06 December 2023

The Paper Shelter ~ 13th Birthday Celebration & Blog Hop!

 Hello crafting friends and 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 challenges.

The theme for this challenge is Celebrations!

Using the super cute A Curious Cake digi an A Curious Cake paper pack, I created this tower card.

I used my Balloon edger dies from Made to Surprise's Terrific Towers Excellent Edges set.

I printed all the different papers on cardstock, in blocks of 7" x 7". Then used my trimmer to cut the panels and the dies to cut out the balloons.

On the back of the "tower" I made an extra panel to write my personal message.

Here is a view from the top.  It really is a showstopper card 😀 On the above pic, you can also see that I cut out the cake a couple of times and layered the images upon each other using foam squares, just to add a little dimension.  I printed the cake onto photo paper so that it is beautifully detailed and crisp.

As you can see, the card folds flat for mailing.  You may have to create a special size envelope for it though, and pay a little extra postage, but I think it is worth it.  For me it was not a problem as mine is going to be hand delivered.

Here is a close up of the lovely and delicious looking cake!

🎂 Happy 13th Birthday The Paper Shelter!!! 🎂

Now onto our blog hop.  If you've arrived here from Linda's blog, 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.

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

Crafty hugs,


  1. great design and congrats now you are a teenager

  2. What a lovely card. Never heard of that type of card to be honest. Look amazing!

  3. Lena: your card is delightful, fun, and very birthday celebratory with bright colors and balloons! Terrific! --Becca

  4. This truly is a showstopper Lena! Stunning design, and a brilliant way to showcase our theme.

  5. Such a beautiful card - love the design!!!

  6. Congratulations paper shelter on 13 wonderful years! It has been a joy to participate in these challenges every week! And the prizes are awesome. Happy birthday!

  7. OMG ... your blog looks SO FESTIVE and your card is AMAZING! Once again I'll say it ... you are SO TALENTED!!! Well done my friend ... Happy Holidays!

  8. Your card is brilliant, Lena! What a cool style! What a fun card to display - I'd be leaving this one up long after my birthday! I plan to do this blog hop too, just made a note of it!

  9. Dieu que cette carte est jolie et tellement bien conçue ! J'adore cette idée tout autant que cet alléchant gâteau. Miam... Miam...
    Voilà de quoi fêter dignement les 13 ans du blog The Paper Shelter.
    God, this card is pretty and so well designed! I love this idea as much as this tempting cake. Yum... Yum...
    Here’s something to properly celebrate the 13th anniversary of The Paper Shelter blog.

  10. What a brilliant, colourful and delicious looking card Lena!! xx

  11. Fantastic tower card! First time I have seen this design, and it is gorgeous! Love the pretty pink & blues with the beautiful birthday cake.

  12. WOW
    WONDERFUL card Lena!
    LOVE your fancy folds, tasty cake and balloons, it's a creative delight that will make their birthday extra special and memorable!

  13. What a beautiful and festive card/cake you have made. Beautifully different model too and nicely done, so you can decorate the sides with balloons. Such a cheerful whole.
    Congratulations on your 13th anniversary with The Paper Shelter.

    Hugs, Astrid.

  14. What a fantastic colorful card this is Lena!
    Those balloons are super beautiful. Nice model and you colored the cake fantastically!

  15. Such a fun fold Lena and I love the bright colours you used. Hugs, Vannessa


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