Friday, 13 July 2012

Week 28 Very British Olympics Red/White/Blue & BLOG HOP!

Welcome to another Polkadoodles Challenge and Blog Hop! We're hopping to celebrate the imminent start of the Olympics and have some very special prizes on offer to some lucky participants of the challenge and blog hop but please remember that you must do both to be in with a chance.
We're sure you'd like details of the prizes and the lucky winner with receive a Studio 12 Picknix Collection 1 CD and the 2 lucky runners up an Emma Canning Download.

So what are you waiting for - let's get the show on the road! Here's the list you'll need of all the blogs on the hop where you'll find details of the gorgeous creations from the Design Team all celebrating the Olympics and what it means to be British. If you get lost along the way then please do hop back here to be set back on the right track.


Before we get started, lets announce the winners from challenge 26 which was Fairies & Fantasy:

1. Shelby - Please use verification code PD1W2426 in your email to claim your prize

2. Eret

3. Kimbo


Congratulations! Please email Nikky for your prize and grab your blinkies from the sidebar - the first placed winner receives a fabulous Emma Canning Download! Please remember to put your verification code and the challenge week in the subject field on your email. In addition, you must use the same email address to claim your prize as your challenge entry otherwise we cannot release your prize.



We have a few little rules which makes our life a lot easier when we come visiting your blogs

1. Please follow the challenge theme!
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 linky tool - 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 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 the challenge part which is to make a creation (whatever you like as you'll see some of the team have made something other than a card), using the colours Red, White and Blue plus something that denotes British for our Olympics - you can see the Design Team has gone very patriotic!

Ruth: I've altered a brown takeout bag with the Britannia download kit that was a freebie on our Facebook page and used various dies - X Cut and Sizzix plus a little bow of red organza ribbon!  I gave this to my cousin who has just moved to Germany with her husband - there was a tea towel inside (very British!)


Claire - I decided that I'd make a little door hanger for my daughters bedroom using the fabulous Millie Bedtime from Emma Canning and the Britannia Kit (Nikky kindly gave it away as a freebie on our Polka Doodle Dandies Facebook page) - after all you don't get anything more British than the Union Flag (well apart from a nice cuppa tea!!). Also I'm sure if sleeping was a sport that my DD would win hands down!


Fabiola- I made a card as my creation. I used the gorgeous Millie Birthday from Emma Canning, I thought what better way to celebrate than with balloons, right? I also used the Britannia Kit. I loved and had so much fun making this project!!!


Nelly - Couldn't resist using circles as the main focal part of this card using Nestabilitie circle dies, I have cut images from The Pretty Tuff and Pretty sweet Cd's and design papers also from the cd collection and Polka Doodle Dandies Britannia collection.


Fliss - My card for this week is a celebration one as I love Emma's really cute Paige "I Love You" digi. I've coloured her with Promarkers adding a little pencil for detail then die cut into an oval and inked the edges. I've made a very layered card using background paper and Union Jack heart from the Britannia Kit, hearts from the new Studio 12 Picknix Collection 1 CD embossed with crystal powder for sparkle and a sentiment ticket from the Sugarplum Daisy CD.


Shell- For my very British card I just had to do a football themed one. I have used the Footballer and football's from the Pretty Tuff CD. I still think David Beckham should be in team GB lol


Kitty - For my card i used the gorgeous Emma Canning Mille Birthday, isn't she cute? Love her!
I also used the Britannia Kit, kept the design simple to show off the lovely papers!


JAN:  I made a scrapbook page for this week's challenge to record some 'Olympic' facts.  The papers are from the 'Britannia Collection' designed by Nikky Hall. I chose an image from the 'Sugar Plum Daisy' CD as a focal point, instead of a photo and added a little union flag in her hand (also from the 'Britannia Collection').  She is coloured with Promarkers and her t-shirt is paper pieced with a scrap of union flag paper.  The lettering was created on my pc and cut out of paper scraps left over from the background.  I cut five circles (to represent the five Olympic rings) and added an Olympic fact to each one before matting them on co-ordinating scalloped circles.


Claire I think we are all loving those lovely Emma Canning digi stamps this week. I have used Millies Birthday image available from the Polka Doodles store. Also incorporated the Britannia collection from Nikky to create my twisted easel card. Just a little doodled border with stickles and a lovely red velvet brad.


NJ Hello my lovelies, well the excitement is mounting for the Olympics! I have chosen to make a card using the Not For Girls CD. I used various sporting elements from the CD to show the different sports. I made a medal using red, white and blue ribbons and a brass button!


Lou: Well I seem to be copying NJ and I promise we didn't "liaise" ... lol. I have used only 2 papers and 1 topper sheet from the Not For Girls CD from the boxing section. The gloves and sentiment have been glazed to add further dimension and the stars were cut using a sizzlets die.


Clare - For my easel card I used the gorgeous Paige Wedding Day digi by Emma Canning and the Britannia kit from Nikky to paper piece Paige's dress and to use for my backing papers. 


Patty - For my card I used Kiddo on bike from Pretty Tuff collection on a plain white base add a layer on red and on top a layer of blue both bordered, and the ribbon in between the layer tied a double bow with white and red and on top of the layers a added the images and the sentiment bordered with some blue and red stars.


Emma - I did a digital card this time using the Britannia kit and all elements bar the central badge are Polkadoodles.



Hope you enjoyed the inspiration and we can't wait to see your entries and meet you in the hop.  You have until 12 noon on Sunday 22 July to participate. Good luck and please note that you MUST do the HOP to be eligible for a prize!

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Friday, 6 July 2012

Week 27 - Make A Gift Card

Welcome to another Polkadoodles challenge!  

Before we get started, lets announce the winners from challenge 25 which was Trooping The Colour:

1. Michaela - Please use verification code PD1W2425 in your email to claim your prize
2. Fabioloa - Please use verification code PD2W2425 in your email to claim your prize
3. Tracy McDonald - Please use verification code PD3W2425 in your email to claim your prize

Congratulations! Please email Nikky for your prize and grab your blinkies from the sidebar - the first placed winner receives a copy of the brand new and very in demand Pixnix cd! Please remember to put your verification code and the challenge week in the subject field on your email. In addition, you must use the same email address to claim your prize as your challenge entry otherwise we cannot release your prize.


We have a few little rules which makes our life a lot easier when we come visiting your blogs

1. Please follow the challenge theme!
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 linky tool - 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 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!  Something a little different as we are challenging you to make a

Gift Card holder!

The first placed winner from this challenge will win a copy of Paper Boutique Vol 3 cd!

Ruth:  I've used an old favourite - Paper Boutique Vol 2 and cut out the pre coloured Santas (he's been lightly glittered!) with my Nesties and then made a template for the gift card with papers from the same cd.  Pretty quick and easy to make - that is why there are 4!


Patty: For this lovely challenge I used some papers purple dots left on my desk layered on to some white card. Used Emma Canning image Birthday Girl, coloured it with my Prismacolors pencils.



Lisa - for my creation this month I've used my old favourites from the Back to Nature CD, the owls of course, and papers from Sundae of Seasons. To see what's inside the giftcard you have to pop over to my blog as there isn't room here to show you all the photos.

Lucy ~  For this lovely challenge I used papers from the Sugar Plum Daisy CD Rom, layered on to some black card. The image is stamped with the Gracie Fairy Flutterfly Rubber stamp. Coloured in with Pro Markers.



AnneThese gorgeous papers are from the new Studio 12 Picknix CD .  I just printed them straight onto  white 320gm card turned it around and did the same on the other side.



Daniele, for my card I used the really sweet bumble bee image from the Sugarplum Daisy Cd and added lots of gliiter .....cos I lurvvvvve my glitter, I did layer up parts of the image for added dimension, I made a pocket for the front of the card and popped in a matching tag, you can add a giftcard to the front or back of the tag.



Shary - I've made a gift card holder that holds a credit card gift voucher. The papers are from Sundae of Seasons and I've edged them all with peeled paint. The image on the front is from the Pretty Sweet CD and I've coloured her with Copics. The sentiment on the inside is from the Sugar Plum Daisy CD and again I've used Peeled paint to colour it. I've added a little bit of ribbon and some gem brads to finish it off.

Good luck with the challenge - deadline for entries is 15 July at 12noon GMT and don't forget our rules! *****

Friday, 29 June 2012

Week 26 - Fairies & Fantasy

Hello Polka Doodles fans, it's Friday again and yet again it's where did the week go as it's time for a new challenge already. Hope you're raring to go but before we get on to the details we're thrilled to have the lovely Rosemary Merry appearing on Create and Craft TV on Tuesday 3rd July at 8am and 2pm so do watch if you can but if you can't then don't forget to set the recorder as believe me, you won't want to miss it!



Before we get onto this week's challenge let's find out the winners from challenge 24 which was Create A Summer Scene.

1.Kimbo - please use verification code PD1W2424 in your email to claim your prize
2.Natali - please use verification code PD2W2424 in your email to claim your prize
3.Deonna B - please use verification code PD3W2424 in your email to claim your prize

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.
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! The winner this week will win a gorgeous Emma Canning Download - if you haven't yet seen Emma's totally fabulous digital images you can get a sneak peek HERE.  
You have until noon (GMT) on Sunday 8 July to enter so make sure you get your entries in to be in with a chance of winning this fab prize!

Now I'm sure you all want the challenge details. Your hostess with the mostest this week is Emma and her chosen theme is Fairies, Fantasy and Flitter which she says means that she would like to see a fantasy theme or a fairy flittered with a magical dusting of glitter - how about that for a fab theme!

Here's some gorgeous inspiration from the Polka Doodles Teamies:

Norine: I loved getting all fussy and fancy with this week's fairy challenge!! Paper and image are both from the yummy Sugar Plum Daisy cd. I painted Stickles on the wings and then added some Martha Stewart glitter as well. To complete the card I added a paper doily and made up a little bouquet of miscellaneous paper flowers and ribbon I had in my stash!


Fliss: I've made an easel card for the challenge this time and have turned one of the cute little girls from the Pretty Sweet CD into a fairy. I printed out both her and some of the lovely toadstools from the Sugarplum Daisy CD on cartridge paper and coloured with my fave Aquamarkers. I added a little texture with pencils. I made the fairy wings using a Marianne Design butterfly die which I coloured and glittered. The card was assembled with lots of layers as you see and embellished with a glittered butterfly from the Sugarplum CD.


Nelly Hello everyone, well I'm back crafting after a short spell away and I certainly missed my postings and crafting, loved making this circle side stepper easel card using elements from the Sugar Plum Daisy CD I absolutely love the moon on this CD, image is coloured with Pro Markers and the sentiments are also taken from the CD.


JAN: I think most little girls like fairies, so I decided to make a door hanger for a girl's room this week. I used paper and images (toadstool, fairy, butterfly wings and sentiment) which are all from the fantastic 'Sugar Plum Daisy' CD. I chose the ready coloured images this time and simply printed them off and decoupaged them onto my project. The pink flowers are printed from the 'Sugar Birdies' CD and have been embellished with bits and bobs from my own stash. A few Polkadoodle dew drops accent the corners and it wouldn't be fairyland without a sprinkling of stardust glitter!


Shell-I loved making this card, I have used an image,sentiment and papers off the Sugarplum Daisy CD.
She's been coloured with copics and I have covered her wings in glitter, the flowers are from my stash and have been dipped into glitter, then to finish it off I added little drops of glitter as if she is watering the flowers with glitter.


NJ I love fairies, they are one of my favourite things along with butterflies! For my Fairies & Fantasy card I have used an 8x8 card blank and made an aperture. I have used the All Around & Everywhere CD and also the Sundae of Seasons CD. I used Diamond Stickles for sparkle and added Dew Drops.


Claire: I love fairies, so couldn't wait to create something. I've used the fairy and foliage images from the All Around & Everywhere CD and the watering can, window & door (which is the window with the shutters chopped off) from the new Studio 12 Picknix Heavenly Garden Kit to create my stepper card.


Lou: Now I stretched the fairy theme a little with my card this week as I have used one of the gorgeous Christmas fairy (okay .... angel) stamps for my card. I so wanted to use this stamp and she does look fairy like, doesn't she? A simple embossed background which I have inked with distress inks, some ribbon offcut, glittered leaves, paper off cuts from Pretty Sweet CD and  Doodle Dew Drops. The images was stamped with Walnut distress ink and then water coloured with Walnut and Rose Pink distress inks.


We can't wait to see all your entries and please don't forget to check out the rules.

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Friday, 22 June 2012

Week 25 - Trooping The Colour

Hey everyone, boy do we have lots of news for you this week!
First of all, make sure you watch Nikky tonight (Friday) and tomorrow (Saturday) on Create and Craft / Ideal World TV (9pm and 11pm tonight; 10am, 3pm and 7pm Saturday) with some great Letraset shows for you!

So we have been completely swamped at Doodle Towers over the past couple of weeks since the Picknix Collection launched - man o man you know a good one when you see it, we sold out of our stock in less than 10 minutes, added more again and then sold out again 12 minutes later and we're still struggling to keep up with production now! If you didn't see it you can check it out here and make sure you nab it before it goes back to normal price too!
We have also now launched our brand new blog for Studio 12 which you are just going to absolutely love for all the inspiration and creative stuff you can do with digital hybrid crafting, so make sure you sign up to follow and get our daily feed of inspiration from the DT - once we reach a milestone of 300 followers we will be giving away some great candy over there!...
Talking of Design Teams, I hope you've all seen our TWO Design Team calls which close on Sunday! If you haven't entered yet make sure you check them both out, we're looking for very different things on each team, the Polkadoodles call is here and the Studio 12 call is here - go, go, go!!

Pheweeee so much to tell you about!! NOW, in addition to all this, we also were naughty and forgot to announce the winners of our Big Birthday challenge! I think we gave you a curved ball here as we posted this on a different day and I think some of you missed it, what a shame! So without further ado we are very happy to announce our winners...we had an All Around the World challenge which meant we encouraged people from overseas to enter (but, shame on some of you who didn't tell us what country you were from and made it really hard for us to judge, please read rules on challenges!)

European winner: no 9. Bastelerena
UK winner: no. 17. Kimbo
Rest of World winner (Australia): no 19. JennyH
Surprisingly we didnt have anyone from the US / Canada enter so we have given that prize to New Zealand instead (where were you guys?? LOL!) so our winner in this category is no. 14 Glennis F
Well done everyone, you've all won a Polkadoodles CD!
In addition to these 4 lucky winners we also had an overall challenge winner who wins 10, yes, 10 CD's worth a massive £160!! wooohooo!! And the very lucky winner is ... No. 18, Jayne! Well done Jayne, what a stash to win!
Can all of the prizewinners please email us with your snail mail addy's so we can send your prizes please! Please add "Birthday Bonanza" into your email title.

So...want some more news? can you cope? I told you we'd been busy here! We are very very proud to announce our latest collaboration with a mega talented designer who has brought us a great range of digi downloads to the website here....
Bundle 2 Millie & Friends - Download
These cuties are awesome once they've been coloured in and again the DT are absolutely LOVING these girls, so go grab them now - we'll also be adding more options to the range in the coming weeks, we just adore Emma's girls!

So now all that business is done, before we get onto this week's challenge, we need to find out who the winners were from week 23 which was Lots of Flowers:
1. Sharon G - please use verification code PD1W2423 in your email to claim your prize
2. Lisa Jane - please use verification code PD2W2423 in your email to claim your prize
3. Zoraplease use verification code PD3W2423 in your email to claim your prize

Congratulations! Please email Nikky for your prize and grab your blinkies from the sidebar - the first placed winner receives a download! Please remember to put your verification code and the challenge week in the subject field on your email. In addition, you must use the same email address to claim your prize as your challenge entry otherwise we cannot release your prize.
We have a few little rules which makes our life a lot easier when we come visiting your blogs:

1. Please follow the challenge theme!
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 linky tool - 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 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!
The winning entry this week will receive a FREE Picknix CD to add to their stash!

Hi, Polkadoodles lovers! Miria from Italy here. This week's challenge theme is up to me. I got inspired by a typical British ceremony and I chose Trooping the colour(s): you have to use not just one like the Queen but as many colours as you can, a real challenge for me, too as I usually like using matching colours or even monochrome!

You have until 12noon (GMT) on Sunday 1 July to enter so make sure you get your entries in to be in with a chance of winning a fab prize!

Ruth: Well, this is a lot of colour for me! I've altered a plain brown takeout bag and used the Pen and Paper Circle Club kit 1, which is now unavailable (sorry!) but sign up to pre order kit 4 as soon as the notification is given! I've coloured the image with Promarkers and used some scalloped Netabilities for the sentiment and tag.
Fliss - Well, I think you might agree I have a riot of colour on my card as I decided the best way to incorporate lots of colour was to do a garden scene. All papers and elements are from the Sugarplum Daisy CD as the bright summery colours are really needed in the weather we've had lately. The only embellishing due to the busy style of the card is a touch of punching and stitched ribbon.
Shary Quite a hard challenge for me too this week but I think I managed to add a lot of colour! I made an easel card and I've used images, sentiment and papers from the Pretty Tuff CD. I then added some of my own buttons and ribbon.
Miria For my card I used a coloured stampie from cd Candy Doodles then I created the multicoloured background using scraps from various PD cds. The sentiment is from a stamp set of PPC issue 2 and I added just some buttons.
Daniele.....for my card I have used images from the Sugar Plum Daisy CD to make this centre stepper card. The bird and bee are on wobblers so that they stand out and move
Anne - I didn't find this as easy as I though I would. So I then decided that these pretty little banners from the new Picknix Collection (In The Garden) were the way to go. the card materialised from there. So many yummy things on there that I didn't need anything else.
Lisa - I haven't made a kinetic card for ages so thought that the images from the Sugar Plum Daisy CD would be perfect to use for this Quad Easel card.
Good luck with the challenge!  The link will be open until 12noon GMT on Sunday 1 July and don't forget our rules!
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