Friday, 7 September 2012

Week 36 - What's The Word Bird?

Hello folks, Friday is here yet again so it's time for a new challenge here on Polka Doodles.The theme for this week is What's The Word Bird? A great theme for you to get ahead with those Christmas creations!

We're hoping that you caught Nikky's shows on Create and Craft last Saturday with the launch of the brand new Studio 12 Picknix Collection 2 CD - Gingerbread Twist. If you missed it then pop over to the Creative Team Blog for some stunning samples, if you did see it you'll find some fabulous inspiration there anyway!

Before we have a look at the Design Team samples, we need to announce the top three from Challenge 34 which was 'Stitching'. You all rocked this challenge but unfortunately we can only have 3 winners. The lucky ladies are: 
First Place: - Deanne @ Three Trees - Please use verification code PD1W3634
Second Place: - Susan Martin
Third Place: - E. T.

Congratulations to you all! Deanne, 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 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 for the Design Team inspiration which we're sure you'll love as there are some very varied creations here, even with the number of robins on show!

NJ - I have made my card this week using the Candy Doodles Collector's Edition CD I printed the birds on the tree and coloured using Letraset Promarkers I printed the bird backing paper to fit the card blank and cut the edges with scalloped scissors. I have used a Marianne Design Die but I wanted to use the negative just to be different!LOL

Fabiola- For my project I have created a card with an image from the Sugarplum Daisy CD, the papers are also from the same collection. I have colored my image with Promarkers, I added some flowers, a feather, brads and pom pom trim from my stash.

Fliss - My card for this week is one of the samples I made for Nikky using elements all from the brand new and gorgeous Studio 12 Picknix Collection 2 - Gingerbread Twist CD. I just adore this gorgeous robin and made him pop by inking the edges with Black Soot Distress ink and added more inking and embossing for added texture. All details of how I made the card are on my blog.

Kitty -For my card i have used the fabby new Studio12 CD - Gingerbread Twist! I designed it in in CraftArtist and made some elements (the bow & robin) 3d with foam pads. Traditonal & simple.

Claire - I've made a simple stepper card using the fantastic Here Comes Christmas CD and the image Snow Race by Emma Canning. The images have all been coloured with Promarkers. I drew an igloo onto card and then simply cut some "ice blocks" from card, inked the edges with Distress Inks and shaped them with an embossing tool before mounting onto my sketch with Pinflair Glue. The snowdrifts are of course torn paper that has been inked with DI's. To finish I ran Stickles Glitter Glue along the edges of the blocks and snowdrifts.

Claire : Oh my! I just love the new Christmas cd from Nikky - Here comes Christmas, jam packed with festive gorgeousness. How about this adorable Robin and lovely tree just so lovely! Coloured with Promarkers and some lovely Stampendous shaved ice for the snow.

Shell- For my card this week I've used the brill Studio 12 Picknix Collection 1 and have used the In The Garden section. The bird houses have been coloured with copics. I then simply added a few pearls and some ribbon.


You have until 12 noon on Sunday 16 September to enter and please don't forget to check the rules. Good luck!

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Friday, 31 August 2012

Week 35 - Flowers

Welcome to another Polkadoodle challenge!  If you've not already had a look at our two (yes two!) Design Team calls then have a look at this post here, but be quick - Flat Friends ends today (31 August) but the Polkadoodle call is open until 19 September.

And if that is not enough excitement, you can catch the launch of the brand new Picknix Collection - Gingerbread Twist with Nikky on Saturday at 10am and 4pm on Create and Craft.  And with a name like Gingerbread Twist, I bet you can't guess what theme it will be!!!

Before we have a look at the Design Team samples, we need to announce the top three from Challenge 33 which was 'Tags':
First Place: Eva's Scraproom - Please use verification code PD1W3533
Second Place:  Karen L
Third Place:   Jayne

Congratulations to you all! Eva's Scraproom 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 all prize winners, you must use the code given above to claim your prize otherwise we cannot release it.
This week the challenge theme is FLOWERS and the closing date for entries is Sunday 9 September at 12noon GMT. 

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

Onto the Design Team samples:

Ruth:  I've gone for an old favourite - Paper Boutique Vol 1, cut out all the different flowers and layered them up how I wanted.  I've added stickles to the edges of the petals plus seed beads for the centres.  I've also added some ribbon from my stash and die cut letters and numbers.



Norine - This was a fun card to make, printing the digi and then paper piecing as well as Copic coloring!  The papers and teacup image are from the Sugarplum Daisy cd and the butterfly is a Marianne's die.  The sentiment is from the Pretty Tuff cd and punched with a Fiskars scallop punch.  Prima flowers and Maya Road pins from my stash.


Shary - I've made an Xmas card incorporating some flowers. I've used papers, sentiment and image from the brand new Here Comes Christmas CD.  I've used the Marianne Designs Snowflake Circle to frame the image.

Lucy ~ This week I decided to make a calendar for my ma. The background is painted but the digi image is from the Pretty Sweet CD Rom. Coloured with Pro Markers & Flexi Markers. The flowers were made using papers from the Sugarplum Daisy CD Rom, cut out using Marianne Design Creatables as was the swirl design.


Miria I made a quick card printing and cutting out these gorgeous flowers from cd Candy Doodles collectors  edition and use a paper and sentiment from the same collection, the birdcage is a Marianne Design die. I just added a ribbon and halfpearls as a final touch.


Clare - This week I have made a card using the Here Comes Christmas CD. I have decorated the card inside and out and layered the images. I have used the pretty Marianne poinsettia dies and layered them using Bazzill cardstock. I have used Red Berry Doodle Dew drops to the centre of the poinsettia. Finally for the inside I have used Spellbinders Labels One Nestability and a peel off from my stash.


 

Good luck with the challenge - closing date is Sunday 9 September at 12noon GMT and don't forget our rules!

Friday, 24 August 2012

Week 34 - Stitching...Real or Faux

Hello folks, Friday is here yet again so it's time for a new challenge here on Polka Doodles. Your hostess  this week is Shell and her chosen theme is STITCHING which can either be Real or Faux - the choice is yours!

Don't forget that we have 2 DT calls going on at the moment and all the details can be found HERE so if you're up for a challenge, why not take a look and maybe give it a go as you know what they say - you have to be in it to win it so to speak! We are looking for a new teamie on this Polkadoodles team and also on our new Emma Canning team, so it's an exciting call!

Before we have a look at the Design Team samples, we need to announce the top three from Challenge 32 which was 'Celebration' with lots of gorgeous entries which made it very hard to decide on winners. The lucky ladies are: 
First Place: - Margaret - Please use verification code PD1W3432 - you've won a £5 voucher
Second Place: - Laurie - Please use verification code PD1W3432 - you've won an Emma Canning download
Third Place: - Zora - Please use verification code PD1W3432 - you've also won an Emma Canning download
Please use verification code PD1W3432 in your email to claim your prizes

Congratulations to you all! Please all 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

And now for your inspiration which I'm sure you'll agree is fabulous and just what you need to get those creative juices flowing!

Fabiola- I love sewing on my cards, this time around for my project I have done some faux stitch behind the awesome image. The image is Summer Thank you by Emma Canning. The sentiment is from the Pretty Sweet CD Mini Collection which is an awesome collection. The papers are from the Studio 12 Picknix Collection CD , and I went for a vintage look.

NJ Hello lovelies, well this is a first for me, I have a sewing machine that has been gathering dust for years and this is the first time I have used it on a card. I have used the Pretty Sweet CD. I stitched a border around both the backing papers and coloured the image in using Promarkers. The flowers are Polkadoodles Bloomers.  

Nelly - Happy Friday everyone, my brother popped round and borrowed my sewing machine so not one for giving up I got my fine liner pens out to create faux stitching around the image topper by Emma Canning and can be purchased HERE she is called "Millies Birthday" and its coloured with Tim Holz Distress Pens The sentiment is a circle stamp that was released in the first edition of Pen and paper circle club and I simply cut away the centre and matt and layered onto card stock. The fab u lush flowers are also from Polka doodles and can also be purchased HERE! the design paper was taken from the Wonderland CD rom

Lou: Happy "Bank Holiday Weekend" everyone .... or for those of us in the UK! I have used the other half of the "Mistletoe Moment" image from Emma Canning as I wanted to give him centre stage. Just adore his pose holding the mistletoe ... aaahhhh! Image coloured with Promarkers. I didn't have any green card for my background and then remembered that the "Not for Girls" CD has a great selection of Bazzill inspired plain designs, so I printed the green I wanted, embossed with a Timmy folder. I cut out my own hearts and layered some of the embossed elements on the heart. Recreated some mistletoe and used STITCHED ribbon to dangle all my bits.

Claire (Happy Days) - Good morning folks. For my card this week I've used Emma Canning's stunning Angel who has been coloured with Promarkers and Sakura Gel Pens. I've faux stitched the edges of all of my papers with a gold glitter pen. The gorgeous purple paper is from the Sugarplum Daisy CD and the lilac paper is from the Candy Doodles CD which has been embossed before swiping with DI. To finish I've used Doodle Dewdrops (I bought the clear ones and applied some gold paint to the base of them - I'm really pleased as the gold shows through brilliantly but doesn't look flat or dull).

Kitty - Morning everyone! So for the challenge I decided to make a tag for a change! The image is of course one of the fabby new Emma Canning Images, this one is All Lit Up - my fav one! All the papers I used are from the latest CD Rom - Here Comes Christmas - it really is cram packed full of yummyness!

JAN: I chose to stitch around all the matting and layering on my project, which gives an extra dimensional feel to the card. I have used three different background papers from the Candy Doodles CD and also die-cut a sentiment from the same CD. I used three of Emma Canning's gorgeous girls and layered them together to make a 'friends' theme, before colouring them with my Promarkers. A variety of embellishments finish off the card.

Shell- How typical is this, I chose this weeks challenge so I could use my sewing machine and I couldn't get it to work, so I had to do some faux stitching instead...For my card this week I have used the Studio 12 CD and the in the garden collection. The image has been coloured with copics and the sentiment is computer generated.



Claire: I dusted off my needle and thread this week to create my tag with the very lovely Millies Birthday image. Paper and flower from the studio 12 Cd. A little french knot attaches Millie to the tag at her waist.

Emma: I made quite a simple card for the challenge using paper from the Pretty Sweet CD and a sentiment from the Sugar Birdies Collectors Edition. I distressed the edges of the sentiment and added faux stitching with a Sakura gel pen.

Fliss: I had to cheat a little for my inspiration this week as my mojo seems to have been left behind since I got back from my hols lol. This is a card I made with elements and papers from the gorgeous new Here Comes Christmas CD. I coloured the angel with Promarkers and added layers to my card with hessian for texture. I used a piercing tool and brown fine pen to create faux stitching on the background paper and die cut heart.

You have until 12 noon on Sunday 2 September to enter and good luck!

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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!