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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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Friday, 31 May 2013

Guest DT for Creative Corners Week 5


Good Morning All



This is my final week as DT guest at Creative Corner Challenge and the theme is 'Masculine'.  I have used a Bugaboo image as they are the sponsor.
I have done a sort of reverse gate fold card with the image inside.  The sentiments are from a Forever Friends die cut sheet.


 I used a spotty paper (freebie in a mag) to try to match with the raindrops.



The toggles are from my Mums old button tin and I remember these being cut from one of my old duffle coats before it went in the bin!!!!









Hope you like and will hop over and look at all the wonderful DT creations and be tempted to join in the challenge.
xxxxx
Wendy L

Thursday, 30 May 2013

Divas

Good Morning All
Here is my second card as a new DT member for Charisma Cardz Challenge and it is 'Divas' theme set by Eemeli.
I have used a decoupage from The Lilac Garden, Audrey has some gorgeous freebies on her site, so very kind.
I  decorated with Spellbinders 'Bitty Blossoms' and the leaves from Marianne flower dies.

Hope you like it.

Sponsors are Digistamp Boutique
and they will give the winner 6 digis of their choice.

 Cedar Chest Designs  will give a second winner $10 voucher


xxxxxx
Wendy L


PS.  Going to the airport shortly to get my son, DIL and HOLLIE  woopy, I,m so excited.






She is pulling herself up now, hence the gate to stop her getting into their kitchen.



I,m sure all Nannas are the same, but isn't she gorgeous?  I cant wait to get my hands on her.



xxxx
Wendy L

CHALLENGES -----
Crafty Ribbons # 46 - Anything Goes + Ribbon

Monday, 27 May 2013

Happy Birthday

Good Afternoon All
I want to thank everyone for my Birthday Wishes and my new followers too, especially after the Allsorts Birthday Blog Hop, which you can find here.

We went out on Saturday night to see a band called 'Chess', they are a 'Queen' tribute band and are brilliant.  We have seen them a couple of times before and never disappointed.  I,m afraid I did get quite drunk and, yes, I did suffer for my pleasure yesterday.  Back to today, we have been down to my neighbours storage space to get the travel cot, high chair and other bits and bobs ready for Hollie and her Mummy & Daddy arriving on Thursday, so expect lots of piccys on here at some point in the next week or so.

Todays card, I just love, white on white.

I love these Marianne dies, large butterfly and small ones -CR 1205  & LR 0158.

LR 0236 for the trellis shape.

Cuttlebug embossing folder for background.

Ribbon and a button from my Mums button tin.





Here it is with a sentiment added.



xxxxxx
Wendy L

CHALLENGES -------
That Craft Place - Dies / Punches
Paper Creators - Anything Goes 
Crafty Ribbons Challenge # 46 - Anything Goes + ribbon
Created With Love  CWLC 43 - You Lift Me Up    Made Top 3
Ribbon Carousel  RCC 81- Celebrations
Kaboodle Doodles # 173 - Anything Goes
Totally Papercrafts # 168 - Buttons


Sunday, 26 May 2013

Sunday Mojo 12

Good Afternoon All
Late with this post as been so lazy this morning and I thought I had scheduled this one.



 This is the first card I made with the goodies I put together.


CHALLENGES  for this card ---
A Gem of a Challenge - Bring on the Sunshine
Crafty Ribbons # 46 - Anything Goes + a ribbon
Sandys Crafty Creations - Anything Goes + twist of flowers


CHALLENGES ---
Challenges 4 Everybody # 21 - Anything Goes
Paper Creators Crafts # 9 - Anything Goes
Glitter & Sparkle # 34 - Birthdays
Penny Papercrafts # 128 - Circles
Ribbon Carousel RCC 81 - Celebrations








This is the goodies I put together, now I,m going to hop over to Johns Blog and see what he has done.Have a lovely Sunday.
xxxxxxxx
Wendy L

Saturday, 25 May 2013

Happy Birthday Allsorts Challenge Blog Hop

Good Morning All

Today is the Allsorts 4th birthday and what a coincidence, it is mine on Monday too, so double celebration, and for this reason, we are having a      BLOGHOP.     And my SON and DIL and HOLLIE are arriving on Thursday so it is a triple celebration for me.  Woo woo.

FOR THE BLOG-HOP
Please start on the Allsorts Challenge BLOG and hop over to each blog listed and pick up a letter from each one.  Once you have all the letters sort them out into a 'word' then submit  it on the challenge blog and it will go into a draw.  There are two prizes, one from Pretty Little Ribbons and one from Stix 2.

Each of the DT members are giving an individual prize of their own too, so when you leave a comment on each of their blogs you will go into a drawer (not literally LOL) for their prize too.  So there are loads of opportunities to win a prize, so get going and HOP.

Here is my prize, a pack of 50 sheets of gorgeous hand made papers, a pack of patterned paper, PLUS, as it is my birthday too, I will put in afew surprise gifts too.

                                                       



I will draw a name for a winner  from the comments left on this post next Friday.  In fact, I will get Hollie to pull a number out, as she arrives on Thursday, woo woo.
JUST BEEN SHOPPING TO ADD AFEW MORE GOODIES TO THE PAPERS ABOVE AS PROMISED.


You should have hopped here from Jo's blog.

My letter is 'G'

Now you need to hop over to visit Helene

For the challenge this week the theme is, believe it or not,  Happy Birthday.  We expect a very very busy week as it is a nice easy theme and there are loads of sponsors for this one so hop over the the challenge blog to see all the goodies on offer

We have loads and loads of great sponsors for this birthday challenge, too many to list here so go to the challenge blog for details of all the great prizes.



 I have tried to make a special card for this challenge and added lots of blingy gems.
There are roses on one side of the centre piece and ruby ribbon on the other.



xxxxxx
Wendy L


CHALLENGES ------
Crafty Catz - Fancy Fold or Two
Crafts & Me # 134 - Lots of Layers
Bearly Mine - Anything Goes 
Ribbon Carousel  # RRC 81 - Celebrations
 

Friday, 24 May 2013

Guest DT for Creative Corners Week 4

Good Morning All
This is my 4th week as guest DT for Creative Corners Challenge and what fun I am having too.
This week the theme is 'Tags' and is sponsored by Bugaboo Digis.  This is one of their images that I have used on my tag which I have attached to a card.  Just added a couple of gems and that gorgeous button I bought a pack of at our local China Bazaar, they had heart shapes and flower shapes, so sweet.
Why not hop over to the Challenge blog and have a go.
xxxxx
Wendy L

CHALLENGES -------

Thursday, 23 May 2013

Fairy

Good Afternoon All
6 days, 23 hours and 50 minutes and Hollie will be arriving with her Mum ad Dad, am I excited?
I cant flippin' wait, I feel like a kid myself, waiting and counting the days until I go on holiday.

As you can see, she has her sunhat and her sunglasses ready.

                                                                *******************

I bought these fairy die cuts ready cut from the famous shopping site.  I found a charm that matched perfectly in my box too.  The lovely black trellis die cut was sent to me by the lovely Ginny here.  Paper was a freebie in Card Making Magazine.
A sweet easel card to add to the charity box.
xxxxx
Wendy L

CHALLENGES ------------
Crafty Ribbons # 46 - Anything Goes with ribbon
Sparkles Monthly # 44 - Mono

Tuesday, 21 May 2013

Quickie using Scraps

Good Morning All
A quick post today as I have alot to do today, craft wise, I have lent some Spellbinder dies from John Next Door and he needs them back tonight so I will be cutting loads with them and using them at my leisure.



This card uses a gorgeous LOTV topper, cutie little mice having a tipple of champers.  I used lots of scraps from my desk and the word stamps are LOTV too.  I am busy making lots of cards for Linda at Animal Aid as she seems to be selling loads, which is good, lots of dosh to help the poor dogs.

Counting the days now until Hollie and her Mum and Dad arrive - 9 days - cant wait.

xxxxx
Wendy L

CHALLENGES ------
LOTV Monthly - Boy oh Boy
Simply Create Too # 37 - Anything Goes
Bearly Mine - Anything Goes

Monday, 20 May 2013

Lady Anne Challenge mid month reminder

Good Morning All
This is a reminder for the second challenge at Lady Annes, I hope you will spread the word around as there were not too many entries last month.  This month is a nice easy one - EASEL CARDS, that is what we want to see.  The challenge runs until 2nd June.


I have used A Paintbox Poppet decoupage image, so cute, mounted onto Forever Friends papers.

  My Mums button tin has been raided again with a little piece of twine tied through each one.

Our sponsor this month is Digi Darla and they will give 5 digis of winners choice.
   
We hope to get alot more entries this month, we do look forward to hopping around to see what you all come up with.
xxxxx
Wendy L

CHALLENGES --------
Crafters Companion May - Masculine
Paper Playtime # 10 - Buttons or Brads
CAS on Sunday # 8  - Pastel Pretties
Here Come The Boys # 52 - Must have Buttons
Sentimental Sundays # 155 - CAS
 

Sunday, 19 May 2013

Sunday Mojo No.11

Good Morning All
It was John Next Doors turn to produce some goodies to play with and here they are.


A 12 x 12 sheet of Core-dinations, patterned paper, ribbon, rope, gems and a card tube which I have cut into 3 on this pic, (I only just remembered in time to photograph the goodies).




Here is what I came up with -------



I painted the tubes with Acrylic paint in different shades of brown, even though 2 of them look the same colour.


I used some Docrafts paper from a goodie bag last year to make some flowers using Marianne dies.




Also put some on the base which is a very sturdy piece of cardboard, inked around the edges, matted and layered with brown card and paper.



Tied ribbon around two of the tubes.






                                                              I used a X Cut  punch to make an border on the paper and wrapped around the top of two of the tubes.                                  
I then  decorated up with strips of  Coredinations card, gems in the flower centres.  And I even cut the edge from the paper which said 28th Street market, which I thought looked good.  I tied the rope into knots and stuck on the corner of the base.  
Just think what  you could do with things like this.  You could paint the tubes in any colour, to suit your partners desk, or have them in your craft room to hold your pens/pencils etc, in the kids room, suggestions go on and on.

xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
Wendy L      

CHALLENGES 
One Stop Crafts # 229 - Anything Goes 
Crafty Catz - 3.2.1 - 3 tubes, 2 bows, 1 desk tidy
Sanys Crafty Creations - Anything Goes with twist flowers
Sparkle Monthly Challenge # 44 - Mono
Fab & Funky # 171 - Fave Embellishment ----  Flowers
Marianne Design Divas - Get your Dies out  Flower dies LR0106 and LR 0107

Saturday, 18 May 2013

New Challenge Blog

Good Saturday Evening All
Great news

Hope you will all come and join us, but hop over now to join in the candy offer. 
xxxxx
Wendy L

True Blue

Good Morning All
Allsorts Challenge  time again and the theme has been set by Sarah and she has chosen 'True Blue'.


I went Blue Blue Blue, everything blue - die cuts,  leaves,  crochet  flowers, paper flowers, homemade bead pin, butterflies, gems,  ribbons and feathers, I think that's just about everything!!!!  OOh I forgot the embossed and inked background.   I hope you like it and it tempts you to join in with our challenge this week.

SPONSORS -----
Pretty Little Ribbon Shop   
Who will give the winner a gorgeous selection of ribbons.
And

FLONZ $20 STORE GIFT VOUCHER ALSO 12% DISCOUNT OFFERED ON PURCHASES TO THOSE ENTERING THE CHALLENGE


So off you go and have fun, I expect we may have afew 'man' cards with this one.

xxxxxx
Wendy L

CHALLENGES --------
Natalie & Amy Challenge  # 9 - Things with Wings
Sandys Crafty Creations - Anything with twist flowers
Sparkles Monthly Challenge # 44 - Mono
Crafty Ribbons # 45 - No Designer Paper
 

Friday, 17 May 2013

Guest DT for Creative Corner Week 3

Good Morning All
The challenge this week at Creative Corners Challenge  is 'Inspired By A Song'.
The sponsor is Bugaboo so I have used one of their digis 'Thinking of You'. Added some Cheery Lynn 'Roses' , homemade bead pin and lightly coloured the image.


 As this is intended as a 'Sympathy' card ---  the song is 'These Are The Days Of Our Lives' by Queen.
I am a great Freddie Mercury and Queen fan and the reason I chose this song is because a very dear friend of mine was killed on his motorbike over 10 years ago now, and his family had this song  playing as people were going into the church.  Afew weeks after the funeral, my sister and I went to the Queen Convention (we used to go every year,  loads of Queen fans meet up and have great fun, usually at a Holiday Centre like Pontins) this record was played and I was in bits, every time I hear it I think of Lol (Lawrence).  The saddest part was, his older brother had been killed on his motorbike about 15 years earlier, less than afew miles from where Lol was killed.  I still feel for their family.  Sorry to get so maudlin.  I did not make cards at that time and as many of you know, crafting does help get you through horrible times, as you will know from my header on my blog.

Back to HAPPY ----   Hop over to Creative Corner Challenge and have fun.

xxxxxxxxxxxxxx
Wendy L
CHALLENGES -----
Crafts & Me # 133 - Use a Digi
Card Mania # 20 - Flower Power
 

Thursday, 16 May 2013

No Digis Stamps Only

Good Morning All
I am proud to announce my official appointment for Charisma Cardz Challenge  Woo hoo.  I am on Gemmas team and will be posting every other week so here is my first card.  The theme is 'No Digis, Stamps Only' and has been set by Carissa.  I used one of my new Marianne stamps 'Don & Daisy'  DDS3318

Pretty cute?  Sat on the bench having a cuppa.



This shows the design abit better, how the front has been cut.  The dark blue card is corrugated.  Ribbon and gems added to the inside and buttons, twine and gems added on front.
I hope you will hop over  and join in on my first challenge with Charisma cardz.
SPONSORS ------
5 digis from Pink Cat Studio  


A 10GBP voucher from My Mums Crafts Shop.

xxxxxxx
Wendy L

CHALLENGES -------------
Cards for Men # 10 - Fancy Folds
Hobbycutz # 6 - More Than 1 Fold
That Craft Place - Makes for Men
Paper Creators Crafts # 8 - For The Boys
Totally Gorjuss # 183 -  Bingo   string, buttons, sparkle
Crafty Ribbons # 45 - No designer Paper
 

Tuesday, 14 May 2013

Forever Friends 'Anything Goes' Midway reminder

Good Morning All
This is to remind you that the Forever Friends Monthly Challenge is half way through and for my DT card I chose a Bugaboo image called 'Butterfly' Tag.




 
I made a crochet butterfly and stuck it on a Cheery Lynn heart die cut.  To be honest alot of the other bits were on my desk just waiting to be used.  When I cut anything, I always cut two or three and I always keep the waste bits, which I have used here on the corners. 



CHALLENGES ------
Flutterby Wednesday # 239 - Open
Catch the Bug Challenge  - 3 Strikes
 






And here is my Forever Friends creation, I have tried to do something a little different.





 A base 6 x 6  white card folded at 6" then 7.5", 9" and 10.5.

I bought a brilliant Forever Friends pack when I was in the UK at Easter called 'New Arrival' ultimate Die cut pack and it had loads and loads of stuff in it - Diecuts, sentiments, papers and letters, so all the images and sentiments are from this pack.  I also bought a lovely pack of blue pearl embellishments including the stars.

Crochet hearts with a pearl centre.
Ribbon from stash and two heart shaped brads.







This is the side view showing how it stacks up and I glued a little stand on the back.







This is the back and biggest layer.  I use X Cut Large dies for the shape.





This is the second layer, I used different shades of blue card and inked the edges of the pale ones.

Finished card decorated with crochet hearts, ribbon, heart brads, heart button with twine tied through it and blue pearls and stars.





I hope you like my cards and they have given you a little inspiration to hop over and join in this months challenge.


CHALLENGES ----
Ladybug Crafts Ink TLT - New Arrival
Unstampabelles # 23 - Easel card
Hobbycutz # 6 - More than one fold
Clearly I stamp - Celebration


Bugaboo are our sponsors this month and the winner can choose 7 of their lovely images.


The Forever Friends favourite is sponsored by Di's Digis, but remember, to win this you have to use a Forever Friends image or product.

$10.00 voucher to  spend in their on-line store.


I hope you will join in the challenge, if you haven't already done so, and     HAVE FUN.                              
xxxx
Wendy L

Sunday, 12 May 2013

Sunday Mojo No. 10

Good Morning All
I forgot to take a piccy of the goodies I gave John but I,m sure he one on his blog here, I say 'goodies', I dont think John thought so when I gave them to him!!!!!  There was 5 sheet of different colour paper, a handle from a paper carrier bag, tiny gems, negative from a diecut, some purple rafia, a piece of sacking (from a Rioja bottle), red wooden beads, sticky ribbon with butterflies on (John said YUK) and some crochet flowers.                            
 I,ve just pinched this pic from John



 I covered a box (Ferrero Rocher chocolate box) with torn pages of a book.
 I used loads of Marianne diecuts -------

Corner LR0200
Fancy Circles LR 0152
Flowers  LR 0106 and LR 0107




I cut a flower shape into a double sided sticky sheet and covered with the tiny gems then sprinkled with glitter to fill in the areas that did not have gems on.

I glued a sheet of punk card on the inside of the base and the lid.
I cut some more shapes for the inside and stuck the piece of sticky ribbon I had supplied in goodie pack.




I stuck some more gems in the flower centres.

This pic shows the carrier bag handle, I glued flowers all around it.




Ribbon glued to the sides of the lid and the base.




Can be used for storing all sorts of things, here I put lemon flavour green T bags in.





This is the second item I made.  I weaved strips of paper on the inside of the negative diecut.
These mojo challenges between John and I really do test my creativity, but I do give him stash that I,m not keen on, just to see what he comes up with, he is so creative.  Pop over to see what he has made.
xxxxx
Wendy L

CHALLENGES ------
Marianne Designs Challenge  # 80 - Box for T bags
Crafty Calender - Blooms & Blossoms
My Time to Craft # 221 - Show us the Inside
Jellypark Challenge - Girly
As You Like It # 1 - Fave die or punch  I just love flower dies
Sandys Carfty Creations - May - Anything Goes with a Twist
Mariannes Design Divas - Girly
 Crafty Ribbons Challenge # 45 - No designer papers

Saturday, 11 May 2013

Any Sport

Good Morning All
It is my turn to choose the theme for Allsorts Challenge this week and I have decided on 'Any Sport', mostly because I wanted to see 'male' cards.  Not that women don't play sport, of course, I just thought it would be interesting to see what you all came up with.
 I made this with my eldest son in mind, well he will be getting it for his birthday  in June.  Both him and Rick used to ride field bikes when they were little.  This is a decoupaged image from Le Suh and I stamped all the words with my LOTV stamp, added black gems and black ribbon across the middle.  The paler card has a sky/cloud effect but it does not show very well on pic.





This is what it looked like before I decided to add the minature envelope with a tiny fiver in.  I just thought it needed abit more embellishment and I thought Lee would like the fun bit.









We have two sponsors this week ------Whimsy  Stamps
And
              The Craft Barn
I cant wait to see what you all create and as it is my challenge I will be visiting all of you but forgive me if I don't comment on all but I will do as many as I can.


xxxxx
Wendy L
CHALLENGES ------
Paper Creator's Crafts ---# 8 - For the Boy
Our Creative Corner - Anything Goes

Friday, 10 May 2013

Dancing Queen

Good Afternoon All
I made this one to use some papers that have been in my box for years, I am on a mission again - Use old stash.



Lovely shades of purple and lilacs, the music notes paper is so old I dont even know where it came from.
You will have to excuse,  the pics are abit blurry, is it me or the camera, birthday coming up so wish list.
xxxxx
Wendy L

CHALLENGES -----------
Joanna Sheen - Music & Lyrics
Delightful Challenge - Stash It
Moving Along With The Times - Clean & Simple

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