Friday, 17 December 2010

Week 50 Challenge - Age Related

It's Friday so time for another Polkadoodle challenge! Hope you're ready for Christmas! Did you manage to catch Nikky yesterday on Create and Craft with the fantastic new house stamp and sentiment sets? Her last show was a complete sell out so if you want these stamps, you'd better be quick!

Our last challenge of the year is next week so we hope you can join us for that too. Before we look at the Design Team samples for this week's challenge, I need to announce the winners from week 48 which was Claire's All About The Sentiment:

First Place: Dianne
Second Place: Jane Carroll
Third Place: Vixykins

Congratulations! Please email Nikky for your blinkies!

This week's challenge has been set by Lou who has asked us to make:

An age related Birthday card

Please remember our 10 challenge rule and to follow the brief. Please do not back link to previous posts - these will be disregarded from our voting for the top three. The deadline for this challenge is Boxing Day - Sunday 26 December at 12noon GMT. Good luck!

This week our Guest Designer is Ashley - welcome!!

Ashley: I've used All Around and Everywhere for the papers, button and sentiment. All edges were distressed and clear embossing powder was added to the large circle on the front of the card. The flower is from the same cd. I then added some little silver accents and scrapperfloss and the card was finished! For another view of the partly hidden tag, visit her blog!

Ruth: A sparkly 18th Birthday cake! This was made for a family member who recently turned 18. All but the die cut numbers are from Paper Boutique Vol 1. Instead of making the card double sided, I used one of the additional A4 backing sheets as the card base and then layered all the elements on the cake, adding glitter glue to the icing.

Claire - If you had a chance to watch Nikky on Create and Craft yesterday you will have seen where these papers and fab imagery came from.....Sugar Birdies! I love these owls poking out from their parcels!

Colette My card was also made using papers and images from the fab new collection on the Sugar Birdies CD it's for my father-in-law who will be 80 in January. This time I have made a double slider card, if you would like to see it in action, pop along to my blog and watch the video.

Saskia - I made this card for my little cousin! The template and the papers are from the Paper Boutique Volume I cd-rom. So easy to make such a fun card!

Tracie : I used the fab "get in Shape" collection from All Around Everywhere to make my Mouse card with several layers. I love how simple and versatile these products are. The number 2 was also from All Around Everywhere

Jenny I've made a little 4"x4" card which I think would be suitable for those difficult-to-make-for teenage boys and girls! The birthday sentiment comes from Back to Nature and everything else comes from Sundae of Seasons. I then just had to add some number stickers, ribbon and staples from my stash.

Fliss: I've made a side step card for a 50th birthday as I have one coming up in the family soon so this is a perfect chance to get ahead. I hope you saw Nikky on Create and Craft yesterday with the fab new Collectors Edition of the Sugar Birdies CD with a gorgeous extra collection of sentiments, images and papers. I've used some of the gorgeously pretty new papers on my card together with some of the elements from the original collections - aren't those numbers totally fabulous!

Miria: My creation is an easel card for a lady who will 100 (!) in a few days. It was easy peasy make it: I used some stampies and papers from Sundae of Seasons cd and I printed the number seal and the sentiment from All around and everywhere cd. I added a glossy accent to the cake with inkessential white, the lace and the ribbon are from my stash.

Dee; I've made a card for a fun loving 50 year old. All the papers and extra bits are from Sundae of Seasons CD. I edged the numbers with a silver ProMarker, first the fat nib then I went round again with the fine nib. I've added adhesive gems, ribbons and added some faux stitching.

The inside is just as decorated as the front. In for a penny, in for a pound as the saying goes.

Tracy - I made this for my son Bobby who is 5 in January. I used the Paper Boutique Vol 1 for the Funky Munky and the backing paper. I decoupaged the image, i'm sure he'll love it.

Good luck! All entries to be made via the blue frog below - closing date is Boxing Day - Sunday 26 December at 12noon GMT.


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.