Wednesday, 7 December 2016

Happy Birthday to us!

Woohoo! Happy 6th birthday to the Paper Shelter, and of course you can't have a birthday without a challenge, a blog hop and some fabulous prizes, so what are we waiting for? let's get on with it and give you all the important details.

Good Morning fellow crafters and welcome to The Paper Shelter Blog Hop and this is in celebration of their reaching their 6th Birthday on December 8th. It will be a two week Challenge and both Design Teams are taking part.

The Hop is our way of inviting you to join in with us and this time the challenge theme is 

If you have landed here from Pauline's blog then you're heading in the right direction - if not then you'll want to head on back to The Paper Shelter Challenge Blog to start again, as you'll not want to miss out on this one!
Our Design Teams have worked very hard and are showcasing the gorgeous images available from The Paper Shelter Store and each blog on the hop is offering one lucky commenter a digi of their choice. There is also a fabulous main prize, details of which are on The Paper Shelter Challenge Blogspot.

Give me a kiss digital stamp (only used part of image) The Paper Shelter
Paper from my scrap box
Silver glitter card - local Pound world
X-cut Alphabet - Alice 
Ribbon - Meiflower

From here you will need to hop on over to Vannessa's blogbut before you hop off don't forget to leave your comment for a chance of winning your choice of one of the fab digis available in store.
Keep on hopping!
Have fun and good luck!
Colette xx

Thursday, 1 December 2016

24 sleeps to go!

Yaaay! only 24 more sleeps to go before Santa turns up, my youngest grandson is super excited, we've been counting sleeps for months LOL! and it's so much easier to count now we are actually in December.
Today is also the start of  a new Paper Creator challenge and this time around the theme is..... aww go on, I bet you can't guess what it is.... mmmm, what could it be now that we are in December ?, Valentines day? Easter ? or could it be...

The winner will receive a £10 store credit to spend in the Paper Creator store.
Paper Creator products are not essential, but you will gain an extra entry into the random draw if using them. The challenge runs for the whole of the month and the winner is announced at the start of the next month's challenge.

I made two cards for today's challenge, using both the pink and blue versions of Candy Star Ted Ultimate kits.
For the blue version I made an offset gate fold card and decorated it with papers, a topper and sentiment from the kit. I added blue and brown glitter to some of the elements and a punched gold star to the topper. The candy cane is glittered and I added polar white flower soft to his hat brim, pompom and coat hem, all finished off with a brown gingham bow.

With the pink kit I made a circle card using a Spellbinders Grand circle die, I cut a frame from silver glitter card, using the same die as for the card with a Lifestyle inverted scallop die in the centre. I did the same on a smaller scale for the sentiment. The paper, image and sentiment all came from the kit and the image was decorated in the same way as the blue one, and once again I finished it all off with gingham bows.

Don't forget to pop over to the challenge blog and check out the amazing creations from my fabulous teamies.

Thanks for stopping by,
Colette xx

Wednesday, 23 November 2016


The new challenge over at the Paper Shelter this week is Bingo, just pick a line in any direction from the board and use those items on your creation.

There are great prizes up for grabs! If you are our randomly selected winner and play with a TPS image then you have a chance of winning a $30 gift certificate, any other image and you will win three digis of your choice.

I coloured up the Christmas Shopping digital stamp and used papers and embellishments from a Nitwits kit to make a stepper card. No measuring and fiddling about to make the stepper card though, Craft Creations sell ready to fold stepper card blanks in a variety of colours and designs, making this type of card so much easier.

Digital Stamp - Christmas Shopping - The Paper Shelter
Papers, presents and heart - Nitwits Mr and Mrs Collection
Sentiment - Happy Christmas/birthday small font word set - Britannia dies
Black side stepper card blank - Craft Creations
X-cut Holly punch
Ribbons, gems and pearls - Meiflower

Don't forget to pop over to the challenge blog and check out all the fabulous inspiration from the rest of my teamies,

Thanks for dropping in,
Colette xx

Monday, 21 November 2016

Brink on the cake! part 2

Here are the other three cards from the Papercraft Essentials issue 140 commission using the fabulous Kate Hadfield collection Bring on the cake and the papers that I made to go with the kit, don't forget it you want the papers you can download them for free from HERE.

All images are from the pre-coloured Bring on the Cake collection, although a digital stamp kit of the images is also available, the papers are from the free download, all gems, ribbons and pearls are from Meiflower. The stepper card blank is available from Craft Creations, the flowers are X-cut punches and the Happy Birthday die set is from Robert Addams.

Check out the magazine for lots more fabulous inspiration and a gorgeous free gift containing an igloo embossing folder and sweet animal stamps.

Thanks for dropping in,
Colette xx

Friday, 18 November 2016

Bring on the cake! part 1

If you've got the latest edition of the Papercraft Essentials magazine, then you will already have seen these cards, but I thought I would pop them on the blog too.
I was lucky enough to be given a fabulous Kate Hadfield collection of digi images and stamps to play with called Bring on the Cake and was commissioned to make seven cards. Here are a few of them the rest will follow in a few days.

I love her images, they are always so bright and colourful. I decided to design my own papers to go with the images, there are 10 plain and 12 patterned and if you like the look of them you can download them for free from HERE.

The Bring on the cake collection comes in either a pre-coloured version or a digital stamp version, the top two cards use pre-coloured images and the bottom one is a digi-stamp. The papers are all from the free download, lace is from stash, flowers are made with X-cut punches and all the ribbons and gems are from Meiflower.

If you don't have the magazine then check it out, it has lots of fabulous inspiration and comes with a free gift of a gorgeous igloo embossing folder and some seriously cute stamps of penguins, a polar bear and a seal, as well as some extra items to dress them up and create scenes.

Thanks for stopping by,
Colette xx

Wednesday, 16 November 2016

Figure eight style

We are just about halfway through our Anything Goes challenge over at Paper Creator, so I thought I would pop in with a quick reminder. I have another card to show you that is almost the same as my card at the start of the challenge (cos' I am loving this design at the moment and Paper Creator have so many Sassy Cheryl illustrations that are perfect for it, expect at least another one before Christmas LOL!)
 I like to make them so that when the card is folded the skater hangs over the edge slightly, so although the card is square I have to put it in an A5 envelope. As in the previous card HERE, the bottom strip is covered in glitter, unfortunately it is very difficult to get it to show up in a photo.

Figure eight style illustration - Sassy Cheryl at Paper Creator
Papers - Up on the housetop - Just So Scrappy
Wreath and snow on lamp post  are from X-cut Gingerbread House die set 
X-cut large and medium snowflake punch
Ribbon and gems - Meiflower

There is still a couple of weeks to get your entry in for our anything goes challenge and with the £10 gift voucher prize you could purchase quite a few of these Sassy Cheryl images and make your own cards..

Thanks for stopping by,
Colette xx

Wednesday, 9 November 2016

Santa Selfie

We have a new challenge starting today over at The Paper Shelter and it's super easy too, our theme is

There are great prizes up for grabs! If you are our randomly selected winner and play with a TPS image then you have a chance of winning a $30 gift certificate, any other image and you will win three digis of your choice.

I thought that the Santa Selfie image would be the perfect choice for today's tech savvy youngsters.
I kept the card quite simple making the image the main focus.
After colouring the image I added glitter to Rudolph's nose and Santa's bobble and buckle. I made the  sentiment using different fonts and some embellishments from a Nitwits kit, I also added a sprig of holly from the kit to Santa's hat before printing, a couple of  glitter card photo corners and a gingham bow finished the card.

Digital Stamp - Santa Selfie - The Paper Shelter
Sentiment - computer generated
Nitwits HoHoHo collection - images in sentiment and Santa's hat holly
Landscape red card blank - Craft Creations
Glitters - HunkyDory
Die-namics Photo Corners
Gingham ribbon - Meiflower

Check out the fabulous inspiration from the rest of my teamies at The Paper Shelter challenge blog, 

Thanks for stopping by,
Colette xx