ICS Sketch 117

>> Tuesday, May 31, 2011

"Summer is just around the corner, can't you feel it in the air?"

Just a quick post to show you my ICSketches card for this week. I'll be back tomorrow with the June Blog Hop and Inspiration Challenge! We have some incredibly generous sponsors this month, you won't want to miss this...

October Afternoon Paper
Pebbles Ribbon
Misc Thread
Duetica Fonts


ICS Sketch 116 and Duetica

>> Monday, May 23, 2011

Its Tuesday again which means its time for another ICSketches reveal! The other designers have some great cards, you should go take a peak at the inspiration. The sketch is so much fun and there are some prizes to be won ...

I created a card with the tic-tac-toe idea a few years ago and when I say Dawn's sketch for this week, I knew I had to go and give the idea another go. Its such a fun idea! Plus, it paired perfectly with my Duetica.com design team assignment. There is no patterned paper on this card, that might be a first for me! Just an adorable giraffe, cute buttons, and the Tin Whistle font from Duetica. I cut out the word "FUN" from a Starbucks cardboard coffee sleeve and inked it with some white to make it stand out a little more.

My Minds Eye Buttons
Sassafrass Giraffe
Making Memories Pin
Misc Thread
Duetica Tin Whistle Font
Starbucks Coffee Sleeve

Hope you all had a wonderful weekend. I'm off to spend the rest of the week enjoying the beautiful sunshine!


{May} Inspiration Challenge Winner and Design Team

>> Friday, May 20, 2011

{May} Inspiration Challenge Winner



Be sure to email us to collect your prize.
polkadotdootdesign (at) gmail dot com

We would also like to welcome these talented ladies to the June Design Team! They will be joining our May Design Team to provide you with inspiration for our 2nd challenge. Be sure to check back in on the 1st of June for the Blog Hop and Inspiration Challenge.

Thanks for looking in! We're so excited to be bringing you a new challenge in a few days.


ICS Sketch 115

>> Tuesday, May 17, 2011

The blog certianly has taken on a little differant of a feel in the last little while,  I cannot believe all the wonderful interest that we had not only in the blog hop, but also the inspiration challenge! Sarah and I are thrilled with the response we have recieved! Be sure to come back on the 20th, we will be announcing the challenge winner and our June Design Team, exciting stuff!

Life has a way of getting very busy all at once! Its been jam packed with all sorts of exciting things the last few weeks sometimes I'm not sure how I'll have time to fit everything in. But somehow I manage, just like now, and keeping up with my design team posting. Its not been very regular (sorry!) but lets hope I can get back into scheduale with this post.

I loved this sketch that Dawn provided us with at www.icsketches.blogspot.com - it was so versatile, beautiful, and I knew exactely what I wanted to do with it as soon as I saw it. I made this card for Mother's Day a few weeks back and I'm happy to report that she loved it!

The dress form was printed off and decorated from my stash of vintage ribbons and buttons. The twill also came from my collection of odds and ends. And I always seem to be able to find somewhere to use the Martha Stewart Butterfly punch.

Martha Stewart Butterfly Punch
Wilton Dollie
Vintage Twill, Ribbon
Misc Paper

I hope you all have a wonderful day!


{May} Blog Hop Winners and Featured Designer

>> Monday, May 16, 2011

We had so many wonderful ladies part of our bloghop. We were truly inspired by what they created and know by your comments, that you did too! Thank you so much to each of you who participated as a designer, we could not have done it without you. I'm thrilled to announce that for the month of June, our feature designer is Nicole! Her unique canvas won the admiration of our followers. I love how bright and cheerful her project is and just how different it is. Be sure stop by her blog!



The winner of the Apron Strings Kit is Fiorella.

The Winner of the AC Stamp set is Ms.Daiquiri.

Ladies, please contact us to claim your prize
polkadotdoordesigns (at) gmail . com

We will be posting the winners of the Inspiration Challenge and June Design Team on the 20th!


{May} Blog Hop and Inspiration Challenge!

>> Friday, May 6, 2011

Welcome to the very first Polkadot Door Inspirational Challenge and Blog Hop! We're thrilled you are able to join us. Be sure to read the entire post, there is so much good stuff waiting for you. We have the bloghop details posted first, followed by the Inspiration Challenge details. Don't miss anything!

Each month we want to showcase some very talented ladies. For our first blog hop we have been honoured to have a fabulous team of crafty geniuses join us. We gave them some inspiration and they created. This is one blog hop you do not want to miss. The inspiration is outstanding! Starting with the Polkadot Door be sure to work your way through the blogs and see what the design team created.

As you hop be sure to leave a comment on every blog and head back here once you are done. Leave a comment on the Polkadot Door to let us know you completed the blog hop and tell us who your favourite designer was, because by doing so you are eligible to win this adorable American Crafts acrylic stamp set and ink!

But that is not all. One lucky bloghop participant will also win this incredible kit from our very generous sponsor, Apron Strings Kit Club. To be eligible, be sure to leave a comment on every blog, including this one. We will post the blog hop winners on the 16th, so be sure to check back!

Ready to start hopping?
Did you get all that? Wait, there is more!


Ready for some fun inspiration? Along with the blog hop designers, we've come up with some fun inspiration for you in your crafting endeavours with some more great prizes. We'll be giving away some great prizes to our participants, as well as choosing 6 - 10 designers to be part of our June Design Team!

Here is what the Polkadot Door Lead Designers came up with:



Be sure to check out the other designers work for more inspiration
through the bloghop!


Our Challenge winner will receive a
$12 gift certificate to Um Wow Studio Etsy Shop!

As well, six to ten authors of the most impressive creations
will be chosen to serve on our June Design Team and Blog Hop, one of whom
will win this adorable page kit from the Polkadot Door!

Inspiration Details :
  • Create a paper crafting project (card, layout, off-the-page item), based on provided inspiration (photo, sentiment, or element : crocheted flowers).
  • Post your creation on your blog or an online gallery (using a code PDD), and link it here with the Mr. Linky widget below. Please provide a direct link to your post, not an entire blog. 
  • A new challenge is being posted the first of every month, and you've got until midnight on 15th to submit your entry.
  • You may enter as many times as you like, but you're asked to provide a newly designed project. We ask that you combine this challenge with no more than 3 other challenges.
  • We will choose one winner  from the list of players who will receive the prize provided by the sponsor(s). In addition, the authors of the six to ten most impressive creations will awarded the design team positions for the following month, as well as the opportunity to be our featured designer. Special consideration will be given to participants who use all three of the inspiration elements. 
  • We will announce the Inspiration Challenge winners on the 20th. Design team members will be contacted before then by email.
  • Above all, have fun - and be inspired!


Polkadot Door Challenge : Layout

>> Thursday, May 5, 2011

I thought I would have another go at the {May} Polkadot Door Inspiration Challenge, this time working on a layout since my cardbox is full to bursting! Its coming much easier the more I scrapbook, and its almost to a point where I am enjoying it again ....

This layout turned out different than I imagined! I originally had some very bright and cheerful colours on the page, but it gradually turned into something much more vintage looking ... I still got the pinwheels on there though, they are so easy to incorporate into projects!

Besides wanting to do a layout for our challenge, I needed to get a project done for my most recent Design Team!

Duetica.com is a completley new sort of company. Each and everyone of us uses computer fonts in our daily life and Duetica is taking a fun approach to the way we design using fonts/text! You need to head over to the site and check it out for yourself. Watch a tutorial or two to see what all the fuss is about, browse their selection of fun fonts, and then catch the blog for some fun inspiration from my fellow design team members. I promise, the trip to Duetica.com will be worth your time!

Basic Grey Paper
My Minds Eye Floss
Prima Flower
Misc Button, Wood Veneer
Chatterbox Rub-ons
Duetica Floot Font



Apron Strings April 2011 Kit Projects

>> Sunday, May 1, 2011

Ok, I realize that it is technically May, but I just finished up my projects for the April Apron Strings kit.  

They were supposed to be done by the 5th of April, but thanks to the efficiency of the postal system, I didn't even get my kit until the middle of April :(  So that is why my projects are late, and why there are only a couple pages.  By the time I got these ones done, my May kit had arrived.

I love this kit though and can't wait till I have time to play with all the leftovers.  It was full of springy goodness from American Crafts and Jillibean Soup, two of my favorite scrappy companies.