Friday, 9 September 2011

Week 36 Challenge - Setting the Scene

Welcome to another Polkadoodle challenge! The theme this week is:

Setting The Scene

We want to see a scene in your creation and I think its got the Design Team in a festive frame of mind!

The top three from challenge 34 which was Spots and Dots are:

First Place: Shelby
Second Place: Lou Mac
Third Place: DaisyLou

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 18 September at 12noon GMT.

Ruth: For some reason I've never used this template before from Paper Boutique Vol 2 - Creative Christmas. So here it is! I chopped the card down as I only wanted the fireplace bit on it. A bit of sparkly stuff in the fire with all the elements layered with foam pads and the card is complete!

Daniele, ohhhhh I've had a play with some of the scene stamps from Polka Doodles, the set I used is called Garden Neighbours and they now come in clear which makes it so much more easier I think for masking and layering up these cuties. The sentiment and flowers are also stamps. I coloured the image with Prisma Pencils,and layered up the trees and roof for added dimension. The papers are from the CD Sundae of SeasonsI've used lots of Stardust stickles for bling......so love my glitter!


Emma Hello there, I used the very gorgeous Garden Neighbours stamp plate to create my little scene and added a few Doodle Dewdrops to embellish.


Fliss - I've decided to share one of my Magical Winter CD set Christmas cards which is a tent style card with Santa's workshop on show at the back. The card was made using one of the lovely papers from the CD set and has a cut out Santa, red nosed reindeer and a pile of presents to decorate the outer frame edges together with one of the lovely sentiment panels.


Lou:


Ashley...I used the Daisy Doodles stamp set to create my little scene, I just love those cute ladybirds and the little owls, they create such a cute card...


Lis-m .. I have used Double sprinkles of Kraft for my dotty paper, and the fab Neighbours stamp for my scene, coloured with my Promarkers, and added a couple of flowers and buttons to embellish


Claire - I decided to try a bit of Mixed media ( full description on my blog) using stamps from the Daisy doodles and neighbours range. A first try of my Bind it all to create a notebook....played and played - great fun!


Louise For my card this week I have used the Magical Winter Cd and printed out the background in colour but the Bear and log in black and white so I could do some colouring and then I have gone a bit crazy with glitter for a wintery look.


Josie: This was my first time using the Magical Winter CD Rom and I absolutely loved it!! I has such fun looking through them. The striped and dotted paper is from the cd rom as is the digi image. I coloured this using Pro Markers and Flexi Markers. I added Cosmic Shimmer Glitter for the effect of snow. For the snowflake, I printed the snow flake images from the cd rom. I turned the paper over and on a light box went over the shape with a glue pen. I added the cosmic shimmer glitter and then covered in glossy accents. When dried I cut it out.


MiriaThis week I'm back to gorgeous Magical Winter part one for paper and elf image, the tree is from Christmas fun clear stamps, all of them coloured with Promarkers. I added some glitter and flower soft as a final touch.


Colette I have made up a little scene using elements from both Magical Winter part 1 and Magical Winter part 2, and covered it with a Hunky Dory snow globe filled with beads, snowflake sequins and glittery stuff. I made a scalloped frame using paper from same CD's and attached the whole thing to a rocker card, again using paper from the CD's. The snowflake is made from a mix of Marianne Creatables snowflake dies, covered in glamour dust, a silver punched snowflake and a gem added to the centre.

Good luck with the challenge! Deadline for entries is Sunday 18 September at 12noon GMT.
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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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