Friday 21 January 2011

Week 3 Challenge - There's No Place Like Home

Hi Colette here - it's time for another challenge at Polka Doodles this week, but before I give you the details here are the top three from our first challenge of 2011, which was Emma's 'A Wish For The New Year':

First Place: Katalytic
Second Place: Clairebears
Third Place: Dianne

Congratulations! Please email Nikky with 'Week 1 Challenge' in the subject field for further details and your blinkies!

We have a few little rules that make life a lot easier for the Design Team when we come visiting your blogs;

1. Please follow the challenge
2. Only enter your creation in a maximum of 10 challenges including Polkadoodles
3. Please please link your blog post with the blue frog rather than your blog address as we cannot always find our way around your blogs!
4. Please do not back link to previous posts - these will be disregarded from our voting for the top three

The challenge is open until Sunday 30 January at 12noon GMT - good luck!

Now onto our challenge for this week, the theme is 'There's no place like home' and we'd love to see projects or cards that can be given as a moving/new home gift. Check out the fabulous DT creations, for some inspiration!

I do hope you can join us for the challenge this week, but please remember to follow our few simple rules.

Our guest designer for this week is Ashley. Ashley has made a beautiful new home card, using the house from the new Paper Boutique III CD Rom, and added glitter and flowers from her stash.

Colette - This week I've used the All Around and Everywhere CD Rom - Magical Days Collection to make a wine bottle label, keyring and gift card holder. The keyring is made from a trolley coin keyring, I just removed the coin and added my own design, which was made using shrink plastic and a stampie from the CD. I enlarged the stampie to double the size I wanted, added my sentiment and then flipped it horizontally so that I had a mirror image. I printed this, then traced over the design onto the shrink plastic with a Staedtler Lumocolor pen, coloured it with Sakura gelly roll stardust pens, punched a hole for hanging and then used my heatgun to shrink it. The card has a section in the centre which holds a gift card.

Ruth: I've used one of the new House stamps which I've coloured with Promarkers, used two Nesties for layering and added it all to a Kraft card blank. These stamps are great if you are a bit unsure with colouring but look fantastic finished (even if I say so myself!)

D'Anne - Welcome home friends! I loved how this sweet card turned out using the 'House Stampies' from the All Around & Everywhere CD. I colored the main image with Promarkers and added a product to give the flowers a raised look. The green and pink designer paper is from the Sundae of Seasons CD.

Enfys: I couldn't resist this little family of owls from the Sugar Birdies Collectors Edition CD, and popped them onto an easel card

Claire - The New Polka Doodles PB Cd is packed full of really creative templates. I have used the recipe template for this fun New Home card. Adding ribbon as ties to the apron. Lots of different textures with stickles and crackle glaze.

Tracie: I used the table and chairs and a couple of green papers from the Sundae of Seasons CD. I also used a Martha Stewart border punch which I trimmed down slightly. I created the sentiment on my pc.

Emma I've made a card using paper and an image from the All Around and Everywhere CD. The images were already coloured so it was so quick to print them out, the only extras I used were some basic white and brown card stock and then a few Doodle Dewdrops.

Lis-m . I have literally made a home card with the new house template from the new Paper Boutique Vol 3 cd "Projects Galore". I used the A4 coloured option and added the layers to make a stunning 3d new home project.

Dee: I've used the House Stampie from Paper Boutique Vol III CD for my card this week. I printed it out four times and cut out my own decoupage layers to make the features stand out more. All the backing papers are from PB volIII too. The scrummy spot ribbon can also be found on the Polka Doodles website.

Saskia - I used the lovely Magic House stamp. I used red ink for the stamp and only coloured the little hearts. All papers, sentiment and mushrooms are from the Sundae Of Seasons cd rom.

Audrey For this box I used Sundae Of Seasons for everything... the paper, the sentiment, the flowers and the fence. I used 3D dots to give the fences some dimension and I inked the edges of the paper as well. I made this gift box for a Congratulations On Your New Home gift.

Fliss - I've made my shaped card using elements all from the Sundae of Seasons CD Summer collection. I printed out the cottage and the pretty flowery fences, together with the background paper on to cream card instead of white and it gives a slightly softer look to the resulting colours which I rather like. I went round the edges with a Cool Grey 2 Promarker to add depth and added a little Pastel Blue to the flower sections.

Miria This card is for a couple of friends who have just moved to a new house : it was just a piece of cake making it ! I used colour stampies, paper and sentiment from Sundae of seasons, I stamped the house twice, to give more 3D effect I cut out the door and one window. The ribbon is from my stash.

Lou: All the elements from my card are from the "Sugar Birdies" CD and I love that bird house topper. I have pyramarged it (a first for me) to create some additional effect. Simple mat and layering followed by a little paper pleating for a ribbon. Sorry that there isn't a sentiment but I couldn't decide on which one to use! I made 4 different ones and couldn't decide which looked the best . . . so in the end I left them all off !

Good luck - the closing date is Sunday 30 January at 12noon GMT and please remember our little rules!



  1. Wow, thank you for the inspiration. I have only just discovered the polkadoodles brand and I must say I am addicted. Beautiful cards and projects. Thank you.

  2. Thank you for another great one girls, dt work is stunning, love all the little houses, hope my cat on a chair is ok for this challenge, thats my take on the housewarming!


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