Friday, 2 September 2011

Week 35 Challenge - Autumn Leaves

Hi, folks. Welcome to Polka Doodles! Miria's here, this week's challenge is up to me and I've chosen "Autumn Leaves" as a theme. Maybe it's a little bit early to think about this season. Summer is not over yet, especially here in Italy where I live but you don't need to choose an autumn subject, you can do it if you like it or you can just use autumn leaves colours - orange, green, brown or even gold.

Have a look at my teamies' gorgeous creations below and you'll surely be inspired!

The top three from challenge 33 which was Single Layer Cards are:

First Place: Lisa Jane Second Place: Mel H Third Place: Jacqui
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.

If you want more detail on how the Design Team have created their projects, just click on their name and you'll be taken to their blog. Closing date for the challenge is Sunday 11 September at 12noon GMT.

Miria I made a twisted easel-card. I've chosen this cute scarecrow from Sundae of Seasons, coloured it with Promarkers and Distress, the papers and the leaves are from the same CD. The sentiment is handmade with Kureatake Zig Calligraphy. I added buttons and rafia from stash.





Ruth: I've made a simple layered autumn wreath by cutting out lots of individual leaves from Sundae of Seasons. All the leaves have been added with glue or foam pads to add extra depth.



Enfys: I thought I would make a card in keeping with the Autumn season, the start of the new school year - this little girl looks as if she is wearing school uniform I think. I added some black stitching (fake, did you guess?) and a couple of apples which I coated with glossy accents to make them ever more yummy looking. All the elements are from Sundae of Seasons


Emma - hello there, I have used papers and a gorgeous image from Magical Winter Part One Cd Rom to create my card this time. I coloured the image with Letraset Aquamarkers. The sentiment is from the Fairy Flutterby stamps.




Fliss: I really enjoyed this challenge as I'm an Autumn girl at heart and my creation was inspired by the stunning colours of turning leaves. I've coloured the sweet girl from the A Double Sprinkle Of Kraft CD with a mix of Promarkers and Prisma pencils and then cut the image with an oval cutter and added a green mat. I used a gorgeous ribbon paper from the Sundae Of Seasons CD and acorns from the Autumn section which I coloured with Promarkers. I finished off with a greeting from the Sensational Sentiments stamp set.





Audrey... For this Autumn candle I used the CD All Around And Everywhere. I printed out the leaves on Safmat and I used my S.U. punch and stamp for the tag. I thought this would be the perfect hostess gift for Thanksgiving.






Hi Daniele here with this weeks challenge, I took the title literally and used lots of leaves to create this wreath, I was going to colour them all but decided to print and cut them out instead as I have used quite a few, I used the CD Sundaes of Seasons for the images, papers and borders, I used a die for the matching buttons and added doodled stitching to the edges.The sentiment and stitched circle is from the set of stamps called Stamp Doodles Sentiments.




Dee: I made my card using images and papers from a Sundae of seasons CD this week. A few buttons, crochet thread and ink finish off this quick project.








Hello from me Louise and my card this week as an Autumn feel there is definetly a change in the weather here. For my card I have used the young lady from Magical winter part one and teamed her with leaves from the Sundae of seasons Cd the sentiment is from this fab set here.




Colette I have made an easel card using one of the girl images from Magical Winter CD1, I've re-coloured her to make her more Autumnal, the wall is made from paper on the Not For Girls CD and everything else comes from Sundae of Seasons, I have layered up the sunflowers, the girl and the bird, and added some orange glitter, I wanted something more coppery, but this was all I had. I have also decoupaged the buttons on the sentiment and then covered them with glossy accents.




This is Diane saying 'Hi' to you all and showing you my sample for this week's challenge, which focuses on the colours of Autumn. I've used the scarecrow image from the Sundae of Seasons CD and the base layer of polka dot paper is also from that CD. I hope you like it!


Claire: Had great fun getting inky with this one. Used A Sundae of Seasons to create my autumnal tag along with some triple embossing and some flowersoft.


Lou: Something different from me this week as I have made 2 canvases using the colours from Autumn as my focus which are based upon our family visit to the Guinness factory. Being Irish, you could say it has become a bit of a pilgrimage!! All background papers are from the "Not for Girls" CD as there is a fabulous selection of bazzill inspired papers on there. I have miniturised some of the sentiment papers and then using Safmat created collage effects with words and photos of us all. Everything of course mat and layered onto that fab paper design. Lots of torn edges and no embellishments either!


Good luck with the challenge - you have until 12noon GMT to enter on Sunday 11 September.
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Friday, 26 August 2011

Week 34 Challenge - Spots & Dots

Welcome to another Polkadoodle challenge! This week I (Ruth) am your hostess again and as it is the last Friday of the month the Polkadoodle Design team get to play with the non Polkadoodle stamps that they have and to team them with Polkadoodle papers!

My challenge to you is to use:

Spots and Dots

Before I show you the Design Teams creations, I need to announce the top three from challenge 32 which was Good Luck.

First Place: Neli
Second Place: Deanne
Third Place: Pinky

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 4 September at 12noon GMT.

Ruth: I've used a wonderful image from Jellypark, coloured it with Aquamarkers and used off cuts of paper from a previous project (or two) from Sundae of Seasons. I've added a doodled border and some buttons and twine from my stash.
Enfys: My printer has gone on strike, so I had to rummage around in my box of Polkadoodle goodies to see what I could find, and out popped this blue and pink cardstock, printed from the Sundae of Seasons CD, and a sheet of anonymous sentiments from ??? - but every Polkadoodles CD has fabulous sentiments, so you can easily find some. I used a Penny Black hedgie stamp, a Martha Stewart border punch and some paper flowers


Emma Hello there, this week I have used my favourite Magnolia stamp as my stashbox choice. I have used papers from the Sundae of Seasons CD for the background and to make the scrunchy flower. I coloured with Letraset Aquamarkers. The sentiment is from Polkadoodles Sensational Sentiments rubber stamp plate.

Nikky...For this fab challenge I used a backing paper from Magical Winter and my Gorjuss stamps. You can see how I made the icicles on my blog, I am in luuurve with the technique!

Audrey... For this Stamp Box challenge I used the CD Sundae Of Seasons. The stamps are from the $1 bin at Michaels. I used Copics to color the stamps and did some paper piecing and Classic Scalloped Circle Nesties to cut it out. I also used my S.U. Corner ticket punch for the corners of the paper.

Louise For the challenge this week I have used the Cd All around and everywhere and found some gorgeous papers with dots and spots on. I have added a little glossy accents to the flags on the paper and also cut some of the flags out and made a banner for the top of my card. I have used Tilda with a balloon to make it a birthday card.


Fliss - I've made a very chic and stylish Parisien themed card with some elegant dotty paper from the Paper Boutique Vol 3 CD and a dotty border from the A Double Sprinkle Of Kraft CD. I used a multitude of stamps from my stash and as you can see, I stamped on the background paper - something you can do with quite a lot of the paler papers which gives you a lot more options. I simply added a kraft mat to my main image and inked the edges of the background paper to finish.


Daniele, here thought I'd use one of my favourite Penny Black stamps for this weeks stash box challenges the delish spots and dot papers are from The Double Sprinkle and The Sundaes of Seasons CD, love the blue and brown colour combo, I added doodling around the edges.


Lis-m : I have used Papers from the "double sprinkles of kraft" cd to create this coffee and cream colour combo card. The circles are cut out with my nesties, and a couple of flowers and card candi to finish




Claire: I have used elements from the Polkadoodles Double sprinkle of Kraft cd for my card alongside that fab mushroom house from the new magical winter cd. Just adding some raffia and a wooden button.


Colette - I've used papers from All around and everywhere and Candy Doodles CD's to make my card, ribbon and flowers from stash finish it off.


Miria This week I went Christmassy again: this LOTV image matches perfectly with this paper from Magical Winter cd, the spotty papers are from Double Sprinkles of Kraft cd.




Tracie: I used an image from double sprinkles of Kraft (even on a off week I cant stop using nikkys images!). The paper is from Wonderland CD and it was coloured using art and graphic pens


Good luck with the challenge and please remember our rules - closing date is 12noon GMT Sunday 4 September.
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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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