Friday, 11 May 2012

Week 19 - Monochromatic Shades

Woohoo it's Polkadoodles Friday again! We have a great challenge for you all this week but a little heads up with some other news! Firstly, you can catch Nikky on Create & Craft for a full 4 days next week - oh my, they're keeping her busy busy! She will be on air at 8am, 1pm & 4pm Monday 14th May, 9 &2 on Tues, 2 & & on Wed and 8,11 & 5 on Thursday (subject to change of course!). She can't reveal what she's doing yet but let's just say there will be lots of colouring and tips and techniques involved so I hope you can all tune in and email in - it would be super to get all of the bloggers mentioned on the shows! Also, we have a rather special birthday coming up this month so make sure you do check in on us next week when all will be revealed and we have something spesh up our sleeves!


Before we get onto this week's challenge let's find out the winners from the Week 17 challenge Shabby Chic/Vintage which gave us all a very difficult task with so many gorgeous entries.



1st place - Heidi D, 2nd place - Carol H, 3rd place -Paula



Congratulations! please email Nikky for your prize and grab your blinkies from the sidebar of the blog - the first placed winner receives a Pretty Sweet CD, woohoo!! 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 now on to this weeks challenge with the theme of Monochromatic Shades. The hardest part will be choosing which colour to go for and read on for some fabulous inspiration from the Design Team who have all excelled themselves with a gorgeous array of projects to feast your eyes on! You have to choose just ONE single colour for your project, but you can choose as many shades of that colour as you wish. The winner of this challenge will receive a Download Bundle choc full of goodies!



Emma. Hello there, here I am hi-jacking a week that I am not supposed to once again - Oh well, the challenge was just too enticing this week to miss. I have chosen the colour brown for my monochromatic look this week and all the elements came from the Sugar Plum Daisy CDROM. The colouring was Brushed Corduroy Distress Ink. Embellies are Marianne Design Creatables and Doodle Dewdrops.

Lucy: This week I used the backing papers from the Sugarplum Daisy CD Rom and the image is from the Candy Doodles CD Rom. The image and butterfly were coloured in using a mixture of Pro Markers and FlexMarkers. The butterfly and flower were made using Marianne Design Creatables.


Enfys: I can never resist this baby from the Sundae of Seasons CD, matching paper from the CD as well. I coloured white chipboard letters with blue to match, the whole thing is so soft and pretty, just like a new baby!


Lisa - The Crafting Owl. For the challenge this week I decided to think pink and have used the Miss Twoo template from Paper Boutique and papers from Sundae of Seasons to make a card. I've been wanted to have a go at this template for ages and this was the perfect opportunity.



Fliss - I've gone for blue for my card using a pretty image from the Pretty Sweet CD printed on thick cartridge paper and coloured with Aquamarkers. The papers are from the Pretty Tuff CD and the flowers from the Sugar Birdies Collectors Edition. The butterfly is from Sundae of Seasons and all I added was some punching with a Martha Stewart border punch.


Hi Daniele here, for my card this week I used images from the Love and Cherish CD, so many elegant designs perfect for weddings and anniversaries.


Anne - The papers are from the new Sugar Plum Daisy CD , the banner and image are from Not for Girls CD. Coloured with prisma pencils which I blended with mineral spirits and as it's CAS I only added a few little dew drops to embellish.



Miria - To decorate my paper bag I used an image from cd Sundae of Seasons, I paper pieced and distressed it, the papers and sentiment are from the same cd. The die-cuts are Marianne design Creatables. Buttons, lace and pompom trim from stash.


Diane - The wonderful Sugar Plum Daisy CD has been the source of most of the items on my card. The image has been coloured with Copics and Wink of Stella pens.


Ruth - How could I resist and not make a Christmas card?! Papers are from Sundae of Seasons and I've distressed the edges with a pair of scissors. I've used two Marianne Creatables dies - the snowflakes (LR0125) which I have cut from vellum, and also the hanging icicles (LR0135). Two half pearls and some liquid pearls for detail and the card is complete!


So there's your inspiration - some fantastic projects from the DT this week I think you'll agree! You have until Sunday 20 May at 12 noon GMT to enter the challenge, so just add your URL to the Linky below! Good Luck!













Friday, 4 May 2012

B Week18 - 4 May...De-stress! How about some distressing on your card?

Hey everyone, Happy Weekend! We have some exciting news this week - we have a new teamie joining us, so please welcome Jan, we know you're just going to love her creations and we are all so pleased to have her on our happy team, she's already made a stunning creation this week!


Before we get onto this week's challenge let's find out the winners from challenge 16 which was our Red & White theme...


1st place - Jayne, 2nd place - Jo Davies, and in 3rd place Kimbo -


Congratulations! please email Nikky for your prize and blinkies - 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.


Hello and this week it's my (Shary) turn to choose the challenge theme. I have chosen De-stress. So I'd like to see some distressing on your projects. You can rip, tear, wrinkle, ink etc to get your distressed look. The Design Team have really come up trumps this week and made some gorgeous projects for you to look at and draw inspiration from. Looking forward to seeing all your De-stress projects!


Shary;- All the papers I've used are from the Not for Girls CD!! Although you wouldn't believe it as my card is so feminine! I've sanded them, torn them and inked them for the distressed look. The image is from a gorgeous vintage collage sheet from Marianne Designs. I've also distressed it and added some twine and a little wooden heart to tie around it. The beautiful ribbon is also from Marianne Designs. I put a strip around the bottom of my card and also cut a single one to add to my image. The Dream tag is from the Candy Doodles CD, again I've distressed it and added some little off cuts from the ribbon strip.
Lou: I have decided to use distressing inks on all my elements to age them and appear a little vintage as I wanted to deliberatley keep my card "old looking". All the sewing images can be found on Sundae of Seasons CD (Spring section). The papers are from the Pretty Sweet CD. The frame was cut using my nesties and it has been distressed, inked and aged. Extra trimmings are from my own sewing box along with the buttons and pins. The butterfly and flower are from K and CO.
Nelly - For this weeks challenge I have made a tissue box that holds the large square type tissues, I printed onto card stock using papers from the Wonderland CD distressed the papers using walnut stain distress ink, the scalloped edge border is taken from the Candy Doodles CD i run this through my big shot using Swiss dots embossing folder again distressed the edge and rubbed over the dots using walnut stain distress ink, , the images are all coloured with pro markers and are from the wonderland rubber stamps collection , oooh I adore this stamp set :) the ribbon and embellishments are from my stash box.
NJ Hello, for my De-Stressing Card I have chosen to use the Sugarplum Daisy CD. I printed a digi stamp from the cd and coloured using Polychromo pencils. I have used Distress Inks around the edges and on the embossed panel edged with lace. I have used a Marianne Design Creatable Die LR0118 and embellished with various flowers, beads, lace and gauze.
Claire - For this weeks challenge I thought I'd use the vintage style box that I created for Issue 2 of the Pen & Paper Circle Magazine. All of the papers and stamps used to create the box come with the magazine. I've also used Distress Inks and Doodle Dewdrops. Sadly this issue has now sold out. However to ensure that you don't miss out on future projects, hot foot it over to Polka Doodles where Issue 3 of the magazine is available to order now.
JAN: My debut DT card uses papers, a cute digi image and sentiment from the stunning Sugar Plum Daisy CD. The edges of the paper are torn or scratched with scissors and inked/painted for a distressed look. The flowers are from the Candy Doodles CD and are printed onto matching paper, inked and accented with swirls cut using Marianne Designs Creatables.

Norine:  This was a fun challenge this week!  I love distressing and I love the lollipop flowers on the Candy Doodles Collector Edition cd!!  After cutting them out, I ran the edges around the Zutter Distrezz-It-All, and inked them up with coordinating Tim Holtz distress inks.  The yellow background paper is from the Seasons of Sundae cd and the leaves are hand cut from checked paper printed from the Pretty Tuff cd.  The flower stems and edges of the background paper are machine stitched and the greeting is printed and cut from the Pretty Tuff cd as well.
Shell- For my card this week I have used the Sugarplum Daisy CD. I just adore the polka dot papers, I chose pastel pink and blue papers, some ticket sentiments and one of my favourite images from the disc, the image has been coloured with copics. I have distresses all the edges of the papers, image and sentiment tickets with a pair of scissors. I then added a few flowers and pearls from my stash.

Patty- For my card this week I've used the Sugarplum Daisy CD. I just adore the papers, I chose flowery and the splash lavender papers, and this is one of my favorite images from the disc. I have distressed all the edges of the papers and then added a double knot bow at the top corner and some purple rhinestones at the left bottom.

So there's your inspiration - some fantastic projects from the DT this week I think you'll agree! You have until Sun 13th May at 12 noon GMT to enter the challenge, so just add your URL to the Linky below! Good Luck!






Friday, 27 April 2012

Week 17 - Shabby Chic/Vintage

Hello everyone, the weekend is almost here and here's hoping that you have some time for crafting as Daniele has a fabulous theme for you this week.


Before we get onto this week's challenge let's find out the winners from challenge 15 which was Pretty In Pink and my, did you all make our job difficult with so many stunning creations:


1st place - Laine who wins a £5 voucher to spend on the website, 2nd place - a tie between Suzi and Wendy -  Congratulations! please email Nikky for your prize and blinkies - the first placed winner 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 for this week's challenge and we'd like to see your creations with a Shabby Chic/Vintage style - read on for the Design Team inspiration as I think you'll agree that they've totally rocked this challenge! The winner of this challenge will receive a Pretty Sweet CD which is such a great prize!


Ruth:  I've gone for the two-for-one approach again!  But how can you make just one baby card - you need to make two!  The embossing is a Marianne folder along with the cute Baby Carriage (LR0218).  I've used papers from Sugarplum Daisy (gingham) and Candy Doodles (plain) along with ribbons and charms from my stash.
Daniele......I have used the shabby flower from The Candy Doodles Cd and tore around the edges,the background paper is also from the same Cd. I then distressed the edges of the flower and crumpled them up, afterwards I spritzed the flower with glimmer mist and added the pearl embellishment to the centre.
Lucy: For this theme I used papers and image from the Sugarplum Daisy CD Rom. The frame, flower and flourish are made using Marianne Design Creatables. I distressed the edges of the papers to give a vintage look using Distress Inks. The image was coloured using a mixture of Pro Markers and FlexMarkers.
Emma - Hello there, I thought as this is my very favourite design style, I would get crafting for this weeks challenge too. I chose the very gorgeous Sugar Plum Daisy CDROM to gather the elements for my creation. Simple, shabby and splendid!
Doreen: I used for my card my new rose basket from Marianne Design Creatables .The paper is from the fabulous Pretty Sweet CD.
Fliss: I've made something totally different for this challenge - a shabby chic canvas using the gorgeous teacup from the Sugarplum Daisy CD with elements and papers from rather a lot of CDs so you'll need to hop over to my place to see and prepare to be amazed at how well they all go together. I printed out on to canvas and did ripping and inking for the shabby look along with wonky stitching. The little flowers are muslin cut out with a Marianne die.


Anne: For my card I printed the papers from the Not for Girls CD and distressed them to within an inch of their lives by scratching and inking the edges.  I then cut the flowers using two of Marianne's  dies and gave them the same treatment plus a good dose of glimmer mist.  The image is from our new CD Sugarplum Daisy and I've coloured it up with copics and a little glitter on her wings.  The sentiment is from the Fairy Flutterfly Bevvieboo stamp.  Once I'd put the card together I carefully 'spilled' some water colour paint on it and also gave it a good dollop of acrylic in places too.
Claire: Surrounded by new babies at the moment, an excellent opportunity to use the wonderful baby boy from Sundae of Seasons, alongside the lovely papers and Marianne Design dies, finished with a sentiment ticket from Candy Doodles collectors edition.
Lisa: 'The Crafting Owl'. This week I've made a card using papers and embellies from the Sundae of Seasons CD-ROM. The flower I printed from the Candy Doodles onto cartridge paper which I inked and scrunched. The scissors are a Marianne Die as is the Vintage image.
Ashley Lydia: I made a vintage box and card to match. I've used the Sunday of Seasons blue dot paper, Alice In Wonderland key, and Pretty Tuff for the tickets.


Miria: For my card I used paper and sentiment from lovely Pretty Sweet CD, the stamp, the decoupaged image and the die cut are from Marianne design . I coloured the image with Distress, then added Glossy accents and cracked it. Pearls, lace and buttons from stash.
Lana:  I have really enjoyed this challenge because  I adore anything vintage/shabby Chic and girly. For my card I have used the new and fabulous Sugarplum Daisy CD.
 
So there's your inspiration - some fantastic projects from the DT this week I think you'll agree! You have until  Sun 6th May at 12 noon GMT to enter the challenge, so just add your URL to the Linky below! Good Luck! 







Friday, 20 April 2012

B Week 16 - Red and White colour challenge/Stashbox Stamp

Hello everyone, NJ here. I hope you can all feel the buzz of excitement in the air with the pre-order of the Pen & Paper Circle Issue 3 now available. Issue 2 has just been sent out and if you are one of the lucky recipients who got your orders in I am sure you are all loving the fabulous tutorials from some of the design team. Don't forget too that Nikky is on our screens on the 24th & 25th on Create & Craft. Check out the Polkadoodles Website for a  fabulous selection of crafty goodies including Marianne Design Dies so many lovely ones to choose from. Marianne Design have a wide selection of crafting goodies including dies, papers and stamps too.  Also look at the fabulous selection of Polkadoodles CD'S and other products, there's always something new every week!

Before we get onto this week's challenge let's find out the winners from the Week 14 / Big Birthday challenge who have also each won a copy of the new Sugarplum Daisy CD...

1st place - Kimbo  , 2nd place -  Sandy's Stamping Scene, 3rd place - Jaybe
Congratulations! please email Nikky for your prizes and blinkies! 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.

Onto this weeks challenge which has been set by Enfys. As it is nearly St. George's Day we would like to see a red & white colour theme. Here's what the design team have made, this time they were allowed to use a stamp from their stash... the winner of this Challenge will receive a copy of our fabulous Sundae of Seasons CD.

Emma Hello there, I have used a favourite stamp with some Marianne Design Creatable die cuts along with some of the gorgeous stamps that were in the first issue of Polkadoodles Pen and Paper Circle. I made my own backing paper with the stamps, coloured everything with Distress Inks and then finished the flower with a fancy brad.
Nelly Welcome to another Polka doodle challenge :) for this weeks card I have used Fairy Flutterfly rubber stamps set "Maggie" and coloured her with promarkers. The red and white polka dot design paper is taken from Sundae of seasons cd and the toadstools that 'Maggie' is relaxing on came from the new Sugar Plum Daisy CD, the flower and butterfly edging trim is a stamp set by Marianne Design.
NJ Hello everyone, for my red & white theme and stashbox stamp I've used the Polkadoodles Dragonfly Neighbours Clear Stamp along with the Sundae of Seasons CD. The sentiment is from the Paper Boutique Volume 3 CD and the decorative paper the image is matted onto is from Marianne Design. I coloured the image with Polychromo pencils.
Lou: I have decided to make a dreaded "male" card for this weeks challenge using papers from the Pretty Tuff CD (although I have sneeked a little blue in there too .... lol ). The sentiment stamp was a freebie on a craft magazine which makes a great sign. The arrow is hand cut and so are the traffic lights which has been finshed off with buttons (coloured with Promarkers). A really quick and simple card.
Shell-I loved making this card, I used 4 cd's for this one. The papers are from Pretty Tuff, the tickets and sentiments are from Sugarplum Daisy and the image is of course off Pretty Sweet and lastly the fabulous flowers are from the Sundae of Seasons...the image was coloured with a mix of copics and pro markers.
Claire - My worst nightmare - Red and White and a Stashbox Stamp LOL. So I went for a Christmas card this week. I used the some of the elements from the fantastic Pond Neighbours Clear Stamp Set to create a mini scene in the aperture of my card before giving it a sprinkle of texture paste, Glossy Accents and glitter.  The snowflake die is from Marianne Design (LR0125).
Dee - I have used papers and image from the Sugarplum Daisy Cd. I've also used Polka Doodles sentiment stamps and bird stamp which I stamped on the main image sheet, and then on the polka dot paper, cut out and fixed over the first one with 1mm foam pads.
Norine - I loved this red and white challenge and I kind of got a bit carried away and ended up with two cards!! I didn't actually use any stamps from my stash because I didn't feel like any of my own went with the challenge well enough. The first card uses an image from the SugarPlum Daisy cd and paper from the Magical Winter 1 cd. The addition of some velvet ribbon, gems and a paper doily complete this pretty any occasion card!
The second card uses images from the Sundae of Seasons cd paired with matching PolkaDoodles paper. I used a Spellbinders die and an embossing folder to create the background and then layered the printed and hand cut images on top.
Shary - Here's my red and white card for this week's theme. Although it's a feminine card I've used the papers from the Pretty Tuff CD, even the punched flowers are from the same paper. I've added a little gem to the middles. The bird cage is a die by Marianne Designs which I die cut and then distressed a little and added a bow. The sentiment is from Candy Doodles which I cut out and inked around the edges. I've paper pieced the girl with the same Pretty Tuff papers.
Joanna: For this card I used all my favourites ;). The super delicious papers are from Sundae of Seasons and Love & Cherish CDs. The sweet image is from the Pretty Sweet CD and I coloured it with Inktense pencils. The magical sentiment is from our newest release - Sugarplum Daisy. To embellish the card I created some dimensional flowers from the same papers using Marianne's Design CR1202 die and the gorgeous leaf is Marianne's LR0150 die. The flowers centres were also decorated with a touch of Liquid Pearls.


Diane  For our Red and White Challenge to celebrate St. George’s Day, strawberries and toadstools seemed like good subjects to use – not often featured together but I hope you like it! The paper from the Sugarplum Daisy CD was perfect for the strawberry theme and the red and white.
So there is our inspiration for this challenge - you have until Sunday 29th April to enter!
Entries close at noon GMT - good luck!