Wednesday 20 December 2023

TPS - Snowmen

For this weeks Paper Shelter challenge I have used an adorable image from a one of the new digital colouring pages Merry Moments, these images are perfect for shrinking down for a card.

It is coloured with Copics.  I did my card design on my Silhouette Cameo and used one of the borders, but just printed it instead of cutting it out. I added a lovely paper for the background and covered a wooden snowflake with aurora flakes.

My snowmen are covered in Clear spectrum noir sparkle pen and so are fabulous and sparkly in real life.

This is our final challenge before Christmas and we would love to see your makes.

Have a Wonderful Christmas

Challenges Entered:-

Wednesday 6 December 2023

The Paper Shelter Birthday

 Good Morning lovely crafters!

Welcome to The Paper Shelter Blog Hop, in celebration of The Paper Shelter's 13th Birthday on the 8th of December!  This will be a two week challenge, with both teams taking part, and it's our way of thanking The Paper Shelter for sharing their wonderful images with us, and sponsoring our challenge.

The theme for this special challenge is:


If you've arrived here from Isabelle then you're heading in the right direction!  If not, then you'll want to pop back to The Paper Shelter Challenge Blog to start again, because you don't want to miss out on this one.  Both Design Teams are participating, showcasing the gorgeous images available from The Paper Shelter, and each blog on the hop is offering one lucky commenter a digi of their choice, as well as the main prize, details of which are on The Paper Shelter Challenge Blog.

The image I have used this week is Hugging my Winter Teddy Bear.  My image is coloured with Copics  and I have added some clear sparkle to the fur collars on her coat.  I created the sentiment on my Silhouette Cameo and also added some die-cut elements, on top of a lovely snowflake paper from LOTV.

From here, you will need to hop on over to Lori.  Don't forget to leave your comment for an opportunity to win your choice of one of the fabulous digis available in store!

Good Luck!  Hope you've enjoyed the Hop so far!

Challenges Entered:-

Passion for Markers - Add a sentiment
Shopping our Stash - Whatever the weather
The Holly & The Ivy - Christmas
Christmas with the Cuties - Anything Cute

Wednesday 22 November 2023

TPS - Family

Our new challenge over at The Paper Shelter is FAMILY.

The image I have chosen to showcase this week is Hush, Let her Sleep as I thought this was a cut family group.

I have used Kuretake watercolour paints to colour my image - not something I do very often, but wanted to give the image a softer feel than I would get with markers.

I used a black card base onto which I embossed some copper leaves.

Challenges Entered:-

Sunday 19 November 2023

Oh Christmas Tree

This week I have made a start on my Christmas cards using some lovely Lavinia Stamps.

I stamped the snowflakes in 3 different colour inks, then added the little scene in the middle.

I wish you could see the sparkle, but it never shows in photos!

Challenges Entered:-

Christmas Throwdown - Countryside Christmas
Allsorts - Christmas Time
Inkspirational - Seasonal
My Time to Craft - Christmas 
Fab n Funky - Blue Hues
Try it on Tuesday - Baby its cold outside

Wednesday 8 November 2023

TPS -Warm & Fuzzy

Our new challenge over at The Paper Shelter is the theme WARM & FUZZY.

What is more warm and fuzzy than baby animals?  So I have taken an image from one of the new PDF colouring Books - Forest Cute Baby Animals.

I have used the left over papers from my last card to create the background and added a foiled sentiment and some die cut fern leaves in Copper.

My image has been coloured with Copics. I went over the fur with a bender pen to create some texture.

Challenges Entered:-

Addicted to Stamps - Make your mark
Ellibelles Corner - Shades of Autumn
Double D - Oh Deer
Dream Valley - Autumn Colours

Wednesday 25 October 2023

TPS - Favourite Colour Combo

Our challenge over at The Paper Shelter this week is to use your favourite colour combo.

I have so many favourite combos, but they always seem to include Teal.  So I have gone with Red and Teal for my card this week, I really like the contrast.

The image I have used is Funky Girl.

I have used a combination of Copics and Graph-it markers.  I tend to used the Graph-it markers for red combos as I haven't really found a Copic blend that works well.

I used a combination of patterned papers to create my layout and added a row of sparkles.

I look forward to seeing your entries over on the challenge blog.

Challenges Entered:-

Fab n Funky - Make it Female

Wednesday 11 October 2023

TPS - Lets get sporty

Our new challenge over at The Paper Shelter is LETS GET SPORTY.

I have used the imageJogging with Rythm, as usual she is coloured with Copic Markers.

I used a LOTV circle sentiment and added some flowers and die cut music notes.

Challenges Entered:-

Fab n Funky - Colouring

Wednesday 27 September 2023

TPS -Clean & Simple

Our new challenge over at The Paper Shelter is a nice easy one for you all to join in - CLEAN & SIMPLE.

I have used the image Happy little mouse with Flowers.

I have done some simple layering and coloured my image with Copics.  I added a layer of clear Spectrum Noir sparkle pen over the flowers to give a delicate glitter.

Finishing off with a simple foiled sentiment.

There are lots of new images in store and also some fabulous colouring books, so do go take a look, below is one of the latest adorable, Christmas images.

Challenges Entered:-

Wednesday 13 September 2023

TPS - Autumn Colours

Can you believe we are already in Autumn, you would not think so with the heat here in the UK at the moment!!

The new challenge over at The Paper Shelter is AUTUMN COLOURS.

I have used the image Lady of Falling leaves and coloured her with Copic Markers.

I layered with a couple of designer papers from my stash and added a couple of Ivy die cuts.

Come join us for a chance to win a Paper Shelter prize.

Challenges Entered:-

Crafty Gals Corner - Signs of Fall
Unicorn Challenge - Layer it Up

Wednesday 30 August 2023

TPS - Happy Times

The Paper Shelter is back with our first challenge after our Summer Break, I hope you are all having a lovely Summer, as you read this I will be lazing by a pool in Halkidiki (Greece), lucky me!

The image I have used for my card this week is called HAPPY TIMES and is coloured with Copics.

I used a square stitched die set to cut my layers from various designer papers and added a foiled sentiment.

It's always good to have a 'Boy' card in my stash and this is a great image to use.

Challenges Entered:
AAA Birthday  - Birthday 

Wednesday 26 July 2023

TPS - Anything Goes

It's time for our Summer Break challenge over at The Paper Shelter and it is ANYTHING GOES.

I have used the image Genie in the Lamp for my card this week, I just love the cheesy grin.

The image is coloured with Copics with some added Spectrum Noir sparkle pen over smoke.

I kept it simple with a couple of die cuts layered up behind my image and some designer paper on the inside of my card.

This challenge is for 4 weeks, so plenty of time to enter our challenge.

Challenges Entered:-

Wednesday 5 July 2023

TPS - Lots of Layers

It's time for a new challenge over at The Paper Shelter and the theme this week is LAYER IT UP.

The image I have used is Steampunk Girl and I have coloured her with Copics.

I used various scrap backing papers and also cut some cogs on my Silhouette Cameo to go with the Steampunk theme of the image. 

Finishing off with a little banner die cut.

We would love to see your projects, so join us for a chance to win a prize.

Challenges Entered:-

Make my Monday - Birthday

Wednesday 7 June 2023

TPS - For that Special Man

This weeks theme over at The Paper Shelter is FOR THAT SPECIAL MAN.

A specials Man in my Life is of course my 13 year old son, so I made this card for his Birthday this year.

I have coloured the image using Copics.

The background circle is coloured with a sparkle posca paint pen.

I picked a backing paper then topped with strips of scrap card to match my colour scheme.

We look forward to seeing your creations over on the Challenge blog.

Challenges Entered:-

I Love Promarkers -Inspired by a Film - Karate Kid
Passion for Markers - For a Man or Boy
Shopping our Stash - Lets hear it for the Boys
Try it on Tuesday - Make it Masculine 

Wednesday 24 May 2023

TPS - Lets get down to Work

Here is my latest Design Team card for The Paper Shelter, our theme is LETS GET DOWN TO WORK.

Choosing an image was easy for this challenge as my Niece has her Birthday soon and she is a Police Women, so I have of course used Police Officer Female.

I kept the layout simple by just matting a layering and adding a little bling down the side of the card.

Come join our Challenge with your work related projects.

Challenges Entered:-

Addicted to Stamps - Make your Mark
Try it on Tuesdays - Keep it Simple
Dragonfly Dreams - May the Force be with you (Police Force)

Wednesday 10 May 2023

TPS - Add Texture

Spring is here and the garden is looking lovely, so I wanted to give a sense of Spring in my DT card this week.

The new challenge over at The Paper Shelter is ADD TEXTURE.

I have used the image Lotus Fairy and coloured her in some lovely Spring Colours using my Copics.

For the texture element of my card, I embossed some lilac card stock and then brushed over with a darker lilac ink, to bring out the embossing.

Finally adding some lovely flowers to the corners to frame the image.

We look forward to seeing you over on the challenge blog.

Challenges Entered:-

Fab n Funky - Things with Wings
I Love Promarkers - Magical/ATG
Paper Funday - Emboss 
Passion for Markers - Layer it up

Wednesday 26 April 2023

TPS - This Beautiful Earth

The 22nd of April was World Earth Day and it seems fitting that this weeks challenge at The Paper Shelter  is called THIS BEAUTIFUL EARTH.

I have a bit of an obsession with Toadstools, I think it stems from all the fairy books I read as a child!

So the image I have used this week is A well kept Garden.

I have coloured my image with Copics and used a Posca pen to add white dots to the little guys top to match the Toadstools.

I matted and layered with circles dies and a dotty background.  For embellishment I added some die cut butterflies and a moon (I liked the swirls).  Finally I stamped a sentiment.

Come join us to celebrate out beautiful Earth and be in with a chance for a prize.

Challenged Entered:-

Simon says Stamp - Make your Mark

Wednesday 12 April 2023

TPS - Is it a bird/is it a Plan

This week over at the The Paper shelter we want to see your cards with something that flies.

The image I have chosen to work with is A Cheerful Hummingbird, they are so pretty.

I have coloured my image with Copics.  I have kept a simple layout with just a butterfly and sentiment added.

We would love for you to join our challenge and there are great prizes on offer.

Challenges Entered:-

Addicted to Stamps - Birthday 
Try it on Tuesday - Hello Spring
Unicorn Challenge  - Add an Animal 

Saturday 1 April 2023

Autumn Mermaid

Today I am delighted to be a guest designer over at The Fairy & The Unicorn Challenge.

If you don't know, their theme is always anything Fantasy, which is just the kind of image I love to work with.

For this challenge I have used an image by Aurora Wings, one of my favourite stamp companies, the image is called AUTUMN MERMAID.

I started by printing my image then creating a mask in order to create a background.  I dusted with blue and green ink to make the sea and yellow and brown for the sand.  I also stamped some seaweed to create the scene.

Then I removed the mask to colour my image with Copics, I chose Autumnal colours for my Autumn Mermaid.  I added some copper stickle dots for a bit of sparkle.

I layered with red card and patterned paper then added a heat foiled sentiment.

Thanks to the team at The Fairy & The Unicorn for inviting me to be a guest designer.

Challenges entered:-

Wednesday 29 March 2023

TPS - For a Child

It's time for a new challenge over at The Paper Shelter and our theme this week is FOR A CHILD.

I have a 13 year old son, so the image I have chosen is perfect for his age group Mad about Video Games.

I started by using a spray background I made a while back, then coloured my image with Copics.

I cut a game controller on my Silhouette cameo and finally stamped a sentiment, now I have a perfect teenager card in my stash.

Challenges Entered:-

Cardz 4 Guys - Colouring
Crafting Happiness - Lots of Green
Beyond the Blue - Its not easy being Green

Wednesday 15 March 2023

TPS - Use a Tag

Today is the start of a new challenge over at The Paper Shelter and our theme this week is USE A TAG.

The image I have used on my card is called Arabian Spell.

I have used Copics to colour her up and then used my silhouette cameo to cut her into a Tag, which I tied a ribbon onto.

I used some papers from my stash and a heat foiled sentiment.

I look forward to seeing your entries and wish you good luck in our prize draw.

Challenges Entered:-

Creatalicious - Ribbon/Lace
Crafty Gals Corner - Make it Green

Wednesday 1 March 2023

TPS - Tuxedo

It's time for a new Challenge over at the The Paper Shelter and our theme this week is dots & circles.

I have used one of the new images A Tuxedo always works.

I started by die cutting some circles in my card and stamping some dandelions then I backed the inside of my card with some patterned paper to match the colours used in my image.

I added a strip on grey and white dotted paper and added by image on top.  Finishing with a die cut sentiment.

Challenges Entered:-

Paper Minutes - Favourite Colour - Teal

Tuesday 21 February 2023

Oops A Daisy

Today I am sharing another cute image by Pink Ink Designs, this one is called OOPS A DAISY.

I have added an additional stamp to the image just to expand the scene which is the little pink toadstools to the side, which is a Pink Ink - Dinky Pinky, these come free when you purchase some of their stamps.

I have coloured the image with Prisma Color pencils on Kraft.

Challenges Entered:-

Make My Monday - All creatures great and small

Wednesday 15 February 2023

TPS - Sweetheart

Hi Everyone, todays theme over at the Paper Shelter is Lace and/or Flowers.

I decided to use the opportunity to make a Valentines card for my Hubby, using the image Sweetheart.

I have coloured my image with Copics in Reds & Blues, then added some matching papers for the background.

I added a row of lace under the image and a couple of flowers to meet the brief.

Don't forget to join us for the chance to win a prize.

Challenges Entered:-

Everybody Art - Hearts
Passion for Markers - Add Flowers
Try it on Tuesday - All you need is Love
Cupcake Inspirations - Valentines

Wednesday 8 February 2023


Today I am sharing another Pink Ink Designs image, this stamp is called Lena, she is a beautiful unicorn fairy.

I have again used Pencils on Kraft, but this time I used Spectrum Noir Pencils, they are not as soft and vibrant as the Prisma Colour pencils, but still give a lovely colour on the Kraft card.

Challenges Entered:-

Unicorn Challenge - Birthday
Stamping Sensations - Anything Stamped
We love Stamping - Anything Stamped

Sunday 5 February 2023


I have just discovered the most gorgeous stamps by Pink Ink Designs and so I just had to buy a bunch to colour up.

For a change I have coloured my image with Prisma Color Pencils on Kraft, which I think looks great with these particular stamps.

My first image is called Firestarter and is the cutest little Dragon on a Toadstool.  I added an additional stamp of a little pumpkin to complete my scene.

I finished by using white pearl drops on the Toadstool then decided to add some more around the image and also added some in Red.

Challenges Entered:-

Wednesday 1 February 2023

TPS - Hugging my Unicorn

This week at the Paper Shelter we are going all girly with a theme of Pink and or Bows.

I have chosen to use the image Hugging my Unicorn with both a bow and pink theme.

I have coloured my image with Copics and used some scraps for the backing papers and embellishments.

Remember if you enter our challenge you could be in with a chance of a prize.

Challenges Entered:-

Creations in Pink - Mainly Pink

Wednesday 18 January 2023

TPS - New Beginnings

Happy New Year to you all, we are back from our Christmas break with a brand new challenge over at The Paper Shelter.

Our theme this week is NEW BEGINNINGS and so I took the obvious option and went with the image HAPPY NEW YEAR.

I have coloured my image with Copics and used a circle die for the main image, layered on a silver embossed background.

We look forward to you all joining us in 2023 for some challenges and of the course the chance to win some Paper Shelter goodies.

Challenges Entered:-

Try it on Tuesday - In with the New (New Year)