Friday, 4 March 2011

Week 9 Challenge - Flower Power

Hi!! Colette here! Firstly before we start we must introduce our latest teamie Josie!! We LOVE Josie's work and she is a total Promarker addict with some awesome colouring techniques so we are so happy to have her on board at Team Doodle and she hasn't disappointed us with her mega cute card this week! So, it's my turn to set the challenge this week and as my pond has suddenly become full of frogspawn over the weekend I think Spring is finally on its way, so for that reason I have chosen

Flower Power

show us your cards or projects containing at least 3 handmade flowers, they can be punched, printed, cut and layered, any method you choose, just no shop bought.

Before we get onto this week's fabulous creations from the design team here are the top three from the week 7 challenge, Chocolat!

First Place: Katie
Second Place: Nnalorac
Third Place: LaDiva

Congratulations! Please email Nikky with your placing and 'Challenge 7 top three' in the subject field.

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.

Good luck with the challenge - the closing date is Sunday 13th March at 12noon GMT

Our guest designer this week is -
Ashley - I made a card who is closing on the top with a piece of old stash ribbon, I used the love and cherish cd for the birdcage backing paper. On the edges of both sides I used a martha stewart doily lace punch and some distress ink vintage photo. The flowers are all handmade with a nestability scalloped circle (you can always free cut the scallops) then scrunged them up by first spraying them with some water. The brads are also made to c onvert "ugly" brads I had laying around to some new and nice ones, Just dipped them on a versamark embossing pad, then dipped in clear embossing, then dipped in pink flock (so they're nice and soft) then added some pearls around the card (perle pen cream)


Ruth: I seem to have a thing for handbags at the moment and have used papers from Paper Boutique Vol 3 to make it. For more views please have a look at my blog. The flowers were made simply by cutting out various sized circles, inking the edges, screwing them up, opening out a little and then adding a sparkly brad through the centre to keep them in place. The little doggie is also from the same cd and has been coloured with Promarkers to keep with the colour scheme.


Enfys: An elegant little card from me today, I used these fabulous papers from the All Around and Everywhere CD in lovely neutral colours. I folded back the front and anchored it with a foam pad. The scrolls and flowers were cut with my Cricut....I sprayed the die cut flowers with perfect pearls and water, then scrunched up the flowers to crumple them before layering. I used card candy for the centres


Colette - I used the gorgeous Ditsy Daisy template from the Paper Boutique Vol III CD Rom, all the flowers were cut and layered onto the card, including inside too, the sentiment is also from the same cd, the only other thing I used was a sprinkling of glamour dust.

D'Anne - I created the top of my gift box with three fancy folded flowers and the Let's have a Picnic digital paper from the All Around and Everywhere cd. The flowers were created using 8 (1-1/8 inch) circle punch and the Swiss Dot embossing folder.


Emma Hi there, I have used 3 types of spring coloured papers from the Sundae of Seasons cd using punches and acrylic gems to make the flowers. The sentiment is from the Babsie Fairy Flutterfly stamp plate and the stalks and leaves are just doodles, quick and simple.

Claire: I have used all elements from the Paper Boutique Vol 3 cd which has these wonderful flowers and leaves on it. I then had a lot of fun getting inky with Cosmic shimmer spray and ink pads, some UTEE on my middle flower and some twiddly wire.....

Miria: This week I made a bag-shaped card and I punched some flowers to fit the theme. The papers, the sentiment badge and the buttons are from All around and everywhere and Sundae of seasons, the background paper is from Paper boutique vol. III.


Josie: This week I printed some flowers and backing paper from the Sugar Birdies CD Rom , I cut them out and added some cosmic shimmer glitter to the centre and the dots. Then I printed the pig from the Back to Nature CD Rom and coloured her in with pro markers and mounted them on to some acetate.

Dee: For my card this week I used a backing paper from Sugar Birdies CD and I used the blue and red spotty papers from Jingle Jangles CD. The sentiment is stamped using the new sentiment stamp sheet, and I used the large scallop circles nestabilities for the large flower and a scallop circle punch for the 2 smaller flowers. Lots of screwing up of paper and very generous inking adds some extra interest to the card.
Tracie: I went very girly this week with my card. I used the gorgeous pink backing paper and baby image from Sundae of Seasons. I cut some flower shapes with my Cricut and coloured them then scrunched, rolled and folded till they looked vaguely rose shaped. I then dribbled them with Stickles for a bit of shimmer. I finished up with some ribbon, lace, a charm and the fabulous doodle dewdrops.


Fliss: I've made a Spring colour card with my favourite Flutterby Fairy, Gracie and stamped her and her wings, coloured them with Promarkers and cut them out. I used papers all from the Sundae of Seasons CD and punched my flowers. Full details are on my blog.



We hope that you will join us for this weeks challenge as we look forward to seeing your fabulous creations! Don't forget to get your entry in by Sunday 13 March at 12noon.


Friday, 25 February 2011

Week 8 Challenge - Stashbox Stamps + Extras

Welcome to another Friday and a Polkadoodle challenge! It's Enfys here, setting the challenge for this week and the Polkadoodle team have a new element to the challenge this week, which we are going to make a regular feature once a month. We are calling it Stashbox Stamp Week, which basically means that we can dig out our favourite stamps and use them with our Polkadoodle papers and pretties. Of course, our favourite stamp may well be a Polkadoodles one...but that's okay too.

I made one more stipulation - two ribbons and a charm (it can be home made with shrinky dink, threaded beads, or whatever takes your fancy). So that's your challenge for this week:

TWO RIBBONS AND A CHARM

The top three from week 6 which was 'That's Amore!' are:

First Place: Susan Zuzarte
Second Place: Hannah Clark
Third Place: Claire C

Congratulations! Please email Nikky with your placing and 'Challenge 6 top three' in the subject field.

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.

Good luck with the challenge - the closing date is Sunday 6 March at 12noon GMT.

Enfys: I used papers printed from the Sugar Birdies Collectors Edition CD, the taupe flowers were punched from another paper from that CD, with some doodle dewdrops in the centres. Border punch is Martha Stewart, and the stamped image is by Stamping Bella coloured with ProMarkers. The metal charm is by Making Memories. Sentiment label is from Sundae of Seasons

Ruth: I've kept it pretty simple this week! Paper is from Sundae of Seasons (just love the check!) and the image, coloured with Aquamarkers is Penny Black. The two ribbons that I've used are from the Scrap Store and I made my own charm with beads from a very lovely friend!


D'Anne - For this card I used the green digital paper collection from the Sundae of Seasons CD and the digital Shamrock Bouquet stamp was created by Claire Brennan. I’ve colored the shamrocks with Promarkers, cut them out and attached with dimensionals. Enjoy your day.



Saskia - Magnolia meets Polka Doodles! All the lovely papers and ladybugs are from the Paper Boutique Vol I cd-rom!



Emma, hello there, this time, I used backing papers from All Around and Everwhere and the background images - the little house and the picket fences were from the Sundae of Seasons CD
printed A5 size. 


Claire I have used a mixture of elements, backing papers are from Paper Boutique Vol 1, flowers are from Candy Doodles and Sentiment from Sundae of Seasons Cd. I have used a Leanne Ellis stamp by Sugar Nellie from my stash.



Lis-m For my card this week I have created a scene in the garden using the Sundae of Seasons cd. I found everything I needed on there, and finished with my stashbox stamp - a gardening Hanglar. I used 2 ribbons and a gardening charm from my stash.



Audrey For this card I used the CD All Around And Everywhere for the digital paper. The stamp is from Hampton Art. I did a little paper piecing for the wings and the present and I colored the rest of it with Copics. The ribbon is from my stash and I got the charm at Michaels.




Colette - For this card I used elements from Sundae of Seasons (fairy garden and toadstool) and papers from Candy Doodles-plain candies, Paper Boutique III-dotty paper, and a stampie from Sugar Birdies for the sentiment. The fairy image is a Charmed Delectable Enchanted Pixie stamp, a RAK from Ruth, coloured with Promarkers and Sakura stardust pens. The wide pink ribbon is from a local craft shop, the narrow ribbon is from stash and coloured with promarkers (it was white) and the two little dragonfly charms on the sentiment, I've had for so long, I don't remember where they came from.



Miria. For my card I used a Lily Of The Valley stamp coloured with waterpencils and I found the perfect paper and sentiment to match it on All around and everywhere. I added the ribbons from stash and made a charm using the same stamp on polyshrink.



Fliss - I've made a vintage style card with a Crafty Individuals stamp from my vast stamp collection. I coloured the pretty collage with various Promarkers. I used papers mostly from the Paper Boutique Volume 3 CD and the lilac ribbon one is from the Sundae of Seasons CD. I added some punching with the Martha Stewart Arch Lattice punch and made a charm with stamped shrink plastic with a brass stamping added for interest. Full details are on my blog.



Tracie: I used a Whiff of Joy stamp from my stash and used papers from Sundae of seasons to paper piece the umbrella, hair bows and top. I added a little shading on these parts with my promarkers for a little added depth. I also added a bit more of the same backing paper and decoupaged the gorgeous spotty wellies, also from Sundae of Seasons. The ribbons (ok so its twine and lace but shh!) are some of my favs from the Polkadoodle shop. Finished with a charm from my stash and a design runner sentiment.


Lou: I have used a set of stamps from "My Favourite Things" and all the papers are from the Paper Boutique Volume 3 CD. The images have been paper pieced an covered in Crystal Lacquer for added "shine"! Pleated ribbon is made from paper and additional ribbon(s) from stash. Unfortunately I couldn't find a charm or any shrink plastic to make one . . . . and local craft shop didn't have any shrink plastic either . . . so have used a glitter bead thing as my charm. I made a "boy" and "girl" card using the same paper designs just changing the background paper to co-ordinate with my dinosaur.



Good luck - the challenge is open until Sunday 6 March at 12noon GMT.


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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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