Thursday, 13 August 2009

craft craft craft!

Feels like I am consumed by craft this week!
Not that I'm not every week, but somehow it feels especially so this week for some reason, maybe cos I'm in Crimbo mode now having just finished the new CD, it's made me want to make yummy stuff. But, who am I to complain, no wayyyy Mrs, let me at that stash (note to self: shouldnt brag about being in a crafty mood when u havent made a card for the challenge, hmmmph). We are still mid holiday season over at Team Doodle Towers but the girls are returning all bronzed and chilled and, on your behalf, we who've been left behind are making sure we whip 'em back into making cards pronto a la Speedy Gonzales. And lets face it, they never let us down do they.
Before I forget, don't miss Create and Craft on Monday morning (17th August) at 9am for the opportunity to have a good laugh at yours truly making her usual gaffs and cockups, I promise not to try and be clever with the ribbon this time, it never works live on air. It's also a great opportunity for those of you who have bought the CD's to record the show and then you can view all the fab samples the girls have made, there are lots on there which aren't online yet.


Well, the Doodle Dollies and yours truly had a few technical traumas this week and Mr Blogger almost locked us out of the blog thinking we were spammers (or maybe they thought we were spanners, LOL!)(I think it might have been my swearing that caused this, it usually is) so we had a minor panic on our hands which we're hoping is sorted now. I think living with Frank Spencer is rubbing off on me as well, I've had a few near misses this week with various other things, and nearly ended up judging the wrong challenge, eek! Right, on with the show!

The week 12 challenge was to make a card which is also a gift and we had some lovely entries.
So without further ado, the winners are:

in joint 2nd place....Dawn and Jill
and in 2st place...Dolly

Yayy! Well done to all 3 of you they were lovely creations and well deserved winners. Please email me at sales@polkadoodles for your pwizes and blinkies.
Don't forget you still have a couple of day to get your entries in for last week's challenge which is the circle card - closing date for that one is Sunday 16th Aug at noon.

Right, this week I challenged the Doodle Dollies to make a card with at least 2 folds using the Sugar Birdies CD. I think this one got them thinking a bit and I love doing cards which have more than one fold to them so I hope you will like this challenge too! Obviously there's no sketch this week, so it's up to you to work your magic hands and show us what you can do - wonder whats the most folds someone will come up with? LOL! The closing date for this challenge is Sun 23rd August at noon, so show us your goodies! The winner will receive a Sugar Birdies CD and the 2 runners up will also get something yummy too...

Ok, here's what we came up with this week, hope it gives you some inspiration, these girls are very very good indeed...



created by Claire... This card is a gorgeous shape, I'm really into making different shapes like this at the mo and they can really take your cards to another level so give it a go. I love the way Claire's used eyelets as the flower centres here...

created by Kath...nice doodling my girl! Apparently the ribbon on here has brewers droop but I don't know what that means, perhaps Kath can explain...? I love this fold, it always looks really complicated but is soo easy to do, another week another stunner...


created by Boni...what a pretty this one is! Another adorable shape and a real girlie card that would be great for any age. Lace is so popular on cards right now, come on, rejuvenate that old nicker elastic in the back of your drawers! well, ok, maybe not, go buy some instead! Boni has used the new Jingle Jangle CD here so you're getting a sneaky peek!...

created by Ruth...I think Ruth and me have the same kinda taste, I always love her creations and this is another of them...what an adorable bag, she always makes such great details, check out the beading on this...


created by Lou...wow! I think there are 3 folds on this one, this is a really dramatic card, this will get lots of admiring comments by the recipient I think...

created by Kris...How many folds? I think there are 5?? Anyway, a fantastic creation, again not as complicated as it looks, do the folds first and then just 2 cuts!...this is one of those folds which has been around forever but never loses its appeal, it's ever popular and there's no wonder when you can make something like this...


created by Kerry...a great idea here, love how she's tied this gatefold with the double ribbons



and finally my last minute effort (sorry about the rubbish pic) - I was making crimbo cards with the new CD ready for Monday's show so I decided to enter this one my pleating has LOADS of folds, hahahaha! So here is another sneaky peek at the new Jingle Jangles...

Friday, 7 August 2009

...round and round we go...

Yippeeee it's that time of week again! I think I am a bit stirrr crazy this week, cooped up designing at lastminute.doodles as usual heheh. Have had a bit of an eventful one this week with a sad death in the family, a fridge door episode and now a sudden giant crack in the bath which I'm getting blamed for due to my fat lardy backside. tut. And headaches and bad hair days galore, what joy. Anyway, to hell with the headaches I am munching a Mars bar as I speak and will suffer the consequences later. Now you know why there is the crack in the bath. tee hee!
Right on with business!

First of all this week I have to say a massivo welcome to our 3 new Doodlers, Kris, Claire and Boni...wahahaaaay girls, welcome welcome, what have you let yourself in for! hahah! The newbies have done us proud this week and we know we made a good choice - mind you, they've been a little quiet so far but I have no doubt that will soon change! If you haven't checked out their blogs yet then you need to get on over there, links are on the sidebar.

I also need to just mench that we are back on Create and Craft TV on Monday 17th August at 9am (OMG that's like a 4am start for us to do that, eeeek!!!) when we will be launching our brand new Crimbo CD Jingle Jangle Christmas. You can actually pre-order this from our website right now if you want to make sure you get your mitts on it first, as we think it might be another big seller again.

Well, last week's challenge sketch seemed very popular and I have to say it is a format well used by moi, I find it quite a useful format. As always it was pretty hard to choose the winners this week but we had to do it and the lucky peeps are:

in joint 2nd place - Raindropecho and Cornish Mist
and our winner for this week isJo! Yayyy well done to all 3 of you! Pleeeese email me for your pwizes (sales@polkadoodles.co.uk).

Right, this week we have another sketch for you and I'm sorry but I love love love circle cards, so here ya go...

So here's what the teamies came up with this week, some fab creations I think this week, what a treat and lots of inspiration here I think. The closing date for this one is Sunday 16th August at noon GMT. You can also see a fabulous tutorial for this sketch and another idea from Lou, who is our Guest Designer for August, so if you're struggling with this one make sure you check out Lou's fab idea here. Right, let's get on with the show...

created by Krista....spoookeeee! Krista's used the Polly on the ladders from Candy Doodles and used the circle as the moon, way to go Krista hun! Love the thinking on this one and in nice and early for Halloween too (if you're thinking about Halloween too make sure you checkout the Polly Halloween download bundle on the website, there will be more sneaky peeks of that coming soon from the DT I'm sure!)...

created by Claire...wow! the team all LOVED the colours Claire used here and I like the way she's used the circle but has just used it on top of a normal card without the cutout shape. Those colour combo's have made this such a bright and cheerful card and she's been busy with her markers too...
created by Boni...I love this. Boni has cut the card shape using a scallop cut on her Cricut and then backed it with black, then she's used the raw edge flowers from Candy Doodles but combined the black with the Lulu collection from Sugar Birdies - lovely!...


created by Kris...wow! Lovely bright offering here from Kris. She's combined the flower from SB with the paper and gingham flowers from Candy Doodles and this is a great card, I LOVE what she's done on the inside here...

created by Kath...I always run out of adjectives each week when I get to Kath, her work is truly scrumpsh and I need to think of some "Kath" words I can use. Well, it's just, just, it's Kath! Awesome! She's used Candy Doodles papers combined with one of my Stackie flowers and well, I am always a sucker for gingham in any form, bra, knickers, paper, ribbon, anything...
created by Enfys...some of you may have already seen this stunner on the TV shows, it always gets picked out of the samples by the presenters and there's no wonder, it's simply devine, a really unusual colour combo but it works so well! En has used the same cut as Boni here for the scallop and it works soo well...


created by Sue...dots and flowers and that lush butterfly from Candy Doodles, all my faves in one place! LOVE this one Sue, it's very simple but it works soooo well, black is awesome on cards it gives such a striking combo. If you need to make a last minute card and don't have much stash to hand you will always win if you make a black/white/pink combo, I don't know anyone who doesnt love it...

created by Saskia...I love the way Saskia has distressed the edges of her circle here, it looks great with the patchwork effect, this is such a pretty card...


created by Kerry...a fab flower effect from Kerry, those stitched layers look fab! here she's used my ditsy daisy chain papers from candy doodles and I think the flower shapes are also from the daisy collection too (you'd think I'd know wouldntcha!)

created by Ruth...I think Ruth has a thing for these distressed flower circles and she always inspires me with them, I love love love 'em! This is a really contemporary card and it works for any occasion, just lovely lovely!

So make sure you have a look at Lou's fab tutorial below and we expect to see loads of circle bags this week!! Enjoy :D
hugs from the team xxx

Thursday, 6 August 2009

Circle Sketch Tutorial

Well, this is our first tutorial! Lou kindly agreed last minute to be Guest Designer for what remains of August and considering she was preparing to go on holiday I don't know how she managed! Anyway, manage she did and here is her fabulous tutorial for this week's sketch...

Circle Bag made using Challenge #12 sketch

I wan
ted to make a bag to match my card or alternatively a novel “envelope” to fit my card. This circle bag can be made just using 1 piece of A4 printed card (if it is to be plain!)

I have used:
1 x A4 card with 1 printed design
1 x A4 card with 2 different printed designs (A5 in size)
Pink card for matting & layering
CD, ruler, pencil, glue, scissors & string, scallop punch
ribbon scraps as final decoration



1: Turn over your A4 printed card that has your chosen main design & draw around the CD twice. Mark both circles where you would like your bag sides to reach (as per photo below). There is no particular science here, it’s where you think the sides should end!


2: The easiest way to work out the length you need for the side, is to use a piece of string. Start at 1 point/mark and carefully work around to your other mark. Using your pencil, draw on the string and cut at this point.



3: Measure the string and this will give you the correct length for your side. Mark this on your original A4 piece of card. The width of your side for this sized bag is 5cm.


4: Using the same A4 card, draw on your handle which fits on the same piece of card. Cut out all your pieces.



5: Taking your side strip, score both sides lengthwise (approx 1cm in from the outside). Using your bone folder or scissors, carefully curve the card. This will help you later on when you fit the side to your circles.



6: Apply glue or strong double side tape to the folded tabs. Peel away one side only & begin to cut “teeth”.


7: Join this side to your back circle starting at your 1st mark. Remember to check which way the pattern goes before sticking down ! I prefer to hold the shape in my left hand, feeding/sticking the side down with my right . . . We all have our preferred ways!



8:Once you have stuck the side all the way around, take your bone folder and go over all the “teeth” on the inside to make sure that they are securely attached. Now put this to one side and decorate your front circle. It is much easier if you do the decoration first due to the circular shape. I have decorated the circle but not stuck my flower on as it will be easier to stick the front circle to the other parts. This iswhere the 2 A5 sized papers come in as they have been used to make my layered flower & centre strip.



9: Now it’s time to join the front circle to your side (& back circle). As before, remove the DS tape from the side panel & cut some “teeth”. Lining up your marks, feed the side to your front panel. This is where the curving really helps which you did earlier with your bone folder. Remember to check which way the pattern goes before sticking down ! Once in place, again use your bone folder to ensure that your “teeth” are stuck down.



10: Attach your handle to the side of your bag. I have made a further side panels to cover the handle.

11: Before I stuck my front panel down, I marked where I wanted my flower to go as I wanted to secure the flower with ribbon: I then punched 2 holes in this front panel. So much easier to do it now and not later ! Added my flower to the front and finished with a ribbon knotted thing!



By Lou Sims (http://www.lulucardmaking.blogspot.com/)

Saturday, 1 August 2009

Yaaayyyyy Newbies!

I'm mega-pleased to announce the winners of our Design Team call tonight and in celebration I am having a tottie of Pear Cider for the first time which is rather lovely!

Firstly before I announce the lucky victims, oops I mean winners, I would just like to thank all of you who entered because we had STACKS of hopefuls and to be honest it's dead poo choosing only one out of the dozens of you who are fabulously creative and fun. So we had to choose 3 in the end. Please don't be downhearted if you weren't chosen, it really WAS a difficult decision and it took us all ages to choose by a very democratic process. And if you didn't get in this time please enter next time we have a vacancy, you've got to be in it to win it!

So with a large glass of cider in hand I just want to welcome Claire, Kris and Boni to Team Doodle and I'm sure you're all looking forward as much as we are to seeing their fab contributions!! Yayyyy! Well done girls, welcome aboard!! hic!

Right, hic, see ya Friday, don't forget to get your challenge entries in. Nite nite xx

Friday, 31 July 2009

I want candyyyyy...

...Pheweee what a busy busy week! Here at PD Towers we seem to have an order mountain the size of Ben Nevis and we don't seem to be getting anywhere! Good job the Krismeister is on the case, but seriously, if you are still waiting for an order we apologise profusely (creep creep) and assure you we are on it. All orders are being despatched in date order of when they were placed and we know some seem to be taking ages but we are working almost night and day and will be trying to clear them through the coming weekend.

Right on with the nicey nicey bits. So this is the first week under the new rules and I fink we is all a bit confused, mother! So I'm gonna dispense with all the niceties and get down on it (oo get down on it, 80's throwback there).

First of all - Design Team challenge. The entries for this are now well and truly closed and for all the trillions (well, not quite) of hopefuls out there, got my fingers and toes crossed, the Doodle Dollies are snooping around on your blogs as we speak. I will announce the result on Monday night. Ooooo exciting!

So, the winners of this/last/whenever's challenge was to use the Tropical Birdies download from last time. Have to say laydeeees there were some great entries, it was darned hard to choose, there were some stunning ones this week. Wish I could choose everyone every week, you all work so hard and I hate it when loads of people deserve a mench. When I'm rich and famous I will do a challenge where you are all winners and you can all have fab candy.

So the winners are:

Cornish Mist
Teri
and Katie
You lucky girls will all be getting a lovely Sugar Birdies CD! Yay!

We also have to say hi and well done to Paper Creatives who was our newbie winner this week and will get some lovely candy for her troubles.
(can you all email me your addresses please to sales@polkadoodles.co.uk)

Right, on to this week.
We don't have a sketch this week but I challenged the Teamies to use the Candy Doodles CD and make a card/project which is also a gift and this will also be your challenge this week.
There are loads of different options for this, handbag cards, cards that have envelopes with something inside, mini wordbooks, voucher pockets, loads and loads of ideas. AND for a bit of added incentive whilst EVERYONE else seems to be on hols, the winner next week will get a Sugar Birdies CD too. Sigh, I'm just tooo nice...deadline for entries is...Sun 9th August at noon, loadsaaaa time....

As usual the Team have come up with some fab ideas but we are a bit light on entries this week as the entire Team seems to be on holiday at the same time! Tut, no I'm not jealous at all, note to self: must check those holiday requisition forms better next time >:(
So because we wanted to make sure you all have plenty of inspiration we've regurgitated some of the previous challenge entries as the Doodle Dollies have done stacks of projects like this before for you. OMG we are so so lucky to have these lovely peeps on the team...here ya go, enjoy!(apologies for the older entries being at the top, Mr Blogger is doing his usual Thurs night playing up bit for me and I can't get anything to switcheroo).

created by Saskia....Saskia loves getting her teeth into these sort of projects and she hasn't disappointed here, this is makin' me hungry! She's used the distressable flower from the Candy Doodles CD here...
another previous idea from Saskia, a fab tin with little coasters inside - lush, I love this one...(papers from Sugar Birdies CD)...
made by Kerry...again a previous entry here, this gorge bag from Kerry holds sweeties inside! (Or it did before it appeared on Create & Craft and the sweets got shared around the camera guys!)...
made by Kath...this lush bag was entered in a previous challenge and this was a deffo hit with us all, we think it's adorable and sooo easy to make...(papers from Sugar Birdies CD)...
another fab design from Lou and this was also used in a previous challenge too...adorable...

made by Enfys...En entered this fabbylish creation a few weeks ago, awesome!...

created by Ruth...LOVE this handbag from Ruth, I think anyone would love this as a card/pressie...she's used the Candy Doodles stash here and the bag is holding a yummy bar of choccie!...

created by Lou...such a happy happy card...
oooo and look what's inside! gimme gimme!...
created by En... a pamper pressie! flip, what I wouldn't give for that right now!...I love that check paper from the CD and I think En is addicted to those trees, but they're such a good choice, she's a real packaging expert here!...


created by Kath...again we have the trees which are from the Garden collection, think these are the firm faves from the CD so far!
...and an adorable notecard set, again I LOVE these, fantastic!...
Right then, what are you waiting for, go on, scuttle off and get making something lush for your fave peeps...we will see you next week...oh maybe Monday for the DT announcement...thanks for tuning in this week!...