Friday, 16 April 2010

Week 15 Challenge - Animal Magic

Thanks to everyone that joined in with Ruth's Birthday challenge for week 13. Lots of great entries which we always enjoy visiting and getting our say in our favourites of the week - It was very close this week! So a big congratulations to...

First Place: June
Second Place: Spyder
Third Place: Margie

Please contact Nikky for more details and your blinkies! We hope to see you all again this week in our Animal Magic Challenge. The DT have been recieving their fabulous new Fairy Flutterfly stamps this week and I (Claire) have managed to sneek a couple of the lovely doodley flowers into my has to be done! So lets see your creations using Animal images.....

Ruth: I've used the monkey from Paper Boutique and also the backing paper from the same set. he has been printed at A5 size and decoupaged almost as per instructions! And yes my card is slightly wonky! I blame the banana!

Kris: I've also used the Funky Monkey from the Paper Boutique CD. I chose a "viney" backing paper from an earlier CD (can't remember which so I'll leave it at that-LOL!). I also did one of the fill-in toppers with my "wild" sentiment and couldn't resist adding some die-cut vines.

Brenda - At the risk of scaring away all the wild bunnies living out in the paddocks with a giant pink one, I decided to use this lovely fellow from the Paper Boutique CD for a fun get well card for my DD who spent Easter in hospital after a riding accident. I decoupaging him using one of the matching papers. The Martha Stewart bunny border matches perfectly and I made a flower from the same papers and spritzed with Glimmer Mist pearl.

Claire I have settled on that fantastic piggy from Back to Nature CD - Get into shape section. With an additional wire and button necklace and a few flowers (some lovely stamped doodle flowers from the new Polkadoodles stamps)...she's just looking so cute!

Kerry - I had great fun making this, my farmyard scene. All the papers and animals (plus 1 bird) come from my favourite CD Back to Nature. I took the scene from a couple of angles so you can see the details.

Nettie: I have mixed and matched with my card this week. The bird is from the Love and Cherish CD and the rest of the card was made using my favourite Back to Nature CD. I have coloured the cute birdie in with my Promarkers.

Kate I have used BTN to make this enormous card for my boss for her birthday from all of us at work - i printed it at A4 size and then stuck it all to an A4 card blank . i made the rosette using Nesties and papers from BTN .I added the little person which i had made to look just like her , and Priscilla the horse looks just like her horse -"Willie "

Fliss: I've gone very girly this week with the lovely kitty cat from the Back to Nature CD and I've combined her with some papers I made myself using some of the clever Crown and Chandelier elements from the Love and Cherish CD. I did a little colouring with Promarkers on the kitty stampie, cut her out and made her a crown decorated with pearls. Check out my blog to see how I made the papers as they're easier than you might think.

Stacey - I have been inspired by nature this week! I live in a rural village in Wales and there are little lambs popping up everywhere so I have headed straight to the Back to Nature CD for the super cute sheep images! The backgrounds are just fab so I haven't done too much just a bit of glitter and some decoupage and finished off with some cool googly eyes!!!

Lou - I have made a relatively unfussy card for me (!) and stuck to the cute dog images from the Back to Nature CD. I have cut them in squares, loads of chalking and then lots of layering. Card has been finished off with paper squares from the same CD. The sentiment reads "W oof-tas-tic !!! ". Quick, simple and effective card . . I hope!

Don't forget you can enter your creation in up to 10 challenges including Polkadoodles and the closing is Sunday 25 April at 12noon GMT.

Good luck!


Friday, 9 April 2010

Week 14 Challenge - Wedding Celebration

Hello lovely Doodlers, Nikky here, we all hope you had a fabulous Easter and thank goodness spring is on it's way! I've hijacked Kerry's post because I haven't had time to join in this week having been busy busy on a new CD which will be launched later this month and we finally had delivery of my new range of gorgeous Fairy Flutterfly stamps yesterday - the DT are DESPERATE to get their sticky mitts on these as am I (too busy to play, what's THAT all about?!) - no doubt the team will be using them on next week's challenge so if you want to join in, grab them while you can, they're only available from the Polkadoodles website together with loads of other new goodies! Right, handing over to Kerry now!x

Kerry here, setting this weeks challenge. I haven't had a wedding for years and now I have three in one year. My niece who was just a few weeks old at our wedding is getting married today (9th) and my friend tomorrow (10th) and my hubbys 2nd cousin in July. Good excuse for some new outfits.

Before we see all the lovely designs from our team, well done to our lucky top 3 who have won Challenge 12 - Nettie's sketch and colour theme.

First Place: Nikbee
Second Place: Aquarius
Third Place: Kerstin

Well done you you all, please contact Nikky for further details and to collect your blinkies.

So, I thinks it's obvious what challenge I'm going to set, yes it's a wedding card or project. The closing date is noon GMT on Sunday 18th April. Don't forget that you can only combine my challenge with 9 other challenges.

Stacey- I love this CD so much that I have pinched the title for my sentiment! more pics on my blog. This card will be for my next door neighbour who is getting married next month. The subtle grey and silver papers are just so elegant.

Kris - I was so excited when Kerry took this week's challenge and called for a wedding card. Like her, we have a niece getting married (only on the 17th of this month) and this gave me a great opportunity to get her card done. All of the backing papers are from Love & Cherish - Moonlight Collection. I think the black/white/silver looks so elegant. I added some die-cut hearts and an embossed sentiment.

Brenda - An easel card using papers and topper from Love and Romance CD - think must still be my favourite judging by how often I use it. The wedding cake topper is coloured with Promarkers and the borders Martha Stewart embossed heart.

Kerry - Here’s my card and it’s a little bit different for me, lots of little rose buds around the heart. The rose papers from the Love and Cherish CD were perfect for this card and printed out beautifully. I used my Cricut to cut out the layered hearts.

Nettie: I have used this cute couple from the Love and Cherish CD and coloured them in using my ProMarkers. I have used Lilac as my main colour for this one and gone for my favourite square shaped card.

Kate : I have used one of the toppers on the Love and Cherish cd for mine, the spotty backing paper was on the Back to Nature cd but it is usually beige. My printer is still printing in a wide range of colours other than what I want and it came out purple it matched perfectly with the shade of purple it printed the other embellishments! I think it would have looked just as nice in the beige tones I intended.
Claire - I have used one of the same Wedding cakes as Brenda - from Love & Cherish with papers from Paper Boutique, a little doodling with Sakura and some distressing with bronze inking to edges.
Dee - A simple card from me this week. I've used papers from the Love and Cherish CD. The top piece is printed onto iridescent white sparkle inkjet paper, and the polka dots and main image are printed onto vellum for a nice soft feel. I have highlighted the daisies and the little heart on the main image by embossing the back with a medium sized ball tool.

Fliss: My card this week is also quite a simple one using the Love & Cherish red heart and flourish papers and toppers. I just printed out a sheet to fold in half and create my card, then added a topper on a red paper mat and some more decoupaged hearts for dimension. I finished off with some pearls.

Ruth: I used the new Paper Boutique cd and printed the card base and tiny decoupage image onto 240gsm linen effect white card, layered up the image (although I cut off most of the really fiddly bits!) The shape of the card is based on I think a Robo template which I drew round, punched holes out and threaded organza ribbon through. And added a silver heart!
Krista- Using the Love and Cherish cd is always one of my favs...Thinking of my husband I always think of marriage as a union of love and the best of friends. This card was simple and sweet. The cake, background and flowers all used gorgeous papers from this cd.

Good luck and the deadline is Sunday 18th April at 12noon GMT!


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.