Friday, 8 January 2010

Introducing Our January Guest Designer!

Ta-dah!! For the whole of January (and that is 4 challenges worth!) we have a wonderful Guest Designer Joining the Polkadoodle team! And without further ado, I'd like to introduce:


And she's created not one but two cards for this weeks challenge (see the post below for the full blurb!)
For her first card she has gone for "Auld Lang Syne" and used Back to Nature and made this fantastic card with a moving mouse!

For her second card it is the nursery rhyme "The Owl and the Pussycat" and she's made it into a step card, again using the Back to Nature cd.


Thank you Ruby and we look forward to seeing your creations next week!

Week 1 Challenge - Song Title

Welcome back to the Polkadoodles Challenges!! Hope you all had a good Christmas and New Year and that you are raring to go with the challenge we have for you this week!


However, I need to announce the winners from our last challenge of 2009 which was a free theme. The winners are:
Joint First Place: 1lovnmama
Joint First Place: Magda
Third Place: Daniele
Please contact Nikky for further details and your blinkies! Congratulations!
The Design Team will be taking it in turn each week to set the challenges and I'm (Ruth) hosting the challenge this week.

I've asked the Design Team to use a

Song Title
in their creation and as an added twist I asked them to use the Back to Nature cd.

This challenge is open until 12noon GMT on Sunday 17 January and anyone can enter! To be eligible for a top three blinkie or prize, you must follow some simple rules - please follow the specific challenge for this week and the maximum number of challenges your entry can be entered into is 10 - this includes Polkadoodles. You can use anything from your stash to create your entry but if use a Polkadoodles product we will be especially pleased!! EDITED TO ADD - we now have Mr Linky so please add your entry with him but we will still look at the comment section too!

Anyway, onto the Design Team creations:
Sue: I've chosen the song title "Love Is Like A Butterfly" by Dolly Parton. The gorgeous floral papers, butterflies and sentiments are all from the brilliant Back To Nature cd.

Enfys: I made this card for my little Granddaughter, so my song title is "You Are My Sunshine", which of course, she is! I was short of time this week so I've used all the pre-coloured elements from Back To Nature and just did a bit of snipping and dotting with some Shimmerz.




Ruth: I've taken the liberty of using "Moving On (Up)" by M People for my card and I made it for a colleague who was moving onto pastures new.... All paperbased elements including the little alphies are from Back To Nature and I've added some organza ribbon and acetate from my stash.


Fliss: Mine is inspired by the song "swinging on a star" although there is no star in sight, but there is a swing! My project is an altered mini clipboard (lovely for a little girl's room) and I've used the floral explosion and ditsy flower papers from Back To Nature with a matching floral border, a scalloped frame and the girl on the swing with some added extra cut out flowers. Lace and pearls finish it off.


Kris: My song title is "Baby, It's Cold Outside" - an oldie which will surely date me! I combined the striped paper and stampie from Back To Nature with the snowflake paper from Jingle Jangle (had to make it look cold!) I colored her with Prismas and OMS, computer generated the sentiment and added a few jewels.



Brenda: "Spread Your Wings" by Queen. Papers and large butterfly from Back To Nature Heritage collection. Butterfly cut out and heat embossed with iridescent powder.




Lou - Card 1: I know this one is a bit of a cheat but I'm still going to use it . . . "Happy Birthday" by Stevie Wonder. All papers from the "Back To Nature" CD - picnic brights and I have added some spira flowers with gems for added bling!


Lou - Card 2: "A Good Heart" by Fergal Sharkie was my inspiration for my 2nd project for my S-I-L's 40th birthday. Again those gorge picnic brights papers from the "Back To Nature" CD, decorated with both spira and Stacker flowers.


Boni: "Who Let The Dog's Out?" by Baha Men - Back To Nature cd using the Alphies to create a collaged background page then layering and popping the "dogs". Charm is by American Traditional Designs Lil' Charms.


Kerry: "Puppy Love" by Donny Osmond. All papers are from Back To Nature except some yellow card for the heart. Just added an eyelet, a couple of brads and some ribbon.


Dolly: "Peacock Suit" by Paul Weller. Papers and image 'Shake a Tailfeather' collection from the Back to Nature CD. Decoupaged the peacock body and cut out a second set of feathers and slotted them in with a craft knife for extra definition.




Claire: "Tie a yellow ribbon..." and I do promise that ribbon is yellow but whatever I do the photo makes it look orange. I do love a gatefold but a nightmare to get a decent photo - all back to nature elements with only a tiny bit of doodling!




Kate: "Love is like a butterfly" - Dolly Parton. I've used the Heritage papers and the gorgeous butterfly which I mounted on a nesties circle on the folded back front panel of the card. I embossed the butterfly and the lettering with holographic powder to add a subtle iridescence to its wings.


Nettie: My song title is....."What's New Pussycat" by you guessed Tom Jones. I have used acetate for the main part of my card so please excuse the picture. I have used the gorgeous Candy papers and added a little glossy accents to the letters and flowers.



Hope you've been inspired by these creations! Remember, you have until Sunday 17 January at 12noon GMT to enter and please leave a direct link to your blog to help us find your entry. Good luck! We now have Mr Linky so please use him but don't worry if you've used the comments section as we will still look at those too!

Friday, 25 December 2009

Challenge 30 Winners

Hi everyone, just popped by for a quick post to announce the winners from Challenge 30 which was to use an envelope on a card...

First Place: ScrappyMax
Second Place:Teri
Third Place:Irit

Well done and congratulations to our winners as we're feeling festive all 3 of you will receive a prize - please contact Nikky for further prize details and blinkies.

Hope you are all having a wonderful Christmas, see you on the 8th Jan!

Thursday, 24 December 2009

Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year!

Hi everyone, I would just like to take this opportunity to wish all of our bloggy friends the most wonderful Christmas and a Happy New Year!


It's been a busy one here at Doodle Towers and I'd like to say we're looking forward to a break, but there is no rest for the wicked as they say and we will be very busy all through the festive season. 2009 has been a fab year for Polka Doodles and I would just like to thank you all for your continued support, we love seeing your entries every week and you inspire us to keep going! I'm really excited about what 2010 will bring and I know all the Design Team girls are too...so have yourselves a Merry Little Christmas and keep some Sherry Trifle for me please!
love Nix xxx

Hi everyone, it's Enfys here, adding my good wishes for a wonderfully happy Christmas to you all, and wishing you all the very best for 2010 - good heavens, we are out of the 'noughties' already. Skip the sherry trifle, mine's a G &T!x


Hello! It's Ruth (Tip Top) wishing all a great Christmas and New Year! Sherry trifle and G&T? Not for me - I'll have a snowball hehehehehe!!!x

Friday, 18 December 2009

Week 31 - Free Theme

It's Friday again so its another Polkadoodle Challenge! We are on the last challenge of 2009 - time has really flown since our first ever challenge was launched back in May!


Before I tell you the theme for Challenge 31, I need to announce the winners from Challenge 29 which was to make a scalloped edge card, split into 9 squares and to stamp in at least half of them (which is a challenge in itself!)



First Place: Teri
Second Place: Littleted62
Third Place: Ribenaruby


Congratulations to our winners! Please email Nikky for further details and your blinkies!

Onto this week's challenge! Nikky challenged her Design Team to use her brand new cd Back To Nature but we could make anything we wished! So your challenge (should you accept!) is to make anything you like! Please remember the rules when entering - they can be found on the sidebar.

The closing date for this challenge is 28 December at 12noon GMT and the first challenge of 2010 will be on 8 January when we will revert back to allowing just over a week to enter. To enter please leave a comment on this post with a direct link back to your blog post so the DT can visit you and spread a little Christmas cheer!

To find out more how each DT member made their creation please click on their names and as if by magic you will be transported there! All items have been made using Back to Nature cd.

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Boni has used the Shake A Tail Feather collection to create this wonderfully layered card featuring a peacock. The panels have been layered onto black card to make them stand out and with a slash of ribbon, this is one elegant card!


For Brenda's sample, she has used the Stackies Floral collection and layered them after resizing them to fit her requirements. The stems have been stamped using the Candy Doodles stamps (now this is such a good idea!) along with the sentiment.
Claire has made a wonderful Ruby Anniversary card for her Mum and Dad using the Heritage collection from the cd, flowers coloured with Copics and some pearls and gems added this card really is very special!
The shaped cards on Back to Nature are just so funny! Here Dolly has used the sheep to make a very funky First Birthday card. All the elements are on the cd and the animals can be made to have a front and rear.


Enfys has gone for a round card with some fab big bows! She's added the little girlie owl and cut out some of the tree stampies to add depth along with the alphies to spell out a sentiment.

This is Fliss' DT sample and just look at her creations! She has also used the Stackies Floral collection, enlarged the flowers and layered them. The box has been painted with acrylic paint and then stamped with the Candy Doodles stamps along with a matching border on the card.



For Kate's sample she has made a very cute step card with the lovely owls. The owls can be decoupaged and this is what she has done on her card.

Kerry has cleverly used the swinging girl image and added a branch so she's not floating! A little bit of doodling and the adding of funky flowers really adds to the card. The sentiment has been stamped with the Candy Doodles stamps.


Here Kris has used the very pretty and delicate peacocks to make her sample and the black and lime green borders really make the images pop! There are different elements to her card and she's used the toppers, papers and sentiment from the Back to Nature cd.

The animals are certainly popular with the DT this week! Nettie has used the pig and made an easel card. All the printed paper elements are from the cd including sentiment and flowers!

Now you may just have seen this card before as it appeared on Create and Craft with Nikky! Nikky has created this card using the shaped card section on the cd and this shows the horse has a front and rear and that the barn doors really do open!


For my sample I've made the spiral flowers, layered some of them up and added craft wire and wooden beads for added interest and texture. I made these as samples for Nikky's TV show too!


Remember, this challenge is open until 28 December at 12noon GMT and you have to be in it to win it! Please leave the DT a comment with a direct link back to your creation from your blog and good luck!

The winners of challenge 30 will be announced at 9am Christmas Day (just in case the family are driving you crackers and you need to get on the internet!) and the winners of this challenge will be announced with the first challenge of 2010!

On behalf of Nikky and the Polkadoodle Design Team, I'd like to wish you all a Very Happy Christmas and a Wonderful New Year!