Friday, 8 April 2011

Week 14 Challenge - Sketch, mix up your layers

Hello all, it's Dee here as your hostess and it's time for another Friday challenge from Polka Doodles. But first I need to let you all know that Nikky is demo-ing this weeks Pick Of The Week on Create and Craft TV starting at 12 noon British time today. Sky 671, Freeview 36 and Freesat 813.

The new CD A Double Sprinkle of Kraft will be making an appearance so watch/tape/sky+ to see some amazing demos and inspirational ideas. Nikky will be doing live shows till Tuesday if it doesn't sell out and the rest of the week will be repeats. Plenty of chances to catch some of the shows.

Back to the challenge and this week I have a sketch for you, but look carefully because I want you to mix your layers up and interlink your different elements.

The challenge closes on Sunday 17 April at 12noon GMT. Without further ado I need to announce the top three from challenge 12 which was 'Spring has Sprung'

First Place: Claire C
Second Place: nnalorac
Third Place: Tina

Congratulations! Please email Nikky with your placing and challenge number in the subject field for your blinkies! The first place winner will receive a Polka Doodles download!

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 Polka Doodles
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.

Now onto the inspirational Design Team samples!

Enfys: I used papers from Double Sprinkles of Kraft, and the image is from Back to Nature, coloured with Promarkers. I added a bit of sewing to the mix, and some Thickers letter stickers for the 'HI' word


Fliss -I've made my card from the fabulous new A Double Sprinkle of Kraft CD as I've really loved working with the gorgeous papers and sweet images on there. I've coloured the lovely image with Promarkers and followed the sketch with papers and a border from the CD. My only additions were some pink paper and pearls from my stash and a sentiment from the Sugar Birdies Collectors Edition CD.

Saskia - This robot, made in 3d, is so funny! The template and the papers are from the Paper Boutique III cd-rom! I just added some little star-stickers and twine from my stash.


Claire I loved the sketch and it worked so well with all the wonderful papers from the new Double Sprinkles of Kraft cd. I have used Promarkers to colour the beautiful bird and birdhouse images.


Lis-m . This is a fab sketch. I used the new "Sprinkles" cd, the colours worked together so well. I cut out and 3'd the girl with the daisies (from the in the garden section). Added a sentiment and glitter, simply but pretty.


Ashley : I was inspired by various sets, I used the not for girls definitely for men and paper boutiqueII cds + the adorable little Nellienoo and sensational sentiment sets.



Miria For my card I was totally inspired by the new CD Double Sprinkles of Kraft: everything comes from it except a few embellies from stash.
Colette Well it looks like the new Double Sprinkles of Kraft is a big hit with us all. I've also used it for my card this week, Everything on the card, except for a strip of Jute, came from the CD. I flipped the sketch 90 degrees clockwise and made the scene up from various stampies on the disc, I coloured the black and white wellies stampie and layered it up to give a 3D effect and used the Kraft alphabet to make the word retirement.

Josie: This week I used the backing papers, topper and sentiments from the new CD Rom A Double Sprinkle of Kraft. I distressed the edges of the papers and topper with Distress Inks.

Tracie: I used papers and an image from Double Sprinkles of Kraft for my card this week. I watercoloured the gorgeous girlie with Aquamarkers, layered up some papers from the CD and added a sentiment from the new Sentiment Stamp Sheet, and finished with a couple of little gems.

Emma, hi everyone, I used backing papers from the new Sprinkle of Kraft Cd alongside a stamped Flutterby Fairy with wings from one of the butterflies on the new CD too. I hand rolled some little paper roses with some punched leaves to finish off.

Ruth: I too have used A Double Sprinkle of Kraft - all the papers are from the cd along with the very cute image! I've made the flower by cutting out circles of double sided card, lightly drenching in water and then waiting for them to dry - really easy!

Dee: I've used the papers from the Wonderland CD for my card this week. I've also used flower chipboard shapes. I covered one with a backing paper and I used paint dabbers on the rest. I then stamped with a sentiment from the sentiment set. I little bit of inking with weathered wood distress inkpad and 3 big brads finishes of this card.

Good luck with the challenge - closing date is 12noon GMT on Sunday 17 April.

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Friday, 1 April 2011

Week 13 Challenge - No Printed Backing Papers

Welcome to another Friday challenge from Polkadoodles! This week I am (Ruth) your host and I'm challenging you to NOT to use any printed backing paper what so ever!

You can make your own if you wish or go for a totally clean and simple card - the choice is yours but we will be looking carefully to see if you've used any designer backing papers! The challenge closes on Sunday 10 April at 12noon GMT.

Before I move on, I need to announce the top three from challenge 11 which was 'All About Books'

First Place: Alethea
Second Place: Sari
Third Place: Sadia

Congratulations! Please email Nikky with your placing and challenge number in the subject field for your blinkies! The first place winner will receive a Polkadoodles download!

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.

Now onto the Design Team samples and inspiration!

Ruth: For my card I've drawn the bunting directly onto the card blank with a black fineliner pen and coloured with Promarkers. The edges of the card have been inked with blue and black and I've used the rabbit from the Wonderland stamp set as my main focal point, which has also been coloured with Promarkers. Audrey... For this card I used Sundae Of Seasons CD for the butterflies. I made the sentiment in Word and printed it right onto Kraft cardstock and used 3D dots to give the butterflies dimension. I also used ribbon from my stash for the nice big bow on the bottom. D'Anne - I created my background using a technique called heated pearls. To create the background mix school glue and bronze Pearl Ex powder together and then stippled mixture onto the glossy paper which was brayed with purple ink. Heat set the mixture once it is applied. As you heat set the mixture bubbles will start to appear. The digital element I used for my focal point is from the All Around & Everywhere cd.

Saskia - This gorgeous girl and the sentiment are from the Sundae of Seasons cd-rom. I stamped some circles at my paper for a happy background and added buttons from my stash.


Josie - For this challenge, I used a mixture of stamps from the Fairy Flutterfly selection. I stamped and embossed the different pattern, coloured them with Pro Markers and then used some yummy Cosmic Shimmer Glitter. I stamped and coloured Babsie to go on the front, and then added some ric rac from the Fru Fru ribbon pack, with some Lilac Twine.


Emma Hello there, I created the backing paper by pouncing glossed paper with alcohol inks, then, I masked a heart shape before I stamped all over the uncovered backing paper using the small poinsettia from Polkadoodles Christmas doodles stamp plate, finally I heat embossed the stamped flowers before adding a sentiment and a few gems.

Fliss - Hello everyone, I loved this challenge as I adore making my own backgrounds and have another Alice card as I'm so enjoying the fabulous Wonderland stamp set. My grungy paper was made with the checkered stamp and several shades of Distress inks. I stamped Alice with purple ink and also a row of toadstools for the border and coloured with Promarkers. I added complementary shades of card to finish. Full details are on my blog.

Tracie: I played with the lovely versatile png alphabet on A double Sprinkle of Kraft. I layered them in photoshop to create my "21" backing paper, and added a larger 21 as a topper.

Miria. A very CAS style card from me this week. I embossed the paper for the background with my crimper then I printed the cake stampie and the sentiment from Sundae of seasons. I just added a ribbon, pins and pearls from stash and it was ready, quick and easy! Claire I have used all elements from the new cd - Double Sprinkles of Kraft. How cute are those bumble bees and I have distressed the lovely flowers. Only addition some stickles and ink....

Colette I made my own paper by using a stampie from the Sundae of Seasons CD and dotting it randomly around the paper, I added some wording which I shaped and again randomly placed around the flowers and some little dots to fill the gaps. I used this paper on the bottom section of my card, the top section is embossed using the Crafts Too daisies folder and my big shot machine. I added glamour dust to the embossed part of the design, printed out a large version of the flower twice, shaped the petals and layered one on top of the other, I threaded a silver grey ribbon through the 'buttonholes' on the flower and tied in a bow. I also made a border from the same flowers for the card insert (photo on my blog).
Dee: I used elements from A Sundae of Seasons CD for my card this week. I marbled a piece of plain paper using alcohol inks for my background paper. I added some wooden ladybirds and some brown spotty candy for added interest.

Good luck with the challenge - you have until Sunday 10 April to enter at 12noon and please remember our rules!

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Friday, 25 March 2011

Week 12 Challenge - Stashbox Stamps - The Spring Has Sprung

I am ever so hopeful that the Spring has sprung! Claire here to host this weeks challenge. I am sure that some of you managed to see Nikky at Harrogate, but if not there will be chance to see her on Create and Craft tomorrow (Saturday 26th at 12.00p.m.) for a brand new dedicated rubber stamping show - the Polkadoodles shop has LOADS of brand new products in this week (including a sneaky opportunity to buy a brand new CD long long before it hits Create and Craft) and Nikky will be launching the brand new Wonderland series on the show so make sure you tune in!

Also, check out this!...news of the first Craft Roadshow dates at Milton Keynes in June - 3 full 4 hour classes, loads of extra crafting, shop till you drop, extra demo's and make & takes and some surprise guest appearances too - you will LOVE it! You can book here, please don't miss out on this great crafty 2 day event, you will have such a good time!



Now to Challenge 10 winners - Black and White plus one colour:

First Place: E.T. 
Second Place: Joni
Third Place: Princess4Wiz

Please e-mail Nikky with your placing and 'Challenge 10 top three' in the subject field.

I just love Nikky's new Alice in Wonderland stamps, and already the wonderful hare is amongst my favourite all time images. So with that in mind my challenge"The Spring has sprung" seemed all the more pertinent! It's our stashbox stamps challenge this week and for the design team its a great opportunity to show how versatile Polkadoodles' products are alongside any other rubber stamp company images! I hope you enjoy the great projects from the team and we look forward to visiting your creations.

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 3rd April at 12noon GMT.

Audrey: For this card I used spring colors. I love the paper on the CD Paper Boutique III. I used some of my Stampin Up stamps and paper pieced the owls bellies. I used 3D dots to give the owls some dimension.



Claire - I have used imagery and stamps from the new Alice set. As you can see my hare definitely has a spring in his step.....unfortunately he's a bit late for a special birthday...


D'Anne - I dedicate this card to all my on-line crafting 'Best Fishes.' This card was created with Polkadoodles Tweet digital paper from the Paper Boutique Volume 1 cd and Stampin Up Best Fishes stamp set. The stamped images were colored with Promarkers, added Doodle Dewdrops and some ribbon for the finishing touches.



Emma Hiya, here is my card for the week, it is an oversized tag. I have used one of my favourite stamps as per the challenge, coloured her with Promarkers and teamed her up with some beautiful backing papers, flowers and butterflies from Sundae of Seasons CD. The faux brads are Card Candy available in the Polkadoodles web shop too.


Saskia - I used a cute stamp from the Laurence Collection to make my Spring card! All the papers and the sentiment are from the Sundae Of Seasons cd-rom.


Josie - How else would you like to spend the Spring? How about on Polkadoodle Street! I used these gorgeous Rubber Stamps and stamped them on to their own street. Then coloured them all in with Pro Markers.




Lis-m: This week I have used a Lili of the valley stamp for my spring image. The papers are from Paper boutique Vol 1., from the funky flower section. I have 3d'd some of the flowers as well as the fairies. Tied a little string across to hang my tags for the wish message.


Miria - For my card I used a Lily Of The Valley stamp coloured with waterpencils and Distress Inks, the papers and sentiment are from Polka Doodles cds, for the background I used the new released Alice papers. Buttons and ribbon from stash.




Fliss - For my card this week I've used a favourite Spring flower by Hero Arts in the colours I have in my garden although there aren't any tulips out yet. The tulips were stamped with green ink, coloured with pencils and cut out. I added them to some white textured card mats with a further handcut mat of red for some pizazz. I've used some gorgeous Spring colour backing papers from the Sundae of Seasons CD, a greeting from the Candy Doodles CD and added a bow from my stash and a punched border.


Colette - This week I have used the Ursula template set from the Get in shape section of the Back to Nature CD rom, I have replaced Ursula the cow, with a Magnolia stamp coloured with Promarkers. I have layered up all the flowers, and added a few extras to the fence. The dragonfly is from the Sundae of Seasons CD, it has been printed onto pergamano paper, cut around layered and glittered.



Ruth: I've used a digital image from The Clip Art Fairy this week and teamed it with papers from Sundae of Seasons. The image has been coloured with Promarkers.


Lou: I have used a cute Tilda image for this weeks challenge teamed up with a selection of papers from the Back to Nature CD. I do so love the bunting paper from the "Picnic" section and had to use it on my card. I have then made further bunting using other papers from the same CD, decorated with Card Candy (available from Polka Doodles too). The butterflies are from a Stamps Away set and the sentiment is from SU. The large scallop edging was made using a circle punch.



Good luck with the challenge this week! Don't forget our rules and you have until Sunday 3 April at 12noon GMT to enter!
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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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