Friday, 17 August 2012

Week 33 - Tags

Hello!!...It's time for another Polkadoodles challenge but before that, did you also know that we have news of 2 fantastic new DT calls this week?  

DT CALL NO.1...
Our lovely Emma Canning is starting a brand new blog challenge and is looking for a team to help, so get on over there and get applying now, Emma's designs are a joy to work with and if you like colouring you will love it!

DT CALL NO.2...

Meantime, here at Polkadoodles we also have a new Design Team Call!
Would you like to join our happy team of talented designers? 
We are looking for some new blood to join us here at Polkadoodles so if you can commit to a busy DT position then apply now! 
This is a really exciting opportunity to join one of the UK's most popular crafting brands and have your work showcased on the UK's only dedicated Craft TV Channel!  
You must have a blog where you post regularly, love using digital products and stamps, love the Polkadoodle stylee of course, and be able to commit to making 2-3 projects every month and extra samples which may be shown on TV here in the UK! In return for your input you will receive selected products from the Polkadoodles range including digital and stamps and will be part of a fantastic team of super talented people. The term of this position is 6 months so you must be able to commit fully for that period of time. 
To apply: Please email here, with your full blog address and attach 3 photos of your favourite pieces of work and let us know a little bit about yourself in a couple of short sentences. All entries will be replied to by email whether successful or not, after the closing date - please do not expect a reply before this date. Closing date for applications is....19th September 2012.



So, let's get onto the inspiration from Polkadoodles this week!! 
Firstly, let's do the winners from last time!
The top three entrants from challenge 31 which was Banners and Bunting are:

First Place:  Kevin - please use verification code PD1W3331 to claim your prize!
Second Place:  Karina and Third Place:  Jane

Congratulations everyone!   Kevin, please email Nikky for your prize which is a download bundle and use the code PD1W3331 in the subject field - all blinkies can be grabbed from the sidebar.
Ok, now onto this week's challenge!  The theme for the week is tags - so as long as we can see a tag (or two) and the rules are followed then we will be happy!  Closing date for the challenge is Sunday 26 August at 12noon GMT - good luck!

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

Ruth:  This is where old meets new!  The old are papers from Candy Doodles (one of my favourites - perfect for soft light colours!) and I've used a Sizzix Super Scallop Tag die (try saying that fast!) along with ribbon left over from my cousin's Wedding earlier in the year.  The new is the fab Emma Canning digi image - 'Taylor - I'm Sorry' which I have coloured with Promarkers.  A bit of faux stitching and its all done!
Norine - This tag is a mix of several different Polka Doodles cds as well as a lovely Emma Canning image.  I ran the already printed polka dot paper (Pretty Tuff) through a second time layering the gorgeous roses from the Picknix cd over top.  The vine is a die cut using Creative Christmas paper and the butterflies are punched from miscellaneous Pretty Sweet papers, as is the sentiment.  Additional items from my stash are the crinkle seam binding ribbon and buttons.
Shary - I've made a tag using the brand new Emma Canning image Reindeer Ride. Ive coloured it with Copics and some lace stickles. I even added a red gem to the reindeer's nose. The papers are from the  Magical Winter 2 CD. I've edged them with walnut distress ink. I added some pink gingham ribbon and gems. The sentiment is from the Here Comes Christmas CD.
Miria  I made a Christmas tag using this lovely image from new cd Here comes Christmas, I coloured it with Kuretake Zig Kurecolor , I used some DP and tickets - I love them! - from the same cd and add just a little ribbon.
Clare - I made a gift box with my tag on for Fliss' challenge. The gift box was made up using the gorgeous paper's and sentiment from the brand new Polka Doodles "Here Comes Christmas" CD. The cute Santa digital stamp on the tag is from the new Christmas downloads by Emma Canning called "Sooty Santa". I have coloured Santa with Promarkers. The tag is a woodware punch. The oval scallop is by Nellie Snellen. For Santa's hat and sleeves I have used Snow Writer and white glitter. The ribbon & embellishments are from my crafty stash.
JAN:  Hehe! I am gatecrashing this week because I didn't post last week due to holidays!  I love making Tags so couldn't resist joining in.  I have covered a plain kraft tag with purple paper from the last 'Pen and Paper Circle' CD and then subjected it to distress ink, stamping, a bit of gold embossing powder and some more stamping! I added a gold mirri heart which went through my embossing machine, topped with a little purple heart and then added a gorgeous Emma Canning image which is coloured with Promarkers to match. I recreated the little bunting banner at the top of the tag, to echo the one she is holding in the image.  Some gold ribbon, a bit of purple feather and a die-cut lace edge finishes off the tag.  Hope you like it!
Anne - I've used one of the lovely Stocking Surprise from Emma Canning which I've coloured with copics.  Papers and embellishments are from the new Christmas CD.

Closing date for the challenge is Sunday 26 August at 12noon GMT - good luck and please remember our rules!

Friday, 10 August 2012

Week 32 - Celebration

Good morning everyone and welcome to another great challenge here on Polka Doodles.   Your hostess  this week is NJ and her chosen theme is CELEBRATION as the end of the 2012 Olympics is looming fast and what better way is there to show appreciation of all those wonderful athletes who have made such exciting watching over the recent weeks.

Before we have a look at the Design Team samples, we need to announce the top three from Challenge 30 which was 'Summer' and we're all pleased at how popular this theme was although it was very hard to decide on winners. The lucky ladies are: 
First Place: Marilyn- Please use verification code PD1W3230 - you win a copy of the fabulous Studio 12 Picknix CD.
Second Place: Cathy Rumball
Please use verification code PD1W3230 in your email to claim your prize

Congratulations to you all! Marilyn, please email Nikky for your prizes and you can all grab your blinkies from the sidebar.
Please remember to put your verification code and the challenge week in the subject field on your email. For all prize winners, you must use the code given above to claim your prize otherwise we cannot release it.


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

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 here are the Design Teams' creations which you will see celebrate a large variety of occasions - a very versatile challenge!

Fabiola- For this celebration I have made a birthday card. I used papers, image, and sentiment from the Pretty Sweet CD-rom mini collection. Plain and metallic papers are from my stash.
Fliss - My celebration card features the gorgeous Millie Birthday digital image by Emma Canning coloured with a mix of Promarkers and Prismacolor pencils, die cut to shape and inked round the edges. The mat is from the Sugarplum Daisy CD as is the sentiment which I die cut and coloured with Promarkers. The backing paper is part of the PPC3 Kit, the flowers from Sundae of Seasons CD coloured with Promarkers and the lace border is from the Studio 12 Picknix Collection 1 CD - doesn't it all fit well together!
Katrina - Hi everyone, my first ever blog post and card for Polkadoodles! I used papers and one of the girls from Pretty Sweet, together with my favourite heart paper from the Wonderland CD. I'm new to cardmaking so I struggled a bit with how to get going but I'm really pleased with the final result (and I get to steal all Nikky's stash when she's not looking!) Hope you like it too and please pop over to my blog to follow my escapades working in the office with Nikky and Kris and the rest of the DT!
Nelly - To celebrate a special Birthday in the family I used the Not For Girls, definitely for men CD and decoupaged the bottle template also using the wine bottle labels for the main focal point to my card, the design papers are also taken from this CD. I used "Wade" from the Pretty Tuff CD and actually used my Tim Holz Distress markers to colour this image for the first time, maybe a little more practice required, but overall I was pretty happy with the result hee hee.
NJ Hello lovelies, I wanted to celebrate how well we are doing at the Olympics. My card is a 'Well Done Team GB' Celebration. I have used Sundae of Seasons CD for this, I cut out the lanterns and threaded them with ribbon and embellished with London themed buttons. I also used a gold, silver and bronze candy to represent the medals we have won!
Lou: I've cheated a little as my celebration is "Christmas". I have used one of the new Emma Canning images for my card; "Mistletoe Moment", although I have been a little cheeky and split the couple up! I have used the girl by herself for my card, coloured with promarkers and the papers are from the new "Here comes Christmas" CD.The glittery bits are from some leaves I found in a sale in January and knew they would come in handy! Red gems are those lush "Doodle Dew Drops".
Shell- For my celebration card I've made a 21st birthday card for a friends daughter. I have used papers from the Pretty Sweet CD and the image is from the Candy Doodles Collectors Edition I think the tags are also from candy doodles cd, the flowers are a marianne creatables die LR0163  I have distressed everything with Shabby Shutters distress ink.

Claire I decided to celebrate all that's really scarey...lol. Don't you just love Franky from the fabulous Polly witchydoodles download bundle. A great fun stepper card.

Claire (Happy Days) - I've chosen to celebrate Christmas this week with this stepper card which has been created using the new Here Comes Christmas CD.
So there you have it, some fabulous projects all bound to inspire you and we can't wait to see your entries.
You have until 12 noon on Sunday 19 August to add your creations.

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Friday, 3 August 2012

Week 31 - Banners and Bunting

Morning girls!  Welcome to another fun challenge here on Polka Doodles.  It's my turn (Anne) to be the hostess with the mostest this week and I've chosen the theme of...
BANNERS AND BUNTING
I do hope you'll all play along with us DT girlies:)
Before we have a look at the Design Team samples, we need to announce the top three from Challenge 29 which was 'Go Green and Recycle':
First Place: Evelina - Please use verification code PD1W3129 - you win a copy of Paper Boutique 3! woohoo! 
Second Place:  Micki
Third Place:  Leah the Orange
Please use verification code PD1W3129 in your email to claim your prize

Congratulations to you all! Evelina, please email Nikky for your prize and you can all grab your blinkies from the sidebar.
Please remember to put your verification code and the challenge week in the subject field on your email. For the first prize winner, you must use the code given above to claim your prize otherwise we cannot release it.


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

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 deadline is 12noon GMT on Sunday 12 August.  The Winner of this challenge will receive a FREE download bundle, so get showing us your Banners and Bunting!


Ruth:  I've used papers from Candy Doodles and X Cut dies along with a fab Emma Canning digi - Millie Birthday (and its only £1.25 - bargain!)  I've used Promarkers to colour plus a little liquid pearls.

Patty:  For my card I used image from Emma Canning - Taylor Camping Day and Dot papers from Sugar Birdies CD's in pastel colors lime green and light gray - add some layers of it and of top those layers Taylor Camping Day colored with Prismacolors in a bright and sweet combination of colors, and as a finished touch I added the banner with the words Glam, Chic and  your sew special adorned with 2 pink rhinestones. I love the outcome of this card special since I am improving on my coloring skills!!
Emma - I have made a lovely little bunting this week using the Sugar Plum Daisy Collection.


Shary -  I've made a card using my fav Emma Canning image called  Taylor - Camping Day. She's been coloured with Copics. The papers and sentiment are from the Candy Doodles CD Rom and I've stitched and distress inked around them.
Ashley- I have made a clean and simple banner card using the fabulous Picknix CD ROM. I added just glitter and an adorable owl from the Sugar Birdies CD ROM to finish it off. 
Miria - I made my card using a lovely Emma Canning's digi, I coloured it with Distress; paper and sentiment are from cd Candy Doodles, I used some scraps for the bunting and add rhinestones on the flowers.
Anne -  I've used the new Here Comes Christmas cd for my card this week.  I layered the letters onto the paper before cutting our the little banners.  The snowman was simply printed, cut our and stuck onto the card.


Norine - I absolutely LOVED this week's challenge...I'm all about the banners and bunting these days!!   And I adore the cute Emma Canning images!!  The background paper is from the new Picknix cd and the banner bits are miscellaneous scraps from Pretty Sweet, and the sentiment is from Sundae of Seasons.
Clare - This week I have made a rocker card and have used another lovely Emma Canning image and her name is Taylor "I'm Sorry". I have coloured her with Promarkers and covered her in Glossy Accents. The paper's are from Studio 12 Picknix Collection 1. The bunting is from a Stampin' Up punch. Ribbon, bow and buttons from my crafty stash. 
Daniele......I have used images and papers from the new Studio 12 Cd, layered up the bunting and lemonade stall......soooooo sweet..
Good luck with the challenge and don't forget our rules!  Deadline for entries is Sunday 12 August at 12noon GMT.

Friday, 27 July 2012

Week 30 - Summer

Welcome to another Polka Doodles challenge!

Before we get started we need to announce the winners from our Olympic Colour Challenge and Blog Hop. We actually had very few entries for this so we think you must all be on holiday - hopefully out of the country with all the weather we've had up to now!
We wish we could have picked all of you but congratulations go to the following:

1. Mandy  - Please use verification code PD1W3028 in your email to claim your prize
2. Natali - Please use verification code PD2W3028 in your email to claim your prize
3. Kimbo - Please use verification code PD3W3028 in your email to claim your prize 

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 Picknix CD (if you already have this please let Nikky know and she'll let you choose something else) and the second and third place winners an 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

So, onto this week's challenge! You'll notice that quite a few of the Design Team have used the same cute image - Taylor - Camping Day by Emma Canning but look how different she looks on each of the cards showing just how much fun you can have with these gorgeous images and there are loads more to choose from and we are about to add some more to the range! Emma's designs are exclusive to us at Polkadoodles and are proving a huge hit!
Our theme for this week is Summer and just look at the inspiration to see just how many ways that there are to interpret this. We also have the fabulous first prize of a Studio 12 Picknix Collection 1 CD so what are you waiting for!

NJ - For my Summer card I chose to use the Candy Doodles Collectors Edition CD. I used the cupcake from the cd. The digi is by Emma Canning and it is Millie Birthday. I have also used a Marianne Design Die LR0118. The pink swirls I made using fimo to look like swirly candy!
Fabiola - For this Summer project, I've made a card, using Emma Canning digital stamp Taylor Camping Day. I also used a variety of papers from the PPC 3 Kit, and kraft paper from my stash. The flowers are from my stash and also the bling. I coloured my image with Copic markers.
Nelly - Happy Friday to all, and yes its midsummer! ... isn't it? For my card I have taken the Sunflower image from The Sundae of Season's CD and coloured them with my trusted Promarker pens ...I incorporated this fab u lush image from the designer EMMA CANNING called "Summer Thank you" isn't she just Gorgeous!! again I coloured her using Promarkers, the leaf die is from MARIANNE DESIGNS .... flowers embellishments can be found HERE ...trimmed up with glitter and butterfly and ladybird embellies border lends to a perfect British summer looking day don't you think ?
Patty: For my card, I used the lovely Summer from Emma Canning images, and some of left over papers that were on my desk (that I 'm trying to use up!), added the border and the sentiment and voila!!! my card is done.  I love clean & simple cards in which the image is the attraction..and this is a good example.
JAN: My summer themed card uses gorgeous pastel papers from the 'Sundae of Seasons' CD, together with a fab little flower image from the same CD. The main image is an 'Emma Canning' design and she is very aptly called 'Summer' and has been coloured with my Promarkers.  A collection of flowers accent the corner of the image and are enhanced with my favourite Marianne leaf die (LR0226).  I also used a Marianne die (LR0191) to display the sentiment (which is from the latest Pen & Paper Circle stamp set).1) to display the sentiment (which is from the latest Pen & Paper Circle stamp set).
Claire (Happy Days) - I've gone all retro today and used Taylor "Camping Day" for my easel card. The papers are from the All Around & Everywhere CD and the flowers are from the Sundae of Seasons. I used my computer to generate the sentiment before over printing the patterned paper.
Kitty - Instead of bright summer colours I thought I would try soft muted tones for my card. The image is of course Taylor 'Camping Day'. The papers are from Sundae Of Seasons and the sentiment is from Sugarplum Daisy CD.
Claire - I too have used the lovely Taylor camping day image perfect for a scottish summer! Combining it with elements from the Picknix 1 Studio 12 cd.
Emma - This week I have used the fab little bee from the Sugar Plum Daisy collection (My Fave) to make a summery exploding box. 
Shell- For my card I have used the fabulous image from Emma Canning she is called Summer and I thought she was perfect for this challenge, the papers and the ticket sentiment are from the Sugar Plum Daisy CD  The huge flowers has been made with a die and the edges have been distressed and scrunched.
Lou - For my summer card I've also used the cute Taylor Camping Day image and have coloured her up then cut her out and added her to an acetate panel along with the text and kite I made. The background uses a paper and several of the embellies from Heavenly Garden kit on the Studio 12 Picknix Collection 1 CD.
Fliss - To me, nothing says summer more than the beach, so although I too have used the Taylor Camping Day image, her brolly is a parasol and the wellies for wading in rock pools lol. I've made a shaped card with a large die and then added a matching shaped frame. I've used papers and a sentiment from the Sugarplum Daisy CD, added beach huts and ice cream from the Sundae of Seasons CD and bunting from the Studio 12 Picknix Collection 1 CD. Colouring is done with Aquamarkers and Prisma pencils.
Nikky...I love Emma's digi designs! I chose this one because I thought the girls would all choose others haha, shows just how wrong you can be! I decided to go all flowery and choose some nice bright colours to portray that summery feel...

We're looking forward to seeing your entries and please don't forget to check the rules to make sure your entry fits the challenge and requirements.

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