Friday, 18 February 2011

Week 7 Challenge - Chocolate!

Hello, it's Saskia here for this week's challenge! Our 'boss' (sweet Nikky) calls me 'the Belgian chocolat girl'! So... make a yummy project or card with 'chocolat colours' or something with some real chocolat! Our Design Team has some great inspiration for you! And here is the inspiration for you - a chocolat picture!





Before we look at the Design Team samples please give a warm Polkadoodles welcome to our newest member - Ashley Lydia!

The challenge runs until Sunday 27 February at 12noon GMT and please remember our rules when entering!

The top three from week 5 which was With Hearts are:
First Place: Ira
Second Place: Sari
Third Place: Lori

Congratulations! Please email Nikky with your placing and 'Week 5 top 3' in the subject field.

Quite a large number of entries were disregarded as our rules were not followed - they make our life a lot easier when we come visiting your blogs:

1. Please follow the challenge!
2. Only enter your creation into a maximum of 10 challenges including Polkadoodles
3. Please link your blog post and not your blog address with the blue frog - this saves us from searching your blog for your entry
4. And please no back-linking to previous posts - these will be disregarded from our top three voting
5. If you have comment moderation and word verification on your blog it really does slow us down when leaving comments - please consider turning word verification off

Onto the Design Team's samples!

Ruth: I've used the fab chocolate cupcake decoupage from Candy Doodles, layered it all up with foam pads then added glossy accents to the chocolate elements plus glittered the ribbon around the cupcake. Yum!




Miria My card is for hot chocolate lovers and I found all I needed to make it on Sundae of Seasons, from the paper to the coloured stampies. I've just added a sentiment from my computer, a yummy embellie and a ribbon. Enjoy!



Audrey ... For this easel card I used the CD All Around And Everywhere for the circle sentiments and the bear and I used Sundae Of Seasons for the polka dot papers. I did a lot of hand stitching for this card because I thought it would go really well with that adorable bear.



D'Anne - I made a Flower Pot Treat Holder to share with you. The beautiful flower and pot is disguising a Chocolate Strawberry Dum Dum lollipop. The round part of the lollipop is hidden in the flower pot base and the lollipop stick is hidden behind the stem of the leaves. The project was created using elements: pattern paper, a cupcake digital element and a strawberry gift tag from the Sundae of CD. ENJOY




Enfys: I used my Cricut machine and the Back to Nature CD for this sweet little gift bag which would hold half a dozen choccies and would be perfect to cheer up a friend. I cut the purse from the Tags, Bags, Boxes and More cartridge using fit to page, and coloured the inside with pastel pink Promarker. Papers and tags are from the CD. The pink border was cut with the Martha Stewart heart punch




Saskia : I made this owl-card with the papers and template from the Paper Boutique Volume I cd-rom. I added a little smile at Mr Owl... yes, he's so happy with the chocolat hearts!!


Lis-m: Just a quick card this week. I used the Sundae of Seasons cd for the papers, matted with chocolate cardstock, and I used Maggie from the flutterfly Fairies. I stamped her in a brown Le Plume pen, and used an aqua brush to blend the colour out. A simple button, and that's it!



Emma, hello there, I made a set of secret little chocolate stashes for my poorly friend. I used backing papers from Sundae of Seasons and the topper was from All Around and Everywhere CD. The little envelope contains two chocolate mints - just enough to stop a craving.

Claire: If you haven't popped by the Polkadoodles shop recently you should do... Nikky has some rather gorgeous woven ribbons for sale and I have used two designs on my Chocolate box. Also elements from Sundae of seasons and Back to nature cds.


Colette - I went for a chocolate, strawberries and cream colour scheme using papers and the fabulous cake stampies from the Sundae of Seasons CD rom, I added fluffy stuff to the large cake for the cream and glossy accents to the chocolate drops on the small cakes, scrummilicious!


Fliss - I've made some little chocolate bar decorated covers with a matching gift card just perfect for giving to a chocoholic friend. All elements and papers are from the Sundae of Seasons CD and I simply added some pearls and jewels for a little bling. Easy peasy!


Tracie: I took inspiration from the rich colours of chocolate and made my card in browns and creams. I used Gracie hand coloured with promarkers, papers from Sundae of Seasons, and the gorgeous new Cherish around the page punch set.



Lou: I have used the Sundae of Seasons CD to make my card. All the images can be found in the Summer section and using the camera tool in Adobe, I cut images I wanted to use and made my own topper sheet with all the elements I wanted. The large tag in the background is removable and can be used for other things (!). The little sentiments I wrote, cropped up and then mounted over the front of the card.Card was finished off with some gems, flowers and biased binding ribbon.


Good luck - the deadline is Sunday 27 February at 12noon GMT.
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Friday, 11 February 2011

Week 6 Challenge - 'That's Amore!'

It's Friday so time for another Polkadoodle challenge! This week I (Miria) am your hostess and my theme is That's Amore! - I ask you to create a project related to a love song or a romance film.

Before I show the Design Team creations, the top three from challenge 4 which was Tracies Party Time theme are:

First Place: Kate
Second Place: Katie Oakley
Third Place: Claire

Congratulations! Please email Nikky with your place number and challenge 4 in the subject header.

If you are in or near Skipton, North Yorkshire tomorrow (Saturday 12 February), Nikky is demonstrating at Embsay Crafts between 11am and 4pm. You never know, you just may see some of her Design Team there!!

The Polkadoodlers have a few little rules which makes our life a lot easier when we come visiting your blogs:

1. Please follow the challenge!
2. Only enter your creation into a maximum of 10 challenges including Polkadoodles
3. Please link your blog post and not your blog address with the blue frog - this saves us from searching your blog for your entry
4. And please no back-linking to previous posts - these will be disregarded from our top three voting
5. If you have comment moderation and word verification on your blog it really does slow us down when leaving comments - please consider turning word verification off especially now that comment moderation has a spam section.

Right, back to the eye candy!

Miria: My card is inspired to Love Story, a film that I loved so much when I was a teenager lol! I made an easel card using colour stampies and papers from Sundae of Seasons. The quote and the title are computer generated and buttons and lace from stash.


Put on your thinking cap and if you are stuck for inspiration, just have a look at my teamies' fab creations!

Enfys: My card was inspired by the song 'You're Still the One' by Shania Twain. I used papers and elements from the Love and Cherish CD (one of my all time favourites, so romantic and pretty), and simply matted them onto black, added a bit of doodling, inking, glitter and a charm and I was done


Ruth: I've gone for 'Breakfast at Tiffanys' by Deep Blue Something as I've never actually seen the film! I've used the very fab Recipe For A Great Day template from Paper Boutique Vol 3, layered it up with foam pads, added two sparkly brads, some ribbon and a bit of glitter glue here and there!


Fliss - My easel card was inspired by The Beatles' song 'All You Need Is Love' and as you can see it has plenty of that. I decided on a pink and chocolate brown colour scheme and the gorgeous owls and love themed paper came from the Love and Cherish CD. The polka dot paper is from the Sundae of Seasons CD and all I added was some punching with a Martha Stewart punch and a heart shaped jewel stopper.


D'Anne - Welcome Friends! My card was inspired by the song 'You Don't Bring Me Flowers' by Barbra Streisand. The recipient of this card will receive a wheel barrow of flowers. The digital papers and elements are from the Spring collection on the Sundae of Season CD.


Saskia - Something sweet and yummy while enjoying 'Pretty in Pink'!! Papers are from the Sugar Birdies Collector's Edition cd-rom.


Audrey For this project I used Sundae Of Seasons CD for everything polka dots. I printed out the images twice to give them some definition and used Glossy Accents on all the polka dots to make it look like there are raindrops on them.


Colette - For this project I have used the owl, papers and flowers from the Sugar Birdies Collector’s Edition CD Rom. The sentiment is computer generated and buttons are from stash. Now I must apologise for this next part in advance but here goes, the song I've used is 'Owl always love you' by the fabulous (oh nooo, here it comes) ...........T-wit-ney T-whoo-ston, sorry I just couldn't resist LOL!


Tracie : My card this weeks was inspired by the song "Why a caged bird sings" I used the beautiful birdcage from the New Paper Boutique 3 - Projects Galore CD


Lis-m: I have made a quick and easy card this week featuring the Sundae of Seasons cd. My inspiration was 'Bee my Baby' by the Ronettes, as featured in Dirty Dancing..! The bees and hive are from the summer part of the cd and the yummy lemon ditsy print paper is from the greens section on the papers. Raffia bow to finish!


Dee: I have to say, this challenge had me a bit stumped. I really couldn't think of a love song or film that I could make a project for. The more I tried the more I couldn't think, well I am getting older now, lol. I did however finally think of one so my card is 'two hearts beat as one'. It is an overload of pink though, it would have to go to a fan of the colour. I over-stamped the hearts and the main backing paper with some lovey-dovey stamps I had, in for a penny in for a pound I went the whole hog on this card. All the papers and elements are from the Love and Cherish CD. I added clear dewdrops and some ribbon, all of which can be found on the Polka Doodles website.


Lou: Not a "love song" sort of person so struggled to think of a lovey dovey song that I liked and having no working printer at the moment fustrated me further! Well after looking through my "toones" on the computer, finally decided on "Truly, Madly, Deeply" by Savage Gardens. I have used the ever so versatile barocque style stamp from the "Daisy Doodles" collection to create all my detail; the border strips & the lickle toppers. A little embossing, velvet ribbon and shocking pink vellum add a touch of texture to the card along with some gems and metal staples (used as hangers)! Decorative edges created with a Martha Stewart punch.




Deadline for the challenge is Sunday 20 February at 12noon GMT and please remember to follow our little rules! Good luck!

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Friday, 4 February 2011

Week 5 Challenge - With Hearts

It's Friday so time for another Polkadoodle challenge! This week I (Ruth) am your hostess and my challenge to you is to create a project with Hearts! If you are stuck for inspiration, just look below at what the Design Team have created - bet you didn't realise there were so many ways to use hearts!

Did you see Nikky on telly last weekend? Great samples from the Design Team and shows just how versatile her latest cd Paper Boutique Vol 3 is (my personal favourite is the Cupcake!) Oh, if you are in or near Skipton, North Yorkshire next Saturday 12 February, Nikky is demonstrating at Embsay Crafts between 11am and 4pm. You never know, you just may see some of her Design Team there!!

Anyway, we have a few little rules which makes our life a lot easier when we come visiting your blogs:

1. Please follow the challenge!
2. Only enter your creation into a maximum of 10 challenges including Polkadoodles
3. Please link your blog post and not your blog address with the blue frog - this saves us from searching your blog for your entry
4. And please no back-linking to previous posts - these will be disregarded from our top three voting
5. If you have comment moderation and word verification on your blog it really does slow us down when leaving comments - please consider turning word verification off

Onto the top three from week 3 challenge which was There's No Place Like Home

First Place: Annette
Second Place: Claire
Third Place: Piali

Congratulations! Please email Nikky and put your place number and challenge details in the subject header.

Ruth: I just cannot resist the wonderful cupcake from Paper Boutique Vol 3 - and my youngest keeps telling me to make more as he thinks they look great! I've simply layered up all the different elements with foam pads, added some ribbon sent to me by Jenny, hand wrote the sentiment, then punched some hearts, coloured with Promarkers and liberally glittered them!




Fliss: I've used the gorgeous hearts from the Love and Cherish CD for my elegant pink and grey card and cut out the hearts inside the lines as I wanted to dress them up a bit. I embossed the 2 grey hearts with a Cuttlebug folder and wet embossed the smallest pink one with crystal embossing powder for some bling. The other hearts were stamped with some of the lovely flourish designs from the Daisy Doodles stamp set and embossed with silver powder. I used some of the elegant grey papers from the CD and a greeting from the stamp set.


Lou: I have no printer at the moment so relished a bit of a stamping fest! The colours came about because I managed to find some paper left over from a previous project (Back to Nature CD). I have stamped one of the NEW house stamps and coloured with Promarkers. Added a flower and wire twirls with a few glittered heart beads.


Saskia - Love is in the air! I made this card with a template and papers from the All Around and Everywhere cd-rom! Isn't it cute?
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D'Anne - My card set is card 'Heart Strings.' The card box holds a set of four - 3 1/4 x 3 1/4 cards which were created using the Black Polka Dotted frame from the All Around and Everywhere CD as well as, the Summer Papers and Stampies from the Sundae of Seasons CD. I embellished with ribbon and a rhinestone heart. The center of the box holds two chocolate hearts to enjoy later.

Claire I have used Paper boutique Vol 1 again this week for my card. I decide to add a holographic background with the birthday girls name. I have layered up the image for depth. Added glossy accents to the hearts, Stickles to the icing and some sticky gems to cake. Secured the card with some wool and a felt heart!


Audrey For this card I decided to use my Cricut along with the Love and Cherish CD. I thought that the bird looked so cute with the paper from the CD. I did some inking on the edges of everything and added some 3D dots for dimension. I used some heart brads on the bottom of the card and topped it of with a little pink ribbon from my stash.



Colette - I used Paper Boutique Vol III for the elephants, and paper from Love and Cherish for the heart shaped background, I added eyelashes and a bow to one of the elephants and acetate and punched hearts to give the effect of them spraying hearts from their trunks.


Lis-m: I have used shades of pink today. The background paper is from Love and cherish as are the larger dots, the smaller pinker dots are from Sundae of Seasons. I have used Babsie from the flutterfly Fairy stamp range, coloured her in with Promarkers and given her a string of hearts to hold.



Miria This is a quick project you can give to your loved one with a gift. I used the seed template, the paper and the oval from Sundae of Seasons, I wrote the sentiment, the ribbon and charm are from my stash.I punched some small hearts to simulate the "seeds".




Emma Hi there, a very simple card again - I used Kraft paper for the background then cut a heart shape from the red gingham paper on the Sundae of Seasons CD, faux stitched it then adding some of the lovely buttons from the same cd, finally added a doodled swing tag - easy peasy!


Tracie: I used the gorgeous Gracie Flutterby stamp, coloured with promarkers and cut with a scallop punch. I added some hearts from Sundae of Seasons and a sentiment on promarkered card.


Good luck with the challenge - you have until Sunday 13 February to enter at 12noon GMT!

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Friday, 28 January 2011

Week 4 Challenge - Party Time

Hi its Tracie here - it's time for another challenge at Polka Doodles this week, but before I give you the details here are the top three from Nikky's sketch and colour theme challenge:

First Place: Debbie Johns
Second Place: Josie
Third Place: Stamper Sue

Congratulations! Please email Nikky with 'Week 2 Challenge' in the subject field for further details and your blinkies!

Before we get onto this week's challenge just a quick reminder that you can see Nikky on Create and Craft on Saturday 29th at 11am and 3pm - she has some fabulous new stamps and fantastic colouring techniques to show you and will also be showcasing the latest Polka Doodles CD, Paper Boutique 3 - you will LOVE her demo's! Also, for those of you nearby, you can also catch Nikky at a special demo day at Embsay Crafts in Skipton, North Yorkshire on Saturday 12th Feb, 10 - 3pm - hope you can make it along on the day, Embsay is a great shop and Skipton is lovely to visit!

Ok, onto this week's challenge. Firstly, we have a few little rules that make life a lot easier for the Design Team when we come visiting your blogs - please ensure you do the following, we have lots of blogs to visit and it's so time consuming sometimes, you can really help us which means we will leave more comments!

1. Please follow the challenge!! So many of you forget to do this and it means great work goes unconsidered!
2. Only enter your creation in a maximum of 10 challenges including Polkadoodles.
3. Please please link your blog post with the blue frog NOT your blog address as we cannot always find our way around your blogs and can't find the project you're entering!!
4. Please do not back link to previous posts - these will be disregarded from our voting for the top three!

We are in the party mood this week at Polka Doodles - on Sunday I am throwing a joint birthday party for my 5 yr old and 3 yr old (eeeek!) so this week we would like to see your projects with a party theme. So get out the bubbly, chuck on some party tunes and get in the party spirit. The challenge is open until Sunday 6 February at 12noon GMT - please enter via the blue frog at the bottom of this post.

D'Anne The party is started here at Polkadoodles. I created a Birthday card to share with you. The Fancy Star Cake digital element and coordinating digital papers used to create this card are from the Paper Boutique Vol 1 CD. To give the cake a layered look I printed the Fancy Star Cake digital element out three times. I raised each cut layers with pop-dots. I then added Liquid Appliqué and some glitter to give the appearance of creamy delicious icing. Remember, Birthdays are nature’s way of telling us to eat more cake. Enjoy!

Emma Hiya, yeah a party theme! I just love them,so I have made some invitations using the All Around and Everywhere CD to celebrate in style. Parties to me are about cakes and bright decorations like my favourite bunting - this CD has them all and the best thing is, I didn't have to colour any of them as they are already coloured and matched perfectly. All the papers and images are on the CD, the sentiment is from Sensational Sentiments stamp plate, finally, I added some Stickles for sparkle.

Tracie: I killed two birds with one stone for my challenge this year and made some bits and pieces for the party. I have used the collectors edition section of Sugar Birdies and scallop and circle punches to make this party set of thank you headers (these will be put on sweetie bags) and book marks for the sweetie bags. I also made cupcake flags but the cakes are still baking - so check my blog later today for pics of them.


Claire I have used the great Cupcake template from Paper Boutique Volume 1 to create my party card. I have added the alphas with fancy wires, velvet brads for my cupcake case spots and some sticky gems to the band.

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Audrey ...For this Birthday Gift Holder I used the All Around And Everywhere CD for the paper, the cupcake and the Happy Birthday. I love that you can pick a tag and then type the text that you would like to go on it. I inked all the edges of the paper with Soft Suede and I added dots around the cupcake. I rounded all the corners to make it look a little bit softer and I also used 3D Dots for the cupcake and the Happy Birthday.

Saskia - A happy card for a happy party!! Oooh... these owls are so cute! And this card is so easy to make!! You can find all those lovely flowers, owls and papers at the Sugar Birdies Collectors Edition cd-rom! Just give it a try!

Dee: I've used one of the cute little house rubber stamps for my card. The hearts on the roof made me think of bunting, and the dragonflies are just arriving for the party. I coloured the image in with PoMarkers, I used scallop square nesties which I punched holes in and threaded through some lush lemondrop twine. The blue backing paper is from Paper Boutique Vol III cd. I punched the designs down the sides of the card with Martha Stewart's scallop 2 holes border punch. I added some printed ribbon from my stash and chipboard letters. I couldn't find the right colour buttons so I coloured white pearl ones with a promarker pen.

Miria -This week my creation is a very girlish one but it's just ... a piece of cake to make it! The papers and the template are from Love&Cherish and the image, coloured with waterpencils, and the sentiment are from the gorgeous new Paper Boutique III, the laces are from my stash.
Colette: I think the party mood went to my head this week and I probably went a bit overboard! Using lots of images from the new Paper Boutique III CD Rom and paper from Sundae of Seasons, I made a heap of party goodies - a cutlery holder, gift bag (made using an A5 envelope), lollipop cover, wrappers for a chocolate bar and tube of sweets, a treat bag topper, pin the tail on the elephant game, tic, tac, toe game and a memory card game (pairs).



Ruth: I love parties and my two boys have their Birthday's a week apart so we have joint parties too! I've used the brand new cd Paper Boutique Vol 3 for inspiration - this is the A5 space rocket with a few extras from my stash added. The planet in the background boings around too!

Fliss: I have a rather girly card too in pink with some zesty lime for a great contrast. I think this one is suitable for any age and all the papers and elements including the gorgeous little party owl come from Nikky's recent Collectors Edition of the Sugar Birdies CD. I've used lots of layers and my only addition was a matching layered flower.
Cheryl: I have used the cake coloured with pencils,and used some pearl paints for the icing. All the papers, image and sentiments are from the Sundae of Seasons cd.

Lou: I have also used one of the new Little House rubber stamps for my card. I have embossed vellum with a Sizzex folder and then restamped the image as I wanted some more ! All images coloured with my promarkers and white gel pen highlights. The sentiment has been hand written.

Good luck! The challenge is open until Sunday 6 February at 12noon GMT!!
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