Friday, 20 May 2011

Week 20 Challenge - Anything But A Card

Hello everyone, Fliss here and it's time for another challenge at Polka Doodles but before I tell you about it there's some rather exciting news.
Don't forget to join us next week as we have an extra special challenge and blog hop! You won't want to miss it so mark your diaries now, there will be loads of candy up for grabs and some extra goodies on offer too as it will be our Anniversary!! So be there or be square!

Also, if you're in West Yorkshire this weekend head over to Samuel Taylors at Brighouse on Saturday 21st to see Nikky demo'ing all day and she will also be in Preston at Hunkydory Crafts' Weekend Extravaganza on Sunday too (I believe there will be lots of celeb demonstrators there too!).

The top three places from challenge 18 which was an Easel Card are:

First Place: Teri
Second Place: Wilma
Third Place: Maud Martha

Congratulations! Please email Nikky for your blinkies! The first placed winner receives a download and please put add in the subject field of your email your placing and the challenge number - this will make Nikky's life a lot easier!

The challenge this week is to make anything you like except a card and I can't wait to see what you all come up with. The DT have come up with some fabulous ideas with a wide variety of projects so read on to be inspired!

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.

Good luck with the challenge - you have until Sunday 29 May at 12noon GMT to enter and please don't forget our rules!

Ruth: All the papers are from A Double Sprinkle of Kraft including the sentiment. I've made the flowers by using a nesties die, lightly drenching the card with water and then scrunching - a little messy but good fun! I've used the milk cartoon template from Paper Boutique Vol 1


Audrey For this Christmas tag I used the super fun Sundae Of Seasons CD. I cut out the trees and inked the edges with S.U. Soft Suede ink and used Glosy Accents on the snowflakes on the trees. I also used 3D Dots to make them pop. I sewed around the edges with dark brown floss and used a stamp from Michaels for the "To and From".



D'Anne - Today, I wanted to share my cute gift bag with you. The digital pattern paper and sentiment are from the Double Sprinkle of Kraft cd. Notice the 3-d flower? You too, can make one by punching out 2-five petal flowers. Then pinch the tips of each flower petal. Do this to both flowers. Next, layer the flowers by off setting the petals. Punch a center and then layer a frosted pearl.





Emma Hello there, I have used the fab Wonderland rubber stamps to create my wall hanging collage. I coloured with distress ink and then went a bit mad with bits and bobs, lace, gems and glitter.


Saskia - I love to read books... so never enough bookmarks! I used the images and papers from the Sugar Birdies Collectors Edition cd-rom and added some ribbon and glitter. So simple to make and so cute!


Colette - My project this week is a little concertina folder that has a sheet for each month of the year, on which you can jot down important dates. The paper and sentiment panel came from the Candy Doodles CD, and the stamps from the Magic Neighbours Stamp Set, the stamped image was coloured with Promarkers. I used Stick It magnetic tape to hold the folder closed. The ribbon embellishment came from stash.






Lis-m . This week I decided to create a corner bookmark. I have never done one of these before. I used kraft card as my base, and papers from "All around and everywhere". The fairy is Bevvieboo coloured with Promarkers, and sprinkled with glitter.


Miria This week I made a double-sided handbag for Alice. I used a template from Paper Boutique vol.I, all the papers are from Wonderland. The images, coloured with Distress, are stamped with Wonderland Rubber Stamps.


Claire I decided to cover my very lovely new Kraft notebook using elements from the Wonderland cd, Alice stamps and lovely ribbon from the Polkadoodles shop!


Dee - I've made a tea light holder from an old used candle holder which I covered with torn pieces of mulberry paper. I used a fairy flutterfly stamp, Meeshelle, and aquamarkers.


Fliss - I've made a trio of little decorative pictures with a clever box frame kit meant for photos that I found in Tescos. I printed out the papers on to the frame sheets, made them up and added embellishments. The papers, butterflies and leaves are from the Sundae Of Seasons CD and the flowers and text from the A Double Sprinkle Of Kraft CD.







Lou: I've made a tag using my newest "love" . . . the Wonderland rubber stamp set. These are just so much fun to play with; getting messy and inky . . . uuuummmm heaven! The papers are also from the Wonderland CD which go beautifully (not surprisingly! lol) with the stamps. Images have been coloured with Promarkers. The cards are from an old battered deck we had in a drawer and complete my tag.



Good luck with the challenge - closing date is 12noon GMT on Sunday 29 May!
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Friday, 13 May 2011

Week 19 Challenge - Menu Choice

Apologies for the delay in this post, however it appears that Blogger has affected the whole Blogging community and we are stuggling with extra spaces and odd text too! So without further delay, here's Colette!

Hi, Colette here, it’s my turn to set the theme for this week’s challenge and as I have a birthday coming up on Sunday, (one of those with a big fat zero on the end!) I have decided to give you a menu of some of my favourite things to choose from, so that I get to see lots of cards and projects that I would like on my birthday!
You may use only one thing from each section:
Colour: Pink or Turquoise
Image: Fairy or Butterfly
Embellishment 1: Ribbon or Lace
Embellishment 2: Pearls or Gems
But remember - don’t be greedy, pick only one thing from each section, so for example if you pick ribbon you cannot use any lace on your project etc., etc.
The top three from Week 17 challenge which was to use Blue, Aqua and Purple are:

First Place: Sue T
Second Place: Jack
Third Place: Pauline

Congratulations! Please email Nikky for your blinkies! The first placed winner receives a download and please put add in the subject field of your email your placing and the challenge number - this will make Nikky's life a lot easier!

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.

Good luck with this weeks challenge - closing date is Sunday 22 May at 12noon GMT.

Ruth: I've kept mine really simple this week - I've printed one of the butterflies from Sundae of Seasons four times onto some vellum, layering them with foam pads then adding the gems to the body of the butterfly. The ribbon is Stampin' Up and I've used a Martha Stewart punch. To see how the butterfly is layered, pop over to my blog!


D'Anne - This was an exciting challenge. For my card I selected to use the color turquoise, lace, crystals and a butterfly. The turquoise background paper is from the Not For Girls cd, the pattern paper is from the Double Sprinkle of Kraft cd, the butterfly element is part of the 'Magical Days' collection from the All Around & Everywhere cd which I layered with 3-d dots. Then added lace and some crystal. The overall feeling is magical don't you think?



Audrey For this fun challenge I chose butterflies, pink, pearls, and ribbon. I used the CD Sundae Of Seasons for the paper and the butterfly. I used Inkssentials White Enamel Accents on the butterfly and 3D Dots to give it dimension. I inked the edges of the paper with S.U. Soft Suede ink and I also did some stitching with white floss as well. I used an off white Recollections pearl for the eye of the butterfly and added a pretty little bow at the bottom of the card. The sentiment is from the S.U. So Happy For You Set.





Fliss - I really enjoyed this challenge and chose turquoise, a fairy, ribbon and pearls. I inked up my favourite fairy, Gracie, and her wings and found the perfect log on which to sit her on the A Double Sprinkle Of Kraft CD. I coloured all the images with Promarkers and cut out Gracie. The stripy background paper is from the Sundae Of Seasons CD and the spotty one from the Sugar Birdies Collectors Edition. I added a sentiment from the stamp set to finish.

Emma - Hello there, I chose butterflies, pink, lace and pearls for my simple card. All the papers and images came from the Sundae of Seasons Cd Rom. I used liquid pearls to edge the card and sentiment.



Enfys: I loved this challenge, and I chose turquoise, butterflies, lace and pearls for my very simple card. Papers and image printed from a Sundae of Seasons CD. I added adhesive pearls by Papermania, and a scrap of tea stained lace. The sentiment is a stamp by Stampin Up. I cut another butterfly from the sheet, and popped that up with foam pads


Lis-m This is a fabby challenge! I chose pink, Fairies, Pearls and Ribbon. Papers were from "All around and everywhere", and coloured in the gorgeous "flower girl" and then added the butterfly as wings from "Meeshelle" the Flutterfly fairy!


Miria My menu for this week is : fairy, turquoise, crystal, ribbon. The fairy is lovely Polly,coloured with Promarkers and Distress, the crystals are dewdrops, ribbon from stash. The papers and sentiment are from Double Sprinkles of Kraft and Paper Boutique III.





Claire I think its fair to say we all enjoyed this one! I have chosen Pink, butterfly, ribbon and crystals to create my tag. Paper is from Paper boutique Vol 1. The butterfly from A double sprinkle of Kraft as is the flower. All I have added is a large fancy eyelet, gems and ribbon!


Colette For my card I have chosen turquoise – butterfly -ribbon – gems. The butterfly comes from the Sundae of Seasons CD rom and the paper and sentiment from All Around and Everywhere. Glitter, ribbon and gems are from stash. I used a Go Kreate die to create the shape of the card, printed the butterfly out twice, once on vellum, then shaped the wings and layered them up, I finished off with glitter around all the edges of the paper, the butterflies wings and even inside the card.

I hope you enjoy the challenge as much as the Design Team did, we look forward to seeing all your fabulous creations.
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Friday, 6 May 2011

Week 18 Challenge - Easel Card

Welcome to another Polkadoodle challenge! This week our host is D'Anne who has set the challenge of making an easel card!

Look out for a special challenge coming up in a few weeks - you'll need to be prepared for this one so please look out for an announcement over the next week! You won't want to miss out on this!

The top three from Challenge 16 - three different patterned papers are:

First Place: Boo and Dolly
Second Place: Deanne
Third Place: Susie

Congratulations! Please email Nikky for your blinkies! The first placed winner receives a download! Please put add in the subject field of your email your placing and the challenge number - this will make Nikky's life a lot easier!

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.

Onto the Design Team's creations! Don't forget that the challenge ends at 12noon GMT on Sunday 17 May. Good luck!

Ruth: I've made my easel card with various elements from A Double Sprinkle of Kraft. The butterflies were printed as A5 and then I layered them up. The flowers I cut with my Nesties and then dampened the shapes, left them to dry whilst scrunched and then scrunched them up again once dry.

Emma Hello there, for my easel, I chose to make a twisted version which seems to be popular at the moment. All the papers and images used to make this card came from the Sundae of Seasons CD rom, I just added a few pearls and some glitter glue.

D'Anne - This hoot medallion style easel card was created using the digital paper and owl element from the 'Mr Twitty' collection from the Paper Boutique Vol 1 cd. I layered the owl piece several times to add dimension. Next, came some scibbles swirles and buttons.
Audrey For my easel card I used Double Sprinkle Of Kraft for the paper, stamp, and sentiment. I used 3D dots for some dimension, used Glossy Accents on the flowers, butterfly and buttons and did some inking on the edges. I also did some stitching on the edges. The buttons are made from my M.S. button punch.
Enfys: My little grandson Milo turns two this month, so I made him an easel card, using papers and images from the Sundae of Seasons CD, and a stripey paper from A Double Sprinkle of Kraft
I 'iced' the cake with Pebeo fabric paint!


Fliss - My easel card uses elements all from the latest A Double Sprinkle Of Kraft CD as I so love the gorgeous papers on there. I had to use a little ingenuity to make the frame for the cute Winnie image as I only had a few bits left from before my printer problems. If you pop over to my blog, a full explanation of how I made it is there.


Saskia - Working in the garden, between flowers and butterflies... isn't that great!? I used the papers and a pre-coloured image from the A Double Spinkle of Kraft cd-rom to make my easel card.



Claire I too decided to have a bash at the new twisted easel cards I have been seeing in blogland, made real by a demonstration I recently went to by Beckie Dreyer. I have mostly used elements from the Double sprinkle of Kraft cd, but also one of the papers is from the Wonderland cd. I have utilised teddy on a foldaway flap to create a stop for my easel card.




Teddy is coloured with promarkers , highlights created with Sakura and the lovely flower centres are created with doodle dewdrops.




Colette Everything used on my easel card came from the Paper Boutique Vol III CD, the rocket is attached to a double layer strip of acetate, I used a cocktail stick coloured black with a promarker and a pearl stuck on the end to make the rockets nose. The planet was cut in half and then I stuck the two halves together using foam pads, but before joining them I attached the other end of the acetate strip to the back section of the planet with a brad. so the rocket 'flies' over the planet.




Miria This week I made a classical easel card; the image and the sentiment are from cd Sundae of Seasons and the striped and dotty papers are from Double Sprinkles of Kraft.


Dee: I decided to make my easel from acetate so the trees look like they are standing up by themselves. The big bee is on a spring so it stands off the card surface and wobbles when you flick it. All the elements and papers are from Sundae of Seasons CD. Sorry about the bad photo!


Good luck! The challenge closes on Sunday 15 May at 12noon GMT and please remember our rules!

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Friday, 29 April 2011

Week 17 Challenge - Stashbox Stamps & Colour Theme

Hi everyone - It's Enfys here, my turn to set the challenge this week. I made it a colour challenge - you can use any shade of aqua, blue and purple. The twist is, you MUST use all three colours on your project. This is our Stashbox Stamp week, so dig out your favourite rubber stamps and get set to join us in our challenge.

The top three from Challenge 15 - Tie The Knot are:

First Place: Melly
Second Place: Mandy
Third Place: Mervi

Congratulations! Please email Nikky for your blinkies! The first placed winner receives a download! Please put add in the subject field of your email your placing and the challenge number - this will make Nikky's life a lot easier!

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.

Onto the Design Team inspiration! For more details on each creation, just click on the names and we'd really like if you left us comments on our blogs! The design team will be hopping around to look at, and praise your creations. Good luck! The challenge will close on Sunday 8 May at 12noon GMT.

You can catch 3 Polkadoodles shows this weekend, Nikky will be on Create & Craft at 7pm Sunday 1st May and 9am and 3pm on Monday 2nd May, so try and tune in for the usual hints and tips - oh, and a fantastic new product which you all NEED!...

Enfys: I used papers from Sundae of Seasons, and a Sugar Nellie stamp. I decided to paper piece the image - I think she looks cute in her polkadots. The big circle punch is by EK Success and the image was coloured with Promarkers


Audrey For this CAS card I used the All Around And Everywhere CD. I used my La La Land Cupcake Rosie stamp and colored it with Copics. I also used my S.U. Birthday wishes and used 3D Dots for dimension. For the corners I used my S.U. corner ticket punch.

D'Anne - Hello Friends! Today I create a card incorporating the required colors in a different way using embellishments. I started off with the digital papers from the Double Sprinkles of Kraft CD. The main image is a stamp called 'Serene Spring' from Stampin Up. I embellished the card with digital felt flowers, digital brads/fiber, ribbon and clear dew drops colored with Promaker.

Fiss - I had a bit of a struggle with mine as I have printer problems at the moment and my card was the result of a rummage through my stash to find the colours necessary. As I only had bits left, my background is made from strips of paper, all from the Sundae of Seasons CD except the purple floral one which is from All Around & Everywhere. As the background is quite busy I added simple elements to finish with a butterfly by Inkadinkado.


Lou: I have use the "Sundae of Seasons" CD (Blue section) for my papers for this week challenge. I have also dusted off (literally) this Anya stamp which I have coloured with Promarkers. Lots of punching and diecutting to add layers/dimension; gorgeous bias binding ribbon which has been scrunched and finally, paper roses.


Emma - I have used the Sundae of Seasons CD for my papers and embellishments, then I have used my favourite little house stamps from Be Neighbourly. The glitter is Stickles, the faux brads are Craftwork Cards and the punched leaves are Martha Stewart, all available in the Polkadoodles Web Shop.


Saskia - Run, run, run! I hope he'll be on time!! I used the great rabbit stamp and text stamp from the Wonderland Rubber Stamp Sheet. The lovely purple and aqua papers are from the Wonderland cd-rom. To add some blue colour, I added ribbon and stitches!



Claire: The Wonderland cd has perfect papers for any occasion. I have used papers from the cd to paperpiece the cloud that Michael is snoozing on. I have coloured the rest of Mo Mannings stamp using Promarkers. Ribbon loop Martha Stewart punch for purple layer. The Special Wishes stamp is a freebie Polkadoodle stamp on Papercraft essentials magazine.


lis-m : this week i have used the Back to Nature cd, the papers all came from this, Dress-up Marci rubber stamp coloured with Promarkers, a little seam binding, and a flower button from stash.


Miria This week I used a Tilda from my stashbox, coloured with waterpencils, all the fab papers are from Wonderland, the butterfly is from All around and everywhere. Lace, ribbon and charm from stash.


Colette - This week I have used one of my favourite (I only have about 3 LOL!) rubber stamps, it's from Inkadinkado and I'm not sure it's even available any more, I have had if for years! The image was stamped with chipped sapphire TH distress ink onto white card, then mounted onto aqua and purple card. The papers are all from the Wonderland CD. I used a Martha Stewart border punch for one of the layers and used the little left over petal shapes to make the three little flowers. The ribbon was white and coloured with promarkers in lilac, cool aqua and pastel blue, a couple of gems from stash finished off the design.


Ruth: I've used a Rainbow Studios stamp, coloured with Promarkers, a bit of stickles and liquid pearls and the papers are from Sundae of Seasons. It is quite a large stamp and my card is A5 in size. The reason why I have a panel at the bottom of the card is revealed on my blog!


Josie: This week I used the Fairy Flutterfly Stamps (which I never tire of using) and coloured with Pro Markers. The backing papers are from Not For Girls CD Rom. Finished with some beautiful Fru Fru Ribbons, sentiment from the Stamp Doodles set and some feathers and flowers!


Good luck - the challenge is open until Sunday 8 May at 12noon GMT and don't forget our rules!
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