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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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Saturday, May 30, 2015

Vintage for Allsorts

Good Morning All
The winner of my prize from last weeks post is
Christine Harrop
I have heard from Christine, after she responded to my post last night, so her prize will be posted out on Monday.
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Allsorts Challenge this week is 'Vintage'.  Now this is not something that comes easily to me, I love looking at others creations but I find it quite hard to do it.
If you have a look at Astrids Artistic Efforts Blog, she does Vintage beautifully and she is very generous with some freebies too.


So it is one of Astrids freebie sheets I have used for this card and I am very pleased with it too.
With her images I have  added satin ribbon with 2 of my bead pins, a lovely pink doily, inked on the edges and some pearls and gems from my local China store.

We have  two sponsors this week

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xxxxx
Wendy L

Friday, May 29, 2015

Winner of my comments for Allsorts Challenge

Good Evening All
What a busy week we have had at Allsorts this week and thank you for all the lovely comments left on here too.
The randomly chosen winner of my commenters is........................
  Christine Harrop


You will have until Monday to contact me with your address then I shall have to choose another name.

Well Done.
xxxx
Wendy L

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Texture

Good Morning All

I had a lovely day yesterday for my Birthday.  We went for a walk on the coast in the morning after Johns friend had left to drive to Andorra. Then in the evening we went for a couple of drinks and  a couple of  friends joined us  and brought me these gorgeous flowers and gift.  After that just John and I went for an  Indian meal, yummy.


This is where we went for  walk, Cabo Roig.


Thanks to everyone for my Birthday wishes, cards and yummy presents from my John, Val in Spain and Lyn.
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Moving Along With The Times Challenge this week has been set by my mate Ang, Mrs Duck, who is suffering from Chicken pox at present,  and she wants to see 'Texture' either dry or heat embossing or use texture paste.  Well, as I dont have any texture paste it had to be embossing.


I embossed some card from one of Johns beer cartons using   'Grand Woven' by Couture Creations.    I cut circles using S/B butterfly circles, added some old curtain material that has been cut off from hems, an odd piece of lace and a sewing kit you get in hotels.  Added lots of butterflies and some buttons with twine.
Hope you like it and will pop along and join us with this challenge.

xxxxxx
Wendy L

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

My Birthday

Good Morning All
Today is my birthday so I,m allowed to do what I want.


This is using all bits from my desk, negative die cuts, flowers, gems , ribbon, etc etc.
Not sure what we are doing today.  A friend of OH stayed over last night, he hasn't seen this guy since college days, what a catch up.  So not sure what time he will be leaving.
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Here are some of the gorgeous cards I have opened this morning, so thanks to everyone -
Brenda, Ginny (As I do Rhodes),  and my sister for my lovely handmade cards.
Val and Lyn, thanks for the cards and my gorgeous presents too, I shall be playing with those today !!!!!


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Dont forget I have a prize and I will add extra for my birthday, just leave a comment on Saturday (Allsorts post) and I will pull a number out on Friday. xxx


xxxxx
Wendy L

Monday, May 25, 2015

Felt Flower

Good Monday Morning All

As you know, I love making flowers and here is another one made from felt after watching Sue Wilson make these on a You Tube video.


I,m sorry but I have looked through the videos and cannot find the link for it it, Basically, you fold a piece of felt in half lengthwise and snip into it from the folded edge, then start winding it to form this flower.
I hope you like it.
xxxxx
Wendy L

P.S.
I just thought I would show you this lovely cactus that is part of the community plants outside my our door.   The flowers open up in the sunshine and go to sleep at night, isn't it gorgeous?


xxxxxxx

Wendy L

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Allsorts 6th Birthday

Good Morning All
Today is Allsorts 6th Birthday so we are having a little celebration and I will be giving one of my commenters a little gift.
First though, I would like to welcome Cindy to my blog, thanks for joining me.
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I have made a gorgeous pink card with lots of butterflies .





The pink embossed and cut card is done by using the the Marianne Cut/Emboss folder I am giving away as part of my gift.  It is my birthday too on Wednesday so I shall add some extra candy in the give away.  As it is a birthday for Allsorts I went to town on blinging it up.  I used a Scrappers Delight sentiment and bead pins and pearl wires I have made. I love these tiny 'Hand Made With Love Charms', I feature them on some on my bead pins.
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This is the folder I am giving away, it is brand new, not the one I used, I bought two when I bought them.  I will add some bead pins too, similar to the ones HERE and HERE, and probably, afew other bits too.  I will randomly choose a winner next Friday from the comments left on this post.
I shall announce the winner on next Saturdays Allsorts post and he / she will have 48 hours to respond then another name will be picked.
Visit the other DT as some are having give aways too.
The bead pins are still for sale too.



Sponsor is
 Tattered Lace

who are giving an amazing 50GBP gift voucher, well worth entering this week and visiting all the DT blogs too.
xxxxx
Wendy L

CHALLENGES
Alphabet Challenge - G for Glitz & Glamour
Brown Sugar 147 - Fave colour combo
Crafty Calender - Things With Wings
Ends 5th June

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Add A Bow

Good Morning All
Creative Cottage Crafts Challenge is Add A Bow so that's a nice easy for you.


I was given this image to play with but, because it is so soft (if you know what I mean), I really did not want to colour it, so all I did was colour the bow in her hair and I matched the rest of the card to that colour.
The corners are a Leane die No. 45-8558 cut from cerise card, a double bow using cerise satin ribbon and two bead pins (available to buy, HERE) and another bow in twine holding the sentiment tags.

The sponsor is Ppinky Dolls

xxxx
Wendy L

Monday, May 18, 2015

Humphrey

Good Morning All
These cards have been in my file for ages so I thought I would show them to you.


They are both Humphrey decoupage from Crafters Companion.
Very quick, easy cards and ideal for kiddie cards.  I dont make alot of children's cards, or 'man' cards either, I really must get onto this as I am doing a craft fair in June and need to get the boxes filled up.


xxxxx
Wendy L

Saturday, May 16, 2015

No Squares

Good Morning All

The Challenge at Allsorts this week is 'No Squares'


I chose a Rectangle with circles and a pre-coloured design from our sponsor, Deedee Designs.





Next week is Allsorts Birthday and we are celebrating and there are some prizes on offer too, I will be giving away a prize too.



xxxxx
Wendy L

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Let's Get Fruity

Good Morning All
Moving Along With The Times challenge this time is 'Let's Get Fruity'

I struggled to find an image for this one, then found this little cutie.


This gorgeous little puppy is playing with an apple.  The die is Xcut Petals, 2 sizes and I added an inked doily, ribbon, brad and a charm tied onto the sentiment.

xxxxx
Wendy L

Monday, May 11, 2015

Home Time

Good Morning All
Today I fly back to Spain after a wonderful visit with family and catching up with lots of friends.

Another weave card today.  I cut all the strips and then glue them all together while I 'm watching TV at night.


I do love the effect of this weaving and am very happy with this card.
xxxxx
Wendy L

Saturday, May 9, 2015

More Than 2 Die Cuts

Good Morning All


Allsorts Challenge this week is To use more than 2 die cuts, hosted by  Mervi.


I have used - S/B Scalloped Hexagons, Cheery Lynn Ivy Corner B315 and Cheery Lynn Chrysanthemum B311.
A gorgeous digi from Passion for Stamps.

Sponsors -


xxxx
Wendy L

Thursday, May 7, 2015

All That Glitters

Good Morning All
Time for challenge 4 at Creative Cottage Crafts and the theme is All That Glitters.


Believe it or not but this card is actually green, it looks a murky grey doesn't it?

The image is from our sponsor  'All Dressed Up'
Quite cute isn't it?
coloured with Promarkers.
I added a big glittery dazzler to the bow.  The sentiment tags are held n with one of my bead pins, available HERE if you would like to buy some, or leave a comment for me with your email and I will get back to you.
I glittered the edges of the S/B Beaded Ovals and gems to the EK Success punched border.
xxxx
Wendy L

Monday, May 4, 2015

Another Weave card

Good Morning All
Here is another card featuring the weaving I first did HERE.


I just added lots of bits from my stash, butterflies, flowers and gems.  Two colours of 1/4" card strips weaved behind a negative die cut of Nellie Snellen Scalloped Square.

xxxxxx
Wendy L
CHALLENGES
Crafty Calender - Things With Wings
Ends 5th June

Saturday, May 2, 2015

April Showers Bring May Flowers

Good Morning All
Allsorts Challenge this week is ' April Showers Bring May Flowers, chosen by our fab leader, Brenda.
I must admit I did struggle abit with this one, flowers or showers or ?????

I used a digi from our sponsor, Digistamp Boutique called Cherry Blossom, mounted it onto S/B Ornate Squares , cut two and made into a doily.  You can just see raindrops on the image that I made with Anitas Clear Gloss.  The embossing folder is Die'sire Embossalicious Elegant Frame.

Sponsors this week are 



Digistamp Boutique


As I am in the UK I may not get round to visit your blogs, please forgive me as my tablet is not Blogger friendly but I will do my best.
xxxxx
Wendy L

Friday, May 1, 2015

Fave Colour for Ladybug Crafts

Good Morning All
Ladybug crafts challenge this month is to use your fave colour.


It is quite hard to choose my fave colour on a card, as when I make a card, I think that I love that colour, as I did with this one.  I do think peach and brown go well together, then again, I like pink and blue, pink and black, blue and white etc etc etc etc.
The brown corner die is one borrowed from a craft friend at our meeting so I,m not sure what it is, possibly a Tonic one, Val may be able t comment on this and tell me.
The butterfly is a Spellbinders I think, again it has been in my 'die cut' draw for ages, as has the stamped sentiment.  Bead pins and pearl hoops made by me.
I,m pleased with this card and hope you are too.

xxxxx
Wendy L

Thursday, April 30, 2015

A Recipe

Good Morning All
The challenge this week at Moving Along With The Times is a recipe decided by Hazel and she wants to see 
  1 digi -  Digi Darla image Flower Fairy
2 patterned papers - from stash
3 embellishments - 3 flower on corner
A touch of glitter - I glittered her hair



Pop over to the challenge blog and have a look at all the other DT creations.
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As I am still in the UK, forgive me
if I dont get round to visit your blogs, please forgive me as my tablet is not Blogger friendly but I will do my best.
xxxxx
Wendy L

Monday, April 27, 2015

Weaving

Good morning All
As this goes out I shall be on my way to the airport to get my flight to Uk, fingers crossed that French Air Traffic Control dont go on strike!!!!
While I,m away I wont be able to visit you all as often as my tablet is not very Blogger friendly.
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Since watching Sue Wilson and her Weaving dies on C&C the other day, I thought I would try doing it without a die, not as detailed but quite good I think and at very little cost !!!!




 I dont know about you, but when I watch C&C I really DO WANT the products but can't afford them, so now I have got to think to myself, 'do I really need them?'

No I dont is the answer.  So I made do with figuring a way to do this without the die, and afew people have said that this die is quite complicated to use so this is what I figured out.



 I cut white card at 1/2" and coloured card at 1.4" and stuck them together as shown.


Then I cut an aperture in an A5 card and weaved the strips behind it as the pic below shows.

And this is the result which I am very pleased with.
My bead pins with a homemade tassle (I made quite afew of these the other night and am very pleased with them too), homemade quilled flowers and the leaf die I borrowed from Val at craft meet, and an acetate sentiment.
What do you think?

xxxx
Wendy L

Here is afew pics when we went on the Tapas Run yesterday, that provide a little train that passes all the bars taking part.




We only managed to visit 4 bars before it ended at 4pm but a good time was had by all.
And a couple of friends flew in from Belfast so they were able to join us too.
Great fun.

xxxxxx

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Bring Your Bling

Good Morning All
Allsorts Challenge this week is 'Bring Your Bling', Helene wants to see lots of SPARKLE.


These die cuts are some I had  in my box and I think it was a die I borrowed from John Next Door before he deserted me!!!!  I topped it with a decoupaged flower and stuck all of it onto  glittered paper.  My bead pins stuck in the ribbon and decorated up with lots of gems.

Sponsors this week are-Whimsy Stamps


Why not pop over to the challenge blog and have a peek at all the other DT creations and have a go yourself.
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We have a Tapas run this weekend in the village so will be popping along for afew tomorrow.  They are promoting Aubergines so each bar is doing 3 tapas and we have to vote for the best bar. One tapa and one drink for 2 euro, so bang goes the diet again!!!!
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I am going to the UK earlier than planned, Monday, so if I dont get round to visit your blogs, please forgive me as my tablet is not Blogger friendly but I will do my best.
xxxx
Wendy L

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Decorated Box

Good Morning All
Sorry, abit of a moan coming.  At my time of life I am suffering hot flushes and have been taking Black Cohosh, I dont know if this has anything to do with it, but my joints have been aching badly, especially my fingers.  As a result, I am finding it hard to crochet and do the more fiddly bits of crafting, so annoying a I need to craft when I am watching TV, especially knitting and crochet. I need a miracle cure for my achy joints, I wish!!!!!
I know I shouldn't moan as there are lots of people worse off than me.
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Afew weeks ago I decided to decorate a box that I have had in a cupboard for ages, it was nice and sturdy, too good to throw out.





I used some LOTV paper as it was quite a thick piece, quilled flowers, lace and odd bits and bobs from my stash.

Another one that will be going to the Slimming Club filled with bath goodies I think, as a raffle prize.

xxxxx
Wendy L

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