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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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Thursday, 31 January 2013

Look what I've made

Hi All
I have wanted some blending tools for ages and my local craft shop has closed indefinately and I have spent a large chunk of money on dies just aafter Christmas, so I really did not want to spend any more so here's what I came up with -----  my very own, homemade blender.

I was in the local China Bazaar and I saw these large corks, they are about1.5 inches in diameter.  I thought I could glue some felt on the bottom and use them like that as a blender but then I thought I may want to replace the felt so--  I glued one piece of felt on the bottom but put a much bigger piece around it and held it in place with an elastic band so that I can throw it away and replace as and when necessary.  Hey Presto they work perfectly, so I am going to buy some more ( they are 60 cents for 2 thats about 50pence) so that I can have different ones for different colours of ink.  I only have one Tim Holtz Distress ink but I have found that my other ink pads work just as good for what I need.                                                                                                   
 Saved myself a fair amount of money me thinks.
 
Going to the airport now to pick up my eldest son and his partner.

xxxxx
Wendy L

Wednesday, 30 January 2013

Lots of Pinks

Good Evening All
I made this card for a couple of challenges.  Dont you just love those feathers?  I was given them by Linda (Animal Aid) afew days ago, along with more paper and other bits for crafting.  The image is a decoupaged Duflex hedgehogs (cute) but it doesn,t show very well on the pic.
I used old paper matted onto pink card, gems, homemade pearl pin, Marianne butterfly dies, satin ribbon wrapped around strips of paper and card, Cheery Lynn corner die, X Cut corner punch, Spellbinder Hexagon die and homemade crochet flower.

Close up of flower, I stuck a butterfly witha gem on the middle of it.
 
DONT FORGET TO JOINE ME ON MONDAY FOR LOVE TO CREATES BIRTHDAY CHALLENGE  ----- LOTS & LOTS OF PRIZES
xxxxx
Wendy L
 
CHALLENGES---------------
Sketch and Stash # 106
Cheery Lynn # 65 - Tickled Pink
Link up for Pink # 9 Photo inspiration
Anything Goes # 85 - Monochrome
Craftroom Challenge - Monochrome
Die Cuttin Divas - Anything Goes
 Tuesday Alchemy # 49 - Anything Goes
Unstampabelles # 19 - One or More Dies
 
 
 
 
 

Tuesday, 29 January 2013

Organza Flower and bling

Good Morning All
My card this morning is a Tilda image coloured with my Promarkers.
The large flower is made from organza and I learnt how to do this from Christina at Card Making Magic and this link goes straight to the video tutorial where she shows how to make different styles of these flowers using a heat gun, it is so easy.
The rest of the card is a stamped sentiment, gems, paper flowers, a homemade bead decoration and a swirl from Zva Creative (I won) and a tiny butterfly die cut with gems in the middle, all mounted onto embossed white card and matted onto red card to match the flower colour.
xxxxx
Wendy L

PS:  I think I feel some candy coming on, maybe for Valentines day.  I was thinking this morning, how blogging has changed and filled my life.  When I started, I thought I would never get used to it - entering challenges etc, but now it is  a major part of my day.  And I have made som many wonderful friends.  I think the candy will be flowers and gems, I will get it together and post it on here next week. 
My eldest is arriving on Thursday with his partner so we will be busy going out but I will still find time to visit and all my DT post are scheduled, fingers crossed.



CHALLENGES --------
Passion For Promarkers # 183 - Add Sparkle
Creative Craft # 2 - Bling it Up
Pretty Little Ribbon # January - Flowers /ribbon



Monday, 28 January 2013

Anything Goes with a Sentiment

Good Morning All
Monday means Love to Create Challenge time again and the theme is and nice easy one 'Anything Goes with a Sentiment' so there is no excuse not to have a go.  Sponsor is ------------
Stamp Fairy.





 

My card is a twisted easel  and I have used the Stamp Fairy image 'Barry Love'.  Coloured him with Promarkers and Spectrum Noirs and mounted him onto maroon, pink and red card.  Scalloped circle with inked edges and a peeloff.  The flowers are Spellbinders 'Bitty Blossoms' and 'Blossoms' except for the tiny maroon ones which were bought on ebay.  The base card is some I won in candy.  I have not added any other sentiment so that it could be used as a Valentines card.
I made a  envelope box using my new Enveloper board I won and put one of my crochet flowers on it with a brad.

Have Fun
xxxx
Wendy L
CHALLENGES
Gingerloft # 56 - Love is in the Air
 Creative Creations # 2 - Keep it Simple
                                      Paper Makeup Stamps Challenge - Hearts Galore
 Lexis Creations # 82 - Fancy Folds


Sunday, 27 January 2013

Getting Straight

Good Afternoon All
The decorator has finished and we piled everything back into my craftroom last night so that we could get the living room back to normal. So I have to get it all sorted out today.  We have just got back from the market and had lunch so I am now going to get stuck in.

This is what it was like before painting, a horrible mustard colour
 
It used to be an outside balcony but when we bought the house, this one and the one off the bedroom had both been glassed in, making an extra room.
And here it is now, curtains up, a mix of burgundy and cream, with lace fronts.  We have to have these up to keep the sun out, it gets sooooo hot in summer.  This room gets the sun from morning until late afternoon.
It looks so much brighter in here now.  I cant wait to get it all sorted and everything put away.







I might see you later with a card if I get straight.

xxxx
Wendy L

 

Saturday, 26 January 2013

Masculine

Good Morning All
My third week for Allsorts Challenge and the theme is 'Masculine' which is one that alot of us dont find too easy or, maybe, dont want to find too easy!!!   I much prefer doing pretty and cute but here goes.
I chose 'Ship 1' from Digi Darla who are one of the sponsors this week, the other one is
The Craft Barn.


I made a twisted easel on a 5 x5 base square card, mounted the image on scalloped circle die and I did not colour it as I wanted to keep it monochrome.  Added buttons in each corner, a silver charm with string through which I wanted to look like rope.  Stamped a sentiment onto a scalloped oval and added a peeloff and there you go.
Have fun.
xxxx
Wendy L

CHALLENGES-------------
Fussy & Fancy # 81 - Circles
Polka Doodles week 4 - Monochrome


Thursday, 24 January 2013

Valentines

Good Morning All
First I would like to welcome my new followers.  Both old and new, I hope you get some inspiration from my work and enjoy visiting me.
A quick post today as I am waiting for the decorator to turn up to do more on my craft room.  I will post pics when it is done.
I,m still playing with my new die and some gorgeous tiny  dries roses I bought from Joanna Sheen.
xxxxx
Wendy L

CHALLENGES ------
Crafty Ribbons Challenge  # 37 - Romance, Love, Anniversary
Rubys Rainbow # 46 - Valentine
City Crafter # 143 - Hearts
Crafting When We Can  # 36- Strawberries and Cream

Tuesday, 22 January 2013

Negative Square



Good Evening All
We have had to clear my craft room out today as the decorator is coming tomorrow to start painting.  The living room looks overcrowded now 'cos we have had to pile everything in here, but hopefully it is only for a couple of days and then I can have a really good sort out and get some brackets put up for storage.  I bought some storage stuff ages ago in Ikea but never put it up because I knew I wanted it decorated and thought I should wait until it was done.  I love organising things and cant wait for it to be done now.
As you  know, I like to use bits and recycle so here is a card using aew negatives from diecuts.  A lady asked me to make a card for her Grand daughters birth and this was one I came up with.
Using three negatives from  scalloped squares, afew buttons, gems, a foot charm and ribbon.  I printed the sentiment 'A Precious Grand Daughter for Proud Grand Parents.
xxxxx
Wendy L

CHALLENGES -----------
The Cuttlebug Challenge - It's Hip to be Square
  

Shabby Pink

Good Morning All
Todays card is out of my comfort zone.  I dont really do distressed and shabby but John Next Door does some beautiful creations using his distress inks and sandpaper etc.  He gave me a card blank on Sunday and said 'see what you come up with using this' so here it is.  He had done the stitching round the edges and roughed the edges up.
It is not too shabby but I cant help but want everything symetrical.  I even diecut the flowers and scrunched them up then inked them over, totally alien for me but I may get used to it!!!!  You cant see it too well on the pic but the trellis diecut has been cut from Core-dinations card and distressed too.
xxxx
Wendy L

CHALLENGES -----
Eureka Stamps # 23 - Anything Goes
The Cheerful Stamp Pad # 52 - Tickled Pink
Created With Love  CWLC # 25 - Anything Goes
Kaboodle Doodles # 155 - Ribbon


Monday, 21 January 2013

Three Fave Colours

Good Morning All
Time for Love to Create challenge and this is a nice easy one - use Your Three Favourite Colours on your creations.  The sponsors this week are Di's Digis who will give a winner $10 gift certificate and Stamp Art Designs by Kathryn who has supplied some images for us to play with.  I chose 'Inspirational Cross 3' which I thought would make a lovely Sympathy card as my fave colours are lilacs and blues.
I used Spellbinders scalloped circle, Tim Holtz die (borrowed off John Next Door) for large flower and inked on petals, quilled flower, small lilac flowers dont know where they came from they have been in stash for years.  I coloured image with Promarkers and Spectrum Noirs.  I have not used any sentiment as  there are words written on the image - 
'Thy word have I hid in mine heart - Psalms 119.11'
I hope you like it and will join in with the challenge so that we can do lots of hopping around you blogs.
PS.  Dont forget that it is Love to Creates Birthday on 4th Feb so that challenge will have loads and loads of prizes.
xxxx
Wendy L

CHALLENGES----
Squirrel & Fox # 35 - Anything Goes

Saturday, 19 January 2013

Flower Power

Good Morning All
This is my second week as DT member for Allsorts Challenge and I,m loving it.  It is Traceys turn to set the theme for this week and it  is 'Flower Power' which is a brill one for me as, if you are a follower of mine, you will know I love, love, love making flowers.
 The sponsors this week are Ribbon Girl and My Heart Pieces.
I have never made this design of card before but I saw it on Cardmaking Magic.  You make an aperture in a piece of card then pleat a piece of patterned paper and make into a flower and glue behind the aperture.  The next pic shows a side view.
You can just see inside where the pleats are but I put this pic on to show the card stand I attached to the back of the card, once again, Christina at Cardmaking Magic shows you how to do these.
I blinged this up as much as possible - Spellbinder Bitty Blossoms in different shades of creams and beige and browns, some with pearls in the middle, ribbons, a homemade pin, leaves and swirls.  The base card is covered with 'Hot Off The Press' paper and tag (freebie with a mag last year)
I hope you all join us with this challenge and have fun.
xxxx
Wendy L

CHALLENGES-------
Cards Galore January - Anything Goes
Sparkles # 40 - Diecuts & Flowers
Little Scrap Pieces Fun Friday - Use A Flower
Unstampabelles # 19 - Use 1 or more Diecuts Scalloped Hexagon, Bitty Blossom & Leaves
Card Crafters Circle # 58 - Layers



Tuesday, 15 January 2013

Happy Anniversary

Good Morning All
I made this card for my sister and her hubby as it is their wedding anniversary today.  I wont be posting it to her as I am too late but she looks on here every day so she will have a nice surprise.

Happy Anniversary Gill & Barry
 
 
 
 
With Love from us two. xxxxxxx
 
I bought quite afew dies from Joanna Sheen online shop, as she posts free to Spain and very quickly too, so I have been playing.  This trellis die is one of them and I  LOVE it, it's a Marianne, as is the butterfly.
 
xxxx
Wendy L
 
CHALLENGES -----
City Crafter # 142 - Winter Blues
Bunny Zoes - Anything goes
Lexis Challenge # 81 - Anything Goes
  
 
 


Monday, 14 January 2013

Baby Baby


Good Evening All
I,ve been a busy bee today, both painting (decorating) and crafting.  I cant paint for too long as I get such back pain, I can barely get out of the chair at night.

I made this card to enter afew challenges, there are so many for
'New Beginnings' I thought I would make a baby card.


I cut two pieces of pink card 4" x 10" and then folded them at 4" intervals and glued them together at the 2" overlap.  Then proceeded to decorate each page with all sorts of baby stuff.
Then I made a box for it using my Crafters Companion box maker.  I decorated it with stickers from Daisy and Dandelion.

Different views

 
Hope you like it.
xxxxxx
Wendy L
 
CHALLENGES-------------

Bunny Zoes Monthly Challenge - Anything Goes
Joanna Sheen - New Beginnings
Ladybug Crafts - Anything but a card (or a shaped card)
Quirky Crafts - New with Pink
A Gem of a Challenge # 62 - New Beginnings
Crazy 4 Challenges # C4C 168- Shape it Up
One Stop Crafts # 211- New Beginnings
Totally Papercrafts # 149 - Ribbon




Sparkle and Snowflakes

Good Morning All
Monday morning means it is time for a new challenge at Love to Create. This week the theme is 'Sparkle and Snowflakes' and we are sponsored by Fresh Brewed Designs and Sassy Studio Designs

I chose a design from Fresh Brewed called Snow Owl because I thought he was pretty cute.  Coloured with Promarkers and Spectrum Noirs and glitter the muff and hat.   Mounted him onto a scalloped circle die cut and then surrounded him with snowflakes that I inked the ends of and then sprinkled with glitter. Popped gems here and there.
 Hop over and join in the fun.
xxxx
Wendy L

CHALLENGES------
Eureka Stamps # 22 -Layer it up and Let it Snow
Crafts &  Me  # Winter Wonderland
Divas by Design - Anything Goes
Fab & Funky # 153 - Winter
QKR Stampede # 21 - Snowmen or Snow
Top Tip Tuesday # 93 - Fur & Feathers
 

Saturday, 12 January 2013

Dies and Punches

Good Morning All
My brill news this morning is --------
I have been asked to join the DT for Allsorts Challenge Blog Wow, I am so chuffed.

My first challenge for them is 'Dies and Punches' so this is a nice easy one to ease me in gently.
I made a braided ribbon by following Christinas tutorial here at Card Making Magic.  Used Spellbinders Edgeabilities 'Classic Edges' and 'Classic Bracket' to cut and emboss the purple card and then stuck the ribbon to it using a glue gun.  I put a bow on the top and a punched circle sentiment mounted onto 2 Spellbinders Scalloped Circle diecuts.  The corner dies are Memory Box 'Macarena Corner'.  I stuck purple gems in each corner and pink oval ones on the edges of the purple card (these took ages as they are so tiny).  This has all been mounted on pastel rainbow coloured sparkly card (which doesn,t show very well on pic) and then stuck onto an A5 white card blank.
 This is a close up of the corner die cut, the embossing on the edgabilities and the braided ribbon.









Please hop over and join in the fun for my first DT challenge for Allsorts.
xxxxxx
Wendy L

Friday, 11 January 2013

In the Blue

Good Afternoon All
 We have been painting and it is crippling my back so I have surrendered and got an estimate from a decorator to do my craft room for me instead of doing it ourselves - 60 euros so well worth it.  It will probably take us another week to finish the upstairs room we have started as we have t do so many coats as it was once an outside wall that has been glassed in, so it has a very rough texture.

I decided to show you this card today.  I made it a couple of weeks ago and the sentiment is from a pack that has been in my stash forever, I cant even remember where I bought it from.
The turquoise backing paper  (which has glitter on it)  and the wire flower is from some stuff given to me, as is the shiny paper that I have made the bitty blossom flowers from.  Narrow satin ribbon and a homemade bead pin complete it, oh, I forgot the gorgeous corner cut from waste card and  gems in each of  the corners for a bit of sparkle.  Hope you like it.
xxxx
Wendy L

CHALLENGES ----
Use it Tuesday # 47 - Make it Sparkle
The Pretty Little Ribbon # 18 - Flowers and Ribbon
MAWTT - Floral Delights
Paper Crafting Journey - Anything Goes
Creative Moments - Monochrome
Delicious Doodles # 18 - Anything Goes use Fave colour
   


Thursday, 10 January 2013

Tag with Flowers and Ribbons

Good Afternoon All

Just having afew probs with laptop and blogging so bear with me if there are afew hiccups with this post.


I have made a tag with Spellbinders label die---
Crocheted flower with little tails and button centre
Bitty Blossom flowers
Inked doily stuck underneath one side
Satin and organza ribbon
Nellie Snellen heart die
Marianne butterfly die
Gems



xxxxx
Wendy L

Challenges -----
Pretty Little Ribbon Shop # 18 - Ribbon and Flowers
Paper Shelter # 94 - Flower Extravaganza
Lets Craft & Create  # 61 - Anything Goes
IDIC #141 - Anything Goes
Nutcrafters  # 34- Lots of Flowers
The Crafty Bloggers # 7 - Flowers

Tuesday, 8 January 2013

White plus one

Good Morning All
I rushing this morning as we are decorating and have lots to do.  I want to paint my craft space but I,m practising on the upstairs veranda first as the walls have to be prepared with some stuff that stops the paint soaking in, so doing upstairs first before tackling the downstairs (my craft space).

Since winning my envelope maker I have made afew cards  like this, with a stand instead of the normal folded in half style.  I thought this would be suitable for Valentines Day, the flowers look like red roses and they are made with Spellbinders Bitty Blossoms die.  Marianne Creatables corner die, Nellie Snellen heart die, ribbons and pearls from stash.  Inked edges.
xxxx
Wendy L

CHALLENGES -----
Crafty Bloggers # 7 - Flowers
Creative Creations # 1 - Anything Goes
Lexi # 81 - Anything Goes
Pretty Little Ribbon Shop January # 18 - Flowers and Ribbon
  


Monday, 7 January 2013

Winter Wonderland

Good morning All
Monday morning means it is time for a new challenge at Love to Create and the theme this week is Winter Wonderland.  Our sponsors this week are Bugaboo

and QKR Stampede will give a winner 5 of their images.
I chose 'Winter Boy' from Bugaboo
I mounted the image on Spellbinders labels die, then mounted on white card with blue twine wrapped around it and dotted it with glitter glue to look like snow.  I used embellishments to match the colours in the image (which I coloured with Promarkers and Spectrum Noirs)  --- green spiders web and ribbon both won in blog candy, buttons from ebay, sentiments are freebies.
xxx
Wendy L
CHALLENGES ---------------
Dream Valley Challenge # 48 - Anything Goes
Ginger loft Challenge - Winter
Glitter N Sparkle # 14 - Anything Goes
Catch the Bug challenge -Anything Goes
Ribbon Reel # 44 - Winter Wonderland
Eureka Stamps # 21 - Make it Sparkle
Card Mania Challenge - Winter Wonderland




Saturday, 5 January 2013

Greens

Good Morning All
Hope you are all well this lovely January morning.  I have just been a little bit naughty and put a rather large order in at Joanna Sheens online shop as she does free P&P here to Spain.  I have bought quite afew dies which I couldn't resist.
Todays card is a lovely Tilda with her basket of apples
Now it has taken me a good while to upload this as blogger is playing up, so I have had to have another go at Picasa, which I dont understand, but managed this one.
USED
Tilda image coloured with Promarkers and Spectrum Noirs
Quilled flowers and leaves
Embossed card
Ribbon
Buttons
Pearl swirl
Homemade pin
Sentiment free with 'Making Cards' mag
xxxx
Wendy L


CHALLENGES--------
DCC & Friends - Button Up
Divas by Design  # 66 - Anything Goes
By the Cute and Girly - January Cute and Girly
Totally Gorjuss - Anything Goes with a Ribbon
Crafty Catz # 164 - Anything Goes
Tildas Town # 34 - Anything Goes
My Heart Pieces - Girly
Cards Galore January- Anything Goes



Thursday, 3 January 2013

Birthday Forever Friends

Good Morning All
Forever Friends Monthly challenge starts again today  and it is a very easy theme --  Birthday ---
The Digi Garden is sponsoring the winner and is offering 7 digi imagesas the prize,  AND

 Michell Perkett is sponsoring the Forever Friends favourite.

For my card this month, I chose 'Joe on Fishing Trip' from The Digi Garden
Gems, Paper and Ribbon and Chipboard Flower all won on either challenges or candy
Spellbinders scalloped circle die cut
Buttons from ebay
Sentiments freebie
I have done a second card using all Forever Friends items
Ribbon and tiny silver and pink flowers from Mei Flower
All sentiment are FF products
Trellis die borrowed from John Next Door (he has some amazing creations on his blog)
A nice easy challenge this month so go ahead and have fun.
xxxxx
Wendy L

PS.  Visit again on Saturday 5th as I will have news of a lovely giveaway from Forever Friends.

CHALLENGES -----
Charisma Cards # 52 - Monochrome (Pink card)
My Mums Craft Shop # 1- Anything Goes
Paper Shelter #93 - Anything Goes (pink card)
Cards Galore - Anything Goes

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