Friday, 10 June 2011

Week 23 Challenge - Something for Dad

Welcome to another Polkadoodle challenge! The theme this week is to make Something for Dad - if you are stuck for ideas just have a look at the Design Team inspiration below!

Before we move on, I need to announce the winners from Challenge 21 which was the Male theme - the blog hop does not end until Sunday, so if you've not already entered, there is still time!!

First Place: Dorcas
Second Place: Mandy
Third Place: Lollydolly

Congratulations! Please email Nikky for your blinkies!

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

We had an extra challenge in Week 21 and the three winners from the hop challenge all win a Double Sprinkles of Kraft CD! These winners are:


Congratulations! Please email Nikky with your postal details!

1. Rose
2. Ruby
3. Rosie

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 week's challenge - the closing date is Sunday 19 June at 12noon GMT.

Ruth: I've made a simple folding card using the Father's Day download. I've traced the large letters onto the funky patterned papers and doodled a stitched line around the outside of the letters. The bloke ribbon is from my stash and it holds the whole thing together!


D'Anne - Today, I want to share a card I designed using the Not for Girls CD-ROM. I choose to work with the scooter collection. The digital background paper was printed out and then ran through an argyle embossing folder. Then I printed the other layers out three times and layered them with 3-d tape. Next, I added two antique brads which gives the card a masculine appearance. You could create a girls card by simply putting rhinestones or pearls in place of the antique brads. You have a super scooter weekend!


Audrey For this Father's Day Card I used the Father's Day/Family Download. I sewed around the edges of the card with a dark grey floss. I used my Cricut to cut out the ties and used 3D Dots so make them pop. I also inked all the edges of the papers as well.


Emma, Hiya, I made a gift tag to attach to a gift for Dad. I used elements from the Polkadoodles Father/Family download, I just added some twine and some faux brads by Craftworkcards


Saskia - Isn't this a cute card for Dad? I used the Nellienoo elephant stamp. The papers are from the A Double Sprinkle Of Craft cd-rom and the sentiment from the Daisy Doodles stamp plate. Enjoy crafting!



Colette My card is more male themed, but could easily be adapted to a Fathers Day card just by changing the wording, the photo could be of the child or children the card is from. I have used the helicopter template from Paper Boutique Vol III, but turned it into a rocker card. I cut the windows out and replaced them with acetate, adding the photo behind one of them, a bit of stickles to the lights finished it off.


Fliss: For my card, I've again done a vintage style one using the gorgeous vintage car background and one of the car stampies from the Not For Girls CD. I added the paper to the card with kraft photo corners for interest. I then embossed a white card panel with the Cuttlebug gears folder, sponged and swiped it with Wild Honey and Rusty Hinge Distress inks then added peel off hinges and twine. I finished off with some chipboard gears grunged up with Black Soot DI and some Dymo printed text.


Lou: I have used the fab Polkadoodles Father/Family download and love the backing papes as there are so versatile. Simple mat and layering techniques from me this week (nothing fancy), handcut stars, punched hearts, some buttons and twine. The "Dad"was made using up old Letraset rub on letters.


Claire - I have used the tool box from Paper Boutique Vol 3 to create my Happy Birthday Dad card - ideal! Just adding some great woodgrain embossed card, screw brads and a bit of doodling!


Lis-m - I have used the fab new download for Fathers day from the shop , designed by our fabulous Nikky Hall... This really was a quick cut and stick card, a little string and a button.. Hey presto! Just shows how fantastic these papers really are !!



Miria: My card is a CAS one. The papers are from Not for girls and Double Sprinkles of Kraft, then I added some alphie brads and buttons. For the punched tag I used some recycled cardboard.


Dee: I decided to make a small gift for my Dad. I've had this plastic case knocking around the workroom for a little while so I decided it was time to do something with it. I used papers and letters from the Double Sprinkles of Kraft CD, East of India ribbon and a brad. I printed the letters onto Letraset's Safmat

Josie: This week I decided to use some elements on the Not for Girls CD Rom. I chose red glitter paper to add some sparkle to the backing paper, and some buttons for a bit of texture.

Good luck with the challenge! Closing date is Sunday 19 June at 12noon GMT!
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Friday, 3 June 2011

Week 22 Challenge - Stashbox Stamps - Secret Theme

**important notice**
Due to problems with Blogger not allowing comments and problems on image uploads over the last week, we have decided to extend the Blog Hop deadline to Sun 12th June to allow those of you who did have issues to have another go (we believe the problem is with Internet Explorer rather than blogger so try downloading Google Chrome or using Firefox if you can!) - so get those entries in or if you missed it last week now's your chance, there is STACKS of candy to be had so don't forget to leave comments on the blogs to be in with a chance!

Is it Friday already?! Time for another Polkadoodle challenge! The challenge and blog hop from last week is still running, so if you've not yet entered then you've got until 12noon GMT on 12 June to enter! Plenty of prizes to be won along the way - click here to get started!

Apologies if the Design Team have not managed to leave comments on your blogs but when using Internet Explorer, sometimes Blogger will not allow comments to be left! Hopefully all issues will be resolved soon!

This week the challenge is to make something with a Secret - either a hidden message or image - if you are stuck for ideas have a look at the inspiration provided by the Design Team below!

The top three from challenge 20 which was anything but a card are:

First Place: Nana
Second Place: Rikka
Third Place: Mandy

Congratulations! Please email Nikky for your blinkies! The first placed winner receives a download and please put 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 week's challenge - the closing date is Sunday 12 June at 12noon GMT.

Ruth: I've used the wonderful and versitile tool box template from Paper Boutique Vol3. All the tools can be removed from the pouches and they are double sided - really easy to print off and cut out! The image is Handyman George from Charmed Cards and Crafts.


D'Anne - I created this Wiper Card using papers from the One Lumper Two collection from the Sugar Birdies Collectors Edition CD and SU Frolicking Frogs set. I colored the stamped image with ProMarkers. Want to make this fun card? Stop by my blog for instructions.




Fliss: I was doubly challenged with this one as I ran out of printer ink so decided to do some stamping (my first love lol!). I got rather creative and made my own papers with the Daisy Doodles stamp set and had loads of fun with layered stamping - pop over to my blog if you'd like to see how I did it as it's really easy peasy. I've used the gorgeous mannequins from the Sundae Of Seasons CD, one of which is stamped on and added lace, braid and buttons plus an altered flower to finish. My secret is a pocket with a pretty tag inside.




Emma Hiya, this week, I altered an old soap box to make it into a gift box holding a secret gift for my sister. I covered the box in the eau d'nil coloured polkadot paper from the Sundae of Seasons CD. I then painted the edges with white acrylic paint dabber. My stamp choice is a sentiment rubber stamp by Anitas, stamped onto the polkadot paper and layered onto silver mirri card. I finished off by adding some punchout trim and a swing tag made from twine, a distressed ticket, a grungy flower and some beads.



Colette - For my card with a secret I used papers from Paper Boutique Vol III, and a Penny Black stamp, coloured with Promarkers. I used a nestie to cut the frame that my stamped image is attached to, and added flowers, gems and ribbon from stash to finish it off. Inside the card is a little pocket, with a tag with some instructions for the recipient to follow to get their birthday message. The tag and inspiration for the card came from here


My secret is how you get the message from the card.

Lis-m This week I used the double sprinkles of Kraft cd, and created a sliding tag card. Just pull up the tag to reveal the secret message.



Enfys: I couldn't find a stamp that was more perfect for my project than these digi stamps from the Sundae of Seasons CD. The secret element is that when you pull the drawer out....................................

a little gift card holder pops up, with room at the back to write your message
Audrey For this CAS card I used the adorable Double Sprinkles Of Kraft CD. I only used 1 patterned paper for this card because I was going for a nice clean look. One of the reasons why I love Polka Doodles so much is that you can go as simple or fancy as you want because they have everything. I used my S.U. Something Sweet stamp set with S.U. Real Red ink and a treat cup filled with jelly beans. For the border I used my M.S. punch. The secret on my card is the hearts hidden underneath the jelly beans.

Claire I have created an ity bity project this week combining elements from Paper boutique Vol 1, Sundae of Seasons alongside a gorgeous girl stamp. Stamped image coloured with Promarkers and all tied together with some fab printed ribbon. I have a secret message hiden behind my doors.....




Josie : This week I used the Sprinkle of Kraft CD Rom for the main image and the Kraft backing paper. The smaller image is from the Sugar Birdies CD Rom. I turned the smaller image in to a bookmark using some glitter card and the lovely twine. On the backing paper I used some Doodle Dewdrops and on the main image I used some Cosmic Shimmer Glitter. The little book mark slips in behind the main image!





Good luck with the challenge! You have until 12noon GMT Sunday 12 June to enter.
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Friday, 27 May 2011

Week 21 Challenge - Male Theme & Blog Hop!

Welcome to Friday and 2, yes 2 Polkadoodle challenges!
This week its going to be a bit different - we still have our regular challenge but we also have a blog hop which is also part of the challenge!! And you know what that means - LOADS of candy whoop whoop!!

CHALLENGE 1: Now, we know not everyone like to do a hop for whatever reason, so we still have our normal challenge for the week which is MALE themed - you must make a card which is just for a man and you MUST include 1 button and a circle. We will choose our normal top 3 winners for this part of the challenge and the winner will receive a free download.

But that's not all...
CHALLENGE 2: Our second challenge is the blog hop - if you hop along with us this week you will have lots of chances to win a great free download and fabulous candy whoop whoop!!! The top 3 entries into the blog hop will ALL win a free Double Sprinkles of Kraft CD worth £16!!

If you've never taken part in a blog hop before it's easy peasy...all you need to do is visit each blog in turn and for this hop each Polkadoodler will give you a WORD. Now add all the words together when you finish and the sentence will actually give you the instructions for what you need to do to complete this week's challenge!
The list for the Polkadoodlers who are taking place is below - make sure you hop in order as the words that you collect will form a sentence for you. I'm not going to say any more - just hop in order!!

When hopping, if you want to be considered to win free Candy from each DT member you MUST leave a comment on their blogs - so don't miss out! Your entry will automatically be judged for both challenges BUT we will know if you have completed the Blog Hop so if you havent' you will still only be eligible for Challenge 1 download prizes.  FOR BOTH CHALLENGES JUST LEAVE  YOUR ENTRY AS NORMAL USING THE INLINKZ BUTTON, WE WILL SORT THROUGH THE ENTRIES AS WE WILL KNOW IF YOU FOLLOWED THE HOP OR NOT! ; )

The list to follow for the hop is:
From here you need to hop to Enfys who will start with the first word of the sentence. Good luck! If you get lost, just come back here and start again. The Design Team is spread across a number of different time zones and although we have syncronised watches, there may be a slight delay.

The top three from challenge 19 which was the Menu Choice are:

First Place: Irit
Second Place: Scrapjoanny
Third Place: Maud Martha

Congratulations! Please email Nikky for your blinkies! The first placed winner receives a download and please put 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 the challenge and blog hop!
Both end at 12noon GMT on Sunday 5 June.

Don't forget to tune into Create and Craft on Sat 28th May at 11am and 3pm to join Nikky - she has some great demo's lined up and she will also be on your screens Tuesday 31st at 9pm right through till 9pm on Wednesday ; )  hint hint!!   Now, onto the Design Team inspiration!

Ruth: I've used the Father's Day download and made a word book! I've cut out the large letters from the download and then traced them onto some thick acetate which has been embossed. I've dotted a line around the edge with a Sharpies marker and that is about it!


Audrey For this project I used the new Polka Doodles Father's Day/Family Download Kit. I love this kit so much! I used the paer for the edges and top of the box. I inked the edges with S.U. Soft Suede Ink. I used the Father's Day embellishment for the top. I printed it out twice and used 3D Dots to give it some dimension and I used Stickles around the scalloped circle for some bling.


Saskia - A bottle of good red wine... isn't that the perfect present for Dad?! I used the Fathers Day/Family Download Kit to decorate the bottle and to make the tag!


Colette I used the Fathers Day/Family Download Kit and made a stair stepper card, I printed the DAD letters then use as templates to cut the word out of some of the patterned papers. I added a letter to each step of the stair to spell the word dad, added a couple of the sentiment panels from the download and a verse that I found somewhere on the internet. A couple of brads and some gold glitter finished off the card.


Josie: This week I also used the lush Fathers Day / Family Download Kit. I chose 3 different papers from the kit and one of the sentiments. I then printed out the male character and did lots of matting and layering! I couldn't not add some glitter too!
Claire I have created a gift card holder for a very popular voucher using the Fathers day Download kit, only added a little inking and some stickles!

D'Anne - I created a Father's day card using the Polka Doodles Father's Day/Family Download Kit. I used 3 of the pattern papers from the kit. I layered the center element three times and the saying twice. Enjoy the hop!

Fliss - In common with everyone else I've used the Fathers Day/Family Download Kit and in my case just the papers and the sentiment as I wanted to make a vintage style card (the dads in my case being pensioners!). I found a gorgeous vintage gent on his bike on the Not For Girls CD and a certain Queen song popped into my head so you can see where my inspiration came from. I rounded lots of corners and inked all the edges.

Lou: I have used the "Fathers Day / Family" downloadable kit from Polka Doodles for all the papers on my card, plus on all the stars. However the robot toppers/ elements are from the "NOT for girls" CD. Teague's name has been made using left over rub-on letters from various alphabet sheets and they have been mounted onto "Fathers Day / Family" papers. A little manly twine for an added embellishment . . . only because ribbon wouldn't do and my card is finished.


Miria This week I made a tie-tag for father's day: when I saw this paper on Polka Doodles Father's Day/Family Download Kit. it immediately reminded me of a patterned tie! I used the sentiment and the image from the same CD and added some brads and a diaper pin - so easy-peasy!


Enfys: I used the download papers (love them) to make this shirt card for Father's Day - the collar and tie were cut with my Cricut and the Designers Calender cartridge. I added some faux stitching and a couple of metal buttons.

Emma Hi there, I have used Nikky's fab download too, just love the colours of these papers. I just made a simple little wall plaque, the back is covered in the red paper too where I added my sentiments also. Just added a bit of twine and a button.

Tracie : I used the download to make my simple fathers day card. I love that you can rustle up a quick card using just whats in the download files!


Hi, Nikky here, I also used the download to make this really quick and easy card. I love the distressing on these papers but also the little Dad really makes me chuckle, he looks like my dad when I was a kid, complete with naff 1970's brown yucky jacket LOLOL.
In the download bundle is also a hilarious little sentiment which is all to do with my dad too, but I just know most people out there will relate to it - here's the complete bundle if you like the look of it you can buy it here...

Good luck with the challenge and blog hop - closing date for both is 12noon GMT on Sunday 5 June.
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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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