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Alicante, Spain
Hi. I live in Spain with my great 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 born july 2012. This is my younger son and his partner. I now have another Grandson born Nov 2013 to my elder Son. I love the bones of these kids. Thanks. xxxx

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Wednesday, April 16, 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
Ends 1st May














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
Ends 1st May
Tando Creative Challenge - Recycling
Ends 1st May
Just Inspirational - Wood Fabric
Ends 21st April










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, April 14, 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
Ends end April
Emergency Crafters -  Polka Dots (Dots embossing folder)
Ends 28th April

Saturday, April 12, 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 ---
http://www.stix2.co.uk/


Prize is a collection of ribbons - new picture each challenge

xxxx
Wendy L
CHALLENGES -
Crafty Catz 226 -  Animals
Ends 18th April
Polka Doodles - Animal Magic
Ends 18th April
Crafty Ribbons - Anything Goes + Ribbon
Ends 16th April
Divas by Design - Easter / Spring
Ends 16th April
Little Claire's Designs 45 - Lots of Layers
Ends 9th May
Bunny Zoes - Mono
Ends 16th April
Crafters Cafe - Spring
Papertake Weekly - Spring has Sprung



Friday, April 11, 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
Ends 10th May
Challenges 4 Everybody 40 - Anything Goes
Ends 2nd May
Bunny Zoes Crafts - Mono
Ends 17th April

Wednesday, April 9, 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
Ends 14th April
Just Inspirational Challenge - Embossing
The Crazy Challenge - Bling
Creative Moments 40 - Anything Goes (Girly)
Ends 23rd April

Monday, April 7, 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
Ends 

Sunday, April 6, 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
Ends 2nd May
Sister Act Card Challenge - Anything Goes
Flat Friends - Include Sentiment
Ends end April
Crafty Ribbons - Anything Goes + Ribbon
Delightful Challenge - Hip to be Square

Saturday, April 5, 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
Craft Fairy


10 GBP voucher

xxxxx
Wendy L

CHALLENGES
Crafting Cafe - One For The Boys
Ends end April
Crafting Musketeers # 12 - Mono
Ends end April

Thursday, April 3, 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
Ends 26th April
Crafty Ribbons - Anything Goes + Ribbon
Live and Love Crafts - Chocolate
Ends end April

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Messy Desk

Good Evening All
The Stamping Ground's WOYWW  ( Whats On Your Workdesk Wednesday) 252 and this is mine, a real mess and I have not had time to visit anyone's blog as yet , but will try to get around tonight.


It is a total mess as allsorts have been dumped there because ----

Had a busy day as the window cleaner was coming today but we did not know at what time so I had to clear my craftroom out as he was cleaning inside and out, so he has to take the windows out from my room.
Just got everything moved back into place but now I need to have a good sort out.  That is the good thing about him coming to do the outsides aswell, it makes me have a good tidy up and a good clean too.  Also, I have my Spanish lesson on Wednesday afternoon.

Have a good evening.
xxxx
Wendy L

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Here Comes Spring

Good Morning All

It's the first of the month so it's time for a new challenge at Ladybug Crafts Challenge
 Samantha has chosen 'Here Comes Spring'
I chose to use this lovely decoupage image of bright yellow flowers.


The picture looks abit blue but that is because of the background. (Note to self, never use a coloured background, use white).  The base card is white and matted with yellow card  and blue patterned paper, a doily, afew gems and a couple of corner peeloffs.

Hope you like it and will pop over to the challenge blog and have a go.
CHALLENGES
Artistic Inspirations - Anything Goes with Easter Colours
Melonheadz Friends - Time for Spring
Fantastic Tuesday 29 - Use Pattered Paper
Ends 8th April
Pile it On - Floral Fantasies
Milk Coffee Challenge - Welcome Spring
Bearly Mine Challenges - Spring
Ends end April
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Look at this little cutie, Noah is now 4 months old and growing into a stunner, eyes to die for.



xxxxx
Wendy L

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Parchment Butterfly

Good Morning All
I would like to welcome Anges Treasure to my blog and hope she has a  creative journey with me.  I do love it when someone decides to join me.

I found this card in my archives!!!!  I did make it a while ago but wanted to show it to you all.   I hope my friend Lin looks in today as she has just started doing a little bit of parchment work.  Lin joins us at our craft meets on Thursday mornings and she also runs the Slim Club I attend.  



It is two layers of exactly the same pattern so it did take a while to do.

Have a lovely Sunday and I hope you remembered to alter your clocks last night, those of you that live in the countries that do. 
xxxx
Wendy L

CHALLENGES
Creative Moments - Anything Goes + Wings
Hiding In My Craft Room # 143 - Freestyle
Papercrafting Journey - Anything Goes
Ends 10th April
Fan-Tastic Tuesday 28 - Anything Goes
I WON THIS ONE

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Use Your Dies

Good Morning All

Allsorts Challenge this week is 'Use Your Dies' so I,m sure this will be a really busy one.

I have made a wall hanger using Spellbinders Hexagon dies and the label is an X Cut.




All mounted onto wide white satin ribbon with a thinner pink one, interspersed with Mei Flower ribbon bows.

I stamped a sentiment onto the  X cut label and tied twine through the holes.


I have had this blue hydrangea decoupage in stash for years and thought it would go well on this creation.

The cameo on the bottom is an item I got in some blog candy.

I hope you like it and will pop along to the challenge blog to have a go at this one..

Sponsors this week are --

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

  and Lets Create

Have fun
xxxxxxxxxxx
Wendy L

CHALLENGES 
A Creative Romance - Spring Flowers
Alphabet Challenge- D for Dies
Crafty Catz - Anything Goes
Totally Papercrafts - Think Pink
Papercrafting Journey - Anything Goes
Ladybug Ink Challenge - For a Lady

Friday, March 28, 2014

Hugs

Good Morning All
Hugs to anyone that wants one this morning.
I wish I could have one off this little one.



Gosh I could eat her, she is getting so cute


I have coloured another image from Beccy Place, using Promarkers, she has some lovely ones on her site and some great tutorials too.








I didn,t think this needed too much embellishing, so a homemade sentiment tag, a couple of tulips behind a mini envelope.




I made  a tiny card to go inside the envelope.

xxxxx
Wendy L
CHALLENGES
Beccys PlaceAnything Goes
A Creative Romance - Spring Flowers
Papercrafting Journey - Anything Goes
I Love Promarkers - Anything Goes
Creative Fingers - Anything Goes

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