Friday, 16 October 2009

izzy wizzy lets get busy!...

Well I finally managed to relieve Ruth from bloggy doo-tays for this week at least, bless her for helping out so much lately, I really don't know what I would do without ALL my lovely designer gals, they are absolute treasures. I just never seem to have a minute these days between designing and travelling to Create and Craft, the weeks are flashing by and I can't believe it's the middle of October already, this has been a whirlwind year for sure. This month we've launched a new double CD "Not for GIrls" which has gone down a storm and kept us extremely busy shipping and packing, we have literally sent the last batch of the pre-orders off today, it takes us over a week to plough through them all. So after all the craziness my mojo seems to have got up and bogged off , maybe I'm just tired out - eekk what if it doesnt come back!?! Horror! I couldn't live without making something for more than a couple of days though - could you?? Stranded on a desert island I would be the one trying to draw with a stick and making a raft using all the twirliest twigs and the prettiest leaves, with a sail made from flowers and a trail of lotus petals following us home!! Seriously! Not to mench having first built a deep hole and trying to melt sand to make glass so I could sip my cocktails!...right, quick slap round the chops and it's back to the reality and drudgery! Talking of drudgery I actually CLEANED, slap, whack, ouch, yes I did THAT word to the house this week! Necessity of course, we had a plumber coming and it involved moving lots of boxes of stash from where he wanted to be and the shame of the cat fluff just caught up with me quite honestly. Still it's over now, won't have to do it again till Crimbo, hahaha! No we have vowed to try and do IT once a week at least from now on. hmmm, WHATeva!

So without further ado, for Week 20 we challenged you to follow a sketch and we had some lovely entries as always, you peeps sure do us proud every week. I know all the Doodlers love mooching around your blogs looking to see what you did and
we do try and leave comments although sometimes time does prevent but it doesnt mean we don't see them because we do!

So the winning entries were...
3rd place: Allison
2nd place: Dolly
and big congratulations to Shirley who snaffled the Winners Accolade this week!
Well done to all 3 of you, please email me for your blinkies and goodies.
Before I forget you still have time to enter last week's challenge which is
open until lunchtime on Sunday so make sure you get your entries in!

Right, onto this week's challenge....
...we have another sketch this week so please follow the sketch - you can rotate it or flip it, as long as the sketch is recognisable.
Also, please remember that you can only combine your Polkadoodles card with 3 other challenges - the limit is 4 including Polkadoodles. Follow these little rules and you could be in with a chance of winning some fab Polkadoodles products! As we're coming up to Halloween the Top 3 entries will each receive the Polly Polkadoodles Halloween Download Bundle as a little prize for their troubles. Closing date for your entries is Sunday 25th Oct at noon GMT. As it's close to Halloween we'll vote for our winners early so you can get your prizes in time to be making Halloween-y stuff! So come on, get cracking!

As always the fantastic Design Team have come up with some great ideas for this sketch, I asked them to use Polkadoodles stamps with any CD collection - they never fail to disappoint do they, so grab your coffee and the biggest piece of cake you've got and take a look at these gorgie offerings...

Created by Kris...I absolutely LOVE this card, the colours on this are lovely. Kris has used the Crimbley Doodles download collection and she's copied the doodles from the holly stamp and doodled freehand around a scallop frame - I think this looks just like lace and it gives a fantastic look to the card, really pulls it all together...

Created by Enfys...En used her fave tree papers on this fab Crimbo card - these are from the Candy Doodles collection. She's then stamped the tree (SO versatile) and added buttons which I think are just adorable. She loves that little Fudgey dog too doesn't she! Fab, fab, fab!...think he's waiting for a bone parcel...

Created by Krista...another stunner! Krista has made a PRE-crimbo card - what a FAB idea! remind Santa it's Crimbo and send him your list, great idea if you have kids or grandkids, with half term coming you could get them to do one and use it as blackmail ALL the way up to Xmas!! Anyway she's used Polly from Jingle Jangles and I wonder if she coloured this black cos she's been a baad girl??...
Created by Lou...this is such a soft, lovely card...Lou has used the Snowmen papers from Jingle Jangles CD and again has used the tree stamp and overstamped that big bauble - I love that it's oversized, it looks fab!...
created by Ruth...I always love the way Ruth just uses simplicity, I'm in a busy phase at the moment and I love seeing the crisp clean look on Ruth's cards. Here she's made a gorgeous flower and then used the doodle stamp from the Daisy Doodles stamp collection around the edges. Bootiful...Created by Claire...Claire is always so creative! Here she has used the funky robots from the brand new Not For Girls CD and the way she's added them around that circle is FAB. She's made a doodley ribbon using the same stamp as Ruth and then added doodling around the frame and double edged it in white and black for definition, this girl really IS a doodler at heart!...
Created by Saskia...another lovely creation by Saskia...She's used Jingle Jangles elements with the papers and the cute Robin, then stamped Holly using the Crimbo Doodles stamps. Love that flower touch behind the Robin, reminds me of a green pepper for some reason but I love it!...

Created by Kerry...Kerry had made this fun card using Not For Girls CD - those tweets with 'tood are proving popular with everyone!! All elements are from the CD and then she's stamped the buttons and the doodles aorund the edges - a great men's card, think we all have at least one poseur in the family dont we!...

Created by Boni...Here Boni has used the Halloween collection to make this fab spooky card, those little bats are SO cute!She's added lots of distressing to make it look even grungier...
Created by Kath...lovely use of the sketch here. Kath has stamped snowflakes (wouldnt have thought of doing red ones) onto a plain paper and then Stamped the lovely tree onto the Jingle Jangles paper (think it's Gumdrops that one), added her sentiment stamp and some lovely doodling and embellies - simple but gorgeous...
Well, it's a bumper crop this week so I hope you liked what we have to offer and hopefully you will all be feeling inspired to join in this week...can't wait to see what you do! Remember there is a free download bundle for 3, yes, 3, lucky peeps for this one! Don't forget, you have till Sunday 25th to enter! Gotta be in it to win it girls! (and boys!)
ttfn xx

Friday, 9 October 2009

Week 21 Challenge - Sketch

Good morning! It's Friday again so that means another Polkadoodle Challenge!

Before I reveal this week's challenge, I must announce the winners from week 19 - Digi Colouring. We had a great response and without further ado, here are the winners:

In Joint Third Place: Ribenaruby and Eileen
In Second Place: Lynne in NI
And The Winner Is: Katie

Congratulations to you all! Please email Nikky for your blinkies and the lucky winner gets a Polkadoodle prize!

Challenge 20 from last week is still open until Sunday 11 October at 12noon GMT so you still have time to enter!

Right, onto this weeks challenge! Nikky gave the Design Team this following sketch and asked us to use Jingle Jangle Christmas and also the rubber stamps.

To enter this challenge, please follow the sketch - you can rotate it or flip it, as long as the sketch is recognisable then that is fine. Also, please remember that you can only combine your Polkadoodle card with 3 other challenges - the limit is 4 including Polkadoodle. Follow these little rules and you could be in with a chance of winning some fab Polkadoodle products!

From the Design Team creations, you'll be able to see just how versatile Jingle Jangle Christmas and the stamps are! If you want more details on how each card was made, just click on their names!

However, Nikky forgot to use Jingle Jangle Christmas and she has used the Crimbley Doodles download instead! I do forgive her, purely for the use of that wonderful red spotty ribbon!

Boni has created a wonderfully festive Christmas card! And Polly looks so sweet leaning on her rather large Christmas present!

Now this reminds me of Iced Gems. And I'm not showing my age here as I know you can still buy them in the shops! Claire has added some fab doodling along with images from Jingle Jangle Christmas and some of the rubber stamp images.

Ah - Christmas greens and reds! Enfys has created a wonderful traditional coloured Christmas card complete with real stitching! Now that just completes it for me!

Now this from Kath just screams Christmas at me!! The little snowflakes are from the Christmas stamp set along with the holly and berries. And yes, Christmas screams. Or at least it does in my house!!

A fun card from Kerry - those fairy lights look so real and does the candy lolly make you feel peckish too?!
Just look at this cute penguin family! This really is Saskia and her family! A funky felt flower (try saying that fast!) has been added to her card - everything else is from the cd!

Now I do like Polly. She really should be scattering some stars but I had an accident with the scissors and instead she is holding a stamped and glittered gift!

To enter this challenge, please leave a comment with your blog post as the link - you have until Sunday 18 October at 12noon GMT to enter and you can use what ever papers you like - better still, if you have any Polkadoodle products, we would love to see them! We don't have many rules but we do ask that you follow the challenge for that particular week and also please remember that although you can combine this challenge with others, the limit is 4 including the Polkadoodle challenge - any more will be disqualified.

Good luck and we can't wait to see what you create!

Friday, 2 October 2009

Week 20 Challenge - Sketch

It's Friday again! And I bet you thought you'd seen the back of me - but here I am again like a bad penny! Nikky asked me to step in this week to write the challenge post as she will be busy creating and demonstrating under hot studio lights at Create and Craft this morning, so I couldn't really refuse could I?!

Nikky will be demonstrating her latest cd as an exclusive on Create and Craft at 11am - the new cd is a double (but not double the price!) and has over 1,500 printable elements. It is called - Not For Girls - yeah a men's cd!! There is lots and lots of different themes on the cd's and will suit all male ages - it's a one stop shop cd!!

So, it's week 20 and it's time for another sketch
Nikky asked all the DT to follow the sketch and also to use the Christmas download Crimbley Doodles so you'll be able to see just how versatile the papers and elements are!

You can rotate it, flip it just as long as we can recognise the sketch then you are good to go! You can also use any papers and elements that you want - we would like you to use Polkadoodle products but if you haven't got any then that is fine. In fact, you could win some! If your entry is picked as the winner then you win something lovely from the Polkadoodle range!

This challenge is open until Sunday 11 October at noon GMT and last weeks challenge is still open until this Sunday - 4 October at noon GMT so you still have time to enter challenge 19!

But before I show you the Design Team samples, I need to announce the winners from Challenge 18 - DIY Flowers!

In Third Place: Littleted62
In Second Place: Dolly
The Winner is: Cornishmist

Congratulations! Please contact Nikky for further details and your blinkies!

And now onto the DT samples! All the DT cards were made using the Crimbley Doodles Christmas download with a few extra additions from their stash here and there. If you need more details on how each DT member made their creation, simply click on their name and you will be whisked there!

Boni has added some silver mesh to the front of her card and it is fastened with a sprig of holly cut from the backing papers.

Now this is not actually a card - Claire has made a gift box and followed the sketch on the lid - how clever! More shots of the box are on her blog.

I do like the scalloped cards and in icy blue too! This card is from Enfys - great tree! The blue and reds work so well together.

Kath has layered elements onto a lush red background and added some doodling. I do like chunky ribbon!

Kerry has opted for an icy blue Christmas - the snowflake used on both this card and Kath's are stampies from the download collection.

These are such funky Christmas trees! Kris has cut the trees out individually and layered them using silicone glue.

Now this is a fun and funk Christmas card from Krista! I like how all the layers are made up - overlapping and extending off the card.

Lou has also gone for a frosty winter theme and has made her own snowflakes with more delicate snowflakes and buttons layered over the top.

Saskia has added some funky fibres to her creation. I do like the little trees peeking from under the sentiment!

And finally, my card. I've used acetate as my base and cut out elements from the download and added them on - quite simple but a pain to photograph!

Hope you are inspired to join in this week - you can use any papers or embellishments you like as long as you follow the sketch. Please link to your creation rather than your blog as this makes it a lot easier for the DT to find your entry!

Good luck and we can't wait to see what you create!

Friday, 25 September 2009

Week 19 Challenge - Digi Colouring

It's Friday and time for another Polkadoodle Challenge! This is my (Ruth) last week for setting the challenges and I hope you've enjoyed them!

Before I tell you about this week's challenge, I need to announce the winners from week 17 - Anything But A Card:

In Third Place: Aquarius
In Second Place: Dolly
And The Winner is: Lisa B

This was a really tough week for the DT to pick our top threes - a lot of entries and some stunning ideas so thank you all for joining in! I'd have picked you all, but sadly we can only pick three! Congratulations to our winners and please contact Nikky for your blinkies.

Don't forget that there is still time to enter challenge 18 - DIY flowers as it is open until noon on Sunday 27 September.

So this week, I have set the Design Team the challenge of:

Digi Colouring

Basically, they could pick any Polly or Jack image from the Polkadoodles range but they had to colour it themselves, using what ever techniques or medium they wanted. Just before this post you will find two tutorials on digi colouring - one using felt tips (yes, remember those?!) and one using watercolour pencils.

I hope the following samples will provide you with plenty of inspiration!

Boni has created a wonderfully pink princess Polly card! The image is from Jingle Jangle Christmas but as you can see, can be adapted to suit any occassion! Backing papers are from Candy Doodles.

Claire has used papers from Candy Doodles and added Polly from Sugar Birdies. She's coloured Polly with copics and a little Sukra stardust. Great way of adding an image to a double fold card!

Enfys has created a spooky but sweet Halloween card using elements from the download - both Polly and Marmalade are from the collection. I do like the drippiness of the frame and how Polly seems to be menacingly glowing!

And here is another spooky Halloween card this time from Kath! A glittery spiders web taken from the Halloween download along with Polly who has been coloured using watercolour pencils and her most favourite brush!

Kerry has used Sugar Birdies papers and Polly is also from the cd. With some subtle embossing and eyelets (I do like eyelets - they are very underated in my opinion) this is a great card.

Now I'm hungry! Kris has coloured Jack with Prismas and OMS with the sentiments being computer generated. Now I do like funny cards and this one made me laugh out loud! Kris has used the Halloween download and also Candy Doodles.

Saskia has created a very cute Christmas card using the elements from Jingle Jangle Christmas - the holly stamps are from the rubber stamp collection. Polly (lets hope she doens't lean too hard on the gift!) is coloured with copics.

I've used the Halloween download for both my samples - a tutorial for each card precedes this post so if you want to know more, scroll down! Polly has been coloured with watercolour pencils and Jack with felt tips. Both cards have a little wobbly eyed fimo spider attached!

Hope you've enjoyed the challenge for this week and we all look forward to seeing your creations! Just simply leave a comment on this post with a direct link to your blog post. You have until Sunday 4 October at 12 noon GMT to enter.

**Edited to add: Any digi image is fine but would love it if a Polkadoodle one was used!

Good luck!

Tutorial for Challenge 19 - Digi Colouring with Watercolour Pencils

And here is the second tutorial to accompany this weeks challenge!

My equipment is very basic! These are the watercolour pencils (24) that I use and also the brush felt tips (30). The watercolour pencils can be used as ordinary pencils, but they really come to life when a tiny bit of water is added.

For this tutorial I am colouring Polly Polkadoodle from the Halloween download. I've started with a light and pale layer of colour.

I've now added more definition to Polly's hat by dipping the nib of my pencil into water - I can now spread the colour more easily and also choose which areas I want to leave as highlights.

To build up more intense and darker colours, I've used not only the blues but also greens and purples. I would not use the black at this point as to go too dark too quickly may spoil the overall effect.

The same technique is then applied to her cape. Colour is built up slowly with greens, browns, blues and reds.

Other smaller areas are now coloured.

And only now (below) have I added a tiny bit of black here and there to provide a darker contrast to the colour. However, it is really the colour and it's depth that I want to portray which I feel provides a richer and deeper colour than using black as this can be a very flat tone.

And here are the two images together that I coloured for these tutorials. Same technique applied to both images but different results due to the medium used.

And this is the card I made with the Polly Polkadoodle image. Papers are also from the Halloween download and the little fimo spider is made by me!

Hope you've enjoyed the tutorials and that you'll be able to join in with the challenge this week!