Friday, 7 October 2011

Week 40 Challenge - Handmade Flowers & Blog Candy!

DESIGN TEAM CALL! Hi everyone - please make sure you check out our DT call below this post - we need YOU!! ..x

Hello, it's Fliss here this week as it's my turn to set the challenge theme. Those of you that know me will be aware that I'm a big fan of DIY (making my own decorated papers and embellies I mean lol) so my challenge to you is to add some HANDMADE FLOWERS to your creation. These can be made by punching, die cutting, stamping, decoupage and so on - the choice is yours.

GIVEAWAY!! The winner of this week's challenge will also win 3 Polkadoodles stamps - HURRAH!! LOADS of giveaways this month!!!

The top three from challenge 38 which was Distress It are:

First Place: Joanna K - Joanna wins a set of brand new Letraset Flexmarkers - woohoooo, well done Joanna!
Second Place: Sandy
Third Place: Mindy Baxter

Congratulations! Please email Nikky for your blinkies! The first placed winner receives a download from Polkadoodles.

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.

The challenge is open until Sunday 16 October at 12noon GMT and any entries that do not follow our challenge rules will not be eligible for any prizes so please read them carefully!

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.

Fliss - I've made a very pretty vintage style shaped card using elements all from the A Double Sprinkle Of Kraft CD. I coloured the image of the little girl with pencils and used a blending solution and paper stump to blend the colours. My handmade flower is made using a punch and emboss flower punch and I exaggerated the embossing with an embossing ball tool and rounded out the petals. I used silk flower stamens in the centre.


Daniele. So love the new CD Pretty Sweet Girl so this weeks card features the sweet Maddie, the papers are also from the same CD, flowers were made using a punch with added pearls.


Audrey... For this card I used the new CD Pretty Sweet Girl for the adorable little girl and All Around And Everywhere for the background paper and the paper for the flowers. I used my Cricut to cut out the flowers and inked the edges to distress them a little. I sewed around the edges with floss and added some buttons and twine to the flowers.

Louise  - I used a paper punch and Gem brads to make my flowers. The image is from Double Sprinkles of Kraft and the sentiment is from Sensational Sentiments

Alan I made some flowers out of the cd plastic covers that are put onto those 'Rings of cds' that we buy. Would a Bigz Die and my Big Shot work? THEY DID!!!! After 3 sets cut out they were coloured in by using Alcohol inks. To give some height I cut out two vellum flowers and crumpled them up glued under and then secured onto the card. All the papers l used on the challenge were from the Sundae of Seasons CD.


Lis-m Still enjoying my new love... Pretty Sweet.. I used a selection of those yummy papers, some seam binding, and die cut some flowers, layered them up and added a pearl


Enfys: I used Pretty Sweet for mine as well, and my flowers couldn't be more simple, I wanted them to look sketchy and doodly, so I cut them with my Cricut and just doodled around the edges, adding Card Candi to the centres. The gingham paper that I used prints out with that great whitewash border, looks as if I spent hours with the acrylic paints, but it was instant gratification!


Dee: Another card made with the new CD Pretty sweet from me as well. The roses are made from swirls of backing papers. Some inking and die cut leaves finish it off.


Miria For my card I used one image from new lovely cd Pretty Sweet printed on Kraft and coloured with A wink of Stella, the sentiment and papers are from the same cd. The flower is handmade using punches, brads and lace from stash.


Diane - I am also focusing on the Pretty Sweet CD so that will probably indicate how much in love all of the DT are with this one! I've printed two of the lovely girlies and coloured them with my Copics. Then I printed the coloured version of the flowery fence from the Summer section of Sundae of Seasons and combined them all onto a very summery background. Instructions for how to make the flowers are on my blog.


Colette - Yet another card made using the Pretty Sweet CD, I just love the yumminess of the papers and girls. I have made a scalloped tent card, to make my flowers I printed one of the paper designs from the CD onto both sides of a piece of paper and using the Marianne Creatables Chinese rose die cut out three roses, made them up and then brushed glue over the top and sprinkled with glitter. The swirl is also a Marianne Creatables die and ribbon is from stash.



Josie: This week I used the digi image and papers from the Pretty Sweet CD Rom. I absolutely love this CD Rom!! I coloured the image with Pro Markers. I punched different size flowers out of some co-ordinating papers on the cd rom and over lapped them. I added a gem in the middle and some cosmic shimmer on the petals and around the sentiment. I went over the flowers with the clear Wink of Stella and then covered with glossy accents.


Emma I have used Pretty Sweet too, the handmade flowers were just made from fringed paper and the image was coloured with Distress inks.

Ruth: I've broken with tradition and gone for Fairy Flutterby Maggie stamp which has been coloured with Promarkers. It's not often I make an easel card as I'm hopeless with getting things straight, so I made a larger centre panel and it all worked fine! Papers are from Pretty Sweet and I've made my own flowers with raffia and lots of glue!



Claire I used lots of Polka Doodles stamps to create my picture, and my flowers are punched Polka doodles papers from the simply sweet cd with fimo centres. Coloured and inked with added pearly doodles.




Good luck with the challenge - you have until Sunday 16 October at 12noon GMT to get your entry in and please remember our rules!

Sunday, 2 October 2011

DESIGN TEAM CALL!!...

Okkkaaayyyy! We're looking for some new teamies to join us here at Polkadoodles!

Yep, we need some new blood to join our lovely talented team on this challenge blog and also to make samples for shows and TV! So, if you LOVE colouring and you're great with your Promarkers, Copics, Prisma's and Watercolours (or any other colouring medium) and it's your speciality then please email us with a link to your blog and NO MORE than 50 words about yourself and why you want to be on the Polkadoodles team. If you don't like colouring then don't worry - we cater for everyone, but you do need to be able to use digital products and rubber stamp.  It doesn't matter if you're a cardmaker, scrapbooker, a stamper or a CD crafter, we need someone who can be versatile and fit within the other talents on our fabulous, happy team. We look for all kinds of abilities and styles so you've gotta be in it, to win it, as the saying goes! You MUST have a blog where you post regularly. You MUST be able to commit to participating in the challenge blog 3 times per month, making TV samples when required AND commenting on challenge entries each week, so please ensure you can do all this before you apply - this is a permanent position and you must be able to offer the commitment we need. We will consider entries from around the world but as we need people who can also make samples, because of time constraints entries from the UK may have an advantage - if you're not in the UK please don't let that put you off, really we just need someone awesome, and we're looking for more than one person!! We will be choosing someone over the next two weeks and results will be posted here. Please do not leave comments etc, all bloglinks must be sent by email by 13th OCTOBER. Please ensure your links are correct and link to the homepage so we can see your blog properly. email us with a link to your blog and NO MORE than 50 words about yourself and why you want to be on the Polkadoodles team. (please note: Final decision will be announced on this blog after 13th October) ---- GOOD LUCK EVERYONE!!! We can't wait to see your work! xx

Friday, 30 September 2011

Week 39 Challenge - Birthday Ages

**See Nikky on Create and Craft (www.createandcraft.tv) at 10am, 1pm and 4pm today!**

Hi, it's Colette here, and this week it's my turn to set the Polkadoodles challenge - as my 'baby' will be turning twenty one next weekend, I thought it might be a good idea to get everyone to make an age card. I have already made a couple of cards for my daughter for other people to give to her, but am looking for some inspiration for my own, so I am depending on you all to show me lots of fabulous creations!

The top three from challenge 37 which was Whiteout are:

First Place: Nelly S
Second Place: Debs
Third Place: Emma

Congratulations! Please email Nikky for your blinkies! The first placed winner receives a download from Polkadoodles.

And that's not all! The randomly selected winner who will receive a copy of the Brand New cd - Pretty Sweet - which is launched today on Create and Craft is:


Number 3 which is Wilma

Please also email Nikky!

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.

The challenge is open until Sunday 9 October at 12noon GMT and any entries that do not follow our challenge rules will not be eligible for any prizes so please read them carefully!

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.

Ruth: I've made a cute card for a little girl who will be 2 at the end of November! I've used the bear template from Paper Boutique Vol 3 and printed the A5 size, layered it all up and added some pink ribbon from my stash. The number 2 is a die cut from my stash.

Audrey... For this number card I used the CD All Around And Everywhere. I colored the owl stamp in with Copics and used my Cricut for the banner and the number. The letters are stickers and I stitched around the edges with white floss.

Fliss - My younger daughter and her circle of friends will all be turning 21 over the next few months so I decided to get ahead with my cards. I used the gorgeous Winnie theme numbers and some pretty stitched paper together with a lovely sentiment panel from the A Double Sprinkle Of Kraft CD. The pink border is a scrap of paper from The Sundae Of Seasons CD and the pretty butterfly by Hobby Art was coloured with Promarkers.



Louise- I have used the All around and everywhere CD for the papers that I have used on my card and the image is a S.w.a.l.k stamp called Day dream believer.



Lis-m . Today I used papers from the new Pretty Sweet Cd.. I love these soooo much..the Stamp from my stash is called "Dolly Pip". I coloured her with my Promarkers and paper pieced her dress.



Claire - I am so taken with those pretty sweet girls that I hope I can be excused for using one today along with elements from the new cd.....sweet or what? They are simply lovely! Just a little doodling, ribbon and a few buttons.



Miria For my card I used this gorgeous stamp from Polka Doodles stashbox, Wonderland and the paper is from the matching CD. I coloured it with Promarkers and Distress; the sentiment is handwritten with Kuretake Calligraphy and the number is from All Around and Everywhere. No embellies as it is for a man.



Enfys: My Pretty Sweet CD arrived in Florida this week, and I couldn't wait to use it, I just love these little girls. For my card I cut out a figure 8 using the Plantin Schoolbook cartridge on my Cricut. I perched the little girl onto that (using foam tape), and did the sentiment with tiny letter stickers. Background paper is also from the CD, Promarker colours used are on my blog. I used Card Candi to give a final touch




Colette - This week I have used a Magnolia stamp, coloured with Promarkers, and papers from the gorgeous Pretty Sweet CD, I think these papers go perfectly with the Magnolia images.The circle and corner dies are both Marianne Creatables and the scalloped circle is Go Kreate, ribbon, flower and pearls are from stash.




Alan This card was made by using the great imagery from the 'PRETTY SWEET' cd. The hardest part was picking what digi stamp image to use. I wanted the Numbers to be a focal point on the card as well as the figures. After printing them out l backed them onto thin card to give some stability. Using my Pro-Markers l set about colouring in and had great fun doing so as they are so easy to colour no matter what your level is.Good luck with the challenge and don't forget our rules! Challenge closes on Sunday 9 October at 12noon GMT.
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Friday, 23 September 2011

Week 38 Challenge - Distress It


GIVEAWAY WEEK!...Wooohoooo!

The lovely peeps at Letraset have kindly donated a Set of their fantastic brand new Flexmarkers to us this week for one lucky winning entry!




PRE-ORDER!!*Flexmarker 6 pack - Set One


So make sure you get entering this week's challenge to be in with a chance of winning these lush pens - if you don't know about Flexmarkers 1) where have you been? and 2) check them out here. Flexmarkers are the new sister product to the Promarker and Triamarker alcohol based family of pens from Letraset and are just amazing for blending!

Use them alongside your Promarkers to achieve stunning soft blends with the new flexible brush tip and a gorgeous array of brand new colours. The lucky winner will receive Set One which are the palest of pale shades perfect for skintones (brand, brand new colours and these will not be available in Promarkers). We also have another freebie download for you: Nikky has been working with Letraset to ensure that everyone is priming their Flexmarkers properly - some of the colours are so pale that until you allow them to dry it looks like the pens have no colour in them and some people don't quite prime them enough. So they put their heads together to find an easy solution and Nikky discovered if you colour these swatches in the pens are primed perfectly, so Letraset have made this into a swatch download for everyone. You can get the download here - the one you need to use to prime is on the right, 2nd row down the page: download it here.

Rules of the giveaway are that you MUST follow our challenge rules - please ensure you follow the standard rules or you will not be included in the draw! The winner will be drawn at random from the entries for this week, so it doesn't matter how good you are at colouring you still have a chance of winning! The winning entry will be announced on the blog along with the challenge winner as normal.

Letraset will also be running a colouring competition on their blog on Wednesday 28th September using a lovely Polkadoodles image, so head on over there to have a look and get yourself a fab free Polkadoodles download to boot - more freebie goodness!

Back to this week's challenge!

Hello there, Emma here to set the challenge this time. So, you can really have some fun this week scrunching, inking, tearing, sanding, infact whatever distressing technique you love, we want to see it, I hope you will join us in this 'Distress it' challenge.

Before we move on, the top three from challenge 36 which was Setting the Scene are:

First Place: Michaela
Second Place: Julie W
Third Place: Nelly S

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.

The challenge is open until Sunday 2 October at 12noon and any entries that do not follow our challenge rules will not be eligible for any prizes so please read them carefully!

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.

Daniele, for this weeks card I used the sweet stamp set called Babsie, I have used Dusty Concord and sage to distress the edges of the image which was coloured with Prisma pencils, the papers are from the new Cd called Pretty Sweet.


Emma - Hello there, I had fun distressing my card this week. The image and paper I used are from the Magical Winter volume one CD. I coloured this fun image with Letraset Aquamarkers. I sanded all the edges of my card and inked them, I then ripped sections to distress further and quite liked how distress finishing can still look pretty.



Ruth: I've used a scrap of paper (distressed with scissors) from A Double Sprinkle of Kraft - I've printed it at A5 size for a smaller pattern. The cute mushroom house is from the Garden Neighbours rubber stamp set, and I've coloured it with Aquamarkers. Everything else is from my stash.


Audrey... For this card I used the CD All Around And Everywhere. I used my S.U. cupcake punch for the cupcakes and used 3D Dots to give them dimension. For the distressing I ripped the green paper and inked everything with S.U. Chocolate Chip ink.
Fliss - I've made a vintage style collage card as the theme is perfect for this. I've used the gorgeous bird cage and shabby paper from the Paper Boutique Vol 3 CD. I tore the edges of the background paper and added this to a kraft card. I printed out the cage and then coloured just the scroll pattern sections on one with Promarkers. After cutting the second one I inked with Versamark and embossed with tarnished gold powder. I added die cut leaves and a bird, together with punched flowers all coloured with Distress inks. I finished off with butterflies punched from the paper left after sponging the leaves as it was too good to waste!



Saskia - Lots of inspiration on the Magical Winter Part 1 cd-rom! I printed out this cute birdie and coloured it with Promarkers from the Polka Doodles Shop! All papers are from this great cd-rom! I added some Glimmer Mist for the 'distress look'.



Hi Louise here with my card for this week. I have used the new 'Pretty Sweet' cd which is gorgeous and distressed my edges.


Claire I have also used the new Pretty sweet cd to create my exploding box with lots of distressing of the beautiful papers!


Diane I have used an image and paper from the wonderful Pretty Sweet CD - the sentiment is also from that CD. I'm not sure that all the distressing is very visible because I've almost completely covered it with Stickles!


Dee: All papers and the image are from A Magical Winter CD for this weeks card. Lots of inking with a distress ink pad, tearing, sanding and water spotting.


MiriaThis week I chose a Halloween preview for my distressed card. Images, coloured with Distress ink pad and Kuretake Wink of Stella, and sentiment are from versatile Sundae of Seasons. The background is recycled cardboard then I added brads, rafia and thin wire.





Colette This week I have used the gorgeous Pretty Sweet CD Rom. I have sanded and inked the edges of the papers, used a Cheery Lyn die for the doily and Tim Holtz tattered florals die for the flower. The doily and flower have been scrunched and spritzed with glimmer mist and I drew faux stitching around some of the papers.


Alan..... This is my 1st entry into the challenges. I have left a complete how I made the card on my blog. The Images came from Not for Girls Definitely for Men and I took the bike into photoshop and layerd two parts of the image onto each other. Then after I had printed the main image I then printed the same image onto non printable vellum. Ripped the vellum to fit. Gaffer tape was used to edge the card.



Good luck with the challenge - please remember all the rules (you don't want to miss out on the Flexmarkers!) and the challenge ends on Sunday 2 October at 12noon GMT.
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Friday, 16 September 2011

Week 37 Challenge - Whiteout

GIVEAWAY WEEK!...Wooohoooo!


This week we are giving away a copy of our very very gorgeous brand new CD Pretty Sweet to one random winner drawn from the entries to this week's challenge. Meet Amelia, Piper, Maddie and Bella...



This fabulous mini CD features 12 adorable characters which are both black and white and pre-coloured too, plus approx 150 backing papers and sentiments (yes, seriously this IS a mini CD!). You will absolutely adore this CD, everyone has fallen in love with our gorgeous girlies!

Rules of the giveaway are that you MUST follow our challenge rules - please ensure you follow the standard rules (listed below) or you will not be included in the draw!

The winner will be drawn at random from the entries for this week, so it doesn't matter how good you are at colouring you still have a chance of winning! The winning entry will be announced on the blog along with the challenge winner as normal.

Before we move on, the top three from challenge 35 which was Autumn Leaves are:

First Place: Jacqui
Second Place: Jo Price
Third Place: Sarah

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.

It's Enfys here setting this week's challenge. I love all white cards, so my theme is


Whiteout


So we want to see white cards (great Christmas theme!) and only a little tiny bit of colour will be allowed. You can use as much texture, bling and glitter as you like, just remember to keep it white!

The challenge is open until Sunday 25 September at 12noon and any entries that do not follow our challenge rules will not be eligible for any prizes so please read them carefully!

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.

Ruth: I've used a blue themed paper and the cute snowman from Magical Winter Vol 2. I've used a fair amount of glitter glue, some glossy accents and a blue gel pen to do some dotting! Cuttlebug swiss dots embossing folder adds some texture.



Emma - Hello there, I have created a little scene this time with Garden Neighbours stamps. I used liquid applique, Delta Snow, pearl paint and glitter glue to create the white snow scene texture. I embossed the backing paper and finally added a sentiment from the Christmas doodles stamp plate.



Daniele. I loved doing this challenge, I used the CD called Love and Cherish for the rose paper and the stampie, which I just used Crystal and Star Dust stickles to colour. The background paper I embossed using the Damask cuttlebug embossing folder. The sentiment is also from Polka Doodles. Just added a couple of hearts, feather, lace and ribbon to finish it off.



Enfys: I used my all time favourite Polkadoodles stamp, this gorgeous Christmas tree to make my all white card. The whole thing was glittered and layered. The scallop squares are Nellie Snellen dies, inked very lightly in ice blue, and I used a Snow embossing folder by Kars to add texture. Pearly white card candi to the scallops finished it off


Fliss: Well, I found this one a little tricky and after much thought, decided on loads of texture for my design. I used a gorgeous sheet of flower stampies from the All Around And Everywhere CD and cut out several different layers inside the black lines. I then scrunched up the flowers and layered them up to form a rose shape. I brushed Stickles Frosted Lace glitter glue round the edges and added a pearly button to the centre. I made up the card with several embossed layers, a glitter card lace circle, some crunchy crochet lace and die cut letters.



Lis-m..This was a tricky one for me.. no colour..? I used the Smashing Snowman from Magical Winter 2, and Various layers of card, some embossed, some die cut, and a few punched snowflakes.. and gems and glitter and glitter pen..!



Miria This week's theme is very challenging but I found what I needed on Magical Winter part two: I just stamped the black and white image and sentiment and added some glitter and flower soft to give dimension.Some white tinsel was the final touch. The background paper is embossed with a crimper.






Colette I loved the theme this week, and really enjoyed making this card, I used lots of dies, an embossing folder, a snowflake image from Magical Winter 1 CD, gems pearls, ribbon and lots and lots of glamour dust.




Dee: I decided to use the one of the Flutterfly Fairies stamps for my card this week. I embossed some vellum and stamped on vellum for the greeting and the wings, added a die cut shape and swirls and Bobs your Uncle a completed card.






Good luck with the challenge and don't forget our rules! Challenge is open until Sunday 25 September at 12noon GMT.
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