Tuesday 23 February 2016

W 8 - The Colour Green and/or Nature...Crafting Challenge at Digi Choosday

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Happy Choosday everyone!

Firstly, don't forget to tune into Create and Craft TV today to see Nikky live on TV at 1pm launching a brand new unseen collection! Don't miss it, you will love it! 
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OK, so it’s Digi Choosday and you know what that means, yes it’s DISCOUNT DAY!!!!
Your discount code for this week is:
UL776M8L50JO
which will save you 
25% off all individual downloads**
when you spend over £2.25 for today only
*EXPIRES MIDNIGHT GMT 23/02/2016
Just enter the code in the shop HERE
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Have you seen the new tab at the top of our blog? 
Each week our fab DT have been treating you to a pictorial tutorial so now you can view them all under one tab at any time you chose.
Did you also know that we have our very own dedicated Instagram account?
Each week six fabulous DT makes from Digi Choosday & Polkadoodles will appear at random on the IG account. You can find our IG account by searching for polkadoodles_crafters.
We’d love all of you to visit us and show us some crafting love.
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Now onto the new challenge....
Green/Nature
There is inspiration all around us in nature, whether it be flowers or trees or the wildlife we see in our daily life so we want your makes this week to show your love of nature or in fact the colour green (as in leaves, grass, fields etc).  You can make anything you like, maybe a card, a scrapbook layout of even home décor. You can use any products you like to enter as long as it follows the theme for this week. We don’t have many rules but check them out in the side bar if you need to.
CLOSING DATE IS 8th March 2016, winners will be announced on 15th March 2016
PRIZES: Random winner (chosen by Random.org) will receive £5 worth of downloads of your choice from the digi store!  The winner and top 3 for Week 5 can be found at the bottom of this post.

So let’s see what the design team have made for us.
We're kicking off the week with a fab tutorial from Fiona...

Fiona - This week I have been asked to do a tutorial for the challenge I have used for my make a pre-coloured design sheet from the Stick and bones Collection design Sheet 2  and have made a box card.
First of all I made a box from a template.
 
I then filled the box with some shredded green paper. I then printed off a few copies of the design sheets. Add backing paper to the front and side added the toppers and then started adding the bones embellishments and sentiments. More details of the tutorial can be found on my blog. Here is the finished make.
Anjie - Once again I've used the fab Sticks and Bones collection for my make. I've coloured the image with my pens and fussy cut some embellies and used 2 papers from the collection on this card. I printed one of the papers onto card as I wanted to use some of the elements on it for embellies so they tiny torties are from the paper as are the tiny word arts. I just LOVE the trees on this collection, I would love to sit under one reading a good book.
Julie - I am having a great time using the new Polkadoodles Sticks & Bones Collection, so I used it again today to make a card for my BFF.  My 'Green' themed card uses Walk the Dinosaur (colored with Copic markers), papers, and a pre-colored sentiment from the Sticks & Bones Collection.  It's available in CD or Digital Download.
Jane – Hello!  My green card features the gorgeous ROSE BUDD COLLECTION where you will find all the elements I have used (well apart from the ribbon).  The very elegant young lady, MISS CHARLOTTE, is also available separately as a clear stamp if you wish. This gorgeous, Regency inspired bundle is currently on offer in the Create and Craft Magazine as a CD-Rom so all of you C&C members go check it out!!  Have a happy crafty day! xxx
Monica- In my country, I have green and nature surrounded me 12 months a year, so I´m very familiar with it. For my make I used one of my favorites Polkadoodles collection "Cherryblossom Lane".
Audrey chose to alter a book binder for her coloring combo pages.   I used Adult Coloring Pages Bundle Alphabet 1.  I used GIMP to make my cover page title and then colored n all the letters and nature elements with my Copics.  I added bows from Work and Play 9 Love and Kisses Download Collection  and air brushed butterfly wooden embellies with my Copics and then added to the bows.
Aunty Sue - Hi for this Green/Nature challenge I have have gone with the colour and our Work and Play Country Life collection available not only as a Cd but as a download so you can play straight away. You can find it in the shop  CD here &  Download here the sentiment is from  Feel the Music Collection available Here
Gail - . I really love using beautiful fonts & quotes, I found the perfect quote and image on the Picknix In The Garden bundle. The Picknix In The Garden bundles is available as a digital download here, however, for the best value and more awesome images there's the Picknix 1 Bundle available, which has 3 yummy collections in one bundle including In The Garden as a digital download here or on CD-Rom here. I was in an inky and messy mood when I started the challenge card, so I got the acrylic ink sprays out to create the background  but the fabulous quote and florals are from the Picknix In The Garden bundle.
Helen - I've used a digi, sentiment and one of the papers from The Serenity Collection together with a paper from the Lily Bug Love Collection.  I've combined the colour green and also the nature theme and have made a circular card for a change
Tanya  So for this week's challenge I've used one of the Colour Therapy Club pages to make a very large A3 sized card.  I've coloured the page with my Lyra Aqua pens and added touches of Wink of Stella Silver Glitter and a little bit of striped zentangle on the word LOVE and some white spots with a White Shake Graph It pen.  There's more detailed photos on my blog

Great makes from the DT I’m sure you will agree - Add your entry using the linky tool below.

Now for the winner and top three from Week 5 Not A Card Challenge

The winner chosen at random by www.random.org is:
Please email us at sales@polkadoodles.co.uk quoting DCW005001 to claim your prize of £5 worth of downloads from the digi store!
And in no particular order the top three chosen by the design team are:
 Grab your blinkies from the top bar!
Thank you all so much for your entries, it means so much to us that you join us each week.
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Tuesday 16 February 2016

Week 7 -Animals & Insects - Crafting Challenge at Digi Choosday

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Happy Choosday everyone!

It’s Digi Choosday and you know what that means, yes it’s DISCOUNT DAY!!!! 
Your discount code for this week is:
Hello40
which will save you 
40% - yes, a massive 40%!!!
off all single digi downloads (not collections)
when you spend over £2.25 for today only
*EXPIRES MIDNIGHT GMT 16/02/2016
Just enter the code in the shop HERE

Have you tried our raaawwwr fun collection called Sticks & Bones available HERE....
And watch out for us on Create and Craft TV on Tuesday 23rd February to showcase you some lovely brand new goodies to die for!...

 Now onto the new challenge
 Animals & Insects
This is your chance to make something featuring maybe your favourite animal or insect, be it a cat, dog, bird, rabbit or butterfly.  
We want to see your makes featuring the cute to the not so cute and maybe a card, a scrapbook layout of even home décor so long as it features an animal or an insect.  You can use any products you like to enter as long as it follows the theme for this week. We don’t have many rules but check them out in the top bar if you need to. We give you two weeks to enter so that means the
CLOSING DATE is the 1st March 2016 and the winners will be announced on the 8th March 2016. PRIZES: The random winner (chosen by Random.org) will receive £5 worth of downloads of your choice from the digi store!
The winner and top 3 for week 4 can be found at the bottom of this post.

So let’s see what the design team have made for us...

Out of the box technique tutorial by Lynda....
You will need:  Digi Image, Pencil, Scissors, Die cutting Shape
Die cutting Machine, such as a Bigshot or Grand Calibur....
1) Choose an image (I used the beautiful Lily from the Lily Lady bug collection. You can find her  here.  2) Place your metal die shape over the image. 3) Using a pencil mark inside the die  (I used a circle) above and below the area(s) you want to leave outside of the die shape. It should look like this.....
 TIP!! If you also mark right the way round the outside of the die shape you can use this as a guideline when your replacing the die to put through the machine later. 
4)Take a pair of scissors and from the edge of your paper or card cut  just over the line you drew 






5) Put the die
shape back over the image, leaving the bit your don't want cutting over the die.  
6) Run through a die cutting machine. 

Hope you enjoyed my first ever tutorial. Don't forget this collection is available on a CD or as a instant download.



Anjie - Everything on my make is from the Sticks and Stones collection. I have coloured them image with my pens and simply matted and layered some of the papers and added faux stitching around the edges. I then added a few embellies and thought it looked good as it was so I decided to leave it at that. Quite CAS for me for a change lately.
Julie -- Animals & Insects!  This sounds like the perfect time for the new Lily Bug Love collection! I colored Lily Bug Love Heart Balloon with Copic markers.  The sentiment and backing papers are all part of the Lily Bug Love full collection, available in CD or digital download.   I love this new collection!
Monica-For this week make, I chose a lovely dinosaur couple from Sticks & Bones collection. Using the colorful volcano, I made a volcano shaped gift box. The volcano, the palm trees, the heart shaped rock, the sentiment and, of course, the lovely dinos, all are included in this adorable collection.
Fiona - For this weeks make I have used different collections for my  mdf bird house.  I have used a image called I have used Lil Bug Love Heart Balloon digi stamp The birds are from  Candy Doodles Collection Edition  the backing sheet is from Sugar Plum Daisy
Jane – Hello! I just adore Nikky’s new STICKS AND BONES COLLECTION there are so many gorgeous goodies in it, and this has to be one of my favourite images called FEROCIOUS FRIENDS. Isn’t that sabretooth tiger just AWESOME!!! I coloured with pencils and gave the card a whole ‘ripped up’ look!! Well just check out those claws!! J  Have a happy crafty day! xxx
Aunty Sue - Hi well with all Nikkys fabulous new releases which to use for this challenge. Sorry I just love our Lily Bug and just had to go there again this week. I have used a Digi image printed twice available here , along with some of the fabulous paper available Here. I printed the lady bug out twice so I could lay one on top with the wings lifted off the page. There are always so many gems hidden in Nikkys collections. The Valentine and Hi is also in this collection part of the element available here. You purchase the whole collection either as a download or a cd here in the shop.
Gail - Animals & Insects, it had to be Lily Bug!! Loving this new collection from Nikky, cute but not too sickly sweet, does that make sense?? The Lily Bug Love collection is available on CD-Rom or for the less patience crafter the instant download is also available. 

Audrey chose to use Hats Off Twiggy and Toots image, which you can find in the Twiggy and Toots Owl Download Collection.  I also used one of the tunnel card templates from Twiggy and Toots Owl Download Collection - it comes with all the panels, papers and embellies needed to make this card.  I colored the image, cut out with scissors and put it on the front of the card.  Sentiment can be found in Twiggy and Toots Owl Download Collection as well.  Sure hope you like it!

Front of card
 inside
Helen - I've used elements from the new 'Lily Bug' collection and have tried combining some of them digitally for a change.  I've merged a pre-coloured digi with one of the frames, added a sentiment and also two of the flowers.  Then I've added two of the papers and some black paper and gems to finish my card.  The collection is available here as a CD and here as a download.
Tanya For this week's challenge I've used the sabre tooth tiger from the Sticks and Bones collection which you can get in the full collection available on CD and download or on its own in the black and white version to colour yourself.  Using Graph It Markers to colour it and then using the sentiments and flowers and frame and papers from the collection too.  Finished off with some satin wire edged animal print ribbon.

Now for the winner and top three from week 4 In Bloom
The winner chosen at random by www.random.org is:
Please email us at sales@polkadoodles.co.uk quoting DCW004001 to claim your prize of £5 worth of downloads from the digi store!
And in no particular order the top three chosen by the design team:
Grab your blinkies from the top bar!
Thank you all so much for your entries, it means so much to us that you join us each week.

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Tuesday 9 February 2016

Wk 6 - All You Need is Love...Crafting Challenge at Digi Choosday -

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Happy Choosday everyone.


It’s Digi Choosday and you know what that means, yes it’s DISCOUNT DAY!!!!

Your discount code for this week is:

CHOOSDAY
which will save you 
33% off all downloads 

when you spend over £2.25 for today only *EXPIRES MIDNIGHT GMT 09/02/2016
Just enter the code in the shop HERE

Have you caught the bug yet?  Lily Bug Love is an ever so pretty girl and the collection is pretty and fresh and includes toppers and embellishments for you to just colour, print and cut. But it’s not all about the characters, it’s about the florals and the springtime pretties too.  Over 200 printables found on the mini collection which features four gorgeous Lily bug Love character stamps in colour and black and white ready for you to colour, and some little itty bitty collections for all price pockets....Go check it out 
HERE
And don’t forget about the raaawwwr fun collection called Sticks & Bones available 
HERE
Now onto the new challenge from us here at Digi Choosday.

This week the challenge we have set is...
All You Need Is Love
With Valentine’s Day fast approaching what better occasion than to hand make something to give to your loved one, or perhaps just an extra special card oozing love and romance.  Of course us crafters don’t need Valentine’s Day to spread the crafting love, so we would like to see your makes that just depict the theme of love, a card, a bookmark, a scrapbook page or even home décor, so anything so long as it is handmade.  You can use any products you like to enter as long as it follows the theme for this week. We don’t have many rules but check them out in the side bar if you need to.
We give you two weeks to enter so that means the
CLOSING DATE IS 23rd February 2016
and the winners will be announced on 1st March 2016
PRIZES:
The random winner (chosen by Random.org) will receive £5 worth of downloads of your choice from the digi store!
The winner and top 3 for Week 3 can be found at the bottom of this post.
So let’s see what the design team have made for us.


Julie - Today, I'm showcasing the new Sticks & Bones collection, (CD) , Digital Download) and showing how I use dies to make a card base.  Gather supplies, choose papers, dies, sentiment, card base:
Fold card base in 2 (fold is on the left in the picture below) overlap folded edge slightly with die, and run everything through a die cutting machine.  Assemble the layers, embellish as desired.  There are more pictures and instructions on my blog. 
Tanya  Hello there.  What a great week to make something love related especially with the release of the Lily Bug Love Collection last week.  I've gone for something different for me this week and made a digi scrapbook page.  I've been wanting to get back into scrapbooking for a while now, but whereas years ago when I used to cut things up and use original photos and put them in a book, this whole digi way of scrapbooking is new to me.  I've used a photo of my mum and dad which I've changed to black and white and embellished with papers, leaves and flowers and a sentiment all from the full Lily Bug Love collection available here on download or here on CD. More details can be found on my blog.
AnjieI have used the fabulous Sticks and Stones download collection to make this, which you can find HERE. Or in the CD format HERE. And of course you can buy all the images and other stuff separately. The cute image is HERE. I have printed one of the backing papers straight onto my card stock to make the stepper card. I then coloured the image in with my pens and fussy cut her out. I used lots and lots of pre-coloured animals and embellies and sat and fussy cut them as well. And finally I cut around some of the sentiments. I added them all onto the card with 3D foam to make them stand out more.

Fiona - I have used the fantastic Work and play 9 Love and Kisses cd for my All you need is love make, Its a fantastic cd great for all those wedding and valentine makes.  The image is called True Love the papers I used and the digital stamp are available on the cd. The flowers were created using a punch I have from the papers on the cd.
Jane – Hello! I just can’t get enough of the gorgeous new LILY BUG LOVE collection so that is what I have used to make my card again this week!  The image is the super cute LILY BUG LOVE SENDING LOVE (and she is!) who comes part of the collection but you can also purchase individually if you wish! Have a happy crafty day! xxx
Helen -  I've used elements from the new Lily Bug Love collection too - you can find it as a CD here and a download here.  I've used a pre-coloured digi, papers and a sentiment layered with black card.
Gail - I decided to use the very elegant Eden Collection available on CD Rom here or as a digital download here.  All the elements on this card from the Eden collection, including the sentiment, except for a little faux stitching with a fine liner pen. 
Monica- I`m enjoying going back to my favorite craft stuff and for this challenge I made a 3d hot air balloon, of course using papers, embellisments, sentiment and an adorable digi from Lily Bug Love.
Aunty Sue - Well with a Love in the challenge it just had to be our Little Love BUG - LILY BUG didnt it. I have used Lily Love Big Heart digital image available hereA sentiment from the download added to the heart and the papers are from Set 3 available here. Added a frame which you can get here. But you know if your getting them you will have to have the full CD/ Download available here

Audrey, who loves to color images with scenery chose Eden Window this time.  She can also be found in the Eden Collection Big Kahuna Download Bundle.  All the papers, embellies and bows I used are from Work and Play 9 Love and Kisses Download Collection.  I love all the Polkadoodles download collections because each time I explore them, I find something new!  This time I found the design sheets in the Work and Play 9 Love and Kisses Download Collection - they are sheets with all the elements needed to complete a card.  I used the border from one of the design sheets as well as the cut out hearts for my card.  I additionally used one of the ribbons, which I put a wooden heart on top - wooden heart colored with my air brush using Copic marker.  Finally, I cut one of the hearts and one for the flowers out of the design papers from Work and Play 9 Love and Kisses Download Collection for additional embellies and added Stickles to the flower.

Great makes from the DT again this week, wowee!

Now for the winner and top three from Week 3 Stitching Challenge....

The winner chosen at random by www.random.org is:
Please email us at sales@polkadoodles.co.uk quoting DCW03001 to claim your prize of £5 of downloads from the store. 
And in no particular order the top three chosen by the design team are:

Well done everyone, we loved all the entries this week! Grab your blinkies from the top bar!  Thank you all so much for your entries, it means so much to us that you join us each week.
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Tuesday 2 February 2016

week 5 Crafting challenge at Digi Choosday Not a Card

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Happy Choosday everyone.
Your discount code for this week is:
CHOOSDAY33
which will save you 
33% off all downloads 
when you spend over £2.25 for today only
*EXPIRES MIDNIGHT GMT 02/02/2016

Just enter the code in the shop HERE

Have you caught the bug yet?  Lily Bug Love is an ever so pretty girl and the collection is pretty and fresh and includes toppers and embellishments for you to just colour, print and cut. But it’s not all about the characters, it’s about the florals and the springtime pretties too.  Over 200 printables found on the mini collection which features four gorgeous Lily bug Love character stamps in colour and black and white ready for you to colour, and some little itty bitty collections for all price pockets. 
Go check it out HERE


And don’t forget about the raaawwwr fun collection called Sticks & Bones available HERE

Now onto the new challenge today...
Not A Card
So we want to see your makes that are not a card.  Maybe you could make a gift tag, a box, a picture, a candle, a scrapbook layout or a piece of home décor. 
You can use any products you like to enter as long as it follows the theme for this week. We don’t have many rules but check them out in the side bar if you need to.
We give you two weeks to enter so that means the CLOSING DATE IS 16th February 2016 and the winners will be announced on 23rd February 2016
PRIZES: The random winner (chosen by Random.org) will receive £5 worth of downloads of your choice from the digi store!

The winner and top 3 for Week 2 can be found at the bottom of this post.

So let’s see what the design team have made for us!...

Jane – Hello! So using the uber gorgeous brand new collection from Nikky LILY BUG LOVE I decorated a birdcage tea-light holder.  I've added is a small picture tutorial to go with this and further details, with words!, can be found on my blog!  Have a happy crafty day! xxx



Gail - No decision for me this week, with the Not A Card theme, it just had to be a tag! I couldn't resist using the every so adorable and lush new collect Lily Bug Love, you can get the full collection on CD-Rom here or as a Digital Download here. Isn't Lily Bug fabulous, just love her, I can see so many ways to use this collection for my crafty makes.

Lynda  I have used the Sticks & Bones collection available as a download and a CD version to make a gift box.  More details can be found on my blog.


Anjie I have used different collections to create this. The embellies are from the Twiggy and Toots collection. And the paper and flowers are from the Eden collection. I've shaped all the flowers with a ball tool and added some pearls to the centres of them. More details on my blog.

Julie --  The nursing home where I work has 24 4th grade pen pals visiting in a couple weeks.  I need treat bags!  The newest Polkadoodles collection is perfect for 4th grade pen pals! This preprinted image, frame, digital paper, and sentiment are all part of the Sticks & Bones Digital Download Collection.  It's also available in CD.  The only thing I added was the pre-made treat bag and the glimmer tape.  Fun!  Only 23 more to go and I'll have this project done.  Woohoo!

Monica.- I love all the dimension of shadow boxes, so for this week I chose to use the adorable Sticks & Bones to create a shadow box with one of its lovely characters. I used a pre coloured image because I love it´s bright colors and the perfect shading. All the papers, elements and sentiment are from this lovely collection, that is full of possibilities to create the perfect prehistoric scene.

Fiona - For my not a card make this week I have used  work and play 9  Love and Kisses  I have made a gift box ideal as a wedding gift box. I have used a pre-coloured image called wedding Car,  the papers and sentiment are from this great collection I have also used a punch to stamp flowers from the gorgeous papers on the CD.

Helen - my 'not a card' project is a very simple little Post-It Note holder.  These are really quick and simple to make but they've been really popular with the ladies at both the craft classes I teach.  I've printed off one of the pages from the Adult Colouring Pages Bundle 1 which is here on the Polkadoodles website.  I cut a section of the page and coloured it with Promarkers.  The label on the front of the pad is computer generated and I used paper from the 'Serenity Fairy Wishes Download' which is here.  Inside I added some more of the paper and a nice pink Post-It pad.



Aunty Sue - Now with all the lovely New collections Nikky has just brought out I couldnt resist making a Tag with the Brand New Lily Bug. I have used a Pre coloured image from the collection and all the elements and papers are all found in it. You can purchase Lily Bug from the shop as a Cd and also a Download for those that cant wait to play HERE

Audrey once again chose images, sentiments, embellies and papers from Sticks and Bones Full Download Collection.  I made a coaster set with the images Ferocious Friends/Dinosaur and Mammoth Friends/Dinosaur.  I also used sentiments which can be found all together in Sticks & Bones Dinosaur Sentiments Bundle as well as in the Full Collection.  Flowers are also from the full collection as well as Sticks and Bones Flowers/Foliage Bundle.  I sure hope you like it, I know you will love this new bundle!! 


Tanya for this week's not a card challenge I've made some bookmarks from the feather adult colouring page available in the Colour Therapy Club 3B collection.  I've used two different types of pens to colour them to make them look pastel and bright and cut round them.  More details on my blog.

Great makes from the DT as always - so let's see what you can bring to this great challenge...
Add your entry using the linky tool below.

Now for the winner and top three from Week 2 Cool Blue Challenge

The winner chosen at random by www.random.org is:
Please email us at sales@polkadoodles.co.uk quoting DCW002001 to claim your prize of £5
And in no particular order the top three chosen by the design team are:
# 23 Lucy Patrick
# 3 Victoria Rowson
#8 Paper Whims
Grab your blinkies from the top bar!
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