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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, 28 February 2015

Use Brads

Good Morning All 
We started back at our craft meeting on Thursday and it was lovely to see the girls, some not seen  for over 6 months and there was a couple of new ladies too and one was doing a rag rug, do you remember those?
Looking forward to next week already to see if anyone brings any new craft ideas for us to try.
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I,m  afraid I put weight on this week at Slimming club so slapped wrists for being a naughty girl!!!!!
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Todays Challenge at Allsorts  is set by  Helene and it is  'Use Brads'


I used pale blue brads to attach the vellum sentiment to the card.  Lots of quilled flowers in shades of blues and white, My Minds Eye paper.  The dies used are Marianne LR 0200 for the dark blue trellis pieces and Memory Box 'Elegant Scroll'

Sponsors this week are Marianne

and


Pop over to the challenge blog to see all the other DT's creations and all the details.

Dies Total = 73


xxxxx
Wendy L

Friday, 27 February 2015

Flowers

Good Morning All
I forgot to write my post last night so this is abit rushed.  I have been making flowers again, different types.





I got a load of these dazzlers when I was in UK in January and I saw John Next Door use use a Sue Wilson flower die  HERE that looked like quilling, and he stuck one in the middle and it gave me the idea of using these large dazzlers and wrapping them with quilling paper.  The material one is scraps from my curtains.








And here is two very quick cards I  made with them.

I inked the edges of the paper to match the blue of the other bits.





And inked the edge of the material to tone in with the paper.

Just a different idea and gives me something ot do while watching TV at night!!!!!


Have a good weekend and see you tomorrow, Slim club to this morning so rushing abit.
xxxxx
Wendy L
CHALLENGES
Creative Knockouts - Layers  (Blue card)
Crafters Cafe  - Layers (Blue Card)
Tuesday Throwdown - AG (Orange card)

Thursday, 26 February 2015

Two from One Card Recycled

Good Morning All
I made a card for my neighbours birthday last year and his wife always gives me any cards they have received after the event to see if I can recycle them, and, if you know me, you know I can't throw anything away!!!!!

The original card was an easel with the pic of the little boy propped up on the base of embossed tools,
and here is what I made from it.




 I made two cards from the one.


I used X Cut Tags and S/B Scalloped Circles for the sentiments. 
I,m not sure if I have listed these before but I dont think the odd one will make much difference, do you?

Dies Total 71

xxxxxx
Wendy L 

Wednesday, 25 February 2015

Matinee Jacket

Good Morning All
Mostly healed now from my fall on the stairs last week, just a little bruising on my face and legs but getting better.
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Having a break from my Die Challenge today, to show you this sweet matinee jacket I have just finished knitting in this gorgeous lace pattern for the new baby.  Megan only has 3 weeks to go now so I will give this to Johns Mum to post when she returns to UK after visiting us next week.



CHALLENGES
Creative Inspirations - Lace -  Lace pattern of knitting
Crafting From the Heart - Anything Goes

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I,m so glad that both DIL's like hand knitted / crochet clothes for their kids as I enjoy doing them and Loriens Granny knits loads of jumpers and cardigans for Hollie.
I knitted this in the first size so I want to get it to Megan for when the baby is born and dont want to wait until I visit at the beginning of May.
She will be a little sister for this gorgeous fella, Noah.



xxxxx
Wendy L

Tuesday, 24 February 2015

Pretty Purple

Good Morning All
Another couple of Marianne dies today,  LR 0106 and LR 0107, both flowers, one has rounded petals and the other has pointed ones.  The sentiment is set into a S/B Die D Lites Frame One.




I decorated the inside too with the leftover paper but the reverse of it.



Dies Total = 69


xxxxx
Wendy L

Monday, 23 February 2015

Charity Cards

Good Morning All
A break from the dies challenge today.
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A while ago I was given  quite alot of craft stuff by Linda from Animal Aid (one of the charities I support here)
Amongst it was some aperture card blanks, some were very small and some were very long and thin.  






They were not the type of cards I would  buy but, you know me, I can't throw anything out.
So I decided to make some boxes for them and give them back to Linda for her to give as raffle prizes.




So here is some of the cards once I had decorated them.





And here they are all wrapped in cellophane and ribbon ready for Linda and I have enough cards to make up two more boxes.

xxxxxx
Wendy L











Sunday, 22 February 2015

Bright Oranges

Good Morning All
Well I am getting to the end of my dies, only afew more days I think, well, maybe more than afew!!!!!
Afew of my blog friends have been counting their dies sets and I have a small amount compared to some of you!!!!!!
I was asked if I was counting the individual dies or the die sets, well it is the die sets, this means that, for example, S/B labels 4 has about 5 dies in the set but I count this as one.
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Thanks for comments on my bead pins, I think they are a bargain after watching TV this morning!!
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Todays is quite a bright card and I used Cheery Lynn SF-2 Stacker Flower, Memory Box  Double Ticket for the sentiment and Marianne LR0152for the decorative circles.


I quite like the way this one turned out even though oranges and yellows are not colours I use a great deal but have used them afew times during this challenge to myself.

Dies Total = 67

xxxxx
Wendy L

Saturday, 21 February 2015

Purple

Good Morning All

Allsorts Challenge this week has been set by Jo and she wants to see 'Purple'.


Quite an easy one for me because I love purple and I can assure you this is purple, not blue as it looks in the pic.
 I cut a doily using X Cut doily Die cut and for the  corners I used Cheery Lynn B175 'Lace Corners' and I cut the other two corners and used on the inside.


The sweet image is a digi from one of the sponsors Day for Daisies and our other sponsor is Nicecrane.

Dies Total = 64

xxxxx
Wendy L

Friday, 20 February 2015

LOTV Baby Boy

Good Morning All

Todays card features two Marianne dies, one is the fence, birdie and cage and John Next Door gave it to me so I dont have the number and the other is  Marianne CR1249 for the square and flower.




The paper is LOTV as is the topper.  I have started using the spare paper to decorate the inside of my cards so that I am not left with loads of odd bits, that I think I will use and I never do.

Dies Total = 62

xxxxx
Wendy L
CHALLENGES
ABC Challenge - D is for Diecuts

Thursday, 19 February 2015

Pink & Butterflies

Good morning All
The challenge at Moving Along With The Times is Pink & Butterflies and I am hosting it this week.
Pop over to the challenge blog to see all the other  gorgeous DT creations, and we have three new ladies joined us this week on Team A.



I used S/B Butterfly Circles die for this one and cut in pink and white, inked the edges and put brown Liquid Pearls on. The sentiment is stuck onto an X Cut labels die but I do use these all the time so not counting in my dies challenge today.  I had the lovely little butterfly charms in my box so put onto a pin and stuck under the ribbon.



Inside I used S/B Belly Band Die 5, I know this can be used to create a lovely band for a card but I just cut two shapes in pink and brown it put inside my card.

Dies Total = 60
(I,ve got more dies than I thought I had and still got some to show)

xxxxxx
Wendy L

Wednesday, 18 February 2015

Flourish

Good Morning All 
My eyes are a little worse today but not sore at all, I look abit like a panda LOL, but feeling alot better in myself, so back to crafting today!!!!!!
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A DL card and I used a Budding Vine embossing folder mounted onto blue card.  The flowers are dies I have used before, Cheery Lynn Roses and Chrysanthemums but the swirls are Sissix
Decorative Flourish.  I used a little Gilding Wax to lift the embossing.




Dies Total = 58

xxxxx
Wendy L

Tuesday, 17 February 2015

Pink & Green

Good Morning All

This is the sorry sight in the mirror this morning.



Yesterday I felt my vision was not quite right and it must have been because the bridge of my nose was swelling so my glasses weren't sitting correctly,  so the bi-focal bit wasn' t right.
So this morning my eyelids are bloody and swollen. Still feel sicky and shaky inside, and of course a headache.
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I love this Cheery Lynn Ivy Corner Flourish and I have matched it with Marianne  LR0168 for the Centre flower.  I,m still on a mission to use lots of old stuff and the bead pins are some of the first I ever made.  The white embossed background card is used bought cards that I get given, so I use the plain pieces for embossing.
I used a pearly Gilding Wax on the pink centrepiece but it doesn't show too good.



Dies Total = 57
Nearly there now, if anyone had asked me how many dies I had, I would have said about 20 to 30 LOL, and now I am upto  57
xxxxx
Wendy L

Monday, 16 February 2015

Hearts Again

Good Morning All
My friend Val loved her Birthday card I showed yesterday.
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I,m feeling abit sore today, I took a tumble down the stairs on Saturday evening as I was going to get ready to go out.  I dont know how I did it but fell the last couple of stairs and smacked my head against the floor and the wall, so two nice large, very sore lumps on me noggin and very bruised right knee and shin. And I think I jarred my neck too, as my shoulders are sore.
 Ooh how I want to get a flat all on one level!!!!!!
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Todays card is Hearts again, I have already done one featuring a Heart die and this is another one  but using Cheery Lynn small hearts DL128 and the bigger heart is X Cut Filigree Heart.



Dies Total = 55
When I set myself this challenge I thought I would have used them all within one month,  LOL how surprised am I.!!!!
Afew left I,m afraid but not too many.

xxxxx
Wendy L

Sunday, 15 February 2015

Vals Birthday

Good Morning All
Yesterday was my friend Vals Birthday and this is the card I made for her.


I found out just before Christmas that she loves to dance, a right little raver when she goes out!!!! so I used this Tonic 'Party Heels' die, I thought would be perfect for her.

Dies Total = 53

XXXXX
Wendy L



Saturday, 14 February 2015

Not Birthday

Good Morning All

The challenge at Allsorts today is 'Any Occasion other than Birthday' and is hosted by Tracy.


I chose to do a Sympathy card as my charities do require a fair amount of them unfortunately.

I matted a Sissix 'Iron Gate' die cut from Centura Pearl card  onto green patterned paper and black card.
I used the Leanne die again for the flower, and added Gilding wax.

Sponsor this week is Jiggery Makery
and  our lovely Tracy is giving a prize too,

so pop over to the challenge blog for details and have fun.

Dies Total = 52

xxxxx
Wendy L

Friday, 13 February 2015

Brown Frame

Good Morning All
Hope you are all well and looking forward to St. Valentines day tomorrow.  We dont really celebrate in a mushy way, we are going out for an Indian meal but we dont buy each other gifts.
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Continuing my personal 'Dies Challenge' here is number 51, X Cut Ornate Frames.


I kept it fairly manly even though it is 'Ornate Frame'

Dies Total = 51

xxxxx
Wendy L

Thursday, 12 February 2015

Using Broken Jewellery

Good Morning All
On this card I have used some pieces of broken jewellery that was given to me.


The gold and pearl piece on the bow is one and the other is in the centre of the die cut, it is like a diamond stud.  The die used is S/B Shapeabilities Pendants in Spades cut in silver Mirri card. I embossed a piece of white card and added some Gilding wax.  I  mounted the sentiment on
  S/B Scalloped Hexagon, this is another one I use alot for sentiments.

Dies Total = 50
xxxxxx
Wendy L
CHALLENGES
Bunny Zoes  - For The Girls
In The Pink - Love is in the air

Wednesday, 11 February 2015

Elegant Swirl

Good Morning All
Welcome to my latest follower, Gumbek Craft, (sorry but I could not link to your blog but will keep trying), I hope you enjoy your visits.
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Last night I went into my blog to enter afew challenges and some of the photos had changed, so I had to go in again and put the correct ones there, has this happened to anyone else?  It  happened to me first  in January, really creepy.
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Todays card features  two Spellbinders dies, Heartfelt Creations Layered Elegant Swirl 
and
  Grommet Tags






I have done this style of card before.



I used one of the Grommets tags on the outside and one on the inside, there is, infact three in the pack.


My Minds Eye paper and I've used the remainder for the inside once I had cut pieces for the fronts.  I have started doing this so that I am not left with loads of odd pieces of paper.

Dies Total = 48












This is the bag I made to put Susies album in.
I found the tutorial on You Tube HERE

Below are my first couple of attempts and she makes them from all types of paper.  This one I made by joining 2 pieces of 12 x 12 paper to get a bag that was about 9 x 10".




xxxxx
Wendy L

Tuesday, 10 February 2015

18th Birthday

Good Morning All
I had my  hair cut yesterday at a local English salon that trains hairdressers and they did not charge me for it either.  I used to do this when I lived in UK, my hairdresser took on a trainee and asked me if I would let her practice on me, I was quite happy to oblige and will do the same here, so in a couple of weeks she is putting a colour on for me, I will let you know how it goes.
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Todays card is an 18th using S/B Decorative Labels 22, I have only used this one afew times.




Pink, pink and more pink.

Dies Total = 46
Still got  afew to go, I didn't realise I had so many.
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This is the Envelope album  that I mentioned yesterday, I made for my neighbour  Susie, it is her birthday on 27th of this month. Tomorrow I will show you the bag I made for it to go into.




Susie is like me, she had a gorgeous Grand daughter back in the UK, so I thought she might like this to store photos of her.


I put 12 envelopes in so that she could use one for each month or even one for each year, depending how many photos she has.





These days most people store photos on computers or memory sticks, as I do, but I do print some and put them in albums that I have made.







 I lined each envelope with different patterned papers and stuck all sorts of embellishments on too.
 and I used these pink shapes and lined some with acetate so she could add  onto any page as a tiny photo frame or use some as tags to write on.

CHALLENGES
Bunny Zoe Crafts - Feb For The Girls

Clear it Out Challenge - Red (red envelopes)

Crafting From the Heart - AG



xxxxx



Wendy L

Monday, 9 February 2015

Best Friend

Good Morning All
Busy weekend and we came third in the quiz last night, and now going to village to have my hair trimmed too.
  I was trying a couple of new things yesterday, one was making paper gift bags and the other was a gift for my neighbours birthday in a couple of weeks, an envelope photo book  I will try to slot them into a post this week to show you.
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Todays card is using X Cut Alphabet Dies and Leane no. 45.8558.
The Leane dies are corner ones but I put four together to make the square under the
 'Friend' Sentiment The set includes 3 corner dies and the leaf ones used here on the left.



Dies Total = 45

xxxxxx
Wendy L
CHALLENGES
Crafty Calender - AG
Sister Act - AG

Sunday, 8 February 2015

QPR fan

Good Morning All
We went out for a lovely Chinese meal last night with my Spanish teacher and his wife, very generous portions and the bonus was, they served my favourite brand of vino blanco!!!!
A very enjoyable night and we go to a Quiz tonight and one round is going to be about Chocolate so I may have to do abit of research on that one!!!!!!

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I was asked last month to make a card for a big QPR fan, I am asked each year to do one for the same bloke, but obviously being a 'man' card  I had to keep it plain.





I used X Cut nesting Rectangles for the image and then one of
S/B ribbon tags trio for the sentiment. 

I do get stuck for ideas when I,m asked to do a footy fan card.

Dies Total = 43

xxxxx
Wendy L


Saturday, 7 February 2015

Love Is All Around

Good Morning All
Welcome to Lena, a new follower, I hope you enjoy your visits.

'Love Is All Around' is the theme for this weeks challenge at Allsorts.  Sarah chose this theme and very apt as it is coming upto St. Valentines Day.


I used a cute LOTV topper, matted and layered onto red card.  Red ribbon and homemade flowers and sentiment tag. The bunting die used on this belongs to my friend Val so doesn't count in my challenge.

Sponsors
Buttons For Brains

Wishing you all a great weekend.
xxxxx
Wendy L
CHALLENGES
Cuttlebug Mania - Hearts (Embossed Swiss Dots with Cuttlebug)
House of Cards - Love is all Around

Glitter & Sparkle - Love is in the air
Wedo doobadoo challenge - Hearts & Flowers
Card Mania 65 - Add some Red
Fussy Fancy Friday - Its all About Love

Natalie & Amy - All About The Lov

Friday, 6 February 2015

Classy

Good Morning All
I really do like this card, I think it is quite stylish.  I think the black and gold paper makes it and this was given to me by Linda.


I used the Marianne LR0236 which I really do like.  I cut it from Centura Pearl card and added a Hobby Arts stamp and heat embossed in gold.  I decorated the inside using X Cut Nesting Rectangle but used this one before, and some waste from a die on the corners.

Dies Total = 41
( Getting there, maybe half way now!!!!!)


xxxxxx
Wendy L

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