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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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Saturday, 30 November 2013

Christmas Carol or Song

Good Morning All

Allsorts  Challenge time and the theme has been chosen by Catherine and she wants to see creations that have been inspired by a Carol or a Song.

I chose this sweet angel image from the sponsor Digi Darla and the Carol is 'Hark the Herald Angels Sing' by Charles Wesley.

I used ---
Digi Darla image coloured with Promarkers
Cheery Lynn Chrysanthemum die B311
Forever Friends paper
Spellbinders Labels 6

Sponsors are ----
Digi Darla       will give 5 images of choice.     


Have fun.

xxxxx
Wendy L

CHALLENGES -----
Jellypark Challenge - Christmas
Totally Papercrafts - Hohoholidays
Country view Crafts - Bah Humbug
A Gem of a Challenge -Winter Wonderland
   

Wednesday, 27 November 2013

Rainbow Parchment

Good Morning All

Nanna here LOL.  Baby Noah doing well, he was 8.10oz so quite big and doing well.  They are sending her home today even though she had a bit of a rough time.  They do kick them out so quick these days.
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I have just finished this piece of parchment and I think I have done it previously (I keep all my patterns, never throw anything away LOL).  I mounted it onto rainbow card.  I,m not sure which sentiment to add yet, I may just wait until I decide who to give it to, but I think I will make a parchment sentiment, by this, I mean words embossed onto parchment then pricked and cut out.


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This is a pic of Noah that his Mum emailed me showing the blanket I crocheted for him and gave to them when I was there in August.  Sleeping so peacefully !!!!!




xxxxxxxx
Wendy L

CHALLENGES ----
Unstampabelles - Use Vellum
Bearly Mine # 114 - Anything Goes
  

Tuesday, 26 November 2013

He's Arrived


Good Morning All

He has arrived, no not Santa, Noah.  He made his entrance at 1.30am UK time.


I cant wait now to get over there to give him, and them, (Mum & Dad)  a cuddle.

I am back into my parchment now and have made afew creations.  I have a fan on the go but have to make each piece separately so will take me a while.  As that project is ongoing, I work on another piece at the same time, this is one I completed last week.  I think it is so beautiful. all whitework mounted onto deep purple card.


xxxxx
Wendy L

CHALLENGES -----
Unstampabelles - Use Vellum   Chosen as guest designer for a month
 
















Monday, 25 November 2013

House Mouse

Good Morning All
Still no news on the baby front but living in hope that they take her in today - watch this space.

I do love these cute images from Joanna Sheen.

I used  -
Spellbinders Bitty Blossoms die for flowers
Memory Box Corner die
Papers been in stash for years
The sentiment is a freebie from (I think, couldn't see them on her blog today) Desertdiva's blog  (if anyone knows definately please let me know then I can give her the full thanks and link.

xxxx
Wendy L


CHALLENGES ----
Joanna Sheen - Lets Celebrate
Challenges 4 Everybody - Anything Goes
   

Saturday, 23 November 2013

Bring on the Bling

Good Morning All
Allsorts Challenge this week is 'Bring on the Bling' chosen by Tracy.


I have kept my card fairly simple, but decorative, I hope .

I used ----
1" wide ruby satin ribbon
Spellbinders Pendants 'In Spades'
Embossing folder
Ruby coloured card.
Lots of ruby and diamond gems

Sponsors are ----
Whiff of Joy       A stamp of winners choice.                         My Heart Pieces    4 images of winners choice.
 

xxx
Wendy L

CHALLENGES ----
Ribbon Girl- November white on white
Crafty Hands Challenge - Sparkle and  Bling
Totally Papercarfts - Add a Bow
Papercrafting Journey - Bling it Up


Friday, 22 November 2013

A Good Morning

Good Morning All

The craft meeting yesterday was nearly cancelled due to the bar where we meet being broken into over night, so the owner had to make a trip to the Guardia Civil.  There can be alot of burglary here due to there being no state help, so people get desperate.  Anyway, one of the ladies suggested we went to her house and it was wonderful.  This lady, Jackie, is into scrap booking, so we had a good look through her books and got lots of ideas.  Then I showed  a couple of the ladies how to make the box book like this one HERE.  Jackie goes back to the UK next week for afew months so she will be missed.  I do hope we can carry on meeting, as the others, and I, do enjoy it as we all seem to be into different crafts, which is great.  We also had a new lady join us, Margaret and she said she will be back next week to learn more as she does not do any crafting YET.
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I made afew quick cards the other day from my Humphrey pack from Crafters Companion.



These are both flat images so I matted and layered onto various coloured card.


Quite simple this one, added string with a little elephant charm which I thought was quite cute.
A couple of gems too.

CHALLENGES ---
The Crafters Cafe # 38 - Use Metal
    







Tried to do a bit of a different design here for a change.  Using Spellbinders Scalloped circle, matted and layered for the larger image and smaller ones inside.



xxxxx
Wendy L

Thursday, 21 November 2013

Music Inspired

Good Morning All

Moving Along With The Times  Challenge time again and the theme is 'Music'.  When I saw this one I knew what I wanted to use.  When I was away I did some cutting out (decoupage) and this is one I did.  Some of these sheets were given to me by Linda from Animal Aid.  There are loads of different designs and there is also pricking marks on the back so it makes the pattern on the front.


I mounted it onto a green mirri card and then onto a  6 x 6 scalloped card blank.  Added afew gems and a piece of raffia tied into a bow.

Pop over to the challenge blog and have fun.
xxxx
Wendy L
PS.
Still no baby news, she had a sweep yesterday and will go in on Monday if nothing happened by then.  All new fangle dangle language since my birthing days!!!1
xxxxxx

CHALLENGES ---
The Paper Shelter # 138 Christmas is Coming
 

Wednesday, 20 November 2013

Box Book

Good Morning All

I went to work at the charity shop yesterday and managed for 3 hours then I had to come home, headache, sore throat and feeling really yuk.  So I came home, had some homemade soup and went to bed, I thought I had slept for about half an hour when John came in with a cuppa for me, but when I looked at the clock it was 4.50 so I had been in bed for nearly 3 hours!!!!!    I still have a really sore throat this morning, I thought I was getting over this the other day but I may have to go and get some antibiotics, see how it goes today.

I made this box book last night while he was watching footy.





Each side is 1/2" deep so the whole book is 1" thick.


I followed the tutorial on HERE on Fabulously Artsy blog ,and it was very easy.



I,m going to cut the card out to take to the craft class on Thursday, so long as I feel OK.  It is just a 8 x 9" piece of sturdy card, 2 brads or buttons and embellishments as required.


No baby news yet but they go to hospital today, again, so watch this space!!!

xxxxx
Wendy

CHALLENGES --
Bunny Zoes - Vintage, Shabby Chic
Craft Your Passion - Buttons 
All Craft Challenges - Anything but a Card
Created With Love Challenge - 67 - Anything Goes
   

Sunday, 17 November 2013

Thank You

Good Morning All

Hope you are all well, I,m still feeling a little yukky with this cold, but Heyho, thats life and it could be worse. It has gone quite cold here and besides the quilt I had to have a blanket last night too. I saw my neighbour yesterday and she was wearing one of these 'onzies' that are fashionable as she was so cold, personally, I think they are bloomin' awful.

 I went to a local market yesterday morning without my coat, just a cardigan, and I was perished, so I quickly bought what I needed, mostly fruit and veg, and came home.  I had a lovely Saturday sorting the spare bedroom wardrobes out, swapping stuff over, looking through my craft stash etc etc.  Also I wrote some of my Christmas cards out, getting them ready to bring with me to the UK to post.  Just 3 weeks today and I will be on my way, I just hope my new Grandson has decided to make an appearance by then.  When they went to hospital on Wednesday, he did not want to make  his way out so  they left him alone for another week at least!!!

 I  just found out this week that the fair has been cancelled on 30th Nov so I have a load of Christmas cards to get rid of plus other bits I have been making - boxes, wall hangers etc.  I,m quite annoyed  but there is nothing I can do about it, I will ring my charity ladies to see if they want  some more to sell.

Moving on, I want to thank you all for following my blog and welcome my new ladies too, so here is a little 'Thank You' card for you all.


I have been taking lessons from John Next Door on bow tying!!!
Cheery Lynn roses
Sentiment from Netty HERE
Swiss dots embossed card
Marianne Creatables  Ivy LR 0206
Nellies Multi Frame circle  MFD 030

Have a lovely Sunday
xxxx
Wendy L

Saturday, 16 November 2013

Make a Gift

Good Morning All

It has gone abit colder here in Spain, or it may just be me, coming back from holidays.  I,ve had to put the summer quilt on the bed and get the winter clothes out of boxes.  I swap over the summer clothes with the winter ones every spring and autumn.  I leave afew out because we do have some hot days in winter occasionally.  Not moaning though, I do love this time of year.  Hollie (Dad) skyped me last night to show her new winter coat (waiting pics from Mum), a gorgeous Little Red Riding Hood coat, soooo cute.
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Allsorts Challenge time again and the theme this week is 'Make A Gift' and it has been set by Sarah. I made a gift voucher or money  card.

This is the inside where I have made a pouch for a voucher or money to go.



I used ------
Image from Passion for Stamps coloured with Promarkers
Homemade sentiment tags and a heart brad
Handmade lilac embossed paper
Purple card
Tiny envelope and card inside pocket for decoration but pocket made to `put a gift voucher in.
Our Sponsors this week are --
Passion for Stamps   Will give winner 4 images of choice


The Craft Barn will give 15GBP to spend online

xxxxx
Wendy L

Friday, 15 November 2013

Feeling Better

Good Morning All

Feeling much better today, as I was yesterday thank goodness.  It has been a rough couple of days though.

Our little craft meeting went well yesterday morning, there was only five of us, but I think everyone enjoyed it.  There was a couple of ladies who are into scrap-booking rather than card making, which was great.  They brought some of their own stash to work with and were asked to bring some of their completed pages next week as the rest of us would like to see them and get into scrap-booking abit more.  Yesterday I showed them how to do the poinsettias  like these HERE.  And then they asked how I made the paper boxes like these HERE.  I think they all enjoyed the morning, I know I did, and hope to see afew more next week.
Fat club later this morning and I dont think the scales will be kind to me!!!!!!  Five and Six course meals each evening on the cruise ship do not do me any favours!!!!!! but they all tasted good!!!!!

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I made this lovely card the before I went away and thought I would show it to you as it incorporates a Tim Holtz flower using the same method as talked about above.


I used - 
Silver mirri card embossed with 'swiss dots' folder
Silver edged ribbon
Sentiment from stash (ages old)
Recycled Christmas card with crochet edge

xxxxx
Wendy L

CHALLENGES ----
As You Like It - Spots or Stripes I prefer spots, use this embossing folder loads
  
Divas by Design - Snowy
Creative Corner - Let it Snow
   

Thursday, 14 November 2013

Vintage

Good Morning All
Charisma Cardz Challenge time and the theme is 'Vintage' 


I,m afraid I dont do 'vintage' or 'shabby' very well but here is my offering.
I was given some cards by Linda from 'Animal Aid' with these gorgeous images, sepia with a hint of colour.  I trimmed it down and matted it onto white card inked on edges.  Added lace, homemade 'Cheery Lynn' roses, sentiment which I thought was quite apt.

Inside I used a 'Stamp Fairy' sentiment and inked the edges again.

Sponsors----
The Stamp Fairy   $10 online voucher
Marker Pop    $10 online voucher

xxxxxx
Wendy L

CHALLENGES ---
Crafters Cafe - 37 Embellish Like A Crazy Person
Bunny Zoes November - Shabby Chic / Vintage
Card Mania - 33 Anything Goes 
The Paper Shelter - 137  For Someone Special
  

Sunday, 10 November 2013

Home

Good Morning All


We are back home and I,m full of cold and sore throat, but we had a wonderful time.  Just trying to catch up on things, then I,m off to bed with a couple of Paracetamol!!!

I thought I would drag another parchment card out to show you.


This is such a pretty piece and beautiful for a sympathy card.  This is coloured on the front with pencils and a little felt tip, and mounted onto black card.

I am starting a craft club on Thursday, so I,m trying to get ideas together to put to the ladies that, hopefully, will attend.  I just wanted to to together with local folks with the same passions that I have, where we can craft and chat and share ideas.  Any input from you lovely people will be appreciated.

xxxxx
Wendy L
CHALLENGES --Unstampabelles - Use Vellum
                                

Saturday, 9 November 2013

White Christmas

Good Morning All

I should be arriving home from hols today, just in time to look at all the wonderful creations you are going to make for this challenge at Allsorts.  It is my turn to host this week and I have chosen White Christmas possibly with a hint of colour, but only a hint!!!!!!



I used ---
Spellbinders Decorative Labels 22.
Couture Creations 'Tied Together' embossing folder.
A touch of blue ink on edges and for stamping the sentiment.
Lace from local store.
LOTV tiny sentiment stamps tied with twine.

I will give this card to my sister who is having treatment at the moment.

CHALLENGES ---
Ribbon Carousel  - Holidays & Celebrations 
  

I made another card for the DT using an image from Flonzcraft  --


I kept it very simple, I glittered the trees but it is hard to see on the pic, lightly inked edges with pale blue and added ribbon and a homemade bead pin.  The sentiment is a freebie from Nettys blog HERE
Sponsors this week are ----

Crimson Cloud     
                                    Will give 3 packs of die cuts.

                                 Will give 20$ voucher and 12% discount for                                                                                                     purchases from challenge entrants    .
CHALLENGES ----
Chocolate, Coffee and Cards # 52 Mono
Crafty Ribbons - Black & White    MADE TOP 3
CRAFT Challenge - Christmas


xxxxx
Wendy L   

Thursday, 7 November 2013

Swirly, Pearly, Girly


Good Morning All
I am on my holidays so I hope this schedules OK.

Team A's turn for this weeks challenge at Moving Along With The Times and the theme is 'Swirly, Girly and Girly' so really, to me,  that means anything girly and pretty.


I  used ---
Die  for the white is Sissix 'Iron Gate'
Cameo in the middle is made my bloggy friend Ita from Ireland HERE
Cheery Lynn Roses die for the flowers with pearls in centres
Homemade tag
Joanna Sheen ribbon for bow
Satin ribbon from local Chino shop
Zva Creative gem swirls

See you in  a couple of days when we arrive back home. xxxx
xxxxx
Wendy L

Monday, 4 November 2013

More Than One Layer

Good Morning All

This is the last challenge for Lady Anne.  We have the theme of 'More than One Layer' which is a nice easy one.

I made this one as a jokey card  really.  Most women hate hitting 40 so I thought the young image was good with this thought 'Behold The Ageless Wonder'

I used a Sassy studio image as they are the sponsor for this month

xxxx
Wendy L

Saturday, 2 November 2013

Christmas Cheer

Good Morning All
I hope this schedules correctly as I will be sailing the high seas.

Allsorts Challenge time again and the theme is 'Christmas Cheer', chosen by Tracy Mouse.


I coloured this lovely Poinsettia with Promarkers and mounted it onto Spellbinders Fleur de  Lis squares with a maroon scalloped square at the bottom to show through the fancy edges.

Our sponsors this week are ----
Digi Stamp  Boutique         6 images of choice


xxxxx
Wendy L

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