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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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Saturday, 31 May 2014

One For The Boys

Good Morning All
The theme this week for Allsorts Challenge is 'One for the Boys' so it will be great to see all you 'male' cards.






I used one of the gorgeous images that my friend Linda (Animal Aid) gave me, I will be so sorry when they are all used, only afew left now.

I inked all the edges and mounted onto brown card. Added green ribbon to tone with the little boys shirt.

Homemade sentiment tags tied together with green twine.

Little black heart gems in the bottom corners.



The sentiment panel is from one of the sponsors - Digi stamp.
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Sponsors --

and
xxxxx
Wendy L
CHALLENGES
Brown Sugar 96 - Birthday
Jo's Scrap shack - Birthday
Simply Create Too - Masculine

Friday, 30 May 2014

Winner of Allsorts Blog Hop

Good Evening All


The winner of the candy on my blog for the Allsorts Blog Hop is number 47 and that is 


STAMPING BUBBLES
http://stampingbubbles.blogspot.co.uk/
Please comment me or email me your address so that I can post the papers to you before I leave UK on 6th June
xxxxxx

Thursday, 29 May 2014

No Image

Good Morning All
Wow this week is flying by, will be saying goodbye to Hollie and her Mum and Dad in 2 days Sob sob.  So true the saying 'time flies when you're having fun'.  She is so cute and such fun to be with, chatting away.
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Moving Along With The Times Challenge time again and the theme has been chosen by Carole.  She does not want to see an image on your creations, just a sentiment as the focal point.



I used - Sissix Thinlits Iron Gate die
Stamp from Hobby Art
Punched flowers with gem centres
Punched butterflies and added some gems on the wings of some of them
Polka dot pink ribbon and plain satin ribbon bow with a black sparkly gem
xxxxx
Wendy L

Sunday, 25 May 2014

Christening day

Good Morning All
I am such a proud Nanna today as Noah Jacob is christened.
Here is the card I made for him.





Another card in a box.

 I love making these as  you ca use loads of embellishments.





These are Forever Friends embellishments from a die cut pack I have had for ages.


A cute elephant charm which is a good luck charm I believe.



The sweet bunny rabbit ribbon is from a pack I won from Crafty ribbons a while ago.
CHALLENGES-
That Craft Place  - Lace and / or ribbon
Hiding In My Craftroom HIMCR # 150 - Boy
Suzy Bees Bloomin Challenge 30 - One for the Guys





xxxxxx
Wendy L

Saturday, 24 May 2014

Allsorts 5th Birthday Blog Hop

Good MoRning All
This week it is Allsorts 5th  BiRthday (and it is mine in 3 days time too) so double celebration!!!!!
And now a triple celebration as it is Noahs ChRistening tomorrow too.

We are having a BLOG HOP and all the details are on the challenge blog, you  have to visit each DT members blog and collect a letter, then use each letter to fill in this grid - you have been given a letter to start you off.
_ _ _ _        _ A _ _ _ _

When you have all the letters and worked out the phrase,  please email Brenda (details on  the Allsorts blog)
The prize for this is a pack of Promarkers.
 Can you guess what my letter  is?
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We have an extra prize on each blog and a winner will be chosen from the comments left for me before 2pm GMT Friday 30th may and the winner will be announced on the challenge blog at Teatime on Friday.
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So we want to see Birthday cards or creations, easy peasy.




I love making these box cards as you may have guessed if you are a regular visitor.  You can just go to town on embellishing them.
The picture below shows it with the box I made for it to go into.
I made this one as a commission for a special birthday and that's what this is for Allsorts today.


There are loads of sponsors  and  prize along the way on each DT members blog, so lots happening, hop over to the challenge blog to see what is going on and where to start the hop, or if you have got lost along the way.  You should have reached me from Brenda and next on the hop is Mervi.  Each of us is displaying a letter, collect them all and then email Brenda (details on Challenge blog) with your answer.  And you must leave a comment for me to qualify for my prize.(pic below)
xxxx
Wendy L

Thursday, 22 May 2014

Open Envelope

Good Morning All
Having a wonderful time here in the UK but had limited internet access at first, which was a bind but my sister altered it to unlimited so we are back on track.
Having lots of time with Noah and eagerly awaiting Hollie tomorrow evening.  Was going to take Noah to Southport,  around Marine Lake this afternoon, but it is raining, so we will have to see how it goes. 
 Taking Johns Mum home this morning, she has been spending afew days with my Mum, they get on very well together, which is good.



I pulled this one out of the files to show you.  It is made, following a tutorial from Beccy HERE, she has loads of them and some gorgeous digis too.  It is like a card within an open envelope.  The card is some I won in some candy, crochet flower on front and Cherry Lynn roses.  Ticket sentiment mounted onto X Cut labels die and twine tied through ends.
xxxxxx
Wendy L

CHALLENGES
Creative Moments 43 - AG with twine
Divas by Design - Anything Goes
Die cut Divas - Use at least one embellishment
Sarah Hurley 92 - AG

Sunday, 18 May 2014

Shades of Same Colour

Good Morning All
Limited internet access, forgive me for not visiting much, may get back to normal Tuesday. xxxx
Hope you are doing nice things today.
The challenge  at Hobbycutz this week has been set by Ang, Mrs Duck, and she wants to see three shades of same colour.


So mine are all shades of grey, did you ever read 50 Shades of Grey? It seems like an age ago now.
Anyway, back to the card in question.  The image is by Squigglfly and I just adore it, it reminds me of Hollie (she is now blowing kisses when we Skype)
All in shades of black, grey and white.  The lasercut at the side is one of Hobbycutz and I have coloured it with Promarkers.
xxxxx
Wendy L

Saturday, 17 May 2014

Purple Passion

Good Morning All
The Allsorts Challenge this week is 'Purple Passion' set by Tracy.


I used  digi from Ruth at Passion For Stamps (one of the sponsors this week) and used all shades of Purple.  The digi is cut on Nellie Snellen Multi Frames die MFD030 and this is mounted on
 X Cut 'Vintage Notes' Doily.

Sponsors ---
Passion For Stamps   4 digi images 


xxxxx
Wendy L

Friday, 16 May 2014

Winner of my Blog Candy

Good Evening All
I want to thank you all for joining me in my blog candy
My Other Half asked for number 27 to be the winner and that is------------------
Carolyn Bell
I,m afraid I have to say you have 1 week to supply your address then a new number will be drawn, as I need to post this while I am in UK.
Having loads of cuddles with Noah and waiting for Hollie to arrive next Friday.
Have a good weekend everyone.
xxxxx
Wendy L

CANDY

Good Morning All
Birthday Candy

My birthday is 27th May, so 4 weeks from today (16th May) I will draw a name from the folks that leave a comment on this post.  
Afew requirements are - 
Please post a picture on your side bar, be a follower and, obviously, leave a comment here.
If you do not have a blog of your own please say so in the comment and I will include you in the draw. 
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I will be in the UK at that time so the winner will have  5 days to respond with their address, then I will have to draw another name.  I leave UK on 6th June so I have to post the parcel before I leave.

Candy consists of - 
Darice Embossing folder
3 bunches of paper flowers
Homemade hat pins
2 packs gems
Homemade crochet flowers
Sheet of sticky alphabet and numbers
1 pack of charms
Selection of Ribbons  (not in pic)
2 packs of sticky gems.

I will add more as I collect it so you wont be disappointed

xxxx
Wendy L

Thursday, 15 May 2014

May Flowers

Good Morning All
Dont forget, today is last chance to enter candy above, as the draw will be done tomorrow.
Back with my second post today and this is for Charisma Cardz Challenge and the theme is 'May Flowers' .
So afew flowers with twirly stems, butterfly, sentiment and mostly white on white.


This is the embossing die I used, I love it, so pretty.  It cuts little butterflies out aswell as embossing them too.



We have two sponsors this week
and
Stamping Chef

xxxxx
Wendy L

I Heard It On The Radio

Good Morning All
Moving Along With The Times Challenge time again and the theme this week is 'I Heard It On The Radio'.
Theme is a Song you heard and is really catchy!!       (like Walking on Sunshine = Sunny happy card) 

The other day I heard a song I had not heard for a long time 'Love is Like A Butterfly' sung by Dolly Parton.
This was the theme song for the TV Sitcom 'Butterflies' with Wendy Craig and Geoffrey Palmer and takes me back to childhood.


I used a music sheet background and Spellbinders Papillon die cuts.  I printed the words from the song to use as the sentiment with a pink ribbon and a pearl.


I decorated the inside using  some peeloffs and card.


I put  sentiment label on the bottom as, by the time this post goes live, I will have had my stall at the craft fayre, and it will go for sale there.  I thought it would be suitable for a 'Wife' as the butterfly sentiment is quite 'lovey'.

Great choice for the challenge chosen by Hazel, the boss lady.  Should be fun.

And we have a prize this week,  Mellow Yellow 
  by Donovan.
xxxxx
Wendy L

                                                  CHALLENGES 
Crafty Ribbons - AG + Ribbon

Monday, 12 May 2014

Green

Good Morning All
I am on my way tomorrow to UK to be there for Mum and house sit and dog sit for one of my sisters.
So looking forward to it all, seeing everyone, especially Hollie and Noah, and Noahs Christening too.
I am taking laptop with me so will be keeping up with everything.

 I really like this card, quite simple, but nice.


The flower is made following the tutorial at the page at the top of my blog.
xxxxx
Wendy L
CHALLENGES
A Little Bit Crafty - Flower Power

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We went for a really long walk yesterday at Guadamar and here are afew pics of the harbour.






This is where we keep the weekend Yacht!!!!!!






This looks like a heron keeping watch or maybe just waiting for a fish to swim by for his lunch.


This is the gateway to the harbour.  Below is as we walked round the harbour to the end where all the fisherman sit on the rocks and fish.  This is the view back towards the boat harbour.

Saturday, 10 May 2014

Different Fold or Shape Card

Good Morning All

Hope all is well in your part of the world.
I have some news for you all today.
We are having a BLOG HOP in 2 weeks time for   Allsorts Challenges Birthday.

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Saturday means it is time for the Allsorts Challenge and this week it is my turn to host and I want to see something different, a shaped or fancy fold card please.







Afew photos to follow to try to show the fold and the dimention of the card.

I borrowed a Tattered Lace die from my  friend Lin at the Craft Meet Class on  Thursday.

I kept it all pinks and silvers.

The corners are Cheery Lynn.



This is the inside using paper from Docrafts and a die cut from Marianne in a gorgeous pearly pink card.  A little strip sentiment.


I hope you like it.
I am looking forward to seeing what creations people come up with for this challenge.
I do try to choose a theme that stretches people abit and may give me some ideas along the way too, abit cheeky what!!!!!

SPONSORS
PPR Paper crafts


AND

Eureka Stamps

                                                                  $20 store voucher

xxxxx
Wendy L
PS.  I had a lovely lunch with Carol Yesterday, I would like to thank Tina from Joanna Sheen for putting us in touch through my readers letter. xxxx

CHALLENGES
Crafts Galore Encore - AG
Crafting Musketeers - Not Square
Feeling Crafty Challenge - Girly
Flat Friends - Dies Punches
Speedy Fox & Friends - Punches (Butterfly punch)

Wednesday, 7 May 2014

Humphrey & Chicks

Good Morning All
I was lucky to have my letter printed on Joanna Sheens News Letter this month and through that a lady who has lost her husband last week to the awful Pancreatic cancer got in touch with Tina and asked to be put in touch with me. (I lost my fiance to this dreadful disease in 2006).  This lady, Carol, lives in Spain also, so I  emailed her  and we have been having  a cyber chat this week.  Anyway, afew emails on and we are going to meet up on Friday afternoon.
Isn't it surprising who you meet through blogs etc, that is how I met my friend Val who comes to the craft meet on Thursdays.

Todays card is another Humphrey.


Such a sweet image with the little chicks.  I kept it simple, with shades of blue card and paper, matted onto  Swiss Dots embossed card.
I put the same image, but smaller, inside the card.

xxxxxx
Wendy L
CHALLENGES
Papertake Weekly  Anything Goes
Lexi Creations - Man or boy
Challenges 4 Everybody - Anything Goes

Sunday, 4 May 2014

Penny Black & More

Good Morning All

This is my card for the guest DT spot at Penny Black and More, this comes about as being in the Allsorts team we do a guest spot over there too.



I used this gorgeous Penny Black stamp and coloured it with Promarkers.  Homemade sentiments and tags.  Different types of ribbon and bows and a lemon doily.
I have started decorating the inside of my cards, partly to use up smaller pieces of  card and paper, so if I cut a card up for the matting and layering on the front, I have apiece left, I try to use it on the inside, as I have done here.

xxxxx
Wendy L
 CHALLENGES
Crafty Calender - Sunshine and flowers
We Do Doobadoo Challenge - Lots of Layers
Dream Factory - # 7 Gone with the Wind



Photo Inspiration for Hobbycutz

Good Morning All
This week at Hobbycutz Challenge Elaine has chosen the theme and it is a photo  so use this as inspiration for your creations.
  



I used a sweet image from the sponsor called 'Spring Enchantment' and coloured her with Promarkers.  I found the gorgeous butterfly ribbon in our local China shop in the perfect colours for this challenge, yellow and purple.  Hobbycutz lasercuts on the edges to prop the easel with, I love these lasercuts, there are some beauties on the web site HERE and they can be painted or spritzed or even coloured with your pens to match your colour scheme.

Sponsor this week is The Paper Shelter


xxxxxx
Wendy L
PS  ---   I have been chosen as Readers Letter of the Month on Joanna Sheens Newsletter and through that have been put in touch with a lady here in Spain whose partner has just passed  on with the same horrific cancer.  Hello Carol if you read this. xxxxxx
CHALLENGES -
Crafting At The Weekend - AG

Saturday, 3 May 2014

Butterflies

Good Morning All
Allsorts Challenge this week is 'Butterflies' so that is a great theme and I,m sure there will be lots of entries. 
As you know I adore butterflies on my creations so here goes.
This is the second card I made for this one because we were given some gorgeous new images from Nicecrane and this is one of them and I love it.





I kept it nice and bright to match the butterflies.
Homemade sentiment attached with a button, leaf embellishment from Hobbycutz.  The large white flower I made using the technique on the  tutorial at the top of my blog HERE and that's what the easel props behind.
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CHALLENGES
A Little Bit Crafty - Flowers

Die Cut Divas - Use at least 1 embellishment



For this one I used this beautiful kingfisher  image from one of the sponsors 'Nicecrane'.  I have only ever seen one once in my life and it was a gorgeous summers day walking by the river.  So when I saw this image it reminded me of summer and therefore, butterflies.  I used oranges, yellows and pinks.  All the butterflies are cut with Marianne dies and the backing paper was free in a magazine.

I used another Marianne die to cut this for the inside and put another butterfly in there too. 

Sponsors this week are ---Nicecrane and Digistamp Boutique

xxxxx
Wendy L

Thursday, 1 May 2014

Favourite Embellishment

Good Morning All

My second post this morning is for Ladybug Crafts Challenge and this month Samantha has chosen a great theme of 
Fave Embellishment.

Wow, so easy for me 'cos that has got to be Flowers -Handmade, punched, bought, die-cut - whatever, any shape or form, I love flowers.



All the flowers I used on this one are bought.
In fact I  have used most of my fave embellishments on this card - ribbon, bead pin, crochet flower, charm (says 'Friend')

The picture is recycled from some bits and bobs given to me by Linda (Animal Aid).  I have used them before on my cards and I love the 'Vintage' look of them.
The paper is 'Spring Chic' Me to You, mounted on peachy coloured card.
Pop over to the Challenge blog and have a go with this nice easy one.
xxxxxx
Wendy L
CHALLENGES
Creative Knockout 35 Flowers Galore
A Little Bit Crafty - Flower Power
CRAFT Challenge 257 - Make your own Embellishment ( crochet flower)
Crafty Ribbons - AG + ribbon

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