Friday, 25 November 2011

Week 47 Challenge - Italian Christmas & BLOG CANDY

Hello everyone, it's challenge day again! Before I go on to details of this week's challenge I'd like to say a big thank you to everyone that took part in our Swirls Pearls and Pastels challenge (45).  You made some really fabulous creations with it!

Without further ado, here are our top 3 creations from that challenge:
1st Place -  Karen,  2nd Place - Jo Price,  3rd Place -  Ira

Congratulations everyone, please email Nikky for your blinkies - the first placed winner receives a download and as a special treat a set of pens from Letraset for hair! Please put in the subject field of your email your placing and the challenge number - this will make Nikky's life a lot easier!

This week it's me, Miria, hosting the challenge and I chose the theme Italian Christmas: as you probably know, the Italian flag is white, red and green and these colours have to be in your projects. This week is our Stashbox Stamp challenge - all the Design Team have to use a stamp from their stash they already own.  We can't wait to see your creations!  

We also have some BLOG CANDY up for grabs this week so anyone who enters this Italian Christmas challenge will be in the random draw to win a Polkadoodle stamp - and there will be two lucky winners chosen! Woohoo! So make sure you get your entries in on time to be in with a chance!

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 Polka Doodles.
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.

The challenge is open until Sunday 4th December at 12noon GMT and any entries that do not follow our challenge rules will not be eligible for any prizes so please read them carefully!

If you want more detail on how the Design Team have created their projects, just click on their name and you'll be taken to their blog.

Miria For my twisted easel card I used this santa Edwin and Tree from my stashbox stamps, coloured with Zig Art and Graphic Twin and Kurecolor, all the papers and sentiment are from magical Winter.
Emma, hello, this weeks card was made using elements from the Magical Winter CD coloured with Distress Inks, all available from Polkadoodles shop.
GDT Stephanie Emma - I made my card using the Christmas Fun Stamps, papers and elements from Magical Winter and some flashing lights!! I also used some gorgeous ribbon.

Audrey... For this Double Z Fold card I used the CD Magical Winter Part 1. I used my Gelly Roll pen for the stitching. I did some paper piecing and glittering on the stocking stamp and used S.U. Real Red ink for the sentiment.

Enfys: I had fun making this one. I thought the post box card from Creative Christmas CD was perfect for Mirias Italian Christmas challenge, printed out at A5 size, decoupaged and glittered with Martha Stewart crystal glitter. I added the little girl stamped and cut out (who makes this stamp? Anyone know?)
Nelly -  I combined elements from Magical Winter and Pretty Tuff to make my triangle shaped Easel Card.
Colette Great challenge this week, perfect colours for a Christmas card. I have used papers from Sundae of Seasons and Father Christmas from the Polkadoodles Christmas Fun Clear Stamp set. Image was coloured with Promarkers and I added glitter to his hat and belt, the mats are made using X-Cut nested Bookplate dies, and I used a snowflake embossing folder on the white strip.
Lou: I have used one of the papes from the magical Winter CD and then created a topper also from the same paper. I drew and then cut out 2 holly leaves finished with a green ribbon bow and a red button berry. A very quick and simple card . . . must make more of these!
Ashley-This weeks card was made using digis from the Magical Winter CD all available from Polkadoodles web site . I used some home made seam binding and a sentiment, Polka Doodle stamps are not only adorable but oh so versatile.

Clare: I have used the image "Elfie" from the Magical Winter CD Part One. I chose a pre-coloured image and added gloss and glitter just because it's a Christmas card! The papers, ribbons and sentiment stamp are from the Christmas Boutique pack. I coloured the sentiment and gem using promarkers.
Doreen: For my tent card (first try) I've used the image and the paper from the Magical Winter CD. The sweet girl I've colored with Copics. Flowers, leaves and gras are die cuts. I embellished with lace and pearls.
Norine: For this card I kept it nice and clean and simple with a design from the Sundae of Seasons (Primitive Winter) cd. The polkadot paper is from that cd as well. The scallop circle is cut with a Spellbinders die and the rest is card stock. I decided it was enough just so, and put the greeting on the inside.
Shell-for my card this week I've used papers from the Magical Winter CD and have teamed them up with a  stamp, the bear is coloured with copics I then added a few gems and some string.
Joni: Supplies: Paper Boutique, Magical Winter Part Two. I colored the focal image with copics.
Shary My card for this week is one using a digimage which I've coloured with copics and papers from the Magical Winter Part 2 CD. The sentiment is also from the Magical Winter Part 2 CD. I've inked around the sentiment with distress ink and added a little gem for a bit of bling! All the little embellies have been die cut with the same papers.

Louise For my card this week I have used papers from the Sundae of seasons CD and used my nesties to make the shaped card,my stamped image is from Penny black.
Lis-m. This week I reached for the papers from the Paper Craft Boutique Vol. 2 "Creative Christmas". Matted the layers onto black card for extra "pop" .. added some ribbon , and coloured my image with my Promarkers.I added buttons for that final detail.
Nikky...I'm in love with our Belles n Whistles range of stamps at the moment so I just had to use these for the stashbox challenge together with papers from the Pretty Sweet CD and some lush velvet ribbon...

So that's our ideas for this week, make sure you get those entries in to win the blog candy too! See you next week!


  1. Goodness yes, the samples from you DT girls are gorgeous! Love looking at each and every single one of them! Congrats to last week's winner and thanks for picking my creation, too :-)

  2. oh wow that's me, WAHOO, thank you so much ladies, hugs, Karenxx

  3. Beautiful cards from the DT. Great challenge.

  4. Hi
    Thank you for setting this challenge. Fabulous creations from DT!
    Michaela xx

  5. The linking up did not work, so I hope it's alright that I leave you my contribution here. The URL is:


  6. I had issues getting the link to work too I think I have got it sorted now but just in case i will leave my link here too
    Lindsay xx

  7. I would love to enter the challenge, but I can't seem to upload my image!
    Blog is :

  8. Very tricky uploading the image, however all done now! Not sure if you could say my design is Christmassy... but after using up all my brain cells on the card I couldn't bear not to upload it anyway !! My first one didn't have a stamped image, fail... so this is my second attempt.

  9. Thanks for a great Challenge. Love the Dt work! Judy x

  10. Hi there...Gorgeous work from the DT as always...I tried to add my link and now see that it hasn't worked again...Here is my link for the Italian Christmas Challenge
    Hugs Jacqui xxx

  11. Hello Ladies, would someone just please check with Nikki that my email came through ok, I won first place (wahoo) and have emailed twice but have not had my prize yet? I am sure it is just because we are all so busy so I hope you don't mind me leaving a comment here, could someone check it out for me,? thank you, Karenx


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