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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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Thursday, 30 January 2014

Time to get Peeling

Good Morning All

It is time for Charisma Cardz Challenge and the theme is Time to Get Peeling and this means that we want to see your Peeloffs.  Now I know that so many of you dont use Peeloffs any more so this may be a challenge for you!!






I used two cupcake images form one of the sponsors - Digistamp Boutique and coloured with Promarkers.











I used bits of waste from the peeoff sheet below  to put in the corners of the small squares with a peeloff balloon in the centre.

The little parcels are diecut using a Quickuts die.

















I stuck flowers and flourishes along each edge and a peeloff 'Happy Birthday' down each plain black part.


And this is how I use alot of my peeloffs now to use them up, I stick them on the envelopes.


Sponsors are  - 
and
Big Head Stamps

Dont forget, we are now a fortnightly challenge .
xxxx
Wendy L

CHALLENGES ---
Crafty Catz  216 - Anything Goes
Simply Create Too 54 - Mothers Day or For a Female
Crafting from the Heart - Fancy Folds
Lexis Creations - Fancy Folds

Wednesday, 29 January 2014

Blue Easel

Good Morning All

I made this for a challenge which had a sketch to follow, I dont usually go for these, but I have had to do a couple for DT blogs and really enjoyed them.  This one is on Hobby Cutz Challenge.  

I made and easel card from PMD hammered white card.




I wanted to do something abit different with ribbon so I put two strips of the red sticky tape parallel with each other and alternated the two shades of blue satin ribbon.
The circle sentiment is from Netty  HERE and I stuck this on a  scalloped circle that was in some candy I got from Mau afew weeks ago.  I added a charm and put a ring on it to put it  through one of the holes on the circle, so it hangs free with it being an easel.

The flowers are Cheery Lynn Roses die, I still love these dies so much,  and Spellbinders Bitty Blossoms.

xxxxx
Wendy L

CHALLENGES -----


Monday, 27 January 2014

Birthday Book

Good Morning All

I am a happy bunny this morning, why you may ask,  because I made something yesterday and am really pleased with how it turned out.  I was browsing around on You Tube and came across a demo for a little book, I decided to turn mine into a Birthday Date book as I had a little calender book on my desk that John had given me and had never got round to using it.  The tutorial is HERE, and this is how mine came out.




It is 3 and 1/2 inches square as I used  12 x 12 paer to make it.

I used wool in all the tags and pulled the edges.




There are 6 slots in the top and one in the side.  So I put two months in each slot and a plain card in the side one.



I just takes one piece of 12 x 12 paper and I made a cardboard cover for mine and covered it with material cut off when I shorted my curtains here in my craft room and decorated it with a tiny tag and some flowers.  Ribbon to fasten it with.





There is room on the back of each card to write and notes and names etc.  It could even be used as a diary, there is room to slot extra bits of paper or card in.
I think I will be making more of these and just use months with number, not an actual calender, so that it could be used year after year.

xxxxx
Wendy L

CHALLENGES ----
Ribbon Girl - Anything Goes + Ribbon
Crafting for all Seasons - For the Girls
  

Sunday, 26 January 2014

3 from 1

Good Morning All

I made these cards yesterday, using a die that I have had for a while.  I think the reason why I did not keep using it was  because the first time I did use it, I ripped the card trying to get it from the die.

 Anyway see what you think.

I love this one, Core-dinations card, sanded, and a simple sentiment as the focal point.




This one is shades of pink (bad pic, sorry).

Circle sentiment is a lovely freebie from Netty HERE.


This one is the negative from  the first one.  I quite like this one too.



The dies are ---
Lea'bilities Frame Leaf  45.7667

And the flower is Cheery Lynn 'Chrysanthemum Strip'  Love this one.

xxxx
Wendy L

Saturday, 25 January 2014

Vintage

Good Morning All

'Vintage' is the theme this week at Allsorts Challenge and it has been set by Tracy.

I have use a stamp from Flonzcraft, one of our sponsors.  If you are one of my followers, you will know that "vintage" does not come easily to me and I did ponder over this one for a while.

I decided on a 'Man' card, as I dont make as many as I should.  I used a rubber stamp from one of the sponsors - Flonz- and pricked the edges and distressed with ink.  I used pages from a book and tore the edges and inked again.  Added a homemade sentiment and buttons with twine and some string on the fold.



Sponsors ----
Flonzcraft             Digi Darla         

xxxxx
Wendy L

CHALLENGES ----
A Gem of a Challenge - One for the Boys
Speedy Fox & Friends 196 - Use newspaper or page from a book  WON THIS ONE
Fussy and Fancy Friday - Vintage
Country View Crafts - Mono
  

Thursday, 23 January 2014

Cats


Good Morning All

Moving Along With The Times Challenge this week is 'Cats'.  Now I am not a Cat person, I am more a dog person, but I do support a couple of animal charities here in Spain.  Infact I have found another outlet for some cards, the other week when I went to our local craft shop with John Next Door, Ollie had a notice asking for any spare cards, a lady she knows, takes them to sell for a Cancer charity, another one which is close to my heart.  So I will be taking some there next time we go.

Anyway, back to the challenge.  The theme has been chosen by Janice.






I used a decoupage image from Lilac Gardens which no longer exists as Audrey retired.  I do try to make quite afew animal cards as they do sell well for the charity 'Animal Aid' that I give alot of my cards to.

Have fun if you decide to enter the challenge and we do love looking at all your creations.
xxxx
Wendy L

CHALLENGES ----
Deep Ocean Challenge - Birthday

Tuesday, 21 January 2014

Bits & Bobs

Good Morning All

I made this the last week, it came about because the sentiment/verse was originally an insert for a card and the edges had got all tatty as it had been in my stash for years.  So, as I dont like to waste anything, I thought I would make it the mainstay of a card.




Paper from Create & Craft years ago.
Shiny butterflies from Mei Flower.
Small green butterflies are pop outs from a Spellbinder 'Butterfly Circle die'
Flowers are Spellbinders 'Bitty Blossom' with pearls in the centres and inked on edges.
The leaves are from a batch I bought on Ebay - a mixed bag of die cuts.


xxxxx
Wendy L

CHALLENGES ----
Crafty Sentiments - Birthdays
Deep Ocean Challenge - Birthdays
Creative Creations Challenge - Less is More
Incy Wince Designs - Flower Frenzy

Sunday, 19 January 2014

Mid month reminder for Unstampabelles

Good Evening All
This is my second card I made for Unstampabelles Challenge blog, see my first post HERE.  I made two cards and Sue suggested using one as a mid month reminder so here it is.  This is the 'Boy' version of the one in the link above.



It is made from all Forever Friends products, even the little box which can be used for money or a little gift, I put a charm on a ribbon in it.
   
xxxxxx
Wendy L

CHALLENGES ---
Dream Valley Challenge - Boys / Men
Sentimental Sundays 190 - More than 3 Layers
Alphabet Challenge - Y for Young for a little one
Milk & Coffee Challenge - Mono

Thanks

Good Morning All

I just wanted the show this card that I made yesterday using some of the flowers I was given by a lovely blogging friend, Mau.  HERE is her blog.



The picture is one given to me by Linda (Animal Aid) and is a vintage - sepia pic, so gorgeous, so I picked the colours of the flowers on the pic and used the same  colour flowers from Mau.  The shape of the card is using a large set of nesting dies from John next door.

xxxx
Wendy L

CHALLENGES ----
Sister Act Card Challenge - Anything Goes
   

Saturday, 18 January 2014

Buttons & Bows

Good Morning All

Allsorts Challenge time again and the theme this week is 'Buttons & Bows' set by Sarah.






I used ----
A digi from sponsor - Digistamp 
12 x 36cm card blank folded as shown
Buttons with twine the blue buttons were a Christmas gift HERE
Various ribbon tied into bows
Patterned paper given to me by Linda (Animal Aid)

Sponsors ----
A Sentiment digi from DigiStamp                                     

Nicecrane Designs                              

xxxx
Wendy L

CHALLENGES -----
Sparkles Monthly - Use new Stash
Fairytale Challenges - Bows
Jellypark Friends Challenge - Buttons & Bows
    

Friday, 17 January 2014

Hope & Chances

Good Morning All

I wanted to show you these.




Christine from Hope &  Chances Blog  raises money for a couple of charities and I bought this kit from her HERE and  this is it assembled.


She supplies all the pieces to make a box, 2 flowers and the card, the tiny peg, pearls and tag.
I added the ribbon and inked the edges of the box and the card.

I made one flowers as her instructions and I made the other one by spraying and scrunching.  I inked them both.   Hard to say which one I like best but I do love them both.

Ronald McDonald house is a charity close to my heart as  we gave money to them when Lucas died in 2010 as they have a centre at Alderhey Childrens Hospital.  And any cancer charity too as I lost my fiance to cancer in 2006 and my Dad in 2000.
xxxxx
                                                                                                                                                                   Wendy L

Monday, 13 January 2014

Guess What

Good Morning All
What do you think this is?






It is a small Pringle tub decorated up following Christinas example HERE.  I,m really pleased with how it has turned out. 


The trouble is now I dont have any more Pringle tubs and I dont want to buy any 'cos I,m back on my diet big time and if I buy any I will eat them!!!!

xxxx
Wendy L

CHALLENGES ----
Country View Craft - Mono
Fairytale Challenge - Recycle
Natalie & Amys Challenge - Girly



Sunday, 12 January 2014

Pleats

Good Morning All

I hope you are all well and not too cold and wet in which ever part of the world you are in.  It is sunny here today but the last few days have been cloudy, cold and abit rainy.

My cards I want to show you today are pleated, an idea I pinched from John Next Door HERE I,m sure he wont mind!!!!




This shows how the card is folded and stuck down.

The gorgeous butterfly die is 'Tonic' Butterfly set I bought at my local craft shop when I went with John on Thursday, so gorgeous I couldn't resist it.








This one I pleated in a different way.


Homemade tags for sentiment.




The lovely ivy die is Marianne LR0206 and it comes with a little bird house and bird.

Flowers are Cheery Lynn roses die and I stuck a tiny pearl in each centre.



xxxxx
Wendy L

CHALLENGES -----
A Creative Romance - New  (A new technique and Die)
The Squirrel & The Fox - Show us New Stuff  (A new technique and Die)
Lothian Crafts Online Challenge - Birthday for a Female   (2nd Card)
Just Inspirational Challenge - Girly  (2nd Card)
Ribbon Carousel - RCC89 Love, Birthdays and Chicken Soup   (2nd Card)
Sister Act Card Challenge - Anything Goes
 


Saturday, 11 January 2014

Use Ribbon but No Bows

Good Morning All
I would like to welcome my new followers, I love it when people join me on my crafting journey, I hope you get a bit of inspiration from my creations.
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It's my turn to host the Challenge at Allsorts this week and I want to see ribbon on your creations, but not in the usual way of tying a bow, I want to see how you can use it in other ways.  My very first DT card for Allsorts is HERE and I used ribbon in a plait, pop over to the post and have a look.  Anyway, for this one I wanted to try something else so here goes.




This was my first attempt then I thought it looked a little bare, so see the pic below.



I used one and a half inch wide organza ribbon with  wire edges, I pulled the  wire so that the edges gathered up, then wound it round to form a flower.

Liquid pearls on a scalloped circle.  Tiny envelope with card and tulips.


I cant wait to see what everyone comes up with.

Sponsors -------
Crafty Ribbons                        


Scrappers Delight           

xxxxx
Wendy L

CHALLENGES ---
Craftitude - Ribbons & Pearls
Delicious Doodles 70 - Flowers
Countryview Craft Challenge - Mono
Dreamtime Designs  DDCC #3- New Technique Ribbon rose (I love trying new ways of making flowers)
Papertake Weekly - Anything Goes

Thursday, 9 January 2014

New Beginnings

Good Morning All

Moving Along With The Times Challenge day today and a great theme for the new year ' New Beginnings' chosen this week by Kelly.





New Beginnings to me meant Baby - New Life.


I made a criss cross card using a 36 x 12cm piece of card, scored at 12cm and 24cm, then cut diagonally on each front piece.  Stuck some paper lace along the edges and added tiny organza bows. 


In the bottom corner I stuck some satin flowers and a tiny heart.




The sentiment banner has been in my stash for ages, as has the paper lace.


The patterned papers are Forever Friends.




I cut a scalloped circle from white card to make a separate card for the inside.




I decorated the inside of the fronts with a couple of tiny pink hearts and a Cherry Lynn die B315.









On the circle I stuck a decoupaged image of a baby sleeping on a pillow.




I stuck a piece of folded card onto the back to make a stand for it.  Tied Joanna Sheen ribbon through the top and inked the edges.


I look forward to visiting your blogs. 
xxxxxx
Wendy L


CHALLENGES ---
Crafty Girls - Anything Goes
In The Pink Challenge - Anything Goes Pink
Delightful Challenge - Use Patterned Paper
Heck of a Challenge - New Beginnings
Crafty Sentiments -New
Papertake Weekly - Anything Goes
  A Little Bit Crafty - Celebrate
  

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