Friday, 19 August 2011

Week 33 Challenge - Single Layer

Welcome to another Polkadoodle challenge! I (Ruth) am your hostess this week and my challenge is:


Single Layer cards

You need to either stamp or print directly onto your card stock and add minimal embellishments - the less the better!

The Design Team have risen to my challenge magnificently (although I get the feeling they found it rather challenging!) and I found that it is a great way to get your Christmas card pile even bigger - I hope you've started making yours!!

Before we see the Design Teams creations, I'd like to announce the top three from chalenge 31 which was to CASE a Design Teams card. I think this rather stumped a lot of our regular entrants as we only had 4 participate. So as a change we have a top four!

First Place: Jo Price
Second Place: Deanne
Third Place: Zora
Fourth Place: Lydia

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.

Now onto the Design Team samples and inspiration! If you want more detail on how their projects have been created, just click on their name and you'll be taken to their blog. Closing date for the challenge is Sunday 28 August at 12noon GMT.

Ruth: Now I really have made a single layer card! I've printed one of the toppers from the new Christmas cd Magical Winter directly onto my cardstock, folded it and added some glitter around the edge of the image and on the sign. So simple that I made 4! Have a look on my blog for the other three!


Emma, oooh, how difficult, I normally embellish everything to the death, so what a challenge this was. So, it's all about the image and colouring for me this time. I used a die cut for the card shape, the Garden Neighbours stamp plates to create the scene and Promarkers to colour, (sorry Ruth, I had to just put a couple of buttons on, my hands did it on auto pilot - I just can't help myself - but you did say minimal, so I think it still counts)



Enfys: I found this challenge hard, I am a multi-layer crafter - thank goodness for a cuttlebug and an oval embossing folder to add a bit of texture, it made a great frame for this lovely tree stamp, which I coloured with ProMarkers and embellished with red liquid pearls.

Claire I have created my single layer card on a Kraft card blank, using rubber stamps from the Wonderland collection, simply coloured with pencils.


Miria. I made my card just printing this pretty girl from A Double Sprinkle of Kraft, coloured it with Promarkers and Distress for the background and added just a ribbon and two brads.


Louise For the challenge this week I have stamped directly onto my copic cardstock and used the Fairy Flutterfly stamp 'Meeshelle'. I have coloured my image with copics and have used a Martha Stewart border punch along the bottom and added a few pearls on the flowers.


Saskia - I'm back after a lovely summer break! For this little card, I used the beautiful Fairy Flutterfly Maxine stamp. I coloured the image with some brand new Flexmarkers. I added the sweet butterflies by using the Flexmarkers and a black pen. It's a girly-card, so some glitter was required.


Lis-m: Well, I have been lucky enough to get my hands on a few Flexmarkers. Using the butterfly from the flutterfly Fairy Maggie I coloured it in, blending as I went. I like the result, kind of like a tie-dye effect.



Nikky...Wow, I love this week's challenge, it really made me think hard. I've cheated slightly because I had this card already made but it fits the bill so well I decided to include it (Ruth please forgive me the picture does have a layer under it so it is really 2 but I can't take it off now!)...I used my favest little housey stamps here and just grey Promarkers to do all the colour and shading. Did you notice the neat little trick I did? This is my fave bit of the card and why I wanted to share it...check out my blog and I'll show you ; )...



Fliss - My goodness, this was a difficult one for me too as I love to put layers on my cards and add things for texture. I went for stamping and got out my favourite Fairy Flutterfly set, Gracie. I stamped Gracie first on a scalloped card blank then masked her to add the wings. I stamped on a few flowers at random and added the sentiment near the top. I coloured all the images with a mix of Flexmarkers and Prisma pencils. Finally, I added some grass using 2 shades of green Zig Art & Graphic twin markers which are fabulous to make grass blades.


Audrey... For this one layer card I used the new CD Magical Winter Part 2. I stitched around the edges with brown floss and used Glossy Accents for the stars and heart.



Daniele: Ohhh this is my first card as part of the Polka Doodle team, I have to confess I've never worked with CDs before, but being as there are oodles of designs, papers and sentiments it was easy, I used the CD Sundae of Seasons for the border image and sentiment, printing the sentiment straight onto the card and then colouring the holly border with Prisma pencils and added Glamour dust for the details.


Colette - I used Sugar Birdies, Collectors Edition CD rom for my single layer card. I made my card up in Photoshop adding shadows to the layers to make them look dimensional even though they are not and printed straight onto linen card. I printed the inside of my card too. I added a couple of gems to the middles of the flowers to finish off the card.






Diane Like many of my teamies, I found this challenge quite difficult because it meant that I couldn't load my card with half a florist's shop and other embellies! I decided to go for one of the scenes that the uber talented Nikky has made her own and just added a sentiment from the All Around and Everywhere CD - I hope this keeps me within the rules!




Lou: I have created my card using the Wonderland stamp set. I masked different areas to create the frames and central panel. Simple colouring scheme using my Letraset Flexmarkers and then doodled the edges. The only embellishment I used was some glossy accents to add imension.



Dee: I've kept my card very minimal this week, not something I'm usually known for lol. I've taken three elements from the Granny Baker section of Magical Winter Cd1, scaled them down and printed them onto my card. I then embossed a box round each element using the Graham's Scoreboard, then added some text with a dark grey fineliner.


Good luck with the challenge! Please remember our rules and the closing date is Sunday 28 August at 12noon GMT.
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Friday, 12 August 2011

Week 32 Challenge - Good Luck

Firstly, before we get onto this week's challenge we would all like to say a HUGE thank you to all the people who have been protecting our cities in the UK this week during all the horrific scenes the entire world has witnessed.

We have many overseas followers to this blog and believe us when we say that we are truly ashamed that anyone, let alone our own people, can behave this way, it's just inexcusable. Hopefully now the worst is over thanks to all the amazing work done by those in the emergency services and from the members of the public who have also stood up to help clear up the mess and tried to ensure all our communities are safe, and we hope that none of our lovely followers have been affected in any way and all are safe and sound.

...With this in mind, we also have to give a special tribute to one of our teamies - our own special heroine (you know who you are) who has been in the thick of the rioting over the past few days with no thought for her own safety whilst she's been helping to protect and keep us all safe - she's so modest but it is only right that we thank her and say how proud we are of her, her strength and determination is amazing and how much better the world would be if we could all have her sense of responsibility to our community. Girl, quite simply - you ROCK. On behalf of the team and everyone who reads this, thank you from the bottom of our hearts for what you've done this week x

So, it's Claire here this week and my challenge is Good Luck! I can't believe our kids in Scotland go back to school next week - the summer holidays have flown by and I'm sure a little bit of luck will be needed to settle back into the changed routines. We'd love to see your Good Luck creations for any occasion this week!

The top three from challenge 30 which was In An English Country Garden are:

First Place: Valchen
Second Place: Jenny B
Third Place: Lorraine

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.

Now onto the Design Team samples and inspiration! If you want more detail on how their projects have been created, just click on their name and you'll be taken to their blog. Closing date for the challenge is Sunday 21st August at 12noon GMT.

Claire I have combined the really lovely girl (she reminds me of my daughter Hope) from Magical Winter part 2, with papers and alphas from the Double sprinkle of Kraft cd. I have coloured the image with Promarkers and added some of the colours I used into the alphas to make them work in harmony. I have added some lovely Basic Grey fabric brads to the Polka doodles flowers.


Enfys: I used the gorgeous little owls from Back to Nature, with some paper from Sundae of Seasons - I cut an extra owl out and made a slit in his wing so that he looks as if he is holding the computer sentiment. The black letters are by American Crafts, and I used Card Candi to decorate the pointy scallops on the bottom (Nikky has all the brand new candi colours, yummy).

Fliss: A simple card from me this week using paper and elements all from the Sundae Of Seasons CD. I cut out the flowers and glittered the edges then assembled the card on a scalloped card blank adding some Prima leaves and an alterable sentiment panel on which I added my good luck message.


Emma Hello there, my good luck card is for my friends who are emigrating, so my wish is a wish of good luck of course but, also a wish for happiness for them and their family on their new adventure. I used papers and sentiment from A Double Sprinkle of Kraft CD and some Doodle Dewdrops.


Colette - This week I have made a Good Luck rocker card, the good luck letters come from Magical Winter CD1, papers and image are from A Double Sprinkle of Kraft. I used Go Kreate scalloped circle dies to cut the image and frame, the charm is from a Pound land necklace and the glitter is Debbi Moore.


Audrey... For this Good Luck card I used the CD All Around & Everywhere. I used my M.S. button punch, hemp and 3D dots to make the buttons and I used scrap paper with my S.U. Corner Ticket punch for the edges

Diane...for this Good Luck in your New Home card, I used stamps from theNeighbours series, sentiment and paper from the Sundae of Seasons CD. The images are coloured with Copics and Prisma pencils.


Miria I made a Good luck tag: the ladybird, coloured with Promarkers, is from A double sprinkle of kraft and the coloured stamped flower as well. For the background I used a variety of spotty scraps from PD Cds. The sentiment is handwritten with Kuretake Zig. As you can see from the photo, I used Letratac to adhere perfectly the flower to the tag and find out easily the correct position.




Ruth: I've made a star shaped card with a paper from Paper Boutique Vol 1 (Star Cake). The banner is a Sizzix die and I've handwritten the sentiment over Promarker colouring. The extra stars are from offcuts of paper and I've used glossy accents over them. Everything else from my stash.

Nikky...I made an easel card using the lovely Fairy from Magical Winter CD rom and coloured her in with my brand new Flexmarkers from Letraset. I used the Kuretake metallic Calligraphy pens to doodle Good Luck then just added a giant brad and some punched flowers around the edge to embellish (flowers are actually snowflakes from MS punch).

Good luck with the challenge and please remember our rules! Closing date is Sunday 21 August at 12noon GMT.
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Friday, 5 August 2011

Week 31 Challenge - CASE It

Welcome to another Friday and another Polkadoodle challenge! Before we get started I'd like to announce some additions to the Design Team! Big drum roll....... So please give a big warm welcome to:


If you click on their names you will be taken to their blogs - so please stop by and say hello! They will be joining in with the challenges over the coming weeks and you will of course see their samples when Nikky is on Create and Craft.

Lou is our hostess this week and has set the challenge of CASE it! Each of the Design Team have picked a card that has been blogged and have re-recreated the style, colour or theme. So our challenge to you is to CASE one of the Polkadoodle Design Team cards - it can be any that have been blogged here on the challenge site but please tell us who and what you have CASED!

The top three from challenge 29 which was Christmas in July are:

First Place: Jo Price
Second Place: Tracy McDonald
Third Place: Deanne

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.

Now onto the Design Team samples and inspiration! If you want more detail on how their projects have been created, just click on their name and you'll be taken to their blog. Closing date for the challenge is Sunday 14 August at 12noon GMT.

Enfys: I really loved the idea of Colette's card, and used that very loosely as my inspiration.

Colette's fabulous helicopter rocker card............
I had never thought of making a 'rocker'. I used my Cricut to cut the base card (Elegant Edges cartridge) and the cuddly hippo from the Paper Boutique 1 CD. I added plenty of Card Candi to the scallops


Audrey... For this card I CASED Fliss. I love the layout and the colors she used. I used the Sundae Of Seasons CD. I did some stitching around the edges of the fruits and inked the edges of all the papers. The buttons are from my stash.

Fliss' Card

Audrey's Card


Claire I really loved the format of D'Anne's card and all the elements. So I cased it using elements from the Double Sprinkle of Kraft cd. There are easy instructions along with the papers to create the medallion backing. Image coloured with promarkers, added die cut flourishes and some wooden buttons.

Claire's card

Fliss: I really love the soft colours and all the beautiful textures in this gorgeous card by Lou which really caught my eye a few weeks ago. I've used some different embossing folders and some more inking combined with some pretty paper and a scalloped border from the A Double Sprinkle Of Kraft CD together with the butterfly from the Gracie Flutterby Fairy stamp set. My sentiment is from the Sensational Sentiments stamp set.


Fliss' Card

Lis-m ... well, I guess Claire and I fell in love with D'Anne's great card.. I just love this.. great minds think alike!! I have used the Magical winter cd , I had to use this fab Santa , I think he is one of my favourites.. so sweet !! The papers are from the red and the kraft section on the cd .. I printed the banner paper onto copy paper to make it easy to fold.. I punched it with a Martha Stewart punch to give it a frilly finish..Plenty of glue gel to hold the finished rosette in place...




Colette - I love the simplicity of this card by Ruth, it's not too fussy or overdone, just clean and classy, not something I'm good at, so thought this might give me the chance to give it a go, think I failed though LOL!

Colette's version
I loved the look of the Kraft card, but don't have any, I did have lots of brown parcel paper though, so I used a Go Kreate die to cut the scalloped square from that. The country cottage image and sentiment panel are from Paper Boutique Vol III, and I used my Tim Holtz tattered florals die to make the rose.

Ruth: I've not 'cased' a particular card that Claire has made, more her actual style! I found this Happy Birthday flower digi stamp amongst my files that is actually one of Claire's drawings and I've coloured it with Aquamarkers. I've used papers from the Wonderland cd plus some doodling in Claire's unique style!


Josie: This was a hard challenge, because how can I possibly choose from all the amazing projects that the PD girls do! But in the end I chose Nikky's card. It's perfect as I needed to do a new home card and so I chose the same house and lay out that Nikky had done originally. I used the Neighbours Rubber Stamps and coloured with Pro Markers.

Nikky's Card

My Version


Good luck with the challenge - you have until Sunday 14 August at 12noon GMT to enter and please remember our rules!
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Sunday, 31 July 2011

Design Team call news...

Thanks SO much to everyone who applied for the DT call, I really appreciate your efforts & it was lovely to see the talent out there.  The call is now closed & unfortunately I cant reply to everyone individually as there are way too many.  I needed someone with very specific techniques this time round & have made my decision today so if you were successful you have been emailed by now. So sorry if you weren't successful this time but please don't give up and be too disappointed, I simply can't have everyone, much as I'd love to. Thanks again for your interest, keep up the good work you talented people! xx

Friday, 29 July 2011

Week 30 Challenge - In An English Country Garden

Hello there everyone, Emma here to invite you to join in with this weeks Polkadoodle challenge. Hopefully most of you have been able to spend some happy times in a garden this year as we have been blessed with a few lovely days of sunshine so, what better idea for a challenge than to incorporate something you find in a garden.

We want to see what you can make with any birds, bees, flowers or trees, or indeed, anything that you may find in an English Country Garden.

For us as a design team, we also get to share with you some of our favourite stamps, just to show you just how versatile Polkadoodles images, backgrounds and papers really are. You are in for a real treat this week, our ladies have made you some beautiful cards.

The top three from challenge 28 which was Long Hot Summer are:

First Place: Gerda
Second Place: Bella
Third Place: Katja

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.

Now onto the Design Team samples and inspiration! If you want more detail on how their projects have been created, just click on their name and you'll be taken to their blog. Closing date for the challenge is Sunday 7 August at 12noon GMT.

Enfys: I used a Magnolia stamp, coloured with Promarkers, with papers printed from the Sundae of Seasons CD - including the button, which I painted with glossy accents. I doodled her garden of flowers, and added some tiny paper flowers from my stash with doodle dewdrops in the centers


Emma I have made a garden themed easel card this time using my favourite stamps, the Fairy Flutterbys (yes I know they are Polkadoodles but they are still my fave). I stamped the background using Distress stains blending the colours out with Kuretake watercolour brushes. I used stamps from Nikki's Christmas doodle and Fairy flutterby red rubber stamp ranges. The Two fairies were coloured with Distress Inks. The papers and the little house were from the Sundae of Seasons CD. The teeny floral embellies are shrink plastic.


Audrey... For this CAS card I used the All Around & Everywhere CD. For the stamp I used my S.U. sets Bold Blossom and Printed Petals. I used S.U. inks Pear Pizzazz and Pretty In Pink. I also used my S.U. Corner Ticket Punch for the corners.
Ruth: I've used a sweet Soft Pencil digi stamp, coloured with Aquamarkers and added papers from various Polkadoodle cd's (I am trying to use all my offcuts!) The 'ribbon' (it is actually ribbed plastic) is from my local scrapstore along with the string in the centre of the buttons. And the buttons are from my stash.

Claire: I have incorporated some stamps by Elusive images into the Double sprinkle of Kraft elements. Added some sticky pearls and huge gem brads with some glossy accents to those lovely window frames.


Josie: This week I tried my hand and made a stepper card! Its a little wonky, but the images are so good that you wouldn't notice! I used digi stamp images from Double sprinkle of Kraft CD Rom and from the Sundae of Seasons CD Rom. I also used the Garden Neighbours Rubber stamp. I coloured the images with Pro Markers. All the glittery little high lights on the card (like the flowers and apples) are coloured over using the clear Kuretake Wink of Stella pen and then covered in glossy accents. I also used Cosmic Shimmer glitter on the wings of the butterflies.


lis-m: An unashamedly quick card today. I reached for the Sundae of seasons cd again. This cd is just an all-rounder. I love it! My base is a pink gingham, then I used a summerhouse and a couple of fence icons to layer over the apple tree. The image is Bumble bee Tilda and I coloured her with Promarkers and 3-d'd her on top. I added a mock stitch round the card, and hey presto!!


Fliss - A very quick card from me this week too as I'm still suffering from a nasty cold. All elements on my card are also from the fabulous Sundae Of Seasons CD and the little butterflies coloured with Aquamarkers are a Hobby Art stamp. I finished off with some crochet lace, pearls and a border and then added a sentiment from the Sensational Sentiments stamp set.


Miria For this card I used a template - you can find the link on my blog - and a stamp from stash, the paper and sentiment are from A double Sprinkles of Kraft.


Colette - This week I've made a little garden scene with elements from the Double Sprinkles of Kraft CD and then sat Witzy with dandelion (a Rubber Stampede stamp) on the log. I love dandelions, which is a good job as they are the only thing I can manage to grow in my garden LOL! The paper, border, sentiment panel and flowers all come from the same CD, gems are from stash.

Dee: I've used papers from a Double Sprinkle of Kraft for this weeks card. I printed out the design strips for pleated rosette and punched the edge with an EK success edger punch before I folded it up. I love how the stamps work over the pale pink polka dots of the backing paper. I made the card blank from kraft card and I punched out a circle and stamped on it for the butterfly to sit on. The butterfly and leafy swirl stamps are by Clarity stamps.


Lou: I have made 6 versions of this card with different paper scraps from Sundae of Seasons CD and over stamped them with a Serendipity stamp, Dandelion. A bit of distressing around the edging and my image is finished. The greeting is a stamp I found neglected in a box which I have stamped onto the same coloured papers and then cut up into individual parts to mix and match them on my cards. Finally a little bit of ribbon to add interest and a stamped butterfly from Stamps Away.



Good luck with the challenge and don't forget our rules! The blue frog to link your creations up to will be active until 12noon GMT Sunday 7 August.
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