Friday, 10 December 2010

Week 49 Challenge - Project To Hold A Gift

*PLEASE NOTE: We will not leave comments or include entries which do not follow our challenge rules! Please ensure you follow the challenge instructions and do NOT enter more than 10 challenges!*

Hello, it's Dee here for this weeks post and challenge. Christmas is getting closer and I'm getting very excited, how about you?

This weeks challenge is to make a project that holds a gift. It can be for any occasion, so get those creative juices flowing and show us what you can come up with. The deadline for entries is Sunday 19 December at 12noon GMT - please remember to follow the challenge, no backlinking to previous projects or entries and no more than 10 challenges to be entered.

Before we share all the inspirational projects from the Design Team this week we need to announce the winners from the 'Twas the night before Christmas' challenge:

First Place: Scripper Scrapper
Second Place: Princess4Wiz
Third Place: Jennifer Rose

Congratulations! Please e-mail Nikky for further details!

Our guest designer this week is the lovely Audrey, and I hope you agree with me when I say she's done a fabulous job with her gift boxes.

Audrey - I used the Sundae of Seasons CD for the super cute polka dot paper and the sentiments. I used 3D dots on the buttons for some dimension and inked the edges of the paper as well.

Saskia : What about a (recycled) box, filled with a lovely presents and delicious Belgian chocolate?! I used the papers and images from the Sundae Of Seasons cd-rom and added some ribbon from my stash.

Enfys: I made a little tag book/card for my daughter out of flattened loo rolls covered in various papers from Sundae of Seasons winter collection, and bound with my bind-it-all. The tags were cut with my Cricut.

each tag bears a coffee related message.......all printed out from the CD

and the last tag has a Starbucks gift voucher. A nice little stocking stuffer!

Ruth: I've made a little holder with a surpise inside! I've used a sheet of 12x12 brown card cut down to size with ribbon from my stash. The image is from Paper Boutique - Creative Christmas Vol 2 with added glitter to the cookies and marshmallows. The Nestabilities dies add depth to the image. To see what is inside, visit my blog!

Jenny I've made the tiny takeout gift box from Creative Christmas and decorated it with elements from Love and Cherish. As the little bird (robin?) was already pre-coloured pink I've opted to make the whole thing pink and girlie and coloured my poinsettia Chrimbo Doodles stamped images with Magenta ProMarker. I've tied the top with ribbon so it can be hung on the tree!

Colette I've made a card that has a little box "built in" to the side,(the whole thing is made with one sheet of card), The box can hold sweets or, as I have done, chocolate bars. Papers and flowers come from the Sugar Birdies CD Rom

Brenda - I have created a box and matching gift card which has a pocket inside. Paper is from Sundae of Seasons CD and the greeting from Jingle Jangle Christmas stamp set. Flowers are leaves are punched and pearls to embellish.

Miria This is my first DT project and I'm so thrilled to join such a great team! My creation is a chocolate box; I used the icicle box template from Love and Cherish cd, the papers and the black and white stampie are from Sundae of seasons cd,I coloured the image with watercolour pencils and ProMarkers. The sentiment is a Polkadoodle stamp that you can find here. The buttons are from my stash.

Dee: I've made a Christmas cracker for my project. I've filled it with jelly beans, but you could put what ever you like in it as long as it fits. All the papers and elements are from Jingle Jangles CD. I just love all the whimsical artwork on it. I added red polka dot and gingham ribbon and used a Martha Stewart punch. I resisted the urge to smother it in glitter, I may yet change my mind though.

Emma Hello all, I have made a batch of giftbags to have on standby to hold some of my handmade Christmas goodies. The paper was from Jingle Jangle Christmas cd rom, the stamps are the Fairy Babsie and the gifts she holds are from the Christmas Doodles stamp plate, the sentiment is from the Sensational Sentiments stamp plate(due in stock soon). Coloured with ProMarkers and highlighted with Stickles, all to be found in Polka Doodles shop.

Tracy - I have made a gift box using the Paper Boutique Creative Christmas, the paper and the sentiment is from the same CD. The poinsettia is from the Crimbo Doodles stamp set.

Fliss: I have made a handbag style gift box from the gorgeous Elegant Bag section of the Paper Boutique Volume 1 CD as my younger daughter loves handbags and the beautiful paper from the collection which I printed it out onto is a favourite colour of hers. As she's not keen on fussy things, I simply added a pretty carved button as an embellishment. I'll be filling it with her favourite chocs as a small Christmas gift.

Lis-m: I decided to create a tea-light holder card, but in an easel style. I used Sundae of Seasons cd for my papers and my little angel girl. In fact, I think the sentiment is from there too. I love candles and tea-lights at any time of year, but I think at Christmas they have that extra twinkle!

Tracie: I made a  holder for those little plastic gift cards for those "hard to buy for".  I used Jingle Jangle for all the elements for this quick and easy make

Claire My project to hold a gift is a folder and notecards. I have used imagery and papers from the Back to nature cd and also the Sundae of Seasons cd. A quick project and a great gift that I think most folk would appreciate!

Good luck! The deadline for entries is Sunday 19 December at 12noon GMT, please link up your project with the widget below, remembering our rules!


Friday, 3 December 2010

Week 48 Challenge - All About The Sentiment

*PLEASE NOTE: We will not leave comments or include entries which do not follow our challenge rules! Please ensure you follow the challenge instructions and do NOT enter more than 10 challenges to be included!*

I can't believe how the time flies! Yes indeed it's another challenge day at Polka Doodles and it's my (Claire) turn to set you a challenge. I have decided on "All about the sentiment".

I think it's something that sometimes gets missed these day when we create our projects. So I would like the sentiment to be the focal point of your creation!

Before we share all the inspiration from the Design Team this week we need to announce the winners from the blog hop challenge! Some fabulous projects for the 'give thanks challenge'. Thanks to all of our loyal and new challengers who took part (I hope you checked Tuesday's post to see if you were a lucky hopper at one of the stops)

The winners of the Give Thanks challenge are:

First Place: Rose
Second Place: Dianne
Third Place: Ruby

Congratulations! Please e-mail Nikky for further details!

This week we are thrilled to welcome our first Guest Designer member Cheryl who will be working alongside Ashley and Audrey on a rota for the next 6 months.

Cheryl - I have used,the Sundae of Seasons CD for the sentiment and also the papers. I have added 3d foam pads, and adhered the sentiment to a doilie, then I have added doodle dewdrops around the main sentiment. I have used added a ribbon, button, then finally added another sentiment from the same CD along the bottom of the card.

Enfys: I used Sundae of Seasons for my card. The unusual shape was cut with my Cricut from the brown gingham paper. I printed the sentiment out and added one 'real' button over the paper one just to give it some dimension. The tiny coffee cups are black and white stampies from the cd, I just coloured the handles, then gave them a coat of gloss.

Ruth: Another simple card from me this week! One of my cousins who lives near Edinburgh has just become a Daddy for the first time so here is the card that will be making its way through the snowy north to them! I've used the sentiment from Sundae of Seasons and then layered it with ribbon and buttons from my stash plus some seed beads underneath.
Saskia - This one's for the boys! I love the Retro Robots and Superhero papers from the Not For Girls cd-rom!

Brenda - I love using sentiments as the focal point of cards, so really enjoyed making this for Claire challenge. I used a sentiment and papers from Sundae of Seasons CD, matted the sentiments using Nesties and cut out nine of the daisies, held them together with a brad and spritzed liberally with Glimmer Mist marshmallow.

lis-m. I have used strips of the yummy polka dot papers from the Sundae of seasons cd , stitched these all then since I am in a Kraft card phase I stamped my sentiment on this. Just Because is sentiment from the Polkadoodles stamp range. Added the layered up butterflies from the Sundaes cd. Then I added a few blue pearls, just a simple card, but quite effective.

Jenny: I've used the new Sensational Sentiments Stamp Sheet for my sentiment and frame and I've made my own floral backing paper using the dandelion stamp from the Garden Neighbours Stamp Sheet onto paper from Love and Cherish. I've added pink organza ribbon and a small amount of colouring detail with Promarkers.

Tracy - I wanted to show how you can use the blank sentiment scalloped circles, from Sundae Of Seasons on this challenge theme. I used my own stamp for the sentiment, the blue gingham is from Sugar Birdies and I stamped my own little nappy pins on. The bottom paper, bow, and baby are all from Sundae of Seasons.

Tasha - I love this sentiment, it's so cute! It is from the All Around Everywhere CD. The papers, scalloped circle and funky flowers are all from Paper Boutique Vol 1, from the funky flower section. I then distressed the edges and added some glitter.

Claire I decide to made an altered gift box for my project. My blank box came from Ikea and all embellies and the all important sentiment is from The Sundae of Seasons cd with only some added stickles for sparkle. It's photographed on some pure white Scottish snow.....

Colette - Now, ahem, mmmmm, not sure how to say this, but, I used the - Not for Girls Definitely for Men CD to make a card for - ooooooh here goes.... a girl!!!!!!! I hope this is not a sackable offence LOL!, although in my defence it does go to show the versatility of Nikky's fab disks! The sentiment is one I found on the web a while ago. I printed the letters using the Earwig Alphies, which were then layered to different heights with foam pads, the Alphies, wine glass and bottle, and striped and checked paper (used for the roses) all came from the ~whisper~ Not For Girls CD. The whole sentiment is set back in a little box frame that's cut into the card, the bottle and glass are shaped and layered, and the paper roses and a glittery bow finish it off.

Tracie - I used the fab Scooter section from Not for Girls CD to create this Mod themed acetate fronted card

Emma Hiya, I am having a bit of an altered art phase at the moment so I decided to make a hanging ornament to decorate my home during the festive season. I used elements from the Christmas Doodles Rubber Stamp Plate and some acrylic paints to decorate this miniature picture frame.

Good luck! Looking forward to visiting your creations and reading all those sentiments! Please do remember that only new projects combining up to ten challenges and following the set theme will be considered for prizes. You have until Sunday 12th December at 12noon GMT to enter.


Tuesday, 30 November 2010

Blog Candy Hop Winners!

It's the time you've all been waiting for! And here I am to announce the winners from our recent Blog Candy Hop.

In order of the hop:

Tracy's Winner - Rose
Emma's Winner - Claire 7q
Jenny's Winner - GoCanucksGo
Ruth's Winner - Amanda
Enfys' Winner - Ddinak
Claire's Winner - Magda
Lou's Winner - June Mac
Lis M's Winner - Kat

Congratulations! Please visit each Design Team blogs to find out how to claim your prize. A big big thank you to Nikky for providing us all with such fantastic Polkadoodle Products to give away as Blog Candy!

The winner of the scrambled word, (after removing duplicate comments and winner comments) who receives a copy of All Around and Everywhere cd is number 22 which is:


Sorry its such a titchy picture, but click on it and you'll see the number in the bottom box!

Congratulations! Please email Nikky with 'Blog Hop Winner' in the subject title.

The word was CHAMPIONSHIP (in case you are still wondering!)

And if you are not a winner don't worry as you can take advantage of free postage and packing to anywhere in the world when you spend £5 or more in the Polkadoodle shop! Consider it an early Christmas present to yourself!

Sunday, 28 November 2010

Blog Hop Closed

Just a quick post to let you know that the Blog Hop is now closed and the Design Team are drawing the winners of their candy as I type!

Check back here at noon GMT on Tuesday 30 November to see if you are a winner! We will reveal the scrambled word too as not everyone guessed correctly!

Friday, 26 November 2010

Week 47 Challenge - 'Twas The Night Before Christmas

Happy Friday! In case you missed our post last week the Design Team have a blog hop that is not due to end until this Sunday - so be quick! You really don't want to miss out as there are lots of fantastic bundles of candy available on each of the DT's blogs!

Brenda set this weeks challenge prior to her leaving the Design Team due to other commitments. She asked us to draw inspiration from Clement Moores lovely poem:

Twas the night before Christmas

There are lots of elements in the poem that you can use for inspiration, and we are really looking forward to seeing your creations. Before we look at all the fabulous creations of the design team, the winners of the Gift Box challenge are:

First Place: Jo Price
Second Place: Amanda
Third Place: FlourGirl

Congratulations! Please email Nikky for further details!

Onto this week's challenge! We'd like to say a big warm welcome to the new members of the Design Team! Saskia returns after a summer break, with newbies Colette, Dee and Miria joining us. Watch out for our Guest Design Team who will be joining in with our challenges, starting in the next few weeks for a six month term - Ashley, Audrey and Cheryl.

Don't forget - the challenge deadline is Sunday 5 December at 12noon GMT and please remember our 10 challenge rule and no back linking to old posts - entries that do not meet these small requirements will not be considered for our top three.

Ruth: I've used the A5 sized template from Paper Boutique Vol 2 - Creative Christmas with a little bit of glitter glue here and there (it's Christmas after all!) plus a little tiny mouse hiding amongst the gifts - he's taken from Back to Nature and I've reduced his size to fit my requirements!

Enfys: I took the title of the poem quite literally, for me, Christmas Eve is magical - walking back from church with carols ringing in your ears, and the words of the timeless Christmas story in your head...... I used a navy blue blank card and embossed it with snow, then ran a emery board over the embossing to reveal the white core of the card. The trees are my favourite Polkadoodles Christmas stamp, I stamped three, then chopped them to different lengths. The star was cut on my cricut, and the snowbanks were hand cut and inked with blue.

Brenda - An easel card, yes I'm still addicted to them. I cut the stockings on the Cricut using papers from Jingle Jangle Christmas CD, a computer generated verse from the Clement Moore poem and holly from the Winter section of Sundae of Seasons CD.

Saskia - It's great to be back on this Design Team! I still love bright and happy colours... as you can see! I printed out the poem and used papers from the Jingle Jangle cd-rom to create my card and a small stocking-box.
Emma Hiya folks, what a lovely theme, I am just getting revved up for Christmas so this was perfect for me. I love the poem and for me this time I chose to make a stocking wall hanging, something a little bit different. The papers are from the Polkadoodles Jingle Jangle Christmas CD.
Claire - I have taken the line from the poem....But a miniature sleigh,and eight tiny reindeer! Using Sundae of Seasons, Paper Boutique - Creative Christmas and Jingle Jangle CD's to create my card with a rubber stamp sentiment thrown in as well. St. Nick has just popped off delivering some pressies!
Jenny I've gone with the miniature sleigh too! I've used the pre-coloured image from Paper Boutique Creative Christmas and papers from Sundae of Seasons. All that was needed then was some buttons, staples, bling & tons of glitter!
Tracie: My card this week uses the gorgeous Fireplace template in A5 from Paper Boutique Vol 2: Creative Christmas as well as a border strip and sentiment from the same CD. I also used HUGE amounts of glitter available here.
Colette My first challenge as a design team member, so exciting! I've also used the reindeer part of the poem for inspiration. I've printed a couple of verses from the poem on the front of the card and then when you open it up the next verse is inside, as part of the design, with the reindeer. Papers and graphics are all from the Sundae of Seasons CD.

Fliss: My inspiration came from the poem's title as Nikky's gorgeous Prim Christmas Stocking stamp always makes me think of my younger daughter's Christmas stocking which has an angel on and is hung up on Christmas Eve each year. I coloured the image with ProMarkers, cut her out and put her on a Nestabilities mat. I've used some of the gorgeous plaid papers from the Sundae of Seasons CD and added holly and a greeting from the Christmas Doodles stamp set.
Tracy :- I have decided to use the Reindeers in the poem for my creation. My paper is from Sundae Of Seasons, The snowflake stamp I used around the border and my greeting is from the Crimbo Doodles stamp set and this is at a reduced price at the moment, and my main image is from the stamp doodle range this too has been reduced in price and I coloured it with Aquamarkers.
Dee: Do you leave cookies and drinks out for Father Christmas? I hope you do, it's hungry work creeping into everyone's house to leave the pressies. My card shows Father Christmas and Rudolf looking at the goodies left on the table for them. Of course I had to include some sugar lumps for Rudolf. Well I couldn't leave him out now could I. I used Paper Boutique Vol 2 Creative Christmas cd for all the elements and backing papers.

Good luck! And don't forget our maximum 10 challenge rule and the deadline for entries via the blue frog below is Sunday 5 December. Please also remember to link your actual post and not your blog and no back linking to old posts - these will be disregarded by the Design Team.


Friday, 19 November 2010

Week 46 Challenge - Give Thanks & Blog Hop!

It's Friday so that can only mean another fab Polkadoodles challenge!
And this week is no ordinary week - it's Blog Hop time!!

But, before we get to the really exciting bit of this week's post I need to announce the winners from week 44 which was to make a quick Christmas card:
First Place: Hazel Second Place: Nicki Third Place: Claire
Congratulations! Please email Nikky for further details!

Just before we start, we also need to mention the Design Team Call - as we have lots of news today, we have published the details of the Design Team Call below this post, so if you are checking in to see the news please go to the post below this! x

Also, a quick heads up - Nikky will be on Create and Craft TV next Friday 26th November at 8am and she has some brand new lovely products up her sleeve that she will be launching on the show - make sure you watch, record, Sky+ or Internet watch - they're lush!

The challenge this week is being hosted by me (Ruth) although the challenge was set by Kris who was announced last week as stepping down from the Design Team due to other commitments, but we've kept with the theme and would like to say a big THANK YOU to Kris to her contribution and support during her term!

The theme for this week is to Give Thanks. In addition to the Blog Hop this week Nikky also has created this great sentiment...

for her challenge card this week and is giving it to you as a FREE DOWNLOAD for you which is perfect for this week's challenge and you MUST use the download to enter the challenge! You can alter it in any way you wish, but you MUST use the download! If you are stuck for inspiration, just look below at the creations the Design Team have made! The deadline for the challenge is Sunday 28 November at 12noon GMT and please remember to follow the theme and to link with no more than 9 other challenges to be eligible for a prize. Please no backlinking to older projects - only new work will be considered for the top three.

Ruth: Quick and simple is the theme for me again this week! I've used flowers printed from Sugar Birdies, curled and layered up to form the head of a flower and I've added a rather large sparkly gem to their centres! The stamping around the edges is made using one of the stamps from the Daisy Doodles stamp plate. I've handwritten the sentiment.

Enfys: One of the things in my life that I am most thankful for is the incredible pleasure and joy I get from my little grandchildren. So my cards reflect this and I have made them each a Christmas card using the Paper Boutique Vol 2 - Creative Christmas CD - you will see the other two cards on my blog.

Brenda - Two for the price of one! I made the first and was not sure, so did a second and decided I perhaps liked both. The first one uses various elements from the summer section of the new Sundae of Seasons CD and the second on my favourite Fairy Flutterby Gracie, coloured with Aquamarkers, glittered wings and papers from Paper Boutique Vol 1 CD.

Emma Hiya, I have used a little birdie, black and white stampie from the Sundae of Seasons CD and backing papers from there too. I think I am most thankful to all those close to me that enrich my life with love, so this card is for them.
Tracy: I have made this card to give Thanks to all my followers, who have visited me and given wonderful comments and kept me going when things are low. I have used everything from Sundae Of Seasons and the Babsie Flutterfly stamp.
Claire As some may be aware my Dad unexpectedly ended up in hospital. This card was created for the surgeon in charge of my Dads case (my Dad asked me to make it for him) I do indeed have a lot to be thankful for... thanks also to the staff at Ayr Hospital. Created using Sundae of Seasons.
Lis-m . One of the biggest things I am grateful for in my life are my two daughters. They have grown into strong and independent young women. They are both very different and yet I can see the closeness in them as they discover the big wide world. I am very proud of them both, and I love them more than they will ever know. I have reached for the Sundae of Seasons cd for my card this time, it is so very useful.
Jenny I've decorated a box of chocs with elements from Sundae of Seasons to say 'thanks' to all of YOU! All of the entrants to the challenges each week are fabulous and I wish I could give chocs to all of you, but instead the winner of my blog hop candy will get these in their parcel too!

Fliss - I've also made a card to say thanks to all my lovely followers as their kindness really makes my day and cheers me up when I'm a bit down. I've used my favourite Flutterby Fairy stamp, Gracie, and stamped her plus 2 butterflies and embossed them with clear powder. I coloured all the pieces with Promarkers and embossed the fairy wings with jewelled gold powder and the butterfly with crystal sparkle. I've used papers mostly from the Sundae of Seasons CD and made a step card. Pearls and a greeting finish it off.
Tracie: Call me old fashioned but I think there is nothing better than a thank you card from children who are given gifts so I am a mean mummy and make both my two write them. This card is to say Thank you for a special pressie. The elements are all from Jingle Jangles (thankyou is cricut cut).
Lou: Now I've totally turned the theme upside down as I want to "Give Thanks" and have made a scrapbook page about my family as I am very thankful for them being in my life. I originally made a similar page for Nikky and loved it so much thought I'd recreate it. I'm just waiting for the canvas frame to finished being stretched and it's going to be glued onto the canvas as a piece of art! The boys aren't too happy though but they're not brave enough to take it down either (when it finally goes up!). All the elements and papers are from the "Love and Cherish" CD - one of my all time favs!

Nikky Obviously Kris's inspiration for this challenge was Thanksgiving in the USA and although we don't celebrate it here in the UK I decided to make a card with the original inspiration behind it. Don't forget you can get the FREE DOWNLOAD which I designed for the sentiment on my blog here - you might as well do the blog hop at the same time ; ) I used elements from the Sundae of Seasons CD...x

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The Rules
  • Deadline for taking part in the hop is Sunday 28 November at 12noon GMT.
  • You must hop to all Design Team members who are listed below and leave a comment on their blogs.
  • Collect a letter from each blog and keep it safe.
  • Once you've visited all DT members, unscramble the word and come back to this blog and leave your answer via the comments section - all comments will be moderated and not published until the deadline has passed so there can be no cheating along the way!
By leaving a comment on each DT blog you will be entered into their Blog Candy draw - so don't forget to leave the comments!
We hope you have some fun during the hop and keep your eyes peeled for the Candy that is on offer - Nikky has been very very generous plus some of the Design Team have extras on their blogs too - you won't want to miss out on getting your hands on some Polkadoodle products! There is over £400 worth of products on offer - so get commenting and hopping - the more comments you leave the more chances you have of winning! Each team member has a different stash of candy so in theory you could win it all - all 10 lots!!

In addition (yes, there IS More, can you believe it??!) you need to read the info on the blogs VERY carefully to read about a fantastic special offer and pickup a special discount code for the Polka Doodles shop - they ship FREE to anywhere in the world!!

The order of the hop is as follows, although you can start at any point, just make sure you come back here to leave your comment and answer!
Lisa - letter H
Polkadoodle Challenge Blog (back here)
Not all of the Design Team are UK based so if their post has not yet published please check back in a short while!
Good luck and hope you have lots of fun!
Don't forget - for another chance at winning some fab Polkadoodle Candy, make sure you enter the challenge!