Sunday, 16 May 2010


So, if you're up for the challenge but want to have lots of fun then apply now! The pay is pants and I work you hard but hopefully we have a little fun along the way too. Just email me here and explain in 25 words why you would like to be on the team by Sunday 23rd May...we look forward to hearing from you!!

Friday, 14 May 2010

Week 19 Challenge - Dimension & Texture

Happy Birthday to Us, Happy Birthday to Us!

Hi doodlers - can you guess it's Polkadoodles' Birthday this week - yahooo!

Yes, one whole year since we started this fabulous blog, my how time has passed! We've had a few changes over the past 12 months, a few faces have come and gone but one thing is still the same - our Design Team are still THE best as far as I'm concerned and continue to bring you all amazing inspirational projects week after week! I just want to take the opportunity to thank all my teamies, they do sterling work on here, usually in my long absences and keep the old Polkadoodles blog machine running for me and I honestly could not do it without them all - so big ups to you my gorgeous Doodle Dollies, I luvs y'all to bits. Anyway, I wont blather on as I've just hijacked En's post here and she'll kill me, BUT just wanted to let you know about our Birthday Celebration this week...

As a massive thank you to all of you who follow us and those of you who just pop in now and then, here is a great FREE download bundle for you all - Father's Day is coming up here in the UK and I hope this is useful for you all! Also, you MUST use this download for En's challenge this week, so make sure you get it, there are 12 sheets included in this for you!

As it's our Birthday we had to do something better than just a download for you, so the challenge winners announced below will each receive a set of PD Rubber Stamps. Also, our top 5 fave entries into En's challenge this week will also receive a set of Rubber Stamps AND a CD - PLUS the winning entry will get stamps and 2 CD's - phew, what a giveaway!! So come on, get downloading, everyone's a winner this week but you gotta be in it to win all those goodies!
Right, enough from me, it's over to Enfys for this week's challenge and the results from last time...


The winning three entries from our Week 17 challenge which was to Alter It, are...
Mummylade
Debs
Emily

Congratulations girls, you will all be receiving a set of PD rubber stamps, please email Nikky with your details!

This week my challenge is to create Dimension and Texture on your creation. And if you are stuck for ideas, just have a look at what the Design Team have created! Remember, you need to use the freebie download for this challenge too!

Enfys - For my card I used the Love and Cherish CD, the gorgeous rose was fussy cut from one of the papers, the flower was cut out 3 times and pop dotted on. Lots of cuttlebugging, the black panel is embossed as well, a bit of stitching, a bit of bling and I was done..........



Kris: Dimension and texture...hmmmm. I put on my thinking cap and then turned to a new technique and an old one. For the dimension I first made an easel card. Then I stamped some of Nikky's gorgeous butterflies (this one is from the Meeshelle Fairy Flutterfly set) on acetate and colored the backs with alcohol inks. I scored on either side of each butterfly body and folded the wings up. For the texture I found some old squares of Magic Mesh in one of my stash drawers. I cut some circles and put them under the butterflies. The backing paper is from the new All Around and Everywhere CD. I added a computer-generated sentiment to my punched "fence" and a stamped sentiment from the fairy set to complete this sympathy card.


Brenda - Enfys said dimension, so hopefully six layers will be enough. It's the lovely cake from Paper Boutique CD, cut and decoupaged to make a whopping A4 card, liberal helpings of glitter, glitter paper and ribbons, plus lots of punched butterflies as this bride - my future DIL, who will be receiving this card, loves them almost as much as she does glitter.



Ruth: I've used the ladybird from Paper Boutique, cut out all the layers and stacked them up with foam pads. I've embossed the body of the ladybird (no animals harmed) with my Cuttlebug D'vine Swirls folder and the grass with Swiss Dots. I made the antenna with wire and card candy, added some ribbon and wrote the sentiment! Great for a little girl's card!


Kerry - Umm Dimension and Texture, what to do, but then came up with the idea of creating a Touch and Feel cube that babies play with. Used fur, beads, mini mirrors and crinkly flowers for soft, bumpy, shiny and rough. Papers are from All Around and Everywhere. Not sure it would conform to any health and safety guidelines though!!

Nettie: Yeah Happy Birthday Polkadoodles.xx I have gone with the freebie download for my card this week. I have also used the Dad template from the Paper Boutique CD to make my Father's Day card.

Fliss: I absolutely loved this challenge as I really like using dimension and texture in my creations. I've used the All Around & Everywhere CD yet again to make a card with a vintage feel. I used the gorgeous shabby papers in shades of pink and grey along with the beautiful lace doilies and butterfly. I printed these out on white and also pink marbled card for variety. Texture comes from some inked Cuttlebug embossing, silver embossing powder and glittery embossing powder. Full details on my blog.
Claire - Great fun Enfys! I went more for the texture than dimension with some crackle accents, glossy accents, stickles, Martha Stewart punches and added textured cardstock....Those cakes on All Around and Everywhere are just so yummy!
Dee: I've used the fabby free Birthday downloads for my card too. I've made a card in readiness for Fathers day next month but I've gone a little mad with the circles lol, but can you have too many? You'll have to decide for yourselves. I've used the humble ribbler and cuttlebug folders to add some texture which I highlighted with distress ink, then I stacked all the bits up on top of each other with 2mm foam pads to create different levels. Gorgeous lime green organza ribbon adds more texture and scrummy chocolate Pearlidoodles adds yet more texture and detail.

Kate - I decided to use the birthday freebie too make my card, the rosette is also made from the circles on the download, I just snipped all around the circles and layered one on top of the other, using the strips for the ribbon.


So there you have it! Are you ready for our challenge?! And we'd all enter if we could as the prizes are fantastic! The deadline for entries is 12noon GMT on Sunday 23 May and please remember to be eligible for a prize you can only enter your creation into a maximum of 10 challenges including Polkadoodles. And for this challenge you also need to use the freebie download!
Good luck!
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Friday, 7 May 2010

Week 18 Challenge - Summer Blossoms

Happy Friday everyone. Brenda here and it's my turn to host the theme at Polkadoodles this week and as it's 'hopefully' almost Summer I would like to see projects with the theme:

"Summer Blossoms"

Lots of scope there to get the creative juices flowing and a colour palate as wide as your imagination.
Before you go look at the Design Teams wonderful inspiration, here are the winners from Challenge 16 which was Netties monochromatic theme:

First Place: Dora
Second Place: Jenni
Third Place: Gillian

Well done everyone, please contact Nikky for your winners blinkies.

Brenda - I'm still loving the the All Around and Everywhere CD and have used some of the lovely lilac colourways for my card this week. I enlarged the floral tree before printing off, cut it with nesties and added crackle glaze. I made the three roses from the same lilac pattered paper and added pearls, sizzix swirls and lace plus a border punched with Martha Stewart 3 dot scallop.


Kerry - I saw these flowers on the web, can't remember where now and thought how pretty there are. The petals are made using either U's, C's or both which you can cut out freehand, with a Cricut (which I did) or templates etc. Just touch the ends of the letter together and glue onto a circle of paper and decorate the centre as you wish. The shape of your letters will determine the shape of your flower. I used papers from All Around and Everywhere.



Enfys - I decided to make a bag, well it started life as a flowerpot, but that went wrong, so I turned it into a handbag. The gorgeous flowers are cut from one of the papers on All Around and Everywhere, and were perfect for this project. There is a tiny clear sentiment sticker on the fastener of the bag.


Kris: Well, I decided to take Brenda literally and give you a Summer Blossoms card! I just kind of got carried away with printing the stacking flowers from the new All Around & Everywhere CD and decided to pile them all onto a stair step card. All of the flowers have been doodled on and they are not stacked but scattered. I also added some leaves and birds from the same CD along with a diecut sun and sentiment. I've given you 2 views - one to see the dimension and one of the card full on.



Nettie: I have joined the gang in using the All Around and Everywhere CD too. These flowers are so adorable, I can't stop using them. Just a slanted tri-fold card from me and a few punched leaves. I love the idea of summer colours and flowers.



Claire Yes it seems we all like that CD - All Around and Everywhere and those wonderful stacking flowers! There is so much on the CD, I have just come across this beautiful dragonfly and fun leaves.Martha Stewart punch from the Polkadoodles shop to make the edges on the joy fold card. A lovely finishing touch.



Ruth: I've taken the theme literally and made flowers on plant sticks! All the papers (printed double sided) are from the new cd All Around and Everywhere and I've used the flower sheets as the templates. Ruffled the edges and added seed beads to the centres. And the sticks, in case you are wondering, are bamboo planters from Sainsbury's.... More pics on my blog!


Kate Here is mine made with cut out flowers from several of the cds , the backing paper is from sugar birdies and the cute little bunny is from paper boutique


Stacey - I have once again turned to All around and everywhere for my paper this week! I have used blue and brown for my scheme which should make Nikky happy!!! I have made some 3D flowers using my nesties and I have added some beads and wire, the brown leaves have been saved from something that I had torn apart last week!!! More pics on my blog x x x

Fliss : I've also gone for the new All Around & Everywhere CD as I've been exploring all the different things on there. I've made an easel card but it's flower shaped in keeping with Brenda's theme. It was made using a Nestabilities die but you'll need to pop over to my blog to see how I did it as the original shape is a bit small for a card. I added circles of polka dot paper and made a garland from flowers cut out of one of the papers with a die.

Dee: I set a little challenge to myself as well this week to make a card with no embellishments or ribbons, in fact all I've added is faux stitching. I chose papers from Candy Doodles CD, and I used the A5 Funky Flower template from Paper Boutique to make this wardrobe style card.



Lou: I have been computerless for a wee while now so couldn't use any of Nikky's CD's for this weeks challenge, so I have used the versatile "Daisy Doodles" rubber stamp set to create my card ! I then made a large chiffon ribbon bow & used some gems in the flower centres. A little smiggen of Liquid pearls and my card was quickly made.


Nikky...Wow! Fab designs from the doodledollies this week and it looks like we all love the new CD lol! My card is from the picnic collection on All Around and Everywhere and I've made these distressed flowers using the ones on the CD as well...if you want to know how to make these you need to watch the next show on Create & Craft which is 27th May where I'll show how to make these again...I've also shown a pic of some 3D ones which are on sticks too (yes, both Ruth and me have a thing about flowers on sticks I think, I cant deny it, lol).



Now, before we go, next week is special for us at Doodle Towers - it's our birthday! One whole year of Polka Doodle challenges - my, how time has flown!! SO - make sure you check in next week as we'll be celebrating in true birthday stylee!! xx

Good luck on entering this weeks challenge - you have until Sunday 16 May at 12noon GMT and please remember the maximum number of challenges including Polkadoodles is 10 for your creation.


Friday, 30 April 2010

Week 17 Challenge - Alter It!

Can it really be Friday again? It must be as its a brand new Polkadoodle challenge! Did you see Nikky on telly last Friday with the very lovely and brand new cd All Around and Everywhere? Well, the DT have really fallen for the cd and I think this week we have all used something from the cd! Before I forget, make sure you get your copy of Simply Cards and Papercrafts magazine which is the  May issue (out this week sometime) as Nikky has designed the free paper collections and if you're an owl fan like all of us you'll love them!

I'm (Ruth) hosting the challenge this week and I think some of the Design Team will be cursing me with the trials and tears they have encountered in making their creation for this challenge (sorry girls!!!!)

The challenge this week is:
Alter It!!

There is plenty of inspiration from the Design Team to help you on your way. And if you decide to join us, please link your creation using Mr Linky and your creation should not be entered into more than 10 challenges including Polkadoodles to be considered for a top 3 blinkie or the winners prize.
Before I forget, here are the top three from Challenge 15 which was Animal Magic and was set by Claire:
First Place: Amelia
Second Place: Erin
Third Place: Shirley

Congratulations and please contact Nikky for more details!
Ruth: I found an empty plastic jar last time I was at the Scrap Store and I knew I'd find a use for it one day! I've used papers from All Around and Everywhere including the topper which I've layered onto black card. All ribbons are from my stash. More views are on my blog!



Brenda - How do you photograph a fold down zigzag card - with great difficulty ! I have again used elements from various sections of the new CD - All Around and Everywhere. Each square has been cut from the back sheets of two used spiral notebooks and covered on both sides with a mixture of papers and bazzil, with flowers and heart all taken from the CD, then ribbons, brads and borders added to embellish.


Kerry - Plan A went to pot, I was going to stamp the candle but I got more wax on my desk!! So Plan B came into force, decorate it. I used papers and flowers from All Around and Everywhere, a Polkadoodles stamp and string.




Kate I needed somewhere to store my lovely fairy stamps, so I have made use of a laundry detergent tablet box. I have used papers from Sugar Birdies (I think this has to be my favourite) and petals from the new cd All Around and Everywhere and of course those gorgeous fairy flutterfly stamps.


Fliss: I've altered a toiletries box which was lurking in my daughter's bin and turned it into a gift/trinket box. All the papers and elements I've used come from the new All Around and Everywhere CD and I used Nikky's fab scrunching technique to make the flower. I used the non coloured butterfly stampie, coloured it with my Promarkers, sponged on embossing ink and embossed it with crystal powder for added sparkle.


Nettie: This was a fun one to do. I decided to make a mini album of my nephew's 4th birthday. I have used four toilet roll shells for this one. I have seen these albums made out of toilet rolls and always wanted to have a go, so this is my version. I used my Bind it All machine to put the album together. I have used the very new CD All Around and Everywhere. For more detail please visit my blog.



Claire Everybody needs a bits box - for all those teeny weeny crafting things that would disappear up the hoover otherwise. Mine is no longer dull and dreary it's funky flutterby heaven - with those fab new stamps coloured with copics and some papers thanks to All Around and Everywhere.


Dee: I've had a sad and empty list pad holder that I've been meaning to revamp for ages. I got a new pad for it some time ago but just haven't got round to it yet, so now was my chance. I used papers from the All Around and Everywhere cd, added a few silk flowers I had hanging around and some garden twine. And now I can slip another pad in when this one is finished, unlike the original that was stuck to the back piece.


Stacey - Having completely smashed my first attempt this is my create your own cookie jar!!! I have used the big polka dots papers from All Around and Everywhere and I have printed them in brown and pink. I made a little corset on the back to secure it to the jar so it can easily be removed and the jar can be reused. I added a cute pink sentiment to finish it off!


Lou: I wanted to safely store my new Fairy Flutterby stamps so Ruth's challenge couldn't of come at a better time ! ! I have used an old CD case and given it a real makeover! 1st photo is of the front cover showing all stamps etc and the 2nd photo is showing the inside. On one side I have made a pouch to store my stamped images / made toppers and the other side stores my stamps. Now have a few more of these to make so everythig matches . . . uuummmm, we have ooddles of old DVD cases . . . I wonder what I could do with those ! ! Even more photo's can be found on my blog.




Please remember that the maximum number of challenges you can enter your Polkadoodle challenge creation in is 10 (including Polkadoodles) and that the closing date is 12noon on Sunday 9 May 2010. Good luck!
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Friday, 23 April 2010

Week 16 Challenge - Monochromatic

Today sees the launch of a brand new Polkadoodle CD - All Around and Everywhere which is being showcased on Create and Craft at 10am this morning! And this week the Design Team have used (in abundance) papers and elements from the new cd! If you've not managed to catch the show you've missed a real treat as this is another stunning cd from Nikky! We could go on about it, but make your own mind up - just look at the DT samples for this weeks challenge!

Before we show the samples for this weeks challenge, we need to announce the winners from week 14 which was the Wedding theme set by Kerry.

First Place: Joanna
Second Place: Lisa C
Third Place: Farrah

Congratulations! Please contact Nikky for further details and your blinkies! We can't wait to see what you come up with for this week's challenge.

It's Nettie here and it's my turn again to set the theme for the week. I have chosen Monochromatic (I know a bit of a mouth full). So I would like to see cards or projects in one colour but I remember you can use as many shades of this colour as you like. The DT have been working really hard and have produced some gorgeous cards and also given you a sneeky peek of the new CD!!

Brenda - I have used the brand new Polkadoodle CD All Around and Everywhere which Nikky is launching on Create and Craft today. It was a really quick and simple card to make yet the beautiful flowers and colours allow you to really make a statement. The side border has been created with a Martha Stewart punch and the butterflies are stamped from the Meechell set of the new Fairy Flutterfly stamps and the sentiment from the Gracie set.


Enfys - Well I suppose if you are a purist mine isn't totally monochromatic, but to echo the black heart on the birdhouse, I couldn't resist a bit of black doodling. The papers and birds are from the new CD, the branch was cut with my Cricut.

Kris: I love the spring/summer colors in Nikky's brand-new-today new CD and for our challenge this week I chose the yellow/orange color. It paired perfectly with some card stock I had. I used a spotty backing paper along with one of the heart-shaped sentiment toppers, stacking flowers with button centers, and a cute little bird stampie that I tried to get close to the color of everything else.


Kate: I have used "Gracie" one of the gorgeous new fairy stamps for my card and gone for a colour which I wouldn't normally go for - Orange, the little flower stamps in the set matched so well with papers from the sugar birdies cd, I just had to use them together .The wings which are as a separate butterfly are stamped on acetate and coloured and glittered from behind .

Kerry - I've used papers from the new CD too - All Around & Everywhere. There are loads of fab papers, toppers, flowers, buttons and more..... Love the colour, a turquoise blue and just added a bit of ribbon (from the inside of a t-shirt), a few buttons and some wool for his hair.


Ruth: Ok, so its a riot of colour in a monochromatic style! Each windmill is monochromatic, just there are a few of them in different colours.....! I printed doublesided with papers from the new cd All Around and Everywhere, used a windmill template and then added some large brads for the centres all on the trusty kebab sticks! For more views have a look at my blog!



Nettie: For my card I have used one of my favourite colours Purple. I have used the Babsie Fairy Flutterfly set for my card and coloured her in using my Promarkers. I also added a tiny bit of bling.


Claire It seems we all love the flowers on the new cd and I love purple so how perfect! I have made a joy fold card with a polkadot ribbon and extra flower to secure closed for my Thank you......

Fliss: I've used purple as well as it's one of my favourite colours and there are just gorgeous mix and match papers on the new CD so I've used one of those with some of the lovely gingham flowers. The lovely fairy is Bevvieboo, one of the totally awesome new Polka Doodles clear stamp sets. I fi nished off with one of the sentiment labels and some gems.

Dee: Another Fairy Flutterby stamp from me too, this is Maggie and I just love the toadstools on this set. I masked and stamped onto light blue watercolour paper with the Denim Adirondack ink pad. I then pulled the colour from the image with a water brush, tore the edges and stamped flowers round the edge to form a frame. The polkadot paper is from All Around and Everywhere and the random dot paper which I overstamped with th e flower is from Paper Boutique. I finished it off with stickles, blue ribbon and a dragonfly brad.


Stacey - Well I am just loving the new CD and like the others I have opted to use it for this weeks challenge!!! I have gone green!!! I have used papers, flowers and sentiments and they are all found on the new CD and the shaped card is just a big scallop folded in half!!! For added embellishment I have mounted a tiny flower onto some acetate and they used a big spotty brad and some eyelets!!!
Remember you have until Sunday 2 May at 12noon GMT to enter the challenge. Please leave a direct link with Mr Linky to your creation. Good luck!
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