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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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Tuesday, 31 July 2012

Baby Candy Winner

Hi All

Baby girl, 2.56pm today.  9lb 4oz, all doing well. xxxx

Winning number is -------------------------------

31              Crafty nanny



 As picked out of a tub by John.  Very apt name for winner really, dont you think, considering I,m a Nanna again now. xxxxx


Please email me with your postal address.

xxxxx
Wendy L

Candy

Hi to all
Here is my candy   CLOSED  Baby (Holly, we think) was born at 2.56pm  on 31st July and weighed in at 9lb 4oz.  Mum, Dad and babs doing well.
  Thanks you.  Winner of Candy ------Craft Nanny
 My grand daughter is due on 28th July, she may decide to arrive early or late, that's her choice.   I wont get to see her in the flesh until 20th August and that is when I will post goodies  if won in UK, if other country I will post from here in  Spain.  But I will do the draw, by random (names in hat), on the day of her birth.
My candy consists of---
Bag of assorted brads - stars, flowers, hearts, circles (over 60)
Bag of assorted wire shaped tags
18 -  6x6 sheets Kate Knight 'Totally Tropical' papers
12 -  6x6 sheets Pink Paislee ' Spring  Jubilee' papers
Bag of flowers shapes as shown in previous post
15 mts sequins in pink
'Remember When' Sticky Stitches assorted colours
2 embellishments stick on
1 x Paper Mania dome stickers
17 floral peeloffs
Bag assorted metal shapes - floral, square, circle etc
1 x Boofle stamp
1 x Tatty Ted stamp
1 x Daisy & Dandelion Coloured Stickers
Paper mania 3D stickers 'Love'
3 teddy pictures
1 book of Hot off the Press 'Girl Power' punch outs

More added as time goes by-----
Large bag of foam shapes - hearts, castles 'Love' 'True' etc etc
5 metres of assorted satin ribbons
More ribbon
Brads - heart shaped
Charms
MORE ADDED- Bracelet, Wine glass charms, phone/handbag charm, bookmark, desk notepad.
I am adding the bracelet in the picture to the candy.  I went to the 'Angel' shop with my friend Susie today and bought some bracelets to cut up and get the charms and beads off them to make into pins for my cards.  I bought 9 bracelets and these are the charms I got off 8 of them and below are the beads I got.

Aren,t they super.  On the post dated 12 July are some of the pins I have made and I will be adding some into the candy.
I hope you will join in and become a member of my blog, please leave a comment then I know whose names to put in the hat!!!! And if you wish to, put a link on your sidebar.  I just want to say a big thank you to all  my followers.
xxx
Wendy L

Sweet

Good Morning All
My card today is a quick and easy one.  I used Daisy & Dandelion decoupage, Bearly Mine freebie gorgeous pastel paper and added afew embellishments, very easy.  Pink 5 x5 card blank and Papermania corners.
CHALLENGES -----------

Bearly Mine # 46 - Anything Goes
PaperPlaytime # 80 - Anything Goes
Fab'n'Funky # 131 Stamped Images
Coffee Chocolate & CardsRainbows & Butterflies
 

Monday, 30 July 2012

Fresh Brewed

Good Morning All

It,s time for challenge # 26 at Love to Create Challenge and this week  we are sponsored by
 Fresh Brewed Digis and they will give the winner 3 images of your choice.  They have some gorgeous ones to choose from too.
 The theme is 'Use a Tag' on your creation.  I decided to use 'Lazy Days' digi and mounted it onto a bright yellow tag.
A6 white card blank
Daffodil paper from stash
Quilled flowers
Homemade pin with white & yellow bead and a silver filigree bead
Ticket printed on Computer and chalked on edges
Narrow satin ribbon from Aldi
Image coloured with Promarkers

Pop over and join in the fun for this easy theme and have fun.  We all have fun visiting your blogs to view your creations.

xxxx
Wendy L

CHALLENGES ---------
Delightful - Dog Days Of Summer
Crafting for all Seasons # 32 - Splash Me
Polkadoodle # 30 - Summer
  

Friday, 27 July 2012

4 for 1

Good Morning All
I am up early today as I am waiting for workmen to arrive to do some work in the house.
I thought I would show you these cards I made the other day.  I was playing about with my Spellbinders border dies - I bought a set afew weeks ago and I thought they were cutters but when I got home they were embossers so I had to buy 2 more sets with the cutting edgers in!!  Anyway I was playing around and ended up with afew embossed/ cut edges so I decided to make a card, got out a piece of 8 x 8 lilac patterned paper and made a card.  Isn,t this Happy Birthday stamp lovely? (from Docrafts on a sheet I bought ages ago)
There was still some paper and borders left so I decided to make another.

There was still some paper and borders left so I decided to make another.
There was a tiny piece of paper and a border left so I decided to make another.

I have just posted two boxes of scrap back to UK for ladies on the Docrafts forum to use in their nursery schools and they cost nearly 15 GBP but I do so hate wasting anything and would rather someone get some use from it.  So, by doing this, there was no waste left from the 8 x8 piece of paper and my charities gain 4 cards from it too.

Have a good day

xxxxx
Wendy L

CHALLENGES -----------
Charisma Challenges # 29 - Monochrome
Cardz TV # 12 - Anything Goes
Poodles Parlour - Anything Goes
LEJ Designs # 13 - Bling Bling
Sentimental Sunday # 112 - Things with Wings
Creating When We Can # 23 - Monochrome


Wednesday, 25 July 2012

Gymnastic Tilda

Good Morning All
My card today is a Tilda stamp that I won a while ago, and with the Olympics upon you in the UK, I thought she was quite apt.
 Tilda coloured with Promarkers
5 x5 card blank
Pink doily (small piece of)
Quilled flowers  - white ones are scrap cut from inserts as are the pinwheel flowers
Homemeade wire pin with bead andruby beads hanging from end
White border punched by my friend Chris lee (Docrafts)
Pink roses made by Chris too
Red buttons from local market as is twine
Sentiment tag mounted on scrap of pink card
Ribbon retrieved from a gift box
Pretty cute ????

xxx
Wendy L

CHALLENGES -----

Make it Monday # 99 - With digi my world
Kaboodle # 129 - Whats in - Banners Pinwheels Hexagons etc
Pile it On  - P10-30 You're It
Divas by Design # 45 - Happy Birthday
Lets Craft & Create # 50 Scrap Buster
Whimsy Stamps Challenge #49- Summer Fun
Paper Pretties PWC 216 - Birthday Cards
Crafts & Me # 94 - Anything Goes
MAWTT  - In the Pink
Simon Says - Anything Goes
Paper Shelter # 74 - Metal Embellishment

Tuesday, 24 July 2012

Novel Christmas Card

Good Morning All

I made this Christmas Card last year and have just some more things out of the cupboard and I decided to finish this one off.  I think the instructions were in Making Cards Magazine, but I,m sure they could be found on Youtube (you can find everything on there)
I think it looks very effective and it will fold flat to go in an envelope.

Enjoy.

xxxx
Wendy L

CHALLENGES ---------
Lexis Challenge # 70 - Xmas in July
Anything Goes # 72 - Lets not be Square
Bearly Mine #  45 - Shaped Cards
Shopping our Weekly Stash # 61 - Use something new New design

Monday, 23 July 2012

Stork for Baby

Good Morning All

Time for another Love to Create Challenge and this week we are sponsored by Meljens Designs and they will give the winner 4 great digital images, and the second sponsor is Papelitos and they will give 3 digis of your choice.
 The theme is SPOTS & DOTS and here is my card .
5 x 5 white card blank
Meljens digi Stork
Papermania spotty paper and spotty buttons from the Docrafts Goody Bag in May
Sissix Scalloped square dies
Tag 'Its a Boy' bought in USA years ago
Ribbon and other bits from stash

For this card I used a Papelito image.  I think this is a really fun image and I love her stripey socks and stacked shoes, that takes me back to my teenage years, wearing shoes like that!!!!All the embellishments on this  card I have either won or been given by some of my lovely buddies.
I look forward to seeing your creations.
xxxx
Wendy L

CHALLENGES ---------------
The Blue card for challenges
Crafting When We Can # 23 - Monochromatic
Joanna Sheen - Animal Crackers    I WON THIS ONE

Hiding In My Craft Room # HIMCR55 - Lets see those Layers
Ribbon Girl Challenge  # 21- Colour
Tuesday Alchemy # 23- Buttons



Friday, 20 July 2012

Girlie

Good Aternoon All
Looking forward to tonight as 'Chess' (Queen Tribute band) are on tonight as part of the fiesta celebrations, so it will be another late one for us.

Todays card is pretty and girlie.
I made it mainly to put the ribbon flowers on that I have made but they don't show up very well as they are made with organza ribbon instead of silk, you can see how to make them here.  Really Reasonable Ribbon  Ramblings shows you how to make them on a video but one word of advice is not to pull right the way through, you will understand if you have a go.  They do look good though and I have fastened mine with a brad.  The creamcard in the middle is the 4 negatives from my previous frame card.  Sarah Kay sentiment. Gems from ebay.  Pearls from Papermania.  Corner punch from EK. Homemade sentiment tag. Punched silver butterfly and a peeloff on acetate butterfly. All rest from stash.

xxxxx
Wendy  L
PS:  Dont forget the Forever Friends Challenge is still open and there is a great pad of papers for the DT team favourite.  The theme is summer holidays and your entry must have an animal somewhere on it. xxxxx  Aslo there is July give away on their blog too. xxxx

Challenges -----------------

Fab n Funky # 130 - Make your own Flowers
Whimsy Stamps # 48- Punches and Edgers
MAWTT - In the pink
Reasonable Ribbon Challenge # 52 - Summer colour and ribbon
Crafty Catz Challenge # 142 - Monchromatic

Thursday, 19 July 2012

2nd Tutorial

Good Evening All

Here is my 2nd tutorial on how to make a frame card as shown in post yesterday -

I use cream card measuring 36 x 12 cms
Scored at 4  and  7  and  15 and 18 cms from left short side
Fold as shown in this picture------
Choose what shape aperture you would like - I used a scalloped Sissix Die on my Cuttlebug.
 Then stick a piece of acetate behind it.
Then decide which paper you would like and cut a piece measuring 18 x 18 cms and glue in place right upto last fold then along to right hand edge.  I cut mine slightly shorter than 12 cm then I would have a cream border showing as in picture.
It is at this stage that you should stick your embellishment that is going to show behind your window - and which numpty forgot again!!!!!  YES  ME.
Using both double sided tape and glue stick from left edge to first fold (use glue stick over tape then you can manoeuvre until in correct position).  Fold over to make your frame shape and stick down over your paper, but flatten before the final stick down out then you know it will fold flat to go in envelope.
Where my finger is in the picture above, that is your left edge.
Now you can start to decorate as you wish.  I had to put my flower inside at this point (fool that I am)

And here is a couple more that I have made tonight.  You can adjust the measurements to any you like to make your frame wider or narrower.  This size will fit in a 8 x 6 " envelope.

I hope you like them and find this one easy to follow.  Please email me if you have any problems and have loads of fun making yours.


The stall went Ok last night and we all had a good time.  We took a reasonable amount of money which all goes back into the charities I support here and some will go to buy food for the poor families in our village.

Thanks for looking here today.

xxxxx
Wendy L

Wednesday, 18 July 2012

Tutorial


This shows how I made the Christmas card on an earlier post (yesterday)

2 pieces of card measuring -  11" x 6" (I used an embossed one for the top )

Score the bottom one at 3"   from left side
                                   Score the top one at 1.5"  and  5"  and  6.5"  from left side (good side on top)
                                                and fold as shown


Draw round a shape (I used a rectange OR you could use a die cutting maching and a die) as show on the front piece between the 1.5" fold and the 5" fold  and cut out carefully with a craft knife and glue a piece of acetate over the aperture
                                                                       showing wrong side

Next
Choose your paper and cut a piece measuring  6" x 4" (this will be what shows behind your acetate) and glue on to back piece of card from fold line.  The right edge of paper will be hidden behind front piece of card when glued into position.
It is at this stage when you should add your embellishment or whatever you wish to have behind your window(acetate), before glueing the front on (I forgot and had to add it later) - numpty that I am!!!!!

Using a mixture of both double sided tape and a glue stick, this adds a little moving around time to get it positioned correctly.
(This is hard to explain) ------
on front piece with good side facing up - from left side to first fold use glue / tape and stick into fold on back piece to butt up against edge of fancy paper






Then, on wrong side of front piece, use tape and glue again, you have to hold your shape into a box and stick to back piece.  Both right sided edges shoud be together but if they are not dont worry they can be trimmed.

These 2 pics are what you should end up with

And it should fold flat to get into an envelope (I always test this before I stick down)
Then you can go to town on your embellishments -
I put peeloffs around frame and ribbons and gems and pearls on flat piece but with the embossed card it did not need too much


I hope you find this clear enough to follow and if not please email me and I  will try to explain.  But please leave a comment to let me know what you think.  Soon I will do another tutorial explaing how I did the cream one from one piece of card.

xxxx
Wendy L


Picture card

Good Morning All

Today is the day of the stall, all ready (I think).  I will let you know how it goes tomorrow but I am looking forward the seeing the tribute acts - Robbie Williams, Cher, Lady Gaga and Amy Winehouse - after we have finished selling.
 This one is for John (next door).  I keep urging him to start his own blog and I will  let you know when he does then you can pop over and visit.  His style is very different to mine - more shabby chic/grungy, but it is fun swapping ideas and craft stuff.
I made this with papers from Papermania, they were in the goody bag in May, along with the ribbon and the brad.  Charm from one of the cut up bracelets.  Yellow gems are Papermania and  white ones from Ebay.  Scalloped edge squares are Nellie Snellen - 2 large and 2 smaller mounted at diagonal angles.
I will do a tutorial over the weekend with pics to show how I made this using 1 piece of card.

xxxx
Wendy L
P.S.
I have added tutorial on 19th July.
Challenges-----

LEJ Designs # 12- Anything Goes
Tuesday Throwdown # 107 - Clear Elements
Divas by Design # 44 - Anything Goes
Papertake Weekly - All things Girlie
Paper Shelter Challenge # 73- Anything Goes
Paper Pretties PWC 215 - Bling it On



Tuesday, 17 July 2012

Christmas Boxed Off

Good Morning All

I,ve been a bit busy getting organised for the stall tomorrow as part of Fiesta week here.

Hard to think about Christmas now but here is another card I have made

This is really quite easy to make and I will do a post on how to do it within the next few days once the fayre is over.  It does fold flat to go in a A5 envelope too.  It has 2 decoupaged images on it, one behind the acetate window and 1 on the side.  You can go to town on decorating it up.  Peeloffs, die cut baubles, border punches etc etc. xxx
I have done afew of these with a bunch of flowers behind the window and they look great.

P.S.  I have added a tutorial on 18th July on how to ake this style of card. 

A couple of pics from the Wacky Races the other night in the village.


It was a really fun night and there were about 20 cars/mobiles, practically the whole village turns out for these things going on.  It is great.

xxxx
Wendy L

Challenges ----------------
Divas by Design  # 43- Christmas in July
2 Sisters Challenge # 100 - Christmas
Totally Gorjuss # 140 - It,s Christmas
Cards for Men  # 15- Christmas in July
Crafters Companion Monthly # 26- Ho ho ho christmas
Die Cuttin Divas #  74 - Christmas in July
ABC Challenge - T for two  (two decoupage images)
Quirky Craft Challenge # 15- Christmas in July



Monday, 16 July 2012

Tiddly Inks

Good Morning All

Time for another challenge over at Love to Create.  This week we are sponsored by Tiddly Inks and I have used their digi 'wryn - new wings'. And the criteria is to use 3 of something on your creation.

A6 card blank
Negative of a Spellbinder Label die
Image(I took to be nurse sorting out her 1st Aid box) coloured with Promarkers
3 buttons from 'The Works' in UK
Sentiment from Tiddly Inks
I gathered narrow strips of white paper across top and bottom- possibly to look like bandages

I hope you will join in this week and have fun

xxxxx
Wendy L

Sunday, 15 July 2012

Fly Away Teddies

Good Morning All
We had a very late night last night and I have only just got up and had a quick swim.   We had neighbours round for a BBQ and then went into the village to watch 'The Beatles' - a Spanish tribute band and they were very very good.  It is fiesta week here in Benijofar so there is something going on nearly every night this week, culminating a a massive streeet parade next Saturday, and when I say massive I mean massive, last year we came home before it ended and we hade been there for over 3 hours!!!!!  Last night the band were meant to be on at 11pm , but this being Spain, manaña, manaña, it was about 12.40 and we didn,t get home until well after 2am.  They were on in the school playground and all the families were there and the tiny kiddies were full of life and dancing away to the music.  They do everything late at night here because it is too hot during the day and early evening, it,s their way of life but still seems a little strange to us, going out at 10.45pm.  Next Friday it will be the same again as a 'Queen' tribute band is on and Queen are my fave so we will definately be going to that.  Tonight there is a homemade car/gocart push on the hills at the top of the village so we are going to watch that as we didn,t see it last year.

Anyway onto todays card, and it,s back to parchment.  I did this one a while ago and it is very quick and easy, not alot of embossing, but I think it looks great.
The pattern was for a baby card as the sentiment reads 'Just Droping in to  Welcome the New Arrival' but I think it could be made for a general birthday card too.  It is a DL size.  Coloured with pencils on the reverse. Mounted onto purple card

xxxx
Wendy L

Challenges -------

Ready Teddy Go #12 - Up up and away
   I WON THIS ONE

Saturday, 14 July 2012

White with a Hint

Good Afternoon All

Cor blimey it,s hot here today and fairly humid.   I,ve got the fan blasting on me in my craft room.

Todays card I just love and hope you will too.
Marianne Butterfly die
Swirl/flourish sent to me by Chrislee (Docrafts)
Flowers bought in USA
Cuttlebug embossed card
Nellie Snellen multi frames square

I love white on white and I chalked a hint of green on the edges of embellishments.

xxx
Wendy L

PS. Over on Forever Friends Challenge blog,
 Lizzie is having a July giveaway and there is still time to enter July challenge too.
xxxxx
 Wendy L
Challenges --------------
Hiding in my Craft Room # 53 - Colour
Cards Galore - July - White on white
 

Friday, 13 July 2012

Anniversary

Good Afternoon All

Today I have been trying to get things sorted for the craft stall on Wednesday at our local bar (to raise money to help the local poor families, as they don not get government help when they are out of work as UK does).

I finished an Anniversary card and added loads of pretty blingy bits to it.



Pearlised base card folded as shown.
Silver card layers.
Nellie Snellen heart dies.
Peeloffs
Swirls
Ribbon
Gems
I added a quilled petal flower on the back with a label to write on.
I love this pearl lace aswell.

xxxx
Wendy L

Challenges ----------------

Totally Papercrafts #124 - Lots of Layers
Delightful Weekly Challenge - Bling & Bows
Shopping Our Weekly Stash #59 - Folds Pleats
Bunny Zoes Monthly Challenge # 26- Swirls & Lace
  





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