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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 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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Saturday, April 30, 2016

With a Cherry on Top for Allsorts

Good Morning All
Allsorts Challenge this week is hosted by Helene and she would love to see anything 
with a Cherry on Top.
I did struggle to find an image for this one but I knew I had an acrylic stamp somewhere in my stash but could I find it?  I searched through my box three times before I finally spotted it  stuck in with another set.!!!!


I made it a nice bright card as the Sentiment is 'Keep Smiling'.
I dont know whose stamp it is but I painted with Mica paints.
John Lockwood paper pad.
Gems and ribbon from stash.

Sponsors

Giving this prize



Pop over and see the other gorgeous DT creations.

xxxxx
Wendy L

CHALLENGES
Love to Scrap 76 - AG
Ends 3rd May

Thursday, April 28, 2016

So 80's for MAWTT

Good Morning All
Moving Along With The Times is hosted by our lovely Lena this fortnight and she has chosen the theme of So 80's.
Now I will admit, this was abit of a challenge for me.
80's were my very fave time of my life, the boys were little, music was great.
I had been to see Michael Jackson at Wembley and Aintree.
Loved Duran Duran and Spandau Ballet.
Life was great, we were not rich but we were happy.
Anyway, I found it hard to decide what to go with, images of my fave bands or somthing political.
Anyway, here goes.


We were very lucky (my first hubby & I) that our parents lived close by and we were able to party when we wanted to as they were always willing to babysit. 
Sorry, that sounds like we were out all the time, we were able to go out every Saturday though.
How I loved the 80's.

xxxxx
Wendy L

Pink & Pearly for Craft Rocket

Good Morning All
Craft Rocket challenge this time is 'Pink & Pearly'.

I made my fave style again, a Box of flowers.




Lots of pinks and different styles of
flowers.

This was for a ladies 70th Birthday.
I love making these, 
so easy and yet so effective.
Whoever you give them to, they are always so pleased and impressed.

There some gorgeous creations by the design team so why not pop over and have a look.


xxxxxx
Wendy L




CHALLENGES
Time Out Challenge - Any celebration + die cut or fussy cut
Ends 4th May
Fussy & Fancy 162  - Female Birthday
Ends 5th May
Corrosive Challenge - Ladies
Ends end April

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Quilled cards

Good Morning All
I wanted to show you these two cards that Lorien received when she had Tess.
They were made by a friend of her Grannies and Lorien said it would be OK to show on here.








I thought they were really good, the way she has used the quilling paper to write 'It's a girl' and to make the shape of a Pram and a Stork
and a Teddy too.

Give me some ideas too.








Also I dont think I showed this when I made it.
Another box card I made for Lorien and Rick when Tess was born.



xxxxx
Wendy L

Monday, April 25, 2016

Grand Kids Shabby Chic Canvas

Good Morning All
We are away this morning for afew days to a place called Altea.
It's not very far, about 1 and 1/2 hours drive but the deal we got with the hotel was too good to miss.
So forgive me for not commenting for afew days.
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I have three pictures in my house that I inherited when I moved in with my John.
They are flowers painted on canvas and about 18" x 18".
They are nice but I  am abit fed up with them so I thought I would alter one and see how it turned out.
I painted the whole thing with white Oil paint, which took an age to dry, I have since bought some Acrylic paint which will dry alot quicker.

I wanted to keep the centre for photos of my Grand kids.
Then I went to town with embellishments !!!!
The great thing about this type of art is that you can use lots of bits that you would no longer use on cards or have had in  your stash for ages.






All the doilies are hand crochet by me.

If anyone would like afew please email me and I will send some.



Hand made flowers from scraps of material.


I added Texture Paste, Shells, Flowers, Lace, String
etc. etc. etc.




I put a sheet of acetate in the middle so that I could add a sheet with photos on and change it as and when I wanted.




I have left a space to add pics of Tess when I get some  printed when I go to UK in June.







Very Happy with how this turned out and I am eager to do another one.
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This now takes pride of place on my wall.
Did anyone catch John next Doors shows on Hochanda with him doing Mixed Media?
I caught up on them afew days ago and was very impressed.
Here is is link to one of the items he showed.
He really seemed to enjoy doing this type of art.
I saw the item showed on the link and it really is soooo shiny.

xxxx
Wendy L

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Red White and Blue for Allsorts

Good Morning All
It is Kaths turn to host the challenge at Allsorts this week and she wants Red, White and Blue only.

I saw this technique on You Tube and Fiona (Jennings 664) used it to make a picture from using fabric and I thought it would look good using paper.



I used different scraps of red paper, patterned blue paper and, obviously, the sentiment is stamped on white card using a Sentimentally Yours Corner stamp from CE's Phill Martin range.
I wrapped some blue twine around it and added a 'Good Luck' elephant charm.
Sponsor this week is 
At The Hobby House we have an on line store and also a retail shop where we stock all the latest paper crafting supplies and have lots of ideas to inspire you. We have an excellent Coffee Shop on-site, the coffee shop is famous for its home cooking including fresh baked scones, Italian ice-cream and steak pie, hot lunches are served between 12 and 2p.m. Our shop is situated on the outskirts of Tetney, a small rural village near Cleethorpes. We are open Tuesday to Saturday 10a.m to 4p.m and have ample free parking and easy disabled access.

There are some fab creations from the DT this week.
xxxxx
Wendy L

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Roses and more playing


Good Morning All

More playing and loving every minute.



John Lockwood paper pad 'Spring Shades'
JL sentiment stamp from Snowdrop Elements set
Sue Wilson California Collection die - Hollywood.  Cut 2 and cut in half and attached to corners.
Frosty Blossom Colour Cloud
CE Noble Pierced Squares
CE Mosaic Leaves die
Organza roses
Pink paper roses with glitter added.
xxxxx
Wendy L

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Home and Playing

Good Morning All
Got home OK after a wonderful 11 days away, loved every minute of it.
Crafting and a new baby, who wouldn't enjoy all that????

I had a wonderful time with John Next Door and at Ally Pally.
Here are just afew pics I took there.






John doing a demo in the selected area..



On the Creative Expressions Stand.

Lisa Horton in the background.















The delightful Sue Wilson
from Particraft.
A great lady.






Wonderful Dawn from Dawns Inspirations
she is an inspiration, lovely lady.




Alex from Hochanda, so friendly.



Jackie Trinder introduced herself, a great blogger, lovely lady.


I dont think these two need any intro,
two great people,


Leoni, now a presenter on Hochanda

and the great Phill Martin,
a really fun guy.
He was doing a live show for Hochanda here.


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This is the newest member to our family, Tess Fleur, with Hollie and  Daddy.


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And finally here is a card I made yesterday when I was playing with some of my new goodies.
I didn't spend very much !!!!!!


This is one of Sue Wilsons new die sets - Lattice Frame

John Lockwood Sentiment stamp on a Pierced flag die
Red Bronze Gilding Polish (love this stuff)
Petite Peony Cluster die
Iced Diamonds 
Ivory Tulle
Satin Ribbon
Pearls

xxxx
Wendy L

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Sisters Birthday

Good Morning All
I would just to wish Nancy a speedy recovery from her knee operation.
I shall be on my way home this evening.
Wonderful time with John Next Door, at Ally Pally.
And then a week with new baby Tess and her sister Hollie,  Mum & Dad, Rick and Lorien, precious family times.
Some pics to follow next week when I can upload from my camera. 
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This is a card I made for one of  my sisters, it is her Birthday on 20th April. 




Used
CE Gemini Cygnus Die for borders
CE Scripted Happy Birthday
S/B Beaded Oval
Plum Cobbler Colour Cloud
CE Roses Embossing folder

xxxxx
Wendy L

Saturday, April 16, 2016

Ribbons & Roses for Allsorts

Good Morning All
Allsorts Challenge today  is Ribbons & Roses.

I chose this gorgeous paper and topper from LOTV, they match perfectly.
I made some Roses with Cheery Lynn die for the corner and red satin ribbon with one of my  bead pins to match.


There are some gorgeous creations by the Design Team so why not pop over and have a look.

Sponsor this week is Crafty Ribbons

xxxx
Wendy L

CHALLENGES
House of Cards - Script or Colour
Ends end April
MHK Designs Challenge - Colour
Ends Mid May

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Spring Flowers for MAWTT

Good Morning All
Moving Along With The Times is hosted by Gail from Team A and the theme is 'Spring Flowers'.





 I decorated a Ferrero Rocher Chocolate box
with floral material cut off from a quilt cover when I made cushion covers for the outside sofa!!!


I trimmed with some pretty lace from local China store.


Made a shabby chic flower with  offcuts from some curtains.
Then trailed some lovely cream roses along the top.




I cut a piece of handmade card for the inside.


I will fill with cottonwool balls and give it as a raffle prize to one of the charities.

xxxx
Wendy L
CHALLENGE
Countryview - Spring
Ends end April

Colour Combo for Craft Rocket

Good Morning All
Craft Rocket Challenge this week is 'Fave Colour Combo'
Now, I know, we all have many, if I use Pink and Black, that is my fave.
If I use Brown and Blue, that is my fave.
For this one it is Peach and Brown, love it.
I made a Wall Hanger Pin Cushion.
After watching many You Tube vids, I decided to have a go and here it is.


It is about 10" wide and most of the bits are from my stash, all I had to buy was the stuffing to go inside and the pearl string.  I couldn't get any wadding so I had to buy a cushion for 1.85 euro and use the stuffing from inside.
Roses are Cherry Lynn die.
Just for You a Sue wilson die
LOVE X Cut Alphabet dies
Bronze Butterfly from local China shop (so cheap for 6)
I won the lace afew years ago.
My own Bead Pin and  hanging beads.

Pop over to the challenge blog to see the other DT inspiration.
xxxxx
Wendy L

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Shabby Chic Frame

Good Morning All

My older followers will remember when John Next Door and I used to do challenges on Sundays, called Sunday Mojo.  We would take it in turns to give each other some stuff and we had to make something with them and I think this frame was one that John made, he left it with me when he went back to UK.
The link to what I did to my frame is  HERE.

Anyway, I found this one that John had made. When he packed up to return to UK he left few bits and bobs behind with me.  I found this and thought I would have a go at altering it.
Hope you dont mind John.!!!
He doesn't, as I checked with him.

So I stripped it of the pic, John had painted the frame in shabby pink and cream so that looked OK.
I just added some heat embossing of a glitter powder and then sprayed it with Mica powder in water then heat dried it.
I wanted to make it into something I could put pics of the kids in so I made an acetate pocket so that I can change the photo when I want to.


The pic I put in is one of Noah with Aurora which I thought suited the shabby look of this perfectly as it is half in shadow.

The doilies are ones I have crocheted myself.
Quite pleased with this but not as shabby chic as I would like.
This technique does not come naturally to me.
Please let me know what you think.

Ps. I had a fab time at Ally Pally, met some wonderful people and made some new friends.
I shall add some pics next week when I get home and can upload pics from my camera.
Having lots of baby and Hollie cuddles this week.
xxxx
Wendy L

Monday, April 11, 2016

Blankets for Dogs

Good Morning All
I put a poster on the wall in the local English bar (where we have our slim and craft meets)
asking if anyone had any scraps of wool they no longer required.
A lady brought in a  massive bags of odd balls.
There was allsorts, some full balls, some tiny scraps, double knitting, 4 ply and chunky too.
I dont think the dogs will mind a mix of colours or ply of wool do you???


As you know I like to keep my hands busy while watching TV. (no rude comments please !!!)  so I crochet alot and knit abit.
The charity I give alot of my cards to are always on the look out for blankets and covers for the dogs.


I gave these to Linda just before I went to UK,   She was really pleased with them.
xxxxx
Wendy L

Saturday, April 9, 2016

Purple Passion for Allsorts

Good Morning All
Allsorts Challenge this week is Purple Passion hosted by Tracy.
So on my card, everything is purple.
I loved making this one.


I used - 
CE Happy Birthday Sentiment die
CE Leaf die
CE Perfect Peony die
S/B Labels 6
Gem Butterfly
Duffex Butterflies
CE Noble Pierced Rectangles
CE Leafy Montage Embossing folder


Pop over to the challenge blog to see all the other gorgeous creations by our Design Team.

xxxxx
Wendy L

Card For A Child for Crafty Friends

Good Morning All
Well I should be at Ally Pally this morning, yippee.

Crafty Friends Challenge this time is 'Card for a Child'
I have to admit I dont make many cards for children so this was a good theme for me.


I made two,  using pre coloured digis from Pink Gem Designs.
Paper on 1st one is Crafters Companion Scruffy Cat,
 S/B Scalloped Hexagon and X Cut Sentiment tag.
Bit and bobs from stash.



Sponsor


xxxx
Wendy L

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