Friday, 27 July 2012

Summer Challenge at Polkadoodles

It seems so long since I joined in a Polkadoodles challenge! This week's theme is Summer and you can win a copy of the Picknix CD if you join in, woohoo!

I chose this lovely digistamp from our exclusive Emma Canning range - Emma is a new up and coming designer I spotted a little while ago and I adore her range of quirky characters. There are loads to choose from and we will be adding more as we like to keep Em busy - they're already mega popular with customers because they're so great to practice colouring in with all your pens and markers, just fab!
Anyway, I decided to go a bit bright and girlie with this one...

Don't you think she's a cutipie?? I love all the little poses. I coloured her with my beloved Kuretake Fine & Brush, love the vibrancy and skintones you can get with these, they're a total dream to use but I neeeed more colours! There a few sneak peeks on this card but I'm sworn to secrecy about them so my lips are totes sealed Zippy styleee until I can reveal! It's gonna be a killer not telling you because they are lush lush lush!
Anyway, happy Friday - today is a great day because my lovely baby sis gave birth to my gorgeous new niece in the early hours of this morning, woohoo! I dont have a name or weight  yet but I'm seeing her tomorrow to give her a little squeeeze. From a distance that is, I don't do babies lol!
Have a great weekend everyone, don't forget we have candy galore going on with the Digibells hop below, Elisabeth Bells world and now Polkadoodles - and watch out on Sunday for more candy on offer over at Studio 12 - OMG what's a girl to do, more stash than you can poke a stick at!!

p.s just remembered another reason it's a good brand new Silhouette machine arrived yesterday so I'm hoping I can play today! :D

Wednesday, 25 July 2012

Summer Daze!

Time for our monthly post over at Elisabeth Bell's World today and lucky us we are sponsored by the wonderful peeps over at Whimsy Stamps!  So head on over to the delicious EBW blog and see all the amazeballs inspiration - this team sure does rock! There is always lush candy up for grabs so make sure you get on over there NOW!...

I have chosen this delightful new digi from our gorgeously talented Lissybee - released just this month I absolutely love love love this image! Ok, so I love aaaalll Lissybee's stuff anyway but I love this one extra lol!  I'm sorry I've used the same image on 2 consecutive posts but I was in a bit of a whirlytizz last minute making this one but I tried to colour it differently to last time...I just love colouring water! It's a real challenge getting reflections and depth to water so I love doing images like this...

Now I must confess I was colouring this one last night at home whilst also trying to eat tea and speak to my mum on the phone at the same time - I didn't notice the light was pretty poor in the room so my colouring on this could be a lot better, specially on the hair, I've lost all the shine (mainly because I only took home a handful of Flexmarkers so didnt have all the right colours with me and managed to print my image smaller than I wanted lol). I'm still not unpacked properly after last weekend so my workspace at the Studio is like a tip and I can't find anything as it's all in half empty boxed mixed up, it's completely doing my head in! (by the way, talking of pens, did you know that Letraset have just released the Autumn Promarkers Limited Edition sets? gorge!)...
Oh, and I just noticed the mark on the reed on the right hand side too - oh no! Ahh well, with the joy of digi it means I can just print as many as I like and do it again anyway! The card shape is a new one for me, I cut an 8x8 scallop blank in half and then folded half over at a diagonal, it's kind of like a twisted easel without the easel. It looks a little weird on the pic but I quite like it in real life, let me know what you think.

And did I mention Whimsy Stamps are sponsoring? Well, guess what? At Polkadoodles we are just expecting our first delivery of delicious offerings from Whimsy to add to the website - in our first delivery are Wee Stamps and the Cottage Cuties from Lissybee herself to add to our already amazing Belles n Whistles collection - rubber stamp heaven indeed, hurry up Mr Postman, I can't wait to get my mitts on the goodies!! So head on over to the blog now and get entering in the challenge to win some fab candy! woohoo!

Friday, 20 July 2012

Blog Hop

I have been SUCH a naughty blogger!! It's been such a long time, doesnt time fly! The truth is quite simply I've been run off my feet! Anyway, without further ado, it's time for our monthly blog hop over at Elisabeth Bell's World and it was the perfect excuse to make a card - sometimes it does you good to make time, I often find that the quick projects turn out awesomer than the ones you spend hours poring over!

So our lovely hop starts today and will end at 9am July 27th (Arizona time) so make sure you hop along with us and you wil get a chance to win some awesomeness!  We will choose 2 random winners which will be selected from the comments left on the Design Team blogs and the Digibells blog, so make sure you hop and leave us all a comment!

If you arrived here from the delightfully talented Mary Lou then you are in the right place!

So what exactly do you win?
Well, what more do you need than *Summer Daze* this scrumptious new Digistamp from Elisabeth which is available here...

Isn't this an adorable image? You can win this if you follow the rules! On my project here I've coloured it with Flexmarkers and added some bits and pieces from my Picknix 1 CD - I just adore that little lemonade stand! The sentiment is on the CD too but I handwrote it onto the sign and just added a few more bits, buttons and some lace.

So, what you need to do now is hop on over to Sofia and see what she's created, don't forget to leave us both a comment!

Ooo and before I go, just a quick heads up - did you know we're looking for Guest Designers over at Digibells? get your entries in everyone! They're a lovely friendly and uber talented team of designers so well worth having a go!
Right, that's it from me for now, toodlepip and enjoy hopping!

Thursday, 19 July 2012

Here Comes Christmas!

Wooohoo!! time for a post at last!  I am SO bad!! Quite honestly I've been run off my feet since May LOL! No excuses, I just dont know if I'm coming or going! Nothing much changes there then I hear you all cry, but we have been exceptionally busy I must confess.

I want to say a MASSIVE thankyou to all the lovely peeps we met at Doncaster Summer Crafting last weekend, another great show although numbers seemed to be down a bit on last year, a sign of the times I think and the fact we're all looking after our pennies a bit more maybe. After all, as crafters we know that we can't resist those goodies! :O

Anyway, at the show we unveiled this little baby, our brand new, latest release for Polkadoodles...
Yep, in the craft world Crimbo has well and truly landed I'm afraid!! I've resisted as long as I could this year as I do draw a line at Crimbo in June, but when I think about it even at age 18 (yes all those aeons ago) I was involved in Crimbo in July even back then when I worked in newspapers and we had to run *Book Early for Christmas* features for restaurants!! Any of you who worked in papers will know the story LOL!!
Anyway, Here Comes Christmas is rather scrummy I think, it reminds me of childhood Christmases with a lovely vintagey feel with a Polkadoodley twist...

...and you can catch a good old sneg of this on Create and Craft TV this Saturday 21st July at 11 and 4pm with meeeeeee...(sorry no Rosemary this show, she's sunning herself in Cyprus!).  I will also be back on at 6pm with a Kuretake show and lots more yummy delights from them, so please email in if you're watching!

Saturday, 7 July 2012

Quick update

Hi everyone - oh my goodness I'm so bad, it's been an age since I posted! We are UBER busy here at Doodley Towers since the launch of Picknix, things have gone ballistic and I'm having to really prioritise so I don't keel over, so I'm sorry I havent posted anything in ages, blogs and twitter are taking a bit of a backseat for me at the minute, I'm worn out LOL! I'm currently busy designing and hoping I don't drop all the juggling plates at once so I promise as soon as I can catch a breath I will update you on everything going on. In the meantime, we will be at Doncaster Summer Crafting 14/15th July and I will be back on Create & Craft 21st July with something delish!
See you all soon!