Friday 28 February 2014

Wk 9 ...SUGAR and SPICE part 2...Polkadoodles Challenge 8

Friday and time for Polkadoodles again!!

So before we get to the challenge news this week we have some awesome news for you....
Have you seen this amazing new collection we've just launched this week?
No?....You are going to LOVE this!!!...
It's time to Work and Play!!!

This great new mini collection is superb and is the first in this new series of Work and Play themed collections - we're bringing you more soon! 
10 adorable Digi Characters in both black and white and colour, papers AND sentiments, toppers and more - OR you can also get these great digis on download separately from the Download store.
Just click on the image to see more and find out what you get in the full collection!! 
The digis are all £2 each or you can get the whole collection for only £8.99 - total bargain or what! 

Ok, so let's get to the challenge! 
Last week we set you the challenge of SUGAR AND SPICE and the theme is still running until 7th March so you can still get your entries in HERE.

This week the team is bringing you more inspiration for our 
Sugar and Spice 
challenge so there are no excuses not to enter!!

The winner of this great challenge will be in a Random draw to win a
 Polkadoodles goodie Bag worth £50!
Woohoo!! This will include all sorts of stash including dies, cd's, stamps and who knows what else!
You have until Friday 7th March at noon GMT to enter and please make sure you follow the rules which are in the sidebar ------>


You can see the winners of our last challenge from Week 6 at the bottom of this post, but let's see what the team have made for you this week...

Karon - I decided to use the lemonade stand from the In the Garden section of the Studio 12 Picknix Collection 1CD.  I made a shaped card by sizing the pre-coloured digi of the lemonade stand, layered it up to add dimension.  The boy and girl pre-coloured images, and the sentiment, are from the Sundae of Seasons CD.
Zoe - I instantly thought of the colour palette when I saw this challenge so decided to colour an image I hadn't attempted before, this Daisy Lady (as I call her) is from the gorgeous Double Sprinkle of Kraft CD. I coloured her with a mix of markers including the fabulous Graph It's. Once finished I decided to keep it simple. I added a few flowers and some candi. I wanted to keep this card for any occasion so didn't put a sentiment on it deliberately.
Sally - For this week's project I have made my step-granddaughter's birthday card. I took the image from Dollie Daydreams goes East CD Rom and coloured her with Graph'it markers. Then I took a backing paper and the alphabet into my graphic programme and made the card base. I then matted it onto black cardstock. I then matted the image on black cardstock also. Die cut out some cherry blossom and branches and then printed a sentiment scroll.  I love how this has turned out. I hope she loves it too.
Asha - I'm using a girlie rubber stamp called "Gracie"  from Polka Doodle's Fairy Flutterby series for my Sugar and Spice project. I coloured her with Graph It and Promarkers. I stamped the butterfly from the Gracie set on vellum, heat embossed it in white and used it as wings for Gracie. The background paper is from the Bonbon Belles Double CD and the flower is from the Dollie Daydream Girl Talk CD. And voila! A sweet birthday card for a little girl.
JAN - I used one of my favourite Polkadoodles CDs - 'Candy Doodles' to make my card this week. The Sugar & Spice theme made me think of sugared almonds - hence the colour scheme. The little girl is coloured to match using my Promarkers and I made the tickets, using a blank one and adding my own wording to match the theme.
Alethea - When I think of sugar and spice I automatically think of yummy cakes and slices. So I made this card using one giant cupcake from the Cherryblossom Lane cd collection and Dollie Daydream - Birthday digistamp which I coloured with tria markers! I then just added a few embellishments to finish off the card and the Polka Doodles birthday wishes sentiment from the Sensational Sentiments stamp set.
Kerrie - Wow I have really enjoyed the Theme this week - 'Sugar & Spice' - for this I chose to decorate a Notebook to make myself a Recipe Book and decided to use the 'Sundae of Seasons' CDrom as I really love all the baking themed Embellishments and the Ragdoll charaters. The only things that were added not from the CDrom were Mirror Board & Gems from my Stash and the Notebook of course. I coloured the Digi Image from CDrom using alcohol markers.
Claire C - I've used precoloured decoupage images from one of my favourite Polkadoodles CDs, Candy Doodles, I've added glitter, glossy accents and faux pearls to the cupcakes and added some of Nikky's fab ticket sentiments to finish off
Fantastic inspiration from the team as always!

Our Week 6 Randomly chosen winner is 
#34 Beth F
Well done!! Email us here to claim your prize!

Our favourite Top 3 chosen by the Design Team are:
#45 Ira
Well done everyone! Don't forget to grab your blinkies from the sidebar!

You have until Friday 7th March at noon GMT to enter the SUGAR AND SPICE challenge and please make sure you follow the rules which are in the sidebar.  See you next week! 

Friday 21 February 2014

Week 8 Polkadoodles challenge - SUGAR and SPICE

Hi everyone, welcome to another Polkadoodles challenge!

We've had a really busy week here as it was the UK's annual craft trade show last weekend so we were at the NEC for 3 days seeing all our lovely crafty friends and looking at what's new in the industry.  We have LOADS of fabulous new paper products on the website too which were launched at the show so make sure you head over to Polkadoodles now to have a look!

Also, just a little reminder about our Social Networks - did you know you can find us on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest? So come and join us and get all the heads up on new stuff and all the news and gossip before anyone else gets it!

We've all been busy creating for you this week again and before we get to this week's theme, don't forget you still have time to enter our previous challenge too and be in the running for some great stash...
So, this week's theme is a popular one....

Sugar and Spice

You can interpret this how you wish, it can mean lots of things to lots of people!

The winner of this great challenge will be in a Random draw to win a
 Polkadoodles goodie Bag worth £50!
Woohoo!! This will include all sorts of stash including dies, cd's, stamps and who knows what else!
You have until Friday 7th March at noon GMT to enter and please make sure you follow the rules which are in the sidebar ------>

We are playing catchup with our new rules since changing the entry dates so we don't have a winner to announce this week but we hope you'll join in this great challenge and join us again next week too.

Don't forget our other challenge at Digi Choosday is on the go for you to enter and also make sure you head over to the Studio 12 where we have THE most amazing inspiration for you this week!

So let's get to the Design Team's fantastic inspiration for this week....

Ruth: I've gone way back to Paper Boutique Vol 3 to make my sample for this week. I've used the A5 template, printed all the elements, cut them out and layered up, adding punched stars and ribbon to close the card

Katie Ohhh Sugar and Spice and all things yummy. But my cupcake has No calories! I made this cupcake pin cushion with papers from Pick n Mix Collection One CD and the Flower was made using the Love and Cherish CD. The flowers round the outside of the cake was made with the background papers from the Pick n Mix Collection One cd then punched out with a flat back pearl for the centre. The stand was made using my electronic cutting machine.  Have fun and Keeeeeeeeeep Crafting xoxo

Bev here, for my project I went with a shaped card using a template from the brilliant Paper Boutique Vol 1 CD Rom it's so easy to use and the end result looks fab, I'm sure you'll agree.

Lou: I've gone for the traditional "Sugar and Spice" for my project and have made a baby card to welcome a new baby girl. The papers and bear image are from a Sundae of Seasons CD (Spring section) with the remainder of everything else being made using a plethera of Studio 12 stamps. Full details of everything used can be found on my blog HERE.


Scatty Jan For my sugar and spice project I went with a birthday card - I used the very cute Cory from tte Pretty Tuff CD - the little train is also from the CD as is the sentiment - I coloured in using Graph'it Markers along with promarkers and I am so pleased how well they work together - I normally struggle with boy's cards but since seeing this CD I will not struggle again xx

Susan  For my project this week I have used everything from the Sugarplum daisy CD
this is an absolutely fabulous jam packed CD and the backing papers are to die for, amazing sentiments ,backgrounds ,digi stamps and lots more

Patty - Ohhh Sugar and Spice. All papers and images are from the  Sugarplum daisy CD collection.
added the two contrasting mini bow, inked the edge of the image and as a finished touch the purple rhinestones at the right bottom.

Nikky...My interpretation of Sugar and Spice is the girly theme so I've gone for a Tomboy-ish image on my creation this week, giving me the best of both worlds! (or maybe I cheated a little haha!)...I've used papers from the Picknix 1 Collection together with the Rainy Days digistamp which you can either find on it's own here or in the Girl Talk collection. Head over to my blog to see how I made this card and find out more...

So there's our inspiration this week!
Remember you have until 7th March to enter this one and there's that big £50 prize up for grabs so make sure you're in it to win it!

We look forward to seeing all your great creations as always and we'll see you here again next week!
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Friday 14 February 2014

Wk 7 Polkadoodles Challenge....LOVE/ROMANCE

Happy Valentine's day everyone! May your day be filled with love and romance today with flowers, chocolate and glitter!

Before we get to today's challenge our very gorgeous and talented Jan has a fantastic tutorial for you today so make sure you check out her blog HERE to get a great idea and some fab inspiration! We love it! 

We also need to tell you our big news about the Digi Choosday challenge - our Tuesday challenge has now moved to it's own blog - so please make sure you head over there and sign up for the Tuesday challenges and follow us at
....we'll be bringing you some great blog hops between the teams and lots of fun things in the coming weeks so you don't want to miss out on our blog feed! 

So onto today's challenge!....
Of course it would simply be rude not to use 


as the theme for today.  We are changing our rules slightly here so you now need to follow the challenge theme please! The great news is we are now giving you even longer to enter though so you now have until Fri 28th Feb at noon to enter! 

The winner of this challenge will win our brand new Dollie Goes East collection!
You can see the winners of our Week 5 challenge at the end of the post, but let's see what the Design Team have done with the theme this week!.....

LizzieFor my card I used my Graphics program and used a heart shaped outline. I then filled it with Dragonflies and Butterflies resizing and flipping them from the Dolly Daydream Goes East CD. The sentiment is also from the CD, I'm so loving this CD !! I then printed and cut out the heart so you cant see the outline. 

Ruth: I've kept it very clean and simple again this week - I've used the Sleepyhead digi but only used the sentiment which has been coloured with Promarkers and glossy accents. A few half pearls and the job is done!

Zoe - So love is in the air today, but I thought I'd go off the usual and use the non traditional colours of purple and yellow to design this card. I used the stunning Dollie Daydream goes East collection to print off papers, sentiment scroll, embellishments and gorgeous image. I coloured the image with markers including Graph It's and used them to coordinate the tickets and flowers. I absolutely love this collection!!
Scatty Jan For my project today I have made a little post it holder using the fantastic Dollie Daydream goes East collection - I used promarkers to colour and on the sea I have used clear micro glass beads - The paper is also from the collection along with the Sentiment  and dragonflies and butterflies xx
Claire C I've used the fab Cherry Blossom Lane Cd for my card, these bunnies are adorable! I've coloured the image with Graph'It markers (the warm greys and pink greys are perfect for fur) and used a couple of the gorgeous bps from the CD too.
Anjie - On my card this week the papers, embellishments, sentiment tickets and scroll are all from the new Dollie Daydream Goes East CD Collection. I cut out some paper in the shape of a heart, and made rolled roses to put around the heart. I've used distress ink around the edges of everything. I then added some faux stitching around the background paper using the Studio 12 Distressed Zig & Zag A5 stamp set

Katie - Love is in the air and on my card this week I have used a graphics program to set out the card and add dimension.  I used the Dollie Daydream Goes East CD I placed the digi image on the layout and coloured her in with my alcoholic markers.I glossy accented the letters that spell out the word 'love'. I used glitter glue on the fan and then coloured in the flowers on each corner with my markers. And then embellished with some Chinese wooden beads and ribbon. Have a romantic day and Keeeeeep Crafting xx Katie xx

Shell- At the moment I have a thing for cas cards and this image is just perfect for this style...I have used one of the new Dollie images and have coloured her with copics and promarkers. You can get Dollie here..I then just added a ribbon and a few brads to finish it off.
Susan   For the Love theme this week I have used an image from the Fredericka CD also available as a digi download and coloured her with Graph'It markers.The papers are from the Picknix collection.
Fantastic cards this week, so pretty!  Don't forget you MUST follow the Love challenge theme and get your entries in by 28th February.

So let's get to last time's winner. 

Our Random Winner from Week 5 is....#6 Erin

Well done Erin!! You won a copy of our Goes East collection worth £15!
The design team's top 3 favourite entries are:
# 23 Jane
# 32 Holly
# 39 Rachel
Well done everyone, grab your blinkies and email us here to claim your prize Erin!

Please don't forget that we will be back on Tuesday over on the Digi Choosday blog with another great digi challenge but We will see you back here next week! 
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2. Please FOLLOW the challenge theme!
3. Maximum of 2 entries per person!

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Tuesday 11 February 2014

Digi Choosday Challenge Wk 6 - Fashion Fun

Hi everyone and welcome to an uber exciting Digi Choosday!
For this week's challenge click below!!!

Saturday 8 February 2014

A fun tip for Dollie Goes East

Good morning, Claire C here with a very quick tutorial for the gorgeous scroll sentiments from Dollie Goes East. 

I wanted to make the sentiment look like a proper scroll so I cut it out and inked with a little distress ink. To create the scroll  I simply took a cocktail stick, rolled it over a versamark in pad and embossed with gold embossing powder. Next I glued an embossed cocktail stick at each end and then rolled each one until it was the size I wanted. I added a little more glue to secure the scroll and it was ready to pop on my card.  Easy peasy

Here's a pic of the finished card.
Thanks for visiting today
Claire xx

Friday 7 February 2014

Wk 6 Polkadoodles Challenge - Love is in the Air

Welcome to the start of another Polkadoodles Challenge. Wow where are the weeks going - February already? Lots of news to share with you this week....

1. Don't forget that Nikky has now opened  the new Polkadoodles Digi Store on Etsy, and it will
be updated regularly with new Digis.
2. You can also join Nikky on Create and Craft TV today at 2pm for another great colouring show with Graph'It markers - if you've never seen them before you really need to tune in! Sky 671 or Freeview 36 and if you're overseas you can watch online at
 Now, onto the important stuff!!....
We have made a couple of changes to this blog which we hope will make things a little better for you!
Firstly, we are returning to a themed challenge - we'll keep it general so it's really easy for you to enter and the great news is - YOU NOW HAVE 2 WEEKS to ENTER!! Woohooo!! So this makes it much easier for you to combine your entries into other challenges so make sure you keep a note each week of the challenge themes! Our closing date will move from a Sunday to Friday and the Random winner will be announced the following week. EASY PEASY! :D 
We are also now taking sponsors too so if you are on any teams which wish to sponsor us please email us! 

So our challenge for today is
Love Is in the Air 
The DT were challenged to use the new Dollie Daydream Goes East collection but they were not allowed to make cards! Of course YOU can make any paper project you wish!
So you have until Friday 21st Feb at noon to enter this challenge and to celebrate the changes we will give a copy of our fabulous GIRL TALK Collection on DOWNLOAD to our Top 3 Favourites AND the Random Winner will also receive the collection too!! This download is worth £14.99! So make sure you get your entries in! 
You can see the winners and Top 3 from last time's challenge at the end of this post so just scroll down...

** Dollie Daydream Goes East CD Collection

Here is what the fabulous DT have to offer you for inspiration this week!.....

JAN:  Well, if it isn't a card it seems to be a tag these days! I love them - here's what I did with the fabulous new 'Dollie Daydream goes East' collection. Everytime Nikky designs a new collection, I think it's my favourite - but I really fell in love with this one. All papers and elements are printed from the CD and Dollie is coloured with my Promarkers to co-ordinate with the lanterns - don't you just love the tiny little scroll!

Asha - The brief for the DT this week is to show a little oriental love but not in a card. Perfect! I went ahead and made this money / gift voucher wallet... who says money can't buy you love! This image is just one of the many gorgeous ones found in the Dolly Daydream Goes East Download Collection. I coloured the little dollie with Graph It and Promarkers. The backing paper is soooo lush, you really don't need (or want) to over-embellish. I just used some sheer lilac ribbon for the belly band.

Bev here with  a lovely bottle tag (my own design) made using the fabulous new Dollie Daydream Goes East CD. The  tag itself is printed using the lush backing papers, I added a sentiment in my graphics programme before cutting out. I decorated it with one of the beautiful digi stamps that I coloured in with Graph'it Markers adding a flower and die cut foliage. It makes a lovely little finishing touch to a bottle/gift.

Sally - Well how cute is this?  This little box is on the template section of the Dollie Daydreams Gone East CD Rom.  I printed the template onto cardstock, then printed the backing paper over the top, cut it out and put it together.  I need a flower or some thing for the top, so I cut out two of the flowers from the backing paper and then added a button for the centre and then a sentiment.

Alethea - I can't seem to get into the whole love thing I guess cos I have been single so long :) but I do love the new  Dollie Daydream Goes East cd. I decided to put together this fan using the template from the  Dollie Daydream Goes East cd. I printed the papers (which are also from the  Dollie Daydream Goes East cd) first then printed the template on top of that! I needed to incorporate love somehow so ended up printing the word "love" (also from the Dollie Daydream Goes East cd) onto one of the fan sections. I then printed off one of the Oriental girls and I think this is the first time in a very long time that I actually coloured in the image myself! 
 View of the fan closed
View of the fan opened
Karon - Well we are all in love with this fabulous new collection - Dollie Daydream Goes East.  I decided to make an Oriental Valentines banner :-)  All the elements are from this fabulous CD.

Anjie - It's not my turn for the Polka Doodles challenge this week but I'm having so much fun with the new Dollie Daydream Goes East CD Collection that I thought I'd gate crash! This box folds flat to fit in an envelope and is so eye catching, I just love it! Everything I have used on it comes from the CD. 

Kerrie - Oh Wow!!! I love this 'Dollie Goes East' CDrom collection and when I saw the theme of this Challenge I was very pleased the DT have been challenge to 'Oriental Love' but not a Card eeeek!! So I had a think of what I could make and decided on an upcyle project a pot for some of my fave pens using a famous crisps mini-tub and then I wanted to make a tag to go with it. I have used Papers, Embellishments, Digi's, Sentiment, Build-a-Fleurs and Letter Tiles from the CDrom.

WOW!! AMAZING makes from the team this week I'm sure you'll agree!!

So the winner this week drawn by Random Org is...

#27 - Mags
Well done, please Email us here to claim your prize, you won a copy
 of the Dollie Daydream Collection worth £15!

This weeks top 3 as chosen by the Design Team are
#24 - Leeann
#31 - Tina-Maree
#32 - Angelique

Well done everyone, don't forget to grab your blinkies!!

PLEASE REMEMBER we only allow 2 entries each per challenge,
this makes it fair as we now choose the winner with Random Org.

1.  No back links.
2.  Maximum two entries per person!
3. Follow the challenge!

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Tuesday 4 February 2014

Wk 5 Digi Choosday...Anything Goes/Shopaholics

Morning everyone and welcome to another Digi Choosday challenge!

Before we get to this week's challenge we have some great news - we have released our latest Dollie character as a new digi stamp range so you can now purchase these lovely digi stamps separately to the CD collections! You can either purchase in the Polkadoodles digistore or in our new Etsy store. So you can now buy our new range which includes this lovely digi...

Also, don't forget that you can catch Nikky on Create and Craft TV this Friday with another Graph'It colouring show - so we hope you can tune in! 

We are also still looking for another new teamie here at Digi Choosday so if you love to use Digis then get in touch with us here and tell us why you'd like to be on the team with us! 

So let's get on with the challenge - as always it's
Anything Goes
with a 
Shopaholic twist for the Design Team, and boy o boy have they come up with some great ideas for us this week!

We have a little change to our challenge today as we have decided to extend our entry dates for you all - so from now on you will have THREE WEEKS TO ENTER the challenge! Woohoo! That means it's not quite such a rush for you all hopefully! So you have until Tues 25th Feb to enter this challenge and the winner will get a fabulous download collection and our Top 3 will also win a download too! The winner of this challenge will be announced in our post on 4th March!

So let's see what the team have made - you can see last time's winners below the post!

Zoe - So challenged to do 'Shopaholics' I instantly thought of my time in Paris (2011) & the ultimate shoe choice (though I confess they are not mine, I merely got to try them on!). I used this fabulous digi from the Dollie Daydream Girl Talk collection as a main image on this Smash Book double page spread. I coloured the image with Graph It markers which I also used to create the dotty background behind her. I added journaling, a postcard and photos to document my memories. I often use digi images on different projects as I reckon they add personality!

Anjie - On my card the image, papers, flowers and sentiments are all from the Dollie Daydream BONUS EDITION Girl Talk BCD Collection. I have coloured the image with Graph'It Markers and added a bow, some die cuts and some hat pins. I think the black card behind the papers and image really brings out the papers. When cutting out the flowers from the build-a-fleur section I always leave a white border around them to make them pop out more as well.
Scatty Jan For my project today I have used the Dollie Daydream Girl Talk  collection and made a little show shop - this collection is perfect for those girly projects xx

Jo- I love the shop images on the Dollie Daydream cd, I had to colour one in for this weeks challenge. I cut out a scallop shaped card on my cameo and added one of the backing papers also on the cd. I added gems to embellish it and hot pink ribbon just because ;) I think this card would be perfect as a gift card holder :)

Susan -For this weeks challenge I have used  Dollie Daydream Collection.
The paper ,sentiment, and embellishments are all from the collection and the bag was cut out on my cameo ,rose and bow from stash

Sally - Hello, It's Digi Choosday!  Today, I decided to do a gift bag. I took backing papers and a image from the Dollie Daydream CD Rom into my Craft Artist programme and put the image together.  I then printed it off, matted it onto some turquoise cardstock and adhered it to the paper bag.  I then printed off some build your own flowers and sentiments also from the CD rom. Cut the flowers out and put them together and added a button. Then added the sentiments.  There it is, a lovely gift bag.

What great inspiration for us!

So, onto last time's winners from Week 3 which, chosen by our generator was
No 10 Mirella - well done!
Email us here to claim your prize!
Our Top 4 because we couldn't choose between you as voted by the Design Team are:
Well done everyone, your entries were superb, thanks so much for playing along!

Remember you do NOT have to use our products (although obviously we would love it if you did) , just add your entry to Mr Linky below and pinch our badge for your blog sidebar - we'll see you back here on Friday for our usual Polkadoodles challenge....

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3. ONLY TWO ENTRIES PER PERSON ALLOWED to make it fair for the random winner!
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