Friday, 21 April 2017

Fabulous Friday - more Helga Hippo

Happy Friday everyone.

Guess what?!  My daughter Shannon comes home from college tomorrow, for the summer!!  Whoop Whoop!  So looking forward to having her home for a little while. She has been doing her 2nd Semester exams this week and her last one is today!  Love her and so proud of her.

Anyways, did you know that Polkadoodles challenges are now Always Anything Goes?!  Yep they are, so if you create something then why not come along and enter our challenges.

I have used the delightful Helga Hippo collection and one of the pre-coloured Design sheets for my card today.


Isn't she adorable!  I have used Design Sheet 2-06 from the full bundle, but this is also available as Duo Download #9 - so two Design sheets to print and cut and make cards, if you don't want to purchase the whole collection.


For the inside, I have used a couple of the papers from the bundle and then used the middle sized die from the Set of 3 Elegant Nesting Dies.


All the edges of all the layers have been inked up, to make them pop some of the elements have been layered with foam tape.  This is another 4" by 4" card to add to a set of 6.


I couldn't resist adding a Flower Flourish using the Polkadoodles die, to compliment the flower.


Now it's over to you!

I am entering this card in the following challenges.

DL.ART Thankful Thursday - Challenge #202: April Showers (closes 26 Apr)

Crafting When We Can - Challenge #142: One for the Girls (closes 29 Apr)

Crafting from the Heart - Challenge #155: Anything Goes (closes 23 Apr)

Deep Ocean Challenges - Challenge #153: Spring (closes 1 May)

Creative Moments - Challenge #116: Anything Goes/Spring has Sprung (closes 1 May)

Thanks for stopping by today.

Happy crafting.

Friday, 14 April 2017

Fabulous Friday - Flowers and Butterflies

Firstly - Happy Easter everyone.  I hope you all have a most wonderful long weekend.

Our challenges at Polkadoodles are now always Anything Goes, so why not come along and enter.

I have used the gorgeous Belle Papillon Collection to create my circle easel card today.


All the flowers, butterflies and layers are from this collection and all edges of all the layers have been inked.



I designed the card and used all the elements in Silhouette Design Studio and just printed and cut away :-)


I have also added some flourishes behind the centre flower, using the Polkadoodles Flower Flourish Die.


Once again, have a wonderful Easter weekend.

I am entering this card in the following challenges..

Crafty Sentiments Designs - Challenge: Flowers (closes 17 Apr)

Crafting by Designs - Challenge: Girls or Flowers (closes 18 Apr)

Penny's Paper-Crafty Challenges - Challenge #324: Anything Goes (closes 18 Apr)

Thanks for stopping by today.

Happy crafting.

Friday, 24 March 2017

Fabulous Friday - Is it Spring yet?!

Happy Friday everyone!  The answer to the title question - Nope!  Not here in Canada anyways :-)

We are struggling to get Spring going, with temperatures warming up one day, then bitter cold the next!

Polkadoodles Challenges are now Always Anything Goes, so why not come along and enter.

Thinking of Spring always makes me think of wonderful pastel colours and pretty flowers.  For my card this week I have used the adorable Helga Hippo collection and one of the Design Sheets from this.


I added some depth to the card by placing some elements on foam tape. This Design sheet can also be purchase as a set of 2 to download, Helga Hippo Design Sheet 3 Duo Download.


For the inside of the card, I added a message panel and cut using the Polkadoodles Elegant Nesting Dies, the middle size.  My card is just 4" by 4" as I am making set of them to go in a gift box :-)


The small bottom flower, flower on her head and the teeny tiny butterfly have had some Glossy Accents added.


All the edges of all the layers have been inked.  I love using the pre-coloured elements and with the Design sheets you have everything you need to make a delightful card.


I am entering this card in the following challenges.

Crafting From the Heart - Challenge #151: Always Anything Goes (closes 26 Mar)

Penny's Paper-Crafty Challenge Blog - Challenge #321: Anything Goes (closes 28 Mar)

Deep Ocean Challenge Blog - Challenge #151: Flowers Everywhere (closes 3 Apr)

Thanks so much for stopping by today.

Happy crafting.

Friday, 17 March 2017

Fabulous Friday - Good Luck Vet :-)

Hi there everyone.

Oh I have had a lovely few days.  I went on a road trip last Sunday to go and see my, eldest daughter, Shannon in college. It's a 6 hour drive, but very scenic and I loved seeing Shannon.  I came back late on Thursday, although my original day was meant to be Wednesday.  There was a snow storm back home - so too dangerous on the roads.  Ah well, more Mother/Daughter time :-)

Polkadoodles challenges are now always Anything Goes, so why not come along and enter.

Shannon is just finishing her first year in college to be a Veterinary Technician and that is the reason for this card this week.  I wanted to wish her good luck with her Second Semester exams.

I couldn't resist using the vet from the wonderful Work & Play 12 collection.  You can also get this as a Mini Vet/Dog Groomer/Cat Groomer Bundle or just as the single design sheet too :-)


I love all the little paw prints and elements you get in this Design Sheet, as well as the great sentiments! 


I use one extra paper, which I printed from the Mini Bundle, to put behind the other bits and pieces.  I love making a Z fold card, and don't make them often enough :-)


For the inside message panel, I printed another paper from the Mini Bundle and then used the largest of the Polkadoodles Elegant Nesting Dies.  And added some of the left over embellishments from the Design Sheet.


Added a little dimension, to the front, with some foam tape under some of the embellishments and main image.  All the edges of all the layers have been inked too.


Shannon loved the card, as this has been her dream since she was 8 years old - another 2 years of college and she'll be out in the big wide world :-)

I am entering this card in the following challenges.

Allsorts Challenge Blog - Challenge #406: Ladies and Girls (closes 17 March)

Crafty Sentiments Designs - Challenge: Any Shape (closes 20 March)

Crafting From the Heart - Challenge #150: Always Anything Goes (closes 19 March)

Thanks so much for stopping by today - I will be around to catch up with you all this weekend!

Happy crafting.

Friday, 24 February 2017

Fabulous Friday - Helga Hippo Gift Box

Well hello there!  Happy Friday everyone :-)

All Polkadoodles challenges are now Anything Goes so why not come along and enter.

My make for this week is a card gift box, using this tutorial on my blog HERE.

I have used the delightful Polkadoodles Helga Hippo collection, and one of the wonderful Design Sheets from the collection and some of the fabulous papers to cover the box.


I inked all the edges of all the layers and added a little bow to the umbrella.


I have added a little depth to the front by popping the embellishments on some foam tape.


All these elements on the card and the stopper are in Design Sheet 2-02 in the collection, or you can also buy it as part of the Duo of Design Sheets #7.


I am in the process of making six 4" by 4" cards and envelopes to go inside the gift box.

I would like to enter this gift box in the following challenges.

Penny's Paper-Crafty Challenges - Challenge #317: Anything Goes (closes 28 Feb)

Crafting by Designs - Challenge: It's Almost Spring (closes 28 Feb)

Crafting from the Heart - Challenge #147: Anything Goes (closes 26 Feb)

Thanks so much for stopping by today.

Happy crafting.

Friday, 17 February 2017

Fabulous Friday - Queen of Hearts

It's Friday - yay!

Hope you are all having a great day and looking forward to the weekend.

Our challenges over at Polkadoodles are now, always, Anything Goes.  So why not pop along and enter you could win $10 to spend in the Polkadoodles download store.

I have used the wonderful Winnie in Wonderland Collection for my hubby's Valentines card. Couldn't resist adding the Eat Me sentiment :-)


All the pieces for this card can be found on Design Sheet 7 in the collection.  You can buy just the Design Sheet on it's own too :-)


For the bottom layer of the front and the inside of the card, I pulled out two papers from the collection that had already been printed from another project.  I couldn't resist using the fabulous Polkadoodles Elegant Nesting die (this is the middle size of three in the set).  And two hearts left over from the Design sheet.


As always, all the edges of all the layers have been inked. 


I add some foam tape to some of the layers to add a little dimension to the card.


I am entering this card in the following challenges.

Penny's Paper-Crafty Challenge - Challenge #316: Anything Goes (closes 21 Feb)

Digi Stamps 4 Joy - Challenge #133: Anything Goes + Red for Valentines (closes 26 Feb)

Creative Moments - Challenge #111: Anything Goes, optional Love is in the Air (closes 

Thanks for stopping by today.

Happy crafting.

Tuesday, 7 February 2017

'Tis Tuesday - Tutorial (Video) - Using Polkadoodles Collections and Silhouette Design Studio

Hi everyone.  Hope you are all well and busy crafting bees :-)

So, I finally got around to doing something that I have been meaning to do for ages!

I have wanted to do some video tutorials combining the Polkadoodles Collections, how I create and how I use Silhouette Design Studio and the Cameo for my crafting.

My first recording has gone live!  Using the Polkadoodles Design Sheets in Silhouette Design Studio.


You can view it on Youtube if you prefer, or you can watch it here on my blog :-)

I used Winnie Sugar Sprinkle Design Sheet 2 and Winnie in Wonderland Design Sheet 3 in the tutorial.

The other day I downloaded OBS Studio (Open Broadcaster Software) and had a little play.  It is really easy to use and there are a few tutorials out there to get the initial set up done.  I only want to use it for recording my screen in Silhouette Design Studio, so there was nothing to in depth about it :-)

I hope that you understand and if there are any questions, please leave them in the comment section, or you can email me (if you click on View my Profile there is a link on the left). Also, if there is something you would like me to do a tutorial about let me know :-)

I will also try and do some tutorials of how I design and create my cards using Silhouette Design Studio - from start to finish :-)

Hope that you enjoyed the first tutorial.  Please excuse the Welsh accent - it really stands out on recordings LOL!

You can pop along to our Polkadoodles Digi Choosday blog and enter our weekly challenges, there might even be a discount code (valid today only) there for you to buy some digi's :-)

Thanks for stopping by my blog today.

Happy crafting.

Friday, 27 January 2017

Fabulous Friday - Wish it was Spring :-)

Spring - I can but dream :-)  It's a long way off yet though and there's plenty of snow on the ground to remind us it's still Winter.

But in my crafting I can show Spring :-)

Our challenges at Polkadoodles are now always Anything Goes.  The Design Team were asked to used only a Design Sheet from any of the collections for our cards this fortnight.

I have used the delightful Winnie Sugar Sprinkles.  This is Design Sheet #11 from the collection. It can, however, be also purchased as the single Design Sheet too - so if you need a quick card, why not pop along to the Polkadoodles store and look at all the Design Sheets available. Of course you could check out all the fabulous collections too - they are such a bargain!


I cut all the pieces using my Silhouette Cameo - but they are great to cut free hand too!


I did use one piece of card stock that has been embossed, with a Cuttlebug Geometric Rings emossing folder, for the backing on the front and the inside of my card.  I used the Spellbinders Pierced Oval die for my message panel and used the spare little bird house for the inside too.


I have inked all the edges of all my layers and added some dimension with foam tape.


Don't you just love Winnie, she is so adorable.


I will be entering this card in the following challenges.

Penny's Paper-crafty Challenge - Challenge #313: Anything Goes (closes 31 Jan)

Creative Moments - Challenge #110: Anything Goes twist Keep it Feminine (closes 6 Feb)

Crafting When We Can - Challenge #136: Spots and/or Stripes (closes 4 Feb)

Thanks for stopping by today.

Happy Crafting.


Friday, 20 January 2017

Fabulous Friday - A Little Shabby Chic

Happy Friday everyone.  Wow these days are really going by quickly. Before you know it, it will be Christmas again LOL!

Anyways, first off I would like to apologise for my lack of blog visiting over the past few weeks. Now that things are returning to normal I will be visiting again and seeing what you have all been up to.

Polkadoodles challenges are now always Anything Goes, so if you craft anything you can enter the challenge.

As part of the Design Team we were given the brief to use a die cut, you can if you wish follow along with that or not :-)

I have used a fabulous new download collection called Belle Papillon.  It is shabby chic and vintage all rolled into one.  If you like stamping, there are also complete kits with stamps, papers, dies and the CD for you to play with - why not go take a look in the Polkadoodles store today - HERE.


Everything on my card is from the collection, except the background leaves for which I used the Super Sprigs Polkadoodles Die - I printed of a paper from the collection and then used the die.


For the inside I have started merging my layers using the Silhouette Design Studio program.  I do all my card designing in there, then all I do is print and cut all the pieces.


I have inked all the layers and all the pieces before assembling my card.  I adore those butterflies, they look so delicate.


I love the soft pastel colours in this collection, but with a little ink on the edges it really makes them pop.


Once again, I hope to be picking up the crafting bug again and will be catching up with all of you soon.

I will be entering this card in the following challenges.

Penny's Paper-Crafty Challenges - Challenge #312: Anything Goes (closes 24 Jan)

Crafty Sentiments Designs - Challenge: Anything Goes (closes 23 Jan)

Digistamps4Joy - Challenge #132; Anything Goes optional twist Love (closes 31 Jan)

Thanks for stopping by my blog today.

Happy crafting.

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