Friday, 20 August 2010

Week 33 Challenge - Vintage Style

Hello everyone, Fliss here and it's my turn to set the challenge theme this week.

Make sure you check out this week's tutorial - Nikky's using the awesome Aquamarkers again to give you some ideas!

Don't forget you can still enter our fabulous competition in conjunction with Letraset until the end of August where you can win a fantastic set of Aquamarkers worth £79.99! These great colouring pens are waterbased so they are
amazing if you love watercolour techniques.

We also have some additional runner up prizes of smaller packs too and all you have to do to enter is to do some colouring! It can be any kind of colouring, watercolours, promarkers, copics, pencils, pastels, whatever's your bag, we just want to see your lovely work. And once again, we have to reiterate that you do NOT have to be Van Gogh to win either, all entries will be judged on various criteria so even if you think you're not a great colourist, still enter, you never know, we might think you deserve to win a set of Aquamarkers for your troubles!

Deadline for entries is 31st August and you MUST leave a link to your entry pic in the COMMENTS section under this post (do NOT use the InLinkz please and do not email entries). You can enter as many times as you like (cards used as entries to previous challenges will not be accepted)! Right, as promised here is this week's tutorial using Promarkers and showing you how to achieve some great blending...

Here's this week's tutorial, get your cup of coffee and a bar of chocolate now...with the wonders of technology Nikky has managed to film this in double vision (think she was trying to go for 3D TV LOL) so apologies but it's still a great tutorial!

Nikky will be on Create and Craft on Sunday 22nd August at 10am showing some great products as usual so make sure you don't miss her - those of you who can't get C and C on your TV (Sky 671) you can watch online on the Create and Craft website too!

Right, let's get on with this week's challenge but before I tell you all about it, it's on to the results from the sketch challenge.

The lucky winners from challenge 31 are:
First Place: Krista And Joint Second Places: Maria and Kleeblatt

Congratulations! Please email Nikky for your blinkies!

And now for this week's challenge which I picked as I thought we ought to show all you vintage fans out there (of which I am one!) that you can go Vintage Style with Polka Doodles too, using the fabulous CDs or the gorgeous stamps on offer. So your challenge is to come up with a gorgeous vintage creation too.

Here's some very inspirating creations from the Design Team to get you thinking.

Ruth: I've used two of the new Stamp Doodles - the shabby prim Angel in a stocking and also the bow with holly. Both have been coloured with Promarkers plus a tiny bit of glitter glue on the stocking. All the papers are from Not For Girls cd with a bit of doodling around the edges and some buttons.

Kris: I wasn't sure what I was going to do when I first saw this challenge but I rather like how this one turned out. I used a plain olive green card for the base and then the Seed Packet collage from the Not for Girls CD. It printed rather bright so I sanded it to dull it down. I added some Martha Stewart punched borders, the girl stampie from Back to Nature, a die-cut sentiment and some self-adhesive pearls. I think she looks just like she stepped out of the farmer's market!

Fliss As this is my turn for the challenge, I challenged myself to go very vintage. I made background papers with the flower flourish stamp from the Daisy Doodles stamp set and Distress inks, full details of how I made this are on my blog. I printed out the stacking flowers and some leaves from the Love and Cherish CD on the Housey Housey text paper from the Back To Nature CD. I then coloured these with Aquamarkers and a damp brush to blend the colours. I added a scalloped and embossed circle also coloured with Aquamarkers for contrast.

Lou: I have used one of the FAB NEW stamps released at Doncaster. They are dream to colour and I have used my promarkers. Although she is a Christmas Angel, I thought it would be nice to use her for a different theme . . crafters prerogative, I say! Lots of matting & layering and a bit of nifty recycling . . the corrugated card and the lace edging . . . a really quick and vintage feel card !

Jenny My card uses the beautiful rose paper from Love and Cherish. I stamped the little butterfly stamp from the 'Babsie' Fairy Flutterfly set onto the back of some gold card, cut them out and folded their wings forward. The sentiment comes from the Back to Nature CD.
Claire I decided to go for some imagery from the All around and Everywhere Cd. I coloured the deer using aquamarkers and added a little grungeboard swirl, some inking and faux stitching. My overall card was inspired by Wendy Vecchi as I am not that familiar with vintage I went for a little trip round blogland - great place for inspiration! My papers are also from the All Around and everywhere Cd.
Tracy - For my creation I have used for the papers and the flowers, the All Around And Everywhere CD, and for my image I used the NEW Stamp doodles stamp, the cake stand which I then coloured with Aquamarkers. I distressed all my edges with Stormy Sky Distress Inks and added some stickles.
Brenda I don't know why, but Christmas door wreaths always make me think Victorian, so this was an obvious choice for me using one of the the new Christmas Doodle stamps along with Paper from Christmas Paper Boutique CD. The easel card was made using a Marianne circle stencil cut through the Big Shot.

Dee: I've used the Not for Girls cd for my card. I think it's the first time I've used it for a challenge, and as it has images and papers on it that are just perfect for a vintage feel it was the obvious choice for me. All the paper elements on the card are from the cd which I have distressed and inked with Old Paper and Wild Honey Distress Inkpads. I added a few touches with a gold ProMarker, a couple of metal embellishments, brads and natural string to finish it off.
Tracie: I have used the lovely adorable tilly stamp with Paper Boutique Vol 2: Creative christmas paper and sentiments to create a christmas card with a vintage feel
Enfys I also used the gorgeous little vintage girl stamp and kept the colours to sepia and taupe tones which added to the vintage look. I tied a crushed velvet ribbon around a taupe panel, and added a tie of brown and white gingham and a couple of brown leaf beads

Lisa - I used the Love and Cherish CD for my card. I just love the heart background and all the heart clipart. I embellished with some glittery hearts and some shabby seam binding and finished with some yummy Prima flowers!

Please remember that the maximum number of challenges you can enter including this Polkadoodle challenge is 10, and the closing date is Sunday 29 August at 12noon GMT. Good luck and please link up your creation with the widget below.



  1. Great tutorial and challenge theme!
    Thanks for the chance to win ;-))m

  2. Another great challenge and I've had a go. Last week after posting my entry I 'lost' most of your blog and couldn't leave any comment but it seems to have returned this week but still without the green background and side bar information. Strange things happen in blogland!!

  3. I'm submitting another card for the drawing for the Aquamarkers. The link to my card is: I hope this is the correct area to post this.
    Debra (dj1952)

  4. Sorry, it looks like it didn't come up correctly. I must have left something off. Here it is again. Thank you.

  5. Thanks for the lovely challenge and the great dt-work!!

    Sweet greetings, Saskia :)

  6. Here is my offering for the fantastic Aquamarkers prize. They are definitely something on my wishlist. Thanks for the great tutorials - they are really helpful.

  7. Here is another entry for the coloring challenge


  8. Here is another entry for the coloring contest. Thanks.

  9. Hi Ladies I have done some more colouring and would like to enter into thr competion so hers my entry
    thankyou xx

  10. Hi ladies. Great theme this week. I have added my card (#33) three times now but try as I might, Linky isn't adding my card's image for some odd reason. Sorry for the inconvenience, but this is beyond my control!
    Tine :)

  11. My colouring competition entry is
    Paula (PEP)

  12. Hello there. I have entered my card to your challenge and would now like to enter it to the Letraset draw. Thank you for all these great challenges and contests.

  13. Beautiful creations from all DT members, great inspiration.

    Babs x

  14. Here is another card for the colouring contest.

  15. I didn't leave my link for my first comment. Here is my card.

  16. Hi, thanks so much for the chance to win this fantastic prize! here's my card,thanks for looking :-)

    Best wishes, Rose xx

  17. Here is another entry for the coloring contest. I'm not totally happy about the coloring, but I am new to Promarkers. TFL


    This is another entry into the coloring contest!

  19. Thanks for the chance of winning those fabulous markers! Here's my entry

  20. my card is showing under this link
    thanks for the challenge, i was very pleased
    hugs angelique

  21. I would like to submit a card for the Aquamarkers contest. I have used Twinkling H2O paints on my image.

    Here’s my card.


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