Friday, 31 July 2015

Polka Doodles Create & Craft TV - Samples made with Twiggy & Toots Festive Fun - Part 1

Hello everybody

Seriously, how did it get to the end of the week already.  And not only that we're at the end of another month and it'll soon be the festive season.  Polka Doodles have brought out some fab new collections recently and I was lucky enough to make some samples for the show on Create & Craft on the 17th July and for the next few posts I'll be showcasing the samples I made using the Twiggy & Toots Festive Fun collection

Here is my first make using one of the fab house templates on the collection.  The instructions are easy to follow and the embellishments I've used come with the templates with the addition of a few more (the santa boots!!!) that I've used from the embellishment section on the collection.  I've even cut everything out by hand just to show you how easy it is if you haven't got a cutting machine.  In fact I don't have one and I always cut EVERYTHING out by hand.








These are the ingredients I have used:

  • Pinflair Glue Gel
  • Icicle Stickles Glitter Glue
  • 4 sheets of white card
  • Snowman embellishment from the collection
  • Sentiment from the collection
  • Santa Boots from the collection
  • Versa Magic Chalk Ink in Jumbo Java for inking the edges
  • Fluffy Stuff by Woodware heated up with my embossing gun
Stayed tuned in the next few days for a make I did using the house templates but resized in Word and decorated in a very different way.

This owl bag was made using the templates on the collection as well and I just used the embellishments that came with the template, but if you saw Nikky on the programme you would have seen how she created eyelashes and more detail on her owl and if you pop along and visit other DT members you will see the ways in which they've embellished their owl bags to look altogether differently too!!






Hope you've enjoyed looking at my first two makes and watch out for further posts featuring some more of the Twiggy & Toots Festive Fun collection.

Take care
Tanya xx 

Thursday, 30 July 2015

Polka Doodles Create & Craft TV - Picknix 3 Nordic Winter Collection - Samples Part 3

Hello everybody

Hope you've all been having a good week and the weather has been kind to you.

Well I'm here today to showcase my final sample I made for Nikky from Polka Doodles from the Picknix 3 Nordic Winter Collection and I think I've saved the best till last.  I thoroughly enjoyed making this sample as I simply adore the wonderful Santa that Nikky has drawn for this collection.  He's absolutely wonderful:







These are the ingredients I have used:

  • Picknix 3 Nordic Winter Collection for the papers and sentiment and santa and holly and berries and faux gems 
  • Do Crafts Designer used to merge and layer the papers from the collection
  • 8x8 card
  • Santa printed out three times to decoupage
  • Pinflair Glue Gel
  • Xmas Red Stickles Glitter Glue
  • Glossy Accents
  • Glamour Dust Glitter
  • Twine
I really hope you've enjoyed looking at my samples.... as I thoroughly enjoyed making them.... and it was the first time my creations were shown on TV as well so I'm doubly pleased.  Hope you're enjoying your collection if you've already bought it.  Don't forget to show us all what you've made over on our FB pages.

Please stay tuned in the next few days for the samples I made using the other new collection which is Twiggy & Toots Festive Fun which is another absolutely adorable fun collection!!

Take care
Tanya xx 




Wednesday, 29 July 2015

Polka Doodles Create & Craft TV Samples - Picknix 3 Nordic Winter - Part 2

Hello everybody

Well I'm back again to showcase some more of the samples I made for Nikky from Polka Doodles for her recent Create & Craft TV show.

Here's what I made:








These are the ingredients I have used:


  • Do Crafts Designer to layer up the papers and letters and embellishments from the Picknix 3 Nordic Winter Collection made into a very very large slimline Card 
  • Twine from Dovecraft
  • Woodware Fluffy Stuff for on top of the letters heated with embossing gun
  • Glitter sprinkled on top of the letters/fluffy stuff 







These are the ingredients I have used:


  • Picknix 3 Nordic Winter Collection for the holly leaves, berries, poinsettias, bow, sentiment all resized and printed out numerous times for decoupaging with Pinflair Glue Gel
  • Cream card
  • X Cut Shape Cutter Circle to make the card base
  • Glossy Accents
  • Glamour Dust
  • Liquid Pearls in Gold Pearl


Hope you've enjoyed looking at another two of my samples made from the Picknix 3 Collection and hope you'll stay tuned for tomorrow's post for my last sample made from this collection.  Hope you've managed to order your copy and if not why not, because you won't be disappointed in the collection.  There's something for everybody and you'll be crafting for hours and won't be able to stop!!!

Please pop over to our Facebook pages for Digi Choosday and also Polka Doodles to show us what you've been making.  There's always a DT member around for a chat and to give you ideas and tips on your creations.

Take care
Tanya xx

Tuesday, 28 July 2015

It's Digi Choosday Day - Week 30 - Animals

Hello everybody             

Welcome to another Tuesday and another Digi Choosday post and the challenge we have set you all this week is ‘Animals’.

Nikky draws the most amazing animals and nearly all the collections have an animal in there somewhere whether it be sheep, cows, pigs, unicorns, elephants, hippos, penguins, but I’ve delved into an older CD collection called ‘Paper Boutique Volume 3 Projects Galore’ for my crafty make this week.

I’ve gone back to what I do best….cutting by hand with my trusty sharp scissors.

There’s some fab templates on this CD collection and this week I’ve chosen to use the ‘Two By Two’ template.  Using this template you can make a shaped card, but I’ve decided to mix it up a little by printing out just one side of the shaped card template in a smaller size and using it on a card itself.  I’ve used blue card and brown card and torn this to make the layers of the ground and the sea and used some cloud paper from the Octavia Moonfly collection and the sentiment is from the Baby Boom collection.  Finished off with a length of brown and white striped twine and a couple of blue buttons and hey presto a new baby card has been born!!

Here is my crafty make this week:









These are the ingredients I have used:

  • Slimline card
  • Two By Two images from the Paper Boutique Volume 3 collection
  • Cloud paper from the Octavia Moonfly collection
  • Sentiment from the Baby Boom collection
  • Brown card
  • Blue card
  • Pinflair Glue Gel
  • Brown & White Twine

(As usual, click on the Thumb Linkies below to be whooshed off to the Polka Doodles website for the collections used)


I can’t wait to see your animal creations this week.  And remember, it’s not just for cards, you can create ANYTHING you want from home décor to cards, just remember to follow the rules listed in the blog.  And not only can you win a fabulous prize if you are in the top 3/random prize winner but you can also grab your discount code.  How fab is that?  The discount code only lasts for a short amount of time so you’d better head off over there right now to grab it. 

Why not join in our Facebook groups as well.  Just search for Digi Choosday and Polka Doodles Crafting and ask to join the groups to join in all the fun.  It’s a great community group to join in with and show off your Polka Doodles makes.  There’s always one of the Design Team around to have a natter with and offer guidance and inspiration, so don’t be shy….head on over there right now!!!    
If you would like a Guest Design Team Position with us as well, just have a look at our blog posts and you’ll find the details.  Good luck if you’re entering!!!


Take care

Tanya x 



Monday, 27 July 2015

Polka Doodles Create & Craft TV Picknix 3 Nordic Winter Samples

Hello everybody

Hope you've all had a good weekend and that you've had plenty of time to craft.  The weather hasn't been that wonderful in my neck of the woods, but that means that if time isn't spent outdoors it can be spent indoors crafting.  And not only that, it's been my birthday weekend too and I've had a good time chilling out and doing what I like to do the most....visiting family and spending time with loved ones and crafting.

So, on the 17th July the lovely Nikky from Polka Doodles was on our TV boxes on Create & Craft with two brand new collections for your delight and I was lucky enough to make some samples for the show, some of which were seen on TV.

I thought I'd split my sample makes up into a few posts and starting off with the very new Picnix 3 Nordic Winter I'd like to show you my first two makes using this collection.







These are the ingredients I have used:


  • Wooden Door Hanger (bought from Hobbycraft from the company Lara's Craft)
  • Sandpaper for the edges
  • Papers from the Picnix 3 Nordic Winter collection
  • Santa Alphabet from the Picnix 3 Nordic Winter collection
  • Santa frame from the Picnix 3 Nordic Winter collection printed out 4 times and decoupaged using Pinflair Glue Gel
  • Mod Podge 
  • Versa Magic Dewdrop Chalk Ink in Sahara Sand
  • Merry Christmas Satin Ribbon
  • Glossy Accents
  • Liquid Hearts in Gold Pearl
  • Stickles Glitter Glue in Xmas Red
  • Ice Stickles Glitter Glue in Crystal Ice

And my second make from the collection is:





These are the ingredients I have used:

  • Papers from the Picknix 3 Nordic Winter collection and used Do Crafts Designer package to layer them onto one another. (Plain Jane paper and House/Street scene paper)
  • Reinder from the collection resized in Do Crafts Designer and then the large one printed out three more times to decoupage
  • Glossy Accents
  • Loose Glitter
  • Merry Christmas Satin White ribbon
  • Blue and brown Twine from Dovecraft 
  • Silver Bells
  • Pinflair Glue Gel
  • 8x8 card
  • Small silver gems
Hope you've enjoyed looking at my first two sample makes and stay tuned to my blog for more posts coming up in the week.  Hope you've got your copy of Nordic Winter on order or have already bought it and don't forget we'd all love to see your makes over on our Digi Choosday and Polka Doodles Facebook pages.  There's always a DT member around to chat to you.

I would like to enter the following challenges:

Crafting From the Heart #70 Anything Goes
Sister Act Card Challenge #116 Anything Goes
Craft Your Passion #272 Anything Goes
The Crafters Cafe #126 Xmas in July
Crafting For All Seasons #Xmas in July
Creative Corner #Xmas In July
Morgans Art World #Xmas In July


Take care
Tanya x x









Thursday, 23 July 2015

DIGI CHOOSDAY DIGI GIVEAWAY WINNER !!!

Hi Folks

So remember a few weeks ago I had a giveaway on my Xmas in July blog post to win a digi stamp of Santa from the Festive Hollybobs collection....  well I've now collated all the entries and omitting all those that have left comments that are on the design team for Polka Doodles with me and all the replies/comments left in response to the challenges I've entered, I've now numbered the other comments as follows:

1.  Tracy Welham
2.  Erin Bentley
3.  Avril Watson
4.  Wheelie Crafty / Rhonda
5.  Kathy
6.  Linda Simpson
7.  Jane Stillman

I have fired up the beast that is the Random Generator and this is the result:






So please could you get in touch with me LINDA SIMPSON 

My email address tanya.miller21@googlemail.com.

Please let me know that you have registered an account on the Polka Doodles website and the name the account is in and then the lovely Nikky will arrange to get the lovely digi to you.



I hope you enjoy using it and please share with us your makes over on the Digi Choosday and Polka Doodles Facebook pages.

Tuesday, 21 July 2015

It's Digi Choosday Day - Week 29 - All About The Girl

Hello everybody             

Welcome to another Tuesday and another Digi Choosday post.

Before I get onto this week’s challenge I just wondered if you managed to watch Nikky on Create & Craft last Friday.  If not then you may still be able to catch it on the app or the website for a short time yet.  If you did see it then maybe you saw the wonderful samples from the two new collections out for Christmas.  Hope you enjoyed all the samples and the show.  I’ll be back over the next week or so on some days to show you the samples I created for the show and full details, but in the meantime onto this week’s challenge - ‘All About The Girl’.

Now there’s lots of girly things available in the collections from the Polka Doodles shop and it was really hard trying to choose just one but this week I’ve gone for the coloured digis available on the Work & Play Country Life Collection.  It’s ages since I made something with this collection so I’ve made something simple that can be recreated lots of times if you are into batch card making.  There’s no cutting or colouring involved this week from me…  shock horror !!

I’ve used a graphics package to combine all the images and layer them onto two lots of the beautiful papers available on the collection and finished off with the ‘Live Love Laugh’ sentiment (one of my all time favourite sentiments ever!!)

I hope this shows just how easy it is to make quick and speedy cards with Nikky’s collections.
You could make a set of them with the egg collector, forager and foxy friends and just change up the sentiment as there are lots of lovely ones on the collection.  That would make a fantastic set to give to a friend or a loved one to send to their friends and loved ones throughout the year.  Or how about making some little notelet sets and wrap them up with some pretty ribbon and a few envelopes.  Easy cheap makes!!

Here is my crafty make this week:







These are the ingredients I have used:

  • White card
  • Double sided tape
  • 6x6 card
  • Work & Play Country Life Collection available as a CD, Download and the dog walking digi is also available as a single black and white download for you to colour yourself. (Click on the Thumb Linkies below)


I can’t wait to see your girly creations this week.  And remember, it’s not just for cards, you can create ANYTHING you want from home décor to cards, just remember to follow the rules listed in the blog.  And not only can you win a fabulous prize if you are in the top 3/random prize winner but you can also grab your discount code.  How fab is that?  The discount code only lasts for a short amount of time so you’d better head off over there right now to grab it. 

Why not join in our Facebook groups as well.  Just search for Digi Choosday and Polka Doodles Crafting and ask to join the groups to join in all the fun.  It’s a great community group to join in with and show off your Polka Doodles makes.  There’s always one of the Design Team around to have a natter with and offer guidance and inspiration, so don’t be shy….head on over there right now!!!    
If you would like a Guest Design Team Position with us as well, just have a look at our blog posts and you’ll find the details.  Good luck if you’re entering!!!

AND IF YOU ENTERED MY GIVEAWAY FROM TWO WEEKS AGO, THEN WATCH OUT FOR MY BLOG POST LATER IN THE WEEK FOR THE ANNOUNCING OF THE WINNER.


Take care

Tanya x 



Tuesday, 14 July 2015

It's Digi Choosday Day - Week 28 - Use An Old Collection

Hello everybody             

Welcome to another Tuesday and another great challenge over at Digi Choosday.

Before I show you what I've made this week I thought I'd just let you know (if you don't already know) that there are two new (absolutely stunning!!!) collections on pre-order from the SHOP that will be shown on Create & Craft this Friday the 17th of July at 10am.  So I do hope that you'll be able to join Nikky so see the absolutely super samples that the design team have created to showcase the two new collections.  Hope you get the chance to tune in.  But here are the collections in their super Christmassy glory!!

First up there's Twiggy & Toots Festive Fun


And then there's the Picknix 3 Nordic Winter


So now onto this week's challenge which is ‘Use An Old Collection’.

There are some absolutely fabby-do-dah collections in the Polka Doodles shop and it was really hard trying to choose one (as usual) but this week as schools will be breaking up in the next week or so I’ve decided to use the teacher digi and the matching papers, embellishments and sentiments from Work & Play Collection 3 (which is available as a CD, a Download collection, and the teacher digi is available singly in black and white too) to make a teacher thank you card.

Here is my crafty make this week:




These are the ingredients I have used:

  • Stepper card cut from a template on the Do Crafts Digital Designer
  • Pinflair Glue Gel
  • 3 coloured digis of the teacher from Work & Play 3 and the sentiments and paper and embellishments. (Click on the Thumb Linky below to be whooshed off to the shop)


I can’t wait to see your creations this week.  And remember, it’s not just for cards, you can create ANYTHING you want from home décor to cards, just remember to follow the rules listed in the blog.  And not only can you win a fabulous prize if you are in the top 3/random prize winner but you can also grab your discount code.  How fab is that?  The discount code only lasts for a short amount of time so you’d better head off over there right now to grab it. 

Why not join in our Facebook groups as well.  Just search for Digi Choosday and Polka Doodles Crafting and ask to join the groups to join in all the fun.  It’s a great community group to join in with and show off your Polka Doodles makes.  There’s always one of the Design Team around to have a natter with and offer guidance and inspiration, so don’t be shy….head on over there right now!!!    
If you would like a Guest Design Team Position with us as well, just have a look at our blog posts and you’ll find the details.  Good luck if you’re entering!!!

AND DON’T FORGET YOU’VE STILL GOT A WEEK TO ENTER MY GIVEAWAY FROM LAST WEEK’S BLOG POST.



Take care

Tanya x