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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, 31 July 2017

Candy

Good Morning All

As promised here is some candy to thank all my lovely followers who pop in and leave comments.
I want to combine this with all my lovely followers here and my  Facebook Page
I started that page to try to promote my handmade embellishments, not to make a profit, just to cover costs and help charities, including PostPals, the local poor families here in Benijofar,
 an Animal charity (people give me scraps of wool and I crochet blankets for the dogs)
a Cancer Charity (my friend, Diane is involved with a group that raises money for this)
I  have a page at the top of my blog too, to show what is available.
I just enjoy making these embellishments and have lots of them!!!

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Obviously I would like you to be a follower and add to you  sidebar.
If you do Facebook, I would love you to join me on there and I shall pin a post on there for people to comment on.
If you comment here and on Facebook you will get two chances.

I shall write all the names down and give them a number then use Random Org to generate a winner.



Includes - 
2 Creative Expressions D/S sticky sheets
Sue Wilson Rubber stamp -  Zentangle Happy Birthday UMS110
13yds mixed ribbons
Hand crochet set of doilies
1 set Handmade Pearl gems
Mica Flakes -Midnight Blue
Creative Expressions Sue Wilson Die - Striplet Stacked Diamond
Various gems
Various Handmade Embellishments
5 sheets Lily of the Valley Toppers

I shall close this candy on last day of July and announce winner on 1st August.
xxxxx
Wendy L

Thursday, 20 July 2017

Age as Focal Point for MAWTT

Good Morning All

Carole from Team B wants to see an age as the focal point on your creation.
As I have cards for sale in a local bar, I thought I would make some with ages on like, 50, 60, 70 etc.
This is one I have made, just got to think of Man ones now!!!!


I used -

7x7 Scalloped card blank
 Creative Expressions Love Heart 8x8 embossing folder.
Sue Wilson Pierced Circle die.
Sue Wilson Wellington die.
SW Mosaic Leaf die.
Flowers from Ebay.
Numbers dies from Ebay.
My Stick Pin available to buy  HERE.

xxxxx
Wendy L

Wednesday, 19 July 2017

Matchboxes and Embellishments

Good Morning All
I hope you caught John Next Doors shows on Hochanda yesterday.Amazing demos and some lovely stamps and masks, he had afew sell outs too.
Well done Mate, and well done to Mrs Duck, Ang for all the lovely samples she made for him.
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Dont forget, you get another chance to enter Candy Draw HERE on my Facebook Page.
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The swap I mentioned on my previous post is to make a card to accompany a handmade bag or box which must contains at least 6 handmade embellishments, of which 3 must have lace on.!!!!!
Wow, I thought of that one, !!!!!!
Well I have shown you some of the lace flowers I made to go in the bag.
These are some matchboxes I have made, two of which will go in the bag and the others I shall use to go in with raffle prizes at my craft club.




I added three concertina butterflies in this one, so pretty with my pearl gems.

The flowers on the top are made with Cheery Lynn Roses die.




This one has a Foamiran flowers I made at my craft club on top.
Filled this one with my tiny butterflies.

I love these metal corners I bought from Ebay.
Concertina flower I received in a swap!!

Filled this one with different embellishments from my stash.

I have not decided yet which one I am using for the swap.
There is a couple more to show you another day.
Thanks for visiting.
I found a You Tube video that would help
HERE
with making the box.
I used one that I had received Stick Pin blanks in and unfolded it.
xxxxx
Wendy L


Tuesday, 18 July 2017

My Desk & Scraps

Good Morning All

This was the state of my desk on Saturday.


My actual work space gets smaller and smaller and it is making me so frustrated.
I have all these bits and die cuts I am DETERMINED to use!!!!!
I know I go on about using scraps and off cuts but I really must clear this pile.
Whenever I buy a new die or embossing folder I test it out, obviously, so that's what alot of this is.
I must admit I do get a great deal of satisfaction from using bits and scraps.
I see some amazing creations from Bloggers and I think, 'Oh I must try that' but then I get onto something else.
I also have this set of mini drawers filled with die cuts that I have either cut or people have gifted to me.

Well I have made afew cards to try and reduce the pile.




Luckily I have outlets for most of my makes and I am still building stock up for the Christmas Fayre in November.
I,m sure we are all the same and my sister said to me once that she gets  as much satisfaction from buying craft stuff as making with it !!!

Dont forget, if you do Facebook please pop over and join my page, plus you will an extra chance if you comment on Candy there too.

xxxxx
Wendy L

Monday, 17 July 2017

Lace Flower Embellishments

Good Morning All
I have been making more lace ribbon embellishments.
These are another thing I can do while watching TV, which has been  tennis this last two weeks, I love Wimbledon.
I do have similar available to buy HERE or on the page at the top of my blog.
Some of these will go in a swap I am organising over on Facebook - Scrimpys Lace Closet.






Some have Stick Pins attached.




This one has a stick pin with a dangler butterfly  charm.















This one has a heart charm.

Hope you like them.
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Last week saw the start of Fiesta Fortnight in our village and one of the activities going on was Wacky Races last night.
We walked up to the top of the village for the start at 8pm, but this being Spain, mañana, mañana.
At about 9pm they started.
It is handmade cars or carts and they career through the streets going downhill and around corners.
Here are afew pics.










There weren't many  this year.

And this was the sun setting over the mountains at the back as we walked home.


xxxxxx
Wendy L

Sunday, 16 July 2017

John Next Door and a Handbag

Good Morning All

Well, what did you all think of John Next Door's news.
So proud of him and very pleased that the new stamps have been well received and has released a You Tube video to show how to use the Media Plates too. 
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I have been making Paper Handbags for a swap, to be shown at a later date.
When my crafty friend Val saw them she thought they would sell well in her daughters shop so here are afew more I made yesterday.
I have Mrs Duck to thank for these gorgeous papers.
Also, a great way of using my large satin ribbon flowers.
Fasten with a magnetic clip available on Ebay.


These would make lovely gifts, fill with chocs, miniature toiletries, anything really.
You Tube tutorial here
Very easy to make and I thin they look lovely.
Well, Mrs Duck and my John will be watching the Motor racing, I'll be upstairs watching tennis.
Enjoy your Sunday.
xxxxx
Wendy L

Saturday, 15 July 2017

Lavender & Lace for Allsorts

Good Morning All
Allsorts challenge this week is hosted by our lovely leader, Brenda and she is giving a wonderful prize for the winner.




I used CE Mauritius die
Mica Flakes
Homemade Sentiment tag with charm
Homemade lace embellishment with a butterfly centre
Stick pin
Heart gems in corners.
Homemade embellishments available HERE
or on page at top of my blog.
CHALLENGES
Tho' the Purple Haze-Add Wings
Ends 23rd July




Prizes


Xxxxxxxx
Well the news is out, John Next Door launches his own line of stamps and more on Hochanda on Tuesday  at 10 am.
I am so pleased for him, he has worked hard on this for weeks.
Good Luck Mate.
Xxx xxx
Wendy L

Friday, 14 July 2017

Just a Note

Good Morning All
Here is another card using a concertina butterflies I made HERE.  I need to buy myself a  new scoring board, I had to borrow one from my craft friend Lyn.
She had one that has increments of 0.5 centimetres which is what I needed to make these.
I made this card using all the off cuts from an 8x8 piece of embossed card that I had used on another project, just matted them onto pink card.
 Looks OK don't you think?


A link here to a You Tube tutorial on how to make a butterfly.
Afew have asked.

I used the odd piece of paper left over for the inside of the card.

Waste not want not!!!!!

xxxxxx
Wendy L
Big announcement tomorrow from
 John Next Door
Watch this space!!!!!

Wednesday, 12 July 2017

More Tags

Good Morning All

I made these tags a while ago.
It is a great way of using scraps too.
They will go in the box to sell at a Christmas fayre in November.


It is quite hard trying to find bits to go on ones for men, they are a pain aren't they????
I was gifted these little wooden tools, perfect for the job.





I really do mean that everything is from scraps, corners of papers, one off flowers, bits cut from book pages,
odd bits of ribbon and string.
We all have odd gems lying around our desk.
The only thing cut from a new sheet is the tag bases, cut from Kraft card.

Happy with these.

Also happy with these tags I made HERE
xxxxx
Wendy L


CHALLENGES
Butterfly Challenge - M and or O (Matching butterflies on 1st pic and colour orange)
Ends 27th July

Monday, 10 July 2017

Baby -Same stamp

Good Morning All
My, it is getting hot here, getting to the point now where we have to have AC on during the day, had it on at night for quite afew weeks. Sadly, getting too hot in my craft room!!!!!
Can manage in there with the fan on in the afternoon, once the sun has moved around the side.

I made these three cards on last Week using the same rubber stamp, all heat embossed.
Two with gold and one with Lilac embossing powder.
All very CAS.
All with CE Hearts Embossing Folder



Dont forget we have a theme of Romance going on MAWTT Challenge.

xxxxx
Wendy L

Saturday, 8 July 2017

Mythical - Magical for Allsorts

Good Morning All

Isn't it funny how dates stick in your mind, today was my ex Mother in laws Birthday.
She ended up with dementia and the last time I saw her, I was looking after her while my sister in law was out for the night.
She told me that the news reader on channel 4 was her lover and he was coming to meet her after he had finished reading the news!!
It was her funeral the day before my Fiance's way back on 2006, a very sad time for me and my boys.
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On to happier things.
Allsorts Challenge this week is hosted by Ellie, theme being Mythical or Magical.

I went with Fairies, such a cute topper from LOTV.

This card I will give to one of my Granddaughter Hollie (her Birthday is 31st) and I  made a hair clip for her with curly ribbon similar to this one HERE


Brenda is giving a prize for this challenge - 


Have fun.
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I am putting together some super sweet candy, watch this space.
You must be a follower though and you will get and extra chance if you follow my Craft page on Facebook.
xxxxx

CHALLENGES
Ends end July
As you Like It - Ribbon (got to add a bow)
Ends 20th July

xxxxx
Wendy L

Thursday, 6 July 2017

Wedding etc for MAWTT

Good Morning All
I chose the theme of Wedding or  Wedding Anniversary or Engagement for this times challenge at Moving Along With The Times
So ROMANCE.
I decided to make a Wedding card for the charity box.

I used  for the bride and groom and canopy a die from China.
CE Shadow Box Accessory - Mr and Mrs
CE Finishing Touches - Petite Peony Cluster
CE Leafy Montage emboss folder.
CHALLENGES
Ribbon Girl - A card
Ends 15th July
I am offering a prize for this challenge of one set of John Lockwood stamps.
Language of Flowers - Honeysuckle

Pop over to MAWTT and join us and get a chance to win this set of John's Stamps.
xxxx
Wendy L

CHALLENGES
Crafting with Dragonflies - Dies or punches
Ends 14th July

P.S.
I am going to put some candy together so watch this space.
xxxxx

Anything Goes for Craft Rocket

Good Morning All

Craft Rocket Challenge this month is Anything Goes.
So I made one of my favourite styles, a Box Card.
I did it all in white, vellum flowers with white pearl centres.





The flowers are cut using Creative Expressions Perfect Peony die.
Large pearls from China shop.









This went on sale in the local bar so I left the sentiment as
'Your Special Day'
so it can be used as a Wedding, or Anniversary or even Engagement.


   



Back later with another DT card.



















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Visit went well, tiring and busy but those to little girls are such a joy.




I made the hair slide for Hollie featuring a pearl gem that I make and sell HERE on my Facebook page.Would love you to join me over there.

You cant see the gem on these pics but it is there.




xxxxx
Wendy L

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