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Wednesday, 29 April 2015

Love is in the air at the Paper Shelter

Good morning all

I hope you are all bright and breezy this morning 
- a bit like the weather really - that's exactly how it is here 
- with rain forecast too - boooo!

this week we have a

 Love theme

I've been a bit short on crafty time this past week - due to a now itchy and very spotty grandson, Jacob, with Chicken pox!! - so decided to take advantage of the precoloured inages at The Paper Shelter and also a little box and tag from an accessory set that matches perfectly 
- a really quick and easy make

Using Kisses available here
and the sweetest girls printable kit available here

I also used a pretty frame some cute dies that I got in the sale at Sizzix

I toned down the white background on the image to a slightly creamy/beige to tone with the box
I then printed and cut out the box and tag  and stuck it together then decorated the tag with die cut letters from the tag set and some fine black ribbon on them both

As always we have a fabulous prize on offer

The gift voucher

This is what I did....

Image - Kisses from TPS
box and tag - from the sweetest girls printable kit
Paper - Free with a magazine
Card - Bazzill basics
Die cut frame - spellbinders
Hearts and kisses and Hearts and love dies - Sizzix
Fine organza ribbon - carnmeal cottage

Hope you'll join in with our challenge this week


Judith xx

Thursday, 23 April 2015

Get reading for our challenge at MAWTT this week

Morning all

I hope you are all waking up to a sunny morning this morning - it's lovely here in the frozen north!  Warm and not a cloud in the sky and the day has bearly begun. 

 I have to say I haven't had the best of nights - our house alarm kept going off - 3 times we got woken up with a start.  of course the first time you go looking for burglars in your sleepy stupor -  only to realise that as you  didn't actually  set the alarm it wouldn't be that!!  

Turns out we've had a series of power cuts through the night  - that means that the alarm circuit is broken so it goes off automatically (my clever electric man husband tells me) and as the back up battery in the alarm must be flat there's nothing to stop it - all I know is I haven't had a good night's sleep.  As for alarms we don't and never have used the blooming thing - it just came with the house - hands up who thinks alarms are a total waste of time - how many times have you rung the police when you heard one going off.... or do you just moan about the noise and ignore it?! 

Anyway I digress....We have a great challenge for you at 

Moving along with the Times

this week - totally up my street!

we want you to

Get Reading

in other words either a card based on a book or alternatively use a bookprint page on your card

I decided to make a card based on the book Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain

I just loved this stamp when I saw it over at LOTV together with the happy birthday large sentiment it makes a quick and easy CAS type card

This is what I did ....

image - A lick of paint from LOTV
Coloured with copics
large birthday sentiment - LOTV statements (fabulous)
sentiment tag - LOTV
Papers - from MME Bramble rose pad
HAPPY letters - cut with TH vintage market dies from sizzix

If you're an avid reader like me then this challenge is just perfect for you - show us the story - in a card - we'd love to come and visit

Challenges im entering with this card

4 crafty chicks - inspired by a book
scrapbookersphd - focus on the sentiment
Southern girls - get wordy
creative card crew - sentiment
die cutting divas - include something that can be found in the garden (fence!)
paper minutes - wood


Judith xx

Wednesday, 22 April 2015

Use Lace at Fab'n'funky challenges this week

Good morning all

Sorry I haven't been around very much this week - it's been such a busy one and just not enough hours in the day, but I'll be round to catch up with you all soon - honest!

It's time for a new challenge over at 

and this week our theme is 

Use Lace

I made this card for my MIL for Mothers day and thought it would be perfect for this challenge so held on to it to show you for this weeks challenge

using another of those lovely stamps from Sheena Douglas
this one is A spot of Tea from the Mystery village set

We are sponsored this week by the absolutely gorgeous 

where the lovely Sandra is offering a prize of a £10 voucher to spend in store for our lucky winner

This is what I did....

Stamp - A spot of tea by Sheena Douglas
Coloured with Spectrum Noir pens and slight shading with SN pencils
Papers - Victorian Lavendar from LOTV
Corners - Michaels
lace, ribbon and pins from my stash

I do hope you'll join in with us this week over at Fab'n'Funky - the girls have been busy making some fabulously pretty projects this week - pop on over to see what they have been doing!

Challenges i'm entering with this card

Crafters cafe - Ribbon or lace
Crafting by design - mothers day
Crafting when we can - inspired by a song (a nice cup of tea)

Judith xx

Friday, 17 April 2015

Sending you flowers!

Good morning all

It's Friday again - where has yet another week gone!

and its time for a brand new challenge at


This time our theme is 


I decided to make a framed easel cards
with this cute image called
Gemma and Bella's Spring Fun available here in the UK
and here for US crafters

I decided to make all the flowers to go on the card and used a selection of dies and punches, pearls and gems - I rather like the effect

This is what I did...

Image - Gemma and bonnies spring fun from Wags and whiskers
Coloured with copics
Papers - dolled up from 
Card - Bazzil basics
Flowers made with dies - Sue Wilson daisy dies
                                         Tivoli flower from MB
                                         Small daisy punch 
Leaf die - Sue Wilson
Pearls/gems and ribbon from my stash
Tag stamps - LOTV

Challenges I'm entering with this card

Crafters cafe - animal antics
Crafting by Designs - shaped cards
Creative moments - anything goes spring/easter
Chocolate coffee cards - use a diecut
Sister act card challenge - anything goes

Hope you have a great weekend

Judith xx

Wednesday, 15 April 2015

There's a boy thing going on at The Paper Shelter this week

Good morning all

Hope you are all well and happy-
 I've been having a wonderful little time to myself over the last week!

I started off last Wednesday with a lovely trip to the theatre to see Wicked - I took my Mam along for  coffee and cake  (except I forgot my purse so she had to pay :  / ) - then we went to the afternoon matinee - it was just a fabulous show, I really loved it.  The only downside was that the girl who was playing the lead roll took in 45 minutes into the show and they had to stop the show for 30 minutes to get the understudy on - I assume that's how long it must take to paint someone green and get ready to take over the role!!

We then went off to Sorrento on the Amalfi coast in Italy for a looong weekend.  We went with our bestest friends and had just a wonderful time! -relaxing, eating out for drinks and sight seeing.  Pompeii was amazing - I was just totally in awe of  how advanced they were in this wonderful place while we were still living in mud huts! And the Isle of Capri was just so beautiful, it was such a lovely treat and a shame it was all over so soon.  Now I need to catch up on  my blogging and crafting - busy busy busy!!

But onto this weeks challenge at

The Paper Shelter

Our theme this week is

For the boys

this is my card made with the cute
Graduated with Great Honour available HERE
I used the pre-coloured version for a quick and easy card

I made this card for my son Matthew to give him when he came home at Easter
He got his results for his Masters degree earlier in the year
he is now an MSc in Business and Marketing and started a new job just yesterday.
So it's a double celebration  card for his new start!

As always there is a fabulous prize on offer at TPS

Challenge prize badge

I do hope you'll join in with us this week

We also have a masculine challenge going on at

 Fab'n'Funky Challenges

 this week too sponsored by the lovely Doodlepantry. - So if you have a card to fit in at TPS challenge - pay us a visit and enter at Fab'n'Funky too - I think that's a two for one in my book!

This is what I did...

Image - Graduated with Great Honour from TPS (precoloured)
Papers - Father knows best from LOTV
Kraft Card - Crafters Companion
Sentiment stamp from LOTV
Scalloped edge die and circles dies both spellbinders
Congratulations  die - Tattered Lace
Ribbon and pearl from my stash

Challenges I'm entering with this card

Try it on Tuesday - new beginnings 
Creative corner - cute critters
Fantastic Tuesday - add some pearls

I'll be around to catch up on my visiting soon - after I've caught up with the holiday washing!!

Judith xx

Wednesday, 8 April 2015

From one brother to another!

Good morning all

I hope you are all enjoying some sunshine where you live - it's been just lovely here this last few days (after the very wet, cold windy fiasco of Good Friday)  We had a lovely walk right over the hills with the dog yesterday then ate lunch outside at a little cafe in the village on the way back - it's just amazing what a little sunshine can do to cheer you up!

I hope our challenge at

 Fab'n'Funky Challenges

 will also cheer you up! 

A close up of the sentiment tag

"What you do today is important
Because you are exchanging a day of your life for it"

My youngest son Tom asked me to make a card for him to give to his brother Matthew - it's actually his birthday next week but we are celebrating it today as he is going back up to Edinburgh today where he moved last year.  It's been lovely to see him over the Easter holidays  and he's enjoyed having his washing, ironing and cooking done for him while he's been home!!!  He starts a new job next Monday and has to go off on a training course in Nottingham so he's flying down there on Sunday evening- he doesn't half get himself about!! - so this card sort of suits him at the moment - always off somewhere -He just came back from Berlin last week where he went to do the Berlin half marathon and have his annual reunion with his housemates from Uni.  It was his first big run and he really enjoyed it, He raised about £200 in sponsor money for SCOPE (his brother Tom has Cerebral palsy, so it is a charity close to his heart)  -and had a great experience running through the streets of Berlin.

Anyway - back to the challenge!

Our sponsor this week is 

Dr Digi's house of stamps 

and here is our bingo grid for this weeks challenge


Use Kraft

Shaped card



Digital Image

Die cuts




I used the middle row for my card

This is what I did....

Image - summer holiday from dr digis house of stamps 
Happy birthday to you sentiment - dr digis house of stamps birthday sentiment set
Coloured with copics
Papers - K & co
Card Bazzill basics
3D Suitcase made with with matching stamp, die and labels, from Heartfelt creations luggage and tags stamp and dies sets, stamped onto paper from LOTV Father knows best paper pad and distresse with TH teadye DI
Frame - Anna Griffin
Circles - spellbinders
Stars - from MFT blueprints set
Sentiment on label - Tim Holtz for stampers anonymous
Swirls printed on labels with TH teadye distress ink also from the same set
Number one brother sentiment - LOTV
Twine - MFT
black pearls from my stash
Stenciled clock in the background -  creative expessions stencil with TH tea dye DI

I do hope you'll join in with our fun challenge this week

Challenges i'm entering with this card

Whimsy Stamps - use a die cut
Fantastic Tuesday - use a diecut

Judith x

Friday, 3 April 2015

Buttons for Easter!

Good morning all

Hope you are all having a really "Good Friday" !

I am certainly happy to be here to share some news that I have been sitting on for a week or two now!

The lovely Nikki at bunny Zoe's Crafts offered me a place on the DT at

and of course I said - yes please!

So here I am with my first DT post for my new DT

The theme is 


and it so reminds me of Easter when I was little when it seems (in my memory) that all Easter Eggs had chocolate buttons in - or milk tray! don't see milk tray eggs anymore now when I think about it - and I'm sure those eggs were a whole lot thicker chocolate than the ones you get now   Why do chocolate Easter Eggs taste so much better than a bar of chocolate - someone told me just this week it's to do with the air inside the egg!!
 - well what can you say to that!

Anyway I digress....
Here is my card for this fortnights challenge at Wags ' Whiskers
and unfortunately the buttons aren't chocolate!

using the cute Toby's Big Day 
available here for Uk or here for US crafters

I decided to stick to fairly CAS for this card- just the cute image, the buttons and a few balloons!!

This is what I did....

Image - Toby's big day from Wags 'n Whiskers Rubber stamps
Coloured with Copics
Papers K & Co (a very old favourite that I keep buying again and again!)
Buttons - from a Docrafts pack 
Balloon punch - Martha Stewart
Stitched square die - Memory box
"3" - cut with Sizzix TH vintage market font
Circle dies - Spellbinders
Twine from my stash

I hope you'll join in with our challenge at Wags 'n Whiskers - see you there

Challenges I'm entering with this card ....

Polkadoodles - Use a die
Creative Knockouts - use pinch or die
Crafting for all seasons - animal magic
Little red wagon - call the vet (animals)
Simons wednesday challenge - happy birthday

Judith xx

Wednesday, 1 April 2015

Easter is almost here - so we have an Easter challenge for you at The Paper Shelter

Hello again!

Well just like buses no posts for days then along come two at once!
(look further down for my Buckwells Crafty challenge post)

This time my DT post is for 

and we have a lovely seasonal challenge for you


I love to use the beautiful papers from The Paper Shelter
 the lovely ones  I used today are a new set just great for your Easter projects
surprisingly  called - Easter Papers
There are 12 lovely papers in the pack - all absolutely gorgeous

The minute I saw these papers I knew that they were perfect to make a matching card and gift bag

the bag and card together

the card

the gift bag

The papers create the whole layout, I decoupaged the little Easter eggs on the card and all I needed to add was a few die cuts and ribbon - simples

As always we have a great prize on offer at TPS

Challenge prize badge

This is what I did....

Papers - The Paper shelter - Easter Papers Pack
6 inch card and A4 size bag
Bannerand birdhouse dies - La La Land
Lots of love die - Tattered Lace
bird dies - Memory box
Letter die - Vintage Market
Ribbon - Vintage seam binding -Crafty ribbons
Light Kraft card - Memory box

I hope you have a lovely Easter holiday - and don't eat too many chocolate eggs - me I'm on a (permanent) diet - so not one will pass my lips : )  

We'd love to see your Easter projects at TPS this week

Challenges I'm entering with these projects

Creative moments - Anything but a card
Whimsy inspirations - use a die cut(14/4)
Crafters cafe - Easter
Ocean deep challenge - Spring (7/4)
Digi Choosday - ovals /Easter
Pinspirational Challenges - Picture inspiration



Colour challenge at Buckwells Crafty Challenge

Good morning all

Hands up! - who's been caught out as an April fool today!
well not me - it's still a bit early - but I'm on my guard

How can it be April and so bloomin' cold, we had snow yesterday, not that it stayed but it was freezing and windy, it hasn't snowed at all this year ...and waits until now!!

But it being 1st of a new month means its time for our new challenge 

Buckwells Crafty challenge

And the theme is an easy one 
just use this colour chart

You can't help but make a pretty card with lovely colours like that

heres mine using the cute Lizabeth Rockabilly
from Lacy Sunshine

We are lucky enough to be sponsored by 

and our winner will receive 3 images from Lacy Sunshine

Here's what I did....

Image - Lizabeth Rockabilly by Lacy Sunshine
Coloured with Copics
Papers - LOTV one birdie lane
card - Bazzil basics
Stitched square die- memory box
Flowers - made with Heartfelt creations botanical rose stamps and dies
Coloured with TH DI spun sugar and bundled sage
Label - Heartfelt creations 
Leaf punch - Martha Stewart
Glitter glue - Diamond Stickles

Hope we see you over at Buckwells this week

Challenges I'm entering with this card

Artistic Inspirations - flowers
Aurora wings - anything goes (20/04)
Make my monday - flowers (5/4)


Judith xx