Friday, 8 October 2010

Week 40 Challenge - Make Your Own Embellishments

Hi Lou here and it's been simply ages since I have been able to join in with the Polka Doodlers for a weekly challenge but I am really excited to be back! This week I though it would be nice if we all showed off how we make our own embellishments for our projects, so this weeks theme is simply . . .

"make your own embellishments!"

But first thing first, the winners from challenge 38 (which was a hidden element) are:

First Place: Vee
Second Place: Candy
Third Place: JLJ Designs

Congratulations! Please email Nikky for your blinkies!

Good luck in entering our challenge this week - please remember that the maximum number of challenges you can combine with the Polkadoodle entry is 10 and you must follow the specific theme. Closing date is Sunday 17 October at 12noon GMT.

Lou: I have used the ever so versatile Floral Birdcage Stamp which I have layered to give the birdcage element some depth and "curve appeal"! My papers are from the "Back to Nature" CD and I have layered everything up with simple mats and layers of card. My handmade embellishment is the huge flower made by punching and layering several scalloped circles finished with a huge brad centre. To finish off the card, I made a matching bag and tag.

Kris: I really tried making some different types of flowers from several tutorials I've seen lately and they all just looked awful! so I reverted to some layered circles for my flowers. Simply punch or cut 1" and 1 1/2" circles and then start "hacking" them up with some decorative edged scissors. You then cut towards the center 8-9 times and then bend the petals up for dimension. The background paper is the first paper I printed from the Sundae of Seasons. I love plaid and these colors are just vibrant. I wanted to focus on the scarecrow image (also from the Sundae of Seasons) so I just added some deep red cardstock for mats, the flowers, a tag with stickers saying "happy fall", and three little gems.

Fliss - I decided to make something with the gorgeous Flutterby Fairies stamps so I stamped Bevvieboo and the bigger flower from the Babsie set and coloured all the elements with Promarkers. I cut everything out and added some glitter in places. I then rounded out the flowers by rubbing on the back with a large ball tool. I used gorgeous Autumn shades of paper from the Sundae of Seasons CD.

Brenda - Two from me, I had the angel one ready loaded but when I saw the new CD Sundae of Seasons had to make another. I don't usually 'do' Halloween, but the images and elements on the CD changed all that as I really love it. The haunted house is pre coloured and I enlarged it and used acetate to create a window, cut out the vampire who is also pre coloured, then cut leaves and pumpkins to embellish, adding diamond glaze to give then a sheen.

The angel is one of the new Christmas Doodle stamps, decoupaged and coloured with Copics. The papers are from Paper Boutique Creative Christmas CD, Martha Stewart arch lattice punch and some lace and punched and glittered flowers.

Tracy - For my creation everything is from the NEW Sundae Of Seasons CD Rom, the embellies I have used are a button and bow from the CD rom and glazed with glossy accents as too the Wellies and Brolly. The flowers are punched with gems for centres. The sentiment is computer generated and matted and layered with holes punched at either end to thread through two pieces of ribbon.

Emma I have embellished using the flowers from the Sundae of Seasons CD. I sculpted the petals of each flower, added a couple of leaf punchies and then added a glass bead in the centre of each. All the papers and images on this card are from the Sundae of Seasons CD.

Tracie: This week I used the Sundae of Seasons CD and the Halloween Download Bundle to make a halloween wreath using only printout and cardstock so all embellishments were made from scratch. Very simple but I love it!

Jenny This is a perfect chance for me to share a card I made using the Baking/Gardening Time Template. My crafty card is embellished with a jar of bits & bobs, a shrink plastic charm made with the Floral Birdcage Stamp, a flower and an 'I love Polka Doodles' Badge!

Claire: A picture using lots of elements from the Sundae of seasons cd to create embellishments. I have used all plain stampies and coloured with glimmer mist, alcohol inks, crackle glaze, stickles, sepia glaze, promarkers and Sakura. Martha Stewart punch to create background and some added mulberry flowers.

Lis-m. This week I have made a pinwheel flower as an embellishment. It is easily made from your punched circles from various papers. I have posted a photo type tutorial over on my blog to show you how... The papers are from Sugar Birdies and Sundae of Seasons. I used Lulu the ladybug papers (and a little from the Sundaes cd for the spotty paper) and the sentiment from the flutterfly faires to finish.

Ruth: I've kept it simple and easy! I've covered a notebook with papers from Sundae of Seasons, some very fab wide chocolate brown satin ribbon, a sentiment from the same cd and also some of the flowers, which I have layered up also from Sundae of Seasons. I've intentionally let the flowers spill over the edge of the notebook to create a tactile look.

Good luck! The closing date is 12noon GMT on Sunday 17 October. Please link your entries up with the widgit below.

Friday, 1 October 2010

Week 39 Challenge - Fancy or Interesting Folding

Hello all, Dee here and it's my turn to set the challenge this week. But first I have a bit of news. Sadly Stacie has stepped down from the Design Team, we will all miss her and her lovely projects. But, we now have 2 new Design Team members Emma and Lis, so please give them a big welcome and we look forward to seeing their projects.

We also need to thank the lovely peeps at Letraset who decided that all the people who we selected to win in the Aquamarker competition last week deserved to get FULL sets of markers - so all those of you who won and got bumper packs when you weren't expecting them - well done, what a bonus!!

Nikky has another show on Tuesday next week on Create and Craft, so don't miss it if you're around, or record it if you're not - all day Tuesday will be LIVE on C&C until 9pm so tune in at 7pm for the live show. There's bound to be a laugh or two along the way, lol.

Right onto this weeks challenge. I love interesting folding on cards so that's what the challenge is this week.

Make a project that has some interesting or fancy folding somewhere

It may just be an element on the project or it may be the main card/project, the choice is yours. The more unusual the better, so surprise us all and go mad.

The ever efficient Ruth has done a fabby folding tutorial for you all. It can be found on her blog here.
Thanks for all your fabulous hidden element projects for last weeks challenge and remember you can still enter the challenge until Sunday 12noon. GMT. We love to see all your lovely projects so keep them coming.

Winners from the Easel card challenge (Week 37) are:

First Place: Maria Simms
Second Place: La Diva
Third Place: Maria Patrizia

Congratulations! Please e-mail Nikky for further details......

Please bear in mind that we don't include you for prizes if you combine more than 10 challenges! You have until 12noon GMT on Sunday 10 October to enter the challenge - good luck!
Onto the Design Team creations for this weeks challenge!

Kris: I've made a stair-step card for Halloween. I've used images from the new Sundae of Seasons CD (front panel-spooky house and the mummy) along with a backing paper and sentiment badge from last year's Halloween download.

Brenda - I love this acorn image on the new CD Sundae of Seasons and printed it out several times to decoupage then added leaves cut from from the same CD tied with raffia. The card was created simply on the scoreboard from a sheet of A4 cardstock and lined with a sheet of coordinating paper from the CD.

Tracy - I have decided to do a gift folder that contains some Christmas cards, these were all made using the winter section from the new cd Sundae Of Seasons. What wonderful winter characters there is on the cd too. The template for this folder was given to me from my very dear friend B x

Dee: I've done a spot of teabag folding on my card. It was going to be the main element but not being a 'less is more' kind of gal I made it into a waving card using a pipe cleaner or chenille stick, depending on how politically correct you want to be. I used papers and elements from the Paper Boutique Vol 2 cd this week.
Fliss - I decided to have a go at a stair step card too which I've never made before and found it easier than I thought it would be. All of the elements come from the new Sundae of Seasons CD, the gingham paper from the Spring Baby collection and the rest of the elements from the Summer collection as I couldn't resist the gorgeous dotty flowers and butterflies. If you need a link for a stair step card template, there's one on my blog.
Claire : It seems we were thinking along the same lines with Dee's challenge. I too have never made a stair step card - really enjoyed this format. I have also used the new cd Sundae of Seasons.
Enfys: I did a fancy swing card thingy - I don't know the name for this sort of card (swing card thingy will do....). Here's the inside of the 'swing'
and here's the front of the card. All papers and images from Sundae of Seasons, with a bit of added doodling

Lisa - For the folding challenge this week I chose to make a cute little bag made out of a simple envelope and you can find a link to the template on my blog. The sleeping baby image from the Spring section of the Sundae of Seasons CD is so adorable I couldn't resist putting her on my bag! This new CD has so many yummy images that no matter which one you choose, you just can't go wrong!! Way to go Nikky!
Ruth: Fancy folding - now I didn't have a clue what to do until inspiration struck me! I've documented my project in a tutorial which is on my blog if you want to know how I did it! I've used a 12x12 sheet of Bazzil card and then added the very wonderful A6 sized Santa from Paper Boutique Vol 2 - Creative Christmas. Santa has been cut out and layered with some glitter glue, for well, Christmas bling!

Jenny I had a play with half a sheet of A4 card and came up with this aperture card.  I've also added some origami folded flower embellishments.  All the elements and papers came from Sundae of Seasons.

Emma I made a pop up fold card for you this week using the Sundae of Seasons CD, I created a little Autumn scene using some of the rik rak, bows and acorns for embellishments.

You have until Sunday 10 October at 12noon GMT to enter the challenge, and to be considered for our top three, please do not exceed the 10 challenge rule!


Friday, 24 September 2010

Week 38 Challenge - Hidden Element

Hi there! Claire here to set the challenge this week. I decided to go for a hidden element project, I think that the new cd that Nikky has created 'Sundae of Seasons' is so full of fab goodies that I keep finding more everytime I look. Hope you managed to catch the programme on Create and Craft on Monday!

Thanks for all your lovely easel projects for last week and remember you can still enter the easel challenge until Sunday 12noon. GMT, it's certainly one of my favourite folds and I look forward to seeing what you come up with this week!

Winners this week of the sketch challenge (Week 36) are
First Place: Linda
2. Colette
3 Beverly

Congratulations !- Please e-mail Nikky for further details......

Please bear in mind that we don't include you for prizes if you combine more than 10 challenges!

Enfys: I took the challenge literally, and made a sewing box. It started life as one of those MDF boxes, I painted it in antique white, then started on the fun bits, with papers and elements from the new Seasons CD. Nikky nicked this for Harrogate before I had a chance to fill it with goodies, so you will have to use your imaginations about what's inside ........ if this was real life my sewing box would contain spilt pins and a couple of old holey socks

Kris: I took the easy way out and made a card with a hidden element. I just love the Halloween images on the Sundae Season CD and used the witch and some of the pumpkins along with some black and ivory cardstock and a Martha Stewart deep edge border punch. I perched the witch on the moon and the entire piece pulls out to reveal the sentiment (from last years Halloween download).Brenda - I have come up with this little box which I made on the scoreboard and covered with paper from the Paper Boutique CD and inside bobbing butterflies and flowers. The flower on the top is made from the same paper using three punches and spritzing with Glimmer Mist pearl.

Tracy - I have made a sewing box with a matching card, I have used Sundae Of Seasons for all the elements . This part is from the spring section and I adore these as they lend themselves so well for doing vintage with.

Jenny I've made a card/CD case. There's a hidden pocket on the front of the card for the CD & the ribbon ties to stop it from falling out. I also decorated the CD itself. All the papers came from Sundae of Seasons.

Ruth: I've used one of the templates for my project - the Cupcake Box and have made it to look like a cupcake with chocolate base and pink fondant icing with sparkly bits on the top! I've used parts of two large sheets of card to make the box. And I forgot to put something in it before I sent it to Nikky! But just let your imagination run wild as to what could be inside!

Claire - I decided to make a little itsy bitsy project for a change using that wonderful new cd Sundae of Seasons. Just with the addition of a few velvet brads, ribbon, eyelets and crackle glaze....

Fliss - I decided to make a simple gatefold card as this was a real challenge for me, having no printer, so I had to use leftover pieces from my Sundae of Seasons samples for Nikky. I made a floral wreath for the front which I covered with decorated papers from the CD. On the inside, also covered with paper, I added a greeting and a flower basket. All elements from the Autumn collection.

Dee: I've made a magic card for this weeks challenge. Well I call it a magic card, I'm not sure what the real name for it is. I've used the new cd Sundae of Seasons, Nestibilities dies, gold ProMarker, Stickles and a Martha Stewart punch, all of which can be found on the Polka Doodle Website. The front of the card:
The inside:
And the hidden element. The yellow name plates are there just waiting to have a special message written on them for the recipient. You would need to put a little note in with the card explaining how to open up the middle though or they might miss it, lol.
Lisa - I found a template that I love for a gable box that is so easy to make and I've decided to showcase the winter section from the new Sundae for Seasons CD. The box is made from one of the ditsy swirl background papers from the CD and the mug and holly leaves are from the winter section. This cute little box is just waiting to carry a nice sweet package of hot chocolate to a dear friend this holiday season!

Good luck in entering the challenge - please remember the rules (no more than 10 challenges and to follow the brief) - you have until Sunday 3 October at 12noon GMT to link up your creation!


Friday, 17 September 2010

Week 37 Challenge - Easel Card

Hello peeps, it's Friday morning which means it time for another challenge at Polkadoodles.

Before we get going we just need to announce the winners of our fabulous Aquamarkers competition at last!! It took a long time to trawl through all the entries as there were soo many and thanks to Tracie on the Design Team who helped me pick the winners and to everyone who entered, it was great to see all your lovely work and it was a very tough decision to make! But, sadly, there can only be 4 lucky people who are going to get their mitts on these lush watercolour pens thanks to the lovely people at Letraset, so without further ado, here are the results...

Runners Up: we have 3 runners up prizes of a pack of 12 Aquamarker pens, and these go to:

Well done to all 3 of you, fabulous work!!
So, drum roll pleeeeese, our lucky winner who gets a full set of 40 Aquamarkers is:

I just loved the softness of this colouring, just beautiful and ethereal, so a massive well done Daniele
and to all the other winners - can you all please email me your full names and addresses so
we can send you your goodies asap!

I'd just like to also say thanks to everyone who said hello and bought the brand new CD - Sundae of Seasons at the Harrogate show last weekend, it was so, so busy and I know you are all sitting playing with it as this goes out because it was a complete hit! If you weren't at Harrogate you can get it on pre-order from the Polka Doodles website and we will be launching on Create & Craft TV on Monday 20th September at 10am!

OK, on with this week's challenge!!...
A huge thank you to everyone who joined in the boss lady Nikky's sketch and recipe theme last week, some awesome work from you all. Before I (Brenda) move on to this weeks theme, here are the winners from Challenge 35 which was to make a shaped card:

1st: Hege
2nd: Milly
3rd: Teri

Well done all of you, please email Nikky for further details.

So what do I have for you this week, easy peasy really:

An easel Card

Yes, I'm still addicted to these so would love to see your take on this style of card. The challenge is open until Sunday 26 September at 12noon GMT and please remember that you can enter your Polkadoodle challenge card in up to 9 other challenges. Please link up with the blue frog at the bottom of the post.

Here is the inspirational work the Design Team have come up with. Don't you agree they have all done a fabby job, do pop along to their personal blogs to show them your appreciation for all their hard work here at Polkadoodles.

I used Fairy Flutterby Gracie and papers from All Around and Everywhere CD to make an easel card. I stamped the image twice to decoupage her and coloured with Copics. Punched borders and corner using Martha Stewart eyelet lace and flowers and leaves from stash.

Ruth: This is the first time I've made an easel card and after having a slight panic that I could not do it I managed to make one! I've used papers and elements from Sugar Birdies as I ran out of ink so had to use stuff that I had already in my stash pre-printed. I've made a calendar, curled the edges of the flower petals, added seed beads for centres and that is it!

Stacey: ooh Brenda it's like you read my mind!!! I am totally obsessed with easel cards at the moment I think they are fab fab fab!!! Combine them with Polka Doodles and we are onto a winner!!! I have used the wonderful Mummy image form the new CD Sundae of Seasons and teamed it with the super spooky halloween papers!!! I finished off with a computer generated sentiment!!!

Kris: Had to miss last week's challenge but I love easel cards so didn't want to miss this one. I needed an anniversary card for some dear friends and the Love & Cherish CD has so many wonderful elements to use for this purpose. The backing paper is from there and all of the images are from the Twoo of Us collection. I also used a Martha Stewart border punch and some pink and brown card from my stash.

Tracy - I have used the NEW CD, SUNDAE OF SEASONS for this easel card, there's gorgeous ginghams on it, and who can resist this cutie, I just love the little clothes accessories too. I have added some sparkle with stickles but it hasn't come out too well on the photo.

Claire - I'm with Tracy the new baby selection is fabulous!I have mixed the baby boy with some of the gorgeous buttons/hearts and bows embellishments. I have created a six point star easel for this one !

Lisa - I am in love with the Halloween Doodles Download bundle on the website! Polly pumpkin is just too cute and I decided to put her front and center on my easel card this week! The background papers are "scary" cute too! I've included 2 pics of the card so you can see the front and side views. I had a lot of fun making this card and I can't wait to play with the NEW Halloween goodies on the brand new CD! Have a great weekend everyone!

Fliss - I've made mine from the totally fabulous Sewing section of the absolutely fantastic new Sundae of Seasons CD which is my favourite yet as the paper collection is right up my street with its' vintage look. The Sewing section has the most gorgeous elements for all fans of sewing and knitting and is just perfect for me as my younger daughter is about to start a fashion design degree. There are more pics of the card on my blog.

Jenny The autumnal elements of the NEW CD really are fabulous. Not to mention the ace vintagey sentiments! All that was needed then was some glossy accents to make those red shoes pop! Didn't we all have a pair of those once?

Dee : I've given my easel card an extra fold for added depth, I too have used the new cd Sundae of Seasons, and I've pretty much used elements from the summer section. It was very hard to choose though with so much yummy stuff on the cd.
Tracie: I used some of the gorgeous gardening images from the new CD with some of the papers. I typed my own sentiment on one of the blank strips to create my easel card

Good luck - the closing date is Sunday 26 September at 12noon GMT.