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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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Monday, 28 April 2014

Christening Invites

Good Morning All

I have had a busy weekend making 50 Christening Invitations for my Grandsons Christening in May.
This is a mock up.

I was waiting until the last minute yesterday to get the final details before I printed the inserts, anyway, as it was I  had to leave the time blank for Megan to fill in as she could not get hold of the vicar.  So now they are all parceled up ready to go in the post today.  I forgot to take a picture of the finished ones, this pic is one I emailed to Megan to see if she liked it, nothing is glued down or cut perfectly as you can see.  And the crosses I used were plain and a bit smaller.  I inked the edges of the heart too.  I,m so annoyed with myself for forgetting to photograph them.
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 Now these two pictures are of  'Zentangle' made by my sister in the UK.  I had never even heard of it until she emailed me to show me these two that she had made at her craft class in Southport.





She said it is very therapeutic.  I had a look on the internet to see what it was, it looks interesting but I have enough to do without starting something new.

She said she wouldn't mind me showing you these.  Have you heard of Zentangle?

xxxxx
Wendy L 

Saturday, 26 April 2014

Oriental

Good Morning All
The theme this week for the Allsort Challenge is ORIENTAL and has been set by Susan.

I did like the sound of this but was not quite sure of what to do.



I saw this lovely digi, from Digi Darla, and thought it looked quite oriental.  They were to be one of our sponsors but they have decided to close their store through illness I believe.  Then I also remembered a set of stamps I bought years ago from Lakeland and never used.  I did not want to colour the stamp so just added some Stickles to some of the leaves, but it does not show up too much on the picture.  I coloured the digi with Promarkers and was so glad I have some of the fine nibs as they were definitely needed for this one.  I had some chinese paper in my stash too so added a strip of that across the bottom.
The lace corner is Cheery Lynn B175.
xxxxx
Wendy L
Sponsors this week are ----

                                                                  $20 store voucher


Flonz $20 store gift voucher Also 12% discount offered on purchases to those entering the challenge

CHALLENGES -
Crafty Calender - Things With Wings
Suzy Bees Bloomin Challenge - Wings

Thursday, 24 April 2014

Purple & Blue


Good Morning All

My  post today is Charisma Cardz Challenge  time.
The theme is Purple & Blue.


I used a lilac base card matted with blue and then white, embossed with a 'Budding Vine' folder.
A Delicious Doodles image coloured with Promarkers.
Blue sentiment
Purple crochet flower and bead pin
Die cut purple butterflies.
Hope you like.

Sponsors are -----
Stamp & Create
Have Fun
xxxxx
Wendy L

Tuesday, 22 April 2014

Box Card

Good Morning All
Hope you all have a lovely Easter Weekend, lots of choccy!!!!!
I sent Easter eggs to Hollie and Noah, I know Noah is a little bit young but I,m sure Mum and Dad helped him eat it.  This is Hollie eating hers Mum said she couldn't wait to get stuck in!!!!  I bought one with a Peppa Pig bowl and cup, which she loves.



















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I have been admiring these box cards for a while now, there has been alot on blogland just lately and look quite complicated to make.  I saw Jak Heath make one on Create & Craft the other day and she made it look quite easy, so I thought I would have a go, and Patricia made one too and hers is gorgeous HERE.






These are both made with Forever Friends stash.  I sold quite afew baby cards on Friday so replacing my stock.





I made a 'boy' and a 'girl' one, not overly embellished, but I think they look quite nice.



I am going to make some more and decorate them more, and the beauty of them is that they fold flat for posting.

CHALLENGES
Unstampabelles - Include animal or bird  Pastel colours
2 Sisters Challenge 175- Teddy Bears
Ends end April
Totally Gorjuss 232 - Die cuts and Punches
Wedodoobadoo - Embellish it


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I promised you a picture of the cactus on the community and here it is, the flowers are just starting to open.














And these are what I found in the local China store on Saturday, sticky backed pearly gems, aren't they gorgeous?





I'm adding two packs to my Birthday candy, a white and a pink.

xxxxx
Wendy L

Sunday, 20 April 2014

Clean & Simple

Good Morning All
Hobbycutz Challenge day today and the theme is 'Clean & Simple'.


I used a 'Tied Together' embossing folder matted onto blue card and just added satin ribbon with homemade sentiment tags, a gorgeous Hobbycutz laser cut embellishment and some 'liquid pearls' at the side.
why not pop over the the challenge blog and have a go.
xxxxx
Wendy L
CHALLENGES
Rhedd & Rosie Challenge - Anything Goes
Challenges 4 Everybody - Anything Goes
Crafting When We Can 67 - Ribbon/ Twine / Washie
Crafty Ribbons  - Anything Goes + ribbon


Saturday, 19 April 2014

Birds & Feathers

Good Morning All
This weeks challenge at Allsorts is Birds & Feathers chosen by Mervi. 


I used a couple of  Marianne dies for this one, they cut and emboss so well.
Fence is Marianne Creatables LR 0278
Ivy trail, Bird House and Bird is Marianne Creatables LR 0206
A couple of homemade sentiments and feathers.


Sponsors
Marianne Designs

and
Buttons for Brains
xxxxx
Wendy L

CHALLENGES
Crafty Catz - Something beginning with 'B' (bird)
Time Out Challenge 3 - Birthday or Masculine
My Craft Creations - Anything Goes
Creative Fingers  - Anything Goes
Unstampabelles - Bird or animal
Ends end April
Crafty Calender - Things with Wings
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                                                                              We had the craft Fayre at the local English Bar                        yesterday.


We had quite a successful day, but boy, was it hot, so glad I keep a straw hat in the car as it was well and truly needed.  It was quite busy in the morning but tapered off after lunch so we packed up and came away at around 3 ish.  I,m sure they took loads of money for the poor in the village, they had an auction and raffles and I will be going shopping tomorrow for my contribution for them too.
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Thursday, 17 April 2014

Use the Word 'HAPPY'

Good Morning All
Judith has chosen the theme for Moving Along With The Times challenge this time
Use the word HAPPY
so that is quite easy.


Obviously my card is 'Happy Anniversary'
Gold textured card has been in stash for years.
Gold flowers are Cheery Lynn Roses dies
Homemade bead pin with gold ribbon
White die cuts are  Marianne, very pretty.

Why not pop over to the Challenge blog and have a go this week, such an easy theme.
xxxxx
Wendy L

CHALLENGES
Crafty Ribbons  85- AG + ribbon
4 Crafty Chicks - Only Sentiment

Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Card Date Book

Good Morning All
I was given a load of cards and three card date books by Linda from Animal Aid (A charity I support here).
The books have a slot for each month to put cards. and a place to write names etc.





This is the inside, showing some of the cards tucked in the slots.  I can't waste anything and it was a shame to cut these cards up,  so I thought someone might appreciate them in these books.  I do get given alot of used cards and I cut them up and use the backs or the plain bits to use for matting, or run them through the Cuttlbug with an embossing folder.

I forgot to take a picture of the front of the books but this is how I have decorated two of them and 
John next Door has taken the other one, so watch out on his blog in the future, to see what he does with his.





This is the first one, covered in this gorgeous embossed paper, velvet ribbon, Papermania flowers with button centres and a couple of Hobbycutz lasercuts.  I am on the DT for Hobbycutz and I love these lasercuts that Kobie makes, they are great embellishments.

CHALLENGES
Craft-Dee Bowz 12 AG + Bow














This is the next one, covered in material from a quilt cover I used to cover chair cushions for a sofa.  You could still see the writing through it so I needed embellishments to cover as much as possible.




X Cut alphabet die cuts and large  label for matting with green card and beer carton for brown !!!!

Marianne dies CR 1245  and LR 0250
Crochet flowers and butterfly with pearl centres
Quilled flowers.

I will be taking these to the Craft Fayre on Friday, lets hope they sell.  I enjoyed doing them anyway and if they dont they will be given back to Linda.


xxxxx
Wendy L

CHALLENGES
Altered Eclectics - Anything Goes
Tando Creative Challenge - Recycling
Just Inspirational - Wood Fabric
WON this one










Afew pics for you to look at.  The cacti are coming into flower at the moment and the bougainvillea is looking gorgeous too, in two tone blossom all on one plant.  These are on our roof patio.





We have a pot of cacti coming into bud at present and when it is in full bloom I shall post a pic, there are numerous  branches on this one so it will look stunning when all flowers are out, so watch out.




This is the water wheel on the Rio del Segura, this is where we go for a walk.

xxxxxx

Monday, 14 April 2014

Quilling

Good Morning All
I have dragged this one from the archives for my friend Val. She was doing some quilling at the craft meet on Thursday and I was showing her how to do petal shapes, so here is one  that show them .


Quilling is something I do when watching TV at night, relaxing but time consuming and worth it for the pretty flowers I can make.
xxxxx
Wendy L
CHALLENGES
Crafts Galore Encore - Use Fave Colour
Emergency Crafters -  Polka Dots (Dots embossing folder)

Saturday, 12 April 2014

Spring Blossoms

Good Morning All
Allsorts Challenge today has been set by Brenda and she has decided on a seasonal theme of
 'Spring Blossoms'


 This shows the design of the card, with a stand at the back.
I chose bright spring colours.
Marij Rahder Papers 'Pot Pourri'
Fleur de Lis Square from Spellbinders
A Penny Black image
Sissix Decorative Flourish
Afew types of ribbon
Flower and gems

Sponsors this week are ---



xxxx
Wendy L
CHALLENGES -
Crafty Catz 226 -  Animals
Polka Doodles - Animal Magic
Crafty Ribbons - Anything Goes + Ribbon
Divas by Design - Easter / Spring
Little Claire's Designs 45 - Lots of Layers
Bunny Zoes - Mono
Crafters Cafe - Spring
Papertake Weekly - Spring has Sprung
Penny Black & More - Blossoms




Friday, 11 April 2014

Card Stand

Good Morning All
I wanted to show you this piece of parchment that I finished yesterday.




Lyn, one of the ladies at our craft meeting, wanted me to teach her parchment.  So, as I was showing her, I thought I would do a piece too and this is what I did, it didn't take very long and I finished it when I got home this afternoon, after we had been for a walk..  I had to cut a similar shape out from black card, I thought black would look best.  I hope Lyn will have finished  her piece by next week, so I must remember to take my camera so that I can show it to you all.
 xxxxx
Wendy L
CHALLENGES
Rhedd & Rosie Challenge 30 - Anything Goes
Challenges 4 Everybody 40 - Anything Goes
Bunny Zoes Crafts - Mono

Wednesday, 9 April 2014

Lili Of The Valley

Good Morning All
I received my order from LOTV on Monday (they post free to Spain), they had an offer on for Mothers day and I bought two gorgeous pads of their images.


This is the first one I decided to use because she is so cute.  I used a Tonic Butterfly die which I have run through my Cuttlebug with an embossing mat and inked on the embossed parts of the wings,  and put gems on the leaves, some homemade sentiment tags, homemade bead pin (For Sale on  page at top of my blog) and the flowers are Cheery Lynn Roses die and some bought ones.  Buttons, gems and bows added to bling  it up abit.
xxxxx
Wendy L

CHALLENGES
Fantastic Tuesday 30- Anything Goes
Just Inspirational Challenge - Embossing
The Crazy Challenge - Bling
Creative Moments 40 - Anything Goes (Girly)


Monday, 7 April 2014

Bracelets


Good Morning All
This is a bracelet I made at my craft meet, one of the ladies does beading and she taught us how to do the basic swirl stitch.




This is one I did in another colour, and I gave this as a prize in our raffle at our Fat club, and from that, I was asked to make enough  for us to give, as a gift to all the members  for Christmas.

So now I am busy beavering away making these in different colours that I hope all the  members will like.  I am going to try to make some earrings too which I will show when I have made them.
xxxxx
Wendy L

PS.  Although I learnt at my class, here is a very good tutorial on YouTube
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_mMUA00y938
She has some wonderful tuts here and very easy to follow.

CHALLENGES
Corrosive Challenge - Use Your Metal ( fasteners)
Craft My Life - Anything but a Card

Sunday, 6 April 2014

Flora & Fauna

Good Morning All
Hobbycutz Challenge time again and this week the theme is Flora & Fauna, chosen by Lorraine.




I cut an aperture from a square scalloped card and added acetate to make a window.  Onto this I stuck a Hobbycutz embellishment.  Behind I put some sweet fairy paper  and this matches the sweet fairy holding onto a tulip.  I added  a ribbon down the side and attached homemade 'Birthday' sentiment tags.


The sponsor for this challenge is Crafty Sentiments
and I added one of their lovely circle sentiments on the front and on the inside too.  I do use these circle sentiments quite often, matted onto  scalloped circle die cuts in various colours to match the card I'm doing.
xxxxx
Wendy L



CHALLENGES
Crafty Calender - Things with Wings
Sister Act Card Challenge - Anything Goes
Flat Friends - Include Sentiment WON THIS ONE
Crafty Ribbons - Anything Goes + Ribbon
Delightful Challenge - Hip to be Square

Saturday, 5 April 2014

NO Flowers

Good Morning All
Helene has set this weeks Challenge at Allsorts and it is 'No Flowers', she does not want to see any flowers, not even on backing papers so this may be a challenge for some of you.  I decided to go along the safe route and do a 'man' card so here goes. 



I,m not sure where I got the image form, it may have Lilac Garden, which is no longer open as Audrey retired.  Matted and layered using browns and beiges, (the beige being OH beer cartons as are the mini sentiments) I attached the sentiment with string, which I thought was in keping with the old fashioned image, and attached a tiny crown charm to it.

Sponsors this week are--
15 GBP voucher


10 GBP voucher

xxxxx
Wendy L

CHALLENGES
Crafting Cafe - One For The Boys
Won This One
Crafting Musketeers # 12 - Mono

Thursday, 3 April 2014

So Sweet

Good Morning All
 I went to back Specialist on Tuesday and he is sending me for an MRI scan, he said i have 'old' bones and it is the bottom two vertebrae that are causing me problems, he does not think it is a trapped nerve though.  They, the hospital, will ring with an appointment. Iam feeling better but it is still niggling, so going to go through with all this as I do suffer with back ache on and off.
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Moving Along With The Times challenge time and the theme has been chosen by Sarah - So Sweet - and by this she means either food or a sweet image.

Warning - Large photo post coming up!!!!!!!

I used a  6 x 6  and a 5 x 5 scalloped card blank, scored the smaller one at half way point on each side.





The top picture is the outside back view when it is stood up, and these two are the front and the back if you know what I mean.

Decorated with same paper and card as the inside.
Cheery Lynne Chrysanthemum die, crochet flower (for sale in my etsy shop in sidebar)







This is the inside when it is laid flat.

LOTV toppers of mice eating chocs and drinking Champers.








Most of the die cuts are Memory Box
Homemade bead pin (for sale in side bar)
Doily inked on edges
Cheery Lynne die cut roses
Homemade crochet butterfly
Joanna Sheen ribbon



These last couple of pictures show how much the light alters the colour of the card.

It is a very bright green card with pink checked paper 'Spring Chic' Me to You.

Pop over to the Challenge blog and have a go.
There is a prize on offer this week too.

xxxxx
Wendy L
I sent this to my MIL for Mothers Day and this is what she posted on FB
 Have just received the most amazing card for Mothering Sunday, not just a card, an impressive work of art that must have taken hours, so much detail, too attractive to end in a drawer....... so very appreciated. Thank you Wendy and John.

CHALLENGES
Papertake Weekly - Anything Goes
Crafting by Designs - Anything Goes
Crafty Ribbons - Anything Goes + Ribbon
Live and Love Crafts - Chocolate

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