Tuesday, 8 January 2013

Altered Journal

This is my first make for the Studio 12 side of Polka Doodles, although I have been using the CD's for a while! I love altering things and getting inky and messy, so it's right up my street.

Every few years I do myself a journal for keeping track of things I'm working on, my fave things and things I need to own! lol And here is the one I've made for this year. All the papers and embellishments are from the Studio 12 Picknix collection Vol 1. I've used some distress ink to age everything, then used a white pen to add faux stitching. Then I've added some odd bits of ribbon to the spine. I always save my ribbon offcuts to use on projects like these.


Don't forget there is still a 15% sale on the Polka Doodles website, so go grab yourself this fabulous CD and anything else you might need.

Anjie
xx

Sunday, 6 January 2013

New Year Sunday - New Us!


Happy New Year everyone!

You may have noticed a little change here on the Polkadoodles blog (see our new header above!) ...we have decided that as most of our customers and followers love both Polkadoodles AND Studio 12 it makes sense to bring both of our fantastic design teams together in one place! So from now on, this blog is dedicated to the whole Polkadoodle House and we will feature some fantastically creative Studio 12 makes every Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday! Of course, our regular Polkadoodles challenge will always publish on Fridays too, it just means we can bring everyone loads more inspiration all under one bloggy roof! 

So to kickstart us off with Studio 12 and give you an introduction if you don't know what it's all about - my creative vision for the Studio 12 brand of products is to try and show you how digital crafting doesnt' have to be just about simply colouring in a digistamp with alcohol markers and making a card! Digital is so exciting, and let's face it - it will eventually be the future for all of us, even those who hate computers and will never give up stamping! I never ever thought I would be a digital crafter as I was a die-hard stamper and grungey person, but digital can hold it's own against all our traditional products too. It's all about opening our eyes to the possibilities of how we can use it - digital doesnt mean keeping it all on screen, which is what digiscrap tends to be - to me, it just means digital design which can be used in a variety of ways, and for me, that means 100% hybrid all the way! I will NEVER give up my rubber stamps and inks and paints and all that lovely texture which you simply can't do digital (although we do come close!) so I use all my digital products to create real, off the page or on the page projects and cards, simply mixed up with my chipboard, stamps and every other bit of stash I have. It simply means I can get LOADS more product at an absolute snip of a price - 100's and 100's of papers for me to print at home economically all for the price of a 48 sheet 12 x 12" paper stack. It's a no-brainer! And the great thing with Polkadoodles is that we WANT you to go hybrid so unlike most other digital brands, all our images will print out fantastic quality at home on your basic cheapo home printer with the cheapest inks you can find - cos we know that is what YOU want!

So anyway, I love making tags and thought I'd share this one I made ready for Valentine's Day, which will be here in the blink of a Distress Ink!
To make this I cut out a simple tag shape and covered it with paper from my Picknix collection  and some lovely bits and pieces from the website - you can see in more detail how I made it over on my blog here.

Hope you like this tag, I'm giving this to my husband for Valentine's Day as a bookmark, why not make one too for the man in your life! See you next time! xx

p.s. Dont forget that there is still a 15% sale on the website so make sure you grab a bargain whilst you can!

Love from Nikky
x

Friday, 4 January 2013

Week 1 - Emma Canning Blog Hop FREE digi!

Happy New Year everyone and welcome back to the Polka Doodles challenges for 2013! 
We have something very special lined up for you over the next couple of weeks as we're hopping with some really cute images made exclusively for the Blog Hop by the lovely Emma Canning.
Emma has drawn us a really sweet image for this challenge which all the Design Team have used in their creations and you'll see just how versatile it is. You'll find the image a little further down the post because in order to be in with a chance of winning this challenge, we'd like you to make a project with the image and get hopping!

Before we give you all the details and the FREEBIE, we need to announce the winners of the Week 50 challenge which was to make a card for a Christmas Birthday or for a Young Adult. There were lots of gorgeous entries making a very difficult task for the Design Team but there can only be one top 3:

First Place: Ivonne H - you win a £50 Goodie Bag and please use verification code PD1W150
Second Place: Eret - you win a Studio 12 Picknix Collection 1 CD and please use the above verification code to claim.
Third Place: Tracey F - you also win a Studio 12 Picknix Collection 1 CD and please use the above verification code to claim.

Congratulations to you all! 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.

Now for all the Blog Hop details and your FREE digi! 
Your Challenge for the week is to make a project using this very sweet Emma Canning image (just click and save) and also to take part in the Blog Hop - the hop list is below (just click the image to get the proper size and then right click and save to your desktop).
Here's the Blog Hop Order:
Your starting point is here so don't forget to leave a comment below!
Anjie
Asha
Astrid
Fliss
Karon
Kimberly
Melissa
Miria
Patty
Sally
Flat Friends Challenge Blog

To be in with a chance of winning the challenge you MUST leave a comment on each of the blogs or you will not be included in the draw! Our team are full of great inspiration so make sure you follow their blogs as you go around the hop too!

The first prize this week is 3 Download Bundles and the second and third prize winners will each receive 1 Download Bundle (if you want to see how fabulous the choice here is check out the online shop!)

Now for that fabulous inspiration!...

Karon:  I couldn't wait to use the new Cherryblossom Lane CD and I loved this new image from Emma Canning, which I coloured in with alcohol markers.  I decided to make it a card for a friend and found the perfect sentiment on the CD and the patterned papers are from the CD too - there are so many to choose from. I layered up my card to have borders around everything.  And of course I had to add a little ribbon and some pearls to finish it off.

Kimberly: Oh my...these papers from Cherry Blossom Lane CD are to die for...I just love the soft pink colours in all of them..I'll be using this set over and over for sure. This super sweet image from Emma Canning fits perfect with these designer papers. Coloured her up with my markers and added some sentiments from the Candy Doodles collectors edition which matched up perfectly with the papers. Added a couple embellishments and there you have it...super simple and sweet.
 
Astrid  I liked the new image from Emma Canning a lot, its a lovely lady. I coloured her with my Copic Markers and used paper from a paper pad with now name. The flowers are handmade and sprinkled with fine glitter, and the leaves are from Marianne Design. The tag is from the new Cherryblossom Lane CD.

Asha - This image by Emma Canning is supremely sweet and a joy to colour with alcohol markers. Of course, I just had to use Polka Doodle's brand new Cherry Blossom Lane CD. I picked soft, pastel colours to make this delicate feminine friendship card.  The sentiment is also from the CD. For embellishments I used some sheer pink ribbon and pale pink bling from my stash.

Sally - Hi This is an image from Emma Canning which I love. I coloured the image with Promarkers and cut her out. I used one of the toppers from the Cherry Blossom Lane CD and cut out the roses. Attached them to a Spellbinders Fancy Label then adhered that to one of the stripey papers from the Cherry Blossom Lane CD.

Miria For my card I used Emma Canning lovely image coloured with Kuretake Zig Kurecolor. The sentiment and paper are from cd Love & Cherish. Just added some tulle, ribbon, doily and half pearls from stash.

Anjie I have used the fabulous free image from Emma Canning which is coloured with the Ltd Edition Winter ProMarkers. The papers are from the Studio 12 Picknix Collection 1 CD which I have slightly distressed. I have added a Marianne D Doily diecut and some flowers cut using a Marianne die. I have then added some faux stitching, some hearts, a paper button and a few gems.

Patty For my card I've combined Emma's cute image with papers from the Pretty Tuff CD and a sentiment from the Pretty Sweet CD. I added a frame left over from die cutting and a pretty ribbon to finish off.

Fliss I've gone very floral for my card using a very pretty paper, sentiment, floral border and the cute little bird from the gorgeous new Cherry Blossom Lane CD. I coloured the sweet image with my treasured Aquamarkers and die cute the image and sentiment. The green ribbed card came from my stash and I inked the edges of the panels a little and finished off with some pink pearls.

Melissa  For my card I used Emma Canning's beautiful image. I coloured using color pencils. The paper and cute sentiment  is from Candy Doodles CD)! I also used Prima flowers just to add a little sweet touch to this card!

You'll probably need a cuppa after reading all this and can I remind you that you MUST make a card with the above image and do our blog hop to be in with a chance of winning a prize.

Make sure you join us at the same time next week for the 2nd part of our hop with another FREEBIE and some more great prizes!!

Good luck!

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Friday, 21 December 2012

Week 51 - Happy New Year - 2013!

Welcome to another Polkadoodles challenge!!

Before we move onto this weeks challenge, I need to announce the winner from Week 49 which was 'Paper Piecing and Newspaper'. 

The lucky winner of the Picknix vol 1 and vol 2 cd's is Janice!  Congratulations!!  Please email Nikky with your postal details.  Please remember to add the verification code and the challenge week in the subject field on your email - you must use the code PD1W5149 to claim your prize otherwise we cannot release it.

Our second place entry is:  Debbie Johns - please email Nikky with your postal details as you have won a copy of Picknix 1 - you must use the code PD2W5149 to claim your prize otherwise we cannot release it.

And third placed entry is LOU!!!!  And your code for your copy of Picknix Vol 1 is PD3W5149.

Congratulations to you all!  Please grab your blinkies from the sidebar.

Onto this week's challenge and the theme is:


Happy New Year OR Use The Year 2013
We are flexible on the theme - so you can use Happy New Year OR add the numbers 2013 (eg 3 of something or the actual numbers).  Just have a look below at the Design Team's inspiration on our interpretations of the theme!
As this is our last challenge of the year the top three placed entries will all get a prize!  The first placed winner will receive a copy of Picknix Vol 1 cd, second place will receive a copy of Back To Nature cd and the third placed entry will receive a copy of Sundae of Seasons cd!
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 6 January at 12noon GMT.

Ruth:  I've gone with a firm favourite of mine from the Paper Boutique Vol 3 cd - the pink cupcake!!  I've printed it off as A5 size, cut out all the elements and then layered up with foam pads.  I've added die cut stars from pearlescent brown card, some ribbon I found in my stash.  The 30 are die cuts from sparkly card and I've added wire so that they boing about.  The star I've glittered around the edge (and on the cupcake too) and added a dotted line of liquid pearls around the inner.


Shell:  For my card this week I have used a twist on the challenge and I have used the 2013 part of the challenge, 1 image, 2 papers and the number 3. The card is for my Nephew's 3rd Birthday card in February. I have used the cute little bunny from the brand new Cherry Blossom CD and have coloured him with my copics, I then simply added a few buttons form my stash to complete the card.



JAN:  I have a really clean and simple card this week - it took about 15 minutes to make which is great as time is so precious at this time of year. I used paper from the 'Pen & Paper Circle 3' CD and the star template can be found on the 'Sundae of Seasons' CD. A little mirri card die cut border and a 'Happy New Year' greeting printed on my computer to finish. Happy New Year everyone!


Lucy ~ For this theme I decided to do a journal page using Polkadoodle papers, image and stamps. The heart sentiment is so cute and I wanted to focus on the 'Happy' part of the theme. I tore bits of PD dotty paper and glued them to the page after painting it. Then used ink sprays over the top. I coloured the image with Pro Markers. The stamps are from the Flutterfly fairies sets.



Anjie For this weeks challenge I've done a digital scrapbook page. All the elements are from the fabulous Picknix Collection 2 CD from Studio 12. I've put it all together in a craft program. I've added shadows to some of the elements to make it look more 3D. To follow the challenge I've used 1 photo, 2 bows and 3 rolling pins.


Clare - For my card I have incorporated Christmas and New Year using images and sentiment from the Here Comes Christmas CD and Studio 12 Picknix 2 Gingerbread Twist CD. The gorgeous red gingham paper is from the new Cherryblossom Lane CD which was launched last week. I have added some Berry Red Doodle Dewdrops and Stickles Glitter Glue to finish off my card.


Anne - I've gone with three of something using the newest release from Nikky,  Cherry Blossom Lane.
This was super quick to do.  I added the border to the paper in my graphics programe before printing it out.  Then printed the tree tags, mounted them and attached to the card using some brads. Following on with the three of something I added three little dew drops to the bottom corner.

        
Good luck with the challenge and don't forget our rules!  Deadline for entries is 6 January 2013 at 12noon GMT.

Friday, 14 December 2012

Week 50 - Birthday At Christmas/Young Adult

Good morning folks, it's Friday again and here at Polka Doodles today is a very special day as our Nikky is launching her brand new and totally gorgeous CD called Cherry Blossom Lane on Create and Craft TV.
The shows go out at 10am and 4pm and those of you outside the UK can watch the shows online.
You definitely don't want to miss this as Nikky has outdone herself to create the most adorably cute characters ever and the papers and embellishments are to die for and will have you longing for Spring as they're so very pretty.

This week the challenge chosen by Lou as her son has his birthday just before Christmas is to make a card for
A Birthday At Christmas Or For A Young Adult

We have some fantastic prizes for you this week too. The first placed winner from this challenge will receive a £50 Goodie Bag and the second and third placed winners will each receive a  Studio 12 Picknix Collection 1 CD!  Please don't forget to follow our rules which are below as we wouldn't want you to miss out, especially with these fabulous prizes on offer!

Before we look at the Design Team samples, we need to announce the top three from Challenge 48 which was the Sketch Challenge and sadly, there were not many entries for this. However, there can only be one top three and here they are:

First Place: Carla Suto - you win both of the fabulous Picknix Collection CDs and please use verification code PD1W5048
Second Place: Debbie Johns - you win a free download and please use the above verification code to claim.
Third Place: littlebee Sue -  you also win a free download and please use the above verification code to claim.

Congratulations to you all! 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 23 December at 12noon GMT.

Kimberly - Hi there, I've made this card for a young niece of mine. She just loves birds and the outdoors. Super simple card to create. I used image from Candy Doodles COLLECTORS EDITION and papers from the Picknix Collection 1 and Picknix Collection 2, they just went so well together. Added a sentiment from Candy Doodles Collectors Edition and some elements from Picknix Collection 1 and there you have it...super sweet.

Karon - I made this for a friend who is having a birthday this month.  I used the papers from the Studio 12 CD - Picknix Collection2 Gingerbread Twist .  The sentiment "Like a snowflake..." is also from this CD, which I merged into some of the backing paper using Word.  The main papers are backed with some from my stash.  I inked all the edges of the layers and popped up the main sentiment on some foam tape. Added some tulle fabric and a snowflake to finish off.

Karen - I don't know anyone with a birthday around Christmas time, so I made a card suitable for a young adult.  The image and BP are from the Sugar Plum Daisy CD. (the sentiment is computer generated).

Asha - I made this card for a good friend whose birthday is on the 23rd and who, like me, has a sweet tooth. What better excuse to use the pre-coloured gingerbread man image and patterned paper from the PickNix Gingerbread Twist CD. I did not go out of my way to ignore all things Christmassy simply because she is a huge fan the season. Lace, twine and brads are from my stash.

Astrid - Its my mother's birthday today and I made this card for her. The paper I used is from the CD
Sundae of Seasons. Also on this CD the cake and the banners.
In the corners I used the dies from Joy Craft and also on the middle of the card.
The ribbon comes from my own collection. A few pearls in Christmas colour and the card is done.

Sally - Here is my Young Adult - Cool Yule Card - I used an image from the Pretty Tuff CD Rom
coloured him with Promarkers, printed out a fence and skateboard matted him on a snowflake
background, cut out a frame using Spellbinders label in black cardstock then matted the frame on a dotty background paper and matted that on black cardstock.

Miria  I made a quick and easy tag for a winter birthday; I used some recycled corrugated cardboard I dabbed with white acrylic. The image and sentiment are from cd Magical Winter 2, I just added some embossing, pearls, button, pompom and a clip.

Monica For a young adult and a man, less is more, I think. So, with this idea I made this card using two papers from CD Picknix 2 (the red one in the big star, and the blue one in the small star). I used some strings for cross stitch (those ones with six strings on it). I wrote with my own handwriting "Happy Birthday Wishes". But when I almost have done... it was missing something for me. So I went through my things and I found a cork and it fit perfectly. Nothing more masculine to embellish my card. Have a nice challenge all of you. xxx :-)

Alethea: I made a card for a young adult using the Hoot Download Bundle. I didn't make it for anyone in particular when I first started it but as it came together I thought I'd give it to my friend who is my age but I'd like to think we are still young adults!! :) . So the Owl, the sentiment banner, the striped banner and the flowers arre all from the Hoot Download Bundle. I then just added the rhinestones and buttons and to finish off the card added some sparkle.

Fliss: My card this week is for one of my nieces as her birthday is on New Year's Eve and she loves quilting so I decided on a sewing theme using elements and papers from the Sundae of Seasons CD. I die cut the sewing machine topper and sentiment and made a collage style creation which I know she'll like as she's very artistic.

Fabulous inspiration I'm sure you'll agree and you have until 12 noon on Sunday 23 December to enter and not miss out on those fantastic prizes. Good luck!

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