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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 2 daughters Aurora, born March 2015 and Arabella, born August 2017. Thanks for visiting and I hope you enjoy my makes. Please leave a comment so that I know you have visited me. I love reading them all. xxxx

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Wednesday, 22 January 2020

Dies Challenge Day 15 & Loriens Birthday card

Good Morning All
Today is  Loriens Birthday and this is the card I made for her.
I used quite afew dies sets on this one.
I dont know where this image is from but I found it when I was having a clear out last year,
it was pre-coloured though.
I cut it out using   Spellbinders Labels 4  and added it to a mirri card mat, all stuck onto a large circle.

Dies Used   -----
27.  S/B Labels 4
28.   Memory Box Pepita Border
29.   Memory Box 98291 Macarena Corner
CED5513  Pierced Circles Used on Day 10)

xxxx
Wendy L



Tuesday, 21 January 2020

Hearts for Crafty Ribbons

Good Morning All

Crafty Ribbons are promoting Hearts today, so here is my make featuring narrow Grosgrain Heart  ribbon.
I found these little offcuts in my ribbon box.
The colours aren't very good on this pic but the backing paper is green and from Phill Martin.
I used a corner punch and added pearls to the centres on all the mats.
I tucked the ribbon under a hand crochet flower and added my sentiment tag on top of it.

No dies used on this one so a day off my challenge!!!

Xxxxxx
Wendy L

Monday, 20 January 2020

Dies Challenge Day 14 - Sissix Iron Gate & Decorative Strip

Good Morning All

A pretty in pink card today  featuring 2 dies.
The paper is from a pad from Joanna Sheen.
All my sentiment tags are made using X Cuts tag dies  so I dont list them every time I used  one.
I tucked the sentiment under a homemade bow.




Dies Used --------
25.   Sissix Thinlits 'Frame Iron Gate'
 26.  Sissix Tim Holtz Sizzlits Decorative Strip

xxxx
Wendy L

Sunday, 19 January 2020

Die Challenge Day 13 & Journal page 6

Good Morning All

As the Craft Shop is still closed until today, there was no Craft Club on Friday so I will continue with my Die Challenge.
I have Journal Page 6 to show you today, a double page featuring 2 die sets, one Creative Expressions and one Spellbinders.
The page on the left is using S/B Mega Scalloped Ovals, stuck down top and bottom to make a double  tuck spot.






For this page I made a double pocket from a book page.
Cut two tags from the CE Tags set.


Dies Used  ------
23.  CED4305  Pierced Tags
24.  S/B Mega Scalloped Ovals


Cant wait to get back to Craft Club next Friday and I have my Groovi Workshop tomorrow so I am looking forward to that.
Woohoo.


xxxxx

Wendy L

Saturday, 18 January 2020

Die Challenge Day 12A & Anything Goes for Crafty Friends

Good Morning All

Crafty Friends Challenge time again with a theme of
Anything Goes
I used Wild Rose digi from Beccys place and coloured it with my Perga Aqua pencils.
Mounted it onto a Sue Wilson Die and added an offcut of flowered paper to the side.
Homemade sentiment and ribbon and some pearls in the corners.

Our sponsor is Beccys Place




Dies Used  ------
22.  Creative Expressions CED9303  Stitched Lattice Frames

xxxx
Wendy L

Die Challenge Day 12 & More than One Word Sentiment for Allsorts

Good Morning All
Allsorts Challenge time again and this week is chosen by Mervi and the theme is to
Use a Sentiment with more than One Word.
 Sentiment is from John Lockwood when he was with Creative Expressions from a set called Camellia Ring Elements and also the paper is his too.
The die is Spellbinders
There is  tiny charm with Best Friend on it.

There is a stamp set from Indigo blu for a prize.

Dies Used  ------
21.   S/B Fleur de lis Squares
7.   X Cut Tags (Used before on Day 2)

xxxx
Wendy L

Thursday, 16 January 2020

Die Challenge Day 11 & Journal page 5

Good Morning All

Another Journal page today for my challenge with John Next Door.
To be honest, I am not too keen on this page but there is a pretty paperclip on the die cut which I was gifted in a swap.
The die is one that John gave me before he left Spain, it seems whoever he ordered from sent the wrong one so I am not sure if the name given at bottom of page is correct, but it is on the box it was in.  It is Spellbinders.





I stuck the die cut down at top and bottom to make a tuck spot and tucked an envelope in the space  made from book pages and embellished with a butterfly and lace.

The paperclip has a little tuck too.



Dies Used  ------
20.   S/B Belly Band One



xxxxxx
Wendy L

Wednesday, 15 January 2020

Die Challenge Day 10 - Birthday Card in Pink

Good Morning All

I am enjoying this Die Challenge that John Next Door set me back in November when I was with him.
It is making me have a good sort of of my craft stash, getting rid of quite afew too.
It also takes alot of organising, as I like to make stuff well ahead and get posts ready, I keep getting myself in abit of a mess.!!!!!

Today is another card using bits that were on my desk too.

Three dies sets used on this one and you will be seeing the Pierced Circles alot more because, along with the Squares and Ovals, they are kept at my side as they are used alot.
The sentiment is the focal point for this one.

Dies Used -----
17.   Creative Expressions  CED5513 Pierced Circles
18.   Creative Expressions  CED5409  Happy Birthday
19.   Nellie Snellen  MFD022 Heart

xxxx
Wendy L

Tuesday, 14 January 2020

Dies Challenge Day 9 & JND Heart Box

Good Morning All
John Next Door die today and it is his Heart box,
I initially bought this because you can make any shaped box with it as that is the way John designed it.
I cut it in Black and then a floral patterned piece for the top.
I must admit, it is a little bit fiddly but I am going to watch Johns Tutorial again and try making it a different shape too as I make lots of boxes for my Craft Club ladies.

The leafy swirl is one I got in a swap I think and then added some Spellbinder flowers, some twine and a sentiment tag.


Here is a link to Johns Craftalong on Hochanda when he demoed this die along with others.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lHL4kjpq6NY&fbclid=IwAR3Ws7hTnxtt9V6BLvE4Bx5F3smUiFH68hrm-CWH1k5wBzUTJ44TcPEQH8M&app=desktop


Dies Used  -----
15.  JND  Heart Collection JND063
16. S/B Bitty Blossoms

xxxxx
Wendy L

Monday, 13 January 2020

Dies Challenge Day 8 & Journal page 4

Good Morning All

Another Journal page for my Dies Challenge today.
I used another old Spellbinders die set and decorated 3 pages.
I used a stencil and Distress inks to add abit of decoration
The flowers were cut by hand and were lying around on my desk so I used the largest one to make a tuck spot for a journal card.
I folded the die cut in half to make tuck spots on both sides of a page.


This is the 3rd page and I made the tuck spot with ribbon  going around a page and tied at the top with  another ribbon.

Die Used  -----
14.  S/B Decorative Labels Twenty two

xxxx
Wendy L

Saturday, 11 January 2020

Dies Challenge Day 7 & Say it With Flowers for Allsorts

Good Morning All


Allsorts Challenge this week is

Say it With Flowers

so I,m sure this will be very busy.

I used a Creative Expressions Emboss Folder which I am also numbering and cataloging.
I cut 2 doilies from pale blue papers and  the mini Peonies I cut from offcuts of Clarity designer paper and the top ones from Kraft card and added blue pearls to the centres.


This weeks prize comes from Bev and the Bee Crafty family, it's one of their lovely BEAUtanicals flowers and sentiment.
They have a good website and very reasonable postage too.
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Dies Used   -------
12.   CED1451 - Petite Peony Cluster
13.   Cut & Make Dies - NIAMH

Emboss Folder Used  ---- 
2.   CE Leafy Montage

xxxxx
Wendy L

Thursday, 9 January 2020

Dies Challenge Day 6 - Journal page 3

Good Morning All

Okay, this is the 6th Dies Challenge post and it is Journal page No. 3
This features one of my older Spellbinder dies - Butterflies Circle.
I added the  butterflies that fell out of the die cut to the top of the page.
I have a stock of tuck  pockets made from book pages and added some journal cards.
I do love doing journal pages as I can use lots of bits and bobs in my stash.
I added a triple tuck pocket made from book pages and tucked in journal cards.


Dies Used  -----
11.   S/B Butterflies Circles


Jo from The Crafting Corner  Blog is joining me in my dies challenge, so good fun.
xxxxxx
Wendy L

Tuesday, 7 January 2020

Die Challenge Day 5 - Sympathy Card

Good Morning All

I have made a pretty Sympathy card using a Mini Striplet die backed onto pretty pastel card.
I cut it from card I had coloured with dried up Gilding Polish.
 See my post HERE about doing this.

It is a pretty die and reminds me of a Church window.
I punched each corner and added a pearl.
I put a strip of pink organza ribbon on top of white satin ribbon
to tie the sentiment and feather charm to.

Die Used  -----
10.    Creative Expressions Lattice Window
 (dont know the number as I dont have the box)

xxxx
Wendy L

Sunday, 5 January 2020

Die Challenge Day 4 & Journal Page 2

Good Morning All

As our local Craft Shop is closed there is nothing to show from there, ie. Gifts etc but there is an ongoing challenge HERE

On going with my Dies Challenge I am showing you  Journal page No. 2 today.
It features more of the corner dies from Cheery Lynn that I used on my 1st Journal page but I backed these onto scraps of papers.
The library cards were free from Vectoria designs.
I have linked to her You Tube channel as she links to freebies on there.


I used Mica Magics to colour the corners and tucked an envelope in.
I have lots of these already made along with tags and flowers for my journals.

Dies Used  -----
9.     X Cut  -  XCU503147  Vintage Notes Doily
2.    Cheery Lynn  -   B175 Lace Corner Deco J (used on Day 1)

xxxx
Wendy L

Saturday, 4 January 2020

Soft Pastels for Allsorts

Good Morning All

Allsorts Challenge this week is chosen by Helene and the theme is 
Soft Pastels 
A Groovi card I made to keep in my stock for family of friends.
It is mounted onto soft rainbow coloured pastel card.
The butterfly is picot cut and stuck on to give the card depth.
All coloured on the back of the parchment so it gives it a softer look.

Brenda is giving this Stabilo set as the prize.

xxxx
Wendy L

Friday, 3 January 2020

Die Challenge Day 3.- SIL Birthday

Good Morning All

This card is for my Sister in Law or rather, ex sister in law (my first husbands sister).
We still keep in touch and she is living on Gibraltar at present, her hubby is in the Marines.
Anyway, her birthday's on Sunday and I used a cute topper from LOTV as she has a dog abit like Rico.

I used S/B Scalloped Hexagons for the image and the sentiment and the Chrysanthemum die again.
All the rest is scraps of paper from Clarity designer pads with 2 strips of satin grey ribbon to split the stripy paper from the other.


Dies Used
3.   Cheery Lyn B311 Chrysanthemum Strip (used on day 1)
8.  S/B Scalloped Hexagons

xxxx
Wendy L

Thursday, 2 January 2020

Dies Challenge Day 2 - Butterflies

Good Morning All

This card shows the first die I ever bought - Mariannes Large Butterfly and the  small butterflies are also Marianne.
I am also sorting my Emboss Folders out so I am listing those too.




I added two types of ribbon onto the Groovi Parchment work and a sentiment tag and a charm.
I make my own sentiment tags using XCut tag dies and these will be seen alot on my cards.



Dies Used  ------
5.  Marianne Craftables CR1205
6.  Marianne Creatables LR0158
7.  X Cut  XCU503066vDecorative Dies

Emboss folder used  ------
1. Crafters Companion 
Signature Collection -Scattered Dots-


xxxxxx
Wendy L

Wednesday, 1 January 2020

Happy New Year & the Challenge Begins John Lockwood, & Something New for MAWTT

Good Morning All
Any sore heads around today !!!!


Firstly I would like to wish you all a  
Happy New Year.
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My challenge from John Next Door starts this week so I will be using  my dies, or a die from a set on every post  or nearly every post from today until I have used every set that I own.
John challenged me to use them on a Journal page  but when thinking about it, that would be quite difficult so I will be mixing Cards with Journal pages.
If anyone wants to join me, both John and I will give a prize.
It is a great way of having a clear out too, I have got rid of quite afew of my dies and Emboss Folders already!!!!!
Here are some of the dies I either have or am, getting rid of.
This is just SOME.

I started prepping for this when I got back from Johns at end of November.
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I am combining this with Moving Along With the Times challenge this month which is
Something New
So a NEW Journal, a NEW year and a NEW Challenge


So here is the first Journal page I have decorated using afew different die sets -Marianne, Cheery Lynn and JND
 (listed at bottom of post)

I have a stock of coffee dyed papers and Tucks and Tags ready, I just love making them and have a box full ready to go.

 I used a scrap of Clarity designer paper, punched a pretty corner to make a tuck spot for a tag.
Die cut the Cheery Lynn Chrysanthemum die  and used JND Poinsettia die as leaves (they were already cut and on my desk)`The corner die set has 3 different designs in so no doubt they will feature again.


I am entering Jo's Craftroom Challenge with this layout.
Her theme is Something New.

Pop over to the challenge blog to see all the other DT's work.
Diane has chosen to go to a monthly challenge from now on.
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I am showing this pic, you have seen it before but it shows off the Poinsettia die better and also another of Johns dies, The Proper Cracker die.
I made about 30 of these before Christmas, to give out to my Craft Club ladies, neighbours and friends, so I wont be making anymore anytime soon!!!

Dies used - 
1.  JND CC017 - Poinsettia
2.  Cheery Lynn - B175 Lace Corner Deco J
3.  Cheery Lynn - B311 Chrysanthemum Strip
4. JND CC016 Proper Large Cracker die
xxxx
Wendy L

Monday, 30 December 2019

Crafty Ribbons DT

Good Morning All

It is my turn to post for Crafty Ribbons today and I'm going Birthday with two gorgeous, yummy  Grosgrain Ribbons.

I made two cards with some toppers I received in swap parcel, all Tea cups and Cakes themed and I thought this lovely Macaroon ribbon would fit perfectly.



I added this gorgeous pale pink Sentiment ribbon across the top.

Then decided to add some gems in the corners.

xxxx
Wendy L

Sunday, 29 December 2019

Ladies wanted a challenge

Good Morning All

When my Craft Club ladies last met on 20th Dec, I was not going to set them a challenge as it is quite a while until we meet up again on 24th Jan, but they said they wanted one.

It is a nice easy one   ---
Flowers & Butterflies & Charms
It is NOT either / or, it is all three items




If you want to play along you can email me a pic and I do give a little prize to a randomly chosen winner.

xxxx
Wendy L

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