Friday, 12 February 2010

Week 6 Challenge - Hearts & Flowers

It's Friday, so it's time for another Polka Doodles challenge. This week it's my turn Dolly to set the theme and I've gone for

Hearts and Flowers

I'd like to see hearts, flowers or a mixture of both. Most of all just have some fun! Remember to be in with a chance of winning a Polka Doodles prize all we ask is that you enter your project in no more than 10 challenges including this one.

The winners from Challenge 4 which was a Non Traditional Coloured Valentine Card are:

First Place: Sherri
Second Place: Mary S
Third Place: Darsie

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

Our lovely Guest Designer Teri has done a great take on this week's challenge..."I made a heart shaped box and used the stackies flowers on it. Hope it will do for you!!" Well...ok then, Teri, we think this is gorge!

Kris: I've used Love & Cherish for the main paper and then cut flowers from the Sugar Birdies CD. Not one bit of extra coloring this one but I did add some stickers to spell the word LOVE down the center and the hearts cut out of the red border to scatter around.

Enfys: A lot of hearts but not many flowers on mine, but I reckoned that as the floating hearts look like a bunch of flowers, I could get away with it - well that's my excuse! I printed the paper out twice from the Love and Cherish cd, then cut out the hearts and popped them on with foam pads. A lot of bling and I was done!

Ruth: I've used a welly boot template, covered it with spotty paper from Sugar Birdies and printed some of the flowers at A5 size, curled the edges, added buttons and jute string and then glued them to the boot. I've used chalks and ink to create shading and depth.

Brenda - I have used the Boundless Love section of Love and Cherish CD - probably my favourite section of the CD as I adore the swirls and colours. I printed two sheets so I could cut out and decoupage the flowers and leaves, used one of the toppers and glittered the heart, then finally added some gems and a simple 'I love you' sentiment.

Kerry - I’ve been exploring what's on my Cricut cartridges and saw these hat pins on Opposites Attract. I thought they looked great as little heart flowers plus I made some flowers to match using some Cuttlebug dies. The papers are from the Back to Nature CD.

Kate: Lots of flowers and not so many hearts (they are hiding on the tag ) for me I used the flower stackies from Back to nature and the bridal couple and background paper from love and cherish.I coloured the couple with promarkers and glittered her veil and tiara with a sakura gel pen.

Claire - I am enjoying playing with a circle easel card this week and decided that the owls with hearts and a few flowers from the Love & Cherish CD would be ideal, I have layered flowers with a heart brad in centre - a great romantic combination!

Fliss: All in the pink for me this time using the gorgeous hearts papers and cut out hearts from the Love & Cherish CD. I've embossed my cut out hearts with a Cuttlebug folder and layered them up with some of the pretty heart border strips. The polka dot background paper has been edged with a Martha Stewart border punch and a flower and sentiment added to finish.

Dolly: I’ve used a mix of CDs to create this gift bag. Just love this red check paper I’ve discovered on Sugar Birdies. The black outline letters are from Back to Nature, printed on to patterned paper and layered on blue card and foam pads for some definition. The flower template is from Love and Cherish.

Krista...I made a cake shape card..I used the love and Cherish CD.   I just heart that flower paper, so I cut out the one flower I needed. Lots of embossing.

Nettie: I love these papers from the Love and Cherish CD, black and red are so striking. I have used the set to make a wallet style Wedding Invitation.

Lou : I have used the cute Daisy papers from the Love & Cherish CD, backed onto the scrummy Picnic Bright papers from the Back to Nature CD. The card has been stamped with the flower stamps from the Daisy Doodles collection & they have been lightly chalked. Hand cut the large hearts from the same papers & layered on top of each other. Finally finished with organza ribbon & sentiment.

The deadline for challenge entries is Sunday 21 February at 12noon - please add a direct link to your creation with Mr Linky below! Good luck!
PS We've had a few technical issues with Mr Blogger this week, so if this post looks a bit odd you know why!

Friday, 5 February 2010

Week 5 Challenge - Paper Piecing

Hi, hope everyone has had a doodletastic week!

Claire here, its my turn to set you a challenge - how fun! I love paper piecing, I have to say it is possibly my next favourite thing to chocolate and my family and friends (I should say not in that order).

For anyone who isn't sure what the Paper Piecing technique is, you basically stamp the same image onto different papers and then cut out different parts of the image from each one to make up the final design. Obviously when you use CD's or digital images this is easier as you can just print your image onto the papers and then cut them out. It's a great way of getting different looks to the same stamp design and adding textures etc. The most important thing to remember is have fun, we will all enjoy visiting you and seeing your creations.

Please bear in mind that to be considered for a prize you should combine no more then 10 challenges (including Polkadoodles).

The winners from challenge 3 which was the sketch are:

First Place: Lynne in NI

Second Place: Tammy

Third Place: Jenny

Please email Nikky for further details and blinkies! Congratulations!

Our Guest Designer for February is the lovely Teri, who I'm sure you are all familiar with. We love Teri's work so we asked her to do her own spin our challenges throughout the month, and she'll be using the Back To Nature CD.
"I've never really done much paper piecing before so this was a newie for me", funny Teri, we would never have guessed, this is lovely!

Enfys - For mine I could not resist giving her some gingham dungarees, love this paper. All the papers I used are from Back To Nature. My random stitching around the edge is fake, I did the stitches with an unthreaded sewing machine on the back of the paper and then joined the dots.

Ruth: For mine I have enlarged one of the cupcakes from Love and Cherish and the papers too. I've cut the papers and then embellished them with tiny seed beads, layering up where needed. For those eagle eyed Polkadoodlers you'll notice this is a mirror image - I printed the papers on the wrong side!

Kerry - I’ve used allsorts of techniques on here, paper piecing, stamping and clear embossing, which I hope you can see on the pink card. All papers are from the Sugar Birdies CD.

Claire - I opted to use the new Love and Cherish Cd. All the elements come from the Cd with just a few sparkles added for bling.The birds and flowers are just ideal for paperpiecing and Love Birds just seems so right at this romantic time of year....

Fliss : For my card I've used a mix of 2 CDs, Back to Nature and Love and Cherish. The sweet image and green paper plus the cut out flowers and grass all came from Back to Nature and the pink polka dot paper from Love and Cherish. I just printed the image on to the pink and green papers and cut out parts for the paper piecing. The rest of the image is coloured with Promarkers. The flowery paper and around the image were done with the Polka Doodles Daisy Doodles stamp set and my own Millefiori stamping technique. For a tutorial on how to do this please see the sidebar on my blog.

Kate: I have used several cds for this one , i love how all the cds can be mixed together on one project and still match !- Polly was on jingle jangles , her wings from papers on back to nature and her dress, alphabet and the main background from candy doodles and sugar birdies (I think).

Dolly: I've used pink and white spotty and stripey papers from Love and Cherish and paper pieced Sherman the pig stampie from Back to Nature. The alphas are from Back to Nature too.

Brenda I used the Back to Nature CD, taking my colour theme from the stripy paper, machine stitched one panel for the piercing and coloured two images with Copics and decoupaged. The two flowers are made from plain white paper and striped with lilac Glimmer Mists.
Nettie: I have used this cute topper from the Love and Cherish CD and used the papers from Love and Cherish. I also coloured this little lady in with my Promarkers. I also have used a few quilled flowers to embellish my card.

To be in with a chance of winning some Polkadoodles goodies please have your project with Mr Linky by Sunday 14th February 12.00 noon GMT

Looking forward to popping by and seeing what you have been creating this week!

Friday, 29 January 2010

Week 4 Challenge - Non Traditional Valentine

Hi, I'm Kerry and I've set the challenge this week and as it’s coming up to Valentines Day, it just had to be a Valentines card or project. But, I challenged the Design Team to use non-traditional colours, so no pink and red even though a little bit did sneak in.

So for this week, I challenge you to do the same. You have until noon on 7th February to enter. Please don't forget that the maximum number of challenges you can enter your card or project into is 10. If you're not sure of the rules for our challenges just take a peek in the sidebar. We'd love to see your creations, so create away.

The winners from Challenge 2 - the Love theme are:

First Place: Sharon
Second Place: Juls
Third Place: Jenny

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

Here is what our fab design team have created for the week 4 challenge, some with traditional hearts, flowers and ribbon and some really funny fun ones.

This is our last week with our Guest Designer Ruby - thank you for joining us during January - your creations were stunning! She made this wonderful heart shaped card using her own template and printed papers from the Heritage collection from Back to Nature. The heart silver mirri board was run through her Cuttlebug and used alphies! She machine stitched some new lace which was first pleated.

Kerry - I went for orange and black and just one paper from the Candy Doodles CD for the hearts. A touch of ribbon and a prima flower.

Brenda - Image and papers from the Elegance section of new Love and Romance CD, main image cut with nesties, inked with versamark and embossed with iridescent powder to glitz it up. Roses made with paper from same collection.

Ruth - And that is not red ribbon or card or heart - honest!! I did go with a black and white theme for Kerry's challenge but just could not resist the additional red - sorry! All papers are from Love and Cherish. The red heart is actually an earing! More details are on my blog!

Claire - I do sooooo love that Back to nature CD so I went for a fun Valentine with that oh! so cute owl. I used the neopolitan papers from back to nature and the flower patterns from Love and Cherish to create my blooms!

Kris: I've chosen to use Back to Nature also. This is my first attempt at using one of the shaped cards and hopefully I haven't been too irreverent! I changed up the horse stable a bit and made a double gate across the front. "VALENTINE" is made using one of the printable alphabets and the other words are computer-generated.

Dolly: I’ve gone for blue and green, with just a hint of pink, using a mix of CDs. The background papers are from Back To Nature and the cupcake stampie is from Love and Cherish.

Fliss: I decided to go for rich gold and yummy chocolate brown for my card and have used the gorgeous rose papers and some of the versatile cut out hearts from the latest Love and Cherish CD. I've used a Nestabilities flower shape and some embossing together with a simple stamped greeting for a really elegant look.

Nettie: I have opted for the more chilled colours this week, as we are going for Non Traditional colours. I have used the Back to Nature CD for my papers this week, the patterned paper is from the Hootin Trees collection and I have printed the Alphies onto this paper to spell Valentine.

You have until 12noon on Sunday 7 February to enter! Good luck!

Friday, 22 January 2010

Week 3 Challenge - Sketch

It's Friday again and time for another Polkadoodle Challenge!

The talented Nikky has provided the sketch for this week, so if you want to play along use the sketch below and use Mr Linky to show us your creation!

The deadline for entries for this challenge is Sunday 31 January at 12noon GMT and please remember that you can only combine your creation with 9 other challenges.

The winners of our Wk 1 challenge which was to use a "Song Theme" are...

In 3rd place Jenny
in 2nd place Jodi
and in first place with a stunning entry is Chris, who says this is her first ever challenge so what an awesome start, she's obviously one to watch!

Thanks and congrats to all 3 of you, stunning work and thanks to everyone who entered. Can you 3 girlies please contact Nikky for blinkies and prizes please.

If you want to catch Nikky live on TV she has another show on Ideal World and Create & Craft this Monday at 3pm, so make sure you tune in and watch!

And now onto the samples from the Design Team!

Our Guest Designer for January is Ruby and she has made this stunning easel card and used the digi image from Back To Nature along with the sentiment and flower. A bit of embossing and it totally transforms the card!

Kris: For this sketch with color challenge I've used the red and orange for accent colors. The black harlequin paper is from Jingle Jangle, the butterfly from Candy Doodles, and the stacked flower from Back to Nature (just goes to show how you can put together elements from lots of different CD's). I have a close up of the flower so you can see the dimension with all 7 layers (easy as pie to print the flowers on colored card stock and cut out).

Ruth: I've used the stackie flowers from Back to Nature and have layered the biggest one. The petals have been curled to give some definition. Added buttons in the centre of the flowers and then curled some wire. Doodled around the edges of the card and tied some black organza ribbon across the front to finish it off!

Lou: I know I always seem to be using these papers but do lurve the Picnic Brights collection from the "Back To Nature" CD. The gift box was made to house my baby sisters birthday present, so it had to be girly but modern(ish)! Embellished with spira flowers; stamped with flourish design from Daisy Doodles stamps; wire and gems as added bling!

Brenda: Back To Nature cd, image coloured with Copics and panel Cuttlebug daisies folder plus a bit of glitter.

Kerry: I turned the sketch around and coloured Polly with brushmarkers and used papers from Candy Doodles.

Kate: I have used Sugar Birdies and Candy Doodles cd's for my little birthday card. I have coloured Polly in with Promarkers 'cos I love 'em !

Claire - I have used a right mix of bits and bobs from the Cd's - just goes to show they really do all work well together. Candy doodles, Back to Nature and Jingle Jangles have all been used with some Sakura and a bit of added doodling!

Fliss: Everything's coming up daisies with my take on this sketch. I used the pretty daisy paper from the new Love and Cherish cd combined with the flower stackies from the Back to Nature cd. I've done lots of layering using red and orange card embossed with the Cuttlebug Bloom Dots, scallop scissors and a daisy corner punch.

Nettie: I really enjoyed making this one. I have used the Not For Girls cd for this card. I really love these cool birds and I coloured mine in with my Promarkers. I have just the person in mind to send it to!!

Dolly: All papers and elements from the Sugar Birdies CD. Added some hand stitching to the squares of paper on the base card to create a patchwork effect and glossy accents to Lulu the ladybug to make her shine!

Krista I used the Cd Back to Nature. I decided that a barn would go great with these darling animals. I colored the farm animals with my copics. These stamps are awesome to color.

Good luck and we can't wait to see what you create! Deadline is Sunday 31 January at 12noon GMT!