Friday, 18 June 2010

Week 24 Challenge - Father's Day / Male Theme

Well hello everyone it's Dee here and it's my first time to set a challenge and sort the blog post out. Something is bound to go wrong I just know it. Blogger and myself do not have an easy relationship so please be patient and gentle with me, lol ................. Now where did I put those Crunchies? It is Friday after all.

So enough babbling from me and I'll get on with the challenge. Please remember that you can only enter your project in a total of 10 challenges including this one. Unfortunately if you have entered more we will not be able to include you. As it is Fathers Day in the UK this Sunday the challenge this week is to create a project for ......


The team have been busy and have come up with some fabulous creations for your inspiration, so have a little peruse below.

Phew nearly there now, I've just got to let you all know the winners from week 22 challenge set by Lou which was Retro / Modern Anniversary. As always we were all impressed by all your wonderful creations. You don't make judging easy for us you know!

First place -Annika
Second place - Lynne
Third place - Michelle
Congratulations to you, please contact Nikky for more details and your all important blinkies!!

Enfys - My papers are all printed from the Not For Girls (CD 2). I used the Queensbury Rules script for a backing, and cut three lots of boxing gloves out to decoupage them and add a bit of dimension. I covered them with glossy accents to make them shiny. 'Dad' was done with stickers, and the sentiment came from the CD.
Thought I'd show you one of my favourite tricks for making hooks (try it on a fishing line stamp) - I inserted a brad in backwards, and bent the prongs up to make a hook...............

Lou: I have used papers and toppers from the "Not for Girls" CD to make this BIG card for my own Dad. I love these "rock star" images & have made my own chipboard stars (from thick card) covering them with the stars paper and music topper. I covered the card blank with the FAB "Father/Dad" sentiment paper . . . this comes in so many colours and loads of different male relatives too!

Brenda - Well someone had to do it - I used the Not for Girls CD, printed the page out three times, cut out the footballs and decoupaged, England emblem from the Internet and squad names computer generated and punched into circles.
Claire - I love the cool dude birds on the Not For Girls CD and I have combined it with some fab papers from the CD and also the Christmas download bundle. He is Daddy Cool!
Kris: Here's my take on this week's challenge. I used a backing paper from Not for Girls, the Dad template from Paper Boutique and cute little owl from Back to Nature. As I've said before, all of Nikky's fab collections can be used together so easily and I think this shows that.

Jenny I've gone all Mod with my design this week! I've used the FAB scooter topper, target and brick wall papers from Not For Girls.
Ruth: A quick one from me this week - I've used this word card from Paper Boutique before and its such a nice card to make! I've hidden some dodgy cutting by using a black Sharpie marker around the edge of the letters! A bit of glitter glue on the stars and the card is completed!
Dee: I've used papers from the All Around and Everywhere CD for my card. I've made it for my father-in-law so I wanted papers that had a slightly more classic feel about them. I love this combo of teal and brown, and the Chocolate Pearlidoodles look good enough to eat in real life mmmm!
Tracy - My papers and image is from the Not For Girls CD-Rom, they have all been distressed with Distress inks, this is for my Dads birthday in 2 weeks time, he's a fisherman and this image was great to use, you can find it in the stampies section of the CD-Rom.
Fliss: I've gone for a vintage style card made from the Sounds Good section of the Not For Girls CD as I just love the look of these papers which have a slightly grungy look. I resized the music background slightly to make a large card blank and printed out the jazz paper twice in different sizes. I cut out the smaller one and put on a dark red mat then decoupaged the jazz player from the larger one and stuck on with foam tape. I finished off with some music notes, tarnished silver star brads and Dymo text to fit the jazz theme.
Lisa: My background paper and cool little birdie are from the "Not for Girls" CD. I just fell in love with that cool little birdie sporting those shades! My Dad is definitely a cool bird and has been such a big help to me! Happy Father's Day to all those cool dads out there! We appreciate you on Father's Day and always!
Nettie: Well this theme was ideal timing for me, Dad's birthday is just around the corner. It seems we are all loving these cool birdies from the Not for Girls CD. I have also used the stars and birthday papers from the same CD. This is a square easel card this week and I have just layered it up with different papers and not too many embellishments.
Tracie This week I used 4 of the backing papers, and a customisable topper from the Vroom Vroom collection on Paper Boutique 1 as well as the Dad word and stars from the Wordbooks on the same CD.
Kerry - I always make a card for my husband on Fathers Day and as we off on a cycling holiday this year, I made this the theme for my card. I used a bicycle template and cut out the pieces to make a rather rickety bike, used papers from the Not for Girls CD and some string.

So there you have it for this week, great ideas from the team I think you'll agree - don't forget you have until 12 o clock GMT on Sunday 27th June to get your entries in, we look forward to seeing them all! xx

Friday, 11 June 2010

Week 23 Challenge - Nursery Rhyme

Good morning Polkadoodler's, it's Nettie here and I'm back with another challenge for all you lovely people. Thank you to all of you that took part in Lou's challenge, we saw some great creations and we enjoyed visiting your blog's.

Now on to this weeks challenge. Some of you may or may not know that I am expecting my baby in under 8 weeks time now. I was trying to remember all the Nursery Rhymes my mum used to sing to me and failing miserably. So on that note I thought you could all help me .......................

The challenge this week is:

Nursery Rhymes

The Team have been really busy and let their imagination go with this one and produced some beautiful cards. Please let us know which Nursery Rhyme your using for your inspiration. Remember that your creation must not be entered into any more than 10 challenges, including the Polkadoodles challenge.

Now before I forget, 3 of you lucky people have been chosen as the top 3 for Lou's Sew and Sew challenge from week 21. Those lucky lucky peeps are..........

First Place: Sonia
Second Place: Allison
Third Place: Farrah

Congratulations to you, please contact Nikky for more details and your all important blinkies!!

Brenda - Mary Had a Little Lamb.......possibly overkill, but one of those where you just keep going. Beviboo stamp from the new Fairy Flutterfly collection, masked to create a bit of a scene, then decoupaged. Background paper and sheep complete with woolly coat from Back to Nature CD and flowers (re-sized) from All Around CD.

Kris: I missed last week's challenge and everyone had such wonderful creations but I'm back for this fun nursery rhyme theme. My rhyme is "The cat and the fiddle..." (sorry Nettie, I can't remember the words!). The backing paper, musical themed strip on the left and the fiddle are all from the Not for Girls CD and that cute little winking cat (Dylan is his name) is from the shaped collection on the All Around & Everywhere CD. I did add a few diecut notes and I computer-generated the sentiment.

Tracy - Old Macdonald - I have used the All Around And Everywhere CD -Rom for my background, I also used it for the animals which I cut out and put on with foam pads, the fence is from the same CD and cut it out and put on with more foam pads. I used the Fairy Flutterfly stamps to stamp my flowers and added gems. The sentiments are from the Candy Doodles CD -Rom. The Nursery Rhyme title has been added using word art.

Nettie: I loved making this one, it must be the animals!! I have gone with .....'Baa Baa Black Sheep'. I have used Maisie from the Back to Nature CD. I have turned the sheep into black polka dot sheep, he he. I have made another Step card and added some hand-made sunshine.

Ruth: I've gone for Pat-a-Cake, Pat-a-Cake and I've been waiting for an excuse to use the divine cupcake from All Around and Everywhere! I printed it onto cream linen effect card and added plenty of glitter. I added one of the complementary backing papers behind the card as I decided not to make the card double sided.

Claire Nettie couldn't have chosen a better challenge for me this week. I had a 40th card to make for a friend's sister who believe it or not is a shepherdess on Lewis. So it had to be Little Bo Peep - with the help of Flutterfly fairy Maggie who I think looks a little worried and those mad crazy sheep from Back to nature and also papers from All Around & Everywhere....

Lisa: This is my first card as an official Polkadoodle Design Team member and I had so much fun looking through all of the fun images! The nursery rhyme I based my card on was This Little Piggy Went To Market. The adorable piggy and background paper are from the All Around & Everywhere CD. What a fun theme to base a card on... so many possibilities!

Dee: I too have had trouble remembering any nursery rhymes, it was after all quite some time ago that they were read to me. In a flash of inspiration I did think of the Owl and the Pussycat so that's what I have gone with, complete with the pea green boat. The cat is from All Around and Everywhere and the owl and backing papers are from Paper Boutique.

Jenny: I've gone for One, two, buckle my shoe as Polly Polkadoodle reminded me of a little girl waiting for help with her shoes! I changed her laces to a buckle by re-sizing a Candy Ribbon Slider to 30%. I also re-sized some Alphie Doodles for the sentiment. Everything is from the Candy Doodles CD except for the wall & grass which came from All Around & Everywhere and the butterfly which is part of the Meeshelle Fairy Flutterfly stamp set.

Tracie: This week I went for "Hey Diddle Diddle" and did a cow jumping over the moon. I used the penny slider idea that Nikky demonstrated on her Paper Boutique show. I used the Cow from All around and Everywhere, and backing papers from Candy Doodles and Sugar Birdies

Kerry - I chose Incy Wincy Spider and used papers from Not for Girls and the Halloween download. I distressed the edges of the paper, drew a very bad drainpipe for the spider to climb up!! and added goggly eyes.

Fliss - I've gone for Mary, Mary Quite Contrary as my inspiration as my girls loved this one when they were little. I've used Polly from Sugar Birdies as my image as I think she looks a bit naughty and have made a shaped card from Back to Nature. All the other embellishments come from All Around & Everywhere and have been layered up with foam tape to make a 3D card. Full details are on my blog.

Please link your creation below and remember the terms of this week's challenge. The deadline for this challenge is Sunday 20th June at 12 noon GMT. Good luck.

Friday, 4 June 2010

Week 22 Challenge - Modern / Retro Anniversary

Hello Doodlers!

I'm just hijacking Lou's post to give you news about the Design Team call. I just want to say a big thankyou to everyone who responded to the call this time round, I'm sorry we can't respond personally to everyone but there are so many we would be sending emails for a week, but we do appreciate each and every entry and you are all doing some fabulous work out there. If you didn't get in please don't be downhearted, it really was a difficult task to choose and as always we can't have everyone even though we would if we could, so if you missed out this time please look out for the next call and have another go.
So, we are really pleased to be able to announce our new teamies, the lovely . . .

Welcome girls, we can't wait for you to join in and we know you're all going to be fabulous teamies! Once again, thanks so much to everyone who entered the call, we really loved looking at all your work and it was a hard task to choose, as always. Also, dont forget to tune into Create & Craft on 10th June for our next show! Right, back over to Lou!

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Now before I (Lou) start waffling on about this weeks challenge, have to say what gorgeous "eye candy" there was out there for last weeks challenge. I thoroughly enjoyed popping over to everyone to get my fix ! Now, I really must let you all know the winners of Challenge #20 and they are:

2nd: Kerstin from Kerstin's Kartenblog

Please email Nikky for your prizes and our much treasured "blinkies".

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OK . . . many thanks to Nikky for announcing the newest Polka Doodles DT members and on behalf of the older (but not in age) DT, a huge big welcome to the new Polka Doodlers!

Now onto this weeks challenge and as it is my 20th Wedding Anniversary (and I need to make a card . . . lol x), the theme this week (unsurprisingly) is:

Modern/Retro Anniversary

I chose the above style as hubby and I like to think that we are still modern & retro although not too sure what the children would say . . maybe I won't ask! So to get the ball rolling here is the DT's interpretation of this weeks challenge:

Lou: I have used papers & toppers from the new "All around & Everywhere" CD and gone for quite a different feel. The sentiment is a mixture of Letraset rub-ons and stamping using several different alphabet sets. I also got out several different edging punches to make different layers.

Brenda: Background paper from Love and Romance CD, flowers from All Around CD, spotty label re-sized and printed from the same CD, stamped sentiment and circle mat embossed with Cuttlebug roses folder.

Kerry - Printed papers in pinks and browns from the Love and Cherish CD. Added some ribbon, some punched hearts and a stamped sentiment. Shame the photo is a bit washy, the colours are brighter in real life.

Claire - Turtley in luv! Using bits from the newest CD All Around & Everywhere. The gorgeous mushroom stamp that is part of the Flutterfly Fairy set Maggie. Sakura pens, pressed flowers and sticky gems.

Dee - Happy Anniversary Lou, I hope you have a fabulous day. I've used papers from Sugar Birdies cd for my pop-up card. The only extras used were Copics/Promarkers, red heart brads and red gems.

Nettie: I have gone with a very pink and simple feel for my card this week. I have made a Stair Step Card using the funky hearts from the Love and Cherish CD.

Tracie: This week I have used 50's dots and cherries motifs as inspiration for my simple card. Using the Sugar Birdies CD and shrink plastic.

Tracy: For my background papers I used the pink spot from the Love And Cherish CD, and the heart and gingham is from the All Around And Everywhere CD. My frame and flowers are also from the All Around And Everywhere CD Rom, and my butterfly is from the Meeshelle Fairy Flutterfly stamp set

Fliss: I've gone pink and green witth a little chocolate brown for mine using mostly The Twoo of Us collection from the Love & Cherish CD with a small amount of paper from the Not For Girls CD as I needed some brown. I've made a central panel with one of the cute toppers and matted this on owl paper and Cuttlebug embossed green card. The bottom strip is from the topper sheet and I just added embellishment made with a Martha Stewart punch and scalloped oval Nestabilities.

Ruth: Ran out of ink so had to improvise and made a gift box using stamps from Daisy Doodles and Christmas Doodles plus a tag from All Around And Everywhere. More details are on my blog!

Stacey - Now I know we are not celebrating my anniversary but my hubby is a huge comic book fan so what better way to celebrate our anniversary than to make him his own super hero card!!! I used my newly aquired Not For Girls CD for this one. It doesn't get more retro for nerds than old skool comic books!!! Great challenge!!! More details and pics on my blog.

The deadline for the challenge is Sunday 13 June at 12noon GMT and please remember to link your creation below (please refresh your browser if the thumbnail does not show up straight away) and that you can enter your Polkadoodle creation into 9 other challenges.

Good luck!

Friday, 28 May 2010

Week 21 Challenge - Sew and Sew

Hi everyone, Lou here and guess what? It's Friday . . . YIPPEE . . . and like the well known TV advert, I've definitely got that Friday Feeling! Now the challenge this week is called

"Sew and Sew"

I would love you to add some sewing to your project this week. You could do this with your sewing machine, by hand, faux sewing/stitches or some of you might even have a rubber stamp that looks like sewing. The choice is yours!

Well done to the 5 lucky winners of our 1st Birthday giveaway. The following ladies will each receive a set of rubber stamps and a CD and the winning entry will get an extra CD.

1st place: Siobhan

2nd place: Croms

3rd place: Katie Oakley

4th place: Karen Everton

5th place: Donzabub

Please email Nikky for your prizes and our much treasured "blinkies".

To get the ball rolling (as it were), here is some inspiration from the Polka Doodlely DT . . .
Brenda I used Gracie, one of the new Fairy Flutterfly stamps, stamping her three times to decoupage, stamped her wings on paper from All Around CD then again on acetate and glittered. I used the same paper for the background and machine stitched round the edges - not my strong point.

Ruth: I've used Sugar Birdie papers and flowers printed onto vellum. The spotty ribbon came from my stash and I've faux stitched the flower stems and also around the edges of the card. The sentiment stamp is from the Fairy Flutterfly collection.

Kris: I am definitely a "sewing-challenged" person so this was quite a feat for me. I did make use of faux stitching around the edge but (and this is a first) I did stitch the flower stems with floss. The cute backing paper and adorable fox are from the new All Around & Everywhere CD - shaped cards. I just cut Mr. Fox out and used him as a stand-alone feature. I added a sentiment from the same CD and stamped some extra flowers from one of my Fairy Flutterfly sets and popped them on.

Kerry - All Around and Everywhere again for me too. I used embroidery thread to hand stitch (it's a bit scary seeing me with a sewing machine!!) around the bottom of the card and then stitched beads on her hat and bag.

Tracie I chose this weeks challenge to make a door hanger for my Little Girls newly decorated bedroom. I used papers from the gorgeous All Around and Everywhere CD, as well as the bunting template from the same CD. I machine stitched (badly) round the edges of the bunting and the name square. Then used the distressed flowers template from Candy doodles onto All Around and Everywhere paper to make the flower. The centre is from the embellishments section and covered in Glossy Accents. The alphabet stickers were a poundland bargain!
Fliss - I've all used the All Around & Everywhere CD and have been a bit sneaky as one of my TV samples for Nikky fits the theme perfectly so I just had to show it to you. I've used brown and blue papers and layered up one of the lovely roses. I made a pretty lace backing piece for the rose by running stitches along one edge and gathering it up to form a pleated circle. I used one of the button embellishments for the centre and made a central strip with more lace, pearls and a border. I did faux stitching all round the edges with a fine brown pen. I added one of the pretty circular greeting embellishments to finish.

Nettie: Well for this challenge I have dusted off my sewing machine!! Lots of zig zagging......I have used the All Around & Everywhere CD for this one and this gorgeous tree image. I also added a little glitter and glaze to this card, just for a bit of sparkle.

Enfys - I used papers from the All Around & Everywhere CD (floral frenzy collection) and cut out the funky flowers. Some stitching around the edges with my trusty Singer, and lots of doodling. I love these sentiment tiles on the Cd, the sentiments are great and there is one to match every collection. Clever Nikky.