Friday 14 December 2012

Week 50 - Birthday At Christmas/Young Adult

Good morning folks, it's Friday again and here at Polka Doodles today is a very special day as our Nikky is launching her brand new and totally gorgeous CD called Cherry Blossom Lane on Create and Craft TV.
The shows go out at 10am and 4pm and those of you outside the UK can watch the shows online.
You definitely don't want to miss this as Nikky has outdone herself to create the most adorably cute characters ever and the papers and embellishments are to die for and will have you longing for Spring as they're so very pretty.

This week the challenge chosen by Lou as her son has his birthday just before Christmas is to make a card for
A Birthday At Christmas Or For A Young Adult

We have some fantastic prizes for you this week too. The first placed winner from this challenge will receive a £50 Goodie Bag and the second and third placed winners will each receive a  Studio 12 Picknix Collection 1 CD!  Please don't forget to follow our rules which are below as we wouldn't want you to miss out, especially with these fabulous prizes on offer!

Before we look at the Design Team samples, we need to announce the top three from Challenge 48 which was the Sketch Challenge and sadly, there were not many entries for this. However, there can only be one top three and here they are:

First Place: Carla Suto - you win both of the fabulous Picknix Collection CDs and please use verification code PD1W5048
Second Place: Debbie Johns - you win a free download and please use the above verification code to claim.
Third Place: littlebee Sue -  you also win a free download and please use the above verification code to claim.

Congratulations to you all! Please email Nikky to claim your prize and all the blinkies can be found in the sidebar.  Please remember to add the verification code and the challenge week in the subject field on your email - you must use the code given above to claim your prize otherwise we cannot release it.

We have a few little rules which makes our life a lot easier when we come visiting your blog:
1.  Please follow the challenge theme!
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 linky tool - 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 word verification on your blog it really does slow us down when leaving comments - please consider turning off word verification especially as the comment moderation has a spam section.

Good luck with the challenge - the deadline for entries is Sunday 23 December at 12noon GMT.

Kimberly - Hi there, I've made this card for a young niece of mine. She just loves birds and the outdoors. Super simple card to create. I used image from Candy Doodles COLLECTORS EDITION and papers from the Picknix Collection 1 and Picknix Collection 2, they just went so well together. Added a sentiment from Candy Doodles Collectors Edition and some elements from Picknix Collection 1 and there you have it...super sweet.

Karon - I made this for a friend who is having a birthday this month.  I used the papers from the Studio 12 CD - Picknix Collection2 Gingerbread Twist .  The sentiment "Like a snowflake..." is also from this CD, which I merged into some of the backing paper using Word.  The main papers are backed with some from my stash.  I inked all the edges of the layers and popped up the main sentiment on some foam tape. Added some tulle fabric and a snowflake to finish off.

Karen - I don't know anyone with a birthday around Christmas time, so I made a card suitable for a young adult.  The image and BP are from the Sugar Plum Daisy CD. (the sentiment is computer generated).

Asha - I made this card for a good friend whose birthday is on the 23rd and who, like me, has a sweet tooth. What better excuse to use the pre-coloured gingerbread man image and patterned paper from the PickNix Gingerbread Twist CD. I did not go out of my way to ignore all things Christmassy simply because she is a huge fan the season. Lace, twine and brads are from my stash.

Astrid - Its my mother's birthday today and I made this card for her. The paper I used is from the CD
Sundae of Seasons. Also on this CD the cake and the banners.
In the corners I used the dies from Joy Craft and also on the middle of the card.
The ribbon comes from my own collection. A few pearls in Christmas colour and the card is done.

Sally - Here is my Young Adult - Cool Yule Card - I used an image from the Pretty Tuff CD Rom
coloured him with Promarkers, printed out a fence and skateboard matted him on a snowflake
background, cut out a frame using Spellbinders label in black cardstock then matted the frame on a dotty background paper and matted that on black cardstock.

Miria  I made a quick and easy tag for a winter birthday; I used some recycled corrugated cardboard I dabbed with white acrylic. The image and sentiment are from cd Magical Winter 2, I just added some embossing, pearls, button, pompom and a clip.

Monica For a young adult and a man, less is more, I think. So, with this idea I made this card using two papers from CD Picknix 2 (the red one in the big star, and the blue one in the small star). I used some strings for cross stitch (those ones with six strings on it). I wrote with my own handwriting "Happy Birthday Wishes". But when I almost have done... it was missing something for me. So I went through my things and I found a cork and it fit perfectly. Nothing more masculine to embellish my card. Have a nice challenge all of you. xxx :-)

Alethea: I made a card for a young adult using the Hoot Download Bundle. I didn't make it for anyone in particular when I first started it but as it came together I thought I'd give it to my friend who is my age but I'd like to think we are still young adults!! :) . So the Owl, the sentiment banner, the striped banner and the flowers arre all from the Hoot Download Bundle. I then just added the rhinestones and buttons and to finish off the card added some sparkle.

Fliss: My card this week is for one of my nieces as her birthday is on New Year's Eve and she loves quilting so I decided on a sewing theme using elements and papers from the Sundae of Seasons CD. I die cut the sewing machine topper and sentiment and made a collage style creation which I know she'll like as she's very artistic.

Fabulous inspiration I'm sure you'll agree and you have until 12 noon on Sunday 23 December to enter and not miss out on those fantastic prizes. Good luck!



  1. Gorgeous creations, wishing you better soon Nicky as I have been ironing whilst watching you on the telly! Merry Christmas, love Jane x

  2. Great creations from the DT as always :) x

  3. thanks for the heads up Karon can't believe I did that thanks for the heads up deerrrr
    Jacki xx

  4. Good luck everyone. I know my card isn't from one of Nikky's fab cd's but it certainly fits the brief as the recipient in question celebrates her birthday on Christmas Day :-) x

  5. Fabulous DT inspiration, thank you for the great challenge - it makes a lovely change from Christmas cards at the moment.

  6. Bucketfuls of inspiration as always.Thank you for picking my card for second place.Big hugs Debbie x


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