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Friday, 25 November 2011

Week 47 Challenge - Italian Christmas & BLOG CANDY

Hello everyone, it's challenge day again! Before I go on to details of this week's challenge I'd like to say a big thank you to everyone that took part in our Swirls Pearls and Pastels challenge (45).  You made some really fabulous creations with it!

Without further ado, here are our top 3 creations from that challenge:
1st Place -  Karen,  2nd Place - Jo Price,  3rd Place -  Ira

Congratulations everyone, please email Nikky for your blinkies - the first placed winner receives a download and as a special treat a set of pens from Letraset for hair! Please put in the subject field of your email your placing and the challenge number - this will make Nikky's life a lot easier!

This week it's me, Miria, hosting the challenge and I chose the theme Italian Christmas: as you probably know, the Italian flag is white, red and green and these colours have to be in your projects. This week is our Stashbox Stamp challenge - all the Design Team have to use a stamp from their stash they already own.  We can't wait to see your creations!  

We also have some BLOG CANDY up for grabs this week so anyone who enters this Italian Christmas challenge will be in the random draw to win a Polkadoodle stamp - and there will be two lucky winners chosen! Woohoo! So make sure you get your entries in on time to be in with a chance!

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 4th December 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.

Miria For my twisted easel card I used this santa Edwin and Tree from my stashbox stamps, coloured with Zig Art and Graphic Twin and Kurecolor, all the papers and sentiment are from magical Winter.
Emma, hello, this weeks card was made using elements from the Magical Winter CD coloured with Distress Inks, all available from Polkadoodles shop.
GDT Stephanie Emma - I made my card using the Christmas Fun Stamps, papers and elements from Magical Winter and some flashing lights!! I also used some gorgeous ribbon.

Audrey... For this Double Z Fold card I used the CD Magical Winter Part 1. I used my Gelly Roll pen for the stitching. I did some paper piecing and glittering on the stocking stamp and used S.U. Real Red ink for the sentiment.


Enfys: I had fun making this one. I thought the post box card from Creative Christmas CD was perfect for Mirias Italian Christmas challenge, printed out at A5 size, decoupaged and glittered with Martha Stewart crystal glitter. I added the little girl stamped and cut out (who makes this stamp? Anyone know?)
Nelly -  I combined elements from Magical Winter and Pretty Tuff to make my triangle shaped Easel Card.
Colette Great challenge this week, perfect colours for a Christmas card. I have used papers from Sundae of Seasons and Father Christmas from the Polkadoodles Christmas Fun Clear Stamp set. Image was coloured with Promarkers and I added glitter to his hat and belt, the mats are made using X-Cut nested Bookplate dies, and I used a snowflake embossing folder on the white strip.
Lou: I have used one of the papes from the magical Winter CD and then created a topper also from the same paper. I drew and then cut out 2 holly leaves finished with a green ribbon bow and a red button berry. A very quick and simple card . . . must make more of these!
Ashley-This weeks card was made using digis from the Magical Winter CD all available from Polkadoodles web site . I used some home made seam binding and a sentiment, Polka Doodle stamps are not only adorable but oh so versatile.

Clare: I have used the image "Elfie" from the Magical Winter CD Part One. I chose a pre-coloured image and added gloss and glitter just because it's a Christmas card! The papers, ribbons and sentiment stamp are from the Christmas Boutique pack. I coloured the sentiment and gem using promarkers.
Doreen: For my tent card (first try) I've used the image and the paper from the Magical Winter CD. The sweet girl I've colored with Copics. Flowers, leaves and gras are die cuts. I embellished with lace and pearls.
Norine: For this card I kept it nice and clean and simple with a design from the Sundae of Seasons (Primitive Winter) cd. The polkadot paper is from that cd as well. The scallop circle is cut with a Spellbinders die and the rest is card stock. I decided it was enough just so, and put the greeting on the inside.
Shell-for my card this week I've used papers from the Magical Winter CD and have teamed them up with a  stamp, the bear is coloured with copics I then added a few gems and some string.
Joni: Supplies: Paper Boutique, Magical Winter Part Two. I colored the focal image with copics.
Shary My card for this week is one using a digimage which I've coloured with copics and papers from the Magical Winter Part 2 CD. The sentiment is also from the Magical Winter Part 2 CD. I've inked around the sentiment with distress ink and added a little gem for a bit of bling! All the little embellies have been die cut with the same papers.

Louise For my card this week I have used papers from the Sundae of seasons CD and used my nesties to make the shaped card,my stamped image is from Penny black.
Lis-m. This week I reached for the papers from the Paper Craft Boutique Vol. 2 "Creative Christmas". Matted the layers onto black card for extra "pop" .. added some ribbon , and coloured my image with my Promarkers.I added buttons for that final detail.
Nikky...I'm in love with our Belles n Whistles range of stamps at the moment so I just had to use these for the stashbox challenge together with papers from the Pretty Sweet CD and some lush velvet ribbon...

So that's our ideas for this week, make sure you get those entries in to win the blog candy too! See you next week!
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Friday, 18 November 2011

Week 46 Challenge - Shaped Christmas

Welcome to another Polkadoodle challenge! I (Ruth) am your host and my challenge to you is:




Shaped Christmas Card


So no squares or rectanges - it really does need to be shaped!

Now, the winners of challenge 44 which was a shaped card theme. Fabulous creations as ever from everyone who joined in!

Congratulations go to:

First Place: Pauline
Second Place: Jessica
Third Place: Norma

Please email Nikky for your blinkies - the first placed winner receives a download. 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 28 November 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: A quick and simple card from me - I used the pre-coloured A5 template from Paper Boutique Vol 2 and layered it up how I wanted. I've added seed beads plus some ribbon and that's it - complete!

Patty: A quick and simple card from me - I used the pre-colored image of Boys outside from Magical Winter Vol 2 and using my spellbinders shaped layered it up on how I wanted. I've added some glitterly path and the red ribbon and Voula, it's - complete!
Emma: Hello there, I made a simple rocker card using elements from Magical Winter CD for this weeks card all coloured with Distress Inks and embellished with some Card Candy and Doodle Dewdrops available from the Polkadoodles Web Shop








Audrey... For this Christmas test tube holder I used the CD Magical Winter Part 1. I used 3D dots to make the penguin pop out a little and used my S.U. corner ticket punch on the top of the holder to give it a little more detail.

Enfys: I used the Creative Christmas CD to make this Christmas wreath card. I was in a hurry, so printed it out already coloured, and just added a little twist of bakers twine and some red gems to make it pop





Daniele.....I've made a stepper card for this weeks challenge using the delicious papers from The Magical Winter Cd 1, I cut out some of the trees and then added them on the top for added dimension, and of course lashings of glitter.




GDT Lisa - I used elements from Double Sprinkles of Kraft to make my snowy owl card!




GDT Claire - I made an acetate card blank and added Jay from "pretty tuff" and used polkadoodles stamps free from papercraft essentials




GDT Dawn - I used Paper Boutique 2 - Creative Christmas to make my super cute reindeer card.




Colette - I used the penguin from Magical Winter 1 CD, printed him out on the right hand side of A4 card, folded the card so that his flipper touched the fold, then cut through two layers at once, except for where his flipper touched the fold and a couple of centimetres at the bottom.. I decoupaged his flippers and scarf, adding some pompom trim at the bottom of the scarf and tucking a sentiment panel under his flipper.




Lou: I have used Mr Tweetie as my template and made an owl inspired Christmas card using elements from the kit in the Polka Doodles magazine that was recently issued. A very quick and easy card and I've even used cotton wool on his hat to add texture!










Fliss: For my card I've used the Magical Winter CD set and have made one of my favourite shapes at the moment. I used one of the gorgeous cute eskimo toppers for speed and combined this with some of the lovely papers from the CD adding some of the cut out embellishments and a lovely big sentiment panel.









Louise: My card is very simple this week and I have used my grand nesties to make the card shape, the image is from the 'Sundae of seasons' cd.





Clare: I have made an easel card for this week's challenge. The images and sentiment are from the Magical Winter CD and the paper is from the Pretty Sweet CD.





Anne - I've used Creative Christmas for my card this week. I printed the image from the PDF file in A4 size and used it as a template. Once I'd cut the first layer out I matted this onto red card stock flipping it over to fold at his hat, Then decoupage the layers to complete. He stands 7.5" tall so looks great!








Shell-For my card this week I've used the papers and images from the Magical Winter part 2 CD, then I added a bit off string and a button to finish.






Joanna: For my card I've used the GORGEOUS kraft papers from Magical Winter 2 CD and the snow flakes were punched from Pretty Sweet CD soft pastel papers. The sentiment panel was cut using Nesties and mounted on sticky pads to add dimension. Then I added a few sparklies with gems, acrylic paint "snow" and LOOOOOTS of glitter :). The edges were distressed with distress ink for a more vintage feel.






Carol : I have used this gorgeous snowman from the Sundae of Seasons cd rom and the papers were printed off from the Magical Winter Part one cd.

So that's it - over to you now! Good luck with the challenge and don't forget our rules - deadline for entries is Sunday 28 November at 12noon GMT.






Friday, 11 November 2011

Week 45 Challenge - Swirls and Pearls & LETRASET GIVEAWAY

Hi - Daniele here this week and it's my turn to set the challenge. I love all things girly with pretty colours so this week I got to choose the theme, Swirls and Pearls with pretty pastels.

We are very lucky this week as the lovely peeps at Letraset UK are sponsoring this challenge - the winner will receive a pack of Ultrafine Promarkers for Hair, so make sure you get your entries in on time!

Now, the winners of challenge 43 which was Mystical and Magical. Fabulous creations as ever from everyone who joined in!

Congratulations go to:  First Place: Vixykins, Second Place: Sarah R, Third Place: Arabella

Please email Nikky for your blinkies - the first placed winner receives a download. 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 20 November 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. I think you will agree that it's lovely to see all the fabulous work by the new additions to the DT and of course great work from the stalwarts as well!

Ruth: I've used papers and image from Pretty Sweet - she's been coloured with Promarkers and liquid pearls and I've added swirls with seed beads!

Emma hello there, this week I used a Fairy Flutterby stamp and papers from the Pretty Sweet CD to make my card, I coloured with Distress inks, all of which are available in the Polkadoodles shop.


Daniele: I love all things girly with pretty colours so this week I got to choose the theme, Swirls and Pearls with pretty pastels. I love the images and papers of the Pretty Sweet Cd as they are so apt for this challenge.The image I have used is called Maddie.

Lana - For my card I have used the 'Pretty Sweet' Cd for the image, dotty paper and also the sentiment. I used 'Sugar Birdies' for the swirly flower paper. The flowers were made using a mixture and my image was coloured using copics.


Enfys: I cut a base card using my Cricut, then added a pink circle, some stitching and a stamped swirl. The image is from Magical Winter and I think it makes a perfectly sweet Christmas card!

Louise For my card this week I have used papers and a image from the Pretty Sweet Cd and some swirls cut from a sizzix die.

Norine - This week I used a cute, clean and simple image from the Candy Doodles cd for the base of my design, the background patterned paper and the sentiment are from Pretty Sweet. I added some butterfly stamps from Fairy Flutterfly and then I colored with Radiant Pearls! I added a Candi brad and some bling to finish it off.

Colette - Papers, image and sentiment from Pretty Sweet for me too. I also used X-cut scalloped rectangle dies, and a Bazzill Jewel template for the pearl swirls.


Alan: I wanted to put a twist. The new CD from Polka Doodles called PRETTY TUFF its a great cd for The boys filled with great imagery so thats where l started. The Swirls and the Topper were made by using my cricut. The flowers came from the CD DOUBLE SPRINKLES OF KRAFT once again the CD's all mix and match while standing on their own.

Lis-m : I have used the adorable "Pretty Sweet" cd for my card this week, I love all the pastels shades... I have coloured my image in pastel shades of promarkers too... the flowers are die cut, and embellished with a pearl.

Josie: This week I used the Pretty Sweet Cd Rom. I absolutely love this backing paper. So cosy! I covered the sentiment and swirls in Cosmic Shimmer Glitter. The swirls and image are coloured with Pro markers.


Lou: I have also used the Pretty Sweet CD for my card with very simple mat and layering. The image has been mounted onto a large heart adorned with flowers and swirls. My pearl element is the 2 decorative pins used to hold the shabby ribbon roses in place.

Doreen: I've also used the image from the Pretty Sweet CD. The paper I've used from the Sundae of Seasons CD. I love the purple colours. I colored the image with my copics. The swirl is a Die Cut from Tim Holtz. Then I embellished with flowers, lace and pearls.

Clare: I've used an image, papers and sentiment from the Pretty Sweet mini CD. I think this girl is so pretty and I enjoyed colouring her with a combination of Promarkers and Flexmarkers.


Guest Designer Stephanie-Emma - I used one of the gorgeous girls from Pretty sweet, with some colour core cardstock and some pretty flat backed pearls.

Guest Designer Nelly - I used lots of papers, images and elements from Double sprinkles of Kraft to make my circle scallop easel card as well as adding swirls, dots and flower centres with flat back pearls.

Miria This week I went Christmassy with these gorgeous snowflakes and paper from Magical Winter. I just added some glitter, swirls and pearls from stash.

Joanna: The papers I’ve used are from the super fab Pretty Sweet CD and were matted on pastel pink card stock. I had great fun playing with the image – it’s been put together from the images Pretty Sweet and Pretty Tuff CDs. The swirls were cut using MM Slice and decorated with Liquid Pearls. To embellish I used lots of machine stitching, glitter and flowers.

Shell... for my card this week i have used my favorite papers from the Pretty Sweet cd, the image is Maxine the sentiment is from the same set, she has been coloured with copics, the pearls and flowers are from my stash.

Anne - I've used two of Nikky's fab CD's for this one. Well why not eh? First I printed out the papers from the Pretty Sweet CD. Then I opened the tree with the little birdies on from Candy Doodles CD in my graphics programme and then it was back to Pretty Sweet to import the gorgeous Amelia.


Dee: I've use the Pretty Sweet CD for my card this week. There are no swirls, but plenty of pearls and pretty greens, peaches and pinks. I cut squares from different backing papers and fixed to the card. After drawing on faux stitches it looks like patchwork. I've also added plenty of bakers twine to add some extra interest and texture.


Fliss: I too have used the Pretty Sweet CD as I love the gorgeous papers on there. I used the papers for matting and layering and then embossed some white linen card with a flourish folder and swiped it with Brilliance purple ink. I coloured the sweet image with Promarkers, cut her out and added her with foam tape. I finished off with die cut swirls, punched flowers with pearl centres and a sentiment.

Shary I've used a Polka Doodle stamp image and sentiment that were free with Papercraft Essentials mag and have been coloured with copics (these co-ordinate and can be found as images on the Sundae of Seasons CD). The papers are also by Nikky and came free with the Making Cards mag. The swirls are cut with the same papers using a die.
Good luck! Please remember our rules and the challenge ends at 12noon GMT on Sunday 20 November.