Friday, 10 February 2012

Week 6 - Quick & Simple Valentines Card with FREE digi!

Hello, it's Friday again! Before we start this week we have some great news! We've had a few teamies who've had to wave bye bye to us in the last few weeks so we have asked some of our previous Guest Designers to join us here on the team - we loved their work when they joined us at the end of last year! So we are really excited to welcome NJ, Lisa and Claire to our happy team, we can't wait to see what these great bloggers bring for us!

Before we get onto this week's challenge let's find out the winners from challenge 4 which was to use a template in your projects.


1st place - Lisa Jane2nd place - Pauline3rd place - Eva
Congratulations! please email Nikky for your prize and blinkies - the first placed winner receives fee download! Please put in the subject field of your email your placing and the challenge number.  
We 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.

So, on to this week's challenge with Norine and the design team!! It's getting close to Valentine's day but you still have time to make some last minute quick and easy Love day cards to give your nearest and dearest! Here are some fabulous samples to inspire the love and get you started and we are giving you this fab digistamp you can use for the challenge - you MUST use the digi to enter the challenge!
Just right click to save the image:

Norine: I made this card using the little girl from Pretty Sweet CD, the heart from Sundae of Seasons and the patterned paper from Pretty Tuff. I kept it simple with a Spellbinders die cut, a Martha Stewart punch for the paper lace and some ribbon. The little Prima flower is added to her hair for a little spot of cuteness! I did use Photoshop to merge the heart behind the girl and add the sentiment, but now I can print off dozens for fast and easy Valentine's day greetings!
Emma, hello there, well I made a simple card with a vintage feel. I used the Punch all over the Page by Martha Stewart, some gorgeous rtose stem backing paper from Polkadoodles Pretty Sweet CDRom, I made the vintage finish with Distress Inks, Adirondack paint dabber and some Distress Stickles. The centre hearts were cut freehand and I finished the look off with some Liquid Pearls.
Nelly; For my Quick and Simple Valentines card I've used an image from the Love and Cherish cd, printed a few straight onto Linen A4 card stock and scored in half, added a little sparkle using Wink Of Stella Glitter pens, I added satin ribbon from my stash and Doodle Dew Drops in Pink, Cute Valentines cards in minutes!.
Shell- For my quick valentines card, I went for a white on white card, the image is off the Sugar Birdies CD and was coloured using copics. I embossed some cardstock using my cuttlebug and folders and the flowers were made using a Marianne design die..
Lou: I have used the "All around and everywhere"CD for my papers and printed the background paper directly onto my card blank. A bit of layering using different Nesties, Mariane Creatable and Nellie dies. The chipboad hearts are cut by hand and covered with the same papers. The border has been cut in felt finished with a simple black ribbon.
Shary for my quick and simple Valentines card I have used a template from the Paper Boutique CD called Buster. I printed him out and added some glossy accents to his eyes and nose. For the coat and bow I used papers from the Sugar Birdies CD and inked around them with black ink. I then added a little ribbon and a decorative border. There - quick and simple!

NJ. My quick valentine card is made using the sugar birdies cd. You can see how I made it over on my blog.
Joni: Supplies: Digi, Sundae of Seasons CD. For my quick and easy card I colored in the Valentine digi and printed papers from the CD I die cut the hearts and added some bling.
Diane When I saw the challenge for a quick and simple Valentine card, I knew I couldn't print anything out for colouring because my colouring definitely isn't quick! These lovely images are from the .Love and Cherish and Double Sprinkle of Kraft CDs.


Carol - I used the winter section from Sundae of Seasons CD and added these yummy red polkadots to co-ordinate it.
Claire - I used the Sundae of Seasons CD for my card. I dropped the Jam Jar Image and Empty Jar image into my graphics program and merged the two. I added some text to the label of the jar and then placed multiple copies of the black and white heart image from the cd into the jar before digitally colouring them. I then printed out the image three times, cut and layered it up and then mounted it onto cardstock. To finish I doodled the line and stitches and added some Stickles and Glossy Accents.

So there you go, our inspiration for this week! So make sure you get your entries in by noon (GMT) on Sunday 19th Feb to be in with a chance of winning!
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Friday, 3 February 2012

Week 5 - Show Some Love (With Hearts) & BLOG CANDY

Hello everyone, we are showing the luuuurve here at Polkadoodles this week with some more blog candy up for grabs this week! We have so many exciting things happening right now, a lot of which we can't share but pleeeease watch out for a new CD collection coming up in the next couple of weeks and lots of lovely new rubber stamp releases!

GNPE at Harrogate will be here next month and we'll be unveiling some lovely designs there so we hope to catch up with everyone...we're hoping we may have a surprise guest we just know you'll want to meet too! Anyone who ordered our first Pen and Paper Circle club kit will be itching to get your hands on it I know and it will, as promised, start to ship out on 15th Feb so not long to go! woohoo! Anyway, over to the challenge this week...
Hi Everyone, it's Lana here today to host this weeks challenge, but before I do let's find out the winners from challenge 3 which was Nikky's fab sketch

1st place - Jo Price2nd place - Neli3rd place - Jane

Congratulations! please email Nikky for your prize and blinkies - the first placed winner receives an as yet unreleased brand new stamp! Please put in the subject field of your email your placing and the challenge number.  We were also supposed to announce winners of our candy for reaching 1000 followers last week and completely forgot! So the winners picked at random to each win a stamp are: Margaret, Christy Beans, ButterflyAmanda, Auntie Nonie, and Flowergirl! Please email us with your snail mail addys!
We 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.

Right for this weeks challenge I want you to Show us some Love and use heart(s) on your creations! Deadline for entries is Sunday 12 February at 12noon GMT - good luck!
Take a look at the fab DT creations and let us inspire you to join us and remember Valentines day is just a few weeks away ;)  The winner of this challenge will win a £10 voucher to spend on the Polkadoodles website! woohoo!

Lana - I decided to make a funky card for this challenge and used 'Sugar Birdies'. It's full of fab and funky goodness! I just love this cute little owl and can see me using her time after time.
Daniele, for this weeks challenge I have used the image, papers and sentiment from The Sundae of Season Cd summer collection, I coloured the image and then covered with glamour dust adding glossy accents to the hearts, bow and nose.
Josie: This week I used the image and papers from the Pretty Sweet and Magical Winter CD Roms. The image and ribbon are coloured with a mixture of Pro Markers and FlexMarkers.
Claire: I have used elements from the Pretty sweet cd to create Morgan's birthday card. Alongside hearts from the Double sprinkle of kraft cd and alphas from Sugar Birdie cd.

Doreen: I used for my card the lovely Teddybear from the Sundae of Seasons CD (Summer). The bear is so cute. The pink paper is from the Sugar Birdies CD. But the grey paper....I'm not sure...I believ is the Pretty Tuff CD. It was from stash and therefore I forgot from which CD ;)  It was simply perfect for my card. I embellished with pearls and a heart.
Anne - As you can see I've not used the traditional reds and pinks but have instead gone for these gorgeous blue papers from the Sundae of Seasons CD. You'll find them in the spring collection. Next came the lovely Piper from the Pretty Sweet CD, isn't she pretty coloured with the blue tones. Love how she's sitting on the fence thinking of her sweetheart.
Fliss I've gone for a pretty pink and green colour combination for my card which is more about love than a Valentine. My image together with the rosebud papers and sentiment are from the Pretty Sweet CD. The green dotty paper is from Pretty Tuff and the textured kraft paper from A Double Sprinkle Of Kraft. The cute girl is coloured with Promarkers and I used various dies including a Marianne Designs doily die for shape cutting.
Miria For my easy peasy card I used coloured image and paper from the cd Love and Cherish, they're for a wedding but I think they can be perfect for a Valentine card. I put a secret message inside and added just some rhinestones and a ribbon.

Ashley -- For this weeks challenge, I used the Double Sprinkles of Krafts CD , I just love the polka dot paper, and the sweet little Owl.
Lou: unfortunately I couln't play along with my team last week, so have decided to gate crash onto this weeks challenge . . . I wonder if Ruth will notice !?!?!? (YES I HAVE!!) I have made a non-traditional "love themed" card using the fab Wonderland stamp set and Wonderland CD. All my images have been coloured with Fexmarkers and Promarkers. Finished with some gem and punched hearts, ooohhh and a little bit of netting!
Nikky...I almost didn't make it in time this week but it's my Mum's birthday tomorrow and I kinda forgot to make her a special card (crept up on me!) so I had to rifle through my stash box for one. It gave me a great idea - so I have disassembled this card and remade it to fit the challenge...kinda upcycling in a way or maybe a true recycle! Anyway, all the papers are from Pretty Sweet CD. I happened to find the girl already printed out and just cut her out - this is what I love about CD's SO SO much! and in all it took me about 15 mins to make (most of which was making the heart LOL).
Ruth: You will have to look closely at mine for the heart - but it is there!! I've used a template I found ages ago on the internet and I've taken one of the papers from Paper Boutique Vol 1 and used this as my base, adding flowers and other bits for sparkle.

AlanFor this project l used Double Sprinkles of Kraft and Sugar Birdies. I wanted to build up a card just by using printed elements from the cd's and with just a few crafting tools construct a card.

So that's it! Over to you - good luck with the challenge - the link will stay open until Sunday 12 February at 12noon GMT.




Friday, 27 January 2012

Week 4 - Template

Week 4 - Tempt us with a template project

Hi there everyone, It's Dee here with this weeks challenge. Before we get to this week's challenge I'd like to announce the winners from Week 2 Vintage/Retro set by Fliss. As always we had some fab entries, you don't make our jobs easy do you? The winners are:
1st place: Tracey MacDonald, 2nd place: Paula Tidman, 3rd place we have a tie with Lovely Linda and Suzanne B well done everyone! Can everyone please email Nikky for your blinkies and to claim your prizes please! Please put in the subject field of your email your placing and the challenge number - this will make Nikky's life a lot easier!


Now, onto this week's challenge - I would like you all to use a template in your project, It can be a physical one or a digi template, it's up to you.


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 link below - 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.

Dee: I've made a toy soldier card for my project this week, although it's from the Paper Boutique Vol II-Creative Christmas it's one that could be used all year round. I simply printed off all the bits and layered it up using silicon glue.
Nelly: I have used the Paper Boutique vol 1 cd and used the Sugary Cake template, placed it on an 8x8 card and cut around. The design papers are also from the cd except the dots the text swirls paper which is from the Sugar Birdies CD and the images are taken from Pretty Sweet CD. I used a Martha Stewart punch to create the border and ribbon and raffia from my stash, the sentiment is from the Pretty Sweet CD.

Joni: I used the Paper Boutique 111 CD - the Country Cottage template.

Emma - Polkadoodles make some fab templates, I have used the cupcake one from Paper Boutique Volume three this time to make my card. I printed the cut and create template in A6 size which has pre colured elements which saves time. I backed the template onto different sized mats to build up my card and then decorated the heck out of my cupcake - (hmmmm no surprise there then!)


Louise- I have used the paper Boutique Cd for my card this week and printed out the lovely house and then used a character from the Pretty sweet CD.

Clare:- I've used the birdhouse template from the Candy Doodles CD. I printed the papers from the Sugar Birdies CD onto card and printed the template onto the back of the papers. This template makes a really good size birdhouse. I filled the inside with paper flowers and printed out the cute owls from the Sugar Birdies CD.

Shary I have used the Paper Boutique Vol 3 for my project. I've done a mixture of using the papers from the CD and I've also printed out some of the elements to colour with copics. The little flowers have been punched out using the papers and I've added a little gem to each flower.The sentiment is also from the same CD.

Joanna - I've used a seed packet template from Sundae of Seasons CD, the papers are from Sundae of Seasons and the seed packet image hidden at the back is from Not For Girls CD. The butterflies are from the Fairy Flutterfly Maxine stamp set and the flowers are a free stamp designed by our talented Nikky for the Craft Stamper. All coloured with Inktense pencils.This template is so versatile! If you'd like to see more inspiration with this template, visit my blog - I have a tutorial, too!
Shell-for my card this week I used the cut and create cupcake template off the Paper boutique lll cd, I made a card blank using my nesties, added a few layers and distressed the edges using worn lipstick distress ink then simply added a ribbon and a few pearls.


Colette - I have used the green cupcake template from Paper boutique lll and followed the instructions on the CD to make my cupcake shaped card. The stars are covered in glossy accents and I added some string and a button from stash to make it look a bit more masculine.
Carol - I have used a template from the Paper Boutique Vol III and decoupaged the layers for more depth. I also added some stardust stickles for some bling.


Norine: I used a template from the Paper Boutique 3 CD this week as well as background papers from the Pretty Tuff CD. After cutting and piecing all the pieces, I stitched beads on for sprinkles on the cupcake.

So there is our inspiration for this week - some fab and fun projects! Your closing date to enter is Sun 5th Feb at noon GMT.
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Friday, 20 January 2012

Week 3 - Sketch and Blog Candy

Hello everyone and welcome to another week at Polkadoodles!


Woohoo we have a bit of a landmark at Polkadoodles - 1000 Blog followers!! woohooooo!! In celebration of this we will choose 5 random people who leave a comment under this week's post who will each receive a free stamp! But you have to be a follower and you have to leave a comment under the post to qualify. The winners will be announced next week.


Before we get down to business this week, did you all know we now have a great Under 16's monthly challenge over at Diddydoodles! We think it's really important to get the youngsters crafting and give them a bit of motivation so if you have young hands that are always in your craft stuff then please get them joining in! It's all a bit of fun but it's run by kids for kids and we would love it if you can help spread the word please.


Before we get to this week's challenge, onto the winners from Week 1 which was to follow the sketch in Shades of Grey. As ever we had some fab entries and the winners are:
1st: Jackie and tied as runner ups are Emma, Sandra B, and Lindsey well done everyone, Jackie wins a special set of Grey Flexmarkers and the runners up all win a Digi!
Can everyone please email Nikky for your blinkies and to claim your prizes please!
Please put in the subject field of your email your placing and the challenge number - this will make Nikky's life a lot easier!


So, onto this week's challenge - the sketch! It's my birthday this week so the theme is to make a Birthday Card and follow the sketch. The winner of this challenge will win a free stamp which has not even been released yet so we can't even show you the design, but if you like cute owls you are going to love it!!
Now I felt generous so I've let the Design Team use one of their stamps from their stashbox this week, let's see what they all came up with but please make sure you follow our simple rules when you enter...



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 link below - 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.

Ruth: I've gone with a round card and I've used two butterflies from Sundae of Seasons and added some wire. The ribbon ruffles are made by simply ruffling up ribbon and sticking it down to some very very sticky foam tape (I think its DIY stuff!) Confession time - I can't remember which cd I printed the paper from!!!
Daniele: For my card I used papers from All Around and Everywhere, the bird cage die is from Memory box and I couldn't resist adding feathers. The stamp I have used is from Stampavie but there is also a delightful birdbox on the Cd to go with the papers.
Claire: For my Stashbox stamp card I have used a freebie star stamp from Craft Stamper magazine and also a birthday cake stamp. It's my middle child Caleb's 7th Birthday soon so enjoyed using Nikki's sketch for his card. The papers are from the Magical Winter cd and the alphas are from Sugar Birdies CD..... Just with a little added doodling and gold leaf
Enfys: I made a New Year resolution to use up some of the papers I have printed out from various CD's - the great thing about Polkadoodles CD's is that all the papers seem to coordinate with other CD's - you get so many colour families on each one that it is easy to match papers. The image I used is a Lili of the Valley, coloured with Promarkers (did you know that Nikki is one of the few suppliers to sell markers individually?)


Fliss: I'm on a bit of a nature kick with my cards at the moment so my card here is no exception as I wanted to use this really cute owl from Tattered Angels and I thought the papers on the Pretty Sweet CD a perfect match with their shabby look and gorgeous vintage colours. I stamped the owl with Memento Rich Cocoa and left him uncoloured for impact. I added die cut layers and inking on the edges for emphasis. I finished off with a great sentiment from the Back To Nature CD.

Miria For my card I used a LOTV stamp coloured with Distress, the papers are from Paper Pretties cd, I just added some buttons.
Josie: This week for stash box stamp I used a Lili of the Valley image. I am hooked on the pink and turquoise colours at the moment as well as these papers. They are from the Pretty Sweet and Magical Winter CD Roms.

Net - Hi and oops! I kind of got a bit.... er lost on the sketch! Its sort of in there but the sizes and shapes are a bit different. A case of do as I say not do as I do! My hand immediately went to these lovely dotty papers. I love dots! A new magnolia was inked for the occasion. So please don't be like me follow the sketch! ~slopes off to the norty glitter free corner~

Ashley- For my card I used the Pretty Tuff cd, for the awesome stars and stripes papers and stamp image. I added some cool PTI stamps to create a fun "rock star" theme. A little glitter here a little glitter there and BAM you have a "ROCKIN" card.
Anne...For my card this week I've used papers from Sugar Birdies CD and a stamp from Sparkle n Sprinkle which I've coloured with copics. Some punched flowers and leaves finish the look.


ALAN: For this challenge l went straight to Sugar Birdies CD-Roms 'Collectors Edition' for my backing papers. There is such a wide range that can be used for any occasion. I wanted a softer card creation that l could give to Mum-in-Law on her Birthday. The flowers were again from the Sugar Birdies CD-Rom 'Collectors Edition and were just glued together and a button threaded with Butcher string to give detail.


So there you have this week's entries...aren't they fab!


You have until Sunday 29th January at noon GMT to enter so make sure you get your entry in to have a chance of winning that candy!


Just use the cute little InLinkz button below - all you need to do is add the URL of your image(not your blog post!) on your blog (or Photobucket etc if you don't have a blog) and InLinkz will load your thumbnail. It sometimes takes a little while to refresh so if it doesnt load first time just check a little later on.


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