Friday, 21 October 2011

Week 42 Challenge - Halloween Giveaways & DT results

Hi everyone, before we get to this week's challenge we also have some very very exciting news this week about the Design Team Call. We had over 100 entries this time round from lots and lots of extremely talented people, but sadly we can't choose everyone and you have no idea how difficult it was choosing this time round, we really do appreciate your efforts and feel privileged to know that so many people would love to be on the team.

As a testament to the quality of this time's entries we simply couldn't choose the initial 3 people we were looking for...so in the end we chose 12!! Yes, 12! :D

There were so many fabulous peeps we just couldnt let them go! Everyone who applied should have had an email by now (so please check your inboxes if you haven't, we are still waiting for a couple of people to confirm their acceptance),PLUS we also have 5 Guest Designers coming to play with us soon too - we think we now have one of the biggest Design Teams in the Universe!

So we welcome the following truly talented peeps onto the team and look forward to seeing their amazing creations very soon...
Don't forget - we're still waiting to hear back from 2 of you so go check your emails now!

Now, The winners of challenge 40....
Congratulations goes to Nelly S who won our first prize, and our runners up are Michaela and La Diva - well done everyone, please email for your prizes and blinkies!

So, it's my turn to set a Spookylish challenge this week! Well, it had to be didn't it really! First of all we have some GIVEAWAY CANDY up for grabs too - the winning entry of this week's magical spooky challenge will win a copy of our fabulous Sundae of Seasons CD - over 4000 images to play with! Yes, 4000!! Wowser!!
So this week's challenge, quite simply, is to make something for Halloween, BUT you MUST use some element from the special download above (just right-click to save to your PC) to make your project OR you can use elements from the Polkadoodles Sundae of Seasons CD too if you prefer. Just right-click the image above and save to your computer, this is a hi-res PNG image so if you like to manipulate your images through a graphics program you can do so easily.

Daniele......for my halloween hanger I have used an image from The Sundae of Seasons Cd and the sentiment is from the free download, I've used distress inks for the background of the image and Prismas to colour the image.

Audrey... For this treat box I used the adorable free Halloween download for the sweet little witch that I colored with Copics and Sundae Of Seasons for the paper, sentiments and spiders. I printed them on Safmat.

Fliss - I've made a side step card using the cute little witch and adorable cat from the download, colouring with Promarkers (I couldn't resist giving my witch some rather cool green hair lol). The sentiment and the Halloween papers are from the Polly Witchydoodles Halloween Bundle download and the pumpkins and haunted house are from the Sundae Of Seasons CD.


Louise On my card this week I have used all the elements from the free download (could not pick so had them all lol). My image is coloured with copics and I used distress inks to change the colours on the wording.


Josie: I used a CD backing paper (i cant remember which one!) as well as house stamps and a fairy flutterby. All coloured with promarkers. I also went over the black parts with cosmic shimmer glitter.

Lis-m : I have used the fabby Polly witchydoodles download from the polkadoodles store , and the giveaway from todays challenge to create my card... The little witchy is coloured with my Promarkers., and I have used my Ultrafine nibs for the smaller details , like the bristles on the broom....


Alan: I have never made a tunnel card so l thought The Halloween download and the Sundae of Seasons gave me the opportunity to make one. The only other item l used was a perfect backing paper from the Not for Girls - Definitely for Men cd.
Miria. For my easel twisted card I used some images from Halloween download, coloured with Promarkers and added glossy accents to give dimension. The mummy is from Sundae of Seasons, I coloured it with Promarkers again and used Ultrafine nibs. I added ribbons, button and cheese cloth.

Dee: I've used some of the download elements onto pumpkins from A Sundae Of Seasons CD. I used backing papers from last years Halloween downloads, but I decided the spiders looked more friendly and more like they were bouncing when they were upside down, so I just added some squiggly lines to them.

Colette - I have used the cute little witch and halloween word art from the freebie download, along with papers from the Wonderland Paper Adventure CD. I have coloured the little witch digitally in Photoshop. The frames are cut with X-Cut Ornate Bookplate dies, and the borders are Spellbinders Ironworks Accents, I have used the waste left over after cutting the centre borders to make the top and bottom borders.

Good luck with the challenge and please remember our rules! Closing date is Sunday 30 October at 12noon GMT


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Friday, 14 October 2011

Week 41 Challenge - Ribbons and Bows

Hello there, welcome to a new week and a new challenge, this time your challenge has been set by me, Emma. So, this week, it is nice and easy, you can use any image, any colours and any style, just use ribbons and bows to embellish.

Now for the winners announcement of Challenge 39 which was Birthday Cards with a number:


First Place: Jane B
Second Place: Inkypinkycraft
Third Place: Nelly S

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 23 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.

Audrey... For this card I used the CD Pretty Sweet. I did some stitching around the edges and used ribbon from my stash for the bow. A very clean and simple card.




Emma, hello, I have used a gorgeous Garden Neighbours stamp this time, stamped onto kraft paper and coloured with pencils. The backing paper is from the Sundae of Seasons Cd and the sentiment is Sensational Sentiments. Embellished with some co-ordinating ribbon, peel off stitching, glitter glue and Doodle Dewdrops.




Louise: For my card this week I have used the new mini CD called Pretty sweet and the designs are very sweet.I have coloured my image with copics and added a little ribbon and bow. The sentiment is from the sensational sentiment set.




Tracie: For my card this week I used a girl from Magical Winter part two. She was coloured with promarkers and the ever gorgeous wink of stella glitter pens


Lis-m Seems everyone loves the new Pretty Sweet cd. I love them so much, they are so girly, just up my street! The sentiment is from the cd...






Enfys: My card is BIG - 8 x8 and I printed the carol singers from Magical Winter to fit, and added quite a wide ribbon. I used glitter letter stickers to spell out the words on their songsheets, and gave them all a pompom on their hats. The inked edges are dark green chalk ink - looks a bit brown in the photo......







Claire For my Kraft gift bag I have used one of those gorgeous Pretty Sweet girls along with sentiment and paper from the cd. I have coloured her with Promarkers and used my ribbon to create hair bows!






Colette - Another Pretty Sweet card, the papers and images are just so hard to resist! The flowers are made from punches, the ribbon is narrow silk ribbon from stash, which is curled and held in place with little gems.




Fliss - For my card I too have used the adorable new Pretty Sweet CD and have chosen a patchwork effect. I trimmed squares of the gorgeous rosebud paper with pinking shears and added faux stitching. I finished off with the lovely Amelia and her basket of roses cut out with an oval cutter on a pink dotty paper mat and a wired ribbon bow.



Miria For my card I used a lovely Pretty Sweet again, coloured with Distress. The papers are from the same cd, the sentiment is handwritten, ribbon, doily and pearls from stash.



Josie: This week I used the Image and backing papers from the Pretty Sweet CD Rom. I used the clear Wink of Stella pen to high light her bows, and then covered in Glossy accents. I coloured the image, sentiment, flowers and ribbons with Pro Markers.








Ruth: I too have used Pretty Sweet cd - the papers and image are both from the cd. A bit of faux stitching added plus some ribbons and that's it!





Alan: Papers used are from SUGAR BIRDIES and DOUBLE SPRINKLES
The Owls were from the cd SUGAR BIRDIES.
I secured the Owls onto their own tag and then after punching a hole l threaded lost of ribbon through it. The ribbon at the bottom was just a short piece of cord knotted each end then a smaller ribbon wrapped round it. The images were not coloured in just printed out and then carefully cut out. Each owl had its own pocket. All the edges of the papers were inked with a distressing ink.



Good luck with the challenge and please remember our rules! Closing date is Sunday 23 October at 12noon GMT
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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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