Friday, 2 April 2010

Week 13 Challenge - Birthday!

Once again it is Friday so that can only mean another Polkadoodle Challenge! I am your hostess this week and as it is my Birthday on Tuesday I've set the challenge of:


You can make a Birthday card for anyone you wish, just as long as it is a Birthday theme. We only have a few rules - for the theme to be followed and your card to be entered into no more than 10 challenges including Polkadoodles. If you accept the challenge, please enter the direct link back to your blog post on Mr Linky below. And good luck! You have until 12noon GMT on Sunday 11 April to enter.

Before I show you the wonderful samples from the Design Team, here are the top three from Week 11 which was Nikky's challenge of a sketch and colour theme:

First Place: Gail
Second Place: JenniferRose
Third Place: Debra

Well done! Please contact Nikky for more details and for your blinkies!

Kris - I thought I wasn't going to make the celebration! I'm again using up some of my older scraps and I thought Polly with a great big old cupcake would be just perfect for this. I added a bunch of glitter glue and glossy accents on the cherry. Happy Birthday Ruth!

Enfys - Now I happen to know that this image is one of Ruth's favourites, so couldn't resist using it. I layered the elements up a bit for added dimension, the papers are a mixture from various Polkadoodles CD's, and the buttons were punched with Martha's button punch. Happy Birthday Ruth xx

Nikky: Happy Birthday Ruthie!! Here I've used lots of bits and pieces but all the papers are from Paper Boutique, sometimes it's not until you actually start to use something that you realise how much is on it or how versatile it is and I think that's the case with this CD, I love it. Sorry for the pic overload but there's a few pages to this...

I made this from the base of the Funky Flower template and folded them back to back, inserting ribbons between to tie together. I've made a ribbon flower by tying bows in ribbons and then just gluing them together on top of a paper circle for strength. I added a butterfly which I made a couple of weeks ago from my first hashed attempt at Pergamano and then doodled, added buttons and distressed the edges. Hope you like it Ruth, I'm not sending it, mwwwaaahahahahahahhaha!! It's going in the show sample box LOL, I'm such a witch, I know!...

Ruth: I've used the front elements of the Sparkle Cake from Paper Boutique, layered them all up and added the necessary glitter to the icing layers! I've printed directly onto the card blank - and used the backing paper from the same collection along with the sentiment backer too. More details are on my blog!

Brenda - Background paper from Back to Nature CD as is the peacock which I printed off five times onto cardstock and cut with nesties to create a pyramage effect. Flowers on the centre band and greeting from the stamp set which matches the BTN CD.

Kerry - Happy Birthday Ruth and here is my gift to you. All papers are from Back to Nature and I've used the Polkadoodles stamps for the flowers. I added some Stickles on her hat. Have a great Birthday.

Nettie: Happy, Happy Birthday Ruth!! Here is my card for you. It's a dinky one this week and I have kept it simple but very girly. I have used the Paper Boutique papers and images for this one and added a little bling.

Dee. 2 cakes in one here for you Ruth so you may need to ration yourself, or just ignore the calories. I used the A5 template, decoupage, toppers and backing papers from the Cupcake Treat section on the Paper Boutique Vol 1 CD. I added some card candy, ribbon, flowers, fancy brad and a couple of rub-ons to complete the look.

Claire - Happy Birthday Ruth - I decided to give the wonderful Secret Garden template a go for my birthday card. With some added interest in the form of crackled glass effect with UTEE. Please note I know you are younger than this is more a comment on my complexion!

Fliss: Happy Birthday Ruth! I decided to make a wildly floral card in the hope Spring will turn up and stay. I made the background paper with the Daisy Doodles stamps (instructions on my blog) and made a small vase of flowers from the Floral Bouquet Collection on the Paper Boutique CD. I made a large easel style card and embossed one side then added all the pieces with a sentiment printed on the same collection editable decorations.

Kate Happy Birthday Ruth! - It's a good job these aren't real cakes we've all made you - You'd be huge! I layered up the cake stampie from Love and cherish and teamed it with backing papers from Sugar Birdies as they go together so well. The cherries are also from SB I have added them on 3D foam to use as the stop for my easel. I have even been very brave and done some stamping on it using polkadoodles stamps! (don't look too close -you will see it is a bit blurred!)
Good luck if you decide to enter our challenge and you have until 12noon GMT on Sunday 11 April to enter!

Monday, 29 March 2010

Mr Linky playing games

Monday morning folks and it seems Mr Linky has been having a fun weekend and might have lost some of your entries.

Hopefully it's sorted now, but if you added a project and it's not there anymore, could we please ask you to add it again as we would hate you to miss out on the chance of being one of our winners.

Friday, 26 March 2010

Week 12 Challenge - Sketch & Theme

Hello Polkadoodlers, welcome to another challenge from us all. It's Nettie here and it's my first time to set the challenge, I'm nervous so please be gentle with me. If you have not already had a chance to see Create and Craft or the Polkadoodles website, then you haven't seen the new Polkadoodle CD Paper Boutique. Don't worry though Nikky will be back on Create and Craft on Wednesday 31st March at 10am, so set your timers. Before I begin to explain this week's challenge I'd like to announce the very lucky people who have won Week 10 - Special Birthday or Milestone:

First Place: Teri

Second Place: Siobhan

Third Place: June

Well done you lucky people, please contact Nikky for further details and to collect those all important blinkies.

Now, moving on with this week's challenge........... I have another sketch for you lovely people. I love using Black and White for my projects because I think it looks so elegant. So what I would like you to do is follow the sketch and use Black, White + 1 other colour of your choice. Please remember that it doesn't have to be a card if you don't want......use your imagination as I know you will.

We have the truly talented Ju - Cornishmist who is our guest designer this month and as this is the last challenge for the month of March, we would like to say a big thank you for her lovely cards and for joining us! For this week, she has used papers from Back to Nature and Sugar Birdies along with stackies and ribbons. She coloured the cow to match the colour of the ribbons.

Nettie: Now this is my take on the sketch. Instead of doing a card, I thought I would make a Wedding Box. I have used the Love and Cherish CD for this one. As you will see from the picture I have made the box with a belly band and I have attached the oval to the band. I also used the flower templates on the CD to make these printed flowers.

Dee: I decided to use green as my extra colour as I thought it would make a nice contrast to the black and white. I don't use green very much so I made a mental note at the beginning of the year to use it more often. I used papers from the Back to Nature, Love and Cherish and Paper Boutique Vol 1 CD's.

Kris: I loved this sketch and I love Black and White. I chose a deep sea blue as my third color (only because I'm still using scraps and I had the flowers!). The background paper is from Sugar Birdies (Sugar Swirlies) and the peacock from Back to Nature. I added a little stamped sentiment and some self-adhesive rhinestones.
Kerry - I got my hubby to choose the extra colour and it was orange. I kept lots of white space and added papers and elements from the Candy Doodles CD plus a little Stickles on the butterflies. Shame my camera takes a blurry photo!

Fliss: Like Dee I've chosen to use green as my contrast colour which came about as I was going through my Polka Doodles stash to decide what to do. I came across the black, white and green Stackies flowers from Back to Nature and that was that! I just used the black and white combination which I layered up and matted several times. The first layer uses a Nestabilies scalloped oval with I embossed with dots. The last is some glittery white funky foam. I used the green dotty paper from the new Paper Boutique Floral Bouquet Collection and finished off with a punched strip with a lace band, a bow and some gems.

Kate - I have used the gorgeous butterfly from the heritage collection on the Back to Nature cd and i found the little butterfly stampies on the Candy doodles disc .I added some stickles and adhesive gems too for a bit of bling. The stripes on the step are embossed in the cuttlebug .

Claire - For my colour it just had to be purple - my absolute favourite! Lots of bits and pieces from the cd's with some added Sakura and stickles, also some lovely purple velvet card for added texture and touchability! I love the range of different flowers Nikki produces and the spiral flowers from Back to nature are very versatile.

Ruth: I've used Love and Cherish for my sample plus some red card (picked up ages ago from my local Scrap Store). I do like the image and really should use it more as it is so versitile! I've added some liquid pearls here and there and the little red flowers have very sparkly gems in their centres!

Brenda - I have taken the reddish browns from the papers on the Love and Romance CD, made a topper using nesties and printed the same sheet off several time sto cut out and decoupage the flowers, adding pearl stamens.

The deadline for all entries via Mr Linky is Sunday 4th April at 12 noon GMT. Please remember our challenge rules when entering your makes, as wouldn't want to leave you out.

Friday, 19 March 2010

Week 11 Challenge - Sketch & Theme

Yayy my turn this week!! It's so long since I set a challenge I've been really looking forward to this one and I have to say the Doodle Dollies have surpassed themselves this week, there's some awesome ideas on here! Not that there aren't every week of course!  First I need to mention that we're back on Create and Craft on 29th March and I will make sure I do demo's which are not inclined to go wrong this time, even though I know you all love laughing at me making a cockup, hey, if it makes you all smile tee hee...(note to self: walk away from the spinner cards Nikky)...
Also, you need to watch out for some absolutely lush new stuff from us here at Doodle Towers in the next few weeks, the girls (and me) are all dying to get their sticky mitts on some lush new stamps, just wish the manufacturers would pull their fingers out and hurry up but I've been promised they'll be in my inky fingers by Easter...

Our week 9 challenge was to use a stamp and wings and it looks like a lot of you liked this one! There was some beautiful entries and it was very hard to choose but the winners are...

In 3rd place...Juls
in joint 2nd place...Liz and Crafty Ness
and our first place is Zoe with her very cute dragon which we all loved to bits. Please email me for your blinkies and prize girls!

Ok so on with the show! This week I'm giving you a sketch. Now this got the girls in a bit of a dither but I think they thought it was more complicated than it was! You need to have 4 shapes and they have to interlock somehow - if this confuses you you can see from our samples some of the ways we did this. Also, just to throw a spanner in the works, you have to use Blue and Brown as well! This is one of my fave colour combo's. Here's the sketch...please remember to follow the challenge rules we hate it when we find a lovely card but you broke the rules so we can't count you in... : (

Week 11 Sketch

First of all, our March Guest Designer - Ju - who has used papers and elements from Back To Nature with a little additional doodling.
Enfys - I used Mr Twitty from the Paper Boutique CD (it looks as if he is a bit of a favourite with the team this week!), with papers from Back to Nature. I did some faux stitching - a posh way of saying that I was too lazy to wrestle with threading the machine, so I did a wobbly random straight stitch with the unthreaded machine, and joined up the dots with a fine tip brown pen. The circle is done with pinking shears Nestabilities, and the lettering is tiny alpha stickers

Lou: I have used papers from the boy's cake range on the "Paper Boutique" CD with the expection of the stackie flower! I made the lined paper by scanning in some lined paper (!) and then printing this design over my original printed paper. Flower made using layered scalloped circles from the same papers. This card was for my MIL from my hubby for Mother's Day.
Kris: Nikky gave us such a great sketch this week and I love brown and blue together so this is what I came up with. The printed papers and toppers are from the new Paper Boutique (vol 1) CD. I just typed the sentiment into one of the toppers and printed it! I've been looking for a way to use the Climbing Roses paper from Love & Cherish. I think the stencil look is just perfect for fussy cutting, popping and layering.
Brenda: I have used papers from the Mr Twitty section of the new Paper Boutique CD. Mr Twitty has been decoupaged and his eyes and glasses diamond glazed. The border is Martha Stewart arched lattice and the corner a Sizzix die. Claire Using the Not For Girls CD I have created a joy fold card with lots of opening bits to make up Nikki's fab sketch. Just with a little doodling to finish and a piece of string to keep it closed!

Stacey 3 weeks in and I am sure Nikky is trying to get rid of me with this challenge!!! I had to get a few thinking caps on and this is what I have come up with! I have used the Love and Cherish CD along with the Back to Nature CD. There are more pics and details on my blog!!!
Kerry - Sorry, I couldn't resist, I've made a Christmas card in March!! I love blue on Christmas cards, so when Nikky set the theme of blue and brown it was the first thing that popped in my mind. All the papers and elements come from Jingle Jangles CD plus a little glitter and silver string. At least I can say, I've started my Christmas cards :)
Nettie: There's nothing like a good sketch to get the brain ticking. I have used the new Paper Boutique CD for my inspiration!! I printed out brown and blue papers from the CD and also some shape templates. My Dad's birthday is not until June, but hey it's good to be organised.

Fliss: Bit of an ooops! here as I've used the same set from Paper Boutique as Brenda (not the first time this has happened as we both seem to like the same things lol). I made this card for my brother's birthday as Nikky's colours are perfect for a male card. I used the Mr Twitty decoupage set and one of the papers along with some of the matching embellishments. I used the tree and branch from the Back to Nature CD and one of the sentiments. The scalloped panel and the tree trunk and branch were embossed using the Cuttlebug distressed stripes folder to add texture.
Dee: I don't know how many times I changed my mind doing this challenge, but I eventually settled on one. I used backing papers from a couple of collections on the Paper Boutique Vol 1 CD, and the sentiment and the dog came from the Back to Nature CD. The main background paper I printed onto pale blue paper for a slightly different look, unfortunately it doesn't really show on the photo though. I layered the elements over each other then tied them all together with brown raffia.

Ruth: Looks like Nettie and I were working from the same craft table this week! I've also used papers and elements from Paper Boutique (I just can't get enough of this little car!) The ribbon is from the scrap store and it used to be upholstery edging!

And here is mine, something about it I just don't like but it was too late to change it again... I used papers from the Paper Boutique CD, the cake was made from the cupcake template on the CD and the toppers were also from the CD. I stamped a teeny weeny message on the tag and added a ribbon, stickles and of course used my MS punch (watch out as we are currently waiting for new MS stock to come in this next week!). My fave bit of this whole card is where I've fringed the stripey border with my scissors.

So there you go! Hope you enjoyed the samples from the Design Team and good luck if you decide to enter! Remember that you can link your Polkadoodle Challenge entry with 9 others - any more and we cannot consider you for one of our very special top three spots. Deadline for entries via Mr Linky is Sunday 28 March at 12noon GMT.


Friday, 12 March 2010

Week 10 Challenge - A Special Birthday or Milestone

Hello everyone, Fliss here and it's my turn to set for the challenge this week, but before the details of that it's time to announce the winners of Lou's shaped card challenge from Week 8. Without further ado, here are the lucky three:

First Place: Craftyness
Second Place: Lesley
Third Place: Dora

Congratulations to you all and please email Nikky for more details and your blinkies.

And now to my challenge which I picked because my elder daughter Claire is 21 years old today. She's a very long way away from us at the moment as she's on her year abroad in Japan and as it's the holidays, she's traveling round sightseeing.

My challenge to you all is to make a card to celebrate a milestone birthday or anniversary, the choice is yours.

Our Guest Designer for March, Ju - Cornishmist has made this stunning card using papers from Sugar Birdies, along with distressing and inking of the edges. The scallop borders have been glittered along with the numbers and a bit of doodling completes the card!

Fliss: I had to think really hard about my card because Claire is still going through a bit of a Gothic phase and wouldn't like anything pink or pastel. I chose to make a card using the new Paper Boutique CD and as Claire loves red and black, it just had to be the gorgeous ladybird. I decoupaged all the pieces and assembled the card with foam tape. I added the all important number by printing out some of the alphies from the Back to Nature CD and mounting these on some of the embellishments from the Ladybird, Ladybird Collection.

Stacey - I just love the Love and Cherish CD so when I saw that this weeks challenge was for a milestone birthday or anniversary I knew what I wanted to do! I have printed one of the many gorgeous backing papers from this CD and used it with my big shot for the fancy edge card, next came the fab toppers layered onto gold card and here we have it!!!
Brenda I used papers from the new Paper Boutique CD and the Back to Nature stamp set. I stamped the edges of the main piece and distressed new Tim Holtz inks. The flowers are stamped onto the green and pink papers, cut out and layered onto a sizzix 'stem' and a 21st birthday sentiment from the same CD.

Kerry - I've got so many special events this year, it was difficult to choose. Just to name a few, 3 weddings, two 21st, an 80th and a 90th birthday and three 25th wedding anniversaries including my own. But I decided to make a 21st birthday card for my niece. I used papers from the Back to Nature CD, some stickles and card candy.

Dee - After quite a deliberation I have chosen to do a Ruby Anniversary card. I was drawn to the Boundless Love collection on the Love and Cherish CD when I first saw it. Quite surprising really as red is not one of my favorite colours, but the designs are so striking I was just itching to use them. I also used the distressed polka dot backing paper from the Building Bricks Collection on the Paper boutique CD. Additional items were red and black chalk ink pads, red card, Martha Stewart border punch, gems, kebab stick and gift curling ribbon.

Claire A wee change for me! I have created a small A6 easel fold card(don't normally work this small) with a scalloped top thanks to a topper from the new Paper Boutique CD. The vase of flowers is also from the new CD and I have added a few layers and some fab sticky gems for centres. An editable tag for my sentiment.Stickles for a little sparkle!

Kate I have used the Paper boutique cd for my milestone card, I had printer troubles and my colours weren't right so i just used the black and white option and printed onto patterned paper from my box of left overs.I cut the 40 candles on my cricut and coloured them all in with promarkers .

Nettie: My cousin is 30 shortly and is having a big celebration, so I though I would create a very bold card. He's a larger than life character, so I thought I would go with the large numbers for this one. I have used papers and text from the Back to Nature CD and no images for this one.

Ruth: Something plain and simple from me this week! I've used the A5 car template from Paper Boutique, layered it all up and added the sentiment on the number plate. I've also used the layers on the reverse of the card - more views can be seen on my blog.

The challenge ends on Sunday 21 March at 12noon GMT and please do not combine your challenge card with more than 9 other challenges otherwise you will not be eligible for the prize. Please use Mr Linky below to link your challenge creation. And good luck!