Friday, 10 September 2010

Week 36 Challenge - Sketch Recipe

Hi Polka Doodlers! It's my turn to set the challenge again this week, wahey!  Firstly, Polka Doodles will be at the GNPE show at Harrogate this weekend so I hope we see some of you there, pop over and say hi if you are! It's the first time we've done this show so I'm super excited, especially when it's only half an hour down the road from home! LOVE doing shows and meeting you all but it's so tiring I'm always relieved to get home and sit down in my comfy chair the following week :D
I will be announcing the winner of the Aquamarkers competition next week so make sure you pop in to check it out if you entered.  I've been so busy over the past month I dont know if I'm coming or going and Polka Doodles has some MEGA exciting things happening over the lead up to Christmas too so no rest for the wicked!
Our next Create and Craft Show is 20th September at 10am and there will be a brand new launch which I am super excited about - the Design Team Dollies all reckon this one is the best yet, and I'm inclined to agree, I just love love love it! You might be able to get a pre-order and sneaky peek in next week on if you're lucky!! Oh and if you're looking for some fab halloween images like the ones Ruth has used then get yourself over there!
Before I forget, make sure you get your hands on a copy of this month's Creative Cardmaking magazine for some great PD projects from moi (well I think they're great anyway! available from craft shops only) and make sure you get the next issue of  Simply Cards & Papercrafts magazine to get your hands on some fab new PD papers and embellies too (on sale end of this month).
Right, on with another Polkadoodle challenge! This week you must follow the sketch below, use a shaped Flap and 3 brads, but you're not allowed to use any fabric ribbons (so paper ones ARE allowed):
Sketch to be followed
No fabric ribbon allowed
Flap to be shaped
3 brads to be used
It's actually quite easy - honest!
Before we look at the samples from the Design Team, I need to announce the top three from week 34 which was also a sketch but to use just 3 colours.
Joint First Place: Kerry and Jack Third Place: Sheila
Congratulations! Please email Nikky for further details.
Right, the sketch is below and please follow the rules! You have until Sunday 19 September at 12noon GMT to enter - good luck!

Enfys - I turned the sketch on it's side, and used the poinsetta and pot from the Christmas template CD. I layered the flowers up quite a bit. I put three brads in the centre of the flowers.

Brenda - I turned the sketch sideways and created a flap at the side with a greeting beneath using a Fairy Flutterby stamp. The paper is all from Paper Boutique and the flower made from the same papers using the Tim Holtz tattered floral die.

Tracy - I have also rotated the sketch, the image is from the Back To Nature Cd, the flower was printed from All Around And Everywhere CD. And my papers are from Paper Boutique and All Around And Everywhere. And one of my favourite stamps from the Fairy Flutterfly set Meeshelle is the little butterfly stamp.

Claire - I think I must have been inspired by all the clean and simple challenges I have seen on the go at the moment.....Pretty much stuck with sketch as is, using imagery from All around and everywhere cd.

Tracie: I used a selection of papers and toppers from Love and Cherish to create my card. I used the moon for the circle element and 3D mounted it for interest. Also added the required 3 brads and lots of glitter

Fliss - I've also rotated the sketch too so that the flap is on the right hand side. Most of the papers and elements are from the Paper Boutique CD, the Secret Garden and Floral Bouquet sections and the pretty butterfly is from the All Around and Everywhere CD. I added the 3 brads required to the opening bar.

Ruth: I've been very naughty and used elements from the very soon to be released cd! I've gone for a Halloween themed card, have used a shaped flap, 3 brads and no ribbon in sight! The ghostly image is from the new cd, along with the spider (attached with thread). The pumpkin has been coloured with copics along with the hidden element...... go to my blog for the reveal! It's spooky!!!
Jenny This was such a fun challenge!  I've rotated the sketch but otherwise kept things quite simple.  All the elements came from the Candy Doodles CD except the house which is from All Around and Everywhere. The three brads are on there too...can you spot them?

Good luck in entering the challenge - please remember the sketch and theme as above and also that we allow up to 9 other challenges to be combined with the Polkadoodles one. Sunday 19 September at 12noon GMT is the closing date!

Friday, 3 September 2010

Week 35 Challenge - Shaped Card

Welcome to another Polkadoodle Challenge! The weeks are certainly flying by and before we know it Christmas will be here! This week it is my turn (Ruth) to host the challenge and I've asked the Design Team to use pick one from a choice of three of the brand new templates which were released in July. The templates that I asked them to use were Baking / Gardening Theme, Twittie-Twoo and Hugo Pandapaws.

So my challenge to you is to create a shaped card. I don't want to see squares, rectangles or circles but something unusual. If you are a little short of inspiration, have a look at the samples the Design Team have created for you!

But before we get that far, here are the top three from Challenge 33 which was Fliss' Vintage theme:

First Place: AmeliaSecond Place: MarianneThird Place: Jacky

Congratulations! Please contact Nikky for further details!

If you want to join in with our Shaped Card challenge, there are a few little rules that need to be followed to be eligible for a top three spot. Please follow the theme, enter your creation into a maximum of 10 challenges (including Polkadoodles) and link up before Sunday 12 September at 12noon GMT with the blue frog below. Simple!

Ruth: I've used the Hugo Pandapaws template and I've used hammered cream card and brown card, layering up the elements. I've added white gel pen highlights and also two large wobbly eyes. A really lovely template to use and it can be adapted for babies!

Kris: I used the apron template for this cute little invite to a holiday cupcake exchange. I did reduce it to 80% and cut the top on the fold of my invitation. All of the papers are from the Creative Christmas CD and the cupcake is from the Sugar Birdies CD. My sentiments are computer generated and I added a chipboard badge I found hiding in my stash to the upper pocket, some doodled stitching and some Christmas ribbon for the neck piece.

Enfys - Mine is a card made with Twittie Whoo. I put vellum for the lenses of her glasses, and gave her a couple of girlie touches. I just traced the main template onto folded cardstock, and cut around both layers, leaving the side uncut

Lou: I have used Hugo as my template and made a picture frame with him . . . for a girl! All the papers are from Candy Doodles CD.

I have added extra features to the face to add a little "cute" character feel. A big smile, blue eyes and those drop dead eyelashes. Finally finished with a little inking and faux stitching . . to make it look a little real (!). I even made a stand on the back so the frame can stand up properly . . I hope.

Tracy - I have used the apron template, and made it into a Gardening apron, the papers are from the All Around And Everywhere and the Candy Doodles CD's. The butterfly is from the Fairy Flutterfly stamp, Meeshelle.

Claire - I have used the apron template to make a note pad cover and added the gloves to a ribbon to tie the gift together with its stationery creating a gift tag. My papers are from the All around and Everywhere cd.

Dee: As I've been making samples for Nikky I have 2 cards that fit this weeks challenge, so I've decided to put them both on for your inspiration. The first card is using Hugo Panda Paws template, but I changed his ears to turn him into a dog. Well that was the idea anyway, I'm thinking he looks more like a rabbit now! All the papers and bits are from Paper Boutique Vol 2 and I printed onto pearlescent ink jet paper.
My second card is using the Baking Time template and once again I used Paper Boutique Vol 2 cd for the papers. This would be the perfect Christmas card if you have a keen baker in the family.

Fliss: Bit of an oops! here as I finished my project before I realised that the challenge was actually to make a shaped card but I thought it a shame not to show you what else you can make with the lovely Baking Time template. I've made a recipe folder from a blank kraft ring binder to hold my favourite baking recipes. I used the lovely papers from the Funky Flower section of the Paper Boutique CD combined with the scrummy strawberries from the Candy Doodles CD as the mouthwatering shades match up so well. A bit of trimming with my pinking shears adds a pretty decorative edge. More pics are on my blog.

Lisa - I guess the apron template was a popular choice this week because as you can see I have chosen to use it as well.  At first I was going to make it into a card but now I am so in love with the way it came out, I just might pop this little cutie onto a recipe journal for my daughter!  I used background paper from the Candy Doodles CD and I am so thrilled with the way this sweet little apron turned out, I am going to have to make another one!  Nikky Hall has done it again!  Super cute template and SO MUCH FUN to embellish!

Tracie: I used some colourful felt and the Twittie-Twoo template as a base to make this cute little monster notebook cover.

Good luck and don't forget the challenge entry rules - deadline is Sunday 12 September at 12noon GMT!

Friday, 27 August 2010

Week 34 Challenge - Sketch Recipe

Hi everyone it's Friday Doodle Day yay!

It's my turn to set the challenge this week but before I get started this is a last last call for the Aquamarker competition! If you have been asleep for the past 6 weeks you might not have noticed that we have a great competition for you to enter. All you have to do is show us a project which includes your own colouring techniques. Now this can be watercolours, Promarkers, pastels, chalks, inks whatever you want to use, and you don't have to be Rembrandt for a chance to win either! The winning entry will be judged on a number of different criteria and as I'm Head Judge I will be picking the one I like the best and who I think will be very appreciative and deserving of the lushy pens! The lucky lucky winner will receive a full set of Aquamarkers from Letraset worth £79.99! BUT we also have some smaller sets to give away too, so you have more than one chance of getting your hands on some lush stash. You can enter until 12:00GMT on Tues 31st August - make sure you leave a link to your entry in the comments section below this or any of the other competition posts - do NOT leave an entry in the InLinkz please.

Now, as the lovely peeps at Letraset have sponsored this comp they asked me if I would do tutorials every week so this, my lovelies is the last in the series, I hope you enjoy it. Now I've got to grips with loading my tutes online I will deffo be giving you more in the future.

Right, let's get one with this week's doodley biz!

The top three from challenge 32 which was to use acetate or vellum on your project are:
First Place: Daniele Second Place: Aquarius Joint Third Place: Kate and Micki
Congratulations! Please email Nikky for further details!

Ok, this week I asked the Doodle Dollies to use this sketch - I know loads of you love sketches and they're so great if you're struggling with inspiration, so I asked the team to only use 3 colours with the sketch - and this is your challenge too for this week! You can rotate it if you like but I really love adding greetings up the side of my cards, it makes it look a little bit different! You have until Sunday 5th September at 12noon GMT to enter this one, so please don't forget the rules, you must use the sketch and only 3 colours (also don't forget you can only enter this into 9 other challenges!)...but in the meantime enjoy all the fantastic inspiration from the team this week...

Please remember that the maximum number of challenge you can combine this one with is 10 (including Polkadoodles) and that the deadline for entries via the blue frog below is Sunday 5 September at 12noon GMT. Good luck!

Lou: Firstly must say that I have rotated the sketch 90 degrees! I have used the yummy new cupcake stamp stamping it 3 times, using my Promarkers to colour. Paper is from the "All around and everywhere" CD. Nikky also only wanted us to use 3 colours: mine are orange, pink & brown . . . OK there is white but I had to stamp onto it (!) and the cherries HAD to be red (!) This card was made for Claire (Hope Jacare) who had a significant "aged" birthday on Monday!! Can you guess how old she was?

Brenda - Papers and poinsettias are from the new Christmas Paper Boutique CD, decouaged and layered onto mats cut with Nesties. A Martha Stewart snowflake border punch and ribbon to finish. Greeting on the tag is from the Jingle Jangle Christmas stamp set.

Kris: I also rotated the sketch 90 degrees - made more sense to me - go figure! My 3 colors are taupe, copper, and blue (hope the ivory doesn't count - ha ha). All of my papers and the flowers are from the Sugar Birdies CD and the sentiment is from All Around & Everywhere. I also used a Martha Stewart double scallop border punch, a nifty notch tool I have (that I always forget about), and some matching rhinestones.

Tracy - I have rotated the sketch too, and everything I have used is from Paper Boutique 1 CD Rom. I have used nestie circles instead of squares, they seem to go better with my ladybirds. My three colours are - red, green and pink.

Dee: I wanted to make a nice bright card this week as it's been so dull and gloomy. I took my 3 colours orange, green and blue from the stripey backing paper. I used the Butterfly House stamp from the Stamp Doodle's collection and coloured them in with AquaMarkers. The papers are from the Sugar Birdies and Candy Doodles cd's.

Fliss: I decided to make an early Christmas card to add to my collection so I don't panic in December. I used backing papers from the Jingle Jangles CD, my chosen 3 colours being red, green and gold. I made a border for the green harlequin panel with gold card. I stamped the cute angel in a stocking from the Polka Doodles stamp range in black, coloured her with Promarkers and cut her out. I finished off with some small holly sprays from the Paper Boutique 2 Creative Christmas CD and a greeting from the Xmas Doodles stamp set coloured with Promarkers.

Tracie: I used the gorgeous Fairy Flutterby stamps and a couple of snow flakes from the Christmas Doodles set to make my icy card. The Greeting was computer generated and the whole lot promarkered. My colours were Blues, White and Brown (hair) and lots and lots and lots of Glitter!!

Ruth: I swear I did not see Brenda's card before I made mine! I've used the Ponisettias from Creative Christmas and layered them up. The backing paper is also from the same cd and I've simply inked the edges. I really chickened out and used ribbon in place of the sentiment, mainly because my card base was too small and I'd left it all to the last minute! I've added gems to the centres and if you look closely you'll see the glue as it wasn't dried before I took the photo!

Stacey:  I just cannot seem to shake this festive feeling, I have reached for Jingle Jangles once again with soooo many fab images such as these super cute penguins who can blame me???

Good luck in entering - the deadline is Sunday 5 September at 12noon GMT.


Friday, 20 August 2010

Week 33 Challenge - Vintage Style

Hello everyone, Fliss here and it's my turn to set the challenge theme this week.

Make sure you check out this week's tutorial - Nikky's using the awesome Aquamarkers again to give you some ideas!

Don't forget you can still enter our fabulous competition in conjunction with Letraset until the end of August where you can win a fantastic set of Aquamarkers worth £79.99! These great colouring pens are waterbased so they are
amazing if you love watercolour techniques.

We also have some additional runner up prizes of smaller packs too and all you have to do to enter is to do some colouring! It can be any kind of colouring, watercolours, promarkers, copics, pencils, pastels, whatever's your bag, we just want to see your lovely work. And once again, we have to reiterate that you do NOT have to be Van Gogh to win either, all entries will be judged on various criteria so even if you think you're not a great colourist, still enter, you never know, we might think you deserve to win a set of Aquamarkers for your troubles!

Deadline for entries is 31st August and you MUST leave a link to your entry pic in the COMMENTS section under this post (do NOT use the InLinkz please and do not email entries). You can enter as many times as you like (cards used as entries to previous challenges will not be accepted)! Right, as promised here is this week's tutorial using Promarkers and showing you how to achieve some great blending...

Here's this week's tutorial, get your cup of coffee and a bar of chocolate now...with the wonders of technology Nikky has managed to film this in double vision (think she was trying to go for 3D TV LOL) so apologies but it's still a great tutorial!

Nikky will be on Create and Craft on Sunday 22nd August at 10am showing some great products as usual so make sure you don't miss her - those of you who can't get C and C on your TV (Sky 671) you can watch online on the Create and Craft website too!

Right, let's get on with this week's challenge but before I tell you all about it, it's on to the results from the sketch challenge.

The lucky winners from challenge 31 are:
First Place: Krista And Joint Second Places: Maria and Kleeblatt

Congratulations! Please email Nikky for your blinkies!

And now for this week's challenge which I picked as I thought we ought to show all you vintage fans out there (of which I am one!) that you can go Vintage Style with Polka Doodles too, using the fabulous CDs or the gorgeous stamps on offer. So your challenge is to come up with a gorgeous vintage creation too.

Here's some very inspirating creations from the Design Team to get you thinking.

Ruth: I've used two of the new Stamp Doodles - the shabby prim Angel in a stocking and also the bow with holly. Both have been coloured with Promarkers plus a tiny bit of glitter glue on the stocking. All the papers are from Not For Girls cd with a bit of doodling around the edges and some buttons.

Kris: I wasn't sure what I was going to do when I first saw this challenge but I rather like how this one turned out. I used a plain olive green card for the base and then the Seed Packet collage from the Not for Girls CD. It printed rather bright so I sanded it to dull it down. I added some Martha Stewart punched borders, the girl stampie from Back to Nature, a die-cut sentiment and some self-adhesive pearls. I think she looks just like she stepped out of the farmer's market!

Fliss As this is my turn for the challenge, I challenged myself to go very vintage. I made background papers with the flower flourish stamp from the Daisy Doodles stamp set and Distress inks, full details of how I made this are on my blog. I printed out the stacking flowers and some leaves from the Love and Cherish CD on the Housey Housey text paper from the Back To Nature CD. I then coloured these with Aquamarkers and a damp brush to blend the colours. I added a scalloped and embossed circle also coloured with Aquamarkers for contrast.

Lou: I have used one of the FAB NEW stamps released at Doncaster. They are dream to colour and I have used my promarkers. Although she is a Christmas Angel, I thought it would be nice to use her for a different theme . . crafters prerogative, I say! Lots of matting & layering and a bit of nifty recycling . . the corrugated card and the lace edging . . . a really quick and vintage feel card !

Jenny My card uses the beautiful rose paper from Love and Cherish. I stamped the little butterfly stamp from the 'Babsie' Fairy Flutterfly set onto the back of some gold card, cut them out and folded their wings forward. The sentiment comes from the Back to Nature CD.
Claire I decided to go for some imagery from the All around and Everywhere Cd. I coloured the deer using aquamarkers and added a little grungeboard swirl, some inking and faux stitching. My overall card was inspired by Wendy Vecchi as I am not that familiar with vintage I went for a little trip round blogland - great place for inspiration! My papers are also from the All Around and everywhere Cd.
Tracy - For my creation I have used for the papers and the flowers, the All Around And Everywhere CD, and for my image I used the NEW Stamp doodles stamp, the cake stand which I then coloured with Aquamarkers. I distressed all my edges with Stormy Sky Distress Inks and added some stickles.
Brenda I don't know why, but Christmas door wreaths always make me think Victorian, so this was an obvious choice for me using one of the the new Christmas Doodle stamps along with Paper from Christmas Paper Boutique CD. The easel card was made using a Marianne circle stencil cut through the Big Shot.

Dee: I've used the Not for Girls cd for my card. I think it's the first time I've used it for a challenge, and as it has images and papers on it that are just perfect for a vintage feel it was the obvious choice for me. All the paper elements on the card are from the cd which I have distressed and inked with Old Paper and Wild Honey Distress Inkpads. I added a few touches with a gold ProMarker, a couple of metal embellishments, brads and natural string to finish it off.
Tracie: I have used the lovely adorable tilly stamp with Paper Boutique Vol 2: Creative christmas paper and sentiments to create a christmas card with a vintage feel
Enfys I also used the gorgeous little vintage girl stamp and kept the colours to sepia and taupe tones which added to the vintage look. I tied a crushed velvet ribbon around a taupe panel, and added a tie of brown and white gingham and a couple of brown leaf beads

Lisa - I used the Love and Cherish CD for my card. I just love the heart background and all the heart clipart. I embellished with some glittery hearts and some shabby seam binding and finished with some yummy Prima flowers!

Please remember that the maximum number of challenges you can enter including this Polkadoodle challenge is 10, and the closing date is Sunday 29 August at 12noon GMT. Good luck and please link up your creation with the widget below.