Friday, 2 March 2012

Week 9 - Polkadots, Stripes or both

Welcome to challenge 9! Have you ordered your copy of Pen and Paper Circle Kit yet? Issue 2 is available to order but hurry - you only have until 7 March to order!

Before we move onto this weeks challenge, here are the winners from challenge 7 which was to follow the recipe...
The very special random winner who receives the Marianne Design sponsored prize plus a copy of the new Candy Doodles Collectors Edition cd is: Margie Calenda who was No. 37 selected by our random number generator (Mr Doodles!)  Congratulations Margie!! Email Nikky with your postal details and she will get them sent off to you!

Our regular top three places are: First Place: Karen, Second Place: Twisted Witch, Third Place: Angela
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.

Right, onto the challenge for this week! Its all about using Polkadots or Stripes or both!! The lucky winner of this challenge will win a £10 voucher to spend on the Polkadoodles website - woohooo!!  The challenge ends on Sunday 11 March at 12noon GMT. Good luck!

Ruth: I've gone for the spots! This must be one of my favourite Polkadoodle papers of all time - and its from Candy Doodles. I've printed on both sides - pink to the front and black spots on the inside and used some co-ordinating flowers too. Simply cut out, doodled around the edges of the flowers, ruffled them a little and then layered up with some rather black gems in the centres. Some faux stitching around the outer edges and its done!

Josie: This week I chose an Image and papers from the Pretty Sweet CD Rom. The image is coloured in with a mixture of Pro Markers and Flexi Markers. I used the paper to make a medallion and then put a sentiment on top.
Enfys: I chose the stripes option and used the papers and dog from the Candy Doodles CD, the kennel and branches were cut with my Cricut. I love this dog! The sentiment is a stamp I have had in my stash for ages, one of those anonymous no name stamps, but I think it was Studio G.
Daniele here, for my card for this weeks challenge I have used another of those sweet characters from the new updated Candy Doodles Cd, coloured with Promarkers and Flex Markers, the papers are also from the same Cd and used spots and stripes. Love the new ticket sentiments.
Claire - I couldn't decide so its the best of both worlds for me - spots and stripes! Lovely image, alphas and subtle spot paper from the Collectors Candy Doodles cd and the main dp from paper boutique vol 1. With added stickles, sticky pearls and a little doodling.
Doreen: I used for my card the lovely image from the new updated Candy Doodles Cd. The paper is from the Pretty Sweet CD Rom.
Miria I chose stripes for my card, I used some paper scraps from Sundae of Seasons and the sweet image is from the new cd Candy Doodles collectors edition. I coloured it with Kuretake Zig Art&Graphic Twin. The sentiment is a stampie from the same cd, buttons from stash.
Fliss I couldn't decide so have both on mine as I couldn't resist using my absolute favourite Wonderland stamps and papers having got them out to make a wall hanging a few days ago (see my blog for this). Alice was stamped twice, coloured with Promarkers and decoupaged for a 3D effect and the frame was made from a scrap of Pretty Tuff paper embossed with a dotty folder.
Anne - For my card I've used one of the new images and sentiment from the Candy Doodles Collectors Edition. I coloured as always with copics but felt when I'd finished that he looked a wee bit lost so I added some grass and sky to create a bit more of a scene. The papers are from Pretty Tuff, flowers and lace from me stash and I've also used the Marianne Design Lavender die also available from Polka Doodles.
That's it - over to you! The challenge ends on Sunday 11 March at 12noon GMT. Good luck!

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Friday, 24 February 2012

Week 8 - Summer Fever

Hi everyone - we all hope you had a great weekend and now for the Crafty weekend again! We have a great challenge this week and the winning entry will win a brand new Candy Doodles Collectors Edition CD! Woohoo!! This CD is STUNNING, so make sure you get your entries in to win!

Before we get onto this week's challenge let's find out the winners from challenge 6 which was to make a quick and easy Valentine's card using our free digi. As always there were some great entries but the winners are:

1st place - Jo , 2nd place - Jacki , 3rd place - Mags & Carol

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 onto this week's challenge! Joni here and this week I am hosting the Polka Doodles Challenge: Cabin Fever! Let's see your summery designs.

The Design Team are allowed to use a Stashbox Stamp this week - we love using our Polkadoodles products with our other stash we have because they're so versatile! Nikky's designs complement lots of other craft ranges which is really unusual, very often you buy one Design brand and you have to use it on it's own but not with Polkadoodles, we love that! Don't forget you have until Sun 4th March to enter so let's see all your lovely creations!

For my card I used the Fairy Flutterfly Gracie stamp with "A Wish for You" Sentiment. I printed out some bright pink summery paper from the Sugar Birdies CD.
Emma, hello there, this week, I have made a gorgeous summery card with juicy lemon colours and my favourite Magnolia stamp of the moment. I coloured with Prismacolor pencils, created the punched mat with a Martha Stewart Punch Around The Page set. The flowers and backing paper are all made from papers on the Polkadoodles Pretty Sweet CDRom, finished with a scattering of gems and a lovely little bow.
Nelly hello everyone, for this weeks Summery card i couldn't resist using this BBQ themed image from my stash box and coloured with Pro Markers. I have used the design papers from the Pretty Tuff CD the ivy and bird box die is from Marianne design.
Shary - I've made my summery card using the gorgeous green and yellow papers from Sundae of Seasons. I also used the same papers to punch my flowers. The ticket sentiment is from the brand new Candy Doodles CD. My stamp is a Gorjuss girl coloured with copics.

Norine - what a fun challenge this was - to get all summery!! I used a stamp from my stash, by Lockhart Stamp Co and all the papers and journal circles from Polka Doodles. Specifically, the papers are from Sundae of Seasons and Pretty Tuff. Coloring done with Copics.
Clare - I've always loved this summery stamp by Penny Black. It goes perfectly with the Polka Doodles pink polka dot paper from the Christmas Boutique Magazine. I've added a pretty flower from a Marianne rose die.
NJ - For my summery card I have used the Candy Doodles Collector's Edition CD. I found this Ladybug and friends stamp in my crafty stash which I forgot I had! I have coloured this using Letraset Flexmarkers.
Shell- For my cabin fever card I've use some gorjuss dotty papers from the Pretty Tuff CD, the image I thought was perfect for this challenge and she has been coloured with a mix of pro markers and copics, the sentiments is off the Candy Doodles collectors edition CD. I then just added ribbon and buttons from my stash to finish.


Claire - I've made my cute little box frame using some of the yummy papers and images from the new Candy Doodles Collectors Edition teamed with a stamp from Elisabeth Bell and some punched butterflies.

So there you have our inspiration this week - didnt the girls all do great! Make sure you get your entries in by Sun March 4th at noon and REMEMBER! No more than 10 other challenges!

Friday, 17 February 2012

Week 7 - Recipe, Blog Candy & Exciting News!

My, we have LOADS of exciting news for you this week everyone! Firstly, make sure you check out Create and Craft TV on Sunday at 9am and 2pm to see Nikky launching something you will completely LOVE!! We can't say any more but there is a little sneaky peek amongst the cards this week and you might be able to find a little snippet here...We have now shipped out all the first issues of the Pen & Paper Circle kit which we absolutely adore, and the 2nd issue is now on pre-order here - you only have until 7th March to order so don't miss it!

Another HUGE piece of news for us this week - the very lovely people at Marianne Design
are now very kindly sponsoring Polkadoodles blog! WOOOHOOOO!! We're all so excited!! So watch out for lots of fabulously delicious blog candy and blog hops and...oh, allsorts of good things coming up!! The Polkadoodles design team all completely ADORE Marianne Design products - they don't just have dies you know, they make stamps, ribbons, papers, an array of beautiful products we all love! So, today Marianne Design are sponsoring this challenge by offering up some totally amazing blog candy!
This includes a fabulous stamp (well, 3 stamps), a beautiful lace Creatable which we all just adore (need to get my hands on that!) and some beautiful ribbon to co-ordinate. In addition, to mark the occasion we are also going to throw in a Polkadoodles Candy Doodles CD - the total value of this candy is over £35! So enter this week's challenge and we will choose one random lucky person to receive all these goodies. This candy is in addition to our normal 3 top prize winners.
Right, let's get on with the rest of what's happening this week - so much to get through!!.....


Good morning everyone!! Welcome to a brand new challenge here on Polka Doodles.
Before we get onto this week's challenge let's find out the winners from challenge 5 which was


1st place -Inkypinkycraft - woohoo you won a £10 gift voucher!! 2nd place - Sheryl , and in joint 3rd place - Jo and Mia
Congratulations! please email Nikky for your prize and blinkies - the first placed winner also receives a free 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.

Now onto our challenge. It's my turn (Anne) to set the theme and I've a recipe for you to follow. It's nice and easy too so we'd love it if you all played along:)
1 x image, 2 x papers and 3 x embellishments
You can use either three different or three the same embellies - the choice is yours....and here are some gorgeous cards from the design team girls to help get those creative juices flowing...

Deadline for the challenge is Sunday 26 February at 12noon GMT - Good luck!!

Anne - What do you think of this little lady then? Cute as a button isn't she? Watch the shop for details of when she'll be arriving. I've coloured her with copics and used my prisma pencils for the grass.
I've used the Candy Doodles CD for the papers and the little butterfly which I printed twice onto some vellum and decoupaged. I've stitched this onto the card through the pearls as I didn't want to risk the glue showing through. A ribbon and a few little flowers with pearls for their centres completed my three embellies.
Ruth: I've used papers and the digi bird from Candy Doodles (one of my favourite Polkadoodle cd's!) The birds have been coloured with Promarkers and I've added some bits and bobs from my stash along with a Mariane Designs Die. We have a baby due in the family any day now and I'm just playing it safe with a pink and a blue card!


Josie: This week I used a Bells n Whistles rubber stamp coloured in with a mixture of Pro Markers and Flexi Markers. The backing papers are from the Magical Winter CD Rom. For my embellishments, I chose the lovely metal butterfly, gems stones and a sentiment.
Claire: I have used one of the pretty sweet girls, papers from the Paper boutique Vol 1 cd, as are my embellishments ( cake,stripey frame and scalloped semi-circle).
Patty: I have used one of the Pretty Sweet Girls, from the Paper boutique Vol 1 cd and my embellishments are ( White twine, Paper flowers & white Brad).
Lana - I have used the fabulous 'Candy Doodles' CD for my card. I love bright, bold cards and seem to always make a shaped card. If you look closely you will see 3 tiny gems on my card and to finish it off I added a cute little gingham bow.
Enfys: I carried on with my resolution to use up papers/images I have already printed out, and interpreted the 3 embellishments as three different ones (flowers, foliage, pearls). The frame was cut using Elegant Edges on my Cricut, and popped up with dimensional foam pads, the owl is from Back to Nature, coloured with Promarkers. The flowers and foliage were punched - photos of the punches I used on my blog.
Doreen: I used for my card a image and paper from the wonderful Pretty Sweet CD. Love the paper. I embellished with little butterflies and pearls.
Miria I love all the shadows of grey papers from cd Pretty Tuff and I used two of them for my card, the images are from the same cd. I coloured them with Kuretake Zig Art&Graphic and Wink of Stella,I added three rhinestones as a final touch.
Fliss I've made my recipe card from the Double Sprinkle Of Kraft CD which is a real favourite as I love the papers on there. I printed out the pretty image and coloured her with pencils. I then cut her out with a die and added to a mat. I added 2 papers to the scalloped card blank and chose pearls, crochet lace and braid as my 3 embellishments.
Daniele here, For my recipe card I thought I'd give you a seek peek at one of the new images from the new Cd coming out real soon .....ohhh so sweet. I coloured the image with Promarkers and Flex markers, I also intrepreted the three embellishments as three types, its sooooo hard to only use 3.
So there you go, our inspiration for this week! Hope you have fun and join us in this challenge! The challenge ends on Sunday 26 February at 12noon GMT and please remember our rules!
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