Friday, 20 August 2010

Week 33 Challenge - Vintage Style

Hello everyone, Fliss here and it's my turn to set the challenge theme this week.

Make sure you check out this week's tutorial - Nikky's using the awesome Aquamarkers again to give you some ideas!

Don't forget you can still enter our fabulous competition in conjunction with Letraset until the end of August where you can win a fantastic set of Aquamarkers worth £79.99! These great colouring pens are waterbased so they are
amazing if you love watercolour techniques.

We also have some additional runner up prizes of smaller packs too and all you have to do to enter is to do some colouring! It can be any kind of colouring, watercolours, promarkers, copics, pencils, pastels, whatever's your bag, we just want to see your lovely work. And once again, we have to reiterate that you do NOT have to be Van Gogh to win either, all entries will be judged on various criteria so even if you think you're not a great colourist, still enter, you never know, we might think you deserve to win a set of Aquamarkers for your troubles!

Deadline for entries is 31st August and you MUST leave a link to your entry pic in the COMMENTS section under this post (do NOT use the InLinkz please and do not email entries). You can enter as many times as you like (cards used as entries to previous challenges will not be accepted)! Right, as promised here is this week's tutorial using Promarkers and showing you how to achieve some great blending...

Here's this week's tutorial, get your cup of coffee and a bar of chocolate now...with the wonders of technology Nikky has managed to film this in double vision (think she was trying to go for 3D TV LOL) so apologies but it's still a great tutorial!

Nikky will be on Create and Craft on Sunday 22nd August at 10am showing some great products as usual so make sure you don't miss her - those of you who can't get C and C on your TV (Sky 671) you can watch online on the Create and Craft website too!

Right, let's get on with this week's challenge but before I tell you all about it, it's on to the results from the sketch challenge.

The lucky winners from challenge 31 are:
First Place: Krista And Joint Second Places: Maria and Kleeblatt

Congratulations! Please email Nikky for your blinkies!

And now for this week's challenge which I picked as I thought we ought to show all you vintage fans out there (of which I am one!) that you can go Vintage Style with Polka Doodles too, using the fabulous CDs or the gorgeous stamps on offer. So your challenge is to come up with a gorgeous vintage creation too.

Here's some very inspirating creations from the Design Team to get you thinking.


Ruth: I've used two of the new Stamp Doodles - the shabby prim Angel in a stocking and also the bow with holly. Both have been coloured with Promarkers plus a tiny bit of glitter glue on the stocking. All the papers are from Not For Girls cd with a bit of doodling around the edges and some buttons.

Kris: I wasn't sure what I was going to do when I first saw this challenge but I rather like how this one turned out. I used a plain olive green card for the base and then the Seed Packet collage from the Not for Girls CD. It printed rather bright so I sanded it to dull it down. I added some Martha Stewart punched borders, the girl stampie from Back to Nature, a die-cut sentiment and some self-adhesive pearls. I think she looks just like she stepped out of the farmer's market!

Fliss As this is my turn for the challenge, I challenged myself to go very vintage. I made background papers with the flower flourish stamp from the Daisy Doodles stamp set and Distress inks, full details of how I made this are on my blog. I printed out the stacking flowers and some leaves from the Love and Cherish CD on the Housey Housey text paper from the Back To Nature CD. I then coloured these with Aquamarkers and a damp brush to blend the colours. I added a scalloped and embossed circle also coloured with Aquamarkers for contrast.

Lou: I have used one of the FAB NEW stamps released at Doncaster. They are dream to colour and I have used my promarkers. Although she is a Christmas Angel, I thought it would be nice to use her for a different theme . . crafters prerogative, I say! Lots of matting & layering and a bit of nifty recycling . . the corrugated card and the lace edging . . . a really quick and vintage feel card !


Jenny My card uses the beautiful rose paper from Love and Cherish. I stamped the little butterfly stamp from the 'Babsie' Fairy Flutterfly set onto the back of some gold card, cut them out and folded their wings forward. The sentiment comes from the Back to Nature CD.
Claire I decided to go for some imagery from the All around and Everywhere Cd. I coloured the deer using aquamarkers and added a little grungeboard swirl, some inking and faux stitching. My overall card was inspired by Wendy Vecchi as I am not that familiar with vintage I went for a little trip round blogland - great place for inspiration! My papers are also from the All Around and everywhere Cd.
Tracy - For my creation I have used for the papers and the flowers, the All Around And Everywhere CD, and for my image I used the NEW Stamp doodles stamp, the cake stand which I then coloured with Aquamarkers. I distressed all my edges with Stormy Sky Distress Inks and added some stickles.
Brenda I don't know why, but Christmas door wreaths always make me think Victorian, so this was an obvious choice for me using one of the the new Christmas Doodle stamps along with Paper from Christmas Paper Boutique CD. The easel card was made using a Marianne circle stencil cut through the Big Shot.

Dee: I've used the Not for Girls cd for my card. I think it's the first time I've used it for a challenge, and as it has images and papers on it that are just perfect for a vintage feel it was the obvious choice for me. All the paper elements on the card are from the cd which I have distressed and inked with Old Paper and Wild Honey Distress Inkpads. I added a few touches with a gold ProMarker, a couple of metal embellishments, brads and natural string to finish it off.
Tracie: I have used the lovely adorable tilly stamp with Paper Boutique Vol 2: Creative christmas paper and sentiments to create a christmas card with a vintage feel
Enfys I also used the gorgeous little vintage girl stamp and kept the colours to sepia and taupe tones which added to the vintage look. I tied a crushed velvet ribbon around a taupe panel, and added a tie of brown and white gingham and a couple of brown leaf beads

Lisa - I used the Love and Cherish CD for my card. I just love the heart background and all the heart clipart. I embellished with some glittery hearts and some shabby seam binding and finished with some yummy Prima flowers!

Please remember that the maximum number of challenges you can enter including this Polkadoodle challenge is 10, and the closing date is Sunday 29 August at 12noon GMT. Good luck and please link up your creation with the widget below.

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Friday, 13 August 2010

Week 32 Challenge - Acetate or Vellum

Phewee, yet another tutorial from Nikky this week - make sure you check it out!


We hope you're loving our series of tutorials - just to remind you if you haven't seen the last few posts (shame on you!), we are running a fabulous competition in conjunction with Letraset until the end of August where you can win a fantastic set of Aquamarkers worth £79.99! These great colouring pens are waterbased so they are
amazing if you love watercolour techniques - make sure you check out Nikky's tutorials which showed you the great effects you can achieve with these if you missed them previously. We also have some additional runner up prizes of smaller packs too and all you have to do to enter is to do some colouring! It can be any kind of colouring, watercolours, promarkers, copics, pencils, pastels, whatever's your bag, we just want to see your lovely work. And once again, we have to reiterate that you do NOT have to be Van Gogh to win either, all entries will be judged on various criteria so even if you think you're not a great colourist, still enter, you never know, we might think you deserve to win a set of Aquamarkers for your troubles!

Deadline for entries is 31st August and you MUST leave a link to your entry pic in the COMMENTS section under this post (do NOT use the InLinkz please and do not email entries). You can enter as many times as you like (cards used as entries to previous challenges will not be accepted)! Right, as promised here is this week's tutorial using Promarkers and showing you how to achieve some great blending...

                       

So we all hope you enjoyed that, Nikky's had some great feedback from people on how useful some of the hints and tips have been so she's promised to try and do more tutorials from now on on a variety of different things. Right, let's get on with this week's challenge business and hand over to Stacey...

...Hello it's Stacey here!!! This is my very first time to set a challenge for the team, I am a little nervous but here goes. . .

The winners from Challenge 30 which was to create a generic card suitable for both male and female are:
First Place: Sue
Second Place: Lori
Third Place: Jovita
Congratulations to you all, great entries as always! Please contact Nikky for blinkies etc.

Now, onto this weeks challenge...This week I asked the ladies to print or stamp onto vellum or acetate. I thought this was a good idea until I realised that my printer does not like acetate!!! My problems aside, the team as usual have produced a wonderful selection for you to feast your eyes on! I cannot wait to see what you guys come up with!

You have until 12noon GMT on Sunday 22 August to enter and please don't forget the 10 challenge rule x x x

Stacey - As I have already said my printer was not getting on with acetate argh!!! So I had to rummage through my stash for some vellum. I had a pearl vellum pack hiding in the depths and when I printed the papers from the Jingle Jangle CD It made the papers look even more amazing as they have a pearl sheen to them. It is hard to tell from the pic but the border and background papers have a real sparkle! I added micro glue dots sheet which was fab and does not show through the printed vellum!!! I added beads to the highlights on the polar bear and glossy accents to his nose!!!
Enfys - I printed out the peacock toppers from Back to Nature onto white vellum, then used spray mount adhesive to stick them onto a very pale lilac paper. In real life the effect is lovely, the image has a soft transluscent look.
I added lots of clear shimmerz dots to the image for a bit of sparkle...
Ruth: Now I made not one but two cards! Only because the papers and flowers that I had printed were sufficient to make two and I just have to use the vellum flowers as they are so pretty! I've used Sugar Birdies cd for the papers - printed both sheets to fit onto one A4 and also did the same with the vellum flowers so that they are small enough for the A6 sized cards. I've handwritten the sentiments and added some doodling along with seed beads for the flower centres.

Jenny This box frame is so much simpler than it looks... I just added some rose paper from the Love and Cherish CD. Then printed a heart image onto acetate which I made into a little box lid which sits inside the frame so the acetate image stands out.
Fliss - I decided to go for vellum for a soft look and printed out the pretty daisy paper from the Love and Cherish CD on to pale yellow vellum. I put this on a background of cream card edged with my deckle scissors. I made a border with a Martha Stewart punch and a strip embossed with a daisy folder. I printed out the butterfly from All Around and Everywhere on mint card and blue vellum, cut them out and layered them together with pearls as the body.
Brenda I used the Paper Boutique CD, re-sized the flowers and printed onto acetate, which I them matted onto white cardstock and fixed with brads. I printed more of the same flowers onto white cardstock, cut out and glittered the edges. The swirly leaf is cut from a sizzix die and the card edging Martha Steward embossed scallop.
Kris: I mader a concertina card. I printed one of the Blossom Exposion papers from Back to Nature onto plain vellum. Then cut panels and framed them with black card to give them a stained-glass effect when mounted onto ivory card. The butterfly and sentiment are from the Fairy Flutterfly set - Bevvieboo. I colored the butterfly with Letraset Aquamarkers and then highlighted with Promarkers, glitter glue and some Glossy Accents on the body.
Claire I decided to go for some soft yet fun Vellum flowers and butterfly to compliment my house which I have water coloured with Aquamarkers. All the elements are from the All Around and Everywhere CD.
Tracy - For my creation I used the Candy Doodles CD and printed the candy boys backing paper on to white vellum. I then printed and re-sized the stampies to match and coloured them with Promarkers. My main image was coloured with the fab Aquamarkers.
Lisa - I made an easel card this week and I used the Candy Doodles CD. I printed Little Miss Polly Polkadoodle out onto vellum paper and cut her out. She would be cute no matter what you printed her on but the vellum gives her a very soft feel! I also used the adorable flowers from the All Around and Everywhere CD to showcase Miss Polly and I think she looks great! Gotta hand it to that Nikky, she sure can draw!

Good luck! Please link your creation with the widget below - deadline is Sunday 22 August at 12noon GMT and please remember our 10 creation challenge rule!

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Friday, 6 August 2010

Week 31 Challenge - Sketch

Hello Doodlers!The weeks just fly by dont they!


I hope you're loving our series of tutorials we're giving you this month, we're keeping Nikky really busy! Just to remind you if you haven't seen the last couple of week's posts, we are running a fabulous competition in conjunction with Letraset until the end of August where you can win a fantastic set of Aquamarkers worth £79.99! These great colouring pens are waterbased so they are amazing if you love watercolour techniques - make sure you check out the last 2 tutorials which showed you the great effects you can achieve with these if you missed them previously:We also have some additional runner up prizes of smaller packs too and all you have to do to enter is to do some colouring! It can be any kind of colouring, watercolours, promarkers, copics, pencils, pastels, whatever's your bag, we just want to see your lovely work. And once again, we have to reiterate that you do NOT have to be Van Gogh to win either, all entries will be judged on various criteria so even if you think you're not a great colourist, still enter, you never know, we might think
you deserve to win a set of Aquamarkers for your troubles!

Deadline for entries is 31st August and you MUST leave a link to your entry pic in the COMMENTS section under this post (do NOT use the InLinkz please). And obviously you can enter as many times as you like (entries to previous challenges will not be accepted)! Right, as promised here is the 3rd of Nikky's tutorials, this week she's using Promarkers and showing you how to achieve some great blending...


Ok, on with this week's challenge and last week's winners!
As ever we struggled to decide upon our top three again. You certainly make it tough each week for us to narrow our faves down to just 3, so many fantastic festive projects! The winners of week 29, our Christmas in July challenge are...
1st Place: Lori
Runner Up: We had a really hard time choosing this week so the following peeps are all this week's runners-up...Fabiola, Carolyn & Kaylou

Well done everyone and please contact Nikky for your blinkies!

It's been a while since we had a sketch challenge so your mission this week, if you choose to accept it, is to create a project using the following fabulous sketch designed by Kerry.

So are you up for the challenge? Yeah? Cool! Just leave us a link to your project via Inlinkz at the bottom of this post before 12noon on Sunday 15th August and we'll stop by your blog to gaze upon your wonderful creation! Lost your crafting mojo? No problem! Feast your eyes on the following for some inspiration...

Brenda I have twisted Kerry's sketch a bit as Rudolph turned out a bit larger than I expected. All the elements are from Paper Boutique Christmas, Rudolph has been decoupaged, his hat is glittered and the snowflakes made using a Martha Stewart punch. The NOEL sentiment is from the same CD.


Lou: I have also flipped the sketch 180' and all the elements on my card are from the "Not for Girls" CD. I am soooo in love with this Jazz Player image and want it as a huge poster on my wall ! I printed a couple of the images, using one as my base image and then cropped the other images to layer bits of on top; this was to give an aged effect . . or for something different !


Nettie: I loved making this one and following the sketch. I have gone for a Shabby Chic kind of look with this one. I have created an aperture with this card and added some little pearls around the frame. I have used papers and flowers from the All Around and Everywhere CD. So girly!!!



Lisa - I enjoyed following the sketch very much and I chose to use background papers and flowers from the All Around and Everywhere CD. I just love the dainty little butterfly added on to the sentiment. I just couldn't get the colors of the card to photograph well indoors but outdoors on a plant, the card just came to life! What a sunny day for a sunny card!



Tracy - For my creation I have followed the sketch by using papers from the All Around and Everywhere CD, the flowers were done by using Back to Nature cd and the treat bag was also using the All Around and Everywhere CD.



Fliss - I've made a new home card with the lovely house stampie from the Back To Nature CD which I resized slightly and printed out on watercolour paper. I coloured the image with my watercolour pencils and mounted the panel on blue paper. I added a mat of textured paper from the Not For Girls CD with faux stitching to make it look like the sketch. I used background paper from the All Around and Everywhere CD and flowers from the Sugar Birdies CD.



Ruth: I've used the Gracie Fairy Flutterfly stamp, which has been coloured with Promarkers, along with the sentiment stamp from the same pack. The image has been layered onto papers printed from Candy Doodles cd. Candy Doodles is probably one of my favourite Polkadoodle cd's and its also great for soft baby colours too! I've made the flowers by cutting out circles of card, snipping the edges and curling them inwards and then layered different sizes ontop. Really easy and quick!


Kris: Nikky has certainly got me in a Christmas card mood! I decided to take the sketch and rotate it 180 degrees. I made a 'frame' card that gives an extra bit of dimension with a few little cuts and folds. The papers and sentiment are from Creative Christmas and the ponisettia is one of the new Doodle Stamps. The stamp is very versitle and it's quite large with four layers of petals. Colored and cut only three of the layers for the larger image and just two for the smaller. Colored with Prismas and OMS for the flower petals and a gold Promarker for the centres.


Jenny This was such a lovely sketch to follow. My card uses one of the new Stamp Doodles. I have coloured the birdcage image with watercolour paints to match the patterned paper from All Around and Everywhere that I have mounted into little silver frames. I've added some yellow watercolouring to the patterned paper just to make the colour match perfectly. The sentiment stamp is from the 'Babsie' Fairy Flutterfly stamp set.



Claire - I have used one of the fab images of a cup of hot chocolate from the new Christmas CD - Paper Boutique II - Creative Christmas along with some poinsettia from the same cd. I have water coloured the images, it was great fun to do and I loved this sketch - definitely one to work with again!



Tracie: I used a couple of backing papers and a sentiment from Paper Boutique Vol 2: Creative Christmas as well as the Poinsetta template in A6 size which I cut from felt. I also used one of the gorgeous new Stamp Doodles.



Dee: I used the Christmas Doodles rubber stamp plate and backing papers from the Jingle Jangles cd for my card this week. I've made the card A4 size, mainly to show that you don't have to have a large image just because you have a large card. I used the lush Aquamarkers directly onto the stamps then bled the colours out with a damp paintbrush. I added some ribbon, brads and stickles for the finishing touches.



Good luck in entering and please remember, the maximum number of challenges you can enter to be in with a shout of a top three placing is 10 - this includes the Polkadoodle challenge. You have until 12noon GMT on Sunday 15 August to enter and please use the widget below to link up your creation.
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Friday, 30 July 2010

Week 30 Challenge - Generic Male & Female

Hi everyone, hope you're all busy busy busy colouring in for the fantastic Aquamarkers competition we launched last week! 
Image of Rubberstamping SetIf you missed all the info and excitement last week, you can see it here, we have teamed up with Letraset to give away a full set of 40 Aquamarker watercolour pens (RRP £79.99) to the winner of our great competition. All you have to do is make a card or project which you've COLOURED IN - now you can use watercolours, Promarkers, Copics, Prisma's, felt tips, pastels, acrylics, whatever the heck you want as long as you show us your colouring skills! The winner will NOT necessarily be the best artist in the world, we want this to be open to everyone of all abilities so quite simply, the one we like best will win, regardless of ability or age!  We also have some fabulous runners-up prizes of smaller packs of Aquamarkers too, so come on, get cracking, you have until the end of August to enter.  You MUST leave a link to your project in the COMMENTS section (not InLinkz) under this post before the deadline. See full details here.

Now, as promised last week to help inspire you and to show you what you can actually do with these lush markers, from now until the end of the competition I will be showing you a tutorial each week.  Make sure you check out last time's here if you missed it but this week I managed to find my camcorder AND the charger to give you a video which I always think is much much better than pics. I think this is only the 2nd one I've ever managed to upload properly so I'm sorry if it's a bit naff but at the end of the day it's all about technique and product I say LOL!  So once you've checked out the fantastic challenge this week which is below the video clip (warning, it's 22mins long so get a coffee and a slice of cake!!) get your pens out and start colouring!! 


Don't forget you CAN combine your competition entry with the blog challenge each week so you don't even need to make a separate entry! (BUT you MUST still upload it to the comments section as well as the InLinkz).  

So, on we go with this week's challenge and last week's winners:

The top three from Challenge 28 are: First Place: Maria  , Second Place: Karen , Third Place: Dora
Well done everyone and please contact Nikky for your blinkies!

This week I challenged the gorgeous Doodle Dollies to make something generic - ie a card or project which was suitable for a male or female recipient.  I'm in Crimbo mode now I'm afraid so that's all you're going to get from me from now on LOL, but I made this one using papers from Creative Christmas and two of our brand new Stamp Doodle rubber stamps (check them out they're fantastic) which is Christmas Mouse and the sentiment.
 I coloured in the lovely Santa with the Aquamarkers on my tutorial last week so I decided to use him here. Almost forgot, the tree strip border is from Jingle Jangles (if you havent seen either of these CD's yet tune in for the next Create and Craft Show next week on Friday 5th August at 12:00 - I will also be showing the stunning Fairy Flutterfly stamps as well for the first time!  Right over to the girls, who, I know you will agree, have made some stunning cards as always this week, a great variety of topics for the guys and the gals, which is great!...

Enfys - I fancied setting myself another challenge and making a card without any pattern papers at all, I like seeing 'white space' cards, but I am not very good at making them. I was going to use the front of the horse from All Around and Everywhere, but thought the backside would be more fun. I reckon this would be a good card for someone who is moving on to a new job............

Kris: I used both the Back to Nature (owls and tree) and All Around and Everywhere (heart backing paper) CD's for this card. I know I've said it a lot but Nikky's colors and designs do carry beautifully from one collection to another. The little owls are stampies cut out and mounted with foam tape. I did diecut the top sentiment but the "great day" sentiment is one of Nikky's.

Brenda I made a word book spelling BIRTHDAY using coordinating papers from Candy Doodles CD. I stamped the ladybird trail from the unmounted stamp set several time, cut into strips and ran them across the bottom of each page. The greeting on the front is from the new Paper Boutique Creative Christmas, I used the zutter to create a spine and tied it with cord and raffia.

Claire - I have used one of the brand new plastic templates available from Polka Doodles - "Misery Boots" to create a get well card. I have used various Polkadoodles papers to layer up the design - have to say I just want to give him a cuddle. Gold Promarker for sentiment and stitches. I'm sure he could cheer up any poorly Lad or Lass!
Nettie: Ok, so I have a confession......I feel like I have cheated on this one. I have made a Wedding card which of course is for a male and female. This is an easel card and I have used an image and background paper from the Love and Cherish CD. I just love this cute image, which is one of many on the CD.
Tracy - For my creation this week I chose to do a new home card as I have found both single men and women are buying homes on their own now. I have used the NEW stamp doodles house, and my papers are from the Love and Cherish CD and also All Around and Everywhere CD.
Jenny I've gone for a simple 'Thinking of You' card based on an image from the Back To Nature CD. I think it shows how versatile The Fairy Flutterfly Stamp sets are... I've used the butterfly from the Babsie set and the sentiment from the Meeshelle set. The butterfly is coloured with gold and silver Promarkers... love them!
Fliss - I've made a simple card using the striped papers from the Dad's Birthday Bundle download together with plain green paper from the Sugar Birdies CD, the peacock silhouette from the Shake A Tail Feather section of the Back To Nature CD and a greeting from the Daisy Doodles stamp set. A little ribbon and some brads made the finishing touch.
Lisa - I used the All Around and Everywhere CD this week to make my generic male or female card. I just love the little birdie on this CD and the background paper, sentiment and button image are from the same CD. I just love how those cute little buttons are all ready to be punched out and used as if they were real buttons! I punched two holes in it and threaded some twine through it and PRESTO! Cute button!
Dee: I have used one of the brand new Polka Doodles templates 'Dee's Double Diamond' for my double shaker card. I used the decoupage and papers from the Mr Twitty collection on the Paper Boutique Vol 1 cd. I also did a few squiggles and dots with a gold Promarker pen and used the branch paper punch from Martha Stewart with a couple of Prima flowers.
Ruth: I've used the circle backer from Candy Doodles along with the cheeky monkey and backing paper from Paper Boutique Vol 1. Added some wobbly eyes and balloons and it was a First Birthday card for a little cheeky monkey!

Please remember the maximum number of challenges you can enter your Polka Doodles creation in is 10 (including Polka Doodles) and the deadline is 12noon on Sunday 8 August. Good luck!
Don't forget!! You MUST leave your competition entries in the COMMENTS section NOT the InLinkz below which is for blog challenges only. (If you don't have a blog but still want to enter you will need to leave a link to your photo on photobucket etc, email entries will not be accepted).

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