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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 my new grand daughter, Hollie, born July 2012. 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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Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Layer It Up

Good Morning All
Creative Craft Cottage Challenge this week is 'Layer It Up'.


I used an  image from Ppinky Dolls, our sponsor for this week, coloured with Promarkers.  I used a scalloped card blank, matted and layered the image onto 'My Minds Eye' paper and card inked on the edges.  The flower is made with a die I got  free with my Cut N Boss, Die'sire Pretty Petal.  Everything else is from my stash, ribbon gems, charms  lace etc.

xxxxx
Wendy L

Monday, July 6, 2015

More Quiet Book

Good Morning All
I want to welcome my latest follower 'kfranciola', I,m not sure you have a blog so I cant visit you, if you do leave me a link .

Afew more pages from my Quiet Book.




This one is to teach counting and how to fasten snaps or press studs.

All the apples come off and go in the pocket at the bottom, then pull them out and match the numbers.




This one has all the Alphabet and I have spelt words out on one string and put pictures on to match.
House, Cat, bike



Ladybug page with a Zipper.





Baby ladybugs inside.



This one is wool hair, teaching how to plait or braid, lots of hair clips, slides etc.


xxxxx
Wendy L

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Book Folding

Good Morning All
An extra post from me as I usually post every other day.  I was so pleased with my first completed Book Folding I just had to show it off.

This was one I made for a practice yesterday when I came home from craft meet, I used a paperback..  We were talking about the books and dvd's available on C&C and I said I would Google it to see if I could find a free pattern just to try it.
HERE is the link of the pattern I used for free from a very kind lady.


I was so pleased with the result, I went upstairs to my bookcase to see if I could find a hardback book to use.
I found a Sharron Osbourne Biography I have already read, so decided to use that,
I worked out how many pages I needed and it worked out very close to 5 hearts, just had to cut a afew pages from the back.





         I inked all the edges with  purple.

I covered the back and front with My Minds Eye paper.  Cut a cereal box up for the base and covered that too.




Then onto embellishments, a big bow from my birthday flowers, with some brown ribbon John Next Door gave me and a big dazzler in the middle.



Lots of flowers from my stash, paper, ceramic and fabric.

Ribbon with Lace across the bottom.

I ties some of the brown ribbon around the top and decorated with flowers and a bow, then stuck a gem butterfly on the edge of the pages.

I secured the book onto the base by cutting an 'L' shape piece of card and glueing it on before I covered with paper, then put the upstanding bit of the 'L' up the spine of the book.  I didn't glue it down but it will help secure abit.

When I showed OH, he said, whats that for ? !!!
It now adorns my hall table and I like it so there.
I have to keep it as being Sharron Osbournes book there is lots of 'F' words, so I cant really give it to anyone !!!!!
Now I am on the hunt for more patterns, found afew but want to make words or letters, there is tutorials for 'photoshop' but I have downloaded a free trial but cannot figure out how to use, not technically minded at all. 
I will have to buy the book or DVD's.
xxx
Wendy L
CHALLENGES
Recycle, Re-Purpose Re-Invent - AG
Ends end July
Crafty Ribbons - AG
Ends 8th July

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Crafty Friends Challenge is Back

Good Morning Again
I,m back with my 2nd post today to announce that Crafty Friends Challenge is up and running again.
Diane and Tanya have decided to re-open as Diane is feeling better after her illness.

The first challenge is running with both teams and is Anything Goes, so I suspect it will be a very busy week.

The papers are from Docrafts and the digi from our sponsor A Day For Daisies
xxxx
Wendy L

How Does Your Garden Grow

Good Morning All
The Allsorts Challenge this week is 'How Does Your Garden Grow' chosen by Brenda, our team leader.





I made a lovely box card with lots of flowers.


Some made from parchment using various punches shown HERE, some using Cheery Lynn Roses die (on the front) and the ones on the side are Cheery Lynn Chrysanthemum.

Some have gems in the centres and others I have used Liquid pearls.





The leaf die cut on the back is borrowed from my friend Val.

Papers used are My Minds Eye.

We have 2 sponsors this week.
Sissix
http://www.stix2.co.uk/

Digistamp
Digistamp

xxxxx
Wendy L

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Baby Baby and MAWTT News

Good Morning All
Well, my sad new today is that Hazel, our team leader has decided to step down from MAWTT and I will be taking over the reins, as we didn't want the Challenge to close down.  I am not  a very technical person so it will be a bit of a challenge for me but all I can do is see how it goes. There will be afew, very  minor changes but more news to follow on the Challenge Blog, today and in the future weeks.
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I am standing in for a DT on Team B over at Moving Along With The Times
so the theme is Baby Baby.


I've had this sweet decoupage in my stash for ages, it is so cute.  I decided to make a side stepper card as I have not done this style for ages.  The ribbon has been in box for years too, as have the peel off strips, I am sticking to my resolution not to buy new stuff as I get given loads from Linda and I have loads too, as I'm sure, you all have LOL.
I had to make an envelobox for this as it was too wide for a normal A5 size envelope.

Have fun if you decide to join in with us, but do pop over to the challenge blog to peek at all the other DT creations.  I'm sure there will be some lovely entries this week, sweet cutie ones. 
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Hope you are all enjoying the heatwave I hear is happening in the UK at present.
xxxxx
Wendy L

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Special Birthday

Good Morning All
My second post today is for
this months challenge at Ladybug Crafts and it is a 'Special Birthday'.
I made this lovely card for a 60th Birthday.


I have used the Sue Wilson California Collection die for the centre piece and Friend sentiment.  The corners are Memory Box.  I found the lovely  leaf ribbon in the local China store.  The crackled look paper is from LOTV .  I'm quite pleased with how this one turned out.
Pop over to the blog and have a go at this challenge. 
xxxx
Wendy L

Add A Sentiment for Penny Black

Good Morning All
It is my turn, as part of the Allsorts DT, to create a card for Penny Black at Allsorts  challenge.
The theme is 'Add A Sentiment' 
So I decided to add THREE!!!!!



I dont usually do Christmas until about August or September, but with this delightfully cute image, I decided to make Hollies Christmas Card.
It still seems strange to me looking at snow scenes when it's 40 degrees outside.

xxxxx
Wendy L

Monday, June 29, 2015

Sshhhh Quiet

Good Morning All
Boy, was it hot yesterday.
We walked to the next village to have Sunday lunch, which was yummy, and we were melting when we got back. It is meant to be staying the same this week, even the wind is hot.
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I was been beavering away last week on a Quiet Book.  I had never heard of these until afew months ago when Megan asked me if it would be possible to make one for Noah.  I researched them and some sell for quite alot of money, probably because they are so  time consuming to make.

When I was in UK in  May, my sister had started making one for Noah and when I saw it I was blown away, so lovely and such fun.  
So when I got back to Spain in May, I decided I was going to have a go.  
My old sewing machine had to go, tension was rubbish on it. So I researched a new one and managed to find one on EBay and have it posted here, great.

This is the front which I have yet to decorate, I am going to stick letters on,
either
BUSY BOOK or QUIET BOOK





This was the best way I could think to fasten it.  Also , with this it can expand if I decide to add more pages.






It is mostly sewed with felt  and far from perfect but I am so pleased with it.


These two are the first pages I made.  Counting from 1 to 20, the beads slide across the ribbon or string.
This is a good way of using beads that I maybe wouldn't use for much else.

As I have made pages I realise I should have done some things abit differently, but we all learn from our mistakes.








Teaching to tie shoe laces.



Matching colours and fastening buttons.






I will show a couple more pages another day, dont want to have a post so full of pics you get bored !!!!
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 I would imagine Hollie will be playing with it when she visits in September.  If she really enjoys it I will let her take it home,  if they can carry it.
I am now making another one, either for Noah or Aurora, which I will take to UK in December on my Christmas visit.
There are so many different pages you can make, loads of ideas on Pinterest and You Tube, I just wanted to keep going with more pages.
This is keeping me busy as I have that many cards in my boxes upstairs, as the craft fair I did afew weeks ago was rubbish, I think I sold about 10 cards!!!!
xxxxx
Wendy L

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Blue as the Ocean

Good Morning All
Allsorts challenge this week has been set by Helene and she want to see 'Blue as the Ocean' and by this, she means either water, ocean, boats or the colour blue.


I had already cut this lovely blue card with a Tonic die from Val at my craft meet (not sure which one it is, sorry).  I matted it onto a piece of LOTV paper and then gold card.  The sentiments are from a set I received with my new Cut N Boss.  I added some flowers, leaves and a feather, glittered the flowers and dotted liquid pearls around the sentiment and stuck some blue pearls in some of the dots on the diecut. 

Sponsor this week is Stamp Addicts who will give a 10GBP voucher


Well I am out this afternoon helping my friend cleaning!!!!!
 Am I daft or what, weather temps today are given to reach 36 to 40 degrees!!!!
 Should help me lose some weight though, I will sweat it off. !!!!

xxxx
Wendy L

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Sewing for MAWTT

Good Morning All
Moving Along With The Times has got a theme of 'Sewing' this time and the host is Emily.


I found this clock in my stash and decided to use that, mounted on different shades of green card, did faux stitching around the middle one.  I thought the clock face would work well with 'Stitching'
'A Stitch In Time Saves Nine'
meaning
'A timely effort will prevent more work later'.

So true.

xxxx
Wendy L

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Matinee Jacket in White



Good Morning All
I made a matinee jacket for Aurora in lilac and Megan asked if I could do one in white and a larger size so that it would fit her through summer, so here it is.  A friend on mine is taking it back to UK on Friday night to post it for me.

HERE is the lilac one.




This is the little lady it is for.

Thanks for the visit and wishing you all a good day.

xxxxx
Wendy L

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Stripes / Spots for CCC

Good Morning All
I,m doing a craft fair today, not sure how well it will do as it is in a very small, very Spanish village as part of their annual fiesta celebrations.  I was asked if I would help out with a stall and assured there will be quite afew English there, as I dont make Spanish cards, I dont have the call for them, even though I live here LOL. xxxxx

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Creative Craft Cottage Challenge this time is Stripe / Spots.


I used this great image from one of the sponsors, coloured him with Promarkers.
The  papers are from an LOTV paper pad and mounted onto a shaped card.  I kept it  quite simple, by that I mean I did not add any embellishments.

Sponsors are
Rick St. Dennis

and
The Cutting Cafe


xxxx
Wendy L

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Use A Stamp

Good Morning All

The theme  at Allsorts Challenge is to Use a Stamp, no Digis allowed. and our host is Jo this week.

I used the Woodware 'Clear Magic Singles' stamp for this sentiment and heat embossed it in silver.


I cut into a piece of white card with Sue Wilson Gemini Cygnus die, stuck it onto double sided sticky and covered with dark pink glitter to show through the die cut, if you know what I mean.!!!!
Added ribbon, dazzler and homemade pearly pin.
Sponsor this week is Whimsy


xxxx
Wendy L

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Using stash

Good Morning All
It is my eldest boys birthday today, so Happy Birthday Lee, cant believe he is 36.





A couple of quick cards using decoupage from, I think, Docrafts.
All going to the charity and I am quite happy to use bits from my stash.

It's just as well I have the charities to give my cards to, otherwise I would have boxes and boxes of cards.
I craft everyday near enough and so pleased I have an outlet for it.

I,m sure you are all the same, but I dont think I would have to buy anything else for years and years,  except glue and tape, and I would still be able to craft every day!!!!!!


xxxxx
Wendy L

Monday, June 15, 2015

Art Deco ???

Good Morning All
A couple of cards using the same image.  Linda (Animal Aid) give me lots of stuff to see if I can use to make cards and this was some of it.






Do you call it Art Deco??

Not quite my cup of tea but I cannot throw anything out and I have learnt in the past that some cards that I dont like, others do.  So when Linda gives me anything I always make some cards with it and give them back to her for her to sell and raise money to help the animals.

Anything she does give me and I know I will never use, I give to the local junior school in the hope that they may be able to use it.


xxxxx
Wendy L

Saturday, June 13, 2015

Flower Power

Good Morning All
Allsorts Challenge this week is hosted by Tracy and the title says it all, Flowers.


This is a flat card with a stand at the back, it is 7" x 7"
I love the delicacy of the S/W die and the lovely embossing folder, both gifts from my crafty meet friends, Val and Lyn.



Sponsor is Lets Create

RECIPE  -
Sue Wilson Gemini Collection 'Cygnus' die
S/B Ornate Squares for sentiment
Woodware Stamps  Clear Magic Singles
Die'sire Embossalicious 'Make a Wish' folder
Everything else from stash.
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Still got my bead pins for sale, I will post anywhere free.

5GBP or 6.75  Euro for 12 x 5cm plus 6 x 3cm free.
Assorted colours.






xxxx
Wendy L

Thursday, June 11, 2015

To The Happy Couple

Good Morning All
Moving Along With The Times Challenge this time is hosted by Gail, and she has chosen the theme of 'To The Happy Couple' so perfect for these Wedding Cards.

I was asked to make one for Linda from Animal Aid (the charity I give  my cards to ).
The receptionist at the local vets, where Linda takes her animals to, is getting married this month and Linda wanted a lovely card for her, something special.
I always make two cards when people ask me to make one and here is the two I came up with.




I use this Marianne die alot, LR 02036, which forms the main part of both of these cards.  The reason they are both lilac is that the invitation that Linda showed me, is purple and lilac, so I kept with that colour theme.

I also made a box for it too.

xxxx
Wendy L

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