different this week, we think it threw up a proper little challenge and made everyone think some! Which, I suppose is what this is all about, getting us all to crayon outside the lines once in a while. It never fails to amaze me at the different interpretations people have of a simple drawing - what you all come up with is never what I had in mind when I draw it, and I LOVE LOVE LOVE that! Anyone who knows me knows I don't like to follow the norm!

Sooo, onto the Good News (remember that!??) and this week's lovely winners are...

in 2nd place we have the lovely ScrappyMax
and this week we have a joint first place with
Yaaayyyy!
Congrats to all 3 of you, please email me at sales@polkadoodles.co.uk
and you will get your lovelie rewards.

So, onto the next one, seeing as you are all gluttons for punishment!
We have another sketch this week and again, it's quite open to interpretation and the lovely doodle dollies have certainly come up with some fab variations on this. Here ya go...

You can do what you like with this sketch but you need to use at least 3 flowers (any size), and the sentiment needs to be across the bottom where the text is. Easy peasy lemon squeezy!
Next week's winner will get a special prize in celebration of our 5th week birthday and everyone who joins in will get a nice freebie too.

We are a little thin on the ground from the Doodle Queens this week as a few of us have had a very stressful 7 days and the girlies are all working their fingers to the bones on tv samples for me, so I'm sure you will all be very understanding, but we still have lots of lovely lovely creations for you to feast your eyes on. So get your cuppa and your chocolate and have a look at these beauties, there are some fab ideas in here this week...

This week the Design Team were only allowed to use Orange and Pink, and they had to (cough, cough, were supposed to) use 2 buttons...lol ....


created by Krista...this fabulous bag is sooooo summery, what a total delight! Love that Krista has used some different shapes here and that little parasol is adorable! Just one thing missing though Krista - a big yummy ice cream with a flake in it!! LoL!...

created by Kath...as ever Kath inspires us all, she really is one very talented lady when it comes to paper thingies and she's made this gorgeous bag this week. I want one and I'm considering commissioning these to sell to everyone I know! ...
created by Enfys...what can we say about En, she always gives us some fab combinations and I always love the little details she includes, every time I see her cards I just think "wish I'd

thought of that". No wonder she's got 500 followers on her blog, she's a total star. Like here,
where she's just cut a random little cloudy shape, it just looks lush and goes so well with the
doodle spots...

created by Saskia...this card is a typical Saskia card I think, all girly and lush, I love the way she's sneaked a peek at one of the butterflies from the CD, first time we've seen these I think, tee hee...I love the scalloped edge of the card and the way the paper flower works so well with the prima too...
...oo I forgot it opens out like this, what a faberooni idea! will be lifting this one for sure!...

created by Maggie...a fab step card and a MASSIVO flower, think she knows I love big flowers! lol! I like the way she's printed the letters in different sizes here, they do work well, and she's gone to town on the old Stickles. The pic doesn't show the buttons very well but Maggie's used 2 large clear buttons as the centre of the flowers and then attached a circle of the orange paper over the top and attached with some bendy thread...


created by tip top Ruth...I ADORE what Ruth's done with this. The card is made from a sturdy acetate and she's cute the shape at the top - in fact, Ruth has followed the sketch exact this week and this IS how I envisioned it when I drew it, which doesn't happen very often. The flowers on this are just, just....AMAZING! She keeps inspiring us all to use vellum and again she's printed the flowers onto the vellum and I think they look absolutely lushy lush, they make me want to reach in and stroke them, I just love it, this is so my kinda thing...
created by Kerry...another wowser from Kerry, again pushing the envelope a little with another little gift bag anyone would love to receive, adorable (must search the dictionary for some more descriptive terms!)...
...but look, what's this... oooo goody goodies....
...now that's what I call a gift!! (and very adaptable for boys too if you made it into a satchel) Kerry was very clever here and she actually used the daisy backing paper but scaled it up and then cut out the flowers in a much larger format so they co-ordinate perfectly. If you want to do this and don't know how, you should be able to select a "poster" setting when you print which will let you reduce or enlarge your prints. Love this...

created by Lou...Wow! Lou has really pushed the card out this week with this beautiful wedding card - how different to use the pink and orange, but it works so well! She's created a great "stair" card here...
Lou used the Birdie Stampies as a "Bride" and "Groom". She made a top hat & added a cravat using 1 of the required buttons to hold the ribbon in place for the groom and made a ribbon Veil for the bride - very cute!...


...I also like the way she's used some extra hearts on the wings...nice touch...
So, that's your lot for this week, hope we've inspired you with some great ideas and colours, now it's your turn! Don't forget, deadline is Wednesday noon GMT so make sure you enter as you are guaranteed a freebie (I'm getting far too generous, must be my new barnet that's affected my brain). xxx