Tuesday, 26 March 2013

Just Be...

Hi everyone! It's my turn to post over on the fabulous Faber Castell Design Memory Craft blog today, I had loads of fun with this project, here's a little sneaky peek...

Pop over there and have a look at all the fabulous inspiration that's on the blog by the team, some beautiful makes!

I will be back soon with some pics from last weekend and more news!

Thursday, 14 March 2013

Diary fixtures and a peek!

Morning all!

Today I wanted to share these lovelies....

 I almost forgot in all the busy-ness and mayhem of this week - we have a brand new range of digistamps available to download NOW here from the lovely Time For Tea designs, we are all loving this range and there will be more to come soon, but in the meantime these are EXCLUSIVE to Polkadoodles so grab them while you can!

This image above was coloured with the new Graph'It markers (except the jumper and hat) - can you see what I mean about vibrancy of colour? Even I have to admit the hair on this is devine and just with 3 or 4 colours!
The one below was coloured with Pro/Flexmarkers....the sparkly shimmer is the brand new Wink of Stella brushmarkers which are amazing for adding sparkle!

Going further into my diary, I have my first restart class here in York on 30th March, which is ultra exciting as we are opening our doors here part-time as a public store! 

Woohoo!! Yes, from the end of March you will be able to visit Polkadoodles on a Thurs, Fri or Saturday and browse our goodies at your leisure! Watch out for more details on this, dates and opening times will be on the website soon!

6th April - you can find me demoing in store at Hobbycrafts York, showing you die-cutting and stamping and colouring so please come along and say hello - I have a fabulous Letraset/Polkadoodles goody bag to give away in store in a special draw and it's worth over £50!!!

13th April - Hobbycrafts Workshop, York - make a stunning window box and a card using die-cut techniques and stamping and colouring - you can see full details of this online on the website. Places are limited so please book early through the website, I have a gorgeous project lined up for you to make (well, 2 projects!)

Heading even further on into May you will be able to catch me up in Aberdeen at the Papeterie on 11th and 12th. I will be demoing in store on 11th and have a workshop on 12th before I head for home again.

Pheweee - any more? I don't think I can fit much more in!!! I'm worn out just thinking about this lot haha!
Right my lovelies, I'm tootling off, we have a mega busy time prepping for everything this week so there is no time for snoozing around here! See you all soon and I hope we see you at Harrogate this weekend, woohooo! xx

Wednesday, 13 March 2013

Create and Craft TV today at 6pm!

Hey guys!

Before I reveal some more of my news today please don't forget to either tune in or record my brand new show for Premium Art Brands on Create and Craft at 6pm tonight! 

Please email in and if you have any questions on the products please send them in - there's nothing better than getting live feedback on the shows!  

If you're overseas you can watch live on www.createandcraft.tv or if you never heard of it it's on Sky 671 and Freeview channel 36. You can also catch it on www.catchuptv.com so there's no escape!

Right, on with the other news!  My diary is mega busy right now so I thought I'd share some of the stuff we have going on...

16th and 17th March - if you're at GNPE, Harrogate then please pop by and see us - we have some AWESOME new goodies for you (can't wait, I think some of you will be UBER excited when you see what's on offer!!!) and I will have the Pan Pastels and Graph'its with me to show you too!

Then on Sat 23rd March - if you're going to Hobbycrafts at NEC then please stop by the A1 Crafts stand and say hello as I will be demonstrating and will have lots of Polkadoodles/Studio 12 goodies with me there too!! I'm only there on the Saturday so please make sure you stop by and say hello!

So much to do, so little time!!

Here is a little sneaky peek of something coming up tomorrow I have to show you...xxx

Tuesday, 12 March 2013

UBER exciting - new products and new demos!

Good morning everyone!

So I can now reveal - and I am ecstatic about this - that I will be demonstrating for Premium Art Brands on Create and Craft tomorrow, Wednesday 13th March at 6pm! Woohooo!! I cannot wait!! 

PAB bring us lovely Pan Pastels and Graph'Its and both are absolute must-have products in my stash these days! 
I've been using Pan Pastels for a while now and I adore them, they have very much taken over from my Distress inkpads a lot of the time because I find them so much easier to use and get brilliant results, plus they're very versatile too. 
If you get frustrated and get inky lines when you use your Distress inks to edge etc, you need Pan Pastels! Plus you can do loads of other cool stuff with them too and I'll be sharing more of that in the coming weeks, but in the meantime you should head over to the Pan Pastels blog and find out what all the amazingly talented people over there are doing with them too!

Which brings me to Graph'Its...new pens I hear you ask?

Yes, NEW PENS!!! and of course you know me...had to give them a try didnt I? 
Well, it would be rude not to!! 

Graph'Its are ALCOHOL based and have been developed by Oz International, a French company who know their onions about Alcohol pens. And boy, do they KNOW their onions!! I had the absolute pleasure of meeting Paul, Berni and Nathalie, the actual inventor of these yummy creations about 3 or 4 weeks ago when they asked me to demo for them...the product was developed to bring us the best of everything about alcohol markers all in one pen, and Nathalie hasn't disappointed me! As soon as I used one just to scribble and blend 2 colours together I knew the quality stood for itself.  

There are a number of differences between Graph'Its and others on the market...

1. Colour, Colour, Colour!!  This speaks volumes to me - the colours are SO rich and vibrant but this does not mean you get dayglo bright colours, just merely that the tones are very vibrant and rich which helps to give you a real depth of colour and tone and shade in your work - some of my best colouring ever has been achieved already with these and I've only had them a couple of weeks and I have to say the colour palette across the range is totally my cup of tea, really lovely tones and not too bright, the options for denims and greys are unbelievable! There are colours in this range you simply won't find in others because they've been so well thought out.

2. 158 colours in the range - Nathalie has used Carlin International, a worldwide recognised trend forecasting agency to bring us colours which are on the nail in terms of 2013's fashion and design world colours...12 gorgeous tones which are right up there in the collections from Top Fashion Houses, Car manufacturers and Interior Designers' colour palettes this year - a fantastic idea! Because of this, lots of fashion and graphic design students are using Graph'Its too and for me, that means they're doing something right!

3. In the first 6 months since these were launched in 2012 over half a million pens have been sold! OMG!! Like...OH...EMMM...GEEE! HALF a million in 6 months! 

4. Storage, Storage, Storage!!
And can I just say - STORAGE again!! 
Because Nathalie uses the product every day, she completely understands what we need as crafters and addresses those needs. There are fantastically useful roll up wallets which hold 12 pens each, plus sets of 12 already come in really neat boxes which are lockable and can be stacked into a modular system with a little homemade tweaking - and I know for a fact there will be more storage solutions to come as we build up our collections.

5. Mixing - we have the ability to mix our colours to create bespoke colours on a special mixing palette which has been developed - this is completely re-usable and adds another dimension to your colouring!
6. Price - at £2.49 RRP per pen this product is SO affordable and considering the manufacturer says the barrel is filled 20%* more than most other brands that means extaordinary value! Obviously, packs are even better value (*manufacturer information)

7. Continuity for collecting - across all the current packs there are only about 4 colours which are repeated so if you're building a collection you won't end up with loads of repeats you don't need if you buy the most cost-effective way through packs - I call this looking after your customers and understanding their needs!

Anyway, I think i have raved enough already - PLEASE tune in on Wednesday at 6pm on Create and Craft to see me demo these lovelies and you can judge for yourself...I realise we are not all Rockafellers (me included) and you are probably still building your other collections BUT these are now planted safely on my desk and are my current pen of choice it has to be said...the skintones alone are making me use these and knowing all the other developments which are on their way I can't see me giving these up any time soon, in fact I am almost jumping up and down with excitement at the new stuff that's coming. 

If you want to just try a few to see what you think then I highly recommend you go for skintones and you will fall in love with the results you're going to get. 

They ARE more opaque than the others you may be using but that is how we can get the richness of colour and you can use them in exactly the same way as I've always told you, it just will take you a day or so to get used to the new colours and the blending which you need adjust just a little bit compared to others, but use the same techniques as on my DVD and stick to my swatch rules and you will not be disappointed I'm sure. I find that I actually use less colours on each section but still achieve a better result and more depth of tone I think...tune in and let me know what you think, I'd love your feedback xx

Monday, 11 March 2013

Messy Inside and Outside...

Hello peeps!
Wowser, I don't know if I'm coming or going at the minute - we have so much going on and I can't quite tell you about it ALL yet but I'll try and reveal as much as I can this week, I've scheduled loads of posts for you every day! So grab a cuppa and a biccie and read on...

First of all, make sure you head on over to the Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft blog today where you can find a tutorial from me on how to make this project...

If you've never been over to the blog I am a Guest Designer until the end of March and there are some uber talented people over there bringing lots of creative goodness each day...I so don't want to end my DT spot, sniff sniff...I live in hope I might get to stay a bit longer but I know it's not going to happen :'C

Anyway, on with the rest of the news...

I was over at Hunkydory/Inspirations Cardcraft Plus at Preston on Friday demonstrating our gorgeous new Studio 12 stamps, Pan Pastels and the FANTASTIC new Graph'It pens...If you haven't heard of ANY of these where have you been?? 
You sure must have been having a crafty snooze!! 

We have been SO mega busy we are still processing shop orders from the trade show in February so I've taken some of the new goodies offline until we can catchup so apologies if you think I'm teasing but I don't like showing you stuff way in advance and then you not be able to get it yet so bear with me! I promise it'll all be up and available to buy in the next couple of weeks, we've just completely underestimated how popular they were going to be and if the reaction at Inspirations was anything to go by I'd better make sure I have plenty of stock for you all when they do go available, we sold out of loads of lines on Friday, those Preston ladies LOVED them! I have to say it was a real thrill to see them all out in the first store available to buy, even if there were lots of gaps at the end of the day where lots of them had sold out but I'm not going to complain about that lol!

I'll be back tomorrow with some more mega exciting news to tell you! ttfn! xx

Friday, 1 March 2013

Exciting news!

Hi guys - what a whirlwind fortnight!

I can now reveal some VERY exciting news which I've been holding close to my bosom for 2 weeks now and been bursting to share with you all.

The fabulous team over at Premium Art Brands who bring us the most gorgeous art products including Pan Pastels

The wonderful Graph'It markers...

and the amazingly versatile Maimeri mediums...

and lots more premium art brands (hence the name) which we all know and love, have asked me to demonstrate their wonderful products on Create and Craft for them - wooohoo!  Of course I was extremely flattered to be asked and as I already use Pan Pastel a lot and the Maimeri mediums are permanently on my desk these days I absolutely snapped their hands off at the opportunity!

The Graph'It markers are a new brand to me but they are wonderful and I am really looking forward to showing you what you can do with these lush alcohol markers...you know me, the colouring freaky geek and if there's something out there that can make my colouring better then I am all over it like a rash! I've been hearing some great things about this brand for several months now and where alcohol markers are concerned I am a firm believer in quality all the way, nothing less will do for me.

So, my friends, I hope you will join me on the 13th March on Create & Craft TV (channel 36 on freeview, 671 on Sky or if you're overseas you can watch it live on the website) at 6pm on the dot! Don't be late now, or you will all get detention and homework! ; )

love Nikky xx

p.s. make sure you keep checking back or following this blog as I will try and post some sneaky peeks in the buildup to the show! x
p.p.s. I'm even more excited about it now!

ppss I forgot to mention - if in the meantime you need to stock up on supplies, make sure you head on over to