Friday, 18 March 2011

Week 11 Challenge - All About Books

Hello Doodlers! This is Nikky and I'm just hijacking this week's post to let you know all the latest news and goss! You can see us at the Harrogate GNPE event this weekend, Saturday and Sunday where we will be demoing lots of new stash and goodies for you, so if you're there come and say hi!

Talking of new stash...the Design Team girls have all been squealing about our latest stamp set (and a co-ordinating CD which holds 100 papers no less) which will be on sale for the first time at Harrogate - watch out on the website for it next week, and you can catch some glimpses and sneaky peeks below, I don't think they could resist showing their fabulous creations any longer.

We have a few new things lined up for Harrogate, little packs of pretty things, big packs of pretty things, along with a brand new CD, and I will be joined at the demo table by the lovely Sharon Armstrong who I know many of you know and love...so it's all a bit manic but exciting and we will give you more news next week! Right, I'll hand you over to the teamies to leave you in awe for another week...

Hi Everyone, its Tracie here, and its my turn to set the challenge this week.

Since being very small I have always adored books, and even now I have so many I have run out of room to store them. One of my all time favourites has been immortalised by Nikky in her new stamp and CD set so this week I want to see your projects with the theme

BOOKS!

Before we get onto this week's fabulous creations from the design team here are the top three from the week 9 challenge, three handmade flowers!

First Place: KatalyticSecond Place: TeriThird Place: Lisa Jane
Congratulations! Please email Nikky with your placing and 'Challenge 9 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 27th March at 12noon GMT.

D'Anne - I’m still loving the springtime feeling which made me want to make a bright and cheerful flip album. This album can capture your Spring photos of your family and friends. My album was created using the Floral Frenzy digital paper and flowers from the All Around & Everywhere cd.



Fliss: My collage style card features a rather sheepish looking bunny Knave of Hearts using the totally gorgeous new Alice set of stamps and some of the matching set of fabulous papers. All images were coloured with Promarkers and the heart shape which I cut from a home made template was sponged with Distress ink after stamping the checkered design. Some playing cards add to the look.


Audrey: For this project I decided to make a corner bookmark since I haven't had time to read a book since I had my son. I used All Around And Everywhere for the digital papers, used some ink for the edges and Enamel Accents for the white dots to give it some dimension.

Claire: My chosen book is Alice in Wonderland and I am guessing all will become clear why soon! Curiously my card had the peach as the card base and I stuck my image on upside down - so had to redo with the bright blue card base - oh so much better, spooky!


Saskia - Wow, wow... the new stamp set Alice In Wonderland is amazing! So... look out for this new design!



Dee: Like most of the Design Team I have gone for Alice in Wonderland too (what a surprise, lol). I've made some tags, but I just couldn't choose which one to use so I'm going to use them all. I think the flying hats may be my favourite. I had great fun making these getting really messy in the process, but it was all worth it. These new stamps (available tomorrow at the show mentioned above) are just excellent to use. I used inks which I spritzed onto the cards, and Tim Holtz Distress inkpads which I also used to colour in with. I also used some Fantasy Film and Fibre on one of them.


Lis-m : I have gone with a classic theme of Faerie Tales. I have created a box, which looks like a book. I will show you more on my blog. I have used "All around and Everywhere" for my papers, the mushroom house is from "Magic Neighbours" rubber stamps, and the Flutterfly Fairy is sweet Gracie.



Miria - Two cards about a book - I think you can guess its title lol! The images and the papers are of course from Nikky's new gorgeous Alice's set and cd, coloured with waterpencils and Distress Inks. I added some embellies from stash.


Josie : For this weeks challenge about books, I had to mention the books that my big brother passed on to me. They are old, they are tatty and I love them. So here is my scrapbook page on my Snoopy Books! I used two different backing papers from the All Around and Everywhere Cd Rom. I went with the lovely brown theme in the papers, so had to use the Fru Fru Ribbons too! I used the lovely Sensational Sentiments Stamps as it sums up how I feel reading these books, even to this day!


Ruth: I too have gone with Alice In Wonderland as my book theme and have used the wonderful new stamps to be launched this weekend at Harrogate. I've used the plate of hearts (with glossy accents) and the sentiment. The backing paper is from the same set and the ribbon and card blank are from my stash. Watch out for more of these stamps over the next few weeks!



Emma well I made a few things with the wonderful new stamps from Polkadoodles being released tomorrow - I absolutely love these stamps, they are so up my street, here is just one of the cards I made. I masked the stamps to build a scene then coloured with Promarkers in Ice Grey 1 to 5.


Colette: I have used an old hard back book picked up cheaply in a charity shop, stuck the pages together and cut out the middle to make a box, I then decorated it to look like... a book?!!!!!! I've used a black and white stampie from the Spring section of the Sundae of Seasons CD rom removed the glasses added an eye patch and coloured it in photoshop, also using red polka dot paper from the same CD to piece together a bandanna. I paper pieced the stripe top, jeans and boots from the Not for Girls CD. The skull and cross bones were taken from the Candy Doodles CD. I was really pleased with myself until my grandson told me that the pirate needed a sword, so I had to rack my brains and ended up using a tree stampie (upside down) and two Christmas baubles from Sundae of Seasons winter section to make the sword, which I then coloured in photoshop. I covered the book with paper from the Paper Boutique Vol III CD and used a sizzix die to cut out the label shape, using another paper from PBV-III. I printed a burgundy colour onto some leather finish card to make the spine, corners and fastener and used a piece of jute tape behind the pirate to add a bit of texture. Some magnetic tape holds the box closed.



Lou: I have also gone for "Alice in Wonderland" for my book inspiration this week and have made a book mark tag. I have used several images from the new stamp set which is being released tomorrow to create different layers. The ribbon holds the sentiment which hovers over the cute rabbit image which rests on some playing cards. I have further embellished my tag with the top hat, plate of yummy tarts and the key. All the images have been coloured with Promarkers. I have also inked and chalked the edges to age the look of my tag.

Tracie: Surprise Surprise I couldn't help using the Alice stamps this week either and I went with the same design on 2 different cards. I used exactly the same images and layout but to different effect. They both use the new stamp plate, the backing paper CD, and promarkers. The vintage one also uses distress inks




Good luck with the challenge! Entries can be added to the link below up to 12noon GMT on Sunday 27 March. Please also remember our rules!

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Friday, 11 March 2011

Week 10 Challenge - Black, White + 1 Other

Hello everyone, Fliss here, and welcome to another Polka Doodles challenge as, yes, it's Friday once again! It's my turn to set the challenge this week and I've chosen a versatile colour theme which is to use:


Black and White + One Colour

Before we get onto this week's fabulous creations from the design team here are the top three from the week 8 challenge, Stashbox Stamps, with 2 ribbons and a charm!

First Place: Jo Price
Second Place: Sari
Third Place: Chris

Congratulations! Please email Nikky with your placing and 'Challenge 8 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 20th March at 12noon GMT.

Onto the Design Team cards!

D'Anne - For this card I stepped a little outside my comfort zone. This card was created with black, white and various shades of cream. The digital paper is from the 'Shabby Estate' collection from the Polka Doodles All Around and Everywhere cd. This cd is perfect for your craft project, scrapbooking, invitation, web design, paper product, design card and everything else.




Enfys: I used red as my 'pop' colour on this black and white card. The stampie shopping girl is from All Around and Everywhere CD, and the red and white checkered paper which I pleated to look like a ruffled ribbon, is from the Not for Girls CD. Image coloured with Promarkers


Tracie: My card uses the lovely BevvieBoo fairy and the hot pink and cool grey promarkers (look she has the same colour hair as me!!) I printed the stripy paper from love and cherish and the ribbon was coloured with promarkers too.

Fliss - I've made a simple card using black and white with green and all the elements come from the Sugar Birdies Collectors Edition CD. I've been itching to use those gorgeous, striking flourishes so this was the perfect opportunity.


Emma Hello there, I have used black white and pink. All the elements are from All Around and Everywhere CD but the sentiment is from the Fairy Flutterfly range of stamps.


Lis-m: This week I have chosen black, white and red. I have used the Love and cherish cd (the boundless love section) and the floral birdcage stamp. I just matted and layered, coloured my stamped image, and added a little glitter pen, a ribbon and button to finish, and the sentiment from the sensational sentiments.


Audrey... For this project I used Paper Boutiques Vol. 3 for the calendar template, All Around And Everywhere for the letters, numbers and colored stampies and I used Sundae Of Seasons for the digital paper.


Claire: I decided to have a play with the newest cd Paper boutique Vol 3. I have been really looking forward to creating something with Betsy/Buster - the super cute dogs. I have used the stampies and added dimension by attaching Betsy's head on a spring.


Saskia - isn't this dog adorable!? The template, papers, flowers... everything can be found on the All Around And Everywhere cd-rom. I added the letters 'woef !' and the wobbling eyes. So much fun making this card!



Miria - My project for this week is a wedding card. The papers and the image are from Love & Cherish, I coloured the car with waterpencils and cut it out, the ribbon and charm are from stash.



Colette - I decided to make an anniversary card, also using images from the Love and Cherish CD, I coloured the couple with Promarkers, cut around the frame design, glued it to red card and cut around again then attached to card using foam pads. I added a big bow made from ribbon that came wrapped around Primark pyjamas, and rhinestones from stash, in the centre of the black flowers.


Ruth: I made this card for a work colleague who has got a little doggie just like this one! Although I think hers is without a scarf and bow! It's from Paper Boutique Vol 3 and I printed off the pre-coloured A5 size, cut out all the elements and layered them up with foam pads. You'll have to take my word for it, that I've also decorated the reverse! Added some wobbly eyes and applied glossy accents to the nose for a realistic look!


Dee: I've used papers from the Love and Cherish CD this week. I cut strips of papers and wove them behind a circle aperture. I did a spot of doodling on the bird and added a big not to be missed bow.

Lou: I have also made an Anniversary card and obviously turned to the Love and Cherish CD (Boundless Love section) for all the paper/card elements. The large topper is one where you can type your own sentiment into and after much faffing on my behalf . . . just settled on "Happy Anniversary". Not original but suited the purpose . . hee, hee, hee! Finished off with some ribbon, Prima flowers, swirls, punched hearts and a random pin!


Josie: I love black and white with a splash of red. And any excuse to use these little ladybirds! I used the topper, the dotty flower and ladybird backing paper and from the Sugar Birdie's CD Rom. I of course added some dotty paper and some ribbon.



Good luck! Don't forget our 'rules' and you have until Sunday 20 March at 12noon GMT to enter your project via the link below.
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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.