Friday, 23 November 2012

Week 47 - Any Die Will Do

Welcome to another Polkadoodle challenge!  Christmas is creeping ever closer and I think the team are getting prepared judging by the samples for this weeks challenge!

Before we have a look at the samples, I need to announce the winner from challenge 45 which was to make a Christmas Party Invitation.  Entries were rather scarce so we can only assume that you are all going to parties over Christmas rather than hosting them!  Less cleaning up I say!!

Anyway, the lucky winner of the Studio 12 Picknix Vol 1 CD is Dawn!  Congratulations!!  Please email Nikky with your postal details - all the blinkies can be found in the sidebar.  Please remember to add the verification code and the challenge week in the subject field on your email - you must use the code (PD1W474) to claim your prize otherwise we cannot release it.

Onto this week's challenge and the theme is:

Any Die Will Do

So that gives you lot of opportunity to crack open those Christmas dies that you've not yet used!  The first placed winner will receive a copy of the Colour Therapy DVD!

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 Polkadoodles
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 off word verification especially as the comment moderation has a spam section.

Good luck with the challenge - deadline for entries is Sunday 2 December at 12noon GMT.

Before you go, just have a look at the stunning Design Team samples!!

Ruth:  I've used papers from Here Comes Christmas cd (you can just about see them!) plus I've cut out some Poinsettia's from the cd too.  I've used my fresh out of the packet Marianne Creatables Poinsetta die and using some red card from my stash.  I've cheated slightly and made leaves with green card!  I've handwritten the sentiments which are on Sizzix scallop tag dies and then added some ribbon from my stash.  And the best bit - the card actually stands up!  Result!


Karen - I used the Picknix 2 CD for  the image, sentiment and BP for this card.  This image is ready coloured, so I just added sparkle.  All the dies used on this card are Mariannes.

Shell-For my card this week I have used the stamps and papers from the PPC5, the image has been coloured using a mix of copics and promarkers. I used some nesties to make the frame for her to sit on, the flowers are Marianne (LR0163) I then added a few pearls and a little lace to finish.

Helen - For my card this week I have used images from the Sundae Of Seasons CD ROM. I printed off 3 backing papers, a holly border and a text plate( which I added the text to). For the main image I combined the tree background with the snowman and put a little reindeer hiding in the trees. The dies I used are Marianne Icicle border and snowflake. I added glitter and pearls to finish off the project.


Anjie - For my card I have used an image, papers and embellishments from the Sundae Of Seasons CD. The image is coloured with ProMarkers. The doily is the Marianne D Designer Doily, the butterfly is the Marianne die CR1205 and the flowers are from the Marianne die LR0107. I've added Doodle Dewdrops to the centre of the flowers and some bling on the butterfly.

NJ I have used Sundae of Seasons for my card this time. I inked all the edges with distress ink, and die cut using Marianne design dies LR0131 and LR0118. I love buttons too so couldn't resist finishing off with them!

Anne  - I've used papers  from the Pen & Paper kit 3, this gorgeous girlie is from  the Candy Doodles cd and the sentiment is from Sugar Plum Daisy.  
                        

JAN:  I decided to wrap a present and make a gift tag this week, using papers from the 'Paper Boutique Vol II CD' and a little sentiment from the 'Here Comes Christmas CD'.  I used the little swirl die from the Marianne LRO108 Flowers set and cut it eight times adding it to the shaped tag.


Eva - I have made a shaped card using a cute snowman image and papers from Sundae of Seasons. The sentiment is from Picknix 2 - Gingerbread Twist. I used dies from Crafts Too and a Christmas Tree die from Marianne's CR1227. Used a Magnolia die for the fence, some sparkly ribbon and mini hat pins. Added lots of glitter, roses and mini snowflakes too.


Claire - I've made a little paper gift bag using a single sheet of A4 paper (tutorial on my blog). The gorgeous papers and image are from the Studio 12 Picknix Collection 2 - Gingerbread Twist and I've used a snowflake die from Marianne Designs LR0125


Clare - For this weeks challenge I have made a circle easel card. The gorgeous paper's are from Studio 12 Picknix Collection "Gingerbread Twist" CD, the cute image is from Sundae of Seasons CD and the sentiment is from the Here Comes Christmas CD. The poinsettia die is by Marianne Designs. I have used Turquoise Doodle Dewdrops for the centres of the poinsettia's and covered the petals with diamond Stickles.  


Kitty - This week i decided to create a winter scene card with my favourite animals - penguins of course! The papers and images are all from the Here Comes Christmas CD. I also used Cheery Lynn Snowflakes die and Dienamics Snow Drifts (altho you can't see them!). I also added lots of Stickles Glitter to the trees and snow.


Good luck with the challenge and please remember our rules - deadline for entries is Sunday 2 December at 12noon GMT.

Friday, 16 November 2012

Week 46 - Square Card With A Round Element

Hi everyone, can't believe it's Friday again and that Christmas seems to be looming ever faster by the day! It's time for a new challenge and this week we're delighted that some of our new Design Team ladies have pulled out all the stops to be able to join us today and start showing off their talent.

The challenge this week is to:

Make A Square Card With A Round Element

The winner from this challenge will receive a copy of the absolutely gorgeous Studio 12 Picknix Collection 1 CD! Please don't forget to follow our rules which are below.

Before we look at the Design Team samples, we need to announce the top three from Challenge 44 which was 'Bright Colours and Sparkle'.  Once again, we had some stunning entries but there can only be one top three and here they are:

First Place: Carla Suto - you win a Picknix CD and please use verification code PD1W4644
Second Place: Caroline - KISS  - please claim your blinkie from the sidebar
Third Place: Judy Rozema - please claim your blinkie from the sidebar

Congratulations!  Carla please email Nikky to claim your prize and all the blinkies can be found in the sidebar.  Please remember to add the verification code and the challenge week in the subject field on your email - 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 Polkadoodles
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 off word verification especially as the comment moderation has a spam section.

Good luck with the challenge - the deadline for entries is Sunday 25 November at 12noon GMT.

Fabi- For my project I made a rectangular card, I have used Kraft paper for the base of the card, and papers and elements from the Pretty Tuff CD-Rom . I have replaced the string of the balloon with a piece of twine. The round element is the ball.

Shell-For my card this week I've used papers from the Magical Winter CD's, the image and sentiments are from the Studio 12 picknix Gingerbread Twist. The fab snowman image has been coloured with copics....The trees are also from Gingerbread Twist I printed 2 sizes, cut them out and added some glitter. I then added some die cuts to complete the card.

Karen - For my card I used paper, sentiment and image from the Picknix 2 CD  I coloured this lovely image with ProMarkers and added lots of sparkle, I just love snow people.... lol.  The round elements are the main image and gems.

Karon - For my card I used backing papers from my stash.  The butterfly and flower were both from the Picknix Collection 1 CD. I used the pre-coloured images, however they are also on the CD as black and white digital stamps for you to colour.  I cut the butterfly twice, layered with pop dots on the body and added some decorative wire for the antennae.  The flower was cut twice in two different sizes.  The sentiment is from a set I bought many moons ago whilst still living in the UK.

Asha - It's Christmas in my world! I made a 5" square card using patterned papers, digi and sentiment from PickNix Collection Gingerbread Twist. I coloured Santa with alcohol markers and used twine and bling from my stash. All that's left is to convince the jolly ol' man that I'm nice ...most of the time!

Fliss - I've gone all girly for my card this week using elements all from the Pretty Sweet CD. I coloured the cute Amelia with Aquamarkers and did lots of matting and layering with some of the pretty papers. I added a doily, a wooden butterfly altered with a pink Promarker and some glittered up die cuts.

JAN:  Another snowman from me - there must be something in the air!  I made a square Christmas card using papers, images and sentiments from the 'Here Comes Christmas CD'.  My round element displays a little snowman joke - just twist the top circle to reveal the answer underneath!

 


Sally - This was my first card I made before I received my lovely downloads from Nikky. I used the Casey image from Pretty Tuff CD Rom and the footballs. Picked the backing paper from the Candy Doodles CD Rom matted it in bright green, matted the footballs in black and cut a Spellbinders circle in green and embossed it with a dotty embossing folder.

I've also made a second card and have gone with download papers and characters  that Nikky sent us  from the Picknix 2 CD. Matt and layered the backing paper with black card. Matt and layered the huge button with black card also. Added some ribbon in the button holes and some dew drops from my crafty stash for the berries on the holly.

Kimberly I loved making this project using Studio 12 Picknix Collection 1 CD Elements. Fun textured looking papers, tags and many elements to create many layers. I inked all my embellishments and I even added a tag that can be pulled out to place your new address. I have a few round items which include the doily, button and let's not forget the round number dial on this old fashioned phone..

Alethea - This is my first card made entirely in digital didn't think I even knew how to do it but I love the way it turned out!! All the elements and sentiment are from the PickNix Collection Gingerbread Twist. I love to colour so I chose to use an uncoloured gingerbread man and colour him myself... He looks a little on the well done side (hehehe) but happy with it all the same!! The round element on my card is the rhinestones!!

Norine:  Here's my card for the square/round challenge!  The front of the card is cut shorter than the back so the inside edge shows on the front.  I used Spellbinders dies and Fiskars edge cutters, and paper and images from the Here Comes Christmas cd and the green patterned papers are from the Pretty Sweet cd.


Valou250809: Here is my card for the challenge "Square Card With A Round Element". I used papers from the CD " Sundae of Seasons ". A fabulous mix of pink and mauve in particular. There are other colours in the same theme on this CD. The sweet bear is from the Spring collection. To stick the butterfly, the place mat and the leaves, I used  Zig glue. On the border, I used gems. Small mauve roses are stuck below on the right.


Helen: For my  card I have used an image from Here Comes Christmas. I cut out using a circle die, I then mounted on a red scalloped circle. I printed out 2 backing papers from the same CD. I distressed using Vintage Photo ink. I added a border I cut from a Memory Box die, also the swirl. The poinsettia was cut using a Marianne die. I cut out one of the tickets and distressed. I finished off with some pearls and a touch of glitter.

Haven't our new teamies done some fabulous creations! Now it's your turn and you have until 12 noon on Sunday 25 November to get your entries in. Good luck!

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Friday, 9 November 2012

Week 45 - Christmas Party Invitation

Hello everyone! We have some extremely exciting news today - we can now proudly announce our fabulously talented INTERNATIONAL DESIGN TEAM!! 
Whoop Whoop!!!


We're very excited here at Doodle Towers to welcome some amazingly creative new Ladies from all around the world onto the team and we can't wait to see what they are going to bring you!! We know you will love all the creative inspiration that's about to come from 
Lidia, Astrid, Sally, Valerie, Kim, Alethea, Asha, Karon, Melissa, Tina and Monica
So make sure you click on their bloglinks and follow their wonderful blogs to get all their latest makes and creative inspiration!

The challenge this week is to:

Make A Christmas Party Invitation 

And the winner of this challenge will receive a copy of the Studio 12 Picknix Vol 1 CD with a download each for second and third placed entrants.

Before we move on to the wonderful inspiration from the Design Team, we need to announce the winner from challenge 43 which was to 'Make a Christmas Card and Add Kraft'.  We had some wonderful entries and our top three are:

First Place:  Elaine - you have won a copy of the Studio 12 Picknix 2 cd - Gingerbread Twist!  Please use verification code PD1W4543
Second Place: Jayne Ainsworth please claim your blinkie from the sidebar
Third Place:  Deonna B please claim your blinkie from the sidebar

Congratulations!  Elaine please email Nikky with your postal details - all the blinkies can be found in the sidebar.  Please remember to add the verification code and the challenge week in the subject field on your email - 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 Polkadoodles
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 off word verification especially as the comment moderation has a spam section.

Good luck with the challenge - deadline for entries is Sunday 18 November at 12noon GMT.

Ruth:  I've used the very cute Penguin Pip from Magical Winter Vol 1 cd - I've simply printed the toppers onto card, layered them onto some red card and then onto my card blank.  And if you look closely I've glittered the edges of the image and also the sign!  Really quick and easy to make and great if you need to do lots for an impromptu party!

Anjie For this card I've used images and papers from Here Comes Christmas. I've coloured the image in with ProMarkers and added some glitter on the snow areas. The message topper is made up of a paper and a border from the CD with a the message done in word.  The snowflakes and flowers are done using some Marianne Design dies.
The RSVP is tucked in behind the invite message.
Norine:  There are just TOO many cute designs on the new Here Comes Christmas cd, but I made myself stop with just one card for this challenge!  Everything on this card is from that cd.  I printed the frame and gingerbread boy, cut them out and then mounted them on the card with pop-dots.  Then I overlaid the words on a slightly desaturated holly garland and printed that on vellum.  Love those 3D folded banners, right??  The holly leaves are a Silhouette Cameo cut design and the pearls and gems are Prima and My Mind's Eye.  Wouldn't this make a great invite to a Christmas cookie exchange?

Helen: For this card I have used images from Here Comes Christmas. The Christmas lights are from  Sundae of Seasons and the Letters and Dec 25 from Picknix 2. I imported the deers, lights and letters into Photoshop ,combined and created the topper. I added glossy accents to baubles and pearls for the deer's nose.


Miria  I made a last minute card for an invitation, I used image and border from Here Comes Christmas cd and just added a doily and a computer generated tag. Quick and easy!

Eva - For this invitation I used papers from Picknix 2 - Gingerbread Twist. The image is from the Sundae of Seasons CD. I used Spellbinders dies for the shape, and added some roses, bells, ribbon, craft wire and pins. The sentiment is computer generated. The invite details flip out. 
Clare - For my invitation I have used gorgeous paper's and images from both Studio 12 Picknix 2 Gingerbread Twist  and Here Comes Christmas. The bunting is from a Stampin Up punch.  Lots of yummy Stickles Glitter Glue. Everything else is from my stash. The invitation is tied with ribbon from back to front and tied at the side to open.
I have computer generated words for the inside of the invitation and added more lovely images and stickles!!!!.

Good luck with the challenge - deadline for entries is Sunday 18 November at 12noon GMT.

Friday, 2 November 2012

Week 44 - Bright Colours and Sparkle

Hello everyone, Happy Friday and we're all hoping that our US followers on the East coast are all safe and well after the nasty Hurricane Sandy. We send anyone affected our very best wishes and hope that you haven't got too much damage.

Before we get to all the gorgeous inspiration this week, we also have a little reminder about our DT call which closes on 5th November so if you're interested please be quick! Here are all the details...


We are looking for some extra talent for our International Design Team, so if you'd like to be part of our hugely popular team and live OUTSIDE THE UK then get applying now! You will need to be familiar with using digistamps as well as using normal stamps as we are primarily a digital company, but we have lots of great things on the go in addition to this blog, so we all always have lots of creative fun at Polkadoodles.

We now need to let you know the winners for our Week 42 Autumn Challenge, there were loads of lovely entries so thank you all so much for those but unfortunately there can only be 3 winners and these lucky ladies are:
First Place - wins a Colour Therapy and Sundae of Seasons CD -  wisienor  please use verification code PD1W4442
Second Place - also wins a Colour Therapy and Sundae of Seasons CD - Claire Day  please use verification code PD1W4442
Third Place - please claim your blinkie from the sidebar - Sue Bearhouse

Congratulations!  Wisienor and Claire, please email Nikky for how details on how to claim your prizes - all the blinkies can be found in the sidebar.  Please remember to add the verification code and the challenge week in the subject field on your email - you must use the code given above to claim your prize otherwise we cannot release it.

Now for this week's challenge which is:
                                               Bright Colours and Sparkle

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 Polkadoodles
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 off word verification especially as the comment moderation has a spam section.

Good luck with the challenge - the deadline for entries is Sunday 11 November at 12noon GMT and the Winner will receive a Picknix CD for the best entry! Woohoo!

Fliss - A very festive card from me this week using elements all from the Here Comes Christmas CD which has oodles of papers and images to make the Christmas card task easier. I chose the cute carol singers, die cutting the image into a circle and adding to a card blank covered with some plaid paper and bright green card from my stash embossed with a holly sprig folder. The sparkle is the bright pink glittery border and I added decoupaged holly to embellish together with a sentiment I die cut and prettied up with tiny heart buttons.

JAN:  I thought I would have a change from Christmas this week and made a bright cheery card for a 'Special Day'.  The square paper pieces are all printed from the 'Sugar Plum Daisy CD' and are inked around the edges with matching distress ink.  I made the centre panel on my pc, using letters from the 'Picknix 2 - Gingerbread Twist CD' to spell the word 'Sparkle' (I exported them to Paint and played around with the colour to make them all bright).  The sentiment is also made on my pc and I added a sparkly star (printed from the 'Sundae of Seasons CD') then treated it to a generous helping of glitter for some lovely sparkle.

Anjie This week I've used bright blues, greens and oranges to create a bonfire night themed card.
The images, papers and fireworks are from the Sundae Of Seasons CD. The images are coloured with ProMarkers. The flower and leaves are from the Marianne Designs Floral 3 dies set. The flower is made using 3 flowers with the inner one curled inwards to give the effect of it still being partly in bud. I've finished it off with a Doodle Dewdrop in the centre of the flower and three at the top of the card.

Karen : Another Christmas card from me for this challenge.  The BP, sentiment and bauble are from the Picknix 2 CD. I printed the bauble out 4 times, cut them out, folded them in half and attached the halves together to create the 3d effect.  I also covered all the red pattern with red glitter, though it doesn't really show on this picture.
Here's a side view so you can see the bauble better.

Kitty - I decided to make a nice and simple card using the Here Comes Christmas CD. It has so many fabulous images on so I tried to add as many of my favourites as I could! The papers and images are all from the the CD too. I decoupaged the flower & added the robin with foam pads to make him 3D. There is a lot of sparkle on here but it doesn't show too well.

Fabulous inspiration don't you agree! Now it's your turn and you have until 12 noon on Sunday 11 November to enter. Good luck!

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