Sunday, 28 October 2012

£50 giveaway

Happy Sunday everyone!
I don't have a project to share with you today but I just wanted to let you all know about the awesome candy we have for grabs at Studio 12 instead!

This month we're giving away candy up to the value of £50 (at least!) which will include CD's, Promarkers, stamps and embellies to one lucky follower who leaves us a comment on the blog!

If you've never visited my other blogs before then you don't know what you're missing... Polkadoodles is a challenge blog which publishes each Friday and has some awesome inspiration from our uber talented design team, with prizes up for grabs for winners each week. You can see what we've been up to here:

In addition we now also have the Studio 12 blog...our aim with Studio 12 is to show you more creative ways to use your digi products every day and the Design Team are soooooo creative over there! We show you how to make quick cards for when you're in a time fix, or how you can also think outside the box and get all inky, painty and messy too - so many people think digital is all about colouring in a character and sticking it on a card but at Studio 12 and Polkadoodles we go waaay beyond this!

In addition, we also have an INTERNATIONAL DESIGN TEAM CALL going on!! So if you're one of my overseas followers why don't you check it out? we'd love to hear from you!

Soooo - why not head on over there now and grab a chance to win some goodies? You need to FOLLOW the blog and also leave us a COMMENT on the candy post to be in with a chance to win - go, go, go!!....

Thursday, 18 October 2012

Lazin' Around...

I really hope you all managed to catch the Letraset shows on Create and Craft TV yesterday (think there may also be an hour or two today) and snapped up the DVD!

So, as promised here is the reveal of yesterday's sneaky peek card...

Little Jack & Bobbin Snoozin'....
This is another Whimsy Stamps Design from the Little cottage Cuties by Elisabeth Bell (I do colour other stuff too, honestly!)...I love this little image and I think it's a really versatile one, can be used for any number of different occasions I think...

I have to admit I really messed this up, I tried to get all arty with the circles on the blue paper and made a mess of it but hey ho, I just turned it to grunge instead lol! I used Zig 2 way glue to trace around the edge of the circles and pressed gold Perfect Pearls (one of my all time fave products EVER) into the dried glue. Only when I went to dust it off one of the circles wasnt dry and smudged it everywhere - oh noooo!! TRAGEDY!!!  As I'd already mounted the main image on top I really had to try and save it, I think I just about got away with it! 

On the main image I coloured him with Prisma's for a change and coloured the water with Pro and Flexmarkers. I cut the image around with a Martha Stewart punch to make the lush border which I thought worked really well and originally it was coloured green but I added the gold to give it a burnished, gilded look, just picking out some of the branches as it was enough without going full on gold everywhere which is so not me. It also tied in the mess of gold from the backing paper, hence why I got away with it looking distressed rather than a huge mistake! Least I think I did lol!
Finally, I added some embellies (just noticed i forgot to add string to my buttons, oh dear!), some faux stitching with my white pen and added a double bow and a sentiment. The brown nobbly round thing is   also a button but on the reverse, I was lucky enough to find someone selling an absolute stash of old vintagey buttons on Etsy a coupe of years ago. I confess I only use them on projects I adore haha, I'm such a stasher!!
To finish off I added glossy accents over the top of the messy dots, again this helped make it look like it was intentionally messy, and then added a few dots down the side to tie it in a bit. I like this card, it looks really vintagey to me.

Right that's it for me today - see you again soon!! xx

Wednesday, 17 October 2012

Woohoo Wednesday!

Wow, where is the week disappearing to already? Can't believe the clocks go back in a week or so but I must confess Autumn is my favourite time of year and then followed by snowy winter - wooohoooo!

Anyways, I promised another peek today and here it is....

You'll have to tune in tomorrow to see what it is, but I have to say I looooove this one, it's a little beaut!

So tomorrow is the launch of my Colour Therapy DVD on Create and Craft TV! Another big wooohoooo!!  I've been wanting to make a DVD on colouring for an absolute age and finally got a gap in my schedule where I could plan it all out and get the filming done!  So today and tomorrow, Create and Craft have a double discount members event on (or you can get it direct from me for free P&P too ; )  ). At the moment I can't fit anything else into my schedule so I wont be Guest presenting this show which is full of yummy Letraset goodness too, but tune in as you might get a sneak of whats on the DVD and they will be showing some of my proper samples too! I think the shows are 1pm and 6pm!  Ive had some great feedback about the DVD and lots of you are saying how much you've learned and gleaned and practiced from having someone to hold your hand all the way so it's wonderful to know that it achieved what I wanted and that you're all finding it a useful tool. There are 7 tutorials over 100 minutes (doesnt sound long but we jam-packed the techniques in and I tried not to waffle, so it's an intensive colour-fest lol!) and it is great for beginners, intermediates and advanced too, I've included my fundamental and must-have techniques in there for you all! 
Right, time to go today, but come back tomorrow to see the above reveal!

Tuesday, 16 October 2012

It's all thrown in the mix!...

Well hello again! 2 days on the trot, get me!

So I promised you a make today after a very long sabbatical and here I am...we recently started to stock Whimsy Stamp designs in the Polkadoodles shop and I loooooove Whimsy designs! It's no secret that I love Elisabeth Bell's illustrations, they're just delish so I have been having a little play with some of my favourite's from the Cottage Cuties collection...
I have to say I do really like the colours on this card...I wanted to make a really autumnal card to go with the image and was inspired by both Halloween, Autumn and Christmas all in one lol, little bit of overkill maybe but I just couldnt resist putting those 2 mini gingers on there! (They're for kids and dont actually taste that great but look very cute haha!).  

The papers I've used are from the Gingerbread Twist collection - I took 3 papers and cut 3 squares of each and distressed the edges a little then overlaid them to make a background like a checkerboard but on an angle.  The sentiment is just a Kuretake Chalk Writer pen (couldve been neater but my pen was a little dry as I stored it the wrong way up like a muppet) onto a mini blackboard heart peg which I picked up for a snip somewhere and some of our lovely Blossoms finished it off.  The image itself is called Apple Blossom and I coloured her with a variety of different pens... Her face is done using Kuretake's Fine & Brush (like Kurecolors but with a brush tip which is like velvet and lush lush lush), the hair is done with Copics and her dress is done with a combo of Copics and Promarkers! So I'm sorry I can't tell you what colours I used as it's a mystery to me too - they were just a small selection of colours I had in a box with me at the time!  
I added the orange flowers just to pick out the little bit of peach on the dress and make her overall peachy skin pop a little bit and not be flat on the page, think it worked quite nicely.

So that's it from me today - pop in tomorrow as I might just have something else for you to look at! xx

Monday, 15 October 2012

Sneaky Peek

Woohoooooo I'm here at last!! Well in mind at least maybe!

I thought I'd give you a quick sneaky peek of something I've been doing the last few days...I looove this make, just have a couple of finishing touches to do and I'll reveal all tomorrow for you.

On another note, there are some Letraset shows on Create and Craft this Wednesday 17th - I'm sorry but I won't be Guest presenting these shows (dont worry I'll be back on your screens soon!) but make sure you tune in as it is the TV launch of my Colour Therapy DVD!! Make sure you tune in as I believe there is a bargain to be had (ssshhhh I can say no more!!)....

Right, I'd better be off and finish my make to show you tomorrow!

lorrahugs xx