Friday, 18 May 2012

Week 20 - A wedding card with a difference

Hi everyone, challenge time again for us here at Polkadoodles! It's Lou's turn to host the challenge this week and it's a goodie!


Before we go on further - we have some very exciting news coming up on Tues 22nd May which will be Polkadoodles 3rd Birthday! We're having a BIG celebration and chances to win over £220 worth of blog candy - so make sure you come and join us at our special party on TUESDAY 22nd to be in with a chance to get some wonderful candy! woooohoooo!!

Before we get onto this week's challenge let's find out the winners from challenge which was


1st place - Claire C, 2nd place - Cathy Lee, 3rd place - Fiona.

Congratulations! please email Nikky for your prize and grab your blinkies from the sidebar - the first placed winner receives a FREE download! Please put in the subject field of your email your placing and the challenge number.
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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.
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Hi, Lou here and it's my week to set the challenge and I wanted to make this weeks theme a challenge! I would like everyone to make a wedding card but with a twist. You all know the famous wedding quote of "something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue"..... so ...... I would like you to make a wedding card incorporating all these elements. I did say it was going to be a challenge !!

Have a look at my talented teamies projects to kick start your inspiration:

Lou: My wedding card has been made using loads of elements from the Love and Cherish Cd and made to look a little "shabby chic". My something new is the gorgeous Marianne Design pom pom ribbon; my something old is a neglected decorative corner punch; my something borrowed is the gold rings charm which was borrowed from a friend and finally my something blue is the 2 hearts with lickle blue gems.
Nelly My wedding card with a difference is a shaped easel card created using dies, something old is the cream satin ribbon, something new was the the Bride & Groom stamp coloured with pro markers , something borrowed was the heart border punch from a friend and something Blue is the colouring behind the rose arch which was taken form Pretty Tuff CD, the design papers were taken from the Wonderland CD, the birdcage i resized the birdcage template from Paper Boutique 3 CD, sentiment is from the Love and Cherish Cd. the Anja corner (bottom right) is from Marianne Design; LR0215.
Claire - I made an exploding box for my wedding card. The something old is the box, it's an old technique which I've used loads of times. The something new is the owls wedding clothes - I used the owls from Sugar Birdies Collectors Edition and simply drew a jacket and a top hat for the groom and added a veil for the bride. I had to borrow a mini heart punch from a friend and obviously the something blue is the papers which were printed from the Candy Doodles Collectors Edition. The large button hearts were taken from a Sundae of Seasons and I drew the horse shoe.
Jan: My wedding card is a traditional easel card - the paper and sentiment are both from the 'All Around & Everywhere' CD. My something old is the piece of ribbon on the sentiment tag (which was cut from an old pair of pyjamas); something new is the cute little Bride and Groom stamp which is coloured with Promarkers; something borrowed is the gorgeous white feather tucked behind the image (from my daughter's stash) and something blue is the colour scheme.
Norine: My card this week uses Polka Doodles Flutter Fairy rubber stamps on vellum and heat embossed. I adhered the vellum behind the scalloped window opening and layered blue dot paper (Pretty Tuff cd) on the inside of the card. Then I layered swiss dot tulle over the whole front of the card, and adorned it with ribbon and the sentiment tag which is printed on Pretty Tuff paper. Sentiment from the Candy Doodles Collectors cd. The little black tag charm is something (very) old, the sentiment digi is new, the white emboss on vellum is a technique I borrowed (lifted) from a sample I saw at CHA this year, and the paper is blue!

NJ I chose to make a Wedding Anniversary Card, as my husband and I celebrated our 17th Wedding Anniversary in May. I have used the Love & Cherish CD. My something borrowed is the photo from my wedding album, which is also my something old. My something blue is the vintage lace I have used from Marianne Design . My something new are the embellishments I have used. I made a pocket too on the card to keep the photo in, and then you can just lift it out to look at.

Shary - for my card this week I've chose a Candy Doodles image and coloured it in with Copics. The "blue" and white backing papers are from the Sugar Birdies CD and I've gone around the edges with a little blue ink. The heart paper which I've given a decorative border with a "new" Martha Stewart punch is from the Candy Doodles CD. I've added some white ribbon and some heart gems which I've had for ages , hence the "old". The sentiment ticket is also from the Candy Doodles CD. And for the "borrowed" I was on borrowed time as I was supposed to be doing housework!!!
Claire - I decided to make a gift card and a confetti box this week. Using the Love and Cherish cd to print onto Safmat I have decorated a clear plastic box from some moisturiser (something old), filled my box with some Frantage Shaved iced (something new and something borrowed - don't have confetti)....something blue - well there's some little blue hearts on the paper.
Shell- Something a little different from me this week (no colouring eekk), I have used 1 image off each of the pretty tuff and pretty sweet cd's, the flowers were punched from papers from pretty tuff...Something old is my embossing folder, something new is my new flower punch, something borrowed is the sentiment and something new is the flowers..
Patty...for my Wedding card I used Green Dot Paper and Boy & Girl Owls from the Sugar Birdies CD, I needed to add something blue which is the blue at the front with the knot, something old -  the edges. You can see how I made this on my blog.


Diane -I think I've only ever made one wedding card before so this is something of a departure from the norm for me!  Anyhoo, Love and Cherish CD to the rescue together with some lovely papers from a couple of other Polka Doodles CDs and job done!  I hope you like it!
So there's your inspiration - some fantastic projects from the DT this week I think you'll agree! You have until Sun 27th May at 12 noon GMT to enter the challenge, so just add your URL to the Linky below! Good Luck!

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!