Friday, 9 July 2010

Week 27 Challenge - Summer Theme

Welcome to another Friday and another Polkadoodle challenge!
Just before we get started with the challenges, just a reminder that Polka Doodles will be exhibiting at the Doncaster Summer Crafting show next week on Sat 17th and Sun 18th July - Nikky hopes you will be there and please pop in and say hello - there are LOADS of brand new exclusive products which will be launched at the show so make sure you get in for first dibs!! (But, if you do miss it she's also just confirmed this week that PD will also be at the Harrogate GNPE show in September this time, yahoo!).

Also, more exciting news this week...we can't say TOO much, but make sure you checkout this blogspace on Friday 23rd July for news and details of a MEGA competition we will be hosting...we have some fantastic prizes to giveaway in conjunction with a leading UK manufacturer, so make sure you check it out, you really will not want to miss out on entering, we're all dying to share the deets!

Anyway, back to business, this week Enfys has set the challenge of:

A Summer Theme
Just think of all the lovely bright colours you could use - and have a look at the Design Team samples below for some wonderful inspiration!
Before I forget, here are the top three from Week 25:

First Place: Sandra P
Second Place: Crafty Fairie
Third Place: Donzabub
Well done! Please email Nikky for your blinkies!
Now onto the Design Team samples! Good luck with the challenge - the rules are at the bottom of the post.

I used papers from All Around and Everywhere to cut out this little boat and sun from my Cricut. If you print your paper onto white card, it tears beautifully, that's what I used for the 'waves'

Brenda For the Summer theme I have used the Heritage section of Back to Nature CD, re-sizing the paper to achieve smaller butterflies and printing onto acetate. The border is punched with Martha Steward embossed butterflies and the large butterfly is cut with a Cuttlebug die using a coordinating paper from the same collection.
Stacey - For this weeks summer theme I have decided that Meeshelle is in need of a summer holiday so I have sent her off in her summer love bug!!! The car is from Paper Boutique Vol 1 and the papers are from All Around and Everywhere!!!
Kris: Here's a little summer card using one of my favorite of Nikky's drawings - Summer Polly. I also used a variety of papers and flowers from a bunch of CD's and I'm sorry to say most were printed before I got smart and started marking the backs-LOL! Hope you like it!

Jenny I opted for some scrummylish delish strawberries from Candy Doodles! The bowl is made from part of a cupcake case also from Candy Doodles. In fact all of the elements came from Candy Doodles, except the pink frame which came from All Around and Everywhere and the butterfly which is part of the Meeshelle Fairy Flutterfly stamp set.

Ruth: I've not yet used the bunny rabbit from Paper Boutique Vol 1, so perfect opportunity! I used the A5 size and used the majority of the layers - used foam pads to achieve the depth. The paper behind is also from the same cd and I've added a little bit of edge doodling.

Tracy - For my summer theme I have chosen to use Back To nature for my image and backing papers. My flowers have come from the All Around And Everywhere CD. And for my butterflies I stamped them using the Fairy Flutterfly stamp Meeshelle.

Tracie: I used butterflies and backing paper from Candy Doodles and Sentiments from All Around and Everywhere to make my simple card.

Nettie: When I think of summer, I think of flowers and bright skies. I have used the All Around and Everywhere CD for this one. I have used ribbon for the stem's of the flowers and I have made the sentiment spin. Sorry you can't quite see that is this picture.

Kerry - Went for a summer boating theme using papers from All Around and Everywhere. I cut the little boats on my Cricut and layered them with paper. Added some 3d gloss for water droplets.

Fliss: Nothing says more to me about Summer than the flowers and butterflies in my garden so my card has both of these. I've used several CDs here as the pretty paper is from Sugar Birdies, the flowers from Paper Boutique 1 and the butterflies are from All Around and Everywhere. I finished off with a little bling on the butterflies.
Claire I have gone for Nikki's fab tortoise and flowers and for a bit of fun cut Fairy Flutterfly Maggie off her toadstool so she can ride on the tortoise's back. I think he looks very happy with his new friend!

Lisa This week I used the Back to Nature CD and made a card with a flowery garden theme. I love the bright flowers and the sweet smell of summer! My Mom always plants a butterfly garden in the summer and I love to sit and watch all the butterflies enjoying the flowers!

Good luck in entering - you have until 12noon GMT on Sunday 18 July to enter and please remember the maximum number of challenges you can enter with your Polkadoodle creation is 10 (including Polkadoodle).

Friday, 2 July 2010

Week 26 Challenge - Decorative Item

Hope you all enjoyed the new Cd release on Create and Craft this week. Paper Boutique Vol 2 - Creative Christmas is great fun, jam packed with the quirky and the more traditional designs for Christmas. More about that in a minute !

Now for the winner of Dee's Fathers day/Male project theme challenge. What a lot of fabulous projects - just so creative - who say's men's projects are hard? It amazes me also every week that the Dt can vote for so many different projects - we indeed all have different tastes and to me that is a great thing. But after the voting process the winners are.....

1st Teri
2nd Michelle
3rd Lorainne

Email Nikki for your fab blinkies - Congratulations!

With the release of the new CD, what better than a challenge this week to create a decorative item, could be an ornament, flowers, a box or hey start early on those Christmas decorations! So what can you come up with for my (Claire) decorative item challenge? The Dt as always have come up trumps - so lets see what they have install for us, and please pop by their blogs to find out more about their wonderful creations!

Lou: This week, I have made a picture frame and have used paper and elements from the "All around and Everywhere" CD. The butterfly was made using 2 of the flowers found on the CD and then layered to look like a butterfly . . . I hope it works ?!?

Kerry - I've made a Christmas bow using papers and a sentiment from Nikkys new Paper Boutique II - Creative Christmas CD. I used a silver Promarker to colour the edges of the bow and some of the snowflake centers, plus added a few silver gems.

Tracy - I have made a money box to hopefully collect some crafting pennies. I have used the Fairy Flutterfly stamps for the fairies, flowers and butterflies. The spotted paper is from the Love & Cherish CD, then the layered flower on the top and the fence are from the All Around & Everywhere CD. The fairies are coloured using Promarkers.

Claire - I love the new templates on the Creative Christmas - Paper Boutique vol 2 CD and decided on the more traditional wreath to create my decoration - I love it and it was so easy to work with. I have just added some red brads, crackle glaze and stickles.

Nettie: I have made a door hanger for the Baby's room this week as my decorative item. I have used a combination of CD's for this one. The paper is from the All Around & Everywhere CD and then of course the cutie owl is from the Back to Nature CD. I have distressed the edges of the letters and the hanger edges.

Tracie: This week I made 12 folded paper flowers using papers from All Around and Everywhere and a Vase from Paper Boutique Vol. 1

Fliss I've made a wall hanging piece of art this time with elements from the All Around & Everywhere CD as I really love the pretty houses and trees which are perfect to make a gift for a new home owner. I covered a piece of mount board with text paper from the Back to Nature CD printed on blue card then added a central panel of green polka dot paper from the AAE CD. I assembled it as you see adding gingham ribbon paper strips and a flower from the CD with the top text panel from Back to Nature.

Jenny I used the Christmas Pud Box template from the new Paper Boutique/Creative Christmas CD & flipped it upside-down to make an ornamental Ice-cream Sundae Box. The box is topped off with meringue-like paper swirls & a few strawberries from the Candy Doodles CD...Yummy!

Ruth: I've made a cheeky doorhanger - just right for pesky kids!! Made using one of the Santa digi images from the new Polkadoodles Paper Boutique Volume - Christmas plus paper from the same cd and die cut letters.

Dee: I've made a Christmas banner in celebration of the the new Polka Doodles cd, Paper Boutique Vol 2. I love all the shaped cards on this cd, but I have used the stampies to decorate my circles that I've cut from the backing papers. The extras I've used are ribbon, stickles, blue green and red inkpads and a black pen. It was a bit hard to photograph so forgive me please!

Lisa - I went with a traditional card this week and added some decorative elements to it. I used the fairy flutterfly Babsie and added a few decorative flowers to it. She is soooo cute!!!

Good luck with the challenge and please link your creation with the widgit below. Closing date for entries is Sunday 11 July at 12noon GMT and please remember our little rules!!

Friday, 25 June 2010

Week 25 Challenge - Boy's Birthday

Happy Friday everyone and welcome to another week at Polkadoodles where it is my turn (Brenda) to host the challenge again.

But before I talk about that, we have to remind all you avid Doodlers that you need to make sure you tune into Ideal World/Create and Craft this Sunday 27th June at 2pm to see the boss, the oh so talented Nikky launch her brand new CD, Paper Boutique vol II - Creative Christmas. The lucky DT have been having an advanced play with the CD to create samples for the show and I can tell you it's fabulous, one you won't want to miss.

You can also get your mitts on the CD by pre-ordering and having a sneaky peek at what it's all about here - this will be the only CD you need to buy for Christmas this year! Make sure you snaffle the remote control from the OH and tune in for a craft fix before the England kickoff !!

Next I need to deal the winners of Netties Nursery Rhyme theme and my did you enjoy that one. Some absolutely fabulous entries, but alas we can only have three winners and those lucky peeps who should mail Nikky for your winners blinkies are:

1st: Fiona

For this weeks challenge I am going with a bit of a Birthday theme as this weekend, my hubby, myself, grandson and one of my granddaughters all have birthdays, nothing like cramming them in together is there. It would have been easy to go with a girly theme, but as we all find male cards a challenge I thought it would be good to go with:
Something for a Boy
So a card or anything else you would like to create which you think would appeal to a lad, I am really looking forward to seeing your creations. And of course the DT have come up with some fab projects as usual to get your creative juices flowing.

Brenda - I used the Paper Boutique CD, printed out a few extra stars, added some eyelets and fibres to the spine and stickles to the stars. This one is for our daughter to give our Grandson.

Kerry - I went back to one our first CD's for my card this week - Candy Doodles. I love the little planes, trucks and cars that are in the boys section of the CD and did some paper piecing with them. I've made the card for a friends son who is 2 in August.

Tracy I used the All Around and Everywhere CD for everything apart from the Scooter which is from the Not For Girls CD Rom.

Lisa - I used the All Around and Everywhere CD for the background, the cupcake and the sentiment. Those colorful banners always remind me of a fun celebration!

Kris: I thought of a baby boy and used the star cake and backing paper from Paper Boutique Vol 1 along with a rub-on, some computer-generated words and stacked diecuts (numeral 2).

Jenny I couldn't resist using the cute little car stampie from Candy Doodles to make this card for a little lad. All of the papers and elements came from the Candy Doodles CD except for the frames which are on All Around and Everywhere. And the number 5 Alphie made a perfect little badge!

Nettie: I have kept it quite simple this week. It's my nephew's birthday coming up and he is as the card reads, a ... Cheeky Monkey. I have cut out the funky monkey from the Paper Boutique CD and layered up both the front and back image. I have also used some printed acetate, so that you can see the image well.

Tracie: I have used the "not so plain plains" and "retro robots" from Not for Girls to make a boy themed tri fold shutter card.
Claire - Great minds think alike Tracie - I love those robots as well! I have gone for an easel fold with sonme added doodly wire.

Ruth: I've also used the Son word card from Paper Boutique at A5. All the elements have been cut out and added to the card - this is a really nice and quick card to make. A bit of doodling around the edges with a black Sharpie marker and some glitter glue on the stars.

 Fliss - I've made a very simple card with my great nephew in mind as he'll be 3 years old soon and I just know he'll love the cute snail from the All Around & Everywhere CD. I used backing paper from the Candy Doodles CD and printed my sentiment on one of the Not So Plain Plains from the Not For Girls CD.

The deadline for entries is 12noon GMT on Sunday 4 July and please remember that a maximum of 10 challenges can be entered with your link including this Polkadoodle challenge.
Good luck!

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