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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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Saturday, 31 January 2015

Flower Power

Good Morning All
I, m sorry I have not visited you this week but my tablet wont let me scroll on my blogger dashboard, so I will get cracking this weekend.
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I am hosting Allsorts Challenge this week  and a theme I love is Flowers.  These were in some stuff Linda (Animal Aid) gave to me and, as you know, I cannot throw anything away.


I used a floral embossing folder on brown card.  The die I used is a Memory Box called 'Pepita Border', once again this is one I have not used very much and I dont know why because it is quite delicate and pretty.  The sentiment is from our sponsor and comes on a sheet of quite afew, some of which are shown at the side.  I stuck it onto a S/B ovals shape
Sponsor is

and Whimsy


Dies Total =34

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Wendy L
CHALLENGES
Brown Sugar 131 - Use 3 embellishments (flowers, ribbon and bead pin)
Crafts 4 Eternity - No  Patterned Paper

Friday, 30 January 2015

Hugs

Good Morning All
Last morning here, I fly home at tea time. Hollie hugs are doing me the world of good♡♡♡♡♡
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Quite afew dies used on this one.


It looks quite dark but is really lovely shades of green.
The main one is Marianne LR0278 which is the lovely trellis gate and bottom bit, then two more Marianne ones - LR0250 and LR0229 for the leaves then S/B Bitty Blossoms which I use alot and Cheery Lynn Roses featured previously.

Hope you all have a lovely day and dont get too much snow, it keeps trying here in the Midlands.

Dies Total = 33

xxxxxx
Wendy L

Wednesday, 28 January 2015

Hearts

Good Morning All
I had a fab day at John next Doors workshop at Creative Expressions yesterday,  he is so creative.

It is surprising how many dies I have, probably not even  half way through.
The card I am showing you today features Nellie Snellen MFD022 Hearts die and 
 Cheery Lynn Chrysanthemum Strip B311, love this one.


I,m still using all bits from my stash, and these papers and sentiments were given to me by Linda.
Dies Total = 29

xxxxx
Wendy L


Monday, 26 January 2015

Ornate Squares

Good Morning All
I,m using S/B Ornate Squares today and I do like this die, quite obviously, ornate and there is a sentiment tag too.


All purples and Lilacs and S/B scalloped circle and X Cut nesting  squares again.  Nothing new here, all from  stash  or given to me.

Dies Total = 27

xxxxx
Wendy L



Saturday, 24 January 2015

Lace & Pearls

Good Morning All

Allsorts Challenge this week is all about 'Lace & Pearls' chosen by Tracy Mouse.


The Die is Memory Box 'Macarena Corner' dotted with pearls, paper is LOTV 8x8 pad.  I added  a string of tiny pearls along the lace.

Sponsors


Dies Total = 26
xxxxx
Wendy L

Friday, 23 January 2015

Tonic Butterfly

Good Morning All

Today I have used a Tonic Die, I only have a couple of these but they do cut very well.
This on is Butterfly 'Summer Azure'  cut  in lilac card and inked with purple.


Dies Total = 25
xxxxxx
Wendy L

Thursday, 22 January 2015

Button It

Good Morning All

MAWTT Challenge this week has been chosen by Debs and she wants to see Buttons.



It is very bright and orange is not a colour I use alot.  The buttons and the paper were given to me once again, by Linda from Animal Aid, I have had these buttons before and I think they are from Docrafts.
The dies I used are S/B Die D Lites 'Flower Box' and S/B Fleur  de Lys. 
And another sentiment label from X Cut labels too.

Dies Total = 24
xxxxx
Wendy L

Wednesday, 21 January 2015

Knitted Pinafore

Good morning All

I want to welcome Carole to my blog and I hope you enjoy your visits.
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Just having a break from my Die Challenge to show you this little dress I have finished this week.



This is for my new Grand daughter due in March.
I am visiting Uk on Saturday just for 6 days, been feeling abit down in the dumps so I found a really cheap flight to East Mids Airport, so hoping a few Hollie Hugs will cheer me up abit.
xxxxx
Wendy L

Tuesday, 20 January 2015

Pink Butterfly

Good Morning All
Are you fed up yet with my challenge for myself to use each of my dies at least once?
You should try it, it's fun !!!!!

This one is a simple 5 x 5  dusky pink card base but the pic doesn't show the clolour very well


I used the X Cut Nesting die Four Petal then a Marianne CR1205 Butterfly and, once again X Cut labels for the sentiment.
Dies Total = 22

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Wendy L

Sunday, 18 January 2015

Cars

Good Morning All

Correct photo now on, I dont know what Blogger is upto but my pictures keep changing and I have to check each scheduled post before it goes live and I forgot last night, hence the wrong photo.
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Another small card I made to go in the Book Box I mentioned in my post afew days ago.  I try to put a selection of cards in boxes when I give them away so here is a man card featuring 
Marianne Die LR0198 for the cars, quite a handy die to have for 'men' cards.
And the Happy Birthday is Marianne LR0223 and it has 'Congrats' in the set too.



Dies Total = 20
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Wendy L

Saturday, 17 January 2015

Spring Flowers

Good Morning All

Thanks for all your kind messages yesterday, I felt a little sore but OK.
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The theme for this weeks challenge at Allsorts is 'Spring Flowers' chosen by Susan.

I made this card for my sisters Birthday at the beginning of January.





I have made this style before for my friends Lin's birthday HERE and love it.  I had to  make a box to put it in though, as it doesn't fold flat because of the flowers.
I used X Cut Square Nesting Die to cut the apertures in the middle and Cheery Lynn Roses again.

Sponsor this week is Passion for Stamps

So pop over to the challenge blog and have a go.
Dies Total = 18
xxxxx
Wendy L

CHALLENGES
Creative Craft Cottage - AG
Die Cut Divas - AG
Chosen as a Fave for this one

Friday, 16 January 2015

Small Cards

Good Morning All 
I,m at hospital today having a small removed from my back, it has been there for ages but flared up before Christmas and got very sore, so I may be abit sore later.
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I showed this Book Box I made HERE and here is a couple of cards I made to go inside it and I will take this to Slimming Club as a raffle prize for the girls. I will post another one in afew days.



These are small cards, about 3 x 5" and I put 3 inside each side of the box.

They feature Marianne dies LR0206 for the leaf and LR0106 for the flower.  I,m not too keen on the flower die but probably because I not sure how to use it properly, I'll have to look for a tutorial.
Dies Total = 17

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Wendy L

Wednesday, 14 January 2015

Classic Brackets

Good Morning All
I will be using the Sympathy card from the other day as I learned that my best friends Mum died on Thursday, so sad, she was like a second Mum to me when we were at secondary school.
RIP Dot.
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Once again today I,m showing dies that I hardly ever use, S/B Classic Brackets, Clmpathyssic Decorative Inserts 4 and Classic Triple Scallop.









My Minds Eye paper again  on a gatefold card.  The bracket dies do cut a very  pretty edge as shown on the inside.

I also used the S/B Scalloped Hexagon for the sentiment and inside.



This is another card with the bracket edged with lace and a decoupage image for a Wedding I think.  I just added afew pearl hearts.

Dies Total = 15

xxxxx
Wendy L

Monday, 12 January 2015

In My Thoughts

Good Morning All

The die I  have used today is one of my least favourite, I hardly ever use and still dont know how to use the Lily, so on this one I have just scrunched it.  If anyone knows where I can view a tutorial on these I would be grateful, I have looked on You Tube.
It is S/B  Heartfelt Creation 'Cross & Lilies'



I have used Gilding Wax on this card, I think it looks good on the black embossed card. Paper is My Minds Eye.

Die Total =11

xxxxx
Wendy L

Saturday, 10 January 2015

New & Cute

Good Morning All
This weeks challenge at Allsorts is 'New & Cute' chosen by Mervi.

Well, to me, this meant a Baby card.


I used a DL card blank as I wanted to use  S/B Mega Classic Oval die  
Forever Friends stamped image and brushed over with Mica Powder.  The backing paper 'It's a Girl'  is at least 5 years old and I thought this ribbon from local China shop was quite sweet.

Sponsor

Pop over to the challenge blog for all the details, gret prize to be won.

Dies Total = 10
xxxx
Wendy L

Thursday, 8 January 2015

Colour Challenge

Good Morning All
Moving Along With The Times challenge is chosen by Carole and she wants to see the colours in the picture below.

I made this one featuring S/B  Beaded Ovals die and a Marianne Craftables CR1253 for the corners.



When I was in the UK in December I only bought a couple of things and Gilding Wax was one of them, I only bought one tiny tub and my wonderful friend Val, here in Spain, bought me three for Christmas, Thank you Val, a wonderful gift.
I am still practising with it,  I rubbed some on the sentiment oval at the top, not got it quite right yet though.
I did have to root around to find the colours for this, ribbon and lace came to the rescue and found some stiff paper from a pad bought at Lidl.  Flowers, once again, have been in stash for years.
What do you think?



Pop over to the challenge blog for all the details and have fun.

Dies Total = 9
xxxxx
Wendy L

Wednesday, 7 January 2015

Boy Blue

Good Morning All
The die used today is S/B Labels 6, and a fairly simple Baby Boy card.



Once again using old stuff, a Forever Friends stamp, heat embossed and painted with Mica powder.
I think the two blue pearl shapes at the botton are some of the first I ever bought !!!!
Ribbon cut from the inside of a jumper.

Total Dies = 7

xxxxx
Wendy L

Monday, 5 January 2015

No Road Is Long

Good Morning All
Third day of my personal die challenge.

This one is using my one and only Sue Wilson Die (updated, I now have a striplet).
This is Hollywood from the California Collection and S/B Labels 4



I am trying to use all odd bits too or stuff that I have had for ages like this stamped sentiment, odd gems on my desk etc etc.

And this is how I store them, very untidy but it works for me. I keep the box on the shelf and I can just flip through them until I fnd one I want to use.  And I keep my embossing folders in the side too.



Dies Total = 6
xxxxx
Wendy L
Ps.  I think Blogger has been having a wobbly, I just checked this post last night and all the pictures have been changed.  Strange, I checked 3 more scheduled psots and all the photos had changed so I restarted my laptop and, touch wood, OK.

Saturday, 3 January 2015

Cold & Frosty Colours

Good Morning All

This weeks challenge at Allsorts is 'Cold & Frosty Colours' chosen by  our lovely leader Brenda

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I used a lovely image from Nicecrane of rabbits walking in the snow, matted onto shades of blue card, so kept the blue colour theme throughout.  The circle die is Nellie Snellen MFD030.
X Cut Label / tag dies for the sentiments and I use these alot too.

Sponsors




Pop over to challenge blog for details.
xxxx
Wendy L

Dies total = 4
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CHALLENGES
Die Cut Divas - AG

Natalie & Amy - Use Something New (image & pin)

Sisters of Craft - AG

Thursday, 1 January 2015

Say It With Flowers

Good Morning All
And a Very Happy New Year to you all.
Say it with Flowers.



I used flowery Paper from a Kate Knight pad and topped it with a Tonic die cut owned by my craft buddy Val.
Decorated it with a Gem butterfly from local China shop, Cheery Lynn Roses, S/B Scalloped Circle, pearls and charm.
Pop over to challenge blog for details.
This is DAY 1 of my personal challenge to myself to use ALL my dies.  I have not counted them so, as yet, I dont know how many I have.  I dare say that there wont be as many as some of you  have. I know from personal experience that John Next Door has hundreds!!!!!  His work space is like a shop.!!!!!!
So I will highlight the dies used and keep a running total at the end of each post.
So the two used today are ones that I use alot of the time.
Dies Total = 2
xxxx
Wendy L

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