Friday, 30 May 2014

Wk 22 - Men on our Minds...Polkadoodles Challenge

Welcome to the start of a new challenge here at Polkadoodles.

Our theme for this fortnight is
Men on our Minds
so you can create anything for the men/boys in your life.

You have until noon GMT on Friday 13 June to enter this challenge and we will announce the winner on Friday 20 June.
Don't forget that you do not have to use Polkadoodles products to enter the challenge, but please make sure you follow the rulesthat are in the side bar ---->

The winner of this challenge will receive a copy of our Work & Play 1 Collection - fantastic prize worth £11 and includes 10 digis and 60 papers plus sentiments and a load of other stuff too!

The winner and top 3 for our Week 20/21 challenge, Things with Wings, will be announced next week.

Now it's time to see the Design Teams creations for this week...

Scatty Jan I have made a little tool box, gift box for this challenge cut on my portrait, perfect size for a small gift or some candies.. I used the little Handy Man from Work and Play collection 1 and coloured him with Graph'It Markers xx

Asha - I made a birthday card using the Scottish boy named Jack, papers and greeting from the BonBon Belles CD. I coloured the young man with Graph'It and Promarkers and adhered him on the inside of the card, to be seen through a window on the card-front. In keeping with the butch theme, I'm using some black bling and twine to finish the card. You can also buy Jack as a single digi from Nikki's Etsy Shop.

Karon - Birthday card, cowboy style :-)  I have used an image off the Work and Play 3 collection, coloured with my alcohol markers.  Then I used the pre-coloured image of the saloon (also off the CD) to make a shaped card.  I did two layers of the saloon so that I could snip open the swing doors and have hidden another sentiment behind the doors.  

Lou: I have made a card for my Dad using Work and Play 3 as the image was just perfect. A simple layout from me letting the image and sentiment take centre stage. I have coloured my image using Promarkers.

So there you have it.  Our theme is

Men on our Minds

could be Father's Day, Birthday, Congrats; just make sure it's for a male :-)

Once again, you have until the 13 June, noon GMT to enter
and add you entry to Mr Linky below.

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Friday, 23 May 2014

WK 21 - Things with Wings...Polkadoodles Challenge

Well, hello there and welcome to another challenge Friday at Polkadoodles!

Before we get to the challenge, Polkadoodles have a fantastic offer on over this weekend for our UK Bank Holiday...
Buy any 2 CD's in the store 
and you will receive a copy of our
Love and Cherish collection 
absolutely FREE!!
What a bargain - that's buy 2 get one free!!
You can shop HERE
- the offer ends midnight Monday so don't miss out!

It's inspiration week this week, here at Polkadoodles for our
 Things with Wings challenge.
You have until noon GMT on Friday 30th May to enter and we will announce the winner on Friday 6th June.   Also, don't forget you do not have to use Polkadoodles products to enter our challenges, but please make sure you follow our rules which can be found in the side bar --->
 You can enter your fabulous creations HERE

Also don't forget that it is Polkadoodles 5th Birthday this month and we are still celebrating.  You have until the 30th May to go along and take part, for a chance to win £100 of Polkadoodles Candy.  WOW!  
You can enter HERE

The winners of our Something Old/Something New challenge can be found at the end of this post.

And now for some fabulous inspiration....

Ruth: I've used papers from the Fredericka cd - both the pretty butterfly and the spotty paper. I also printed the butterfly paper onto thick card and cut out some of the butterflies and layered them up, adding wire and a pearl as I went.

Scatty Jan - I used the lovely Bonbon Belles CD this week - I used the sweet little Heather Character who is on the CD but also as a stand alone digi over in the Etsy Shop - I think she will be fab for all those grirly summer birthdays. The butterfly, the sentiment and the topper shape are all from the CD which is completly jam packed full of lushness. I coloured Heather using my Graph'It Markers and I also coloured the plain whiite pearls with them to match xx

Asha - Here is a step card featuring Meeshelle from the Fairy Flutterfly rubber stamp series.  I coloured the little fairy with Graph'It and Promarkers. The sentiment and elements are also from this stamp set. I heat embossed the butterfly on vellum. The beautiful butterfly patterned papers are from the Bonbon Belles CD. Some ribbon, a few bling and this girly card is done.

Karon - Things with Wings, what will you come up with this week.  I decided to use Fairy Flutterfly Gracie for my card in a box, this week.  She is wonderful little set of 5 stamps.  The large butterfly behind Gracie is also from this set.  I have used papers from the Fredericka Mini Collection CD, and also the other colourful butterflies are from the Dollie Daydream Goes East Collection.  Gracie is coloured with some water based inks on watercolour paper.

Lou: I have used the butterflies from 3 of the Fairy Flutterby stamps sets to create my card. My card  is a homage to Nikky after seeing a recent demo she did on Create and Craft. I have coloured the butterflies with my pan pastels and added glitter highlights using my GraphIt Shaker pens. (Did you know that these sets are now on sale in thePolka Doodles shop with a whooping 50% off)!

The winner (chosen by Random Org) of our challenge
 Something Old/Something New
#39 - Cazzy
you have won a download bundle including 5 of the Work and Play downloads worth £11
Please email us here to claim your prize and quote PDw210001 
....and the design teams top 3 are:

#46 - Suzi
#37 - Sue N
#27 - Vinita

Well done everyone!  Thanks for taking part, please grab your blinkies from the sidebar!

Now off you go and get busy crafting.  
And enter this fortnight's Things with Wings challenge HERE and
don't forget the Birthday candy too, HERE

Friday, 16 May 2014

Wk 20 - Things With Wings...Polkadoodles Challenge

Welcome to another Polkadoodles challenge!

Firstly, don't forget our FREE CANDY and blog hop is still open and you can get all those fantastic freebies if you haven't already hopped with us! We're surprised we don't have more entries for all the lush stash! ENTER HERE!!!

Our latest release of Work and Play is shipping now so make sure you don't miss these collections, they are so fabulous!
** Work & Play Collection 4
This is Number 4 which is the latest in the collection and these images are also available in the download store too so you don't have to wait for the postman! Make sure you check out the store this week there are loads of new products including some amazing stamps you will ADORE! 

Our Week 18/19 challenge closes at noon today so if you're super quick you can still get your entries in, If not be sure to join in our new challenge

Things With wings

You have until noon GMT on Friday 30th May to enter this one and we will announce the winner on 6th June. Dont forget you dont HAVE to use Polkadoodles products to enter the challenge, but please just make sure you follow our rules in the sidebar -->

The winner of this challenge will receive their own choice of 4 digis from our Work and Play collection and our Top 3 winners will all receive a digi each too - great prize!! 

We will announce the winners of our week 18/19 challenge next week, so in the meantime let's get to the good stuff and see what the team have come up with this week - you are going to be WOW'd!!!

Katie - Good Morning all This weeks challenge is a great challenge because there is nothing I like more than things with wings!! I use Double Sprinkles CD ROM for my image and backing paper I then coloured in the digi stamps and I am really pleased how it turned out. Come and join in the fun I cannot wait to see your creations, Have fun and Keeeeeeeeep Crafting Katie xx

Susan For this challenge I have used Sundae of Seasons CD...All the papers and embellishments are from the Summer section on Sundae of Seasons. I have made a plant pot and a topiary tree and cut out lots of sun flowers from the paper then stuck them to a paper ball and added lots of cute little bees, bee hives and honey pots from the embellishments.

Bev here with my take on this week's challenge. I just love butterflies and fancied doing something a bit different so made an inspirational wall hanging using Bonbon Belles cd rom - seriously you need this double disc in your collection its jammed packed! With lots of wonderful sentiments too.

Scatty Jan... Oh what a fab theme this week, Things with wings - My project started of as a garden themed a gazebo with a single bench to the side, as I was attaching bits the bench fell over and I randomly stood it up in front aha! a wedding project was in the making, 5 more benches later an arch of flowers decorated and a red carpet laid! I have used the digi by Emma Canning here comes the bride - coloured with Graph'It Markers, glamour dust on her dress. The flowers were cut from a paper from Bonbon Belles CD, the butterflies, dragonfly and ladybird also from Bonbon Belles CD and cut onto acetate - lots more piccy's on my blog xx

Claire C I love this week's theme and had loads of fun colouring up this gorgeous image from A Double Sprinkle of Kraft with my Graph'It Markers and adding lots of little butterflies die cut from the backing paper. The backing paper and sentiment are from another favourite Cd, Dollie Daydream Girl Talk Collection.

Anjie - I've taken the theme laterally and this is my make....

So where's the wings you are asking! They are on her arms, water wings!
The cute image is from the Work and Play collection CD 4 which will be in the store soon!
She is coloured with Graph'It Markers. The papers are from the Wonderland CD-Rom and the die cut beach huts are from Tattered Lace. To get the distressed effect on them I painted them with White Gesso and then used Pan Pastels over the top. Then I have sanded them and then added a touch more Gesso on the railings. I think the effect is great, give it a go!
For the sand and sea I have used some micro beads I have had in a drawer for years!

Lou: I have used Sugar Birdies for this week theme and created a round card with lots of round layers! Even the plain coloured card has been printed from this CD as there is a FAB-a-roo section on there of plain designs (which have a linen effect to them once printed). These plain designs co-ordinate perfectly with th epatterened papers and images.

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Friday, 9 May 2014

WK 19 - Something Old, Something New Polkadoodles challenge

Hi everyone and welcome to another Polkadoodles Friday!
If you're very quick today you'll be able to watch Nikky on Create and Craft at 8am today, Fri 9th May with a fab Polkadoodles TV show for you, so tune in now and you might just catch it! (if you do miss her you can also catch her at 10, 3 and 7pm today too with some fabulous stamping shows!)....and don't forget that you can still enter our 5th Birthday blog hop so make sure you scroll down the page to the next post if you didn't already get all your FREEBIES!

Here we are into week 2 of our
 Something Old Something New Challenge
You have until noon GMT on Friday 16th May to enter this one and we will announce the winner on 23rd May. Dont forget you dont HAVE to use Polkadoodles products to enter the challenge, but please just make sure you follow our rules in the sidebar --->
You can enter your creations  HERE
The winners of our last challenge will be announced at the end of this post.

Don't forget the new Work and Play Collection 4 is available now and these collections are a fantastic, affordable way to build a whole library of characters for every occasion you could ever need!
** Work & Play Collection 4

Bev here with your mid way reminder. So pop on over and join in with our 'Something Old, Something New' challenge. I used the papers and border from It's Not For Girls for something 'old' and for the 'new' a couple of digi's from Work & Play 4 which I've coloured in with my Graph'it Markers. It just goes to show that you can mix and match across the board over at Polkadoodles.
Katie here and we were given the task to look through our archives and use Something Old with Something New so I used Image from Double Sprinkles & the backing papers from Work & Play Collection 2. I loved this as you can have a look at all your old items in your stash and give them new life (just like Christmas which is only 230 days away!!!) Anyway cant wait to see your creations have fun and Keeeeeeeeep Crafting Katie DT xx
Susan  This week I have used Old and new the papers are from Sugar Birdies
and the image is from Work and Play 1.
Anjie - The image I have used is from the Work and Play Collection 2 CD, which is also available as an instant download. Or you can just buy the Gardener image by itself. The papers are the "old" element on this card and they are from the Pretty Tuff CD Rom. The garden shed it made my using a wood effect stamp on kraft card and then I've used the Tattered Lace beach hut die. I think it makes it look like a garden shed, don't you? The mushrooms are also from a TL die. The little plant pots are real terracotta and were given to me by my friend in Spain who rescued them from going in a bin as she knew I would use them!
Claire C I've used the adorable teacher image from the new Work and Play 3 Collection, coloured with my beloved Graph'It markers. The backing papers are from the same cd and I've added one of the cute images from Pretty Tuff for my something old....

What stunners from the DT!!

The Winner and Top 3 for our Springtime Challenge are -
Our Random Winner chosen by Random Org is - 
6 - Sue N
Well done! Email us here quoting code PDw190001 to claim your prize
....and the Design team's favourite top 3 are:
17 - Teresa
89 - Norma
Well done everyone! Thankyou all for entering and playing along with us, please grab your blinkies from the sidebar! 

You have until noon GMT on Friday 16th May to enter this challenge and we will announce the winner on 23rd May. Dont forget you dont HAVE to use Polkadoodles products to enter the challenge, but please just make sure you follow our rules in the sidebar.
You can enter your creations  HERE

Friday, 2 May 2014

5 Years of Polkadoodleicious!! WIN £100 OF CRAFTY CANDY

Hi Polkadoodlers!!
Thankyou so much for popping along to see us today - if you are looking for the Polkadoodles Friday Challenge it's just BELOW THIS POST HERE!

The reason for our 2nd post today is because 
Happy Birthday to Us!! 
I'd just like to take the opportunity to thank all of you for supporting us over the past 5 years, we've seen so many changes in the industry and we still love what we do and it's so awesome that you keep on supporting us along the way, so huge thanks from Myself and Kris, but also from the Polkadoodles team too.

One thing that completely warms my heart is how I have made some wonderful, true friends along this crafty journey and I am so proud that Louise Sims and Ruth Cunliffe who were with me from day one at Polkadoodles are still here to this very day! And now of course, very very dear friends forever! 2 other people also very dear to me are Enfys Cashmore and Kath Stewart who also were on that very first team and who are still great buddies of mine - HUGE HUGE thanks to these 4 very special people who helped me get Polkadoodles off the ground way back when there were hardly any blogs around and even less blog Challenges - we've certainly seen things change along the way! And it goes without saying that the Design Team members throughout the years and the current team who are just awesome are also thanked from the bottom of my heart for all the hard work they put in for us week in, week out.

We thought we needed something special to celebrate our 5th Birthday....
So I decided to celebrate I would design a special Digistamp for each of us 5 'Originals' along with a great little paper bundle which was also designed specifically for each teamie to co-ordinate with their kind of stylee. They are TOO stinking cute!! 
So, we are inviting you along to our
mini Blog Hop 
between the 5 of us and to tempt you along we all have awesome free candy which we all have on our blogs for you, but ALSO watch out along the way as we have some fantastic free downloads up for grabs for you too along the way but you can ONLY get these by doing the hop because you need to collect the free codes!
Here's a little taster of the collections, 
this one is mine tee hee I really love me LOL!!

In addition to the candy on each of our blogs, once you've completed this little hop make sure you link to the hop on your own blog and then pop back here and leave us a link on Mr Linky IN THIS POST - (NOT the challenge post) to your own blogpost and we will draw a Random Winner to win a 
Massive blog candy worth £100 
of Polkadoodles goodies which will include Stamps, cd's, ribbons and a whole lot of other stuff! We will leave the draw date open until 30th May.

Rules to enter: 
1. You must visit and leave a comment on all 5 blog posts in the hop.
2. Add a post to your own blog with a LINK to this post so your followers can hop with us.
3. Add your post link to Mr Linky Below.
4. You must be a follower of this blog to win.
5. Closes 30th May, winner will be announced 6th June and the individual team members will also announce their winners on 6th June too (so you actually have 6 chances to win!).

So are you ready to hop? Cool! Head on over to Kath here.
Just in case you get lost along the way here are all the blog links:
HERE - make sure you return here and leave your post link!

Happy Hopping and Good luck with the Candy!!
In the meantime, make sure you enter the regular Polkadoodles challenge which is below and see what our fabulous team have to offer for inspiration!! 
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Wk 18.. 5 Year Birthday...SOMETHING OLD, SOMETHING NEW...Polkadoodles Challenge


Hi everyone and welcome to May - and the beginning of our Grand 5th Birthday Celebrations! Yes, Polkadoodles was born this week back in 2009 and this month we are celebrating a whole 5 years of crafting inspiration here at PD towers. We have some great things lined up for you so make sure you pop in to see us every Friday during May, we have some little surprises along the way! 

So how time has flown - 5 whole years!! Oh my goodness!! 

I had a little look back at our first makes from the team the other day and you know what, they still look amazing now! I think this goes to show how our designs are classics and have a real longevity to them and also is testament to the fact that we are always bringing you designs and products which are bang on trend but also very often ahead of the field and it shows how usually we are way ahead of everyone else at spotting what is going to be new. Here we are, still amid a really great frenzy on owls and birds everywhere, yet our very first collections 5 years ago were all about that trend! 

Take a look at what the Design Team made this week back in 2009.... awesome huh?
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If you're reading this post and HAVEN"T seen our 
then check it out HERE because there is LOADS of candy and freebies up for grabs!! Don't miss it! 

Anyway, let's get to challenge business!

So because it's our birthday, we decided to challenge
Something Old, Something New
and this can be almost anything!

You have until 16th May to enter this challenge which will close at noon GMT. You don't have to use our products to enter, but we'd love it if you did. The winner of this challenge will receive a great download bundle which will include 5 of our Work and Play Downloads - great prize and worth £11.00! 

So let's see what the Team have for us this week!...

Sally - Hi!  I chose to do a baby pop up box card.  I used the images and papers from Sundae of Seasons CD Rom.  I thought the Teddy image is something old and the New Little Person sentiment represented the Something new!
Scatty Jan I loved making up my card , our challenge to use something old and new certainly got me thinking but it was very easy really as lots of the Polkadoodles CD's and collections work well together, I am often taking bits and bobs from one and matching them in with another.  I adore the new Work and Play collection 3 so chose to work with the Ticket master and the lush Fence from there. The Ticket Master I coloured with the love of my life Graph'It Markers. For my old I used the Pretty Tuff CD and used the train, joined 2 together and flipped them round xx
Karon - What a challenge for us this week - Something Old and Something New.  I decided to use a lovely image from the older CD Love and Cherish collection - and then used papers from the fabulous new Work and Play Collection 2.  The image is coloured up and then layered onto the fabulous papers.
Claire C I've made an easel card using one of the fab new characters from Work and Play collection 3, coloured with Graph'It Markers. The Caravan is one of the the gorgeous precoloured embellies from the same collection and used one of my old favourite backing papers from Candy Doodles Collectors Edition CD

Great inspiration from the team and a great theme! Remember, this week it's 
Something Old, Something New
and this can be almost anything - you can put your own spin on it!

You have until 16th May to enter this challenge which will close at noon GMT. You don't have to use our products to enter, but we'd love it if you did, just please follow our simple rules and add your entry to Mr Linky below! 

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