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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 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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Monday, 30 September 2013

Tilda Watering the Garden

Good Morning All
I made this one ages ago for a friend that wanted a Mothers Day card and I made afew to give him a choice, this is one of them.


 I made the flowers with Spellbinders Bitty Blossom die, beaded thingy (I tried to make something different instead of a pin).  Papers from scrap box and Tilda coloured with Promarkers.


xxxxx
Wendy L

Sunday, 29 September 2013

Sunday Mojo

Good Morning All
Wow, I had a great time in Benidorm, a lovely meal, great show at The Showboat and brilliant company, thanks to Gary and the girls.  Got back yesterday afternoon, not hungover but very tired as it was after 3am when I climbed into my pit.

Back to today and this is the card I made with the goodies that I gave John Next Door  to play with!!!!


I used ----

6 x 6 scalloped card blank
Sissix scalloped square to cut aperture in front
Acetate to make a window
Cheery Lynn fairy die stuck onto acetate
Marianne Chrysanthemum die in blue glitter paper
White lace from local store



These are the bits I gave him, payback for last week!!!!!  But I know he will come up with a stunning creation, did you see what he made yesterday?  How brill was that box?


xxxxx
Wendy L

CHALLENGES ----
Ladybug - Anything Goes

Saturday, 28 September 2013

How Does Your Garden Grow

Good Morning All
Allsorts Challenge time again and the theme of How Does Your Garden Grow has been chosen by Tracy.
I chose an image 'Acorns' by the lovely Ruth of Passion for Stamps.


I have done a twisted easel card and used autumn colours, greens, oranges, yellows and browns.

The paper was printed from a Joanna Sheen CD.







We are sponsored by Ruth at Passion for Stamps

            Will give the winner 4 images.                                                             
 And

Crimson Cloud    will give a pack of die cuts
                                                                            
Have fun with this challenge and it will be fun to see how you all interpret this theme.
xxxxx
Wendy L

Thursday, 26 September 2013

Happy Birthday Parchment Card

Good Morning All

I would like to share my news with you today - I have been accepted onto the Moving Along With The Times ( MAWTT ) design team, so looking forward to working with this talented team.  My first challenge will be on 3rd October so I hope you will join in.


My card today is a parchment card that I made a while ago.  It took quite a while to make but well worth it.

I do love this card and has already been sent to someone special.

xxxxxx
Wendy L

Wednesday, 25 September 2013

Flower Cards

Good Morning All

Woohoo I made 200 followers, thank you Hazel and Laurie and welcome.  Now I can use my badge that the lovely Naomi made for me, you can find her blog here.


And what better way to celebrate than a bunch of Flower cards.  

Here are the cards I made with the flowers I made at the class last week and a couple more using flowers I made at home as shown in the tutorial HERE.




This is the poinsettia  I made in the tutorial on my blog yesterday.


And the white Tim Holtz one.

xxxxx
Wendy L

CHALLENGES --------
Happy Campers # 22 - Show us your Flowers
Crafters Cafe # 30  - Die cuts Punches
  

Tuesday, 24 September 2013

Making Poinsettia Flower


Good Morning All
When I went to the craft class on Thursday and posted on here the flowers we had made, I was asked by afew people to show how they were made, so here goes.  HERE is the original post.

I used a LeCrea Multi Die 45.8961 Poinsettia, Olly used a Marianne die but I think you will get the same effect whichever one you use.

  Once you have cut them out from good weight card.  I used at least a 270g one.  You can use as many pieces of the flower as you wish, I used 2 green and 3 red.  Spritz well with water  and leave to soak in.

 This is the hard bit to explain --  Fold one petal over a wide tool or pencil, I used a glitter glue pen, hold the leaf over it with thumb and forefinger   (you have to sort of prop the pen against your tummy so that you can use both hands)   and the other hand put thumb and forefinger on edges of leaf and squish together so that it creases up, length ways, from centre to tip.


You have to press against the pen but push the edges together at the same time.


This is when, if you have used a card that is too thin, it may tear, but it does not matter if they tear abit, flowers are not perfect!!!


Leave to dry.  Mine dried very quickly as I had the fan on.  This is how they look when dried.



Please excuse the state of my embossing mat, it is covered with bits of glue as I use it all the time for flower making.






Then you need a large ball tool and an embossing mat or a mouse pad.  On the reverse of each petal, in small circular movement, rub over all the petal, do this on all petals on each flower, this breaks down the fibres in the card.



Then turn to right side facing up and rub in the centre so the petals start to curl up.




The one on the left has not been rubbed, you can see the difference to the one on the right which has.











Then proceed to glue together,
  off setting each petal to the one underneath.


 You dont want them directly on top of each other.




 Each die set will have different centres,
 I rubbed mine with ball tool to make it curl, stuck in centre and added gold Stickles.











Olly let us take any spare pieces of flowers so I took these Tim Holtz Tattered Florals.  These have been spritzed and squished  and below shows the flower I made with them.

I hope you can follow this OK, it is very difficult trying to show it on photos.  I had had a look on Youtube too to see if this technique is on there but I couldn't find one.
Tomorrow I will post some cards that I have made with the flowers from the class.

xxxxx
Wendy L






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Monday, 23 September 2013

Special Wedding Card

Good Morning All

I can now show you a card I made a while ago for a lady that I know.  She wanted a really special Wedding card for her son.





 I made a box to keep the card safe.


I put a square doily in the box to stop it waggling round as she was taking it back to the UK by car.




I made an easel card with wings, if you know what I mean .


I've hidden name and date etc with Picassa, but this was done on computer.




Made a little book with Spellbinders Labels 4 as she wanted some photos  incorporated in the card somewhere.


Gorgeous charm reads 'To Love and to Cherish'

Spellbinders Fleur de Lis Squares pearlised cream card.

Gems on the embossed white card.

Heart paper been in stash for ages.

I hope they liked it, the Happy Couple, and had a lovely day on Saturday.


xxxxx

Wendy L
CHALLENGES -----
The Paper Shelter # 129 - Many Folds 
Creative Fingers Challenge -Make it Shine
Crafty Ribbons - Anything Goes + Ribbon
  

Sunday, 22 September 2013

Sunday Mojo started


G
ood Morning All
Sunday Mojo is back, we postponed it for a week because John Next Door gave me some goodies, or rather baddies.  I did not know what the heck to make with them, then it came to me at some ungodly hour in the night!!!!  For my new followers, John  ( who lives next door but one to me and used to live next door) we give each other some crafty goods each Sunday and challenge each other to make some beautiful creation with them.


These were the goods and I have to admit I did not use the glitter glue or the string.  Then I thought some type of plaque, then thought of Hollie (my Grand daughter) and a  name plaque to hang on her door.


I covered the book cover with maroon material cut off some curtains I have shortened.
Used a Crafters Companion cd to make the letters.
Covered with the piece of acetate.
Decorated with ribbon to hide the edges of acetate, white gems from local shop.
Butterfly peeloffs stuck on acetate and cut out, tiny butterflies from Mei flower.
Bows on sides are little clips for hair which Hollies Mum can use her when here hair grows abit more.

xxxxx
Wendy L

CHALLENGES -------
Crafty Ribbons - Anything Goes + Ribbon
Crafting With Dragonflies - Use your Scrap  Cut off from curtains
Ladybug Crafts - Anything Goes 

Saturday, 21 September 2013

Button Up

Good Morning All
Allsorts Challenge time again and the theme has been chosen by Sarah and she wants to see 'Buttons'.
I,m looking forward to this one.  Here is my contribution.

I used -----
Spellbinders Octagon and Sissix Squares dies
Brown card is OH beer cartons embossed
Paper from stash
Satin ribbon with a charm from a bracelet
Buttons in lovely shapes  from local store
Image Digi Darla coloured with Promarkers

We have two sponsors this week -----
Digi Darla   will give winner 5 digis.                      
Craft Barn will give 15GBP to spend on line.                                  

xxxxxxxxxx
Wendy L

CHALLENGES -----
Little Scrap Pieces - Linky Party
Coffee Chocolate & Cards - # 48 - Anything Goes
Divas by Design - Anything Goes
I love Promarkers # 186 - Anything Goes


Friday, 20 September 2013

Craft Class

Good Morning All
I had a great time yesterday with John Next Door at Olly Doodles craft class.  We went on Monday and she (Olly) had some gorgeous flowers in the display cabinet, when I asked her about them she said she had done a class last week, showing how they were made.  I asked when the next one was and, long story, but she did one yesterday afternoon and it was great.  Even though John and I have crafted for years, we both learnt alot and loved it.



This is Olly showing Sheila how to do her poinsettia.





This is moi putting Stickles on my Poinsettia.





This is John looking bored!!!!!!!  But he wasn't, he just hates having his picture taken.



These are all three flowers that I made, I love the poinsettia.  Olly used  Marianne die for this and a Tim Holtz for the white one.  I have a Leabilities Poinsettia die and will make more of these using that one.






This is  a peony made with pearlised pink card or quite thick paper.




xxxxxx
Wendy L

Thursday, 19 September 2013

Penguin Christmas


G
ood Morning All

Todays card is using a pre coloured image from ??? It has been  in my Christmas box since last year so if anyone knows whose it is please leave me a comment and I can give them credit on here.

I used ----
Spellbinders Scalloped Circles
The trellis die cut is one I bought ages ago, I think it is Marianne.
Chrysanthemum Cheery Lynn B 311
Other 2 flowers and leaves  are Marianne LR 0106 and LR 0107
Swirls LeCrea multi die 45-8961
Sentiement is a Daisy and Dandelion stamp
Blue card embossed with Cuttlebug Swiss Dots folder
Stickles on hats
Various gems

Once again, everything is ages old except the Chrysanthemum die.
xxxxx
Wendy L

CHALLENGES ----
Emmas Crafty Challenge - Birds
Bunny Zoe - Blue
 

Fave Colour Combo

Good Morning All
It is time for Charisma Cardz Challenge again and the theme has been set by Jenni and it is Favourite Colour Combo.  When I see a card, I very often think that those colours look great together, so many combos, but I think this is an all time fave of mine, Pink and Black.


I used an image from one of the sponsors, Stamp Fairy and this  image is Two Pandas, I have coloured them more grey than black and white.  I have glittered the edge of the square with dark pink glitter and   have used satin ribbon in both colours to embellish, but other than that I  have kept it very plain, I hope you like it.

Sponsors this week are ----
The Stamp Fairy  


And
Marker Pop  will give $10 credit for their online store.

xxxx
Wendy L

CHALLENGES ----
Created With Love # 58 - Anything Goes
 

Tuesday, 17 September 2013

Work

Good Evening All
I started as a volunteer today at a shop for an Animal Charity,I was not too sure before I got there, but they are desperate for helpers.  Anyway, I thoroughly enjoyed it and my boss lady, Shirley wanted a piccy to put on the charity  Facebook page Here.

When I got home I had my veggy soup (Slimming recipe) and got to work in my craft room.

I used ---
A lovely LOTV topper
White card embossed using Swiss dots folder
Circle sentiment from Netty
Sissix Scalloped Square
Tartan ribbon local store
Ivy leaf flourish Cheery Lynn B 315
Crysanthemum Cheery Lynn B 311
Green card 

I have hardly bought any Christmas stuff as I have had a box full since moving here over 3 years ago, my 2 Cheery Lynn dies are newish and I just love them.
xxxx
Wendy L

CHALLENGES ----
Oldie but Goodie --Dies and Punches
LOTV - Ribbon/ Lace
Papertake Weekly - Make it Sparkle Gems
Unstampabelles # 27 - Use scraps or older goods
Try it Tuesday - Make your own Flowers

Monday, 16 September 2013

Paper box

Good Morning All

I saw these gorgeous paper boxes on Patricias blog the other day and she told me that she followed a tutorial on Christinas blog HERE.



 I did not have any two sided paper large enough so that is why the sides are white.

I went over the top decorating the lid but totally enjoyed doing it!!!!


USED

Lace and ribbon from stash.
Peeloff butterflies on acetate.
Homemade bead pins.
Crochet flowers and heart.
Cheery Lynn Roses die.




Shows the inside.


I shall be making afew of these to take to the fat club and for little Christmas gifts with afew choccys in.

xxxxxx
Wendy L

CHALLENGES ---
Bunny Zoe - September Blue
Challenges 4 Everybody - Anything Goes
Cheery Lynn Designs # 98 - Things with Wings
Gingerloft - Anything but a Card
That Craft Place -Things with Wings

Sunday, 15 September 2013

Shaped Christmas Cards


G
ood Morning All

John and I were going to start our Sunday Mojo again today but the goods John gave me yesterday were, mmmm, abit obscure and I sat at my desk and pondered over them until about 8pm last night and then when  I saw John, both of us agreed to postpone it until next week.  So here is some cards I made this week using some shaped cards that were given to me by Linda (Animal  Aid).  I would not normally buy this type of thing but as they were given to me I thought I would use them and they will go back to Linda to sell for the charity.



 There were hats, trees and boots.  This is what I came up with.


I just added  a decoupage image, some glitter and a sentiment and I hope they look  OK and Linda can sell the to raise some money for her charity.

xxxxx
Wendy L

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