Friday 26 April 2013

Week 17 - Birthdays With Bling

Good morning everyone and welcome to a new challenge at Polka Doodles. We hope you're all having a good week and have some sunshine at last now that Spring has finally made an appearance.

Did you notice something new on the blog? We will now be giving you some fabulous TUTORIALS!! The team will take it in turns to bring you some great step by step makes to help inspire you, so make sure you check out the first fantastic one from Alethea HERE and check out the fabulous make that Ruth has for you below this post too! We thought as it's our first TUT DAY we'd give you all a double-whammy...this team is way too talented not to bring you some of their amazing ideas so we all thought we'd share with you now and then! Enjoy them and show us what you make! :D

Before we get to the challenge inspiration, we need to announce the winners from the Week 15 April Showers Challenge - there were loads of fabulous entries as always which made it very hard for the DT but there can only be 3 winners and here they are:

1st Place - Mema's Crafts - you win the Emma Canning Digistamp Heaven CD and please use the code PD1W1715 to claim your prize
2nd Place - Pauline - you win an Emma Canning Download and please use the code PD2W1715
3rd Place - Krafty Karen - you also win an Emma Canning Download and please use the code PD3W1715

Congratulations to you all.  Please email Nikky and don't forget to quote your winners code - we cannot release prizes without 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.

This week's challenge is to make something for a Birthday with some added Bling and as you'll see, the Design Team have blinged up some fabulous creations for you. There are some fantastic prizes this week too as the winner will receive the Cherryblossom Lane CD and the 2 runners up a Download.

Karon - I decided to use Fredericka Debutante, from the Fredericka Mini CD Collection, she can also be purchased as a single image.  For the papers I used the Cherryblossom Lane CD.  She was coloured with alcohol markers and then I added some bling to the hair and the sentiment, which is also from the Cherryblossom Lane CD.  A ribbon and a half doily to finish off the card.

Asha - Me too! I'm using a pre-coloured Fredericka Debutante from the Fredericka Mini CD Collection. I made this card for a 17 year old girly-girl and I wanted something I could whip up quickly, but looked like I spent time putting together. Polkadoodles makes cheating so much fun! The background paper and greeting are from the mini CD. To jazz things up, I made flowers using scraps papers from the Cherryblossom Lane CD, a touch of Stickles and, of course, plenty of bling!

Sally - Hi this week it is Birthdays with Bling - I love this image from the new Fredericka CD Rom
as I think she looks classy. So I coloured her with my Promarkers and Graph it markers. Added a little bit of bling using pearls in glue form and some other flower ones.  I cut her out and matted her on Spellbinders die with some patterned paper from my crafty stash, then cut out again using a Spellbinders die in white and then added a soft pink Pan pastel around the edge. I then added a bow, sentiment and flower and matted her onto some grey embossed cardstock and then onto the card blank.  I think is one Classy Lady x

Alethea - Happy Birthday to me!! Yes it is my birthday today so I altered a small box to turn it into a gift box for a watch I bought last month (for my birthday present from my boys). I had a lot of fun creating this which I will explain in more detail in my tutorial which I will be sharing with you today!! For my box alteration I used papers from the new Fredericka mini CD collection and images and sentiments from the Double Sprinkle of Kraft CD. I then added lots of bling....

Fliss - My card is made with my favourite on the Fredericka CD, the lovely Libby the gypsy girl. I printed her out on to thick cartridge paper and coloured her with my new obsession, Distress Stains. I then die cut her and added my bling to the card with matting and layering with bright pink glitter card. The papers and sentiment are also from the CD and I trimmed along the scallop on the fab mushroom paper for added interest. A pretty doily, pink chiffon ribbon and a lacy metal butterfly finish off my creation.

Miria I made this card using gorgeous Fredericka cd . I coloured the image with  water pencils and I made her a fascinator with tulle and glitter glue I used for her bag and shoes as well. The sentiment is from the same cd, the paper is from Sugarplum daisy , i added some gems and a dotted organza bow as a final touch

You have until 12 noon GMT on Sunday 5 May to enter and good luck!


  1. Huge congrats to the winning ladies...
    All fabulous creations..

    I'm sat here "wowing" at the DT's wonderful projects too.. just gorgeous! Smiles.

    Thank you so much my third place - such an honour! Smiles.


  2. Thank you so much for choosing my card for 2nd place in the April Showers challenge - I'm absolutely delighted.
    Many thanks.

  3. Congrats to the winners. Great inspiration each week, thanks

  4. Awesome cards annie

  5. Always such beautiful work from this DT. Thank you

    Lin xx

  6. Fab DT inspiration and ty for a great challenge too hugs Karen

  7. Great DT makes. Always love a bit of bling!


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