Friday, 19 November 2010

Week 46 Challenge - Give Thanks & Blog Hop!

It's Friday so that can only mean another fab Polkadoodles challenge!
And this week is no ordinary week - it's Blog Hop time!!


But, before we get to the really exciting bit of this week's post I need to announce the winners from week 44 which was to make a quick Christmas card:
First Place: Hazel Second Place: Nicki Third Place: Claire
Congratulations! Please email Nikky for further details!

Just before we start, we also need to mention the Design Team Call - as we have lots of news today, we have published the details of the Design Team Call below this post, so if you are checking in to see the news please go to the post below this! x

Also, a quick heads up - Nikky will be on Create and Craft TV next Friday 26th November at 8am and she has some brand new lovely products up her sleeve that she will be launching on the show - make sure you watch, record, Sky+ or Internet watch - they're lush!

The challenge this week is being hosted by me (Ruth) although the challenge was set by Kris who was announced last week as stepping down from the Design Team due to other commitments, but we've kept with the theme and would like to say a big THANK YOU to Kris to her contribution and support during her term!

The theme for this week is to Give Thanks. In addition to the Blog Hop this week Nikky also has created this great sentiment...

for her challenge card this week and is giving it to you as a FREE DOWNLOAD for you which is perfect for this week's challenge and you MUST use the download to enter the challenge! You can alter it in any way you wish, but you MUST use the download! If you are stuck for inspiration, just look below at the creations the Design Team have made! The deadline for the challenge is Sunday 28 November at 12noon GMT and please remember to follow the theme and to link with no more than 9 other challenges to be eligible for a prize. Please no backlinking to older projects - only new work will be considered for the top three.

Ruth: Quick and simple is the theme for me again this week! I've used flowers printed from Sugar Birdies, curled and layered up to form the head of a flower and I've added a rather large sparkly gem to their centres! The stamping around the edges is made using one of the stamps from the Daisy Doodles stamp plate. I've handwritten the sentiment.

Enfys: One of the things in my life that I am most thankful for is the incredible pleasure and joy I get from my little grandchildren. So my cards reflect this and I have made them each a Christmas card using the Paper Boutique Vol 2 - Creative Christmas CD - you will see the other two cards on my blog.


Brenda - Two for the price of one! I made the first and was not sure, so did a second and decided I perhaps liked both. The first one uses various elements from the summer section of the new Sundae of Seasons CD and the second on my favourite Fairy Flutterby Gracie, coloured with Aquamarkers, glittered wings and papers from Paper Boutique Vol 1 CD.

Emma Hiya, I have used a little birdie, black and white stampie from the Sundae of Seasons CD and backing papers from there too. I think I am most thankful to all those close to me that enrich my life with love, so this card is for them.
Tracy: I have made this card to give Thanks to all my followers, who have visited me and given wonderful comments and kept me going when things are low. I have used everything from Sundae Of Seasons and the Babsie Flutterfly stamp.
Claire As some may be aware my Dad unexpectedly ended up in hospital. This card was created for the surgeon in charge of my Dads case (my Dad asked me to make it for him) I do indeed have a lot to be thankful for... thanks also to the staff at Ayr Hospital. Created using Sundae of Seasons.
Lis-m . One of the biggest things I am grateful for in my life are my two daughters. They have grown into strong and independent young women. They are both very different and yet I can see the closeness in them as they discover the big wide world. I am very proud of them both, and I love them more than they will ever know. I have reached for the Sundae of Seasons cd for my card this time, it is so very useful.
Jenny I've decorated a box of chocs with elements from Sundae of Seasons to say 'thanks' to all of YOU! All of the entrants to the challenges each week are fabulous and I wish I could give chocs to all of you, but instead the winner of my blog hop candy will get these in their parcel too!

Fliss - I've also made a card to say thanks to all my lovely followers as their kindness really makes my day and cheers me up when I'm a bit down. I've used my favourite Flutterby Fairy stamp, Gracie, and stamped her plus 2 butterflies and embossed them with clear powder. I coloured all the pieces with Promarkers and embossed the fairy wings with jewelled gold powder and the butterfly with crystal sparkle. I've used papers mostly from the Sundae of Seasons CD and made a step card. Pearls and a greeting finish it off.
Tracie: Call me old fashioned but I think there is nothing better than a thank you card from children who are given gifts so I am a mean mummy and make both my two write them. This card is to say Thank you for a special pressie. The elements are all from Jingle Jangles (thankyou is cricut cut).
Lou: Now I've totally turned the theme upside down as I want to "Give Thanks" and have made a scrapbook page about my family as I am very thankful for them being in my life. I originally made a similar page for Nikky and loved it so much thought I'd recreate it. I'm just waiting for the canvas frame to finished being stretched and it's going to be glued onto the canvas as a piece of art! The boys aren't too happy though but they're not brave enough to take it down either (when it finally goes up!). All the elements and papers are from the "Love and Cherish" CD - one of my all time favs!

Nikky Obviously Kris's inspiration for this challenge was Thanksgiving in the USA and although we don't celebrate it here in the UK I decided to make a card with the original inspiration behind it. Don't forget you can get the FREE DOWNLOAD which I designed for the sentiment on my blog here - you might as well do the blog hop at the same time ; )...here I used elements from the Sundae of Seasons CD...x

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BLOG HOP TIME!
The Rules
  • Deadline for taking part in the hop is Sunday 28 November at 12noon GMT.
  • You must hop to all Design Team members who are listed below and leave a comment on their blogs.
  • Collect a letter from each blog and keep it safe.
  • Once you've visited all DT members, unscramble the word and come back to this blog and leave your answer via the comments section - all comments will be moderated and not published until the deadline has passed so there can be no cheating along the way!
By leaving a comment on each DT blog you will be entered into their Blog Candy draw - so don't forget to leave the comments!
We hope you have some fun during the hop and keep your eyes peeled for the Candy that is on offer - Nikky has been very very generous plus some of the Design Team have extras on their blogs too - you won't want to miss out on getting your hands on some Polkadoodle products! There is over £400 worth of products on offer - so get commenting and hopping - the more comments you leave the more chances you have of winning! Each team member has a different stash of candy so in theory you could win it all - all 10 lots!!

In addition (yes, there IS More, can you believe it??!) you need to read the info on the blogs VERY carefully to read about a fantastic special offer and pickup a special discount code for the Polka Doodles shop - they ship FREE to anywhere in the world!!

The order of the hop is as follows, although you can start at any point, just make sure you come back here to leave your comment and answer!
Lisa - letter H
Polkadoodle Challenge Blog (back here)
Not all of the Design Team are UK based so if their post has not yet published please check back in a short while!
Good luck and hope you have lots of fun!
Don't forget - for another chance at winning some fab Polkadoodle Candy, make sure you enter the challenge!
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Design Team announcement...

Phew! We have so much news this week we can't fit it all in!! We could have scheduled the DT news to another day but I hate keeping you all waiting and agonising...

The response to this time's call was quite simply, overwhelming. And overwhelming not just in the number of you who replied but also overwhelming in talent. We actually had a 6 man tie-break would you believe, so I hope this gives you some idea of the torture we've all been in this week!

Before I go any further I have to say a heartfelt thanks to every single one of you who applied and apologise to all of you who didn't quite make it this time.
Both I and the rest of the team really appreciate the time and effort you all put into emailing us with your work and if we could have each and every person who applied on the team then believe me we would. This time's call has been particularly difficult to choose from and please please believe me when I say there wasn't a single one that I wouldn't have had on the team had I been able. So if you're unsuccessful this time please put it down more to logistics than the fact your work isn't good enough - we had somewhere in the region of about 50 people who applied I think so you can imagine how difficult the process has been, and we have had to be really ruthless in making our choices. I also intended to email you all individually but as you can imagine it's just been impossible so I apologise that the news has to be broken in such an impersonal way - and if you haven't been successful this time please please don't take it personally and give up, you have to keep getting out there and trying - there is a place on a team somewhere for everyone! The Polka Doodles Design Team is picked by the current Team members in a democratic vote so we can judge who will fit in with what we need for the blog, rather than just being a personal decision by one person.

So without further ado, I'm extremely proud and pleased to welcome the following people on board the Polka Doodles Express to blogdom!!....drum roll please....
(we only needed 2 more newbies and we ended up with 5 because we couldnt leave the talent unleashed!)


Whoop Whoop! Huge welcome to the team girls and a reassuring welcome back to Saskia who is rejoining us again! We are all so so pleased to have you on board the team and we can't wait to see what you're going to create for us - we just know you'll be bringing us oodles and oodles of inspiration!! If you haven't checked out thes girls' amazing blogs and creations then you need to get on over there pronto!...

...now, this aint over till the fat lady sings (as the saying goes) and that's me...

so as chief pot and bottle washer I decided I couldn't leave it there...as I said before there was just too much talent to choose from so we decided to ask the amazingly talented lovelies below to join us as
Guest Designers for the next 6 months...

Thankyou so much ladies for joining us, we're all really looking forward to seeing what you design for us as are the bloggers out there, I know - we're so happy to have you all on board with us!

phew!! I think I need a rest now - oh no, I can't, so much to do so little time and something about a blog hop?


Friday, 12 November 2010

Just a very quick post...re Design Team call...

The deadline is Sunday lunchtime 12:00 GMT for the call so please get your entries in on time if you wish to be considered - we've had lots of entries and anyone outside this time will NOT be considered! Just also to say thankyou to everyone who has already sent their applications, sorry but there are too many to reply and acknowledge you all! We will announce the lucky peeps next week!! thankyou all again and good luck everyone! xx Nikky xx

Week 45 Challenge - Gift Box

Hi everyone, Nikky here...

Just a quick hello from me and a reminder to check out the Design Team call - the deadline is Sunday so please see the post below this one to find out what you need to do if you want to enter! We're looking for more than one person so go for it!


Also, please make sure you check in with us next Friday for news of the Polka Doodles blog hop - we have over £400 of goodies to give away to lots of lucky people and it's a hop with a difference!!
Be there or be square!!

Whoop whoop - so get entering that DT call and the blog hop next week! Sadly we have some news this week that we've lost a couple of our teamies...the lovely Kris has left us for a little while due to some family commitments and the fabulous Brenda has also left us to concentrate on other things - I'm sure you'll see them both around in blogland and we wish them both well and good luck and tally ho!

It's Friday again and that can only mean another Polkadoodle challenge! Christmas is creeping up rather fast so, as I (Ruth) am setting the challenge this week I've gone with the idea of:


Make A Gift Box

If you are stuck for inspiration, just have a look below at the Design Team creations - gift boxes are not just for Christmas! The deadline for this challenge is Sunday 21 November at 12noon GMT and please remember not to enter your creation into more than 9 other challenges. We are in awe of all the challenges you do link one creation to, but you won't be considered for a top three place.

Before we move on, I need to announce the winners of challenge 43 which was Fliss' Autumn theme.

First Place: Colette
Second Place: Clairebears
Third Place: Faye

Congratulations! Please email Nikky for further details.

Oh, and before I forget - you HAVE to check out the challenge for next Friday - this is going to be one that you DON'T want to miss! The post will go live at 9am GMT as normal, but it will be one that you need to be in on! Lots of opportunities to get your hands on some very wonderful Polkadoodle products as Nikky has already mentioned!

Right, on with the Design Team creations for a Gift Box!

Ruth: It seems that Fliss and I are on the same wavelength this week! I've made four boxes from the take out box templates on Paper Boutique - Creative Christmas and printed papers from the same cd on the reverse. I know that these boxes don't look finished. It's because they are unfinished! They will be used as little gift boxes when we have our Christmas Day meal. I don't yet know how many I need to make hence the bare look! They will get blinged up and have a little gift inside when the big day comes!



Enfys: I covered a little tin box with my favourite gingham paper from Sundae of Seasons and printed out the apple bucket as a black and white stamp, and coloured with Promarkers, then cut it out. The apples were coated with glossy accents. I have put little cinnamon scented candles in the box, but forgot to take a photo of that!



Tracy - I have used Meeshelle without her wings from the Fairy Flutterfly stamps, on a Christmas icicle box, which is from the CD Paper Boutique 2 - Creative Christmas . The poinsettia is a stamp from the Crimbo doodles stamp set, and I have used Promarkers to colour the image.

Claire - I decided to give the Christmas Pud box a go! It's from Paper Boutique 2 - Creative Christmas CD. I added some stickles, wire, sakura and a tag in the shape of another pudding from Sundae of Seasons CD.

Fliss - I decided to get ahead for Christmas and made a couple of little boxes using a template from the Creative Christmas CD which you can print on the back of some decorated paper. I used some of the pretty festive swirl papers from the Jingle Jangles CD and added embellishments of punched snowflakes with Martha Stewart punched trim and then cut out leftover embellies from my stash of Creative Christmas bits and pieces. These are really fab for small gifts of jewellery, make-up or a few choccies etc.

Lis-m - I printed of a couple of sheets of card from the Paper Boutique Creative Christmas cd, using the main blue snowflake paper for the box and an additional layer in the dots. I used a Martha Stewart punch to create a border round the box, added a few gems, layered some nestie snowflakes and a button on top. Of course (who can resist), its Fairy Flutterfly Gracie, coloured in to co-ordinate to give even more cuteness!
Emma Hi, I have made a handbag style gift box. Using the printed box template from the Paper Boutique Volume 2 CD - Creative Christmas, I just printed out the box from the CD, stuck it all together, aged it up a little with distress inks and glitter, then I threaded a wire with seed beads through the top for a posh handle and tied chocolate brown satin ribbon in a bow to the front. Finally I added a 'handbag charm' by re-using a part of an old necklace.
Tracie: I used the Stamp Doodles Joy to make my little Christmas gift box, maybe Santa will fill it with something sparkly and expensive for me?

Jenny I've made the milk carton from Paper Boutique Vol 1 and made it into a little Candy Shoppe using the decoupage pieces from Paper Boutique Vol II Creative Christmas. The chimneys double up as fastenings for the box.
Dee: I too have made a milk carton box from the Paper Boutique Vol 1 cd. I have avoided Christmas this week and made it as a gift box for a new home pressie. I decorated it with letters from Not for Girls cd and bits of scrap paper that I think are from Back to Nature cd (please forgive me if they're not). The house image is a bit of a tease, and a sneaky peek of something new coming your way very soon, so keep your eyes open.



Don't forget - the deadline is Sunday 21 November at 12noon GMT and please remember our 10 challenge rule! Good luck!

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Sunday, 7 November 2010


We are looking for creative talent to join us here at the Polka Doodles challenge blog.
So if you'd love to get your work seen and have fun please follow the instructions below:

Criteria for Team Members:
You must be able to enter at least 3 weekly blog challenges a month and have a blog. 
It is part of your duties to leave comments on the challenge entries on a weekly basis.
You must be able to contribute fully to the team and be able to commit for at least 6 months. Please make sure you really consider this - many people jump in without really considering the commitment we are asking for and what is required. 
An important part of your duties is to create samples for Polka Doodles products which will be seen on the website, shows and Create & Craft TV. The deadlines for these samples are very short and are a pre-requisite for the DT members. From time to time you may also be asked to make additional samples as and when required.
Payment: there is no payment for this work, but you will receive Polka Doodles products to enable you to make the samples and your projects and obviously these are free for you to keep and use.
The Design Team call is open to anyone and everyone, no matter what your ability. We have a diverse pool of creative talents and are looking for individuals who can complement the team. This does not necessarily mean we are only looking for advanced crafters, we have a variety of reasons for choosing new members. If you feel proud of your work then please let us see it.

To enter please email Nikky here with a link to your blog and tell us why you want to be on the team. 
Closing date for entries is Sunday 14th Nov at 6pm.
Good Luck!! x

Friday, 5 November 2010

Week 44 Challenge - Quick & Easy Christmas Card

Hiya, Jenny here, and it's time for a new Polka Doodles challenge! Firstly I have to announce our top three for the Welcome New Baby challenge. All of the baby projects you produced were beautiful and it was a tough choice but our winners are...

1st: Colette2nd: Pinky
3rd: Sadia

Congratulations to you all! Please email Nikky for further details!

So on to this week's theme. When it comes to Christmas cards I have to put my hands up and admit I do mine last minute so I need you to inspire me! My challenge to you this week is to make a...

Quick And Easy Christmas Card
I'm looking for speed and style here. I want to see cards that can be made in very few minutes and that can be easily mass-produced but are still stunning designs. Add your card to this post via the blue frog below before Sunday 14th November at 12noon GMT. The design team will be hopping round to see your entry and do remember that we only consider your entry for the top three if you've only entered your card into a maximum of nine other challenges. Good luck!

Kris: Here is my quick and simple offering. All of the papers (except for some solid cardstock) are from the Sundae of Seasons CD. I trimmed the image and matted it on papers from the CD - same with the sentiment. I added some punched snowflakes (Marth Stewart) and self-adhesive rhinestone snowflakes. It took about 5-10 minutes to put this card together. You could make batches for Christmas in on time at all!

Brenda - I have taken Jenny at her word and gone really quick and simple. A pre coloured candle image, cut it with nesties, made a simple easel card, holly from the same section of the CD and the greeting using a stamp from the Fairy Flutterby sets.

Emma Hiya, these are so quick and simple, I just can't believe it they only take about 10 minutes to make. Quite a change for me this time - a little less fuss than my usual style but equally effective. I used Polkadoodles Christmas Doodles rubber stamp plate to create this simple poinsettia Christmas card.

Tracy - Everything is from Sundae Of Seasons except the poinsettia's which are from the Crimbo Doodle stamp set. The image is a pre-coloured one from the Disc. And like Jenny requested a quick and simple card.



Lis-m This is a tricky one for me as I always like loads of stuff on my cards, but using the Sundaes cd I used the less is more idea. I used brown snowflakes paper, the gingerbread folk and a Christmas border. A little stiching, 3d tape ..done!

Tracie: I went for a really really simple card, using the tree and patterned paper from Sundae of Seasons with lots of glitter and doodling

Jenny I've gone for lots of white space and some simple shapes for my card using Sundae of Seasons. I've layered a tree and snowflake onto a circle of snowflake paper. The trees and snowflakes come on sheets of multiple designs so they are ideal for mass-producing. They're also super quick to cut out if you leave a white border. This design can be varied too... for examples see my blog.

Dee: I couldn't make my mind up so I made 2 cards. I still can't make my mind up so I'm posting them both, lol. The backing papers are from Jingle Jangles cd and the tree images and other bits are from the Sundae of Seasons cd. A touch of Stickles, Liquid Pearls and some fake stitching and Bobs your Uncle, done and dusted. All the items can be found at Polka Doodles.


Claire: A really quick card from me... Based on a pyramid fold with elements from Sundae of Seasons. Just added some Sakura for glitter to details on the cute Reindeer.

Ruth: Quick and simple is just how I like it especially when I decide to make more than one! Backing paper and Christmas pud all from Sundae of Seasons. The puds have been added with foam pads so they give a bit of dimension. Just added some berry gems and outlined the ooze of the topping with liquid pearls!


Fliss: I decided to make a set with the same layout but different images to show just how easy it is to make several cards at once . I've used images and papers from the Sundae of Seasons CD and added Cuttlebug embossing with the snowflake folder and some sparkle by swishing ink over the embossed snowflakes and embossing with crystal powder. There are 4 cards in total so to see them all, please hop over to my blog for a look.

Lisa - I've been MIA here on the PD blog but I'm back this week with a real cutie!  The reindeer from the Sundae of Seasons CD in the winter section is just Oh So Cute!  I matted him onto some kraft paper and placed him onto a fun polka dot background and added a Merry Christmas sentiment for a simple holiday card!  Add a fun bow at the top with a cute red button and VOILA!  Simple holiday card!


Good luck - you have until Sunday 14 November at 12noon GMT to enter!
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Friday, 29 October 2010

Week 43 Challenge - Autumn

Hello everyone, Fliss here and it's Friday again so it's time for a new challenge but before I give you all the details, here are the results from Ruth's challenge, Something Spooooky!
The top three after a really difficult choice this week are:

First Place: Princess4Wiz
Second Place: Carrie Ann
Third Place: Collette

Congratulations! Please contact Nikky for further details!  You can catch the next Polka Doodles show on Sunday at 12 noon on Create & Craft (Freeview/Freesat/Sky 671) - some great demo's and I believe Nikky has a total surprise bargain up her sleeve that is unmissable!

Please remember our rules when entering challenges: Follow the theme of the challenge and the maximum number of challenges you can enter your Polkadoodles creation in is 10 (including this one). Good luck!
This week's challenge is to use some glorious Autumn/Fall shades of oranges, browns, golds and reds of fallen leaves for your creation, as being an Autumn girl by birth I just adore these gorgeous colours.

Fliss: For my creation, all elements are from the Sundae of Seasons CD. I used the black and white digi stamp leaves and tree. The leaves were coloured with Promarkers and cut out. I cut the tree out with a Nestabilities die, sponged with Distress inks and coloured the bark with a Promarker. I added scalloped matting, a punched Martha Stewart border and a greeting from the CD with some of the gorgeous papers. I just love these glowing, warm colours.

Ruth: I've used papers from Sundae of Seasons to make these flowers. They are really easy to make and effective! Added kebab sticks and wooden beads and they are finished!
 
 Kris: All of my images are from the Sundae of Seasons CD. The main wheelbarrow image (I used one of the colored ones) was trimmed and mounted on burgundy cardstock. This was mounted on a muted plaid, again on burgundy cardstock. I cut the bird out and perched him on the handles. I printed the buttons at about 60% and punched them out with a 1" inch circle punch. I spelled "fall" with stickers and then punched some leaves from one of the green papers and made them "fall" down the left side.


Enfys: A very simple card from me this week. The cardstock looks greyish in the photo, but they are all shades of taupe. I used octagonal nesties to cut the central medallion, then cut around a spray of acorns with a craft knife. I decoupaged them a bit for dimension, and added glossy accents to the acorns. The whole spray was stuck on with silicone glue. The sentiment is a printed one from Sundae of Seasons, the white button is real, the others are printed.


Brenda - I used the yummy Autumn section of the new Sundae of Seasons CD - I think all the DT are in love with this CD - Acorns and leaves all re-sized and cut out to decoupage, frame made with a Nestie using papers from the same collection and flower the same paper using my tattered floral die and liberally spritzed with glimmer mist.


Emma Hiya, this time I have used Nikky's gorgeous rubber stamps for the main image and sentiment, then the Sundae of Seasons CD for the papers. I coloured this gorgeous girl in Promarkers and glittered her up. Add a few gems, punchies, a bit of ribbon and some hand made tickets into the mix and you get a wonderful Autumn look.

Dee: Pure stamping from me this week. I used the Prim Christmas Stocking stamp and the snowflake from the Christmas Doodles rubber stamp plate. I used Aquamarkers to colour in the main image and distress inks for the snowflakes and blended edging. I added some punched out snowflakes using a Martha Stewart punch, and finished off with some Doodle Dewdrops. As you can see from the links it's all available from the Polka Doodles website.

Tracy - I have used the Sundae Of Seasons for the backing paper and leaves, and the main image which is coloured with Aquamarkers is a Stamp Doodles PDSD011. And the butterflies are made using the butterfly stamp from the fairy flutterfly Meeshelle set.

Jenny I too turned to Sundae of Seasons to make my card. I made the bird house from the Spring section more Autumnal by colouring it with gold, brown and orange Promarkers and added the little robin from the Festive Postbox stamp.

Tracie: I used Sundae of Seasons and made a flower from the leaves, used the gorgeous scarecrow and my fav ever ribbon from the PD shop!

Claire - I have been inspired by our first Autumn ground frosts this week... lots of sparkles to go with the great Autumnal colours. All elements are from Sundae of Seasons with added glimmer mist, alcohol ink, stickles, velvet brads, Sakura pens, art glitter and Sepia glaze.

Lis-m: I too used the papers from the Sundae of Seasons cd but it just had to be the Flutterfly Fairy Rubber stamps...these are soooo cute ! I used a sketch I found a while ago (I love to use these, they are great when you lose your Mo-Jo!) these are layered on kraft card... the image is coloured with my Promarkers and the sentiment is a flutterfly fairy one .

Good luck and please remember our rules - deadline for entries is Sunday 7 November at 12noon GMT.
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