Friday 18 March 2011

Week 11 Challenge - All About Books

Hello Doodlers! This is Nikky and I'm just hijacking this week's post to let you know all the latest news and goss! You can see us at the Harrogate GNPE event this weekend, Saturday and Sunday where we will be demoing lots of new stash and goodies for you, so if you're there come and say hi!

Talking of new stash...the Design Team girls have all been squealing about our latest stamp set (and a co-ordinating CD which holds 100 papers no less) which will be on sale for the first time at Harrogate - watch out on the website for it next week, and you can catch some glimpses and sneaky peeks below, I don't think they could resist showing their fabulous creations any longer.

We have a few new things lined up for Harrogate, little packs of pretty things, big packs of pretty things, along with a brand new CD, and I will be joined at the demo table by the lovely Sharon Armstrong who I know many of you know and it's all a bit manic but exciting and we will give you more news next week! Right, I'll hand you over to the teamies to leave you in awe for another week...

Hi Everyone, its Tracie here, and its my turn to set the challenge this week.

Since being very small I have always adored books, and even now I have so many I have run out of room to store them. One of my all time favourites has been immortalised by Nikky in her new stamp and CD set so this week I want to see your projects with the theme


Before we get onto this week's fabulous creations from the design team here are the top three from the week 9 challenge, three handmade flowers!

First Place: KatalyticSecond Place: TeriThird Place: Lisa Jane
Congratulations! Please email Nikky with your placing and 'Challenge 9 top three' in the subject field.

The Polkadoodlers have a few little rules which makes our life a lot easier when we come visiting your blogs:

1. Please follow the challenge!
2. Only enter your creation into a maximum of 10 challenges including Polkadoodles
3. Please link your blog post and not your blog address with the blue frog - this saves us from searching your blog for your entry
4. And please no back-linking to previous posts - these will be disregarded from our top three voting
5. If you have comment moderation and word verification on your blog it really does slow us down when leaving comments - please consider turning word verification off especially now that comment moderation has a spam section.

Good luck with the challenge - the closing date is Sunday 27th March at 12noon GMT.

D'Anne - I’m still loving the springtime feeling which made me want to make a bright and cheerful flip album. This album can capture your Spring photos of your family and friends. My album was created using the Floral Frenzy digital paper and flowers from the All Around & Everywhere cd.

Fliss: My collage style card features a rather sheepish looking bunny Knave of Hearts using the totally gorgeous new Alice set of stamps and some of the matching set of fabulous papers. All images were coloured with Promarkers and the heart shape which I cut from a home made template was sponged with Distress ink after stamping the checkered design. Some playing cards add to the look.

Audrey: For this project I decided to make a corner bookmark since I haven't had time to read a book since I had my son. I used All Around And Everywhere for the digital papers, used some ink for the edges and Enamel Accents for the white dots to give it some dimension.

Claire: My chosen book is Alice in Wonderland and I am guessing all will become clear why soon! Curiously my card had the peach as the card base and I stuck my image on upside down - so had to redo with the bright blue card base - oh so much better, spooky!

Saskia - Wow, wow... the new stamp set Alice In Wonderland is amazing! So... look out for this new design!

Dee: Like most of the Design Team I have gone for Alice in Wonderland too (what a surprise, lol). I've made some tags, but I just couldn't choose which one to use so I'm going to use them all. I think the flying hats may be my favourite. I had great fun making these getting really messy in the process, but it was all worth it. These new stamps (available tomorrow at the show mentioned above) are just excellent to use. I used inks which I spritzed onto the cards, and Tim Holtz Distress inkpads which I also used to colour in with. I also used some Fantasy Film and Fibre on one of them.

Lis-m : I have gone with a classic theme of Faerie Tales. I have created a box, which looks like a book. I will show you more on my blog. I have used "All around and Everywhere" for my papers, the mushroom house is from "Magic Neighbours" rubber stamps, and the Flutterfly Fairy is sweet Gracie.

Miria - Two cards about a book - I think you can guess its title lol! The images and the papers are of course from Nikky's new gorgeous Alice's set and cd, coloured with waterpencils and Distress Inks. I added some embellies from stash.

Josie : For this weeks challenge about books, I had to mention the books that my big brother passed on to me. They are old, they are tatty and I love them. So here is my scrapbook page on my Snoopy Books! I used two different backing papers from the All Around and Everywhere Cd Rom. I went with the lovely brown theme in the papers, so had to use the Fru Fru Ribbons too! I used the lovely Sensational Sentiments Stamps as it sums up how I feel reading these books, even to this day!

Ruth: I too have gone with Alice In Wonderland as my book theme and have used the wonderful new stamps to be launched this weekend at Harrogate. I've used the plate of hearts (with glossy accents) and the sentiment. The backing paper is from the same set and the ribbon and card blank are from my stash. Watch out for more of these stamps over the next few weeks!

Emma well I made a few things with the wonderful new stamps from Polkadoodles being released tomorrow - I absolutely love these stamps, they are so up my street, here is just one of the cards I made. I masked the stamps to build a scene then coloured with Promarkers in Ice Grey 1 to 5.

Colette: I have used an old hard back book picked up cheaply in a charity shop, stuck the pages together and cut out the middle to make a box, I then decorated it to look like... a book?!!!!!! I've used a black and white stampie from the Spring section of the Sundae of Seasons CD rom removed the glasses added an eye patch and coloured it in photoshop, also using red polka dot paper from the same CD to piece together a bandanna. I paper pieced the stripe top, jeans and boots from the Not for Girls CD. The skull and cross bones were taken from the Candy Doodles CD. I was really pleased with myself until my grandson told me that the pirate needed a sword, so I had to rack my brains and ended up using a tree stampie (upside down) and two Christmas baubles from Sundae of Seasons winter section to make the sword, which I then coloured in photoshop. I covered the book with paper from the Paper Boutique Vol III CD and used a sizzix die to cut out the label shape, using another paper from PBV-III. I printed a burgundy colour onto some leather finish card to make the spine, corners and fastener and used a piece of jute tape behind the pirate to add a bit of texture. Some magnetic tape holds the box closed.

Lou: I have also gone for "Alice in Wonderland" for my book inspiration this week and have made a book mark tag. I have used several images from the new stamp set which is being released tomorrow to create different layers. The ribbon holds the sentiment which hovers over the cute rabbit image which rests on some playing cards. I have further embellished my tag with the top hat, plate of yummy tarts and the key. All the images have been coloured with Promarkers. I have also inked and chalked the edges to age the look of my tag.

Tracie: Surprise Surprise I couldn't help using the Alice stamps this week either and I went with the same design on 2 different cards. I used exactly the same images and layout but to different effect. They both use the new stamp plate, the backing paper CD, and promarkers. The vintage one also uses distress inks

Good luck with the challenge! Entries can be added to the link below up to 12noon GMT on Sunday 27 March. Please also remember our rules!



  1. Wow - I reckon I can guess the subject of your new CD and stamps but will have to wait until they come on the website as I don't live anywhere near 'up north'!!

  2. Oh thank you so much for voting for my card in the week 9 challenge. I'll be at Harrogate on Saturday and can't wait to see the new goodies. The DT samples this week are beautiful and inspire as always. I am looking forward to entering this weeks and seeing some more beautiful cards from my fellow crafters.

  3. Just a quick note to let you know that a link to this post will be placed on CraftCrave today [19 Mar 01:00am GMT]. Thanks, Maria

  4. I'm not sure if I have followed the theme the way you wanted. I have an image with a book on my card. If this is not correct please just delete me.

  5. Such wonderful & inspiering DT work from ALL!! Thanks for a fun challenge!!!


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