Friday, 19 November 2010

Whoop Whoop!! It's Blog Hop time!!!

I've been looking forward to this, I've never actually been in a hop before so it's all rather exciting!
Firstly, I want to welcome all the new teamies and Guest teamies to the Challenge Blog this week - we're very excited to have them all on board and I can't wait to see the inspiration they all offer up! yeehah! If you applied for the team check out the new members - we have loads of news and inspiration this week!
Over £400 of Blog Candy up for grabs and nabs!!!

Now, if you've never done a blog hop either, here is what you need to do for ours.  Hidden on the Polka Doodles Design Team blogs are letters which make up a special word - you need to visit each blog and collect the letters then leave your answer in the Comments section on the Polka Doodles Challenge Blog under this week's post
Make sure you leave a comment on each blog page you visit because 10 of us have BLOG CANDY to win - but you MUST leave a comment to be in with a chance of winning that bloggers Candy! In theory you could win 12 times! And to win you MUST leave the final word on the main blog too! Easy peasy!(the comments will not be published and will be moderated so there can be no cheating or accidental cheating LOL). You have until 12noon GMT on Sun 28th Nov to complete the Hop.

As well as winning all the fabulous Candy, you can also take advantage of a special offer over at the Polka Doodles shop - enter the code HOPPITYHOP10 and you will get 10% off your order (only applicable during the blog hop).

Now, if you've reached this blog from Fliss's blog then you're in the right place! And the next place you need to go from here is back over to here to leave your final answer - after you've found my letter of course, which you can find further down the page!! (you didn't think I was going to make it easy did you?)...

So this week on the Challenge blog we've chosen the theme Give Thanks. This has double meaning at the moment because it's Thanksgiving in the US next week, but it does us all good to stop and say thanks now and then I think...

...this sentiment design just popped in my head the other night while I was on Twitter so I decided to draw it and I've given it to you this week as a FREE DOWNLOAD - if you're entering the challenge then you need to use the download on your entry. I hope you like it (you can change it if you want to for the challenge)...
Here's the free download....(this is a .PNG file & will take a second to download)
and here is what I made with it...

I printed the download onto Kraft card (aren't we all just in love with that at the moment!) and then I did faux stitching using a paper piercer and a white Sakura pen around the text to add some definition (I just realised mine is pre-coloured brown but I made yours white so you can colour it how you wish). I then layered randomly cut strips of polka dot and kraft onto an 8 x 8" card to make the background. The sunflowers and leaves are from Sundae of Seasons and the button is one I made myself from Fimo when I was in a bit of a button frenzy a few months ago. I love using string on cards and together with Kraft it gives a nice rustic feel. I then just added a little bit of bling with gems and Liquid Pearls. I recently bought the We R Memory Keepers Sew Easy tool and I wanted to use that but to be honest it only really works well on paper, not card. However I did use my WRMK Rotary blades to cut the scallop edges - again you have to really press hard to make it go through card but I really like it, nice and handy and a lot easier than faffing about with a big rotary trimmer or having to change blades on a hand rotary.
I was going to send this to someone in the US to let her know I was thinking of her as she's going through a hard time at the moment but I didn't realise Thanksgiving was so close - I don't think it will get there in time but I'm going to give it a go!....

....And here is my Candy to giveaway - 2 CD's, 2 stamps, 2 ribbon packs, 2 Dewdrops, Prima Daisies, Bazzill Giant Brads and tape - all worth almost £60!
And the letter you need to complete your Blog Hop word is *P*!

So I have a really really busy schedule at the moment which is a bit of a pain considering that I keep getting these flaming cluster headaches which knock me for six for the whole day because I end up having to take Imigran. So I'm getting further and further behind but I think I must thrive on a good deadline!I'm back on Create and Craft on Fri 26th at 8am (ungodly hour, means I have to get up at 5 - and thats IN the hotel, if I had to drive down I'd be setting off at 2am!eek!) and I'm excited because I have some lush new products which will be launching...sneak peeks...

...tee hee, ok it's a really really sneek sneek peek, but you'll have to tune in at 8am on 26th to see these beauties, I think they will fly out and we don't have massive stocks - even the DT havent had their mitts on these, I've only just got them today myself and I can't wait to have a good play.  So it's been a busy old week on the news front but I think I'm all newsied out now for a while at least! As always there is tons of stuff going on in the background which is all very exciting but that will have to keep for later dates!  So enjoy your blog hop and have a great weekend and a positive week! See me here in a fortnight to find out if you won my candy or not!! ttfn xx

p.s. Don't forget you have to leave me a comment below if you want to win the Candy! x