Our Anniversary

Wednesday, 30 December 2009

Hope you all had a great Christmas, I did, but didn’t it go so fast. Spent lots of time with my family and friends. My sister bought me some Sizzix embossing plates and they work great with my Cuttlebug after a bit of trial and error. Plus my mum got me the cutest little rub on paper doll faces, so lots of toys to play with.
I hope you like this card I made for our anniversary, slightly belated as it was in November. Happy New Year to everyone.

Materials used – Cream square card blank, K & Co papers, My Minds Eye- Bloom and Grow clear stamps, Fiskars corner punch, Free magazine clear stamps for the heart and sentiment, Versamagic brown and green chalk ink and Ribbon.

Polkadoodles Challenge 31 – Swinging Girl

Friday, 18 December 2009

It’s snowing and I love it. It’s just sooooo pretty. We don’t get snow here very often and it probably won’t last long, but it’s a treat to see. Here’s a couple of photos I took. I though the plants looked lovely covered in snow.

Snow flower 1 Palm with snow

Can you believe this our last challenge for 2009, where has the time gone. I made a similar card for Nikkys C&C program, so decided to do another one for this challenge. I used the swinging girl image and papers from the Back to Nature CD. Added some doodling and then some flowers with a little glitter in their centres. The sentiment has been stamped with a Candy Doodles stamp. We will be back again in January with more fantastic challenges.

Challenge 31
Challenge 31 Closeup

Materials used – White square scallop cardblank, Papers and elements from Back to Nature CD, Candy Doodles stamps, Versamagic brown and green chalk ink and glitter.

Christmas Skate Boot

Wednesday, 16 December 2009

This was meant to be an easel card, but I got carried away and put tape all over the back – doh. Liked the way it turned out though.

Christmas Skate Boot
Skate Boot Closeup
Materials used – Red card blank, Red, green and ivory cardstock, Christmas papers, Cricut and Joys of the Season cartridge, Cuttlebug and Candy Cane embossing folder, Papermania Christmas clear stamps, Versamagic red chalk ink, White gel pen, Ribbon, Snowflake and black brads. 

Polkadoodles Challenge 30 – Happy Moo Year

Sunday, 13 December 2009

First things first, well done to the following ladies for getting onto the design team. We had loads of fab entries, but we could only pick 4 and they are - Kate, Brenda, Nettie, Fliss and Dolly who was our Guest Designer in November. Welcome to you all.

Oh, the nightmare that are printers. The toner is not sticking to the paper, hence the sad looking cow!! Anyway papers from Back to Nature plus a little glitter and some ribbon. Thought this would be fun. Hope you like my take on the challenge, which was use the sketch or add an envelope.

Challenge 30
Challenge 30 Closeup

Materials used – White square cardblank, Papers and elements from Back to Nature CD, Black gel pen, Versamagic green chalk ink, Ribbon and Glitter.

Christmas Easel Card

Wednesday, 9 December 2009

I’ve seen lots of these on the web and thought I must have a go. What fun they are to make. This was first effort and I was pleased how it turned out. I gave it to my Mum and Dad and they loved it. I’ve made another two which I will post later. I’m definitely going to make more of these as they are so easy and versatile.

Easel Card
Easel Card Closeup

Materials used – White and red cardstock, My Minds Eye paper, Cricut plus Joys of the Seasons cartridge, Cuttlebug plus Candy Cane embossing folder, Papermania Christmas clear stamps, Versamagic red chalk ink, Gold ribbon, Gold thread and Red gems.

Polkadoodle Challenge 29 – Scallop Frame and Squares

Friday, 4 December 2009

Still loving the blue Christmas theme. Nikky set a great sketch and then I used papers from Jingle Jangles. The frame was cut with my Cricut and then glittered around the edges. Used the Christmas stamps, which I stamped onto card and then embossed with clear powder, cut out and put onto the squares with foam pads.

Challenge 29
Challenge 29 Closeup sketch-28

Materials used – White square cardblank, Jingle Jangles CD, Polkadoodles Christmas stamps, Cricut plus Mini Monograms cartridge, Assorted Versamagic chalk inks, Clear embossing powder, Ribbon and Glitter.

Polkadoodles Challenge 28 – 3 Christmas Trees

Saturday, 28 November 2009

I've been making Christmas cards from non Christmas papers, so decided to do the same for this challenge. The background paper came from Candy Doodles, the papers for the trees and centre strip came from Sugar Birdies. I embossed stamped snowflakes and glittered the trees. Added a few gems and stamped the sentiment across the paper ribbon also from Sugar Birdies. All these fab CD’s and stamps are available at - http://www.polkadoodles.co.uk/.

Watch out for Nikky on 3rd December at 2pm when she will be launching her new CD. I’m lucky enough to have seen the CD already and there’s some awesome stuff on there.

Challenge 27
Challenge 27 Closeup

Materials used – Square white cardblank, Papers and elements from Sugar Birdies and Candy Doodles CD’s, Polkadoodles Christmas stamps, Red glitter embossing powder, Versamagic black and red chalk ink, Green glitter and Gems.

Baubles and Hats

Wednesday, 25 November 2009

I’ve started to make my Christmas cards and here’s two I came up with. Used lots of scraps for these, some stamps and some ribbon I bought in the Tesco sale last year. The red background has some clear embossing on it, hope you can make it out in the photos. Just discovered clear embossing and like the finish it gives.

Baubles and Hats

Materials used – A6 cardblank, Card and paper scraps, Christmas stamps, Clear embossing pad, Clear embossing powder, Versamagic red chalk ink, Glitter, Mini pom poms, Ribbon, White gel pen.

Polkadoodles Challenge 27 – Not for Girls CD

Friday, 20 November 2009

Morning from a very wet West Sussex. This week we designed a card that is non-male using the Not For Girls CD plus the sketch. A blue theme again from me and I used the textured effect papers again, just love these. The flower paper came from the sports section and they are in fact bowling balls. The sentiment is also from the CD.

Don’t forget, if you fancy being on the Design Team, please email to sales@polkadoodles.co.uk with a link to your blog no later than the 27th November.

Challenge 27
Challenge 27 Closeup 

Materials used – Square scallop card blank, Papers and elements from the Not for Girls CD, Cricut plus George for the flowers, Hobbycraft border punch, Versamagic blue chalk ink, Black gel pen, Buttons and Ribbon.

Polkadoodles Design Team Call

Monday, 16 November 2009


If you’d like to join our fab design team, please send an email to sales@polkadoodles.co.uk with a link to your blog. Good luck everyone.


Polkadoodle Challenge 26 – Autumn Leaves

Saturday, 14 November 2009

Have we really done half a year already. A sketch challenge for this week and use the Not For Girls CD. Kris , one of our DT members, put me onto these textured effect papers which I’d completely missed from the CD. Some of the colours reminded me of autumn leaves, so cut some out with my Cricut and arranged them as per the shape on the sketch. Used the Polkadoodles everyday stamps for the mini leaves and sentiment.

Pop over and see all the other fab entries from the design team. Hope we are all giving you inspiration for those hard to make mens cards.

Challenge 26
Challenge 26 Closeup Sketch-26

Materials Used – White square cardblank, Not for Girls CD, Polkadoodles Everyday stamps, Cricut plus Stretch your Imagination,Versamagic chalk inks in white, brown, green and brick red, String and a Circle punch.

Just a note to say…..

Tuesday, 10 November 2009

Just messing with stuff again, using up papers, paper piercing, a bit of stamping and a pretty flower to finish.

Just a note to say Pink Flower
Just a note to say Pink Flower closeup

Materials used – Pink cardblank, Pink cardstock, My Minds Eye – Wild Asparagus papers, Papermania Sentiment clear stamp, Papermania Secret Garden clear stamps , Versamagic green chalk ink, Fabric flowers, Ribbon and Brad.

Polkadoodles Challenge 25 - Christmas Cracker

Friday, 6 November 2009

Starting to get into the Christmas mood with Christmas decorations this week. Blue, white, silver and bling of course.  I cut out a large snowflake for the top and popped a silver snowflake brad in the centre, ribbon and silver twine with beads threaded on for the pinched in bits (I'm sure there's a proper name for these). Then added lots of glitter! …

Cracker closeup

Materials used – Papers and elements from Jingle Jangle CD, Ribbon, Silver cord, Silver glitter, Beads and Silver snowflake brad.

Birthday Wishes

Wednesday, 4 November 2009

I’ve been going through my bits and bobs and have been using up stuff I’ve had for ages. I bought these Papermania stickers in a sale ages ago, so it was time to put them to good use. They are quite thin so mounted them onto card and cut out leaving a small border. A little faux stitching and some piercing just for added effect.

Birthday Wishes
Birthday Wishes Closeup

Materials used – Kraft card for the cardblank, White cardstock, Papermania flower stickers, My Minds Eye Bloom and Grow papers, Sentiment stamps, Versamagic orange chalk ink, White gel pen Ribbon, Button and Thread.

Polkadoodles Challenge 24 - Scooter

Sunday, 1 November 2009

Mens cards are always hard to do, so I hope you can take inspiration from the DT this week. We used the fab Not For Girls CD plus 3 brads and some doodling. Scooters were my theme and lots of men in my family love their bikes.

Challenge 24
Challenge 24 Closeup 1

Materials used – White square cardblank, Papers and elements from the Not for Girls CD, Polkadoodles Everyday stamps, Black chalk ink, White gel pen and Brads.

Ribbon Flowers

Thursday, 29 October 2009

Set myself a challenge to make some flowers from ribbon. I used my Cuttlebug to cut of the flowers, but I would love to have some bigger dies, so bigger flowers.

Ribbon Flowers 1
Ribbon Flowers Closeup

Materials used – White square scallop cardblank, Cricut plus Mini Monograms, Cuttlebug plus assorted flower dies, My Minds Eye Bloom and Grow papers, Pink cardstock, Beige corrugated card, Ribbon scraps, White gel pen, Clear stamp sentiment, Brad, Buttons and fibres.

Polkadoodles Challenge 23 - Halloween

Monday, 26 October 2009

All things spooky for this weeks challenge. I must admit that I'm not a big fan of Halloween, but did enjoy making the hanging spiders web. Checkout the other creations on the Polkadoodles blog, they are just fantastic.

Please join in with the Halloween challenge. All the DT have worked with the Halloween download which is available here and has 35% off until 31st October. Please remember that you can combine your Polkadoodle entry with three other challenges.

Challenge 23
Challenge 23 Closeup
Materials Used - Papers and elements from the Polkadoodles Halloween download, Googly eyes, Raffia and fine fibres (hard to see in the photo).

Carols Challenge – Sketch 16

Saturday, 17 October 2009

Another great sketch from Carol, so decided it was about time I joined in again. I’ve got the whole day on my own, so it was time to catch up with some challenges.

Carols Sketch 16
Sketch 16 Closeup  Sketch 16

Materials Used – A6 white cardblank, Green and lilac cardstock, My Minds Eye clear stamp, Papermania sentiments clear stamp, White gel pen, HobbyCraft border punch, Lilac chalk ink, Ribbon, Button, Fibre and Half pearls.

Cricut Forum UK Thread – Stamped Flowers

A sketch for this week, otherwise you could do whatever you wanted. Here’s my take on the challenge.
Sketch 2
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Materials used – White square scallop cardblank, K&Co Hannah paper pad, Brown cardstock, Clear stamps from My Minds Eye and Autumn Leaves, Brown chalk ink pad, Ribbon, Button and Half pearls.

Polkadoodles Challenge 22 – Birds with Attitude

Friday, 16 October 2009

I don’t seem to be getting much done between the Polkadoodles challenges and everything else and another week has flown by. Another fabby sketch from Nikky this week, plus we could use any CD and any stamps. Check out the new  double CD Not for Girls which has gone really well on Create & Craft. It contains so much inspiration for making cards for men, something that is always so hard to do. One of the elements are these birds with attitude, they are sooooo cool. Just perfect for the dude in your house.

Polkadoodles Challenge 22
Challenge 22 Closeup 1 Challenge 22 Closeup 2

Materials used -  White square cardblank, Papers and elements from the Not for Girls CD, Polkadoodles, Everyday stamps, Brown chalk ink and Fibres.