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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 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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Thursday, 29 November 2012

More scraps

Good Evening All
I have been using more of my scraps of card to use as a  background for cards and used some of my crochet flowers as the embellishment.
                                                        Black and White plus pink
                                                                     Lilacs and Pinks
 
                                         These two are ready to have embellishment added

I dont know why but I find doing these quite theraputic.
xxxx
Wendy L

CHALLENGES-------------------
Crafts and Me # 112 - Ribbon and or trim
Tuesday Alchemy  # 42- Anything Goes
Unstampabelles # 17 - Mono
Joanna Sheen - Anything goes excluding Christmas
    


Tuesday, 27 November 2012

Baby Pink

Good Afternoon All
I made this card for my friend Susie.  She wanted a special card for her Grand-Daughters 1st Christmas.  I have made a quad easel card before but I thought that if I gave it to someone they would not know how to make it all stand up, but Susie is going back to the Uk at the same time as me, so she can show her daughter how to assemble it as such.
 
The teddy images are recycled from a card and I  printed the sentiment on the laptop.  Die cuts of baubles with pearls string as hangers.
xxxxx
Wendy L

CHALLENGES ----
Tuesday Alchemy # 42 - Anything Goes
Sentimental Sunday  # 130 - Easel Card
City Crafter # 137 - Christmas Easel
Joanna Sheen - Anything goes except Christmas
  

Monday, 26 November 2012

Meljens Designs

Good Morning All
Love to Create Challenge time again and this week the theme is Non Traditional Holiday Colours and we are sponsored by Meljens Designs
and they will give the winner 4 digis.  Please hop over and join us this week, we do enjoy looking at your entries.

My card is one of their digis coloured with Promarkers and Spectrum Noir.
I chose purple and lilac as my colour and that gorgeous lilac mesh under the image is from my friend Stacky, I was lucky enough to win her candy last month and this was one of the items in it.  Sentiments were freebies and everything else was from stash.
xxxx
Wendy L

CHALLENGES ----
Dream Valley # 46 - Non Traditional Christmas
Challenge 4 Everybody # 8 - Anything Goes
Squirrel & Fox  # 31- Anything Goes
Polka Doodles # 47- Any Die will Do
Meljens Design Challenge # 137 - Anything Goes
The Pretty Little Ribbon Challenge # 16 - Dies Punches Ribbon charms

Sunday, 25 November 2012

Update and winners

Good Evening All
I have had a lazy day today as my back was aching after doing the fayre yesterday.  We took about
83 euros which was brilliant, 10 of it belonged to John next door for afew of his bits and I will go and do some food shopping for the families in the village tomorrow.

Candy flowers winners--------
Please send me your address please  no. 7 ---Wendy---
                                                                   ----Caroline ----
                                                                   ----As.I.Do.Rodos------
  email.  wlt27@hotmail.com

All others commenters please email me your addresses too as I will send some to you in the future as I crochet them.  I dont want to leave anyone out, but obviously, I cant send to all in one go, besides which the postage will add up to a good amount.
Well I will go and crochet some more now as we watch the Grand Prix, hoping that Alonso will win the championship.
xxxx
wendy L

Saturday, 24 November 2012

Craft Fayre

Good Early Morning All
It,s not oftern I am up this early, dressed and ready to go out, but today is the craft fayre at a local bar.  It is being held to raise money for the local folks that have no income, there are no ongoing state handouts here as there is in the UK, so when they lose their job, they get help for a short while, then it stops.  So the two blokes that run the bar collect food every week that the customers donate, take it to the town hall, and they distribute it to the families, I believe there are about 40 families in our village.  So a chunk of the proceeds that the stall holders take today goes to buy food for this cause.  Also, they are collecting gifts and toys that we wrap up and state wether it is for boy or girl, and so the same families will have gifts for the kiddies for 6th January, which is Kings day, which they celebrate more so than Christmas 25th December.
I will let you know later how we get on, my neighbour, Susie, is helping me as she has the gift of the gab!!! which comes in handy when trying to sell.  Gotta go now.  See you later.
xxxxx
Wendy L

Thursday, 22 November 2012

Candy flowers !!!!

Good Evening All
We have had such lovely weather here today and I see on the news that all in the UK are suffering more rain and flood alerts. What is happening to the weather????
I also hope everyone in USA have had a lovely Thanksgiving too.

I have had my crocheting head on the last few days and have been crocheting quite afew flowers in a fine cotton twine in different colours.

This is two of them on a card.  I put a brad through the centre to hold two different colours together.
I think they look quite good and I will give some to one or two people who leave a comment on this post. If there are alot I will draw afew names out on Sunday, so please pop back to see if you have been chosen because I will need to get in touch to get postal details.  I' m due to go to UK in a couple of weeks to see Hollie so I will post them then, that will give me enough time to get addresses etc.
xxx
Wendy L
CHALLENGES------

Stampin for the Weekend # 22- Use some texture
Ribbon Reel~# 41 - Crochet
  

Wednesday, 21 November 2012

Afew Friends

Good Morning All
I am one happy bunny today, why? Because I saw last night that I won some Promarkers candy from
'Crafty Cuttings Of Wiccababe' but the trouble is I cant link onto her email, I,ve tried leaving a comment with my email so I hope she gets in touch with me.  This is a good type of candy for me as I,m trying to lose weight.  I spend too much time sat on my bum in my craft room !!!!!!!!

A Wedding Card------------
 A Birthday Card-------
A couple of Forever Friends cards, as you know, I love FF  and I am so happy to be on their Design Team.
The Wedding card is still using bits up - Gems, odds of ribbon and the sentiment paper I,ve had for years.
The Birthday card has a piece of acetate on the front to make it look like a window.  The gorgeous pearl swirl is some that I won a while ago on a blog hop with Zva Creations, wonderful embellishments they sell too.
Have a lovely day and try to keep dry in the UK, we saw the weather forecast this morning and it looks awful.
I would just lilke to say a big WELCOME to my new followers too, thank you.
xxxxx
Wendy L

CHALLENGES ------
Card Mania # CMC 8 - Pearls and Swirls  (2nd Card)
Craft Your Passion # 137 - Scraps
Amusing Challenge - Folds
Dream Valley Challenge # 45 -Anything Goes


Tuesday, 20 November 2012

Tidy up

Good Evening All

A lovely easel card using my felt flowers, and bits I have had lying around on my desk for ages.
 I have moved everything around in my craft room and had a good tidy up, so all the cards I am making this week are going to use all odd bits. I have sorted out all the drawers and, once again, decided I never need to buy anything else for years.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1
xxxx
Wendy L

CHALLENGES --------------
Craft your Passion # 137 - Use your scraps
Crafty Cardmakers  # 79 - More than one punch/die cut
One Stop Challenge - # 205 - Monotones
Dream Valley Challenge # 45- Anything Goes
Card Crafters Circle # 49 - Textures
Delicious Doodles # 11 - Use fabric
Polka Doodles · 11 - Round element
 

Monday, 19 November 2012

Robyns Fetish

Good Morning All
Monday means a new challenge at Love to Create.  There are two sponsors this week --
Robyns Fetish who will give a winner 4 digi images and they have some beauties.  And the second sponsor is Scrappers Delight who will give a winner $5 to spend in their shop.


I chose a Robyns Fetish image of birdie sat on the nest on a branch and the theme is 'Give Thanks'
Nice easy one again this week, so craft away and let us have a look at all your lovely creations.
xxxx
Wendy L

CHALLEGES ----
Paperplay time # 89 - Anything Goes
The Squirrel and the Fox # 31- Anything Goes
Crafting for all Seasons # 40 - Thank You Cards
Divas by Design #61 - Anything Goes
  

Saturday, 17 November 2012

Thank You

Good Afternoon All
I am feeling abit better but still have pains in my back. 
We are back to our winter Saturday nights, he is in the kitchen cooking steak, baked potato and salad and he keeps my wine glass filled as I watch 'Come Dine With Me' and play on my laptop.
I have cleared my desk this afternoon as it was really starting to get on my nerves, my work space was getting smaller and smaller!!!

I made this card yesterday.

 
I have made afew crochet flowers and this is one of them and there will be more to follow I,m sure.
Lots of quilled flowers too.
Let me know what you think.
xxxx
Wendy L
CHALLENGES-----
Delightful - Be Thankful  Got a Prize for this one
Paper Crafting journey - Anything Goes
Crafting for all Seasons # 40 - Thank You Cards
 Divas by Design # 61 - Anything Goes
Papercraft Star # 121- Thank You
 
 
 
 

Friday, 16 November 2012

Congratulations

Good Morning All
I had a bad day yesterday, spent most of it curled up on the sofa with a duvet around me, dont know what was wrong, maybe part of cystitis infection but was achy and nearly fainted in the morning.  Anyway, I am feeling much better today.
This was really quite a simple card to make.  In May I received a parcel from a friend at Docrafts - Chrislee- and in it was lot of quilled flowers and some punched borders.  The roses some were some of the  quilled flowers which I think are stunning, I cannot get mine to look so good.  I made the others twirly ones and the pearl bead pin.  All the rest was made up of bits in my stash.  I think it looks pretty stylish and could be used for any occasion.
xxxx
Wendy L

CHALLENGES ------
Fussy Fancy Friday # 76 - Feeling Blue
Charizma Cardz Challenge # 45 - Cool Colours
  

Wednesday, 14 November 2012

Conversation

Hi again
I couldn,t resist showing you this one.
It just looks like she is saying to Daddy--  
                     "What you talkin'  'bout"

Only 4 weeks to go now until I get to talk to her in person.

xxxx
Wendy L

Quickie

Good Evening All
A very quick and simple Christmas card just to show you what can be made recycling last years Christmas cards.  Some of my neighbours and Linda (from Animal Aid) give me their old Christmas cards and usually I will use the backs (plain white card) for embossing in Cuttlebug but there are afew images  and/or sentiments that I think will look nice made into another card and this was one of them.

Very simply just matted and layered onto black and green mirri card and afew stars added.
 I make so many Christmas cards for the charities here, this is a good way of making them cheaply.
xxxxx
Wendy L

CHALLENGES ----
Crafts and Me # 110 - Non Traditional colour
 

Tuesday, 13 November 2012

Crochet flower

Good Afternoon All
It is still cold and wet here in Spain and I,m still suffering with back pain, not sure if connected to cystitis or if I may have pulled a muscle.  I have been trying to take my mind from it by crafting believe it or not.
I saw some lovely crochet poppies on the Docrafts forum and I have seen flowers before on cards so I thought I would have ago.  I had some bits of wool left from knitting prem baby hats so I made a couple last night.  I have still got some Daisy and Dandelion decoupage left that I won a good while ago.
Have a good day everyone.
xxxx
Wendy L

Candy here for Promarkers from Nicoles Stamp Addictions

CHALLENGES -----
Papertake Weekly - Flower Power
Cards for Men # 23- Anything Goes
Unstampabelles #17 - Monochromatic
A Gem of a Challenge # 59 - Ribbon and Lace
Charisma Cards # 44  - Feeling Blue
   


Monday, 12 November 2012

Sassy Studios

Good Morning All
Monday means another challenge at Love to Create.  This week our sponsor is Sassy Studios and the theme is fancy edges so, once again, that is a nice easy one. The winner can choose 2 gorgeous images.  And the second sponsor is The Digi Garden who will give a winner 7 digis of their choice.
I chose this Mary Poppins image from Sassy, coloured her with Promarkers and Spectrum Noir and mounted her on Spellbinders scalloped ovals.  The corners and circle are from Papermania, as are the gems.  Tiny pink bow from Mei Flowers and I put ribbon on the edge after making a hole with my Cropodile.
We have fun looking at your creations and there are new members on the design team so there is even more inspiration for you to look at.
xxx
Wendy L

CHALLENGES-------------
Challenges 4 Everybody # 7 - Anything Goes
  

Friday, 9 November 2012

Pink

Good Afternoon All
I am getting a good choice of cards together for a craft fair I am doing on 24th Nov for the needy people in our village.

A pretty, girly card today.  It is a Saturated Canary image coloured with Promarkers and Spectrum Noir and mounted onto scalloped circle cut with Spellbinders die.  Sentiment was retrieved from another card.  Scraps of paper and card from stash. Gems from Papermania.  Gorgeous 'dress' Charm from one of my chopped up 1 euro bracelets.
xxxx
Wendy L

CHALLENGES --------------
I Love Promarkers # 142 - Pretty in Pink
Paper Pretties   PWC 231- Use 2 or more circles
Pink Elephant Challenge # 173 - Use favourite colouring medium
Crafters Companion monthly - Fave colour combo
 

Tuesday, 6 November 2012

Christmas card for Hollie

Good Morning All
Weather has changed abit here, it is dull today and we have had abit of rain.
I made this card following a tutorial I found here, the blog is called Homemade With Love, Gems and Pretty Things, and I came across it whilst doing my DT bit for Forever Friends.  I tried making this card from Making cards magazine last year and the instructions were not very clear (I did email them and asked but got no reply) and I am sure I have still got the original in a drawer somewhere w hich I will try to finish now. Anyway, this one was so easy to make and I think it looks great.


The pictures are abit bright as the flash kept going off as it,s abit dull here today.
I used my Forever Friends decoupage as I love the FF bears and then decorated to my hearts content.
xxxxxx
Wendy L
CHALLENGES ------
LEJ Designs # 28 - Dies cuts  Punches
Kaboodle Doodles # 144 - Anything Goes
OLLCB # 117 - Christmas
Papertake Weekly - Anything Goes
 

Monday, 5 November 2012

Shades of Autumn

Good Morning All
Monday again so  it,s time for a new challenge at Love to Create and the theme is Shades of Autumn, no, not shades of grey.
We are sonsored by Bugaboo digisand they will give the winner
  of their choice..

I chose this cute image and coloured him with Promarkers and Spectrum Noir.  I used a DL card and doing my recycling bit again, using cutoff bits of card, most of them are core-dinations, which I love.
Pop over and join in the challenge as it is a nice easy one this week and have fun.
xxxx
Wendy L

CHALLENGES-----------
Allsorts # 179 - For Men only
Totally Gorjuss # 156 - Anythng goes with a Button
Robyns Fetish # 139 -- Card for a Man   I Made Top 3 with this one
D.C.C. & Friends· 4  - Autumn
Here Come The Boys # 39 - Die cuts /Punches
Scrappers Delight - Anything Goes
Crafters Companion - Colour Combo






Sunday, 4 November 2012

Hollie

Hi all
Just got this picture of Hollie and I just wanted to share  it with you.
When I saw her this morning, via Skype, she was smiling away and her Mum and Dad tell me she has started laughing, I cant wait to get my hands on her in December, just 5 weeks.  And she is putting on weight like a good one.
xxxxx
Wendy L

Saturday, 3 November 2012

Christmas Stocking

Good Morning All
Here is the stocking I have made for Hollies first Christmas.  Made from felt, I drew a pattern myself just to get a guide to the size I wanted and I used a Crafters Companion  CD to make templates for the letters (the cd's are great for this as you can make letters in 3 sizes).  I think it looks pretty cute, and I hope her Mum and Dad like it too and Santa will fill it with delicious goodies in future years for her.  I used to love my Christmas Stocking filled with nuts, an apple, a tangerine and maybe an orange too.  Those were the days!!!!

xxxxx
Wendy L

CHALLENGES ----------
Totally Gorjuss # 156 - Anything goes with a button
By the Cute and Girly - Twinkle twinkle little star  There is a star on the heart (Hollie is my star too)
Crafters Companion- Fave colour combo
Crafty Ann # 77- Christmas in October
Crafty Ribbon # 31 - Christmas
MAWTT - Stitching
Anything but a Card # 5
Sparkles Christmas Challenge # 22 - Contemporary colour combo

Friday, 2 November 2012

Thank You

Good Evening All
Well I do give thanks that I have found my mojo, not sure where it was hiding but it came back to me when I got my colouring pens out to get to work on my DT images for this months challenges.
I got to work on some images and thought this one would look good  without any colour and decided to make the card all black and white.
The image is  Fizzy Moon stamp -Celebrations
Corners are Memory Box -Macarena
Papermania gems




Also, today, I have been making a felt Christmas stocking for Hollie with her name on it.  I will take a picture and post it on here tomorrow when I get some daylight to photograph it.  I hope  her Mum and Dad will keep it and bring it out for her every year to be hung up for Santa to fill.
See you tomorrow.
xxxx
Wendy L

CHALLENGES -----
ABC - A for Appreciation
Paperplay Challenge # 44 - Give Thanks

Thursday, 1 November 2012

Gone Fishing

Good Morning All
I should be back from hols by the time this post goes out but I have scheduled it just in case.
This months challenge at Forever Friends is 'Anything Goes' so that's a nice easy one and we hope to see lots of entries, and remember, you dont have to have an animal image on your creation anymore, but to be considered for the favourite, you must use a Forever Friends image, and the sponsor for this is Sugar and Spice who will give the chosen winner some embossing powders.

Our sponsor for the challenge  is Bugaboo Stamps
And they will give the winner----
And here is my card using one of their digis - Sunbonnet Fish and this makes a great 'man' card
And inside
The backing card here is some I bought in New Zealand in 2007, it is of Paua shells, which are found there and I bought some lovely jewellery there too.  (I,ve just found out that Paua is a Maori name given to edible see snails)
I cut an aperture with Spellbinders Scalloped Hexagons in the front of a 5 x5 card blank and coloured the edges with blue Spectrum Noir.  Decorated the front with Papermania Corners and a star, buttons and a charm, homemade sentiment 'Son'.  Inside I mounted the image onto the hexagon shape in blue.  Image is coloured with both Promarkers and Spectrum Noir.
Please join in the fun on the challenge, I know the Design Team enjoy looking at all your creations.
xxxxx
Wendy L

CHALLENGES
Deep Ocean Challenge # 37-Sporty outdoors 
Die Cutting Divas # 89 - Anything goes
Whoopi Daisy - Punch it out
Crafty Emblies # 4 - Under the sea
Here Come the Boys # 39 - Punches Dies 
Pile it on # 44- Birthday boy






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