Thursday, 11 December 2014

Tea for one and cupcake shortages....

Hi again! Wow I'm catching up on loads of posts here LOL! Brownie points all round yay!

I thought I'd share another little Teapot make to follow on from the last one - goes to show how versatile one image can be.  Again the teapot is from the Winston collection and I've cut the elements on my Cameo for speed but you can easily just hand cut them....

When I design the images for the collections because I'm a crafter too I always try to bear in mind how easy it would be to hand cut something out as I know that's what I'd want to do too! So generally you'll find all our images are pretty easy to cut by hand...
I cut two teapots and joined them together on the lid to make a simple tent card, and then decoupages all the other elements alongside it to make a little Tea for One...

Really wish I had a cupcake right now LOL!!
Don't forget you can also get the Winston collection as a full CD download HERE, it's a must have!
xx

Be back soon! 
xx

Wednesday, 10 December 2014

Traditional dollies - DoCrafts Creativity Magazine Issue 52

Hello, I'm back again!

Hope the Christmas madness hasn't set in too much and you're getting time to craft a little! 

Just thought I'd share another make which appears in the current DoCrafts Creativity Magazine, issue 52 which you should still be able to grab - it's full of fab Christmas ideas so if you need some last minute inspiration make sure you get it!

This card I really hated when i made it but now I look with fresh eyes it's grown on me LOL. I'm not a big fan of Russian Dolls, mainly because the predominant colour I think of is that gaudy yellow and as y'all know....I'm not a yellow fan LOL!!
Yes it really does affect me that much!

I made this using some fab Russian Doll dies from XCut which are available now and you could use these all year round. I'd like to use these with a different colour scheme to see how different they could look but I made this specifically for Crimbo hence lots of red. If you love these Russian Dolls which I know lots of you do, this die is really terrific, you get lots of sizes and loads and loads of layers including all these faces and hair etc, you just need to cut lots of different layers to do this and get your markers out to colour the faces. You can get a copy of Issue 52 out now in your local stores or online at Docrafts.com


Back soon!!
позже!
xx

Saturday, 29 November 2014

I'm a little teapot, short and stout....

As you can see I'm catching up on some posts LOL! Well I have been so absent of late I think it's rude not to share haha!

Here's another Winston make....
LOVE this little teapot how cute...And you know the best thing? This took about 15 mins to make once the bits were cut beacuse I took all the elements from the CD and put them into my Cameo Silhouette and bob's your uncle, boom, clap, sound of my heart and it was all cut and all I did was add a bit of glue....
Don't forget you can also get the Winston collection as a full CD download HERE, it's a must have!
xx

Friday, 28 November 2014

Having a Ballet little rest....

Yo! Hope you're all doing great!
Just wanted to pop on by and show you this little cutiepie!

I adore this Ballerina image which is available as part of our Work & Play 2 collection and also on individual digistamp here.

I coloured this one with Distress Markers to give me a really soft feel but they are sooo vibrant and lush I'm a little in love I must confess!


See you soon! x

Thursday, 27 November 2014

It's an Anniversary of Kraft!

Hello! 
Just thought I'd share a make with you from the lovely Winston Collection (you can also get this on download here

I wanted to create a Bear collection for such an age but every time I was ready to start sketching and creating it seemed someone else released a bear collection too...and if there's one thing I hate it's overkill and being 'the same' as everyone else or jumping on the bandwagon LOL! So it's taken 5 years for us to get our Bears and it had to be something special!

If you love bears you'll love Winston - but even if you don't you will ADORE it anyway as a collection in it's own right because there is a TON of stuff in this collection and the core basis of it is that it is Kraft paper based and full of sepia tones and pastels to die for.

The image used here was printed straight from the collection and is a precoloured image just placed on a kraft cardstock. The 'Anniversary' which you can't see well at the top is actually one of the lush cutting files, as is everything else from the collection too including the fab little wood effect sentiment.

See you back soon!
xx

Wednesday, 26 November 2014

SO exciting!....Gorjuss fings!

OMG I cannot believe how absent I've been...no excuses really other than work work work as usual but I know that it is just not good enough and I promise to try harder, honestly I do!!
I'm going to try and catch up with some posts of things I've made and not really been able to show you!

Well firstly I've been hiding this under my hat for a few months now dying to tell you that I am very honoured indeed to have been chosen to be part of the DoCrafts Creativity Magazine team! I consider this a great honour because there are some superbly talented people who submit projects to Creativity and I am very excited to be part of it.  The DoCrafts range of products has undergone some massive changes recently and every time I go in my local Range or Hobbycraft stores here I paw every packet of goodies on those shelves I can tell you! They have some amazing stash and unfortunately for my purse most of it is right up my street LOL!...
One of the ranges that they stock which I have adored from Day one is of course,
Gorjuss....
it seems to have been around forever now but I never tire of it, I just adore the whole style and everything about it so when I was asked to create something using the amazing Ultimate Die-cut & Paper Gorjuss kit I was beside myself with glee!....

As you can imagine, this was a total joy to make for me....
You need to get a copy of Issue 52 of Creativity Magazine for the instructions on how I made this...
it was much easier than it looks and uses some key products you really NEED in your stash!....the photo doesnt do the dimension justice really, the front panel is a big box panel which stands about an inch proud from the card to make a lovely frame for the character (I made a box for this to be sent in)...
I am such a dimensional, pile it high and build those layers girl so I really went to town here....


The kit is stunning and it goes for miles and miles and miles! considering how much 'stuff' is on here I barely touched the kit and I think I must have 95% of it still left it's such great value for money!



Sunday, 21 September 2014

Who Knew?...that Pan Pastels are great for THIS!

Hey everyone!

It's time for a new challenge over on the Pan Pastels blog today so if you haven't already checked it out you can see the new theme and amazing inspiration HERE.

I don't often get chance to join in with Pan Pastels although I'm on the team so it's a treat when I can join in the fun!

This week I saw a blog somewhere and she totally inspired me to try something I hadn't really done before. Well I had, but in a 5 minutes quickie have a go at it and see if it works way...not a proper try and push it to the max way.

So last night I got out my Pan Pastels and the AMAZING new pearlescent ones (they also have mediums which I'll explain!)...and this is what happened...
Pretty Cool huh?....nooo I'm merely messing with you, THIS BELOW is what actually happened!
The WHOLE of this card
 - ALL of it - 
is coloured with Pan Pastels.
Yes.     It's true!
EVEN THE IMAGE!
Isn't that fantastic??!!!!!
And you know what is even better? It was pretty easy to do too!
I predict a whole new colouring craze for me I can tell you!

So basically once I got over the overthinking it part I just coloured it with more or less the same skill set as with any markers or watercolours really - and had my Distress Ink head on too.

You need 2 brushes - a nice fine one and then one which is a bit fatter, maybe a No 2 or something...
Now, as I was experimenting I tried a few things all on the same image and I think together it worked pretty well. I'm so gonna do a tutorial for this when I get a minute!
So the face is just applied with a soft dry brush using Burnt Sienna with Permanent Red for the cheeks and a little Dark Grey around the outer dark shadows.

Hair - Violet. Now this is where I changed a bit as I went on. I applied most of it with a dry fine brush, but then I dampened the brush a bit and mixed the pigment to a paint to do the darker areas where I wanted a lot more definition. So that was kind of layering 2 techniques up really and I spent a lot of time deciding which I liked best - in the end it was the combination which won for me. I really wish I had a black Pan Pastel because I think that was what I was missing in my mind.
Clothes: this was pretty easy! Nice big sweeps give the best blends and you barely need to touch the pigment. I used my Ultimate Graphic paper, it just worked like a dream. Less is more and you can move the colour so much you get really soft blends. 

As I was playing around a lot I did get my background around the image a bit smudgey but you can use a rubber to clean it off anyway, although I just used it as a base to build my background which was really just cleaning off any excess grains I had in my palette!  and bing, that was it!

To make my card for the challenge I just took an embossing folder and then coloured with co-ordinating colours of Pan Pastels and made up the card. THe flowers are actually Martha Stewart clay and I dipped them in water then brushed on Pan Pastels to colourise and did the same with the lace which was originally white. To finish I just sprayed lightly with cheap hairspray to seal it all in.  

The image is my new witch download which is available from the Polkadoodles store.

Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Design Team Call

Hey all you awesome crafters!

I am currently looking for a couple of awesome colourers to join me on a new Digi Colouring team!  This team will showcase our digi range (this is not a challenge) every 2 weeks.

At Polkadoodles we have a variety of products from digistamps and clear and rubber stamps, digital CD collections to die cut sheets,  not to mention lots of other things we do and make.
We are always on the lookout for exceptional creative talent that can help us make our products look great and help to promote the Polkadoodles brand.

Our digital products are constantly growing and we have just become sponsors over at Kit and Clowder. We love digis and we need people who love our images!

We do have some stringent requirements for our teamies but if you can manage the following we'd love to hear from you:

1. You must be able to commit long term to a team - many people underestimate how important this is, we're not interested in people who flit from team to team to gain new stash or having no staying power, we commit to you and so we need that commitment back.
2. You must be able to complete projects on time to deadline - deadline failure is a big no no!
3. You must be able to post FORTNIGHTLY every 2 weeks and an additional project here and there as and when required.
4. We look for variety within the team so it's not always about having the best of everything in one person - we want to show how versatile our products are.
5. Skill level - you need to be of a suitable skill level and be capable of good composition in your projects. Projects need to be finished to a high standard.
6. Colouring skills - for this team we need an awesome colourer! If you are applying for the Digi team you need to be good at colouring and this must be your forte.
7. Photos - you MUST be able to take good photos of your work. Your photos represent our products and they need to be a good standard to showcase them properly.
8. Blogs and Social Media - you must have a blog which is updated regularly and be present on Social Media - or if you're not you must be willing to be involved in Social Media. This includes Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest and any others that come along too!

You will be generously rewarded with products to use during your time on the team in return for your hard work and commitment.  

Most of all - we need people who ADORE craft and live and breathe for it. We want people who are always looking to improve their skills and who are team players in it for the long haul.

So if this is you, email me with why you wanna be in the team and examples of some work, I'd love to see them!

email me at: sales@polkadoodles.co.uk


love Nikky Hall
Polkadoodles


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Tuesday, 12 August 2014

Gorgeousness

I know I know! I'm in the naughty corner for being such a bad blogger! 

The truth is I have been totes stacked out the last couple of months and struggling to find some me time. HOWEVER....that is all going to change big time. I've been really struggling with my making mojo lately and I've made the decision that it's imperative for my own creativity to make more time for crafting for ME.

I know that sounds weird - I mean, c'mon Nixster, you make stuff all the time, right?...
Well, yeah I kinda do I suppose but I never get time to craft just for the love of crafting any more - there's always samples to be made for this and that, samples to make for shows, classes, demo's and of course Create and Craft, and what we make for those kinda samples is sometimes different to making for me.  I've had my DT for over 5 years now and despite people telling me to insist on members not being on competitor teams I always stuck to my firm belief that this is a bad thing...creative people need room to flit about, seeing ideas and soaking up all the inspiration and being able to stretch their creative wings in different genres...and that goes for me, deffo!

So, things around here are gonna change! LOL!! I faithfully promise to make more and blog more!

And the first change here is that I have SO enjoyed making this beauty and doing some me colouring with an image I adore which is from one of my favourite digi stores, 

yes, I know, it's weird right, I'm promoting a competitor? 
Well, I don't care, I LOVE Tiddly Inks images so they were the go to's for me to have my me time....
This is actually a couple of digis combined, the fabulous character and the lovely mailbox (I have a thing for mailboxes) is HERE and the background and papers are HERE.  

I took the images and merged them together in my Cameo Silhouette cutting machine software (you could also do this in any graphics program or Serif, MCS, Word, whatever you like to use). 
I added Wryn to the fab background and then added the mailbox too but increased that in size and added the little birdies which also come in the bundle too. LOVE it! I then printed them all and then cut them out with my Cameo to save me loads of time - I wanted the mailbox to be 3D because this is what I really love, I HAVE to have dimension on my projects, my fave thing is loads and loads of layers! I originally was going to make it flat, hence adding them all digitally into the software but then I changed my mind and decided to 3D everything lol! (just thought I'd explain the blonde moment lol!) 
I then coloured the whole thing with my Graph'It markers...and I have to say that I think this is one of my nicest colouring atttempts of late, I just love everything about it. I used 3230 here in the hair - it looks kinda diarrhoea colour in the chart but now I used it properly with the other 32's  (3210, 3230, 3245, 3250, 3280)....I really like it haha!! It really lifts the other tones well. 
I also went really dark and moody with the skintones here because I wanted it to look like I'd coloured her with Distress Inks and I really like the effect I got - that's it now...can you get addicted to colours? 
For the clothes I used 4125 and 3210 and that was it.
I coloured the background landscape with another new love - Pan Pastel Pearls! Yes I said Pearls!! Watch this space for more on those beauties!!! The flowers are made from Artisan Clay, I've had them hanging about for ages waiting for the perfect place to be used and this was it. And the twirly bits of silver you can actually find over in the Polkadoodles store, it's awesome! 

So thanks so much for looking - promise to be back REAL soon with some more loveliness xx

Tuesday, 1 July 2014

Tattered Lace Challenge - Elegance

Hellooo!

Today is the launch of the brand new Tattered Lace Challenge and this month's theme is
Elegance

I have to say I adore Tattered Lace dies, I was so chuffed when I started to work with Stephanie on our little Tatty Twinkles concept.  I love how Steph designs for what we need as crafters and that the TL designs are there to combine with all our other dies instead of just ripping off and copying other designs that are out there already.

I am a magpie for anything of the floral and flourish variety on dies so I really must replenish my stocks and get some more frames and things as I don't have anywhere near enough detailed ones (no, seriously, i don't!)....

Anyway for this make I used the lovely new Rose Budd collection and as this is so elegant it was perfect to use with my Tattered Lace dies...

I used this lovely die as the Flourish ....        and this adorable floral set for the lovely flower
                                  

I mixed the dies together with hand cut Pansy flowers which are from the CD and look gorgeous, mixed together with the die cuts in a true hybrid fashion.  The images are coloured with Graph'It...


And I have to say I really love this card, it has a really elegant and demure feel to it, love how the characters just evoke that whole shyness and unspoken, unrequited love...

Make sure you pop over to the blog and join in the challenge - you can win some fab stash and I know there are sooo many of you with Tattered Lace dies out there!

See you next time!