Friday, 14 January 2011

Week 2 Challenge - Sketch, Colour Theme & a freebie!

Hi everyone, it's me...Nikky! : D ...welcome to another challenge week at Polka Doodles!

Firstly, the top three from the last challenge of 2010 which was a sketch and to colour your image are:
First Place: Lisa C, Second Place: Claire, Third Place: Rosie G

Congratulations Ladies! We loved your entries this week! Please email Nikky for further details - please put 'Challenge 51' in your subject field.

So we've had an ultra busy few weeks at Polka Doodles and I've been working my poor teamies to the bone making lots of samples over the Christmas and New Year for me - as usual they came up trumps as they always do, I'm so lucky to have this amazing team of fabulous talents supporting me and without them all I'd be well and truly up the creek! If you're wondering what all the hoo-hah is about, we launched our very latest digital CD rom last week - the 3rd in the Paper Boutique template series, Projects Galore. I think the girlies have been dying to reveal what they've been making with this new CD, I can tell there are already favourites for sure! You can snatch a peek here and see all the amazing samples from the very talented Team Doodle Dollies's worth a look, believe me!

So before I give you this week's challenge I also have some more exciting news...our lovely Enfys, who I've known now for quite a lorra years, has reached a humongous milestone on her blogaroo...a whopping great 500,000 blog hits no less! 500,000!!! Whoop Whoop!! A huge congratulations are in order for this and to mark the occasion she is hosting a fantastic blog hop next week, starting on Mon 17th Jan at 9am - so make sure you join in, she has STACKS of candy to giveaway and a few surprises up her sleeve I think. Please make sure you join in, it will be a great hop, I think even some of the PD girls are roped in as well, so it'll be a goodie.

Right, on with this week's challenge then...I wanted to comemmorate En's milestone and my challenge is themed around her lifestyle...En spends 6 mths of the year here in the UK, her homeland, but also spends 6 months in the USA each year, lucky girl (know which I would choose!) there are 3 parts to my challenge this week...1. create a card using Red, White and Blue - the idea is to design something that you could send to someone in the US or the UK, all transcontinental-like! 2. to help you we have this little sketch below which you need to use (you can interpret this). 3. IN ADDITION, I decided last minute to design you a little FREEBIE so you can download the 3 papers and the 2 "happy" words here for absolutely zilch! So what are you waiting for??!!! Get on it!

Please remember the rules: Must use red, white and blue and the sketch and it should be suitable for a US or UK/european recipient! And you can only enter it in this and 9 other challenges! You have until Sunday 23rd January at 12noon GMT to get your entries in. (You don't have to use the download).

Week 2 Sketch

Ok, so let's see what everyone's made!

Nikky: I tried to stick to the sketch and the brief as much as I could but we had delivery of some brand new lushy lush embroidered ribbons as I was making this and I had to use some of the fabby Liberty design on my card! I LOVE it! And you can checkout the rest of the fabby designs here they are AMAZING! I suppose this makes my card lean towards the US side of the red,white and blue but hey ho, it was one of those times when the stash overrules!! You can get further info on what I've used on my blog.

Ruth: I've made an A5 card with this fab truck which is from the brand new Paper Boutique Vol 3 cd. I've layered up the image ontop of one of the papers from the same cd with faux stitching around the edges. The sentiment has been cut using my Cuttlebug Baby Face alphabet set The headlights and grille on the truck are glittered (although you can't see it in the photo!)

Fliss - I've made a birthday card for the challenge using a gorgeous digi girl from the Sundae of Seasons CD Autumn Collection and coloured her with Prisma pencils, blending the colours with Zest It. The plaid paper and border are from the same CD and the blue paper is from the Not So Plain Plains of the Not For Girls CD. The greeting is made from the new Sentiments stamp collection and I finished off with flowers and a leaf punched from the paper scraps.

D'Anne - For my project this week I used a mess of new and old goodies. The new goodies used were the pattern striped background paper and the black and white digital birdie. These digital elements are available on the All Around & Everywhere in the 'Bright & Beautiful' collection CD. For the old elements I cut out a tree shape and then applied different shades of brown cardstock to create the tree bark. Did you notice the clouds behind the blue bird?

Audrey ... For this card I used the Sundae Of Seasons CD. I cannot get enough of it! Everything matches. I used the red and blue digital papers with my Cricut to cut out the letters and then went and printed the presents is a few different sizes. I used the sentiment banner as well. I inked the edges a little bit with Soft Suede ink and that it.

Enfys: I used Babsie, one of the fairy flutterby stamps, and some gingham paper from Sundae of Seasons. The red and white check paper is from Not for Girls CD, and the letters are Thickers by American Crafts. Babsie was coloured with ProMarkers

Saskia - This cute doggie, made in 3d-layers, is from the new Paper Boutique III cd-rom! I added wiggling eyes, so the doggie can have a good look around! Backing papers are from the Sundae Of Seasons cd-rom. This is a 'free interpretation' of the sketch.

Colette - I used the robot from the fabulous new Paper Boutique 3 CD Rom, printed him out twice and layered him onto an oval cut with nesties, For the background I used the Cuttlebug clockworks embossing folder rubbed over with Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Stormy Sky. The oval is glued to a strip of card, which is decorated with washers and nuts, and attached to the card with a brad so that it swivels up to show a message underneath.

Lis-m. I too have chosen a robot, but this time from the not for girls cd. The dotty papers are from Sugar Birdies and I've die cut the word happy. The birthday sentiment is computer generated.

Claire - Great sketch which I've rotated and turned into an easel format. I have used the gorgeous buterflies from Sundae of Seasons cd. Papers from Paper boutique volume 1 and flower built up from a selection of cd's incuding Sundae of Seasons with a splash of stickles!

Dee: I have used Papers and images from the Sugar Birdies Collectors Edition CD for my project this week. I scaled down the flowers by half to make the flower border, added some lush East of India ribbon and a few pink gems.

Emma Hiya, I made a really clean and simple card this time. The Image is from Sundae of Seasons Cd, the sentiment is from Sensational Sentiments red rubber stamp plate and the alphies are from All Around and Everywhere Cd, lastly I used a little bit of Stickles to give that extra bit of sparkle.

Miria For my card I used this cute bear from new cd Paper Boutique 3, the papers are from Not for girls and the sentiment is from Sundae of Seasons
Good luck!

Friday, 7 January 2011

Week 1 Challenge - A Wish for the New Year

Well hello there, it is Emma here, and I would like to wish you all a Happy New Year from all of us here at Polkadoodles.

It is my pleasure to introduce the first challenge of 2011, yes 2011, which also happens to be my first time setting the theme of our challenge at Polkadoodles.

For many of us, the New Year holds a tradition to make wishes for ourselves and our loved ones that reflect our hopes and dreams for the future. I thought it would be a sweet idea to record at least one of those wishes in our craft. So, that is the theme of this weeks challenge - A wish for the New Year.
You can interpret the wish anyway you please, you can make a wish for yourself or someone you love, perhaps good luck, good health, happiness or hope, the wish is yours to make. As a special welcome to 2011, the winner of this challenge will receive a copy of the Sugar Birdies Collectors Edition CD which has just been make sure you get your entries in, it's such a fabulous CD!

Please remember when you enter our challenge, that the maximum number of challenges you can enter with your Polkadoodles challenge entry is ten.

Before we move onto our Design team's inspiration, I would like to announce the winners of our last challenge. The top three from Challenge 50 which was the Age Related theme are:

First Place: Julie B
Second Place: Lesley
Third Place: Claire

Congratulations! Please email Nikky with 'Challenge 50 top three' in the subject field for further details. Please be patient as Nikky is quite busy at the moment so if there is a delay in her responding, you know why!

Our Guest designer for this week is Cheryl. Cheryl has made a Wish for Happiness in her gorgeous creation. She has used papers, image and sentiment from the All Around and Everywhere CD. The image was coloured with Prisma Pencils and then she added gems and flowers from her stash and some Doodle Dewdrops too.

I've decided to celebrate cakes, and why not! This delightful cupcake is taken from the brand new Paper Boutique Vol3 cd which is launched tomorrow on Create and Craft (details above) I've printed the A5 coloured template and simply layered it all together adding glitter glue here and there! The front and rear of the card are held together by a concertina tab at the bottom of the cupcake and the closure is the ribbon threaded through the top of the cake. The cake also comes in pink!

D'Anne - Hello, new DT here. For my card today, I've used Sundae of Seasons for the printable candles and All Around and Everywhere 'Bright and Beautiful' papers for my layout. Instead of using the word Wish, you could used Love, Peace, Bloom or Grow. I hope your New Year's celebration was ultra-fantastic! CHEERS to you all!!

Saskia-I adore my little family! I wish a year full of 'special times' together with my son and hubby! I made this quick and simple (but sooo cute!) card with images and papers from the Sugar Birdies Collectors Edition cd-rom.

Lis-m A New Year marks the beginning of new things, a time to make changes perhaps, like moving home... Since I am in love with the new house stamps I decided on a "Good luck in your new home" card. The papers are from Sugar Birdies I just love how all the colours just work so well together. The house, of course is coloured with Promarkers.

Claire My family and friends are busy with Birthdays in January..... so my project is a Birthday wish. Using the fabulous new paper boutique cd by Nikki. Pop by Create and Craft on Saturday to check it out!

Miria My card is a way to wish you Happy New Year; the coloured stampie and the sentiment are from Sundae of seasons, the papers and the alphies are from Not for girls (the year is a male!). Then I added some dew drops and a ribbon and a button from my stash.

Colette My wish covers just about everything, using a little poem that I made up myself (I'm not the Poet Laureate, so don't expect much LOL!) I used not so plain plains in Villa from the Not For Girls CD for my background, and randomly stamped with the dandelion from the fabulous Garden Neighbours stamp set, I also used the same stamp on white card. The first part of the poem is revealed on the tag, when you pull it up, and the second part is under the slider section. The sentiment is also my own, made to go with the rest of the design.

Emma Hi there, I, like you did a bit of reflecting at New Year and I made many wishes for the future. I chose three wishes that I hoped for most and put those into a wall hanging to go in my art room. A daily reminder that I should and perhaps must make decisions that pave a way for my wishes to come true. I used paper from the Sundae of Seasons CD as a background, Martha Stewart deep edge punch to make the fancy corners and trim, Prima Pearls to embellish. I hand wrote my wishes and sealed them with Rangers Glossy Accents behind glass. I accented with ring pulls and Rangers Stickles in Platinum. I beaded some chain to make the hanger.

Jenny I've made an 8"x8" card full of wishes for the recipient! The stars came from the wonderful Sundae of Seasons CD & some are layered on 3D foam to add dimension. The 'wishes' sentiment comes from Back to Nature. I've doodled a border with the Promarker Fine Liner pen.

Tracie: I used Paper Boutique 2: Creative Christmas and The Sugar Birdies Collectors Edition to create my take away box full of wishes. As my sister has just announced her wedding date I have filled the fortune cookies with the wishes for health, wealth, fertility, longevity and happiness, The flowers were coloured with promarkers and finished with a tiny pearl

Fliss: My wish is for those going on to new pastures this year one of whom is my elder daughter in her final year of her Japanese studies degree. I have a little preview for you as I've used one of the fabulous templates from Paper Boutique Volume 3 which is being launched by Nikky on Create and Craft tomorrow. I've altered Ditsy Daisy a little to show her versatility and used quite a few different colouring and decorating techniques - please pop over to my blog for full details. I've used papers from the new CD and Sundae of Seasons which is also where her wings come from.

Lou: My wish for this year is to always be "So Thankful" for all that I have; all the people I know (family, friends & work colleagues) . . . really to always be thankful even when times are hard. I have used papers from the "All Around and Everywhere" CD and all the topper elements, including sentiment is from the Spring section on the "Sundae of Seasons" CD. I have further embellished the card with sewing paraphernalia - buttons, threads, bias binding as my ribbon, wonder web for the bow and several pins!

Good luck with the challenge! It is open until Sunday 16 January at 12noon GMT. Please remember that the limit is 10 for the number of challenge that you can combine including the Polkadoodle challenge.

Friday, 24 December 2010

Week 51 Challenge - Sketch & Colouring

It's Friday and time for the last Polkadoodle challenge of 2010! Where did the year go?! As it is our last challenge of the year, it will stay open a bit longer than usual - so the closing date is Sunday 9 January 2011 at 12noon GMT.

On behalf of the Design Team I'd like to take this opportunity to wish you all a very Happy Christmas and a wonderful New Year and to thank you for your support, inspiration and love for all Polkadoodle Products! We couldn't do it without you!

I (Ruth) am your host this week and I've set my first ever sketch challenge (who-hoo!) with a twist of colouring your own image. The theme can be anything, but as long as the sketch is followed and you've coloured the image (it can be stamped or digi) then you will be eligible for our top three and a lovely Polkadoodle prize!

Before I reveal the sketch and the Design Teams interpretations, here is the top three from challenge 49:

First Place: Joanna
Second Place: Nicki - Little Ted
Third Place: Claire

Congratulations! Please email Nikky and put the place you came in the challenge and challenge number in the subject field. Nikky is very very busy at the moment working on the new cd so don't worry if she doesn't respond straight away!

Here is the sketch to follow - please remember you must colour the image yourself in what ever medium you wish and feel free to use either a stamped or digi image.
Two of our Guest Designers are joining us this week. First is Cheryl with this cute card featuring images and papers from Sundae of Seasons. Cheryl has coloured the digi image with Promarkers adding some embellishments from her stash.
And next is Ashley with this beautifully coloured card with butterflies and papers from All Around and Everywhere. Just look at the real stitching around the edges! She's added some Doodle Dewdrops too.

Ruth: It seems that babies are appearing everywhere and to get ahead, I've decided to use the very cute Nellienoo elephant stamp which has been coloured with Promarkers. All the papers are from Candy Doodles along with the flowers which I have rolled the edges to make them more 3d. Ribbons and gems are from my stash. And as I enjoyed my own sketch (!!) I've made both a boy and girl card!

Emma Hi there, I coloured an ATC card with Promarkers, blending Aegean, Cool Aqua and Powder Blue for a background and then stamped using tree, snowflakes and the reindeer horn elements from the Christmas Doodles Rubber Stamp Plate. The Scallop trim and background papers are from the Sundae of Seasons CD then stamped with snowflakes from the Christmas Doodles set coloured in with the Promarkers which are all available from the Polkadoodles web shop.

Saskia - I made a 'girly' card! The backing papers and sentiment are from the All Around And Everywhere cd-rom. That lovely girl is Fairy Flutterfly Maxine! I used my copic markers and added some extra glitter!

Claire - I used a mix of Aquamarkers and Sakura to watercolour Nikky's very cute Reindeer from Paper Boutique 2 - Creative Christmas and combined with some lovely Polka Doodles papers from Sundae of Seasons, with a little stickles!

Dee; I've made a gift bag from a C5 envelope for this weeks challenge. My main image is Nikky's gorgeous cupcakes which I've stamped onto pale blue card and used silver embossing powder. I then watercoloured it with Aquamarkers. I'm sorry to to say it doesn't show that well in the photo, I seem to be going through a bad photographer phase at the moment! I've used papers from Paper Boutique Vol1 cd, Tea Dye and Stormy Sky distress inkpads, Martha Stewart corner punch, recycled brown card, raffia and eyelets.

Colette - I used Nikky's pretty Flower Girl stamp and coloured her with Promarkers. The papers came from the Sugar Birdies CD Rom Collectors edition, I printed the plain jane green, straight onto linen card and added the patterned papers to make up the design. A window was cut from the card and the Flower Girl was attached to the insert using foam pads. I made the spira flowers from the Back to Nature CD, and used a Martha Stewart punch for the 'ribbon'. I edged the papers and window with Glamour Dust to add a bit of sparkle.

Fliss: My card features Fairy Flutterby stamp Babsie and I stamped her plus the butterfly and some flowers in VersaFine Smokey Gray ink and embossed them with clear powder. A slightly softer look than black. I coloured all the images with Promarkers in warm spicy shades plus green. I also used a glitter pen for some added highlights. I've used papers from the new collection on the Sugar Birdies Collectors Edition CD which launched last week plus a border from Sundae of Seasons CD. Believe it or not, the green panel was coloured with the Meadow Green Promarker and then embossed. This gives a perfect match for the colour shades on the card.

Tracy - I have followed the sketch by using papers from the All Around & Everywhere CD-Rom, and my image is Stamp Doodles Cupcake stand PDSD030, which was coloured with promarkers.

Jenny Not my usual teeny tiny card this week, this one is 8"x8"! I've decorated it with papers from both Sundae of Seasons and Paper Boutique Creative Christmas. The Festive Postbox stamped image is colored with Aquamarkers. The swirl is actually the bottom of the sleigh from Creative Christmas which is where the little tag came from too. Lastly I've embellished with Doodle Dewdrops and faux stitching with black Promarker.

lis-m . this week i have used papers from Sugar Birdies to follow the sketch and used the flutterfly fairy Meshelle. she is coloured with my trusty Promarkers. The sentiment is from Bevvieboo stamp sheet. I made a banner with the papers and finished with a few gems.

Miria for this week's theme I made a last minute Christmas card following Ruth's lovely sketch. The stamped image is Polka Doodles Fairy Polly coloured with Promarkers and some glittered accents, the papers I used are from cd Sundae of seasons.

Tracie: I used the beautiful Love Birds section from Love and Cherish to follow this weeks sketch. I added the gorgeous blue spot East of India Ribbon and some doodle dewdrops. I also inked the edges of the patterned paper. The birds were coloured with the same ink I edged with and a gold promarker

Good luck with the challenge! You have until Sunday 9 January at 12noon GMT to enter. Please follow the sketch and remember that the maximum number of challenges you can enter with the creation is 10.