Friday 29 August 2014

WK 35 - Get organised for Christmas - Polkadoodles Challenge

Hello to everyone out there and it's Happy Friday!
 We are here this week with our wonderful inspiration from the design team.

But before we show you, if you didn't see our Tuesday post make sure you check it out HERE - some very exciting news about our brand new Digi Queens team!!
Also, watch our for a fabulous new release next week - and if you are a member of Kit and Clowder watch out THIS WEEKEND for a great Polkadoodles promotion - we're teaming up with Alyce for some fab competitions and lots of fun with prizes galore!! So make sure you head over to Kit and Clowder and read those newsletters in your inbox! Lots of goodies up for grabs!

The theme of this week is still 
Get Organized for Christmas
and you can
enter the challenge

Do not forget that it is not necessary for the use of products Polkadoodles to enter challenges
but make sure you follow the rules in the sidebar ---- & gt;
You have until noon GMT Friday, September 5 to enter.

The winner of the Week 32/33 - Fun in the Sun is at the bottom of this post.

There have been 100 new products added to the store at Polkadoodles.
There are fabulous new stamps, downloads and all the lovely crafty goodies
you could wish for so make sure you check them out there's some seriously lush new stamps we're all craving!

Now, for the inspiration from the design team this week....

Sandie - Hello again! Well, here at Chez Polkadoodles we are getting organised for Christmas (wow that was fast!) So here is my mid challenge inspiration for all of you :) I made ​​a shaped card door using the plain white that we all we have laying around and the characters from the wonderfully lush Festive Hollybobs work and play CD . I'm so greedy I used 4! Everything I have used is in the collection and I coloured the characters with my Graph'it Marker Pens (which if you have not tried it yet, hit the link and take a look, they are so vibrant and are perfect to use for Christmas cards !). Please check out my blog for more details and leave me a comment or two and I can not wait to see your entries for the challenge! Sandie x

Bev here with some mid challenge inspiration for you. And now that I've started to get organised for Christmas I decided to use a digi from Work & Hollybobs CD that I coloured with my Graph'its . The image is also available as a digi here. The shape of the card and  of the present paper is in the frame section from the CD Picnix 2 . Cracker and sentiment are also from Hollybobs

Katie  - Only 17 Fridays left until Christmas !!!!! So time to get organized. I used the digi embellishments and characters from Hollybobs collection - I can not wait to see what you all come up with. Have fun and Keeeeeeeeeeep Crafting Katie DT xx

Sue ... I used the pre coloured image from the Hollybobs festive collection...

YvonneHi all! This week  I got  a little  side tracked  and did  a  little  gift  bag  from the Work & Play Hollibobs  Collection,  using the wonderful  snowman from the same collection.  Then I remembered that  this was supposed to be  a  shaped  card too!  So  I printed the snowman  again, this time  bigger,  then cut  on my  cutting  machine ,  fixed  him  to a card A6  blank and  then cut  around him - so I  now  everything matches and  is perfect  to hold  a little  Christmas  treat !

Jenny  here  with  my inspiration... I used  the fabulous  festive  Hollibobs  Work and Play  and  have used  a couple  of layers  of paper that match.  This is  always so  easy  as  Nikky  always includes a huge array of co-ordinating elements in the collections .  I made ​​a small  pop  out  with the papers  and  just used  the  Santa Claus  and a tag  from  one of the  backing sheets .  Nikky has really  spoiled  us  with this collection  as everything is  available  individually or as  digi  stamps too .

Claire C I made ​​a funny Christmas card with the fabby Work and Play 6 collection . I know its not a Christmas CD, but for those beer lovers among our menfolk its just the job. The base of the card was made ​​using the precoloured beer glass image from the embellishments as a template. I coloured the digi image with my Graph'It Markers and added some 'frills'....micro beads for the beer foam and a couple of tickets. The letters were die cut and then coloured with GRaph'It markers.

Anjie  - I used the  Dutch Doobadoo stencil 4  to create the shape of the card and the matting and layering. The image, documents, parcels and sentiment are all from the  CD Christmas Angelberry . The bells and fir die cuts are from Tattered Lace but Nikky also has a great fir cutting file in the Digi store too for less than £1!. I used Dusty Concord Distress Ink around the edges of everything.
Susan ...with my mid challenge inspiration for you. Well, I'm never organized for Christmas or anything to be honest as this should have been published last week, oh I'm hopeless. I decided to use a coloured digi image from Work & Play Hollybobs CD   and the image is also available in a digi here . I made ​​a small easel and gift card. I love this cd  - although it's whimsical it's also very versatile and is fab! You can see more about how I made this on my blog.....

Frezja....Most of the team's inspiration are cards ...  I like to  be different  so  I prepare tags/pendants  for gifts.... I used papers and and the gingerbread cookie people from  Festive Hollybobs Cd, a piece of string or with tapes, and you're done:)

Karon - Hi everyone. I decided to have a play with the A Home for Christmas CD collection, and made a shaped easel card.  All the elements are from the CD, and I have layered up the poinsettias, hearts and some holly.  Also and a little sparkle to the image and the baubles. I have added the second image, to show the sparkle :-)

Fabulous and stunning DT creations to inspire you!

The winner (chosen by random org) for our last challenge, fun in the sun is ...
35 - Suzi
You've won a copy of our latest collection Work and Play 6
Please email us  here  and to claim your prize and quote PDw35001wk32

The Top 3 this week, chosen by the Design Team are
10 - Julie
30 - Cindy
33 - Margaret

Congratulations to all, thanks for your participation and do not forget to claim your blinkies from the sidebar.

Get Organized for Christmas!
You can enter here
Please do not forget, there are a maximum of 2 entries per person.
Have a fabulous week everyone.

Tuesday 26 August 2014

Welcome to the Digi Queens!

Hellooo Polkadoodles gang!
Ok, so it's only Tuesday, right? Yes, it is, and you're not here on the wrong day by mistake!

I have some really exciting news for you all today...

I'm totally delighted to announce that we have a brand new team of amazingly talented people who are going to be here every Tuesday showing you some fabulous inspiration. When I say inspiration - I mean inspiration! This lovely team are uber talented colourists and love using a variety of mediums to colour all their images and I am seriously in awe of their skills, they are going to knock your socks off.

Our normal Polkadoodles challenge will remain in place on Fridays as ever but it just means we'll have an extra midweek post to help inspire you and show you what you can do with the digis and the rest of our products too.
We will also be linking up with the Digi Choosday challenge each week too with some fab special offers so make sure you follow us to get those discount codes! We will be back next week with our very first post for you but in the meantime I have some more news...

If you are a Kit and Clowder fan I am so pleased to have been accepted as a sponsor for Alyce's amazing classes and community so head over there for lots of specials and some more exciting news coming up for this weekend! We will be having a play along over at Kit and Clowder this coming weekend so make sure you've signed up to get all the news and scrummy stuff!

So, without further ado as this is just meant to be a little post, I am truly delighted to announce our new team, The Digi Queens...

Hi everyone!  My name is Pam and I have been crafting for many years, starting with cross stitch after being taught by my mum!  Then moved into paper crafting and haven't looked back since!  I have had my blog for about 4 years. I am super excited about being here and getting to work with a) some amazing digi images from Nikky and b) such a super talented and great bunch of ladies!  Here is a sneak peak of something I have been working on!

Fi....Hi name is Fiona although known to everyone as Fi.  I have been crafting for a number of years which started off with knitting, I was obsessed when my kids were little but then as they grew up they didn't want knitted jumpers and cardis.  A few years ago, my family was faced with bad news and I needed something else to focus on and my friend introduced me to cardmaking....nine years later I am still hooked!!  I do love to colour and I am still learning...every day is a school day so hopefully you will love what I bring you...I am so pleased to be here.  Here's a wee sneaky peek of what I have been working on too.

Beverly...Hello everyone!  My name is Beverly and I have been crafting pretty much all my life with different types of things.  I started scrapbooking and card making about 8 years ago and I am addicted.  I am super excited to be a Digi Queen and there couldn't be a better group of girl to be a part of this with.  Here is a sneak peak of something I have been working on to come very soon.

Tait...Hi everyone. My name is Tait and I live in faraway Australia, I have been crafting since I was about twelve years old which started with scrapbooking and then about two years ago I found Copic Markers and I was hooked and that is what I mainly do now, I colour and create cards with the odd scrapbook page in there too. I really cannot believe that I am going to be a Digi Queen and that I was actually sought out to join the team, it is an immence honour and I still cannot get my head around it. I cant wait to start sharing my work with you guys,  but here is a sneaky peak :D

Victoria....Hello, I'm Victoria!  I've been crafting since my early twenties, mainly cardmaking although I enjoy trying a variety of projects.  I'm really excited to be joining this team of talented ladies and looking forward to sharing some amazing makes with you very soon!  Here's a sneaky peek of something I'm working on as I type...

Anita...Hi there I'm Anita. I have been crafting since my 3rd child and now on to 8 that's right 8 lol..... I love crafting when I get 5 mins here and there but my main love at the mo is colouring and card making. I can't believe I was asked to join this uber talented team and can't wait to get creating.
A little sneaky peek at what I am up too :)

Janine...Hello!  My name is Janine, I love anything crafty.  I adore being creative and enjoyed all forms of arts & crafts and have been since I was a little girl. I have experimented with all sorts of things like flower arranging, face painting, and calligraphy -- to name a few.  I eventually found my way into papercrafting, which I’ve done for the past 9 years since making my daughter’s 18th birthday invites.  I especially love cardmaking because I think it allows you to create your own little pieces of art which it can be as simple or elaborate as you like, either physically or digitally.  I’m so excited to be asked to be a Digi Queen by Nikky, and to be part of a fabulous team of super talented ladies. Here’s a sneaky peek of a little something I have been working on :)

Colleen....Hi, my name is Colleen and I live in Australia. I have been crafting since I was little and found scrapbooking when I had my children. Fast forward to a few years later and I discovered cardmaking and all these beautiful images to colour, since then I have been hooked!
I am so excited to be a Digi Queen and to join this wonderful team of talented ladies. Here is my sneaky peek....

Leah...Hello everyone, I am so excited to be a part of this awesome team!  I have been a painter for 20 years, and recently switched to pencil crayons, which I absolutely adore.  I am fairly new to the paper crafting world, but I'm falling in love with it!  Here is a sneak peak at my first Design Team piece:

Lizzy...  Hi, my name is Lizzy.  I am a mother to 4 human kids and 6 furry feline kids and live in the beautiful state of Colorado.  I love crafts of just about every kind but paper crafting is my favorite.  I have an obsession with designer card stock and a serious love for coloring digis.  I started coloring with alcohol markers but recently started playing with pencils also.  I am so excited to be a part of this new team with all of these talented ladies! Here is a little peek of something I have been working on:

Cara  Hi everyone, I've been a crafter for about 5 years and I adore colouring in, as most of you know I am a member of the Polkadoodles team and also the Graph'it marker team so to me this team is a match made in heaven, beautiful digi images from the super talented Nikky and fabulous colouring from an awesome team!!

Jackie   Hi all,, I have been crafting for about 8 years now, after a serious back injury, giving up the horses and finding I needed something to occupy my time.  I had always loved art and craft, so had a bash at my first every hand crafted Christmas cards.. the rest is history, as they say. :)  since then I have become more and more interested in the colouring side ... I just love playing with gorge images, like those at PD. :)  I am so happy to be on Nikkys team, and get creative.  Here is my sneaky peek.

I think you can see from all the sneak peeks that we are going to be having some great fun and showing you some lovely colouring and makes next week!
I can't wait!

In the meantime, don't forget that the Digi Choosday challenge starts today so head over there and grab yourself more inspiration - don't forget to sign up as a follower of this blog to be in with a chance of getting all those specials that are going to be coming up soon!

See you on Friday!
Love from the Digi Queens

Friday 22 August 2014

Wk 34 Get organised for Christmas - Polkadoodles crafting challenge

Happy Friday everyone! It's the weekend woohoo!

Before we get to today's challenge make sure you check the Polkadoodles store today because there are 100's of fab new products in there including some stunning new digis which you will NEEEEED!

Also - Nikky is putting together a special Polkadoodles Colouring team so if colouring is your thing and you would like to know more see here - but you MUST be quick because the call CLOSES TODAY. See how to apply HERE.

We are also super thrilled to now be sponsors over at Kit and Clowder - so watch out for lots of exciting news VERY soon! 

So let's get to the challenge!
Today we are getting organised for
Yes, it's here for us cardmakers and we know many of you are now well under way with your Christmas makes already...people who don't make cards can't understand this craziness but we all know how soon we need to get started LOL!!

So show us all your Christmas themes - remember no backlinking allowed so don't be posting last year's LOL!
The winner of this challenge will win a copy of one of our Fabulous Hollybobs collections! 
You have until Friday 5th September to enter at noon GMT. Just please follow the rules in the sidebar.

We'll announce last time's winners next week! 

Let's see what the team have created for us...

Scatty Jan Ohhhhh don't you just love snowflakes , I love this shape for a card . I have used the scrummy little angel from the Work and Play festive Hollybobs collection. (sentiment is also from this collection), The little Angel is also now available as a clear stamp, you can find her here .Coloured her in with Graph'It Markers with a little dusting of glitter on her trims. The paper is from Dollie Daydream Girl talk collection xx

Samantha K - This was my first ever exploding box :)  For this make, all elements and images used were from the Work and Play Hollybobs CD, it really is a scrummy CD, you should go check it out!
As there were so many elements to this project I decided to save my colouring arm and a bit of time and use pre-coloured images from the CD, aren't they wonderful?! For more details and more piccies feel free to take a sneek at my blog xx
Asha - The Work & Play Festive Hollybobs Collection is the perfect CD for all your Christmas makes. Everything on this card, except the lace trim and bling, is from this fab CD. I coloured the image with Graph'It markers. It is also available as a clear stamp.

Cara    I made a glittery sparkly easel card fr this challenge, I used a Design sheet and two backing papers from the Festive Hollybobs CD, the image I used is also available as a clear stamp here but if you aee as impatient as me she is also available as a digi stamp here.  You can also purchase the design sheet I used as a single laser cut sheet here, there is so much choice and something to suit every crafter!

Melanie - I used the brand-new Festive Hollybobs CD again for this one, but focussed purely on the lovely printable envelope sentiments to create this card. I printed the sentiments twice, once onto kraft cardstock and again onto a thinner white card, then cut my elements and layered them up. The holly and the paper strip are also taken from the CD, then I used a doily, sequins, thick twine and a mini peg to finish off my design.

 Cheremane - I've had so much fun with the Festive Hollybobs Cd  i'm sure you will agree the Little Elf is so adorable and seeing the theme is Get Organised For Xmas I decided to make an easel note pad for all those little Xmas must do's notes. Little Elf is also available as a Digi  he has lots of Friends to so go take a Peek.

Anna - This time I decided to make a round card. I used blue paper from  Festive Hollybobs Cd, as well as paper, from which I cut out spruce branches, a star, and accessories like doily, mistletoe and gingerbread girl - everything from Picknix Collection 2...Gingerbread Twist CD  . I arranged all elements in layers with the help of foam squares. I also added my favorite - tulle and some ribbon, hawthorn berries, cardboard presents and crystals. It is awesome, how much fun one can have while making a card - I love making Christmas projects!  

Gorgeous creations this week and lots of inspiration for the festive season rapidly approaching!

Remember you have until 5th September to enter!
See you next week!

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Friday 15 August 2014

Wk 33 - Fun in the Sun - Polkadoodles Challenge

Hi everyone out there.  We are here this week with our wonderful inspiration from the design team.
Our theme this week is still 
Fun in the Sun
and you can
enter the challenge Here

Don't forget it is not necessary for you to use Polkadoodles products to enter the challenges
but please make sure that you follow the rules in the side bar ---->
You have until noon GMT Friday, 22 Aug to enter.

The winner of Weeks 30/31 - Clash the Colours Challenge is at the bottom of this post.

There have been 100's of new products added to the Polkadoodles store.
There are fabulous new stamps, downloads and all the lovely crafty goodies
that you could wish for.

Work & Play 6 is now up for grabs in the store too - another fabulous CD
to add to your collection.

** Work & Play Collection 6 - BONUS EDITION

Now for the Design Teams inspiration this week.

Scatty Jan - I love these pop up cards so much detail can be added yet they lay flat for posting - I have used four scrummy characters this time and there all having there fun in the sun! I have used the Caravanner girl and the deckchair lad from work and play collection 3 and the Swimmer and Diver from work and play collection 4. All the characters have been coloured with Graph'It markers xx

AnnaI associate summer not only with vacation, sun or the beach, but mostly with flowers and the wedding season. That’s why this time I made a layered wedding card, in delicate colors of blue and beige, from the Rose Budd CD using papers and flowers, which I cut out myself and added to the bouquet. I also used other flowers, tulle, string, pearls, and lace so that the card would look even more delicate.

Jenny - My card for our Fun in the Sun challenge is from A Double Sprinkle of Kraft and I love the idea of these two sweet owls sitting in the sun enjoying their swing together. Full details are on my blog.

Cheremane - I have used the fabulous Double Sprinkle of Kraft Cd for our Fun In The Sun Challenge . As soon as I saw this little girl she reminded me of a summers day walk in the fields with pretty summer flowers and fluttering butterflies.

Samantha K - I decided to make a 3D scene for my project and have tried to do a bit of a beachy theme. Right at the back (where you can almost not see it lol, there is a sign that says 'Warm Hello and Happy Birthday', so this could be given to someone as a form of card :p
My creation is made up mainly with elements from the Dollie Girl Talk Collection. Including the papers that were used to create the surf boards and umbrella etc. For more photos and details, please pop over to my blog :)

Asha - Here's a bright and sunny card... which also happens to be quick and easy. An all-round winner! For the fun pinwheel background I used papers from the Sugar Birdies CD. The adorable flower girl is from Bonbon Belles CD and the greeting topper is from Fredericka Mini CD Collection. To finish some sheer ribbon and plenty of bling.

Karon - My card is made up of a few different CDs.  I decided to use the pre-coloured swimmer off of Work & Play 4, along with the wave papers and banner.  The cloud paper and beach hut are from the Bonbon Belles Double CD collection and then finally the sentiment tickets are from the wonderful Cherry Blossom Lane CD.  All layered to add a little dimension.

Cara - My card is made using the Cherry Blossom Lane CD, I printed everything on water colour card to give a real soft feel and added dimension by creating a dome front out of acetate and added flowers and birds also from the CD.

Melanie - For this card I've focussed on how summer makes me think of flowers and pretty sundresses! I used the Dolly Daydream Girl Talk CD for this one, with the addition of a doily, some handmade flowers, pearl lace trim, ribbon and a stick pin. I also curled some purple twine with scissors to create my own tendrils for the flowers.

Stunning DT creations to inspire you!

The Winner (chosen by random org) for our Clash the Colours challenge 

#7 - Vinita

Well done you have won a copy of the fabulous Work & Play 6 collection.
Please email us here and to claim your prize and quote PDw33001wk30

The Top 3 this week, as chosen by the Design Team are

#10 - Julie P
#14 - Aneta 
#43 - Ewa S.

Well done everyone, thanks for taking part and don't forget to claim your blinkies from the side bar.

Now it's time to get those creative juices flowing and come along and enter
Fun in the Sun Challenge.
You can enter here.
Please don't forget, there are a maximum of 2 entries per person.
Have a fabulous week everyone.