Friday, 19 November 2010

Week 46 Challenge - Give Thanks & Blog Hop!

It's Friday so that can only mean another fab Polkadoodles challenge!
And this week is no ordinary week - it's Blog Hop time!!

But, before we get to the really exciting bit of this week's post I need to announce the winners from week 44 which was to make a quick Christmas card:
First Place: Hazel Second Place: Nicki Third Place: Claire
Congratulations! Please email Nikky for further details!

Just before we start, we also need to mention the Design Team Call - as we have lots of news today, we have published the details of the Design Team Call below this post, so if you are checking in to see the news please go to the post below this! x

Also, a quick heads up - Nikky will be on Create and Craft TV next Friday 26th November at 8am and she has some brand new lovely products up her sleeve that she will be launching on the show - make sure you watch, record, Sky+ or Internet watch - they're lush!

The challenge this week is being hosted by me (Ruth) although the challenge was set by Kris who was announced last week as stepping down from the Design Team due to other commitments, but we've kept with the theme and would like to say a big THANK YOU to Kris to her contribution and support during her term!

The theme for this week is to Give Thanks. In addition to the Blog Hop this week Nikky also has created this great sentiment...

for her challenge card this week and is giving it to you as a FREE DOWNLOAD for you which is perfect for this week's challenge and you MUST use the download to enter the challenge! You can alter it in any way you wish, but you MUST use the download! If you are stuck for inspiration, just look below at the creations the Design Team have made! The deadline for the challenge is Sunday 28 November at 12noon GMT and please remember to follow the theme and to link with no more than 9 other challenges to be eligible for a prize. Please no backlinking to older projects - only new work will be considered for the top three.

Ruth: Quick and simple is the theme for me again this week! I've used flowers printed from Sugar Birdies, curled and layered up to form the head of a flower and I've added a rather large sparkly gem to their centres! The stamping around the edges is made using one of the stamps from the Daisy Doodles stamp plate. I've handwritten the sentiment.

Enfys: One of the things in my life that I am most thankful for is the incredible pleasure and joy I get from my little grandchildren. So my cards reflect this and I have made them each a Christmas card using the Paper Boutique Vol 2 - Creative Christmas CD - you will see the other two cards on my blog.

Brenda - Two for the price of one! I made the first and was not sure, so did a second and decided I perhaps liked both. The first one uses various elements from the summer section of the new Sundae of Seasons CD and the second on my favourite Fairy Flutterby Gracie, coloured with Aquamarkers, glittered wings and papers from Paper Boutique Vol 1 CD.

Emma Hiya, I have used a little birdie, black and white stampie from the Sundae of Seasons CD and backing papers from there too. I think I am most thankful to all those close to me that enrich my life with love, so this card is for them.
Tracy: I have made this card to give Thanks to all my followers, who have visited me and given wonderful comments and kept me going when things are low. I have used everything from Sundae Of Seasons and the Babsie Flutterfly stamp.
Claire As some may be aware my Dad unexpectedly ended up in hospital. This card was created for the surgeon in charge of my Dads case (my Dad asked me to make it for him) I do indeed have a lot to be thankful for... thanks also to the staff at Ayr Hospital. Created using Sundae of Seasons.
Lis-m . One of the biggest things I am grateful for in my life are my two daughters. They have grown into strong and independent young women. They are both very different and yet I can see the closeness in them as they discover the big wide world. I am very proud of them both, and I love them more than they will ever know. I have reached for the Sundae of Seasons cd for my card this time, it is so very useful.
Jenny I've decorated a box of chocs with elements from Sundae of Seasons to say 'thanks' to all of YOU! All of the entrants to the challenges each week are fabulous and I wish I could give chocs to all of you, but instead the winner of my blog hop candy will get these in their parcel too!

Fliss - I've also made a card to say thanks to all my lovely followers as their kindness really makes my day and cheers me up when I'm a bit down. I've used my favourite Flutterby Fairy stamp, Gracie, and stamped her plus 2 butterflies and embossed them with clear powder. I coloured all the pieces with Promarkers and embossed the fairy wings with jewelled gold powder and the butterfly with crystal sparkle. I've used papers mostly from the Sundae of Seasons CD and made a step card. Pearls and a greeting finish it off.
Tracie: Call me old fashioned but I think there is nothing better than a thank you card from children who are given gifts so I am a mean mummy and make both my two write them. This card is to say Thank you for a special pressie. The elements are all from Jingle Jangles (thankyou is cricut cut).
Lou: Now I've totally turned the theme upside down as I want to "Give Thanks" and have made a scrapbook page about my family as I am very thankful for them being in my life. I originally made a similar page for Nikky and loved it so much thought I'd recreate it. I'm just waiting for the canvas frame to finished being stretched and it's going to be glued onto the canvas as a piece of art! The boys aren't too happy though but they're not brave enough to take it down either (when it finally goes up!). All the elements and papers are from the "Love and Cherish" CD - one of my all time favs!

Nikky Obviously Kris's inspiration for this challenge was Thanksgiving in the USA and although we don't celebrate it here in the UK I decided to make a card with the original inspiration behind it. Don't forget you can get the FREE DOWNLOAD which I designed for the sentiment on my blog here - you might as well do the blog hop at the same time ; ) I used elements from the Sundae of Seasons CD...x

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The Rules
  • Deadline for taking part in the hop is Sunday 28 November at 12noon GMT.
  • You must hop to all Design Team members who are listed below and leave a comment on their blogs.
  • Collect a letter from each blog and keep it safe.
  • Once you've visited all DT members, unscramble the word and come back to this blog and leave your answer via the comments section - all comments will be moderated and not published until the deadline has passed so there can be no cheating along the way!
By leaving a comment on each DT blog you will be entered into their Blog Candy draw - so don't forget to leave the comments!
We hope you have some fun during the hop and keep your eyes peeled for the Candy that is on offer - Nikky has been very very generous plus some of the Design Team have extras on their blogs too - you won't want to miss out on getting your hands on some Polkadoodle products! There is over £400 worth of products on offer - so get commenting and hopping - the more comments you leave the more chances you have of winning! Each team member has a different stash of candy so in theory you could win it all - all 10 lots!!

In addition (yes, there IS More, can you believe it??!) you need to read the info on the blogs VERY carefully to read about a fantastic special offer and pickup a special discount code for the Polka Doodles shop - they ship FREE to anywhere in the world!!

The order of the hop is as follows, although you can start at any point, just make sure you come back here to leave your comment and answer!
Lisa - letter H
Polkadoodle Challenge Blog (back here)
Not all of the Design Team are UK based so if their post has not yet published please check back in a short while!
Good luck and hope you have lots of fun!
Don't forget - for another chance at winning some fab Polkadoodle Candy, make sure you enter the challenge!