Tuesday, 15 January 2013

A Song In My Heart Canvas

Hello folks, it's Fliss here today to share a canvas with you that will show you that the gorgeous little robin from the Studio 12 Picknix Collection 2 - Gingerbread Twist CD isn't just for Christmas lol.
I've gotten very inky and painty here and still have green fingers (not from gardening you understand!) and hope you like what I've created.


To begin with, I painted my 20cm square canvas with a shade of acrylic paint called Early Spring Green - can you tell what I'm longing for?! I then used a chicken wire stencil to apply green gold and olive green acrylic paints. As this looked a little darker than I wanted, I added a light wash of the spring green watered down to soften the effect.
I then printed out one of the fern digital stamps from the Heavenly Garden section of the Picknix Collection 1 CD on to some vintage music score. I coloured the fern with Crushed Olive and Mowed Lawn Distress inks using a cosmetic sponge and cut them out when dry.
I then tore up some of the scraps of leftover music score and glued this to the canvas before sponging on a little of the Crushed Olive to blend the paper in. I glued the fern fronds on top.
To finish, I added the cute little robin using my favourite trick of adding foam tape near the top of the image and double sided tape at the base which gives a very realistic look to the little chap. I added some computer generated text inked with the Crushed Olive and a small heart trimmed from the leftover music score coloured with Barn Door Distress ink.

Stay tuned for another project from the Studio 12 teamies on Thursday. Don't forget that there's 15% off at the Polka Doodles Online Shop at the moment so now's the time to stock up on those wish list goodies!
Hugs, Fliss xx

Sunday, 13 January 2013

A Gift From The Heart


 Hello to all you lovely Studio 12 readers, hope you are enjoying 2013 so far :)
Today i have a valentines themed project for you. 
I have created a decorated wooden heart ornament & a matching card...
All the elements on these items are from the Welcome Home collection on Picknix Vol 1.
I planned the layout of the card and the heart on Craft Artist. The bow was cut out and popped up on 3d foam pads, i also added a button & some twine. The wooden heart was simply sanded around the edges slightly.. also creates a rustic homely feel too :)

Don't forget you can save 15% Off at Polka Doodles now!

Hope you have enjoyed my project today and i will catch you all soon :)
Kitty xx

Friday, 11 January 2013

Week 2 - Emma Canning Blog Hop and Free Image!

It's Friday so that can only mean that its time for a brand new challenge here at Polkadoodles!  And for the second week running (we are good to you!) we are offering an exclusive Emma Canning Digi FREEBIE that you can download instantly plus prizes as we are having a blog hop again!

The images for the hop have been drawn exclusively by Emma just for us - and for you!  And if you like the look of the freebies, why not treat yourself to some more - prices for a single image are just £1.25!

As with last week, you MUST use the freebie image and link up your creation with the widget at the bottom of this post AND complete the hop, leaving a comment at each stop as you go.  You don't have to make a card - you can make anything you want just as long as you use the freebie image.



To download the image, click to make it larger then right click and then save onto your pc.

Before you dash off to start the hop and to snag the freebie, I need to announce the results of the final challenge we set before the Christmas and New Year Break.  The theme was to use a combination of the numbers 2013 and the winners are:

The lucky winner of the Picknix vol 1 is Lisa-Jane!  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 PD1W0251 to claim your prize otherwise we cannot release it.

Our second place entry is:  Athina - please email Nikky with your postal details as you have won a copy of Back To Nature cd you must use the code PD2W0251 to claim your prize otherwise we cannot release it.

And third placed entry is Debbie Johns.  And your code for your copy of Sundae of Seasons is PD3W0251.

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

The winner of this challenge and blog hop - remember you MUST use the freebie image AND complete the hop (leaving comments at each stop) to qualify will win 3 download bundles, the second placed entry will win 2 download bundles, and the third placed entry will win one download bundle!

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 20 January at 12noon GMT.
Right, back to the hop!  The order for you to hop is as follows and please remember to leave a comment on each and to enter the challenge!  Good luck!


And if you need any inspiration in using the freebie image, then look no further - see what the fab Design Team have come up with!

Ruth:  I've kept mine quite simple and used Promarkers to colour the fab image from Emma, glitter glue, fancy dies and papers from Sugarplum Daisy.  I even found some spotty ribbon in my stash and a rather cute cupcake brad!  The ticket stamp is from the Pen and Paper Circle Club issue 5 magazine.  The brown card is from my stash along with the half pearls.



Anjie - For this card I have used the fab free image from  Emma Canning, which is coloured with ProMarkers. The papers are from the new Cherry Blossom Lane CD. I've cut out a few more flowers from the paper and glittered and decoupaged them. I've used a punch on the bottom of the card and also decorated the inside of the card with the same papers. I've finished it off with some faux stitching.


Shell - For my card this week I have used the fab freebie from Emma Canning (you can find more here)
The papers are from the Gingerbread Twist CD. I have coloured the image with a mixture of copics and promarkers, the tickets are from the Sugarplum Daisy CD.  I have added a few stitches around the finished image and some dots to the tickets, then added a few pearls and flowers to finish of the card.

JAN:  I used the gorgeous Emma Canning cupcake image as a focal point for a card this week.  Both background papers are from the 'Paper Boutique - Volume 1' CD. The image is coloured with Promarkers and nestles on a pretty little paper doily which I thought fits the cupcake theme nicely!  The sentiment can be found on the 'Sugarplum Daisy' CD and the flowers are cut from scraps of the background papers using a template from the 'Candy Doodles' CD (one of my favourites!)  


Margaret - I have used the lovely Emma Canning free digi image and coloured her with Promarker pens, all the background papers, sentiment ticket and the flowers are made using the newest of the Polka Doodles CD's Cherryblossom Lane and a couple of brads from my stash, with a bit of bling using Stickles Glitter Glue.


Anne - I've used papers from the Sugar Birdies CD and coloured Emma's lovely image with prisma pencils.


Kitty - For my card i used the gorgeous free Cupcake image from the uber talented Emma Canning! The papers are from the latest gorgeous collection Cherry Blossom Lane. The flourish is by Marianne Design which you can find here.

Lou - I have also used the gorgeous FREE cupcake image from Emma Canning and the papers are from Cherry Blossom Lane CD. I have embossed the background and added offcuts of ribbon, finishing the card off with some diecut stars.


Clare - Yes I too have used the gorgeous free image from our lovely Emma Canning. The red gingham paper is from the brand new Cherryblossom Lane CD. The yummy cupcake images are from the Sundae of Seasons CD.  I have coloured the image with Flexmarkers and added Red Berry Doodle Dewdrops.



Good luck with the challenge and the hop - deadline for entries is Sunday 20 January at 12noon GMT.


Thursday, 10 January 2013

Winter Cuddles

Hi, Miria here with a new creation for Studio 12 at Polka Doddles.
I made a twisted easel card using coloured images and quote from cd Picknix Collection 2 Gingerbread Twist , the paper is from cd Here comes Christmas.



I printed the quote and tore and distressed the page to let it look like the the book stampie. 


I  added a handmade button, some washi tape and faux stitching  as a final touch.
Hugs, Miria

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.