Wednesday, 30 May 2012

Ultra Exciting!

Well, I've been totally bursting for the last couple of months with a secret and now I can finally reveal, yipppeee!

I'm very proud to announce that TV's Rosemary Merry will be joining the Polkadoodles team from 9th June! Woohooooo! Welcome on board the doodleship, Rosemary!

Rosemary is one of the UK papercraft industry's longest serving experts and was the resident Scrapbooking expert on QVC for many many years, bringing a whole host of brands and creativity in scrapbooking to viewers. Rosemary has an absolute wealth of knowledge about papercrafting both in the UK and overseas, teaching and demonstrating and I just know that her creative style fits perfectly with my own and the Design Team at Polkadoodles so we think this will be a great partnership! Rosemary is really looking forward to getting to grips with all of our yummy goodies and bringing you some fantastic inspirational demo's, starting on 9th June. We will both be appearing on the Polkadoodles shows on Create & Craft TV at noon and 4pm so we hope you'll all join us!...but more about that below!...

But that's not all! As you know from the past couple of weeks, May is Polkadoodles 3rd Birthday so we decided this was a perfect time to also reveal our brand new Studio 12 range.

Studio 12 is still part of Polkadoodles but will be incorporating a slightly different feel which we think will appeal to everyone, including scrapbookers and anyone who loves altered media in any way. We are very excited to be able to offer some diversity in what we do, but don't worry, good old Polkadoodles is not going anywhere and die-hard fans need not worry! In fact, we just see it as a natural development which we've been wanting to do for some time! So if you are someone who loves messing about with anything digital in papercrafting you are just going to adore this range as it's very much all about hybrid papercrafting!

So tune in at noon on 9th June to see the first fabulous Studio 12 collection with myself and Rosemary at the helm - we are both so excited we will be like a pair of giddy aunts! ; D

See you on the 9th!

Monday, 28 May 2012

Friday, 25 May 2012

Little Lamb - Elisabeth Bells World May

Morning campers, it's time for an Elisabeth Bell's world challenge today! The lovely Lissy Bee has released this GAWGUSS digi stamp *Little Lamb* - isn't it sooo cute!! Today we have a sketch challenge at EBW which I personally ADORE! If you've never used a sketch before with your cardmaking (or anything else come to think of it) you really should give it a go, sketches are a fabulous tool to use, especially if you're stuck for inspiration or need to make loads of cards really fast. Just draw out a rough plan using circles, squares and rectangles and it helps keep your designs on track. I use sketches a lot when I'm prepping for TV shows where I need to maybe make 12 demo's in a day ready for loads of shows - they help  me make sure my projects are all different and stops me from sitting looking at an empty card blank for hours on end!
 I've used papers from the Sugarplum Daisy CD rom on this card together with the scrummy image from Elisabeth. All flowers and feathers are from the Polkadoodles website.
I've distressed the papers with Old Paper Distress Ink and then run round the edges again with a pale pink and coral Acrylic Paint Dabber from Ranger. I've had these for yonks and not really used them but now I'm in my new st st studio I can get to all my materials a whole lot better so I'm using all the stuff I've not been able to reach before now LOL! I then added some feathers and flowers (that big fabric flower is a Petaloo one and is to DIE for!!!) and we are just adding some brand new flower packs into stock on the website which are absolutely FLYING out the door. The little feathers are also from Petaloo and cruelty-free I was pleased to see on the pack as I was a bit distressed at first when I saw they are proper real feathers! I think they're duck ones, but they're sooo nice, just perfick size too. Right, that's it from me today, make sure you join in our challenge at EBW to be in with a chance of winning the fab Digi!!

Tuesday, 22 May 2012

Happy Birthday to Us!

Woweeeee peeps! 
Today is Polkadoodles 3rd Birthday!! 
 (card is made from Sugarplum Daisy CD and coloured with Promarkers)
Yes, it's 3 years ago today since we launched the Polkadoodles blog and went live with our first product which was our Fab Sugar Birdies CD (nice to know that 3 years on and it's still a hot seller!!)! woooohoooo!! And here we are 3 years on, going strong, I'm on telly every now and then, who the heck woulda thought it ay - good things come to those who wait and work hard. I want to take time to thank the people who helped us along the way, it has been far from easy, particularly in the early days and we've had some awesome people who helped us in ways they probably don't even realise. First up are my 2 friends Maggie and Michele. Michele is one of those friends who's always there for you when you need her and I love her to bits although we don't see anywhere near enough of each other. Maggie I don't see any more but if you're reading this I want you to know that you have a special place in my heart and I think of you all the time, special lady. I also need to mention the awesome PD design team - those girls absolutely ROCK! There've been a few who have come and gone over the last 3 years but we still have some original teamies with us and a special big thankyou goes to En, Ruth and Lou who have been with me through thick and thin. They're honorary members now which just means they're barred from ever leaving the team really LOL. Of course, I have to thank my long suffering old man, Mr Doodles who does lots of the hard work while I just do all the nice stuff. He's the one who sends out all your orders every day and keeps me in line and on track, he's my rock and I couldnt do any of what we do without him.
Of course, more than all of this we thank all of you, our lovely followers and customers who buy the products and make it all worthwhile and keep the ninjas in the manner to which theyre accustomed. Without YOU lot we wouldnt be here so please know that we appreciate each and every order and thank our lucky stars that we have such a fab customer base - Polkadoodles customers are soooo nice!!

Anyway enough wafflage from me! To celebrate our birthday we're having a special celebration over on the Polkadoodles blog and you can win over £220 of blog candy so make sure you get on over there  NOW!!!
Go on, NOW, what are you waiting for??  chop, chop, off you go!! no more cake left here, it's crumbs only here....

Friday, 18 May 2012

Hi everyone, time for the Digibells May blog hop! Yes, I did say Digibells, the lovely teamies over there asked me to be a permanent DT member for Elisabeth Bell's World and part of my duties for that are to join in the blog hop each month, woohooo lucky me!! If you havent checked out the creations from my teamies you NEED to,they are an awesomely talented bunch of girls, AMAZING colouring skills over there!

So if you arrived here from Wendy's blog, you're in the right place! 

This time our theme is Stitching (faux or real) and to coincide with the hop our lovely Lissy Bee has designed a fabulous new Digi - and you can win this if you take part in the hop!  

To win the digi you will need to hop through all our team and leave a comment on each blog to improve your chances of winning.
2 random winners will be chosen from all the comments and you have until Fri 1st June at 9am (Arizona time) to do your bit. We'll be posting the winners on Sat 2nd June on the Digibells blog. Woohoo!
Also, you have a 2nd way to win too!...just make a card using Stitching (faux or real) as a theme and post it on the Digibells blog! Our only rule is that you need to use an Elisabeth Bell image - if you want to join in and don't have one get yourself over to Lissy Bee's digi store now! The challenge will also end1st June at 9am and be announced on the 2nd June.  So good luck everyone, get hopping and carry on reading to see where you need to go next! 

So, my card for this challenge...this image from Elisabeth is so adorable, I love it! Cute little lambie! I decided to go quite vibrant with my colour choices on this card and show how you can make red and green, which are always considered Christmas colours, look entirely different if you introduce another strong colour, here I chose blue (pic is yet again a bit ropey, I seriously need to get my camera head on!)
All the papers are from the Sugarplum Daisy CD and I added a fabric flower and some paper ones (coming soon to the website, watch out, they are LUSH!) and the heart is a Basically Bare chipboard one which I coloured with the Fine & Brush again to make an embellie.
I coloured this image with the awesome brand spanking new Kuretake Fine & Brush alcohol markers. These are just to die for and if you are a pen geek like me you will love the velvet soft brush on these - it makes blending an absolute dream! These are the same alcohol inks as the Kurecolors range but now have a super fine tip which is just great for getting into details and now with a brush tip which is ultra soft and is the nicest tip that I've used on ANY alcohol marker if I'm quite honest. You can't even hear the pen on the paper it's so smooth - I do wish Kuretake would extend their current colour range, 400 colours like Copic would be heaven, and as their colours are so rich and vibrant I think they would take over the world once everyone tried them LOL! The first sets which are available now are in the same colourways we did for the Kurecolors recently but the good news is there is a 12 pack of skintones which are a MUST HAVE!
Now dear readers, you need to carry on hopping...hoppity hoppity...
Please now hop over to Lynda to carry on  your creative journey!
And as an extra incentive - anyone who does the blog hop and leaves a comment on each blog will be in with a chance of receiving a free digi download from me too! this will include papers and allsorts of goodies, so make sure you leave me and my teamies a comment (I WILL Check!!)...I will choose one person from my comments list on a random generator once the hop has finished!! So you have THREE chances to win! woohooo!!

toodlepip!! xx

Big Celebration!

Hi everyone - make sure you pop over to the Polkadoodles blog today - we have some completely awesome Wedding projects to show you all - too good to miss! plus some exciting news about next week! x

Saturday, 12 May 2012

Create and Craft

Hi everyone, just a very quick update - my Create & Craft hours for next week are (so far):
Monday 14/5: 8, 1 & 4pm;
Tues 15/5: 9 & 4pm;
Wed 16/5: 2 & 7pm;
Thurs 17/5: 8, 11 & 5pm...subject to change of course!
Letraset 4 Day Deal here we come! PLEASE email into the studio if you want to see anything in particular but please remember I'm restricted in what colours and products I can use - I can't do dark skintones on this show (I long for the day I can, believe me!) but we have some fab colours and exclusives and I said too much already! Right, I'm off to pack the car up then I can have a leisurely day & a lie-in tomorrow before driving to the studio Sunday night to set up! ttfn! xx

p.s. - just want to say: I havent forgotten about the candy for naming the new studio! I HAVE picked a name but I just havent had time to sort everything out yet so I'll do it once I get back from C&C and can finally get the rest of my stash out of the house and into the studio and tidied up and organised properly, so please don't think I've reneged on my little competition cos I havent! xx

Friday, 11 May 2012

Simply Cards & Papercrafts Issue 96 May

Today I have my project from Issue 96 to share with you. There are lots of different colouring hints and tips in the magazine for you this month, hope you like it! The next issue will be out the first week of June! I decided to go all Summery this month and now look at the weather, typical!
(I have been asked how many issues we're doing the colouring tutorials for and it is an ongoing feature so long as you don't get bored, I don't get boring and you are getting something out of it!! So if you have topics you'd like covered then please let me know or contact the magazine direct and let them know - I will genuinely do my best to try and show you what you want and it doesnt matter if it's been covered before, I'll still consider any suggestions you may have!) xx

Thursday, 10 May 2012

Verry quick update...

Just to let you all know I will be on Create & Craft next week from 8am Monday through to teatime Thursday with some fab deals! I do have a list of show times but very often these change, there are definitely 3 on Monday and then at least 2 per day. I'll try and update the times as soon as I know they're more definite x