Monday, 13 February 2012

Polkadoodles - The Pen & Paper Circle.....

Good evening you lovely crafter's.

Well today I have had a very crafty day. I have been playing with my stamps, cd of backing papers and alphabet and The Creative Chronicle Magazine....of which all three form the fabulous.......

Polkadoodles - The Pen & Paper Circle!

I absolutely love this magazine, there are 12 brilliant projects from very talented and inspirational people.

This is the first copy of this magazine and for the price of £12.99 believe me you are getting an absolute wealth of tips, crafty ideas, step by step projects and just sheer loveliness. I love it also for the fact that Nikky and her design team have used the same image and in very different ways too.

So heres where I am going to get a little bit excited if you don't mind....wooo hoooo...

I wanted to make something really really girly and beautiful, a bit blingy, with some of my favourite things with a combination of ideas using the magazine and also incorporating my own ideas too here's what I came up with......

Papermania 8x8 card white card blank/ Pen & Paper circle stamp and backing papers/Memento Ink Tuxedo black/Spellbinders Grand Nestabilities Labels Eleven/Letraset Flexmarkers in Shades: Champagne/Light Fawn/Linen/Antique White/Tea Rose/Pink Lavendar/Shocking Pink/Watermelon/Meadow Green/Apple/Soft Aqua/Glacier Blue/Aquamarine/Blue Grey 1/Canary/Cappuccino/Nutmeg/
Vintage buttons/Silver vintage bead/Length of pearls/Bling/Vintage lace/Feather/Self adhesive pearls/Polkadoodles Ribbon Roses - Sheer Pink /Ranger Stickles glitter glue in Diamond/Hat pins.


Round the corners of the card blank.
Cut a square of gingham paper to size leaving a white border on the card,round the corners, ink edges and stick to base.
Cut a square of strawberry paper to size, round the corners, ink the edges and stick on top of the gingham paper so it is rotated slightly.
Stamp the image onto your nestie. Colour in with your chosen medium.
Use foam pads and attach to the top centre of the card.
Attach the lace first,sticking the ends on the underside of the card front with double-sided tape. Attach the row of pearls in the same way, the sheer rose ribbon and also the bling.
Stamp the roses, colour and fussy cut around them all.
Attach to the corners with foam pads.
The greeting is coloured with my flexmarkers, cut out and attached with foam pads.
To finish I used my vintage buttons, bead, bling, hat pins and Stickles on the roses and buds.

I absolutely love this image, and I love this card. I hope you all like it too!

Anyhoo, it does'nt end here. So I decided to make another card again using the same stamps. With the second card I wanted to stay away from pink and keep the card fairly simple, so here's what I did.....

Stamp and papers as before/Memento Ink Rich Cocoa/Letraset Flexmarkers in shades: Antique White/Linen/Light Fawn/Champagne/Buttercup/Cappuccino/Nutmeg/Tea Rose/Meadow Green/Apple/Grass/Blue Grey 1/Pebble Blue/Canary
Green Glitter Ribbon


I covered an A5 card blank with two co-ordinating papers. Stamped the image onto white card and coloured. I cut a piece of the text blue paper to size and inked the edges of this and the image. I used double-sided tape to stick the paper to the card, and added the image with foam pads. I coloured three roses and fussy cut them out(a great tip in the magazine), and three buds and attached to the card as shown with foam pads. Finally I cut the greeting in half so I had just the top and bottom so I could tuck each semi-circle greeting in the corners as shown, I also coloured the greeting to match the card.

I like this card as I think it's quite a fresh look and simple, clean lines!

I certainly have had a busy day.......yes it has'nt quite finished yet!LOL
Finally card number three. I wanted to do something slightly different and I was thinking what I could do, when suddenly it popped into my head to use the alphabet that came on the disc. I have shrunk it down to size.....and this is what I came up with.......


Stamp and papers as before/Bristol Board/Faber-Castell Polychromo Pencils in shades:
Rose Carmine/Middle Purple Pink/Magenta/Venetian Red/Burnt Ochre/Raw Umber/Walnut Brown/Light Ultramarine/Cadmium Yellow/Emerald Green/Leaf Green/White
Paper stumps and Daler Rowney Low Odour Thinners to blend.
Ranger Stickles in Diamond, Tim Holtz Distress Ink Worn Lipstick.


Score the front of an A5 card blank down the centre and fold back on itself.
Cover that panel, the inside of the panel, and the inside of the card with co-ordinating paper.
Stamp the image onto the Bristol Board. Colour in and blend as needed.
Cut papers to size and ink the edges with distress ink.
Matt and layer with image and attach inside the card using foam pads.
Colour the greeting and cut out, attach with foam pads.
Cut out the letters from the alphabet to spell 'MUM'.
Cut out one oblong of the green strawberry paper to fix the 'U' onto. Ink the edges of the card and the oblong with distress ink. Attach the oblong and letters to the front panel with foam pads as shown.
To embellish, stamp the roses and buds, colour in, fussy cut, and attach to the card as shown. Cut out Strawberries from the green strawberry backing paper and attach three on the front panel with foam pads and a double strawberry inside on the bottom right corner. Finally, add stickles to the rose buds and strawberries.

I think this would make a great card for 'MUM' for a birthday or even Mother's Day.

I just wanted to show you that you can achieve so many totally different looks using the same image. That's why I wanted to show you a version using my Polychromo pencils as well as my flexmarkers!

I have plenty more ideas to play with yet, so with a combination of ideas from the magazine and my own ideas I will be able to create so many more versions of the stamp set.

If you don't want to miss out on
The Pen & Paper Circle
Issue 2....

I do know that it is available to order from the 15th February, due for delivery in April.
Here is the link to see what it is all about. This shows Issue 1 which is sold out but at least you can see for yourself what I'm talking about.

I hope that you have enjoyed reading what I have made today and I hope you like the cards too! Thank you for taking the time to peek I really appreciate it.

Don't forget too that Nikky from Polkadoodles is back on our screens at Create & Craft  TV on

Sunday 19th February

9am and 2pm


Tuesday 28th February

10am and 1pm.

Believe me, you don't want to miss these shows, so if you have to go out make sure you record them!LOL

Have fun and happy crafting,
lots of love NJ XXXX


  1. Looks like someone has been very busy
    Lovely work Nicola..

  2. Gorgeous as always,Three gorgeous cards, love them all xx

  3. oh wow Nicola I'm so glad you loved the mag.
    Your cards are fabulous, great use of the kit and of course your own embellies make them even more special
    Anne x

  4. Wow! You have been busy hun, these are all gorgeous, love the images and the roses and feather on the first one look fab, love the colours on the second one too but they are all beautiful. Hope you are doing well
    Lindsay xx