Tuesday, 29 May 2012

Just a little reminder

Evening. Well it looks like the heatwave is over! So hopefully you'll all be heading back into the craft room? So I thought I'd better give you a quick reminder that the Polka Doodles 3rd Birthday challenge is still open but will close on 31/5. We have over £220 worth of goodies up for grabs. All you need to do is make us a Special Birthday Card incorporating No. 3 to help us mark the occasion! The 3 can be 3 ribbons, 3 papers, 3 brads...you get the idea!...The competition is open to both UK and International entrants and you don't need to use a Polka Doodles image (of course we'd prefer it if you did, but it's not a necessity).

Our favourite entry will win a massive prize of TEN, Yes, I did say TEN, Polkadoodles CD's with a value of over £160!!  In addition, in appreciation of all our regular people who join us week in and week out around the world, We will also give a CD prize worth over £15 to one entry from the USA and Canada, to someone in Europe (non UK), someone in the UK and also someone from the Rest of the World outside those areas - that's an extra 4 chances to win too!...**important** when you add your challenge entry, please include your name and your Country so we can see it in the thumbnails, ie Nikky, UK - this will make it a whole lot easier for us to see where you guys are coming from, thanks!

I do hope you'll join us.

Claire xxx

Friday, 25 May 2012

Cool Brittania??21st Birthday Card For An Awkward Male!!!

Good morning folks, it's time for another challenge over at Delicious Doodles and this week we're sponsored by our very own Pascale at GR8 Crafts 4U. The theme this week is Get Your Bling On, so we want to see your blingtastic creations!

I needed to make a 21st birthday card for my nephew and boy did I sweat over this card! He's not into drinking, cars or loose women!!! So with that in mind I started to panic! I trawled the Delicious Doodles Store for a suitable image and eventually stumbled upon Electric Guitar :D

Now this card is a little different for me as it has almost completely been created using my graphics programme which seriously made for a quick and easy make! No die cutting, no colouring and if I hadn't decided to decoupage the guitar there would have been no cutting or gluing either!!! I simply created the card on screen, printed it out (with an extra guitar), cut it to size, inked the edges with Distress Inks, mounted it on a card blank, decoupaged the guitar and then added some bling (although I've since found out that I could even have done that in the graphics programme).

All I have to do now is hope that my nephew likes the card!

Thanks for stopping by

Claire xxx

I'd like to enter this card into the following challenges:
Just keep On Creating - Anything goes/ travel tales (option)
The Paper Shelter - Bling
Penny's Paper Crafty - Anything Goes
Simon Says Stamp - Father's Day/Special Man
The Perfect Sentiment - For a special man
Truly Scrumptious - For a man
Bearly Mine - Anything goes
Papertake Weekly - True Colours
Desmet Designs - Let's celebrate in red, white & blue
Make It Monday - Anything goes
OSAAT - Anything goes

Tuesday, 22 May 2012

Polka Doodles is 3 And We're Celebrating in Style

Morning! Well the day has finally arrived and it's now time to party! Polka Doodles is 3 years old today and to celebrate Nikky has organised a huge birthday bash with lots of fabby prizes. Now when I say lots, I means LOTS!!!! There's a total of £220 in prizes to be won, with the top prize being approximately £160 in value. Sounds fab huh? Well you could be the lucky recipient of one of these prizes simply by making a special birthday card for us. All you have to do is make a special card with three of something on it (it could be three different papers, 3 flowers or in my case 3 candles). Every single Polka Doodles teamie has made a card to celebrate, so there's plenty of inspiration over on the challenge blog. Here's mine, a pop up card (excuse the dodgy photo - It was such a big card it was almost impossible to photograph, so I've played with it in my graphics programme, but I think a little more practice is required :D)

So, what are you waiting for? Grab your stash and get creating!

Claire xxx

Images - Sundae of Seasons
Papers & Sentiment - Sugarplum Daisy
Promarkers & Flexmarkers
Glossy Accents

I'd like to enter this card into the following challenges:
Make It Monday - Anything goes
Bunny Zoe's - Anything Goes
The Crazy Challenge - 3D
Joanna Sheen Challenge Blog - Happy Birthday
One Stitch At A Time - Anything goes
Paper Sundaes - Pretty in pink
Crazy 4 Challenges - Birthdays
Inspire Me Fridays - Anything goes
Divas By Design - Pink
I ♥ PROMARKERS - Anything Goes
Paper Shelter - Birthday cards with sentiment
Whimsy Stamps - Anything goes
Tuesday Throwdown - 3D

Saturday, 19 May 2012

Are you free on the 22nd May?????

I jolly well hope so!!! Make a date in your diaries ladies and gents, and get ready to party.........

Polka Doodles is gonna be 3 years old on Tuesday, and guess what? We're having a celebration, it won't be any old party either, cos when we celebrate we do it in style! How does £220 worth of prizes sound? Good? Thought so! So to be in with a chance of grabbing some stash, come back here on Tuesday and find out how.

I'm off to finish a top secret project which will be revealed in June ;D

Enjoy the rest of your weekend.

Claire xxx

Friday, 18 May 2012

Something Old, New, Borrowed & Blue!!!

Morning! It's challenge week again for team B over at Polka Doodles and just in case you hadn't guessed it the theme this week is Weddings.

I decided that I fancied making an exploding box as they always seem to go down well with the recipients and as I had someone to make it for it would so totally be worth the effort involved! So that's what I've done! The old is of course the tried and tested exploding box, the new was my Labels One Nesties and the addition of clothes to the owls, the borrowed was the mini heart punch (courtesy of my lovely friend Maz who for some reason chooses not to blog??!!) and the blue is of course evident in my colour scheming! So here it is:

The gorgeous polkadot paper is from Candy Doodles Collectors Edition CD. The Heart & Button are from the Sundae of Seasons CD and the owls are from the Sugar Birdies Special Collectors Edition CD. I've drawn a jacket and top hat for the male owl and a veil for the female owl to make them look like a married couple. I free-hand cut the horseshoe.

The arch is made from card covered acetate which has been embossed.

The little frame on the front was from Poundland and I've just given it a coat of acrylic paint and brushed it lightly with Distress Ink. The back of the frame has been glued onto the box and the frame simply clips on and off. Needless to say I will be in search of more these as I think they'll be really useful!

Thanks for stopping by today.

Claire xxx

Candy Doodles Collectors Edition
Sundae of Seasons
Sugar Birdies Special Collectors Edition
Labels One Nestabilities
Sizzix - Blonde De Monde Alpha
Sizzix - Burlap and Swirls Embossing Folder
Glossy Accents

I'd like to enter this box into the following challenges:
I ♥ PROMARKERS- Anything Goes
Just Keep on Creating - Anything Goes
Truly Scrumptious - Anything Goes
Whimsy Stamps Inspirations Challenge - Anything Goes
Sassy Cheryl's - Anything but a square card
fashionista challenge - Weddings
make it monday - anything goes
Simon Says stamp & show - anything goes
stamp with fun - weddings
catch the bug - things with wings
crafty emma - anything goes

Friday, 11 May 2012

A Vintage Card And The Freezer Paper Technique!!!

I'm not gonna say good morning cos it's been raining all week, I've got a bad dose of "man flu" and both my washing machine and microwave have packed up - so to be honest there's nothing particularly "good" about this week! So I'll just stick to "Morning" if it's all the same to you....

Anyway, it's challenge time over at Delicious Doodles and this week it's "Try a new technique". Now normally I love challenges like this, but for some reason I really struggled this week and the best I could come up with was the "Freezer Paper Technique".  Now I know that you can buy inkjet fabric to put through the printer, but it is sooo expensive although not as expensive as new printer if this technique goes pear shaped! So I figured I'd give it go and I'm kinda glad I did.

I started by roughly colouring the image Daisies & Butterflies with Promarkers. I then placed the fabric backed freezer paper into my printer, said a little prayer and hit the copy button. To my amazement it worked!

Once I'd got over the shock of something going right this week, I quickly cut out a  mask and then used a script stamp to create the background. The edges have been gently sponged with Distress Ink. I then ironed the fabric again to set the inks.

I couldn't make something with no glitter or sparkle, so I used a quickie glue pen and some Glamour Dust on the wings of the butterflies and then added a little Glossy Accents to the centre of the flowers. Oh and note lovers of Webster's Pages - I've finally cut into one of mine ;D

I'm not sure this technique would do your printer the world of good if used on a regular basis, but for the occasional project it would be great!

I hope that you'll join us this week - it doesn't matter if it goes wrong, we still want to see it! If you're stuck for inspiration then pop over to the challenge blog as the girls have totally rocked this challenge and come up with some fab techniques.

Thanks for stopping by today, hopefully I'll not be Mrs Grouch for much longer!!! Have a fab weekend

Claire xxx

I'd like to enter this card into the following challenges:
Going Buggy - Things with wings
The Paper Shelter - Anything goes
Anything Goes - Things with wings
Creative Craft Challenges - Anything Goes
LEJ Designs - Things with wings
Sassy Cheryl's - A Stitch In Time
Creative Mondays - Anything Goes
Great Impressions - Anything Goes
Pan Pastel - Anything Goes
Creatalicious Challenges - Butterflies and Flowers
So Artful Challenges - Butterflies, turquoise, yellow, orange
Speedy & Friends - Use 3 of something

Friday, 4 May 2012

Polka Doodles Challenge - Vintage Box

Well have you got your copy of Pen & Paper Circle Issue 2?? If you have, you may have spotted my Vintage Box on the front cover and detailed "how to" instructions inside. I've had a quick flick through and have to say there are some awesome projects from the DT included in it.

I've been really busy with various projects lately (this being one of them) and simply ran out of time to make anything for this weeks challenge over at Polka Doodles which is DISTRESS. So I'm afraid I've cheated a little and used this project for my DT sample. These are a couple of pictures of the box taken before it was sent off for publication never to be seen again - cos Nikky has pinched it!!!! LOL  :0)

Here it is on the cover of the magazine which unfortunately has sold out. The good news is though that Issue 3 of the magazine has just gone on pre-order and includes the gorgeous stamps shown in the picture below. Remember this is a limited release and you only have until the 15th May to place your order.

If you did get the magazine and are inspired to make the box, please let me know as I'd love to see your take on it.

Thanks for stopping by. Have a fantastic weekend.

Claire xxx

I would like to enter this box into the following challenges:
Digi Doodles Shop's Best - Anything goes
Do You Stack Up - Circles
Paper Crafting Journey - Vintage
Sassy Studio Designs - You've been framed
My Mum's Craft Shop - Embossing
Truly Scrumptious - Distressing Die cuts/ Punches
Whimsy Stamps - Spots and dots
Anything goes - Things with wings
Craft Room - Embossing
LEJ Designs - Anything goes
Papertake Weekly - Anything goes
Top Tip Tuesday - Anything but a card
Creative Mondays - Anything goes
Lollipop Crafts - Anything goes
Make it Monday - Anything goes

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