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Alicante, Spain
Hi. I live in Spain with my partner. I am retired and LOVE it. I love life here but I do miss my family back in the UK, two sons and three sisters and my Mum. Crafting is my life, I do something every single day. In the past it has helped me get through some bad times in my life. One such bad time was when my first grandson died aged just 14 months. He had been born 8 weeks prem but was very healthy and was growing into a beautiful, bonny boy. It was such a shock when the call came. A day never passes when I dont think of him. I am now Nanna again to grand daughter, Hollie, born July 2012, and Tess born March 2016. This is my younger son and his partner. I now have another Grandson, Noah, born Nov 2013 to my elder Son and they have a daughter, Aurora, born March 2015. Thanks for visiting and I hope you enjoy my makes. Please leave a comment so that I know you have visited me. xxxx

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Thursday, 27 September 2012

Basket of Apples

Good Afternoon All
We are getting ready to go on a short coach trip tomorrow for a couple of nights.  It is to a place called Marina D'or, which we have not heard of but there are quite afew Spanish people going so it will be good to practice our Spanish LOL.
I have just completed this card for a challenge at Sketch & Stash.
It is another Sarah Kay image coloured with Promarkers and cut out with Spellbinders scalloped Oval
Backing paper is Me to You 'Spring Chic'
Homemeade bead pin,  sentiment,  quilled flower and a ribbon rose described in an earlier post - this pale green satin ribbon is some I found in my old knitting/sewing box when I was having a clear out a while ago, I remember using some of it on baby cardigans when my boys were little (over 30 years ago)
Gems
Odds of card from stash
xxx
Wendy L

CHALLENGES ----
Sketch and Stash # 97
Paper Shelter # 83 - Anything Goes

Wednesday, 26 September 2012

Sarah Kay

Good Evening All
Well my sister and BIL went back this morning and I was sad to see them leave.
But, back to crafting with a vengeance now LOL.
5 x 7 card blank
Sarah Kay (I love these images, so sweet) image coloured with Promarkers
Spellbinders edgabilities, I,m still practicing with these
Lots of embellishments --- homemade flowers, homemade bead pins, Mei Flowers butterflies (I won these), gems, bow & button
Round sentiment a freebie from Jak Heaths blog
xxxx
Wendy L

CHALLENGES----------
Joanna Sheen - So Sweet
Bearly Mine # 54 - Add a Sentiment
Card Mania Challenge~# 4 - Hand made Flowers
Paperplay Time # 84 - Punches and Sentiments
   


Monday, 24 September 2012

Golfer

Good Morning All
This weeks challenge at Love to Create is 'Anything Goes' so this is a nice easy one.
We are sponsored by QKR Stampede and they will give the winner 5 of their gorgeous digis. Pop over to their site, they really do have some lovely images, both digi and rubber.
I coloured this gorgeous image (Golfer Mouse) with Promarkers
A5 black card blank
Papers free in  Card Making magazine
Sentiments printed on computer
Golf club recycled from an old card
Homemade pin
Mini golf club recycled from an old card

Have fun

xxxxx
Wendy L

CHALLENGES -------
Card for Men # 20 - Animal Magic
Challenges 4 Everybody # 3 - Anything goes
By the Cute and Girly  - Boys/Men inspiration


Sunday, 23 September 2012

Green Ribbon Flowers

Good Afternoon All
I just wanted to show you this card, which I think is very pretty but fairly clean and simple.
The ribbon roses were made from watching this brilliant tutorial from Reasonable Ribbon and if you have any questions they will get straight back to you.  I did because I was pulling the ribbon all the way through and the flower was coming undone, so the secret is not to pull all the way, (you will understand when you watch)
I just added afew gems and a border punch which I chalked and a sentiment and I think it makes a lovely card.
xxxx
Wendy L

CHALLENGES -------
Heck of a Challenge # 1 - Anything Goes
Ladybug Challenge # 1 - Anything Goes
Card Crafters Circle # 41 - Ribbon & Roses
 

Friday, 21 September 2012

Lilacs and Flowers

Good Evening All
We are having such fun with my sister and BIL being here, lots of outs for meals and drinkies etc etc.
Hardly done any crafting at all, but we have booked ourselves for a craft class on Monday afternoon, as my sister makes cards too.
I thought I would do a quick post tonight as they have gone to bed early.
This is an easel card and nearly everything is stash that I have had for ages.
Especially the 'Congratulations Paper'
Embossed silver card from Create & Craft ages ago
Large butterfly is Marianne die
Homemade bead pin
Spellbinders blossom die
Quilled white flowers
Ribbons, gems and pearls added
xxxx
Wendy L

CHALLENGES -----
Crafting for all Seasons # 36 -Things with Wings
Fab N Funky # 139 - Things with Wings
Divas by Design # 53 - Lots of Layers
My mums craft shops# 75 - Hearts and Flowers
Card Crafters Circle # 41 - Ribbon and Roses




Tuesday, 18 September 2012

Ellie

Good Afternoon All
My sister arrived this morning so we had an early start but she had an even earlier one, so she is having a rest now before we go out for drinks and dinner this evening.

My card today is a CAS one and it is Ellie Blowing Bubbles  from Fairy Dust digis.
Coloured with Promarkers
Ribbon and star are Papermania
Sentiment made myself on Office Draw
To the Lake sentiment is a freebie
Black gems and papers from stash
I think she is a cutie dont you?
xxxx
Wendy L

CHALLENGES ----
Passion For Promarkers # 167- CAS
Craftspot challenge # 69 - Wild about you
Paper Pretties - PWC 224 - No patterned paper
Creative Craft Challenge - Anything Goes
Through the Craftroom Door # 36 -Anything Goes

Monday, 17 September 2012

Home Bird

Good Morning All
Time for another challenge at Love to Create, and the theme is 'Things with Wings'.  I have used this sweet image from Meljens Designs called 'Bird Table' with 2 sweet little chickies sat on the roof.
I think it is a really sweet image and was good to colour using my Promarkers, I cut it out using a labels die from Spellbinders and inked the edges.
Paper is cut-offs from stash
Sentiments were freebies
Metal tag from USA
Ribbon and buttons from stash too

Meljens will give the winner 4 of their digital images, so you could have great fun with those because they have some great digis on their site.
xxxxx
Wendy L

CHALLENGES -----------------------
Squirrel & Fox # 26 - Anything Goes
Incy Wincy Designs-Monochromatic Green
 

Sunday, 16 September 2012

Fancy Fold

Good Afternoon All
I,ve been busy this morning as my sister is coming over on Tuesday and I am really looking forward to it.
Todays card is a sort of concertina fold but it is a great way of using up bits of card and paper as you need quite afew small pieces to mat and layer.
It is also a great way to use lots of embellishments that you may have lying around.  I,ve used butterflies, ribbons, bows, flowers, sentiments etc etc.
xxxxx
Wendy L

CHALLENGES -------
The Ribbon Girl Blog - September Colour Challenge
Charisma Cardz # 36 - Shaped cards
 


Saturday, 15 September 2012

50

Good Afternoon All
Just a quick card today and it,s a MAN one.

I,m still using some decoupage that I cut out whilst in the UK in August and I still love cutting it out.
Wooden buttons from ebay with blue twine through
Paper was sent to me with some goodies of blog candy
xxxxx
Wendy L


CHALLENGES------------
Saturday # 203 - A Milestone Birthday

Friday, 14 September 2012

Harvest Basket

Good Morning All
I,m going out with me Neighbours today, we are going to a shop I,ve not been to before  that sells all sorts of everything I think, it should be fun.
Todays card is one I finished yesterday, I was trying to think of a different way of folding my card blank and this is what I came up with.
This is the front and it looks like a normal Criss Cross card.
And this is what it looks like when it,s open
I used a 36 x 12cm cream card from my friend in the UK, folded it at 12 and 24cm, then scored  the fronts diagonally so that they folded back on themselves.
I used a Whimsey digi called Cornucopia, which I won on a challenge a while ago, and coloured it with Promarkers.
Two types of ribbon tied in a bow - organza and satin
Sunflowers were given to me by Linda (Animal Aid Charity)
Round Sentiment is a freebie on Jak Heath Blog
Pale green doily from USA years ago
Terracota and green card is Core-dinations
Spotty paper was given to me
Yellow gems on corners from stash
I really like this type of fold so I am using it alot on my Christmas cards.
xxxx
Wendy L

CHALLENGES ---------
Charisma Cardz #36 - Shaped Card
Craft Challenges # 172 - Autumn
Milk Coffee Challenge - Show us 2 shapes  Triangle and Circle (doily)
Paper`play Challenge # 37- Fancy Folds
Crafty Catz # 150 - Brown & Orange
Crafters Companion # 28 - Gold
 




Thursday, 13 September 2012

Scalloped Circle card

Good Morning  All
Just been for a very expensive trip to the dentist, but it had to be done.
Today I have made a scalloped circle easel card.
I cut the basic shapes with Cuttlebug
Forever Friends stamp coloured with Promarkers
Swirly flourishes were sent to me by Chrislee, a buddy over on Docrafts
Flowers all homemade, either quilled or punched with gems in centres

xxxxx
Wendy L

CHALLENGES ----
Charisma Cardz # 36 - Shaped Cards
Paper Pretties PWC 223 - Punches
Whimsey Inspirations  # 51  -Anything Goes
Through the Craftroom door - Anything Goes
Bearly Mine # 52 - Anything Goes
Kaboodle Doodles # 136 - Flowers
Tuesday Throwdown # 115- You're a Gem   I won this one
Paperplay Challenge # 37 - Fancy Folds
Squirrel & Fox  # 26- Anything Goes
Crafters Companion # 28 - Gold
 

Tuesday, 11 September 2012

Pink baby

Good Afternoon All
My card today is a Baby Girl one, trying not to post to many Christmas Cards yet.
Forever Friends stamp coloured with Promarkers
Papermania Corners, I,ve had this box of paper shapes for years and seldom use them
Mei flowers tiny pink sequin flowers and pink striped bow
Pearl cream card embossed with Cuttlebug
Lilac Core -dinations card
Pink button and twine.

xxxxx
Wendy L

CHALLENGES ------
Sketch & Stash # 96
Card Mania # 3 - Beary Sweet
Whoopsi Daisy - Buttons or Bows
Ooh Lala # 113 - Teddy Bear Antics I made TOP 3
   



Monday, 10 September 2012

Beary Christmas

Good Morning All, again
I would like to welcome my new followers and thanks for joining me.xxxxxx
I have got all my Christmas stuff out again so it's Christmas cards all the way now!!!!  And alot of them are going to be Forever Friends , as last year I bought a big pack of their decoupage and papers etc.
I found this piece of mirri card in the box and I had already  embossed  it using a Glitter Girls board so I thought I would use it up.   Everything else is FF products except red elasticated twine (China Bazaar) and white card embossed with Cuttlebug 'Swiss Dots' folder.
xxxx
Wendy L

CHALLENGES -----
Card Mania # 3 - Beary Sweet
Joanna Sheen - Going Dotty
Sketch n Stash # 96 -
One Stop challenge # 198 - No floral embellishment
Anything Goes # 75 - Early christmas
Just Keep on Creating - Christmas
Crafters Companion Monthly # 28- Gold    I Won This One
Unstampabelles Challenge # 15 - Embossing
   


Sassy Cassie

Good Morning All

Wow how the weeks are flying by.  I have no sooner done my card for Love to Create and it is time for the next one, I love it.
We are sponsored this week by Sassy Studio Designs who will give 1 winner, 2 of their designs.  And the theme is 'Use Ribbon or Twine' so that's nice and easy isn't it?
For my card, I have chosen a Sassy image 'Cassie'.  I love colouring these images, they are very fine but so sassy.





I have used a piece of my 12 x 36cm cream card folded into a gatefold
Image coloured with Promarkers and mounted on Core-dinations card and distressed the edges
Papermania papers and flowers and brads and pearls (from May goodie bag)
Homemade pins and sentiment
The twine I have used - I bought this with John (next door)
 when we went to craft shop but it was closed, so we went to a China Bazaar (there are loads of them here and you can buy allsorts) we saw this in the wool box and bought one between us. It is different shades of beige.  The blue twine was what was wrapped around the wool to keep it together, (I dont waste anything!!!!)


Have fun with this great easy challenge.
xxxx
Wendy L

CHALLENGES----------------
Robyns Fetish Challenge# 124 - More than One Fold
Squirrel and Fox #26  - Anything Goes
Allsorts # 171 - Layers
I Brake for Challenge - Use Digi
The Ribbon Girl Blog - September - Add Pearls

Sunday, 9 September 2012

Butterflies

Good Evening All
I thought I would just show you this card I made a little while ago.  When I borrowed John (next door)'s Antique Frames Spellbinders to cut afew shapes out, this was one of them.  The corners are waste from a scalloped circle die.
The butterflies are freebies from Audrey at Lilac Garden, she has some gorgeous decoupage and papers on her site.

Joanna Sheen ribbon
Twirly wire and ribbon off a card given to me
Tiny rose buds given to me by Linda (Aniaml Aid Charity)

xxxx
Wendy L

CHALLENGES --------
My Mums Craft Shop # 73 - Anything Goes
Allsorts # 171 - Layers
 

Saturday, 8 September 2012

Waste Not

Good Morning All
I made this card using the packaging from a Kanban Quilling tool that I bought whilst in UK (I broke one of mine).  I just thought that the black card with grey swirls looked lovely so here it is.
Simply mounted onto an A& deckled edged card blank
Peel off lilac butterflies stuck onto acetate and cut out to make them 3D
Zva Creations pearl swirl
Peeloff coloured in lilac
Pale organza ribbon
A very simple, very quick card
I hope Naomi (Creative Bug on the Loose) sees this xxxxxx.  Naomi is a friend I have made through blogging and she wants to start quilling so I bought her one  of these tools and posted it to her while I was in UK.  I cant wait to see  her creations.
xxx
Wendy L
PS  Remember to have a go at The Forever Friends Monthly challenge where the theme is Ribbon so it's a nice easy one and a brilliant prize on offer and there is also a monthly GIVEAWAY announced today which is a great  craft item (not telling what  it is, you will have to hop  over and take a peek)

CHALLENGES -----
Hiding in my Craftroom # HIMCR 62 - Use scraps
365 Card - Day 185 - DIY

Friday, 7 September 2012

Framed

Good Afternoon all
Afew weeks ago, I was given a photo frame by John (Next door) and he challenged me to change it, make it different and he would do the same with one.  It measures about 8 x 8" and has a verse about Mum on it.

I stripped all the pink roses paper and verse off it and stuck some different pink paper on, cut the aperture out but I made a mess of it and had to think of a way to cover it, so I cut scalloped circle with Cuttlebug.  Then, literally, went to town on the pretty embellishments - Marianne Butterflies die (with Anita 3D glossy on) - Quilled flower - Organza Ribbon (from some card blanks I bought in The Works UK) - Corners (Papermania) - Gem and Buttons.

And of course , my gorgeous Grand Daughter Hollie Anais fast asleep in her moses basket.  So this now stands with pride of place on my coffee table in my craft room.
I will try to get a pic of Johns to show you the vast difference in our styles. And here it is---
Our styles are so different as you can see.
xxxx
Wendy L

CHALLENGES -------
Deep Ocean # 33 - Things with Wings
Totally Papercraft # 133 - Butterflies Bows And Buttons
Charisma Cardz # 35- Seeing Double ( 2 butterflies)   I WON THIS ONE
Bearly  Mine # 51 - Anything but a card
Tuesday Alchemy  # 30- Anything Goes


Thursday, 6 September 2012

Forever Friends - Pretty Ballerina

Good Morning All
Another month gone by since our last Challenge on Forever Friends MonthlyNo. 9. This month we are sponsored by The Ribbon Girl
and look what the winner gets - all this yummy ribbon.

 And the theme is, believe it or not,  Use a Ribbon on your creation - what could be easier.
Everything on my card is from Forever Friends Elements 'Pretty Ballerina' except the ribbons and they are from stash, a gorgeous dotty pink one and white organza.
Have fun with this challenge as there is that yummy  prize on offer and the favourites prize too.  ALSO there has been a change in the rules - you do NOT have to feature an animal on your creation

And our favourites prize is  sponsored by Scrappers Delight which is $5 to spend in their web store.

To win this you must use a Forever Friends product.
Have fun
xxxx
Wendy L

CHALLENGES ----
Joanna Sheen - Going Dotty
My Mums Craft Shop # 73 - Anything Goes
Papercraft Star # 111 - Make it Girly
City Crafter # 125 - Monochromatic
Tuesday  Alchemy # 30 - Anything Goes
Through the Craftroom Door # 34 Anything Goes
Papertake Weekly - Anything Goes





Monday, 3 September 2012

Back to School

Good Morning All
I bet you are all looking forward to the kids going back to school, and this is the theme of the new challenge this week at Love to Create.  We are sponsored by Bugaboo Stamps who will give the winner 7 digis of their choice to the value of $21.

For my card, I chose -'Ava with Flowers'.  I thought this was a good one because when I was at junior school I was always taking my teacher a bunch of wild flowers that I had picked.  Her name was Miss Baxter, I can still picture her now, after all these years. !!!!!!
I used Papermania paper from May Docrafts  goodie bag.
Zva Creative pink pearl swirl (I won )
Punched flowers with gem centres
Ribbon from stash
Red gems from homemade jewellery stash
Sentiment printed on computer
Dies are Sissix scalloped squares and Nellie Snellen Frames
Image is coloured with Promarkers

Do hop over and have a go at this challenge.  I really enjoy looking at your creations.

xxxxx
Wendy L

CHALLENGES -----------------
Ribbon girl - September - Add Pearls
Fussy Fancy Friday # 70 - Back to School
Pin and Tack (Spark your creativity) # 1 - Anything Goes
Crafty Boots - One - 1 ribbon - 1 image
Incy Wincy Designs - Back to School






Sunday, 2 September 2012

Bitty Blossoms

Good Morning All
We had a lovely evening last night, a BBQ with neighbours, lots of chat and food and drink.  We used to do this every Saturday last year but our friend had an accident with a chip pan in December and badly burnt his chest so he is not as comfortable with a shirt on and is still in alot of pain.  It was lovely to do it again, great fun.
Todays card is to show you the flowers made with my new Spellbinders Bitty Blossoms dies using felt.
A6 card blank
2 frames cut from Nellie Snellen dies MFD600
Sentiment printed on computer
Margaret Sherry Teddy transfer (I am trying to use old stuff and I have had these for years)
Flowers and leaves cut from felt bought from The Range in UK
I now have a box of these flowers in loads of different colours so no doubt you will be seeing alot more of them.
xxxx
Wendy L

CHALLENGES -------
Crafty Anns Challenge # 73 - Monochrome + 1 colour
Paper Crafting Journey - Anything Goes

Saturday, 1 September 2012

Teddy Baby

Good Afternoon All
I am having a great day making cards.  I couldn,t sleep last night and was up at 3am until 6am in my craft room making cards for a commission for first time grand parents, so I thought I may aswell get cracking and make two to give her a choice.  This is the first one and, I think, the cutest.
 
 
I used a 12 x 36cm cream card scored at 12cm intervals and cut diagonally on each front
Everything is from stash except for the Forever Friends Baby Stamp which I bought on sale in UK.
I highlighted the shawl with Stickles
I think it,s pretty cute
xxxx
Wendy L

CHALLENGES -----
Just Keep on Creating # 3 - Anything Goes
Bearly Mine Challenge # 50 - Glitters
Heck of a Challenge # 1 - Anything Goes
Ladybug Challenge - Anything goes
Allsorts Challenge - Anything but Square I hope this counts as total card is not square
Fab n Funky # 136 - Birthday with a sketch
QKR Stampede # 3 - Anything Goes




Hollie

Good Morning All
Here she is
They have decided to name her Hollie.  9lb 4oz born on Tuesday 31st July, Isn,t she a beauty.  Lorien calls her chunky monkey LOL.  So proud of them both.  Counting the days now until 20th when I go over there and get my hands on her for some big big cuddles.

xxxxxx
Nanna Wendy L

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