Friday, 15 January 2010

Week 2 Challenge - Love

Well hello doodlers! Seems to have been ages since I posted a challenge, thank goodness for the lovely beaut Doodle Dollies who can take over for me when things get manic! I hope you all like the new format with each of us taking turns to give you a challenge - far more interesting than having me dribbling on each week I'm sure you agree! I can't believe it's only 15th Jan, Crimbo is a dim and distant memory for me but hey, bring on 2010! Well, last week we launched a brand new CD-Rom perfect for this time of year - Love and Cherish - full of romantic, smoochy images, florals, hearts and flourishes and it is flying off the shelves. We're really struggling to keep up with orders on this one and I think it's because it's a really versatile CD. There are a couple of trademark Bird collections in there (of course, lol!) but I've really tried to design these collections so you can use them on a variety of projects - the OH also said I have to tell everyone he thinks they are brilliant for Guys cards as well, so consider yourselves told, lol! If you missed the TV launch of the new CD you can catch us again on the next show which is on Monday 25th Jan at 3pm, on Ideal World and Create and Craft - great for those of you on Freeview as you'll be able to catch the IW show!

Right on with the official stuff...I don't have a winner to announce this week because of the Crimbo break but remember you can still enter last week's challenge here which closes on Sunday 17th at noon...
So this week I challenged the teamies to make, obviously, a LOVE themed card using the new CD, and this is your challenge too. You can use anything you like but it must be Love, Valentines, Anniversary or a Wedding project. You have until Sunday 24th Jan lunchtime to enter this one, so get your romantic heads on and the winner of this challenge will receive a copy of the Love and Cherish CD!

Our lovely January Guest Designer Ribena Ruby has been asked to use the fab Back To Nature CD this month to give a different take on all the challenges...I'm sure you'll agree she's doing a cracking job, we love her cards...

"This week I've made a Frame Card with a 13.5 cm square black card, used 'shake a tailfeather' and 'Housey housey' on the inside front which are both from the Back To Nature CD. I've also used sentiments which are all from the BTN cd as well."

Krista... "Owlways Love to Read"... I used the Love and Cherish Cd. Everybody and Anybody can use a bookmark to mark those special pages.

Kris: I just love Nikky's toppers and I've used 2 of them on this easel card. The most darling little girl leaning on her umbrella and then I fussy cut the silver/black/white floral border and used a piece on the top and the bottom. The primary card is made with a pink polka-dotted piece from the new colloection and the rest is just solid cardstock and a paper doily I found in my stash.

Lou - I decided to decorate a bag using the mocha papers & toppers from the "Love, Marriage & more" CD to give that special present to the happy couple. I added a dash of exuberance with the large ostrich feather! I have also made a matching gift card secured to the handle with ribbon.

Enfys - I couldn't resist the gorgeous little owls in the tree, I printed out twice and decoupaged a few of them to add dimension. I chopped the sentiment border in half and found some velvet ribbon which I scrunched up to make it a bit more interesting. Sorry about the rather fuzzy photo, the light was very poor today.......

Ruth: Made using one of the fames and toppers from Love, Marriage and More and some red card. There are 4 photos in the little book which measures approx 3 ins tall and 5 ins wide - so it is little! More photos are on my blog!

Fliss: I've used the gorgeous diamond hearts from the embellishments on the Love & Cherish CD combined with some of the papers from the Elegance section and printed out the same fleur de lys paper on red card as well as white (something you can do with quite a lot of the designs for even more variety!). I also made a border strip with the smallest diamond heart-you can find out how on my blog. I layered my large heart for some sparkle and added a key treated with Glossy Accents and a computer generated sentiment.

Kerry - These little hanging hearts were made using the set of papers called Heart to Heart. I love the soft pink colour of the papers.

Brenda - I've used the Heart to Heart collection from the new Love Marriage and more CD, it's just fabulous. I made an easel card, laid acetate over the main image adding some ribbon, pearls, brads and used an MS punch to create a border cutting a second layer from acetate to give some dimension.

Boni - Made this little heart album out of the Heart to Hearts. The album has eight pages and you can add photos, love quotes and poems or leave as is.

Kate...I have used the new "love and Cherish" cd . These owls are just so gorgeous i just had to use them . The flower is made using the stackies flowers printed onto the back of my chosen paper and cut out - that way it doesnt matter if you go over the lines when cutting out !

Claire - Having discovered this "Joy" fold, I thought it would look really good used with the moonlight range on the Love and Cherish CD. I think this would make fab invites!

Dolly: I used the Mocha collection and stacking flower template to create a classic wedding card. Just love these flowers, easy to make but so effective.

And a matching gift cardholder using the Interlocking Heart Template.

Nettie: I have used the Wedding Cake Box Template from the Love and Cherish CD, this CD is a must for your collection. I printed the template onto one of the Elegance patterns. To embellish I printed the stacking flowers onto some more of the patterned paper, then I topped off with some bling.

And here is my little effort for this week...Made using the Moonlight papers and the wedding couple with a simple greeting...

So that's your lot for this week, an absolute treat, I think! We all hope we've inspired you, just leave us adirect link to your card in the comments or using Mr Linky below. Remember the closing date for entries is Sunday 24th Jan by lunchtime, and please make sure you take notice of the challenge rules.

Friday, 8 January 2010

Introducing Our January Guest Designer!

Ta-dah!! For the whole of January (and that is 4 challenges worth!) we have a wonderful Guest Designer Joining the Polkadoodle team! And without further ado, I'd like to introduce:

And she's created not one but two cards for this weeks challenge (see the post below for the full blurb!)
For her first card she has gone for "Auld Lang Syne" and used Back to Nature and made this fantastic card with a moving mouse!

For her second card it is the nursery rhyme "The Owl and the Pussycat" and she's made it into a step card, again using the Back to Nature cd.

Thank you Ruby and we look forward to seeing your creations next week!

Week 1 Challenge - Song Title

Welcome back to the Polkadoodles Challenges!! Hope you all had a good Christmas and New Year and that you are raring to go with the challenge we have for you this week!

However, I need to announce the winners from our last challenge of 2009 which was a free theme. The winners are:
Joint First Place: 1lovnmama
Joint First Place: Magda
Third Place: Daniele
Please contact Nikky for further details and your blinkies! Congratulations!
The Design Team will be taking it in turn each week to set the challenges and I'm (Ruth) hosting the challenge this week.

I've asked the Design Team to use a

Song Title
in their creation and as an added twist I asked them to use the Back to Nature cd.

This challenge is open until 12noon GMT on Sunday 17 January and anyone can enter! To be eligible for a top three blinkie or prize, you must follow some simple rules - please follow the specific challenge for this week and the maximum number of challenges your entry can be entered into is 10 - this includes Polkadoodles. You can use anything from your stash to create your entry but if use a Polkadoodles product we will be especially pleased!! EDITED TO ADD - we now have Mr Linky so please add your entry with him but we will still look at the comment section too!

Anyway, onto the Design Team creations:
Sue: I've chosen the song title "Love Is Like A Butterfly" by Dolly Parton. The gorgeous floral papers, butterflies and sentiments are all from the brilliant Back To Nature cd.

Enfys: I made this card for my little Granddaughter, so my song title is "You Are My Sunshine", which of course, she is! I was short of time this week so I've used all the pre-coloured elements from Back To Nature and just did a bit of snipping and dotting with some Shimmerz.

Ruth: I've taken the liberty of using "Moving On (Up)" by M People for my card and I made it for a colleague who was moving onto pastures new.... All paperbased elements including the little alphies are from Back To Nature and I've added some organza ribbon and acetate from my stash.

Fliss: Mine is inspired by the song "swinging on a star" although there is no star in sight, but there is a swing! My project is an altered mini clipboard (lovely for a little girl's room) and I've used the floral explosion and ditsy flower papers from Back To Nature with a matching floral border, a scalloped frame and the girl on the swing with some added extra cut out flowers. Lace and pearls finish it off.

Kris: My song title is "Baby, It's Cold Outside" - an oldie which will surely date me! I combined the striped paper and stampie from Back To Nature with the snowflake paper from Jingle Jangle (had to make it look cold!) I colored her with Prismas and OMS, computer generated the sentiment and added a few jewels.

Brenda: "Spread Your Wings" by Queen. Papers and large butterfly from Back To Nature Heritage collection. Butterfly cut out and heat embossed with iridescent powder.

Lou - Card 1: I know this one is a bit of a cheat but I'm still going to use it . . . "Happy Birthday" by Stevie Wonder. All papers from the "Back To Nature" CD - picnic brights and I have added some spira flowers with gems for added bling!

Lou - Card 2: "A Good Heart" by Fergal Sharkie was my inspiration for my 2nd project for my S-I-L's 40th birthday. Again those gorge picnic brights papers from the "Back To Nature" CD, decorated with both spira and Stacker flowers.

Boni: "Who Let The Dog's Out?" by Baha Men - Back To Nature cd using the Alphies to create a collaged background page then layering and popping the "dogs". Charm is by American Traditional Designs Lil' Charms.

Kerry: "Puppy Love" by Donny Osmond. All papers are from Back To Nature except some yellow card for the heart. Just added an eyelet, a couple of brads and some ribbon.

Dolly: "Peacock Suit" by Paul Weller. Papers and image 'Shake a Tailfeather' collection from the Back to Nature CD. Decoupaged the peacock body and cut out a second set of feathers and slotted them in with a craft knife for extra definition.

Claire: "Tie a yellow ribbon..." and I do promise that ribbon is yellow but whatever I do the photo makes it look orange. I do love a gatefold but a nightmare to get a decent photo - all back to nature elements with only a tiny bit of doodling!

Kate: "Love is like a butterfly" - Dolly Parton. I've used the Heritage papers and the gorgeous butterfly which I mounted on a nesties circle on the folded back front panel of the card. I embossed the butterfly and the lettering with holographic powder to add a subtle iridescence to its wings.

Nettie: My song title is....."What's New Pussycat" by you guessed Tom Jones. I have used acetate for the main part of my card so please excuse the picture. I have used the gorgeous Candy papers and added a little glossy accents to the letters and flowers.

Hope you've been inspired by these creations! Remember, you have until Sunday 17 January at 12noon GMT to enter and please leave a direct link to your blog to help us find your entry. Good luck! We now have Mr Linky so please use him but don't worry if you've used the comments section as we will still look at those too!