Friday 2 December 2011

Week 48 Challenge - Secret Element Christmas Card

Welcome to another Polkadoodle challenge! I hope you are feeling Christmassy - not long to go now!

Before we move on to this week's challenge, the winners from challenge 46 are as follows:
First Place: Lizzy
Second Place: Michaela
Third Place: Claire

Please email Nikky for your blinkies - the first placed winner receives a download. Please put in the subject field of your email your placing and the challenge number - this will make Nikky's life a lot easier!

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.

Hello, it's Enfys here - my turn to set the challenge this week, and as I have four adorable small grandchildren who are the apples of my eye, I asked the team to make

A Christmas card or project for a child, with a secret or hidden element

The challenge is open until Sunday 11 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.

Emma, hello there, this time I made a gatefold card hiding a Santa from the Magical Winter CD, all coloured with Distress Inks.

Audrey... For this Tri Fold Treat holder I used the CD Sundae Of Seasons. I did some inking on the gingerbread man and used 3D Dots to give him dimension. I used my S.U. Corner Ticket Punch to add a little detail. The secret is the pouch on the inside for Christmas candy.

Colette I have made a card for my grandson, the bottom section of the card front is bowed out and behind the bear I have added a lollipop holder and chocolate lollipop. I have also made up a little verse for the inside of the card to let him know there is a hidden treat. I used images from the Beary Cold section of Magical Winter CD 2 , and added glitter to parts of the bear and some of the snow.

Lana - I decided to do a card for a teenager rather than a small child and use the gift card as the surprise element. I have used the newly released and fabulous CD - Pretty Tuff. I think this little guy looks really festive in his deerstalker hat ;)

GDT Claire - I used the new Pretty Tuff CD to create my explosion box

Enfys: Well considering this is my challenge, I didn't have a clue what I was going to do until I saw the snow boys from the Magical Winter CD and knew I had to build a little scene with them in an Advent calendar for my little grandsons Max and Milo. The drawers are covered in a variety of festive paper scraps, the boys were coloured with Promarkers, and the trees and merry Christmas sentiment were cut with my Cricut. I used those springy thingies you can buy to make the boys and trees stand out. So loads of hidden surprises for them as the little drawers are stuffed with tiny cars, ornaments for their tree, and sweets......

Louise: My card is not really very Christmassy but I set off with the secret element part in my head and wanted to use the rocket paper and cute little boy on the Pretty Tuff CD.The secret element is the bookmark but although not traditional Christmas colours a little boy who love rockets would be happy to get this as a Christmas card.

Claire I have created a magical box and tiny envelope this week for my oldest son Jacob who is 9. I have used the Magical Winter 2 cd and elements from the Polkadoodles magazine/craft set. His Christmas present is hidden well inside and the tiny envelope should hold a music voucher which is evading me at the moment......

GDT Lisa: I made two crafting kits for a child for this weeks challenge. Both projects use images and papers from Double Sprinkles Of Kraft.

GDT Dawn : I used the gorgeously girly Pretty Sweet CD to make my box this week. I used the beautiful papers and a lovely picture of Piper

Fliss I've also made something for a teenager rather than a little one and it has more of a surprise than a secret. All elements are from the Magical Winter CD set and the surprise is the gift card holder on the inside which will hold something for my game and music mad nephews.

Anne - I've gone for an inbetweener (is that a word) Not quite a toddler or a teenager card. I used the Sundae of Seasons CD and began by printing the polka dots straight onto both sides of my card. I then printed out all the elements and folded the bottom of the card up, first cutting our two flaps to make pockets for the tag which I cut with my cricut and the toy voucher which I made again using some elements from the CD. Once I'd all that in place I decorated the front with this cutie patootie. A snowflake and a couple of wee hearts complete the look.

Ashley- I used the lovely Magical Winter CD part II to create this adorable little girls pop up gift card holder. I just love how the sweet images create a magical 3d winter scenery.

ALAN. For this card l used Images from Magical Winter Multi Buy cd's. There is a full 'How to Make on my blog. It is a 3 sided card from 2 sheets of A4 card.
[Sorry if the images is not as sharp as it could. I wanted to put all sides up so you can see the card.]

So that's it - over to you now! Good luck with the challenge and don't forget our rules - deadline for entries is Sunday 11 December at 12noon GMT.


  1. Wow ! Really great work from the DT, enjoyed looking at themx

  2. OMG,OMG,OMG! Thank you very much for picking me for a second place. Very much appreciated!!! I would dance if I was able to.
    Congrats to Lizzie and Claire as well.
    Thank you very much again.
    Michaela xx

    Absolutely amaaaaaaaazing creations this week from DT! Very inspirational.

  3. Lovely challenge and gorgeous creations from the DT.

  4. JUST WANTED TO SAY: Love your card's and all your art work and wanted to wish you a Merry Christmas.....And a Happy, Healthy, Wealthy, New Year
    Bernie (Plymouth And the Cricut Board) xxx


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