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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 my new grand daughter, Hollie, born July 2012. 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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Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Mad for Embellishing

Good Morning All
Ladybug Crafts challenge this month was 'Mad for Embellishing', But Sarah seems to  have gone AWOL, but I will post this anyway


I added butterflies, the pink ones from Mei Flower, the silver ones punched from Dufex.  Parchment flowers with gem centres and a homemade sentiment tag with twine, and finally some square gems in the corner.  The big flower in the centre is a cut out one that I have had in stash for years !!!

xxxxx
Wendy L

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Use A Sentiment for Crafty Friends

Good Morning Again
Second post from me today as two challenges start on the same day !!!!
Crafty Friends Challenge this time is 'Use A Sentiment'.
Well I used Two, but I couldn't tell you where they came from, I just keep a load of printed sentiments in a box ready to use as and when I need them.


The image is from the sponsor and ( confession coming up) I had coloured it and left it on my desk ready to use, then it fell upside down and I used it  as a matt to run through my embossing machine, so it was marked abit, and as I didn't want to print and colour again, I decided to emboss it with my Swiss dots embossing folder.
Looks Ok though.

Sponsor is Oddball Art Company
3 digis of their choice.


And

Small & Round


xxxx
Wendy L

Re-cycle / Upcycle

Good Morning All
My first post today is for Allsorts Challenge DT.
Brenda wants to see recycled or upcycled creations, so I used a negative from a die cut, (I do keep most of them in a file box, just incase I NEED them)


I used this image from Scrappers Delight and mounted it onto a piece of white card  embossed with a Sheena embossing folder.
I added two circle sentiments from Scrappers Delight also.
Added a few gems and a ribbon fastened with a chequered brad, to reflect a chequered flag in a race.
Sponsor is Scrappers Delight

Crafty Ribbons


Pop over to the challenge blog to see all the other DT creations.
xxxx
Wendy L

Thursday, August 27, 2015

No creation just Hochanda

Good Morning All
You probably all know about the new Craft Channel that is airing today at lunchtime.  It looks like our John next Door is kicking off proceedings Woohoooooo.
Here is his post with all channels etc.
They also have a Facebook page here.
So proud of John, best thing he did was to move back to UK. He is a natural for demoing and does TV so well.

xxxxx
Wendy L

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Beads

Good Morning All

This card is one I made a while ago and never blogged it as it is far from perfect.
A blog friend of mine, Janice from Created by Jan Blog features beads on some of her cards and they look gorgeous.  I thought I would have a go and this is my first attempt.



I need to keep practicing this type 
of crafting me thinks!!!!


Have a good Day.
1 week and counting until Hollie Days.


xxxxx
Wendy L

Monday, August 24, 2015

Best Wishes

Good Morning All
I have been going through my photo file and have decided to show some older cards in order to tidy it up.



All mauves and purples.
I thought this was quite a pretty one using  a Marianne Emboss and Cut die.  The tiny ballerina charms are very sweet.
I added one of my pins to the ribbon.
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Nine days and counting now until Hollie and her Mum And Dad arrive.
I,m like a child waiting for Christmas !!!!

xxxxx
Wendy L

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Roses

Good Morning All
Allsorts Challenge this week is 'Roses' set by Helene.
I found this gorgeous 'Roses' paper in my stash from The Works,  so decided to make that the focal point of my card. I added ribbon, bead pins and some paper and silk roses, and some butterflies cut from Centura Pearl card (cant see that very well ) using Marianne dies LR0158.




Sponsor is Marianne Designs
Great prize
xxxx
Wendy L

CHALLENGES
Chocolate Coffee and Cards - Use a Sentiment
Ends 4th Sept
Crafty Catz 289 - Flowers

Friday, August 21, 2015

Anything Goes for Creative Craft Cottage

Good Morning All
Creative Craft Cottage Challenge this time is Anything Goes, so that is a nice easy one for you if you want to enter. 


Our sponsor is All Dressed Up and I used this great digi from them 'Cool Dude'.
I decided to make a twisted easel card as I haven't done one for a while.
Being a 'man' card I kept it quite simple, just added a star charm on some twine.


Sponsor

xxxxx
Wendy L

CHALLENGES
Crafters Cafe - Shaped Card
Creative Moment - AG shaped Card
Ends 2nd Sep



Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Memory Box Flowers

Good Morning All

First I have some links for yesterday's post, some have asked for.  If any of you do Facebook there are some groups on there for book folding and they have tutorials for 2 and 3 liner folds and some free patterns too, lots of helpful advice. One is called Crafty Hana's Book Folding 
another is
Newbie Book Folding

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When we  have our craft meeting on Fridays, if any of us has bought new dies or embossing folders, we always take them and let other use them.
When Val was undergoing her eye surgery, she had taken delivery of this gorgeous Memory Box Die, so I used it for afew days and cut out quite afew to use in the future and this is one of those.


It is so delicate and pretty so I kept it mono and fairly simple, just added afew butterflies punched from centura pearl card, a sentiment and a Cheery Lynn flower.
xxxx
Wendy L

CHALLENGES
Unstampabelles - White on White + one colour
Ends 28th  Aug

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

2 Liner on Book Folding

Good Morning All
I have done a couple of 2 liner on my Book Folding, this was my first one to practice.


The first pic is without any decoration and this one I have inked the first name, added afew flowers and ribbon.

Mandy and Andy are friends of ours and they run a business in our village selling cars, so this takes pride of place in their showroom.



xxxxx
Wendy L

Saturday, August 15, 2015

Share Your Fave Colour

Good Morning All
Allsorts Challenge this week it to 'Share Your Fave Colour' set by Jo.

This was a hard decision as I love lots of colours, but I opted for pink.
I used Sissix Iron Gate' die, Marianne large Butterfly and lots of gems and pearls.



Sponsor this week is Sissix


xxxxx
Wendy L

Friday, August 14, 2015

Golden Wedding Anniversary

Good Morning All

I was asked to make this card for a Golden Wedding Anniversary.





I added the names on the white heart at the back.
So easy to make but looks so effective.




The lady was very pleased with this one. 







You can't go wrong with flowers and butterflies.

xxxxx
Wendy L

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Christmas Decoration

Good Morning All
I made a decoration like this last year and I was telling some of the ladies in our craft meeting last Friday and they said they would like to see them and learn how to do them so here is one I have made this week. 


I followed a tutorial on You Tube 
but there are lots of them and they can be done with 5 pieces instead of 6 .
This is quite a large one, I used a 12 x 12 paper cut into 4 x 4 pieces, s the finished ornament is about 12 inches across.
xxxxx
Wendy L

Monday, August 10, 2015

Sweet 16

Good Morning All

Still on with the book folding. 
 This was a test pattern for a lady on Face Book, very pleased with how it turned out.
This is it before I decorated.


And this is it once I had added afew bits and backing paper.




I am into making these Kudusama flowers too
(the pointy one on top of the book)
HERE on You Tube
There are numerous ones but I just picked this one.




My local bar, where we do our craft meet, has cleared a shelf for me to display some of my books, so hopefully, I may sell afew or get orders.
xxxxx
Wendy L

Saturday, August 8, 2015

Inspired by Summer Colours

Good Morning All
The challenge this week for Allsorts has been set by Tracy and is Inspired by Summer colours (Images, Sentiments, etc)


I decided to use this lovely Faye Whittaker decoupage image from Joanna sheen, as is the ribbon.  Lovely bright colours, reds, yellows and greens.  It is a sweet image I think and very reminiscent of summer, a little girl watering the sunflowers.
Pop over to the challenge blog to see what all the other DT have created.

Sponsor is Whimsy Stamps

A note I want to a add - My Grandson Lucas would have 6 years old today, God rest his soul.
You are in a better place.

Nanna thinks of you every single day. xxx


xxxxx
Wendy L

Friday, August 7, 2015

One for the Girls Creative Craft Cottage

Good Morning All

Creative Craft Cottage this week is 'One for the Girls'.




So it had to be pink for me.  The image is from the sponsor Lacey Sunshine called Darla Dogwood which I think is pretty sweet.
Pink card, My Minds Eye Paper, Creative Expressions pearly dots.
xxxx
Wendy L

Thursday, August 6, 2015

Snow In Summer

Good Morning All
Moving Along With The Times Challenge is 'Snow in Summer' and we would like to see
A Snowy Scene.

I dont do Christmas until around August or September but I did have this LOTV topper in my box.  I know you are probably thinking that it is now August, but I do my DT cards way ahead of time and this card was made a while ago.


The sparkle card is an old Christmas card, far too nice to throw away.  When people pass their used cards over to me, I cut the backs off them if they are plain and use them for matting and layering, which is what the  spotty embossed card is.
Pop over to the challenge blog to see all the other DT's gorgeous makes.  We also are looking for some new DT members, so if you would like to apply, pop over to the challenge blog.

xxxx
Wendy L
CHALLENGES


Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Quiet Book No. 2

Good Morning All
This is Quiet Book number 2 and this is for Noah and / or Aurora (when she is abit older).
Lots of pics coming up, some of the quality is not great so forgive me.



I decided to sew the pages in, instead of using rings and grommets.
And I sewed handles on, which I have since added to Hollies too.



This is the 'matching shapes' page.





 Numbers and counting page with the correct count of buttons under each flap.





Get the socks out of the washing machine and match them to the correct colour on opposite page.





Farm Barn with finger puppets.




Counting the beads across the strings.




Matching colours and learning to fasten buttons.




Opening the zipper on the Ladybug, counting and ladybugs and shapes inside. 



Alphabet.
Inside the pocket I put alphabet cards for each letter to teach reading, letters etc.

I really like this page.


Hope you like it and I,m sure the kids will.

Now onto the next one LOL.  
I really do enjoy making these.  
I will let you know how they enjoy them.  
Hollie will get hers first when she visits in September.
xxxx
Wendy L

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Summer Crafting for Ladybug

Good Afternoon All
Blimey, three posts today, and this one is my DT for Ladybug Crafts.
Sorry it has worked out this way but I have tried to space them out.

Samantha wants your take on Summer Crafting, so, to me that really means anything so I chose this lovely paper from Marij Rahder 'Pot Pourri' with sunflowers.


The dies used were a freebie with my Cut N Boss called Classic Collection.  I used the corner die to make a frame.  The flowers were from my stash and I added gem centres.

Pop over to the challenge blog and have a go at this nice easy theme.

xxxx
Wendy L

Movie Week

Good Morning All Again
My second post for today is for Crafty Friends Challenge Team 1,  and the theme is Movies.

I chose this sweet image and verse from Inky Impressions, one of our sponsors and obviously decided on 
'Singing In The Rain'




I chose the embossing folder to look like raindrops.
Because I wanted to use the two images given to us I decided to make an easel card.

Sponsors


xxxxx
Wendy L

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