Friday, 15 April 2011

Week 15 Challenge - Tie The Knot

Hi folks, it is Emma here to welcome you to a new challenge. This is always the time of the year when wedding invitation's arrive, I am going attending one in a few weeks time. So, I thought it would be nice to challenge you all to make something with a wedding in mind. Whatever it is you make as long as it is suitable for a wedding, perhaps a card, gift, keepsake or even table dressings, we would love you to join in with us this time.

The challenge closes on Sunday 24 April at 12noon GMT. The top three from challenge 13 which was No Printed Backing Papers are:

First Place: Stephanie Emma
Second Place: Clairebears
Third Place: Sue

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!

D'Anne
- Let's Live, Life and Love! My card and sentiment was created from the Love & Cherish cd. Not sure if you can see from the photo but, I dressed up the Bride and Groom. The bride's wedding dress was embellished with dazzling glitter. The grooms top hat and over coat was embellished with black glitter.

Ruth: I've used Paper Boutique Vol 1 for my creation and simply printed the church in A5 size and layered it up with foam pads. I've added a bit of glitter glue here and there, and that's it!

Enfys: Like most of my teamies I used Love and Cherish this week - I just totally love the subtle taupe colouring on this paper. I coloured the stampie cake in taupe to match, and added a few dots of aqua liquid pearls here and there on the paper and the image. The sentiment was stamped, and the flower is by Prima
Emma I have been very lazy this week and just enjoyed printing out the ready made image sheets from the Love and Cherish CD. All these items came from just one sheet and all I added was some linen paper, some mirri card and a few gemstones.


Audrey For this wedding card I decided to use the adorable colored digi from the Love and Cherish CD and the All Around and Everywhere CD for the polka dot paper and the sentiment. I embossed the white paper and added a ribbon to separate the papers. I also used 3D Dots to give the bride and groom some dimension. Saskia - I made a very simple card, with a beautiful image from the Love and Cherish cd-rom. I just added a ribbon from my stash and a cute heart. Simple and elegant...


Claire - My oh my those birdies on the Double sprinkle of Kraft cd are indeed enjoying Wedded Bliss - can you get more loved up than that pair! Using Promarkers to colour and I've added some extra elements also from the cd.

Ashley- I was inspired and used the Sugar Birdies Cd, and stamped the background paper using the Daisy Doodles Rubber stamp collection !
Lis-m : I have reached once again for the "Love and Cherish cd". You never fail to find just what you need for a love/Wedding related Project! I cut out and 3d'd a cake stampie, embellished and add a touch of colour. Added this over the papers, stamped a sentiment and voila !...

Fliss - I decided to make an unusual shaped easel style card with the elegant rose collection from the Love and Cherish CD combined with the shabby vintage papers from the All Around and Everywhere CD as they go together so well for a classic look. I added flowers punched from the papers, edged with bronze glitter pen together with pearls and some glittered flourishes to finish.
Miria For my card I found all I needed on Love and Cherish cd, me too. I cut out the owls and the sentiment and used foam pads to give dimension, then I added a concertina and some embellies from stash. Tracie: I used Double sprinkles of Kraft for my image, sentiment and patterned paper and the cherish corner punch for my simple but pretty card
Colette - I also used the Love and Cherish CD for my card this week, the paper design was printed onto pearl card, (which makes the pattern look really silvery) and embossed with the D'vine swirls embossing fold, I printed the wedding cake out 3 times, coloured and glittered parts of it and layered it up in tiers. I used some beading wire and heart shaped gems to make the decorations that are popping out of the top. The sentiment is one I have used for a long time and I can't remember where it originally came from. A few pearls and ribbon from stash finish it off.


Lou:
I have also used the new Double Sprinkles of Kraft CD to make my LARGE card this week. I adore this cute image and had to use it for this challenge. I made my own frame (covered with a paper from same CD) and matt/layered the topper. I cut some vines out and have decorated them using the roses from the embellishment section. I also used the same roses as a background paper as they are adorable images. Added a veil and a top hat to the owls to create a more wedding feel. The sentiment is from ????? (can't remember!).



Good luck - you have until Sunday 24 April at 12noon GMT to enter and please remember our rules!

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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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