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Wednesday, 15 December 2021

Anything goes - The Paper shelter Christmas Break challenge

Morning all,

Time for the final challenge of the year over at The Paper Shelter, and there's no excuse for not playing along, as the theme is Anything Goes!

I decided to take a little break from Christmas crafting, and made a card with a digi I've been itching to use since I first saw it.


This fella can be found under the name A Well-kept Garden. Isn't he fab? For some reason he reminds me of my dad a little, lol!


So now it's your turn! Come and play with us over at The Paper Shelter, and you could win an amazing $30 gift voucher if you use an image from The Paper Shelter. And if you enter with a different brand image, you can still win three TPS digis of your choice (which you can then use to enter the next challenge, and so be eligible for the $30 voucher!).

 




Hope you have a fantabulous day!

Sammy-x

 

Wednesday, 1 December 2021

The Paper Shelter Birthday Bloghop!

 



 Good Morning lovely crafters!

Welcome to The Paper Shelter Blog Hop, in celebration of The Paper Shelter's 11th 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:

CELEBRATIONS

If you've arrived here from Lori, 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.

For my card I used the sweet A Fairy's Best Friend, which I matched with some pretty fresh-looking papers and coloured to match. A few dies provided some extra elements to add interest.

From here, you will need to hop on over to Susan.  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!

Sammy-x

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Wednesday, 24 November 2021

A Christmas Card - The Paper Shelter

 Morning all,

New challenge time over at The Paper Shelter, and this week we're getting ready for Christmas! so dig out your Santas and snowmen, and make A Christmas Card to share with us!

I decided to play with the super cute I wonder what this is for my card, and matched it with some festive papers.



This digi does make me chuckle. I've started wrapping Christmas pressies as they're coming in, and earlier I caught my daughter nosing through the box of wrapped presents to see which ones were for her. She may be almost 22, but some things don't change! :D


So now it's your turn! Come and play with us over at The Paper Shelter, and you could win an amazing $30 gift voucher if you use an image from The Paper Shelter. And if you enter with a different brand image, you can still win three TPS digis of your choice (which you can then use to enter the next challenge, and so be eligible for the $30 voucher!).

 




Hope you have a fantabulous day!

Sammy-x

 

Wednesday, 10 November 2021

Bookmark - The Paper Shelter

 Morning all!

New challenge time over at The Paper Shelter, and this week we're looking for bookmarks!

Now I pretty much always have my nose in a book (and if my hands are full, I'll have an audio book playing instead!), so bookmarks are essential for me.

I decided to play with the fab Pastel Goth for this one, and got messy with my Distress Inks!

I thought she was the perfect kind of image to use for this kind of thing, as it's not a very wide one, which leaves plenty of space for a funky sentiment!

So now it's your turn! Come and play with us over at The Paper Shelter, and you could win an amazing $30 gift voucher if you use an image from The Paper Shelter. And if you enter with a different brand image, you can still win three TPS digis of your choice (which you can then use to enter the next challenge, and so be eligible for the $30 voucher!).

 




Hope you have a fantabulous day!

Sammy-x

 

Saturday, 6 November 2021

Use red - Sweet Stampin'

 Morning all!

There's a new challenge starting at Sweet Stampin', and this week we're asking you to use red on your creations.

I thought that was a great excuse to get started on my Christmas cards!


I had loads of fun stamping, colouring and fussy-cutting the carriages to make a toy train for Santa! I also really love the striped ribbon, which has a permanent home in my Christmas crafts box, as it's perfect for using on festive cards!

It was also rather fun to make a DL card, which is something I never do. It's so easy to fall into making the same size/shape over and over again, so doing something different definitely helps keep things fun!

Now it's over to you guys! Go see what lovely read creations my fellow Sweeties have put together for you over on the blog, then come and play along!

Have a fantabulous weekend!

Sammy-x

Wednesday, 27 October 2021

Hallowe'en - The Paper Shelter

 Morning all!

It's that time of year again... this week we're looking for your Hallowe'en makes again.

It was a perfect excuse to play with the adorable Cute Witch digi!


Isn't she fab? I also dug out some Hallowe'en papers and a fab glass-domed owl embellishment to bling up the black ribbon.

So now it's your turn! Come and play with us over at The Paper Shelter, and you could win an amazing $30 gift voucher if you use an image from The Paper Shelter. And if you enter with a different brand image, you can still win three TPS digis of your choice (which you can then use to enter the next challenge, and so be eligible for the $30 voucher!).

 




Hope you have a fantabulous day!

Sammy-x

 

Wednesday, 13 October 2021

2 colours - The Paper Shelter

 Morning all, yep, time for another challenge over at The Paper Shelter. This week the theme is 2 colours.

I chose the sweet Stylish Flirting digi, and had some fun with my duo-tone creation.


I decided on blue and a beige/sandstone colour that worked very well with some pretty 13@rts papers I had to hand. Some ribbon and heart-shaped bling later and I had a completed card with a colour scheme I am really happy with. I may remember this when re-decorating my bedroom soon!


So now it's your turn! Come and play with us over at The Paper Shelter, and you could win an amazing $30 gift voucher if you use an image from The Paper Shelter. And if you enter with a different brand image, you can still win three TPS digis of your choice (which you can then use to enter the next challenge, and so be eligible for the $30 voucher!).

 




Hope you have a fantabulous day!

Sammy-x

 

Saturday, 9 October 2021

Add a button - Sweet Stampin'

 Morning all!

It's new challenge time at Sweet Stampin', and this week's theme is add a button.

For my card I chose a fab stamp for Art by Marlene, which I teamed with some Maja Design papers to make a card for my mum (we lived in the Netherlands for some years, and my mum really loves Dutch-themed things).


And of course I added the button and some twine.

So, over to you! dig out your button box and come play along at Sweet Stampin'. We're looking forward to seeing your makes!

Have a fantabulous weekend!

Sammy-x

Wednesday, 29 September 2021

Hobby, activity or job - The Paper Shelter

 Morning all!

Time for a new challenge over at The Paper Shelter, and this week the theme is activity, hobby or job.

I decided to go for the activity/hobby yoga, for which the Paper shelter has several awesome digis. I used the fab Namaste for my card


So now it's your turn! Come and play with us over at The Paper Shelter, and you could win an amazing $30 gift voucher if you use an image from The Paper Shelter. And if you enter with a different brand image, you can still win three TPS digis of your choice (which you can then use to enter the next challenge, and so be eligible for the $30 voucher!).

 




Hope you have a fantabulous day!

Sammy-x

 

Wednesday, 15 September 2021

 Morning all!

New challenge time over at The Paper Shelter, and this week it's all about the animals!

I thought it a great opportunity to have a play with the adorable My favorite vet/pet digi.


Such an adorable puppy, no? This digi was so lovely to colour!

So now it's your turn! Come and play with us over at The Paper Shelter, and you could win an amazing $30 gift voucher if you use an image from The Paper Shelter. And if you enter with a different brand image, you can still win three TPS digis of your choice (which you can then use to enter the next challenge, and so be eligible for the $30 voucher!).

 




Hope you have a fantabulous day!

Sammy-x

 

Saturday, 11 September 2021

Colours of Autumn - Sweet Stampin'

 Morning all,

It's new challenge time over at Sweet Stampin', and the theme is colours of autumn.

This worked out perfectly for me, as I wanted to use some papers with autumn colours (and rugby balls, lol) to make a birthday card for my wee brother. So I teamed them up with a fab LotV stamp, and made a card for my rugby-playing brother.


It even looks a little like he did as a youngster (only the hair is less curly than his, lol). Of course, he'll probably never forgive me for making the ball red instead of the obviously superior blue, but it needed to fit the colour scheme! ;)

So now it's over to you guys. Create us an autumn-hued make, and come share it over at the Sweet Stampin' blog. I always love this theme, so I'm looking forward to seeing what you guys come up with!

Have an awesomesauce day!

Sammy-x

Wednesday, 1 September 2021

Back to School! - The Paper Shelter

 Good morning!

Time for another new challenge over at The Paper Shelter, and the theme this week is one parents everywhere count down the days to... Back to school

My son finished his A-levels, got the spectacular results he needed, and should have gone on to study computer science at Leeds uni this year, but there was a system glitch with UCAS, and by the time we could even speak to someone about it, his course was already full up (it's one of the top 10 in the country, so places went super fast!). so he's got an extra year to wait, and in the meantime is going to do a 1-year engineering course at a local college, to keep him busy and keep the ball rolling academically. After almost 2 years of no schooling, it'll probably be better this way as it'll get him used to structured learning again before starting uni! (unfortunately my son's school was one of the ones that failed utterly to provide anything besides attendance taking with the online learning during the pandemic. He did it all himself, with a handful of sessions with a paid online tutor for maths, but I suspect that won't stop the school taking credit for his As!

Oof, sorry, that was a little bit of a digression there, but suffice to say, we're all looking forward to back to school time!

To celebrate, I decided to play with The Enchanted Professor, which was one of the first digis that caught my eye when I discovered The Paper Shelter. But then, any digi with a book in it is going to get my vote! lol.



I located some school-themed paper too, which I thought matched up rather nicely, and allowed me to play with a pretty teal colour-scheme.


So now it's your turn! Come and play with us over at The Paper Shelter, and you could win an amazing $30 gift voucher if you use an image from The Paper Shelter. And if you enter with a different brand image, you can still win three TPS digis of your choice (which you can then use to enter the next challenge, and so be eligible for the $30 voucher!).

 




Hope you have a fantabulous day!

Sammy-x

 

Wednesday, 18 August 2021

Anything but a card - The Paper Shelter

 Morning all,

New challenge time over at The Paper Shelter, and this week we're looking for anything but a card

Now you all know me, I love this particular theme, and usually will break out the mixed media/altered art supplies for it, but unfortunately we're currently re-decorating our house, and putting in new bathroom etc. in order to sell and move when we're done, and most of my craft supplies are packed up!

So I have done with a simple gift tag, using the beautiful Exotic Enchantment digi.



So now it's your turn! Come and play with us over at The Paper Shelter, and you could win an amazing $30 gift voucher if you use an image from The Paper Shelter. And if you enter with a different brand image, you can still win three TPS digis of your choice (which you can then use to enter the next challenge, and so be eligible for the $30 voucher!).

 




Hope you have a fantabulous day!

Sammy-x

 

Saturday, 14 August 2021

Feature an animal - Sweet Stampin'

 Good morning blogland!

The new challenge over at Sweet Stampin' is one I often struggle with... Feature an animal

I very much prefer colouring humans, so I tend to avoid animals, but every now and then a stamp comes along that grabs me anyway, like this gorgeous Holy Night digi from The Paper shelter. I mean... could you resist that gorgeous deer? I certainly couldn't!


So, over to you guys. Is there an animal that just melts your heart? why not make a card with one and come share it with us!

Have a fantabulous weekend!

Sammy-x

Wednesday, 21 July 2021

Summer Break challenge - The Paper Shelter

Morning all!

It's time for our summer break challenge over at The Paper Shelter, where the theme is a very easy anything goes, so you've no excuse for not joining in! ;)

 In an ideal, non-pandemic world, a summer break would mean travel, but unfortunately that's still not really an option. I for one won't be travelling until things are "back to normal". I don't want to "waste" a holiday with all the restrictions and such that are happening on and off all over the world. If I'm going to visit Paris, I want to climb the Eiffel Tower, visit the Louvre and eat at all the delicious cafes and restaurants. Not spend the trip stuck in a hotel room because they've put extra restrictions in place again suddenly! Call me odd, lol.

So, with that in mind, I figured I would enjoy the romance of a trip to Paris in spirit, by colouring the gorgeous Si Belle and pairing her with some pretty Parisian papers.



So now it's your turn! Come and play with us over at The Paper Shelter, and you could win an amazing $30 gift voucher if you use an image from The Paper Shelter. And if you enter with a different brand image, you can still win three TPS digis of your choice (which you can then use to enter the next challenge, and so be eligible for the $30 voucher!).

 




Hope you have a fantabulous day!

Sammy-x

 

Saturday, 17 July 2021

Create your own background - Sweet Stampin'

 Morning all,

Time for a new challenge over at  Sweet Stampin', and this time the theme is make your own background

Good news for those of us that like to get inky, because it's a perfect excuse to break them out and get messy! I made some bookmarks (when I say some, I mean I made around 50!!!), which I leave a few at a time in our local Little Free Library.


I have to admit, the pandemic has really upped my reading considerably. I usually read around 80-100 books a year, but since the start of 2020 I've taken to audio books in a big way as reading print is more-or-less out of the question when you get NO time to yourself ever (at least for me it is, lol). And my total for 2020 was 304 books! 2021 so far looks to probably surpass that!

And I know that I still won't be able to read all the books I want to even if I live to be 200, lol.

Anyway, enough waffle. time for you guys to come share your pretty backgrounds with us!

Have a fantastic weekend!

Sammy-x

Wednesday, 7 July 2021

Going digital - The Paper Shelter

 Morning all!


The new challenge over at The Paper Shelter this week is going digital! So time to break out your digis (why not use one from The Paper shelter!) and play along with us. I decided I needed some more masculine cards, so had some fun with the fabulous Workout Time, and paired it with some funky papers.


I think this is a great digi, and perfect for a few gents I know.

So now it's your turn! Come and play with us over at The Paper Shelter, and you could win an amazing $30 gift voucher if you use an image from The Paper Shelter. And if you enter with a different brand image, you can still win three TPS digis of your choice (which you can then use to enter the next challenge, and so be eligible for the $30 voucher!).

 




Hope you have a fantabulous day!

Sammy-x

 

Wednesday, 23 June 2021

Things with Wings - The Paper Shelter

 Morning all,


This week's challenge at The Paper Shelter is the always fun things with wings.

Rather than opting for my usual go-to fairies for this theme, I decided on making a masculine card instead, so dug out the fun digi The Aviator to play with.


I love this little guy and his tiny plane! Did you know I really wanted to be a pilot until well into my teens? Unfortunately increasingly bad eyesight put an end to that idea, but for a long time, I had dreams of becoming a fighter pilot! How about you guys? Any wild ideas about what you wanted to be when you were younger? Did you realise those dreams? Enquiring minds want to know!


So now it's your turn! Come and play with us over at The Paper Shelter, and you could win an amazing $30 gift voucher if you use an image from The Paper Shelter. And if you enter with a different brand image, you can still win three TPS digis of your choice (which you can then use to enter the next challenge, and so be eligible for the $30 voucher!).

 




Hope you have a fantabulous day!

Sammy-x

 

Saturday, 19 June 2021

Something beginning with B - Sweet Stampin'

 Good morning folks!

New challenge time over at Sweet Stampin', and this challenge we'd like to see your creations that feature something beginning with B...


I dug out an adorable LotV stamp and made a card that actually features lots of Bs!


I make it at least 6 Bs...

Baby

Bear

Blanket

Butterflies

Brown

Blue


Your turn! Come share your B creations with us (you only need one, not 6 like some of us overachievers, lol). If you need some more inspiration,  don't forget to take a peek at what my fellow Sweeties have been up to.

Have a fantabulous weekend!

Sammy-x

Wednesday, 9 June 2021

Flower Power - The Paper shelter

Good morning all,

There's a new challenge just starting over at The Paper Shelter, and the theme this week is Flower Power.

What a fab theme! I'm sure most of us have no trouble with this one! I chose the gorgeous Little Butterfly to play with, and decided to go for something light and pretty.


Isn't she sweet?

So now it's your turn! Come and play with us over at The Paper Shelter, and you could win an amazing $30 gift voucher if you use an image from The Paper Shelter. And if you enter with a different brand image, you can still win three TPS digis of your choice (which you can then use to enter the next challenge, and so be eligible for the $30 voucher!).

 



Hope you have a fantabulous day!

Sammy-x

 

Wednesday, 26 May 2021

Embellishments - The Paper Shelter

 Good morning all,

There's a new challenge just starting over at The Paper Shelter, and this week we're looking for you to use embellishments!

Ohhhhh, you know what that means... Of course I dove head-first into my flower box to make something shabby chic for this week!


This digi is called A Classy Stroll, and I'm not sure who's classier, the lady or the dog! As you can see, my new dark brown Copics are getting quite the work-out right now! I figure if I do dark-brown hair for the majority of my cards for a year or so, my stock of cards will hopefully have an even distribution of hair colour by the end of it, lol! (another by-product of Covid: lots of extra time to craft, and no craft fairs to sell any of the cards on!)


So now it's your turn! Come and play with us over at The Paper Shelter, and you could win an amazing $30 gift voucher if you use an image from The Paper Shelter. And if you enter with a different brand image, you can still win three TPS digis of your choice (which you can then use to enter the next challenge, and so be eligible for the $30 voucher!).




Hope you have a fantabulous day!

Sammy-x

Saturday, 22 May 2021

Tags - Sweet Stampin'

 Good morning folks!

Our theme over at Sweet Stampin' this challenge is tags! So, you can make a tag, or add a tag to your card, or find some other creative way to incorporate them.

For me it was a great excuse to break out the Tim Holtz supplies and have some fun. So much fun in fact, that I ended up with two!



Both tags started with a base made with distress sprays (which were the birthday present I had informed hubby he was getting me, lol), then I decorated one with some paper dolls (tinted with Distress markers) and a fab snarky sentiment, and the second with a large sentiment (from Inkylicious) and one of my much hoarded rusty stars.

Now it's over to you guys. we look forward to seeing what you come up with!

Have a fantabulous weekend! 

Sammy-x

Wednesday, 12 May 2021

A Shaped card - The Paper Shelter

 Morning all,

If you're anything like me, you may find yourself getting a little lazy from time-to-time, and find most of your cards turn into simple squares or rectangles. If so, hopefully this week's challenge over at The Paper Shelter will help you shake things up a bit, as the theme this week is A Shaped Card.

So out came my dies and the awesome Rowena, and I had some fun making something a little different!


This was also a good excuse to break out some of the pretty vintage papers I'd been hoarding... 

I'd also finally gotten my hands on a few nice dark brown Copics to supplement my (now complete!) Promarker collection. As much as I love my Promarkers, it's nice to be able to do something in dark brown for once, lol. I love how it all turned out in the end.


So now it's your turn! Come and play with us over at The Paper Shelter, and you could win an amazing $30 gift voucher if you use an image from The Paper Shelter. And if you enter with a different brand image, you can still win three TPS digis of your choice (which you can then use to enter the next challenge, and so be eligible for the $30 voucher!).




Hope you have a fantabulous day!

Sammy-x

Wednesday, 28 April 2021

A birthday card - The Paper shelter

 Morning all!

The theme over at The Paper Shelter this week is as easy as easy can be, as we'd like to see your birthday cards! So you have no excuse for not joining in! ;)

I chose the fab Retro Space Girl for a crafty friend (who is as much into sci-fi as I am!), and paired her with some delicious Maja Design papers.


Isn't she fab?


So now it's your turn! Come and play with us over at The Paper Shelter, and you could win an amazing $30 gift voucher if you use an image from The Paper Shelter. And if you enter with a different brand image, you can still win three TPS digis of your choice (which you can then use to enter the next challenge, and so be eligible for the $30 voucher!).




Hope you have a fantabulous day!

Sammy-x

Saturday, 24 April 2021

No squares - Sweet Stampin'

 Morning all,

Time for a new challenge over at Sweet Stampin', and this time we're asking you to step away from your go-to squares and rectangles, and make something in a different shape.

I decided that my birthday calendar - which I'd made when I first started crafting back in 2012! - really needed updating, making a little bigger, and decorating in something that's a little more my style, so I grabbed some dies and my favourite Tim Holtz papers I'd been hoarding for just such an occasion and set to...


And of course I had to include a few pictures of some individual pages...








This now has pride of place on my desk, and with luck I'll now never forget another birthday again! (wish me luck with that, lol)

Time for you guys to come wow us with your makes over at Sweet Stampin'!

Have a fantabulous weekend!

Sammy-x