Friday, 17 July 2009

more candy than you can poke a stick at...

Well, I hope you've all had a great week, as I'm writing this I'm in a stinky mood of the "don't speak to the man of the house" variety, but doing the ol' bloggeroo and seeing all your lovely creations is cheering me up as I type! Firstly, we're making a few mini changes at Polka Doodles but hopefully it will be for the better we think! So...
1. We're extending the entry times for each challenge, so the challenge will still go up each Friday but you have until the following Sunday to submit your entry which gives you over a week to make your lovely creations, yaaaayyy! We will then announce the winner on the following Friday when we upload the next challenge.
2. From now on you can enter your cards in up to 4 challenges - yaaayyyy, but please do check this as we still get lots of entries where you are entering 5 or more challenges and we hate it when we can't include someone who has broked the rule :( .

Right, so let's get on with the good stuff. Next week is our 2 month birthday from the launch of PD so in true birthday styleee I'm feelin' a little generous... So.... I decided to break with the norm this week in a little brainstorm and I've decided that instead of a 1-2-3 we shall have a Top 5 this week as it was very very hard to choose amongst you all. So this week's top 5 are....


Well done to you all, it really was a toughie and we loved ALL the entries so thanks to all of you who entered, fingers crossed for next time. This week all 5 winners are going to get some faberoo blog candy for your troubles, so if you can all email me your addresses to sales@polkadoodles.co.uk I will zip off down the postbox and mail you something spesh...see, we like to mix things up a little over here at PD, keeps you on your toes - and we like to give you a treat when we can so make sure you enter, you never know what goodies you might get! :D

Now, as I'm in such a good mood the Top 3 winners of next week's challenge will win....
A Sugar Birdies CD-Rom! Yayyyy - mega prize if I do say so myself! AND if you are a first-time PD challenger (we will check lol!) and you get shortlisted into our top 6 we will also send you some lush candy, yippeeee I hear you say! So get your entries in, remember, you have an extended deadline now so lots of time to play!...

And this week's challenge for you all is:
You MUST use the Tropical Birds download here, which I know a lot of you already have and you can use the sketch below, although this is OPTIONAL - you can do anything you like. Closing date for entries is: Sunday 26th July at noon, and the lucky winners will be announced the following Friday.

Just before I bog off I just want to remind you about the vacancy for a new Design Team member - if you'd like to join Team Doodle make sure you check this out here.
And secondly, just a quick reminder that you can see the brand new CD collection Candy Doodles on Create and Craft TV on tues 21st July at 11am (Sky 671 and Freeview 36) and it's available for pre-order now here...

anyway, here's your sketch for this week...you can do what you like with it, just remember to use the download...(I'm just editing this as some of you seem puzzled by the sketch, what I had in mind here was for you to maybe use little strips of paper at the bottom, or could be ribbon scraps etc? I think maybe's you all think it's harder than it is!!You can do ANYTHING for this challenge!!...also if you don't like the sketch don't use it! x FFF)...

So, on with the DT's offerings this week. They just had to use the Tropical Birds without a sketch and as always they never disappoint, despite me cracking the whip wanting samples for the TV show and everything else, bless their wrinkly stockings...I lurve them all soo much...enjoy!....

created by Michelle... the clean lines on this card are just lovely - sometimes less is more and this is fab, love the cute birdie which has been glittered within an inch of its life with Sakura Stardust! lol!...
created by Kerry...what a cute little birdie family! The swirly background also works really well with the party theme here and all those little birds are coloured in fabulously!...
Created by Enfys... Lovin' the sooo lush colouring En has done here, I love green and pink together it's one of my fave combo's. She's used her Promarkers here to do this fab colouring...gorge gorge gorge...

created by Saskia...Saskia has got creative again this week and used paints for colouring in the birdies - gives a totally different look, so why not give it a try...
created by Kath...what a lovely fresh card this is, how cute! I love how the bird is coloured with the polka dots and it's a relatively simple card but very effective...

created by Ruth...Ruth has coloured the birdie with felt tips and printed all the leaves onto card which have been chalked and then doodled around the edges. The branch is some twine she had left over from another project. Fab!...So there you have it! Another week another challenge - way to go Team Doodle and way to go Doodlers, lookin' forward to seeing all your entries!! xx

Monday, 13 July 2009

Design Team Call

Here at Team Doodle we need another pair of creative hands! So if you fancy joining our friendly team please contact us on sales@polkadoodles.co.uk by 28th July...

Thursday, 9 July 2009

don't panic dear, it's just a happy accident...

...well hellllooooo you lovely doodlers.......

I've been cooped up looking at the screen for nigh on 50 or so hours now (bit of zz's in between) and I think I've gone a bit doo-lally. The Doodle Dollies are all very busy girls and I've been working them soo hard, so some of them are having a bit of a break this week and it suddenly occurred to me last minute I should really make a card for the challenge since I havent done one for a couple of weeks either. So, mid-design of the new CD collecsh (ooo Candy Doodles, you will likey likey) I whizzed up a sooper dooper quick card in 10 mins flat without even getting out of the chair to get stash. Then as I sat proudly admiring said creation I realised.... "Fruit with a hidden element was last week's challenge you absolute brain-dead
bimbo. Tut!" Anyway in true "don't panic dear it's only a happy accident" styleee it was saved by making some last minute alts. Phew!


Well, En kindly stepped in as blogmistress last week whilst yours truly was otherwise engaged a la Create and Craft and a mountain of orders waiting to be packed and shipped, and a rather fine job she did too, I'm sure you'll agree. And before I forget, our next show on C&C is 21st July, where you'll be able to see the UK launch of our next brand new range Candy Doodles - if you love Sugar Birdies you'll also love this one too!! Anyway, I digress (big word)
the challenge was: Use Fruit with a hidden element! What a surprise, lol! Well as always there were some fabby fab entries and as always it's always hard to choose but choose we did and the winners are:
in joint 3rd place....Hope Jacare and Rosy
in 2nd place...Teri
and in 1st place this week is KrisL....


So congrats to you all, please email me at sales@polkadoodles.co.uk for your blinkies and a prize for the winnner, and as always many thanks to everyone else who entered, you are all winners in my book anyway!

Right, let's crack on! So this week En challenged the DT to make a card using a bug and an alternative to ribbon and here are our offerings...oh poop, I just realised I still didn't make it right, it was meant to be a Get Well Card too !! hahahahah!!!! oh well, never mind!! So I think I shall carry on these rules for you guys too!


So no sketch this week, just make a Get Well card using a bug/insect of some kind and an alternative to ribbon, ie string, raffia etc...good luck!....

Here's our offerings this week...



created by Foo Foo
....I used this fab strawberry template design (available on my new Candy Doodles CD released very soon) and mounted it onto black card. I didn't have a message to hand so I wrote on the front and used the black & white Lulu Ladybug from the Sugar Birdies CD. The hidden element is when you open up the card, there is another strawb inside which hides the end of the message. My alternative ribbon is actually waste from a red peel-off (eek!) sticker which I folded in half and tied into a bow and glued down. The pips on the strawb and the antler thingies (can't remember what they're called, lol!!) and Lulu's eye have all been embellished with my fab new find which are the most delish little acrylic raindrops...watch the website for these as I am currently in talks with a supplier for these, they're lush...created by Sue...this is a lovely bright and contemporary card from Sue. Love the string of pearls and the way she's used the stripes on the backing paper onto the plain white card, this looks great...created by Krista... I adore the way Krista always manages to use my faverooni colours to make lush bright cards - this is just pinkalish!! Dig that pink Lulu! (am currently debating sticking pink Lulu's all over my aubergine bedroom wall as we speak, hmmm....)
created by Kerry...Kerry has used green raffia as her alternative ribbon here and it looks great - she's even used it as the flower centres which is a great idea...Polly looks fabulous kicking her heels up in the grass with little Lulu in her hand....lovely....

created by Saskia....awww poor Lulu Ladybug looks pawly sick here :( ! Love that she's used the wool for her sunshine, just fab fab fab...

created by Enfys... such a yummy yummy card using my Stackies and En has cut a giant leaf with big munches out of it, no wonder Lulu is poorly! love the raffia string she's used here...

created by Ruth....Ruth's sense of humour came out here in her green card, it's making me feel a little 'ick myself!! Not that it's the design making me feel that way, I love this card! She's glittered Lulu Ladybug too and lovin' that big lush bow there....

created by Enfys... this is such an elegant card from En...She's embossed butterflies and used lots of pretty scallops and swirls. If you got htis card when you feel ill I'm sure it would cheer you up!...

So, Doodle fans bug your hearts out, we can't wait to see what you come up with this week!x

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