All About Polka Dots for PP541

by Joanne James16. May 2021 09:00

Today it's Sunday and time for this week's new challenge over at The Paper Players! It's the turn of the fabulous Anne Marie to host this week and she has a clean and simple challenge for you to work with:


This week's challenge is all about polka dots - how fun! Remember it's clean and simple week too, which means:

  • Minimal layers
  • Little to no embelllishments
  • Lots of clean, white space (no pattern)

I was considering my options as far as polka dots are concerned and actually made a couple of cards for you today: the first one uses the 'Lots of Hearts' bundle from the current mini catalogue - take a look:


These hearts are just perfect for today's challenge as they have both a stamped polka dot and a die that creates a heart shape from diecut polka dots. I paired these with an outline heart and used the sketch over at Inspired By this week for my layout, along with coral, peach and lemon yellow as my three neighbouring colours from the Color Dare challenge wheel (see badges above). With some polka dot DSP behind, there are lots of dots on my card, whilst still retaining a CAS feel:


I also added a few more inside, with a continuation of my sentiment in the corner to allow lots of space for uninterrupted writing:


Here is the visual summary of the key products used on today's project for you to pin for easy reference:


You can see all of my Product and 'How To' summaries on my 'How To - Tips and Techniques' Pinterest board in case you've missed any. 

I did create a second card for today's challenge, using the sketch layout over at Fab Friday:


When I think 'polka dots', I immediately think Minnie Mouse (no apologies from this Disney fan!) so I couldn't resist another card with some punch art featuring the second most famous mouse of all time:


I went unashamedly pink with this card, using the Stitched with Whimsy dies to outline my rectangle and added a fussy cut sentiment from the 'Happiest of Birthdays' set to finish:


This is my favourite of the cards that I created this week - so simple, but super cute!

Before you reach for your ink and papers, check out what our amazing team has created to inspire you this week:

Here's a quick recap of our challenge rules:
1.  Create a new paper project
2.  Upload your creation to your blog with a link back to us and provide a direct link to the post featuring your challenge submission.
3.  Please link your card to no more than four challenges, TOTAL.
4.  Have FUN!

You can see all of my 'How To' summaries on my 'How To - Tips and Techniques' Pinterest board in case you've missed any. 

Enjoy your day; I'll be back tomorrow with another project. Until then, happy stampin'!


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Comments (20) -

Heather Heroldt
Heather HeroldtUnited States
5/16/2021 5:41:06 PM #

Genius!  Who knew Minnie could make such a great alternative shape for our sketch!  I laughed out loud, lol.  Thanks so much for playing at Fab Friday!

Deborah Wheeler
Deborah WheelerUnited Kingdom
5/16/2021 7:03:37 PM #

Love those polka dot hearts, and the Minnie Mouse card is so cute!  Will definitely be joining in with this week's challenge!

LeAnne Pugliese
LeAnne PuglieseUnited States
5/16/2021 9:24:53 PM #

Oh my goodness, these are both cute, but that Minnie Mouse card....ADORABLE!

Greta H
Greta HUnited States
5/17/2021 5:24:17 AM #

Love the hearts card & the Minnie card is adorable!

Michele F
Michele FUnited States
5/17/2021 12:24:13 PM #

Joanne, I'm a big polka dot fan - love them just about anywhere!  Finding them in a heart?  well that's just where they belong!
Thanks for using our Sketch this week - and sharing this darling card with Inspired By!
ps love Minnie, too - would you believe I've NEVER been to either Disney parks?

Amanda Mertz
Amanda MertzUnited States
5/18/2021 12:42:52 AM #

2 great designs!  Minnie and her polka dots are a classic and a great way to use the sketch (Thanks for sharing at Fab Friday!) but I love that you used so many different kind of polka dots on the heart card and still kept it CAS!  The cut out polka dot heart is perfect!  Have a great week!

Jan Clothier
Jan ClothierNew Zealand
5/18/2021 1:28:35 AM #

The dotty heart is very sweet. And who knew that Minnie Mouse was lurking in the craft room. What other colour could you use but pink for that!

Steph Mortimer
Steph MortimerUnited Kingdom
5/18/2021 8:56:18 AM #

I’m loving the polka dot hearts! Beautiful card for our colour wheel challenge. Thanks for playing along with Color My Heart Color Dare. X

VickyUnited Kingdom
5/18/2021 4:10:41 PM #

Love all the different kinds of dots you put together in your heart card Joanne but oh my goodness you rocked it with Minnie! Absolutely adorable! Vicky x

NancyUnited States
5/18/2021 6:59:49 PM #

So many of us appear to love Polka dots and my love for them began because my mom loved them, and now they make me think of her. Such a pretty card and a creative way to use the challenge theme. Sorry I didn't swing by last week I was away for a little unexpected vacay!

Suzanne Reynolds
Suzanne ReynoldsUnited States
5/18/2021 9:35:46 PM #

Your direct link for ColorMyHeart Color Dare only takes us to the photo of your card, not the blog; however, I searched for it and then tried to change your link in our post; but it won't allow me.  Possibly you can change it with an edit on your end.  Here is the blog link you should have used
Your card is very pretty and love the simplicity of it. Thanks for sharing with us at Color Dare.  

Joanne James
Joanne JamesUnited Kingdom
5/19/2021 9:25:23 PM #

Thanks for the heads up Suzanne! Not sure what happened there but I have managed to edit it so now it is linking properly. Thank you for finding me in spite of this and I'm glad you like my card!

danni reid
danni reidUnited States
5/18/2021 10:09:39 PM #

This is such a fun interpretation of the sketch this week, love how you used the hearts with this sketch, this is such a pretty card and the polka dots are so fun!  Thank you for inspiring us this week @IB!

Debbie Crowley
Debbie CrowleyUnited States
5/20/2021 12:43:16 AM #

Love both of your polka dot cards, Joanne.  The hearts are so simple and perfect and Minnie... well, Minnie will be Minnie.  She always made a fashion statement with her polka dot dress and this card makes a statement for certain.  Enjoy the rest of your week.

Ann Schach
Ann SchachUnited States
5/21/2021 5:00:31 AM #

Double awesomeness, Joanne! While the first card is CAS perfection with the polka dotted card, I am in LOVE with the Minnie card.  The sweet polka dotted bow is absolutely fabulous. She's stylin' for sure!!!

Ann Schach
Ann SchachUnited States
5/21/2021 5:01:47 AM #

Oops...I meant to say the first card is CAS perfection with it's polka dotted heart! lol

jaydeeUnited States
5/21/2021 9:46:00 PM #

Joanne, they are both fabulous cards.  I love the one with the multiple hearts and that simple but so impactful sentiment.  Hope you have a fabulous weekend

Claire Broadwater
Claire BroadwaterUnited States
5/22/2021 1:26:16 AM #

Both cards are fabulous, but Minnie steals the show!  And yes, polka dots shout Minnie Mouse!  You are always so creative, My Friend!  Have a great weekend!  

Anne Marie Hile
Anne Marie HileUnited States
5/22/2021 3:39:25 PM #

I loved you polka dot heart card as soon as I saw it but then you step it up even more with the fun Minnie card! Wow! Super cute! Thanks for rocking my challenge this week!

Melanie R
Melanie RUnited States
5/23/2021 10:34:03 PM #

Love the CAS vibe of your card, Joanne! Perfect for our color wheel challenge. Thank you for joining us at Color My Heart Color Dare #443.

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